Land Processioning Records of St. Peter’s Parish

New Kent / Hanover Co., VA

On 22 May 1686 Vestry:

“Whereas Capt. Mathew Page was by a Vestry held for this parish elected and of this vestry in the room and stead of Mr. James Turner Dea’sed and being by Mr. Cornelius Dabney desired to appear at the nex vestry ensuing then and there to take tile oath accordingly & if he doth refuse to do the same this vestry hath therefore ordered Charles Turner, Clerk of the vestry to wait upon the said Capt Mathew Page and request him to be at ye next ensuing vestry to take ye oath according to ye law of this country as a vestry man aforesaid & to show his reasons to ye contrary.”

This establishes that James Turner, presumably the father or grandfather of “James Turner’s Orphans” cited in later land processionings, died before that date, and that he was a Vestryman of St Peter’s Parish.

At a vestry on May 4th, 1689, and before Blissland Parish was split off from St. Peter’s, a processioning was ordered, and the land holders included among them the following family names (including the clerk’s phonetic miss-spellings) of particular interest (possible duplicates and/or sons-of as listed):

“Viz: … David Clarkston,…Widow Williams, …Mr. Hen. Wyatt, …Hen. Turner, …Mr. Claybourne, …Edw’d Ragglin, … Hen. Turner, …Mr. Hen. Wyatt, … Mr. Gentry, Abra. Venable, Rowland Horsley, … Thos. Moorman, … Chas. Fleming, … Jno. Lewes (Lewis), …Wm. Turner, …James Blackwell, …Jno. Andrenson, …Jno. Andrewson, … Jno. Lewes, … Rob’t Andrewson, Chas. Fleming, …Mr. Dabbony, … The inhabitants belonging to St. Peter s parish in pamanach (Pamunkey) neck, viz.: …Mrs. Gooch, James Henderson, Wm. Turner, …Mr. Goodin. Charles Turner, Clerk of the Vestry.”

Also in 1689:
John Lewis, John Peace, Renall Allen, John Englebricht, William Turner, Samuel Waddy, George Pargister, Mr. Booth, Widow Butler, Robert Thomson, Benjamin Bulkley, Edward Burnett, James Blackwell, John Talle, Young Twitty, Richard Bullock, Sr., Robert King, Richard Bullock, Jr., John Mask, James Tate, Robert Harman, Mr. Crawford, John Andrewson, Andrew Davis, Jonas Renalls, Edward Broxom, Antho Burrus, John Webb, John Guntin, William Winston, William Bassett, Jr., and John Lewis.

At a Vestry 23rd Sept, 1702: “Upon the petition of James Turner Setting forth that he has been visited with Lameness and sickness severall years in So much that he hath spent all his substance upon Phesitians and nessicaries, therefore, ordered that Samuell Waddy keep the same James Turner during Life and to find him sufficient Clothing, meate, drink, washing and Lodging, and all nessicaries, and to be paid twelve hundred pounds of Tobacco and Cask p annum, and soe proportionable for a longer or a shorter time the said Wadde assuring to this vestry to keep the said Turner for the Sume of 1200 lbs. of Tobacco, and bring noe Claime against the parish for the same.” He was recorded living and in the care of Samual Waddy who was paid for his maintenance in 1703 and 1704, before St. Paul’s was split off from St Peter’s. In 1704, he was only paid 540lb of the specified maintenance allowance, indicating that it was probably prorated for the period until James Turner died in that year.

St Paul’s Parish Vestry, Hanover Co., VA

(St Peter’s Parish in New Kent divides in 1704, and the part in Hanover becomes St Paul’s)

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1708-9
Precinct 1: The lands of James Blackwell, Sr., John Mask, James Blackwell, Jr., Reese Hughes, John Ussery, Josias Simmons, Robert Harmon, Richard Ussery, Thomas Francis, John Glenn, Charles Wilford, George Merideth and Samuel Merideth, lying and adjacent to each other being made one precinct which the said James Blackwell, Sr. and John Mask were required by an order of vestry to see processioned and make return according to law. These may certificate that we the subscribers have according to an order of vestry dated ye 24th of September, Anno Domini 1708, for processioning of lands, have in obedience to that order, fulfilled it, and have peaceably and quietly processioned each man’s land in our precinct the last day of November…and for Robert Harmon, by his order, John Mask, Jr., John Blackwell, these we testified to have seen done as witness our hands. Subscribed, James Blackwell and John Mask. Precinct 20: The lands of Samuel Waddy, John Pease, George Marr, and John Guntin lying adjacent to each other being made one precinct. Overseers, Samuel Waddy and John Guntin.

1710
The lands of William Pulliam, John Turner, Thomas Lankford, Arthur Winchester, Benj. Goodman and Edmund Smith lying Adjacent to each other, being made one precinct of which the said William Pulliam, and John Turner were appointed Overseers who made the return on the back of the order, viz every man has processioned in our precinct excepting the Land of Mr. Thomas Graham’s and the orphans of James Turner, being Objected against by Mr. James Blackwell for not being firmly laid out, this is done by us the subscribers. Subscribed by all the said parties.

1711
The lands of John Mask, Robert Harman, Thomas Frances, John Stroud, Charles Willsford, Capt. Nataniel West, Col. Russell, John Gunton, John Peece, Samuel Waddy, John Anderson and the Church Land being made one precinct.

17 July 1711
The lands of James Blackwell, George Turner, James Blackwell Jr., Robert Blackwell, Thomas Graham, Rees Hughes, William Pulliam, Charles Fleming, John Turner, Benjamin Goodman, Cap Nath West, John Howard, Mr. Booths and George Jones being made one precinct, whereof James Blackwell & George Turner were appointed Overseers made this return, viz, in pursuance of an ordinance of vestry held for St. Paul’s Parish in New Kent County, bearing date the 17th of July, 1711, we James Blackwell and George Turner in company with those persons whose names are as followeth; viz; James Blackwell Jr., Robert Blackwell, Rees Hughes, Thomas Lankford in behalf of Charles Fleming, John Turner, Thomas Graham, George Jones & John Howard met on y” 26th day of November last in order to procession Our Lands together with the lands of William Pulliam & Benjamin Goodman, into one precinct, and proceeded herein as followeth, viz. Beginning at a corner Tree Standing upon the river Bank dividing betwixt John Mask and James Blackwell Jr.. John Mask being in our company so far as his land Joind our precinct, and also the said Mask at the request of Charles Willsford, was with us so far as the said Willfords Land Joind upon our precinct, thence upon a Line dividing James Blackwells and Capt Nath. West, but the said West was not there, yet we gave him timely notice, but there we proceeded on it being as Ancient Line (and well known) Unto a Line dividing Mr. Booths Land, and a Small parcel of Woodland Sold by James Turner to Luke Howard for forty Acres more or less, bounded on three sides viz, on George Jones, on Richard Butler, & on Mr. Robert Booth’s; now Butlers line and Jones line we find; but Booths line we find not But thus far we find: viz. A Pine corner marked Tree, and an Oak corner marked Tree pointing out the line as it ought to run, betwixt the Said Booth and the said Howards Land, to the best of our Judgments, but Mr. Booth was not there although we gave him timely notice, and as for y”, rest of our precinct we processioned it peaceably, also the dividing lines betwixt every persons Land, nominated within our precincts is peaceably processioned except a Line running through a Skirt of old Field belonging to John Turner dividing betwixt his the S. Turners land & his uncle Blackwells which they have promised to end the controversy betwixt themselves. William Pullium being then Convenient to our Company, also there is a line dividing the Land of Thomas Graham from James Turners Orphans Land, whereon Benjamin Goodman Lives which is not processioned for James Blackwell, Grandfather to the said Orphans, would not Suffer it to be processioned, Saying it was not an equal division, but thus far it was agreed on by the said Blackwell and the said Graham viz. That the Said Line Should suffice as a dividing Line until the truth was known whether it was an equal, or unequal division, & this is y” Truth of our proceedings given in the Subscribers James Blackwell George Turner

1715
The lands of John Mask, Charles Willsford, Thomas Francis, John Strowd, Capt. West, Col. Basset, John Gunton, Samuel Waddey, John Anderson, Widdow Peace, the Glebe (i.e. the Church land) and Josias Simmonds, being one precinct. In obedience to the within order we met to Procession: John Stroud, Thomas Francis, John Gunton, Henry Crisp, Jonas Reynolds, Gabriel Heath, Thomas Maske and Joseph Peace, and we processioned the within lands, but Capt. West being sick and did not come, nor send any in his room, he would not have his land returned processioned. The report was made by John Mask.

15 August 1715
The lands of James Blackwell, George Turner, James Blackwell Jr., Robert Blackwell, Thomas Langford, Rees Hughes, William Pulliam, John Ursury, John Turner, Benjamin Goodman, John Howard, Mr. Booths and George Jones being one precinct, whereof James Blackwell & George Turner were Overseers made this return, viz, obedience to an order of vestry held for St. Paul’s Parish in New Kent County, bearing date y”; 15th day of August 1715 we James Blackwell and George Turner in company with persons whose names are as followeth. James Blackwell Jr., Robert Blackwell, Thomas Langford, John Turner: Benjamin Goodman’s son in behalf of his father with George Jones & John Howard met on the 9th day of February last, in order to procession our lands, with the lands of Rees Hughs, William Pulliam and John Ursury into one precinct and proceeded thereon as followeth. Viz, beginning at a Corner Tree standing on the river Bank dividing between John Mask and James Blackwell Jr. and so proceeded on an ancient well known line, dividing Mr. Booth’s land, and a Small parcel of woodland Sold by James Turner to Luke Howard, for Forty Acres more or less, and bounded on three sides. Viz, on George Jones on Richard Butler, and on Mr. Robert Booth; now Butlers line and Jones we find, but Booth’s line we find not; but thus far we find viz a pine Corner Tree marked and an oak Corner marked pointing out the line ought to run, betwixt the said Booth, and the said Howard’s land, according to the best of our judgement, but Mr. Booth was not there although we gave him timely notice, wherefore we could not take his land into our precincts, but as for the rest, we processioned it all peaceably, also dividing the land, which was late Thomas Grahams now in the possession of Thomas Langford from James Turners orphans land whereon Benjamin Goodman now lives, which is not processioned for Mr. James Blackwell Grandfather to the said Orphan, would not suffer it to be processioned, Saying it was an unequal Division, but it is agreed on, that the said line Shall Suffice as a dividing line, until the truth be known, whether is equal, or unequal Division and this is the truth of our proceedings. Given in us the Subscribers. James Blackwell George Turner

10 August 1719
Ordered into one precinct for processioning the land of James Blackwell, Rees Hughes, Widdow Turner, Samuel Chamberlayne, John Ursury, John Blackwell, William Blackwell, John Turner, Benjamin Goodman, John Howard, Mr. Booth & George Jones, wherefore James Blackwell and Rees Hughs were Overseers, who made the return viz. Lands processioned, Widd: Turner, Sam Chamberlayne, John Ursury, John Blackwell, William Blackwell, John Turner, Benjamin Goodman, John Howard, George Jones, James Blackwell, James Blackwell Jr., Rees Hughs, Mr. Booths land not Processioned.

At a Vestry held for St. Peter’s p’sh 7br 29th, 1725: …
To Jno. Gilliam for keeping Eliz. Johnson, Amy Morgan, for keeping Jno. Goodman, 250 745

Mar 28, 1732
Ordered into one precinct for processioning the land of Thomas Frances, Richard Glass, Joseph Peace, Widow Simmons, John Maske, John Blackwell, Robert Willsford, Samuel Chamberlayne, Doctor Hopkins, Col. Dandridge, William and James Blackwell, John Turners Orphans, William Turner, John Ursury, John Blackwell Jr., Widow Hughs, George Jones, Samuel Peace, John Holden, Edward Burnett, Robert Thompson, Benjamin Goodman, Samuel Goodman, William Via, William Talley, Mark Anthony, Richard Bullock, Thomas Pollett, Richard Glass, and John Holden to see the said processioning performed. Who made the following return in obedience to the within order, we the subscribers have processioned all the land therein mentioned.

1735
Ordered into one precinct for processioning the land of Thomas Frances, Richard Glass, Joseph Peace, Widow Simmons, John Maske, John Blackwell, Robert Willsford, Samuel Chamberlayne, Doctor Hopkins, Col. Dandridge, William and James Blackwell, John Turners Orphans, John Ussery, John Blackwell Jr., Widow Hughs, George Jones, Samuel Peace, John Holden, Edward Burnet, Robert Thompson, Benjamin Goodman, Samuel Goodman, William Via, William Talley, Mark Anthony, Richard Bullock, Thomas Pollett, Richard Glass and John Holden to see the said processioning performed. Who made the following return in obedience to the within order, we the subscribers have processioned all the Land therein mentioned.

Oct 20, 1739
Ordered into one precinct for processioning the land of Thomas Franches, Richard Glass, Joseph Peace, Widow Simmons, John Maske, John Blackwell, Robert Willsford, Samuel Chamberlayne, Doctor Hopkins, Col. Dandridge, William and James Blackwell, John Turner’s Orphans, John Ussery, John Blackwell, Jr., Widow Hughs, George Jones, Samuel Peace, John Holden, Edward Burnet, Robert Thompson, Benjamin Goodman, Samuel Goodman, William Via, William Talley, Mark Anthony, Richard Bullock, Thomas Pollett, Richard Glass and John Holden to see the said processioning performed. Who made the following return in obedience to the within order, we the subscribers have processioned all the land therein mentioned with the following alterations: John Ussery’s land for Col. Roger Thompson, Robert Willsford for William Mask, part of Thomas Ferenches for John Sandage, Joseph Peace’s Land divided between John and William Peace, Doctor Arthur Hopkins to John Orsery, James Black to Mr. John Thompson, Joseph Peace’s Land at ye mill, to Mr. John Thompson, Samuel Goodman’s to Widow Markland, Robert Thompson’s, to John Holden, William Talley, to Samuel Hill.

Mar 23, 1743
Ordered into one Precinct for Processioning the land of Col. Thompson, William Mask, John Sandwich, John Peace, William Peace, John Ussery, John Thompson, Widow Markland, John Holden, Samuel Hill, Thomas Franches, the heirs of Richard Glass, Widow Simmons, John Maske, John Blackwell, Robert Willsford, Samuel Chamberlayne, William Blackwell, John Turner’s Orphans, John Blackwell Jr., Widow Hughs, George Jones, Samuel Peace, John Holden, Benjamin Goodman, William Via, Mark Anthony, Richard Bullock, Thomas Pollett and that Mr. John Blackwell, Sr., and George Jones. Said processioning performed who made the following return. In obedience to the within order we the subscribers have summoned all the freeholders mentioned in the precinct, and have processioned all the lines in the same, without any objection being made.

1759
Precinct 24: Ordered into one Precinct for Procession the lands of John Ussery’s heirs, Josias Blackwell, John Blackwell, Micajah Blackwell, James Blackwell’s heirs, Peter Garland, Nathaniel Thomson, Elias White, Charles Lemay, John Turner the lands that was Richard Gass, John Mask, John Peace’s heirs, Thomas Charles, Timothy Mask’s heirs, William Mask, the land that was John Humber’s, John Sandridge’s heirs, Philip Whitehead Claiborn, John Ussery’s heirs, John McDougle’s heirs, Charles Turner, Benjamin Goodman, George Turner, George Jones’ heirs, John Holden, John Thomson, deceased, Edward Burnet, deceased, Samuel Hill’s heirs, David Talley, Thomas Stanley, Blackmore Hughes, Mark Anthony, Luke Anthony and Samuel Peace. and that George Clayton and Peter Garland see the processioning performed, and return their proceedings according to law. Ordered that if any of the Several persons appointed to See the processioning performed find any persons Land adjacent to the lands named and not mentioned in the orders for processioning, that they do see the lands to left out of the said orders processioned and return an account of the same with the other lands mentioned in the said orders. James Abbott Clerk of the Vestry. (Note: other vestry notes indicate Benjamin Goodman caring for his mother Lucy)

1759
P. 387 & 388 (309) At a Vestry held for Saint Pauls Parish Nov’r 19th 1759. “Ordered into one Precinct for Processioning the Lands of Michael Tucker, Amos Tucker, John Tucker, William Thorp, John Thorp, Charles Thorp, Robert Via, George Barker, the land That was William Meanly’s, the Land that was John Brothers, Richard Crafford, Abraham Burnet, Lewis Webb, Edw’d Wade, Bond Burnett, William Kerby, William Reynolds Burnett, Robert Stranges Orphans, Tyree Harris, Thomas Austin, John Thomson, John Goodwin, Robert Goodman, Mordecai Booth, Martha Wooddey, John Mask, and that Robert Via and Charles Barker See the Said processioning, Perform’d and return their proceedings according to Law…. In Submission to your order, we Robert Via and Charles Barker hath seen the abovementiond lands processioned, now owned by the following persons, Michael Tucker, Amos Tucker, John Tucker, Robert Via, John Thorp, Charles Thorp, Robert Via, Charles Barker, Senr., Charles Barker Junr., Gideon Via, Josias Via, William Mask, Abraham Burnett, Edmund Wade, William Wade Junr., Samuel Sneed, William Reynolds Burnett, William Spencer, John Goodwin, Thos Elliott, John Thomson Dec’d, John Street, Robert Goodman Dec’d, Martha Wooddey, John Mask. Examined: Robert Via and Charles Barker”

1763
p. 424 & 425 (338) At a Vestry held for Saint Pauls Parish 30th Nov, 1763. ” Ordered into one precinct for processioning the lands of Michael Tucker, Amos Tucker, John Tucker, William Thorp, John Thorp, Robt. Via, George Barker the land that was William Meanlys, the land that was John Brothers, Richd Crafford, Abraham Burnet, Lewis Webb, Edward Wade, Bond Burnet, William Kerby, William Reynolds Burnet, Robt. Strange’s Orphans, Tyree Harris, Thomas Austin, John Thomson, John Goodwin, Robt. Goodman, Mordechai Booth, Martha Wooddey, & John Mask, and that Charles Barker & Henry Wood See the Said processioning perform” and return their Proceedings according to law.” “Gentlemen, In Submission to your orders we the Subscribers have seen all the within Mention’d Lands procession’d According to Law, Peaceably & Quietly. Henry Wade & Charles Barker”

1767
Precinct 25: Ordered into one Precinct for Processioning the lands of Josias Blackwell, John Blackwell, John Webb, James Blackwell’s heirs, Peter Garland, Nathaniel Thompson, Elias White, Charles Lemay, John Turner, John Mask, John Peace’s heirs, Thomas Charles, Timothy Mask’s heirs, William Mask, John Humber, John Sandige’s heirs, Philip W. Claiborne, John Ussery’s heirs, John McDougle’s heirs, Charles Turner, Benjamin Goodman, George Turner, George Jones’ heirs, John Thomson’s heirs, Edward Burnet’s heirs, Samuel Hill’s heirs, John Holden’s heirs, David Talley, Thomas Hadley’s heirs, John Anderson, Mark Anthony, Luke Anthony and Samuel Peace.

1771
Precinct 5: Ordered into one Precinct for Processioning the lands of Richard Ussery, William Lemay, William Clopton, John Street, Benjamin Goodman, Jedidiah Turner, Nathaniel Turner, Joseph Peace, Anselm Bailey, George Turner’s orphans, James Blackwell, Sr., James Blackwell, Jr., John Webb, William Mask, deceased, Tiplady Charles, William Jones, David Cobbs, William Peace and John Peace’s orphans.


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