Sunday, January 12, 2014

52 Ancestors: #2 - William Jollett


Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge:  write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor.  It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.



In my inaugural entry for the 52 Ancestors Challenge, I mentioned that I BELIEVE Morris Jollett of Westmoreland County, Virginia is one of my ancestors.  The little bit of supporting evidence rests in his son’s purchase of land in Orange County. 

Huh?  A map of the counties of Virginia will help explain that leap in my logic. 



See – just a hop, skip and a jump from Westmoreland over to the counties of Spotsylvania, Culpeper, and Orange where my confirmed Jolletts could be found in the late 1700s-early 1800s. 

William purchased 100 acres in Orange in 1736, just four years after settling his father’s estate in Westmoreland.  There are 2 documents entered on the same day in the Orange County Deed Book.  They appear to be for the same parcel of land, but I do not understand real estate transactions enough to say for sure what the difference is in the two.  I welcome anyone to wade through the legal jargon and weigh in on William Jollett’s purchase.

Joseph Bloodworth to William Jollitt
May 1736
Orange County Deed Book 1: 258-59

This indenture made the Seventeenth day of May in the sixth [?] Year of our Sovereign Lord the King and in the Year of our Lord Christ One thousand Seven hundred and thirty six Between Joseph Bloodworth of the County of Orange of the one part and William Jollitt of the aforesaid County of the other part Witnesseth that the said Joseph Bloodworth for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings current money to him in hand paid by the said William Jollitt before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the Receipts whereof the said Joseph Bloodworth doth hereby acknowledge doth devise grant bargain sell and do [---] lett unto the said William Jollitt his heirs and assigns a certain parcel of land or woodland ground containing one hundred acres situated lying and being in Orange County and bounded as followeth viz  Beginning at three pines corner to Joseph Bloodworth and Courado Ausberger [unreadable due to black ink bleeding through from other side – few readable letters are indicating metes and bounds] degrees West one hundred and eighty poles to three pines thence South thirty degrees West forty five poles to three pines. To John Paul [ Furkls? – this appears to be one word like Paulfurkls ] line thence with the said Paul [---] line to the said Paul [---] Corner Courado Ausbergers line thence with the said Ausberger lines to the beginning Together with all houses, Buildings, [---], Gardens, Orchards, Woods, Waters & Watercourses, Liberties privileges Hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the said Land and premises belonging or in any ways appurtaining to have and to hold the said land and premises hereby devised and their and every of their appurtenances unto the said William Jollitt his heirs and assigns from the day of the date of these presents [---] for and during the term of one whole year from thence next Coming and fully to be completed & ended yielding and paying therefore yearly the rent of one ear of Indian Corn on the first of St. Michael if the land shall be lawfully [---] to the intent and purpose that the said William Jollitt may  by virtue of these presents and of the statutes made for transferring [---] into possessions be lawfully possessed of the said land and possessed of said hereby be enabled to have take and receive a Grant and Release of the Inheritance [?] and fee simple from the said Joseph Bloodworth who the said William Jollitt, his heirs and assigns forever In Witness whereof the parties to these presents [---] have interchangeably set their hands & seals the day and year first above written.
Signed sealed & delivered             Joseph Bloodworth {seal}
In the presence of
Benja. Porter [?]
Jno. Christopher

At a Court held for Orange County on Tuesday the 18th day of May 1736 Joseph Bloodworth acknowledged this his lease for land indented to William Jollitt which on his motion is admitted to record.



Joseph Bloodworth to William Jollitt
May 1736
Orange County Deed Book 1: 266-67

This Indenture made the eighteenth day of May in the sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign  Lord the King and in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred and thirty six Between Joseph Bloodworth of the County of Orange of the one part and William Jollitt of the aforesaid County of the other part Witnesseth that the said Joseph Bloodworth for and in consideration of the just sum of [unreadable] pounds in current money to him in hand paid by the said William Jollitt before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof the said Joseph Bloodworth doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and from every part and parcel thereof doth fully acquit and discharge the said William Jollitt, his heirs exectors and administrators  Hath given, granted, bargained, sold, remised, released and confirmed and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell, remise, release, & confirm unto the said William Jollitt in his actual possession [---] by force and virtue of a certain Indenture of Lease to him made of a parcel of land with the appurtenances hereafter mentioned by the said Joseph Bloodworth the said Indenture beareth date the day next before the day of the date of these presents for one whole year from thence next coming and by force and virtue of the statute made for transferring [---] into possession and to his heirs forever and part or parcel of land or woodland ground containing one hundred acres situated lying and being in Orange County and bounded as followeth viz Beginning at three pines corner to Joseph Bloodworth and Courado Ausberger and runneth thence South twenty four degrees West one hundred and eighty poles to three pines thence South thirty degrees West forty five poles to three pines in John Paul [furkls?] line thence with the said Paul [furkls?] line to the said Paul [furkls] corner in Courado Ausbergers line thence with the said Ausbergers line to the beginning.  Together with all houses, buildings, [---], gardens, orchards, woods, waters & watercourses liberties and privileges Hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever the said land or premises belonging or in any way appertaining to have and to hold the said land [unreadable line due to ink bleeding through] hereby sold with the appurtenances unto the said William Jollitt to the only proper use and behoof of him the said William Jollitt, his heirs and assigns forever and the said Joseph Bloodworth doth hereby covenant for himself his heirs executors and administrators by these presents that he and they shall and will warrant & forever defend the before granted land and premises with the appurtenances unto the said William Jollitt his heirs and assigns him the said Joseph Bloodworth his heirs executors administrators and assigns and against the claim or claims of any other person or persons whatsoever and that both the said William Jollitt his heirs executors administrators and assigns shall and may from time to time and shall [---] or hereafter forever freely, peaceably & quietly have hold use occupy, possess and enjoy all and singular the before granted land & premises with all and singular the appurtenances & that it is freely and clearly acquitted and discharged of and from all manner of former gifts, grants, bargains, sales, and leases and of and from all manner of other titles troubles and encumbrances whatsoever, and the said Joseph Bloodworth for himself his heirs executors administrators & assigns doth further covenant promise and grant to and with the said William Jollitt, his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns that to the said Joseph Bloodworth, his heirs, executors, administrators shall and will at any time hereafter within the space of ten years from the date hereafter the request and desire of the said William Jollitt, his heirs, executors and assigns at their charge make do and execute in fue form of law any other conveyance and assurance whatsoever for the better more perfect and absolute conveying and sure making of all and singular the before granted land and premises with the appurtenances unto the said William Jollitt his heirs and assigns forever.  In Witness whereof the parties to these presents Indentures have hereunto interchangeably set their hands & seals the day and year first above written.
Signed, Sealed & delivered                          Joseph Bloodworth {seal}
In the presence of
Benj. Porter
Jno Christopher

At a Court held for Orange County on this day the Eighteenth day of May 1736.
Joseph Bloodworth acknowledged this his Release of land indented to William Jollitt which on his motion is admitted to record.
Teste
Henry Willis CC

To do list:
Look for other documents for William Jollett including death, will, marriage


17 comments:

  1. It's so interesting to be able to piece together what happened with your ancestors centuries ago. It must give you a wonderful sense of achievement when it all comes together.

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    1. It does feel good to find a new bit of evidence. But in this case I wish I could be absolutely certain where William fits on the family tree.

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  2. I agree with Sally. It's such a fascinating process!

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  3. So very fascinating, as I just uncovered through a letter from a second cousin info that led me to public records of land purchased by a relative in Canada in 1812. But also I have uncovered more relatives born before him as well. To go back and read bits and pieces of stories they shared is quite priceless reading!

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    1. This is exciting! Stay on the hunt ~

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    2. I plan to! It's a task that will prove very rewarding in so many ways I think!

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  4. This 52 Weeks prompt is a great opportunity to air out our ancestors. Maybe it will help you answer some questions here.

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    1. I agree. I am able to think about what I need to do on some of these ancestors about whom there is little to say.

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  5. You amaze me...I couldn't make sense of the legal stuff, but how exciting to have this info :)
    May your 52 weeks lead you to many new ancestor discoveries!

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    1. Most of the legal stuff you can "la la la" through because it just repeats itself. And descriptions of the land are rather useless except where neighbors are mentioned.

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  6. How wonderful to have traced such early documents on your ancestors.. .

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    1. Finding REALLY OLD documents feels like Christmas.

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  7. Ah! Land records! Good for you Wendy! Perhaps these are the types of records that will help me in my quest to find my 3rd great-grandmother's parents.

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    1. I hope you find them, both the records AND your 4Gs. Names of neighbors and witnesses mentioned in old documents can be very helpful.

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  8. I got the end of the documents down pretty well...Signed Sealed and Delivered!!! It's amazing the info you gleaned and good story telling, too. This is a neat challenge.

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