Pierce Mothershead Family Ties
Source: "Virginia County Court Records Deed & Will Abstracts of Stafford Co., VA 1699-1709" by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, and microfilm records available from the state of Virginia. Any errors are strictly unintentional and if you find any, please email me so I can make the correction!
Margaret Lady Culpeper(sic) Thomas Lord Fairfax & Katherine his wife & Alexander Culpeper(sic) Esqr. Proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virga ... Whereas Jonathan MOTTERSHEAD hath repaired to the office by our Agents and hath there suggested that there is a certain parcel of land or dividend of land situate in the freshes of Potomack(sic) between the forks of Little Hunting Creek in county Stafford belonging to us not yet granted to any person and thereupon paid the composition for 301 acres by means whereof he obtained a warrant directed to one of our Surveyors to survey and give bounds to the same in order to obtain this present grant which warrant being duly returned together with Platt & bounds thereof to our said office Know ye therefore that we for and in consideration of the composition paid by Jonathan MOTTERSHEAD for our use at the obtaining of the afsd warrant do hereby grant to him the said Jonathan MOTTERSHEAD all that parcel of land being upon Little Hunting Creek in county Stafford afsd bounded... beginning at a Hickroy being the upper corner tree of Giles VANDEGASTEELS land on the South branch at a small hickory ... thence up the south branch according to the meanders thereof ... to a small red oak in sight of Edward KENNINGTONs thence out into the woods ... to a white oak by a branch of the north run ... thence to a white oak in Giles VANDEGASTEELs line thence along VANDEGASTEELs line ... to a white oak corner tree of Vandegasteels thence ... to the beginning containing & being now laid out for 301 acres ... 5th October 1694.
[It should also be noted here that since at least 1691/92 Jonathan MOTTERSHED had been living on this 301 acres on Little Hunting Creek that he received the pattent for in 1694. This is proven by a transfer of land from George BRENT to William BOWRNE in 1691/92:
"To all to whom these presents shall come I George BRENT of Woodstocke in Stafford County... have granted to him ye said William BOWRNE his heires one hundred & fifty acres of my Lande att Little Hunting Creek in ye County aforesaid being part of a divident of Five hundred and Eighty four acres of lande on which dividend Jonathan MOTHERSHED now lives (Viz) begininge(sic) on the upper side of ye said Jonathan MOTHERSHED Plantation & extending from ye Little Hunting Creeke side to back line of said Divident from thence along ye back line for ye breadth of one hundred & fifty acres of lande..."
Source: "Virginia County Court Records Deed & Will Abstracts of Stafford Co., VA 1686-1693" by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, and microfilm records available from the state of Virginia.