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Subject: Re: [PARSONS] Revolutionary War RICHARD PARSONS - VA
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:20:00 -0800 (PST)
This is what I have on Richard and Lydia Briggs Parsons
Richard Parsons is the son of Joseph Parsons and Sarah Woodson. He was born before 1714 in either Henrico County, Virginia. His will was written on December 22, 1783 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and his estate was probated there on February 21, 1785.
Lydia Briggs was the daughter of Ralph Briggs and Elizabeth Mary Wright and brother of George Briggs. She was born in 1720 in Goochland County, Virginia. She died in Pittsylvania County Virginia in 1787.
John Wright (probably an uncle) was appointed as her guardian after both of her parents died (I do not have this date). John Wright died between March 14, 1729/30 and May 1730 at which time her brother George must have been of age, and become her guardian, because when George died in June of 1734, Lydia chose a new guardian, Richard Parsons. Hence, George must have been her guardian at the time. Lydia also inherited 400 acres of land from George on the south side of the James River along Muddy Creek.
Richard and Lydia were married in 1740 in Goochland County, Virginia. They had the following children, all born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia:
Joseph (abt 1742 - 13 Aug 1833) m1. bef 1764, Margaret "Peggy" Griffith; m2. 26 Aug 1824, Sarah "Sally" Thompson
Mary Agnes (abt 1744 - ) m. 1760, John Midkiff, Sr.
Hannah (abt 1746 - ) m. Joseph Midkiff, Sr.
George (abt 1750 - 16 Jun 1846) m1. Anne Griffith, m2. Sarah Hardin
Samuel (abt 1752 - 1819) m. 21 Dec 1779, Rebecca Farthing
James (1753 - )
William (abt 1756 - 16 Mar 1818) m. Mary Blanks
Richard (1758 - )
Lydia (1760 - Aft 1805) m. 1775 Stephen Yates, Sr.
John (abt 1762 - d. 20 Jun 1808) m1. Mary Simmons, m2. bef 1784, Sarah (Sary) Adkins
The Richard Parsons who married Lydia Briggs is documented from 1735 to about 1745 in Goochland County, Virginia. The Richard of Lunenburg/Halifax/Pittsylvania County is documented from 1748 to his death around 1785. He died testate in Pittsylvania County, Virginia naming his children and mentioning his wife only as 'my wife'. So far, I have not found a document that states Richard of Goochland and Richard of Pittsylvania are the same Richard. However, Richard sold his land in Goochland County and then a Richard appears in Lunenburg/Pittsylvania County shortly thereafter. Also, Christopher Parsons also appears in court records in Goochland and then appears in Lunenburg in the same year as Richard, as well as some other Pittsylvania families. The Richard Parsons of Surry County, North Carolina was married Elizabeth Feathers. He died 30 years after the Richard of Pittsylvania County also leaving a will. There is no documentation that links the two.
In August of 1734, Lydia Briggs, both her parents having previously died, was permitted to choose Richard Parsons her guardian. This indicates that she was a minor and he was at least 21 years of age.
On January 30, 1741, Richard Parsons patented 80 acres on the branches of the North Branch of Muddy Creek (alias Little Muddy Creek) in Goochland County, Virginia. [Library of Virginia, Digital Collection, Patents 20, 1741-43, P. 129].
On January 16, 1743 from Robert Yancey of the Parish of St. Martin and County of Louisa sold to Francis Amoss of the Parish of St. James and Goochland, 400 acres on the south side of James River in the Parish of St. James and Goochland, that was bounded by Richard Parsons
On April 22, 1743 Richard Parsons of Goochland County, Virginia, sold to Nicholas Spears 80 acres on Muddy Creek on the south side of James River for 5 pounds.
On August 13, 1743 Richard and Lydia Parsons of Goochland County, Virginia, sold to Nicholas Davies 200 acres on Muddy Creek on the south side of James River for 20 pounds. This is the first mention of his wife.
On December 17, 1743 Richard and Lydia Parsons of the Parish of St. James and Goochland sold to John Alexander 200 acres on the south side James River on the west side Muddy Creek for 70 pounds. [Goochland County Deeds, Virginia Deeds, 1741-1745, Deed Book 4, Page 346]
Lydia's brother George Briggs was first granted the above 400 acres in 1733. George died about 1634 and Lydia inherited the land.
On February 25, 1744 Francis Amoss of Goochland and Parish of Southam sold to Richard Ligon 400 acres on both sides of the upper branch of Muddy Creek alias Little Muddy Creek, and bounded by Richard Parsons.
On November 20, 1745, Richard Parsons is mentioned Goochland County, Virginia 1741-1745, Deed Book 4].
On March 7, 1747, Richard is granted 400 acres on both sides of Great Cherrystone Creek in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
On Noveber 2, 1748, Richard is granted an additional 400 acres in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, adjoining his other lands.
On June 14, 1749, Richard Pasrons is grated 2000 acres on Mill Creek in Virginia.
In June of 1749 Richard Parsons was appointed as surveyor of the new road between Staunton River and the Mayo Settlement at the Wart Mountain in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
In July of 1752, Richard sells land to John Watson in Halifax County, Virginia.
Between 1752 and 1755, Richard Parsons is granted permission to construct a grist mill on Cherry Creek in Halifax County, Virginia.
In March of 1753, as surveyor, he was ordered to mark a road from the mouth of Snow Creek to Hickey's Road in the same county.
On March 20, 1760 is in Halifax County, Virginia.
In a deed recorded in Halifax County, Virginia, April 19, 1764, Richard Parsons sells his son Joseph Parsons 100 acres of land for 10 pounds [Halifax County Deed Books 2-6, compiled by Marian Dodson Chiarito] .
On May 14, 1764, Richard Parsons sold to his son George Parsons, both of Halifax County, Virginia, for 10 pounds, 100 acres on the south side of Little Cherrystone Creek, being the land that George was living on at the time. It was recorded June 21, 1764
In 1765, Richard and George Parsons were listed in the Halifax Voters List. [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On June 10, 1767, Richard (Persons) and his son Joseph are named for Cambden Parish in Pittsylvania County's first list of Tithables (The History of Pittsylvania County, Viginia, by Maud Carter Clement. Reprinted by The Pittsylvania Historical Society, 1988, page 278).
In 1767, Richard Parsons, as surveyor, was ordered to mark the road from mouth of Snow Creek to Hickey's Road (in Franklin Co) [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
In 1768, George Parsons was in Antrim Parish [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On July 29, 1768, Francis Bucknal was granted a patent in Pittsylvania County for 238 acres on both sides of Great Cherry stone Creek adjoining Parson's Land. [Land Office Patents No. 37, 1767-1768, p. 243 (Reel 37), Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41].
In 1771, Richard Parsons is found in the Pittsylvania County Court Order Records [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On August 3, 1771, John Hicks was granted a patent in Pittsylvania County for 400 acres on the branches of Little Cherrystone Creek adjoining Richard Parsons. [Land Office Patents No. 40, 1771-1772, p. 516 (Reel 39), Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41].
In May of 1777, Richard signed the Oath of Allegiance in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
In 1782, Richard and his sons, William, Samuel, John, Joseph and George are named in the Pittsylvania County Census. Richard had 5 persons. [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On December 22, 1783, Richard and Lydia according to his will, are living with their daughter Lydia Yates and her husband Stephen Yates. Stephen ran the Old Yates Tavern in Gretna, Virginia. (The old Yates Tavern still stands today about ten miles from town.)
In the Pittsylvania County, Virginia Deed and Will Book #11, p. 159, probably February 21, 1785, Richard Parsons' will is recorded.
I hope this helps someone....
--- On Thu, 1/7/10, Donna Price <> wrote:
From: Donna Price <>
Subject: Re: [PARSONS] Revolutionary War RICHARD PARSONS - VA
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2010, 1:52 PM
Unfortunately, the dates are incorrect. Richard did sign the Oath of
Allegiance in Pittsylvania. His age based on the year 1734 would be about
1713. He would have had to have been 21 in order to qualify as a guardian
and they were not married at this time.
August Court 1734
On the motion of Lydia Briggs she is permitted to choose Richard Parsons her
guardian who accepts the charge. Ashford S. Hughes and Isaac Hughes offer
On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM, <> wrote:
> In a message dated 1/7/2010 11:19:06 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> Richard Parsons b1710 Va married to Lydia Briggs
> Yes.. Richard Parsons was a Revolutionary War Patriot based upon patriotic
> service (signing of the Oath of Allegiance in Pittsylvania County, VA) The
> birthdate is shown as "before 1722", m. Lydia Briggs, b. before 1725.
> If there is more information that you need, let me know.
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