Thomas Edwards

~1697 - 1751
Wales - Virginia

~1697 - born - in Wales???
17xx - to Virginia
~1723 - married Martha (Bolling?) in Virginia
                Martha b. ~1700 - d aft 1751
                       Children: John b. ~1724 - Henrico Co, Va
                                     William b. ~1725 - Henrico Co, Va - d~1798 Patrick Co, Va
                                             m Ann - 3 children
                                             m Winifred McDaniel
                                             m Nancy Hutcherson - 7 children
                                     Thomas b. ~1729 - Henrico Co, Va - d. 1791 Henry Co, Va
                                            m (~1752 Lunenburg Co, Va) Lucy Wade b. ~1734 - d ~1792 - 10 children
                                    James b. ~1731 - Henrico Co - d.~1792 Henry Co, Va
                                            m Lucy - 8 children
                                    Isham b. ~1733 Henrico Co
                                    Henry b. ~1735 Goochland Co, Va
                                    Mary b. ~1737 Goochland Co, Va
1751 died - Lunenburg Co, Va

(Jeanne Horton's message #11952 - 20 Mar 2002)
My Thomas is "Thomas of Lunenburg" (abt 1697-Bef 10/2/1751). He purchased land on the Smith River in what was then Lunenburg Co, but is now Henry. He never lived on this property probably due to Indian unrest in the area, but his sons, James and Thomas purchased the land from their brothers when the estate of their mother was settled in 1771. Their brother, William purchased adjoing property. The son of Thomas and Martha,
Thomas (1729-1791) m. Lucy Wade. Both William and Thomas had sons named Thomas.

I have no proof that Thomas, (abt 1697-1751) was the son of Thomas Edwards of Surry (1655-1703). I feel strongly that he is, but there is a dissenting opinion from another researcher. If you can give me any clues as to how I might ad credibility to my opinion, please let me know.

THOMAS EDWARDS married MARTHA (Bolling?) probably in Virginia about 1723.
He evidently desired to move inland to take advantage of some of the rich farmland available. Early deeds indicate his inland trail due to his unique [T E] mark, which he also used in signing his will. [5 & 8]

THOMAS seems to have been somewhat of a pioneer trecking around the central part of the state, but in actuality he lived in only two current-day counties: Buckingham and Halifax. On his inland trip, he would have traveled through current-day Prince George, Dinwiddie, Amelia, and Cumberland to get to Buckingham County where he owned property from 1734 to 1748. Then he would have taken a southern treck to Halifax County most directly through Price, Edward, and Charlotte Counties.

The first tract of land which has been found, 200 acres, was purchased for 20 Shillings from the Crown in Goochland County, VA on Little Buffalo Creek and recorded on August 1, 1734 (PB 15, Pg. 243). Then on March 26, 1739 he purchased an additional 445 acres on Randolph Creek from the Crown for 45 Shillings (PB 18, Pg. 285). Both of these pieces of property were on tributaries of the Willis River as was Licking Hole Creek
and they are now in present-day Buckingham County. He sold the first of these pieces of property to Thomas Christian, for 10 Pounds on September 16, 1740 (DB 3, Pg. 65) and the second to John Cannon for 25 Pounds on July 20, 1742 (DB 4, Pg. 53). His oldest son, John, would have been about 10 when Thomas purchased this property and his youngest son, Henry and his daughter Mary would not yet have been born. When he sold
this property, his oldest child would have been about 18. [6]

Thomas evidently moved further up or down the river and settled again. He purchased a Crown Patent in Albemarle County, VA. for 400 acres on Barren Lick Creek, a tributary of the Willis River, on July 215, 1746 for 40 Shillings (PB 24, Pg.3). Albemarle County was created from Goochland County in 1744 and this property is also located in present-day Buckingham County. He sold this property to William Cannon, for 90 Pounds on July 25, 1748. [6]

In 1747 he then moved to Lunenburg County, now Halifax County, and acquired 400 acres on Bull Creek, a tributary of the Roanoke River. He occupied this property on a yearly quitclaim basis and it was here that he died in 1751. At the time he moved onto this property his children would have been at the following ages: John-23, William-22, Thomas-18, James-16, Isham-14, Henry-12. And Mary-10. [6]

The oldest Son, JOHN, had left the area by 1747 and migrated to Orange County, NC because he was not listed in the English Tithe Listing taken by William Caldwell. The list included THOMAS and his sons, THOMAS, JR. WILLIAM EDWARDS is also listed with the names of THOMAS and his son, but he is assessed his own tithe. [5 & 7]

THOMAS purchased yet another Crown Patent for 175 acres on the southside of the Smith River in Lunenburg, now Henry County, for 20 shillings (PB 29, Pg. 265, July 12, 1750). Thomas never occupied this property, but bequeathed it to be divided between some of his male children upon his death. According to the researcher, Fidler, the land on the southside of the Smith (then Irvin) River in the southeastern corner of Henry County
had not been settled due to Indian unrest in the area.

THOMAS named his wife, MARTHA, and his 2nd oldest son, WILLIAM, to be executors of his estate, which only included the 175 acres on the Smith River. At the time of his will, his children would have been the following ages: John-27, William-26, Thomas-22, James-20, Isham-18, Henry-16, and Mary-14. [9]

WILLIAM did not execute the will until after the death of his mother in 1771. He, however, purchased a 300-acre track to the south adjoining the 175-acre tract that his brother would occupy from Henry Lansford in 1754. He moved sometime prior to his brothers joining him on their tracts in 1771. All three brothers probably owned land and farmed in Halifax, and/or Pittsylvania counties prior to moving onto the land on the Smith River. According to Fidler research, brother ISHAM settled in Brunswick County and brother, HENRY settled in Louisa County. It is probable that their sister, MARY had also married in Halifax County and settled with her husband, as she would have been 34 years old. [5]

THOMAS EDWARDS LAND TRANSACTIONS

Crown Patent, PB 15, Pg 243, 1 Aug 1734
To THOMAS EDWARDS of Goochland County, VA, for 20 Shillings, 200 acres on Little Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Willis River. [Note: This property is located in present day Buckingham County.].

Crown Patent, PB 18, Pg 285, 26 March 1739
To THOMAS EDWARDS of Goochland County, VA, for 45 Shillings, 445 acres on Randolph Creek, a tributary of the Willis River. [Note: This property is located in present day Buckingham County.].

Goochland Co. DB 3, Pg. 65, 16 Sept 1740
THOMAS EDWARDS to Thomas Christian, for 10 pounds, 200 acres on Little Buffalo Creek. [Thomas signed the deed with his unique mark: TE]

Goochland Co. DB 4, Pg. 53, 20 July 1742
THOMAS EDWARDS to John Cannon, for 25 pounds, 445 acres on Randolph Creek... [Thomas signed the deed with his unique mark: TE]

Crown Patent, PB 24, 311, 25 July 1746
To THOMAS EDWARDS of Albemarle County, VA, for 40 Shillings, 400 acres on Barren Lick Creek, a tributary of the Willis River. [Note: Albemarle was created from Goochland County in 1744 and is located in present day Buckingham County.]

Albemarle County, DB 1, Pg 79, 9 May 1748THOMAS EDWARDS to William Cannon, for 90 Pounds, 400 acres on Barren Lick Creek. [Thomas signed the deed with his unique mark: TE]

Lunenburg Co. Land Entry, 11 March 1747
To THOMAS EDWARDS of Lunenburg Co., 175 areas on Bull Creek, a tributary of the Roanoke River. [This property is located in present day Halifax County, It was occupied by THOMAS on a yearly quitclaim basis, and it was here he died in 1751.]

Crown Patent, PB 29, Pg 265, 12 July 1750
To THOMAS EDWARDS of Lunenburg County, 175 acres on S/S Smith River, for 20 Shillings. [ Note: This property had not yet been occupied by THOMAS when he died in 1751. It is located in present-day Henry County. A new survey in 1771 determined that tract to contain 182 acres.]

[5] THE EDWARDS FAMILY, Charles E. Fidler, Kingwood, Texas
[6] CAVALIERS AND PIONEER, ABSTRACTS OF VA LAND PATENTS AND GRANTS, Virginia Geological Society, pp. 19.
[7] SUNLIGHT ON THE SOUTHSIDE, pp. 86-89.
[8] EARLY MARRIAGES, LUNENBURG COUNTY, VIRGINIA, pp.1.
[9] LUNENBURG COUNTY WILL BOOK

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