William Neville was the first of his family in the county. His land was located on the boarders of IOW and Nansemond. In March 1642-43 the General Assembly enacted that the boundaries of IOW shall extend from the main river into the woods southerly unto and including the plantations of William Neville and Robert Pitt. In 1643 Captain John Upton patented land next to him.
William Neville was dead before the 25th of April 1665 for on that date, Roger Neville sold to Arthur Skinner, his father-in-law, all claims to the estate of "William Neville my father". On May 16, 1665, John Neville of Nansemond sold to Arthur Skinner 125 acres.
Several deeds of John Neville's are in the records. In 1689 he and wife Elizabeth, made a deed of gift to Benjamin Beale and his wife Martha, evidently their daughter. The deed provided that if Benjamin and his wife died without issue the land was to go to Benjamin Neville, son of the donor, and the deed was witnessed by John Neville, Jr.
John Neville of Nansemond sold land on the Western Branch in IOW to John Johnson in 1698. The date of his death is not known as the Nansemond records are destroyed. Benjamin Neville, their son, held 475 acres in Nansemond in 1704. A Benjamin Neville made his will in NC and many of the name in that state are probably descended from Benjamin and Roger Neville.
John Neville, Jr., made his will in IOW in 1726 and same was probated in 1730. He left eight daughters, and one son, John, to whom he gave all of his land. This son John made his will in 1740 and named sons John, Thomas, and Joseph, and daughter Penelope.
An Elizabeth Neville made her will in 1747 and her children mentioned in the will may not be "Nevilles" as she seems to have formerly been the wife of Thomas Hampton who died in 1703. The inventory of Joseph Neville was filed in IOW in 1782.
John Neville, the son of John of the will of 1740, is said to have moved to Prince William or Fauquier where his will was probated in 1768. This is likely as he does not seem to have moved to NC. (See Grimes' wills and Olds' abstracts.) He may be the ancestor of the Neville family of that district of whom General George Neville of the Revolution was a member. We have not the will of John Neville of Fauquier, 1768, which may or may not show an IOW connection.
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