Early Records of Cody, Ridge & Boucher Families in Virginia
Introduction. Pierce Cody's descendants are a major Cody line in the southern USA. In the fifty years after the American War of Independence, his grandchildren and great grandchildren migrated south and west from Spotsylvania and Orange Counties, Virginia. The Cody's of Virginia in Scott and Russell Counties, of Tennessee in Hancock, Sullivan and Hawkins Counties, and the Coday's in Missouri in Wright County descend from William Cody, a likely son of Pierce. The Codys of Surry, Buncombe and Graham Counties, North Carolina and Blount (Coada), Cocke and Jefferson Counties, Tennessee descend from Pierce through his likely sons Godfrey and Thomas. More of Pierce's descendants were living in Davidson, Randolph, and Montgomery Counties in North Carolina, and in Hawkins, Grainger, White, and Sullivan Counties, Tennessee. Later generations moved further west, to Texas, Kansas and beyond.
Contrary to popular family lore no connection has been documented to the the famous William F. Cody, Buffalo Bill. His line came from Massachusetts.
Another Cody line, that of James Cody and Sarah Womack, has frequently been cited as the immigrant line of our Codys. This James was one generation removed from Pierce and possibly related, however no solid connection has been found. Pierce Cody and James' father, the immigrant James Archdeadon, lived in Old Lunenburg County, Virginia at the same time- Pierce in what is now northwest Franklin County, and James in present Prince Edward County. William Howard Wright's book on this family contains detailed documentation (1).
Pierce's parents and siblings have not been documented. Pierce was probably not the immigrant to America. Pierce first appears in Northern Neck Virginia records in 1727 in Spotsylvania County where he lived on the Rappahannock River. A Thomas Cody emigrated to the Northern Neck by 1651, followed by a John Cod by 1666 (2). Further documentation is needed.
It is possible to follow the early movements of Pierce Cody by also following the Boucher and Ridge families. Benjamin Boucher and Godfrey Ridge were most likely related by marriage to Pierce Cody, but this connection remains to be solved. A separate study of the Ridge family is also presented in these works.
Pierce Cody first appeared in Virginia in Spotsylvania County in 1727 where he was paid for attendance as a court witness. Although Virginia did not have an age requirement for court witnesses, it is reasonable to assume that he was over 14 years of age, more likely over 21, in 1727 allowing us to estimate his birth as having occurred by 1706 (3). Spotsylvania County was formed from Essex County in 1721, but to date no records for Pierce have been found in Essex.
1727 June 7. Peirce Codey is allowed for two days attendance as he was summoned as evedence for Jonathan Hood against Jacob Wall.The Godfrey Ridge family of Essex and Spotsylvania Counties are introduced here with the first found association through the estate settlement of a Jeremiah Foster in Spotsylvania County (4, 5). Thomas Jones had claimed headwright for transporting the Godfrey Ridge family into the colony of Virginia. (see Godfrey Ridge Family of Essex, Prince William, and Stafford Counties, Virginia):
1731 Sept'r. 5, 1731. Francis x Michael of St. Mark's Parish, Spottsylvania County, to Samuel Wright of same Parish and county. £15 current money, 400 acres in St. Mark's Parish, Spottsylvania County.—granted said Michael by patent September 28, 1728. W. Russell, John Christopher, Pierce x Cowdey. Oct'r. 5, 1731. Mary, wife of Francis Michael, acknowledged her dower.
1732/33 February 6 and March 6. On Petition of Peirse Codey to have the Estate of Jeremiah Foster dec'd sold by the Sheriff as the Law directs for the benefit of the Creditors, the same is granted. And ordered that the Sheriff do sell the same and that he keep the said money in his hands till the Courts further order.
1734 April 2 . On the motion of Thomas Jones to have the Fifty Shillings arising p[er] the sale of Jeremiah Foster deceds Estate yt: was sold p[er] the Sheriff and lodged in the hands of Henry Willis Gent. p[er] the (torn) who having examined his Accot. and moddled the same are of oppinion that Forty Shillings is the ballance due; Therefore ordered that the said Willis pay the said Jones the same; And it is further ordered that the said Willis pay the Ten shillings that remains unto Godfry Ridge in part of the said Foster deceds. Bill to to the said Ridge.In 1734 Pierce Cody, along with Godfrey Ridge and Benjamin Boucher, was charged with assault upon Constable Robert Williams for interferring with the arrests of Thomas Ridge and Thomas Hubbard (6)
5 March 1733/4. William Hansford, Gent. warrent granted to Thomas Witherby & Alice his Wife against Thomas Ridge and Thomas Hubbard for assaulting & beating them, being returned per Robert Williams, Constable, who complained that he was in a riotous manner assaulted by Pierce Codey, Godfry Ridge and Benjamin Boucher & hindered from serving the said Warrent on the said Ridge & Hubbard; It is ordered that the Sheriff do take ye said Thomas Ridge, Thomas Hubbard, Peirce Codey, Godfrey Ridge and Benjamin Boucher into Custody till they give bond and security for their appearance at the next Court that is held in Course for this County in April next at the Courthouse of the said County, to answer the said Complaint And that the Sheriff, if occasion, shall raise force for the taking of them.
2 April 1734. Godfry Ridge, Peirce Codey and Benjamin Boucher appeared when called to answer the Complaint made per Robert Williams, Constable, to this Court for their resisting power in a riotous manner & hindering the said Williams, Constable, executeing William Hansford Gent. warrent on Thomas Hubbard & Thomas Ridge, who was complained of per Thomas Witherby for assaulting & abuseing him & his Wife, the court haveing heard all evedences and arguements on each side & considered ye same, are of oppinion the Pierce Codey is guilty of the matter complained of & therefore ordered that he be committed into the Custody of the Sheriff & there to remain till he gives bond & Security for his good behaviour for one year and a day in the sum of Ten pounds currant money; and likewise that he be fined three pounds currant money to our Soveriegn Lord the King, And the matters of fact not appearing on the Tryal against the said Godfry Ridge & Benjamin Boucher ordered that they be dismist.Benjamin Boucher and Godfrey were aquitted at the above trial, but not Pierce Cody. In second incident Godfrey Ridge and Thomas Ridge were found guilty of assault of Elisha Perkins (7):
4 September 1734. In the action of Trespass assault & battary brought p[er] Elisha Perkins, Plt agst. Godfry Ridge & Thomas Ridge Defts., for Fifty pounds Sterling damage, issue being joyned and put to a Jury for tryal p[er] name Thomas Hill &c., who after being sworn & heard all evedences & arguments &c., brought in their verdict vizt., We of the Jury find for the Plt. Five pounds Sterling damage, Thomas Hill, foreman; which verdict at ye Plts. motion is admitted to Record & Judgment granted for ye same with costs & an attorneys fee: It is therefore ordered that the sd Defts. pay the sd. Plt. the same alias Exo.Were Pierce Cody, Benjamin Boucher, Godfrey Ridge and Thomas Ridge related? I think it very likely. Pierce Cody was living in Orange County, Virginia at its formation in 1734. Benjamin Boucher, Godfrey Ridge, and Thomas Ridge remained in Spotsylvania County (see Ridge Family of Spotsylvania and Brunswick Counties, Virginia) at least until the mid 1750's, when they went to Old Rowan County, North Carolina. About the same time Pierce Cody went from Lunenburg County, Virginia to Old Rowan County, North Carolina.
Orange County was formed from Spottsylvania County in 1734. Here we find Pierce Cody with 5 tithable males (age 16+). in his household living in the same district as Thomas Jones who had imported Godfrey Ridge and family in 1730 (8). The identity of the other four tithables are unknown, likely either slaves or indentured servants, although no records exist that document Pierce was ever a slave owner.
Ye Titheables in the persinks of Edmd Manion Constable for the year 1735It seems a remoter possibility that the tithed were sons of Pierce Cody, all white males of age 16 and, thus, born before 1719. Pierce himself would have been born before 1700. The lack of records for potential sons of Pierce in the years following 1735 up until Pierce's appearance in Lunenburg County in 1746 also suggest that Pierce was a bit younger, and that the tithes in his household in 1735 were other family or indentured servants.
Pearce Cody 5 Titheables
Tho's Jones 2 Titheables
Pierce farmed on land at the Forks of the Rappahannock, near Germanna, which is at the joining of this river and the Rapidan, just west of Fredericksburg and south of Stafford Co., VA (9-11). The lands described below for Pierce Cody are located today in Madison County, Virginia among the Second Germanna settlers who moved to the Robinson River Valley.
22-23 November 1738. Conrade Amberger of Orange County to Joseph Cotton of same. Lease and release. 200 acres of woodland, part of a patent granted to Conrade Aberger and Joseph Bloodworth containing 400 acres, 2 Aug 1736, which said 200 acres is Conrade Aberger's part...at Courtney Normand's line on Buttock Run...south side of the south fork of the Gourd Vine River, corner to said Normand...to Pierce Codie's line. signed: Conrad Amberger witness: John Newport, Thos. Postgate
21-22 May 1740. Joseph Bloodworth of Orange County to Pierce Cordie of same. Lease and release; for 11 pds. current money. 200 acres, part of a pattent to Joseph Bloodworth and Conrade Ambarger, containing 400 acres, 2 Aug. 1737...in the great fork of Rappahannock River...corner to a pattent granted to Robert Coleman...on a knowle by Bullock Run...to Norman's Nocking place...Signed: Joseph Bloodworth. 22 May 1740. Acknowledged by Joseph Bloodworth, Mary the wife of Bloodworth relinquished her right of dower.
5-6 August 1741. Pierce Cordie of Orange County to Richard Nall of same. Lease and release; for 18 pds. current money. 200 acres in the Great Fork of Rappahannock River...corner to a pattend granted to Robt. Coleman...on a knole by Buttock Run...to Normans knocking place....lower line of a pattent granted to Joseph Bloodworth and Conrade Amberger. Signed Pirce (X) Cordie Witnesses: G. Home [George Hume], Edwd. Herndon, Benjamin Bowelier [Bowher in release], Thos. Foster. 26 November 1741. Proved by George Home. 26 March 1742. Further proved by Edward Herndon and Thomas Foster.Benjamin Bowlier/Bowher was Benjamin Boucher. This is the last record found for Pierce Cody in Orange County Virginia.
Benjamin and Mary Boucher. Benjamin Boucher, along with Thomas Ridge, were ordered to clear and repair a road in Spotsylvania County in 1737, which again signified that they were tithable. They were not named in extant tithe lists, and as the following record suggests, they were likely included in the households of the John Chews or Colonel Corbin for whom they must have worked (12).
On the Petition of Joseph Williams , Overseer of the Road from the River Po to Rappahannock Road setting forth that the gang belonging to the sd Road is not sufficient to keep it in repair, praying that more tithables be added &c, It is ordered that the tithables at Mr. John Chews Qtr., & at Colo. Corbins Quarter titables not already under him, Wm Martins, Nicholas Coplans, Thomas Ridges, Benjamin Boucher & Charles Hutchesons be added to his gang to help him clear & repair the sd RoadIn 1748, Benjamin Boucher was listed for failing to pay tithes which signified that he had moved away (13). He was in Anson County North Carolina by 1750.
Orange County Court Judgements November 1749, Box 21
Benjamin Bowger 1 Levy, 7 /12 pounds
Mary Bowmer, No effects, 1 Levy, 7 1/2 pounds
Lunenburg County, Virginia
Pierce Cody and family had moved to southside Virginia by 1746 where he was named as a debtor in a court action (14). He also received bounty for wolves in 1746 and 1747 (15).
1746 September Court. John Beard, Petitioner, v. Pierce Codey, Defendant on a petition. The petitioner producing the Deft's note of hand for 2 pounds 5 shillings and 4 pence half penny, judgement is granted against the Def't for the said sum + costsPierce Cody, along with Robert Walton, entered land on the Staunton (Roanoke) River. His land was at Bull Creek at the junction of the Staunton (Roanoke) and Blackwater Rivers. It is now land that is under Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia (16):
1746 December Court. State of the County Levy. Granted to Pierce Codey, assignee of John Steel; granted by John Phelps; 1 old wolf head, 140 lb tobacco
1747 December Court. State of the County Levy. Granted to Charles Talbot, asignee of Pierce Coady; granted by Jno Phelps 29 May 1747; 2 wolves, 140 lb tobacco
1747 December Court. State of the County Levy. Granted to William Calloway, asignee of Pierce Coady; granted by John Hill, 23 October 1747; 2 wolves, 180 lb tobacco
1748 April 22. Land Entry Book. Robert Walton 400 on both sides Black Water River Beginning at a Certain Cliffe of Rocks below Pitmans Creek thence Down.
(Surv.d by J.B) Robert Walton and Pierce Cody 200 each on the South Side of Stanton River begin: at the 1st Cliffe of Rocks above Randolphs Line running up to Black Water River.
(Void) Timothy Dalton & Robert Walton 200 each on both sides of Widow Ridges Creek beginning at the lower End of a certain remarkable Catail Meadow Running up.
Tim. Dalton 400 begin: on Obadiah Woodsons Line thence up both sides the upper three - Island Cr.
(surv.d) Also 400 begin: at Codys ford on S. side Stanton thence up and down the Rr.Seventeen hundred forty-eight was the first year of tithing in Lunenburg County due to a ten year tithe-free period from 1738 to1748. A Pierce Cody was listed in the household of a Thomas Cody in 1748 in Lunenburg County (17). This is the first record of Thomas Cody. A reasonable interpretation of this entry, taken in isolation, would be that Thomas was head of the household, at least 21 years of age, thus born before 1727, with a son, Pierce.
1748 Tax List of John PhillipsHowever, in subsequent tithe lists (1750, 1752, see below), Pierce was head of the only Cody household in the county. In fact, Pierce Cody is the only Cody to surface in Lunenburg or Halifax County, Virginia records (other than the singular entries for Thomas in the household of Pierce in 1750, and Godfrey in the household of Pierce in 1752, respectively). All other deeds, surveys, and court records speak only of Pierce. And the lack of records for Thomas Cody speaks even louder that he was probably younger than Pierce, having become of tithing age at about the same time as the first tithing in Lunenburg County. And it is likely that the 1748 tithe record was an error of transcription by the court clerk, whereby Pierce was should have been listed as the head of household. Additionally, Godfrey Ridge moved to Brunswick (later Lunenburg and Halifax Counties, Virginia) before 1744, very closeby to Pierce Cody. Taken together, these data strongly suggest that Pierce Cody was the likely father of Thomas and Godfrey of the Lunenburg County tithe lists, and he was the Pierce of Spotsylvania and Orange Counties, Virginia.
Timothy Dalton 1 tithe
David Dalton and John Hill 2 tithes
John Dalton and John Gallemoor 2 tithes
-Pearce Codey 2 tithes
The following survey plat in Lunenburg County, Virginia, describes the exact location in present Pittsylvania County were Pierce Cody lived (18):
Surveyed 13th November 1749 for Pierce Codey, 150 a's Survey 'd on both sides Black Water River Beginning at a Hickory on the s'd River opposite to the Mouth of Bull Run thence H___ lines from A to B N[orth]17E[ast]234 poles to a poplar B to C S[outh]88E[ast]118 p to a Hickory on the River thence E[ast] to D down same as it meanders to the Hickory on the other side thence off D to E[ast]S[outh]254W[est]110 p to a red Oak on the River af'd & thence E[ast] to A up the stream as it meanders to the first Station. J. BurrowsPierce was a planter who paid his quitrents with the tobacco harvest (19):
1749 February Court for laying the county levy: Matthew Talbot assignee of Pierce Cody, 140 quitrents of tobacco, certificate 28 May 1748; Charles Talbot assignee of Pierce Cody, certificate 29 May 1748, 140 quitrents tobaccoIn 1749 Pierce Cody was involved in a law suit involving William Burras (Borroughs), who may have been related to the surveyor of Pierce's land, J. Burris. The reasons for this court action are not obvious (20):
1749 July Court. John Stewart, having obtained attachment for 12 pd, 16 shilling, 9 pence against estate of Wm Burras (absconded), sherif John Hall attached all said Burras' property in hands of Pearce Cody & John Cartright; Cartright declares he stood indebted to said Burras 1 pd, 18 shilling, 2.5 pence; Cody declares he had 10 cattle & 2 calves in hands of said Burras; Stewart to recover his debt & have execution against said Cartright; sheriff to sell attached effects in hands of Cody.
1749 October Court. Cody vs. Burras. Sherif ordered to sell all estate of Wm Burrus in hands of John Hill: coat, jacket & breetches, 1 handkerchiefs, pr stockings, pocket book, 2 shirts, 2 mares, & all other attached for John StewartAs mentioned above, Thomas Cody, likely Pierce's son, was listed in 1750 as in the household of Pierce Cody (21). This is the only record of Thomas that the author has found in Lunenburg County. Thomas' birth estimate would more reasonably based upon his first appearance in 1748, of age between 16 and 21, or born between 1727 and 1732.
1750 Tax List by Nicholas HailePierce Cody still owned land on the Blackwater River in 1751 (22):
-Thomas Codey 2 tithes
1751 Land entry of Robert Irons 400 acres on the north side of Black Water River, lying between Robert Walton's & Pierce Cody's line.Godfrey Cody, likely son of Pierce Cody, makes his first appearance as a tithable in Pierce's household in 1752. He would have only been about 16 years of age. Since he was not found on the 1748 & 1750 tithe lists, he was likely born 1736-1738 (23), and was probably named for the elder Godfrey Ridge of Spotsylvania County. Godfrey Cody later moved to Surry and Buncombe Counties, North Carolina.
1752 Tax List of John PhelpsThese are the last records of the Pierce Cody family in Virginia. Seven years later, Pierce and Thomas appear in Rowan County, North Carolina. They did leave behind a creek named for the family in Lunenburg County (later Pittsylvania County) (24):
-Godfry Cody 2 tithes
Timy. Dalton 1 tithe
John Dalton 1 tithe
Robt. Irons 1tithe
-Jas Hensley 3 tithes
Jno. Dalton 1 tithe
1766 March 15. Timothy Dalton enters __ Stanton River oposite the mo[uth] of Codys Cr. th'e up and down the Rr. for qty.
1. Wright, Jr.,W. H. (1993) A History Of Our Irish American Cody Family, 1302 Kennedy Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.
2. Virginia Patent Book 2, p. 315 [22 May 1651] and Patent Book 5, p. 483 [24 March 1665/6], In: Nugent, N. N. (1934) Caveliers And Pioneers: Abstracts Of Viriginia Land Patents And Grants 1623-1800, Vol. 1, pp. 214 & 548.
3. Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book 1724-1730, p. 172 [7 June 1727], In: Sparacio R. & S. Sparacio (1990) Virginia County Court Records. Order Book Abstracts of Spotsylvania County, Virginia 1724-1730 (Part II: 1 November 1726 - 5 March 1727/8), The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, VA 22101-3402, p. 60.
4. Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book 1730-1738, pp. 183, 194 [6 February & 6 March 1732/3], In: Sparacio R. & S. Sparacio (1991) Virginia County Court Records. Order Book Abstracts of Spotsylvania County, Virginia 1732-1734, The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, VA 22101-3402, pp. 35, 44.
5. Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book 1730-1738, p. 299 [2 April 1734], In: Sparacio R. & S. Sparacio (1991) Virginia County Court Records. Order Book Abstracts of Spotsylvania County, Virginia 1734-1735, The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, VA 22101-3402, p. 23.
6. Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book 1730-1738, pp. 285, 299 [5 March 1733/4 & 2 April 1734], In: Sparacio R. & S. Sparacio (1991) Virginia County Court Records. Order Book Abstracts of Spotsylvania County, Virginia 1734-1735, The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, VA 22101-3402, pp. 11, 23.
7. Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book 1730-1738, pp. 345 [4 September 1734], In: Sparacio R. & S. Sparacio (1991) Virginia County Court Records. Order Book Abstracts of Spotsylvania County, Virginia 1734-1735, The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, VA 22101-3402, p. 59.
8. Orange County, Virginia Judgements, County Court Petitions February 1776, Box 1, File: Clerk's Spotswood Collection 1734-1749 and Undated. 1735 Titheables in Precint of Samuel Pound, Constable, In: Little, B. V. (1988) Orange County, Virginia, Tithables 1734-1782. Part One, Dominion Market Research Corporation, Orange VA, pp. 1-2.
9. Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 3, pp. 34-37 [22-23 November 1738], In: Dorman, J. F. (1966) Orange County, Virginia Deed Books 3 and 4, 1738-1741, Judgements 1736, Washington, D.C., p.3.
10. Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 4, pp. 31-34 [21-22 May 1740], In: Dorman, J. F. (1966) Orange County, Virginia Deed Books 3 and 4 1738-1741 Judgements 1736, Washington, D.C., p.37.
11. Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 5, pp. 129-134 [-6 August 1741], In: Dorman, J. F. (1971) Orange County, Virginia Deed Books 5, 6, 7 and 8, 1741-1743, Washington, D.C., p.7
12. Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book 1730-1738, pp. 492 [May 1737], p. In: Sparacio R. & S. Sparacio (1991) Virginia County Court Records. Order Book Abstracts of Spotsylvania County, Virginia 1735-1738, The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, VA 22101-3402, p. 64.
13. Orange County, Virginia Judgements, County Court Petitions February 1776, Box 1, File: Clerk's Spotswood Collection 1734-1749 and Undated. County Court Judgements November 1749, Box 21. In: Little, B. V. (1988) Orange County, Virginia, Tithables 1734-1782. Part One, Dominion Market Research Corporation, Orange VA, pp. 22-24.
14. Lunenburg County, Virginia Court Order Book 1, p. 59 [1 September 1746], In: (1990) Lunenburg County Court Orders 1746-1748, TLC Genealogy, Miami Beach, F 33140, p. 28.
15. Lunenburg County, Virginia Court Order Book 1 [December 1746, December 1747], In: (1990) Lunenburg County Court Orders 1746-1748, TLC Genealogy, Miami Beach, F 33140, p. 47, 138, 139.
16. Lunenburg County, Virginia Entry Record Book 1737-1770, p. 87, [22 April 1748]. In: Chiarito, M.D. (1984) Entry Record Book 1737-1770 (Land Entries in the Present Virginia Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin & Patrick), Clarkton Press, Nathalie, VA, p. 70; Dodson, R. C. (1995) Property Lines From The Old Survey Books, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1746-1840, VA-NC Piedmot Genalogical Society, P. O. Box 2272, Dannville, VA, 24541.
17. Lunenburg County, Virginia, A List of Tithables from the Mouth of Falling River Upwards for the Year 1748, Taken by John Phelps, In: Bell, L. C. (1931) Sunlight on the Southside. Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783, pp. 81-85
18. Lunenburg County, Virginia Survey Book I, [13 November 1794], In: Chiarito, M. D. (1988 ) Old Survey Book I: 1746-1782 Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Clarkton Press, Nathalie, VA, p. 62
19. Lunenburg County, Virginia Order Book 2, p. 139 [8 February 1748/9], In: Lunenburg County Order Book 2, pp. 27-28
20. Lunenburg County, Virginia Order Book 2, p. 189, 230 [4 July 1749], 5 October 1749. In: Lunenburg County Order Book 2, pp. 38, 48
21. Lunenburg County, Virginia, List of Tithes for 1750, List Taken by Nicholas Haile, In: Bell, L. C. (1931) Sunlight on the Southside. Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783, pp. 135-137
22. Lunenburg County, Virginia Entry Record Book 1737-1770, p. 163 [29 July 1751], In: Chiarito, M.D. (1984) Entry Record Book 1737-1770 (Land Entries in the Present Virginia Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin & Patrick), Clarkton Press, Nathalie, VA, p. 129.
23. Lunenburg County, Virginia, List of Tithes for 1752, List Taken by John Phelps. In: Bell, L. C (1931) Sunlight on the Southside. Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783, pp. 203-208
24. Lunenburg County, Virginia Entry Record Book 1737-1770, p. 360 [15 March 1766], In: Chiarito, M.D. (1984) Entry Record Book 1737-1770 (Land Entries in the Present Virginia Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin & Patrick), Clarkton Press, Nathalie, VA, p. 290
Acknowledgements. The author thanks Carl York of Knoxville, Tennessee, for his critical reading of this manuscript, including insight concerning the confusing records for the Codys in the 1748-1752 tithe lists of Lunenburg County, Virginia.
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