I just read msg #797 with great interest. I posted a reply, but then when I attempted a search for "Clarkson" as I used in my reply, it didn't show up, so I am repeating it here.I have John Claxon who arrived on the Bona Nova in 1619.He was likely indentured to the VA Company as most of the 120 passengers were.George Sandys, the VA Company Treas, owned a plantation patented in late 1624, located between Archer's Hope and Martin's Hundred, on the north side of James River and below Jamestown, where John was working as a "hired servant," there on the 1625 Census (from Hotten). Perhaps that tells us he was not indentured by that time. On the List of the Living in early 1624, John was in Elizabeth City.
Do any of you have any evidence that John Claxon/Claxton/Clackson was the same as John Clarkson who patented land in 1637, located in Charles River Shire, later York County? He acquired land by paying passage for 4 persons (unnamed) in "the 2nd yeare of the plantation of sd. Chas. River." (from Nugent) Second year was between Oct 1631 and Oct 1632. His land bordered the Chesapeake Bay and is now under water at high tide. A 1636 patent for John Chew bordered "Clarkson's" Creek. Today, the creek is on the York map as Claxton's Creek. He received additional land by paying passage for several more persons. Unless there were two different men of the name, John was in numerous colonial records under several spellings of his surname. He was a Churchwarden circa 1646.
The inventory of his estate was recorded Aug 12, 1659. One of the appraisers was his son John Clarkson. The latter was sworn at Court as John, Jr. (from Weisiger) Court record of Jan 24, 1659/60 showed that John, Sr.'s personal estate was to be auctioned on Feb 20. On Apr 24, it was ordered that Thomas Hall be allowed 100 lbs tobacco from John Sr's estate, for his "trouble and pains in looking after said Claxon's estate before the outcry." At same Court, Thomas Hall was appointed Constable for lower precinct of York Parish. Nov 1660 Orphans Court, "Cattle of Claxon's orphans, . . . my sister Deborah's that my brother John gave her." Signed Thomas Hall. That reference was to John, Jr., who had died by that date. A record of Aug 25, 1662, showed that Thomas was "now seated on Claxon's part" of some acreage in York County that was in dispute. There had been an ongoing dispute between John Clarkson and Thomas Beale since mid-1640s. Another Orphans Court, Sept 10, 1662, stated "Ordered that Maj. Thomas Beale be desired to see that Deborah Claxon, dau of John, dec'd, be possessed of her cattle by Thomas Hall, and that he take a discharge of said Deborah." Thomas Hall then provided an account "of my sister Deborah Claxon's cattle." (All from York records)Thomas Hall had married a daughter of John Clarkson and had been appointed Deborah's guardian on the death of John, Jr.
I can find no record of the other "orphans" of John Clarkson/Claxson. Some Clarkson researchers claim there were two more sons, David and Peter, born 1650 and 1652. David supposedly fathered David, b. 1675. That David supposedly fathered my John Clarkson, b. 1710, in New Kent County, VA. (from St. Peter's Parish records) I was hoping someone might have some info that connects the first John with mine. My John was definitely a son of David (proved by Clarkson Y-DNA Project, 2 matches), but who was that David?
I hope someone else can help me with that question.