The children of John and Esther [–?–] Worley of Powhatan Co., Virginia were as follows:
i. Mary, born before or around 1720 in what was Henrico Co., Virginia. She married Silvanus Maxey about ten years prior to her death in 1748. Figuring two years per child times five children would give an approximate marriage date of 1738. Silvanus was the son of Edward Maxey, Sr. and his wife, Susannah [–?–].
We find some early records concerning Silvanus in Goochland County. In August 1739, he was given “leave to Clear a Bridle way from where Majr. Mayo’s road turns into the Chappel [sic] road to go by James Gate’s and from thence to directed by James Watkins and Edwd. Tanner to Edwd. Maxeys.”
Edith Maxey, in her third book about the Maxey’s, states, “In January 1743, the records of Goochland County, Virginia, show that he [Silvanus Maxey] was brought into court by William Mayo, Gentleman, for abusing Mayo’s Negro ‘on the road.’ Sylvanus was released on his own recognizance for the sum of 5 pounds plus two securities conditional on his good behavior for one year and a day, at which time this penalty would be voided. His good behavior not only to Mr. Mayo but to ‘all his Majesty’s leige people’ was assured by the levying of 2 pounds on his goods and lands.” Is this perhaps an insight into the man?
We get another glimpse at Maxey’s character looking at the following Grand Jury proceedings dated May 1744: “. . . We Present the Surveyor of the road from John Mossoms to the Head of Dutoys branch for not Clearing the said Road by the Information of Silvanus Maxey. . .”
Mary Worley Maxey died before April 1748, shortly after the birth of her fifth child, Edward. Silvanus married his second wife, Elizabeth Lansdon, daughter of William Lansdon and Esther Journay [aka Jones], sometime before April 1848, when ‘Elizabeth Maxey’ witnessed the deed for the sale of the land in Goochland that he had inherited from his father to his brother, Walter.
Sylvanus had a large family that he raised in Albemarle and Buckingham Counties. He moved to Prince Edward County, Virginia with his son, William, and died there in 1770.
Mary Worley and Sylvanus Maxey had the following children:
a. Esther Maxey, b. abt. 1739, married William Cannifax, son of John Cannifax.
b. Susan Maxey, b. 1740-1742.
c. Charles Maxey, b. 3 May 1743 in Virginia. He is purported to have married Anne Bondurant.
Charles’ maternal grandfather, John Worley, left him his ‘plantation’ in Powhatan county after the death of his grandmother, Esther Worley. Charles and his wife, Anne, sold this plantation, 5 March 1777, to Jacob Brintle of Chesterfield County for seventy-five pounds. Charles and Anne lived in Buckingham County, Virginia along with most of the other children of Silvanus, and, no doubt, had little use for land in Powhatan. Charles was referred to as ‘Methodist’ and ‘Reverend’ in several land tax records in Buckingham, giving some insight into his vocation.
d. William Henry Maxey, b. 1744 in Virginia.
e. Edward Maxey b. 1747.
ii. Elizabeth, born around 1720 in Henrico County, Virginia, married Thomas Gibson prior to her father writing his will in 1757 and early enough to give her six sons by December 1761. We can come up with a latest possible marriage date of about 1749, but it was most likely earlier.
In 1735, Thomas Gibson witnessed a deed between Robert Hudson and Henry Hatcher, Jr. involving the sale of land in Henrico County where they all resided.
The will of Thomas Watkins, written in 1760 in Chesterfield County, included the following sentence: “I want Thomas Gibson to continue, unmolested, on my plantation in Chesterfield until 1762.” It would seem that Thomas Gibson was living on his land. I wonder what happened to poor Elizabeth and her six sons when her husband died in 1761.
Her brother, John, Jr., witnessed Thomas Gibson’s will, written 18 December 1761, in Chesterfield County, Virginia. In his will, Thomas Gibson mentions his six sons; John, Benjamin, Miles, Thomas, William and James.
The last mention of them found was found in a list of tithables in Goochland County, Virginia dated 1762 where we find –
Benjamin Gibson 1
Miles Gibson, Jean 1
Elisabeth Gibson, Jane
Robert Ashust, Miles Gibson Jr. 2
Elizabeth Worley and Thomas Gibson had the following children who, I am sorry to say, I have spent no time researching:
a. John Gibson.
b. Benjamin Gibson.
c. Miles Gibson.
d. Thomas Gibson.
e. William Gibson.
f. James Gibson.
iii. John, Jr. was born, at a best guess, before 1720, in Virginia. He resided in Powhatan county until his death sometime between July 1777 when he swore an oath of allegiance to the state of Virginia in Powhatan County and 16 April 1778 when the land of his father was sold by John, III ‘of Buckingham’. We know that he had at least one child, John, III and believe from circumstantial evidence that he had several others including Joseph, Silas, Peter, William and Mary. More about John, Jr. in another post.
iv. William, born before 1720 in Henrico County, Virginia. He married Mary [–?–] and later moved to Bedford County, Virginia. More about him later, as well.
v. Christian, was born around 1720 in Henrico County, Virginia and married Anthony Agee, 1 May 1751, in Cumberland County. Anthony was the son of Mathieu and Ann (Godwin) Agee. Mathieu and Ann were Huguenot refugees fleeing from religious persecution in France stemming from their Protestant faith. The French Hugenot’s left France for the comforts of England first. King William granted them land in the New World and many of them left England to settle on the frontier of Virginia. The exact date that Mathieu arrived here is not known, but he was mentioned in the records of King William Parish as early as 1710.
According to The Agee Register by Louis Agee, Anthony Agee “was born near Five Forks in the Manakintowne.” He appears with his father in an entry reading “Anthony [and] Mathieu Ogé” in the King William Parish tithables list of 1735. He received land from his father in 1740 near Flat Rock, Virginia. Anthony purchase one hundred forty acres of land in Cumberland County, now present day Powhatan County, from William Riggin in September 1749. The land was described as being “on Buckingham Road, near the new Chapple (sic), the Rock that lies in the Road is and lies in the said land where John Whorley now lives, together on both sides of the Road.”
Anthony and Christian moved to Albemarle County, in the area of the county that soon became Buckingham County. He sold this land at Flat Rock to William Maxey on January 2, 1750. The deed stated “the said Anthony Agee for diver good causes and considerations him thereunto moving but more especially for the valuable consideration of 27 pounds, 10 shillings to Wm Maxey 150 acres lying on both side of Buckingham Rd, bounded by Edward Moseley, Jr., William Worley in Lansdons line . . .” Christian Agee, his wife, released her dower rights to this property. On 18 October 1757, “Anthony Agee of the County of Albemarle” sold his remaining one hundred acres of land in now Powhatan County to John Scurry. We know that Christian was still alive because she once again signed the deed, releasing her dower rights.
As stated, the area of Albemarle that the Agee’s removed to was later made part of Buckingham County. In 1764, Anthony received a grant of two hundred acres “among the small south branches of Slate River” and in 1767 he was granted another four hundred acres on the branches of Green’s Creek, also part of Slate River.
vi. Jude Worley, born around 1725 in Henrico County, Virginia, married Humphrey Smith, son of John Smith and Jane Childers.
Humphrey purchase one hundred acres in Cumberland County bounded by William and Nathaniel Maxey on the 19th of March 1750. The sale was witnessed by his brothers Joseph and Childers Smith.
Humphrey Smith wrote his will in February 1766, and died before 23 June 1766, when his will was proven in Cumberland County, Virginia. His will mentioned no children but left his entire estate ‘to my beloved wife Judey.’ In February 1782, an inventory and appraisal of the estate of Humphrey Smith, dec’d, was returned to the court at Powhatan and ordered to be recorded.