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  • ID: I002727
  • Name: James Wishart
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1630
  • Death: 1 MAR 1679 in Norfolk Co., VA
  • Event: Fact ABT 1660 His house in Norfolk Co. was built by Francis THELABALL and is now known as LYNNHAVEN.
  • Note:
    Wishards were in Virginia at an earlier time. James Wishard rec'd 200 acres in Lower Norfolk Co, Little Crk, on 9 Jun 1678. Granted him 8 Aug 1673, deserted & condemend but now due for transport of 4 persons. CAVALIERS & PIONEERS; Vol II, p.186. On p. 390, 20 Apr 1694, James WISHEART was granted 145 acres in Little Crk precincts, Norfolk Co which had been granted to James WISHEART decd on 8 Aug 1673 and due the abovenamed as his son & heir at law. A Patrick WISHART was listed as one of 15 persons transported by James PETERS who received a patent on 20 Apr 1684 in Nansemond Co. CAVALIERS & PIONEERS; Vol II, p.276.

    Birth & Death dates - DAR Index
    [Have seen a middle name of Henry but I doubt the middle name; think it's a confusion with the grandson Dr. William Henry Wishard. Few people had middle
    names this early.]


    GRANTEE Wisheart, James. grantee.
    DATE 29 April 1694.
    NOTE Location: Norfolk County.
    NOTE Description: 145 acres in Little Creek precincts, which said land was granted by patent to JAMES WISHEART decd. dated Augt. 8, 1673, Beg.g &c. a corner tree of Richard WILLIAMS and Charles GRIFFENS.
    NOTE Source: Land Office Patents No. 8, 1689-1695, p. 349 (Reel 8).

    GRANTEE JONES, Walter. grantee.
    DATE 16 December 1714.
    NOTE Location: Princess Anne County.
    NOTE Description: 159 acres escheat land. Lying and being in Little Creek, in Lynhaven Parish. Beg.g &c. corner tree of JAMES WISHARDs land.

    GRANTEE Wishard, James. grantee.
    DATE 9 June 1678.
    NOTE Location: Lower Norfolk County.
    NOTE Description: 200 acres near the Pine Neck Dams of Little Creek, adjoining Anne BENNETT's land.

    GRANTEE Wishard, James. grantee.
    DATE 16 December 1714.
    NOTE Location: Princess Anne County.
    NOTE Description: 193 acres escbeat land. Beg.g &c. standing at the head of a small branch or creek to the southward of JAMES WISHARDs house.


    Appendix 1: Personalities

    In addition to the historic personalities discussed in Chapter 3, others became important to Princess Anne County and the city of Virginia Beach. They include:


    Simon Cornick (Simond Cornix) received a certificate for 650 acres in 1653 for transporting thirteen persons to Virginia. Four of the thirteen were Jane, assumed to be his wife, and three children, Martha, William, and Thomas. The acreage was apparently not awarded until 1657, when William Cornick acquired the patent for the acreage due his father, Simon. The property was located south of Virginia Beach Boulevard, in an area known as Salisbury Plains. This area is now included in the property of NAS Oceana.1

    William Cornick's wife, Elizabeth, was the daughter of John Martin and the sister of Adam Keeling's wife, Anne. William and Elizabeth's children were Joel (who inherited Salisbury Plains and married Elizabeth, the daughter of Henry Woodhouse), Elizabeth (the wife of Thomas Cannon), Barbara (who married Captain Francis Morse), and Martin, John, William, and Simon.2


    Thomas Keeling came to Virginia as one of the 105 headrights of Adam Thorowgood's 1635 patent. In that same year, Keeling acquired 100 acres of land on Back River. He served as a vestryman in 1640. Upon his death he left six children. His eldest son, Adam (godson of Adam Thorowgood), married Anne Martin (sister of William Cornick's wife, Elizabeth). The Keelings, like the Woodhouses and Cornicks, were large landowners in the area south of London Bridge and Oceana.3


    In 1635 Ensign Thomas Lambert patented the point of land on the Elizabeth River which still bears his name. By 1648 he had become Captain Lambert and received a grant for a tract in Lynnhaven Parish called Puggett's Neck on Little Creek. In 1652 he was a burgess for Lower Norfolk. He died in 1671, leaving his estate to his four daughters. In the same year, his four sons-in-law, George Fowler, Henry Snaile, Richard Drout, and John Weblin, filed a deed of partition for the Puggett's Neck property as co-heirs. As his wife's share, John Weblin received a tract of land which had the house, now known as the Weblin House, on it.4


    Francis Land (I) settled in Lower Norfolk County (later Princess Anne County) and had patented over 1,000 acres of land by the time of his death in the mid-1650s. Six generations of the Land family (all six heads of the household were named Francis) operated the plantation on a large tract of land, whose general location is known, but whose exact boundaries are not.5

    The Land family raised tobacco as their cash crop during the first two generations. The 1760 inventory of Francis Thorowgood Land indicates that they had changed to wheat and oats production by the mid-eighteenth century. In addition, the Land family raised cattle, hogs, and sheep. An extensive vegetable garden probably helped to make the plantation self-sufficient.6 The Land family members were active as church and government leaders.


    The Lawson family came to Virginia via Bermuda. Captain Thomas Lawson and his wife, Margaret Bray, had been shipwrecked in 1609 while aboard the Seaventure. Their son, Anthony, was born soon after their arrival at Jamestown. Anthony had two sons, George and Anthony (II). Educated in England Anthony (II) returned to Virginia from Ireland in 1668 and settled on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, adjoining the William Moseley and William Hancock properties.

    Beginning with his first patent in 1673, Anthony (II) amassed extensive land holdings. He was, together with Captain William Robinson, one of the investors in Norfolk Town lots in 1680. Anthony (II) married Mary Gookin Moseley, daughter of Sarah Offley Thorowgood Gookin Yeardley and the widow of William Moseley (II).7 Anthony Lawson (II) was one of the investors in New Town with William Moseley (II) and Edward Moseley (II). The fifty-one acres for the town were situated on the north side of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River on property purchased from Simon Handcock (Hancock).8


    William Moseley, his wife, Susannah, and their sons, William (II) and Arthur, were in Lower Norfolk County probably as early as 1649. In 1650 William (I) received a certificate for 150 acres due him for the transportation of eleven persons to Virginia. In 1652 he was granted a patent for land in Lynnhaven Parish. His manor, Rolleston, was located on the west side of the first creek east of Broad Creek and on the north side of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River. Moseley became prominent in the county and served as a justice of its
    court. He died in 1655.

    A deed William Moseley made to Colonel Francis Yeardley in 1652 and an earlier (1650) letter of his wife's addressed to Colonel Yeardley tell of the dire circumstances of the Moseleys upon their arrival in Virginia. Their lack of ready cash made it necessary to sell the family jewels for livestock. Colonel Francis Yeardley and his wife, Sarah Offley Thorowgood Gookin Yeardley, received one gold hat band, one gold and enamel buckle set with diamonds, one enameled jewel set with diamonds, and one enameled gold ring set with one diamond, one ruby, one "sapphyr," and one emerald. In return for these pieces, Colonel Yeardley gave the Moseleys two oxen, two steers, and five cows.9

    William (I) and Susannah's son, Captain William Moseley (II), was a justice in 1662. He married Mary Gookin, daughter of Sarah Offley Thorowgood Gookin Yeardley and John Gookin. Arthur Moseley, William (I) and Susannah's other son, married Simon Hancock's (Handcock) daughter. He became one of the earliest lot owners in Norfolk.10 Generations of Moseleys represented Princess Anne as justices, burgesses, and vestrymembers.


    David Murray settled on the south side of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River about 1650. He received a grant of 300 acres.11 Richard Murray, a great-grandson, operated a commercial flax business on the property. It was conveniently located for the local shipping industry and may have provided the flax used in ropes and sails. There were outbuildings for the business, including a flax-drying shed. Early deeds refer to a flax pond on the Murray property. Richard built gambrel-roofed brick houses for his three sons near the present intersection of Indian River Road and Military Highway.12


    Jonathan Saunders arrived in Princess Anne County in 1695 to be rector of Lynnhaven Parish. He married Mary Bennett Ewell, the widow of Thomas Ewell. Jonathan and Mary had two children, John and Mary. Following Jonathan's death, Mary Bennett Ewell Saunders married Maximillian Boush, a wealthy Norfolk merchant. Together they had twelve additional children.

    John's son Jonathan built Pembroke Manor in 1764. He raised cattle, sheep, and hogs.13 Jonathan's son John inherited the manor in 1775. That same year he followed the lead of his guardian and brother-in-law, Jacob Ellegood, and answered Lord Dunmore's call to arms. He returned to Princess Anne in 1780 as a member of the British Army to head the forces at Kemp's (or Kempe's) Landing.14

    Following the end of the American Revolution, John Saunders requested restitution by the British government for possessions he had lost in Virginia. These included "eight hundred acres of very good land with a large and valuable new brick dwelling house, an overseer's house, two kitchens, a barn and other out-houses, two apple orchards of more than seven hundred bearing trees. . . ." Also included were furniture, books, crops, sheep, and twelve slaves who were listed by name.15 Following the American Revolution, John Saunders studied law in London, moved to New Brunswick, Canada, became First Justice of the Province, and fulfilled the potential he had shown as a young man in Princess Anne County.16


    Thomas Walke arrived in Princess Anne County from Barbados in 1662. He brought with him money and furniture. His household goods included eighteen Russian leather chairs, a Spanish olivewood chest, a silver-headed cane, and two "silver hilted pistols."17 He remained a bachelor until 1689, when he married Mary, the daughter of Anthony Lawson. Their three children were Anthony, Thomas, and Mary. When Thomas Walke (I) died in 1694/5,18 the inventory of his estate listed large amounts of Spanish and other foreign coin.19 In a country where tobacco and tobacco warehouse receipts were used universally as money, the existence of coin was extremely unusual. In 1697 his executors purchased the land which was to become Anthony Walke's manor of Fairfield.20 Generations of Walke descendants left a long history of activity in church and government affairs.


    In 1673 James Wishart purchased property from William Richerson, who had previously acquired it from Adam Thorowgood (II). When James Wishart died in 1679/80, he left his plantation in Little Creek to his son William. Another son, James, inherited the property on which he, James, was residing. Two additional sons, Thomas and John, and two daughters, Joyce and Frances, were also mentioned in his will.21 Thomas Wishard (Wishart), the youngest son of James (I), married Mary, daughter of James Kemp. James Kemp had married Ann, the widow of Lancaster Lovett (a church warden in Lynnhaven in 1650 and first of four generations of Lancaster Lovetts). The Kemp family established itself at the head of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, which soon became known as Kempe's (or Kemp's) Landing, now called Kempsville.22

    Wishart-Boush House *** (added 1969 - Building - #69000363)
    Also known as James Wishart House
    E of jct. of VA 649 and Absalom Rd., Virginia Beach (Independent City)
    Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
    Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
    Architectural Style: No Style Listed
    Area of Significance: Architecture
    Period of Significance: 1650-1699
    Owner: Private
    Historic Function: Domestic
    Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
    Current Function: Domestic
    Current Sub-function: Single Dwelling


    Virginia Deaths

    FEB. 15. 1679 Martin joyce Norfolk LNCW71

    MARCH 1. 1679 James wishart Norfolk LNCW73

    Father: Unplaced Wishearts

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Langley b: ABT 1643 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA
      1. Has No Children William Wishart b: ABT 1662
      2. Has Children James Wishart b: ABT 1665 in Princess Anne Co., VA
      3. Has No Children Thomas Wishart
      4. Has No Children John Wishart
      5. Has No Children Joyce Wishart
      6. Has No Children Frances Wishart

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