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Mr. Pate and Judith Early




Husband Mr. Pate

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Wife Judith Early

           Born: 1752
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           Died:  - , Pittsylvania, Virginia, USA
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         Father: Colonel Jeremiah Early (      -      )
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   Other Spouse: Captain Charles Callaway (1749-      )



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John Morris and Rebekah Early




Husband John Morris

           Born: 1689
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           Died: 1759
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         Father: Phineas Morris (1655-1700)
         Mother: Phebe Wilson (1665-      )


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Wife Rebekah Early

           Born: 1700
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Children
1 M William Charles Morris

           Born: 1731 - Virginia
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           Died: 1806 - , Anson, North Carolina, USA
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         Spouse: Phoebe/Pherabee/Ferrabee Gurley (1735-Abt 1799)
         Spouse: Martha/Ann Rebecca/Patsy Nance (1773-      )



2 M Nathan Morris

           Born: 1719
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3 F Jane Morris

           Born: 1721
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4 M Jacob Morris

           Born: 1722
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5 F Ann Morris

           Born: 1723
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6 M Benjamin Issac Morris

           Born: 1724
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7 M James Early Morris

           Born: 1725
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8 M Richard Morris

           Born: 1726
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9 F Sarah Morris

           Born: 1727
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10 M John Morris

           Born: 1728
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11 F Mary Morris

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12 F Elizabeth Morris

           Born: 1732
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John Easley and Sarah Shones/Shores/Shows/Shares




Husband John Easley

           Born: 1 Jun 1780 - Granville, , North Carolina, USA
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           Died: 1841 - , Hickman, Tennessee, USA
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         Father: Millington Easley (Abt 1746-Bef 1803)
         Mother: Elizabeth Hart (1751-1811)


       Marriage: 1817 - Wilkinson, Mississippi, USA

   Other Spouse: Sarah Bush (1774-Bef 1817) - Abt 1791




Wife Sarah Shones/Shores/Shows/Shares

           Born: Abt 1803
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Children
1 F Mahulda Ann Easley

           Born: 1819 - Woodville, , Mississippi, USA
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           Died: 11 Dec 1901 - , Scurry, Texas, USA
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         Spouse: John Walker Mayberry (1813-1876)
           Marr: Abt 1837



2 M Robert Easley

           Born: 1822
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3 M John Easley

           Born: 1824
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4 M William Easley

           Born: 1827
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5 F Nancy Jane Easley

           Born: 1830
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General Notes: Husband - John Easley

John Easley, b. before 1774 (perhaps in 1770)--d. 1841, Hickman Co., TN. m. 1791 Sarah "Sallie" Bush, b. 1774, SC, dau. of Daniel Bush, a Revolutionary soldier who d. 1801 in Franklin Co., GA, and his wife Elizabeth Toney.

According to Manning, John and Sarah (Bush) Easley had at least four sons and one daughter, born between 1790 and 1800. There may have been nine children altogether according to Manning. The family went from SC to GA, to TN, perhaps to MS, to GA, and back to TN. In 1808, John Easley was Trustee of Hickman Co., TN. He may have been the early John Easley, mentioned by Spence in his History of Hickman Co., Tenn., who kept a hotel at Centerville.

Manning, Our Kin, discussed the family in two places: p. 646 in the context of Easleys in Hickman Co., TN, and pp. 766-665 in the context of the Bush family.

Manning, Our Kin, p. 766, stated that Sarah (Bush) Easley d. between 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census, Hickman Co., TN. However, data received from other family researchers in 1998 indicates that Sarah (Bush) Easley may have died much earlier, while John remarried in 1817 in Wilkinson Co., MS, to Sarah/Sally Shones and had a second family. This may account for the troubling discrepancies in the apparent ages of his children reported by James D. Easley, the Mannings, etc.

Gwynn, Zae Hargett. Abstracts of the Wills and Estate Records of Granville County North Carolina 1746-1808. Rocky Mount, NC, Joseph W. Watson, 406 Piedmont Ave., 1973.
p. 81-82. 333,334--Apr. 7, 1782 - no probate date given - Will of Henry Philip Hart - wills to wife for her lifetime all my estate and then to be divided to all my children with the excepting a horse and a chest which goes to my grandson Philip Hart, son of Pleasant Hart; to my grandson John Easley, the chest above mentioned. Exrs: sons, John and Joseph Hart. Wit.: Larkin and Littleton Johnson.

NOTE: Manning, Our Kin, p. 766, states "John Easley owned land in South Carolina 1782, being neighbor of Timothy Toney, as before mentioned, and near Daniel Bush lands." This has the John Easley who married Sarah Bush confused with his uncle, the John Easley who married Ann Gowen.

Franklin Co., GA, 1805. John Easley held 136 acres.

Manning, Our Kin, p. 766. "He either came to Georgia with his father-in-law or soon thereafter. Deed Book H. Franklin Co., Ga. records, shows that he bought two tracts of land, 210 and 300 acres, which joined Daniel Bush property on eastern side and his father-in-law Daniel Bush witnessed the papers. He was appointed Guardian for Daniel's three minor sons when he died, and was relieved of this duty in 1809. He was also appointed on Aug. 4, 1797 first Just of Peace Kilough's District of Jackson County when it was cut off from Franklin, etc. As he and his wife signed papers stating they were from Tennessee, Hickman and Dickson Counties (Dickson oldest . . . Hickman cut off later) 1809 . . . ."

Hickman Co., TN, Deed Book ABC, p. 24, Oct. 17, 1809. William Phillips to William Easley, land cornering on Maj. John Easley. 16.6 acres.

Hickman Co., TN. Registered July 2, 1812, dated July 22, 1811. From John Gray Blount of Buford Co., NC, by Willie Blount his attorney to John Easley of Hickman Co., TN. 253 acres. consideration $506. East side of Piney Fork of Duck River. Patented 1791 to James Watt. Wit.: Joseph Lin, Ezekiel Norris, Wm. Easley.

Hickman Co., TN, Deed Book ABC, page 164, Oct. 29, 1813. John Easley sells slave Joe, for $250.00, to James Hornbeck. Wit.: William Holland, Robert Estes. Recorded 29 November 1814.

Easley, Allen, served in War of 1812 from Hickman County, TN, 1814.

Hickman Co., TN, Deed Book ABC, p. 184, May 20, 1815. Thomas Porter to John Easley. 100 acres on Pine River. Wit.: Robert Murray, William Holland.

Hickman Co., TN, Deed Book DEFG, p. 57, Oct. 18, 1818. John Easley Sr., agent for Daniel Easley, sold to Robert Easley "50 acres on which Robert Easley now resides."

Gillis, Irene S. And Norman E. Gillis, Mississippi 1820 Census [Baton Rouge, LA: Privately printes], 1963. P. 38. Easly, John, Wilkinson Co. 2 wm 16-26; 1 2m over 45; 1 wf under 10; 1 wf 10-16, 1 wf 16-26.

Jackson, Ronald Vern et al., comp., Mississippi 1820-1825. North Salt Lake, UT: Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1986. P. 15. Easley, Allen, Wilkinson Co. 1825; Easley, Daniel, Wilkinson Co. 1825; Easley, John, Wilkinson Co. 1825.

1830 U.S. Census, Hickman Co., TN: 3 m. 5-10, 1 m. 50-60; 2 f. under 5, 1 f. 10-15, 1 f. 20-30.

Family document: Know all men by these presents that I John Esley Senr of the State of Tennessee & County of Hickman have this day in consideration of the love and affection which I bear to my five children by my Second wife Sally Easly (formerly Shores [Shones?] to wit, Mahulda Ann, Robert, John, William & Nancy Jane Easly. I do give to them and convey the following negroes to wit to Hulda Ann Rose & Crease and Isaac, to Robert Easly, Nane George & Simon, to John Easly, Sylva Jackson & Carroll, to William Easly, Warner Maria & Manuel and to Nany Jane Easly Rachel Amanda &[Sam, struck out] Awa [Owen?] and I further give to each of them one bed & furniture horse Sadle and bridle. At to be worth one hundred dollars, to have and to hold by them and their heirs & assigns fever, and I do hereby warrant and defend the right title interest and Claim to the said negroes bed & furniture horse Saddle & bridle from me and my heirs and from all toher person or persons whatsoever. In Testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and private Seal this first day of July AD 1837. John Easley. Test: P.M. Hornbeak.

For further information on descendents of this line, see Manning, Our Kin, and J.D. Easley, Three Centuries of Easley Genealogy. All their data is NOT included here. However, also be alert to the errors concerning this line in both of those publications.

From Virginia Easley veasleyd@aol.com
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John Walker Mayberry and Mahulda Ann Easley




Husband John Walker Mayberry

           Born: 6 Mar 1813 - , Hickman, Tennessee, USA
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           Died: 16 Sep 1876 - Gatesville, Coryell, Texas, USA
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         Father: Henry Mayberry, Jr. (Abt 1787-1858)
         Mother: Hannah C. Walker (      -      )


       Marriage: Abt 1837

   Other Spouse: Lula Durham (1893-1978) 1




Wife Mahulda Ann Easley

           Born: 1819 - Woodville, , Mississippi, USA
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           Died: 11 Dec 1901 - , Scurry, Texas, USA
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         Father: John Easley (1780-1841)
         Mother: Sarah Shones/Shores/Shows/Shares (Abt 1803-      )





Children
1 F Francis Margarette Mayberry/Mabrey

           Born: Abt 1836 - Tennessee, USA
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           Died: After 1880 - , Hickman, Tennessee, USA
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         Spouse: Ebenezer Killough (Abt 1804-Between 1870/1880)
           Marr: Abt 1848



2 F Atlantic Mayberry

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3 F Amelia P. Mayberry

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4 F Lucy A. Mayberry

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5 F Hannah Jane Mayberry

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6 F Mary Adel Mayberry

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7 F Marcia Mayberry

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8 M Willie A. Mayberry

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9 M Walter A. Mayberry

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10 M Thomas Alfred Mayberry

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General Notes: Wife - Mahulda Ann Easley

b. c. 1819/1820, MS. m. John Walker Mayberry, b.c. 1816, TN, son of Henry and Hannah ( ) Mayberry.

1850 census, Hickman Co., TN, in household of Henry Mayberry.

NOTE: kjnrock@aol.com identified this woman b. 1819, MS, daughter of John Easley and his second wife Sally Shones. F.huber@worldnet said that the marriage of John Easley and Sally Shones took place in 1817 in Wilkinson Co., MS. If Sarah/Sally Bush died and John Easley remarried, this could account for the unusual spacing of the births in the family.

Manning, Our Kin, p. 644: John Easley, Book L, page 127, record states that Mahulda Mayberry sold her one-ninth interest in the Estate of John Easley, Sr., to Samuel Easley, a freeman. Easley's wife was Berthenia [no date in the Manning extract, circa 1840-1845??].

kjnrock@aol.com stated: "I have expected to some day connect to Millington Easley because of the Mahulda connection. Mahulda also gave 2 of her children the middle name, Allen. There are some in the family who believe Mahulda's middle name is Allen but I only have this reference to her name being Ann so far."

From Virginia Easley veasleyd@aol.com

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Millington Easley and Elizabeth Hart




Husband Millington Easley

           Born: Abt 1746 - , Goochland, Virginia, USA
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           Died: Bef Jun 1803 - , Greenville, South Carolina, USA
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         Father: John Easley (1712-1746)
         Mother: Joyce Allen (1718-After 1751)


       Marriage: Abt 1766




Wife Elizabeth Hart

           Born: 3 Feb 1750/51 - Cedar Creek, Hanover, Virginia, USA
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           Died: 14 Sep 1811 - , Hickman, Tennessee, USA
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         Father: Henry Philip Hart (Between 1715/1720-After 1782)
         Mother: Mary Royster (Abt 1720-Bef 1782)



Noted events in her life were:
Alt. Birth, 3 Feb 1748/49



Children
1 M William Easley

           Born: 8 May 1767 - , Granville, North Carolina, USA
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2 M Pleasant Easley

           Born: 1774
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3 M Drury Easley

           Born: Abt 1780
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4 M John Easley

           Born: 1 Jun 1780 - Granville, , North Carolina, USA
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           Died: 1841 - , Hickman, Tennessee, USA
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         Spouse: Sarah Shones/Shores/Shows/Shares (Abt 1803-      )
           Marr: 1817 - Wilkinson, Mississippi, USA
         Spouse: Sarah Bush (1774-Bef 1817)
           Marr: Abt 1791



5 F Elizabeth Easley

           Born: Abt 1784
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6 M Robert Easley

           Born: Abt 1785
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General Notes: Husband - Millington Easley

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Millington Easley, b. before 1746 (probably before 1739), probably in Goochland Co., VA--d.c. 1803, Greenville Co., SC. He received in his father's will, 1746, Goochland Co., VA, 400 acres in Albemarle Co., VA. He probably lived later for some time in Buckingham Co., VA, where many records have been destroyed.

Hudgins, Dennis, "Virginia Land Patent Book 30 1 June 1750 - 16 November 1752," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, vol. 31, no. 1, February 1993, p. 70.
MILLINGTON EASLEY, 400 acs. Albemarle Co. on S. side of Slate Riv. and Rockey Cr. adj. William Lawhorn; 12 July 1750, p. 185. 40 Shill.

Hudgins, Dennis, "Virginia Land Patent Book 33 8 June 1756-7 August 1761 Pages 576-800," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy vol. 32, no. 4, November 1994, p. 333.
JAMES AGEE, 300 acs. Albemarle Co. Near Green's Cr. Of Slave Riv.; adj. Adrian Anglin, Stephen Ford, Mullington Easley, William Lawhorn & Hugh Green; 3 Mar 1760, p. 670. 30 Shill.


ERROR CORRECTION:
According to A.E. Casey, History of Amite Co., Miss., this Millington Easley was a soldier in the American Revolution, serving with Benjamin Roebuck's Regt. in SC at Mud Lick and King's Mountain, etc. However, that was his nephew Millington Easley, the son of John and Ann (Gowen) Easley, who is proven by S.C. indents to have been a Revolutionary soldier and who died unmarried and childless by 1786.
This elder Millington, the uncle, remained in Granville Co., NC, until after the end of the Revolution.
Unfortunately, the error was continued and compounded in a more recent reference work:
Bobby Gilmer Moss, Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983.

Granville Co., NC, 1769 Tax List (AGLL Microfilm Series V131-0010, North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, N.C.): Easley, Millington, 1 white; Easley, Pyron, 1 white. [This list also contains families Allin, Chandler, Gowen, and Hart, often found associated with the Easleys in the records.]

Granville Co., NC, 1771 Tax List: Easley, Millington, 2 tithables.

North Carolina State Records, vol. XXII, "List of Granville County Malitia [sic], 1771": Capt. James Yancey's Company of Foot Belonging to the Regiment Commanded by Colo. Rich'd Henderson, 1771.
p. 163. Milenton Lazley [sic], private soldier.
Note: in same company, Chandler, Hart, Yancey.

Gwynn, Zae Hargett, Abstracts of the Wills and Estate Records of Granville County North Carolina 1746-1808. Rocky Mount, NC: Joseph W. Watson, 1973.
p. 35. Book 1, 1772-1787, 10-11. Sale of estate of Robert Pryor, deceased, Nov. Court 1772 - mentions . . . Pleasant Hart . . . Millengton Easley.
p. 70. Book 1, 1772-1787, 262. Acct. of sales of estate of James Yancey, deceased, Nov. 30, 1779 - to . . . Millington Easley . . . Feb. Court 1780.

North Carolina State Records, vol. XXII, "An Account of Persons who Took the State Oath 1778," Granville Co., NC.
p. 174. Island Creek District includes Henry Philip Haw [sic], with the notation "affirmed"
p. 177. Country Line District, Millington Easley listed among those who "refused or neglected" to take the Oath of Allegiance to the State of N. Carolina.
p. 178. Goshen District. Milenton Easley on the list of "Persons who have taken the Oath of Allegiance in Goshen District."

Granville Co., NC, Goshen District, 1780 Tax List: Millington Easley, value 2200,--.

Granville Co., NC, Goshen District, 1782 Tax List: Millington Easley, 169 acres of land; 2 negroes under 7 or 50-60; 1 negro 7-16 or 40-50; 1 negro 16-40; 2 horses and mules; value 222,--,5.

Clarence E. Ratcliff, North Carolina Taxpayers 1701-1786, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1984. p. 61. "Willington" Easley indexed on Granville Co., NC, 1784 Tax List.

Clarence E. Ratcliff, North Carolina Taxpayers 1679 - 1790. Volume 2, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 59, does not show Millington Easley on the 1785 Tax List for Granville Co., NC.

Gwynn, Zae Hargett, Court Minutes of Granville County North Carolina 1746-1820. Rocky Mount, NC: Joseph W. Watson, 1977.
p. 75. Court Minutes 1786-1787. Jos. Hart proved deed from Millington Easley to John Oliver for 420 acres.

"Granville Co.: - 1786 Census (140 Families Left Out of 1790 Census of Granville Co.!)," North Carolina Genealogy, vol. XIV, no. 3, Fall 1968, pp. 2155-2162. [This is the State Census of Granville Co. for 1786--the introductory statement indicates that Country Line District and Nutbush District were omitted from the 1788 Tax Lists published as the "1790 Census" by the federal government.]
Names included 1786 in Country Line District, Granville Co., NC, were Joseph Hart, Chandler, and Yancey.
Wm Easley: 1 wm 21-60, 7 wm under 21 & above 60, 2 wf of
every age, 4 bl 12-50, 2 bl under 12 & above 50.

Alvaretta Kenan Register, State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787. Second Edition Revised. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. pp. 44-56, 1786 Census of Granville Co., NC, which does include the districts left out of the 1788 Tax Lists that were published as the 1790 Census. Millington Easley is not listed.

Thus it seems clear that this Millington Easley with his wife Elizabeth and his family moved c. 1785/86 to Greenville Co., SC, where he is listed in the 1790 and 1800 U.S. Censuses.

South Carolina Archives, Spartanburg Co. Estate Papers, File 1093, Will of William Gowen. Dated 10 March 1785. Witnessed: David Jackson, Millentun Easley.

South Carolina
Spartanburgh County: April Court 1792
This Last will and Testament of William Gowen
deceased, being proven by the Evidence of Millenton Easley, approved by the Court at the Term aforesaid, was thereupon admitted to record, a true copy of which is this day transcribed this Original filed in office
By W. Lancaster CSC
8th June 1792

Lent, Robertalee, Greenville County, South Carolina Deed Books Index 1787-1802. Expanded edition. Multilith. Copyright applied for 1966.
Deed Book A. Easley, Mittington. 170 ac. 1785 (Millington?)
Deed Book B 1787-1791. List of those who appeared as witnesses: Millington Easley.
Deed Book C 1791-1794. List of those who appeared as witnesses: Millington Easley.
Deed Books D--E--F 1794-1802. List of those who appeared as witnesses: Millentun Easley.

Greenville Co., SC, Deed Book A, p. 293. Aug. 18, 1788. From William Young of Abbeville Co. to Millington Easley of Greenville Co. In 96 Dist. on Saluda River at a point called Georges Creek. Wit: James Yancey Jr.

The First Census of the United States 1790. South Carolina, Ninety Six District, Greenville County, Heads of Families, p. 68, col. 1: Millington Easley: 1 m over 16, 2 m under 16, 2 females, 9 slaves. Listed next to: James Easley, 1 m over 16, 2 f.

Willie, Betty, Pendleton District, S.C. Deeds 1790-1806, Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1982.
p. 227. 8 Dec. 1792. Zephaniah Roberts to Timothy Toney Jr. Wit. Millington (X) Easley.

p. 222, Case #274. EASLEY, MILLINGTON. Raising a Riot.
WARRANT and PRESENTMENT, 2 September 1788. Issued by Thomas Lewis, CC, and served by Jesse Carter, DS, on 3 November 1788; Order: Take body of Easley and bring before Justices of County Court of Greenville on third Monday in November next; Comments: Grand Jurors did present Millington Easley for Raising a Riot in the courtyard on 18 August 1788; County Attorney: H.P. Carnes.
SUMMONS, 2 September 1788. Thomas Lewis, CC, ordered William Anderson, Jonas Dawson, Carter Harrison, William Brown, Alexander McElheney, Jonathan Woody, all to be summonsed for Court 3rd Monday in November next as State witnesses. [Note on document: Executed by Jesse Carter, DS.]
FIERI FACIAS, 10 January 1789. Order: Seize land of Millington Easley, late in Counto to pay fine and bring money before Justices on 3rd Monday in February next. Thomas Lewis, Clk of said Court. Clerk's fee 0:10:6, Attorney's fee 1:0:0, Sheriff's fee 0:19:9. Total 2:18:2.
p. ??, Case #255.
p. 120-123, Case #136. Honey, Robert, Pendleton County, labourer, and Parker, Daniel, Kershaw County. Horse Stealing. Indictment 10 November 1798. Jury: Thomas Farrar, foreman, Joseph Terry, Enoch Benson, Patrick Norris, Elias Earle, Millingon Easlely, [?] Anderson, John Houry, Joseph Reed, Elijah Brown, John Whitney, John Ross, Alexander Kilpatrick, Alexander Hambloton[?], and Joseph Benson, all by oath.
p. 130-131, Case #141. Burke, Randol (Randolph), labourer, Pendleton County. Assault with Intent to Murder. Indictment 10 November 1798. Jury: Thomas Farrar, foreman, Joseph Terry, Enoch Benson, Patrick Norris, Elias Earle, Millington Easely, James Anderson, John Henrly, Joseph Reed, Elijah Brown, John Whitney, John Ross, Alexander Kilpatrick, Alexander Hamilton, Joseph Benson, all on oath.
p. 133-134, Case #145. Moreman (Morman), James, Pendleton County. Passing Counterfeit Money. Indictment 10 November 1798. Jury: Thomas Farrar, foreman, Joseph Perry, Enoch Benson, Patrick Norris, Elias Earle, Millington Easely, James Anderson, John Henry, Joseph Read, Elijah Brown, John Whitney, John Ross, Alexander Kilpatrick, Alexander Hamilton and Joseph Benson, all on oath.

1800 U.S. Census, Greenville Co., SC: NARS Microfilm Series M32, Reel 47, #825: Milington Easley, males 1 1 - - 1; females - 1 - - 1; - 10. (#775 was Pleasant Easley; #776 was Thos. Easley).

Greenville Co., SC, Probate Records. 10 November 1800. Personally appeard Before me Mililand Easley & Thomas Easley. Proved the Will of John Hart . . . .
Mililan "X" Easley
Thomas Easley

Greenville Co., SC, Deed Book F, p. 213. 1801. Isham Clayton of Franklin Co., GA to Millington Easley. 250 acres on Saluda River, earlier granted to Timothy Toney. Wit: Gideon Hester [or Heston], John Easley. Franky Cleaton, wife of Isham, renounced dower Sept. 1801 in Spartanburg Dist.

Greenville Co., SC, Deed Book G, p. 49, Dec. 16, 1802. From Millington Easley to William Toney of Spartanburg Dist., 170 acres in 96 Dist. on Saluda R. at Georges Cr. Earlier granted to James Clayton. Wit.: Pleasant Easley and Mary Easley. Elizabeth Easley, widow of Millington, released dower June 11, 1803.

Greenville Co., SC, Probate Records. June 1803. The last will & Testament of Millington Easley dec. was brought into office in order to be proved with Maj. Jno. Blasinghame, Pleasant Easley, & Mary P Evidences to put same, 2 of whom say on oath they do not think the Testator was in his right senses. Will therefore set aside.
Elizabeth Easley widow of Millington Easley came into office and relinquished right to administer in favor of and unto William Easley, John Easley, Pleasant Easley sons of the decd.
Letters of Administration and warrant of appraisement upon the Estate of Millington Easley dec. Granted unto John & Pleasant Easley. Took their bond with secur. and qualified the Admrs.

Greenville Co., SC, Probate Records. 21st June 1803. Order of sale on the Estate of Millington Easley decd. Granted to Admrs.

Greenville Co., SC, Probate Records. 27th Oct. 1803. A return of debts due Millington Easley Decd. return'd unto office & Granted the Admrs. thereof an order of . . . .

Greenville Co., SC, Probate Records. Aug. 22, 1803. Inventory of the Estate of Millington Easley decd. return'd into office.

Greenville Co., SC, Probate Records. In the Court of Ordinary this 26th of Septer. 1808. At a Settlement with Wm. Easley Administrator of the estate of Millington Easley deceased made this day it appeared that he hath setled the whole of the Said estate in witness whereof he has set his hand hearunto.
D. Goodlett, OGD Wm. Easley Admstr.

Greenville Co., SC, Deed Book I, p. 49, Sept. 14, 1811. Elizabeth Easley, widow of Millington Easley deceased, of Hickman Co., TN, to John Blasingame of SC. 140 acres on Saluda R. Her dower where Millington had lived. Wit.: Thomas Easley, Stephen Easley, William Stuart.

Casey, Eslea, pp. 13-14, prints the sale of estate of Millington Easley.

From Virginia Easley veasleyd@aol.com


General Notes: Wife - Elizabeth Hart

Bobby Gilmer Moss, Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983. On p. 282, Moss not only accepts the SC Revolutionary service for this Millington Easley, but also attributes to him as a wife Elizabeth Weldon (who did, in fact, marry an Easley, but not a Millington Easley--Elizabeth Weldon was the wife of Roderick Easley, of a different family line).

The wife of Millington Easley was indeed named Elizabeth. She died 14 July 1814, Hickman Co., TN. Her family name has not been definitely proven (A.E. Casey hypothesized that it might have been Pleasants--but note below the use of "Pleasant" as a given name in the Hart family), but a number of facts indicate that she may have been a daughter of Henry Philip Hart of Granville Co., NC.

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James P. Bell, Our Quaker Friends of ye Olden Time, Being in Part a Transcript of the Minute Books of Cedar Creek Meeting, Hanover County, and the South River Meeting, Campbell County, Va. (originally published Lynchburg, Va., 1905), Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1976, shows on pp. 9-10:
Children of Henry Philip and Mary Hart
James Philips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-20-1741
William . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13-1743
John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18-1745
Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12- 3-1748
Elizabeth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2- 3-1751

This indicates that Henry Philip Hart did, in fact, have a daughter Elizabeth in the appropriate age range to have been the wife of Millington Easley. Essentially the same data is presented in William Wade Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, vol. VI, Virginia. Ann Arbor, Michigan, Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1950.
p. 286 of Hinshaw, v. VI, shows the same children and indicates that 1748,8,15 Henry was received in membership of the Camp Creek Monthly Meeting (Caroline, Louisa, and Orange Cos., Va.) This meeting existed only from 1747 to 1753.
p. 248 of Hinshaw, v. VI, for the Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, indicates that on 1755,5,10 Henry Philips Hart was granted a certificate of "clearness with respect to marriage".

Note by VED: I am not familiar enough with Quaker customs to know if this indicates that Mary had died and he was planning to remarry. If the latter, the second wife was also a Mary (see 1762 lease below).

The fact that when Henry Philip Hart took the oath of allegiance to the State of North Carolina in Granville Co. in 1778 (State Records of North Carolina, vol. XXII, p. 174), he "affirmed," the likelihood that he was the Virginia Quaker is very great. The Cedar Creek Quaker monthly meeting included Hanover, New Kent, Caroline, Louisa, Orange, Bedford, Campbell, Albemarle, Halifax, and parts of Charles City, Amelia, Goochland, and Henrico Counties in Virginia (see Hinshaw's Introduction).

Early Wills of Lunenburg Co., VA 1756-1765:
Pinson, Aaron Sr. [who also owned land across the state line in Granville Co., NC]. Will Book 1, page 223. Dated 26 Dec. 1757. Recorded 7 March 1758. Wits: Henry Philip Hart, William Royster, Stephen Wiles.

Henry Philip Hartt was listed already in 1762 in Country Line District, Granville Co., NC, on the tax list (North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, vol. XII, no. 3, August 1986, p. 157), with William Hartt and John Hartt. Country Line District was in the northwest section of Granville Co., on the Virginia border. In 1763, he appeared twice as a witness: Zae Hargett Gwynn, Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Granville County North Carolina 1746-1765, Rocky Mount, NC: Joseph W. Watson, 1974, Deed Book F, pp. 64, 135.

Thomas McAdory Owen, "Granville county, North Carolina. Notes and memoranda for the history and genealogies of." Montgomery, AL: [190-]. 3 vols. Manuscript. Microfilmed 1970. Library of Congress MFM 28037.
Vol. II. [Records 1762-65]. 72. Wm. Royster, of Lunenburg Co. Va. to Henry Philip Hart of Gr. Co. Lease, Oct. 12, 1762. Conveys for life of H. P. Hart, and Mary, his wife, tract of land on South side of Jonathan's Creek, bt. by Wm. Royster from John Bain, adjoining line of John Stovall jr. Cons: Yearly rent of L 0 20 p for himself [Hart], and 10 shil. for each of his sons while they live with him. Wit: Aaron Penson, Wm. Hart. p. 5.
Also, in these abstracts of Granville Co. court records done by Thomas M. Owen in 1896 (many of these records now missing) in his manuscript at the Library of Congress (Microform Reading Room, MFM 28037), Henry Philip Hart was identified as a school teacher.

AGLL Microfilm Series V131-0010 (North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC), Granville Co., NC. Tax Lists. Shows:
1769: William Hart 1 w; John Hart, 1 w; Pleasant Hart, 1 w; Henry Philip Hart, 2 w.
1771: Henry Philip Hart, 1; Pleasant Hart, 1; John Hart, 1; William Hart, 1; Joseph Hart, 1.
1780, Country Line District: Joseph Hart 634 - 10 -4; John Hart 590 - 2; Henry Philip Hart - poll tax - married man.

"Granville Land Entry Record 1778-1796", Clayton Genealogical Library, Houston, TX, abstracted by Phyllis Lyons, 27 November 1990:
No. 191 - May 1st 1778 - 3rd Aug.
Wm. Hart enters 330 ac. of land on crooked fork of Aarons Creek at pine marked WEE on Pooles line --- being part of tract of land surveyed by John Easley & purchased by said Hart of Millington Easley.

Zae Hargett Gwynn, Abstracts of the Wills and Estate Records of Granville County North Carolina 1746-1808, Rocky Mount, NC: Joseph W. Watson, 1973, includes: p. 82. Apr. 7, 1782. Will of Henry Philip Hart. Wife (unnamed). Grandson John Easley. Grandson Philip Hart, son of my son Pleasant Hart. Exors: sons Joseph and John Hart.

From Virginia Easley veasleyd@aol.com

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Mr. Easley




Husband Mr. Easley

           Born: Bef 1635
     Christened: 
           Died: 
         Buried: 
       Marriage: 




Wife

           Born: 
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Children
1 M Robert O. Easley, The Immigrant




           Born: Abt 1655 - Basses-Alps Province of France or England
     Christened: 
           Died: 17 Dec 1711 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Ann Parker (1670-1720)
           Marr: 1681 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA




General Notes: Husband - Mr. Easley

Other researchers have made invalid suggestions as to Robert Easley's origin. Kirby Easley Johnson referred to a supposed Sir Thomas Easley who came to Jamestown with Sir Thomas Gates in 1610, but consultation of Captain John Smith's History of Virginia proved that the reference was to a Sir Thomas Dale, a well-known early settler. A Major John Easley was supposedly mentioned in the seventeenth century in Virginia, but this compiler has found no mention of him in the original records. Occasionally this Robert Easley is said to have been a grandson of a certain Christopher Easley who came to Virginia about 1630, but consultation of Nugent's Pioneers and Cavaliers proves that Christopher's name was Ezell, which is distinct from Easley. Dr. A.E. Casey has tried to derive the name from the English family of Astley, but again there is no evidence of a connection.

As of 1998, there have been several postings on the internet which derived Robert Easley's lineage from France, going back to a Henry Easley (titled Patty's Ancestors) at:

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/1759/ped.htm,

and ultimately to a Claude Esley and a Jean Esley:

http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/m/a/r/Phillip-Lee--Kimberly-Kay-S-Mart/ODT3-0001.html.

None have been documented, and none of the posters replied to queries that I sent them requesting the documentation.

Therefore, on the basis of present evidence, it is necessary to assume that Robert Easley was the first of the surname in America. Where this compiler has located Easley lines which definitely do not belong to his family, they are included in an appendix to the present work.

The Family Name

The standard guess about the origin of the name Easley, presented by several earlier researchers, was that it was ultimately of Italian Swiss origin--either Islyn or Isaly, more probably the latter. However, the following additonal information on the origins of the name "Easley" has been found.

Barber, Henry. British Family Names, their Origin and Meaning. (1903). Repr., Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968.
p. 134. Easlee. From Eastlee; a loc. n., Hants.

Harrison, Henry. Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary. (1212). Repr. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969.
pp. 128-129. Easlea, Easley)) for Eastley, q.v. (Eng.) Dweller at the East Lea.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Philadelphia, N.Y., London, Chiton Book Company, 1969.
p. 252. "The most common descriptive place terms naturally describe many villages in a given country . . . . The towns surrounding the middle town might be Weston, Norton, Sutton, or Easton, all indicating the direction in which they were situated. Wesley and Easley are similar surnames . . . . These popular descriptions are each found in many counties in England and all served to name innumerable families not related to each other.

Smith, Elsdon C. The New Dictionary of American Family Names. N.Y., Harper & Row, 1973.
p. 133. Easley (Eng.). One who came from Eastleigh or Astley (the eastern wood, clearing in a wood), the names of several places in England.

The town of Eastleigh in the county of Hampshire, England, is in the south, not far from the port of Soutampton. It is the only such village large enough to make standard atlas maps.

It would seem probable that the origin of the name Easley, for descendents of Robert Easley of Henrico Co., Va., is thus to be sought in England, which would be the simplest and most sensible explanation for the place from which a 17th-century settler came to Virginia.

The surnames Isely and Eiseley are to be considered as distinct from Easley, and are of German origin. The material included in the appendices to this book on unrelated Easley lines, however, also pinpoints German and Swiss origins for the same spelling in the U.S. There is one occurrence where the Easley name as now used by a family turns out to be a corruption of "Hasley."


Early Virginia Geography

The following descriptions are taken from: Benjamin B. Weisiger III, Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia. Part One. 1654-1737. (Richmond, Va.: Privately Printed, 1976), [p. i].

Henrico County, Virginia was formed in 1634 as one of the eight original shires of the Virginia Colony. A settlement had been made as early as 1611 at the "Citty of Henrico", named for Henry, Prince of Wales, son of King James I of England. The county originally extended from Charles City County on the east into the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west, and from the Appomatox River on the south to the Chickahominy River on the north. Goochland County was formed from the western part of Henrico in 1729 (and subsequently from Goochland, the counties of Albemarle, Cumberland, powhatan, Amherst, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Nelson, and Appomatox). Chesterfield County was formed in 1749 from the southeastern part of Henrico south of the James River. In the period covered in this volume, the courthouse was in eastern Henrico, at Varina.

The Virginia county in colonial times was divided into parishes of The Church of England, and documents often identify persons as being of a certain parish, thus helping to pinpoint their location in the county, and possibly avoid confusion with another person of the same name. Henrico Parish was formed in 1611 and originally occupied the entire county. Varina Parish was the same as Henrico Parish, and was the name often used in the period 1660-1720, when the principal church was at Varina. In 1642 Bristol Parish was formed on both sides of the Appomatox River occupying land in Charles City County south of the James River (now Prince George County) and the southeastern part of Henrico (now southeastern Chesterfield County). In 1735 that part of Bristol Parish north of the Appomattox River, and that part of Henrico parish south of the James River, and east of King William Parish, were combined to form Dale Parish. King William Parish was formed in 1705 from the southwestern part of Henrico Parish "in the parts adjacent to Manakin Town". In 1720 St. James Parish was formed from the western part of Henrico Parish, largely in what are now Goochland, Fluvanna, and Albemarle Counties.

Further information may be found in: Edith F. Axelson, A Guide to Episcopal Church Records in Virginia. (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1988). She notes:
p. 31, that "from 1735 until 1749, Dale Parish was in Henrico County, but was made coterminous with Chesterfield County when that county was established";
p. 52, that in 1744, St. James Parish was divided into St. James-Northam (Goochland County); St. James-Southam (Goochland County), and St. Anne's (Albemarle County);
p. 52, that about 1772, Southam Parish was divided so that Southam Parish was in Powhatan County and Littleton Parish was in Cumberland County.


Other Publications about the Easley Family

Ball, Faye (Maloney) and Darla (Ball) Gaede. Our Easleys. Jonesboro, Arkansas, 1972. It could be ordered from: Mrs. Bill Gaede, 900 Locust Dr., Jonesboro, Ark. 72901.
The book has 330 pages, is unindexed, offset printing, bound in paper covers. It deals with the descendants of Greenberry and Evaline (Johnson) Easley of Barry Co., Mo.

Casey, Albert Eugene, M.D. Easlea, Eseley, Easley and collateral lines of Elkins, Earle, Parker, Millington, Allen, Pleasants, Drury, Warham, Taylor and Travis. Birmingham, Alabama, Privately Printed, 1976.
NOTE: This is a xerographic reproduction of 47 pages of typed notes, mainly on the line of Millington Easley. The compiler's address was: 2011 Southwood Road, P.O. Box 20219, Birmingham, AL 35216.

DeMarce, Virginia Marie (Easley). " . . . Now Living in Boone County, Missouri. Our Family Genealogies. Volume I. The Family and Connections of Edward Everett Easley. Decorah, IA, Anundsen Press, 1990. Order from the compiler: 5635 North 25th Road, Arlington, VA 22207.
NOTE: Covers the descendants of William Easley who moved from Greenville Co., S.C. via Warren and Allen Cos. in Ky. by 1825 to Boone Co., Mo.

Easley, James Daniel. Three Centuries of Easley Genealogy. Fort Worth, Texas, 1952.
NOTE: Mimeographed, bound in hard covers, 227 pp. Unindexed, but this compiler has a separate index to the work which was compiled during the later 1950's by Grace (Lamm) Nezworski. Many of the early Easley lines are inaccurately attributed in this book. Most of the material was gathered through correspondence. The heaviest emphasis is on his own family line, descendants of Thomas and Ecleo (Wade) Easley.

Easley, Jim. Stephen and Mary Ann (David) Easley in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Kingsport, Tenn., 1972. It could be ordered from: Jim Easley, 508 Woodmere Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663.
NOTE: Flexible leatherette binding, unindexed, unpaginated. Printed on one side of the pages. Cover title: Easley.

Friday, Marilyn Humphries, "Easley Families of Clark County, Arkansas," The Clark County Historical Journal, 1990, pp. 127-137,

The Huguenot. Publication # 5.
This is the source of the persistent notion that Robert Easley, the immigrant, was of Huguenot ancestry.

Johnson, Kirby Easley. Our Easley Ancestors and their Relatives. Roswell, New Mexico, Hall-Poorbaugh Press, Inc., 1963.
NOTE: Cover title: Our Easley Family and their Ancestors. Hardbound, 145 pp., no index.
A few of the early Easley lines are inaccurately attributed in this book. Coverage is primarily on the descendants of Warham and Ann (Woodson) Easley, concentrating on the line of Joseph and Mary Catherine (Deatherage) Easley.

Manning, W. H. Jr., and Edna Anderson Manning. Our Kin. Augusta, Georgia, Walton Printing Company, 1958.
NOTE: The book has 1601 pages plus a 77-page name index. Printed, hard bound, with photographs.
The book deals with multiple families. The Easley section covers pp. 490-652, with occasional scattered references to the family elsewhere in the book. The material on the early lines is not reliable. There are numerous misreadings in the printed versions of the wills of Robert and Ann (Parker) Easley. There is extensive material on the descendants of Robert and Nancy (Stone) Easley of Halifax Co., Va., and of Robert and Ann (Stephens) Easley of Halifax Co., Va.

O'Brien, Bobbie Hamilton. John Mayberry Easley His Ancestors and Descendants 1818-1978. Hartford, Ky., McDowell Publications, 1978.
Focuses on Calhoun Co., Mississippi.

Reeves, LeRoy. Ancestral Sketches. Lynchburg, Va., J. P. Bell Co., 1951.
NOTE: Deals primarily with the descendants of Stephen and Mary Ann (David) Easley.

Trimble, David B. American Origins. San Antonio, Texas. 1974. It could be ordered from: Dr. David B. Trimble, 607 River Road, San Antonio, Texas 78212.
NOTE: The book has 355 pages, photostatically reproduced and bound in hard covers. The Easley section covers pp. 24-31. There is also a section on the Wolfe family, which intermarried with the Easleys of Sullivan Co., Tenn., pp. 267-312.

Wynn, Adeline Evan. Thirteen Southern Lineages. Privately printed, c. 1940.
NOTE: Covers multiple families. The Easley family appears through the Gowen connection.

In the March 27, 1993, issue of Family Puzzlers, Mr. Bruce Manning, 414 Oglethorpe Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32216-8992, indicated that he had received on loan 20+ sheets of information on the Easley family, with a cover letter dated 1915, addressed to "my dear cousin," and signed by Clayton Torrence. He was willing to copy the material.

Where a book was used only for one branch of the family, it is mentioned in the appropriate chapter or section. Books which are reprints of original source materials are cited where the documentary evidence is used.

This publication, since its first edition in 1970, has been prepared by the compiler simply for the convenience of other Easley genealogists. For this reason, it was decided to use a format by which the documentary evidence is not always printed in its entirety, but sometimes merely abstracted or listed with a citation adequate enough that anyone interested could consult the original for himself.

Acknowledgments

At the beginning of my research in the 1950's, I was greatly aided by Mrs. Grace Lamm of Fort Worth, Texas, and the "Easley Round Robin Letter" circulated by Mrs. Lamm and her daughter, Mrs. Grace Nezworski. I regret that I have been unable to use the files of the late Dr. Albert S. Easley of Nashville, Tennessee. I understand that they are now at Samford University. I wish to acknowledge the help given by many other genealogists, such as the late Mrs. M. M. Montgomery of San Francisco, California, who worked not only on their own lines, but on the family in general. As I discuss each Easley line, I have attempted to indicate other Easley genealogists who are interested in that particular branch.


From Virginia Easley veasleyd@aol.com
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Robert O. Easley, The Immigrant and Ann Parker




Husband Robert O. Easley, The Immigrant




           Born: Abt 1655 - Basses-Alps Province of France or England
     Christened: 
           Died: 17 Dec 1711 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA
         Buried: 


         Father: Mr. Easley (Bef 1635-      )
         Mother: 


       Marriage: 1681 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA




Wife Ann Parker

           Born: 1670 - James City, Jamestown, Virginia, USA
     Christened: 
           Died: 4 Jun 1720 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA
         Buried: 


         Father: William Parker (Bef 1640-Bef 1677)
         Mother: 





Children
1 M John Easley

           Born: 1683 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA
     Christened: 
           Died: 1742 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Mary Benskin (1690-1731)
           Marr: 20 Aug 1711 - , Henrico, Virginia, USA



2 M Warham Easley

           Born: Abt 1685
     Christened: 
           Died: 
         Buried: 



3 F Margaret Easley

           Born: Abt 1686
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           Died: 
         Buried: 



4 F Elizabeth Easley

           Born: Abt 1690
     Christened: 
           Died: 
         Buried: 



5 M William Easley

           Born: Abt 1690
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           Died: 
         Buried: 



6 M Robert Easley

           Born: Abt 1702
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           Died: 
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General Notes: Husband - Robert O. Easley, The Immigrant

The first person of the name Easley who has been located in America is Robert Easley, who is found in 1680 living in Henrico Co., Va. He was probably born c. 1655, and he died in Henrico Co., Va., between October 1711 and January 1712 (see documentary evidence below). The records give no clue as to his origin or ancestry, but it is presumed that he is the immigrant ancestor of the family. The great majority of Easleys in America descend from him.

He may have been in Virginia for several years prior to the 1680 date, as a headright was issued for him to Col. William Byrd in March of 1676:

Foley, Louise Pledge Heath. Early Virginia Families Along the James River. Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches. Henrico County - Goochland County Virginia. Volume I. Richmond, Virginia, 1974.
p. 24. Land Patent Book No. 6. Capt. Wm. Bird, 1751 A., 2 R., 24 P., Henrico Co., N. side James Riv. 15 Mar. 1675/6, p. 604. Beg. (at) Shoccores Cr. mouth, up the river bet. W. & N. W. &c. 1280 acres granted him 27 Oct. 1673; the residue for trans. of 122 pers: including "ROBT. ESTLY (?)".

The following is a list of documentary records pertaining to Robert Easley. Since he is the first of the line, they are copied in full. Part of them were located in the Henrico Co., Va., Colonial Records by Charles Hughes Hamlin, C.G. The remainder were found by the compiler.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 1, p. 175. 18th Xber 1680. Robert Easly (his mark "O") is witness to an assignment of right of title to 200 acres of land from Henry Trent to John Pleasant.

Weisiger, Benjamin B. III, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705 (Richmond, Va., Privately Printed, 1986.
p. 13. (p. 175) William Berkeley, Knt., Gov., grants to Henry Trent, 200 acres on north side of James River, next to Mr. Place, for transport of 4 persons to the colony. 7 Nov. 1673. Signed: William Berkeley Recorded 7 Nov. 1673. Henry Trent assignes his rights in above grant to John Pleasant. 18 Dec. 1680. Wit: Robert (O) Easly, James (HH) Lisle Signed: Henry (HT) Trent Recorded 1 Aug. 1681.

Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 1, p. 177. Deed from John Woodson junr. to Martin Elam. 20th day of 6th month 1681. Wits.: Robert "O" Easly, Hugh Davis. Recorded Aug. Court 1681.

Weisiger, Benjamin B. III, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705, p. 13. (p. 177) I, John Woodson Jr. as marrying the orphan of Samuel Tucker, assign my right in above tract to Martin Elam. 20 Aug. 1681. wit: Robert (O) Easly, Hugh Davis. Signed: John Woodson, Jr. Recorded 20 Aug. 1681
I, John Woodson, Jr. as marrying orphand to Samuel Tucker, dec'd, vist., Mary Tucker, have released to John Pleasants as guardian of said Mary, all claim to above land. 15 Dec. 1680 Wit: Zacheus Ellis, Robt. (O) Easly. Signed: John Woodson, Jr. Recorded 20 Aug. 1681

Henrico Co., Va., Records, Deeds & Wills, 1677-1692, Part 1, p. 177. Deed from John Woodson junr. as marrying the orph. of Samuel Tucker deced. viz. Mary Tucker to Jno. Pleasants. 15th day of 12th mo. 168-. Wits.: Garhons Ellis, Robt. "O" Easly. Recorded Aug. Court 1681.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 170. October Court 1684. Judgment is granted Robert Easley, Plt., against Mrs. Katherine Milner, Administratrix of John Milner, dec'd., Deft., for 289 lbs. tobacco and cask, due by account, etc.

Henrico Co., Va., Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 2, p. 286. Oct. 1, 1684. Inventory of Estate of John Milner. "These particulars following belonging to ye orphs. of Will Parker decd. being included in ye above Inventory & Apprisz. of their Guard. John Milner's Estate were upon ye peticon of Mrs. Kath. Milner ye Admx. & proof thereof by her made Orderd to be sett apart for ye use of ye sd. Orphs & ye sd Admx shall not be charge wth them as part of ye estate of ye sd deced. Viz: One feather bed & furniture belonging to Mary Parker, one feather bed & furniture & Gun belonging to Will Parker & two new pewter dishes, one Iron pot & one pewter tankard belonging to one of ye sd Parker's orphs. now wife to Robert Easly."

Weisiger, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705, p. 39.
(p. 417) 1 Feb. 1686 Hon. William Byrd, Esq. of County & parish of Henrico, to Henry Ayscouth of same, planter, and Mary his now wife, for life for L 5, a tract of 150 acres Byrd purchased of Ayscough; and also a corner of land adjoining this on lower side between James River and a valley above Robert Easley's now dwelling house, known as St. Katherines Gutt. Wit: Hen Randolph, James Cocke Signed: Wm Byrd Recorded 1 Feb. 1686.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 313. October Court 1689/90. Judgment granted unto Captain William Randolph, assignee of Mr. Henry Hartwell, assignee of Mr. John Brodnax, Plt., against Robert Easley, Deft., for 4,488 lbs. tobacco and cask, etc.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 350. Oct. 10, 1690. Robert Easley is member of a jury.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 346. October Court 1690. Robert Easley being to this Court arrested at ye suit of Mr. William Sutton . . . and having made default in his appearance, etc., ordered to appear at next court. (Next court Robert Easley confessed debt due for 400 lbs. tobacco).

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 354. October Court 1690. Robert Easly brings suit against the estate of John Johnson, deceased, for his trouble in his sickness, funeral charges, etc., the said Johnson dying intestate and having neither wife or child, etc.
NOTE: A. E. Casey, Eslea, p. 7, notes that this John Johnson was apparently included among John Pleasant's 13 tithables in the 1679 tax list. Casey speculates that Robert Easley might also have been among these 13 tithables of John Pleasants in 1679, as he does not appear in the list under his own name.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 5, p. 190. April 1, 1691. Inventory of estate of John Johnson, deceased, taken at the houses of William Drury and Robert Easley this 24 March 1690/91.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 2, p. 386. October Court 1691. Robert Easley given 1,300 lbs. tobacco from the estate of John Johnson, deceased, for coffin, sheet, funeral expenses, attendance, sickness, etc.

Henrico Co., Va., Records, Deeds, Wills, Etc., 1688-1697, p. 211. Aug. 1, 1691. Ro. Easly purchaser at the auction of John Johnson's estate. (The purchase consisted of clothing).

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 3, p. 49. April 20, 1695. It is ordered that Mr. John Goode, Henry Ascough, Henry Sherman, Henry Trent, Robert Easley, or any four of them appraise the estate of Thomas Buck, Decedent.

Colonial Records, Henrico Co., Va., # 5, p. 322. June 1, 1692. Robert Easley presented to the Grand Jury for swearing.

Nugent, Pioneers and Cavaliers, Vol. III, p. 88.
ROBERT EASLY (Easely-Esely), 315 acs., Henrico Co; on E. side of Reedy Cr., 20 Oct. 1704, p. 624. Trans. of 7 pers.* Note: Paid Wm. Byrd, Esqr., Auditor for 7 rights.

Executive Journals, Council of Va. Land Patent Book 9, p. 624, Oct. 2, 1704 -- "Mr. Auditor Byrd represented as proceeding in laying out land appropriated by the Gen. Assembly for the use of the French Refugees settled at Manicantown and produced two Platts of the tracts of land now laid, wch. with what was laid out formerly for them amounts in all to ten thousand and thirty three acres, etc. - - - lying contiguous upon James River - - - etc." ". . . having called for the patents wch were granted to several persons last April General Court for lands in Henrico Co. for the signing of them until the land for the refugees was laid out: Exec. did sign the same. Jermiah Benskin, 324 acres, Robt. Easeley 315 acres, Walter Scott 250 acres . . . ." (This 315 acres was on the east side of Reedy Creek.)

Executive Journals, Council of Va., May 22, 1706. "Upon reading the Petition of Robt. Easley stating forth that he obtained a patent for 315 acres of land in Henrico Co., and entered rights for the same and upon further enquiry he found that the said land was included in a Patent formerly granted to Colo. Byrd whereupon his Petition to the General Court, the Court ordered that (he) should have his rights, again upon delivering up his Patent, & now haveing the Patent ready to be delivered he prayed his rights may be returned to him, which Petition being thought reasonable Mr. Secretary is desired to deliver up the said Rights to the Petitioner."

On the basis of the above abstracts, it has been traditional to assume that Robert Easley arrived in Virginia as a French Huguenot refugee. However, considering that he was already in Virginia 30 years earlier, eleven years before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and 26 years before the arrival of the Manakin Town settlement, this dos not seem probable. Rather, it would seem that the land patents mentioned had been granted earlier, and that their confirmation had merely been held up until the land for the Huguenots at Manakin Town had been laid out. Other clearly non-French persons, such as Col. William Byrd and Walter Scott, had land patents in the Manakin Town area, as is also clear from the above documents. Since there is no other indication that Robert Easley was of French Huguenot origin, this claim must be left as unproven at best, in spite of the claims made in The Huguenot, Publication # 5, and in spite of the fact that Easley descendants have joined the Huguenot Society on the strength of it.

Weisiger, Benjamin B. III. Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia. Vol. I. 1654-1737. Richmond, Virginia, 1976.
This book reveals further evidence on Robert Easley's career:
p. 56. Henrico County Wills & Deeds 1697-1704, p. 238. Inventory of Andrew Martin appraised 15 July 1701 by Robert Easly, Thomas Howlett, Mat. Branch, Thos. . Value L 45/8/3. Presented in court by Capt. Giles Webb and recorded 1 Aug. 1701. Mary, relict of Andrew Martin says this is a true inventory.
p. 59. Henrico County Wills & Deeds 1697-1704, p. 305. Inventory of Daniel Blanch taken Dec. 7, 1702 by Henry Ascough, Robert Easely, Philip Pursell, and Charles Snuggs. Recorded 2 Feb. 1702.
p. 65. Henrico County Wills & Deeds 1697-1704, p. 421. Inventory of William Catling July 26, 1704. Value L 149/9/3 by John Goode, John Stewart, Jr., Thomas Baly, Robert Easly. Recorded 1 Oct. 1704.

Henrico Co., Va., Order Books 1707-1709, p. 39, May 1, 1708. Robert Easely being subpd. as an Evidence in behalf of Giles Webb Gent. in his suit against Mary Shaw, and haveing made oath that he has attended four days, Order is Granted him on his prayer against the said Webb for one hundred and sixty pounds of Tobacco with Costs. Also. Exo. (Other witnesses in this case were Phillip Pursell, Thomas Howlet, James Collins, Elizabeth Martin, Mary Paine, Henry Randolph, John Barefoot, Gilly Gromarine, John Baly.)

Wright, Louis B., and Marion Tinling, eds. The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover 1709-1712. (Richmond, Va., The Dietz Press, 1941).
In evaluating this following series of references, the researcher should keep in mind that Robert Easley had, according to the quotation cited above from the Executive Journals, a couple of years before obtained patent to 315 acres of land originally granted to Col. Byrd.
Diary of William Byrd, p. 34. May 12, 1709. "When I came to Falling Creek I had some complaints against Robin Easely, which seemed to be the effect of quarrelling. However I desired Mr. G-r-l to keep a watch on him."
Diary of William Byrd, p. 89. Oct. 2, 1709. ". . . By the way I met Will Bass who gave me a sad account of Robin Easely, who is a lazy fellow."
Diary of William Byrd, p. 417. Oct. 6, 1711. (Concerning military exercises.) "Robin Easely got the prize in wrestling."

Henrico Co., Va., Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 82. July Court 1711. In the Action of Trespass brought by Robert Easly against Giles Webb for Ten pounds damage by means of the Defendants not Complying with his promise made to the Plaintif as in the Declaration is set forth, The Defendant appears and pleads non Assumpsst, Whereupon the Plaintif moves for time to bring his Witnesses, which motion is overruled, and the Plaintif failing to come to tryal the Suit is dismist with Costs.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 96. Aug. Court 1711. The Action of Trespass upon the Case brought by Robert Easly against Giles Webb on the Defts. motion is Referd till the next Court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 103. October Court 1711. In the Action of Trespass upon the Case depending between Robert Easly Plantif and Giles Webb Defendant for ten pounds damage by means of the Defendant not paying the Plantif five pounds which he won of him upon a wager as in the Declaration it is set forth, the Defendant appears and pleads that he is not Guilty in such manner and form as the Plaintif above in his Declaration hath Complained and of this he puts himself upon the Country and the Plaintif likewise. Whereupon the Sherif is Commanded to impannel a Jury of good and lawful men of this County to try the fine and thereupon he causes to come Henry Hatcher, John Farlo, Thomas Chetham, William Blackman, Thomas Chetham Junr., Christopher Branch, Seth Ward, Joseph Watson, Henry Farmer, Thomas Howlet, Henry Anderson and John Worsham, who being Sworn and having heard the evidence withdrew and after some time Returnd this Verdict We find for the Plaintif which Verdict on the Plaintifs motion is Recorded, and also on his motion, it is ordered that the Defendant do pay him the sum of ten pounds with Costs. Als. Exo. Upon Reading this over the Defendant moves for time till the next Court to Show his Reasons to arrest the said Judgment which is granted.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 105. October Court 1711. Joseph Hill being Summoned as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb in a suit brought by the said Easly against the said Webb and the said Hill failing to appear when Called on the motion of the said Easly it is entered on Record.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 106. October Court 1711. John Easly having made Oath that he hath attended three days as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb, it is ordered that the said Robert do pay him for his said attendance with costs. Als. Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 106. October Court 1711. Philip Martin having made Oath that he hath attended three days as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb, it is ordered that the said Robert do pay him for his said attendance with costs. Als. exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 106. October Court 1711. James Corbin having made Oath that he hath attended three days as a Witness for Robert Easly against Giles Webb, it is ordered that the said Robert do pay him for his said attendance with costs. Als. Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 107. October Court 1711. The Action of Case brought by Abraham Womack Admr. with will annexed of Allenson Clerke Deced. against Robert Easly is Referd on the Defendants motion.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 112. January Court 1711/12. The Suit depending between Robert Easly Plaintif and Giles Webb defendant is dismist the Plaintif being dead.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 116. February Court 1711/12. The Action of Case brought by Abraham Womack Admr. with the will annexed of Allanson Clerke Deced. against Robert Easly is dismist, the Defendt. being dead.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 123. March Court 1711/12. The Last will and Testament of Robert Easly decd. was presented in Court by Anne easly his Exerx, who made oath thereto and the same being proved by the oaths of Philip Martin and Jno. Green the Witnesses thereto, it is admitted to Record and on the motion of the sd. Anne Esely Ordered that a Certificate be granted her for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form. Jno. Easly and Philip Martin entering themselves her securitys for the same and it is further ordered that she do present to the next Court an Inventory of the said Decds. Estate. Ordered that Mathew Branch Thoms. Harris Thomas Howlet Henry Gee or any three of them (being first sworn by Giles Webb or Thoms. Jefferson Gentlemen) do appraise the Estate of Robt. Esely decd. & make return thereof to the next Court.


Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills, 1710-1714, Pt. 1, p. 116. March Court 1711/12, Henrico Co., Va. Will of Robert Easley.
In the name of God, amen, I, Robert Esley of the parish and county of Henrico, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory praise be to God, do make and ordain my last will and testament in manner and form following: First, I recommend my soul to God that gave it, hoping through the mercies of Jesus Christ to receive free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and as for my temporal estate I dispose of it as follows:
Item. I give and bequeath to my son John Esley and to my son Warham Esley and to my daughter Margaret Dupray, wife of Thomas Dupray, 500 acres of land lying upon Fine Creek to be divided among them as followeth: 200 acres to one to be taken off the upper ends, to each of the other two, 150 acres each which said land I give to them and their heirs forever, but in case any of them die before age and without issue, then to return to the survivor or survivors.
Item: I give and bequeath to my three younger children, Elizabeth Esley, William Esely and my youngest son Robert Esely 400 acres of land lying between Fine Creek and Mannakin upper cree. to them and to their heirs forever, two of which said lots to be upon Fine Creek and the other upon Mannakin Creek, but in case any of them die before they come of age and without issue, then to return to the survivor or survivors.
Item: I give and bequeath to my loving wife Ann Esely all moveables, goods and chattels whatsoever, and make her whole executrix of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby make void all former wills by me heretofore made.
Witness my hand and seal this 17th day of December Anno Domini 1711.
Robert "O" Esely (seal)
Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of
Philip "X" Martin
Jno. Green
At a Court held for the County of Henrico the first Monday in March being the third day of March Anno Domini 1711. This Will was made oath to by Ann Easley the Executrix, herein named and the same being proved by the oath of Philip Martin & John Green, the witnesses thereto, it was ordered to be recorded and on the motion of said Executrix and her performing what is usual in such cases a certificate for a probate is granted her. Teste
William Randolph, CC.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 137. May Court 1712. Anne Easly presents upon oath an Inventory of the Estate of her Deceased husband Robt. Easly wch is ordered to be Recorded.

Henrico Co., Va. Deeds & Wills. 1710-1714, Part I, p. 129-130. May Court 1712. Inventory of Robert Easley's Estate, appraised by Math. Branch, Thom. Harris, Thom. Howlett, Henry Gee. Total value of 36 lbs., 15 s., 03 d., (which by comparison seemed to be about the size of the average estate at the time--it certainly was not large enough to indicate wealth). Among the items inventoried were 4 cows and 1 bull, 5 yearlings and 1 three-year-old steer, 1 breeding mare, 4 sows and 10 shoats, 4 ewes, 5 lambs, and 1 ram, flax, a harrow and howt, 1 cart and wheels, 1 plow, an old horse harness for two horses, flax, an old loom, two feather beds, pots, barrels, a saddle, etc.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders, 1710-1714, p. 138. May Court 1712. In the Action of Debt brought by Robt. Blaws against Anne Easly Exerx. of the last will & testament of Robt. Easly decd. for two pounds ten shillings due by bill dated the 15th day of June 1711. The plt. making Oath that twenty-five shillings of the said sum is justly due to him it is ordered that the Deft. Exerx. as aforesaid do pay him the same with Costs out of the said Decds. Estate in her hands. Als. Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 138. May Court 1712. In the action of Case brought by Wm. Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will & Testament of Robt. Easly dec. the plt. having failed to file his declaration of the Defts. motion he is nonsuit & ordered to pay damages wth. Costs according to law. Als. Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 138. May Court 1712. The Action of Case brought by Abraham Womack Admr. with the will annexed of Allenson Clark Decd. against Ann Easly Exx. of the last Will & Testament of Robt. Easly decd. is on the Defts. motion referd to the next court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 138. May Court 1712. The action of Case brought by Joseph Pleasants against Ann Easly Exerx. (p. 139) of the last will & Testament of Robt. Easly is on the Defts. motion referd to the next Court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 139. May Court 1712. In the action of Case brought by Jno. Woodson against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robt. Easly Decd. for one pound fifteen shillings due to the plaintif by account & dated in the Year 1711. The Plaintif being a Quaker makes his following affirmation in manner prescribed by law that eighteen shillings of the said sum is justly due to him & thereupon Ordered that the Deft. Exerx. as aforesaid do pay the plt. out of the said Decds. Estate in her hands the sum of eighteen shillings with Costs. Als Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 140. May Court 1712. In the action of Debt brought by Jno. Woodson against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will & Testament of Robt. Easly decd. for four pounds due to the plaintif by note under the said decds. hand dated the 20th day of September 1711. The plaintif being a Quaker makes his solemn affirmation in manner prescribed by Law that the said debt is justly due to him and thereupon Ordered that the Def. Exx. as aforesaid to pay the plt. out of the said decds. estate in her hands the said sum of four pounds with Costs. Als Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 140. May Court 1712. The action of Case brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exrx. of the last will & testament of Robt. Easly Deced. is by Consent of the partys referd to the next Court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 148. June Court 1712 In the action of Case depending between Abraham Womack admr. with the will annexed of Allanson Clarke Decd. plaintif and Anne Easly Executrix of the Last will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. Defendt. for five pounds thirteen shillings due to the plt. adminr. as aforesaid by account dated in the year 1709 the partys appearing the plaintif Exhibits the book of accounts of the said Allanson whereby it appears that the said Money is due and the Deft. shewing no reason to the contrary it is ordered that the Executrix as aforesaid do pay the Plt. administrator the said sum of five pounds thirteen shillings with Costs. Als. Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 171-1714, p. 148. June Court 1712. The action of case brought by Joseph Pleasants against Ann Easly Executrix of the Last will and Testament of Robert Easly decd. is on the plts. motion referd to the next court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 149. June Court 1712. The action of Case brought by Wm. Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exercs. of the Last Will and Testament of Robert Easly Decd. is on the plts. motion Referd to the Next Court the Deft. Consenting thereto.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 159. July Court 1712. In the Action of Case brought by Joseph Pleasants against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. for thirty four shillings and sixpence due to the plt. by account. The Deft. appears & prays the said account may be proved, Whereupon the plainf. being a Quaker makes his solemn affirmation in Manner prescribed by Law that fourteen shillings & sixpence of the said account is justly due to him and thereupon it is ordered that the Defendant Exerx. as aforesaid to pay the plaintif out of the said Decds. Estate in her hands the said sum of fourteen shillings & sixpence with Costs. Als. Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 162. August Court 1712. In the action of Case brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exrx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. for the sums of four pounds Eighteen shillings & Ninepence & five hundred & thirty pounds of Tobacco due to him by account, the Suit being at the Last Court referd, & the Deft. now failing to appear Judgmt. by nihil dicit is granted against her for the said Money & Tobo. with Costs, On Condition Nevertheless that the deft. shall have Liberty at the Next Court to Appear & plead.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 170. August Court 1712. In the action of Debt brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will & Testament of Robert Easly decd. for forty Nine pounds three shillings & four pence Sterling due by bond etc. the Defendant appears & prays Oyer & ch. & granted her--p. the Suit Referd to the Next Court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 173. September Court 1712. In the action of Case brought by William Byrd Esqr. against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will and testament of Robert Easly Deced. for the sums of twenty four pounds of tobacco due by account the deft. appears and pleads she oweth nothing and for tryall puts herself upon the Country and the plt. likewise, wch. tryall is referd till the next Court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 186. October Court 1712. In the action of Case depending between William Byrd Esqr. plt. and Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last will and Testament of Robt. Easly deced. deft. for the sums of twenty four pounds Eighteen shillings and Nine pence and five hundred and thirty pounds of tobacco, due to the plt. from the said Deceds. Estate by account, the deft. at Last Court pleaded that she ow'd nothing and for tryal did then put herself upon the Country and the plt. likewise wch tryall was referd to this Court and the partys now appearing by their attornys the Sherif is Commanded to Impannel a Jury of good and Lawfull men of this County to try the Issue, who thereupon Caused to Come Benjamin Hatcher Samuel Newman Edward Stratton Tom Pucket Jno. Robinson Jno Blackman Jno. Watson Peter Ashbrook Philip Turpin Jno. Pucket Jno. Stewart and Alexander Marshall and they being Sworn the plts attorny produced an acct. Legally proved in the Court of Charles City County, Whereby the aforesaid Sum of Money and Tobacco is due to the plt. and the first article in the said Account being lbs. 49:3:4 due by bond. The defts attorney Objects against the same for that the plt. hath a Suit now depending in this Court against the defendant upon said bond wch appearing to the Court to be true they direct the Jury not to allow the said article, and then the Jury withdrew and after some time return'd their verdict, we find for the defendt. Which verdict on the defts. motion is Recorded, and Ordered that the Suit be dismisst wth Costs. Whereupon the plt. Appeals to the Sixth day of the Next Genl. Court for the prosecution Whereof Thomas Eldridge Enters himself Security.

In 1718, Robert Easley received another land patent, apparently posthumous, together with Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Turpin, and John Archer, for bringing eighteen persons to the colony (Book 10, p. 378). This grant was for 1500 acres as a whole. If it were divided equally, Robert Easley's share would have been 375 acres. This grant was in the area which subsequently became Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan Cos.

Nugent, Pioneers and Cavaliers, Vol. III, p. 204.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, THOMAS TURPIN, JOHN ARTCHER, & ROBERT ESELEY, 1500 acs. (N.L.), Henrico Co; at a place known by the name of Fine Creek; beg. above the upper fall of the sd. creek; to br. of the up. Monakin Town Cr; to mouth of Spring Run, &c; 12 July 1718, p. 378. 3 Lbs. & Imp. of 18 pers: Geo. Cole, Charles Peters, Geo. Wall, William Ball, Francis Horse, Luke Shaw, George Roades, Mary Elders, Marth. Bridgers, Jane Lewis, Robr. Busill, Thomas Howarth, John Hatchell, Nich. Hatcher, Joseph Smith, John Evard, Thomas Benbridge, Constant Benbridge.

Nugent, Pioneers and Cavaliers, Vol. III, p. 240.
MATTHEW COX, 400 acs. (N.L.), Henrico Co; S. side of James Riv., on Fine Cr; down Easley's line; 18 Feb. 1722, p. 159. 40 Shill.

Because of the destruction of so many of the early court records of Henrico Co., Va., it is not known how Robert Easley obtained the remainder of the land which he left to his children in his will.

The above seems to be the total biographical record available for Robert Easley, the immigrant. To sum up his life: Robert Easley was born in 1659 or before, probably in England, but the place of his birth and his parentage are not known. He seems to have emigrated as a young, unmarried man, entering as one of the headrights of Col. William Byrd. Apparently he had no brothers in Virginia, and if he had sisters, they have not been identified.

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General Notes: Wife - Ann Parker

The wife of Robert Easley, the immigrant, was Ann (or Anne) Parker, daughter of William Parker and possibly of William Parker's widow Katherine , though it seems more likely that she may have been a daughter by a prior wife. Her identity is established by the following documents.

Warner, Pauline Pearce. Henrico County Virginia Orphans' Court Book 1677-1739. Tappahannock, Va., Privately printed, 1963.
p. 6. Oct. 1, 1677. . . . ker one Mare and one philly in all 2. William Parker . . . in all 2. The whole stock between Parkers orphs. is 4. . . . ing that there is a mare given by her to her children the sd. orphs. . . . Parker decd. and thereupon desiring liberty to dispose of the same, it is ordered . . . for the use of the sd. orphs. dispose of the same for cattle to the value of the mare.
p. 14. Oct. 11, 1678. An accott: of the Stock belonging to the orphts: of Morgan Peirce (decd) & Wm: Parker (decd) presented by John Millner (vizt) Wm: Peirce . . . .
p. 15. Anne Parker & Mary Parker have 1 mare, Wm. Parker hath 1 mare, the whole stocke between the Parkers orphs. is 2 mares.

Foley, Early Virginia Families, gives some references to a John Milner who is apparently identical with Ann Parker's stepfather. On pp. 20 and 22, Francis Radford is twice granted land for the importation, once in 1669 of Jno. Milner and once in 1673 of John Milner. These two entries would seem to refer to the same person. On p. 25, Benja. Hatcher & John Milner are granted a patent, Patent Book 6, 350 A., 2 R., & 14 P., Henrico Co., N. side James River, in the fork of Cornelius Run, 30 May 1679, p. 687. Neare the maine branch, along Beauchamp's path, &c. Trans. of 7 pers: . . . . On p. 28, the same land, deserted, was granted May 30, 1679, to Mr. James Blaire, Clerk.

Weisiger, Colonial Wills of Henrico Co., Va. Vol. I, p. 5, "Henrico County, Virginia, Wills & Administrations Part I: 1677-1692 Will & Deed Book," p. 105. Inventory of Mr. John Cumber taken 31 July 1679 by Robert Bullenton, John Millner. Recorded 1 Oct. 1679.

Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 1, p. 251. Orphans Court, Aug. 20, 1683. Deed dated Aug. 1, 1683. Deed from John Milner "for the good love & affection I bear unto my wifes daughter Mary Parker as well as for other good considerations," gift of an Indian girl, Sue, now in possession of Me. Empowers Hen. Randolph to acknowledge it in his name. Wit.: Pet. Field, Edw. Hatcher. Signed: John Milner.

Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 1, p. 249. Aug. Court 1683. Deposition of John Millner, aged about 43 or 44 years of age.

Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 2, p. 286. Inventory of the goods and chattels of John Milner dec. as taken Aug. 13, 1684. Wm. Randolph, Abell Gower, Fran. Epes. Sworn by Mrs. Kath Milner.

Henrico Co., Va. Records, Deeds & Wills 1677-1692, Part 2, p. 186. Oct. 1, 1684. Inventory of Estate of John Milner. These particulars following belonging to ye orphs of Will Parker decd. being included in ye Above Inventory & Apprism. of their Guard John Milner's Estate were upon ye peticon of Mrs. Kath. Milner ye Admx & proof thereof by her made Orderd to be sett apart for ye use of ye sd. Orphs & ye sd Admx shall not be charge wth them as part of ye estate of ye sd deced. Viz: One feather bed & furniture belonging to Mary Parker, one feather bed & furniture & Gun belonging to Will Parker & two new pewter dishes, one Iron pot & one new pewter tankard belonging to one of ye sd. Parker's orphs. now wife to Robert Easly.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 188. October Court 1712. In the action of Debt depending between Wm. Byrd Esqr. plainf. and Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will and testament of Robert Easly deced. deft. the deft puts in her Plea to Consider whereof the plt. has time given him till the Next Court.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 192. November Court 1712. The action of Case brought by Jno. Bolling gent. against Anne Easly is referd till the next Court the plaintif being a burgess on the assembly.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 196. November Court 1712. In the action of Debt brought by William Byrd Esq. against Anne Easly Exerx. of the Last Will and testament of Robert Easly Deced. for the sum of forty Nine pounds three shillings and four pence due by bond dated 21st day of January Anni dom 1705. The deft at the Last Court having pleaded the Act of Limitation She doth now withdraw that plea, and Exhibits an account Dr. and Cr. of the said deceds. Estate by wch it Appears that there is in the defts hands unadministered the sum of fifteen pounds Eight shillings and a Penny, wch. she is ordered to pay the plt. out of the said deceds. Estate. Als. Exo.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 196. November Court 1712. The account Dr and Cr. of Robert Easlys Estate being Examined and regulated by the Court, is admitted to record.

Henrico Co., Va. Court Orders 1710-1714, p. 204. Feb. Court 1712/13. In the action of Case depending between John Bolling gent. plt. and Anne Easly Executrix of the last will & testament of Robert Easly decd. deft. for twelve hundred and twenty nine pounds of tobo. due by account the plt. makes oath to the truth & justness of his said account, then it appearing to the court that the deft. hath fully administered the said decds Estate, except one thousand pounds of tobo. it is thereupon Ordered that the deft. Exerx, as aforesd. do pay the plt. out of the sd. deceds. Estate in her hands the sd. sum of one thousand pounds of tobo. Als. Exo.

Weisiger, Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia, Vol. I, p. 88. Henrico County Wills & Deeds 1710-1714, p. 138.
Nuncupative will of Mary Ligon, 1 Feb. 1711/12. My brother Thomas Bridgewater to have care of my eldest daughter Elizabeth. William Kent to have care of my son Peter Ligon, and also of my son Simon Ligon. Ann Cardwell to have care of my daughter Ann Ligon. Ann Easly to have care of my daughter Mary. Martha Hudson to have charge of my daughter Martha. Wit: James Cox, Edward Heathcott, and Martha Hudson. Recorded 7 July 1712.

Anne (Parker) Easley died in Henrico Co., Va., between April and June of 1720. See the following court records:

Henrico Co., Va. Court Minute Book 1719-1724, p. 29. June Court 1720. The last Will and Testament of Ann Easly deced. is presented in Court by William Easly her Executor who made Oath thereto and the same being proved by the oaths of Thomas Cardwell and Susanna Howlett two of the Witnesses thereto, is admitted to record and on the motion of the said Executor Certificate for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form is granted him, Charles Ballow and Alexander Kilpatrick entring themselves Securitys for the same.

Henrico Co., Va. Miscl. Records, v. 2, 1718-1726, p. 483. In the name of God Amen. In the year of our Lord God, 1702 [sic--i.e. 1720], I, Ann Easley in the County of Henrico being vary sick in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all flesh once to died, i do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I given and recommend my soul unto the hand of God who gave it and for my body commend it to the earth.
(Item) I give and bequeath to my son Robert Easley one feather bed and 1 rug and 1 pair of blankets and one parcell of sheets and two iron pots one large and one small one, and 1 pair of pothooks, to 4 pewter dishes, 2 new, and 6 plates 3 new and one putore, and 3 cows and calfs and 4 young sows and the young mare that is called his and bridle and sadall and the cloth that is to make his clothes, and one chest and the remainder part of my crop after my part of all rent is paid and the charge of the funeral is paid, and my son Warham to have my servant girl and the money to buy from my son Robert the same being 4 pounds in a store and fodermore it is my will that my son Robert should be bound to John White to larn his traid and to larn him to rite and rede.
(Item) I give and bequeath to my son Warham Easly 1 iron Tpot;
(Item) I give and bequeath to my son John Easly 5 shillings current;
(Item) I give to my 2 daftors my wearing clothes to be equally divided.
(Itum) I give to my son William Easley all the remainder of my estate and son William to be my full and holey Executor of my Estate.
For witness my hand and seal this 12 day of April.
Ann "X" Easley (seal)
Thomas Cardwell
Susanna Howlett
Ann "X" Hickley
At a court held for Henrico County the 6th day of June 1720, this will was proved by the oaths of Thomas Cardwell and Susanna Howlett two of the witnesses thereto, and was thereupon admitted to record.
Test Stoury Wood, Deputy Clerk of Court

Excursus: The witnesses of Ann (Parker) Easley's will:

NOTE: Weisiger, Colonial Wills of Henrico Co., Virginia, Vol. I, p. 165, transcribes the names of the witnesses as Thomas Cardwell, Ann Higley, S. (Susanna) Howlett. Another published version of the will read "Howlett" as "Snowlott" (Manning, Our Kin).
Weisiger, Henrico County, Virginia Deeds 1677-1705, p. 99. (p.701) Henry Prewett of Henrico Co. for consideration in hand, to Mary Jones, land on north side James River, 220 acres; being part of patent to me in 1686 on which I now live, next to Thomas Field's creek and land where John Higledy lives (and where Edward Jones dwelt). 1 April 1697. Wit: Giles Webb, John Wilson Signed: Henry Prewett 1 April 1697

NOTE: Weisiger, Colonial Wills of Henrico Co., Va., Vol. I, p. 64: shows will of William Catlin of Varina parish, Henrico Co., dated 17 Dec. 1703, recorded 1 June 1704. To beloved wife Susanna Catlin; her daughter Susanna England; son William Catlin, dau. Jane Catlin.
p. 65. 2 April 1705. Accounts of William Catlin's estate presented in court by Thomas Howlet and Susanna his wife, relict of aforesaid William Catlin.
p. 108. Will of Susanna Howlett of Henrico Parish, dated 12 Dec. 1724. Recorded 7 March 1725. Dau. Jane White, dau. of William Catlin; granddau. Jane White; dau. Elizabeth Howlett; son Crawley Howlett; son Thomas Howlett; son John Howlett. Wit: Edward Booker, Henry Anderson, Henry Trent.

NOTE: Warner, Henrico Orphans Court.
p. 91. 21 August 1704. "It is ordered that the Clerk take bond with good Secty of Thomas Howlett next Court for the Probatt of William Collins [sic] will he the sd Howlett Marrying the Ext. of the said Decd.
p. 95. 20 August 1705. "It is Ordered that the Clerk of this Court Doe take bond of Mr. Thomas Howlett with Sc.ty for what Estate he hath in his hands or custody belonging to the orphs. of William Catlin decd.
p. 98. 20 August 1707. It is ordered that Thomas Howlett do give bond with Security for what Estate he hath in his hands belonging to the Orphs. of William Catlin Deceased.
p. 100. 15 September 1708. "It is Ordered that Thomas Howlet do give Security for what Estate he hath in his hands or possession belonging to the orph. of William Catling late of this County Deceased.

From Virginia Easley veasleyd@aol.com

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         Father: Charles Emil Norton (1909-1979)
         Mother: Kathryn Mai Allen (1913-      )





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         Spouse: Clarence Hite (      -      )



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Clarence Hite and Living




Husband Clarence Hite

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   Other Spouse: Lillian Craig (      -      )




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Robert De Ebroicis, Of Hereford




Husband Robert De Ebroicis, Of Hereford 2 3

            AKA: Robert Devereux Of Hereford
           Born: After 1066 - Hereford, Herefordshire, England 3
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         Father: Walter Le Ewrus, Of Rosmar (Roumare) (1033-      ) 2 3 4
         Mother: Philippa (Abt 1038-      ) 2


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General Notes: Husband - Robert De Ebroicis, Of Hereford

Brian Walls, whose ancestry I am following, in his post of this line to SGM, admitted that he did not have good sources for the line, which was "given by others."

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Sources


1 v108t0969.ftw.

2 Jim Weber (https://myaccount.rootsweb.com/publicprofile?mn=jimweber110&kurl=http:%2F%2Fwc%2Erootsweb%2Eancestry%2Ecom%2Fcgi%2Dbin%2Figm%2Ecgi%3Fdb%3Djweber%26id%3DI03403%26op%3DGED).

3 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com, Brian Walls, 4 May 1998.

4 Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, XI:373 note (b).


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