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Will of Edward Osborne, Henrico County, Virginia 1697

Edward Osborne was a relatively young man when he died in Henrico County, Virginia in 1697, as one daughter was likely a young newlywed and his other two children, Martha and Edward, were to receive legacies at the ages of sixteen and nineteen.

The name of his wife is unknown and she predeceased Edward, as the care of Martha and Edward is given to their older sister, Tabitha, and her husband, Benjamin Branch, who married before 6 January 1696, the date of Edward’s will.

Edward went on to marry Agnes Branch and it is believed that Martha married John Wooldridge, based on several clues, one being that Martha inherited a chest with lock and key from her father. She and John had many children, but a chest was willed to their son, Edward, when John died.

Edward Osborne named two enslaved people in his will, a woman named Moll and a boy named Tom.

Will of Edward Osborne, Henrico County, 1697, right page only

There are a few places where I couldn’t figure out the words, as ink has bled through the paper and the cursive isn’t the best, but the main points are clear.

Henrico County Aprill ye 1st 1697

In the name of god amen. I Edward osborn of Henrico County
in the parish of varina being sick and weak in body but in
health in minde thanks be to allmighty god. Doe–
make & appoint this my last will & testament.
First I bequeath my soul to god who gave it me & my
Body to be buried according to the discretion of
my Executor who I Shall appoint and after
my Just debts paid I give and bequeath my Estate in
manner & form as followeth.

secondly I give and bequeath Unto my son Edward osborne
all my land in Generall to him and to his heirs
forever, and one negro woman named Moll with
her increase Excepting the first child she bringeth, which
I give to my Daughter martha osborne and one Negro
boy named Tom to my Son Edward aforesd and three
sows not above Six years old and one heifer of three
years old, and two steers of three eyars old apeice and
two feather Beds & furniture and one Square (mens? —)
with a french lock and my little (G–?) and two younge
Sows with pigs and one pott of four or five Gallons–
and one (?) pott of two Gallons & one half (?) both Iron
potts with hooks and one pair of (?)
and my best Chest with lock & Key and two horses one
of seven years old and the other three and three large
and two Small deep puter dishes & ten plates of pewter & four (?)
and two (?) Chairs & one (?)
and one (?) Saddle Estate & (?)
appoint him to be (?) with all to be at the age of nineteen

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my daughter martha Osborne
two Cows & a heifer of two years old and one Steer of four years old
and Two Ewes and three deep puter dishes and one fether bed & old
Rugg & blanket (?) one Great Chest with Lock & Key
as (?) in all new Chest with Lock & Key

Fourthly & Lastly I appoint my Son in law Benjamin Branch
my whole & full Exor Comitting the (?) of my two
children Edward & Martha to him ye sd Branch & his wife
till Such time as they come to age, the sd Edward at Nineteen
and martha at Sixteen or married at which time
aforesaid I appoint that they shall have their Estates
above said paid them in Witness that this is my
last will and testament I have hereunto set my hand
this sixth day of January one thousand six hundred
and ninety six.

the marks of
Edward (E O) Osborne

In the psence of
Saml Branch
Martha (M O) osborn
Joseph Tanner

Henrico County April ye 1s5 1697
This day the aforegoing will was Brought
in to Court by Exer and proved by the
oaths of Joseph Tanner & Samuell Branch
two of the Subscribed Wittness

James ch(?) Clk

James Wooldridge & Ann (Nancy) Coleman

James Wooldridge, born 26 November 1760 in Chesterfield County, Virginia, the fourth generation of the family in Virginia and son of John Wooldridge and possibly (Mary?) Farley, is the last male generation of Wooldridges in my husband’s line, as he is descended from daughter Rebecca, below.

James married Ann (Nancy) Coleman, c1796. Ann was born c1764, likely in Virginia, and was the daughter of Samuel Coleman and Ann Wright.

As the American Revolution drew to a close, many families in Virginia and elsewhere, made the decision to begin moving westward. Settled land was getting scarce and expensive and sons often had to make the choice to move away from close family members.

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The Wooldridge family first settled in Henrico County, which is the red arrow on the far right. James Wooldridge was born in Chesterfield County, second arrow from right.  He died in Prince Edward County, middle arrow. Daughter Nancy who married Pryor Martin settled in Appomattox County, second arrow from left, son John James Wooldridge moved further west to Tazewell County, far left arrow, while son Samuel headed to Greenup County, Kentucky and daughter Rebecca who married Andrew Bandy removed to Lawrence County, Ohio. Thus, none of James and Ann (Coleman) Wooldridge’s descendants are in Chesterfield or Prince Edward County today.

James Wooldridge served four tours during the American Revolution and was pensioned:

State of Virginia Prince Edward County: SS
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress of 7th of June 1832. State of Virginia Prince Edward County
To wit On this 21st day of August 1833 personally appeared in open court before the Justices of the peace of the court of Prince Edward, now sitting, James Wooldridge a resident of the County of Prince Edward and state aforesaid, aged seventy-two years, the 26 November last, who being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed 7th of June 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States as well as he recollects the 1st of April 1775, as a private under the command of Captain James Dixon and Ensign John Roper, he met at Thompson’s run  the Long mountain in Bedford  and marched through the County of Franklin &c, and into the lead mines in the County of Montgomery where Colonel Lynch commanded, he with twelve or eighteen men under the command of Ensign Roper were sent down to Red Island River to guard the powder mill where we remained four or five weeks, he was then ordered back to the lead mines and after our tour of three months had expired, he was discharged, don’t recollect whether he received a written discharge that he left Colonel Lynch there when he was discharged, that in this tour he volunteered. That in the spring of 1776 he again volunteered and marched as a private under the command of Captain Robert Adams and Lieutenant Thomas McReynolds, that he met at Thompson’s in Bedford marched direct along the main Western Road to the lead mines where he joined Colonel Lynch still in command, that he remained at that place three months and was discharged, if he received a written discharge he does not recollect it, that he served a third tour, he volunteered & marched the last of March or the first of April 1777 under the command of Captain James Dixon, Lieutenant Christopher Irvine and James Russell Ensign, that he met at Donelson in the County of Bedford, now Campbell, and marched from thence to Goose Creek in the same County, where we remained a few days until joined by Captain Henry Duiguids Company, and then both Companies marched in company with each other to the Big Island on the Holston River where we joined the main Army commanded by Colonel Shelby, after remaining there a short time Captain Dixon’s company were ordered to the Rye cove on Clinch River, where there was a garrison, and families of the frontier settlers had come in there for protection against the Indians; he here saw Major Martin who had command of the Fort at that place, that they remained at that place until ordered back to the big Island to the treaty and was present at the treaty he saw several of the Indian Chiefs among them Sconsto and the Little Carpenter we remained there until after the Treaty and were discharged after serving a tour of six months, received a written discharge signed by Colonel Shelby which he lost or mislaid. That he served a fourth tour substituted for man by the name of Joel Ferguson, that he met at Buckingham Courthouse as well as I now recollect the latter part of November 1778 and marched as a private under the command of Captain William Duiguid, Lt. John Burke, he does not recollect the name of his Ensign, to the Albemarle Barracks, where Colonel Cole had the command, he served in this tour three months, and was discharged, that he does not recollect whether he received a written discharge, that he was in no engagements, in any of the different tours he served. That upon interrogatories propounded, he states in answer to the first that he was born in the County of Chesterfield and State of Virginia in the year 1760, in answer to the second he states that he has no record of his age that his ancestors informed him of the date of his birth. In answer to the 3rd he states that at each time that he was called into the service, he resided in the County of Bedford, now Campbell, State of Virginia, that he has resided in the same County and state ever since the war of the Revolution until about three years ago, when he moved to Prince Edward County, an adjoining County, where he still resides. In answer to the fourth he states he three times volunteered and one went as a substitute for man by the name of Joel Ferguson. In answer to the 5th he states as before stated that Colonel Lynch, Colonel Shelby, Major Martin and Colonel Cole was with the Troops; In answer to the 6th he states as before stated that he does not recollect receiving but one written discharge; and was signed by Colonel Shelby which he has lost. And in answer to the 7th he refers to the affidavits of Robert Watkins, John Hunter, Oliver Branch and Giles Davidson who have known him ever since the War of the Revolution, and as to his character for veracity as also for the general belief that he was a soldier during the revolutionary war he refers to the Reverend Thomas A. Legrand, Captain William (?), Alexander (?), Captain Thomas Trent and Doctor Joel W Flood &c. That he further states that if any of the officers whom he served under are still living there residence is unknown to him. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
S/ James Wooldridge

State of Virginia Campbell County
I do hereby certify that about the latter part of March or first of April in the year 1777 I volunteered my services in Captain James Dixon’s Company, whose Lieutenant was named Christopher Irving and his Ensign, James Russell which company met at New London then Bedford now Campbell County, that we were marched from thence to Goose Creek in Bedford County where we remained a few days and were joined by Captain Harry Buford’s Company –
from thence we marched to the Big Island on Holston River, where we joined the main Army under Colonel Shelby – After remaining there a short time, Captain Dixon’s Company was ordered to rye-cove on Clinch River, where we saw Major Martin, who I think had the head command of a Fort there; we there remained until we were ordered back to Big Island where a treaty was about to be held between the whites and Indians and were present when the treaty was made. I recollect among the Indian Chiefs president of seeing the little Carpenter & Conestoga for a name something like it. After the treaty was concluded we were all discharged by Colonel
Shelby having served a six months tour – James Wooldridge served the whole of this tour in the same company that I was in. I believe the said James Wooldridge to be about 72 years of age
and have known him ever since the revolutionary war.
Given under my hand this 28th day of August 1832.
S/ Robert Watkins, X his mark

State of Virginia Campbell County
This day came John Hunter (a man well known to me) before me Ellis Hunter a justice of the peace for the County aforesaid and made oath on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that in one of the years to wit 1775, 1776, or 1777 a company of volunteers was raised in Bedford County (now a part of it Campbell) to march out to the West to the lead mines on New River to guard the said mines against the incursions of the Tories and the Cherokee Indians: the said
mines being employed in making lead for the United States Army at that time – said Company was commanded by Captain James Dixon engaged to serve a tour of three months, which term of service he thinks was performed because he himself served in the said company at the same time and that James Wooldridge was one of the volunteers belonging to said company & he believes served the whole term of three months and that the said company was regularly discharged after their term of service expired. Given under my hand and seal this 11th day of August 1832
S/ Ellis Hunter

State of Virginia Buckingham County
I do hereby Certify that about the year 1778 I served a tour of three months in Captain William Duiguid’s company at the Albemarle Barracks, the Lieutenant in said company was John Burks, the Commandant of the Regiment was Colonel Cole of Albemarle, James Wooldridge served the whole of this tour in the same company. I believe the said James Wooldridge to be upwards of seventy years of age and have known him ever since the revolutionary war. Given under my hand the 7th day of June 1833.
S/ Giles Davison

I do hereby certify that I served a Tour of three months at the Lead mines then Montgomery now Wythe County Virginia under Captain Robert Adams and Commanded by Colonel Lynch and marched from then Bedford County Campbell County Virginia in which company James Wooldridge served a tour of three months and we were
discharged by Captain Robert Adams I do not now recollect the month or the year that we were discharged but it was between the year 1775 & 1777. I believe the said wooldridge to be about
72 years of age as stated by him.
S/ Oliver Branch

James and Ann (Coleman) Wooldridge were the parents of four known children:

  1. John James, born c1797, Virginia; died before 16 July 1842, Tazewell County, Virginia; married Sarah Schrader (1805-1850), 8 January 1824, Tazewell County, Virginia.
  2. Rebecca, born c1799, Virginia; died 28 March 1879, Lawrence County, Ohio; married Andrew Bandy, c1815, Virginia.
  3. Samuel C(oleman?), born February 1803, Prince Edward County, Virginia; died after 1880, probably Elliott County, Kentucky; married Lucy Hannah, 5 January 1830?, Greenup County, Kentucky. Although Samuel is in the 1830 census of Greenup County, the female, like him, is aged 20-30, with a female under 5 at home. No marriage record has been found for Samuel and Lucy. Their daughter Elizabeth’s death certificate gives her mother’s name as Lucy Hannah and lists both her parents’ place of birth as East Virginia.
  4. Nancy, born c1805, Virginia; died between 1850-1860 censuses, probably Appomattox County, Virginia; married Pryor Davenport Martin, c1824, probably Prince Edward County, Virginia. This family lived in Appomattox County, Virginia. Pryor was born c1805; died after 1880.

I’d love to hear from anyone descended from these children.

John Wooldridge, Grandson of John Wooldridge, Blacksmith of VA

This John Wooldridge, the third John in my husband’s line and the grandson of John the blacksmith and probably Martha Osborne, is the man about which the least is known.

First, it is thought that John was born about 1733, likely in Henrico County, Virginia, being the son of John Wooldridge and Elizabeth Branch.

John would have married about 1758 or thereabouts. However, it isn’t known whether he married once or twice. It is believed that his wife, or one of his wives if married more than once, was a daughter of James Farley who died in Chesterfield County, Virginia in 1779.

Will of James Farley, Chesterfield County, VA 1779

In the name of God amen this ninteenth Day of February in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred & seventy nine I James Farley of Chesterfield County being sick & weak in Body but of perfect mind & memory do make % ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son James one Shilling Sterling
Items I give & bequeath unto my Son Henry all my wearing Cloathes
Item I give & bequeath unto my Son David one Shilling Sterling
Item I give & bequeath unto my Son Edward one Shilling Sterling
Item I give & bequeath unto my grand Daughter Elizabeth Wooldridge the feather Bed she lies on while with me & the Furniture that belongs to it also the little Chest & half the pewter that is found mine
Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Betty Phillips Hopkins the feather Bed The (other?) Furniture & also the other half of pewter & my great Chest

I Desire that my Estate be not appraised & that my Stock of Horses Cattle Hogs & Sheep & the other part of my House-Hold & Kitchen Furniture be sold at public Sale & after my Just Debts are paid the Money to be divided equally between all my Daughters
I Desire that my Son Henry Farley & Benjammon Hopkins be my Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the Day & Year above written.

James (F) Farley seal
 His mark

Signed sealed & delivered
In the presence of. . .
Julius Hatcher, Josiah Hatcher, Robert Wooldridge, Henry Hatcher} Witnesses

Among those mentioned in his will is granddaughter Elizabeth Wooldridge, who is thought to be the daughter of this John Wooldridge.

I’ve also seen statements that his wife was named Mary, but no mention is made as to whether John married more than once.

John Wooldridge died about 1781 or 1782, reportedly in Bedford County, Virginia, but no record confirmation has yet been found.

An estate inventory for one John Wooldridge is entered into court minutes in July 1783 in Chesterfield County, Virginia:

Inventory of John Wooldridge, Chesterfield County, VA, 1783

Unless there is a battle between legatees, or the estate is particularly valuable, inventories aren’t normally filed when a will has been proven in court.

John’s father, also John Wooldridge, left a will dated 16 November 1780, but I was unable to determine when it was entered into the court records.

This 1783 inventory isn’t very lengthy and makes me think this was John, his son, who then didn’t die in Bedford County, Virginia. No evidence has been found of him residing there.

There are four children attributed to John Wooldridge:

  1. James, born 26 November 1760, Chesterfield County, Virginia; died before 11 October 1839, Prince Edward County, Virginia; married Ann (Nancy) Coleman, c1796. If his mother was a Farley, it could be that he was named for his maternal grandfather.
  2. Elizabeth Branch, believed to be the grandchild mentioned in James Farley’s will; no further record
  3. John?
  4. Sarah?


If you can help fill in any data on these four children, I would certainly appreciate it.