William Suddarth (c.1700?-1761) Stafford, Albemarle, Amherst Counties, VA

c. 1700

WILLIAM SUDDARTH, son of JAMES SUDDARTH and ELIZABETH TRAVIS ELLGEY born in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, VA

c. 1720


Son JAMES SUDDARTH born in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, VA

Son Lawrence Suddarth born afterwards


Daughter Mary (Mollie) Suddarth born.

From William Suddarth of Stafford County & Albemarle County, Virginia, printed by Richard D. Hirtzel, 1999:

“WILLIAM SUDDARTH and James Southard are found in the account books of the Partridge Store in the mid-1730s. This store was a sort of general store which extended crecit to its customers. It was located in Hanover County, Virginia – probably just east of the present Louisa/Hanover County line. Also found in these account books are John Denny and Benjamin Denny. In one instance, WILLIAM SUDDARTH paid the bill of Benjamin Denny, indicating an acquaintance between the two men. There was a Suddeths Pathway which has been identified as being near Dirty Swamp, which flows north from the South Anna River and near the Louisa/Hanover County line. This may have been named for, or was the residence of WILLIAM SUDDARD and relatives.”


Son William Suddarth born.

Goochland County Titheables Book shows a WILLIAM SOUTHARD (Note: SUDDARTH?).

November 25, 1735

Goochland Orders, 1735-1737. The Levy for the County. Disbursement [in pounds of tobacco]: WILLIAM SUDDITH for 1 wolf’s head certified by Wm Mayo – 200.



From William Suddarth of Stafford County & Albemarle County, Virginia, printed by Richard D. Hirtzel, 1999:

Partridge Store Records (Hanover County, VA), extracted from “Accounts from the Store of Thomas Partridge & Co. Hanover Co. Virginia 1734-1756” by Richard Slaten and James Bagby, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, vol 25, no. 1, February, 1987:

Benjamin Denny opened an acccount at the general store of Thomas Partridge & Co in Hanover Co, VA. Also shopping at the same store were John Denny, William Mullins and WILLIAM SUTHARD.


From William Suddarth of Stafford County & Albemarle County, Virginia, printed by Richard D. Hirtzel, 1999:

Partridge Store Records (Hanover County, VA), extracted from “Accounts from the Store of Thomas Partridge & Co. Hanover Co. Virginia 1734-1756” by Richard Slaten and James Bagby, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, vol 25, no. 1, February, 1987:

“p. 10 Mr Abraham Venable 1738 Apr.7 (1 History Book) Jun 1.8 (i hat No. 7) . . . Aug 9, 24([items] dd WM SUTHARD . . .

p. ___ WM SUTHARD paid for purchases made to account of Benjamin Denny.


Goochland County Deed, 1741-1745, p. 158.

“From Abraham Venable of Louisa County, to WILLIAM SUDDEF of G[oochland], of planter, for 30 E, all that dividend of land being in the South Garden [Cr?] among the little Mountains on the south branch of Hardwar River in G[oochland], about 300 acres, which said 300 acres of land is part of 1500 acres granted to the said Abraham Venable by patent dated Jul 19, 1735 and bounded by [tree]s.”   Signed Abraham Venable. Wit – Sam Nuclis, Andrew Hunter, Robert Priddy, Record May 17, 1743.

[Note – this area became Albemarle County (Parish of St Ann’s) in 1744.]

From William Suddarth of Stafford County & Albemarle County, Virginia, printed by Richard D. Hirtzel, 1999:

“WILLIAM SUDDARTH bought land in 1743 from Abraham Venable in Albemarle County in South Garden on the South Fork of the Hardware River. An east branch of the Byrd Creek in Goochland County was named Venable Creek, not far from Suddeths Pathway and the Partridge Store. John Denny lived on Byrd Creek, and a Benjamin Denny at one time owned land on Phipps Creek which was a fork of the Byrd Creek, upstream and on a left branch. One could reasonably conclude that WILLIAM SUDDETH became acquainted with Abraham Venable in this locale which led to the 1743 land transaction located in present Albemarle County.

“There was also a James Southard who traded with the Partridge Store and who owned land in Albemarle County. This possibly was a brother of WILLIAM SUDDARTH. It points to the fact that either the spelling of Suddarth and Southard were used interchangeably, or that separate Suddarth and Southard families co-existed in the same locale.”


The area of Goochland County containing property owned by father WILLIAM SUDDARTH becomes Albemarle County.


9 December, 1746



From William Suddarth of Stafford County & Albemarle County, Virginia, printed by Richard D. Hirtzel, 1999:

[Note – See relevant excerpt from this booklet on this page under the year 1762.]

“Samuel Denny is found in Hat Creek in 1748, in present Nelson County in a book Tuckahoes and Cohees, with a record of his residing there. Also listed following his name are John, Benjamin and William, possibly his children, or pehraps other close relatives. In 1750, a minister named Robert Rose christened his twin children . . .

“A record of Samuel’s purchase of property in 1754 still places him on Hat Creek. Because of the fact that WILLIAM SUDDATH’s daughter Sarah married a Denny, and according to Joel Denny, Samuel Denny married a Southard, researchers have long pursued the question of whether Sarah Denny was married to Samuel. The Denny’s were located in Goochland County and WILLIAM SUDDARTH nearby trading at the Partridge Store and possibly living on Suddeth’s Pathway during the 1730’s. This would have provided an opportunity for Samuel, or other Denny men, to get acquainted with Sarah, leading to marriage. There also were land transactions between the Suddath’s and Dennhy’s, notably between Bejamin Denny and a younger Lawrence Suddath in Albemarle County. So the two families obviously were well acquainted with each other.”


After his children were grown and married, WILLIAM SUDDARTH sold 200
acres on Red Bar Hollow in Albemarle County to JAMES SUDDARTH, a carpenter on 8 May, 1750. He reserved 100 acres fo the 300-acre tract for his son Lawrence.

pp. 184-185 “This indenture made the Eighth day of May in the twenty third year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second and c . and in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred & fifty between WILLIAM SUDDARTH of Albemarle County Collony & Dominion of Virginia, Planter, of one part & JAMES SUDDARTH of ye County & Collony aforesaid, Carpenter, of the other part Witnesseth the WILLIAM SUDDARTH for the Quantity of Two hundred acres of land lying & being the RED BEAR HOLLOW to him the said WILLIAM SUDDARTH delivered by the said JAMES SUDDARTH, he the said WILLIAM SUDDARTH hereby hath granted & sold unto JAMES SUDDARTH Two hundred acres of land being on the South Branch of Hardway being part of Three hundred acres granted to WILLIAM SUDDARTH by Abraham Veneble as may be more fully at large appear by the said Venebles patent for said Land, Together with all houses gardens orchards woods ways to the Two hundred acres of land being pg part of Three hundred acres abovenamed whereof One hundred acres & that to be where the house & plantation of WILIAM SUDDARTH hath to be reserved for Laurance Suddarth & his heirs forever Provided Always forever the Timber & Wood of the said Land shall be for the use & behoof of any part of said Three hundred acres & no hindrance on either party forever & also the Reversion rents title of him said WILLIAM SUDDARTH to the same To have and to hold unto JAMES SUDDARTH his heirs and assigns forever In Witness whereof WILLIAM SUDDARTH hath set his hand and Seal in presence of  WM SUDDARTH At a Court held for Albemarle County the Eight day of May 1760. This Indenture was acknowledged by WILLIAM SUDDARTH one of the parties thereto & ordered to be recorded.”


At court held for Stafford County 9th Novr 152 Inventory p. 24o

“In the name of God Amen I JAMES SUDDUTH SENR of Stafford County being indisposed in body but of sound memory & judgment . . . settling worldly affairs after the following manner

Imp I leave unto my son WILLIAM SUDDUTH one feather bed & furniture vizt that which commonly called his Bed also one cow & calf to him and heirs.

Item I leave to my son James Sudduth one feather bed and furniture which nhe now lies as also 2 cows & claves and a pot in case he leaves his Mother.

Item I leave to my Loving wife MARY during her life or of her dying I leave all to my Grandson Lawrence Sudduth with directions that it may be apprais’d or turn’d into money for him until he comes of age to be delivered to him at that time.

In case of my Grandson Lawrences death I bequeath all to my son James and his heirs for ever. Also I leave to my loving wife Mary one Mulatto boy Mase to do with him as she thinks proper. Lastly I appoint my loving Wife MARY SUDDUTH my whole ExEx of this my last Will and Testament. . .  Jany 24 1753. Presence Will Montjoy, Lawr. Sudduth. At Court held for Stafford County 13th March 1753 This last will & Testament of JAMES SUDDUTH deced presented by MARY SUDDUTH the Ex Ex therein named . .  Certificate granted for her obtaining Probate . .


Father JAMES SUDDARTH dies in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, VA


From Albemarle County, VA – Deed Book ‘2’ Page 116: “April 13, 1759 JAMES SUDDETH to WILLIAM SUDDETH, 20# for 135 acres on Hardware Branch. Witnesses: Charles Blany, Abraham Venable Patent: Mary 10, 1756 PATIENCE, wife of JAMES SUDDETH”

From Albemarle County VA – Deed Book ‘2’ Page 159: “June 20, 1759 Jacob Eades to John Ramsey, clerk, 300 acres bought from WILLIAM SUDDARTH, both sides of south fork of Totier River.”


“Diocese of Southern Virginia”, Journal 1903, 49-50
AMHERST COUNTY was formed in 1761 from Albemarle County and
“certain islands” in the Fluvanna [James] River.
The Act dividing the Counties of Albemarle and Louisa and the Parish of St.
Anne was dated March 1761.
Amherst Parish in said Act is described as follows:
That from and after the first day of May next the said parish (St. Anne) shall be divided into two distinct parishes, in the following manner, that is to say, by Rockfish river to the mouth of Green creek, thence a straight line by the house of Thomas Bell to the Blue mountain, and that all that part of said parish that lies above the said river and line shall be one distinct parish, and shall be called and “known by the name of Amherst”: and that all other part of said parish that lies below the said river and line shall be one distinct parish and “retain the name of St. Anne”.

[Note: See additional information on the Amherst Parish that follows at * below.]


9 July 1761

Albemarle County, VA Deeds: Book #3, page 85:  Chas. Tate, Amhurst planter, to JAS. SUDDARTH 20 pds., 109 acres S. Hardware. Wit. Samuel Jordon & WM. SUDDARTH.

WILL OF WILLIAM SUDDARTH, 1761 I WILLIAM SUDDARTH SENR of the County and Parish of Amherst being in Perfect sence and memory do by these Presents make this my Last Will and Testament makeing void all other Wills by me before maid in primas I comit my Soul to the hands of Almighty God that gave it me and for what Estate it hath Pleased God to bestoe on me I give and Bequeath as followeth

Item I give to my Daughters Sarah Denny, Agness Willibey, Charity Tate, Elizabeth Ray one shilling Starling, also I give to my three Sons JAMES SUDDARTH, William Suddarth, and Larnes Suddarth Each of them one shilling Starling and the Rest and Residue of my hole Estate I give to my Youngest Daughter Mary Suddarth also I do appoint my Daughter Mary Suddarth whole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament December 25th 1761.
William (his + mark) Suddarth Larnes (his + mark) Suddarth Martha + Suddarth George


5 April 1762

Amherst County, VA, Will Book 1, p. 4

Father WILLIAM SUDDARTH SR’S Will names sons JAMES, William Jr. and Lawrence, daughters Sarah (Denny), Agnes Willibey, Charity Tate, Elizabeth Ray, and Mary Sudarth. Mary Sudarth named the administrator.

From William Suddarth of Stafford County & Albemarle County, Virginia, printed by Richard D. Hirtzel, 1999:

“The connections between WILLIAM SUDDARTH and John Denny, Samuel Denny and Benjamin Denny are of particular interest – especially to Denny researchers. The 1762 will of WILLIAM SUDDARTH indicates that his daughter Sarah ahad married a Denny. Also, a history of Samuel Denny, written by his great-grandson, Joel Denny, indicates that Samuel married a woman named Southard and that they had seventeen children.

“A Samuel Denny is found in Goochland County in 1737/38 in a court action with a man named John Johnston and a man named Isaac Hoel. A John Johnston traded at the Partridge Store, aas did several persons with the surname of Howell, although not Isaac. Samuel Denny is not found in the Partridge Store records. So along with John Denny and Benjamin Denny is aded a sighting of Samuel Denny in Goochland County in the decade of the 1730s.

“This suggests a relationship between John, Benjain and Samuel – perhaps brother, perhaps cousins, perhaps one was the parent of the others. It would be reasonable to assume that the three Denny men were at least related to one another, hence having common Denny ancestors a few generations back.”


*This discussion from the Diocese of Southern Virginia Journal follows the passage quoted for year 1761: 

{In 1761 the border between Albemarle and Amherst Counties would seem to be the Rockfish River, which I think is now the border between Nelson and Albemarle}

In October 1778 the parish of Amherst was divided by a line running from Fluvanna [James] River up Piney River to the mountains; the part on the lower side to be known as Amherst Parish and on the upper side, Lexington Parish.
That the parish of Amherst shall be divided into two distinct parishes, in the following manner, that is to say:
By a line to be run from Meggenson’s Warehouse, on the Fluvanna river, to Rose’s Mill on Piney river, thence up the fork thereof above Lucas Powell’s plantation, and hence up the north fork to the Blue Ridge, and all that part of said parish which lies on the lower side of the said line shall be one distinct parish and “retain the name of Amherst”, and all that part of said parish which lies on the upper side of the said line shall be one other distinct parish and be “know by the name of Lexington”.

{Two years later}
In October 1780, the dividing line between Amherst and Lexington parishes was relocated to make a more equitable division.
Be it therefore enacted, That instead of the dividing line mentioned in said Act, the said parishes shall be divided by the following lines, to-wit:

Beginning on the Fluvana [James] river at the mouth of Elk Island Creek, with said creek to Hilton’s mill, from thence a direct line to Tye river at the mouth of Camp Creek; thence up Tye river to mouth of Piney river, thence up Piney river to Rose’s mill; thence continued up Piney river to the fork thereof above Lucas Powell’s plantation and thence up the north fork to the Blue Ridge.
The collector of the parish of Lexington shall have the power to collect and distrain for any dues which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of that part of the said parish of Lexington hereby made a part of the said parish of Amherst.

The following recommendation from the committee on admission of new parishes was approved.

3. From Amherst County a petition to be divided from Lexington Parish, of which it now forms a part, and to be formed into a separate parish, taking the name of Amherst Parish with the following boundaries, to-wit:
Those boundaries known as belonging to Pedlar township, and all that part of Elton township that lies to the west of the Virginia Midland railroad; or in other words, the northern boundary of the Elon section of the parish will be the Lynchburg road from Ware’s Gap across to Cool Well; the eastern boundary the Virginia Midland railroad; the southern boundary the James river, and the western boundary the Tobacco Row mountains to Ware’s Gap.(his + mark) Taylor Theophilus Faver

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