I'm not sure what the question is. In general, though, Dinwiddie was
created in 1752 from Prince George, so these patents referring to
Butterwood Creek are almost certainly referring to same general area.
On a detailed topographical map, Butterwood Creek flows west to east
across the northwestern to central part of present-day Dinwiddie to
empty into Stony Creek a mile or two west-northwest of the town of
Dinwiddie. The headwaters of Butterwood Creek are actually just a
mile of so inside present-day Nottoway County. The terms "swamp" and
"creek" are practically interchangeable in this part of Virginia, and
particularly so in the old records.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Barbara Neal
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2009 8:22 PM
Subject: [POYTHRESS] Wm Poythress 331 acres on Butterwood Swamp, from
John Cleaton by Aug 1752
Does anyone recognize the transaction mentioned in the William
entry below? It refers, in August 1752, to 331 acres, for which the
Title has become vested in William Poythress, of land that was
patented by John "Clayton" -- Cleaton in July 1724. Thanks for any
Cavaliers & Pioneers Vol. IV for 1749-1762, the volume that covers
Books 29 thru 34, has numerous Poythress listings in the index, which
could be anywhere in VA, for unnamed-Poythress folk (probably as
landowners) and also listings for Edward, Francis, Joseph, Peter, and
William. The only ones in all caps (indicating they were the
getting the patents) were
- PB 29, p.509: Peter Poythress 324 acs. (acres) Pr. Geo. Co. on the
side of Butterwood Sw. (swamp), adj William Poythress and Moore; 5 Aug
p.509. £1.S15 (one pound 15 shillings)
and this next one for William Poythress also refers to some of
earlier patents, one of which ties him to a John "Clayton" (Cleaton, I
for 331 acres of land. The square brackets shown are in Cavaliers &
Pioneers, and parentheses are mine.
- PB 31, p.171: William Poythress 531 acs. Dinwiddie Co. on S side
Butterwood Swamp, adj. Eppes and his own old lines; 3 Aug 1752, p.171.
531 acres is composed of 2 parcels, as follows) 331 acs Part gtd. John
Clayton (Note: I bet that's John Cleaton!) by Letters Pat. 9, July
12, p.71] the Right & Title is since become vested in sd William
200 acs. the Residue being also gtd. William Poythress by our Letters
Jun 1741 [PB 19, p.983]
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Thanks for all the input, folks. All of it is very helpful, and I
especially appreciate seeing the map.
Sorry I was not specific in my question. What I'd like to do is understand
the familial or neighborly or whatever type of relationship may already be
known, or what relationship can be determined, for these two men: In other
words, can anyone fill me in on anything about *how* this particular 331
acres of land came to be held by William Poythress by August 1752, when it
was originally a Patent to John Clayton/Cleaton in April 1724?
That 1724 to 1752 time period is part of the crucial 1700s in nailing down
which Poythress men descended from which earlier Poythress men.
If, for example, we either know, or could determine, that John
Clayton/Cleaton's 331 acres went to some particular descendant(s) &
spouse(s), and if we could determine whether William Poythress was one of
those people; or if he (say, as a spouse of one of John's daughter) got
part of the 331 acres and then bought-out the siblings' portions?
This "by 1752" shows an earlier Cleaton-Poythress connection than I can
recall us having known about, but maybe I'm just forgetting one earlier? I
know of the 3 below-listed Cleaton-Poythress connections documented 32 years
(& more) later than 1752, all via Meredith Poythress & his wife Edith
Cleaton, daughter of a William Cleaton.
- in Jan 1784 Meredith Poythress & his wife Edith (nee Cleaton) in
Brunswick Co, VA Order Bk 14, p.58, conveyed land to James Phipps.
- in 1786 Meredith Poythress sold his household goods to William Cleaton
as shown in Mecklenburg Co, VA Deed Book 7, p.52.
- on 12 Nov 1791, William Cleaton made his will witnessed by a William
Taylor and by James Standley Sr & Junr (it was proved 11 Apr 1796), as
recorded in Mecklenburg Co, VA Will Book 3, pp.339-340, and he left stuff to
(among others) his daughter Edith Poythress (i.e. Meredith's wife) and to
his son John Cleaton.
Any help would be appreciated.