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Ancestors of James Leslie Bowman

Generation No. 11

      1024. Robert Bowman, Senior, born Aft. 1600 in England or Scotland/England; died Bef. April 17, 1671 in Varina Parish, Bermuda Hundred, Henrico Co., Va..

Notes for Robert Bowman, Senior:
      In the United States the Bowman name traces to the British isles, both England and Scotland may have produced the name; continental Germanic names of similar sound have been anglicized to the Bowman spelling and frequently in a given area descendants of German language immigrants outnumber the descendants of Scottish or English colonists. In some families so many generations have passed (maybe more than a dozen) since the original owners of the name arrived on this continent that the present bearers of the name may have no idea of their forbears origins.
      The Bowman surname appears quite early in the colonial records of three colonies, Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. In Virginia many of the earliest records are no longer extant due to the vicissitudes of record preservation over the course of nearly four centuries which are replete with occasional social unrest, war, accident, and natural catastrophes. Fire has destroyed some records, aging has made other records indecipherable due to improper handling or impermanent media (fading inks, decaying paper, etc.) For example, the on-line site maintained by the Library of Virginia notes regarding "burned counties" indicates that as regards records in the county of Henrico: created in 1634 as an original shire, all county court records prior to 1655 and almost all prior to 1677 are missing; additionally, many isolated records were destroyed during the Revolutionary War, and almost all Circuit Court records were destroyed by fire in Richmond on 3 April 1865. For Bowman researchers this is unfortunate because the geographic locus for early Bowman settlement, the Bermuda Hundred, was included in Henrico County at the time of its formation. A nearby county where some Bowman land entries have been noted, James City, was created in 1634 as an original shire, all county court records were lost in 1865. In Charles City County which was created in 1634 as an original shire, records have been destroyed at various times. The most damage in Charles City occurred during the Civil War when the records were strewn through woods in a rainstorm. Many fragments of the county records exist, so many, in fact, that there is something for almost every year. Chesterfield County was created in 1749, when it was divided out of Henrico County; Chesterfield County lost one marriage register and some loose court papers during the Civil War.
      The Rowan County (N. C.) Memorial Library in Salisbury, North Carolina has an important genealogical collection, the McCubbins Collection, and amongst the papers which have been donated are the genealogical gleanings of the late W. W. Smith. Walter Smith was a college professor who began investigating family history sometime after the First World War, and continued his effort into the 1960s. A seven page outline, apparently drawn up by Smith during the later years of his efforts, is in the McCubbins collection. A copy of an earlier and shorter version of the outline of his conclusions about the origins of his Bowman relations is also in the genealogical collection of the State Library in Raleigh.
      In a letter from 1934, a Mr. J. V. Bowman from Philadelphia wrote Professor Smith telling him of a then-deceased General Wendall P. Bowman who prior to his death had informed the letter writer that the General's research had indicated that the Bowmans settling in the colonies of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia during the 1640s were from branches of a single original Bowman family. General Bowman speculated that the Bowmans who settled in Pennsylvania were an English family with Scottish roots. According to J. V. Bowman, General Wendall P. Bowman was the last in his line of the family.
      Professor Smith had a Bowman connection through a Tennessee offshoot of a Virginia branch of the family. Like the General, Professor Smith concluded that the family was of Scots origin. Based primarily upon family traditions Professor Smith reconstructed a line with one Robert Bowman as the founder of the family. His reconstruction clearly includes many names which can be traced to various Virginia families of the Bowman name, but he conflates the generations and branches. Many of the documents which can now be used to reveal Professor Smith's errors were not available to researchers until after the Professor's death. However, it seems that Professor Smith is connected to the Bowmans of the Henrico/Chesterfield line from which we descend. The Bowman Family, published by the National Genealogical Research Institute, Washington, D.C., in 1975 (C571 / .B788 / 1975) identified four British counties which were traditional homes for the Bowman name, Cumberland, Durham, Hertfordshire and Westmoreland. Perhaps there in one of those counties some future researcher will find the documents or historical evidence which will connect our original colonial ancestors to their transAtlantic origins.
      "It is a family tradition that the earliest ancestor was a ship carpenter who came with the first colonists to Jamestown from London," according to Charles W. Bowman on p. 3 of his 1912 publication, BOWMAN GENEALOGY: Fragmentary Annals of a Branch of the Bowman Family, Law Reporter Printing Company, Washington, D.C. Professor Smith stated that Robert Bowman was the immigrant ancestor of Scots origin, but he did not identify his source for that identification.
      During the early settlement of Virginia, a well-to-do merchant, Edmund Bowman, came to Virginia and established a plantation in Accomack County. This plantation, Bowman's Folly, passed through the generations and was the birthplace of Revolutionary War General John Cropper. No document has been found which links the family of Robert Bowman Sr to his near-contemporary Edmund Bowman.
      When did our immigrant Bowman ancestor arrive? It is unclear, but it is probably after 1622. If he arrived before that year for some reason he is not named on the lists of "persons of quality" who survived the Indian attack of that year of an Indian attack which bid to throw the English colonists out of Virginia. The Indians were not the primary cause of death for new European arrivals in Virginia. The climate and new illnesses and extreme hardship killed about ninety percent of new arrivals who came to Virginia prior to the 1622 Indian attack. There was a polite term or euphemism used to hide the terrible attrition which tolled the new arrivals, "seasoning."
      From "Historical Notes and Queries," William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 1. (Jul., 1900), pp. 60-64. Transcribed by Kathy Merrill for the USGenWeb Archives Special Collections Project.
      "SEASONING. - This was an expression used in Virginia to denote the period required for the
acclimation of emigrants. During the seventeenth century the mortality was very great. Out of fourteen thousand person imported to Virginia but one thousand two hundred and fifty-eight survived at the time of the massacre in 1622. There were, however, other causes in operation during the first fifteen years - famine and Indian attack. Till 1619, the colony was under martial law, so that the noblest emigrant and the lowest servant were on a plain of equality. Men of "Auncyent houses and borne to estates of 1000b by the yeere" were constrained to serve at hard labor seven or eight years. Many died. (Neill's Virginia Company of London, p. 419.)
      Peter De Vries visited Virginia in 1632, and wrote of the climate that 'during the months
of June, July and August it was very unhealthy, that their poeple who have then lately arrived from England, die, during these months, like cats and dogs, whence they call it the sickly season'. At this time, the better classes enjoyed political and individual freedom. Only to the servants were the
conditions unchanged. Consequently, the mortality engendered by the climate prevailed chiefly among them. A "seasoned servant", that is the servant who had become inured to the country, was much more desirable and commanded a far better price than a fresh arrival. In the inventory of the estate of Stephen Gill of York county (1653), "a new hand, having 7 1/2 years to serve", was estimated as worth not much more than other servants, having a liitle more than a year to serve. According to Sir William Berkeley (1671) four out of five of the unseasoned servants died during the first year after their arrival. After this time, negro slaves were substituted for white servants, the plantations were more and more cleared of wood, the Peruvian bark was introduced, and Virginia became gradually free from the reproach of sickliness."

      Everyone suffered the same hazards, and multiple marriages for the survivors was the norm in Virginia. This was a genealogical bottleneck, a chokepoint where the choice of partners narrowed tremendously, and where through marriage and survivorship there was a possibility of tremendous upward social mobility. Through cousinage and the commonality of multiple marriages the older families of Virginia are incredibly intertwined and linked.
      Simply through having been relatively early arrivals who survived, the Bowman family is linked to many names of note in Virginia and in American history. The same is true for all who qualify for membership in the First Families of Virginia. It is not an item for pride so much as it is a statement of fact. Virginia about 1700 had a relatively small population which was formed into an interlocked society which resembled a huge extended family where, although there were definite social stratii, everybody was likely to be related or socially connected in some fashion by blood or marriage.

Abstracted Virginia colonial records taken from CAVALIERS & PIONEERS: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents & Grants, by Nell Marion Nugent.

p.28      28 Sept 1667 Robert Bowman Jr. granted 250 acres in Henrico south of the James. Adjacent       to Robert Bowman, Senr.

p. 59      18 Mar 1662 Gilbert Elam 867 acres Henrico south of the James. 803 acres granted Elam 18       Mar 1662 above Bermuda Hundred, the residue adjoining said tract, Henry Lowin, Mr. Wm             Hatcher, Martin Elam, Roxdale Sw., Robert Bowman Jr, Robert Elam &c. 503 acres granted to             Robert Elam 20 Nov 1662 & due said Gilbert as marrying his daughter.

p. 109      29 June 1671 Robert Bowman Jr 557 Acres Henrico County south of James on south side of             Henry Lower above Packers Gutt, to land given him by his father, Robert Bowman, dec'd;             along Martin Elam, to Joseph Tanner's orphants, to Coles Creek, to the landing; 100 acre part             given him by his father 10 Jan 1661.

p. 108      15 May 1672 John Bowman 108 Acres James City County North of James west of             Chickahominy River. (Now in Charles City County -- J.L.B.)

p. 393      20 Apr 1694 Samuel Knibb, 82 Acres Henrico County in Varina Parish in Bermuda Hundred             Neck . . . next to Shirley Hundred, through swamp to Captain Royall . . . adjoining Richard             Dewe's, Mr. Elam's & Mr. Bowman

      The entry from 1694 where reference is made to Mr. Elam and Mr. Bowman is more significant than might at first seem to the modern eye. In the common parlance of the 17th Century, Mr. was not a common courtesy but instead was reserved for use only where referring to a Gentleman or man of substance and wealth. My surmise is that this is a reference to John Bowman, Sr. who married the widow Elizabeth ELAM NUNNALLY.

From ORPHANS COURT BOOK 1677-1739 OF HENRICO COUNTY, VA., by Pauline Pearce Warner; 1963, Tappahannock, Va.

p.5       Oct 11, 1679, John Bowman, Jr an orphan in wardship of John Bowman, Senr came of age and       received his estate.

      In the customary usage of the time, orphan/orphant as used in the courts indicated any minor who had received a legacy which must be placed under the wardship of a guardian until the minor attained his majority. John Bowman, Jr., for instance, could have been a grandson of Robert Bowman, Sr., who inherited some legacy from his grandfather since the deed records indicate Robert, Sr., had died by 1671. Other researchers have indicated that Robert Bowman Jr and his wife left Virginia and returned to England during the mid-1670s. If so, as a minor, John Jr would most likely have been a ward in the guardianship of adult male relation if he remained in Virginia rather than travel with his parents. The Orphans Court entry cited above gives no indication of the source of the legacy, however, nor does it indicate the familial relationship if any between the younger and the older John Bowman. John Bowman Sr may have been father, uncle or unrelated namesake to the younger man, but most certainly he stood in the legal role of guardian to the younger man as ward.

      In an Indenture made between Robert Bowman, Jr., and Richard Kennon of Bermuda Hundred in March of 1678 in return for twenty-five pounds Sterling, thirty shillings and payment for Robert's passage for England, he gave Richard Kennon two tracts of land. In this same Indenture, he
names his brothers Gilbert and William, states that he had given property to his son Robert and names Sarah as his wife. Both Robert and Sarah must have left for England before the first of April as the Indenture was acknowledged in court on April 1, 1678 by their respective lawyers, Thomas Pouldlen for Robert and Henry Gee for Sarah. They had given both lawyers Power of Attorney in March of 1678.

Children of Robert Bowman, Senior are:
  i.   "Mary" Bowman, born Abt. 1627 in Virginia; married Richard Hudson Aft. 1650 in Henrico County, Virginia (?); born Abt. 1627 in England; died 1678.
  Notes for "Mary" Bowman:
      Karen Turner made me aware of this daughter's existence. In her notes she called her Girlone, which I read as being Gir-lone, accepting it as a name and not as her personal method of identifying an unnamed daughter tentatively attached to a family. Another researcher asked about a Richard Hudson-Mary Bowman connection and I referred her to Karen. That's when I learned to my sheepish amusement that I had missed the obvious -- Girl #1 -- spelled out so that it would be accepted as a naming device by the FTM software program.
      I have validated and doublechecked none of the work on this line as of 4-13-95. If I understand Karen correctly she also is relying entirely on the work of others for the early generations of this line.

  Notes for Richard Hudson:
The birth and death dates were received by e-mail on 5/14/97. Found on the internet is the following posted by Don Blankenship at

Richard Hudson II was born in Accomack County, Virginia, about 1632, and died October 25, 1669 in Henrico County, Virginia. He was married about 1658 to Mary Bowman and is believed to have been the first born child of Richard Hudson I and his first wife.

It is reasonable to assume Richard was alienated from his father and other family members. His father was away (at sea?) for various lengths of time, and after his mother died, Richard was apparently indentured into the care and control of one James Bruce.

He afterward, therefore, embarked upon his separate personal fortune. In 1652, he joined a group of people traveling westward into Henrico County, Virginia. There he settled among the Bowman families on land lying in a bend on the south side of the James River.

Existing Henrico County records indicate Richard Hudson II received from his Bowman father-in-law, i.e., the father of Richard's wife, Mary Bowman, a gift of land known as "Roxdale."

The above mentioned records also refer to the Will of Richard Hudson II, made October 25, 1669, whereby the land known as "Roxdale" was divided between his three minor sons. This Will is now among the missing records of Henrico County.

The exact time of his decease is not determined other than Court records dating the guardianship administration of his minor sons. There appears to be no further evidence regarding the whereabouts of Mary Bowman Hudson.

Three sons of Richard Hudson, II and Mary Bowman

Richard Hudson, III, b. abt 1660, Henrico Co, VA, mar. Mary Hall(?)

Robert Hudson, b. abt 1662, Henrico Co., VA mar. Mary ???

William Hudson b. abt. Aug 1668, Henrico Co., VA, mar. Eliz. Jennings(?)


Richard Hudson III was born about 1660 in Henrico County, Virginia. He married Mary (Hall?). After the death of his father, Richard and his brothers were fostered by a guardian, Thomas Pauldon.

In a Henrico County deed passage dated December 1, 1688 Richard III mentions his father, Richard II, had a will of October 25, 1669, in which he gave the land he received from his father in law, Mr. Bowman, land known as "Roxdale," given equally to his three sons. He also stated said the plantation was occupied by "Thomas Poland" and subsequent to his father's will the land was swindled from them.

Pauldon, since he was the guardian, likely took, or controlled, the land that rightfully belonged to the sons of Richard II. But it seems conditions may have been suitable to get it back, because Richard sold his share of said plantation at Roxdale to his brother, Robert Hudson, for 1600 pounds of tobacco.

Richard then left Henrico County for the frontier, which later became Amelia County. He settled at Hatcher's Run around 1706.

. . .Perhaps confusing, or maybe even enlightening, is the introduction of some new information recently provided me from the Hudson Family Assoc Bulletin; b 95, p 81; dated 23 Mar 1703 in which it states that Thomas Powland (the Hudson brothers guardian for the land known as Roxdale) sold Edward Stanley 235 acres of land on the north side of Swift Creek next to Robert Hudson for 3 English pounds. On the same day he sold to Robert Hudson 235 acres of the same tract. Robert Hudson sold Edward Stanley for 5 pounds a plantation on the north side of Swift Creek containing 135 acre on 30 Oct 1709.

  More About Richard Hudson and "Mary" Bowman:
Marriage: Aft. 1650, Henrico County, Virginia (?)

  512 ii.   Robert Bowman, Jr., born Abt. 1630 in Scotland or Virginia; died Aft. 1680 in Virginia or England; married Sarah LNU Abt. 1655 in Virginia.
  iii.   Gilbert Bowman, born Aft. 1630 in Virginia; died Bef. March 16, 1677/78 in Virginia.
  Notes for Gilbert Bowman:
      On March 16, 1678, Robert Bowman Sr, of Roxdale, Henrico County, Virginia, planter, sold Robert Kennon of Bermuda Hundred, Henrico County, for a sum of 20 pounds 30 shillings and the payment of Bowman's passage from England two tracts of land.
      One parcel contained 551 acres and was bounded by Henry Lound, Parker's Gutt, Possum Meadow, land Robert Bowman had been given by his late father, Robert Bowman, Sr, land of Mr. Edward Stratton formerly belonging to Martin Elam, and Joseph Tanner. This was land Bowman had patented on June 29, 1671.
      The second tract of 100 acres had formerly been the possession of the late Gilbert Bowman and bounded land given by William Bowman to William Bowman and William Hudson.
      This is Robert Bowman, the son of Robert Bowman, the relationship being established in the land patent of June 29, 1671. In 1678 he was the elder Robert Bowman in Henrico County, by virtue of having a namesake son or nephew, or by virtue of another unrelated individual of like name having come to the area. Family histories suggest he had a son, Robert Bowman III.
      WW Smith's history said Robert Sr, the original settler had a family composed of at least six sons, possibly more, and an unknown number of daughters. Smith postulated the following six sons: Robert Jr., Edward, John, Royal, Gilbert, and William. This reconstruction seems to have been without any documentation and based on family anecdotal histories and enduring naming patterns, but it appears to bear remarkable resemblance to the family which can be documented.
      Gilbert Bowman and William Bowman appear to be of an age to be the siblings of Robert Jr, who inherits land from Gilbert. William left land to two namesakes, probably his nephews, William Bowman and William Hudson. A John Bowman Sr served as guardian to a John Bowman Jr, (who came of age in 1676) thus revealing himself also to be of an age and generation to make John Bowman Sr. a candidate to be a sibling to Robert Jr. The speculated birth dates for Mary Bowman Hudson which would make her the daughter of Robert Jr are incompatible with her bearing a child in the 1670s and thus she appears to have been born early enough to be a sibling to Robert Jr rather than a child to him, thus making WW Smith's tentative family nearly complete, with Robert Jr, Gilbert, John, William, and Mary being the five postulated children of Robert Sr, the original settler.
      The name Gilbert may commemorate a maternal line, and the Gilbert name was illustrious in the period of exploration and colonization.
      Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539-1583) one of the earliest of the North American Colonizers, first won fame as an English Navigator and Explorer. During his early manhood he attained distinction in the English Navy. In 1578 he received a commission from Queen Elizabeth to conduct an expedition in search of a new route to India, a little known land in which he became interested. The history of this voyage is obscure, but it availed nothing. He returned to England the next year having lost one of his chief ships and one of his bravest captains. Undaunted, however, he started out in 1583 in command of a second expedition accompanied by his half brother, Sir Walter Raleigh who owned the largest ship and who turned back two days after their departure from Plymouth, England. Sir Humphrey went on and this time succeeded in planting a colony near St. Johns, Newfoundland, taking possession of the Island in the name of Queen Elizabeth. After this he proceeded southward, encountered a storm and was never heard of again.

  iv.   William Bowman, born Aft. 1630 in Henrico County, Virginia (?); died Bef. March 16, 1677/78 in Henrico County, Virginia (?).
  Notes for William Bowman:
      This first William Bowman recorded in the legal papers and documents of Henrico County, Virginia is most probably a son of the original settler, Robert Bowman, Sr. Few records survive from Henrico County which predate 1677. Fire and other ravages of time have damaged the documentary trail, but collateral evidence exists to show this man lived and was of an age to be a son of Robert Sr.
      William Bowman made his will on July 13, 1670 in Henrico County naming William Hudson and William Bowman as legatees. These two namesakes were possibly his nephews. When Robert Bowman Sr of Roxdale (Robert Jr, son of Robert Sr, the original settler, after the decease of his father, now calling himself Robert Sr due to a younger Robert Bowman, probably his own son, living in the same county) transferred land in March 1678 to Richard Kennon, one tract was bounded by land belonging to William Bowman and William Hudson and given to them by William Bowman. This is evidence the first William was dead by 1678. This was a tract of 100 acres. Gilbert Bowman was also dead and his adjoining tract of 100 acres was then the property of his brother Robert. That Robert had originally patented the land with his father and the fact that Gilbert and William had smaller adjoining tracts of 100 acres is inferential evidence that Robert Jr was the eldest of these three sons.

  v.   John Bowman, born Aft. 1630; died Bef. 1718 in Henrico County, Virginia (?); married Elizabeth Elam in Virginia; born Abt. 1650; died Aft. December 09, 1718 in Henrico County, Virginia (?).
  Notes for John Bowman:
      On May 1, 1678 John Bowman bought 130 acres called Flintons on the path from Bermuda Hundred to the Falls from Martin Elam for 2500 pounds of tobacco. [Benjamin B. Weisiger, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds: 1677-1705, p. 3, source, research shared by Karen Turner and gathered by a research librarian in the Genealogical Collection of the Dallas, Texas public library].     
      John Bowman served as guardian to John Bowman Jr who upon attaining his majority discharged John Bowman from his duties as guardian in Henrico County on August 20, 1678.
      On April 1, 1682 William Byrd sold the property which William Bowman had purchased from Martin Elam in 1678. The land had escheated to the crown and had been regranted to Abel Gower who had then assigned it to William Byrd.
      As John Bowman of Roxdale, he and his wife Elizabeth Nunnelly Bowman, the widow of Daniel Nunnelly of Charles City County, sold the plantation Bull Hill in Charles City County, devised to her by the will of Daniel Nunnelly, to Daniel Nunnelly's son, Walter Nunnelly, on April 20, 1693, for 1200 pounds of tobacco. The deed was not recorded until March 1, 1707. John Bowman's will no longer survives, but he devised the 130 acres purchased from Martin Elam to Elizabeth, and on December 9, 1718 she sold that parcel to Major John Bolling.
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Deed # 44 pg. 83

John BOWMAN of Roxdale in Henrico Co., Virginia, and Elizabeth my wife, late widow and
relicit of Daniel NUNLEY of Charles City Co. Said NUNLEY by his will bequeathed to his wife
plantation calle "Bull Hill" in Charles City Co., Virginia. Therefore for 1200 lbs. Tobacco paid by
Walter NUNLEY, son and heir, we sell him aforesaid plantation.
Dated: 20 Apr 1693
Signed: John Bowman, Elizabeth Bowman
Recorded: 1 Mar 1707

  Notes for Elizabeth Elam:
      Nunnally family researchers have uncovered enough documents to show with certainty that Elizabeth, the widow of Daniel Nunnally (d. aft 1687), married next before 1689 to John Bowman. It is unclear whether Walter Nunnally was a son of Elizabeth or was the product of an earlier marriage by Daniel. The widow Elizabeth Nunnally is presumed to be the Elizabeth Elam who married Daniel Nunnally.

Richard Nunnally b ca 1690
Posted by: Lynn Collis Date: August 28, 2000 at 08:31:42
of 553

I really do feel that Daniel Nunnally is our first Nunnally in Virginia (at least that we have record of) and that he had sons Richard and Walter. I am not sure of his origin-everyone is still searching.

As for Thomas Nunnally born ca 1670, I have never seen any record that he even exists. Shortal seems to use him to explain the Thomas Nunnally who lived in Prince George Co VA. Shortal makes no mention of, and seems not aware of the Daniel Nunnally in Charles City Co.

I am posting the information that I have for Daniel, Richard, Walter & Thomas. It is my opinion that Thomas born ca 1690 is the son and heir of Walter Nunnally, son of Daniel. This information comes from the court records of Charles City, Henrico & Prince George counties Va.

Daniel Nunnally
Chas City Co

1665/6-Chas City Co-Welthan Taylor v. Daniel Nunnally, for certain clothes according to custom for her service plus 140 lbs tob for her corn, to be paid " at the arrivall of ships", 3 Feb.

1665/6-Chas City Co-Deposition of Daniel Malone age 22..Welthan Taylor, late servant to Daniel Nunnally spoke to deponant about 2 or 3 times and 20 Dec 1665 to draw conditions bet her and Daniel Nunnally.. she answered she had sold some of her corn to her sd master and "further sayth not".., 5 Feb.

1686-Pat-Mr. Robert Bowling & Mr Danniell Nonaley, 347a Chas City Co, Bristol Par, on S/S Appom Riv, adj Mr Robt Bowlin’s land, 30 Oct.

Hen Co VA

1687-Hen Co VA-Bessie a negro girl sold by Mr Richd Kennon to Dan:ll Nunnery is brought before the court and judged to be ten yrs old, Apr.

Chas City Co VA

1689/90-Chas City Co-Joint adm granted Walter Nunnally, Richard Nunnally and John Bowman, who married the wid of Daniel Nunnally dec'd, 4 Feb.

1690-Chas city Co-The 347a granted Daniel Nunnally and Robert Bolling is deserted and granted to Capt Roger Jones, 23 Oct.

Hen Co VA

1693-Deed:John Bowman of Roxdale in Hen & wife, Elizabeth (X), late wid of Daniel Nunnally of Chas City (sd Daniel left the plant in Chas City called "Bull Hill" to wife) > Walter Nunnally, son of Daniel, for 1200 lbs tob, "Bull Hill", wit:Thomas Sisson & Nicholas Dison, 20 Apr-1 Mar 1707.

Richard Nunnally
Hen Co VA

1692-Richard Nunnally was fined for swearing twice, 1 Jun.

1692-Hen:Randolph having exhibitted an Information to this Court for not Listing himself being a tythable according to law Ag:t Rich:d Nunnally & ye sd Nunally making no valueable defence Judgem't is therfore granted ag:t him for One thousd pds tob according to ye 7th Act of Ass:bly A:o 1663 als:Exec. In consideration of ye sd Nunalys paying proporconably to his Levys & all Officers fees accrueing by ye Information Hen: Randolph acquitts & releases him from ye above Judgemt., Dec.

1693-Mr Richard Nunnally is on the grand jury, 17 Apr.

1694-Deed:Bartholomew (BR) Roberts (b ca 1663) & William (W) Roberts & Elizabeth Roberts > Richard Nunnally, for 1900 lbs tob, 70/(80 or 90a) on S/S of James Riv, adj James Akin, Mr. Elam, "Baldwins", all the land that sd Bartholomew bt of James Akins, (8 Oct 1685-adj Mirey Hole, Tanner's corner, “Flinton's” (This was bought by John Bowman and left to his wife Elizabeth, so Richard was living next to his mother/s’mother), James Forrest, Edward Stratton & Martin Elam) wit:Philip Turpin & Edward Tanner, 1 Dec-1 Feb 1694/5.

1694/5-Pet of Richard Nunnally for satisfaction...attendance at court 10 dys as an evidence in behalf of John Stewart, dism with costs as Stewart being now trading with the Indians, 1 Feb.

1699-Arthur Moseley..Richard Nunnally..those of Grand Jury returned by sherriff, 1 Aug.

1700-Will:Nicholas Dison Jr 4 Nov-1 Aug 1701
Sis:Katherine (her dau)
Wit:Margaret Perkinson, ?Nunnally

1704-Quit Rents:
Richard Nunnally-70a (may actually be bet 80 & 90a)

1725-Pat:Richard Nunnally-350a, for 35s, S/S James Riv, adj William Pride Sr, on S/S Cold Water Rd, Henry Walthall, John Farley Jr, on E/S Br of Proctors Crk & Mr Henry Randolph's line, 17 Aug.

1722-Will:Richard Nunnally 29 Mar-3 Jul 1727
son:Richard-tract where he now lives adj John Farley
son:William-10 shill, when of age
son:Daniel-plant he has cleared and built, adj Henry Walthall Sr & John Farley, Daniel is to give his bro Joseph the plant for 3 yrs rent free and 100 lbs of tob.
son:John-all land on N/S of the swamp, he is to give bro Joseph 10 shill.
g'son:James, son of Richard-land left to John if John dies
son:Walter-all rest of lands, he to give bro William 200 lbs of tob when William is of age.
wife:Sarah-plant for life, then to Walter
wit:John Worley & John Blankinship

1727-Inven of Richard Nunnally by Arthur Moseley Jr, John Pride & Samuel Hancock, value-L16.2.7, presented in court by Sarah Nunnally, 28 Aug-4 Sep.

1737-Deed:Richard (RN) & Mary Nunnally of Hen Par > brother, John Nunnally, for L10.6.4, 88a, all land given to sd Richard by will of father Richard Nunnally dec'd, adj sd John, John Archer, John Farley Sr, Joseph Farley & Proctors Cr, Wit:Arthur Moseley, Martha Moseley, John Green, 3 Dec.

Walter Nunnally
Hen Co VA

1684-The action commenced by Maj Tho Chamberlain v Walter Nunnally, neither party appearing, is dismissed with costs, 1 Dec.

Chas City Co VA

1688/9-Joint adm granted Walter and Richard Nunnally and Jno Bowman who marryed the widow of Dan Nunnelly, dec’d, on said dec’d’s est, 4 Feb.

1690/1-Order for attachment on return of non est inventus (Latin legal term for “he is not found”) is granted Capt Cha Goodrich agst estate of Walter Nunnelly for 533 lbs tob, 5 Jan.

1690/1-Order for attachment confirmed to Capt Cha Goodrich against Walter Nunnelly for 533 lbs tob, 3 Mar.

Hen Co VA

1693-Deed-Hen Co Va. John & Elizabeth Bowman of Roxdale in Hen > Walter Nunnally, son & heir of Daniel dec'd, "Bull Hill" plant., (land in Chas City Co) 20 Apr-1 Mar 1708.

Chas City Co VA

1693-Walter Nunnelly serves on grand jury, 3 Oct.

1694-Walter Nunnally is on grand jury, 3 Aug.

Pr George County VA

1704-Quit Rents-Walter Nunnally-299a (90a called Bullhill + 209a below)

1706-Richard Bland > Walter Nunnally & Nathaniel Tatum, 418a on Blackwater Swp (Walter took the northern 209a & Tatum took the southern 209a), 1 Apr.

1711/12-Inv of Walter Nunnally dec'd by Nath (NT) Tatum Sr, Cha(X)Gilliam, Lewis Green Jr, pres by admx, 7 Jan-11 Jan.

1717-Pr Geo Co-Deed-William Grigg of Bris Par > Lewis Green of same, for 5sh, 50a adj Walter Nunnally, Thomas Lewis & the river, leased for 3 yrs,4 Jun-11 Jun.

Thomas Nunnally
Pr Geo Co VA

1717-William Gower of Southwark Par, Surry > Lewis Green of Bristol Par, for L16, 70a on E/S of Citty Crk, adj Thomas Nunnally, Lewis Green, Thomas Lewis, wit-Edward Harrington, Uriah Chissell, Gintia Mayberry, 19 Jul-13 Aug.

1718-William & Katherine Mitchell of Pr Geo > Stith Bolling of Surry, 70a, known as "Pear Trees", S/S of Appomattox Riv, adj Causons Crk, Daniel Nunnally? & Nathaniel Tatum, 11 Aug-12 Aug.

1721-Thomas Nunnally granted 146a on Butterwood Swp & Jupiter Br, 20 Mar.

1721-Thomas Nunnally is a neighbor of Capt James Thweat, James Anderson & ? Pritchett.

1722-Pat-Thomas Nunally, 146a (same as above?) S/S Butterwood Swp adj Joseph Pritchell, 22 Jun.

1724-Peter Nunnally, son of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally, b. 3 Jan, bap 2 Feb.

1724-Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally > John Thweat, for L20, land in present possession of John Thweat, 90a on S/S Appomattox Riv, adj City Crk, Lewis Green Sr, Robert Winkfield, Thomas Lewis, wit-James Thweat, Henry Thweat, Elizabeth Broadway, (This is the land called Bull hill, which was left by Daniel Nunnally to his wife, who sold to Walter Nunnally. In 1759, John Thweat left the 90a called Bullhill to his g’son John Thweat, son of son James Thweat.), 29 Mar 1723/4-12 May.

1724-Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally > John Peterson, 209a, the northernmost half of 418a sold by Richard Bland to Walter Nunnally & Nathaniel Tatum, wit-John Thweat, James Thweat, John Fitzgerrald, 9 May-12May.

1726-Thomas, son of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally, b. 27 Sep.

1728-Sarah, female slave of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally,, b. 11 May.

1728-John, son of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally,, b. 4 Dec.

1729-John, son of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally,, bap 12 Jan.

1731-Daniel, son of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally,, b. 28 Mar.

1733-Mary, dau of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally,, b. 11 Feb, bap 20 May.

1735-Zachariah, son of Thomas & Elizabeth Nunnally,, b. 19 May, bap 6 Jul.

1735-Pat-Thomas Nunnally, 504a S/S Stony Crk, adj Richard Leadbeter, 1 Aug.

1738-Joshua Pritchett & John Gillam, exrs of Thomas Nunnally dec'd, returned a further inv & appr., 11 Jul.

1738-Ordered that the Churchwardens of Briston Par bind out the orphans of Thomas Nunnally, dec'd, to some proper person, 8 Aug.

1738-Suit of Joshua Pritchett Jr & John Gillam, exrs of Thomas Nunnally dec'd v. John Jones for debt, acknowleged by def and his atty Stephen Dewey, 13 Sep.

1739-Sheriff has money in hand to satisty debt of John Poythress to Joshua Pritchett Jr, & John Gillam, exrs of Thomas Nunnally, 10 Jan.

1739-John Gillam & Joshua Pritchett Jr exrs of Thomas Nunnally, exhibit accts of his est. Accts examined by Nicholas Hatch & Joseph Carter & ordered recorded, 13 Nov.

Walter Nunnally was probably the elder son of Daniel since he ended up with the plantation "Bullhill". Likewise, Thomas Nunnally was the only, or elder son of Walter, since he inherits "Bullhill" and then sells it to John Thweat.

I would love to hear your opinion and that of any others who are interested in these Nunnallys.

Lynn Collis


Re: Richard Nunnally b ca 1690 miller 9/01/00
Re: Richard Nunnally b ca 1690 Lynn Collis 9/01/00

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