A prominent York Co, VA Colonial family, birth and death records of our Doswell family members are found preserved for posterity in the Anglican Charles Parish Church Register. That volume is available in a 3rd reprint from the Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA. Our ancestor Thomas Doswell made his adult home in Hanover Co, VA. If one travels north of Richmond on I-95 you are long warned of an approach to the community of Doswell (named for Thomas' son) by the towering roller coasters of Paramount's Kings Dominion amusement park. What would 'old Tom Doswell' have thought of such activities on his family land? Thomas Doswell furnished material aid to the Continental Army, thus qualifying female descendants for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. His wife Rebecca Drummond is purported to have been a granddaughter of first Governor of the Carolina's, William Drummond, also of Bacon's Rebellion fame.
Descendants of John Doswell
Generation No. 1
1. John1 Doswell died 12 Jun 1718 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA1,2,3. He married Catherine. She died 04 Mar 1709/10 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA4,5.
Child of John Doswell and Catherine is:
+ 2 i. John2 Doswell, died 20 Nov 1718 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA.
Generation No. 2
2. John2 Doswell (John1) died 20 Nov 1718 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA6,7. He married Elizabeth Nutting8, daughter of Thomas Nutting and Elizabeth Booth. She was born 10 Oct 1686 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA9, and died 24 Sep 1727 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA10,11.
Children of John Doswell and Elizabeth Nutting are:
3 i. Nutting3 Doswell, born 29 Sep 1703 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA12,13; died 29 Sep 1703 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA14,15.
4 ii. Katherine Doswell, born 23 Oct 1704 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA16.
5 iii. Edward Doswell, born 18 Dec 1706 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA16; died 07 Mar 1738/39 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA17.
6 iv. Richard Doswell, born 12 Oct 1708 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA18; died 13 Oct 1708 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA19.
+ 7 v. Elizabeth Doswell, born 23 Dec 1709 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA; died Bef. 1759.
8 vi. Mary Doswell, born 19 Jan 1710/11 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA.
9 vii. John Doswell, born 15 Jun 1714 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA20; died 13 Nov 1732 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA21,22.
+ 10 viii. Thomas Doswell, born 29 Nov 1717 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA; died Bef. 01 Jan 1778 in Hanover Co, VA.
Generation No. 3
7. Elizabeth3 Doswell (John2, John1) was born 23 Dec 1709 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA23,24, and died Bef. 175925. She married Captain John Goodwin, Captain 172726, son of Peter Goodwin and Rebecca Tiplady. He was born 169827.
Child of Elizabeth Doswell and John Goodwin is:
11 i. John4 Goodwin.
10. Thomas3 Doswell (John2, John1) was born 29 Nov 1717 in Charles Parish, York Co, VA30, and died Bef. 01 Jan 1778 in Hanover Co, VA31,32,33,34. He married Rebecca Drummond Bef. 1743 in York Co, VA, daughter of Unknown Drummond and Unknown Overton. She was born 172635,36,37, and died Aft. Feb 1783 in Hanover Co, VA38,39,40,41.
Children of Thomas Doswell and Rebecca Drummond are:
14 i. Mary4 Doswell. She married Paul Thilman.
+ 15 ii. Elizabeth Doswell, born 1743 in York Co, VA; died 16 Feb 1814 in Hanover Co, VA.
16 iii. John Doswell, born 174841; died 181841. He married Mary Eppes42.
17 iv. Richard Doswell, born 175043,44. He married Unknown Mills.
+ 18 v. Thomas Doswell, Major, born Feb 1755 in Hanover Co, VA; died 27 Mar 1807 in Hanover Co, VA.
+ 19 vi. James Doswell, born 19 Oct 1757 in Hanover Co, VA; died 22 Jun 1826 in Hanover Co, VA.
20 vii. William Doswell.
Generation No. 4
15. Elizabeth4 Doswell (Thomas3, John2, John1) was born 1743 in York Co, VA45,46, and died 16 Feb 1814 in Hanover Co, VA47,48. She married John Goodwin Abt. 175949, son of James Goodwin and Diana Chisman. He was born 15 Nov 1735 in York Co, VA (Hampton Parish)50,51, and died 15 May 1783 in Hanover Co, VA52.
Children of Elizabeth Doswell and John Goodwin are:
21 i. Diana Chisman5 Goodwin, born 10 Feb 1760 in Hanover Co, VA53; died 1850. She married William Overton Harris, Col. 22 Dec 178053; born 13 Jan 175354,55; died 26 Jan 180255.
22 ii. Mary Goodwin, born 03 Jul 1763 in Virginia56. She married John Harris57; born 176057; died 30 Dec 180858.
23 iii. Thomas Goodwin, born 25 May 1765 in Hanover Co, VA; died Apr 1838 in Nelson Co, VA. He married Temperance Harris 178959; born in Hanover Co, VA.
24 iv. James Goodwin, born 28 Nov 1768 in Hanover Co, VA. He married Frances Harris60.
25 v. Francis Goodwin, born 31 May 1772 in Hanover Co, VA. She married Robert Clough61.
26 vi. William Doswell Goodwin, born 28 Jul 1774 in Hanover Co, VA; died 12 Dec 1827 in Hanover Co, VA62,63. He married Mary Wingfield Cosby 12 Nov 181464; born 07 Mar 1793 in Louisa Co, VA64; died 28 Sep 187264.
27 vii. Major Edmund Chisman Goodwin, born 30 Oct 1776 in Hanover Co, VA65; died Bef. 31 Jul 1849 in Haywood Co, TN66,67,68,69,70,71. He married (1) Betsy Ann Dickerson 30 Mar 179872; born 09 Jan 177672; died 19 Mar 180172. He married (2) Elizabeth Waddy73 12 Apr 1810 in Louisa Co, VA74; born 22 Apr 1777 in Louisa Co, VA75; died May 1845 in Haywood Co, TN75.
28 viii. Elizabeth Doswell Goodwin, born 28 Jul 1779 in Hanover Co, VA; died 12 Jan 1781 in Hanover Co, VA.
29 ix. Elizabeth Doswell Goodwin, born 03 Sep 1781 in Hanover Co, VA; died 27 Jul 1849 in Caroline Co, VA. She married Littleton Goodwin 19 Jan 179776.
18. Major Thomas4 Doswell (Thomas3, John2, John1) was born Feb 1755 in Hanover Co, VA77,78,79, and died 27 Mar 1807 in Hanover Co, VA79. He married Sarah Cowles.
Children of Thomas Doswell and Sarah Cowles are:
30 i. Henley Cowles5 Doswell. He married Evalina Overton Harris 25 Oct 182780.
31 ii. Benjamin Franklin Doswell, Dr.81, died 182881. He married Maria B. Doswell Dec 182782; born 23 Jun 1808 in Hanover Co, VA82; died 82.
32 iii. Malvina Drummond Doswell. She married (1) John Thurston. She married (2) Thomas Clopton, Dr..
19. James4 Doswell (Thomas3, John2, John1) was born 19 Oct 1757 in Hanover Co, VA83, and died 22 Jun 1826 in Hanover Co, VA83. He married Jane Thilman 17 Mar 178584,85, daughter of Paul Thilman and Elizabeth Farrish. She was born 31 Dec 176786,87,88, and died 01 Mar 183189,90,91.
Children of James Doswell and Jane Thilman are:
33 i. Elizabeth Thilman5 Doswell, born 29 Jan 1786 in Hanover Co, VA92. She married Thomas Price.
34 ii. Maria Doswell, born 18 Mar 1788 in Hanover Co, VA92; died 08 Oct 180492.
35 iii. Jane Doswell, born 11 Feb 1790 in Hanover Co, VA92. She married (1) W. Y. DeJarnette. She married (2) Henry R. Winston.
36 iv. Thomas Walker Doswell, born 27 Feb 1792 in Hanover Co, VA92; died Oct 187092. He married Susan Browne Christian.
37 v. Paul Thilman Doswell, born 15 Jul 1795 in Hanover Co, VA93,94; died Jul 183494. He married Fanny Gwathmey95.
38 vi. James M. Doswell, born 17 Feb 1798 in Hanover Co, VA96; died 06 Sep 181996.
39 vii. Richard Drummond Doswell, born 17 Jul 1801 in Hanover Co, VA96; died 16 Oct 180596.
40 viii. Francis Ann Rebecca Doswell, born 13 Oct 1803 in Hanover Co, VA96. She married John T. Anderson 15 Feb 182197.
41 ix. John Drummond Doswell, born 12 Jan 180698. He married Lilly Ann Christian.
42 x. Maria B. Doswell, born 23 Jun 1808 in Hanover Co, VA9898. She married (1) Nicholas Terrell, Dr.. She married (2) Benjamin Franklin Doswell, Dr. Dec 182798; born 99; died 182899.
1. William & Mary
College Quarterly Historical Papers Vol. XX!V (1915), 55.
Both John Doswell and his son John served on the vestry of Charles Parish, York Co, VA, in the early 1700's. Details of their service can be found detailed in Church records regarding a continued rift in the vestry. Differences appear to have begun over the remodeling or reconstruction of the Parish church. The battle progressed to include a disagreement over the continued employment of the minister, the Reverend James Schlater. Troubles in the vestry continued for years:
Charles Parish History and Registers, York County Virginia, Library of Virginia, Richmond Virginia (3rd Reprint 1996) p. 9: "On reading this day in Council the Complaint of Henry Hayward, Senr., John Doswell and other Vestrymen of Charles Parish in York County against Thomas Nutting and others Vestrymen of the said Parish for opposing Mr. Thomas Cheesmans and Mr. Robert Shields voting in the said Vestry at the meeting appointed for advising of the repairing or building a Church. And upon hearing the allegations of both the said partys in Council this Board are of opinion that the present Constitution of the said Vestry is irregular and illegal. And for removing all differences that have or may arise in the said Parish by continuing the said Vestry It is ordered that a new vestry be fairly and legally elected and chosen by the Freeholders and householders of the said Parish...." p. 13: "The petition by Henry Howard, Edward Tabb, and others complained of an "undue and irregular election of a vestry for Charles parish on the 29th of June last past", because "votes of the parishioners were taken at their own houses twelve days before the day of the said Election and two days before publication of the order," and because of "diverse other irregularitys." p. 15: "The Council on February 18, 1708, took the case under consideration, and found "that the said election (of November 2, 1708) was fairly and regularly made according to Law, and the directions of this Board, and that it doth appear by the Return that Eleven of the said Vestrymen were chosen by a great Majority of the Inhabitants and it appearing also that there are two others returned who had an equal number of votes, It is the opinion of the Council that the Sherif amend his return by strikeing out one of them to make the number of the Vestry twelve and the return being amended accordingly. It was ordered that Henry Howard, Thomas Nutting, Thomas Chisman, Thomas Roberts, Robert Curtis, Henry Howard junior, Simon Stacy, Edward Tabb, and Anthony Robinson being duly Elected as aforesaid be sworn of a Vestry and that a Dedimus issue for that purpose directed to Robert Read and Wm. Buckner Gent or any one of them to administer to the said Vestryment the Oaths and Test prescribed by Law for qualifying them for the said Offices."
John Doswell (Sr) was living in Charles Parish, York County, VA in 1683, when he was appointed agent for the collection of debts by Bailey Kent, of Wapping, County Middlesex, England. (William & Mary Quarterly, Series 1, Vol XXIV (1915), 55.)
Estate of John Doswell Junior
York Co, VA Wills & Administration
William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol II (1902-1903) p. 182, "Journal of Alexander Macaulay", York Town, 20th Febry, 1783: "Old Tom Doswell is, I am told, gone to the world of Spirits; He was a very good Man; a reall lover of his County. he had the good of posterity at Heart. He was a strictly honest Man, only he once rather imposed on Mr. Simpson & myself in the sale of a parcell of Hogs--my conscience smote me I said to myself "he is dead"; Peace to His Manes; His Wifes alive; she follows the prudent footsteps of her honoured Husband & secures her money in a private place where thieves cannot break in and steal."
Hanover Historical Society Bulletin (Number 6, May 1972) p. 4,5: Will of Thomas Doswell (25 July 1777) In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Doswell of the County of Hanover being of sound and perfect memory thanks be given to Almighty God for it, do constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. Imprimese. I resign my soul to its Creator in humble hopes of its future happiness through the merits of my dear Redeemer and my body I leave to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors and as the worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased almighty God to Bless me. I give and dispose thereof as follows. Item, I give to my son Thomas Doswell that tract of land whereon he now lives containing by estimation seven hundred and sixty nine acres be the same more or less in case he lives to have issue. But on failure of issue its my desire that after his death the said land be sold at two years credit and the money arising from such sale be equally divided amongst Elizabeth Goodwin, John Doswell, Wm. Doswell, James Doswell and Mary Doswell or their lawfull representatives. item, I lend to my loving wife, Rebekah Doswell the land and plantation whereon I now live containing by Estimation eight hundred and sixteen acres be the same more or less during her natural life on conditions of her allowing my son James Doswell some part thereof to make use of. Item, I give to my son James Doswell the land and plantation whereon I now live after the Death of his mother containing eight hundred and sixteen acres as above should he arrive to lawful age or have issue. But should he depart this life before he comes to lawfull age or has issue then its my will and desire that the said land be the property of my son Thomas Doswell on condition that he my said son Thomas prefers it to the land and plantation whereon he now lives and will agree to the sale of the same and an equal division of the money to be made amongst all my children now living or their lawful representatives. But should he refuse to sell the said plantation and land whereon he now lives and divide the money as above to have no claim to the place whereon I now live. Item, I likewise give to my son James Doswell two negroes (to wit) York and young Pegg, likewise four cows and calves, five ewes, four sows and pigs, a feather bed and furniture and after the death of my wife should there be oxen, I give my said son James Doswell four, with a cart chain, etc. Item, I give to my son Thomas Doswell four work stears with chain, etc. likewise four cows and calves, five ewes and four sows and piggs. Item, I lend to my loving wife, Rebekah Doswell during her natural life the following negroes (to wit) Paul, old Pegg, old Harry, peter, Nell, Lucy, Dice and her children, Shaderick, Gess, Robin, Lawney, Bobb, Harry, at Dog Town and Caroline. item, I give to my loving wife Rebekah Doswell the chair and harness as likewise her choice of beasts. Item, I likewise give my loving wife Rebekah Doswell fifty pounds cash. Item, I give to my daughter Mary Doswell my tract of land in Amherst County on both sides Tye River being part of an order of council survey and joining the maindenhead mountains containing by estimation nine hundred and ninety acres be the same more or less to her, her heirs and assigns forever. item, I likewise give to my daughter Mary Doswell two negroes (to wit) little Bob and Sibbey; likewise I give my said daughter Mary Doswell Five hundred pounds curr. money. More over I give my said daughter Mary Doswell my grey mare and ten pound cask, likewise a feather bed and furniture. item, I lend to my loving wife Rebekah Doswell thrty-five head of cattle, thirty head of sheep with all the hoggs at the home plantation and twenty at the Neck, ten of which to be choice the other ten to be sows and shotes with all the household and kitchen furniture, likewise the three following beats (to wit) Jackey, Johlley and Barret. Item, I give to my loving wife Rebekah Doswell two thirds of the wheat now made and likewise the corn now growing at the home plantation. Item, it's my will and desire that the land and plantation on the road containing eighty three or four acres be the same more or less be sold, likewise a negro fellow named Petsworth and all the stock and every article thereon except the Still on two years credit. item, I lend to my daughter Elizabeth Goodwin during her natural life the following negroes (to wit) Simon, Phebey, Daphney and Ginney. Item, I give to my grandsons Thomas Goodwin and James Goodwin two surveys of land, one on the fork Mountain, the other joining the order of council survey in the County of Amherst to them their heirs, etc. Item It's my will and desire that after the death of my daughter Elizabeth Goodwin the negroes lent to her (to wit) Simon, Phebey, Daphney and Ginney be equally divided with increase between Diany Goodwin, Mary Goodwin, Frances Goodwin and William Goodwin, to them their heirs, etc. Item, It's my will and desire that after the death of my wife all that part of my estate lent to her be equally divided except the land amongst Elizabeth Goodwin, John Doswell, Wm Doswell, Thos. Doswell, and James Doswell and lastly I nominate and appoint my sons John Doswell, Wm Doswell, Thos. Doswell and James Doswell with my friend Thomas Trevilian, Executors of this my last will and Testament in witness of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of July 1777. Signed: Thomas Doswell. Signed, sealed and published in presence of us: Thos. Trevilian, Wm. Brown Jur, Robt. Clopton. At a court held for Hanover County on Thursday the 1st day of January 1778 this last will and testament of Thomas Doswell deceased was offered to proof by Thomas Trevilian, John Doswell, Thomas Doswell and James Doswell, Executors therein named and was proved by the oath of said Thomas Trevilian and Robert Clopton, witnesses thereto and also by the oath of the said Executors and ordered to be recorded. Test: William Pollard, C.H.C.
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