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Benjamin Weeks/Culpeper, Va and Burke Co. Ga
Posted by: Jim Maddox (ID *****7236) Date: August 07, 2007 at 21:51:20
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I have put togeather my thoughts on Benjamin Weeks of Culpeper County/Burke County Georgia. I would like to stress that this is just a starting point where others may add, question, evaluate and hopefully find the true genealogy of Benjamin Weeks. PLEASE pass on your thoughts and questions. You won't hurt my feelings if you are critical of my ideas.

Benjamin Weeks' story seem begin in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He is the son of William Weeks and Grandson of Joseph Weeks of that county. The family of William seems to have grown and expanded from the original three children of George, Alderson, and Mary. We have not found yet who all the children of William were. He died in King George County around 1775 and no one has produced his will.

In Westmoreland County during the period of 1740 there seems to have been only one family of Weeks. We find several more Weeks who are of the age to have been children of William. James Weeks was added to this list. Also Joseph was added. I am adding Benjamin and Charles as probably children of William and Mary Alderson. This all ties togeather when we find that the grandson of Benjamin Weeks, the son of Charles Weeks and Nancy Berryhill is "Alderson Weeks".

Benjamin Weeks ties to the Westmoreland family of William in the following document. "Chesterfield Supplement in the Virginia Genealogy Magazine which list enlistments in the Revolutionary war. I have extracted the following:
Name Age Place of Birth Residence

Amos Alderson 22 Northumberland County Cumberland County
Ben Weeks 40 Westmoreland Culpeper County

Benjamin was in Westmoreland in 1772 when he was listed as the sherrif. In 1775 he was elected by the "Freeholders" as a delegate in the Colony Convention.

The next time we find Benjamin is in Spotsylvania (Westmoreland to Culpeper and then Spotsylvania).
This document seems to tie him to both Spotsylvania and Stafford counties. (Stafford was cut from Westmoreland County and borders Culpeper County. Also Spotsylvania borders Culpeper.)
STYLE : Corbin vs Weeks
PLAINTIFF(s) : Gawin Corbin (assignee of George French assignee of Charles Wardell assignee of Bartholomew Conyers)
DEFENDANT(s) : Benjamin Weeks
PLACES MENTIONED : Spotsylvania; Stafford (Falmouth)
REMARK(s) : Tract ref. - Ragged Mountain
CITATION : Corbin vs Weeks / 1798 / CR-DC-L / 393-34

Then finally we have this:
Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800
DEEDS
DEED BOOK O 1794-1797
page 482
[p.482]July 9, 1795. Benjamin Weeks and Aggy, his wife, of Stafford Co., Va.; John Gibson and Mildred, his wife; Norcut Slaven and Nancy, his wife, all of [Wilkes Co.], Georgia; Betsey Wood, widow of Jno. Wood, at present of Va., but intending immediately to remove to Georgia; also Lucy Holladay and Owen Holladay of the State of Georgia, to Gabriel Long of Spots. Co., Va. Whereas, Abram Simons and Mildred, his wife, and Sarah Holladay, by Ind. dated Jany. 6, 1789, did sell to the sd. Gabriel Long, 325 a. in Spots. Co., Va., and whereas, all the wives of the sd. parties hereto, as well as Betsy Wood, widow, and Lucy and Owen Holla-day, are children and devisees of Jno. Holladay, late of Spots. Co., Decd., and each of them claim (under the sd. Holladay's will) 1-12 part of the land, etc., as afsd. conveyed by Abram Simons and Mildred, his wife, and Sarah Holladay, now Sarah Freeman, and whereas, the sd. several claimants having sold their respective parts to the sd. Long, and being willing and desirous of relinquishing the same, this Ind. therefore wit-nesseth, conveyance, etc., etc., etc. Witnesses, O. Towles, Jno. Welch. Jas. Hutcherson, Richard Long, Wm. Triplett, Jos. Reynolds, Benj. Reynolds. Recorded January 5th, 1796.
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Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800
DEEDS
DEED BOOK J 1774-1782
page 415
April 1, 1788. Abraham Simons and Mildred, his wife [which sd. Mildred was widow and relict of Jno. Holladay, Deed.], and Benja. Weeks and Agatha, his wife; Jno. Wood and Elizabeth, his wife; Norcut Slaven and Ann, his wife, and Sarah Holladay, a single woman [which sd. Agatha, Elizabeth, Ann and Sarah, are children of the afsd. Jno. Holladay, decd.], of Spots. Co. to Thomas Colson of same co., Gent. 50. Tract of land known as Holladay's Ordinary, purchased of Benjamin Johnston and Dorothy, his wife, in St. Geo. Par., Spots. Co., etc., etc. No witnesses. April 1, 1788.

John HALLIDAY [Parents] was born about 1730. He died about 1781.

He had the following children:

F i Agatha HALLIDAY
F ii Elizabeth HALLIDAY
F iii Ann HALLIDAY
F iv Sarah HALLIDAY was born about 1756.
M v Owen Thomas HALLIDAY was born about 1769.
F vi Sally HALLIDAY was born about 1770.
M vii Benjamin HALLIDAY was born about 1771.
F viii Peggy HALLIDAY was born about

Almost all the people in the deed left shortly after for the State of Georgia. After checking the names I found they did end up in Wilkes County, Georgia. Wilkes in north of Richmond and less than
100 miles from Jefferson, Richmond, and Burke County, Georgia.

Benjamin first appears in Georgia in this document:
[Source: Augusta Chronicle 1811 -1820]
"Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia: Benjamin Weeks, May 20, 1797, event and published on 5/20/1797 published Page 3 Column 4.
"200 acres of 3rd quality, located in Burke, to satisfy Benjamin Week's taxes for 1795 and 1796, D 158.20.


The question in this story comes from the Stafford County connection. There appears to be more than one family of Weeks in the county. I am not sure what the relationships of the "other" Weeks are to the Benjamin who married Agatha.

Anyone researching Westmoreland, Stafford, and King George counties may encounter the uncle of Benjamin Weeks. This would be Benjamin Pope Weeks. He was born about 50 years earlier than his nephew Benjamin (1690's). The only way to distinguish between them is to fit them in the age bracket.

I have more information to share but will stop for now. If you have questions you may email me at
genealogy@jimandmarja.com.


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