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John Elkes is listed as being one of 60 persons transported by John Beachamp and Richard Cocke, Sr., in a grant for 2994 acres to them in return for the transport (Land Office Patents No. 5, p. 399). The patent is dated June 21, 1664. John Beachamp and Richard Cocke patented their land in Henrico Co.
John Elks received a land grant in Lower Norfolk Co. dated Apr. 20, 1686 (Land Office Patents No. 7, p. 493) for “300 acres betwixt the Northwest River, and the Black Water, beginning at a pine, Peter Capell's corner tree, to the Cypress Swamp” for the transportation of 6 persons: Jone Cornix, Martha Cornix, William Cornix, Thos. Cornix, Thomas Lucas, and Wm. Herne.
The will of John Elks was written Jan 23, 1708 (held at NC Archives). No county was stated. Son John Elks received his “dwelling plantation” and 100 acres of land and his mill and mule. Son Amanuel Elks received 100 acres of land called “Rich Neck” and a gun called “Newman.” Son Marmaduke Elks received 100 acres of land by the Ash Branch. Son Thomas Elks received a long gun. Daughter Ealse(?) received a cow and calf. All his sons were also stated as being the sons of Mary Stroud. His wife Mary Elks received the rest of his personal estate and was named sole executor. Witnesses were Edward Old Jr., George Warrenton Sr., George Warrenton Jr., and Rebekah Old. (note: This Rich Neck is not the same as the famous Rich Neck Farm near Williamsburg and Jamestown, Va. It is also interesting to note that he states that his sons are the sons of Mary Stroud instead of his wife Mary Elks. Are they the same person?)