I am researching a William Akers/Acres who received a 592-acre land patent in 1665 in (Old) Rappahannock Co., VA. This land was adjacent to my ancestor, John Gregory. This land fell into Essex Co., VA when that County was created and (Old) Rappahannock County abolished in 1692.
William Akers/Acres sold this patented land in three separate installments.
a. He deeded 200 acres to Thomas Gaines on 2 January 1668/69, Recorded on 3 Feb. 1668/69. Thomas & Katherine Gaines assigned this land to Daniel MacKonnell on 27 July 1672, Recorded 16 Nov. 1672. Daniel MacKonnell assigned this land to Neale Peterson on 13 Apr. 1675, Rec. 15 May 1675. Neale Peterson assigned this land to James Fullerton on 30 Aug. 1676, Recorded on 25 July 1677.
b. He deeded 200 acres to Mrs. Constance Johnson, widow (of William Johnson) on 2 January 1668/69, Recorded 10 Feb. 1668/69. By 1679 this land was owned by Francis Marriner (Merriwether?) but I do not yet have the document verifying this transfer.
c. He deeded the remaining 200 (192?)acres to Richard Haile on 28 Oct. 1679, Recorded 4 Feb. 1679/80. It mentions that the other parts of the 1665 land patents were owned by James Fullerton and Francis Marriner.
On 10 October 1700, Elizabeth Gregory acknowledged a deed of gift of a cow and a calf to her grandchild, Benjamin Acres, son of John Akers/Acres. I have not been able to figure out who this Elizabeth Gregory was. Her maiden name was not Gregory. She was therefore either married to or a widow of a Mr. Gregory and either she was formerly married to a Mr. Akers/Acres or she had a daughter who married John Akers/Acres (in which case she mistakenly referred to John Akers/Acres as her "son" rather than her "son-in-law").
I understand that there is a William Akers/Acres who died in Essex Co., VA, in 1702 with a Will. Can anybody post a transcript of this Will as a reply to this posting? Is this William Akers/Acres who died in 1702 the same person who patented the 592 acres in 1665?