William Stevens

[A57] was patented to William Stevens as 700 acres on the south side of the Matchatank Creek in 1655.  By 1721 Henry Smith, the grandfather of William Smith, was the owner of this land (Whitelaw).  Henry wrote his will on 12 February 1720/21 (Nottingham).  It was proved on 7 November 1721.  An abstract of his will reads:

SMITH, HENRY - 12 Feb. 1720/21 - 7 Nov. 1721 - To 2 sons William & Henry Smith & John Arrington land where I live to be divided between them.  Should John Arrinton die without issue his part to my sons William & Henry.  Wife (no name) & John Arrington Exrs.  Witt: Sacker Parker, John Powell, Andrew Martan.  NOTE: The John Arrinton mentioned in this will is the father of John Arlington (household 23).  By 1795 this tract was in the possession of William Smith (household 7), John Parsons (household 8), and  Levin Smith (household 11).  See Whitelaw p. 820.

Sources:

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

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

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