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Re: Moseley Battaley of Spots Co VA
Posted by: William Deyo (ID *****3365) Date: September 07, 2003 at 08:59:29
In Reply to: Re: Moseley Battaley of Spots Co VA by Marvin Berryman of 20

Hi Marvin,

I did a little research on the Fielding Battaley connection in Richmond yesterday. It is now clear that Fielding's mother, Ann Battaley, was not married to one of Mosley Battaley's sons. She was definitely the actual daughter of Mosely Battaley, not his daughter-in-law. Her will, dated 12 May 1780 and proved 24 Nov 1783, named her two children, Hannah Battaley and Fielding Battaley, to whom she equally divided her estate, including a bequest of 50 pounds left to her by the will of Col. Francis Taliaferro. If you check the will of Francis Taliaferro in Spotsylavania County, dated 23 Feb 1756 (when Ann Battaley would have been a single girl), it names Elizabeth and Ann Battaley, "the two daughters of my friend Moseley Battaley." Moseley Battaley's will in Spotsylvania, dated 23 Sep 1757, names these same two unmarried daughters. Ann Battaley does not mention any husband in her will, but that does not prove that she did not have one and that her two children were illegitimate. As often happened in those days, she could very well have married a Battaley/Battaille cousin, who died before her will. I do not think that there should be any question at all that the Battaley and Battaille families were the same. The close connection to the same Taliaferro family by both variations of the surname should be enough to show this. Names as rare as Battaley and Battaille being connected to the same exact family of another surname could not just be a coincidence. The Battaille family even carries the given name of "Hay" that came from the Taliaferros. Also, as I said in another posting, the Monteith family wrote the name of Fielding Battaley as "Battle." I will have to dig up those old Monteith family papers, as I remember a mention of "Hayfield," which I believe was the Taliaferro home, in the same section of the Monteith papers where "Mr. Battle" is mentioned. It was stated that a daughter of James Monteith married a Mr. Donathon [Doniphan] and another married a Mr. Battle. The Doniphan marriage might be a generation off and is referring to the marriage of James Monteith's sister, Magdalen, to Anderson Doniphan, who operated a ferry from Port Conway in King George to "Hayfield" in Caroline County. There could have been two Doniphan marriages in the family, however.

By the time of the probate of Ann Battaley's will (24 November 1783), her daughter, Hannah, had married John Vowls. This was noted in the probate, as Hannah was named as an executrix of the estate when she was still a Miss Battaley and had become a Mrs. Vowls. Hannah and her husband, John Vowls, joined Maximillian Berryman in seeking a grant for probate. I see by the Fauquier County marriages that Hannah Battaley and John Vowls had a marriage bond dated 26 Feb 1781. The probate record shows that the marriage did actually take place. Maximillian Berryman and his wife, Hannah, gave 100 acres to Fielding Battaley in 1792. It appears that John Vowls had died and Hannah had remarried to Maximillian Berryman.

You mentioned a possible Fielding family connection. In addition to the various families in the area who carried the given name of "Fielding," there was a Fielding family in Fauquier Co. An Edwin Fielding died close to the same time as Ann Battaley in 1783.

I am still trying to find the first name of Fielding Battaley's wife, the daughter of James Monteith. I would also like to find the names of their children. I do not find any mention of Fielding Battaley's estate and am wondering if he moved from VA.


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