I also would be interested in any further information about Robert Humphreys (d. Surry Co 1713-14) and/or the Robert Humphreys who appears in Brunswick County records in the 1730s.I agree they may well be father and son, but have no evidence, other than the fact that they do seem to be in the same area, as appears from the following records:
============ Surry CC Records Book VII p. 54. 17 March 1713. Robt. Hix, David Crawley, and Richard Pace or any two of them to appraise estate of Robt Humphrys, dec'd. Mary Humphrys, adminx, to present inventory next court. ============
Two of the nominated appraisers, Robert Hicks and David Crawley were Indian traders and partners.Robert Hicks had a trading post on the site of present-day Emporia, so this is presumably the area where Robert Humphreys land was located.
In 1713, Hicks' trading post was in Surry County, but from 1732 it fell in Brunswick County.The second Robert Humphreys appears in Brunswick County records and it can be seen from the records that he is in St Andrews parish, which included the area around present-day Emporia.The St Andrews Vestry Book began in 1732, and the first sexton was James Pace.On 1 June 1732, Robert Humphreys was ordered to "clear a path to the chapel":
============= BRUNSWICK COUNTY ROAD ORDERS 1732-1746 1 June 1732 Robert Humphries is apointed to clear a Road from Nottoway River to the Chappel in this County And it is Ordered that he with all the Male Labouring Tithable persons belonging to Richard Smith Richard Swansomes & Saml Crawley clear the same according to Law... (from http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/89-r1.pdfhttp://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/89-r1.pdf) ==============
(These road orders also mention John Humphreys and Griffin Humphreys, by the way.Worth having a look.)
James Pace is believed (from reasonably good circumstantial evidence) to be related to Richard Pace, one of the three appraisers of the estate of Robert Humphreys (d. 1713).The following two records concern a court action, James Pace v. Robert Humphreys:
============ 06 Oct 1732 Brunswick Co Court Orders p.15 Grand Jury indictment agst ROBERT HUMPHREYS for assaulting JAMES PACE ============ 06 Apr 1733 Brunswick Co Court Orders p.23 Jury finds deft. ROBERT HUMPHREYS not guilty of assaulting JAMES PACE ============
Again, this places both men in the same area.
The Brunswick records also provide some indirect evidence of a link between Robert Humphreys and John Humphreys.James Pace, in addition to serving as sexton, had an ordinary license:
============ 06 Sep 1733, Brunswick Co Court Orders p. 33 JAMES PACE petition to renew his ordinary license is granted. THOMAS RAVENSCROFT Gent. is security. ============
Another ordinary license was later granted to Amos Tims:
============ Brunswick County, VA: Order Book, 1732-1737 Upon the pet. of AMOS TIMS ( and his giving security), leave is granted him to keep an ordinary on his own land.
AMOS TIMS together with John HUMPHRIS and John EZARD, his security, ack. a bond to keep an ordinary. ============
Finally, in 1742 there is the following record, which shows that John Humphreys, by then deceased, had land adjoining Thomas Ravenscroft:
============ "2 Sep 1742 from Amos Timms of Brunswick, planter, to Richard Witton of Henrico County, Merchant, for 80 £, a certain tract of land of about 305 acres, being part of a tract of land which the said Timms purchased of John Humphreys deceased. The land is in Brunswick on Rose’s Cr, and bounded by Rose, Ravenscroft, the head of the Spring branch, the mouth of the Little Cr, Brown." (cited at http://www.poythress.net/Wall.htmlhttp://www.poythress.net/Wall.html) =============
In my view, from the above and other records, John Humphreys and the second Robert Humphreys might well have been brothers, as you suggest, both sons of the first Robert Humphreys who died in the same area in 1713.Perhaps never to be proved though, unless descendants of the second Robert are found.
My interest in these records is Richard Pace, one of the three men nominated to appraise the estate of the first Robert Humphreys in 1713.I descend from this Richard Pace, and am always interested to know more about his associates.