Person:Mordecai Hord (1)

Mordecai Miller Hord
  • HMordecai Miller HordAbt 1720 - 1789
  • WSarah Carr1736 - 1783
m. 1752
Facts and Events
Name Mordecai Miller Hord
Gender Male
Birth[3] Abt 1720 Caroline County, Virginia
Marriage 1752 Virginiato Sarah Carr
Death? 1789

Records in Virginia

Pg. 98 page 10-11, 20 July 1754 Joseph Martin of Fredericksville Parish, Louisa County, and Ann, his wife, to George Martin, his Son, of same. In fee simple for 130 acres on north side of Pritty’s Creek joining the river in the fork between the River and the Creek… mouth of Tollers branch… across Pritty’s Creek to Ambrose Joshua Smith’s line; part of 626 acres acknowledged by deed to said Joseph Martin from Thomas Carr, late of Caroline County, Gentleman deceased, 3 November 1742. :Signed: Joseph Martin, Ann Martin, Wit: John Dickenson, Mordecai Hord.
23 July 1754 acknowledged by Joseph Martin and Ann, his wife.
[Source: "Louisa County, Virginia Deed Books" A and B 1742 – 1759 by Rosalie Edith Davis].
  1.   Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Historical Society)
    Vol. 9, pg. 212.

    The Carr Family—Among " Notes and Queries " of Vol. II, No. 2, October, 1894, p. 225, it is stated that in 1751 Wm. Carr, of Spotsylvania county, Gent., made a deed to his son-in-law, Mordecai Miller and daughter Sarah, his wife. This is a mistake. The deed is to son-inlaw Mordica Miller Hord and beloved daughter Sarah, and is dated 2oth day of December, 1752, recorded in Louisa county clerk's office.

    Mordecai Hord and his wife, Sarah, lie buried on their old homestead, "Hordsville," six miles from here on the west bank of Smith's river.

    Colonel George Waller, Gent., married Ann Winston Carr, a sister of Sarah (Carr) Hord, it is presumed, and the two families it is thought, came here from Spotsylvania county, about 177o, bought land together, and lived and died near neighbours.

    Any information concerning George Waller, born about 1735 or 40, or Ann Winston Carr, his wife, born about the same date, will be thankfully received and amply rewarded.

    C. B. Bryant, Martinsville, Pa.

  2.   GenForum.

    I believe Richard Holt of Henry County may well have been the Richard Holt who witnessed deeds in Spotsylvania County in 1759/60 and/or in Louisa County in 1762. I also suspect that this Richard may have been a long-term associate of an enterprising man named Mordecai Hord. Last year I found Richard Holt listed as a taxable in Mordecai’s 1773 Pittsylvania County tax household and in 1782 Richard was a court witness for Mordecai in Henry County. Mordecai Hord (~1720-1789) was born in the part of Essex that later became Caroline County, he married a lady from Spotsylvania County, and they subsequently appear in the county records of Louisa (1750s), Orange (1760), Albemarle (1760s), Bedford and Pittsylvania (1770s), and Henry (1780s); Richard Holt of Henry may have followed a similar path.

  3. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

    From the wikipedia page of Gen. Joseph Martin (1740-1808):

    In 1769, Martin journeyed to Powell's Valley to attempt a settlement, a full 100 miles (160 km) ahead of any previous settlement.[11] Martin and his party – which included his son Brice and Mordecai Hord [12] – had hoped to secure the 21,000 acres (85 km2) granted to Dr. Walker and themselves. Martin's Creek in the region where Joseph Martin attempted his settlement is today named for him. (Martin's Station, as the settlement was known, became a well-known stopover for westward-bound settlers for many years.[13]) The settlement ultimately failed, which some historians have blamed on the inability of the Loyal Company to defend its title to the tract.

    12.^ Born in Caroline County, Virginia, Mordecai Hord was also an early settler of Henry County, where he settled on his plantation named Hordsville. Hord owned 'vast tracts of land' in Powell's Valley, which he explored along with Joseph Martin.[5] The two shared many of the same friends, including Patrick Henry, an executor of Hord's will along with Hord's brother-in-law Col. George Waller, married to Henry's first cousin Ann Winston (Carr) Waller.[6]

  4.   Hord, Arnold Harris. The Hord family of Virginia : a supplement to the genealogy of the Hord family. (Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1985).

    11. Mordecai Hord is not mentioned in the will of John Hord (1) but Robert Hord in his manuscript (1838) states that Mordecai was son of John Hord (1). Mordecai Hord removed at an early date to the western section of Virginia and became separated from his family. Like Gen. Thomas Sumpter, Gen. Joseph Martin and Colonel Benjamin Cleveland with whom he afterwards became intimate, he had the spirit of the pioneer and the explorer. It was natural under circumstances that his father should not mention him in his will. The important dates of Mordecai Hord's life correspond with those of the other sons of John Hord (1). Mordecai Hord was married in 1752, was a soldier in 1755, and was (as stated by Major John Redd in his " Reminiscences ") too old to serve in the Revolutionary War. He was probably born about 1715, and his will was proved 1789. Thus he was a contemporary of the younger children of John Hord (1) and there is no reason to question the statement of Robert Hord. John Ford (1) mentions in his will "grandson Mordecai Hord" probably a son of Mordecai Hord Senior whose children are mentioned in the following pages.