A land grant to William Chambers in 1693 for land in Surry Co. refers to the will of a William Carter proved in Surry Court on March 8th, 1669 (hard to decipher - date could easily be 1664) and for which land “Wm Batt dyed levied off”.Who is this William Carter - the referenced will date doesn’t fit with the death year for William Carter Sr. or Jr. of Surry?
Land Grant:29 April 1693.Surry Co.To all & whereas…How know yee that I ….give & grant unto WILLIAM CHAMBERS, fifty acres of land called ye Bay…neck in Lawnes Creek Parish in ye County of Surry according to ye most anchient & lawfull bounds…., which same? land Wm Batt [WILLIAM BATT] dyed levied off, as appears by ye will of Wm Carter [WILLIAM CARTER] proved in Surry County Court, ye eighth of March 1669 (or 1664?) was lately found to escheat from…Wm Batt, to..??..as by an inquisition recorded in ye Secretarys Office under ye hands & seals of Capt. Wm Randolph Dept.? Eschetor of ye…County & Jury Sworne….him for that purpose, dated? ye 25 day of August 1685 may appear is signed? granted to ye…Wm Chambers who hath made his composition? according to law to have & to hold & to be hold yielding & paying…dated ye 29th day of April An. Dem. 1693
William Batt was in Surry Co. upon its formation from James City Co. and like William Carter Sr. owned land on Lower Chippokes Creek and Sunken Marsh.He largely disappears from the records around 1660.He is shown by the Surry Co., VA deeds below to have purchased land from William Powell the elder of Surry, England, William Parke and wife Ann (grandchild of William Powell the younger) of Leadenhall Street in London.Alice (Croxon) Carter, widow of William Carter Sr., married 2nd Giles Parke.It seems like there would be a connection, but I haven’t been able to connect these Parkes.I also noticed the will of Daniel Parke d. 1679 (London, but formerly of Virginia) named Coll. Edward Carter one of his executors in trust in England. I presume this is Edward Carter d. 1682 of England, formerly of Nansemond, VA.
Surry Co., VA.Circa 1656.To all Xtain [Christian] People to whom this Present Writtings shall come:Wee Wm Powell of Southwarke in the Countye of Surry England, Baker, administrator of the goodes & chattels, debts, rights & credits of Capt. Wm. Powell late of Chippoakes in the Collonye of Virginia his naturall Brother deceased, & heirs to George Powell, late whilest he lives at Chippokes aforesd since alsoe deceased also Wm. Parke [WILLIAM PARKE] of Leadenhall Street in London, cheesemonger, & Ann my wife send greetings:Know ye that whereas me the said Wm. Powell…and Ann my wife have by writings under ye hands & seales bearing date the day of the date hereof Bargained and sold unto Wm. Batt [WILLIAM BATT] of Chippoakes in Virginia afforesd Gente., and his heirs eight hundred acres [800 acres] of Land be it more or less Lyinge in the county of Surry in Virginia and all other plantations…wood houses…Now wee the sd Wm. Powell, Wm Parke and Ann my wife doe hereby constitute ordaine and appoint Mr. RALPH DUNSTAN and Mr. SAMUEL HUBYE and either of them atty…to acknowledge this Indenture…sett our hands & seale this first day of Julye in the year of our lord according to the English account…Wm. Powell, Wm. Parke, Ann Parke, Written on parchment & Witnessed on the back of the same by these following:Fra. Gillowe, Arthur Bailey, John White, Robert Fox, Fra. Mayo.Attested by Ralph Dunstan & Sam Hubye.Rec. ultimo Xber 1656.
Surry Co., VA.1 July 1656.Indenture between William Powell, Southwarke Par., baker, admr. of Capt. William Powell, late of Chippoakes, his natural brother, deceased, and heir unto Geo. Powell, the natural sonne of the said Capt. William Powell, since also deceased, and Wm. Parke [WILLIAM PARKE] of Leaden Hall St., London, and Ann his wife, Ann, grandchild of the sd William Powell, party to these presents of the one part, and Wm. Batt [WILLIAM BATT] of Chippoakes Creek, Collonye of Va., of the other part.Wm. Powell…Wm Parke and Ann his wife for certain consideration sell all their rights to 800 acres of land, late of the sd. Wm Powell and Geo. Powell, his son, in Surry Co.; 600 acres in Lower Chippoakes on James River…and 200 acres on Little Creek, called Crouches Creek, etc., etc….Wm. Powell, Wm. Parke, Ann Parke, Ar. Bailey, John White, Robert Fox, Fra. Mayo.
Note:References to the land transfers in the Virginia deeds above can be found in the Lord Mayor’s Court of London.Within those records, William Parke and wife Ann are stated with the surname Parker, not Parke.Both William Powell the elder (Baker of Surry, England) and William Powell the younger (Virginia – left two sons, Saml. and Geo.) were natural sons of John and Hester Powell.Depositions explain that both William Powells were so named after their godfather(s) and that William Powell the elder was “at ye time of this deponent’s birth [William Powell the younger’s birth] was very dangerously sick in so much as his parents and friends did dispare his life, & for these reasons did also name him William”.