The earliest concrete sign that the Jolletts were in colonial Virginia dates to 1732. On the 27th of September of that year, the estate of Morris Jollett was appraised and entered into court. Two months later, Morris Jollett’s son William signed upon oath and ordered the inventory to be recorded. The order was recorded on February 7, 1733.
The record is not easy to read, but I submit it here as an invitation for others to render an opinion on what poor ol’ Morris left behind. One word that is particularly puzzling looks like “Joyron.” The context and comparison to other letters, specifically the “r” in “Mortor” and “Grinding,” make me think it is a terrible spelling of “iron.” What else could it be?
An Inventory and Appraisement of Morris Jollett Estate
Westmoreland County, VA
Two cows & two calfs
Two cows & five heiffers
One plow and a small grinding stone
?? of puter
?? of old iron
One pair of old small stillards [? Not sure of that]
One old halbord and old box iron
One brass candlestick and small brass bottles
One old spice mortor
[?] iron pots old
Old [?] plow old tables
One old gun and weavers loom
Two old cots [coats?] and a pair of breches
One old Tub with a parcel of old feathers and other lumber
A parcel of earthenware, [?] glass bottles
A parcel of very old B???
Small [ ? ]mpory
One small cake of bees wax
A frying pan, ax, roofhook all old
Old pail old hoe old piggins
Two old loads of beds loads old furniture
One mare & old saddle
Herd of hogs small goat
TOTAL VALUE was 22 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence
In Witness to an Order of Court bearing Date this 27th Day of September 1732 We whose names are under written being first sworn by a Magistrate have valued & appraised above Inventory.
Charnock Cox, Jr.
Westmoreland County in a Court held for the County this 28th Day of November 1732
This Inventory of the Estate of Morris Jollett deceased was returned into Court upon Oath by William Jollett his son and Administrator and ordered to be Recorded.
G. Turberville CCW
Recorded the Seventh Day of February 1733.
A few EARLIER documents exist for Morris Jollett in transcription form. They include records of a patent for his cattle brand in 1711 and again in 1716. Three years later he was a witness in an inquisition into the death of a man who had drowned.
A more difficult challenge will be to connect Morris and son William to John Jollitt who arrived on the Tristram and Jane in 1637. He was turned over as an indentured servant to Nathaniel Floyd. Interestingly enough, Floyd himself had come to Virginia in 1625 as an indentured servant. Sometime around 1627 he obtained his freedom and purchased land on the Warwick River.
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