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  • ID: I6247
  • Name: Samuel Poe
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1675 in Nottingham, Derbyshire, England 1
  • Death: 17 AUG 1725 in Essex, VA
  • Burial: St Vasitier Church Cem, Essex Co, Va
  • Note:
    Family from Nottinghamshire/ Derbyshire, in N Central England
    where Sherwood Forest is. He arrived via Pennsylvania, then to VA,
    Owned 800 ac land in VA in 1704 Essex Co., VA-Wills, Bonds, Inventories, by
    Dorman, 1722-1730 see Virginia Mag, v 33 p 365. Colonial Caroline by Campbell, mentions
    Simon, Benjamin, Curtis, Peter, Price and Wiliam Poe buried at
    St Vasitier Church Cemetery, Essex Co, VA. Had moved to Essex Co. by 1708.

    The following is from the book "The Tysors of Old Chatham" by
    W. Harold Broughton ( ) indicates notes from other sources stated at bottom of
    page (1972)
    "The Poe Family"
    Samuel Poe ( wife Mary) from England (toPenn then) to VA,
    ( where he owned 800 acres land in 1704 moved to Essex Co.
    VA by 1708) and died in 1725. His family spread into nearby
    Caroline & Culpeper Counties. Simon Poe with members of his family from
    Caroline Co. to Chatham Co., well before the Rev. War. A short time later,
    Jesse Poe, his half-brother Benjamin Poe, and Jesse's mother went from
    Culpeper co., Va to Chatham Co.

    Benjamin went west: Lucy the mother of Jesse m. Thomas Dowdy.
    Jessee married Charity Patterson, dau. of Gilbert Patterson and wife
    Celia ? Their home was on the old Gulf-Cumnock Rd.,
    along George's Creek, deep in the woods in front of the present
    home of Henry L. Oldham. Their daughter, Lucy Ann Poe was the
    wife of Jordan Tysor, Sr. The Poe cemetery is near the old Poe homes,
    in good condition.

    Other smaller Poe cemeteries dot this section of the county..

    Sources Essex Co. , VA- Wills, Bonds, Inventories, by Dorman,
    1722-1730 Virginia Mag, v.33 p 365 Colonial Caroline by Campbell,
    mentions Simon, Benjamin, Curtis, Peter, Price and William POE buried at
    St Vasitier Church Cemetary, Essex Co., VA

    A Hearth-money Roll in 1663 of
    Thurgarton,Lee,Newark and

    General information (contents of Wills,
    Diaries, possible connections, etc.)

    "Family of Poe" Sir Edmund Bewley: On the
    1st of May, 1668, Simon Poe, SR of the town
    and county of Nottingham, cordwainer,
    filed his bill in the court of Chancery for
    purpose of recovering possession of a
    messuuage, house, or tenement in Gedling,
    the Plaintiff's father, Robert Poe, had
    been seized of in fee-tail, but from which
    the Plaintiff had been excluded by his
    younger brother, George Poe, of Gedling,
    aided by Richard Kemp, of Gedling, and
    Mary his wife. (note: The freedoms granted by
    the Skinners' Company in 1689 include
    "John Poe, son of Simon; patrimony) The bill
    also sought to recover a legacy left to
    the Plaintiff by one George Poe, of Gedling,
    son of Edward Poe of Gedling, the
    Plaintiff's near kinsman


    VA History Mag. Vol.33(1925) p.365: VA
    Quit Rent Rolls,

    General information (contents of Wills,
    Diaries, possible connections, etc.)

    VA, Essex Co. 02/10/1707 into 1708 Court
    Minutes Records p.51 witness to deed, James
    Coghill and Samuel Poe. cont. pgs. 53-55
    "Matthew Collins of Essex Co. to Robert
    Marshall of same. Lease and release; for
    100 lbs of tobacco, 50 acres, part of 4,200
    acres formerly granted to John Marshall
    and Henry Peters on 04/17/1667, in St. Mary's
    Parish,...Samuels Poe's land by a
    branch...on the north side of the south fork
    Pumansend Swamp." Matthew Collins signed
    by mark and the witnesses to that were
    William (N) Daniel, William (X) George,
    and Samuel Poe.

    Samuel's birthdate (1675) is reported by
    Lisa R. Arroyo, via e-mail: 17 June 1997



    Samuel Poe, father of Simon, was born 1645 in England. His wife, Mary,
    was also born in England. The family was from Nottingham/Derbyshere in
    North Central England (Sherwood Forest). He arrived via of PA,then to VA.
    He owned 800 ac of land in VA 1704. He and his wife are buried at St. Vasiter
    Church Cemetery, Essex Co.,VA. The files of a Charles Brinkley show there
    were 9 children. Simon, the 3rd child born 1708 in Essex Co.VA. d.1793 in
    Chatham Co.NC. He married Polly___. A book on the history of Chatham
    Co. says that Simon came with other members of his family about
    1759 and settled near George's Creek. He also fought in the War of The
    Revolution for Chatham Co. There is also a will on file at the Court House
    in Pittsboro,NC listing a Simon Poe, Sr. b.1793. His wife was Rhoda___.
    His sons are listed as Simon, Stephen, William, and James. Daughters are
    Sary Herndon, Mary Berry, Jane Mosley,Lucy Straughn, and Frances Thompson.


    There is much discussion on the father of Samuel POE.
    The following paper was written by Mr. William Poe and was extracted
    from his excellent research on Samuel POE. Mr. Poe's work can be found
    on the internet at his web site:

    Samuel Poe, what we know

    In regard to Samuel Poe’s existence in Virginia by 1704, this is all we know with any degree of certainty:

    1.Quit Rent Rolls of Essex County Virginia for year 1704, Volume 33, page 359, lists Samuel Poe
    (Samll Poe) with 800 acres of land.. This establishes the first mention of Samuel in the Virginia
    2.Samuel Poe was probably Anglican. He is said in the court records to be of St. Anne’s Parish
    (Essex County, Virginia Court 16th of November 1723 Samuel Poe is charged with swearing and is
    said to be of the Parish. His neighbors are charged with not attending church on the same day).
    3.Essex County records indicate Samuel left no will*. After Samuel died, the court ordered a nine
    month delay before ruling on the petition of Francis Browning to administer the estate**. The delay
    was ordered to see if the “an heir at law” would administrator the estate. This suggests that Samuel’s
    oldest son was not yet twenty-one when Samuel died. A wife could not inherit. The petition of Francis
    Browning was eventually granted. Francis Browning could be a son-in-law.
    4.Samuel Poe was not of the gentry class. The court records never refer to him as “Gent.” Samuel Poe
    and the other Poe men of the county seem, rather, to have been in conflict with the landed gentry.

    Children of Samuel Poe

    Samuel Poe left no will and family relations are not described in the county records. The names of possible
    children are inferred by looking at county records. The following names appear in the same county shortly
    after the death of Samuel Poe. The possible sons appear to live on the Samuel Poe lands along the
    Peumansend. As the years progress, this land is sold, indicating that some agreement was made between
    them in lieu of an inheritance through probate of a will. At time of sale, no court document mentions how the
    Poe family member acquired the land to be able to sell it. However, no one in the county challenged
    ownership. At least one descendant still occupied 105 acres in 1799 and perhaps later.

    The only other man possibly old enough to be the father of the men who appear after Samuel's death is,
    Robert Poe, who died testate in 1722. It does not seem that Robert Poe owned land. His identity remains
    a mystery. A Katherine Poe is active just following the death of Robert Poe. This could be a coincidence
    within the historical record, or might indicate that she is Robert’s widow.

    Likely children present in Essex (Caroline) County after Samuel’s death in 1725:

    Benjamin Poe born before 1705. Probably oldest son. First to appears in 1726. May have died in Amherst Co. VA in 1785.

    Simon Poe born c 1707 – died North Carolina, based on will and other information. First appears in 1737.

    William Poe born before 1711. First appears in 1732.

    Samuel Poe born before 1712. First appears in 1733 Possibly died in Caroline Co. between 1759 and 1765 and
    survived by wife, Elizabeth.

    Mossom Poe born before 1725 - died 13 Aug 1782 Spotsylvania Co. Son or grandson. First appears in 1749 (possibly as
    early as 1739.

    Probable relatives:
    Robert Poe (d. 1722) Essex County, Virginia
    Katherine Poe (active 1722/23) Essex County, Virginia

    Some connection with the families of:
    Francis Browning
    John Sutton

    A year after the death of Samuel Poe, we find Benjamin Poe and William Poe showing up in the court
    records. A little later we see Simon and Samuel. It is reasonable to conclude that Robert Browning, who
    won the petition to administer Samuel Poe’s estate, is a relation in some way. Francis Browning later
    shows up owning land in Culpeper County along with William Poe and wife Lydia.

    Connections can be found among Poe and Sutton, especially in later Caroline County. One factor that may
    preclude a marriage between Sutton and Poe is that the first John Sutton was on the gentry class. Poe was
    never among the gentry.

    Virginia Land of Samuel Poe

    Samuel Poe already possessed 800 acres of land in 1704. There does not seem to be any record
    indicating how this land was acquired, yet no one ever challenged his claim. One possibility is that he
    acquired the land as a beneficiary of the Headrights statues. According to the Headrights statutes, Virginia
    colonists could obtain 50 acres of land for each person they brought into the Colony (anywhere from
    Europe, any age, non African person, either gender). See: Headrights

    Essex County records show that Samuel Poe acquired 105 acres of land from Matthew Collins in 1707.

    The Matthew Collins land and the first lands of Samuel Poe seem to be near lands of John Gouge, Francis
    Browning and James Coghill and in the vicinity of Paul Micou (see the Essex County Records).

    William Poe was taxed for 105 acres in Caroline County through 1799.

    See: SamuelPoeLand

    Possible Virginia or other colonial origins
    It is possible that Samuel Poe was born in the colonies. Evidence from early Virginia patent records
    reveals the names of two men with the last name of Poe who were transported to Virginia early enough to
    have been Samuel's father. To date, no other records regarding these men have been uncovered. We also
    find that Katherine Pow, a servant, was transported to Barbados. Nothing else is known.

    Father: ______ Poe

    Marriage 1 Mary _____ b: in Nottingham/Derbyshire, England
      1. Has No Children Amy Poe b: in Caroline Co, VA
      2. Has No Children Benjamin Poe b: in Caroline, VA
      3. Has No Children Frances Poe b: in Caroline Co, VA
      4. Has No Children John Poe b: in Caroline Co., VA
      5. Has Children Simon Poe b: 1708 in Essex Co, Va
      6. Has No Children Mary Poe b: in Caroline Co, VA
      7. Has No Children Robert Poe b: in Caroline Co., VA
      8. Has No Children Samuel Jr Poe b: in Prince Edward, VA
      9. Has No Children William Poe b: in Caroline Co, VA
      10. Has No Children Sarah Poe b: ABT 1715 in Va
      11. Has No Children Marson Poe b: ABT 1718 in Caroline Co, VA

      1. Abbrev: Hammel, Karen, < >
        Hammel, Karen, < > This record extracted from the database of Karen Hammel as posted on RootsWeb Database # 639044
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