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

Frances Townshend

Female 1667 - 1726  (59 years)


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  • Name Frances Townshend  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1667  Newton, Bromswold, Northamton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Apr 1726  Barnesfield, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I30184  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father Robert Townshend,   b. 1640, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Sep 1690, Albion, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 50 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Langhorne,   b. Abt 1648, Newton Brownshall, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1694, Stafford County, Virginia - Admin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Apr 1665  Newton Bromswold, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14806  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rice Hooe,   b. Abt 1661, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1726, Barnesfield, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia - Will lost Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 5 Sep 1699  St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Gerald Hooe,   b. 1704, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. John Hooe,   b. 1 Sep 1704, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1766, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     3. Sarah Hooe,   b. 1708, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1758, Salisbury, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F6306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Francis Dade,   b. 7 Nov 1661, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1694, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married Abt 1684  Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert Townshend Dade,   b. 1684, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1714, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 29 years)  [natural]
     2. Townshend Dade,   b. 1688, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1761, Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     3. Francis Dade,   b. Abt 1690, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1769, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)  [natural]
     4. Cadwallader Dade,   b. 1694, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1761, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     5. Mary Dade,   b. Bef 1694, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1727, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 33 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F11532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 John Withers,   b. 30 Mar 1634, Arkholme, Melling, Lancaster, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1699, St Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married Abt 1695  Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Withers,   b. Abt 1698,   d. 13 Apr 1756, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F18609  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1686-1689 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 1 [Antient Press];
      p 12 The Depon. of MRS FRANCES DADE aged Nineteene years or thereabouts sayth that her Mother MRS. MARY TOWNSHEND sold a Horse of her Sisters MARY TOWNSHEND called Tinker to WM. WESTBROOKE for Seaventeene or Eighteene hundred and fifty pounds of Tobo and Caske yt; the Tobo was honestly payd by the said WESTBROOKE and further yt: she heard her Mother promise to pay her istr. for ye sd Horse and further saith not. FRANCES DADE
      Sworne and Recorded in ye County Court of Stafford this 27 day of Septr. 1686
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      The Virginia Genealogist Volume 30, 1986 [John Frederick Dorman] Page 216
      AGES OF SOME STAFFORD COUNTY RESIDENTS 1685 - 1692
      Contributed by Lloyd D. Bockstruck
      12 Mar. 1690/1; Frances Dade , age 24
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      COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE Southern States of America
      ALEXANDER FAMILY
      page 8
      CAPT. PHILIP ALEXANDER, (3--4), of King George County, Virginia., b. July 22, 1704; d. July 19, 1753; will dated July 18, 1753, probated Aug. 14, 1753; his personal estate was appraised at £1,558 IOS., 2 1/2d.; m. Nov. 11, 1726, Sarah Hooe, b. 1708; d. Aug. 14, 1758; dau. of Col. Rice and Frances (Townshend-Dade) Hooe, of King George County, Virginia., gr. dau. of Rice and Catherine (Taliaferro) Hooe, and of Col. Robert and Mary (Langhorn) Townsend.
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      Some Other Names of Emigrants Used as Headrights to Virginia 1623 -
      Jones, Wm., 1650, by Mrs. Frances Townshend, Northumberland Co.
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      Lynes, Ann, Chas. County, 20th Nov., 1711; 17th Dec., 1711
      To Mary Chismund and hrs., goddau. Ann, dau. of James Tyre; Anne Hoskins, wife of Col. Philip Hoskins; Frances wife of Col. Rice Hoe, in Va.; Major Walter Story, Sarah Story, dau. of sd. Walter and Mary, his wife; Robert Yates; Mary, wife of Philemon Hemsley; Rice Hoe and hrs; Judith, wife of John Warren; Eliza:, wife of Benjamin Douglass, and Mary, dau. of Joseph and Penelope Douglas., personalty.
      To: Robert Yates, Brittish boy John Radfield., in payment of debt due by late husband.,
      To: John, eld. son of Col. John Seymour (late governor), and his hrs., 1000 A., "Belleconnell," on Elk R.
      Ex,: Maj. Walter Story,
      Test: Michael Martin, Matthew Scarborough., Henry Ayres. 13.325.
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      http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dzdelphine&id=I 11541
      The Withers Family of Stafford, Fauquier, etc."; 1690-1753; VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, Vol 6:426, pp 844-846; LDS FHL SLC UT Film #1036743, Item 5.
      John Withers, the testator named in the act, is called, in the Stafford records, Captain John Withers, and appears to have been a man of property and standing. He married ***FRANCES, widow of Francis Dade, daughter of Col. Robert Townshend, of Stafford County, and granddaughter of Richard Townshend, member of the Virginia Council (Hayden's Virginia Genealogies, p 732, etc.). After the death of CAPTAIN WITHERS she married Rice Hooe, of Stafford. There is recorded in Stafford a deed dated 8 Sep 1699, from Frances Withers, relict of Captain John Withers, and now about to marry Mr. Rice Hooe, of Stafford, conveying negroes and other personal property to her sons Robert, Francis, and Cadwallader Dade. In the same county is a deed from Rice Hooe, and FRANCES his wife, dated 20 Sep 1699, releasing to William Withers 400 acres in Stafford, called Hollowing Point, which John Withers, deceased, gave to said William Withers. Also a deed dated 19 Feb 1699-1700, from Rice Hooe, who married FRANCIS, relict of Captain John Withers, releasing to Captain Richard Fosaker [who was a Burgess for Stafford in 1703] who married the daughter and executrix of said Captain John Withers, all claims he might have, as marrying the relict of said John Withers, or any sum or sums of money in England or the Colony. The said FRANCIS was entitled to one-third of the money in England, and this had been received by said Rice Hooe."
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      1689-1690 Stafford County, Virginia Order Book [Antient Press]; Page 98 (contd) Court held 10th September 1690
      863. FRANCIS DADE and FRANCES his wife one of the daughters and coheirs of ROBERT TOWNSHEND late of this County deced and JOHN WASHINGTON as Guardian and next friend to MARY TOWNSEND another daughter and coheir of Robert Townsend deced sheweth that FRANCES TOWNSEND Mother to the said Robert in her widowhood did the 7th day of February 1650 procure a pattent from Sr. WILLIAM BERKLEY Knt. for two thousand two hundred acres of land then Scituate and lying in Northumberland County and now called Stafford County within the Collony of Virginia which land did descend upon Robert Townsend her son and heir Father to your Petrs which said Robert Townsend dyed in the infancy of your Petrs seised and possessed of the said land after whose decease the same of right descends to your Petrs either as grandaughters and coheirs of their grand-mother Frances Townsend (mother to the said Robert their Father) or as co-heirs to the said Father Robert Townsend But now so it is that THOMAS DERRICK JUNR. hath for the Space of six months last past entered into and upon one thousand acres of the said dividend of land part whereof is knowne by the name of Rich neck and breaks up the land and cutts downe the Timber to your petitioners damage five thousand pounds of Tobacco for which your Petrs hath brought their action against Thomas Derrick Junr. and craves Judgment for the same with costs of suit as also their Majesties Writ of habere Facias possessionem to put your petrs in Quiet possession thereof And Thomas Derrick Junr. comes in and vouches JEFFRIE JEFFRIES and JOHN JEFFRIES the heirs and Executors of JOHN JEFFRIES late of London Esqr. deced to be the landlords and of whom and by vertue of whose power he was put into the beforementioned premises having legally Rented and leased the same from the said Jeffries Lawful attorney and prays Licence of Imparlance till the next Court to put in their plea and that he may be then discharged from this action which Licence of Imparlance unto him is granted and that then their plea be not wanting.
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      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      pp. 144a
      TO ALL PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come We FRANCIS DADE of Stafford County Gent and FRANCES DADE Wife of ye said FRANCIS DADE this Eight day of March 1689 for the summ of Twelve thousand pounds of Tobacco & Caste paid by JOHN WYTHERS of the aforesaid County Gentl, have sold unto JOHN WYTHERS his heires forever Two thousand two hundred acres of land formerly granted unto MRS. FRANCES TOWNSHEND Widdow Mother to ROBERT TOWNSEND late of this County Gent Deced who was father to ye above menconed FRANCES DADE Wife of FRANCIS DADE & comeinge to her ye said FRANCES DADE as one of the Coheires of the aforesaid ROBERT TOWNSHEND who was ye Son & heire of said FRANCES TOWNSHEND) Widow the aforesaid land being formerly granted to ye aforesaid WIDOW TOWNSHEND by Pattent bearing date the 7th day of February 1650 being in NORTHUMBERLAND County now Stafford County upon ye South side of the POTOMAC RIVER beginning att a marked White oake on ye South side of CHOTANKE CREEKE & upon we Western side of the Upper MACHODICK NECK NE & nigh ye main River Course 1100 poles to a marked white oake standing on ye South side of a Marsh gutt & from thence SE 320 pole to a marked gum & red oak tree & soe extending SW 1100 poles to a marked Locust standinge near ye Eastward side of CHOTANK TOWNE & from thence NW to the place where it first began as by aforesaid Pattent which Two hundred acres of land is pte whereof as aforesaid begininge at a marked Pohickory standing on ye South side of POTOMAK RIVER an ye Western side of a Gully nigh to ye aforesaid ROBERT TOWNSHEND Landing & in ye lower lyne of a tract of land belonging to MRS, MARY TOWNSHEND one of ye Copartners & Coheires of ye said ROBERT TOWNSHEND Deced late of this County Surveyed & laid out. by Mr. WILLIAM HORTON for her ye aforesaid MRS; MARY TOWNSHEND by agreement of FRANCIS DADE & FRANCES his Wife as pr bonds mutually drawn betwixt them Mr. WILLIAM HORTONs Survey bearinge date ye 23 day of January 1689190 NE Nigh ye Main river Course 150 poles to a marked Chessnutt oak thence SE 320 poles to ye knowne back lyne of ye whole tract of 2200 then SW alonge ye said lyne 150 pole to ye lyne of MARY TOWNSHEND thence NW 320 pole to ye place of first begininge said Two hundred acres of land being now in the occupacon of JOHN MOORE In Witness have sett their hands & &Seales
      Presence of CHARLES ELLIS, FRANCIS DADE
      ADAM CURTIS, JOHN WEEDON FRANCES DADE
      Memorandum this day came before us Capta, GEORGE MASON & Mr. SAMUELL HAYWARD two of the Justices of Stafford County FRANCES DADE Wile of the abovemenconed FRANCIS DADE did acknowledge upon private examinaeon that she did freely consent to assigne the Deed and doe relinquish all her right of Dower. As Witness our hands this 12th day of March 1689/90
      The Above Deed of Sale was acknowledged in the County Court of Stafford by FRANCIS DADE & FRANCES his Wife on the 12th day of March 1689/90 And then was recorded
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      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 5-6
      In the Name of God Amen. I FRANCES WITHERS relict of CAPT. JOHN WITHERS late of Stafford County deced being now about to enter the state of holy matrimony with Mr. RICE HOE of said county and willing to confirm and settle upon in former children out of my natural affection I bear to them some part of my present estate Therefore Know ye that before solemnization of matrimony do give to my three sons three young Negroes .. one to my son ROBERT DADE .. one negro girl to my son FRANCIS DADE .. to my son CADWALDER DADE one negro be .. this 5th day September 1699.
      Presence Jo: Waugh,
      Frances Withers
      Rice Hoe
      Know all men .. that we RICE HOE & FRANCES wife to Rice Hoe relict to Capt. JOHN WITHERS late of this county deced do release any claim unto that 400 acres of land that Capt. John Withers gave WILLIAM WITHERS commonly known by the name Hollowing Point together with all housing, edifices rights and title .. to William Withers .. to have received full satisfaction for the same by a note charged on Cohlo. GEORGE MASON for 500 pounds Tobacco which being paid we do own to be satisfaction for one third part of that land .. 20th September 1699.
      Presence Dade Massey, Rice Hoe
      Mathew x Tennis, Benj. Massey Frances Withers
      Mr. Hoe came into Court & acknowledged this deed of land to William Withers November 9th 1699 & was then recorded.
      P. FRANCES HOE wife of RICE HOE puts in her place Major THOMAS OWSLEY her atty to acknowledge her thirds of a part of land commonly known by the name Hollowing Point to WM. WITHERS in Stafford County .. this 9th day November 1699.
      Test. Dade Massey, Frances Hoe
      Benjamin Massey
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      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 12-13
      February 19th 1699/1700. Know all men .. I RICE ROE of county Stafford gent. who intermarried with the Widow and relict of Capt. JOHN WITHERS deced have clearly discharged Capt. RICHARD FOSSAKER who intermarried with the Excr. daughter of said Withers deced from all claims I may have to sums of money in England or in this Colony which shall be due to me as marrying the Widow and relict of the said Withers deced to whom the third part of all money in England was due .. having raced Bills of Exchange of him for any claim that the children of FRANCIS DADE shall have against him .. (my wife) who was formerly the widow of Francis Dade.
      Presence John Jones, Rice Hoe
      Wm. Fitzhugh Junr.
      Recorded 15th March 1699/1700.
      Whereas I RICHARD FOSSAKER have by Instrument from under my hand discharged Mr. RICE HOE from what is due to me as marrying the daughter and Excr. of Capt. JOHN WITHERS deced is any manner.
      Presence John Harvey Richd. Fossaker
      Recorded 15th March /699/1700.
      pp. Know all men .. I FRANCES WITHERS own to have received from RICHARD FOSSAKER my third of what debts was due to Capt. JOHN WITHERS and likewise the crops of Tobo. and come and I doe by these presents acquit him of all claims .. 7th September 1699.
      Testes Cadwaller Jones, Frances Withers
      Rice Hoe
      Recorded 15th March 1699/1700.
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      1722-1728 Stafford County, Virginia Deed Book J; [Antient Press];
      pp. 430-437 This Indenture made 12th and 13th June 1727 between SARAH CONWAY of Saint Pauls Parish in county Stafford Widow Daughter of JOHN WITHERS late of Parish & County aforesaid Gent. deced of one part & AUGUSTINE WASHINGTON of Washington Parish Westmoreland County Gent. of other .. Witnesseth that Sarah by deeds of lease & release in consideration sum of one hundred & fifty pounds Sterling money to her she doth sell 532 acres on Chotank Creek in said County being part of a greater dividend of 2200 acres granted by Patent unto FRRANCES TOWNSHEND Widow the 7th February 1650 .. 200 acres part of the above said 532 acres being by the above Frances Townshend sold to one OLIVER BALFE who leaving no heir the same became Escheat and was accordingly granted to Colo. WILLIAM FITZHUGH deced who by deed of sale dated 6th May 1691 sold the same 200 acres unto JOHN WITHERS father of said Sarah Conway .. the said land abutting on Chotank creek at a Place commonly called the Oyster shell landing and bounding on Mrs. MARY TOWNSHEND being the land now in possession of MARY WASHINGTON Widow of JOHN WASHINGTON deced and so marked out with a line of marked trees and 332 acres other part of the said 532 acres desended unto ROBERT TOWNSHEND Son of the above named FRANCES TOWNSHEND and from him unto FFRANCES his Daughter who Intermarried with one FFRANCIS DADE which said Francis Dade & Ffrances his wife by the Deed of sale dated 9th Sept 1687 conveyed same to JOHN WITHERS ffather to abovementioned SARAH CONWAY said 332 acres being bounded beginning at white oak on South side of Chotank creek .. down said creek as by a survey made by Mr. WILLIAM HORTON Surveyor of the County of Stafford dated 9th July 1687 and may appear both parcels of land containing 532 acres descended and conveyed unto John Withers .. said John did by his Last Will & Testament dated 29th August 1698 give to his daughter SARAH WITHERS now Sarah Conway party to these presents by said will ..
      Presence Henry Washington, Sarah Conway John Grant
      At Court held for Stafford County 14th June 1727 Lease and release acknowledged .. admitted to record.
      Know all men by these presents I Sarah Conway of Parish St. Pauls Stafford County Widdow .. bound unto Augustine Washington of Washington Parish Westmoreland County Gent. .. in sum One Thousand pounds Sterling money .. this 13th June 1727. The condition of above obligation if Sarah Conway truly observe all covenants ought to be performed in certain Indentures .. then this obligation to be voyd & of none effect otherwise to remain ..
      Presence Henry Washington, Sarah Conway Jno. Grant
      At Court held for Stafford County the 14th June 1727 Bond acknowledged .. admitted to record.

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth Edition. Volume III, Families R-Z.

    2. [S84] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. V, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

    3. [S251] The Virginia Genealogist Volume 48, 2004, 170.

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