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Monday, April 25, 2016

Special Bequests are found in old Virginia Wills concerning Schooling

It is extremely important for the genealogist to carefully study the old county wills because so much personal information is revealed in those documents.  In the early days there were no colleges or other schools in Virginia comparable to those in England. But the parents found a way to provide the means to sending their children to England for more education. The Last Wills and Testaments reveal people like John Waltham of Accomac County who died about 1640 leaving directions that as soon as his son should reach the age of six years, his instructions of good learning should begin.  Thus, he ordered his executors to confide him to some "good and godlye schoolmaster", selected with extraordinary care. Also, the child was to remain under this teacher's guidance until he arrived at the age of eleven years.  To pay for the schooling, Waltham authorized the executors to sell the entire annual increase, both male and female, of the cattle which the child had inherited. After his eleventh year passed, only the male cattle were to be sold for this purpose and this selling was to continue until the boy reached his eighteenth year. Source: Accomac County Records, vol. 1640-45, p. 38.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Witches Dunked

As early as 1698, Grace Sherwood of Princess Anne County had lasting fame as an enchantress when  John Gisburne accused her of casting spells and she joined with her husgand in suiing Gisburne for demation. The jury decided against her. Again, Anthony Barnes also brought a similar accusation against Grace, declaring that she had ridden his wife one night, and then, in the shape of a black cat, had slipped through the keyhole, or a crack in the door.  Once again the jury decided against her. Afterwards, she was sentenced to be ducked, ostensibly to test whether she was really a witch.  Source: Lower Norfolk County Antiquary, vol. ii, pp. 92, 93.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Store of Edward Lockey

17th century frock coat with brass buttons
The Virginia Colonists took his styles after English goods and dress and he found it necessary to import frock coats, stockings, hats and all of the adornments of the daily costume. The store of Edward Lockey in Williamsburg contained brass coat-buttons, a paper of hooks and eyes, andirons, sheep-shears, plough-chains, brass scales and reap-hooks. Hence, the research into the old wills and inventories is a "must" for the genealogist as well as the historian.  This is where the real background of colonial life is discovered!

Three tanned-doe skins were included in the inventory. Source: Records of York County, vol. 1664-1672, p. 260.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Robert Beverly's Valuable Estate

Baptism Record of Robert Beverley
Beverley, Robert, a planter of a valuable estate, died in 1687, but his mansion was less pretentious in size and appointments. Its apartments included the chamber in which Major Beverley slept, a second overhead chamber, a porch and hall chamber, dairy and kitchen, and the overseer's room. Source: Records of Middlesex County, vol. 1698-1713, p. 113.


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