Need further information and / or descendants of the two oldest daughters of Wright MORELAND and Ann WILSON, namely (1) Lucy MORELAND born 8th, January 1769, Goochland Co., Virginia, married Joel RYAN 5 May 1787 Goochland Co., Virginia and (2) Ann MORELAND born 17 November 1771 Goochland Co., Virginia, died before 1817.
Respond to Charles Moreland,
Would love to correspond with anyone researching the lines of MORELAND, KELLY, HARWELL, WEEKS of
I am searching for my great-grandmother, Nancy MORELAND. She married Jeramiah Andrew CARR. They lived in Mercer Co.,
MORELAND FAMILIES YORK Co., VIRGINIA
Recently Joe Brumit found a manuscript written by Thelma Hansford, a York Co.,
that were kept in a vault. The old documents were going to pieces.
Ms. Hansford’s address is
I sent a copy of Thelma Hansford’s manuscript to Irene Carl, our expert in the MORELANDs of York Co., Virginia. She commented that when she conducted her research, the records weren’t complete enough to identify the father of John Holt MORELAND. (Ruby King Norton and I haven’t located a document that identifies John MORELAND’s middle name as Holt.) In my reading of Ms. Hansford’s manuscript, she didn’t actually find solid proof that John MORELAND’s father was Thomas MORELAND, but she believed it to be true based on circumstances of land ownership.
Irene Carl had the following interesting comments:
As you know Capt. Thomas MORELAND owned the Abigail. (My research where he was in court). The man accused him of shooting an arrow, I suppose. He said if he could he would give him 200...out his ship" The Abigail" and say no more. I feel this Thomas could well have been John H.'s father.
I believe the reason we find so many MORELANDs immigrating in the early 1600's and up to the mid 1700's is because they came on the "Abigail". I remember a reference that mentioned the early MORELANDs (probably brothers, my addition) brought many immigrants to the colonies. There are Capt. John, Capt. William, Capt. Thomas, etc.
In another place, there is a reference to The Honorable Thomas MORELAND of the gentry. He appears to have children, but no wife mentioned. I feel he may be the Capt. Thomas who came in 1663/5. He settled in the right county and could easily have married E. BAYLY.
The other Thomas could easily have been Thomas born 1605, immigrated in 1624 with John MORELAND. The Thomas who married
land to be distributed. Since the estate was $180,000 + the land, it would suggest that BAYLY may have married the Honorable Thomas. (That amount was considerably more than any of the other estate inventories that I have seen.
There were HOLTs in the area where John H. MORELAND was born. I can remember finding the reference, but so much water has passed under the bridge, and I have so many notes not on the computer that I haven't felt like hunting).
When I was working on this 11 years ago, I accomplished what I had started to do. The records were in such poor shape and I had just had two cataract surgeries. I read until I nearly put my eyes out, but could never be absolutely sure.
1642 – 1976 YORK COUNTY VIRGINIA
Thelma Hansford Collection of
York County, Virginia
FHL Film #1,718,879
Anything that involves as much work as historical research would require an explanation as to why this compilation of MORELAND material was undertaken by Thelma Hansford. And rightly so for to her knowledge, these are not her ancestors although she is related to several in the family due to intermarriages. Robert L. HANSFORD, her late husband, was a lineal descendant of Robert MORELAND through his mother, Anna Cornelia HOGG HANSFORD. This relationship has thus stimulated interest in a hobby or pastime from which she derived pleasure, namely, historical research or family genealogy.
Learning about the patterns and the values in every day living; the accomplishments and interests in a particular past period; and the contributions made to various institutions tend to give a deeper appreciation of our forefathers. What we are today is an outgrowth of what they achieved and passed on to us – not in material wealth, but in ideals and social values.
Among the first Englishman to settle in
When the estate of John HANSFORD was being settled a Court order bearing date September 1662 was issued for Thomas MORELAND, William BARBER, and William TOWNSEND to make a fair division among the “four orphans” of their father’s personal property. The report returned to the Court
There is no will or inventory for Thomas MORELAND or any record that specifically names his issue. However, William MORELAND and Thomas SHARP had a difference settled in Court
In 1704 when the rent roll for the landowners in
Probably Thomas 1 MORELAND had two sons: William 2 MORELAND and John 2 MORELAND. William MORELAND does not appear otherwise in the records. He was born before 1651 for he was of age when he brought charges in the Court in 1672.
John 2 MORELAND was born the middle part of the 17th century probably around 1654; he was of age in 1675 when he bought a manservant. When he died in 1706 eight children, some of these being of age survived him. He married Ann BELL, daughter of William and Mary BELL. This is learned from William BELL’s will written
Children of John MORELAND and his wife Ann BELL MORELAND are listed in this order in his will:
- Thomas 3 MORELAND
- Francis 3 MORELAND
- John 3 MORELAND
- Edward 3 MORELAND
- Matthew 3 MORELAND
- Jane 3 MORELAND FAIRCLOTH
- Mary 3 MORELAND
3 MORELAND Elizabeth
The will written
Wife Ann MORELAND and son Francis MORELAND were named the executors.
Son Matthew MORELAND was left a mulatto girl named Kate. Daughter Elizabeth MORELAND was given a Negro boy named Roger.
Daughter Jane MORELAND had married _____ FAIRCLOTH.
“loving son John MORELAND my whole tract of land where I now live containing one hundred acres with all appurtenances there unto and to be his male issue lawfully begotten . . . in case he should die before he comes of age and no male issue begotten of his body . . . my land return to my son Matthew MORELAND and to his male heirs . . . in case of his death . . . then to my son Edward MORELAND . . . wife Ann enjoy peacefully and quietly my whole tract as long as she remains a widow . . . if she marries – get her thirds . . .”
Although it was the custom for the oldest son to heir the land or major portion of it, this was not true in this case. John 3 MORELAND was probably the third son. Francis MORELAND was named executor so he was of age. Also when he qualified as executor of this will the Court record states that he was from
Witnesses to John 2 MORELAND’s will were Matthew JONES, Edward FULLER, and Thomas LAMB. These indicate associates and perhaps neighbors.
When Ann MORELAND and Francis MORELAND “of
1. Thomas 3 MORELAND does not really appear in
2. Francis 3 MORELAND was born around 1680. He served as executor of his father’s will. He settled in
3. John 3 MORELAND was not twenty-one May 1706, but by May 1717 he had married, had three children, and died. He married Jane YOUNG, daughter of John YOUNG. This is learned from John YOUNG’s will probated
Issue of John 3 MORELAND:
1. Young 4 MORELAND
2. Ann 4 MORELAND
3. Britton 4 MORELAND
There seems to have been some controversy when his estate was settled. At a Court held
Charles HANSFORD, William LEE, William FULLER, and Richard BURT were named to appraise the estate of John 3 MORELAND May 16, 1720. Later there was a petition made by Francis MORELAND contending that “Jane MORELAND, administratrix of the estate of John MORELAND, her late husband, give further security for the estate, the other security being deceased.” Finally,
To wife’s 1/3 part ---------------------------------------------------------
To Young MORELAND’s part of 2/3 --------------------------------
To Ann MORELAND’s part of 2/3 -----------------------------------
To Britton MORELAND’s part of 2/3 -------------------------------
1. Young 4 MORELAND, son of John 3 and Jane YOUNG MORELAND, was born around 1712. A
His first marriage was to Elizabeth WRIGHT, daughter of John J. WRIGHT, before 1751 as shown by WRIGHT’s will which states in part “my daughter Elizabeth MORELAND, wife of Young MORELAND.” This was written
He married secondly, Mary ____ and they had two daughters. The names of the children of Young 4 MORELAND are learned from his and his wife’s wills namely:
A. Mary 5 MORELAND
C. (daughter) 5 MORELAND
Given are parts of the wills:
Young 4 MORELAND’s will written
I lend to my daughter Mary MORELAND my plantation and if she marry and have children I give it to them. My daughter Elizabeth THOMAS’s children . . . my grand-daughters Betty, Nancy and Sally SKINNER . . . grand-daughters Betty COKE and Nancy SKINNER my plantation lying one part in Warwick and other in Elizabeth City County which I purchased of W. CROSS . . . equally divided between them.
Granddaughter Elizabeth COKE a Negro
Grand-daughter Nancy SKINNER a Negro
Grand-daughter Sally SKINNER a Negro
Daughter Elizabeth THOMAS slaves and part in the plantation
My daughter Mary MORELAND whole and sole executor
Mary MORELAND’s will written
. . . to Sally SKINNER one bouffet and all in it; a desk, bed and furniture . . . seal skin truck
I give to Henry LEE one horse colt, six leather chairs, one couch
I give to George and John THOMAS after my debts are paid my money in my father’s will
. . . rest equally divided between Elizabeth THOMAS, Betty COKE, Sally SKINNER
. . . friend Samuel THOMAS take care of what I have given Sally SKINNER
So, both Young and Mary MORELAND died within the same year, 1774.
To be continued
Note: Charles Moreland recently sent a copy of Thelma Hansford’s manuscript on the WRIGHT family of York Co., Virginia also. I haven’t had a chance to examine this portion of the manuscript yet, but if it reveals anything new about the WRIGHTs who were related to the MORELANDs I’ll include it in a future issue of this newsletter.
 Ibid. p. 134
 English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records by Louis des Cognets, Jr.,
 Wills & Administrations of
 Ibid. p. 588
 Ibid. p. 641
 Ibid. p. 557