William Carter (1660-1711) Middlesex County, Virginia

This will be the page for William Carter of Middlesex County, Virginia, and the genealogical information recorded about his life that has widespread acceptance.
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Life events during the reign of Charles II:

1681

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Marriages” – WILLIAM CARTER married Penelope Pew Aug 31, 1681

[WHB - An historical marker commemorating the site of Christ Church in Saluda (Middlesex County), Virginia may be found on General Puller Highway (Virginia Route 33( at the intersection of Urbanna Road (Virginia Route 227).

"Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births" - the children of WILLIAM CARTER & Penelope Pew: Mary baptised Oct 23, 1681"

[WHB - child born two months after marriage?]

1683

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER & Penelope Pew: Thomas baptised Aug 5, 1683

Life events during the reign of James II:

1686

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER & Penelope Pew: Elizabeth born June 6, 1686″

1687

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER & Penelope Pew: William baptised Nov 6, 1687″

Life events during the reign of William III and Mary II:

1691

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Marriages” – WILLIAM CARTER married (2nd) Mary Goodlow Jul 2, 1691

1692

1692-1694 Richmond Co VA Orders; Antient Press: (Page 1)
Richmond County Court 4th of May 1692
- It is ordered that WM. CARTER be Constable ye ensueing year in the stead of William Griffin & that he do repaire to the next Justice of the peace to be sworn according

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER and second wife MARY GOODLOE: George Born April 22, 1692 and baptised May 22, 1692″

Life Events during the Reign of William III:

1693

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTERand second wife MARY GOODLOE: Phillip born Dec 10, 1693 baptised Jan 4, 1694″

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER and second wife MARY GOODLOE: Penelope baptised Jul 15, 1694″ , Ann baptised Jan 23, 1701/2, JOSEPH baptised Apr 30, 1704, Robert baptised Jun 30, 1706, Mary baptised June 20, 1708 (this second Mary had Mary Goodloe for a mother).

1695

THIS INDENTURE made the 24th day of April 1695 in the Sixth yeare of the Reigne of our Lord & Lady William and Mary Between Francis Weekes of the County of Middlesex Gent. and Henry Williamson of the County of ESSEX Gent:

Wittnesseth that the said Francis Weekes for the sum One hundred and Sixteene pounds & Sixteene shillings Sterling money have granted unto the said Henry Williamson his heirs Five hundred and Eighty four acres of land it being the land whereon the said Francis Weekes hath formerly and doth now live in Middlesex County back in the Woods on the Dragon Swamp bounded begining at a marked tree upon a Greene Branch between the land of WILLIAM CARTER on the one side and this land now purchased on the other from thence So: to Mr. Henry Williams line thence So:E: thence along his line SW to the Dragon Swamp thence along the said Swamp tell you come to the Greene Branch so along the Greene Branch to the first mentioned marked tree
In presents of us Thomas Hill,
Francis Weekes
Elias Powell, Att a Court held for County of Middlesex the 6th of May 1695
Then personally appeared Mr. Francis Weekes and in open Court acknowledged the land this 24th of Aprill 1694.
above written Deed to be his act and deed
KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I Francis Weekes doe owe and am bound unto Henry Williamson in sume of Five hundred pounds Sterling good lawfull money of Eng The Condition of the above obligation is such that if from henceforth peasebly possession of all that Plantation by him the above named Henry Williamson as by Deed may appear and procure & Elizabeth his Wife if Liveing – hir Relinquishement of hir right of Dower the above obligation shall be voyd otherwayes to romaine Wittness my, hand and seale this 24th Aprill 1695
In presence of us Hnery Hill, Francis Weekes
Elias Powell.

[WHB Note: The Dragon Swamp is several miles south of Urbanna, on the headwaters of an inlet of Chesapeake Bay. The directions from current day Urbanna along today's highways to the Dragon Swamp are as follows:Head south on Cross St/State Route 1005 toward Virginia St (390 ft); Take the 1st right onto State Route 602/Virginia St; Continue to follow State Route 602 (0.8 mi.); Turn left onto State Route 615/Town Bridge Rd. Continue to follow Town Bridge Rd (2.4 mi); Turn left onto US-17 S/Tidewater Trail Continue to follow US-17 S (3.9); Turn left onto VA-198 E/Glenns Rd (2.1 mi); Turn left onto Belleview Rd (0.8 mi); Take the 1st left onto Point of View Ln.1701 

"Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births" - the children of WILLIAM CARTERand second wife MARY GOODLOE:  Ann baptised Jan 23, 1701/2.

Life events during the reign of Queen Anne:

1702

WILLIAM CARTER, 172 acs., Middlesex County, 28 Oct. 1702, p. 498. Adj. Mr. Francis Weekes; Seagar’s line; by the Green Br. in Jones’ line; patent of Abraham Weekes. Trans. of 4 pers: Robert Cook, Wm. Hamett, Judith Fluit, Thomas Hows

 

1704

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER and second wife MARY GOODLOE: JOSEPH baptised Apr 30, 1704″

1706

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER and second wife MARY GOODLOE: Robert baptised Jun 30, 1706″

1708

“Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA from 1653-1812, Births” – the children of WILLIAM CARTER and second wife MARY GOODLOEMary baptised June 20, 1708″

1710

WILLIAM CARTER’s father-in-law GEORGE GOODLOE  dies.

1711

1711, Feb. 5 – MIDDLESEX COUNTY DEED BOOK 3, 1709-1720…p. 286, KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that wee MARY CARTER, Henry Goodloe & Jacob Presson of Middx County are bound unto John Smith Genty first in Commission of the peace for the County in sum of three hundred pounds Sterl. this 5th day of February 1711. The Condition of this obligation is such that MARY CARTER Executrix of a WILLIAM CARTER deced who obtained a Probate of the last Will and Testament of the said Wm. Carter deced shall at all times fullfill thesaid Will and performe all the Law enjoyns in such cases that then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain. (her) In the presence of us Jno. Curtis, MARY CARTER, Wil. Stanard (mark), Henry Goodloe, Jacob Presson.


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1694-1703 Middlesex Co Va Deed Book 2; Antient Press: (Page 16)

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John Johnson, Jr (?-1812/3) Bedford County, VA

1807

December 21,, 1807 – Bedford County Marriage Bonds: JOHN JOHNSON, JR to MARY ANN (POLLY) CARTER. Surety is JOHN CARTER

1810

Census of Bedford County VA, 467 [WHB- It appears that the entries for JOHN JOHNSON SR and JOHN JOHNSON JR are reversed.]

JOHNSON, JOHN, JR 00101-00300-10 [1 male over 45; 1 male 16-26; 3 females 16-26]

JOHNSON, JOHN, SR 00100-10100-00 [1 male 16-26; 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-26]

1809

A note from Fay Foster quoting (dated February 1980) abstracts from Walter Lee Hopkins’ The Turner and Leftwich Families of Virginia:

“My grandfather was born in 1809 and he married Sara Ware Johnson, daughter of JOHN JOHNSON. Both of my grandfathers John Leftwich and John Johnson, lost their lives in the War of 1812.”

[Note from WHB: The quote above was from the late Fay Foster's letter. Subsequently, Keith Harris provided me with the exact quote and its contest:

But on page 157 of Hopkin’s book, here’s how it’s worded:

(4) John Leftwich (Uriah, Sr., Augustine, Sr., Thomas, Sr., Ralph), married Pofly (Mary) Dickerson, daughter of Suckey Board, September 25, 1805, in Bedford County, Va. William Henry Leftwich, his grandson, of Bedford, Va., now eighty-eight years of age, writes, “My father (Joel) was born in 1809, and he married Sarah Ware Johnson, daughter of John Johnson. Both of my grandfathers, John Leftwich and John Johnson, lost their lives in the War of 1812.” ]

John Leftwich’s children: 1) John Leftwich, 2) James Leftwich, 3) Susan Leftwich and 4) Joel Leftwich who married Sarah Ware Johnson.

1816

Survey of the __nds the State of JOHN JOHNSON Junr, Dec’d, Exclusive of Widow’s Dower, Viz beginning at Ayers Corner & White oaks & Corner of the Widows Dower then on Ayres line N 41 W 180 poles to ____ Bird’s Corner then to Birds line N 56 W 64 poles to hit Dicksons Corner & Chestnut there on Dickesons lines by W 61 poles to a W o & c thence N42 ___ 50 poles to pointers thence S77W 112 poles to pointers thence corner of S 36 W 96 poles to Cundiffs Corner past oak on his line S 18 W 108 __ to a W O closing? his Corner and Joining Brons line to a W O & C thence S 52 E 67 poles pointers over of the Widows Dower then on the Dower lines N 32 E 97 poles to a Red oak thence N34 E 14 1/2 poles to a Red oak then East 97 1/2 poles to the first S tion Containing 349 1/2 Acres devided among the Legitees as followerh.

Lot #1 (49 acres) John Cundiff; Lot #2 (50.5 acres) Martin Johnson; Lot #3 (50.5 acres) David Johnson’s legatees; Lot #4 (50 3/4 acres) Jeremiah Ferguson; Lot #5 (49 1/4 acres) JOHN JOHNSON’S legatees; Lot #6 (49 acres) Polly Johnson; and #7 Nancy Johnson.

1834

At a court held for Bedford County the 26th day of May 1834. This allotment of dower to MARY MILES, late MARY JOHNSON, widow of JOHN JOHNSON, dec’d, was produced in Court and ordered to recorded.  Teste, R. C. MitBook A PAGE 358V?Exec’d?

1836

Note: Reference to deed book (Bedford County, VA) 1836: The following persons had to sign a deed  - Martin Johnson, Lucy (Johnson) Kenneth and husband Joseph S. Kenneth, Sally Johnson, and ELIZABETH and husband JOSEPH BURNETT. [WHB- Iff Sally Johnson were Sarah Ware, this would help confirm the JOHN JOHNSON, ELIZABETH JOHNSON’S father, was the Johnson who died in the War of 1812. Both Uriah Leftwich Jr. (Sara Ware Johnson’s uncle by marriage) and John Leftwich (Sarah Johnson’s would-be father-in-law) also died in 1812. Source: Fay Foster (Bedford County) letter of 9-30-1979.

 

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Julius Saunders (1720-?) New Kent, Goochland, Albemarle, Fluvanna Counties, VA

A critique of Saunders family history research:

[WHB - The dates and genealogical relationships from the following 2000 GenForum "Saunders Family Genealogy Forum" post from a K. Lund has been widely accepted by various persons researching the Saunders family history:

"Here are some bits that might be useful to you. The two family Bibles from which the data was copied out in 1880 have not been seen since 1913. Therefore, I can only say that the data is based on a transcript from Bibles augmented by my own research and the contributions of other researchers. [WHB - If both of these Bibles are indeed lost, it would be useful to have the description of what facts each Bible recorded without the "augmentations" from others' research.]

“These are the ancestors of Captain Julius Saunders, husband of Jane Hughes, according to those transcripts: Julius Saunders, Captain Rev. War. fought at the siege of Yorktown under Lafayette was born 12 Jan 1758 at Yorktown, New Kent Co, Colony of Virginia and died in August of 1821 at Bedford Co, VA. He had two wives. The order of their marriage is not given. [WHB - My current belief is that Captain Julius Saunders was born in Albemarle County. It is plausible to me that Captain Julius' grandfather resided in New Kent County around 1720 and that his father (named Julius) was born there.]

“One was a Miss Jane Hughes who died sometime after 1791 probably in VA and is believed to be dau. of Reece & Lucy Hughes. By her he had two sons and perhaps other children. Those sons were John G. ‘Jack’ Saunders [my husband's ancestor] and Julius Saunders [the line your queried about]. [WHB - I believe that Captain Julius Saunders was married only once and that his wife was Jane Hughes. I find it plausible that she died in the 1790s or early 18 oughts. I believe that the most recent common ancestor of John G[ardner] Saunders and myself is Captain Julius Saunders.]

The other wife of Capt Julius Saunders was a ‘Miss Woodward’ believed to be the Jemima Woodward sometimes attributed as wife to another Julius Saunders born 1720. [there may some sorting out needed here]. [WHB - I believe Captain Julius Saunders parents were Julius Saunders and Jemima Woodward, and that Captain Saunders did not marry a "Miss Woodward".]

The parents of Capt. Julius Saunders b. 1758 were George Saunders b. 9 Oct 1728 New Kent Co, Colony of VA and his wife Nancy Hatcher. [WHB - I believe this fact is wrong, but that the George Saunders-Nancy Hatcher idea needs to be explored, because of the later importance of the Hatcher family in relationship to my family in Bedford County a half century later.]

“They had 9 children : Julius [Capt in the Rev. War and our common research subject], Nancy, Elizabeth, John, James, Margaret, William, George W. and Richard. The parents of George Saunders b. 1728 were George Saunders b. 26 Oct 1682 New Kent Co, Colony of VA and his wife, Hannah Creed. They had 9 children: Barbara, Benjamin, Woodward, Thomas, Hannah, Mary, Nancy, Romulus and George.

“The parents of George Saunders b.1682 were Woodward Saunders b. 24 Apr 1632 Colony of VA and his wife Barbara King. They had 12 children: Elizabeth, William (a Quaker), Rolle, Margaret, Thomas, Hannah, Mary, James, Romulus, Barbara, George and John. The parents of Woodward Saunders were George Saunders b. 1 May 1574 England and his wife Elizabeth Woodward. They had 6 children: George, Thomas, James, Mehitable, Jerusha and Woodward.

“The parents of George Saunders b. England were John Saunders b. 6 Jul 1539 Wiltshire, England and his wife Jane Cathaside of Plymouth, England. They had 7 children: Rebecca, Susan, Martha, James, Benjamin, Roger and George. The parents of John Saunders b. 1539 England were Lawrence Saunders b. 8 Jul 1510 Cambridge, England [sometimes confused with Laurence Saunders b. 1520- d.1555 burned for heresy and a Martyr of the protestant church memorialized in 'Acts and Monuments' by Foxe whose parents were Thomas Saunders and his wife Margaret Cave] and his wife Elizabeth Kittewell. The had 6 children: John, Richard, Mary & Elizabeth (twins), George and Kittewell. The parents of Lawrence Saunders b. 1510 were John Saunders and his wife Jane Lawrence. [WHB - All of these family groupings need to be correctly identified. It is plausible that they are all related, but I am not convinced that any of this has been correctly proven.]

WHB -The history of Albemarle County is important to my family (not just the Saunders line.) This will prove important as these issues are discussed further.

Selected notes on the history of Albemarle County, from the Institute of Advanced Technology in the Humanites, University of Virginia, www.iath.virginia.edu.:

“The earliest known settlement in the area was an Indian village (Monasukapanough) located approximately five miles north of the present center of town on a hillside overlooking the Rivanna River. In the early 1700′s settlers traveled the major east-west route from Richmond to a pass in the Blue Ridge mountains named Wood’s Gap (Jarman’s Gap), paralleling the James and Rivanna Rivers. This thoroughfare, the Three Notch’d Road or Three Chopt Road, threaded its way through the Southwest Mountains east of the current town at the Rivanna River Gap following an Indian hunting path through the region.1. As this route proceeded from the Rivanna River heading to the west, it followed a long ridge line separating two major drainage areas. Settlement along a dry ridge line was a common strategy for early Virginia villages, although unlike Charlottesville with its inland location, most of the early plantations and villages in the colonial period occurred with close proximity to the estuaries and rivers feeding the Tidewater region.

“By the mid-1750′s land grants were secured for a number of large parcels within Albemarle County. The first patents were recorded in 1727. In 1735 Abraham Lewis secured 800 acres in an area that currently includes the University of Virginia grounds, and Nicholas Meriwether secured 1,020 acres in the eastern portion of contemporary Charlottesville (in addition to a much larger tract of land to the east of the Southwest Mountains). In 1737, patents were issued to William Taylor between the Meriwether and Lewis tracks; this tract encompassed the area that would later become the village of Charlottesville.

“All of these land grants were included within Albemarle County (named for the titular governor of Virginia from 1734-54, the Earl of Albemarle) when it was established in 1744. In its original formation, Albemarle was extremely large and its county seat was located “centrally” in the village of Scottsville (Scott’s Landing) approximately twenty miles to the south of Charlottesville on the James River. Concerns arose over the size of the county and the difficulty in conducting the business of the county seat within such a large and increasingly settled area of the Virginia hinterland. In 1761 Albemarle was divided, considerably reducing its size down to 750 square miles and placing Scottsville along the extreme southern edge. The newly defined county purchased a 1,000 acre tract from Richard Randolph in a more central location, and in 1762 Charlottesville was founded by an Act of the Assembly as the Albemarle County seat.

 

 

1720

JULIUS SAUNDERS, son of WILLIAM SAUNDERS and MARY born in New Kent County(?), VA [WHB Note: New Kent County's Saint Peter's Parish was split around this time into Saint Paul's and Saint Peter's. Presumably this record was from one of the two parishes. Which is the correct citation?]

1742

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Book 5; Book 174; Blomquist, Ann K.; p. 99:

“The petition of Henry Martin against JULIUS SANDERS was dismissed with costs.”

[WHB: Assuming this JULIUS SAUNDERS is the son of WILLIAM SAUNDERS born in  New Kent County in 1720, he first appears at age 22 involved in a series of legal actions in Goochland County.

It is my current hypothesis that JULIUS SAUNDERS left New Kent County as a young man determined to make his fortune on land near the Western, upstream portions of the James River, and settled in what was then Goochland County and what is now Fluvanna County.]

1743

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Book 5; Book 174; Blomquist, Ann K.; p. 244:

“JULIUS SANDERS was summoned to declare how much of the estate of Thomas Alsup he possessed for garnishment [apprently for debts owed by the estate].”

[WHB: Note that nearly a century later, the surnames Sanders and Alsup appear in the 1840 Pulaski County, Kentucky census.]

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Book 5; Book 174; Blomquist, Ann K.; p.318, 363:

“JULIUS SANDERS was the plaintiff in a trespass case brought by Charles Turnbull in Goochland County, Virginia.”

1744

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Book 5; Book 174; Blomquist, Ann K.; p. 410:

“The action of trover between David Pattison and JULIUS SANDERS, defendant, was continued.”

[Note the following definition from TheFreeDictionary  by Farlex:

"Early in its history, the English Common Law recognized the rights of a person whose property was wrongfully held (or detained). Such a person could bring an action of Detinue to recover the goods or, later, could bring an action on the case to recover the value of the goods. In the course of the sixteenth century, the action of trover developed as a specialized form of action on the case.

The action of trover originally served the plaintiff who had lost property and was trying to recover it from a defendant who had found it. Soon the lost and found portions of the plaintiff's claim came to be considered a legal fiction. The plaintiff still included them in the complaint, but they did not have to be proved, and the defendant had no right to disprove them. This brought the dispute immediately to the issue of whether the plaintiff had a right to property that the defendant would not give over to him or her. For some cases, it still was necessary for the plaintiff to demand a return of the property and be refused before he or she could sue in trover. It was reasonable to expect an owner to ask for his or her watch, for example, before the repairperson holding it could be sued for damages. The measure of damages in trover was the full value of the property at the time the conversion took place, and this was the amount of money the plaintiff recovered if he or she won the lawsuit.

Trover proved to be more convenient for many plaintiffs than the older action of detinue because a defendant could defeat a plaintiff in detinue by Wager of Law. This meant that the defendant could win the case by testifying under oath in court and having eleven neighbors swear that they believed him or her. In addition, the plaintiff in trover was not obligated to settle for a return of the property, regardless of its current condition, and did not have to prove that he or she had made a demand for the property if the defendant had stolen it. Since it was the plaintiff who selected the form of the action, he or she was more likely to choose trover over detinue."

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Book 5; Book 174; Blomquist, Ann K.; p. 436:

"The petition of Phillip Weber against JULIUS SANDERS was continued in the July Goochland Court."

1746

From Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 26 (1989):269, Nance, Joanne, Lovelance; Albemarle County, Virginia, Court Orders 1744/45-1748": 

"John Biby, JULIUS SAUNDERS, Stephen Saunders, and Nathaniel Hoggett were ordered to give testimony for the King in the Albemarle Court against James Gains."

1747

From Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 26 (1989):269, Nance, Joanne, Lovelance; Albemarle County, Virginia, Court Orders 29(1991(94: 

"A Case brought by Abraham Allen against JULIUS SAUNDERS was dismissed in the court of Albemarle, Virginia."

Before 1749

JULIUS SAUNDERS marries JEMIMA WOODWARD, daughter of GEORGE WOODWARD.

1749

JULIUS SAUNDERS to William A. Moss, 250 acres. Adj William Burton, John Morgood, Edward Chamberlaynes, John Anthony and William Sanders. Signed JULIUS and JEMIMA SANDERS Land Deed 10 July 1749, Albemarle, County, VA.

c. 1750

Elizabeth Saunders, daughter of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD born in Albemarle County, VA.

1752

Jesse Saunders, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD born in Albemarle County, VA.

1755

Oct 1755 - Claiborne Saunders, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD born in Albemarle County, VA. [WHBClaiborne is the surname of the most prominent citizen of New Kent County, VA in the 17th century. Is there a family connection between Claiborne and Saunders? ]

1758

12 January 1758 – JULIUS SAUNDERS, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD, born in Albemarle County, VA.

31 July 1758 – JULIUS SAUNDERS grantee 335 acrecs on the south branches of the Rivanna River, Albemarle County.

[WHB: Note that the south branches of the Rivanna River flow through Fluvanna County into the James near the town of Columbia.]

1759

George Saunders, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD born in Albemarle County, VA.

20 September:

John Payne, Josias Payne and George Payne, 3443 acres Albemarle Co on both sides of Crooks Creek, adj. William Bailey, Thomas Snelson, Thomas Jefferson, John Key, William New, Benjamin and Richard Cocke, Walter King, the said George Payne, JULIUS SAUNDERS, William Sanders, William Clement & Abraham Say; p. 650 15.5 pounds, 400 acs. part thereof formerly Gtd unto the sd George Payne by Pat. 10 Feb 1748/49 [PB 27 p. 138] and 3043 acs. the residue never before Gtd.

[WHB - Crooks Creek branch of James River is located in Fluvanna County.]

1760

Philemon Saunders, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD born in Albemarle County, VA. [WHB -  Note the following: Pension Application of Philemon Saunders: S31347 . . . State of Virginia} County of Franklin} Ss On this 21st day of August 1832 personally appeared before me Benjamin Booth a justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid Philemon Saunders Sr a resident of the County and state aforesaid aged sixty nine years . . . And the said applicant further states that he has no documentary evidence of his services & that he does not know of any persons by whom he can prove them except Julius Saunders Sr & perhaps Genl Joel Leftwich . . . NOTE: On 4 March 1837 Philemon Saunders requested a transfer of his pension from Franklin County VA to Shelby County KY, where he had moved because “he has five children living in Kentucky, all married and settled except one & that he wishes to come to Kentucky that he might not only be near them, but also living with one of them.”

[WHB-Philemon Saunders pension application in 1832 specifies his age as 69, which if correct would mean he was born around 1863. At the time Fluvanna County was part of Albemarle County.]

1763

Pleasant Saunders, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD born in Albemarle County, VA.

1764

The will of WILLIAM SANDERS, dated 8 October 1760 and proved 8 November 1764 in Albemarle County, VA, leaves son JULIUS SAUNDERS 5 pounds of current money to him and his heirs forever; and to his grandaughter Mary Henson, after the death of Mary Hall, his wife, on negro woman Patt, one negro boy named Joe, negro girl Jenny, negro girl Sall, feather bed, furniture cows, etc. To my grandsons Clayborn and Jesse Sanders 400 acres of land wheron I dwell.

1768

WILLIAM SANDERS’ grandson-in-law Philip Henson claims that he and his wife Mary [SAUNDERS] are heir of several Negroes from the estate of William Sanders.

1772

On 10 Nov 1772 Rees Hughes and Lucy, his wife, of Goochland Co sold to Matthew Vaughan 75 ac in Goochland Co bounded by The Reverend Patrick Henry, Benjamin Woodson, Moses Broomfield, dcd, and  Matthew Vaughan.  Bk 10, p. 27 4.  They seemed to have then moved into neighboring Albemarle Co, where in 1777 he signed a petition to the Virginia legislature to divide Albemarle Co, forming the new county of Fluvanna, successfully passed through the Legislature by Thomas Jefferson.

Among the other signers were Henry Hughes, John Moody, Edmond Moody, and JULIUS SAUNDERS [WHB - Presumably, the elder JULIUS, husband of JEMIMA WOODWARD]

On 20 Oct 1787 Reese Hughes and Lucy, his wife, of Bedford Co. sold to Thomas Farrow of Fluvanna Co. 180 ac on Carey Creek, “land where Rees Hughes formerly lived “. (Bk 2, p. 242).  On 29 March 1800 Rees Hughes of Bedford Co. sold 190 ac in Bedford Co. to Jesse Hughes of Fluvannah Co., the land adj. to Robert Lazenby, Banner Bently, and Samuel Banks (Bk 11, p. 198). In April 1800 he sold 10 ac to Robert Lazenby.  No mention made of Lucy.

1777

Fluvanna County separated from Albemarle County.


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Julius Saunders (1758?-1821?) Bedford County, VA

The following correspondence was sent by WHB to the leaders of the Saunders DNA project:

Hi James -

A bit more information and some considerable questions on the Bedford County events of 1806-1810.

One of the websites I administer is a family history website, www.vikingsandvirginians.com onto which I am gradually adding all of the family history research that I have gathered over the past decades.

I will begin a page on JULIUS SAUNDERS that will attempt to do a forensic analysis of what went on between the 1790s and 1820s and the inter-relationships of Williamson Burnett, PRISCILLA CARTER BURNETT, Tempy Hatcher, JULIUS SAUNDERS and Jane Hughes Saunders and their children.

One determinant in this forensic analysis is my y-chromosome test, which the Sorensen Foundation notes matches perfectly (1 generation MRCA) the patrilineal line of JULIUS SAUNDERS (born 1758) through John Gardner Saunders (born 1791).

My direct ancestor, genealogically proven, is JOSEPH BURNETT, SR, son of PRISCILLA CARTER and repudiated by her husband, Williamson Burnett.) During the decade of JOSEPH BURNETT’s birth, Williamson was brought before the Bedford County courts for wife abuse, and, later in the decade, began an extra-marital relationship with Temperance Greer Hatcher, that produced an extramarital son, David Hatcher.

Williamson, in his Last Will and Testament, claimed that PRISCILLA had abandoned his “bed and abode” during the period that JOSEPH and his younger brother (Christopher Ammon) were born. The three sons who lived with Priscilla were apparently under the protection of JULIUS SAUNDERS, who provided legally-sanctioned apprenticeships for at least two of them.

[The 1823 will for Williamson Burnett says the following:" I  give to Williamson or William, Joseph and Ammon,  children of PERSILLA BURNETT one dollar each, two of the above named children, Joseph and Armon, have been born since PERSILLA BURNETT abandon(ed) my bed and abode"....

In 1820 William, JOSEPH and "Amos" (Ammon) sons of PRISCILLA BURNETT, were indentured to JULIUS SAUNDERS. According to court order books, PRISCILLA BURNETT, widow of Williamson Burnett, applied for a pension in 1843.]

However, at Williamson’s death, PRISCILLA CARTER BURNETT claimed his Revolutionary War widow’s pension and the Bedford County legal establishment, including Williamson’s eldest son (whom Williamson recognized as legitimate), testified that Priscilla had lived with Williamson for their entire life.

Without the y-chromosone evidence, this all would have been an exercise in guessing what the few recorded statements from the parties about what happened over two centuries ago.

Knowing that at least JOSEPH BURNETT, of the three sons, was properly a Saunders and almost certainly the half-brother of James Gardner Saunders, gives us something more to work with.

Subsequently, I have been contacted by a person who is my lateral fourth cousin from the line of Christopher Ammon. He took the y-chromosome test and determined conclusively that he, of Christopher Ammon’s line, is also a direct descendent of JULIUS SAUNDERS.

There is no doubt that JULIUS SAUNDERS, whose property adjoined that of JOSEPH CARTER, the brother of PRISCILLA CARTER, was the father of at least two of the three boys she had with her. In 1820 (which was after JOSEPH CARTER’S death, JULIUS SAUNDERS legally apprenticed all three of the boys).

I welcome any insights you have into this matter.  WHB. Please reply on the “responses” section below, or write me at ffvsearch@yahoo.com.

 

1758

12 January 1758 – JULIUS SAUNDERS, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and JEMIMA WOODWARD, born in Albemarle County, VA.

1772

On 10 Nov 1772 Rees Hughes and Lucy, his wife, of Goochland Co sold to Matthew Vaughan 75 ac in Goochland Co bounded by The Reverend Patrick Henry, Benjamin Woodson, Moses Broomfield, dcd, and  Matthew Vaughan.  Bk 10, p. 27 4.  They seemed to have then moved into neighboring Albemarle Co, where in 1777 he signed a petetion to the Virginia legislature to divide Albemarle Co, forming the new county of Fluvanna, successfully passed through the Legislature by Thomas Jefferson.

Among the other signers were Henry Hughes, John Moody, Edmond Moody, and JULIUS SAUNDERS [WHB - if this is the elder JULIUS, husband of JEMIMA WOODWARD, his death dates are suspect. If JULIUS JR were born in 1758 he would be no more than 14 in 1772.]

1784

JULIUS SAUNDERS was deeded a tract of land on the north side of the Staunton River in Bedford Co. by James Greek et ux. (Land Book “G” p. 408)

1785

In 1785 JULIUS SAUNDERS, in a list of Bedford County VA taxable property and tithes, he is credited with “1 white over 21 years, 3 horses, 4 cattle.”

1787

On 20 Oct 1787 Reese Hughes and Lucy, his wife, of Bedford Co. sold to Thomas Farrow of Fluvanna Co. 180 ac on Carey Creek, “land where Rees Hughes formerly lived “. (Bk 2, p. 242).

JULIUS SAUNDERS is credited in the list of Bedford Co. taxable property and tithes, with “6 horses mules and colts; and 5 cattle.

1790

JULIUS SAUNDERS shows as a Head of Household in the Fluvanna County census.

1792

July 16 – John Grant of Bedford County VA bouth 100 acres from JULIUS SAUNDERS of Bedford County. Witness David Hughes, George Moody and William Martin [Land Book "I", p. 95]

July 16 – John Grant witnessed sale of 24 acres in Bedford County VA of John Woody [WHB-Moody?] and Lockey his wife, to JULIUS SAUNDERS all of Bedford Co. Other witnesses – David Hughes and George Moody. [Land Book I.]

1794

JULIUS SAUNDERS had 1 tithe, 2 horses.

1795

In 1795 and 1796 JULIUS SAUNDERS and William Martin owned 100 acres of land and 20 acres of land [Bedford County Land Tax Roll]

1796

Sept 24 – John and Edy Grant sold 50 acres to JULIUS SAUNDERS in Bedford County VA. [Land Book J p. 187.]

Sept 24 – John and Edy Grant sold 69 acres to John Moody of Bedford Co. on Merriman’s Run. 1800 (approx) – In Bedford County Farley Hatcher, administrator of Benjamin Hatcher’s estate = bounds John Grant’s line. [Land Book "J".]

1800

On 29 March 1800 Rees Hughes of Bedford Co. sold 190 ac in Bedford Co. to Jesse Hughes of Fluvannah Co., the land adj. to Robert Lazenby, Banner Bently, and Samuel Banks (Bk 11, p. 198). In April 1800 he sold 10 ac to Robert Lazenby.  No mention made of Lucy.

[WHB - Although there is, at present, no reason for me to believe that I have any of the Hughes family in my ancestry, including Jane Hughes, the wife of JULIUS SAUNDERS, I am adding a webpage on the interrelationships of the Hughes and Saunders, not only of Bedford and Fluvanna Counties, but New Kent and Hanover Counties as well, which I believe should prove instructive.]

JULIUS SAUNDERS and ux. conveyed to John Moody. [Land Book "K", p. 209.]

1803

On 9 Sept 18 03 Rees Hughes conveyed to JULIUS SAUNDERS all of his estate, both real and personal, SAUNDERS agreeing to care for Hughes in consideration of his infermity. (Bk 11, p. 823).  On 1 April 1800 Rees Hughes conveyed to JULIUS SAUNDERS title to “one Negro wench named Dinah and her son named John . … of me”. (Bk 12, p. 198).

1806

Susannah Moody 35 al. conveyed to JULIUS SAUNDERS (Book “L” p. 1) Fr Geo. Moody & ux. Rel Dower. (Book “L”L, p. 155)

From Susannah Moody &c [Book "L", p. 161.)

1814

JULIUS SAUNDERS, living on the premises, owned 100 acres of land on Staunton River, adjacent to Hodges, Grubb, Levi, Best, et al.; 59 1/2 acres, on the same river, adjoining the same men. Bedford County Land Tax Roll (quoted in Saunders research document).

1815

JULIUS SAUNDERS owns 100 acres of land on Craddock's Creek, adjoining JOSEPH CARTER's estate. Bedford County Land Tax Roll (quoted in Saunders research document).

"To Jno. Williams" (Book E. p. 264.) (quoted in Saunders research document)

1817

"In 1817 and 1818, JULIUS SAUNDERS (here listed as SENIOR) was taxed on 125 acres on Craddock's Creek, adjoining JOSEPH CARTER's estate. He had gained 25 acres since 1815, when he owned 100 acres at this place. Perhaps he bought the 25 acres from his son John, for in 1816 there was a transfer from "Jno. Saunders" [Land Book G p. 443.] On the same page of the book, there is recorded a transfer “To JULIUS SAUNDERS”.  (quote from Saunders research document).

“From 1817 to a date I cannot be sure of, this land on Craddock’s Creek continued to be carried in the name of JULIUS SAUNDERS; more was added to the original 100 acres, the final listing being 161 acres. One item so aded was 59 1/2 acres which seems to have been the same land that in 1818-1821 was carried in the name of John G. Saunders. [WHB-See my reference to my match with John Gardner Saunders DNA above.] This land was 20 miles south of the courthouse. (quoted in Saunders research document)

“The brother of George W. Saunders who removed to Kentucky was John G. Saunders. The reference above, showing a connection between John G. Saunders and Julius Saunders, is to me evidence that this JULIUS SAUNDERS mentioned is my ancestor. (quoted in Saunders research document)

 

1820

JULIUS SAUNDERS legally apprentices William(son) Burnett, JOSEPH BURNETT, and Christopher Ammon Burnett. Y-chromosome tests have proven that JOSEPH BURNETT and Christopher Ammon Burnett are descended from JULIUS SAUNDERS.

1821

CAPT JULIUS SAUNDERS died in Bedford County, Va., in August, 1821, as indicated in the letter from Samuel Newell to Tunstall Quarles hereintofore quoted. He was buried with military honors, as befitted “a good soldier”, who “had helped capture that old Scoundrel Cornwallis”.

“I visited Yorktown in June, 1937, in company with my nephew, Jim Bob Saunders, and Mr and Mrs George Kerry Wait, of Burnside, Ky. We spent a night at a small hotel situated very near the Yorktown Monument, looking across the broad expanse of the York River, and toward its junction with the Chesapeake Bay. It was a beautiful view, and we were thrilled to remember that one of our forefathers had a part in making history at that place.

“In 1936, Miss M. Lockie O’Bryan, of Owensboro, Kentucky was admitted to the D. A. R. on the record of Capt. JULIUS SAUNDERS. (quoted in Saunders research document)

1824

The marriage of Julius H. Saunders to Priscilla W. Carter in Franklin County, VA (the  county that shares  a boundary with Bedford County, seems absolutely certain to be pertinent to the relationship between my direct ancestors JULIUS SAUNDERS and PRISCILLA CARTER, but, I am certain, are of the next generation.

Ancestry.com. Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.Original data: Dodd, Jordan R., et al.. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850. Bountiful, UT, USA: Precision Indexing Publishers.

 

 

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Patience L Sudderth (1802-after 1870)

1823

24 Jun 1823 – Albemarle County, VA, RICE OAKS married to PATIENCE L SUDDERTH (SUDDARTH)

1825

MORTIMER OAKS born, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1828

Rice T. Oaks born, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

1830

Heads of Households (alphabetized), Albemarle County, VA, 1830 census:

Henry Oaks, one male, 0ver 70 and under 80 ( born 1750-1760); one female, over 70 and under 80 (born 1750-1760)

Andrew Oaks, one male over 30 and under 40 (born 1790-1800), one female over 5 and under 10 (1820-1825) two females under 5 (1825-1830)

RICE OAKS, one male over 20 and under 30 (born 1800-1810), one female [PATIENCE SUDDERTH OAKS], over 20 and under 30 (born 1800-1810), one male child [MORTIMER OAKS], over 5 and under 10 (born 1820-1825); one male child [RICE T. OAKS] under 5 (born 1825-1830).

c. 1831

Sarah Frances Oaks born, daughter of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1833

Elizabeth A. Oaks born, daughter of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1841

Alfred Oaks born, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1843

Evaline A. Oaks born, daughter of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

1848

18 March 1848 – Montgomery County, VA, Preston Brown Cosby marries Sarah Francis Oaks. RICE OAKS is father of bride.

1849

2 January 1849 - Botetourt County, VA, MORTIMER OAKS marries SARAH ANN BAIR (BARE). Father of the bride is DAVID BAIR (BARE).

1850

14 October 1750 – Botetourt County, VA, Rice T. Oaks married Susan Bear (Bare). Father of bride is DAVID BEAR (BARE).

1850

1850 Census, Montgomery County, VA, bottom of page 90:

618/618

RICE OAKS, 58, Cabinet Maker; PATIENCE [SUDDERTH] OAKS, 47; Elizabeth, 17; Alfred Oaks, 9; Evalina Oaks, 7.

[On the census page 88, is the home and family of an Abram Bare. He has a son David (not the same as the DAVID BARE.]

14 October 1750 – Botetourt County, VA, Rice T. Oaks married Susan Bear (Bare). Father of bride is DAVID BEAR (BARE).

1860

In the 1860 census, County of Hawkins, Tennesee p. 166:

RICE OAKS, age 65, Cabinet maker, Value of personal estate 200, born Virginia; PATIENCE [SUDDERTH] OAKS, 57; Alfred Oaks, 19, Evaline Oaks, 17.

1870

In the 1870 census, Jefferson County, Tennessee, PO, Witts Foundry:

RICE OAKS, age 75; PATIENCE L [SUDDERTH] OAKS, age __; Ecaline A. Oaks

 

1877

27 AUG 1877 – RICE OAKS dies. Both RICE OAKS and PATIENCE SUDDERTH are buried at the Russellville Cemetery, located in Hamblen County TN.

[Also buried in Russellville Cemetary are son Rice T. Oaks and wife Susan, and Evalina A. Oaks (never married), daughter of RICE OAKS SR and PATIENCE SUDDERTH.

 

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Laura B. Oaks (1860-1937)

1870

Inhabitants in Williamsboro, PO Reidsville, NC 255/249

255/249 MAJOR OAKS, Age 46,  Occupation Tabacconist & Merchant, Value of Real Estate $3500, Value of Personal State, $2000;  Born Virginia;  Married; Fannie Oaks, Age 30, Keeping House, Born Virginia; LOUISA B OAKS, Age 10, At School, Born Virginia; Albert M Oaks, Age 8, Born North Carolina; Francis Vaughn 20 Female Black, Domestic Servant; Charles Vaughn Male Black, Domestic Servant; Francis Smith 16 Male White, Clerk in Store, A. D. Montgomery, Age 38 Male White Clerk in Store (Vaughns, Smith and Montgomery all born North Carolina)

256/250 JOSEPH HOLDERBY, Age 66, Occupation, Farmer, Real Estate $800; Personal Property $200; born Virginia; Nancy W Holderby age 62, Keepinghouse, born North Carolina; William G. Holderby, Age 22, Clerk in Store, Born North Carolina; R[OBERT] B HOLDERBY, Age 19, At School, Born North Carolina; Nannie B, Age 14, At Home, Born North Carolina; Patient Griffin, Age 45, Black Female, Domestic Servant, born North Carolina; Fannie Griffin, Age 13, Black Female, Domestic Servant, born North Carolina; Washington Mebone, Age 50, Black Male Farm laborer, born NC; Emmeline Mebone Age 35, Black Female Farm Laborer, Children Charley Mebone (age 9), farm laborer; John Mebone (age 5), Ann Mebone (Age 3), black, born in North Carolina; Joseph M Cox, age 54 White Male Clerk in Store; G. Fleming Terry, age 21, White Male Clerk in Store  (Cox, Terry born in NC.)

1879

State of North Carolina, Official Register of Deeds, Rockingham County, Dec 23rd 1879.

To any Ordained Minister of any Religious Denomination or any Justice of the Peace of said County; 1. ROBERT D. HOLDERBY, having applied to me for a License for the Mariage of 2. himself of 3. Dansville, VA, aged 4. 28 years, color 5. White, the son of 6. JOSEPH HOLDERBY and 7. MARTHA W HOLDERBY, the father now 8. Dead, the mother 9. Dead, resident of 10. Rockingham County, aged 13. 20 years, And 14. White, daughter of 15. M OAKS and 16. SALLIE OAKS, the father 17. Living, the mother 18. Dead, resident of 19. Rockingham County.

And there being no legal impediment to such marriage known to me, you are hereby authorized, at any time within one year from the date hereof, to celebrate the proposed marriage at any place with the said County . . .  A. J. Lewellyn, Register of Deeds.

State of North Carolina, Rockingham County, 1. W. S. Carter, 2. Justice of the Peace united in matrimony 3. ROBERT D HOLDERBY and 4. LAURA B OAKS the parties licensed above on the 1st of January 1880 at Dr W G Courts in Oregonville Township in said County, according to law.

Witnesses Present at Marriage: W. S. Carter, J.P. Dr W. G. Courts of Ruffin, NC; C H Stokes of Ruffin NC and J H Blackwell of Danville, VA.


1930

The Los Angeles city census for South Norton Ave: Record 274

Head LAURA B HOLDERBY renting at $55/mo; age 70, widow, age 18 at first marriage, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia; census code 74; occupation none; Granddaughter Virginia Bryant, age 18, single, born Utah, father born North Carolina, mother born Virginia, occupation none.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 141; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 221; Image: 691.0.

1932

Mrs LAURA B. HOLDERBY; r[esidence] 2837 Lydia, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Source Citation: Directory Title: Polk’s Jacksonville City Directory; Year Range: 1932 – 1933; Page #: 330; Publisher: R.L. Polk & Co.; Publication Year: 1932-1933.

 

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Rice Oaks Sr (c. 1795-1873) Albemarle County, VA

1792

15 November 1792

Albemarle County marriages 1780-1853, vol 1 and 2:

HENRY OAKS married SUSANNAH RANDAL (or Randolph)

“Susannah gives her own consent”

Witnesses: HENRY OAKS and Isaac Oaks

c. 1795

RICE OAKS (SR) born in Virginia.

1817

(1 September) Albemarle County marriages 1780-1853, vol 1 and 2:

James Spencer married Reter Oaks, daughter of HENRY OAKS who gives his consent.

Witness: RICE OAKS, Hudson Oaks, Reuben Woody

Bond: Reuben Woody

1823

(24 June) Albemarle County marriages 1780-1853, vol 1 and 2:

RICE OAKS married PATIENCE L SUDDERTH (SUDDARTH), daughter of JAMES SUDDERTH SR who gives his consent.

Witnesses: Randolph Sudderth and Benjamin Sudderth

1825

MORTIMER OAKS born, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1828

Rice T. Oaks born, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

1830

Heads of Households (alphabetized), Albemarle County, VA, 1830 census:

Henry Oaks, one male, 0ver 70 and under 80 ( born 1750-1760); one female, over 70 and under 80 (born 1750-1760)

Andrew Oaks, one male over 30 and under 40 (born 1790-1800), one female over 5 and under 10 (1820-1825) two females under 5 (1825-1830)

RICE OAKS, one male over 20 and under 30 (born 1800-1810), one female [PATIENCE SUDDERTH OAKS], over 20 and under 30 (born 1800-1810), one male child [MORTIMER OAKS], over 5 and under 10 (born 1820-1825); one male child [RICE T. OAKS] under 5 (born 1825-1830).


c. 1831

Sarah Frances Oaks born, daughter of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1833

Elizabeth A. Oaks born, daughter of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1841

Alfred Oaks born, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

c. 1843

Evaline A. Oaks born, daughter of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE L SUDDERTH.

1848

18 March 1848 – Montgomery County, VA, Preston Brown Cosby marries Sarah Francis Oaks. RICE OAKS is father of bride.

1849

2 January 1849 – Botetourt County, VA, MORTIMER OAKS marries SARAH ANN BAIR (BARE). Father of the bride is DAVID BAIR (BARE).

1850

1850 Census, Montgomery County, VA, bottom of page 90:

618/618

RICE OAKS, 58, Cabinet Maker; PATIENCE [SUDDERTH] OAKS, 47; Elizabeth, 17; Alfred Oaks, 9; Evalina Oaks, 7.

[On the census page 88, is the home and family of an Abram Bare. He has a son David (not the same as the DAVID BARE.]

14 October 1750 – Botetourt County, VA, Rice T. Oaks married Susan Bear (Bare). Father of bride is DAVID BEAR (BARE).

1860

In the 1860 census, County of Hawkins, Tennesee p. 166:

RICE OAKS, age 65, Cabinet maker, Value of personal estate 200, born Virginia; PATIENCE [SUDDERTH] OAKS, 57; Alfred Oaks, 19, Evaline Oaks, 17.

1870

In the 1870 census, Jefferson County, Tennessee, PO, Witts Foundry:

RICE OAKS, age 75; PATIENCE L [SUDDERTH] OAKS, age __; Ecaline A. Oaks

1877

27 AUG 1877 – RICE OAKS dies. Both RICE OAKS and PATIENCE SUDDERTH are buried at the Russellville Cemetery, located in Hamblen County TN.

[Also buried in Russellville Cemetary are son Rice T. Oaks and wife Susan, and Evalina A. Oaks (never married), daughter of RICE OAKS SR and PATIENCE SUDDERTH.

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Anne Holderby [Bryant] (1883-1965) Martinsville and Lynchburg, VA

1883

 

Annie Bryant, daughter of Robert and Laura Oaks Holderby, adopted daughter of Judge Charles B. Bryant, Martinsville, VA

 

1900

Year: 1900; Census Place:  Martinsville, Henry,  Virginia; Roll:  T623_ 1713; Page: 18B; Enumeration District:  54.

516/330 Head C[harles] Bryant W M Born Feb 1843, 57 years, married 34 years; born Virginia, parents born Virginia, occupation Lawyer; no month without work, read and write, house owned, free of mortgage; wife L[inn] W[aller] born Mar 1844, 56 years old, married 34 years; Adopted son Joe M, born June 1880, 19 years old, single, born North Carolina, parents born North Carolina, At School 9 months; can read, write, speak English; Adopted daughter Annie C, born Sept 1883, 17 years old, single; born Virginia, parents born North Carolina, At school 6 months; Ida Daniel, Servant, black female, born May 1852, 20years old, single, born Virginia, parents born Virginia, no months unemployed, cannot read or write, speaks English.

1904

He was ordained Deacon by Bishop W. W. Duncan, at Newport News, Virginia, in 1901, and Elder by Bishop A. W. Wilson, at Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1904.

On September 20, 1904, Mr. Holman was married to Miss Annie Bryant, daughter of Col. C. B. Bryant, an attorney of Martinsville, Virginia. They have three living children. One child is in Heaven.

Mr. Holman served twelve years in the Virginia Conference and his ministry was attended by great success.

In the last charge he served there, three hundred and forty persons joined the Church. Two churches were completed and another was built. Several young men brought to Christ by him in the revival meetings have entered the Christian ministry.

1910

Year: 1910; Census Place:  Stanardsville, Greene,  Virginia; Roll:  T624_1630; Page: 1A; Enumeration District:  0043; Image:  565; FHL Number:  1375643.

1/1 Head JESSE K[NOBEL] HOLMAN, age 37 years, married 5 years, born South Carolina, parents born South Carolina, occupation Clergyman, Circuit, working on own account, not out of work on April 15, 1910, not out of work any time in 1909, can read, write, renting house; Wife ANNIE B[RYANT] HOLMAN,  age 26, married 5 years, 3 children born, 2 living; born Virginia, father North Carolina, mother, Virginia; no occupation; Son Jessie K Jr, age 3, born Virginia,; Daughter Elizabeth L, 1 year old, born Virginia; both children’s father born South Carolina, mother born Virginia.

1920

1920 Census, State of Virginia, Culpeper County, Stevensburg District, Burnley Road

Source Citation: Year: 1920: Census Place: Stevensburg, Culpeper County, Virginia; Roll: T 625_1883; 14B; Enumeration District: 24 Image: 573.

Head: JESSIE K[NOBEL] HOLMAN; Age 49, married, able to read and write; born South Carolina; mother and father born South Carolina; Minister, Coventry Church; Wife: Annie B; Age 36, born Virginia, mother and father born Virginia; Son Jessie K, Age 12, born Virginia; Daughter Elizabeth, Age 11, born Virginia; Son Joseph M[ortimer] Age 8, born Virginia; Daughter ANNIE, Age 5, born South Carolina.

1925

27 February

Daughter Kathryn Holman born

 

 

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Joseph Holderby (1803-1875), Rockingham County, NC

1827

22 MAY 1827 MARTHA W STUBBLEFIELD marries JOSEPH HOLDERBY, JR

Richmond Enquirer, Richmond, VA (Semi-weekly): Friday, June 15, 1827: “Married – on Thursday, May 31, by Rev. William S. Plumer, JOSEPH HOLDERBY, JR, Junior Editor of the Telegraph of Danville to Miss MARTHA W STUBBLEFIELD, daughter of CARTER STUBBLEFIELD of Rockingham County. (online catalog LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA System # 00182864)

1828

Son Anderson M. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1829

Father-in-law CARTER STUBBLEFIELD dies.

1830

Son Marcus C. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1833

Son Richard A. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1833 or 1834

Daugher Sarah A. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC. [Married William Lindsey. See 1858.]

    • Lindsay, Sarah A. Holderby   (b. 19 Oct 1833 – d. 29 Oct 1893)
        • Wife of William Lindsay

 

1836

Son James P. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1839

Daughters Mary Louise and Laura Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1841

Daughter Frances Roberta Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1845

Daughter Lucy A. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1847

Son William J. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1850

1850 census, Rockingham County

JOSEPH HOLDERBY; age 46, merchant, $2500, born Virginia; MARTHA STUBBLEFIELD, age 42, born North Carolina; A(ndrew) M., age 22, male, tobacconists, born North Carolina; M(arcus) C, age 20, male, clerk; born North Carolina; R(ichard) A., age 17, male, clerk, born VIrginia; S(arah A) , age 16, female, born North Carolina, attended school; J P, age 14, male, born North Carolina, M(ary) L, age 11, female, born North Carolina;, F(rances) R. W., age 9, female; S L(ucy) A, age 5, female; William J, age 3, male; Thomas Slader, 20 , teacher, born North Carolina; SARAH STUBBLEFIELD, age 67, female.

Son ROBERT D. HOLDERBY born in Rockingham County, NC [See .]

1854

Daughter Fanny B. Holderby born in Rockingham County, NC.

1855

JOSEPH HOLDERBY of Rockingham County sat in North Carolina House of Commons 1855-1866.

1858

On Nov. 26, 1858, William Lindsey of Pittsylvania County, Va., was high bidder for a 384-acre (1.55 km2) tract of land known as Reidsville. He and his bride, Sarah Holderby, a daughter of Joseph Holderby of the northern part of the county, moved into the frame house Reuben Reid had built across from his store. It is now a landmark in Reidsville, the first frame house built in the village.

From Bulletins and Other State Intelligence for the Year, 1868

June 18, 1858 The Queen [VICTORIA] is pleased to accept JOSEPH B HOLDERBY as the Consul at Dundee for the United States of America.

1860

Census Southern District of Rockingham County, North Carolina

554/554 JOSEPH HOLDERBY, age 56, Place of Birth, North Carolina; MARTHA W HOLDERBY, age 52, born North Carolina; Mary L Holderby, age 20, Frances R Holderby, age 18; Lucy A Holderby, age 14, William J Holderby, age 12, ROBERT D HOLDERBY, age 9; Nannie B Holderby age 5 (all family members listed as born, North Carolina); W C Holderby, age 30, occupation Salesman; Sarah G Holderby, age 27; James A Holderby, age 5; Sally age 4; Joseph M Holderby, age 3; William M Holderby, age 1.

1863

Excerpts from Lucy M. Rankin’s Information about Reidsville at Netpath.com:

“Reidsville, a town of approximately 14,000 inhabitants located in the southern part of Rockingham County [North Carolina], derived its name from the family of Reuben Reid. Reid, who was then living in the Hogan’s Creek area, purchased a farm on the ridge between Wolf Island and Little Roublesome creeks and in May, 1814 moved there with his wife Elizabeth Settle Reid, and their young son, David Settle Reid.

“Soon Reid opened a store across the road from his small log residence and also began operation an ordinary, a public inn kept in a private home. In 1829 a post office, called Reidsville, was established at this location and David Settle Reid, then sixteen years old, was appointed postmaster. Reidsville still points with pride to David S. Reid’s later accomplishments as U. S. Congressman, Sentaor and Governor of North Carolina, the state’s first Democratic governor.

“Though the Reid establishment became a stop on the stage line, established in the early 1830s between Danville and Salisbury, little growth took place there until after the Civil War. Just prior to the War there were only a few families and a single store.

“This changed with the completion of the Piedmont Railroad in 1864. The railroad was part of the Confederate supply line, and Reidsville became the principal station between Danville and Greensboro. As early as 1863, JOSEPH HOLDERBY had surveyed lots and began selling plots of land along what is now Market Street “at Reidsville”.

1870

Inhabitants in Williamsboro, PO Reidsville, NC 255/249

255/249 MAJOR OAKS, Age 46,  Occupation Tabacconist & Merchant, Value of Real Estate $3500, Value of Personal State, $2000;  Born Virginia;  Married; Fannie Oaks, Age 30, Keeping House, Born Virginia; LOUISA B OAKS, Age 10, At School, Born Virginia; Albert M Oaks, Age 8, Born North Carolina; Francis Vaughn 20 Female Black, Domestic Servant; Charles Vaughn Male Black, Domestic Servant; Francis Smith 16 Male White, Clerk in Store, A. D. Montgomery, Age 38 Male White Clerk in Store (Vaughns, Smith and Montgomery all born North Carolina)

256/250 JOSEPH HOLDERBY, Age 66, Occupation, Farmer, Real Estate $800; Personal Property $200; born Virginia; Nancy W Holderby age 62, Keepinghouse, born North Carolina; William G. Holderby, Age 22, Clerk in Store, Born North Carolina; R[OBERT] B HOLDERBY, Age 19, At School, Born North Carolina; Nannie B, Age 14, At Home, Born North Carolina; Patient Griffin, Age 45, Black Female, Domestic Servant, born North Carolina; Fannie Griffin, Age 13, Black Female, Domestic Servant, born North Carolina; Washington Mebone, Age 50, Black Male Farm laborer, born NC; Emmeline Mebone Age 35, Black Female Farm Laborer, Children Charley Mebone (age 9), farm laborer; John Mebone (age 5), Ann Mebone (Age 3), black, born in North Carolina; Joseph M Cox, age 54 White Male Clerk in Store; G. Fleming Terry, age 21, White Male Clerk in Store  (Cox, Terry born in NC.)

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: WilliamsboroRockinghamNorth Carolina; Roll: M593_1157; Page: 404B; Image: 814; Family History Library Film: 552656.

1871

August: MARTHA STUBBLEFIELD (HOLDERBY) Dies; Buried behind First Baptist Church; Reidsville, NC

    Location – North side of Piedmont Street, between S. Main Street and S. Scales Street. Behind and adjacent to First Baptist Church on S. Main Street but not affiliated with the church.Coordinates: 36d 21m 23.4s N; 79d 39m 54.0s W Click here for Google maps 

    Burial place of the founders of the City of Reidsville. Established 1849 By: Reuben Reid. Last Burial 1898.

    • Holderby, Martha W. Stubblefield   (b. 31 Mar 1808 – d. Aug 1871)
        • Wife of Joseph Holderby.Closeup of inscription.

1875

Holderby, Joseph   (b. 1 Dec 1803 – d. 13 Nov 1875)

    • Born in Brunswick Co Va. Husband of Martha W. Stubblefield Holderby. Closeup of inscription.


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Major Mortimer Oaks (1825-c. 1912) Albemarle County, VA; Reidsville, NC; Patrick County, VA

Note: Mortimer Oaks, my great-great grandfather, was called Major Oaks, which is a common first name in the Oaks/Oakes families of Central Virginia in the mid- and late 18th century and early 19th century. I strongly suspect that he was closely related to the Major Oaks of nearby Orange County, and that all the families with a “Major Oaks”, such as in Buckingham and King William Counties, are quite likely closely related as well. He was Mayor of Reidsville, NC. Since he was a Confederate railroad official during the Civil War, he might have been eligible for the honorific title of “Major”, which caused some contemporary confusion as to why he was called “Major”.  However, note that in the 1870 Census he lists his first name as “Major”.

 

1825

MORTIMER OAKS, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE SUDDARTH, born in Albemarle County, VA.

 

1849

MORTIMER OAKS, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE SUDDARTH, marries SARAH ANN BEAR (Bare), daughter of DAVID BEAR (BARE), in Botetourt County, VA.

1850

Brother Rice T. Oaks, son of RICE OAKS and PATIENCE SUDDARTH, marries Susan Bair (Bare), daughter of DAVID BEAR (BARE) in Botetourt County VA.

 

1860

In 1860 census, MORTIMER OAKS was married to SARAH [BEAR], age 31 in 1860 (born in 1829), with infant 3/12 year old, female.

LAURA OAKS born March 1860, Maxmeadow Depot [Wythe County], Virginia.  [Source: United States Department of Interior records (in WHB's possession), which show her birthplace.] Maxmeadow Depot is on Norfolk and Western Railroad (now Norfolk Southern Railroad) tracks. At the time it was the Virginia and Tennessee Raiload. Two “overseers” of that railroad were listed as the depot agent at Mt Avim(?) and MORTIMER OAKS.

MORTIMER OAKS occupation listed as “section master”. Funk and Wagnalls defines a “section” as the smallest administrative unit on a railroad, the responsibility of a given set of men.

1863

Excerpts from Lucy M. Rankin’s Information about Reidsville at Netpath.com:

“Reidsville, a town of approximately 14,000 inhabitants located in the southern part of Rockingham County [North Carolina], derived its name from the family of Reuben Reid. Reid, who was then living in the Hogan’s Creek area, purchased a farm on the ridge between Wolf Island and Little Roublesome creeks and in May, 1814 moved there with his wife Elizabeth Settle Reid, and their young son, David Settle Reid.

“Soon Reid opened a store across the road from his small log residence and also began operation an ordinary, a public inn kept in a private home. In 1829 a post office, called Reidsville, was established at this location and David Settle Reid, then sixteen years old, was appointed postmaster. Reidsville still points with pride to David S. Reid’s later accomplishments as U. S. Congressman, Sentaor and Governor of North Carolina, the state’s first Democratic governor.

“Though the Reid establishment became a stop on the stage line, established in the early 1830s between Danville and Salisbury, little growth took place there until after the Civil War. Just prior to the War there were only a few families and a single store.

“This changed with the completion of the Piedmont Railroad in 1864. The railroad was part of the Confederate supply line, and Reidsville became the principal station between Danville and Greensboro. As early as 1863, JOSEPH HOLDERBY had surveyed lots and began selling plots of land along what is now Market Street “at Reidsville”.

“An official of the Piedmont Railroad, Major MORTIMER OAKS, saw the possibilities for development in the are and began pursuing them aggressively. Shortly after the war he purchased land and announced the intention of building a town on it. He opened a hotel and a second store.

1867

General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

 

Oaks, Mortimer         Holderby Joseph         Deed  2eX 516 1 lot, W. Market St. Reids[ville]

Oaks, Mortimer         Holderby Joseph,         Deed  2eX 517         Lot #31, plat of Reids

[Note: unindexed deeds for Lots 32 (part), running through lot 47 140 yrds x 15 intended as a alley for right of way between 31, 32, 47 and 48. Understood that said passageway for Oaks, Holderby and all persons for all time to come.]

 

 

1868

Second marriage of MORTIMER OAKS in Rockingham County, NC to Fannie R. Holderby, daugher of JOSEPH HOLDERBY and MARTHA W. HOLDERBY.

1869

Oaks, Mortimer         Carrell J L , Thomas D, Mary E Thos D and others         Deed  2dY 284; 112 A. Wolf Is. Crki.

. . . a parcel of land situating lying and being in the County of Rockingham NC on the waters of Wolf Island creek adjoining the Lands of Joseph Holderby, William Burton and others, and containing by survey one hundred and twelve acres, bounded as follows: Beginning at a Spanish oak standing on the North side of the road, thence Easton on J. Y. Stokes line crossing one branch 168 poles to a mayple on a Branch, then south 76 degrees East up toa brach on said line 17 poles to a post oak (now down) a cedar substituted, thence south 60 poles to a stake, then south 3 ¾ degrees west up said Burtons line 60 poles to a stake then South 37 degrees East 81 poles on said line to a persimmon on Joseph Holderby’s line . . . 16 March 1869

Oaks, Mortimer         Holderby, Joseph & M. Deed 2dY 325         Several lots Reids(ville)

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

1870

Inhabitants in Williamsboro, PO Reidsville, NC 255/249

255/249 MAJOR OAKS, Age 46,  Occupation Tabacconist & Merchant, Value of Real Estate $3500, Value of Personal State, $2000;  Born Virginia;  Married; Fannie Oaks, Age 30, Keeping House, Born Virginia; LOUISA B OAKS, Age 10, At School, Born Virginia; Albert M Oaks, Age 8, Born North Carolina; Francis Vaughn 20 Female Black, Domestic Servant; Charles Vaughn Male Black, Domestic Servant; Francis Smith 16 Male White, Clerk in Store, A. D. Montgomery, Age 38 Male White Clerk in Store (Vaughns, Smith and Montgomery all born North Carolina)

256/250 JOSEPH HOLDERBY, Age 66, Occupation, Farmer, Real Estate $800; Personal Property $200; born Virginia; Nancy W Holderby age 62, Keepinghouse, born North Carolina; William G. Holderby, Age 22, Clerk in Store, Born North Carolina; R[OBERT] B HOLDERBY, Age 19, At School, Born North Carolina; Nannie B, Age 14, At Home, Born North Carolina; Patient Griffin, Age 45, Black Female, Domestic Servant, born North Carolina; Fannie Griffin, Age 13, Black Female, Domestic Servant, born North Carolina; Washington Mebone, Age 50, Black Male Farm laborer, born NC; Emmeline Mebone Age 35, Black Female Farm Laborer, Children Charley Mebone (age 9), farm laborer; John Mebone (age 5), Ann Mebone (Age 3), black, born in North Carolina; Joseph M Cox, age 54 White Male Clerk in Store; G. Fleming Terry, age 21, White Male Clerk in Store  (Cox, Terry born in NC.)

1871

Oaks, Mortimer         Lorillard, Peter & oths         OCD 3dA 139         112 A Wolf Island Crk

Oaks, Mortimer         Carekk H Mary E Thomas D & oths         3dA 153         112A Wolf Island Ck

Fanny Oaks, Mortimer  Release Mortgage 3dA 233 Cancellation of Mortgage Deed

Fanny  Oaks, Mortimer  Release Mortgage EdA 416 Cancellation of note

Oaks, Mortimer & others   Siedler, Charles & others  R of M  3eA 417  Cancellation of note

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

 

1872

Oaks, Mortimer    Smith, Fannie E  Deed  3dB 139  ½ A Reids[ville]

Fanny  Oaks, Mortimer Dohan, Carroll & Company         R of M         3dB 289          Cancellation of note

Oaks, Mortimer   Lindsay Wm & Sarah A  Deed 3dB 301  140 A  Piedmont Railroad

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

Excerpts from Lucy M. Rankin’s Information about Reidsville at Netpath.com:

“Reidsville’s location in the heart of a tobacco-growing area and its new railroad facilities made an ideal combindation for the development of a New South tobacco town.

“Major Oaks recognized these opportunities and in January, 1872 opened Reidsville’s first tobacco auction warehouse. By 1885 there were several warehouses in the town and 15 tobacco factories. Most of the factories were producing plug and twist, but two of them were making smoking tobacco and cigarettes.:

1873

Oaks, Mortimer & others  Morehead, J Turner Commr; John M Dec’ed (heirs of)         Deed 3dB 450 1 3/4 A Reids[ville]

Oaks, Mortimer & others   Gibson, John L  Deed 3dC 84 ½ A Reids[ville]

Oaks, Mortimer & others   Holderby, Joseph Deed 3dC Lots #60, 62, 63 E Market St Reids[ville]

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

Excerpts from Lucy M. Rankin’s Information about Reidsville at Netpath.com:

“Naturally such industrial growth as Reidsville experience 1870-1900 called for development in many other areas. The town was chartered in 1873, and Major Oaks became its first mayor.”

1874

Oaks, Mortimer   (N M Wilson Land) Richardson, R P Tr   Deed   3dD 346  Piedmont W H lot Reids

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

1875

Major Oaks becomes Mayor of Reidsville, North Carolina. The town had grown to between 3,5oo and 4,000 residents. [Reidsville Chamber of Commerce.]

Oaks, Mortimer   (Fannie E Smith Bankrupt) Reid, James W Assignee  Deed  3dD 418   Bar room & 1 lot Reids[ville]

Oaks, Mortimer  Gladstone R G  M D   3dE 31 1 tract adj A J Boyd & others

Oaks, Mortimer    Combs, James S & Mary A  M D 3dE 50 A adj Scales line

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

December 1875 Articles of Agreement entered into . . . .between P. D. Spencer, J. R. Webster and B. A. Crafton and D. Barnes, partners doing business under the firm name of Crafton & Co. Buck Ellington and William Lindsey, J. A. Allen, John W. Williamson, M. Oaks Z. V. Gwyn and Wiliam M. Crafgton all of the County of Rockingham . . . .

That the said partners above n amed have agreed to form a joint Stock Company for the purpose of a general Ware House business for the Sale of leaf Tobacco at Reidsville in the County and State . . as the Piedmont Ware House Company . . That the capital stock . . .  shall consist of Ten Thousand Dollars

1876

Oaks, Mortimer  Crafton, John S  M D  3dE 435 50 A Rockhouse Ck  (stamped in red: Cancelled)

Oaks, Mortimer  Oaks, Fannie R & Mortimer  Deed  3dF 331 1 lot Reids(ville)         Piedmont W H

Oaks, Mortimer  Lindsey William, Sarah A & others M D   3dF 333   1 A W Market S Reids(ville)

Oaks, M  Homestead  Homestead 3Dg 68  Personal Property

Oaks, M & others   Williamson, J W & others  Agm’t 3dG 425  Forming Piedmont W H Co Reids(ville)

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

Exemption according to the act of the general assembly, entitled an act to lay off the homestead property exemption 1876 .

2 featherbeds and steads, complete $50: 2 steads and mattresses $18; 1 small bed $2.50; 1 cook stove etc $18; ½ doz cane chairs $5; 3 plush chairs $3; 1 sofa $5; 4 pictures and ornaments $2; 4 small tables $4; 3 washstands $3; 1 sewing machine $25; table and tableware and safe $4; 3 looking glasses $1.50, 12 split chairs $6; carpets $22; 1 piano and cover $150; 1 harrow, rake, spade and shovel $1; 1 lot of bacon $20; 1 ½ bags flour $5; Fouls $2; 1 folding table $3; 1/10 interest in personal property in Piedmont Warehouse $150; $500, said articles are exempt. = May 15 1876 5:00 p.m.

 

1878

Oaks, M Barnes, Decatur & Lucie A  Deed 3dH 184 60 A adj Wm Lindsey land

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

1883

Death of Oaks, Frances Roberta Holderby   (b. 27 Jun 1841 – d. 12 Apr 1883), wife of MORTIMER OAKS

12 April 1883

      • Location – North side of Piedmont Street, between S. Main Street and S. Scales Street. Behind and adjacent to First Baptist Church on S. Main Street but not affiliated with the church.

    Coordinates: 36d 21m 23.4s N; 79d 39m 54.0s W Click here for Google maps

    Burial place of the founders of the City of Reidsville. Established 1849 By: Reuben Reid. Last Burial 1898.

    View of the cemetery sign.
    View #2 of the cemetery. View #3 of the cemetery. View #4 of the cemetery. View #5 of the cemetery.

    Surveyed and photographed by Carolina Caswell in February 2010.

  1. Oaks, Frances Roberta Holderby   (b. 27 Jun 1841 – d. 12 Apr 1883)
      • Wife of Mortimer Oaks

1884

Oaks, M & wife  (P B Association, Salme) Lemley, W A Secy & Treas  Sat. of M 3Dw  113

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

1885

Oaks, Mortimer  (P F & L F Jones) Cox, J M Tr  Deed 3dW 464 57/100 A lot #127 Reids(ville)

Source: General Index to Real Estate Conveyances M-R 1787-1900 Rockingham County, North Carolina

 


1888

Third marriage of MORTIMER OAKS; Henry County, VA, to Adilade Martin. Marital status of groom: widowed. Marital status of bride: single.

1893

Know all men by these presents that I Thomas J. Martin of the County of Henry in the State of Virignia do hereby convey transfer and assign and set over to M[ORTIMER] OAKS of the County of Patrick in the State aforesaid all interests and claims of every sort and description I have or to which I may be entitled in the estate real and personal of my deceased sister Sarah Armstrong whether in the hands of Henry Tuggle her administrator or otherwise to be used and appplied by the said M. OAKS for the support and maintenance of my daughter Mary Adeloaide Martin who is now living in his family and to be used and expended by him for the purposes named in such manner as to him may seem best And I further authorize and empower the said M OAKS to ask demand sue for recover and receipt for any such estate and proceeds of estate to and from the said administator or any other person as fully and effectually as I might or could do in my own proper person. Witness my hand and seal this 14th day of April 1893. Witness: C. B. Bryant. T. J. Martin, seal.

Virginia Henry County to wit.

I C. B. Bryant a Commisssioner in chancery of the Circuit Court of the County aforesaid in the State of Virginia do hereby certify that T. J. Martin whose name is signed to the foregoring writing bearing date on the 14th of April 1893 has acknowledged the same before me in the County aforeside. Given under my hand this 14th day of April 1893. C>B. Bryant, C___ in C))))

 

 

 

The following letter was written by Martha Oaks, daughter of MORTIMER OAKS and his second wife, Frances Holderby [Oaks] to ANN [HOLMAN] BURNETT:

837 West 4th Avenue; Hendersonville, NC, June 28th, 1945

Dearest Ann -

For weeks I have been trying to think back over the years and recall the associations of my early childhood with my mother’s family.

My father, a grand gentleman of whom I am very proud had one sister who married and went North with her husband and died childless. He had one brother [WHB-Rice T. Oaks] who  who went to Tenn. married and had a son Rush Oakes. I never met him but your Grandmother visited his family and was very proud of her cousin Rush.

Grandfather JOSEPH HOLDERBY was another fine gentleman. He married Louisa STUBBLEFIELD of Ky. [WHB - He married MARTHA STUBBLEFIELD, who was born in North Carolina]. I gave Elizabeth the picture I had of her Mother MARTHA STUBBLEFIELD for whom I was named. I asked Elizabeth to see that M. O. B. [Martha Oaks Burnett] gets the picture when she no longer wants it.

Knowing that I was born of good solid American parents I have never been obsessed with the notion of parentages. However, Edna Lindsey, my first cousin was to a certain extent and used to get irked with me because I would not give it the attention she thought I should.

I haave not seen or heard anything of them since 1919. However, if this war is ever ended and we can get gas & tires you and I will go to Reidsville and have a look around.

Of one things you and your children need every feel anything but pride in your Holderby Oaks side of the family.

The Holderbys were so hidebound in their belief on the sacredness of the holy bonds of matrimony they never forgave my Sister for leaving Uncle Bob.

Everyone loved Uncle Bob. He had a hunting accident when he was quite young that left him with a practically useless left arm. This handicapped him as a bread winner and that was the principle reason for the objection to the marriage. Your Grandfather was a charming gentleman, very handsome and the neatest man I ever knew. Hope this information will help to some extent your interest in your family.

Ann, I have been trying everywhere to get a good family size electric range. I am wondering if you and GORMAN [BURNETT] could possible locate one. Second hand but as they call it reconditioned. We want it for a cousin of Mary L’Englis who lives in Ga. When we begin to get along in years, marking fires and getting in wood is hard work. So if you could help us out in getting a good range for Mrs. Boyd we would surely appreciate it.

We are having spring like weather and the Winlis Jasemin along the garden fence is beginning to bloom. These first and side blloms are so welcome.

I keep the little snap of Martha on the corner of my mirror. She is a dear, isn’t she.

Byt this time you have recovered from Christmas., I hope. I have not finished my Christmas thanks you notes yet. I go so far, and then I am just a bit written out. We hope you are all well and that othe work in the house is progressing. It looked pretty good to me when I was there, but I guess you know what redecorating you want.

My love to you all, and all my good wishes. Lovingly, Aunt Martha.

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