GENERATION #1: Ann Hudson and Unknown
Ann Hudson, born ABT 1715, Virginia, died AFT 24-Jul-1756, probably Loudoun County,
It is believed by this writer that Ann Hudson had two husbands, with Thomas Owsley II being her second husband. Ann and her first husband (name unknown) were the parents of one child who later became known as John Owsley. After the death of her first husband, Ann married Thomas Owsley II, who already had a son, Thomas Owsley III by his first wife. Ann and Thomas proceeded to have eight more children together: William, Newdigate, Sarah, Poyntz, Ann, Elizabeth, Jane, and Weldon.
Ann Hudson was the daughter of William Hudson and Sarah. William Hudson died around 1729/30. Sarah's second husband was Benjamin Settle. Ann also had a sister named Lucy Hudson. Ann was named in Lucy's will in 1756.
King George County Court Order Book 1 (1721-1734), page 489,
Will of Lucy Hudson
Written on July 24, 1756 and Probated on September 2, 1756
Lucy Hudson of the parish of Hanover, King George County did "…give and bequeath to my cousins Samuel Peril and Pine Housley all my money & the money of a Thousand Weight of Crop tobacco which Capt. Joseph Strother hath to sell for me. To my Sister Ann Housley my Mothers green cloak & the Country Cloth that is at the weavers Vizt." She makes further bequests to "…my Sister Elizabeth Allen," "…my Sister Martha Peril…" and "…my Brother William Hudson…" whom she appoints as Executrix and Executor. Witnesses to the will were John Stevens, Ann Stevens and John Hammit. (King George Co. Wills Book A, p. 52-53).(NOTE: The term "cousin" was, for that time period, applied to a near relative such as a nephew or niece.)
THE FOLLOWING IS AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF THOMAS OWSLEY II, NOW BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE SECOND HUSBAND OF ANN HUDSON:
Thomas Owsley II was a prominent citizen and major land owner in northern
Thomas Owsley is first mentioned in the will of his maternal grandfather, William Harris, written on
Deed of Thomas Owsley II to Daniel McCarty,
(NOTE: In this deed, Thomas Owsley identifies himself as the "eldest son and heir at law of Cap'n Thomas Owsley." Pointz Owsley, previously thought to be the eldest son, was in fact the younger son.) The land was originally granted to the elder Thomas Owsley on November 15, 1694, through Northern Neck Grant 2:58: "This Indenture made the fourteenth day of August in the fifty year (1718) of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God of great brittain france and Ireland King Defender of the faith & Between Thomas Owsley of the parish of overwharton in the county of Stafford the eldest son and heir at law of Captn. Thomas Owsley late of the parish & county afforesaid deceas'd On the one part and Daniel McCarty of the parish of cople in the county of westmorland Esq on the other part Wittneseth tha tthe said Thomas Owsley as well for and in consideration that the Said Daniel McCarty hath covenanted and for himself and his heirs agreet with the Said Thos. Owsley and his heirs that the said Daniel (blot) heirs and assignes Shall from this time to time & all times for ever hereafter remain Satisfied with and on there parts hold fully Settled and themselves therewith contented the Bounds of a certain tract of land containing one thousand Acres and granted to John Thomas the 4th day of aprill 1671 lying Scituate and being in the county of Stafford and bounding Southerly on the head of the northern branch of Accotinck as the same was surveyed by Thomas Hooper Surveyor of the Said county October 1716 as also for & in consideration of the sum of five Shillings currant money to him in hand paid and Satisfied by the Said Daniel McCarty the receipt whereof & himself to be therewith fully contentted Satisfied and paid he doth hereby acknowledge & therof and of every part and parcel thereof he doth hereby acquit exonerate and discharge the Said Daniel McCarty his heirs &c hat given granted bargained Sold assigned alliened released transferd confirmed & made over and by these p'sents do give grant bargain sell remise release confirm & make over unto the Said Daniel McCarty his heirs and assignes all that piece parcel tract of tenement of land contining one thousand Acres lying Scittuate and being in teh county of Stafford afforesd and boudned Southerly by Pohick and northerly by Accotinck creeks as by a Survey thereof made also by the Said Thomas Hooper in October 1716 more plainly appeares, and which Said land was formerly granted to the afforesd John Thomas by another pattent dated the 4th day of aprill 1671 and also granted to The afforesaid Capt Tho. Owsley by the agents of the Proprietors of the northern neck of
Sealed Signed & Delivered in p'sence of
Tho Wsley (seal)
Dan. McCarty (seal)
Received of Mr. John Fitzhugh the accott. of the within mention Danl McCarty the Sum of five Shillings being the consideration money within mentiioned by me
Att a Court helf for Stafford County the Tenth day of September in the Year of Our Lord viz Thomas Owsley Came into Court & Acknowledged the foregoing Indenture of Bargain & Sale to Capt Danl McCarty and at the same time Ann Wheeler came into Court & Relinquished her Right of Dower to the Land in the Said Indenture mentioned which was Ordered to be Recorded & is Recorded.
(This deed was one of the documents presented in the case of Mason vs.
On June 10, 1723, Thomas Owsley signed his name to a deed, witnessing the transfer of 322 ½ acres of land in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County from John and Frances Mayfield of St. Ann Parish, Essex County to Samuel Smith also of St. Ann Parish (Records of Long Standing). That same year, 1723, the Quit Rent Roll for
The land records for this period are the only court documents known to have survived for
On February 14, 1727, Thomas Owsley of Overwharton Parish, planter, for the price of 2500 pounds of tobacco and caske, purchased 200 acres of land from Robert Hedges, The land was located along the Accotink Run, the breadth of 100 acres along both sides, between the 150 acre patent of his father and a 300 acre tract once owned by Major John West and devised to his grandson, Hugh West, In 1743 this land comprised a part of the extensive Belvoir estate of William Fairfax.
Thomas Owsley II married sometime around 1730. For many years it was believed Thomas married a lady named Ann West. This was based on the belief Thomas had a brother-in-law named Hugh West and the fact that the wife of Thomas was named Ann. Genealogical research has proven Hugh West was actually his half brother instead of brother-in-law. So the marriage of Thomas Owsley II to a lady named Ann West has definitely been disproven. Recent research has revealed Thomas did have a wife named Ann Hudson.
When Thomas Owsley died in 1750, he left a will naming all of his ten children (Thomas, John, William, Nudigate, Sarah, Points, Ann, Elizabeth, Jane and Welding). It is believed the children were named in order of birth. Based on DNA results completed from 2003 through 2005 by direct male descendants of Thomas Owsley, it is clear John Owsley (the second child named in the will) was not a biological son of Thomas Owsley.
It is now believed Thomas Owsley II was married twice. Thomas married his first wife (name unknown) around 1730 and they had a son named Thomas Owsley III, who was born about 1731. The first wife died leaving Thomas Owsley with an infant son needing a mother. Thomas Owsley immediately started searching for a new wife, who could also be a mother for his infant son. Soon thereafter, Thomas found a young lady named Ann Hudson in neighboring
It is believed Ann Hudson Owsley had a special relationship with her son, John Owsley. It appears Ann may have shown some favoritism toward John since he was her son by her first true love. For example, John came into possession of the land his mother had inherited from her husband, Thomas Owsley II. It is most likely Ann gave the land to John before her death around 1756. On December 12, 1763, John Owsley and his wife, Ann, sold a tract of land to his brother, Thomas Owsley III, for L70. This land had originally been purchased by Thomas Owsley Senior from the Rev. Charles Green and was described as "being the land whereon the said John Owsley did live lying on Goose Creek it being all the land left of the said John Owsley by his father and also his mothers thirds of the said land."
John Owsley also came into possession of some family heirlooms (certain items which once belonged to Thomas Owsley I and Thomas Owsley II). The heirlooms were passed down in John Owsley's family to a great grandson, Thomas Owsley (1806-1882) who settled in Pike County, Illinois. Thomas had a daughter named Rachel Owsley Barton (1830-1916) who wrote down her "reminiscenses" in the 1890's and 1914. On January 1, 1895, Rachel wrote about the heirlooms which were kept in a chest. She noted her sister, Mary Owsley, married Mr. John Chambers, and took the chest. After Mary's death, Mr. Chambers moved to Missouri and all trace of Mr. Chambers and the chest were gone.
Based upon the
On April 3/4, 1745, by deeds of lease and release, Reverend Charles Green of Truro Parish sold Thomas Owsley a tract of 287 acres on the North side of Goose Creek for 500 shillings (lease) and L 27 (release).
The Will of Thomas Owsley:
In the name of God Amen. I, Thomas Owsley of Fairfax County, being sick and weak of body, but of perfect memory, do ordain and appoint this to be my Last Will and Testament in manor and form following. Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my Son, Thomas Owsley, one hundred and eighty Acres of land where he now lives, to him and his heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my Son, John Owsley, the remainder of the Tract, adjoining to my Son, Thomas, being one Hundred acres, to him and his Heirs forever, the land to be laid out across the Tract. Item. I give and bequeath the Land where I now live to be equally divided between my Son, William Owsley and my Son, Nudigate Owsley, to them and their Heirs forever. Lastly, I give and bequeath all the rest of my estate to be equally Divided between my heirs names, viz:- John, William, Nudigate, Sarah, Points, Ann,
Testes: Elisha Hall, George Roberts, David Davis
At a court held for Fairfax County, June the 25th, 1751, This Last will and Testament of Thomas Owsley, deceased, was presented in Court and proved by the oaths of George Roberts and David Davis, who declared they see Elisha Hall, the other Evidence, subscribe the same, and the Executors refusing to take the buthen upon themselves, Thomas Owsley, having complied with the law in such cases, administration of the Deceadent's Estate is granted him, with the will annexed, and is thereupon admitted to record.
Test. John Graham, Clerk
I. Thomas Owsley III born ABT 1731, Virginia, married 1746, in Virginia, Mary Middleton, born 1730, Virginia, died 16-Sep-1808, Madison County, Kentucky, buried: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. Thomas died
II. John Owsley born ABT 1732, probably
CHILDREN OF THOMAS OWSLEY AND ANN H
III. William Owsley born ABT 1734, Virginia, married Jane ________. William died -Sep-1762,
IV. Newdigate Owsley born ABT 1736, Virginia, married Mary Ann ________. Newdigate died
V. Sarah Owsley born ABT 1739, Virginia, died 1808,
VI. Pointz Owsley born ABT 1742, Virginia, married Ann ________, born 1751/60, died 1834,
VII. Ann Owsley born ABT 1744, Fairfax County, Virginia, married 2-Jun-1759, in Virginia, Edward Garrett II, born 31-Aug-1733, New Kent County, Virginia, died 25-Aug-1794, Laurens County, South Carolina, buried: Warrior Creek Cemetery, Laurens County, South Carolina. Ann died
VIII. Elizabeth Owsley born ABT 1746,
IX. Jane Owsley born ABT 1748,
X. Weldon Owsley born ABT 1750,
Thomas Owsley III Gravestone
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Mary Middleton Owsley (Wife of Thomas Owsley III) Gravestone
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Edward Garrett and Ann Owsley Garrett Gravestones
(NOTE: Ann Owsley Garrett was a daughter of Thomas Owsley II and Ann Hudson.)
Warrior Creek Cemetery
Laurens County, South Carolina