Fretwell Family

Fretwells in Essex Co., VA - 1703-1763

First Generation



1. William FRETWELL. Born ca 1700. William died in Cumberland Co., VA, bef 25 Jan 1788. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Unknown.  Residence: Essex Co., VA 1724. Religion: Member Of Christ Church, Middlesex Co., VA From 1736 To 1741.



     The history of William Fretwell (given below) appeared first in Descendants of  Leonard Fretwell (1787-1836) of Lewis County, Missouri  (pp. viii and ix of the Introduction) in 2001.  The facts of the narration still stand today.



     William Fretwell was born about 1700, married Mary Evett by 1730 in Virginia and died by 25 Jan 1788 Cumberland County, Virginia.
     William Fretwell appeared in the records of Virginia for the first time in 1724 when he was paid for a court appearance in Essex County.  William purchased one hundred acres of land in 1747 in Essex County, Virginia and resided there until he purchased two hundred fifty acres of land in 1763 in Cumberland County, Virginia, where he lived until his death.
     Mary Evett was named in the will of Johannah Smart of Southfarnham Parish, Essex County, 7 September 1728.  Mary was to receive a dress described as a “callamineo sultan.”  When the inventory was made, on 17 November 1730, it is Mary Fretwell receiving the “callamineo sultan” given to her by Johannah Smart.
     Both William Fretwell and Mary Evett were residents of Essex County, Virginia.  No marriage record has been found, but the time of the marriage appears to be between 1728 and 1730.  One Joseph Fretwell appeared in the court of Essex County as a witness on 10 Feb 1703/04.  He witnessed a deed for Thomas and Marg’t Smith.  He might prove to be the father of William Fretwell.  There were other individuals named Evett in Essex County at this time, but none have been identified as Mary’s parents.  The name appears in the records spelled as Evet, Evett, Evat, Evatt, Evit, and Evitt.
     William and Mary were the parents of thirteen children.  The births of three of the children appear in the records of the Parish of Christ Church in Middlesex County from 1736 to 1741.  They were William, John and Rebecka.  When William removed himself from Essex County to Cumberland County in 1763, it is presumed that his sons, William and Alexander, went to Albemarle County, his son, John, went to Louisa County and his daughters, Susannah and Nancy, went to Prince Edward County.  Later, Nancy [removed]  to Cumberland County.
     Thomas, Joseph, James, Richard and Leonard settled in Cumberland County with their father and mother in 1763.  Later, Joseph removed himself to Surry County, North Carolina; John to Christian County, Kentucky; and Mary, Thomas, Richard, Leonard and James went to Georgia.
     William Fretwell wrote his will 29 December 1786 and it was recorded in Cumberland County, Virginia, on 25 February 1788.  His will made note of some Negroes already given to Mary (his widow), Leonard (his son), and Nancy (his daughter), and some monies already in the hands of Leonard (forty pounds), Thomas (forty-five pounds), William [and Mary] Byrom (fifty pounds), and Henry [and Susannah] Bohanan (thirty poounds).  He further mentioned five shillings each for Richard (his son), and Samuel (his grandson).  No particular [monetary] gifts are mentioned for William, Alexander, John and Nancy.  Rebecka, not mentioned, is presumed to be dead.
     Mary (William’s widow), Alexander, John and Thomas (William’s sons) posted bond (telling us they were alive at the time of William’s death and in the vicinity).  Mary (William’s widow), and William and Leonard (his sons), were named as his executors.  Leonard is not active in the probate (telling us he is most likely in Georgia).  An agreement between Mary Fretwell and Alexander Fretwell was recorded in the court of Cumberland County 27 October 1788 with John Fretwell as witness, (again telling us that they were alive at the time of their father’s death and in the vicinity of Cumberland County).  James (son and heir of William Fretwell) was appointed administrator of William’s will.  William (son and heir of William Fretwell) asked to have the letter of administration granted to James (his brother) set aside.   From 1793 to 1797, the brothers, William and James, are opponents in a lawsuit in Cumberland County (reflecting William’s distance from [William] his father and [James] his brother.
     Mary (the widow) died by April 1791.  James Fretwell, living in Cumberland County, administered the estate and made the distribution.  Each son and daughter received a little more than sixty-six pounds in the final distribution, except Joseph and Richard (as mentioned above).  Joseph had died before his father and Richard had acquired some of his father’s land in 1784 before his father’s death.


He married Mary EVETT, ca 1730 in Essex Co., VA. Mary died in Cumberland Co., VA, bef 1 Apr 1791. Occupation: Residence: Essex Co., VA 1728.


They had the following children:
           2 i. Susannah (ca1732->1791)
           3 ii. Mary Ann (ca1734-ca1808)
           4 iii. William (<1736-<1823)
           5 iv. John (1738-1820)
           6 v. Alexander (ca1740-<1825)
              vi. Rebecka. Born in Virginia on 23 May 1741. Rebecka died bef 1786.


                  Rebecka was baptised 31 May 1741 according to the parish register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co., Virginia.

                  She is not named in the will of William Fretwell in 1786.



           7 vii. Joseph (ca1742-<1784)
           8 viii. Thomas (ca1743-<1798)
           9 ix. Nancy (ca1745->1821)
           10 x. James (ca1749->1820)
           11 xi. Richard (1752-<1843)
           12 xii. Leonard (ca1753-<1821)


Second Generation 

Family of William FRETWELL (1) & Mary EVETT




2. Susannah FRETWELL (William1). Born ca 1732. Susannah died aft 21 Aug 1791.


Henry [Susannah] Bohannah is named in her father's will and received a distribution August 21, 1791 (Cumberland Co., VA Will Book 2, p. 478).


She married Henry BOHANNAN, ca 1769 in Virginia. Henry died aft 21 Aug 1791. Occupation: Engaged In Agriculture.


They had eight or more children.


3. Mary Ann FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia ca 1734. Mary Ann died in Georgia ca 1808.


Mary Ann Fretwell could have been born as early as 1734 and as late as 1750.  Was she older than her husband?  Or, if born as late as 1750, then she was eighteen years old when she married.


She married William, Sr. BYROM, son of Henry, Jr. BYROM & Mary SCOTT, ca 1768 in Virginia. Born in King & Queen Co., VA, ca 1749. William, Sr. died in Jasper Co., GA, on 1 Jul 1815. Buried in Vaughn - Byrom Cem., Hillsboro, GA. Occupation: Planter.


They had the following children:
           i. Seymour Scott (ca1770-1814)
           ii. John (ca1772-1819)
           iii. James (ca1774->1807)
           iv. Elizabeth (ca1776-)
           v. Isabella (ca1778-)
           vi. Mary (ca1780-ca1860)
           vii. Henry (ca1782-<1806)
           viii. William, Jr. (ca1784-ca1828)


4. William FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia bef 31 Jan 1736. William died in Albemarle Co., VA, bef 6 Jan 1823.


William headed a household of nine white souls in Albemarle Co., VA in 1785 assumed to be himself, his wife and seven children.


He married Judith -----, ca 1765 in Virginia. Judith died in Albemarle Co., VA, bef 1820.


They had the following children:
           i. Thomas (ca1766-<1808)
           ii. Crenshaw (ca1770-1846)
           iii. William, Jr. (ca1771-<1806)
           iv. John Thomas (1773-1837)
           v. Susannah (1775-1802)
           vi. ----- (ca1777-)
           vii. ----- (ca1779-)


5. John FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia on 16 Feb 1738. John died in Christian Co., Kentucky, on 26 Sep 1820.


John Fretwell appeared on the tax lists of Louisa Co., VA beginning in 1767. 


In 1810, John Fretwell removed to Kentucky.


He first married Mary BULLOCK, daughter of John BULLOCK & Agnes WOMACK, ca 1769 in Goochland Co., VA. Born in Goochland Co., VA, ca 1735. Mary died in Louisa Co., VA, ca 1785.


They had the following children:
           i. Muscow (1770-<1803)
           ii. John (1772-<1827)
           iii. Nansie (1774-)
           iv. Alexander (ca1778-<1825)
           v. Richard B. (ca1780-<1840)
           vi. James B. (1783-1868)
           vii. William (ca1785-<1813)


He second married Mourning -----, ca 1789 in Louisa Co., VA. Born in Virginia ca 1765. Mourning died in Kentucky bef 1820.

They had one child:

           i. Frances (ca1790-)


6. Alexander FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia ca 1740. Alexander died in Albemarle Co., VA, bef 1825.


Alexander Fretwell headed a household of eight white souls on the tax list of Albemarle Co., VA in 1785 assumed to be himself, his wife and six children.


It is assumed that other children were born after that date.  Only three have been identified by name.


It is speculated that Alexander was married twice.


He married Nancy Ann BARKSDALE, daughter of William BARKSDALE & Ann -----. Born in Virginia on 15 Sep 1750. Nancy Ann died in Albemarle Co., VA, bef 1825.


They had the following children:
           i. ----- (ca1770-)
           ii. ----- (ca1772-)
           iii. ----- (ca1774-)
           iv. ----- (ca1776-)
           v. ----- (ca1778-)
           vi. Elizabeth (ca1780-)
           vii. Richard (ca1796-1880)
           viii. Mary (ca1798->1840)


7. Joseph FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia ca 1742. Joseph died in Surry Co., North Carolina, bef 1784.


Joseph Fretwell served as a witness in the court of Essex Co., Virginia in 1763 (assumed to be twenty-one years old).


Joseph Fretwell appeared on a tax petition for Cumberland Co., VA with James, Richard, Thomas [brothers] and William [father] . . .  "tax paying" residents in the county prior to 1789.


Joseph Fretwell purchased land in Surry Co., North Carolina in 1779.


He married Mary -----, ca 1768 in Virginia.


They had one child:
           i. Samuel (ca1770->1830)


8. Thomas FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia ca 1743. Thomas died in Virginia bef 1798.


Thomas Fretwell headed a household of five white souls on the tax list in Cumberland Co., VA in 1782 assumed to be himself, his wife and three children.


In 1784, Thomas Fretwell is granted a land warrant in Washington Co., Georgia for himself and his three children.


It is assumed he first married ----- -----, ca 1776 in Virginia. ----- died ca 1784.


They had the following children:
           i. Elizabeth (ca1778-ca1815)
           ii. Charles (ca1780->1830)
           iii. ----- (ca1782-)


He second married Nancy Ann -----, in Virginia. Nancy Ann died in Campbell Co., Virginia, bef 24 Oct 1841.


They had the following children:
           i. Richard (ca1783-<1815)
           ii. Leonard (1787-1836)
           iii. Mary W. (ca1790-)
           iv. James (ca1795-1876)
           v. Lucy Walker (ca1797-1867)


9. Nancy FRETWELL (William1). Born ca 1745. Nancy died aft Jun 1821.


John Raines headed a household of four white souls on the tax list of Prince Edward Co., VA in 1785 assumed to be himself, his wife and two children.


She married John Senr. RAINES, ca 1779 in Virginia. John Senr. died in Cumberland Co., VA, bef Oct 1816. Occupation: Planter W/thirty-Four Slaves At Time Of Death.  Will Book 5:260-263 & 6:225-227, 325.


They had the following children:
           i. ----- 
           ii. John [Legatee]
           iii. ----- 
           iv. -----
           v. Hugh [Legatee]
           vi. Charles [Legatee]
           vii. Richard [Legatee]


10. James FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia ca 1749. James died in Georgia aft 1820.


James Fretwell headed a household of four white souls on the Cumberland Co., VA tax list of 1782 assumed to be himself, his wife and two children.


It is speculated that James was married twice.


He married Lucy HARRIS, daughter of Micajah HARRIS & Ann -----, ca 1779 in Virginia. Lucy died in Georgia aft 1820.


They had the following children:
           i. James (ca1770?-)
           ii. William (ca1775-1822)
           iii. Micajah H. (ca1780-1813)
           iv. Lucy (ca1785-ca1830)
           v. Mary (ca1787-1809)
           vi. Martha W. (ca1794-ca1857)


11. Richard FRETWELL (William1). Born in [Essex County], Virginia, on 24 Dec 1752. Richard died in Newton County, Georgia, bef 2 Jan 1843. Buried in Fretwell Cemetery, Covington, Georgia. Occupation: Planter.  Military Service: A Private In The 4th Virginia Regiment During The Revolutionary War.  He Enlisted 15 February 1777 For A Three Year Term.


He first married Lucy -----, ca 1770 in Cumberland Co., VA. Born in Virginia ca 1752. Lucy died in Cumberland Co., VA, bef 1784.


They had the following children:
           i. ----- (ca1772-)
           ii. ----- (ca1774-)
           iii. ----- (ca1776-)
           iv. Martha  / Marthay / “Patsey” (1778-1808)
           v. Nancy (1780->1822)
           vi. Lucy (ca1782-)


He second married Frances -----, ca 1784 in Virginia. Born in Virginia bef 1764. Frances died in Newton County, Georgia, bef 1843. Buried in Newton County, Georgia. Religion: Baptist.


They had one child:
           i. Leonard, Sr. (1789-1872)


He third married Mary Rebecca WITHERSPOON (according to descendants). Born in 1760. Mary Rebecca died in 1831.


12. Leonard FRETWELL (William1). Born in Virginia ca 1753. Leonard died in Putnam Co., GA, bef 8 Jan 1821.


Leonard received Land Warrant No. 1514 from the State of Georgia on 17 April 1784 for 200 acres of land in Washington County on his own headright, indicating Leonard has not yet married.  


Leonard Fretwell headed a household in Putnam Co., GA in 1820 assumed to be himself and one daughter.


He married ----- -----, ca 1793 in Georgia. ----- died in Putnam Co., GA, bef 1820.


They had the following children:
           i. John (ca1795-<1824)
           ii. Martha (ca1795-<1829)
           iii. Mary (ca1795-<1846)

 

Go to Fretwells in Virginia for individual chronologies.



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