Urbanna, Middlesex VA
Laws of Virginia, June, 1680 - 32d Charles II.
Twenty towns were to be established by this law in Virginia.
The Middlesex Court tried immediately to obey, but it would be many
years before the town lands were secured to the County:
OB1-224a court 16 Aug 1680
Att a Courte held for ye County of Middlesex about ye putting in Execution of a late Act of Assembly for ye Building of Townes &c. this 16th day of August 1680
This Courte being this day mett in Obedience to a late Act of Assembly Intituled (torn)habitation & Incouragemt: of trade & manufacture. It is by this (torn) that Lt. Coll. John Burnham & Major Robert Beverley be this (torn) in Trust to purchase ye ffifty acres of land of Ralph Wormeley (torn) by ye said Act for ye building a Towne, and they are hereby (torn)ounty as Feofees in Trust for ye purchasing ye sd ffifty acres (torn) for ye uses intents & purposes in ye sd Act sett downe & expressed (torn) that ye said Land be Surveyed & laid out by Major (torn) Surveyr: both ye said Ffeoffees being present upon ye (torn) County Courte, and that ye said Feofees doe after ye Purchase make sale & make good & Sufficient Deeds & conveyances to every Person & Persons & there Heires & Assignes for ever that shall desire to purchass [sic] any parte of ye sd ffifty acres of land according to ye sd Act (torn) it is further ordered that ye sd Feoffees in Trust doe give ye said (torn) its name, and they are hereby impowered to give ye sd Towne (torn) me whereby it shalbe named Knowne & called by for Ever. Signed Rich: Perret
OB2-13 court 7 Feb 1680/81
OB2-41a court 10 Oct 1681
It is ordered that Majr. Robert Beverley & Mr. Abraham Weeks, Feoffees in Trust, fully impowered by this Courte to purchase the fifty acres of Land of Ralph Wormeley, Esqr., for building a Towne upon by vertue of an Act of ye last Assembly intituled "An Act for Cohabitation &c.," doe meet upon ye said Land upon Thursday being the 13th Instant & cause ye same to be surveyed & devided into halfe acres to the end that all persons that are desireous may begin to build upon & inhabit ye same as ye said Act directs;
OB2-49 court 7 Nov 1681
To Christopher Robinson for severall meetings at his Howse about ye Towne 03000
A courthouse was immediately ordered built:
OB2-50 court 7 Nov 1681
This Courte doe fully impower Majr. Robert Beverley & Christopher Robinson to agree wth: Workemen & provide timber & all other materialls to builde a Courte House in ye Towne appoynted by a late Act of Assembly for this County and that they cause ye same to bee built of such dimentions and wth: such convenienceys as in there discretions they shall think convenient
This courthouse was never built. Visit the Courthouses pages for more history about them!
The court and land records show no more work towards building
the town in the 1680s. There was and would continue a protracted
struggle with Ralph Wormeley to secure the lands. Action started
up again in 1691 to secure the lands from Wormeley.
OB2-509 court 20 Jul 1691
OB2-510 court 20 Jul 1691
Ralph Wormeley continued to refuse to give clear title to the
land [underlining mine]
OB2-512 court 7 Sep 1691
Upon the motion of Mr. Matthew Kemp, Mr. Christopher Robinson and Mr. William Churchhill, Feoffees in Truste to and in a parcell of fifty acres of Land, a place appointed by Act of Assembly made at James Citty the 16th day of Aprill 1690 entituled, An Act for Poarts, the fifty acres of Land on the West side of Nimcock Creyke formerly laide and surveyed for building a Towne upon by virtue of a former Law for cohabitation and which was then the Lands of Ralph Wormeley, Esqr., is appointed for a Poart & place of Landing and Shipping of all goods, weares and merchandizes in this County and the Feoffees in Trust aforesaid did upon the 27th of July last past in pursuance of the said Act of Assembly and in discharge of the Trust reposed in them as Feoffees in Trust aforesd. at the sd. Dwelling Howse of the Honble. Ralph Wormeley, Esqr., demand and require of the said Ralph Wormeley, Propre-or [sic] of the Land aforesaid, an Assurance & Conveyance of a good and absolute Estate in fee of the said Land to bee made to them as Feoffees aforesaid to the Intent and uses in the aforesaid Act of Assembly mentioned and appointed and they, Feeoffees aforesaid, prayeing that they might be admitted to make proofe that the said Ralph Wormeley hath refused to make and give such assurance as the Law in that case directed, which is admitted by this Court; And ordered that Mr. Matthew Lidford, Mr. Robert Dudley and Mr. Paul Thilman draw their depositions in Writing in the premesses of the Land aforesaid and the said evidences haveing made full proofe thereof, its ordered that the Depositions bee recorded
Depositions explained the rights Wormeley wanted to maintain
OB2-516/518 court 7 Sep 1691
Middx. County ss). To the Worll. their Majts: Justices of the Peace, Matthew Kemp, Christophr: Robinson and William Churchhill, Feoffees in Trust for the County aforesaid, humbly sheweth
That whereas by one Act of Assembly made at James Citty the 16th day of Aprill 1690 entituled An Act for Poarts the fifty acres of Land on the West side of Nimcock Creyke formerly laid and surveyed for the building of a Towne upon by vertue of a former Law for Cohabitation and which was then the Land of Ralph Wormeley, Esqr., is appointed for a Poarte and place of Landing and Shipping of goods, wares and merchandizes in this County, And whereas yor: Petitioners as Feoffees in Trust aforesaid, did upon the 27th day of July last in pursuance of the aforesaid Act of Assembly, and in discharge of the Trust reposed in them as Feoffees aforesaid, att the Dwelling Howse of Ralph Wormeley, Esqr. demand and require of the said Ralph Wormeley, Proparietor [sic] of the Land aforesaid, one assurance and conveyance of a good and absolute Estate in fee of the said Land to bee made to them as Feoffees aforesaid to the Intent and uses in the aforesaid Act of Assembly mentioned and appointed.
In consideration whereof, yor: Petitioners proffered to assure to the said Ralph Wormeley full satisfaction for the said Land assessed or to be assessed and paid to him according to the Methods and Wayes in the aforesaid Act of Assembly directed and appointed, But the said Ralph Wormeley did then and there, contrary to the true meaning and intent of the aforesaid Act Assembly, deny and refuse and at many other times and places, both before and after hath denied and refused to make such a conveyance aforesaid of a good and absolute Estate in fee of the said fifty acres of Land to yor: Petitioners, to and for the uses and intent aforesaid, whereby the said Ralph Wormeley by the express words and true meaning of the said Act of Assembly hath forfeited all his Right and Interest of and in the said Land and of a good and absolute Estate in fee thereof is vested in yor: Petitioners as Feoffees aforesaid to the uses in the said Act appointed as aforesaid, they haveing first made proofe of the said Deniall before yor: Worshipps.
Yor: Petitioners therefore pray that they may bee admitted to make proofe of the premisses before yor: Worshipps by Depositions of sworne witnesses before yor: Worshipps according to the meaning and directions of the said Act of Assembly:
And they as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c.
The Deposition of Mr. Matthew Lidford, Clerke, aged about 26
yeares or thereabouts sworne sayth: That for the las day appointed
for thte laying out of the Towne in Middx. County, I was at the Howse
of the Honoble: Ralph Wormeley, Esqr and did see Mr. Matthew Kemp,
one of their Majties, Justices of the Peace, tender a paper to the
said Ralph Wormeley which the said Ralph Wormleey ded refuse to signe
and discovered tht it was a Deed to convey a piece of land in fee
simple to the County of Midds., and to the Feoffees in Trust for the
Towne Land aforesd. afterwards [no punctuation] Before I left the
said House, the said Ralph Wormeley did offer to the Feoffees the
Land demanded provided hee, the said Ralph Wormeley, might receive
some small yearly acknowledgmt. for the Land, mentioning some other
Restrictions to be inserted in the Conveyance and further sayth
not. Witness my hand
The Deposition of Robert Dudley aged thirty four yeares or
thereabouts sworne & examined sayth: That yor: Deponent was on
the 27th day of July last past at the Howse of the Honoble Ralph
Wormeley, Esqr., where were alsoe Mr. matthew Kemp, Mr. Christopr:
Robinson and Mr. William Churchill, the Feoffes appointed by the
County court of Middx. for takeing a Conveyance for the Poarte of
Towne Land of the said County, and yor: Deponent did see and hear the
said Feoffees demand the said Ralph Wormeley to make and convey to
them as an absolute & good Estate in fee of the Towne Land
appointed by Act of Assembly for that purpose and they pr:sented to
the said Ralph Wormeley a Deed which the Deponent saw and read and
believes to the best of his knowledge is a good Deed for that
purpose; But the said Ralph Wormeley refused to signe that Deed
but said hee would make a Conveyance to them of the said Land in fee
reserving one Ear of Indian Corne or a Pepper Corne yearly rent and
wth: that limittation [sic] or restriction tht [sic] none liveing in
Towne should keepe a Dove Howse nor keepe any Hoggs but in a Sty, nor
any Horses but in ye Howse, and said hee would signe noe other Deed
but wth: the aforesaid Reservations as hee had agreed formeley
[sic] and being told by the Feoffees tht [sic] they must take such
courses as the Law directed, hee answered soe doe if you will or to
that effect and further yor: Deponent sayth not
The Deposition of Paul Thilman aged twenty eight yeares or
thereabouts sworne & examined sayth: That yor: Deponent was on
the 27th day of July last att the Howse of the Honoble Ralph Wormley,
Esqr., where were alsoe Mr. Matthew Kemp, Mr. Christophr: Robinson
and Mr. William Churchill, Feoffees appointed by the County Court of
Middx. for takeing a Conveyance for a Poarte of Towne Land of the
said County, and yor: Deponent being Dep. Cl., to the Court was
ordered to attend the Feoffees in Trust and did then see and heare
the said Feoffees in Trust demand of the said Ralph Wormeley, to make
and convey to them an absolute and good Estate in fee of the Towne
Land appointed by Act of Assembly for that purpose; and they
pr:sented to the said Ralph Wormeley a Deed which yor: Deponent had
drawne by Order of Court for the conveying and assureing of the
aforesaid Land to the Feoffees in Trust aforesaid But the said Ralph
Wormeley would not signe that Deed said hee would make conveyance to
them of the Land in fee reserveing one Eare of Indian Corne or a
Pepper Corne yearely and wth: other limittations that none liveing in
the Towne should keepe a Dove Howse nor keepe any Hoggs but in a Sty
nor any Horses but in the Howse and said hee would syne noe other
Deed but wth: the said reservations as hee had agreed formerly
and being told by the Feoffees that they must take such course as
the Law directed, hee answered doe if you will or words to that
effect and further sayth not.
Ralph Wormely wanted to maintain some rights in the land, any kind of rent would keep some control in his hands (as in a leasehold rather than the absolute title the law required). But finally the land was taken (described as being forfeited by Wormeley), surveyed, and the feoffees began to sell lots.
OB2-529 court 23 Nov 1691
To Mr. Edwin Thacker for Serveying [sic] ye Towne Land 0500
OB2-561 court 5 Sep 1692
To Edwin Thacker for laying out ye Streets, Church Yard, Markitt Place & Fortification in the Town Land 800
The County repayed for 14 Lotts in ye Towne 1400
OB2-573 court 14 Nov 1692
The deeds for the first batch of lots sold are all similar, all
written on 13 Feb 1691/2 and acknowledged on 7 Mar 1691/2, but
recorded at different times in 1692. Below is the deed to Capt.
William Daniel and his son William Daniel Jr.
Whereas by an Act of Assembley held at James Citty ye 16th day of Apr 1691 Intituled an Act of Ports that is by among other things Enacted that the fifty Acres of Land on the west side of Nimcock Creek formerly layd out and surveyed for Building a Towne thereon by virtue of a former Law for Cohabitation etc and which was then the Land of Ralph Wormeley Esqe Be Appoynted for a port and place of Landing and Shiping [it's Loading and Unloading in other docs about the act] of good wares and merchandize etc in the County of Msex and whereas wee Mathew Kemp, Christopher Robinson and William Churchhill by an order of Msex Court bareing date ye 20th day of July 1691 are appoynted foefees in trust for ye said County did demand of the Honble Ralph Wormeley Esqr. conveyance of a good estate in fee and the said Ralph Wormeley Esqr. did refuse to make such a conveyance being proved in the Middx. county Court the 7th Septembr: 1691 whereby the said Ralph Wormeley Esqr. hath forfitted all his Right Know all men that wee Mathew Kemp, Christo'r Robinson and William Churchhill, feofees in Trust as aforesd for in in Considderation of 100 lbs of good tobacco and Casque sell to Capt William Daniell Sr and William Daniell Junr...one halfe acre of Land (being part of the aforesd 50a)...bounded Begining at a Corner Stake of John Heads Lott on the maine Street called Fferry Street & running up the said Street North West thence South to ye beginning place the said grantees shall and will within four months a from the ensealing ...being and with out delay proceed to finish on the said halfe acre granted...one good house to containe twenty foot square at least, wherein if they the said Capt William Daniell and William Daniell Junr...shall fail then this grant to be voide...
This deed was written 13 Feb 1691/2, witnessed by Calib Wheeling, Tho Stapleton, acknowledged in court 7 Mar 1691/2, and recorded 2 Nov 1692.
The first lot purchasers and descriptions
DB2-517 to Edwin Thacker...begining at a Stake by the Mainte [sic] Street & runing thence South to a stake by an Alley thence South [prob error for West?] to a stake thence parralell with the first line thence East by the said Street to ye Beginning being ye third lott from the Creek on ye South side of the Main Street...
DB2-519 to Mr. Christopher Robinson Junr...begining at a Stake on ye Northermost side ye Maine Street and runing North to a Stake thence West to ye begining place (being the third lott from the Creeke on ye Northermost side of the Maine Street)... [this is a flawed lot description]
DB2-521 to Mr James Curtis...beginning at a stake by the Creek side on ye South side of the Maine Street called Broad Street and running thence ye sd Street North West, thence South to ye said Creek...
DB2-523 to Mr. Robert Dudley...beginning at a Stake by the Creek side on the North side of ye Maine Street thence North. East and thence to ye Beginning...
DB2-525 to John Head...beginning on Leonards Poynt on ye Southermost [sic] Side of ye Maine Street called Fferry [sic] Street and runing thence North West thence South to ye said Creek & down by ye Creeke to the beginning...
DB2-527 to Capt. William Daniell & Mr. William Daniell Junr [full deed above]...begining at a Corner Stake of John Heads lott on ye Maine Street called Fferry Street & runing by said Street North West thence South to ye beginning...
DB2-529 to Mr. Maurice Cocke...beginning at a stake by the Creek side on ye South side of the Maine Street called Broad Street and running thence ye sd Street North West, thence South to ye said Creek...
DB2-531 to Lieut. John Smith...butted beginning at a stake Corner of Mr. Henry Thackers lott on ye Maine Street called Ferry Street and runing North by ye maine street to ye Creek thence by ye sd Creek to the said Henry Thackers Lott thence South West to the Beginning... [I haven't found a deed to Henry Thacker for town land.]
DB2-533 to Mr. Paul Thilman...begining at a Stake of Mr. Calib Whellings Lott runing by said Lott North West to a Stake, South East to ye Maine Street called Broad Street & then to the Beginning...
DB2-535 to Mr. Caleb Whelling [sic]...begining at a Stake on the North side of ye Maine Street and running North West thence South to ye said Street to a stake and thence by the Street to ye beginning...
DB2-550 to Mr. Edwin Thacker...begining at a stake by the Maine Street & running thence South East to the Beginning being the third Lott from the Creek on the Southside [of] the Maine Street... [This looks to be a second recording of DB2-517 above, based on both being described as the "third lott from the Creek on the South side of the Main Street". Edwin Thacker immediately sells this lot to Christopher Robinson.]
The Marble House (aka The Van Wagenen Home)
Lansdowne, the home next to the Marble House, was built around 1740. The brickwork style is Flemish bond, which was usually reserved for public buildings.
More town lots were sold in late 1704
The feoffees in trust at this time were Christopher Robinson, Harry Beverley, John Robinson; the had been appointed 5 Jun 1704. These half-acre lots were sold for 150 pounds of tobacco and caske and, again, the purchasers were required to build within a year. The first six deeds were written 8 Aug 1704, the last two were written 4 Dec 1704.
DB3-52 to Mr. James Walker...being the third Lott and on the East side of Nicholson Street and on the South side of Virginia Street...
DB3-52 to Mr. Richard Walker...being a Corner Lott on the East side of Nicholson Street and on the North side of Queens Street...
DB3-53 to Mr. John Hay...being the Corner Lott next to Short Street and on the West side thereof and on the North side of Virginia Street...
DB3-67 to Mr. Harry Beverley...being the Corner lott next to and on ye East side of Short Street and on the North side of Virginia Street...
DB3-67 to Mr. Harry Beverley...being a Corner Lott next to and on the West side of Long Lane and on the North side of Virginia Street...
DB3-68 to Mr. Christopher Robinson...being the Corner Lott on the South side of Virginia Street & on the East side of Nicholson Street runing back from Virginia Street on Nicholson Street ten poles from Nicholson Street Eight poles the other two lines in parralel with the aforesaid two lines makeing a long Square...
DB3-68 to Capt. Henry Parrett...being a Corner Lott bounding on the North side of Virginia Street and on the East side of Long Lane...
DB3-69 to Mr. Jno. Robinson...being the second Lott from Nicholson Street towards the Creek on the South side of Virginia Street...
Robert S. Bristow (1852-1926) established this store; the
building was built by carpenter Charles Palmer. The 1880 census
shows Bristow as a "merchant", boarding with a cousin
F. A. Bristow (also a merchant) in the Urbanna district. In 1900
he is a "merchant". In 1910 he is a "retail
merchant" of general merchandise, still an employee. In 1920
he is a "merchant" but now the owner, and his son
Robert S. Bristow Junior (1897-1988) is a "clerk" in
the "dry goods store". Father Robert died in 1926 and
by the 1930 census, his son Robert now owned the store and was a
"retail merchant" of "general merchandise".
Robert S. Bristow Jr. operated the store until his death in 1988.
A new road leading to Urbanna
More lots sold in the town
These half-acre lots sold for 150 pounds of tobacco and caske and the purchasers had to build within a year.
DB3-93 to Mr. John Hay...being the second Lott from ye West side of Church Street and on ye North side of Prince George Street... [written, acknowledged, admitted 4 Feb 1705]
DB3-94 to Mr. Edmund Hammerton...being the Corner Lott next to and on the East side of Backlane [sic] and joyning on North side of Virginia Street... [written 8 Aug 1704, acknowledged and admitted 4 Feb 1705]
DB3-100 to Mr. Richard Buckner...lying on ye South side of Virginia Street next adjoyning ye East side of James Walkers Lott... [written 28 Feb 1705, acknowledged and admitted 5 Mar 1705]
The first ordinary in Urbanna
(At least specified as in Urbanna - I find it hard to believe that 10 years after lots were selling and the town was an official port that there had not been an ordinary established here earlier.)
Know All Men by these presents that we James Curtis Senr. & Thomas Machen are bound unto our Sovereign Lady Anne in ye Sume of ten thousand pounds of Tobacco in witness we have set our hands and seales this 3rd day of February 1706
The condition of this obligation is such that Whereas James Curtis hath obtained a lycense to keep an Ordinary at his house in ye Burgh of Urbanna if James Curtis do provide in his said Ordinary good wholesome and cleanly lodging and dyet for travellers and Stableage provender and fodder or pasturage and provender as ye season shall require for their Horses dureing the terme of one year from date hereof and shall not suffer any unlawfull gameing in his house nor on the Sabbath day suffer any to Tipple or drink more than is necessary that then this obligation to be voyd otherwise to be in full force
James Curtis, Tho: Machen
In presence of us Richd. Parratt, Wil: Stanard.
At a Court held for Middx. County the 3d day of February 1706
This Bond was acknowledged by the Subscribers to it & admitted to record
The price of lots begins to go up; the requirement to build
remains, but now a yearly rent is included
DB3-228 to Saml. Brown...containing Eleven pole one way and Eight ye other makeing one long square being bounded on the North by Queens Street on the West by East Lane and on East by a Lott of land sold to Mr. William Gordon To Hold as is directed by Act of Assembly October 1705 paying one ounce of Flax seed and two ounces of Hemp seed on the tenth of October annually to the Director and Benchers of said Burgh of Urbanna... [written 17 Sep 1706, acknowledged and admitted to record 7 Aug 1710]
DB3-229 to Samll. Brown...lying opposite to East Lane on North side of Queen Street... [written 17 Sep 1706, acknowledged and admitted 7 Aug 1710]
DB3-229 to William Gordon, 165 pounds tobacco and caske...one lott of land in the Burgh of Urbanna Eleven poles one way and eight the other lying on the South side of Queen Street the first lott upon the Creek... [written 17 Sep 1706, acknowledged and admitted 7 Aug 1710]
DB3-231/232 to Mr. William Gordon, 150 lbs tob and caske...being on the North side of Queens Street the first lott upon the Creek... [written 17 Sep 1706, acknowledged and admitted 7 Aug 1710.
The price of lots went up to 187 pounds of tobacco; the
requirement to build remains, as well as the yearly rent
DB3-153 to Collo Gawin Corbin...lying on the East side of Grace Lane and being the next Lott adjoyning on the Creek side, he paying the annuall rent of One ounce of Flax Seed and Two ounces of Hemp Seed to be made yearly from year to year upon the 10th day of Oct to the Director and Benchers of the said Burgh of Urbanna... [written 8 Apr 1707, acknowledged and admitted 3 Nov 1707]
DB3-180 to Robert Logan...lying on the South side of Virginia Street and being the second lott from the Creek side... [includes the Flax/Hemp Seed rent]
DB3-230 to Mr. William Gordon and his heirs...lying on the East side of East Lane and faceing Queen Street... written 9 Jun 1707, acknowledged and admitted 7 Aug 1710
DB3-230/231 to Mr. William Gordon, for 180 [sic] pounds and caske...on Queen Street on the North side and on West side of the lott taken up by Mr. Samuel Brown... [written 9 Jun 1707, acknowledged and admitted 7 Aug 1710
DB3-193 to William Anderson and Henry Anderson...being the next Lott to the Waterside on the East side of Grace Lane... [written 3 Mar 1708, acknowledged and admitted 7 Mar 1708]
DB3-231 to Mr. William Gordon, for 37- pounds tobacco and caske, two lotts of land in the Burgh of Urbanna on the North side of Queens Street on the West side of Cross Lane... [written 17 Mar 1708, acknowledged and admitted 7 Aug 1710
DB3-194 to Christopher Beverley...joyning on Vivion Street and the Water Side East line and the lott formerly sold Jno. Robinson... [written 28 Apr 1708, acknowledged and admitted 7 Mar 1708[/9]]
DB3-197 to Robert Daniell Gent...adjoyning on the West side of Cross Street and on the South side of Queens Street being a Corner lott... The witnesses to this deed were W. Kilpin and Will: Daniell. [written 15 Apr 1709, acknowledged and admitted 3 May 1709]
This is the lot that Robert Daniel bequeathed to his daughter Jane Segar in 1720.
One of the first re-sales of a town lot
DB3-330/331 Jno. Curtis of Msex to Christopher Robinson and John Robinson of same, 2 Apr 1714, for 4000 lbs tobo...one lott or halfe acre of land with the house thereon in Town of Urbanna lately in the occupation of the said John Curtis but now in occupation of said Christopher and John Robinson... witnesses Wil. Stanard, William Lawson, acknowledged 6 Apr 1714. William Stanard Attorney for Averilla Curtis wife of John Curtis relinquishes for her. [her PoA is just before this, 5 Apr 1714]
One of the many lovely houses in Urbanna
Waterman's Park is located where Kent and Colorado Streets meet. It's a lovely walk down to the edge of the Rappahannock River.
The Urbanna Town Marina
Old Tobacco Warehouse and the Customs House in Urbanna are on
a separate page.
There are also more pictures of town scenes on the Art on the Half Shell Festival page.
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More Daniel data involving Town Lands
N.B. Many of these are just abstracts I made, not full transcriptions; I abbreviated heavily.
From Robert Daniel's will, written 23 Dec 1720, probated 7 Mar
Itm - I give unto my daughter Jane Seager my Lott at Urbanna with ye appurtences [sic] to her & heires forever.
OB 1758-1767 p.258 court 6 Apr 1762 George Daniel Gentleman
apptd an Inspector of Tobacco at Urbanna Warehouse.
OB 1758-1767 p.271 court 1 Jun 1762 James Daniel petitioned for an ordinary license at Urbanna
DB8a-387 John Gordon and wf Lucy to Robert Daniel 10 May 1762, £100, two lotts or one Acre of Land in Town of Urbanna which sd 2 lotts or 1a of land is commonly called & known by the name of the Warehouse Lotts. sd 2 lotts was sold to sd John Gordon by James Reid Esqr 1 Oct 1757. wit Wm Meacham, Wm Chowning, George Daniel. recpts and ackn [no relinq, but Lucy signed]. recd 6 Jul 1762. followed by completion bond and Lucy's relinq.
DB8a-536/537 L&R Benjamin Rhodes and wf Dorothy to Robert Daniel 2 Feb 1767, 5sh, 2 lotts or one acre in Town of Urbanna, bd on the west and south by the lots of Charles Neilson Esqr on the East by the Fort Lot on the north by a Cove of water being the Place whereon the said Benjamin Rhodes formerly dwelt. wit John Humphris, Robert Daniel Junr, Stanton Dudley, John Daniel. recpts, ackn, relinq. recd 2 Jun 1767. release for £100.
WBE459 will of Robert Daniel, wr31 Jan 1770, pr 24 Jun 1771...to son Beverley Daniel after death of his mother land where I now live 900a, and all my lots in Urbanna, Tobacco warehouses & Ordinary....Exrs Friend George Daniel [also gets £100 legacy for the trouble], wf Lucy Daniel and son Beverley Daniel. Wit Sarah Roane, Ann Currey, Rachel Murray and Lodowick Jones.
WBE488 will of John Daniel of Urbanna, wr 24 Apr 1772, pr 25 May 1772. lotts and houses in Urbanna to be sold to pay debts, if not enough then sell my Negroe man Bob....Exrs James Gregorie and George Lorimer. Wit Thomas Segar, Zachariah Shackleford and John George, Jr.
DB9-223 James Gregorie and George Lorimer, exrs of LW&T of John Daniel decd, 26 Jul 1773, John Cornelious of 2nd part, James Ross of 3rd part. whereas sd John Daniel in his lifetime had purchased of the sd John Cornelious one lot of land in the Town of Urbanna numbered [?33?] in plan thereof by Henry S--- made 15? May 1747, and died without having received any Conveyance thereof from the sd John Cornelious.... they are confirming a new sale to James Ross?....
DB9a-330 Henry Daniel to James Gregorie 29 Nov 1774, £5, lot in Urbanna, part of a Lot Numbered in a Plan of the Town Sixty One, beg at a Corner East of Long lane, and South of Prince George Street, and runing [sic] East on the said Street 34 feet to a Stone fixed in the Ground, Thence S the whole length of the Lot to another Stone fixed in the same manner thence West to Long lane, Thence North on the said lane to the beg, with all.... wit James Montague, Thomas Webb, J Ross, Chas Neilson. recd 24 Apr 1775.
DB9a-331 [need date] James Gregorie and George Lorimer exrs of John Daniel late of Town of Urbanna decd to Henry Daniel of Town of Urbanna. Whereas the sd John Daniel was at the time of his Death seized in Fee Simple of and in two Lots or half acres of Land in Town of Urbanna, his will instructed their sale to pay debts, £100, 2 lots in Urbanna whereon John Daniel lately lived, #60 and 61, being on the southside of Prince George street and on the East side of Long lane, with all.... wit James Montague, Thomas Webb, J Ross, Chas Neilson. $ recpt. recd 21/24 Apr 1775.
WBF60 will of Henry Daniel of Urbanna, wr 5 Apr 1775, pr 24 Apr 1775. exrs to sell lotts and houses in Urbanna to pay debts as nec.... Exrs Bros Robert Daniel and George Daniel. Wit James Gregorie, William Chowning and William Meacham.
DB9a-357 29 Jun 1775 kind of memorandum from A. McCall: Let? all ye Bussiness wc [which] was under Mr. Snodgrass & M? Campbells management ----- my hands, I must beg you will make Some payment both on that Acct & on your own Small ball [=ballance] to me. next line on left has "To Mr James Daniel Urbanna". recd 22 Apr 1776 as letter from Archibald McCall to James Daniel.
DB9a-401 George Daniel and Robert Daniel exrs Henry Daniel late of Town of Urbanna to Thomas Harwood (highest bidder at publick sale) 25 Apr 1779, £250, lot in Urbanna and part of a lot, whereon sd Henry Daniel lately lived, #60 and 61, being on the South of Prince George Street and bd on W by part of the Lot 61 which the sd Henry Daniel sold to James Gregorie 29 Nov 1770. wits for G Daniel are Beverley Daniel, Thomas Segar, Wm George; wits for R Daniel are Lunsford Daniel, John Healy. $ recpt. recd 28 Jun 1779.
DB9a-436 Beverly Daniel of Msex Gent and wf Milley Daniel to James Mills, Simon Frazier, Overton Cosby of Town of Urbanna 25 Sep 1780, £1000, 2 lots of half acres of land in Town of Urbanna whreon the Publick Warehouses are erected, and commonly known and called by the Name of the Warehhouse Lots, one of which lots abutted easterly on the Creek, and the other adjoins upon the West (which said Lots were formerly granted by the Feoffees of the said Town to Christopher Robinson Gent, deceased, from whom they descended to his Son Christopher Robinson and by him were sold to James Reid, who afterwards sold and conveyed the same to John Gordon, by whom they [were] sold and conveyed to Majr Robert Daniel deced and by him were devised to his Son Beverley Daniel Party to these Presents), with all.... Subject neverthless to a Lease or Term for Twelve Years, granted to the said Simon Fraser of a Piece of Ground Sixty Feet square Part of the same whereon a Warehouse is erected, which said Term commenced from the ?second? Day of May 1774. no wits, $ recpt. deed ackn by Beverly. recd 22 Jan 1781.
DB10-40 Robert Daniel, James Lee, and Robert Daniel Junr to James Gregorie and George Lorimer exrs of John Daniel late of Town of Urbanna decd. 5 Jan 1781 bond. Condition: that whereas the above named Robert Daniel and James Lee Guardian and Trustee [both words are singular] to the orphans of the said John Daniel deceased request a division of the sd Estate & hath obtained an order of Court for the same, but the sd Est not being Settled, The Sd Robert Daniel & James Lee & Robert Daniel Junr [and heirs] do hereby agree to Indemnify sd James Gregory & George Lorimer [heirs, exrs, etc] from all Debebts [sic] & Demands which are now due or may have been here to fore from the Est of John Daniel decd. both Roberts signed as Robert Daniel, no junior in this recording. wit Thomas Segar, Benjamin Kidd. pr by Thomas Segar. recd 28 May 1787.
DB12-540 Milley Daniel to Staige Davis trustee of Vidal & Co residents in this co of Msex and in the town of Urbanna 7 Sep 1808, £24. lists her debts. she sells Phillis the mother, Abram the son of Matth Kemp's Joany, George aged about 38 years and Ned aged about 50 years, all at present the property of sd Milley Daniel. Davis can sell. no void clause. wit Philip Montague, William Baker. pr by wits and recd 26 Sep 1808.
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