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James City Co. will of Francelia (Danby) Sanderson Goodrich Parker - 1699
Posted by: A. Batts (ID *****8205) Date: July 20, 2010 at 17:27:59
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The following will is found in the Sir Abstrupus Danby Papers 1654-1706 (microfilm) at the Virginia Historical Society. I find few mentions of these names on-line, so I thought others might find it of interest. Francelia Danby m. 1st Edward Sanderson/Saunderson, 2nd Joseph Goodrich and 3rd Thomas Parker. Francelia’s brother Sir Abstrupus Danby lived in England.

Will of Francelia Parker of Ja. Citty County. To loving son Danby Goodrich one island of land commonly called by the name of Hope Island; loving son Thomas Goodrich all the rest of my lands in generall belonging to me in Ja. Citty County. If either son to die without lawfully begotten heirs, their share to the surviving son. In case my two sons die without lawful [heirs], to my loving brother Abstrupus Danby [Sir Abstrupus Danby] all my lands in generall lying and being in Ja. City County. My two sons Thomas Goodrich and Danby Goodrich all the ????? money that now I have lying in my loving brother hands Sir Abstrupus Danby to be equally divided between them and to lye in my said brother hands untill they both come of age and the said money to run upon? interest…..my two sons Thomas and Danby dies before they come to lawful age, then I give and bequeath to my loving husband Thomas Parker what money soever lies in my loving brother hands with interest as above specified. The will also mentions legacies of “???? of gold amounting to ???????” and gold rings. The husband Thomas Parker is to enjoy the lands until the two sons come of age or until brother Sir Abstrupus Danby or his heirs shall demand as aforementioned. To my loving nephew Abstrupus Danby [son of Sir Abstrupus Danby] twenty shillings to buy him a ring. Ordain and appoint my loving husband Thomas Parker to be sole and whole executor of this my last will and testament. Dated: March 25, 1699. Signed and sealed in the presence of us Samuel Chappell, Willm Glover, Jonath Ogden.

The will above is not verbatim and is slightly abbreviated, but I think I covered the main points. Included in the Sir Abstrupus Danby papers are letters having to do with the will and whether or not Sir Abstrupus Danby was heir to the lands willed to him by his sister, and that Joseph Goodrich’s eldest brother’s son was claiming an interest in the lands due to Joseph and Francelia being tenants-in-common (prior to their marriage) under the will of Edward Sanderson. The letters state that sons Thomas Goodrich and Danby Goodrich both died in their infancy (within the margin are the dates, 13 Aug 1702 and 20 Jun 1703, which would appear to be the death dates for the two children) and that Joseph Goodrich died without a will. The letters state that Edward Sanderson died without issue and by will (within the margin is “Will dated ???? 1684”) left all his lands there [Virginia?] in generall “whether purchased by him or otherwise patented and of which he was possessed to his said wife and to his friend Mr. Joseph Goodrich and their heirs forever and leaves them joynt executors”. Widow Francelia (Danby) Sanderson afterwards married the said Joseph Goodrich. In the letters, the will of Francelia is referenced and within the margin is “Will dated 25 March 1699”.

There are a number of James City Co. land grants for an Edward Sanderson, the latest being in 1668 and for 3,500 acres. Within this grant is mention of Hope Island, the property identified in the will above.


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