Household 29 - John Parsons - Contributed by Gail M. Walczyk
JOHN PARSONS

HOUSEHOLD 29

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John Parsons was the son of Mariot Parsons He was born circa 1733. John died before 14 January 1805. He married twice. He married Esther Evans circa 1758. Esther was born circa 1742. Esther was the daughter of Arthur Evans. In 1770 a complaint was heard in Chancery Court (Walczyk, Gail M. Chancery, Vol 2, p. 101). The case reads in part:
Thomas Underhill and Susanna his wife John Parsons & Esther his Wife Severn Nottingham and Elizabeth his wife Children and divisees of Arthur Evans late of Northampton County . . .
Esther died after 1795. He married second Susanna Elliott on 27 September 1803 in Northampton Co., VA (Mihalyka, Marriages, p. 83). The bond reads: Parsons, John to Susanna Costin 27 September 1803; John of Accomack Co.; Francis Costin security; married 1803, by J. Elliott. Susanna was born circa 1746. She had first married Francis Costin on 7 December 1764.

Whitelaw: (Whitelaw, p. 820). - [A57] The text reads:
1765 Henry Smith Part - He (wife Susanna) left to his son George, and in 1796 the latter now living in Northampton, and his wife Esther sold 114 acres to John Parsons .
Whitelaw: (Whitelaw, p. 81). The test reads:
1775 - Ralph and Elizabeth Dixon sold 300 acres at the south end to John Parsons. 1776 - John and Esther Parsons sold the northern half of 130 acres to William Trower. 1795 - John and Esther Parsons sold the next 103 acres to George Smith and five years later they sold a balance of 46 acres to William Parsons.
John Parsons also owned land in Saint George Parish District 11 in Accomack County.

On 29 December 1795 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of John Parsons were processioned. The text reads: Eleventh District Decr 29th 1795 . . . Lines between William Smith & John Parsons . . . Lines between John Parsons & William Boggs . . . (Walczyk, Processions, p. 1).

On Saturday 20 February 1796 the lands of John Parsons was processioned in Northampton Co., VA (Belote, Processions, p. 6). The Procession reads in part: This day we have begun the Lines between George Smith & John Parsons, between John Parsons & William Parsons, between William Parsons and John Trower, between John Trower & John Talor . . .

In 1800 in in Accomack Co., VA the lands Reuben Joynes were bounded by John Parsons. In the November 1800 court a survey and division of the lands of Reuben Joynes decd. was ordered. A John Parsons was living on this land. (Plat Book III). John Parsons was mentioned in a deed on 8 December 1801 in Accomack Co., VA in which Levi Rodgers bought land from Jacob Waterfield. SEE: Deed from Jacob Waterfield, wife Sally to Levi Rodgers

John made a will on 5 January 1803 in Northampton Co., VA. It was probated 14 January 1805 (Scott Wills, p. 36). An abstract of his will reads:
PARSONS, JOHN Sr. - 5 January 1803 / 14 January 1805 - I give to my son William Parsons the land whereon he now lives forever. also one half whereon the wind mill stands and half the mill. I give to my son Thomas Parsons on hundred and one acres of land which I bought of John Trower forever also a Negro Girl Leah and her increase and Cesar my Negro carpenter. I give my son John Parsons the land bought of Reuben Joine with an addition of about 20 acres making in all about eighty acres also a Negro woman named Adah. I give to my son Marrot Parsons the land I had of George Smith containing by estimation one hundred acres also a Negro woman named Tully. All the remaining part of my estate I leave to be equally divided between my six children William Parsons, Mary Costin, Esther Smith's children, Thomas Parsons, and Marrot Parsons. Witt: Nathaniel Goffigon, William Havard, John Collins and Henry Collins
John Parsons and Esther Evans had the following children:
i. William Parsons was born circa 1758. William died on 14 January 1839.

ii. Mary Parsons was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1761. She married twice. She married William Joynes on 31 December 1779 in Northampton Co., VA (Mihalyka, Marriages, p. 62). The text reads: Joynes, William to Mary Parsons 31 December 1779; daughter of John Parsons; Walter Hyslop security. She married second Mathew Costin on 24 November 1791 in Northampton Co., VA. The text reads: Costin, Mathew to Mary Joynes 24 November 1791; widow; William Satchell Jr. security. Mathew was born circa 1760. Mathew was the son of Mathew Costin. In John Parsons will on 5 January 1803 in Northampton Co., VA, Mary was named as an heir (Scott, Wills, p. 36).

iii. Esther Parsons was born circa 1767. She married George Smith December 1787 in Northampton Co., VA (Mihalyka, Marriages, p. 101).

iv. Thomas Parsons was born circa 1770. In John Parsons will on 5 January 1803 in Northampton Co., VA, Thomas was named as an heir. It was probated 14 January 1805 (Scott Wills, p. 36). He married Nancy Hyslop on 11 May 1805. (Mihalyka, Ii> Marriages p. 83). The text reads: Parsons, Thomas to Nancy Hyslop 11 May 1805; Custis Hyslop security; married by J. Elliott. On 13 May 1811 Nancy married John A. Hyslop. The text reads: Hyslop, John A. to Nancy Parsons; 13 May 1811; Custis Hyslop security; married by J. Elliott (83). On 10 January 1808 the lands of William Parsons were Processioned in Northampton Co., VA (Belote, Processions, p. 55).The Procession reads in part: Between George Smith & William Parsons, between said Smith & said Trower's between William Parsons & Thomas Parsons, between Thomas Parsons & Shadrick Travis, between William Parsons & Henry Costin Belote Processions p. 55). Thomas died of a sudden illness before May 1810 (Northampton Chancery Collection).

Thomas Parsons and Nancy Hyslop had the following children: William Parsons circa 1806, Sukey Parsons circa 1808, and Thomas Parsons circa 1810 (Chancery).

v. Mariot Parsons was born circa 1773. Marriot was listed on the payroll of Captain William Jarvis' Company of the twenty-seventh Regiment of Virginia Militia, Northampton County, in the service the United States commanded by Col Major Major S. Pitts, from 1st to 22d October 1813 and from 31st of May to 4th of August 1814 (War of 1812 Vol II, p. 113-114). The text reads: Mariott Parsons, Private, 1 month 21 days.

vi. John Parsons was born circa 1776. John was listed on the payroll of Captain William Jarvis' Company He married Susanna Costin on 27 September 1803. The text reads: Parsons, John to Susanna Costin 27 September 1803; John of Accomack Co.; Francis Costin security; married 1803 by J. Elliott. She was the daughter of Francis Costin. John Parsons was listed on the payroll of Captain William Jarvis' Company of the twenty-seventh Regiment of Virginia Militia, Northampton County, in the service of the United States commanded by Col Major Major S. Pitts, from 1st to 22d October 1813 and from 31st of May to 4th of August 1814 (War of 1812 Vol II, p. 113-114). The text reads: John Parsons, Private, 1 month 15 days.

Sources:

_____. Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816. Local Government Records Collection, Northampton County Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. </http://www.lva.virginia.gov/whatwehave/local/chancery/index.htm>1811-006 William Parsons vs William Parsons et al etc. Pk 165.

_____. Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. Vol I. Baltimore MD: Genealogical Publishing Company 2001.

Belote, Tammy Northampton County Procession Returns 1796-1828. Coram NY: Peter's Row, 2007.

Mihalyka, Jean M. Marriages. Northampton County, Virginia. 1660/1-1854. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1990.

Scott, Dr. David R. Abstracts of the Wills and Administrations of Northampton County, VA 1800-1854. Camden Maine: Picton Press, 2008.

Walczyk, Gail M. Northampton County VA Chancery Causes, 1721-1816, Vol 2. Coram NY: Peters Row, 2009.

Walczyk, Gail M. Accomack County Processioners Returns 1796 -1816 for Accomack and St. George's Parishes. Coram NY: Peter's Row, 2003.

Whitelaw, Ralph T. Virginia's Eastern Shore.A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties, Two Vols. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith.


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