AN OUTLINE OF THE EARLY RANSDELLS IN VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY
Robert P. Moore [e-mail: email@example.com], 176 Valley Rd., Lexington, Ky.40503
[In order to shorten the text below, abbreviations will be used in referring toWestmoreland Co., Va. documents. The early Westmoreland records have beentranscribed, abstracted and published by John F. Dorman and by Sam and RuthSparacio. Dorman has done the earliest deeds and wills and some order books,while the Sparacios have continued the transcription of the deed and will bookswhere Dorman left off. It will be noted that in the early years WestmorelandCo. deeds and wills are all in the same books. These are the abbreviations thatwill be used for the original document books: D&W = Westmoreland Co. Deedsand Wills; WOB = Westmoreland Co. Order Book Transcriptions by Dorman will beabbreviated WDWD and WOBD plus the appropriate book numbers or inclusive years,while the Sparacio transcriptions will be designated by WDWS plus theappropriate years. For those who wish to look for these publishedtranscriptions, Dorman's transcriptions of the order books are calledWestmoreland County, Virginia Order Book plus the inclusive dates, and the deedand will transcriptions are called Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds and Willsplus the book number and dates, while the Sparacio transcriptions through 1742are called Deed & Will Abstracts of Westmoreland County, Virginia, and fromthat point on they are called Westmoreland County, Virginia Deed & WillAbstracts. The Sparacio transcriptions are identified by inclusive years, whileDorman uses the original book numbers but also includes the years. The Sparaciotranscriptions are published at The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive,McLean, Va. 22101, while Dorman's were published under his own name inWashington, D.C. The place of publication will not be repeated in thereferences to follow, but the years will. The early Orange Co. records havealso been transcribed by Dorman and the Sparacios.]
[Asterisks mean that I do not yet have an adequate reference to the publishedtranscription of the document.]
There are two frequent major mistakes regarding the Ransdells. EdwardRansdell's widow was not Amy Wharton, there being no such person. Nor can it beproved that the first wife was Mary Gorham, although that is possible. Hiswidow Amy was Mrs. Amy Kelly when he married her. So far as I know, her maidenname is not known, although Ed Ransdell thinks it might have been Doniphan.There certainly was an Alexander Doniphan, and Amy named a Kelly childAlexander. She is not the mother of any of Edward's children. See more abouther below.
The second major error is that William Ransdell, settler in Mercer Co., Ky. wasNOT the son of William Ransdell and Mary Chilton of Fauquier Co. Do not rely,for this and other questions, on the research of E. Porter Ransdell, which Ifound in a little booklet at the library of the Kentucky Historical Society.Some of his claims are impossible. He may have been relying on the work ofJames L. Kendall of Jeffersonville, Indiana, whose perhaps preliminarymanuscript I have seen at the Filson Club in Louisville. E.P. Ransdell,however, did not think in the way a genealogist should and made some seriousmisinterpretations. Kendall speculated that it was possible that WilliamRansdell who came to Mercer Co., Ky. was the son of William Ransdell and MaryChilton of Fauquier Co. E.P. Ransdell apparently took this as a fact. Inpublished form later on, though, Kendall called William the son of JohnRansdell, which is much more likely. Also risky in some areas is the publishedresearch of Ron Donaldson. As with most of us, he is most capable in the areaof most direct interest. See "Thornton of Richmond County, Virginia"by Dr. B. C. Holtzclaw in Historical Southern Families, vol. 12, 1968,published by J.B. Boddie for a well-researched article as it regards theRansdells of Orange Co., Va., the family of John and his probable son, Williamof Mercer Co. Dr. Holtzclaw also gives some documentation for the generations ofEdward and his children. There is also good research in the typescript ofWilliam K. Ransdell at the Kentucky Historical Society library.
William of Mercer Co., Ky. came from Orange Co., Va., not Fauquier, whereWilliam Ransdell and Mary Chilton lived. William of Mercer was married no laterthan 1760-61, since his son Wharton was born in 1763, according to a familyBible, and Wharton had a brother William who appeared in the Orange Co.tithables before Wharton did. (For these Bible records, see NSDAR Magazine,Feb. 1981, p. 109.) If William of Mercer was married in the early 1760s, whileall the recorded marriages of children of William of Fauquier took place in thelate 1780s and 1790s, there was certainly a large gap between the marriage ofWilliam of Mercer (m. Ann Petty) and those that some researchers have wanted tomake his siblings in Fauquier Co. From these dates, one would conclude thatWilliam of Orange and Mercer was nearer to being a contemporary of William ofFauquier and Mary Chilton rather than their son. All dealings of William ofMercer have been found to be with the other Orange Co. Ransdells and not withthose of Fauquier. This argues that William of Mercer was the son of JohnRansdell (son of Edward who died in 1724 in Westmoreland Co.) of Orange Co.
One finds that the Fauquier Co. Ransdells settled in fairly great number in theShelby Co.-Henry Co. area of Kentucky as well as in Owen, Franklin, Fayette andScott, while the Orange Co. group settled in Mercer Co., Ky. I am not wellinformed about any except the Mercer group, which includes, though, FoxallRansdell, son of William of Mercer Co., who moved to the Shelby-Henry area.
See here below some of my notes on this family. I am not immune to mistakeseither. I would be very grateful to have any pointed out to me that can bedocumented as being erroneous. And if one finds records on the early Ransdellsthat can add to our knowledge of them, please let me and all researchers knowabout it. I am hoping to write an extensive article on the family sometime.
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An Edward Ransdell is mentioned in the records of St. Mary's Co., Md. asreproduced in Archives of Maryland, vol. 53, p. 631 (1661) and vol. 57 p. 283(1666). The latter document also mentions a "Mr. Foxall," who couldbe from the Westmoreland family referred to later. The land referred to is inSt. Clement's Manor. [These volumes may be available on the Archives ofMaryland web site.]
A PROBABLE son of the above is the Edward Ransdell who appears first inWestmoreland Co., Va. on 22 Oct. 1696, pp. 82a-83a of Westmoreland Co. Deedsand Wills Book 2 (p. 33, Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds and Wills, No. 2,1691-1699, John Frederick Dorman, Washington, 1965). In this document, RichardOmohundro of Cople Parish assigns his right to 192½ acres between theRappahannock and Nomini Creek adjoining Peirce, Jacob Remey, Nicholas Spencer"to EDWARD RANSDELL of same, carpenter and cooper." [There areseveral records in this county telling of people apprenticed to Edward Ransdellto learn his trade.] This land had gone through these hands: 28 Jan. 1683/4,Thomas Collinsworth to William Moxley; 12 Feb. and 12 March, same year,Collinsworth's wife acknowledges relinquishment of right of dower; 8 Sept.1696, William Moxley assigns to Richard Omohundro.
EDWARD appears with a wife MARY in a Westmoreland deed of 30 and 31 May 1699(D&W 2, pp. 186-186a, as transcribed on p. 89, WDWD 2, 1965). EdwardRansdell of Cople Parish, carpenter, to Jacob Ramy Junr., 30 acres adjoiningNicholas Spencer, Jacob Remey Senr., Thos. Collinsworth. On 31 May 1699, MaryRansdell, wife, relinquishes dower right to this land. He appears with a wifeAMY in a deed of gift to son WHARTON on 24 Jan 1720/1, D&W 7, p. 87 (asmentioned in Holtzclaw's Thornton article on p. 13, which was cited above) andwithout Amy's being mentioned on 26 Feb. 1723, D&W 8, p. 7a (WDWS,1723-1726, p. 11, 1994), a deed of gift to sons EDWARD and JOHN. Amy, as willbe seen in Edward Ransdell's will, was the widow of Capt. John Kelly. John Kellydied sometime in 1715. His will, written 7 Oct. 1714 and proved 4 May 1715 ison p. 208, Richmond Co. Wills and Inventories, 1709-1717, as transcribed on p.29, Wills of Richmond County, Virginia, 1699-1800, comp. by Robert K. HeadleyJr., publ. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1983. Amy's will,written 17 Jan. 1729/30, pr. 4 Feb. 1729/30 is transcribed on p. 65 of the samepublication She mentions dau. Mary Moxley; sons John Kelly, Matthew Kelly, andAlexander Kelly, exr. friend James Wilson. Witn. Anne Wilson, James Williams,William Jordan. It is obvious from the date of death of John Kelly and theabsence of Ransdell children in Amy's will that she had no children by EdwardRansdell.
In 1706 Edward Ransdell received a grant of 141 acres in Westmoreland Co.adjoining land formerly that of Col. William Pearce deceased & NicholasSpencer Esq., deceased and James Burns. It was on Rappahannock Creek, a branchof Nomini. The warrant was dated 29 June 1706 and the survey was made by ThomasThompson on 22 Nov. 1706. This is recorded in Northern Neck Grants, 1690-1784,Book 3, p. 138, as transcribed on p. 34 by Gertrude E. Gray and published in1988 by the Genealogical Publishing Co. of Baltimore under the title VirginiaNorthern Neck Land Grants, 1694-1742. Page 42 of this publication shows a grantto John Garner of Westmoreland in Book 3, p. 239. This tract of 390 acresadjoins that of Edward Ransdell.
The first wife of Edward Ransdell MAY HAVE BEEN Mary Gorham, daughter of Milesand Susannah Gorham. Mary was the ward of Henry and Elizabeth Wharton, and itis possible that she wished to honor them by naming a child after them. Thepossible identity of Edward's wife is explained in the Holtzclaw Thorntonarticle cited earlier. Dr. Holtzclaw for the most part gives completedocumentation of his facts in this article. As far as the Ransdells areconcerned, he concentrates on those who moved from Westmoreland Co. to OrangeCo., Va. because of their close ties with the Thorntons. Those who want to geta few more details on the Ransdells, as well as a brief mention of ties withSanfords, should read this article. Most of the Ransdell information is onpages 12 to 16. Hereafter references to this article will appear as Holtzclaw,plus the page number
Edward Ransdell died sometime in 1724, since his will was written on 1 May 1724and probate took place on 24 June 1724, D&W 8, pp. 23a-24 (WDWS, 1723-1726,pp. 38-40, 1994). To sons WHARTON, EDWARD; and JOHN, personal property; to wifeAMY and her children by Capt. John Kelly, personal property and whatever estatehe had by virtue of his marriage to her; sons Edward and John to be underguardianship of Wharton until they reach age of 21; to Elizabeth Jeffries, acow; to daughter-in-law [= step daughter] Mary Kelly, a heifer; to NicholasStephens, clothing; to slave Will, a box; to daughters ELIZABETH TALBOT andMILESENT LONGWORTH, residue of estate; and to William Longworth, my best suitof clothes. Exr. son Wharton Ransdell. Witn. Christopher Marmaduke, W. Stuman,Deborah Marmaduke. Will proved 24 June 1724, recorded 6 May 1724.
Abstract of will of AMY RANSDELL, wr. 17 Jan. 1729/30, pr. 4 Feb. 1729/30, onp. 65 in Wills of Richmond County, Virginia, 1699-1800, comp. by Robert K.Headley Jr., publ. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1983. To dau.Mary Moxley; sons John Kelly, Matthew Kelly, and Alexander Kelly, exr. friendJames Wilson. Witn. Anne Wilson, James Williams, William Jordan.
***Richmond Co., Va. Deed Book 8, p. 516. Bond. We Matthew Kelley, AlexanderKelley, and Edward Eidson of Richmond Co. bind ourselves to the justices of thepeace of Richmond County in the sum of £100 this Feb 4, 1729, to insure thatMatthew and Alexander Kelley, Administrators of the will and of all the goods,chattels, and credits of AMY RANSDELL deced, make an inventory of the goods,chattels, and credits of the deceased. Signed Matthew Kelley, Alexander Kelley,Eidson. Rec. Feb. 4, 1728 (1729?).
D&W 5, pp. 513-15, (p. 104, WDWD, No. 5, 1712-1716, Washington, 1989. Will ofThomas Thompson, wr. 17 Jan. 1715/16, pr. 28 March 1716. Friend EDWARD RANSDELLreceives legacy of brass bound gunn that formerly belonged to Capt. Wm.Hardidge.
Westmoreland Co. Order Book 1698-1705, pp. 181-181a (p. 62, WOBD 1698-1705,Part 3, 1701-3, 1978). Court held 30 December 1702. EDWARD RANSDALE by hispetition setting forth that hee had maintained and kept Peter Niccolls, aninfant, son of Peter Niccolls late of this County, planter, the space of fiveyeares or thereabouts, upon consideration that Niccolls the father alwayespromised to bind his son apprentice to him untill hee should attaine to the ageof twenty one years, which Niccolls being runaway and neither bound his sonapprentice nor made the complainant the least satisfaction for his charge inbringing upp and nourishing the child dureing the space, humbly moveing theCourt the infant might bee bound apprentice to him, Peter Niccolls the sonbeing now adjudged eleven years of age is bound apprentice to Edward Ransdale,with him to continue and abide untill he arrive to the age of one and twentyyears, his master's commands lawful and just at all tymes to perform and doe,and in every thing justly and uprightly to behave himself to his master dureingthe whole term. Edward Ransdale doth agree to teach or cause to bee taught hisapprentice as soon as may be to read the English tongue as also after the bestmeanes hee can to teach him the art and mystery of a carpenter or cooper orboth, and in the mean tyme to provide for his apprentice meat, drink, washing,lodgeing and apparell meet and convenient for such an apprentice.
Edward Ransdale produced in Court acertain indenture of apprenticeshipp made between Abraham Ethell and Ransdalebearing date 7 December 1700 which Ethell acknowledged and that hee would serveRansdale according to the tenure of the same.
D&W 3, pp. 116-17, Dec. 1700 (p. 33, WDWD 3, 1967). Abraham Ethell toEDWARD RANSDALE. Ethell doth agree to bind himself apprentice to Ransdale forsix years to learn the perfect trades and occupation of carpenter, cooper andjoyner as far forth as Ransdale can instruct. He will not intermarry norconcern himself with any woman during the time of his apprenticship and keephis master's secrets and serve him faithfully and help yearly to make corn asfar forth as one man's share may contain.
Ransdale doth covenant to find himwith all the conveniences, as good decent apparel, good diet, sweet and warmlodging, and to furnish him with a set of tools either cooper's or carpenter'swhich the boy think fit
WOB 1698-1705, p. 36 (p. 49, WOBD, 1698-1705, Part 1, 1978), 31 May 1699.EDWARD RANSDELL acknowledges deed of his land to Jacob Ramy Jr. MARY, wife ofRANSDELL relinquishes dower rights.
WOB, 1698-1705, p. 88a (p. 28, WOBD, 1698-1705, Part 2, 1978), 27 June 1700.EDWARD RANSDELL is security in order to arrest Peter Evans.
WOB, 1698-1705, p. 101a (p. 45, WDWD, 1698-1705, Part 2, 1978), 29 Jan. 1700/1.Col. William Peirce sells land to EDWARD RANSDELL and Griffin Humphreys. Hiswife Sarah Peirce relinquishes dower through attorney John Sturman.
***WOB, 1698-1705, p. 263a (p. 81, WDWD, 1698-1705, Part 4, DATE), 31 May 1705.EDWARD RANSDELL is on grand jury.
D&W 3, p. 89 (p. 24, WDWD 3, 1701-1707, 1967) 17 July 1702. Among surveyorsin land dispute between Spence and Higgins was EDWARD RANSDALE.
D&W 3, pp. 122-23 (pp. 34-35, WDWD 3, 1701-1707) 8 Sept. 1702. EDWARDSRANSDEN[?] was among those indebted to the estate of Wm. Peirce.
D&W 3, p. 165 (p. 47, WDWD 3, 1701-1707) 6 July 1703. Recording ofadditional inventory of John Scott taken 30 June 1703. EDWARD RANSDALE amongthose paying in tobacco.
D&W 3, pp. 249-50 (p. 66, WDWD 3, 1701-1707) 18 June 1704. EDWARD RANSDALEone of the jurors in a trespass suit by John Chilton against Luke Thornton fortrespass. Found for plaintiff.
D&W 3, pp. 275-76 (p. 72, WDWD 3, 1701-1701) 26 July 1704. Account ofestate of Thomas Atwell includes payment to EDWARD RANSDELL.
D&W 8, p. 7 (WDWS, 1723-26, p. 11, 1994), 26 Feb. 1723. Know all men bythese presents I EDWARD RANSDELL of Cople Parish in County of Westmoreland for diversgood causes & consideracons me moving and namely for the natural love &affecon which I bear unto my two Sons, EDWARD RANSDELL and JOHN RANSDELL and ofthe fatherly care which I have of their preferment & advancement after mydeath, by these presents do give & confirm unto my sd. Son Edward Ransdellmy Negro man slave called Will: And to my said Son, Jno: Ransdell my Negro manslave called Tom: To have and to hold the sd. two Negroes unto the said Edward& John & to the heires male of their bodies lawfully begotten and forwant of such heirs to the Survivor of them two dureing his natural life andafter his decease unto my Grandson EDWARD RANSDELL, Son of WHARTON RANSDELL,his heirs forever. In witness whereof I have herunto set my hand and seale the TwentySix day of Febry. Anno Dom 1723.
Sealed & Delivered inpresence of
Westmoreland ss. Att a Court held for the sd. County the 26th day of Febry:1723 Edward Ransdell personally acknowledged this Deed of Guift from him to hisSons, Edward & John, to be his proper act & deed which at theirinstance was admitted to record and Entered thereon the tenth day of March 1723
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Westmoreland Co., Va. Deeds and Wills 13, pp. 143-44. Will of WHARTON RANSDELL,wr. 10 June 1755, pr. 25 Apr. 1758. To be buried by father; to son EDWARD, land"where I now live" and land purchased from William Berkeley, slaves,residue of Stafford Co. land (bought from Willoughby Newton) previously givento dau. Sarah; dau. SARAH ELLIOTT PIERCE, 20 shillings (has already receivedher portion); son WHARTON, a negro and my clothes; son WILLIAM, land on CobblerMountain, Prince William Co.and slaves; wife Sarah, personal estate. Exrs. wifeand sons. Witn. Richard Parker, Thomas Sanford, William Bruce. [The PrinceWilliam Co. land was in present-day Fauquier Co., which had not yet been formedout of Prince William when Wharton wrote his will.]
Westmoreland Co. Deeds and Wills 9, p. 33, (transcribed by Ruth and SamSparacio on p. 106 of Deed and Will Abstracts of Westmoreland Co., Va.,1736-1740, published 1995). Will of Sarah Monroe, wr. 26 July 1739, pr. 27 Nov.1739. Includes legacies to five grandchildren: Elizabeth Sturman, SarahSturman, Martha Sturman, THOMAS RANSDELL, SARAH ELLIOTT RANSDELL. This proveswhich children of Wharton Ransdell are by his second marriage.
Immediately before this on pp. 32a and 33 is the 1739 will of John Footman, wholeaves "my Friend WHORTON RANSDELL, my Cane."
On pp. 72-74 of the same publication of Westmoreland transcriptions, but fromD&W 8, pp. 4a-6a (WDWS. 1736-40, pp. 72-74, 1995) is a deed dated 29 Jan.1738 from Richard Moxley to EDWARD RANSDELL for 100 acres adjoining NicholasMinor and others. [Without knowing the date of death of the Edward who was theson of the Edward that died in 1724, one cannot be certain whether this is theson of Edward, d. 1724, or the son of Wharton.]
D&W 10, pp. 135-39 (pp. 15-16, WDWS, 1744-1747, 1995). On 28 May 1745,EDWARD RANSDELL and WHARTON RANSDELL are referred to as Gent., a sign of highersocial standing or better than average financial circumstances. (One wonders ifmoney came into the family from their mother Ursula Presley.) Edward andWharton are to examine Grace, wife of Richard Lee, to confirm that shewillingly relinquished her dower rights in the sale of some of her husband'sproperty to Thomas Lee.
D&W S, pp. 33-34, (pp. 100-101, WDWS, 1747-1748, 1996). On 24 Oct. 1748 isrecorded a deed from Thomas Cockerell to EDWARD RANSDELL for £35, tract of landin Nomony [Nomini] Forest, adjoining Ransdell's land and that of RichardSandford and John Sandford.
In the same county record on p. 110 of the same publication is the 1740 will ofWilliam Sanford, which was witn. by George Sanford and WHARTON RANSDELL(probate 1749).
D&W S, pp. 137-138, (pp. 107-108, WDWS, 1749-1751,1996). Deed of "3dday of June in the twenty third year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Georgethe Second by the grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland, King,Defender of the faith, &c, And in the year of our Lord one thousand sevenhundred and fifty one" Augustine Washington and wife Ann and William Boothand wife Elizabeth to Edward Sanford of Cople Parish, a tract adjoining ThomasSandford, Richard Sandford, EDWARD RANSDELL, William Minor, Richard Lee.Witnesses Larrance Butler, Foxhall Sturman, JOSEPH PEIRCE
[Comment by Robert P. Moore: I am inclined to think that the Edward Ransdell inthe above documents is the one who died in 1773 and who is probably the son ofWharton. Wharton's other sons William and Wharton eventually went further northto Stafford, Prince William, and Fauquier. Wharton's son Thomas probably diedyoung after 1739 (date of grandmother's will) and before 1755, since neitherhis father nor his mother mentioned him in their wills.]
D&W 8, p. 88, 30 Aug. 1727 (WDWS, 1726-1729, pp. 44-45, 1994). Know all menby these presents that I URSULA RANSDELL do by these presents nominate andappoint George Turbervile, Gent., my true and lawfull Attorney to acknowledgethe above Deed in the County of Westmorld., and do hereby ratifye and confirmsuch his act in my behalfe to be good & effectual in Law. Witness my handthis Thirtieth day of August 1727.
Sealed & Delivered in presence
(Memorandum. This Power was wrotebeneath the Deed therein menconed.)
Westmoreld. ss. At a Court held forthe sd. County the 30th day of August 1727 This Power of Attorney from UrsulaRansdell to George Turbervile, Gent., was duely proved by the Oaths of thewitnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded
TestG. Turbervile, C.C.W.
Recordedthe Sixth day of September1727 pr.G. T., C.C.W.
(On margin: Ransdell & Ux.[wife]Deed of Negro's to Sturman & Paine)
This indenture made this Thirtiethday of August in the Fourteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Georgeby the grace of God of Great Brittain France and Ireland, King, Defender of thefaith &c., And in the year of our Lord Christ, one thousand seven hundredtwenty and seven, Between WHARTON RANSDELL and URSULA his Wife of Cople Parishand County of Westmoreland of one part and William Sturman and John Paine ofthe Parish and County aforesaid of other part: Witnesseth that Wharton Ransdelland Ursula his Wife as well in consideration of the sum of five shillingslawfull money to them in hand payed by Wm: Sturman and John Paine, the receiptwhereof they do hereby acknowledge, have and by these presents do bargain andsell unto Wm: Sturman and John Paine and their heirs all the hereinaftermentioned several Negro slaves which are called known and distinguished by theseveral names following (vizt.) Nat, Moll, Matthew & Frank, the saidMatthew and Frank being Children born of the body of sd. Moll; Together with alltheir increase and all the right title and demand which Wharton Ransdell andUrsula his Wife or either of them now have or ought to have in the sd. Negroes;To have and to hold the several Negroes with all their increase unto Wm:Sturman and John Paine and their heires for the uses, intents and purposeshereafter in these presents set down, that is to say, that the Negroes calledby the several names abovesaid shall be and remain to and for the proper usebenefit and behoofe of Wharton Ransdell and Ursula his Wife dureing theirnatural lives and the longest liver of them, and after their decease in theproper use benefit and advantage of ELIZABETH RANSDELL, EDWD. RANSDELL, WHARTONRANSDELL, and WM: RANSDELL being the Children of the said Wharton and Ursula assaid Wharton Ransdell shall by Deed duely executed in his life time or by hisLast Will and Testament direct and appoint, In Witness whereof the partys tothese presents have hereunto inter changeably set their hands and seales theday & year above written
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
Westmoreld. ss. At a Court held for the sd. County the 30th day of August 1727Wharton Ransdell came into Court and personally acknowledged this Deed forconveyance of Negroes therein menconed by him and his Wife passed to WilliamSturman and John Paine to be his proper act and deed, also George Turberville,Gen., by vertue of a Power of Attorney duely proved from Ursula, Wife of thesaid Wharton Ransdell, acknowledged this Deed to be her proper act and deed;And the said Deed was likewise proved by the Oaths of Patrick Spence and WilliamPeirce, the witnesses thereto, all which at the instance of the said WhartonRansdell are admitted to Record
Test G.Turberville C.C.W.
Recorded the Sixth day of September1727 pr. G.T., C.C.W.
[This is the only mention so far found of ELIZABETH RANSDELL, daughter ofWharton and Ursula. She is not mentioned in her father's will written in 1755.]
D&W 8, pp. 55-57, (WDWS, 1726-1729, pp. 94-95, 1995), 18 and 19 March 1728,deeds of lease and release by William Berkley of Stafford Co. through attorneyCapt. George Turberville of Westmoreland to WHARTON RANSDELL of Cople Parish,Westmoreland Co. For seven thousand pounds of tobacco and 40 shillings current money,100 acres in Westmoreland Co. being part of a patent granted to Mr. John Lordand Mr. W.M. Horton in 1667 and which later became the right and inheritance ofWm. Lord, gent., son of Mr. John Lord and Henry Neale his grandson, whoconveyed it to Berkley in 1722. Adjoins John Cockerill, Richard Sanford, Col.Ashton, Hinson, Nicholas Minor, Patrick Spence, Robert Sanford. Witn. ThomasSturman, Thomas Chilton.
See p. 142, Augusta B. Fothergill, Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia,1654-1800, Appeals Press, 1925 (henceforth referred to as Fothergill, Wills.),will of ROBERT VAULX, wr. 8 Aug. 1754, pr. 26 March 1755, as abstracted: FriendJohn Elliott and his two sons, land in Prince ____ County; daus. Milly andMolly Vaulx, land in Brewtons Neck: daus. Katy and Kenner, land in Nominy;daus. Betty and Sally, land purchased of John Elliott; Sally to live with Mrs.Ann Washington; Molly to live with Mrs. RANSDALL; dau. Milly to live with SARAHPEARCE; dau. Elizabeth to stay with my wife until she is 16 years of age; daus.by a former wife; children by my present wife; son in law Lawrence Washington asilver ladle and suit of mourning; Brereton Kenner, clothing; William Bernard,law books; Thomas Shadrack. [Note by Robert P. Moore: Given the name Elliottfound in this will, the Mrs. Ransdell mentioned here is probably the formerSarah (Elliott) Sturman, second wife of Wharton Ransdell and Sarah Pearce isprobably Sarah Elliott Ransdell Peirce. [ Note the associations of the Vaulxfamily with the Foxalls, Elliotts, Sturmans as seen in "Sturman FamilyNotes," William and Mary Quarterly, vols. 16 and 17, as referenced aboveunder Edward Ransdell m. Elizabeth Sturman in the outline of Edward Ransdell'sdescendants and in "Foxall-Vaulx-Elliott," by the same authors, onpp. 61-67, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 44 (1936). Thisarticle says that the Foxalls came from Birmingham, Warwickshire, Eng. and thatthe Vaulx family were Quakers from co. Cumberland. Robert Vaulx's mother wasMary Foxall. Mrs. Sarah Elliott Sturman Ransdell's mother was Sarah Foxall]
Fothergill. Wills, p. 187: Will of EDWARD RANSDELL, wr. 19 June 1773, pr. 30Nov. 1773. Land in fee to wife ELIZABETH; dau. ELIZABETH wife of JAMESDAVENPORT, 1 Negro woman in trust for her use; Mr. Richard Parker £5 forservices rendered; nephew PRESLEY son of brother WHARTON RANSDELL 1 ring;nephew EDWARD son of brother WILLIAM a gold ring. [The mention of these nephewsidentifies Edward Ransdell as the son of Wharton and Ursula.]
***p. 64, A Digest of Family Relationships, Vol. I(17120-1759, Ruth and Sam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, Va., 1990, fromPrince William Co. Deed Book 1748-1749, pp. 186-87, 5 Apr. 1749, WHARTONRANSDELL for natural love and affection for sons WHARTON RANSDELL and WILLIAMRANSDELL. [This probably was in the part of Prince William that becameFauquier.]
CR.DB-01/88, p. 44, Culpeper Co., Va. Deed Book F, p. 264. Received the 13thNov. 1771 Four pounds current money being in full all Debts dues and demandsreceived per me, WHARTON RANSDELL. At Court continued and held for County ofCulpeper 20th November 1771 a Recit from Wharton Ransdell to Richard Young wasacknowledged by the said Wharton and ordered to be recorded.
The following two wills are abstracted on pp. 74 and 170 respectively ofAbstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia Wills, Inventories, and Accounts,1759-1800 by John K. Gott, no place or publisher listed, 1972.
Fauquier Co. Will Book 1, pp. 289-90, wr. 3 July 1776, pr. 29 Oct. 1771. Willof WILLIAM RANSDELL, SENIOR.
Wife: beloved wife the use of my whole estate during her natural life and afterher death as follows:
Son WHARTON my Mansion house and plantation thereunto belonging - one-third ofmy whole Tract of Land;
Sons THOMAS and WILLIAM - the remaining part of my Tract of land - my desirethat my MILL be kept for the use of my plantation and my three sons upon theTract of Land:
. . . if my son Wharton should diethat then the Land and plantation devised to him shall devolve unto my sonThomas & the land devised unto him be equally divided between my two sonsEDWARD & CHILTON RANSDELL.
. . . if either of my two sons Thomasor William die the Land devised to them be equally divided between my two sonsEdward and Chilton Ransdell.
. . . all my Negroes, Stock,Household furniture to be equally divided between all my Children after thedeath of my wife according to Justice and Equity.
Exrs. loving sons Wharton, Thomas andWilliam
Witn. Benj'n. Ashby, John Marshall,Ju., John Ritchie
Fauquier Co. Will Book 2, pp. 93-94, wr. 27 Jan. 1786, pr. 26 June 1786. Willof WHARTON RANSDELL.
Children WILLIAM RANSDELL, ANN MOREHEAD, MARGARET RANSDELL, SARAH RANSDELL toshare equally in one-half of the proceeds from the sale of a tract purchased ofArchibald Allen and two tracts more I purchased of John Debutts, 1000 acres;
Son THOMAS to receive the other half of the proceeds arising from sale of abovelands, reserving £20 currant money for the education of my GRANDSON CHARLESMOREHEAD RANSDELL and WHARTON RANSDELL
Son-in-law Cadwallader Slaughter, Negroes; Son EDWARD, Negro; Son JOHN Negroes;Son William, Negroes, tools, featherbed and furniture; Dau. Ann Morehead,Negroes; Dau. Margaret, Negroes; Son Thomas, Negroes, wearing apparel, bigstill, silver watch, one best bed and furniture; Dau. Sarah, Negroes, bed andfurniture; Son Wharton, Negro, cow and calf, bed and furniture, tools, table;Grandsons Charles Morehead Ransdell, Wharton Ransdell, tract of land inJefferson County that I purchased of Cadwallader Slaughter, 500 acres. [This isJefferson Co., Ky., since Kentucky was still a part of Virginia in 1786.] Thereare some Morehead deeds in early Nelson Co., Ky., formed from Jefferson Co. in1785. In June 1806, two of Turner Morehead's daughters married Charles M. andWhorton Ransdell in Nelson Co. By their first names, the brides could beRansdell descendants, but there are no deeds by anyone bearing the nameRansdell in Nelson Co.
If either my sons William Ransdell orThomas Ransdell or my Dau. Sarah Ransdell should Die without lawful issue theirEstate to be equally divided between the surviving Heirs of William, Thomas,Anne Morehead and Margaret Ransdell.
Exrs. Charles Chilton, Elias Edmonds, THOMAS RANSDELL SR., WILLIAM RANSDELLJR.,THOMAS RANSDELL JR.
Witn. NATHANIEL GRAY, John Green Jr., Dan'l. Gray, WHARTON RANSDELL, Enoch K.Withers.
***SPARACIO, Richmond Co., Va. Account Book, Part 1, p. 209. Edward BarrowDeceas'd to Nicholas Minor Senr. Deceased . . .
To Ballance due to Mr. Barrows Orphans; one-third ordered the Widow Minor Exx.to Mr. Nicho. Minor Senr. to pay WHORTON RANSDALE which she agrees thereto. . .[Edward Barrow was married to Elizabeth Minor by whom he had two orphansmentioned in this document. One of them was Margaret Barrow who m. WhartonRansdell.]
Peggy Shomo Joyner, Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys,vol. III, self-published, Portsmouth, Va., 1986.
p. 142, Fauquier Co. Capt. WHARTON RANSDELL, 16 Nov. 1775 (warrant), 15 Apr.1776 (survey); 500 acres on South Run Mt., adj. John Peyton, John Thomas,Presley Cockes/Cox, land "belonging to Revd. Laurence Debutts (but now tothe said Ransdell, Wm. Hunton, Robert Saunders, etc.)" Chain carriersJoseph Bailey & WILLIAM RANSDELL. Surveyor John Moffett.
John K. Gott, comp., Fauquier County, Virginia Deeds, 1759-1778, HeritageBooks, Inc., Bowie, Md., 1988.
p. 5 (Deed Book 1, pp. 62-65), 23-24 March 1760. WILLIAM RANSDALE and MARY, hiswife to Robert Ashby, £70, 200 acres, being part of a larger tract purchased byWHARTON RANSDALE from the Exors. of Mr. Burgess of Lancaster Co., dec'd. Rec.27 March 1760. [This land was probably purchased before Fauquier Co. was formedout of Prince William.]
p. 17 (Deed Book 1, pp. 280-87), 16-17 Sept. 1761. Augustine Washington, EDWARDRANSDELL and William Bernard of Westmoreland Co., Gen., surviving trustees ofRobert Vaulx to Thomas Chilton, Gent., same Vaulx purchased of LaurenceDebutts, late of the Province of Maryland, Clerk [=minister], decd., 11-12 June1745. Proved by the oaths of Foxhall Sturman, Thos. Chilton Jr., EDWARDRANSDELL JR.
p. 33 (Deed Book 2, pp. 7-9), 28 July 1763. Exchange of land on Cedar Runbetween Richard Hampton and Charles Morehead, by Baileys rolling road [road onwhich hogsheads of tobacco were rolled to market]. Witn. Joseph Blackwell, WM.RANSDELL, WHARTON RANSDELL.
p. 50 (Deed Book 2, pp. 253-58), 8-9 Apr. 1765. John Ballendine of Fairfax Co.to WHARTON RANSDELL, £84, 1 shilling, 4 pence, 194 acres in Fauquier and PrinceWilliam, adj. said RANSDELL, Mr. Scott, Archibald Allan, Debutts, Mill run.Witn. James Scott Jr., WM. RANSDELL, Gustavus Scott, John Chilton, John Bell."Being in Fauquier (formerly Prince William) being part of a patentgranted to the Rev'd. Lawrence Debutts of the province of Maryland for 2,864acres on 18 Oct. 1727. And pp. 62-63 (Deed Book 2, pp. 522-530) 2-3 August1765, seems to be the same tract and price, with the exception that this timethere is mention of examination of wife Mary Ballendine regarding her voluntaryrelinquishment of dower rights.
p. 78 (Deed Book 3, pp. 73-83), 23-25 July 1767, concerning a deed to ZephaniahTurner "of Charles Co., Md., Gent.," was witnessed by WHARTONRANSDELL. [This Turner family, some of whom settled in Fauquier Co., Va., sentrepresentatives of the Fauquier Co. branch to Henry Co., Ky., as did some ofthe family of this Wharton Ransdell.]
p. 117 (Deed Book 4, pp. 215-16), 24 June 1771. WHARTON RANSDALL and wifeMARGARET to John Churchill, Gent., £100, parcel on both sides of Cedar Run fora mill seat, 4 acres and 4 more acres which he overflowed by means of buildinga mill. [This is probably the last mention of Wharton's wife Margaret Barrow.]
p. 177 (Deed Book 6, pp. 134-35), 26 Dec. 1775 [among Dec. 1774 deeds].Apprentice Bond. Chandler Fowke of Hamilton Parish and WHARTON RANSDALL ofLeeds Parish, HOUSE CARPENTER AND JOINER . . . Fowke by his mother's consent& approbation of the Court binds himself for 5 years an apprentice toRansdall . . . Fowke agrees not to frequent tipling houses nor taverns nor playat cards Dice or any unlawful game. [This shows that Wharton has the same tradeas his grandfather Edward Ransdell.]
p. 208 (Deed Book 6, pp. 547-49), 26 Sept. 1778. WHARTON RANSDELL to RobertSanders, £10, 113 acres on north side of Pon Mt., adj. Wm. Hunton and saidSanders, Presley Cox, Peyton, land sold to Jonathan Newhouse.
p. 208 (Deed Book 6, pp. 549-50), 28 Sept. 1778. WHARTON RANSDELL to JosephSmith of Prince William Co., £137, 274 acres, adjoining Presley Cox, RobertSanders, John Thomas, Peyton.
John K. Gott, comp., Fauquier County, Virginia Deeds, 1778-1785, HeritageBooks, Inc., Bowie, Md., 1993.
p. 1 (Deed Book 7, pp.3-4), 26 Sept. 1778. WHARTON RANSDELL to JonathanNewhouse, £50, 100 acres, part of a tract taken up by Ransdell in 1777 on Southside of Pon[d?] Mountain, binding on Wm. Hunton Robert Sanders, Peytons and W.Ransdell's old line.
p. 1 (Deed Book 7, pp.4-6) 26 Sept. 1778. WHARTON RANSDELL to William Hunton,£6, 10 shillings, 13 acres, part of above tract, beginning at South Run,Hunton's line to south end of Pon Mt., Ransdell's old line.
p. 5 (Deed Book 7, pp. 53-55), 22 Feb. 1779. JOHN RANSDELL is witn. to deedfrom John Cantwell and Sarah to Wm. Skinker of Prince Wm. Co.
pp. 22-23 (Deed Book 7, pp. 236-39), 21 Nov. 1779. WHARTON RANSDELL SR. toObediah Pettit, £145, 145 acres, beginning where John Churchill's line crossesButton's Branch . . . down to Cedar Run . . . to the line of John Churchill'slott on which his mill stands . . James Bell's corner, part of a larger tractbelonging to said Ransdell, the remaining part of which is now in possession ofhis son JOHN RANSDELL. Witn. Wm. Kenton, Robert Hanson, Benjamin Hamrick.
p. 56 (Deed Book 7, pp. 509-12) 30 Nov. 1782. WHARTON RANSDELL JR. son &heir-at-law of WILLIAM RANSDELL, late of Fauquier Co., dec'd. & MARYRANSDELL, widow & relict of said William, to Thomas Digges, Gent., £428,428 acres, bounded by lands of Obadiah Pettit, JOHN RANSDELL, John Stewart, RichardChichester, the lands in poss. of Robert Layton, William Edmonds & JohnChurchhill, is part of the land which was purchased by WHARTON RANSDELL, fatherof the said William Ransdell & by him devised to the said Wm. and whereonsaid Digges now lives. Witn. Charles Chilton, John Metcalfe, William Stewart,John Kennedy.
[This deed is a good example of the usage of the time when "Jr." didnot necessarily mean son of somebody with the same first name, but rather theyounger of two people in the area with identical names. It also proves whatsome seem never to realize, and that is that deeds are an extremely usefulsource of genealogical information. We have here a mention of Wharton who m.Ursula Presley, his son Wm. who m. Mary Chilton (and of Mary herself) and ofWm. and Mary's son, here called Wharton Jr. There is not, however, any explicitidentification of John Ransdell. The Dorman article in the Virginia Genealogiston the Chilton family above indicates, by mentioning no such person, thatWilliam and Mary did not have a son John, so we might SPECULATE that this Johnis the son of William's brother Wharton. However, see below Deed Book 8, pp.138-40.]
p. 66 (Deed Book 8, pp. 53-57), 27 Oct. 1783. THOMAS RANSDELL to Aquilla Dyson,£200, tract adj. lands of the Estate of Thomas Lord Fairfax, George Ash,WHARTON RANSDELL, and William Moore, corner to George Ash, 268 acres, thequitrents hereafter to grow due and payable to the Commonwealth of Virginia.[Some history given here. Now that the Revolution was over, the lands in theNorthern Neck counties were no longer the property of Lord Fairfax and he couldno longer collect the rents on them, which now went to the state.]
p. 76 (Deed Book 8, pp. 138-40), 26 July 1784. WHARTON RANSDALL, Gent., toThomas Digges, Gent., £320, 300 acres, the land whereon JOHN RANSDALL (son ofthe said WILLIAM) now lives . . adj. Thomas Digges, John Stewart, JamesStewart, Obadiah Pettit and John Churchill.
[This deed is either helpful or confusing. The use of "said" in suchdocuments means "aforementioned," but in the abstract, at least, noWilliam has been previously mentioned. This is why one wants to see originaldocuments. Was William mentioned in the original? And which Wharton is this? Itcould be the son of William, called Wharton Jr. in the deed above of 1782. Thisseems especially likely, because the owners of the lands adjoining includePettit and Stewart, as well as Digges, as in the deed in Book 7, pp. 509-12.Did the whole text of the deed again mention William, the father of WhartonJr.? If so, then this tells us that William DID INDEED have a son John who isnot listed in the Dorman article above on the Chiltons. Could this be thesolution to the mystery of the identity of the John Ransdell who married LucyChilton? And note another (or the same?) John to follow in Stafford Co. Couldthat be the reason there is no John in the 1787 census of Fauquier Co. citedbelow?
John Vogt and T. William Kethley Jr., comp., Stafford Co., Virginia Tithables,Iberian Publishing Co., Athens, Ga., 1990.
p. 379, 1788 list of Wm. Alexander, May 9, JOHN RANSDELL
pp. 409-10, same 1788 list arranged in date order, showing others listed onsame date as JOHN RANSDELL
p. 499, 1790 list of Alexander, May 12, JOHN RANSDAL
p. 529, same 1790 list in date order, showing JOHN RANSDAL and others of samedate (only Archibal Rowley)
Netti Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Speakman Love, The Personal Property TaxLists for the Year 1787 for Fauquier County, Virginia, Genealogical Books inPrint, Springfield, Va., 1987.
p. 273, Thomas Ransdell Sr.
p. 298, Mary Ransdell, Wharton Ransdell (responsibility of Mary), WilliamRansdell, Thomas Ransdell (responsibility of William), Mary Ransdell. Mary islisted twice and in neither case is a tithable.
p. 302, Thomas Ransdell Sr. listed on March 21
p. 312, Mary and Wharton Ransdell listed on Apr. 16; Thomas and WilliamRansdell listed on Apr. 23, as is Turner Morehead; Mary Ransdell listed on Apr.24, as are Amstd. and Mary Morehead.
S.-Yantis and Love, The 1787 Census of Virginia, Genealogical Books in Print,Springfield, Va., 1987.:
Orange Co., p.837 John Sanford Wharton William WilliamJr.
Fauquier Co., pp. 273,298 Mary Thomas Thos.Sr. Wharton William
Since the William of Fauquier who m. Mary Chilton was dead by this time, theWilliam in Fauquier in 1787 must be either their son or Wharton and Margaret'sby that name. (Many have MISTAKENLY made William of Orange Co., Va. and MercerCo., Ky. the son of William Ransdell and Mary Chilton of Fauquier Co.) One ofthese two cousins named William may have died already. From the index ofFauquier records compiled by John P. Alcock, it would appear that the Williamof Fauquier in 1787 may have died in 1788. Alcock's index does not providesufficient information to determine which William this was, but the dates ofbirth and marriage of the children of William of Mercer make it extremelyunlikely that he was the son William of either Wharton or William of Fauquier.
[The 1800 tax lists of Mercer Co. (p.241, "Second Census" of Kentucky, 1800, G. Glen Clift, GenealogicalPublishing Co., Baltimore, 1976) contain these Ransdells: William, Edward, JohnSr., William Sr., Wharton, Zachary. Also in that list is a John Ransdell inScott Co., Ky.]
Fauquier County, Virginia Marriage Bonds: 1759-1800 and Marriage Returns1785-1848, John K. Gott, Heritage Books, Ind., Bowie, 1989
p. 183, ElizabethRansdell CadwalladerSlaughter 17Dec. 1762 bondsman Wharton Ransdell
p. 142, HannahRansdell WilliamMoore 8Jan. 1779 bondsman Wharton Ransdell
p. 142, AnnRansdell TurnerMorehead 14June 1779 bondsman Wharton Ransdell
p. 164, WhartonRansdell MaryMorehead 16Jan. 1781 bondsman Turner Morehead
p. 81, SallyRansdell NathanielGray 26Sept. 1786 bondsman Charles Morehead
p. 164, Thomas Ransdell,Jr. MaryRansdell 8Nov. 1786 bondsman Thomas Ransdell
p. 35, MaryRansdell JohnClarke 5Jan. 1789 bondsman Armistead Morehead
p. 81, BetsyRansdell NathanielGray 18March 1789 bondsman Thomas Ransdell
p. 10, MaryRansdell WilliamBall 7Sept. 1793 bondsman F. Brooke
As a lead to further research onthese Fauquier Ransdells, see pp. 289-90 of John P. Alcock's Fauquier Families,1759-1799, subtitled Comprehensive Indexed Abstracts of Tax and Tithable Lists,Marriage Bonds and Minute, Deed and Will Books, and Other, publ. by IberianPublishing Co., Athens, Georgia, 1994.
Ransdell records in Orange Co., Va.
[Since the years covered by transcriptions of Orange Co. records by Ruth andSam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, Va. do not necessarily keep within thelimits of one single county record book they will be abbreviated as they appearin their catalogs. Their transcriptions of deed books will be abbreviated OE.DBplus the inclusive years, while the will book material will appear as OE.DB,plus inclusive years. Those of John F. Dorman will be OWD and ODD. Sparaciotranscriptions are actually entitled as follows: Will Abstracts of OrangeCounty, Virginia followed by the inclusive dates in parentheses and DeedAbstracts of Orange County, Virginia plus dates. Dorman titles, published inWashington, D.C., read as follows: Orange County, Virginia Will Book plusnumber of book and dates and Orange County, Virginia Deed Book plus number(s)and dates.]
John Ransdell appears on two undated tithable lists in Orange Co. for theperiod 1736 to 1739, and he appears on tithable lists for 1753, 1755, and 1758.(Not all such lists have survived.) These lists are cited on page 14,Holtzclaw. For these early tithable lists Holtzclaw cites Brockman, Orange Co.Families, vol. I, pp. 142, 145, 147.
Peggy Shomo Joyner, Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants &Surveys: Orange & Augusta Counties: With Tithables, Delinquents,Petitioners, 1730-1754, self-published, Portsmouth, Va., 1985
p. 41, Orange Co. Tithables, 1737, list of Samuel Pound includes JOHN RANDSELL[sic], 2 tithables, followed by Willm. Pattey, 2 tithables; Thomas Pattey, 2tithables; and several lines further Thos. Pattey, son, 3 tithables; JohnPattey, 2 tithables. Luke and James Thorntun are a few lines before JohnRansdell. [These are probably the Petty in-laws of William Ransdell.]
p. 42, no date, list of Samuel Pound includes James Thorntun, Thos. pettessenior, Thos Pette Juner, Willm Pette, Luke Thorntun, JOHN RANDSEL [sic]
p. 47, 1739 list, no attribution, includes Luke Thorntun, JOHN RAMSUL (twotithables), James Thorntun, Thos. Pettrey Senior, John Pettrey, Thos Pettry.
Orange Co. Order Book 6, p. 512, as cited on p. 14, Holtzclaw. In 1760, JohnRansdell, a poor man, must bind his children out to others. [Since Edward's sonJohn was born perhaps a little after 1703 and would be somewhere around 57 atthis time, he might not have minor children, so this could be another John,perhaps his son.]
Orange Co. tithables for various years, including the number of tithables inthe household, according to Holtzclaw:
John Ransdell (probably at least in some cases the son of the John above.)
1782-88(1) 1788-92(2) 1793(3)
1787-99[?] (1) 1788-89(2) 1792-93(2) 1798-99(2)
Who is the second tithable in his household? He appears first in Mercer Co.,Ky. records in an 1806 deed.
William Ransdell and son WilliamJr. 1785-89
William Ransdell and sons Wharton and William Jr. 1788-94 [From this, oneconcludes that William Jr. was the eldest son and Wharton the next eldest.]
Wharton Ransdell 1787-94 (1)
The Virginia records below are all from Orange Co., except the one immediatelyfollowing, which is from Spotsylvania, from which Orange was formed the nextyear.
Spotsylvania Co. as given in Spotsylvania County Records, 1721-1800, p. 140,ed. William Armstrong Crozier, publ. by Southern Book Co., 1955 and distributedby Genealogical Book Co., Baltimore.
Deed Book C (page not given in the publication cited), 30 Nov. 1734. AlexanderSpotswood leases 200 acres on the south side of the Rapidan to Luke Thornton.JOHN RANDELL [sic] is called Thornton's brother-in-law in this deed. Thisestablishes John as the son of the EDWARD RANSDELL who d. in 1724 inWestmoreland Co., since we already know that Luke Thornton's wife was adaughter of Edward.
Will Book 2, pp. 422-24, will of John Petty of St. Thomas Parish, wr. 26 July1768, pr. 20 Feb. 1770 as abstracted and transcribed by John Frederick Dormanin Orange County, Virginia Will Book 2, 1744-1778, Washington D.C., 1961, pages86-87. Hereafter cited as OWD 2.
To my beloved wife REBECCA PETTEY theland and plantation whereon I now live containing 122 acres during her naturallife or widowhood. Also my Negro fellow Punch and woman Moll, with all my otherestate. After her decease divided amongst my children.
To my eldest son THOMAS PETTEY fiveshillings current money to be paid when demanded. My said son have no otherpart of my estate.
To my daughters SARAH CORLEY andTABITHA EDWARDS and my son LUKE PETTY who are now in Carolina the sum of fiveshillings each.
To my granddaughter ANN FORD thefeather bed that she lies on with the furniture belonging to it.
To my son in law WILLIAM RANSDELL mylarge church Bible.
To my son FRANCIS PETTY one horse tobe the value of 8 pounds.
To my son ABNER PETTY my Negro manPunch. In case he should die before he arrives to the age of twenty one years,Punch be sold and the money divided amongst my other children whom I have notcut off with five shillings.
To my son GEORGE PETTY after hismother's decease the land and plantation whereon I now live with one Negrowoman Moll. In case George should die before he arrives to the age of twentyone years, the land to my son JOHN and the Negro woman Moll to be sold to thehighest bidder and the money equally divided betwixt all my children who havenot been cut off with five shillings.
In case my wife Rebecca Pettey shouldmarry after my decease, she should have no more of my estate than the lawallows her.
The remainder of my estate after thedecease of my wife Rebecca Pettey be sold to the highest bidder and the moneyequally divided betwixt my children ABFAIR FORD, John Pettey, ZACHARIAH PETTEY,ANN RANSDELL, REBECCA BOSTON, SUSANNAH HAWKINS, JEMIMA BOSTON, Francis Pettey,Abner Pettey and George Pettey.
My beloved wife Rebecca Petteyexecutrix and my son Zachariah Pettey and WILLIAM RANSDELL executors.
Witn. Alexr. Waugh jur., Absalom Wood, William Wood.
20 Feb. 1770. Since signing the abovewill I have been informed of the death of my eldest son Thomas Pettey.Therefore to prevent his children from having any part of my estate I give tomy grandson Reuben Pettey son of Thomas Pettey one shilling sterling. JohnPettey
Witn. Cattey Pettey, Alexr. Waugh jur.
27 Sept. 1770. Presented into Courtby William Ransdale. Proved by Absalom Wood and Catey Pettey. Executor withZachary Pettey and Weeden Sleet his securities entered into bond in the sum of£500 current money.
OWD 2, p. 87, Will Book 2, pp. 425-26, ordered 27 Sept. 1770. Appraisers ofJohn Petty estate sworn before Francis Moore, Gent. Total valuation £216,including three slaves valued at £110. Taken by Benjamin Hawkins, GeorgeProcter, Abner Porter. Returned 24 Jan. 1771.
OE.WB-06/85, p. 4, Will Book 3, p. 24, 27 July 1780. WILLIAM RANSDELL, DanielThornton, James Thornton appraise estate of William Gaines.
OE.WB-06/85, p. 6, Will Book 3, p. 32, 23 Aug. 1781. WILLIAM RANSDELL, FrancisMoore, James Banner appraise estate of John Thornton.
OE.WB-06/85, p. 33, Will Book 3, p. 231, 25 July 1791. Inventory sale of estateof John Petty, decd., WILLIAM RANSDELL, exr. [This is surely not the John Pettywho had died 21 years earlier, for whom Wm. was also exr.] Sales to GeorgePetty, John Robertson, William Proctor, James Clark Jr., Zachariah Petty forWM. RANSDELL SR., Lewis Willis.
OE.WB-06/85, p. 33-34, Will Book 3, p. 235, 26 Nov. 1791. WM. RANSDELL submitsaccount of est. of John Petty.
OE.WB-06/85, p. 40, 3, p. 312, 22 Sept. 1794. WM. RANSDELL, exr., submitsaccount of est. of John Pilly [Petty?]. Amount of sale, £70, 13 shillings, 2pence.
OE.WB-06/85, p. 37, Will Book 3, 266, 24 Sept 1792, return of appr. of estateof JESSE RANSDELL by George Petty, James Sleet, Daniel Thornton. Estateappraised at £9, 6 shillings, 9 pence.
OE.WB-06/85, p. 38, Will Book 3, p. 282, no date. Estate of JESSE RANSDELL toSANFORD RANSDELL. Value £3, 12 shillings.
In the Orange Co. deeds below some of the land is said to be on the Rapidan(which today separates Orange from Culpeper) and Rockey Branch. The latter is avery short stream quite near the line with Culpeper, so this narrows down to afairly small area the part of Orange Co. in which the Ransdells lived. It isclose to a place called Raccoon Ford.
OE.DB-02/86, p. 150, Deed Book 16, p. 46, 25 May 1772. Alexander Spotswood andElizabeth of Spotsylvania Co. to WILLIAM RANSDELL of Orange. For £57, 4shillings, 176 acres on the Rapidan, adjoining Luke Thornton, a naked mountain,Elijah Morton, Col. Francis Moore, Rockey Branch. Witn. Reuben Moore, FrancisMoore Jr., Weeden Sleet, John Grigsby. Rec. Aug. 1772.
OE.DB-02/86, p. 154, Deed Book 16, p. 84, 27 June 1772, recorded 27 May 1773.WILLIAM RANSDELL and ANN to JOHN RANSDELL, £31, 17 shillings, 98 acres on thesouth side of the Rapidan, adjoining Luke Thornton, Reuben Moore, RockeyBranch, Col. Francis Moore.
OE.DB-02/86, p. 196, Deed Book 16, p. 498, 31 July 1777. George Waugh, Esq.,gives two-lives lease to SANFORD RANSDAL and to his sister ELISABETH RANSDALE,near Chestnut Mt. Witn. Daniel Thornton, JOHN RANSDELL. Yearly rent £3, 10shillings. Plot surveyed in presence of John Ransdal and Daniel Thornton. [Thiskind of lease meant that it would continue until the death of whichever of themdied later. A three-lives lease seems to have been more typical and was oftenfor the lives of a couple and one of their children.]
OE.DB-04/89, p. 90, Deed Book 19, p. 389, 23 Feb. 1790. WHARTON RANSDELL,Duncan Campbell, Finlason Sleet witn. deed from Joseph and Rebekah Boston toGeorge Petty. Land adjoins John Lee, John Boston, George Petty. Witn. FinlasonSleet, Duncan Campbell, Wharton Ransdell.
OE.DB-04/89, p. 59, Deed Book 19, p. 254, 27 Nov. 1787. Alexander and ElizabethSpotswood of Spotsylvania Co. to Charles Porter, £90s, 100 acres adj. AlexanderDawney, Francis Moore, Samuel Clayton survey, Alexander Waugh, Daniel Thornton,RANSDELL. Witn. William Richards, John Powell, Camp Porter, Nicholas Leathers,William Herndon Jr. Rec. 23 June 1788. Delivered to PEIRCE SANFORD July 1794.[Pierce Sanford was the maternal grandfather of Mary Ann Yates, wife of BlufordPoulter, a grandson of William Ransdell.]
OE.DB-04/89, p. 59, Book 19, p. 258, 23 Nov. 1787. Alexander and ElizabethSpotswood of Spotsylvania Co. to Charles Porter, £20, 33 acres, adj. Dawson,Welch, Lancaster, Hawkins Mill Run. Delivered to PEIRCE SANFORD July 1794.
OE.DB-05/89, p. 42, Deed Book 20, p. 164, 23 July 1792. Francis Moore leases350 acres for 30 years to his son Reuben Moore, adjoining Left Hand Mountain,Alexander Waugh, John White, Reuben Gaines, Richard Waugh, William Dean. Witn.WHARTON RANSDELL, JOHN RANSDELL, GEORGE RANSDELL, Robert Moore. [This is theonly reference found to George Ransdell.]
OE.DB-05/89, p. 36, Deed Book 20, pp. 133-34, 24 Sept. 1792. Daniel Thorntonand Thos. Bryant, exrs. of James Thornton, to SANFORD RANSDELL. For £168, tenshillings, no acreage mentioned, land which James Thonrton died possessed of,adjoining Waugh, Daniel Thornton, Porter, Henry Brown.
OE.DB-05/89, p. 36, Deed Book 20, p. 135, 24 Sept. 1792. SANFORD RANSDELL toThomas Bryant, £168, ten shillings, 195 acres, same price and description asjust above.
[Traditionally the Ransdells came to Mercer Co., Ky. in 1795, so the sales thatfollow may indicate preparations for this migration.]
OE.DB-05/89, pp. 89-90, Deed Book 20, p. 317, 4 Feb. 1794. JOHN RANSDELL andwife CATHERINE to Alexander Dawney [Downey?] of Culpeper. For £11, 18shillings, no acreage mentioned, adjoining Col. Francis Moore, JamesSomerville, John Ransdell, Rockey Branch, Rapidan R. Witn. Daniel Grinnin Jr.,James M. Bell, Mark Hornsey.
OE.DB-05/89, pp. 101-2, Deed Book 20, p. 352, 14 Oct. 1794. JOHN RANSDALE andCATEY to Alexander Dawney, £134, five shillings, 89.5 acres, adjoining Dawney,Rockey Branch, Col. Francis Moore, Octony Ridge. Witn. Thomas Barbour, CatlettConway, Wm. Robertson Jr., Geo. Shepherd.
OE.DB-05/89, p. 102, Deed Book 20, p. 354, 14 Oct. 1794. WILLIAM RANSDELL andANN to Alexander Dawney of Culpeper, £190, 4 shillings. 78 acres, adjoiningDawney, JOHN RANSDELL, George Shepherd. Witn. Catlett Conway, Wm. RobertsonJr., Geo. Shepherd, Benjamin Willis.
Orange Co., Va. Marriages
John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr., Athens, Ga., Iberian Press, 1984,Virginia Historic Marriage Register: Orange County Marriages, 1747-1850
p. 99, 24 Jan. 1786, Sanford Ransdell security for mg. of Patsy [= Martha]Ransdell and John Poulter.
p. 110, 30 June 1788, Wharton and John Ransdell witn. mg. of Betsy [=Elizabeth] Ransdell and John Sanford.
p. 51, 17 Jan. 1792, Sanford Ransdell security for mg. of Molly [= Mary]Ransdell and Absalom Ford. [An Absalom Ford was in Woodford Co., Ky. in 1800.]
Here follows a PROPOSED outline of the children of EdwardRansdell and Mary:
[Note that William of Fauquier and Wharton of Fauquier had a great manychildren with identical names. It is very difficult to determine which belongsto which father in a number of cases.]
1. Wharton Ransdell, b. by 1696, d.ca. 1758, Westmoreland Co. The date of his birth is explained by his serving ona grand jury in 1717, at which time he was probably 21 or older (WestmorelandCo. Order Book 1705-21, p. 315a, as cited on p. 13, Holtzclaw). His will(D&W 13, pp. 143-44) was written on 10 June 1755 and probated 25 Apr. 1758.He married first Ursula Presly, widow of Daniel Neale and daughter of PeterPresly and Elizabeth Thompson (see articles on Preslys of Northumberland Co. byMrs. O.A. Keach in Tyler's Quarterly, vol. 9, pp. 265-70, and Virginia Magazineof History and Biography, vol. 34, pp. 92-93, 187-92, and 287-92). Ursula hadan interesting grandmother, Ursula Bysshe, who married Richard Thompson, JohnMottrom, and George Colclough and seemed to hold her own quite well in themen's world of her day. Other publications and documents not cited here bearout what is to follow about her. She was a niece of William Claiborne,secretary of the colony of Virginia at an early day and a man quite disliked inMaryland for his opposition to the ownership of Kent Island by Maryland insteadof Virginia. Ursula Bysshe had a brother who was the ancestor of the poet PercyBysshe Shelley. [It is probably a mistake that Ursula was the daughter of aPhilip Bish of Bristol, England. If any researcher should want to pursueUrsula's ancestry, I will be glad to furnish the references.] Wharton Ransdellm. second Mrs. Sarah (Elliott) Sturman, widow of William Sturman, d. 1732, andthe daughter of John Elliott and Sarah Foxall, who was probably the daughter ofJohn Foxall. This John could possibly be the "Mr. Foxall" with whomthe earlier Edward Ransdell was associated in Maryland. Sarah Ransdell wroteher will in Westmoreland Co. in 1778 and it was proved in 1781. In her will,Sarah named a grandson Elliott Sturman, her dau. Sarah Elliott Pierce,granddaughter Martha Pierce, and son-in-law Joseph Pierce (p. 73, William A.Crozier, Virginia County Record Publications, New Series, vol. 1, WestmorelandCounty, 1913, reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1971). [Seebelow also the will of her remarried mother, Sarah Monroe.] The six below areWharton's children, who had to have been born no earlier than 1715, sinceDaniel Neale, Ursula's first husband died in March 1714.
a. ElizabethRansdell, probably died sometime after August 1727, when she is mentioned in adeed (transcribed above) of her parents (D&W 8, p. 88) and before the writingof her father's will in 1755, where her name does not appear.
b. EdwardRansdell, m. Elizabeth Sturman, apparently his step sister. Edward is mentionedfirst in his father's will and received the home plantation. He left a will in1773 in Westmoreland Co. naming wife Elizabeth, dau. Elizabeth who m. JamesDavenport, and nephews Presley [which proves which Edward he is], son ofbrother Wharton, and Edward, son of brother William [another proof](Fothergill, Wills, p. 187). This Edward may be the Edward Ransdell who signedthe Westmoreland Resolutions protesting English policies.
Ifwe assume that Edward's father and mother married fairly soon after the deathof Daniel Neale, then we can assume Elizabeth was born about 1716 and herbrother Edward in about 1718. This would mean that Edward became 21 in about1739. On that basis we might judge that 1736 and 1738 documents involving anEdward Ransdell applied to this Edward's uncle by that name. Those dates,however, are probably too near his theoretical maturity to absolutely rule thisEdward out.
Thefollowing is written about this family on p. 107 of the second installment of"Sturman Family Notes" by Mary Hope West and Juliet Fauntleroy, asfound in William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 16, 2nd series (1936), pp. 635-49 andvol. 17, 2nd series (1937), pp. 99-115: "Elizabeth Sturman, dau. ofWilliam and Sarah (Elliott) Sturman, named in the will of her grandfather JohnSturman II as 'William's girl Betty,' md. her step-brother Edward Ransdell, sonof Wharton Ransdell and his first wife, Ursula Pressly, wid. of DanielNeale" [See Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, July 1926, p.290]. They had at least one child:
"ElizabethRansdell, md. May 1769, James Davenport, Clerk of Westmoreland Court. Thismarriage was listed as an event of much interest. James Davenport was a warmfriend of Richard Henry Lee. Davenport died in 1777, and she md. 2nd, herkinsman, Dr. George Steptoe, and lived at Windsor. Her second husband was half brotherto the wife of Thomas Ludwell Lee and to Mrs. Philip Ludwell Lee of Stratford,and to Mrs. Samuel Washington, wife of the brother of Gen. George Washington.Her second husband died in 1784, also her two children."
[Noteby Robert P. Moore: One notices here, perhaps with surprise, the association ofthis family with some of the famous names of Westmoreland Co. If one recalls,though, the size of these places in the early 1700s, he should not besurprised. Thirty-odd years later at the time of the first census (1790) of theU.S., Westmoreland Co. still had a population of only a little over 7,000. Itis probable that many of the citizens of the county knew each other. Even todayWestmoreland Co. is still a rural area, there being only 15,000 inhabitants inthe 1990 census.]
c. WhartonRansdell, m. by 3 Dec. 1744, Margaret Barrow, daughter of Edward Barrow andElizabeth Minor (dau. of Nicholas Minor, d. 1744, Westmoreland Co.). His willis in Fauquier Co. Will Book 2, pp. 92-93, wr. 27 Jan. 1786, pr. 26 June 1786.(For marriage of Margaret and her ancestry, see pp. 166 and 11, Marriages ofRichmond County, Virginia, 1668-1853, compiled and published by George H.S.King, Fredericksburg, 1964, and p. 170, Fauquier County, Virginia Wills,Inventories and Accounts, 1759-1800, compiled and published by John K. Gott,1976, henceforth cited as Gott, Wills.) King cannot give a specific date ofmarriage, but refers to documents, including Richmond Co. Account Book 1, p.209, that show that they were already married by 3 Dec. 1744. The children arelisted here, following as closely as possibly the order in Wharton's will,which seems NOT to be an indication of their order of birth. This Wharton andhis brother William below both had children named William, Sarah, Thomas,Elizabeth, Edward, and Wharton. It is, therefore very risky to make a hard andfast assignment of the people by these names to one or the other of thefathers, so the researcher should realize that I do not commit myself to myspeculations regarding Ransdells of that generation by those identical names.The Elizabeth who married Cadwallader Slaughter is an exception. She is clearlythe daughter of Wharton, as indicated by Wharton's will. The same is true ofWilliam's daughter Sarah. She is the one who married Nathaniel Gray. Thegreatest problems are with distinguishing the Thomases and Williams. A thoroughsearch of Fauquier Co. records might resolve some of the questions. Someavailable Ransdell documents in Fauquier Co. are listed in pages 289 and 290 ofFauquier Families, 1759-1799, John P. Alcock, Iberian Publishing Co., Athens,Ga., 1994. However, Alcock seems not to have listed all essential Ransdelldocuments in Fauquier records. This is probably the Wharton who was calledCapt. Wharton Ransdell in the inventory of his estate in Fauquier Will Book 2,p. 118, taken on 14 Sept. 1786 and returned 25 June 1787 by Ambrose Barnett,James Hathaway, and George Carter, who gave an appraisal of £891.8.11 (Gott,Wills, p. 178).
(1) WilliamRansdell. See comments here under his brother Thomas. See also Thomas, son ofWilliam and Mary Chilton.
(2) AnnRansdell, m. 14 June 1779, Fauquier Co., Va., Turner Morehead. Their childrencan be found in the Morehead work cited below after Presley Ransdell.
(5) ThomasRansdell Possibly the one called "Sr." See Thomas Ransdell below, sonof William Ransdell and Mary Chilton. It is not yet clear which of these is theone called Thomas Ransdell and which Thomas Ransdell Jr. Schreiner-Yantis'stranscription of the Fauquier Co. personal property tax list of 1787 containstwo Thomas Ransdells, one identified as "Sr." The other Thomas is theresponsibility of William Ransdell, probably a brother. At present it is notpossible to determine whether these two are the sons of Wharton or of William(and Mary Chilton). If dates of listing in that census are significant, thesetwo seem to be living close to some of the Moreheads. Wharton Ransdell (m.Margaret Barrow) appears to be older than his brother William, so it ispossible that his son Thomas was born before William's son Thomas. If that isthe case, then the Thomas Sr. in 1787 is probably Wharton's son, while theWilliam and Thomas listed together are probably sons of William Ransdell andMary Chilton. Thomas may have died ca. Oct. 1793 (see p. 290 of theabove-mentioned Fauquier Families, John P. Alcock) when his estate wasadministered by William Ball, but see his cousin Thomas below. The inventory ofthe estate administered by William Ball is in Will Book 2, p. 320, dated 8 Jan.1794, taken by David McNish, William Hunton Jr., Thomas Hunton and Daniel Gray(Gott, Wills, p. 233). The estate was appraised at £237.7.9.
(6) ElizabethRansdell, b. 6 Apr. 1746, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Va., m. 17 Dec.1762, Fauquier Co., Va., Cadwallader Slaughter. Elizabeth's and the two otherbirth dates of Wharton's children are from p. 99, The Register of OverwhartonParish, Stafford County, Virginia, 1723-1758, comp. and publ. by George H.S.King, Fredericksburg, 1961. Cadwallader and Elizabeth moved to Jefferson Co.,Ky.
(7) EdwardRansdell, b. 10 June 1748, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Va.
(8) JohnRansdell m. Elizabeth Chinn and moved to Kentucky. [Her identity was given meby William K. Ransdell, Louisville, Ky., in doing so, contradicting theopinions of those who say she was Elizabeth Moore. See his typescript historyof his branch of the Ransdells Sifted From the Ashes, published 1988, in theholdings of the library of the Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.] Thefollowing remnants of a will from Fayette Co., Ky. burnt records may beapplicable. Fayette Co. Burnt Records, vol. 6, pp. 100-101, 179_, Will of .....Ransdell to wife Elizabeth. Witn. John Ransdell Jr., W.....liam Chinn, __Bradford., prob. 1800. Schedule of estate of John Ransdell, decd. See also vol.6, p. 109, inventory[?], £445.8. The following, proving the marriage toElizabeth Chinn, was sent to me in a letter from James Finley: Claims filed inPublic Land Records Office, London, England, Class A, p. 44. Debts which cannotbe recovered in Va. courts. Elizabeth Chinn of Loudoun Co., Va., debt due withinterest from 1773, 13 shillings, 1 pence. Intermarried with John Ransdell, whohas since removed to Kentucky and solvent. Enquire of Col. Powell. (There wasanother, unplaced John Ransdell who m. Lucy Chilton, b. ca. 1773, and moved toHenry Co., Ky. Lucy was the dau. of John Chilton, b. 1739, d. bef. 24 Nov.1777, killed at the battle of Brandywine in the Revolution. Lucy's parents wereJohn Chilton and Letitia Blackwell. [See Dorman's history of the Chilton familyin the Virginia Genealogist as referred to below under the section onWilliamRansdell and Mary Chilton.])
(9) WhartonRansdell, b. 28 Jan. 1750, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Va. See theWharton below, son of William Ransdell and Mary Chilton. It is still difficultto distinguish the two cousins. This Wharton, son of Wharton, is probably theone who m. Mary Morehead on 16 Jan. 1782, bondsman Turner Morehead (see Gott,Fauquier Co. Marriages, p. 164). Since a Wharton (not the grandfather above)had an inventory (total £240.7.0) returned by William Norris, George Carter andTurner Morehead on 23 Oct. 1786 in Fauquier Co., he probably died earlier thatyear. His administrator was Turner Morehead. (See p. 178, Gott, Wills, fromFauquier Co. Will Book 2, p. 109). It is not impossible that his wife MaryMorehead is the Mary Ransdell who m. 18 Nov. 1786, Fauquier Co., Va., ThomasRansdell Jr. (son of William and Mary Chilton??), bondsman Thomas Ransdell (seeGott, Fauquier Co. Marriages, p. 164). It would be logical for this Wharton'sfather Wharton (see his will) to provide for the two grandsons (WhartonRansdell and Charles Morehead Ransdell) because their father had died or wasill when they were still children. This Wharton may be the one mentioned in theAlcock index whose estate was sold in 1792 to pay his debts. Could the MargaretRansdell who was bound out to Robert Hunton in 1792 be a part of this family?(See Alford index.)
(10) PresleyRansdell, probably d. before his father, who did not name him in his will.Mentioned by Wharton's brother Edward, d. 1773, above.
Moreheadinformation was obtained from a typescript in the library of the Kentucky HistoricalSociety entitled Kentucky Families Descended from Charles and Mary (Turner)Morehead, comp. Lola Herron Jaques, Nov. 1979. Their son Turner Morehead issaid to have m. (1) Ann Ransdell, dau. of Wharton, who died sometime betweenAug. 1795 and Jan. 1798. Turner and Ann had nine children, born between Jan.1780 and Aug. 1795. Two of them, Peggy and Polly, married Charles MoreheadRansdell and Wharton Ransdell IV, apparently their cousins, in Nelson Co., Ky.on 23 June 1806 (p. 122, Marriage Bond & Consent Book of Nelson County,1801-1816, publ. by Nelson County Genealogists, Bardstown, Ky., no date.). Thisgrandson Wharton appears as a baker at age 65 (b. ca. 1785) with his wife Mary,also 65, in the 1850 census of Sangamon Co., Illinois. His sons (or grandsons?)Wharton, Presley and James B., all b. Ky., were carpenters or cabinet makers.There was also a Walter Ransdell, b. ca. 1824, Ky., in the same census with hisown family.
d. WilliamRansdell, d. 1776, m. Mary Chilton, d. ca. 1788, dau. of Thomas Chilton andJemima Cooke. Information given here for this family is chiefly from John F.Dorman's series of articles on "The Chilton Families of Virginia andMaryland," in the Virginia Genealogist. The applicable installment is onpp. 15-18 of vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan.-March, 1970). His will in Fauquier Co. WillBook 1, pp. 289-90, wr. 3 July 1776 and pr. 29 Oct. 1776 (Gott, Wills, p. 74),mentions only his sons Wharton, Thomas, William, Edward and Chilton, but afamily Bible cited by Mark A. Chilton in a letter to Robert Hall Chilton, lateraide to Robert E. Lee, gives the remaining children on the list. William andMary may have had another son John. Note that Fauquier Co. Deed Book 8, pp.138-40 (1784), mentions a John Ransdell, son of William. (Recall that Williamdid not name all his children in his will.) Perhaps he is the unidentified JohnRansdell who married Nov. 1792, Fauquier Co., Lucy Chilton and went to HenryCo., Ky. If some researchers are correct, however, that the John who m. LucyChilton was born ca. 1769 (proof not given), then he may be too young to havebeen the one living independently in 1784.
(1) ThomasRansdell. Probably the Thomas Ransdell who d. ca. Sept. 1796 with his estateadministered by Chilton Ransdell with Orrick Chilton and William Ball Jr. asChilton's securities (see again Alcock's Fauquier Families). No matter whichThomas was called Jr., the Thomas, son of William and Mary, is more likely tobe the one who d. in 1796, since Orrick and Chilton Ransdell are his brothers.See also below where Chilton Ransdell is appointed guardian in 1796 of John andMaria, orphans of Thomas. He is POSSIBLY the one called Thomas Ransdell"Jr.," and thus is perhaps the Thomas Ransdell Jr. who m. 18 Nov.1786, Fauquier Co., Va., Mary Ransdell. (Probably junior to his cousin Thomasabove.) The inventory of the estate of Major Thomas Ransdell is in Wills, Gott,p. 265, which indicates that it was in Fauquier Co. Will Book 3, pp. 32-34, 21Oct. 1796. The appraisal was made by Samuel Steele, George Rogers, and JosephHale, with the estate evaluated at £669.4.6.
(2) WilliamRansdell. He could be the one who d. ca. 1788, Fauquier Co. (See, p. 290,Fauquier Families, 1759-1799, where Turner Morehead was granted administrationof that William's estate. It is not impossible, of course, that this was theson of Wharton and Margaret Barrow, especially with a Morehead administeringthe estate. I am inclined to think that the William listed in the 1787 Fauquierproperty tax list (who must be the one who d. in 1788) is this one, the son ofWilliam and Mary Chilton. See reasons under Thomas, son of Wharton above. SeeWills, Gott, p. 182, which shows the inventory taken by Ambrose Barnett, DavidMcNish, and Thomas Saunders and appraised at £168.18.0. It may be a mistake onmy part to attribute too much importance to assocations with Moreheads indeciding whether a given person is a child of Wharton or of William Ransdell.
(3) WhartonRansdell, living 1790, apparently died unm. See p. 290, Alcock's FauquierFamilies, where there is mention in June 1792 of the selling of the estate ofWharton, son of William and Mary to pay debts. Turner Morehead wasadministrator. The Morehead administration could, however, indicate a son ofWharton rather than William. In Schreiner-Yantis's transcription of the 1787personal property tax list of Fauquier Co., Wharton is probably living with hismother, since Mary Ransdell is stated to be responsible for Wharton's tax.
(4) ChiltonRansdell, d. 1808 Fauquier Co., Va. (see Fauquier Will Book 4, pp. 516-17), m.13 Jan. 1792, Fauquier Co., Va., cousin Susanna Chilton, dau. of WilliamChilton (Mary Chilton Ransdell's brother) and Sarah Orrick. He owned land inKentucky, according to p. 289, Fauquier Families. Alcock.
(5) StephenRansdell. Resided in Fauquier. Left an only heir John Ransdell (Chilton articleby Dorman), although this would not necessarily be a son of his. Alcock's indexindicates that Chilton Ransdell was guardian of a John and Maria, orphans ofThomas in 1796. This index shows Stephen listed on Fauquier Co. tithable listswith Mary Ransdell in 1788 and 1789 and with Wharton in 1791. He appears onsuch lists as late as 1799.
(6) MaryRansdell, apparently m. 5 Jan. 1789, Fauquier Co., Va., John Clarke.
(7) UrsulaRansdell. Found only in letter from Mark A. Chilton to Robert H. Chilton, citedby Dorman in his Chilton family history.
(8) EdwardRansdell. Mentioned in 1773 will of uncle Edward, above.
(9) SallyRansdell, m. 26 Sept. 1786, Fauquier Co., Va., Nathaniel Gray and apparentlydied soon afterwards.
(10) Elizabeth(Betsy) Ransdell, m. 18 March 1789, Fauquier Co., Va., Nathaniel Gray.
Wharton's children by Mrs. Sarah(Elliott) Sturman (widowed by William Sturman, d. 1732), who d. ca. 1781:
e. ThomasRansdell, b. after 1732, d. young. Mentioned in his grandmother, Mrs. SarahMonroe's 1739 will (Westmoreland Co. Will Book 9, p. 33 [p. 106, WDWS, 1995]),but not in his father's.
f. SarahElliott Ransdell, b. 1737, d. 1785, m. Joseph Peirce, b. ca. 1728, d. 1798,both bur. "Level Green," where their tombstones are recorded,Westmoreland Co., Va. (p. 251, King, Richmond Co. Marriages). Her mother SarahRansdell, in her will written in 1778 and proved in 1781 (Westmoreland Co. WillBook 16), names a granddaughter Martha Peirce, wife of Thomas Hill. TheFothergill transcription of Wharton's will has her as ELIZABETH Elliott Peirce.I have a xerox copy of the will from the will book, and twice it reads clearlySARAH Elliott Peirce. Their son Ransdell Peirce was b. ca. 1770 and d. 1853,leaving descendants in Lancaster Co., Va., one of whom I have correspondedwith. Joseph Peirce was the son of William Peirce, d. 1733, Westmoreland Co.,and Sibella_____ (p. 251, King, Richmond Co. Marriages).
(2) RansdellPeirce, b. 1775, d. 1853. A descendant, Harman Chilton Treakle, says that he m.(1) 17 Nov. 1794, Lancaster Co., Va., Ann Graham, dau. of John Graham andElizabeth., and (2) on 28 Apr. 1847, Westmoreland Co., Nancy G. Barnes. All hischildren were by his first wife.
(3) FannyPeirce, m. _____ Larue. Her will is in Richmond Co., Va., Will Book 11, p. 18,wr. 3 Feb. 1846, pr. 7 Sept. 1846. Her heirs were niece Mary E.H. Mitchell;Margaret E. Herndon, dau. of Richard N. Herndon; brother Ransdell Pierce; andhis children Joseph Pierce, Graham C. Pierce, William G. Pierce, Ann S. H.Brooke, Mary E.H. Mitchell. Apparently she left nothing to the families of herother siblings.
(4) IsabellaPeirce, m. (1) Thomas Chilton, son of Thomas Chilton and Jemima Cooke (John F.Dorman, "The Chilton Families," Virginia Genalogist, vol. 14, No. 1,pp. 19-20), who d. by 1781, (2) Samuel Templeman, b. 1758, Westmoreland Co.,Va., a merchant and Baptist minister.
2. Elizabeth Ransdell m. (1) by 1724(see father Edward's will above) Samuel Talbot, d. 1727 (Richmond Co. Will Book5, p. 32) and (2) in Richmond Co. on 10 Aug. 1727 (North Farnham ParishRegister), William Thornton, son of Luke Thornton and Margaret James[?]. Dr.Holtzclaw says they had an only son Jesse Thornton. William Thornton d. in 1741in Richmond Co. (inventory ordered 3 Aug. 1741, see Richmond Co. Will Book 5,p. 389 and Order Book 11, p. 197). Elizabeth wrote her will on 6 Apr. 1742 andit was probated on 3 May 1742 (Richmond Co. Will Book 5, p. 397, WhartonRansdell, witn. [p. 84, Headley, Richmond Co. Wills]). The whole estate wasleft to her son Jesse Thornton. (The references to documents concerningElizabeth and Millicent are on pp. 12-13 and 16, Holtzclaw.)
3. Millicent Ransdell m. (1) WilliamLongworth, who d. in 1724 (see the administration of his estate in WestmorelandCo. Order Book 1721-31, p. 76) and had two children by him. She m. (2) LukeThornton, brother of her sister's second husband, and by 1734 the Thorntons andMillicent's brother John Ransdell had moved to the part of Spotsylvania Co.that was soon to become Orange Co. (see Spotsylvania Co. deed below). Dr.Holtzclaw discusses this family on pp. 23-26 of his Thornton article. He namesthe Thornton children with some uncertainty.
a. WilliamLongworth, b. 1721, d. 9 Nov. 1726, according to North Farnham Parish records.
b. JemimaLongworth, b. Sept. 1724, m. ca. 1740/4, Orange Co., Va., her stepfather'scousin John Thornton.
c. PossiblyWilliam Thornton (who may have been a son of Luke's brother James)
d. Almostcertainly John Thornton, d. Orange Co., 1781, who may have been the youngestson. Three of his children moved to Culpeper Co., Va. Some descendants moved toOhio.
e. PresleyThornton of Orange Co., b. ca. 1735/6, d. 1815, Pittsylvania Co., Va.
4. Edward Ransdell Jr., b. after 1703(minor in 1724). It is POSSIBLE he was the executor in 1736 of the will ofWilliam Shaw. (See Fothergill, Wills, p. 101. Will of William Shaw, 7 June1736-29 June 1736. To Elizabeth Sturman, to Edward Ransdell Jr. (one horse),Joseph Stone, sisters Sarah and Jane Shaw. Edward Ransdell, exr. The will seemsto mention two different Edward Ransdells.
5. John Ransdell, b. after 1703 (minorin 1724). It is POSSIBLE, since he appears to have had a son and laterdescendants named Sanford Ransdell, that his wife was a Sanford. No mention hasyet been found in any of the records of Orange or Westmoreland Co. that wouldsuggest who this wife was. Among the Sanfords of Mercer Co., Kentucky was aYouell/Uel Sanford, associated there with the Ransdells, so this possible wifeof John's could be from the same line. See some speculation on Uel/YouellSanford's b0eing a descendant of Youell Sanford of Westmoreland Co., son ofThomas, d. 1770, on p. 160 in an account of the Westmoreland Sanfords byRosemary Corley Neal, pp. 93-166, Southern Sojourners, published in 1991 by theauthor. This book does not, however, come to any conclusions about the Sanfordsof Kentucky, nor does it discuss the possibility of John Ransdell's having aSanford wife. John Ransdell moved to Spotsylvania Co. in 1734, to the part thatbecame Orange Co. in 1735. It is interesting to note that on 26 March 1734,John Ransdell and Luke Thornton witnessed a deed in Westmoreland Co. asrecorded in D&W8, pp. 233-34 (WDWS 1732-1734, pp. 78-80, 1995) from WilliamRice to William Templeman, while in November of that year they appear in aSpotsylvania Co. deed of 30 Nov. 1734 (see more complete reference to this deedin section on Orange Co. Ransdells), so they could have moved in the interval.THIS JOHN RANSDELL IS ALMOST CERTAINLY THE FATHER OF WILLIAM RANSDELL, D. CA.1801-2, MERCER CO., KY., WHO M. ANN PETTY. At this point there are manyuncertainties about how many children John Ransdell had. Those that are rathercertain are John, William, Jesse, Sanford, Elizabeth, possibly Molly Ford, andpossibly George. John, William, and Sanford moved to Mercer Co., Ky. Molly andhusband Absalom Ford moved to Woodford Co., Ky., Jesse died in Orange Co., andElizabeth and George appear very briefly in Orange Co., Va. See Robert P.Moore's separate study of this family for further details. The order of thepossible children below does not imply order of birth.
a. WilliamRansdell, d. ca.1801-2, Mercer Co., Ky., m. by ca. 1760, Ann Petty, dau. ofJohn.
b. possiblyMolly Ransdell m. 17 Jan. 1792, Orange Co., Va., Absalom Ford. Lived inWoodford Co., Ky. This is a very late marriage compared to that of her supposedbrother William, just above. Is she Sanford's daughter?
c. SanfordRansdell, d. 1831, Mercer Co., Ky. See Mercer Co. Will Book 9, p. 494, will ofSanford Ransdell, wr. 27 Dec. 1831, pr. June 1832. Slave to niece Mary AnnBowen and at death to her dau. Nancy Bowen [spelled Bourn(e) in division ofland of William Ransdell in Will Book 9, p. 280]; another slave to her to besold and divided among her three daus. Kitty, Martha Ann, and Sally Bowen. Restto be divided equally between Jno. Thrailkill, Absolom Ford Sr., and PhilipRansdale. [This alternation between Bowen and Bourne is common and recognizedin this Ky. family. In the division of Ransdell land Mary Ann is called Polly,a former nickname for Mary.]
d. JesseRansdell, d. ca. 1792, Orange Co., Ky.
e. ElizabethRansdell, mentioned once in 1777 in Orange Co. records as sister of Sanford.
f. JohnRansdell, may have d. in Mercer Co., Ky., m. Catherine _____ no later than Feb.1794 and probably earlier.
g. possiblyGeorge Ransdell.
Ransdells in Kentucky Census and Tax Records
1790 Ky. tax lists
Fayette Co. John
1800 Kentucky tax lists
MercerCo. Edward JohnSr. Wharton Wm.Sr. Wm. Zachary
Barren C.?? Wm. RasdaleSr. Wm.Rasdall
Mercer Sanford John Whorton Zachariah
Henry John Whorton
Warren Whorton Charles
Mercer Elizabeth Wharter Fielding
Henry John T. Thomas
Fayette Presley John William
Franklin ChristopherC. James Zachariah(2) Ben
Mercer Elizabeth Wharton Fielding Ben James
Henry John(2) Thomas William Wharton Foxall
Fayette Presley William
Franklin Ann John Patsey
Scott George MaryAnn Zachariah
Mercer Benj.F. Fielding Harrison J.C. Felix
John Sanford Shelton Wm.H.
Henry John Susan ThomasT. WhartonM. Randall[?]
Owen Wm. Zach.
Jefferson WilliamH. Randall[?]
Fayette WilliamP. Randall[?]
Warren, Franklin, Fayette show no Ransdells, but note 1850
Mercer Benj. Fielding James Sanford Felix
Henry F.Jr. Franklin JohnC. Susan Thomas
Thos.J. Wm. Ed.C. Isaac John
Owen Ann Wm. Julia Zach.
Franklin George P.L.
Warren?? Chas.M. LucyRasdal Eliz. Rasdale UriasRasdall Wm. Rasdall
Carroll Luther ShermanJ. F.T.
Henry William E.W. J.C. W.T.
Mercer John B.F. C.C. J.C. J.R. Margrett
Owen BenajminF. (2) JuliaA. LouisA. Marine Sarah(2) W.C.
Censuses Other Than Kentucky
Johnson BenB. RobertC. AndrewJ. Zachariah WilliamP.
Marion Wharton JohnA. PresleyT.?
Vigo George S
Indiana census, 1850
?Hiram Ransall, Marion Co.?
Boone WalterRansdell WilliamRansell
Vigo William George Phebe Sanford(2) James Ransel
Marion Horton(Wharton?) Presley(2) JohnF.
Johnson Benj.B. Wm.(2) James RobertC. AndrewJ.
Sangamon Walter Wharton
Morgan Eli Louisa William
Kane ` Dwight
Tax Records of Mercer Co., Ky., 1789-1813 as regardsRansdells, G.S. No. 008,156
[none in 1789 and 1794]
1795, June 26
William 1white male16-21 1black male under 16
Wharton 1white male over21 1horse
John 1white male over21 1horse
Zachariah 1white male over21 1horse
1796, June 24
John 1white male over21 1horse
William 1white male over 21 1horse
Wharton 1white male over21 1horse, 2 cows 1000acres on Salt and Chaplin Rivers
Zachariah 1white male over21 1horse, 1 cow
1797, June 14
William 2white males over21 1white male over16 2horses
Wharton 1white male over21 1horse 1000acres
Foxall 1white male over21 2horses
John 1white male over21 1white male over 16 4horses 50 acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over21 1horse
William 1white male over21 1horse
William 1white male over21 1horse 500acres, Salt and Chaplin R.
Wharton 1white male over21 1horse 200acres
Wharton 1white male over21 1horse 200acres, Salt R.
Edward 1white male over21
JohnSr. 1white male over21 1white male over 16 5horses 50 acres
JohnJr. 1white male over21 1horse
WilliamSr. 1white male over21 1horse 400acres, Salt River
William 1white male over21 5horses 100acres, Salt and Chaplin R.
Zachariah 1white male over21 2horses
1801, July 30,31
Zack 1white male over21 2horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
John 1white male over21 2horses
John 2white males over21 3horses 50acres, Salt R.
WilliamSr. 1white male over21 2horses 300acres, Salt R.
William 1white male over21 2horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
NOTE: The delinquent tax list for this year says that Wm. Ransdell has moved toScott Co. and note that in 1802, Ann, Wm.'s widow, has 400 acres instead ofWm.'s 300. Find no such deed (of 100 acres) from Wm. Jr. to his mother. ScottCo. has lost a great many records to a fire, so it may be difficult to findWilliam there.
Wharton 1white male over 21 2horses 200acres, Salt R.
Foxall 1white male over21 1horse
Sanford 1white male over 21
Edward 1white male over 21
John 1white male over21 3horses 50acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over21 2horses
Ann 2horses 400acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 3horses 200acres, Salt R.
Foxall 1white male over21 3horses
Zack 1white male over21 2horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
1803, Aug. 26
Edward 1white male over 21
John 1white male over21 2horses 50acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over 21 3horses
Nansey [Ann] 1 white male over16 3horses 400acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 4horses 200acres, Salt R.
Zach. 1white male over21 ??horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
1804, July 31, Aug. 1
John 1white male over21 3horses
Edward 1white male over21 2horses 50acres, Salt R.
Nansey 1white male over16 3horses 400acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 5horses 200acres, Salt R.
Foxall 1white male over21 3horses
Zach. 1white male over21 5horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
1805, Aug. 20, 27
John 1white male over 21 2horses
Edward 1white male over21 2horses 50acres, Salt R.
Ann 1white male over16 4horses 400acres, Salt R.
Ann ?? 4horses
Wharton 1white male over21 6horses 200acres, Salt R.
Foxall 1white male over21 1black??
Zachariah 1white male over21 5horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
Foxall 1white male over21 5horses
John 1white male over21 2horses 100acres, Salt R.
Nancy 1white male over16 5horses 400acres, Salt R.
Anna 1white male over16 4horses 100acres, Thompson Ck.
Catrine 1white male over21 1horse 50acres, Salt R.
Ann 1white male over16 5horses 400acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over21 6horses 150acres, Salt R.
Zachariah 1white male over21 .......... 100acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over 21 5horses 200acres, Salt R.
Foxall 1white male over21 5horses
1808, Sept., Oct.
Sanford 1white male over 21
Foxall 1white male over21 4horses 2blacks
Ann 1white male over21 7horses 400acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 2horses 200acres, Salt R.
Zachariah 2white males over21 4horses 100acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over21 6horses 150acres Salt R.
1809, June, July, Aug.
Sanford 1white male over21 1black ......
Fielding 1white male over21 2horses
Nancy 2horses 400acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 4[?]horses 200acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over21 4horses 150acres, Salt R.
Zachariah 1white male over 21 5horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
Fielden 1white male over21 2horses
Nancy 1white male over21 3horses 400acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 6horses 200acres Salt R.
John 1white male over21 3horses 150acres, Salt R.
Zachary 1white male over21 6horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
Sanford 1white male over 21
Fielden 1white male over21 4horses
Nancy 3horses 400acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 6horses 200acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over21 3horses 150acres, Salt R.
Zach. 1white male over21 5horses 100acres, Salt R.
Sanford 1white male over21 1black (2 total)
Fielden 1white male over 21 4horses
Nancy 400acres, Salt R.
John [missing,a probable oversight]
Wharton 1white male over21 7horses 200acres, Salt R.
Zach. 1white male over21 4horses 100acres, Chaplin R.
Fielding 1white male over21 3horses
Nancy 400acres, Salt R.
John 1white male over21 3horses 150acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 7horses 200acres, Salt R.
Zach. 1white male over21 ...horses 100acres
Nancy 400acres, Chaplin R.
Fielding 1white male over21 4horses
John 1white male over21 4horses 150acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 5horses 200acres, Salt R.
Sandford 1white male over21 2slaves 1town lot
1816 (1817 same)
Nancy 400acres, Chaplin Creek
Fielding 1white male over21 2horses
Wharton 1white male over21 4horses 200acres, Salt R.
Sanford 1white male over 21 2slaves 1town lot
Elizabeth 2horses 150acres, Salt R.
Fielding 1white male over21 2horses
Ann 400acres, Chaplin, Creek
Wharton 1white male over21 6horses 200acres, Salt R.
Sanford 1white male over 21 2slaves 1town lot
1819 (1820 same)
Fielden 1white male over21 2horses
Elizabeth 1horse 150acres, Salt R.
Wharton 1white male over21 4horses 200acres, Salt R.
Sanford 1white male over 21
William Ransdell probably died in 1801 or 1802, since he is not in the tax listfor 1802. The same is true of his son William Jr. Note that William's wife Annbecomes responsible for the taxes in 1802 and that she last appears in 1818.Notice that when William Sr.'s probable brother John disappears from the taxlists in 1804, the 50 acres he had passes to Edward, a possible son, and whenEdward disappears in 1806, the tax on the 50 acres is paid by John's wifeCatherine. John and Catherine had also appeared together in deeds in Orange Co.before the move to Ky. It could be that the 50 acres passed into the hands ofJohn, William's son in 1807, since his holdings increased from 100 to 150acres. Zachariah appears to have moved out of the county between 1813 and 1815,and Foxall is gone by 1809. Although the land does not appear in the taxes ofany Ransdell after Ann's disappearance, it was still in the hands of the estateuntil the division among heirs was made some years later in 1830. Notice thatJohn, son of Wm., evidently died sometime after 1815. His widow Elizabeth paidthe taxes after that.
DIVISION OF WILLIAM RANSDELL'S LAND AMONG HIS HEIRS
Mercer Co., Ky. Will Book 9, pp. 280-84
[This document has been mistakenly called William Ransdell's will. There is nowill on record for him. This lists all the children of Wm. Ransdell and AnnPetty.]
We the undersigned commissioners
appointed by the county court of
Mercer County at their January
term 1830 for the purpose of
dividing a tract of land belonging [Thisarea has plat of the various lots]
to the heirs of William Ransdale
Decd lying in said county on the head
branches of Thompson Creek a branch
of Chaplin, Being first sworn according
to law proceeded to discharge that duty
by meeting on the premises on Tuesday
the 19th day of January 1830 in the presence of the Adult heirs, Their agents& attornies and the Guardian ad litem of the Infant heirs & surveyedthe whole tract which we found to be bounded as follows, viz... Beginning attwo white oak trees in the line of Robert B. McAfee in a small drain corner toa fifty acre tract surveyed for John Ransdale deceased now in the possession ofhis widow Elizabeth Ransdale and near the N.E corner of her field, thence North120 poles to two white oaks and a hickory on the north side of a drain, one ofthe original corners, thence West (passing William Killeys corner at 126 poles)350 poles in all to a Buckeye standing on the South point of a ridge inside ofMicajah Mosby's field (the sugar ash and dogwood gone) another of the originalcorners, thence South 482 poles (passing M. Mosby's corner a walnut at 20 poles- John Potters first corner at 212 poles 2 hickories, Black oak and post oak,his second corner, a walnut and white oak at 392 poles and the Bloomfield roadat 440 poles to two post oaks and red oak on a ridge one of the post oaks dead& lying on the ground The South west corner of the original Survey thenceEast 116 poles to two white oaks on the est side of a ridge corner to JohnSandford recrossing the Bloomfield road at 36 poles and a red oak down cornerto Hites 600 acre Survey at 92 poles, thence North 204 poles to two white oaksand walnut on the west turn of a ridge another corner of John Sandford, Thencethe same course North 86 poles to a Mulberry, Buckeye, and ash at the foot of aBank near a Branch corner to Zachariah Ransdale's 100 acres now William G.Vannarsdale's land, thence East 140 poles to a dogwood, elm & white oak(all gone) and stone another of sd. Ransdale's corners in John Ransdale's line,Thence North 85 poles to two post oaks, on the north side of a ridge another ofsd. Ransdales corners thence East 104 poles to the Beginning Containing Sixhundred and four acres
Robert C.McKany chcrs RobertB. McAfee
RobertRansdale Surveyorand one of the
Wm. C. Vanarsdale -marker Commissioners
adjournedTo tomorrow 8 o'clock
January 20th We again met on the premises with the same Surveyor, chaincarriers & Marker and having examined sd. tract of land proceeded to layoff by metes and bounds, the sd. tract of land into twelve lots having dueregard to quantity & quality as follows viz
Lott 1 containing fifty acres isbounded as follows viz Beginning at the South west corner of the Survey atletter D on the platt, two post oaks, and a red oak on a ridge thence East 116to two white oaks corner to John Sandford, thence North 69 poles to two whiteoaks and a sassaras in sd. Sandford's line on the side of a hill, thence West116 poles to a white oak hickory and walnut thence South 69 poles to thebeginning Allotted to Zachariah Ransdale.
Lott 2 Bounded as follows viz Beginning at N.W. corner of lott 1 a white oakhickory and a walnut thence North 69 poles to a Stone, two dogwoods and a redbud on the west side of a hill thence East 116 poles to a walnut tree, on theEast side of a ridge thence South 69 poles to two white oaks and a sassafrascorner to lott 1 thence West 116 poles to the Beginining. Allotted to JohnBohon for life the husband (of Sally Ransdale) and her legal representatives inremainder.
Lott 3 Bounded as follows viz Beginning at the N.E. corner of lott 2 A Walnuttree on the east side of a ridge in John Sandford's line thence North 69 polespassing sd. Sandfords corner 3 poles to two white oak trees on the west side ofa ridge, thence west 116 poles to a hickory & two white oak trees in JohnPotter's line thence South 69 poles to a stone two dogwoods and a red bud onthe side of a hill thence East 116 poles to the Beginning Allotted to Fielding Ransdale- - - 50 acres.
Lott 4 Bounded as follows vizBeginning at the N.E. corner of Lott 3 at two white oaks on the west side of aridge 3 poles North of John Sandford's corner, thence North 69 poles to a whiteoak Sugar tree and Dogwood standing near the foot of a hill, thence West 116poles to a white oak and walnut on the north turn of a ridge thence South 69poles to a hickory and two white oaks thence East 116 poles to the Beginning __Allotted to Foxall Ransdale 50 acres
Lott 5 Bounded as follows viz Beginning at a white oak Sugar tree and Dogwoodnear the foot of a hill N.E. corner to 4, thence North passing Wm. G.Vanarsdale's corner at 10 poles, 64 poles in all to two hickories and Iron woodon each side of Drain, Thence West 116 poles crossing a fork of Thompsons Creekto a sugar tree and white oak on the south side of a ridge, Thence South 64poles to a white oak and walnut on the north side of a ridge, thence East 116poles, to the Beginning (containing 46 acres) Allotted to Patsy Potts wife ofJohn Potts [sic] [This should, of course, be Poulter, as should the Potterearlier in the text.]
Lott 6 Bounded as follows vizBeginning at the N.E corner of Lott 5 two hickories, and Iron wood on each sideof a drain thence West 116 poles to a white oak and sugar tree on the southside of a hill, thence North 50 poles to two Sugar trees on the north side of aridge, thence east 116 poles recrossing Thompson's creek to two hickories and ablack oak on the top of a ridge, thence South 50 poles to the Beginning -thirty six acres Allotted to Wharton Ransdale
Lott 7 Begins at the N.E corner oflott 6 two hickories and a black oak on top of a ridge, thence west 116 polesto two sugar trees on the north side of a ridge, Thence North 92 poles toBuckeye standing in Micajah Mosby's field on the point of a ridge one of theoriginal corners of the Survey thence East 116 poles to two white oaks and Redoak, thence South 92 poles to the Beginning (Sixty five acres) Allotted to thelegal heirs of Nancy Chamberlain formely Nancy Ransdale
1830 January 21st Again met on the premises and proceeded to lay off theBalance of the Lotts.
Lott 8 Begins at William G. Vanarsdale's NWest corner a Mulberry Ash andBuckeye near a Branch, thence East 128 poles to a white oak, ash, and SassafrasSaplins, thence North 62 poles to a post oak tree in the South turn of a ridge,thence West 128 poles to two Hickories and Ironwood on each side of a drainthence South 62 poles to the Beginning (49 acres) Allotted to Mrs. ElizabethSandford wife of John Sandford
Lott 9 begins at N.E of Lott 8 a post oak on the South turn of a ridge thenceWest 128 poles to two hickories, and Iron wood on each side of a drain, thenceNorth 62 poles to a hickory and white oak on the north side of a ridge passingthe corner of Lotts 6 & 7 __ 12 poles, thence East 116 poles to a hickorytree in a flat near a Branch, thence North 10 poles to two white oaks, and anash on the point of a ridge thence East 10 poles to a white oak and red bud, thenceSouth 72 poles to the Beginning __ Containing 50 acres Allotted to Jane Vorhisewife of Jacob Verhise.
Lott 10 Begins at a hickory tree in a flat near a Branch, Thence North 78 polesto two white oaks and Dogwood corner to William Killey in the old line, thenceWest 116 poles to two white oaks and red oak on the side of a hill, thenceSouth 78 poles to a Hickory and white oak on the North Side of a ridge, thenceEast 116 poles to the Beginning containing 56 acres Allotted to Polly Bournwife of William Bourn.
Lott 11 Begins at the N.E. corner of the the original Survey at two white oaksand Hickory on the North side of a Drain Thence West 126 poles to two whiteoaks and a dogwood corner to William Kelly and lott 10, Thence South 68 polesto two White oaks and an ash on the point of a ridge Thence East 126 poles to awhite oak with the top cut off and two Dogwoods in Robt. B. McAfee's lineThence North 68 poles to the Beginning. Allotted to the legal heirs of WilliamRansdale deceased son of William Ransdale Senr.
Lott 12 Begins at two white oaks inRobt. B. McAfee's line & corner to Mr. John Ransdale, Thence North 52 polesto a white oak with the top cut off and two dogwoods, thence West 116 poles toa white oak, dogwood and red bud on the East Bank of a drain, thence South 134poles to a white oak ash and Sassafras Saplins in Wm. G. Vanarsdale's linethence East 12 poles to a Stone in Mr. John Ransdale's line thence North 85poles to two post oaks on the N turn of a ridge, thence East 104 poles to the Beginningcontaining 48 acres. Allotted to the heirs of John Ransdale decd. one of theheirs of William Ransdale viz James Ransdale, Chilton Ransdale, Saml. Ransdale,Jiney Ann & Obetha Ransdale & one third for life to the widow,Elizabeth Ransdale
January 21st 1830
Havingcompleted the Surveys and having laid off the Several lots by metes and boundsWe the undersigned commissioners proceeded to Allot the Several Shares orparcels of land as follows viz
Lott1 50acres to Zachariah Ransdale
Lott 2 50acres to John Bohon senr. for life, remainder to his children by his wife SallyBohon (formely Sally Ransdale) viz William John, Ann, Mitchell formely Bohon)Walter & Garnett Bohon & the heirs of Hannah Higgins.
Lott 3 ToFielding Ransdale 50 Acres
Lott4 ToFoxall Ransdale 50 acres
Lott5 ToPatsy Polter (formely Patsy Ransdale) 46 Acres
Lott6 ToWharton Ransdale 36 acres
Lott7 ToNancy Chamberlains heirs viz Robert, Nancy Polly, Eliza Minors, William,Minerva Spears, Julian & Melissa Chamberlain 65 acres
Lott8 ToMrs. Elizabeth Sandford formely Elizabeth Ransdale 49 acres
Lott9 50acres To Jael Voorhies (formely Jael Ransdale)
Lott10 56Acres To Mrs. Polly Bourne, formely Polly Ransdale
Lott11 Tothe legal heirs of William Ransdale deceased 54 acres
Lott12 Tothe heirs of John Ransdale deceased viz James Chilton, Samuel, Jeney Ann &Obetha and one third to his widow Mrs. Betsy Ransdale for life.
All of which proceedings are hereby respectfully Submitted to the Court
Mercer County Sct Febuary County Court 1830
The forgoing Division of land between the heirs of William Ransdale deceasedwas this day produced into Court and continued until the March County Court1830 at which Court it was ordered to be recorded. Att Tho. Allin C.C.