Tom, first I want to thank you for all the work you have contributed to
the Deed Pool. It has contributed immeasurably to my understanding of
the patents and grants received by my ancestors.
I do not know exactly where on Reedy Creek the Easley patent lies, but
the Reedy Creek of interest here I believe to be that one which is South
of the James and now lies in Richmond City. Additional information comes
from the Executive Journals, Council of Virginia, Oct 26, 1704: "Mr.
Auditor Byrd represented as proceeding in laying out land appropriated
by the Gen. Assembly for the use of the French Refugees settled at
Manicantown and produced two Platts of the tracts of land now laid, wch,
with what was laid out formerly for them amounts in all to ten thousand
and thirty three acres lying contiguous upon James River...and having
called for the patents wch were granted to several persons last April
General Court for lands in Henrico Co. for the signing of them until the
land for the refugees was laid out: Exec. did sign the same. Jermiah
Benskin, 324 acres, Robt. Easeley 315 acres..." On May 11, 1706, Easley
had again petitioned the Council for the rights, and the General Court
ordered the Patent to be delivered to Easley.
Also, from the Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover 1709-1712, May
12, 1709: "When I came to Falling Creek I had some complaints against
Robin Easely, which seemed to be the effect of quarreling..."
So, in entering the patent into the genealogical software and Deed
Mapper, I concluded that the Reedy Creek in the Easley patent was the
Creek just north of Falling Creek. However, not having much talent for
this exercise, I am unable to place the plot in the mosaic.
Tom Bannister wrote:
The survey is that issued to Robt Easely,20 Oct 1704,315a in Henrico
on E s of
Reedy Ck[PB 9:624-2]. I transcribed the record some years ago but have never
succeeded in locating the tract.
Reedy Creeks occur all across Virginia. In 1704, Henrico included also modern
Chesterfield, Goochland, and counties further west to the Blue Ridge.
Why do you think the Easley survey was in modern Chesterfield?