In the 1801 Henrico Co VA census, there is a John Thurman listed as a taxable male over age 21 as part of the household of Benjamin Duval. Was Thurman an overseer for well to do Duval? I don't know.
But in 1806, Benjamin Duval filed suit against his overseer, George Shum for negligence and lack of farm management (Chickahominy Swamp). From the records, Duval stated that Shum began working as his overseer in 1801 (month not listed) and remained until well into 1802. Others mentioned in this suit included John Thurman (listed with Benjamin Duval in the 1801 Henrico Co VA tax list), Reuben Blakely, George Compton, Nicholas Childers, and Isham Godwin (Goddin). Would like to correspond with anyone researching this Benjamin DuVal.
Was the 1801 Henrico tax list taken in January 1801 or early in the year - while Thurman was still Duval's overseer? Or is there another reason that John Thurman was listed in Duval's household as being a taxable male over 21? Any help on this mystery would be appreciated.