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1631
Richard Medford SR03599
Library of VA (ships/masters from the port of London)


1660s – 1670s

There is listed a John Medford in Virginia in the 1650's to 1670's. (This was discovered by Isom Gene Medford of Huntville, Texas.)

1664
a John Medford master of the ship Humphrey & Elizabeth
Library of VA (ships/masters from the port of London)


1664-1678
Robert Medford is master of the ship Humphrey & Elizabeth
Library of VA (ships/masters from the port of London)

23 Apr 1670
MR. JOHN MEDFORD, 300 acres Rappahannock Co North side of sd. river Fernam Parrish adjacent John Williams, Luke Billington, and Mr. Griffin, 23 Apr 1670, pg 311. Granted to John Suckett 20 Feb 1662, deserted and now granted by order &c. Transport of 5 persons:…Robert Gunn…
[Cavaliers and Pioneers (1666-1695) by Nugent ]

Mr John Medford hath order granted to patent three hundred acres of land situated on the north side of Rappa County in the ^rifh of jjarneham being form'ly granted to John Suckett and is by him deserted Entring rights according to Adt.

21 Jun 1670
MR. JOHN MEDFORD, 250 acres Rappahannock Co North side of sd. river Fernam Parrish adjacent Thomas Robinson on NE side of Totoskey Creek & James Sanford. 21 June 1670, p. 323 Granted to John Suckett 20 Feb 1662, deserted and now granted by order &c. Transport of 5 persons:…Robert Gunn…
[Cavaliers and Pioneers (1666-1695) by Nugent ]
M r John Medjord hath ord r granted him to pattent two hundred acres of Land lying on the Eafter fide of Totaskeyes Creeke in Rappa County Form 1 *' granted to Jn" Suckett and by him deferted Entering rites according to A61 
["Minutes of the Council and General court of colonial Virginia, 1622-1632, 1670-1676, with notes and excerpts from original Council and General court records, into 1683, now lost"]

Background Information
From: The Three Rivers Chronicle
Publication of the Three Rivers Historical Society at Hemingway, S.C. 29554
Volume VII March, 1987 No. 1

TOTUSKEY CREEK, RAPPA RIVER
The settlers along Totuskey Creek and Rappahannock River were planters. They grew tobacco, corn, peese, and garden vegetables. They all had a few cows and hogs and several horses if they were fortunate. The animals all ran loose in the swamps and each planter had his own mark or "crop" on each one so they could recognize them. In reading the Virginia Court records, there were many law suits in those day too. The settlers concentrated on growing tobacco, and had their problems in that too; mostly with the prices of their tobacco. I read that they transplanted the tobacco plants between the stumps the first week in May. Then it bloomed; they pinched off the blooms and harvested the tobacco in Fall, and hung the leaves up to dry. When the weather turned wet, they gathered it up in "Hands" and "Prized" it by packing it tightly in barrels called Hogsheads. When the time was ready they simply rolled it over the Indian paths to the plantation landings where it was put on boats for Europe. But, after some years without fertilizer, the land was depleted and the prices dropped, and they had to look for new land.

Farnham Creek was named for Farnham, the plantation of Colo. Moore Fautleroy. It is a goodly sized creek that flows into the north side of the Rappahannock River about a half mile below Sharp's Wharf. Land holders on Farnham Creek included Samuel and Thomas Griffin, John Williamson, Luke Billington and John Suckett besides Col. Fautleroy.

ABOUT RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY (Later Essex and Richmond)
Rappahannock County was short lived. It was formed from Old Lancester County in 1656 and abolished in 1692. It was a big county, covering all that territory on both sides of the river that was drained by the river. By 1692, a separation was necessary. In the fourth year of Reign of King William and Queen Mary of England it was enacted that Rappahannock County be divided into two counties, "So that Rappahannock River divides the two, and that part which is on the North side be called by the name of Richmond County, and that part on the South side be called Essex County...., That the records belonging to the county seat of Rappahannock before, shall be kept in Essex County, that belonging to Their Majesties, and the other to the proprietors of the Northern Neck...." The name of the new county of Richmond was put in the County Court Records on the 12th Day of May, 1692.

ABOUT SITTINGBOURNE PARISH
Sittingbourne Parish (Old Rappa., 1661-1692; Essex, 1692-1704; Richmond, 1692-1732) a.k.a. Sittenburne Parish, was formed from Farnham Parish in 1661, with each lying on both sides of the Rappa. River, with Sittingbourne being the western (a.k.a. "frontier") parish. In 1677, Sittingbourne was divided and St. Mary's Parish was formed (See Next), with both still on both sides of the Rappa. River, but with St. Mary's now being the westernmost parish. In 1704, Sittingbourne was again divided with the north side of the river retaining the name Sittingbourne, but the south side becoming St. Anne's Parish. Sittingbourne was abolished in 1732 when that part of the parish in Richmond and King George counties was divided between Hanover Parish in King George and the new parish of Lunenburg in Richmond County.

11 Sep 1675
This document shows a possible link between the VA and MD Medfords. Robert Edwards is the posthumous father-in-law if John Medford. He is on this list of Robert Farrar's Estate debts along with familiar Maryland names associated with Maryland Medfords including the Calverts and Marmaduke Simmes who ended up marrying the widow of Bulmer Mitford (the earliest known Medford in Maryland).
Appraisers: John Wachop, William Kennedy.
List of debts: Col. John Jarboe, James Lewis, John Wachop, Mr. Richard Lloyd, Marmaduke Simmes, Thomas Hinton, Robertt Harper, Gerrard Vansweringen, William Pitts, Daniell Hammond, John Rayleis, William West, Robertt Edwards, John Littill, Walter Hall, Jenkin Jones, Robertt Thomas, Symon Sparkling, Mr. Robertt Carvile, Robertt Craine, 011iver Davis, Edward Russell, John Clocker, John Stevens, John Garnish, Thomas Loquer, Elias Reeche, John Rayley, Dianna James, John Ditchfield, Benjamin Hunton, Daniell Grahame, Mr. Francis Sourton, Emanuell Ratcliff, Thomas Hudelston, Thomas Egge, Daniell Ventone, Philip Jones, Rebecca Morgan, John Nickolls, Robertt Cager, John Dugins, Henry Bonner, Thomas Reynolds, John Hewett, Kenelm Cheseldyn, Elias Coleman.
List of accounts: Thomas Hatton, Dr. John Pierce, Mr. Solley, Mr. Cheseldyn, Francis Hill, Mr. Francis Sourton, John Mackey, John Cammell, Thomas Hinton, Peter Eure, Col. Calvert, Benjamin Rozer, Hon. Philip Calvert, Esq., Leonard Greene, Thomas Wynne, William West, Patrick Forrest, Henry Phipps.
[Robertt Farrar Estate 1.486 I #58060 Sep 11 1675 Dec 17 1675]

S
ep 1677
Sept 1677. Shippers by the Humphrey & Elizabeth, Mr. Robert Medford, bound from London for Virginia: Francis Wheeler, John CHUMLEY, ...
 [THE COMPLETE BOOK OF EMIGRANTS 1607-1776 (to the U.S.), by Peter Wilson Coldham] Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR:E190/72/1,80/1]

1678
Robert Medford has become _merchant_.
Library of VA (ships/masters from the port of London)

27 Aug 1678 to 27 Sep 1678
Shipper: John Sadler was one of the merchants shipping goods from London to Virginia on the ship Humprhey & Elizabeth, Rober Medfod, Master [Coldham II, 343 http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nvjack/davnport/jamesriverdavenports.pdf)

27 Feb 1679
Robert Edwards and Deborah Whetstone are the parents of Philadelphia Edwards who married John Medford. 
The Court doth order that Deborah Whetstone the now pretended wife of Robt: Edwards be comitted into the Sherriff's custody and that she there remaine untill she give good and sufficient security for her good abareing and that she produce testimonialI to the next Court that she is lawfully married to Robt: Edwards and that she doe not accompany with Edward as his wife till the lawfull proofe made.
[WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1676-1679; John Frederick Dorman; Page 85]

14 Jun 1682
The Court doe order, that Deborah Edwards executrix of the last will and testament of Robt Edwards have the probate of
will, beinge proved by Tho: Smith and Wm, Burnham, and that Ed Franklin, Micl Willington, Tho Tanner, Jo: Tanner, Normansell are appoynted to make appraisment of Edward estate on Monday sennitty and that the appraysers take, the oath before Majr, ThomasYoule,
[WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1679-1682; John Frederick Dorman; pg 81;]

1699
Philadelphia, Pa.           Index of Wills & Admins   John MEDFORD
                                                                         1699
                                                                         File 63
                                                                         Page 47

1701
deed one John Medford sells property of a Robert Edwards who died in 1682 wherein the wife of John Medford is specified to have been one Philadelphia Edwards. 

1702
John Medford registered his _brand_ of cattle & hogs: a hole in the right ear and a slash in the left.  Known children born to him and Philadelphia Edwards: Henry b. prior to 1717 and a Jarrett Medford.  [VA Wills/Estates need to be research as well as parish registers of births in Westmoreland, Essex & Richmond Cos. (those that constitued the Old Rappanhanok Co)]

30 June 1703
It was commanded Lewis Markham Gent., late Sheriff, that bee should have the body of Andrew Delabree here to answer John Medford and Philadelphia his wife of a plea of trespass in ejectment to the plaintiff's damage 10,000 pounds of tobacco who made return that he took the body of Delabree, but hee faileing to appeare and no baile being entered, order is granted against the late Sheriff for his damages.

Lewis Markham Gent., late Sheriff, was commanded to have Andrew Delabree here to answer John Medford and Philadelphia his wife in a plea of trespass in ejectment to his damage 10,000 pounds of tobacco, who made return •that he had tooke the body of Delabree, but Delabree faileing to appeare and no bail being entered, order passed against the late Sheriff for damages and costs. An attachment is granted him against the defendant's estate.
[
WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1701-1703 {John Frederick Dorman}: Page 196a]

27 March 1706
Elizabeth Foresigh being summoned as an evidence in a suite between Alexr. Spence and John Medford on behalf of the plaintiff and haveing attended twenty days, it is ordered Alexander Spence pay Elizabeth Foresigh 800 pounds of tobacco. The above mentioned suite being continued till the next Court, ordered Foresigh give her attendance till a finall judgment therein. [Westmoreland Co., VA Order Book 1698-1705 (Part Four 1703-1705] by John Frederick Dorman]

27 June 1706
It was comanded Burdett Ashton, Gent., Sheriff that he should arrest Dr. Alexr. Spence to answer Jeremiah Adderton of a plea of debt for 880 pounds of tobacco and the Sheriff returned cepi corpus, John Medforde security, but for that Spence failed to appeare, conditionall order passed against the security for the debt. [Westmoreland Co., VA Order Book 1698-1705 (Part Four 1703-1705] by John Frederick Dorman 18 Page 32.] 

20 March 1711
William Coales prays that his title may ba established to 20 acres of free land that did formerly belong to Black Oliver and afterwards to John Worral from whom Henry Coales bought it for his son William 14 years ago. Mrs. Grace Coulson being examined declares that Black Oliver was her slave and also his wife and when the Dutch took the Island in 1672 they went to Brazil and there sold the said Oliver to an English merchant one Mr. Abram by name. Capt. Anthony Beale and Capt. Metford commander of the Humphrey and Elizabeth hired a sloop at Brazil to come and cruise to the windward of this Island to give notice to all merchantmen that the Island was taken by the Dutch and they persuaded Mr. Abram to let the said Oliver go in the aforesaid sloop because he knew the Island. Being upon her cruise to the windward of the Island they met with Sir Richard Munden to whom they gave notice aa aforesaid and Black Oliver being well acquainted with the Island took him out of the sloop and ordered him to conduct his men into the country to retake the Island which te performed—for that good service Sir Richard Munden gave him his freedom and sent the money to his master to Brazil and five pound more than he paid for him. Mr. Coulson and his wife arriving in England with the said Black Oliver's wife the antient old Company bought her of them and sent her here to her husband and repaid Sir Richard Munden for Black Oliver who was made a free planter and bestowed this 20 acres of land upon him and all other encouragements that free planters then had as appears by the 3$ para, of a letter from the antient old Company dated 19th Sept. 167S as may appear.
[Extracts from the St. Helena records By Saint Helena]


1716/7

Mr. James Westcomb of Cople Parrish, Westmoreland County, VA died siezed 221 acres in said county part of 1000 acres sold by Col. Nicholas Spencer to Robert Edwards 20 Oct 1668. Part Edwards dec'd had not sold, descended to his daughter Philadelphia Edwards, late wife of John Medford of said county. Said 221 acres was sold to Westcomb 23 Jun 1702. On Edward Hull's Br., Daniel Ocany, Pyecraft's line, Nominy R. Escheat Grant to Thomas Sorrel of Cople Parrish of Westmoreland County 7 Jan. 1716/7
[Viriginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume 1 By Gertrude Entz Gray]

5 Nov 1717
Will of Dorothy Waters
proved 27 November 1717.  Cople Parish, Westmoreland Co., sick and week; to my dau. Sarah Williams my silk crape suit and to my dau. Sarah Owen as much serge as may or shall make her a suite and to my dau. Ann Dunkan the bed I lie upon and one young hors (sic) and to my son Blanchflower Dunkan my next best bed and to my children Sarah Williams, Sarah Owen, Ann Dunkan, and Blanchflower Dunkan, one shilling sterling each; I will that if John Medford will have and free his two sons Henry & Jarett Medford that he pay unto my Exs. the sum of 6,000 pounds of tobacco; appoint my son Wm. Macclanacon sole executor. Wit. Tho. Taylor, Edmund Wyatt (mark), John Williams (mark). Proved 27 November 1717 on oaths of Edmund Wyatt & John Williams. (nothing about distribution of estate remainder)
[
This Blanchflower Duncan was living in Bute County, NC  in the 1760-70 time frame source was an email from William Duncan.]

26 Jan 1724
THIS INDENTURE made this twenty sixth day of January in the tenth year of the reign of our Soveraign Lord George of Great Britain, France & Ireland, King, Defender of the faith &c. Annoque Dmi. 1724 Between JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR, of the Parish of Cople in the County of Westmoreland, Planter, of one part and THOMAS SORRELL of the Parish & County aforesaid, Yeoman, of the other part: witnesseth that said JOHN MEDFORD in consideracon of the sum of Five shillings to him in hand paid by THOMAS SORRELL, the receipt whereof he doth acknowledge, by these presents doth bargain & sell unto THOMAS SORRELL all that two hundred eighty & one acres of land scituate on North East side of NOMINY RIVER (by the Old Patents called HERRING CREEK), being part of one thousand acres of land sold by NICHOLAS SPENCER, Esqr., to ROBERT EDWARDS (Grandfather to the said JOHN MEDFORD, party to these presents) out of two thousand acres of Land purchased by the sd. SPENCER of THOMAS HAWKINS & SETH FOSTER out. of a Patent granted them for two thousand five hundred acres of land, two hundred twenty & one acres part of the sd. two hundred eighty & one acres being hounded Begining at a marked red Oak on the South East Point of a Branch commonly known by the name of EDWARD HULLS BRANCH, extending thence up the sd. Branch & Main Woods three hundred forty two poles to a marked red Oak being corner tree to the land now belonging to GEORGE TURBERVILE, Gent., thence North West along a line of marked trees to a marked white Oak standing in the head line upon a Point at the end of a Huckleberry Swamp, by the Horse Path leading from Mr. WILLIAM PAINEs to the SANDY VALLEY, thence South West two hundred & one poles to a Stake or Post in the Old Field known by the name of PYECROFTS Old Field, thence North West nine poles to a Mulberry tree standing near the place where PYECROFTs House stood. thence South twenty five degrees West thirty two poles to a Stake or Post, thence South forty eight degrees West twenty poles to the head of PYECROFTs Spring Branch, thence down the Branch thirty eight & half degrees West twenty six poles, thence South seventeen degs. East eighteen poles, thence South ten & a half degrees East forty tw poles, thence South seventy three degrees East eight poles to the mouth of a Marsh by the side of NONIMY RIVER thence up the River it several courses & meanders to the first station: And sixty acres, the remainder of the aforesaid two hundred eighty & one acres being bounded; Begining at. a. Locust Post standing in the line of the abovemenconed Land near the place where PYECROFTs House stood as abovemenconed; thence on a streight course to a Locust tree. thence continuing the same course to a Locust Post, thence continueing the same course to a marked Popler in an Old Field, thence the same course to the line of the land formerly SAMUEL BAKERs but. now belonging to the aforesd. SORRELL, extending thence along the sd. line along sd. SORRELLs Ditch to the RIVER of NOMINY as aforesd. and up the several courses & meanders thereof to the line of the aforesaid Land hereby bargained & sold, and runing up that line to the first stacon; To have and to hold the two hundred eighty & one acres of land and premisses with appurtenances to THOMAS SORRELL his heirs dureing the term of one whole year paying therefore the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only on the Feast day of the Nativity of our Blessed Lord next ensueing if lawfully demanded to the intent that by vertue of these presents and of the Statute for transferring uses into possession THOMAS SORRELL may be in the actual possession thereof and be the better enabled to take a granted of the inheritance thereof; In Witness whereof the parties first above named to these present Indentures interchangeably have putt their hands & seals the day & year first above written
Sealed & delivered in the presence of
FRAS : AWBREY, JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR,
RICHD. STILTON
[WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS & WILLS. No. 8. Part 1 1723-1738 {Antient Press}: pp 31-34]

27 Jan 1724
Westmoreland ss, At a Court held for the sd, County the 27th day of janry, 1724 JOHN MEDFORD, ,JUNR personally acknowledged this Lease of Land from him passed to THOMAS SORRELL to be his proper act and deed to be & enure to the use & uses therein contained, which at the sd. SORRELLs instance was admitted to Record
Test THO: SORRELL, Cl
Recordat nono die Febry. 1724
On margin: MEDFORDs Release to SORRELL

THIS INDENTURE made this twenty seventh day of January in the Eleventh year of the reign of our Soveraign Lord George of Great Britain France & Ireland, King, defender of the faith &c., Annoque Dmi, 1724, Between JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR., of the Parish of Cople in the County of Westmoreland, Planter. of one part and THOMAS SORRELL of the Parish & County aforesaid, Yeoman, of the other part; Witnesseth that JOHN MEDFORD in consideracon of the sum of twelve thousand pounds of good & lawful! tobacco to him in hand paid by THOMAS SORRELL, the receipt whereof JOHN MEDFORD doth hereby acknowledge by these presents doth bargain sell and release unto THOMAS SORRELL his heirs all that parcell of Land scituate in the Parish & County aforesd. on the North East side of NOMINY RIVER (by the Old Patents called HERRING CREEK ), containing two hundred eighty & one acres being part of one thousand acres of Land sold by NICHOLAS SPENCER Esqn. to ROBERT EDWARDS (Grandfather to the sd. JOHN MEDFORD, party to these presents) out of two thousand acres of land purchased by the said SPENCER of THOMAS HAWKINS and SETH FOSTER out of a Patent granted them for two thousand five hundred acres of land, the remaining part of which said one thousand acres not conveyed away by the said ROBERT EDWARDS in his life time he by his Last Will & Testament dated the Eighth day of May 1682, devised to his Wife, DEBORAH, his Daughter MARGARET & the Child then in the womb of his sd. Wife, DEBORAH. equally to be divided betwixt them with advantage to the survivourship as by the sd. Will may appear which sd remaining part of the land unsold was unsold by the sd, EDWARDS at the time of his death, the sd. DEBORAH & MARGARETT being both since deced„ without issue, the whole right of the Land descended & came to PHILADELPHIA EDWARDS the Posthumus Daughter of the said ROBERT & DEBORAH EDWARDS (and Mother of the party to these presents ), as by the sd. Will & several conveyance on the Records of Westmoreland County may more fully appear; Two hundred twenty & one acres part of the aforesaid two hundred eighty & one acres of land being bounded (the bounds of the two hundred twenty & one acres and the bounds of the sixty acres are repeated as in the foregoing Lease); all which land hereby bargained & sold is descended & come to JOHN MEDFORD (party to these presents) as sole & only heir at Law to his said Mother & Grandfather above named: To have and to hold the parcell of two hundred eighty & one acres of land and appurtenances unto THOMAS SORRELL his heirs, to be holden of the Lord or Lords of the Fee or Fees of the premisses by the Rents & services for the same due & of right accustomed to be paid. and JOHN MEDFORD for himself & his heirs doth covenant with THOMAS SORRELL his heirs that JOHN MEDFORD in his proper person shall at some Court to be held for the County of Westmoreland before the last day of March next ensueing the date hereof (the Justices then sittin) acknowledge in due form of Law these present Indentures to the end the same may be enrolled on the Records of the sd. County; moreover that ANN his Wife shall likewise appear with him & relinquish her right of Dower & Thirds in the lands & premisses conveyed in manner & form aforesd. In Witness whereof the parties aforesd, to these present Indentures have interchangeably sett their hands & seals the day & year first above written
Sealed & Delivered in the presence of
FRAS: AWBREY, EDWARD BARRY, JOHN MEDFORD, ,JUNR
RICHD. SUTTON
January the 27th 1724 Then received of the within named THOMAS SORRELL the consideracon within menconed being twelve thousand pounds of tobacco for the lands & premisses within menconed to be sold & conveyed to him, p me.
Teste FRAS. AWBREY JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR.
EDWARD BARRY. RICHD: SUTTON
Westmoreland ss. At a Court held for the sd. County the 27th day of January 1724 JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR, personally acknowledged this Release of Land by him passed to THOMAS SORRELL to be his proper act & deed together with the Receipt of the consideracon above endorsed. all which at the sd. SORRELLs Intance was admitted to Record
Test THO: SORRELL, Cl
Recordat nano die Febry: 1724
ion margin: MEDFORDs Ackmt. to SORRELL. To the Lease fo: 30 this book)

24 Feb 1724
Westmoreland ss. At a Court held for the sd. County the 24th day of February 1724 JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR personnally came into Court and for a further certainty in passing this Lease, acknowledged the dame to THOMAS SORRELL to be his proper act & deed to be & enure to the use & uses therein contained, which at the sd. SORRELLs instance was admitted to Record Test THO: SORRELL
Recordat octavo die Marcy 1724
ion margin: Release is the last Rec. Deed, fo: 30 & 31).

Westmoreland ss. At a Court held for the sd. County the 24th day of February 1724 JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR., personally came into Court and for a further certainty in passing this Release of Land, acknowledged the same to be his proper act and deed, together with the Receipt of consideracon tobacco above endorsed to enure to the use of THOMAS SORRELL his heirs & assigns, And ANN, Wife of the sd. JOHN (being first privately examined by a Magestrate) pesonally & voluntarily relinquished her Right of Dower & Thirds in & to the lands & premisses by this Release conveyed to the said SORRELL, all which was at his instance is admitted to Record
Test THO: SORRELL, Cl Cur Recordat octavo die Marcy 1724

On margin: MEDORDs Bond to SORRELL)
I:NOW ALL MEN by these presents that I JOHN MEDORD. JUNR, of Westmoreland County am held & stand firmly bound & indebted to THOMAS SORRELL of the County aforesd. in the sum of twenty four thousand pounds of tobacco for the which payment well & truely to be made I bind myself my heirs firmly by these presents; Sealed with my seal & dated this fifteenth day of February Anno Dmi: 1724
TIlE CONDICON of the above obligacon is such that if the above bound JOHN MEDFORD for himself his heirs do well & truely observe and keep all the covenants agreed upon between JOHN MEDFORD of one part and THOMAS SORRELL of the other part contained in a pair of Indentures of Lease & Release of land which on the part of JOHN MEDFORD ought to be observed and kept, That then the above obligacon to be void & of none effect or else to remain & be in full force & vertue in the Law
Sealed & Delivered in the presence of
JOHN FOOTMAN, JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR,
JOHN VEAL, EDMUND ENGLISH

Westmoreland ss, At a Court held for the sd, County the 24th day of Febry. 1724 JOHN MEDFORD, JUNR personally acknowledged this Bond by him passed to THOMAS SORRELL to be his proper act & deed which at the sd. SORRELLs instance is admitted to Record Test THO: SORRELL, Cl

1725
I desire that all my just Debts be punctually paid. I give and bequeath to my son James. All my Lands whereon I now live being that lands late of Robert Edwards. Which I purchased of John Meford & his son, & the land late of James Lane which was Ewins adjoining to that Medfords to him my said son and the heires male of his body and want of such to my son John & heirs male of his body and for want of such the heirs female of my son James and for want of such to the female heirs of the body of my aforesaid son John and his or their heirs for ever.
...
5thly. I give & bequeath to my nephew Thomas Sorrell & his heirs and assigness all the land & Plantation whereon John Holliday now lives which John Erwin purchased of Joseph Beal (lying in Nominy Forrest) , Provided and upon consideration that my sd Nephew do authentically quitt claim & make over his right of that land adjoining to my Dwelling Seat which his father purchased of John Medford (the right of which I have purchased from his son to prevent some other persons purchase of it); unto my son James is such manner as I have bequeath the same to him (but & if my aforesaid nephew refuse to comply with this my will) the & in such case. I give & bequeath the land whereon Holliday lives to my aforenamed son John & heirs & assignes.
[Will of Thomas Sorrell]


1 Aug 1728

John Medford Jr. was a resident of Westmoreland County 1 Aug 1728, when he was a party to an action with Ellmond English for 850 pounds of tobacco (#2). Presumably he died young or emigrated, ...The appearance of the name Henry and Jarrett Medford is reminiscent of Henry Jarrett of Surry County, a grandson of Henry Gerrard. John Medford Jr. was a resident of Westmoreland County, VA 1 August 1728, when he was a party...

[Governor Garrard of Kentucky: his descendants and relatives
]

29 Jun 1733
Petition to the Treasury from Dorothea Lady Forbes. To be appointed, with Jonathan Ewar, of London, merchant, attorneys for three shares in the navigation of the river Kennet, fallen to the Crown by an extent against Wm Martin, Jacob Wyan and John Medford.
[Calendar of Treasury books and papers, 1729-1745: Preserved in the Public ... By Great Britain. Public Record Office]

26 Dec 1735
Treasury warranty to Customs Commissioners. To remit the sureties of John Medford, tobacco merchant, the interest due on tobacco bonds.
[Calendar of Treasury books and papers, 1729-1745: Preserved in the Public ... By Great Britain. Public Record Office]

4 Jan 1734
All that part or parcell of land on the West Side of the road that leads to the mouth of Totuskey Creek it being part of a Peice of Land sold by John Branham to Henry Medford by a deed bearing date the 4th day of Jan., 1734
...
[Deed Book 12, pp. 614-615 [Richmond County, VA]]

...further documentation needs to be sought as this may well be the father of the earliest known N.C. Medford's: John, Henry & Jeptha.

4 May 1741

Richmond Co., Virginia    -   Inventory  -   Henry MEDFORD
                                                            4 May 1741
                                                            pg. 384 Will Book 5

19 Feb 1742
Samuel Cummings sold his "right of the plantation where Henry Medford lived last [for] the duration of 9 years" to a William Garland Jr until Samuel's son Emphraim came to the age of 21.
Wills of Richmond County, Virginia, 1699-1800

4 May 1765

"All that part or parcell of land on the West Side of the road that leads to the mouth of Totuskey Creek it being part of a Peice of Land sold by John Branham to Henry Medford by a deed bearing date the 4th day of Jan., 1734 and now the right of Rachell Sanford Daughter of the Said Medford."

[Deed Book 12, pp. 614-615 [Richmond County, because it's about Totuskey Creek], May 4, 1765
]

This Rachel Medford (1739-?) married William Sanford III (1734-1806) of Westmoreland County, Virginia
. William Sanford III, Rachel's husband, served in the Revolutionary War. So did his brother Jeremiah Sanford and his son Jesse Sanford. They received land in Georgia for their service. Jeremiah did very, very well, and is buried in Greensboro with a headstone noting that he was a friend of George Washington.

It is believed that William III and Rachel died in Westmoreland County and that their remains were removed to Baldwin County, Georgia, possibly to provide sons Jesse (another Rev War vet) and William IV with some august backstory. William III's remains ("Remains of") are buried in Jesse's plot, and Rachel's remains ("Remains of") are buried in William IV's plot with William IV and his second wife. William IV's first wife, Ellen Doleman, died in Westmoreland County, and my line continued there till William IV and Ellen's grandson went refugeeing in 1863.

The Friends of Baldwin County Cemeteries has photos of these gravesites and driving directions from the Courthouse (and, now, GPS coordinates).

[Sanford information courtesy of Beth Elliott.]

23 Aug 1779
Jesse Medford and Valentine Wolfe witnessed a deed between Adam Ellwine and John Kyster.
[Abstracts of Executor, Administrator, and Guardian Bonds of Rockingham County, Virginia, 1778-1864]

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