Facts and Events
Early Virginia Land Patents
- 19 July 1735 - LAND PATENT: Francis Strother, 654 acres in Hanover County on the South side of North Anna River, beginning at a corner stone of Thomas Prestwood’s by a glade, running thence North 13º West dividing this land from John Wilson two hundred and fifty two poles to several saplings, thence North 5º West eighty-seven poles to a shrubby oak, thence North 13º West thirty poles to Martin Davenport’s corner two shrubby oaks, thence along his line North 5º East eightythree poles to his corner white oak on the bank of the [North Anna] River, thence down the same by the water courses making a straight line of four hundred and eighty-seven poles to Thomas Prestwood’s corner on the River, thence along his line South 60º West four hundred and forty poles to the beginning—being the whole of a tract of land to Thomas Carr of King William County, Gentleman, for 400 acres by patent dated 24 March 1725 and by him sold and conveyed to Francis Strother by deed acknowledged in Hanover Court on 6 Feb 1729/30, and the residue of land being surplus land found within the original patent on resurvey. For £2. Virginia Patents 16:56
Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pg. 269-271. Indenture 22 Jan 1745 between William Coleman and Elizabeth, his wife, of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, and Francis Strother of St. Martin's Parish, County of Hanover.. deeds of lease and release.. 583⅓ acres of land being the one third part of a Patent granted to Thomas Kennerly, James Kennerly and Eliz. Kennerly for 1,750 acres dated 242 June 1735 in St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, between the mountains in the fork of the Bushy River called Delamera Forrest.. release for consideration mentioned. . . . (signed) William (X) Coleman, Eliza. (X) Coleman.
- Recorded 25 January 1745. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 56].
Acquisition of Land from Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys:
- Francis Strother, no warrant - date from survey - 19 Jan. 1747 - 6 ____ 1747/48; 1,333 acres on North fork of Ruch River near Kennerly's Mt. Waste & ungranted land in two pieces at each end of Capt. Grants late survey & joining his pat. land bought of Coleman to be resurveyed & including the waste in one plat; adj. Capt. Grant, Capt. Compton, Strothers former pat., John Strother & including part of a tract of 1,750 acres granted to Thomas Kennerly, James Kennerly & Elizabeth Kennerly 19 June 1735 & conveyed by deed of sale to Francis Strother by Wm. Coleman & Elizabeth his wife. Chain Carriers - John Strother & William Strother. Marker - Geo. Strother. Surv. John Baylis for James Genn. [Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Orange & Augusta Counties, with Tithables, Delinquents, Petitioners, 1730-1754, Volume One, Peggy Smomo Joyner, pg. 14].
Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants 1742-1775, Vol. 2:
- G-102: Francis Strother of Orange County, 1,333 acres in Orange County. Surv. John Baylis for Mr. James Genn. Purchased 583 acres of 1,750 acres granted 19 June 1735 to Thomas Kennerly, James Kennerley & Elizabeth, plus surplus in tract, Adjoining late Capt. Grant, Capt. Compton, on Rush River, John Strother, Kennerly's Mountain. 27 July 1748. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, pg. 27].
Will: Francis Strother, St.Marks Parish, Culpeper Co, VA (1751)
- IN YE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Francis Strother of St. Marks Parish in ye County of Culpepper, being of sound & perfect sence & memory, thanks to allmighty God for the same, do make and ordain this my last will & testament in manner and form followig, that is to say: first I recommend my soul to allmighty God hoping to receive pardon and remission of all my sins through ye merits of my saviour Jesus Christ and my body to ye earth to be inter'd in christinn burial at the discretion of my Executors herein after named & for what worldly goods God in his mercy hath been pleased to bestow upon me, I give & bequeath ye same as followeth, that is to say: :Imprimis: It is my will that all my just debts and funerall expences be first satisfied & paid.
- Item: I appoint, constitute & impower my beloved wife Susanna Strothers to execute a deed or deeds to convey the fee simple estate of a certain tract or parcell of land being part of the land whereon I now I now (repeated) live & bounded according to a survey therof made by Mr. John Lewis. I also desire my son John Strother to joyn in the said deed of conveyance part of the said land being by me purchased of him & not yet conveyed to me to John Minor, his heirs and assigns.
- I also authorize & inmpower my said wife to execute a deed or deeds to convey ye fee simple estate of a certain tract of land adjoyning to the aforesaid land for which I have not as yet got the deed from ye Lord Fairfaxe's office to the said John Minor, his heirs or assigns.
- Item: I give unto my son George Strother & to his heirs or assigns forever one survey of land lying at the Little Pass Mountain.
- Item: I give unto my son Francis Strother & to his heirs or assigns forever one survey of land at the Bluttend of the Piggnut Ridge.
- Item: I lend unto my wife the land whereon I now live being what is left out of the tract I have impowered her to convey to John Minor which she is to have ye sole use of during her life.
- Item: I give unto my son Robert Strother the tract of land whereon I now live being what is left out of ye survey made for John Minor only my wife is to have ye use of it during her life to him his heirs or assigns forever.
- Item: I lend unto my wife my negros and pea?cratt? estate during her widowhood but if she marrys then it is my will that it shall be equally divided between her four eight children, vizt: Anthony, George, Francis, Robert, Mary, Bahethland, Elizabeth & Susanna & if my wife die, then my said estate to be divided between my said eight children & in case any of my children should die without lawfull issue or before they come to age that their part of my estate whether real or personall shall be equally divided among my aforsaid children.
- Item: It is my will that my sons Anthony & George shall be at liberty for themselves at my death & if my wife marries that my sons Francis & Robert shall be of age at sixteen years years (repeated) old.
- Item: I appoint & constitute my wife Executrix of this my Last Will & Testament.
- And lastly, I do hereby revoke and make void all former other Will or Wills & do declare this to be my Last Will & Testament.
- IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 17th day of Aprill 1751.
- (Signed) Francis Strother (L.S.)
- Memorandm interlined before signed on ye other side in the nineteenth line from the top to John Minor his heires or assigns also in ye sixteenth line (live) & in the 44th line (my issue).
- Signed, sealed, published & declared in presence of:
- ?? Lewis
- ? Strother
- Thomas Baker
- At a Court held for the County of Culpeper
- Thursday, the 16th day of April 1752
- This Last Will and Testament of Francis Strother, dec'd, was proved by the oaths of John Strother & Thomas Baker, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, the said John Strother heir at law of the Testator declaring he had no objection thereto, whereupon Susanna Strother, the Executrix, in the said Will named sworn to the said Will and on her prayer, Certificate is granted her for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form, she giving security according to law.
- Roger Dixon, Cl.Cur.
- Exam'd (examined)
- [Source: Library of Virginia, Will Book A, 1749-1770, Culpeper Co, VA, Reel 31, pages 57-60]
Note: Spelling errors were not corrected. Paragraphing and some punctuation were added by transcriber for ease in reading. There are no paragraphs in the original. Viz & vizt are abbreviations for videlicet which means "that is to say, namely".
The above will was transcribed by Von Mings Stachon <firstname.lastname@example.org> and found at http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/culpeper/wills/strother-frncs.txt
Permission to copy onto WeRelate site was given by Von Mings Stachon to Janie Jackson Kimble 15 June 2009.
- 16 April 1752 – PROBATE: Estate of Francis Strother, late of Culpeper County, Decd. The will of the Decedent was proved by oaths of John Strother and Thomas Baker, whereupon Susanna Strother, executrix named therein, qualified. (Culpeper County Wills, A:57) 
- ↑ Will of Francis Strother.
Library of Virginia, Will Book A, 1749-1770, Culpeper Co, VA, Reel 31, pages 57-60
See Will on family page of Francis Strother and Susanna Dabney (1)