Tobias and Margaret Purcell, Deed

Prince William County Deed Book E 1740-1741

pp. 252-256

This Indenture made the fourteenth and fifteenth day of May in the fourteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second, 1741, between Tobias Purcell of the County of Richmond, Planter, and Margaret, his wife, of one part, and Landon Carter of the same county, Esquire, of the other part.  Witnesseth that for the sum of twenty six pounds current money to said Tobias Purcell, paid by Landon Carter, they, the said Tobias Purcell, and Margaret, his wife, have sold unto said Landon Carter (in his full and actual possession now being by force of bargain and sale for one year and by force of the statute for transferring uses into possession) and to his heirs forever, all that parcel of land in the Parish of Hamilton in the County of Prince William, containing nine hundred and fifty four acres, formerly granted by the proprietors of the Northern Neck to one John Edy by deed poll bearing date the seventeenth day of April one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven, and by him, the said John Edy, sold to one Thomas Osburne and the said Tobias Purcell, by indentures of lease and release bearing the date the first and second days of April one thousand seven hundred and thirty which said premises afterwards by the death of the said Thomas Osburne devolved upon and became vested in said Tobias Purcell by right of survivorship and are bounded beginning at a red oak in the angle of one red oak, one white oak and one forked chestnut and by Robert’s Rolling Road and running North East to a red oak, thence North East to a small pine by a small branch, thence South East to a pine at the head of a branch of Summer Duck Run, thence East to three small pines thence South to a maple in Summer Duck Run, thence down the said run, South West to a large white oak by a branch, thence South West to a pine tree in the angle of three pines thence North West to the first station.  And all houses and appurtenances belonging, to have and to hold unto the said Landon Carter.  In witness whereof said Tobias Purcell and Margaret, his wife, have set their hands and seals in presence of James Findlay, Reuben Beale

Tobias Purcell, Margaret Purcell

At a court held for Prince William County May the 25th 1741, Tobias Purcell acknowledged this lease and release with the receipt endorsed to be his acts and deeds and they were admitted to record.

Today In Genealogy History – August 23, 2011

Charles Powell Linton was born 163 years ago – August 23, 1848 – in Virginia, the son of William Linton and Rebecca Ann Dew.  The family moved to Colusa County, California, where Charles married Emma L. Seavy.  I have no information about children.

Lintons In Allamakee County, Iowa

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Thomas Linton and John Linton are sons of Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson, grandsons of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  They were pioneers, following in the footsteps of their grandfather, moving westward to new lands.

Taken from Past and Present of  Allamakee County, Iowa by Ellery M. Hancock

In 1834 the United States, through its military authorities at Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien, built on what is now section 19, township 96, range 3, called Fairview township, in this county, a Mission school and farm.  At this time Col. Zachary Taylor, afterwards President of the United States, commanded the post, and Jefferson Davis, since President of the so-called Southern Confederacy, was on duty there as Lieutenant.  General Street was the Indian agent; all the agents at that time being army officers, and the Indians being under the control of the Secretary of War.  The Mission was for the purpose of civilizing and Christianizing the Indians, and was opened in the spring of 1835 with the Rev. David Lowry, a Presbyterian in faith, and Col. Thomas as farmer.  Rev. Lowry, the superintendent, had two young ladies, Minerva and Lucy Brunson, sisters, who did the teaching, while he preached and superintended the agency.  But the effort to make good farmers, scholars or Christians out of these wandering tribes proved abortive.  Minerva, years later, married Thomas Linton, who had in early days been employed at the old agency house.

The Old Mission was located on the north side of the Yellow River.  The building stood facing the south, built almost into the south slope of a high bluff in the rear.  There was also a bluff on the east and west sides, the location being an amphitheater in the shape of a horse shoe, almost completely sheltered from winter winds and storms.  In size it was about 40 by 60 feet with dressed stone walls, excellent building stone being quarried from the bluff side, near the spring, a few rods northeast of the house.  It was two stories and a roomy, high attic.  It included six rooms in the lower story, the school room being on the second floor.  In the center of the building there extended from the cellar up a strongly built chimney about ten feet square with a large, open fireplace for each of the lower four rooms and all others connecting with it, each fireplace being provided with immense iron andirons for holding the large ‘blacklog’.  This chimney was made a ‘witness tree’ when the government survey was made in 1848; and the county surveyor, H. B. Miner, several times climbed to its top when surveying in that locality.

John Linton, born in Kentucky, was employed by Rev. Lowry in 1837 as general manager for nearly five years.  The government, having discontinued the mission, sold this land in 1842, to John Linton and his brother, Thomas C. Linton, one of the county commissioners of Clayton County, which included that location.  John Linton sold his interest to his brother Thomas and afterwards graduated from a St. Louis medical college, and for many years practiced his profession at Garnavillo, Clayton County, where he died in 1878.  Thomas C. Linton became the organizing sheriff of Allamakee County, and afterwards went to Oregon, where he died.

Today In Genealogy History – August 22, 2011

George William Carrico and Emily Catherine Wells were married 153 years ago – August 22, 1858.  George was the son of James William Carrico and Elizabeth Littlejohn from Nelson County, Kentucky.  George and Catherine had four children:  George William, Bettie Margaret, Newman Wells and Nellie Morris.  The family, along with James and Elizabeth Carrico, moved to Vigo County, Indiana.

Will of William Linton

Note by Phyllis Brown:  I have tried to connect this William Linton to my Linton family – without success – at least to this point.  He could possibly be a distant cousin.  William does have a connection to the Berkeley family, as did my Lintons.

Will of William Linton

King George County, Virginia

Pages 127-129

First, I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the intercession of my Saviour Jesus Christ it will meet with a Glorious and Blessed Resurrection; and as for the Trifles of this world, I dispose of in the following manner.

Item.  I give to my brother Samuel Linton ten pounds Sterling.

Item.  I give to my brother Thomas Linton ten pounds Sterling.

Item.  I give to my brother James Linton ten pounds Sterling.

Item.  I give to my sister Sarah Linton ten pounds Sterling.

Item.  I give to my kind friend Dr. Thomas Turner five pounds and one ring.

Item.  I give to Mrs. Eleanor Conway five pounds.

Item.  I give to Mrs. Dorothy Roy five pounds.

Item.  I give to Mary Atchason three pounds.

Item.  I give to Mrs. Elizabeth Roy a pair of gold buttons which are expected from England (if disappointed, as much as will purchase another pair), and all my best shirts.

Item.  I give to Mr. Jonathan Gibson one suit of Spanish cloth which is expected from England.

Item.  I give to Jonathan Gibson, Junior, my mare and colt.

Item.  I forgive Mrs. Dorothy Roy her son’s schooling.

Item.  I forgive Benjamin Adie his two son’s schooling.

Item.  I forgive Mrs. Mary Thornley her son’s schooling.

Item.  I give to Col. Henry Armstead and his kind Lady one mourning ring each.

Item.  I give to Major Edmund Berkeley and his Lady one mourning ring each.

Item.  I give to Mr. Lewis Berkeley one mourning ring.

Item.  I give to Mr. William Armstead one mourning ring.

Item.  I give to Major Benjamin Robinson and his Lady one mourning ring each.

Item.  I give to the Honorable Col. John Robinson one mourning ring.

Item.  I give to my friend Captain Samuel Skinker one mourning ring.

Item.  I give to Captain Joseph Strother one mourning ring.

Item.  I give to Mr. Harry Turner, Junior, my silver hilted sword.

Item.  I give to Thomas Turner, Junior, my set of silver buckles.

Item.  I give to Catlett Conway my cane which is expected from Bristoll with those two pair of buttons given to Mrs. Elizabeth Roy.

Item.  I give to Mr. Jonathan Gibson one pair of gold buttons.

Item.  It is my desire that my serge denim breeches and black cloth jacket be put in the black walnut chest and to be sent to Mr. Thomas Roy and one white dimity jacket already there.

Item.  I give to Major Benjamin Robinson’s two sons, Christopher and Joseph, one mourning ring each.

Item.  I give to Mr. Benjamin Adie my silk faced drugget coat and one white dimity jacket.

What has not occurred to my memory till now, viz., six pair of shoes, one piece of linen half worn thread stockings and all other things to be at the discretion of my Executors, for my funeral expenses.

I nominate Dr. Thomas Turner and Mr. Jonathan Gibson my Executors.  Witness my hand this 3rd April 1736.

William Linton

Signed and delivered in the presence of Benjamin Adie, John Thornley and John Powell

Today In Genealogy History – August 21, 2011

Rudolphus Buche Greathouse was born 210 years ago – August 21, 1801 – to Harmon Greathouse, III, and Marcia “Mercy” Buche, probably in Virginia.  The couple moved to Nelson County, Kentucky, by 1792, where their children were born.  Rudolphus Buche Greathouse married Susanna Rebecca Lewis, daughter of John Lewis and Hannah Eskridge Lewis, December 15, 1825.  I do not have information about children.

Will of Joshua Evans

Note by Phyllis Brown:  An interesting will from Loudoun County, Virginia.  Evidently Mrs. Evans didn’t care for her one room with the addition of a shed!  I always find old documents, and especially wills, fascinating!

will of Joshua Evans

Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book B, pp. 77-80

In the name of God, Amen.  I Joshua Evans of the County of Loudoun being sick and weak but of sound sense and memory calling to mind that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do hereby make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.  Imprimis, first of all my desire is that Executors hereafter named pay all my debts and funeral expenses.  Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Martha Evans during her natural life (provided she keeps my widow) one room in the house I now live in which is called her room, my desire also is that my executors build for her a shed room adjoining her room fourteen feet by twelve in the clear with a brick or stone chimney and to finish the whole in a decent manner also to pay her six pounds as soon as it can be had after my decease and twelve pounds yearly and every year afterwards.  She is also to have her choice of the milk cows now in the yard and should that cow die by accident my executors out of my estate is always to keep her up one good cow.  She is to be paid yearly and every year twelve bushels of wheat, twelve bushels of rye and twelve bushels of Indian corn, one hundred pounds of good beef and one hundred and fifty pounds of good pork and two bushels of salt.  She is also to have my bed and furniture, the corner cupboard and walnut table, three chairs, all my pewter and Delph ware, my small pot and small kittle, my chest and clock.  She is also to have her firewood brought to the door, the use of the old garden and the liberty of a yard and outlet.  She is also to have my riding mare which my executors, together with the milk cow, is to fodder, etc., and keep in good order for the uses intended.  She is also to have the liberty of the orchard on the plantations so far as she will want for her own use.

Item.  I give to my sister’s son, William Thomas (to receive them when he shall arrive to the age of twenty-one years) all my blacksmith’s tools.  Item.  I give to my brother William Evans all my wearing apparel also (during his natural life) my large family chest and after his decease my desire is that his son John Evans shall have it, likewise my bother William Evans my wagon and gears.

Item.  I give to my brother David Evan’s widow in Pennsylvania to assist her in raising and schooling her children all the debts due me there by bond note or open account.  Item my desire is that the remainder and residue of my estate be sold at public sale at the discretion of my executors and the money arising by the sale together with what shall be raised from outstanding debts and the rents of my land be put at interest is to be divided yearly equally between my brother William Evans and my sisters Emmet Thomas and Mary Gardner during their natural lives and upon the death of either of them still to be divided between the survivors and so to continue to the longest liver and the principle after their decease I give to my brother’s son John Evans.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my brother’s son John Evans all my real estate to him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever.

Item.  My desire is that in case my wife should marry after my decease and that she shall only have her cow, bed, table and pewter and three pounds instead of twelve yearly.  Item.   Whereas I am empowered to receive the rents of the lands belonging to my brother David Evans children in Pennsylvania and after my decease the tenants may be at a loss who to pay their rents to I direct that my executor receive them yearly and remit them to the widow and executor of my brother David deceased in Pennsylvania.

Item.  My desire is that my executors do not make either of my servants, John Burns and Thomas Robinson, pay for their runaway time or any of the expenses attending their being brought home.  My desire and request is that Richard Spurr, Robert Fryar, Roger Wigginton and my wife Martha Evans as executors of this my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this 30th day of September in the year of our Lord 1773.          Joshua Evans

In the presence of John Moss, Robert Scott, William Harper

At a court held for Loudoun County the 9th day of November 1773.

This last Will and Testament of Joshua Evans, deceased, was proved by the oath of William Harper and Robert Scott, two of the witnesses thereto and the widow of the said decedent personally appearing renounced all advantage of the provision made for her by the said will and prayed of the court in lieu thereof to assign her her Dower of her said Husband’s estate.  Whereupon it was ordered that William Evans, the heir at law, should be summoned to contest the validity of the said will and at a court continued and held the 10th day of November 1773 on the motion of Robert Fryer and Richard Spurr, two of the executors therein named, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form they having sworn to the same and given bond and security according to law and at another court held for the said county April the 14th 1774 this said summons was discontinued and the will was ordered to be recorded.