I have also posted the following message on the TOSH Family Forum:
In researching my Saunders/Sanders family of Pittsylvania County Virginia some 11 years ago, I came across the following:
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Book 8 Page 90, August 1795
Daniel CRIDER, Plaintiff
George TOSH, Henry SAUNDERS and Margaret his wife, Jacob BERGER and
Christianne his wife, Henry GROSS and Bettsy his wife, Defendants
On the election of the Defendants by their counsel leave is granted them to
demand their answers they paying the plaintiffs all cost occasioned thereby
In the margin, it says:
Crider vs. Tosh
if leave is granted
the Defs to a mind their ans.
[There is an infinity sign over ans]
TWO YEARS LATER in August of 1797
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Book 8, Page 390, August Court, 1797
Daniel CRIDER, Plaintiff
George TOSH, Henry SAUNDERS and Margaret, his wife, Jacob BERGER and
Christianne his wife and Henry GROSS and Betsy his wife, Defendants
In Chancery Court
This case was this day heard on the Bill Answers (?) and Exhibits and
arguments of counsel on both sides, in consideration whereof the court is of
the opinion and do accordingly adjudge order and decree That one Moiety of
Six Hundred acres of land, with appurtenances, adjoining the lands of James
Mitchell, David Ross and Jacob Moyere (Mayor/Meyer?) in the Bill mentioned
said to have been conveyed by JACOB TOSH to this Plaintiff by Deed to the
Bill ann____d from hence forward be held Deemed and Taken as the sole and
indefatigable property of the plaintiff, his heirs and assigns forever
against the Defendants and persons claiming under them duress or either of
them and that the Plaintiff recover his costs by him in this behalf
Costs: 30 ~ (~above the 30) Tobacco
at 10/5 p. cent~
15.00 of Dolls at~
12/6 p.cent, 10 Dols.
and 56 cents
(JCN note: I think it says Dolls [dollars] and not hogshead abbrev which
looks similar in old English writing!)
Looking at this this past week with fresh eyes - and more knowledge - I wonder if this is a family dispute over land a father or grandfather (Jacob Tosh) sold to Daniel Crider (probably where his mill was) and the defendents, George Tosh, et al, were standing in Daniel's way of using the property.
I can find nothing about this Jacob Tosh, or the parentage of George Tosh. Are the women listed Jacob's daughters, and George Tosh is their brother?
My interest lies primarily in Henry Saunders and his wife Margaret, Germans (well, Henry was) who had come from Lancaster County, PA to Pittsylvania probably about the time Jacob Berger arrived. I believe Henry and Margaret are the parents (or perhaps grandparents) of Jacob Saunders/Sanders, b 1772 in Pennsylvania d. 1849 Williamson County, IL and who was my gggg-grandfather. (Jacob Saunders m. Seluda Davis in 1818 in Pittsylvania County.) Was Henry's wife Margaret a TOSH?
I recently had my mt-DNA and autosmal DNA tested. One of the people with whom I match some chromosomes has TOSH ancestry. We don't know if our match is TOSH but the above to me looks like it might be a hint.
I do know that Jacob Berger's sister Catherine was married to Daniel Crider.
I would love to hear from anyone who can tell me more about the above people and if I am jumping to conclusions or may be on the right path to identifying a great-grandmother.
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