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THOMAS EAST OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
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Pages 5 - 8


Pages 1 - 4 Pages 9 - 12

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The estate of Thomas East, husband of Obedience, was appraised and inventory filed as follows:

(articles)
Pounds
Value in Shillings
Pence
1
bed and furniture
6
--
--
1
  "       "        "
5
10
--
1
  "       "        " 4
10
--
3
dishes, 3 basins
1
10
--
2
plates, 5 spoons, candlemoulds
 
7
--
 
walnut table
 
18
--
2
pegurys/peguriums?/
 
2
6
3
bedsteads and 1 cord
 
7
6
3
chests, bottle case
 
13
--
 
a loame stay, warping bars & shuttle
 
9
6
2
flax wheels
 
12
6
2
cotton wheels
 
4
6

Woman's saddle
 
15
6
 
Hackle, gridiron, sepors/?/
 
11
6
 
Sifters
 
1
--
2
Plow hoes, wedge
 
12
6
4
hoes, collar & clevis
 
12
6
 
Draw knife, 2 augers, 2 presses
 
4
6
1
Round stove & gauge
 
1
3
1
Ax, 5 chairs, 6 Books
 
19
--
2
Flat irons
 
10
--
 
Pair cotton cards Blankets
 
11
--
2
Reap Hooks
 
2
--
2
Pots, Dutch oven
 
1
--
3
Pothooks, 3 Stirrups
 
--
6
 
Hoe, 2 casks, Tubb
 
--
8
1
Hhd
 
--
4
1
Cow & calf
3
10
--
 
Cow heifer & bull yearling
6
--
--
 
Negro boy
60
--
--
1
Horse
20
--
--
 
Small trunk
--
1
--


Appraisers were John Ward, Jr., Owen West and John West.  John Ward, Jr., a neighbor of Thomas East, was a son of Major John Ward.  Owen and John West were neighbors.  They were Quakers from Pennsylvania, and brothers or nephews of Benjamin West, the noted artist.

Thomas East left 342 acres which was divided among his widow, Obedience and their children.  From a survey and allotment, the names of the children are learned.  On file at Chatham court house is a plat surveyed into nine parcels, a one-third portion, or 114 acres, being allotted to Obedience, the widow.  The remaining portions were described as "lots" and designated by number.  The plat indicates that the land fronted on an inside curve of Staunton River.

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The children and the land apportioned to each were as follows:

Thomas East
Lot
No.
8
24
acres
Ezekiel East
"
"
6
18
"
Sally Hazelwood
"
"
4
21
"
Isaac East
"
"
2
36
"
William East
"
"
5
19
"
Joseph East
"
"
3
25
"
John East
"
"
7
18
"
Elizabeth East
"
"
1
67
"


Members of the commission appointed by court to lay off and allot Thomas East's land and personal estate valued each lot at 13 pounds, 7 shillings, 7 pence.  Commissioners were Joshua Stone, Ben Lankford and John Ward, Jr.  Lankford for several years represented Pittsylvania County in the Virginia House of Burgesses.

It seems likely that the record of the apportionment named the children in the order of their seniority.  The last two named, John and Elizabeth, were minors.

The Second Generation

Isaac East, probably the fourth child of Thomas East, was born in 1776 and died near Locust Grove, Adams County, Ohio, August 29, 1830.

Isaac East married Joyce Pemberton in Pittsylvania County.  In the marriage record her name is spelled "Joiecy."  They were wed in 1799 but the month and the day are not stated in the record.  John Jenkins, minister, performed the ceremony.

Thomas East, son of Thomas, was a school teacher and perhaps also a farmer.  He lived and died in Virginia.  He married Mildred Timberlake in Cambell County, Virginia, in 1795.

Ezekiel East married Elizabeth Worsham in Pittsylvania County, Nov. 8, 1797.  She probably was the daughter of Jeremiah Worsham, who lived near Thomas East.  Ezekiel removed to North Carolina but returned to Virginia and probably died in Pittsylvania County.

Sally East was married to Richard Hazelwood in Campbell County in December, 1796.  She probably died before April, 1805.

William East married Rhoda Clark of Charlotte County.  They furnished a marriage bond in Charlotte on Dec. 19, 1800.  William on June 17, 1807 sold to Grief and Cloiborne Barksdale two negroes -- one named Fanny, who was in Charlotte County in possession of John Stewart, and a girl named Chany.  The consideration was 50 pounds.

Joseph East married Mary (Polly) Bell in Campbell County in 1805.  He appears to have lived and died in Pittsylvania County.  Joseph died in or about 1859 at age 84-86.  His wife died at about the same time at about the same age.

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John and Elizabeth East both appear to have been born after 1786.  They were minors at the death of Thomas East in 1797 and still minors in 1807.  At the August court of Pittsylvania County in 1807, John and Elizabeth, described as "infant children of Thomas and Obedience East," filed a petition for the division of their parents' estate.  John Brown, evidently their guardian, acted for them.

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Notes


This compilation, first typed and distributed to a number of relatives in 1925, gave "Elisha" as the name of the youngest child of Thomas and Obedience East.  Subsequent examination of the document recording the apportionment of the land of Thomas East showed that the name was "Elizabeth."  Verification was found in the petition of John and Elizabeth East in 1807.

A Campbell County record proves that Thomas East of Bedford County and Thomas East of Pittsylvania County were the same person.  On Aug. 1, 1782, Thomas East and wife "of Pittsylvania County" sold to Moore Lumpkin 356 acres on Seneca Creek in Bedford County.  (Campbell County clerk's office, Deed Book 1, page 56).

Obedience East was appointed administrator of the estate of Thomas East, deceased, at the July Court in 1797 (Pittsylvania Clerk's office, Judgments, Book 8, page 357)

Richard Hazelwood, husband or widower of Sally East, was appointed administrator of the estate of Obedience East at the August Court of Pittsylvania, 1807 (Judgments, Book 12, page 570).

Inhabitants of Pittsylvania County living on Staunton River transacted considerable business in Campbell County of which Rustburg is the countyseat.  The distance from Staunton river to Chatham, seat of Pittsylvania County, appears to be greater than to Rustburg.  A crossing at Staunton River was known as "East's Ferry."

Calphurnia East, of John East, of Thomas, of Thomas, was married to John A. West in Campbell County in 1847.  Removed to Missouri.  Samuel Tipton, who married a daughter of Calphurnia, lived in 1932 at Pittsville, Mo.

Thomas East, of Joseph, of Thomas and Obedience, married Elizabeth West, of Joseph West, in Pittsylvania County, Dec. 22, 1828.  The officiating minister was the reverd Mr. Angel!

North East married Karenhapuck Payton in Lincoln County, Ky., in 1785.  North was one of the ten children of James East who migrated from Virginia to Crab Orchard.  William H. East, {street address omitted for privacy}, Peoria, Ill., is of this line.

Southy East died in Accomac County, Va., in 1795.

South West, son of George and Mary Jane West, Cuba, Ill., enlisted in the Army at Peoria, Ill., Dec. 7, 1936.

Pittsylvania, the county, and Chatham, the countyseat, were named for William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, British statesman, who vainly advocated a concilliatory attitude toward the American colonies.

end notes

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Thomas, son of Thomas and Obedience, in 1805 purchased from the other heirs, their interest in land which Obedience received from the estate of her husband: The record reads as follows:

"This indenture made this 2nd day of April 1805 between the legatees of Obedience East dec'd of Pittsylvania County of the one part and Thomas East of said County: Witnesseth that for and in consideration of (18 pounds) good money of Virginia to them, the said legatees in hand paid, the receipt of which they do acknowledge themselves fully satisfied, have sold unto Thomas East, his heirs and assigns, one certain tract of land containing 100 acres bounded as follows:  Beginning at a pine adjoining Ezekiel East's land, thence new lines North 78 (degrees) east 134 poles to oak on William East's lines, west to Dillard's old former lines, now East's, back to Ezekiel and William East's corner hickory."

The heirs signed the instrument in the following order:  Ezekiel East, Richard Hazelwood, Isaac East, Joseph East, John East, William East, Elizabeth East.  Sally Hazelwood did not sign and it may be supposed that she was dead.

The instrument furnishes the earliest record of the death of Obedience.  More than two years elapsed before the appointment of Richard Hazelwood as administrator.  The estate of Obedience was appraised in October, 1807.

Obedience East on July 10, 1801 transferred by deed an unknown quantity of land to Ezekiel East, doubtless her son.  Since Obedience had 100 acres at death it is probable that Ezekiel bought 14 acres, the mother having received 114 acres from the estate of her husband.

Ezekiel acquired an additional quantity of land under a deed made by Thomas and Mildred East on Oct. 19, 1805.  On the same day Joseph and Polly East conveyed land to Thomas East.  Presumably these were parcels received by the grantors from the estate of Thomas East.

Joyce Pemberton, who became the wife of Isaac East, was the second of ten children born to William and Rhoda (Luck) Pemberton of Pittsylvania County.  Joyce was born January 17, 1780.

(Descendants have to thank Richard H. Luck for preservation of family data.  Names of William Pemberton's children, with their dates of birth were written in a memorandum book by Richard Luck who added two lines:  "When this you see, remember me / Though many miles apart we be").

William Pemberton, father of Joyce East, was a Revolutionary War Soldier.  War Department records indicate that Pemberton, residence not stated, served in Capt. Thomas Merriweather's Company, First Virginia State Regiment under Colonel George Gibson.  He enlisted in 1777 for three years.  Well-settled family tradition says Pemberton was at the seige of Yorktown and that he had part of one ear shot away by a shell.  Pemberton was born in Virginia about 1750 and died in Adams County, Ohio before 1820.

Pages 1 - 4 Pages 9 - 12

Source: Virginia State Library Archives, Richmond, VA; Accession #22660.
Transcription by Susan Shields Sasek, 6 Jan 2004.


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