Household 54 - Henry Wilkins - Contributed by Gail M. Walczyk
Henry Wilkins

HOUSEHOLD 54

[A147]

Henry Wilkins was the son of Stockley Wilkins and Edith his wife (Walczyk Chancery Vol 2, p. 15). He was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1747. Henry died in 1802 (Nottingham, Land Causes, 1728-1825, p. 101). He married Anne Drummond circa 1782 (Whitelaw p. 1260). Anne was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1760. Anne was the daughter of George Drummond and Susanna his wife (Nottingham, Wills p. 228). Anne died in 1797 (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. 101). The text in part reads . . . . said Ann departed this life in the year 1797 a feme covert . . . NOTE: a feme covert - A married woman. Generally used in reference to the former legal disabilities of a married woman, as compared with the condition of a feme sole. - (Black's Law, p. 817).

Anne was named as heir in her father George's will (Nottingham, Wills p. 228). An abstract reads:
DRUMMOND, GEORGE - 9 May 1765 - 25 Nov. 1766 - To son Richard Drummond all my land & plantation at Accomack Court House where I now live and my land at Back Creek on the Bayside. To daughter Anne Drummond all my land & my interest in any land at Messongo Creek. Should my said 2 children die under age & without issue the land at Accomack Court House to go to George Drummond, the son of my brother William, & my land at Back Creek & Messongo to Richard Drummond, son of my deceased brother Spencer Drummond. To mother Anne Buncle. Son Richard & daughter Anne Drummond residual legatees. Brother William Drummond & friend James Henry Exrs. Witt: J. Hanby, David Bowman, John Powell.
Whitelaw states: (Whitelaw, p 1260, 1261). 1766 - George Drummond left his interest in the land to his daughter Anne who married Henry Wilkins of Northampton. 1787 - Henry and Ann Wilkins sold 100 acres to George Croswell. 1812 - A commissioner appointed by the court to settle the Wilkins estate sold 54 acres to Jacob Northam, and 14 acres more were retained by a William Northam . . . In her brother, HOUSEHOLD 41. Richard Drummond's heirs Richard Drummond's will on 6 June 1794 in Accomack Co., VA, Anne was named as an heir. It was probated 16 October 1794 (Nottingham, Wills p. 404, 405). An abstract of his will reads:
DRUMMOND, RICHARD, Jr. - 6 June 1794 - 16 Oct. 1794 - Personal property to wife Esther until my son George arrives to the age of 21 years, then to said George, if he shall be the only child she shall have living by me at that time, or if she have more children living by me at that time to be equally divided between them. In case of the death of my children wife to have personal property. Should my wife have another son by me I bequest said son my Back Creek planta, containing 250 acres, the Meeting house field & land adjcent thereto, 2 half acre lots in the Town of Drummond with a double house thereon, & one half acre lot with a single house thereon adjcent Fisher's lots, & my Exrs. to purchase for him about 50 acres of land if it can be done convenient. & if not I give my said son 150£ to be placed at interest. In case my wife should have a daughter I bequest said daughter my Back Creek plantation aforesaid, & my Exrs. shall endeavor to purchase my said daughter 50 acres of land, & if it cannot be done she to have 50 acres of land where Elijah Booth lives, & 2 half acre lots in the Town of Drummond with double house thereon. To Patience Robinson during her natural life, the grass Lot at present in her tenure adjcent the County Road, Potters Lot & Simpsons Lot in Drummond Town, reversion to my son George Drummond. To son George all the residue of my lands & lots. Slaves to be free after specified terms of service. Should all my children die without issue before they arrive to lawful age, I give to George Drummond Wilkins, my nephew & godson, my whole estate, real & personal before given to my son George Drummond, the 50 acres where Elijah Booth lives, the Meeting house field & the land adjcent thereto on the Western side of the Middle Road, the 2 half acre lots & double house thereon in Drummond Town and the 50 acres intended to be purchased by my Exrs, or if not purchased the 150£ in lieu thereof. To all the children of my sister Anne Wilkins, except George Drummond Wilkins. 60 acres of my Back Creek plantation to Richard, son of my cousin Richard Drummond. 40 acres to Richard, son of my cousin Anne Bayly, & the residue of said plantation to Richard, son of my cousin Spencer Drummond. To the children of my deceased sister Susanna Townsend the residue of my personal estate Should George Drummond Wilkins die before lawful age; the estate given him to go to the children of my sister Wilkins equally. John Cropper, Jr. to be guardian to my son George Drummond & to such other child or children as I may hereafter have. John Cropper, Jr. Exr. Witt: George Corbin, Edward Fisher, Jemima Kelley.
Anne Drummond was mentioned as Ann D. Wilkins in court on 31 December 1811 in Accomack Co., VA (Nottingham, Land Causes,, p. 101). The text reads:
Wilkins vs - Partition Suit. Northam, &c.

Came George D. Wilkins, John Wilkins & Peggy Wilkins, by Major S. Pitts, their attorney, and brought their bill in chancery against William Northam, John H. Mason & Ann Mason. That a certain Ann D. Wilkins, mother of the complainants was in her lifetime and at the time of her death seized in fee simple of & in a certain tract of land (swamp) situate in the said county on Mesongo, containing about 75 acres, adjoining the land of Col. Cropper &c., that the said Ann departed this life in the year 1797 a feme covert, leaving the following children, to-wit: the present complainants & Sukey & Rachel Wilkins: to all of whom the said land descended, subject to the right of their father, Henry Wilkins as tenant by the Curtesy therein; that the said Henry Wilkins, the father, departed this life in the year 1802, and the said lands became vested in the aforesaid children of the said Ann; that Sukey, one of the children of the said Ann, sometime afterwards intermarried with a certain George Mason & on the __ day of ____, the said George & Sukey his wife conveyed the said Sukey's interest in said land to a certain William Northam of this County; that sometime after this, to-wit: about the month of August, 1810, the said Sukey, the wife of George Mason, departed this life intestate leaving issue to-wit: John H. Mason & Ann Mason, both of whom are infants; that sometime after this, to-wit: upon the __ day of Oct. 1810, Nathaniel Wilkins, one of the aforesaid children of Ann, departed this life an infant, intestate & without issue, so that his undivided part of the said land descended to the complainants & to John & Ann Mason, the children of Sukey, and so the complainants & William Northam & John & Ann Mason together & undivided hold the said lands &c. 31 Dec. 1811.
Henry Wilkins was mentioned in a Chancery Court Cause - 1763 Final Decree in Northampton Co., VA (Walczyk Chancery Vol 2, p. 15). The case reads in part: To the Worshipful the Justices of Northampton County Court sitting in Chancery Humbly sheweth unto your Worships your Orators Thomas Wilkins and Henry Wilkins Infants under the Age of twenty one by Obadiah Johnson their Guardian that a certain Stockley Wilkins of the county of Northampton the Father of your orators being in his Life Time and at the Time of his Death seized or possessed of the following Negroes to wit Nanny and Daniel as of his own Property on or about the third Day of may anno Dom 1752 duly made and published his last Will and Testament in Writing bearing Date the same Day and Year and thereby amongst other Things specifically devised unto your Orator and the said John Wilkins the Deft the aforesaid Negroes with all their Increase to be equally divided between them when the said John should arrive unto the Age of twenty one Years and that the said Testator soon after making and Publishing the said Will departed this Life have constituted and appointed Edith Wilkins the Mother of your Orator's his whole and sole Executrix

Henry Wilkins was mentioned in Accomack Court on 23 August 1782 (Nottingham, Land Causes,, p. 34). The case reads in part:
The joint and separate answers of Henry Wilkins and Ann, his wife, defendants, to the bill of complaint of Thomas Bailey and Ann, his wife - That the said George Drummond made his last will and testament bearing date the 9 May 1765, and thereby devised all his interest in the Mesongo land to his daughter Ann, the defendant, and soon after departed this life &c. - Answer dated 23 Sept. 1782.
On 26 February 1796 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of Henry Wilkins (in right of his wife) were processioned.(Walczyk, Processioners, p. 24). The text reads: Feby 26th Lines between Comfort Warrington & Teackle Warrington (corner black gum). Lines between Thomas Bayly & Henry Wilkins (maple). NOTE: Henry Wilkins claimed this Accomack County land in right of his wife, Anne Drummond.

Henry Wilkins was mentioned in a Chancery Court Cause in Northampton Co., VA. Dismissed 20 January 1807 (Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816.) The text reads in part:
To the Worshipful Justices of Northampton Coy in chancery humbly complaining sheweth unto your worships your oratirx Sukey Wilkins, that a certain Henry Wilkins father of your oratrix, was in his lifetime & at the time of his death seized & possessed in his own right of a certain tract or parcel of land containing seventy Acres, situate lying & being in the Coy of Accomack in Messongo Swamp & adjopining the lands of that your Oratrix's sd. Father departed this Life on the _ day of __ Intestate possess of the afsd: land in fee simple leaving the following children, to wit, your oratrix George, John Peggy, & Nathl Wilkins, to whom the sd. land descended in [-----]. That sd. land is altogether unprofitable, there being no settlement upon the same, & from the lowness of it's situation umpossible to be drained, so as to be so as to be cultivated & your oratris hat been anxious that sd. land might be sold, as the timber upon it was all that was of any value, & that was dayly reduceing & your oratrix had hoped that a Sale might be effected without further trouble or delay. . . .
On in 1808 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of Henry Wilkins heirs and Richard Drummond heirs were processioned. (Walczyk, Processioners 1797-1816, p. 110). The text reads in part: . . . Lines between Henry Wilkins' heirs & Richd Drummond's heirs, same present. Lines between Thos Bayly Senr & Henry Wilkins' heirs, same present. . . .

Henry Wilkins was mentioned in Northampton County Court on 17 November 1831 (Nottingham, Soldiers & Sailors p. 93). The text reads:
Margaret Harmanson & Susanna Wilkins duaghters of Henry Wilkins who was one of the children & heirs of Nathaniel Wilkins an officer in the Army of the Revolution are both dead; Margaret Harmanson left no child or issue & Susanna Wilkins married George Mason by whom she left children unknown to this court & the said children or their descendants, of Susanna Mason (formerly Wilkins) by George Mason her husband (who is also dead) are the only heirs at law of Henry Wilkins dec'd. Nottingham's NOTE: The above is unquestionably an error. Henry Wilkins was the brother of Nathaniel Wilkins not the child of Nathaniel . . .

Henry Wilkins and Anne Drummond had the following children:
+i. Sukey Wilkins was born circa 1784. Sukey died in August 1810 (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. ). She married George Mason on 17 August 1805 in Northampton Co., VA (Mihalyka, Marriages, p. 70). The text reads: Mason, George to Susanna Wilkins 17 August 1805; Johannes Wise security; m 1805 by J. Elliott. George was born circa 1775. Sukey Wilkins was mentioned a Chancery Court Cause - Dismissed 20 January 1807 in Northampton Co., VA (Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816). Sukey Wilkins was mentioned in Accomack Court on 31 December 1811 (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. 101). Sukey was named in court on 17 November 1831 (Nottingham, Soldiers & Sailors p. 93).

Sukey Wilkins and George Mason had the following children: John H. Mason born circa 1807; Ann Mason born circa 1809.

ii. George Drummond Wilkins was born circa 1786. Richard Drummond mentions George Drummond Wilkins as his nephew in his will 16 October 1794 in Accomack Co., VA. It was proved 16 October 1794 (Nottingham, Wills p. 404. 405). George Drummond Wilkins was mentioned in a Chancery Court Cause - Dismissed 20 January 1807 in Northampton Co., VA (Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816). George Drummond Wilkins was mentioned in Accomack Court on 31 December 1811 (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. 101).

iii. John Wilkins was born circa 1788. John Wilkins was mentioned in a Chancery Court Cause - Dismissed 20 January 1807 in Northampton Co., VA (Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816).
On 31 December 1811, John Wilkins was mentioned in Accomack Court on 31 December 1811. (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. 101).

iv. Margaret Wilkins was born circa 1790. Margaret Wilkins was mentioned in a Chancery Court Cause - Dismissed 20 January 1807 in Northampton Co., VA (Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816). Margaret Wilkins Wilkins was mentioned in Accomack Court on 31 December 1811. (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. 101). She married a Harmanson (Nottingham, Soldiers & Sailors p. 93).

v. Nathaniel Wilkins was born circa 1792. Nathaniel Wilkins was mentioned a Chancery Court Cause - Dismissed 20 January 1807 in Northampton Co., VA (Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816). Nathaniel Wilkins was mentioned in Accomack Court on 31 December 1811 (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. 101).

vi. Rachel Wilkins was born circa 1794. Rachel died before 1806. She was not named in the Northampton County Chancery Cause in 1807 (Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, Sukey Wilkins vs Peggy Wilkins et als 1807-005. Rachel Wilkins was mentioned in Accomack Court on 31 December 1811 (Nottingham, Land Causes, p. 101).


Sources:

_____. Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816 Sukey Wilkins vs Peggy Wilkins et als 1807-005. Local Government Records Collection, Northampton County Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Accessed 6 January 2009. <http://www.lva.virginia.go v/whatwehave/local/chancery/in dex.htm>

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