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Selected Families and Individuals

Source Citations

Col. Edwin Conway II

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81808163/edwin-conway. "Edwin was related to a number of distinguished colonial families and progenitor of some famous Americans including President James Madison. He was married first to Sarah Walker and then to Elizabeth Thornton.

Conway's will was recorded in Richmond County (now King George Co.) Virginia in March 1698; it was probated in September 1698. He was returned to Lancaster County for burial beside his first wife Sarah." Image.

Sarah Walker

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83699118/sarah-conway. "Related to a number of distinguished colonial Virginia families, Sarah married Edwin Conway and bore him a son and a daughter. She died ca. 1690 and was buried on the family plantation in Lancaster Co., Virginia. Although Edwin remarried briefly before his death in 1698 and lived in an adjacent county, he was buried beside Sarah in Lancaster County." Image.

Edwin Conway

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83753298/edwin-conway. "Edwin was related to a number of distinguished Colonial Virginia families. His wife Anne Ball was a half-sister of Mary (Ball) Washington, making Edwin and Anne Conway uncle and aunt of President George Washington. Edwin was also a great-uncle of President James Madison. His second wife was Ann Hack (1696 - 1747)." Image.

Mary Conway

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21301634/mary-ball. "Interred with her husband, James Ball.

Here lieth the Body of
MARY the Wife of JAMES BALL Gent
Daughter of EDWIN CONWAY Gent
deceased who departed this life
the 15th day of September 1730
in the 44th year of her age.
Leaving three Sons & five Daughters
She was a loving Wife a tender Mother
A peaceable good neighbor and liv'd
and died a pattern of Piety, & Virtue." Image.

Col. George Taylor

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18541233/george-taylor. "He was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War and holds the distinction of the SAR.


From: DAR Patriot Index
Washington 1966
Page 667
George Taylor, b: 2-11-1711 d: 11-4-1792
m:(1) Rachel Gibson
m:(2) Mrs. Sarah Taliaferro Conway
PS VA." Image.

Rachel Gibson

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/195103308/rachel-taylor. "Rachel's father Jonathan Gibson 1st died in 1729 and she inherited 3 servants. Her mother Elizabeth (Thornton) Conway Gibson died in 1733 and Rachel was also named in her mother's will. Her siblings were part of a western migration to present Orange Co., Virginia and Rachel perhaps accompanied her sister Alice and Alice's husband John Catlett to Orange ca. 1737.

Rachel married George Taylor 1st in 1738 and bore him 11 sons. Their son George 2nd died in 1761 of smallpox which also claimed Sarah's life. She is said to be buried in a family plot at "Greenfield" the plantation of George's brother Erasmus Taylor near Orange C.H., (Orange County) Virginia." Image.

Francis Thornton

1William and Mary College Quarterly historical magazine, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. IV, pp, 90, 91-93.

2William and Mary College Quarterly historical magazine, Vol. 4, No. 2. (Oct. 1895) pp 89-93.

3George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Fredericksburg, Virginia : G.H.S. King 1978, pg 48, 951.525 P2. "WILL: Dated 10 MAY 1726 presented to courts 7 OCT 1726 - Will of Francis Thornton, son of William Thornton (AKA: the "immigrant").

In the Name of God Amen. I Francis Thornton of the County of King George considering the frailty of this mortal life and being sick and weak in Body but of sound and perfect sense and memory praised be God for the same doe make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. [ # ]

Imprimis: I give to my two sons Francis Thornton and Rowland Thornton all my tract of Land at the foot of the Lower Falls of Rappahannock River containing Eight Hundred & Odd acres which I purchased of Mr. John Hawkins, my son Francis to have the upper part and my son Rowland the lower part of the said land by equal portions as it is already divided. The said Land with all its appurtenances doe I give and bequeath to my said two sons Francis and Rowland to them or either of them their heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Rowland Thornton the one moiety or half of a tract of land containing one thousand acres which I purchased of Mr. John Wright as by deed of sale recorded in Richmond County Court may appear the said moiety or half which I do give and bequeath to my son Rowland beginning on the lines of John Hawxford and Thomas Tippett and running the full bredth of the said land on both sides Crowes Swamp upwards to a Division Line already made by my son Anthony Thornton by my consent which said five hundred acres I doe give and bequeath to my said son Rowland Thornton his heirs and behoofs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath the other moiety or half of the said Thousand acres of land purchased of John Wright to my Loving Wife Ann Thornton in full dower and satisfaction of all my Lands before given and bequeathed that she shall claim no right, title, interest or claim in or to any of my other lands before bequeathed which s4 five hundred acres of land I give to my said Wife during her natural life and after her decease that is to say after the death of my said wife Ann then the said five hundred acres of land I give and bequeath unto George Riding, the son of my wife Ann Thornton, to him the said George Riding his heirs and behoofs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to George Riding the son of my Wife Ann Thornton, one tract or tenement of land containing one hundred and seventy odd acres which I purchased of Capt John Washington lying and being in the County of King George, the said land I do give and bequeath unto the above named George Riding to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my eldest son William Thornton Five pounds Sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Francis Thornton Five pounds Sterling.

Item:I give and bequeath unto my son Rowland Thornton Five pounds Sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Elizabeth Gibson Five pounds Sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Taliaferro Five pounds Sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Strother Thirty pounds Sterling.

I having Ninety pounds Sterling now due to me from my son Anthony Thornton, my will is that these above named legacies to all my children above named be paid out of the said Ninety 1726 37 Pounds and the remainder of the said ninety pounds after all the above said Money Lagacies are paid, I give and bequeath unto my son Anthony Thornton.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandson Francis Conway one mulatto girl named Bess.

Item: I give and bequeath unto the within named George Riding, son of my Wife Ann, five slaves by name - Mullato James, Negro Dick, Negro Jane, Negro Nanny and a Negro boy named Samuel.

Item: I give and bequeath unto Margaret Riding, daughter to my wife Ann Thornton, six slaves by name - Negro Charles, a girl named Peggee, a Negro girl named Frank, Negro Susan, Negro Billy, a boy Mulatto Jacob.

Item: The rest of my Negroes I give and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Ann Thornton during her natural life and after her decease I will and bequeath all my said Negros to be divided by equal portions between George & Margaret Riding, son & daughter of my now wife Ann Thornton.

Item: I give all my personal estate unto my Loving Wife Ann Thornton during her widdowhood and in case she marrieth my said
personal estate to be equally divided between my said wife and her two within named Children George & Margaret Riding by three equal portions.

And I do hereby make constitute and ordain my loving wife Ann Thornton my whole and sole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this 10th day of May 1726. *******
Fran: Thornton *Seale*
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged
in presence of us
T: Turner
Thomas Moore
His John [ i ] Kendall Mark
At a Court held for King George County on Friday y? 7th day of October 1726.
This last Will & Testament of Francis Thornton, deceased, was presened into Court by Ann Thornton, his Widdow & Executrix, who made oaths thereto and the same was proved by the oaths of Thomas Turner, Thomas Moore and John Kendall the Evidences thereto and Admitted to Record.
T: Turner Cl:Cur:."

4George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Section II pg 276. "THORNTON, FRANCIS [GENTLEMAN], (d. t., 1726). COB#l, p. 330: 7 October 1726. The last will and Testament of Francis Thornton, Gent deceased, was presented into court by Ann Thornton his widow and executrix. An initial inventory of his estate was recorded 3 February 1726/7 in I # l, page 95-96, and an additional inventory was recorded 6 September 1728 in I # l, p. 115. He married (l) 13 April 1674 Alice Savage and was the progenitor of numerous descendants."

5Thornton family Bible record 1651-1758, https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/82447874. "Ye birth of Frans Thornton Sanier borne ye 5th day November 1651 married ye 13 of Aperell, it being a Munday: 1674, Thornton family Bible record 1651-1758, The Holy Bible, (London: J. Bill & Chr: Barker, 1672); held by the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 2019, gift of Miss Laura Thornton, Tuscumbia, Alabama, in June 1938 Library of Virginia (http://www.lva.virginia.gov/: accessed 9 March 2019); citing Bible records collection; 29533." Thornton family Bible record 1651-1758, The Holy Bible, (London: J. Bill & Chr: Barker, 1672); held by the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 2019, gift of Miss Laura Thornton, Tuscumbia, Alabama, in June 1938 Library of Virginia (http://www.lva.virginia.gov/: accessed 9 March 2019); citing Bible records collection; 29533. Image.

6Virginia, Richmond County. Deed book 5, pp. 49-51, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKV-GSNK-9?i=202. Richmond County, Virginia. General index to deeds, 1692-1915; deeds, 1692-1869. Richmond County courthouse, Warsaw, Virginia
Research by Ric Tobin.
Deed book 5, pp. 49-51, William Thornton to his two sons Francis and Rowland Thornton, if they have no heirs to his son William Thornton, Junr., if William has no heirs to Ester Thornton, 2000 acres in Rappahanock County, Virginia, 16 July 1675; FHL microfilm 33689. Image.

7Barnes, Robert and Catherine, Genealogies Of Virginia Families, From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine
Volume V, No. 1. (Jul., 1896), pp. 58-60. . "FRANCIS2 THORNTON, born Nov. 5, 1651, settled in Stafford county, probably before the year 1700. He married first, Alice, daughter of Captain Anthony Savage, of Gloucester county (who was a justice of Gloucester in 1660, and had considerable landed estates on the Rappahannock), and secondly Jane, widow of John Harvey, of Stafford. He had no issue by the second marriage. In 1706 Francis Thornton, of Stafford, and his wife, Jane, widow of John Harvey, made a deed of 684 acres in Stafford and Westmoreland to Anthony, son of the said Francis Thornton, with reversion to his other sons, Francis, Rowland, and William. (Westmoreland and Stafford Records). In 1715-'16, Anthony Thornton, of Stafford, petitioned the proprietors of the Northern Neck for a regrant of this land, which he stated had been left to Mrs. Jane Thornton, by her former husband, in 1700; that the said Jane died without heirs; but being "an imperfect deed" gave the land to him (A.T.) in 1706. The grant requested was issued. It is not known when Francis2 Thornton died, unless he was the Francis Thornton whose will was presented to King George County Court for probate, by his widow Anne, in 1726. (This appears from the order-book. The will-book covering this period was carried off by Federal soldiers during the late war.

Issue (first marriage only): 20. Elizabeth3, born January 3, 1674; 21. Margaret3, born April 2, 1678, married Wm. Strother, who was sheriff of King George in 1726. There is re-corded in King George a deed, dated 1727, from Margaret Strother, widow, for land deeded by her grandfather, Anthony Savage, gentleman, to her father, Francis Thornton, and Alice his wife; 22. William3 (twin with Sarah); 23. Sarah3, born December 17, 1680 (twin), married Laurence Taliaferro; 24. Francis3; 25. Rowland3; 26. Annie3, born March 22, 1689; 27. Anthony3."

8FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54478842. "Son of Wm. Thornton who came to VA cir. 1650 from England. Francis was born approx 2 yrs. later in Petsworth Parish, Gloucester Co. lst married Alice SAVAGE daughter of Capt. Anthony SAVAGE Esq. III "The Immigrant" and his wife Alice (Stafford) Savage on Apr l3, 1674 in Gloucester Co., VA. His 2nd wife was Jane, the widow of John Harvey of Stafford. Father of Francis Thornton Jr., William Thornton, Margaret Thornton (Strother)and possibly others.He served as a Col. of the VA Militia.He was a member of the House of Burgesses from Spotsylvania Co., VA. He moved to Stafford Co., VA prior to 1700. He made his home at Cod's Creek, Stafford Co., VA. where he died." Image.

Jane Elliot

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83873754/jane-thornton. "Widow of John Harvey of Stafford Co., VA. she married Francis Thornton Sr. after the death of his wife Alice." Image.

Willie S. Baker

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/110927396/willie-s-baker. Image.

Ora E. Morgan

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/132123195. Image.

William Elbert Baker

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/169556590/william-elbert-baker. "Obituary for William Elbert Baker
William Elbert Baker
Springhill, LA

Graveside services for Mr. William Elbert Baker, age 91, will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, September 9, 2016, at the Springhill Cemetery, Springhill, LA, with Rev. Ronald Morgan officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, LA.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Mr. Baker was born on June 14, 1925 to Willie S. and Orie Morgan Baker in Shongaloo, LA and passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in Minden. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Springhill where he served as Men's Bible study teacher for many years. He was a private in the U.S. Army during WWII where he received a Purple Heart and was retired from International Paper Company after 25 years of service. He enjoyed bowling and hunting.

He is survived by his daughters, Brenda York of Keithville, LA, Susan Tate and husband, Keith of Haughton, LA; granddaughter, Jennifer Campbell and husband, Tracy of Minden; great-grandson, Colin D. Campbell; great-granddaughter, Lily Jean Campbell; nephew, Joe Gremillion and wife, Janet of AL; and niece, Marsha Lynn Chinal of Dallas, TX; .

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Naomi Miller Baker, daughter, Jean B. Driver, great-grandson, Logan Campbell, and sister, Esthree Gremillion." Image.

Geoffrey Francis Evans Wardell

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39591839. Image.

Katharine Adams

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39591838/katharine-wardell. "ss w/Geoffrey Wardell.W/o Farran L McCain/ 1900-1920 & Mother of Sam; 2nd husband." Image.

Lee Roy Smith

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/36406019/lee-roy-smith. Image.

Russelline W.

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/36405900/russelline-w_-smith. Image.