Monday, April 22, 2013

CJ (#20) Odds and Ends : Several Dates

Several dates are recorded surrounding the next document.  It is the will of Symon Miller (MI-1) who appears to have written this will the 16th of February 1679.  On the 7th day of May 1683, a Francis Thornton (TH-2) and a James Taylor (TAY-1) testify that they were a witness to the writing of this will.  It is then recorded on the same day by William Colston (COLS-1) as clerk of court for (Old) Rappahannock County Will Book 1682-1687.  In this will, Symon Miller gives the following:

"Item  I give unto my Daughter, Susanna Miller (MI-2), Fouwer hundred eight acres & a halfe of land being the halfe devidend of land adjoyning to Col. Col. Cadwalldr. Jones (JO-1) on the head of Pumans Inn to her and her heires forevr."

The land on Peumansend Creek it is. [Note multiple spellings are recorded.]  This again gives the location of the first land of our Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) discussed in CJ(#3).  Symon Miller (MI-1) has a number of children, and a great deal of information is giving in his will.  It is recorded (Old) Rappahannock County Will Book 1682-1687, p. 13-14 in the abstracts by Ruth & Sam Sparacio, The Ancient Press. [RK.WB-12/90]  The land of Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) is to be found in several other wills and deeds, thus being used as a landmark to this geographic location.

Monday, April 15, 2013

CJ (#20) Odds and Ends

Additional documentation of the life and times of our Cadwallader Jones (J0-1) continues among the records of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia for the years 1682-1684.  Lets call these "odds and ends" since they cover different topics and different types of activities.  For example, the following is found in the will, abstracts for Old Rappahannock Co., 1682-1687.  It states:

"Probtr. p Sacrament et Recordatr. x4th die Aprillis Anno 1683 Juratus Coram me Cadwalldr. Jones"

This appears to be when the will of one William Sergent (SE-1)  dated  27 day of February 1682 is recorded.  Sworn statements of several folks were then recorded on the 4th day of April 1683 stating they were a witness to this will.  It would then appear that our Cadwallader (J0-1) recorded this in the court records, or at least saw the will, witness testimony, and most likely the probate of this will.  I would read the statement signed by Cadwallader(JO-1) as Probtr = probate, p = with, Sacrament = testimonies, et = and, Recordatr = recorded . Thus Cadwallader (JO-1) seems to be serving as clerk of court on this date in 1683.  As far as I have been able to tale, this is the only time in the will book(s) of Old Rappahannock County that this was done.

Friday, April 5, 2013

CJ (#17) All The Papers

Business and trade were major activities of those surrounding our Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) during the year 1684.  A letter dated June 10, 1684 written by William Fitzhugh (FI-1) to "Ralph Wormley, Esq." (WOR-3) contains the following:

"Hon'rd Sir,  Herewith comes accompany'd all your Papers a letter with State of your case drawn by Mr.Brent; the contents I have not seen till I had view of your papers;.....I have not had the happiness of seeing or discoursing Mr. Brent since his coming from Town but just half an hour as he came up, his business constantly calling him abroad....Be sure if possible to get copys of those I advised, as the Commission's &c to send with the rest your papers.  Sr. My last for a sudden dispatch away (being hastened by Collo Jones as you may see p his writing to help forward will not suffer me to add any more, save to wish this successful to you..."

This letter identifies several additional folks that would serve to help unravel the family tree some generations before.  "Mr. Brent" was a key (Catholic) fellow who played an important part in the settlement of Maryland, as well as Virginia.  "Ralph Wormely, Esq." was the son of Ralph Wormely, Sr. who was a key player in the government of early Virginia and the establishment of many Cavalier families to Virginia.  William Fitzhugh continues his business connections with Cadwallader who seems to have control of a great deal of the activities of this time period 1684.

A discussion of these letters can be found in Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. I, 1894 p. 253-254.