Wade Newman’s book: Introduction

A Revision of the Family History of Thomas Newman, a 17th century Immigrant, who settled in the Northern Neck of Virginia.

The first generation of this ancestry in colonial Virginia began in the seventeen century.   It began with a Thomas Newman and a wife who is unknown to us.  Beginning as early as 1635 the name Thomas Newman appeared on a number of transportation records. It remains uncertain which if any of these men is the forefather of our family of interest. .

The first Thomas Newman of this ancestry is known to have had a brother named John Newman.  A land patent of sixteen fifty-four showed that John Newman had secured four hundred acres at the head of  Morattico Creek in Lancaster County, Virginia.   Two years later a list of “tithables” for that region was presented to court by Lt. Col. Fauntleroy.  It recorded a John Newman but not his brother Thomas. 

The Thomas Newman of this ancestry was first identified with reasonable certainty, along with his brother John, as a witness to a document in 1665.   A document trail can be shown from that time forward to the twenty first century, but not without controversy.

There are two published histories of the descendants of Thomas Newman of Richmond County, Virginia.  It is my hope that the notes herein provided might serve as the groundwork for another researcher to compose a third updated history.

The  most influential publication of the Thomas Newman family was written by William Fletcher Boogher.  His book, “Gleanings of Virginia History, An Historical and Genealogical Collection,  Largely From Original Sources,” was published in Washington, D.C. in 1903.  It contained a Chapter,  “Genealogy of the Newman Family, 1618-1900.”   Unfortunately, the “Original Sources” used to create this book were not attached nor identified.

The Boogher  book can be found on the website,  https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uva.x000026686;view=1up;seq=14.

Today most of the Newman family trees found on Ancestry.com, Family Search and other web pages generally  reproduce the findings found in Boogher’s remarkable book.  Currently available internet and inter library loan services allow us to review many of the documents probably used by Boogher, and, also to review many not so easily available to him.

Another book, “ Thomas Newman 1620-1700 Original Immigrant to Richmond County Virginia and some of His Descendants,  A Newman Family History and Genealogy,” by Preston Earl Newman, published in 1995,  serves as an addendum to the work of  William Boogher.   Preston Earl Newman presents the first four generations of the family of Thomas Newman with a few interpretations which differ from William Boogher.  Preston Newman does cite some of his resources used.

The Preston Earl Newman book can be found on the website, https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE201627

Here are the relevant pages from the two works above.

From “Gleanings of Virginia History, Newman Family of Virginia,” by William Fletcher Booger,

page 246

Thomas Newman, born in England about 1620…. probably married the daughter of Henry Burdette Sr. … died intestate, about the beginning of the year 1700.  He probably had daughters … and but one son.  His children were:

1. Thomas Newman

2. Wife of Avery Naylor (Patience)

3. Wife of John McMelion (Frances)

4. Wife of John Wilson (Frances)

page 246-247.

Thomas Newman, Jr.,  … probably born before 1657 … died between 1704 and 1707,  Thomas Newman was reputed to have married the daughter of Mr. Elias Wilson, deceased …..and left issue:

1. Alexander, born 1678

2. George, twin

3. John, (evidently twins, born 1681, as both were minors in 1701 and of age in 1702)

4. Thomas, a minor in 1707

From “Thomas Newman 1620-1700 Original Immigrant to Richmond County Virginia and some of His Descendants,  A Newman Family History and Genealogy,” by Preston Earl Newman, 1995,

page 1-5

Thomas Newman born in England circa 1620 …. died intestate in 1700.  The children of Thomas Newman, original immigrant, and his wife Elizabeth Burdett (Burditt) were;

1. Thomas Newman, Jr. born circa 1648 and married circa 1667… Bridget Wilson.

2. Anne Newman born circa 1653… inventory … of her estate in Richmond County VA 1713

3. Patience Newman born circa 1658 and marred John Ford

4. Frances Newman was born circa 1663 …. died in 1747

page 6-14

Thomas Newman, Jr., … was born circa 1648, … concludes that by  30 July 1707 Thomas Newman, Jr. was deceased.  The writer will cite circa 1706 as the year of his death. 

He married circa 1657 Bridget Wilson … the daughter of Susannah and Elias Wilson, Sr.   Bridget Wilson was born circa 1650 … and … may have died…circa 1686-1690.  The children of Bridget Wilson and Thomas Newman were:

1. Mary Newman, born circa 1668

2. Alexander Newman,  born circa 1678

3. George Newman, born circa 1681, twin

4. John Newman, born circa 1681, twin

5. Thomas Newman III, born circa 1687-1690

Using the copied documents included here and many others attached as a massive addendum this author proposes the following early family history.

Proposed here  

Thomas Newman is the name of the first immigrant in this family to arrive in Virginia.  The year of his arrival is not known but certainly before 1665.  He was born between 1620 and  1635.  The name of his wife is unproven.  She was not named Elizabeth Burdett.  There has been only one son  identified.

  1. Thomas Newman, Jr., born circa 1654-1656, died 1700

               Thomas, the immigrant may have had a wife named Sussana and other relatives Anne Newman and Susan           Newman.

Other probable but not proven children of Thomas the immigrant were:

  •  Patience, wife of John Ford
  •  Daughter unnamed, wife of Andrew Morton

Thomas Newman, Jr., the son of the immigrant Thomas Newman, was likely born  between 1654 and 1656.  Thomas died in 1700.  The wife of Thomas, Jr. is not known but may have been kin to Henry Burdette, Sr.  Their children were:

  1. Frances Newman circa 1677/1678
    1. Charity Maxmillion
    1. Catherine Maxmillion
  2. Thomas Newman, III,  born circa  1678/1679
  3. Elizabeth Newman, born circa 1679-1684
  4. George, born circa 1687
  5. John, born circa 1687

Thomas Newman III.,  born circa 1679,  married Bridget Wilson, born circa 1679.  They were married  circa 1697.   Bridget Wilson was the daughter of Elias Wilson and Susannah Wilson.  No direct proof has been found to support the ages and their date of marriage  for Thomas, III,  and Bridget.  Thomas died shortly after 1714.

Below are the documents of support. They do often contradict the conclusions of Mr. William Booger and Mr. Preston Earl Newman.   Notes of interpretation and clarification are also presented.

Thomas Newman the elder (Immigrant)

There were a number of Thomas Newman’s shown on  Virginia Colony documents prior to 1664.  Here is an effort to group some of them together.  The history of Thomas Newman, the Immigrant, is very uncertain.   The only thing we can say with confidence is that he had arrived in the colony of Virginia by 1665.  And, Thomas probably had a relative, John Newman, who was shown to have arrived sometime before 1659. 

William Boogher and Preston Newman provide a good history of John Newman.  Annotated documents pertaining to John  Newman are presented on another paper.

1635

Mynifie, George grantee

Land Office Patents No. 1, 1623-1643 (v.1 & 2), p. 691 (Reel 1)

Microfilm. Virginia State Land Office Patents 1-42, reels 1-41

To all to whom these presents shall come, Now know ye that I the said John Hambey do with the consent of the committee of states accordingly give and present unto George Mynifie , merchant, a tract of land three thousand acres more or less lying and being upon a creek commonly called by the name of Porrengers Creek (?) for the transportation of thirty five persons unto this colony the patent which said tract of land was granted unto him the said George Mynifie by order of the court at James City bearing the date the ninth of May 1635.  Recorded the 19th April 1638.

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Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1800, Volume 1,  p118, by Neil Marion Nugent, Richmond, Virginia, Press of The Dietz Printing Co. 1934

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 1

page 118

[pg 118][Patent Book No.1 – Part II] George Mynifie, Merchant, 3,000 acs, Apr. 19, 1638, page 691. East- ward upon Porrengers Cr., up the river above the falls with all the islands & creeks upon the S. side of the river as far as the two branches of the river. (No mention of county or river). Due by order of court at James City, May 9, 1635. If, after survey has been made, more than 3,000 arces. is contained in the said. tract said. Mynifie is to bring in the name of a servant transported at his own charge for every 50 acres. Also due for transportation of 60 persons, following: Rebecca Edwards, Thomas Dinsdale, Alex. Clarke, Nich. Andrews, Tho. Newman, John Norway, William Harrison, Peter Arpp, Garrett Farrell, John Rogers, Tho. Smith, Martin Kennett, Henry Hainer, Tho. Loveing, Arthur Perrin, Margt. Cotton, Thomas Tarrey, John Sheppard, Owen Jones, John Turner, Patrick Alexander, Benj. Dugdale, Thomas Lewis, Mark Haman, Thomas Hart, Edward Salsbury, Richard Shuter, Richard Ford, John Johnson, Robert Croffeild, Christopher Tilman, James Prince, Robert Edwards, Tho. Hatton, William Ellin, John Garrince, Robert Wilkinson. Note: In the foregoing list there apears 37 names, while this record states for transportation of three score. Before the list of names appears the following: “Negroes I brought out of England with me.” (Presumably only the white persons were named, the unnamed Negroes making up the difference.)

Passengers of the Plain Jane to Virginia, May 1635, NEHGS April 1848, Passengers for Virginia

15th May 1635. (This transcribed information is available on a couple of sites on line.  The source documents have not yet been made available on the internet.)

15th May 1635. These under written names are to Virginia:embarked in the Plaine Joan, Richard Buckman Mr. the parties having brought attestation of their conformation of the orders & discipline of the church of England.

Alphabetical Order:
Alsopp Jo 50,   Aris Jo 19,   Arnold Tho 30 – from Cheselborne, Dorsetshire or Kelshale, Suffolk, bound for Providence, RI. Ref: Austin 246. 36 pg 31 & 156,   Baldwin Wm 20,
Barber Francis 18,   Barrowe Jo 26,   Beddell Jo 22,   Bennet Jo 18,   Blackett Wm 40,   Blund Luke 20,   Briers Robert 21,   Britton Tho 26,   Brooke Robert 33,   Bulkley Tho 32,   Cartie Charles 18 (MaCartie?) (yes),   Cartie Owen Ma 18 (MaCartie?) (yes),   Clark Daniell 33,   Clark William 27,   Coke Robert 25,   Coker Jo 21,   Collins Wm 20,   Collins Wm 34,   Davies Charles 22,   Day Richard 32,   Donaldson Henrie 25,   Downes Richard 34,   Flane Charles 18,   Fleming Richard 24,   Frier Tobias 18,   Gilbert Robert 18,   Godbitt Tho 320,   Gray Francis 15,   Hall Tho 21,   Hitchcock Wm 27,   Hughes Jo 30,   Hutt Robert 14,   Jackson Henry 24,   James Wm 26,   Johnson John 20,   Kent Nico 16,   Koorbe Roger 25,   Lavor Wm 22,   Lawrence Richard 20,   Lem Mathew 20,   Lewes Robert 23,   Lloyd Tho 20,   Marsh Jno 26,   Marshall Jo 21,   McCartie Charles 27,   Miller James 18,   Nelson Joseph 26,   Newman Thomas 15,   Northin Jo 22,   Palliday Jo 23,   Paulson Wm 23,   Peach Arthur 20,   Perks Ann 27,   Perpoynt Henry 22,   Piggott Wm 50,   Pitcher Tho 20,   Raddish Jo 23,   Resburne Jo 30,   Rolles Jo 22,   Shawe Jo 21,   Shinglewood Robt 26,   Smith Geo 34,   Steddall Willm 26,   Stamp Tho 32,    Subburrowe Peter 20,   Talbot Geo 18,   Taylor Charles 22,   Thomas Charles 26,   Toplys Wm 30,   Trent Jo 27,   Turner Tho 21,   Viper Tho 26,   Ward James 18,   Ward Robert 22,   Warren Jo 27,   Wheeler Edward 18,   Wilson Edward 22,   Wolley Richard 36,   Wray Ralph 64,   Wynd James 23,   Young Samvell 14

Source order:

Briers Robert 21, Johnson John 20, Coke Robert 25, Alsopp Jo 50, Piggott Wm 50,

Topliss Wm 30, Arnold Tho 30, Paulson Wm 23, Northin Jo 22, Turner Tho 21, Beddell Jo 22, Barrowe Jo 26, Trent Jo 27, Coker Jo 21, Donoldson Henrie  25, Lavor Wm  22, Davies Chris  22, Taylor Chris  22, Clark Daniell  33, Day Richard  32, Lewes Robert  23, Bland Luke  20, Warren Jo  27, Ward James  18, Stump Tho  32 (Stamp?), Frier Tobias  18, Steddall Willm  26, Thomas Chri  26, Fleming Richard  24, Lem Mathew  20, Perpoynt Henry  22, Hall Tho  21, Wilson Edward  22, Palliday Jo  23, Wolley Richard  36, Clark William  27, Baldwinn Wm  20, Collins Wm  20, Pitcher Tho  20, Nelson Joseph  26, Gray Francis  15, Young Samuell  14, Hutt Robert  14, Raddish Jo  23, Bulkley Tho  32, Brooke Robert  33, Downes Richard  34, Peach Arthur  20, James Wm  26, Blackett Tym  40, Koorbe Roger  25, Perk’s ann  27, Britton Tho  26, Collins Wm  34, Resburie Jo  30, Jackson Henry  24, Cartie Owen Ma  18 (MaCartie?), Cartie Charles  18 (MaCartie?), Flane Charles  18, Lawrence Richard  20, Godbitt Tho  320, Kent Nico  16, Newman Thomas  15, Sudburrowe Peter 20, Lloyd Tho  20, Hitchcock Wm  27, Barber Francis  18, Wheeler Edward  18, Miller Jame,   18, Shawe Jo  21, Marshall Jo  21, Aris Jo  19, Ward Robert  22, Viper Tho  26, Shinglewood Robt  26, Smith Geo  34, Hughes Jo  30, Talbot Geo  18, Gilbert Robert  18, Bennet Jo  18, Rolles Jo  22, Wynd James  23, Marsh Jno  26, Wray Ralph  64

{Research and compilation was done by Anne Stevens of packrat-pro.com }

The names Thomas Newman and John Johnson appear on both the list of people sponsored by George Mynifie in 1635  and the passenger list on the ship Plaine Jane.  Records for John Johnson have not been vigorously pursued.  This Thomas Newman has not been linked with any of the other men named Thomas Newman in the following records . 

In Lancaster county records of 1655 a John Johnson is found being  near the correct age as the one transported by George Menefee.  Johnson lives around Morattico  where John Newman resided.

1650

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1800, Volume 1,  p118, by Neil Marion Nugent, Richmond, Virginia, Press of The Dietz Printing Co. 1934

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 2

page 213

Moore Fauntleroy

SAME. 1800 acs. in Rappa. Riv. On N. side; 500 being marsh & faceing the river & 1300 acs. of the high land beg. at a point on Wwd. side of the mouth of Bushwood Cr., running for length N. E. by E. & adj. land of William Underwood. 22 May 1650, p.231

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Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office.

Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 2 1643-1651, p. 230 (Reel 2)

To all Whereas  now know ye that I the said Sir William Berkely do give and grant unto Capt Moore Fantleroy eighteen hundred acres of land situate or being in Rappahanock river and lying on the north side 500 acres whereof being Marsh Land and lyeth facing to the riverward and other thirteen hundred of the high land begineth at a marked red oak standing on a ____ on the westward side of the mouth of a creek called Bushwood Creek and runneth for length North East by East three hundred and twenty poles by and adjoining on the land of William Underwood and for breadth from the said mentioned marked tree six hundred and fifty poles by or nigh into the marsh side into a marked pohickorie and be running again for length North East by East three hundred and twenty poles including the said quantity of land the said land being due unto ye said Capt Moore Fantleroy by and for the transportation of thirty six persons in to the colony To have and to hold and yielding and which payment is to be made seven years after the first granter baling thereof Dated ye 22nd May 1650

                Thomas Underwood, Elizabeth, William, Sarah, Margarett;   Tho. Wright, his wife,Children, Maide;   Nicho. Spakman, Franc(i or e)s Moseley,  Elizabeth Symon,  Sarah Cade,  Tho. Scott, Anthony Johnson,Walter Richards, Richard Smith, Richard Davis, Alex. Leshley, Edward Skipner, Richard Hall, Wm. Everfleet, Ann Cooper, Ann Dennis, Ailie Williamson,Tho. Newman, Susanna his wife, David Johnson, Robert Nusser, Rice Adridge, William Davis, Geo. Day, Margaret Coward.

Note:  Bushwood Creek is south of Naylor’s Point on the Sabin Hall Road, 3.1 miles southwest of Warsaw, Richmond County.  It can be found on a topo map of Richmond County.

Note:  We now have two men who had paid for the transport of a Thomas Newman.  They were  George Mynifie and  Capt Moore Fantleroy.

Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office.

Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.

Land Office Patents No. 2, 1643-1651, p. 230 (Reel 2).

Land Grant 22 May 1650

Moore Fantleroy Description: 5350 acres on Rappahanock river and on the north side 2600 acs. whereof lyeth on the upper side of a creeke called Farnham Creeke.

1651

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1800,  by Neil Marion Nugent, Richmond, Virginia, Press of The Dietz Printing Co. 1934

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 2

page 213

Henry Singleton, 320 acs. On the E. side of the Eastermost Riv. In Mockjack Bay, beg. at Mr. Hampton’s land. No. date. Page 312. Trans, of 6 pers: John Hilliard, Marke Nethrock, Thomas Newman, Susanna his wife,  Anne Newman, Susan Newman (probably, 25 March 1651)

Note:  Is this the same Thomas Newman and wife Susanna named in the Capt Moore Fantleroy document?  We do not know.  Now we have three men transporting a Thomas Newman.  They were  George Mynifie, Capt Moore Fantleroy and Henry Singleton.

1653

Land Office Patents No. 3, 1652-1655, p. 79 (Reel 2).

Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.

Land Grant 4 July 1653, Griffin, Thomas, grantee

Description: 1064 acres on the North side of Rappahannock River; on the westward side of a creek known by the name of Farnham Creek, adjoining the land of Captain Moore Fantleroy

Thomas Griffin is paid for transportation of many people among them is Susan Newman.

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Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1800,  by Neil Marion Nugent, Richmond, Virginia, Press of The Dietz Printing Co. 1934

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 3

page 255

Thomas Griffin: 1653, Transport of 15 persons:  Henry Guttridge, Sarah Jarvis, Alex Bartlett, John Welch, Bryan Turner, Evan Turner, Thomas Lowell, George Locus, Elizabeth  Grimes, Susan Newman, Richard Weavor, Mary Renolds, George Stone, John Mould.

Note: Some of the people transported by Thomas Griffin were also transported by John Newman a year later. 

(John Newman, 400 acres. Lancaster County on North side of Rappahannock River 20 March 1654, p331.  On the head of Moraticond River, North by West by the side of a branch dividing this and land of Mr William Whisby, and South by East, upon the land of Mr David Fox, Transport of 8 persons: Bryan Turner, En. Turner, Thomas Lonell, George Lovas, Elizabeth Grimes, Susan Newman, Richard Neavor, Mary Reynolls.)

Note:  Now we have four men having paid to transport a woman named Susan and or Susanna Newman.  They were Henry Singleton, Thomas Griffin, Moore Fantleroy, and John Newman.  Again we do not know if she was the same person.

Moore Fantleroy in 1650 was paid for sponsoring the transportation of Thomas Newman and  Susanna Newman.  Henry Singleton in 1651  was paid for sponsoring the transportation of Thomas Newman and  Susanna Newman, along with Susan Newman and Anne Newman.    In 1653 Thomas Griffin, and, in 1654 John Newman were paid for sponsoring the transportation of a Susan Newman.  Were these people of the same family?  Were they related to John Newman?  We do not know.

We do find in 1659 Moore Fauntleroy selling land in Moratico to John Newman. Thomas Griffin also lives nearby.

1654

CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 4; Pg 340
Mr. Charles Grymes, Clerk, 1000 acs. Lancaster Co., 3 Dec. 1656,
p. 67, (99). Upon N. W. side of Moraticon Cr., upon Ewd. side of a small branch dividing this & land of Thomas Stephens. Renewal of patent granted 18 Oct. 1653.
SAME. 600 acs., same county & date, p. 68, (99). N. W. upon Myem Cocke Cr. Renewal of patent dated 16 Nov. 1653.

Note: This document is contained here only to introduce Charles Grymes and Thomas Stephens who live on the northwest side of Morattico Creek.

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Lancaster County, Deed and Will Book 1,  1652-1657;
Ancestry.com

Frame 107/185  page 184.

To all to whom, etc. Whearas by ye articles. , etc.  Now know ye ___ Richard Bennett, esquire do in ye name of ye Keepers of Liberties of England and by authority of Parliament with consent of ye Counsel of State accordingly give and grant unto Edward James 350 acres of land situate and being in Rappa___ and by nigh about 39 miles upon ye north side and beginning at marked re oak on ye eastward side of ye ___ a creek called Willings Creek and running for length NE by E 320 poles to a marked red oak and for ye first mentioned marked tree for breadth  ____ by or nigh on ye main river side unto a marked red oak standing on ye westward side of ye mouth of a creek called New ____ creek and so running for leght again NE by E nigh unto ye said creek unto a marked red oak including ye said quanity the said land being due,etc.  Dated under our hand ye 4th of January 1653.   Richard Bennett,  W. Clayborn, secretary.  11th February 1654.

By these presents, I Edward James do hereby acknowledge all my right and title of ye land within expresses unto Thomas Best and Christopher Ashley, their heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns forever from me ye said James his heirs, executors and administrators as witness my hand and seal 5th 7bris{September} 1654.     Edward James,   Witnesses Thomas Newman, John Hill, 11 February 1654.

I John Best do assign over all my right and title of ye within specified land unto Thomas Williams, and Alexander Porteus, their heirs, executors and assigns as witness my hand and seal ye 6th of February 1654,  Teste Thomas Madestard, Thomas Best, Vincent Sanford, recognized 7th day February and ordered recorded 11th 1654.

Note: This is the first document found signed by a Thomas Newman.  This Thomas Newman may have lived near Totuskey Creek.   After 1654, the transport documents for a Thomas Newman cease.  In 1656 Moore Fantleroy was compensated for the transport of a Thomas Newman but this payment was probably for the transport which occurred in 1650. 

Note: Totuskey Creek, Also Known As: Cross Creek, Bootes Creek, Canal Swamp, Totusky Creek, and Willing Creek.

Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.

Source: Land Office Patents No. 3, 1652-1655, p. 297 (Reel 2).

David Mansell, Westmorland County

To all ye Whereas __  Now know ye that I the said Richard Bennett Esquire doth give and grant unto Capt David Mansell six hundred acres of Land situated in Westmorland County upon the south side of Pecomock Creek beginning upon a branch thereof which divideth this land from ye land of Col Tho Pettus Esquire. And extending south along ye said branch leading into the woods 320 poles from hence west 300 poles south 320 poles opposite to a small hummock of trees standing in a marsh east along the said creek to ye place where this tract of land first begun. The said land being due unto the said Capt David Mansell by and for the transportation of twelve persons in to this colony __ to have and to hold  _________which ye payment is to be made ___ dated the sixth of October 1654

.  Fra. Hutchins, Tho Newman, Ben Venison, Eliz Lucas, Eliz Moales, Edw Phipps, Hannah Huntly, Tho Army, Clerepian, Ann Jones, Jane Mansfield, Eliz Mansfield.

Note:  Here again we find another person, Capt David Mansell, receiving payment for the transport of a Thomas Newman. Notice that all the men transporting a Thomas Newman did so by 1654.  How many men named Thomas Newman might have settled in colonial Virginia by that time?

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1800, by Neil Marion Nugent, Richmond, Virginia, Press of The Dietz Printing Co. 1934

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 3

page 305

John Newman, 400 acres. Lancaster County on North side of Rappahannock River 20 March 1654, p331.  On the head of Moraticond River, North by West by the side of a branch dividing this and land of Mr William Whisby, and South by East, upon the land of Mr David Fox, Transport of 8 persons: Bryan Turner, En. Turner, Thomas Lonell, George Lovas, Elizabeth Grimes, Susan Newman, Richard Neavor, Mary Reynolls.

Note: Both Thomas Griffin and John Newman receive land for the transport of many of the same people.  Thomas Griffin was granted compensation in July 1653 and John Newman in March 1654. Transcribers have used different spellings for the names of the passengers but they are spelled close enough to find them identical.

The head of the Morattico Creek is around 15 miles south of the Totuskey Creek.

From Deed and Will Abstracts of Stafford County, Virginia, 1686-1693, Part I, page 16:
Pages 19-19a. Bee it knowne by these presents that I Henry Blagrave of New Kent County in Virga. for a valuable consideration paid by John Gowry of Stafford Parish within ye County of Stafford doe fully discharge ye said John Gowry & have granted unto ye sd Jno. Gowry all my right and demand in land to Six hundred acres of land within the sd County of Stafford and by Patent granted unto Capt. David Mansfield my late Grand Father deced bearing date ye 6 day Oct: Anno 1654 To Hold the said Six hundred acres of land to him ye said John Gowry his heirs and assigns for ever. In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and Seale this 11 day of October 1686.       Signed: Henry Blagrave.Witnesses: Richd. (R) Wood, Will. Ballard.

 
I Sarah Blagrave Wife of ye abovesaid Henry do acknowledge my right in as ample manner to John Gowry his heires as doth my husband dated ye 11 October 1686. Signed: Sarah Blagrave.
I Mrs. Mary Mansfield [sic] now here doe assign and make over all my title of ye above said land unto John Gowry his heirs for ever. In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale this 13 October 1686. Signed: Mary Hard. Witnesses: Wm. Williamson, John (IB) Beich.
This Sale of Land was acknowledged in ye County Court of Stafford by John Waugh Attorney of Henry Blagrave and Sarah his Wife unto John Gowry this 9 day of December 1686 And was then recorded.
Know all men by these presents that I Henry Blagrave in New Kent County in Virginia. and Sarah my Wife doe appoint Mr. John Waugh in Stafford County Minister to be our Lawfull Attorney and in or name to acknowledge our right to Six hundred acres of land in the aforesd County unto John Gowry which sd right is granted unto aforesd Gowry bearing date ye 11 Octr. 1686. Signed: Henry Blagrave, Sarah Blagrave. Witnesses: Wm. Ballard, Rich. (R) Wood

Note:  In 1664 Stafford County was it established from territory previously part of  Westmoreland County  (which had been created from Northumberland County in 1653.)

Note:  In the 1686 document of Stafford County we find a record of Capt. David Mansfield having been granted a patent for  600 acres bearing the date ye 6th  day of October 1654.  Reread the date, 6th day of October 1654, on the Westmoreland County document wherein Capt David Mansell granted a patent for six hundred acres in Westmoreland County. 

For whatever reason it appears that Capt David Mansell and Capt David Mansfield were the same person.

Note:  There are many records concerning Captain David Mansell/Mansfield.   Some contain the names Paul Woodbridge, Luke Billington,  Richard Powell, Robert Bayley, Thomas Freshwater and Thomas Griffin.  These people all live in the area which also had residents John Newman, Coln Moore Fantleroy,  Gyles Webb, James Samford, Giles Cale, Francis Gower, Mr. Robert Tomlin, Henry Austin and George Morris.  These men all resided in the North Farnham Parish between Moraticco Creek and Totoskey Creek.

1656

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Lancaster County, Deed and Will Book 1,  1652-1656;
Ancestry.com

Frame 149/185 page 266, June 6, 1656, “Certificate of land granted unto Lt Coll Moor Fauntleroy (according to act of assembly)  for the transportation of seven persons unto this colony, vizt,  Abraham Collins, Thomas Newman, John Lathberry, Dorothy Danser, Joseph Webster, Peter a negro, Rah a negro”

Note:  In 1650 Moore Fantleroy transported a Thomas Newman into an area of the colony, and Fantleroy was to be compensated seven years later.  This is only six years later but it is reasonable to consider this Thomas Newman of 1656 the same person as the one noted in 1650. 

The Virginia system of “Headrights”  was confusing and subject to abuse.

See:  .https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/va4_headrights.htm   ,   “The presence of a name as a headright in a land patent, then, establishes that a person of a certain name had entered Virginia prior to the date of the patent; but it does not prove when the person immigrated or who was initially entitled to the headright. “

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Lancaster County, Deed and Will Book 1,  1652-1656;
Ancestry.com

Frame 167/185 Number of Tithables collected by  Lt Coll Fauntleroy 9,  collects of John Newman 3, Mr Glasscock 3, William Griffin 7;  Robert Moss 4, John Mills together with William Johnson 4,  5th of April 1656.

Note: Thomas Newman is not listed as a tithable in 1656,  John Newman has three in his household.  Tithables were free males over sixteen, and slaves or servants both male and female over sixteen.  So who are the three persons, John Newman,  possibly Thomas Newman and a servant or slave ?

This thin connection between Thomas Newman, John Newman and Moore Fantleroy is the best support we have to identify our Thomas Newman, the immigrant.  This Thomas Newman may have been born around 1620 and transported by George Mynifie but a link between Mynifie’s Thomas and Fantleroy’s Thomas has not been established.  

Recall that Thomas Newman and his wife Susanna Newman  along with Susan and Anne were supported by sponsor Henry Singleton in 1651.   Susan and Anne may be sisters to Thomas or they might be his children.  No relationship was stated.    Children are often identified as such on transport records.

Recall that Preston Newman presents an Anne Newman as a daughter of Thomas , the immigrant, with no proof.  Preston writes that Anne Newman was born around 1653, too late to have been sponsored in 1651.  Neither William Boogher nor Preston Newman mention a Susan as a daughter of the immigrant. 

Susan and Anne Newman remain a mystery.

Remember that the Plain Jane passenger of 1635,  Thomas Newman, age 15, has not been proved to be our immigrant ancestor.  But it is still possible.

1659

Essex, Transcription of Deed book, Vol 2, 1656-1664, page 65

Ancestry.com Frame 38/196 (Also frame 55/512 of Essex Deed Book Vol 2 – 3)

Know all men by these presents that I Moore Fauntleroy of the County of Rappahannock, Gent, _____ consideration by me in hand received have bargains sold enforced made over and conveyed and by these presents bargain sell enforce makeover and convey unto John Newman of the aforesaid County, planter, his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns one parcel or tract of land containing five hundred and ten acres situate and lying on the North side of Rappahannock  River and on the Northwest side of Morattico Creek in the county aforesaid four hundred and eighty acres bounded as follows beginning at a marked white oak near Moraticons Creek mouth thence extending the breath up by or nigh the main river side and for length into the woods 320 poles and the residue extendith from the first mentioned marked tree SW by W 60 poles to a marked ______ a point at Morattacon Creek mouth thence by the river side ____ cross this point of land to the tree first mentioned the aforesaid ____ of land being part of a greater dividend formerly granted ____ Fautleroy by Patent.  To have and to Hold the ____ him the said John Newman his heirs executors, administrators and assigns forever without the lett hindrance of me the said Fauntleroy my heirs executors, administrators or assigns or any person or persons whatsoever laying  _____ hereunto with sufficient warrant & ____ he the said Newman ______ paying the rents and services ____ further are the said Moore Fauntleroy ______ my wife do hereby ____ to ratify and confirm the ____ here of in _____ hereunto ____ over____ this last day of August ______. 

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Anthony Stephens, John Richardson

Moore Fauntleroy, Mary Fauntleroy

(The blank spaces in the document above occur because the original document is damaged.  The year of this document as suggested by the surrounding documents.  It is assumed to be 1659.)

Note:  Moore Fantleroy sells land to John Newman on the northwest side of Morattico Creek in 1659.

1664

Cavaliers and pioneers; abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1800 by  Nugent, Nell Marion, Virginia State Library; Virginia Genealogical SocietyPage 501,  Patent Book No.5

Henry Wilson, 450 acs. Rappa.Co, 15 June 1664, p. 330, (329). N. side the river at the head of Farnham Cr. & on the S. side of the E. main br. of same, beg. neere the side of a small Indian feild, adj. land of Samll. Griffin & Tho. Griffith. Trans, of 9 pers: Eliz. Tofthead, Tho. Newman, Wm. Miller, Mary Harry, Jone West, Wm. Hebditch, Sarah Wilson, Eliz. Wilson, Tho. Tofhead.

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Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41

Land Office Patents No. 5, 1661-1666 (v.1 & 2 p.1-369), p. 329 (Reel 5).

To all and whereas and now know ye that I the said Sir William Berleley Knight Governor Ye give and grant unto Henry Wilson four hundred and fifty acres of land in Rappahannoock County on the North side  the river at the head of Farnham Creek and on the south side of the east main branch issuing out of the head of the said creek bounding as followeth, Beginning at a corner marked Pekihory statnding near the side of a small Indian field and adjoining to the land of Samuel Griffin and Thomas Griffith thence extending along the land of the said Griffith due south one hundred and ninety poles to another marked pekikory thence west south west thirty two poles, west by north west one hundred and fifty seven poles to a marked red oak statnidn at the head of a deep valley thence north north east one hundred and eighty poles to another marked red oak standing on the suth side of the east main branch issuing out of the head of Farnham Creek aforesaid, thence running up the said main branch according to its several courses until it meets with the marked tree of the land of Samuel Griffin aforesaid, thence along the said line of marked treees unto the place where it first began.  The said land being one per transportation of nine persons , To have and to hold and to be held and yielding and paying and provided and dated the fifteenth of June one thousand six hundred and sixty four.

Note: The wife of Henry Wilson was named Sarah.  The Last Will of Henry Wilson names shows a daughter Elizabeth Jeffries.  In 1693 Alexander Newman mentions his goddaughter Easter Jeffrey as the youngest daughter of Edward Jeffrey and Elizabeth his wife.   Henry Wilson and Alexander were nearby neighbors. 

This Henry Wilson is not the son of Elias Wilson, Sr.  Henry probably is related to Elias, possibly his brother.  This Alexander Newman (of 1693) was the son of John Newman.  John Newman is believed to have been the brother to the immigrant Thomas Newman.  Later documents lend support to this relationship.

Here we find Henry Wilson providing for the transport of  a Thomas Newman.   This is possibly our Thomas, a real cash cow when it comes to sponsorship.   The land granted to Henry Wilson was some miles north of Moratico, however it cannot be assumed that Thomas Newman had then settled in that area.

This connection between John Newman, Paul Woodbridge, Henry Wilson and Thomas Newman is intriguing.  This Thomas is probably the brother of John.

Cavaliers and Pioneers Patent Book No. 5; Pg 440
Paul Woodbridge, 800 M. Rappa. Co., 19 Sept. 1664, p. 141, (8). On N. side of Rappa. Riv. bet. Morattico & Farnham Creeks, beg. at head & bet, land now in possession of sd. Woodbridge & John Gladstone, N.W. by same & lands of Henry Wilson & the orphant of Tho. Stephens, on N. by sd. Willson & land of Tho. Griffith, Sly. by Thomas Bryant & Stephens’ Orphan & Wwd. along line of Mich. Fornham to land of Tho. Glascock, etc. Due to sd. Newman & Woodbridge for trans. of 16 pers: Jno. Marshall, Wm. Marshall, Edw. Carman, Tho. Mull, Tho. Carl, Mary Young, Tho. Peters, Jaco Carr, Wm. Mullett, Tho. Tarp, Math. Youl, Tho. ?, Edw. Farr, Fra. Scott, Samll. Jackson, Sall. Sollis. (No mention previously made of “said” Newman.)

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1800, Volume  by Neil Marion Nugent, Richmond, Virginia, Press of The Dietz Printing Co. 1934

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 5 page 485

John Newman, 600 acs. Rappa. Co., on N. side the river, 28 Nov. 1664,p. 281, (235). Betwixt Moratico Cr. & Farnham Cr; adj. land of Paul Woodbridge, running S.Ely, to head of land belonging to Thomas Stephens’ Orphan &c, adj. land of Charles Grymes, Thomas Griffith, & Henry Wilson. 400 acres. in joint tenure with Paul Woodbridge by patent dated 19 Sept. 1664 & by consent equally divided & 200 acres. For transport of 4 persons: Ann Bryant, Sarah Martin, Wm. Field, Eliz. Parker.

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Rappahannock County

Land Office Patents No. 5, 1661-1666 (v.1 & 2 p.1-369), p. 446 (Reel 5)

Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.

To all ye Whereas ye now know ye that I the said Sir William Berkeley,Knight Governor ye give and grant unto John Newman six hundred acres of land lying on the north side of Rappahannock River in the county of Rappahannock in the woods betwext Moratico Creek and Farnham Creek bounded as followeth, Beginning at a corner marked samll gum standing in the main woods and adjoining to the land of Paul Woodbridge, thence South Easterly fifty nine degrees ninety four poles to a marked small red oak standing at the head of a tract of land belonging to Thomas Stephen’s Orphans, thence East  and by North tree hundred poles along the line of marked trees of the said Orphans land to a marked red oak adjoining to the land of Charles Grymes, thence North Westerly thirty degrees sixty three poles to another corner marked re oak and North Easterly twenty one degrees one hundred and ninety five poles and bounded on there two distances by the land of Charles Grymes unto a ____ white oak standing out the Eastward side of a swamp and adjoining to the land of Thomas Griffith thence West Northwest one hundred and seventy six poles along the land of the said Griffith to a marked pohickory adjoining to the land of Henry Wilson, thence West South West thirty one poles and West by North  sixty seven poles along the land of the said Wilson unto a marked white oak adjoining to the land of Paul Woodbridge thence South Westerly twenty seven degrees three hundred and fifty two poles along the land of the said Woodbridge to the place where it began, including the said quantity four hundred acres part hereof being one to the said John Newman in joint tenure with Paul Woodbridge by patent dated the nineteenth of September one thousand six hindred and sixty four, and now by consent of both parties equally divided between them and two hundred acres the residue being due to the said Newman by transportation of four persons and to have and to hold and to be held and yielding and paying and provided and dated the twenty eighth of November one thousand six hundred and sixty four

Cavaliers and Pioneers Patent Book No. 5; Pg 485
David Mansfield and Robert Fristow, 654 acs. on N. side of Rappa. Co., 7 Nov. 1664, p. 281, (235). 342 acs. coming upon a former devdt. of sd. Fristow, beg. at a white oak & running N.E. &c., & 312 acs. bounding upon sd. devdt. running N.W. &c. Trans. of 13 pers: Jno. Mansfeild, Margt. Biggs, Benj. Vinson, Eliz. Mould, Tho. Newman, Margt. Johnson, Anth. Davis, Mich. Jones, Mary Bryan, Tho. Scott, Wm. Fowles, Edward Young, Jno. Savin.

Page 235,  To all and whereas and Men know ye that I the said Sir William Berkeley Knight governor and give and grant unto David Mansfield and Robert Fristow six hundred and fifty four acres of land on the north side of Rappahannock county. Three hundred and forty two acres of it bounding upon a former dividend of the said Fristows beginning at a marked white oak and running North East five hundred and twenty poles from a marked white oak, North West, one hundred and forty poles from a marked red oak, South and by West and South West two hundred and sixty poles and South easterly to the place where it first began. And three hundred and twelve acres the residue bounding upon the said dividend beginning at a marked red oak running North West three hundred poles and from a marked poplar South West one hundred and twenty poles from a marked red oak South three hundred and sixty poles to East Northernly to the place where it first began.  The said land being due to the said Mansfield and Fristow for transportation of thirteen persons.  To Have and to hold and to be held yielding and paying and provided,  dated the seventh of November one thousand six hundred and sixty four.

 Jno. Mansfield, Margt. Biggs, Benj. Vinson, Eliz. Mould, Tho. Newman, Margt. Johnson, Anth. Davis, Mich. Jones, Mary Bryan, Tho. Scott, Wm. Fowles, Edward Young, Jno. Savin.

Note:  Could this record be an acknowledgment of payment for the transportation of people in 1654?  This needs further study.

Note:  On October 6, 1654  Captain David Mansell (Manfield) received 600 acres for transporting 12 persons.  Among those transported were Thomas Newman, Ben Venison (Vinson?), Jane Mansfield, and Elizabeth Mansfield.  It is possible that this Thomas Newman was the same person in both this 1654 document and the one above, written 10 years later on November 7, 1664, which also records the transport of John Mansfield.

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Patents and Grants, 1623-1800,   by Neil Marion Nugent, Richmond, Virginia, Press of The Dietz Printing Co. 1934

Virginia Land Office Patent Book No. 5, page 521

Paul Woodbridge, 600 acs. In Rappa. Co., on the N. side of sd. River, 18 Nov. 1664, p. 391, (446). Between Moratico Cr. & Farnham Cr., beg. in the main woods & adj. land of Mr. Jno. Newman, thence N.Wly. Sec. to head of Mr. Thomas Glascocks land, thence N.W. along same &c. to a poquoson, thence N.Ely, along land of Mr. Henry Wilson, thence N.E. by N. along land of Thomas Stephens Orphant to the head of a deep valley &c. 400 due in joynt tenure with Mr. Jno. Newman by patent the 19 Sept. 1664 & by consent of both parties thus equally divided & upon new survey thereof 200 acs. found within the bounds & due for trans, of 4 pers: William Juce (or Ince) 4 tymes.

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On-line Catalog, Library of Virginia.

Land Office Patents No. 5, 1661-1666 (v.1 & 2 p.1-369), p. 446 (Reel 5).

Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.

To all and whereas and now know ye that I the said Sir William Berleley Knight Governor Ye give and grant unto Paul Woodbridge six hundred acres of land lying on the north side of Rappahannock River in the County of Rappahannock in the woods betwext Moratico Creek and Farnham Creek bounded Vitz. Beginning at a corner marked samll gum standing in the main woods and adjoining to the land of Mr. John Newman, thence North westerly fifty nine degrees forty five poles to a corner marked red oak standing at the head of Mr. Thomas Glascocks thence North West along the line of marked trees of the said Glascocks land three hundred and twenty poles unto a corner marked double white oak standing in a Poquoson, thence North Easterly forty degrees one hundred and thirty five poles along the line of marked trees of Mr. Henry Wilson’s land to a corner marked chestnut, thence North East and by North one hundred and fourteen poles along the land of Thomas Stephens orphan to a marked re oak standing at the head of a deep valley and adjoining to another parcel of land belonging to the said Henry Wilson, thence East south east one hundred and fifty two poles, south east eighty two poles East by south eighty two poles and bounded on these three distances by the land of the said Wilson unto a marked white oak adjoining to the land of John Newman, thence south westerly twenty seven degrees three hundred and fifty two poles to the place where it began including the quantity aforesaid, four hundred acres part hereof being due unto the said Paul Woodbridge in joint (page 447) tenure with Mr John Newman by patent dated the seventeenth of September one thousand six hundred and sixty four and by consent of both parties thus equally divided between them, and upon next survey thereof two hundred acres being found within the bounds aforesaid being due by and for the transportation of four persons, To have and to hold  and to be held and yielding and paying and provided and dated the eighteenth of November one thousand six hundred and sixty four.

A 1677 document reports Paul Woodbridge to be age 46, therefore born around 1631.  Paul Woodbridge names in his  Last Will and Testament in 1682  two daughters Elizabeth Woodbridge and Anne, and two sons, William and George.   Paul Woodbridge dies around 1691.   

 1720-1733 Richmond Co VA Deed Book 8; Antient Press: (Page 674]
This Indenture made the Seventh day of February in the Seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland, King, Defender of the faith &c., Anno Domini one thousand seaven hundred thirty three & four; Between Nathaniel Mason of Parish of North Farnham in County of Richmond., Carpenter, & Hannah his Wife of one part & William Downman, Jr., of abovesaid Parish & County, Gentleman, of other part; Witnesseth that Nathaniel Mason and Hannah his Wife in consideration of Forty two pounds Sterling money & Five thousand pounds of lawful tobacco, one Feather Bed, boulster rug blanket, one pier of sheets to Nathaniel Mason and Hannah his Wife by William Downman, Jr., in hand paid, the receipt whereof Nathaniel Mason and Hannah his Wife doe hereby acknowledge, have & doe by these presents bargain & sell unto William Downman his heirs one certain tract of land situate in Parish of North Farnham in County of Richmond containing Two hundred & fifty acres of land more or less, part of a Patent of Six hundred acres of land formerly granted to Thomas Stephens dated ye twelfth of February 1652, which land lyes in North Farnham Parish in County of Richmond on North side of Morattico Creek, bounded W. by S. against the land formerly Nicholas Ferman’s, S. & by E. upon Moraticco Creek, E. & by N. upon a Branch of Moraticco Creek. N. & by W. into the woods which said Six hundred acres of land descended to Nathaniel Cale, grandson of Thomas Stephens and by the Last Will & Testament of above said. Nathaniel in Writing devised Two hundred & fifty acres of the above mentioned six hundred. acres of land to his the said Nathaniel Cale’s sister Elizabeth King and said Elizabeth King dying without Will or conveying ye said Two hundred & fifty acres of land to any person, descended to her, the said Elizabeth’s Son, Nathaniel Mason, heir at Law to his the said Nathaniel Mason mother, Elizabeth Mason. To have & to hold the Two hundred & fifty acres of land with all houses tobacco houses profits & appurtenances in any ways appertaining unto William Downman, Jr., his heirs and Nathaniel Mason and Hannah his wifee & their heirs the land & premises unto William Downman, Jr., his heirs against the lawful claim of all persons shall warrant & for ever defend discharged from all manner of incumbrances except the Quitrents which shall henceforth grow due; In Witness of all which the parties above said to these presents interchangeably sett their hands & seales on the day & year above written                      Nathaniel Mason, Hannah Mason
Sign’d Seal’d & Delivered in presence of us  Rawleigh Chinn, William Arskien, Tobias Phillips Luke Stott, Thidley Denneham
February ye 3d. day 1733/4
Mimmorandum; That this day Livery of Seizen & possession of the within mentioned Two hundred & fifty acres of land was made & given by the within named Nathaniel Mason and Hannah his Wife by Turff Twigg in token of possession & seizen of the land according to the tenor of ye within Deed in p:sence of us
Rawleigh Chinn, Sr., Tobias Phillips, Dudley Beneham, William Arskien, Luke Stott

Note: From 1659 to 1664 we find John Newman; Paul Woodbridge; Thomas Griffin; Thomas Stephens, the son of Thomas Stephen, Sr. deceased; Charles Grymes; and, Henry Wilson living in close proximity on the northwest side of Moratico Creek, between Morattico Creek and Farnham Creek.  We find no mention of Thomas Newman in that area.

1665

(Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 1, Part I – 1656-1662; Antient Press; pg 8
These presents Witnesseth that I John Paine for my self my heirs Exrs. and Admrs, do bargain & sell & by these presents have bargained & sold unto William Savage, Robert Musell & (missing) Lennell their heirs hrs. & assigns a certain (missing) at a white Oak (missing) of the Swamp & so (missing) we first began (missing) William belonging in as large ample manner as I have the same (missing) of we the above named Savage, Musell, and Lennell are to (missing) assigns the full quantity of four thousand five hundred pounds (missing) I the said John Paine for me my heires & assignes by these presents do warrant (missing) land unto the said William Savage, Robert Musell and & (missing) Linnell (missing) from all manner of persons whatsoever claiming (missing) Paine do hereby further undertake for me my heirs & admrs. (missing) if it shall be required. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this (missing) day of (missing) 1656
John Paine seal
Margaret Paine her mark & seal)

Essex,  Transcript made 1892 of Will Book, Vol 2, 1664-1667, no page number available

Ancestry.com,  Frame 23/58

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Old Rappahannock County Deeds and Wills, 1665-1677; Antient Press; pg 85-86

To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come Know ye that wee John Sharp by & with the consent of Judith my wife & Henry Creighton by & with the consent of Francis my wife for divers good cause & valuable considerations us thereunto moving & more especially for the sume of four thousand five hundred pounds of good tobacco & caske to us in hand paide by John Paine of the County of Rappa: which wee acknowledge to have received have given sold & confirmed & do by these presents give sell & confirm unto the said John Paine all that parcel & divident of land which we bought of William Savage & William Linnell beginning at a white Oake  marked upon the edge of the swamp & so turning West South West unto an Indian Path & from thence to the same swamp where we first began the sd land being formerly sold by the said Paine to ye: said Savage, Robt: Mussell & William Linnell to have and to hold the said divident of land with every part and parcell thereof with all rights & privileges to him the said John Paine his heirs & assigns for ever the said John Paine Paine his heirs or assigns yielding & paying from henceforth yearly his Matys Rights dues & accustomed for the same & we the said John Sharp & Judith my wife & Henry Creighton & Francis my wife do hereby promise & grant to & with the said John Paine his heirs & assignes that he & they shall at all times hereafter quietly enjoy the above mentioned premises with every part & parcel thereof without the hindrances or interruption of us or either or any of our heirs or assigns or any other persons whatsoever claiming the afore mentioned premises or any part thereof by or under us our or any of our heirs or assigns.  In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals  this 26th day of April 1665

In presence of us John Fennell, John Sharp seal, John Shatfod, Judith Sharp, seal, Elias Wilson, Henry Creighton,seal, Francis Creighton, sea;

Know all men by these presents that I Judith Sharp of ye County of Rappa doth constitute & appoint my loving friend John Newman to be my lawful attorney for me & in my steed to acknowledge a tract of land sold by my husband unto John Paine.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 28th day of April 1665,  Test Henry Creighton, Judith Sharp, John Shatford

Know all men by these presents that I Francis Creighton do constitute & appoint my loving  friend Mr  Richard Webley for me & in my steed to acknowledge one parcell of land sold by Henry Creighton my husband unto John Paine as witness my hand this 2nd of May 1665,  Test Elias Wilson, Francis Creighton, Thomas Newman.

Note: This 1665 document is the first and only one containing both John Newman and Thomas Newman.  Prior to this time John Newman appears often as planter with significant land holdings.  John is living near Morattico and Farnham Creek. Where Thomas Newman has been living is unknown.  Thomas is not named in any land transactions. This 1665 document suggests that he is then living near John Newman.

                Other’s mentioned in this indenture, Elias Wilson and John Fennell, will be found often over the next thirty years to be living along the northern side of Rappahannock Creek.   Elias Wilson and John Fennell will be neighbors of a Thomas Newman.  The relationship between Elias Wilson and Henry Wilson is never recorded but possibly they were brothers, as were John and Thomas Newman.

Note:  On the  website  http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/family/twebb/WebbChapterOne.pdf  is found a report, “Chapter One, Early Webbs of Virginia.”  In the section, “Other Land Grants of Interest,”  we find numerous instances where  Giles Webb was transported by different people over the period from 1652 up to 1664.   This history can offer guidance when considering how to group the headrights paid for Thomas Newman.

Now is a good time summarize the catalog of Thomas Newman’s to date.

Group I

Thomas Newman who was transported on the Plain Jane in 1635.

Thomas Newman transported by Capt George Mynifee in 1638.

Note:  There has not been found any documents to link Group I with Group II.

Group II

Thomas Newman, Susanna Newman who were transported by Capt Moore Fauntleroy in  22nd May 1650.

Thomas Newman, Capt Moore Fauntleroy given certificate for transport in 6th of June 1656.

Thomas Newman, Susanna his wife,  Anne Newman, Susan Newman who were transported by Henry Singleton who was a ships Captain, on (probably or thereabouts) 25th March 1651

               Susan Newman transported by Thomas Griffin in 1653

               Susan Newman transported by John Newman in 1654

Note:  Group II has the most probable link.  Capt Moore Fantleroy and John Newman lived in the same general area.  Both of these men have a connection to Thomas Newman.  Henry Singleton, the ship Captain my have carried Thomas Newman to the colony.  Captain Singleton was granted compensation in the southern most tip of the Northern  Neck but the headrights to his cargo may have been purchased by Capt Fantleroy.  They may have both claimed compensation. (Unproven)

Group III

Thomas Newman transported by Capt David Mansell/Manfield  on 6th of  October 1654.

Thomas Newman, payment  for transport to David Mansfield/Mansell and Robert Fristow 7th November 1664, the same Thomas and others transported in 1654

Thomas Newman, Henry Wilson paid for transport on   15th  June 1664.

Note:  There has not been found a link between Group II and Group III.    Henry Wilson was the probable brother to Elias Wilson.  Elias had a daughter, Bridget who married a Thomas Newman.  The land patented by Capt David Mansell appears to have been located in what became Stafford County, but this does not exclude the possibility that his Thomas Newman was the Thomas of Capt Fantleroy.   As shown by the comment above concerning Giles Webb it is entirely possible that the headrights for the same Thomas Newman could have been traded in the period of 1650 through 1664.

Note:   If we accept the argument that John Newman and Thomas Newman were brothers we might guess that they were somewhat close in age, John being the older.  The birth year commonly assigned to Thomas Newman the immigrant was 1620.  This comes from the passenger list on the Plain Jane, Thomas Newman was fifteen years old when he arrived in the colony.  The transcribed passenger list for the “Globe” which arrived in Virginia in 1635 does not show a John Newman.  However, the ship “Safety” which arrived in Virginia in 1635, does show two men named John Newman.  One is of age 20, the other 24, with year of birth 1615 and 1611 respectively.  A connection between either of these John’s and the John Newman later found in Lancaster County has not been proved.

Of the three groups,  It appears most likely that the patriarch of the Thomas Newman family was the Thomas transported by Capt Moore Fantleroy. .  Accepting this carries the probability that Thomas had three relatives named  Susanna Newman,  Anne Newman and Susan Newman arriving with him.  The nature of their relationship was not described for us.       

1666

Note: Here is the first mention of Thomas Newman, Jr., the son of Thomas Newman, the Immigrant.

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex, Rappahannock (County) Deed Book, Vol 3, 1663-1668

Ancestry.com microfilm

Frame 26/127  page 50, Gift of cow to Thomas Newman from Thomas Newman 1666 “ Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Newman of the County of Rappa,  out of the Love and affection which I bear unto my said son Thomas Newman doe hereby give and make over unto my Sone Thomas one redd Danish cow marked with a crop in the left ear and a slitt in the cropp with all her female increase To have and to Hold  from me and my heirs to him and to his heirs forever.  As Witness my hand and seale this 5th day of April 1666.  Tho Newman, sealed and delivered in the presents of us John Weir, Robert Davis,  Test.  Robert Davis  CLCur,  Recognit in Ccur Com Rappa 2d die Maii 1666.

Note: In the document of 5 April 1666, recorded on 2 May 1666, Thomas Newman and his young son Thomas are mentioned.  From this document a reasonable guess for the birth range of Thomas Newman. the immigrant, is  1626 – 1636.  Of course he may have been older.

Old Rappahannock County was formed in 1656 from Lancaster County. It became extinct in 1692 when it was divided in into Essex and Richmond Counties   The boundary between Old Rappahannock County and Lancaster County was Morattico Creek.

From this document we can only conclude that Thomas Newman, the immigrant, lived north of Morattico Creek.

1677

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex, Rappahannock (County) Deed Book, Vol 6, 1677-1687

Ancestry.com microfilm

Frame  72/201,  Thomas Newman to Thomas Newman Jr gave half part of all his personal estate, cattle; 1677 (terrible photocopy) page 138

“Know All Men by these presents that I Thomas Newman Senior of ye County of Rappa out of tender love and affection to my son Thomas Newman, doe hereby give unto my said sonne at his day of Marriage or at my death ye halfe part of all my personal estate both in doors and without and at ye divison of ye same my said son to have ye first choice thereof.  And I do hereby give unto my sonne as aforesaid all my female cattle, marked with a cropp in ye left ear & a slitt in ye crop and ye right ear whole, and likewise to have his first choice of halfe my male cattle at ye time aforesaid.  All ye aforesaid recited promises I give and grant unto my sonne, his heirs & asssignes forever, reserving in my self now and at all times ye one halfe or moiety of all my personal estate, In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this 5th day of September 1677,  (signed)          (Witnessesed by ) Edward Freeman, Thomas Newman, Philip Pendleton,  Recognitr in Cur Com Rappae 5 die 7bris Ano 1677,  Test. Edmund Craske Cl Recorder.”

Note: None of the children of Thomas Newman, Jr., could be born before 1677.  He did not have a wife prior to then. 

Note:  The gift of a cow was commonly granted to a child when they reached puberty.  A gift of one half of an estate suggests the child was about to marry.   In this case we can guess that Thomas Newman, Jr. was about to marry in 1677.

Note: It is reasonable to propose that Thomas Newman Jr is around the age of twenty one in 1677 and unmarried.. And, or, it may represent the impending death of Thomas Newman, the immigrant.  These documents are probably the source for William Boogher to conclude that Thomas Newman Jr was “probably born before 1657.”  It is also likely that Thomas Newman, the Immigrant, was born twenty years or so before the birth of his son.  

Note: The name Thomas Newman does not show up in records between 1677 and 1685.  A man named Thomas New is found at that time working as an assistant county clerk in Essex County.  The signature of Thomas New occurs frequently during that period.  An extensive search has not found Thomas New to be shorthand for Thomas Newman.   They are two separate men.  They do at times appear in the same document.

1685

Virginia, Will and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex (County) Will and Deed Books, Vol 6-7, 1676-1688, page 59

Ancesrty.com microfilm Frame 250/569

In the name of God Amen, I William Moss Sr. of the county of Rappahanock of the colony of Viginia being at this ___ very sick and weak in body but of perfect sound sense and memory thanks be god, therefore and knowing the uncertainty of man’s life in this mortal world and that all _____ must yield unto death do therefore make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following (Viz) first I give and bequeath my soul to god that gave it me in ____ and certain hope of a blessed resurrection at the last day in and through the _____ death and passion of our blessed lord and savior Jesus Christ.   And, my body I commit unto the earth from whence it came, to be buried in such decent like sort as by my executor hereafter named shall be thought necessary and convenient.

Impremis, After my debts and legacies are paid, dispose of that worldly estate which it pleased god to bless me with as followith,

I give and bequeath unto my son William Moss all this tract of land and plantation whereon I now live ____ being nine hundred and eighty acres to him and his heirs forever,  and six draught oxen now ____ together with plow and cart and all materials belonging to them.  And I give unto my said son William one other parcel of land containing six hundred acres which I bought ___ land of Joseph Chisell late of this county, deceased, to him and his heirs forever with all ____ and ____ belonging to the same.

Item, I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Frances Moss four hundred acres of land being and adjoining to the tract of Land whereon Thomas Newman now liveth, to her and her heirs forever.

Item, I do bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Moss one hundred and fifty acres of Land which I bought of Patrict Norton and is adjoining to the above ____ six hundred ares of land which I have given to my son William to her and her heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Moss two hundred acres of land whereon Thomas Newman now liveth together with plantation and all things belonging to it, to her and her heirs forever and she to enjoy the same as soon as his lease is out.

Item I give and bequeath to each of my daughters aforesid two feather beds and furniture belonging to them and each of them one pair of curtains and vallance, one of their beds to be a new one and the other ordinary and I give to daughter Elizabeth one great ___ rug and a pair of cotton blankets to be for the furniture of her new bed.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Francis one cubbard that stand off in the parlor and to my

daughter Elizabeth one small ___ bound cabinet and I give each of them, my two daughters, two chests and a little trunk and great one apiece and I give to my daughter Francis one hoop gold ring that is now in the house and to my daughter Elizabeth I do give three small silver spoons and one small ______ but not the smallest of all , and to my daughter Francis I give one silver ___ ___ and I do give to my two daughters aforesaid one piece of fine ___ containing twenty seven yards to be equally divided between them and I do give I bequeath unto my daughter Francis one black silk gown that was made for her mother and not worn.

Item, I give to my loving brother Robert Moss one new suit of clothes to be delivered unto him at my decease that will fitt him. And I give and bequeath unto Edward _____ as much of the best cloth in the house as will make him a suit of clothes with buttons and trimming to make it up and that the making be paid for

Item, I do give unto Thomas New one silver seal which I had given to me by my sister Craske.

Item, I do give and bequeath unto my two said daughters the one half of my ____ both new and old to be equally divided between them and the one half of all the cattle I am possessed of at my decease (except the six draught oxen before given to my son William) both male and female to be equally divided between them share and share alike to be delivered to then at the day of marriage or when they come of age which shall first happen.  And as for the two or three remenents of fine linen it is my will that my two aforesaid daughters have it to make up for them and I do give unto my daughter Elizabeth one negro boy, called Docee to her and her heirs forever to be delivered to her at the day of marriage and I bequeath to my daughter Francis  one man servant to be  delivered to her at the day of her marriage and it is my Will and desire that my two aforesaid daughters do continue with my son William until they come of age or day of marriage.

Item, all other of goods, merchandize household stuff and implements of household stuff, ____ ____ and all other effects of what nature kind or quality so ever it be I do give and bequeath unto my son William and to his heirs forever (Except what is here above given and bequeathed away.)  Only out of any I took of horses I do give and bequeath unto my two beloved daughters Francis and Elizabeth each of them one horse and one mare to be delivered to them back after at the day of their respective marriage.

Item, I do give unto my daughter Francis three ___ and a ____ to be delivered to her at the day of marriage.

Item, I do give unto my daughter Elizabeth one heifer and four sheep which heifer and sheep do go by the name of her stock and the said  heifer and sheep to run on her brothers plantation until her marriage day and then to be delivered her together with the female increase that shall happen to come of them.

It is my will and desire further that if either of my above son and daughters shall die without issue lawfully begotten of their body’s that then their real estate do fall to the survivors equally to be divided and finally I make and ordain and apppoint my son William Moss above said to be my whole and sole executor of this my Last will and testament, revoking and anulling all other wills or writing by me heretofore made or done either by word or writing in confirmation which I have here unto sett my hand and affix my seale this 21st day of April 1685.         William Moss

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Robert Moss, Tho New, Elias Wilson, John Mills,  (Note not transcribed here)

We the subscribers do hereby testify and declare upon our oaths that we did see the within named ____ sign seal and deliver this within ___ to be his last will and testament and that he was of perfect sence and memory at the signing and sealing hereof to the best of our Knowledge.  Tho New, John Mills

Probate and ____ New and Mills in circuit court Rappahannock, 1st of July 1685 and recorded 22 ?????.

William Colston.

Note:  It is unclear which Thomas Newman was named in the Last Will of William Moss.  Was it Thomas, the immigrant or his son?   We do not know if Thomas Newman, the immigrant, remained  in the Morattico/Farnham Creek area or migrated to the lands north of Rappahannock Creek whereupon William Moss resided.   It is also possible that the son, Thomas Newman, Jr. had moved north with his family and his father was possibly dead or continued residing around Moraticco. 

We do not know when Thomas Newman, the Immigrant died.  It is very unlikely that it was 1700 as presented by Boogher.

1687

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex, Rappahannock (County) Deed Book, Vol 7, 1681-1688

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Frame  192/232  John Wood grants gift to Frances Newman, daughter of Thomas Newman, and Elizabeth Newman, her sister;  8th of September 1687

               Know all men by these presents that I John Wood of the county of Rappahannock out of tender love and affection unto Frances Newman daughter of Thomas Newman do hereby freely give and grant unto the said Francis Newman one mare fillie with all her increase excepting the first mare fillie she brings which shall be given unto Elizabeth Newman her sister with all her increase forever as witness my hand the 8th of September 1687.      John Wood;   Recorded (latin phrase) Rappa 9th day of this ano dom …..  Test William Colston CC.

Note:  A Thomas Newman was father to daughters Frances and Elizabeth.  Since the girls were probably young at the time of receiving their gifts it seems more likely that they are the daughters of Thomas Newman, Jr.  Thomas Newman, Jr. would have been around thirty to thirty five years old in 1687, whereas Thomas Newman, the immigrant might have been between 50 and 65 years old. 

Assigning the correct Thomas Newman as the the father of  Frances and Elizabeth is difficult.   It could be either senior or junior or the 3rd.   William Boogher and Preston Newman assigned Frances to be the daughter of Thomas Newman Sr.  Elizabeth is not named by either author.  

Another paper in this series regarding the Dozier Family does strengthen a case for Frances and Elizabeth to be children of Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen, Jr.

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex, Rappahannock (County) Deed Book, Vol 7, 1681-1688

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Know all men by these presents that I Edward Moseley of the county of Rappa do for a valuable consideration of four thousand pounds of tobacco already by bill received grant sell and confirm unto John Wood his heirs forever a certain parcel of land be it more or less beginning at a marked white oake on the main road side and running up the main road unto the line of Tobias Ingram thence along the said Ingram’s line unto a line which was formerly Richard Coleman’s thence south along the said line till it comes to a path which is commonly called Richard Good’s path thence down the said path to the place where it began and do hereby give from me my heirs to the said John Wood forever with all its rights and appurtenances together with all houses buildings and all other appurtenances belonging together with all the premises to is proper use without any lett of the said Moseley his heirs or any other person under me claiming and further the said Edward Moseley doth oblige himself to acknowledge the aforesaid land in person at the first  Court held on the side of Rappa River the said Wood his heirs paying the rents from henceforth shall be due to our Sovereign Lord the King.   In witness whereof the said Edward Moseley hath sett his hand and seal this 5th day of April 1687,  Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Robert Brooke, Edward Moseley, William Manning,  Recognitr in Cur Corn Rappa: 4 die May 1687 et record 20th die.  (This property is in St Ann’s Parish in Essex County likely along the Occupatia River, see Spotsylvania Deed)

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Frame  211/232 page 412,  Tobias Ingram sells to John Wood a piece of land which adjoins Edward Moseley and also adjoins a parcel of land previously bought by John Wood from Edward Moseley, May 8, 1688,  Margin Note:  June Court 1688.

Note:  Edward Moseley and John Wood own neighboring properties on the south side of the Rappahannock River.  It is unclear if they had both lived on the north side.   

Edward Moseley married Elizabeth, the daughter of Elias Wilson, Sr.  We learn later that Edward and Elizabeth are the uncle and aunt of Elias Newman, Sr.  Elizabeth is the sister of Bridget Wilson  who marries a Thomas Newman.

1690

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex (County) Deed Book, Vol 8, 1688-1692

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Frame  342/596  page 260  November 5, 1690, in Rappa Court, “Henry Street of his own free will did this day in open court make choice of Thomas Newman Senior his guardian.”

another entry, “This Court(with the free consent of Richard Clifton in open court expressed) hath bound him the said Richard unto Thomas Newman Senior until he shall arrive unto the age of one and twenty years.”

Note:   These documents are included in the paper for Henry Street.  Note that Henry Street (Jr.) chooses Thomas Newman, Senior as his guardian in 1690.  At the same time Richard Clifton, under the age of 21 bounds himselve to Thomas Newman, Sr. 

Henry Street would be approaching fourteen years old in 1690.  The Thomas Newman of William Boogher and Preston Newman, born in 1620, would be 70 Years old in 1690 .  If we suggest that Thomas Newman, the immigrant, was  born around 1635, for which there is only speculation, this Thomas would be 55.

Thomas Newman,2nd Gen , Jr., born between 1650 and 1656, would be around 37 years old.  Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen, has sons Thomas, George and John.   Thomas Newman, 3rd Gen, would be about the same age as Henry Street and Richard Clifton.  Sons George and John would be about 3-5 years old in 1690.

Which Thomas would fourteen year old Henry Street be most likely to select for his guardian?   One that was 70 years old, 55 years old or one around 37 years old? 

The call here is that Thomas Newman, Jr., the son of the immigrant, was selected by Henry Street.  This Thomas was known as senior in the Rappahannock Orders of 1690.

If we can accept this then Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen, Jr., was known as Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen, Sr in 1690.  This means that Thomas Newman, the immigrant, had died sometime between 1678 and 1690.  There is no record of this.  The Richmond County Will Book 1 which might record this death has not been recovered.

Henry Street, Jr., and Thomas Newman, 3rd Gen., probably would pal around together.  Henry Street, Jr., was found to have witnessed the Last Will of John Mackmillion the husband of Frances Newman.   Frances Newman has been assigned in my research to be the daughter of Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen.    Frances and Thomas 3rd were siblings.

This is the closest we have come to suggesting a year of death for Thomas Newman, 1st Gen, the immigrant  –  1678 – 1690.

1691

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex (County) Order Books, Vol 1-2, 1683-1692

Frame 357/377 page 331;  At a Court for Rappa County held at the house Rappa County of Mr Richard Coleman the 9th day September 1691, present justices Mr Henry Aubrey,  Capt George Taylor, Capt John Catlett, Mr James Harrison, Mr. Bernard Gaines, Mr. Frances Taliaferro

“This day Edward Moseley for and on the behalf of Tho Newman the younger confessed judgement to Col John Stone and Lt Coln Wm Loyd and Mr. Henry Awbrey trustees on behalf of the County above, one hundred twenty five pounds of tobacco for a towne lott to be (determined?)” .

This day Mr Robert Brooks for and on the behalf of Mr Edward Moseley confess judgment to Coln John Stone ….

  (There are many others also buying a town Lott somewhere in Essex?);   Henry Awbrey,  Capt George Taylor, James Harrison, Capt John Catlett, Capt William Baylor,   Dennis McCarty,  William Colston,  Mr Edwin Thacker for Mr Christopher Robinson,  James Battaile, Robert Brooks,  Samuel Parry,  David Loyd,  Martha Harding wife of William Harding,   Richard Hill,   James Scott,  Hen Burkett,  John Spiros,   Bernard Gaines,   Henry Jordan, John Dangerfield and William Bendry,  George Bark for Alice Forbes, Francis Taliaferro, Joseph Borland for Col John Stone,  Isaac Willis,

Note:  It is very difficult to identify, “Tho Newman the younger.”  He is certainly not the Immigrant.  However, this Thomas could be Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen  Jr., son of the immigrant, or Thomas Newman, III Gen.  

Boogher argues that it was Thomas Newman, the immigrant, that had died in 1700, and therefore was alive in 1691.  The son of the immigrant might possibly be, “ the younger,”.    There are questionable consequences to this conclusion more serious than having Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen, Jr. dying in 1700.   They will be defined in later papers.

My research supports the probability that this “Tho Newman the younger” was Thomas Newman, III Gen.  In later documents he will be described as a nephew of Edward Moseley.    Thomas Newman, III Gen, was only found in Essex County, not Richmond Coumty.

1695

Richmond County, Virginia Orders 1694-1697, Antient Press (Page 56)

Richmond County Court 5th of June 1695.

The Last Will and Testament of Henry Burditt being presented to this court for proof by Thomas Newman executor therein named was proved by the oaths of Elizabeth Burgess, Mary Morrell, Thomas Rose witnesses therein named and probate thereon granted to the said Executor &c

Richmond County Order Book No.3, 1694-1699

page 63  August 7, 1695 Upon the humble petition of Thomas Newman, exec, of the Last Will and Testament of Henry Burdette , deceased, It is ordered that Henry Wilson, John Ford, Avery Naylor, Henry Chappel or any three of them on the 23rd of this instant August do meet and inventory and appraise all singular the estate of the past deceased as the same shall be presented to therein finalized the said executor and that they make a report of their ____  Their hands in writing to the next court held for the county,  Captain George Taylor requested to administer oath to the said Thomas Newman, executor, to make his discovery of all and singular the said estate within his knowledge to the said appraisers and also to the said appraisers to make a just and true inventory and appraisement thereof.

Richmond County Order Book No.2,  1694-1699

page 84,  Judgement is granted to Morris Hamlett agt estate of Henry Burdette in the hands of Thomas Newman his executor for 290 pounds of tobacco upon account proved by oath to be paid with cost of suit, Alias Execution

Note:   Both William Boogher and Preston Newman assert that  Thomas Newman, the Immigrant, had married the daughter of Henry Burdett, Sr.   This arises from a misinterpretation of the documents above.

1705-1706 Richmond Co VA Order Book 4; Antient Press: (Page 206)
Richmond County Court 6th of November 1706
Upon Petition of Henry Burditt, Son of Henry Burditt, late of Richmond County, deceased., setting forth that Henry Burditt by his Last Will and Testament in writing gave him several things in the Will more particularly mentioned and sett down and that he should be possessed of the same when he should attain to the age of seventeen years, to which age Henry Burditt is now arrived, it is here fore ordered that Henry Burditt do take into his possession all and singular he Estate that doth belong to him which was left to him by his deceased., Father, according to the intent and meaning of the said Last Will and Testament

Note:    This document above written in 1706 is of critical importance. 

Henry Burdette, Jr. is 17 years old in 1706.  This sets his birth year at 1689.    It is fair to assume that other children of Henry Burdett, Sr. would be reasonably close in age. 

Thomas Newman, the Immigrant, was born between 1620 and 1636..   Boogher says that Thomas Newman had married the daughter of Henry Burdett and that she was the mother of the son Thomas Newman,Jr.  Boogher named the daughter of Henry Burdett, Sr., as Elizabeth Burdett.

How likely would it be for  Elizabeth Burdette to have had a son born in 1656/7 and a later son Henry Burdett, Jr., born in 1689?  

This reveals the improbable situation where Henry Burdett, Sr.  had a daughter at the earliest in 1640 and a son  in 1689, nearly fifty years apart.  

Thomas Newman, the Immigrant, did not marry the daughter of Henry Burdett, Sr.  The is no evidence of this happening.

1697

Richmond County

Deed Book #3 1697-1704

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Section 48

March 2, 1697  page 280  Action brought by Captain Alexander Newman against John Alloway is dismissed, the plaintiff being dead  (John Alloway of parish of North Farnham lived along Totuskey Creek and is aquainted with Edward Jones.)

June 1, 1698  page 299  The Last Will and Testament of Captain Alexander Newman being presented to this court by Elizabeth Newman his executrix was proven by the oaths of William Woodbridge and George Woodbridge witnesses thereunto and probate thereof granted into the said executrix.

Note:  The Last Will of Alexander Newman, the son of John the Immigrant, is presented in 1698.  A copy of this will has not been found.   In 1698 there lives the Thomas Newman who dies in 1700 and his son Thomas who may have recently married Bridget Wilson.   Alexander Newman, son of John,  bequeaths a parcel of land to Thomas Newman, husband of Bridget.

1699

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Richmond (County) Wills and Inventories, Vol 1-3, 1699-1717,   page 10

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In the name of God Amen.  I Elias Wilson of the parish of Sittenbourne county of Richmond being in health of body and of sound mind & memory praise be the name of God Almighty for the same and confessing the realty of nature and uncertainty of life so make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as followith revoking and making void and null or any will or wills before by me made and sealed and published.

First and most principally I bequeath my soul to God that gave it, my body to the earth to be buried in decent order at the discretion of my executor hereafter named hoping and truly wishing that they shall have a joyful meeting at the resurrection of like just through the the merit of  my savior almighty god___ {the top of the next page is torn and the ink unreadable}

{Three lines distorted}  heirs as aforesaid the said two hundred acres I give _____

son John and his heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for want of such heirs then I give the same to my sons Henry and James Wilson to them and their heirs forever

I give unto my said son Henry all my part and share of three hundred and fifty acres of land bought of Thomas Norton by me & John Carton & John Hughes my part being the majority or one half part of the said three hundred acres of land which I give unto my said son Henry and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for want of such heirs then to my said son James & his heirs forever.

I give to my said son James two hundred fifty four acres of land granted to include William Moss and myself which.  I hold all as surviving the said Moss the said two hundred fifty four acres of land I give unto my said son James and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for want of such heirs than I give the same two hundred fifty four acres of land to my said son Henry and his heirs forever.  Be it my will further is that if William Brown who marry Frances the daughter of the said William Moss shall within two years after the probate of this my last Will and Testament cause the said two hundred fifty four acres of Land to be surveyed, and one hundred acres of the upper end to be divided from the rest and pay the whole charge of the said survey and division then I give the said one hundred acres so divided to the said William Brown and Francis his wife to them and their heirs forever but if the said Browne or Frances his wife shall neglect or refuse to survey & divide within the time hereby limited then the right of the whole two hundred fifty four acres shall rest in my son James as aforesaid.

I give unto my son Elias Wilson  all my right of a patent the land therein mentioned which I formerly bought of Patrick Norton which patent contains four hundred and eight acres only some taken away by an older patent, which patent and land I give unto my son Elias and his heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for want of such heirs then I give to my said sons John, Henry and James for them and their heirs forever, only my will further is that my dear wife Susanna Wilson have the house whereon I live and the half of the plantatin & the one half of the produce thereof during her natural life and aafter her demise the same to rest in the right of my son Elias as aforesaid.

I give unto my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Edward (unable to read) two thousand pounds of tobacco _____{the next two lines are torn and poorly reproduced and the next line has a small fragment}_____

I give unto my _____

Bridgett the wife of Tho ___  __n two thousand pounds of ____ paid by my executor in two payment the next ___ years after my Executor has full paid all my debt.  { This paragraph ends on one frayed page and begins another torn page.  Some useful information in this will is unavailable.}

 I give unto my daughter Martha two thousand pounds  ___to be paid by my executor in three years of of  ____ ____ or the day of her marriage which shall first happen.

I give unto my grandchildren Edward Morris, Charles Snead Jr and Elias Snead sons to my Daughter Phebe decd each if them a cow and calf or a cow big with calf to be paid by  my executor to my said grandchildren when they attain the age of one & twenty years.

I give unto my dear wife Susanna Wilson and my son Elias all the rest of my Estate both real and personal not hereby before obliging them to give and pay for a year schooling of my sons Henry & James Wilson and too hereby make & ordain my loving wife Susanna and my son Elias Wilson Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have here marked my hand & affixed my seal this second day of March 1697/8.     Elias Wilson

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Thomas Long

Thomas Bradley

I the said Elias Wilson the elder having made this my Last Will and Testament in manner aforesaid to add this codicil wherein I nominate my worthy good friends overseers of this my Last Will and Testament that is to say Captain George Taylor, Mr William Colston and Mr Edwin _____  oversee & advise my aforesaid executors & legatee.  In witness thereof I have ______ to set my hand and seal this second day of March 1697/8 .   Elias Wilson

Signed Sealed and published in witness of  Thomas Long and Thomas Bradley

Probated  by ____ Long and Bradley _______ 6th day of March anno Dom 1699. 

Wm Coston

Note:  The copy of the Last Will of Elias Wilson, Sr. is quite mutilated having critical passages made illegible.  We can barely make out the names of Thomas Newman and Edward Moseley.  We do find the names of their wives, Bridget and Elizabeth.  Elias Wilson, Sr., died in 1699.

1700/01

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Frame  26/339   Thomas Newman relinquishes Estate of father Thomas Newman; 5 March 1700 Know all men by these presents that I Tho. Newman do by these presents relinquish and surrender up all my right of administration that I have to any part or parcel of the estate of my father Tho. Newman late of the county of Richmond deceased witness my hand this 5th of March 1700(1)    Tho. Newman

Recorded Test Wm Colston

Frame  30/339   Inventory of Estate of Thomas Newman, April 14th 1701: John Crask, Edward

Newton, John ? witnesses

In Obedience to ye worships order  ___ the ____ at the house of Tho. Newman Sr and there inventoried and appraised the estate of the said Tho. Newman as followeth

The crops of Tobacco                                                    3920

A Parcell of Hoggs                                                        1280

One old cow and calf                                                    500

One four year old Mare                                 400

Two five year old ___                                                   400

One yearling                                                                  100

One four year old bull                                    900

One Mare and colt                                                        800

Two ewes and two lambs                               300

One man servant Nathaniel Warren,             2000

three years and seven months to serve at                                  

One feather bed and bolster, one pair of       1700

blankets one pair of sheets, one rugg,

one pillow and bed stand                                                            

One feather bed tick filled with flocks and    650

feather Bolster, and two old ruggs and one

pair of blanket

One cattail bed and bolster, two pillows,      300

one rugg    and one pair of blankets                            

One cattail bed and bolster, two pillows,      200

one rugg and one pair of blankets                                              

One feather bed and bolster, three old          220

blankets and one old rugg                                            

Four pewter dishes at                                                    288

Three plates at ___ plates                              027

One Bason at ____                                                        035

Two old pottangers at                                                   16

One tankard                                                                   20

One salt collar                                                               15

A parcel of tinn ware                                                    18

Five old spoons, one grator and one drinking glass   10

One small looking glass                                               8

One warming pan                                                          80

Two old ___                                                                   950

Two iron potts and pot hooks                                       250

One old fry pan and one split                                       60

One box iron and one old ___ cutting knife and

        small cup                                                               40

One hundred fifty ____ wright nails                           18

One high bed stand and one ___ bed stand                 150

Four old napkins and a table cloth                               30

Two yards and half of ticking at                                  30

________ of old                                                            __

___ cannot read ____                                                    __

________chest                                                              __

__ milk ___ five old trays and butter                           0142

Note:  There were five beds described in the inventory of the Thomas Newman who died in 1700.   Guessing that each bed was occupied by at least one person we count five people in the household.  Of course this cannot be proven.

Note:  The dates on the document above and those which follow are important.  The actual date of the death of Thomas Newman who died in 1700 is not known.  We do know that his son relinquished his right of administration in a document recorded March 5, 1700 and the inventory of his estate was presented on April 14, 1701,  six weeks later.

Richmond County

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To all to whom these presents shall come to know yee that I Thomas Newman of the Parish of Cittonbourne and County of Richmond for & in consideration of ten thousand pounds of Tobacco to me in hand paid the receipt whereof I do acknowledge have bargained & sold and so by these presents bargain and sell alienate enforce and confirm and for ever make unto John Tarpley all my right title, and interest of a certain parcel of Land given by Captain Alexander Newman in his last Will and Testament to me the said Thomas Newman & William Dunn together with all rights profits privileges commodities and emollients thereunto belonging and appertaining to him the said John Tarpley by his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns forever in as large and ample manner as can be granted by deed indented for land seized in fee simple to his only proper use and behhof or his heirs executors administrators, or assigns and I do also oblige myself sufficiently to save & keep harmless the said John Tarpley his heirs and of and from all manner of form sales gifts grants bargains judgments extents ____ and all other encumbrances or charges here to fore had or suffer to be done by me the said Thomas Newman or any other person or persons by or under me the said John Tarpley his heirs executors, administrators, or assigns yielding trying doing and discharging the rents and services therein due of right accustomed according to the other parts of Virginia as is & hath been accustomed in such cases and I the said Thomas Newman heirs assigns & every of them do covenant promise and grant to I with the said John Tarpley in manner and form following that is that at the ensealing and delivery of these presents do stand and is lawfully seized of a good and fine estate ____ in the  ___ of ____ fee simple to his only use and behoof  together with his heirs executors administrators or assigns withour any manner or condition or other limitation of use or uses to alter change and deform the said estate of  ____ and to the land or any part or parcell thereof before by these presents intended or mentioned to be hereby bargain or sold but that I the said Thomas Newman can or lawfully may let grant bargain and convey the aforesaid land unot the said John Tarpley his heirs executors, administrators, or assigns and every of them they the said John Tarpley his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall and will from tim eto time and at all times hereafter ___  hold, use, occupy, and enjoy the said land to him and then only use & behoof and that of the said Thomas Newman as aforesaid will warrant the said land unto the said John Tarpley as aforesaid against all and every person or persons that shall or may propose to lay any claim by me or in my name  In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and fixed my seal this    of    1700.                        Thomas Newman

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Elias Wilson and Henry Wilson,  Recorded January 1, 1700;  Test William Colston CC Clerk

Know all men by the presents that I Thomas Newman of the county of Richmond do nominate, constitute, appoint my loving friend Elias Wilson of the aforesaid county to be my sole and lawful attorney in acknowledging a deed of sale of land to Capt John Tarpley of the county above said given by Will to the above said Thomas Newman by Capt Alexander Newman of Richmond, decd, the said land lying on the north side of Moratico Creek and whatsoever my attorney shall act or do in the premises and pertinence’s there unto belonging, shall be as formerly stated as though I myself had been present, Witness my hand and seal this 30th day of December 1700.

Thomas Newman

Test Henry Chappell, Recorded in Richmond County Court January 1, 1700, William Colston;  Deed then personally acknowledged within named Thomas Newman SS, Wm Colston.

Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Newman of the Parish of Sittenbourn in the county of Richmond do acknowledge myself to be bonded to John Tarpley of the Parish of Farnham & County of Richmond his heirs, executors & administrators this full and just quantity of twenty thousand pounds of good sound merchantable tobacco with caske to convey the same for therewith payment well and truly to be made and done, I bind myself, my executors and administrators firmly by these presents signed with my hand and sealed with my seal the     of     1700,  Thomas Newman

The condition is such that whereas the above named Thomas Newman hath this day bargained and sold unto John Tarpley his heirs, etc, a certain parcell of land as by doe with these presents may fully and at large appear now so it is if the said Thomas Newman do well and truly keep and perform the articles clause and clauses therein contained that then this obligation to be void and of non effect otherwise in full force power an virtue.

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of

Elias Wilson

Henry Wilson

May 7th 1701, here this bond personally acknowledged by Thomas Newman in Richmond County Court.

Note:  On  January 1, 1700  Thomas Newman appoints his friend Elias Wilson to represent him in the land sale between Thomas and John Tarpley.   As we found earlier this land  near Morattico Creek was given to Thomas Newman by his relative Alexander Newman who was the son of the John Newman.

“His friend”, Elias Wilson, was the son of Elias Wilson, Sr.  Elias Sr.,was already deceased.

The copy of this above indenture of the land transfer  which will serve as a binding contract has blank spaces where the month and date in 1700 went unrecorded . Thereafter on May 7th  1701 Thomas Newman personally appears in court to acknowledge the deed.

Through an inquiry held in 1711 the Thomas Newman who signs the deed in 1701 was described as married to the daughter of Elias Wilson.   This Thomas was also identified as son of the Thomas Newman who lived north of Rappahannock Creek.

Note: We can conclude from this that the Thomas Newman who married Bridget Wilson, daughter to Elias, was alive in 1701.  The father of this Thomas had died in 1700.  All of these people lived on the north side of Rappahannock Creek.

Richmond County Deed Book No.3, 1699-1704 (from the Library of Virginia)

page 70, Thomas Newman _______  Jones; Jan 1700

page 74, Mary Bayles, executor, William Bayles, John Craske, Elias Wilson John Maximilian, John Fennell. Meet for inventory of William Bayly Estate; 5 March1700

Page 78,  Order of administration is granted to John Maximilian upon the estate of Thomas Newman, Sen., deceased, he giving in security this day John Maximilian together with John Craske, William Harwood acknowledged themselves indebted unto his majesties justices for this county in the sum of twenty thousand pounds of good tobacco in cask to be paid in case the said John Maximilian shall not duly administer the estate of Thomas Newman Sr., late deceased, and render a true acct thereof and surrender up the same unto whom it shall more properly belong when there unto lawfully required

Ordered that Mr John Craske, John Fennell Sr., Edward Norton, Elias Wilson or any three of them sometime between this and the next court held for this county do meet at the house of Thomas Newman Sr, late deceased, do then & there inventory and appraise all and singular the estae of the said deceased and make report thereof under their hands in writing to the said next court Colonel George Taylor is requested to administer an oath to the said appraisers for their due appraisement and also to the administrator for his true discovery of the said estate. March 5, 1700

Page 79,  This day John Newman son of Thomas Newman Sr, deceased did make choice of John Maximilian for his guardian.

This day George Newman son of Thomas Newman, deceased, did make choice of John Maximilian for his guardian. March 6, 1700

Note:  On March 5, 1700 Thomas Newman (3nd Gen,), the son of Thomas Newman (2nd Gen, Jr.) deceased, relinquished his right to administer the estate of his deceased father.   On March 5, 1700, John Maximilian was granted as administrator of the estate of the deceased Thomas Newman   On March 6, 1700, John and George Newman, sons of the deceased Thomas, selected John Maximilian as their guardian.

In the Virginia Colony orphans above the age of 14 could select their guardian, those younger were given court appointed guardians.

Note:  The Thomas Newman who died in 1700 had three sons on record., Thomas, John, and George.  

Recall William Boogher and Preston Newman state that Thomas Newman, the Immigrant died in 1700.  However they list only one son, Thomas.

These authors also wrote that John and George Newman were the sons of Thomas Newman, Jr.  Both of these statement cannot be true unless both Sr. and Jr. died the same year.  There is  no record to support this.  Instead we find contradictory interpretations in this  family history.

Page 81,  Judgment is granted to Edward Jones against Tho Newman for five hundred sixty eight pounds of tobacco in cask upon delivery to be paid with costs___ ___ March 6, 1700

Page 82, The action brought by Thomas Newman against Edward Jones is dismissed the Plantitif not presenting. March 6,1700

Page 96, (May 1701),  Judgment is granted to Edward Jones against Thomas Newman for five hundred sixty eight pounds of tobacco in cask upon ____ ____ proved by oath to be paid with cost of _____;  January 1,1701

page 98, Ordered that  Thomas Newman officiate as constable this ensuing yeare in the room & ____ of Henry Bruce and that forewith ____;  May 7, 1701

Note:  The same day that Thomas Newman, the husband of Bridget, appeared in court to acknowledge his deed of sale to John Tarpley we find Thomas being selected to officiate as constable.   He was at least 21 years old at that time.  Virginia records do show other men of that young age serving as constable, for example, Jeremiah Morton. . 

page 99, Susanna Coe servant to Thomas Newman is ordered to serve her said master or his assigns according to act the full term of one yeare after her time by indenture custom or otherwise be fully  ____ in satisfaction of the charge and ___ ___ ___ in the time of her childbirth of a bastard child.

Ordered that Susanna Coe by and with her own consent do serve Thomas Newman or his assigns the full term of one yeare after her time by Indenture Custom and to be fully expired being in satisfaction for paying for her fine for committing the sin of fornication.  This day Thomas Newman confessed judgement to the church warden of Sittenbourne Parish for the use of the Parish for five hundred pounds of tobacco in cask being the fine due for the fornication of Susanna Coe to be paid ___ ___; May 7, 1701

page 100, Ordered by and with the consent of Elizabeth Newman and upon her request that she have and take her part, share, and portion of the estate of Thomas Newman her deceased father.  (May 7, 1701)

page 100, Ordered that John Maximilian have and take out of the estate of Thomas Newman Senior, deceased, twelve hundred and fifty pounds of good tobacco in cask upon and proved by oath to be paid with cost of time ___; May 7, 1701

Note: Also on May 7,1701, Elizabeth Newman, daughter of the deceased Thomas Newman, who was addressed as Senior, requested her share of her father’s estate.   She was apparently of age, probably between the ages of 16 and 21. 

Because Thomas Newman, Jr, who died in 1700, is addressed as Senior, we can reasonably conclude that his father, also a Thomas, had died before him.  Of course there could have been another elder Thomas Newman besides his father,  but lets keep it simple.

We now have identified four children of the Thomas Newman who had died in 1700.  They were Thomas, John, George, and Elizabeth.

Recall that in 1687 John Wood gave a gift to two daughters of Thomas Newman.  They were Frances and Elizabeth, Frances being named first, thus probably the eldest.  Frances was not mentioned in the court records following the death of her father in 1700.  It is probable that she received her share of the estate earlier when she had married John Maximilian.   It is proposed that Frances was the daughter and first child of Thomas Newman, 2nd Gen  Jr., born around 1678.  She and her husband John Maximilion assume administration of her fathers estate and the shares of the estate inherited by her siblings.   Her oldest brother Thomas relinquished this role.

What cannot be ignored in the records above is the fact that this Thomas Newman, son of the deceased, had a servant woman in 1701.   Would it be unusual for a man in his very early twenties to have a servant?  Could this servant have been assigned to Thomas the younger by his father?

Virginia, Wills and Probate Reords, 1652-1983

Richmond (County) Wills and Inventories, Vol 1 – 3, 1699-1717

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In the name of God Amen.  I John Mackmelion of the county of Richmond being very sick and weak in body but of a sound and perfect memory and a mind to dispose of that life estate that God hath bestowed upon me

Item:  I recommend my soul to the Lord that gave it to me.  I hope through the merits of our savior Jesus Christ that it may please onto the Kingdom of heaven and my body to be decently buried where my executor heretofore named shall think fit.

I give and bequeath to my oldest daughter Charity Mackmelion a Cow and a young heifer and a young mare and her increase after the two first colts that she then have first of them her younger sister to have and the next to my wife.

I give and bequeath to my youngest  daughter Catherine Mackmelion one cow and young heifer.

I give and bequeath unto John Newman a two years old heifer after he is twenty years old and my silver headed cane to him and

I give and bequeath to George Newman a two year old heifer when he is twenty years old and then he to go free

I give to William Coalman my _____ boy a Cow calf three years before he is free

I give to Maxfield Browne three sows one of them big with pigg and the other two are gylts

I make and constitute my well loved wife the Executrix of my Estate only which I have gave away before mentioned, all the rest to my well beloved wife Francis Mackmellion _____ and real, only to Samuel Mathews ____ and reale one pair of plaid britches,  and this I ordain to be my last Will and Testament revoking all other Will and Testament as witnessed my hand and seal this the fourteenth day October anno dom 1701.

John Mackmelion

Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of      John Fennell, Henry  Street

Proved in Richmond County Court by their oaths of John Fennell & Henry Street this 6th day of ____ 1705 and recorded

Note:  From the Last Will of John Mackmilion we have proof that John Newman and George Newman were under the age of twenty one in October 1701.

Richmond County

Deed Book #3 1697-1704

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page 206, December 1702; Ordered that the ear mark of John Maximilion be recorded.  Ordered that the ear mark of George Newman be recorded.  Ordered that the ear mark of John Newman be recorded.

1703

Richmond County

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Section 118,  Patience Naylor and husband Avory Naylor receive land from Patience’ son John Ford, son of her former husband John Ford (Sr.) deceased Witnessed by Thomas Newman, August 3, 1703.

page 280,  Avery Naylor, Patience Naylor, John Ford; Oct 1703;  Know all men by these presents that I Patience Naylor of the county of Richmond do of my tender love and affection to my son John Ford give and bequeath to him his heirs Exc. Adm. Assigns a parcel of land given to me the said Patience Naylor by my former husband John Ford, deceased, by Will the said land lying and being on the West side of Rappahannock Creek at my former husband Ford’s Will makes mention and do from this day and date hereof give my son full possession.  Witnesseth my hand and seale this 3rd day October of 1703  –  Patience Naylor and Avery Naylor  signed in the presence of Tho Newman and ???;  recorded 6 October 1703.

Note:  Both William Boogher and Preston Newman have Patience Newman as the daughter of Thomas Newman, the Immigrant.  No direct proof has been found to establish the maiden name of Patience Ford, Patience Naylor, or Patience Cleeves, who are all the same person.

1704

Richmond County

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page 373,  Murder Trial Jury Edward Jones, Sam Bayly, George Hoak, George Hopkins, Charles Snead, John Will, Thomas Goss, Henry Gallop, James Ingo, Thomas Newman, Gabriel Alloway, Johnson Davis , October 1, 1704

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Richmond (County) Will and Inventories, Vol 1-3, 1699-1717

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Frame  81/339    Will of Avory Naylor, wife Patience Naylor;  godson Avery Die, “I forgive and acquit Thomas Newman of all his debts of bill and account due to me and my heirs; written 4 January 1704/5 p.76

Note:  Avery Naylor, husband of Patience Naylor forgave a debt of Thomas Newman in 1704/5.   This Thomas would be Thomas Newman, III, the husband of Bridget Wilson. The year in which Bridget died was likely after the death of her father in 1699, but it is unknown.

This document provides the strongest suggestion that Patience might be a member of the Newman clan.  Avery Naylor in his last will forgives the debt owed him by Thomas Newman.  He does not offer this gift to anyone else.  Thomas  was probably the nephew of Patience.

Richmond County Order Book 4,  1704-1708,

Library of Virginia, Reel 31

page 9,  The action brought by Thomas Newman against William Barber is dismissed the plantiff not presenting, 1704

Note:  The William Barber who died in 1721 was the cousin of John Tarpley.  This William Barber lives near Totuskey Creek near the land of Edward Jones, Thomas Wood, and Giles Webb.

In 1701 a Thomas Newman and Edward Jones were involved in a dispute.  This fact and the fact that an Edward Jones lived near Totuskey Creek needs to be addressed sometime.

page 128,  The suits in Chancery Court by John Norland and Ruth his wife, and Henry Burditt against Thomas Newman is dismissed the plaintive not prosecuting. (Date not transcribed, my error)

Note:  Henry Burditt would be the son of Henry Burditt, Sr.  In the Last Will of Henry, Jr. he bequeaths a gift to John Newman, the brother of this Thomas Newman.

Richmond County Order Book No.4, 1704-1708

page 342,  April 1708,  Upon the petition of John Newman for his fathers estate now in the hands of Francis Wilson, widow and relict of John Wilson and said Francis not appearing it is ordered that she be summonded to next court to answer to the subject matter contained in the said petition.

Upon the petition of George Newman for his fathers estate now in the hands of Francis Wilson, widow and relict of John Wilson and said Francis not appearing it is ordered that she be summonded to next court to answer to the subject matter contained in the said petition.

Page 359, May 5, 1708;  Francis Wilson, widow and relect of John Wilson being summoned to appear at the court to answer the petition of John Newman for his part of his deceased fathers estate in the hands and the said Francis approving accordingly and offering nothing material in ____ of the said petition, Judgement is therefore granted to the said John Newman against the said Francis Wilson for four thousand six hundred and twenty five pounds of tobacco according to the said petition and it is orderd that she pay the same John with costs ____

Francis Wilson, widow and relect of John Wilson being summoned to appear at the court to answer the petition of George Newman for his part of his deceased fathers estate in the hands and the said Francis approving accordingly and offering nothing material in ____ of the said petition, Judgement is therefore granted to the said George Newman against the said Francis Wilson for four thousand six hundred and twenty five pounds of tobacco according to the said petition and it is orderd that she pay the same John with costs ____

Note:  John Newman and George Newman, the sons of  Thomas Newman, Jr., deceased in 1700,  petition for the portion of the estate of their father.  It is reasonable to propose that John and George had reached the age of twenty one in 1708.  Why would they wait any longer than age twenty one?

Note:   We have arrived at the point where we must choose which Thomas Newman had died in 1700.  First we will show              what we have learned from the records.

The son of the deceased Thomas, also named Thomas, signed a land contract in 1701.   The Thomas who was alive in 1701       had married the daughter of Elias Wilson.  Her name was Bridget.   That Thomas had waited a short while to               witness the sale of land to John Tarpley he perhaps was waiting until he was twenty one.  Thus he was born around      1678.

The Thomas Newman who died in 1700 had at least four living children – Thomas, George, John, and Elizabeth.   There is            suspicion that he had a fifth, a daughter  Frances.  Frances through her husband  John Maxmillion administered the estate of her deceased father. 

The sons George and John Newman selected a guardian, John Maxmillion in 1700.  An orphan had to be fourteen to select a        guardian for themselves.  In 1708 George and John requested there share of their deceased father’s estate.  Is is   probable that they were twenty one years of age in that year.  Thus their year of birth was around 1687.

The daughter, Elizabeth Newman was apparently not married at the time of her father’s death but was of age.  This suggests         that she was at least eighteen years old.  Thus born around 1683.  She might be older.               

Recall that Frances and her sister Elizabeth were recipients of a gift in 1687.  This gift could have occurred around the time   that the oldest of them reached puberty or time of Frances’ marriage.  The choice here is that they were youngsters.       Frances being about the age of 8 or 9. Thus born around 1677/8.

Here is the structure I  propose:

Thomas Newman, the Immigrant (b.btw 1620-1638 – d. btw 1677- 1690)            m.           wife unknown

               Thomas Newman, Jr. (b.between 1654-1656 – d.1700)             m.           wife unknown

                                             Frances Newman (b. 1677/8)           m.  John Maximillion (d. 1705)

                                                                           Charity Maxmillion

                                                                           Catherine Maxmillion

                                             Thomas Newman, III, (b. 1678/9- d. aft 1714)             m.  Bridget Wilson

                                             Elizabeth Newman (b. 1683)

                                             George Newman (b. 1687)

                                             John Newman (b. 1687)

This data may be interpreted differently.  Others are encouraged to select another structure but hopefully with additional data to strengthen the argument.

The documents that follow will be interpreted in accordance to the family tree presented above.

Library of Virginia Microfilm

Essex Order Book, Number 4, 1708-1714

Reel 66

page 253,  May 1710, Thomas Newman being retained, arrested and not appearing against suit of James Holloway for three hundred pounds of sweet housed tobacco paid convenient against him therefore considered by the court that ye said James received of and from John Lomax, gentleman, late sheriff ye aforesaid quantity of like tobacco and caske convenient as aforesaid with caske unless ye said Newman appears at the set court and ______ Judgement being this day passed against John Lomax, gentleman, late sheriff for 300 pounds of sweet housed tobacco do to be paid conveniently for ye non appearance of Thomas Newman at ye suit of James Holloway against him therefore ordered by ye court against said Lomax ____ an ______ begranted him against ye said Newman’s estate for the aforesaid quantity of like tobacco and caske with caske retuurnable to the  ____ Court.

1711

Virgina, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Richmond (County) Will and Inventories, Vol 1-3, 1699-1717

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Frame 184/339 

July the 30th 1711

Interogation put by John Tarpley to Capt William Woodbridge, Mr. William Fitzherbert, Mr Domminick Benntham, Madam Winnefred Griffin and George Glasscock

Question:  Capt William Woodbridge did you ever heare Capt Alexander Newman, deceased, say in his lifetime that if he died without heirs or issue that he would give Thomas Newman the said land where he then lived to beare up the name of Newmans Barr

Answer:  I have heard Capt Alexander Newman, deceased, say that if he died without issue he would give the plantation where he then lived to Tho. Newman because it should not go out of the name of Newmans Barr.

Question:  Did you understand what Tho Newman he meant?

Answer:  I know him to be the Tho. Newman which was reputed to marry the daughter of Mr. Elias Wilson, deceased.

Question:  Mr William Fitzherbert did you ever heare Capt Alexander Newman, deceased, say in his lifetime that if he died without heirs or issue that he would give the land where he then lives to Tho Newman to beare up the name of Newmans barr?

Answer:  I have heard Capt Alexander Newman say many a time thet if he died without heirs or issue he would give him Morattico Point to beare up the name of Newmans barr.

Question:  Did you understand what Thomas Newman he meant?

Answer:  I know him to be that Tho Newman that was reputed to be the son of Tho Newman that lived above Rappa Creek.

Question:  Mr Dominick B(D)enneham did you ever hear Capt Alexander Newman, deceased, say in his lifetime what if he died without heirs or issue that he would give that land where he then lived to Tho Newman to bear up the name of Newmans barr?

Answer:  I have heard Capt Alexander Newman say many a time that if he died without heirs or issue he would give the land where he then lives to Tho Newman that it should not goe out of the name of Newmans barr.

Question:  Did you understand which Tho. Newman he meant?

Answer:  I understand him to be the son of one Tho Newman that lived on the upper side of Rappa Creek.

Question: Madam Winnefred Griffin did you ever heare Capt Alexander Newman, deceased, say in his lifetime that if he died without heirs or issue that he would give the said land where he then lived to on Tho. Newman to bear up the name of Newman’s barr?

Answer:  I have heard Capt Alexander Newman, deceased,say that he would give the land where he then lived to Tho Newman to bear up the name of Newmans barr.

Question: Did you understand which Tho Newman he meant?

Answer:  I understood him to be the son of the Tho Newman that lived above Rappa Creek.

Richmond County

Note: Above is the document that describes Thomas Newman, III, as the husband of the daughter of Elias Wilson, Sr.

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983

Essex (County) Deed Book, Vol 13, 1707-1711, 1713-1714, Vol 14 1711-1715

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Frame 245/427  page 7, John Barker, planter of St Ann’s Parish gives “my two kinsman John Diskin and Daniel Diskin” both of St Ann’s Parish each a 3 year old heifer Dated 11 Oct 1711, signed John Parker, Penelope Barber; witnesses John Rightcraft, Thomas Newman.

Note:  At this point there it is becoming more probable that the Thomas Newman found in the documents of Essex County concern Thomas Newman, III. 

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Essex Order Book, Number 4, 1708-1714

Reel 66

Page 433, April 11,1712

In the suit brought by Thomas Newman against Francis Gouldman and Martha Gouldman executors of the Last Will and Testament of Edward Gouldman, deceased, the said Thomas ___ that at the request of the said Edward Gouldman he did and build for the said Edward an house in consideration whereof the said Edward upon himself did  ____ and to him the said Newman did promise to pay eight thousand pounds of Sweet Scented tobacco and caske convenient which promises and  ____  it not yet emptied with but denied to his the plaintiff damages twelve thousand pounds of Sweet Scented tobacco in caske convenient the defendant pleaded non _____ in manner and form which issue the plaintive joined Wherefore a jury (to Witt) Issac Webb, Salvator Musroe, James Boughan Jr. Joseph R___ , John Chamberline, ____ Smith, Robert Koy Jr. , Richard Ong, Thomas Griffin, William Grinells, William Prine and Erasmith Allen being impaneled and sworn to try the issue return the said order Vizt we of the jury find that Mr Edward Gouldman did agree with the plaintiff Thomas Newman to pay him Eight thousand pounds Sweet Scented tobacco & caske fo the erecting and building of the said Edward Gouldman one house upon block B forty five feet long twenty feet wide in the declaration it left for thee

And we find that the said Edward Gouldman ___ paid unto the said Thomas Newman the Plaintiff  287.5 pounds

And Money in a store 18:4:4 4 at _____  291.5

And we find his executors since his death has paid 299.7  (total) 799.7 pounds

And we find that the _____ to the plaintiff 482 pounds.

With ye order on the plaintiff it is considered by the court that the plantive recover and have of the executors aforesaid four hundred eighty two pounds of Sweet Scented tobacco by the jury due to the plaintiff out of the esate of the said deceased with costs.

George Loyd making oath that he attended this court eight days ___ all evidence on the behalf of Thomas Newman plaintiff against Martha Gouldman and Frances Gouldman executos of Edward Gouldman deceased, do _____ ______ order by the court that the said Newman pay him for the same according to law with costs.

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Essex Order Book, Number 4, 1708-1714

Reel 66

page 253,  May 1710, Thomas Newman being retained, arrested and not appearing against suit of James Holloway for three hundred pounds of sweet housed tobacco paid convenient against him therefore considered by the court that ye said James received of and from John Lomax, gentleman, late sheriff ye aforesaid quantity of like tobacco and caske convenient as aforesaid with caske unless ye said Newman appears at the set court and ______ Judgement being this day passed against John Lomax, gentleman, late sheriff for 300 pounds of sweet housed tobacco do to be paid conveniently for ye non appearance of Thomas Newman at ye suit of James Holloway against him therefore ordered by ye court against said Lomax ____ an ______ begranted him against ye said Newman’s estate for the aforesaid quantity of like tobacco and caske with caske retuurnable to the  ____ Court.

page 433,  April 11,1712,  Thomas Newman was contracted to build a house for and by Edward Gouldman, (deceased January 1709, Will written Nov 3 1709, probated January 1709);  Frances (son of Edward, not the Frances who is the brother of Edward) and Martha relict of Edward were executors of the estate of Edward Gouldman ( Sheriff).  Thomas Newman argues that he was not fully paid for building the house and the court agreed.

Page 493,  Court proceeds to lay the county Essex County levy. December 13 1712

page 497,  Within the Essex County levy is an appropriation, to Thomas Newman for altering and repairing the courthouse yet the tobacco to be in the sherrifs hands until the work is finished,  5000 pounds  December 13, 1712

page 512, March 1712, Thomas Newman vs George Loyd for legal fees owed Loyd (likely for the case involving Edward Gouldman).

page 531, June 1713, Thomas Newman vs George Loyd

page 532, January 12, 1713, Order Book 4, Part II; The action of case brought by Thomas Hilliard against Thomas Newman is dismissed ye plantiff failing to prosecute, Court of Essex.

Page 544, October 10,1713, Thomas Newman vs George Loyd

page 547, October 1713, Thomas Hillard against Thomas Newman’s

page 564, February 1713 William Robinson vs Thomas Newman, 

page 612, November 11,1714, Debt between Wm Robinson and Tho Newman (?) defendant wherein the plaintiff declares for five pounds fifteen shillings & six pence sterling due from the said defendant to the plaintiff by account in court produced to which the defendant by his attoney have pleased that he was etc.  Robinson wins the case and money.

Note:  The document dated 1714 is the last found in Essex County in Order Book 4 containing a Thomas Newman.   Essex County Order Book 5 does not contain any records for Thomas Newman but does show Elias Newman in the 1720’s.

If this is our Thomas Newman, III, it is reasonable to suggest a year for his death sometime shortly after the 1714 document.  His year of death cannot be proven.

Hopefully the documents above fairly well support the fact and fiction of the Thomas Newman family of the Northern Neck.  Future researchers can build upon this foundation.

Any questions and all comments regarding this work are appreciated.   Reasoned arguments, including  reproductions or transcriptions of original documents which bring into question the conclusions presented here, are most welcome. 

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