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The Taliaferro Family

 
  also spelled Talliaferro, Toliver  
 

Taliaferro's Branch is on the Rappahannock River in northern Caroline County just across from Dogue, Virginia.

Taliaferro Mount is six miles north of Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia.

 
 
 
 
Old Style Calendar
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Robert Taliaferro was born in 1626 in England. He is called "The Immigrant."

Robert immigrated to Virginia by 1647 when he witnessed the will of Robert Meeke of York County.

Researchers differ on the maiden name of Robert's wife, Catherine.

His children probably included:

Frances Taliaferro (1654, married Elizabeth Catlett),
John Taliaferro (1654, married Sarah Smith),
Richard Taliaferro (married Sarah Wingfield),
Robert Taliaferro (married Sarah Catlett),
Mary Taliaferro (married Johnson),
Catherine Taliferro (1668, married John Battaile),
Charles Taliaferro (1670, married Mary Carter).

He was granted 800 acres in Gloucester County, Virginia on February 12, 1651. His land was on Poropotank Creek and at the head of Ware River.

On March 26, 1666, Robert and Lawrence Smith were granted 6,300 acres in Virginia in current Rappahannock County near Port Royal.

On November 20, 1672, Mrs. Katherine Taliaferro was granted 600 acres for transporting eight enslaved black people and four English servants "which rights I doe hereby assigne over to my son Robert Taliaferro." (Rappahannock County Records Deed Book 5 , p. 99.)

In 1682, Frances distributed land from their father's estate to his brothers, John, Richard, and Charles.

In 1686, Catherine and brother Charles chose their brother Robert as their guardian.

On June 1, 1687, Robert Taliferro, Jr. gave bond for the estate of Robert Taliaferro, deceased.

After Robert died, Catherine probably married Cadwallader Jones.


 
 
 

Essex County was established in 1692 from the old Rappahannock County, Virginia 

John Taliaferro, Sr. was born about 1654. He is called "The Ranger."

He married Sarah Smith. Sarah was the daughter of Major Lawrence Smith and Mary Debnam.

During the ensuing summer of 1682, [Cadwallder] Jones ranged the great fork of the Rappahannock with John Taliaferro, of Snow Creek, son of the Robert "Talifer" from whose house on Rappahannock Lederer had set out ten years previously. It was then, as Taliaferro afterwards testified," that they explored to "the first Heads or Springs of the Two Branches of Rappahannock," and perhaps it was then also that they anticipated the achievement of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe and crossed the Blue Ridge to camp on the banks of the Shenandoah. (from Western Explorations in Virginia Between Leederer and Spotswood).

On September 28, 1682 his brother, Francis gave him 1,000 acres from their father's inheritance.

Sarah and John's children probably included:

Lawrence Taliaferro (1683, married Sarah Thornton),
John Taliaferro, Jr. (1685, married Mary Catlett),
Mary Taliaferro Thornton (1687, married Francis Thornton, Jr.),
Elizabeth Taliaferro Catlett (married John Catlett)
Charles Taliaferro (1690, married Ann Kemp),
Robert Taliaferro (1689, married Elizabeth Matthews),
Zachariah Taliaferro;
Richard Taliaferro (1703, married Rose Berryman), and
William Taliaferro.

They made their home at Powhatan in St. Mary's Parish, Essex County, Virginia.

John was a lieutenant in the Rangers in 1692.

In 1696, John bought 600 acres from Thomas Pannell's heirs and he was a colonel in the Essex County militia.

In 1699, he was a burgess in Essex County.

He was a justice in Essex County between 1699 and 1700.

John wrote his will in 1715 in St. Mary's Parish, Essex County,Virginia. In 1717, John, Sr. gave his son John two plantations of 1,000 acres on Snow Creek.

John died in 1720.

Old Rappahannock County was founded in 1656 from part of Lancaster County. In 1692 it was divided to form Essex and Richmond Counties.

 
 
 

1692-1693 Essex Co Virginia Orders, p. 17

At a Court held for Essex County August ye 10th Ano: 1692

Mr. John Smith appeared in Court and acknowledged a Deed of Sale of a parcell of land to Mr. John Taliaferro to be his real act and deed, ye same was admitted to Record

 
 
 
 

1704-1707 Essex Co Viginia Deed & Will Book 12; Antient Press: (Page 378-80)

1 April 1707. John Taliaferro of Essex County and Richard Buckner of same, Gent.,

to John Lomax and Elizabeth his wife. For agreements in former deed of release.
Tracts described below.

Whereas John Lomax of said county, Gent., and Elizabeth his wife late Elizabeth Wormley have, by deeds of lease and release, 7-8 July 1704 sold to me John Taliaferro all that tract called Portobago containing 3423 acres, being all the land on the lower side of Portobago Creeke or Swamp.., contained in and being part of the track called Portoba

and 400 acres in Gloucester County late in the possession of Samuel Smith and Ann his wife which was formerly given to Elizabeth now wife of the said John Lomax by Thomas Dawkins, deceased, formerly husband of her the said Anne Smith.

Jno. Taliaferro
Richard Buckner
Wit: John Catlett, Michaell Clerck.
10 April 1707, Acknowledged by John Taliaferro and Richard Buckner.

 
 
 
Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.

A Dower is a provision for a wife's support should her husband die before her. Her dower right was the use of ⅓ of her husband's estate. The dower was settled on the bride at the time of the wedding.


1695-1699 Essex Co Virginia, Deed Book 9; Antient Press: (Page 32)

This Indenture made this Tenth day of Aprill in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninety six [1696]

Betweene William Pannell,
James Kay and Mary his Wife,
James Phillips and Isabella his Wife of the one pte:

and John Taliaferro of ye County of Essex of the other part;

Witnesseth that whereas Thomas Pannell late of ye County of Rapak. did by his last Will and Testament bearing date ye Eleventh day of May one thousand six hundred & seventy six [1676] give to his Wife and Children all his lands and Whereas the said Thomas Pannell died seized of Six hundred [600] acres of Land lying and being in Rappa: County on the South side of the Freshes thereof. . .

Jame Phillips and Isabella his Wife, the sd. William Pannell for the sume of Five thousand five hundred [5,500] pounds of good tobacco & caske to him paid by the sd, John Taliaferro doth fully acquitt & grant the sd. John Taliaferro his heirs all the fifth part of ye sd William Pannell which he hath in the said Six hundred acres of Land and all Estate right & interest which ye sd William hath or ought to have to one fifth part of ye sd Land,

And alsoe ye sd. James Kay and Mary his Wife for the summe of Four thousand pounds [4,000] of sweet seated tobacco and caske to them paid by the sd. John Taliaferro do fully grant unto the sd John Taliaferro and to his heirs & assignes forever all ye sd fifth part of ye sd James Kay & Mary his Wife which they have in right of ye sd. Mary in the Land & all the Estate right the sd. James Kay & Mary his Wife hve to ye Land,

And alsoe the sd. James Phillips and Isabella his Wife for the summe of Five thousand five hundred pounds [5,500] of tobacco and caske to them paid sell unto the sd, John Taliaferro and to his heirs and assignes forever all the fifth part of ye sd. James and Isabella wch: they have in right of ye sd Isabella and in ye sd. Six hundred acres of Land and all ye Estate right & interest wch: they have; To have & to hold all ye premisses above sold to ye sd. John Taliaferro and to his heirs & assignes forever to ye onely & proper behoofe of ye sd John Taliaferro his heirs

and ye sd Wm. Pannell for his part, James Kay & James Phillips for themselves and for their Wives their heirs & every of them doe severally promise that ye sd. Land and every part now is free from all manner of incumbrances and covenant to the sd John Taliaferro his heirs and assignes may from henceforth forever hold ye above menconed premisses with their appurtenances without any disturbance of them their heirs or assignes or any persons whatsoever, In Witness whereof hereunto they have sett their hands and affixed their seales the day & year abovesd.

Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us
Tho. Philpin,
William Pannell
Jno Corbin
James Kay
Cornelius Linzey
Mary Kay
James Phillips
Isabella Phillips

Signed sealed & delivered by Wm Pannell & James Phillips & Isabella Phillips
in presence of Jno Battaile, Bernard Baines, Robt coleman

Acknowledged in Essex County Court ye 10th day of April! 1696
Test Francis Meriwether Cl Co

An indenture is a legal contract for labor or land. Two copies on the same sheet were separated with a jagged edge so that the two parts could be refitted to confirm authenticity. An indentured servant worked without wages for a specified time to pay a debt and was bound to the employer. In the 17th century, nearly two-thirds of settlers came as indentured servants to pay for their passage.
 
 
Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.

A moiety is one of two equal parts.

1717-1721 Essex County Virginia Wills, Inventories and Settlements of Estates No. 3

Will of John Taliaferro of the Parish of St. Mary's in Essex County, Gent.,
dated 1 June 1715.
Unto my son Lawrence the plantation he now liveth together with the land thereto belonging. Also three Negros Cain, Grace and Beck now in his possession.
Unto my son John the plantation whereon he now liveth together with the land thereto belonging. Also two Negros Frank and Nancy now being in his possession and likewise fifty pounds sterling mony of England.
Unto my daughter Mary a ring of twenty shillings value.
Unto my daughter Elizabeth 78 pounds of sterling money of England being a part unpaid of a portion promised her in marriage.
Unto my son Charles 300 acres lying in a neck commonly known by the name of the old Church Neck within the aforesaid parish of St. Maryts, and one moiety of a tract of land taken up and pattened by me in partnership with my brother Francis Taliaferro deceased lying at the head of the Mount Creek.
Unto my son Robert 675 acres of land being one moiety of a dividend lying in the Golden Vale Swamp.
Unto my son Zachariah 675 acres of land the other moiety of the said devidend of land lying in the Golden Vale Swamp.
Unto my son Richard one moiety of the land. I now live on, viz. the back half of the devidend.
Unto my son William after the decease of my loveing wife the other moiety of the land whereon I now live, viz. the, half next the river together with the plantation thereon.
The land aforementioned lying at the head of the Mount was taken up and pattented by me in partnership with my deceased brother Francis Taliaferro but no division made. In the lifetime of my said deceased brother I did purchase of him 100 acres lying on Rappahannock River and adjoyning to 1000 acres formerly granted by my deceased brother to me. The sale not being recorded in any Court of record, upon my said deceased brother's heir at law affirming the purchase 100 acres unto my son John then my son. John do make sure the lower moiety of the said devidend of land lying at the head of the Mount Creek unto such heir.

If either of my sons Robt. and Zachariah shall happen to dye before they attain to the age of one and twenty then the whole 1350 acres become the survivour of them.
If either of my sons Richard and William shall dye before they attain to the age of one and twenty then the whole 600 acres become the survivour.
My whole personal estate, goods and chattels, my mill and Negroes do remain together entire without distribution to pay debts and legacies, then equally divided between my loveing wife and seven children Charles, Sarah, Robert, Zachariah, Catherine, Richard and William.
My said mill between my sons Richard and William, and if sons dye to the survivor.
My sons Charles, Robert, Zachariah, Richard and William executors .
Jno. Taliaferro
Wit: John Sutton,,Tho. Eva[ns1 Henry (H) Brice.
21. June 1720. Presented in Court by Robert TaIiaferro and Zachariah Taliaferro, executors.
Proved by Henry Brice, made oath that he saw John Sutton (who is now dead) sign the same.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
 
 
 

21 Jan. 1717/18

John Taliaferro of St. Mary's Parish, Essex County, to John Taliaferro junr son to the aforesaid John of same For natural love and affection Two plantations with 1000 acres on the upper side of Snow Creek in the forke thereof which was formerly given to me by my brother Fran Taliaferro late of said parish by deed of gift.
Jno.Taliaferro
Wit: Robt Parker, Jno. Ellitts.
Acknowledgedby John Taliaferro.

Capt. John Battaile by vertue of a power from Mrs. Eliza. smith, Wife to ye above named Mr. Jno Smith, relinquished her ye said Elizabeths right of dower of in & to a pcell of land sold by her Husband, Mr. Jno Smith to Mr. Jno Taliaferro, ye same is admitted to Record

 
     

The rod or perch or pole is a surveyor's tool equal to 51⁄2 yards.

1717-1721 Essex County Virginia Deed Book 17

Know all menby these presents that I Elizabeth Taliaferro Wife of Robert Taliaferro of Parish of St. Marys in County of Essex do hereby appoint Mr. William Beverely to be my Attorney for me to relinquish my right of Dower to 621 acres & Seventy eight perches of land sold by my Husband to Paul Micou

In Witness this 17th day of June 1723
Presents of Henry Kelly
Elizabeth Taliaferro
John Roy

This Indenture made the Seventeen/Eighteen day of June 1723
Between Robert Taliaferro of County of Essex Gent of one part
& Paul Micou of aforesaid County of Essex Surgeon

Witnesseth that said Robert Taliaferro for sum of one hundred & sixty pounds Sterl to him paid by these presents doth confirm unto said Paul Micou iin his actual possession now being by Virtue of Statute for Transferring uses into possession and his heirs forever

621 acres & 75 perches being in Parish of St. Marys in County of Essex 321 acres

& 75 perches part thereof being the land whereon the said Robert Taliaferro now dwelleth & by him purchased of one Larkin Chew

& 300 acres the other part thereof adjoyning that thereto being part of a tract of land given to him by his Father John Taliaferro now deceased

In presence of
Moore Fantleroy,
Robert Taliaferro
Fredrick Coghill,
Margaret Fantleroy
Wm Gray,
Fran Sterne,
Thomas Horde

 
 
     
 
 

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Robert Taliaferro was born in 1652. He was the son of Robert and Katherine Taliaferro,

He married Sarah Catlett.

Their son was:

Robert Taliaferro (1688, married Ann Pittman and Margaret French).

In 1672-3 he was granted land on the Rappahannock River, adjoining the land of Henry Corbin & Mr. Grymes which was due him,..as the grandson of Mr. Grymes.

Robert Taliaferro Junior and Francis Taliaferro, with their wives, Sarah and Elizabeth, sold 300 acres of land in Essex County in 1687 which was part of the land bequeathed to the said Sarah and Elizabeth by their father, John Catlett...

In 1686, His sister and brother, Catherine and Charles chose Robert as their guardian.

Sarah died in 1726 in Essex County.

 
 
 
 

Deed Abstracts of (Old) Rappahannock County, Virginia 1686-1688 (McLean, VA: The Ancient Press, 1990, pg 42-43.

. . . I Robert Taliaferro of the County of Rappahannock and Parish of St. Marys in Virginia, Gent. and Sarah his Wife for a good cause and valuable consideration them thereunto moving and more expecially for Eight thousand pounds [8,000] of Tobb: in caske paid by John Battaile have sold unto the sd John Battaile his heirs Three hundred acres of land being on the South side of the Rappa: River being part of 600 acres bequeath Between Elizabeth and Sarah Catlett by Mr. John Catlett deced lying and joyning to Mr. John Catlett Junr. and to John Goss and facing the River. . .

In Witness whereof the said Robt Taliaferro and Sarah his Wife have sett their hands and seales this 30 day of March 1687.

Signed and sealed and delivered in presents of us John Taliaferro, Robt Taliaferro, Moses Hulbert. Sarah [an S mark] Taliaferro, Phillip Thoms.

 
 
 
 

Stafford County, Virginia Deed and Will Book, 1686 - 1689; pp. 47- 47a . 

Whereas by Venue of an Ordr. of Rappa. County Court

Robt. Taliaferro was appointed Guardian to his Bro. & Sistr Charles & Katherine Taliaferro

& was further ordered by ye Court at ye same time to possess himself wth wt of Coll, Cadwalr. Jones his Estate hee could come at on behalfe of ye sd Orphants in pursuance of which sd Ordr beareing date ye 2 of March 1686/7

ye sd Robert Taliaferro did possess himself of one younge Negro named Frank a Carpenlr. & Cooper & aftr to witt ye 8th of March followinge ye sd Coll. Jones did by Deed of Assignment undr his hand assignd ye sd things together with ye sd Negro Franck soe seized & possessed by the said Robt. Taliaferro aforsd in Right of ye Children and

Whereas I John Battaile marryd Katherine Taliaferro one of ye Orphans abovesd made humble suite to ye sd Court of Rappa. to be possessed with ye Estate of my sd Wife in ye hands of sd Robert Taliaferro Guardian as aforesd

at which sd Court being ye 1st of June 1687 ye Court did ordr me ye sd John Battaile possession as aforsd of one moytie of ye sd Estate soe seized by Robert Taliaferro as aforesd & made over to him by Coll. Jones aforesd part of which sd Estate to win. ye above named Negroe Frank ye sd Rob. Taliaferro did publickly in open Court relinquish to me & made over to me & gave me full authority to possess my selfe wth him in right of my Wife aforesaid which sd Negro Frank

I have by these presents sold unto Wm. Fitzhugh his heires for ever for ye full vallue of Nine Thousand pounds of Merchantable Tobo & Caske And I doe by these presents for my selfe my heires to & wth ye sd Wm. Fitzhugh to Warrant & defend sd Negro Frank from ye clame of ye Coll. Cadwaldr Jones. his heires or assigner,

or from Francky, John, Robert, Charles & Rich Taliaferroor any or either of them their heires & assigns in ye penall sume of Eibhteene thousand pounds of Tobo.

In Witness whereof I have set my hand & Seale this 7 day of June 1687.

In presence of Robt. Franckland, John Battaile John Bashford.

This Deed of Sale wwas acknuwd. by the sd John Battaile unto Wm. Fitzhugh in ye County Court of Stafford this 8 day of June 1687 And was then recorded.

 
     
 
 
 

Francis Taliaferro was born about 1654. He was the son of Robert Taliaferro.

He married Elizabeth Catlett.

Francis and Elizabeth's children included:

Francis Taliaferro,.
John Taliaferro
Robert Taliaferro,
John Taliaferro,
William Taliaferro,
Richard Taliaferro,
Elizabeth Taliaferro (married Thomas Stribling).

In 1682 he gave his brother, John, 1,000 acres inherited from his father. And he gave his brothers, Richard and Charles, 1,600.

He was a justice of Essex County from 1690 to 1700.

On September 5, 1687 Francis and Elizabeth Taliaferro deeded John Battaille 300 acres that John Catlett had left to his daughters.

Francis died in 1710.

In 1710 Elizabeth, as admx. of Francis Taliaferro, presented an inventory of estate. March 20, 1716, John Taliaferro of The Mount, and Thomas Catlett go on Elizabeth Taliaferro's bond as admx.

 
 
 
A gentleman had no title, but descended from an aristocratic family, was of the landed gentry, and had a coat of arms.

Old Rappahannock Co Deed Book 7 - 1682-1686; pg 11-13

To all Xpian People to whom these presents shall come

I Francis S Talliaferro of the County of Gloucester in Collony of Virginia Gent., Sonn and heire apparent of Robert Talliaferro, late of County of Rappa. in the Collony aforesaid deced send Greeting in or: Lord God everlasting.

Know yee that for as much as my deced Father, Robert Talliaferro, joyntly with Laurence Smith of the County of Gloucester Gent. on the 26th day of March in ye yeare of our Lord One thousand Six hundred Sixty and six take up and Patent Six thousand & three hundred acres of land being in the aforesaid County of Rappa:

Beginning at the mouth of Snow Creeke in the South side of Rappa. River and thence running the several courses and distances in the sd Pattent set down and expressed as by said Pattent relation had may appeare and

further forasmuch as my said deced Father and the said Laurence Smith by their joynt writing under their hands dated the 16th day of May 1667 and duly acknowledged and recorded in Gloucester County Court the same day did mutually agree that if either of them should die before division of the said lands that then & in such case the heires of him soe dying should have equall right with the Survivors of and unto the said Six thousand three hundred acres of land by them Pattented as by ye records of said Deed may appeare

Now Further Know yee that I the said Francis Talliaferro for the good will Natural love and affection which I bear unto my well beloved Brother, John Talliaferro, of the aforesaid County of Rappa., Gent. and for ye future advancemt. of my said Brother (he being now intended by the prmission of Almighty God to marry with Sarah the Daughter of said Laurence Smith) and for divers other causes me thereunto moving have given and by this my prsent indented Deed of Gift doe freely and absolutely give unto my said Brother, John Talliaferro, his heirs, One thousand acres of land being part of the abovesaid Divident and to be laid out and bounded with lines of marked trees as followeth (that is to say)

To begin at the Fork of Snow Creek Branch by or near the Path that leads to the Fort and from thence runing West North West for the breadth and South West and by West into the Woods for length to the extent of the Pattent and all the right and demand which I the said Francis Talliaferro now have unto the said land To have and to hold unto my said Brother, John Taliaferro, and to his heirs To have and to hold to the use and enjoy without the lawfull lett of the said Francis Talliaferro my heirs or any other persons claiming under me and further I the said Francis Talliaferro either in person or by my lawfull Attorney will make acknowledgment of these prsents in Rappa. County Court upon request of my said Brother In Witness whereof I have sett my hand this 28th day of September 1682
Sealed and Delivd. in the prsence of us
John Maine
Fran. Talliaferro
Lewis Burwell
Henry Clerke
Richard Brooke.

 
 
 
 

Old Rappahannock Co Deed Book 7 - 1682-1686; pg 13-15

To all Xpian people to whom these presents shall come I Francis Talliaferro of the County of Gloucester in the Colony of Virginia Gent., Son and heire apparent of Robert Talliaferro of the County of Rappa. in the Collony aforesaid Gent. send Greeting.

Know yee that in as much as my said deced Father joyntly with Laurence Smith of the County of Gloucester and Collony aforesaid did take up and pattent Six thousand three hundred acres of land being in the said County of Rappa: and beginning at the mouth of Ssnow Creekon the South side of Rappa. River & thence running the severall coruses in the Pattent for the same expressed as by the said Pattent dated the 26th day of March Anno Dom: One thousand Six hundred Sixty and six (relation thereto may appeare) and also for as much as

my said deced Father and the said Laurence Smith by their mutuall agreement under their hands and recorded in Gloucester County Court the 16th day of May 1667 did oblige themselves each that if either of them should happen to dye before division of the said lands made the heires of him soe dying should have equall right and propriety with the Survivor.

Now know yee that I the said Francis Talliaferro for the natural love and affection which I beare unto my dear Brothers, Richard and Charles Talliaferro, and the desire I have of their future setticmt. and for diverse other good considerations have granted unto my said Brothers, Richard and Charles Talliaferro, also to their heires Sixteen hundred acres of land part of the abovesd Six thousand three hundred of land and for their heirs to be laid out and bounded with marked trees as followeth (that is to say)

to begin at the upper corner tree of the head of John Talliaferros land by me to him convayed by Deed of Equally date and runing West for length according to the back line of the said Patent and for the breadth upon John Talliaferros land according to the Pattent and all the right wch I now have To have and to hold the said Sixteen hundred acres of land with all its rights unto the said Richard and Charles Talliaferro and their heires forever.

Know yee that I the said Francis Talliaferro doe intend and it is the meaning of these presents that if either of my said Brothers shall happen to die before they attaine to ye age of twenty one yeares that then in such case the above granted sixteen hundred acres shall be and remaine unto ye Survivor

but if when my said Brother, Richard, come of age and doe desire Division of the premisses to be made that he have and it is my intent that he shall have (after division made) his first choice and lastly Know yee that I the said Francis Talliaferro do hereby for myselfe my heires with them my said Brothers their heirs shall quietly have all the above granted prmisses without the lawfull lett of me my heires or any other persons claiming under me In Witness whereof I have sett my hand & seale this 28th day of September 1682 Sealed and delivered in prsence of us
John Mann
Francis Talliaferro
Henry Hill, Clerk
Lewis Burwell
Richard Brooke

 
 
 
 

1 May 1701

To all Xtian people Wee Francis Taliaferro and Elizabeth his Wife of St. Maries Parish in Essex County send Greeting...

Now Know yee that wee the said Francis Taliaferro and Elizabeth Taliaaferro for Ninety two pounds Sterling money in hand paid by Augustinge Smith of Glocester County have granted the said Augustine Smith a tract of land conteyning Four hundred & sixteene acres being in Essex County

being the one moyety of a Pattent granted to the abovesd Coll. Jno Catlett for Seaven hundred ninety two acres bearing date the 10th day of September 1660 and by his last Will in writing given to his two Daughter, Elizabeth and Sarah. and by their consent divided by Mr. William Moseley, Surveyr: of the said County the fourth of May 1691. . .

In Witness whereof we have sett our hands & seales. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us John Catlett, Fra: Taliaferro. Jno: Battaile, Elizabeth Taliaferro, Charles Smith.. .

two of his Majties. Justices of the Peace for this County doe hereby certifie that Elizabeth Taliaferro did this day come before us in ordr: to ye signing & sealeing this Deed, we did privately examine her whether shee did freely & willingly execute this Deed or whether it proceeded from an compulsion or meanes by her Husband towards her to compell her to the passing away her Inheritance to which shee answered that shee did it willingly without compulsion or coercion of her Husband & there did execute the same before us In Testimony whereof wee have sett our hands the first day of March 1701. John Catlett, John Battaile

 
 
 
 

Robert Taliaferro was born about 1687 in Virginia. His parents were Robert Taliaferro and Sarah Catlett.

He married Margaret French. She was the daughter of Hugh French. 

Margaret and Robert's children may have included:

Ann Taliaferro
Elizabeth Taliaferro (1710, married Roger Madison)
Samuel Taliaferro (1717)
Robert Taliaferro (1720)

Margaret died in 1724.

His second wife was Ann Pittman.

Sarah Taliaferro (1730, married John Lewis),
Margaret Taliaferro (1732, married Hiram Gaines)

 
 
 
 

8-9 Aug. 1711

Robert Taliaferro, planter to Samuel Short, planter,
lease and release
for £40 sterling,
100 acres,
part of a tract formerly granted 17 Mar. 1673/3 to Robert TTaliaferro, father of the within named Robert of 739 acres, by the river side near the mouth of a gut where the said Short now lives, in sight of a plantation called Short's Quarter
witnessed by Ja. Alderson, Robert Jones, Robert Kay.
Ack. by Robert Taliaferro and Margt. Taliaferro relinquished her right by Richard Bucknerher attorney. Essex Co., VA.

 
 
 
 

9 Aug 1722:

in Essex County Court, Robert Taliaferro, III (grandson of Robert Taliaferro, I, and Katherine, his wife) sold to Augustine Smith 200 acres of land "part of 600 acres formerly granted to Mr. Charles Grymes September 4, 1654 and by his last will and testament bequeathed to Katherine Dedman, grandmother of the said Robert Taliaferro." Essex County VA, records Deed Book 12, p. 426.

 
 

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