DESCENDANTS OF JAMES WITHERS

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                  Dawna Withers Hubble and Don Norman

 

1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    James Withers was born about 1700. He married Elizabeth Keene.

 Will Of  James Withers

 

   Transcription of will of James Withers located in Stafford County VA

Will Book M, pages 468-472 by Linda Sparks Starr is true to original

EXCEPT that paragraphs were added for clarity

  In the name of God, Amen I James Withers of Stafford County Planter

being sick of Body but of Sound Sence & Perfect memory thanks to

Almighty God and Calling to Remembrance how frail all flesh is have

thought fitt to make this my Last will & Testament in manner & form as

follows.

  I give and bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave

it, hoping for forgiveness of all my Sins through the merits and

mediation of Jesus Christ my Savior and Redeemer. My body I desire may

be Decently buried at the Discretion of my Exors hereafter Named. After

all my Lawfull Debts are honestly paid, What Temporal Estate it hath

pleased God to bless me with I Desire may be Disposed of as fol-loweth:

IMPRIMIS I give to my Son James Withers & his heirs for Ever a Dividend

or part of that Land which I bought of Rice Hooe Lying in Prince William

County containing four hundred acres and bounded as follows beginning at

the beginning tree of the said Patent and running ESE three hundred &

Twenty poles thence NE one hundred & Eighty five poles thence North

Sixty four Degrees West three hundred & Ninety Six poles to the west

Line of the said Patent & from thence along the Line of the said Patent

to the first beginning as also negro Robin now in his possession a

Negro ...man Called Breechy & a feather bed & furniture.

ITEM I give & bequeath to my Son in Law Henry Mauzy & his wife Ann &

their heirs for Ever another part of the said Land bought of Rice Hooe

Containing Five hundred acres to begin where the Second Course of the

said James's Ends to Run up the main line of the Patent so far as a Line

acros the same may Include that Quantity as also a Negro man named

George a featherbed and Furniture and four Cows & Calves & the half of

the hoggs that he raises where he now lives.

ITEM I give and bequeath to my Son in Law Jas. Hudnall and his heirs

for Ever two hundred acres of Land whereon he now Lives lying in the

upper Part of that land which.....I bought of Rice Hooe bounded on the

North Side by the Line wich Divides John Hooes Land and mine & on the

South Side by a Parralel Line quite across the said Patent and a negro

boy named Frank in his Possession.

ITEM I give and bequeath to my Son Thomas Withers and his heirs for

Ever a Dividend or part of my Land on licking run in Prince Wm County to

be Laid off according to the Survey made thereof by John Allan and at

the same time marked from Raccoon branch to the Back Line of the main

Patent also the following.. Negros Sam, Denboro, Flory & her last Child

Will & all of their Increase.

ITEM I give and bequeath to my Son Keene Withers & his heirs for Ever a

Dividend or part of my Land on Licking Run in theSouthwest Part of the

said Patent & bounded  As follows, Beginning at the beginning White oake

of the Said Patent and running North along the Line of his Brother

Thomas One hundred and thirty Eight Poles thence north forty Seven

Degrees west till it Intersects the out Lines of the main Patent thence

along the lines of the Said Patent Revening them to the first Beginning

including the old mannor plantation as also the following Negroes Ned,

Famine, Nan, Phillis Easter and their Increase and a set of

Blacksmiths Tools & a featherbed & furniture and it is my will &

Desire that my Son John take into his Care my said Son Keene and his

Estate till he arrive to the age of Twenty-one years

ITEM I give & bequeath to my Son William Withers & his heirs for Ever

the remaining Part of my Licking run Land not yet bequeathed with this

Proviso that if Henry Mauzy is obliged to remove from where he now Lives

he shall have the Liberty of Living upon the mill plantation on the said

Land til he has Time to Clear a plantation on the Land already

bequeathed to him as also the following Negroes Peter James Sarah Moll &

Jack & their Increase and a featerbed & furniture.

ITEM I give & bequeath to my Son John Withers and his heirs for Ever

two hundred and fifty acres of Land whereon he now Lives bought of Henry

Field as also two hundred acres of Land bought of William Waugh lying on

the South Side of rocky run and fifty acres which I bought of Snodal

Horton as also the following Negroes to wit Matt, Harry & a negro boy

named Cesar.

ITEM I give and bequeath to my Son in Law William Allan & Bridgett his

Wife and their heirs for Ever a Tract of Land Containing three hundred &

Sixty-five acres Lying on the North Side of Potomack run bought of

Bryant Young.

ITEM I give & bequeath to my Loving wife Elizabeth during the time of

her natural Life only all the household goods & furniture which she

brought from her father & what kind So ever of Cattle with the Mill on

Potomack run as also the tract of Land on which I now Live & have the

following Negroes Tom, Dick, Pegg,Dinah, Roger, Bess, Sugg, Hanah,

Winny, Paige & Daniel and after her Decease the said Negroes and

their future Increase to be Equally Divided Between my five Sons or such

of them as shall be then Living.

ITEM I give & bequeath to my said Son James A negro woman Jenny and

her Child in full Satisfaction of his part of the Negroes which are to

be Divided at his Mother's Death.

ITEM I give to my Loving wife Elizabeth a Negro man Named Ben during

her Natural Life and after her Decease to be Equally Divided between my

four Sons John, Thomas, Wm & Keene.

ITEM I give to my said Son Keene a Negro girl Named Sue to him and his

heirs for Ever

ITEM I give to my Daughter Ursilla the wife of John Allen the two

following negroes Lydia & Nan now in their possession

ITEM I give to my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of Abraham Field Twenty

Shillings to buy her a ring

ITEM I give to my Daughter Martha the wife of James McDaniel twenty

Shillings to buy her a ring

ITEM All the rest of my Estate moveable & Immoveable I give to be

Equally Divided among my five Sons immediately after my Decease

ITEM whereas there is an action Depending in the General Court between

Edward Herndon & me about a Negro my intention is that if I am Last in

the said Suite my wife Shall Pay the money Debt and I desire that my

said five Sons Shall Equally pay the Tobacco that shall be due for the

costs & charges attending it and that if any of them shall fail to pay

their Equal part thereof they shall forfeit their Legacies already

Bequeathed them to the others willing to Perform it.

ITEM the remaining part of the Land bought of Rice Hooe not  yet

Bequeathed I give to my Sons William & Keene to be Equally Divided

between them.

ITEM I give to Each of my five Sons twenty Pounds Current money & the

remaining part of my Cash I Give to my Wife to pay of  my Cash Debt

the money to Herndon if he recovers any agst me

ITEM I give to my said wife During her Natural Life one hundred acres

of Land Lying on the South Side of Potomack run bought of Joseph Waugh

where my Quarter now Stands and after her Decease to my Said Son John

and his heirs for Ever

ITEM I Do appoint my Loving wife Eliza. & my Sons John,Thomas & William

Exercutrix & Exors of this my Last Will & Testament revoking all

former wills by me here to fore made Declaring this only to be my Last

will and Testament

IN WITNESS whereof I have herewith to Set my hand & seal this 7th day of

June 1746

 James Withers

 At a Court held for Stafford County July the 8th 1746

 THE within Last will and Testament of Jas. Withers Dec'd wasPresented

 into Court by Elizabeth Withers, John Withers, Thomas Withers, & Willm

 Withers Exors Therein named who made Oath thereto according to Law and

 Being Proved by the Oaths of Andrew Ross, Jas Oneal & Henry Tyler three

 of the witnesses thereto Subscribed is Admitted to record & on _____ of

 the said Exors they Preforming what is Usual in such Cases Certificate

 is granted them for Obtaining a Probate thereof in Due form.

 Teste Hy. Tyler Ct Clrk

 

Known children of James and Elizabeth (Keene) Withers.

 

  2.  (1). James

 

  3.  (2). Ann

         m. Henry Mauzy

 

  4.  (3). ?

         m. James Hudnall

 

  5.  (4). Thomas                  b.Feb 15 1723   d.       1794

         m. Elizabeth Ashby

 

  6.  (5). John

 

  7.  (6). William

 

  8.  (7). Keene

 

  9.  (8). Bridget

         m. William Allen

 

 10.  (9). Ursula

         m. John Allen

 

 11. (10). Elizabeth

         m. Abraham Field

 

 12. (11). Martha

         m. James McDaniel

 

5.THOMAS WITHERS     1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    Thomas Withers, a son of James and Elizabeth (Keene) Withers, was

born February 15, 1723 and died in 1794. He married Elizabeth Ashby in

1761. Elizabeth was born in 1723 and died in 1780.

    Thomas was secretary to Lieutenant Governor Robert Dinwiddie,

(1751-1758) in VA. He lived and is buried in Stafford County, Va.

 

Children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Ashby) Withers.

 

 13.  (1). James W.                b.c.     1747

 

 14.  (2). Elizabeth               b.c.     1749

         m. Minor Winn

 

 15.  (3). Hannah                  b.c.     1751

 

 16.  (4). Ann                     b.c.     1753

 

 17.  (5). Matthew Keene           b.Aug  7 1755

 

 18.  (6). Joseph                  b.c.     1757

 

 19.  (7). Benjamin                b.       1758

 

 20.  (8). Enoch Keene             b.Oct 14 1760    d.Jul  7 1812

         m. Jennet Chinn May 13 1786

 

 21.  (9). William                 b.c.     1762

 

 22. (10). Sarah                   b.c.     1767

 

 23. (11). Susanna                 b.c.     1770

 

14.ELIZABETH WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS     1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    Elizabeth Withers, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Ashby)

Withers, was born about 1749 and died after 1813. She married Minor

Winn.

 

Known children of Minor and Elizabeth (Withers) Winn.

 

 24.  (1). Margaret                b.c.     1765

         m. Thomas Neale

 

20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS     1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    Enoch Keene Withers, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Ashby) Withers,

was born October 14, 1760 and died July 7, 1812. He married Jennet Chinn

May 13, 1786 in Fauquier County Va. Jennet, a daughter of Thomas and

Jennet (Scott) Chinn, was born November 10, 1764 and died January 26,

1827.

    Enoch serve in the American Revolution in the SC campaign under Col.

Richard Campbell. He was at Battle of Eutaw Springs.

 

Children of Enoch Keene and Jennet (Chinn) Withers.

 

 25.  (1). Alexander Scott         b.Oct 12 1792   d.Jun 23 1865

         m. Melinda Fisher Aug 10 1815

 

 26.  (2). Eliza Scott             b.Feb 18 1787   d.Feb  2 1845

         m. Rev. George Lemmon Jun 13 1816

 

 27.  (3). Janet Margaret          b.Oct  2 1788   d.       1847

 

 28.  (4). Thomas Thornton         b.Dec 11 1790   d.Feb  6 1855

 

 29.  (5). Robert Walter           b.Feb  2 1795   d.Oct 23 1881

         m. Susan Dabney Alexander

 

 30.  (6). Edward Ball             b.Jan 10 1797   d.May 20 1849

         m. Evalina W. Payne

 

 31.  (7). Horatio Chinn           b.Apr 14 1799   d.May 20 1840

         m. Carolina Fitzhugh

 

 32.  (8). Mary E.                 b.Jan 15 1802   d.Apr 25 1867

         m. Dr. Samuel B. Fisher

 

 33.  (9). Henry Howard            b.Oct 10 1805   d.Aug  7 1838

 

25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS    20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS

   1.JAMES WITHERS

 

   Alexander Scott Withers, a son of Enoch K. and Jennet (Chinn)

Withers, was born in Fauquier County VA October 12, 1792 and died in

Wood County VA January 23, 1865. He married Melinda Fisher August 10,

1815. Melinda, a daughter of Samuel and Mark (Pinckard) Fisher, was born

in 1793 and died in September 1853.

    The family moved to Harrison County VA about 1827. Alexander was a

schoolteacher and lawyer and was the author of "Chronicles of Border

Warfare", published in Clarksburg, VA in 1831 by Joseph Israel. This

work relied heavily on an unfinished manuscript by William Powers and

William Hacker, early Harrison county settlers.

 

Children of Alexander Scott and Melinda (Fisher) Withers.

 

 34.  (1). Henry Howard            b.       1823   d.       1873

         m.Dorcas Dianah Lorentz

 

 35.  (2). Jennet S. " Janet"      b.Aug 29 1819   b.May 16 1910

 

 36.  (3). Enoch Thornton          b.       1822   d.       1865

         m. Sarah Ann Steinbeck Nov 12 1846

 

 37.  (4). Mary T. "Josephine"     b.       1830

         m. James Owens

 

 38.  (5). Elizabeth Ann           b.       1833   d.       1905

         m. John ThornHill

         m. T.L. Macon

 

34.HENRY HOWARD WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS    20.ENOCH KEENE

WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS    1.JAMES WITHERS

 

  Henry Howard Withers, a son of Alexander Scott and Melinda (Fisher)

Withers, was born in Faquier County VA about 1814 and died in Gilmer

County WV in 1873.  He married Dorcas Dianah Lorentz. Dorcas was born in

Lewis County Va (WV) in April 1827.  The family came to Gilmer County VA

(WV) before 1860.  Henry served at least one term as sheriff of Gilmer

County.

 

Children of Henry Howard and Dorcas Dianah (Lorentz) Withers.

 

 39.  (1). Mary H.                 b.c.     1847

 

 40.  (2). John Scott              b.Jul 17 1847   d.       1924

         m.Sabina Holt Sep 12 1875

 

 41.  (3). Emma                    b.Mar    1851

 

 42.  (4). Henry L.                b.c.     1858

 

 43.  (5). Herbert Howard          b.Jun 19 1866   d.Sep  7 1939

         m.Estella Whiting Dec 25 1894

 

35.JENNET S. WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS    20.ENOCH KEENE

WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS    1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    Jennet S. Withers, a daughter of Alexander Scott and Melinda

(Fisher) Withers, was born in VA August 29, 1819 and died in Wood County

WV May 16, 1910. She is listed in the 1850 Lewis County VA census as a

head of a household with four children.

 

Children of Jennet S. Withers.

 

 44.  (1). William C.              b.c.     1841

 

 45.  (2). Thomas A.               b.c.     1843

 

 46.  (3). Elizabeth M.            b.c.     1844

 

 47.  (4). Jennet A.               b.c.     1846

 

36.ENOCH THORNTON WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS    20.ENOCH

KEENE WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS   1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    Enoch Thornton Withers, a son of Alexander Scott and Melinda

(Fisher) Withers, was born in 1822 and died in Forest County TX in 1865.

He married Sarah Ann Steinbeck in Lewis County VA November 12, 1846.

Sarah, a daughter of Henry D. and Julia Ann (Capito) Steinbeck, was born

in VA in 1828 and died in TX about 1868.

    Their first two children were born in Lewis County VA (WV). The

others were born in Forest County TX. All but three of the children kids

died of fever along with Sarah and Enoch. The surviving children were

moved back to WV. In the 1870 Lewis County WV census, 13 year old Howard

Alfred Withers and 10 year old Enoch Scott Withers were listed in the

household of their maternal grand father, Henry D. Steinbeck.

 

Children of Enoch Thornton and Sarah Ann (Steinbeck) Withers.

 

 48.  (1). Thomas Edward           b.       1853

 

 49.  (2). Ada Louise              b.       1855

 

 50.  (3). Howard Alfred           b.Oct  2 1857   d.       1929

         m. Lina Bennett Mar 27 1884

 

 51.  (4). Enoch Scott             b.       1859   d.       1941

 

 52.  (5). Bertie Crook

 

 53.  (6). girl                    b.c.     1862

 

 54.  (7). John William            b        1864

 

 55.  (8) Julia Melinda            b.       1865

 

40.JOHN SCOTT WITHERS   34.HENRY HOWARD WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT

WITHERS    20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS    1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    John Scott Withers, a son of Henry Howard and Dorcas Dianah

(Lorentz) Withers, was born in Lewis County VA (WV) July 17, 1847 and

died in 1924.  He married Sabina Holt in Gilmer County WV September 12,

1875.  Sabina, a daughter of John Fletcher Wesley and Elizabeth

(McKissic) Holt, was born about 1856.

 

Children of John Scott and Sabina (Holt) Withers.

 

 56.  (1). Olita

 

 57.  (2). Horace

 

 58.  (3). Irma

 

 59.  (4). Janet

 

 60.  (5). John

 

43.HERBERT HOWARD WITHERS   34.HENRY HOWARD WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER

SCOTT WITHERS  20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS    1.JAMES

WITHERS

 

  Herbert Howard Withers, a son of Henry Howard and Dorcas Dianah

(Lorentz) Withers, was born in Lewis County WV June 19, 1866 and died

September 7, 1939.  He married Estella Whiting in Gilmer County WV

December 25, 1894. Estella, a daughter of Samuel Fletcher and Sarah

(Wade) Whiting, was born August 31, 1875.

 

Children of Herbert Howard and Estella (Whiting) Withers.

 

 61.  (1). Herbert Franklin        b.Jun 16 1896   d.Nov 10 1976

         m.Janet Duff

 

 62.  (2). Everett                 b.Sep  7 1905   d.Jan  8 1962

         m.Helen Patterson  1947

 

50.HOWARD ALFRED WITHERS   36.ENOCH THORNTON WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER

SCOTT WITHERS    20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS   1.JAMES

WITHERS

 

    Howard Alfred Withers, a son of Enoch Thornton and Sarah Ann

(Steinbeck) Withers, was born in Roberts County TX October 2, 1857 and

died in 1929. He married Lina Bennett in Lewis County WV March 27, 1884.

Lina was born August 14 1868 and died in 1937.

 

Children of Howard Alfred and Lina (Bennett) Withers.

 

 63.  (1). Henry Scott             b.Apr 20 1885

         m. Versa Jarvis

 

 64.  (2). Sarah Florence          b.Jul 20 1887

         m. Emery Jarvis

 

 65.  (3). Emma Tillie             b.Jul 19 1889

 

 66.  (4). Pearl                   b.Jun 15 1892

         m. Bert Brown

 

 67.  (5). William Granville       b.Jun 27 1894

         m. Ora Haynes

 

 68.  (6). Oren "Orland"

         m. Edna Mealey

 

 69.  (7). Edna May                b.Mar 15 1898

    m. Cooper Black

 

 70.  (8).Robert Otis "Uncle Bob" b. Mar 12 1900

         m. Mildred Hall

 

 71.  (9). Fred Orval             b.Mar 20 1903    d.Aug  5 1969

         m. Beatrice Shobe Sep 15 1924

 

61.HERBERT FRANKLIN WITHERS   43.HERBERT HOWARD WITHERS   34.HENRY

HOWARD WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS  20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS

5.THOMAS WITHERS    1.JAMES WITHERS

 

  Herbert Franklin Withers, a son of Herbert Howard and Estella

(Whiting) Withers, was born in Gilmer County WV January 16, 1896 and

died November 10, 1976.  He married Janet Duff in Toronto Canada

September 7, 1921.  Janet was a daughter of Thomas and Catherine Duff.

    He graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in 1918 and

practiced dentistry in Glenville until 1972.

 

Children of Herbert Franklin and Janet (Duff) Withers.

 

 72.  (1). Catherine Estelle

         m. ----- Aker

 

 73.  (2). Janet Anne               b. Oct 31 1925    d. Apr 2 2011

         M. Jesse R. Lilly

 

 74.  (3). Herbert Scott            b.       1929    d. Mar 8 2011

          m. Jane Demarest  1956

 

 

62.EVERETT WITHERS   43.HERBERT HOWARD WITHERS   34.HENRY HOWARD WITHERS

 25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS  20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS    5.THOMAS WITHERS

 1.JAMES WITHERS

 

   Everett Withers, a son of Herbert Howard and Estella (Whiting)

Withers, was born in Gilmer County WV September 7, 1905 and died at

Bethesda, MD January 8, 1962.  He married Helen Patterson in VA in

1947.

 

Children of Everett and Helen (Patterson) Withers.

 

 75.  (1). Mary Diana

 

 76.  (2). Margaret Elizabeth

 

71.FRED ORVAL WITHERS    50.HOWARD ALFRED WITHERS   36.ENOCH THORNTON

WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS    20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS

5.THOMAS WITHERS   1.JAMES WITHERS

 

    Fred Orval Withers, a son of Howard Alfred and Lina (Bennett)

Withers, was born March 20, 1903 and died August 5, 1969. He married

Beatrice Virginia Shobe in Upshur County WV September 15, 1924.

Beatrice, a daughter of Marion B. and Mary Catherine (Hamilton) Shobe,

was born December 14, 1906 and died July 24, 1994.

 

Children of Fred Orval and Beatrice Virginia (Shobe) Withers.

 

 77.  (1). Frederick Marion        b.Dec  2 1924   d.Sep 15 1945

 

 78.  (2). Harvey Scott            b.Oct 19 1929

 

 79.  (3). Harley Richard          b.Mar 18 1937

 

 

73.JANET ANNE WITHERS   61.HERBERT FRANKLIN WITHERS   43.HERBERT HOWARD WITHERS   34.HENRY HOWARD WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS  20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS

5.THOMAS WITHERS    1.JAMES WITHERS

 

Janet Anne Withers, a daughter of Herbert Franklin and Janet (Duff) Withers, was born in Gilmer County, WV October 31, 1925 and died in Lewis County WV April 2, 2011. She married Jesse R. Lilly August 4, 1951. He preceded her in death September 29, 1999.

 

Children of Jesse R. and Janet Anne (Withers) Lilly.

 

 80.  (1). Thomas S.

         m. Sue -----

 

 81.  (2). John R.

        m. Susan ----

 

 82.  (3). William W.

         m. Jenny ------

 

 

74.HERBERT SCOTT WITHERS   61.HERBERT FRANKLIN WITHERS   43.HERBERT HOWARD WITHERS   34.HENRY HOWARD WITHERS    25.ALEXANDER SCOTT WITHERS  20.ENOCH KEENE WITHERS   5.THOMAS WITHERS    1.JAMES WITHERS

 

      Herbert Scott Withers, a son of Herbert Franklin and Janet (Duff) Withers, was born in Gilmer County WV in 1929 and died in Sanibel Island, FL March 8, 2011. He married Jane Demarest in 1956. She survives.

      He was a graduate of the Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. He was dental office for the US Army 77th Special Forces three years. He practice dentistry 38 years at White Sulphur Springs, WV.

 

Children of Herbert Scott and Jane (Demarest) Withers.

 

 83.  (1). Jennifer Jane

         m. Richard Johnson

 

 84.  (2). Alexander Scott

         m. Sharie ----

 

 85.  (3). Laura Elizabeth

         m. Glenn Boyles

 

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Bland, Robert L. "Historical Sketches", "The Hacker's Creek Journal"

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1850,1860,1870,1880, 1900 Gilmer County Va (WV) census

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