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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



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