Re: Fallis/Follis of Stafford, Virginia
George also had daughters Rachel and Jane.At the same time he gave his sons land, he SOLD 122 acres to his daughters.They paid 300 pounds for an unspecified parcel on the north side of Aquia Run.That's in the northern part of the county while Potomac Run is in the lower and western part of Stafford.
I had come across something saying that George was from Boston, Mass.That's a bit odd in that the other Quakers who came to Stafford in 1776 were from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.I guess it's also possible that he was residing in one of these other states when the recruiter, John Strode, went up from Virginia to hire them.
To the best of my knowledge, I'm not related to the Follis family.I am a historian in Stafford County who researches land tracts, mills, and industries in the county.I've worked extensively with Rappahannock Forge and the Quaker community that came into being because of the iron works.
George Follis seems to have come to Stafford with more money than his counterparts.Where most of the Quakers purchased small tracts of under 200 acres each, George purchased a little over 700.Because the Quakers didn't believe in slavery, most of their farms were small enough to work with their own families and/or neighbors.I've been somewhat intrigued that George purchased such a large piece of land.As a result of the Union occupation, we lost about 2/3 of our pre-war court records.I've not been able to determine how, when, or from whom George purchased the land on Aquia Run that he sold to his daughters.
The spellings "Follis" and "Fallis" are used interchangably in the court records and newspapers, so I'm not sure which the family actually used or preferred.I will check and see if there are any Fallis wills in the Stafford records.
The Fallis brothers didn’t remain in Stafford for very long, moving west to Fauquier County and beyond.Like most Quakers, the Fallises didn’t leave much of a paper trail and few references to them survive in the court records and newspapers.On Oct. 18, 1811 Job Fallis, then of Fauquier, executed a deed of trust with Eli Jacobs of Belmont, Ohio.On Oct. 15, 1806 Job had borrowed £118 and, to secure the long overdue bond, conveyed to Eli “all that parcel of land in County of Fauquier and on the main road leading from William Thompsons to Falmouth at the Ford of Deep run, including 50 acres with a Merchant Mill, Saw Mill and Dwelling House with a Distilary and all other appurtenances.”Job promised to immediately advertise and sell the property to pay off his debt.Unfortunately, the Fredericksburg newspapers do not include a copy of the advertisement.There may be some Fallis records in Fauquier County, too.