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Deeds recorded after records were burned?

Deeds recorded after records were burned?

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 12:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have read that after records were burned in Buckingham County that residents refiled deeds and in many cases had to prove their ownership of land.

I am wondering if the same type of activity took place in Prince George.

Does anyone know if deeds were refiled or if so, do deeds refiled include information of prior owners?

Re: Deeds recorded after records were burned?

Posted: 10 May 2012 11:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
There are a few Prince George County deeds in the Lost Records Localities Database on the Library of Virginia Website. See http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/lost-records.htm
Some deeds are referenced in other documents that were not lost, such as surveyors books. Would you mind telling us what/whom you are looking for?

MR

Re: Deeds recorded after records were burned?

Posted: 11 May 2012 12:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sure, my ancestor John Jane/Jean lived in Charles City/Prince George. He died prior to 1704, it appears his land went to Philip Jane. He had also sold land to William Wilkins which later his widow (remarried) quit claimed (30 years later)as Eliza Wicket and husband John Wicket. Philip sold 100 acres of the land but still held some of it, it appears. I don't know the actually acreage of Philip's land, as so many early deeds are burned, there isn't a deed showing John receiving this land.

Philip died circa 1719 and then Christopher Jane/Jean appears to have lived on the same land in the early 1730's. There is no deed left that shows how the land was disposed of. There are few records for that time period but a John Jean gave bond for Christopher Jean when he was administrator of an estate. A William Jean was taken into court for killing a gelding, belonging to a neighbor, during the same time. An Eliza Wicket sued a John Jean in court during the same time (all during the 1730's). After that I know nothing of them in Prince George, except that a Francis Jane is on the tax lists in the 1790's but I don't know a thing about that person or if they are connected to the above family. Christopher moved to Surry (became Sussex), then into Northampton NC.

What I'm wondering is if people went in after the fire and refiled deeds, maybe trying to give a chain of ownership. Which I know is a long shot. I have all references to the Jean/Jane family from 1673-1739 that survive.

Since I don't know how the land was passed down or sold or what by Christopher Jean (if he in fact had the land, not John or William), I don't have a clue of what later deeds to look at, but just wondered if people tried to show what land they owned after the records were burned. Since they may have retained their original deeds, did they take them back in? I have found many deeds that for various reason recite a chain of title, so thought this could be one avenue to help those of us who have many questions left by the lack of records in Prince George, early on.

Re: Deeds recorded after records were burned?

Posted: 11 May 2012 8:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sounds like you have already done and extensive amount of research into this family. I found a few items in my personal genealogy resources that you didn't mention -- but you may have already found them. If not, they might provide some clues:
Prince George County, Virginia Wills & Deeds 1713-1828 by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III
p 31 Abstract from Prince George County Records 1713-1728, page 200
December 9, 1717 Philip Jeans of Westover Parish, Pr. Geo. Co. to John Chease of same, 100 acres in the same parish and county, next to Col. Hill.
(no witnesses)
December 10, 1717
Elizabeth, wife of Philip Jane, relinq. dower right.

p 54, Abstract from Prince George County Records 1713-1728, page 351
Inventory of Phillip Jane, Value £ 40/17/7 by Eliza (x) Jane. Appraised by Richard Pace, Thomas (X) Kirkland, William Reese. Sept. 8, 1719.

p 79. Abstract from Prince George County Records 1713-1728, page 516, Feb. 9, 1721
Margaret Goodrich, Exec. of Edward Goodrich, dec'd of Pr. Geo. Co. to Abraham Oldum of same, land in Martins Brandon Parish, bounded on west by Old Town Run, north by lands of Phillip Jane, dec'd, east by lands of Edward Hill, dec'd, south by land of Richard pace; 100 acres formerly conveyed by John Jane to Thomas Anderson by deed in records Charles City County and said Anderson by will gave to Mary his relict, during her life and thereafter to eldest son James Anderson and by Cornelius Cargill and Mary his wife (relict of Thomas Anderson) and by James Anderson sold to Edward Goodrich by deed Jan. 12, 1713.
To be sold for payment of debts.
Wit: Richard Cureton
John Chues
Charles Ryall Margaret Goodrich
Rec Feb 13, 1721

p 177 Abstract from Prince George County Records 1713-1728, page 1090
April 4, 1728. Abraham Odlum to Bernard Sykes of Pr. Geo. Co. land in Martins Brandon Parish on west side of Old Town Run, bounded on north by land of Phillip Jane, dec'd, east by land of Edward Hill, dec'd, and south by the main woods and land of Richard Pace, 100 acres, for £ 21; said parcel was formerly purchased of John Jean by Thomas Anderson, and by Anderson given by will to Mary, his relict, during her life and afterward to his eldest son James Anderson, and by Cornelius Cargill and Mary his wife (aforesaid relict of Thomas Anderson) and by James Anderson sold to Edward Goodrich, recorded in Pr. Geo. by deed Jan. 12, 1713. Bo Goodrich in his will recorded Jan. 10, 1720, devised to margaret, his executrix, to be sold for debts.
Wit: William Binford
Timothy Rives Abra. Oldum
Richard (r) Flewelling
April 9, 1728 Sarah, wife of Abraham Oldum, relinquished dower rt.


References to these individuals from the collections of the Library of Virginia
Call Number 27429
Author:
Prince George County (Va.). Circuit Court.
Title: Bond, writs, and report, 1728-1765.
Use Restrictions: Permission to reproduce must be obtained by the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.
Material: 4 items.
Summary: Collection includes an attachment against the estate of Henry Collifor for sums due William Holt, Prince George County, Virginia, 1765 September; an attachment against the estate of Charles Hix of Brunswick County, for sums due Benjamin Harrison of Charles City County, Virginia, 1741; Promissory note from Christopher Jane to Robert Munford, of Prince George County, 1734; and a report by Robert Glover, Prince George County, 1728.


Title: Davis, Christopher.
Publication: 1734
Gen. note: Part of index to wills not listed in Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632-1800 (Torrence).
Note: Administration granted 13. August 1734 to Christopher Jane.
Note: The Virginia Genealogist, vol. 4, p. 66, from original bond in the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio, Mss. Group 1051.
Subject - Personal
Davis, Christopher.
System Number: 000524772

I can't answer your question about people refiling deeds --I see if I can find anything. That would certainly help, wouldn't it?

MR


Re: Deeds recorded after records were burned?

Posted: 12 May 2012 3:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank You, yes we have researched all the records available and do have these. I just keep wondering if something could be in later deeds that might show who eventually sold the Jane land, Christopher, John or William Jane or state some relationship.
Renee
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