Willard Hazlewood thought the middle initial A. was probably for Allen and he said that Benjamin Andrews sold a part of William A. Andrews' 1400 acres around the graveyard where William Oliver Andrews is buried to Varney.
THE ANDREWS FAMILY OF VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE, MISSOURI AND BEYOND, by Grace l. (Andrews) Maglione, 1990, page 4:
Mentioned in his father's will: "To my son, William, 1 shilling."
William A. Andrews witnessed with his brother Richard the will of James Vaughn on July 20, 1740, in Lunenburg County, Virginia, recorded July 3, 1750. Lunenburg Deed Books 1& 2, 1746-1752, page 484. (June Bank Evans. Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, New Orleans, n.d.) Info received from Eric Newson 10/94
Feb. 14, 1769. William Andrews of Dinwiddie County, VA to his son, Ephraim Andrews of St. James Parish, Mecklenburg Co., VA for maintenance of his family, 280 acres on south side of Meherrin River bounded by Broadnax, new lines, the old line, Tomerbrie Branch on Broadnax line.
Signed: William (X) Andrews
Witnesses: William Parker, Samuel Whitworth, Robert Blake.
July 12, 1750. William Anders (Andrews) 400 acres, Meherrin River and Beaverpond Creek, Book 30, pg. 159; 1400 acres south side Meherrin River, Vaughn & Brodnax, Book 30, pg. 215. Lunenburg Co., VA Pand Patents, 1746-1916. (Note: This could be William, husband of Avis, or may be his son, William, husband of Ann.)
Oct. 31, 1771. From William Andrews of Dinwiddie County, VA to John Andrews of Mecklenburg for 200 pounds, 280 acres in Mecklenburg, bounded by Andrews old line on McDaniel's line, Vaughn, Atkinson, a new line between Ephraim Andrews and John Andrews, William Andrews, Thomas Andrews.
Signed: William (X) Andrews
Witnesses: Richard Jones, Abram (X) Andrews, Ephraim (X) Andrews, David Brooks, George Andrews.
(NOTE: William, husband of Avis, is selling land to their son, John. Their other sons were witnesses.)
WILL OF WILLIAM ANDREWS, Dinwiddie Co., VA, May 22, 1770:
(1) To Ann Brooks, widow of William Andrews, deceased, one fourth part of 280 acres of land whereon she now lives during her natural life, then to her son, Ephraim. Balance of land (3/4 of 280 acres) to be shared between her three sons, David, William and Varney.
(2) To my son, John Andrews, 280 acres of land in Macklinberg Co.
(3) To my son, Thomas Andrews, 280 acres of land in Macklinberg Co.
(4) To my daughter, Winnifred Granger, 135 acres of land.
(5) To my son, Abram Andrews, 133 acres of land.
(6) To my daughter, Lucy Andrews, 133 acres of land.
(7) To my loving wife, Avis, the upper part of my tract, and I bequeath to her my negro woman, Nell, for her natural life, then to my son, Ephraim.
(8)Whereas my negro woman, Nell, is now with child, it is my will that the child soon to be born be and belong to my grandson, David Andrews.
(9) I give unto my son Rhd, one negro girl named Jean. To my son John, negro named Seeley. To son Abram, negro boy named Nat.
(10)To daughter, Avis, bed and furniture -----cow and calf.
(11)To son, Mark Andrews, 2 negros Henry and Deeds, to him all rest residue of my estate not heretofore given.
Signed: William Andrews (his mark).
Witnesses: Gran Briggs, James Be___, John Rober__.
Copy of will on file in the Virginia State Archives, Richmond, VA.
Note: 1770. Last Will and Testament, Dinwiddie Co. From Acc. 25828 Andrews Personal Papers, Library of Virginia
In the name of God, Amen. I William Andrews of the Parish of ( ? ) and County of Dinwiddie Being of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be to almighty God, Do make and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following.....
Imprimis: I devise my Soul to God hoping pardon and Remission of my Sins
Through the ..........and mediation of my Blessed Savior Jesus Christ and my Body to the Earth to be ....... interred by my Executor thereafter mentioned.
Item: I give and devise unto Ann Brooks, widow of William Andrews, Deceased, one fourth part of two hundred and eighty acres of Land whereon she now lives adjoining the plantation for and during the (time?) of her natural life and after her decease to her son Ephraim and his Heirs forever. The residue of the ..........of Land I give and devise to be equally divided share and share alike between the three sons, David, William and Varney, their heirs and assigns for ever. But if the said Anne should not (incline?) to live on the said plantation or should rent it out in either case it is my Will and Desire that my grandson Ephraim have the said land immediately there upon to Hold to Him his Heirs and Assigns forever as aforesaid.
Item: I give and Devise unto my son John Andrews and to his Heirs and Assigns forever two hundred and eighty acres of Land part of my Tract of Land in Mecklenburg County as is (?) of? adjoining his plantation.
Item: I give and Devise unto my son Thomas Andrews and to his Heirs forever, two hundred and eighty acres of Land said of joining his plantation, Being another part of my said Tract of Land in Mecklenburg County aforeaid.
Item: I give and Devise unto my Daughter Winiford Granger one hundred and thirty five acres of land lying on the North side of Meherrin River at the Lower part of my Land there being the Land whereon she now lives which said Land I give to her and her Heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my son Abram Andrews one hundred and thirty three acres of Land on the North side of Meherrin River in the middle of my Land thereto to him the said Abram his Heirs and Assigns for ever.
Item: I give and Devise unto my Daughter Lucy Andrews the Remainder part of my land lying on the North side of Meherrin River the aforesaid containing by Estimation one hundred and thirty-three acres more or less lying at the upper part of my said Tract.
Item: I give and Bequeath to my Loving wife Avis Andrews my Negro woman Nell for and during her Natural Life and after my said wife decease I give my said Negro Nell to my son Ephraim Andrews and his Heirs and Assigns forever and I also give my said wife a feather bed and furniture which is called Hers and as much of my stock as she pleases or thinks............
Item: Whereas my said Negro woman Nell is now with Child it is my will and desire that the Child so to be born be and belong to my grandson David Andrews to him his Heirs and assigns forever.
Item: Whatsoever Debts may be due and owing to me at the time of my death I give the .......and profit .........to my beloved wife aforesaid during her life and after her decease to be equally divided among my sons and daughters that may be then living share and share alike.
Item: I give unto my son Richard Andrews and to his Heirs and assigns forever one Negro girl named Jean.
Item: I give unto my son John Andrews one Negro girl named Suckey to him and his assigns forever.
Item: I give unto my son Thomas Andrews one Negro girl named Sukey to him and his Heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my son Abram Andrews one Negro boy named Natt to him and his Heirs forever.
Item: I give unto my Daughter Avis a bed and furniture that is called hers, a cow and calf, and to have her choice of two (Ewes?) of the Best ( ? )and a wheel and cards.
Item: I give unto my son Mark Andrews two Negro men called Heanary and Dick to Him and his Heirs forever..........I also give unto my son Mark Andrews and to his Heirs and assigns forever all the rest and residue of my Estate of what nature kind or quality whatsover not herein before given away consisting of Stocks of (Houses?) ......caste making tools, sheep, household furniture, etc.
Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said son Mark Andrews sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament, hereby revoking all and every will or wills heretofore by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fix my Seal on this 22 day of May 1770. Signed Sealed
............By the said William Andrews to be His Last Will in the presence of as who are being subscribing witnesses at His request.
Gray Briggs William (mark) Andrews James Boisseau
LUNENBURG COUNTY ORDER BOOK 11, PAGE 19:
An Inquisition of John Brooks Mill returned and Ordered to be Recorded which is as follows to wit, Lunenburgh Sct Inquisition Indented taken in the County aforesaid the twenty third day of July one thousand seven hundred and sixty four before me, Mathew Marable Sheriff of the said County by Virtue of an Order of Court to me directed and to this Inquistion Annexed and by the Oaths of David Garland, James Davis, Thomas Moody, William Allen, James Arnold, Ephriam Andrews, James Williams, Henry Gill, Allen Gentry, Edward Jackson, John Hight, and Trunch Haggard good and Lawfull Men of my Bailiwick who being charged and sworn upon their Oaths do say that they have valued one Acre of Land being the property of William Andrews, Adjoining & being opposite to where John Brooks intends to build a Water Grist Mill over the Waters of Meherrin River to Forty Shillings Curr. money and that they the sd Jurors do also find that the overflowing of the Water caused by the Building the said Mill will damage no person whatever. In Testimony whereof as well I the sd Sheriff as the Jurors aforesaid have severally set our hands and Seals the day & year above Written.
David Garland (Seal)
James I Davis (Seal)
Thos Moody (Seal)
James Arnold (Seal)
Ephriam E Andrews (Seal)
James Williams (Seal)
Henry Gill (Seal)
Matthew Marable, Sh (Seal)
Allen A. Gentry (Seal)
Edward E Jackson (Seal)
John Hight (Seal)
Trunch Haggard (Seal)
Whereupon leave is granted the said John Brooks to Build the same accordingly.
Curiously, four children from two different Bowen families and two different Andrews families were all baptised on the same date in Bristol Parish. But no children from other families were baptised on that date with them - only Andrews children and Bowen children. A family affair? Ephraim, son of Robert and Avis Bowen, David, son of William and Amy Bowen, Luciana, daughter of William and Avis Andrews, and Pheboe daughter of Richard and Mary Andrews were all baptised on July 30, 1732.
William Andrews (Jr.) and Richard Andrews who witnessed the 1740 will of James Vaughan Jr. were two of the sons of William Andrews (Sr) and wife Avis of Dinwiddie Co. These two sons were certainly in the Lunenburg area at that time.
That Lunenburg Co land was described in a patent to William "Anders".
William Anders 12 July 1750 400 acres in Lunenburg Co on the Meherrin River. Beginning on the river bank thence new lines north one hundred and sixty two poles to three pines south eighty five degrees east two hundred and sixty eight poles to a Spanish oak on Beaver Pond Creek thence down the same as it meanders to a poplar on the same thence [?] south one hundred and thirty four poles to a white oak on the bank of the river aforesaid thence up the same as it meanders to the first station.
Patents 30, p 159
The following deed is one of several that places John Granger's land near Beaver Pond Creek and Abram/Abraham Andrews' land. Certainly John Granger's land was the land that William Andrews Sr. had left to daughter Winifred Granger.
Descendants mentioned in William Sr.'s will, written May 22, 1770, were: his loving wife Avis, Ann Brooks, widow of William Andrews, and his grandsons Varney, David, William & Ephraim; and children: John; Thomas; Winifred Granger; Richard; Ephraim, Abram; Lucy; Avis; & Mark.
Not mentioned in the will, but indicated as sons in two 1767 Mecklenburg Co, VA deeds by William Andrews, who patented the land, were Lazez (later named in a James Cooper to Abram Andrews deed as Eleazor) & Rowland.
Thomas Andrews (1663 - 1731)
Elizabeth Thomas Andrews (1664 - ____)
Avis Garnett Andrews (1700 - 1744)*
Abraham Andrews (1725 - 1799)*
William A. Andrews (1726 - 1772)*
Mark Andrews (1733 - 1820)*
Mark Lyell Locke Andrews (1740 - 1820)*
William A. Andrews (1693 - 1772)
Richard Andrews (1697 - 1752)*
Benjamin Andrews (1699 - 1799)*
John Andrews (1700 - ____)*
Anna E. Andrews Granger (1703 - 1731)*
Cemetery on William A. Andrews' 1400 Acres
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Record added: Jul 04, 2011
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