Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review, Re-Do, and Rethink Todd Ancestry: James Todd Jr.’s Ties to Pudding Spring Draft near the waters of Mossy Creek



Review:

   “Finding the 104 ½ acres of land mentioned in the inventory gives me hope I’ll find more information in land records.”

Re-Do:
As I hoped, I found the recorded deed among the Augusta County, VA Deed Books. Grandfather purchased a parcel located on Pudding Spring Draft near the waters of Mossy Creek from Davies family members August 9, 1822.

Transcription from Deed Book 46, pages 430-433:

This Indenture, made and entered into this 9th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty two  In pursuance of a decree of the worshipful Court of Augusta in Chancery at the August Term 1820 ~ In a Suit then & there depending between James Todd of the said County of Augusta of the one part & Walter Davies Sen’r, Martha Davies widow of James Davies dec’d, Jane Davies, Ann Davies, Polly Davies, Walter Davies Jun’r. & Walter Davies Sen’r as Guardian of James Davies infant of the County of Rockingham of the other part, all of the State of Virg’a. Witnesseth, that the said Walter Davies Sen’r & Rebecca his wife, Martha Davies, Jane Davies, Ann Davies, Polly Davies, Walter Davies Jun’r & James Davies by his said Guardian for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds to them in hand paid, the recpt. whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained & Sold & by these presents do grant bargain & sell to the said James Todd his heirs & assigns a certain tract or parcel of Land situate & being in the County of Augusta on Pudding Spring Draft near the waters of Mossy Creek containing by survey one hundred & four acres, be the same more or less  Bounded as follows.  Beginning at two white oaks & two pines on a hill on the South east side of the Draft & running thence N. 50o W. 60 poles crossing a draft to a white oak thence S. 40o W. 190 poles to a White oak ~ thence N. 50o  W. 30 poles to a white oak saplin on a hill  thence S. 40 W. 60 poles to a black oak on the side of the Draft   thence S. 50o  E. 90 poles cossing the draft to a white oak & Black oak & N. 40o E. 250 poles to the beginning.  Together with all and singular appurtenances there unto, belonging or in any wise appertaining to have & to hold the said tract of Land with its appurtenances unto the said James Todd, his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of him the said James Todd, his heirs and assigns forever.   And the said Walter Davies Sen’r, Martha Davies, Jane Davies, Ann Davies, Polly Davies, Walter Davies Junior & James Davies by Walter Davies his Guardian for themselves respectively and for their several heirs, Ex’rs & Adm’s do covenant with the said James Todd, his heirs and assigns, that they the said Walter Davies Sen’r, Martha Davies, Jane Davies, Polly Davies, Ann Davies, Walter Davies Jun’r & James Davies by Walter Davies his Guardian their several heirs. Ex’rs & Adm’s the said tract of Land with its appurtenances unto the said James Todd his heirs and assigns against the claim of them their several heirs and of all & every person or person whatsoever shall and will forever warrant to defend.  In Witness whereof they have unto set their hands & affixed their seals the Day & year first above written.

                                                                        Walter Davies
                                                                        Rebekah Davies
                                                                        Marth  (her mark) Davies
                                                                        Jane R. Davies
                                                                        Anna Davies
                                                            Mary S. Davies
                                                            W. Davies Jr.
                                                            James Davies
                                                              By Walter Davies
                                                                        His Guardian          

Rockingham County, Sct.
  We Henry Welsh & Richard P. Fletcher Justices of the peace in the County aforesaid in the State of Virginia do hereby certify that Walter Davies Sen’r & Rebecca his wife, Martha Davies Widow of James Davies dec’d, Jane Davies,  Anna Davies, Polly Davies, Walter Davies Jun’r the said Walter Davies Sen’r acting likewise as Guardian for James Davies, an infant son of the said James Davies dec’d, parties to a Deed bearing date the 9th Day of August 1822, personally appeared before us in our County aforesaid and acknowledged the same to be their Act & Deed and desired us to certify their acknowledgement to the Clerk of the County Court of Augusta in order that the said deed may be recorded. We likewise certify that the said Rebecca Davies wife of W. Davies Sen’r being examined by us privily and apart from her husband & having the Deed aforesaid fully explained to her she, the s’d Rebecca, acknowledged that she had willingly signed, sealed & Delivered the same & that she wished not to retract it. Given under our hands & seals the 17th day of August 1822.

                                                                        Henry Welsh
                                                2nd                   R. P. Fletcher

Augusta County August Court 1822
  This deed from Walter Davies Sen’r and Rebecca his wife, Martha Davies widow of James Davies dec’d, Jane Davies, Ann Davies, Polly Davies, Walter Davies Jun’r, and said Walter Davies Sen’r Guardian of James Davies Infant  ~ to James Todd and presented in Court and having been duly acknowledged before two Justices of the peace for the County of Rockingham and certified here, the same is ordered to be recorded together with the certificate thereon endorsed.
                                                                        Teste
                                                                           Erasmus Stribling   cc.

The 2nd sentence in the deed piqued my interest:

  “In pursuance of a decree of the worshipful Court of Augusta in Chancery at the August Term 1820 ~ In a Suit then depending between James Todd of the said County of Augusta of the one part & Walter Davies Sen’r, Martha Davies widow of James Davies dec’d, Jane Davies, Ann Davies, Polly Davies, Walter Davies Jun’r. & Walter Davies Sen’r as Guardian of James Davies infant of the County of Rockingham of the other part, all of the State of Virginia.”

What happened in 1820? And what was the problem? As quick as I could, I found myself online at the Library of Virginia website. The Library has digitized images of the Augusta County Chancery Causes. I searched for a ‘Todd vs Davies’ suit but didn’t find it.

The Library of Virginia’s microfilm holdings include a sizeable collection for Augusta County. Records of Chancery Suits are among the films. I asked my reference librarian for help. Via interlibrary loan, my library requested 3 microfilms containing Records of Chancery Suits (1820-1821) for me. Two of the films have already arrived and I’ve examined them but once again haven’t found the chancery suit I seek. Perhaps the 3rd microfilm will answer my questions.

Even if I don’t locate James’ chancery suit, I learned about a wonderful new resource. The images provided on the Library of VA website contain loose papers from the court files while the microfilms consist of bound books prepared by a court clerk. I took note of several suits while viewing the microfilm and later searched the LVA Chancery records and found no images for those causes. The clerk’s account looks to be as informative as the LVA’s images.

Does this mean some of Augusta County’s original chancery records didn’t survive to be digitized? Augusta County researchers, are there still chancery records in Augusta County that were not digitized by the LVA?

Rethink:
Not only did I get the recorded deed when James Todd Jr. acquired the 104 acres but also learned how his granddaughter fought to get her share of the Todd lands many years later. I’ll talk about that in a future post.

In the meantime, I’ll keep trying to find the 1822 chancery suit ‘Todd vs Davies’.

Virginia Landscape, 1830’s
Joshua H. Shaw
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

My Ancestry:
4th Great Grandfather James Todd, Jr., and wife Catherine Siple
3rd Great Grandmother Catherine Todd and husband David McFall
2nd Great Grandfather James Addison McFall and wife Radie Maria Harman
Great Grandmother Flora Belle McFall and husband Daniel Franklin Joseph
Grandfather James McFall Joseph and wife Lucy Leora Clemmer
My Father
Myself

                                   

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review, Re-Do, and Rethink Todd Ancestry: James Todd Jr.’s Will



Review:
Katherine Gentry Bushman cites 4th Great Grandfather James Todd Jr.’s will in The Todd Family of Mossy Creek, Augusta County, Virginia:

            Augusta County, Virginia
            Will Book 19, page 396, will of James Todd, Jr., dated 1-31-1834, 
proved March Term of court, 1834; executor: Jacob Daggy, Sr., Teste: Adam Rusmisel, Samuel Todd, Christian Rusmisel

Re-Do:
Pictured below are digital images of James Todd Jr.’s will that I located at Ancestry.com. A transcription follows the images.


Augusta Co., VA Will Book 19, page 396
(Bottom of page)


Augusta Co. VA Will Book 19, page 397
(Top of page)

Transcription:

In the Name of God Amen, I James Todd of the County of Augusta & State of Virginia, being weak of body, but sound in mind, (thanks be to God for this mercy) feel desirous to dispose of the property with which I have been blessed in the following manner; after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid  it is my desire that the residue of my Estate be equally divided among my eight children, viz: Addison, Cyrus, James, Preston, Hannah, Rachel, Catherine & Amanda, with this understanding, that my beloved wife is first to have her legal dower, & the residue equally divided after my wife’s death, or to be more explicit, it is my desire that the whole estate remain entire as it now is, until my wife’s death, and in the meantime my Executor herein named shall have power to dispose of any of the personal property he may think best for the general good, or to dispose of some of the property if necessary for the purpose of educating my four youngest children, the expense of education I wish not charged against them, but wish them to have equal share with others, exclusive of that expense, and my earnest desire is there may be no misunderstanding between any of the parties concerned, but if unfortunately it should so happen, my desire is the matter be referred to the Executor and his opinion shall be binding, but if between the Executor & any of the heirs, it shall be referred to two Judicious Neighbors, one chosen by each and they have power to choose a third & their decision shall be binding & if any should be so stubborn as still to persist & bring suit for their supposed rights, by doing so they shall forfeit any bequest made to them & that portion shall be divided amongst others that acquiesce.  And I hereby constitute and appoint my friend Jacob Daggy Sen’r, Tanner, Sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all others, as witness my hand & Seal this 30th day of Jan’y, 1834
                                                                                                JAMES TODD
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in preasants of
  Adam Rusmisel
  Samuel Todd
  Christian Rusmisel

Augusta County Court, March Term, 1834

   This last Will & Testament of James Todd Dec’d, was presented in court & proved by the oaths of Adam Rusmisel & Samuel Todd, two of the subscribing Witnesses thereto, & ordered to be recorded; and on the motion of Jacob Daggy Sen’r, who took the oath required by law & together with George Kiracofe, Michael Daggy & Jacob Daggy Jr. his securities entered into & acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Three Thousand Dollars, conditioned as the law requires, which bond is ordered to be recorded,   Certificate is granted the said Jacob Daggy Sen’r for obtaining a probate thereof in due form,
Teste,                                                          JEFFERSON KINNEY, C. A. C.


James named eight children in his will and wanted his estate divided among them-- Addison, Cyrus, James, Preston, Hannah, Rachel, Catherine, and Amanda. Of course, his widow, Catherine, was entitled to her dower and her well-being was on James’ mind when he expressed the wish his estate remain whole until after her death.

He valued learning and instructed Jacob Daggy to sell his personal property, if necessary, to provide an education for his four youngest children.

A persnickety streak crept into Great Grandfather’s will about any misunderstandings among his heirs. I knew he sounded worried when I read “… if any should be stubborn as still to persist & bring suit for their supposed rights, by doing so they shall forfeit any bequest made to them & that portion shall be divided amongst others that acquiesce.” (Later research hinted at who that might have been.)

An inventory was prepared and an appraisal followed April 10, 1834. The appraisers, R. Coyner, Samuel Landes, and Abraham Hanna, presented the document in Augusta Co. Court during the May Term 1834. The James Todd inventory included assorted farm tools, household items, livestock, corn, and furniture. Most times inventories include only the personal property of the decedent but the appraisers assessed James Todd’s 104 ½ acres of land worth $1,162.50.


Grandmother Catherine retained many items from the inventory for her use and the family (value $457.90).This is the first time I found a separate sale bill devoted to the items the Widow kept.


James Todd Inventory and Sale
Augusta Co. VA Will Book 19, page 421
(Bottom of page)


James Todd Inventory and Sale
Augusta Co. VA Will Book 19, page 422


Rethink:
I’m glad I chose to include James Todd Jr.’s will in my Review, Re-Do, and Rethink project as I acquired digital images of the will, inventory/appraisal, sale, and account.

Finding the 104 ½ acres of land mentioned in the inventory gives me hope I’ll find more information in land records.


My ancestry
4th Great Grandfather James Todd, Jr., and wife Catherine Siple
3rd Great Grandmother Catherine Todd and husband David McFall
2nd Great Grandfather James Addison McFall and wife Radie Maria Harman
Great Grandmother Flora Belle McFall and husband Daniel Franklin Joseph
Grandfather James McFall Joseph and wife Lucy Leora Clemmer
My Father
Myself

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review, Re-Do, and Rethink Todd Ancestry: James Todd, Junior



James Todd, Jun., was most likely born in Virginia about 1785. He married Catherine Siple Sept. 13, 1812, in Augusta County, Virginia. After twenty-two years of marriage and eight children, 4th Great Grandfather died in 1834.

Review, Re-Do, and Rethink Todd Ancestry:
Lieutenant James Todd, Jun., 93rd Regiment, War of 1812

Katherine Bushman writes “James Todd, Jr. was the Lieutenant James Todd of the War of 1812” and cites Annals of Augusta County, Virginia From 1726 to 1871, Jos. A. Waddell; page 394 as a source.

Review:
Mrs. Bushman steered me in the right direction once again. I located Joseph A. Wadell’s Augusta County history online in the Google Books collection. About a year after the United States declared War on Great Britain, four Augusta Co., VA companies were called for duty:

            Captain Baldwin’s Company
            Captain Baskin’s Company
            Captain Stuart’s Company
            Lieutenant Todd’s Company

Captain Baldwin and Captain Stuart’s Companies served from July 6, 1813 until Sept. 28, 1813. While Captain Baskin’s and Lieutenant Todd’s Companies also began duty on July 6, 1813, their units were broken up August 16, 1813, and most men enlisted with other groups. 4th Great Grandfather James Todd Jun. became a Lieutenant with the “Flying Camp” commanded by Col. James McDowell.

Annals of Augusta County, Virginia From 1726 to 1871, Jos. A. Waddell; page 394

Annals of Augusta County, Virginia From 1726 to 1871, Jos. A. Waddell; page 395

Re-Do:
The Library of Virginia has an index to the War of 1812 Pay Rolls on their website for Virginia soldiers appearing in Pay Rolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850, and Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812.

I found Lieutenant James Todd listed in the pay rolls on page 40. Great Grandfather James died by the time the Land Bounty Act was created in 1850. Even though he was among those entitled to a land bounty, that doesn’t mean his widow or children applied or received land. Ancestry’s database, U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858, didn’t contain any Todd kin that I recognized.

Next, I turned to familysearch.org and was pleasantly surprised when I found a database named “United States War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815”. Here’s the general index card for Grandfather James Todd. Just as Mr. Waddell stated in his book, Lieutenant Todd became a member of the Flying Camp Militia.

  
Ancestry’s War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815 produced zero results. That’s not surprising as legislation wasn’t enacted until the 1870’s to provide pensions for surviving soldiers. The earliest pensions were granted to the surviving widow if the soldier died during their term of service. Neither scenario applies to Great Grandfather.

Rethink:
Searching the service, bounty land, or pensions at the National Archives would be expensive.

Some time ago the Federation of Genealogical Societies helped spearhead a digitization project called “Preserve the Pensions, 1812” and raised $3 million. War of 1812 Pensions and Bounty Warrants became available free of charge on Fold3.com for surnames beginning with A through M. The project stalled for quite some time but the Federation of Genealogical Societies reports work is to begin again this month. I think I’ll wait!


My ancestry
4th Great Grandfather James Todd, Jun., and wife Catherine Siple
3rd Great Grandmother Catherine Todd and husband David McFall
2nd Great Grandfather James Addison McFall and wife Radie Maria Harman
Great Grandmother Flora Belle McFall and husband Daniel Franklin Joseph
Grandfather James McFall Joseph and wife Lucy Leora Clemmer
My Father
Myself

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review, Re-Do, and Rethink Todd Ancestry



Starting today I’m beginning a new project: Review, Re-do, and Rethink my Todd ancestry.

In July 1991, I asked the late Mrs. Katherine G. Bushman, a knowledgeable and respected Augusta Co., Virginia Genealogist, to help me with my McFall family.

While digging out information about my McFall line, Mrs. Bushman found my 3rd Great Grandfather David McFall married Miss Catherine Todd of Augusta County, VA July 28, 1842. The Todd surname was well known to her. Back in 1964, Katherine Bushman accepted the task of finding ‘James H. Todd’ who lived in 1860 Augusta County. She found four James H. Todd’s and no doubt this research resulted in her compilation ‘‘The Todd Family of Mossy Creek, Augusta County, Virginia” compiled in1966. She sent me copies for my branch of the family which I’ll be discussing in Project Review, Re-do, and Rethink.

This became the backbone of my research leading me to 5th Great Grandfather James Todd Sr. and 4th Great Grandfather James Todd Jr. My line of descent continues with Miss Catherine Todd, daughter of James Todd Jr. and wife of David McFall.


CATHERINE TODD MARRIED DAVID MCFALL

Review:
File 211, Consent by Catherine Todd for daughter Catharine to marry David
McFall, 7-22-1842; Bond, dated 7-23-1742 [must have meant 1842]; married 7-28-1842 by J. A. Van Lear (Marriage Book 2, page 61, Ministers returns). Also found in Staunton Spectator of August 11, 1842. David McFall died March 22, 1854 (Staunton Spectator of same year)           Source: Katherine G. Bushman’s Research


Re-Do:
Ancestry.com cites July 23, 1842 as the marriage date and states the record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800; extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley. I viewed Volume 1, 2, and 3 online but didn’t find the 1842 marriage.

A marriage date of July 28, 1842 is also cited by Ancestry.com utilizing their Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 databases. They note their database was originally part of Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

Rethink:
I find it odd that Ancestry.com cited Lyman Chalkley’s Chronicles as a source when I couldn’t locate the McFall-Todd marriage in the 3-volume set. Are there more volumes to this work?

Before Catherine married David McFall, her mother was required to give her permission as she was only 19 years old.  I would dearly love to see the consent and bond Mrs. Bushman referred to but couldn’t find any catalog listings for either at familysearch.org or the interlibrary loan service of the Library of VA.  I might be able to view the minister’s returns from the Library of VA. It’s worth pursuing.

I don’t doubt Mrs. Bushman’s findings for a moment and hope I can verify her work with a document or two to add to my Todd collection.