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Re: Halford family 1840s Jasper county & EARLE - WASHINGTON - BALL - WILLIAMS - ESKRIDGE families in 1600/1700's Westmoreland VA

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 3:37AM GMT
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Surnames: EARLE - WASHINGTON - BALL - WILLIAMS - ESKRIDGE in Westmoreland Co., VA


I am not precisely certain on whether the property that (Major) Samuel EARLE, III owned which was adjoining that of Augustine WASHINGTON's land was land that was actually part of their major plantations or 'extra' land they owned.

There is a little bit of information regarding that property in "HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF THE JOSEPH HABERSHAM CHAPTER, DAUGHTERS (implied here that it is OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION,) Volume 2 by Daughters of the American Revolution Joseph Habersham Chapter.

From Page 407:

Speaking of the children of my 8th great grandparents, (Sir) John EARLE, Sr. & his 1st wife, Mary SYMONS, the paragraph begins:

"John, son of John, died unmarried. Samuel, his brother, was married twice, first to Bridget ____, (THIS WOULD BE BRIDGET HALE, THEY ARE MY 7TH GREAT GRANDPARENTS,) secondly to Matilda ________, (THIS WOULD BE MAT(T)ILDA ALLERTON.) (Then continuing on skipping a couple of sentences to where it mentions Samuel (3) (EARLE) married Anna Sorrell (or Sorrell,) and after her death, in 1748, he married Elizabeth Holbrook, (ELIZABETH AND (MAJOR) SAMUEL EARLE, III ARE MY 5TH GREAT GRANDPARENTS.) SAMUEL (3) was born in Westmoreland County about 1692 and died in Frederick County, Virginia in 1771. He was a man of some note in Colonial days, being a close neighbor and friend of Lord Fairfax, and sat with that nobleman as a justice of the county court of Frederick County, was a member of the house of burgesses and collector of tobacco, major of Colonial troops, high sheriff and church warden of Frederick Parish. By the two marriages he had eleven children, all of whom, with one exception, who remained in Virginia where his descendants now reside near Greenway Court, the former seat of Lord Fairfax, removed to South Carolina just prior to the Revolutionary War.

(THEN SKIPPING FURTHER DOWN IN THE PARAGRAPH IT READS)

While Samuel Earle (3) was a resident of Westmoreland County his lands are described in an old patent as "adjoining the lands of Augustine Washington."

A little bit of a misspeak regarding the church of YEOCOMICO EPISCOPAL CHURCH in Cople Parish in Westmoreland County, Virginia which was originally built in 1655 of oak timbers sheathed with clapboards, the church was rebuilt in 1706 with bricks and I was confusing it with the chapel that (Major) Samuel EARLE, III built on his plantation in Frederick County, Virginia where my 4th great grandfather, Samuel IV married my 4th great grandmother, Tabitha WILLIAMS...so YEOCOMICO PLANTATION in Cople Parish originally in Northumberland County, Virginia which later became Westmoreland County was built by Samuel EARLE, I/Sr. not the III.

YEOCOMICO EPISCOPAL CHURCH was the church attended by many of the WASHINGTON, BALL, ESKRIDGE, WILLIAMS families as well as the EARLE family.

Again, with a chapel also built by (Major) Samuel EARLE, III but on the plantation the plantation at "MUDDY RUN" in either Fauquier County or Frederick County, Virginia. He and his 2nd wife, Elizabeth HOLBROOK, (my 5th great grandparents,) were at their estate of "TOWN RUN" for the birth of my 4th great grandfather, Samuel EARLE, IV, born: January 1760, who was the 2nd of his name with an older 1/2 brother of the same name born in 1727 and died in 1752 who married a Miss ? PERKINS and my Samuel EARLE, IV married Tabitha WILLIAMS, daughter of Caty ? and George WILLIAMS.

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From Family Tree Maker, World Family Tree Vol. I, #2687, submitted by James B. Jenkins:

"Col. George ESKRIDGE came from Lancaster, England, who in 1670 was seized in Wales by press gang and who carried him aboard a ship bound for Virginia where he was sold to a planter as an indentured servant for 8 years. When freed, he returned to England to get his law degree and then came back to northern neck of Virginia between the Potomac and Rappahannock. He settled in Westmoreland County, VA in 1696. He was an eminent lawyer, served ten years as member of the house of Burgesses and a member of Quorum and King's Attorneys. His plantation of many thousand acres (land grants show 12,644 acres) was called Sandy Point and was located on the historic Potomac River. He played an important part in the life of our first President, George Washington. His [George Washington] mother's name was Mary Ball. Her father referred to her as 'his little rose of Epping Forest’. He died when she was about 3 years old. Her mother also died a few years later and in her will she named George Eskridge as the guardian of Mary. She spent her girlhood in the Eskridge home and later married a neighbor, Augustine Washington. The marriage took place at Sandy Point. When her first child was born, the son was named for Mary's much-loved guardian. Col. George was neighbor and friend to the Washington’s, Lees and Carters, of Virginia. He was a vestryman of Yeocomico Episcopal Church (est. 1655) in Virginia. He was the first Eskridge to come to America. His portrait, together with that of his wife Rebecca Bonum, hung for several years at Mount Vernon plantation but is now in the Department of Archives of the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Va. Further reference to George Eskridge is in the Eskridge drawer in the Westmoreland County Museum, Va.--'Cleveland Co. Heritage' pages 218-222"

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YEOCOMICO EPISCOPAL CHURCH is still standing today partially from the original building.

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Yeocomico Church

On Rt. 606 between Kinsale and Tucker Hill Va. Yeocomico Church is the oldest active church in the country. Originally built in 1655 of oak timbers sheathed with clapboards, the church was rebuilt in 1706 with bricks

The following is an Abstract of the will of Col. George Eskridge:

In the name of God I George Eskridge of the county of Westmoreland do make this my Last Will and Testament. Imprimis I give unto my son Samuel and his heirs forever the house and plantation where I now live containing eight Hundred Acres be the same more or less bounding upon the lands of John Crucher and Robert Ball and a Ditch made by me to divide this land from another tract I have upon the River and from the Ditch to John King's Creek including a parcel of Land I bought from One Rust. Item 1. give unto my son William Eskridge and the heirs of his body Lawfully begotten my tract of Land upon the River adjoining the aforesaid tract given to my son Samuel. Item 1 give to my Loving wife the aforesaid house and plantation and Lands before given to my son Samuel during her natural life- also I give to my said wife all the slaves she brought to me in marriage with their increase and ten other of my slaves during her natural life and after her death. I give the said slaves I had with her in marriage to my Daughter Elizabeth and her heirs forever. I give my land a Machotic commonly called Machotic Quarter in Westmoreland County to my son Robert and his heirs forever. I give unto my four sons of my son George deceased four slaves apiece when they respectively arrive at the age of twenty-one years. I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth and her heirs a tract of land I have at Polrick in Prince William County and all slaves and stock upon the same. I give to my aforesaid son Samuel and his heirs five hundred acres of land part of a tract at a place called Flatlick in Prince William County to be chosen by him in any One place out the said tract. I give to my son-in-law Willoughby Newton and Sarah his wife and theirs Eight hundred acres of land part of the said tract at Flatlick. All the rest of the said tract at Flatlick I give to be equally divided among the children of my son George and the daughter on my daughter Margaret Kenner and their heirs. I give to my wife the use of my Machotic land for five years after my decease. I give unto my son Robert and his heirs all my land at the March in Prince William County upon the condition that he pay all my debts I now owe to any person in Whitehaven in Great Britain. I give to my son Samuel ten negroes. To my son Robert sixteen negroes I mean those at my Machotic Quarter. I give five of the ten slaves hereinbefore given to my wife during her life unto my Daughter Elizabeth, the other five I give unto my son Samuel. I give to my son William and the heirs of his body ten slaves to be annexed to the land hereinbefore given to him. It is the will that my loving wife have the use of all my household stuff during her life and also the use of half of the cattle, hogs and horses upon my several plantations in Westmoreland County during her life. All the rest of my estates after my debts paid I give to be equally divided amongst my children now living. I give unto my son-in-law Howson Kenner and his wife and their heirs eight hundred acres of Land part of My Land at the Marsh before given to Robert which the said Howson is already in possession of and also five hundred acres more of the said Land at the Marsh adjoining to that, the rest I give to my son Robert upon the condition before mentioned. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me and declare this to be my last will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 27th day of October 1735. I do appoint my sons Samuel and Robert and my good friend Capt. George Turberville executors of this my will. (Signed) George Eskridge

Signed published and declared by the said testator, as his last will in presence of us- Edward Barradell, Samuel Cobbs, William Webb.

Westmoreland. At a Court held for the said County the 25th day of November 1735 this last will and testament of Col. George Eskridge dec'd was presented into Court by Samuel Eskridge, Robert Eskridge and George Turberville, Gent. His executors in the said will named. The said Samuel and Robert made oath thereto and the said Turberville prayed further time to consider thereof and the said will being proved by oath of Edward Barradell, Gent. Who wrote the same and was one of the witnesses also swore that Samuel Cobb and William Webb the other two witnesses subscribed their names thereto in his sight whereupon the said will is admitted to record (William Eskridge the eldest son and heir at law to the said decedent being present and consenting) upon the motion of the said Executors and their performing what is usual in such cases certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form.

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