Thanks Lou, for keeping your eyes open re this. Glad I was able to better
phrase the issue today than yesterday;) Also in my head-cold-haze last
night, I had forgotten that Dinwiddie was formed in 1752 out of former
Prince George Co.
Any other tidbits that might fold in with this one might eventually provide
us with that miracle.
Barbara, now that I understand the question, it's a most interesting
one indeed. The wording in the 1752 patent: "...331 acs Part gtd.
John Clayton the Right & Title is since become vested in sd William
Poythress..." certainly says that William Poythress either acquired
the land through an inheritance or else that he out-right bought it.
But the land's location prior to 1752 being in Prince George County is
going to make finding the answer to your question tough - probably on
the order of a minor miracle.
I'll keep my eyes open for something that might help as I rummage
through old records. Anybody else up for providing a miracle?