An American Family History

Amelia Pitts Ringley

The Great Wagon Road was the most important Colonial American route for settlers of the mountainous backcountry. It went from Philadelphia to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. One fork went to the Tennessee Valley and Knoxville and the other to the Piedmont Region of North Carolina.

Amelia (Milly) Pitts Ringley was born about 1780. Her parents were Lewis Pitts and Mary Head.

Amelia married John Ringley. John was born about 1783 in Washington County, Virginia.

Amelia and John's children included:
Elijah Ringley (1803, married Sarah Hunsicker),
Elizabeth Ringley (1806),
Mary (Polly) Ringley (1808, married Hiram Smith),
Lewis Ringley (1810)
Margaret Ringley (1813, married John Shelley),
Jerial Ringley (1815, married Mary Fleenor daughter of Isaac and Margaret Fleenor),
Sarah Ringley (1820), and
John Ringley (1821, married Sarah Elizabeth Barker).

On January 16, 1810, Nicholas Hensley sold land on Steele Creek to John Ringley. In the Washington County, Virginia, Deed Book 5 1811-1814 there is also an indenture from John and Milly Ringley to Lewis Pitts.

At the time of the 1810 census in Washington County, Virginia there were two John Ringley households.

John Ringley Sen
one man 26-45,
one woman 16-26.
one boy age 10-16,
two girls under 10

John Ringley
one man 26-45,
one woman 26-45.
one boy and 2 girls under 10,

At the time of the 1820 Washington County census

one man age 26-45,
one woman 18-26.
one boy and 2 girls 10-16,
three boys and 2 girls under 10,

1830 Washington County

A man and a woman between 40-50
2 women females 20-30
a boy and a girl 15-20,
a boy and a girl 10-15,
one boy 5-10,
one boy under age 5,

1840 Washington County

a man and a woman 50-60,
one man and a woman 20-30,
a boy age 15-20,
a girl 5-10

1850 Washington County

John Ringley 67
Amelia Ringley 69
Sarah Ringley 30
John Ringley 29
Margaret Ringley 16

Washington County, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.




I, John Ringley Senr. of Washington County Virginia, Being in sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make my last will and testament hereby revoking all Wills and testaments by me heretofore made in manner and form namely.

1st I desire, that after my decease, all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid, if not left on hand money for that purpose to be paid out of the perishable property of my estate.

2. I will and bequeath to my oldest son Elijah Ringley the farm on which he now lives commencing on the creek below his spring, thence up the creek to a beech near the spring thence crossing the creek so as to include the spring up the ridge to Shaffers line, thence along with Shaffers line crossing the creek up the middle of the lane to a stake .From thence something like N.E. with a little cross lane up to Elijah's fence and with the same to the top of Cove Ridge, with the same to John M. Ringley line with his line crossing the low gap to the top of the Ridge there, From thence nearly due South to a sugar tree corner in a hollow, above his home,for him to have and to hold forever for his part of my estate after my decease.

3rd. I will that my mill tract of land, with the mills on the same, and the distillery supposed to be one hundred acres sold and the proceeds of the sale or money be equally divided between Lewis Ringley, Jerial D. Ringley, and Hiram Smith for their shares of my estate after my decease.

4th. I will and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Shelly and her heirs a certain boundary of land commencing at the stake Elijah's corner running somewhat west with the Shaffers line to a walnut sprout in a field, thence nearly due north with my line to a corner of a piece of land I sold to Jacob Barb, and with that line down the ridge to a sugar tree corner and thence to the top of Cove Ridge, and with the top of the Ridge to Elijah Ringleys line, and with his line to the stake the beginning corner.For her and her heirs share of my estate for her and heirs to have and to hold,forever after my decease.

5. I will and bequeath to my daughter Sally Ringley all the tract of land I now live on from Shaffers line down Cove Creek inclusive. Together with all the household and kitchen furniture, with one mare & colt the one she now claims, two cows and all their increase for her to have and to hold during her natural life and after her death I will it then to her little son J.S.F. Ringley, now an infant, if he should die before his mother then she may dispose of it herself as she may see proper. This is Sallys share of my estate, after my decease.

6th and lastly. I will and bequeath to my two little great grand children William and Sarah Ann Chiles one certain tract and boundary land lying and being as followeth to-wit: Beginning at the sugar tree corner of Barbs land and thence with his line down the branch passing Sally Howsers to a sugar tree corner on the bank of Livingstons Creek thence up the creek with Isaac Fleenors line to John M. Ringleys line and with his line to Margaret Shelleys line to the beginning for them to have and to hold forever it being their Mother's portion of my estate I intended for her after my decease signed and sealed in the presence of the subscribing witnesses
this 13th day of July 1861.
Teste John X Ringley Senr.
Francis Ellington mark
James J. Hunsucker
Aden (X) C. Ringley
N.B. I wish and desire my oldest son Elijah Ringley the executor to execute this my will after my decease this day and date above written. Teste his
F.E. Ellington John X Ringley
James J. Hunsucker mark
Aden (X) C. Ringley
At a court continued and held for Washington County on the 27th day of February 1866.
The last Will and Testament of John Ringley, deceased was proved by the oath of Francis Ellington, James J. Hunsucker, and Aden C. Ringley witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded. And it appearing to the court that Elijah Ringley the Executor therein named was dead, on the motion of Jeriel D. Ringley and Hiram Smith who made oath and together with James J. Hunsucker and John S. Fleenor their securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of the Two thousand dollars conditioned as the Law directs, Certificate is granted the said J.D. Ringley and Hiram Smith for obtaining letters of Administration on the said decedents estate in due form.

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