Heaths of Northern Neck

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York County, Virginia

In August, 1635 Thomas Heath, a carpenter age 23, departed London for Virginia aboard the Safety, John Gaunt, Master.  He first settled in York County.

The records in York County for the period 1636 to 1646 are filled with entries for Thomas Heath.  In 1636 he was given an attachment against the estate of John Clark for 806 lb. tobacco because …the said Heath hath had many writs against the said Clarke and he cannot be arrested.  He was then ordered to pay a debt of 500 lbs. tobacco due Nicholas Jurnew. Fortunately he had help in doing this when in the same year Thomas Broughton was ordered to pay a debt of 20 shillings or 240 lbs tobacco due to Thomas Heath, the assignee of Nicholas Brooke, Junior.  Thomas Heath was also noted as owing the estate of Reverend Ralph Watson, indicating an unpaid tithe.  In 1642 Thomas Heath received a bill of sale from Thomas Lucas and Thomas Gregory for a plantation known as Middle House.  Thomas then assigned his interest to George Lake and George Wyatt.  This land was in the county of York, bounded by the land of Captain Richard Popely, Richard Watkins.

In January of 1643/4 Thomas, noted as a planter, sold his plantation on Queens Creek, to John Bates (Bayles) of … Hundred, planter.  This was 100 acres, which was later sold to John Brock, Chirrurgion (surgeon).

He made a deposition regarding the sale of 2 cows to a Thomas Gibson, by Captain Richard Popeley. This is the same Richard Popley who later claimed headrights for Thomas Heath in 1637.  Thomas signed a note to pay Nicholas Brooke 1,000 lbs of tobacco on November 10th, giving his personal property as security, witnessed by Richard Jones and Thomas Poynter.  The next day another note was recorded from Thomas to pay Nicholas Brooke 1,000 lbs. tobacco on November 10, giving personal property as security and it was witnessed by Richard Jones and Thomas Poynter.

In Deposition of Thomas Heath aged 36 yeares or thereabouts, Thomas states that …Thomas Gibson did in 1643 pass a bill to Henry Brooke for 4,000 lb. tobacco for 4 servants to be delivered …before the Nativity of our blessed Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus then next ensueing… but the servants were never delivered.  Thomas then witnessed a bill of sale when Thymothy Lowdell (sic) sold a heifer to Rowland Powell.

Thomas Beale owed Thomas Heath the assignee of Henry Tyler, 1 bbl. Corn.  Beale was ordered to pay, …deducting only so much corn as was due to Mrs. Hopkins for the levy of corn in 1643 for his family and himself as by the Vestry book and list then taken.  This corn was assigned over by Robert Bouth, the attorney of Mrs. Hopkins, to said Beale.

In the records of York County in 1644 Thomas Heth swore to a receipt written by Henry Brooke which mentions Barnaby Brooke.

A year later, in September, Elias Richardson received a judgment against Thomas Heath for 400 lb. tobacco.  That same month Thomas witnessed a bill of sale, and later was noted as owing Stephen Hamlin a balance of 1050 lb. tobacco and 8 bbl. Corn, due 3 years previously.  He was ordered to pay Henry Lee, attorney of Hamlin.

In October, Thomas Holmes recorded a deed for …200 acres in Yorke River, opposite the mouth of Matapony, opposite Martin Westerlin, due by assignment from Thomas Heath… for the transport of four persons, including Mary Heath.

He was subsequently noted in a list of 30 persons no longer available in 1644 to be soldiers at Middle plantation because they were no longer living in the parish.  While Thomas clearly had left the county, the records for September of 1645/6 include several notations for him.  It may be that he was in York County because of the settlement of the estate of Henry Brooke.

In the Deposition of Thomas Heath aged 36 yeares or thereabouts sworne in Court the 24th of March 1646, he stated that in January 1645/6 he was present when accounts were settled between Mr. Henry Brooke deceased and William Hockaday and all accounts were cleared between them.  That when he heard Hockaday say …you still have my bill of 11000 lb. of tobacco …where is that? Brooke answered that it was among his writings at James Towne, and he had sent his man Barrnett for them, which as soon as he came he should have it.  Brooke saying to Hockaday that he had a full discharge, etc.  Signed Thomas Heath.

It is in September, 1645/6 that we learn of Nicholas Heath.  The records state that Henry Brooke of Virginia, merchant, sold to Nicholas Heath, son of Thomas Heath, a heifer.  This was signed by Henry Brooke and witnessed by Nicholas Brooke and Robert Perry.  Later, the will of Thomas Best dated June 6, 1648, a kinsman of Thomas Jefferyes, notes godson Thomas Heath.  Based on these records it would appear that Thomas Heath was the father of Thomas and Nicholas.  It may be that his first wife was the daughter or sister of Henry and Nicholas Brooke.  Thomas Heath, Sr. removed from York County about 1645 and settled in newly formed Northumberland County.  In October 1648, is a notation that states 150 acres in Queens Creek was sold in March, 1645 by Thomas Heath to John Broche, Chyrugion, which Heath had been assigned by Stephen Hamlin, Hamlin having received it by patent February, 1638 from Sir John Harvey.

A deed is recorded in James City by George Wyatt, in October, 1646 for 100 acres at the Middle Plantation, North by East along the Palisades and land of George Lake, East by West towards the head of Archer’s Hope Creek, due to Wyatt as followeth: 100 acres purchased by Thomas Lucas and Thomas Gregorie of Captain Popeley in February, 1641, and by them sold to Thomas Heath who assigned the acres to Wyatt and George Lake, (1643) and an additional 400 acres from Wyatt and Lake.

There were several debt judgments entered for and against Thomas in the records for 1647.   It was noted that under the hand of Thomas Heath he stood indebted to John Ince for 330 lb. tobacco which was due in 1644.  An order for payment, according to the agreement with Ince in Court, to deliver 240 lb. tobacco or 20 shillings money by order from Thomas Broughton.  It was also recorded that Thomas Heath, by his attorney Nicholas Brooke, confessed judgment to Robert Horseley for 1400 lb. tobacco to be paid with 2 years forbearance as by judgment dated at James City, 11 June 1646.  Mr. Edward Prince, administrator of Horsley’s estate, received an order for payment.  Thomas Heath issued a note to Mr. Nicholas Brooke for 2,000 lb. tobacco to be paid November 20th 1647.

There are a few more entries over the years, and then on December 21, 1656 Henry Brooke appointed Thomas Heath to collect debts in the Colony of Virginia, witnessed by John Sheirclife and Robert Deuty.

Northumberland County, Virginia

Thomas Heath of York County settled in the area originally known as Chicacoan which became Northumberland County in 1645.  Thomas Heath appears to be the founder of the Heaths of the Northern Neck and Heathsville.

The records of Northumberland show that on January 20, 1687, he sued John Flowers and in February, 1687, Richard Hull sued Thomas Heath.  Thomas was noted as colonel, indicating he served in the militia.  Thomas Heath died in 1690.

His widow, Mary, which the records indicate was not his first wife, was later noted as the executrix of Capt. William Lee, son of Richard Lee.  Captain Lee died in 1696 without any sons.  He left the land to Mary Heath, widow, who was not related. She later married Bartholomew Schreever, Jr.  In court records she is designated as Mary Schreever, formerly Heath, and the executrix of Captain William Lee.  Mary lost her inheritance because the land had been willed to William Lee by his father, Richard, only for his lifetime.  After years of court disputes, the land was returned to the estate of Richard Lee Sr.  Mary has never been considered as either a daughter or wife of Captain William Lee by the Lee family.  Mary Lee was the mother of several of Thomas Heath’s younger children.

Children of Thomas Heath (d. 1690) of Northumberland County, Virginia

Elizabeth, a daughter who married John Curtis,

Nicholas, William, Samuel, Peter, and Thomas Heath

Elizabeth Heath married a Brewer, and then John Bashford, the son of Symon Bashford and his wife Grace.  They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Judith.  Elizabeth Heath married John Burne after the death of John Bashford. They had four children, James, John, Thomas and Margaret Burne.

Nicholas Heath No information has been discovered other that that already given above.

 William Heath died in 1719 in Northumberland County, Virginia.  William is absent from the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls, so it would seem that he was not a landowner at the time.  He lived in Northumberland and probably was involved in trade.  He was appointed constable for the upper parts of Wicomico Parrish on May 18, 1717.

William Heath married Ann Ball, daughter of Captain George Ball.  On May 20, 1719, Ann Heath, relict of William Heath made oath that the said William Heath made no will and she was admitted administrator of his estate.  Ann married her second husband, Thomas Dameron, in 1729.  George Dameron, his son, was sued by John Heath, the son of Thomas Heath. Evidently George Dameron was financing John Heath’s business dealings.

William is said to have one child, Samuel.  Samuel was apprenticed to Ralph Rutherford on May 21, 1729.   Interestingly, Phillip Thompson, age 11 was bound to Ann Heath in 1719 to learn the trade of shoemaker.  Samuel Heath, orphan of William Heath is hereby bound apprentice to Ralph Rutherford for four years from this Day in Consideration therof he the said Rutherford obliges himself to find him sufficient food, apparel & Lodging During the said Term and within the said time to Learn him to Write and the Trade of a Shoemaker and not to Imploy him in any other Servic by Shoemaking except Tending of Corn and at the Expiration of the said Term of four years the said Rutherford obliges himself to set him of with a good Sett of Shoemakers Tools.  Major Charles Lee with the said Rutherford enteres into a Recognizance each of five Thousand pounds of Tobacco for the said Rutherfords Just performance….

Samuel Heath was sub-sheriff in Northumberland in 1712 and Justice of the Peace for several years.  William Carpenter, an orphan aged 14 was apprenticed to Samuel in 1716 to learn the trade of cooper.  On 18 June 1718, John Nipper, deceased, by will designated Swanson Richard, Charles Prichard and Mary Prichard, all minors, his executers. Whereupon Richard, Dennis and John Swanson, next of kin, came into court and refused to take administration on the will during the minoity of the children. Samuel Heath, the greatest creditor obtained administration of the estate.

In June, 1719, Robert Jones obtained a judgement against Samuel Heath, attorney of George Gordon, merchant.  In August, 1719 Margaret Pine was ordered to serve her master, Mr. Samuel Heath for 3 months and 3 weeks to repay his cost of 250 pounds of tobacco paid to Dr. Thornton …Occacioned (sic)by the said servants laying Vilent hands on herself.

Samuel married Ann Johnson, daughter of James and Elizabeth Johnson who was a Gerard.  Ann inherited acreage in Westmoreland through John Gerard.  Samuel and Ann were the parents of four daughters: Elizabeth, Mary, Ann, and Judith. The will of Samuel Heath was proved on March 18, 1730, but there is no transcript. His executors were Captain William Eustace and Colonel Thomas Lee.

In the division of the land of his estate we learn about his holdings.  Henry Miller and his wife Eliabeth received the plantation of 109 acres where Miller lived and where Samuel Heath died, as welle as 150 acres of land called Nicholas Swamp.  William Tebbs and Mary, his wife, received 250 acres out of a tract called Scrivers.  George Conway and his wife, Ann, received 100 acres of the Scrivers tract, 300 acres in Maryland, and 120 acres in Westmoreland County where William Tebbs then lived.  John Sorrell and his wife Judith received 200 acres in Lancaster County where George Conway then lived and 365 acres in the possession of Sorrell, as well as 100 acres where John Hammond lived.   This division was recorded in 1744 and clearly indicates that he had large land holdings at the time of his death. Samuel left his daughters a water mill, which had previously belonged to Bartholomew Schreever, Samuel’s stepfather.

In 1737 the court was considering the guardianship of Samuel’s minor children.  Mary, Ann and Judith were placed under the guardianship of Charles Jones, the husband of their sister Elizabeth as their guardian.

Elizabeth married Charles Jones son of Captain William Jones and Leanna Lee.  Her second husband was Henry Miller.

Mary was born May 2, 1720 and died in Prince William County after 1780.  Mary married Thomas Pope, and after their marriage they became guardians of her sister Judith.  Her second husband was William Tebbs.   The will of Thomas Pope, filed in 1741 notes his wife and daughter Elizabeth who received his 450 acres and Negroes.  The will provided that should Elizabeth die without issue the land was to go to the grandchildren of Samuel Heath.  10 pounds was given to Nominy Church. In 1743 Mary Johnson Pope deeded her interest in the water mill to George Oldham.

Ann Heath was born in May 9, 1721.  She married George Conway.  In 1739 George Conway and Thomas Pope sought a division of the estate of Samuel Heath.  The will of George Conway, Jr. was filed in 1754 in Lancaster County.  Then in 1764 John Heath became the guardian of his son George Conway.  Ann then married Travers Downman.  Ann died in Stafford County, Virginia.  It is of note that the 1791 tax list notes Thomas Heath, single male free black, residing in Stafford County.  George Conway, Jr. later became the husband of Ann Dowman.

Judith Heath married John Sorrell.

Peter Heath married Hannah Smith, daughter of Edward Smith. Hannah was married several times after the death of Peter, which makes it difficult to determine who his children were.  In 1748, George, age 14, orphan of Peter Heath was bound to Thomas Bearcroft until he was 21.  This would have been in 1755.  George Heath was noted in Granville County, North Carolina in the 1755 tax list.

Thomas Heath married Winifred, daughter of Mr. Robert Jones, Jr., an early sheriff and Justice of Northumberland and son of Robert Jones, Sr. and Martha, and Sarah Garlington.  Mrs. Sarah Jones bequeathed about half of her estate to Thomas Heath, her son-in-law in 1720.  Thomas Heath’s will was dated June 6, 1726 and was proved in July, 1726.  He named his wife Winifred and children William, John, Betty, and Mary. Witnesses were Bartholomew Schriver, Samuel Garlington, and Maurice Jones.  The executers were Winifred, his brother Samuel Heath and brother-in-law Maurice Jones. His widow remarried after 1735 to George Oldham. In May, 1754 Roger Winter and John Heath petitioned for their parts of her estate that was held by George Oldham.

Will of Thomas Heath, Wicomico Parish

June 6, 1726 Probated July 1726

Son William Heath – Negro woman Jenne to him and the heirs lawfully begotten of his body.

Son John Heath – Negro woman to be purchased out of my estate, to him and the heirs lawfully begotten of his body.

Son William Heath – my best feather bed and bolster, two pillows and pillow cases, pair of sheets, a blanket, a rugg and bedstead with curtains and vallens.

Son John Heath – a feather bed, bolster, two pillows and pillow cases, pair of sheets, a blanket, a rugg and bedstead with curtains and vallens, and two draught oxen of Smiths Island which I purchased of William Mister to be sold for my said sons benefit.

Daughter Betty Heath – on feather bed and bolster, two pillows, pillow cases, one pair of sheets, one blanket, one rugg and bedstead. Rest of my estate to be equally divided between my wife Winifred Heath and my four children.

Wife Winifred Heath – to have use and management of my estate during her widowhood, and the children to remain with her during her widowhood.

Brother Samuel Heath, and brother in law Maurice Jones, and my wife Winifred Heath, executors. Witness: Bartholomew Schriver, Cary Keble, and Samuel Garrington.

The Children of Thomas (d. 1726) and Winifred Heath

Mary, Elizabeth, John, and William

Mary Heath married William Miller and they settled in Goochland.

Betty Heath married Roger Winter.

 William Heath received his inheritance in 1739.  William appears to have removed to the Falling Creek area of Lunenburg County.  His story follows.

John Heath was a merchant and possibly owned a transport boat or small ship.  In 1756 he received his wife’s inheritance.  His eldest son was probably born around 1740-45.  In August, 1758 Thomas Robinson, orphan of Thomas Robinson, deceased, formerly bound to John Foushee, gentleman to learn the trade of a shoemaker, appeared in Court and by his own consent was bound to John Heath until he became 21 years of age, to learn the art of a sailor.  John Heath, together with Thomas Yerby, as his security, agreed to release John Foushee from his obligation.

John Heath married his cousin, Mary Waddy, daughter of Thomas Waddy and a daughter of Robert Jones.  John and Mary’s mothers were sisters.  John had the misfortune to lose several wives. He married secondly, Ann Dameron, then in 1768, Judith Glascock, and in 1771 Chloe Hughlett Glascock who was noted in the 1790 census in Lancaster County with 3 in her household, including herself.  She was clearly much younger than John Heath.

John and Mary were the parents of three sons, William, John, and Robert Jones.  His second marriage to Ann Dameron produced a daughter, Ann Dameron Heath.  She died soon after their marriage and John married Judith Glascock.  John and his wife Judith, with Joseph Ball made a deed in 1775 to Henry Hurst.  John married the widow of William Glascock and daughter of Tavern owner John Hughlett in 1771.  They were the parents of Elizabeth C. Heath.

John Heath, Sr. was a prosperous merchant in Northumberland.  It would appear that George Dameron was involved in the financing of John’s business.  Thomas Waddy may also have been involved.  On several occasions George Dameron posted bond for John Heath when he was sued.  In 1774 a suit was brought against George Dameron, John Lawson, Thomas Waddy and John Heath by Thomas Gaskins and Kendall Lee.  Later in 1778 the estate of Nicholas Floods also sued the same group of men.

John served as Captain of Foot for Wicomico Parish in 1754.  He was Vestryman in 1759, and at the time of his death he was Justice of the Peace.  In 1776, John Heath, gentleman, was made Captain of the Minutemen, replacing William Lee, upon his death.  In the 1782 Virginia Tax List, which was taken by John Heath, he lists himself with 9 white members of his household and 27 slaves.

In 1780 John Heath, merchant of Northumberland County, Virginia sold to Isaac Kirk, planter of Halifax County, North Carolina, 550 acres on the east side of Rockey Swamp in Halifax County.  Adjacent property owners were Elijah Humphries, Thomas Harris, John Pritchett, Robert Carstaphen, Jesse Hammands, Cary Cox, James Hopkins, and Stephens.  The witnesses were Israel West, William Shinewell, and William Kirk.   William Kirk was married to John’s daughter, Ann Dameron Heath.

In 1801, in Halifax County, North Carolina, Elizabeth and Martha Kirk, minor children if Isaac Kirk, who died in 1800, filed a petition through their guardians, which notes land adjoining Robert Carstarphan, Thomas Smith, Joseph Gee, and others.  The commissioners appointed by the court included Nevill Gee.  Joseph and Nevill were the sons of Charles Gee of Northampton and Halifax Counties and leading citizens.

John Heath, Sr.’s will was filed in 1783, and lists wife Chloe, and daughter Ann Dameron Heath, sons John and Robert Jones Heath.  It also lists his cousin Winifred Heath.  In 1790, Chloe Heath was taxed in Northumberland County for 7 slaves and 2 horses.  Joseph Taskleson evidently was managing her plantation as he was also counted in her household.  Chloe Heath continued to be counted in Northumberland.  In 1810 she was counted with what appears to be a young family, and it may be the John Robert Heath was living on the home plantation with his wife and 2 very young daughters.  The family held 15 slaves.  She continued there into the 1820 census.

Children of John Heath, Sr.  (d. 1783) and Mary Waddy

Anne Dameron, Robert Jones, and John, Jr., and William

Anne Dameron Heath married William Kirk.  In February, 1785 Kirk was given possession of his wife’s estate which was held by John Heath, Jr. and Robert Jones Heath.  Their son, Reverend William Kirk was the father of Mary Ann who married Frederick Downing in 1857.  The Kirks resided in Lancaster County where William Kirk first practiced as a doctor before becoming a Baptist preacher.

Robert Jones Heath lived in Lancaster County. He sold 100 acres in Northumberland County to David Ball, Jr. in 1791.  This land was known as the Garlington Tract.  Robert J. and John Heath were counted in Lancaster County in 1786.  They were counted for 3 white, 5 slaves, 5 horses, 20 cattle and 4 wheels.  Robert was also counted in Northumberland with Joseph Feilding for 1 slave and 3 horses.  On May 7th the Rev. Ashbel Greene married Robert Jones Heath, Esquire and Miss Hannah Linn of Philedelphia.  In 1830 the death of Maria Jones Heath, the daughter of the late Robert Jones Heath, Esquire, of Virginia, was noted in the Columbian Star of Philidelphia.  Robert Jones Heath evidently was involved in politics as was his brother.  Robert Jones Heath was quoted as stating… Edward Jones, the Chief Clerk in the Treasury Department was one, among a few others, who at Trenton in the Year 1798, when the public Offices were there, gave Mr. Heath an invitation to drink a Glass of Wine and the first Toast given was D…..n to Thomas Jefferson.

William Heath married Elinor and in December 1757 they made a deed to John Heath in Northumberland County.  In February, 1758 Frances Jones sold 450 acres to William Heath, son of John Heath of Northumberland County, Virginia, for 80 lbs.  The deed was witnessed by William Jones and John Steel and was recorded in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.  In Halifax, North Carolina on January 3, 1772 William Heath sold to Cary Coxe for 41 pounds of Virginia money 103 acres of land on the east side of Rocky Swamp in Halifax County.  Elinor Heath relinquished her dower.  Rocky Swamp lies close to Fishing Creek and the Northampton County Line.  William Heath is absent from the 1782 tax list however, he is noted in the 1784-87 list.  He is counted for 1/1/2.  In the 1790 Federal census William Heath was noted in District 2, Halifax County, North Carolina.   In this census he is counted for one son under 16, himself, and a daughter and wife.  He had one slave.

John Heath, Jr. was a man of position and influence. He was born May 8, 1758 and died October 13, 1810.  John was educated by tutors and then became a student at William and Mary where he was responsible for organizing the Phi Beta Kapp fraternity in 1776.  Organizing the fraternity with him was William Short, who was Thomas Jefferson’s secretary in Paris.  Later Short was ambassador to France.   John served in the Revolution and studied law.

In his biographical sketch in the William and Mary Quarterly Historical Papers, Volume 4, it states that his father, John Heath, served in the House of Burgesses.  In 1781 John became the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Northumberland.  He practiced law in Richmond and represented Northumberland in the Virginia Legislature in 1782 when he was barely twenty-one. In 1792 John was elected to Congress where he served from 1793 to 1797.  He rose in opposition to introducing in Congress a Quaker petition regarding slavery.  Among others joining him was Thomas Blount of North Carolina. The town of Heathsville, the county seat of Northumberland County, was built on land owned by John Heath.

John Heath, Jr. was counted in 1786 in Lancaster County with his brother, Robert Jones Heath.  In 1789 he was taxed for 405 acres in Lancaster County. In 1796, a deed from Thomas Downing, Thomas Dameron Downing and Betsy wife of Thomas Dameron was given to John Heath.  In 1798 Thomas Gaskins, Walter Jones, John Heath, Jr., Catesby Jones, John Cralle, Thomas Winter Hughlett, and Thomas Dameron Downing, served as trustees of Heathsville.  In 1791 it is recorded that John Heath Jr. purchased from John and Anne Gordon their Black Point tract known as Springfield, being 649 acres.  He mortgaged this plantation in 1803 and in 1804 Thomas Daveron Downing became the owner.  John continued to hold a plantation in Northumberland County where he was counted in 1801 for sixteen slaves, and four horses. Only one white adult was noted, who was likely an overseer.

John Heath married Sally Ewell, daughter of Colonel James Ewell of Greenville, Prince William County, in 1785.  John and Sally lived in the city of Richmond.  They were the parents of John Heath, James Ewell Heath, Richard Seldon Heath and Mary Ann Marie Heath, all born after 1785.  James Ewell Heath married Elizabeth Ann Macon after 1813 and they had three children: William S. Heath in 1821, Richard Moore Heath, in 1823, and Ellen Maria Heath, in 1837.

Stafford County

Thomas Heath and Elizabeth: Stafford county: Jan. 10, 1743 Milian Heath, daughter:

Susannah Thomas Heath married John Richards 1754 Stafford

Overwarton parish: Stafford County

Will of George Mason of Gunston Hall: To Mrs. Heath, wife of Thomas Heath of Stafford County, 40 shillings a year, and her son, Mr. Richard Hewitt, my old school fellow from my childhood and acquaintance from my childhood, should be reduced to necessitous circumstances, …to supply him with necessarys for his support and maintenance…I particularly recommend this care to my children ….1777  This is likely Elizabeth, widow of Robert Hewitt, who died in 1724 and married as her third husband Thomas Heath and inherited part of Ann Mason’s estate in 1762.  Her second husband was a Grant.

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  1. Sandra Taylor said, on January 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Great job!

  2. Lori Abbott said, on November 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is so interesting! I am a descendant so this is fascinating!

  3. Marcia Sugumele said, on May 26, 2018 at 3:55 am

    I am looking for documentation of Mary Ann Kirk, daughter of William Heath Kirk…”Anne Dameron Heath married William Kirk. In February, 1785 Kirk was given possession of his wife’s estate which was held by John Heath, Jr. and Robert Jones Heath. Their son, Reverend William Kirk was the father of Mary Ann who married Frederick Downing in 1857. The Kirks resided in Lancaster County where William Kirk first practiced as a doctor before becoming a Baptist preacher” Do you have any information you might share with me…..I am trying to complete a DAR genealogy!

    Marcia M. Sugumele

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