Thursday, September 10, 2015

Susanna Allen's Will of 1719

Indentured Servitude in Virginia
"IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Susanna Allen of the City of Wmsburgh & County of York in the Colony of Virga Spinster... make this my last Will & Testamt in manner following ... ITEM my will is that Within a Convenient time after my decease my houses & Lotts in Wmsburgh be sold in the best Manner by my Execrs for ready Money or Otherwise at their Obscretion & the produce thereof to be Equally divided between David & Jane Cunningham1 Orphans of David Cunningham decd ITEM I Give to the sd two Orphans One feather bed & furniture with two prs Sheets I Also Give unto each of the Orphans one Pottle & one Quart Tankard of Silver the same being in the hands of Mr Archibald Blair I Also do give the sd David one large Bible & to the sd Jane two Small Bibles ITEM I WILL that my Negroe Man named Cooper be imployed on the Plantation of the sd Orphan David... Untill... Comes of Age & then I Give the sd Negro unto the sd David & his heirs for ever ITEM I WILL that my servt boy Named Alexander Stinson be kept on the plantation for the Uses Aforesd or sold by Out Cry at the Discretion of my Execrs ITEM THAT all the Rest of my personal Estate of what Nature soever be sold by publick Auction in such Maner as my Execrs Shall Think proper & the produce (all my Just Debts being duely paid) to be divided Equally between the two Orphans above named LASTLY I Do Constitute & Appoint my Good friends Thos Jones & Wm Robertson Gents to be Execrs of this my Last Will & Testamt hereby Makeing Void all former wills by me heretofore made & declaring this Only to be my last will & Testamt IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal this 2d day of March in the Year of our Lord Christ 1719. Susanna Allen (Seal) [Witnesses] Saml Cobbs Jas Menzies Andr Laprade Jas Spence"2 [Recorded York County court, May 16, 1720.]

Alexander Craig House Historical Report

Block 17 Building 5 Lot 55

Originally entitled: "Alexander Craig House"

Mary A. Stephenson 1956
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library Research Report Series - 1341
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library
Williamsburg, Virginia
"So Obscure A Person

Friday, August 21, 2015

Death Record of Louisa Stinson

See more on Louisa STINSON: Louisa Stinson's Six Sons.

Louisa STINSON appears with her STINSON parents on page 101, of "So Obscure A Person” descended from Alexander STINSON of Buckingham County, Virginia.

The Death Certificate image is from

Friday, May 29, 2015

Early History of Buckingham County

"The Early History of Buckingham County" by James Meade Anderson, 1955
"As to the exact date of settlement or the identity or the first settlers of this area, there is no evidence. However, the names and date, 'R. BOLLING, I. BELL, 1700,' are carved in a rock ledge on Willis Mountain. This is the earliest known date that any white man put foot on the soil of Buckingham County. It is an assured fact that there would have been trips into Buckingham before 1700. It is therefore logical that the pioneers made their way up the James and in settling their searches toward the west, eventually scaled the mountain for a better view of terrain. Since, this lone mountain peak, which was later named Willis Mountain, rises from a relatively flat plain to 1,159 ft., it may be seen for several miles. Nine years later W. SMITH and P. TURPIN made their way into a cave, later known as Woodson's Cave, on Willis' Mountain and carved their names along with the date 1709. These two carvings on the mountain are the only known records that have been discovered concerning early adventurers into Buckingham County."
"So Obscure A Person” is about the descendants of ALEXANDER STINSON who was an early pioneer to Buckingham County, Virginia. In 1750, ALEXANDER STINSON's land lay adjacent to the Rocky Ridge of Willis Mountain, which bordered on the land of Colonel JOHN BOLLING.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Stinson Vineyards of Albemarle

The Stinson Vineyards is located at 4744 Sugar Hollow Rd, in White Hall, Virginia. It is described as a "family-owned estate winery in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains specializing in small lot wines with a distinct French influence. The father/daughter team of Scott and Rachel STINSON takes inspiration from 'garagiste' wineries of France, in both their winemaking techniques and the winery itself, which is built into an old three car garage." The STINSON patriarch of Virginia, Alexander STINSON, who lived and prospered in the neighboring county of Buckingham, would be proud that STINSONs continue living off the Virginia land as he had begun so long ago. "So Obscure A Person” is the story of our ancient forebear "Alex'r STINSON" who as a young man in the 1730s had petitioned the Virginia Council for 12,000 acres and was rejected as "too much land for 'so obscure a person'." (Stinson Vineyards Blog)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Nancy Stinson & James LeSueur

Nancy STINSON and her husband appear on pages 59, 60 of "So Obscure A Person.” The dates and other information appearing with this family were obtained from the 1830 Census, DAR lineage papers and a CHASTAIN family genealogy book published in 1995. The dates cannot be correct for this family, so I have thoroughly researched the 1830 Buckingham County, Virginia census and calculated birth and marriage dates for the couple. They had two sons enumerated on the census, born between 1811 and 1820. They also owned ten slaves. James LESUEUR was born 1781-1790, of Buckingham County, Virginia, and his wife on the census was born 1791-1800, of Buckingham County. They married about 1814, probably in Buckingham County, Virginia. There is no documented death date for Nancy STINSON.

The remainder of the information on Nancy STINSON which came from Pierre Chastain and His Descendants, page 113, does not match the fact that James LESUEUR was living in 1830, at Buckingham County, Virginia, with two young sons only. The CHASTAIN information will need to be further researched.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

L. Varner Stinson of Oklahoma

The grandfather of L. VARNER STINSON was Judge DAVID STINSON** of Shilo, Hunt County, Texas. DAVID STINSON appears on page 108, of  "So Obscure A Person” where his lineage can be documented back to ALEXANDER STINSON of Colonial Virginia.

A biography of L. VARNER STINSON appears in A Standard History of Oklahoma by Joseph B. Thoburn, 1916, Volume IV.
The Oklahoma Legislature of 1915 passed a law providing a method by which public highways might be constructed in every county in the state. ... In Bryan County, where only 42 per cent of the lands are taxable, road work began in earnest in 1915, when the county commissioners designated County Surveyor L. VARNER STINSON as county engineer. From 10 per cent to 15 per cent of the highway built in a county are designated as state highways and one-half the expense of construction is borne by the state, while the county engineer makes the necessary surveys, drawings, plats, specifications, etc.

L. VARNER STINSON was well qualified for the work of county engineer, being a graduate in civil engineering from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and having had several years of experience in field work. Another qualification lay in the fact that he had for eight years been surveyor of the county, being the only man to fill that office since statehood. During those eight years he had been the commissioners’ engineer in the construction of all highways, bridges and other work of an engineering nature.

MR. STINSON was born at Campbell, Hunt County, Texas, September 27, 1880, and is a son of A. W. D. and IDA (EILAND) STINSON. His father, a native of Texas, is now sixty-seven years of age, but is still actively engaged in the real estate business at Durant, Oklahoma, where he is a member of the city council and a leading and influential citizen. His grandfather** was a lawyer and jurist of more than local note for many years in East Texas.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Louisa Stinson's Six Sons

The Mystery of Mary Louisa STINSON

Mother "Luisia STINSON" first appears on the 1860 census at Buckingham Courthouse, Virginia, as a seamstress and implied single mother with four young sons, Robert STINSON, Samuel STINSON, Charles M. STINSON and James STINSON. On marriage documents, the two older of these sons later gave their father as Thomas STINSON.  On the birth record of her son Charles STINSON, only his mother, Louisa STINSON, was recorded. It appears that Louisa or Mary Louisa STINSON was never married to Thomas STINSON or anyone else, because she was always described as "Single" in lieu of "Widowed" or "Married" in the census records. Her two youngest children, John STINSON (born about 1862) and Edward STINSON, appear as her sons on succeeding censuses. Edward STINSON was born in Virginia in September 1871, and in 1896, he married Eva who was born December 1872, in Virginia. In 1910, Buckingham County, Virginia, "Mother Mary L. STINSON" was living in the household of her son John STINSON and his family. Mary Louisa was not with him in 1920, and I have found no death record for her.

A Louisa STINSON appears with her STINSON parents on page 101, of "So Obscure A Person” descended from Alexander STINSON of Buckingham County, Virginia.

This post is updated from 6/15/2014 because of discoveries of new information.