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Thomas Owsley

Male Bef 1697 - Bef 1751  (~ 54 years)


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  • Name Thomas Owsley  [1
    Born Bef 1697  Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Present location. Stafford County was created in 1664 and included what would become Fairfax (1742), Prince William (1731) and Arlington(1801) counties.
    Gender Male 
    Possessions 2 Mar 1729  Goose Creek, Loudon, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Present location (Loudoun County was created in 1757 from Fairfax County [1742]-Stafford being their original).

    Granted in Stafford County by Lord Fairfax, 960 acres on the branches of Goose Creek above the falls of the Potomac river. The property adjoined that of Robert "King" Carter (1662-1732). Owsley, in turn, conveyed the property to John Mercer (1704-1768), land speculator and lawyer. (George Washington was one of Mercer's clients.)  
    Northern Neck of Virginia (1736-1737)
    Northern Neck of Virginia (1736-1737)
    Died Bef 4 Jul 1751  Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Fairfax County was formed in 1742 from the northern part of Prince William County.
    Notes 
    • Last Will and Testament of Thomas Owsley

      In the name of God Amen. I, Thomas Owsley of Fairfax County, being weak of body but of perfect memory, do ordain and appoint this to be my Last Will and Testament in manor and form following and Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto my Son, Thomas Owsley, one hundred and eight Acres of land where he now lives, to him and his heirs forever.

      Item. I give and bequeath to my Son, John Owsley, the remainder of the Tract, adjoinging to my Son, Thomas, being one Hundred acres, to him and his Heirs forever, the land to be laid out across the Tract.

      Item. I give and bequeath the Land where I now live to be equally divided between my Son, William Owsley and my Son, Nudigate Owsley, to them and their Heirs forever.

      Lastly, I give and bequeath all the rest of my estate to be equally Divided between my heirs names, viz:- John, William, Nudigate, Sarah, Points, Ann, Elizabeth, Jane and Welding. So trust in the mercy of God, through Jesus Christ, to receive my soul. I leave my body to be buried at the Discretion of my loving wife and my Brother Hugh West Whom I leave Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness thereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th Day of March, 1751 Thomas Owsley

      Testes: Elisha Hall, George Roberts, David Davis

      At a court held for Fairfax County, June the 25th, 1751, This Last will and Testament of Thomas Owsley, deceased, was presented in Court and proved by the oaths of George Roberts and David Davis, who declared they see Elisha Hall, the other Evidence, subscribe the same, and the Executors refusing to take the buthen upon themselves, Thomas Owsley, having complied with the law in such cases, administration of the Deceadent's Estate is granted him, with the will annexed, and is thereupon admitted to record.

      Test. John Graham, Clerk [4]

    • Thomas Owsley was a prominent citizen and major land owner in northern Virginia. Thomas Owsley was a member of the Overwharton Parish in Stafford County, Virginia and later a member of the Hamilton Parish in Prince William County, Virginia. As a respected man of the area, Thomas Owsley served a Pilot and chain carrier in numerous surveys in northern Virginia. Thomas left a will naming all of his children.


      CHILDREN OF THOMAS OWSLEY AND ANN:

      I. Thomas Owsley III born ABT 1732, Virginia, married 1746, in Virginia, Mary Middleton, born 1730, Virginia, died 16-Sep-1808, Madison County, Kentucky, buried: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. Thomas died 1-Nov-1796, Madison County, Kentucky, buried: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. Thomas Owsley III was the father of the Kentucky branch of Owsleys.

      II. John Owsley born ABT 1734, Virginia, married ABT 1752, in Virginia, Ann Stephens, born 1730/35, (daughter of Robert Stephens and Ann ________) died AFT 1810, Tennessee. John died -Oct-1764, Loudoun County, Virginia.

      III. William Owsley born ABT 1736, Virginia, married Jane ________. William died -Sep-1762, Loudoun County, Virginia. William Owsley was Under-sheriff in Loudoun County, Virginia.

      IV. Newdigate Owsley born ABT 1738, Virginia, married Mary Ann ________. Newdigate died 21-Jan-1797, Hancock County, Georgia. Newdigate moved from Virginia to Georgia.

      V. Sarah Owsley born ABT 1740, Virginia, died 1808, Clark County, Kentucky. Sarah never married but did have two or more children.

      VI. Pointz Owsley born ABT 1742, Virginia, married Ann ________, born 1751/60, died 1834, Loudoun County, Virginia. Pointz died -Jan-1813, Loudoun County, Virginia.

      VII. Ann Owsley born -Apr-1744, Fairfax County, Virginia, married 2-Jun-1759, in Virginia, Edward Garrett II, born 31-Aug-1733, New Kent County, Virginia, died 25-Aug-1794, Laurens County, South Carolina, buried: Warrior Creek Cemetery, Laurens County, South Carolina. Ann died 5-Feb-1823, Laurens County, South Carolina, buried: Warrior Creek Cemetery, Laurens County, South Carolina. Edward and Ann Owsley Garrett moved from Virginia to South Carolina.

      VIII. Elizabeth Owsley born ABT 1746, Fairfax County, Virginia.

      IX. Jane Owsley born ABT 1748, Fairfax County, Virginia.

      X. Weldon Owsley born ABT 1750, Fairfax County, Virginia, married Sarah ________. Weldon died AFT 1814,Georgia. Weldon Owsley moved from Virginia to Georgia. He was a Revolutionary War soldier in 1777 and 1778. He was a Sergeant in a Battalion of Minutemen raised by the State of Georgia. Weldon and Sarah had a grandson named Nixon Owsley and a granddaughter named Sarah Nixon Owsley. Weldon's wife's name may have been Sarah Nixon.

      [5]
    Person ID I1628  Dickinson
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 

    Father Thomas Owsley,   b. 1658, Stogursey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1700, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ann Harris 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F0528  Group Sheet

    Married 1730  Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Fairfax County was formed in 1742 from the northern part of Prince William County.
    Children 
     1. Thomas Owsley,   b. 1731, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1796, Madison County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. John Owsley,   b. Abt 1734,   d. 1764, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
     3. William Owsley,   b. 1736, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct. 1762, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +4. Newdigate Owsley,   b. Abt 1738, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1797, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     5. Sarah Owsley,   b. 1740, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Pointz Owsley,   b. 1742,   d. Feb 1813  (Age 71 years)
    +7. Ann Owsley,   b. 1744, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1823, Laurens County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     8. Elizabeth Owsley,   b. 1746
     9. Jane Owsley,   b. 1748
     10. Weldon Owsley,   b. 1750, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F0505  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 1697 - Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - Present location (Loudoun County was created in 1757 from Fairfax County [1742]-Stafford being their original). Granted in Stafford County by Lord Fairfax, 960 acres on the branches of Goose Creek above the falls of the Potomac river. The property adjoined that of Robert "King" Carter (1662-1732). Owsley, in turn, conveyed the property to John Mercer (1704-1768), land speculator and lawyer. (George Washington was one of Mercer's clients.) - 2 Mar 1729 - Goose Creek, Loudon, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1730 - Fairfax County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 4 Jul 1751 - Fairfax County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S134225] Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.Original data - John Matthews. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. New York, NY, USA: Crest Publishing Company, Inc., 1907.

    2. [S036451] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).
      Online publication - Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.

    3. [S28] Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly and Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, (Orange, Virginia: The Virginia Genealogical Society), "John Mercer's Land Book," vol. 37, no. 4, 311.

    4. [S3] Genealogical Facts of the Owsley Family in England and America, Harry Bryan Owsley, (Chicago: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1890), 76-77.

    5. [S7] Owsley Family Historical Society, http://www.ofhs.org/thomas-owsley.html.