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Posted by: Mary Ann (ID *****7138) Date: September 24, 2002 at 10:01:46
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Book: Virginia County Court Records Tithables Loudoun County, Virginia by Ruth and Sam Sapracio. Pg. 15. Middletown, April 25, 1775
Five Pounds Reward:
A Certain John Richardson on the 19th Inst. Came to the house of the subscriber to hire for six months and on the 24th, he lent him his horse to go to Warwick in order to fetch some clothes from thence instead of which he has taken another course and gone off with the horse, said Richardson, is about eighteen or nineteen years of age, five feet three or four inches high, came from the West of England, and talks much in that dialect; had on and took with him a brown short coat, red jacket, white drilling breeches, blue stockings, new shoes and a beaver hat, half worn, the horse is a white gray between thirteen and fourteen hands high, low before, a long bob tail, and a remarkable ring round his fore off leg. Whoever takes up said Richardson and secures him in any of his Majesty’s Goals, or brings both man and horse to Mr. Thomas Witherspoon in Middletown shall receive the above reward o0f Three pounds for the man and Forty shillings for the Horse. John Warner


Culpeper County, Virginia Marriage Bonds 1780 – 1850. Pg. 72. Shakleford, Dudly m. Winifred Watherspon 4 Mar. 1784.

Wotherspoon, James m. Mary Gin 14 Oct 1788

Deed: Book S, Page 261. This Indenture made this first day of October one thousand Seven hundred and ninety two. Between Augustine Cowne of the County of Culpeper of the one part and Robert Weatherspoon of said County of the other part, Witnesseth that the said Augustine Cowne for and in consideration of the rents and duties hereafter mentioned hath dismissed granted and for used and b these presents doth demise grant and farm unto Robert Weatherspoon one hundred acres of land lying in said County and is bounded as follows, _ Beginning at three pines thence north fifty nine west one hundred poles to three pines red oaks on a branch in Tripletts line thence south twenty five west one hundred and ninety two poles to three red oaks and a pine at about fifty poles south of a branch in said Tripletts line thence south eighty seven east one hundred and four poles to one pine one red oak and Spanish oak in Cownes line thence north thirty east one hundred and forty four poles to the beginning to have and to hold the above mentioned tract of land with way _ thereunto belonging or in any wise _ to him the said Robert Weatherspoon and his heirs during the full term of ninety nine years to compence from the day and year above written. Yelding and paying annually during the said term (after the expiration of tree years rent free) the first quantity of five hundred Pounds of rent inspected Tobacco and cash _ on Fred or Falmouth Inspection and if it should so happen that the whole or any part of the yearly rents should be behind or remain unpaid for the term of two whole years and effects of the premium not found sufficient to make satisfaction then it shall be lawful for the said Augustine Cowne his heirs _ into and upon the said __ to _ and the same to have and _ as his first or former Estate and the said Robert Weatherspoon to expel and remove there from as if this grant had never _ and the said Robert Weatherspoon for himself _ doth _ and agree to and with the said Augustine Cowne his heirs _ that he the said Robert Weatherspoon shall plant one hundred Apple trees fence them in under a good, and sufficient separate fence and keep the whole in good repair during the term of this lease also the Plantation fencing House _ to be kept in tenantable repair and deliver up the whole at the expiration of the above mentioned term, it is hereby further agreed that the said Robert Weatherspoon after paying the yearly rents has leave to till and cultivate and improve as well as to make very lawful advantage of the same during the above term wasting and selling timber of the land excepted. In witness where of both parties have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written. Augustine Cowne
Signed sealed and delivered Robert Weatherspoon
In presence of
At a Court held for Culpeper County the 24th day of September 1795
This Indented Deed of lease from Augustine Cowne to Robert Weatherspoon was acknowledged by the parties and ordered to be recorded.

Deed: Book S, Page 263.
This Indenture made this twenty second day of January one thousand nine hundred and ninety five. Between Augustine Cowne of the County of Culpeper of the one part and James Weatherspoon of the other part witnesseth that the said Augustine Cowne for and in consideration of the rents and duties hereafter mentioned hath demand granted and formed and by these presents doth devise grant and form unto James Weatherspoon one hundred acres of land lying in said county and is bounded as follow _ Beginning at a red oak and _ hickory Saplings and runneth thence north forty five degrees east ninety six poles to live red oaks and a white oak thence north thirty four and a half degrees west thirty six poles to a white oak pine and gum thence north seventy six degrees west one hundred and eighty two poles to three pines in an old field thence south fifty six degrees west thirty one poles thence south fifty east 202 poles to the beginning. To have and to hold the above mentioned tract of land with every opportunity thereunto belonging or in wise _ to him the said James Weatherspoon and his heirs during the full sum of Ninety Nine years to commence from the first day of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine yielding and paying annually during the said term after the expiration of three years being rent free the just quantity of five hundred pounds of _ inspected Tobacco and cash either on Fred J. or Falmouth. Inspections and if it should so happen that the whole or any part of the yearly rents should be behind or unpaid for the term of two whole years and effects on the premises not found sufficient to make Satisfaction then it shall be lawful for the said Augustine Cowne his heir _ _ into and upon the said dismissed premises to _ and the same to have and repossess as his first and former estate and the said James Weatherspoon for himself his heirs _ Doth Covenant and agree to and with the said Augustine Cowne his heirs _ that he the said James Weatherspoon shall plant one hundred apple trees fence them in under a good and sufficient separate fence and keep the whole in good repair during the term of this lease also the Plantation fencing houses _ to be kept in tenantable repair and deliver up the whole at the expiration of the above mentioned term. It is hereby agreed that the said James Weatherspoon after paying the yearly rent has leave to till cultivate and improve as well as to make any lawful advantage of the same during the above terms wasting and selling timber of the land accepted. In witness whereof both parties have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.
Signed sealed and delivered Augustine Cowne
In presence of … James Weatherspoon
At a court held for Culpeper County the 21st day of September 1795
This Indented Deed of lease from Augustine Cowne to James Weatherspoon was acknowledged by the parties and ordered to be recorded.

Book: the Virginia Genealogist July-September 1973 vol. 17 number 3. Pages 171-172.
The Bible of Ezra W. Offutt
Transcribed by R. Paul Riggs Washington, D.C.
Entered in this Bible, which was published at Boston in 1828, are earlier records of Offutt family of Montgomery Co., Md., and the Leathers family of Culpeper Co., Va., families from which Ezra N. Offutt and his wife Elizabeth A. Lemon were descended. The Bible was in the possession of their grandson, Ezra Offutt Witherspoon, of Louisville, Ky., at the time of his death.
Ezra Offutt Witherspoon Nell Eliot-Newman Married Oct. 14, 1908 Louisville, Ky.
Dr. Oran Haws Witherspoon was born June 14th 1842
Mary Edmonia Offutt born Feb. 4th 1845
O.H. and Edmonia Witherspoon’s children
Ezra Offutt Witherspoon was born Oct. 3rd 1878.


Wills abstracts of Orange County, Virginia
1.       124-125. Est acct rec 28 May 1778

pp. 124-125 The estate of John Weatherspoon,
Rent of plantation in 1774.
Paid to Rowland Thomas . .
Paid to Tho. Summers account allowed for coffin.
Paid William Peacher acct. in part.
Returned into court 23rd Oct 1777.
At a Court held for Orange County on Thursday 23rd Oct 1777 this Settlement of the Estate of John Weatherspoon dec’d being returned into court is ordered to be Recorded. Teste James Taylor C.O.C.
June 1st 1776 The Estate of John Weatherspoon Deceased
Paid Rowland Thomas 1.19.3
Paid William Preacher 0.3.0
Paid to John Terrell 0.4.9
Paid to Henry Oakes 0.5.4
Paid to Clerky his fees 0.6.3
To my acct. 4.8.0
Dr. 6.0
By Sundry things sold 7.7.11
Errors Accepted William Wright Administrator.
At a Court held for Orange County on Thursday 28th May 1778 this account of William Wrights being returned into Court to Ordered to be Recorded. Teste James Taylor C.O.C.

Orange County, Virginia, Tithables 1734-1782 by Barbara Vines Little.
John Weatherspoon was listed between the years of 1758 to 1769 on October 1770 p. 93 (MB 1 p.291) John Weatherspoon an ancient poor man is Excused from paying county Levey.

Orange County Road Orders 1750-1800 by Ann Brush Miller & Nathaniel Mason Pawlett
26 September 1771, Page 141 (O.C.M.B. 1, Page 324)
Thomas Foster is Appointed Overseer of the Road in the room of Rowland Thomas Gent. From Berry’s run to the Tomb Stone and ordered that the said Foster with his own hands and John Weatherspoons and the hands that was under the said Thomas do clear the same and keep the same in good repair & the said. Fosters hands are exempted from all other roads

Orange County Order Book, 1754-1763 by Ruth and Sam Sparacio.
p.42 Orange County Court 26th of September 1754
-       Robert Berries & Company, Plt. Agt. John Weatherspoon, Deft. In Debt
This day came Plts. By their Attorney and Deft. Being returned arrested was solemnly called but came not; therefore on motion of the Plt. It is ordered that unless he appears at next Court and answers the Plt.s’s action, Judgment shall then be entered for Plts. Against the Deft. and Walter Shropshire, his Security, for the Debt in the Declaration mentioned and costs

Orange County Court 29th or November 1754
-       Robert Berries & Company, Plts. Agt. John Weatherspoon, Deft. In Debt
This day came plts by their Attorney and Walter Shropshire comes into Court and undertakes for Deft. that in case he is cast in this suit he shall pay the condemnation of the Court or render his body in Prison in discharge thereof or that he Walter, will do it for him; whereupon Deft. In proper person acknowledged Plts.’s action; therefore it is considered by the Court that Plts. recover against Deft. Five pounds, one shilling and nine pence current money, the Debt in the Declaration mentioned and their costs by them about their suit in this behalf expended and Deft. in mercy, &c., But this Judgment (except as to the costs) is to be discharged by payment of two pounds, ten shillings and ten pence half penny current money with interest thereon at the rate of five per cent per annum from the first day of April 1752 till paid and Plt. Agrees that the Execution of the Judgment shall be stayed till the tenth day of June next.

Marriages of Orange County Virginia 1747-1810 by Catherine L. Knorr.
20 December 1774. John Witherspoon and Mary Boston. Found in Deed Book 17. Both of St. Thomas’ Paris. Notation: by banns. P. 3.

16 May 1780. Henry Wood and Mary Weatherspoon, widow. Both of St. Thomas’ Parish. Sur. James Taylor Jr. p. 9

In a book called Patriots of the Upcounty. (Don’t remember author)
James Weatherspoon was a signer of a petition to divide the county into two separate districts and that the General Musters and Court Martials be held as central as may be in each district, in which a large majority of the inhabitants will be much relieved dated 1779.
Also in that same book page 135-6 James Weatherspoon is listed as a signer to the following. “The petition of sundry of the inhabitants of the County of Orange Humble sheweth whereas your honorable house has been pleased to make a law incorporation the Episcopal Society and vesting her with all the Glebe (s) surplus money and other things which we look upon as public property your petitioners do therefore most earnestly remonstrate against the said Act. To take One Society into the lap of the legislature and to be at the expense of maintaining an assembly (perhaps every year) a long time, to ratify her decrees is every way contrary to the 4th article of the Bill of rights and very natural to raise jealousies in all other societies of alarming consequences, even to the disuniting the affection of the good citizens of this state one to another and probably create the most disagreeable divisions among them. As to the property vested in the Episcopal Society by the aforesaid act we conceive it was heretofore procured by a law full of injustice and oppression and as some parishes were more burdened by the said law than others we think they might be redressed by selling the said public property and applying the same as a Credit to their accounts in the collection of public taxes or otherwise as the wisdom and impartiality of your honorable house shall direct.” Docketed, November 1, 1786.

Book: Orange County Land Patents by Ulysses P Joyner Jr.
Before Dec. 1769 Wm. Weatherspoon 400 ac. Beg. On Daniels Line th.e up the Orched fork.
28. Dec. 1769 William Weatherspoon 400 ac. on the first fork of the aff.d Creek Beg. At a Chestnut Marked WW th.e each way (see Halifax land entries)

Deeds and Abstracts of Orange County Virginia by Ruth and Sam Sparacio
Orange County Deed Book 18. Page 405-407. Indenture 22 Jan 1785 between William Rennolds and Elizabeth, his wife, and Jonathan Hiatt for L75, 100 acres part of tract along road to John Proctor’s line, Uriah Proctor, Battalies line, John Hiatt, Deceased.
William Witherspoon
Robert Daniel William Rennolds
Lewis Hiatt Elizabeth (X her mark) Rennolds
Benjamin Hiatt,
James Coleman
Stephen Hiatt

From the book the Virginia Genealogist
p. 96 John Witherspoon, son of John, of Orange. Was insolvent some time before the war and continued so till he disappeared from this part of the country, which happened sometime before the peace. He was a poor, meager being, destitute of property and too lazy and infirm to acquire more than enough to keep him alive.


Book: Marriages of Louisa County Virginia 1766 – 1815 by Kathleen Booth Williams. Pg. 116. 29 December 1778. William Woolbanks and Nancy Weatherspoon. Married by Rev. William Douglas. The Douglas Register P. 18


Book: The Douglas Register by W. Mac. Jones.
Pg. 93. Weatherspoon, Nancy, & William Woolbanks, both of Louisa. Dec. 29, 1778 p. 8
Pg. 93. Wetherspoon, Mary, & William Page, both in Goochland Sep. 24, 1770 p. 12
Pg. 93. Wetherspoon, Patty, & John Thurston, both in Goochland May 18, 1772 p. 13.
Pg. 147. Wetherspoon, Martha & Thomas Summers 23 Sep. 1782.
Pg. 406. Index: Weatherspoon, Francis (year) 1837, (book) 31 (page) 173
Pg. 406. Index: Witherspoon, Reuben (year) 1793, (book) 16 (page) 172
Pg. 406. Index: Wotherspoon, Reuben (year) 1794), (book) 16 (page) 94

Book: Goochland County, Virginia Marriage Bonds and Ministers’ Returns 1816-1854 by Thomas P. Hughes, Jr. and Jewel B. Standefer.
Pg. 89. Salmons, Robert Nancy Weathespoon
M.B. January 19, 1825 M. January 22, 1825
Min: Lewis Chaudoin Sec: Dabney Childress
Frances Weatherspoon, parent of Nancy Wit: Jackson Mills

Book: Abstracts of Wills from Goochland County, Virginia 1727 – 1777 by Margaret V. Henley. Pg. 69. Frances Thurston: Mar. 20, 1774. May 16 1774. D.B. 10, P. 455-6. To son, Reuben Thurston, my land whereon I now live lying between Little Byrd Creek and Deep Creek, also 3 head of hogs. To wife Easter Thurston, the remaining part of my land and plantation whereon I now live during her lifetime: after her death I lend said land to my 5 daughters: Elizabeth Thurston, Mary Thurston, Ann Thurston, Sarah Thurston, and Marcy Thurston during the time they shall live single: after my wife’s death and my daughter’s marriages, I give all of my land to son, Reuben Thurston. My executor to sell part of my live-stock to amount to 25 pounds, same to be equally divided between all my children. The remainder of my stock to wife and daughters during the time they shall live with her. Also household goods and furniture to said wife and daughters. After my wife’s death, all stock and furniture to be sold and money equally divided between all my children. Ex: Wife, Easter Thurston, and son, John Thurston. Wit: William Massie, Reuben Wetherspoon and Ava Mosby.

Goochland Wills Volume 31 Pg. 173
In the name of God men. I Frances Weatherspoon of the County of Goochland and State of Virginia being of sound & disposing mind & memory do make & publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz. Item: After the payment of all my just debts I lend to my daughter Nancy Salmons during her natural life all my estate both real personal and at her death my will and desire is that my Estate so (?) be equally divided among all the children of my said Daughter Nancy Salmons. Item: Lastly I constitute and appoint my friend Isaac O Perkins Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made. In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hands and affixed my seal this twenty fifth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine. Frances Weatherspoon Witnesses Thomas M. Perkins, Archibald M. Perkins.

Book: Goochland County, Virginia Deeds, Wills and Inventories 1788 – 1815 Supplemental Reading Page Family by Dolores Crumrine Rutherford.
Pg. 2 (pp. 313-315) Deed book 15. Solomon Williams & wf. Lucy and Wm. Profit & wf. Sarah to Henry French for L154 – 110 acres on the branches of little bird creek bordering the land of said French. Made: 21 Mar 1789 Recorded: 19 Oct 1789. Wit.: John Ware, James Ware, Mildred Ware, Reubin Wotherspoon, Elizabeth Williams, Anderson Page.

Pg. 3. Deed book 15. (pp. 474-475). John Perkins, Archelus Perkins, Stephen Grainge, Solomon Williams (or any three of them) appointed by the court to appraise the slaves and personal estate of Winefred Page, deceased, and return it to the court. All but Williams did so on 19 Feb 1791. The list was returned by the executor, Reuben Wotherspoon. There were only two item listed:
1 negro Girl nam’d Sally L30.0.0
1 side saddle 1.5.0
Total L31.5.0
Recorded: 21 Feb. 1791

Deed: Book 14, Page 38.
This Indenture made this 14th day of May 1784 between Hugh French of Goochland County of the one part and Reuben Wotherspoon of the same County Witnessth that the aforesaid Hugh French for the Value & Consideration of Fifty Pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid the – whereof he doth thereby acknowledge & then with himself fully satisfied hath bargained sold aliened granted & confirm & by these presents doth bargain sell alien grant in proof & confirm unto the aforesaid Reuben Wetherspoon his heirs & assigns forever one tract or parcel of Land lying & being in Goochland County on the branches of the little Byrd Creek & off the West Side of Carters ferry road and bounded as follows. – To Wit - beginning at a corner white Oak off the South Side - road on John Thurstons Land thence along the said Thurstons line to a corner pine between John Thurston & Wm. - thence along – line to Carters – road thence up the said road to a corner – oak at the beginning containing by Estimation fifty acres more or less to have and to hold the aforesaid land unto the aforesaid Reuben Wetherspoon ….over warrant and defend the aforesaid land & promises unto the said Reuben Wotherspoon heirs and assigns for ever against the said Hugh French his heirs ye and against all manor of claims whatsoever of the said Hugh French his heirs ye in witness whereof the said Hugh French hath hereunto sit his hand & affixed his seal the day month & year above mentioned. Hugh French Seal
Signed Sealed and delivered
In the presence of
Stephen Grange
W Thurston
John X Thurston

At a Court held for Goochland County June 21 1784 Hugh French acknowledged Indenture to be his Acts & Deeds which was ordered to be recorded.

Book: Goochland County, Virginia Land Tax Books 1782-1788 by Ruth & Sam Sparacio.
Pg. 52, 60, 89. Lists Reuben Weatherspoon as having 50 acres, Rate per acre was 6/11, amount of Value was 17. 5. 10, Certificate Tax 0. 3. 6, and the Specie Tax was 0. 5. 3. for the years of 1786, 1787 & 1788. Reuben was also listed on pg.75 of the year 1786 with Former proprietors Hugh French. Hugh French was listed as having 100 acres.

Book: Goochland County, Virginia Land Tax books 1789-1794 by Ruth & Sam Sparacio.
Pgs. 8, 21, 34. Which are for the years 1789, 1790, Rueben Weatherspoon is listed as having 50 acres. In the years1791and 1792 on pages 34 and 47, he is listed as Estate of Reubin Weatherspoon, with 50 acres. On pages 62 and 86 for the years 1793-1794 he is listed as Weatherspoon, Reuben deced., Estate, with 50 acres.

Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Reuben Wotherspoon. Book 16 Page 172
Goochland County Court April the 16th 1792
Ordered that Stephen Grange, Stephen Sampson – arch. Perkins Wm. Thurston or any three of them who being first duly sworn before a Justice of the peace for said County do appraise is Current Money the slaves (if any) and personal Estate of Reuben Wotherspoon deceased and return the appraisement to the court.
Agreeable to an order of the Worshipful Court of Goochland we the Appraisers being first sworn appraises the Estate of Reuben Wotherspoon – as follows
One Negro girl L 40.0.0 Seven Chairs .15.0
One mans saddle .15. One Gun .17.4
One Iron Wedge .2. One small trunk .2.6
One Iron Skillet .1.6 Parcel of shoemakers tools .7.6
One Butter Pot .2.6
July 21st 92 L 43.3.4
Wm. Thurston
Stephen Sampson
Stephen Grange
Goochland county Court April the 15 1793
This Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Reuben Wotherspoon dec. was returned to Court ordered to be recorded.

Deed: Book 18, Page 532. This deed was not readable but this is what I could read. This Indenture made this first day of December of the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two between William Page and Frankey Wotherspoon of the paris of St. James Nortam & county of Goochland of the first part and John Thurston Sen. Of the same parish and county. Witnesseth that the said William Page & Franky Wotherspoon for and in consideration of the sum of (?) pounds 7 shillings of currant (?) to them the said William Page & Franky Wotherspoon in hand paid by the said John Thurston. 50 acres_____etc, Reuben Wotherspoon is mentioned but I couldn’t read, what it said about him.
Signed sealed & delivered
In Presence of…
Nat. (?) Perkins
Stephen Grange
Stephen Sampson

Goochland Deeds Volume 23 Page 347
This Indenture made the 17th day of Sept in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen and in the forty third year of the commonwealth between David Layne Senior and Catherine his wife of the county of Goochland of the one part and Frances Wetherspoon of the said County of the other part Witnesseth this the said David Layne and Catharine his wife in consideration of the sum of forty dollars of lawful money of this commonwealth to them in hand paid by the said Frances Wetherspoon at or before the (?) and delivery of them presents (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) have bargained and sold and by these presents….a certain tract or parcel of land lying & being in this county and is the same whereon the said Frances Wetherspoon, now resides…. David (X) Layne Sen., Catherine (X) Layne No Witnesses.

William Weatherspoon married Joyce Butler 25 May 1790
Isle of Wight
Witherspoon, Elizabeth (relative: Pleasant S. Williams) m. 1809

May Court 1764
Page 37. John Weatherspoon, Plt., vs. David Hopkins, Deft, In Case. The Plt. failing to give Security for costs, suit dismissed at the Plt’s costs.


Book: Old Survey Book 1 1746 – 1782 Pittsylvania County, Virginia by Marian Dodson Chiarito.
Pg. 173. 21st Oct 1769 Surveyed for William Weatherspoon 54 acres of Land on the Topp of the Main Mountain.
Pg. 326. Surveyed the 29th Feb. 1780 for Thomas Weathers 181 acres of Land etc. 202 poles to ? in Weatherspoon’s order line.

Book: Entry Record Book 1737 – 1770 (Land entries in the present Virginia counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin, and Patrick) By Marian Dodson Chiarito.
Pg. 374. 28 Dec. 1769. Wm. Weatherspoon 400 Acres Beginning on Daniels Line th.e up the Orched fork.
Pg. 463. 28 Dec. 1769. Wm. Weatherspoon 400 Acres Beginning at Daniels Lower Line th.e Down.

Book: History of Henry County, Virginia by Judith Parks America Hill. Pg. 196. Children of Dr. Barthlett Jones: Benjamin Rush Jones, practiced medicine in Montgomery, Ala.; Mary Jones married Judge James Witherspoon, of South Carolina; Theresa married Dr. J. Marion Simms, famous New York surgeon and physician to Empress Eugenia, of Paris; Virginia married Mr. Wm. Hooper, son of Gen. Wm. Hooper; her daughter Theresa, married Governor Joseph Johnson, of Alabama.

Book: Patrick county, Virginia Deed Index abstracts 1791 – 1850 by Barbara C. Baughan and Betty A. Pilson. Pg. 378. Weatherspoon, William 15 Oct 1786? Grantee, Daniel, Sarah (mother). Book 1, page 95

“Know all Men by there presents that I William Weatherspoon of Burk County in the State of North Carolina for divers Considerations and good causes me here unto moving
having made Ordained & Constituted and Appointed and by these presents to make Ordain Constitute and Appoint my Trusty Mother Sarah Daniel of the County of Henry in the State of Virginia my true and Lawfull Attorney for me and to my use to ask demand recover or receive of and from all persons in debted to me in the aforesaid County also to sell all my lands or any part of them that lies in the aforesaid County also to sell all my lands or any part of them that lies in the aforesaid County giving and by these presents granting to my said attorney my sale and full power and authority to take pursue and follow such legal courses for the recovery receiving and obtaining of the same as I myself might or – do - I personally – and upon the Rec. of the same Acquaintances and other Sufficient discharges for me and in my name to make sign “Seal and deliver as also one or more Attorney of Attorneys under her to Substitute and appoint and again at her pleasure to Revoke and further to do perform and Execute for me and in my name all and Singular thing or things which shall or may be - - ing the promises as fully thoroughly and entirely as I the said William Weatherspoons in my own person aught or would do in and about the same Ratifying allowing and Confirming whatsoever my said attorney shall Lawfully do or cause to be done in and about the Execution of the – by Virtue of these presents in Witness where I have hereunto sat my hand and seal the fifteenth day of
October One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Six.
Signed Sealed & Delivered
In the presence of William Weatherspoon Seal
Hall Hudson, ?

At a Court held for Patrick County in the 9th day of January 1772
The within power of Attorney was proved by the oath of one of the Witnesses
to be the Act and Deed of the within named Wm. Weatherspoon & the same was Ordered to be – by the Court and aforesaid (To wit)
The same was further proved to be the act and deed of the above said William Weatherspoon & the same was ordered to be recorded by the court.”

Book: 1778 – 1780 Tax Lists of Henry County,Virginia by Lela C. Adams. William Weathespoon was on the 1779 and 1780 tax list.

Book: Abstracts of Order Book “O” Patrick County, Virginia June 1791 – August 1800 by Lela C. Adams. Pg. 10 Court Monday 8 April 1793. Power of attorney from William Weatherspoon to S. Daniel. (page 24).


Book: History of Prince Edward county, Virginia from its Earliest Settlements through its Establishment in 1754 to its Bicentennial Year by Herbert Clarence Bardshaw.
Pg. 138. With the end of the war, young men could turn their thoughts to entering a profession. The bar proved popular. In 1783 David Witherspoon was recommended to practice law in the county for honest, probity, and good demeanor.
Pg. 146-7. The school, called both Prince Edward Academy and Hampden-Sydney Academy, began classes January 1, 1776. John Springer had been detained from joining the faculty, but Samuel Stanhope Smith secured Samuel Doak in his place and in addition his brother-in-law, David Witherspoon, who was only sixteen at the time. The entire facuty was made up of Princeton graduates: Samuel Stanhope Smith of the class of 1769, John Blair Smith of the class of 1773, Witherspoon of the class of 1774 (he was fourteen then), and Doak of the class of 1775.


Book: Cumberland Paris Lunenburg County, Virginia 1746-1816 Vestry Book 1746-1816 by Landon C. Bell. Pg. 164. Henry Witherspoon m. Elizabeth Cameron. No date was listed


Book: Works Progress Administration of Virginia Historical Inventory Blanford Cemetery by Bettie B. Powell, Dorothy G. Pilout, Mamie B. Fraser.
Pg. 302. (3601). Tarify wife of W. A. Witherspoon daughter of H. H. & E. R. Cocke Born July 27, 1831 Died Oct. 12, 1896.
Pg. 302. (2602). Harrison H. Witherspoon son of W.A. & L. Witherspoon Born July 25, 1853 Died June 11, 1904.
Pg. 302. (3603). William Alfred Witherspoon b. 1860 d. 1922.
Pg. 302. (3604). Eugene Louis Lessier b. 1855 d. 1929.
Pg. 302. (3605). In memory of Juliana Ruffin Dorsey Born Aug. 1, 1805 Died Aug. 17, 1876 “Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of his Saints.”
Pg. 302. (3606). Eliza Daughter of H. H. and E. R. Cocke Born Oct. 19, 1841 Died Sept. 8, 1903 “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of Life: Rev II-10
Pg. 302. (3607). Juliana Ruffin Daughter of H. H. & E. R. Cocke Born March 10, 1864 Died Dec. 28, 1914 “Of the household of God.”
Pg. 302. (3608). Sarah Daughter of W.A. & T. Witherspoon Born in Mobile Ala. June 19, 1857 Died in Petersburg, Va. Aug. 20, 1934. “The Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress: My god, in him will I trust.”
Pg. 327. (3965). Charles Dickey Witherspoon son of William Alfred and Tarifa Cocke Witherspoon Born at Evergreen Prince George Co. Va. Oct. 18, 1855, Died in Petersburg, Va. June 7, 1920.


Book: Virginia County Court Records Deed & Will Abstracts of Stafford County, Virginia 1780 – 1786 by Ruth and Sam Sparacio. Pg. 141 (page 328). September Court 1792 (10th September 1792)
(From a suit) . . Samuel English v. William Weatherspoon.


Book: Rockbridge County Births, 1853 – 1877 by Dorthie and Edwin Kirkpatrick vol. 2.
Pgs. 697-8.
Withespoon, Anna B. Jun. 1870 (FFA) Rockbridge Co.: Martha & Henry Withespoon (farmer, Rickbridge Co.) Reported by mother.
Witherspoon, Josephine 10 Oct. 1875 (FFA) Rockbridge Co.; Martha & Henry Witherspoon (farmer, Brownsburg) reported by father/
Witherspoon, Lula B. Mar. 1873 (FFA) Rockbridge Co.: Martha & Henry Witherspoon (farmer, Rockbridge Co.) reported by mother.
Witherspoon, Samuel H. 15 Sep 1877 (FMA) Rockbridge Co.; Martha & Henry Withespoon (laborer, Brownsburg) reported by father.
Witherspoon, Unnamed 8 Feb. 1869 (FMA) Rockbridge Co.) reported by mother.


Book: Abstracts Lancaster, Virginia, Wills—1653-1800.
WITHERSPOON, JAMES. 15 Dec. 1720. Rec. 12 July 1721.
Legatees: Jos. Stephens, Hannah Stephens, dau. of Rich. Stephens; Exor: Rich. Stephens. Wits: Henry Carter and Daniel Stephens. W.B. 10, pa. 325

Book: Virginia County Court Records Deed Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia 1701-1706 by Ruth & Sam Sparacio.
Know all Men by these presents that I WM: Hunter of Princes Anne County do empower James Wetherspoone of Lancatr: County to be my true and lawful Attor: to ask demand sue for and arrest all persons that are indebted to me. I doe further empower my sd. Attor: to empower one or more Attorneys undr: him and to revoke them at his pleasure and doe further empower my sd. Attor: to imprison & take out of prison at his pleasure and I doe firm & good all as my sd. Attor: shall doe lawfully in my business as if my self were personally present; As Witness my hand this 13th day of Xbr: 1705
Signed sealed in presence of John Mullis, Anthony Hickson, Wm. Hunter
Recognitr in Cur Com Lancastr: 13th die Xbris 1705 et recorded.
P Jos: Tayloe, Clk
Pg. 50-51. This Indenture Witnesseth that Henry Anderson, son of Wm. Anderson, Carpenter, and with ye consent of my Mother, Ann Anderson, doth put himself Apprentice to Mr. Davenport of ye County of Lancaster in ye Colony of Virginia, Ship Wright, his heirs & assigns to learn y Trade & Calling of a Ship Wright or Carpenter which ye said Davenport useth to be taught and with his heirs & assigns, and after ye manner of an Apprentice to dwell & serve the said Davenport according to ye Law of Orphans until he is ye age of 21 years, he being eleven years of age ye first day of February next ensuing ye date hereof, all which time the said Apprentice agrees with ye said Davenport his heirs & assigns well & truly to serve, his secrets shall keep, observe his commandments lawful & honest shall gladly do, he shall not be absent or prolong himself but in all things as a good and faithful Apprentice shall behave towards his said Mater, during ye time aforesaid, ye said, Trade which he now useth shall teach or cause to be taught the best way he ca to learn him to read & write and during the aforesaid term of years to provide h9m with apparel meat drink and all other necessaries and at ye expiration of said term to give unto ye said Henry Anderson all his then working tools and one suit of good apparel. In Witness whereof the parties named hath interchangeably set their hands & seals this 28th day of Apr: 1704.
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us:
JNO: Lawrie, Henry Anderson
James Wetherspoon Wm. Davenport
This done p my consent, as witness my hand.
Ann Anderson
Recorded June 14th 1704 p. J.T., Clk.


Book: Records of Colonial Gloucester County Virginia by Polly Cary Mason Vol. I. Pg. 26. John Dixon, Clk. Escheat land formerly owned by William Major who committed a murder. Beginning at Livingstons corner to Rainers Swamp to Carys line to Poropotank Crk. Adjoining Alexander Weatherspoon. Supposed to contain 1335 acs. – survey shows 493. Price 2 pounds of Tobo. per acre. (Co. Gloucester, Book 37, Page 48, Date July 10, 1767, Acres 493.)
Pg. 61. Deed – Lewis Burwell to Joseph Chapman 1786.
Indenture …20th November 1786…between Lewis Burwell of the 1st part & Joseph Chapman of the 2nd part…for L 350: Lewis Burwell sold 210 acres….at the mouth of a small creek that empties into Carters Creek which said small creek makes up by the Old Quarters running up …the meanders of the said creek to a pine at the branch and on the Olivers line & on to Col. Pages line & thence to Carters Creek & up said creek North to the beginning….
Witnesses: William Clarke
John Witherspoon Recorded… Lewis Burwell
William Oliver Gloucester Court
Thomas Nelson Jr. Cl. Cur.
Pg. 104. Tax List of Gloucester County, Virginia 1782.
Witherspoon John 1 Male Free, 1 Horse, 1 Cattle, Abingdon Parish.

Marriages of Middlesex County, Virginia 1740-1852
Williamson, Nelson and Sally Weatherspon. Bond 19 December 1785. Married 25 December 1785 by Samuel Klug. Benjamin Williamson; father of Nelson. Elizabeth Weatherspon, mother of Sally. Sur. And Wit. William Kidd. p. 29.

From the Vestry Book of Stratton Major Parish 1729-1783
Ord. That Dorothy Wotherspon keep Eliza. Brown the Ensuing Year, and she have 500 lb. Tob. Levied for the same at Laying the next Levies. 30 Sept. 1751.

Book: Virginia Colonial Abstracts by Beverley Fleet. Pg. 438. Russell vs. Drumright. Goochland C.H., Virginia. Order Book 8. p. 397. February Court 1761. “On the Motion of John Russell a poor person agst. David Mimms Exec’r etc. of Wm Drumright dec’d he making it appear to the Court that Wilmouth Starke, William Brushwood, Dorotha Weatherspoon, Rice Broch and Elizabeth Nunn, of the County of King and Queen are aged and Infirm Witnesses for him. Whereupon a Commission directed to three of the Justices of the peace for the said County of King and Queen is ordered to issue appointing that the Depositions of the said Witnesses be taken according to Law. And the said Russell has leave by the Court to spend fifteen days to have the said Depositions taken”. (Note: It is possible that these depositions are among that vast lot of loose papers at Goochland C.H. B.F.)


Charles City County, Virginia Wills and Deeds 1725-1731. By Benjamin B. Weisiger III. Pg. 9. Will of Edward Clifton of Westover Parish, Charles City County, "sick and weak" To my Godson William Wetherspoon, 300 acres land where he pleases to take it, when he comes of age, also negro boy Ned, feather bed. To my three brothers William Clark, John Clark and Henry Clark, all rest of my land equally divided. Rest of estate divided among above 3 brothers and Godson Executors: Brother William Clark and John Wetherspoon Dated 26 March 1726.
Pg. 10. (p. 76) Will of John Wetherspoon of Westover Parish, Charles City County, "sick and weak" To wife Sarah, all of estate. David Polluck to have my son William and bring him up till he is of age. Executors: wife and trusty friend David Polluck Dated 29 March 1726 Wit: John Hampton, Edward Wood, John (IB) Bradburn Signed: John Weatherspoon Recorded 6 April 1726. Presented by Sarah Weatherspoon and Proved by Above Hampton and Bradburn.
Pg. 12. (P.101) Inventory of John Weatherspoon, dec'd, 1726, no value given, by Sarah Weatherspoon, Executrix, Recorded 1 Jun 1726.
Pg. 22. (P. 175) Accounts Current of Estate of Edward Clifton, dec'd 1727 Debits: Col Francis Lightfoot, Sarah Weatherspoon Recorded 7 June 1727. Presented by William Clark, Executor.

Charles City County, Virginia Records 1737-1774 By Benjamin B. Weisiger III. Pg. 57 (P. 515) Deed 3 Nov. 1773 William Collier and Agnes Anne his wife, of Westover Parish, Charles City County, to Paul Jones of same, Mr. Richard Kennon, dec'ds, by Mr. George Minge's land formerly Isaac William's, Mr. William Clark, Mr. William Wetherspoon, dec'd and Jefferys Road. Land was purchased by William Collier the elder of said William Wetherspoon. 5 Sept 1739. No witnesses. Signed: Wm Colier, Agnes Ann (X) Collier Recorded 3 Nov. 1773.
Pg. 80 (P. 104) Deed of William Wetherspoon to William Collier recorded. September Court 1739.
Pg. 83 (P. 141) Deed of Mary Woodard to William Wetherspoon recorded. August Court 1740.
Pg. 93 (P. 256) Deed of John West to William Wetherspoon recorded. Elizabeth wife of John, relinquished her dower right. June Court 1743.
Pg. 103 (P. 407) Peter Perry granted administration on estate of William Wetherspoon, dec’d.
Pg. 103 (P. 408) Thomas Cowles, Richard Timberlake, Dasey Southall and William Brewer to appraise estate of William Wetherspoon. April Court 1746.
Pg. 104 (P. 410) May Court 1746 Inventory of William Wetherspoon returned.
Pg. 106 (P. 437) May Court 1747 Deed of Peter Perry and Agnes his wife & Bernard Major and Christian his wife, co-heirs of William Wetherspoon, dec'd to Dancy Stanly recorded.


Caroline County, Virginia Order Book 1746-1754 Part One 1746/7-1748 By John Frederick Dorman.
Pg. 18 (P. 32) 14 March 1746/7) James Weatherspoon L0.2.6
Pg. 26. (P. 40) 13 June 1747. Suit on attachment. William Hunter agt. the estate of John Weatherspoon. Adam Lindsey, garnishee, failing to appear, it's ordered an attachment. issue.
Pg. 37. (P. 53) 14 Aug. 1747. Suit on attachment. William Hunter & Company agt. the estate of John Weatherspoon. The plaintiff having proved his account, it's considered by the Court the plaintiff recover L5.14.1 current money. The Sheriff made return he served the attachment in the hands of Adam Lindsay and he declared he had belonging to the defendant 16 sh. 3 d.
Pg. 85 (P. 116) 9 Sept. 1748. Suit on attachment. Robt. Boyd and company agt. the estate of Frans. Steel. James Wetherspoon, garnishee, declared he has not any estate of the defendant in his hands. Tho. Guttery, garnishee, declarded he has not any estate of the defenant in his hands and Wm. Barrister, garnishee, declared (same).

Caroline County, Virginia Order Book 1746-1754 Part Two 1748-1750 By John Frederick Dorman. Pg. 22. (P. 145) 14 March 1748/9 Suit on attachment. Robert Boyd & Company of Glasgow, merchants, agt. the estate of Francis Steel. It is considered that they recover L13.2.11 current money. The Sheriff made return he attached one grubbing hoe of the estate of Steel. It's judgment. The Sheriff also made return he executed the attachment in the hands of John Weatherspoon, Thos. Guthrie, James Weatherspoon and Wm. Bannister. Jno. Weathersooon declared he has one large iron pot which he is ordered to deliver to the Sheriff. It's ordered that Wm. Banister, and Jas. Weathersooon pay the charge of the attachment served upon them for not giving attendance.

Caroline County, Virginia Order Book 1746-1754 Part Four 1752-1754 By John Frederick Dorman
Pg. 17 At a Court held 16 Dec. 1752. (P. 372) Suit on attachment. Edward Herndon agt. the estate of John Witherspoon. The estate of John Whitherspoon. The plaintiff proving his account, judgment is granted him for 452 pounds of tobacco. The Sheriff attached one hourse. Ordered the Sheriff cause the goods to be sold.

Sep. 1763 George Pitt Pet &c & Judg’ vs. Weatherspoon 50 Att. 5 Ex. &c 23


Book: Fauquier County, Virginia Tombstone Inscriptions by Nancy Chappelear Baird. Pg. 81. Mt. Holly Baptist Church, Sumerduck, Va. Built 1845 Located W. of Sumerduck on Rt. 651.
Capt. John c. / son of the Rev. J.G. Witherspoon / of / Iredell co., N. C. / Died Nov. 8, 1863 / aged 26 years.


Book: Virginia County Court Records Fairfax County, Virginia will book E 19 April 1784 – 18 January 1791 by Ruth And Sam Sparacio.
Pg.86. At Court Continued & held 18th January 1791. pp. 417. Lord Fairfax: Mr. Witherspoon; Robt. Johnston; Colo. Richard Blackburn; Share Brig Success her cargo and outfit; James Turner: Robt. Jackson; Edward Dixon; Richd. Jackson; Allan McCrea; Mrs. Sarah Hicks; line and brick for church; Richard Lee Esqr.; Jonas Green.


Gloucester County Personal Property Tax 1787
Witherspoon, John self 01030
Orange County Personal Property Tax 1787
Wotherspoon, James self 00011
Goochland Personal Property Tax 1787
Weatherspoon, Reuben self 00026

Heads of Families - Virginia, 1785 Orange County
Weatherspoon, Susannah 6 white souls, 1 dwelling

First Census of the United States Gloucester County
Witherspoon, John 1 white soul, 1 dwelling

This was an email written by William Deyo that explains the genealogy of Virginia.

In Winifred’s will she named her nephew, Reuben Wetherspoon, her niece, Franky
Wetherspoon, her sisters, Mary Wetherspoon, Susanna
Wetherspoon, Elizabeth Bannister, Rosanna Campbell, and
Susanna Petty. The marriage of Winifred Patty to Robert
Page was recorded in the Douglas Register in 1759. He
was a widower, and had a son, William Page, by his first
marriage. It was this William Page who married Mary
Weatherspoon, sister of Reuben. As for the John and James of Caroline, John was the one
who married Susanna Patty, sister of Winifred (Patty)
Page. They were daughters of Silvester Patty of
Caroline Co. James Weatherspoon was apparently the
brother of John and the one who married Mary Patty,
sister of Winifred (Patty) Page. Only John and Susanna
moved to Orange. James and Mary (Patty) Weatherspoon
moved to Goochland (at least Mary's children were there
in the 1770s). This James may have been the one whose
estate was settled in Essex Co. in 1768. I will check
the records on that the next time I go to the Library of
VA. Essex and Caroline are adjoining counties. We do
not have a complete list of children for either John and
Susanna or James and Mary. It is apparent that John and
Susanna had at least John who married Mary Boston and
James of Orange and Culpeper (wife unknown). John and
Mary Boston had Robert and James. James and (wife
unknown) had: James (married Mary Gin), Winifred
(married Dudley Shackelford), Esther (married Joseph
Hilman), and probably Martha (who married Thomas
Summers, as he made the coffin for John Weatherspoon,
husband of Mary Boston, in Orange). Mary (Patty)
Weatherspoon was the mother of at least: Reuben, Mary
(married William Page), Frances "Franky" (unmarried),
and "Patty" [Martha?] (married John Thurston). I found
the abstract of Reuben's will. He named his mother,
Mary Wotherspoon, sister, Franky Wotherspoon, sister,
Mary Page, wife of William, and sister, Patty Thurston,
wife of John.

In a book called SCOTTISH SETTLERS IN NORTH AMERICA these were listed

Born 5 February 1722 Gifford, Haddington, son of James Witherspoon, minister of Yester. Educated Edinburgh University c. 1739. Minister of Laigh Kirk, Paisley. President of Princeton University, N.J. 1768. Signed Declaration of Independence. Died 1794 Princeton, N.J. (ANY) (F)

Educated Glasgow University. To Pa. 1713. Minister at Appoquinimy 1714. Died May 1718. (F)

Born 1796 Paisley. To U.S.A. November 1820, probably, in the Martha from Liverpool, Banker in N.Y. Married Sarah Ogden 1825. Died N.Y. 5 May 1887. (ANY)

Old Monkland, Glasgow, to America. Newspaper reference 22 September 1738 (VaGaz)

Born 1802 Paisley. From Liverpool to N.Y. on the Canada February 1827. Cotton broker in N.Y. Married Ann C. Painter 1833. Died 17 June 1848 Staten Island. (ANY)

23. Weaver. Scotland from Newcastle to Ga. September 1775 on the Georgia Packet. (PRO)

Scottish Covenanter. Emigrated from Leith to America on the Henry and Francis, master Richard Hutton 5 September 1685. Landed at Perth Amboy, East New Jersey in December 1685. (NWI)


WOTHERSPOON GRISSELL. Prisoner in Edinburgh. Transported to Perth Amboy, East New Jersey, on Henry & Francis, ex Leith, 5 Sep., 1685. (R.P.C., xi/3, 154; D.C., 2 Apr., 1963)

WOTHERSPOON, JAMES DUNDAS, died ca. 1857. From Edinburgh. Son of William W., founder of Scottish Widows’ Fund. To U.S. before 1855. (S.H.)

Book: Scots on the Chesapeake 1607-1830 by David Dobson
Pg. 167
Witherspoon, James, merchant, sh. 1734, s. of Rev. John Witherspoon and Elizabeth Montgomery, res. Paisley, Renfrewshire , sh. 1768, d. 1777 Brandywine, Md. (f.3.175)

Wotherspoon, James res. Colehill, Old Monklands, Glasgow, sett. Va pre 1738. (VaGaz 15.9.1738)

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