James Wimbish (c. 1690-1761) Prince Edward County, VA

Wimbish Family History

[WHB – I am trying to determine what the source is of the 1690 date for James Wimbish’s birth and the identification of his birthplace as England (or occasionally East Anglia). I believe the following clues should be followed:

The 16th century possession of the manor of Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire, England by gentry surnamed Wimbish, as described in this history. Note the reference to an older Wimbish family in Lincolnshire. Also note the existence of the villages of Wimbish and Wimbish Green in the County of Essex.

From the Victoria County History: A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 9: Chesterton, Northstowe, and Papworth Hundreds A. P. M. Wright & C. P. Lewis (Editors), 1989:

“By 1086 the 5 hides held in 1066 by Goda, lord of Shingay, under Eddeva the fair, were held in demesne by Count Alan, lord of Richmond, as a berewick of Swavesey. (fn. 18) The manor was later held of the honor of Richmond until the 17th century, usually as 1 knight’s fee. The Vere earls of Oxford were recorded as mesne lords until the late 14th century. (fn. 19) In the 1160s the manor of PAPWORTH EVERARDwas held in demesne by Everard of Beach. (fn. 20) It descended to his son Peter (fl. 1194-1228) (fn. 21) and by 1233 to Peter’s son Peter (d. after 1235). (fn. 22) John of Beach, son or brother of the last, was lord in 1242 (fn. 23) and dead by 1251, when his widow Gillian received dower, including 66 a. of arable, which she still held in 1279. (fn. 24)

When John’s son Henry died soon after 1253, (fn. 25) his estate was divided (fn. 26) between coheirs, probably his sisters Amice and Alice. Amice married Sir Simon de Lisle, whose son Philip (fl. 1250- 60) sold all his Papworth land (fn. 27) to John de la Haye. (fn. 28) About 1280 (fn. 29) John held I hide in demesne under Philip’s son Sir Simon de Lisle. In 1289 Simon released his rights to the bishop of Ely. (fn. 30) Alice’s share had passed by 1276 (fn. 31) to Maud, perhaps her daughter, wife of John of Soham, who occupied &frac1/2; yardland in 1279. In 1283 John and Maud exchanged a quarter of the manor for land in Suffolk with Richard de Gynes and his wife Margery. (fn. 32) In 1306 Richard settled much Papworth land in reversion upon his son Richard. (fn. 33) John de la Haye’s son William, who held &frac3/4; fee there by 1302 (fn. 34) and was granted free warren over it in 1303, (fn. 35) sued Margery and the younger Richard in 1311-12 for lordship over their portion, allegedly granted to de la Haye by William Downe and his wife Mary. Probably by 1316, certainly by 1346, (fn. 36) that &frac1/4; fee had been reunited to the rest of the manor, which after William de la Haye’s death in 1316 had descended to his son Sir John (d. 1340) and John’s son William (d. s.p. 1349). William’s heir, his sister Margaret, married Sir John Engaine (d. c. 1395), for whom free warren at Papworth was renewed in 1365. (fn. 37)

Engaine left as heirs two daughters, Mary, wife of William Blyton, and Joan, wife of Sir Baldwin St. George, between whom the Papworth manor was again divided. (fn. 38) Blyton’s moiety descended by marriage to the Wimbishes of Nocton (Lincs.), (fn. 39) being held successively by Sir Thomas Wimbish (d. 1505), (fn. 40) his son John (d. 1526), (fn. 41) and grandson Christopher Wimbish (d. 1530). Christopher’s widow Mary (fn. 42) still occupied it when their son Thomas died without issue in 1551. His sister and coheir Abraha and her husband Francis Norton (fn. 43) possessed that half manor in 1563. (fn. 44) In 1567 they sold it to William Malory of Papworth St. Agnes (fn. 45) (d. 1585). Malory’s son and heir William (fn. 46) (d. 1611) settled it in 1606 upon the marriage of his son Sir Henry, (fn. 47) who in 1615 sold it to Thomas Thoroughgood, (fn. 48) already lord of the other half.]


James Wimbish: Born:  ca. 1690, England Died: bef. February 10, 1761, Prince Edward   Co., VA Married:  Yes, wife unknown


[WHB – I would like to obtain documentation of Martha Wimbish’s birthdate and the names, birthdates and spouses of her siblings.]

1. Martha Wimbish Born [1733?]: Died: bef. May 1804, Rockingham Co. VA Married:  Hugh Challes [Challis]

Other Children of James Wimbish:

2. Ann Wimbish Born: Died: Married:  William Baldwin

3. Sarah Wimbish Born: Died: Married:  Rev. James Garden, Sept. 19, 1760, Prince           Edward Co. VA


Bradshaw, Herbert Clarence, History of Prince Edward County, Virginia:
From its Earliest Settlements through its Establishment in 1754 To
its Bicentennial Year; Richmond, Va., Dietz Press., p. 86-87.

Slaves, indentured servants, the individuals themselves and members oftheir families provided the labor which operated the early farms. Early lists of tithables show a considerable number of people without slaves.  Two of the three lists of thithables (those for the areas between Bush and Buffalo and west of Buffalo) for 1755 remain; JAMES WIMBISH [was listed] with five slaves; . . . THEODORICK CARTER [was listed] with three slaves; . . .


Wills: James Wimbish, 1761: Prince Edward County, VA

I, James Wimbish of P in St Patrick’s Parish To my wife – 4 slaves, Moll, Will, Tom, Lucy, and if needed, my negro woman named Phillis, and one fourth of my Personal estate, during her natural life.

To my daughter Martha, the wife of Hugh Challes – my 2 negro girls named Hannah & Chloe, who were born of my mulatto woman Phillis, now in the service of my daughter Martha, but to return to my estate after my death.

To my daughter Anne, the wife of William Baldwin, my mulatto Woman named Agness.

To my daughter Sarah, the wife of the Reverend Mr James Garden – my mulatto woman names Sue, and 1 bed and furniture, which they have already in possession.

To my son James Wimbish – my Negro man named Mingo, and my Negro boy named Harry, with what has received formerly.

To my daughter Mary, the wife of James Thackston – 65 £ to be paid 12 months after my death.

To my 3 youngest sons, Samuel, John, and Benjamin Wimbish – all my land and slaves not already disposed of, as well as those allotted for the use of my wife, after her death to be equally divided among them, together with the reversion and remainder of my estate.

Executors: my 3 youngest sons, Samuel, John, and Benjamin Wimbish.

Signed Feb 1, 1761 – James Wimbish. Wit – George Davies, Nathel Barksdale, Archibald McElroy.

At P Court of Feb 10, 1761, the will of James Wimbish Deceased was presented in court by the executors, proven by the witnesses, and OR.


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