Tuesday, December 24, 2013

John Williamson and Rebecca Chamberlain

John Williamson
Parents: Arthur Williamson
Note:  See explanation about Arthur in the comments.
Born abt 1682 Prince George County, Virginia
Occupation:  Surveyor, Planter
Married Rebecca Chamberlain abt 1702 Virginia
Will dated 30 Jan 1731 in Surry County Virginia probated 17 May 1732 in Surry County
Parish of Southwark 

Note:  Ozenbriggs is a name for a particular type of material

In the name of God Amen, I John Williamson of the Parish of Southwark in the County of Surry in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Planter, being weak in body but of sound perfect disposing mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same and calling to mind that all flesh must yield unto death, I ordain and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking and anulling all others by me heretofore made. 

Imprimis: My Soul I resign to God that gave it hoping for pardon and remission of all my sins through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ my Saviour. 

Item: My body I commit to the earth from whence it was taken to be decently buried by my Executors hereafter named and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this like I give and devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following. I will that my debts and Funeral expenses be duly paid and discharged. 

Item: I give my daughter Elizabeth Sturdivant the wife of Hollum Sturdivant 100 Ells of Brown Ozenbriggs, 1 large iron pot, and 1 small iron pot with the hooks belonging to the same. 

Item: I devise to my daughter Susannah Rottenbury the wife of John Rottenbury and her heirs forever 249 1/2 acres of land more or less lying on the south side of the River Nottoway in the said County of Surry it being the land where they are now dwelling and abideing on, also I give the said Susannah 100 Ells of Brown Ozenbriggs, 1 Iron pot and hooks 1 rugg and 1 bed tick. 

Item: I give my daughter Edith Williamson one Mulatto girl called Joane, one Feather bed and bolster one rug one pair of blankets one new bed tick fifteen pounds current money one large Iron Pot one small Iron Pott with hooks thereto belonging. One bay horsecolt called Nichliss and one gray mare which I had of Richard Fox. 

Item: I give to my daughter Hannah Fox the wife of Richard Fox four cows and calves four 3 year old cattle 100 Ells of brown Ozenbriggs 1 Feather bed and bolster 1 rug and 1 pair of blakets and also the credit that will be due me on the store book of Thomas Ellbridge. 

Item: I give to my son Cuthbert Williamson one Negro man slave called James 1 Negro man slave called Will 1 Negro woman slave called Doll and her child 1 Negro woman slave called Annahee and her child 2 horses one of which is called Blaze and the other Diamond, [One set of Troopers arms all my saddles and horse furniture] with all my new woolen goods_____ apparel 12 yards of striped breeches ____ blankets ____my hogs but ____ age of 21 _____ the said Negroes________ his and abide in the house and plantation on _____ with my said land not to be any ways disturbed or molested by him in her living there to the end she may be helpful and assisting toward the better support and maintenance of the said cattle in their increase until such division of the cattle aforesaid and their increase [if any] is made. 

Item: I do order and direct that what necessary provisions is in my house at the time of my decease for my families use shall be and remain for the sole use and benefit of my said son and daughter Edith and the slaves belonging to them and what Corn I have at that time more than sufficient for bread corn for themselves and their slaves shall be disposed of for ye support and maintenance of the hogs, Cattle and horses belonging to my said Son and daughter Edith. And in regard I have an Estate of greater value than what is sufficient to pay all debts due from ye same, my desire therefore is that my estate may not be appraised. 

Item: I do hereby appoint my brother Cuthbert Williamson and my friend Robert Green as supervisors to my son Cuthbert until he attains to the age of 21 years. All the rest of my personal estate not herein before particularly given and disposed of I give unto my said son Cuthbert and my said daughter Edith and I do hereby further appoint my said Brother Cuthbert Williamson and Robert Green Executors of this my last Will and Testament...In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Thirtieth Day of January in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty One. 

John X Williamson [Sealed with wax wafer] 

Signed Sealed and Published by the said John Williamson as his last will and Testament in the 
presence of 
Judith X Harper 
Edward Farrington. 

Probated Surry County Virginia 17 May 1732. 

Will:  http://www.crossedbrushstudio.com/windowsintoourpast/Vol1/williamson.htm
Book:  Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner page 42
His parents: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/e/a/Richard-Beaver/FILE/0003page.html
Note:  this account is unclear about several points and assigns only three sons to this couple - I found it confusing, but does have importance in that it shows the several lines that have become entangled.  One person was mentioned disputing the information about John and Rebecca Chamberlayn.
Rebecca Chamberlain
Parents: Unknown
Born  abt 1687 Henrico, Virginia
Died Before 1731 - she pre-deceased her husband (she is not named in his will)
Note:  the book, Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner claims her name is not known, but that was as of 1975.

CHILDREN : note birth order is unsure

Sarah Williamson
Born abt 1706 Virginia
Married George Mabrey abt 1723 Surrey, Virginia
Children: Sarah
Died Pre-1731 or she would have been mentioned in her father's will - her daughter is instead.
Book:  Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner page 43
About George being married once before:  http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=johnfox38&id=I15897
Cuthbert Williamson
Born abt 1708 Virginia
Named after his paternal uncle
Unmarried, no children
Died 1736 inventory returns were made on his estate
Book:  Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner page 44
Susannah Williamson
Born abt 1710 Virginia
Married John Rottenbury abt 1730
Children:  Rachel, Elizabeth, Susannah, Lucy, Mary
Died After 1751
She and her husband recorded their wills in Albemarle Parish, Virginia 16 Feb 1751
Book:  Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner page 42-43
*Hannah Williamson
Born 23 Nov 1714 Virginia
Married Colonel Richard Fox 1727 Surry County, Virginia
Children: John, Jacob, William, Richard, Anne, unnamed girl, Amy, Sarah, Hannah, Mary, Lucinda, Isham, Nancy
Book:  Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner page 43
Elizabeth Williamson
Born abt 1716 Virginia
Married Hollum Sturdivant
Children:  John, Susannah, William, Lucretia, Amy, Hollum, Frances
Died after 1784 when she is mentioned in a land tax record and pre-1795 when her husband made his will and she is not mentioned.

She is mentioned in Robert Greens will as his niece.  The only way I can think this is true is if Robert Green is a brother-in-law, married to either one of her parent's siblings. I haven't really investigated the sibs of either.

Surry County Virginia Deed Bk 6, P 6 
Sept. 27, 1749 ---- Oct. 17, 1749.
Robert Green of Albemarle Parish Surry County
5 shillings money to me in hand paid by my beloved niece Mary Sturdivant wife of Hollum Sturdivant Jr. Natural love and good will and affection which I have and bear unto my said niece. 100 acres South side of Nottoway River on Cabin Stick Run being the lands whereon Hezekiah Massie formerly lived except 80 acres part thereof which was conveyed by the aforesaid Robert Green by indenture.Wit: William x Bridges, Richard Rives, John Rives /s/ Robert x Green

Will of Holliman Sturdivant 
May 4, 1795 ---- June 10, 1797.

Son John Sturdivant 3 Negroes Andrew, Sarah and Winney.

As to the heirs of my daughter Susannah King I have already given her all that I allotted them.

Son William Sturdivant the 1/2 of my land whereon I now live lying on the North side and divided by Whiteoak's Branch supposed to contain 260 acres also 6 Negroes: Old Cain, Annice, Dick, Simon, Ben and Burwell and my smooth bore gun.

Daughter Lucy Sturdivant 3 Negroes Easther, Arthur, John and I feather bed and furniture.

Daughter Amey Hobbs 2 Negroes Suck and Nathan.

Son Holloman Sturdivant the other half of my land on the South side of White Oak. He granting Franky and Lucy the reasonable privaledge of as much of the plantation and woods and waters as shall be sufficient for the support of them and their families given in legacies during the time they continue single.

Also I give Holliman 4 Negroes Joe, Cain, Sook, and Cresey. Also 2 mares and 2 colts, I cow and calf and 8 head of hogs with all my working tools of every kind.

Daughter Franky Sturdivant 2 Negroes Nanny and Winney also I feather bed, I heifer with her equal part of all the house and kitchen furniture divided between her and Lucy.

Executors: Sons William and Hollam.

Wit: Aaron Sugg, James Peters.
/s/ Hollom x Sturdivant
Will proved by Aaron Sugg and James Peters.

Book:  Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner page 43
Wake County North Carolina Will Bk 3, P 153
Births, Deaths, and Sponsors, 1717-1778, page 137: From the Albemarle Parish Register  By John Bennett Boddie

Edith Williamson
Born Virginia
Married Henry Ledbetter
Children Elizabeth, Charles, Henry, Drury
Died after 1751 - she is not mentioned in her husband's will

In the name of God, Amen. I, Henry Ledbetter of Brunswick Co., Virginia, knowing the following uncertainty of human life and being now in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following: -- Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Walton one mulatto girl, Lucy. One negro boy, Hercules. I give and bequeath to my son, Charles Ledbetter, one negro named Moile, one negro bop James and one ship-saw. I give and bequeath to my son, Henry Ledbetter, two negro boys, Abraham and Cato. I give and bequeath to my son, Drury Ledbetter, one negro named Daniel and one negro named Amaca. I also give him 240 acres of land by Patern whereon I now live and a survey of 400 acres adjoining to him and his heirs forever only leaving my loving wife Edith Ledbetter the use of it. I give to my loving wife Edith Ledbetter the residue of my Estate not heretofore mentioned but of what or quality so ever. Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my loving wife, Edith and Isaac Rowe Walton Executors of this my last will and testament.
Hereby revoking and disannuling any wills by me heretofore made. As witness to my hand this 23 day September in the year of our Lord Christ 1749.
Henry Ledbetter (his mark)
In presence of
Nathan Harris
William Johnson
William Gwathmey
Probated March 26, 1751

Marriage and number of children:  The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 47 page 65

Book:  Coneto Creek Taylors by Jesse L. Warner page 44


  1. I believe the father of John Williamson b. 1680 (his will is listed in this blog), was actually Arthur Williamson b.1660 and not Sir John Williamson and Catherine O'Brien Stewart. Arthur was the son of Dr. Robert Williamson b.1642 - a member of the House of Burgesses. Robert's parents were Richard Williamson b: WFT Est. 1564-1618 and Margert Sherwood b: WFT Est. 1569-1621. I've included a link to Robert's will at the end of this meesage and welcome any information you may be able to add to my tree. I have DNA confirmation that Hannah Williamson is my 6th great grandmother. My Birchett Family Tree is public, so feel free to peruse it at will :)



    1. Thank you for the information, the clarification and the link. Thanks for sharing so I can get as much history correct as possible! Michelle