Posted By:David Tarver
Subject:Samuel Tarver land in colonial Surry county, Va
Post Date:March 05, 2010 at 07:27:57
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Location of land in colonial Surry county, Va---Samuel Tarver and Thomas Tarver

I need help in locating a 200 acre tract of land which Samuel Tarver owned in Surry county and identified in a 1747 Surry county land transaction as follows: ".... bounded by Proctor's branch, adjoining land of George Briggs, Nottoway Indians old line, Robert Long, etc...."{Surry county, Va DB 5:151 Oct. 12, 1747} This land appears to lie on the east side of the Assamoosick swamp in the Nottoway Circular Tract(northern part of the circular tract)..I cannot locate Proctor's branch, though, but I do know that George Briggs owned land on the east side of Assamoosick swamp in the northern portion of the Circular Tract........I cannot find any land transactions in which Samuel Tarver obtained this land.... I feel that it was passed to him as inheritance from his father, Thomas Tarver, who died in Surry county, Va. abt. 1714.
Traditional sources reveal Samuel Tarver was killed by the Nottoway Indians, however, I cannot find any firm support for this.

Also, need help in locating the area in which Thomas Tarver, who died about 1714 or so in Surry county, Va...resided..

In the 1689 and 1690 Surry county tithables, Thomas Tarver is listed in lower lawnes creek parish...Blackwater precinct....In the 1698 tithables, Thomas Tarver and his son-in-law, Thomas Nicholas, are shown in Southwarke parish......Then, the will of Thomas Tarver 1712-1714 was reflected as filed in Southwarke parish, Surry county, Va. ........Where were these areas located...1)Blackwater Precinct, 2) Southwarke parish, and 3)lower lawnes creek parish???

I don't think these two areas of Surry county, Va. are located close to one another, but need to clarify whether Thomas Tarver's residence mentioned as in Blackwater Precinct, lower Lawnnes Creek parish and Southewarke parish was actually in the same area as Samuel Tarver's 200 acres [east of the Assamoosick swamp in the Nottoway Circular Tract]

Assistance in locating these areas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


David A. Tarver
(near) Tulsa, Ok