Congratulations if you have hung in here through all these Henry Purkinses in Essex County, Virginia. We have reached the earliest of the four Henry Purkins!
Henry Purkins was born c1660, probably in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia, the son of Humphrey and (Unknown) Purkins. He married (1) Mary (MNU), c1683 and (2) Tabitha St. John, c1708. Tabitha was the daughter of Thomas and Mary (MNU) St. John.
Henry Perkin is listed with 300 acres on “A True and Perfect Rent Roll of all the Lande held in Essex County this present year 1704.”
Henry Purkins died after 11 March 1734/35, the day he wrote his will, in Essex County, Virginia and before 15 February 1736/37, the day it was recorded in court records.
Will of Henry Purkins, 1736
Essex County, VA Will Book 6:46-47
In the Name of God amen I Henry Purkins Siner (Senior) of the County of Essex in the parish of South farnham do make ordain this my last will and Testament in mannor and forme following that is to say ffirst I bequeath my Soule to the hands of Almighty God believeing remission of sins and everlasting life after death by the merrits death and passion of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.
Item I give unto my son Griffing Purkins all my lands and plantations that I now live on to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give unto my Daughter Ailce Booaton the negro woman that she hath now in possession to her and heirs forever.
Item I give unto my daughter Tabitha Lumpkins one negro man named Taylor to be delivered to her at the end of one year after my decease and also one feather bed and furniture.
Item I give unto my son Griffing Purkins one negro named Dick and one negro named London to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give unto my grand daughter Mary Purkins Eight pounds current mony to be paid her at the day of her marage or at the age of twenty one years.
Item I give unto my grandson Henry Purkins Taylor one young heffer.
Item I give unto my grand Daughter Mary Taylor one young heffer.
Item I give unto my Daughter Anne Purkins one negro boy call’d Bristoll to be delivered to her at the day of her marage or at the age of twenty years and I also give her one negro girle named Lotto and her Increase but not to be delivered unto her untill my beloved wife’s death or day of her marage. Also one feather bed and furniture and one Cow and Calfe it is my will that if my said Daughter should die in her Minoritie and not married that the negro boy Bristoll shall return unto my daughter Tabitha Lumpkin and the rest of the Legaseyes given her to be Equally divided amongst the rest of my Children.
Item I lend unto my loving wife one negro girle named Lotte during her widowhood and then to returne to my daughter Ann as before given, Also I lend unto my said wife two other negroes named Golah and Judy and one trunk her riding Sadle and the moiety or halfe my Estate after my debts and legaseyes paid for and during her natural life and after her decease I give the two negrose before given her, and personall Estate (Excepting the trunk and Sadle) or what shall be remaining unto my son Henry Purkins and my daughter Mary deshazo Eaqually to be divided between them and theire heires for ever.
Item I give unto my son Griffing Purkins the other moiety or halfe of my personal Estate after my debts and legaseyes paid. If my said son shall die in his minoritie not married all his Estate before given be devided between my three Daughters hereafter named Ailce Booaton, Tabitha Lumpkin and Anne Purkins to them and theire heirs for ever.
Item It is my will and desire that my Executors hereafter named may not be obliged to give security for the performance of my Estate nor my Estate to be appraised.
Lastly I doe appoint my loving wife Tabitha Purkins and my son Griffing Purkins whole and sole Executors of this my last will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hearunto set my hand and Seale this 11th day of March 1735/36″
Henry his(HP)mark Purkins (seal)
Signed Sealed & Published
in the presence of
Children with Mary (MNU):
- Henry, born c1685; died before 15 November 1738, Essex County, Virginia; married Cary Ferguson, c1716. She was the widow of Class Caston.
- Daughter, married Mr. Taylor, but died before her father’s will was written. She had two children, Henry Purkins Taylor and Mary Taylor.
- Possible son who died before his father, but married and had one daughter, Mary Purkins. Henry Jr. didn’t name a daughter Mary in his 1738 will.
Children with Tabitha St. John:
4. Mary, born c1709; died after her father’s 1735 will, but not in her mother’s 1738 will; married Mr. DeShazo (Note: Mary must be a child of Tabitha, as Mary (MNU) St. John Billington, Tabitha’s mother, named granddaughter Mary DeShazo in her 1727 will.)
5. Tabitha, born c1711, died after her mother wrote her will; married John Lumpkin, c1729, probably Essex County, Virginia
6. Alice, born c1713; married Mr. Boughan, c1731, probably Essex County, Virginia
7. Griffin, born c1715; died after his mother wrote her will
8. Anne, born c1717; died after her mother wrote her will, in which she was the prime beneficiary and unmarried at the time
Tabitha (St. John) Purkins left a will, too, dated 29 April 1738 in Essex County, Virginia:
Will of Tabitha Purkins, 1738
Essex County, Virginia Will Book 6:247-248
In the name of God Amen I Tabitha Purkins of the County of Essex being sick and weak doe make this my Last will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to say first I bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God believing remission of sins and Everlasting Life by the merrits death and passion of Jesus Christ my Lord and only Saviour.
Item I give unto my son Griffing Purkins one Shiling.
Item I Give unto my Daughter Ailce Booaton one Shiling.
Item I give unto my Daughter Tabitha Lumpkin one Shiling.
Item I give unto my two Grand Daughters Elizabeth and Tabitha Lumpkin Each of them Ten Shilings to buy them Rings.
Item all the rest of my Estate let it [???] or quality [???] (after my Just debts paid) I give unto my Daughter Anna Purkins & her heirs forever to be [???] of the same Emediatly after my Death and also that my said Daughter be for her self to act and doe without the hindrance or Interuption of any person whatsover from the time of my death.
Lastly I doe appoint my Daughter Anna Purkins and John Lumpkin to be my Executors of this my last will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and find my Seale this 29th day of April 1738.
Tabitha X Purkins (Seal)
Signed Seald and declared in the presence of us
Sarah her (X) mark Newbell
Margret her (EC) mark Clarke