Thomas Parker O’Bryan was born 155 years ago – October 9, 1856 – in Washington County, Kentucky. Thomas married Margaret M. Clarkson and together they had 3 children: Lawrence Thomas, Regina Cecilia and Margaret.
Prince William County, Virginia, Deed Book E
This Indenture made the twenty second day of October in the fourteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second, and in the year one thousand seven hundred and forty between George Turberville of the county of Westmoreland, Gentleman, of one part and William Lane of Prince William County, Cooper, of the other part. Witnesseth that George Tuberville, for the yearly rents hereinafter reserved, hath set and to farm let unto the said William Lane and Sarah his wife, and John Lane, son of the said William and Sarah, all that parcel of land containing one hundred and fifty acres whereon the said William Lane now lives, laid off for the said William Lane by the said George Tuberville, being on a Branch issuing out of Salisbury Plain Run in the Parish of Truro and County of Prince William aforesaid, and is part of a tract of four thousand one hundred forty-two acres three roods and five perches as by a proprietors deed granted the said George Tuberville, bearing date the twenty-seventh day of March 1727, adjoining upon the land laid off for James Lane and bounded Beginning at a stake in a glade supposed to be Colonel Henry Lee’s corner, running thence NE to a stake in a glade 1 pole distance short of a marked black oak, thence SE to a white oak and from thence to three white oaks about one chain from each tree facing inwards to Colonel Henry Lee’s line and from thence along the said Lee’s line to the first station. To have and to hold the said one hundred and fifty acres of land from the date hereof during the term of the natural lives of them, William Lane and Sarah his wife, and the said John Lane, son of said William and Sarah and the life of the longest liver of them paying yearly since the twenty fifth day of December 1739 being the first year when rent was to be paid, the annual rent of five hundred and thirty pounds of neat tobacco as the law shall direct. Tobacco payments on the twenty-fifth day of December in every year unto George Turberville or assigns as also six capon hens or pullets annually on the first day of January, commonly called New Year’s Day, as further acknowledgement if the same shall be lawfully demanded. And the said William Lane for himself doth promise with said George Tuberville that he will within two years next ensuing the date hereof build and erect upon the premises one forty foot tobacco house, one twenty foot dwelling house and all other such houses as shall be necessary for the use of the said plantation, also to plant one hundred and fifty apple trees and two hundred and fifty peach trees on such part as to the said George Tuberville shall seem convenient and at all times keep the same in good and sufficient tenantable repair and said John Lane may upon paying a fine to the value of double rent have another life added in case of the death of either of these three. In witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their hands and seals.
In presence of Andrew Hutchison, Elias Davis, John Hutchison, William Hutchison, James Lane, Robert Thomas
At a Court held for Prince William County November the 24th, 1740. This lease was proved by the oaths of Andrew Hutchison, William Hutchison and James Lane, three of the witnesses thereto to be the act and deed of George Tuberville, Gentleman, and were thereupon admitted to record.
Grissell Fletcher and Henry Kibby were married 354 years ago – October 8, 1657, in Dorchester County, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Grissell was the daughter of Robert Fletcher and Sarah Hartwell. Grissell was married first to Thomas Jewell in 1640 and had 8 children: Thomas, Joseph, Hannah, Sherehiah, Nathaniel, Mercy, Grissell and Mary. After Thomas’ death, Grissell married first John Beurger in 1654, Hump Griggs in 1655, Kibby, then John Birge in 1661.
From my notes:
George Yate, the eldest son and heir of George Yate, Gentleman, and Mary Wells, his wife, was born presumably at the dwelling plantation of his father in Anne Arundel County, perhaps about 1674. His share of his father’s estate, according to the will of 1691, consisted of one-half of the 700 acres tract of “Yate His Forebearance”, lying on the north shore of the Patapsco River in Baltimore County as well as the entire tract “Forebearance” of 140 acres lying in the falls of the Patapsco on the south bank, then in Baltimore County and now in Howard.
On May 8, 1705, by virtue of a warrant from the Lord Proprietary “George Yate, of Baltimore County”, was granted 400 acres of land which had been renewable on February 29, 1704/5. The certificate read… these are therefore to certify that by appointment of Clement Hill, Jr., Surveyor General of the Western Shore… have laid out at the head of the Patapsco River….. a tract of land for George Yate known as “Yate’s Contrivance.” (Patents, Liber C D, folio 276, Land Office, Annapolis.)
George Yate lived on “Yate His Forebearance” before he patented ” Yate’s Contrivance” but we do know that the latter became his dwelling plantation and was his residence at the time of his death some years later. Besides being a planter in the very productive and affluent section of Elk Ridge, he operated a brick yard with his friend Edward Teall.
About 1700 George Yate married Rachel, fifth child of Captain Richard Warfield, Sr., an outstanding subject of Anne Arundel County. By his will dated January 10, 1703/4, and proved in Anne Arundel County on February 11, 1703/4, he devised to his daughter Rachel in fee simple a 150 acre portion of “Warfield Range”, but in the event of her death without issue, it was to revert to the testator’s son, Richard Warfield II. In another portion of the will he bequeathed to his daughter Rachel Yate, or to her children at the age of twenty-one years, certain articles of personal property. (Wills, Liber 11, folio 409. Hall of Records.)
In an account upon the estate of Richard Warfield, Sr., rendered by his executors, John Warfield and Richard Warfield accounted for the following disbursement “Of cash paid to George Yate of a portion of the deceased’s estate due to Rachel his wife another heir of the accounts as per receipt appears L 4/2-“. Thus the marriage of George Yate and Rachel is proved absolutely. (Inventory and Accounts, Liber 25, folio 163, Hall of Records.)
On July 5, 1712, George Yate, of Baltimore County, Planter, conveyed to John Yernel, of the same county, Planter,his portion of “Yate His Forebearance”, that is, 382 acres, which he had inherited by the will of his parent. No wife waived dower. (Baltimore County Deeds, Liber R R #A, folio 208.)
It was stated , though without documentary proof, that his wife Rachel died during the year 1709. From the above conveyance, however, it is evident that she had departed by 1712. He married secondly Ruth ? who survived him.
The will of George Yate (sic) was dated September 13, 1717, and proved in Baltimore County on November 18, 1717, by William Hamilton, Samuel Tayier and Joseph Harp. (Wills, Liber 14, folio 340). He devised his four sons: George, Joshua, Samuel and Benjamin and their heirs the dwelling-plantation “Yate Contrivance”, the equal divisions were to be made by John Warfield and Richard Warfield when the eldest son, George, attained the age of twenty-one years. Futhermore, the eldest son was to have the first choice of the divisions, but in the event that any of his sons died before they reached the age of twenty-one, the divisions was to be made among the survivors. Personalty was left to his son George, daughter Eleanor, and his brother John Yeats and the latter’s wife Elizabeth. His friend Edward Teal was bequeathed certain articles of personalty and one-half of the production from the brickyard until his eldest son came of age. Edward Teall futhermore was “to have oversight of the plantation” and to sell the tract “Forebearance”.
He bequeathed his wife (unnamed) L 5 and named her executrix with Edward Teall. The residue of the personal estate was to be divided equally among his four named sons and three daughters – Eleanor, Mary and Rachel. Somehow Edward Teall did not administer the estate jointly with the widow. The will was exhibited before the Deputy Commissary of Baltimore County for the Prerogatives Court during the February session of 1717/18, (Testamentary Proceedings. Liber 23, folio 175 Hall of Records. )
The inventory of the personal estate was made on June 10, 1718, by Christopher Randall and William Hamilton and displayed an appraisement of L 75/11/9. John Outerlong and John Israel signed as the greatest creditors, while John Yate signed as kinsman, that is, John Yate brother to the decd George Yate and satisfied with this appraisement.” (inventory Liber 1, folio 27.) The inventory was presented at court and passed by the Deputy Commissary on July 9, 1718, (Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 23, folio 211. )
His Widow Ruth Yate soon married Joseph Ary and with him became executor of the estate. On September 1, 1726, at the request of John Hall, Esq., the sheriff of Baltimore County, issued citation against Joseph Ary and Ruth his wife “executors of George Yate late of Baltimore county, decd, to show cause why they had not passed an account.” (Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 27, folio 33.)
Citations were again issued at the November Court in 1726, at the January Court of 1726/7, and again during March following: (Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 27, folio 336, 370, 387.) From the records it is shown that the widow and her husband thus defied the court and failed to file an account. The step-mother and her husband became guardians of the minor children, and it can be expected that they dissipated the estate of their wards. Perhaps at this time, 1727, then years after the death of George Yate, there were no proceeds left of the personal estate. However, about this time the elder children were of age and were claiming their share of the real property.
Blanche Goldsmith and George Wells were married 344 years ago – October 7, 1667. Blanche was the daughter of Major Samuel and Johanna Goldsmith. George was the son of Richard Wells and Frances Elizabeth White. Blanche and George had 5 children: Benjamin, Blanche, Frances, Mary and George.
Stafford County, Virginia
In the name of God Amen. I, Sigismunde Massey, of Stafford County, being sick in body but in perfect memory and hence do dispose of my estate in manner and form as followeth. First I give to Dade Massey one grey mare about four years old. Secondly I give to Benjamin Massey one dun mare about four years old. Thirdly I give to Thomas Massey one dark grey mare about two years old. Fourthly I do give and bequeath all ye rest of my estate to Robert Massey to be disposed of as followeth. That after my debts are paid my executors purchase a tract of land to ye worth of what is left and that is to Robert Massey and his heirs male of his body, in case of failure of them to Dade Massey and ye heirs male of his body, in case of failure of them to Benjamin Massey and ye heirs male of his body, in case of failure of them to Thomas Massey and ye heirs male of his body and I do make Rice Hoe my whole and sole executor of this my last Will and Testament revoking all other wills but this to be my last Will and real meaning, this eighteenth day of April 1692. Witness my hand and seal. Sigismunde Massey
Teste Peter Dawson, John Davis, Stephen Parker
This Will was sufficiently proved in ye County Court of Stafford by ye oathes and testaments of Peter Dawson and John Davis, witnesses to ye said Will subscribed on ye 11th day of May 1692 and was then recorded.
Marie Christina Johann Rupperts and Johann Daniel Hertz were married 239 years ago – October 6, 1772 – in Germany. Daniel and Christina had at least one son, Johann Daniel Hertz, who was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States with his wife and children in 1835. He died while on board ship and was buried at sea.