Archive CD Books USA    
  Helping preserve our published heritage for future generations.

My Wish List Home Project Info

Virginia Reports, Jefferson-33 Grattan, 1730-1880, Volumes 4, 5, 6 Munford
Virginia Reports, Jefferson-33 Grattan, 1730-1880, Volumes 4, 5, 6 Munford
Product Code: US0623-6
Number of CDs: 1
Pages: 904
Pub. Date: (1904) 2014
Qty in Cart: none

These cases were argued and determined in the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from 1812 to 1820, the first case being a continuation of the suit involving the Fairfax Proprietary, /Hunter v Martin, devisee of Fairfax/ and the final case being an action by a father for seduction of his daughter. A case involving William Ludwell Lee of Green Spring in James City County who died testate leaving among his bequests 500 Winchester bushels of Indian corn to the "president, Masters and Professors of William and Mary College, and their successors in office forever." Notwithstanding their school of law, William and Mary lost its case.

As with all law reports the point of law upon which the suit turns is of the most interest to the reporter and the lawyers and judges for whom the reports were intended; however, family researchers have an decided interest in these cases as well since in the process of reporting the case, family relationships or points of law that help us define family relationships are often mentioned.

The suits reported here include a number of cases of inheritance, one of which names Richard Farrel who died leaving a will made in 1766 in which he left slaves to his mother [unnamed] for life, then to his sister Anne Winston, for life and then to her children which "she shall leave at her death." The case dealt with a document signed by the children in the lifetime of Anne Winston [wife of William Winston who died in the lifetime of his wife] agreeing that the slaves should be equally divided among the living children and the issue of those deceased. The document was signed by William Winston, Thomas Price, Barbara Price, William Barrett, Dolly Barrett, Elizabeth Dabney, Robert Dabney, William Terrell Jr. and Martha Terrell. The report notes that "It appeared from the bill, that the children of Anne Winston were eight in all; five of whom, (with the husbands of four of them) signed the agreement. It was alleged that John Winston, one of the sons of the said Anne, assented thereto, but died before he had an opportunity of signing it; that Mary, (the wife of Garland Carr) one of the daughters, was dead at the time; and that Cornelius Schenck and Rebecca his wife, who was another daughter, did not sign it; 'their place of abode being at a distance from that of the other children.'"

Another case involved the estate of Micajah Woody Senr of Hanover who by will dated 23 Sept 1771 and recorded 2 Feb 1775 left his estate to his wife Cecillia Woody for life, and named daughters Constantia Spur, Lurana Woody, Sarah Ellison, Decilia Ellison, Agatha Woody, Ursula Woody, Massie Nancy, Mary Woody, and son William Woody. The widow died in July 1800.

A third suit began with entries made for land in Buckingham County in 1747 and 1753; it names James Christian the elder, father of John, Charles, James and George Christian; James made his will on 18 May 1752, which was admitted to probate on 8 March 1759. Charles, the eldest son, died without wife, child or will; James, the youngest son, died in 1781 having made a will on 20 October 1772. George died intestate about 1784 leaving a widow and four children.

Unlike the above most of the cases do not define extensive family relationships; however, they frequently give us some answers. We learn in one case that Elizabeth Bryan, widow of Symkin Bryan, married George Dudgeon of James City County, that she died intestate and that George Bray was her nephew and nearest blood relation existing. Another case involved two burned counties (Gloucester and Hanover) and named Charles Tomkies and Anne his wife, late Anne Dixon, daughter of Thomas Dixon, deceased; another involved Susanna Wilcox, widow and administratrix of Edmund Wilcox, deceased, against James T. Hubard and Susanna his wife (who was daughter of the plaintiff) and Edmund W. Hubard their infant son, all of Buckingham County. Other cases involved property, such as the Kennon Mine Tract in Buckingham County, the Frying Pan tract in then Stafford.

Law reports are like treasure chests---one never knows what one will find. Unlike the original printed versions with their limited indexes, these are every word searchable allowing one to check for places and/or names. And, if you are luck or perhaps even persistent, you may learn about that ancestor from a burned record county or a family story that had been hidden from public view.

Summary by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS
for Archive CD Books USA

This electronic book includes high-quality images of every page as originally published (not just a transcript) and is fully searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5 or later recommended) on any Windows, Macintosh, or Unix computer.

Virginia Reports, Jefferson-33 Grattan, 1730-1880, Volumes 4, 5, 6 Munford
Price: $19.95

Add to My Wish List  

Browse other products in the same category:
Home > Geographic Index > United States > Virginia
Home > Title Index > V

Log In

My Cart

Your shopping cart is empty.

Special This Month Only!
20% OFF!

Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America
Price: $24.95 $19.96

(see other specials)

Best Sellers
1. Black's Law Dictionary (First Edition, 1891)
2. Compendium of New England Pioneers
3. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah
4. Emigrants Who Went to America 1600-1700
5. Digested Summary of Private Claims

Credit Cards

Home    Project Info    Policies
My Wish List    Contact Us

Special pricing is available for libraries & societies, certified researchers, and resellers.

Copyright (c) 2008
Archive CD Books USA, LLC.
All Rights Reserved.

Partner Site: Archive CD Books Ireland, Archive CD Books Australia, Wholly Genes Software