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Re: Stafford County Deed Books
Posted by: John Fox (ID *****1791) Date: January 03, 2007 at 11:35:47
In Reply to: Re: Stafford County Deed Books by Jerrilynn Eby of 531

Hello Jerrilyn,

You are very kind to offer your assistance.

Since Prince William County was separated from Stafford in 1731, any records of that year and before would be very helpful. The names of Edward, Thomas, William, Hezekiah, and Walter are given names which appear in Prince William County. Edward was born about 1749, which was after the division, but I would hope that any Boswells of 1731 and before might have a chance to be related to him.

Not to weigh you down with a lot of extra documents, but the following documents establish that Edward Boswell was present and accounted for on the 7th day of Oct 1779, and on the 25 th day of March 1780 in Prince William County, Va. These also provide some family names which might appear with any Boswell deeds that are available of the earlier time period in Stafford. Another name to add as an associate to the Boswell name would also be PEYTON.

Prince William Reliquary:

DUMFRIES DISTRICT COURT LAND CAUSES 1793-1811 Transcribed by William M. Balderson, Jr. Edited by Donald L. Wilson (Continued from vol. 5, no. 1) [Here concludes the case of MADDUX vs. DUNNINGTON. Various BRISTOE tenants are identified and a new survey of the disputed lands is drawn. It is followed by Robert H. HOOE (of “Mayfield”) vs. Thomas BIRD (of “Birmingham Green”), concerning a boundary dispute. Their lands were located on the east side of what is now Manassas.] [Page 98, continued] Virginia to wit. At a General Court held the 25 th day of March 1780. Joseph PETTY, John BROWN, Thomas SMOOT, William MELTON, Robert KEY, William DAVIS, William ROSS, Samuel JACKSON J r, John CALVERT Junr, Thomas ATTWELL, William PURCELL, Edward BOSWELL, Thomas BOSWELL, David RENOE, Strother SUTTEL, Rawleigh PETTY, Dudley PATTY [PETTY?], John FARROW & Timothy PEYTON tenants of Robert BRISTOE Pltf s against The Commonwealth of Virginia} upon a Monstrans De Droit 1 to an inquest of office taken the 7th day of Oct 1779 before Henry PEYTON, Gent, Sheriff of Prince William County [Page 99] whereby the estate of the said Robert BRISTOE in the said County was found to escheat to the Commonwealth within the Act of Assembly Concerning escheats & forfeitures from British subjects. This day came the Pltfs by their attorney and by consent of the Attorney General with the assent of the Court, It is ordered that the interest of the said Joseph PETTY in three hundred and thirty acres part of the land in the said Inquisition found: of the said John BROWN in one hundred Acres; of the said Thomas SMOOT in one hundred Acres; of the said William MELTON in two hundred acres; of the said Robert KEY in one hundred Acres; of the said William DAVIS in one hundred Acres; of the said William ROSS in two hundred Acres; of the said Samuel JACKSON J r in one hundred and sixty Acres; of the said John CALVERT Jr in one hundred acres; of the said Thomas ATTWELL in three hundred acres; of the said Edward BOSWELL in one hundred Acres; of the said Thomas BOSWELL in one hundred Acres; of the said David RENOE in one hundred Acres; of the said Strother SUTTEL in Two hundred Acres; of the said John FARROW in one hundred acres; and of the said Timothy PEYTON in one hundred Acres of the said Land for the term of sixty nine years yet to come be severally reserved to them in the future sale of the said Lands and that the Interest of the said Timothy PEYTON in one other hundred Acres of the said Land be reserved to him for the term of fourteen years yet to come of his term in his plea mentioned from the 1 st day of December next; the said Plts having made out a legal title to hold the said several Lands for the residue of their several terms on

Prince William Reliquary Vol. 5, No. 1 (January 2006) DUMFRIES DISTRICT COURT LAND CAUSES 1793-1811 Transcribed by William M. Balderson, Jr. Edited by Donald L. Wilson (Continued from vol. 4, no. 4) [The case of John MADDUX vs. Hezekiah DUNNINGTON gives us some insight into the tenancy of the Bristoe Tract in the period between the 1740s (when the lots were laid off) and the 1790s. It includes depositions which prove the ages of Benjamin BRIDGES and Edward BOSWELL and identifies many of the early tenants./ DLW ]

The Deposition of Edward BOSWELL aged 49 or thereabouts who being sworn as a Witness in a suit depending in the County Court of Prince William between John MADDOX Plt and Hezekial DUNNINGTON Deft deposeth and saith that when Capt. CARR acted as Agent for BRISTOE this Dep t expected there was a vacant lott wich the Pltf now holds adjoining the Defendant and applied to the said CARR for it but the said CARR told this Dep t he did not know there was any but if he found one that did not interfere with others he might have it on rent & accordingly this Dep t got the Original platt of Colo John HOOE which he kept for several years & examined but could not find a vacant lott on the same. This Dep t says there was no cross lines from BRENTs line to the Red House Road but were two Corner trees on s d Plott on each Side line Between said BRENTs and said Road representing only three lotts which satisfied this Deponent that he could not get one these [Page 96] Three lots being settled by the Dep t & Jarvy PETTY and Katherine DAVIS - This Dep t says when he applied to said CARR for this vacant lott he inquired whether he must pay the rent of 530 by the lott or the 100 acres s d CARR said by the 100 Acres but immediately called in his word & said by the lott wch he generally understood from others all paying by the lott the unequal in quantity & that he believes the lott he now holds contains only 82 acres agreeable to KINCHELOEs survey tho by the old survey it was called 100 & he has allways paid 530 lb Tobo for it & further this Dept saith not Edward (his mark: X) BOZWELL PW m Sct. Taken and sworn to agreeable to a Notice at the house of David MOCKS in presence of the parties this 12 th of February 1798 Ja EWELL {seal} Ch s EWELL {seal}

My very best regard to you,

John Fox
Winston Salem, NC


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