Mrs. Augusta B. Fothergill
(Brenda Fischler: “Copied from a typewritten copy borrowed from Marie Rutledge of Greenwood, Mississippi. Miss Rutledge said that this manuscript was compiled “for Some of the Richmond Featherstons” in the 1930’s by Mrs. Fothergill.”) Joyce F. Hawkins: “Marie Rutledge is deceased.”
At some time during or previous to the year 1672 an Englishman named Charles Featherston appeared in Henrico County, the part which was later formed into Chesterfield County; the first official reference to him is when he made application for a grant of land lying about 3 miles southwest of the present town of Chester on Timbury Run. He may have been in the colony for some time before making application for the tract of land, as was often the case, but of this we have no evidence of an official nature. New-comers often remained in the section where they pleased to settle until certain of just where to locate their homes, often building their homes and making other improvements. Since Charles Featherstone used the name of Thomas Chamberlayne as one of his “rights”, stating that he had come over twice, we can assume that they were close friends; and so he may have stopped with his friend, whose home was not very far away, until he decided just where he wanted to establish a permanent home. The location of Timbury Run Plantation was just 4 or 5 miles from Fort Henry on the Appomattox River, now the site of Petersburg. Thomas Chamberlayne had married the daughter of General Abraham Wood, Commander of the Fort when it was first established, and so seems to have lived nearby for a long time, later moving to Proctor’s Creek, nearer to the county seat, Varina.
In Vol. VI, p. 414, of land patents preserved in the land office, state Capitol Bldg., in Richmond, we find that on 19 August 1672, Charles Featherston was granted a tract of land containing 700 acres, by Sir William Berkeley, then Governor of the Colony of Virginia.
It is described as being on the north side of Appomattox River in Henrico County, corner to the orphans of Mr. William Walthall, near Timbury Run, to the corner of Timbury patent, up Timbury’s line to the head of the Run. This was granted for transportation of 14 persons into the colony; Edward Noddan, John Crabb, Charles Featherston, Richard Read, Ben Jabin, Thomas Chamberlyne twice, William Cooke, John Crosse, William Payne, William Fraviles, Thomas More, Xpofer Renings, Xpofer Grisley.
At this time there were serious troubles with the Indians, which led to Bacon’s Rebellion. Fort Henry on Appomattox River was the outpost of settlements at that time in that region so that a good many people settled within a short distance of it so that in time of Indian incursions they could take refuge in the fort. We have no record as to which side Charles Featherston espoused, but from the group of men with which he was identified later. it is a natural supposition that he was on the side of the King.
On Nov. 10, 1677, Charles Featherston, aged 40 odd years, appeared in court and made a deposition to the effect that Mr. Pride came out of the woods in Mr. Randolph’s cart, called at the house of the said Featherston, and stated that he was going to live at Mr. Randolph’s because of the times, left his wife but returned for her that night. He agreed to make a crop for the said Featherston, who at first objected as the times were troubled and dangerous. It was finally agreed that the said Featherston was to give him land to work, free of rent, as it would be for the security of his plantation to have him there, as well as William Bevins who was to assist said William Pride in making the crop. (Vol. 1, p. 29, Henrico Co.)
John Willson made deposition to the same effect, except that the said Pride was to sleep at Bevin’s house at night all week save two nights. Of course, this was for protection during Indian troubles.
We also find evidence that Featherston was of convivial habits, as cited by the depositions following: John Jaques, aged 23 years or thereabouts, stated that about May or June last, there came to the house of Mrs. Judith Randolph, Mr. John Pygott and Mr. Charles Featherston where drinking of a bottle they fell to playing all fours (a game said to be similar to High, Low, Jack & Game), but playing a while and their money coming even, Mr. Featherston said I will play no more unless you will put down money or Mr. Soane pass for you. Where after some words Pygott told the said Soane he owed him 14 pence, who replied and said yes he did and he would pass for a shilling for either of them. Whereupon going to play again and in the drinking of another bottle, the said Soane sometimes betted with Mr. Featherston on Mr. Pygott’s head one shilling and sometimes 2 shillings and their play continued till Mr. Featherston won 15 half crowns of Pygott and of the aforesaid Soane 13 pence which money was won by the said Featherston, but they differing again he said he would play no more without money or his bill which Pygott refused and said he would give no other security than what he had done, upon which they fell to bad and angry words and had fought but were hindered by William Soane and myself who were then there; this is the truth to the best of your depts…judgmt and further said not. 10 die Xbris 1677. Test William Randolph C.C.
February Court 1677/8, Charles Featherston by his own confession has been drunke since he has been on ye jury and at ye same tyme swore several oaths in my hearing. Testified to by Samuel Knibb (Vol. 1, p. 70.)
We next find that he and (another ancestor) Edward Stratton, Jr. were drinking on a Sabbath day at night (Vol. 1, p. 78). (note by Brenda F. Fischler: “This Edward Stratton, Jr., who is called another ancestor, must refer to an ancestor of the people for whom this paper was written by Mrs. Fothergill; this was done by her for some of the Featherstons in Richmond, VA, those who descend from the Charles Featherston who married Anne French and their son Charles Henry Featherston who married Elizabeth Short Thornton…I don’t know where Edward Stratton fits in but it must be on this line through one of the female lines.”)
There were other diversions than drinking and gambling, since we find at this time that Manokin Town on the south side of James River was appointed as a place for the faire or mart with the Indians. This was in the present Powatan County where the French refugees were settled in the year 1700 and was doubtless an event with sufficient thrills since they were rather fierce and troublesome as neighbors.
All freemen were bound to be trained every month in their particular counties for military service and those of substance were called upon to equip or fit out men, horses and arms. Charles Featherston was ordered to fitt out 3 men. (30 April 1679, Vol. 1, p. 102)
On February 20th 1682, Robert Farmer deposed that 28 years before – 1654 – he carried the chains in survey of land at Charles Featherston’s new plantation and that a certain line that was between Mr. Walthall and Mr. Hatcher. (Vol. 1, p. 212)
It was several miles from the home plantation of Charles Featherston to the court house, which was then at Varina, and he had to cross a ferry at that point from the south side of James River. This did not seem to hinder them if something of interest was on hand, and we find that an ordinary or tavern was kept at the plantation of Mr. Thomas Cook who lived at Malvery Hill. There was an alley for playing ninepins there (Vol. 1, p. 191). Crosse (?) and pile was another game played and I find that John Pygott won 700 lbs. of tobacco in one night playing with one John Milner. Aside from this they raised horses and had cocke fights. However, life was not all drinking and gambling. These were habits brought from the mother country and hard to get away from all at once. When alarms were sounded that an Indian raid was expected, all was excitement and worry as to the fate of family and home. Men were sent to give the alarm and get the Militia together to drive the savage back. Pirates also often came into the great rivers, causing great alarm. Yorktown, Jamestown, and Hampton were fortified against pirates for many years, but they would land at plantations to steal and frighten planters.
I do not find a will of Charles Featherston, but at August Court, 1692 (Marie Rutledge: “typed as Mrs. Fothergill has it typed – it obviously is an error.”) Rebecca Featherston was granted administration on the estate of her husband Charles Featherston, deceased. (Vol. 1, p. 225) There is no statement as to who she was, but her son was quite young at the time of his father’s death; he must have married her after coming to Virginia. She did not long remain a widow, as she had married one Samuel Newman by October 1683. (Vol. 1, p. 150)
At a court held at Varina for ye county of Henrico ye second day of October by his Majesty’s Justices of ye Peace for ye said County, in ye thirty fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereign Lord Charles ye Second by ye grace of God Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of ye faith, etc.; and in ye year of our Lord God 1682: A true and perfect inventory of the estate of Charles Featherston deceased taken and appraised by John Steward and Thomas Webster, Appraisers thereunto appointed and sworn before Mr. Richard Kennon one of his Majesties Justices of the Peace this 22 day of August 1682. Vis: one Feather bed, Boulster, Pillow, two Blanketts, one Rugg, one pair of Sheets with Dinerminister Curtains, and Vallance and Bedstead, L 2-0-0, one small feather bed, boulster, pillow, blankett, 7 pair of sheets, L 1-0-0. One chest, 1 Wainscott chair, 1 long table, a forme, 2 joint stools. Two iron potts, one iron kettle, one pair of racks with pot hooks, one pair of tongs, a brass ladel, five gunns unfixt, 1 fixt gunn, a cutlass, two Buck skins, one Box iron, one cross-cut saw, two hand saws, one Broad-an (Broad-axe?), two adese, Four Augers, two Chissles, one drawing knife, one frow, one Hammer, Fifteen pounds of old pewter, one brass mortar, one iron pestle, pieces of gunns, one Couch and 2 small chairs, one old trunk and case, one powdering tubb, and other lumber, one Diaper Table Cloth, 13 Diaper Napkins, 2 Diaper Towells, 2 pair of old sheets, Six old pillow cases, Eight Course Napkins, two small course table cloths, one Blankett, one old Holland sheet, one very old Bible, three books, three little old pillows, one looking Glass, Three orters of Course Broadcloth, two yards of Flannel, two yards half of Norwich stuff, About 60 head of Hoggs running in ye woods. Totall: L 15-04-08. Eight Cowes, one three year old Heifer, three three year old steers, two steers two years old, one Bull three years old, two yearling heifers, three yearling Bulls, and one young Cow calf. Two seven year old mares, two young Horses, one Mare two years old, one Mare foal one half a year old. Signed John Steward and Thomas Webster.
Debts were due the estate by Abraham Womack, William Bevin, and Timothy Allen. Due out to the estate: John Baugh, John Davies, Mrs. Lown, Edward Stratton, Jr., Robert Bolling, Peter Rowlett for Lewis (Vol. 1, p. 226)
10 October 1683, a horse running at Puckett’s belonged to Charles Featherston. He and Joseph Tanner had traded horses and he was looking for it in company with Christopher Branch at Appamattock. (Vol. 1, p. 150)
At a court held in October 1682 it was stated that Samuel Newman had married ye widow of Charles Featherston. (Vol. II, p. 150)
Some of the old records of Henrico County were destroyed so we cannot find out who all of the children of Charles & Rebecca Featherston were, but we find that Henry, one of the orphans of Charles Featherston deceased was upwards of 21 years of age when he discharged his guardian from further service on Aug. 20, 1702. This was Samuel Newman who had married his mother Rebecca (Orphans Court, Henrico Records, Vol. 4, p. 45). This indicates that Henry was born about 1681 so was likely the youngest child. He appears as Henry and as Charles Henry.
On January 19, 1715, Charles Henry Featherston was one of the witnesses to the will of Richard Walthall as well as to that of his daughter Diana Walthall on Oct. 5 of the same year (Vol. 1714-18, pp. 27-23. Marie Rutledge: “Mrs. Fothergill says pp. 27-23”)
We note that Richard Walthall mentioned a son Henry in his will to which Charles Henry Featherston was a witness in 1715; that the same Henry Walthall in his will 1760 stated that he was of great age; that his daughter Phoebe Featherston was dead and made provision for her children. We find that one Henry Featherston – seemingly his son – seems to have died without wife or children, so Phoebe must have been the wife of Charles Featherston of that period.
Aug. 20, 1743, Sir William Gooch, Governor of Virginia, granted Charles Featherston 247 acres of land lying in Henrico County at Richard Wood (a corner oak, Joseph Red’s line, to Epps’ line, Owen’s line and Middle Creek Road). He is to improve 3 acres of every 50. (Land patents XXI, p. 486)
Jan. 22, 1745, Charles Featherston purchased from Henry Randolph 120 acres of land which was described as lying on Timbury Run and Sarah Stewart’s Spring Branch. The witnesses to the deed were Henry Newman, Henry Featherston and John Chumbly. (Deeds 1744-48, p. 135). L 45, price.
Charles Featherston of Dale Parish, Henrico County, sold to Henry Featherston of the same parish and county, for the sum of L 5 current money of Virginia, a tract of 300 acres of land lying on Timbury Run adjoining Charles Featherston and Henry Randolph; it being part of 720 acres which belonged to Charles Henry Featherston the grantee, 28 September 1747. Witnesses: Henry and Grief Randolph, Benjamin Ratcliss. (Records 1744-48, p. 324)
This was a deed of gift or its equivalent since 5 pounds would have been just about sufficient to pay recordation fees and surveyor’s charges. We note that Henry Randolph paid him L 45 for 120 acres of the same tract on Timbury Run.
The first transaction found after Chesterfield County was formed from Henrico Co. was when Charles Featherston had the age of a negro named Kitt adjudged at November Court 1755. Kitt was aged 8 years (Orders # II, p. 139). This was done because of the requirement to pay taxes on all servants over 12 years of age.
The same year Henry Featherston sued John Osborne for the sum of 25 shillings current money (Orders # II, p. 116). On the same day he paid J. Puckett and George Grinnell as witnesses.
December Court 1758, Charles Featherstone was appointed guardian of Barclay Baugh and Betty, wife of William Walthall, children of William Baugh.
Feb. 26, 1759, Elizabeth Featherston made her will in which she mentioned a son Henry and a daughter Mary. To Henry, 3 beds with furniture, cattle and pewter; to daughter Mary, 2 feather beds, a side saddle; wearing clothes to four daughters (Names not mentioned). Witnesses: Henry Featherston, Jr., Edward Lofman and Grief Randolph.
At October Court 1759 the will of Elizabeth Featherston was presented by Henry Featherston the executor and proved by Henry Featherston, Jr., Grief Randolph and Edward Lofman. (Orders # III, p. 27)
April 5, 1760, Henry Featherston of Chesterfield Co. made his will in which he left bequests to Edward, son of Charles Featherston, of 300 acres of land whereon said Henry lived. To his sister Mary Featherston, one bay horse. Residue of estate, after payment of debts, to brother Charles Featherston’s children, those of Thomas Jeffress and Thomas Sadler and to his sister Mary Featherston. Brother Charles executor of estate. (Will Book 1, p. 360)
At November Court 1760, the noncupative will of Henry Featherston was presented in Court by Charles Featherston, his brother and next of kin. Randall Johnson deposed that he wrote the will of said Henry Featherston the day before he died and he was in perfect sense and memory. Charles Featherston gave bond as administrator. The estate to be appraised by George Grey, Walter Scott, William Watt, and John Covington. (Orders # III, p. 88)
July 27, 1760, Charles Featherston of Dale Parish, Chesterfield County, conveyed to Henry Cox of same county, for the sum of 25 pounds current money, a tract of land containing 247 acres adjoining Richard Wood, Joseph Read, Eppes, Owen, and on Middle Creek Road. The witnesses were Peter Oliver and Thomas Friend. (Deeds # 4, p. 27)
April Court 1761 Charles Featherston was appointed surveyor of the highway leading from Daniel Nunnally’s to Henry Randolph’s. (Orders # 3, p. 118)
April 9, 1764, Henry Walthall made his will stating that he was old and of great age; mentioned his deceased daughter Phoebe Featherston and her children, to whom a negro named Judy (Marie Rutledge: “copied as written by Mrs. Fothergill; apparently a line omitted here”). He failed to state who her husband was or the names of her children. (Will Book 1, p. 459)
On March 11, 1765, Charles and Henry Featherston witnessed a deed from Daniel Puckett to Francis Walthall for land adjoining Richard Womack on Ashen Swamp. (Deed Bk. 5, p. 27)
Oct. 4, 1765, Charles Featherston of Chesterfield conveyed to his son Henry Featherston, a tract of land containing 220 acres on the north side of Timbury Run, up Cool Springs Branch, to Thomas Walthall’s line; also 2 negroes Kitt and Nance. Witnesses: Francis Walthall, John Robertson, Joseph Howlett. (Deed Bk. 5, p.376)
July 23, 1770, Charles Featherston and Jerrard Walthall had a dispute over a boundary line; the matter to be arbitrated by Joseph Base, Charles Burton, Jr., Francis and Thomas Osborne. The line was to be drawn from Francis Walthall’s to a point near the old field of said Jerrard at that of Featherston’s patent. (Deed Bk. 4, p. 235)
Sept. 5, 1775, Charles and Henry Featherston of Dale Parish, Chesterfield Co., conveyed to Edward Featherston, for the sum of L 10 current money of Virginia, a tract of land containing 300 acres adjoining John Randolph, William Archer, Jerrard Walthall and said Charles Featherston, it being the tract of land that the said Charles Featherston conveyed to his brother Henry Featherston deceased, and of record in Henrico County. Witnessed by Henry Bass, James Walthall, William Walthall. (Deed Bk. 8, p.33)
Henry Featherston and Elizabeth his wife of Chesterfield County conveyed to William Walthall, for the sum of L 50 current money of Virginia, 41 acres of land adjoining said Henry Featherston, which he purchased from John Walthall, Jr., witnessed by: Edward Goode, Jesse Cogbill, Jesse Goode. (Deed Bk. 11, p. 617)
Feb. 11, 1792, Henry and Elizabeth Featherston conveyed to Edward Featherston, all of Dale Parish, Chesterfield Co., for the sum of L35 specie, a tract of land containing 7 acres lying in Dale Parish, adjoining the said Edward Featherston and Jesse Cogbill a short distance on the south side of Timbury Swamp land of Edward and Henry Featherston together with buildings, etc. Witnesses: John Cogbill, Martin Baker, Thomas Bridgewater. (Deed Bk. 11, p.179)
It was doubtless this above referred to Edward Featherston who married in Oct. 1778 Sarah Ashbrook in Chesterfield Co. The will of one Edward Featherston was dated 20 Jul 1792, in which he mentioned a wife but omits her name, while mentioning 2 sons Charles and Edward, daughters Elizabeth and Lucy and stating that another child was expected. His brothers Charles and Henry and his nephew Henry Featherston were to be his executors. (Will Bk. 4, p. 505)
June 11, 1792, Henry Featherston conveyed to Thomas Hardie and Sally his wife for the sum of L 50 current money a tract of land containing 185 acres adjoining Robert Donals and David Perkinson on the east side of Swift Creek; purchased from Joseph Jackson and Frances his wife May 8, 1785. Witnessed by John Cogbill, Martin Baker, Thomas Bridgewater. (Deed Bk. 11, p. 181) (Sallie Featherston, daughter of Henry Featherston, married Thomas Hardie Oct. 27, 1791, Chesterfield Co. Marriage Records.)
April 10, 1797, Henry Featherston conveyed to Henry Featherston, Jr., for and in consideration love and affection, 200 acres of land lying on Timbury Run, to the fork of Deep Bottom adjoining Daniel Hatcher, Pleasant Suits, Daniel Jackson. (Deed Bk. 15, p. 37)
Dec. 12, 1801, William Featherston of the City of Richmond conveyed to Henry Featherston of Chesterfield County, for the sum of $50.99 67 1/2 acres of land bounded as in a plat made by the State of Virginia to the said William Featherston. (Deed Bk. 15, p. 383)
Henry Featherston and Elizabeth his wife of Chesterfield conveyed to Z. Hall 67 1/2 acres of land lying in Manchester Parish, Chesterfield County, adjoining Ruben Winfree, Samuel Roper, Benjamin Burmer and Stephen Watkins (Deeds 16, p. 392) dated 13 Feb 1804.
April 7, 1807, John Brander, Henry Featherston and William Archer conveyed to Edward Archer a tract of land on Timbury Run or Hatcher Run. (Deed Bk. 17, p. 364)
Abraham Burton of old Henrico, later of Chesterfield Co., married Ann Featherston, removed to Amelia County where he died about 1736, when his will was entered for probate. His widow Ann died in 1745. At the time of making her will she mentioned grandchildren Charles and Abraham Burton, sons of her son Charles. Their removal to Amelia may have been the reason for the going into that county of Charles Featherston.
We find that Charles Featherston, evidently from Chesterfield Co., came 40 miles to court in 1758 as a witness for Bartholomew Dupee, for which he was to be paid 315 pounds of tobacco (Suit vs. Frederick Baugh).
From the family Bible still preserved in the family and now owned by Frederick M. Featherston of Richmond, Virginia, we find that Charles Featherston was born in the year of 1743, married Ann French in 1781, their marriage bond being dated 23rd Nov. of that year.
We have no record proving an earlier marriage, but at the time of early marriages it was unusual for men to marry earlier. (Marie Rutledge: “Mrs. Fothergill obviously intended to say that it was “Usual” for men to marry earlier”.) He seems to have been in Amelia much earlier than the date of his marriage to Ann French, as on July 23, 1767 he, Charles Featherston of Amelia County, purchased 210 acres of land on Flatt Creek from James and John Murry, executors of the estate of James Murry deceased of Prince George County which he had purchased from Thomas Eldridge and his wife. It was described as lying in Horsepen Branch of Flatt Creek. The consideration was L305 current money. (Deed Bk. 9, p. 185) This was the land which long continued in the family and on which their home was located until the late 1880s.
On March 25, 1790 Charles Featherston qualified as executor of the estate of Thomas French deceased. (Order Bk. 1788-91, p. 220)
Charles Featherston added to his land holdings 22 June 1797 when he purchased from John Walke and Hannah his wife 100 acres which adjoined his other land, that of General Eveard Meade, John and James Robertson. (Deed Bk. 20, page 333)
Then on 9 Dec 1809, we find that his son Charles H. Featherston bought 53 acres of land from Richard E. Meade on Genitoe Creek, adjoining John Lane and James Robertson, Sr., for the sum of $593.60. (Deed Bk. 28, p. 175)
Charles Featherston, born in 1743, died in 1828, married Ann French 1781. They had 3 children: (1) Dorothy French, born May 1783, married 25 Sept. 1800, Cadwallader Jones; (2) Charles Henry Featherston, born 3 May 1786, married Elizabeth Short Thornton, dau. of Col. Sterling Clack and Mary Jones Thornton, in Prince Edward County, 15 Jan 1807; (3) Calphurina (Pheny) Wherry Featherston born 21 Feb 1799, married William H. L. Tabb, 2 Dec. 1822, in Amelia County. (Family Bible Records and Amelia Co. Mar. Rec.)
We see that Charles Henry Featherston was married in Jan. 1807, so the couple probably lived with his father and mother, since he does not seem to have acquired land until 11 July 1810, when his father and mother, Charles and Ann Featherston, John R. Archer and Charles E. Featherston – the latter of Chesterfield County – conveyed to Charles E. Featherston, for love and affection 210 acres of land on the Lower Horsepen Branch; 26 negro slaves, sheep, cattle, silver plate, household furniture, plantation tools, in trust; the death of her said husband, and to be supported in such manner as she has been accustomed to live while a member of her husband’s family; and after her support is paid for by said Charles Featherston during his life it is to be continued at his death by such persons as he shall appoint but in case he should not appoint some person to direct matters it would be divided amongst the children he may have at his death or among their children. Signed by Charles Featherston, Ann M. Featherston, Charles E. Featherston and John M. Archer. The witnesses were: Francis Drake, D. Rottray, Charles Walthall, Daniel Rowlett, James Farriss, and R. Chastain. This was recorded in Deed Bk. 24, p. 107, Amelia County.
1 July 1810 Charles Featherston of Amelia Co. conveyed to Charles A. (Joyce F. Hawkins: “I believe this should read Charles H.”) and to Charles E. Featherston for and in consideration of love and affection for his daughter Dorothy F. the wife of Cadwallader Jones and the sum of $20 cash, 10 negro slaves which are not in her possession, for the term of her natural life and then to her children. Witnessed by Philip Dunnivant, William Warrimer, Henry W. Roverson. (Deed Bk. 28, p. 238)
On 23 Oct. 1813, Charles Featherston of Amelia conveyed to Charles H. and Charles E. Featherston for the benefit of his daughter Calphurnia Featherston 12 negro slaves, 1 dozen silver spoons, 1 feather bed and furniture, a horse, bridle and saddle for her life and then to her children. Witnesses: Christopher Walthall, Daniel Bowlett, James Ferriss, R. Chastin, Jr. (Deed Bk. 28, p. 660) (This daughter married Wm. H. L. Tabb in 1822)
22 Oct 1813, Charles Featherston conveyed to Charles H. and Charles E. Featherston as trustees for the benefit of his grandchildren Cassandra Calvin Jones, Cladius Cicero Jones, Camelius Jones, Canddolas Jones and Charles H. Featherston at the age of 21 years 2 negro slaves each. (Deed Bk. 28, p. 661)
29 April 1816, Charles H. Featherston gave a deed of trust on the 100 acres of his land called the Crab Orchard, to secure a debt which he owed to Cadwallader Jones, his security against him in a case. The above deed of trust was released 18 Feb. 1817, as said Featherston had paid the amount due. (Deed Bk. 24, p. 368)
Charles and Elizabeth S. Featherston, on 15 Dec 1827, conveyed to John T. Leigh, Trustee, and John Booker, executor of James H. Conway, said Booker has obtained judgement against John B. Archer and said Charles H. Featherston for the sum of $747.83 and said Featherston have undertaken to discharge the said judgment therefore they convey to said John T. Leigh 153 acres of land called the Crab Orchard. Said trust deed certified to by William J. Barksdale and Hodijah Meade. (Deed Bk. 30, p. 14)
28 July 1831 John Booker and John T. Leigh purchased the above tract of land, having been sold under the above deed of trust.
The above Charles Henry Featherston was born 3 May 1786; married to Elizabeth Short Thornton January 1807 and died in the year 1865. We know that her parents lived for some years in the lower part of Amelia Co. in the neighborhood of Spinners Branch and the Namozeen Road. They moved to Prince Edward Co. where they lived for some 10 years or more, about one mile from Hampden-Sidney College, where their only son William Jones Thornton, was educated; later they removed to Lynchburg, where they both died.
It is most likely that their daughter Elizabeth returned to Amelia Co. to visit relatives. Her father, Sterling Clack Thornton, had an Aunt Prudence Thornton who married Samuel Pryor in Glouchester Co.; then, a niece Mary Thornton married Everard Meade and made their home at the Hermitage, adjoining Featherston lands. Elizabeth must have visited some of these relatives where she could very easily have met the son of their neighbor, Charles H. Featherston, and married after her return to Prince Edward. The original bond, with a note of consent for her marriage, is of record there, signed by her father, Sterling C. Thornton.
Amelia County continued
According to the record still preserved, we find that their first child was a son, Charles H. who was born 13 October 1807, died 19 Jan. 1833. His will was written 18 May 1832 in which he left his riding mare to his sister Amanda L. P., his mule to his mother for life and then to brother John L. and sister Mary B. Featherston. Negro Man Joe to be hired out until brother Montgomery is 21 years of age, when he is to have him. He left Stokes Thurstall as executor; witnesses:
Charles H. Featherston, Sr., Samuel Burton, Claudius C. Jones. (Will Bk. 12, p. 430)
Richard S. Featherston, born Dec. 8, 1808; nothing further known. Amanda, born 9 Feb. 1811, died 10 June 1859.
Edward, born 8 Dec. 1813, died 1 Sept. 1853; married Mary Howlett in Edenton, NC, 23 April 1845
(Record in Dept. of Hist., Raleigh). (Joyce F.Hawkins: “This Edward, shown other places as Edward A., that Mrs. Fothergill says died 1 Sept. 1853, and widely recorded in other sources this way, did not die until 1 Sept. 1888. Even Mrs. Fothergill continues records for Edward after 1853.”)
Their children: Fannie, who married Walter Coleman of Amelia and still living – 1935.
Sally, who married Alfred M. Archer
Annie, married (1) A.M. Brown and (2) Price Jones
Harvey, who died unmarried
Libby, who married R. A. Bendall
Charles Henry, who married Lillian Quarles and had issue: Edward. Charles. Sallie. Norfleet
Fredrick Marcellus, who married Inez Reed and had issue: Frederick. Elizabeth. James.Charles Virgil. Watson.
Mercer and Montgomery, twin sons of Charles and Elizabeth Featherston, were born 8 Dec 1814. Montgomery married (1) Susan Snellings of Chesterfield Co. and had 2 children who died unmarried; (2) Emily Ann Agee, and had Sarah who died young and James who married Sallie Massie (Ragland) and had issue: Alpha Agee, died single; Emily Montgomery, died single; Nathaniel Ragland, who married Anna Marshall and lives (1935) in Appomattox; Mary Elizabeth, who married Warren A. Thornhill; Martha Trent, single; Lucie Lillie, married Robert E. Baldwin.
William Booker Featherston was born 25 May 1817, went to Lynchburg where he married his first cousin Melvina Fitzallen Talbott; they had a school there but removed to Cleburn, Texas about 1854, where she died about five years later, leaving an only child, William Booker Featherston, who was later Judge of the United States District Court.
Martha E. and Mary went to Texas with their brother William Booker Featherston, Sr., where Martha married John W. Doty, leaving no issue. Mary married General E. C. Turner and left one child, Martha, who married B. F. Clayton and left issue: Edwin, Benjamin, Charles and Mary Clayton.
Leadrius M. Featherston, son of Charles H. and Elizabeth S. Thornton Featherston, was born 1 Jan. 1820. Everard Meade, another son, was born 13 March 1822, died Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1895, leaving a widow and a daughter Bettie Lee, now (1935) Mrs. Ford of Oklahoma City.
John R. A. Featherston, born 6 Dec. 1824, died at the age of 87 years at the home of his nephew, Judge William Booker Featherston in Cleburn, Texas. He seemingly did not marry.
18 March 1843, John Robertson and Elizabeth his wife conveyed to Charles H. Featherston, trustee, 225 acres of land at Tabbe Bridge, adjoining Joseph Scott, W. Dunnevant and William Booker; also 8 negroes. (Deed Bk. 35, p. 73)
22 July 1863, Edward A. Featherston, as executor of the will of Charles H. Featherston, conveyed to William A. Willston and Pleasant Wilkinson, trustees of the Baptist congregation worshipping in the brick church known as Mt. Tabor, for the sum of $500 the land on which the church stands, on the Jenitoe Road; to permit the Mt. Tabor congregation to remain in possession as long as white members may think proper to do so. The part of the first part to give no interest to colored congregations, but to be in the entire and exclusive control of white members. (Deeds 40, p. 105)
By this time Edward A. Featherston was living in the lower part of Amelia and was buying more land, as on 30 October 1869 he bought of J. S. Fitzgerald and Elizabeth his wife 644 acres, lying on Sweathouse Creek adjoining Daniel Craddock and C. C. Coleman. (Deeds 41, p. 138).
24 April 1860, William J. Norfleet and Eliza P. his wife of Chowan Co., NC, conveyed to Edward A. Featherston of Amelia Co., for the sum of $1000 a tract of land containing 25 acres, lying in Amelia County adjoining the heirs of Alfred Mann, on the Richmond Road and Namozeen Road, commonly called the Cross Road. (Deeds 41, p. 247).
15 Feb. 1870, Edward A. Featherston and Mary M. his wife had conveyed to Richard Hardaway 21 Nov. 1876 a tract of land adjoining Mt. Tabor Church on Genitoe Road; said Hardaway gave a deed of trust on same to W. O. Harvey in order to secure payment on same to E. A. Featherston. (Deeds 45, p. 123)
13 October 1880, Edward A. Featherston and Mary his wife gave a deed of trust on 350 acres of land lying on Genitoe Road adjoining B. Dennis, Isham Clements, Baker, Meade’s old farm, to pay bonds due Robert R. Wood. (Deeds 45, p. 155).
Edward A. Featherston purchased the first tract of land in the lower part of Amelia Co. Feb. 10, 1851, when Mary Cocke, Mary Susan Cocke, Martha A. Cocke, Richard F. Taylor, and Rosa Lee his wife, the only heirs of James E. Cocke, deceased, the tract of land which said E. A. Featherston had purchased of James E. Cocke, who had not made a title to it. The tract contained 150 acres and adjoined Armistead Coleman, John Phillips, and John Willson on Namozeen Road. It was purchased by said James E. Cocke from John A. Jeter in 1843. (Deeds _____)
11 Nov. 1865 Edward A. Featherston purchased from Asa Kidd, executor of estate of Patty ____ 210 1/2 acres for the sum of $1294.57, on the south side of Namozeen Road on Wintercomake (?) creek adjoining Robert Cousins and Henry C. Gregory. (Deeds 39, p. 410)
On October 3, 1813, Charles Featherston and Ann M. his wife conveyed to John R. Archer and Charles E. Featherston as trustees, certain real and personal estate and provided that Charles E. Featherston should have power to direct to whom the said property should be given at his death; in pursuance of said power, said Charles H. Featherston on 4 Nov 1860 did direct that the said tract of land so conveyed with all crops, stock, tools, and implements that might be on his land at his death together with kitchen furniture on the place be sold. Edward A. Featherston, executor named in this will, 10 Aug. 1865, qualified and gave bond in the sum of $10,000. The other executor, Everard M. Featherston, failed to qualify. Edward A. Featherston, in pursuance of the power contained in the deed 23 Oct. 1813 and in the will of 1860, agreed to sell to GV Garrett Vanderbrough the tract on which said Charles H. Featherston resided, containing 411 1/2 acres, for the sum of $4010.00, reserving 1/2 acre contained in and around the grave yard, to be the family graveyard. (Deeds 41, p. 105). Deed dated 23 Dec 1868.
25 February 1885, Edward A. Featherston, R. A. Coleman, and R. E. Clay, school trustees of Jackson District, Amelia Co., purchased of R. S. Wills and Mary his wife, for the sum of $10 one acre of land adjoining said Wills on Ricky Hill Road. (Deeds 47, p. 523)
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In March 1887, E. A. Featherston being indebted to Nannie J. Vaughn, sold to L. H. Vaughn for the sum of $650 land on Genitoe Road, adjoinging B. Dennis, Isham Clements, Baker, Dick Hardaway, Meade’s old farm and others, on Horsepen Branch, 337 1/2 acres. (Deeds 47, p. 678)
19 July 1886, Edward A. Featherston sold to Martha and Armistead Knibbs for the sum of $150 31 acres of land on the north side of Genitoe Road, Dick Hardaway, Isham Clements. (Deeds 48, p. 143)
29 July 1885, Edward Featherston conveyed to R. D. Maben, 200 acres of land to secure an indebtedness to Samuel F. Epes of $400 due by a bond due 12 months after date. Land adjoined M. J. Oliver, L. H. Featherston, Mary A. Cosby, J. S. Gills, said E. A. Featherston and on Sweathouse Creek. R. D. Maben, trustee. (Deeds 48, p. 210)
On March 1, 1889 we find that Charles H. Featherston (sold?) to W. O. Coleman as trustee for the sum of $100 one Tennessee Two-horse wagon, one brown mare Nettie and all crops of every description that he is raising or may raise during the year 1889 on the farm now occupied by said Charles H. Featherston formerly owned by the late E. A. Featherston, in trust to secure to Sallie E. Archer payment of a bond bearing even date with this deed, payable 12 months after date. (Deeds 48, p. 283)
13 December 1893, W. E. Coleman and Fannie his wife to L. H. Featherston for the sum of $600, tract of land containing 200 acres adjoining W. J. Oliver, Mrs. Cosby, N. L. Gills, and on Sweathouse Creek, it being part of land which was owned by E. A. Featherston purchased ….. (Marie Rutledge: “This is the way page 21 of Mrs. Fothergill’s manuscript ends — my page numbers are not the same as hers — different type, etc. — but it ends in the middle of a sentence — the paragraph immediately following this one above is on the top of page 22 of her manuscript and is a new paragraph.”)
On 15 Dec. 1895, Lewis H. Featherston gave a deed of trust on the land he (Deeds #50, p. 285) purchased from W. E. Coleman and Frances his wife for the sum of $600 brought suit against the administrator of E. A. Featherston, September Court 1869, commissioners J. A. Gills, R. G. Southall and F. R. Farrer, who are ordered to make sale of land. Said Southall made sale of 410 acres to J. S. Gills for the sum of $1200. (Deeds #52, p. 71)
Deed from T. Jefferson Branch and Bertha Branch to M. J. Oliver, J. A. Sydnor, W. S. Quarles, G. B. Hawked, E. A. Featherston, Frank Barwager, Robert Balligh, trustees of the Methodist Protestant Church of Amelia County, one acre of land lying near Mannboro on the north side of Namozeen Road, beginning at the center of said road to West line, being 12 feet east of the china tree standing near the line between said Branch and J. A. Sydner’s line leaving a 12 foot driveway between land conveyed and J. A. Sydnor’s line. Consideration $10. (Deeds #55, p. 146)
1 Dec. 1906, L(ewis) Harvey Featherston conveyed to Edwin Thompson for the sum of $800 205 acres of land on Sweathouse Creek, adjoining M. J. Oliver, J. A. Gills, and Mrs. Mary A. Mosby, it having been conveyed to the said L. H. Featherston by W. E. Coleman and wife on 15 Dec. 1893. (Deeds 58, p. 14)
25 November 1915, Edwin Thompson and wife Sarah, R. P. Craddock conveyed to Lewis Harvie Featherston for the sum of $200 a tract of land containing 52 1/2 acres lying on Sweathouse Creek, to Gill’s Mill Road to F. J. Gills’ line. (Deeds)
On motion of Mrs. W. E. Coleman and other legatees, J. S. Sydnor was appointed to qualify as administrator of the estate of L. Harvey Featherston deceased who died intestate; sometimes called Lewis H. Featherston. J. A. Sydnor gave his bond in penalty of $300, J. H. Sydnor his surety.
The personal estate of Lewis Harvey Featherston amounted to $873.26. Schedule of distribution to heirs:
C. H. Featherston $145.92 Mrs. W. E. Coleman $145.92
Mrs. F. M. Dunnington $145.92 Mrs. Bernard Barrow $ 72.95
E. A. Archer $ 72.95 Mrs. J. S. Cosby $ 29.18
Mrs. Jesse Patterson $ 29.18 Mrs. F. W. Jones $ 29.18
Mrs Sarah Jones $ 29.18 Mrs. H.G. Gregory $ 29.18
Charles H. Featherston seems to have survived his wife Elizabeth S. since she is not mentioned in his will which is as follows:
I, Charles H. Featherston, son of Charles and Ann M. Featherston, of the county of Amelia do make this as and for my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me heretofore made.
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Whereas Charles Featherston and Ann M. his wife did on the 23rd day of October 1813 by deed recorded in the Clerk’s office of the county of Amelia convey unto John R. Archer and Charles E. Featherston trustees certain property real and personal mentioned in the said deed to be held by the said trustees upon trust mentioned in said deed. And whereas it is provided by said deed that I shall have authority and power by will to direct to whom the said property shall be given at my death, now therefore in execution of the power conferred on me by said deed I do make the following disposition and appointments of the said property to wit:
1. The tract of land conveyed by the said deed and all crops and stocks of every kind, horses, tools, farming implements, wagons that may be on the farm at my death together with all household and kitchen furniture and all other perishable property of every description on the premises at my death I direct to be sold by my executors on such terms as they shall deem best.
2. Out of the proceeds arising from the sales directed to be made by the preceding clause I direct that a sum of money equal to one fifth of said sales and the value of all the slaves which I have the power under the said deed to dispose of by will be invested by my executor in the 6% registered debt of the State of Virginia or such other public stock as my executors may deem best, the annual interest upon which I give to my son John R. Featherston during his natural life and at his death I give such issue to take such part as the deceased parent or parents would have taken if alive at the death of my said son. But should my son die without issue living at his death then I give the said capital sum to his brothers and sisters to be equally divided between them or such of them as may be alive at his death, and the issue of such as may have died leaving issue, such issue to take such part as their deceased parent or parents would have taken if alive at the death of my said son.
3. I direct that the whole of the residue of the proceeds arising from the sales directed by the 1st clause after providing for the investment directed to be made for my son John and all the slaves which under the deed aforesaid which I have the power to dispose of by will shall be divided into 4 equal parts, 1 of which is to include Winney and her 6 children: Emmett, Catherine, Patrick, Jordan, Phil and Jenny, and the future increase of the females. I give unto my son Edward A. Featherston absolute property and if the slaves aforesaid given to Edward A. shall exceed in value of his fourth he is to account for the excess to his brother Everard M. Featherston and his sisters Martha and Mary and such excess shall constitute a lein on the said slaves, and I give to my son Everard M. Featherston in absolute property one other fourth part in which is to be included a negro woman named Maria who is to be valued at $800, the said woman being now in the possession of my daughter Martha. I give to my daughter Martha E. Doty for her sole and separate use during her life free from the debts and control of her present or any future husband and her death I give to her children living or the issue of any who may have died leaving issue alive issue to take the part of the parent or parents should have taken at the death of said daughter, but should said daughter die without issue living at her death then I give the said fourth to her brothers and sisters to be equally divided among them or such of them as may be alive at her death and the issue of such as may have died leaving issue at her death such issue to take part deceased parent or parents would have taken if alive at the death of my said daughter; and the remaining one fourth (in which of my daughter Mary) which is to be valued at $800, I give to my daughter Mary E. Featherston for sole and separate use for her life free from the debts or control of any husband she may marry and at her death to her children living at her death and the issue of such as may have died leaving issue living at her death of such issue to take such part as the deceased parent or parents would have taken if alive at her death of my said daughter Mary E. Featherston.
4. I have heretofore given to my son William B. Featherston in various forms more than the shares of his brothers and sisters under the will; I therefore give him one dollar to show that he is not pretermitted and no more.
5. I appoint my son Edward A. Featherston and Everard M. Featherston executors of this will having full confidence in their integrity request that no security may be required of them or their qualifications as executors. In testimony I have here subscribed my name the fourth day of November in the year 1860.
Signed and acknowledged by Charles H. Featherston in our presence we have in his presence and in the presence of all others subscribed our names as witnesses to this will at his request. Pleasant Wilkinson, Charles F. Williams
This will was entered for probate at August Court 1865 in Amelia County (Will Bk. 19, p. 64)
Edward A. Featherston sold off all the land on Genitoe Road and Horsepen Branch after which his brothers seem to have left the county. As late as 2 May 1883, he sold 50 acres of the said tract to Isham Clements for the sum of $300 adjoining Mt. Tabor Church, Dr. Ben Bennis and the old Genitoe Road, said E. A. Featherston. (Deeds #56, p. 341)
Edward A. Featherston made his will 3 February 1888:
1st All debts to be paid.
2nd. All estate to be kept together for 2 or 3 years except that I desire there shall be an appraisement and sale of my personal effects except as herein provided and worked under L. J. Featherston’s direction.
3rd. After payments of just debts $3,000 shall be held by W. E. Coleman as trustee the interest only of which shall to the maintenance and support of E. M. Featherston and Annie Featherston as long as they live or remain single, the principle of the said sum never to be touched and the surpls of interest if any to go to as increase of the principal.
4th. I give $3,000 to be equally divided between my 4 daughters at the death of E. M. Featherston and Annie Featherston, her interest to cease and at her marriage and the whole sum to E. M. Featherston.
5th. Any residue left I will my son Charles is to have $150.
6th. To L. H. Featherston a bed, bedstead, necessary convering for the same, say the one he sleeps on, also 1/2 the corn, oats, fodder and shucks made in the year 1888 in the year I die; also wheat sown by him.
7th. Sallie Archer my gold spectacles and a Bible.
8th. To E. M. Featherston my wearing apparel.
9th. To my granddaughter Lucy Bendall a colt named Strange to be kept on the farm until 3 years of age free of charge.
10th. To L. H. Bendall 1 cow to be selected by himself.
11th. After paying all bequests I give to my sons L. H. and R. E. Featherston the sum of $500 each.
12th. The residue of estate after paying above bequests shall be divided among all my children.
13th. W. E. Coleman executor and request the court not to require any security of him.Witnesses: John A. Gills, M. J. Oliver. The inventory and appraisement returned 19 July 1888 by M. J. Oliver, J. A. Gills and J. A. Wills.
(Will Bk.22, p.622)
William Featherston of Prince George & Amelia