Harbour-Witt web site
"Witts-End" newsletter dated March 1998,dated
March 1998, published artile titled "Faulty Witt
Tradition. which discussed children and grandchildren
of William Witt d 1754.The name of his wife is not
By Wayne Witt Bates
Faulty rationale begets faulty Tradition. And that's what happened here. However sincere, the faulty Witt tradition can be traced back to "Year Book No. 1," dated 1924, of the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia.
THE OLD WITT TRADITION WAS FLAWED IN THREE MAIN AREAS
1.William Wittd1754 was not the immigrant but son of John Wittand wife Ann Daux ; and William Witt was not born in Southern France but in Charles City Co., VA (in order to be with his parents).
2.John Wittwas the immigrant and he was imported as a "headright" (plantation owner paid his way) from England , not France (per Land Patent records).
3.Five sons attributed to William Wittd1754 (Lewis , Charles , William , Abner , and David ) were not his sons but his grandsons.
a. Lewis& Charleswere sons of Benj. Wittd1774 of Buckingham Co., VA
b. William , Abner, and Davidwere sons of John Wittd1782 of Amherst Co., VA
QUOTING FROM FAULTY RATIONALE IN HUGUENOT BOOK NO. 1
"In 1756, Land Deed of Prince Edward Co., VA of Benjamin Witt(son of Williamd1754), have as witnesses the names of his brothers, Charles Wittand Lewis Witt ."
"And in 1781, Amherst Co., will of John Witt Sr . (son of Williamd1754), his brothers William Witt Jr ., Abner Witt , and David Wittare witnesses
·The first known entry for William Witt(d1754) and his brother John Witt(d ca 1751) was in 1715, when they bought (jointly) 300 acres (known as Young Men's Adventure) from Charles Hudson in Henrico Co (that part now Goochland Co). The deed said that the WITT brothers were from Charles City Co., VA, the county of residence for the immigrant John Witt & wife Ann Dauxper Charles City County court records.
·No reason to believe that William Witt(d1754) and his brother John Witt, Jr (d before 1751) came from England .
·Every reason to believe that they were sons of immigrant John Witt /Whittand Ann Dauxwho were married after 1670 in Charles City Co., VA, per court records. Further, importation of John Witt to the Charles City County area supported by Land Patents.
·No documentation to support the old Witt tradition which has been published in books, such as
1. Vol. IV, "Compendium of American Genealogy,” by Virkus.
2. Vol. 2, " Virginia Soldiers of 1776,"by Burgess
3. Year Book No. 1 published in 1924 by The Huguenot Society Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia.
By tradition, this Richard Witt /Whittwas named Richard Oney Witt . By tradition, he was left on doorstep of William WittD1754 of Charles City, Goochland and Albemarle counties, VA. There is no documentation or association with William Witt d1754 to support this "adoption" tradition