Hewick Plantation is located about a mile west of Urbanna, on the north side of Old Virginia Street (State Route 602), where Town Bridge Road (State Route 616) and State Route 615 meet Old Virginia Street.
Note: The records referred to on this page are transcribed fully at the end.
He obtained ownership of the lands in right of his first wife, Agatha Obert. Her father Bertram Obert's will was written 30 Nov 1659 and probated 25 Jan 1659 in Lancaster Court (before Middlesex was formed). His lands were devised thusly to his underage children:
--to eldest son Bartram, a Neck of Land called the Broad Neck adjoining to Richard Lewys from the head of a little branch runing strait along to the line of marked trees which branch is the middle of the three...[entailed to his Brother, Chichester]
--to daughter Lettice, a Nect [sic] of land called Long Neck adjoyning to the aforesd Broad Neck for hir [sic] life time...[entailed to the next Sister, Agatha Obert]
--to daughter Agatha, a neck of land adjoyning to the Long Nect [sic] called Cherryes Neck for her lifetime [no entail included here]
--Lettice's & Agatha's two Necks of Land are next entailed to the child his wife was carrying; all if a boy; if a girl, then she gets one of the Necks & the other Neck to son Bartram and his heires
--to Wife, Ann Obert, for life all the rest of my land in Rappahannock River...then the land & plantation and house to Son Chichester Obert.
It was not until March 1683/84 that the true disposition of the lands was finalized. The various deeds reveal that Bertram's lands escheated to the crown because he was foreign born and the heirs had to re-apply for them; they also show the deaths of some of the heirs as well as the third daughter's name (Elizabeth) and, finally, the transfer of the Hewick lands to daughter Agatha and her husband Christopher Robinson. The will and deeds are given in full at the end of this page.
Middlesex DB2-107/112 and DB2-112/116 are two deeds dated 31 Mar 1683 between the only surviving heirs of Bertram Obert, his two daughters: Agatha and her husband Christopher Robinson, and Elizabeth and her husband James Curtis. They confirm to each other the lands of their father and others that came to them by the death of their brother. James and Elizabeth Curtis get 300 acres that were originally patented to Abraham Moone in 1653, sold by him to Arthur Dunn, and bequeathed by Dunn to "Christopher" [actually Chichester] Bertram. He is called the only brother in the will, meaning Bertram Obert Junior had already died. Christopher and Agatha Robinson took the 753 acres that had been a patent to father Bertram Obert in 1656, "which tract of land they the said Christopher Robinson & Agatha his Wife are well pleased with and content to accept & take, as full satisfaction".
Where is the land of Bertram Obert that ended in Christopher and Agatha Robinson's hands?
Bertram Obert's patent was granted 26 March 1656, recorded in Virginia Patent Book 4, pp. 42-43. It is for 773 acres on the South side of the Rappahannock river in Lancaster [this was before Middlesex was separated from the North side and formed]...
550 Acres part thereof Beginning at the mouth of a little Creek next above Nimcock Creek [today's Urbanna Creek] runing [sic] on the Westernmost side of the said Creek to the head, and from thence upon the marked trees of John Pedro to a marked pine South South West 320 poles North North West 162 poles to a tree double Chopt North West by West 256 poles to a red oak, North East by North 142 poles to the South East bound of Oberts Creek, North North East 40 poles East 186 poles East South East 108 poles down the said Creek to the River South South East 66 poles along the River to the mouth of the first Specified Creek. & 223 acres the residue towards the head of the said Oberts Creek extending itself into the Woods South West Southerly parallel to the said Oberts Land and butting on the Land of Richard Lewis 275 poles thence North West Westerly 130 poles unto the Land formerly granted unto Edward Boswell by which its bounded & thence the aforesaid Length 550 acres part of the said Land being formerly granted unto the said Bertram Obert by patent bearing date the 16th day of November 1650 & 223 acres the other part thereof formerly granted by Patent unto Dennis Conier bearing date the 30th of March 1653 & by the said Conier Assigned unto John Pedro and by the said Pedro Assigned unto the said Bertram Obert, and also renewed by Order of the Quarter Court bearing date with these presents....
The description of the 550 acres is in two parts with joining water courses so it is not as easy to plat. The plat below is approximate; what turns out to be the head of the creek is not what one would expect, but notice that the last call defines exactly the shore of the river to the mouth of the creek, and there are calls that run exactly along the roads, very reassuring. The plat, even if off some, clearly shows that this land of Obert that eventually belonged to Christopher Robinson contained Hewick.
Christopher Robinson and Capt. William Daniel
William Daniel and Christopher Robinson show up as working closely together in many records. I've included some important examples here, but they are by no means complete in terms of all their records!
Guardianship: OB2-47 court 7 Nov 1681 Upon ye Petition of John Vaus, ye Orphant of John Vaus, deced., Mr. William Daniell is appoynted his Gaurdian [sic]. But it is ordered & provided that ye Estate of ye said John Vaus shalbe anserable to Christopher Robinson, his late Gaurdian, for all such sumes of money or tobaccoe as ye said Christr: Robinson stands any way oblidged for & on behalfe of ye said John Vaus or hath paid for him.
Witnessing: WB1-17: the will of Thomas Williams written 30 Jul 1683, proved 6 Oct 1684, names son Edward Williams, executor is Wife Bridgett Williams. Witnesses: Oswald Cary, William Daniell and Christopher Robinson.
Securities: OB2-212 court 6 Jul 1685
Christopher Robinson and William Daniel served together on the Vestry of Christ Church Parish. Robinson was first sworne to the vestry of 15 Dec 1679 and served through 24 Nov 1691. William Daniel was sworn 2 Jun 1684 (Robinson wasn't in attendance at this one) and served through 10 Nov 1696. While they each missed the occasional vestry, they were in good attendance together from 1684 to 1691.
The roundabout in front of the house must be part of the 2006 renovations;
the currently available satellite pictures are older and show only the drive as it turns and goes to the left of the house.
Responsibility for Militia Decor: OB2-326 court 5 Dec 1687 Chrisopher was ordered to send for Military Equipment [full info available on the court pages]
OB2-411 court 1 Jul 1689 Whereas att a Court held for Middx. County ye 12th day of Decembr: 1687, Mr. Christopher Robinson was desired & ordered to send for England two brasse Trumpets, with silver mouth peeces, to be hanged in black & white silk, one Horse Collours wth: Staff: two bootes & two belts, two Drumes with six spare heads & foure parie of Drumsticks & two belts & one Foot Colloures; It is therefore order [sic] upon ye desier of the said Mr. Christopher Robinson tht what of ye sd. Trophes be remaining now in ye sd. Mr. Robinsons possession be delivered to Capt. William Daniell for the use of this County.
Dividing Estates: OB2-452 court 3 Mar 1689/90 Mr. Willm: Daniell & Mr. Chr: Robinson are desired to meete at ye House of Mr. Robert Price, late of this County, deced., upon ye 11th of this Instant & there equally devide whatsoever of ye Estate of ye said Robert Prices Estate amongst ye Orphants & Widdow, ye Relicte of ye sd. deced., according to ye sd. Will.
Service on the County Court:
Christopher Robinson served as clerk of the Court for many years and as a Justice from 6 Jul 1691 to 7 Mar 1691/92. William Daniel served as a Justice from 2 Jun 1684 to 11 Oct 1697. They worked together on many county tasks as members of the Court.
County Business OB2-527 court 9 Nov 1691 A Warrant issued by Mr. Chr. Robinson & Capt. Wm. Daniel for ye raiseing of men to Suppress & take severall outlyeing Negroes is by this Court continued & confirmed.
Overseeing Building a Courthouse:
OB2-533 court 7 Dec 1691 It is ordered yt. Mr. Chr. Robinson, Captn. Wm. Daniel & Mr. John Wortham doe agree with Mr. James Curtis & Mr. John Piskins for ye Building of a Court House thirty foot long & twenty foot wide & a Prison of ye same demencions of ye old one.
OB2-539 court 4 Jan 1691/92 This Court doth agree wth. & confirm ye agreemt. made wth. Mr. James Carter & Mr. Jno. Hipkins by Mr. Chr. Robinsons, Captn. Wm. Daniel & Mr. Jno. Wortham, for 23000lbs tobo & cask for ye Building a Court House & Prison according to ye Dementions as in ye hands of Mr. Chr. Robinson.
OB2-559 court 1 Aug 1692 Ordered that Capt. Mathew Kemp, Capt. Will. Daniell and Mr. John Cant doe meet at the House of the Honble. Christopher Robinson Esqr., upon Munday next ye 8th of this Instant August by ten of ye Clock in order to goe to the Honble. Ralph Wormeley, Esqr. & to know his reasons for hindering Mr. James Curtis & Mr. Jno. Hipkings from finishing ye Court House on ye Towne Land they haveing proceeded according to a former ordr. of this Court.
William Daniel in the Will of Christopher Robinson:
Christopher wrote his will on 27 Jan 1692/93 and it was probated on 6 Mar 1692/93. The will includes [underlining mine]:
Item. I give and bequeath to my Loving Friends Capt. William Daniel, Mr. Edwin Thacker and Mr. Paul Thilman, to each of them a Ring of Twenty Shillings Vallue.
Item. I make and Ordaine my Loveing Sonns Christopher, John, and Benjamin Robinson Executors of this my last will and Testament, and during their minority I hereby Ordaine and Appoynt my Loving Brother Mr. John Robinson, my loving Brother in Law Coll. John Armistead, my Loving Friends Mr. William Churchill, Capt. William Daniel, Mr. Edwind Thacker and Mr Paul Thilman, to take upon the the Execution of this my will for and on the Behalfe of my said Children...and desire that my said Brothers and Friends whome I alsoe make Overseers of this my will have the Guardianshipp, ordering and disposing of all my said Children...and I charge all my children that both in their Marriage and other things they take the Advise and observe the directions of my said Friends, and of their Elder Brothers and Sisters after they are of Age...
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Loving God Daughter Agatha and Catherine Daniel, Daughters of Cap. William Daniel, one cow and calfe a piece wth there Encrease to be delivered to them after my decease.
William Daniel is involved in the handling of Christopher Robinson's estate all the way to his death. Even on the day William Daniel's will was probated (3 Oct 1698), there is another order required because of his death:
OB3-253 court 3 Oct 1698 Scire Facias against the surviving executors of Christopher Robinson, [they are] John Robinson, William Churchhill, Edwin Thacker, Paul Thilman.
The records show that the relationship between the Robinson and Daniel families continued in the next generations.
For many years Hewick was a Bed and Breakfast run by Helen Nichols Battleson, a descendant of Christopher Robinson. She sold Hewick in 2004, it was renovated in 2006 and is now an event venue.
There are more family photos and stories of Hewick at
Helen's facebook site for Hewick
The current Hewick event site also has a few more pictures
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The Will of Bertram Obert
Lancaster Deeds, Wills & Estate Settlements 1654-1661
In the Name of God Amen. I Bartram [sic] Obert being visited under the hand of Almighty God being at p:sent in P:fect sence & memory, do ordain this to be my last Will & Testament. I bequeath my soul to God my eternal Creator & Redeemer trusting thro the merits of his only Son my Saviour to grant me remission of my sins, my body I give & bequeath from whence it came to be decently interred and for what Estate it hath pleased God to possess me with, I do give & bequeath the same in manner & form following:
Impr. I give & bequeath to my Eldest Son, Bartram Obert, a Neck of Land called the Broad Neck adjoining to Richard Lewys from the head of a little branch runing strait along to the line of marked trees which branch is the middle of the three, Likewise I give & bequeath to my Son, Bartram Obert, a Negro boy called John, Furthermore one cow called Cole with her Cow calfe & a yearling heifer with all their increase to him & his heirs and if in case the said Bartram shall decease at any time without issue the the sd land & Cattle to go to his Brother, Chichester, forever; moreover, I do ordain that the sd Bartram shall not let set of make any sale of the sd land but to ly [sic] void as it now doth until the foresd Bartram shall come & seat it himselfe when he is of age & not before & then to carry away his Negro & cattle also
Secondly, I give & bequeath to my Daughter, Lettice Obert, a Nect [sic] of land called Long Neck adjoyning to the aforesd Broad Neck for hir [sic] life time the sd land not to be disposed of upon any accot: whatsoever, until the aforesd. Lettice Obert comest to be married or lives upon it her selfe and in case the sd Lettice shall decease at any time then the sd Neck of Land to fall to the next Sister, Agatha Obert
Thirdly, I give & bequeath to my Daughter, Lettice Obert, one Cow & a cow calfe & a yearling heifer with only her female increase forever
Fourthly, I give & bequeath to my Daughter, Agatha Obert, a neck of land adjoyning to the Long Nect [sic] called Cherryes Neck for her lifetime the sd likewise not to be disposed of upon no accot. until she comes to be marryed or live upon it herselfe
Fifthly, I give & bequeath to my Daughter, Agatha, two cows called Sloe & the other Star with all their female increasse for and in case the aforesd. Lettice Obert & Agatha Obert shall decease at any time then the aforesd. two Necks of Land to fall to the Child my Wife now goes withall [sic] if a boy & in case it be a girl, then but one of the Necks to fall to it & the other Neck to my Son, Bartram Obert & his heires
Seventhly [sic, there's no sixthly] I give & bequeath to my Son, Chichester, when he comes to age a Negro boy called Francis
Eightly [sic] & lastly I give & bequeath to my loveing Wife, Ann Obert, dureing her life all the rest of my land in Rappahannock River with all debts dues or demands either by Bills bonds or any other obligations with all cattle & chattells, moveables & immoveables also the crop & three Negroes & one English man Servt., for & dureing his full time, he hath to serve & after my Wifes decese the Negroes to fall to whom she shall give the same of the Children between us two with chattles & cattle moveables & immoveables the land & plantation with all the houseing shall be then erected to fall to my Son Chichester Obert. In Testimony & for the true p:formance whereof I the aforesd. Bartram Obert have hereunto set my hand & seale this last day of Novembr: 1659 and this is my last Will & Testamt.
Bartram Obert, the seale
Signed & sealed in pr:sence of us Tho: Roots, Tho: Wyllys
Probat Anne Obert Wid. & Relict. Bartram Obert in Cur 25 Jan: 1659 et recordat primo Mai sequen p Edw. Dale Cl Cur
Just a record of interest for Bertram Obert:
Lancaster OB 1656-1666
p.36 court 16 Dec 1657 Upon Complt. to this Cort. agt the Doggs of Monsieur Hobert for seizinge & biteing of one of his Servts. & other people. It is ordered that the sd. Hobert doth kill his saide Doggs for the prevencon of the like accidents [This order doesn't name who complained and it's not anybody in the previous order, that's a county order regarding tithes.]
Bertrum's son has to re-patent his land and then sells to John Vause.
Lancaster Deeds, Wills, Settlements of Estates 1661-1702
p. 256 To All Xtian People to whom these p:sents shal [sic] come Bartrum Obert of the County of Lancr: sendeth greeting in our Lord God everlasting. Whereas the said Bartrum Obert by the last Wil [sic] & Testamt. of his Father, Bartrum Obert late of the sd County deced, had a smal [sic] Neck of Land containing about Two hundred acres bequeathed to him as by the sd Wil [sic] of his Father doth more fully appear And whereas the sd Bartrum Obert deced was an Alien & no free borne subject so that the land was escheated to his Matie. but upon Petition to the Honble Francis Morryson, late Governor & Tho: Ludwell Esqr., Secretary, both Depty. Treasurers of his Matie: here in Virginia the sd land was granted to the sd Bartrum Obert according to the Wil [sic] of his Father deded [sic, deeded not deceased] according to his petition on the 27th of 7br: last past at James Citty & the Office since found according to the Law; Now Know yee that the sd Bartrum Obert hath for good consideracon in hand paid by John Vause the receipt whereof the sd Bartrum Obert doth hereby acknowledge & therefore acquit the sd John his heirs Exrs. & Admrs. given & confirm unto him the sd John Vause all the sd Neck of Land according to its full bounds exprest in the Wil [sic] of his Father deced with: all rights & priviledges wt:soever thereunto belonging in as ful [sic] & ample manner as he the sd Bartrum Obert by the sd Wil [sic] or by the grant of his Matie & his Deputies could or might lawfully claim. To have and to hold the sd land with all appurts. unto him the sd John Vause his heirs & assignes to the only p:per use & behoof of him the sd Jno. Vause & his heirs & assignees forever and to none other p:pose wt:soever and the sd Bartrum Obert & his heirs the sd land with all the rights unto him the sd John Vause his heirs agt: the sd Bartrum Obert & his heirs & agt: all & every p:sons wt:soever claiming by from or under him or his heirs & agt. all P:sons wt:soever will warrant & forever defend by these p:sents. In Confirmacon hereof I have hereunto set my hand & seale this 3d day of Decemb: in the xiv year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King Charles the second [lower case] Anno Dom 1661
Sealed & delivered in the p:sence of Cuth: Potter, Will: Brett
Recognit in Cur Com Lancr: 11d die mar: Anno Dom 1662 et recordat primo Apl. sequen p Edwd. Dale, Cl Cur
The deeds between the last two surviving heirs of Bertram Obert
This Indenture made ye XXXIst day of March 1683 Between Christopher Robinson of ye County of Middlesex in Virginia Gentleman and Agatha his Wife one of ye Daughters & Orphants of Bartram Obert of ye said County of Middlesex decd of ye one parte and James Curtis & Elizabeth his Wife of ye County of Middlesex aforesd. the other Daughter and only other Orphant now remaineing alive of ye said Bartram Obert of ye other parte Witnesseth that Whereas the said James Curtis & Elizabeth his Wife by Indenture of Bargaine & Sale bareing equall date, have for ye considerations therein mentioned sold unto ye said Christopher Robinson and Agatha his Wife and to ye Heires of their two Bodyes & for want of such heires to ye heires of ye said Agatha, all of their Estate Right whatseover [sic here] which they or either of them ever had, have to in all that Tract of land formerly by Patent granted unto Bartram Obert aforesd: conteyneing Seven hundred and Seventy three acres of land, And upon ye death of ye said Bartram Obert he being an Alien borne was bound to Escheate to his Matie: And by Patent bareing date the first day of Septembr. 1663 was Granted to ye Orphans of Bartram Obert aforesd. & is Sett in ye County of Middlesex (formerly parte of ye County of Lancaster) which tract of land they the said Christopher Robinson & Agatha his Wife are well pleased with and content to accept & take, as full satisfaction of & for ye hereby sold & released, they ye said Christopher Robinson & Agatha his Wife for yee consideration aforesd: have granted unto ye said James Curtis & Elizabeth his Wife & to theire heires for ever every parte of ye Estate right they ye said Christopher Robinson & Agatha his Wife ever had thereof formerly by Pattent beareing date ye 19th day of Octobr. 1653 granted unto Abraham Moone conteyneing Three hundred acres of land, And by said Abraham Moone by his Deed beareing date ye 6th Novembr. 1653 Acknowledged in Lancaster County Court conveyed unto Arthur Dunn of said County, And by ye said Arthur Dunn by his Last Will & Testament devised & given unto Christopher Obert yee onely Brother of ye said Agatha & Elizabeth and by ye death of said Christopher lawfully descended & came to ye said Agatha & Elizabeth Sisters & heirs of ye said Christopher, And is sett in ye County of Middlesex (formerly part of the County of Lancaster) and begains [sic] to be measured & bounded att Cedar Poynte upon ye West side of Niemcock [sic] Creyke at the head of Sr. Henry Chicheleys Devident of Two hundred acres of land & from thence Bounded within the Severall courses & distances mentioned in the said patent for ye Premises granted to ye said Abraham Moone To Have and To Hold to ye said James Curtis and Elizabeth his Wife and to ye Heirs of their two bodyes lawfully begotten for ever and for want of such heires to ye heires of said Elizabeth Curtis for ever. And lastly that they ye said Christopher Robinson and Agatha his Wife will acknowledge this Indenture at ye next Courte held for ye County of Middlesex so ye same may be entered upon ye Records of the said Courte.
Chr. Robinson, Agatha Robinson
In presence of Henry Emerson, Henry Gore, Sam Ingram, Ew: Miller
Att: M: That at a Courte held for ye County of Middlesex the 2d day of April 1683 Mr. Christopher Robinson and Agatha his Wife party to these indentures personally appeared & acknowledged ye same to be there act & deed and ye said Agatha being particularly examined, declared that she freely consented to the passing ye said Indenture.
This Indenture made the XXXIst day of March in ye yeare 1683 Between James Curtis of ye County of Middlesex in Virginia Gentleman & Elizabeth his Wife one of ye Daughters & Orphants of Bartram Obert of ye said County of Midds. Gent. of ye one parte & Christopher Robinson of ye County of Middlex. aforesd Gent. & Agatha his Wife ye other Daughter & onely other Orphant now remaineing alive of ye said Bartram Obert Witnesseth that Whereas ye said Christopher Robinson & Agatha his Wife by their Indenture bearing equall date have for consideration therein mentioned sold unto ye said James Curtis & Elizabeth his Wife all their Estate Right in all that land in Middlesex County upon the West side of Niemcock Creyke, conteyneing Three hundred acres of land being formerly granted by Patent to Abrham Moone & by him by his Deed acknowledged in Lancaster County Court conveyed to Arthur Dunn of ye said County of Lancaster And by the said Arthur Dunn by his last Will Devised & given to Christopher Obert ye onely Brother of ye said Agatha & Elizabeth, and by yee death of the said Obert lawfully descended to ye said Agatha & Elizabeth which tract of three hundred acres of land they the said James Curtis & Elizabeth his Wife are well pleased with & content to accept & take togeather with ye sum of One thousand pounds of good Swt: sented Tobaccoe & Caske already paid to Christopher Robinson & Agatha his Wife they ye said James Curtis & Elizabeth his Wife for ye considerations aforesd have granted unto ye said Christopher Robinson and Agatha his Wife all and every part of ye Estate which they have in all that Tract of land formerly by Patent beareing date ye 26th day of March in year 1656 granted unto Bartram Obert aforesd. conteyneing Seaven hundred and Seaventy three acres upon the death of said Bartram Obert he being an Alien borne was found to Escheate to his Matie: And by Patent beareing date ye first day of September 1663 and was granted to ye Orphants of Bartram Obert aforesd and is sett & being in ye County of Middlesex (formerly Lancaster) Beginning to be measured and bounded at ye mouth of a little Creyke next above Niemcock Creyke and from thence bounded within ye severall courses mentioned in the said Patent granted to said Bartram Obert And lastly that they the said James Curtis & Elizabeth his Wife will acknowledge this Indenture next Court held for ye County of Middlesex same may be entered upon the records of the Court [word missing in much of the last phrasing]
James Curtis, Elizabeth Curtis p Sign
In presence of us Henry Emerson, Henry Gore; Samll. Ingram p Sign, Edw. Miller p Sign
Md: That at a Court held for ye County of Middx. ye Second day of Aprill 1683 Personally appeared Mr. James Curtis and Elizabeth his Wife partyes to this Indenture and said James Curtis acknowledged to be his act & deed, And the said Elizabeth Curtis being pretionerly [sic for particularly] examined declared that she freely consented to yee passing this Indenture & did acknowledge the same to be her act & deed.
Virginia Land Patent Books, at the Library of Virginia (http://www.lva.virginia.gov/)
Order Books of Lancaster VA [volume titles vary]. Ruth and Sam Sparacio
Deeds, Wills & Estate Settlements of Lancaster County VA 1654-1661. Ruth and Sam Sparacio
Deeds, Wills, Settlements of Estates of Lancaster County VA 1661-1702. Ruth and Sam Sparacio
Order Book Abstracts of Middlesex [volume titles vary]. Ruth and Sam Sparacio
Order Books of Middlesex VA [originals on film]
Deed Abstracts of Middlesex County, Virginia [volume titles vary]. Ruth and Sam Sparacio
Deed Books of Middlesex VA [originals on film]
The Vestry book of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia, 1663-1767 transcribed, annotated, and indexed by C.G. Chamberlayne 1927.
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