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1152. Charles Yancey was born before 1642 in Wales. He died 1690 in Hanover Co., VA. Charles married Mary Leighton.

THE ORIGIN OF THE YANCEY FAMILY

By Dennis J Yancey
19341 NW 61 Ave
Miami FL 33015
dyancey@umiami.ir.miami.edu

After nearly a century of family research, the origin of the Yancey family and the Yancey name itself, for the most part, still lie in obscurity. The history of the Yancey family has been traced back to the early 1700's to the colony of Virginia where branches of the family were living in the counties of New Kent, Hanover, Louisa, Spotsylvania and Culpeper. Where did these families come from? When and how did they immigrate to America? How did the name itself originate? These are questions that have eluded Yancey researchers for decades, most of the answers to which still lie undiscovered. What follows is not the discussion of any recent major discovery concerning the origin of the family, but a general summary of the various theories and traditions concerning the history of the family as well as some rather general information concerning life in Virginia during the 17th century. This is given to help the reader develop some general insight as to who our early Yancey ancestors were, and what life may have been like for them in the early Virginia Colony.

Due to the fact that no Yancey family has ever been able to trace its lineage from America into the Old World and also due to the fact that the surname does not exist among any of the records of Europe where the family is to have come from (the surname seemingly being native to America), Onomatologists (those who study the origin of names) have had quite a hard time even theorizing the origin of the Yancey family. One noted Onomatologist states that the surname is related to the French name "l'Anglais or Langley" a name given various families in France which literally meant "Englishman". Another researcher states that the name is the Anglicized spelling of the Dutch name "Jantje" which means "Little John". Both of these theories, and various others that have been proposed, lack any serious foundation and unless evidence is found to help substantiate these claims they should not be taken too seriously. The most credible evidence, although not documented and far from being conclusive, we obtain from early records of the family and from tradition and lore that has been handed down from generation to generation in the Yancey family to the present time.

The dominant family tradition that has been perpetuated through many generations and can be found in most branches of the family is the story of four or five Welsh brothers who came from the Old World in 1642 with Sir William Berkeley (Colonial Governor of Virginia) and settled along the James River in Virginia. According to some versions of Yancey lore their surname was originally to have been "Nanney", descending from a well-known royal family of Wales by the name whose estate was located in Merionethshire County. The name is to have been corrupted or changed to Yancey upon arrival in Virginia. There are various stories (often conflicting) concerning these Nanney/Yancey brothers. Some say that they were cousins of Sir William Berkeley; yet other stories say that they were stowaways. As to their fate - some say a few of the brothers were killed during Indian attacks on the colonists. The validity of these stories concerning the Yanceys coming to Virginia with Sir William Berkley about 1642 is very questionable. But by any means, by 1704, a Charles Yancey, found living in King William County, was the only Yancey found listed on the Quit Rent Rolls of Virginia. (The Rent Rolls of 1704, were in essence, a census of Virginia land owners - or "freeholders" as they were called.)

One of the first references to the Yancey/Nanney connection is found in a letter written in 1805 by one Samuel Shepherd of Virginia whose mother-in-law was a Yancey. The letter reads as follows:

My Dear Brother Robert:
Since I last saw you, my wife has been very ill in the house of her cousin Charles Yancey. Every attention was paid to her, before I reached her side, and she was delivered of a fine boy before my coming. The boy even now resembles that old Welsh stock. Charles Yancey says he must play astrologer and prepare the horoscope of the lad . . . While visiting Charles Yancey's home, during the convalescence of my wife, we discussed old Welsh stock. He tells me Mr. William Evans of Cumberland County say she is Welsh, and descended from some outlandish prince of that country. Mr. Evans who is a broadly cultivated man, says he does not believe the Yancey name is correct, that it was Nanney and got amended in transportation across the Atlantic. Charles Yancey had heard something of this kind from his folks, and my wife has an old arms of the family, that Mr. Evans says belongs to the Nanney family. He says he has seen it in his father's books.

In the early 1930's one member of the Yancey family hired a Welsh Genealogist by the name of Mr. O. E. Ruck to do research on the Nanney family of Wales to see if he could verify the Yancey/Nanney connection. Due to the lack of surnames in early Wales, few families of Welsh descent have been able to trace their lineage back for any extended number of generations. The Nanney family, on the other hand, being a well known Welsh family of royal blood, trace their lineage all the way back to the 12th century to an ancestor named Bleddyn, who became the ruler of a small kingdom in North Central Wales called "Powys". His son, named Cadwgan, struck out into the wild mountains near the coast northwest of Powys and founded his own estate near the present day town of Dolgellau, in what was until recently Merionethshire County.

He named his estate "Nannau" and the structure he built was called by many of his time "the stateliest house in all North Wales". It should be noted here that, as was stated, surnames in Wales did not exist as a common thing until the late 1500's and early 1600's and it was not until about this time that members of the family took a variant form of the name of their estate as their family name. The first in the Nanney clan to use the surname, it would seem, was one Grufydd Nanney. His son Huw Nanney Hen, being one of the more famous members of the family, built the Nanney estate up to a point of grandeur and it became the envy of the entire county. Many of the Yancey family have traveled abroad in search of the Nanney estate. The few, lucky enough to locate it, discovered a three story house of Georgian style set amid the Merionethshire mountains overlooking a natural deer park. The estate was, until recent times, in possession of members of the Nanney family - the last of the family to own the estate being of the name of Vaughn. Over the years, various Yanceys visited the estate and met with the Vaughns of Merionethshire, questioning the family concerning the Nanney/Yancey theory. The Vaughns, although not possessing any evidence of the sort, did seem to consider the account of the Yancey/Nanney brothers a possibility. The Nanney estate today, unfortunately, is no longer in possession of the family. Due to various unfortunate circumstances the estate was sold by the family to a development corporation and who knows what fate has in store for the property that for so long was in the possession of the Nanney family.

Returning to the research of Mr. Ruck, through work done by him, and investigations done by various others on the subject, it was ascertained that the Nanney Coat of Arms was indeed, nearly identical to a coat of arms held by various members of the Yancey family - the arms bearing a blue lion rampant facing left on a gold shield. The main difference between the two being the inclusion of the motto "Ne Touchez Pas Le Chat Sans Avoir Le Gant" (Touch Not The Cat Without The Glove) with the Yancey coat of arms. It should be noted, however, that there are various versions of both the Nanney and Yancey arms, some being quite different from others. This, it would seem, is probably a result of the fact that arms were often changed from one generation to the next.

Although no hard evidence was discovered by the Welsh genealogist Ruck, linking the Yanceys of America to the Nanneys of Wales, it was considered a valid possibility that the Yanceys could, indeed, have descended from the Nanneys of Wales. This theory is far from conclusive but assuming that it was true, how did the name-change from NANNEY to YANCEY occur. As one researcher states the name-change is somewhat "hard to swallow". How can one account for this drastic corruption in the spelling of the name? There are a handful of possibilities. One thing that should be kept in mind is that the Welsh were not very particular as to their surnames. As was stated, surnames in Wales did not even come into common use until the early 17th century. Although the name change seems quite drastic and unrealistic to many of us today, the theoretical name-change, drastic as it may be, whether intentional or not, is probably not as unlikely as some of us seem to think. It was not that uncommon for persons of this time period to adopt new or different surnames especially upon coming to America. Another possibility, although less likely, is that an early Yancey ancestor married into the Nanney family and instead of taking the paternal Nanney name as their own, they took their mother's name instead. One should not consider this to be too extremely out of the ordinary - as something of the sort did, in fact, happen to a member of the Wynn family who married into the family and took upon himself the Nanney name instead of his own. But, as has been stated, the name Yancey/Yancy does not exist in extant European records. Chances are much more great that the name was changed (intentionally or otherwise) from one generation to the next, from whatever the original name was to the current spelling of YANCEY. The significance of the name Yancey is uncertain. Whether it was adopted from some special origin - such as a certain place name, title, object etc.; whether the name was simply invented; or whether it was a corruption of some existing European surname is uncertain. (There are various names which did exist in Europe which could have easily been corrupted into our present spelling of the name Yancey including Jancy, Jauncey, Chauncey, DeLancey, Yantzi and various others) But, contrary to what various researchers have stated, the name does not seem to have evolved over a number of generations (such as from Nanney to Nancy to Yancey; or from De Hauncey to Hancey to Yancey). There are only two variations of the spelling of the name in America: YANCEY & YANCY; and among the early members of the family, Y-A-N-C-E-Y was by far the most common spelling. Compared to other colonial families the consistency of the spelling among the early family is rather uncommon and would indicate, as has been stated, that the name was probably radically changed or corrupted, for whatever reason, from one generation to the next and Y-A-N-C-E-Y abruptly became the accepted spelling of the name by the early family in America.

How reasonable is it to assume that the Yanceys do indeed descend from the Nanneys of Wales? Before this question is answered, it should be noted that members of the Nanney family of Wales did, in fact, immigrate to America during the 17th century. One Robert Nanney, grandson of the previously mentioned Huw Nanney Hen, crossed the sea in 1635 in a ship named the "Increase" and settled in MA. In the late 1700's various of his descendants settled in Virginia and North Carolina, and today several families across the United States carry this as their surname (although the name in Wales, it would seem, has completely died out). There is also a record of one Hugh Nanney found living in Virginia in 1689 in the James River area. His exact connection with the Nanney family of Wales or to the Robert Nanney of MA is uncertain (although, in view of the name, some relationship would seem certain). Any close connection, if it existed, between members of the Yancey family and these members of the Nanney family who immigrated to America has not, as of yet, been discovered.

All the independently collected evidence: The early letter referring to the Yancey/Nanney connection, the similarity in the coat of arms, the tradition of the Welsh brothers being such a common tradition in even distant branches of the family, would seem to indicate that there was apparently some close relationship between the Yancey family of America and the Nanney family of Wales. Information concerning the Nanney/Yancey connection even seems to have been passed down to members of the Nanney family now living in America. One member of the Nanney family of Virginia states:

"From my youth I have always heard that the names were the same (my father was quite old when I was born and he had retained many of the old legends handed down mouth-ear) and I ran into the same information once when inquiring at South Hill, Virginia about the Nanneys . . . The people there . . . mentioned the Nanneys and the Yanceys in one breath and shrugged when questioned about it, saying 'They are the same family--kissing cousins'"

All the collected information seems to point to some kind of connection between the Yancey and Nanney families. But, whether the Yanceys of America are of a direct paternal descent from the Nanneys of Wales has yet to be documented and due to the lack of evidence, one should not totally rule out the possibility that the Yanceys do not descend from the Welsh family after all. Other possibilities include a theory that the name was originally Jancey/Jauncey (a name which did exist in Wales and England at the time) and may have been corrupted to YANCEY upon arrival of the family in America. If the name was drastically changed from one generation to the next the original name could have been most anything.

Various scholars have stated that the Yancey name itself is of French linguistic origin and another theory that has been passed on by various researchers is that the Yanceys were French Huguenots and came to America seeking religious freedom. (The Huguenots were French Protestants, persecuted for their belief in the teachings of Calvin.) Although the Yanceys were associated with various families of Huguenot origin (such as the Dumas, Dabney and Mullins families) there is little, if any, evidence to be found indicating that the Yanceys themselves were Huguenots. In fact there would seem to be quite a bit of evidence indicating that they were not part of the Huguenot movement, but rather, strong members of the Protestant Episcopal Church. (The Protestant Episcopal Church - "The Established Church of Virginia" - was essentially the Church of England in America). One of the early Yanceys of Virginia was one Robert Yancey -who became a Protestant Episcopal minister after traveling to England where he was ordained by the Bishop of London. He returned to Virginia to become the rector of Trinity Parish in Louisa County and was highly respected by all in the family. The Crawford family, who were intimately associated with the early Yanceys and may have come over to America at the same time, were also closely associated with the the Protestant Episcopal Church. It was the established and official church of the colony, Virginia was not only divided into political divisions (counties), but also into ecclesiastical units (parishes). The officers of the parish were styled vestrymen; twelve men elected by the freeholders of the parish. The early records of the parishes of St Paul's in New Kent, St Martin's in Louisa, St Peter's in Culpeper and various others Episcopal parishes indicate that the Yanceys were closely associated with, and members of, the "Established Church of Virginia" as were the majority of early colonial Virginians. In fact one early Yancey in his will (not leaving any descendants as heirs), under certain conditions, bequeathed his property to the county to be to be used to school the poor children of the area. This was made under the condition, however, that only those children with parents of the Protestant Episcopal faith could attend. There would definitely seem to exist among the early members of the family an allegiance to the Anglican Church and a link to the countries of England and Wales. This was the case among the majority of early Virginians who before the revolution considered themselves Englishmen. The majority of those who came to Virginia in the 1640's when tradition has it that the Yanceys came, did not come over to seek religious freedom, but for economic and political reasons. The main immigrations of Huguenots to Virginia did not occur until after 1685 when Louis XIV of France repealed the Edict of Nantes and thousands fled to America. One of the main concentration of Huguenot settlement in the colony of Virginia was at Manakin Town in Henrico County and there seems be little evidence of the Yancey family ever settling there. Dissenters from the established church in Virginia had been persecuted throughout the 17th century and it was not until 1689, that King William decreed the Edict of Toleration granting certain rights to protestants, and persecution of dissenters became less common as the Act of Toleration became official Virginia law in 1699. Although the Yanceys seem to have been quite a religiously devout family there is no evidence that they came to America for religious motives or were ever under any religious persecution.

Concerning the fact that the name Yancey is purported to be of French origin - although the name itself would "appear" to be linguistically French, one should not automatically assume that the early Yanceys were, themselves, French. One cannot safely assume anything solely from the spelling of the name. There are various English family names of a similar spelling structure of no French origin. The French motto found on various renditions of the Yancey coat of arms is one of the few indications that suggest that the origin of the Yancey family may have had some French influence.

1153. Mary Leighton was born about 1658 in Hanover Co., VA.

The Leighton Connection
By Garland Branch
Niskayuna, New York
(about 1980 ??)

[DJY: This is a report concerning the Leighton Family. The earliest documented Yancey in America - Charles Yancey of King William County, VA, 1704, is often recorded as the son of Charles Yancey I and his wife Mary Leighton. Evidence for this is pretty much non-existent - but the following research notes do shed some light on the family, that according to family tradition was the maternal ancestry of Charles Yancey II or King William County]

According to Rosa Faulkner Yancey ("Lynchburg and Its Neighbors" Richmond, J W Fergusson, 1935 p 330) Charles Yancey, the immediate ancestor of the Yancey Family in Lynchburg came to Virginia about the year 1674 with his wife, who was the granddaughter of Alexander Leighton, the famous Scotch Divine, whose persecution was one of the greatest scandals of the reign of Charles I. She was also a niece of Robert Leighton, another famous churchman, who was Bishop of Dublin and later Archbishop of Glasgow.

Alexander Leighton (1568-1649) was a physician and divine and was born in Scotland. The Dictionary of National Biography states that he was descended from an ancient family possessed of the estate of Ulysham near Montrose. He was outspoken in his opposition to the Roman Papacy and published a book, "Sion's Plea", against Roman Catholicism in 1628 in Holland. He was tried for this by the Star Chamber and in June 1630 was sentenced to pay a fine of 10,000 pounds, to have both nostrils slit, to have both ears cut off, and to have his face branded with the letters "S.S." for "Sower of Sedition". Only a part of this sentence, however, was carried out and the Long Parliament released him from prison in 1640, cancelled his fine, and paid him 6000 pounds for his suffering. In 1642 he was appointed Keeper of Lambeth House, which had been converted into a prison. He died in 1649.

Alexander Leighton had four sons and daughters: James, Robert, Elisha, Caleb, Elizabeth and Sapphira. Only Robert and Elisha and the daughter survived to maturity. He was twice married, his second wife being the daughter of Sir. William Musgrave of Cumberland.

Robert Leighton (1611-1684), the elder surviving son of Alexander and his first wife, was noted for his Christian piety, his humility and gentleness, and his devotion to his calling. Although he had strong Presbyterian leanings, he allowed himself to be named First Bishop of Dunblane and later Archbishop of Glasgow by Charles II in order to help preserve harmony and unity in Scotland.

Robert Leighton never married, but references to his mother and sisters appear in a letter he wrote to his brother-in-law Edward Lightmaker of London: "My mother writes to me and presses my coming up. I know not yet if that can be. But I intend, God willing, so soon as I can conveniently. . . Remember my love to my sisters. The Lord be with you, and lead you in his ways".

Bishop Leighton's sister, according to a biography ("The Life of Archbishop Leighton", New York, American Tract Society, n.d. p. 53) was married "to a gentleman of fortune and character, Edward Lightmaker, Esq. of Broadhurst, in Sussex. Mrs. Lightmaker was now a widow, and lived with her son, in the family mansion. Thither Leighton was invited to retire[1674] and spend the remainder of his days. His sister's spirit was congenial with his own, and young Lightmaker was a most dutiful son and respectful nephew.

Robert's only surviving brother was Elisha, later "Sir Ellis Leighton". Sir Ellis served as secretary to John Lord Berkeley of Stratton when he was Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland in 1670 and Ambassador to France in 1675. He died 9 Jan 1684 and his will mentions a daughter Mary (Will P.C.C. 23 Cann.)

In all the sources studied so far on the family of Alexander Leighton, only one granddaughter, Mary the daughter of Sir Ellis Leighton, has been mentioned. It would appear that one of Alexander's daughters never married and lived with her sister, Mrs. Edward Lightfoot, and only a son of Mrs. Lightmaker is mentioned. Further research may show whether there were any other granddaughters of Alexander Leighton who may have married Charles Yancey and came to the Colony of Virginia with him in 1674.

It is interesting to note that the secretary to Sir William Berkeley, Governor of the Colony of Virginia, was Thomas Ludwell, who wrote correspondence for Sir William to his brother John, Lord Berkeley of Stratton. Thus two Yanceys, Robert Leighton Yancey, a son of Capt. Charles Yancey of Louisa County, Va. and Ludwell Yancey, son of John and Mary Layton Yancey of Culpeper County, were given names of families associated with the Berkeleys.

Charles and Mary had the following children:

576 M i Charles Yancey was born 1678 and died 1749.
M ii
Ensign Lewis Davis Yancey was born about 1698 in New Kent Co., VA. He died about 1788 in Culpeper Co., VA.

Lewis was a Captain in the Virginia Militia, 1767. In 1781 supplied revolutionary army with "Stalled beef".

1154. Richard Bartlett was born about 1654.

He had the following children:

577 F i Mary Bartlett was born about 1678 and died 1748.

1156. Luke Thornton 1 was born 1 1642 in St. Margarets, Westminster, London, England. He died 1 2 Mar 1725/1726 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA. Luke married 1 Anne about 1675 in Orange Co., VA. [Parents]

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He signed a will January 29 1725/1726. Proved March 2, 1725, probated March 2, 1725/1726. Listed in The Registers of North Farnham Parish 1663-1741 and in Lunenburg Parish 1683-1700. Witnessed the inventory of Thomas Foster, March 21, 1671-1672, Westmoreland County, Virginia. Registered an earmark for his animals in Westmoreland County, September 26, 1677, later deeded land in 1679, 1681 and 1685 in Rappahannock County, (later Richmond County), Virginia, where he had moved. Deeded more land with his son Luke, Jr., in Westmoreland County, March 29, 1700, by Randolph Kirk. Lawsuits from 1701 to 1704 about title to Westmoreland County, land. Deed of October 5, 1725 and will of January 29, 1725-1726, probated March 2, 1725-1726 mentions this land.

p. 6 - Luke Thornton, NFP< will; January 29 1725, March 2 1725/26 son Thomas my land in West County beyond Pantico; grsons. William Mark, and Rowland Thornton, dau. Anne Mountjoy, grdau. Sarah Jones; son Matthew; dau. Elizabeth Nash, ex: dau. Anne Mountjoy and grdau. Sarah Jones; wits: Marmaduke Beckwith, William Sisson and Michael Winder


Provided by D. Thornton

1157. Anne 1 was born 1 about 1654 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA. She died 1 about 1725 in Richmond, VA.

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Anne does not appear in a deed that Luke Thornton made to his heirs. Listed in the North Farnham Parish Register.

They had the following children:

M i
Luke Thornton Jr. 1 was born 1 1676 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA. He died 1 1718 in Richmond, VA.

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He died in 1725 in North Farnham, Richmond County, Virginia, between January and March because will was filed in Richmond County, Court Records on March 21, 1725. Appears in a suit of June 17, 1699 in Richmond County. Moved to Orange County before 1741.
M ii
John B. Thornton 1 was born 1 1678 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA. He died 1 1692.
F iii
Elizabeth Thornton 1 was born 1 about 1680 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA. She died 1 30 Mar 1762 in Westmoreland Co., VA.
M iv
Matthew Thornton 1 was born 1 about 1682 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA. He died 1 1727 in Richmond, VA.

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Named in Luke Thornton I will of 1725.

P. 57. Matthew Thornton, Sitt. Par., will: November 30 1726, April 51727, sons Hopkins and Matthew my whole tract of land, the lower part to Hopkins and the upper part to younger son Matthew, wife Ellen; daus. Ellen, Rebecca, son Craske; no ex; wits: Avery Dye, John Newman, James Wilson.
(Matthew Thornton married twice: by his first wife Elizabeth Hopkins he had three children, Hopkins, Matthew and Rebecca; and by his second wife Eleanore Craske, he had two children, Craske and Ellen).
F v
Anne Thornton 1 was born 1 1683 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA.
M vi
Mark Thornton 1 was born 1 22 Sep 1686 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA. He died 1 1721 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA.

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Mark Thornton, inv. by Mary Thornton, relict and widowed; 7 Mar 1721/22
578 M vii Dr. Thomas Thornton was born 5 Apr 1688 and died 28 Jun 1729.

1158. James Curtis was born about 1687. He died 18 Nov 1720 in Middlesex Co., VA. James married Elizabeth Obert before 31 Mar 1683. [Parents]

1159. Elizabeth Obert was born about 1660. She died 20 Jan 1715/1716 in Middlesex Co., VA. [Parents]

They had the following children:

579 F i Agatha Curtis was born 25 Jul 1692 and died 1755.
F ii
Avarilla Curtis died 2 Mar 1732/1733 in Middlesex Co., VA.
M iii
Chichester Curtis died 1 Feb 1723/1724 in Middlesex Co., Va..
M iv
James Curtis was born about 1687. He died before 3 Jan 1720/1721 in Middlesex Co., Va..

James was baptized 12 Apr 1687 in Christ Church - Middlesex Co., Va..
F v
Elizabeth Curtis died after 1720.
M vi
Charles Curtis died after 1731.

1160. John Graves 1 was born Jan 1670 in Gloucester Co., VA. He died before 2 Jun 1747 in Spotsylvania Co., VA. John married Susannah about 1690 in Virginia. [Parents]

1161. Susannah 1 was born about 1674 in Virginia.

They had the following children:

580 M i Thomas Graves was born about 1691 and died before 6 Jun 1768.

1164. Edward Herndon 1, 2 was born Mar 1678 in St Stephens Parish, New Kent Co., VA. He died 9 Mar 1758 in Caroline Co., VA. Edward married Mary Waller on 1698 in VA.

Edward had a will probated 5 Nov 1759 in VA. [Parents]

1165. Mary Waller 1, 2 was born 23 May 1674 in Newport Pagnell, Bucks, England. She died 1727 in Caroline Co., VA. [Parents]

They had the following children:

M i
Zachariah Herndon was born after 1698.

This is from FTM pedigree 4018
582 M ii John Herndon was born 1700 and died 1786.
M iii
Edward Herndon Jr. 1 was born 1702 in King and Queen Co., VA. He died Oct 1759 in Spotsylvania Co., VA.

Edward was employed Sheriff From 1734 to 1740 in Spotsylvania Co., VA.
F iv
Ann Herndon was born about 1704.
M v
William Herndon 1 was born 1706 in King and Queen Co., VA. He died 1783 in Orange Co., VA.
M vi
Richard Herndon 1 was born 1708 in King and Queen Co., VA. He died 1754 in Orange Co., NC.
F vii
Martha Herndon 1 was born 1710 in King and Queen Co., VA. She died 1766 in Charlotte Co., VA.
M viii
David Herndon 1 was born 1712 in King and Queen Co., VA. He died 1795 in Campbell Co., VA.
M ix
James Herndon 1 was born about 1716 in King and Queen Co., VA. He died about 1764 in Caroline Co., VA.
F x
Anne Herndon 1 was born about 1717 in New Kent Co., VA. She died about 1777 in Caswell Co., NC.

1166. John William Femor Pomfret Jr. was born 1666 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. He died 1724 in King William Co., VA. John married Mary de Jarnett. [Parents]

1167. Mary de Jarnett.

They had the following children:

583 F i Sara Pomfret was born about 1713.

1180. Aaron Whitaker was born about 1635 in England.

He had the following children:

590 M i John Whitacre was born 1667 and died 30 Nov 1713.

1184. Jacques Flournoy 1 was born 19 Jul 1608 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 28 Jul 1608 in St Gervais, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He died 19 Mar 1674/1675 in La Poissonnerie, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. Jacques married Judith Puesar Puerari on 9 Feb 1644/1645 in Church Madeleine, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. [Parents]

1185. Judith Puesar Puerari 1 was born 8 Apr 1624 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. She died 14 Nov 1675 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. [Parents]

They had the following children:

F i
Jeanne Flournoy was born 27 Nov 1645 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 30 Nov 1645 in St Pierre, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. She died 14 Nov 1688 in Allemandes, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
F ii
Sara Flournoy was born 3 Jun 1647 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 8 Jun 1647 in Ch Madeleine, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. She died 14 Jan 1647/1648 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
F iii
Delie Flournoy was born 31 Oct 1648 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 8 Nov 1648 in St Pierre, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
F iv
Jeanne-Marie Flournoy was born 3 May 1651 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 11 May 1651 in St Pierre, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. She died 29 Aug 1724.
F v
Elisabeth Flournoy was born 26 Aug 1653 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened in Ch Madeleine, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
F vi
Anne-Gabrielle Flournoy was born 3 Dec 1655 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 7 Dec 1655 in Ch Madeleine, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. She died 17 Dec 1687 in Le Sceau, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
592 M vii Jacques Jean Flournoy was born 15 Sep 1657 and died 22 Feb 1724/1725.
M viii
Esaie Flournoy was born 13 Jan 1659/1660 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 27 Jan 1659/1660 in Ch Madeleine, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He died 23 Jul 1714 in Ceylon.
M ix
Jacob Flournoy was born 5 Jan 1662/1663 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 16 Jan 1662/1663 in Ch Madeleine, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He died about 1721 in Williamsburg, York, VA.
M x
Henry Flournoy was born 19 Aug 1666 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and was christened 3 Sep 1666 in Ch Madeleine, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.

1186. Gaspard Eyraud died before 21 Apr 1683. He married Rachel Legris.

1187. Rachel Legris.

They had the following children:

593 F i Julie Eyraud was born 16 Aug 1664 and died 16 Aug 1756.

1192. Thomas Harris 1, 2 was christened 1 18 Sep 1636 in Chevening, Kent, England. He died 2 after 1 Apr 1678 in Charles City Co., VA. Thomas married Youette.

Thomas signed a will 1 Apr 1678 in Charles City Co., VA. [Parents]

1: 1577, Arthur Harris Arms entitlement
2: 25 July 1664, Gives deposition & states he is age 28 (Charles City Order Bk 1655-1665)
3: 25 July 1664, A John Harris gives deposition & states he is age 37 or there abouts (this is John bapt 1624)
Baptism: 18 September 1636, Chevening, Kent, England92
Note: NOT CERTAIN OF THIS BEING HEAD OF THIS LINE
Occupation: London Merchant

f-Fmfco@aol.com states he is a London Merchant born in Va in 1635 m Youette who then married a Ferris, with two sons, Thomas and Timothy and dau who m John Hardaway.

b-deposed age 28 25 jul 1664 Charles City Order Bk

f-ancestry not proven-need ck; has a proven brother named George who died in charles City Co in 1663 with a wife Sarah and left sister Mrs Hardaway 250 pds. He had no children and left his brother, Thomas, a large plantation on James River named Causey's Cove.

f-no George given as brother in rootsweb gen

1193. Youette was born about 1644. She was buried in Henrico Co., VA.

They had the following children:

596 M i Thomas Harris was born 1669 and died before 6 Jul 1730.

1194. Thomas Jefferson 1, 2 was born about 1653 in St. Christopher Island, British West Indies. He died before 7 Dec 1697 in Henrico Co., VA. Thomas married 2 Mary Branch about 1679.

Thomas resided 1677 in "Osborne's", Henrico Co., VA. He had a will probated 7 Dec 1697 in Henrico Co., VA. [Parents]

President Thomas Jefferson, 3rd United States President, indicated that his family originated possibly from Wales. President Jefferson commissioned an agent to trace his lineage which was found to trace to the Jeaffresons of Dullingham House, Cambridge, England. Further research has led us back to Pettistree, Suffolk County, England where the Jeaffreson family of Dullingham had earlier originated. Possibly they may have originated still earlier in Wales, but for purposes of this article we must begin at Pettistree.

A Thomas Jefferson went to Jamaica in 1656, but the 1670 Census 14 years later shows none. It is not improbable that he left the Leeward Islands for Jamaica before finally settling in Virginia. - "Annual Report" of the Monticello Association. 1907.

Thomas Jefferson, the first to settle in Henrico Southside, lived at Osborne's across the James River from Farrar's Island and near Kingsland, home of the Branch family. His plantation was located in the Curles Section of the James River, south of the present city of Richmond, Virginia. This is in the vicinity of where the river begins it's snake-like path past Flower du Hundred (which was represented in the first Virginia Assembly of 1619 at Jamestown by his believed great uncle, John Jeaffreson).

1195. Mary Branch 1, 2 was born 1660 in Henrico Co., VA. She died 1697. [Parents]

They had the following children:

597 F i Mary Jefferson was born about 1675 and died Sep 1745.
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Capt. Thomas Jefferson Jr. 1, 2, 3, 4 was born 5 20 Nov 1679 in Henrico Co., VA and was christened 7 Dec 1679 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 5 15 Feb 1730/1731 in Osborne's, Chesterfield Co., VA.

Thomas signed a will 13 Mar 1724/1725 in Chesterfield Co., VA. He had a will probated Apr 1731 in Chesterfield Co., VA.

1. COLONIAL WILLS OF HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA, PART ONE 1654-1737
Abstracted and complied by Benjamin B. Weisiger III (1976)

Will of THOMAS JEFFERSON
To son FIELD, mourning ring worth 20 shillings
To son PETER, my land on Fine Creek and Manekin Creek
If he dies before 21, to my three daughters, JUDITH, MARY and MARTHA.
Also, to son PETER, negroes and items, some of which were bought of
TURPIN, JOSEPH WILKINSON and THOMAS EDWARDS.
To daughters MARY and MARTHA, the land I lately bought of GEORGE CARTER,
the land mortgaged by GRILLS, and all the rest of estate to be sold by
MAJOR WILLIAM KENNON and HENRY WOOD and then L 10 to be given to my
daughter JUDITH FARRAR and the rest divided between my daughters MARY and
MARTHA.
My sister MARTHA WINN to take care of my daughter MARTHA and CAPT. HENRY RANDOLPH to take care of my daughter MARY.
If daughters die before 21, survivor to get their share and if both die, to daughter JUDITH FARRAR.

Son PETER to be executor

Dated 15 March 1725
Witnesses: Benjamin Branch, Henry Moody
Recorded April 1731

This will proves that Martha Jefferson, daughter of Thomas Jefferson 1st and sister of Thomas Jefferson 2nd. married Winn (Wynne).

Mrs. Winn also states that it was Thomas Wynne (Robert's brother) that married Ann Bolling, daughter of Robert and Ann Stith Bolling. Thomas married (2) Martha_____? who she thinks was a Llewellyn....but has no
proof.
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Martha Jefferson 1, 2 was born 23 Feb 1681/1682 in Henrico Co., VA. She died before 23 Jul 1754 in Henrico Co., VA.

1200. John Cannon was born about 1642 in Virginia. He died before Sep 1696 in Henrico Co., VA. John married Esther Pledge estimated 1670.

1201. Esther Pledge was born about 1644. She died 1703/1759. [Parents]

They had the following children:

600 M i William Cannon was born about 1673 and died before Aug 1747.
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John Cannon Jr. was christened 1 Apr 1689 in Henrico Co., VA. He died Feb 1734/1735.
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Joseph Cannon was born 1676/1696. He died 1681/1779.
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Mary Cannon was born 1676/1696. She died 1680/1782.

1202. Col. Robert Woodson 1, 2, 3 was born 4 1634 in Fleur de Hundred, Prince George Co., VA. He died 1716 in Varina Par., Henrico Co., VA. Robert married 5 Elizabeth Ferris on 1656 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. [Parents]

From "Adventurers of Purse and Person":
ROBERT WOODSON deposed, June 1680, that he was "46 years of age or thereabouts," and, 1 June 1696, that he was aged about 61. He married Elizabeth Ferris, daughter of Richard Ferris. On 21 Oct 1687 Robert Woodson, Richard Ferris and three others patented 1780 acres on White Oak Swamp in Varina Parish and the same day he, John Woodson, Sr., and two others patented 470 acres, also in Henrico county. He held 1157 acres in Henrico County, 1704, and died after 1 Oct 1707.

1203. Elizabeth Ferris 1, 2, 3, 4 was born 1638 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died before 1689 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. [Parents]

They had the following children:

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John Woodson 1 was born about 1658 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died before 5 Dec 1715 in Henrico Co., VA.

John resided in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He joined religion in Quaker at the Curles Meeting. He was employed 1683/1703 in carpenter and merchant. He signed a will 2 25 Nov 1715 in Henrico Co., VA. He had a will probated 5 Dec 1715 in Henrico Co., VA.

Occupation: Carpenter, Merchant

BIOGRAPHY: Lived at Curles, Henrico County, Virginia.

DEATH: Died before December 5, 1715 (Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, 1976, p 3-8). Will dated November 25, 1715.
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Robert Woodson Jr. 1 was born 1660 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died Feb 1729/1730 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA.

Robert signed a will 6 Jul 1729 in Henrico Co., VA. He had a will probated Feb 1729/1730 in Henrico Co., VA.

It is not certain exactly which children were born to Elizabeth and which to Sarah.
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Richard Woodson 1, 2, 3 was born 1662 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died before 4 Mar 1715/1716 in Henrico Co., VA.

BIOGRAPHY: He held 180 acres in Henrico County, 1704. His brother Roberton 4 March 1716/7 deeded to his "loving cozens (nephews) Obadia Woodson, John Woodson and Joseph Woodson, sons of Richard Woodson, deceased," 498 acres in Henrico County, being the third part of a patent to Robert Woodson dated 23 Dec 1714, and the same day conveyed 80 acres to his "loving Cozen Richard Woodson," son of Richard, deceased.
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Elizabeth Woodson 1 was born 1662 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died about 1740 in Goochland Co., VA.
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Joseph Richard Woodson 1 was born about 1664 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died before 15 Oct 1734 in Goochland Co., VA.

Joseph signed a will 2 Jan 1733 in Goochland Co., VA. He had a will probated 15 Oct 1734 in Goochland Co., VA.
F vi
Sarah Woodson 1, 2 was born 3 1665 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died before 12 Oct 1710 in Henrico Co., VA.
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Benjamin Lewis Woodson 1 was born 21 Aug 1666 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died before Aug 1723 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA.

Benjamin signed a will 19 Nov 1722 in Henrico Co., VA. He had a will probated Aug 1723 in Henrico Co., VA.
601 F viii Judith Woodson was born about 1673 and died before Jun 1733.
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Mary Woodson 1, 2, 3 was born 1678 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died 1 Feb 1766 in Goochland Co., VA.

1204. Col. Robert Woodson is printed as #1202.

1205. Elizabeth Ferris is printed as #1203.

They had the following children:

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John Woodson 1 was born about 1658 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died before 5 Dec 1715 in Henrico Co., VA.

John resided in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He joined religion in Quaker at the Curles Meeting. He was employed 1683/1703 in carpenter and merchant. He signed a will 2 25 Nov 1715 in Henrico Co., VA. He had a will probated 5 Dec 1715 in Henrico Co., VA.

Occupation: Carpenter, Merchant

BIOGRAPHY: Lived at Curles, Henrico County, Virginia.

DEATH: Died before December 5, 1715 (Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, 1976, p 3-8). Will dated November 25, 1715.
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Robert Woodson Jr. 1 was born 1660 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died Feb 1729/1730 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA.

Robert signed a will 6 Jul 1729 in Henrico Co., VA. He had a will probated Feb 1729/1730 in Henrico Co., VA.

It is not certain exactly which children were born to Elizabeth and which to Sarah.
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Richard Woodson 1, 2, 3 was born 1662 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died before 4 Mar 1715/1716 in Henrico Co., VA.

BIOGRAPHY: He held 180 acres in Henrico County, 1704. His brother Roberton 4 March 1716/7 deeded to his "loving cozens (nephews) Obadia Woodson, John Woodson and Joseph Woodson, sons of Richard Woodson, deceased," 498 acres in Henrico County, being the third part of a patent to Robert Woodson dated 23 Dec 1714, and the same day conveyed 80 acres to his "loving Cozen Richard Woodson," son of Richard, deceased.
F iv
Elizabeth Woodson 1 was born 1662 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died about 1740 in Goochland Co., VA.
602 M v Joseph Richard Woodson was born about 1664 and died before 15 Oct 1734.
F vi
Sarah Woodson 1, 2 was born 3 1665 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died before 12 Oct 1710 in Henrico Co., VA.
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Benjamin Lewis Woodson 1 was born 21 Aug 1666 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died before Aug 1723 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA.

Benjamin signed a will 19 Nov 1722 in Henrico Co., VA. He had a will probated Aug 1723 in Henrico Co., VA.
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Judith Woodson 1, 2 was born about 1673 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died before Jun 1733.
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Mary Woodson 1, 2, 3 was born 1678 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died 1 Feb 1766 in Goochland Co., VA.

1206. John Woodson III was born 1 1655 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died 2 after 1 May 1700 in Henrico Co., VA. John married 2 Mary Tucker on 1677 in VA. [Parents]

1207. Mary Tucker 1, 2, 3, 4 was born 1 1660. She died 1 after 1710 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. [Parents]

JOHN WOODSON, JR. as marrying the orphan of SAMUEL TUCKER, assign my right in the above tract to MARTIN ELAM. 20 Aug. 1681.
Wit: Robert (O) Easly, Hugh Davis
Signed: John Woodson, Jr. Recorded 20 Aug. 1681

I, JOHN WOODSON, JR. as marrying orphant of SAMUEL TUCKER, dec'd, vist., MARY TUCKER, have released all claim to above land. 15 Dec. 1680
Wit: Zacheus Ellis, Robt. (O) Easly.
Signed: John Woodson, Jr. Recorded 20 Aug. 1681

They had the following children:

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Joseph Woodson was born about 1680 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. He died 1752.
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Samuel Tucker Woodson was born about 1682. He died 1718.
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Benjamin Woodson 1 was born about 1684 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 1778 in Fluvanna Co., VA.
603 F iv Mary Jane Woodson was born about 1686 and died before 1 Aug 1710.

1208. Edward Mosby 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 was born 2 about 1660 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 2 before 3 May 1742 in Henrico Co., VA. Edward married 2 Sarah Woodson before 1 Jun 1688 in Henrico Co., VA. [Parents]

Edward Mosby was a Quaker, but was discharged 5 Sep 1724 for not living up to the tenets. He was a builder by trade.

1209. Sarah Woodson 1, 2 was born 3 1665 in Curles, Henrico Co., VA. She died before 12 Oct 1710 in Henrico Co., VA. [Parents]

They had the following children:

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John Mosby 1, 2, 3, 4 was born 2 1687 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 2 before 20 Nov 1718 in Henrico Co., VA.

The Valentine Papers, Vol. II, p. 866:

John - (X) - Mosby, Will of; son John; a mulatto boy named James, one cow and calf, and a 2 year old heifer and two years schooling after he arrives to the age of ten years. also gives sd. son John 2 barros, 2 breeding sows, testators' little gun, 2 pewter plates, 1 pott. daughter Judith, one breeding sow. daughter Martha, one breeding sow. daughter Sarah one breeding sow. daughter Luciana one breeding sow. the child that his wife goeth now withall, one cow yearling. wife Martha a parcel or tract of land on White Oak Swamp, which was given the testator by his grandfather and a negro man named Frank. Also lends his wife the land, houses and orchard whereon he the testator lives during her natural life not debarring his son John from seating on the land when shall think fit and at the death of his sd. wife the sd. land on which the testator lives to go to his sd. son John Mosby. Executrix, his wife Martha.
Wit. Wm. Allen, Richard Moseby, Robert Moseby. Nov. 20, 1718.
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Robert Mosby 1, 2, 3 was born 3 1689. He died 3 1720/1779.

[Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #4013]

Mosby Family History, by James H. Mosby
604 M iii Capt. Benjamin Mosby was born 1690 and died 16 Sep 1772.
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Joseph Mosby 1, 2, 3 was born 3 1691 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 3 13 Jun 1727 in VA.

[Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #4013]

Mosby Family History, by James H. Mosby
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Agnes Mosby 1, 2, 3 was born 3 1693 in Henrico Co., VA. She died 3 1721/1787.

[Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #4013]

Mosby Family History, by James H. Mosby
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Hezekiah Mosby 1, 2, 3 was born 3 1695 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 3 20 Dec 1787.

[Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #4013]

Mosby Family History, by James H. Mosby
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Jacob Mosby 1, 2, 3 was born 3 1697 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 3 Nov 1781 in Virginia.

[Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #4013]

Mosby Family History, by James H. Mosby
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Richard Mosby 1, 2, 3 was born 3 1699 in Henrico Co., VA. He died 3 20 May 1746 in Goochland Co., VA.

[Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #4013]

Mosby Family History, by James H. Mosby

1210. Benjamin Poindexter was born about 1680. He died 1766. Benjamin married Ann. [Parents]

1211. Ann.

They had the following children:

605 F i Mary Poindexter was born 1700 and died 1766.

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