Hopefully quick explanation of the Edward Chitty patent location:
Suffolk today encompasses all of what was at one time Nansenond County, except for one small area to be explained later.Suffolk(Nansemond) still borders Southampton along the Blackwater River below Franklin.At one time prior to 1787, I think, Nansemond (Suffolk) extended west beyond the Blackwater, beyond the Nottoway to the North Carolina line.This area was inconvenient for the land holders to get to Nansemond Courthouse some 25-30 miles away so Nansemond(Suffolk) gave this area, that being all the territory west of the Blackwater, to Southampton, whose courthouse was only 14-16 miles from the affected area.
The area in question was a triangle formed by the Blackwater River on the east, from just below Franklin (South Quay area) to the NC line, west along the line for about 6 or 7 miles, then back to the river from that point in a northeasterly direction to the begining point just below Franklin (South Quay).When the area was ceded to Southampton just after the end of the Revolution, about 30 land owners were effected.Some well known family names that owned land in the area are Everett, Barrett, Delk, Maget, Roachell among others.
It can be fustrating for those trying to trace their Southampton families by using land deeds to have their families and land suddenly disappear in the mid 1780.Most do not understand that the ancesters did not disappear or move, their land was administered by another county. It does not get any better to know that, because I think all the Nansemond records were destroyed during the War Between the States.