Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Place POWELL

It seems that Place was some kind of rogue. He was party to a scheme to cheat his own brother, Honorias, out of land (see notes on Honorias) and later he disappeared without a trace. No descendants have been found for him, otherwise brother, Honorias, could not have been his heir.

Residences & events:

1704 Essex Co, VA. He and brothers, Honor and Thomas, were listed on the Quit Rent Rolls, each having 72 acres.

8/10/1705 Essex Co, VA. Place put the following on record at the court house:

"Know all men that I Place Powell of Essex Co and Parish of St Anne's do for several threatenings of Mary Powell my wife that she will make away with what I have a-purpose for to ruine me, I do, therefore, forwarne all manner of persons from having any manner of dealing with her and from taking anything of her or entertaining her without my consent." Place signed with an "X". A footnote says she may have been a "she-devil", probably as a result of loneliness.

1/11/1710 St Ann's Parish was still his residence when he leased 300 acres to Augustine Smith for 99 years, the land was in St Maries, Richmond Co. "whereon George and William Proctor now liveth in the freshes of Rappahannock River in the forks of Lamb's Creek, being the land granted unto Francis Place by patent Sept. 1654, relation being had to the records, and now doth of right belong to the said Place Powell, partly to these presents." Witnesses were: John Golding, Cassandra Golding and John Wood. It was not recorded until 1/13/1714, after the next event.

6/3/1713 The previous entry concerned land that Place's parents had sold some 40 years prior and the question arose about the validity of the contract. The matter went to court and the jury's verdict was:

"Francis Place took up the land in question, 300 acres in Sept. 1654; on Aug 11, 1655, he made a deed in tail to his daughter, Mary, and she was thereafter in possession of the land. Mary married Thos. Powell and said Place is their eldest son. Mary died about 3 years ago the middle of December last. On Sept. 30, 1666, Thomas and Mary deed the land to James Coghill, who, on Oct 11, 1667 deeded it to William Wilton. He took out a new patent for the land on Oct. 3, 1671. 'Wee do not find any patent of the sd land granted to the sd ffrancis Place before that dated in 1654 before cited. Wee find that the sd ffrancis Place was dead long before the date of Wilton's patent. Wee find the said Mary Powell lived a widow' nine or ten years before she died."

There was one final entry concerning Place and this same 300 acres:

9/7/1750 King George Co. "Honorias Powell, of St. Mary's Parish, Caroline Co, as brother and heir apparent to Place Powell, who has removed himself to some remote place out of Virginia, conveys to John Champe, Gent, the land patented Sept, 1654, by Francis Place and leased Nov. 11, 1710 by said Place Powell to Augustine Smith, Gent, which lease is of record in Essex Co."

It appears that Place left Essex Co but no one knew his whereabouts and so assumed him dead (in 1715) with his property passing to brother, Honorias.

John Golding gave bond as administrator of Place's estate but apparently there was a problem because in July 1716, Augustine Smith posted 50 pounds bond to administer the estate, "he dying without a will." Inventory and appraisment of Place's estate was recorded in 1717.

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