Records of William Lansdon of King William Parish, Goochland & Cumberland Counties in Virginia

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I have spent a lot of time in courthouses and on the web to compile the records found here.
Comments, corrections, discussions are always welcome.
Please note that all spelling of the name Lansdon, etc. is given the way it was found in the original document.

Virginia Tax Records
The Vestry Book of King William Parish 1707-1750

1723 William Lanedon listed w/ Peirre Chastain, George Smithe (sic) 1 [p. 153]
1724 Gorge Scmithe (sic) with William Lansdon & Henery Byly 3
1725 W. Lansdon listed with Pierre David I, [p. 158]
1726 William Lansdon 1 [p. 162]
not listed between 1726-1736

Goochland County, Virginia Order Book I
p. 48, Nov 1728 “In the action of case between William Lansdon plantif and John Wiers Defendant that the defendant failing to appear judgment is grantid to the plaintiff against the Defendant and William Eaft? [East?]

p. 138, 3rd Tues. in August 1729, William Lansdon sworn in as constable in the stead of Mathew Bingley

Goochland County, Virginia Order Books I and II, 189. date?
“Ford vs. Stidum. On the motion of James Ford a Witness for Benjamin Stidum vs. Joseph Bingley vs. William Lansdon it is ordered that the said Benjamin do pay him for two days attendance 60 lbs. of tobacco with Costs.”

Goochland Wills & Deeds 1728-1734 Book I
p. 6,7 13 March 1728 William Lansdon of King William Parish, Goochland Co., Planter and Hester Jones, widow and relict of John Jones, late of the same parish and county, planter, dec’d. Lansdon relinquishes any claim he may have against the estate he may have by marrying Hester Jones, daughter of said John Jones, dec’d.
Hester Jones, widow, releases all dower right to said William Lansdon and Hester Jones, his wife, in Goochland county land.
Witness: Joseph Bingley, John Harris, Mariane Taburier
Recorded 18 March 1728

p. 7 Similar deed to that on p. 6, this one from Hester Jones, widow, to William Lansdon,
12 March 1728. Witnessed by Edw’d Scott, Joseph Bingley, John Payne. Recorded 18 March 1728
[This looks like an early prenuptial agreement. “It appears from the language of this deed that William Lansdon is recording his agreement with Hester Jones, the widow of John Jones deceased. He has agreed with the widow Hester Jones that he will not be entitled by virtue of his marriage to her daughter to any of the Jones ‘estate property’ belonging to his future wife, also named Hester Jones. In return the widow has released her dower right to the lands of her deceased husband in favor of her daughter and her future husband. The bottom line of the deal is that he gives up claim to his future wife’s estate inherited from her father and receives in return a claim to the dower portion of lands belonging to her mother. The claim to the dower portion was essentially his after marriage to the daughter. As to the use of the terms “relict and widow”, this double use may reflect an attempt to negate differing claims arising from status as “widow” and “relict” which arose in some common law case.”]

So, sometime between 13 March 1728 and the end of the year William Lansdon married Hester/Esther Jones [aka Journay], dau. of John Jones and his wife Hester/Esther.

Cumberland County Deed Book 1 p. 79
May 12, 1729. Goochland County, Virginia. William Lansdon and Hester his wife of St. James Parish said County sell to John Joseph Bingley, Matthew Bingley and Henry Blagrave.

Goochland Wills & Deeds 1728-1734 Book I
p. 8 Deed 12 May 1729 William Lansdon and Hester his wife of St. James Parish Goochland Co., planter, to John Fourd and Stephen Fourd, son to John, of same planters for 20 pounds, 133 acres in King William Parish, Bounded by Stephen Renne, Capoon, the river, with all houses, etc.
Witness: Joseph Bingley, Henry Blagrave, Jr., Mathew Bingley, Judith Bingley
Recorded 20 May 1728
Hester, wife of Lansdon, relinquishes her dower right.

p. 7 Deed 20 May 1729 William Lansdon and Hester his wife of St. James Parish, Goochland Co., planter to Anthony Benin and Elizabeth, his wife, of King William Parish Goochland Co., said Lansdon and Hester his wife, daughter and heir of John Jones, late of King William Parish, Goochland Dec’d to Bennin and Elizabeth his wife, daughter and co-heir of same John Jones, dec’d two tracts in King William Parish, which are in tenure of James Taylor: 53 acres granted to said late John Jones 31 Oct 1716 and other late in occupation of Hester Jones, widow of John Jones and said Anthony Bennin.
Signed by William Lansdon and Esther [not Hester] Lansdon.
Witness: Tarlton Fleming, Joseph Bingley, Thomas Dickins
Recorded 20 May 1729
Ester, wife of Lansdon relinquished her dower right.

p. 7 Deed 20 May 1729 Anthony Bennin and Elizabeth his wife of King William Parish, Goochland Co., planter to William Lansdon and Hester his wife of St. James Parish, Goochland, Planter, Quit Claim to land in King William Parish, 3 tracts 133 acres bounded by Capt. Rapine, late intenure (sic) of Joseph Bingley, 2 other plantations in St. James Parish, one now in tenure of William Lansdon, bounded as by patent to John Jones for 650 acres 11 July 1719, and a tract conveyed to Jones by Tarlton, John and Robert Woodson, executors of their father John Woodson, for 200 acres, bounded by Abrahm Michaux and the river.
Witness: Joseph Bingley, Thos Dickins
Recorded 20 May 1729

Records chiefly unpublished Relating to the Huguenot Migration
The 9th Augost, 1729, was born Isac, son of Antoine Benin and of Elizabeth, his wife ; was baptized by Mr. Taler ; had for godfather, William Landsdon and Estiene Farsi ; for godmother, Marriane Dutoi. The parties have declared that the child was born the day and year above. Jean Chasiain.

Cumberland Co. Book 1
p.136 21 Oct 1729 Goochland County, Virginia. “Francis James of St. James Parish, Goochland County, Va. Sells to William Lansdon and Hester his wife…500 acres…100 acres of which was purchased by the said Francis James from Peter Ford and Judith his wife by a deed acknowledged in court of Henrico County on May 2, 1726…and 400 acres which was purchased from David Croom in 1723.” Witness – Joseph Bingley.

Goochland County, Virginia Order Book I
p. 190 Oct 1729 William Lansdon on grand jury

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Books 1 & 2, 1728-1731, Ann Kicker Blomquist,
p. 126 19 Aug 1729 William Lansdon sworn constable in the stead of Mathew Bingley
p. 145 Oct 1729 Francis James acknowledges a deed . . . from himself to William Lansdon and Esther his wife to be his Act

Goochland County Deed Book 1
p. 304 15 Feb 1730 William Lansdon &amp Hester to Thomas Porter for 20 pounds

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Book 3, 1731-1735, Ann K. Blomquist
p. 2 “In the action of Partition between William Lansdon and Hester his wife Plts. and Anthony Benning and Elizabeth his wife Defts. the Sherif (sic) makes return of the Writ of Partion in these Words “. . . I Tarlton Fleming Gent. Sheriff of the County of Goochland the sixth day of September . . . 1731 . . . in the Presence of William Lansdon and Anthony Benning . . . the lands tenements and appurtenances in two equal parts I caused to be parted and of the same two parts . . . A tract of land in possession or occupation of James Taylor containing 53 acres, A tract . . . in the possession or occupation of John Ford containing 133 acres, A tract in the possession or occupation of Joseph Bingley containing 392 acres, A tract on the South side of James River lying between . . . Jacob Michaux and William Cannon containing 193 acres and one half, I . . . caused to be assigned unto Hester Lansdon and the other of the same two parts now in possession or occupation of Anthony Benning containing 102 acres cause to be assigned to Elizabeth Benning. . .”

p. 14 Nov 1731 William Lansdon and Hester his wife acknowledged a deed . . . from themselves to Francis James to be their act . . ” [Oct 1729]

p. 42 William Lansdon constable comes into Court and complains that Anthony Rapone [Rapine?] yesterday stroke [struck] him four or five blows over the head when he was in execution of his office . . .

p. 44 Dec 1731 On compaint of William Lansdon Constable that William Epperson was yesterday guilty of a breach of his behavior by striking . . . William Lansdon in the execution of his office. . .

Goochland County Order Book 3
Nov 1731 p. 36 William Lansdon constable . . . struck by William Epperson
Nov 1731 p. 56 William Lansdons complaint against William Epperson dismist . . . Lansdon not prosecuting the Laws.
p. 58 Action of Trespass between William Lansdon plaintiff and William Epperson & Anthony Rapow [Rapine?] defendants dismist (sic) the plt not prosecuting

Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vo. 33, No. 2
Goochland Co Tithables 1732 or 1733
Wm Lansdon 2

Goochland County, Virginia Court Order Book 3, 1731-1735, Ann K. Blomquist
p. 80 May 1732 William Lansdon serves on grand jury with Peter Jefferson who was the foreman
p. 176 Mar 1732 [1733] Woodson v. Lansdon “On the petition of John Woodson Junr. against William Lansdon . . . the petition is dismissed” William to recover costs plus attorneys fee
p. 210 May 1733 “In the action of debt between William Randolph, Richard Randolph, John Randolph and John Fleming, Exrs. &ampc. of Thomas Randolph, deced. Plts &amp William Lansden Deft. the Deft. appears and confesses a judgement to the Plts. whereupon it is considered by the Court that the Plts. Exrs. . . do recover . . . six pounds, eight shillings and five pence . . . with interest [6 percent yearly] from May 1731 . . .”

Goochland County Deed Book 1
p. 326 16 May 1732 William Lansdon & Hester, his wife to Thomas Turpin 325 acres
p. 426 21 August 1733. Goochland County, Virginia. “William Lansdon & Hester his wife sell to John Fore and to Stephen Fore of King William Parish, Goochland County, VA…20 pounds . . . land on the south side of the James River…133 acres…lying in King William Parish…beginning at a Walnut standing on the river parting Stephen Reno and Capoon’s lands thence on Reno’s line…which said land is a part of the last 5000 acres surveyed for the French Refugees and taken up by a patent to John Jones dated March 23, 1715.”
Witnesses: Stephen Chastain, Marmaduk Hix, Thomas Turpin.
Hester Lansdon was the daughter of John Jones and her sister Elizabeth Jones, was the wife of Anthony Bennin. John Jones, their father, was a neighbor of Peter Faure, Peter Ford.

Cumberland Co. Book 1 p. 426
August 21, 1733. Goochland County, Virginia. “William Lansdon & Hester his wife sell to John Fore and to Stephen Fore of King William Parish, Goochland County, VA… land on the south side of the James River…133 acres…lying in King William Parish…beginning at a Walnut standing on the river parting Stephen Reno and Capoon’s lands thence on Reno’s line…which said land is a part of the last 5000 acres surveyed for the French Refugees and taken up by a patent to John Jones dated March 23, 1715.”
Witnesses: Stephen Chastain, Marmaduk Hix, Thomas Turpin.

Goochland County, Virginia Order Book III
21 Jan1734/35. “Ordered that Peter Jefferson, Thomas Turpin, John Hamilton, and William Lansdon, or any three of them they being first sworn before some Justice of the Peace do appraise the Estate of John Peter Bondurant deced. & that Anne Bondurant the Exx. do return an Inventory thereof to the next Court.”

p. 347 Mar 1734 William Lansden on jury in case of Dudley Digges v. Richard Parker
p. 294 Sept 1734 William Lansdon on jury

Virginia Tax Records
The Vestry Book of King William Parish 1707-1750

1736 Wm.Lansdon 2 tithables [p. 192,3]

Goochland County Order Book 4
p. 179 Wm Lansdon against the estate of Alexander Warren
p. 223 William Lansdon pltf b. John Worley deft. is dismist (sic) being agreed Aug 1737
p. 395 William Lansdon pltf. v. Thomas Basset deft trespass

Goochland County Deed Book 3
p. 549 24 May 1742 William Lansdon of Goochland Co., planter, mortgaged, sold & made over unto Alex. Speirs of Henrico Co., Merchant, “plantation I dwell on at this time containing 500 acres w/ all houses” etc. and negro boy named Joe. For 131 pounds 13 shillings 2 pence.
if William Lansdon pay 65 pounds 16 shilling & 7 pence by 1 May [debt forgiven]

Goochland County, Virginia Order Book II
p. 58, Jun 1742 William Lansdon acknowledged deed to Alexander Spiers

Goochland County, Virginia Order Book 5
p. 182, Dec 1742 Alexander Spiers moves that Esther, widow of William Lansdon, dec’d be summoned to take or refuse administration of her husband’s estate
p. 198 1742 Esther Lansdon comes into court and makes oath that William Lansdon dec’d died without any will so far as she knows or believes and on her motion certificate is granted for her obtaining Letters of Administration in due form. Anthony Benning entring (sic) himself security for the same.
Abraham Cowly, William Maxey, John Bondurant, & John James Dupuy to appraise.

I would love your comments, additions or corrections. I will be sure to give you credit for your work.

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2 Responses to Records of William Lansdon of King William Parish, Goochland & Cumberland Counties in Virginia

  1. Austin Lansdon says:

    Does this mean I still have land in Virginia? Also is this why I keep getting the back of head kicked in and no one reports it? It’s happen about 3 or 4 times in my life

  2. spotisadog says:

    Could explain the lack of concern expressed by others over your poor head. 😀 Must run in the family!

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