Virginia Land Grants 20 Apr 1686. Lower Norfolk Co. Va.:
John Elks. 300 acres betwixt the North West River, and the Blackwater, beginning at a pine, Peter Capell's corner tree.
This entry proves to me that John was a contemporary of Richard and Robert. Was this the same John Elks who married Mary Stroud and was father of John Jr., Thomas, Emanuel, Marmaduke and Ealse? I believe it is.
If it is, this John Elks died in 1708. He or his son John is mentioned in a Land Office Grant to Charles Rudder of Princess Anne Co., dated 26 June 1755, for 770 acres of land adjoining the dividing line between North Carolina and this colony (virginia) adjoining land of John Elk, Caple (Peter Capell, mentioned above) and C. south side of Reedy Branch.
John Elks (Jr.I think) is named in a 15 Dec. 1758 Princess Anne Co. Land Grant. Grantees: John Elks, Frances Sory, and John Worden. 421 acres beginning at a corner pine of Thomas Tooly's on the head of a branch called Ash Branch.
I believe this is the same John Elks whose will was probated in Princess Anne Co. on 10 Feb 1774. Rec. Apr. 1774. There is also a Jonathan Elks, head of family of 6 white persons in 1785 in Norfolk Co. Va. Who was he?
I believe John Sr's son Thomas was the Thomas Elk whose will was probabted in Princess Anne Co. 18 Dec 1753 and Invent. Rec. 21 May 1754.
We know who Marmaduke's sons were: Samuel Sr. and Jacob.
Who was the John Elks apprenticed to Obedient Moore in 1756 at age 15 to learn the trade of Cooper? was he brother to Solomon Elks who was apprenticed to Thomas Tarton in 1756 to learn the trade of carpenter and again to John Ackiss in 1760 to learn shoemaking? Was this the same Solomon Elks in the Blackwell precinct of Princess Anne Co. in 1783, and head of a family of 6 white persons in Princess Anne Co. Blackwater Pct. in 1785?
Was this Obedient Moore, the same person as Obediah Moore whose widow Prudence Willoughby Moore married Dr. Samuel Elks Sr. This Dr. Samuel Elks in 1764, was awarded guardianship of Obediah and James Moore, orphans of Obediah Moore.
Who was the Thomas Elks who obtained a Land Grant in Princess Anne Co. along with John Woodward, Ebenezer Craig, Thomas Cornish and William Dauge for 110 acres on 1 Jun 1784? It seems unlikely that it was the same Thomas Elks whose will was probated on 14 Nov 1782 and Inventoried and approved 30 Nov 1782. Were there 3 Thomas Elks? It would seem so.
Who was the Rebekah Elks whose will was recorded in June 1789 in Princess Anne Co.? Was she the wife of one of the Thomas'? The will was also noted as dated Dec 11, 1788.
I find it interesting, if not significant, that Mr. William Body rec'd 3350 acres of land in Isle of Wight Co. Va. on 12 Jul 1665 for transporting 56 persons, including Jacob Willoughbie and Robert Elks. Is this Jacob Willoughbie related to Prudence Willoughby who married Samuel Elks?
I also find it interesting that a Willoughby Moore,(thought by some to be the son of Obediah Moore Jr.) is listed as head of a Beaufort Co. NC. household of 3 "other free" in 1810, and listed as head of a household of 6 "free colored" in 1820. Does this mean that Willoughby Moore was also Indian?
By an October 1705 act of Assembly (Virginia) the "Definition of a Mulatto: The child of an Indian, or the child, grandchild or great grandchild of a negro."
Obviously, a great deal of research still needs to be done on this family. I would appreciate any filling in of the blanks.
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