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John MILLS, Sr.

Male Abt 1688 - Bef 1761  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name John MILLS 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1688  England? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 5CV7-CG 
    History Member of the "70 Families" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 28 Sep 1759  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef Jul 1761  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate Jul 1761  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Tracey, Grace L. & Dern, John P., Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 87:

      John Mills, Sr. described himself in 1743 as a farmer from Prince George's County, Maryland; his son John Mills, Jr. was a cordwainer.

      (2) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 169, 170-172:

      MILLS

      John Mills (b. 1680 c.) of Prince George['s] County, Maryland had Robert Brooke survey 1,315 acres on Mill Creek, a branch of Opequon Creek, on 20 November 1734. He received a patent from the Colony for it on 12 November 1735. . . . On 13 November 1734, his son John Jr. also had a survey made by Brooke on Middle Creek for 408 acres, just north of his father?s land, and received his patent from the Colony on the same day. . . . The 1,315-acre tract is located between Inwood and Gerrardstown, Berkeley County, West Virginia, with West Virginia Highway 51 along the north part, and Berkeley County Highway 24 running through both tracts of land.

      On 9 March 1743/44, John Sr. sold 307?? acres to his son Thomas for 30 pounds . . . , 150 acres to Jonathan Harrold for 15 pounds . . . , 250 acres to his son Hurr Mills for 12 pounds . . . , 207?? acres to his son Henry for 10 pounds . . . and 100 acres to William Chenowith for 24 pounds, 5 shillings.. . . He also sold 200 acres to John Hayes on 11 March 1743/44 for four pounds. . . .

      All of the 1,315 acres were transferred by the above deeds of Lease and Release; however, the sum total of land sold was only 1,215 acres. Rebecca Mills, (the second wife of John Mills Sr.) released her right of dower to this land after being examined in open court.

      On 4 June 1749, John Sr. purchased 130 acres from John Thomson for 17 pounds, 10 shillings. This was land that Thomson had purchased from Thomas Mills. On 6 August 1750, John Sr. purchased 150 acres . . . from Jonathan Harrold and his wife Catherine for 18 pounds. On 27 April 1753, he and his wife Rebecca sold the above 130-acre and 150-acre tracts (both part of the 1,315-acre patent land) to Jacob Rees for 82 pounds. . . .

      The Beesons, Hayworths, Mendenhalls and Mills lived in present-day Randolph County, North Carolina on Deep River, northeast of Ash[e]boro, North Carolina.

      John Mills Senior?s will, written on 28 September 1759 and proved in July Court, 1761 in Rowan County, North Carolina, listed his wife Rebecca and sons: John Mills, Thomas Mills, Hur Mills and Henry Mills, and daughter Mary Beeson (wife of William Beeson). They were the children of his former wife. The will was witnessed by William Buis, William Baldwin and John Baker.

      A John Mills is listed on the Chester County, Pennsylvania Tax List in West Nottingham Township from 1718 through 1726.

      (3) Frederick County, Virginia, Hopewell Friends History [database online], Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 1997:

      In the State Land Office at Richmond are to be found recorded in Book 16, pages 315-415, inclusive, the patents issued to the settlers who came to the Shenandoah Valley under authority of the Orders in Council made to Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan. All bear date of November 12, 1735, and recite that the grantee is one of the seventy families brought in by them, and excepting location and acreage, are alike in wording and conditions, and are signed by William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony at that time. . . .

      These patents were issued under the seal of the colony and were grants from the Crown, free of any obligation of feudal services to the Fairfax family, who claimed the land as lords proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The sixth Lord Fairfax, who later established his home at Greenway Court near Winchester, instituted many suits against early settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, but it does not appear that any Friend who claimed under Ross and Bryan was ever ejected from his land.

      Although it is specifically stated that seventy families have been "by them brought in to our said Colony and settled upon the Lands in the said Order mentioned," only thirty-six patents issued to thirty-four grantees have been found. The names of these grantees are here given, together with sundry information gathered from the minutes of various Friends' meetings, from the records of the counties of Orange and Frederick in Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania. . . .

      John Mills, 1315 acres, in what is now Berkeley County, W. Va.; described in the patent as being "On a Branch of Opeckon, near but not adjoining, Lewis DeMoss' land." The records of Frederick County, Va., show that in 1743 John Mills made several deeds conveying portions of this tract to each of his sons, Thomas, Henry, Hurr, and John Jr. In each of these deeds he is described as "John Mills Sr., of Prince George County, Maryland, Farmer." But his sons are all of Frederick County, and John Mills Jr. is referred to as "cordwainer." No wife joins John Mills Sr. in these deeds, she, no doubt, being deceased.

      On this tract of land stood the Mills' Creek Baptist Church, the first of that denomination in the Shenandoah Valley, and probably the first in Virginia. It stood in what is now the village of Gerrardstown, and was organized about the year 1743.
    Person ID I9745  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Family 1 --- (MILLS),   d. Bef 27 Oct 1742 
    Married Bef 1709 
    Children 
     1. Thomas MILLS,   b. Abt 1709, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1793, Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)  [natural]
     2. John MILLS, Jr.,   b. 27 Dec 1712, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1794, Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
     3. Hur MILLS,   b. Between 1716 and 1717, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1761, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)  [natural]
     4. Henry MILLS,   b. 23 Nov 1720, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1810, Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [natural]
     5. Mary MILLS,   b. 17 Mar 1724, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1810, Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F4723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rebecca (MILLS),   d. Aft Jul 1761 
    Married Bef 27 Oct 1742  Frederick County, VA? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William MILLS,   b. 27 Oct 1742, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1774, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)  [natural]
     2. Rebecca MILLS,   b. 15 Apr 1745, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F4724  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart