Posted By:Anita Wills
Subject:Monroe, Chilton, Watts, Strother, Sanford
Post Date:December 04, 2005 at 13:04:02
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Forum:Westmoreland County, VA Genealogy Forum
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Following is a Transcription of Documents from Westmoreland County, which pertain to my ancestors, Mary Bowden, and William & Mary Chilton Monroe; Westmoreland County, Virginia Court Orders 1705-1787, Library of Virginia microfilm reel nos.55-61)

27 May 1730, p.328a Grand Jury vs Mary Munroe’ (Mulatto Woman) Ordered that the Sheriff of this County do summon Mary a Mulato serv. woman belonging to Wm Munroe of the parish of Washington to be ? ... bastard child born of her body ... (very dark film)
27 August 1730, p.338

Mary a Mulatto servant to William Monroe of Washington parish being presented by the grand jury at May Court last for having a bastard child on or about the 20th of February last past which being now Called and the Court taking the Same under Consideration they are of opinion that Mulatto women are Not within the penalty of the Law Against Bastardy, they being by the Law of the Country prohibited marriage with white men, And therefore It ordered that the presentment be Dismiss.

Following is an abstract of Mary Watts' Will:
3 April 1737, proved 26 April 1737
Granddaughter Elizabeth Sanford; Capt. Andrew Munroe and his wife Jane to have care of her estate until she is 18 years of age; son John Watts; son James Bowcock and his children Thomas, James, and Jane; son Richard Watts; daughters Jane Munroe, Margaret Strother, and Mary Blackburn and the latter's husband Mr. Richard Blackburn; Capt. Thomas Chilton and his wife Jemima 1 mourning ring each; Rev. Roderick McCullough a mourning ring.

Mary's, daughter Mary Bowden was born on February 20, 1730, in Westmoreland County. Her mother was Mary Monroe, and her father William Monroe. In 1737, Mary Bowden was taken from the home of her uncle, Thomas Chilton, and sentenced by the Westmoreland County court to a thirty year indenture.

It appears that Mary Monroe, married, Richard Blackburn, in 1737, and left her daughter Mary with her brother Thomas Chilton.

I am trying to trace these lines and any assistance would be appreciated. My ancestor kept the Bowden name even after completing her indenture.