Pierce Mothershead Family Ties
Traces of Samuel MOTTERSHED/MOTHERSHEAD in Virginia
Please note: In the information below, I've listed in chronological order records pertaining to any MOTTERSHED/MOTHERSHEAD and other spellings, and some allied families, that I could find. More records will be added here as they are found.
1634 - Because of persecution by the Church of England, two vessels, The Ark and The Dove, financed by Caesilius Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore transported over 100 (perhaps over 300) "adventurers", many of whom were Roman Catholic, to the Colony of Maryland in America. The ships set sail from Gravesend, England and landed at St. Clement's Island, Maryland, 25 March 1634. Ship Passengers
1634 - The Virginia Colony was organized into eight shires; the next year the House of Burgesses organized the eight shires into counties under the jurisdiction of county courts.
1635 - Zachary MOTTERSHED, in the employ of Lord Calvert in St. Marys County, Maryland, read the Proclamation of the Maryland Charter. [source: "Virginia Historical Genealogies", by John Bennett Boddie] (Note: Zachary died early in 1638; see Inventory of estate)
1648 - Northumberland County VA formed.
1650 - Northumberland County Court Records of Jan 10th includes Justices Mr. Nathaniel POPE.
1652 - Samuel MOTTERSHED arrived in Northumberland County, VA, from the London Port of Gravesend, England in November 1652. This is well documented thanks to a letter of introduction to Nathaniel POPE that Samuel brought with him from Nicholas HAYWARD of England that was recorded in the Northumberland County Court Records.
Samuel Mottershed also gave a deposition before the Northumberland County Court concerning the letter he carried from Nicholas HAYWARD of London to Nathaniel POPE in VA. [sources for above two items: microfilm records; Northumberland County Record Book #14, p. 11; "Virginia Colonial Abstracts" Vol II Northumberland County Records 1652 - 1655" by Beverley Fleet; 1971]
1652 - Northumberland County Court rendered a decision that because of the testimony of Samuel Mottershed and the letter he brought from Nicholas HAYWARD, that an "acquittance for tobacco" received by Nathaniel POPE on behalf of Nichols HAYWARD was "sufficient and legal". [source: "Virginia County Court Records Order Book Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia 1652-1657" by Ruth and Sam Sparacio; The Antient Press, 1994]
1653 - Westmoreland County VA formed from Northumberland County.
1653 - Samuel MOTTERSHED and Daniel LISSON witness a mortgage for John KNOTT of Appomattacks (sic) [source: "Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III (the Original 34 Volumes Reprinted in 3)" by Beverley Fleet; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; 1988]
13 Nov 1654 - Samuel MOTTERSHED witnesses a paper for Thomas LUND, attorney for merchant Nicholas HAYWARD of London, whereby LUND appoints Ralph HORSLEY to be LUND's "true & lawful Atturney" (sic) to collect any debts owed to Mr Haywar at Chickacoan. Recorded 20 Aug 1655 [source: "Virginia County Court Records Deed and Will Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia 1655-1658" by Ruth and Sam Sparacio; The Antient Press, 1993]
1655 - Richard Codsford receives 400 acres in Westmoreland Co VA for transportation of eight persons. The patent was renewed by Court order in the name of Samuel MOTTERSHED and Isaac Watson.[source: "Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Volume I : 1623-1666" by Nell Marion Nugent]
1655 - Nicholas HAYWARD, Merchant of London, sends s letter appointing Samuel MOTTERSHED his atturney(sic) in the event HAYWARD's attorney, Richard FOOTE or his alternate, Gifford LONGE, dies. Ferdinando FAIRFAX is to replace Samuel MOTTERSHED if MOTTERSHED died. [source: "Virginia County Court Records Deed and Will Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia 1655-1658" by Ruth and Sam Sparacio; The Antient Press, 1993]
1656 - Samuel MOTTERSHED registers his mark for hogs and cattle, Westmoreland Co VA; Samuel MOTTERSHED witnesses the indenture paper of Dorothy Wyard, Westmoreland Co VA [source: "Virginia Colonial Abstracts Volume 23, Westmoreland County, Virginia 1653-1657" by Beverley Fleet]
1657 - Samuel MOTTERSHEAD witnesses land transfer [source: "Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds, Patents, etc. 1665 - 1677 Part One" by John Frederick Dorman; Washington D.C., 1973];
Samuel MOTTERSHED receives payment from the Estate of George JAMES, Westmoreland Co VA [source: "Virginia Colonial Abstracts Volume 23, Westmoreland County, Virginia 1653-1657" by Beverley Fleet]
1658 - Samuel MOTTERSHED brings suit against John HART in an "action of deffamation (sic)" in Westmoreland Co. VA; Samuel MOTTERSHED receives a land patent of 300 acres in Westmoreland Co VA, on the south side of the Oquia River, through Tho. Wilsford, atty for Henry FOOTMAN; "Mr. MOTTERSHED" sends "Mr. Hiller" a bill for 370 pounds of tobacco, Westmoreland Co VA [source for all three items: "Westmoreland County, Virginia Records 1658 - 1661" by John Frederick Dorman]
1658 - Jonathan MOTTERSHED, and William Morgan, witness a paper where Samuel MOTTERSHED appointed Robt. Astin of Aquia River his attorney in a suit pending between Samuel MOTTERSHED and James Baldridge and William Baldridge; recorded on Aug 20th, Westmoreland Co. VA [source: "Westmoreland County, Virginia Records 1658 - 1661" by John Frederick Dorman] (Note: This is the first record found so far of Jonathan MOTTERSHED in VA. He has to be at least 14 years of age to sign a legal document as a witness. This may or may not be the same Jonathan who dies in 1703; there was also a Jonathan MOTTERSHED indentured for a time to Thomas POPE, Nathaniel POPE's son. -jm)
1661 - Samuel MOTTERSHED is listed in the "account of bills" owed by or to the estate of Thomas LUND, deceased, along with John Bayly and others, Westmoreland Co VA [source: "Westmoreland County, Virginia Records 1661 - 1664" by John Frederick Dorman]
1662 - Samuel MOTTERSHED and Isaac WATSON are granted a Land Patent for 400 acres in Westmoreland County VA for transportation of 8 persons to VA; Will of Henry BROOKES is recorded in Appomattic (sic) Parish, Westmoreland Co VA [source: "Westmoreland County, Virginia Records 1661 - 1664" by John Frederick Dorman]
1662 - Samuel MOTTERSHED and Isaac WATSON receive 300 acres on South side of Aquia River, beginning at the head of a seat of land that was formerly Henry HUTTMANS, running Northerly, thence SouthWest upon a run dividing this and land of Wm. GRIMES. 7 Jan 1662 for Transportation of 6 persons: Mary DORCESTER(?), Richard OWIN, Dunkin DONERKE, Margt. PEIRSON, Patrick FLOOD, Sarah OCQUELL. [source: "Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Volume I : 1623-1666" by Nell Marion Nugent]
1663 - Samuel MOTTERSHED and Isaac Watson signed the land over to Richard HEATH.
1663 - Thomas MOTTERSHED in Charles City County VA, witnesses a Power of Attorney for Hugh NODEN [source:"Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume I (the Original 34 Volumes Reprinted in 3)" by Beverley Fleet; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; 1988]
1664 - Stafford County formed from Westmoreland County.
1664 - Samll. MOTTERSHEAD is one of 29 persons (others transported include Wm. BUTLER, Thomas WILKENSON, Thomas BUTLER, Ellen BROWNE, Thomas LUND, Judeth BEACH) transported to Virginia by Robert ALEXANDER, John ALEXANDER, JR., and Christopher LUND [source: "Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Volume I : 1623-1666" by Nell Marion Nugent]
1669 - Jon. MOTTERSHEAD is one of 23 persons (others transported include Wm. BROWNE, Jacob MICKLESON, Eliz. BAKER, Nich. BROOKES, Wm. GREENE) transported to Virginia by William GREEN [source: "Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Volume I : 1623-1666" by Nell Marion Nugent]
1670 - William GREENE is given 250 acres in Westmoreland Co VA, on a branch of the Oquia River "opposite Saml. MOTTERSHED". [source: "Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Volume Two: 1666-1695" by Nell Marion Nugent; Virginia State Library; 1977]
1675 - Samuel MOTTERSHED, Edward BROOKS and Samuel HAYWARD are included in list of bills owed by two men; Westmoreland Co VA. [source: "Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds, Patents, etc. 1665 - 1677 Part Four" by John Frederick Dorman]
(My note: This is the last mention of Samuel MOTTERSHED found so far; twenty-three years since 22-year old Samuel MOTTERSHED first arrived in Virginia. It's conceivable this is the immigrant Samuel, though since no age was referenced, he could also be a son of Samuel or Jonathan MOTTERSHED, or another man alltogether. -jm)
up to 1652
[Transcription of letter carried to Nathaniel Pope from Nicholas Hayward in England. The spelling and the lack of punctuation is copied as it appeared on the microfilm, as best I could read it]
"To his approved loveing friend Mr Nathaniel Pope at Appomattacks in Virginia
Loveing friend Mr Pope I kindly salute you with hope of your health as I bless God I am at this present Sr I writt you severall lres that I had sent you a good Cargo of goods by my man Richard Nicholls and I sent another by another servant of myne named Benjamin Stoane you have heard I know of the casting away of Mr Webbers shipp in the coast of New-England and since that I have heard of the death of my servant Benjamin Stone but thanks be to God I heard that Richard Nichols is safe arrived but I have not as yet received any letters from him since that he came into your parts but what I have by some that came from thence that wee have 15 saile of shipps that came about 14 dayes since into Portsmouth but are not as yet come into our Downes I havening not as yet rec'd any lre from Rich: Nicholls causeth me to feare that all is not well with him but however I hope the best I desire the Lord to preserve him I know that he hath soe much business on his hands by reason of Bens: death that it seemeth to me something difficult for him to goe through without the assistance of some friend I hope that you have given him your best assistance and I hope that you and the rest that I deal with all did keeps your Tobco for Richard Nicholls as I did desire you and them to doe in my former letters and Mr Webber the wch lres I hope you have received by Mr Thurstons shipp Sr I did desire you to assist my servant as much as you would and I could and would serve you here Sr I have sent you in Mr Butlers a young man the wch i would desire you to take into your home and let him have meate and drinks and lodging and to imploy him in the best imployments that you shall see him capable of I conceave that he wil be fitt to teach your Children for he can write a very good hand sifer very well and is able to keepe your Accts if you conceave it meete Sr I would desire you to take him till such time as you shall heare from me wch shal be by the next shipping God willing his name is Samuel Mottershed I hope that my man hath made bold to have your overseer of my debts he hath left in the Country I would desire you to take care of it and to receive it into your custody for my use and I will give you content for your care and paines and you shall find me willing to serve you here in England your brother hath sent you a lre by the young man named Sam: Mottershed your father is well also Thus in haste I comitt you to the protecon of the Almighty and rest your loveing friend in all hearty love and affeccon to serve - Signed Nicholas Hayward
Recorded 25 November 1652
Samuel MOTTERSHED's Deposition
I Samuel Mottershed aged 22 yeares of thereabouts sworne and examined saith That Mr Nicholas Hayward comeing downe to Gravesend came aboard in the morning and tooke me ashore and after some disscourse pul'd out a l're and woud have given it me but took a for-thinking and said he would take backe lest he should have something more to write and said he woud send it me more he bade me at our parting to remember him to Mr Pope and tell h im that if his man Richard Nicholls were dead or coming into England that he would receave his Tobco: that were in debts and he would give him content and more to desire hm to speake to his Customers to keepe their Tobco: for him And further saith not.
Signed: Samuell Mottershed
Jurat in Cur 25 Novem 1652
Transcription of Northumberland County Court Records dated 25th of November 1652
Whereas Mr. Nathaniel POPE did produce in Court a Lre. of Atturney made by Mr Nicholas HAYWARD unto Richard NICHOLLS, his Servant, now deceased, as also a Lre subscribed by the saide Mr Hayward directed to the saide Mr POPE and likewise an Assignemt from the saide NICHOLLS of his Lre of Atturney, And the Testimony and Oath of Samuel Mottershed And it is the opinion of the Court whether an acquittance given by the saide Mr POPE for tobco receaved for the use of the saide Mr HAYWARD was sufficient and legall by vertue of the writeings aforesaid recaved It was the opinion of the Court that Mr POPEs acquittance for tobco: receaved for the use of the saide Mr HAYWARD was sufficient and legall and doth dischardge the parties that pay the tobco: sufficiently
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