The following information comes from Grace Becker (E-mail: email@example.com) on the Chumbley / Chumley / Chumney newsgroup Digest V98, Issue #90.
In the book, List of Emigrants to America (1600-1700) By John Hotten, Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc, 1978, it also lists Parish Registers. On pages 438-441, there is a list of Inhabitants in and about the Towne of St. Michaells with their children, hired servants, Prentices, bought servants and Negroes around the year 1680. Jno. Cholemley is listed and is the owner of two slaves. On page 496-497, there is a list of persons who were baptized within the parish of St. James from March 25, 1678 and September 29, 1679. Anne, the daughter of Richard Chom, was baptized on November 24, 1678.
In the book, Colonial Wills of Henrico, Co, VA (1654-1735) Part I by Benjamin Weisiger III, copyright 1976, on page 37, it gives the following entry. Inventory of Thomas Charles, taken 7 April 1694. Value 826 bls tobacco by All. Clerke, Charles Stewart, Fra. Cholmley, Benj. Hudson. Recorded June 1, 1694. On page 38 of the same book, it lists another entry. Accounts of estate of Charles Blanchveil, appraised February 27, 1693. Value 22,863 lbs tobacco, taken by Francis Cholmly, Charles Steward, Richard Newcomb, Thomas Ellet. Presented in court by Allanson Clerke, Adm'r. Recorded June 1, 1694 on oath of Anne Relict of said Charles Blancheveil.
In the book, Early Virginia Families along the James River, VOL I on page 59, it lists Francis Chumley owning property adjoining Valentine Ware on September 5, 1723.This information is also given in the book, Cavaliers and Pioneers Volume III (1695-1732), Abstracts of VA Land Patents and Grants by Nell Marion Nugent. On page 246 it tells us that Valentine Ware, 262 acs (N.L.), Henrico Co; in the fork of Tuckahoe Cr. on N side of James River; adj; Francis Chumley; September 5, 1723, p.203. 30 Shill.
INDEX TO COLONIAL RECORDS (HENRICO COUNTY, VA)
- Wm Chomly Book 3, Page 114
- Fra Chumley Book 3, Page 118
- Fra Chumley Book 3, Page 126
- Fra Cholmeley Book 5, Page 357
- Fra Cholmely Book 5, Page 456
- Fra Cholmley Book 5, Page 500
- Fra Cholmly Book 5, Page 501
HENRICO COUNTY, VA COURT ORDER BOOK
Octobert 12, 1692.: Marriage of Francis Cholmley to Sarah Huddlong that is mentioned in the Varina Parish court records.
February 1, 1693: We, Hugh Jones and Robert Green of Varina Parish, Henrico Co., planters, witness that we see 1 acre of ground cleared and tened next to Horse Swamp and land of Francis Cholmly, and said Green helped in clearing it and saw corn growing, which he said Jones' son in law gathered and delivered to said Cholmly. Signed: Hugh Jones, Rob't Green.
April 7, 1694: Fra. Cholmly was witness to inventory of Thomas Charles.
April 9, 1704: William Edwards, son of William Edwards, late of James City Co., dec'd gent, to Francis Cholmly of Henrico Co, planter, in consideration of Cholmly's clearing, sealing and saving a patent in Henrico Co dated 23 Oct 1690, granted to William Edwards, father of said William, for 1626 acres, sells to Cholmly part of this patent, bounded by Snacco Creek, Gilly's Creek, Gilly's Line, 100 acres. Recorded June 1, 1704.
May 1, 1708: A William Cholmondeley witnesses a few deeds.
1718: Francis Cholmly was a witness to the will of Richard Farr.
April 1722: There was a deed from Francis Chumney to Richard Holland.
Dec. 17, 1735: A William Chumney witnessed a deed.
1745: Francis Chumbley and a John Chumbley owned land.
HENRICO COUNTY, VA DEED TRANSACTIONS
In the book, Henrico County, VA, Deeds (1737-1758), abs. Weisinger III page 23 (p135, Deed Wit'd 2-JAN, 1745. Deed of Henry Randolph of Henrico County to Charles Featherston of same,120, acs. on N. side of Timbury Run, bounded by Sarah Steward's spring Br. Wit: John (+) Chumbley, Henry Featherston and Henry Bowman recorded 1st Mon. May 1746). (Note: p137, 20-DEC-1745 was a deed from William Harlow of Louisa Co. to Thomas Bowles of Hanover Co., Wit: John for, George Lucas, William Ford, David Bowles, m recorded NAT 1746). NOTE: Other "later" related names appearing in 1748 in the Henrico County, Deeds, Bk. (April, July and August 1748) p52 (p26,28,29) Henrico County, VA, planter to Ralph Jackson of same, land on So. side of Swift Creek next to Henry Randolph and to Jefferson, being land given to him by his father, William Jackson. Wit: Tarlton Woodson, Edward Friend, and Francis Jackson (A Francis Jackson later wit. John Chumley's Will in Amelia County, VA in December 1780.)
On March 6, 1727, Goochland County, VA was formed from Henrico County, VA with the division to be made by the LINE on the North side of the JAMES RIVER, beginning at the mouth of TUCKAHOE Creek, thence up the said creek to 'Chumley's Br.' etc. It is probably and possible that this branch was named after Frances Cholmondeley / Chumley, who was a property owner in the late 1600's and early 1700's in Henrico County, VA.
IBID: p52(p26) 6-JULY-1748 was a deed from John Moor of Henrico County to William Lockett Jr, bounded by Dry Creek and Richard Moor. Wit: John Farmer Jr, Stephen Russell and Richard Northcut.
IBID: p52(p28), 1-AUG-1748 deed from William Lockett Jr of Henrico County to John Farmer (apparently the same land at the same price). Signed William Lockett Jr and Martha (/) Lockett.
IBID: p52(p29) 14-JUL-1748, deed from Richard More of Henrico County to John Farmer, land of So. side of Swift Cr, bounded by Dry Cr. next to John Moor. Wit: William Lockett Jr, Benjamin Baly, Richard Northcut and John Northcut. Signed: Richard More, Jane More.
This deed information comes from the research of William "Bill" Chumley (E-mail: Peg44Bill@aol.com) . It was posted on the Chumbley newsgroup by Barbara Meger (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Digest V99, Issue #2.
Francis Chumbley is mentioned in the Henrico Co, VA. Record Bk, 1744-48, on page 155.
In the book, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III by Beverly Fleet, on page 365 is the beginning of Sheriff records on the Southside of Henrico County, VA. On this page, it tells us that these are the abstracts kepy by John Nash who was the Sheriff in Henrico County, VA in 1736. The records are the persons who lived in Henrico on the south side of the James River. This became Chesterfield County in 1749. Also listed are records who had properties or business in that section. On page 409, it lists on December 17, 1735 there is a record of a deed of Henry Holman of Goochland Co. who sold land to Thos Joplin and Holman Freeman. William Chumney was a witness. It was recorded February 2, 1735/6 on page 519 in the Sheriff's records.
Henrico County, VA was incorporated in 1654. It split up into Goochland county in 1728 and Chesterfield county in 1749.
GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VA DEED TRANSACTIONS
February, 1750 Wm Chumley sells to Robert Hudgens, 400 acres, in the Southern Parish of Goochland County, VA (Book 1, Pg 285)
March 28, 1762 Wm Chumley etal sells to Alex Banks, 140 acres, in the Southern Parish of Goochland County, VA (Book 3, Pg 355)
GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VA COURT ORDERS
July 1730 Court - The action of trespass on the case between Edward Scott, pl't, and William Chumley, defend't, is dismist. The pl't not prosecuting the same.
September 1735 Court - William Randolph, Jun'r, exhibits an account against William Chumley and makes oath that the balance thereof being three pounds five shillings and three pence curr't money is justly due to him from the said Chumley and that he never received any satisfaction for the same.
November 19, 1735 Court - On the pet. of William Randolph, Jr, against William Chumley, the pet'r having formerly proved his acct and the deft. failing to appear, judgement is granted him against the deft. for 3 pounds 5 shillings and 3 pence and costs.
GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VA TITHABLES
William Cholmondly, Southern Parish, June 10, 1747
Richard Chumbley, June 18, 1749
AMELIA COUNTY, VA TITHABLES
1748 John Chumley living with James Hill and his 2 slaves between Flatt and Nibbs Creeks. Tithable list of Colonal Edward Booker.
1749 John Chumley living with James Hill and his 5 slaves between Flatt and Nibbs Creeks. Tithable list of Colonal Edward Booker.
1751 John Chumley living with James Hill and his 5 slaves between Flatt and Deep Creeks. Tithable list of Sam Tarry.
1753 John Chumley living with James Hill and his 7 slaves in Raleigh Parish. Tithable list of Thomas Tabb.
1755 John Chumley living with James Hill and his 8 slaves in Raleigh Parish. Tithable list of Thomas Tabb.
1756 John Chumley living with James Hill and his 9 slaves in Raleigh Parish. Tithable list of Thomas Tabb.
1762 John Chumley listed with 3 slaves of James Hill in Raleigh Parish. Tithable list of Thomas Tabb.
1764 John Chumley living in Raleigh Parish with 100 acres. One tithable. Tithable list of Ben Ward.
1765 John Chumley living in Raleigh Parish with 100 acres. One tithable. Tithable list of John Booker.
1766 John Chumley living in Raleigh Parish with 100 acres. One tithable. Lives near Thomas, Benjamin and Abraham Lockett. Tithable list of Thomas Tabb.
1767 John Chumley living in Raleigh Parish with 100 acres. One tithable. Lives near Thomas, Benjamin and Abraham Lockett. Tithable list of Thomas Tabb.
1768 John Chumley living in Raleigh Parish with 100 acres. One tithable. Lives near Thomas, Benjamin, Abraham and William Lockett. Tithable list of Ben Ward.
1770 John Chumley living in Raleigh Parish with 100 acres. Two tithables. Has a slave named Milley. Tithable list of Christopher Ford.
WHO IS JAMES HILL?
James Hill (1726-1765) was born on July 17, 1726 in Bristol Parish, Henrico County, VA. He was baptized by Rev George Robertson, an episcapol Pastor of Bristol Parish. His father, John Hill (died 1747/8) married Elizabeth Pride. Elizabeth Pride was the daughter of John Pride, the son of William Pride.
William Pride (1650 - 1723) was a prominent Quaker leader. John Pride, the son of William Pride, had a daughter Jane Pride who married William Lockett. William Pride had a daughter named Winifred Pride who married Benjamin Lockett Sr. The father of John Hill who married Elizabeth Pride (the father of James Hill who hosted John Chumley for over 15 years) was James Hill (1655-1708) who married Ann Clarke. When James Hill (1655-1708) died, his wife Ann Clarke Hill married William Pride Jr, the son of William Pride. A Benjamin Lockett was the executor of the Will of John Chumley when he died in Amelia County around 1782. John Hill, a son of James Hill (1726-1765), witnessed the Will written by John Chumley in 1780. James Hill (1726-1765) married Ann Cheatham. They had 7 children. One of his daughters (Sarah) married Abraham Lockett in Amelia County. Therefore, the Pride's, Hill's and Lockett's intermarried with each other throughout the years.
It seems that John Chumley was close friends with the Hill's and Lockett's. There is no record of John Chumley and James Hill living in Amelia County prior to 1747. John Hill (the father of James Hill) died in 1747/8 and left land for James Hill in Flatt Creek in Amelia County. In 1748/9, James Hill bought 250 acres in Flatt Creek, Amelia County from Edward Hill. James Hill was only 21 or 22 years old when he received the land from the death of his father in Flatt Creek, Amelia County. Therefore, it is assumed that John Chumley was friends with James Hill and they were close in age and as a result John Chumley decided to live with James Hill in Amelia County. He did so from 1747/8 until about 1760 when John Chumley got married to Martha. A marriage record has not been found yet but it is believed that the wife of John Chumley (Martha) was possibly a Lockett. With these circumstances, maybe a Hill. Since James Hill was born in Henrico County, it is logical to assume that John Chumley was born in Henrico County also.
AMELIA COUNTY, VA DEED TRANSACTIONS
In the book, Amelia Deed Bk, #3 and #4, abs. by McConnaughey p41 (p308) it lists that on 21-NOV-1749, John Chumley / Chumbley was a witness on the deed of John Crawford, of South Carolina to Benjamin Hawkins, for 170 acs. on branches of Little Saylor's Creek, adj. John Ham's cor. Other witnesses were: John Oliver, John Roberts and Charles Spradling. On p41(p310) 21-NOV-1749, the foregoing individuals were also involved and named within a deed for 351 acs. on branches of Flat Creek, adj. Richard Deering's cor.
IBID: Page 100, Amelia County, 1752 deed from Gideon Moon to Peter Irby for 189 acs. on the u/s (upper sid) of West Creek, adj. lines of William Rowlett, Marshall, Peter Farley and Joseph Farley, on August 28, 1746 and conveyed by them to Gedeon Moon. Wit: J. Burton, George Webster and John Chumbley.
This deed information comes from the research of William "Bill" Chumley (E-mail: Peg44Bill@aol.com) . It was posted on the Chumbley newsgroup by Barbara Meger (E-mail: email@example.com) Digest V99, Issue #2.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY TITHABLES
In the book, Cumberland County, VA Tithables, 1759, Vol. 2, p113 by J.C. Kolbe, the list dated 10-AUG-1759 of Joel Walker, Constable, listed Wm. Chumny Sen. 2, Wm. Chumney, Junr. 1 and John Chumny.
5 Oct 1762, John Chafin, Cumberland County, VA, sold to Alexander Banks for L60, 140 acres of 1743 patent (mentions James Terry's line, Bosticks Br., William Chumney's line , William Randolph's line). Doesn't explain why, but deed has grantor: John Chafin, et. al (William Chumney).
JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN CHOLMLEY's BATMAN
The following article was posted by Barbara Berry Meger (E-Mail: Megerstch@aol.com) on the Chumbley newsgroup Digest V98 Issue #174.
Excerpts from "The Journal of Capt. Cholmley's Batman: January the 8th, 1755, Sir Peeter Halkets Regt & Colonel Dunbars Regt. Imbarked at Cove Near Cork for North America & sailed from thence Jan. the 13th. from Ireland to Alexandria [Virginia]." Ibid: "We arriv'd at Hampton in Virginia the 10th of March (there were 13 transport ships & 3 ordnance ships in the convoy. The first ship arrived at Hampton on march 2, the last on abt. march 15th. The vessels had orders from Braddock to obtain fresh provisions on arrival, then proceed to Alexandria.)." "March ye 13, We left Hampton & sailed up the Portwomack [Potomac] River to Alexandria..." Most every day the "Batman" tells of the problems of the day, as they, he & Capt. Robert C. continued to stay on the march thru Wednesday, July 9th & this appears to be the day he was killed, as the Batman wrote "My Master died before we was ten Minuits Ingaged." The Batman also goes on to state that "I had seven horses in the field & one Cow & they was all lost but two horses." He said he had "My Master Baggage that was saved about two Qts of Rum..."
NOTE: A BATMAN was a servant for all needs, that traveled to battle with their master. This one kept a Journal on that final mission of Capt. Cholmely who was killed July 1755 serving under Gen. Braddock on the
banks of the Monongahela.
THE GAME OF CHUMNEY
The following article was posted by Jo Collier (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) on the Chumbley newsgroup Digest V99 Issue #93. It was posted from a book entitled, "History of Prince Edward County, Virginia, from it's Earliest Settlements through its Establishment in 1754 to its Bicentennial Year" by Herbert Clarence Bradshaw, the Dietz Press, Incorporated, Richmond, Virginia.
"Among the games of ante-bellum days were chumney, cat, and bandy. Chumney was similar to baseball, played with two teams, with batters, pitchers, catchers and fielders. The pitcher tired to pitch a good ball and the batter tried to knock the solid rubber ball out of sight. A runner had to be hit when in motion to down him, and to go around the ring, which was larger than a baseball diamond, twice was a 'real accomplishment.' It required four players to play 'cat.' Pitchers threw to batters, and the aim was to catch the batter out. Then, pitcher and batter exchanged places. Bandy was played with hickory or dogwood sticks used to try to force a small block of wood to the team's goal. It was a fast, rough game and bones sometimes were broken. It was the only dangerous game of the day. Jumping, wrestling, boxing, running, kite-flying, marble-shooting and skating - in season - were other sports for boys and young men."
RICHARD CHUMLEY MARRIAGE TO GRACE MILAM
In the book, The Douglas Register by W. Mac Jones, published by the Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore, MD, 1977, it gives a detail record of Births, Marriages and Deaths as kept by the Rev. William Douglas, from 1750-1797. The Douglas Register is also an index of Goodland Wills and notes of the French Huguenot Refugees who lived in Manakin-Town in Goochland county, VA.
In the Forward to the Douglas Register, it gives more information about the Rev. William Douglas. Rev. Douglas came to the St. James Northam Parish, in Goochland County, Virginia (Dover Church), on October 12, 1750. He was in charge of the St. James, Northam Parish for 27 years; Maniken Town (King William Parish), for 19 years, and ministered to a charge in Buckingham county for 4 years. He began on September 15, 1753 keeping a record of marriages performed by him. On page 15 of the Douglas Register, it lists the following marriage:
Chumley, Richard and Grace Milam, Maniken, May 9, 1756. The name is
Cholmonldly in the birth record.
Some of their children are:
- Chumley Daniel born 1759. Daniel lived by his mother Grace in the 1785 VA Census.
- Chumley David, born June 16, 1768. Source: Douglas Register, pg 171. Parents are: Richard and Grace Chumley. David Chumley married Mary Mayes, August 23, 1790 in Halifax County, Virginia. The Claiborne County (1823), TN court of Pleas minutes and Quarterly session lists David Chumley on page 428 being awarded a judgment of $300 plus $159 damages against Robert Trammel. Is this the same David Chumley that married Mary Mayes? The Claiborne County, TN court information comes from the research of William "Bill" Chumley (E-mail: Peg44Bill@aol.com) . It was posted on the Chumbley newsgroup by Barbara Meger (E-mail: email@example.com) Digest V99, Issue #10. David Chumley was living in Boone County, KY in 1830.
- Chumley John and Elizabeth Mase, February 11, 1793 in Halifax County, Virginia. Sur. Obad Hendrick. Wit. Beverly Mase. Elizabeth signed her own consent. According to Bob Mayse, Elizebeth and Mary Mayes were sisters whose father was William Mays of Halifax County, VA. William Mays was married twice. His wives names were Annah and Sarah. William Mays parents were William and Elizabeth Gardiner Mays of Amelia County, VA. This information about the Mays family was provided by Bob Mayse (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) on the Chumbley newsgroup V00 Issue #3. John Chumley's second marriage was to Isabel Boyd . June 14, 1800. John Chumley's third marriage was to Delilah Russell . He eventually settled in San Augustine, TX.
- Chumley Susannah and Thomas Morning, August 10, 1798, Halifax County. Sur. Drury Mays. Gracey Chumbley consented for Susanna.
VA HEADS OF FAMILIES (1782 - 1785)
In the Heads of Families VA Census (1782, 1785), it lists the following heads of families:
- Martha Chumbley, 1782 Heads of Families, Amelia Co, page 11. Household: 7 White and 4 Black.
- Francis Chumbly, 1782, Heads of Families, Halifax Co, page 24. Household: 3 White members.
- Daniel Chumbley, 1785 Heads of Families, Halifax Co, page 88. Household: 3 White members.
- Grace Chumley, 1785 Heads of Families, Halifax Co, page 88. Household: 5 White members.
In the 1787 VA Census, it lists the following two people.
- Francis Chumley in Halifax County.
- John Chumley in Amelia County (son of John and Martha).
In the Oaths of Allegiance 1777 Pittsylvania County, VA, published by the Genealogical Society, Volume 23, #1 1905, (also Virginia in the 1700's, Volume I, Book I), those freeborn male inhabitants above the age of 16 taking the oath of allegiance on "Lankford's List" was Francis Chumley. On Stephen Coleman's list was Richard Chumney. These took the oath of allegiance in May 1777. This information comes from the research of William "Bill" Chumley (E-mail: Peg44Bill@aol.com) . It was posted on the Chumbley newsgroup by Barbara Meger (E-mail: email@example.com) Digest V99, Issue #3.
FRANCIS CHUMLEY LAND TRANSACTIONS
In the General Index to Deeds, Pittsylvania County, Va (1767-1889), Grantees, Reel #28, Francis Chumley had the following land transactions.
- Chumbley, Frances (Grantee), Joseph Clark (Grantor), Book 9, page 25, July 18, 1791
- Chulmleigh, Francis (Grantee), John Gorman (Grantee), Book 10, page 83, December 15, 1794
In the General Index to Deeds, Pittsylvania County, Va, Grantors,
Francis Chumley had the following land transactions.
- Chumley, Francis (Grantor), Thomas Shackleford (Grantee), Book 12, page 154, June 16, 1800.
- Chumbley, Francis / wife Judith (Grantor), Ed Fitzgerald (Grantee), Book 18, page 223, April 19, 1813.
- Chumbly, Francis (Grantor), William Smith (Grantee), Book 18, page 344, November 18, 1813.
- Chumley, Francis (Grantor), Vincent Dickenson (Grantee), Book 23, page 482, February 19, 1821.