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Selected Families and Individuals


John Bushrod Fauntleroy

There is supposition he remained unmarried yet Ancestral File and some on Ancestry.com list him as married.

Maxmilian Robinson

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg] sent to T.Mason on 7Apr2001. NOTES:

[Virginia Gleanings in England by Withington] Robinson's will isdated 1775, proved 1777 in King George County, VA. He lived in that county and in Westmoreland County, VA.

What follows is the text of the document (with signatures) known as Leedstown Resolves, or Westmoreland Resolves, a courageous protest against the Stamp Act,executed on 27 February 1766 by the Westmoreland County, Virginia citizens whose names are listed at the end of the document -- this identical text may be seen on a marble plaque which hangs in the hallway of the Old Circuit Court building in Montross, Virginia:


The following articles prepared and offered by Richard Henry Lee were passed by the patriots of that day at Leedstown, Virginia, on the 27th of February 1766:

"Roused by danger and alarmed at attempts, foreign and domestic, to reduce the people of this country to a state of abject and detestable slavery by destroying that free and happy condition of government under which they have hitherto lived,

We, who subscribe this paper, have associated and do bind ourselves to each other, to God, and to our country, by the firmest ties that religion and virtue can frame, most sacredly and punctually to stand by and with our lives and fortunes, to support, maintain, and defend each other in the observance and execution of these following articles X

FIRST: We declare all due allegiance and obedience to our lawful Sovereign, George the Third, King of Great Britain. And we determine to the utmost of our power to preserve the laws, the peace and good order of this Colony, as far as is consistent with the preservation of our Constitutional rights and liberty,

SECONDLY: As we know it to be the Birthright privilege of every British subject (and of the people of Virginia as being such) founded on Reason, Law, and Compact; that he cannot be legally tried, but by his peers; that he cannot be taxed, but by consent of a Parliament, in which he is represented by persons chosen by the people, and who themselves pay a part of the tax they impose on others. If, therefore, any person or persons shall attempt, by any action, or proceeding, to deprive this Colony of these fundamental rights, we will immediately regard him or them, as the most dangerous enemy of the community; and we will go to any extremity, not only to prevent the success of such attempts, but to stigmatize and punish the offender.

THIRDLY: As the Stamp Act does absolutely direct the property of the people to be taken from them without their consent expressed by the representatives and as in many cases it deprives the British American Subject of his right to trial by jury; we do determine, at every hazard, and paying no regard to danger or to death, we will exert every faculty, to prevent the execution of the said Stamp Act in any instance whatsoever within this Colony. And every abandoned wretch, who shall be so lost to virtue and public good, as wickedly to contribute to the introduction or fixture of the Stamp Act in this Colony, by using stampt paper, or by any other means, we will, with the utmost expedition, convince all such profligates that immediate danger and disgrace shall attend their prostitute purposes.

FOURTHLY: That the last article may most surely and effectually be executed, we engage to each other, that whenever it shall be known to any of this association, that any person is so conducting himself as to favor the introduction of the Stamp Act, that immediate notice shall be given to as many of the association as possible; and that every individual so informed, shall, with expedition, repair to a place of meeting to be appointed as near the scene of action as may be.

FIFTHLY: Each associator shall do his true endeavor to obtain as many signers to this association, as he possibly can.

SIXTHLY: If any attempt shall be made on the liberty or property of any associator for any action or thing to be done in consequence of this agreement, we do most solemnly bind ourselves by the sacred engagements above entered into, at the risk of our lives and fortunes, to restore such associate to his liberty and to protect him in the enjoyment of his property."

In testimony of the good faith with which we resolve to execute this association we have this 27th day of February 1766 in Virginia, put our hands and seals hereto.

Richard Henry Lee * Will. Robinson * Lewis Willis * Thos. Lud. Lee *Saml. Washington * Chas. Washington * Moore Fauntleroy * Francis Lightfoot Lee * Thomas Jones * Rodham Kenner * Spencer M. Ball * Richard Mitchell * Joseph Murdock * Richd. Parker * Spence Monroe * John Watts *Robt. Lovell * John Blagge * Charles Weeks * Willm. Booth * Geo. Turbeville * Alvin Moxley * Wm. Flood * John Ballatine, Jr. * William Lee* Thos. Chilton * Richard Buckner * Jos. Pierce * Will. Chilton * John Williams * William Sydnor * John Monroe * William Cocke * Willm. Grayson* Wm. Brockenbrough * Saml. Selden * Richd. Lee * Daniel Tibbs * Francis Thornton,Jr. * Peter Rust * John Lee Jr. * Francis Waring * John Upshau *Meriwether Smith * Thos. Roane * Jas. Edmondson * Jas. Webb. Jr. * John Edmondson * Jas. Banks * Smith Young * Laur. Washington * W . Roane *Richd. Hodges * Jas. Upshau * Jas. Booker * A . Montague * Richd. Jeffries * John Suggett * John S. Woodcock * Robt. Wormeley Carter * John Blackwell * Winder S. Kenner * Wm. Bronaugh * Wm. Peirce * John Berryman* John Dickson * John Browne * Edwd. Sanford * Charles Chilton * Edward Sanford * Jos. Lane * John Beale, Jr. * John Newton * Will. Beale, Jr. *Chs. Mortimer * Wm. Pierce * John Berryman * John Dickson * John Broone *Edwd, Sanford * Charles Chilton * Edward Sanford * Daniel McCarty * Jer.Rush * Edwd. Ransdell * Townshend Dade * John Ashton * W . Brent *Francis Foushee * John Smith, Jr. * Wm. Ball * Thos. Barnes * Jos.Blackwell * Reuben Meriwether * Edw. Mountjoy * Wm. J. Mountjoy * Thos. Mountjoy * Gilbt. Campbell * John Edmondsen, Jr. * Charles Beale * Peter Grant * Thompson Mason * Jona. Beckwith * Jas. Samford * John Belfield *W . Smith * John Augt. Washington * Thos. Belfield * Edgcomb Suggett *Henry Francks * John Bland, Jr. * Jas. Emerson * Thos. Logan * Jo. Milliken * Ebenezer Fisher * Hancock Eustace * John Richards * Thos. Jett* Thos. Douglas * Max Robinson * John Orr

Susannah (Hannah) Fauntleroy

In Hannah's father's will, Col. William gives Henry Robinson, his Grandson 200 pounds. Hannah's will was recorded in Westmoreland County in 1778.

Col. William Daingerfield

Col. William Daingerfield was a member of the House of Burgesses, 1747-1751. He lived at "Greenfield" in Essex County, Virginia.

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg sent to T.Mason on 7Apr2001. NOTES:

Will of Thomas Dangerfield, citizen and haberdasher of London, 1612/1618/19, "before a trip overseas: wife - Ellen; children - Thomas, William, Joseph, Robert, Rebecca and Elizabeth; sisters - Cowdall, Annyon; brother: William Dangerfield. [This William Dangerfield, emigrant to Virginia, had land on the Rappahannock River in 1667, was deceased by 1671, and had a son John born 1631.]

Will of William Dangerfield of Stonehouse, County Gloucester, yeoman, 1653/4 - 1654/5: eldest son - William; second son - Samuel; sons - Thomas, Edward; brothers - John, Thomas, Edward; "my now wife" - Mary; brother-in-law - Samuel Collwell.

Notes from The Paynes of Virginia by Brooke Payne, Harrisonburg, VA, 1977: William Daingerfield married Frances and died in 1671. Their son was John Daingerfield who married Anne Walker in 1670 when he was 39. John lived in South Farnham Parish in Essex County, VA near Tappahannock. The ferry was operated from his land to the mouth of Rappahannock Creek, now Cat Point. He married second, in 1685, Margaret, the widow of Captain Daniel Gaines. His will was dated 1713, proven 1720 in Essex County. The children of John and Anne Daingerfield included: 1. John who married Mary Conway, 1703, and she married second in 1707, Major James Ball; 2. Frances who married Edwin Thacker 1694, and she died 1729; 3. William married Elizabeth, widow of William Tomlin, daughter of Launcelot Bathurst of Virginia, 5th son of Sir Edward Bathurst of Essex, England, and William's will is recorded 1735 in Essex County, VA; 4. Anne who married Samuel Fox, and her will is recorded in Lancaster County, VA, 1722 / 1723.

Apphia Fauntleroy

In Apphia's father's will, Col. William gives to his grandchildren Mary, Martha, Lucy, and LeRoy Daingerfield certain negroes. She was Col. Daingerfield's second wife.

In "Some VA Marriages" indicates Ann Bushrod Daingerfield, dau. of William and Apphia (Fauntleroy) m. ____ Meredith 8W(1)98.

Colonel John Lewis Sr.

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.Mason by Joe Oblesby [jmo@mac.com] on 20Feb2003. Reference: "The Meriwethers and Their Connections", Nelson Heath Meriwether, Artcraft Press, 1964."

Katharine Fauntleroy

Had a daughter Jane (before 1757).

Robert Brooke

Information sent to Peggy Million from Mr. George Brooke Jr., 405 Jackson Ave., Lexington, VA. 24450 in July 1972. Indication is that Robert & Mary Fauntleroy had eight children, the third of whom was Robert IV who married Lydia Bushrod.

Genealogies of Virginia Families, vol.1; Virginia Vital Records.

Mary Fauntleroy

Had a son Robert (before 1757).

Capt. Richard Bushrod

RESEARCH-BIRTH: 1998 AF lists birth place as Sherborne, Dorsetshire, England.

In 1662 had grant of 2000 acres on Potomac in Westmoreland. Had in 1710, a grant of land in Westmoreland, adjoining his own land and that of his deceased brother, Thomas.

LAND: Letter from Mary Jo Fite, Cordell, OK, to T Mason; ; dtd 25 Sep 1996; in poss of T Mason; NOTES: From Virginia - A Guide to the Old Dominion, a Virginia Writer Project, p 554: Richard Bushrod acquired "Bushfield" in 1659, a large, vine-covered brick house built about the middle of the nineteenth century and left it to his son John, whose widow, Hannah Keene, though twice remarried, was buried here at her request between her first and third husbands.

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg sent to T.Mason on 7Apr2001.
-- arrived in Virginia Colony from the Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1647 and 1659, or by 1658, later than his brother Thomas; and their relationship as brothers is proved in a deposition in York County, VA. Their relationship was reportedly close-knit, although Richard was much younger and died nine years before his brother.
-- He made his home in Mock Jack [Mobjack] Bay, Gloucester County, VA where he gained quite a fortune as a planter, merchant and hatter.
-- Since Thomas had no children, it is stated that all Bushrods in Virginia descend from Richard's five children and their given names appear in succeeding generations of the Bushrod family - Richard, John, Thomas, Dorothy and Apphia.
-- Richard Bushrod died at about age 42, leaving considerable land holdings, including but not limited to:
- 2,000 acres of Mason Neck (a promontory bounded by the Occoquan and Potomac rivers and Pohick Creek;
- 2,000 acres patented 1665 which included the BUSHFIELD plantation purchased jointly with brother Thomas;
- 300 acres jointly with brother Thomas Bushrod andJohn Ingram in Northumberland County;
- obtained a royal grant, at present Gunston Hall;
-and small tracts for headrights.
-- If he made a will it may have been destroyed by fire during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676 when the Gloucester County records were lost or in an 1820 fire. His children represent the first Bushrod generation native to the New World: Dorothy, Aphia, Richard, Thomas and John.

Quit Rents of Virginia:
Land Grants Northern Neck of Birginia, rents paid to Fairfax and Culpeper families:
Anna Bushrod 1700 & 1704 Northumberland County 39 and 26 acres
John Bushrod 1709 Westmoreland County 88 acres.

Lewis of Warner Hall, The Warner Ancestry of the Lewis Family:
"Richard Bushrod was born in 1626, and settled in Gloucester County upon his arrival in Virginia. His wife had the unusual name of Apphia (her maiden name is unknown), which she transmitted to several of her descendants in the Bushrod, Fauntleroy and Lewis families. Richard Bushrod received grants for 2,000 acres in 1660 [Westmoreland Deed Book 4], and 2,000 acres in 1662 [Deed Book 5], both in Westmoreland County. However, he continued to live in Gloucester County, at least until after the birth of his son John in 1663. Only a short time after this latter date Richard Bushrod died; his widow was remarried by 1670, in which year Henry Whiting of York brought a suit in General Court in the right of his wife, Apphia, widow of Richard Bushrod of York County [Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 18]. This Henry Whiting became a Justice of York and major of horse in the militia 1680, a Councillor in 1691, and Treasurer of Virginia on July 5, 1693.
"So far as is known, the only child of Richard and Apphia Bushrod was their son John, who resided at BUSHFIELD, Westmoreland County. The few facts about him which are known, can best be taken from his tombstone at BUSHFIELD [Meade, vol. 2]. "Here lies the body of John Bushrod, Gentleman, son of Richard Bushrod, Gentleman, by Apphia, his wife. He was born in Gloucester Co., Va. 30 Jan 1663. He took for his wife Hannah, the daughter of William Keene of Northumberland and his wife Elizabeth, and by her left two sons and four daughters and died the 26th of February 1719 in the 56th year of his age."
[Some researchers believed that John Bushrod was the only child of Richard and Apphia, and John resided at "Bushfield." Others believe there were several offspring.]

Genealogies of Virginia Families, William & Mary Quarterly, vol.1, pages515-518;
Sarah McLaughlin, Sacramento, CA 1992, Nat. Society of Colonial Dames;
Fauntleroy Family page 22;
Some Virginia Families by Hugh Milton McIlhany, Jr.;
Cavaliers and Pioneers by Robert Armistead Stewart;
Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine vol 17;
Adventurers of Purse and Person by Annie Lash Jester, page 355;
The Virginia Genealogist, vol 18;
J. Bill Hailey, Abilene, TX 1992;
Nancy L. Lewis, Deer Park, TX;
William & Mary Quarterly, vol 16;
Garner-Keene Families of Northern Neck, Virginia by Ruth Ritchie and Sudie Wood;
Beginning at a White Oak by Beth Mitchell, Faifax County, VA, 1977;
Westmoreland County Will Book #6;
Lancaster County, VA Will Book #13;
Potomac Landings by Paul Wilstach;
Fairfax County Court Order Book;
Ancestral Records and Portraits, vol. 2, Colonial Dames, Baltimore, 1969;
Lancaster County Marrige Register #1.

The Bushrods immigrated to Virginia and settled in the Northern Neck of Virginia. It had become a royal colony in 1624 and immigration increased until by 1700 there were over 80,000 people, and by 1754, 284,000. Settlers spread over the coastal area, the interior center and crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains into the valleys. By 1755 much of theland was patented.

The Northern Neck is the long narrow peninsula between the Potomac River on the north and the Rappahannock River that divides it from the counties on the south. The two first Bushrod men, Thomas and Richard, to settle in the Northern Neck were among the large planters in the region, arriving two years before Virginia became a royal colony. Richard arrived several years later than his brother, Thomas, in Gloucester County, and made his home in Mobjack Bay. He gained a large fortune as a planter, merchant and hatter. The relationship with his brother Thomas is proven in several records; Richard died at age 42, nine years before his younger brother. Thomas had no children.

Richard's holdings were located in several Virginia counties, among them 2,000 acres of Mason Neck - a promontory bounded by the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers and Pohick Creek -- patented in 1660; 2,000 acres in the same county in 1665 which included Bushfield plantation, purchased jointly with his brother Thomas Bushrod; and 300 acres in Northumberland County, along with Thomas Bushrod and John Ingram. He either made no will, or it may have been destroyed by a fire during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676 when the Gloucester County recrods were lost. His children were the first Bushrods born in the colony.

Planters dominated the society in great numbers, and their homes were often called "manors." Vast estates were carved from the wilderness and were often known by names --- Bushfield, Nominy Hall, Chantilly, Wakefield, Cherry Hill.

Land was obtained through headright certificates based on bringing newcomers to the colony, compensation for military service and by purchase, plantations in vast tracts of up to 50,000 acres and more. The proprietors operated in two ways. Some assumed full responsibility themselves, planting tobacco and other crops [corn, cotton and flax]. Others leased tracts to others who did the farming. In addition to the work and securing income, the planters had a huge responsibility for supplying foodstuffs and commodities for those living on a plantation. For example, one plantation operation might need for one year 27,000 pounds of pork, 20 beeves, 550 bushels of wheat, corn, hogs, heads of run, 150 gallons of brandy, ink, turpentine, linseed oil, sugar and salt, in addition to vegetables and fruit grown for the household and laborers.

Great plantation proprietors often hired overseers or stewards to bear responsibility for management. Transportatiion by water was key to the success and support of large plantations, bringing purchased manufactured goods from overseas and shipping their own products out. Planters set up their own grist mills, textile factories and foundries. Many were of aristocratic background and ideals and set up their manors and families after the way of their British ancestors. They instructed their children, maintained considerable libraries, hired dancing masters, music teachers and tutors, and sent their young abroad to universities.

The colonists made their own entertainment - dancing, banquets, great gatherings, social gatherings after services at the parish church, boat races, fish feasts, horse races, some of them events of several days duration of music and good food. There was a lot of visiting and intermarrying between plantations, as these Virginia records will bearout.

Gloucester County's rich history actually dates from just after the settlement at Jamestown in 1607. Though the county would not be formed until 1651, historical events occurred on these lands that were instrumental to the colony's survival. When the English settlers arrived at Jamestown, the Indian fortress of Chief Powhatan was located on the north side of the river in Gloucester. Powhatan had built his home, Werowocomoco, on land that is now in Gloucester County. If the legends are true, then it was here that Princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powatan, saved Captain John Smith's life, earning both of them prominent places in our nation's history books. It was Captain John Smith who proclaimed, "Heaven and earth never framed a better place for man's habitation." Perhaps this was an early forerunner of "the land of the life worth living", Gloucester County's motto today.

Some Charles River County land patents were granted as early as 1639, but these lands that were to become Gloucester County were not really considered safe for settlement until after 1644. George Washington's great grandfather received a York County land patent in 1650 for land that became a part of Gloucester the following year. When Gloucester County was formed from York County in 1651, it consisted of four parishes: Abingdon, Kingston, Petsworth and Ware. (Kingston parish became Mathews County in 1791.) Many believe that the county was named for Henry, Duke of Gloucester, third son of Charles I. Others say it was named for the County of Gloucester in England. Gloucester is pronounced GLOSS-ter in New England, but in Virginia it is GLAW-ster in the English tradition.

These lands were a major tobacco producing area in the 1600s and 1700s. During this time, many imposing plantation homes and grand private estates were built. Many of these fine colonial homes remain today in almost perfect condition. One of the only eight churches of colonial Virginia was Abingdon Episcopal Church in Gloucester County, also still standing today. It is said that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson worshipped here, often at the same service. Washington's maternal grandmother's home was in Gloucester and Jefferson spent many nights in Gloucester at Roswell, the home of his friend, John Page.

Gloucester's role during the American Revolution was a pivotal one. The southern tip of the Gloucester County peninsula extends into the York River and is directly across from Yorktown. This finger of land, named Tyndall's Point for Captain John Smith's map maker, Robert Tyndall, became known as Gloucester Point at the time of the Revolution. A fortification existed here already, built to protect the waterways of Virginia. The British Army refortified the point in August 1781 and British forces occupied the point for much of the War. Gloucester Point is the site of the "Second Surrender" by General Charles Lord Cornwallis to General George Washington at Yorktown.

Apphia Hughes

She married 2nd Dr. Henry Whiting, also of Gloucester County. In 1670 he brought suit in the general court in the right of his wife, Apphia, "the relict of Mr. Richard Bushrod." After her death, Dr. Whiting married 2nd Elizabeth.

The surname Hughes is in the LDS IGI records. There is no identified documentation showing its source.

Major Jeremiah Murdock

Justice of King George Co. 1728-1752. Will dated 12 Dec 1750 proved in King George 5 Oct 1752.

George Nicholas Haile Jr.

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg sent to T.Mason on 7Apr2001. NOTES: Tentatively, the children of Captain George Heale, Sr. and his wife, Katherine Chinn, included Anne who married Capt. Moore Fauntleroy; Elizabeth who married William Davenport; Sarah who married Lindsay Opie 1734 in Lancaster County, VA; Katherine who married John Cannaday/Kennedy 1736; and Ellen who married David Ball 1727.

Richmond County, VA Deed Book 10, page 337, 4 November 1745 shows Ann Heale alive, one of four daughters of George Heale, Jr., the others being Elizabeth wife of William Davenport, Sarah, wife of Lindsay Opie and Catherine wife of John Cannaday / Kennedy.

In Richmond County, VA Account Book 1, page 303, 16 September 1748, Moore Fauntleroy refers to the various daughters of Captain George Heale, Jr.,and states "but the said Ann dying not having together with her said husband conveyed to the said William Davenport her share dividend or proportion of the said land lying in Lancaster according to the said contract and agreement mutually made betweent he said partys..."

The will of Robert Mitchell in July 1748 in --------- County, named his daughter Elizabeth as wife of Moore Fauntleroy.

Virginia Gleanings in England by Withington: Will of George Heale, City of Lancaster, Rappahannock County, VA, 1697 /1708/09:

described land and plantation where he lived, 1,300 acres; sons George, John, Joseph, Nicholas; unborn child; daughters Ellen, Elizabeth, Sarah; son-in-law William Ball; proved in Lancaster County, VA.

Notes from William and Mary College Quarterly, Historical Magazine, Williamsburg, VA: The family in Virginia probably begins with Nicholas Haile of York County, VA, a planter, who, in 1654, gave a power of attorney to Dr. Thomas Roots in Lancaster County, VA. George Heale followed him in the record when he executed a power of attorney in 16777, and whose wife was named Ellen in 1682.

George Heale, son of Nicholas, was sworn justice of Lancaster Court in 1684, and served as a member of the House of Burgesses in 1695 and 1697. His will dated 1697 was proved in Lancaster County in 1697. His wife's will was dated in 1710 and proved in Lancaster in 1710.

According to these records they had issue: 1. Hannah Heale who married William Ball, son of William, son of William the emigrant; 2. George Heale; 3. John Heale; 4. Joseph Heale; 5. Nicholas Heale; 6. Ellen Heale; 7. Elizabeth Heale who married William Davenport in 1728; 8. Sarah Heale who married Newman Brockenbrough, bond 1715; 9. William Heale who was born after the making of his father's will.

Catherine Chinn

In the Chinn Book by Ruth Wilson VanDuesen Dillon, 1972, Polyanthos:
Dillon suggests that there may have been a daughter Mary Fauntleroy, born ca. 1650-1652, who married Gregory Glascock. Schuder concurred that further investigation is warranted in the Rappahannock County, VA Glascock line. This book includes chapters on Fauntleroy and Sydnor families.