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  • ID: I7686
  • Name: Elijah Downman Chinn
  • Surname: Chinn
  • Given Name: Elijah Downman
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1727/1732 in , Lancaster Co., Virginia
  • Death: 1771 in , Loudoun Co., Virginia
  • _UID: 0F26CAC25A66D511B4DE99B85F718F39E29B
  • Note:
    ! (1) "The John Metcalfe Family in Virginia," by Clayton Gillis Metcalf (Enterprise, Alabama, 1979) p.27,39.
    (2) "Governors of Kentucky 1792-1942," by G. Genn Clift, p.34. FHL #976.9 D3c.
    (3) Tracy Hancock, Fairfax, VA (2000). Cites: (a) Loudoun Co., VA Will Bk B, p.36-39, 69. (b) Court documents. (c) Fauquier Co., VA Minute Bk 1768-1773, p.320. (d) "The History of Middleburg and Vicinity," by Eugene M. Scheel (Middleburg Bicentennial Committee, Honoring the 200th anniversary of the town, 1787-1987) p.9-19.
    (4) Bob Moore posting to GenWeb, 1 Oct 2000. Cites: (a) James Finley, 1977. (b) Loudoun Co., VA Will Bk A, p.290. (c) Loudoun Co., VA Deed Bk F, p.414.
    (5) Stephen Chinn. E-mail: steven.chinn@vanderbilt.edu. "Chynn Family History," data posted at http://history.cc.ukans.edu/heritage/cousin/chynn.html, 24 Aug 2000.
    (6) "Virginia Genealogies No. 4, 1600s-1800s" (FTM CD 205, Disk 2), "Ball Family," p.76.
    (7) Loudoun Co., VA Will Bk A, p.237-239.
    (8) "Virginia Will Records from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, the William and Mary College Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly" (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1993; rpt. FTM CD 174, 1998), "Abstracts from Records of Richmond County, Virginia," p.315.
    (9) "Sifted from the Ashes, Thirteen Generations of One Line of the Ransdell Family in America from its First Known Document until January 1, 1988," by William Keith Ransdell (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/e/u/John-Deutsch-Dexter/FILE/0002page.html, Mar 2008). Cites: (a) "The Chinn Family," Filson Club. (b) "Virginia Genealogies," Ball Family. (c) "Legends of Loudoun."

    ! Birth: (3d) 2nd s/o Rawleigh CHINN by his paramour Margaret BALL DOWNMAN. (5) Illegitimate s/o Rawleigh CHINN/Margaret BALL, between 1727 and 1732, Lancaster Co., VA.
    Marriage to Mary __: (5)
    Death: (3,5) 1771. (4b) Will dtd 22 Jan 1771, proved 11 Mar 1771, Loudoun Co., VA.

    (1) Of Virginia. (2) Of Fauquier Co., VA.
    (3d) 1741: Will of Rawleigh CHINN gave to each bastard DOWNMAN child 500 acres of his 1731 grant. There was one caveat: they must have children. All did, and all, Christopher, Elijah and Charles, were to take the CHINN name. (9c) The land inherited by Elijah CHINN from his father, Rawleigh CHINN, was part of a tract on Goose Creek. The adjacent land originally belonged to Charles BURGESS of Lancaster.
    (3d) 1749/50: On the 597 acres of Unison bought from Peyton BUCKNER, William BRONAUGH, Elijah CHINN, Daniel FRENCH and Willoughby NEWTON probably had an overseer and slaves farming their lands. Elijah CHINN appeared on Rev. GREEN's list of landowners near Middleburg, VA with 4 slaves, but was living in the lower parish. [NOTE: Middleburg is in Loudoun Co., VA. Loudoun Co. created 1757 from Fairfax Co., which was created 1742 from Prince William Co.]
    (3d) Settled on land willed him by a generous "god-father".
    (8) 1758, 13 Sep: Margaret DOWNMAN made her will. Named son Elijah; two younger sons Christopher and Elijah; 3 younger sons Charles, Christopher and Elijah.
    (9a) 1769: Elijah CHINN's three children Rawleigh, Christopher, and Eliza­beth CHINN are named in the will of his brother, Christopher CHINN, Loudoun Co., VA.
    (6,9b) 1770: Justice of Loudoun Co., VA.
    (7) 1770, 12 Mar: John METCALFE and William PICKETT appointed executors of the will of Joseph MOREN, security Elijah CHINN and James METCALFE, Loudoun Co., VA.
    (3d) [ca. 1770]: Elijah CHINN received 5 slaves, furniture, and "the" violin from his deceased brother Christopher CHINN.
    (3a,b,4b) 1771, 22 Jan: Elijah CHINN wrote his will. (3a,b) His will mentions Rhoda DENT as his tenant and servant and treats her two children as his own. (3d) To son Rawleigh CHINN he left 400 acres including "the plantation whereon I now live," nine slaves, and such items as "my silver watch" and "a young horse known by the name of Tom." To son Christopher CHINN he left 350 acres including "the plantation whereon Samuel SMITHERMAN now lives" and nine slaves. To daughter Elizabeth CHINN he left nine slaves and "a young mare known by the name of Bonny with her saddls & bridles." To tenant and servant Rhoda DENT and her children William and Mary DENT, he gave pork, corn, furniture, a cow and calf, and a present of four years of schooling for William and three years of schooling for Mary. (4b) His will mentions, among others, daughter Elizabeth CHINN and illegitimate children William and Mary. (9) In his Will, Elijah CHINN named his three children Rawleigh, Christopher, and Elizabeth CHINN. No wife is mentioned. He also provided for two additional children, William and Mary DENT, and Rhoda DENT, their mother. Rhoda DENT received "one bed and furniture and cow and calf, my black horse, a pewter dish. 1/2 dozn. pewter plates, two pewter basons, one iron pott and one frying pan ..." An objective interpretation of this document would conclude that Rhoda DENT was a member of Elijah CHINN's household, and William and Mary DENT were possibly his children. It is stipulated that William and Mary DENT are to be put to school, "when they shall be a proper size for that purpose". That shows they were not yet of school age in 1771. William and Mary DENT are also left "thirty pounds of Curr. money such to be paid them out of my estate when they arrive to full age ...". William and Mary DENT are also named as the residual legatees of Elijah CHINN's estate, if the three children Rawleigh, Christopher, and Elizabeth CHINN should die without lawful issue. Thomas CHINN and Leven POWELL of Loudoun Co. were named as the Execu­tors. Wits. Peyton HARRISON, Burr HARRISON.
    (4b) 1771, 11 Mar: Will proved, Loudoun Co., VA.
    (3c) 1771, 26 Aug: On the motion of John METCALF, the Fauquier Co., VA court ordered that Levin POWELL and Thomas CHINN, executors of the estate of Elijah CHINN, dec'd, pay him 25 pounds of tobacco for one day's attendance as a witness for them against Benjamin COOKE.
    (3a) 1773, Apr: Division of Elijah CHINN's estate, Loudoun Co., VA. A list of bonds and accounts to be paid by Mr. Thomas CHINN, one of the executors, to Christopher METCALF, James METCALF, John METCALF, and Rhoda DENT. A List of bonds and accounts to be paid by Mr. Leven POWELL, the other executor, to Nicklas O'BRYAN and Bryant GRAYNER. The amounts were a few shillings each.
    (4b) John RANSDELL was an assignee of Thomas CHINN and Levin POWELL, executors of Elijah CHINN, in a suit where they were plaintiffs and William HUCHESON and Edwin FURR were defendants, Loudoun Co., VA.
  • Change Date: 25 Mar 2008 at 01:00:00



    Father: Rawleigh (Raleigh) Chinn b: 23 May 1684 in Morattico Creek, Lancaster Co., Virginia
    Mother: Margaret Ball b: 20 Sep 1694 in Millenbeck, Lancaster Co., Virginia

    Marriage 1 Mary
      Children
      1. Has Children Elizabeth Chinn b: ABT 1754
      2. Has Children Rawleigh Chinn b: 1766 in ,, Virginia
      3. Has No Children Christopher Chinn

      Marriage 2 Rhoda "Rhody" (Sally) Dent b: in , Prince George's Co., Maryland
      • Married: NOT MARRIED
      • Note: Not married.
      Children
      1. Has Children William Dent Chinn
      2. Has No Children Mary Dent Chinn b: ABT 1770 in ,, Virginia

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