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Selected Entries from Henry Court Order Books 1-4
Posted by: Marla Moore (ID *****8094) Date: March 16, 2003 at 14:17:30
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Title
Order and minute books, 1777-1797
Authors
Virginia. County Court (Henry County) (Main Author)
Notes
Microfilm of original records at the Henry County Courthouse in Martinsville, Virginia.
Publication
Richmond : Virginia State Library
Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950, 1989
Film Note - Location [Film]
Order books, v. 1-6 1777-1797 - FHL US/CAN Film [ 31979 ]
Selected entries Transcribed by Marla Moore

Order Book 1, January Court
Justices of Peace: Peter Copland, Robert Hairston, John Salmon, Edmund Lyne, Abraham Penn, Jonathan Hanley, Peter Saunders
Clerk of Court: John Cox
Attorney at Law: Robert Williams
Constables: John Pane, Robert Mason, Edward Tatson, John Law Jr.
Commissioner for the Peace: John Morton

Order Book 1, February 17, 1777
A deed from Wm. Cook to Peter Vardeman acknowledged and O.R.
James Martin is appointed surveyor of the road from the middle ford of the muddy fork <the creek is unnamed> to Snow Creek near Col. Gordon’s Quarters.
James Hunt is sworn constable.

Order Book 1, April 21, 1777
A deed from Samuel Patterson to James Cowden ack & O.R. (ordered to be recorded)

Order Book 2, July 21, 1777
An inventory of the estate of Sylvanus Webb returned and O.R. (Administration of the said estate granted to James Ray in January Court)

Order Book 1, January 19, 1778
Swinfield Hill, Thomas Hill, Edward Choat and John Ferguson Sr., or any 3, appointed to view a road below Thomas Tennyson’s on Black Water across grassy hill to the Iron Works.

Order Book 1, March 16, 1778
Byrd v. Daniel. Dismissed--oath paid

Order Book 2, June 15, 1778
Hubbard v. Cook. Samuel Patterson & Daniel Richardson, Spl. Bail.

John Heard, Samuel Byrd, Thomas Jamison and Henry Harris, or any 3, appointed to view a road from about a mile below Gorden’s Quarter across Coles’ Road.
Note: The location of Col. Gordon’s Quarter was near Snow Creek. (See HC Order Bk 1, Feb 17, 1777 Court)

Order Book 2, August 17, 1778
A deed from William Web to Robert Boulton, proved and O.R.
Same to William Hammon, same.
Thomas Medkiff, John Rentfro, Nathan Bartlett and Abraham Bird or any 3, appointed to view a road from Elk Creek to the Doe Spur at Montgomery line and make report to the court.

Order Book 2, September 21, 1778
Leave is granted Henry Webb to guild a water grist mill on Marrou? Bone Creek, he being owner on both sides.
Robert Mason is appointed surveyor of the road from Chestnut Creek to Masons Branch and a list filed to be his gang.

Order Book 2, February 15, 1779 Court
A deed from Samuel Byrd to John Heard. Acknowledged and Mary the wife being privately examined, relinquished her dower and ordered to be recorded.

The last will and testament of Mary Webb, deceased, was exhibited in court by Elizabeth Webb, the sister? And Merry Webb the grandmother named who made oath according to law and with Waters Dunn and John Alexander and Cahill Ryan their securities, entered into bond and acknowledged the same. Joseph Anthony, Thomas Wilson, John Fountain and Jacob Rigor or any three of them are appointed appraisers. Present—Abraham Penn, Edmund Lyne and Robert Hairston.

Order Book 2, March 26, 1779 Court
Webb v. Meredith
Scruggs v. Webb
Holiday v. Dillingham

Administration of the estate of James Cook is granted Nightengale Cook, who made oath according to law and with William Ryan, Wm. Gardner, and Jonathan Sims, his securities, entered into bond and acknowledged the same. Edward Shoat, Swinfield Hill, Francis Hill and John Ferguson or any three of them appointed to appraise said estate.

Order Book 2, May 27, 1779 Court
A deed from Wm. Hardeman to John Richardson, acknowledged, and Zilah the wife relinquishes.
A deed from Amos Richardson Sr. to John Richardson, acknowledged and ordered to be recorded.

Order Book 2, June 24, 1779 Court
Robert Woods, Esq., is appointed to furnish Robert Hodges with such necessities as he is want of towards the support of him and his wife, and that he bring in his account at October Court.

Order Book 2, July 25, 1779 Court
Holiday v. Mason

Order Book 2, October 29, 1779 Court
Woods and wife v. Richardson
Ordered that Samuel Byrd, William Wilson and W? Williamham be fined 20 pounds each for not attending as jurymen.

Order Book 2, March 24, 1780 Court
Dorothy Meredith conceives that she is in danger of her life, which is threatened by her husband, Bradley Meredith. Bond 1,000 pounds.

Order Book 2, April 27, 1780 Court
A deed from Peter Copland to Thomas Jamison, acknowledged and ordered to be recorded.

John Acuff? Came into court and made oath that he served as lieutenient under Captain Robert Muniford in the year 1760, who was under the command of Col. Wm. Byrd, and that he has never received his bounty of land agreeable to his Majesty’s Proc. in 1773.
Marvell Nash came into court and made oath that Thomas Earls served as serjant in Capt. Gist’s company in Col. Byrd’s Regiment in the year 1760.
Marvell Nash came into court and made oath that he served as a serjent under Capt. Gunn in Col. Byrd’s Regiment in the year of ?, and that he has never proved nor received his bounty of land agreeable to his Majesty’s Proc. of the year 1773.
James Martin is appointed surveyor of the road from the head of Mason’s Creek to the fort of the fork? Mountain, a list filed.
Moses Going came into court and made oath that he served as a soldier under Capt. James Gunn’s company in Col. Byrd’s Regiment in the year 1760 and that he has never proved nor received his bounty of land agreeable to his Majesty’s proc. In the year 1763.

Order Book 2, May 25, 1780
Joseph Webster came into court and made oath that he served under Capt. James Gunn in Col. Byrd’s regiment in the year 1760 and has not proved or received his bounty of land agreeable to his Majesty.
Amos Evans came into court and made oath that he served under Capt. James Gunn in Col. Byrd’s regiment in the year 1760 and has not proved or received his bounty of land agreeable to his Majesty.
James McCulikin came into court and made oath that he served under Capt. John Blagg in Col. Byrd’s regiment in the year 1760 and has not proved or received his bounty of land agreeable to his Majesty.
Joseph Bradburg came into court and made oath that he served under Capt. John Lightfoot in Col. Byrd’s regiment in the year 1760 and has not proved or received his bounty of land agreeable to the King of England’s proclamation.

Order Book 2, July 28, 1780
Holliday v. Mason. A jury sworn. Verdict returned and O.R.
Sarah Holiday is allowed 6 days attendance as a witness for Holliday against Mason. John Dickenson is allowed 12 days attendance as a witness for Mason at the suit of Holliday.
A deed from Robert Woods to John Martin ack and O.R.
Also from John Martin to Obediah Gravitt ack and O.R.

Order Book 2, September 28, 1780
Samuel Byrd sworn on jury.

Order Book 2, Nov. 23, 1780
Administration of the estate of Joseph Early ordered with the will annexed is granted to John Early who made oath according to law with George Hairston and James Spencer, his securities. Swinfield Hill, Thomas Hill, Mordicai Morely and John Doughton or any 3 appointed appraisers to the estate.

Order Book 2, June 28, 1781
Administration of the estate of Grymes Holcomb granted to Juriah Holcomb, exec, and with George Hairston, and Peter Hairston her securities. Hugh Martin, John Woods, Hugh and Robert Woods, or any 3, appointed appraisers to the estate.

Order Book 2, February 28, 1782
Robert Mason produced <proof> from under the hand of the Commissioner of Provisions, that he had furnished him with 315 pounds of beef.

Order Book 3, March 25, 1782
Archalum? Hughes, John Salmon and Robert Mason are appointed commissioners of the specified tax.

Order Book 3, April 25, 1782
Robert Mason, one of the commissioners of the specified tax, came into court and acknowledged bond agreeable to act of assembly.

John Martin is allowed 9:15.0 for 875 pounds beef furnished John Heard, Commander Provisions.

Samuel Byrd sworn to jury.

The Last Will and Testament of Isham Hodges was exhibited in court by Robert Hodges, one of the executors herein named, and proved who made oath and…with Robert Mason and William Heard, his securities, entered into bond and acknowledged the same according to law. Edward Richards, Frederick Rives, Samuel Patterson and Spencer Clark or any 3 of them are appointed appraisers of this estate.

William Jamison is appointed surveyor of the road from Daniel Richardson’s mill to Pigg River Road and a list filed of his gang.

Order Book 3, May 24, 1782
Martin etal v. Fargusen
Same v. Byrd
Same v. Ison

Order Book 3, September 27, 1782
Sabrit Choate and Edward Choate came into court and acknowledged themselves severally indebted to the CommonWealth of Virginia in the sum of 20 pounds each to be levied on their respective goods and chattels, lands and tenements … that this said Sabrit Choate be of good behavior one year and a day, especially towards David Bukles, Enock Hodges and Caterinia Hodges and all other good citizens.

Order Book 3, February 27, 1783
Administration of the estate of Thomas Watts, dec’d, is granted to Samuel Patterson who made oath according to law, and with John Dickenson his security, entered into bond and acknowledged the same. Robert Mason, John Martin, John Harger and Jos? Dillingham or any 3 of them appointed to appraise the estate.

Order Book 3, May 22, 1783
Lewis Davis is appointed Constable in room of Robert Mason.

Administration of the estate of Abel Betty, dec’d, is granted unto Ann Betty who made oath according to law, with Archibald Grayham Jr. and Joshua Dillingham her securities, entered into bond and acknowledged the same according to law. Robert Mason, Thomas Hill, Luke Standiford and Hugh Woods or any 3 of them, appointed to appraise said estate and the said Ann claims her dower in the said estate.

John Dickenson, Edward Choat, Augest? Choat, John Holman or any 3 of them are appointed to view a road from Snow Creek to Calloway and Early’s Iron Works and make report thereof to the court.

Order Book 3, May 23, 1783
Junior Meredith came into court and with John Barksdale and John Redd, his securities, … fined 100 pounds…ordered to be of good behavior one year and one day.

Order Book 3, June 17, 1783
Robert English and Sabret Shoat, Jr., was led to the barr in custody of Robert Hairsten, Esq., Sheriff of this county, …the court preceded to examine divers witnesses well on behalf of the said prisoners or the Commonwealth…the court is of the opinion that the said English is guilty of the tort wherewith he stands charged…and that the said Shoat is not guilty of the tort wherewith he stands, therefore he is discharged out of custody. David Stewart came into court and acknowledged himself indebted to the Commonwealth of Virginia in the sum of 100 pounds to be levied … to give testimony against the said Robert English.

Order Book 3, July 24, 1783
Samuel Byrd is appointed surveyor of the road in place of John Heard from Gordon’s Quarters to Coles Road.

Graham v. Davis. Samuel Patterson, Specialty Bond.

Thomas Carlin came into court with Auckaleus Hughes and George Haller, his securities, indebted to the Commonwealth of Virginia…on condition the said Thomas Carlin be of good behavior one year and a day especially towards Ann Webb.

Order Book 3, July 25, 1783
John Jamison is appointed Surveyor of the Road from Gordons Quarters to Coles Road in the place of John Heard.

Order Book 3, September 25, 1783
A deed from John Heard to Wm. Boyd, proved and O.R.

Order Book 3, September 26, 1783
On the motion of Josiah Carter, judgement is granted him against Jostria? Dillingham and Robert Mason for the sum of 22 pounds and 10 shillings with interest thereon from the 30th day of June, 1783 on a ?? Bond given by the said Dillingham and Grayham to the said Carter.

Order Book 3, November 28, 1783
A deed from Edward Choat to William Barton, acknowledged and O.R.

Order Book 3, November 29, 1783
Hugh Martin, appointed surveyor of the road from the Blummery Road to Chestnut Creek and a list filed to be his gang.

Robert Mason is appointed surveyor from the Northwest head of the fork of Chestnut Creek and a list filed to be his gang.

Isham Choat from the North Fork to Pigg River and a list filed.

Jesse Heard, John Dickenson, John Woods and Robert Mason, or any 3 of them are appointed to view a road from Pigg River Road between the mouth of Chestnut and Doe Creek to Anthony’s foard on the Stanton, and make report thereof to the court.

Order Book 3, May 26, 1784
John Dickenson came into court and with John Coleman and John Marr, his securities, entered into bond for the executorship of Isham Hodges, dec’d, in the room of Robert Hodges, who hath formerly taken on him the executorship of the said estate.

Order Book 3, June 22, 1784
A deed from Sebrit Choat to Lewis Devall (Davis?) proved by 1 witness and O.R.

Order Book 3, July 22, 1784
A deed from Edward Choat to Calloway and Early, Acknowledged and O.R.
A deed from Joshua Dillingham to Samuel Byrd proved and O.R.

Order Book 3, September 24, 1784
On motion of Caziah Mullins, she having made oath that she was in danger of her life from her husband, Richard Mullins, the court are of opinion that he be bound to his good behavior…whereupon the said Richard Mullins together with John Hunter and Joseph King, came into court and acknowledged themselves to be indebted to the Commonwealth … in the sum of 20 pounds…on condition that the said Mullins be of good behavior…

Nathan Byrn is allowed 3 days attendance as witness for Tarrent v. Sherwood.

Order Book 3, Sept 25, 1784
Mason v. Copland. Dismissed.

Order Book 3, October 28, 1784
The last will and testament of William Standley was exhibited in court by Judith Standley, exec., and Richard Standley, exec., who made oath according to law and with George Reeves and William Mullings, their securities, entered into bond and acknowledged the same. William Hunter, John Turner, William Turner and John Hunter or any three of them appointed to appraise said estate.

James Hunt is appointed surveyor of the road from the foard of Blackwater to the Bar? Bank and a list filed to be his gang.

Order Book 3, January 24, 1785
A deed from Amos Richardson to Daniel Richardson, acknowledged and O.R.
Same to Aaron Richardson

A deed from Samuel Byrd to Joshua Dillingham proved by two witnesses and O.R.

Order Book 4, March 24, 1785
A deed from Stephen Heard to James Mason, proved by one witness and O.R.
Also James Mason to Samuel Dillion acknowledged and O.R.

Order Book 4, April 26, 1785
On the complaint of William Dillingham, that he thinks he is in danger of his life which is threatened him by John Martin, Hugh Martin, Hugh Woods and Robert Woods, Jr., therefore it is ordered that the sheriff take them into custody till they give surity for their good behavior.

Order Book 4, April 28, 1785
A deed from James Cooley to Isham Choat proved and ordered to be recorded.
Also Samuel Byrd to John Byrd, acknowledged and Mary the wife being privately examined, released her dower and ordered to be recorded.
Also the same to James McWilliams, the same.

Order Book 4, July 28, 1785
A deed from Isham Choat to John Gallaspy acknowledged, and Ann Cooley, the widow and relict of James Cooley, dec’d, came into court and relinquished her dower to the same and O.R.

Order Book 4, October 28, 1785
Thomas Craig is appointed surveyor of the road leading from this Courthouse to Snow Creek and from this a road to the new road leading up Chestnut Creek and a list filed to be his gang of hands.

Order Book 4, January 26, 1786
A deed from John Heard to Joseph? Dillingham, acknowledged, and Susannah the wife releases dower.

Order Book 4, March 23, 1786
William Woods is recommended to the Masters of the College of William and Mary, as a proper person to serve as surveyor for this county.

Order Book 4, March 25, 1786
Cook v. Byrd.

Order Book 4, April 27, 1786
A deed from John Bird to John Norris, acknowledged, and Molley the wife being privately examined, relinquished her dower and O.R.

August Rules for 1786
Holliday v. Mason. Referred to Hugh Innes, James Rentfro, John Dickenson and Robert Woods and their accord to be the judgement of the court.






















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