There was a William Longbottom (seller) and a William Longbottom (witness) on the 19 Apr 1725 deed below.
Were there two William Longbottoms in 1725 in Surry Co VA?
William Longbottom (II) was not yet 16 years old on 10 Feb 1749 when a Crown patent was given to a William Longbottom in Surry Co VA.
Could someone not yet 16 years old get a Crown patent in VA in 1749?
Longbottom and related land records are below:
103William Longbottom, joiner of tSY D&WBk, 7 p571,13 Mar 1724/25,70a by Meadow Branch on the Racoon (Which land does this refer to?)
April 19, 1725 Surry County Deeds, Wills, Etc. #7 1715 - 1730 William Longbottom and wife, Jane Longbottom, to John Doby ... land on the north side of the Nottoway River in Southwarke Parish bounded on three sides by Francis Lightfoot, Gent. of Charles City County being the land devised to Jane Longbottom by the will of her father, Arthur Jones, decd., dated 22 Jan 1715. Wit: Thomas Ethridge William Longbottom Rec: 21 Apr., 1725 Jane Longbottom
William Longbottom was both seller and witness on the deed above; it is very, very strange to see the person selling land also as a witness.
Will of William Longbottom from Wills of Surry County, Virginia Leg. - To son, Jones, the Plantation where I live with 200 acres of land. To son, Samuel, bed & furniture, etc. To son, John, one Negro. To son, Thomas, a bed, etc. To child in esse, a bequest. Mentions wife. The rest of the est. to sons, Samuel & Thomas. Wit: Robert Webb, Jr., John Hassell, Gregory Rawlings, Robert Weeks, Sr. Made 20 Feb., 1733. Prob.: 18 July, 1733. Book 8 Page 310.
William Longbottom (II) was the “child in ease” above, born after 20 Feb 1733.
122Francis Hutchins, VPB 25 p391-392,12 Jan 1746/47,70a Surry County on S side Nottoway Hutchins, Francis.12 January 1746. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41. Surry Co VA: 70 acres on the south side of Nottaway River, and on the north side of Raccoon Swamp . . . “to Robert Webb juniors” . . . Land Office Patents No. 25, 1745-1747, p. 391 (Reel 23).
Francis Hutchis married Jane Jones Longbottom, widow of William Longbottom, 1733-1735 (I).
126William Longbottom,VPB 27 p134-136,10 Feb 1748/49,335a Surry County on S side Nottowa . . . Longbottom, William. 10 February 1748 (1749). Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41. Surry Co VA: 335 acres on the south side of Nottaway River beginning and extending of Robert Webb, Junior. Land Office Patents No. 27, 1748-1749, p. 134 (Reel 25).
William Longbottom (II) was born after 20 Feb 1733: he was not 16 years old on 10 Feb 1749. It seems unusual that the Crown would give a patent to someone not yet 16 years old.?