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  • ID: I0043
  • Name: William Flowers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1640 in Prob. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
  • Death: ABT FEB 1685 in Northumberland Co., Virginia 16 17
  • Occupation: Tanner, planter
  • PROP: 1662 Northumberland Co., Virginia
  • Immigration: ABT 1662 To Virginia from Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng.
  • Note:
    Some Flower/Flowers IMMIGRATION REFERENCES from Passenger and Immigration Lists:
    Flower, Thomas, Virginia, 1623
    Flower, Thomas, 22, Virginia, 1623
    Flower, Thomas 22, Virginia, 1624 (Same as above. This Thomas stayed in Virginia, though it is not known if he had children who may have immigrated to or served in Maryland)
    Flower, Tho 32, Virginia 1635, Ship Abraham of London from London England (Unidentifed)
    Flower, John, and Jacob Flower, sons of Capt. John Flower, Virginia, 1656, Ship Increase
    Flower, John, Virginia, 1658. Could this be John brother of George Flower of Lancaster Co., VA?
    Flowers, Thomas, Maryland, 1664 (Same as following?)
    Flowers, Thomas, transported prior to 1664. "Early Settlers" Land Records, Liber 7, pt. 5, p. 52: "Stephen Gary demands land for transporting Richard Perce, James Brown, Thomas Flowers ... which were formerly entered by him as alledged." Folio 506.2. No date is given in the source, but the other transactions listed here were for 1664. (Believed to be Thomas Flowers who died 1698 in DE)
    Flowers, Thomas, Maryland, 1667. A Thomas Flowers immigrated in 1667. (Skordas, p. 162. Probably same as above)
    Flower, Thomas, transported Maryland, 1677. (Skordas, p. 162) (Unidentified)
    Flowers, Richard 1677/04/01 ESMd service Source: They Lived in Somerset, Somerset Co. Maryland Genweb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdsomers/tlis/tlis1_f.htm)
    Flower, William, Maryland, 1668 (Probably William Flower of St. Mary's Co.)
    Flowers, John, Virginia, 1670 (Identity unknown)

    UNPLACED FLOWERS, MD, DE, and VA:
    1. William Flowers. "Flowers, William (Dorchester County), soldier (rank not stated) circa 1675; paid for his services in the late expedition against the Nanticoke Indians in 1678. (Ref.: ARMD 7:94." (Colonial Maryland Soldiers and Sailors, 1634-1734, by Henry Peden. Westminster, MD: Willow Bend, 2001, p. 125) Same as William Flower of St. Mary's County? (see later) or William Flowers, father of John, of Northumberland Co., VA. It is not known if he was ever in MD or DE, though John, his son, moved to Dorchester Co. Could some of the early references to William Flowers be for this William?
    2. William Flowers of Kent Co., DE. In Delaware court records, mention is made of a lawsuit against one Wm. Flowers. Feb. 22, 1681. "Vantergrieft (?) by Capt. John Avery his attorney, v. Wm. Flowers. Demanded 6,375 pounds of tobacco to pay a debt. 4,595 lbs. Judgment to be paid." (Court Records of Kent Co., Delaware, p. 51) It is worth mentioning that there was a William Flowers of Chester Co., PA, who died in 1717. It is unlikely that he was ever in Kent Co., and he was not a tobacco planter. There is a later William Flowers in Kent Co., DE in 1785, and 1790, and he is mentioned in a tax assessment list in Scharf's History of Delaware (p. 1185) He may be related to or same as the following:
    3. William FLOWER, to whom Scharf's History of Delaware refers as a "pilot." The pilots' duties included leading privateers away from those points which were most likely to yield prizes. Evidently Flower was deceived by a French privateer into believing that the ship was English, and when he discovered the error he assisted one of the crew, a captive Englishman named William Kelly, to escape. (1747) He brought the privateer into Cape Henlopen to allow Kelly to escape. Another pilot, however, did not wish to allow the escape but wanted "to take the vessel where she could capture the most prizes." Both pilots assisted the privateers by steering them away from places that were well-guarded (and they were rewarded for their efforts) (Scharf <http://www.accessible.com/amcnty/DE/Delaware/delaware10.htm>) Could this William be related to the later William Flowers who is found as administrator of the estate of Jane Colgen, or the William Flowers sued by Vantegrieft (above)?
    4. William FLOWER of ST. MARY'S COUNTY. There is a Flower family of early origin in ST. MARY'S COUNTY. This family was Roman Catholic and includes William (m. Elizabeth, d. 1743) and sons Thomas and Charles Holt. There is a record which states: "Read and referred the Petitions of Charles Holt Flower, Thomas
    Cook, Ignatius Edwards, John Higdon, Clement Spalding, and Robert Huston, Languishing Prisoners in Saint Marys County Goal" (Proceedings, May 24-June 22,1768.
    Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1766-1768, Volume 61, Page 384 http://www.djs.state.md.us/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/000001/000061/html/am61--296.html) Christian Flowers was testis to Hilton, John, St. Mary's Co., Nov. 26, 1697. Jan. 21, 1705. It is not known if he (or she) was part of this family. In 1749 there were a John and Thomas Flower in St. Mary's County. This family could be related to Ignatious Flowers (below)
    5. Elizabeth Flowers. Married John Colgan at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Queen Anne's Co., MD, May 18, 1750. (Genealogy.com online database, Maryland Marriages and Genealogies, 1634-1820) A Jane Colgen lists William Flowers as Administrator of her will in 1790 in Kent Co., DE. (Calendar of Kent County Delaware Probate Records, 1680-1800, p. 422) The will abstract for John Colgan (Kent Co., DE, March 26, 1777) does not list a wife. (Ibid., p. 311) Could this William be brother of Elizabeth? A William Flowers born in Delaware is found in the 1850 census of Jackson Co., OH. He is 52 at the time.
    6. Ignatious Flowers. Said to be from Dorchester Co., MD, he arrived in N. Carolina in 1763 and settled near the descendants of Henry Flower, though it is not known if he is related to the Henry Flower family. Henry Flower was a descendant of Capt. John Flower, whose sons Jacob and John first settled in Surry Co., VA. This John Flower family is not believed to be related to our Thomas. The name "Ignatious" would suggest that his family was Roman Catholic, so it is possible that he is of the family of William Flower of St. Mary's, which was Catholic. Ignatious named one of his sons Goldsborough. Though there is no evidence that a Flowers married one of the Goldsboroughs, there is a Goldsberry family in St. Mary's County, which could explain this naming. See information on Capt. John Flower below.
    7. Michael Flower, a Roman Catholic, who was a teacher, and Sarah, his wife, found in various Queen Anne's Co., MD records. Michael's estate was appraised in 1766. They are not thought to be related to our Flowers family. There is another Flowers family in Harford Co. It is not known if they are related.
    8. Flower family of SOMERSET CO. A Benjamin d. 1764, Somerset Co. (87.348) A Richard Flowers was in service in Somerset County as of 1677 (Skordas, p. 163) A John Flower's estate was appraised in Somerset Co., June 23, 1720. The administratrix was named Elisabeth. (Abstracts of the Inventories of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1720-1724, Libers 5-9, p. 41, 4:65) A Thomas Flower was administrator of the estate of Edward Surman in 1720 (5:81) (Abstracts of the Inventories...1720-1724, Page 4)
    9. Ralph Flower of Anne Arundel County, whose estate was appraised in 1727. Mary Flower was named as executrix.
    10. Family of Capt. John Flower of Ratcliffe, Eng., whose descendants settled in Virginia in 1656. No connection between them and our Thomas, John, and William has been established. Captain John Flower (1595-1657) was born in Ratcliffe, Eng., in Stepney Parish. He was captain of various "ships plying the waters between England..., Bermuda, Newfoundland and Virginia." He was a member of several trading companies, and in 1640 he bought land in Virginia on upper Chippokes Creek (Surry Co.) In the fall of 1656 his sons Jacob and John departed England to settle in VA. Captain John died on May 2, 1657 in Ratcliffe, Eng. Jacob was the father of Henry, whose family eventually settled in N. Carolina. What happened to John remains a mystery. (Flowers Chronicles, pp. 820-21)
    11. John and George Flower. Two Johns and a George Flower, found in some Northumberland Co. records, lived in Lancaster Co., VA. John Sr. died about 1671, and his son John died in 1698. George died in 1682. They are documented elsewhere in this report. John Flower was witness to a land sale by Samuel Gooch in Lancaster Co., in Dec. of 1657. The earliest record for George in Lancaster Co. is as witness to a land sale by Will Thomas in 1658. He and Robert Jones bought 400 acres of land in Lancaster Co., in 1664. It is posssible that these Flowers were related to William, but there is no proof. The family of William Flowers was also acquainted with Samuel Gooch. There were also a Nicholas and a Richard Flower in Lancaster County. Nicholas was transported in about 1649, and Richard was witness to a court case in 1654 in Lancaster Co. Northumberland Co., VA records also mention an EDWARD Flower: "p. 367. Northumberland County Court. 10th of December 1663... It is ordered by this Court that William Tippin and Edward Flower shall forthwith make payment of One hundred and thirty pounds of tobacco unto Isaac Weaver, Constable (for consideracon of the trouble & chanrge the sd. Isaac Weaver hath bin at in apprehending the sd. Tippin & Flower for Hogg-Stealers) together with costs..." (Northumberland County Order Book, 1652-1665 from Virginia County Court Records: Order Book Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia, 1661-1665. McLean, VA: Antient Press, c. 1995, p. 66) The court ordered that they pay "2008 lbs. of tobacco...or each of them to serve him a yeare," for "hogg stealing," amended to an additional 2000 lbs. of tobacco when the first amount was found to be lacking. (Ibid., p. 69) There is no further mention of this Edward in the records
    12. Will of WALTER THOMSON, mariner of Dover 07/20/1697, 01/27/1699 left to Alice Thomson, wife all his estate goods and chattels. Witnesses were James Wood, Henry FLOWER, and John Godfrey. (Kent County, Delaware Wills and Administrations, 1680-1709, p. 4. Folio 21. Maryland and Delaware Genealogy (online database) <http://www.mddelgenealogy.com/memberonly/Kent>) Could this Henry be from Philadelphia?
    13. Thomas Flowers, who came to Waterford, MA from Maryland in 1756. Nothing has been found on this Thomas Flowers. (Ref. Family memorials. Genealogies of the families and descendants of the early settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston; to which is appended the early history of the town, by Henry Bond. Boston, Little Brown, 1855; digitized by Google, Jan. 31, 2008 <http://books.google.com/books?id=Y9AUAAAAYAAJ> p. 765)
    14. Flowers family of Harford Co., MD. Progenitor was John Flowers, who married Jane. He was born abt. 1755 and died bef. 1800. He had a son named John and one named David. He also perhaps had a son named Benjamin. This family appears to be Scots-Irish. Later generations lived near Bel Air in Harford Co., but earlier ones lived closer to the PA border. Nothing is known of John's origin.

    WILLIAM FLOWERS of Northumberland Co., VA, is not genetically related to Thomas Flowers of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware, as was once conjectured. Y-DNA testing of descendants shows no relationship between the two families. However, that is not to say that they were not in the same family. We have not identifed Thomas' origin, though Y-DNA places him as a close match to a Tivey family of England. Nevertheless his surname was Flowers, and we do not know which Flower family could have given him that name. William Flowers departed from (or lived in) Bristol and arrived in Virginia about 1662--about the same year that Thomas was transported to Maryland. There is some evidence to support the hypothesis that the family of William is of the Rutland branch. But this evidence is based on an assumption that Lamrock Flower of Connecticut is a son of Capt. William Flower of the Rutland family. This has not been proved. A Lamrock Flower, reported to be of this family, son of Capt. William Flower, immigrated to Connecticut before 1685. (Genealogy of the Flower Family, p. 25) John, son of William Flowers of Northumberland County, VA, had a son named Lamrock. Y-DNA evidence supports the relationship between the family and that of Lamrock of Dorchester, MD. The Rutland family had many noted members. Roger Flore was Speaker of the House of Commons in the reigns of Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI. His son Thomas was Sheriff of the County of Rutland in 1430. Sir Richard Flower, son of Thomas, was Knight and Sheriff of the County of Berks (Ibid., pp. 14-15) The most infamous member of the family was purported witch, Joan Flower, and her daughters Margaret and Philippa. The daughters were tried and executed in Lincoln about 1618. (Extract from The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester by John Nichols 1795, on Rootsweb <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~framland/Ag/maps/witch.htm>

    Though the Connecticut family used the singular, the Flowers family which is the subject of this study use the plural of the name more often Other versions of the name found on records were Floer, Flour, Flowry, and Flours. The noted Quaker Flower families of Philadelphia and Chester Co., PA used the singular. These Flowers, among them Enoch Flower, first schoolmaster in Pennsylvania, received land grants from Penn and came from Wiltshire, though they may be related to the Rutland branch. In this family the name "Flower" predominated until late in the 18th century (the latest date to which this researcher followed the family) and is still retained by many descendants.

    A Northumberland Co., VA court record for 1666 states that William is "late of ye Cittie of Bristoll, and now of Wickocomicoe..." (See full text later in this report) Though no immigration record has been found, he likely immigrated to Virginia in about 1662, when land records reveal that he he bought 250 acres in Northumberland Co., VA, on the South side of the Wicomico River March 4, 1662/63 and an additional 100 acres "lying on Vulcan's Creek and Goche's land." (Cavaliers and Pioneers, p. 460) It is possible that he came from a family of tradesmen and may have been a "tanner" before leaving England. He was able to read, so it is likely that he had some education. It is assumed that he paid for his own transportation, for no transportation record for a William Flowers from Bristol is found during this time period, except for a servant transported to Henrico Co. abt. 1662 by Thomas Jones (Cavaliers and Pioneers, v.1, p. 458) One who was transported in 1662 would not likely have bought land that year, since those transported to Virginia were usually indentured for seven years. We know from court records that he had a brother Henry, though we do not know if Henry immigrated to Virginia..

    We know that William had a son John who was appointed administrator to his estate. As is true in much genealogical research, there is no absolute proof that the John Flowers who arrived in Dorchester Co., MD in 1696 was the son of William Flowers. However the preponderance of circumstantial evidence supports such a conclusion. Oddly, though, the name "William" is not found among the descendants of John Flowers. There was a William Flowers in Dorchester Co., MD in 1675, but his ancestry is unknown: "Flowers, William (Dorchester County), soldier (rank not stated) circa 1675; paid for his services in the late expedition against the Nanticoke Indians in 1678. (Ref.: ARMD 7:94." (Colonial Maryland Soldiers and Sailors, 1634-1734, p. 125) Also, a William Flower arrived in MD in 1668 and lived in St. Mary's County. He died there in 1743. This appears to be a different family.

    It is possible that William was a Quaker sympathizer, though there is no proof that he was a Quaker. He associated with a known Quaker, Gervase Dodson, and with Thomas Salsbury, believed to be a Quaker. (Bulletin of the Northumberland Co. historical Society, v. 32, 1995, p. 102) Isabel Salsbury, widow of Thomas Salsbury later married Gervase Dodson. In 1660 Dodson and others were punished for meeting illegally. "Quakers, Gervase Dodson, David Cussin, Robert Lambdon, John Smith and Thomas Shields met at the house of David Cussin contrary to law. To receive 20 stripes apiece on their bare backs..." (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, by Beverly Fleet. v. 1, p. 595) If the Salsburys were Quakers this could have been why members of that family eventually moved to MD, which was more tolerant of Quakers.

    MARRIAGE:
    The following information from a family group record on www.familysearch.org could refer to William. His wife's name is Mary, and the time is right, but there is no proof. The record is as follows: William Flowre: Marriage: 31 OCT 1658 St Phillip & St Jacob's, Bristol, Gloucester, England (to) Mary Cause.

    LAND: The first reference to William Flowers in the land records of Northumberland Co., VA, is found in Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, p. 460. "WM. FLOWERS. 250 acs. 4 Mar. 1662, p. 204 (101). Upon S. side of great Wicomico Riv., upon W.N.W. side of a branch of Vulkons Cr., E.S.E. upon the head of the same and land of Jeffery Bocke (? likely Gouch or Goche) 150 granted 9 Nov. 1652 to Henry Weekes and after several sales and assignments sold to sd. Flowers and 100 acs. lying upon Vulcans Cr. and Goches land properly belonging to David Orland and his heirs and assignes forever, as by assignment of Gervase Dodson." "The pattent for this land was originally granted to Henry Weekes, being 250 acres..." (Virginia County Court Records, Deed and Will Abstracts, Northumberland County, 1658-1662, p. 124)

    February 21 1671/72. "William Flower, Planter and Tanner, of Great Wicocomicoe River in ye County of Northumberld. and the Parish of Wicocomicoe for a valuable consideracon have sold unto Hugh Baker, carpenter, of ye County and Parish aforesd....two hundred acres of land being ...formerly granted to Andrew Bowyer, by pattent dated the twelfth of October, 1660." The land was assigned by Bowyer to Thomas Laine, by Laine to John Ashley, by Ashley to Jos. Edmunds, and by Edmunds to William Flowers. Sealed and delivered in presence of us: Jno. Stowell, Evan Joanes. Wm. Flower, ye seale. In the same document Mary Flower appoints her "loveing Freind Samll. Goche, to acknowledge my right in ye land above menconed." Mary Flower, ye seale. (Virginia County Court Records, Deed and Will Abstracts, Northumberland County, 1670-1672, p. 52) There is no record for William's purchase of this land. It is possible that William owned more land than is mentioned in these two records, though nothing more has been found.

    RECORDS OF INDENTURED SERVANTS:

    According to the Bristol Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations, 1654-1686 (various pages), William Flowers transported the following:
    Elinor Parish, Aug. 10, 1662, 5 years; Abraham Rewley, July 23, 1663, 5 years; Katherine Foster, July 29, 1663, 4 years; Mary Burk, Aug. 21, 1663, 4 years; Giles Jenings, Aug. 24, 1663, 6 years. It is not certain that all of these were indentured to the same William Flowers, or that the reference is to the present William Flowers, though the dates are right.

    308. 8 March 1663/64--"Thomas Phelps, servant to William Flower, comeing into this country without Indenture and being brought before this Court is adjudged to be under the age of sixteene yeares and with the consent of his Master is ordered to serve him or his assigns the terme of eight yeares to commence from the thirttnth day of November last past." OB 1552-65, 193. (Records of Indentured Servants..., p. 71)

    That William Flowers had servants is clear from a court case brought against him by Bennett Madrin (or in some sources Madisen) involving the servant Arthur Steevens. This case is long and convoluted, taking strange and sometimes humorous turns. In fact the authors of the source Virginia County Court Records: Order Book Abstracts of Northumberland Co., Virginia, Ruth and Sam Sparacio, remark that "We especially liked the older (court record) books as they were usually more informative, and give the character of the people in a more interesting manner, than the later ones." From The Antient Press web site: http://www.antientpress.com/Pages/abtrcds.html.

    The case began in April 1666 with a power of attorney granted by Madrin to Flowers: "Know all men by these p:sents yt: I Bennett Madrin being...shortly bound on a Voyage to Sea doe by these p:sents appoint my loving freind Wm. Flowers, of the same county, tanner, to be my true and lawfull attorney in my name but to his use to sue and implead Arthur Steevens for a terme of two yeares and eleven months time of service by condition under ye sd Arthur's hand bearing date ye 3d day of Novembr: in ye yeare of or: Lord 1666...&upon such sueing or impleading ye expiration of time ye sd. Wm: Flowers a discharge or a release or acquittance for ye same may give unto ye sd: Arthur Steevens..." (Virginia Court Records: Deed and Will abstracts of Northumberland Co., VA, 1666-1670, p. 23-24) The document was witnessed by John Howell and Richard Pearse but was not recorded until October 21, 1667. A court case was brought by Bennett against William on Oct. 10, 1666, but was referred to the next court. In April 1667 it was tried by a jury, and the verdict was as follows: "It is our genrll: opinion yt: it is noe lawfull sale in regard there was noe assignmt. nor deliver & yt: ye Servant properly belonges unto Bennet Madeson. Judgment is granted upon this Verdict." (Virginia County Court Records: Order Book Abstracts of Northumberland Co., Virginia, 1665-1669, p. 44) No further mention is made of the proposed "voyage to sea," so we do not know if that occurred.

    Though these dates are confusing, the case evidently resumed in August of 1667 and continued through October. It involved many witnesses who appeared in court, many of whom told different stories of what happened. Some were even accused of perjury. But in a nutshell the servant Arthur Steevens appears to have run away while he and his master, Madrin, spent the night at William Flowers's house, and the indenture papers were stolen and lost. This action was likely instigated by Flowers, who plied the servant with "a great pte. of a dram." The night of the disappearance, "Flowers said yt: he (Madrin) had his papers when he went to bed." But the next day they were gone as was the servant, and Bennett Madrin, without sending "hue or cry" after the runaway servant, tried to sell him to Thomas Bailes. William Flowers said, "no Gaffer Bailes doe not buy him out of my hand." Evidently William had paid or promised to pay Madrin "three pare of shooes," but that is in question as well. As matters went from bad to worse, Bennett Madrin declared that he "thanked God he had worked wth: not but honest men in Virginia...but now he had light among a crue of Knaves. Whereupon Wm. Flowers said if he would not hold his tongue he would hang him..." (Virginia County Court Records: Deed and Will Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia, 1666-1670, pp. 27-28)

    The servant, Arthur Steevens appeared in court in August of 1667. He testified that Flowers had called Madrin a "a scatterloping fellow," and had told Steevens that "thou had better hier with me a housekeeper live...and I will teach thee ye trade of a shoemaker and of a currier, and will give thee a cow calfe..." Steevens told the court that on the evening in question, at Flowers's house, while Madrin was combing his hair, the paper fell out of his pocket, and Flowers picked it up and read it. Afterwards he told Steevens that he had "seen my condicon (papers) and saith he, Bennett, cannot sell thee, but doe ye steale away thy condicon and then he will sell thee for little; and I will buy thee. This examt. being thus deluded with ye flattering words of ye sd. Flowers...did one night take away the writing out of ye sd. Bennett's pockett, ye sd. Flowers (that night) urging this examt. to doe ye same; and to encourage me therein he gave me great pte. of a dram wch. this examt drunke and was neere diynised... This examt. going towards Fleets Bay lost ye sd. writings wch. when this examt. returned told Flowers thereof, who tooke his horse and roade ye way wee went. Whether he found them or no this examt. knoweth not." Aug. 6, 1667. Arthur Steevens in open Court did make oath to what he hath...declared et recordatur. Peter Ashton.(Ruth and Sam Sparacio, joint eds., Virginia County Court Records: Deed and Will Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia, 16661670,McLean, VA: Antient Press, 1993, pp. 20, 2330, 39, 55, 102) No jury verdict has been found for this continuation of the case. Likely the first verdict was upheld. This case provides a colorful and telling account of the society of William and his neighbors.

    COURT RECORDS:
    The society of William was a litigious one. There were numerous lawsuits both by and against William, mostly for debts owed, though some were for land, indentured servants, or other matters. Though there is not enough room to record the details of all, following is a list taken from Court Order Books of Northumberland Co. 1665-1700. (Virginia County Court Records, abstracted and published by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, McLean, VA: Antient Press, c. 1995-2003) and (Northumberland County, Virginia, Court Order Book, 1678-1699, pts. 1-2, by Charles and Virginia Hamrick, Athens, GA: New Papyrus, 2004)
    1665: William involved in a dispute with John Wood over some apple trees.
    1666: William subpoenaed for a judgment of servants to William Betts.
    1666: William sued by Bennett Madisen (Madrin) over servant (story above)
    1667: William sued by John Swanson.
    1667: William sued by John Shaw.
    1668: William sued by Andrew Pettegrew. "Whereas Andrew Pettegrew did exhibite a Peticon into this Cort: against William Flowers wherin hee complayneth yt: ye sd. Flowers hath taken away some of his lande. It is ordered yt: ye bounds of ye lande solde by Henry Wicker to Jervas Dodson bee layd out by an able Jury of twelve honest men...betweene this & ye 10th of 8ber next yt: by their reporte of ye bounds of ye lande of ye sd. Pettegrew & Flowers, ye Cort: may put a periode to ye sd. difference." (Virginia County Court Records: Order Book Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia, 1665-1669, ed. by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, p. 70)
    1668: William sued by Summar Adams.
    1668: William sued by Walter Baker of Bristoll.
    1674: William accused of not giving tythables.
    1677: William sued by Robert Thomas.
    1677/78: "Lancaster County Court, 9th of January, 1677/78. ...William Flower of Northumberland County did by vertue of a Warrt. from Capt. Peter Knight, make for the use of this County, six Carbine Belts, six Brest Plates and six Cruppers, which were delivered to Capt. William Ball. It is therefore ordered that hee bee paide for the same foure hundred and fifty pounds of tob. and ca: by this County the nexte yere." (Order Book Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia, 1674-1678, p. 84)
    1678: William in debt to Richard Way.
    1679: William ordered to survey his land. It is interesting that in 1675 the "Inhabitants of Wicocomoco" were ordered to "goe in procession...and view ye bounds of each person's land and renew ye marked trees for ye preventing all disputes and suites yt may arise by the neglect therof..." (Virginia County Court Records: Northumberland County, VA Orders, 1674-1677, by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, pp. 27-28) The practice of using marked trees as land boundaries continued into the 18th century and was evidently the cause of many lawsuits.
    1679: William sued by Edward Fielding.
    1679: William sued Thomas Waterman.
    1679: William sued by Griffith Jones.
    1681: William sued John Lewis.
    1682: William sued by Richard Pemberton for 2,400 pounds of tob. and cask, "for medicines administered and his thirty two days attendance in the time of his sickness." (Hamrick, pt. 1, p. 171)
    1683: William "arrested to court" at the suit of Thomas Hobson. This Hobson suit evidently went on after William died in 1685, for we find in 1686 that John is to pay Thomas Hobson.

    OTHER REFERENCES:
    February 10, 1662. Ed. Sanders sold three hundred acres of land to Richard Dennis and Pasco Dennis. Mary Sanders (his wife) appoints "Mr. Wm. Flowers my Attorney and in my behalfe to acknowledge with my husband the sale of land sold to Richard Dennis and Pasco Dennis. February 9, 1662. Wit. Peter Hull, Edwd. Witkin, Mary Sandrs, her marke." (Virginia County Court Records: Deed and Will Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia, 1658-1662, p. 123)

    "WM. FLOWERS marke for Hogs and Cattle is a cropt on ye left eare and over halfe on y right and ye under halfe cropt." (Ibid., 1662-1666, p. 115)

    March 8, 1663. Job Edmonds bound to pay unto Wm. Flower or his assignees, "the full sume of two thousand six hundred and fourty pounds wt. of sound merchantable tobacco in caske at or before the 10th day of November next..." As security he promises to bind over the "plantacon I now live on in Wiocomococ...being two hundred acres of land..." Wit.: Jo. Haynie, Andrew Pettigrew. (Ibid., p. 41)

    May 18, 1667. Andrew Pettigrew appointed his wife Isabella or John Salisbury as his attorney to act in court for him concerning a debt of Thomas Moulton. Test.: Jno. Hayney, Wm Flowers et recordatur. (Ibid., 1666-70, p. 20)

    January 29th 1667/68. The estate of "John Bennet deced., praysed by us whose names are underwritten: And. Pettegrew, Wm. Flowers, Wm Griffin, Hugh Baker. (Ibid., p. 39)

    January 28, 1667/68. "An Account of the Estate of John Shaw sold at an Outcry... A barrel of English Graine untrasht and a parcell of planck and shilt timber sold to Wm. Flowers." Items also sold to John Salisbury and Thomas Salisbury. (Ibid., p. 55)

    June 20, 1668. A lawsuit was filed against William and his brother Henry for a debt owed. " Know all men by these presents that I Walter Baker of Bristoll, wollens draper, have nominated and appointed my loving freind Wm. Morgan of ye Citty of Bristoll, mercht. my true and lawfull attorney for me to sue, receive and recover of Wm. Flower, late of ye Cittie of Bristoll and now of Wickocomicoe or thereabouts in ye Country of Virginia, farmer, all and every sume of money wch. are in any wayes belonging unto mee...from him, his heires and p:ticularly one bond or oblicacon of fifty pounds for the paymt. of twenty three pounds and eighteene shillings of lawfull money bearing date the 5th day of August in ye fifteenth yeare of our Sovereigne Lord ye king and in ye yeare of our Lord 1663, payable ye sixth day of Febry. then next ensueing. Wch. hee ye sd. William, together with his Brother Henry Flower are surety stands bound to me...giving my sd. attorney full power to sue, attach, imprison and discharge to give and to conclude as fully as if my selve were there. Signed Sealed and delivered in ye presence of Phillip Morgan, Geo. Sanders, Wm James, Walter Baker." (Ibid., 1670-72, p. 5)

    January 21, 1669/70. Nathaniell Hellin conveyed land to Thomas Salisbury. Sealed and delivered in presence of Wm. Carvyle, Wm. Flower. (Ibid., p. 102)

    January 17, 1671/72. Thomas Laine appointed Wm Flower "my lawfull attorney to demand or release acquitt or discharge any maner of persons alsoe to compound any debt or deed of sale by mee signed to any manner of person in ye Cort of Northumberld." Martha Laine, his wife, also appoints William to be her attorney. (Ibid., p. 48-49)

    January 17, 1671/72. The estate of Thomas Steed was appraised, and William Flowers was owed proceeds from the estate. (Ibid., p. 53)

    April 17, 1672. John Essex and William Flower, "for naturall affection yt. wee beare unto Bridget Essex, Junr., do give (her) one black Heifer of three yeares old now with calfe marked with a swallow forke on ye right eare and a slit and underkeeld in ye left eare...and alsoe all ye female encrease for ever." Recog. et Record, 17, Apr. 1672. Jno. Essex, Wm. Flower. (Ibid., p. 53)

    p. 10. Court. 17, Oct. 1678. "Whereas William fflower ffeofer in Tenet for the children of Widdow Sanders (dec'd) vs. the Estate of Mr. William Thomas, dec'd." (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Ser. 2, Vol. l: Northumberland County, Virginia, 1678-1713, p. 6)

    ESTATE/PROBATE: No complete record has been found for William's estate. However, there is a reference in Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Ser. 2, Vol. I, Northumberland County Court Orders, 1678-1713, p. 270: "Court 19 March 1684/5. Com. of Adm. to Jno. fflowers on Est. of his dead father, Will. fflowers," and in Northumberland County Virginia Court Order Book, 1678-1699, by Charles and Virginia Hamrick. Athens, GA: New Papyrus, c. 2004, Pt. 1, pp. 270-71:

    May Session, Convened on May 20, 1685. (Northumberland County Virginia Court)
    270/2. "A Commission of Administration is granted John Flowers of the Estate of his deceased father William Flowers, he giving security for his due Administration to Law."
    BOND: "John Flowers, Mr. John Harris, and Mr. Ebenezer Sanders do oblige themselves jointly and separately in the penal sum of Thirty thousand pounds of tobacco and cask to the Justices of this County, that the said Flowers shall duly administer upon his deceased father's estate and exhibit an inventory therof according to law."
    APPRAISAL: "Upon the petition of John Flowers it is ordered that Mr. Ebenezer Sanders, John Wornom, Clement Lattemore, and George Berrett, or any three of them, appraise the estate of William Flowers deceased, being sworn by the nearest Justice." The appraisal has not been found.





    Marriage 1 Mary Unknown b: ABT 1640 in Prob. England
      Children
      1. Has Children John Flowers b: ABT 1660 in England or Virginia

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