HEFLIN GEOGRAPHICAL MOVEMENT
William Heaflon Descendants
Starting At Aquia, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., VA ca 1739
Analysis Performed by Phyllis Ann Heflin Farmer
Revised April 1, 2000
|GEOHEF||Heflin Geographical Movement—William Heaflon|
|JNAY||Jacob Nay Family|
|OPR||Overwharton Parish Records, Stafford Co., VA 1724-1774|
|FPPT||Fauquier Co., VA Personal Property Tax List 1782-1850|
|WMHEF||William Heaflon Family|
|NH||Selected Nay/Hefferon Data|
The Overwharton Parish Records for Aquia, Stafford Co., VA is the starting point for this analysis and an attempt will be made to follow the Heflin’s movement from Aquia to other locales as evidence by other known facts. Aquia is located in the North Western part of Stafford Co. and has a nine (9) mile boundary common to Fauquier Co., VA. Aquia is six (6) miles from the Fauquier Co. Line on a line with the town of Heflin that is located (2) miles from the Fauquier Co. Line. At present it is not know for whom the town of Heflin is named.
During the time frame of the Fauquier Co., VA Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1850, Fauquier Co., VA was divided into two Parish’s known as Hamilton Parish and Leeds Parish. Hamilton Parish consisted of all land in Southern Fauquier defined by a line drawn from the point where Broad Run crosses the Fauquier / Prince William County boundary, SW to Carter’s Run just West of the Enon Church, and then southward following Carter’s Run to where in flows into the Rappahannock River. Essentially, the Hamilton Parish boundary divides Zone 5 as described below so that about 50% of Zone 5 is in Hamilton Parish and the other 50% is in Leeds Parish.
For purposes of this analysis, Fauquier Co. will be divided up into seven (7) zones identified with boundary lines that go from West to East:
ZONE 1: The area below a seven (7) mile cross section in Southern Fauquier Co., VA that passes just below Summerduck and just above Goldvein. This zone includes the town of Goldvein where the Grove Baptist Church is located. Relevant names in this zone are Embrey’s Mill and Graveyard, Ellis’ Ford, Emmons Mill, Cropp’s Mill, Cool Springs, Cool Springs Run, and Barnett’s Mill.
ZONE 2: The area between the seven (7) mile cross section line and a line just below Remington. This zone includes the town of Morrisville and just west of the center of this zone into Stafford Co., VA are the towns of Heflin and Aquia in Stafford Co. Important names in this zone are Summerduck, Morrisville, Silver Hill, Sommerville, Embrey Graveyard, Courtney’s Corner, Marsh Run, Providence Church, Downman Graveyard, Elk Run, Heflin Graveyard, Coppage / James Graveyarad, Aquia Creek, Primm Graveyard, Goldvein School, Blackwell’s Mill, Mt. Carmerll Church and Graveyard.
ZONE 3: The area between the top of Zone 2 and a line drawn just below Calverton. Important names in this zone are Remington, Midland, Bristersburg, Crossroads, Elk Run, Bealeton, and Fayettsville. Other names are Heflin Store and Post Office, Paynes Store, Courtney School, Ensor Graveyard, Blackwell’s Church, Cowne Graveyard, Heflin Graveyard, Kern Graveyard, Martin Graveyard, Routt Hill, and Downman Graveyard.
ZONE 4: The area between the top of Zone 3 and a line drawn through the town of Warrenton. Important names in this zone are Warrenton, Waterloo, Cassanova, Catlett, Fauquier Springs, Calverton, Turkey Run, Cedar Run, Carter’s Run, Carter’s Church, Holtzclaw Graveyard, Carter Graveyard, Kemper Graveyard, Shumate Graveyard, Wither’s Graveyard, Pinkard Graveyard, Shumate’s Mill, Colvin Graveyard, Walnut Grove Church, and Rock Hill Graveyard. Important names to the West of this zone are Jeffersonton and Rixeyville in Culpeper Co., and Amissville in Rappahannock Co.
ZONE 5: The area between the top of Zone 4 and a line drawn through the town of Hume. Important names in this zone are Hume, Orlean, New Baltimore, Thumb Run, Carter’s Run, Cedar Run, Jett Mill, Blackwell Graveyard, Hume Graveyard, Jeffries Store, Jeffries Mill, Thorpe Graveyard, Paynes Mill, Templeman / Nelson Graveyard, Heflin / Moffet Graveyard, Schwab’s Store, Hall Graveyard, Scott Graveyard, Lunsford Mountain, Payne Graveyard, and Heflin Store.
The Western Branch of Thumb Run flows from Hume Southward where it joins the Eastern Branch of Thumb Run and the combined Thumb Run then continues to flow Southward slightly West of Orlean to the Rappahannock River. Names along Thumb Run are Barbee’s Cross Roads, Davis, Scott, Templeman, Piper’s Manor Church, McKennie, Templeman’s Mill, Smith, Putnam / Hitt, Gore / Hitt, Corder’s Ford.
Around Orlean is Leeds Manor Road, Paynes Mill, Orlean Baptist Church, Moore, Jeffries, Blackwell, Barton, Glascock Run and Mill. This is the area of Manor of Leeds Leases and is considered an important area to the Heflin Surname and others.
From Ada, the South Run flows southward into Carter Run into the Rappahannock River at Waterloo. Names along South Run are Carter, Thompson, Wilson, Jett Mill, Jeffries Mill, Payne Mill, Johnson’s Mill, Thorpe, Ashby, Homes, Hume, Cliff Mills, Blackwell’s Mill, Palmer’s Crossroads, Carter Run.
Carter Run (Starts in Zone 6) flows Southward to join South Run. Names are Bushrod’s Shop, Allison, Heffling / Moffett Graveyard, Carver’s Ford, Templeman / Nelson Graveyard, Moffett Store, and Schwab’s Store.
The Eastern Half of Zone 5 contains Cedar Run that starts in the middle of Zone 5 and flows Southward a little North East of Warrenton (Top of Zone 4) and continues into Zone 4. Names are Jeffries Mill, Edmonds, and the North Part of Warrenton. This zone North of Warrenton is not believed to be heavily populated in the early 1800’s.
ZONE 6: The area between the top of Zone 5 and a line drawn through the town of Delaplane. Important names in this zone are Ashville, Marshall, The Plains, Moreland, Pickett’s Hill, Thumb Run, Utterback Corner, Downmans Mill, Moffett’s Store, and Rock Hill.
ZONE 7: The area between the top of Zone 6 and the Northern Boundary of Fauquier Co. Important names in this zone are Paris, Delaplane, Halfway, and Glascock Graveyard. Important names Northwest of Paris (about 16 miles) are Winchester and Frederick Co.
1702 Stafford Parish was divided into two parishes with the upper parish given the name of Overwharton Parish and the lower parish being named St. Paul’s Parish.
WILLIAM HEAFLON FAMILY……Dominant in Zone 5 between Palmer’s Crossroads and Orlean, Fauquier Co., VA which was in Leeds Parish during the time frame of the Fauquier Co. Personal Property Tax List 1782-1850.
……..Starting in Aquia, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., VA William Heaflon and his sons William Heaflon Jr. Simon, and James were in residence as early as 1739 and went south to Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Co., VA in 1759. In 1760, the family was evident in Fauquier Co., VA in the Orlean area where Simon’s first son was born. The elder William Heaflon died in Fauquier Co., VA ca 1783.
The next movement took place in 1795 when Simon and his descendants moved to Mason Co., KY. Augustine’s descendants established themselves in IN where William died in 1861 in Rush Co., Lucretia died in Hendricks Co. in 1858, and Louisa died in Hendricks Co. in 1866.
The next movement took place in 1804 when James Hefferling moved to WV along with the Nays (Noehs) and Martins. James returned to Fauquier Co., VA in 1810 because he didn’t like WV. His son William remained in WV. James was in evidence in Fauquier Co., VA from 1810 until 1818 when he disappeared from the Fauquier Co. Personal Property Tax List again. It is believed that he went back to WV, but he returned to Fauquier Co., VA in 1825 when James and his wife Elizabeth deeded property to Strother Ficklin.
William Heaflon, Simon’s brother died in Fauquier Co., VA in 1803 and wife Margaret Nancy Haddox left Fauquier in 1806 for IN where she died in 1807. Their son William married Sukey Ellis and they remained in Co., VA where Sukey died in 1834. William remarried in 1841 to Elizabeth Payne and William deserted her in 1845 and went to WV.
This document is supported by data from:
1. Overwharton Parish Records, Stafford Co., VA. (My index reference OPR).
2. Fauquier Co. Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1850. (My index reference FPPT).
3. Fauquier Co. map drawn by Eugene M. Sheel.
Aquia, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., VA
7 Mar 1739 William Heflon (Jr.) born in Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., VA the s/o William and Margaret Heflon. It is believed that the elder William Heflon is the s/o the German geologist James Heiffling that came to Stafford Co., VA ca 1715 to mine gold and silver being sponsored by Baron Von Graffenreid. It is believed that this James left three children: the above named William Heflon (Sr.), James Heaflon (Jr.) and Anna Heaflon.
1 Oct 1741 Simon Heaflon born in Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., VA the s/o William Heaflon.
From the Overwharton Parish Records the following lineage has been established:
William Heflon (Sr.) m Margaret…….surname of both Heflon and Heaflon.
William Heflon (Jr.)
ca 1750 James Hefferling was born ca 1750 with the date being established from the Fauquier Co. Personal Property Tax Lists. From other documents it is established that James Hefferling is also the son of William Heaflon (Sr.).
Spotsylvania Co., VA ca 1759- 1760
ca 1759 It is believed that the William Heaflon family moved Southward through Stafford Co., VA to the Spotsylvania Co., VA border and the city of Fredericksburg where Simon was married to Ailse Payne in 1759. This marriage information is from a tertiary source and needs to be researched to confirm that Simon was indeed married in Fredericksburg.
Fauquier Co. VA 1760-1795
The William Heaflon family’s presence in or near Orlean, in 1760 is established by the birth of Simon’s first son Gustavus Augustine Hefferlin on 28 Aug 1760. The first to leave this area was Simon in 1795 when he removed to Mason Co., KY.
28 Aug 1760 Gustavus Augustine Hefferlin born, s/o Simon Heffling and Ailse Payne. Gustavus married Nancy Hurst in Fauquier Co., and died in 1837 in Rush Co., IN.
1765 William Hefferling born, s/o Simon Heffling and Ailse Payne. William married Zillah Collins in Fauquier Co., VA and died in 1846 in Rush Co., IN.
24 Aug 1767 Lease between Thomas Lord Fairfax and Simon Heflin...parcel of land in Manor of Leeds...small ridge near drain of Thumb Run...200 acres for his natural life and natural lives of Alice Heflin and Augustus Heflin, his son....yearly rent of 40 s. sterling. Signed: Fairfax. Witnesses: James Scott, H. Brooke, Martin Pickett. Recorded: 22 August 1768.
Scott and Thumb Run are in Zone 5. The East and West Branch of Thumb Run join together a little North of Orlean and flows on down to the Rappahannock River which is the dividing line between Fauquier Co. and Rappahannock Co., VA. Simon’s children Gustavus, William, Seley, Susannah, Nancy, Elijah, Marshall, Catherine and Reuben were all born in or near Orlean, VA as were a number of Augustine’s children.
1768 Seley Hefferling born, d/o Simon Hefferling and Ailse Payne. She married John Tyler Allen Jr. in Fauquier Co., VA and died ca 1842 Montgomery Co., KY.
1770 Susannah Hefferling born, d/o Simon Hefferling and Ailse Payne. She married John Hammond in Fauquier Co., VA and died in Fleming Co., KY.
30 Nov 1771 On 30 November 1771, a lease was signed between Thomas Lord Fairfax and James Hethling...tenement in Manor of Leeds....corner to John Ellis and in the line of John Hopper...corner to said Hopper and Henry Jones....140 acres....yearly rent of 28s sterling...for his natural life and lives of Elizabeth, his wife, and Steuart his son....Signed Fairfax. Witnesses as above.
See also, Deed Book 6, Pages 58-61 where Simon's property line is also identified.
Simon's property line is adjacent to John Grant, Roseanna Hurst, and Reuben Payne. See Fauquier Co., VA Deed Book 5, pages 124-127 dated 30 November 1771, Lease between Thomas Lord Fairfax and John Grant.
Ca 1772 William Heffling Sr. (William Heaflon Jr.) married Margaret Nancy Haddox.
1772 Nancy Elizabeth Hefferling born, d/o Simon Hefferling and Ailse Payne. She married John Havens Sr. In Mason Co., KY and died in Rush Co., IN.
6 Feb 1774 Elijah Heflin born, s/o Simon Hefferling and Ailse Payne. He married Elizabeth Crain in Mason Co., KY and died in Knox Co. IL
2 May 1778 Marshall Heflin born, s/o Simon Hefferling and Ailse Payne. He died in Mason Co., KY.
1782 William Heaflon, Simon Heflin, and William Hefferlin (William Heflon Jr.) listed in the FPPT (Fauquier Co., Personal Property Tax List). This was the only time that William Heaflon was listed and it is assumed that he died ca 1783.
1788 In general, it was noted that there were three listings for the FPPT for each year, but they were not always microfilmed in the same order each year. Hence, it was important to record the enumerator each year to help determine the identity of the people listed. The enumerator for the list that James, Simon, William Jr. and Augustine (Simon’s son) were on was Edward Humston. The listing in 1788 also mentions Steuart (James’ son) and William (Simon’s son). It can be concluded that the Edward Humston list is for the North Western part of Fauquier centering around Orlean.
Mar 1789 On the motion of Simon Heflin it is ordered that Lewis Ferguson pay him two hundred pounds of tobacco for eight days attendance as a witness for him at the suit of William Withers.
1795 Reuben Hefling born, s/o Simon Heffling and Ailse Payne. He married in Bourbon Co., KY (1) Dolly McDaniel and in Mason Co., KY (2) Sarah Van Dyke.
Mason Co., KY-1795
1795 Simon Heffling removed to Mason Co., KY as evidenced by his disappearence from the FPPT.
20 Nov 1803 Simon Heffling died in Lewisburg, Mason Co., KY
Fauquier Co., VA
21 Apr 1803 Will for William Heffling Sr., dated 21 April 1803 mentions son William and daughters Darkey, Polly, and Anna.
26 Apr 1803 William Heffling Sr. died in Fauquier Co., VA
8 Jan 1803 Elizabeth Hefferling, d/o of James Hefferling marries Vincent Nay (Noeh).
1804 James Hefferling disappears from the FPPT and it is reported in the Nay Family Book that he removed to WV with the Nay and Martin Families.
25 Mar 1807 Will of William Heffling Sr. was proven and names children William, Nancy, Margaret, Darkey, Milly, Polly, and Anna.
26 May 1807 The following Administration Account was filed with the distribution of the estate by Elijah Arnold acting Executor was for equal portions to the children:
1811 James Hefferling reappears on the FPPT and it is reported in the Nay Family Book that he disliked WV and he returned to Fauquier Co. James Hefferling moved to WV in 1805 along with the Nay and Martin families, but returned to VA after 1811 as evidenced by Vincent signing a marriage bond for his daughter Mildred Nay in Fauquier Co., VA in January 1826. Vincent built a two story frame house on a branch of Negro Run about two miles east of Amissville, Rappahannock Co., VA and two or three miles south of the Nay Pines. Both Vincent and Elizabeth are buried near the homestead.
12 Jun 1852 Elizabeth (Hefferling) Nay died in Fauquier Co.