Name: Francis Amos , Goochland
Birth: BEF 1705 in New Kent Co VA
Death: BET 1763 AND 1770 in Cumberland Co VA
It is the current belief of this researcher that there were 3 adult men named Francis Amos in central Virginia during the 1730s. This has caused some confusion and mingling of these men and their records.
This Francis Amos was probably born in New Kent County VA c1705 (just an estimate). He probably grew up in New Kent County. In 1727, Goochland County was formed from the northern portion of New Kent County. By early 1731, Francis and his brother Valentine were in Goochland.
Before Feb 17 1730/1, Francis' brother Valentine died in Goochland County. Francis appeared at the Goochland County Court and was granted administration of the estate. (Goochland Order Bk 3) Some researchers have assumed that Francis was a son of Valentine, but I believe differently.
[Goochland County records 1730+]
At the Dec 1743 Goochland County Court, Francis and his wife Anne acknowledged a deed to John Goode. (Goochland Court Order Bk 5 p 326) This record provides evidence that Francis' wife at that time was Anne.
Francis may have come across hard financial times. In May 1733, the Goochland County Court declared that Amos was insolvent. The court order book includes the following entry, "Amos disc[h]ar[ge]d from execution --- Francis Amos comes into Court and makes oath that a certain schedule by him subscribed containeth a true full and perfect account of all his estate according to the form prescribed in one Act of Assembly of this colony for relief of insolvent debtors and on his motion it is ordered that he be discharged from the custody of the Sheriff at the suits of William Cannon and John Webb." (Order Book 3 p 176)
By Oct 1733, Francis had been jailed, probably for his debts. The court order book includes a payment to the Sheriff "for twenty days imprisonment of Francis Amos at the suit of George Raine at 10 lbs tobo per day, 200 lbs" paid. (Order Book 3 p 216) It is curious that the Court would permit Amos to administer the estate of Valentine about the same time that he was himself bankrupt.
Frank Amos appears in the tithe lists for Goochland Co in 1746 and in 1748 in Southam Parish with 3 tithes each time. (Lurvey, 1735-1747, 5; Lurvey, 1747-1748, 2)
During the years 1749-1751, Amos contributed to the community by caring for Elizabeth Howl (Howell), probably a disabled person. In 1749, he was paid 200 pounds of tobacco; in 1750, 800 pounds; and in 1751, 450 pounds of tobacco for 8 months. (Blomquist, Vestry, 46, 51, 60)
In 1763, both Francis Amos Sr and Francis Amos Jr appear in the land processioning records of Southam Parish in the precinct bounded by Carter's Ferry Road, Bernard's Road, Willis River and the River Road. (Blomquist, Vestry, 184; Blomquist, Processioning, 47)
Francis probably died by Feb 1770. At that time, £2.17.0 was granted by the Southam Parish vestry "to Francis Amoss for sundries supplied his father's family in the time they had the small pox." (Blomquist, Vestry, 203) No label of Sr or Jr was used which probably means that Francis Sr had died.
Goochland County records need to be checked in more detail for additional info.
Blomquist, Ann K. The Vestry Book of Southam Parish, Cumberland County VA 1745-1792, 2002. p 59.
Blomquist, Ann K. Southam Parish Land Processioning 1747-1784, 2004.
Blomquist, Ann K. Taylors and Tates of the South, 1993. p 34.
Goochland County records
Order Books I and II 1728-1731.
Order Book 3 1731-1735.
Hudgins, Dennis R. Goochland Co VA Order Books I and II 1728-1731, 1997.
Lurvey, A. Jean. Goochland Co VA Tithe Lists 1735-1747, 1985.
Lurvey, A. Jean. Goochland Co VA Tithe Lists 1748-1749, 1979.
Researched and written by Ann Blomquist. 1992; rev 7/2005.
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Query sent to Ann Blomquist by Ernie Perry, EPERRY4616@aol.com, 3/10/2005:
I'm a Bolling researcher. We have a William Bolling in Cumberland Co. in 1754 leasing land to John Witch. Francis Amoss witnessed that transaction [Cumberland Co., VA Deed Bk 2, p 162].
On 24 May 1756 in Cumberland Co. VA William Bolling's estate is appraised [Cumberland Co., VA Will Bk 1, pg 129]. Francis Amoss is not named.
On 9 Nov 1771 [Cumberland Deed Book 5, p. 15] Thomas Bolling eldest son and heir at law of William Bolling late of Cumberland deceased and Agness his wife and Ann Amos late widow and relicit of William Bolling and mother of Thomas Bolling of Cumberland to Joseph Carrington third part £65 for 200 acres conveyed to William Bolling by John Witch dated 22 Jun 1754 in records of the court of County (Cumberland) situated on branches of Willises Crk adj. George Carrington, Carter Henry Harrison, Walter Buchanan deceased and Joseph Carrington. Sgd. Thomas x his mark Bolling, Ann + her mark Amos, Wit: William Cannon, Geo Carrington, Nath. Carrington, Thomas Tucker, John Bates. Rec: 9 Nov 1771.
[Apparently Thomas Bolling designated as the "eldest son" one can assume there were others.]
My question to you is this: In researching the Taylor-Amoss connection, would you assume that Ann [Unknown] Bolling, widow, married Francis Amoss? And have you run across any information which would enlighten us as to who this William Bolling might be?
Father: Nicholas Amos b: BEF 1664
in prob New Kent Co VA
- James Amos b: ABT 1728 in prob VA
- Francis Amos b: ABT 1730 in Goochland Co VA
- others? Amos
in prob Cumberland Co VA