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George Menifie's Will & Adopted?Indian
Posted by: buddy Hanna Date: March 21, 1999 at 13:34:39
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here is his will:

VIRGINIA GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND Page 421

GEORGE MENEFIE of Buckland in Virginia, Esquire. Will 31 December 1645; proved 25 February 1646-7. To be buried at discretion of my wife in parish Church of Weston [Westover]. All debts in Virginia to be satisfied. All Tobacco or money debts in England to be transferred to my books, "The shipp Desire now Iyeinge before Buckland may with all possible expedition be dispatched way for England, and to bee part loaded with what Tobacco is ready here above, and receive the remainder of her ladeinge belowe, vizt, tooe hundred Hoggsheads on the partable account" 100 hoggshead my own account and the rest by discretion of a note to be found in a small book of tobacco shipped and to be shipped. My 100 hogsheads and my part in the ship Desire and cargo, and my 1-16 part of the William and George be consigned to Captain Peter Andrews, he to give an exact account to my heirs and executors. To my daughter Elizabeth Menefie all my land at Weston, att James Citty, and at Yorke River. To my brother John Bishopp, the money he owes me, and one-third part of my crop of Tobacco made the last summer at my plantation of Buckland. My sheep at Buckland to be a joint stock between my daughter Elizabeth, and son-in-law Henry Perry. To Mr. Jo. James £20 and 1000 lbs of Tobacco, he to preach a sermon at my funeral. To Mr. Jo. Converse, Chirurgeon, 2000 lbs of Tobacco. To my brother Roger Booker £50, he to assist Humphrey Lister in collecting my debts. To Jo. White, Merchant, £50, provided he continue one year longer in Virginia and collect my debts as formerly. Tobacco not able to go in the Desire to be sent in the Flower of London Goods consigned in the William and George to be returned in Kind. Everything to my wife and daughter. Executrix and guardian to my daughter; my wife Mary. Tobacco due to me from Captaine Tho. Varvell shall be Satisfied by Walter Aston. Satisfaction to be made to Mr. Humfrey Adlington for his care in my business concerning Chamberlaine, by Captaine Peter Andrews. Overseers friends Captain Peter Andrews, Richard Bennett, Esq. Witnesses Howell Prise, Hunifrey Lister.
Fines, 31.

[George Menifie came to Virginia in 1625, was Burgess for James City County, 1629, and member of the Council, 1635-1646. He was one the wealthiest men of his day in the Colony, and was probably the leading merchant. In 1634 he lived at "Littleton," or "Littletown,"' not far below Jamestown. His large garden here " contained fruits of Holland and Roses of Provence." His orchard was planted with apple, pear and cherry trees, and he cultivated here the first peach trees introduced into America. Around the house grew, in the fashion of the times, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. He took a prominent part in the deposition of Governor Harvey. Later he removed "Buckland," an estate of 8,ooo acres in Charles City County. His only child, Elizabeth, married Captain Henry Perry of Charles City Count, member of the Council. They left two daughters and co-heiresses Elizabeth, who married John Coggs, gent., of Rainslip, Middlesex, Esq. and Mary, who married Thomas Mercer, stationer, of London.
The site of old Westover Church, near the house at "Westover," still contains a number of tombs formerly in or near the old building. The name John James supplies information as to one of the early ministers of the parish. John Bishop was an early resident of Charles City County, as was Walter Aston. Howell Price was once clerk of the county.

Reference to Indian boy he help raise:

VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE.
Pg 281

[June 10, 1640.] Mr. George MeniFye, Esqr., this day presented to the court an indian boy of the country of Tappahannock, Christened and for the time of ten years brought up amongst the english by Captain William Perry, deceased, and

Pg 282

Mr. George Menifye: the indian was examined and found to have been well instructed in the principles of religion, taught to read, instructed to writing: and whereas there hath formerly been given by will, a stock of three hundred pounds sterling by Nicholas Farrar, late of London, Merchant, deceased, by [for?] the Indians, whereof 24 pounds sterling was yearly to be paid to any person that should bring up three of the indian children the said Mr. Menifye for his better supportation in the education of the said indian boy desire certificate from the court of the bringing him up and instructing him in christian religion as is said: the governor and council approving and commending the care that hath been used towards this youth have condescended to the request of the said Mr. Menifye and have thought goo to recommend hereby his suit for the allowance of 8 pounds per annum, part of the said 24 pounds. towards the maintenande the said youth and to that purpose in testimony of the premises have thought good to cause the seal of the colony to be hereunto affixed. Given at James city the tenth day of June, a domini 1640.

(From the Virginia Council & General Court Records 1640-1641 [From Robinsonís notes, ď Virginia Historical Society Collection])

Hope this helps!

buddy

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