William Cammack, Jr. of Caroline County, Virginia
ORDER BOOK ABSTRACTS OF CAROLINE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1774-1778. Ruth and Sam Sparacio
(Caroline Co., Va., OB 1772-1776, Part III:579) At a Court held for Caroline County on Thursday the 8th day of December 1774 . . .On motion of Mary Cammock, a Certificate is granted her for obtaining Letters of Administration on the Estate of William Cammock, deced., she having taken the Oath prescribed by Law, & together with Richd. Roy, Wily Roy & George Alsop, her securities, entered into & acknowledged a Bond, which is ordered to be recorded
Joseph Brock, Edward Herndon, Thomas Colston, Joseph Herndon & William Smith, or any three of them being first sworn before some Justice of the Peace for Spotsylvania County, are appointed to appraise the personal Estate of William Cammock, deced., in that County.
Thomas Laughlin, Richard Woolfolk, Philip Johnston & Richard Micou or any three of them being first sworn according to Law are appointed to appraise the personal Estate of William Cammock, deced., in this County
Mary Cammock is appointed Guardian of Richard Roy Cammock & Jane Beverley Cammock, Whereupon the said Mary together with Richard Roy & Wily Roy her securities, entered into & acknowledged a Bond according to Law, which is ordered to be recorded
William Cammock is appointed Guardian to George, William, Robert, John & Christopher Cammock, Orphans of William Cammock, deced., the said William entered into & acknowledged a Bond with security according to Law, which Bond is admitted to Record
(Caroline Co., Va., OB 1772-1776, Part III:582) At a Court held for Caroline County on Thursday the 12th day of January 1775 . . . Joseph Brock, Edward Herndon, Thomas Colston, Joseph Herndon & William Smith or any three of them are appointed to allot to Mary Cammock her Dower in the Estate of William Cammock deced. in Spotsylvania County & report to Court
On February 16, 1775, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, the slaves of William Cammack, deceased, were appraised, and the total amount of 2/3 of the appraised value being 321 pounds, six shillings, 8 pence, each child's portion was stated as being 45 pounds, 18 shillings, 1/7 pence. George Cammack is termed the "heir of William Cammack Deceased," which indicates that George was the oldest son. (Another record shows that he was born March 31, 1762, so all the other children would have been born between ca 1763 and 1774.) The other children were named as William Cammack the Younger, Robert Cammack, Christopher Cammack, John Cammack. Richard Roy Cammack, and Jane Beverley Cammack.
The appraisers made the following statement to the Court:
Pursuant to a Decree of the county Court of Spotsylvania, We have stated the above account of Two Third parts of the Slaves of William Cammack deceased amounting to Three hundred and Twenty one Pounds Six Shillings & Eight Pence for which we have credited George Cammack the heir and charged him with each child's part being £45.18.1/7 current money of the appraised value of the said Slaves as by the said Account will appear all which we Certifie from under our hands this 13th day of February 1775. /s/ Edwd. Herndon /s/ Jos. Herndon
/s/ Willm. Smith /s/ Thomas Colson /s/ O. Towles
At a court held for Spotsylvania County February the Sixteenth 1775 This Account and settlement of the Slaves of William Cammack being returned it is ordered to be Recorded...
From Mary Gregg:
The records above prove that a William Cammack died in Caroline County, Virginia, before December 8, 1774, and that he had, among others, sons named George, William, and John, and a daughter named Jane Beverley Cammack.
Another William Cammack died testate in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, between February 3, 1783, when he signed his will, and April 17, 1783, when his executors made their bond. In his will, he made the following bequest, ". . . Item I give to my grand daughter Jane Beverley Cammack one negroe girl by name Dolphia, to her and her heirs forever. . ."
So - since Jane Beverley Cammack was the daughter of the William Cammack who died in Caroline County ca 1774, and was the granddaughter of William Cammack who died in Spotsylvania County in 1783, it has to be that the William Cammack who died in Caroline County was the son of the William Cammack who died in Spotsylvania County.
Therefore, the William Cammack who, with his brother George, served in the Revolutionary War, cannot have been the son of William Cammack who died in 1783, for he (William, the son of William who died in Spotsylvania County in 1783) was dead before the Revolutionary War began..
In 1835, one John Cammack of Norfolk County, Virginia, made written statements regarding his brothers William and George having served together in the Revolutionary War. These statements are part of the pension file of William Cammack (S24944). In his statement, John mentioned that his brother William had died without issue. He also stated, "That George Cammack died leaving children, who lived in the State of Louisiana, and have not been heard from for the last sixteen years, and it is believed, that all of his said children are dead. . ." In that, John was mistaken. Although George, himself, had died in 1820, he had at least four living children in 1835, all of whom had three or more children at that time. George's wife, mother of his children, was Mary ("Polly") Stern, daughter of Captain Peyton Stern and his wife, Elizabeth Woolfolk, of Caroline County, Virginia.
And so the brothers, George and William Cammack, who served in the Revolutionary War were not the sons of William Cammack (Sr.) who died in 1783 in Spotsylvania County. They were his grandsons - the sons of his son, William Cammack, Jr., who died in or about 1774 in Caroline County.
One of the children of George and Polly (Stern) Cammack was Agnes Jane Cammack, my great-great-grandmother.
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