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Ayres Brooks Hodnett
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1733
County Cork, Ireland
Death: 1779
Pittsylvania County
Virginia, USA


Cemetery directions:

East from Keeling on 360, turn right onto Birch Creek Rd./Co. Rd. 713. Go aprox. .75 miles (3/4 of a mile), turn left onto dirt drive. You will see a few trailers & farm buildings in front of you. Go aprox. .15 mile from paved road, cemetery is in a stand of trees on left (drive past trailers).


Married 04/19/1760 in Cumberland Co., VA to Mary DeJarnat McGehee.

Their issue:



Once source states he was born in Buckingham Co., VA.

Moved from Cumberland County, VA in 1766 to the part of Halifax County that became Pittsylvania County when it was formed.

In Deed Book #5 of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, page 498, is recorded a deed where under date of January 27, 1774, William King conveyed to . Ayres Hodnett of County of Buckingham. for L 250, 272 acres of land on Sandy Creek.

Pittsylvania County Records
Deed Book 3, page 498:
This Indenture made this twenty-seventh day of January in the year of our Lord Christ 1774 Between William King of the County of Pittsylvania County and Ayres Hodnett of the County of Buckingham in which King deeds to Ayres Hodnett for and in consideration of 150 pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid for all that tract or parcel of land situated, lying and being in the County of Pittsylvania on both sides of Sandy Creek containing 272 Acres, it being the whole and entire Tract of land that the said William King and his father purchased of Joseph Echols.
William King SEAL

Pittsylvania County Records.
Deed Book 5, page 450:
Will of Ayres Hodnett, Sr.
Made 1, August 1779
Recorded September 21, 1779

In the Name of God Amen, August first one thousand seven hundred seventy nine, I, Ayres Hodnett, of Pittsylvania County being very sick, but of a sound memory, and calling to mind the mortality of the body that it is appointed for all men once to die, and knowing not whence it may please the Almighty God to call me from time into Eternity do constitute and ordain this is my last Will and Testament, and first of all I give my Soul unto the Almighty God that gave it and my Body tothe Earth from whence it was, to be buried in a Christian Like Manner at the discretion of my Executers and what Worldly Goods the Almighty has been pleased to bless me with I do distribute in the following manner.Viz., I will that the land which I sold to Jeremiah White I make him a Right to him and his Heirs in this my will if he pay the money accordingto our Bargain. Second, I will to my son Benjamin Hodnett, one shilling Sterling to him and his Heirs forever. Third, I will that the Balance of my land Equally be divided between my three sons, John, James, and Daniel, and if my wife should conceive and bring forth a son in nine months after my death be shall come in for an equal part with the other sons, and if a daughter to share with my daughters as I shall hereafter in this will,and their Heirs forever. Fourth, I will to my sons all my Shop and Tools to them and these things forever. Fifth, I will the whole pf my Estate of Negroes, Stocks of every kind, and all my household furniture to be equally divided between my children after my wife's decease. Item. I will that my Wife should have her life time in the land, which I will to my sons, and after her death to be divided in the above manner. I appoint Clay Tanner and Benjamin Terry Executors, and my wife Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do here unto set my hand and seal, theday of year above written.

Ayres Hodnett

Signed, sealed and Delivered in the presence of
Clay C. Tanner
Ben Terry
George Hardey
The above was again presented in Court Jan. 19, 1818 to prove heirs of Ayres Hodnett in settling the estate of William McGeehee, brother to Mary McGehee, who was the wife of Ayres Hodnett.
Teste - - - Will Tunstall Clk.
At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the twenty first day of September 1779 The Within Last Will and Testament of Ayres Hodnett Dec. d was Exhibited into the Court by Benjamin Terry One of the Executors there in Named and Proved by the oaths of two Witneses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Executor who made Oath according to Law Certificate is Granted him for Obtaining a probate thereof in due form of Law Giving Security . Whereupon he Together with Sylvanus Stokes and Thomas Hardy his Securities entered into Bond Acknowledging the same according to Law.
Teste: Will Tunstall Clk.
At a Court held in Pittsylvania County the 19 thday of January 1818 This Last Will and Testament of Ayres Hodnett heretofore proved recorded was again presented in Court and on the motion of Ayres Hodnett Jr. who made Oath thereto According to Law with Allen G. Tanner and William Fergurson his Securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $2000 conditioned as the ________ directs certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration on the Estate of said Die - - - unadministers by his Executor in due form.
Exam'd Teste Will Tunstall C.P.C.

The Virginia Gazette for October 10, 1766, p. 4, col. 1, contains the following:

"Taken up, in Buckingham, a small sorrel horse about 8 or 9 years old, with a star in his forehead, some saddle spots, hanging mane and bob tail, has middle size bell paces slow, and branded on the near buttock R; posted and appraised to 5L.
"Ayres Hodnett".
A book entitles ". First Census of the UnitedStates - - Virginia",. which really is based on tax records, contains thefollowing:
p. 42, Heads of Families, Virginia, 1782, Pittsylvania County:
Hodnett, Mary - - 9 whites, 3 blacks
p.99 Heads of Families, Virginia, 1785 Pittsylvania County:
Hodnett, Mary - - dwellings - -, 3 other buildings.
p. 101: Heads of Families of Virginia, 1785 Prince Edward County:
Hodnett, Ben - - 3 whites one dwelling 4 other buildings.

Family links: 
  John Eyres Hodnett (1710 - 1799)
  Lucia Campbell Brooks Hodnett (1710 - 1780)
  Mary DeJarnette McGehee Hodnett (1737 - 1817)
  Benjamin Hodnett (1761 - 1820)*
  John H. Hodnett (1767 - 1807)*
  Ayres Brooks Hodnett (1733 - 1779)
  Philip Benjamin Hodnett (1737 - 1822)*
*Calculated relationship
Hodnett Cemetery
Pittsylvania County
Virginia, USA
Created by: Hank Rogers
Record added: Dec 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82422708
Ayres Brooks Hodnett
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A great grand daughter paying my respect, whether you are buried here or whether your dates are right or wrong I owe you so much I appreciate someone taking the time to remember you
- Robin Hensley-Smoot
 Added: Mar. 7, 2016
Ayres, Sr. is NOT buried in this cemetery.....only Ayres, Jr. is.
- A Serious Researcher
 Added: Nov. 17, 2015
Birth date is UNPROVEN !Exactly how have you proven when he was born ?? Site your source.
 Added: Feb. 10, 2015
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