I have compiled information on William Day who married Ann Pugh in 1824 and lived in Hampshire Co., VA (now WV).
William Day was the son of Amery & Nancy (Brown) Day. Amery was certainly his father, and the erroneous claims that Nancy Brown's first husband was named William should be ignored.
I have posted information on this familt at Rootsweb:http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&d...
You will find notes and details in the notes under some individuals. For instance, Nancy (Brown) Day Henderson apparently left her first husband in 1798 and then married Thomas Henderson. Her brother, Isaac Brown, is an ancestor of Richard Nixon.
I suspect a connection between these Days and the Ambrose & Winnifred Day family (with sons Lewis, Willis and John) that I have researched, who came from Culpeper Co. and to Hampshire Co. in the 1790s.
There was a Ransom Day who also lived next to Thomas Henderson, and I suspect that he was a brother of Ammery who married Nancy Brown. I don't see it in my notes now, but seem to recall that this Ransom was a bell maker.
I will paste some DAY family details I compiled and transcribed from Hampshire Co., VA/WV records.
Compiled records for people named Day, Dye, Dew, Doe etc., primarily from records and compilations at the Hampshire Co. Courthouse and the Public Library in Romney , West Virginia compiled October 2004 by Nick Sheedy.
Note, The records of Hampshire County are incomplete, due mainly to lost records. There may be some original records to be found in places other than the County Courthouse . I believe that I located all available records for people named Day, etc. in Hampshire Co., Virginia prior to 1800. As the people I am researching moved to Mason Co., KY by the mid 1790s, I was less thorough abstracting records in Hampshire Co. after 1800. I photocopied only a few original records. The following should be used as a reference to locate and use the original records.
–Nick Sheedy, John Day , Oregon ( email@example.com
Hampshire Co., VW Deed Book 1
No people named Day listed.
“D. W.” and “David W.” Barton bought land twice in 1828, and in 1831, 1839, 1840, 1846, twice in 1847, and in 1852.
Hampshire Co., VW Deed Book 1
Lewis Day to William Johnson (1791), “B. of S.” Deed Book 8, pp. 315-316.
[photo-copied original record—NMS]
Lewis Day sold personal property to William Johnson, including beds and furniture, a sorrel horse and blacksmith’s tools. It was signed 2 May 1791 and witnessed by Rodham James and Winny Day. Winny day proved the deed at the Hampshire Co. Court 15 Sept. 1791. [Winifred “Winny” Day was probably the same, wife—or widow at this point—of Ambrose Day of Culpeper Co., and thus mother of Lewis Day. Shortly after this—certainly within a couple years—this Day family moved to Mason Co., Kentucky.—NMS]
William Day to Jno. Wolford (deed, 1813), Deed Book 18, p. 156.
Ammery Day to Ransom Day (1815), “B. of D.” Deed Book 19, pp. 139-140.
[photo-copied original record—NMS]
Amory Day sold personal property to Ransom Day (no mention of wives) for consideration of $35.83. This included beds, blankets, chests, a spinning wheel and many other household goods and tools that were in a tenement where Ammery day then lived, but apparently did not include the real estate. (So Ransom apparently did not purchase the land from Ammery Day, but that doesn’t mean that one of them did not own or buy the land otherwise.)
In this record, his name is spelled Ammery most places, and once Amery. It was signed “Ammery Day” and witnessed by Sam’l Dever and Alex’dr Monroe. Dated 8 Sept. 1815 and presented to the Hampshire Co. Court 17 April 1815.
William Day to Jno. Arnold (1816), Deed Book 20, p. 244.
Thomas Dye’s heirs sold land in 1821 and 1822.
Ransom Day to W. A. Herskill [sometimes mis-transcribed “Hershell”] (1830), “D. of T.” Deed Book 27, pp. 215-217.
[photo-copied original record—NMS]
This is a very long and interesting record. Ransom Day owed Alexander Dever $69.16, to be paid 13 Feb. 1831 , by note bearing date 13 Feb. 1830 . The present deed from Ransom Day and Anna his wife was made to William A. Herskill of the second part and mentioned Alexander Dever of the third part, and conveyed 87 acres of land and all personal property thereon to W.A. Herskill as security for the debt. Ransom Day and his family were to continue to reside and use all the land and personal property described unless Ransom Day was found to be in default of the debt, at which time it was to go up for auction to satisfy the debt. This indenture describes the tract of land as being purchased by Ransom Day from William Day and his wife Jane by a deed dated 1 December 1811 . This land adjoined land owned by the heirs of Thomas Henderson in 1830. The deed was dated and presented to the Hampshire Co. Court 13 Aug. 1830 and signed by Ransom Day, Anna (mark) Day, Wm. Hershell and Alexander Dever.
[The fact should be noted that Ransom Day’s neighbor, Thomas Henderson, had shacked up with Nancy (Brown) Day by 1798; Nancy had three children, Larkin Day Henderson (b. 1790), William Day (b. 1801) and John Day; the apparent father of these three boys was Amery Day who was appointed guardian of his minor son, William, in 1817, after the death of Nancy (Brown) Day Henderson. This establishes a connection between Ammery Day, the three children by Nancy (Brown) Day, William Day (who was an adult in the 1700s and early 1810s) and Ransom Day, the last two owning the land adjacent to Thomas Henderson.]
Edward Day sold land in 1837.
John Day to Isaac Vannorsdell (1838), Deed Book 33, p. 75.
Ransom Day to Eli. D. Chadwick, (1841), Deed Book 35, pp. 424-425.
[photo-copied original record—NMS]
Ransom Day and Anna his wife sold 32 ¼ acres of land to Eli D. Chadwick, by deed dated 5 August 1841 . The land had been purchased by Ransom Day by deed dated 3 April 1811 [from William Day], and was situated on the Little Cacaphon, adjoinging lands of Smart (?) and Patterson and cornering with land owned by Joseph Stanis (?). The deed was sigend by Ransom Day and Anna (mark) Day, and proved by Ransom Day at the Hampshire Court , George Sharf and Wm. A Herskill, presiding.
John R. Dye sold land a number of times in the 1850s.
Samuel Dew sold land to Thomas Wharton (1764), Deed Book 1, p. 248
Samuel Dew sold land six times between 1816 and 1824.
The heirs of Samuel Dew sold land in 1830, 1831, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840 and 1850.
Samuel Dew posted a number of bonds in Hampshire Co., the earliest one appears to be dated 14 June 1787 , Hampshire Co. Deed Book D., pp. 164, 173, 175, 176 & 177.
Kimber Barton to Mary Burbridge (1795), Deed Book 10, p. 68-70.
(copied original record)
By deed dated 4 April 1795 , Kimber Barton and Elizabeth his wife sold to Mary Burnbridge, all of Hampshire Co., for ₤330, 94 acres of land on Patterson Creek, which Kimber and Elizabeth Barton purchased from Abraham Blew (Blue) in 1795. The deed was signed by Kimber Barton and Elizabeth Barton, and witnessed by John Mitchel, Alex. King, John McBride and Tho.s Hollinback.
(NOTE: Kimber Barton was born 26 Nov 1745, New Britian Twp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas and Mary (Kimber) Barton; he apparently moved to Fauquier Co., VA, then to Hampshire Co., (now) West Virginia, and then removed to Mason County Kentucky about 1795 or 1796. About 1800, the Kimber Barton family settled in Green Twp., Scioto Co., Ohio . Kimber Barton’s wife was Elizabeth Lewis, and they had at least eleven children who were early settlers in Kentucky , Ohio , Illinois and Missouri . Their daughter, Sarah Barton, married (about 1790 or before) Willis Day (abt. 1766-1825), son of Ambrose and Winifred Day of Culpeper Co., Virginia, who also removed to Mason Co., Kentucky in the mid 1790s, residing near Minerva, and then to Green Twp., Scioto Co., Ohio in 1815-16.—NMS)
Henry Barton (or Batton) appears in Deed Books in Hampshire County as early as 1761 and through 1778.
Joseph “Brittain” sold land in Hampshire County twice in 1764.
Simon Barton (or Batton) recorded a lease and release twice in 1783.
West Virginia Estate Settlements, compiled by Ross B. Johnston (genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore , 1977) shows only one person named Day:
“Anory Day, L.G.” -- regarding a land grant, dated 29 November 1802 .
[This is undoubtedly Ammery Day from other records.—NMS]
The will of Thomas Henderson was dated 6 November 1815 and proved 30 April 1818 , in Hampshire Co., VA. It mentions his "wife, Nancey" [evidently formerly Day; the context infers that Nancy was deceased when he wrote his will in 1815—she certainly was dead by 1817].
He lists heirs: Larkin Day, William Day and John Day , sons of Nancy Day--inferring that they were his sons (actually step-sons).
He also lists an heir "my son John Grant."
The executor was Larkin Day.
Witnesses were John Hiet, Amery Day, Adam Brown and David Brown.
[Note: Amery Day, witness to Thomas Henderson's will, was probably the same, father of the thee boys, Larkin, William and John, who's mother, Nancy had shacked up with and possibly married Thomas Henderson.--NMS.]
Amry Day purchased the following items at an estate sale of John Busby, 4 January 1811 :
old saw and chisel for .61
4 tins for .36
1 pewter dish for .95
and a box of old iron for .34.
(Hampshire Co., VA, Will Book 5, pp. 203 - 206)
[Note: John Busby's son, William, married Margaret Day (1768-1855) who was born in Culpeper Co., VA and died in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA.—NMS]
Lewis Day was a witness to a lease and release, dated 9 October 1786, and recorded 13 April 1787 in Hampshire Co., VA: Thomas Dobins and wife Elizabeth leased 222 ac. of land on Cabbin Run to David Long. Other witnesses were Abraham Johnson, William Johnson,
Jr., John Johnson, John Turvey.
Lewis Day appears in the 1787 tax list of Hampshire Co., VA (next to Winny Day and near William Day on the list). He apparently had no dependants, no horses and no cattle.
Lewis Day signed a petition from New Creek, Hampshire Co., VA, dated 26 September 1787 : a Petition To Add A Portion of Hardy County to Hampshire County , Virginia .
Lewis Day was a defendant in Hampshire County (Virginia) Court, 15 March 1788 (Hampshire County Minute Book, page 8)
He was a defendant in Hampshire County (Virginia) Court, 16 August 1788 (Hampshire County Minute Book, page 28)
(These court books were not to be found when I visited the Hampshire Co., WV courthouse. A microfilmed index of the old--apparently lost--court book was located at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City .)
In 1790 Lewis Day (along with William Day, and a long list of others) signed a Religious Petition from Hardy Co. and Hampshire Co. VA, dated October 28, 1790 : "To sell one glebe and purchase another. ... All People that is for the Sale of the Gleeb are Desired to set their names down for ______ to be seal'd to ___tion."
"Winney Day" appears on the 1787 personal tax list of Hampshire Co., VA (next to Lewis Day, and near one William Day on the list). She had one horse and one cow. She was apparently
widowed and was listed as "not tithable."
"Winny Day", along with James Rodham, witnessed a bill of sale, dated 2 May 1791 , in Hampshire Co., VA: Lewis Day sold a horse and some personal property to William Johnson, all of Hampshire Co.
"Wheny Day", along with Abraham Johnson, John Snyder and John Dowden, witnessed a deed, dated 27 October 1792 and recorded 30 October 1792 , in Hampshire Co., VA: William Johnson and wife Charity sold 75 ac. of land on Patterson Creek to Peter Gooset.
Hampshire County Minute book Abstracts, by Vicki Bidinger Horton.
Vol. I : 1788-1802
Vol. II : 1817-1823
Vol. I, p. 39
16 May 1788
“Ordered that Martin Picket pay unto Thomas Chilton 470 lbs of tobacco for two days attendance at this court and for coming and returning once one hundred and five miles as a witness for said martin against William Day.”
Vol. I, p. 212
12 Nov. 1789
William Day (with others) was sworn on a grand jury. They found an indictment against John Hansbrough for assaulting Benjamin Neal to be a true bill.
Vol. I, p. 246
15 Aug. 1796
William Day (with others) was sworn on a grand jury and considered several cases.
Vol. I, p. 277
19 Nov. 1798
Thomas Henderson was indicted by a grand jury for living in adultery with Nancy Day.
[The fact that Henderson was charged with adultery indicates that he or Nancy Day was married at the time. Laws in Virginia at that time seem to have permitted a divorce, but a woman was prohibited from marrying again (and sometimes traveled to Pennsylvania or Kentucky to officiate a second marriage). Nancy (Brown) was the daughter of Alexander brown, an Irish immigrant who lived in Frederick Co., Virginia—and Alexander Brown is an ancestor of President Richard Nixon. Nancy apparently married Ammery Day (sometimes given as Ambrose or Ambry or William) and had three children by him: Larkin (b. 1790), John (b. ?) and William Day (b. 1801). Ammery Day was appointed guardian of his son William in 1817. It is interesting to note that William Day (b. 1801) was born after this 1798 indictment that Nancy Day and Thomas Henderson were living together, and they apparently were living together later as well. Larkin Day (b. 1790) later assumed the surname Henderson . Larkin Day Henderson married Mary Kees and raised a family; William Day married Ann Pugh and raised a family; I have found nothing of their brother, John Day, but he may have married a woman named Jane who is found in the 1850 census, living next door to William Day; Jane Day was apparently single (perhaps widowed) with sons James Day (b. abt. 1833) and John Day (b. abt. 1840).—NMS]
Vol. I, p. 313
12 Aug. 1790
Kimber Barton (with others) was sworn on a grand jury; several cases were presented.
Vol. 2, p. 24
19 Aug. 1817
“Amsey [Amery] Day appointed guardian for his son, Wm. Day, whereupon he gave bond, the said William having madechoise of said Amsey [Amery].”
[NOTE: This would confirm that Ammery Day was the father of William Day, and probably John Day and Larkin Day (the last of whom assumed the surname Henderson from his step father), sons of Nancy (Brown) Day who had shacked up with Thomas Henderson in Hampshire Co. by 1798. William Day was born in 1801, making him still a minor in 1817; Larkin Day Henderson was born in 1790, and the fact that John Day does not appear in a guardian record would suggest he was no longer a minor in 1817 (or had died). Nancy (Brown) Day Henderson apparently died about 1817.—NMS]
[Many people named Hiett, Hyatt, etc. appear in Hampshire records from the 1780s through the mid 1800s. One Stephen Hiett, who probably previously lived in Hampshire Co., Virginia, moved to Mason Co., Kentucky and married a widow named Mary Day in 1803. She had children named Morgan, Presley, Charity and Maria Day; Mary’s first husband may have been Lewis Day, but was certainly some relation to the Ambrose & Winifred Day family from Culpeper Co., Virginia.—NMS]
Ann (Pugh) Day, daughter of Jacob & Elizabeth Pugh, died 7 Oct. 1874 , age 70 yrs, 17 days. Her son, Alexander Day reported the death to the Hampshire Co., Court, and stated that her husband was William Day. [This was William (b. 1801), son of Ammery Day and Nancy (Brown) Day Henderson.—NMS]
Mary (Day) Busby was born 5 April 1768 in Culpeper Co., Virginia, and died 10 August 1855 in Romney, Hampshire Co., Virginia (now West Virginia ). Her husband was one William Busby (sometimes Busbey). She was buried in Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney. [The fact that she was born in Culpeper Co. suggests a connection to the Ambrose and Winifred Day family.—NMS] Source given as: Death record in Virginia State Archives, and tombstone inscription in Indian Mound Cemetery , Romney, VW.
[These two items come from Old Frederick County , Virginia Historical Series, Vol. II, Historical Records of Old Frederick and Hampshire Counties , Virginia , compiled by Wilmer L. Kerns, Gregath Co., Cullman , AL , pp. 35-36]
1782 State enumerations for Hampshire Co., Virginia show the following:
Samuel Dew : 9 whites, 2 blacks, List of William Buffington.
John Doe : 4 whites 0 blacks, List of Michael Cresap.
(Historic Hampshire, ed. By Selden W. Brannon, McClain Printing, Parsons, WV, 1976 –FHL # 975.495 H2b)
Hampshire County Minute Book
1788-89 (or 1788-1791) http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvhampsh/ http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvhampsh/mntbk.htm
“Thimber Barten” = Kimber Barton
Hampshire County Court Minute Book
The following named were transcribed from an index at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City . I failed to find the original Minute Book when I personally visited Romney, Hampshire Co., West Virginia in 2004.—NMS
The minute book abstracts for 1788-89 are 81 pages
A copy of the original minute book may be found on LDS microfilm #0249993.
Barten, “Thimber” 17 June 1788 Witness p. 20
Day, Lewis 15 March 1788 Defendant p. 8
Day, Lewis 16 August 1788 Defendant p. 28
Day, William 16 May 1788 Defendant p. 14
Day, William 16 May 1788 Plaintiff p. 14
Day, William 14 July 1788 Plaintiff p. 21
Day, William 15 May 1789 Defendant p. 67
Day, William 14 August 1789 Defendant p. 73
Day, William 15 August 1789 Defendant p. 76
Dew, Samuel: pp. 31, 1 , 21, 21, 67, 53, 69
Dew, Solomon: p. 17
Doe, John 17 May 1788 Plaintiff p. 17
Doe, John 15 August 1788 Plaintiff p. 26
Doe, John 16 October 1788 Plaintiff p. 33
Doe, John 13 March 1789 Plaintiff p. 42
Doe, John 15 May 1789 Plaintiff p. 63
Doe, Richard 15 August 1788 Defendant p. 26
Doe, Richard 16 October 1788 Defendant p. 33
Doe, Richard 13 March 1789 Defendant p. 42
(end of compilation by Nick Sheedy)