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Source Citations


Robert Taliaferro

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12889015/robert-taliaferro. "Robert Taliaferro was Born: 11-Nov-1626, Bethnal Green, Stephney, Middlesex, Eng,Christened: 19-Nov-1626, St. Dunstan, Stepney Parish, Middlesex, England. Robert immigrated to VA by 1647, and lived twenty years in Gloucester County, his lands lying along Poropotank Creek and evidently at the head of Ware River, until, in 1666/7, when he moved to the place that came to be called "Taliaferro's Mount" on the Rappahannock River in Old Rappahannock/Essex/Caroline County, near the site of the present town of Port Royal. With his wife Katherine Debnam whom he married in 1654, he became the founder of a significant Virginia family. Robert Taliaferro and Katherine (Debman) Taliaferro were the parents of: Robert Taliaferro, II.; Francis Taliaferro, I.; Lt. Col. John "The Ranger" Taliaferro Sr.; Mary (Taliaferro) Johnson; Richard Taliaferro Sr.(The Pirate); Katherine (Taliaferro) Battaile and Charles Taliaferro Sr." Image.


Catherine Dednam

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/113571475/catherine-jones. "According to CHARLES TALIAFERRO Sr,. author of THE TALIAFERRO FAMILY THREE CENTURIES IN AMERICA , 1998: "Very little is known of the life of ROBERT TALIAFERRO and the small amount that is known is taken from scattered land records. One VERY IMPORTANT item concerning the history of ROBERT TALIAFERRO is the CORRECT NAME OF HIS WIFE. The correct name of his wife is disputed among historians and genealogists.The dispute is not who his wife was, but her exact name. In all sources, relating to the early family, the name is shown being 'SARAH GRYMES daughter of Rev. CHARLES GRYMES."

He goes on to say: In the VIRGINIA MAGAZINE, Vol. 56, pages 208 -210, in an article written by Mr. JOHN BAILEY CALVERT NICKLIN, appears a version of the correct name of ROBERT TALIAFERRO. Mr. NICKLIN quotes several legal documents and he ends with the expressed opinion that the wife of ROBERT TALIAFERRO was KATHERINE DEDNAM, daughter of KATHERINE and HENRY DEDNAM; that the widow of HENRY DEDMAN later married Rev. CHARLES GRYMES; thereby making KATHERINE DEDNAM [daughter of KATHERINE and HENRY DEDNAM] the step daughter of Rev. CHARLES GRYMES."

He goes on to say in 'TYLERS QUARTERLY Vol 18, page 165' in an article by W. B. McGROARTY that 'Text of a record in the Virginia Land Office at Richmond, page 445, Vol. of Land Grants 1666 - 1679; a grant from Sir WILLIAM BERKELEY to ROBERT TALIAFERRO son of ROBERT TALIAFERRO, 779 acres in the freshes, Rappahanock County, south side adjoining HENRY CORBIN and Mr. GRYMES, 17 March 1672/3, 100 acres being his due as grandchild of ye said. GRYMES..."

He goes on on to state: "From the last note that the ROBERT TALIAFERRO mentioned...as the grandson of Rev. CHARLES GRYMES was made in the year 1672/3 and that the reference of KATHERINE DEDMAN as grandmother was not made until 1718 [in the VIRGINIA QUARTERLY magazine, Vol 56, pages 208 - 210, some 45 years after the reference of 'grandson of Rev. CHARLES GRYMES' was made."

The author goes on to state: "It is believed by this writer that the CORRECT NAME of the WIFE of ROBERT TALIAFERRO is SARAH GRYMES, the daughter of the Rev. CHARLES GRYMES and his wife KATHERINE DEDNAM."

"Rev. CHARLES GRYMES was born circa 1612 in Igtham, Kent, England; died circa 1662 in Virginia; matriculated at Cambridge at 18 and became rector of Hampton Parish in York County, Virginia in 1645."

In addition to the above there is a record of correspondence in the Archives Department of the U.S. Congressional Library between GEORGE WYTHE and THOMAS JEFFERSON "in connection with the history and origin of the [TALIAFERRO] family. Mr. WYTHE'S interest in the matter was due to the fact that his wife at the time - his second wife - was ELIZABETH TALIAFERRO, daughter of Col. RICHARD TALIAFERRO, of James City County." On pages 723 - 724, VIRGINIA FAMILIES Vol. IV, and from GEORGE WYTHE's correspondence is stated: "ROBERT TALIAFERRO was a man of consequence for he had large grants of land in Gloucester County and on the Rappahannock River, including one of 6,300 acres patented jointly with Colonel LAWRENCE SMITH. He married SARAH, daughter of Rev. CHARLES GRIMES, and aunt of Hon. JOHN GRIMES, receiver general of Virginia. He died about 1682...
ROBERT TALIAFERRO and SARAH GRIMES had issue: ROBERT, FRANCIS, JOHN, RICHARD, CATHERINE...CHARLES..."." Image.


William Earle

1Compiled by Pliny Earle, Earle Family, The. Ralph and His Descendants, Press of Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA 1888, pg 23-25. "In his will, executed Nov. 13, 1713, he gave to his son William, a brass milk pan, and a like gift to his sons Thomas, Ralph and John, and his daughters Mary Borden, Mary Hix and Prudence Durfee, and to the last a negro girl, " Kate," also, to his son John, all the rest of the estate, real and personal, he paying legacies as follows : to grandson Caleb Earle, forty acres, or £40, at the age of twenty-one. To granddaughter Joan Earle, daughter of Caleb, £10, at twenty years of age. His son John was to allow his mother comfortable and sufficient maintenance." Image.

2Portsmouth (Rhode Island) Town Council, Rhode Island - Portsmouth - Town council and probate records, 1697-1930, Vol. 2 on FHL film #946,796, pp. 206-8. "... William Earle of Portsmouth ... executor John Earle ... [&] John Borden ... I give and bequeth unto my son William Earle one brass milkpan for his portion out of my estate ...     [same (Yes, brass miklpans) to sons Thomas,  Ralf, John and to daughters Mary Borden, Mary Hix [widow of his son Caleb] and Prudence Durfie] ... unto my daughter Prudence Durfie ... a negro girl called Cate ...  and ... unto my beloved son John all the Rest of my estate reale and personall both houses and Lands in the town of Portsmouth and all that any Land in the township of Dartmouth or ???? both divided or undiveded in the county of Bristoll in the coloni of the Massachusetts Bay ... to my granson Caleb Earle fforty acres of land ... or 40 pounds ... at his age of 21 ... and to my granddaughter Joan Earle, daughter of Caleb £10 ... . And my abovesaid John Earle allowing my wife a comfortable and sufficient maintenance ... [overseers friends James Tallman of Portsmouth and Benjamin Durfee of Tiverton]
13 Nov 1713
Wit: William Anthony, James Tallman, James Wilson                       William Earll
Proved, 8 Feb 1713/14."

3England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JSKY-NF2. Image.

4Compiled by Pliny Earle, Earle Family, The. Ralph and His Descendants, pg 23.

5FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/113069964/william-earle. "William was born before 11 May 1632 and died about 1714. He immigrated with his parents about 1633/4.
He married [2] Prudence." Image.


Prudence

1A genealogical history of the Jennings Families in England and America, In three volumes , Page 565. "Prudence
Died Jan. 18, 1718."

2Compiled by Pliny Earle, Earle Family, The. Ralph and His Descendants, Press of Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA 1888, pg 23-25. "In his will, executed Nov. 13, 1713, he gave to his son William, a brass milk pan, and a like gift to his sons Thomas, Ralph and John, and his daughters Mary Borden, Mary Hix and Prudence Durfee, and to the last a negro girl, " Kate," also, to his son John, all the rest of the estate, real and personal, he paying legacies as follows : to grandson Caleb Earle, forty acres, or £40, at the age of twenty-one. To granddaughter Joan Earle, daughter of Caleb, £10, at twenty years of age. His son John was to allow his mother comfortable and sufficient maintenance." Image.

3Portsmouth (Rhode Island) Town Council, Rhode Island - Portsmouth - Town council and probate records, 1697-1930, Vol. 2 on FHL film #946,796, pp. 206-8. "... William Earle of Portsmouth ... executor John Earle ... [&] John Borden ... I give and bequeth unto my son William Earle one brass milkpan for his portion out of my estate ...     [same (Yes, brass miklpans) to sons Thomas,  Ralf, John and to daughters Mary Borden, Mary Hix [widow of his son Caleb] and Prudence Durfie] ... unto my daughter Prudence Durfie ... a negro girl called Cate ...  and ... unto my beloved son John all the Rest of my estate reale and personall both houses and Lands in the town of Portsmouth and all that any Land in the township of Dartmouth or ???? both divided or undiveded in the county of Bristoll in the coloni of the Massachusetts Bay ... to my granson Caleb Earle fforty acres of land ... or 40 pounds ... at his age of 21 ... and to my granddaughter Joan Earle, daughter of Caleb £10 ... . And my abovesaid John Earle allowing my wife a comfortable and sufficient maintenance ... [overseers friends James Tallman of Portsmouth and Benjamin Durfee of Tiverton]
13 Nov 1713
Wit: William Anthony, James Tallman, James Wilson                       William Earll
Proved, 8 Feb 1713/14."


Major Thomas Catlett

1Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pg 9, FHL 929.273 B345s. "Caroline County Records.

1730.—Among justices of county court were Thomas Catlett, William Taliaferro and Richard Buckner; and in 1734, present, Thomas Catlett and John Catlett, justices.

June 13, 1735. — The justices were Thomas Catlett, John Catlett, Jonathan Gibson, William Taliaferro, John Taliaferro, Richard Taliaferro, Francis Thornton, Nicholas Battaille and others. Thomas Catlett, of Caroline, died in 1739; wife, Martha, executrix.

Book XIV, 1728. p. 512. — Major Thomas Catlett, 66 acres in Caroline county, next to Robert Taliaferro.

Book XV. 1730. - Major Thomas Catlett, 1,376 acres in Caroline county, St. Mary's parish, bounding on Taliaferro and Royston's line and the Golden Vale swamp.

From Spotsylvania Records.

May 11, 1730.—Thomas Catlett witnessed a deed from Richard Buckner, of Caroline county, planter, to Lawrence Battaille, of same, planter, for £74, 371 acres in fork of Mattapony, which Buckner purchased of one Shackelford; and again, Oct. 19,1733, witnessed a deed from Richard Buckner, of St. Mary's parish, Caroline county, gent., to William Strother, of King George county, part of a patent conveyed by Augustine Smith to said Richard Buckner and Col. John Catlett.

March 14, 1733. - Will of Richard Buckner, gent, presented by executors, Elizabeth and Richard Buckner, and proved by oath of Thomas Catlett.

July 1, 1735. - Thomas Catlett witnessed sale of two lots in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania county, to Hancock Lee, of Spotsylvania, by the trustees: Col. Henry Willis, John Taliaferro and John Waller, gents." Source Image. Citation Image.

2Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 18. "(4) Thomas,8 mar. Martha . He died 1739 and his wife Martha administered upon his estate in Caroline co. He was sheriff of Essex co. 1716, J. P. in Caroline co. 1739, and patented a goodly quantity of lands. (See Thomas branch, below.)." Source Image. Citation Image.

3Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 36. "Descendants of Major Thomas Catlett3 (second son of second Col. John Catlett2 and Elizabeth Gaines), and his wife Martha, whose surname, after dilgent search, remains unknown. Major Thomas d. in 1739 and his wife "Martha" administered on his estate, which was inventoried 7th November, 1739.. (Caroline Co. Records.) He was of the vestry of St. Mary's parish, J . P. in 1732-1735, major and sheriff in 1716, and patented in 1726 a large body of lands in Spotsylvania Co., on the Rapidan, and in 1730 lands in Caroline Co. He had issue:."
Six children and nine grandchildren listed. Source Image. Citation Image.

4FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89318640/thomas-catlett. "Maj. Catlett was a son of Col. John Catlett, Jr. and Elizabeth Gaines.

Thomas married Martha Thornton in Caroline County, VA.

Thomas was Sheriff of Essex County, VA,and Justice of Peace in Caroline County, VA-1739

Thomas patented a "goodly quantity" of land in Caroline Co., VA." Image.


Martha Thornton

1Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pg 9, FHL 929.273 B345s. "Caroline County Records.

1730.—Among justices of county court were Thomas Catlett, William Taliaferro and Richard Buckner; and in 1734, present, Thomas Catlett and John Catlett, justices.

June 13, 1735. — The justices were Thomas Catlett, John Catlett, Jonathan Gibson, William Taliaferro, John Taliaferro, Richard Taliaferro, Francis Thornton, Nicholas Battaille and others. Thomas Catlett, of Caroline, died in 1739; wife, Martha, executrix.

Book XIV, 1728. p. 512. — Major Thomas Catlett, 66 acres in Caroline county, next to Robert Taliaferro.

Book XV. 1730. - Major Thomas Catlett, 1,376 acres in Caroline county, St. Mary's parish, bounding on Taliaferro and Royston's line and the Golden Vale swamp.

From Spotsylvania Records.

May 11, 1730.—Thomas Catlett witnessed a deed from Richard Buckner, of Caroline county, planter, to Lawrence Battaille, of same, planter, for £74, 371 acres in fork of Mattapony, which Buckner purchased of one Shackelford; and again, Oct. 19,1733, witnessed a deed from Richard Buckner, of St. Mary's parish, Caroline county, gent., to William Strother, of King George county, part of a patent conveyed by Augustine Smith to said Richard Buckner and Col. John Catlett.

March 14, 1733. - Will of Richard Buckner, gent, presented by executors, Elizabeth and Richard Buckner, and proved by oath of Thomas Catlett.

July 1, 1735. - Thomas Catlett witnessed sale of two lots in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania county, to Hancock Lee, of Spotsylvania, by the trustees: Col. Henry Willis, John Taliaferro and John Waller, gents." Source Image. Citation Image.

2Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 18. "(4) Thomas,8 mar. Martha . He died 1739 and his wife Martha administered upon his estate in Caroline co. He was sheriff of Essex co. 1716, J. P. in Caroline co. 1739, and patented a goodly quantity of lands. (See Thomas branch, below.)." Source Image. Citation Image.

3Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 36. "Descendants of Major Thomas Catlett3 (second son of second Col. John Catlett2 and Elizabeth Gaines), and his wife Martha, whose surname, after dilgent search, remains unknown. Major Thomas d. in 1739 and his wife "Martha" administered on his estate, which was inventoried 7th November, 1739.. (Caroline Co. Records.) He was of the vestry of St. Mary's parish, J . P. in 1732-1735, major and sheriff in 1716, and patented in 1726 a large body of lands in Spotsylvania Co., on the Rapidan, and in 1730 lands in Caroline Co. He had issue:."
Six children and nine grandchildren listed. Source Image. Citation Image.


Lawrence Catlett

1Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pg 17; pg 18, FHL 929.273 B345s. "page 17.
Will of Lawrence Catlett, 27th October, 1724, probated 19th January, 1724/5, mentions wife Alice, and bros. John and Thomas. His wife and father-in-law, Francis Thornton, his executors. Jno. Roy and Robt. Smith, witnesses. This Lawrence was oldest son of the 2nd John Catlett, who is usually referred to as "the 2nd John."

pg 18
(1) Lawrence,3 d.  1724, mar. Alice Thornton, dau. of Francis Thornton. (She mar.  James Taylor, b. 1705, d. 1784, and left Taylor issue.) Lawrence, d. s. p. 1724. Will Oct. 27, 1724, prob. 19th. Jany, 1724/5. (See above.) Subsequently there was a deed made to his widow "Alice" of slaves and signed by Jno.Catlett, Thos, Catlett of Essex, Francis Conway of Essex, Jno. Taliaferro of Spotsylvania, and Rowland Thornton of King George co. Witnesses : Jno. Catlett, Jr., Chas. Taliaferro, Jr., and John Battaille. (Essex Records.)." Image.

2Virginia, Essex (Old Rappahannock), Marriage Index, 1655-1900, Page 233. "Marriage Date: 1724
Marriage Place: Richmond and Essex, Virginia, USA
Father: Francis
Spouse: Lawrence Catlett
Comments: 1724, THORNTON, ALICE Daughter of Francis, married Lawrence Catlett."

3Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 18. "(1) Lawrence,3 d. 1724, mar. Alice Thornton, dau. of Francis Thornton. (She mar. II James Taylor, b. 1705, d. 1784, and left Taylor issue.)." Image.


Alice Thornton

1Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pg 18, FHL 929.273 B345s. "(1) Lawrence,3 d. 1724, mar. Alice Thornton, dau. of Francis Thornton. (She mar. II James Taylor, b. 1705, d. 1784, and left Taylor issue.)." Image.

2FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/64929166/alice-taylor. "W/O James Taylor brother of Zachary Taylor grandfather of President Zachary Taylor,James was also brother of Frances Taylor Madison grandmother of President James Madison. Alice was a 2nd cousin of President George Washington." Image.

3Virginia, Essex (Old Rappahannock), Marriage Index, 1655-1900, Page 233. "Marriage Date: 1724
Marriage Place: Richmond and Essex, Virginia, USA
Father: Francis
Spouse: Lawrence Catlett
Comments: 1724, THORNTON, ALICE Daughter of Francis, married Lawrence Catlett."

4Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 17; pg 18. "page 17.
Will of Lawrence Catlett, 27th October, 1724, probated 19th January, 1724/5, mentions wife Alice, and bros. John and Thomas. His wife and father-in-law, Francis Thornton, his executors. Jno. Roy and Robt. Smith, witnesses. This Lawrence was oldest son of the 2nd John Catlett, who is usually referred to as "the 2nd John."

pg 18
(1) Lawrence,3 d.  1724, mar. Alice Thornton, dau. of Francis Thornton. (She mar.  James Taylor, b. 1705, d. 1784, and left Taylor issue.) Lawrence, d. s. p. 1724. Will Oct. 27, 1724, prob. 19th. Jany, 1724/5. (See above.) Subsequently there was a deed made to his widow "Alice" of slaves and signed by Jno.Catlett, Thos, Catlett of Essex, Francis Conway of Essex, Jno. Taliaferro of Spotsylvania, and Rowland Thornton of King George co. Witnesses : Jno. Catlett, Jr., Chas. Taliaferro, Jr., and John Battaille. (Essex Records.)." Image.


John Catlett III

1Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, Page 9 (1728-1735), FHL 929.273 B345s. "
Book XIV, p. 512.—1728.—Major Thomas Catlett, 66 acres in Caroline county, next to Robert Taliaferro.

Book XV.—1730. Major Thomas Catlett, 1,376 acres in Caroline county, St. Mary's parish, bounding on Taliaferro and Royston's line and the Golden Vale swamp.

From Spotsylvania Records.

May 11, 1730.—Thomas Catlett witnessed a deed from Richard Buckner, of Caroline county, planter, to Lawrence Battaille, of same, planter, for £74, 371 acres in fork of Mattapony, which Buckner purchased of one Shackelford; and again, Oct. 19,1733, witnessed a deed from Richard Buckner, of St. Mary's parish, Caroline county, gent., to William Strother, of King George county, part of a patent conveyed by Augustine Smith to said Richard Buckner and Col. John Catlett.

June 13, 1735.—The justices were Thomas Catlett, John Catlett, Jonathan Gibson, William Taliaferro, John Taliaferro, Richard Taliaferro, Francis Thornton, Nicholas Battaille and others. Thomas Catlett, of Caroline, died in 1739; wife, Martha, executrix." Image.

2Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 18; pg 19 (Desc). "
pg 18
(3) John,8 mar. (I) Taliaferro, (II) Mary Grayson.

pg 19
Descendants of third John, d. 1739, who is believed to have mar. (I) Mary or Elizabeth, dau. of Jno. Taliaferro, and had a son, John 4th, of age at father's death 1739, who in his will mentions "John and my minor children," and names his son John and brother Thomas as executors. He mar. (II), 20th October, 1726, Mary Grayson, of Spotsylvania co., Va. He witnessed a deed in 1724 and signs "Jno. Catlett, Jr., and in 1730 he made a deed to his son, Jno. Catlett, Jr., and signs himself "Jno. Catlett, Gent." He was of the vestry of St. George, 1738." Image.

3Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pg 20 Will. "Will of 3rd John Catlett, dated 14th June, 1738, prob. June 3, 1739, gives:
"To son John, five shillings.
"To son Benjamin, tract of land I now live on and tract I bought of Jno. Todd.
"To son Reuben, tract called Mamum Oak Quarters.
"To son William, 500 acres in Orange co.
"To wife, 1/7 part of personal property and at her death equally divided between my six children, who receive balance of personal, viz: Mary Catlett and Judith and Eliza A. Catlett, and three sons, Benjamin, Reuben and William Catlett.
"Bro. Thomas Catlett and son John Catlett, Exs."
Witnesses: Jonathan Gibson, Geo. Todd and Robt. Lindsey." Image.

4Virginia, Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850, Book B. "Name: John Catlett
Date: 04 Jan 1730
Location: Caroline Co., VA
Property: One moiety or half part of a tract of land containing 4000 a. in St. Geo. Par., Spts. Co.
Notes: This land record was originally published in "Virginia County Records - Spotsylvania County, 1721-1800, Volume I" edited by William Armstrong Crozier.

Remarks: John Catlett of Caroline Co., Gent., to his son, John Catlett, Junr., of same county, planter. "one moiety or half part of a tract of land purchased by him, the sd. Jno. Catlett and Richard Buckner, Gent., of Augustine Smith," containing 4000 a. in St. G

Description: Grantor
Book: B
Occupation: Gentleman." Image.

5Carol A. Hauk, Catlett, Descendants of John Catlett of Virginia
, The Virginia Ancestor Series. Volume II Edition 6. Hauk Data Services, Anderson, Indiana 1996
, pg 2, 929.273 C289h. Image.

6FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89315521/john-catlett. "John Catlett, III, the oldest child of Col. John Catlett, Jr. and his second wife, Elizabeth Gaines, was born ABOUT 1685 in Old Rappahanock County, VA.

John, III, married first Elizabeth Taliaferro, daughter of Lt. Col. John "The Ranger" Taliaferro, Sr. and Sarah Smith.

Elizabeth had been born at Powhatan Plantation, Essex County, VA. After Elizabeth's death, John married, second, Mary Grayson on 20-Oct-1726 in Spotslyvania County, VA.

John died in 1739 in St. Mary's Parish. His will was probated 3-Jun-1739." Image.


Elizabeth Taliaferro

1Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, page 18 & 19, FHL 929.273 B345s. "
pg 18
(3) John, (I) 8 mar. Taliaferro, (II) Mary Grayson.

pg 19
Descendants of third John, d. 1739, who is believed to have mar. (I) Mary or Elizabeth, dau. of Jno. Taliaferro, and had a son, John 4th, of age at father's death 1739, who in his will mentions "John and my minor children," and names his son John and brother Thomas as executors. He mar. (II), 20th October, 1726, Mary Grayson, of Spotsylvania co., Va. He witnessed a deed in 1724 and signs "Jno. Catlett, Jr., and in 1730 he made a deed to his son, Jno. Catlett, Jr., and signs himself "Jno. Catlett, Gent." He was of the vestry of St. George, 1738."." Image.

2Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, pages 19 & 20. "

page 19 "Descendants of third John, d. 1739 who is believed to have married (I) Mary or Elizabeth, dau. of Jno. Taliaferro, and had a son, John 4th, of age at father's death 1739, who in his will mentions "John and my minor children," and names his son John and brother Thomas as executors.

page 20. Issue. (1) By first marriage he had John,5 b. circa 1705, d. Dec. 13, 1744, to whom he made a deed in 1730; mar. Sept. 25, 1727, Alice Gibson, d. Mar. 15, 1761, daughter of Jonathan Gibson, justice and burgess for Caroline, 1736-38-40. He was of Orange co. and of vestry of St. Mark's. His will, Mar. 28, 1744, prob. 1745, recorded in Richmond co. (See below.)."." Image.

3Nicklin, John Bailey Calvert, Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine - Vol. III (1981) - The Taliaferro Family. "John Catlett III] married first Mary Taliaferro. TALIAFERRO TIMES, Vol. II, Issue 5, 17 Sep 1997, submitted by W. Wayne Rogers:  Elizabeth Taliaferro 1691-1705 married John Catlett 1677-1739 son of John Catlett."


Rowland Thornton

1George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Fredericksburg, Virginia : G.H.S. King 1978, pg. 147-149, 951.525 P2. "WILL OF ROWLAND THORNTON
In the Name of God Amen. I Rowland Thornton of the Parish of Hanover in the County of King George being of perfect sense and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will & Testament in manner and form following.

Imprimis: I give to my son Francis Thornton all my land lying in Spotsylvania County near the Great Falls as also one tract of land lying in King George County containing three hundred acres, it being the land whereon he now dwells which said two tracts of land I give to my son Francis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my loving wife Elizabeth Thornton the following five Negroes, viz: Frank, Robin, Peter, Caesar and Bess to her and her heirs forever. I also give to my said wife the use of my two Negroes Joe and Jemmy during her life and after her decease my will is that my daughter Elizabeth Thornton have my said Negroe Jemmy and my daughter Alcey to have Negro Joe. I also give to my loving wife Elizabeth her first choice of thirty head of cattle out of my whole stock together with all my stock of hogs as also all my household goods with all my personal estate both in Virginia & England to enable her to pay my debts and legacy's except such particulars as I shall hereafter give to my children.

Item: My will and desire is that my wife Elizabeth have the use of my dwelling plantation with all the land belonging to it on the Upper side of Crow's Swamp during her natural life and to my son Francis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Thornton my whole right title property and interest (to a purchase I made jointly with Colonel John Catlett my wife's Father) one moiety of five hundred acres of land lying in Caroline County and being the land Dorothy Roy now dwells on which said moiety of land containing two hundred and fifty acres (if recovered from the heirs of Charles Smith who mortgaged the same to Micajah Perry, Merchant in Lon1741/2 109 don, of whom the said Catlett and I made the purchase) , I give to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs forever. And in case the law is such that the said land be not recovered from the heirs of the said Charles Smith, then I give to my daughter Elizabeth all the Money that shall or may be recovered by virtue of the said purchased mortgage.

Item - I give to my daughter Elizabeth the following twelve Negroes, Viz: Tom, Kate, Little Bess, Stephen, Sias, Hannibal, Judy, Grace, Moll alias Poll, Ben, Ralph, and Phillis.

Item: I give to my daughter Elizabeth Thirty Pounds Sterling, also a good feather bed and furniture and a black horse called Button with her side saddle and furniture , a mare called Phenix, and her next choice of eight head of cattle after her mother. I also give to my said daughter Elizabeth, Negro Jemmy after my wife's decease.

Item: My will is that my daughter Alcey have the use of my Quarter with the land adjoining to it below Crow's Swamp untill she marries, then I give the said land to my son Francis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Alicey the following fourteen Negroes, viz: Caesar, Flora, Frank, Nan, Milly, Ester, Bristol, Sibby, Jeffrey, Harry, Titus, Mariah, Davy and Jenny. I also give unto my daughter Alcey her choice of eight head of the remaining part of my cattle with one good feather bed and furniture and five pounds Sterling to buy her a side saddle. I also give to my daughter Alcey Negro Joe after my wife's decease.

Item: I give to my son Francis the remaining part of my Negroes not herein bequeathed and Fifty Pounds Sterling together with the remaining part of my cattle and also my new gun, pistolls , holsters, scimeter and new trooping saddle.

Item: My will is that my estate be not appraised. And lastly I constitute and appoint my loving brother Anthony Thornton and my son Francis Thornton Executors of this my Last Will & Testament hereby making void all wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this 21st Day of September 1741.
*******
Rowland Thornton *Seale*
*******
Sign'd Sealed, Published and Declared)
to be his Last Will & Testament in )
the Presence of us - - - - )
Test:
W1? Mackay
John Moore
At a Court held for King George County the fifth day of March 1741.
The last Will & Testament of Rowland Thornton, Gent: Deced, was
presented into Court by Francis Thornton his Executor who made oath
thereto and the same was proved by the oath of William Mackay and
John Moore and admitted to record.
Copy Test,
Turner Cl: Cur :

[The will of Rowland Thornton (1685-1742) of "Crow's" in lower King George County was published in Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume XXII, pages 231-233. He was the son of Francis Thornton (1651-1726) and his first wife nee Alice Savage.

In spite of all, no sooner than the aforementioned will appeared, a genealogist seized upon the testator as Rowland3 Thornton [Rowland2; Williaml] in Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume XXIII, pages 10 2-10 6, and endeavored to make the said testator Rowland3 Thornton, son of Rowland2 and Elizabeth (Fleming) Thornton, whose land was in upper King George County on the Muddy Creek, the present dividing line between King George and Stafford counties. While the same Christian names are often carried in families thru many generations, yet the location of their land and the families with whom they were associated and most often intermarried, must be a prime consideration in the identification of relatives of the same name in the same area. (See also 23 Tyler's 206) Rowland3 Thornton [Francis2 ; Williaml] 0f "Crow's," the 1741/2 testator, lived in lower King George County, Hanover Parish, while his less prominent first cousin, Rowland3 Thornton [Rowland2; Williaml] f lived in upper King George County, Brunswick Parish, Muddy Creek, and his land fell into Stafford County upon a complex boundary alteration during Revolutionary times. While both tracts lay immediately on the Rappahannock River they were miles apart and consequently it was no problem for those in King George County in the first half of the XVIII Century as to identification, however, it may well be now unless the domain of each family is recognized.]."

2George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Section II pg 277. "THORNTON, ROWLAND [GENTLEMAN] of "Crow's," Hanover Parish, (d. t., 1741/2). C0B#2, p. 273: 5 March 1741/2
The last will and Testament of Rowland Thornton, Gent, was presented into court by Francis Thornton, his executor, and on the same day he gave bond in the sum of £500 Sterling for his proper performance of his executorial duties; John Champe and Benjamin Strother were his securities on this bond [BB#3, p. 11]. An inventory of his estate was returned to court 4 March 1742/3 and recorded in I # l, pages 274-276. This is also noted in COB#2, page 323, 4 March 1742/3. The will of his widow, Elizabeth (Catlett) Thornton (1689-1751), has been noted on pages 204-205 and 276 of this volume." Image.

3Barnes, 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. . "Rowland3 Thornton, of "Crowes", King George county, born August 1, 1685, died 1748; was vestryman of Hanover parish, King George, 1723, and was appointed a justice of King George in 1722. He was alive in 1733. Married Elizabeth (born Sept. 6, 1689,  died 1751), daughter of Col. John Catlett, of Essex. Issue: 33. Francis4; 35. Alice4, married John Fitzhugh, of "Bellair", Stafford county (and perhaps other issue)."

4FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93853373. "Rowland was a son of Francis and Alice (Savage) Thornton, born presumably on his father's plantation in "Old" Rappahannock County. [Biographies of his parents linked to this one contain erroneous information.]

Rowland married Elizabeth Catlett, daughter of John Catlett 2nd. Rowland and Elizabeth then settled at Crowes, the new Thornton family seat in Richmond (later King George) County.

The 1726 will of Francis Thornton 1st refers to Rowland "of Crowes, King George County." He and brother Francis 2nd each got half of their father's land at the lower falls of the Rappahannock. Rowland was also bequeathed half of his father's thousand acres on both sides of Crowes swamp (Francis' widow Ann inherited the other half).

Rowland's 1741 will in King George County reveals an impressive estate. (Bio by Mark Hale)." Image.

5George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, pg 264-265, 5 Sep 1751. "WILL OF ELIZABETH THORNTON
In the Name of God Amen, this Second day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred Forty eight. I Elizabeth Thornton of the County of King George being sick in body but of good and perfect memory (thanks be to Almighty God) do make constitute ordain and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following revoking and annuling by these presents all and every Testament & Testaments, Will or Wills heretofore by me made or declared either by word or writing and this is to be taken only for my Last Will & Testament and none other.

And first repenting earnestly for my former sins and humbly desireing forgiveness for the same after I give and commit my soul to God Almighty, I give and dispose of my temporal estate as follows, that is to say after all my debts are duely satisfied and paid by Francis Thornton my son and by John Fitzhugh my son in law both whom I leave and appoint to be my Executor's of this my last Will and Testament.

Imprimis : I give and bequeath to my son Francis Thornton my Negro fellow named Frank, all my chairs and my tables as also £30 in money which he now owes me.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Alee (sic) Fitzhugh my two Negroes Caesar & Bess and what money I have at my death as also all my wearing cloaths either made up or unmade and my grey horse called Baldwin or Blewbird.

Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson William Thornton my silver watch and my desk.

Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Francis Thornton all my silver tea spoons and my gunn.

Item: My will is that my son Francis Thornton and my daughters Elizabeth Thornton and Alse Fitzhugh shall each have a Mourning Ring out of my estate.

Item: My will is also that all the remainder of my estate (which I have not already given away) may be divided equally between my son Francis Thornton and my daughter Alse Fitzhugh, as witness my hand and seale.

Her
Elizabeth [E] Thornton
Mark
In presence of us
John Brown
George Riding
1751 205
At a Court held for King George County on Thursday, September 5 . 1751.

The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Thornton, Deceased, was presented into Court by Francis Thornton and John Fitzhugh, her Executors who made oath thereto and the same was proved by the oaths of John Brown and George Riding and admitted to record.
Cop. Test
Harry Turner, C. C.
Grandsons: William Thornton, Francis Thornton."

6George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Section II pg 276, 5 Sep 1751. "THORNTON, ELIZABETH (CATLETT) [WIDOW], (d. t., 1751). COB#3, p. 20
5 September 1751  The will of Elizabeth Thornton, deceased, was ordered to be recorded and her estate appraised, however, I find no appraisement of her estate of record. She was the daughter of Colonel John Catlett and widow of Rowland Thornton (1685-1742), Gentleman, of "Crow's," Hanover Parish (see below)."

7Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pg 18, FHL 929.273 B345s. "
(2) Elizabeth,8 b. Sept. 6, 1689, d. 1751, mar. Rowland Thornton of "Crowes," King George co., b. 1685, d. 1748, who was J. P. of said county and had issue, among others:
(a) Alice,4 mar. Jno. Fitzhugh, b. 1727, d. 1819, son of Henry and Susannah (Cooke) Fitzhugh of Belvoir, and had, among others, Elizabeth, b. 1754, d. 1825, mar. 1770 Capt. Francis Conway, b. 1748, d. 1794, and had Elizabeth, b. 1783, d. 1853, mar. 1802 Lawrence Catlett (See below)." Image.

8George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, pg. 147-149. "Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Thornton my whole right title property and interest (to a purchase I made jointly with Colonel John Catlett my wife's Father) one moiety of five hundred acres of land lying in Caroline County and being the land Dorothy Roy now dwells on which said moiety of land containing two hundred and fifty acres (if recovered from the heirs of Charles Smith who mortgaged the same to Micajah Perry, Merchant in London, of whom the said Catlett and I made the purchase), I give to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs forever. And in case the law is such that the said land be not recovered from the heirs of the said Charles Smith, then I give to my daughter Elizabeth all the Money that shall or may be recovered by virtue of the said purchased mortgage."
This is proof of Elizabeth's relationship to her husband. Image.


Elizabeth Catlett

1George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Fredericksburg, Virginia : G.H.S. King 1978, pg 264-265, 5 Sep 1751, 951.525 P2. "WILL OF ELIZABETH THORNTON
In the Name of God Amen, this Second day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred Forty eight. I Elizabeth Thornton of the County of King George being sick in body but of good and perfect memory (thanks be to Almighty God) do make constitute ordain and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following revoking and annuling by these presents all and every Testament & Testaments, Will or Wills heretofore by me made or declared either by word or writing and this is to be taken only for my Last Will & Testament and none other.

And first repenting earnestly for my former sins and humbly desireing forgiveness for the same after I give and commit my soul to God Almighty, I give and dispose of my temporal estate as follows, that is to say after all my debts are duely satisfied and paid by Francis Thornton my son and by John Fitzhugh my son in law both whom I leave and appoint to be my Executor's of this my last Will and Testament.

Imprimis : I give and bequeath to my son Francis Thornton my Negro fellow named Frank, all my chairs and my tables as also £30 in money which he now owes me.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Alee (sic) Fitzhugh my two Negroes Caesar & Bess and what money I have at my death as also all my wearing cloaths either made up or unmade and my grey horse called Baldwin or Blewbird.

Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson William Thornton my silver watch and my desk.

Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Francis Thornton all my silver tea spoons and my gunn.

Item: My will is that my son Francis Thornton and my daughters Elizabeth Thornton and Alse Fitzhugh shall each have a Mourning Ring out of my estate.

Item: My will is also that all the remainder of my estate (which I have not already given away) may be divided equally between my son Francis Thornton and my daughter Alse Fitzhugh, as witness my hand and seale.

Her
Elizabeth [E] Thornton
Mark
In presence of us
John Brown
George Riding
1751 205
At a Court held for King George County on Thursday, September 5 . 1751.

The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Thornton, Deceased, was presented into Court by Francis Thornton and John Fitzhugh, her Executors who made oath thereto and the same was proved by the oaths of John Brown and George Riding and admitted to record.
Cop. Test
Harry Turner, C. C.
Grandsons: William Thornton, Francis Thornton."

2George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Section II pg 276, 5 Sep 1751. "THORNTON, ELIZABETH (CATLETT) [WIDOW], (d. t., 1751). COB#3, p. 20
5 September 1751  The will of Elizabeth Thornton, deceased, was ordered to be recorded and her estate appraised, however, I find no appraisement of her estate of record. She was the daughter of Colonel John Catlett and widow of Rowland Thornton (1685-1742), Gentleman, of "Crow's," Hanover Parish (see below)."

3Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pg 18, FHL 929.273 B345s. "
(2) Elizabeth,8 b. Sept. 6, 1689, d. 1751, mar. Rowland Thornton of "Crowes," King George co., b. 1685, d. 1748, who was J. P. of said county and had issue, among others:
(a) Alice,4 mar. Jno. Fitzhugh, b. 1727, d. 1819, son of Henry and Susannah (Cooke) Fitzhugh of Belvoir, and had, among others, Elizabeth, b. 1754, d. 1825, mar. 1770 Capt. Francis Conway, b. 1748, d. 1794, and had Elizabeth, b. 1783, d. 1853, mar. 1802 Lawrence Catlett (See below)." Image.

4George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, pg. 147-149. "Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Thornton my whole right title property and interest (to a purchase I made jointly with Colonel John Catlett my wife's Father) one moiety of five hundred acres of land lying in Caroline County and being the land Dorothy Roy now dwells on which said moiety of land containing two hundred and fifty acres (if recovered from the heirs of Charles Smith who mortgaged the same to Micajah Perry, Merchant in London, of whom the said Catlett and I made the purchase), I give to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs forever. And in case the law is such that the said land be not recovered from the heirs of the said Charles Smith, then I give to my daughter Elizabeth all the Money that shall or may be recovered by virtue of the said purchased mortgage."
This is proof of Elizabeth's relationship to her husband. Image.

5King, George Harrison Sanford (1961), Virginia, Registry of Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, 1723-1758, Fredericksburg, Virginia : G.H.S. King 1978, pg 224, 975.526 K2. "born 1689."

6William and Mary College Quarterly historical magazine, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, Vol 4 No 2 (Oct. 1895) pg 89-93. "Daughter of Coloniel John Catlett of Essex, Virginia."

7King, George Harrison Sanford (1961), Virginia, Registry of Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, 1723-1758, pg 224. "died 1751."

8George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752. "Signed 02 September 1748, Proved 5 September 1751:
Son: Francis Thornton (Executor)
Daughters: Elizabeth Thornton, Alce Fitzhugh & (Son-in-Law) John Fitzhugh
Grandsons: William Thornton, Francis Thornton

CO Book #3, p. 20, Dated 5 Sep 1751:
Daughter of Col. John Catlett, and Widow of Rowland Thornton (1685-1742)."

9FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/145416505/elizabeth-thornton. "Elizabeth was the wife of Rowland Thornton. Her brother Lawrence was married to Rowland's sister, Alice Thornton. Elizabeth and Lawrence were half siblings of Rebecca (grandmother of President Madison), John III (husband of Mary Grayson), and Mary (wife of John "of Snow Creek" Taliaferro).

It has been brought to my attention that some believe that Edward Garrett was a 2nd husband of Elizabeth (Catlett) Thornton. I have not found the supporting evidence. My information shows that Elizabeth, born 9-6-1689, died in 1751, at age 62, only about 3 years after Rowland, who died in 1748. This would make a second marriage, with children, very unlikely for Elizabeth. It seems possible that Elizabeth's niece, also named Elizabeth Catlett (daughter of Thomas Catlett and Martha Thornton) could have married Edward Garrett, but Edward was apparently also married to Elizabeth Ware." Image.

10George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, pg. 147-149. "WILL OF ROWLAND THORNTON
In the Name of God Amen. I Rowland Thornton of the Parish of Hanover in the County of King George being of perfect sense and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will & Testament in manner and form following.

Imprimis: I give to my son Francis Thornton all my land lying in Spotsylvania County near the Great Falls as also one tract of land lying in King George County containing three hundred acres, it being the land whereon he now dwells which said two tracts of land I give to my son Francis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my loving wife Elizabeth Thornton the following five Negroes, viz: Frank, Robin, Peter, Caesar and Bess to her and her heirs forever. I also give to my said wife the use of my two Negroes Joe and Jemmy during her life and after her decease my will is that my daughter Elizabeth Thornton have my said Negroe Jemmy and my daughter Alcey to have Negro Joe. I also give to my loving wife Elizabeth her first choice of thirty head of cattle out of my whole stock together with all my stock of hogs as also all my household goods with all my personal estate both in Virginia & England to enable her to pay my debts and legacy's except such particulars as I shall hereafter give to my children.

Item: My will and desire is that my wife Elizabeth have the use of my dwelling plantation with all the land belonging to it on the Upper side of Crow's Swamp during her natural life and to my son Francis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Thornton my whole right title property and interest (to a purchase I made jointly with Colonel John Catlett my wife's Father) one moiety of five hundred acres of land lying in Caroline County and being the land Dorothy Roy now dwells on which said moiety of land containing two hundred and fifty acres (if recovered from the heirs of Charles Smith who mortgaged the same to Micajah Perry, Merchant in Lon1741/2 109 don, of whom the said Catlett and I made the purchase) , I give to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs forever. And in case the law is such that the said land be not recovered from the heirs of the said Charles Smith, then I give to my daughter Elizabeth all the Money that shall or may be recovered by virtue of the said purchased mortgage.

Item - I give to my daughter Elizabeth the following twelve Negroes, Viz: Tom, Kate, Little Bess, Stephen, Sias, Hannibal, Judy, Grace, Moll alias Poll, Ben, Ralph, and Phillis.

Item: I give to my daughter Elizabeth Thirty Pounds Sterling, also a good feather bed and furniture and a black horse called Button with her side saddle and furniture , a mare called Phenix, and her next choice of eight head of cattle after her mother. I also give to my said daughter Elizabeth, Negro Jemmy after my wife's decease.

Item: My will is that my daughter Alcey have the use of my Quarter with the land adjoining to it below Crow's Swamp untill she marries, then I give the said land to my son Francis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Alicey the following fourteen Negroes, viz: Caesar, Flora, Frank, Nan, Milly, Ester, Bristol, Sibby, Jeffrey, Harry, Titus, Mariah, Davy and Jenny. I also give unto my daughter Alcey her choice of eight head of the remaining part of my cattle with one good feather bed and furniture and five pounds Sterling to buy her a side saddle. I also give to my daughter Alcey Negro Joe after my wife's decease.

Item: I give to my son Francis the remaining part of my Negroes not herein bequeathed and Fifty Pounds Sterling together with the remaining part of my cattle and also my new gun, pistolls , holsters, scimeter and new trooping saddle.

Item: My will is that my estate be not appraised. And lastly I constitute and appoint my loving brother Anthony Thornton and my son Francis Thornton Executors of this my Last Will & Testament hereby making void all wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this 21st Day of September 1741.
*******
Rowland Thornton *Seale*
*******
Sign'd Sealed, Published and Declared)
to be his Last Will & Testament in )
the Presence of us - - - - )
Test:
W1? Mackay
John Moore
At a Court held for King George County the fifth day of March 1741.
The last Will & Testament of Rowland Thornton, Gent: Deced, was
presented into Court by Francis Thornton his Executor who made oath
thereto and the same was proved by the oath of William Mackay and
John Moore and admitted to record.
Copy Test,
Turner Cl: Cur :

[The will of Rowland Thornton (1685-1742) of "Crow's" in lower King George County was published in Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume XXII, pages 231-233. He was the son of Francis Thornton (1651-1726) and his first wife nee Alice Savage.

In spite of all, no sooner than the aforementioned will appeared, a genealogist seized upon the testator as Rowland3 Thornton [Rowland2; Williaml] in Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume XXIII, pages 10 2-10 6, and endeavored to make the said testator Rowland3 Thornton, son of Rowland2 and Elizabeth (Fleming) Thornton, whose land was in upper King George County on the Muddy Creek, the present dividing line between King George and Stafford counties. While the same Christian names are often carried in families thru many generations, yet the location of their land and the families with whom they were associated and most often intermarried, must be a prime consideration in the identification of relatives of the same name in the same area. (See also 23 Tyler's 206) Rowland3 Thornton [Francis2 ; Williaml] 0f "Crow's," the 1741/2 testator, lived in lower King George County, Hanover Parish, while his less prominent first cousin, Rowland3 Thornton [Rowland2; Williaml] f lived in upper King George County, Brunswick Parish, Muddy Creek, and his land fell into Stafford County upon a complex boundary alteration during Revolutionary times. While both tracts lay immediately on the Rappahannock River they were miles apart and consequently it was no problem for those in King George County in the first half of the XVIII Century as to identification, however, it may well be now unless the domain of each family is recognized.]."

11George Harrison Sanford King, Virginia, King George County, will book, A-1, 1721-1752, Section II pg 277. "THORNTON, ROWLAND [GENTLEMAN] of "Crow's," Hanover Parish, (d. t., 1741/2). C0B#2, p. 273: 5 March 1741/2
The last will and Testament of Rowland Thornton, Gent, was presented into court by Francis Thornton, his executor, and on the same day he gave bond in the sum of £500 Sterling for his proper performance of his executorial duties; John Champe and Benjamin Strother were his securities on this bond [BB#3, p. 11]. An inventory of his estate was returned to court 4 March 1742/3 and recorded in I # l, pages 274-276. This is also noted in COB#2, page 323, 4 March 1742/3. The will of his widow, Elizabeth (Catlett) Thornton (1689-1751), has been noted on pages 204-205 and 276 of this volume." Image.

12Barnes, 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. . "Rowland3 Thornton, of "Crowes", King George county, born August 1, 1685, died 1748; was vestryman of Hanover parish, King George, 1723, and was appointed a justice of King George in 1722. He was alive in 1733. Married Elizabeth (born Sept. 6, 1689,  died 1751), daughter of Col. John Catlett, of Essex. Issue: 33. Francis4; 35. Alice4, married John Fitzhugh, of "Bellair", Stafford county (and perhaps other issue)."


Francis Conway

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81731419/francis-conway. "Francis was the father of Eleanor Rose (Conway) Madison and grandfather of President James Madison. He was born and died in Virginia and married Rebecca Catlett of Port Royal around 1717. (Bio by Mark Hale)." Image.

2King, George Harrison Sanford, Virginia, Marriage of Richmond County, 1668-1853, Fellow American Society of Genealogists, Fredericksburg, VA, 1964, page 248.

3Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pgs 18-19, FHL 929.273 B345s. "(6) Rebecca,8 d. 1760, mar. (I) 1718 Francis, b. 1697, son of Col. Edward Conway, will April 12, 1733; (II) Jno. Moore, will prob. 1759 in King George co. By first marriage were Catlett Conway, mentioned in Col. Catlett's will, and Eleanor Rose, b. 1732, mar. 1749. Col. James Madison, Sr., who were parents of President James Madison, b. March 5, 1751, at Port Conway, on Rappahannock, opposite Port Royal. Rebecca Moore's will, 6th Nov., 1759, prob. 8th March, 1760." Image.


Rebecca Catlett

1Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924 (Main Author) & Stubbs, Elizabeth Saunders Blair, A history of two Virginia families transplanted from County Kent, England: Thomas Baytop 1638 & John Catlett 1622, Descendants of Col. John Catlett, the immigrant, and wife, Elizabeth Underwood, pgs 18-19, FHL 929.273 B345s. "(6) Rebecca,8 d. 1760, mar. (I) 1718 Francis, b. 1697, son of Col. Edward Conway, will April 12, 1733; (II) Jno. Moore, will prob. 1759 in King George co. By first marriage were Catlett Conway, mentioned in Col. Catlett's will, and Eleanor Rose, b. 1732, mar. 1749. Col. James Madison, Sr., who were parents of President James Madison, b. March 5, 1751, at Port Conway, on Rappahannock, opposite Port Royal. Rebecca Moore's will, 6th Nov., 1759, prob. 8th March, 1760." Image.

2FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89320297/rebecca-conway. "Rebecca Catlett married Francis Conway prior to 1722.

Rebecca and Francis were parents of:

Francis Conway, II (1722-1761) In 1744 Francis Conway, II married Sarah Taliaferro (daughter of Charles Taliaferro, Jr. and Sarah Thornton).

Eleanor Rose "Nelly" Conway
(1731-1829). Nelly married Col. James Madison, Sr. Their first chilld was James Madison, who was elected the fourth President of the United States of America and the co-author of the Federalist Papers and Father of the American Constitution.


Catlett Conway, Sr.(1751-1827). Catlett married Susannah Fitzhugh.


Following the death of Francis Conway, Rebecca (Catlett) Conway married John Moore whose will was probated, in King George County, VA in 1749.

Rebecca Catlett (Conway) Moore's will was made 6 Nov., 1759, and was probated 8 March, 1760.

Source for the birthdate of Rebecca Catlett is: Stubbs, Dr. & Mrs. William Carter, "A History of Two Virginia Families, Transplanted from County Kent, England; Thomas Baytop, Tenterden, 1638, and John Catlett, Sittingbourne, 1622.", pg. 18.

Source for the marriage date of Rebecca to Francis Conway: King, George Harrison Sanford, Marriages of Richmond County, VA 1668-1853" Fellow American Society of Genealogists, Fredericksburg, VA, 1964. p. 248.

Further source for Rebecca's possible dob:
I would suggest a date of birth for Rebecca much earlier than your 1707. According to the family bible of Francis Thornton 1st who was her husband's grandfather, “Francis Conway was married to Rebecca Catlett the 21 day of October in the year of our Lord 1717 It being a Monday when the Clock struck two in the afternoon. Our first[born] is Catlett Conway & he was born ye 11th January it being on ----- day in the year of our Lord 1719.” With Francis (born 1696) and Rebecca marrying in 1717 and their first child born in 1719, her date of birth would mostly likely have been between 1696 and 1702. Some sources give 1702 (without citation) but I tend to think ca. 1698 is more accurate. Thanks Mark Hale." Image.

3King, George Harrison Sanford, Virginia, Marriage of Richmond County, 1668-1853, Fellow American Society of Genealogists, Fredericksburg, VA, 1964, page 248.