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Louisa Woodson Payne Nov. 24, 1825 ( ) died August 28,


Robert Thompson Coles, their 4th son, was born March 15, 1801, —
married Eliza Feam Patton Nov. 28, 1827 ( ) died Jan. 2, 1850.

Jacob Thompson Coles, their 5th. son, was born Aug. 1, 1803, and
died August 18, 1807.

Mary Coles, their 2nd. daughter, was bom Oct. 18, 1805, — mar-
ried James M. Whittle May 29, 1834 ( ) died Sept, 5, 1835,
leaving a daughter ( )

Jacob Thompson Coles, their 6th. son, was born Jan. 23, 1808, —
married Ann Catharine Patton Oct. 28, 1830 ( )

[We are indebted to Rev Roberts Coles, Hamilton, Va, for furnishing,
in responce to a request, the account given above.]


Brooke, Corrections (XX, 435, 436.)

222 Annie instead of Anne; 225 Prouse instead of Prosise; 191 Nails
instead of Nalle; 223 Alvilda, instead of Alivilda.

The Thornton Bible at Ormsby, Caroline County, near Guinea
Station, is dated 1769, and has these entries.

Henry Fitzhugh Thornton, son of Anthony and Susannah Thornton,
bom July 14, 1765, married Ann R. Fitzhugh, Sept. 22, 1785.

Wm. Thornton, bom Sept. 20th, 1767, died Oct. 14, 1783.

John Thornton, born March 4, 1771, married Sarah Fitzhugh,
Sept. 17, 1795, she bom July 22, 1779, died Feb. 25, 1810.

John Thornton married "[2nd]" Jane Laughlin, Oct. 22, 1812, died
Dec. 22, 1821 ["3rd wife Miss Dade — First wife only one who had chil-

Thomas Griflfin Thornton, bom June 11, 1775, married Ann H[arri-
son] Fitzhugh, Oct. 29th, 1795,

Anthony Thornton son of Henry and Ann Thornton, bom 29th
July 1786, baptised by Rev. Robert Buchan, had for sureties Mr. John
Henry, George and Daniel Fitzhugh, Mrs. Susannah Thornton, Mrs.
Alice Fitzhugh, Miss Fanny Richards. Mrs. George Fitzhugh.

Susannah Fitzhugh Thornton, daughter of John and Sarah Thorn-
ton, bom Oct. 13th 1797, baptised by Rev. Tredale, had as sureties
Mr. William, George, Thomas and Henry Fitzhugh, Mrs. Mary, Miss
Ann D. and Elizabeth C. Fitzhugh.

George Fitzhugh Thomton, bom May 22nd 1799, baptised by
Rev. John Wiley, Sureties Mr. Griffin Thomton, Mr. John Baylor, Mr.
George Fitzhugh, Jr., Mrs. Lucy Burrell, Mrs. Ann H. Thomton, Mrs.
Ann D. Baylor, Miss Mary Fitzhugh.

John Griffin Thomton, bom Nov. 13, 1800, baptised by Rev.
Thompson. Sureties — Mr. George Fitzhugh, Edward Diggs, Thomas
Knox, Mordica, Edward and Henry Fitzhugh, Mrs. Elizabeth Powell,
Mrs. Sarah Fitzhugh, Mrs. Elizabeth Diggs, Miss Sarah Fitzhugh,
MissPorcia Diggs.

Mrs. Tompkins the present mistress of Crmsly added the com-
ments in quotation marks.

Members of Corbin Family Educated in England.

Francis Corbin fifth son of the Hon. Richard Corbin of Virginia,
America, esq. admitted to the Inner Temple 23 January 1777.

[Francis Corbin, 1760-1820, of "Buckingham House" Middlesex


Gawin Corbin eldest son of Richard Corbin of King and Queen
Cotmty, Virginia, America, esq admitted to the Middle Temple 11
February 1756; called to the Bar 23 January 1761.
(Gawin Corbin, 1738-1779, member of the Council]

Henry Corbin, son and heir of George Corbin of Hall End co War-
wick esq admitted to Gray's Inn 3 May 1611
[Uncle of Henry Corbin, the emigrant)

Thomas Corbin of Westminster esq admitted to Gray's Inn 8
March 161 4-5.

Thomas Corbin second son of George Corbin of Hall End co War-
wick esq admitted to Gray's Inn 4 March 161 7-8.
[Uncle of Henry Corbin, the emigrant]

Gawin Corbin matriculated as a Pensioner in the University of
Cambridge, from Christ's College, 10 April 1756.
[The member of Coimcil, above I

Richard Henry Corbin, pensioner St Johns College, Cambridge,
admitted Oct 9, 1794

rR H Corbin, 1775-1779, son of Gawin Corbin of Va (above) died un-

Henry Corbin, of Co. Warwick, arm. Queens College, Oxford,
Matric. Nov. 3, 1609, aged 16; bar.-at-law. Grays Inn 1617 as son & heir
of George of Hallend, Co. Warwick, esq.
Same as Henry, of Grays Inn, above-

Lafayette Letter.

Translation of a letter from Lafayette to Washington, foimd among
the papers of Major (Lieut. Col.) Richard C. Anderson, aide to Lafayette.

"Richmond 2 May


Had the Pennsylvanians arrived before Lord Comwallis, I had
determined to attack the enemy, and I do not doubt that we would have
been conquerors — their inexplicable delay cannot be too much deplored
and will exercise a great influence over the fate of the campaign. If
they had arrived in time to ^id me in supporting the first onset of Com-
wallis I would have been satisfied; but from a reply of General Wayne,
dated the 17, th and received to day, I fear that at this moment they
have hardly left York town."

(Contributed by Edw L. Anderson, Cincinnati.)


Are there any descendants who can tell me the parents of William
Whitehead widower of Southampton Co,, Va, who first married Patience
Boykin, dau' of William Boykin (d. 1789) Isle of Wight Co Va.— and
secondly married in 1790 Mrs Richard Lamb, widow of Richard Lamb,
Quartermaster in Revolution — nee Clarissa Boswell, the daughter of
Joseph and Elizabeth (Elliott) Boswell of Gloucester Va. Mr Hugh
Blair Grigsby, Chancellor of William and Mary College said the ancestor
of this William Whitehead, came to this country at the time of Lieut;
Governor Spottswood. The family of Dr. Richard Whitehead, came to
to this cotmtry I am told at the time of Wesley-

Crozier — Mr. William A. Crozier the well-known genealogist died re-
cently at his residence, Hasbrouck Heights, N. J. His valuable publica-
tions, especially those relating to Virginia records, are familiar to all
investigators in this field. He had in the press at the time of his death
a volume containing abstracts of the wills of Westmoreland County from
the beginning to 1800. This work, (which was ready with the exception
of part of the index) will be completed by his widow, who resides at Has-
brouck Heights, N. J.

Dickinsons of Virginia.

The reunion of the Dickinson Family at Amherst, Mass., in 1883, re-
sulted in the publication of a book on the history of the family. This
book states that three sons of Charles Dickinson of London, Walter,
Henry and John, came to Virginia in 1654. It traces Walter into Mary-
land and names him as the founder of the Talbot Dickinsons, who gained
distinction in political, military and literary persuits. It states that
John moved into Pennsylvania, and became the progenitor of a line in
that state. And it disposes of Henry by stating that he married a Miss
Jennings, settled in Virginia, and became the patriarch of the Dickinsons
of the Old Dominion and the South.

I can find no foundation for this last statement, although I have been
informed of several pedigrees prepared by a genealogist of great reputa-
tion, which traces a complete lineage from this Henry Dickinson.

I am working on the genealogy of the Dickinsons of Virginia with an
idea of publishing the results of my investigation. If any one can give
me authentic information on this subject, showing the lineage of said
Henry, I shall certainly be glad to receive it. In fact, I should be glad to
have all descendants of Virginia Dickinsons send me as much data as
they possess regarding their ancestry, in order that I may compile as full
account of the family as possible.

Wm. Elmore Dickinson,

Professor of Electrical Engineering,
West Virginia University,
Morgantown, W. Va.


The International Congress of Historical Studies will be held
in London April 3-9, 1913.


"Will desired of John Utley of Goochland County, who was granted
land in Henrico — Goochland of 900 acres in 1725 called Tuckahoe, and
sold the same in 1731 to Anthony Hoggatt. Witnesses Son John Utley,
Thomas Cook son. What connection was he to John Utlye, John Utie
the counciller of Hogg Island, York Co., 1620, and Ensign Joseph Utie
of James Island 1625. ' '

Mrs. Lipscomb Nowell,
1628 Franklin Street,

Beaumont, Texas.

(To be Continued.)

Some Notes from County Records.

Will of Nathaniel Knight, Chirurgeon, dated Feb. 18, 1677-8,
proved March 5, 1677-8, no children, legacy to father Samuel Knight
living at Stroodswater, Gloucestershire (Eng.) — Surry Records.

Deposition of Thomas Portman, March 1677, about matters oc-
curring twenty-eight years before — refers to "Captain Barrett father of
Mr. James Barrett now living in Virginia" — Surry Records.

Deed Jan. 28, 1679, from Col. John Dodman of Mulberry Island
stating that some years past he gave his daughter Susanna in marriage
to Robert Marcey of Potomac, and gave them a tract of land on Potomac,
and they died without issue, and he now gives the land to his daughter
Margaret in marriage with William Appleyard, of Mulberry Island —
Isle of Wight Records.

Will of George Hardy, dated March 16, 1654. "I give one thou-
sand pounds of Tobo. towards the building of the Church in this parish
in case it be built with brick." — Isle of Wight Records. [What Isle of
Wight Church was this?]

Edward Yalden of Isle of Wight mentioned in 1669 or 1670 as Son
of Anthony Yalden, of Winchester, England. — Isle of Wight Records.






[Since this account was prepared the compiler has been informed that
Mr. Wilson Miles Cary of Baltimore, the distinguished genealogist,
who spent sone time in England, thinks that he has discovered that
John Rolfe, of Virginia, was not a son of John and Dorothea Rolfe, but
belonged to another branch of the same family. The proof is not yet
positive, but Mr. Cary is still having the matter investigated and has
promised to give this Magazine the result of his researches]

John Rolfe.

John Rolfe the son of John and Dorothea Rolfe married in Eng-
land and sailed for Virginia in May 1609. The ship in which he came
was wrecked on the Bermudas and here a daughter was bom, who was
named Bermuda and christened Feb .11, 1609-10. They reached Virginia
in May 1610 and Rolfe's wife and child had either died at the Bermudas
or only lived a short time after reaching Virginia.

He became a prominent member of the Colony and is said to have
been the first person to suggest the cultivation of tobacco. Early in
ApHl 1614 his celebrated marriage with Pocahontas took place. Though
evidently greatly attached to her, he had wrestling in spirit (he had
much of the Pi^ritanism so prevalent in the eastern counties of England)
before he could make up his mind to marry one of heathen birth.

He wrote to Governor Dale: "Nor am I out of hope but one day
to see my cotmtrie, nor so void of friends, nor mean of birth, but there
to obtain a match to my great content"; but love was stronger than his
fears. The curious and interesting letter referred to is most accessible
in Meade's "Old Churches & Families of Virginia", I. 126-129.

In 1616 Rolfe and Pocahontas went to England and her reception
there and the interest she excited are well known.

They were about to set sail for Virginia, on their return, when
Pocahontas died at Gravesend and was buried in the Church there
March 21, 1616-17. Some confusion has been caused by John Rolfe's

From a photograph of the original portrait

Negative, property of

Cook, Fhotographer, Richmond


name appearing on the register as "Thomas Wrolfe;" but this is no
doubt to be accounted for by the fact that he was a stranger only at
Gravesend to embark, and that the clerk or rector made a mistake in
the name. The Virginia Society of Colonial Dames will at an early date
erect a memorial to Pocahontas in Gravesend Church.

He tried to bring his infant son Thomas with him to Virginia;
but when the ship touched at Plymouth it was obvious that the child
could not stand the voyage, and he was left there with Sir Lewis Stukeley,
until he could be transferred to the care of his uncle Henry Rolfe of Lon-

On his return to Virginia Rolfe wrote a letter to Sir Edwin Sandys
dated Jamestown, June 8, 1617 in which he speaks of his grief at the
death of Pocahontas and explains why he had to leave his son. This
letter was printed in this Magazine X 134-1 ?S.

In the year 1617 Rolfe was appointed Recorder and Secretary
General of the Colony, and in 1619 was a member of the Council. As a
member of this body he sat in the first American legislature, the Virginia
Assembly of 1619, and is the only member of that Assembly who is known
to have descendants living at the present day. He married in or before
1620 Jane, daughter of Captain William Pierce (also of the Virginia Coun-
cil) and had a daughter Elizabeth bom 1620. John Rolfe died in 1622
and it is probable that he was killed in the great Indian Massacre of that
year. In addition to the letters referred to Rolfe was the author of a
"relation" of events in Virginia. Smith, Hamor and all of the early
writers speak of him as an honest and worthy gentleman.

His will has been published (in abstract) in Waters' "Gleanings"
and is as follows:

John Rolfe, of James City in Virginia, Esq., dated 10 March 1621,
proved May 21, 1630 [in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury] by William
Pyers [Pierce], Father-in-law William Pyers, gentleman, to have charge
of the two small children of very tender age. A parcel of land in the
Country of Tappahannah between two creeks over against James City
in the Country or Continent of Virginia, to son Thomas Rolfe and his
heirs, failing his issue to my daughter Elizabeth; [The land here be-
queathed was no doubt the "Smiths Fort" tract], next to my right heirs.
Land on Mulberry Island Virginia, to my wife Jane, during her natural
life then to daughter Elizabeth. To my servant Robert Davies twent_
pounds. Witnesses: Temperance Yeardley, Richard Buck, John Cart-
wright, Robert Davys and John Milwarde.

Thomas Rolfe.

Thomas Rolfe, the son of John Rolfe and Pocahontas was bom in
Virginia in 1615 and was taken to England by his parents. When his
mother died and his father returned to Virginia, im March 1616-17 he
was left at Plymouth under the care of Sir Lewis Stukeley, who became


SO notorious and generally detested for his treachery to Sir Walter
Raleigh. Thomas Rolfe was afterwards removed to the care of his
uncle Henry Rolfe, of London, who was a member of the Virginia Com-
pany. The boy remained with him for a number of years. On August
23rd 1618 the Virginia Company wrote to Governor Argall in Virginia.
"We cannot imagine why you should give us warning that Opechankano
and the natives have given the country to Mr. Rolfe's child and that
they reseve it from all others tmtil he comes of years." It would ap-
pear from this that the Indians were supposed to have intended that
Thomas Rolfe should succeed to the chieftanship of the Powhatans.

In October 1622 Mr. Henry Rolfe petitioned the Virginia Com-
pany requesting that he be paid out of the estate of his brother John
Rolfe for having brought up the son of his brother and Pocahontas. In a
grant of land in 1635 to Captain William Pierce the name of Thomas
Rolfe appears among the head rights. This probably indicates the time
that he came to Virginia. He was then about twenty years old.

"He afterwards," says Stith, "became a person of fortune and
distinction in the Colony." In 1641 he petitioned the Governor for per-
mission to visit his aunt "Cleopatre and his Kinsman Opecancanough."
In 1646 as "Lieutenant Thomas Rolfe" he was granted Fort Chicka-
hominy and 600 acres adjoining on condition of keeping a guard there.
Between that date and 1663 he patented a number of other tracts of land.
There is recorded in Surry County, in 1673, a deed dated Jime 20, 1654,
from Thomas Rolfe to William Corker, conveying 120 acres in Surry,
lying between "Smiths fort old field" and "the Devils' Woodyard,"
which was the property of Thomas Rolfe "by gift from the Indian King."
It also appears from various depositions recorded in Surry that he at one
time owned the plantation called "Smiths Fort," 1200 acres, at the
mouth of Gray's Creek which he sold to Thomas Warren. One of the
deponents states- that he was present in 1654 with Mr. Thomas Rolfe in
Mr. Warren's "fifty foot brick house" on "Smiths Fort" plantation soon
after it was completed.

Warren's "Fifty foot brick house" is still standing, the oldest
brick dwelling in Virginia to which a date can be assigned. The farm
still called "Smiths Fort" now belongs to a prosperous negro farmer. In
addition to the old house there is much of interest in the neighborhood.
On John Smith's map of Virginia may be seen at the mouth of Gray's
Creek opposite Jamestown, the inscription "The New Fort". Smith
states that on 1608 or 1609 he built a fort as a place of refuge in case of
being compelled to retreat from Jamestown "on a convenient river upon
a high commanding eminence." It has been suggested foolishly, that
this fort was the "Old Stone House" on Ware Creek in the upper part of
James City County; but any retreat to this place would have been through
dense forests which afforded ample cover for the Indians. It seems
there can be no doubt that the fort Smith refers to was the "New Fort"
on Gray's Creek, and that this was on the "Smith's Fort" tract. About




a half mile from the brick house referred to is a high bluff, about the
middle of a long bend in Gray's Creek. On the opposite side are wide
marshes, and ravines at the sides of the bluff make it something of a
promontory. Across the rear of the bluff traces of trenches can be dis-
tinctly seen, though the covering of leaves makes them, in the photo-
graph, less distinct than they really are. There can be little doubt that
we have here the remains of Smiths "New Fort."

Thomas Rolfe's wife is said (though there is no proof of the correct-
ness of the statement) to have been a Miss Poythress, and he had an only
child, Jane, who married in 1675 Col. Robert Boiling and died in 1676.
Among the James City records (now destroyed) was the following deed,
communicated to the "Southern Literary Messenger" by the once well-
known Virginia antiquary, Richard Randolph: "This Indenture made
1st October 1698 between John Boiling of the County of Henrico and
parish of Varina, Gent, son and heir of Jane late wife of Robert Boiling,
of Charles City County, Gent, which Jane was the only child of Thomas
Rolfe, dec'd, conveying to William Brown, of the parish of Wilmington,
in the County of James City, one thousand acres of land commonly called
the Fort on Chickahonimy River, as per patent granted to Thomas
Rolfe (this was Fort Chickahominy granted him in 1646).

Thomas Rolfe probably died in James City County, so the records
in regard to his will death &c. have been destroyed along with all the
records of that County.



7. Henry Smith '•Turner (Thomas^), bom 1770, died July 18,
1834, was first of Westmoreland County and afterwards of "Wheatland",
Jefferson Coimty; was a Justice of Westmoreland 1795, and member of the
House of Delegates for that Coimty in 1799 and 1800. He married
first Lucy Hopkins (who had no issue) and, secondly, in 1796, Catherine,
daughter of Col. Thomas Blackburn, of "Ripon Lodge" Prince William

Issue: 11. Thomas B^. (of whom later); 12. BushrodW^:, appointed
midshipman U. S. N. 1824, and was lost at sea Sept. 30, 1828; 13. Col.
George W^., born 1810, graduated at West Point, served as Second lieu-
tenant U. S. A., was in the Florida War and afterwards resigned. He
was was murdered by John Brown's party at Harper's Ferry, October 17,
1859. Never married; 14. William Fauntleroy^ (of whom later); 15.
Mary, married — AUibone, of Philadelphia; 16. Jane, married Dr. Byrd;
17. Christine married Dr. Cordell; 18. Catherine, married Dr. Wright
of Chicago.


8. Thomas* Turner, of "Kinloch", Fauquier Co., bom April
3rd 1772, died Jan. 30, 1839, Justice of King George Co. 1798 and mem-
ber of the House of Delegates from that County 1798 and 1799, removed
to Fauquier; married at "Shiriey", October 2nd 1798, Elizabeth Carter,
daughter of Col. Robert Randolph of "Eastern View" Fauquier County.
(She was bom Oct. 2nd 1782, and died May 1866.)

Issue: 19. Susan Baynton, bom at "Eastem View," Nov. 24, 1799,
married John Hill Carter, of "Falkland", (and had a daughter Jane who
married Robert Beverley); 20. Henry Smith, bom Nov. 6. 1800, died
in jnfancy; 21. Elizabeth Anne, bom Nov. 27. 1801, died in infancy; 22.
Charles Cocke^, bom at "Oakenbrow," April 11. 1803, appointed mid-
shipman U. S. N. 1820, Lieutenant Commander 1851; married Margaret
Patterson, of Baltimore; died March 4, 1861; 23. Dr. Robert Randolph^,
bom at "Oakenbrow," Nov. 26. 1804, married, 1841, Eleanour, daughter
of William Taylor, of King William Co. (and had Eliza*, who married
R. B. Puller, and Mary Carter*) ; 24. Shirley Carter^, (of whom later) 25.
Thomas^ (of whom later); 26. William Fitzhugh (of whom later); 27.
Henry Smith (of whom later) ; 28. Martha (or Marietta) Favmtleroy, bom
at "Cloverland", Nov. 4, 1812, married George Cuthbert Powell, of
Middleburg (and had issue: Randolph married Anna Hunt; Ida, mar-
ried Henry Dulaney; Kate married George Carter of "Oatlands," and
Virginia married Charles Minnegerode, Jr., of Alexandria, Va.) 29. La
vinia Beverley bom at "Cloverlands," March 5, 1814; married Dr. John
Fauntleroy; 30. Edward Carter** (of whom later); 31. Caroline Virginia,
bora at "Kinloch", March 22. 1818, died unmarried; 32. Elizabeth Ran-
dolph, bom at "Kinloch," May 19, 1819, married Nathaniel Lough-

(To BE Continued.)


(See XX, 437)

32. William" Beverley (Robert*) entered Trinity College, Cam-
bYidge University, April 4, 1781, at the age of 18. He did not return to
Virginia; but made his home at Beverley, in Yorkshire. He served for
thirty years as a magistrate and deputy-lieutenant for the East Riding
of Yorkshire and in 1832 was appointed vice-lieutenant.

He married Mary, daughter and co-heiress (with her sister Anna
Margaretta, wife of Lord Grantley) of Jonathan Midgeley, of Beverley,
and with her acquired a large fortime. Issue: 46. Robert McKenzie,
a magistrate and deputy lieutenant for the East Riding died in 1868


without issue; 47. Maria (great niece and sole heir of Anne, Dowager
Lady Denison widow of Sir Thomas Denison, judge of the King's Bench)
married in 1814, Edmimd Beckett, M. P., son of Sir John Beckett, Bart,
48. Anna Margaretta.

The papers printed below were sent to the Historical Society by
Mr. Fowler with the letters published in the last number.

Extract from a fragment of Mr. R. M. Beverley's diary dated June 1837.

Amongst the papers which have passed through my hands this
day I find many relating to the will of my paternal grandfather which
seems to have been the cause of much litigation & strife amongst his
numerous sons & daughters — he died where he had lived at his vast es-
tate of Blandfield in the county of Essex in the state of Virginia, North
America; & it is painful to see how much of his property was in slaves
[Quotes a clause in Robt Beverley's will, already printed]

Many other parts of his will mention his slaves, he says he has al-
ready given his son Robert Beverley (his 2nd son) sixty negroes — he
gives 28 negroes to each of his daughters —

In codicils he says he has given 36 slaves to his son Carter, & 36
to his son Byrd — In many passages he mentions his slaves — sometime

thus 'my slaves & stock mules' His second son Robert

succeeded in supplanting his elder brother my father in the inheritance —

My grandfather left my father £6000 & nothing more, though to
raise this sum slaves were to be sold together with an estate — His second
son probably inherited estates of a value not less than £lOO,000: he still
lives at the family mansion at Blandfield — he has one son — My grand-
father was bom at Blandfield, but was sent to be educated at Beverley
Grammar School & Cambridge —

My great-grandfather was much in England, & was educated at
Beverley, but I think bom in Virginia, but of this I am not certain [He
was bom in Va]

My great great grandfather Robert Beverley sold his Yorkshire
estates & was the first of the family to go to Virginia [Incorrect he was

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