May 1, 1910, Richmond Times Dispatch:
“RICHARD BIGGES, muster at West and Shirley Hundred, 22nd of January 1724, aged 41 (born 1583), “came in the Swan, 1610; and Sarah his wife, Richard his son, Thomas Turner, his ‘cozen’ (nephew), Susan Old, his ‘cozen’ (niece).His patent in Charles City County, 1626, ‘Holten’s Emigrante’ mentions him and wife and sons Richard, Thomas, and William at Shirley Hundred.“English Wills,” by William S. Appleton, mentions his will of date 1626.
“The Biggeses had five coats of arms (R.H. Hinman’s “Catalogue of First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut,” No 11, Hartford, Conn., 1852, page 215).Colonel TIMOTHY BIGGES, 16893, a suit against Robert Miller (York County, VA records).JOHN BIGGES, 1675, fined 2,000 pounds tobacco for not having his children baptized (General Court Records).
“ROBERT BIGGES of Middlesex County, VA, married, April 1703, MARY ARMISTEAD who died 1706.He married second, 1706, ELIZABETH TATE, and had issue Mary, born 1707; Elizabeth, 1711; Jane, 1713, and James, 1717 (Christ Church register).
“BENJAMIN BIGGES, captain in the Revolution (Virginia Magazine of History, etc., II, 245)The wills of JOHN and SMALLHOPE BIGGES (above) mentioned their relationship to the families of Baytop, Pell, Bates, and Thorpe in Virginia, and Stowe in new England.
“MRS. CATHERINE THORPE of Bruton Parish, “being ill and about to die (1695) did in our presence say “I would to God Mr. Eborne (the minister) was present, for then would I have a marriage solemnized ‘betwixt myself and JAMES WHALEY, for he alone is my husband before God, and then I would do to ye end to put him in possession of my estate, that he may not suffer wrong, and that I might not be put to ye trouble to make a will in writing, for to him it doth of right belong and to him I do give it.”--- Signed in the presence of Dionysius Wright, justice of James City, and his daughter, Mrs. Dionysia Hadley; Mrs. Mary Buck, William Sedgewick, clerk court, and Henry Watkins.Recorded by James Whaley, administrator, June 1695.Securities:Daniel Parke, Robert Harrison.The Annersleys were nosuited with case, 1696 (York records, 1694-1697).John Grice said that Whaley “was a most violent man, and had struck and cursed him.”--- Mrs. Catherine Thorpe was a most interesting woman.The York County records make mention of two of her trips to England.In September 1680, Henry Jenkins writes the Mosby’s of Yorktown, “to see her off, since she has his consent, and is also a married woman, and hence of her own disposing.”(Records 1675-1865).Again, 1681, “Catherine Thorpe, Mary Burwell, Alice Abbott and William Sherley (sic) intend for England this present shipping.”(Ibid)It was her property which founded the “Mattey School” of William and Mary College.----Note:James Whaley was son of Maj. Thomas Whaley, one of Bacon’s staunch supporters, who in 1677 brought suit against Daniel parker for tobacco.Richard Whaley also brought suit against Daniel Parker 1688.JAMES WHALEY married MARY PAGE, daughter of Matthew Page, who in leaving for England in 1707, gave her power of attorney to Henry Cary, Sr., and Jr., and Edward Jaqueline.Witnesses: Michael Archer, Christopher Jackson.
“THOMAS BAYTOP (1) and -----PELL, his wife, had at least two sons:DANIEL (2) and THOMAS (2).Of these, Daniel (2) Baytop was “grocer in Maidstone, Kent, England,” and was administrator, 1691, of his brother Thomas Baytop, and guardian of the infant Thomas Baytop (born 1676).From York County, VA records, 1691:“Daniel Baytopp (sic), of Maidstone, in ye county of Kent, grocer, brother of Thomas Baytop, and guardian and adiminstrator of Thomas Baytopp, the minor,” constitutes Capt. Francis Page in Virginia, “his attorney to take possessin of ye plantations, stock, etc., of yet said Baytopp in ye parts of America in right of ye minor, January 20, 1691.”The said Thomas Baytop, merchant, deceased, came over to Virginia twelve years before the above date, and came from Steplehurst, where he lived for several years in the lawful estate of matrimony with HANNAH, his wife, and where was born is son, Thomas Baytopp, May 9, 1676, as appears by the register of Steplehurst and the testimony of his god-father, Peter Burren, of said place, clockmaker, aged 58 years, and John Stanter, clerk and register of the aforesaid parish of Steplehurst, aged 69 years.”
“Captain FRANCIS PAGE (2) was son of the first FRANCIS PAGE, born 1594, died 1678, of Middlesex co, England, who was also father of MATTHEW PAGE (2) OF Virginia, died 1673, whose daughter, MARY (3) married JAMES WHALEY, and had son, MATTHEW WHALEY who died young, and for whom his mother, in her will, 1742, founded the Mattey School.She is buried in Redfont, Middlesex County, where she died.James Whaley died 1701 (Wm & Mary Quarterly IV.7.)
“THOMAS BAYTOP (2) (above) married HANNAH ----(?), and moved to Steplehurst, Kent co, England, where he was a merchant, and “lived in the lawful state of matrimony with Hannah, his wife, and where was born his son, THOMAS (3), in 1676.”He came to Virginia 1673, and invested in “plantations, merchandise, stock,” etc. (York County Records), and April 25, 1681, witnessed indenture of Humphrey and Philip Moody of York County, VA, a division of land with Elizabeth, daughter of their brother Josias Moody, deceased (whose widow, Elizabeth, married second, Thomas Hansford) “300 acres Hampton Parish.Other witnesses:Joseph Ring (justice), David Crawford, and Richard Moore – Edward Jennings, clerk court.”Also witnessed (24 August 1682) deed from Philip Moody and wife Magdalen, of Hampton Parish, to Joseph Ring, of same parish, “land patented, 1638, by John Waine (sic).”Thomas Baytop witnessed also, 26 February 1682-3, deed from David Crowford (sic) to Joseph Ring.Other witnesses were Benjamin Reade and Thomas Chamberlayne.---- Philip Moody was church warden Hampton Parish, 1687.Joseph Ring was justice York County; will proved 1703.Children:Edmund, Joseph, Isaac, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Mary.Legacy to Isaac Sedgewick.Executors, his loving brothers, Capt. Matthew Page and Edward Berkley.His wife was daughter of John Mann of Gloucester county.His sisters married Matthew Page and Edward Berkeley.
“THOMAS BAYTOP died 1691.The following is from P.C.C. Admon. Account book, 1692, folio 5, “Water’s Gleanings in England:”Thomas Baytop, Sr., late in Virginia, widower, deceased; administratior granted to Daniel Baytop (his brother), uncle and guardian of Thomas Baytop, a minor, son of defunct, 19 January 1691/2.--- Note, this grant “expired at the full page of said Thomas Baytop, and a new grant was made, 25 September 1699 (Virginia Magazine History & Genealogy, X. 69).
“February 24, 1700, THOMAS BAYTOP (3) witnessed indenture between William Sedgewick, clerk of York County, and James Cosby, “200 acres at Beaver Dam, on Utey’s Creek” - £42.This was the third Thomas Baytop, now 24 years of age.April 19, 1707, Thomas Baytop was the owner of lot No. 9 in Miles Cary’s survey of Gloucestertown (now Gloucester Point).Richard Lee, Benjamin Reade, Edmund Berkeley, Major Burwell, Edward Porteus, John Mann, Peter Beverley, Dr. David Alexander, John Todd, John Gwyn, Lawrence and John Smith, Thomas Scott, John Perrin, Ralph Wormley, Mordecai Cooke, William Thornton, John Stubbs, Dr. William Kemp, John Buckner, Robert Carter, Robert Thurston, Colonel Whiting, and others, also owned lots in this town, which was regularly laid off with streets with the names of Gloucester, Broad, Tyndall, Queens,Kings, Read, Marlborough, Fleet, and Fish.John Fleet had patented Gloucester town (then Tyndall’s Point) in 1662 and was living there in 1667.John Pratt bought lots 79 and 80 in 1719, and William Pratt, merchant, was living there in 1720, when he married Elizabeth (born 1701), daughter of William Cocke (secretary of the Colony), and his wife, Elizabeth Catesby.[First name not given] PRATT married John Graham (ancestors of the Jones family, in Gloucester County, intermarried with the Baytops).Gloucester Point was of considerable importance during the Revolution, when troops of the opposing armies camped and fought there, and its citizens were proud witnesses, across the narrow York, of Cornwallis’s surrender.
“THOMAS BAYTOP married (before 1710) the daughter of Dr. David ALEXANDER of Gloucester County, and was living in Gloucester in 1726, where, on 6 February, his signature may be found in the extant Petsworth vestry book as witness (with Alexander Roane) to an indenture of the vestry with Lawrence Smith, to whom they bound a “poor child” of the parish.(Lawrence Smith affixed his seal in red wax.)In 1737 he witnessed the will of Dr. Charles Tomkies, an “eminent physician and a justice in Gloucester county.”This will is preserved in the chancery papers at Williamsburg.David Alexander and John Edwards were also witnesses to this will.Dr. Tomkies and Thomas Baytop had married the sisters of David Alexander, daughters of Dr. David Alexander (whose wife, Ann, was one of the two heiresses of Francis Morgan, the other, Sarah, having married Thomas Buckner of Gloucester, church warden of Petsworth parish, 1695, son of the immigrant, John Buckner).Francis Morgan owned a large body of land on the Poropotank from its mouth up, called “Morgan’s Neck,” running from “Vilet Bank” to “Martfield,” which was heired by Thomas Buckner’s wife and descended to her daughter, Ann Buckner, who married (as his first wife) Thomas Booth, born 1685, died 1756, church warden Petsworth parish, 1714, son of the immigrant Thomas Booth.Their son, George Booth of “Poropotank,” finally heired all that neck of land, married Mary Taliaferro, and had a daughter, Sarah Book, who married Thomas Baytop (born 1751) of the Revolution.
“THOMAS BAYTOP (3) and his wife, Miss Alexander, had a least two children:Anne (4), who married (before 1727) Colonel Thomas Scott (the immigrant), ancestors of a large and prominent family throughout the South, and James Baytop (4) of “Springfield,” Gloucster County, VA; died 1766.The settlement of his estate, 1767, with its many accompanying papers, is yet preserved in the family of Mrs. Jefferson D. Stuffs of “Valley Front,” Gloucester County, VA.It mentions his children, and even the neighbors who were present at the estate sale, and every article they purchased.He married Sarah Smith, said to be of the “Parton,” Gloucester County family of that name, and a “sister of Capt. John Smith.”She died 1771, and the settlement of her estate (as complete as that of her husband) is also preserved at “Valley Front,” with the names of their children and a list of those of the neighbors present at her estate sale, etc.The executor of JAMES BAYTOP’s will was his cousin, Colonel Francis Tomkies, son of Dr. Charles and Mary (Alexander) Tomkies, above noted.Col. Toomkies had married before 1748, Elizabeth, daughter of Mordecai Cooke, and was justice in 1768, and a man of affairs; and his sister, Catherine (born 1733) married Thomas Scott (born 1727), son of Thomas and Anne (Baytop) Scott above.Hence all were related.”
“Springfield” ---- Gloucester land books contain a deed, 23 January 1745, from Robert Pryor and wife (ancestors of the Robert and Luke Pryor family) to JAMES BAYTOP, of “309 acres on Craney Creek, Ware Parish, next to Christopher Greenaway, Mr. Rigault, and Thomas Wisdom’s land.”Ninety-two acres of it had first been granted to Thomas Jefferson April 1, 1668, and by him deserted, and then granted to Robert Collis, who increased it to “209 acres, at the head of Craney Creek, in Ware Parish,” and then assigned it, April 21, 1689, to Robert Pryor.”This became the family home, “Springield,” called in its early history by the Indian name, Mundunga.”James Baytop’s assessment to Petsworth Parish in 1776 (the year of his death) was £8.3.0.In 1758 he was executor to the estate of James Carter, of Petsworth Parish.Many of these papers are preserved, containing the accounts of his three sons, Thomas, James, and John Carter.”
Note from Virginia Mylius:This article was continued on May 15, 1910 in the Richmond Times Dispatch, page 3, where was given a very, very long genealogical accounting of the Baytop’s descendants.Once again, if anyone is interested and can’t get this newspaper, let me know.The Baytop’s intermarried with families named Booth, Spencer, Thurston, Field, Taliaferro, Shackleford, and many others.