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Maynard, thanks so much for sharing this. You close with "I was unable
to help him." Perhaps you are not aware he was a twice-great-grandson of
Lewis Poythress of Mecklenburg Co., Va., lineage summarized as follows:
+Rebecca B. Taylor
Thomas M. Poythress
William Lewis Poythress
+Anna Jane Jones
Foxall Alexander Poythress
+Annie May Kidd
Foxall Alexander Poythress, Jr.
Several years ago Barbara Neal introduced us to a stash of information on
his branch, after which I visited with his sister, Mrs. Hudson, by phone.
Also, sometime ago his grand-nephew, Michael Brandon Poythress, was a
member of our list. -Lyn
On Thu, 13 Dec 2001 18:39:30 EST VKRatliff(a)aol.com writes:
> Foxhall Alexander "F.A." Poythress, 77, of Mechanicsville, passed
> October 31, 2001. A son of the late Annie May Kidd and F.A.
> Poythress Sr., he
> was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers. He is survived
> by his
> wife, Roberta Horne Poythress; two daughters, Laura P. Butterfield
> and her
> husband, James and Elizabeth P. Thompson; a son, Robert A. Poythress
> and his
> wife, Nancy; three grandsons, Michael J. Butterfield, Ernest "Happy"
> Jr. and Randolph A. Thompson; six great-grandchildren; two sisters,
> Agnes P.
> Hudson and Ella May P. Kidd; a brother, Thomas S. Poythress; and a
> family friend, Beverly Massie. Remains rest at the Mechanicsville
> Chapel of
> Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Rd., where the family will
> friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and where a funeral service
> will be
> conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Novmeber 3. Interment will follow in
> Signal Hill
> Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
> Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 145, Stony Creek, Va.
> I never knew anything about this gentleman except that he answered a
> mailing postcard query which I sent out a number of years ago. He
> was most
> cordial and curious about his ancestors but had never done any
> searching so he was left at a loss and I was unable to help him.
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Foxhall Alexander "F.A." Poythress, 77, of Mechanicsville, passed away
October 31, 2001. A son of the late Annie May Kidd and F.A. Poythress Sr., he
was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers. He is survived by his
wife, Roberta Horne Poythress; two daughters, Laura P. Butterfield and her
husband, James and Elizabeth P. Thompson; a son, Robert A. Poythress and his
wife, Nancy; three grandsons, Michael J. Butterfield, Ernest "Happy" Thompson
Jr. and Randolph A. Thompson; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes P.
Hudson and Ella May P. Kidd; a brother, Thomas S. Poythress; and a special
family friend, Beverly Massie. Remains rest at the Mechanicsville Chapel of
Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Rd., where the family will receive
friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and where a funeral service will be
conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Novmeber 3. Interment will follow in Signal Hill
Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fort
Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 145, Stony Creek, Va. 23882.
I never knew anything about this gentleman except that he answered a mass
mailing postcard query which I sent out a number of years ago. He was most
cordial and curious about his ancestors but had never done any serious
searching so he was left at a loss and I was unable to help him.
This is an excerpt from the site below. There is also a section on the
For a list of Virginia families in this group:
1. Odam Poythress, born about 1755, purchased 50 acres adjoining Peter
Nowles and James Sexton in Northampton County, North Carolina, on 3 December
1777, and he and his wife Sele sold this land two years later on 23 August
1779 [6:237, 351]. He was head of a Northampton County household of 4 free
males and 4 free females in Captain Williams' District in 1786 for the state
census, 9 "other free" in 1790 [NC:72], 12 in 1800 [NC:469], and 10 in 1810
[NC:742]. He purchased 100 acres on Jack Swamp on 9 February 1785 [DB
10:51]. Administration of his estate was granted John Sandifer on 3 December
1817 on a bond of 1,000 pounds [Minutes 1813-21, 68]. His children were
i. Thomas, who paid money to the Northampton County estate of Robert Crow
between January and March 1801 [Gammon, Record of Estates, Northampton
ii. Littleberry, who sold land in Northampton County in 1819, two years
after Odam's death.
iii. Francis, who gave Littleberry his power of attorney in Northampton
County Court on 9 June 1819 [Minutes 1813-21, 177].
2. Hardimon Poythress, born about 1757, was head of a Northampton County
household of 3 free males and 2 free females in Captain Williams' District
of the state census and 5 "other free" in 1790 [NC:72]. He died before 7
March 1796 when Jesse Mitchell was granted administration on his estate by
the Northampton County Court on only 50 pounds bond [Minutes 1792-96, 219].
Temperance Poythress, head of a Northampton County household of 6 "other
free" in 1800 [NC:471], was most likely his wife. Their children were
i. Odam, Jr., who died before 4 March 1817 when his next of kin, John
Poythress, was required to show cause why administration on his estate
should not be granted to the greatest creditor [Minutes 1792-96, 7].
ii. John, whose estate administration was granted Hardimon Poythress in
Northampton County Court on a bond of 50 pounds [Minutes 1792-6, 18].
Other descendants were
i. "Sterling and Lucy Poltress, children of color," bound apprentices to
Ransom Sherrin in Halifax County on 15 February 1824.
ii. Sebastian and Frances Portres, (paupers) bound out on 4 March 1824 by
the Northampton County Court [Minutes 1821-25, 373].
Can someone tell me when the Wm Poythress in Virginia that was married
to a Julia in the mid 1800s died?
I'm trying to figure if there were two Wm Poythress that were married to
a Julia in the 1840-1880 time frame.
If they also have DOB for Wm and DOB & DOD for Julia, it would help.
Hi, folks, it's Maynard.
Am back on line after struggling with BellSouth to get DSL service. The
start-up/set-up was a royal pain but ultimately (so far) worth it all. I
highly recommend it. No waiting, you're there almost the second you hit the
If you are presently using AOL or another ISP AND are paying for a second
line to avoid tying up your "real" phone line, and IF you are within 17,000
feet of one of the phone company's magic boxes, you can get into the DSL
business with the following implications that I survived.
The money is a push. DSL typically around $50 a month. If you currently have
"content" ISP (a la AOL) you can drop him (about $23 bucks) and drop your
second line (about 25 bucks).
When they say 50 times faster I believe they are understating it. It's seems
A Symantec (Norton) firewall comes free with the package (or at least it does
If you are using a "content" ISP (a la AOL) you have to give up the training
wheels and build your own start up page using pieces from, for example,
Its a bear (or it was for me) to get the thing hooked up.....I'm told that is
not untypical...maybe a week of intermittant time on line while the RBOC (or
whomever) gets all their line problems straight.
This is not a persistent "bad" but you can't receive any faster than the
sender is sending. So, if you're working with some guy or gal with a 24M
modem, you can only receive at 24M.
I usually confess up front that I know just enough about the technology to be
dangerous so if I have misspoke I trust Lyn or one of our techies willl
Best to all,
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