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Name Ann FOSTER268,265, 9G Grandmother, F
Birth abt 1620, England265
Death 1692, Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia265
Father Richard FOSTER, M
Mother Anne, F
Spouses
1 John CARAWAY268,265, 9G Grandfather, M
Birth abt 1619, York, North Yorkshire, England268,265
Death bef 1674, Lower Norfolk Co. Virginia268
Death abt 1669, Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia265
Flags Earliest Ancestor
Family ID 1152
Marriage bef 31 Jul 1650, Lower Norfolk Co. Virginia268,265
Marriage Memo James CARAWAY has "abt 1650"
Children Elizabeth, F (~1651-)
John, M (~1652-<1726)
Mary, F (~1655-~1705)
2 WILLIAMSON268, M
Family ID 1160
Notes for Ann FOSTER
James CARAWAY has Ann's mother as "Dorcas"265
Notes for John (Spouse 1)
All that follows comes from James C. CARAWAY's gedcom, available on-line.265

We're not quite sure when John CARRAWAY came to America, but records show that he was here as early as 1642 when Jon CARRAWAY along with several others was transported to Virginia by Christopher BOYCE who received a patent for 2,000 acres on 21 Dec 1642 [Patent Bk 1:870]. John's name was seen again in 1644 being transported by John SYDNEY, Gent., of Lower Norfolk County along with John CLARKE, Elizabeth FLOWARDIEU, and Ann ROBINSON for which he received 200 acres (50 acres per person) on 16 Sep 1644 [Pat. Bk 2:15]. The name Joane CARRAWAY also show's up in the records, 1st transported to Virginia by Richard PRESTON in 1639 by which he received 500 acres in Up. Norf. Co. [Pat. Bk 1:767] and in 1644 transported by Toby SMITH to Up. Norf. Co. in which he received 150 acres on 23 Sep 1644 [Pat. Bk 2:13]. The relationship, if any, between John & Joane CARRAWAY is unknown. It was a common practice of that era for rich land owners or merchants to pay for the transportation of persons to Virginia in which they would receive 50 acres per person transported. It was also the same for Maryland, and you will often find the same names in Maryland records indicating the transport took place only between the two colonies, thus not a record of their initial emigration to America from England. Although no such records have been found to indicate this in this case, some researchers have suggested that John was here as early as 1632. If so, he would have been only 13 years of age, so then is Joane his sister? Where were their parents?

31 Apr 1646 - John CARRAWAY was appointed Constable for the Easterne Branch of Lower Norfolk County. [Bk B:36a]

15 Feb 1648/9 - ffoster to deliver unto "John CARRAWAY who hath intermarried with the relict of Roger WILLIAMson, dec'd: for the use of Sarah WILLIAMson the cowe and all her increase which was bequeathed unto Sarah by Richd: the god-father of Sarah, when he went for England. The said John CARRAWAY putting in security for same. [Lower Norf. Bk B:106a]

31 Jul 1650 - Will of Richard FOSTER of Lower Norfolk, Va. Proved 17 Oct 1663. Unto Sarah WILLIAMS, --under 16-- Unto John CARRAWAY, the said Sarah her father-in-lawe (often used in place of step-father) case Sarah WILLIAMS shoulde dye before shee comes of age - to receive them. That then they shall be equally dived amongest the rest of the children of Roger WILLIAMS and John CARRAWAY.
//s// Richard ffoftor [Lower Norfolk Co. Bk B:160]


17 Apr 1652 - Deed of Gift. Symon HANCOCK gives his God-son John WILLIAMS a cow calf in the manner: The first calf it brings for use of sd Jno WILLIAMS, the third calf to be for use of Elizabeth CARRAWAY. If Jno WILLIAMS die before 21 the cattle to Eliz CARRAWAY. If she die before coming of age the cattle "to John CARRAWAY his second or third childe and for the better looking after these Cattle it is my desire that the father or Mother shall have the male increase, and this to bee Recorded as a free gifte". //x// Symon Hancock
Wit: William MOSELEY, John PIGOTT

On petition of John CARRAWAY, he to have half of male increase of a cow given by Richd FOSTER to the orphan of Roger WILLIAMS, now in possession of sd CARRAWAY who married the relict of WILLIAMS. CARRAWAY to bring a/c of the cattle to Court. [Fleet]

It is suggested by some that Richard FOSTER is actually the brother of Ann since he is named as God-father of her daughter Sarah WILLIAMson. Others claim that they are father & son.

"The Jury of Life and Death".
( John CARRAWAY was one of twelve men)
"This Jury of Life and Death concerninge Agnes HOLMES standinge at the Barr, and uppon full hearinge of the Evidence against her returned their veredict Not Guilty: of the killinge of the aforesaid Useba RIDER for that which she stood Indicted aforesaid". (On p. 20 Agnes, wife of John HOLMES of the Little Creek
in Co of Lower Norfolk was indicted for beating Useba on 20th Oct 1652, whereof he died. Also on p. 20 "The Grand Jury abovesaid uppon Evidence given in, as concerning Agnes HOLMES aforesaid they returned Billa vera".) [Fleet]

15 Dec 1662 - John CARRAWAY served on a "Church jury" which tried a Quaker couple of unlawful meeting. The couple were fined 500 lbs of tobacco.

1663 - Ann CARRAWAY

17 Nov 1666 - Ann CARRAWAY sued George FOWLER for a cow killed by his family, and FOWLER was ordered to deliver a cow and calf to Ann. (A possible indication that John was deceased by this time since only widows had legal power to file law suits.)

15 Jun 1669 - William BANCOCK, Arthur MOSELLEY, Thomas V. IVEY and George KEMP were ordered to appraise the estate of John CARRAWAY. John's Inventory was thus recorded Norfolk Co, Va. in 1669 [Torrence :72]

13 Jun 1689 - Ann's Will. Proved 15 Nov 1692.
Ann CARRAWAY, being aged. My daughter Mary LOVETT, a great iron kettle.....
Unto my daughter Elizabeth NICHOLS, a bell mettle morter and pestle......
Unto my son Bartholomy WmSON (WILLIAMSON) one Shilling Sterling......
Unto my son Jno (John) CARRAWAY one Shilling Sterling........
Unto my son Richard WILLIAMSON, the rest.
Exec: Richard WILLIAMSON.
Wits: Lancaster LOVETT & Beno (Benjamin) BURROUGHS.
[Norfolk, Va. Will Book 5, folio 186] [Torrence :72]

[McIntosh. "Abstract of Norfolk County Wills", pp. 139-140; Landrum, Thelma Caraway. "Some Carraway-Caraway Families", 1972; 1993 files of Benjamin H. Phillips of Whitesboro, Tx.; 1967 files and letters of Dr. James E. Caraway (deceased) of Franklin, N.C. owned by Pat Hoffman of Boca Raton, Fl.; Fleet."Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol III", Gen. Pub. Co., Balt. 1988; Torrence. "Virginia Wills and Administrations 1632-1800", 1972; Estracts of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Court Recrords]

[Master Source 2]

From John Ross, Compiler Tom Caraway:

31 jul 1650 will of Richard Foster of Elizabeth River VA leaves unto Sarah WIlliams, under 16
..... unto John Carraway her father in law (term means step father also) if sarah died equally divided between children of roger williams and John carraway. Abstracts of Norfolk co wills by Mcintosh Sarah Williams daughter of roger and Ann Williamson. not mentioned in Ann will of 1689.

17 April 1652 John Caraway who married the relict of roger Williams dec ordered to take into his custody all cattle belonging to orphans of said Williams until next orphan court (any child not of age who has lost father not simply both parents) page 19 Virginia colonial abstracts vol 31 lower Norfolk co.

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John Ross sent (on April 29, 1998) the Picture of the house that John Carraway that is in the scrapbook and this write up about the house.

From "Gateway to the New World, A History of Princess Anne county, Virginia 1607-1824" by Florence Kimberly Turner. 1984. Southern Historical Press. Inc.

It is amazing that so many frame houses built by the Middle class in the 18th century - nine in all - remain virtually untouched by the ravages of time or renovated beyond recognition. One of the most interesting is a sweet little house near the center of Kempsville, on traffic-laden Witch Duck Road, It was built, we believe, in 1774 by John CARRAWAY, the grandson of the first John CARRAWAY who had come here in 1644. It is now an antique shop, beautifully restored and furnished by the present owners and open to the public every day except Wednesday. It is a saltbox with a sloping roof to the back, unusual in the area, and is well proportioned, with the one huge exterior chimney on the north side and the entrance door on the east corner to balance.
The first John CARRAWAY came to Lower Norfolk County as an indentured servant to Colonel John Sidney (Nugent's, Vol. I, p. 155). He could neither read nor write, as when he witnessed William Moseley's will in 1655, he signed with his mark, "IC". He had been a juror for a Grand Jury case in 1659 and, again, in 1663 and 1664 in a long drawn out suit against the Quakers. He was a witness in the 1664 case, having seen the accused at a Quaker meeting. He had also been one of the appraisers of the estate of Colonel Francis Emperor in l662. Jurors and appraisers were carefully chosen for their reliability and knowledge.
He owned land in 1663, for in that year, a grant was recorded for John Porter in Lynnhaven Parish, "E. by M. to John CARRAWAY's Land--on the south side of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River". His own grant for 100 acres was finally recorded in l695, "in Princess Anne county, south of the head of the E. Br. of the Elizabeth River....to Kemp's patent". In 1706, his son, now entitled "Mr. John CARRAWAY, Sr.," was granted an additional 447 acres.
The CARRAWAYS had done well, buying other land around the county, until in 1773, John CARRAWAY III bought for 20 pounds, "a tract of land on the Western Shore called 'Labour in Vain' containing 67 acres". ("Antiquary"-James.) This had been the land of William Johnson, deceased, and was sold to John CARRAWAY by his widow and his two sisters, co-heirs, but, he built the house now standing in Kemps Landing. At first, it had only the hall and one room downstairs, with two rooms upstairs. Later, an additional room was added on the back, and still later, the outside kitchen was moved and attached to the house. But, from the front the house looks as it did in 1734, with the original shutters on the windows, which contain many panes of the old hand-blown glass. While the bricks of the chimney are laid in the Virginia, or American pattern, some are decorated as in the 17th century, and beneath the large roof overhang on the front is decorative molding. Small as it is, it was built with care and taste. It was continually occupied by descendants of the first CARRAWAY until 1975.
The only early CARRAWAY will extant is Ann CARRAWAY'S, dated 1689. and it shows extremely few possessions. (Lower Norfolk County Order Book D.)

"daughter Mary Lovett--an iron kettle daughter
Eiizabeth Nichols--bell nettle mortar & pestle
son Bartholomy Williamson--one shilling
son Jchn Carraway--one shilling"

signed: Anne Carraway
her mark."

John CARRAWAY had obviously died first and distributed his property in his will, so that is all that poor Anne had to leave.
The story of John CARRAWAY and his descendants is, we like to think, the story of America through the centuries: a success story of a man who started with nothing but strong character and ambition, and who learned and prospered through hard work and intelligence. His descendants were as upright and hardworking as he. A visit to this charming house is an inspiration,

*James, Edward W. ed. THE LOWER NORFOLK COUNTY ANTIQUARY, 2 vol. Peter Smith New York.
"Nugent, Nell Marion, CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1619-r732. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD.

(Note: Though in the first part of the above excerpt. Ms. Turner states that the house was built in 1774, that must be a misprint. A sign in front of the house states that it was built in 1734. Also, the house is no longer occupied by an Antique shop. It is a real estate office now.)



Notes for Ann Foster
[Master Source 2]

Notes for ANN FOSTER:

In notes, forwarded from John Ross that were compiled by Tom Caraway:

.....In September 1637, Ann (Foster) Williamson and Ann Stephens said "Vile" things about John Wattham and both were ordered to be Ducht and ask forgiveness before the public congregation.

In the History of Southern Families by Boddie, Volume 6, Page 27 --

November 17, 1669 - Ann (Foster) Carraway sued George Fowler for a cow killed by his family and George Fowler was ordered to deliver a cow and calf to Ann. (the Compiler: Tom Carraway: noted that John must of already died, because it was his wife that sued and in that time period, only widows had a legal voice.)

This record was sent by John Ross

June 13, 1689 Ann left a will proved November 15, 1692 as follows (Abstracts of Norfolk County Wills by Mcintosh, pages 139 and 140)

Ann Carraway being aged ......... Book 5 Folio 186
Unto my daughter Mary Lovett, a great iron kettle
Unto my daughter Elizabeth Nichols, a bell, mettle mortar and pestle
Unto my son Bartholomew Williamson, one shilling sterling
to my son John Carraway, one shilling sterling
Unto to my son Richard Williamson, the rest.
exc ........
Witness Lancaster Lovett and Ben Burroughs

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