Household 10 - Sophie (Sophia) Vessels - Contributed by Gail M. Walczyk

SOPHIE VESSELS

Household 10

[NOT MENTIONED IN WHITELAW]

Sophia Vessels was mentioned it the processioning of the land in both St. George Parish District 1 and Accomack Parish District 9. She was not mentioned in Whitelaw's book, Virginia's Eastern Shore. Where she resided cannot be found.

Sophia Wessells, daughter of Elizabeth Clark, was born circa 1737.  Sophia died before 28 October 1799 (Nottingham).

She married twice.  She married first a Mr. West circa 1748.  Sophia was named as sole legatee and Extr of her mother's will.  An Abstract reads:

"CLARK, ELIZABETH - 2 Aug. 1762 - 26 Apr. 1768 - Daughter Sophia West sole legatee & Exec.  Witt: William Melson, Bridget Melson,Thomas Batson. - p. 151  In order of probate: Sophia West "now Sophia Wessels" qualified, Elijah Wessels security.

She secondly married Elijah Wessells before 26 April 1768 in Accomack Co., VA.  Elijah was born circa 1722.  Elijah was the son of James Wessells and his wife Elizabeth.  Elijah died before 24 Febuary 1794 (Nottingham).  In James Wessells, his father's, will on 7 April 1751 in Accomack Co., VA, Elijah was named as an heir.  It was probated 25 June 1754 (Nottingham).  An abstract of his will reads:

VESSELS, JAMES, Sr. living on Fisher's Island - 7 Apr. 1751 - 25 June 1754 - To son Ephraim Vessels 1 s.  To son Shadrack 1 s.  To son Elijah 1 s.  To son James plantation & land where he now lives being 50 acres Bal. of estate to wife Elizabeth during her widow & then to my 3 daughters as my wife sees fit, viz: Keturah, Betty & Rebecca Vessels - To daughter  Hannah 1 s.  Wife & son James Exrs.  Not witnessed  - Proved by James Vessels.

Elijah made a will on 25 September 1781 in Accomack Co., VA.  It was probated 24 Febuary 1794 (Nottingham).  An abstract of his will reads:

VESSELS, ELIJAH - 25 Sept. 1781 - Proved 24 Feb. 1794 - Prob. 28 Oct. 1799 - To wife Sophia Vessels whole estate during her widow, & should she die before the child she now goes with comes to lawful age my plantation on the Bayside to be rented out yearly for the maintenance of the said child, & should the aforesaid child be a boy he to have the said plantation  To son Elijah the land where I now live at the death of my wife.  Bal. of estate to be divided between my daughters  Witt: Thomas Watson, Jacob Taylor, George Middleton.  Wife Exec.

Elijah's Estate was settled on 30 September 1800.  Named in the settlement are Elijah Wessells, Sophia Wessells, Elizabeth Wessells and Louisa Wessells (Miles 580).  The text reads:

John A Bundick admr of Sophia Wessells.  Named in settlement: the Estate of Elizabeth Wessells decd to John A. Bundick admr of Sophiah Wessells.  Cash paid to Thomas Cropper, guardian to Elijah Wessells & to Charles Copes in right of his wife Louisa.  The amount of the Estate of Elijah Wessells found 12 November [no year] by John A. Bundick, the admr of Sophiah Wessells at her decd Auditors Southey Satchell & John Moore.

In 1795/6 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the land of Sophia Wessells were processioned (Walczyk).  Sophia made a will on 3 October 1799 in Accomack Co., VA.  It was probated 28 October 1799 (Nottingham).  An abstract of her will reads:

VESSELS, SOPHIA - 3 Oct. 1799 - 28. Oct. 1799 - To son Elijah Vessels & Charles Copes, Sr. all the brandy, cider & corn & all that was made on the plantation in the year 1799 to be divided between them.  Son Elijah residual legatee.  Witt: Hancock Simpson, Betty Groton - p. 255. In order of probate: John A. Bundick qualified.

Sophia Clark and Elijah Wessells had the following children:

1 i. Elizabeth Wessells was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1770.  Elizabeth died before 1800.  Elijah's Estate was settled on 30 September 1800.  Named in the settlement are Elijah Wessells, Sophia Wessells, Elizabeth Wessells, and Louisa Wessells (Miles 80).

2 ii. Elijah Wessells was born circa 1772.  He married Isabella Lilliston before 1805 in Accomack Co., VA.  Isabella was born in Accomack Co., VA, circa 1786.  A court case states : "Isabella Vessels and Elijah Vessels the said Isabella being also a child of the said Jacob & Susanna Lilliston."   Isabella was the daughter of Jacob Lilliston and Susanna his wife.  Circa 1805 Isabella and Elijah Wessells had Sukey Anne Wessells in Accomack Co., VA.  Circa 1807 Isabella and Elijah Wessells had Eliza Anne Wessells in Accomack Co., VA.   Elijah's estate was settled on 30 September 1800.  Named in the settlement are Elijah Wessells, Sophia Wessells, Elizabeth Wessells and Louisa Wessells (Miles 580).   Elijah made a will on 6 October 1808 in Accomack Co., VA.  It was probated 28 November 1810 (Miles 580).  His will reads:

Friend Thomas Cropper Extr.  To daughter Sukey Anne Wessells the whole of my lands as well as those whereon I reside & a small piece lying in the wood containing 7 acres joining the lands of James Watson, Thomas Hickman & George Middleton.  If daughter Sukey Anne dies before age 21 without issue, then to daughter Eliza Anne Wessells.  To daughter Eliza Anne my Negro boy Jacob & the whole of my other estate.  Witt: John Wise, James Watson, & Lucretia Copes.  Probate: John Cropper Jr. security.

3iii. Louisa Wessells was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1774.  She married Charles Copes circa 1799 in Accomack Co., VA.  Charles was born in Accomack Co., VA, circa 1767.  On 30 September 1800 in Accomack Co., VA, Elijah's estate was settled.  Named in the settlement are Elijah Wessells, Sophia Wessells, Elizabeth Wessells and Louisa Wessells (Miles 580).

See also household 1 in St. George Parish Procession District 1.

Sources:

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

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

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. Volume Two. Gloucester MA: Peter Smith.


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