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Booth's of Virginia/ South Carolina

Richard Booth (View posts)
Posted: 957210885000
Hi my name is Richard Booth and
1. James Booth He was the son of 2. Thomas Booth and 3. Elizabeth ???.

5/1/00Generation No. 2

2. Thomas Booth He was the son of 4. John Booth and 5. Mary Smith. He married 3. Elizabeth ???.
3. Elizabeth ???

Notes for Thomas Booth:
Thomas Booth of Franklin Co., VA served in the Revolutionary War in 8th VA Regt. Placed on Pension Roll 28 Oct, 1786 under law of 7 Jun 1785, and his pension was increased under the law of 24 Apr 1816.

Children of Thomas Booth and Elizabeth ??? are:
i. Frances Booth, married John Ashwell 13 March 1812.
1 ii. James Booth
iii. Thomas Booth

Generation No. 3

4. John Booth, born 1730 in Amelia County, VA; died 7 December 1807 in Franklin County, VA. He was the son of 8. Thomas Booth and 9. Dorcas ???. He married 5. Mary Smith Abt. 1757.
5. Mary Smith She was the daughter of 10. Richard Smith and 11. Agnes Cocke.

Notes for John Booth:
John, the youngest of the five sons of Thomas Sr., was a patriot ancestor as registered with the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.

John was probably born on Thomas Senior's plantation on Sweathouse Creek in Amelia County in about 1730. (Note: Amelia County was formed from Prince George County in 1734.) The birth date is based on projecting backwards from known dates and events. We know he died December 7, 1807 in Franklin County when his Will was probated. His age at death would have been in his late 70's.

John and his wife Mary Smith had eight children. Six children were sons, and two were daughters.

We know from Thomas' Will that John inherited what was left of his fatherÂ’s plantation, a total of 338 acres in 1766 at Thomas's death. John must have felt secure, because he did not swear witness to his fatherÂ’s Will until three years later in 1769.

John's early adulthood was probably spent working on or tending to his fathers plantation. There are land records that show John also acquired a couple of tracts of land between the time his father divided land among his four older brothers and his father's death. So, on his and his fathers land he developed the skills and experience that he would apply to his own farm later in life.

John Booth married Mary Smith in the early 1750's when they were both in their twenties. Mary was the daughter of Richard Smith and Agnes Cocke of Lunenburg County, who had three sons and nine daughters. Lunenburg County is located south of Nottoway County which is south of Amelia County; it was formed in 1746 from Brunswick and Charlotte Counties. Mary's father Richard Smith owned a plantation on Spring Branch in the parish of Cumberland.

Curiously, Mary's sister Temperance was married to John's older brother Nathaniel. Actually, sisters marrying brothers was common in those days. Nathaniel and Temperance had six children. Nathaniel died in 1785 in Lunenburg County.

(Note: Attempts to locate the marriage record of John and Mary have been unsuccessful. County clerks of Lunenburg, Amelia, Prince Edward and Chesterfield counties gave a negative report. Two books were checked: "Lunenburg Co., VA. Marriages, 1750 - 1853," by Vogt Kethley, 1988, and "Marriages of Lunenburg Co., VA 1746-1853," by Matheny Yates, 1967. Yet, the Will of Richard Smith and notes in the Raney Collection agree that they must have married in the 1750's.)

In Richard Smith's Will signed in 1757 and proved in 1760, he left "daughter Mary Booth, one silver spoon" and "daughter Temperance Booth, feather bed and two cows." Probably they had received a dowry when they got married.
In Agnes Cocke Smith's Will signed 1773 and proved in 1774, one seventh of her estate went to Nathaniel Booth and another one seventh went to granddaughter Agnes Clardy, daughter of John and Mary Booth.

John and Mary's children's names were Richard, Thomas, Peter, John Jr., Stephen, Mary, Benjamin, and Agnes Clardy. Two sons, Richard and Peter, served in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War.

In March 1772, when he was in his forties, John bought land in what was then Bedford County on both sides of the Staunton (now called Roanoke) River. The amount of land totaled 446 acres in three portions. In October 1772, he sold his land in Amelia County and moved about 1 00 miles west "as the crow flies" to his new land.

In 1785, the Staunton River became the dividing line between Bedford County on the north and the newly formed Franklin County on the south. Most of John's initial land was on the south side of the river, placing him in Franklin County. The Booth's came to stay; John and four successive generations would live in Franklin County.

Why did John move? During this time 1755 - 1770's in Virginia's history, there was a movement of people westward from the Tidewater to the Piedmont areas. The winning of the French and Indian War during the 1750's had decreased the fears of attacks and established peaceful outposts. Plantations owned by fathers in the east were being divided among sons with each generation, so sons were looking to the west where land was plentiful. By 1776, the western-most county was Botetourt.

There are records to indicate that others of the Booth family moved west to Bedford County before John. George Booth, John's brother, died in 1767 and the order of his wife Judith receiving her dower is recorded in Amelia and Bedford Counties. This would indicate, therefore, that Judith moved to be with some of George's and her children which were the first ones in Bedford. Perhaps John was persuaded by them to move west.

Today, the location of what was John's land is within sight of Smith Mountain Lake, a resort area which was completed in 1966 by damming the Roanoke River. It was down the river "Hale's Ford" crossing of the river, and is known today as Hale's Ford Bridge on the main highway Rt. 122 between the county seat towns of Bedford and Rocky Mount. From Rt. 122, you turn on Rt. 666 at Epsworth Church and go 1.7 miles to the Booth family cemetery on the right.

John's older sons were fairly grown and went with him when he moved in 1772. As stated above, sons Thomas and Peter served in the Revolutionary War sometime between 1776 and 1781. Thomas, who served in the 8th Virginia Regiment and lost a finger, was later placed on the pension roll in 1786. Peter is referred to in records as Colonel Peter Booth. Son Richard patented land in Franklin County in 1787, and Peter patented land in 1797.

In the first obtainable census taken from 'Virginia Tax Payers 1782-87" from the National Archives, only list heads of households and their number of staves. For Bedford county, the following three Booths are listed: John with 19 slaves, son Richard with 2 slaves, and son Thomas with no slaves. Also listed in other parts of the state are his brothers and cousins, such as brother Nathaniel in Lunenburg County with 4 slaves. Unfortunately, the 1790 and 1800 Virginia census's were destroyed by fire.

Since nineteen slaves were accounted to John in the above tax list, you can imagine that his plantation or farm operations were rather extensive to require such labor. He had inherited fifteen from his father Thomas's estate, and one of his sisters had inherited two from Thomas. Probably tobacco was still the cash crop, with other crops and vegetables for food to be sold. The land was probably very fertile, being along the river.

The Roanoke, or formerly Staunton River, flows east through Altavista and southeastward down to Buggs Island Lake on the Virginia - North Carolina border. Since there is no obvious markets on the river, it is doubtful that it was used as the primary means to transport crops to market in John's day or any other. So, dependence on waterways in this part of the state was diminished.

During the Revolutionary War, John furnished the army's commissary twice with 1,025 pounds of beef, 16 diets(?), 12 pecks of corn and pasturage on the first occasion, and 325 pounds of beef on the second. We guess he did not want his two sons to starve! After the Yorktown victory in 1781, those who furnished supplies registered (for compensation?) with their county court. John Booth is recorded in Bedford County Court Order Book Number 6 on page 341 for March 23, 1782 and page 347 on March 25, same year.

Thus, John Booth meets the requirements and has become a registered patriot ancestor by the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A. R.) and the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R.) effective October 1993. Any adult descendent of John Booth can become a member of either the D.A.R. or S.A.R. by showing their lineage to him.

Other activities of John are documented in Bedford and Franklin County records. For example, he must have been concerned about transportation and roads. John is listed in Bedford County records as appointed to view (survey) for a road twice in 1774 and once in 1775. In January 1786, the year after Franklin County was formed and new officers were being appointed, John Booth along with ten other men "were each appointed road surveyor - a thankless job that required each surveyor periodically to call out gangs of his neighbors to repair the county's dusty ruts and mud holes." Also in 1786 he was ordered to "survey road from fork near Peter
Holland's to Radford's Ford on Staunton River."

John Booth died in December 1807. Mary likely died before John since she is not mentioned in
his Will. John, and perhaps Mary, are likely buried in the Booth family cemetery that still exists on Rt. 666, but there are no markers for either of them.

Will Book No. 1, Page 332. Rocky Mt., VA
John BoothÂ’s Will

In the name of God, Amen. I, John Booth of Franklin County and State of Virginia, being weak in body, but of disposing mind and memory, do make this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, to-wit, First I desire all my just debts shall be paid, secondly I desire my Daughter Agness Clarady and my sons Richard Booth, Peter Booth, John Booth, Stephen Booth and my daughter Mary Guttry shall have one shilling sterling apiece, Thirdly I give my son Benjamin Booth the tract of land I now live on containing four hundred acres by survey also Forty Six Acres of land lying in Bedford County on the north side of Staunton River to him and his heirs forever, and fourthly I give to my son Thomas one feather bed and furniture the rest of my Estate both real and personal I desire shall be held in Trust by Peter Booth of the State of Virginia or by Stephen Booth of the State of Tennessee and the profits thereof to be applied to the use of Thomas Booth during his life and after his death to be equally divided among three of his children to-wit, Frances, James Thomas and I do hereby appoint my two sons Peter Booth and Benjamin Booth Executors of this my Last Will and Testament revoking all others. Desire that this may be received as such. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty sixth day of August one thousand eight hundred and seven.

Signed Published and his
declared in the presence John x Booth (Seal)
of John Forbes, Frances mark
Blayds, Aquilla Mitchel

At a Court held for Franklin County December 7th, 1807

This Last Will and Testament of John Booth Deceased was proved by the oath of John Forbes, Frances Blayds, and Aquilla Mitchell the witnesses hereto and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Benjamin Booth one of the Executors herein named who took the oath prescribed by Law and gave Bond and Security conditioned as the Law directs, Certificate is granted him for obtaining probate in due form, liberty being reserved to the other Executor in the said Will named to join in the probate when he shall think fit.

Teste: James Callaway, C.F.C.
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