There is, in fact, not the slightest evidence that Robert Easley was a Huguenot refugee.
The first person of the name Easley who has been located in America is Robert Easley, who is found in 1680 living in Henrico Co., Va.He was probably born c. 1655, and he died in Henrico Co., Va., between October 1711 and January 1712 (see documentary evidence below).The records give no clue as to his origin or ancestry, but it is presumed that he is the immigrant ancestor of the family.The great majority of Easleys in America descend from him.
He may have been in Virginia for several years prior to the 1680 date, as a headright was issued for him to Col. William Byrd in March of 1676:
Foley, Louise Pledge Heath.Early Virginia Families Along the James River.Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches.Henrico County - Goochland County Virginia.Volume I.Richmond, Virginia, 1974.
p. 24.Land Patent Book No. 6.Capt. Wm. Bird, 1751 A., 2 R., 24 P., Henrico Co., N. side James Riv. 15 Mar. 1675/6, p. 604.Beg. (at) Shoccores Cr. mouth, up the river bet. W. & N. W. &c.1280 acres granted him 27 Oct. 1673; the residue for trans. of 122 pers:including "ROBT. ESTLY (?)".
The following is a list of documentary records pertaining to Robert Easley.Since he is the first of the line, they are copied in full.Part of them were located in the Henrico Co., Va., Colonial Records by Charles Hughes Hamlin, C.G.The remainder were found by the compiler.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 1, p. 175.18th Xber 1680.Robert Easly (his mark "O") is witness to an assignment of right of title to 200 acres of land from Henry Trent to John Pleasant.
Weisiger, Benjamin B. III, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705 (Richmond, Va., Privately Printed, 1986.
p. 13.(p. 175)William Berkeley, Knt., Gov., grants to Henry Trent, 200 acres on north side of James River, next to Mr. Place, for transport of 4 persons to the colony.7 Nov. 1673.Signed: William BerkeleyRecorded 7 Nov. 1673.Henry Trent assignes his rights in above grant to John Pleasant.18 Dec. 1680.Wit:Robert (O) Easly, James (HH) LisleSigned:Henry (HT) TrentRecorded 1 Aug. 1681.
Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 1, p. 177.Deed from John Woodson junr. to Martin Elam.20th day of 6th month 1681.Wits.:Robert "O" Easly, Hugh Davis. Recorded Aug. Court 1681.
Weisiger, Benjamin B. III, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705, p. 13.(p. 177)I, John Woodson Jr. as marrying the orphan of Samuel Tucker, assign my right in above tract to Martin Elam.20 Aug. 1681.wit:Robert (O) Easly, Hugh Davis.Signed:John Woodson, Jr.Recorded 20 Aug. 1681
I, John Woodson, Jr. as marrying orphand to Samuel Tucker, dec'd, vist., Mary Tucker, have released to John Pleasants as guardian of said Mary, all claim to above land.15 Dec. 1680Wit:Zacheus Ellis, Robt. (O) Easly.Signed:John Woodson, Jr. Recorded 20 Aug. 1681
Henrico Co., Va., Records, Deeds & Wills, 1677-1692, Part 1, p. 177.Deed from John Woodson junr. as marrying the orph. of Samuel Tucker deced. viz. Mary Tucker to Jno. Pleasants.15th day of 12th mo. 168-.Wits.:Garhons Ellis, Robt. "O" Easly.Recorded Aug. Court 1681.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 170.October Court 1684.Judgment is granted Robert Easley, Plt., against Mrs. Katherine Milner, Administratrix of John Milner, dec'd., Deft., for 289 lbs. tobacco and cask, due by account, etc.
Henrico Co., Va., Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 2, p. 286.Oct. 1, 1684.Inventory of Estate of John Milner."These particulars following belonging to ye orphs. of Will Parker decd. being included in ye above Inventory & Apprisz. of their Guard. John Milner's Estate were upon ye peticon of Mrs. Kath. Milner ye Admx. & proof thereof by her made Orderd to be sett apart for ye use of ye sd. Orphs & ye sd Admx shall not be charge wth them as part of ye estate of ye sd deced.Viz:One feather bed & furniture belonging to Mary Parker, one feather bed & furniture & Gun belonging to Will Parker & two new pewter dishes, one Iron pot & one pewter tankard belonging to one of ye sd Parker's orphs. now wife to Robert Easly."
Weisiger, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705, p. 39.
(p. 417)1 Feb. 1686Hon. William Byrd, Esq. of County & parish of Henrico, to Henry Ayscouth of same, planter, and Mary his now wife, for life for L 5, a tract of 150 acres Byrd purchased of Ayscough; and also a corner of land adjoining this on lower side between James River and a valley above Robert Easley's now dwelling house, known as St. Katherines Gutt.Wit:Hen Randolph, James CockeSigned:Wm ByrdRecorded 1 Feb. 1686.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 313.October Court 1689/90.Judgment granted unto Captain William Randolph, assignee of Mr. Henry Hartwell, assignee of Mr. John Brodnax, Plt., against Robert Easley, Deft., for 4,488 lbs. tobacco and cask, etc.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 350.Oct. 10, 1690.Robert Easley is member of a jury.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 346.October Court 1690.Robert Easley being to this Court arrested at ye suit of Mr. William Sutton . . . and having made default in his appearance, etc., ordered to appear at next court.(Next court Robert Easley confessed debt due for 400 lbs. tobacco).
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 354.October Court 1690.Robert Easly brings suit against the estate of John Johnson, deceased, for his trouble in his sickness, funeral charges, etc., the said Johnson dying intestate and having neither wife or child, etc.
NOTE:A. E. Casey, Eslea, p. 7, notes that this John Johnson was apparently included among John Pleasant's 13 tithables in the 1679 tax list.Casey speculates that Robert Easley might also have been among these 13 tithables of John Pleasants in 1679, as he does not appear in the list under his own name.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 5, p. 190.April 1, 1691.Inventory of estate of John Johnson, deceased, taken at the houses of William Drury and Robert Easley this 24 March 1690/91.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 386.October Court 1691.Robert Easley given 1,300 lbs. tobacco from the estate of John Johnson, deceased, for coffin, sheet, funeral expenses, attendance, sickness, etc.
Henrico Co., Va., Records, Deeds, Wills, Etc., 1688-1697, p. 211.Aug. 1, 1691.Ro. Easly purchaser at the auction of John Johnson's estate.(The purchase consisted of clothing).
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 3, p. 49.April 20, 1695.It is ordered that Mr. John Goode, Henry Ascough, Henry Sherman, Henry Trent, Robert Easley, or any four of them appraise the estate of Thomas Buck, Decedent.
Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 5, p. 322.June 1, 1692. Robert Easley presented to the Grand Jury for swearing.
Nugent, Pioneers and Cavaliers, Vol. III, p. 88.
ROBERT EASLY (Easely-Esely), 315 acs., Henrico Co; on E. side of Reedy Cr., 20 Oct. 1704, p. 624.Trans. of 7 pers.*Note:Paid Wm. Byrd, Esqr., Auditor for 7 rights.
Executive Journals, Council of Va.Land Patent Book 9, p. 624, Oct. 2, 1704 -- "Mr. Auditor Byrd represented as proceeding in laying out land appropriated by the Gen. Assembly for the use of the French Refugees settled at Manicantown and produced two Platts of the tracts of land now laid, wch. with what was laid out formerly for them amounts in all to ten thousand and thirty three acres, etc. - - - lying contiguous upon James River - - - etc."". . . having called for the patents wch were granted to several persons last April General Court for lands in Henrico Co. for the signing of them until the land for the refugees was laid out:Exec. did sign the same.Jermiah Benskin, 324 acres, Robt. Easeley 315 acres, Walter Scott 250 acres . . . ."(This 315 acres was on the east side of Reedy Creek.)
Executive Journals, Council of Va., May 22, 1706."Upon reading the Petition of Robt. Easley stating forth that he obtained a patent for 315 acres of land in Henrico Co., and entered rights for the same and upon further enquiry he found that the said land was included in a Patent formerly granted to Colo. Byrd whereupon his Petition to the General Court, the Court ordered that (he) should have his rights, again upon delivering up his Patent, & now haveing the Patent ready to be delivered he prayed his rights may be returned to him, which Petition being thought reasonable Mr. Secretary is desired to deliver up the said Rights to the Petitioner."
On the basis of the above abstracts, it has been traditional to assume that Robert Easley arrived in Virginia as a French Huguenot refugee.However, considering that he was already in Virginia 30 years earlier, eleven years before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and 26 years before the arrival of the Manakin Town settlement, this dos not seem probable.Rather, it would seem that the land patents mentioned had been granted earlier, and that their confirmation had merely been held up until the land for the Huguenots at Manakin Town had been laid out.Other clearly non-French persons, such as Col. William Byrd and Walter Scott, had land patents in the Manakin Town area, as is also clear from the above documents.Since there is no other indication that Robert Easley was of French Huguenot origin, this claim must be left as unproven at best, in spite of the claims made in The Huguenot, Publication # 5, and in spite of the fact that Easley descendants have joined the Huguenot Society on the strength of it.
Weisiger, Benjamin B. III.Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia.Vol. I.1654-1737.Richmond, Virginia, 1976.
This book reveals further evidence on Robert Easley's career:
p. 56.Henrico County Wills & Deeds 1697-1704, p. 238.Inventory of Andrew Martin appraised 15 July 1701 by Robert Easly, Thomas Howlett, Mat. Branch, Thos..Value L 45/8/3.Presented in court by Capt. Giles Webb and recorded 1 Aug. 1701.Mary, relict of Andrew Martin says this is a true inventory.
p. 59.Henrico County Wills & Deeds 1697-1704, p. 305.Inventory of Daniel Blanch taken Dec. 7, 1702 by Henry Ascough, Robert Easely, Philip Pursell, and Charles Snuggs.Recorded 2 Feb. 1702.
p. 65.Henrico County Wills & Deeds 1697-1704, p. 421.Inventory of William Catling July 26, 1704.Value L 149/9/3 by John Goode, John Stewart, Jr., Thomas Baly, Robert Easly.Recorded 1 Oct. 1704.
Henrico Co., Va., Order Books 1707-1709, p. 39, May 1, 1708.Robert Easely being subpd. as an Evidence in behalf of Giles Webb Gent. in his suit against Mary Shaw, and haveing made oath that he has attended four days, Order is Granted him on his prayer against the said Webb for one hundred and sixty pounds of Tobacco with Costs.Also. Exo.(Other witnesses in this case were Phillip Pursell, Thomas Howlet, James Collins, Elizabeth Martin, Mary Paine, Henry Randolph, John Barefoot, Gilly Gromarine, John Baly.)
Wright, Louis B., and Marion Tinling, eds.The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover 1709-1712.(Richmond, Va., The Dietz Press, 1941).
In evaluating this following series of references, the researcher should keep in mind that Robert Easley had, according to the quotation cited above from the Executive Journals, a couple of years before obtained patent to 315 acres of land originally granted to Col. Byrd.
Diary of William Byrd, p. 34.May 12, 1709."When I came to Falling Creek I had some complaints against Robin Easely, which seemed to be the effect of quarrelling.However I desired Mr. G-r-l to keep a watch on him."
Diary of William Byrd, p. 89.Oct. 2, 1709.". . . By the way I met Will Bass who gave me a sad account of Robin Easely, who is a lazy fellow."
Diary of William Byrd, p. 417.Oct. 6, 1711.(Concerning military exercises.)"Robin Easely got the prize in wrestling."
Henrico Co., Va., Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 82.July Court 1711.In the Action of Trespass brought by Robert Easly against Giles Webb for Ten pounds damage by means of the Defendants not Complying with his promise made to the Plaintif as in the Declaration is set forth, The Defendant appears and pleads non Assumpsst, Whereupon the Plaintif moves for time to bring his Witnesses, which motion is overruled, and the Plaintif failing to come to tryal the Suit is dismist with Costs.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 96.Aug. Court 1711.The Action of Trespass upon the Case brought by Robert Easly against Giles Webb on the Defts. motion is Referd till the next Court.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 103.October Court 1711.In the Action of Trespass upon the Case depending between Robert Easly Plantif and Giles Webb Defendant for ten pounds damage by means of the Defendant not paying the Plantif five pounds which he won of him upon a wager as in the Declaration it is set forth, the Defendant appears and pleads that he is not Guilty in such manner and form as the Plaintif above in his Declaration hath Complained and of this he puts himself upon the Country and the Plaintif likewise.Whereupon the Sherif is Commanded to impannel a Jury of good and lawful men of this County to try the fine and thereupon he causes to come Henry Hatcher, John Farlo, Thomas Chetham, William Blackman, Thomas Chetham Junr., Christopher Branch, Seth Ward, Joseph Watson, Henry Farmer, Thomas Howlet, Henry Anderson and John Worsham, who being Sworn and having heard the evidence withdrew and after some time Returnd this Verdict We find for the Plaintif which Verdict on the Plaintifs motion is Recorded, and also on his motion, it is ordered that the Defendant do pay him the sum of ten pounds with Costs.Als. Exo.Upon Reading this over the Defendant moves for time till the next Court to Show his Reasons to arrest the said Judgment which is granted.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 105.October Court 1711.Joseph Hill being Summoned as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb in a suit brought by the said Easly against the said Webb and the said Hill failing to appear when Called on the motion of the said Easly it is entered on Record.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 106.October Court 1711.John Easly having made Oath that he hath attended three days as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb, it is ordered that the said Robert do pay him for his said attendance with costs.Als. Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 106.October Court 1711.Philip Martin having made Oath that he hath attended three days as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb, it is ordered that the said Robert do pay him for his said attendance with costs.Als. exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 106.October Court 1711.James Corbin having made Oath that he hath attended three days as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb, it is ordered that the said Robert do pay him for his said attendance with costs.Als. Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 107.October Court 1711.The Action of Case brought by Abraham Womack Admr. with will annexed of Allenson Clerke Deced. against Robert Easly is Referd on the Defendants motion.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 112.January Court 1711/12.The Suit depending between Robert Easly Plaintif and Giles Webb defendant is dismist the Plaintif being dead.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 116.February Court 1711/12.The Action of Case brought by Abraham Womack Admr. with the will annexed of Allanson Clerke Deced. against Robert Easly is dismist, the Defendt. being dead.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 123.March Court 1711/12.The Last will and Testament of Robert Easly decd. was presented in Court by Anne easly his Exerx, who made oath thereto and the same being proved by the oaths of Philip Martin and Jno. Green the Witnesses thereto, it is admitted to Record and on the motion of the sd. Anne Esely Ordered that a Certificate be granted her for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form.Jno. Easly and Philip Martin entering themselves her securitys for the same and it is further ordered that she do present to the next Court an Inventory of the said Decds. Estate.Ordered that Mathew Branch Thoms. Harris Thomas Howlet Henry Gee or any three of them (being first sworn by Giles Webb or Thoms. Jefferson Gentlemen) do appraise the Estate of Robt. Esely decd. & make return thereof to the next Court.
Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills, 1710-1714, Pt. 1, p. 116.March Court 1711/12, Henrico Co., Va.Will of Robert Easley.
In the name of God, amen, I, Robert Esley of the parish and county of Henrico, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory praise be to God, do make and ordain my last will and testament in manner and form following:First, I recommend my soul to God that gave it, hoping through the mercies of Jesus Christ to receive free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and as for my temporal estate I dispose of it as follows:
Item.I give and bequeath to my son John Esley and to my son Warham Esley and to my daughter Margaret Dupray, wife of Thomas Dupray, 500 acres of land lying upon Fine Creek to be divided among them as followeth:200 acres to one to be taken off the upper ends, to each of the other two, 150 acres each which said land I give to them and their heirs forever, but in case any of them die before age and without issue, then to return to the survivor or survivors.
Item:I give and bequeath to my three younger children, Elizabeth Esley, William Esely and my youngest son Robert Esely 400 acres of land lying between Fine Creek and Mannakin upper cree.to them and to their heirs forever, two of which said lots to be upon Fine Creek and the other upon Mannakin Creek, but in case any of them die before they come of age and without issue, then to return to the survivor or survivors.
Item:I give and bequeath to my loving wife Ann Esely all moveables, goods and chattels whatsoever, and make her whole executrix of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby make void all former wills by me heretofore made.
Witness my hand and seal this 17th day of December Anno Domini 1711.
Robert "O" Esely (seal)
Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of
Philip "X" Martin
At a Court held for the County of Henrico the first Monday in March being the third day of March Anno Domini 1711.This Will was made oath to by Ann Easley the Executrix, herein named and the same being proved by the oath of Philip Martin & John Green, the witnesses thereto, it was ordered to be recorded and on the motion of said Executrix and her performing what is usual in such cases a certificate for a probate is granted her.Teste
William Randolph, CC.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 137.May Court 1712.Anne Easly presents upon oath an Inventory of the Estate of her Deceased husband Robt. Easly wch is ordered to be Recorded.
Henrico Co., Va. Deeds & Wills.1710-1714, Part I, p. 129-130.May Court 1712.Inventory of Robert Easley's Estate, appraised by Math. Branch, Thom. Harris, Thom. Howlett, Henry Gee.Total value of 36 lbs., 15 s., 03 d., (which by comparison seemed to be about the size of the average estate at the time--it certainly was not large enough to indicate wealth).Among the items inventoried were 4 cows and 1 bull, 5 yearlings and 1 three-year-old steer, 1 breeding mare, 4 sows and 10 shoats, 4 ewes, 5 lambs, and 1 ram, flax, a harrow and howt, 1 cart and wheels, 1 plow, an old horse harness for two horses, flax, an old loom, two feather beds, pots, barrels, a saddle, etc.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders, 1710-1714, p. 138.May Court 1712.In the Action of Debt brought by Robt. Blaws against Anne Easly Exerx. of the last will & testament of Robt. Easly decd. for two pounds ten shillings due by bill dated the 15th day of June 1711.The plt. making Oath that twenty-five shillings of the said sum is justly due to him it is ordered that the Deft. Exerx. as aforesaid do pay him the same with Costs out of the said Decds. Estate in her hands.Als. Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 138.May Court 1712.In the action of Case brought by Wm. Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will & Testament of Robt. Easly dec. the plt. having failed to file his declaration of the Defts. motion he is nonsuit & ordered to pay damages wth. Costs according to law.Als. Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 138.May Court 1712.The Action of Case brought by Abraham Womack Admr. with the will annexed of Allenson Clark Decd. against Ann Easly Exx. of the last Will & Testament of Robt. Easly decd. is on the Defts. motion referd to the next court.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 138.May Court 1712.The action of Case brought by Joseph Pleasants against Ann Easly Exerx. (p. 139) of the last will & Testament of Robt. Easly is on the Defts. motion referd to the next Court.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 139.May Court 1712.In the action of Case brought by Jno. Woodson against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robt. Easly Decd. for one pound fifteen shillings due to the plaintif by account & dated in the Year 1711.The Plaintif being a Quaker makes his following affirmation in manner prescribed by law that eighteen shillings of the said sum is justly due to him & thereupon Ordered that the Deft. Exerx. as aforesaid do pay the plt. out of the said Decds. Estate in her hands the sum of eighteen shillings with Costs.Als Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 140.May Court 1712.In the action of Debt brought by Jno. Woodson against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will & Testament of Robt. Easly decd. for four pounds due to the plaintif by note under the said decds. hand dated the 20th day of September 1711.The plaintif being a Quaker makes his solemn affirmation in manner prescribed by Law that the said debt is justly due to him and thereupon Ordered that the Def. Exx. as aforesaid to pay the plt. out of the said decds. estate in her hands the said sum of four pounds with Costs.Als Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 140.May Court 1712.The action of Case brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exrx. of the last will & testament of Robt. Easly Deced. is by Consent of the partys referd to the next Court.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 148.June Court 1712In the action of Case depending between Abraham Womack admr. with the will annexed of Allanson Clarke Decd. plaintif and Anne Easly Executrix of the Last will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. Defendt. for five pounds thirteen shillings due to the plt. adminr. as aforesaid by account dated in the year 1709 the partys appearing the plaintif Exhibits the book of accounts of the said Allanson whereby it appears that the said Money is due and the Deft. shewing no reason to the contrary it is ordered that the Executrix as aforesaid do pay the Plt. administrator the said sum of five pounds thirteen shillings with Costs.Als. Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 171-1714, p. 148.June Court 1712.The action of case brought by Joseph Pleasants against Ann Easly Executrix of the Last will and Testament of Robert Easly decd. is on the plts. motion referd to the next court.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 149.June Court 1712.The action of Case brought by Wm. Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exercs. of the Last Will and Testament of Robert Easly Decd. is on the plts. motion Referd to the Next Court the Deft. Consenting thereto.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 159.July Court 1712.In the Action of Case brought by Joseph Pleasants against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. for thirty four shillings and sixpence due to the plt. by account.The Deft. appears & prays the said account may be proved, Whereupon the plainf. being a Quaker makes his solemn affirmation in Manner prescribed by Law that fourteen shillings & sixpence of the said account is justly due to him and thereupon it is ordered that the Defendant Exerx. as aforesaid to pay the plaintif out of the said Decds. Estate in her hands the said sum of fourteen shillings & sixpence with Costs.Als. Exo.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 162.August Court 1712.In the action of Case brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exrx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. for the sums of four pounds Eighteen shillings & Ninepence & five hundred & thirty pounds of Tobacco due to him by account, the Suit being at the Last Court referd, & the Deft. now failing to appear Judgmt. by nihil dicit is granted against her for the said Money & Tobo. with Costs, On Condition Nevertheless that the deft. shall have Liberty at the Next Court to Appear & plead.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 170.August Court 1712.In the action of Debt brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. for forty Nine pounds three shillings & four pence Sterling due by bond etc. the Defendant appears & prays Oyer & ch. & granted her--p. the Suit Referd to the Next Court.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 173.September Court 1712.In the action of Case brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will and testament of Robert Easly Deced. for the sums of twenty four pounds of tobacco due by account the deft. appears and pleads she oweth nothing and for tryall puts herself upon the Country and the plt. likewise, wch. tryall is referd till the next Court.
Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 186.October Court 1712.In the action of Case depending between William Byrd Esqr. plt. and Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will and Testament of Robt. Easly deced. deft. for the sums of twenty four pounds Eighteen shillings and Nine pence and five hundred and thirty pounds of tobacco, due to the plt. from the said Deceds. Estate by account, the deft. at Last Court pleaded that she ow'd nothing and for tryal did then put herself upon the Country and the plt. likewise wch tryall was referd to this Court and the partys now appearing by their attornys the Sherif is Commanded to Impannel a Jury of good and Lawfull men of this County to try the Issue, who thereupon Caused to Come Benjamin Hatcher Samuel Newman Edward Stratton Tom Pucket Jno. Robinson Jno Blackman Jno. Watson Peter Ashbrook Philip Turpin Jno. Pucket Jno. Stewart and Alexander Marshall and they being Sworn the plts attorny produced an acct. Legally proved in the Court of Charles City County, Whereby the aforesaid Sum of Money and Tobacco is due to the plt. and the first article in the said Account being lbs. 49:3:4 due by bond.The defts attorney Objects against the same for that the plt. hath a Suit now depending in this Court against the defendant upon said bond wch appearing to the Court to be true they direct the Jury not to allow the said article, and then the Jury withdrew and after some time return'd their verdict, we find for the defendt.Which verdict on the defts. motion is Recorded, and Ordered that the Suit be dismisst wth Costs.Whereupon the plt. Appeals to the Sixth day of the Next Genl. Court for the prosecution Whereof Thomas Eldridge Enters himself Security.
In 1718, Robert Easley received another land patent, apparently posthumous, together with Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Turpin, and John Archer, for bringing eighteen persons to the colony (Book 10, p. 378).This grant was for 1500 acres as a whole.If it were divided equally, Robert Easley's share would have been 375 acres.This grant was in the area which subsequently became Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan Cos.
Nugent, Pioneers and Cavaliers, Vol. III, p. 204.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, THOMAS TURPIN, JOHN ARTCHER, & ROBERT ESELEY, 1500 acs. (N.L.), Henrico Co; at a place known by the name of Fine Creek; beg. above the upper fall of the sd. creek; to br. of the up. Monakin Town Cr; to mouth of Spring Run, &c; 12 July 1718, p. 378.3 Lbs. & Imp. of 18 pers:Geo. Cole, Charles Peters, Geo. Wall, William Ball, Francis Horse, Luke Shaw, George Roades, Mary Elders, Marth. Bridgers, Jane Lewis, Robr. Busill, Thomas Howarth, John Hatchell, Nich. Hatcher, Joseph Smith, John Evard, Thomas Benbridge, Constant Benbridge.
Nugent, Pioneers and Cavaliers, Vol. III, p. 240.
MATTHEW COX, 400 acs. (N.L.), Henrico Co; S. side of James Riv., on Fine Cr; down Easley's line; 18 Feb. 1722, p. 159.40 Shill.
Because of the destruction of so many of the early court records of Henrico Co., Va., it is not known how Robert Easley obtained the remainder of the land which he left to his children in his will.
The above seems to be the total biographical record available for Robert Easley, the immigrant.To sum up his life:Robert Easley was born in 1659 or before, probably in England, but the place of his birth and his parentage are not known.He seems to have emigrated as a young, unmarried man, entering as one of the headrights of Col. William Byrd.Apparently he had no brothers in Virginia, and if he had sisters, they have not been identified.