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Old Homes and Buildings in Amelia County, Virginia

Volume I; Seventy-Eight Old Homes and Buildings Over One Hundred Years Old
Compiled and published by Mary Armstrong Jefferson, Amelia, Virginia; 1964

p. 7-8: "Amelia County records are virtually intact from its beginning, even though the court house was in four different locations. The early records of this area prior to its becoming a county were destroyed at Prince George in 1865. The records of the county include the familiar and notable colonial names, such as Archer, Townes, Royall, Mason, Berkeley, Meade, Harvie, Tabb, Anderson, Hardaway, Eggleston, Booker, Clement, Cary, Ruffin, Peyton, Barksdale, Hillsman, Cocke, Farrar, Jefferson, Jackson, Scott and Taylor.

"Distinguished natives of Amelia include Col. William Archer who led Amelia troops in the Revolution, and was so zealous that he was captured and imprisoned by Tarleton. . . . ."


p. 55: "(D.B. 20, p. 259) On Oct. 27, 1796, John Archer and Joshua Chaffin, acting executors of John Booker dec'd. and John Booker, Heir, sold to Peter Field Archer, of Powhatan, for 1905 pounds, a tract of land containing 760 acres. . . ."

"Peter Field Archer, of Powhatan, sold to John Garland Jefferson, of Amelia, for 144 pounds, 15 shillings, 71 acres adjoining the Jefferson land, from Pride's Mill to Goodes Bridge. (D.B. 21, p. 436. Oct. 27, 1803.)"


p. 81: "(D.B. 29, p. 349), Oct. 18, 1829, Geroge Jefferson, Deputy of Henry Southall, Sheriff of Amelia County, for Jerman Baker, dec'd late Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia of Virginia, sold at auction a tract of land lying in the County of Amelia, . . . "


p. 87: "On July 19, 1806, Peter Field Archer and Elizabeth, his wife, sold to Thomas Howlett, of Chesterfield county, 800 acres of land, for 2,750 pounds. Archer was residing on this land. (D.B. 22, p. 387)."

"Thomas Howlett, Jr. sold a portion of the place, 135 acres, with the dwelling house, to Joseph R. Trueheart and wife, Eva C., April 10, 1901, (D.B. 53, p. 116)."

"The Truehearts sold to G. Baxter Cody and his wife, Laura Carver, the 135 acres, on Jan. 31, 1914. (D.B. 66, p. 57). . . ."

p. 88: "The 'ancient family graveyard' [SSS note -- this was referred to on previous page as being 1/16th of an acre that Daniel Booker and his wife Judith F. reserved when they sold 444 acres to Thomas Howlett - D.B. 24, p. 459] is a little way down the road from the house. It is walled in, and the wall is topped with rounded bricks. There is only one tombstone, this marking the grave of Martha Giles Jefferson, wife of Dr. William C. White. She was a daughter of John Garland Jefferson and Nancy Booker Jefferson. She was born April 19, 1805, married June 14, 1825, and died Aug. 7, 1879.

"Just who else is buried there is a matter of conjecture. The graveyard is mentioned first in the deed of Daniel and Judith Booker in their deed to Thomas Howlett."


p. 91: "On May 26, 1836, William Trent Eggleston sold to Alfred O. Eggleston, the tract known as the 'Court House Tract,' where the Court House is located. This 1,000 acres included the lands purchased by Eggleston from Hezekiah Bowles and James R. Anderson. (D.B. 32, p. 334.)

p. 92: "J. A. Wallace and wife, M.E., sold the 180 acres to R. G. Southall for $6,000, on Jan. [2], 1888. (D.B. 41, p. 64.).

"On Sept. 9, 1901, R. G. Southall sold the Amelia Hotel property to P. T. Southall. (D.B. 53, p. 173.) P. T. Southall and Sallie, his wife, sold the land on which the hotel is located to M. V. Bollinger on Sept. 9, 1916. (D.B. 68, p. 358.)."

"During the time Dr. Southall owned the property, Mr. Willie Grigg and his niece, Mrs. Bettie Berkeley, ran the Hotel. . . . At different times the hotel was operated by Mrs. Dick Archer, . . . "

"William Trent Eggleston, who married Martha (Pattie) Cocke, built the Tavern, but the deeds do not give the date. He ran it separately from his home which was near by. It was a beautiful and well kept place. . . ."


p. 95: "The first court house was located on land belonging to Colonel Benjamin Harrison near Prideville. About 1766 it burned, and a new site was chosen near Mole's Spring on the land of William Jones. It was on West Creek near Dennisville.

"In 1789 when Nottoway county was cut off from Amelia the geography of the county was changed, leaved the court house in the southern end of the county.

"The people wanted a new site in a more central place, so land was chosen near Pimcham's Cool Spring on the property of Henry Anderson. . . ."


p. 97: "In succession it has been owned by . . . John Finney, . . . and William Finney . . . It then became the property of R. E. Bridgforth and his wife, Clara S., who sold it to W. C. Archer. It was bought by J. G. Watkins in 1919 . . ."

"After Finnie bought the mill he changed the name to Finnie's Mill. When he sold to Benjamin Bridgforth (the father of Mrs. R. A. Marshall, of Amelia), the name was changed to Bridgforth's Mill.

"The pond was a favorite place for skating parties. In 1904, while a party was ice skating, a niece, Miss Rosabelle Watkins, broke through the ice and was drowned. Mr. Bridgforth and Joel Johnson in attempting to rescue her, were also drowned."

" . . . The pond covers around 75 acres."


p. 101: "one of the colonial churches now remaining in the Diocese of Southern Virginia was built in 1732 in Raleigh Parish by William and Joseph Eggleston, Thomas Tabb, Colonel Archer, and Edward Booker."

"The church is really named St. John's Church, and is listed on the diocesan records as 'St. John's, Grub Hill.' A member of the Eggleston family gave the land on which he church stands. The church took its name from the plantation of which the yard is a part."

p. 102-103: " . . . On June 17, 1929, the 197 anniversary was celebrated. . . . In the chancel were . . . the Rev. S. O. Southall, of Amelia . . . ."

"the Rev. S. C. [sic] Southall made an interesting historical address. He said that when the first church was built on this spot, George II was king of England, and the Bishop of London was also the Bishop of Virginia. Its first minister was the Rev. John Brumskill, an Englishman who, loyal to England, and seeing in the congregation Colonel Archer and others in regimentals, expressed indignation at such indication of rebellion, whereupon nearly everyone retired from the church. . . ."

"In closing Mr. Southall said: 'We love and reverence Grub Hill for what it has been in years that are gone, and for what we hope it will be in years to come.'"


p. 133: "On Nov. 2, 1747, William Kennon, of the Parish of Dale, Henrico Co., sold to William Finney, of Amelia Co., 1024 acres in Amelia. . . ."

"William Finney's will (W.B. 1, p. 145), was not dated, but was recorded April 26, 1759. 'I give to my loving son, William, my plantation whereon I now live, . . . with the mill and all other improvements.' His wife's name was Mary, and her will is recorded on Oct. 23, 1794. He mentions another son, John, and willed him land adjoining William's.

"Benjamin Finney and Leucretia, his wife, sold to William Finney, Jr., what rights and interests they had in the land and mill, at the death of their mother, Martha, widow of Wm. Finney Sept. 18, 1798. (D.B. 20, p. 494)."

" . . . a tract of 781-1/4 acres lying on Flat Creek at the juncture of the Appomattox River. This was purchased from Benjamin W. Finney, executor of Wm. Finney, dec'd. on Jan. 26, 1839. (D.B. 34, p. 61.), a tract of 600 acres, on the Appomattox River, purchased from Joseph Bunch and wife, Julia A., of Nansemond Co. being the same land conveyed to Bunch by deed from David Jordan of Nansemond Co. Trustee for Crawley Finney and wife, Susanna (nee Jordan), of Isle of Wight Co. on Dec. 13, 1837. (D.B. 3, p. 382.); a tract of 517 acres of Flat Creek, purchased from Joseph Bragg of Petersburg, on March 22, 1842 (D.B. 35, p. 78.), being the same land conveyed by deed from Francis Anderson, Trustee, under a Deed of Trust from Daniel Willson, dated Jan. 30, 1838. . . ."

p. 135: "There was an old Finney burying ground here, but in the 1900s it was destroyed, . . ."


p. 137: ". . . On Feb. 16, 1844, Mary W. Bailey, of Amelia, bought from Kennon W. Dunnavant and wife, Eliza Ann, of Chesterfield County, 296 acres. (D.B. 36, p. 220.).

"On Dec. 23, 1867, Mary W. Bailey sold to Benjamin W. Bailey, 337 acres, (D.B. 40, p. 654.) This was the same land purchased from Kennon W. Dunnavant, and the land purchased by Mary Bailey from R. H. and Jos. W. Marshall, and A. I. Marshall, and conveyed by deed from R. H. Marshall and Louisa C. and James W. Marshall by deed, March 2, 1860, and deed from H. I. Marshall."

p. 137-138: "On May 12, 1873, Benjamin Bailey and wife, Virginia W., sold to Mary W. Bailey, a parcel of land, 175-1/2 acres, adjoining the road leading to the Poor House. (D.B. 42, p. 365.).

"July 3, 1876, B. W. Bailey and wife, Virginia W., granted to P. B. Crowder, a tract of land about four miles south east from the Court House, 131 acres bounded on the southeast by the Poor House Tract, and on the south and west by land belonging to the heirs of Mary W. Bailey, dec'd., and where B. W. Bailey now resides, and was his portion of Mary W. Bailey's estate, in trust to secure L. Levy, of Richmond, for loans. (D.B. 43, p. 394.)

"On Dec. 1, 1883, the Baileys sold to John A Wallace. (D.B. 46, p. 456). . . . "

"Benjamin Watkins Bailey built the house. . . . It is said to be about 100 years old."


p. 139-140: "In Will Book 2, p. 53, is the will of William Marshall, of Raleigh Parish, Amelia County. He gave to his wife, Judith, . . . " Other bequests to son William, grandson William Marshall who was son of Robert. "He also mentions his grandsons, Abraham Marshall, Daniel Marshall and Robert Marshall, and granddaughters, Elizabeth, Pattie, and Micha Marshall, and daughters, Elizabeth Marshall, and Ann Crowder, wife of William Crowder. The will was written April 11, 1771, and probated Aug. 27, 1772."

"On Aug. 28, 1817, Warren Marshall, of Amelia County sold to . . . [note bunch of people are listed] James P. Cocke, . . . Henry H. Southall, . . . Peyton Bolling, John R. Archer, William Finney, . . . , justices of the peace, for the use and benefit of Amelia County. . . ."

p. 141: "When the county owned this tract, it was used as a place for the county poor. There were a number of cabins which they occupied. The person who managed the farm occupied the large house, so it became known as the 'Poor House.' One or two of the cabins still stand."

Extracts by Susan Shields Sasek, 8 May 2002

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