Deed Book #1
26 Feb. 1749
John Elam of Dale Parish, Chesterfield co, to William Watkins of same, for 45 pounds, land in Dale Parish next to John Elam, Jr., Lodowick Elam, Thomas Harding, James Cashoon and William Robinson Wit: Richard Day, William Hill, Chas, Waddill, Joseph Watkins
Recorded 7 Sept. 1750
7 April 1753
William Reade of Chesterfield Co, to Thomas Jones of same, for 50 pounds, tract on Wintopock Creek adjoining William Roberson, James Cashon, Benjamin Cheatham, and Thomas Mann; being land purchased by John Read of Thomas Jones, Richard Gill and John Gill, 200 acres
Wt. John Elam, Robert Furguson, Wm (W) Riggins
Recorded 1 June 1753 (This is the same land on Wintopock Creek that in 1759 was called William Cashon's land - the land inherited by him upon his father's death.)
WILL BOOK #1 (1749-1765)
I have not investigated this book, but I have these entries from an index:
Gilbert Elam will, page 29; Gilbert Elam inventory, page 101; Gilbert Elam Jr. will, page 238; Gilbert Elam Jr. inventory, page 223; Mary Elam inventory, page 229; Robert Elam will page 182; and Robert Elam inventory, page 185.
WILL BOOK #2 (1765-1774)
I have not investigated this book, but I have these entries from an index:
Richard Elam will, page 91.
WILL BOOK #3
p. 32. Accounts of sales of estate of John Storer by John Hill and John Elam.
p. 120. Inventory of Richard Elam Dec. 1769 by Sarah Elam, Exec.
p. 121. Accounts of estate of Richard Elam with Sarah Elam 1770-1772, recorded Aug. 1777.
p. 148. Will of Martha Elam
To my brother John Archer, 1 negro
To my nephew John Archer (under 21), negroes, etc.
To my nephew William Archer (under 21), negroes and items
Executors: brother John Archer and friend William Green
Dated 10 April 1776
Wit: Geo. Markham, John Hill
p. 171. Inventory of Martha Elam May 16, 1778 in Mecklenburg County, value £822/10 by Abraham Burton, Francis Movereal, Edward Bevill. Inventory in Chesterfield, value £43, taken by John Hill, Geo. Markham, Peter Talbot 4 May 1778
p. 174. Inventory of Capt. Jacob Ashurst Jun 1778 by Richard Elam, Daniel Elalm, Robert Haskins. Value £6336/19. Inventory by Josiah Jackson, Adm'r. Value £3366/4/0.
p. 280. In obedience to court order of Oct. 6, 1779
Inventory of Robert Elam Valued but not totaled Oct. 16, 1779 by John Robertson, John Hill, Nicholis Robertson
James Elam and Jno. Brown, administrators.
p.285 Will of Abraham Chappel of King William Parish
To wife Ann, land I live on, 2 negroes, and items, for widowhood. If she dies or marries, estate to be divided among my ten children
Executors: wife and son Robert
Dated 12 April 1781
Wit: James Smith, Ann [Elam] Godsey, John Godsey
p.374 Will of Robert Elam, Sr.
To son Robert, 2 negroes
To grandson Robert Elam, son of Robert, 2 negroes
To son Peter, 5 negroes, and household furniture
To son Branch, I negro
Cattle divided between sons Robert and Peter
Executors: sons Robert ana Branch
Dated 14 Nov. 1776
Wit: John Farmer, Jr., Henry Cheatham, Richard Elam
p. 389. Inventory of John Wooldridge Jul 25, 1783 by Edward Wooldridge and Richard Elam.
p. 394. Will of George Robertson....
Dated 5 Mar 1775
Wit: Robert Elam, George Cliborne, Mills Robertson
p. 395. Will of John Wooldridge....
To daughter Verlinche Elam, 1 negro
To daughter Phebe Elam, land and plantation I live on, 400 acres, after my wife's death....
Executors: sons Edward and Thomas and my son in law Richard Elam
Dated 16 Nov 1780
p.435 Will of Gilbert Elam
Lend to wife Susanna, items and use of my plantation below the Spring Br., and my daughter Martha to have liberty of the house while single, then after death to son Robert, and if he die without heirs of his body, then to his brother Walter. Also to wife, ½ my household stock, and then to her children then living: Bille Cannon Elam, Franseina Elam, Benjamin Elam, Robert Elam, Waiters Elam, Susannah Elam and Jeremiah Elam
To son James Elam and Lodwick Elam and Gilbert Elam and Godfree Elam and daughters Ann Godsee, Martha Elam, Susan Keill, and part of daughter Martha Elam shall belong to her daughter Bette Ann Elam.
Rest to be divided between my wife Susanna and my children above named
To son Burwell, land above Spring Br., up to Flournoy's line
To daughter Jene Elam, I negro
Executors: Richard Elam and Barkley Elam
Dated 18 Sept. 1771
Wit: Math'w Farley, Dan'l Elam, Wm Sims, Dan'l Elam, Jr.
p.493 Will of William Elam 7 Nov. 1784
To son William, land and plantation he lives on in Powhatan Co. 200 acres, and also 400 acres in Prince Edward Co. on Vawns Cr., 3 negroes, my wearing clothes, and money I lent him
To son Daniel, 3 negroes and personal & real estate in his possession
To son Richard, 3 negroes and estate he is possessed with
To son Barkley, land and plantation I live on, I negro and items
To grandson Henry Elam, son of James Elam, I feather bed
To granddaughter Frances Cox, 5 negroes in her father's possession
To grandson William Elam, son of James Elam, 5 shillings
To daughter Obedience Farley, 3 negroes and items for life, and then to her children
To daughter Elizabeth Cheatham, 3 negroes and items
To daughter Mary Lockett, I negro and items
To daughter Dinah Elam, items
To daughter Nancy Bass, 4 negroes and items
To daughter Frances Baker, 2 negroes and items
To granddaughter Patricia Smith, 1 negro and items
Rest to be divided among my children then living, except my bed and still to Barkley
Executors: Richard Elam, Henry Cheatham, Edward Bass
Wit: Christopher Bass, Robert Haskins, Jr., Benjamin Lockett, Robert Haskins, Sr.
p. 542. Inventory of Gilbert Elam; value not totaled Nov 10, 1784, by James Elam, Robert Haskins, Aaron Haskins
p. 543. Inventory of William Elam; no value given March 14, 1785 by Richard Elam, Henry Cheatham, Edward Bass
p. 556. Inventory of Robert Cole, Sr., no total, by Peter Talbott, Samuel Elamand Josiah Robertson.
p. 572. Inventory of Henry Farmer, no total by James Elam, Leonard Cheatham, Jr., Leonard Cheatham.
p. 579. Estate of Ro. Elam to Henry Winfree and wife 1789.
p. 579. Inventory of Richard Elam 25 Feb 1792, by Edw'd Friend, Reuben Winfree, Dan'l Bates.
p. 632. Inventory of John Hill 20 Jul 1792 by Peter Rowlett, Francis Patram, Samuel Elam.
WILL BOOK # 4
p.2 Will of Robert Elam--
To wife Elizabeth. 4 negroes
To son Robert, 2 negroes
To son Alexander Augustus, 3 negroes
Rest to wife until son Robert is of age, then to be divided between her and my two sons
Executors: wife and friends John and Thomas Goode
Dated 13 Oct. 1785
Wit: James Desear, James Hodge, John Perkins
p. 61. Inventory of Robert Elam March 14, 1786, value £594/4/6 by Willialm Hatcher, Henry Winfree, William Walthall.
p. 201. Estate of Robert Elam in account with Elizabeth Winfree, Executrix 1785-1786. Recorded 15 May 1789.
p. 203. Estate of Capt. Robert Elam with Thomas Goode, Executor 1784. Recorded 15 Jul 1789.
p. 203. Account of Robert Elam's executors with A. Bass, D. Shff. of Chesterfield Co. 1786-1788. Recorded July Court 1789.
p. 219. Inventory of Francis Cheatham by order of October court
1788, value not totaled.
Henry Cheatham & Jno. Hill, Executors
Appraised by Thomas Cheatham, Jas. Elam, Sr., John Farmer
p. 234. Inventory of William Elam 6 Mar 1790 by Mary Elam.
p. 250. Will of John Goode.
To son Benjamin, land and plantation I purchased of John Elam, to the new road....
Dated 29 Dec 1788; Wit: John Garrott, Edward Bass, James Elam
p. 328. Will of Abraham Chapple proved; James Smith, John Godsy and Ann [Elam] Godsy witnesses; Ann Chapple, Robert, John Chapple, Executors
p. 425. Will of Richard Elam, Sr.
Estate to be kept together for schooling and maintenance of wife and children. When youngest child is 21, the estate is to be divided among my 10 children:
Polly Elam, Betsy Elam, Edward Wooldridge Elam, William Green Elam, Pleasants Elam, Nancy Elam, Patsy Elam, Richard Elam, John Elam and Joseph Elam.
To sons Edward, William, Pleasants Elam, Richard and John, my land on Swift Creek purchased of Robert Wooldridge and Josiah Jackson, 500 acres, equally
To son Joseph, land I live after my wife's death
To wife Phebe, use of my plantation for life
To William Flournoy, Jr., a small tract of swamp land between Tomahawk Creek and Genato Road
Executors: William Flournoy, Jr., Edward Bass, Richard Elam
Dated 9 Jul 1791
Wit: Edward Friend, William Roberts, John Roberts, Robert Haskins
p. 433. Will of Daniel Elam
Lend to wife Mary, land and plantation I live on, then to daughter Sallie Elam, but if Sallie dies without issue, then to my three brothers William Elam, Robert Elam and Thomas Elam, equally
To my brother William Elam, my land in Kentucky on waters of Licking, being land I had of my uncle Robert Wooldridge, 250 acres
Executors: William Flournoy (son of Francis) and brother William Elam
Dated 29 Dec 1792
Wit;: John Porter, Daniel Elam, Benjamin Hill, Robert Haskins
p. 471 Will of John Farmer....
Wit: George Markham, Joseph Cole, James Elam
p.599 Will of James Elam
To grandson William Elam, son of William, 80 acres, part of tract I live on, next to William Blankinship and Peter Baugh
To son Richard, land and plantation I live on; and also my land on south side of Horsepen branch
To son Henry, 5 shillings
To wife Lucy, items, and all my land on north side of Horsepen branch for life, and then to my daughter Bettsa Elam, but if Bettsa dies without heirs, then to my grandson Robert Baugh, son of Peter Baugh. At death of my wife the negro Soil is to be divided between my daughters Maryann Baugh and Bettsa Elam
To son Richard Elam, Phebe Cheatham, Sally Gordon and Patience Smith, 2 negroes, equally
Rest of estate equally among my children: Richard Elam, Phebe Cheatham, Sally Gordon, Patience Smith, Maryann Baugh and Bettsa Elam.
Executors; son Richard, Aaron Haskins, George Markham, and Edward Bass, son of Thomas Bass.
Dated 6 Feb 1796
Wit: R. Haskins, Jr., Archer Blankinship, John Condrey
p. 626. Inventory of Margaret Hundley 15 Nov 1791 by James Elam, Leonard Cheatham, Daniel Ashbrook
WILL BOOK #5
p. 73. Inventory of Thomas Wilkinson, by John Elam, Peter Talbott, John Hill, Value £24/19/9
p. 121. Will of Peter Talbott....
Wit: Geo. Markham, James Elam, Francis Patram
p. 150. Inventory of Peter Talbott 22 Jun 1798, Value £922/10/9 by Peter Worsham, Samuel Elam, Robert Hill
p. 171. Inventory of Joseph Gates 14 April 1798, value £320/4/11 by Charles Elam, Jere. Nunnally, Joseph Moseley.
p. 199. Inventory of William Hill, no total given, by court order of Sep 1798, Taken 5 Dec 1798 by Daniel Wooldridge, Hezekiah Rudd, Samuel Elam, Jonas Robertson.
p. 304. Inventory of Henry Farmer, value £316/5/6, taken by John Hill, Richard Elam, Peter Baugh
p. 349. Will of Richard Walthall, Sr....
Executors: sons in law Richard Elam and Josiah Cheatham and my son Richard
Dated 7 Apr 1800
p. 452. Inventory of Daniel Cliborne 17 Jul 1801, value £133/11 by Jos. Cole, Rich'd Elam, Josiah Cheatham, Lucy Cliborne.
p. 543. Will of Peter Worsham 6 Feb 1802....
Wit: Thomas Womack, Sam'l Elam, Peter Rowlett, Jonas Robertson.
p. 547. Will of Jacob Flournoy....
I have given to my four children Jacob Flournoy, Mary Elam, Henry Flournoy and Hannah Hodgson all I intend them to have....
Dated 7 Dec 1800
WILL BOOK #6 (1802-1808)
I have not investigated this book, but I have these entries from an index:
John Elam inventory, page 204; Robert Elam account, page 213; and Richard Elam account, page 344.
WILL BOOK #7 (1808-1813)
I have not investigated this book, but I have these entries from an index:
Mary Elam account, page 96 and Charles Elam guardian account, page 391.
Guardian bond of Samuel Clay and Thomas Cogbill for James Elam, orphan of Richard Elam. James to receive estate(s) when he comes of age. 9 Mar 1813.
Will of Richard Elam
Mentions wife Winnefred, daughter Phebe Flournoy, daughter Elizabeth G. Flournoy, son James Elam, daughter Polly Snellings, son Richard Elam, and daughter Cassandra W. Elam. Mentions land bounded by lands of James Cliborn, Branch Elam, Peter Baugh, James Elam, John Condrey and Wm B. Elam. Executors: son James Elam, Samuel Flournoy, and John Snellings. Witnesses: R. Haskins, Samuel Cheatham, and Wm. B. Elam. 2 Dec 1813.
Will of Richard Elam, deceased, proven by oath of Robert Haskins and Samuel Cheatham. 10 Jan 1814.
Inventory of Richard Elam estate. 17 Jan 1814
Executors bond for estate of Richard Elam. 10 Jan 1814.
Executors bond for estate of Charles Elam, deceased.. By Phebe Elam, Jabez Rucks, Benjamin Goode. 11 Apr 1814.
Will of Winnefred Elam, widow of Richard Elam
Mentions children Richard and Cassandra W. Elam, sister Martha Roberts, niece Elizabeth Walthall, friends Mary Blankinship and Elizabeth Russell. Executors: Friends William Roberts and Jordan Martin. Witnesses: Wm. B. Elam, Branch Elam, and John Condrey. 19 Jul 1814.
Will of Winnefred Elam proven by Wm. B. Elam and John Condrey. 8 Aug 1814.
Executors bond for estate of Bartlett Elam, deceased, page 341. By Elizabeth "Betsey Ann" Elam and Daniel and Spencer Wooldridge. 13 Feb 1815.
Inventory of Winnefred Elam estate by John Condrey, Wm. B. Elam, and Peter Baugh. Submitted 25 Aug 1814.
Inventory of Charles Elam, deceased, page 365. By Hezekiah Rudd, Jeremiah Nunnally, Wm. B. Elam and James Gates. Submitted 16 May 1814.
Inventory of Barkley Elam, deceased, page 375. By Henry Winfree, Francis Watkins, and Abraham Sublett. 18 Mar 1815. [Note: I have seen Barkley also written as Berkeley. Recently I read that the name Berkeley, the surname of an early governor, was locally pronounced as Barkley, which probably accounts for the differences in spelling. JEC.]
Will of Peter Elam, page 534. Mentions wife Mary Elam, children Dinah B Elam, Mary A Elam and Martha B Elam, with wording that implies they were not "of age". Executors: James Elam and Samuel Flournoy. Witnesses: Barnet Moore, Alexander Moore, Toney Hancock. 17 Apr 1816.
Will of Peter Elam proven, page 535. 23 Dec 1816.
Will of Branch Elam, page 656. Mentions wife Mary Elam, land adjoining lands of Jacob Flournoy, T? Dunavaint, Alexander Snellings, Thomas Beasley and Pleasant Cheatham. Directs executors to build his wife a house "18 feet square with a brick chimney". Mentions children William Branch Elam, daughter Diannah B Cheatham (leaves items to her unnamed children, implying that Diannah is deceased), grandsons Madison Elam and Daniel Branch Elam (sons of son Bartlett Elam, deceased), Robert Elam, Joshua Elam, Peter Elam, Phebe B. Godsey, Moab Elam, Ammon Elam, Hodijah Elam (not of age), and Cinderella Elam. Son William B Elam named as guardian of Hodijah Elam. Executors: sons William Branch Elam, Robert Elam, and Joshua Elam. Witnesses: Jordan Martin, Mark F Flournoy, Thomas H Bass, Frances W Dunavant. 26 Aug 1817
Will of Branch Elam proven by Mark F Flournoy and Thomas H Bass, page 660. 13 Oct 1817.
Executors bond for estate of Branch Elam, deceased, page 711. By Robt B Elam, Joshua Elam, Jacob Flournoy, Daniel Flournoy, Wm B Elam and Mark F Flournoy.
WILL BOOK #9 (1818-1823)
Guardian account of Samuel Clay for James Elam, page 145. 1813-1819. Settlement on 9 Mar 1819.
Executors bond for estate of William B. Elam, deceased, page 511. By Daniel Cheatham, Wm. C. Roberts Jr and Mark F. Flournoy. 13 Aug 1820.
Account of estate of Richard Elam, page 473. Settled 12 Jan 1821.
Inventory of Wm. B. Elam, deceased, page 552. 21 Oct 1821.
Guardian account of Hodijah Elam by Wm. B. Elam, deceased, page 610. 1818-1821. Settled 14 Oct 1822.
Will of Samuel Elam, page 627. Mentions wife Frances, daughters Prudence, Mary and Agnes. Executors: son-in-law Richard Baugh and friend Thomas Finney. Witnesses: William Perrin Law and Edward Talbott. 17 July 1806?.
Will of Samuel Elam proven 13 Oct 1816? and then again 13 Jan 1823.
WILL BOOK #10 (1823-1826)
Executors bond for estate of Wm. B. Elam, deceased, page 347. By Daniel Cheatham. August-December 1821. Mentions payments to Wm. E. Roberts, John Roberts, James A. Gates, Wm. W. Moody, Thos Roberts, Jeremiah Nunnally, Allan McRae, Hodijah Elam, and Richard Cheatham. Mentions receipts from David Wilkinson and Wm. Sublett.1822 mentions payments to Wm C? Roberts, Dick? Bass, Thos Roberts, James R? Gates, Richard Cheatham, Mack Goode, Robt A. Goode, Thomas W. Bass (for Frances B. Cheatham's legacy), Mark F. Flournoy (guardian of Hodijah), John Winfree, Mary Elam, Richard Elam, Joseph Cole, Robert Elam, Joshua Elam, Moab Elam, Pleasant Cheatham, Ammon Elam. Mentions receipts from Ammon, Moab, Robert and Joshua Elam. Ammon was insolvent and couldn't pay his debt but the estate was settled. 13 Sep 1824.
Guardian accounts of Cheatham Elam and John F. Elam, orphans of Wm. B. Elam, page 426. By guardian Daniel Cheatham.
Will of Wm. Elam, page 486. Mentions "children of Caty Hammond, daughter of Merriman Hammond": Thomas Jefferson, Beththilda and Virrenia. Also mentions Miss Elizabeth Hammond. Executors: Pleasant Cheatham and Daniel Cheatham. Witnesses: Jordan Martin, F W Dunnavant Sr, and Robert Elam. 7 Aug 1821. [The relationship of William to Caty's children is never mentioned. Note the later appearance of Thomas J Elam in William's accounts. Is Thomas J Elam the Thomas Jefferson mentioned in this will, or is Thomas J Elam actually Joshua Elam, son of Branch Elam? (Joshua's brother Peter Elam apparently named one of his sons Thomas Joshua.) JEC]
Will of Wm. Elam proven, page 486. 14 Mar 1823.
WILL BOOK #11
Executors bond for estate of Wm Elam, deceased, page 185. By Thomas J Elam, Pleasant Cheatham, Peter Bailey. 14 May 1827.
Inventory of estate of Wm Elam, page 228. Taken August 1827, recorded 10 Sep 1827 by account of Thomas J Elam, administrator.
Guardian account of Cheatham Elam, page 499. By Daniel Cheatham. Includes payment for coffin, presumably for Cheatham Elam. 7 Aug 1829.
Administrator account for estate of Wm B Elam, 1824-1829, page 500. By D Cheatham. Accounts settled, slaves sold, final distributions to John F Elam, to William C Roberts and Demetria his wife, and to Francis W Dunnevant. Dated 7 Aug 1829, recorded 14 Sep 1829.
WILL BOOK #12
Guardian account for Madison Spencer Elam and Daniel Branch Elam, page 161. By James H. Spears for 1819 to 1827. Mentions "their mother". 8 Feb 1828
Guardian account for John F Elam, page 178. By his guardian James R Gates for 1827-1830. In 1829 John F Elam went to Tennessee [for a visit?]. 4 Jun 1831. Then 25 Jun 1831 record mentions JR Gates as the late guardian of John F Elam. Settled and recorded 12 Sep 1831.
Will of Madison S Elam, page 198. Left all to his brother Daniel Branch Elam. Witnesses Wiley Mann and Peter Woodward. Will dated 6 Aug 1831, proved 14 Nov 1831. James H Spears and Elizabeth his wife (next of kin) were called to testify.
Executors bond for estate of Madison S Elam, page 238. By Daniel B Elam. 14 Nov 1831.
WILL BOOK #13
Executors bond for estate of Joshua Elam, deceased, page 191. By George H Matthews and Thomas Miller. 8 Jun 1835.
ORDER BOOK #6
Court of 4 Aug 1775
p. 88. James Elam, John Ellis, Josiah Bass and William Gates to appraise Elizabeth Martin's estate.
Court of 6 Mar 1778
P. 162. Will of Martha Elam proved; George Markham, witness.
Court of 7 May 1779
p. 223. John Brown and James Elam granted administration of estate of Robert Elam, Dorothy Elam, the widow, and John Elam, the eldest son, refusing to administer it.
Court of 6 Aug 1779
p. 241. Will of Joseph Wilkinson proved; Goerge Markham and Samuel Elam, witnesses; Peter Wilkinson and Joseph Wilkinson, Executors.
Court of 1 Oct 1779
p. 253. Will of Thomas Moore proved; William Elam and James Elam, witnesses; William Moore, executor.
Court of 1 Mar 1782
p. 342. Willialm Elam granted administration of estate of John Elam.
Court of 7 Mar 1783
p. 402: Will of Robert Elam proved; John Farmer, Jr., Henry Cheatham and Richard Elam, witnesses; Branch Elam one of the executors.
Court of 4 Jul 1783
p. 452. Will of John Wooldridge, Sr. proved; James Duprey, George Smith and Benjamin Watkins, witnesses; Edward Wooldridge and Richard Elam, Executors.
Court of 7 May 1784
p. 525. Will of Gilbert Elam proved; Matthew Farley and Daniel Elam, witnesses; Susannah Elam, widow of Gilbert Elam, relinquishes her claim to estate.
ORDER BOOK #7
Court of 5 Mar 1785
p. 98. Will of William Elam proved; Christopher Bass and Robert Haskins, Jr., witnesses; Richard Elam, Henry Cheatham and Edward Bass, Executors.
Court of 9 Oct 1788
p. 173. Samuel Elam granted administration of estate of John Elam.
Court of 9 Mar 1786
p. 304. Will of Robert Elam proved; James Hodges and John Perkins, witnesses; Elizabeth Elam and Thomas Goode, Executors.
Court of 9 Sep 1790
p. 481. Will of John Goode proved; John Garrett, Edward Bass and James Elam, witnesses; William Goode, John Goode and Robert Goode, Executors.
ORDER BOOK #8
Court of 10 April 1788
p. 82. Overseers [of the Poor] for District 2 bind Walter Lockett, son of Benjamin. *** Is this the son of Benjamin and Mary Elam Lockett, grandson of William Elam?
Court of 2 Jan 1792
p. 263. Will of Richard Elam proved; Robert Haskins, William Roberts and John Roberts, witnesses; William Flournoy, an executor.
Court of 11 Feb 1790
p. 371. Mary Elam granted administration of estate of William Elam.
p. 371. Richard Elam, orphan of William Elam, chooses Mary Elam as his guardian.
Court of 9 Sep 1790
p. 483. Elizabeth and Henry Cheatham granted administration of estate of Henry Cheatham.
p. 486. Elizabeth Cheatham appointed guardian to Pheby, Becky, Ablijah, Pleasant, Daniel, Matthew and Richard, orphans of Henry Cheatham. *** Not absolutely certain this is Elizabeth Elam Cheatham, but it looks quite probable.
p. 537. Overseers of the Poor, District 2, bind Charles Elam and Robert Elam, orphans of Robert Elam; also Betty Smith, a poor orphan. *** Does anyone know to which Robert Elam these children belong?
ORDER BOOK #9
p. 423. Robert Elam and Charles Elam, orphans of Robert Elam, choose John Condrey as their guardian.
ORDER BOOK #10
Court of 10 Jun 1783
p. 138. Will of Daniel Elam proved; Robert Haskins and John Porter, witnesses.
Court of 13 Oct 1794
p. 509. William Elam, an Executor, granted probate on will of Daniel Elam.
Court of 8 Dec 1794
p. 572. William Roberts appointed guardian to William Elam, orphan of William Elam.
Court of 12 Oct 1795
p. 230. Will of John Farmer probed by James Elam, George Markham, Jno. Hill, Leo. Cheatham, executors, granted probate.
Court of 13 Nov 1795
p. 276. John Elam, son of William Elam, dec'd
Mary Elam, widow and Adm'x of William Elam, dec'd, and Richard Elam, also son of the dec'd.
Court orders estate divided as by court order of 21 Nov 1794.
Court of 14 Dec 1795
p. 315. Richard Elam and Leo. Cheatham granted administration of estate of Isham Cheatham, dec'd.
Court of 8 Jan 1798
p. 366. Will of Peter Talbott, proved by George Markham, Samuel Elam and Francis Patram, witnesses. William Talbott, Edward Talbott and William Green, executors, granted probate.
Court of 14 Mar 1796
p. 355. Francis Cheatham, Ann Cheatham & Michael Cheatham,
by Francis Lockett, their guardian,
Elizabeth Cheatham and Henry Cheatham, Administrators of Henry Cheatham, dec'd, and Phoebe, Becky, Ablijah, Pleasant, Daniel, Matthew and Richard Cheatham, children and heirs of Henry Cheatham, dec'd, and Richard Cheatham Elam, grandson of dec'd
Court appoints person to check into lands involved in estate.
Court of 11 Apr 1796
p. 410. Will of James Elam, dec'd, proved by Robert Haskins, Archer Blankinship and John Condrey, witnesses. Richard Elam and Edward Bass, Executors, granted probate.
Court of 10 Sep 1798
p. 574. William Branch Elam appointed guardian to Daniel Cheatham.
Court of 8 Oct 1798
p. 587. Will of Peter Talbott proved by George Markham, James Elam and Francis Patram, witnesses.
Court of 10 Jul 1797
p. 238. Overseers of the Poor, Dist. 2, bind Edward W. Elam and William G. Elam, orphans of Richard Elam.
ORDER BOOK #14
Court of 12 Feb 1801
p. 31. Will of Richard Walthall proved by Isaac Salle and Granville Moody. Richard Elam, Josiah Cheatham and Richard Walthall, executors, granted probate.
Court of 8 Feb 1802
p. 207. Richard Elam, orphan of Richard Elam, to be bound by Overseers of Poor, Dist. 2.
Court of 14 Jun 1802
p. 280. William G. Elam appointed guardian to John Elam and Joseph Elam, orphans of Richard Elam.
Court of 12 Jul 1802
p. 294. Will of Peter Worsham proved by Samuel Elam and James Robertson. Thomas Watkins and Thomas Burfoot, the executors, refused to act. John Wilkerson, an executor, granted probate.
p. 296. Pleasant Elam chooses William G. Elam as his guardian.
Patent Book No. 12
By Hugh Drysdale, Lt. Gov.
James Casson, 200 acres (N.L.) Henrico County, North side of Appomattox River, beginning at John Ealam's corner, 9th July 1724, 10 35 shill (Under John Ealam it listed 140 acres and says on James Casson)
Dated 5th Sept. 1723
From "loose papers" found in the Chesterfield (VA) County Clerk's office
"1767 - The King vs. Matthew Turpin for assault and battery against Mary Elam."
Chesterfield County to wit
The Sworn for our lord the King on their oaths present That Matthew Turpin on the ___ day of Aug't in the Year of our lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Sixty five at the parish of Dale in the County aforesaid with Force and Arms to wit Swords and Staves an assault upon Mary Elam then & there being he the said Matthew Turpin did make and harm the said Mary Elam did then & there beat & wound & wil'fy treat against the Peace of our Said lord the King his Crown & Dignity.
Mary Elam Sworn in Court. [Signed] B Watkins
George the third by the grace of god of great Britain, france and Ireland King Defender of the faith, etc. To the Sherif of Chesterfield County:
greeting. We command you to Summon Mary Elam and Obedience Elam to appear before our Justices of our Said County at the Court house on the first friday in October next to testafie and the Truth to Say on behalf of [long blank space] in a certain Matter of Controversy in our said Court before our Said Justices Depending and Undetermined between Us, Plt'f and Matthew Turpin, Def. and this they Shall in no wise omit under the penelty of Law. Witness Ben. Watkins, Clark of our Said Court at the Court houses the fourth Day of September in seventh year of our reign. [Signed] B Watkins
George the Third, etc. To the Sherif of Chesterfield County: greeting. We command you that you take Matthew Turpin & him keep & that you have his Body before our Court of the said County on the first friday in April next to answer us of those Things so hear of he stands indited and have them there this Writ witnesseth B Watkins Clk of our said Court this March 5 in the vii year of our Reign. [Signed] B Watkins
George the third, etc. To the Sherif of Chesterfield County, greeting: We command you that you sumon Matthew Turpin to appear before our Court of the said County on the first friday in December next to answer us of those things whereof he stands indited and have then there this Writ.
Witnesseth B. Watkins, Clk of our said Court the Seventh day of Nov in the vii year of our Reign. [Signed] B Watkins
(On the reverse of Document 4)
The King vs. Turpin Indictment for T. A. B.
1767 March ACap
We find the within a True Bill. Jacob Ashurst
Wit. Mary Elam & Ob. Newby 50.00
George the Third, etc. To the Sherif of Chesterfield County, greeting. We command you that you take Abram Pucket if he be found, etc. & him [?infiily] keep so that you have his Body before our Court of the said County at the Court House on the first friday in April next To answer us & etc. concerning those Things whereof he stands indited and have then there this Writ. Witness B Watkins Clk of our said Court the 5th day of March in the vii year of our Reign. [Signed] B Watkins
(on the reverse)
Rex vs. Puckett
Executed John Cogbill
George the third by the grace of god of Great Britain france and Ireland King Defender of the faith, etc. To the Sherif of Chesterfield County Greeting: We command you to Summon Mary Elam and Obedience Elam to appear before our Justices of our said County at the Court House on the first friday in October next to Testify and the truth to say on behalf of Us in a certain matter of Controversy in our said Court before our said Justices depending and undetermined between Us Plt's and Abraham Puckett, Def. and this they shall in no wise omit under the penalty of 100 pounds.
Witnesseth Ben Watkins, Clerk of our said Court at the said Court House the fourth day of Sept in the seventh year of our reign. [Signed] B. Watkins
(on the reverse)
The King agn. Pucket. Cap.
1767 March A.C.
Wit. Mary Elam 50
Wit. Obedience Newbye 50
Copy Left. Jn. Smith
Chesterfield County to wit: The Jurors for our lord the King upon Their Oaths present That Abram Pucket on the ___ day of October 1766 at the Parish of Dale & County aforsaid with force & arms to wit Swords & Staves an assault upon Mary Elam then & there being he the said Abram Pucket did make & her the said Mary Elam did then and there beat and wound & willy treat against the Peace of our said Lord the King, etc.
(on the reverse)
Rex vs. Pucket
Mary Elam sworn in Court. B. Watkins
We the Jurors do find the within a True Bill. Jacob Ashurst
Ralph Hudspeth of Amelia Co to William Bayley of Cumberland Co. 100 acres bounded on lines of Col.. Wm Randolph, Wm Elam, Henry Brazell, Nicholas Giles. Wit: Ste? Watkins, Arthur
Mosely, Israel Winfree.
Made 27 Nov 1752.
Recorded 27 Nov 1755
John Elam the elder of borough of Leeds in County of York, Great Britain, Merchant, John Elam the younger of same on behalf of himself and John Elam the elder, Emanuel Elam of the borough of Leeds, Merchang, Robert Elam -- and William Whitlock etc. exors. of John Allen (sic) of Leeds - appoint Joseph Elam late of Borough of Leeds. power of attorney - receive goods of money due them in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Maryland or North America. 2 Feb. 1786 Presence Thomas Edward Upton, Hugh Harrison 5 June 1786.
Henrico Co. VA Deeds, Wills 1750-1767 Reel 9, p. 497,498
Gervas Elam of Richomond VA in Henrico being shortly for leaving tis colony appoints James Elam of Richmond, attorneey, 25 June 1757 Presence Charles Mackie, George Donald 4 June 1757
Henrico Co. VA Deeds, Wills 1750-1767 Reel 9,p 957-960
John Elam of Leeds, York Co. appoints Joshua Storrs of Shoures(sic) upon James River in North America and George Ellis bound to me as an apprentice. 29 Dec. 1764 Presence Peter Dickenson Thomas Bulland
Henrico Co. Deed Bk 1744-1748 C REEL 8, p222
Jan 1744 Philip Jones of Henrico and Richard Jones to John Ealam (sic)the younger, 544a on Winterpock Creek Presence John Hill, Leonard Cheatham, Alexander X Elam
Elam, Joel. Will dated April 21, 1797; Recorded Sept. 10, 1798. Names Wife, Maryann Elam; Children: Patty Grigg, Alexander Elam, Edward Elam, Sabery Grigg, Peter Elam, Phebe Moore, Frankey (Frances) Graves, Polly Elam, James Easter Elam - last two children under age. Grandson John Elam Grigg, son of Sabery Grigg. Specific bequests to children named. Rest of estate to wife Maryann during widowhood, then land to James Easter Elam. Balance of estate to James Easter Elam and Polly Elam. Executors; Wife Maryann and son Alexander Elam. Witnesses: William Richards, Greenwood Harrison and William Hill.
[p22] Court 19 February 1778
Jane Elam Widow and Relict of Lodowick Elam deceased appears personally in Court and relinquishes her Right and Title to every Thing given and bequeathed to her in her said Husband's last Will and Testament and refuses to hold under the same and claims her Dower and Right in Law. The last Will and Testament of Lodowick Elam deceased was presented in Court by Jane Elam Executrix therein named and proved by the Oaths of Mark Taylor, Martha Taylor and Gideon Lockett wtinesses thereto. Certificate is granted to her for obtaining Probate thereof in due form of Law with Arthur Moseley and Mark Taylor as her securities. Bond in the penalty of one thousan dpounds. Libery is granted the other Executor Robert Elam nemd in the Will to join in the Probate thereof when he shall think fit.
Ordered that George Williamson, Robert Williamson, Gideon Lockett and Francis Marshall or any three of them do appraise the Slaves and personal estate of Lodowick Elam deceased.
Order Book No. 10
"A lawsuit in which Frances Cox Elam, widow and admin of William Elam,
Phoebe Carlton, Sally Matthews, Beverly Elam, Peggy Rice (children of William Elam) against
Betsey and Patsey Ritchey, infants of Hugh Ritchey and Patsey ( formerly Elam) by John Elam,
Court 19 March 1778.
[p24] An Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Lodowick Elam deceased was returned by George Williamson Gideon Lockett and Robert Williamson the appraisers.
[p26] George Williamson is appointed Guardian to Stephen Elam orphan and gave Bond and Security according to law.
Court 16 April 1778
[p30] John Elam, Joel Elam, Robert Elam, Stephen Elam Infants by Arthur Moseley and George Williamson their Guardians, Mary Elam Alexander Nunnally and Elizabeth his Wife, Joseph Binns and Obedience his Wife and Lucey Stuart Children and Claimants of Lodowick Elam deceased . . . Complainants against Jane Elam, Executrix &c of Lodowick Elam, deceased . . . Defendant (In Chancery.) It is ordered and decreed that the Defendant Jane do make up and render on Oath before Edward Haskins, Thomas Moseley, Gideon Lockett and francis Marshall or any three of them an account of her executorship or Administration of the Estate of Lodowick Elam deceased and that the said edward Haskins Thomas Moseley Gideon Lockett and francis Marshall or any three of them do lay off and assign to the said defendant her Dower in the Lands Slaves and personal Estate of her deceased Husband Lodowick being attended by the County or other surveyor where necessary and that they or any three of them further lay off for and assign to the Complainants their respective and proportional Parts of the Estate of Lodowick Elam deceased not particularly devised or bequeathed in his last Will and Testament the Complainants giving the Defendant Bond and good Security.
Court 21 May 1778.
[p35] John Elam, Joel Elam, (Robert Elam and Stpehen Elam Infants by Arthur Moseley and George Williamson their Guardians) Mary Elam Alexander Nunnally and Elizabeth his Wife Joseph Binns and Obedience his Wife and Lucey Stuart children and Claimants of Lodowick Elam deceased, Complainants against Jane Elam Executrix &c of Lodowick Elam deceased, Defendant. (In Chancery). It is maurely considered and decreed by the Court that Jane Elam the Defendant receve (sic) from Robert and Stephen Elam one hundred pounds for her Dower and likewise that she receive thirty two pounds five Shillings and four pence in such Things as has been alloted her and put into her Possession in pursuance of the decrital order aforesaid out of the personal estate of the said Lodowick Elam deceased, and that Mary Elam, Elizabeth Nunnally, John Elam, Joel Elam, Martha Taylor, Obedience Bins, Lucey Stuart, Robert Elam and Stephen Elam, the Complainants, and each of them respectively receive as his or her Part Goods Chattels or Money to the Amount of thirty two punds five Shillings and four Pence according to the allotment of the said Thomas Moseley, Francis Marshall and Gideon Lockett and in such Things and Manner as they have allotted him or her in full satisfaction for their Prayer in their Bill.
Court 17 August 1780
George Williamson's account as guardian of Stephen Elam was examined, approved of, and ordered to be recorded [p.157].
Court 21 December 1780.
[p172] On Motion of John Elam certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of Mary Elam deceased. Mathew Farley as security in the penalty of ten thousand pounds. Ordered that Robert Williamson, Chirstopher Bass, Mark Taylor and Chalres Burton, or any three of them do appraise the slaves if any and personal estate of Mary Elam within this county.
Court 15 March 1781.
[p174] An Inventory and appraisement of Mary Elam's Estate was returned.
Court 2 April 1782.
A List of Claims for property impressed in this county for public service, with the value thereof as ascertained by the Court. (Shows names, dates property impressed and values - only names shows here). William Elam [p.209].
[p348] Court 21 November 1783.
Ordered that George owen, Charles Leewis, William Elam and Cretcher Baugh or any three of them do appraise the Slaves (if any) and Personal Estate of Thomas Strange deceased.
Court Order Book Book #29 (1851 - 1856)
December the 6th 1853 [page 279-280]
No. 54. Wm W. Justis is appointed Surveyor of Road No. 54 leading from the road leading from Flat Rock to Garretts near Wm W Justis' gate into the public Road at the Powhatan Depot on the Richmond & Danville Rail Road and the male laboring tithables of Wm W. Justis, P. Farley, M. A. Cheatham, Godfrey Elam, Elam Godsey, Jas H. Godsey, Jas Williams, Ned Morris, Ro Harrison, W. R. Moreley[Moseley?], Ro M. Moreley[Moseley?], Jas F. Forsee, Jno Wooldridge, & of the Richmond and Danville Rail Road at Powhatan Depot are assigned to work thereon.
Deed Book 4
William Randolph and wife, Anne Randolph,
This Indenture made this 20th day of February in the year of Christ
Eighteen hundred and twelve
Between William Randolph and his wife Anne of the county of Henrico of the one part and
Martin Tucker of the county of Powhatan of the other; Witnesseth, that for and in consideration of
the sum of three thousand four hundred and eighty four . . . dollars and twenty five cents current
money of Virginia to the said William Randolph in hand paid by the said Martin Tucker, the
receipt whereof the said Randolph doth hereby acknowledge, hath granted bargained, sold, and
conveyed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, and convey unto the said Martin Tucker
his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred and ninety seven acres
and three fourths of an acre, be the same more or less, lying and being in the County of Powhatan
and a part of the tract known by the name of Fighting Creek, and bounded as follows, to wit,
Beginning at pointers on the Estate of William Elam decd. and Richard Archer decd. and the
said William Randolph, South thirty degrees West one hundred and seventy and a half chain to a
corner and (sic) the estate of Wm: Elam, from thence south seventy seven and a half degrees East
eighty chains to Elam's branch; South thirty eight degrees East fourteen and a half chains along the
meanders of said Branch South eighty five degrees East fifteen chain according to the meanders of
said branch, South sixty three degrees East thirty four chain along meanders of said branch, South
twenty eight degrees west four chains to a corner Beach standing on the South side of said branch
on the estate of said Elam From thence south ten and a half degrees West four chains to pointers on
the said Randolph's line and the line of the said Elam's estate from thence south sixty five degrees
East thirty six chain and thirty five links to a corner white oak on the said Randolphs, from thence
eighty six and a half degrees East sixteen chains to a corner on the said Randolphs, from thence
south eighty and one fourth degrees East twenty nine and a half chains to a corner sweet gum on the
said Randolph, from thence up the ditch as it meanders north eighteen degrees west sixteen chains,
North nineteen degrees West thirty chain and twenty links, North thirty two and a half degrees West
ten chain, North nine degrees West sixteen chains North twelve degrees East twenty four chain,
North four degrees West eight chain forty links, North fifteen and a half degrees West eight and half
chains to a white oak standing upon the side of the said ditch and a corner upon the said Randolph
from thence North seventy and a half degrees West one hundred and thirty seven chains to the
beginning; To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with the appurtenances thereto
belonging to him the said Martin Tucker his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of
the said Martin Tucker his heirs and assigns forever; and the said William Randolph and his
wife, for themselves their heirs Executors and administrators doth hereby covenant and agree to and
with the said Martin Tucker his heirs and assigns that he the said William Randolph and his wife
Anne and their heirs the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances as also the free use, right
title, and benefit of the ditch which runs between the said Tucker and Randolph, unto him the said
Martin Tucker his Heirs and assigns against them the said William Randolph and his wife Anne
and their heirs, and against all persons whomsoever shall and will by these presents forever warrant
and defend. In witness whereof the said William Randolph and Anne his wife have hereunto set
their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written. Signed by Wm: Randolph and
witnessed by John Matthews, Thom. Blunt, Martin Tucker, Junr. and Charles Povall. At a
Court of Monthly Sessions held for the county of Powhatan on the 18th day of March in the year
1812. This Indenture of bargain and sale from William Randolph to Martin Tucker was
presented in Court and proven to be the act and deed of the said William Randolph by the oath of
John Matthews a subscribing witness thereto, and was ordered to be continued for further proof.
And at a Court of Quarterly Sessions began & held for the said county on the 15th day of April
following, the said deed was again presented in Court and was further proved by the oath of
Charles Poval also a subscribing witness thereto, and was again ordered to be continued for further
proof. And at another Court of Quarterly Session began and holden for the said county on the 21st
day of October 1812. The said deed was again presented in Court & further and fully proven by the
oath of Thompson Blunt another subscribing witness thereto and was thereupon ordered to be
Deed Book 5
S. Peyton Tucker
This Indenture made and entered into this 16th day of April Eighteen
hundred and sixteen, between
Martin Tucker of the County of Powhatan, and State of Virginia, of the one part and S. Peyton
Tucker of the same County and State of the other part Witnesseth that the said Martin Tucker for
and in consideration of the affection he bears for the said S. Peyton Tucker, but more especially for
and in consideration of the sum of six Shillings to him in hand paid by the said S. Peyton Tucker,
the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, hath this day given, granted, bargained, sold and
delivered to the said S. Peyton Tucker one certain tract or parcel of land, lying and being in the
aforesaid County of Powhatan and State of Virginia, and bounded as follows Viz: Beginning at a fore
and aft poplar tree on Beverly Eam's(sic - Elam's) line to the South, thence along said Elam's line
west to a corner Oak stump, thence North on said Elam's line to a corner pine tree, and thence a
straight line to the beginning; containing by estimation one hundred acres, more or less, with all and
singular of the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto him the said S. Peyton Tucker, his heirs and
assigns, unto the only proper use and behoof of him the said S. Peyton Tucker his heirs and assigns
forever. And the said Martin Tucker the said land and premises against himself, his Heirs and all
other persons, unto him, the said S. Peyton Tucker, his heirs and assigns by these presents, shall
and will warrant and forever defend. Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed by Martin Tucker. At a Court of Quarterly Sessions holden for the County of Powhatan on
the 17th day of April 1816 This deed of Gift was presented in Court and acknowledged by Martin
Tucker, a party thereto, to be his act and deed and thereupon the same was ordered to be
Martin Tucker, Junr.
This Indenture made this 16th day of April Eighteen hundred and sixteen,
between Martin Tucker,
of the County of Powhatan and State of Virginia of the one part, and Martin Tucker Junr. of the
said County and State of the other part; Witnesseth; That the said Martin Tucker for and in
consideration of the affection he bears the said Martin Tucker Junr. but more especially for and in
consideration of the sum of six shillings to him in hand paid by the said Martin Tucker Junr. the
receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledged, hath given granted, bargained sold, confirmed, and
delivered unto the said Martin Tucker one certain tract or parcel of land, lying and being in the
aforesaid County of Powhatan, and State aforesaid, and bounded as follows, beginning at a corner
pine on Beverly Elam's line and S. Peyton Tucker's line, running north to corner pointers on the
land of the Estate of Wm. Randolph decd. thence along Randolph's line East to a corner oak,
thence on a straight line to the beginning; and containing by Estimation one hundred acres, more or
less; together with all and singular the rights, privileges, and appurtenance thereunto belonging unto
him the said Martin Tucker Junr. his Heirs & assigns; unto the only proper use and behoof of him,
the said Martin Tucker Senr. his heirs and assigns forever; And the said Martin Tucker, the said
land and premises, against himself his Heirs, and all other persons, unto him, the said Martin
Tucker Junr. his Heirs and assigns by these presents shall and will warrant and forever defend:
Witness my hand & seal the day and year above written. Signed by Martin Tucker. At a Court of
Quarterly Sessions holden for the county of Powhatan on the 17th day of April 1816. This Deed of
Gift was presented in Court and acknowledged by Martin Tucker, a party thereto, to be his act
and deed and thereupon the same was ordered to be recorded.