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William Upshaw (abt. 1666 - bef. 1720)

Capt. William Upshaw
Born about in Gloucester County, Virginiamap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1697 in Virginiamap
Husband of — married about 1703 in Essex County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Essex County, Virginiamap
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William was born about 1666. He died before 1 June 1720 when his estate was appraised.

20 March 1749 - Essex County, Virginia Will Book 8, page 302.
Received of William Upshaw full Satisfaction for all dues and demands due from him to my wife Mary as he Marrying my wives Mother the Widdow and Executrix of my wives father James Carber, Deceast and do hereby Acquitt and Discharge him the said Upshaw from all Gifts or Legceseys which are or may hereafter become due to me or my wife Mary by any of the ways aforesaid. Witness our hands and seals this Ninth day of February, 1718. Thomas Cooper Dickinson and Mary N. Dickinson; James Rennolds Jun and Thomas Sthreshley. Recorded in Essex Court, March 20, 1749.

The original will of Captain William Upshaw, "Gent. written and signed by himself, is preserved among the records of Essex. It was proved at Essex County Court, May 17, 1720, by the oaths of James Griffing and Thomas Sthreshley, Jr., the witnesses thereto:
In the name of God Amen I William Upshaw Considering the uncertainty of this LIfe and being of sound and perfect memory at this Present Praise be to Almighty God do by these presents make and ordain appoint and constitute this to be my Last Will and Testament--Revoking and Disannuling all others my will and testaments whatsoever in manner and form as followeth--first I do will and bequeath my soull unto the Almighty God who gave it to me and when he shall think fitt of his good will and pleasure to take me home doe hope to Receive Remission of my sins through the merritts of my blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ also Doe bequeath my body to the Earth to be Decently buryed as my Extrix here after mentioned shall think neat and Convenient--Item I give and bequeath to my son Jeremiah Upshaw the plantation that I now live on three hundred and fifty acres of the Lower part of the Tract to be his ForEver--Item I give and bequeath to my son Richard Upshaw all the Remainder part to him & his heirs forEver--Item I give and bequeath to my son William Upshaw all my Quarter Land Lying in the Fork of Gilson's Swamp to him and his heirs forEver--Item I give and bequeath to my son John Upshaw my plantation in gloster to him and his heirs forEver. Item I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter Cordilia Hipkins three pounds paid in a store--Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna Brooking twenty five shillings paid in a store--Item I give and bequeath to my mother Cordelia Martin During her life three pounds a year credit in a Store.--Item I will and Constitute all the Rest of my Estate to be equally Divided between my Loving wife and the Children that I had by her making my well beloved Hannah Upshaw my hole Executrix in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this sixteenth day of December 1716." (Will Book 3, page 143).

On May 20, 1720, letters of administration were granted to the widow and executrix, Hannah Upshaw. James Alderson, William Winston and Thomas Cooper Dickinson went on her bond. (O. B. 5, page 421).

The inventory of the estate of Captain William Upshaw covering nine pages of the record book, was returned to Essex Court, by the appraisers, James Rennolds, Jr., Charles Waller and Henry Tandy, June 21, 1720. Among other items in the inventory is a "parcel of old books," some of which had been bequeathed to him by the will of his friend, Captain Leonard Tarrant, proved in Essex July 16, 1718, who name as his executors, my loving friends, Paul Micou and William Upshaw," to whom he leaves "all my books." (Will Book 3, pages 26 & 167).


  • Barnes, Robert and Catherine. Genealogies of Virginia Families: From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. Volume V. Reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 2006. Pages 249-289.
  • Jared, Grace E. Heminger. They Met Challenges With Memoirs: History of the Upshaw, Roane, Denby, Heminger, Keyser and Allied Families. 1968.
  • National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Ancestral Records and Portraits (New York: The Grafton Press, 1910). See Vol. 2, "The Upshur Family," pp. 482 and ff. at
  • Warner, Charles Willard Hoskins. Hoskins of Virginia and Related Families. Tappahannock, Virginia, 1971, pages 431-433.
  • Whitelaw, Ralph T. and Anne Floyd Upshur. Virginia's Eastern Shore: A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties (Accomack County, VA: P. Smith, 1968). Vol. 1 (available at Google Books here).

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Wonder if this is a clue
posted by Paula J
Williams mother was Cordelia and is mention in Williams will as "My mother Cordelia Martin". William also had a daughter Cordelia who married Thomas Hipkins.
posted by Eric Daly
He had 2 wives the last being Hannah. The LNAB of Forest has some foundation as Hannah the second Wife her oldest son with William Upshaw was Forrest. The other son was John

I will have to check for you but i do know he had 2 daughters before he married Hannah. see Hannah's profile for source to read

posted by Eric Daly
Is the father of William Upshaw Jeremiah Upshaw 1622 or Abel Upshaw as shown here. Also did he have two wives named Hannah, or is Forrest a speculative maiden name for one wive Hannah?
posted by Lenny Darnell
Upshaw-107 and Upshaw-18 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate. In 1718 he married Hannah widow of James Carber in Essex County Virginia.
posted by Eric Daly