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  • ID: I7813
  • Name: Richard Massey
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1690 in Brunswick (now Greensville) Co, Va 1
  • Death: ABT 1739 in Brunswick/Greenville Co, Va 1 2
  • Event: 24 OCT 2004 RESEARCH WARNING. See notes.
  • Note:
    Both Richard and his wife Anne left wills.

    About 1730 Richard Moved his family from the site of Petersburg, Va to what is today
    southwestern Greenville Co, Va. At the time of his move it was called Brunswick Co,
    where in 1734 he received a land grant of 231 acres, where he lived neighboring upon
    the land of Seth Pettipool.

    From WILLIAM MASSEY JR. [billmasseyii@prodigy.net]
    Youngest known son, Richard2 born ca. 1690-1697 probably in VA, m.
    Anne Pettipool ca. 1715-1717, died testate, Brunswick Co., VA 1740.
    Anne's will of 8 May 1710 was probated 22 Oct 1770, Brunswick Co., VA.
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    RESEARCH NOTES:
    The information on most of this MASSEY line was taken from the book by Judge Frank A. Massey, Published 1979. In
    that book, Judge Massey shows the father of this Richard Massey to be John Massey, who died after 1720. That individual
    is contained in this database but not linked to this Richard Massey due to a concern on the part of some researchers that
    Judge Massey may have erred in making that connection.

    Other researcher have shown strong evidence that the father to this Richard Massey is Richard Massey, born about 1661 in Cheshire, England.
    This connection is from the book by William W. Massey, Jr, titled, "MASSEY GENEALOGY 2000".
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    THE FOLLOWING WILL WAS TRANSCRIBED FROM THE ORIGINAL BY
    THERON L. SMITH.


    Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book 2, pages 14, 15
    Will of Richard Massey 1 Feb 1739 Proven 5 June 1740

    In the name of God Amen the first day of Febr'y in the year of
    our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine, I,
    Richard Massey of the Parich of St. Andrew in the county of
    Brunswick being of whole mind but weak and sick in body do make
    this my last will and testament in the manner and form following.
    First, I commend my soul, unto almighty God my maker and redeemer and
    my body to be buried in a Christian manner by my Exer hereafter named.
    Item-I do appoint, nominate, and constitute my well beloved wife my whole
    and sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
    Item-I give unto my well beloved son, William Massey, and to his heirs
    and assigns forever one hundred and fifty acres of land more or less situated
    and lying and being the same parish and county on both sides of Beaverpond
    Branch being the moiety or half of the plantatation whereon I now live and
    is bounded as followeth, to-wit--Beginning at the head of meadow on the
    line near Seth Petty Pooles parth thence down the meanders of the said
    meadow to the head of branch at a pine tree in the line.
    Item-I give unto my well beloved son, Ezekiah Massey, and to his heirs
    and assigns forever the other moiety or half of my land with the plantation
    I now dwell on which said moiety contains one hundred and sixteen acres
    more or less and it is my will and pleasure that my said son, Ezekiah,
    his heirs or assigns shall not possess the said moiety or half of the
    aforesaid land and its appurtenances till after the decease of my well
    beloved wife & then he, his heirs, or assigns shall enter and possess
    the same according to the true intent, meaning, and purpose of this my
    last will. It is also my will that what my son, William Massey, has now
    in his possession which is a gift and bequeth of mine is, sufficient
    without having of any part or parcel of my goods and chattells.
    Item- I give and bequeth unto my well beloved sons, John and,Richard
    Massey an entry of two hundred acres of land joyning the land I now ,live
    on and the same to be equally divided between them, their heirs and
    assigns forever.
    Item- I give and bequeth unto my well beloved son, Ezekiah Massey, one
    sorrell colt with a star in his, forehead and one heifer and claf with
    her increase and one sow and five pigges and a shoat and one gunn and a
    cutlass and one saddle to him and his heirs and assigns ferever.
    Item-All the remaining part of my goods and chattels I give and bequeth
    to my well beloved wife, Anne Massey, towards the maintaining herin her
    widowhood and the support of my six children, viz.,
    Ezekiah Massey, John Massey, Richard Massey, Martha Massey, Sarah Massey,
    and Tabitha Massey, and it is my will that after my well beloved wife's
    decease or marriage that what is of my goods and chattels then remaining
    shall be equally divided among my aforesaid six children.
    In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the
    day and year above written. .

    Sign
    Richard B Massey {seal}

    Sealed, published, pronounced and Delivered In Presence of
    Michael Cadet Young {sign}
    Phillip P. Jones {sign}
    Seth Petty Poole {sign}

    Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion
    of the said Executrix, she having given Security certificate, is
    granted her for obtaining a probat of the said will in due form.

    Teste Stek Clack clerk Cur


    At court held for Brunswick County June the 5th 1740.
    This will was presented in court by Anne Massey widow the
    Executrix there-in Named who made oath thereto according to
    law and the same was proved by The oaths of Michael Cadet Young,
    Phillip Jones and Seth Petty Poole.


    [The Following note added by Theron Smith regarding the above will:
    The above will of Richard Massey establishes that William and Hezekiah
    (called Ezekiah in the will) were two oldest sons of Richard and Anne
    Massey of Brunswick Co, Virginia. Consequently, they must have been
    born before the preserved Bristol Parish Register was started in 1720
    hence, born say in 1716 and 1718, respectively.
    The record of births of the 5 youngest children of Richard and Anne Massey
    of Bristol Parish, Prince George Co, Va are recorded in the Parrish books
    that were started in 1720 at Ferry Chapel and consequently do not include
    records of the 3 oldest children. Ferry Chapel was built on "Titmassie's" land
    and perhaps is a nickname for Richard Massey, himself!]

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    Additional land transactions transcribed by Theron L. Smith involving Richard Massey:

    The following lad deeds were transcribed by Theron L. Smith from microfilm
    copies of the original documents. Source micro film located at
    Virginia State Library, "Prince George co, Va, Deeds and Wills, 1713-1728"
    Reel 2, page 768/769.

    9 NOV 1724

    This indenture made... 9 NOV 1724 ...between John Stroud of Prince George Co...
    and Richard Massey... for five pounds... One parcel of land in the present possession
    and occupation of Richard Massey...46 acres...on the south side of Monkaneck Creek,
    beginning in his own linesat a branch on the East side of his house, Thence North 12
    and a half degrees West, 100 poles cross the meadow, Thence West 12 and one half
    degrees South, 80 poles to a corner, Thence South 12 and one half degrees East, 80 poles
    to a corner, Thence East 5 degrees, 60 poles to a corner, Thence East 9 and one half
    degrees North, 23 poles: 5 links to the beginning...

    John Stroud {his mark}

    Signed, sealed and delivered
    in presence of us
    James Thweatt
    John Patterson

    Second Tuesday 10 NOV 1724

    ------------------------------------

    Joseph Stroud
    to
    Richard Massey

    9 NOV 1724

    This indenture made...9 NOV 1724...in [x George I]...between Joseph Stroud of Prince
    George Co...and Richard Massey of the same county...for...five pounds...current money
    of Virginia...one parcel of land in the present possession and occupation of The said
    Richard Massey...containing 80 acres...on the south side of Monksaeck Creek [Moccsoneck] -
    Beginning at a corner white oak tree standing at the foot of the race paths, Thence to the
    marked pines in the meadow, Thence across an old field to corner white oak standing
    near a branch, Thence along the branch toward [?] to the old lines to a gum, Thence
    along the said line to the white oak first mentioned...


    Joseph Stroud {his mark}

    Signed, sealed and delivered
    in presence of us
    James Tweatt
    John Thweatt

    10 NOV 1724...John Stroud, attorney of Sarah Stroud, the wife of the said Joseph Stroud...
    1



    Father: Richard Massey b: 13 AUG 1661 in Burton-in-Wirral, Cheshire, England
    Mother: Sarah b: ABT 1660

    Marriage 1 Anne Pettipool
    • Married: ABT 1710 1
    Children
    1. Has Children William Massey b: 1715 in Va
    2. Has Children Hezekiah Massey b: ABT 1718 in Prince George Co., VA
    3. Has No Children Martha Massey b: ABT 1720
    4. Has No Children Ann Massey b: ABT 1722
    5. Has No Children Sarah Massey b: 27 NOV 1723
    6. Has No Children Richard (Jr.) Massey b: 14 FEB 1725
    7. Has No Children John Massey b: 14 FEB 1725
    8. Has No Children Tabitha Massey b: 8 JAN 1729

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Massey Genealogy, by Judge Frank A. Massey, Published 1979, (second volume in three volume series)
      Note:
      Massey Genealogy Addendum, by Judge Frank A. Massey, Published 1979, (second volume in three volume series)
      929.2 M416ma2
    2. Abbrev: Will proven 5 Jun 1740, Brunswick Co., VA, Will Book Vol 2, pp. 14-15.
      Note:
      Will written, 1 Feb 1739 and proven 5 Jun 1740, Brunswick Co., VA,
      Will Book Vol 2, pp. 14-15.

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