Re: New info on family of William Acre Sr who died 1688 in Lancaster Co VA
William Acre (transcribed "Ackers" and "Accus" in available records), son of the William Acre(s) who died in 1688, died himself in Richmond Co., Virginia, before May 5, 1714, when his widow, Hannah, appeared in court declaring that William hadn't made a will.Inventory was conducted on June 2, 1714.On June 19, 1714, according to a transcription appearing in Richmond Co. Deed Abstracts, Hannah surrendered her dower right to her husband's land:
" . . . I . . . Hannah Accus, widow and relict of William Accus of Richmond County, deceased . . .for diverse good and valuable considerations . . . and on agreement . . . between Thomas Percivall on behalf of his son, William Percivall, begotten on the body ot Katherine Percivall, the eldest sister of the . . . deceased, and Cormack McCarman and Elizabeth, his wife, one other sister . . . concerning the division of. . . William Accus . . . estate a sufficient part whereof being by them surrendered and delivered up to me . . . do for me (and) my heirs forever release. . . unto . . .Thomas for the use of the said William and to Cormack and Elizabeth and. . . their heirs . . . all my right and title of dower. . . to the lands the said William Accus lately bought of Mr. George Glascock, deceased, which I now have or hereafter ought to have to the said land and premises with the appurtenances.As witness my hand and seal this 19th day of June 1714 . . . Hannah Akers."
The fact that William's land was divised equally, in effect, to his two married sisters, reflects the prevailing law of primogeniture, which indicates, significantly, that William had neither living issue nor brothers.William had purchased the property in 1706 from George Glascock.Katherine, William's eldest sister, had presumably died by 1714, because her husband Thomas (alone) said that he'd provide the land to (his and) Katherine's son William.(Apparently, there was some mix-up between Thomas and William Percivall in the cited marriage record.)
The inheritance record was disappointing to me because I'd thought that William's father (died 1688) might have been an early Acre(e) progenitor.He clearly was not.
The record sheds no light on the possibility that the earlier William had a sister named Katherine who married Randolph Miller, his "brother" and the executor of his will.However, the possibility that William was the immigrant William Acres (sic) who was transported for headright with six (unrelated) others to Lancaster Co., VA, sometime before March 9, 1663/4, should be considered.