Thomas and Elizabeth Cobb Booth
Thomas Booth born around 1705 in Surry, Virginia was the son of George Booth and Mary Malone. The family home was likely in the Tidewater or Southside area. In 1728, at the age of 23, he married Elizabeth Cobb, daughter of Thomas Cobb (b.1689 in York, VA - d. 1750 York, VA) and Mary Shields (b. 1692 in James City, VA). Thomas and Elizabeth had seven children; five sons and two daughters.
Their children's names were Thomas (Jr.), Nathaniel, William, George, John (our ancestor), Joyce and Ann. They were all mentioned in their father's will.
According to the book, "Booth Family History: One Lineage from Thomas, Sr. (1705-1767) of Amelia County, Virginia to Present" written by Timothy Douglas Booth (1948-2002) of Centreville, Virginia, descendant of Thomas Booth - Thomas was a "planter" who, at the height of his success, owned 2,000 acres with a plantation on which he farmed and raised livestock. At the time, only one planter in ten had an estate of more than a thousand acres so he was considered quite wealthy. His plantation was located in Southside Virginia in present-day Amelia County about 23 miles west-northwest of Petersburg and 27 miles southwest of Richmond. He lived most of his adult life in this area. (Note: Amelia County was formed in 1734/5 from Prince George County which was formed in 1703 from Charles City County).
Court records such as deed books and his will show that the location of Thomas' land was on both sides of Sweathouse Creek which runs into Deep Creek. Deep Creek flows a few miles north into the Appomattox River which flows eastward into the James River at Hopewell. Thomas probably grew tobacco which was the cash crop of those times and vital to the economy. He may have grown staples such as wheat and corn. Waterways were important to farmers because it gave them a way to transport crops and people to markets. http://www.haywoodcountyline.com/booth.html
According to deed records, Thomas was granted 1554 acres (2.4 square miles) on 29 September 1735. Another record says he patented additional land, totaling 2000 acres (3.1 square miles). (Note: 640 acres = 1 square mile). Thomas later divided his land among his five sons. His four older sons received their shares in 1749, totaling 1210 acres of the 1554 acres. His youngest son, John, our ancestor, was willed his share of 338 acres when Thomas died. Probably John was living at home with his father and working his future share. My Grandfather John was just 23 when he received his 338 acres and married my Grandmother Mary Smith shortly afterwards.
Prince George County wills and deeds records from 1713-1728 list Thomas Booth several times as an appraiser of deceased men's estate inventories. This would indicate that his judgment was respected enough to be called upon to give an honest estimate. The earliest record is 1718. In 1723 and 1724, Thomas had his land surveyed by Robert Bolling, a surveyor of Prince George County during this period. One of Bolling's records said that Thomas was of Martins Brandon Parish Episcopal Church.
Surveyor Bolling also listed the performance of individual surveys in another part of Prince George County for George Booth of Surry County. These were done in 1719, 1721, and 1724 on both sides of Turkey Egg Creek, at least 12 miles from Thomas's land. Turkey Egg Creek is shown on today's maps in present Dinwiddie County which was formed in 1752 from Prince George County.
The book "Carlby," documents the history of the manor home in the Southside area which belonged to the Booths. George Booth, father of Thomas our subject, lived at Stony Creek and Sappony Creek. George of this line actually built Carlby c.1768 with his grandfather's money.
Interestingly, then, a Thomas is mentioned several times in Amelia County's Court Order Book 1, 1735-1746 as either a witness, plaintiff, or juror in several cases. In one of these cases a Thomas Booth, Sr. was a witness, and a Thomas Booth, Jr. was the plaintiff. This could be father-son. Or, in those days if two unrelated people with the same name lived in the same area, people used "senior" and "junior" to designate who was oldest.
Will Book 2X, page 290 Amelia County, Virginia Copy of will of Thomas Booth
In the name of God, I, Thomas Booth Sr of the County of Amelia, being of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, vis: First and principally I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it hoping through the merits of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ to obtain full remission of my sins and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named. First: I will that my debts and funeral charges shall be paid. Item: I will and bequeath to my son Thomas one shilling sterling to him and his heirs forever. Item: I will and bequeath to my son George one shilling sterling to him and his heirs forever. Item: I will and bequeath to my son William one shilling sterling to him and his heirs forever. Item: I will and bequeath to my son Nathaniel one shilling sterling to him and his heirs forever. Item: I will and bequeath to my daughter Joice one shilling sterling to her and her heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann two negroes, viz Agge and her daughter named Lucy, also her choice of a feather bed and furniture as it stands to her and her heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my son John the land and plantation whereon I now live containing three hundred and thirty eight acres to him and his heirs forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my son John all the rest of my estate both Real and Personal to him and his heirs forever. And my will is that my estate be not brought to appraisement. I also constitute and appoint my Son John whole and Sole Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord 1758.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered Thomas Booth (SEAL) In presence of: John Chappell Robert Chappell Joseph Chappell
At a Court held for Amelia County the -- day of June 1766 This will was proved by the Oaths of John Chappell and Robert Chappell, two of the witnesses whereto and at another Court held for the said County the 22nd day of June 1769 the same was sworn to by John Booth, the Executor therein named and ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Executor who entered into and acknowledged bond with George Hightower his security as the Law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining probate thereof in due form. T G Peachy, Ck
The Will was signed, sealed and Delivered of Thomas Booth At a Court held for Amelia County the day of June 1766 another Court held for the said County the 22nd day of June 1769
Children of Thomas Booth
GEORGE BOOTH b. unknown d.1767 Amelia County, Virginia marr. Judith McEwen THOMAS BOOTH Jr. WILLIAM BOOTH NATHANIEL BOOTH b. Amelia County, Virginia d. abt.1785 Lunenburg County, Virginia married Temperance Smith ANN BOOTH Joyce (Joice) Booth JOHN BOOTH (My Grandfather ) married MARY SMITH
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Thomas Booth FamilySearch ID: L141-DBR
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