4. EDWARD3 HUMSTON III, born about 1702 ( Edward2, Edward1 ), married in Stafford County, Virginia, about 1731, Sarah Newton (proof of this has not been found), who was born probably in Stafford about 1710. She died after 1771 and it is supposed that she is buried at or near the sit of old Elk Run Church, in Fauquier County.

Sara was an orphaned daughter of Benjamin II and Elizabeth (Gregg) Newton of St. Paul's Parish. (This is corrected from the original supposition.) She may have made her home with her grandmother, Lucy Gregg. However, to add uncertainty, St. Paul's Parish Register lists the marriage of Sarah Newton to William Higgins Dec. 9, 1732.

Records now available show her name merely as Sarah. However, it is believed that she was the Sarah Newton named as “granddaughter” in the will of Lucy Gregg in 1730, thereby being a cousin of her husband. After a search for her parentage, it is concluded that perhaps she was the daughter of Benjamin Newton and his second wife Elizabeth. Newton, son of John Newton of Stafford, and grandson of Thomas Newton of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England, is said to have married first Mary, and second Elizabeth. His children were Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah and Benjamin Newton. A Mary Newton died in 1716, according to St. Paul’s Parish Register.

Edward Humston, third of the name in direct line, son of Edward and Lucy (Gregg) Humston, was born in Stafford (now King George) County, Virginia, about 1705, and lived much of his life at or near the old home of his father and grandfather.

On April 1, 1722, Edward and his father were witnesses to a deed by John and Rachel Colclough as previously mentioned. Records show Edward inventoried estates of a number of his neighbors: Philip Adkinson, April 8, 1730 (with Samuel Durha, Joel Stribling); Anthony Prosser, April 1733 (with Thos. Porter, Wm. Scott); William Porter, April 10, 1734 (with Thos. Porter, Thos. Bunbery); George Hutcheson, May 13, 1735 (with John Buckner, Wm. Powell); Thomas Hawkins, March 10, 1735 (with Wm. Bunbury, Richard Thomas); John Moss, March 9, 1735 (with Richard Thomas, Wm. Bunbury); Simon Bowling, March 10, 1735 (with Thomas Bunbury, William Bunbury); Richard Todd, April 12, 1736 (with Thomas and William B unbury); John Pratt, March 10, 1738 (with Thos. and William Bunbury); Robert Hewitt, Sept. 13, 1743 (with Thomas and William Bunbury).

A record of Edward3 is found in Caroline County March 11, 1736/37, (Dorman, "Orderbook 1732-49," pg. 85), when he entered a petition against Francis Griffis and was granted judgment for 437 pounds of tobacco.

About 1741 John Short purchased land from Edward on Cattail Branch in Stafford. (Tyler's Quarterly, v.32, p.210, Old General Index of Deeds Book "N".)

In Orange County a guardian's account in 1748 of William Stanton, son of Thomas Stanton, shows receipts from Wm. Pickett, Jos. Blackwell, John Morehead and Mr. Edw. Humsted (all of Prince William). (Dorman, Orange Co. Will Book 2, 1744-1778.)

Between 1730 and 1745 Edward’s name occurs from time to time as one of those appointed to inventory estates of various individuals. These include inventories of Philip Adkinson, 1730; Anthony Prosser, 1733; William porter, 1734; George Hutcheson, 1735; Simon Bowling, 1735; Richard Todd, 1736; John Pratt 1738; Robert Hewitt, 1743.

In 1731, while he was a planter in Stafford, Edward was the guardian of a young woman, Priscilla Heaberd, as the records show:

Know All Men by these presents that we Edward Humston, Howson Hooe & James Rea are held & firmly bound unto the worshipfull Justices of Stafford County the heirs Exrs & Admrs in the sum of one thousand pounds Sterling to the true payment whereof we binde ourselves our heirs Executors and admrs jointly & Severally firmly by these presents Witness our hands & Seals this Eighth day of September one thousand Seven hundred & thirty one. The Condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Edward Humston Guardian of Priscilla heabed his heirs Exrs & admrs do and shall well & truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said orphan all such Estate & Estates as now is or hereafter Shall come to the hand of the said Edward Humston as soon as the said Orphan shall attaine to Lawful age or when there unto required by the Justices of the peace of Stafford County Court as also to Save & keep harmless the said Trustees their heirs & successors from all trouble & Damage that shall or may arise about the said Estate then this obligation to be void or else to be in full force & virtue.

Edward Humston (Seal)

Howson Hooe (Seal)

James Rae (Seal)

Acknowledged & recorded

8 Sept., 1731

Teste Tho. Claiborne Clk

It would be natural to presume that there was some connection between the Humston and Heaberd families, but there is little upon which to determine the fact. It may have been that the kinship, if any existed, was through the Gregg’s, as previously noted. Other records from Stafford tend to substantiate this theory. In 1690 at the Orphans Court in Stafford, it was shown that Charles Baldridge was not provided with security on the estate of Capt. William Heaberd, deceased. Hence, the estate was to be under Thomas Gregg, Jr. On Nov. 9 1692, William Heaberd, then 14 years old, petitioned for his estate in the hands of Charles Baldridge, late deceased, which was in the hands of Mary Baldridge, widow of Charles. In March, 1692, William Heaberd entered court and chose Thomas Gregg, Sr., to be his guardian, for both his real and personal estate. On July 8, 1707, he was a witness to Thomas Gregg’s purchase of land. In the index of the lost will book, Liber K, an additional inventory of the estate of William Heaberd was taken about 1722.

There can be little doubt that Priscilla Heaber, the ward of Edward Humston, was the same Priscilla Heaberd who married Bayne Smallwood of Maryland, presiding officer of the court of common pleas and a member of the House of Burgesses, a merchant and large planter who had business dealings in Stafford, across the Potomac. The Smallwoods were of Charles County. Priscilla has been identified as “of Virginia, a lady of family and fortune.” She and Bayne Smallwood were the parents of two distinguished sons and several daughters. General William Smallwood, the oldest son, was born in Kent County, Maryland, in 1732. He was a prominent soldier of the Revolution and became the fourth governor of Maryland. He died Feb. 14, 1792, and letters of administration to his estate were grated Priscilla Heaberd Smallwood April 24, 1792, in Charles County. The second son, Capt. Heaberd Smallwood, of Virginia and Charles County, Maryland, served during the Revolution in Grayson’s Additional, Continental Regiment (Virginia), and resigned Oct. 6, 1778. His will was recorded in Charles County Aug. 28, 1780. The daughters of Priscilla and Bayne Smallwood were Elizabeth, Margaret, Eleanor, Priscilla Heaberd, and Lucy.

St Paul’s Parish Register contains several records of slaves belonging to Edward: Virlinda, a negro belonging to Edward Humston born April 9 and baptized May 7, 1732. Thomas, a negro belonging to Edward Humston born July 3 and baptized August 14, 1737. Priscilla, a negro belonging to Edward Humston born April 9, baptized May 11, 1740.

The older families of Tidewater Virginia followed the expanding frontier to the newer and more fertile lands of the Piedmont section. After many of his friends and neighbors had moved to Prince William County and other parts of the Piedmont, Edward was induced to give up the old home in Stafford County. He moved to Hamilton Parish in Prince William County, when he was 40 or 45 years old, and bought farm land in the Elk Marsh neighborhood, adjoining the holdings of Mark Harding, and about two miles from Elk Run Church. Edward did not patent any land in that part of the county which later (1759) was organized in the present bounds of Fauquier County was taken up at the time of his arrival there. He moved to Prince William about 1745, certainly not later than 1750, for sheriff Crump’s tax list for 1751 shows Edward to have been a taxpayer in the Elk Marsh section in that year.

The relationship of the children of Edward Humston II is found in the following deed, which likewise shows that the Humston families of Fauquier and Stafford are the same:

This Indenture, Made the fourth day of November, Tenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland defenders of the faith and C. and in the year one thousand seven hundred and thirty-six, Between Edward Humston of the Parish of St. Paul’s in the County of Stafford Planter of the one part and Thomas Grigsby of the same parish and County Gent., of the other part.

Witnesseth: that the said Edward Humston for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings of lawful money of England to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Grigsby at and before the ensealing and delivery these presents the receipt whereof he doth acknowledged, hath bargained and sold be these presents doth bargain and sell unto the said Thomas Grigsby All of that tract or parcel of land which Thomas Gregg late of Stafford county by his last will and testament gave and bequeathed unto Edward Humstone and Lucy his wife and after their death fell unto the said Edward Humston the younger being heir at law.

Beginning, at a marked Gum standing in or by a branch of Paplar swamp and extending thence S.S.E. 246 poles to a marked white oak being a corner of one hundred acres of land formerly one Evan Williams thence N. 77d.W. Po. To another hickory then N. 6 2/3 d. W. 60 Po. Another hickory then N. 46 d W. 64 Po. Then E.N.E. 174 Po. To the first mentioned Gum situate lying and being in the parish of Brunswick in the County of King George by estimation in the whole one hundred sixty acres of land and with all singular the rights, members and appurtenances thereof and all woods and underwoods, timer and timer trees with water and water courses, ways, easement profits, commoditys and advantages whatsoever to the premises aforesaid belonging or otherwise appertaining and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents issues and profits of all and singular the premises aforesaid, and all the estate right, title, interests, benefit propertys, possession claim and demand whatsoever of him the said Edward Humston of in and to the same, and of in and to every part and parcel thereof with all and singular deeds and writings whatsoever touching the premises aforesaid of any part thereof.

To Have and to Hold all and singular the tract and parcel of land (now in tenure and occupation by Robert Towes) and premises hereby granted, sold or mentioned or intended to be hereby bargained and sold with the appurtances unto the said Thomas Grigsby his heirs and assigns from the day of the date of these presents for and during and to the full and term of one year thence next ensuing and fully and completely ended.

Yielding and paying the rent of one year of Indian Corn at the Feast of St. Michael Archangel if the same be lawfully demanded to the end intent and purpose that by virtue of these presents and of the statute for transferring of uses into possession the said Thomas Griggsby be in the actual and solo possession of the premises aforesaid and be hereby the better enabled to accept receive and take a grant release confirmation or other conveyances of the free hold reversions and inheritance thereof to him and his heirs forever.

In Witness whereof the partys aforesaid have interchangeably hereunto set there hands and seals in the day, month and year first above written.

Edward Humston (Seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Teste:

Wm. Pickett Hugh French Joseph Berry

At a court held for King George County the 5th day of November, A. D. 1736.

The came Edward Humston and Sarah his wife acknowledged this deed of lease to Thomas Grigsby, Gent., ( the said Sarah being solely examined acknowledged her free consent thereunto) which on the motion of the said Thomas is admitted to record.

Teste. T. Turner C. Clerk.

This Indenture, Made the twenty seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight between John Humston, Ship carpenter of the one part, and Edward Humston of the parish of Hamilton in the County of Prince William of the other part.

Witnesseth: That for and in consideration of the sum of sixty pounds current money of Virginia, to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, the said John Humston hath bargained, granted and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Edward Humston and his heirs forever, All that tract or tenement of land situate lying and being in the County of King George being a tract of land left by Thomas Gregg, late of the County of Stafford in his last will and testament in joint tenancy to Edward Humston and Lucy his wife the said Lucy being sister to the said Gregg and mother to the said John and Edward Humston partys to these presents and the said Lucy being the survivor left the said land herein mentioned by her last will and testament to William and John Humston in joint tenancy, and as the said William has been absent several years more than the term limited by law nor has not been heard of nor appeared to claim the said lands which by virtue of the joint tenancy above mentioned by that means have fell to the said John Humston party of these presents and by the said John Humston sold and conveyed unto the said Edward Humston in manner and form aforesaid, together with all houses, gardens, orchards, profits and advantages whatsoever unto the same belonging or in any wise appertaining, reversion and reversions remainder and remainders, rents issues, and all other appurtenances whatsoever, To Have and to Hold the said tract tenement of land herein before mentioned or intended to be herby sold and conveyed unto the said Edward Humston and his heirs forever, and the said John Humston for himself and his heirs doth covenant and agree to and with the said Edward Humston and his heirs or assigns that he the said John Humston and his heirs etc, of any person or persons claiming under him or them the said herby conveyed land and premises unto the said Edward Humston and his heirs &c., shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents.

In Witness hereof the said John Humston hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.

John Humston (Seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of George Crump Thomas Marshall Edward Humston, Junr. Mary Marshall Ann Brunskill Wm. Lynch John Crump

The following words were interlined before signed in the fifth line (to him in hand paid) and in the eighth line (late of the County of Stafford).

September 27, 1758. received of the within Edward Humston the within consideration of sixty pounds Virginia currency being the sum to be paid by him to me.

John Humston

George Crump Thomas Marshall Wm Lynch

At a Court held for King George County the second day of Nov. 1758. This deed of Feoffment indented from under the hand and seal of John Humston to Edward Humston, Junr., and Ann Brunskile, three of the witnesses therto subscribed and admitted to record and is truly recorded.

Teste: Robt. Armistead, C. Clerk

Edward is mentioned in Prince William bonds for 1756 as security with Lucy and William Peake, Richard Rixey and George Calvert for the administration of the estate of John Peake, deceased.

Lucy Peake, for whom Edward was security in 1756 in Prince William, whose husband probably was John Peake, was a daughter of James Gregg of Stafford County. Matthew Gregg married Catherine ---. His will 1749-57 in Stafford names children James and John; sister Lucy; cousins (nephews) William and John Peake, sons of Lucy.

Edward appraised the estate of John Finnie in 1762, and returned an additional appraisal Nov. 25, 1766. He returned and appraisal on the estate of Thomas Seamons (with Edward Humston Jr.) Sept. 24, 1762, and on the estate of Robert Berryman June22, 1795. He is mentioned in the guardian account of William Harrison Jr. (Philip Mallory was guardian.) April 16, 1791.

In 1766 Edward Humston III patented 400 acres of land on Pass Creek in Frederick (now Page) County, as evidenced by the deed:

The Right Honourable Thomas, Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia.

To All to Whom this present writing shall come sends greeting: know ye that for good causes for and in consideration of the composition to be paid and for the annual Rent hereinafter reserved I have given granted and confirmed….unto Edward Humpston a Certain Tract of Waste and ungranted Land on the Bracnches of the Pass Run in Frederick County and bounded as by a Survey thereof made by George Hume.

Beginning at four Piner Corner to John Bumgarner, then with his Line No. Wt. Two Hundred and seventy five Poles to two White Oaks a Hickory and a Pine another of the said Bumgarner’s Corners Then No. Et. One Hundred and sixty Poles to three Red Oaks Then so. Et. Three Hundred and sixty poles to a Pine Then So. Wt. One Hundred and four Poles to two Pines in John Breeding’s Line Then with his Lines So. 70 Wt. Forty four Poles Then so. 20 Et. Twenty two Poles to two Pines in the said Breeding’s Line The So. Wt. One Hundred and sixty Poles to three Pines The No. Wt. Ninety two Poles to a large Pine in John Bumgarner’s Line and then with his Line No. Et. One hundred and sixty Poles to the Beginning. Containing four Hundred and Ten Acres. Together with all Rights, Members and Appurtenances thereunto belonging Royal Mines Excepted and a full Third Part of all Lead Copper Tin Coals Iron Mine and iron Ore that shall be found thereon.

To Have and to Hold the said Four Hundred and ten Acres of Land, together with all Rights, Profits and benefits to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining Except Before Excepted. To him the said Edward Humpston his Heirs and Assigns Forever. He the said Edward Humpston his Heirs and Assigns therefore Yielding and Paying to me my Heirs or Assigns…., Proprietors of the said Northern Neck Yearly and every Year on the Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel the Fee Rent of One Shilling Sterling Money for every Fifty Acres of Land thereby granted and so proportionally for a greater or lesser Quantity Provided that if the said Edward Humpston his heirs or Assigns shall not pay the said reserved annual rent as aforesaid so that the same or any Part thereof shall be behind and unpaid by the space of Two whole Years after the same shall become due If Legally Demanded that then it shall and may be lawful for me my Heirs or Assigns Proprietors as aforesaid….linto the above granted Premises to reenter and hold the same so as if this Grant had never been passed.

Given at my Office in the County of Frederick under my Hand and Seal Dated the 4 th day of October A.D. 1766.


Edward disposed of this tract of land in 1771, as shown by the following abstracts of deeds:

This Indenture made the seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and seventy one between Edward Humston of the County of Fauquier of the one part and John Lamon of the County of Frederick of the other part Witnesseth that the said Edward Humston for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings sterling….doth grant Bargain and Sell unto the said John Lamon….lall that tract or parcel of Land situate lying and being on the branches of Pass Run in the said County of Frederick….containing four hundred and ten acres….In witness whereof the said Edward Humston hath hereunto set his hand and seal this day and year first above written.

Edward Humston

In presence of us Jaacob xxxx Casper B Good Matthew Maddup Christion Bumgardner James McHail

This Indenture made the 8 th day of august 1771 between Edward Humston of the county of Fauquier and Sarah his wife, of the one part and John Lamon of the County of Frederick, of the other part for and in consideration of the sum of 80- pounds current money. They the said Edward Humston and Sarah his wife have granted to the said John Laymon a certain tract of land lying situate on Pass Run in said County of Frederick…

Edward Humston. S. S.

Deed signed and delivered by Edward Humston in the presence of Jacob Gosland Casper Good Mathew Maddux Christion Baumgardner Jame McHail

Edward was one of the appraisers of the estate of Andrew Beard in 1762, and witnessed the will of Benjamin Snelling in 1773.

The will of Edward Humston III:

In the name of God amen. I Edward Humston of the County of Fauquier and Commonwealth of Virginia, being Sick and weak of body but of sound and perfedct sense, and memory: thanks to the Almighty God for same. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following: Vizt. I give and bequeath my precious and immortal Sould to the omnipotent God from whence it derived, in hopes of full pardon and remission of sins and transgressions through the merits and mediation of my blessed saviour Jesus Christ and desire my Body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named: and as for my Worldly Goods or Estate which it hath been pleas’d God to bless me with: I give and desire of the same as follows:

Item. I give and begueath to my daughter Jane Mallory, the following nam’d negroes (with their present and future increase) Vizt. David, Charles, Poll and Jemima, also a Bet to her and heirs forever.

Item. My will and desire is that my negroes Linny and Frank be free at my decease.

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Edward Humston all the residue of my Estate both real and personal to him and Heirs forever.

Item. I constitute my son Edward Humston sole Executor of this my last will and Testament revoking all others heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this twenty eight of October one thousand seven hundred and ninety three…

Edward Humston (Seal)


Thos. Helm Walter Graham Joseph George Atd Shumato

At a Court held for Fauquier County the 22 nd day of June 1795. This will was proved by the oaths of Walter Graham and Thomas Helm Witnesses thereto and ordered to be certified: In the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court of Fauquier County.

I, T. E. Bartenstein, Clerk of Circuit Court for the County aforesaid in the State of Virginia, the same being a Court of record do hereby certify that the within will of Edward Humston deceased, dated 28 October 1793, is now on file in said office among the unrecorded wills and deeds of that date; the same appearing never to have been ordered to be recorded.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and annexed the seal of the said Court, this 29 day of October 1929 and in the 154 th year of the Commonwealth.

T. E. Bartenstein (Seal)

Edward lived to be a very old man, dying probably in the early part of 1795, about 90 years of age, and is believed to have been buried at Elk Run Church.


8. i. Thomas4, born March 17, n1731/2 in Stafford County ( St. Paul’s Register). No further record.

9. ii. Anne4, born in Stafford County, Virginia, March 2, 1734/5, and was baptized April 13, 1735 ( St. Paul’s Register). She married probably the Rev. John Brunskill, Jr., rector of Hamilton Parish. Prince William County records for 1756 show a marriage contract between Edward Humston and the Reverend Brunskill. The woman’s name is not mentioned. It will be noted that an Ann Brunskill witnessed a Humston deed in 1758. On May 23, 1757 John Brunskill Jr. of Prince William conveyed to Wm. McWilliams Jr. of Spottsylvania County a deed for Negroes. (Spottsylvania County Deed Book "E".)

Rev John Brunskill was born perhaps in Caroline County in 1731, eldest son of Rev. John Brunskill, Sr. He was licensed for Virginia in 1752 after matriculating from Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1751. He was in Hamilton Parish, Prince William (later Fauquier 1759), 1754-58, when he was accused by his vestry to the governor for intemperance, and other charges, was tried before the governor and council and ordered dismissed as unworthy. In seeking to remove the Reverend Brunskill in Hamilton Parish, the Governor asserted "he was almost guilty of every sin except murder and this last he had very near perpetrated on his own wife. (Groome, H.C., "Fauquier During the Proprietorship," p. 144.)

The elder Brunskill of the family of Upmanhall, Westmoreland, England, was licensed to and arrived in Virginia in 1715. He was in James City and Charles City Counties, and from 1738-58 he was minister of St. Margaret’s Parish in Caroline. In 1738 some of his parishioners reported he was neglectful of his duties and he was ordered to appear before the Council of State to answer.

Brunskill was minister of Raleigh Parish, Amelia County, 1754-1776. His congregation deserted him on account of his Royalist sentiments, but he was reported rector of the parish until his death in 1804. Amelia marriages show him as the officiating minister at a number of ceremonies 1791 to 1798. (Williams, Kathleen Booth, "Amelia Marriages 1735-1815.") The 1790 Amelia census lists two whites in his household. The 1800 census shows only one white male and 18 slaves, Anne presumably having died prior to that date. The 1820 Amelia census lists only Henry Brunskill, free Negro.

10. iii. Edward4, born in Stafford County Sept. 22, 1737, baptized Oct. 23, 1737 ( St. Paul’s Register).

11. iv. John4, born in Stafford County Feb. 10, 1739/40, baptized March 16, 1740 ( St. Paul’s Register). It is presumed he was the John Humston who was a tenant in the Manor of Leeds, Fauquier County, in 1777. No further record.

12. v. Sarah4, born in Stafford County May 2, 1743, baptized May 29, 1743 ( St. Paul’s Register). She is believed to have married William Settle in Fauquier, whose will dated Feb. 5, 1782 - March 25, 1782, mentioned wife Sarah, sons Edward, William, daugher Elizabeth Settle; William Freeman; Pope Williams. Witnesses were John Spillman, Nancy Settle, Henry Settle, Francis Sudduth and Benjamin Arnold.

Sally Settle, daughter of William Settle, married William Freeman June 15, 1777. William Settle was executor and Edward Settle was a witness of the will of Jacob Minter 1772-73. Edward Settle was bondsman when Hannah Minter married John Pope Williams July 19, 1773, and also bondsman for Henry Settle's marriage to Nancy Daggett March 13, 1778, probably the Henry and Nancy who witnessed the will of William Settle. An Elizabeth Settle married Nimrod Young Feb. 25, 1789. S Strother Settle married Dorothea Ash June 10, 1782. In 1792 Strother G. Settle and wife Dorothy had children Larkin and Lucinda. He was a captain in the Continental line (2V249).

13. vi. Jane4, born probably in Fauquier County after the removal of the family from Stafford. She married first, in Fauquier County Feb. 23, 1767, William Harrison, son of Thomas Harrison, known as the younger, of Prince William and Fauquier, a large land owner and county officer. He was the grandson of Thomas Harrison of Chipawansic, in Stafford, whose father was Burr Harrison, the immigrant ancestor of the family, who was in Virginia before1669. Jane Harrison is listed as furnishing supplies in 1782 for the Revolutionary Army. She married, second, Nov. 24, 1783, in Fauquier, Philip Mallory, Sr., who was born probably in King William County, Va., about 1722. he died in Fauquier in 1811, naming in his will nine children by his first marriage. Jane Mallory and Thomas Humston were two of the securities to his estate.

Fauquier deeds: Bill of sale July 30, 1791. Burr Harrison and Lucy his wife of Leeds in County of Fauquier to Philip Mallory…for 50 Virginia money, 170 acres in said county, adjoining Mr. Robert Allison’s linel, part of Jane Mallory’s dower. This land sold by Philip and Jane Mallory in 1794.

Issue (first marriage):

(1) William Harrison, died unmarried in 1791, leaving his estate to his brother and sister.

(2) Burr Harrison, born in Fauquier, married there Aug. 24, 1789, Lucy Pickette. He was a ward of Philip Mallory until April 5, 1790. Issue: (A) George Pickett Harrison, married Leonora Floweree Sept. 20, 1821; he died 1834 in Fauquier (Will Book 13, p. 336). Issue (a) Ariana Harrison, married June 10, 1839 Thomas A Rector. Issue: Nancy, Battle, Eliza, Pratt and Randolph Rector, and perhaps others. (B) Thomas G. Harrison.

(3) Lucy Harrison, born in Fauquier, married there Jan. 12, 1785, William Mallory, a son of Philip Mallory, Sr., her step-father. She died and William later remarried and moved to Kentucky.

5. THOMAS3 HUMSTON, born about 1707 ( Edward2, Edward1).

Thomas Humston, son of Edward and Lucy (Gregg) Humston, was born in Stafford County, Virginia, at an unknown date, but probably about 1707. Little can be learned of him, but the following abstracted record shows his relationship:

Edward Humstone patented 337 acres in Stafford County on 15 April 1667. His son Edward Humstone of St. Paul’s Parish, Stafford, died before April 10, 1728 leaving his eldest son and heir Edward Humston this property. Edward Humston III on 10 April, 1728 for the love and affection he bears to his brother Thomas Humstone, deeds him 207 acres of this property which ad been originally patented by their grandfather, Edward Humstone as above stated.

Thomas died Dec. 1, 1730, according to St. Paul’s Register. The inventory of his estate:

In obedience to an order of Court Dated the Eleventh day of March 1731, we the Subscribers being first Sworn did meet & appraise the Estate of Thomas Humston dec’ed as followeth;

To 3 young hogs & a sow & 6 piggs 1-12-0; to 1 horse, bridle & saddle 5-0-0; to 1 horse 1-5-0; to 1 mare 1-15-0; to 3 cows & three yearlings 5-0-0; to 1 Stare 1-5-0; to 30 lb of old pewter 1-10-9; to 1 pair of Stilderds & can hooks 1-0-0; to 1 bed & furniture 4-10-0; to 4 chairs 0-8-0; to 1 old bed & rug 1-5-0; to a parcel of Earthen ware 0-3-0; to 1 frying pan & Sase pan 0-3-6; to 1 Desk & 1 Table 4-10-0; to 6 Silver spoons 3-0-0; to a parcel of Table Linen 0-5-0; to 1 plow 0-10-0; to 2 hilling hoes & 2 axes 0-7-0; to 2 razers & 1 case 0-2-0; to 1 case of Surveareres instruments 0-10-0; to a servant man 6-0-0; to a pare of Cales & weights 0-6-0; to an old Case & Coffer 0-6-0; to his wearing Cloths 1-10-0; to 48 lb pot iron 0-8-0; to 1 old yoo & lamb 0-4-0; to a parcel of old Lumber 0-5-0; total 43-0-3.

Thomas Bunbury

Joel Stribling

Joseph JK King

At a court held for Stafford County on Wednesday the 14 th day of July 1731. This Inventory was this Day returned & ordered to be recorded.

Test. Tho. Claiborne Clerk

There is no record to show that Thomas was a surveyor, so it may have been that he came into possession of the surveying instruments, mentioned in the inventory, after the death of the younger Thomas Gregg, his kinsman, who is known to have been a surveyor in Stafford.

6. WILLIAM3 HUMSTON( Edward2, Edward1 ), born in Stafford County. Little can be learned of him except that he left home while a young man and probably never was heard from again. His mother willed land to him and his brother John, in joint tenancy, but in 1758, in the sale of the land, John stated that William had been absent a number of years and had not been heard of nor appeared to claim his part of the estate. Whether William was dead, living elsewhere in Virginia, or whether he had left the colony remains undisclosed.

7. JOHN3 HUMSTON( Edward2, Edward1 ), born about 1710, married probably Frances Woffendall.

John Humston, son of Edward and Lucy (Gregg) Humston, was born in Stafford County, Virginia, about 1710. He was a ship carpenter, and was living in King George County in 1758, when he made a deed in that year to his brother, Edward, who was then living in Hamilton Parish, prince William County. This deed was for a certain tract of land in King George, devised to him and his brother William, by his mother’s will.

After the death of his father, John made the following statement:

Received March the 12 th 1744/45 from Mr. Edward Humston full satisfaction for all debts, dues and Demand whatsoever which I or my heirs &c. may have or claim against the said Edward on account of my father’s estate….

By John Humston


John Hamilton

John Thomas

At a Court held for Stafford County the 12 th day of March, 1744, John Humston acknowledged that his….to Edward Humston which on his motion is admitted to record.

It is not known whether John followed his trade as ship carpenter all through his life. It is believed he did, for there are no existing transactions to show that he acquired land, other than that given him by his mother. It is probable that he adopted his trade during his early life, after serving an apprenticeship with the Stafford shipbuilders.

The date of his death and place of burial are unknown.


14. i. William4, born Jan. 10, baptized Feb. 17, 1744/5. ( St. Paul’s Register). No further record. Peter Jett of King George in his will dated 1784, named his daughter Mary Humstead and his granddaughter Susannah Humstead. Without doubt this name was meant to be Humston, but the relationship with the Humstons is not discovered. Mary Jett may have married William Humston, or an unknown member of the family.

A William Humston was in Grayson's Regiment during the Revolution. This William is unidentified and whether the two Williams wre the same is unknown. (Gwathmey, John H., "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution.")

15. ii. Jenny4, born ? No further record.

A glimpse of life in colonial Virginia, during the span of this third generation, the life experienced by the Humston’s is mirrored in a letter of one Alexander Rose of King George County written to a friend in Scotland, and dated Dec. 20, 1768 (Virginia magazine of History and Biography, v. 33, pp. 82-84): “….We tend Indian Corn, Wheat Oats and Barley—Tobacco is the Staple however and with this We are chiefly enabled to make remittances for European Goods on every hundred acres of River side-land, three man a boy and a good plow horse may, by tending sixty Acres, make one hundred Barrels of Indian Corn worth here Sterl. 9 p. Barrel three Hogsheads of Tobacco worth abt. 24 Sterl. And one hundred Bushel of Wheat worth here B/ Sterl. 9 p. Bushel—They gather fodder to support Twenty odd head of Cattle and as many Sheep. We have Hogs innumerable supported chiefly by the Marshes and Woods—I mention the land on the Rivers or low grounds, because the lands on the high Ridges are already no unlike some of your muir lands (in Scotland)—the Vestiges of the Plow and Hoe are there to be seen—but the ground is in many parts worn out and utterly barren, being cover’d with low Pines and other Evergreen Shrubs—no land is much esteemed here unless it is level and convenient to Navigation—the impetuous Rains sweep away the whole vegetative Earth from the broken grounds—unless they are tended in grain (I mean Wheat, &c.) Indian Corn must be plowed and hoed 5 or 6 times in the Summer there is nothing to shade the ground from the intense heat of the sun which exhales its very Vitals….We have gone more on Wheat lately than usual owing to the great demand from Europe—We sow the Indian Corn fields in August, one bushel of Wheat to an Acre & we expect 20 bushels for one in good ground—the Stalks of Indian Corn are about 6 feet asunder every way & this last grain is seldom pulled before the Month of December—our difficulty is in reaping the Wheat about the first of July—We can’t procure hirlings. Out Barley and Indian pease come on early in June, so that from the Variety of harvests, We are well guarded against a Famine in the back country. The send Tobo. Chiefly because they can’t easily send their other Commodities to Market….The King’s Ministers seem to run riot in their notions of Superiority and dependence…& to depend on the Moderation and Justice of your present Race of Luxurious and rapacious Patriots is certainly a deplorable Situation…”


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