TODD, John (b. ABT 1758, d. 1782)
Given Name: John
Note: Killed by Indians.
Given Name: Thomas
Given Name: John Pendleton
Given Name: Elizabeth
Given Name: Sarah
Given Name: Jackie
Given Name: Abby
Given Name: Meredith
Given Name: Esther
Note: Some researchers believe Robert's wife was named Elizabeth Henderson,but it was Esther Colvin who was co-administrator of Robert's estatewith probably Ewing relatives who took the inventory of her husband'sestate and were securities on the administration bond. One of her sonsbore the name of Ewing, and Claude W. Calvin, author of "The CalvinFamilies", stated that Robert's wife was Esther Ewing, citing "familyrecords" with no other explanation
given except it was so stated in a letter he received from agreat-great grandson.
Given Name: John
Note: John Colvin, the supposed progenitor of the Chester Co., PA Colvins,first appears in records of Chester Co. on tax lists of 1734 (asColvin) in New London Twp.
In 1739,1740,1747 and 1749 he appears as John Calvin on tax lists ofEast Nottingham Twp. In 1739, 1740,11747 and 1749 he appears as JohnCalvin on tax lists of East Nottingham Twp. In 1749 John Calvin hada land warrant for 20 acres in Chester Co., PA.
In 1750 and 1753 the Widow Calvin is listed on the tax lists ofEast Nottingham Twp. Claude W. Calvin states in "The CalvinFamilies" that the Widow Calvin appears on some tax lists after 1750as Elizabeth Calvin/Colvin.
Also appearing on Chester Co., PA tax lists and presumed to be thesons of John Calvin/Colvin:
Robert Colvin - 1756 through 1780 (as "joiner" on one taxlist)
John Colvin - 1760 through 1764 (as blacksmith on one taxlist)
Samuel Colvin - 1766-1768 (as "smith" on one tax list)
James Colvin - 1763-1780 ( as "blacksmith" on some tax lists)
William Colvin - 1770 & 1771 (no occupation given)
On 17 June 1766 Elizabeth Colvin and Robert Colvin were appointedadministrators of the estate of John Colvin, late of E. Nottingham.Chester Co. PA, yeoman, deceased. John Hathorn and John Fultonsign as securities. It has been presumed that the above John Colvinwas the man who apparently died ca 1749-1750 when he disappears fromtax lists, and that his estate settlement was delayed until 1766because he left minor children. It is more likely that this was theyounger John Colvin who appears on tax lists only through, and thathis widow Elizabeth and his brother Robert were appointedco-administrators of his estate.
Of the persons appearing on the above tax lists:
1. Robert Colvin married Esther (probably nee Ewing) and died inChester County in 1781 leaving sons John Henry Colvin, William EwingColvin, Thomas Colvin and Henderson James Colvin.
2. John Colvin - probably the man whose estate was administered in1766 in Chester Co. PA.
3. Samuel Colvin - on tax lists through 1768 then no further notice.
4. James Colvin - this man removed after 1780 (ca 1785) to WashingtonCo., PA where he died in 1796 leaving several children by two wives,the second wife surviving him. This man
was consistently shown in records as James Colvin "blacksmith".
5. William Colvin - on tax lists 1770 and 1771, then no further tracealthough he may be the man by that name who shows up in York Co. PA.
Regarding the ancestry of John Calvin/Colvin recorded in Chester Co,PA between 1734 and 1749, the statement is made in "Van Hook andAllied Families", compiled by Mrs. Bernice Keister Parker of Phoenix,AZ that Robert Colvin was born in 1740 in Scotland and came to PA atthe age of 21. That we know is incorrect because Robert was on ChesterCo. tax lists in 1756, some five years before the date when she saidhe arrived in Pennsylvania.
Robert's descendants say he was born in Pennsylvania of Scotsheritage. So was Sarah McLaughan, Thomas' wife. It's more likely thatit was John Calvin/Colvin (1734-1749), who is presumed to be Robert'sfather, who was the Scots emigrant, and that Robert was born in thiscountry.
CHESTER CO. PA DEED BOOK H-2, PG. 31 (Chester Co., PA Archives):
This indenture made the twenty sixth day of April in the year ofour Lord one thousand seven hundred ninety and two between WilliamEwing Colvin, Martinsburgh, Bercly (sic)
County, State of Virginia, and Thomas Colvin of the township ofColerain township (sic) Lancaster County and State of Pennsylvania,and Sarah, his wife and the said Thomas Colvin by power of attorneyduly authenticated bearing date July 18th 1789 has a right to conveyhis Brother Henderson James Colvin part of the after describedplantation these being all of the one part.
Whereas it appears that a certain Robert Colvin of EastNottingham before said being possessed in his life time a plantationsituated in E. Nottingham supposed to contain one hundred and thirtyacres with the usual allowance and the said Robert Colvin dyingintestate leaving the above mentioned children his heirs Viz. WilliamEwing Colvin, Thomas
Colvin and Henderson James Colvin the present grantors. Now thisindenture witnesseth that the said William Ewing Colvin, Thomas Colvinand Sarah his wife and Henderson James Colvin for an in considerationof the sum of one hundred and ninety six pounds ten Shillings Gold orSilver and at the rate it now possesseth in the State of Pennsylvaniato them in hand paid at or before the unsealing Delivery of thesepresents by the said John Watt, the receipt whereof they the saidWilliam Ewing Colvin, Thomas Colvin and Sarah his wife and
Henderson James Colvin doth hereby acknowledged themselves fullysatisfied and paid and from every part and parcel thereof, doth fullyacquit release and discharge the said John Watt his heirs and assignsforever by these presents has granted bargained and sold alienatedreleased conveyed and confirmed and by these parents Doth grantbargain and sell alien release Convey and confirm unto the said JohnWatt his heirs and assigns forever the following described tract ofland situate in East Nottingham aforesaid. (There follows adescription of the parcel of land)
Recorded 20 Aug 1792
HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, by Charles William Heathcote,
1926: West Chester, PA
pg. 197: East Nottingham Taxables 1753.
pg. 198: Land Owners 1774 (East Nottingham Twp.)
In 1990, Laurie A. Rofini, archivist at the Chester County HistoricalSociety, stated that some records of East Nottingham Twp. are inChester Co., PA and some in Cecil Co., MD as the jurisdiction of EastNottingham switched between the two over the years.She added that
there are many Ewing families in East Nottingham, landowners, up tothe present day..
Given Name: Gary
Given Name: John Henry
Note: He is presumed to be the eldest son. Apparently deceased before 1792as he is not named in the deed in which the heirs of Robert Colvinsold their dead father's land in Chester Co. PA
Given Name: William Ewing
Note: William Ewing Colvin residence in 1792 Martinsburg, Berkeley Co. VA.He may have been the man listed as William Colyen (sic) who marriedEleanor Long on 19 Mar 1782 in Berkeley
Co. VA (Hugh Vance, minister (mr 32) By 1800 William's brother,Thomas, had removed to Berkeley Co. and they both appear on the l800tax list there. William is not listed in the 1810 census index ofBerkeley Co., VA but Thomas was.
Given Name: Thomas
Note: Some researchers believe that Robert Colvin's wife was ElizabethHenderson (no proofs given) but at the probate of Robert's estate, hisco-administrators were named as Esther Colvin and John Henry Colvin,inventory taken by Ssamuel and Henry Ewing, securities on theadministration bond, John and Henry Ewing. A son was named WilliamEwing Colvin and Claude W. Calvin, who wrote The Calvin Familiesbelieved his wife was Esther Ewing, although he cited only "familyrecords" with no further explanation.
Thomas Colvin appears in the 1790 census in Colerain Twp., LancasterCo., PA (p129) with 2 males 16 and over, and one female in thehousehold.Thomas Colvin and wife, Sarah, of Colerain Twp., Lancaster,PA are named as heirs in a Chester Co. PA deed dated 26 Apr 1792 whenhis deceased father's property was sold to John Watt of E. NottinghamTwp.
He moved to Berkeley Co. VA bu 1800, appearing there in the 1800 taxlist. In the l810 census of Berkeley Co., VA (p.542), his householdcontained 2 males 10 to 16, one male over 45, three females under 10,one female 16-26, and one female over age 45. His inventory was takenin Berkeley Co., VA on 13 June 1814. According to the biography of hisgrandson, David Taylor Colvin, Thomas was born in PA of Scotchparentage.
Given Name: Sarah
Note: Sarah is also called "of Scotch descent" in the biography of hergrandson, David Taylor Colvin. She and her unmarried childrenapparently made their home with her son, John M. Colvin, after hismarriage, and appear in his household in the 1820 census of BerkeleyCo. VA (p. 100 Virginia District) which lists two males under 10, onemale 16 to 26, one male 26 to 45 (Mary B., w/o John M.) and onefemale over age 45 (Sarah, mother of John M.)
Given Name: (Unknown)
Given Name: Jane
Given Name: Jimmie Lee
Given Name: Sarah
Given Name: Laura Estelle
Education: University of Kentucky
Place: Lexington, Kentucky
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