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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."



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