(Note: Much of the information concerning my 7th, 6th and 5th great grandparents was contributed by Glen Maxey and other researchers and has not been proven by me. My sincere thanks to Glen and the other contributors for sharing this early genealogy.)
My Maxey family originated in France. It is reported they were Huguenots, members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France, who were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the 1530's. By the 1560's, this religious group was called Huguenots, but since the 17th century they are simply called French Protestants. The Huguenots were driven from France during a series of religious persecutions during the 16th and 17th century. The Maxey and many associated families fled to England, where they settled for an indeterminate length of time. They began immigrating to America prior to 1700. They were among the founders of Manakin Town in Henrico County, in the Colony of Virginia, about 1700.
My 7th great grandfather, Edward Maxey, was born in France. He married my 7th great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Wyatt. They immigrated to America about 1700 and settled in Henrico County, Virginia. It has been said that Edward died in Goochland County, Virginia, which was formed from Henrico County in 1728. Edward and Elizabeth probably had several children, including Edward Maxey II.
My 6th great grandfather, Edward Maxey II, was born about 1674 in either France or Kent County, England. Edward married my 6th great grandmother, Susannah Gates (Gaites). He immigrated to America about 1700 with his family, and settled in Henrico County, Virginia.
We have been told the earliest record of Edward in Virginia is in a deed dated April 12, 1748, in Goochland County, in which reference is made to "a Trect of Land Patent in the name of Edward Maxey deceased bearing date the Seventeenth Day of August one thousand Seven hundred twenty five."
Edward signed his will on April 18, 1737, in Goochland County, in which he named his wife and children. Edward died between April 18, 1737 and May 20, 1740, in Goochland County.
Susannah signed her will May 31, 1743. Susannah died after May 31, 1743, in Goochland County.
Edward and Susannah had at least eight children: (1) Edward Maxey, born in London, England, died 1726, Henrico County, Virginia, married Elizabeth Radford; (2) Susannah Maxey, died 1720, Virginia, married William Barnes; (3) Elizabeth Maxey, born about 1702, Henrico County, Virginia, married John Radford; (4) John Marshall Maxey, born about 1708, Goochland County, Virginia, married Sarah Sampson; (5) William W. Maxey, born about 1710, married Mary (last name unknown) and Mary Elizabeth Sublett; (6) Nathaniel Maxey, born about 1712, Virginia; (7) Silvanus Maxey, born about 1718, Virginia, died 1770, Prince Edward County, Virginia, married Mary Esther Worley and Elizabeth Langsdon; and (8) Walter Maxey.
My 5th great grandfather, Walter Maxey, was born in 1719, in Henrico County, Virginia, the youngest son of Edward Maxey and Susannah Gates. (Note: Many researchers believe his name was Walter Justinian Maxey.)
Walter married my 5th great grandmother, Mary Netherland about 1736, in Goochland County, Virginia. Mary Netherland was born about 1719, probably in Goochland County, Virginia.
Walter was named in his father's will, dated April 18, 1737, Goochland County, Virginia. He was to receive one-half of the plantation on which the family lived in Goochland County, after the death of his mother. The other half of the land was to go to Walter's brother, Silvanus. Walter was named in his mother's will, dated May 31, 1743, to receive a feather bed, furniture and two dishes.
Goochland County records show a deed dated April 12, 1748, in which Silvanus conveyed the remaining 200 acres of land to Walter. This part of Goochland County later became part of Cumberland County. Cumberland County records show Walter sold part of this land in 1762.
Walter bought land in Bedford County, Virginia, in 1763, and some years later, moved to Franklin County, Virginia.
Walter signed his will on March 5, 1791, in Franklin County, in which he named his wife and children.
Walter died May 5, 1791, in Franklin County, Virginia. Mary died there in 1798.
Walter and Mary (Netherland) had at least ten children: (1) Jane Leodicea "Dicia" Maxey (my line), born about 1737, Goochland Co, VA, married John Craighead; (2) Unknown Maxey, born about 1743, Goochland Co, VA; (3) Walter Maxey, Jr., born July 9, 1745, Goochland Co, VA, died Oct 7, 1828, Jasper Co, GA, married Ann Swanson in 1767; (4) Mary M. Maxey, born about 1747, Goochland Co, VA, d. Apr 7, 1830, TN, married Walter Addy about 1765; (5) Josiah Maxey, born about 1748, Virginia, died Aug 2, 1793, Franklin Co, VA, married Martha Arthur about 1766, then Phebe Arthur about 1772; (6) Jesse Maxey, born about 1750, VA, died 1808, Sumner Co, TN, married Elizabeth Scott in 1767, then Elizabeth Loving in 1783; (7) Jeremiah Maxey (my line), born about 1751, VA; (8) Lucy Maxey, born about 1757, VA, married William Cowden; (9) Susannah Maxey, born about 1759, married John Sullivan in 1785, and (10) Ester Maxey, born Nov 14, 1761, Cumberland Co, VA, died May 20, 1826, Franklin Co, VA, married Thomas C. Kemp, son of John Kemp and Mary Craighead.
My research began with my 4th great grandfather, Jeremiah Maxey, who was born about 1751, in Virginia. He was the 7th of 10 children born to Walter Maxey and Mary Netherland.
Jeremiah married my 4th great grandmother, Mourning Hail, about 1768, in Virginia. Mourning Hail was born about 1751, in Virginia.
Jeremiah and Mourning's children were born in Virginia. Jeremiah was listed in personal property tax records of Franklin County, Virginia in 1790.
Jeremiah was named in his father's will, which was signed March 5, 1791. After his mother's death, Jeremiah was to receive an equal portion of his father's real and personal property not mentioned in his will.
About 1802, Jeremiah moved his family to Oglethorpe County, Georgia. He purchased land on Sandy Creek in Oglethorpe County.
Mourning died in Oglethorpe County between 1802 and 1807.
Jeremiah married Mary "Polly" Allen on February 13, 1808, in Oglethorpe County. Mary Allen was born about 1780, in Virginia. She was 30 years younger than Jeremiah.
Jeremiah signed his will on June 4, 1810, in Oglethorpe County. Although was do not have the will, the following excerpts were published in The Georgia Genealogist Winter 1982.
County Records of Oglethorpe County, GA, Will Book B, Page 42
Will of Jeremiah Maxey
Wife Mary Maxey, to receive one negro girl, Amey, during her natural life; at Mary's death Amey and her increase to be divided equally between "the children that she my wife Mary Maxey had by me, viz. Jenney and Susannah and in case that she my wife should have another child either son or daughter within nine months after my decease, the said child to come in for an equal share with the said Jenney and Susannah. I give to my beloved wife Mary one black horse that I had with her." (Note: Mary had brought the black horse with her into the marriage.)
Mary also received a good feather bed and furniture.
"For the support of wife and two children for the coming year a reserve of 15 barrels corn, 2 of wheat, and 400 wt. pork, and $50 for schooling of my two youngest children namely Jenney and Susannah."
To make son Edward Maxey "equal with the rest of my sons", he is given a young colt named Quicksilver.
To make daughter Kerrenhappuck "equal to the rest of my daughters", she receives a feather bed and furniture.
Remainder of estate to be equally divided among "all my children, Hail Maxey, John Maxey, Jeremiah Maxey, Boz. Maxey, Josiah Maxey, Edward Maxey, Frankey Maxey, Mourning Osborn, Polley Bentley, Kerrenhappuck Maxey and my daughter Salley Laws children."
Any child his wife has within 9 months of his death, was to share equally with "rest of my children."
Boz Maxey and Josiah Maxey named executors. Signed June 4, 1810. Jeremiah Maxey
Witnessed: Thomas Hall , John Townsend, John Johnson
Proved at September term court 1810 by Thomas Hall, John Townsend, and John Johnson. Recorded September 4, 1810. Mat. Rainey C. C. O.
Jeremiah died between June 4, 1810 and September 10, 1810 when his will was probated.
Children of Jeremiah Maxey and Mourning Hail
1. Hail Maxey was born 1769, in Bedford Co, VA (my line)
2. John Maxey was born about 1773, in Bedford Co, VA. He married Sarah Greer on July 21, 1794, in Franklin Co, VA. (The marriage bond was issued on the on July 21, in Franklin Co, VA.) Sarah was born 1776, in Bedford Co, VA. John first appeared on the personal property tax lists of Franklin Co, VA in 1795 and was last shown there in 1802. In Nov 1802, John and Sarah sold their 140 acres of property on Gills Creek in Franklin Co, VA. They were in Oglethorpe Co, GA by Jan 5, 1804, when John purchased 120 acres on Troublesome Creek (a branch of Long Creek) for $500. John's name appeared in the tax digests of Clarke Co, GA in 1804. In 1805 John was charged with 220 acres in Oglethorpe Co, GA. John bought 75 acres on Wild Cat Creek in Clarke Co, GA on Sept. 30, 1806, which included a plantation. On June 24, 1807, he purchased an additional 230 acres on Wild Cat Creek. On Aug. 11, 1807, John and Sarah were living in Clarke Co, GA, when they sold the Oglethorpe Co property. In the 1807 land lottery of GA, John drew two prizes of 202 1/4 acres in the counties of Wilkinson and Baldwin. In his father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, John was to receive an equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. John signed his will in Clarke Co, GA on Sept. 28, 1811. John died Nov 4, 1811, in Clarke Co, GA. Sarah died about 1850, in Clarke Co.
3. Stephen Maxey was born about 1775, in Bedford Co, VA. He died 1806, in Oglethorpe Co, GA. Stephen never married.
4. Frankey Maxey was born about 1777, in Bedford Co, VA. In his father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, Frankey was to receive an equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. Frankey died before 1815.
5. Mourning Maxey was born about 1778, in Bedford Co, VA. She married John Osborn in 1798, in Franklin Co, VA. John Osborn was born about 1780, in Bedford Co. Mourning was named in her father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810. She was to receive an equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. Mourning died in Clarke Co, GA before 1815. John died there in 1835. They are buried in Maxey Cem, in Oconee Co, GA.
6. Sarah "Sally" Maxey was born about 1780, in Bedford Co, VA. She married John Law on Sept 5, 1796, in Franklin Co, VA. Sally died before 1810, in GA. In her father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, the children of Sally Law were to receive one equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. John died about 1845, in GA.
7. Jeremiah Maxey, Jr. was born about 1781, in Bedford Co, VA. In his father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, Jeremiah was to receive an equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. Jeremiah married Tabitha McBee on Mar 26, 1818, in Clarke Co, GA. He died after 1850, probably in Henry Co, GA.
8. Boaz Maxey was born Apr 8, 1788, in Franklin Co, VA. In his father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, Boz was to receive an equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. Boaz and his brother, Josiah, were named executors of their father's will. Boaz married Cynthia Varner on Apr 20, 1818, in Oglethorpe Co, GA. We believe Cynthia died about 1823. Boaz then married Sarah Landman on Dec 21, 1823, in GA. Boaz died Mar 23, 1872, in Clarke Co, GA.
9. Josiah Maxey was born about 1790, in Franklin Co, VA. Josiah married Elizabeth Tye about 1810, in GA. Elizabeth was born about 1792, in VA. Josiah was named in his father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810. Josiah was to receive an equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. Josiah and is brother, Boaz, were named executors of their father's will. Josiah died in 1858, in Clarke Co, GA. Elizabeth died there in 1871.
10. Mary "Polly" Maxey was born May 28, 1791, in Franklin Co, VA. She married John T. Bentley on Oct 22, 1807, in Oglethorpe Co, GA. In her father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, Polly was to receive an equal part of the remainder of Jeremiah's estate. Polly died about 1830, in GA. John died 1863, in Henry Co, GA.
11. Edward H. Maxey was born about 1794, in Franklin Co, VA. He was 16 years old when his father died. Edward was named in his father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, to receive an equal part of the remainder of his father's estate. He also was to receive a young colt named Quicksilver "to make son Edward Maxey equal with the rest of my sons". Edward married Mary Elder on May 28, 1815, Clarke Co, GA Edward died 1833, in Clarke Co, GA.
12. Karenhappuck "Caron" H. Maxey was born about 1800, in Franklin Co, VA. Her mother died when she was just a small child and her father died when she was only 10 years old. She was named in her father's will, which was signed June 4, 1810, to receive an equal part of the remainder of her father's estate. She was also to receive a feather bed and furniture "to make daughter Kerrenhappuck equal to the rest of my daughters". Caron married Thomas Fambrough on Nov 8, 1816, in Oglethorpe Co, GA. Thomas was born about 1790, in Virginia. (Note: He may have been the son of Thomas Fambrough (born 1747, VA; died July 23, 1827, Greene Co, GA) and Sarah Walden (born Dec 10, 1758, VA; died 1816, Oglethorpe Co, GA). Thomas, Sr. and Sarah appear in Halifax Co, VA in 1782 and in Oglethorpe Co, GA in 1800. Thomas, Sr. appears on the 1820 Oglethorpe Co census.) In 1823, Thomas, Jr. purchased 194 acres of land on Falling Creek in Oglethorpe Co from his brother-in-law, Hail Maxey. Thomas, Jr. and Caron moved to Greene Co, GA prior to 1830. They appear on the 1830 and 1840 Greene Co, GA census.
Children of Jeremiah Maxey and Mary Allen
13. Jane "Jenny" Maxey was born about 1808, in Oglethorpe Co, GA. She was named in her father's will to receive an equal part of the remainder of her father's estate.
14. Susannah "Susan" Maxey was born about 1809, in Oglethorpe Co, GA. She was named in her father's will to receive an equal part of the remainder of her father's estate. Susannah married John Lindsay on Oct 25, 1827, in Newton Co, GA. Susannah died in 1854, in Newton Co, GA.
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