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Fletcher felt that Hannah was a Drury based on the use of Drury by their oldest son, James. However, an examination of the early Drury families, and the Scott families, makes it clear that it is unlikely her maiden name was Drury, but that this name was connected to John Scott, who had a brother Drew Scott, and whose grandchildren included Drury Gee, Drury Tatum, and Drury Chappell.
The Drury Family
There is very little in the records on the Drury family. Sir Robert Drury and Drue Drury were members of the first Virginia Company in 1607.
The lists of persons transported to Virginia for whom headrights were granted include:
Robert Drewry 1638
Abigail Drury 1639
Elizabeth Drury 1653
William Drury 1663, transported to Maryland
Robert Drury 1663
Richard Drury 1663 emigrated from Virginia to Maryland
Susan Drury 1664
Robert Drury, 1670 emigrated to Maryland
Drewry/Drewrie of York County
Records frequently spell the name Drewry or Drewrie. The majority of those noted as Drewry or Drewrie lived in York County, north of the James River. In 1635 Robert Drewry, age sixteen, arrived aboard the Assurance. He married Alice Harris by 1638. She had also arrived on the Assurance in 1635. It is believed that he was the father of John Drewry, Wheelright and Vestryman in Charles Parish from 1694 until his death in 1714. John married Deborah Collins the daughter of Matthew and Judith Collins who mentions her son-in-law John Drewry in her will. The Charles Parish Register notes 9 children: a son John, in 1673; a son William, in 1675; a son Robert, in 1679; a son Thomas, in 1684; a daughter Mary, in 1688; a son Samuel, in 1690; and a son James, in 1693. Grandsons settled in Southampton County Virginia around 1750 in the area where Drewryville, Virginia stands today.
It is noted that Nathaniel Robertson, born in James City County, to William Robertson and Mary Mackenzie who immigrated to Virginia from Scotland about 1705, married Mary Drewry, born in 1688. They settled in Surry County where they were the parents of Nathaniel, Robertson, Jr. whose son, Drewry Robertson, was born in 1728. Other sons included John, and Christopher who married Winnifred Gilliam and settled in Warren County, North Carolina.
John Drury of Charles City County
The record book of Charles City County 1661-1664 indicates that “George Harris, merchant, hath proved by Testimony produced right to 900 acres for importing 18 persons: Richard ffassell, Benia Beane, Christopher Meades, Dorthy Wildsmith, John Lily, Mary Thornhill, John Wallis, Mary Coke, William Wild, John Drury, John Mitten, Thomas Capell, Peter Morce, Will Dragett, John Warren, May Cox, Hannah Goodwyn, Mary Sheeter.”
In 1665 John Compton issued a power of attorney to John Drury in Charles City County to settle all differences between John Beauchamp and himself. Signed with his mark by John Compton and witnessed by Walter Aston and Nicholas Harris. In 1666 the will of Walter Aston, son of Colonel Walter Aston, was filed in Charles City County. In Walter Aston’s will he mentions his servant John Mitten, who is included in the import list above. The witnesses to his will were John Drury and William Harris. Aston left a substantial portion of his estate to George Harris, merchant.
It would seem that John Drury was a man of position. He may have been the Mr. Drury noted in the records of Charles City in 1662 by the Sheriff as being owed for the use of a boat for four days service to the county, or this could have been William Drury of Henrico County. It is likely the transport recorded about 1663 by Harris had occurred earlier than the patent date.
Mary Drury married Edward Burchett of Charles City County (later Prince George) and their son was Edward Burchett, Jr., father of Drury Burchett, born in 1722 in Brunswick County.
Captain Charles Drury, Sr., of Nansemond County
Charles Drury patented 100 acres of escheat land in Nansemond County, in September, 1663, which was granted to Beonors Brasheire (Brashear). In December, 1661, Brasseuir, a Frenchman, late of Virginia, had removed to Maryland where he resided in Prince Georges County. In 1682, Charles Drury patented 41 acres of land, a marsh for the most part, lying and being in the parish of Chuckatuck, beginning in a valley by the said Drury’s House, then continuing to Col. Majors along Lears Creek. Captain Charles Drury was granted 209 acres in Upper Parish of Nansemond County on the north side of Loosing in 1700. This land was adjacent to that of William Jones and John Powell. The 1704 Quit Rents for Nansemond County notes Captain Charles Drury and John Drury for 87 acres, Thomas Drury for 75 acres, and William Drury for 80 acres. In 1702-09 the vestrymen of Chuckatuck Parish, Nansemond County included Captain Charles Drury, Mr. Thomas Drury and Captain Robert Pitt.
A Charles Drury held this land until 1771 clearly indicating a son Charles Jr. In 1697 Thomas Norfleet purchased 175 acres from William Jones on Orapeak Swamp and in 1721 he bought an adjacent forty acres from Charles Drury. When the border between Virginia and North Carolina was surveyed in 1728 this land was in North Carolina.
John Drury, who appears to be the son of Charles Drury, held 254 acres, being 5 headrights, in the same area as early as 1714. This land was described as lying on the southwest side of the Beech adjacent to the land of Francis Spright.
The early Drurys in Nansemond County eventually settled in Norfolk County and in Southampton County, which was taken from Isle of Wight County. The Drury family was apparently not a large family in the area south of the James River. Many purchased land that after the survey to establish the line between Virginia and North Carolina, was found to be in North Carolina. In 1733 a deed was recorded at Edenton, North Carolina that sights 160 acres on Beaver Dam adjacent to that of John Drury.
In 1753, Lord Granville granted Charles Drury of Edgecombe County, North Carolina 410 acres adjacent to Little Swamp. About this same time Benjamin Nevill sold land to Charles Drury in the area that became Halifax County. Drury Nevill served in the North Carolina Continental Line during the Revolution. It would seem there was more that one marriage between the families. An examination of the marriage records for North Carolina indicate that by the time of the Revolution there were a very large number of men with the first name Drury.
William Drury of Henrico County
William Drury lived in Henrico County. In October 1690, William Drury bought 472 acres from Jeremiah Benskin. The land was located on the James River near Powhite Creek on the south side of the creek bounded by the line run by Theodorick Bland, surveyor. This was witnessed by Thomas Chamberlayne and William Soane. Then Drury and Benskin sold this land to John Pleasants. Sr., where it is noted in Pleasants will filed in 1697. This land was part of a great part of the island laid out by Theodorick Bland’s Surrey estate. There is not indication that any wife to William Drury relinquished her dower. William Drury was brought before the grand jury of Henrico County on three occasions in 1690 and 1692, charged with swearing by God. This was a serious offense that could be punished by public flogging or pillaring. Brought up on the same charge was a long list of individuals including John Heath of Charles City County who appears to be related to the Heaths of Surry and Prince George Counties.
In March, 1690, the inventory of John Johnson’s estate was taken at the home of William Drury. In October of 1692, a Coroners Inquest was held at Colonel Byrd’s Quarter, called Shaccross, about the death of Thomas Lawson who died when crossing the James River in a canoe with William Drury and Robin, a Negro owned by Colonel Byrd. Evidently the canoe overturned and Lawson drowned. The will of William Drury was filed in 1703 in Henrico County. While I have not been able to review a copy, clearly he had children.
Marriages in Henrico County
Mary Drury married Peter Ragsdale of Henrico County, son of Godfrey Ragsdale of Henrico County. Their son Drury Ragsdale was born in 1720.
Henry Breazeale married Elizabeth Drury in Henrico County. Their son Drury Breazeale was born in 1694 in Henrico.
James Thweatt of Prince George County was born in 1643. His son James Thweatt married Judith Soane in 1701 in Henrico County. They were the parents of Drury Thweatt. Recall that William Soane witnessed the land transaction of William Drury.
William Walker held land in New Kent County and in Henrico County by 1698. He married Elizabeth Warren. Their daughter Elizabeth Walker, born about 1675, married Robert Allen, who died in Henrico County. Their son was Drury Allen.
Celia Walker, sister to Elizabeth Walker above, married Sylvanus Stokes. He died in 1758 in Sussex County. Their son was Drury Stokes.
William Woodson, of Henrico married his sister Sarah Allen about 1730. Their son and grandson, Drury Woodson are mentioned in William Woodson’s will of 1784 filed in Buckingham County, Virginia.
John Stith, came to Virginia in 1656 and settled on the north side of the James River in Charles City County married Ann Washington according to the Journal of Virginia Biography. However, the evidence seems to indicate his wife was Jane, widow of first a Gregory then Joseph Parsons. Their son, Colonel Drury Stith, was born in 1670 and eventually removed to Brunswick County. Drury married Susannah Bathurst, daughter of Lancelot Bathurst, and granddaughter of Sir Edward Bathurst (1643). They had a son, Drury Stith of Brunswick County. Their daughter Jane Stith married Thomas Hardaway and their son Thomas Hardaway Jr. married Agnes Thweatt.
In 1681, Colonel Robert Bolling of Prince George County married as his second wife, Anne Stith, daughter of John Stith. Their son Drury Bolling was born in 1695 and married Elizabeth Meriwether. As a note, Colonel Bolling had married first, Jane Rolfe, granddaughter of Pocahontas.
Henry Hatcher of Henrico County, married Susannah Williamson and their son Drury Hatcher was born around 1731.
Before the revolution there were, in Prince George, Sussex and transplant counties, such as Brunswick, Southampton, Lunenburg and Isle of Wight many individuals named Drury, including Drury Thweatt of Bristol Parish, Drury Wyche, Drury Andrews of Sussex and Isle of Wight, and others clearly associated with the early families of Henrico and Prince George Counties. To add to the confusion, a Drury Scott was a private in the Virginia Line during the Revolution who went to Clark County, Kentucky.
The Scott Family
During this period there were several ship’s masters named Scott, including Mathew, Alexander, Aaron, Samuel, Symon, George, and Michael. I am only noting a few of interest to our research. In 1626, aboard the Plantacon of London, Peter Andrews, Master, Walter Scott shipped cloth to Virginia. In 1672, John Scott of Virginia shipped to Yarmouth in The Loves Increase, Benjamin Moates, master, 11 hides, and 4, 282 pounds Virginian tobacco. In 1672, William Scott, master of the Stephen of Bristol, carried hides and tobacco from Virginia. In 1684, William Scott was noted as the master of the Resolution of Bristol.
An examination of the early records makes it clear that there were several Scott families in Virginia prior to the Revolution. It is not my intent to trace them here, but to try to identify the early Scott family associated with Henry and Charles Gee.
Early headrights of interest include:
1650 in Charles City County: Robert Scott
1652 in Nansemond County: William Scott
1652 in Isle of Wight County: Robert Scott
1670 in New Kent County: John Scott
1671 in Henrico County: John Scott
In 1702 is the will of John Scott of Mattox, Westmoreland County, Virginia, merchant, now bound to sea. It is a length 3 page will, and only the highlights are given here. To his two sisters and their children, who he thinks are in Ireland, their maiden names being Jane and Rebecca Scott, ₤200, to be paid by his executor Gustavos Scott of Bristol and divided among the sisters and their children as the executor sees fit. To his brother James’s son, named Gustavos, ₤30, from the money his parents owe testator.
To his brother Gustavos Scott is given ₤10 from the money “due by Sister”. If the ship Potomack Galley which testator has shipped most of his tobacco on should miscarry and not return hoe, the legacies above should be divided by half and the remainder given to his wife and children. To his son John the plantation testator now lives on, which was bought from Captain Thomas Mountjoy, or if the son dies, etc. the plantation goes to testator’s daughter Jane. To his daughter Jane the tract of 500 acres on the Northeast Branch of Potomack River in Maryland called in the Paton Strabane, or if she dies without heirs this land goes to her brother John. To his wife Sarah the plantation at the head of Popes Creek, bought from Abraham Field, and (under named conditions) the income from the plantation left to son John, till he comes of age. There is additional information at the Library of Virginia that notes John Jr. went to Bristol where he was met and cared for by his aunt Elizabeth Scott, wife of Gustavus Scott, also a mariner of Bristol engaged in the Irish trade. There is also a notation that Sarah was the widow of George Cross.
Henrico County Records
In 1677, Walter Scott was sued by Mary Cox, widow for composing writing and publishing a fake, scandalous and malicious libel against her. She sought ₤200 sterling, a hefty fine indeed, which was reduced to ₤10. A patent was received by Walter Scott in Henrico County in October, 1704. Walter Scott, Tailor, of Henrico County married Ursula Branch by 1707 when the Henrico Orphans Court documents note Ursula as the widow of Samuel Branch (born 1663), and now the wife of Walter Scott. She was Ursula Goode, daughter of John Goode and Anne Bennett of Whitby Plantation, Henrico County. In 1708 Walter received 2,000 lbs. of tobacco from Samuell Goode and 65 acres of land on the south side of the James River. Walter Scott gave security for the estate of Samuel Branch’s children. In 1714, Samuel Branch of Henrico County gave a power of attorney to his trusted and well beloved father, Walter Scott. In 1723 there were suits by Walter Scott and wife Ursula against the Branch family over her dower. Walter Scott’s will was filed in March, 1743 in Henrico County, noting his wife Ursula and his children William Scott, Walter Scott, daughters Mary Fore, and Elizabeth Mullens (Mullers). In 1746 a deed from Walter Scott to Philip May is proved by Robert Goode and Jacob Bugg.
In 1711 there was a suit by Nicholas Scott against James Scott. That same year John Scott stood as security for Henry Greathead in a suit against Daniel Jones and Richard Grill.
In 1713, John Scott, with Elizabeth Cocke, witnessed the will of John Pleasants, Quaker in Henrico County. There was a marriage between these families and in 1776 the will of Jacob Pleasants of Henrico County notes his wife Sarah and their minor son, John Scott Pleasants. Jacob Pleasants was a Quaker, but at the time of the will, John Scott and Elizabeth Cocke were not, as they swore, while Sarah Pleasants, noted as a Quaker, and affirmed the veracity of the will.
In 1717, John Scott of New Kent County purchased from Thomas Mims of Henrico County, 100 acres in Henrico County which was adjacent Tuckahoe Creek. Colonel John Scott of New Kent County then sold these 100 acres on Tuckahoe Creek, Henrico County to Phillip Webber in 1727.
In 1722, Edward Scott patented 400 acres in Henrico County on Tuckahoe Creek. Edward Scott and his wife Ann, of Henrico County, gave a gift deed of 3 Negro slaves, to his brother Joseph Scott of New Kent County in 1726. In 1724, Joseph Scott, of New Kent County, patented 400 acres in Henrico County on Licking Hole Creek. Edward Scott patented 350 acres on Licking Hole Creek on the same day. Later, in 1728, a patent for 250 acres in Goochland County on Lickinghole Creek, on the north side of the James River was issued to Edward Scott. That same year, Edward Scott, John Scott and Stephen Douglas patented 4,000 acres in Goochland County on the south side of the James River on Muddy Creek.
In 1726 Anthony Hoggatt and Edward Scott agreed together to build a water grist mill for grinding all sorts of grain on Tuckahoe Creek where Hoggatts mill then stood. They agreed to build a storage house, and to purchase a good and large pair of stones and iron work and the other items needed to build a good pair of water gates. Scott agreed to keep the mill and grates in good repair, and if Scott did not then Hoggatt could carry away either the mill or grates and repair them. Hoggatt agreed to enlarge and raise his dam to hold a head of water needed for the mill to at least 16 feet high and to keep it in good repair. They agreed to hire a miller and divide the grain of the mill between them, and set a reasonable time for building the mill. They bound each other with a sum of ₤500 for performance. In 1727, Edward Scott of Henrico County sold to Philip Hoggatt for ₤100 sterling, 350 acres in Henrico County on the East side of Lickin Hole Creek.
Ann Scott of Henrico County purchased 100 acres of land on Four Mile Creek from John Price and Hannah, his wife, in Henrico County in 1727. In 1729 the will of Martha Cox, of Henrico County mentions her daughter Ann Scott. I wonder if this Martha Cox was related to the Mary Cox who sued Walter Scott for libel in 1677. In 1725, Ann Scott of Henrico County gave to her son John Scott, of the same county, 50 acres on Four Mile Creek, in Henrico County, purchased from John Price. She gave to her son Benjamin Scott the other half of the original 100 acres. Many of this family resided in the area of Henrico County which later became Goochland County.
New Kent County Records
In St. Peter’s Register, new Kent County are several later records for the Scott family.
Samuel, son of Captain John Scott was baptized in February, 1708.
Mary, daughter of John Scott, Gentleman, and Judith, his wife, was baptized in February, 1718.
Martha, daughter of John Scott, Gentleman, was born in April, 1718.
Sarah Scott married Robert Clopton in 1711.
Charles City County
In 1656 Robert Scott was paid for 1 wolfe by the Court held at Westover for Charles City County. In 1662 in the Charles City Court records Robert was ordered to pay Moris Rose 1,000 lb. tobacco. Soon after this, Robert Scott upon Intimacon of his necessity from the vestry of Westover parish was released from public service and taxes except parish dues. Was he old, ill, or insolvent?
Prince George and Surry Counties
In 1689 Charles Gee was deeded 100 acres from Drew Scott in the area of Charles City County that became Prince George County. On April 21, 1690, John Scott patented land in Charles City County, Bristol Parish on Warrock (Warwick) Swamp. On this same date, April 21, 1690 in Henrico County, John Scott recorded a patent for 206 acres in Henrico County, Bristol Parish, on Aspen Swamp. In 1693 Charles Gee and John Scott divided land in Prince George County. That same year, Thomas Chappell deeded 100 acres each to John Scott and Drew Scott. John Scott gave half, 100 acres, to his daughter in January 1710, evidently after inheriting it from Drew Scott. The entire 200 acres were eventually inherited by the Chappell family. A survey was done by John Scott in 1711 of land on the South side of Warwick Swamp which also adjoined his own land. In June of 1714, John Scott patented 221 acres in Prince George County on the south side of Warwick Swamp.
In 1685 John Scott patented 100 acres and in 1690 another 748 acres located in Bristol Parish. The land was located on the south side of Warwick Maine Swamp. In 1690 with Captain Thomas Harrison, John Scott of Weyanoke Parish, Charles City County, patented 1,700 acres along Warwick Swamp. This probably included the 100 and the 748 acres patented earlier. In 1714 he patented another 221 acres on the south side of Warwick near Joseph Swamp Meadow adjacent Francis Eppes and Samuel Tatum to Warwick Meadow.
In 1714 John Scott witnessed a deed of exchange between Henry Gee Jr. and William Byrd. This Henry Gee was the son of Henry Gee of Henrico County. Also witnessing this deed were R. Blaws, John Woodson Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Isham Eppes and Henry Anderson.
In Surry County, in 1704, John Scott of Prince George County and Thomas Harrison deeded to Sarah Lowe of Prince George County, the widow of Micajah Lowe, 500 acres which they had sold to Micajah Lowe in 1701. This land was on the west side of a great Swamp falling into the Nottoway River called Atchamowsock Swamp in Surry County. This land was part of 1,700 acres granted by patent to John Scott and Thomas Harrison. This patent was renewed on April 15, 1704, and it notes the land lay on the south side of Black Water Swamp.
The Surry records in 1705 also include this deposition, indicating that a senior Mr. John Scott had died. This is clearly not the same John Scott noted in the land records of Surry or Prince George, as he continued to have transactions well past this date. One has to wonder however, at the convenience of having your servant testify to a verbal will which leaves you as the sole beneficiary, despite having a mother and a brother who should inherit.
In 1718 the Surry records not that John Scott of the Parish of Weyanoke, Prince George County, planter sold to Philip Ludwell of Green Spring, James City County, Esquire for ₤41 current money, 380 acres on the west side of Atchamowsock Swamp in Surry County, being part of a patent granted to Captain Thomas Harrison and the said John Scott, dated April 25, 1702.
Deposision of Joanna Moore aged 26, a servant of Mr. Robert Crawford. Saith that about the latter end of July, 1703, she heard Mr. John Scott (at that time boarder in her said Master’s House) say he had also done in your deponents hearing seaverall other times before that neither the Queen, his mother, Brother, or any body else but Mr. Creawford aforesaid should be the better, for what he had and that it was his will and desire when ever he died that the said Crawford should be his Heir and have all that he had.
In 1720, John Scott, Sr. and John Scott, Jr. with Betheyer Scott witnessed the will of John Livesay of Prince George County. That same year he was an appraiser of the estate of James Howard. In 1720, John Scott, Sr. of Weyanoke Parish in Prince George County gave a deed to John Scott Jr. for 221 acres of land that was originally patented in 1714 by John, Sr. The next year John Scott, Jr. was among the witnesses to a deed to Robert Bolling of Prince George County from Robert Hix. He later witnessed a deed from James Green to his son Lewis Green, Jr. In 1722, John Scott and his son John, of Prince George County, patented 100 acres in Isle of Wight County on Fountain’s Creek. John Scott, Jr., of Prince George County, patented two tracts, one for 180 acres and another 100 acres in Isle of Wight County in February, 1722.
Cheney Boyse Ancient Planter
Cheney Boyse is listed among the passengers aboard the George from London as Chyna Boyse, age 26 in the Virginia Muster of Robert Bagwell for Charles City County on January 22, 1624/45, having arrived in May, 1617. Also included in the muster was Nathaniel Tatam, age 20, who arrived in May, 1619. In 1636, Cheney Boyse was granted 1550 acres in Charles City County, bounded on the north by the line hill swamp, and on the west by Merchant’s Hope Creek. 100 acres were due to him as an ancient planter and 1,450 for the transportation of twenty-nine persons: included were Cheyeny Boyse, Thomas Harris, John Tomlinson, James Tomlinson, John Mason, John Walker, William Baxter, and Elizabeth Phillips. Cheney Boyse was a member of the House of Burgesses for Shirley Hundred. Cheney Boyse, Nathaniel Tatum and Anthony Wyatt were the viewers of tobacco for Charles City County from the north side of the Appomattox River to … (illegible).
During the Indian raids and massacres in 1622, Cheney’s wife was captured by the Indians along with several other women and children. They were held as hostages until the colonists burned the Indian’s corn crop. The Indians sued for peace and food in exchange for the hostages. In his sketch on Cheney, Tyler writes “…his wife Sarah was carried off by Indians in 1622 and came back appareled like and Indian Queen….” Cheney Boyce died in 1649 leaving a son Thomas.
He died in Virginia in 1649. His wife was Sarah and they were the parents of Thomas Boyse. Thomas Boyse married Emelia Craven, the daughter of Richard Craven. Their daughter was Betheyer Boyse the wife of John Scott. They were the parents of John, Boyce, Elizabeth, Betheyer, Bridget, and Emelia Scott. (Note: Cheney Boyse is spelled variously Cheny, Chyna and Boise, Boyce, and Boys)
John Scott, Jr. married Amy Goodwynne in 1700. She was the daughter of Thomas Goodwynne and Mary. Their sons were John and Thomas. John Scott, Jr. died and his wife, Amy Scott, administered the inventory and appraisement of the estate of John Scott, Jr. in 1722.
Boyce Scott married James Gee the son of Charles Gee and Hannah. They had a son, Drury Gee.
Elizabeth Scott married Samuel Chappell, the son of Thomas Chappell and Elizabeth Jones. Their family is traced in The Chappell Family and their son Drury Chappell was born in 1738.
Emelia Scott married Nathaniel Tatum the son of Samuel Tatum and Mary. Their family is traced in The Tatums.
Bethy Scott married a Burrow (Burrough).
Bridget Scott married Christopher Tatum. Their family is traced in The Tatums. Drury Tatum was listed as a godparent in the Albermarle Parish Register of Sussex County in 1751.
The will of John Scott, Sr. of Prince George County was filed in June, 1724.
To daughter Bridget Tatum, Negro man Wil and 145 acres of land which is patented in testator’s name at Fountains Creek. To daughter Emelia Tatum 190 acres lying between lands of Colonel Philip Ludwell and land of Sarah Epes upon Assamosock Swamp and likewise 630 pounds of Tobacco, and all that she is possessed with already. To daughter Berthy Burrow all the land of which I have a right and title to at Burly in Prince George County excepting 10 aces whereon my mill stands and to keep all she ha had. To daughter Boyce Gee all that she is possessed with and 630 pounds of tobacco. To grandson Thomas Scott my mill and ten acres of land whereon it stands, my wife Bethyer Scott to have half the profits of he mill during her widowhood. I appoint my son in law James Gee Executor of the mill in the behalf of my grandson Thomas Scott to act for his advantage and to have my negroes to work upon the mill whenever it want repairing until my wife Bethyer Scott either dyes or marrys. Son-in –law James Gee shall bear halfe the charges in the schooling of the said Thomas Scott if his mother Ann (sic Amy) Scott will join with him and I desire the favor of the Court to see that is is done. To grandson John Scott the 348 acres I now live on and two negroes, Ceaser and Nan with her increase, but if either of the two negroes aforesaid dyes before the time of his taking possession of them to have others in their stead if there by so many of my negroes living. My executors shall join in schooling them. To daughter Elizabeth Chappell all that she is possessed with already and 630 pounds of tobacco. To wife Bethyer Scott all the rest of my estate both real and personal that is not already given and the two negroes aforesaid Ceasar and Nan during her Natural life or widowhood and when my wife either departs this life or marrys the rest of my negroes excepting the two negroes aforesaid to be equally divided between my aforesaid two grandsons, Thomas Scott and John Scott, if they be then of the age of 21 or otherwise when they are arrived to the term of years aforesaid. I appoint my wife Bethyer Scott and son-in-law Christopher Tatum sole excecutrix and executor, excepting of the mill where James Gee is appointed and James Gee to be executor with my Wife Bethyer Scott and Christopher Tatum for the first 3 years after my death to advise with them about settling my business but if my wife Bethyer Scott departs this life or marrys then Christopher Tatum to be sole executor of that part of my estate where my wife and he is appointed together. The estate was not to be appraised and the will was witnessed by William Shands, Abram Huth, Henry Ivey, and proved June 9, 1724 at a Court held at Merchants Hope for Prince George County. Berthia Scott died in 1725 and the inventory and appraisement was done by Charles Williams, William Rives, and Charles Williams, Jr.
Amy Scott, of Prince George County, widow gave a ₤300 bond to James Gee of Surry County in 1726. The bond notes that the late John Scott, in his will dated June, 1724 had given to his grandson Thomas Scott his mill and ten acres of land and that James Gee had been appointed executor of the mill in behalf of the grandson. That Amy Scott, the guardian of Thomas Scott, is persuaded that she is entitled to take into her custody the said mill to the use of the said Thomas, notwithstanding the…will of John Scott …to the contrary, hath, to prevent any question or controversy thereupon and in consideration of the said James Gee being willing to surrender and yield the possession of the said mill unto her as guardian aforesaid, releasing all claims and demands which he now hath or might have hereafter either against the said Thomas Scoot or his guardian on account of any trouble, service or care whatsoever for and concerning the said mill dam and Flood gates agreed to permit and suffer the said James Gee to have, receive and take to his and their own proper use and uses the issues and profits of the said mil from the day of December 1726 without any manner of let, suit trouble of the aid Thomas Scott or the said Amy Scott, etc.
The grandsons of John Scott, Sr.
Thomas Scott in Prince George County was a witness for Robert Hudson, defendant in a case of trespass in 1738.
It is noted that in 1726, John Scott, Jr. of Prince George County, patented 130 acres in Brunswick County on Fountains Creek. Later that year he patented an additional 235 acres on Fountains Creek. In 1739 a suit brought by John Scott against John Deft in 1739 was dismissed. Duncan Scott was a defendant in a suit brought by John Noar Reed, Merchant, late of London in 1738, and defendant in a suit brought by Richard Avery the same year, which was dismissed.
It should be noted that in the records of Virginia Chancery Suites is the notation that Thomas Chappell and Mary Lupo, widow were sued by Philip Lupo. Robert Scott was one of the witnesses for Philip Lupo, identifying the documents involved in the suit.
Isle of Wight and Nansemond Counties
John Upton was granted headrights in 1635 in Warrosquoiacke County about three miles up Pagan Point Creek for the importation of 33 persons which included William Scott.
The early records of the Quakers in meeting in Nansemond County contain the birth and marriage information about the Scott family.
In March, 1666/67, William Scott patented 100 acres in Nansemond County on Chuckatuck Creek. This William Scott appears to be the father of William Jr. and John Scott and Elizabeth. In 1708 William Scott and Robert Jordan were two of the Friends Society referees in a dispute between James Tuke (Tooke) and John Murray. In 1718 William, Robert Jordan, Jr. and James Bates were appointed to write to the Levi Neck Yearly Meeting in London. They continued to be appointed as correspondents with London and Maryland for the next few years. In 1723 William Scott and Thomas Pleasants represented Virginia at the Yearly Meeting in Pennsylvania.
In 1678 John Scott and Elizabeth Scott witnessed the marriage of Nathan Newby and Elizabeth Hollowell. In 1682, John Scott, son of William Scott of Chuckatuck in Nansemond County, married Elizabeth Belson, daughter of Elizabeth Belson of Nansemond County. Present at the wedding was John’s brother William Scott. John Scott and his wife were the parents of William, 1683; Elizabeth, 1686. In 1707 the consummation of the marriage of William Scott, son of John Scott, deceased, to Christian Jordan, daughter of Robert Jordan was witnessed at her grandmother’s home by several members of the family. The next year, Christian gave birth to a daughter Mary, and she died 8 days later evidently from complications in childbirth.
In 1679, William Scott, Jr. patented 4 acres in Isle of Wight County on Indian Creek Swamp. In 1690 he patented 54 acres adjoining John Ware, Pitt, and Garwood. The birth of the children of William Scott and Elizabeth, his wife were recorded as: Elizabeth, 1675; William, 1678; John, 1682, Robert, 1685, Sarah, 1694, Katherine, 1697. In 1703, William Scott confessed to his Friends in Truth of Chuckatuck meeting that he took more drink than needed when in the company of friends at the Court House in Nansemond.
In 1684, among the Society of Friends in Nansemond County the marriage of Mary Crew, daughter of Mary Tooke of Isle of Wight to Edmond Belson, son of Elizabeth Belson of Nansemond County, was witnessed by John Scott and Elizabeth Scott, among many others. In 1690 John Scott, brother, and Elizabeth Scott, sister, witnessed with others the marriage of Robert Jordan to Mary Belson, daughter of Edmund Belson. In 1693, Elizabeth Scott of Nansemond married Hanery Hollowell of Elizabeth River.
In 1706, William Scott, Sr. consented to the marriage of his son John Scott, to Joan Tooke, the daughter of Thomas Tooke, who was not a member of the society. William later wrote that he regretted giving his consent, as did John Harris who witnessed the marriage. In 1707 John Scott wrote a repentance, stating he thought Joan was a member of the Pagan Creek Meeting, and asked that their marriage be allowed. They were disowned but apparently made amends as in 1718, John Scott, Joan Scott, Katherine Scott and others witnessed a marriage in Isle of Wight.
The will of William Scott of Isle of Wight was written September, 1716 and noted in the Quaker records in 1717. His wife Elizabeth received a room well furnished and three Negroes. His sons, William and Robert, received his water grist mill. His son John Scott received all his tract of land on the south side of Kingsale Swamp in Isle of Wight and the plantation where the testator then lived. His daughter, Elizabeth Hallaway (or Hollowell) received a feather bed, etc. His daughter Catherine Scott received a Negro girl, etc. His daughter Sarah Scott received his plantation on Pourtts Swamp. The remainder of his estate went to his son Robert Scott. The witnesses were John Denson, John Allin, Richard Holloway (Hollowell), and Thomas Sikes.
In 1715, John Scott patented land in Isle of Wight County. John Scott, of Isle of Wight died in 1728. To his wife Joan Scott he left 4 Negro slaves. It notes that his children had received Negroes from their uncle James Tooke. His daughters were Elizabeth, Mary, and Sarah. His sons were James Tooke Scott, and Thomas Scott. It also notes his cousin William Hallowell and his father William Scott. Thomas Scott died in 1748. He resided in Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County. James Tooke Scott died in 1763.
William Scott, Jr. patented 100 acres in Isle of Wight County on Swett House Swamp in March, 1715. William Scott died in 1763.
Robert Scott deeded to William Scott Jr. 100 acres in the Lower Parish of Isle of Wight County on the west side of Indian Creek, being part of a patent to William Denson dated 1661. In March, 1715, Robert Scott patented 150 acres in Isle of Wight County. The will of Robert Scott was filed in April, 1715. His son Robert received his two guns and pistols. His wife Jane received a feather bed. His cousin Catherine Scott, daughter of Richard Scott, received two cows and calves, etc. His wife received the remainder of the state. She was executor along with his cousin William Scott, son of William Scott and the testator’s brother in law John Roberts. Witnesses were John Denson, Thomas and Alice Gale.
The will of Robert Scott was filed in 1743 and notes sister Katherine Watkins, and Elizabeth Denson, no relationship give. Also receiving legacies were cousins James Tooke Scott and Thomas Scott, Elizabeth Bacon, daughter of John Hollowell, Joseph Hallowell, and Sarah Hollowell. To cousin William Scott, son of his brother William Scott, the testator’s plantation. They were also the executors. It is interesting that cousin was used rather than nephew or niece, their true relationships.
Many of this family clearly resided in Southampton County where there are extensive records.
William Scott was among 32 persons imported by Richard Perrot in 1672-80. Thomas Scott’s estate was administered by Robert Deputy in May 1687. Rowland Scott, an orphan was bound to Roger Jones until the age of 21, in 1697. In 1702, Hannah Scott, age 4 ½, and heir to the estate of the Honorable Ralph Wormley, Esquire, deceased, was bound to her mother Catherine Scott until she reached the age of 21. John Scott sued Richard Parrott in 1702.
Micajah Perry was a merchant of London with an extensive trade in Virginia. In 1698 Thomas Scott sued Perry regarding the ship Nansemond which had been built in Virginia. It is unclear what the particulars were. The notation reads: In September, 1697, Thomas Scott contracted with Micajah Perry to buy the Nansemond. Perry now alleges that part of the money was never paid. He was asked by Richard Cox to sell the Nansemond and her freight in September, 1697 and with the proceeds to pay the men who built her, her crew and anyone else who was owed money. He contracted with Thomas Scott for him to buy the ship. But Scott keeps avoiding payment. In 1701 John Cox stated that in 1695 he built at his own cost at Nansemond in Virginia a ship called the Nansemond Frigate. When she was finished, he collected a freight of tobacco and sailed for London, arriving in early 1696. Much of the cargo was consigned to Micajah Perry who offered to become broker for the ship, to collect freight money, etc., and Cox, hearing that Perry had a good reputation in the tobacco trade, agreed. But Perry now refuses to deliver all the money made on the freight and Cox cannot get hold of a copy of the agreement between them. Perry also refused to honour bills of exchange drawn on Cox who was arrested by his creditors as a result and has spent 4 years in gaol (jail).
Micajah Perry responded regarding the details of the construction of the Nansemond. He believed that Cox had no legal interest in the ship but that his brothers Richard and Thomas did although they both died before the vessel was finished. In fact his interference caused delays in the completion. He borrowed money from several of Perry’s correspondents in the colony to help fit out the ship which Perry agreed to deduct from the freight charges. Much of the tobacco arrived damaged. Disagreements between Cox and his father over the ownership of the vessel led Perry to be persuaded to take over the management of the ship by the master, James Fidler, and the shipwrights who were worried in case they would not be paid. Fiddler and the others also made out a bill of sale in June, 1697 of the ship to Perry. He was to sell it and pay the debts of the ship with the proceeds. In the same month he sold the ship to Thomas Scott for ₤690, part of which went to pay debts owed to James Fidler. Perry denied causing Cox to be arrested.
A great source has been The Edward Pleasants Valentine papers: abstracts of records in the local and general archives of Virginia, which contains a lengthy chapter on the Scotts of Virginia. Below are key notations in counties near Prince George County of early Scott family members.
An Interesting Bit of History
Scots in Henrico: Free Persons of Color
There are many notations in Henrico County for a family of mulatto Scots, who were residing there in the mid portion of the 18th century. Of interest were these following notations.
On October 1, 1695 in Henrico County, Jone Scot at Mr. Lounds summond to court to answer ye presentment of ye grand Jury for having a bastard child… Mr. Henry Lound and John Dawson stood as security that Joane Scott would appear at court. She was discharged because …it being the opinion of the Court that the act against fornication does not touch her she being an Egyptian and not a Christian woman. February 1, 1695.
Joane was the mother of Anne and Jane. Anne was the mother of John, Benjamin and Elizabeth Scot. Jane was the mother of Elizabeth, Pat, Lucy, Sarah, Agnes, Ann, Joseph, Susannah, Betty, Phebe, and Molly Scott. The families resided in Henrico County. John Scot, a Mulatto servant of John Woodson, Jr., was order to give additional time in 1724 for running away. He married Hannah and received 50 acres from his mother in Henrico County. The records of Henrico continue to note the surname Scot well up to the Revolution. While not always noted, most are indicated as mulatto, and frequently mothers are asking that the churchwardens bind out her children. Among these was Drury Scot the mulatto son of Nanny Scot who was apprenticed as a blacksmith to Robert Moore in 1767. He removed to Bedford County where he was noted as a free Negro in 1807.
Hannah Atkinson Gee wife to Reuben Cooke
In the detailed and well-documented genealogy of the Cooke family of Isle of Wight and Surry Counties it is noted that Rueben Cooke married Hannah Atkinson Gee. This is supported by Boddie. Could this be the widow of Charles Gee?
Richard Atkinson arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the Transport. Also on board were John Gee and William Cooke. A deed granted Richard 200 acres in 1666 in Isle of Wight County. Richard was the father of John, Thomas and James Atkinson. William Cooke was the father of William Cooke, Jr. He made several trips between Bristol England and Isle of Wight County. There is no record of John Gee in Isle of Wight after the transport record in 1635 in Virginia. However, there is a reference to a Colonel John Gee in the settlement of a Surry estate in 1655. Could this be the same John Gee?
John Atkinson was born between 1635 – 1645 in Isle of Wight Co, Virginia, and died October 1723 in Isle of Wight Co, Virginia. He married Ann Holloman, daughter of Christopher Holloman and Mary. She was born between 1635 and 1650 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and died after 1723.
In 1666 Thomas Moore, gentleman and his wife Elizabeth, deeded a parcel in Surry to John Atkinson which lay in Isle of Wight County after the line between the counties was established. This parcel was 200 acres on the Blackwater River.
John and Ann Atkinson were the parents of Hannah. Hannah Atkinson was probably born between 1660 and 1690. Her marriage to Rueben Cooke was noted in her father’s 1717 will and she was also noted in Reuben’s will in 1751. Hannah Cooke died after 1751 in Isle of Wight County.
James Atkinson was born between 1660 and 1670 in Isle of Wight. He married Mary Holloman another daughter of Christopher Holloman who noted this in his 1691 will. A deed in 1690 notes land adjacent to James Atkinson in Isle of Wight. His will was filed in Isle of Wight in December 1723. Written in July of that same year, it notes daughter Mary and son James as well as wife Mary and was witnessed by Thomas Atkinson. James and Mary also had a son Joseph who evidently received his portion prior to his father’s death. A 1720 deed filed in Isle of Wight notes …to my loving son Joseph by James Atkinson and mentions …my wife Mary. Joseph’s will was filed in 1765 in Isle of Wight.
William Cooke, Jr.
William Cooke, Jr. was born 1633 in Bristol, Gloucester, England, and died August 09, 1698 in Isle of Wight. William married Jane Roper in 1654 in Isle of Wight. She was born about 1635 in Burnham, Somerset, England, and died June 27, 1720 in Isle of Wight. In 1698 James Atkinson witnessed the will of William Cooke, Jr.
William Cooke, III married Rebecca Jones and died in 1740 in Surry County, Virginia. John Cooke his brother married Hannah Jones about 1668, and then after 1719 he married Avis Killingsworth. He died in 1711 in Surry County, Virginia. Reuben Cooke was the third son of William Cooke and Jane Roper. William and John Cooke appraised the estate of Charles Gee I in 1709.
It is claimed by Boddie that Hannah Atkinson, daughter of John Atkinson, was evidently first married to a Gee. He does not identify her husband. She could not have been the widow of Charles Gee. Hannah Gee, widow, purchased in 100 acres in 1713 and in 1715 she purchased another 200 acres. This land was in Warwick Meadow. James Gee and Charles Gee II witnessed the deed. Hannah was noted in the deed as living in Surry County. This Hannah, widow of Charles Gee, died in 1728.
I am not certain who Hannah Atkinson married. It may have been a son of the John Gee of Bristol who came initially with Richard Atkinson and William Cooke in 1635 aboard the Transport. Perhaps she married an unknown elder son of Charles and Hannah Gee. It may be that she is the mother of Robert Gee of Brunswick. Robert seems to have lived much longer than the other sons of Charles and Hannah Gee and he may have been born later than 1709 as he died in 1783.
In the will of John Atkinson filed in 1717 he notes his daughter Hannah wife to Rueben Cooke. The will of a Rueben Cooke was filed in 1751 in Isle of Wight County and notes children his loving wife Hannah and children John, Benjamin, Nathan, William, Joel, and Ann who married Arthur Whitehead, Hannah, Thamer and Elizabeth.
Another lineage that has been posited is the Jones Family of Surry, County. To examine this refer to the Jones Family which follows.