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John Loftin

 

Born: 29 Nov 1740, Sussex, Brunswick & Greenvile Co, VA
Died:  03 Aug 1793, Greensville Co, VA

 

 

                           

John Loftin was born 29 Nov 1740 in Sussex, Brunswick & Greenville Co, VA.  His Christening took place at the Albemarle Parish, Surry, VA.*

 
He married Martha Lanier in before March 1762.  Martha was the daughter of Sampson Lanier, Jr.
 

It's even been suggested that Martha's Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather was Sir Lawrence Washington, the Great-Great-Great-Grandfather of George Washington - the first President of the United States.

 
 
 

John Loftin Indenture

http://www.rootsweb.com/~vabrunsw/deeds/brundb6.htm

Indenture made the 24th day of August 1761 between Vines Collier and John Loftin of Sussex County, for 110 pounds, conveying 240 acres, beginning at a Red Oak, a corner betwixt Majr. Benjamin Harrison and William Smith, thence by Smith's line East by North 78 poles to a Hickory South 50 degrees East 111 poles to a Red Oak, thence South 15 degrees West 98 poles to a Small Black Oak, thence Southwest 52 poles to a White Oak, a line tree of John Davis's land, thence by Davis's line West and by North 174 poles to a pine, thence North 80 degrees 61 poles to a Red Oak, thence Northwest by North 57 poles to three tree chop inwards in line of Majr. Benjamin Harrison's land aforesaid, by Harrison's line North 75 degrees East 136 poles to a Hickory and 28 degrees East 73 poles to the beginning. 

Witnesses were Silv. Stokes, Jas. Oliver, and Thomas Vines
Indenture was acknowledged in Court on August 24, 1761, by Vines Collier
Deep Book 6, page 735

 
 

John Loftin Indenture

 

This Indenture made the

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Children of John Loftin and Martha Laneir
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Elizabeth Loftin c. 1765   Francis Harwell
James Loftin c. 1768 c. 1836 Susannah Sherrill
Edmund Loftin c. 1770    
John Loftin c. 1772   Nancy Smith
Martha Loftin c. 1776   (1) William Jones
(2) James Martin
Eldridge Edward Loftin c. 1780   Mary Sherrill
Frances Loftin c. 1781   William Sturdivant
Augustine Loftin 13 Mar 1786   Mary McCarroll Grigg
Herbert Chamberlain Loftin      
 
 
 
 

The Will of John Loftin

Transcribed by Curtis & Carolyn Loftin

(If words were misspelled, we left them that way)

 

In the Name of God, Amen. I john Loftin of the Parish of Saint Andrews in the county of Greensville, being sick in body but of perfect sense and memory do make and declare This my Last will and testament in manner, following

 

First, I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping and believing a remission of my sins by the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, and my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the descretion, of my Executor herein after named, and my worthy estate.  I give and devise as follows my just debts and funeral charges being first paid

 

Imprimion, first I lend my beloved wife Martha Loftin my three Negros, Andrew, Kate and Lewecy/Lucy, during her natural life.

 

Item:  I give and bequeath unto my son James Loftin my two Negros, Dilvy/Dileey and Fanny with their increase from this day, with all other things that I have given and possest him with to him and his heirs for ever.

 

Item:  I give and bequeath unto my son Edmund Loftin my Negro girl Pegg and her child, Jenny, with their future increase, one bed and furniture, one blaze-faice mare, also fifty pound cash to him and his heirs for ever.

 

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Eldridge Loftin my Negro boy, Doctor, to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Augustine Loftin my Negro boy, Scott, to his and his heirs for ever.

 

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Hearbert Chamberlain Loftin my Negro boy Ephram to him and his heirs for ever.

 

Item:  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Loftin my Negro girl Rose with her future increase, one bed and furniture, one horse named Dobings, one sadle and bridle, and ten pounds worth of household furniture, to her and her heirs for ever.

 

Item:  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Frances Loftin my Negro girl Charlot with her future increase, one bed and furniture, one mare named Venton, one sadle and bridle, and ten pounds worth of household furniture, also after the death of my wife, my Negro woman Lewecy/Lucy to her and her heirs for ever.

 

My will and desire is that my loving wife Martha Loftin shall have the use of my land and plantation with the Resudue of my estate of what kind or quality so ever not before mentioned or given away during her widowhood, to bring up and educate my children on, also the use of the Legases/Legacies bequeath my sons John, Eldridge, Augustine, and Hearbert Chamberlain Loftin, and also the use of the Legases bequeath my Daughters Martha and Frances Loftin until they shall arrive to the Eagi/Age of twenty one years or marry or during the widowhood of my said wife.

 

Item:  I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Harwell, my Negro girl Silva, with her increase from this date, after the death or marriage of my wife to her and her heirs for ever.

 

My will and desire is that my land containing four hundred and one acres more or less whearon/where-on I now live be equally devided amongst my four sons, John, Eldridge, Augustine, and Hearbert Chamberlaine Loftin at the death or marriage of my wife to them and their heirs for ever.

 

Item:  I give and bequeath my two Negros, Andrew and Kate, after the death of my wife unto my four children namely James, Edmund, John and Martha Loftin, to be equally devided amongst them to them and their heirs forever.

 

Item:  My will and desire is that my Negro man Bob with the Resudue of my estate of what kind or quallitys ever not before mention or given away be equally devided at the death or marrage of my said wife amongst my three sons names Eldridge, Augustine, and Hearbert Chamberlain Loftin to them and their heirs forever.

 

Lastly my will and desire is that there be no appraisment of my estate and I do nominate, constitute and appoint my loving wife Martha Loftin, Joel Wilkerson and my son Edmond Loftin Executres and Executors of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this third day of August anno Domini one thousand seven hundred ninety three.

 

John Loftin (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published, and
declared by the said John Loftin
as and for his Last Will and
Testament in the presence of us
who were present of the signing
and sealing thereof.
 
Charles Atkins  X
Nancy Atkins  X
Edward Pettway  X
 
 
 

The Will of John Loftin from 1773

 
 

John Loftin's signature from his 1773 Will

 
 
 
John Loftin's Will dated 3 Aug 1793, probated September 1793 Greensville Co., bequests to his family...
                             
     401 acres of land
     15 slaves - divided between all the heirs
     Elizabeth, James and Edmund were evidently over the age of 21
     The other six children were left "the Legacies" for their education and care until they reached 21
 
 

John Loftin's Estate Inventory Included:

9 horses, 22 head of cattle, 20 sheep, 37 hogs, a black walnut table, 2 kitchen tables, 3 spinning wheels, a dozen pewter plates, 3 puter/pewter dishes, 5 puter/pewter basons, 6 feather beds, 3 rushbottomed chairs, 1 safe, 3 bouls/bowls, 1 mugg, 10 cups & saucers, 1/2 dozen teaspoons, 1/2 dozen tablespoons, 1/2 dozen knives & forks, 3 earthen pisher/pitchers, 2 coffee pots, 3 wine glasses, 1 butter boat, 3 tin candle-molds in a stand, 1 candle stick & snuffers, 9 reading books, 2 looking glasses, 1 gun, 1 cradle & furniture, 2 close/clothes brush, 2 pine boxes, 1 Pr/pair large scissors, 1 Dutch oven, 1 frying pan, 1 hand saw, 1 claw hammer, 1 framer, 1 riding chair & harness, 2 side saddle, 3 bridles, 1 quart bottle, 6 snuff bottles, 3 galley potts, 40 yards of Virginia cloth, a parcel of sperm cotton & wool, 4 table cloths & 6 towels, 1 grinding stone, 1 gin, a spice mortar, 1 funnel, plus a variety of other household & farm implements.
 
 

John Loftin's Estate Inventory

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There is no record found to date of John Loftin serving in any military capacity during the American Revolution, however he did offer supplies to the troops.  From the Revolutionary War Public Service Claims at the Virginia State Archives:  John Loftin provided 150 lbs. of beef to the troops for which he was later reimbursed 2 pounds, 12 shillings, 1 pence.  (John H. Smith)
    
 
 
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* Nancy Parker confirmed John's Christening in Albemarle Parish, Surry, VA.

 
 
 
If you have additional information or photos of John Loftin or his family please contact Curtis D. Loftin