Or, Subtitled: “The said Frances Whitlock was poſseſsed of a good Estate and did live like a gentlewoman and further Saith not”
As I ended my previous posting discussing James Whitlock (bef. 1690 – 1736) of New Kent and Hanover Counties, Virginia, I wrote that in a subsequent posting, I’d provide information about James’s wife Frances following James’s death, when Frances remarried to Anthony Hoggatt. As the posting I’ve just linked indicates, after the death of her second husband Anthony Hoggatt in Albemarle County in 1755, Frances filed suit in chancery court in Prince Edward County against Anthony’s executors Nathaniel Hoggatt, a son of Anthony by his first wife, and Charles Venable. The case file for this chancery lawsuit contains valuable information including a transcript of the otherwise lost will of James Whitlock, a document I discussed in detail in the posting linked above. Other documents in the case file provide important details about Frances’s life including when she married Anthony Hoggatt. In this posting, I’ll discuss the documents in Frances Hoggatt v. Exrs. of Anthony Hoggatt in detail.
Or, Subtitled: Drugget, Shalloon, and Hanks of Silk, Execution of an Enslaved Man, and a Father Disinheriting His Son
Having completed a series of postings discussing the children of James Whitlock (abt. 1718 – 1749) and Agnes Christmas of Hanover and Louisa Counties, Virginia — Charles, James, Mary (Jones), Ann (Austin), Thomas, and Nathaniel — I’m moving back a generation to share my (sparse) information on their father James Whitlock (abt. 1718 – 1749).
Or Subtitled: “[My will] and desire is that the Estate above mentioned shall be Equally de[vided between] my loving Wife Agness Whitlock and her Six children”
Thomas Whitlock was born in St. Martin’s parish, Louisa County, Virginia, around 1745. Or so I have deduced by putting a number of pieces of information together and asking what they tell me about Thomas’s probable date of birth. Figuring out birthdates of people born in the Southern states (and colonies) prior to the 1850 federal census, which first began providing specific ages of those enumerated, is notoriously challenging. Good luck at finding a family bible or a church baptism or birth record in most cases. If you’re fortunate enough to know exactly where someone — this is usually a male, since women unfortunately often do not appear in official documents — was living when he came of age and began appearing on tax lists, that’s one good way to get a fairly accurate fix on a year of birth. Otherwise….