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QUISENBERRYs and MOTHERSHEADs - Miscellaneous Information

The Mothershead and Quesenbury families apparently had a very close relationship over a number of years. The most basic evidence is in the Wills of two different men both named John Mothershead (my personal assumption is that these two Johns are father and son). There is still a lot of work to be done, and hopefully more records unearthed, to prove everyone's relationship to within a reasonable degree of accuracy. I have not yet had time to see if there are Quesenberry Wills that would help to solidify and clarifiy these relationships. It is, though, on my "To Do" list :-)

1. 1714 Will of John Quissenbury of Washington Parish, Westmoreland Co VA (abstract only)

2. 1721 (circa) Will of Humphrey Quisenberry (partial only)

2. The 1730 Will of John Mothershead includes his "daughter, Elizabeth Quesenbery". This Will is also witnessed by William Quesenburey (sic), Humphrey Pope and John Butler.

3. The 1741 Will of John Mothershead includes his "daughter, Ann Quesenbury".

4. 1756 - Nicklas Quissonbury (sic) and Humphry (sic) Quisanbury (sic) are among the men who enlisted during the French and Indian War. Both are shown as having been enlisted by Major Martin on 25 May 1756. The service list shows the mens' name, age, where they were born, their complexion, occupation and height (in that order).
The description for Nicklas Quissonbury is: "Nicklas Quissonbury, 22, Virginia, brown, planter, 5' 5"."
The description for Humphry Quisanbury is: "Humphry Quisanbury, 24, Virginia, brown, planter, 5' 5"."
[source: Virginia State microfilm records; Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988]

5. 1756 - Nicholas Quissenberry is in the Roll of Capt. Charles Lewis's Company, on 13 July 1756. The Roll gives each man's name, date and place of enlistment, age, height, occupation, country and description (in that order).
The description for Nicholas Quissenberry is: "Nicholas Quissenberry, May 1756, Westmoreland, 21, 5'5", planter, brown, brown. (My note: the first "brown" refers to his brown, i.e. suntanned complexion; the second "brown" is his hair color; also, despite the one year difference showing in the age, it's a good possibility that this is the same "Nicklas" shown above in #3. -jm) [source: Virginia State microfilm records; Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988]

6. 1757 - Humphrey Quisenbury is listed in the "Exact Necessary Roll of Capt. Henry Woodward's Company at Fort Lytleton", 23 August 1757 [source: Virginia State microfilm records; Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988]

7. 1757 - Humphrey Quisonburey is in the Size Roll for Capt. Henry Woodward's Company on 11 Sept 1757. The Roll gives each man's name, country, age, height, county, complexion, trade, and description (in that order).
The description for Humphrey Quisonburey is: "Humphrey Quisonburey, Virginia, 24, 5'7", Hampshire, fair, planter, red, thin faced"  (My note: this almost certainly a different Humphrey Quisenbury from the one listed in #3. The physical desciption is just too dissimilar. -jm) [source: Virginia State microfilm records; Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988]

7. 1795 - Aaron Quisenberry, Sr. of Orange Co. Virginia, deceased. His estate accounts were handled by his Administrators, Aaron and Moses Quisenberry. First published in the Virginia Herald and the Fredericksburg Advertiser on 1 Sep 1795. [source: Genealogical Abstracts from 18th Century Virginia Newspapers, by Robert K. Headley, Jr.; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; 1987]

I've barely started on the Quisenberry family and their connections to the Mothersheads. I will add more information here as I can find it. I know you all know, but just a reminder anyway - there are many variations of all surnames, and one of Quisenberry's is to also be spelled: Cuesenberry. When they show up in Kentucky in the 1800s, it's quite often with the "C" spelling, instead of the "Q".

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