Household 15 - William Justice

HOUSEHOLD 15

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NOTE: In the 1795/96 Procession Returns William Justice was listed in threeDistricts; Distrcit 6, District 9 Accomack Parish and District 10 Accomack Parish. These are neighboring districts with district 9 and 10 bording on each other, District 9 being south of Guilford Creek and District 10 being north of Guilford Creek. Distrcit 6 is to the east. In District 6 he was placed in houshold 20 and is probably where he lived. In District 9 he was placed in Household 41. In District 10 he was placed in Household 33.  William Justice son of Ralph Justice and Sinah Simpson was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1760.

See District 9 Household 88 Ralph Justice heirs.

He married Sarah Shepard circa 1785 in Accomack Co., VA (Whitelaw:1019). She was the daughter of John and Lucreita Shepard. She was born circa 1767.

Whitelaw states (Whitelaw:1165):

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1785 - A survey showed 110 acres which was divided equally. between Sally and her sister Elizabeth, Sally getting the south part adjacent to the land her husband [William Justice] later bought from William Nock.

1823 - after Justice's death this part was allotted to a daughter Joice Laylor who in 1833 made a marriage agreement with John S. Turlington.

In his father Ralph Justice's will on 23 February 31 December 1792 in Accomack Co., VA, Ralph was named as an heir. It was proved 28 October 1794 (Nottingham Wills:419).

Whitelaw states:

1794 - [Ralph Justice] He left 200 acres at the south end to his son William. 30 acres to his son James, and the balance to his daughters Elizabeth Justice, Sally, and her husband Isaiah HIckman, Anne and her husband Thomas Bailey, and Sinah and her husband Babel Core (Whitelaw:1186).

On 8 December 1795 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of William Justice in District 10 were processioned. (Walczyk:23). The text in part reads:

Decr 8th - 1795 - Processioned the Lands of ... William Justice, Isaiah Hickman, Thomas Bayly, Babel Core, Elizabeth Justice ...

On 4 January 1796 the boundaries of the lands of William Justice were processioned (Walczyk Processioners:20). The text in part reads:

... William Justice & William James present. Lines between Willm Justice & R. R. Savage's Mill & William Nock ...

On 5 January 1796 the boundaries of the lands of William Justice held in District 9 were processioned (Walczyk:22). The text reads:

Ninth District ... Jany 5th John Lewis, John Evans, George Gladen, Robert Parks, Arthur Vessels, Ephraim Vessels, William Justice, Richard Bundick, Arthur Mears, Solomon Langford, Crippen Taylor, & Jacob Mason.

On 5 August 1796 the Estate of Ralph Justice was appraised. Six of his seven children or their spouses were mentioned one of which was William Justice (Nottingham Wills &c:56, 57, 58).  See the appraisal of the estate of Ralph Justice.

William was listed as the head of a family on the 1800 Census in Accomack Co., VA (Powell, Jody, Accomac Censuses 1800, 1810, 1820, :24). The census reads:

William Justice (Ralph) 1 male 26-45, 1 female 0-10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 26-45. 7 slaves.

On 22 January 1816 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of William Justice and an unknown person were processioned. (Walczyk, Gail M., Processioners Returns 1797-1816, :184). The text in part reads:

12th District - Jany 25th 1816 ... Lines between Wm Justice & Edwd Gunter & Bridget Custis. Lines between Wm Justice & James Justice. Lines between Wm Justice & Bridget Justice. Lines between Wm Justice & Wm Wise. Lines between Thos S. Bayly and Bridget Custice. Lines between Nicolas Bloxom's heirs and Thos Sandrews' heirs. Lines between Richd Bloxom' heirs and Nicolas Bloxom's heirs. Lines between Wm Justice & Richd Bloxom. Lines between Wm Justice & Jno Wharton's heirs. Lines between Wm Justice & Benjn Nock's heirs, Geo. Bloxom, Henry Fletcher, Jno Savage present. Jany 30th - Lines between Bridget Custis and Jas Justice. Lines between Bridget Custis and Jno Mears' heirs. ...

NOTE: Like voting districts change, the procession districts changed with the growth of the population.

William made a will on 16 July 1823 in Accomack Co., VA. It was probated 25 August 1823 (Miles Wills :300). An abstract of his will reads:

Justice, William Sr., 16 July 1823 - 25 August 1823 - Henry Fletcher, James White & Joice Laylor Extrs. To Caty Prescott all my land which I purchased of John Gardner & Ann Bishop & at her death to her son John Prescott, To my 3 daughters Tinny White, Polly Fletcher & Joice Laylor the remainder. Witt: George Warner Jr. & Elizabeth Young. Prob: Joice Laylor, Jacob Northam & Michael Robins securities on the $30.000 bond.

William Justice was mentioned in court on 11 December 1824 in Accomack Co., VA (Nottingham Causes:151, 152). The case reads:

John Jackson & wife &c.

vs - Suit for sale and division.

Bayly &c.

That a certain Edmund Core late of this county, departed this life intestate sometime in the year 1823, being at that time seized in fee simple of a tract of land containing 68 acres; the said Edmund Core at his death left no children nor their descendants, nor father, mother, brother or sister or their descendants nor grandfather nor grandmother; that the said Edmund Core left the following paternal relatives, your orators John, William and Zorobabel Laws and your oratrixes Rebecca, wife of John Jackson, & Mary Laws, who are the only children of Adah Laws, formerly Adah Core, the only sister of the father of the said Edmund Core, and left no other paternal relatives; the said Edmund Core left the following maternal relatives, viz: Anne Bayly, the wife of Thomas S. Bayly, a sister of the whole blood to the mother of the said Edmund Core, William Justice, a brother of the whole blood to the mother of the said Edmund Core, Polly Savage, formerly Polly Hickman, the only daughter of Polly Justice, a sister of the whole blood to the mother of the said Edmund Core, James Justice, a brother of the half blood to the mother of the said Edmund Core, and Catharine Mears, the wife of Thomas Mears, a sister of the half blood to the mother of the said Edmund Core, Elizabeth Savage, wife of John Savage, half sister to the said Core's mother, and no other maternal uncles nor aunts nor their descendants; the said William Justice is since dead leaving three children, viz: Tinney White, the wife of James White, Polly Fletcher, the wife of Henry Fletcher, and Joice Laylor, your orators & oratrixes, to whom the said land descended &c.

Ann Justice Bayly mentions William Justice in her will 24 June 1839 in Accomack Co., VA (Miles Wills 29). An abstract of her will reads:

Bayly Ann, 2 December 1838 - 24 June 1839 - To daughter Caty Melvin the wife of Avery Melvin, 68 acres which I devised from my father Ralph Justice lying in the Parish of Accomack & adjoining the lands which formerly belonged to my brother William Justice dec'd & ... & 1/2 of a note I hold against James Poulson Jr. for $100. To Daughter Caty ... & remainder to the children of my son John J. Bayly & the balance to by Negro women. To son John J. Bayly & daughter Caty Melvin. John Bayly Sr. Extr. Witt: John Finney, John Bayly Jr. & Mary A. Kellam. Prob: Will was proved by John Finney & Mary a Turner, formerly Mary A. Kellam.

James Justice mentions William Justice in his will 28 March 1848 in Accomack Co., VA (Miles Wills 1800-1860 298). an abstract of his will reads:

Justice, James of R. 13 June 1848 - 28 March 1848 - To son James H. Justice the land (with the store house & dwelling houses) that I bought of George P. Scarburgh & others called Keziah Laws land, also the land given me by by father at his decease, also the land I bought of my mother adjoining the other lands called the Clement land, also the land I bought of Mr. Core called the Core land, these lands now being now in one tract, also the water grist mill bought of Mrs. Ann Abbott, also the land I bought of Matilda White which she heired from her father William Justice. To son Joseph the land called the Rew land which I bought of the Rew & James T. Gibbons & wife also the land I bought of Avery Melvin & wife also the land of Hell Town called by me Bishop land, also the land I lately bought of Samuel A. Justice's heirs, sold by the commissioners of the Court, including the widow's dower in the same, also the tract of land I bought of Bowman H. Bayly, also the lands I bough of James Mason & any land I shall hereafter purchase. To my daughter Elizabeth my lands on Muddy Creek that I purchased of the Johnson's, also the land I bought of Levin Nock, also the land I with the water grist mill that I purchased of James Marshall & wife adjoining the lands of Mrs. Window & others, All my marsh land on Guilford to my 3 children named in this will. My son James & his guardian to let my slave Nancy remain in the house wherein she now lives on the land devised to my said son so long as she shall live, free from charge for rent. The good in the store of Justice & Fletcher, I leave to be carried on under the name of said firm so long as my Extrs. shall think it to be to the interest of my estate... Extrs. & guardians of my children to rent the land whereon Robert Hope, Samuel Justice, Samuel Dix & Edward Smith now live on and cultivate, to them so long as they do right & cultivate the land in a proper manner. My slaves Nanny & Simon to be maintained so long as they live. All my slaves not before mentioned I leave to my three children named herein ... To Ann wife of Parker (Saxes Island) or to her children $200. Remainder to my three children named herein. The guardians to my three children & my Extrs. are not to rent any of the lands, hire either of the slaves on or sell any property to Thomas R. Fletcher (of Henry), William H. Gibbons, John E. Gibbons & Thomas A. Gibbons under any circumstances whatsoever. James W. Custis, John Savage Sr. & Joseph Conquest Jr. Extrs. Witt: John R. Bowdoin, James J. Fletcher, & George T. Moore. Codicil - 26 February 1848 - To Virginia & Hetty Mears, daughters of Thomas Mears $45 each & and if any account be dealt by either of the said girls in the store of Justice & Fletcher, the same to be deducted for the legacies. Guardian of my son James to buy for him the lands whereon Thomas Mears now lives, the same belonging to Thomas Mears' children if the same be offered for sale ... & to buy the lands belonging to Parker Shrieves heirs & the lands of Samuel Justice (of R.) caled West land. It the lands bought, I give the same to my son Joseph. Extrs. to pay each of my slaves of the age fifteen & above $5 each. Joseph Conquest Jr. guardian to my son Joseph & John W. Custis guardian to my son James H. & Elizabeth Justice. Witt: John C. Northam, George T. Moore, & James J. Fletcher, Prob: James W. Custis & John Savage Sr., 2 of the Extrs. named gave separate bonds of $10,000 each, with William P. Bayly & John B. Ailworth their securities. On 24 April 1848 Joseph Conquest, another of the Extrs. named also gave a bond of $10,000 with David Broadwater & Thomas H. Parramore his securities.

William Justice and his wife had the following children:

1. Matilda "Tinney" Justice was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1791. She married [-----], Mr. White circa 1809 in Accomack Co. In William Justice's will on 16 July 1823 in Accomack Co., VA, Matilda was named as an heir. It was probated 25 August 1823 (Miles Wills :300).  Matilda "Tinney" Justice was the plaintiff in a court case on 11 December 1824 in Accomack Co., VA (Nottingham Causes:151, 152).

2. Mary "Polly" Justice was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1795. In William Justice's will on 16 July 1823 in Accomack Co., VA, Mary was named as an heir. It was probated 25 August 1823 (Miles Wills :300).  Mary "Polly" Justice was the plaintiff in a court case on 11 December 1824 in Accomack Co., VA (Nottingham Causes:151, 152).

3. Joyce Justice was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1798. She married Levin Laylor no father on 23 March 1816 in Accomack Co., VA (Turman:162). The record reads:

Levin Laylor to marry Joyce Justice of William on 23 March 1816. James Justice security.

Levin was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1791.  In William Justice's will on 16 July 1823 in Accomack Co., VA, Joyce was named as an heir. It was probated 25 August 1823 (Miles Wills :300).

Joyce Justice was the plaintiff in a court case on 11 December 1824 in Accomack Co., VA (Nottingham Causes 151, 152).

Circa 1833 Joyce married John S. Turlington (Whitelaw:1165).

Whitelaw states

1823 - after Justice's death this part was allotted to a daughter Joice Laylor who in 1833 made a marriage agreement with John S. Turlington.


Sources
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_____. Accomack County Wills &c 1796-1798:56, 57, 58).

Miles, Barry W., & Moody K. Miles III. Wills and Administrations of Accomack Co., VA 1800-1860. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000.

Nottingham, Stratton. Accomack Land Causes 1728-1825. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books Inc. 1990.

Nottingham, Stratton. Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia 1663-1800. Bowie MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1990.

Powell, Jody. Accomac County Virginia 1800 1810 1820 Census. Roanoke, TX: Jody Powell, 1991.

Turman, Nora Miller. Marriage Records of Accomack County, Virginia 1776-1854, Recorded in Bonds, Licenses and Ministers' Returns. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994.

Walczyk, Gail M. Accomack County Processioners Returns 1796 -1816 For Accomack and St. George's Parishes. Coram NY: Peter's Row, 2004.

Whitelaw, Ralph T. Virginia's Eastern Shore A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties. Gloucester MA: Peter Smith.

 

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