Info from my book: Surry Co Deeds 1757-1786
16 Apr. 1757...John Cocke to Wm. Harris, Jr. for 50 lbs. current money...200 acres on both sides of Mats Swamp and bounded by Blackwater Road, said Cocke, said Harris, Richard Bullock decd., Thomas Bagley and Wm. Short. Rec. 21 July 1757.
5 May 1764...Elizabeth Bullock, widow of Richard Bullock, Wm. Pebles and wife Agnes, John Cooper and wife Mary, (whereas Elizabeth, Agnes, and Mary are daughters and coheirs of Richard Shock, decd., late of Surry Co) to Richard Cooper...300 acres (being land their father, Richard Shock, died seized of ) bounded by Mr. Barker, Washington, Cooper, and Evans. The bounds were laid off and established on 10 Feb 1764 between the said parties and Richard Ellis the eldest son and heir of Mildred Ellis another daughter and coheir of the said Richard Shock. Wit: Robert Rae, John Cooper and Wm. Tae. Rec. 15 May 1764
10 Feb 1764...Memorandum of agreement between Richard Ellis, Elizabeth Bullock, Wm. Peebles, and Agness, John Cooper and Mary...whereas Richard Shock died interestate seized of 300 acres near Blackwater Swamp and bounded by Washington, Parker, Rawlings and Foster. Mildred Shock became Mildred Ellis the wife of Caleb Ellis (who has since died). Another daughter, Thea Shook died underage and unmarried. Wit: William Justice, John Cooper, John Justice.
Southwark Parish was divided into Upper and Lower, Upper being the original. "The main Parish's in Surry in its' beginnings were Lawne's Creek, Southwark and Albermarle. When Surry was part of James City Co it was also part of James City Parish which extended both north and south of the James River. Lawne's Creek Parish was the first created. In Nov 1647 Southwark was established, named for a parish in London. It extended from College Run to Upper Chippokes Creek. Southwark Parish was 20 miles in width and 100 miles in length and had 394 families and a school for Indians in 1724. There was one church and two chapels and 70 or 80 communicants." Quote from book: Colonial Surry by John B. Boddie. As for Mats (Matts) Branch....email email@example.com
They are in charge of the Surry Historical Society link on the web. They may can help you out.
Book: Colonial Surry
There is mention that in the census of 1623 on the Surry side of the James River there were 33 persons including one William Bullocke.
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