The Inman Family
Surry and Sussex
and some of their kin
Compiled and Published
by Joseph Francis Inman
Richmond, Virginia 1975
The information contained in The Inman Family of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia and Some of Their Kin, concerns, primarily, the ancestors and descendants of Francis William Inman and his wife Mary Louise Mangum. In a brief compilation such as this one, it is practical to supply basic data on only direct lineages with limited information being furnished on collateral kin.
It is the hope of the compiler that those relations, into whose hands this record may fall, will find pleasure in reading of their kin. Further, it is hoped that some may be inspired to do the necessary research and publish a more extensive genealogy.
Compiling a genealogy which covers several generations can be difficult because of the limitations of information available. Few family records survive for any considerable period of time; early court records provide scanty information in some instances; and few church records of the colonial period have been preserved. Migrations of people add to the difficulties of the task, especially for future generations. Unrecorded family histories are sometimes very helpful; however, time dims the memories of tales told by former generations.
The sources of information contained in this record have been supplied, generally. Those cited will enable one to personally trace and verify a lineage; and, procure copies of the records. An effort has been made to cite court and other legal records as authorities where possible. Printed materials have been employed in a limited way; and, in those instances, the compiler believes them to be correct. Information on some of the more recent events was supplied by members of the family, but in such cases the events can be verified by reference to appropriate records such as marriage registers and Bureau of Vital Statistics.
The compiler is grateful for the help of those who assisted in gathering information which makes this genealogy possible.
Joseph Francis Inman
The following is copied from a transcript obtained from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Family History Center. I reprint this genealogy in hopes of finding out for sure if the Robert Inman on page 2, son of Robert and brother of John, is the grandfather to Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego Inman of Tennessee who traveled with Daniel Boone. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any further information on this Inman branch or its possible connection with the Tennessee line.Footnotes are at the end of the document. JIM
The Inman Family of
Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia
and Some of Their Family
The Inman family is of English origin, the same being found often in the records of Yorkshire and Lancashire. A limited amount of research in printed sources from England did not reveal any definite connection with the Inman family of Surry County, Virginia, from which Sussex County was taken in 1754. There were some bearing the name Inman who came to Virginia, probably from England, early in the colonial period as well as some who came much later, but who have not been proven to be relatives of the family in Surrey County.
The name Inman is occupational in origin coming from the term inn man which was applied to one who was an innkeeper.1 The name appears on the poll tax list of Yorkshire for the year 1379 as Indman and Inman.2
Robert Inman is the earliest proven ancestor of the Surry family. He may have been born in Virginia but evidence to that effect has not been found. There is a possibility that he was the Robert Ingram mentioned in a land patent by Major John Word on 8 October 1670.3 He is first mentioned in the Surry county records when he was on the tithable list for 1683. He is shown to have been in the Colonial Militia in 1687.4
On 9th month, 6th day, 1694 [6 November 1694], Robert Inman was granted a judgement of 1,000 pounds of tobacco against Wm. Edwards, Administrator, with will attached, of Thomas White. The judgement was for the rearing of Thomas White's child.5
Robert Inman made his will on the 6th day, first month [March] 1698/9 and it was ordered recorded on 3 March 1701/2.6 The will named his wife Mary, daughter Sarah, and sons Robert and John. The will bequeathed personal property and there was no mention of land. The daughter Sarah was probably a minor and the boys had not attained age sixteen when the will was written. The will provided that the boys should be on their own and for themselves at age sixteen, if their mother should remarry.
It is very probable that Robert Inman and his family lived south of the Blackwater River, in Surry County. This is based on the fact no land in that county south of the Blackwater was patented until about 1709, and he apparently owned no land. There were a few people living south of the Blackwater River, some of whom were Quakers, as early as 1687.7 The style used to date the will was in accord with Quaker custom, suggesting that the one who wrote the will was a Quaker. Further, none of the witnesses to the will were on the Quit Rent Roll of 1704, which was a list of those required to pay land taxes.
The date of death of Mary Inman, widow of Robert Inman, has not been established. She was referred to as a "non conformist" in the proving of her husband's will which is additional evidence that they were Quakers.8 No further record of Sarah Inman, their daughter was found.
son of Robert Inman
Robert Inman, the son of Robert Inman and his wife Mary _____, must have been born by about 1690 for he was a plaintiff in a law suit against Richard Blow on 15 February 1715.9 He patented 150 acres of land on Little Swamp, south of the Nottaway River, in Surry County on 4 March 1725. The patent refers to him as being a resident of Isle of Wight County. Little Swamp is now in Sussex County and near the Southampton County line. He sold the land to Curtis Land by deed dated 13 October 1729.10 One possibility is that Robert Inman's [Senior] widow had been living on the land patented by his son, Robert Inman, no patent having been previously issued for it. No information has been obtained concerning his descendants.
The records in North Carolina show that one Robert Inman patented land in Edgecomb County 10 March 1740/1, and a man of that name patented land in Welches Neck, Marlboro County, South Carolina 24 April 1749. No further record of Robert Inman was found in Virginia records after he sold the land on Little Swamp and he may have been the one who patented land in North Carolina and South Carolina.
son of Robert Inman #1
John Inman, son of Robert Inman and Mary _____, his wife, was born in Surry County, Virginia probably prior to 1690. Robert Bailey bequeathed a chest and his clothes to John Inman in his will dated 4 October 1712,11 which provision strongly suggests the legatee was a mature man.
On 8 September 1730, John Inman patented 150 acres of land on the north side of the Meherrin River in Isle of Wight County,12 which is in that part taken from Isle of Wight to form Southampton in 1749. The patent stated that the land was adjacent to lands John Inman owned. The consideration was fifteen schillings, the customary amount for the acreage involved. When he sold the land on 10 July 1740, the deed13 conveyed 300 acres and stated that the other 150 acres had been purchased from John Gillum, however, a record of the deed by Gillum to John Inman has not been found. In some instances deeds were not recorded for lack of proof to the court by testimony of the grantor, or witnesses to the execution of the instrument. Those who could have proved the deed may have migrated to distant places and were not available to appear before the court. The distance from the courthouse in this case was thirty to forty miles. Travel on foot, or on horseback, over difficult trails contributed to delays of the proper recording of legal documents.
John Inman married Sarah Dawson, daughter of Martin Dawson14 (see section on Dawson Family), the date of the marriage is estimated as being about 1725 since he had a grandson, John Ogburn, Jr., old enough to be married in 1767 which was the same year in which John Inman made his will.
A deed from Will. Pettaway and Micajah Pettaway to John Inman of Southampton conveyed title to 200 acres of land in Surrey County on 15 March 1757, the land being on the north side of Tarrapin Swamp, on Anselm's Branch and adjacent to Anselm Bailey and David Sebrell.15 He bought 190 acres form Joseph Bailey and Elijah Bailey on 18 January 176216 which was on the north side of the main Blackwater Swamp and adjacent to Edward Harris and Nathaniel Sebrell.
John Inman's will was dated 23 December 1767 and proved in Surry County 19 November 1771.17 The will names his wife Anne; sons, John [Junior], Isaam and James, the last two being minors when the will was written; daughters, Elizabeth Long, Hannah Warren, Priscilla Wallis, and Mary Inman. John Inman devised all his lands to his son Isaam Inman. He bequeathed five Negroes to his wife during her widowhood and to his Son James at her death; one Negro woman to Hannah Warren; two Negro girls to Priscilla Wallis; five Negroes to son Isaam as well as five pewter dishes and six pewter plates; two Negroes to daughters Mary and a woman'ssaddle. Small amounts of cash were bequeathed to son John, daughter Elizabeth Long and grandson John Ogburn, Jr.; and, one may speculate that substantial amounts had been given to them prior to the date of the will.
The date of death of his first wife, Sarah Dawson, has not been established but it may have occurred about 1755 since sons Isaam and James were minors in 1767. Isaam named a daughter, Sarah Dawson, which was, no doubt, in honor of his mother.
John Inman sold land in Southampton County to his son John, Jr. on 15 December 1760 and no record was found of a wife signing or releasing her dower.
A record of the marriage of John Inman and Anne _____ has not been found. She survived him and in 1782 was head of a household with two whites and five blacks.18 She may have died about 1792 since she was last shown on the Personal Property Tax List for that year.
JOHN INMAN, JUNIOR
John Inman, Jr., son of John Inman and his wife Sarah Dawson, patented 175 acres in Southampton County 15 December 1758 as shown by a deed by him to John Little dated 9 May 1764.19 His wife, Judith, appeared in Court and relinquished her interest. The bequest to him in the will of his father was five schillings, hence he may have received gifts of size from his father prior to the execution of the will. No further record of him was found. There was an Inman family in Northampton County, North Carolina in the early 1800s and they may have been some of his descendants.
James Inman, son of John Inman and his wife Sarah Dawson, migrated to Sussex County where he married Sarah Wallis on 22 December 1784, Elizabeth White on 5 December 1791, and Susannah Cross on 1 October 1796.20 He purchased 200 acres of land of Richard Barker 29 March 1794.21 He sold his land 31 January 180422 and no further record of him has been found.
There was an Elizabeth Inman who married Christopher Halleman 6 October 1787,23 but her relationship to the other members of the family has not been established. She may have been the Elizabeth Inman referred to as the daughter of Jacob Butler in his will recorded in Isle of Wight County.
Isaam (also spelled Isham), the son of John Inman of Isle of Wight, Southampton and Surry Counties of Virginia, was a minor when his father made his will 23 December 1767. He was probably born by about 1750 for on 21 April 1772 he was the successful plaintiff in a lawsuit against Joseph Pettaway.24
Isham Inman served two years in the Revolutionary War. He was a Sergeant in the 4th Virginia Regiment,25 and was stationed at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the winter of 1777 - 1778.26 He enlisted for two years, March 1776 to March 1778, beingdischarged on the 8th of March.27 The Muster Rolls show him as "absent sick," or similar explanation, in June, September, October and November 1977. On 31 July 1784, he received 21.3.1 for the balance due for military service.28
Isham Inman married Mary Gibbons on 8 September 1779.29 She was the widow of John Gibbons by whom she had two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebecca.30
The first Personal Property and Land Tax Lists for the Commonwealth of Virginia are those for 1782; and Isham Inman appeared on the lists for Surry County for that year when his household was recorded as having four white and eight black persons.
His will was dated 7 May 1785 and proved 25 July 1785.31 The will names his wife Mary, son Isham, daughter Sarah Dawson and an unborn child. The lands he possessed were devised to his son Isham and to the unborn child, if a son; to Isham if the unborn child should be a daughter.
Mary Inman, the widow of Isham Inman, made her will 1 October 1810 and it was proved 25 June 1811.32 The will named her daughters Sarah Brown, Elizabeth Hancock and Rebecca Wall; and sons Henry D. Inman and Isham Inman, the latter was named executor of the will.
No effort was made to trace the descendants of Sarah Dawson Inman and Henry D. Inman. The latter may be the one whose obituary appeared in the Richmond, Virginia Enquirer 31 December 1845, page 2, which stated that Henry B. Inman, son of Isham Inman, formerly of Surry County, VA died at St. Marks, Florida of apoplexy on the 13th of December. He lived for a time in Southampton County, VA where he was listed for taxes, and he was on the 1810 U. S. Census for that county.
Isham Inman, son of Isham (Isaam) Inman and Mary his wife, was born in Surry County, VA about 1779 based on the fact that he first appeared separately in the Surry County Personal Property tax list in 1800.
Isham Inman married first, Hannah Pond in Surry on 23 April 1800; second, Lucy Harris, in Surry, on 26 February 1805;34 third, Nancy King, in Isle of Wight, 23 May 1811;35 and fourth, Elizabeth Judkins, in Surry, 25 August 1823.34
Isham Inman died before 13 October 1829 when appraisal of his estate was ordered.36
The children of Isham Inman were John D., Henry, Oliver, Francis, Mary and Eliza as shown in records of a law suit in 183237 when they were listed as heirs at law. The last four names were infants for whom William E. Bailey was guardian.38 Elizabeth Inman, the fourth wife of Isham was deceased by October 1833 when John E. White was named the Administrator of her estate.39 At the October Court 1833, Oliver, Mary W. and Francis chose John D. Inman as their guardian. The estate, including the land, of Isham Inman was sold to pay his obligations. Family tradition is to the effect that he had been surety for another by which he had become involved financially. The court order authorizing the sale of the land was dated 16 October 1833.39
The mother of John D. Inman was Hannah Pond; this is based on the fact that he appeared on the tax list40 first in 1823 at which time he should have reached age 21. Henry may have been a child of Lucy Harris. Oliver, Francis, Mary and Eliza were children of Nancy King based on their dates of birth according to a Bible record, census and marriage records, reference to which will appear later, and family tradition.
Isham Inman was commissioned an Ensign in the 7th Regiment of Virginia Militia and took the prescribed oath on 22 June 1806.41 He was promoted to Lieutenant 25 May 1813.42 During the War of 1812, he was on active duty, for about ten days on each of two occasions, in Captain Irby Jones Company.43
On 23 July 1811, he was appointed Overseer of the Poor.44 Efforts to identify the parents of Nancy King, the third wife of Isham Inman, have not been successful.
No attempt was made to trace the descendants of Elizabeth Long, Hannah Warren, Priscilla Wallis, and Mary Inman, daughters of John Inman.
JOHN D. INMAN
John D. Inman, son of Isham Inman and Hannah Pond, was born in Surry about 1802 (see prior). He died in Surry County prior to November 1839 when Elizabeth Inman, his wife, qualified as Administratrix of his estate.45 On 26 January 1825, he married Elizabeth Andrews,46 daughter of Henry Andrews, deceased.
The names of the children of John D. Inman and his wife Elizabeth Andrews are confused in the records, it appears. A record of 23 April 1849 lists the heirs47 of John D. Inman as Elizabeth Inman, widow, Rebecca Inman, Lavina Inman, Richard Inman, Francis Inman and Ann Inman. When a deed was executed 28 March 1856, the heirs48 were recorded as Elizabeth Inman relict, Richard Inman, Claiborne O. Inman, Rebecca Cottrell, formerly Rebecca Inman, wife of Charles Cottrell, Lavina Andrews, formerly Lavina Inman, wife of Peter Andrews. All of the foregoing persons, except Claiborne O. Inman, executed the deed in Chesterfield County, where it was acknowledged before Justices of the Peace. Claiborne O. Inman acknowledged execution before the Surry Court 4 October 1856.
Elizabeth Inman gave consent for her daughter, Rebecca, to marry Charles Cottrell 18 May 1850.49 The marriage of Lavina Inman to Peter Andrews is shown to have been 11 January 1853.49
A limited amount of research has not produced further records concerning the foregoing Richard Inman and Claiborne O. Inman.
Henry Inman was the son of Isham Inman, and probably his second wife, Lucy Harris. He was born in Surry County by about 1810. He was apparently of age when a guardian was appointed for two brothers and two sisters.
Research on the above has been limited. Family tradition is that he "went West." In the proceedings concerned with the sale of Isham Inman's lands an entry was made in the record that "The defendant Henry Inman who is out of the country."
James H. Inman was married in Chesterfield County to Sarah H. Hargrave 20 December 1854.50 The groom was listed as aged 24, born in Sussex County, his parents being Henry Inman and Sarah Hargrave. James H. Inman was on the Sussex County tax list in 1850.51 He died in Federal Army Prison at Point Look Out, Maryland, on 15 September 1864.52 He had two sons - Connelly E. Inman 1858 - 1896, and Lution B. Inman 1861 - 1863.53 Some of the Inman's of Chesterfield County were children of Connelly E. Inman.
Eliza W. Inman, daughter of Isham Inman and Nancy King, was born in Surry County, Virginia about 1814.54 She married William I. Bass in Sussex County 5 May 1859.55 The date of her death was not determined.
MARY W. INMAN
Mary W. Inman, the daughter of Isham Inman, was born in Surry County by 1819, the date is based on the fact that she chose John D. Inman as guardian in 1833 which indicates she was at least age fourteen. However, her nephew, Isaam Inman, informed the compiler that she was a half-sister of his father, Oliver H. Inman. She was reported to have married a Baptist minister named Smith. No further record of her has been found.
FRANCIS WILLIAM INMAN
(son of Isham Inman #2)
Francis William Inman, son of Isham Inman and Nancy King, was born in Surry County, Virginia on 26 March 1818.56
He was one of the children who selected John D. Inman, his half-brother, as guardian after the death of their father.57 He was first shown on the Surry County Personal Property Tax List58 in 1840. He migrated to Sussex County by 1843 for in that year he was on the Personal Property Tax List for that county, and continuously thereafter until his death. Tradition in the family has been that he,and his brother Oliver, were employed as overseers on plantations in Sussex before purchasing their lands. There is support for this tradition in that the 1850 Census shows him as being in the household of Susan C. Epps.59
He married Mary Louisa Mangum, born 13 April 1833 in Sussex County, daughter of John Mangum and his wife Harriet Lee (see Mangum family) on 31 January 1860.60 The ceremony was at the home of the bride's aunt, Susan Bass, with whom she made her home after the death of her parents. She died at the Inman family home in Sussex County on 19 February 1905.61
The children 61 of Francis William Inman and his wife Mary Louise
Francis William Inman died 4 July 1873 in Sussex County, VA. 61 Tradition says he died of pneumonia.
He purchased, in 1857, the plantation on which all of the children were born. The land is on both sides of Virginia State Route 35 which highway was formerly known as Jerusalem Plank Road, it having been planked in the 1800s to make for easier travel to market at Petersburg. One tract of 105 acres was purchased from Benjamin Meacham on 14 January 1857; another tract of 75 acres was purchased from Joseph W. Little on 5 February 1857.62 The land is about one mile south of the village of Littleton and near the intersection of Routes 35 and 631.
His widow continued to live on the plantation until her death in 1905. The settlement of her estate was recorded 3 June 1907,63 and shows division among: sons, W. F. Inman, J. W. Inman, and L. M. Inman; daughter Nannie L. Roach; granddaughters Hattie Williams, E. M. Spiers, Annie Spiers and grandsons Robt. L. Spiers, Benne F. Spiers, Willie E. Spiers and James H. Spiers. Her estate was appraised 29 June 1905 and recorded 12 July 1905.64
MARY ALICE INMAN
Mary Alice Inman, daughter of Francis William Inman and his wife Mary Louisa Mangum, married R. C. Spiers 16 April 1879 in Sussex County, Virginia.65 The groom was shown to be aged 24 and the bride aged 18.
When William Francis Inman bought the family plantation, a commissioner was appointed to represent the heirs of Mary Alice (Inman) Spiers who was deceased. Her heirs were shown to be B. F. Spiers, Esse M. Spiers, R. Lloyd Spiers, Annie L. Spiers, Henry Spiers and W. E. Spiers.66
In the settlement of the estate of M. L. (Mary Louisa) Inman the foregoing Spiers were shown as grandchildren of the deceased.67
HARRIET ELIZABETH INMAN
Harriet Elizabeth Inman, daughter of Francis William Inman and his wife Mary Louisa Mangum, was born on the Inman plantation in Sussex County, Virginia on 28 September 1865.68 On 18 November 190369 she married William Thomas Williams at the Inman home. The groom was a widower, aged 51, born in Southampton County, son of Zeb Williams and his wife Mary. She died 14 October 190468 in Sussex County.
HARRIET ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, the only child of Harriet Elizabeth Inman, was born in Sussex County, Virginia on 7 October 1904. On 28 June 1930 she married, at Ettrick, Virginia,70 Ford Lucas Hobbs who was born in Greensville County, Virginia on 2 June 1904, son of Vernon Hobbs and his wife Ida Watkins.
NANCY LEE INMAN
Nancy Lee Inman was the fourth child of Francis William Inman and Mary Louisa Mangum, his wife. She was born 16 June 186771 on the Inman plantation and died 26 January 194472 at her home at Homeville, Sussex County, Virginia. On 2 February 1889,73 she married William Franklin Roach in Sussex County. The marriage record lists the age of the groom as thirty-one, hence he was born about 1857, and in Charles City County. He died 28 January 1947. He owned a plantation at Homeville where they spent the major portion of their lives and where their children were born.
Their children74 were: Mary Louise Roach, William Herman Roach, Grace Franklin Roach and Wesley Mangrum Roach, about all of whom see later. One child died in infancy.
MARY LOUISE ROACH was born in Sussex County, Virginia on 20 August 1890 and died at her home near Littleton, Sussex County, on 23 October 1958.74 On 24 January 1917,74 she married Richard Milton Rose, Jr. in Sussex County. He was born in August 1883 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia and died in Sussex County on 26 October 1933. He was the son of R. M. Rose and his wife Hannah _____. Mary Louise Roach and her husband Richard Milton Rose, Jr. were the parents of two daughters, Mary Virginia Rose and Hannah Hunt Rose.
GRACE FRANKLIN ROACH was born at Homeville, Sussex County, Virginia on 26 January 1892. On 12 January 1915 she married in Richmond, VA, Felix Taylor Ellis, son of Felix Joseph Ellis and Alberta Ann Chappell. He was born 23 April 1879 and died 17 June 1957, both in Sussex County. They made their home on their plantation near Sussex County Courthouse. They were the parents of one child, Felix Taylor Ellis, Jr. born 11 April 1920 in Sussex County and died in Norfolk, Virginia on 17 October 1972.74
WILLIAM HERMAN ROACH was born at Homeville, Sussex County on 16 November 1895 and died in Petersburg 19 April 1972. He married Gladys Mae Bailey in Sussex County on 31 December 1930. She was born in Surry County on 31 December 1907, daughter of Charles Rufus Bailey and his wife Annie Eugenia Hargrave.74 He spent practically all his life at Homeville as merchant and postmaster.
The children of William Herman Roach and his wife Gladys Mae Bailey were: Peggy Ann Roach, Thomas Shannon Roach and Frank Lee Roach.
WESLEY MANGRUM ROACH, son of William Franklin Roach and Nancy Lee Inman, was born at Homeville in Sussex County, Virginia on 7 August 1909. He married Evelyn Barrett at Wakefield, Virginia on 31 December 1939. She was born 5 April 1907 in Sussex County and died in Portsmouth, Virginia 4 August 1961. Her parents were Guy Herbert Barrett and Ruth Spain.
WILLIAM FRANCIS INMAN
William Francis Inman, son of Francis William Inman and Mary Louisa Mangum, was born in Sussex County, Virginia 15 December 1872.75 His youth was spent on the family plantation where he was born. He married Florena (known as Rena) Jane Pond, daughter of Joseph Dixon Pond and his wife Mildred Hedgepeth, on 26 February 189976 at the home of the bride's parents in Southampton County. The wedding was delayed several days because of an exceptionally heavy snow which was sometimes called the "Inman snow."
At the time of his marriage he was employed by the Surry Lumber Company as a locomotive fireman. He was stationed at the village of West Hope near the courthouse in Sussex County from which logging operations were conducted for several miles around the area. A hearing loss forced him to seek other employment.
In 1903 he purchased the family plantation from his father's heirs, subject to his mother's dower. The deed77 by four heirs was dated 1 December 1903 and was proven 20 May 1904. A separate deed covering the one-sixth interest of his sister, Mary Alice Spiers, deceased, was executed by Commissioner W. R. Arnold on behalf of her children. He sold the lumber on the plantation to Surrey Lumber Company 4 August 1904.78 He sold the plantation to M. H. Barrett by deed dated 3 August 1908.79
He moved to Smedley, in Southampton County where he opened a general merchandise store in January 1909; the business was sold later in the year after which he resumed farming, first near a village known as Dory in Southampton and later near Sedley. He moved to Richmond in 1925 to reside with his older son where he died 5 January 1926. He and his wife are buried in the family cemetery in Sussex County.
The children of William Francis Inman and his wife, Florena (Rena) Jane Pond, were: Joseph Francis Inman, b. 30 October 190080 at West Hope, Sussex County (see later); Annie Mary Inman, b. 22 November 1905, d. 17 October 1906; and William Pond Inman, b. 3 November 1907 (see later). The latter two were born on the Inman plantation in Sussex.
JOSEPH FRANCIS INMAN Information on this family is not pronted at the family's request.
ANNIE MARY INMAN, daughter of William Francis Inman and his wife Rena Jane Pond, was born at the Inman homestead, near Littleton, Sussex County, Virginia on 22 November 1905 and died 17 October 1906.89
WILLIAM POND INMAN Information on this family is not pronted at the family's request..
OLIVER HOWARD INMAN
Oliver Howard Inman, son of Isham Inman and his wife, Nancy King, was born in Surry County, Virginia in 1815.91 (Isaam, son of Oliver Howard, supplied the middle name to the compiler.) He died in Sussex County, Virginia about January 1907.94 He married Elizabeth Freeman of Southampton County 28 October 1836.92 By that marriage there were the following children: Henry Inman, born about 1837; James Inman, born about 1838; Oliver Cuthbert Inman, born about 1839; and Francis (Frank, Franklin) Marion Inman, born about 1844. All of whom were in the household of Elizabeth Freeman, aged 60.93 His daughter, Caroline Inman, born about 1840 was in the household of Martha A. Rives, Sussex County in 1850.94 Some of these children were probably born in Southampton County while at least one, Francis Marion, was born in Sussex where the father was first listed for personal property taxes in 1842; at that time the record shows he was taxed on two slaves over age 16, one horse and a carriage.
There was a tradition in the family that after the death of his first wife, he disposed of his property and went to visit his half-brother, Henry, who "went West." Oliver contemplated remaining in the West, taking the children with him. In view of his name being absent from the personal property tax records of Sussex in the years 1846 and 1847, it appears reasonable to conclude that his first wife died about 1845. And, he must have returned to Virginia in the year 1847 since he was on the tax list in 1848. The tradition is not clear as to where he went, however, the half-brother had to be Henry since John D., deceased 1839, the other half-brother and his brother Francis, remained in the area.
The four sons volunteered for service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Henry was wounded and spent some time in Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond; a half-sister stated that she understood he returned home and died shortly thereafter. James was said to have been with troops in Mississippi and was thought to have been killed in action in that area. Oliver Cuthbert, Corporal, was killed in the Battle of the Crater, at Petersburg in 1864; his name is on a memorial, to a few of those who gave their lives in that battle, on an interior wall of Blandford Church which now is a Confederate Museum. Frank was the only survivor of the four brothers, in service of the Confederate Army.
Oliver Howard Inman married, second, Martha R. Smith, on 9 January 1861.96 She died about 1906 according to the recollection of the compiler. Children born of that marriage included Sallie R. Inman, born about 1861, who married A. J. Chappell, 5 March 1879 and left descendants. The other children were recorded with their parents in the 1880 census,97 which census shows the following:
Oliver Inman aged 65 Martha R. Inman aged 50 Robert H. Inman aged 17 Martha E. Inman aged 14 Isham O. Inman aged 14 Lucy V. Inman aged 10 Julia S. Inman aged 10
Oliver Howard Inman continued to be active until a short time prior to his death. Access to his plantation was through the farm of the compiler's father which farm had been purchased by Francis William Inman. The compiler recalls seeing "Uncle Oliver" walking to the nearby store, owned by N. A. Savedge, where the Littleton Post Office was located. He would follow a foot path across the field, and, when a ditch was dug there, great care was taken to inform "Uncle Oliver" because of his failing eyesight.
George M. Inman qualified as Administrator of the estate of Frank M. Inman, deceased, on 9 May 1911101 and is shown to be the sole heir.
The inventory and appraisal of the estate of Maranda E. Inman was recorded 7 October 1911.102
The Inman families of Sussex County lived about thirty miles from Petersburg where, during the Civil War, Union forces conducted a siege of the city in 1864 and 1865. Both the Union and the Confederate troops foraged, at times, in the area south of Petersburg. The economy of the section suffered severely. It was in this environment in which Frank M. Inman began to earn a livelihood as a farmer after the termination of hostilities.
Frank Inman began his own farming activities on rented land, with limited equipment, much of which was borrowed. A tradition was to the effect that when he married he took his bride home on a two wheel cart and that they ate their supper on their wedding night from the head of a flour barrel. The farm on which they first lived was adjacent to those of his father and uncle.103 He later acquired valuable land with considerable acreage, on both sides of the Jerusalem Plank Road, about ten miles north of the site of his initial enterprise, the location of which is personally known to the compiler.
Frank Inman was one of the organizers and leaders in the Oak Grove Methodist Church near Littleton.104
In the early 1920s George Inman and his family removed to Florida and resided in Starke. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1933 from Bradford County, but died before taking office. His son, George H. Inman, served in the House (Florida) in 1939, 1941 and 1943.107 There were three other children, a daughter and twin sons.
THE DAWSON FAMILY
William Dawson was the emigrant ancestor of the Dawson family of Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He arrived in Virginia in 1621 on the Discovery.108 In 1623 he was living at Jorden's Journey and the records show he was a mariner. His name is on the Muster Roll of William Farrar and Mrs. Sisley Jordon in 1624/25109 at which time his age was given as 25, hence he was born about 1599. His wife has been identified only as Joan.110
On 20 November 1635, William Dawson purchased 150 acres of land in Isle of Wight County, which came to be known as Dawson's Neck.111 His date of death is not known, but he was living in 1664 when he and his wife Joan sold land. Henry Dawson, presumed to have been the son of William Dawson, was in Warwick County by 1660. Since Henry Dawson was Administrator of the estate of Robert Dixon in 1660 his age may be estimated as probably about 30, and that he was born about 1630. His wife was Martha _____, and he was deceased by 1698.112
Martin Dawson, son of Henry Dawson was probably born in Warwick County, Virginia, perhaps about 1675.
He acquired several tracts of land in Isle of Wight by patent; the first of which was for 350 acres on the main Blackwater River on 13 November 1713.113 On 10 June 1727 he patented 200 acres on the north side of the Meherrin River;112 and a third tract of 180 acres was patented on 15 March 1741, which was also on the north side of the Meherrin River.
Martin Dawson's will was dated 10 September 1745 and was proved 9 October 1746.113 The will named his wife Rebecca; sons Henry and Joshua; and daughters Eleanor Jones, Sarah Inman, Martha Dickens, and Margaret Warren. In a distribution of property under the will, on 9 July 1747, the recipients were named as John Inman, John Jones, Robert Warren, Henry Dawson, Joshua Dawson, and Martha Dickens. The widow, Rebecca, had refused her rights under the will.
John Dawson, a brother of Martin, and his family moved to Northampton County, North Carolina. He served as a member of the General Assembly, Justice of the Supreme Court, and Colonel of the Northampton Colonial Militia.
THE MANGUM FAMILY
The surname Mangum has been spelled in numerous ways, including Mangam, Mangan, Mangram, Mangham, etc. For practical purposes one spelling will be employed herein. Variations in spelling of surnames continued as late as the middle of the 19th century. The government officials and scribes spelled names according to their individual concepts.
The Mangum family has been said to be of Welsh descent but branches of the family have also been found in England and Ireland.
The emigrant ancestor of the Mangum family of Surry and Isle of Wight Counties, Virginia has not been identified. The name appears on Surry County records before 1700.
The evidence is not as good as desirable but those who have done research on the family generally agree that John Mangum of Isle of Wight County, Virginia was the father of James Mangum of Sussex County. There were at least two men named John Mangum in Surry County, and they were probably related. Since one died in 1737 and the other in 1744, it is not reasonable to assume they were father and son.
The John Mangum of Isle of Wight died before 26 September 1737114 when his estate was appraised. Frances Mangum signed the inventory as administrator. He had lived in Surry. On 25 May 1695 Richard Bennett, Sr. of the Upper Parish of Isle of Wight County deeded 100 acres of land to John Mingham of the Lower Parish of Surry County.115 Then on 23 March 1695/96 John Mangum of Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry County bought land from George Morrell. The land was in Isle of Wight.116
In the 1704 Quit Rent list, John Mangum was listed in Isle of Wight County with 100 acres of land, presumably this was the land bought from George Morrell.
From the foregoing we must conclude that John Mangum was born before 1674 for he must have been of legal age when land was deeded to him. He may have been the emigrant ancestor; no prior record of him has been found. John Mangum married Frances Bennett who survived him and was the Administrator of his estate.
The will of Richard Bennett, Sr.,117 dated 4 December 1709, mentioned a granddaughter Frances Mangum, wife of John Mangum. A record of the marriage has not been found but it is reasonable to assume it took place about 1695 - 1700. The children of John Mangum and Frances Bennett are believed to have been Frances, William, James, John, Sarah and Mary. The last two were identified in the will of Sarah Lancaster, widow of Richard Bennett, Sr.,118 who had remarried after his death.
Data on the Bennett family has not been included in this genealogy because the family connection is lacking in adequate documentation. An excellent genealogy of that family is included in John Bennett Boddie's Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight. Edward Bennett transported several hundred people into the Virginia Colony to inhabit his lands in what is now Isle of Wight. He was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1628. Thomas Bennett, a kinsman of Edward, was in Virginia by 1618 and also was a Burgess.
James Mangum, believed to be the son of John Mangum and Frances Bennett, his wife, was born about 1708, probably in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. At that time the counties of Southampton and Sussex had not been taken from Isle of Wight and Surry, respectively. The date of birth is estimated, however, several researchers have reached similar conclusions. His will was dated 29 November 1783 and proved 17 June 1784.119 One of his great-granddaughters was married when the will was written which is evidence to support the estimate of his date of birth.
James Mangum's will names his wife Mary. A record of the marriage has not been found, nor have her parents been identified. The will named sons James (deceased), John, Absalom, William and Samuel; daughter Lucy (deceased); granddaughters Elizabeth Green, Sally Green and Molley Chambless, who were children of Lucy. Lucy married Burwell Green and he was one of the executors of the will with James' son Samuel.
Samuel Mangum, son of James Mangum and his wife Mary, was probably born before 1738 when the Rev. William Willie began keeping the Albamarle Parish Register. His daughter Sally married Joseph Renn [Wrenn] on 11 June 1789120 which suggests her date of birth about 1769. One Sarah (Sally) Mangum was born 10 July 1769, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Mangum.121 The name of Samuel Mangum's wife has not been established, nor have her parents been identified, but her given name was probably Elizabeth. The 1820 Census shows him as the owner of fourteen slaves.
Samuel Mangum's will was dated 24 January 1827 and was proved 5 June 1828.122 The will does not mention a wife, hence it is assumed she was deceased. He named daughters Sally Wrenn, Mary Malone, Lucy Bishop; sons William, deceased, and Joel; daughter-in-law Sally, widow of William; grandchildren John, Samuel, Susanna and Nancy, children of William. The grandsons were devised four negroes whose names were Alfred, Amanda, Solomon and Harriet.
William Mangum, son of Samuel Mangum, was probably born in Sussex County, Virginia about 1766 - 1770.123 The 1810 Census shows him in the age bracket 26 - 45. He was not listed in the 1820 Census, hence, he is presumed to have been deceased before that year. The Sussex County personal property tax list includes William Mangum in the year 1814 and in the following year Sarah (Sally) Mangum appeared; therefore, it is evident that William Mangum died in 1814 or early 1815. Further, Sally Mangum is listed in the1820 Census with others in the household being compatible with the 1810 Census. He married Sally _____; a record of the marriage has not been found, and her parents have not been identified. She is mentioned in the will of Samuel Mangum, her father-in-law. The children of William Mangum and his wife were: Samuel, John, born 14 October 1809, Susanna and Nancy as set forth in the will of Samuel Mangum. In the will the girls are referred to as daughters but they were also called orphans of his son William.
John Mangum, son of William Mangum and Sally _____, his wife, was born 14 October 1809124 in Sussex County, Virginia and died 4 October 1843. He married Harriet Lee, daughter of James Lee and his wife Mary Collier, on 19 April 1832. She was born in Sussex County 17 March 1808.117 John Mangum was mentioned in Mary Lee's will (see Lee family). Children born of this marriage were: Mary Ann Louisa (which see later), James William, born 12 January 1835, Samuel Leonidas, born 11 February 1837, Thomas Adolphus, born 4 January 1839, and John Anna, born 17 February 1844. Very limited information has been found of the three sons. They had service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
John Anna married Cassius Parsons 26 March 1874125 and they lived at Waverly, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for one term. They had one son, Owen Parsons. A grandson, Cassius Pembroke Parsons, was killed in World War I. A granddaughter, Julia, married _____ Williams and had no issue.
MARY ANN LOUISA MANGUM
Mary Ann Louisa Mangum, born 13 April 1833, was the daughter of John Mangum and his wife Harriet Lee.126 She married Francis William Inman, in Sussex County, Virginia.127 The marriage ceremony was at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Susan Bass, who was her father's sister, on 31 January 1860.128 Susan T. Mangum married George R. Bass 5 May 1838.129
Mary Lou Inman, and her sister, John Anna Parsons, and her husband, C. S. Parsons, sold their interest in the estate of Susan Bass; the deed was dated 29 November 1899 and proved 12 January 1900. The deed makes reference to land of 1045 acres in which both the Bass and Mangum families had interests.130 The estate, at least in part, was devised to Susan T. Bass and her husband, George T. Bass, by Mary Malone;131 the latter was an aunt of John Mangum and Susan T. Bass. The will of Mary Malone, (Mary Mangum married William Malone (1 October 1795) provided for a bequest to the children of her nephew John Mangum, deceased. The will was dated 11 May 1847 and proved 1 June 1848.
THE LEE FAMILY
James Lee, the grandfather of Mary Louisa Mangum who married Francis William Inman, was a native of Prince George County, Virginia.
The court records of Prince George County were destroyed during the Civil War. Efforts to identify the ancestors of James Lee have not been productive.
He was soldier in the Revolutionary War and some information concerning him is available from records of that service. The pension file132 states where he was born and where he resided when he enlisted at Petersburg, Virginia on 15 September 1777. He served three years to the day during which time he was stationed at Hampton, and Portsmouth, Virginia for about a year at each place. He was in the forces of General Gates when they were defeated at Camden, South Carolina.
The pension file shows that James Lee executed an application for a pension on 6 September 1832 which was approved with payments beginning 4 March 1831. The final payment was made on 12 September 1836 to Ro. G. Tucker who held power of attorney from Mary Lee, Widow of James Lee.
James Lee married Mary Collier, the daughter of Thomas Collier and Mary Powell, his wife. The marriage was in Greensville County 27 April 1786.133
He was born about 1755, since he was aged 77 when he made application for a pension, the file on which states that he died 4 January 1834. His will was dated 18 May 1833 and proved 6 February 1834.134 The will of Mary Lee, his wife, was dated 22 September 1840135 and proved 5 November 1840. Both of them made bequests to grand-children, the parents of whom were deceased. In the settlement of the estate of Mary Lee a small sum was paid to John Mangum on account of his wife along with other similar amounts to others.
Harriet Lee was one of the children of James Lee and Mary Collier as shown by the Greensville County, Virginia Marriage Register in the record of Harriet's marriage to John Mangum 5 April 1832.136
An interesting family record was prepared by Mrs. Mary Ann Jones of Petersburg, who was a sister of Harriet Lee.137 Based on her statement, the children of James Lee and Mary Collier were: Elizabeth, William, Thomas, Nancy, Patsy, Mary Ann, Tabitha, Edward, James and Harriet. The last named was the youngest. She was born In Sussex County 17 March 1808 and died in Petersburg 15 October 1855. Her husband predeceased her. Further, Mrs. Jones stated that John Mangum died between Parham's Store and Popular Mount.
In the personal property tax list for Sussex County for 1820, James Lee was charged two males above age 16, seven blacks, and four horses. The U. S. Census for the same year shows:
Males: 10 - 16, 1 26 - 45, 1 45 and over, 1 Females: 10 - 16, 1 16 - 26, 3 45 and over, 1 Slaves: 15
THE COLLIER FAMILY
Isaac Collier, the emigrant ancestor, was born in England. He was a brother of John Collyer, merchant and cloth worker, of London.138 He must have arrived in Virginia before 15 June 1667 for in that year, Isaac Collier, Jr., [#2] who was not of legal age, son of Isaac Collier, was devised land in the will of Edward Lockey.139 Isaac Collier, Jr. was called "cozen" (cousin) in the will, which term was used to designate nephew in the early colonial period. The land was designated as Morgan's Plantation and, in addition, he was devised 320 acres on the Mattapony.
Isaac Collier married Mary Lockey, since her son was a nephew of Edward Lockey. Isaac Collier's will was made on 10 March 1687/88 and was proved 24 May 1688.140 In the instrument the name is spelled Isaak Collyer. He named his wife Mary; daughter Sarah; and sons Charles, Abraham and Thomas. Charles was devised 350 acres of land which had been purchased from Henry Lee. His wife and sons were named as executors of the will.
Thomas and Charles Collier were administrators of the estate of their mother, Mary Bennett, formerly Mary Collier, on 24 January 1698/99.141
Charles Collier, son of Isaac Collier and Mary Lockey, was probably born before 1675 for he and his brother Thomas were administrators of their mother's estate. He married his cousin Judith Myhill.142 Charles Collier's will was dated in 1717 and proved 16 July 1722, the record of which is much mutilated. Prior to the date on which the will was proved, he had married Mary _____ who qualified as executrix.,143,144 Charles Collier left a considerable estate which was appraised at 245.7.11 1/2.142
ISAAC COLLIER (#3)
Isaac Collier, son of Isaac Collier and Judith Myhill was not of legal age in 1722 because a guardian qualified to act for him in December 1722. Isaac qualified as guardian of Mary Collier, Charles Collier and Judith Collier on 20 December 1725. From this it appears that he was born about 1703.
Isaac Collier (#3) married Ann Vines as shown by the will of Thomas Vines,145 which will was dated 11 December 1736 and named four grandchildren, children of his daughter Ann and Isaac Collier. The date of the marriage may have been about 1726.
He made his will 8 July 1771,146and it was proved 23 October 1771. The will names his wife Ann, daughters Ann Collier, Elizabeth Smith and Judith Hicks; and sons Myhill, Isaac, Vines, Thomas and Charles.
Isaac Collier probably moved to Brunswick County in 1742. On 5 January 1743, he purchased 440 acres from William Smith;147 the land was in that part of Brunswick which had formerly been in Surry and was added to Brunswick in 1732. The area fell in Greensville County when that county was formed in 1781.
Thomas Collier, son of Isaac Collier and his wife Ann Vines, was born in York County about 1730 (he was named in the will of his grandfather Thomas Vines in 1736). He died in Greensville County prior to 26 December 1794148 when his estate was appraised.
The wife of Thomas Collier was Mary Powell (see Powell family). Thomas Collier and his wife Mary had an agreement dated 10 September 1778 and was proved 26 July 1779.149 The agreement provided that they were to have separate places of abode. There was a property settlement and Thomas deeded to Mary properties which included negroes named Sue and Sukey. The negroes were devised in her will.
The children of Thomas Collier and his wife Mary Powell are identified by the wills of Mary Collier and her mother, Mary Wynne [she had remarried - see Powell].
Mary Collier made her will 20 November 1786150 and it was proved 28 December 1786. The negro women, Sue and Sukey, and Sukey's two children, Jerry and Jack, were devised to her daughter Polly Lee, if living, otherwise to her sons Isaac and Vines, and son-in-law James Lee, who married Mary Collier, daughter of Thomas Collier, 27 April 1786.151
A family tradition in the Collier family is that two sons of Isaac Collier were officers in the regiment which was on the expedition to Porto Bello in 1740 - 1742, near Darien.152 This information provides a basis for estimation of their dates of birth. Lawrence Washington was a Captain in that regiment and it was commanded by Admiral Vernon.
THE POWELL FAMILY
The name Powell has been said to be of Welsh origin and derived from Ap Howell which means son of Howell.
Seymore Powell is the earliest proven ancestor of the family which was later in Brunswick. He was a resident of Warwick County. He was in Virginia 1 February 1686 when he and Thomas Powell bought 130 acres in York County from William Major. At that time he was a resident of James City County.153 On 16 June 1735 he deeded to his son Thomas Powell half of 320 acres of land in York County in which he had a life interest "by reason of certain curtesy in England."154 The loss of Warwick County records as a result of the Civil War severely limits research on families living there.
Thomas Powell, son of Seymore Powell, made his will on 25 July 1735 and it was proved 21 May 1739.155 The will names his wife Mary, daughter Mary Powell; sons Thomas, William, Seymore, John, James, Hudson and Edward. His personal estate was appraised at 237.12.2¾ which was larger that the average in that era.
Thomas Powell, son of Thomas, made his will 2 April 1749, which was proved 17 July 1749.156 He named his mother Mary Philipson, she having married Robert Philipson; sister Mary; brothers Seymore, Edward, Peter, Robert, John, James and Hudson. The dates of birth of Thomas Powell and his wife are estimated as about 1700. This is based on the fact that there were ten children and Thomas died about 1739.
Mary Powell, widow of Thomas Powell, and Robert Philipson were parties to a marriage contract dated 5 July 1745, recorded 18 November 1745.157 He was a resident of Warwick County and she of York. He renounced all interest in right or claim to all personal property of Mary Powell. Robert Philipson's will was dated 21 January 1745/6 and proved 17 March 1746.158
Mary Philipson, widow of Robert, married Robert Wynne of Surry County, in Brunswick County 9 August 1753.159 The date is probably incorrect since a bond given by Robert Wynne in favor of Mary Philipson was executed 10 August 1753.160
Robert Wynne's will was proved in Sussex County on 12 August 1754. The will named his wife Mary. Mary Wynne made her will 5 December 1786 and it was proved in Greensville County, Virginia on 23 October 1788.161 She left an estate of considerable size. The will named sons Robert, John, Edward (deceased); granddaughter Mary Lee wife of James Lee; grandsons Isaac and Vines Collier; grandson William Powell, and granddaughter Tabitha Tuell Powell, children of Edward Powell, deceased; and Mary Powell, daughter of Robert Powell. Mary Lee was bequeathed some furniture and pewter dishes.
The will of Mary Wynne does not mention her daughter Mary, wife of Thomas Collier. Mary Collier's will was dated 20 November 1786 and recorded in Greensville County, Virginia 28 December 1786;162 she may have died before the date of her mother's will.
Mary Philipson of York County bought 250 acres in Brunswick County from Thomas Carrell, and his wife Anne, deed proved 26 May 1752,163 the land being on the south side of Otterdam Creek which land was in Greensville County after that county was formed. See Collier family.
THE VINES FAMILY
The name Vines appears in early Virginia records; one John Vines being located in Northampton County in 1654.
The first of the name from whom descent has been proven was Thomas Vines, whose wife was Mary Hill;164 and she survived him. The widow appeared in York County Court on 20 March 1731/2 and stated that her husband died without a will and she qualified as Administrator of Thomas Vines, deceased.165
THOMAS VINES (#2)
Thomas Vines, son of Thomas Vines and his wife Mary Hill, made his will 11 December 1736. It was proved in York County on 15 August 1737.166 He devised and bequeathed property to his daughter Anne Collier, (there were other children); grandsons Thomas Collier, Vines Collier, Charles Collier; granddaughter Judith Collier, among several other grandchildren; and son-in-law Isaac Collier who was also named executor.
Ann Vines, who married Isaac Collier, was probably born about 1700. The two sons mentioned above were probably born before 1720. Thomas Vines, father of Ann, was probably born about 1670. Thomas Vines, brother of Ann who married Isaac Collier, was a Justice in Sussex County 1754 - 1756. See Collier family.
THE HILL FAMILY
Captain Thomas Hill was in the Virginia colony by 1633 when he married Mary Peirsey, widow of Abraham Peirsey. She was again a widow by 1657 when she married Thomas Bushrod.167
Captain Thomas Hill and his wife, Mary Peirsey, had two children, Mary and John.
The wife of John Hill, son of Captain Thomas Hill, has not been identified but they had at least one son named Thomas of "Essex Lodge", York County. A deed dated 21 March 1693 in York County168 states that Thomas Hill was a son of John Hill and a grandson of Thomas Hill.
Thomas Hill, son of John Hill, married three times; first, Elizabeth Charles, second, Eleanor Charles, and third, Mary Marshall. He had a daughter, Mary, whose mother was Eleanor Charles.169 Thomas Hill's will was dated 28 August 1710 and proved 21 May 1711.170
Thomas Hill devised to his son, John, the property known as "Essex Lodge," there being about 930 acres.
Mary, daughter of Thomas Hill and Eleanor Charles, married Thomas Vines 171 and died in 1717.172
THE PEIRSEY FAMILY
Abraham Peirsey, born about 1585173 in England, arrived in the Colony of Virginia in 1616 having been a passenger on the Susan. His daughter Elizabeth, aged 15, and Mary, aged 11, came in 1623 on the Southampton. They were living in James City at the time of the muster (list of inhabitants) on 24th January 1624/5.174 A muster at Peirsey's Hundred on the 20th of January lists over fifty175 individuals, among which were several servants of Abraham Peirsey. Four of his men were slain in the Indian Massacre of 1622.
He was Cape Merchant; his duty was to supervise the disposition of goods shipped from England in exchange for tobacco and sassafras. He served in the House of Burgesses in 1625,175 Treasurer of the colony 1618 - 1622 and was on the Governor's Council. He purchased Flowerdew Hundred from Sir George Yeardley, Governor, and changed the name to Peirsey's Hundred. "He accumulated the best estate that was ever yet known in Virginia."
The first wife of Abraham Peirsey was Elizabeth Draper who died shortly after her arrival in Virginia in 1623. She was the mother of his two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. He married second, the widow Frances West, widow of Nathaniel West who was a brother of Lord De La Warr. Peirsey died about 16 January 1627/8.176
Mary, daughter of Abraham Peirsey, was born about 1614 and by 1633 she was married to Captain Thomas Hill. She died before 1661.177 See Hill family.