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Place names and a few creeks given in deeds
Posted by: Ria Hendrix (ID *****8862) Date: April 29, 2002 at 19:47:28
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Lonnie,

Am still looking but here is what I have found so far in my books on Charles City Co.

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Book: 80% Heaven Bound by Sherry Tyler

Pease Hill:
"Peace Hill" is noted in an early land patent dated 18 Dec 1637 (book 1, p. 509), stating that "Capt. Andrew Hastler, Esqr., and Richard Wilsonn, Marriner, one whole intire neck of land in Chichahominy river commonly known by the name of Pease hill, the one side of which neck butteth downe the maine river Ewd. & the head of the neck up on the Ewd. Side adj. To the land of William Beard, Marriner, & runneth from thence to the pt. Of the neck of land & up to the first Cr. Sly, the which sd. Cr. Maketh the aforesd. Pt. Of land a neck. Said Hastler & Wilsonn are to make appear due to them by transporting soe many servants as there shalbee found upon survey to bee fiftie acs., vixt: for every 50 acs. One servant." This may explain why at the present time "Peace Hill" appears on county tax plats as a number of small unconnected parcels of land along the river and some distance inland. One of these parcels on The Glebe Lane is now part of Charles Tench, Jr.'s farm. The small cemetery, in the middle of a field has some periwinkle, trees and other vegetation. There are markers. Also on the Tench farm, which seems to have once been part of "Browns", is a Binns family cemetery with markers.

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Book: James City Co: Keystone of the Commonwealth by Martha McCartney

"As European settlement continued to advance toward the head of the Chickahominy River, the Chickahominy Indians withdrew into the Pamunkey Indians' territory, where they stayed for several generations. In 1648 one colonist patented the site of the Warrany Old Town, above Diascund Creek.

Alexander Kerr of James City Co sought to acquire some acreage on Warrany Creek, which he claimed was escheat land that Thomas Green of Gloucester had had surveyed but failed to patent; investigation revealed, however, that the property Kerr wanted was "overplus" or excess acreage included in a neighboring patent that belonged to Robert Sorrell.

Hickory Neck Episcopal Church
In 1734 the vestry of Blisland parish decided to build a new Lower Church on the land of Mrs. Mary Holdcroft of Hickory Neck Plantation. The brick church known as Hickory Neck was oriented east and west, in accord with Anglican tradition, and was served by the same clergymen who prived spititual leadership to the congregation of the Warrany (or Upper) Church of Blisland parish in eastern New Kent County.

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A Taylor family lived in the New Kent Co area in the SE corner where the three counties come together. The Taylor neck of land may have been in that area on the Chickihominy River.

Moses Creek was also the name in the deeds I found on my Durfey lines. This is today called Morris Creek.

As for Barrow and Tomahund Creeks, I do not know if they had any other names in the past.

Your best bet is to E-mail Sherrybty@gateway.net She is the author of the book I bought on Charles City Co. Their historical society may be able to add more information to what I have posted. She and the folks there are quite knowledgable. Tell her I sent you.

Ria ><>


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