Richard Burt the Elder

Family of Richard Burt "The Elder" and
1) Elizabeth Hansford
2) Elizabeth Moody

Richard Burt "the Elder" was born about 1665, presumbly in Virginia.

No records have been found concerning the parents of Richard Burt the elder. There are records that a Richard Burt was living in Charles River County, Colonial Virginia in 1642 and 1649. This person was in that portion of Charles River County that later became Gloucester County.

Richard married Elizabeth Hansford, daughter of Thomas Hansford and Elizabeth Jones [1] [2], about 1687 in VA. Elizabeth was born about 1670 in VA. She died after 1692 in York Co., VA. From this marriage there was only one child, Richard Burt "the younger", as evidenced by the following indenture made in January 1737/8 [1]:

"the one Third part of a Certain Tract or parcell of Land Situate Lying and being in York County and York hampton parish containing two hundred acres more or less and is now in the possession and occupation of Richard Burt the Elder which Said Land was Given by the Last will and Testament of Elizabeth Hansford the Sole heir of Richard Jones to Elizabeth her Daughter who Intermarried with the above named Richard Burt the Elder by which marriage She the Said Eliz had Richard Burtt the younger (her Sole and only heir Richard the younger Intermarried with Catherine By whom he had three Daughters VIZ. Martha Eliz and the above named Judith the wife of the Said John Cosby So that the said Land (after the Death of Richard the Elder) Doth Descend to the three Daughters of Rich. the Younger as Coheirs and all houses Edifices buildings orchards Pastures woods waters marshes Easements Profits Commodities advantages and ?heritances? whatsoever to the Said one third part of the Said Tract or parcell of Land belonging or in any wise appertaing the right and title of the Said Richard the Elder being allways Saved and Excepted and also the reversion & reversions Remainder & Remainders Rents and Services of all and Singular the premices"

This deed clearly identifies Richard the younger as the only and sole heir of Richard the elder Burt and his wife Elizabeth. Further, this deed clearly identifies Elizabeth, wife of Richard the elder, as a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Jones Hansford. Elizabeth's father Thomas Hansford was executed in 1676/77 for his part in Bacon's rebellion. Elizabeth's life was also involved in some controversy - she was arrested and charged with assault of Mary Peters, wife of Francis Peters, on 18 Jul 1692.

Richard Burt married secondly Elizabeth Moody [3], daughter of Josias Moody and Elizabeth Folliott, sometime after 1692 in Virginia. Elizabeth was born about 1676 in Viginia and died before 1745.

Richard Burt was listed for 200 acres on the York Co., Virginia 1704 Quit Rent Rolls.

Richard Burt died in York County in 1745. His will [4] appears below:

"In the Name of God Amen I Richard Burt of York Hampton Parish in York County being in perfect Sence and Memory do make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form as followeth

"First I commit my Soul to Almight God that gave it to me and my Body to be decently buried according to the discretion of my Executors hereafter named

Item I give to my grandson Richard Burt son of Josias Burt my Negro Girl Rachel
Item I give to my granddaughter Martha Garra one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Judith Cosby one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Fuller one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson John Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson William Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson Matthew Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson Philip Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson Moody Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Mary Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Hannah Burt one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson Francis Peters one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson Matthew Peters one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson Robert Peters one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my grandson Edmund Peters one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Mary Peters one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Peters one Shilling Sterling
Item I give to my granddaughter Anne Peters one Shilling Sterling
Item I give all my wearing apparel to my son Josias Burt
Item I give to my son Josias Burt four negroes Tom Pegg Lucy Kab?
Item I give to my son William Burt three negroes Daniel Pheney Will
and all the remainder of my estate I give to be equally divided between my two sons Josias Burt and William Burt and I do appoint my two sons Josias and William Burt my Executors of this my last Will and Testament as Witness my hand and Seal this twenty first of February one thousand seven hundred and forty four" (1744/5)

                                              his 
                                        Richard R  Burt
                                             mark 
Witnesseth in the Presence of us
Richard Pate
John Coman

At a court held for York County the 18th Day of November 1745 This will was presented in Court by Josias Burt and William Burt the Executors herein named and the same was proved by the oaths of Richard Pate and John Coman the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded And on the motion of the said Executorswho made oath according to law Certificate was granted then for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form giving Security Whereupon they together with William Moody and Richard Pate their Security entered into and acknowledged Bond in the Penaly of L1000 ibid, pages 13, 14 & 15 contain the Inventory and Appraisment of the Estate of Richard Burt Decd. In obedience to an Order of York count bearing Date the 16th Day of December 1745 We the subscribers being first sworn before Mr. Ellyson Armistead one of His Majestys Justices of the Peace then did appraise all the Estate was brought before us of Richard Burt Decd and Witnesseth our hand on this the 12th day of March 1745 (1745/6)

   Josias Burt                    John Hansford
   William Burt                   Charles Hansford
                                  Edward Pate

Children

By Elizabeth Hansford

  1. Richard Burt "The Younger"
    b. ca 1691
    m. Catherine Moody
    d. 1719

By Elizabeth Moody

  1. Moody Burt
    b. ca 1696 York Co., VA
    m. Elizabeth [Hubbard?] [7]
    d. ca 1735 York Co., VA
  2. Josias Burt
    b. ca 1698 York Co., VA
    d. ca 1758 York Co., VA [5]
  3. William Burt
    b. ca 1700 York Co., VA
    d. ca 1783/4 Greensville Co., VA [8]
  4. [-?-] Burt (a daughter) [9]
    b. ca 1702 York Co., VA
    m. [-?-] Peters
    d. before 1745


Sources

  1. York County, VA Deed Book # 4, page 475. You may read the complete deed as transcribed by Bill Adams.
  2. Will of Elizabeth Hansford, York County, VA Record Book 6, Deeds, Orders, Wills, 1677-1689, page 39.
  3. Notecards of Thelma Ironmonger Hansford, contained on LDS Microfilm #1728879.
  4. York County, VA Wills & Inventories, # 20, 1746-1759, page 8.
  5. York County, VA Records # 20, Wills & Inventories, 1746-1759, part 2, page 472. Will of Josias Burt.
  6. York Co., VA Record Book # 18, Wills & Inventories, (1732-1740), p 242. Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Moody Burt.
  7. Other researchers have concluded that Moody married (1) Elizabeth Hewitt about 1712. Bill Adams has not discovered such evidence. Elizabeth was born about 1690 in York Co., VA.
  8. Greensville Co., VA Will Book 1, page 32. Will of William Burt dated October 15, 1783 and proved 27 Feb 1783/4.
  9. Some researchers give a daughter named "Lucinda", but this has not been verified.

The primary researcher of this line is Bill Adams, badams@tca.net.


This page last updated on: 27 July 2000

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