Name: Henry TAPSCOTT
Birth: 27 AUG 1685 in England
Death: ABT 1727
Served Apprenticeship Under Capt. Alexander Swan
Change Date: 3 DEC 2006
TAPSCOTT----WHERE WE STARTED
Author: Joseph Dan Tapscott Date: 10 Sep 2001 3:50 AM GMT
After years of research here is the start of our family here in the colonies. Two distinct branches are here. the first descends from William Tapscott the transportee, a convicted Taunton Rebel sentenced in 1685 by the infamous Judge Jeffries to be transported to the colonies and sent in 1691.
The other branch descends from the boy Henry
Tapscott who arrived on the ship William and Orion in 1696 and bound himself to Alexander Swan until his 21st birthday and then had to sue for his freedom. The document for his release gives us his birthdate of August 27 1685.
There is also a branch of the family in Hamilton , Ontario Canada that may be related.
Author: Robert Tapscott Date: 4 Jan 2004 4:19 AM GMT
In Reply to: TAPSCOTT----WHERE WE STARTED by: Joseph Dan Tapscott
According to a Northumberland county court record (Northumberland County, Virginia, Order Book 5, 12 March 1706/1707, pp 198-199), Henry the Immigrant, came to America "undr the tuition of Capt. Jeffry Baylie in the ship in the ship Wm. & Orian a free passenger". (After arrival in America, he was then indentured to Captain Alexander Swan.) Can anyone tell me what the terms "tuition" and "free passenger" mean in the passage cited from this Northumberland County court record?
"Whereas Henry Tapscott Exhibited a Petition to this Court ag[ain]st Alex[an]d[e]r Swan And in ye s[[ai]d Petition Sett forth that he ye s[ai]d Henery came into this Country und[e]r the tuition of Caapt. Jeffry Baylie in
the ship in the ship [sic] Wm. & Orian a free passenger on ye 12th day of
Janan[uar]y Last was seven years and being desirous to stay in ye Country ye
s[ai]d Jeffery Baylie conndescended to lett yo[u]r Pet[itione]r stay with
Capt. Swan who writt letters to yo[u]r Pet[itione]]rs mother to give her
Consent that yo[u]r s[ai]d Pet[itione]r should be with him until yo[u]r
Pet[t[itione]r arrived to one & twenty yeares of age And ye s[ai]d Capt.
Alex[an]d[e]r Swan caused Indeentures to be made for eight yeares and
procured yo[u]r Pet[itione]rs Consent to Sign ye same and nnow detains yo[u]r Pet[itione]r A servant without ye Consent of ye pet[itione]rs mother to his greaeat prejudice as appeares by letters from und[e]r her own hand. Wherefore yo[u]r Pet[itione]r beingg ordered to come home for England, by his mother, He therefore humbly prays that ye s[ai]d Capt.A Alex[an]d[e]r Swan may be called to this Court to shew cause if any he can why he detains yo[u]r p pet[itione]r & that thereupon yo[u]r Worships will please to ord[e]r him to be discharged from thee servis of the s[ai]d Swan and to allow him for his servis what yo[u]r Worships in yo[u]r Considerration shall think meet & convenient And the s[ai]d Capt Alox[an]d[e]r Swan being present at
Court rt att ye reading of ye s[ai]d petition Appeared ag[ains]t ye s[ai]d
Henery and produced the Indentture afores[ai]d for ye terme afores[ai]d
Certified und[e]r the hand of major Wm Lister one of her Maj[est]ys Justices
for the s[ai]d County of the free consent of the s[ai]d Henery thereunto.
And d upon all the arguments insisted upon on both sides - It appearing at ye
Court that ye mother of yye s[ai]d Henery confided in ye s[ai]d
Alex[and]d[e]r Swan that ye s[ai]d Henry should serve no lononger than twenty one years as appeares by her Letter dated Febr[uar]y the 27th 1706 by which letteer it alsoe appears that s[ai]d Henry was of the [age] of twenty one years ye 27th of August last past And further that forasmuch as ye s[ai]d Indenture expressed no consideration for the servis of the s[ai]d Henery It is therefore ordered that ye s[ai]d Henry be henceforth discharged from the servis of the s[ai]d Alex[an]d[e]r Swan claimed by virtue of the s[ai]d Indenture ~ from which ord[e]r the s[ai]d Alex[an]d[e]r Swan appeals to ye ninth day of the next Gen[era]l Court to be held by Her Majestys Honorable president & councile of state at the Royale Capittole in ye Citty of Williamsburgh and hath given security to conform to ye Laws in that case made & provided un[de]r Jno. Torbervill serving."
From Northumbria Collectanea 1645-1720 m-z;
1. Richard Niggins, Six years old next August, Elizabeth Niggins of
Lancaster County Binds him apprentice to Henry and Ann Tapscott for 15
years and four months to be taught trade of joyner and trade of
carpenter.. 16 May 1711 18.21
my note; Niggins could be Higgins and do not know what 18.21. is
Wow! This shows not only when Henry 1 married Ann, but that he was a
journeyman CARPENTER and JOINER!
2. Henry Tapscott witness will of Peter Hammond 18 January
3. Henry Tapscott of Great Wicomico Parish buys from John Embry and
wf, Sarah 50 acres , part of 1000 formerly of Thomas Williams dec'd as by
patent dated 11 Feb, 1663/64 on the south side of Great Wicomico
River 19 Feb. 1711
[Noni's commentary] "Given that the New Year changed in March in those days, it seems a bit odd to me that item 2. above says 18 January 1711/12, as I would expect, but item 3. just says 19 Feb. 1711,when I would expect it to say either 1710/1711 or 1711/1712. Any thoughts?"
Is this from a book of deed abstracts? What a great finding aid! The original documents themselves might hold even more juicy info!
The imigrant boy Henry lived on a 266 acre spread touching on Mr Carters Great Mill Pond. He died in April 1727 possessed of the farm and his oldest son Edney inherited the land whose son Henry (called Henry of Caswell) disposed of it in 1782 within days of his fathers death.
There was also a smaller 50 acre piece of land near this farm. Still tracing it down.
Morratico Baptist Church is on part of the 266 acre farm. Still researching exact location.
Dan Tapscott. Kilmarnock Virginia , living within 2 miles of the original farm.
Henry married Ann Edney? Joseph Tapscott gives the following data on their possible marriage date. "I do not have the record of their marraige but Henry was released from indenture in 1706/7 and on the 16 May 1711 in Northumberland Order Book 1710-1713 they had a Richard Niggens (Nickens) indentured to them.
The following is from Heinnigs Book on free persons of color
9. Richard2 Nickens (Elizabeth1, Richard1), born in August 1705, was "6 years old next August" on 16 May 1711 when he was apprenticed by his mother Elizabeth Nigings of Lancaster County to Henry and Ann Tapscott in Northumberland County to be a joiner carpenter [Orders 1710-13, 21]. He was probably the Richard Nickens who was number 37 in the Muster Roll of Major William Shergold's Regiment of Currituck County, North Carolina Militia in the 1750's, in the same list as Simon Shewcraft, a witness to Edward1 Nicken's 1735 Lancaster County will [Clark, Colonial Soldiers of the South, 657-8]. He was called "Richard Nickins of Currituck County Tailor" on 26 March 1751 when he purchased 70 acres in Pasquotank County on the south side of Great Swamp near the Great Swamp Bridge on 26 March 1751 [DB B:144]. This land is located in present-day Camden County. He purchased 50 acres adjoining this land near the Great Swamp in adjoining Currituck County on 19 April 1768, another 50 acres adjoining this land a year later on 1 September 1769, and another 120 acres on 1 June 1771 [DB 2:44, 135, 318]. His 2 February 1774 Currituck County will was proved 20 June the same year. His wife Rachel and son Edward were his executors. His estate consisted of several hundred acres of land, a slave woman named "Sooke," and four guns. He left land "near the great swamp" in Pasquotank County to his daughters and his shoemaking tools to Edward. The will mentioned his children and grandchildren: Philip, Edward, Roland, and Proskate Nickens [WB 1:92-94]. "
This Henry must have been ill when a trust deed was established 15 September 1725 in Northumberland County, Virginia, to Richard Lee for their three sons Henry, Edney and James. Henry's will was recorded 12 April 1727. Chris Kirk, late administrator, but the court having this day discharged the sd. Chris. from the sd administration and committed the same to Benja. George, Jr., and Ann his wife late widow of sd deceased. W. B. 10, p. 553. One old record states the Methodist Bishop Enoch George was a half brother of Henry Tapscott, which has since been proven not to be true. Ann Tapscott married Benjamin George as her second husband.
Father: Mr TAPSCOTT b: in England
Mother: Wife UNKNOWN
BEF 16 MAY 1711
in Great Wicomico Parish, Northumberland Virginia
- Edney TAPSCOTT b: ABT 1711
- Henry TAPSCOTT b: 1716
- James TAPSCOTT b: ABT 1722 in Northumberland County, Virginia