17th Century Poythress Records in Virginia

1632

Minutes of the Council and General Court at James Citty, 9th Feb 1632; Virginia Historical MagazineVol. 31, 1923, p. 295

Present: Sir John Harvey KnGovernor &c Capt ffrauncis West, Capt Samuell Mathewe, Capt Wm Clayborne, Mr. Henry ffinch, Capt John Uty, Capt Richard Stephens, Capt Hugh Bullocke, Capt Wm Peirce.

Uppon ffrauncis Poythres his peti’con there is graunted unto him a l’re of Administra’con uppon the estates of Thomas Hall & Robert Kidd deceased.

1637
13th July

Francis Poythers  400 acres in the County of Charles City, lying North upon the land now in possession of said Poythers; and bounded on the West by Bayle’s Creek; and bounded on the East by the land of Captain Woodliffe. Due for the transportation of said Francis Poythers, Richard Wells, Jane Lucas, Thos. Thompson, Richard Former, Bryan Raycock [?], Francis Howes [?], and Richard Whiting. Granted by Harvey, 13 July 1637.” Patents 1, 1623-43, vol. 1, p. 439

19th September

LVA Colonial Records Project Survey Report: 4768 / 04543

Title: Privy Council Register

References:

M.S. Giuseppi, A Guide to the Manuscripts preserved in the Public Records Office, vol. II (London, 1924) pp. 128, 129.

  1. M. Andres, F. G. Davenport,Guide to the Manuscript Materials for the history of the United States to 1783, in the British Museum, in Minor London Archives and in the libraries of Oxford and Cambridge(Washington, D.C., 1908) pp. 170-177. p. 220

A letter to the Governor and Council of Virginia, 19 September 1637. Lawrence Evans, merchant, sent to Virginia in the previous year goods for a value of £2,000 in three ships, the Rebecca, master – Richard Buckham, the George, master — Robert Page, and the Hopewell, master — William Smith. One factor died during the journey, his other factor Francis Poetres returned a bill of only £150. The rest of the goods were carried away by the three masters and their crew. Order to try and trace the goods belonging to Evans.

Note: The original document cited above still needs to be examined at the LVA.

 1639 — Evans Suit Against Francis Poythress
1644 – 1st October

GRAND ASSEMBLY – Holden att James Cittie The First of October 1644 – 19th Charles 1st. Manuscript in the Library of Congress and compiled in Hening’s Statutes Vol. 1, pp. 282-283.

The names of the Burgesses for the severall planations:

Charles Cittie: Capt. Edw. Hill, Speaker; Mr. Fra. Poythers, Mr. John Bishopp, Mr. John Westropp.

1644/5 – 17th February

GRAND ASSEMBLY – Holden att James Cittie The 17th of February 1644/5 – 19th Charles 1st. Manuscript in the Library of Congress and compiled in Hening’s Statutes Vol. 1, pp. 288-289.

The names of the Burgesses:

Charles Cittie: Capt. Edward Hill, Speaker; Mr. Rice Hoe; Leift Francis Poythres, Mr. Edward Prince.

1645/6 – 2nd March

GRAND ASSEMBLY – Holden at James Cittie The Second of March 1645/6 – 21st Charles 1st. Manuscript in the Library of Congress and compiled in Hening’s Statutes Vol. 1, pp. 317-318.

ACT XVIII

WHEREAS the Governor, Council and Burgesses of this present Grand Assembly have maturely weighed and considered the great and vast expence of the collony, in prosecuting the warr against our common enemies the Indians, and the almost impossibility of a further revenge upon them, they being dispersed and driven from their townes and habitations, lurking up & downe the woods in small numbers, And that a peace (if honourably obtained) would conduce to the better being and comoditie of the country, have enacted, and be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That three-score men be forthwith raised on the north side of James River, well provided with fixed guns, shot baggs and swords, That is’to say, from Henrico 2 men, Charles Cittie county 4, James Citty countye 13, Yorke county 16, Warwick county eight, Eliz. Citty county 8, and Northampton county 9 — All which said men shall march under and be obedient to the command of Leift. Fra: Poythers in the manageing of any occasionall warrAnd that upon all emergent occasions in the treaty for the accomodation of a peace, the said Leift. ffrancis Poythers shall follow the advice of Capt. Henry Fleet, And that the said Capt. Henry Fleet shall according to his undertakeing and propositions made to the Grand Assembly provide and make readie his barque, boat and shallop, victualls and men for the manageing of the said vessells for the space of sixe weeks, And ….[description of provisions] … And if it shall soe happen that a peace may not or cannot be concluded, that then they the said Fleet and Poythers shall erect and build a forte in any convenient palce in Rappahannock River, or before if they shall soe think fitt, And follow such further instructions as shall be given them, by this Grand Assembly or the Governour and council.

1647 – 3rd November

GRAND ASSEMBLY – Holden at James Cittie The Third of November 1647 – 22nd Charles 1st. Manuscript in the Library of Congress and compiled in Hening’s Statutes Vol. 1, pp. 337.

The Burgesses names of the severall countys:

Charles Citty: Capt. Edw. Hill, Speaker; Capt. Francis Poythers.

1648
8th May
Land Patent:  Poythres, Captain Francis 8 May 1648;  ?Charles City County; 750a. Lying or near unto the mouth of the creek, called Bayles Creek.    ?Patents 2, 1643-51, p. 139??
12th October

GRAND ASSEMBLY – Holden at James Cittie The Twelfth of October 1648 – 23nd Charles 1st. Manuscript in the Library of Congress and compiled in Hening’s Statutes Vol. 1, pp. 352-353.

ACT I

[Tract of land between Rappahannock and Potomack rivers called Northumberland county. Act provides for the election of burgesses, patents issued and inhabitants proportionably taxed. Note: Hening’s Statutes notes that this Act contains several erroneous references including the date Northumberland first occurrred and representation in the House of Burgesses.]

…. That the said inhabitants de futuro be rated proportionably in all leavyes to the rest of the inhabitants of the collony, And that they make payment of all arrears due from them, for which their so doeing Capt. Francis Poythers hath undertaken to the Assembly who is therefore authorized to collect the same, with power to distreyn in case of refusall either of the said arrears or of the leavye ordered att this sessions of Assembly.

1649 – 10th October

GRAND ASSEMBLY – Holden at James Cittie The 10th Day of October 1649*. Manuscript in the Library of Congress and compiled in Hening’s Statutes Vol. 1, pp. 358-359.

*Charles the 1st was beheaded on the 30th of January, 1649. From that period, the commonwealth, in England, commenced; and it continued under different modification, till the restoration of Charles the 2nd in 1660.

The Burgesses names:

Northumberland: Capt. Francis Poythers, Mr. Jo. Trussell.

[NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST KNOWN DOCUMENTED REFERENCE TO CAPT. FRANCIS POYTHRESS]

1649

Early Settlers of Alabama by Col. James Edmonds Saunders, page 339. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1969.

Northumberland County in Virginia was called “Chicacone” until around 1645. The Act of 1649 called for all south of the Potomac to be considered within the county of Northumberland. After 1 September 1649 the inhabitants could move to the north side of the Charles (York) River and Rapp River. This was because the whites had fled due to the Indian massacre in 1644. The Northumberland patents began in 1648 with Captain Francis Poythress collecting the assessments.

1659

Transportation of Thomas Poythress

Volume II, Charles City County Court Orders, 1658-1661: Page 213

These presents oblige me Arthur Graunt to Carry Thomas Poythres in my ship this yeare for England and at his arrivall there in case mr. George Laud shall not accomodate him w’th Dyett and lodging, I do hereby oblige my selfe to do it untill the retorne of the next shipping to this Countrey of Virginia, w’ch I am to do gratis w’thout expecting any pay, and the next yeare to bring him into this Countrey againe he paying for his passage inward as others doe. To the performance whereof I bind me my heires ex’rs and adm’rs and In testimony thereof have hereunto put my hand this 30th of November 1659.

Wit: Arthur Graunt

John Stith

Thomas Malory rec 10’br 3.59 (sic)

1671

Headright For Transportation of Thomas Portris

Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Abstracted and Indexed by Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977.

Mr. John Thomas. 1000 acs. at the head of a Cr. in Potomack freshes beyond the Doeggs Is. & land of Col. Speake, adj. land of Robert Lord & James Magregory & a seate of John Woods: 4 Apr. 1671, p. 358. Trans. of 20 pers:

Jno. Gregory Henry Neale John Brigges
Wm. Thurstone Jno. Carner Mary Meriwether
Thomas Dunstone Anne Gundwile Jno. Moody
Anne Cooke Rob. Thorowgood Tho. Lawrence
Susan Freeman Tho. Portris Tho. Appleton
Rich. Brewton Mary Brussells Henry Dod
Mary Cole Jno. Rosse

 

1681

Major Francis Poytres (Poytheres)

Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants

Abstracted and Indexed by Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977.

609 Acres, Charles City County; on south side of the Blackwater, on south side of James River, 28 September 1681, Patent Book No. 7, p. 99.  Running to the Nottaway Path; to the black water spring; to the black water maine. Land adjacent to Captain Robert Lewcy, Townes quarter, Hercules Flood. Transportation of 12 persons.
1682

Major Francis Poythries

Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Abstracted and Indexed by Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977.

750 Acres, Charles City County; 20 April 1682, Patent Book No. 7, p. 130. Land which Thomas Morgan died seized of and which was found to escheat, by inquisition under Henry Hartwell, Depty. Esch’t, &c.

1683

Major Francis Poytheres (Poythries)

Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Abstracted and Indexed by Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977.

1252 Acres, Charles City County; in the Parish of Jordans; on south side of James River, 20 November 1683, Patent Book No. 7, p. 335.

Land adjacent to Sampson Ellis, Henry Batt, John Woodley, James Mumford.

 For transportation of 25 persons:

Sarah Henley Roger Horner Jon. Cooper
Elizabeth Hayes Richard Thornbury Jos. Marsh
William Sage Thomas Wood George Bell
Symon Rouse Jone Graneley George Crosland
Jon. Flud William Wood William Arnold
Jon. Conway John Lawrence William Sarsco
Morgan Welch Jon. Cole David Haynes
Richard Hind Eli Brown
1692

Mrs. Rebecca Poythres

Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Abstracted and Indexed by Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977.

1000 Acres, Charles City County; 29 April 1692, Patent Book No. 7, p. 241. Late in the tenure of Edward Ardington, dec’d., by vertue of his own right and fee therein; found to escheat by inquisition under Peter Perry, Depty. of Christopher Wormeley, Esqr., Esch’r., &c.