I am posting this in hopes of finding company in my search for the family of Leonard Keeling. I descend from his daughter Nancy who married William Scates. Jane
LEONARD KEELING INFORMATION
Halifax co VA Deed Books 2-6 (1759-1767) by Marion Dodson Chiarito
P172, 13 Oct 1766 James Norrel, Sr., of Halifax co to Thomas Spragins of same for £25, 262 ac on the north fork of Cuttaba Cr. Beg at James Hunt’s corner – thence South . . . Abney’s line . . . All trees, woods . . . Signed James Norrell, Sr. Wit. Leonard Keeling, Samuel Abney, Tabbe Spragins, Recorded 16 Oct 1766
[This land later sold to John Hayne Skaits for £25- this sale included 200 acres dated 10 July 1767 – my note, Jane]
From: Emigration to Other States from Southside Virginia, Vol I, compiled by Katherine B. Elliott, South Hill, VA, p 77
KEELING, Elizabeth - Edgefield District, S C
Know all men by these presents that I, Elizabeth Keeling, daughter of Edmund Keeling, aged 22, now a resident of Edgefield District, South Carolina, do appoint my friend Edward B. Fowlkes of Charlotte County, State of Virginia, my lawful attorney…to receive all monies and property due to me in the last will and testament of my grandfather Edward Keeling, deceased of Charlotte County, VA.
Edgefield District, S C
Edmund Keeling appeared before the Court of the state and district aforesaid and made affidavit that the Elizabeth Keeling (who executed the foregoing power of attorney) is the only child he had by that name and is the one alluded to in the will of Edward Keeling, deceased, of Charlotte County, Virginia. Dated 3 Jan 1820, Recorded 7 Feb. 1820. Ref. Charlotte County Deed Book 15, page 217.
Will of Edward Keeling
NAMES: Wife – Elizabeth Keeling; Son – Edmund Keeling, Jr.; Daughters – Fanny Sullivant, Mary Hall; Granddaughter – Elizabeth Keeling, daughter of Edmund Keeling, Jr., Grandsons – Walker Keeling and Joseph Keeling, sons of Leonard Keeling, deceased. Bequests to Patsy Keeling and Elizabeth Woodard (connection not stated) Executors: William L. Morton and William Towler. Dated 30 Sept 1806, Recorded 3 May 1819. Reference: Charlotte County Will Book 5, page 11.
[I take it that this Leonard Keeling was the son of Edward Keeling and father of Walker and Joseph Keeling.]
Facts known about Leonard Keeling:
June 1765 – witt. deed of George Abney
Oct 1766 - witt. Deed of James Norrel, Sr.
1768 – named with those who purchased part of the estate of Edward Booker
11 Jan 1772 – appointed collector of Richard Brown’s debts [Halifax co Will Book I]
15 July 1773 – Taught Suzanna Smith to sing [Halifax co Will Book I, #227]
3 Nov 1778 – was paid for “crying the estate” of the orphans of Wm Simms [Halifax Will Book I, #286]
July 1778 – Witnessed will of William Lax
18 Apr 1783 – appeared as witness of will of William Lax [Halifax co Will Book I, #432]
Sept 1758 – LUNENBERG co VA – Leonard Keeling awarded 17s for either militia service OR providing provisions. Hening’s Statutes, p 223 [different Leonard?]
From Halifax co Deeds 1775-1778, p 45. Page 345 of original Will Book. To Wm Morton, Wm Hubard, Thos Carter and Joel Watkins of CHARLOTTE co – Leonard Keeling sold land in Halifax, Deed dated 7 Aug 1775, these men asked to visit his wife USSLEY to gain her relinq. of dower – it was reported “done” 14 Nov 1777.
Halifax County Deeds 1775 – 1778 from TLC pub co – p. 57, Aug 7, 1775, from Leonard Keeling of H, to James Johnstone of H, for 100£, 5 shillings, all that tract in H on the branches of Miry Cr., abt 300 acres according to patent, and bounded by Farmer, Atkins, Terry, Williams. Signed – Leonard Keeling. Wit – Walter Robertson, James Calland, Nimrod Farguson. Rec Mar 21, 1776.
From Halifax co Deed Book 11, p 275 – Field Prewit – m. Mary Burk , daughter of Elizabeth Keeling, wife of Patrick Burk. Quit claim wife’s right to any part of her mothers’ estate now in possession of Solomon King. Released rithe to William Burk of King William county for £25. Signed – Field [X] Pruett and Mary [X] Pruett. Witt. Thos Hughes, Chas [his mark] Mullin, and Ann Mullin Recorded 20 May 1779
These marriages in Halifax co VA MAY be of the children of Leonard Keeling
10 Feb 1777 Francis Keeling and E. Francis
13 June 1784 Thomas Keeling and Nancy Tibet
6 Dec 1794 Thomas Keeling and Mildred Pillars
29 July 1799 Edmund Keeling and N. Francis
1 Apr 1789 Poindexter (or Pentexor) and Susanna Keeling
19 Apr 1787 William Scates and Nancy Keeling
Thomas Keeling married 13 June 1784 – Nancy Tibet in Halifax
Thomas Keeling married 6 Dec 1794 –Mildred Pillars in Halifax
Thomas Keeling MAY have had the following children:
Patsey (of age) m Azariah Bruce in 1803
John m Sarah Abbott in 1804
Susannah m Joshua Brumfield in 1804
Mary m James Brumfield in 1805
William m Sarah B. Ousley in 1809
Leonard m Patsey Guthrie in 1810
Sally m Geo. Crews in 1812
Index to Absracts of Charlotte County, Virginia Will Book 1 1765-1791 pub by Bel Wise in 1991 has been placed on the internet http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ifetch2?/ul/data/va+index+44210355017+F
In this index, I found KEELING, Edm 438 and KEELING, Leonard 15, 412
[I don’t yet have access to this book. Jane]
ONE FINAL NOTE: From Will Book 2 1783-1792 Halifax co VA, p 193
Will of Margaret Spencer – mentions son Leonard Keeling – other children: Wm Spencer, Elizabeth and Rachael
SO: Leonard Keeling had wife USSLEY, his mother was Margaret ? Keeling-Spenser
The lists of children are speculation. Some of them give Leonard Keeling as father.
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