Sunday, October 28, 2007

Volume XVI, Issue 2, Spring 2003


Volume XVI, Issue 2 ISSN 0884-3805 Spring 2003

Published by Nona Williams, P.O. Box 746, Ben Lomond, CA 95005-0746


Thelma Hansford Collection[1]
Continued from previous issue

Resume now the lineage of John 3 J. WRIGHT, through his seventh child:

7. Ann4 WRIGHT, daughter of John 3 J. WRIGHT (John2, Edward1) WRIGHT and his wife Ann WRIGHT, married Matthew MORELAND. She had died before her father wrote his will November 1751, but her father gave her married name. They had issue:

(2) John5 MORELAND
(3) Matthew5 MORELAND
(4) Edward 5 MORELAND
(5) Wright5 MORELAND

Matthew MORELAND wrote his will February 8, 1734 and it was probated February 21, 1736.[2] She had died before he wrote his will; the children are named in the will:

“…give girl to daughter Ann MORELAND and Negro woman Kate give to son John MORELAND Negro boy named Jamey give to Matthew MORELAND Negro girl named Mary give to son Edward MORELAND Negro girl Jenny give girl to son Wright MORELAND Negro girl named America. Young MORELAND, sole executor.”[3]
The MORELAND lineage was traced in 1983 when I compiled Moreland – A Family Genealogy. [This complete article was previously published in this newsletter.] A copy is in the Virginia Room in the Swemm Library, College of William and Mary. T.H.

8. Mary4 WRIGHT, daughter of John 3 J. WRIGHT (John2, Edward1) WRIGHT and his wife Ann WRIGHT, had married ____ MORRIS before November 1751. Nothing is known about her.

9. Sarah4 WRIGHT, daughter of John 3 J. WRIGHT (John2, Edward1) WRIGHT and his wife Ann WRIGHT, married _______ MARSHALL before November 1751. No research has been done on her lineage.

10. Elizabeth4 WRIGHT, daughter of John 3 J. WRIGHT (John2, Edward1) WRIGHT and his wife Ann WRIGHT, married Young MORELAND. This is stated in her father’s will, written 1751.[4] They had two children before Elizabeth died; then Young MORELAND married secondly. He left a will written February 21, 1774 and probated March 21, 1774.[5] Given are their children:

(1) Mary5 MORELAND
(2) Elizabeth5 MORELAND

(1) Mary5 MORELAND was of age in 1774 and was an executor of her father’s will so she was born about 1753. She died before December 19, 1774 unmarried.

(2) Elizabeth5 MORELAND married Samuel THOMAS and they had two children:

A. George6 Samuel THOMAS Jr.

The father was named their “guardian” to guarantee their share in the 250 acre tract left by Mary5 MORELAND, their aunt.

This concludes the research done on the lineage of John 3 J. WRIGHT, son of John2 WRIGHT (Edward1 WRIGHT).


V. Ann3 WRIGHT was a daughter of John2 WRIGHT for the Charles Parish Register states, “Ann, daughter of John WRIGHT, died September 13, 1748.” Had she married, her descendants would have lost the WRIGHT name, so she is of little importance to this manuscript.

[Note: Mrs. Hansford’s entire article on the WRIGHT family was not reproduced here. Excerpts in this newsletter included those WRIGHT families who were associated with the MORELAND family.]



Surry Co., North Carolina Record of Processions (1795-1851) and Miscellaneous Tax Items (1874-1879) by Brude Pruitt in North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal Volume 14, No. 2:

Processioning a tract of land was a means of establishing its boundaries as a matter of legal record, particularly when property lines were disputed. The North Carolina State Archives preserves a volume designated “Surry County Record of Processions 1801-1887” (stack file number C.R.092.408.1) which contains some two dozen land processions for that county in the period 1795-1851, as well as a few livestock marks and some levies made upon land (for taxes due) in the years 1874-1879). Most pages of that volume are blank and few are numbered; only verso pages bear page numbers. Pasted on the book’s front cover is a notation “Tax for Land &c, Levies”, and penciled on the inside back cover is “Dobson Surry County North Carolina [/] S.A. Freeman Esqr”.

The procession records abstracted below were made (save one) while Surry County included the territory which became Yadkin County in 1850. The abstracts cite page numbers, but “b” is added to denote the recto facing a numbered verso and numbers 16-19b have been supplied by the abstractor. The abstracts omit compass directions and measurements of distance which may be found in the manuscript, but all waterways and significant landmarks are given along with all names of landowners, processioners, chain carriers, and commissioners. Dates include the date of processioning and the term of Surry County Court to which the record was returned. In the tax levy sections, the abstracts omit the $55.00 total feel listed for most levies.

Pages 6b, 7. 1 August 1805. (The subscribers were appointed by May 1805 Court to procession.) Processioned disputed line between William MORELAND (who has 640 acres) and Samuel KERBY. Borders: William MORELAND, old line with William THORNTON and Joseph WILLIAMS, Samuel KERBY, Jesse POORE and John HICKS. Signed Geo. KIMBROUGH, Ormon KIMBROUGH, William (X) SWEATT, Philip HOWARD, Peter MOCK and Wm. THORNTON. Surry County, August 1805.

Equity Bond Docket, 1789-1817, Hillsborough District and Orange County, North Carolina by Grace H. Wight in North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Volume 20, No. 1: #175 Thomas PRICE vs. Francis MORELAND et al., Orange County, September 14, 1798.

List of Taxable Property in Orange County, North Carolina, 1780. The boundaries of Orange County, North Carolina, in 1780 included today’s counties of Alamance, Orange, most of Durham and probably a very small strip of northeastern Chatham. The List of Taxables taken in Orange for that year (1780) becomes at once a most important document because of the loss of other records. In the latter part of March 1781 after the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, one of James MUNRO, Ensign of the North Carolina Highlanders (Loyalist), who lived in Cumberland County, North Carolina, relates this story in a manorial claim to the Commissioners appointed by the “Lords of the Treasury for enquiring into the Losses of Services of the American Loyalists,” dated 28 November 1783 and in another petition on 27 November 1788 “What has rendered me particularly obnoxious to my Enemys, & hurtful to my friends in North Carolina, that before I came away, I seized the Records of the County with intention to hold.” Orange County, North Carolina Miscellaneous Records (C.R. #073.928.18 at the North Carolina State Archives. Orange County, North Carolina – Lists of Taxable Property, Vol., I (1780-1781) (C.R. #073.701.1 at North Carolina State Archives).

St. Mark’s District

078 Francis MORELAND £3,238, 592 acres entered; 2 S, 2H
079 Thomas MORELAND £6,569 12 N, 2 H, 10 C


In the tax lists, the first number after each name in that of the white males over age twenty-one, the second the number of horses owned, and the third, if given, the number of tithable slaves over age twelve.

Amherst County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List, in Virginia Genealogist, Volume 5, No. 3, 1961: Amherst Parish, District of James MONTGOMERY:

Andrew MORELAND 2-2

Bedford County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List, in Virginia Genealogist, Volume 7, No. 3 1963: First District:

Stephen MOORLIN, 3-4
Jason MOORLIN Sr. 2-5
Joseph MOORLIN 1-2
Jason MOORLIN Jr. 1-1

British Mercantile Claims 1775-1803 in Virginia Genealogist, Volume 9, No. 1, 1965 p. 28
Jacob MORELAND, Fairfax. £3.1.11 due 4 January 1777. Died about fifteen years ago, solvent.

British Mercantile Claims Reports of Thomas NELSON, 1 December 1803 in Virginia Genealogist, Volume 10, No. 1, 1965 p. 28

John MORELAND. £6.19.8 ½, interest £7.18.2, due on account 1 February 1776. Can learn nothing of this man.

Virginia Debtors of John NORTON & Sons, Merchants, 1770 and 1773 by Aubrey Harrison Starke in Virginia Genealogist, Volume 12, No. 2.

For some twenty years before the American Revolution, the firm of John NORTON & Sons, Merchants of London, England and Yorktown, Virginia, handled the tobacco shipped to England by its Virginia, customers, chiefly of the Tidewater region, and in London purchased for these same customers a variety of plantation, household and personal items. The story of the firm and of the NORTON family, based on the NORTON family papers, was told in considerable detail by Mrs. Frances Mason in John Norton & Sons, Merchants (Richmond, 1937).

Among the previously unpublished NORTON papers, now in the possession of Colonial Williamsburg, Inc. are two lists of colonial debtors which combined include the names of almost 370 Virginians (and a few residents of other places) of the pre-Revolutionary period and the amount of money the owed the NORTONs. These lists, sent by John NORTON of London to his son John Hatley NORTON of Yorktown for his information and use in collecting sums due the firm, were published for their genealogical value, with all sums omitted.

The first list, headed “List of Foreign Drs to John NORTON & Son 31st July 1770,” contains 204 entries, with entries, with some notes of identification made in the handwriting of the person responsible for the list and other notes in the handwriting of John Hatley NORTON. In a letter of 9 June 1770 promising the list, John NORTON wrote “I shall now as the Tobo is deliver’d ballce the Books & take a list of Drs a Coppy of which I shall forward you when finished.”

The second list, headed “A list of Foreign Drs taken 30th July 1773,” also contains notes of identification but is in effect two lists, one of those owing money, the other of those who had paid their recent bills. Total debits due in 1770 amounted to £18,523.13. – and in 1773 to £41,001.11.7. Total “foreign debts” paid in 1773 amounted to only £7142.-.2. In a letter of 4 September 1773 transmitting the two lists of that year, John NORTON wrote his son:

…I am taking a list of the Forreign Debtors to 31st July and to my surprise find they exceed £40,000 exclusive of goods shipt & money paid in Augt. I little thought [so great a sum] would have been owing us in Virginia, however as it is so, it behooves us to get them secured in the best manner we are able, and remitted as soon as may be, and to resolve not to do anything further in the Cargo way except where we have effects or have been regularly paid, wch you would do well to make know, for your present regulations.

Petitions For A Fourteenth State, by Raymond M. Bell, Washington, Pennsylvania in Virginia Genealogist, Volume 14, No. 3.

Southwestern Pennsylvania was claimed by both Pennsylvania and Virginia in the 1770s. The dispute was brought to a head by the establishment of courts by Pennsylvania in 1773 and by Virginia in 1770s. To many of the inhabitants the formation of an entirely new western state was a possible solution to the problem. Accordingly a memorial was presented to Congress in July 1776 by the "inhabitants of the country west of the Allegheny Mountains". A complete, copy was given by Boyd Crumrine in his History of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1882), page 187. No names of signatories are mentioned.

Crumrine also tells of a memorial sent to the Virginia House in the fall of 1776 opposing the formation of a new state. The Indian attacks on western Pennsylvania which began in 1777 likely pushed this matter into the background, although petitions may have continued to circulate.

In 1780 the subject was reopened when Congress discussed the possibility of setting up new states west of the mountains. In 1780, 1781 and 1782 signatures were collected, so that there were about 2000 names attached to the petition from the "inhabitants on the west side of Laurel Hill and Western Waters" which was presented to Congress on 27 Jan. 1783 (National Archives, PCC No. 48, folios 251-6, pp. 89-96).

This petition was discovered by Howard Leckey and the names were listed in his The Tenmile Country (Waynesburg, Pa., 1950- ), v. 3, p. 20. The writer alphabetized Leckey's, list in his List of Inhabitants in Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1800 or Before (Washington, Pa., 1961). Since then a careful study of the names, on a copy of the original shows that a number were overlooked and misread. Jason MORELAND was one of those omitted in previous publications.

A check of the 2000 names shows that they were principally from what are now Brooke, Ohio, and Monongalia counties, West Virginia, and Washington, Greene and Payette counties, Pennsylvania. The sheets on the original petition were cut. It is hard to tell if this was done before or after the names were written. Since they are all in the same hand, they are not original signatures. The spelling is often wrong. They may have been collected from a number of petitions or have been given orally by the individuals.. There are known dupli­cations. One name appears four times, fourteen appear three times, 142 appear twice. Some of these are not suplications; some represent two members of the same family. The names appear to be genuine. Many well­known persons. are on the list.

The presentation of this petition to Congress on 27 Jan. 1783 was a bold step for on 3 Dec. 1782 the Pennsylvania Assembly had made it an act of treason to do so.

The petition has never been published. It says in essence that the inhabitants have long labored under the most intolerable grievances from the unhappy dispute between Virginia and Pennsylvania with regard to the right of territory and jurisdiction. Both sides have claimed and exercised jurisdiction in courts of justice, militia laws and land affairs. The poor inhabitants after paying are uncertain as to their rights. They have contributed much to the infant settlement. They raised two regiments and several companies for continental service and have defended their own country from the savages, when the frontiers were defenseless and there was insufficient guard.

The petitioners point out that they protected Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia from the savages, and are now treated more like slaves than free men. The only effectual means appears to be to lay off a new state upon these western waters. This alone can unite the people. Congress has the power to do so. The people are a great distance from the seats of government, beyond an immense ridge of mountains. There is an Act of the Assembly of Pennsylvania which forbids the people to assemble or even mention a new state under penalty for treason. As free men and free citizens of America we have the right to petition your body.

The running of the Virginia-Pennsylvania boundary line in 1783 and the visit in the same year by the Rev. James FINLEY (Crumrine, op. cit., p. 235) to placate the inhabitants evidently brought the matter to a close.

Loudoun County, Virginia, 1771 Tithable List, by Miss Pollyanna Creekmore in The Virginia Genealogist

Two numbers usually follow each entry, the first being the number of tithable persons and the second being the number of (wolves’) scalps credited during the year. All males sixteen years of age and upwards, Negro, mulatto and Indian women of the same age, except Tributary Indians, and the wives of free Negroes, mulattos and Indians were subject to the payment of tax.

C. PEYTON’s List, Shelburne Parish in Volume 17, No. 1:
p. 9 Wm. MORLAN, Stephen MORLAN, Richd. MORLAN 3-15
p. 9 William MORLAN Junr. 1-5

Levin POWELL’s List, in Volume 17, No. 2
p. 112 Jason MORELAND, John LAIRY, Negro Hannah 3-15

Simon TRIPLETT’s List in Cameron Parish in Volume 17, No. 4
p. 274 Jno. HADDOCK, Jno. MORELAND, Jams. ALLEN 3-15
Frederick County, Virginia 1800 Tax List in Virginia Genealogist

Volume 23, No. 2
The first number is the number of tithable men aged 16 or over, the second number is the number of horses.

p. 98 Baptist MORELAND 1-2
p. 99 Patrick MORELAND 1-1

Virginia Executive Papers in Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 19, No. 2

Preserved at the Virginia State Library is an extensive collection of papers of the Governors of the Commonwealth. Some of these have been published in the Calendar of Virginia State Papers (11 v.; Richmond, 1875-93), Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia(3 v.; Richmond, 1926-29), Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 v.; Richmond, 1931-67) and others sources. Such papers were not included in The Virginia Genealogist and aren’t included here.

April 19, 1782 – General return of all the damages sustained from the French army at and about the time of the siege of York.

Claims made by Edward WRIGHT (York), Robert MORELAND (York) and others.

April 29 – May 4, 1782. Receipts for sundry claims against the French army paid by Dudley DIGGES:

William HUBBERD, Edwd. WRIGHT, Mrs. FULLER by son-in-law Mr. Edwd. WRIGHT, Robert MORELAND among others.

Notes: Mrs. FULLER is probably the mother of Elizabeth FULLER who married Edward WRIGHT between 1779 and ca. 1781 when their daughter, Elizabeth WRIGHT was born.

October 1780, Petition of the Goochland County militia, lately marched to Hillsborough in division, with shame and sorrow acknowledging the disgraceful rout. Being raw and ignorant of discipline and under officers (generally) as undisciplined as they, they were ordered not to fire until they had the word and then to advance with charged bayonets, which occasioned the confusion which followed. When they arrived at Hillsborough destitute of money and even clothes to wear, they applied to their officers for leave to procure such supplies as their poor families could furnish. Although such permission was not obtained, with the connivance of several of their officer they came in and were returning when they met their old companions who said they would not be received at headquarters but were deemed Continental soldiers for eight months. Having no intention of desertion, they delivered themselves up to the County Lieutenant and are not under marching orders. Most of them are very poor men with families of small children. They ask that the additional service be remitted. Thomas MORLAND was one of the 18 men on the list. John WOODSON, County Lieutenant, states that as soon as they came into the county delivered themselves up to him.


[1] Mrs. Thelma Hansford’s research on the Moreland and Wright families are on file at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City and, fortunately for us, she reads this newsletter and sends items of interest. This article was found and copied by Charles Moreland and is reprinted here with Mrs. Hanford’s permission. The entire article is not included here, just the portions that interest Moreland family researchers.
[2] York W & I, 1732-1740, p. 175
[3] Ibid.
[4] York W & I, 1746-59, p. 273
[5] York W & I No. 22, p. 214

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