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Friday, December 2, 2016

1802 Nov 10 - Will of John D. Hancock

1802 Nov 10 - Will of John Hancock:

"In the name of God Amen. I, John Hancock, of the county of Patrick, being in good health and in my perfect sense and memory, thanks be to God for the mercies conferred upon me, but knowing the certainty of death and that it is appointed unto all men once to die, I do make, constitute and appoint this my last will and testament; first, I commend my soul to the hand of the Almighty God who gave it, hoping through the meritous cross and passion of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to receive a free and full pardon of all of my sins committed who I trust will not reject me when I come to him for mercy; my body I give to the earth to be decently buried according to the will of my executor hereinafter mentioned, and as for all the rest of my temporal estate which it has pleased almighty God indow me with, I give and bequeath as followeth:
Item. I give and bequeath to my son, Lewis Hancock the land whereon I lived in the county of Fluvanna, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I so lend to my well beloved wife, my whole and sole estate in doors and out doors during her natural life or widowhood, and after her decease, my will and pleasure is that my son, William Hancock should have a part of the land whereon I now live; that is from the end of the mill dam on the ridge to the north line to him and his heirs forever.
Item. The remainder part from there down, I give and bequeath to my son Major Hancock to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Hancock all my wearing clothes. [He had previously given Benjamin a farm of 182 acres on Cunningham Creek in Fluvanna Co., VA]
Item. And after the decease of my wife, my will and desire it that the rest of my estate be equally divided between my five daughters and my son William Hancock, to-wit: Nancy Corn, Rodie Lane,Elizabeth Mayo, Judath Mayo, and Susannah Hancock.
Item. And proportionable part with them to be given to my daughter Mary Morrison's two eldest children, to-wit: Allen Morrison and Jency Morrison, to be sold and equally divided among them according to the will of my executor hereinafter mentioned, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. And I do appoint my son William Hancock my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and making void all other wills by me made heretofore.
In witness whereof I have unto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 10th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two.
Interlined before assigned
John Hancock L. S.
Barna Bas Balisle
C. John Scott X his mark
Mary W. Thompson X her mark
Patrick County, December Court 1802.

Returned Dec. Ct. 1802
p.46 Date: None
Item: Inventory of John Hancock estate,
Includes: Cattle, horses, plantation equipment, household furniture, sheep and books.
Also, cotton due from George Lain.
83/4 gal. brandy due from W. J. Mayo, also same amount due next Oct.
Total: $382.17
Appraisers: David Harbour, Moses Harbour and Danridge Slaught

He is buried on the Northeast slope of Bull Mountain.





8th great-grandfather
Judith Hatcher (1772 - 1819)
John M. Nichols R-CTS1751 3XGG (1814 - 1861)
son of Judith Hatcher
Ezekiel Hankin Nichols 2XGG R-CTS1751 (1849 - 1920)
son of John M. Nichols R-CTS1751 3XGG
James Ira "Jim" Nichols R-CTS1751 (1872 - 1936)
son of Ezekiel Hankin Nichols 2XGG R-CTS1751
Rufus Samuel Nichols R-CTS1751 (1893 - 1958)
son of James Ira "Jim" Nichols R-CTS1751
POP NICHOLS R-M269 (1936 - )
son of Rufus Samuel Nichols R-CTS1751
Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751

Friday, November 25, 2016



TAYLOR-THARP-SANDERS-Searching for parents and siblings of Pleasant Coleman TAYLOR, b. ca. 1815 NC, d. 24 May 1893 Max Meadows, Wythe Co., VA; m. Jane Reed THARP ca. 1840 probably Surry Co., NC, d/o Jonathan THARP and Eliza Ann SAUNDERS. In 1821 Pleasant TAYLOR and two sisters, Milly and Polly were orphans remaining in the care of Mary TAYLOR. Have been unable to locate any further information on Milly, Polly or Mary TAYLOR.

Rita Maberry



John D. Hancock was born 1733 in James Northern Parish, Goochland Co, Va (or born 1730-35, New Kent Co, Va).
He is listed on the DAR Patriot Index as: "Hancock, John, b abt 1733 VA, d p 11- -1802, m Elizabeth Maddox, PS (patriotic service) VA"
He was a member of the Church of England.

1755 is the earliest record of John "D." Hancock in "The Douglas Register" where his marriage listed.
He married Elizabeth Maddox, dau. of John and Elizabeth Maddox, of Goochland (pink on map below) and Powhatan Counties, Va. Rev. William Douglas (of the "Douglas Register of Goochland") officiated at the marriage of John and Elizabeth, Oct 16, 1755 in Goochland Co, Va.

1756 -- John was granted 799 acres of land in Sussex County on Aug 16. 620 acres had been granted by a letter of patent in 1732. This land joined Col. Philip Lightfoot's land.

He moved to Albemarle (later Fluvanna) Co.
Goochland Co., Va Fee Book named "John of Albemarle Co."
Thomas Jefferson (b 1743) also lived in Albemarle Co, VA. and the Hancock land bordered the Jefferson land (SE of Charlottesville, VA). In fact, the Hancock land bordering Monticello was surveyed by Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas (Peter Jefferson died in 1757). [In 1764 Thomas Jefferson inherited his father's 2750-acre estate. In 1768 Jefferson began building Monticello. In 1770 Jefferson moved into Monticello. In 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton, whose dowry almost doubled his holdings.] Monticello is now located in Albemarle Co.

This 1790 map of Virginia shows: New Kent County (in green), Goochland County (in pink), Henry County (in orange; Patrick Co took the west part in 1791). In 1804 his daughter, Susannah married David Spurlock from neighboring Montgomery County (in blue).

All ten of John's children were born in Albemarle County, Va: Benjamin (1756), Lewis (1757), William L. (abt 1759), Major (abt 1760), Nancy (1763), Rhoda (abt 1766), Mary (abt 1768), Elizabeth Maddox (1773), Judith (1778), Susanna (abt 1780).

1774, Jun 5 - "In consideration of the sum of 10 shillings of good and lawful money, John Hancock was granted one certain parcel of land, containing 87 acres, lying in Co. of Albemarle, on the S. branches of Cunningham's Creek, beg. at Wm. Moore's corner to pointers in Colonel Hopkins' line, So. on George Hilton's line, East to Thomas Jefferson's line, then on to Wm. Moore's (Morris') line North to beg." [Vol 42, p. 709.]
Also June 5, 1774, "in consideration of the sum of Twenty Shillings . . . do give, grant and confirm unto John Hancock one certain tract or parcel of land containing 182 acres, lying and being in the county of Albemarle on the south side of the Rivanna River on the branches of Cunningham Creek, and bounded as follows, to-wit: Beginning at a pine and pointers in Hardin Burnley's line, running with the same S. 29(degrees) W. 180 poles, crossing two branches of Cunningham Creek to pointers, then now lines S. 40(degrees) E. 146 poles crossing two branches to pointers, and N. 37(degrees) E. 212 poles to the beginning."

John Hancock was a private in the Revolutionary War.
[There was another John Hancock who married Ann/Nancy Graves, and was a Capt in the Louisa Co, VA Militia.]

1777 -- John had four sons. He gave each of them a farm as they became of age. On August 7, 1777, John Hancock of Fluvanna Co., gave his oldest heir, Benjamin, 182 acres of land located on Cunningham Creek.
On Aug. 1, 1777, John D. Hancock of Fluvanna Co., for love and affection, deeded his son Benjamin Hancock 182 acres on Cunningham Creek, and his son Lewis Hancock 87 acres adjoining the lines of Thomas Jefferson, John Haden and Henry Haislip (D.B. 1, pp. 18 and 19). This deed is signed "John Hancock."

I don't know what his involvement was in the Revolutionary War, but there is a John Hancock from VA on the DAR list.

Fluvanna County Marriage Bonds 1777-1801
1778 - Lewis Handcock & Celey Oglesby
1780 - Nancy Handcock & Jesse Corn

1785 -- Later (abt 1785 when he was abt 52) he moved to the west part of Henry Co. from which Patrick Co. was taken in 1791. (Check out this site for some history of Patrick County.) Maybe he didn't take his family with him at first. His daughter Elizabeth married in 1790 in Goochland County, and Mary married in 1795 in Fluvanna County, but Judith married in 1794 in Patrick County.

1799 -- Jan. 27, John Hancock and Elizabeth his wife, of Patrick Co., in consideration of $260.00, deeded land to Jacob Mayo, of Fluvanna Co. (D. B. 3, p. 505). Jacob was the father-in-law of 2 of his daughters: Elizabeth & Judith.

Sept. 13, 1802 (D. B. 4,p. 182), they deeded him 147 acres in consideration of $100.00.

John Hancock left a will dated Nov. 10, 1802, prob. in Patrick Co.,Va., Dec. Court, 1802
He left his son Lewis Hancock the land he lived on in Fluvanna County.
He left his sons William & Major the land he lived on in Patrick Co.
He left his clothes to son Benjamin because he had already given him 1821 in Fluvanna Co.
The rest of his estate he left to his wife for life or widowhood, and then to be divided among his 5 living daughters and William, with a part left for the children of his deceased daughter, Mary.
[From "Hopkins of Virginia and Related Families" by Walter Lee Hopkins]


Friday, November 11, 2016

The Deposition of Archibald Nichols

Franklin County State of Virginia

The deposition of Archabald Nichols sayeth that he was well acquanted with Patrick Lynch Dec?d. whose widow claimes a pention for the servis rendered by her husband in the War of the Revolution ? and that his first acquaintance with said Lynch was in Washington County State of Merilon soon after the commencment of the Revolution and said Lynch was cald on to serve tower of duty under the command of Capt Henry Butler for three months servis and after returning from that tower he was cald on again to serve another tower of three months under the command of Capt. John Nichols and after his discharge from that tower he removed to the County of Bedford Virginia where I understood he served sevral towers was at the Battle of Gilford and at other places he was so fond of a soldeirs life that it is hard to asertain all his servises with correctness Just before the War was ended said Lynch married a Miss Martha Wherley at a time when groom ware ast in Church would ride to the parson the said Lynch was married in the town of new london Cambell County Va. [New London in Campbell County VA since 1782] by parson Holt and lived together many year as man & wife and said Lynch Died leving a wife and four children two boys and two girles and she has never married since

[3 Jul 1841] Archabald [his X mark] Nichols  


Friday, November 4, 2016



William and Stephen Bourn Descendants
Posted 01 Oct 2012 by skaren861

William Bourn 1st - (1650-12 Jun 1716) Virginia
Wife#1 – name unknown
· Stephen Bourn (dob?–1718)
· William Bourn 2nd (abt 1680-1740)
Wife #2 – Mary Vaughan
· No children
William Bourn 2nd
Wife #1 – Ann (unknown last name) (died 8 Apr 1711)
Wife #2 - name unknown
· Anne Bourn (b. 1 Mar 1712)
· Frances Bourn (b. 8 Aug 1714)
· William Bourn 3rd (born abt 1718) m. Elizabeth Crump
· Stephen Bourn 1st (1720-1810) m. Hannah (last name unknown)
· David Bourn (?) some researchers list him as another son
William Bourn 3rd (1718-1782)
Wife – Elizabeth Crump (1721-1814) (m. 1742)
· William Bourn 4th (dob?–1807) (did not marry)
· Jean Bourn
· David Bourn
· George Bourn
· Lewis Bourn
· Susannah Bourn
· Sarah Bourn
· Frances (Fannie) Bourn
· Stephen Bourn (dob?-1829) m. Catherine (last name unknown)
In 1740, two years before Louisa Co. was formed, William Bourn 3rd sold 152 acres to his brother Stephen Bourn (1st 1720-1810). Louisa County Deed Book “A” p. 386
This Stephen Bourn (wife Hannah) who bought the 152 acres from brother William 3rd (wife Elizabeth Crump) was the father of the brothers Stephen (Devil Steve) Bourn (who married Rosamond Mallory) and William Bourn (who married Rosamond Jones). Both brothers had sons named William and Stephen.
Stephen Bourn 1st (1720-1810)
Wife – Hannah (unknown last name) (1726-1814)
· Frances Bourn
· William Bourn Senior (1743-1836) (m. Rosamond Jones)
· John Bourn
· Stephen Bourn 2nd (1760-1850) (m. Rosamond Mallory)
· Hannah Bourn (m. cousin David Bourn)
· Ann (Nancy) Bourn
· Elizabeth Bourn
· Sarah Bourn
· Mary Bourn
William Bourn Sr (son of Stephen 1st and Hannah)
Wife – Rosamond Jones (1750-1821) (m. 1765)
· Patience Bourn
· Milly Bourn
· Charity Bourn
· Stephen G. Bourn (1779-1849) m. 1801 Patsy Mays (1779-1849)
· Mary Bourn
· Elizabeth Bourn
· Frances Bourn
· Celia Bourn
· William Bourn Jr. (1794-1882) m. Mary Johnstone (1796-1879)
Stephen Bourn 2nd “Devil Steve” (son of Stephen 1st and Hannah)
Wife – Rosamond Mallory (1767-1848) (m. 1792)
· William (Buck) Bourn (1793-1870) #1 - m. 1818 Polly Byrd and #2 - m. 1825 Hannah Boyer
· John Bourn
· Stephen R. Bourn (1796-1873) m. 1820 Amelia Martin (1797-1875)
· George Bourn
· Mary Bourn
· James Bourn
· Sarah Bourn
· Elizabeth Bourn

Friday, October 28, 2016


From: salsamw1@meckcom.net
Subject: Re: [VAFLOYD] Wilson/Poff/Likens
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 09:42:01 -0500

>The source I have for Sarah Likens being the wife of
Joshua Wilson is
>"Marriages in the New River Valley, Virginia" by Fisher.
>Ancestors of Sally/Sarah Wilson
>Generation No. 1
> 1. Sally/Sarah Wilson, born 1808 in Montgomery
County, Virginia;
>died in Montgomery County, Virginia. She was the
daughter of 2. Joshua
>Wilson and 3. Sarah Likens. She married (1) Anthony Poff
May 16, 1828 in
>Montgomery County, Virginia. He was born 1805 in
Montgomery County,
>Virginia, and died August 31, 1865. He was the son of
Peter Poff, Sr. and
>Elizabeth "Betsy"(surname Pickle not doc) Pickle.
>Generation No. 2
> 2. Joshua Wilson He married 3. Sarah Likens
December 02, 1792 in
>Montgomery County, Virginia.
> 3. Sarah Likens She was the daughter of Mark
>Child of Joshua Wilson and Sarah Likens is:
> 1 i. Sally/Sarah Wilson, born 1808 in
>County, Virginia; died in Montgomery County, Virginia;
married Anthony Poff
>May 16, 1828 in Montgomery County, Virginia.
>At 11:24 PM 07/01/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>>Please forgive my slow response on this one. I haven't
looked at my
>>Poff/Wilson research in many years, and therefore
haven't brought it into
>>the computer age! Yes, Joshua Wilson was the father of
Sally Wilson who m.
>>Anthony Poff. I have that marriage bond. Anthony & Sally
had a son, Joshua
>>Wilson Poff who m. Rachel Jackson (d.o. Josiah
Jackson). They were my GG
>>Grandparents. If anyone could kindly tell me how Sarah
Lykens (d.o. Mark
>>Lykens?) ties in, it would point me to the right box, and
hopefully the
>>documents containing the Wilson ancestry.
>>John Webb
>>At 08:01 PM 7/1/2001, you wrote:
>>>I only have this Wilson Line back to Joshua. I hope
John can help us
>>>with Joshua's ancestor.
>>>Barb S.
>>>At 01:05 PM 07/01/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>>>> >John - could you give me the direct ancestors of
>>>> >
>>>> >I have her father as Joshua Wilson
>>>> >(source: "Marriages in the New River Valley, Virginia
>>>>Montgomery, Floyd,
>>>> >Pulaski and Giles" Compiled by Therese A. Fisher -
>>>>Marriage of his
>>>> >daughter Sarah to Anthony Poff says he is the father
>>>>Barb, To add to Sally Wilson, I don't have her father in
>>>>records, but she named her 2nd son Joshua Wilson
>>>>Her name is also Sarah. My Poff line to Samuel
>>>>Wilson comes through her.
>>>>Do you know Sarah (Sally) Wilson's line from Joshua
>>>>Thanks, Salle Wilson
>>>> >
>>>> >Thanks,
>>>> >Barb S.
>>==== VAFLOYD Mailing List ====
>>List Administrator
>>Barbara Stanley - bobnroa@pipeline.com
>==== VAFLOYD Mailing List ====
>List Administrator
>Barbara Stanley - bobnroa@pipeline.com
>Thank you Barbara for your imput on Sally/Sarah Wilson.
That adds to her file I had on her. I didn't know her facts.

John Webb,
Anthony Poff and Sally Wilson Poff are my line. Joshua and
Rachal are parents to Lyda Rosabella Poff who married
Samuel Connor Wilson, grandfather to my husband
Samuel Calvin Wilson. If you would like these sheets I
have, I can mail them to you.
Salle Wilson



On 11 July 1719, William Bourn received a land grant of 300 acres, in Lousia County, Virginia Land Book #10, page 433 as follows: "George, To all, Know ye that for divers good causes and considerations, but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenue, in this our Colony, Dominion of Virginia As also for and in consideration of the Importation of five persons to dwell within this our said Colony and Dominion whose names are Nicholas Stephenson, Mary Casupe (?), Eliza(beth) Johnson, Elander Mathews and Joan Hogan. We have given, granted and confirmed and these presents for us our heirs and successors do give grant and confirm unto William Bourn of New Kent County one certain tract or parcel of land containing three hundred acres - lying and being on both sides of Narrow Neck Creek in the aforesaid county and bounded as followeth, to wit, beginning at a white oak in Major Nicholas Meriwethers line on the upper side of Narrow Neck Creek running South thirty west three hundred and sixteen poles to a red oak thence south fifty one East a thirty four poles, Creek in a (?) one hundred twenty four poles to a white oak thence north forty one east at one hundred poles - branch at one hundred and forty branch at two hundred eighty four jumping branch in all three hundred fourteen poles to a white oak in the said Meriwethers line - thence along his line north fifty two west one hundred and seventy eight poles to the beginning. WITH all et To have hold et to be held et Yielding and paying et provided et In witness et witness our trusty and welbeloved Alexander Spotswood our Lt. Governor at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the Eleventh day of July one thousand seven hundred and nineteen in the fifth year of our Reign. Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood"
This land was in the part of New Kent County which became Hanover County in 1721 and which became Louisa County in 1742. It is located south of the South Anna River, near the Hanover County line, on both sides of Narrow Neck Creek, later called Duncan's Creek and now called Jones Creek. This land remained in the possession of Bourn descendants for almost one hundred years and parts of it were owned by Bourns for many more years than that. Eighty acres of this land is still carried on the tax books of Louisa County, as "formerly William Bourne, Senior's land."
On 8 April 1711, the same Parish Register shows Ann Bourn, wife of William Bourn, Jr died. William married again and they had five known children. The loss of the Hanover County records for this period makes it impossible to know when William Bourn, Jr (II) died. His land was apparently inherited by his son, William Bourn III. In 1740, two years before Louisa County was formed, William Bourn (III) sold for L5, 152 acres of the 300 acre tract, that part lying on the "upper side of Narrow Neck Creek" to Stephen Bourn, brother of William (III). (Louisa County, Virginia Deed Book A, page 386). (Information from "Stephen Bourn and Rosamond Mallory, 1950 - 1982" by Lura Elizabeth Cutchshaw, 1983.)
Birth: ABT 1670 in Louisa County, Virginia


WILL BOOK 3-C, F. 20, Bedford County, Va. May 1807 Jan. 1811, Copied August, 1951
Will of John Nichols, dated 5 April 1803
" In the Name of God Amen I John Nichols Sen. of Bedford County in the State of Virginia being low in health and weak in body but of perfect mind & memory, thanks to Almighty God, but knowing it is allotted for mortal man to die, I do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, first recommending my poor Soul into the hands of the almighty God that gave it to me and my poor body to decently to interred and after my lawful Debts and funeral expenses is discharged, I will and bequeath my Worldly Estate that it hath pleased the Almight God to possess me with, in form and manner following, Viz Item, I bequeath unto my son Flayl Nichols my big family Bible. Item , I bequeath to my son John Nichols, my young horse called Ceilia, after my beloved wife, Martha, decease. Item; I bequeath unto my son Archibald Nichols, a tract or parcel of land beginning at a locus near the fence of premises now tending, thence a new marked line down to the mouth of ny lane, thence along the old line to Gills and my corner tree to a spanish Oak, thence along as the old line directs to a chestnut or Burnetts line, thence along Burnetts line to a newmade corner white Oak on Elisha Nichols line thence along Elisha's new line to the first station. Item; I bequeath unto my son Elisha Nichols a tract of land or parcel of land, beginning at a chestnut on Ayer's road thence along the road as the new mark line goes to a pealed corner white oak , thence off across the field and as the newmarked line goes to a corner white oak on Burnetts line including the twelve Acres I purchased of Elisha Burnett, thence along the line to the beginning station. Item ; I bequeath unto my son Jesse Nichols, the tract or parcel of land whereon I now dwell after my beloved wife Martha Nichols (decease) Beginning at Pointers next to John Hall's line, thence along as the line directs to a corner chestnut on Ayers road thence along the road a new lineto the corner pealed white oak in the field, thence along off across the field and along Elisha's new mark't line to the new mark't corner locus by the fence, thence along the new mark't line to the mouth of the lane, then along as the old line directs to Gill's and my corner Spanish Oak. Item ; I bequeath to my beloved wife Martha Nichols, the negroe Wench name Delphia and negroe boy named Frank, during her life or widowhood, after that to be equally divided between by my two sons Elisha and Jesse Nichols. Item; I bequeath unto my sons Elisha and Jesse Nichols the waggon, three horses, named Dick, Jack and Sawny, and all the utensils belonging to the waggon. Item ; I bequeath unto my son Elisha one red and white spotted no horn Heifer. Item ; I bequeath unto my son Jesse Nichols one dark brinded Heifer. Item; I bequeath unto my children Mary Cundiff, John Nichols, Katherine Pollard, my son Archibald Nichols, and my daughter Jane Hancock, all the other moveable property of my Estate after my beloved wife Martha Nichols deceases excepting what is before mentioned and a small shott gun, which I bequeath unto my grandson John Nichols, the son of my son John Nichols., Item; I do constitute and ordain my two beloved sons Elisha Nichols and Jesse Nichols my sole Executors to this my last Will & Testament revoking and disannulling any other former Will & Testament and constituting and allowing this to be the last Will & Testant according to my desire; Given under my hand and seal this 5th day of April 1803.
Signed: John Nichols (seal)
Witnesses: Edward Hore, Samuel Best (his mark), Jacob Hunt (his mark)
Executors: Elisha Nichols, Jesse Nichols
Probated - 26 December 1803 by the witnesses.
Securities: Charles Gill, Thomas Payne, $2000 bond Inventoried: 3 February 1804 by : Samuel Hancock, John Ayers, Julius Saunders
Source: Franklin Nichols [1][2]


When I first started researching my Bourne line I did not get very far. My great grandma Vennie Lee Bourne was the daughter of James Emmett Bourne and Amelia Vaughan. His father was named James and his mother was named Matilda C Stephenson and they were my brick wall for a long time.  
NameJ. E. Bourne
Marital StatusSingle
Birth Date1880
Birth PlaceGrayson Co., VA
Marriage Date19 Jun 1901
Marriage PlaceWythe County, Virginia
FHL Film Number34255
Reference IDp71 L20
Household Members
Jas. Bourne
M. Stevenson
J. E. Bourne
Elizabeth Pinion
Wm. Vaughn
Amelia Vaughn

While Amelia's marriage record named Emmett's parents as Jas and M, there were no real clues to their identities. Did M stand for Mary or Marilyn or Mariah? Why dont people fill these things out better? Obviously Jas stood for James but where was he from? When was he born?   

James and M were probably in Wythe County around 1901 right? So thats something. Ancestry would not help either. Not a clue for a long time... 

Then one day, Emmett's Death Record popped up revealing that M was actually Matilda and his wife was Pamelia.... 

NameJames Emmett Bourne
Age at Death83
Birth Date13 Jun 1881
Death Date24 Mar 1964
Death PlaceFries, Grayson, Virginia, USA
Registration Date30 Mar 1964
FatherJames E Bourne
MotherMatilda Stevens
SpousePamelia Ann Bourne

So James Sr was also an E and Matilda may be a Stevens instead of a Stevenson... 
Emmett was 83 when he died in Fries and his birth and death dates were in the record.  
Once I had this info Matilda Bourn got a hint.... 

In the 1900 census, Matilda is a widow,... living in Wythe with her kids... 

NameMatilda C Bourne
Birth DateFeb 1861
Home in 1900Speedwell, Wythe, Virginia
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Marital StatusWidowed
Father's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother: number of living children4
Mother: How many children6
Household Members
Matilda C Bourne35
Geary G Bourne24
William J Bourne18
Mary M Bourne8
Now we can see that Matilda was born in 1861 Virginia, and so there is a good chance James E was too....      

Also she may have had Geary (George) when she was eleven???  Well, you know how women are about their age... or it could just be a typo. What do they call typos in long hand???  Oh right, census takers.  

1880 Census shows James Bourn at age 79 and wife Matilda at age 28... about 51 years apart... and that puts James Sr. at a birth date around 1801.... so Matilda may be a second wife... and his son James Emmett was born when he was about 80... wow....   

Matilda and James were married when she was 27 according to her marriage record..... 

NameMatilda C. Stephenson
Marital StatusSingle
Birth Date1851
Birth PlaceGrayson
Marriage Date30 Jul 1878
Marriage PlaceGrayson County, Virginia
FHL Film Number31758
Reference IDreg2 p37 #53
Household Members
Matilda C. Stephenson
James Bourn
R. H. Bourn
S. Bourn

James Sr was the son of S and RH BOURN....  and he was married at age 77... 

Name:James Bourn
Marital Status:Single
Birth Date:1801
Birth Place:Grayson
Marriage Date:30 Jul 1878
Marriage Place:Grayson County, Virginia
Father:S. Bourn
Mother:R. H. Bourn
Spouse:Matilda C. Stephenson
FHL Film Number:31758
Reference ID:reg2 p37 #53

James parents turned out to be Steven Bourn and Rosamond H Mallory Bourn... 

I have to thank a cousin for this revelation as there were no hints to connect the dots here.... 

"How did you link James E Bourne (before 1860-1900) and Matilda Stephenson as being the parents of William James Emmet and the others? According to the trees on ancestry and rootsweb members connect this James E Bourne was born about 1800 in Grayson County.


The information above has the parents of James E Bourne as Stephen Devil Bourne (b. 31 Oct 1760 in Louisa Co VA) and Rosamond Mallory (b. 4 Sep 1792.)
They have James as being born 16 Sep 1800 in Grayson Co. VA and his wife Matilda Stephenson as much younger.
= = = =

The above link is to the findagrave memorial for Rosamond Bourne Reeves. If you send a message to the people who commented on her memorial, as well as some of the other Bournes in this cemetery, you might get some response. There are comments added to your ancestor James Emmett Bourne in the same cemetery.
= = = ==
I don’t see census records posted in your tree prior to 1900. Have you found George living with his parents in the 1880 census?
Have you found all the census records for your Bourne family, either on ancestry.com or familysearch.org?
= = = =
Have you searched for obits for any of the siblings of James Emmett Bourne and his parents James and Matilda?
I will look a little more.
Take care

Sometimes info from a cousin can lead to a whole new branch.AND A BROKEN WALL...


Friday, October 21, 2016

1830 Bounty Land Warrant of John Nichols of Bedford County

Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements and Rosters

Bounty Land Warrant of John Nichols BLWt1474-100 VA

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris. Revised 20 July 2015. State of Virginia County of Bedford

I Catharine Pollard (formerly Catharine Nichols) daughter and one of the heirs at law of John Nichols deceased do upon oath testify and declare to the best of my knowledge and belief that John Nichols did enlist in 1778 for the term of during the war and served in Regiment Number six, under the command of Colonel [Mordecai] Buckner of the Virginia continental line, and that he continued in the service aforesaid until the close of the war. I further declare that I have never received from the United States a warrant for the bounty land promised to the said John Nichols on the part of the United States, nor do I believe that he ever received it, or transfered his claim to it in any manner whatsoever, Therefore Know all men by these presents, that I Catharine Pollard aforesaid do hereby constitute and appoint Leroy Jordan to be my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name, to demand and receive from the Secretary of War of the United States, a warrant for the quantity of land due to me as aforesaid, and my said attorney is hereby fully authorized & empowered to constitute and appoint one or more attorneys under him for the special purposes above expressed.
Test Jessee Pollard Catharine Pollard

 [The following are from rejected claims in the Library of Virginia.]

State of Virginia
County of Bedford
Catharine Pollard of lawful age being duly sworn says, that she has never received from the State of Virginia any bounty land on account of services rendered by her father John Nichols who was a soldier of the 6th regiment of the Virginia line on continental establishment during the revolutionary war, neither has any other person or persons claiming as heirs to the said John Nichols so far as this deponent knows or believes, neither did the said John Nichols ever receive it during his lifetime to the knowledge of this deponent. neither has this deponent ever sold, assigned or in any was disposed of her claim and further saith not [1 June 1830]
Catherine herXmark Pollard

 I do certify that I was acquainted with John Nichols in the revolutionary war, that he served in the 6th regiment and that he continued in the said service until the final close of the war, and I further certify that he served in the Virginia continental line. Given under my hand this 3d day of June 1830

 Anthony hisXmarkCampbell [Anthony Campbell, pension application S9138]

Friday, October 14, 2016


Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911

Name John Nicholls Gender Male Birth Date 21 Jan 1720 Birth Place Frederick, Maryland Father's Name Thomas Nicholls Mother's Name Ann FHL Film Number 14081

Friday, October 7, 2016


Western Maryland Genealogy, "Flayle Payne of Frederick County" by Geo. Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS. 1988.
"Martha Payne, daughter of Flayle Payne, married John Nichols of Frederick County, MD, probably in the 1750s. In 1757 or 1758 Sgt. John Nichols was credited for six days service in Capt. Moses Champlaine's Company during the French and Indian Wars. In March 1776 Lt. John Nichols was among the men who subscribed to and enrolled in Capt. Henry Boteler's Company of Frederick County Militia.Other enrollees were Sgts. Archibald and William Nicholls (sic), Flail Payne (sic), Barton Philpott, and John and Barton Garrett were among the men who took the Oath of Fidelity and Support in Frederick County."

Friday, September 30, 2016


PAYNE, Flayle Payne Sr. (1696-1764) Biography



PAYNE, Flayle Payne Sr. (1696-1764) Biography

Flayle Payne was Christened 29 Nov. 1696, St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Old Fish St. in London England. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Payne. 

Thomas Payne was listed as a Clothworker in the 1695 census of London. The Clothworker's union were a powerful organization that played a big part in the government of London. King James was an honorary member of the Clothworkers. Thomas and Elizabeth Payne had three sons and a daughter, all Christened in St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in London. 

Mary was Christened on Mar. 10, 1693 
Flayle was Christened on Nov. 29, 1696.
John was Christened on Oct. 27, 1702.
Thomas was Christened on Oct. 1, 1704.

Flayle Payne first appeared on record in America as a witness in a Prince George's Co. Maryland court in August 1727. In Nov. 1730, Flayle Payne was listed on a list of settlers in the Monocacy Valley of western Maryland. Also, in 1730, Flayle was listed as an Indian Scout in Prince George's Co. In July 1731, the Maryland Assembly rewarded Flayle Payne for returning a runaway slave from beyond the Monocacy. In 1734, 1736, and 1737 Flayle was paid a small bounty for bringing squirrel heads in to Prince George's County.  

In Nov. 1738, Flayle was appointed overseer of the road built between Monocacy and Antietam. In Nov. 1740, Flayle was appointed Constable of Monocacy Lower Hundred.

The English Church was established in Maryland in 1692, and in 1742, Frail Pain (Flayle Payne) was among the inhabitants, of Senaca and Monocacy Hundreds, who signed a petition to divide Prince George's Parish and establish All Saints Parish. However, Flayle's name never appeared on any church records. 

In 1744, Flayle Payne, and son, Thomas, signed a petition for a bridge to be laid out at the mouth of Catoctin Creek and a main road to be laid out from Tuscarora Creek to the mouth of Catoctin and from thence to Antietam Creek in present day Washington County. 

In 1748 Frederick Co. was formed from the western part of Prince George's Co. In a Nov. 1750 court, Flayle Payne and Flayle Payne Jr. were among the gentlemen appointed overseer of the River road and Richard Touchstone's Road.

Will of Flayll Payn dated October 1764 
He devised "Payn's Industry" to son Thomas, the upper part of "Payn's Delight" to son John, and the lower part to sons Flayll and Peter, equally. He bequeathed one-third of his moveables to son Flayl, and the balance of the moveables to be divided between Peter and John Best. He bequeathed one shilling sterling to daughter Martha Nichols.

In the above will, no wife was named. We think that John Best was married to a deceased daughter of Flayle. Flayle's land, " Payne's Delight" was located approximately where the present day town of Knoxville Maryland is today, near the Potomac River. "Payne's Industry" was located in the vicinity of the present day towns of Weaverton and Sandy Hook.  

Of Flayle's children, Thomas died shortly after his father. Some of his descendants migrated to Bedford Co. Virginia during a period from 1773 to 1779.

 Frederick Lee Payne, now deceased, from Cincinnati Ohio, descends from Thomas. Fred's lineage is Flayle Payne, Thomas Payne, Flayle Payne, who migrated to Bedford Co. Va., Flayle Pollard Payne, of Bedford Co. and Giles Co. Va. Thomas Payne, Fred Pollard Payne, and Frederick Lee Payne. I have a DNA match with Frederick Lee Payne. 

Norman L. Payne author of " Payne and Associated Families of Breckinridge County Kentucky" descends from Thomas Payne, but, for some reason, his DNA does not match others in the Flayle Payne line, maybe an adoption?

John Payne, son of Flayle, from whom I, Billy Payne descends, sold his portion of "Payne's Delight" in 1773, and along with wife, Mary, purchased 112 acres of land in south Bedford Co. Va., near Huddleston Va. in 1774. It states "John Payne late of the Province of Maryland" The land was located on the branches of Rock Castle Creek. He later purchased 120 acres of land on nearby Goose Creek. In 1781 John Payne was credited with providing one beef for the Revolutionary cause and was declared a Patriot. I, Billy Payne, have a DNA match with Thomas Chester Payne of Bedford co. Va. 

His family lived on a portion of the land that John and Mary Payne purchased in 1774. The above John Payne died in Bedford co. in 1798, leaving a will naming wife, Mary, sons John, Thomas, and William, and daughters Catherine Kennett, Sarah Brown, and Margery Harper. 

Flayle Payne Jr., son of Flayle, operated a ferry that crossed the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia in the 1760's. He was also a private in the American Revolution. He, accompanied by Patrick Lynch, moved to Bedford Co. Va., in 1779, and settled within a mile of his brother, John. 

Flayle Payne Jr. died in Bedford Co. in 1783, leaving a will naming sons, Thomas and William, and daughters Martha and Nancy. Peter Payne, son of Flayle, and wife, Elizabeth, by deed dated 27 April 1772, sold his lower half of "Payne's Delight" to his brother, Flayle Payne Jr. of Frederick Co.

 In 1766, Peter Payne, with other Planters of Frederick Co., signed a petition to the Council of Maryland requesting greater assurance of bills of credit. The will of Peter Payne was dated Nov. 1777, and probated 23 June 1778.
Clay Gullatt added this on 23 Jul 2011

joycepjohnson originally submitted this to Powell Family Tree on Ancestry.com 8 Jan 2011


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