Facts and Events
William Russell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA
- Pages 474-77. 19-20 May 1740. Richard Wright of Orange County, planter to Wm. Russell of same, Gent. Lease and release; for £10 current money.
- 50 acres in the great fork or Rappahannock... a granch side... granted to Goodrich Lightfoot, Gent., late of Orange County, 26 June 1731, and by Lightfoot transferred to Richard Wright by deeds. (aigned) Richard (R) Wright.
- Wit: Mary (M) Duett, Jane (G) Johnson [Johnston in release], Ann(X) Wright.
- 22 May 1740. Acknowledged by Richard Wright.
- [Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 32].
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
William Russell's land (Beverley Manor NE, two adjoining tracts: 650 & 350 acres, acquired in Orange County General Court in 1742, then sold to Joseph Bloodworth) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- William Russell acquired two large tracts of land, 650 and 350 acres, in Beverley Manor in Orange County General Court (not in a patent) 1742 (which most likely explains why William Russell's name is not on the J.R. Hildebrand Map above).. As with many of the acquisitions he had, he sold this land shortly thereafter to Joseph Bloodworth in the transaction listed below:
Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 40-43. 27-28 April 1740. William Russell of Orange County, Gent., to Richard Harrald, planter, of Prince William County. Lease and release; for £45 current money. 760 acres on the south side Shenandoah River... by a deep gully... down the river... (signed) W.Russell Wit: David Vaunce, Charles Buck, Michael (M) French [in release also Richard (h) Harrald]. 26 June 1740. Acknowledged by William Russell, Gent. [Source: Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 37].
- Pages 16-19. 6-7 July 1741. William Russell of Orange County to William Husk of Augusta County. Lease and release; for £20 current money. 400 acres on the south side of south river of Shanondoah... lower side of Gowry's run... pattent line to Richard Herrald's line... up the river... (signed) W. Russell. Wit: Richard (H) Harrald, Elizabeth (E) Harrald, Benjamin (X) Mathews. 23 July 1741. Acknowledged by Wm. Russell, Gent. [Source: Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 6, 1741-1743, Dorman, pg. 16].
- Pages 223-27. 26-27 May 1742. William Russell of Orange County, Gent., to Joseph Bloodworth of that part of Orange County called Augusta, farmer. Lease and release; for ₤48.10.- current money. Two tracts containing 1,000 acres, one of 650 acres being part of the Mannor of Beverley and conveyed by William Beverley to William Russell in the General Court in April last part... corner to Robt. Turk... Robt. Black's line... line of the Manor of Beverley... crossing Shenandoah River... down the river... The other containing 350 acres granted to William Russell by pattent 1 Dec. 1740... corner to Beverley Manor... crossing the river... (signed) Wm. Russell. Wit: James Patton, Roger Mallory, James Porteus. 27 May 1742. Acknowledged by William Russell, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 5, Dorman, pg. 12].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 248.--20th November, 1755. Wm. Russell, gent., of Culpeper, to John Wilson, £40, 388 acres on Mill Creek, a branch of Shanando, part of a patent to William, 14th December, 1753, for 3100 acres, cor. Perky's land.
Records of William Russell in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 317.--11th August, 1749. Michael Lawler and Mary, his wife, Thomas of St Mark's Parrish, Culpeper Co., to Thomas Kennerley, Joseph Bloodworth, Mary Bloodworth, Mary Margaret Kennerley, William Russell. Devised to his wife, Mary, after her death to Mary Margaret Kennerly, wife of Thomas. Mary Bloodworth, widow, has married Michael. 100 acres (s/b 1,000 acres according to deed above) purchased by Joseph from Russell, 27th May, 1742. 300 acres patented to Joseph, 1st August, 1745. Teste: John Roberts, Jr., William Duncan, Archibald, William and Susanna Woods, James Kennerley.
- Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1797 (A to K). - Allison vs. Kennedy--Special verdict. Mentions patent to William Russell in year 1740. William Russell owned land in Beverley Manor prior to 1740. In 1742, 27th May, William conveyed his lands to Joseph Bloodworth, Joseph's will, dated 3d October, 1743, wife, Mary Bloodworth, devise to Mary Margaret Kennerley, wife of Thomas Kennerley. After Joseph's death, widow Mary married Michael Lawler. Thomas and Mary Margaret sold land to James Kennerley, but died before making deed, and Thomas, eldest son and heir; John Kennerley and Mary, his wife, conveyed the land to James. James Kennerley died, June, 1797. Survey was made for Russell, 1739.
Conflicting Parentage of William Russell
Familysearch (IGI) has several submissions claiming that the parents of this William Russell were John Russell (b. abt. 1654) and Jane (surname unknown). Additional research may be necessary to conclusively prove his parentage.
Records of William Russell in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - MARCH, 1801 (H to L). - Kennerley vs. John Allison.--Caveat dated 7th April, 1795. Plaintiffs, James and William Kennerley, George Craig, John and Christopher Fowler, Martin Grove. Involves 215 acres on South River, surveyed for John, 13th September, 1794. Claimed by caveators by reason of patent, 1st December, 1740, to William Russell. These 215 acres were decreed to John in caveat proceedings in District Court. Thomas Turk, Sr., deposes about sixty years ago he, Thomas, carried the chain upon survey of a tract for William Russell. Thomas Lawson settled at the Spring now owned by Martin Grove, and James Kennerley ordered him off. Again survey made forty-eight years ago near where deponent now lives and then lived. He has lived sixty-seven or sixty-eight years on land where he now lives. Special verdict finds patent to Russell, 1st December, 1740. Beverley Manor lines. Lands in dispute have been in possession of John and Christian Fanber and Martin Grove and their predecessors for upwards of thirty years. Land was conveyed by Russell to Bloodworth and afterwards became vested in James Kennerley, father of caveators.
Information on William Russell
From "Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia", by Cecil O'Dell, pg. 355:
William Russell (from King & Queen County, Spotsylvania County, Orange County and Culpeper County) received three patents totaling 9,600 acres from the Colony of Virginia on 17 December 1735. One patent for 4,950 acres was located south across the North Fork Shenandoah River from present-day Strassburg in "Sandy Hook", the bend in the river. From Sandy Hook, the tract ran along the east side of the South Fork Shenandoah River to where Robert McKay lived on a section of the Hite, McKay, Duff and Green 100,000-acre patent (Tract 149, Map 10).
Russell's second tract for 3,650 acres was located on the south and east sides of the South Fork Shenandoah River at present-day Front Royal and then south to the mouth of Flint Run. (Tract 150, Map 10.) The third patent for 1,000 acres was located on the south and east sides of the South River adjacent north of Limeton in present-day Warren County. (Tract 151, Map 10).
18. William2 Russell (?3) was born in unknown circa 1699. William died 1755 in Culpeper Co., VA, at 56 years of age.
He married Mary Henley in unknown, circa 1730. Mary was born in Creeksea, Essex Co., England. Mary died before 1760 in unknown. Mary became the mother of William Russell in Virginia, circa 1732. Mary became the mother of Henry Russell in unknown, circa 1735. Mary became the mother of Katherine Russell in unknown, circa 1737.
William became the father of William Russell in Virginia, circa 1732. William became the father of Henry Russell in unknown, circa 1735. William became the father of Katherine Russell in unknown, circa 1737.
William Russell and Mary Henley had the following children:
- + 1 i. William1 Russell was born circa 1732.
- 19 ii. Henry Russell was born in unknown circa 1735. Henry died before 1760 in unknown.
- 20 iii. Katherine Russell was born in unknown circa 1737. She married Mr. Roberts.
- 21. Mary2 Henley was born in Creeksea, Essex Co., England before April 6, 1722, the first event for which there is a recorded date. Mary died before 1760 in unknown.
Will of William Russell
- In the Name of God Amen. I WILLIAM RUSSELL of Orange County being in perfect health & sound memory „ do make this my last Will and Testament. Imprimis I bequeath my Soul to God who gave it and my body to the Earth Item I give all the remainder part of my Estate both real and personal to be equally divided between my loving Sons WILLIAM RUSSELL & HENRY RUSSELL & my Daughter KATHERINE RUSSELL & their heirs.
- Item I appont my loving Wife MARY RUSSELL Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.
- Witness my hand and seal this 18th clay of April 1743.
- Pronounced before JOSEPH PHILLIPS, W. Russell
- WM. + HOLLADAY
- I empower my wife to sell any of my lands to pay debts either Patent land or Entries or to buy -Negroes to be divided amongst my said children. Item I appoint my Sons William Russell & Henry Russell Joynt Executors with my loving Wife Mary Russell. 1 have raised out four lines of the inside bequest. Witness .. 16th day of October 1755.
- Pronounced before: W. Russell
- WILLIAM WATTS, W. BALL,
- JOHN DIXON WRIGHT
- At a Court held for Cu peper County on Thursday the 17th August 1758
- The last Will and Testament of William Russell decd Gent, was exhibited into Court by William Russell one of the Executors therein named & proved in the following manner. Joseph Phillips Swore that he saw the Decedent write, sign & declare the writing exhibited in Court to be his Will before any Erasment was made therein & that he was then in his perfect Sences. WILLIAM GREEN Gent. swore that the Decedent two daies before he died requested this Deponent to write his will telling him that he had an old Will by him which he wanted altered but this Deponent could not conveniently undertake it till he returned from Fredericksburg with which he seemed satisfyed but before he could return the deceased dyed, WILLIAM PERFECT swore that after Colo. Green left the deceased two daies before he died he ordered his son William to erase several lines in his Will which being done he acknowledged it to be his Will & said he had ordered his land to be sold to pay his debts and the rest of his Estate to be divided among his children & that he was then in perfect sences. THOMAS WRIGHT swore that the deceased two daies before he died called this Deponent to take notice that he had erased several lines in his Will & that he desired it should now stand as it was which was to sell his Estate to pay his Debts & what was left to be divided among his three children & that he was then in perfect sences & it is ordered WILLIAM WATTS, WILLIAM BALL & JOHN DIXON WRIGHT be summoned to give further proof at the next Court. And at a Court held for the County aforesaid on Thursday the 15th day of February 1759 This said last Will and Testament of William Russell decd was fully proved by the oaths of William Watts & William Ball Witnesses thereto & orderd to be recorded, Mary Russell Widow one of the Executors therein named came into Court & refused to take the Burthen of the Execution thereof and at the same time renounced all benefit & advantage thereof.
- And at a Court held for the said County May 17th 1759 This said last Will and Testament of William Russell decd was sworn to by William Russell an Executor therein named and on his motion
- Certificate s granted him for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form having first entered into bondwith Security according to Law Liberty being reserved for Henry Russell the other Executor in the said Will mentioned to join in the Probat when he shall think fit.
- [1749-1770 Culpeper County, Virginia, Will Book A: Pg 190-192].
Records in Virginia
- In the Name of God Amen. I SARAH RUSSELL of the Parish of St. Mark in County of Culpeper Widow being health & in perfect mind and memory .. do make this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it & my body I commit to the Earth ..
- Imprimis I give my Daughter MARY WRIGHT my side saddle & cloak.
- Item I give to my three daughters, SARAH READ, ELIZABETH ROBERTS and MARY WRIGHT my wearing apparel to be equally divided among them.
- Item I lend to my beloved son WILLIAM RUSSELL & MARY his Wife during their natural lives all my negroes (to wit) (5 named) and their increase provided that if my Daughter in Law MARY RUSSELL should outlive my son William and should marry again then the said Mary Russells right to the said Negroes shall cease & be utterly void.
- Item I give and bequeath to my three loving grandchildren WILLIAM RUSSELL, HENRY RUSSELL & KATHERINE RUSSELL all my negroes aforesaid with their increase to be equally divided between them my said grandchildren after the decease of my loving son William Russell & Mary his Wife.
- Item I give all the residue of my Estate not yet disposed of to my son William Russell and I do likewise appoint my said son William Russell and my Grandsons William Russell & Henry Russell Executors of this my last Will and Testament ., In Witness whereof .. this 20th day of April 1756
- Presence. WILLIAM BALL, Sarah Russell
- ELIZABETH GRAYDON, WM. GREEN
- At Court held for Culpeper County on Thursday 20th October 1757
- This Last Will & Testament of SARAH RUSSELL decd was exhibited into Court by WILLIAM RUSSELL JUNR. one of the Executors & was proved by the oath of William Ball & Elizabeth Graydon two of the witnesses and ordered to be recorded at the same time William Russell Son and heir of the sd Decedent another Executor in the said Will mentioned refused to take upon him the burthen of the Executon thereof and on the motion of the said William Russell Junr. a certificate for obtaining a Probat is granted him he giving Bond & Security according to Law and thereupon he took the Oath of an Executor as the Law directs and Liberty is reserved for HENRY RUSSELL the other Executor therein named to join in the Probat when he shall think
- [Culpeper County, Virginia Will Book A; pg 165-166].
- (Note: Sarah Russell was this William Russell's mother).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 brown2.FTW.
Date of Import: 8 Jan 2002
- ↑ FamilySearch: Unidentified database - please replace source when identified.