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Pace and Newsom and Sunderland Creek

doubleyoucoldday (View posts)
Posted: 13 Dec 2012 3:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
John Pace (d. 1720-21 Middlesex Co VA) named a son "Newsom". This has led researchers to wonder about possible association between John Pace and Newsoms in Lancaster Co / Middlesex Co. It has been suggested that "Newsom" might have been the maiden name of John Pace's wife Elizabeth.

In 1693, John Pace bought 150 acres on Sunderland Creek, now called LaGrange Creek. The land was bought from Henry Nicholls, who had recorded several patents and purchases along Sunderland Creek (also previously called Burnhams Creek) during the period from 1650-1690.

An interesting coincidence: in 1658, 35 years before John Pace bought his land, a tract in the same vicinity, on Sunderland Creek, was patented by Robert Middleton, using headrights which had been assigned to him by, apparently, William Newsom.

ROBERT MIDLETON, 250 acs. Lancaster Co., 16 Jan. 1658, p. 248, (348). On the head of Mr. Burnhams Cr. alias Sanderland Cr., beg. at his own line running to corner of Tho. Pattison & Robert Chowninge &c. Trans. of 5 pers. Note: The rights due by a certificate from Lancaster Ct., 6 Aug. 1653 granted to Wm. Newsam & assigned to sd. Midleton in which the names are omitted. Renewed 15 Dec. 1663 in name of Tho. Kidd. (Cavaliers and Pioneers, Nugent)

The patent image can be examined on the Library of VA website, Patent Book 4, p. 348 (http://image.lva.virginia.gov/LONN/LO-1/004/)

Note that William Newsom never owned this land, having assigned the headrights (not the ownership of the land) to Middleton.

Previously (29 Jan 1649) William Newsom, jointly with Miles Battersby, John Pine, and Thomas Saxe, patented "a neck of land called the Island Neck lying and being on the North side of Rappahannock River near Curritoman River mouth contayning 800 acres". (Patent Book 2, p.202)

On the same day, the same four men patented an adjoining 550 acres "running N.N.W. to Marsh Poynt Cr."

Today, Marsh Point Creek is known variously as Wyatt Creek, Chownings Creek, Marsh Point Creek, Neasums Creek, Nesums Creek and Newsoms Creek.

These records indicate that Newsoms lived, or at least had land, near where John Pace settled several decades later. A number of records mentioning William Newsom appear in "Virginia Colonial Abstracts" Vol. 1, Beverly Fleet, pp213-214. See also p.103, which shows abstracts of the 1653 will of Robert Mascall (legacies to John Pine, William Newsom, and "Robert Newsom the son of William Newsom") and the 1654/5 will of Thomas Saxe (executors "William Mashem" and John Pine) Thomas Saxe was apparently Rector of Christ Church at the time of his death. (http://www.archive.org/stream/colonialchurches00rich/colonia...)

The 1700 will of a William Newsom was recorded in Lancaster Co VA, mentioning sons William and Robert, inventory presented by relict Margaret. (Abstracts, Lancaster County, Virginia, Wills, 1653-1800, By Ida J. Lee, p. 164. No daughter Elizabeth is mentioned. Note however, the record immediately above on the same page:

"Norsum, Robert, being bound for England. 20 Dec. 1693. Rec. 10 Oct. 1695.
Sons: William and Robert Norsum. Daughter: Elizabeth. Wife: Name not given. Wits. Edward Carter, William Lowre. W.B. 8, p. 53."

This is probably Robert Newsom, son of William Newsom, for the witness Edward Carter married the widow of John Merriman, who in 1649 patented land adjoining that of William Newsom on Island Neck:

"CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 2; Pg 186
JOHN MERRIMAN, 500 acs., 14 Nov. 1649, p. 190. Being a neck, lyeing on the N. side of Rappa. River, upon Island Neck Cr., beg. at a poynt at Seymes Cr. Mouth, up Island Neck Cr. to the head, being Wm. Newsom's utmost bounds, to the head of parting cr. dividing this from land of Thomas Harwood."

So here is an Elizabeth Newsom, but probably she was not Elizabeth Pace, since Pace is not mentioned in the will. Further research may throw more light on possible associations between the Newsom and Pace families.

Re: Pace and Newsom and Sunderland Creek

doubleyoucoldday (View posts)
Posted: 14 Dec 2012 4:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Margaret Pace, daughter of John and Elizabeth Pace, married William Johnson Sept 22, 1721, not long after the death of her father.

It has been suggested that this William Johnson was a son of Henry Johnson, who died in Lancaster County in 1722:

"Johnson Heirs bond for administration of Henry Johnson Estate
Eliza Johnson, oldest son Sill Johnson & Robert Neusom of Lancaster County are bound in the amount of 200 lbs jointly and firmly to administer the estate of Henry Johnson dec'd.
Signed Eliza' Johnson
Sill Johnson
Rob't Neusom
(Lancaster County B 10 page 397 - May 11, 1722)

Location and date are consistent with this Robert Newsom being the same person as the son of Robert Newsom whose will was recorded 10 Oct 1695 in Lancaster County:

"Norsum, Robert, being bound for England. 20 Dec. 1693. Rec. 10 Oct. 1695.
Sons: William and Robert Norsum.
Daughter: Elizabeth.
Wife: Name not given.
Wits. Edward Carter, William Lowre. W.B. 8, p. 53."
(Abstracts, Lancaster County, Virginia, Wills, 1653-1800, By Ida J. Lee, p. 164.)

The fact that a Robert Newsom was one of Henry Johnson's administrators, has been seen by some researchers as evidence supporting the theory that Margaret Pace's mother Elizabeth was a Newsom.

However, it seems DNA has shown that the descendants of Henry Johnson do not match with the descendants of the William Johnson who married Margaret Pace. (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~johnson/D1...)

Since there is no paper proof that William Johnson (m. Margaret Pace) was a son of Henry Johnson, the most likely explanation of the discrepancy is not adoption or illegitimacy or adultery, but simply that the two were from different Johnson lines.

It's possible that Henry Johnson's wife Elizabeth was Robert Newsom's sister, both of them mentioned in their father's will. That would explain why Robert Newsom would qualify as one of the administrators of the estate of Henry Johnson. And it would rule out Elizabeth as a wife of John Pace. However, unless further evidence emerges, no firm conclusion can be drawn, except to say that in view of the DNA difference, this record mentioning Robert Newsom is not evidence in support of the hypothesis that John Pace's wife Elizabeth was a Newsom.

Re: Pace and Newsom and Sunderland Creek

doubleyoucoldday (View posts)
Posted: 15 Dec 2012 2:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Robert Newsom qualified as one of the administrators of the estate of Henry Johnson, d. 1722 Lancaster Co VA:

"Johnson Heirs bond for administration of Henry Johnson Estate
Eliza Johnson, oldest son Sill Johnson & Robert Neusom of Lancaster County are bound in the amount of 200 lbs jointly and firmly to administer the estate of Henry Johnson dec'd.
Signed Eliza' Johnson
Sill Johnson
Rob't Neusom
(Lancaster County B 10 page 397 - May 11, 1722)

This Robert Newsom appears to be a grandson of William Newsom, who on 29 Jan 1949 patented jointly with John Pine, Miles Battersby and Thomas Saxe "a neck of land called the Island Neck lying and being on the North side of Rappahannock River near Curritoman River mouth contayning 800 acres". (Patent Book 2, p.202)

This land was repatented by John Pine alone on 14 October 1665 (Patent Book 5, p. 493).

In 1709, the son of John Pine sold the land to George Chewning (Chowning). The deed is witnessed by Henry Johnson:

1706-1710 Lancaster County Deeds: pg 324-326
THIS INDENTURE made the Eleventh day of Novembr: in the yeare of or: Lod one thousand seaven hundred and nine, BEtweene JOHN PINES and MARTHA his Wife of the County of Lancastr:, Planter, of the one pty., and GEORGE CHEWNING, SENR., of the County aforesaid, Planter, of the other part; Wittness that the said JOHN PYNES and MARTHA his Wife for a valluable consideracon to them in hand paid or secured to be paid, have sould unto GEORGE CHEWNING his Executors and Administrators & assignes one parcell or tract of land lyeing in the County aforesaid and bounded as followeth, (vizt), Begining att a corner marked tree standing by the ISLAND GATE & running downe a line of marked trees to a Marsh called the WHITE MARSH, and soe bounding on the said Marsh to a Creeke called the OLD HOUSE CREEKE, soe running downe the said Creeke to RAFPAHANOCK RIVER side, soe upp the River to ROBERT NEWSOMs CREEKE and from thence to the first station all which tract of land is commonly called by the name of JOYCES NECK, containing in the whole by estimacon Two hundred acres of land wch: pr:misses wth: their appurtenances are parte of a tract of land which was granted by Pattent unto JOHN PYNES, SENR., deceased, by Sr. WILLM. BERKLEY, Knt., Lt. Governor of Virginia hareing date the 14th day of Xber: 1665 as by the said Pattent relacon being thereunto had more plainly will appeare, To have and to hold all and singular the sd. Land and pr:misses unto him the sd. GEORGE CHOWNING his heires & assignes for ever in as large and beneficiall manner as the said JOHN PYNES, his heires or assignes may have or claime to have by virtue of the before recited Pattent or by any other ways and the said JOHN PYNES and MARTHA his Wife doth further covenant and promise for themselves their heires that the aforesaid demised pr:misses is free and cleare from all manner of debts, rights of Dower, incumbrances whatsoever, and that it may be lawfull for ye said GEORGE CHEWNING his heires to hunt hawk fish and fowl on any parte of the whole Island, and allsoe to have use of the whole Island for the range of his or their Stocks eyther of Hoggs or Cattle but not to dispose or allow of the said previledge to any tenant or other p:son whatsoever, and the said JOHN PYNES and MARTHA his Wife doth furthr promise that att the next Court to be held in the County aforesd., that the said JOHN PYNES and MARTHA his Wife will acknowledge this p: sent Bill of Saile for the track of Land to him the said GEORGE CHEWNING, In Wittness whereof the said JOHN PYNES and MARTHA his Wife have hereunto sett their hands and sealer the day and yeare first above written
Signed sealed and delivered in the pr:sents of us
HENRY JOHNSON, JOHN PYNES
ALLEX: MARSHALL, MARTHA PYNES
Febry; 8th 1709/10. JOS: TAYLOE, Clk"

Note the mention of "Robert Newsoms Creek". Assuming this is the Henry Johnson who died in 1722, this record confirms both that the Robert Newsom who qualified as Johnson's administrator was from the "Island Neck" family of Newsoms, and also that Johnson was a neighbor. A relationship between the Newsom and Johnson families would be very likely, and if so, would explain why Robert Newsom qualified as one of Johnson's administrators.

George Chowning, who bought the land adjoining Newsom's, died in 1717. One of the witnesses to his will was Henry Johnson:

Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia Wills 1653-1800; {Ida J. Lee}
CHOWNING, George. Will. 15 January 1718. Rec. 12 June 1717.
Son: Chatting; Daughter, Rachel. Extrs. Wife, (no name) and Wm. Payne. Wits. Henry Towles, John Chowning, Henry Johnson.
Proved by oath of Mary Chowning, one of Extrs. W.B. 10, p. 221.

Re: Pace and Newsom and Sunderland Creek

doubleyoucoldday (View posts)
Posted: 15 Dec 2012 10:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Where did John Pace come from?

The births of his children from 1694 appear in the parish register of Christ Church Middlesex. The birth of his oldest son, John Pace Jr, does not. This suggests that John Pace may have married and started his family either in England or, possibly, over the Rappahannock in the parish of Christ Church Lancaster -- the parish in which the Newsom family lived.

Unfortunately, the colonial parish registers for Christ Church Lancaster have been lost. (https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Christ_Church_Par...) However, in a deed of 1699, six years after John Pace bought his 150 acres on Sunderland Creek, he bought a tract of 50 acres, and in that deed he is described as "of Lancaster County":

18 MAR 1699 - ROGER PRITCHET (no county given) sells 50 acres in Middlesex County to John Pace, of LANCASTER COUNTY. Land adj John Blewfords, HENRY NICHOLLS, and ROBERT CHOWNING. /s/ Roger (RP) Pritchet. Witness Edwin Thacker, (torn) Micham. (Middlesex County Deed Book 2, p. 286)

Re: Pace and Newsom and Sunderland Creek

doubleyoucoldday (View posts)
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 3:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
The will of Robert Newsom, recorded in Lancaster Co in 1695, named a daughter Elizabeth. Robert Newsom's will was witnessed by Edward Carter and William Lowrey, who both held land near the Island Neck land patented by William Newsom in 1649. This suggests that Robert Newsom was probably the son of William Newsom, as mentioned in the will of Robert Mascall proved in Lancaster Co in 1653:

"27 Sep 1653 Lanc.Co: Robt.Mascall will: to Wm.Newsom and John Pine a bill of 3000 lb tobo; calf to Robt.Newsom son of Wm.Newsom; to Epaphroditus Lawson a bill of Richd.Jones of 2300 lb tobo. Calf to Mary Tomson; to Robt.Tomson my best gray suit; to Richd.Coleman 180 lb tobo due from Jas.Butt; also 5 shil. to Coleman; refers to 150 lb tobo due from Charles SNEAD and 100 lb due from Domonic Theriatt; to Thos.Hanks 1 cow. s/Robert x Mascall. Wit: Thos.Hank, Robt.Parr; Will Gooch, Comr of Yorke Co."

The name of the wife of William Newsom is not known. She might have been Elizabeth, since Robert Newsom named a daughter Elizabeth.

A William Nusum was claimed as headright by Capt Moore Fauntleroy 22 May 1650, Patent Book 2, for land on the upper and lower sides of Farnham Creek.

An Eliz. Newsom was claimed as headright by John Cox on the same day, 22 May 1650, Patent Book 2, for land on the south side of Rappa. River; Beg.g &c. at the mouth of a creeke called Crooked Creeke. (Later known as Coxes Creek)

Possibly these two Newsoms could be William Newsom and wife Elizabeth.

Re: Pace and Newsom and Sunderland Creek

doubleyoucoldday (View posts)
Posted: 30 Dec 2012 3:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
My mistake. The name of William Newsom's wife was Margery, as recorded in the following records:

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LANCASTER COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1661-1666; Antient Press; Page 345
Lancaster County Court 12th of June 1665
- Certificate accordinge to Acte is granted unto WILLIAM NEASUM for the transportacon of MARGERY, his Wife. MICHAELL WILLINGTON, RICHARD STEPHENS, WILL: PARR. SUSAN FURNELL, EDWARD TISOO, ROGER SIDWELL, ROBERT SCISSEN, WILL: PERCIFULL, JO: ASHFORD, HEN: MAN, ELIZ: KILLINGHORNE, SUSAN LOATT & PHILIP SUTTON into this Country
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LANCASTER COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1661-1666; Antient Press; Page 366
Lancaster County Court 14th of March 1665/66
- WILLIAM NEASUM doth at this Curt. give unto MARGERY, the Daughter of EDWARD KING, one heyfer of two yeres of age wth: her increase for ever, beinge cropt on the lefty care & three slitts in the cropp & slitt in the right care underkeele
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1666-1669 Lancaster County Order Book; {Antient Press}: pg 77
Lancaster County Court 9th of September 1668
- A Probate of ye Last Will & Testament of WILL: NEESHAM (deced) is granted unto MARGERY, his Widd: & Relicte & ROBERT, his Sonne, accordinge to ye tenor of ye sde, Will. JOHN MERRYMAN, DNC: THERRYOTT, JOHN PINE & WILLM: WEST are ordered to apprize ye sde, Estate & to bee sworne by ye nexte Justice, The Invenrie thereof to bee exhibited to ye nexte Cort,
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1670-1674 Lancaster County Order Book; Antient Press: pg 222
Lancaster County Court 13th of March 1671/72
- In a difference depending att this Cort;. betweene ROBT. THOMPSON & EDWARD CARTER, who marryed ye Widd: & Relict of WILL: NEASUM (deced), about the Freedome of MARGARETT THOMPSON, Daughter to ye sde. ROBERT, It is ordered by this Cort, that ye sde, MARGARETT doe serve accordinge to ye tenor of her Indenture made to ye sde, NEASUM
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Robert Newsom (d. 1695) was married to Frances, as shown by the following records:

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1691-1695 Lancaster County Order Book 3: pg 328
Lancaster County Court 10th of October 1695
The Will of ROBERT NEASUM, (deced), being proved at this Court and there being noe Executor appointed to the same, and WILLIAM NEASUM, his Sonne, peticoning this Court for Administracon upon his saide Fathers Estate, the Widdowe of the saide NEASUM being in England, the same is therefore suspended till March next by which time it may bee thought p:bably she may bee arrived here in Virginia
===
1695-1699 Lancaster County Order Book 3: pg 363
Lancaster County Court 9th of September 1696
- FRANCES NEASUM, Widdow of ROBERT NEASUM [deced] petitioning this Court for administration upon her Husband's Estate, this Court doe therefore order that WILLIAM NEASUM, Eldest Sonne of ROBERT NEASUM, [deced] bee summoned by the Sheriffe of this County to show cause why administration shoulde not bee granted unto FRANCES NEASUM
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1695-1699 Lancaster County Order Book 4; {Antient Press}: pg 9
Lancaster County Court 9th of September 1696
- A Probate of the Last Will and Testament of ROBERT NEASUM [deced) together with Commisson of administration upon his Estate is granted unto FRANCES NEASUM, the Widdow and Relicte and WILLIAM NEASUM his eldest Sonne and the rest of the Children of ROBERT giveing security according to Acte. Mr. EDWARD CARTER, Mr. JOSEPH HARRISON, Mr. WILLIAM PAYNE and Mr. WILLIAM BINGS are ordered to apprize the Estate and to bee sworne by the next Justice. An Inventory thereof to bee exhibited to the next Court Mr. HUGH SYDNOR and DANIELL ARMES securities

(Records cited at "1658-1758 Charles County MD Families "The first 100 years" http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&d...)
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