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I'm reading through notes I took today...
There is one more chancery with Poythress in Mecklenburg County, VA.
Jones vs Admr of Harwell 1858-015CC (CC= circuit court)
William Jones won a chancery suit, but had not been paid all that was owed to him. Lucy Thomas was listed as wife of Thomas M. Poythress. The Poythress surname did not show up on the index list of names. I pulled this case to read more about Jones kin. I'll let you know when I get the chanceries if it says anything more about Lucy and Thomas Pouthress when I get the case.
I took a trip to Library of VA today, and wanted to tell you about a few chancery cases I saw, in Mecklenburg County VA..
I recently had an major fire, due to a faulty wire. We are all fine, and we're being well taken care of. No records or pictures burned. I'm at a rental house while my house gets rebuilt. Hopefully just another month before we can move back and get re-settled. So I tell you this to explain all my files are boxed up. I was glad for a break to get away and read chanceries today.
I like to work on my Bracey families in Mecklenburg Co., VA. So I got some Dortch, Speed, Kidd, Poythress and Taylor chanceries. (Mecklenburg Co. VA families that married Poythress) I got 3 Taylor chanceries where they sue executors of early Taylor estates. Rebecca Dortch and David Taylor were in-laws of Lewis Poythress. I got a chancery on David Taylor's family and his father's family. I figured chanceries were the best way to keep all these Taylor relationships straight....Well, now to just the Poythress records...
I saw a chancery case for a William Warwick suing Thomas Poythress in 1796. This Thomas Poythress was in Brunswick County VA. Thomas sold 211 acres to William Warwick on Dec 2, 1782 in an area called Randuls Ordinary. His land joined John Taylor. (Of course there's a gazillion John Taylor's back then)...I didn't copy this chancery because there wasn't much, and there was no genealogical info-no relationships etc. It was just that William had paid Thomas Poythress and he said he had not received the title yet. But there was no info as to what Thomas had to say, or how it was resolved.
I'm hoping this isn't a chancery you already talked about Barbara. Sorry, all my notes are packed unless I typed them on the computer.
I told you before about a chancery where I think it was Thomas Poythress suing for his share of the will. (A Thomas will?) I just can't remember which Poythress, because my chanceries are packed too...Well, I know I've never seen this chancery before. It was 90 pages. Usually, a chancery that big is full of receipts and summons papers. This chancery, the bulk of that 90 pages was depositions. Including a deposition by WL Poythress saying that Nancy Thomas was his grandmother. A few parts of this chancery I saw in the one I copied before, and one that Barbara got. But then this case had more than I had seen. This case is in 1880 (several years after the other two chanceries) and it went to circuit court. This chancery was about WL Poythress sued the estate of his grandma Nancy Thomas for his inheritance. There's a limit to how many pages you could copy, so I ordered a copy of it, and the case will be mailed to me soon. I'm expecting it to take abt a month. If this is not a case Barbara already had, ...I'll start typing the Poythress depositions. I'll also check the Taylor ones for any Poythress info. The depositions are really great. They ask questions like how old they are, their relationships, their occupation, when they got married, if there was a will, how many acres they own...and lots of other helpful info. And it was abt 90 pages of mostly that kind of info.
I'll let you know when I get the records in the mail.
We don't know who her parents were, Randy, from any previous info posted.
On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 9:12 AM, Randy Jones <randyj2222(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> Who were the parents of Rebecca Poythress (b.c.1805 d.26 Dec 1871 @ Tenille, Pike Co., Ala.) who marrried Columbia Co., GA 1829 Wade Haden Prior (1798-1863)?
> -- Randy jones
Who were the parents of Rebecca Poythress (b.c.1805 d.26 Dec 1871 @ Tenille, Pike Co., Ala.) who marrried Columbia Co., GA 1829 Wade Haden Prior (1798-1863)?
-- Randy jones
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While these counties and this migration direction is a little low on our interest-meter,
there is a tidbit here and there. Best of all, it's free. Note the Binns site which, if
have not been there, is a gem. They publish a lot of free stuff from time to time,
especially tax lists of Virginia.
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Subject: Thousands of Virginians Moved West 1782, 1783, 1784, 1785, 1786, 1787, 1788,
1789, 1790, 1791, 1792, and on, and on.
The Virginia challenge-at the end of the Revolutionary War, the population of Virginia
just flowed out of the eastern counties, bursting through the mountains onto the "western
waters." Thousands of families moved West-1782, 1783, 1784, 1785, 1786, 1787, 1788, 1789,
1790, 1791, 1792, and on, and on.
Using a 1782 census or tax list, then depending upon the 1810 census or 1820 census is too
broad a span to track these Virginia families-by 1810 and 1820, many of them are in
Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. The official 1790 compilations used only 1782-1785 (with a
few lists in 1786-87), based on whichever list was the first to survive.
Every time I used Nettie Schreiner-Yantis's 1787 Census of Virginia, I wished someone
would do a1790-1800 statewide "census" based on tax lists to fill the destructive gap left
by the missing census schedules for Virginia during this critical time period. Nettie
estimated that between 95% and 98% of the free white males are included in her 1781 Census
Steve and Bunny Binns to the rescue!
1790/1800 Virginia Tax List Census database is FREE online at
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get access to the database.]
The reconstructed census years are based on tax lists 1788-1792 and 1798-1801-depending
upon which list is available for which counties. You can search by ancestor's specific
name, by surname, by year, and by county. Or you can use the index provded by
Of the 81 counties and 7 cities in 1790, 62 counties and 5 cities are imaged and indexed.
Of the 91 counties and 7 cities in 1800, 65 counties and 5 cities are imaged and indexed.
The introduction to the database includes a county-by-county chart of the sources used and
the counties not included. Indexed results are displayed 10 entries per screen. And each
name is linked to the digital image for that entry. Special identifiers used by the tax
collector to keep residents straight are included in the index.
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The tax lists are actually more complete than the original census enumerations. And they
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of house, the tax list lists every white male over age 16-with many of the 16-21 year olds
named. And several county lists include Black slaves by name.
In 1790, Virginia and Kentucky-which was still part of Virginia-had a combined population
of 1/5th the total of the whole United States! And these lists include independent
cities-a jurisdiction usually not separately listed in other states.
Those exempted from the actual payment of taxes may still be listed with their property
anyway, with no tax shown. By law, exemptions included white women (married and single)
although widows responsible for the tax owed on the estates of their deceased husbands are
listed. Non-citizens of Virginia and non-residents of the county who held lands and
property in other counties were taxed only once-at their residence.
Other exemptions included government employees, presidents and professors at William and
Mary College, Anglican ministers, military officers, ferry owners, and the old and infirm
who could petition the court to be set levy free. Also exempt were persons who were
awarded this bounty for extraordinary service to Virginia or their local counties.
I would do many things for my state and my county if I could be set levy free-wouldn't
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