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Eggleston / Crawley surname
Posted by: Ria Hendrix Date: March 04, 2002 at 18:34:56
In Reply to: Re: Crawley surname by A. J. Coffman of 288

Book: James City County: Keystone of the Commonwealth


"A few miles above Williamsburg and next door to the Martins' Powhatan Plantation, was a 450 acre tract that Elizabeth Eggleston inherited prior to 1768 from her husband, Benjamin Eggleston jr. "Egglestons," which originally was part of Powhatan, lay along the north side of News Road (Route 613). By 1844 it had passed to Green Spring overseer, George C. Richardson, who was living on his own land at the time of the Civil War. Nearby was Benjamin Green's farm.


Sometime after 1701, Wm. Wormeley inherited his father's 660 acres called Powhatan, which he supplemented with another 700 plus acres. Later 375 acres of his Powhatan property came into the hands of Edward Jaquelin of Jamestown Island. Jaquelin, who died in 1739, conveyed his acreage to his spinster daughter, Martha, who sometime prior to 1766 sold it to her brother -in-law, Richard Ambler. Meanwhile, Benjamin Eggleston, whose forebears had owned the bulk of Powhatan since the mid-seventeenth century, divided it between his sons, Joseph and Benjamin Jr. Although Joseph took up residence upon his share, Benjamin Jr.'s acreage descended to his wife and daughter, both of whom were named Elizabeth. During the 1740's, daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Richard Taliaferro, an architect, built a brick residence upon the property, the restored Georgian mansion that still survives.

The Rev War in James City Co

"A French military officer said that a certain Mr. Egleston, one of the richest inhabitants of these parts, Joseph Jr, took refuge in a beaver lodge when he heard that the British were coming to pillage his house. Eggleston, who had shot and killed a British soldier, hid throughout the six weeks there was a price on his head."
"Richard Taliaferro of Powhatan Plantation had lost all of his slaves when the British came through."

Governor Berkeley's Decline

"In 1673, Gov. Berkeley had Benjamin Eggleston hauled before the court and he received 39 lashes at the whipping post plus a heavy fine. His father Richard Eggleston was the neighbor of Gov. Berkeley" Richard Eggleston owned 2,300 acre tract called Powhatan at the time.

In my 1815 land book, the only Eggleston's are Joseph and Elizabeth, his mom. They were both deceased at this time. The only Crawley is a Joseph.

Ria ><>

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