Below is an excerpt from expert Justice Genealogist Thomas Harold Justice and I have verified those records. I have quite a bit more information along with a wealth of information from him regarding that branch of the Justice family.
The first Justice families into Eastern Kentucky were all related and were descendants of John Justice and Mary Moore, who were married 1 August 1728 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Church records in Scituate state that Mary More/Moor/Moore was from Ireland and that John Justice was from Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. John and Mary Justice made their home in the town of Halifax, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Halifax is near Hanover. Church records in Halifax, Massachusetts and recorded into the book, "Vital Records of the Town of Halifax", published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants Boston, Massachusetts in 1905 list the following:
‘The Children of John Justice and Mary his wife, Mary Justice was born July the 27th 1729, John Justice was born June the 21 1731, Simeon Justice was born January the 15th 1735, Thomas Justice was born May the 3rd 1737, Elce Justice was born May the 31st 1739, Elizabeth Justice was born April the 8th 1741. … William Justice, next to youngest son of John and Mary More Justice, was baptized on 3 March 1743 [in Halifax, MA]. Judging from the birth dates and baptismal dates of the other children, William was probably born around January that year. William died on Grapevine Creek in present day Pike County in 1813. He became the ancestor of most Pike County Justices.’
Records concerning the Massachusetts Land Bank of 1740 and on file with the Massachusetts Archives Center make six different references to John and Mary Justice of Halifax, Massachusetts. John and Mary were still in Halifax, Massachusetts at least until 1742 .
Land records in Virginia show that John Justice settled in what was in 1743 Brunswick County, Virginia in an area known as Mirey Creek. There is good reason to believe that they came there to join his wife, Mary's, family, who had earlier arrived there from Ireland. The initial 2400 acres claimed by John Justice was bordered on three sides by John Moore, William Moore, and Patrick Moore.
The Mirey Creek portion of Brunswick County became Lunenburg County in 1746 and in 1752 became part of Halifax County. John Justice and younger family members moved from their home on Mirey Creek in Halifax County to an area called Harpin Creek [‘Harpen’ today] where John Justice died in July 1766. Harpin Creek became part of Pittsylvania County when it was formed the next year in 1767. John Justice settled acreage on all his children while he was alive except for Ezra Justice, the youngest boy who inherited the home place with a grist mill and 300 acres by John's will. John transferred blocks of land to John Jr. and Simeon in the following deeds. I will guess that John Justice settled land on his two daughters as well, because their husbands are on record as owning parcels adjoining Justice land.
The following is one such block: "HALIFAX COUNTY [VA] PROCESSIONERS RETURNS 1737-1770. 26 JULY 1756, JOHN JUSTICE SENR. 400 ACRES ON THE BRANCHES OF THE MIREY CREEK ADJOINING THE 400 ACRES TRACT THAT HE NOW LIVES ON EXTENDING SOUTHERLY AND JOINS GEORGE GREEN. ALSO 400 ON THE BRANCHES OF JOHN MOORE'S CREEK BEGINNING AT A PINE MARKED I THENCE SOUTHERLY."
The George Green mentioned above is John and Mary’s son-in-law, married to their daughter Mary Justice. Official records reveal that John Justice’s land, 1200 acres in total, was joined by three different Moore families. In Halifax County, Virginia they became members of the Episcopal Church Antrim Parish. In 1766, they became part of Camden Parish, when Pittsylvania was formed from Halifax, County. Their home place, containing a grist mill was at the mouth of Harpin Creek on the Pigg River. John Senior settled large tracts of land on his three oldest boys, an example of which is the following.
‘HALIFAX COUNTY [VA] DEED BOOK I pp 374-376 16 MARCH 1758 JOHN JUSTICE SENIOR, ANTRIM PARISH, HALIFAX COUNTY TO JOHN JUSTICE JUNIOR, ANTRIM PARISH, HALIFAX COUNTY FOR 5 L -200 ACRES BOTH SIDES ECHOL'S FORK PARALLEL TO ROBERT MOORE'S LINE TO SD. ECHOL'S FORK THENCE ALONG A BOUNDS EXPREST IN SC. JOHN JUSTICE'S PATENT NORTH 35 DEGREES WEST SO FAR AS TO INCLUDE SD. 200 ACRES OF LAND."’
There are several deeds on file in Halifax County, [VA]. One more is:
‘HALIFAX COUNTY DEED BOOK 1 pp 376-378 15 MARCH 1758 JOHN JUSTICE SENIOR, TO SIMEON JUSTICE, BOTH OF ANTRIM PARISH FOR 5 L -200 ACRES ON BOTH SIDES OF ECHOL'S FORK BEGINNING AT HIS BROTHER JOHN JUSTICE'S CORNER STANDING IN THE OLD LINE ON NORTH SIDE ECHOL'S FORK SD. BROTHER JOHN'S LINE TO OLD LINE ON SOUTH SIDE.’
There are several more records concerning land transfers and court actions available on the family there in Halifax County until Pittsylvania County is formed in 1767. But, as we all must, John Justice Senior died in July 1766. His approximate age was 71. His wife brought his will to be probated on 17 July 1766.
‘HALIFAX COUNTY WILL BOOK 0 pp 206 17 JULY 1766 HALIFAX COUNTY IN THE PROVINCE OF VIRGINIA MARCH THE 11TH 1765 IN THE NAME OF GOD THE LAST WILL OF JOHN JUSTICE SENR. BEING IN HEALTH AND OF SOUND MEMORY THANKS BE TO GOD ALMIGHTY AND CALLING TO REMEMBERENCE THE ONSARTIN ASTATE OF THIS TRANSATORY LIFE AND THAT ALL FLESH MUST YIELD TO DAYTH I DO DECLARE THIS TO BE MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT IN FORM AND MANNER REVOKING AND ANNULLING BY THESE PRESENTS ALL AND EVERY TESTEMENT AND TESTEMENTS AND WILL & WILLS HERETOFORE BY ME MADE & DECLARED EITHER BY WORD OR IN WRITING AND THIS IS TO BE TAKEN BY THESE PRESENTS THAT I JOHN JUSTICE SENIOR GIVE AND BEQUAVATH UNTO MY BELOVED WIFE MARY ALL MY GOODS AND CHATTELS AND ALL MOVABLES THAT I AM IN POSSESSION OF ON HARPIN CREEK AS LONG AS SHE REMAINS MY WIDOW LIKEWISE UNTO MY SON EZRA JUSTICE THREE HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND AND A MILL ON IT WHICH IS THE HOME PLAS. LIKEWISE TO MY SON WILLIAM JUSTICE ONE HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND LYING ON PIGG RIVER LIKEWISE UNTO MY SON JOHN JUSTICE FIVE SHILLINGS UNTO MY SON SIMEON JUSTICE FIVE SHILLINGS AND UNTO MY SON THOMAS JUSTICE FIVE SHILLINGS AND UNTO MY DAUGHTER MARY WIFE OF GEORGE GREEN FIVE SHILLINGS LIKEWISE TO MY DAUGHTER ALICE WIFE TO THOMAS WATSON FIVE SHILLINGS. SIGNED JOHN JUSTICE. SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED IN THE PRESENCE OF WILLIAM WILCHEN, WILLIAM (HIS X )ADKINSON, JOHN WILCHEN’
As one can plainly see from reading this [Virginia] will and the Halifax, Massachusetts records, this family in one and the same. For a long time, I accepted the previous research of other Justice genealogist that this John Justice was a grandson of William Justice 1625-1664 and Mary Frame of Charles City, Virginia. And indeed, they had two grandsons named John Justice. But neither was this particular John Justice, ancestor of our east KY Justices. No one has ever offered any kind of proof to tie Halifax John to the Charles City Justices. [There were errors in O Neil Justice’s research that misidentified the earliest Justice family line as coming from Charles City County, Virginia. However, Neil’s information on later generations born from the 1730’s and later is valuable and correct.] When I first ran across the Halifax, Massachusetts references in the book published in 1905 by the Mayflower society, I wrongly assumed that the author somehow confused some data from Halifax County, VA with data from the town of Halifax, Massachusetts. It was not until having the Massachusetts marriage record brought to my attention by Terry Anderson of Maysville, KY, an excellent genealogist, that I looked for and found various references to John and Mary Justice of Halifax, Massachusetts that I realized they had to be the same. An additional bit of reasoning is the fact that the surname Justice disappears in Massachusetts from 1745 to about 1850. If John Justice's family had remained in Massachusetts there would have been more Justices in Plymouth County Massachusetts than today in Pike County, KY.