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I found a really interesting source for 3 London "Portress" folks from
1720 (Mary), 1723 (William), and 1753 (Sarah) today, thanks to Dick
Eastman's online newsletter. Mary & Sarah were victims of thefts by
people they employed; William was a juror on a case where a John Sloman
was also a juror, by the way.
First, for those who don't subscribe, I'll quote below from Eastman, and
then as a sample of what one can find at the site, I'll paste a copy of
the mention of William Portress. I found these people by using "%" in
the middle of the name on their great Search Engine. "Po%ress" is the
way I spelled it, since the percent sign is a wild card for any number
of letters (Thus it would catch spellings including Poythress, Poydress,
Poytress, Portress, Porthress, etc). Enjoy!
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> The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
and is copyright 2003 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here
with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is
available at http://www.eogn.com <http://www.eogn.com/>.
> - Old Bailey Online
> Not all of our ancestors led prim and proper lives. Each of us has a
number of rogues in the family tree. If these people were in or near
London, England, you may find them in a new online resource.
> The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834 is a new,
fully-searchable online edition of the largest body of texts ever
published that detail the lives of non-elite people. It contains
accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central
> "Non-elite" indeed! Actually, the same site also contains the names of
many righteous and upstanding citizens: namely, those who testified at
the trials and also many of the court and law-enforcement employees.
Victims are also listed. You can search by surname, place, crime, or
date. Online at this time are trials from December 1714 through December
1759. Eventually, the site is supposed to have cases from 1674 through
1834. The proceedings of the hearing, as well as the punishment, are
> I searched the Web site a bit and did not find any of my ancestors
listed. I am sure that is because none of them lived in the London area,
not because of any lack of non-elite candidates! I did note one typical
day of 9 December, 1714. On that day, the judge handed out 8 death
sentences, 29 brandings, 26 whippings, and a handful of fines and pillories.
> Actually, my own surname is listed six times in the online site.
However, all of the listings are for witnesses or victims. You may find
your ancestors listed in this database, even if they were not criminals.
If you suspect you had ancestors in the London area between 1674 and
1834, you will want to check out the new Web site at:
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Front Matter from Old Bailey Proceedings; Sir Gerard Conyers , Thursday
30th May 1723, 1-8
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: s17230530-358
Homepage » Search » Results » Session
view a gif image of the original file
See original THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, AND
Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of
London and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice Hall in the Old Bailey,
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 30th, and 31st of May, and
1st of June, in the Ninth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign,
BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir GERARD CONYERS , Knight, Lord Mayor of
the City of London; the Lord Chief Justice King, Mr. Justice Ayres, Mr.
Baron Page ; John Raby , Esq; Deputy-Recorder, and several of His
Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London and County of
The JURORS were as followeth.
William Portress , Thomas Prat , Brian Newman , John Tudor , Thomas
Emmerton , James Bedbury , William Skirret , James Best , Michael
Mitchel , Edward Gibson , Samuel Green , William Hickman , George
Francis , James Dunbar , John Wilson , Henry Combs , Robert Rogers ,
John Sloman , William Pritchard , John Sheffield , Charles Walker ,
Thomas Craddock , John Shelton , William Stanford ,
The Proceedings were as followeth, viz.
> From: "Diana Diamond" <diana.diamond(a)starpower.net>
> Date: 2003/07/04 Fri PM 12:22:12 EDT
> To: "M. Poythress" <brerfox(a)bellsouth.net>
> Subject: Flowerdew last weekend
> Tuesday, July 01, 2003 PG Tricentennial fetes county's identity, progress
> By MARK DORROH
> News Staff Writer
> The County of Prince George was well and truly launched into its next
> 300 years of history with Saturday's all-day celebration at Flowerdew
> Hundred. The Harrison family allowed the 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. events to be held
> on the same farmland which had been used since before the county's
> incorporation to fuel the tobacco-driven economy of the first English
> Dozens of Tri-Cities businesses, great and small, paid for bands to
> play on the entertainment stage and covered the other, numerous expenses of
> the extravaganza, which organizers say was more than seven years in the
> The weather was as close to supportive as it could be, with a Friday
> overnight rain cutting the dust and greening up the meadows, then
> conveniently ending in time for setup Saturday morning. For most of the day,
> a hazy overcast kept the summer sun from being oppressive, and a breeze
> cooled the crowd.
> Near the Flowerdew Museum, reenactors in period costume demonstrated
> colonial era survival skills, including charcoal-making, quilting and the
> use of various sorts of weapons. Dennis Strawderman of the Henricus
> Volunteer Militia showed off a .75 caliber, "match " fired musket, which
> employs a long fuse to explode the powder in the firing pan.
> His replica musket was complete with the monopod wooden stand of the
> sort used to steady the aim of 17th-century musketeer. Gun buffs will be
> interested to know that Strawderman says the smooth-bore gun with the long
> barrel can hit, at 75 -100 yards, a "breastplate sized" target four times
> out of five.
> The James River Black Powder Club also sent representatives, including
> 21st-century forest cavalier Jimmy Carter, who demonstrated charcoal-making
> when he wasn't wowing the crowd with his knife and hatchet throwing skills.
> Carefully pacing off his range, Carter nailed his target, a stump set
> horizontally on a wooden stand, better than three-quarters of the time. His
> most impressive feat of arms was the double-hatchet throw, in which he sent
> two hatchets at once speeding toward the target, slamming into it
> simultaneously and inches apart.
> Cheryl Dale-Hodges, whose seamstress credentials include certification
> from a needlework course she took at Hampton Court, U.K., sat at her
> quilting frame, explaining how the craft was done yesterday and today.
> "We call this pattern is called by some 'Flying Geese,'" she said of
> the rows of patterned fabric triangles. "All the fabrics in this quilt are
> period-correct, as is the pattern. This quilt has been taken to so many
> demonstrations, the men in the group call it 'The Smoked Goose Quilt,'" she
> She also demonstrated the use of a lucet, a wooden fork with a hole
> beneath the tines, through which thread could be woven into square cords,
> very useful for tying down hats and such.
> "This was one of the first thing young girls, aged four or five, would
> be taught to do. In those days, they didn't have television, so much of
> their time was spent on tasks like this, making useful things. In this
> agrarian society, you had to make most of what you used."
> Kids seemed to have at least as much fun as their parents. Evan
> Martin, with parents Michael and Donna, said the diorama displays at the
> Flowerdew Museum were so well mounted, "I thought the animals were real!"
> Other youngsters stuffed themselves at the Fort Lee Field Kitchen, had their
> faces painted and charged happily about, dancing to the bands, watching the
> birds of prey show and enjoying Theater in a Suitcase at the band stage.
> At the entrance to the triple line of craft-and-antique exhibitors,
> Tricentennial Commission member and antique farm implement enthusiast Bruce
> Skalsky tugged at the starting cord of a vintage lawn tractor. "These came
> out of Kaiser, West Virginia," he said. "It's a 1950 'Tiger' model, with a
> five horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. It's chain-driven, and goes in
> forward and reverse. The umbrella is new."
> On the other side of the craft area, a number of other antique farming
> machines were exhibited, just a few dozen yards from a Fort Lee display that
> included a fully-functioning field kitchen.
> Beyond the Fort Lee exhibit, the official Tricentennial Presentation
> featured all five members of the county's board of supervisors, as well as
> Petersburg Democratic Delegate Fenton Bland, Hopewell-Prince George
> Republican Delegate Riley Ingram and 3rd District Democratic Congressman
> Robert Scott. Tricentennial Commission Chairman Donald Hunter began the
> ceremony by asking the newly-created Prince George Volunteer Fire Department
> Color Guard to present the state and national flags.
> Highlights of the official presentation included remarks from Scott,
> Supervisors' Board Chair Nathaniel Elliott, Fort Lee Garrison Commander Col.
> John R. Angevine and a brief history of the county presented by former
> County Administrator John Kines.
> The feelings of many were summed up by Chairman Elliott, who said from
> the podium, "The beautiful thing about Prince George is really the people of
> Prince George. You've had a wonderful 300 year history, and you'll have an
> even better next 300 years."
Below are some Sussex County excepts from friend Julie. Many of us many
have none of this and most of us dont have it ALL:
Most of the surnames in the excerpts are in my lines.
All taken from THE DEEDS OF SUSSEX COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1779-1792
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. abstracted from deed books F
"Each deed or transaction is numbered; the indices are keyed to these
numbers. The number in parentheses is the page number in the original on
which the transaction begins....".
DEED BOOK F
260-(327) BENJAMIN HUNNICUTT, MARY HUNNICUTT, & DOROTHY HUNT, all of
Albemarle Parish Sussex Co. to MARY POYTHRESS of Brister Parish Prince
George Co. 11 Oct 1784. 174£ Va. 177 acres, joining Thomas Hunt, Wm.
Cain, the road, Raine, Lewis. Wit: Thomas Hunt, James Lewis, John Hall.
16 Dec 1784. No. Cocke Clerk
261-(328) BENJAMIN HUNNICUT & his wife MARY to JAMES LEWIS, all of
Sussex Co. 22 Oct 1784. 5s. 100 acres (messuage) which had belonged to
Wm. Carter, joining Mary Poythress, Cane, Straw Meadow. Wit: Elisha
Wilkerson, William Cain, John(x)Washer, Carol Mishell. 16 Dec 1784.
Jno. Cocke Clerk
321-(423) GEORGE BOOTH, GEORGE RIVES, & GREEN HILL, of Sussex Co., are
appointed a commission to examine Mary wife of Benjamin Hunnicutt &
Dorothy wife of Thos. Hunt of Sussex Co. They had sold II Oct 1784 to
Mary Poythress of Prince George Co. 177 acres. 16 Jun 1785. Jno. Cocker
Clerk. A note indicates: "See page. 327 for Deed."
DEED BOOK G
455- (72) HADDEN PARHAM of Sussex Co. & JOHN BIGGINS & his wife MOLLEY
of Prince George Co. to JAMES CURATON of Northampton Co. NC. 21 Jun
1787. Edward Smith of Sussex Co. & Daniel Gurr of Prince George Co. by
their deed of trust 2 Jul 1784 appointed sd Haddon Parham & John Biggins
trustees, placing in their trust land, negroes, & other articles,
including 183 acres on north side of Indian Swamp, all to secure the
payment of 381£16s2p specie to the sd Jame Cureton. Now sd Cureton has
become the purchaser of the sd 183 acres for 70£ specie. Sd 183 acres is
where Edward Smith now resides, joining Frederick Smith, Indian Swamp,
Poythress, Branch Mitchell, Thomas Weekes. Wit: Abraham Parham Jr.,
William Niblet, Reaps Mitchell, McDuel(x)Anderson. 25 Jun 1878. Michael
460-(81) HADDON PARHAM of Albemarle Parish Sussex Co. to WILLIAM CALL
JR. of Prince George
Co. 20 Sep 1787. 336f VA. 384 acres on south side of Indian Swamp in 2
tracts: 1 of 184 acres, joining
William Poythress, Indian Swamp, sd Haddon Parham, John Leath, Joel
Hall, Matthew Parham, Charles
Raines; I of 200 acres which sd Haddon Parham bought from Matthew Parham
in 1787, joining Joel Hall,
John Leath, Haddon Parham, Charles Raines, the road leading to Halls
Tavern. (witnesses omitted) 20
Sep 1787. Michael Bailey Clerk
536-(205) ABRAHAM(X)PARHAM SR. of Sussex Co. to ABRAHAM PARHAM JR. of
same. 17 Jan 1788. 100£. 170 acres on north side of Mockerson Neck
Creek, joining Robert Parham, Stith Parham, John Leath, Joshua
Poythress, Whotleberry Branch, William Burge. Wit: Joel Hall,
Abraham(x)Haddon, Thomas Haddon Parham, William Burge. 17 Jul 1788.
Michl. Bailey Clerk
568-(238) JAMES CURETON of Mecklenburg Co. NC to WILLIAM CURETON of
Prince George Co. 27 Nov 1788. I00£ VA. 183 acres which sd James Cureton
had purchased from Haddon Parham & John Biggins 21 Jun 1787, joining
Frederick Smith, Indian Swamp, Poythress, Branch Mitchell, Thomas
Weekes. Wit: Peter Williams, Hambleton Burge, John Redding, Thomas
Mitchell, Branch Mitchell.
587-(258) FREDERICK BATTS of Sussex Co. to REAPPS MITCHELL of same. 18
Aug 1788. 165£12s VA. 184 acres joining Raines, Indian Swamp, Mitchell,
Warriocker Branch, the road, Hall, Leath, William Poythress. Also signed
by Susanna Mitchell. Wit: Charles Raines, Robin Mitchell,
Polley(x)Redding. 5 Feb 1789. Michl. Bailey Clerk. A not indicates "see
page 714 in Succeeding Book for Ackt of feme."
717-(453) WILLIAM CALL JR. & his wife HELEN of Prince George Co. to
REAPS MITCHELL of same. 25 Oct 1787. 345£12s VA. 384 acres which sd
William Call purchased from Haddon Parham, on south side of Indian
Swamp, joining Charles Raines, the road leading to Halls Tavern, Joe
Hall, John Leath, William Poythress. Wit: Briggs Rives, Thos. Young,
Timothy Rives. 20 Dec 1787. M. Bailey Clerk
731-(475) STITH PARHAM & his wife PATTY of Albemarle Parish Sussex Co.
to WILLIAM PETERS of same. 17 Mar 1790. 444£ VA. 296 acres on north side
of Nottoway River, joining Stith Parham Sr., Robert Parham, Abram
Parham, John Leath, Frederick Battes, William Poythress. Wit: William
Burge, Archelaus Carlos, Abram Haddon. 2 Sep 1790. Mich. Bailey Clerk. A
note indicates: "sent to Thos. Eloridge."
878-(705) ALLEN CAIN of Sussex Co, to WINFIELD MASON of Dinwiddie Co.
12 Feb 1792. 50£. 96 acres which was part of a land granted to Thomas
Hunt dec'd who gave it to his son Thomas Hunt who sold it to John Rivers
dec'd & by him to Judkins Hunt & by him to Joel Wilkinson & by him to
Allen Cain, on north side of Harrys Swamp, joining William Rivers Jr.,
Mary Poyther, James Lewis Sr., Winfield Mason. Wit: Littlebeary Carter,
William Dwyer Jr., Thomas (x) Yergin. 7 Jun 1792. M. Bailey Clerk
882-(710) BRANCH MITCHELL & his wife ELIZABETH of Albemarle Parish
Sussex Co. to WILLIAM CURETON of Bristol Parish in Prince George Co. 6
Dec 1791. 20£. VA. 40 acres, joining Leather Coat Branch, William
Poythress, sd Mitchell, William Courton, Thomas Weeks. Wit: Benja.
Mason, Frederick (x) Smith, William Cotton, William Smith. 7 Jun 1792.
Michael Bailey Clerk
Of course many of the other names have a ring to them for Poythress
research: Reaves, Cureton, Parham, etc.
Found this today in the web postings of the Carolina Morning News:
Carolina Morning News on the web – Low Country Now –
Web posted Friday, January 10, 2003
Eloise D. Moss
Eloise DeLoach Poythress Moss, 81, of Savannah, Georgia, widow of
Matthew Poythress and Charles H. Moss, died Wednesday afternoon, January
8, 2003, at her home under the care of Hospice Savannah. She will be
deeply missed by all who knew her. Born in Daisy, Georgia, she was a
daughter of the late Herbert DeLoach and Anna Byrd DeLoach. Mrs. Moss
was a life-long member of Savannah Christian Church. She worked over 15
years at Johnny Ganems Restaurant and later owned and operated Mama
Mosss Daycare Center from her home. In addition to her husbands and
parents, her son, William Poythress, preceded her in death. Surviving
are her son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Sara Poythress of Okatie,
South Carolina; her daughter, Kim Moss of Savannah, Georgia; three
sisters, Claudine Alewine of Arizona, and Melrose Collins and Ruby
Gravenstein, both of Savannah, Georgia; one brother, James H. DeLoach of
Savannah, Georgia; four grandchildren, Kelly Williams, Chuck Poythrees,
Don Poythress and Lisa Moss; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces
and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 oclock
Friday evening at Sipple Mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 1
oclock Saturday afternoon in the Chapel of Sipple Mortuary conducted by
The Reverend T. Campbell Huxford, III. Interment will be in Bonaventure
Cemetery. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, Post Office Box #13190,
Savannah, Georgia 31416. Sipple Mortuary and Crematory Funeral Directors
Savannah Morning News, January 10, 2003
Franklin County, North Carolina Court Minutes
Minutes for September Term 1786
Ordered that Leal portreSs an Orphan Twelve years of age the twentyeth day of
August last, be bound unto Thomas Ownby till he arrive to the age of Twenty
years & that he learn him to read & write and the planters busineSs.
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