Hello fellow Torian descedants. I am Bill Moorefield, born in Halifax County, Va. and a descendant of Shertorio DeToriani. I have been researching my Moorefield family genealogy for several years and beginning a couple of years ago, have been trying to locate the homeplaces of my ancestors, Moorefield and others in Halifax County. My father's mother was Stella Coleman Wilmouth, married to William Frank Moorefield, Sr., and her mother was Ada D. Torian, daughter of John T. and Nancy Ann Womack Torian. John and Nancy are buried in a family cemetery known as the Torian Cemetery on Green Level road located a couple of miles north of Scottsburg going to Clover. John's parents were Charles Torian and Nancy Torian, Charles being a son of Scare and Mary Wade Torian, and Nancy being a daughter of William and Nancy Wall Torian. Well, anyway, I descend from two sons of Shertorio, Peter and Andrew, as Peter's grandson Charles married Andrew's great grandaughter Nancy.
I have copies of the deed for Sher's first farm in Halifax county, and following are notes transcribing the details as I can read and make sense of them. This is actually located in Brunswick County, Va., as Halifax County had not been invented yet, and they had to put the land somewhere. I have held his will in my hands, also; this being located in Lunenburg County. It took the old boy a while to decide where he wanted to live. Well, actually, you know that he did not move, the Commonwealth just kept making counties to confuse us future generations.
PROPERTY RECORDS OF SHERTORIO DETORIANO
MAY 4, 1740BRUNSWICK COUNTY DEED BOOK 2, PP 18-19RECORDED JUNE 5, 1740
LEASOR: "ROBERT HUMPHRIS OF THE PARRISH OF SAINT ANDREWS IN THE COUNTY OF BRUNSWICK".
LEASEE: "SCHERTORIO DETORIANO OF THE SAME PARRISH AND COUNTY".
DESCRIPTION: "ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE DAN RIVER CONTAINING BY ESTIMATION TWO HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND.." BEGINNING AT A GREAT RED OAK ON THE SAID RIVER..TO LAND OWNED BY THOMAS MOON; PART OF A GREATER TRACT OF THREE HUNDRED ACRES GRANTED TO THE SAID ROBERT HUMPHRIS BY LETTER PATENT DATED THE FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY ANNO DOM MDCCXXIII (1738), "FOR THE TERM OF ONE YEAR.."
AMOUNT: FIVE SHILLINGS
MAY 5, 1740BRUNSWICK DEED BOOK 2, PP 19-21RECORDED JUNE 5, 1740
SELLER: "ROBERT HUMPHRIS.." SAME AS ABOVE
BUYER: SCHERTORIO DETORIANO.." SAME AS ABOVE
DESCRIPTION: SAME AS ABOVE
AMOUNT: TWENTY FIVE POUNDS
HUMPHRIS GRANTS DETORIANO A FEE SIMPLE INTEREST IN THE ABOVE PROPERTY; A FEE SIMPLE INTEREST IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF REAL ESTATE OWNERSHIP; CAN BE SOLD AND/OR TRANSFERS TO HEIRS AT DEATH.
5-16-1748 LUNENBURG WILL BK 1, P64
WILL OF SHER TORIAN:
GIVES TO SONS SHER TORIAN AND PETER TORIAN “THE LAND WHERE I NOW LIVE ON, TO BE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THEM BY MY EXECUTORS”.
GIVES TO SON ANDREW TORIAN, TWO HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND, BEING THE SAME TRACT OF LAND I PURCHASED FROM SYLVESTOR GALUANOL…(THIS WAS SYLVESTER JUNIOR/JUNIEL)
MY NOTES:The properties owned by Sher Torian and his sons, Sher, Peter, and Andrew, lie along the Dan River, about two miles east of the present day town of South Boston, Va. This information comes from a wonderful book by Roger C. Dodson of Pittsylvania County, Va.titled “Property Lines From An Old Survey Book”. This book is a collection of detailed drawings of the boundary lines of the various properties owned by early land owners in Halifax County, Virginia. The land first owned by Sher Torian is shown on page 19-D of this book.
In 1740, when Schertorio obtained the first parcel, this area was part of Brunswick County, Virginia.On May 1, 1746, this area became part of Lunenburg County, which is why the deed is in Brunswick County, and Sher’s will is in Lunenburg County. I have copies of the Brunswick County deeds from Robert Humphries (spelled Humphris in the documents), and was last in Lunenburg and Halifax counties on August 2, 2007. I am currently transcribing the deeds of each of the three sons, found in Halifax County deed books, due to the fact that this area became Halifax County 1752.
Ihave been to Brunswick County several times looking for deeds of several of my ancestors, and initially looked for “Torian” entries. It was not until I saw Mr. Dodson’s book, that I stopped by again and found the above deeds under the“DeToriano” heading.
To me it appears that on May 4, 1740, Sher initially leased the 200 acre farm for a period of one year at a sum of five shillings (item 1), but on the very next day, he bought the property for a sum of 25 pounds (item 2).I have looked through both Brunswick and Lunenburg deed records for any sale of this property and have found none. For now, it is my ASSUMPTION that this is the property referred to in item 3, in his 1748 will, in which Sher leaves this property to sons Sher (aka Scare in Halifax records) and Peter. I have not yet found a record of his purchasing the property in item 4, which he left to son Andrew.
As many of you know, Sherito Detoriano, and three sons and a daughter were survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Virginia in the winter of early 1739. Sylvestor Galuanol was also a passenger and survivor, and incidentally, a co-executor of Sher’s estate, as named in his 1748 will. The name, Galuanol, became Americanized, and descendants became “Juniors” and “Juniels” in Halifax and other counties.
To view the above properties, go to mapquest.com, and enter 1099 Walker Trail, South Boston, Va. in the map search block.Then select “aerial image”, and an overhead view of the area will appear.Sher’s 1740 purchase is the area to the north of the Dan River, shown at the bottom, up to about halfway to where Walker Trail ends. I think the words “Dan River” shown in the map would have been near the eastern boundary of his property. His sons lived in areas bordering his farm, and I’m hopeful of determining their approximate boundaries. When I was in the Halifax courthouse last week, I read that two of his sons operated a ferry across the river. I did not note which sons, but will my next trip.
The area to the left of Walker trail to about halfway to the river is part of a 555 acre tract bought by Sher’s son Peter Torian in 1793, and was where he lived until he died in 1812.I have not determined the approximate boundaries of this purchase, but walked over some of this area in June of this year. The current owner has traced its ownership back to Peter, and has a photograph of Peter’s house. One of the previous property owner’s dismantled the house and used the materials to build a vacation home out of the area.
The line running from southwest to northeast is actually a railroad line that runs from South Boston through Scottsburg, where many of my ancestors lived. Ancestors on my father’s side that I have done some research on in this area include Comer, Moorefield, Neathery, Torian, Traylor, White, Whitlow, Wilmouth, and Womack.
Bill Moorefield of Martinsville, Va.