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Notes for Thomas POWELL

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Virginia Census, 1607-1890

Name: Thomas Powell
State: VA
County: Amherst County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1783
Record Type: Tax list
Page: 048
Database: VA Early Census Index

Some of his land in Augusta Co, VA. was involved in a court battle:

Norvell vs. Camm--O. S. 160; N. S. 56--Bill, 1811. Orator is Reuben Norvell of Amherst. In 1755 patent was issued to James and John Christian and William Brown for 3,926 acres in Albemarle (now Amherst). In 1774 the tract was declared forfeited on petition of John and Charles Christian, sons of said Jno. Christian, then deceased. James Christian was also dead in 1774. Jonn and Charles, however, did nothing to perfect a title. Yet in 1777 they conveyed 933 acres to James Grisham, who in 1787 conveyed 433 acres to Thomas Powell. Thomas died 1788, intestate, leaving two children, viz: Betsey, wife of John Camm, and Mary, wife of John Warwick.

Patent was issued to orator in 1798 for the 3,926 acres. John and Charles Christian had resided, one in New Kent and one in Charles City. In 1774 Charles lived in Goochland. In 1779 he moved to Amherst. Col. Thomas Moore married Sally, the widow of Thomas Powell.

Col. Joseph Burrus lived in Tennessee. James Loudon, aged 71, deposes in Amherst, 9th October, 1811, that the last one of the Christians moved to Charles City in 1763. William Knight deposes in Campbell County, October, 1811--he has resided near the land since 1774--that James Grissom did not remove to Amherst until 1780. James Loudon deposes further he has lived in Albemarle, near the land, since infancy; it was settled in 1752. Henry Turner, aged 53, deposes in Campbell, 12th October, 1811, has lived near the land since 1776. Previous to 1765 John and James Christian died.

There was a judgment of forfeiture in General Court in 1774 for non-payment of quit rents due from William Brown. Henry Christian and William Brown Christian, children and devisees of John Christian, deceased; James, John and George Christian, children and devisees of James Christian, deceased, in whom the right is since become vested.

On 30th October, 1774, John and Charles of Charles City County, conveyed to James Gresham, of Cumberland, 933 acres (copy of deed). Recorded in Amherst, 6th July, 1778. On 21st August, 1787, Gresham of Amherst conveyed to Thomas Powell. Copy of deed recorded in Amherst 3d September, 1787. Powell died 1788. Henry Turner deposes that the land on which he lives belonged to John Scott, who married Margaret Fry, and was conveyed to Turner's father by Scott.

He died intestate, leaving wife, Sally and 2 married daughters.

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