I would like to hear from anyone who is trying to piece together the Wrenns in Surry Co, VA. Here is what I have been working on so far. Any reaction or clues you might share would surely be welcome.
John Wren of Surry County
There was a John Wren in the Rev. War as Private.
1768 A John Wrenn was deeded land by Thomas Wrenn bordered by Nicholas Hancocke, Joseph Hargraves, William Hargraves, Thomas Wrenn, and James Clary. 100 acres for 10 pounds in Surry Co. (gift ?)
1769 Thomas Wrenn deed’s John Wrenn a slave named Charles. Surry Co
1785. Precinct #19 of Surry County created with Thomas Wren surveyor and principal caretaker of Walls bridge Rd along with Tithable of Thomas Wren, Anselm and Samuel Bailey, John and Benjamin Atkinson, David and Richard Andrews, and John Wren. (This Thomas Wren is obviously not the one who died in 1777, but whoever he was he and John lived in the same area, maybe brothers?)
1791 John buys 68 ac of land Surry Co. bordering John Hancock, John Hargraves on Walls Bridge Rd., from Thomas Hancock of IOW for 5 shillings. (a gift ?) Did he marry a Hancock?
1795 marriage of Elizabeth dau of John Wren, , to Berryman Rogers. Surity: John Wren of Surry Co. Elizabeth d. 1836, left will in Surry Co. Names son James R. Rogers, dau Rebecca Rogers, son John S. Rogers, dau Edna Goodrich. Others: heirs of daughter Nancy Holdsworth not named. Ex. Robert M. Bain, Wit. John E. Nicholson, Ellis Rogers, John w. Lessenberry.
1802 marriage of Lucy Wren, dau of John Wren to Jordan Richardson in Surry Co.
1816 John Wren and wife are living, ages 63 and 69, “a hearty man.”
1819 Thomas Wrenn m. Polly Hart, Surity. Thomas Adkins in Surry Co.(Perhaps Polly was a relative of Jane Wrenn Hart?)
1820 Thomas Wren purchased land from Hubbard Sledge of Sussex Co. 190 dollars for 52 4/5 acres bordering John Wren’s line to Hamlin Hait’s line to Walls Bridge Rd. Deed in Surry Co.
1830, Aug 29; recorded 27 Sep 1830 in Surry Co: Will of John Wrenn. Son Grey Wrenn, slave named Simon; dau Nancy Wrenn, 2 negro boys named Patrick and Mason. Gdau Louisa Wrenn, daugh of son Thomas, dec., g sons Nicholas Wilson, James Henry, and Calvin Wrenn (sons of dec son Thomas,) negro man named Henry; Dau in law Polly Wrenn wife of dec son, Thomas. Remainder of Estate to be equally divided between Grey Wrenn, Elizabeth Rogers, and Nancy Wrenn. Wyatt Hancock, EX. Wit: Jordan Hanewell, Hannah Parr, Thomas Clary. (possible husband or son of sister Mary Wrenn Clary?) Grey Wrenn begins buying land in Sussex County in 1815. I think this John was the son of the Thomas who died in 1777.But PROOFS are surely scarce here.
1830 U. S. Federal Census, Surry Co, VA. Nancy Wrenn head of household with elderly white male. The younger children could be those of Thomas and Polly. With 7 slaves.
1830 - 1839 Thomas, son of John, Estate settlement papers found next to John’s will. Wyatt Hancock was executor of this estate. Balance of account paid to widow Polly Wrenn. So, this means this settlement was not for the estate of the Thomas Wren whose will is dated 1808, as this Thomas, son of John, probably died intestate.
Just in case:
1808, Jan 4: Will of Thomas Wren in Surry Co. Wife Mary executrix, No children mentioned. He asks that no inventory or appraisement of his estate be made. All property and possessions left to Mary and her heirs. Security bond: Joel Wall, $4000. Wit to Thomas’ will: Lemuel White, Richard Parr, Jonathan White. Recorded 21 Nov 1812. Mary leaves a will in 1814, in Surry Co. (recorded 1819) naming grandson Albert B. Cole heir to her estate when he reaches 21 with her sister, Elizabeth Wall having use of house and property, as well as a slave named William (maybe Ballard). Son in law, Thomas Cole Administrator. Wit: Lemuel White, Polly Wall. Security of her will set a $6000. paid by John Cocks and Thomas Brown. This means there is no record of an inventory or an appraisement of the estate, sometimes useful in identifying relatives.(examiners of John Wren’s will of 1712 were Charles White and Elizabeth White). Since Richard of 1717 did not stipulate the names of his heirs, could this be his son? Was Mary this Thomas' second wife? (I found no deeds exchanged between Walls and Wrens in Surry Co or elsewhere.)
thanks for you interest...........dorothy