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Spencer R. "Clinch River Breeding" Breeding
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Birth: May 1, 1759
Augusta County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1835
Russell County
Virginia, USA

The cemetery sits on the hill above Artrip and the Reeds Valley Church on the land that had been owned by the Breedings. The earliest stones date back to the early 1800's. There are also unmarked field stones. Spencer Breeding's grave is to the right as you enter the cemetery.

Russell County, Virginia
Will Book 5, Page 2
Executed 07 Jul 1835

I, Spencer Breeding of Russell County and state of Virginia, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

1st. I give to my daughters Lavica and Lavina the sum of one hundred dollars each, to be enjoyed by them and their heirs forever.

2d'ly. I give the residue of all my estate after payment of my debts and funeral expenses to my daughter Sandesty, my two sons Spencer and Bryant, my wife Hannah and such other children as she may lawfully bear to me in wedlock, in equal proportions, to be enjoyed by them and their heirs forever. And it is my will that the real estate of which I may die, seized and possessed be sold by my executor herein after named on a credit of twelve months, which with the proceeds of my personal estate is to constitute a fund for the purpose contained in this and the first article.

3dly. I have heretofore given to my sons and daughters John Breeding, Nancy Ball, Elisha Breeding, Betsy Lark, Sally Fields, Winny Childers, Polly Kizer, James Breeding, William Breeding, Susannah Sloan, George Breeding, Alsy Colly and Elijah Breeding all that I intend for them to have of my estate.

4thly. I hereby constitute and appoint James P. Carrell to be executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I hereto set my hand and affix my seal this 9th day of November 1833.

Spencer X Breeding (seal)

Signed sealed and declared as for the last will and testament of the above named
Spencer Breeding in the presence of John Sewell, E. D. Kernan

Virginia to wit:

At a court held for Russell County on the 7th day of July 1835

This instrument of writing was exhibited in court as and for the last will and testament of Spencer Breeding, deceased, and proven by the oaths of John Sewell and Edward D. Kernan the subscribing witnesses thereto, to be his true last will and testament, and ordered to be recorded. And James P. Carrell the executor therein named refusing to take upon himself the ___ of the executor thereof, Hannah Breeding the widow of the testator appeared in open court and relinquished her right to administer. Whereupon William K. Colley who married Alsy a daughter of the testator and is still living, and who, had the said Spencer Breeding died intestate would have been entitled to a portion of his estate as a distributor but to whom nothing is devised by the will aforesaid, applied in court for administration there being no other application by any other person either as legatee or distributor; and it appearing to the court that the said widow and those interested in the estate concurred in wishing the said Colley appointed as administrator, and it further appearing that Spence Breeding an infant of seven or eight years old one of the legatees named in said will has died since the date of the said will and previous to the death of the testator, it was insisted upon by the counsel of the testator in a suit brought and now pending in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery of this county, in the name of the said Spencer Breeding against Jesse Vermillion and Samuel Leace, that the said William K. Colley was by law entitled to receive the appointment of administrator in preference to any person who in case there had been no will was not a distributee, which motion was opposed by the counsel of the said Vermillion, as well because, he contended, no right accrued to him under the circumstances, and because in the suit aforesaid the said William K. Colley was deemed an important witness in behalf of the defense, and had heretofore been summoned and depended on as such, and of whose testimony the defendants in the suit aforesaid, would be deprived if appointed the representative of the testator. Whereupon the court refused to grant letter of administration to the said William K. Colley and appointed Robert Stinson to that situation who is not interested in the estate as a legatee or distributee. And the said Robert Stinson having taken the oath prescribed by law, and entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $3000 with George Smith and George S. Jessee his securities, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted the said Robert Stinson for obtaining letters of administration on the said decedants estate with his will annexed in due form.

James P. Carrell, C.R.C.

SPENCER R.BREEDING SR was born in Augusta Co, Virginia
1 May 1759.

Source: Breeding Family Bible.

On 8 Jan 1833 in Russell Co, Virginia Spencer appeared before the Russell County Court and gave his age as about 73. He made a sworn statement regarding his service in the Revolutionary War. He said he entered the service from Rockingham County, Virginia about 1779. SPENCER died 24 Jun 1835 in Artrip, Russell Co, Virginia at 76 years of age. His body was interred 27 Jun 1835 in Artrip, Russell Co, Virginia Breeding Cemetery.
He married twice. He married Elizabeth Finnell in Virginia 5 Aug 1786. And his bride Elizabeth Finnell,wrote her own marriage consent.
"This is to let you know I am willing to have Spencer Breeding for my wedded husband given from my hand, Batsea Finnea (Betsy Finney), this the third day of August 1786." Witnessed by James Breeding.

In the marriage records of Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Book 1. page 169

Spencer Breeding and Elizabeth Finney's marriage is recorded. In the license her name is given as Elizabeth Finney. In another place her name is given Elizabeth Finnell, daughter of Thomas Finnell. It is also stated that she is "above the age of twenty one."
Elizabeth was born in Orange County Virginia about 1765, she died 31 Mar 1822 in Artrip, Russell Co, Virginia at 56 years of age.
Spencer Breeding married Hannah Hicks, in 1822 not long after Elizabeth's death ,she would have been between 13 and 15 years old,
HANNAH was born circa 1807/ 1812. The 2nd marriage record for Hannah, widow, shows her age as 43 in 1855 which would make her born in 1811 or 1812. The 1850 Russell County, Virginia Census shows Hannah as age 40 and living with John Jessee but doesn't show relationship. Possibly Mother-In-Law, this would place her birth at around 1810. Hannah was the daughter of Claibourne Hicks and Elizabeth
She married John McReynolds in Russell Co, Virginia 16 Jul 1855.
Spencer bought property in Russell Co, VA, Feb 1797. Spencer was granted 20 acres of land on the Clinch River, Russell County, Va by John Breeding. Russell County Deed Book 3, page 262.
Spencer registered to pay taxes in Upper District, Russell Co, VA, 1797. The Russell Co, Virginia Upper District, Land Tax List, "new listings only." "Spencer Breeding, assignee of J. Breeding, 215 acres."

He sold property in Russell Co, VA, Oct 1799. In October 1799 Spencer Breeding, grantor of 50 acres of land on Clinch River to John Breeding, grantee, per Russell County, Virginia Deed Book 3, page 55?.

From the Heritage of Russell County, Virginia 1786-1988, Volume II page 179:
"The Heritage of Russell County, Volume I describes the log house that Spencer Breeding built.The Breeding's used the one room on the third floor to defend themselves against Indian attack.By placing their guns through holes in the logs on all sides of the room they could fire at the Indians. There were also larger openings in the logs over the doors and windows. If an Indian came to a door or window, they could pour hot water on them. The whole house was put together with wooden pegs.
The Breeding's mined salt peter from the Peter Cave on Clinch River. They hauled it to a location near the log house and boiled it down making gun powder."

Revolutionary Pension Application of Spencer Breeding
Law Order Book 9, Page 429
January 8, 1833
State of Virginia, Russell County, to-wit:

On this 8th day of January 1833 personally appeared before the County Court of Russell County in the State of Virginia, Spencer Breeding, a resident of the County of Russell and State of Virginia, aged about seventy three years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declarations in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.

That he entered the service in the Revolutionary War in Rockingham County in the State of Virginia but does not now remember the year, but thinks it was 1779 under Capt. Frazer, and after marching to Col. Smith's in the upper end of said County or lower end of Augusta, about 30 miles from the place of their rendezvous, joined a company from Augusta County under the command of Captain Givins, and that they were then placed under the command of Col. William Bowyer, the name of the Major not now recollected and marched from thence to the now State of Ohio against the hostile Indians, on a three months' tour, and after arriving at the Ohio river, they engaged in building a Fort, since called McIntosh in honor of General McIntosh under whose command they were then placed, where they remained until the said tour of three months had expired, and was then discharged and returned home to Rockingham County in the State of Virginia, without having been engaged in any battle and as he now remembers during the ensuing summer, which he thinks was in the year 1780, he was drafted on a tour of three months to go against the British forces about Norfolk and Portsmouth, in the State of Virginia, and that he was attached to the company commanded by Capt. Michael Cogar, Lieutenant Michael Rhuark, the name of the Ensign not recollected, and were placed under the command of Major Hamilton, and Col. William Noll and marched from Rockinham County in Virginia to Richmond and from thence to Sandy point, where they crossed James River and from thence to Smithfield and from thence to the neighborhood of Portsmouth then in the possession of the British, and after remaining there a short time marched in a South direction to a place called Edmond Hills, and the term for which he had last entered the service having then expired were then discharged without having been engaged, in any battle, except some small skirmishes and he returned after having served the first time against the Indians three months under General McIntosh and three months in the State Line against the British, making in all six months. He hereby relinquished every claim whatsoever to a pension or an annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of any agency in any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Spencer X Breeding

1815 Russell County, VA. Tax Assessments

SPENCER BREEDING, one farm on Clinch River, 482 acres having thereon four dwelling houses all of wood, one two stories, 26 feet by 20 feet, the other three all of one story, two of them 16 feet square, the other 20 feet by 16 feet, three barns of wood, one thrashing house, two stables, two corn houses, two kitchens, one loom house, valued at $1928.

Family links: 
  John Breeding (1730 - 1802)
  Winifred Elizabeth Ashby Breeding (1731 - ____)
  Elizabeth Finnell Breeding (1765 - 1822)*
  Bryant Breeding (1772 - 1832)*
  Mary Breeding Kiser (1790 - ____)*
  Spencer R. Breeding (1826 - 1834)*
*Calculated relationship
Breeding Cemetery
Russell County
Virginia, USA
Created by: Judith Finnell
Record added: Jun 13, 2009
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