Some Stokeley Towles Hodge Podge......
I have tried to put all this together and keep my sanity. If there is anyone that might help I would be very aprecietive
Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. III,
Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1981.
Stokeley Towles' children (except Oliver and Henry) went with him to Orange, or soon joined hism.His wife Ann was alive there in 1742.On February 28, 1748, he made settlement at Orange of the estate of Thomas
Wharton, whose widow, Jane, he had married.Jane was a daugher of John Sparks, whose widow Mary married,second, Spencer Bobo.Jane's brothers were: Zachary (whose widow Sarah married Anthony Foster), Thomas (who married Towles daugher Mary -first of that name-_ and William Sparks and the wife of Japser Haynes was her sister.By her first husband, Thomas Wharton, she had two children, Sarah and John.
Will of Stokeley Towles dated 15 Jan 1757.
Stokely Towles of the County of Culpeper and Parish of Brumfield being sick and weak of body.To my son Joseph Towles my dividend of land beginning at the mouth of the Little Run and running from thence the several cources up the said run to the Mountain ground, from thence up the Hollow to John Layton's line.And the rest
of the land which I had of Thos. Walker from the south side of the said run and so up the run the several cources to the said John Layton's line I give to Isaac Medley.To my youngest son Henry Towles the old Negro man named Charles.To my well beloved wife Jane Towles and the two (sic) children which I had by her Mary
Towles and Henry Towles three feather beds and furniture.To my wife and the two children I had by her fourteen head of cattle such as she thinks proper, and likewise all my sheep horse and mair, bridles and saddles, cart and wheels; also my crop of tobacco, corn and wheat and all other grain with all the fodder; and
likewise all the goods and I have sent for to Liverpool by Capt. Gayworth; all my hoggs and the crop of cotton.
To my wife and the two children I had by here my chest of draws, walnut chest, one looking glass, three iron pots such as she thinks fit to chuse; also two scillets and two tables and half my chairs to her liking; and half of my pewter and all tin pans and all my bee hives and all my wooden ware with all fowls and all the fowles upon the plantation and all the beef and bacon that is killed in the house and about four pistoles I
have owing to me which I give to my youngest son Henry Towles which I desire to give him learning.And two spining wheels, one linnin wheel and the other a woollen one and three glass bottles.And if either of these children Mary Towles or Henry Towles should die before they come to man and womans estate that of the said
estate shall to the other.
The rest of my estate escept the above mentioned legaces may be equally devided amoungst all my children old and young but I desire that the said estate may not come to an appraisement. Stokley Towles (his signature)
Wit:John Layton Thos. (X) Layton
N. B.I give to my son John Towles my best coat and jacket and breeches and my great coat and fine hatt to my son Joseph Towles.
15 Dec 1757.Exhibited into Court by Jane Towles, widow and executrix.Proved by the oaths of John Layton and Thomas Layton.Spencer Bobo the other executor in the said will mentioned personally appeared before the Court and refused to take the burten of the execution thereof.Virginia State Archives, Middlesex Co., VA Wills & Inventories and Other Papers 1673-1812, Compiled by William Lindsay Hopkins, 1989.Order Book 6 1721-1726 (p 36)Diana Davis, orphan of John Davis, decd, bound out to Stockeley Towles until she is of lawful age.1 May 1722.Source Towles Story FHL#0875406 Item's 1 & 2,
Virginia Historical Magazine Vol. 8.
Orange Co., Historical Society, Clark File:"In 1736, William Clark and his brother John settled on or near Clark's Mountain, in Orange Co., Virginia.William married Ann James in 1736.In 1745 he bought a plantation on Robinson River extending back to the base of Thoroughfare Mountain, where his immediate neighbor was Stokeley Towles, who came from a plantation in Middlesex adjoining that of Clark'' father, Edward.William married Sarah Foser in 1751 (Ann having died)."
"Original documents bearing Towles' signature in a bold, clerkly hand show that he, as did others, wrote his given
name Stokeley, Stokely, Stokly, Stockley and Stockly. His descendants usually spell and always pronounce it
Stokeley. On October 21, 1708, he married, in Middlesex, Ann (born August 14, 1693) daughter of Claude Vallot,...
Towles, who was probably born in Accomac about 1690, lived north of Jamaica in Middlesex County until 1737.
Among his near neighbors were Samuel Batchelder, Sr., whose wife Katherine was a daughter of Claude Vallot,
Edward Clark, who married Ann, daughter of David Allison, and Joseph Gower, whose wife Mary was also Allison's
daughter. ... In 1737 Towles moved to a plantation on the east side of the Robinson River, at the foot of
Thoroughfare Mountain, then in Orange, afterwards in Culpepper, now in Madison (County). This place adjoined
one owned by William Clark, who settled in Orange about 1735, perhaps earlier. ...
Robert Palmer Rhoads