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John Williams

John Williams and Ann Whitley

 

This document is intended to prove the identification of the husband of Elizabeth Ann Whitley who married a John Williams in Isle of Wight Va in the 1600s.  It provides considerable information about the Whitley family as well as some John William information.  It also provides information indicating that the John Williams whose will was proved in 1692 is likely the father of Richard Williams, who was the father of Joshua Williams, who was the father of Elisha Williams, all in the direct line of my ancestry.  Larry Feldhaus 21 November, 2007.

 

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~familyoutline/whitley/whitley/rr01/rr01_001.htm#G1

 

Captain John “Wheatley” WHITLEY.1,2,3 Born on 24 Nov 1628 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England. John “Wheatley” died in Isle of Wight, VA on 2 Feb 1669, he was 40. Some event on 24 Nov 1628 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England.

3John Whitley is the first of this family that appears in the records of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, when on August 9, 1664 he made a deposition in court saying that he was 36 years of age. Therefore he was born circa 1628. He is apparently the John Whitley, Sr. whom Thomas Moss appointed overseer of his will dated February 9, 1669 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The will is dated December 14, 1669 and was probated on February 9, 1669/70, and mentioned as follows: “land adjoining John Whitley’s plantation to his son John Whitley, to Thomas Richard wearing clothes, to Thomas Ward Jr., pigs, John Whitley rest of the estate. Wits: John Richards, John Giles.” Could John Whitley’s wife Ann have been the daughter or sister of Thomas Moss, for whom Whitley’s son Thomas was named? John Whitley’s [Wheatley according to his will] will was made February 2, 1670 and probated on February 9, 1671/2 as follows: “to son John one half of land I live on, the other half at decease of my wife Ann; to son Thomas 200 acres of land I purchased from Anthony Fulgham; to son William 200 acres of land adjoining Wm. Bressie; to daughter Elizabeth one bed; to son in law John Williams one shilling; to my grandchild Ann Williams, daughter of John Williams…; rest of my estate to wife Ann. Ann was executrix of the estate. Another interesting note is that “John Wheatley, aged 36, Deposition that Thomas Moss paid by order of Peter Spurstoo had bill in hands of James Ennis; 9 Aug 1664.” John Whitley died on February 21, 1670 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. His will is there in Book 2, page 105. By his wife Ann [Moss?], who later married William Crocker [according to Minutes of the Council]4

Immigration: headright arriving in 16555
will date- Ilse of Wight, VA feb. 2 1671
Prob. Will Feb. 9 1671

In 1652 when John “Wheatley” was 23, he married Ann MOSS1,3, daughter of Thomas MOSS, in Isle of Wight, VA. Born in 1632 in Isle of Wight, VA. Ann died in Isle of Wight, VA on 13 FEB 1670/71, she was 38.

2Will February 13, 1670/71
Witnessed by John Burch & Robert Hall6

They had the following children:

1.        Elizabeth “Ann” 1654 – 1694

2.        John 1656 – abt 1695

3.        Thomas 1658 – 1715

4.        William 1660 – 1676

 

 

Family of Captain John “Wheatley” WHITLEY (1) & Ann MOSS

2. Elizabeth “Ann” WHITLEY.3 Born in 1654 in Isle of Wight, VA.2 Elizabeth “Ann” died in Isle of Wight, VA in Apr 1694, she was 40.

 

In 1671 when Elizabeth “Ann” was 17, she first married John WILLIAMS5,3, son of Roger WILLIAMS (~1626-1675) & (~1629->1671), in Isle of Wight Co. VA. Born in 1651 in Northumberland, VAJohn died in Isle of Wight Co. VA on 9 Mar 1691, he was 40.

 

The information in red is not correct.  Elizabeth “Ann” Whitley married John Wiliams, and he may have been the son of Roger Williams, but he did not die on 9 Mar 1691.  His will was dated 7 Feb 1686 and it was proved in May 1687.  His legatees were: sons John and Thomas, daughter Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, to whom he left personality. To Charles Durham, a heifer.  Witnesses were Will Bradshaw and Charles Durham, who would later marry his widow and whose daughter would marry son, John Jr. Wife, Anne Williams, "relict of John Williams," qualified as executor.

 

John's legates were his sons John and Thomas, daughters Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, to whom he left personality. To Charles Durham, a heifer. Wits.: Will Bradshaw, Charles Durham, Anne Williams, relict of John Williams, qualified as executor on May 2, 1687.

They had the following children:

1                 John 1673 – 1744

2                 Ann 1673 – 1769

3                 Elizabeth 1674 –

4                 Richard abt 1674 –

5                 Mary abt 1678 –

6                 Jane abt 1681 –

7                 William abt1682 – abt 1691

8                 Theophilus abt 1684 – abt 1691

9                 Thomas

10              Sarah

 

Elizabeth "Ann" second married Charles DURHAM3.

Charles is mentioned in son-in-law John Williams, Jr.'s petition to court.

3. John WHITLEY Jr.3 Born in 1656 in Isle of Wight, VA. John died in Isle of Wight, VA bef 26 Nov 1695, he was 39. Occupation: weaver.

71677, John signed the petition on behalf of William West-Bacon's Rebellion-Cal. papers.


In Isle of Wight Will and Deed Book 2, page 178, John Whitley "Account of his estate returned by his widow Mary Whitley, Adm. Among items Tobacco which was given my daughter Olive MacDowell by her father James MacDowell. 1695." John Whitley's will is in Book 1, pages 540 and 690. His estate was appraised by John Giles, James Tullaugh, John Clarke on July 11, 1695. He is mentioned several other times in Isle of Wight records: In the Will of Thomas Moss, tailor of Isle of Wight, "to son of John Whitley, to Thomas Richards, Thomas Ward Jr. The Executor is John Whitley Jr.. The will was dated December 14, 1669; recorded February 9, 1669 with John Richards and John ______ as witnesses. This is from Will Book 2, page 84. Then again John Whitley [Jr.] September 14, 1670, receives 100 acres escheat land formerly granted to John Whitley, Sr. dec[eased]. From Land Grants 1628-1674. And then again: Estate of George Allen, Appraised by Richard Wilkerson, John Whitley and John Turner. Pres. by Prudence Allen the widow. Dated February 6, 1679 and recorded April 9, 1680. Will book 2, page 210. And again, Henry Madden-- Inventory presented by John Whitley. Dated March 30, 1687. Recorded May 2, 1687. Book 2, page 266. Then, Inventory of the estate of John Whitley filed by Mary Whitley May 27, 1695. Then June 19, 1695: John Whitley's estate appraised by John Giles, John Tullaugh and John Clarke. and then "Received of Mary Whitley, widow of John Whitley, tobacco for the use of Thomas, John, and William Whitley, orphans of said John. Whitley. November 26, 1695 (signed) Charles Ba

In 1687 when John was 31, he married Mary MADDEN3, in Isle of Wight, VA. Born bef 1660 in Isle of Wight, VA.

Sister of Henry Madden.4

They had the following children:

1                     Thomas 1682 –

2                     William 1686 –

3                     John 1684 - 1749


4. Thomas WHITLEY.2,3 Born in 1658 in Isle of Wight, VA. Thomas died in Isle of Wight, VA on 5 Dec 1715, he was 57. Buried in Lower Parish, Isle of Wight, VA. Occupation: planter.

8Made a deposition on December 9, 1698 saying that he was 40 years of age4

His will is in Book 2, page 615 and the appraisement on page 616 which was done by John Wright, Authur Benn, John Garland, and Robert Richards Jr., on April 22, 1717. In Deed Book 2, page 32, dated February 8, 1705, we find: "This Indenture between John Whitley of Newport Parish, weaver, and Thomas Whitley, planter, 'The said land being conveyed in an escheat patent granted unto John Wheatley, deceased, father of ye aforesaid John Whitley, deceased, ye fourth day of September one thousand six hundred and seventy. Which said land did descend unto ye said John Wheatley as heir-at-law to ye aforesaid John Wheatley.'" And Again, in Deed Book 2, dated Jan 8, 1705: "Indenture between Thomas Wheatley, planter, and John Whitley, father of aforesaid Thomas Whitley. John Wheatley purchased of Anthony Fulgham of the Lower Parish Nov 20, 1667 bounded by Thomas Wooten and William Godwin."

Thomas Whitley of Lower Parish: daughter, Elizabeth; daughter, Martha; daughter, Priscilla; wife, Mary; son, Thomas; son, George; son John; son, Madison; son, Thomas; Ex .12-5-1715 R. Witness Madison Street, John Garland, Mary Garland. p. 615.3
Information from L.D.S.

In 1684 when Thomas was 26, he married Mary STREET2,3, daughter of John STREET & Anne BEVAN, in Isle of Wight, VA. Born in 1665 in Isle of Wight, VA. Mary died abt Apr 1728, she was 63.

They had the following children:

1                     Thomas 1685 - abt1751

2                     William 1687 – abt 1759

3                     George 1688 – abt 1759

4                     John 1690 – 1750

5                     Madison 1692 –

6                     Elizabeth 1694 –

7                     Martha 1696 –

8                     Priscilla 1698 –

 

5. William WHITLEY.3 Born in 1660 in Isle of Wight, VA. William died in Isle of Wight, VA in 1676, he was 16.

 

 

The above information in red is not correct.  The wrong John Williams is cited along with the wrong children.   Following is the will of John Whitley and the will of his widow Ann Whitley which name their children and two grandchildren by their daughter and John Williams.  The will of the John Williams who died in 1691 or 1692 names his children as does the will of the John Williams whose will was probated 2 May 1687.  Notice that the John Williams and Ann (Whitley ?) whose will was probated in 1687 do have a daughter named Ann while the John Williams who died in 1691 or 1692 does not.  The following John Whitley will names John Williams as his son-in-law and Ann as John Williams' daughter, making it probable that Ann Whitley was married to the John Williams whose will was probated in 1687 and impossible that she was married to the one who died in 1691 or 1692.

 

 

Source:  http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/3071/whitarms.html

 

WILL OF JOHN WHATLEY -  RECORDS OF WILLS ISLE OF WIGHT VOL. 2, 1661-1719 STATE OF VIRGINIA VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY

I, JOHN WHEATLEY, of the Isle of Wight County, being of sound mind and perfect memory, do make this my last will and testament. I first bequeath my soul to God Almighty who gave it my body to the earth to be buried in Christian like manner where it shall please God to call me out of this world, and for my worldly goods and estate, I bequeath in manner and for as follows: Impress. I unto my son, JOHN, the one half of the land I live upon after my decease, and the other half after the decease of ANN, my wife, with all edifices and buildings that shall then be upon it with all other.... and appurtenances thereunto belonging and also one pewter basin and one Guinea. I give and bequeath unto my son, THOMAS, two hundred acres of land aforesaid FULGHAM land taken out of that part of the land that joineth on Mr. WILLIAM LIGGETT, also one pewter basin. I give unto my daughter, ELIZABETH, one floral bed and rug colored green, one ......., one new pair of sheets and one pewter basin, one great pewter platter. To my son-in-law, JOHN WILLIAMS, I give one shilling. To my grandchild, ANN WILLIAMS, the daughter of JOHN WILLIAMS, I give and bequeath one large pewter platter and one heifer two years of age. It is my wish that if any of my three sons before they come to possess and enjoy the land bequeathed and given, or die without issue, that the said land be equally divided between the surviving sons and their heirs. And for the rest of my estate that I shall possess at the time of my death, I wholly give unto my wedded wife, ANN WHATLEY, whom I make my whole and sole executrix. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of Feb. 1670.
JOHN (X) WHATLEY
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of: JOHN BURWELL WILLIAM (X) ROBSON
INDIVIDUAL NOTES AND SOURCES - BIGDATA.

Will of Ann Whatley

This Will was proved by oath of JOHN BURWELL and WILLIAM ROBSON in open Court held, Isle of Wight County, the 9th day of Feb. 1671. JNO. JENNINGS, Clk. WILL: Vol 2, 1661 - 1719, 21 Feb 1670, proved 1671.

To all Christian People whom it may and shall concern, I, ANN WHATLEY, the relict of JOHN WHATLEY of the Isle of Wight County, Planter, deceased, out of tender affection I bear unto my children in this Deed of Gift hereafter mentioned, and for other considerations best known to myself, I do give and bequeath after my decease as follows: Impress: I give unto my eldest son, JOHN, one thousand pounds... and to my second son, THOMAS, two thousand pounds... and to my daughter, ELIZABETH, two thousand pounds... and to my grandchild, ELIZ. WILLIAMS, the daughter of JOHN WILLIAMS, one thousand pounds... to which deed gift I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of Feb. 1671. ANN (X) WHATLEY Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of JOHN BURWELL, ROLAND HALL. This deed of Gift was ordered and acknowledged by ANN WHATLEY to be her Deed in open Court held for the Isle of Wight County, this 19th day of Feb. 1671 and by her is recorded. JNO. JENNINGS, Clk.

 

 

Source Dr. Barry Hayes:

 

The widow Ann filed to administer her late husband John Williams’ estate in 1692.  He made his will 7 Feb 1686 and it was proved 2 May 1687.  Named in his will were his children Ann Williams, Sarah Williams, Elizabeth Williams, Thomas Williams and John Williams.

 

Children of John Williams (died 1687) and Ann Whitely:
1. Ann Williams named in father's will

2. Sarah Williams  named in father's will
3. Elizabeth Williams  named in father's will
4. Thomas Williams  named in father's will
5. John Williams  named in father's will

 


The Van Gundy web site at http://www.vangundy.net/familytree/paf/pafg280.htm contains the following:

 

John Williams died after Feb 1686 in Isle of Wight, VA. He married Elizabeth Ann WHITLEY in 1671 in Isle of Wight, VA.

He received 1 shilling from the estate of his father-in-law.

His will was dated 2/7/1686 and probated 5/1687. "His legatees were: sons John and Thomas, daughter Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, to whom he left personality. To Charles Durham, a heifer." Witnesses were Will Bradshaw and Charles Durham, who would later marry his widow and whose daughter would marry son, John Jr. Wife, Anne Williams, "relict of John Williams," qualified as executor.

10/1693 Son, John Jr, petitioned the court saying he was of age and desired to manage his possessions currently being handled by his father-in-law, Charles Durham and his mother, Ann Durham.

Elizabeth Ann WHITLEY [Parents] was born about 1656 in Isle of Wight, VA. She died after Mar 1691 in Northumberland Co, VA. She married John Williams in 1671 in Isle of Wight, VA.

Upon her father's death, she received 1 bed from his estate.

They had the following children:

1 John Williams

2 Thomas Williams

3 Elizabeth Williams

4 Ann Williams – Mentioned in her grandfather Whitley’s will

5. Sarah Williams

 

 

Following is the full text of the will of the John Williams whose will was probated 9 Aug 1692.  Notice that there is no daughter "Ann", only Mary and Jane.  The two grand daughters, Mary and Bridgett Brown, were the daughters of either Mary or Jane Williams, most likely Mary

 

John Williams b abt 1647 (based on oldest child's age) – d abt 1692 (based on will)

+ Ann 

John                 b abt 1670 VA

William             b abt 1674 VA

Elizabeth          b abt 1676 VA

Thomas           b abt 1678 VA

Mary                 b abt 1680 VA

Jane                  b abt 1682 VA

Nicholas           b abt 1687 VA

Richard       b abt 1684 VA  Likely the father of Joshua who was the father of Elisha

Theophilus      b abt 1690 VA

 

 

Record of Wills and Deeds, Vol 2, page 317 1662-1715
Will of John Williams dated 9 March 1692, probated 9 August, 1692, Isle of Wight Co., VA.

In the name of God Amen I John Williams Senr of the lower parish of the Isle of Wight County in Virginia: being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory do give and bequeath all my wordly goods as followeth


Imprimus I give and bequeath my Soul to almighty God my maker hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour to obtain remission for my sins through his death and passion and my body to the earth from whence I came to be decently buried by my beloved wife Ann Williams and my children.

Secondly I give my now dwelling & plantation unto my beloved wife Ann Williams during her life with all edifices and buildings thereunto belonging and after her decease the manor plantation be returned unto my eldest sonn John Williams and to the hyers of his body and in case he the said John Williams had rather stay in Surrey County on the plantation that he is now seated or then to take the manor plantation then the said manor plantation is do descend to my youngest sonn Theophilus Williams and the hyres of his body truely begotten and in case John Williams wishes to take manor plantation then Theophilus to enjoy the plantation in Surry County that John Williams is now seated containing one hundred and fifty acres


Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my son William one parcel of land lying and being in Newport parish which parcel of land contains two hundred acres lying near Meadows which parcel of land my foursaid Sonn William Williams is to enjoy with all appurtenances thereunto belonging to him and the hyers of his body truly begotten.

4th I give and bequeath unto my next Sonn Thomas Williams and the heyrs of his body truly begotten one hundred and fifty acres of the aforesaid land lying and being in Surry County and part of the same tract where my sonn John William now liveth and he the sayd Thomas Williams and his heirs to enjoy the same with all benefits and appurtenances there unto belonging


5th I give and bequeath unto my next Sonn Nicholas Williams and the heyrs of his body truly begotten one parcel of one hundred and fifty acres of the aforesaid land lying and being in Surry County and part of the same tract of land where my Sonn John Williams now liveth to his heyrs truly begotten with all appurtenances and benefits there unto belonging

6th I give and bequeath unto my Sonn Richard Williams and the heirs of his body truly begotten one parcel of land lying and being in Surry County containing one hundred and fifty acres being part of the same tract of land which my aforesaid Sonn John Williams liveth and to him
the sayd Richard Williams and the heirs of his body truly begotten with all benefits and appurtenances there unto belonging and after the possession of the same. I and in this my last Will and Testament I do bind charge and command all an every of my Sonns from the eldest to the youngest neither to sell lease or morgage any part or parcell of any of the aforesaid tracts of land by any means but to remain unto them and the heirs of their bodys truly begotten and in case that any of these my Sonns decease without Issue that then that parcell of land to whom it belongs shall be bound to the next surviving heir.

7th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary one feather Bed and boulster one Rugg one blanket one sheet

8th I give and bequeath unto my next daughter Jane Williams one feather bed boulster Rugg one blankett one sheet

9th I give and bequeath unto Anne Brown my grand daughter one yearling heifer

10th I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Bridgett Brown one yearling heifer, next I give and bequeath unto my boy William Hickman one yearling heifer, likewise there is belonging unto Mary Brown one cow and yearling which I order to be delivered to her according to the direction of my wife, likewise I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid grand daughter Mary Brown one feather bed and boulster, likewise I give unto my Sonn Thomas Williams the marr foal which goes with the marr likewise I give all the future increase of my mare among my children and this increase be provided as they fall in course beginning at the eldest and for as they fall to the youngest whether heifer or mare as it happens and after my children and should then my grandchildren to have a part of the increase and likewise the mare at Thomas Wrights the first foal that she bring I give and bequeath it unto Daniel Long Junior and after Daniell hath his foal the mare and her after issue to be bound to Thomas Wright and the heyrs of his body lawfully begotten and after all these ligaties in this my Will and for the performance of the same I do constitute and appoint my most beloved wife Ann Williams my whole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament to for and endeavour to perform all these many ligaties as they shall be demanded in Course of my children come to age and my aforesaid Wife Ann Williams to enjoy all my proper estate and plantation which is not here exprest as long as they live and for acknowledgement this is my last Will and Testament as Witness my hand this ninth day of March in the year of our lord god 1692
Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of us John (F) Williams Senior Seal
Boaz Gwine
Thomas (T) Gwynie Proved in open Court for the
his mark Isle of Wight County august the
Alexander (T) Matthew’s 9th 1692 by the Witness and
his mark ordered to be recorded.
Test John Pitt Ck Ct

Hard Copy on File

Transcribed by Jean Mayo Hirsch from documents located at the
Library of Virginia Archives in Richmond, Virginia

 

 

Source: Dr. Barry Hayes:

 

I believe that Dr. William Mann's analysis in Boddie, Historical Southern Families, Vol. 6, p. 211, was correct that the John Williams who left the will in 1686/87 was indeed the husband of the Whitley woman. The proof, some of which Dr. Mann did not cite, is as follows:

 

The widow Ann Whitley filed to administer her late husband John Williams’ estate in 1692.  He made his will 7 Feb 1686 and it was proved 2 May 1687.  Named in his will were his children Ann Williams, Sarah Williams, Elizabeth Williams, Thomas Williams and John Williams.

 

Therefore, the children of John Williams and Ann Whitely are:
1. Ann Williams  named in father's will
2. Sarah Williams  named in father's will
3. Elizabeth Williams  named in father's will
4. Thomas Williams  named in father's will
5. John Williams  named in father's will

 

John Williams devised to young Charles Durham a heifer; the elder Durham witnessed. 

 

The son John Williams, Jr. deposed in April 1693 with regard to the James Tullaugh dam that he was only 18, and the younger Charles Durham  deposed that he was 30 (Isle of Wight Deed Book # 1, p. 60). 

 

Charles Durham, probably the Elder, appraised the estate  of James Tullaugh in 1698. 

 

The elder Charles Durham was the stepfather of John Williams, Jr. before October 1693 when Durham ceded the property devised to his stepson by John Williams, Sr.  (Court Order 1693-95, p. 6). 

 

Finally but perhaps most importantly, in 1695 Charles Durham represented the wife Mary and other  heirs of  John Whitley, Jr., who had recently become the brother-in-law of Charles Durham, in settling the estate of John Whitley, Jr.  See Boddie, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight, p. 624.