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Adam Heath, of Surry County: Son of William Heath and Margery
Adam Heath was born 1645-1652 in Charles City County, Virginia, and died in 1719 in Surry County, Virginia. He married Sarah Killets who was transported by William Heath in 1669. Sarah was born in 1654 at Eaton Bridge, Kent. Although conjectural, the timing is appropriate. There seems to be no other reasonable explanation for William to have gone to England except that he went to secure a suitable wife for his youngest son. She died after 1719 in Surry County, Virginia.
Adam Heath was the youngest son of William Heath I. His father was tithed for himself and one other adult male in 1668. The eldest son Abraham was residing on the Eastern Shore, where he had been appointed guardian to Isabel Pettijohn from 1665 to 1678.
In 1678 Adam Heath was the only Heath noted in Surry County. He was tithed in Sunken Marsh for himself and John Wilkeson and Solemon Miller, who evidently were indentured to him. These men’s service was satisfied by 1679 and Adam did not hold any other indentured servants until after 1688.
There are several instances where Adam was either witness to a will or the inventory of an estate from 1678 until 1704. In 1678, with his brother Abraham, Adam witnessed the will of Richard Rodgers, a neighbor. In 1684 Adam appraised the estate of Peter Bagby.
In 1680 Adam inherited a tract of 300 acres along Chipoakes Creek which was in both Surry and Prince George Counties from his father. In 1686 a deed noted Heath Swamp in Surry County and in September of 1689 Adam and Sarah, his wife, made their mark as witnesses to a deed in Surry.
In 1689 in a deposition regarding what evidently was a suit for slander, or verbal abuse …William Savage, age 21, states that he was at the house of Adam Heath in Jun 1688… and testified that he observed the plaintiff question the defendant regarding why he had misused him. It does not say who the defendant or plaintiff was in this excerpt. By 1689, Adam had purchased the labor of Francis Seale as an indentured servant.
In 1693 George Ezel, in his will filed in Surry, left his son George Ezel, …my land leased to me by Adam Heath in Charles City near Upper Chippoakes Creek…. In 1694 Adam sold these 100 acres of land, which he had inherited from his father, to George Ezel Jr. The deed reads, Know all men by these present that I Adam Heath of Southwark Parish in the County of Surry for consideration of 300 pounds of tobacco in hand paid before the sealing and delivery of these presents by George Issell (Ezel) of Lawnes Creek Parish in the said County with which I acknowledge myself to be fully satisfied have bargained and sold and hereby for myself, my heirs and assigns forever bargained sell and deliver… unto the said Geo. Issell and to his heirs and assigns forever a certaine parcel containing one hundred acres… the said land being of a patten for two hundred seventy eight acres granted to William Heath father of said Adam the 23rd day of October, 1669 and by the last Will and Testament of the said William bearing date the twentieth of September, 1680 given and arcelhed to the said Adam and is scituated (sic) in Charles City County, beginning at an ash standing in the north side of the westward branch of Upper Chippoakes Creek which divides Surry and Charles City Counties, and thence northwest by west two hundred polls, thence southwest by east to a marked pine standing near the Road that leads from the said Heath’s to Richard Watkin’s Mill; thence along the path to a marked red Oak, thence along a line of marked trees to a small (?) standing in a small branch and down the Western branch to the place where it began. To have and to hold the said one hundred acres of land with all woods, ways, waters with free priviledges of hawking, hunting, fishing, and fowling and all other Royalties… to the said George Issell, …and do acknowledge this Deed together with my wife, Relinquishment of her right to Dower there to in the next Court and when thereto required to give him or them such further lawful assurances of the (?) as his and their learned Councill shall think fit. In witness whereof I have herunto put my hand and Seal. Signed Adam Heath, his marke, ‘N’.
I, Sarah, Wife to Adam Heath, do hereby freely, fully, and absolutely relinquish… any right of Dower to the above mentioned arcel of land sold by my husband according to the above conveyance to Geo. Issell, Junior witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal, May, 1694.
Adam was listed among the tithables above Upper Sunken Marsh, Surry County, in 1694 for 1 tithe. His close neighbors were Arthur and Richard Jones, William Cooke, Henry and Samuel Briggs, Peter Bagby, William Short, Hinchea Gilliam and Benjamin Harrison.
In 1695 Adam patented …386 acres in Surry County on the Southside of the James River on the southwest side of Upper Chippoakes Creek formerly granted John Barrow on 3 May, 1653, deserted, and now granted said Heath on order, etc for the import of eight persons: Yarrow, Atha, Sybill, Ned, Sissa, Sambo, Tony and Doll. Eight African slaves was a substantial investment in 1695. In 1696 William Bentley was an indentured servant to Adam Heath.
In 1702 the list of tithables for Southwark Parish, Surry County, shows Adam Heath, Sr. with Adam Heath, Jr. in his household. William Heath, another son, was tithed for himself as he had established his own household although he lived on land owned by his father.
The 1704 Quit-Rent Rolls show that Adam Heath held 300 acres in Prince George County and 200 acres in Surry County. The 1705 Quit-Rents state the same acreage. This land lay along the southwest side of Chipoakes Creek.
In 1705 Adam repatented as one parcel, 681 acres in Prince George County and Surry County. This may have been done to secure title. …Beginning by the West run of Upper Chippoakes Creek, to a corner of Butcher’s land to William Salvage (Savage) by the Quagmire Branch along lines of Crockson, Watling and Markes; to the land of Abraham Heath deceased, by the round Piny Slash, along land of John Wapple in possession of said Adam Heath; along Barrow, to the Old Road to William Short’s: 118 acres formerly granted said Adam; 563 acres being wast (waste meaning abandoned or never patented), due for the transport of 12 persons…. The list includes the Thompson family and several others, but no slaves. It is also clear that the land of his elder brother, Abraham, who died in 1688, was still identified as his. It is very likely that the land was leased, and it may be where Abraham Jr. settled about 1716.
In March, 1715 in Prince George County, is recorded a deed from Adam Heath Sr. of Surry County, Southwark Parish, to William Heath of Prince George County, for five shillings, a tract of land in Martins Brandon, Prince George County, containing 100 acres, beginning at the Western Run that divided Prince George County from Surry, at a beech sapling… to Great Branch on William Blaikley’s line… to path that leads to Richard Worthen’s Mill… Adam Heath’s line… corner tree Abraham Heath’s line to where it meets Thos Colley’s (Collup’s) line… the mark of Adam Heath and witnessed by Benjamin Foster, Thomas Chappel, and Elizabeth Foster.
Adam’s neighbors were William Blaikley, Thomas Colley (Collup), his son William and whoever was residing on his deceased brother Abraham’s property. Down the path lay Worthen’s Mill, which may originally have been Richard Watkin’s mill.
Adam Heath’s Will, 1719
Adam wrote his will in November, 1716 and it was filed in Surry in May, 1719. In it he directs that his …daughter Elizabeth shall have her time in the plantation where I live and the lands and crops from William Short’s line to the Swamp named Thatch House Spring Branch, if she marry she is to have 7 years to provide herself in. To son, William Heath, the plantation where he lives and 150 acres belonging, lying in Prince George County. To Daughter Elizabeth, 100 acres adjacent William Heath in Prince George County.
Sarah was made administrator and the witnesses were James Fleacher, Thomas Coullop and John Flefelce. No will exists for Sarah.
Children of Adam Heath and Sarah Killets
There is no other known information about Elizabeth.
Adam Heath, Jr. was granted 110 acres in Isle of Wight County in 1714 on the South Side of the Nottoway River. In 1715, Adam Heath, Sr. was noted when a deed was filed.
William Heath (died in 1746)
William Heath married Elizabeth Gee.