Facts and Events
Matthew Hearce was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Matthew Hearce in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1766 (A). - Carpenter et als. vs. Fotch.--George Carpenter and Ann, his wife; Stephen Huntsberger and Ursilla, his wife; Mathew Heorce and Frances, his wife, daughters and co-heirs of John Shitly, deceased. John was a German, and died in Germany, leaving the above daughters, all infants, and ____ ____, his widow. The widow came to America with the children and married John Fotch before coming. She died at Plymouth on the passage over. John Shitly left no estate, but his father, Malchior Shitly, left estate. The Shitlys went from Switzerland to Holland, where they took ship. They landed in Maryland, intending to settle at Tulpahocken, in Pennsylvania. Fotch left Germany in 1744. Mathew or Martin Heorse (called both).
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1766 (A). Carpenter vs. Fonts (Fotch).--Chancery. Writ dated 24th November, 1763. Complainants are George Carpenter and Ann, his wife; Stephen Hantsberger and Ursilla, his wife; Matthew Hearce and Francis, his wife, daughters and co-heirs of John Shitley, deceased; that John Shitley was an inhabitant of the German Empire, where he died, having a small personal estate, leaving behind him your oratrices, then very young, and ____, his wife, mother of oratrices, and one of the defendants, who by the laws and customs of the empire, possessed herself of the small fortune of her husband. Shortly after the father's death, the widow, thinking to benefit herself and children, transported herself to America, bringing with her your oratrices and what remained of John Shitley's estate, amounting to near £100, Virginia currency, and some time after her arrival married John Fotch, the other defendant, who took possession of all the effects. That as your oratrices grew up, they intermarried (as above) and their husbands frequently applied to the said John Fotsch and wife for the parts due their wives, but obtained only £20 Pennsylvania Currency, £7 Virginia Currency, and 2 horses, worth £14, for which they gave receipt to Fotsch, expecting to receive the remainder in a short time, but now so it is, he refuses to pay them anything more. John Fotch's answer: He married the widow of John Shitley in Germany and not in America, and that on her passage to America she died at Plymouth. He never possessed himself of any part of Shitley's estate, for he died insolvent, except a few trifling bed clothes made use of by his children on shipboard, but he says the grandfather of oratrices, Malchia Shitley, left them goods and chattels which this defendant, marrying their mother, possessed himself of, and before he came to America sold for as much money as came to £67 Virginia Currency, of which defendant expended £8 for oratrices for provisions and carriage from Switzerland to Holland, where they took shipping, almost 300 miles. He also paid for their passage to America the sum of 16 pistoles, and provisions growing short on shipboard, he was obliged to expend 30 shillings. Having landed in Maryland and intending to settle at Tulpahocken in Pennsylvania, he spent £3, 15 for provisions and carriage to that place. That he left Germany in 1744, and about 2 or 3 years after he came to this country he advanced to oratrices £25 in Virginia Currency, and two mares of the price of £14, 10. That lately, on 31st March, 1762, he and omplainants came to a final settlement and defendant agreed to settle with them £42. Augustine Price deposes before Felix Gilbert: That is March, 1762, in company with George Carpenter, John Fetch and others, Carpenter and Fetch agreed to leave their dispute to Jacob Pershinger, Jacob Nicholas and Daniel Price, but they could not agree, when they came to an agreement themselves, the only question remaining whether Virginia or Pennsylvania Currency. Daniel Price deposes the same. Jacob Miller deposes: That being at the house of John Fetch some time in March, 1749, he heard George Carpenter ask three Gerles, that were heirs to the estate of _____, if they were satisfied with what they had received. Jacob Pershinger deposes like Augustine Price. Barbary Miller deposes, that being in company with Usley Shutling in 1750, Usley said she had received a mare and some clothes, and was well satisfied.