William Lansdown, died 1753 in Westmoreland County, Virginia

The same year that Nicholas Lansdown died in Westmoreland County, a William Lansdown came into the colony to serve as an indentured servant for a term of 9 years. We don’t know if he was a relative of Nicholas’ or if he even settled in the same area of Virginia. The only records we have for this William are given below:

The Bristol Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations, 1654-1686. Coldham, Peter Wilson
p. 213 1665 William Lansdowne, Virginia

Virtual Jamestown
Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations, 1654 – 1686, Bristol, 1654 – 1686.
These servants were bound to their masters in Bristol, England (NOT Bristol, Virginia, which wasn’t even a place in 1665!) and sent to Virginia.
Servant Name: William Lansdowne Agent Name: Phillip Bisse
Date of Indenture: September 19 1665
Indenture Length: 9 years
Destination: Virginia

Then we find . . .
75 [or so] YEARS LATER
Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia, Augusta B. Fothergill

BEARD, JOHN, 10 Oct. 1739; 25 March 1740.
Sons George and John; wife Anne exx; William Lansdown pay rent 530 pounds tobacco until son John 16 years of age.

Is this William Lansdown that is paying rent to John Beard’s heir and living in Westmoreland County, a descendant of Nicholas Lansdown, or of the William Lansdowne brought into Virginia as an indentured servant, or of someone else altogether? It is frustrating to have these two men, with the same unusual surname, living in the same county, and have no relationship defined between them.

I did go and look up the will of this William. It is interesting that he wrote the will on the 6th of November and it was presented to court on the 27th which narrows his date of death down to a twenty-one day window in November 1753.

Westmoreland County Virginia Wills & Deeds, Bk 12, p. 54
Will of William Lansdown written 6 Nov 1753, presented to court 27 Nov 1753, recorded 7 Dec 1753.
to my son George Lansdown “one bed and furniture with a silk rugg”
to my son John Lansdown* “one bed and furniture”
to my daughter Mary Pritchett
to my son William Lansdown “one bed and furniture with a spotted worsted rugg”
the rest of the estate to be sold and the money divided between my six children:
Lucy Edwards, Mary Pritchett, Sarah Lansdown, William Lansdown, John Lansdown, and George Lansdown.
The money arising from said sale to be “put out to interest” until my 3 sons come to the age of 21 years . . . my three children [does he just mean the sons?] be bound out to good trades until they come to the age of 21 years and to have 3 years schooling each.
William signed this with his mark.
Executors: George Edwards (husband of Lucy?) and Michael Naylor

*Note that this is NOT the John Lansdown that married Frances Worley and lived in Goochland. That is John Lansdon. This family did NOT live in the Goochland/Powhattan County area. There is another posting detailing the proof that these are two different men.

The most interesting point of this will is that two of his daughters were married [but still could have been under the age of 21] but his three sons were definitely under age when he died. I have wondered if these boys could be the men found in Halifax County and Wilkes County. It seems as if, age wise, they certainly could be.

One thing this will does clarify is that the reference to a William Lansdown serving under the command of General Washington in 1754 [see below] and applying for a pension for that service can not be the one who died in 1753. I see this in trees all the time, but he couldn’t have served in 1754 if he were dead. These records seem to refer to the son William mentioned in the above will.

Virginia Pensioners of 1754.

The following is a partial list of military pensioners who had served in the armed expedition to the Ohio under the command of Colonel George Washington in 1754, and who, from disabilities caused by wounds and diseases, subsequently petitioned the House of Burgesses for relief, which was granted them. Their names are culled from the journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. . . .William Lansdown not wounded, allowed back pay.

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One Response to William Lansdown, died 1753 in Westmoreland County, Virginia

  1. Carole Burris says:

    I have commented in this blog before, but once again, I would like to comment that there is so much rich information about my Lansdon/Langsdown/Landsdown family. William Jr. (my 5x G-GF) had a daughter named Clary Landsdown, who had an affair with the son of a local sherrif named Allen. He was married and Clary was kept at home with her family. She named her son David Allen Landsdown and they eventually ended up in Pickens Co. GA. David became very wealthy with many land holdings over several counties. He also served in the GA. State Legislature.
    He was a close friend of William Tate (of the Tate Marble Mines) and William was the executor of his will. By the time Clary had her illegitimate son, the family was living near Moravian Falls on Moravian Creek in Wilkes Co. N.C. After David’s first marriage he went to GA.
    I am also trying to find a connection to the Worley Family in two lines of my family, as well as the
    Gibson’s and Lockett’s who are mentioned a few times here. I pray this site never goes away, because there is not enough ink to copy the wealth of information I have found here on my family.
    I wonder who to credit with all this indepth research.

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