Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Nicholas Smith

Male Bef 1674 - 1757  (> 83 years)


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  • Name Nicholas Smith 
    Born Bef 1674  Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Aug 1757  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I065088  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2020 

    Family Anne MNU Smith,   b. Bef 1678,   d. Aft 1757, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 81 years) 
    Married Bef 1694  Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Nicholas Smith,   b. Bef 1694, Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1757, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years)
     2. Francis Smith,   b. Bef 1704, Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1762, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)
     3. Susannah Smith,   b. Aft 1694, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1757, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years)
     4. Ruth Smith,   b. Aft 1694, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Lucy Smith,   b. Aft 1694, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Samuel Smith,   b. Aft 1694, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1757, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years)
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F17483  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Title Smith, Nicholas.
      Publication 1757.
      Gen. note Part of index to Essex County Wills and Administrations (1692-1800)
      Note p. 3-4. Adms. bond rec. 16 Aug. 1757.
      p. 4-5. Deposition rec. 16 Aug. 1757.
      p. 12. Inv. & appr. rec. 20 Sept. 1757.
      p. 400. Accounts rec. 15 Feb. 1762.
      Note Wills No. 11, 1757-1762 (Reel 46)
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      WILL OF NICHOLAS SMITH OF ESSEX COUNTY, VA.
      In the name of God amen I Nicholas Smith of Southfarnham parish in the County of Essex, Gent., being in perfect health of a sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament. First I commend my soul to Almight God, Trusting the merits and sufferings of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ for the Remission of my sins and my Body to be buryed in such Decent Manner as my Exor. herein after named shall think fit and as to the disposal of my worldly Estate which it has pleased God to bestow upon me all my Debts being first paid I give devise and bequeath the same as in manner following:
      Item: I give to my son Francis Smith, my son Nicholas Smith, my son Samuel Smith, my daughter Susannah Medley, Each one shilling sterling, they having received Each a sufficient part of my Estate.
      I give to my daughter Ruth Saile One Feather Bed and Furniture, two Cows and Calves and two Sows to her heirs forever.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Dunn one negro Girl named Betty Booker and one negro Boy named Tom Booker, and two Ewes to her heirs forever.
      Item—I give to my grandson John Medley two Cows and Calves and two Ewes to him and his heirs forever. All the Rest and Residue of my estate of what nature or kind so ever the same be both Real and Personal I lend unto my loving Wife Anne Smith, during her Life and after Decease I give the same to be equally divided between my Daughter Lucy Dunn and my two granddaughters Ann Fisher and Anne Medley and their heirs forever and lastly I appoint my son-in-law James Medley my sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereon I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of September 1755.
      Niche. smith. SS.
      'Signed published and declared as and for my last Will and Testament in the presence of James Medley Senior, Eleanor Medley, Mary Patterson
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappahannock the 12th day of October 1757
      The last Will and Testament of Nicholas Smith, Gent. Decd. was this day presented into Court by James Medley Jun. the Exor. herein named who made oath thereto and proved by the oaths of James Medley Sen. and Eleanor Medley two the witnesses hereto and ordered to be recorded and is truly Recorded. Test
      John Lee, Clerk.
      Recorded in Will Book 11 pp 19 Essex 'County, Va.
      Note: In the Court Records Francis Smith resigned his right as Exor. to his Brother Nicholas Smith in Aug. 1757. Evidently did not know then that their Father had made a Will.
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      Cynthia McBride

      Taken from the vestry-book is the following copy of an indenture:
      [PETSWORTH PARISH]

      This Indenture, made ye 4th day of April, in ye twelfth year of our Sovereign William, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of ye faith A. D. 1700, witnesseth, &c., &c. . . . .
      I, Nicholas Smith and William Miller, church-wardens of ye Parrish of Pettsoe, and County of Gloucester, Doe, in the name and behalfe of the vestry, sign and Deliver unto Mr. William Bernard, an Indenture for Richard Allen, the son of Richard Allen, according to an order of Vestry, and by the free consent of his Mother, Susanna Allen, we Doe Bind unto Mr. William Bernard ye above-named Richard, for to serve him, the said Bernard, his Heirs, Executors, or Assigns untill he comes to ye age of twenty and one years, and in all such service or imploy as he, ye said master, shall or will imploy him about, as also ye said master by this indenture promise, and oblige himself for to give unto the above Bound Richard Allen three years’ Schoolling, and he to be sent to school at ye years of twelfe or thereabouts, and ye said. master Doe consent and agree to and with Nicholas Smith and William Miller, church-wardens, for to finde and alow ye said Richard Allen sufficient aparell, meat, drink, washing, and lodging during ye said Tearm of time, and ye said master for to pay unto ye above Bound Richard Allen all such necessary allowances as is to his Due, according to the Custom of this Country. In wittness whereof ye Parties above have interchangeably sett their Hands and Seals yDay and year above written. Signed by
      MR. WILLIAM BERNARD.
      Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of us.
      HUGH MACKTYER, Clarke of ye Vestrey.
      CONQUEST WYATT.
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      1711-1714 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 8, Beverley Fleet]; Page 273. Deed of Gift. 12 Aug. 1714. Nicholas Smith of Petsworth Par., Gloucester Co., Virginia, gives "unto my welbeloved Son Nicholas Smith Junr of Essex County in Southfarnham Parish", a tract of land, acerage not shown, being part of a certain tract of land that he, Nicholas Smith Sr., bought of Mr Richard Cook, which was patented by Mr Thomas Bowlar, containing 500 acres, adj. to the plantation "that my said son now live on".
      Wit:
      Wm Upshaw signed Nioho Smith
      Tho Munday
      John Wills
      Rec. 12 Aug. 1714
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      1717-1722 Essex County, Virginia Wills, Inventories & Settlements, No. 3; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 177-78. Will of William Shepperd, being sick and week of body, dated 16 Nov. 1719.
      Unto my son Jeremiah Shepperd one horse colt aged about two years and if advantage being a dark gray and branded on the near buttock ST.
      All my land unto My son Jeremiah Shepperd.
      Unto my loveing wife Eliza. Shepperd, son Jeremiah and and daughter Elizabeth all the rest of my estate equally.
      my son Jeremiah Shepherd be carefully put to school, for the term of on whole year.
      In case that my said wife Elizabeth do remain a widow after my deceast till such time that my son Jeremiah come to the age of one and twenty years then my said son, do live with his mother without any devision, but in case my wife, doe marry, my son Jeremiah at the age of eighteen be free for himself.
      My brother Robt Shepperd stand justly indebted to me 500 pounds of tobacco. After that estate payd into my estate I do constitute my loveing wife Eliza Shepperd and my brother Robert Shepperd executors.
      William Shepherd
      Wit: Nicholas Smith, Jer. Shepard, Henry Sheppard.
      19 July 1720. Presented in Court by Eliza. Sheppard and Robert Sheppard executors. Proved by Nicholas Smith and Jeremiah Shepard.
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      1722-1730 Essex County, Virginia Wills, Bonds & Inventories, No. 4; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 22. Bond of Nicholas Smith to appear at the next General Court and appeal a judgement granted in a suit, in chancery in Essex County Court unto George Crymes, infant son and heir of Wm. Crymes, late of Gloucester County, by Edward Waller his next friend, against said Nicholas Smith, executor of Nicholas Smith who was executor of Doctr. William Crymes, For £200 sterl. 20 Feb. 1722 [1723].
      Security; Robert Jones.
      Nicho. Smith
      Robert Jones
      20 Feb, 1722 [1723]. Acknowledged.
      === land mentioned
      1721-1724 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 17; [Antient Press]; Page 166-168
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I ANNE CROW the Wife of THOMAS CROW do hereby constitute my well beloved friend Mr. WM. COVINGTON my Lawfull Attorney to acknowledge my right of dower to one hundred acres of land unto EDWARD BOWMAN, as by Deeds of Lease & Release may appear, as Witness my hand & seal this 19th day of March 1722
      Test JOHN DICKENSON, Ann Crow
      WM COVINGTON
      At a Court held for Essex County the 19th March 1722
      This Power of Attorney is admitted to record
      THIS INDENTURE made ye eighteenth /nineteenth day of March 1722 & in the Eighth year of the Reign of ye King that now is over great Brittain & Between THOMAS CROW of Southfarnham Pish in County of Essex Virginia Planter and ANN his Wife consenting and EDWARD BOWMAN of the same Witnesseth that Thomas Crow & Anne his Wife for sum Three thousand pounds weight of good sound sweet scented Tobacco to him paid and for divers goods causes hath granted unto sd Edward Bowman in his actual possession now being by force of Statute for Transferring uses into possession and to his heirs for ever all that parcell of land being one hundred acres part of three hundred acres in Parish aforesaid adioyning Capt. NICHOLAS SMITHs land bounded Beginning at a Corner Hickory of Captain Smiths line thence South West to a spanish oak near the ROAD by THOMAS WILLIAMS, thence South East to two red oaks thence parrallel with the first line & equal length (which lines we markt) to a swamp & along the same to a spanish oak & Sassafrax where three branches meet thence to the place of beginning containing one hundred acres .
      In presence of JOHN DICKENSON, Thos Crow
      WM COVINGTON Anne Crow
      At a Court held for Essex County ye 19th day of March 1722
      This Lease & Release of Land admitted to record.
      Also ye same day Came into Court Ann Crow Wife of the sd Thomas Crow by Wm. Covington her Attorney & freely relinquisht her right of Dower thereto wch is also admitted to record
      === land mentioned
      1724-1728 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 18; [Antient Press]; Page 4-6
      THIS INDENTURE made this twenty fourth day of March 1723 BETWEEN RICHARD DOBYNS of County of Essex & WILLIAM DOBYNS of same County WITNESSETH that the said Richard Dobyns for consideration of five shillings lawful money Sterling doth hereby discharge unto the said William Dobyns ALL that tract of land in Essex County containing 200 acres bounded as followeth binding on a line of Capt. NICHOLAS SMITHs and on a line of THOMAS CROWs and on a line of GEORGE STAPLETONs running into a swamp its several courses to Capt. Nicholas Smiths line from whence it first begun being a parcel of land could out of a patten of THOMAS BOLARS and now in the possession of Capt. Nicholas Smith being a parcel of Land and Plantation whereon DANL DOBYN SENR. last lived TO HOLD DURING the full term of six months to the end that for the Statute of Transferring uses into possession that the said William Dobyns may be in the actual possession of the premises NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that the said Richard Dobyns for sum of Six thousand pounds of good sound sweet scented merchantable Tobo in Cask to him in hand paid by said William Dobyns doth hereby grant unto said William Dobyns every part of the premises .. , .
      Signed in the presence of Richard Dobyns
      DANL. DOBYNS, Elizabeth Dobyns
      THOMAS BRYAN, JOHN GRIFFING
      At Court held for Essex County ye 17th November 1724
      This Deed of Lease and Release admitted to record
      Also the same day Came into Court ELIZABETH the wife of the said Richard & relinquish'd her Right of Dower thereto which is also admitted to record.
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      1724-1728 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 18; [Antient Press]; Page 175-178
      THIS INDENTURE made the thirtieth and thirty first day of December 1724 Between JOHN BEECHER Esqr of City of Bristoll in Kingdom of great Brittain Merchant and WILLIAM WRAXALL of the same City Merchant of one part and NICHOLAS SMITH of Parish of Sittenbourne in County of King George and Dominion of Virginia Merchant of other part Whereas JOHN WALKER late of Barton regis in the County of Gloucester marriner deced was at the time of his Death possessed of Land and Marsh containing 180 acres in Parish of St. Anns & County of Essex in the Dominion of Virginia by Certain deeds of Lease & Release date the twenty ninth & thirtieth day of May 1718 from THOMAS SAWYER of City of Bristoll aforesaid Marriner duly Recorded in Essex County Court the 20th day of May 1718 and Whereas John Walker before his decease did by his Last Will and Testament date the 30th day of December 1721 duly proved in the Prerogative Courtt at London the twenty first day of January 1722 as by the probat thereto annext may appear (inter alia) devise and bequeath unto said John Beecher & William Wraxall in Trust for his Son JOHN WALKER and his Daughters MARTHA MARY & ANN WALKER the before mentioned land and Marsh directing the same should be sold NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that they the said John Beecher & William Wraxall in consideration of the Sum of three-score pounds do hereby grant unto said Nicholas Smith his heirs 180 acres in Parish of St. Ann & County of Essex in Colony of Virginia and in the fork of Blackburns Creek on the South side of Rappahanock river bounded by the said Creek and land of WILLIAM PRICE and Land of JOHN HUDSON late deced the said Land being part of a tract of 438 acres granted to VALENTINE ALLEN by pattent dated 1661 and Since conveyed by SILVESTER THACHER and ELIZA his wife to ROBERT SAWYER by Deed of Sale date the 9th day of November 1702 & since the decease of the said Robert Sawier said Land belonged and of right came and descended to ARTHUR SAWIER next brother & heir to his brother who conveyed the same to the before named John Walker as before mentioned To hold every part unto said Nicholas Smith the Dower of the said Arthur Sawiers Widow only excepted
      In presence of us RICHARD LEWIS John Beecher
      DAVID JONES, STEPHEN WHITTELL. Wm Wraxall
      CHARLES EVANSON, JOHN STONE, SAMUEL VANITTEN At Court held for Essex County the 15th day of March 1725
      This Lease and Release of Land indented was admitted to record.
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      1728-1733 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 19; [Antient Press]; Page 32
      Know ye that I NICHOLAS SMITH of Essex County do out of pure Love and Natural affection which I have and bear unto my Son FRANCIS SMITH do by these presents make over one Track of land to my said Son FRANCIS SMITH and to his heires forever, Begining at a Poplar tree in a line that parts me and JOHN GEORGE upon a Swamp side and so down the Run of the said Swamp to the CHURCH SPRING BRANCH thence up the said Branch to the CHURCH SPRING and so along the PATH from the CHURCH SPRING to the CHURCH thence down the ROAD to the WHITE MARSH BRIDGE and so down the said Swamp till it comes to the line between JAMES HIPKINS and me and along that line to a Corner tree in HIPKINS tobacco ground and along the line that parts HIPKINGs, JOHN GEORGE & me to a Mulberry tree thence to another Mulberry tree and so along a line to a poplar on the Swamp side the begining place the said Land contains four hundred acres the said land contains my Dwelling Plantation which I do except, I do acknowledge unto my loving Son FRANCIS SMITH the above tract of land unto him and his heirs forever. In Wittness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 14th day of July 1729
      in presence of, EMAL. WILLIAMS
      JOHN SMITH NICHO. SMITH
      At a Court he d for Essex County on the 15th day of July 1729
      NICHOLAS SMITH gent acknowledged this Deed of Gift to his Son FRANCIS SMITH which is admitted to record
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      1728-1733 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 19; [Antient Press]; Page 426-427
      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whome these presents shall come I NICHOLAS SMITH of the Parrish of Southfarnham in the County of Essex send Greeting.
      Know ye that I the sd NICHOLAS SMITH as well for the Natural affection and fatherly love which I have unto my Beloved Son NICHOLAS SMITH as also for divers other causes have given and do fully and absolutely grant unto my said Son NICHOLAS SMITH & to his heirs and assigns forever one certain percel of land being in Southfarnham Parrish in the County of Essex & joining to the land I now live on containing Three hundred acres bounded begining at a Popler standing in my MILL SWAMP & runing thence North West along a line of marked trees Parting this land and the land of EDWARD BOMAR to a Corner red Oak parting this land & the land of WILLIAM DOBYNS deceased, thence North East to a Quarter North along the line parting this land & the land of DOBBYNS to another Corner red Oak parting this land & the land of JOHN CHEYNEY to a white Oak standing on the South side of JOHN CHEYNEYS SPRING BRANCH thence down the Branch until it comes into my MILL SWAMP thence up the MILL SWAMP to the begining with all & singular its Rights Buildings, Orchards, Pastures or any profits and heriditaments whatsoever belonging and all the Estate right of me the sd NICHOLAS SMITH To Have and to Hold the said Tract of land with the appurtenances to my sd Son NICHOLAS SMITH to the only proper use & behoof of him my said Son his heirs & assigns forever. In Witness whereof I have sett my hand and Seal this 15th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & thirty three
      in presence of SAMLL. SMITH, NICHO. SMITH
      FRANS, SMITH
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa. on ye XVth day of May MDCCXXXIII
      NICHOLAS SMITH acknowledged his Deed of Gift indented with ye livery & Seizen thereon endorsed to his Son NICHOLAS SMITH to be his act & deed which is admitted to record
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      URL (Click on link) http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=57&last=&g_p=P9&col lection=LO Patent
      Title Snapes, William.
      Publication 29 October 1696.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Note Location: Gloucester County.
      Description: 29 acres beg. &c., at a corner white oak belonging to the land of Nicholas Smith &c., on the south side of Spring Branch.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 9, 1697-1706 (v.1 & 2 p.1-742), p. 57 (Reel 9).
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      Title Robinson, Wm.
      Publication 25 April 1716.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Related See also the following surname(s): Robbinson, Robertson, Robison.
      Note Location: Essex County.
      Grantee(s): Robinson, Wm.; Smith, Nicholas and Burket, John.
      Description: 317 acres, 108pers. of Marsh Land, opposite and against Brays Church and the said Birkets.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 10, 1710-1719, p. 288 (Reel 10).
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      URL (Click on link) http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=288&last=&g_p=P10&c ollection=LO Patent
      Title Smith, Nicholas.
      Publication 25 April 1716.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Related See also the following surname(s): Smyth.
      Note Location: Essex County.
      Description: 317 acres, 108pers.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 10, 1710-1719, p. 288 (Reel 10).

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