Years ago, before we had home internet and I did most of my genealogy research at the Library, I had run across a book that listed a John Ledford as a Juror in a County in Virginia in the 1650's.
The name of the book, the County, and the exact year are lost somewhere in my boxes of handwritten notes. But going by memory (which is admittedly faulty at times) I'm thinking it was Charles City County, Virginia, in 1654.
I decided to do a search of the internet to see if the book, the information, or any other related information has made it's way online.
far, no luck finding the specific info on John Ledford the Juror, but
there's a few other items of record showing Ledfords in Virginia as far
back as the mid-1600's.
In no particular order, here are my findings:
John W. Ludford b. June 1, 1682 in Albemarle, NC
m. Christiana Blount
son William Ledford b. 1698 in Albemarle, NC
William Ledford m. Susan Ann Pierce in NC
their son, William 2, b. 1722 in Lancashire, England
CHARLES CITY COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK 1676-1679
Copyright, 1968 by Margaret McNeill Ayres
(I have downloaded the PDF, EPUB, and MOBI forms of the complete book.)
The difference between Rich. Wathen pit and Mary Rose deft, referred to a Jury. Jury: Mr. Nevet Wheeler s foreman; Mr. Henry Harm an; Mr. Thos. Boothe; Mr. Alex. Danison; Mr. ¥m. Jordan: Mr. Wm. Harrison: Mr. Jas. Thrate: Mr. Jno. Hodges: Mr. Thos. Gregory: Mr. Jno. Hardaway: Mr. Rich. Dodd: Mr. Wm, Lamb 3 on, Nicho Wyatt testified in the action of Rich. Wathen pit, and Mrs. Rose deft declared it abuse by Mrs Rose's servantman Wm. Ledford, There were signs of blows but no evidence. Booth under peace bond. Jury find for pit. damage at 20 lbs tob.. Bond of Mary Rose to pay unto the King 10,000 lbs, tob. upon demand. 26 March 1677- Terms being that if Wm. Ledford the sei'vant shall conduct himself peaceably and Rich. Wathen be free of molestation anywhere, the bond shall be void.
p. 172 Richard Wathne testified that Wm, Ledford at instigation of his mistress on 25 March last did violently assault the petr. and also did kick the petr's wife. No provocation by the pit.. On complaint to Capt. Nich. Wyatt, Justice the sd. Ledford was bound to the peace., his mistress giving security, yet Ledford did continue his abuse and promised more.
p, 1?2 cont« On May 2l|,th Ledford did beat Ruth Pulley a woman servant of the pit. severely. Wathen prays damages. The court decided that Mary Rose has forfeited her bond of 10,000 lbs. tob. to the King and 20 lbs tob e damages to the pit..
p. 202 Deed of Mary Rose of Wayonoke Par. in Charles City co., widow because of her impending marriage for love and motherly affection gives to son James Laurence of sd. par. & county 2000 lbs. tob. & csk. to be his demand within 2 months after her decease to Mary Laurence wife of the above James one suit of her own clothes from head to foot; to daughter Sarah Bishop wife of Jno. Bishop of the aforesd county the remainder of the sd. Mary Rose's clothes. To grandchildren Henry Bishop, Sarah Bishop and Elizabeth Bishop bequests. If son James Laurence should die before me, then the aforsd. 2000 lbs. tob. to be equally divided among John Bishop's children. All gifts to be deliv- ered to devisees within 2 months of sd. Mary Rose's demise without hindrance of her intended husband Wm. Leedford or anyone. 17 July 1677 wit. Henry Harman Ann Lizer pr. by Hen. Harman 13 Sept. 1677
Power of Attorney from Mary Ledford to Wm. Randolph in anything depend- ing agst. her husband, Wm, Ledford, and as custodian of his estate 20 Sept. 1677. Wit: Jno Stith Jno* Clough
Attachment granted Ralph Poole agst. the estate of Wm. Ludford for Hi! lbs. tob..
Attachmt. granted Jno. Harrison, agst the estate of Wm. Ledford for 890 lbs tob..
Upon the pet. of Jno. Bishop for the cattle given by deed of Mary Rose to her grandchildren, the children of sd. Bishop, Mr. Wm. Duke, Mr. Those Blayton & Mr. Nich. Wyatt are to take the record and accordingly set apart sd. cattle for the deed and report. No attachment be served agst. sd. estate until the deed of gift is secured.
Jno Drinkwater had judgmt. agst Rich. Woothen for 2100 lbs. tob. which was made use of by Morrill Rose dec'd of whose estate Wothen is admn. .
p. *hk (2k4?)
Thos Hernison granted an attachmt. agst. Wm. Ludford for lj.00 lbs. tob. & csk, .
Attachment granted to Jno. Drayton, Jr. attorney for Thos. Swann for 890 lbs, tob„ agst. the estate of Wm. Ludford.
p. 262 Attachment granted Rich. Wathen pit. agst. the estate of Wm. Ludford deft, for 1571 lbs. tob..
Po 312 Court held at Westover 5 Aug. 1678
Ordered that the estate of the children of Jno. Bishop be set apart. Mr. Thos. Blayton and Capt. Nich. Wyatt see it done according to a deed of gift from Mary Rose to the children. Jno. Bishop states there are not cattle enough left to comply with the deed. Ordered that the cattle of the deed be valued and enough other effects set aside from the estate of Win. Ludford to make up the difference. (see p.2l|.2)
p. 317 A Court at Westover 15 Aug. 1678
Jno. Harrison asks an order issued now for attachmt. in November for 900 lbs. tob. agst. Wm. Ludford's estate. Granted.
p. 320 Attachm't granted Adam Heath agst. the estate of Wm. Ludford for 530 lbs. tob.. Henry Rogers agst. Poland Redford referred to next court. (Due to the numerous
misspells, mis-reads, and/or type problems, noting Poland "Redford" here.)
3 Oct 1678
Po 33i| Rich. Wathen pit and Wm. Ludford & his wife defts., referred to next court .
Dr. Geo. Lee, atty. of Coll. Thos. Swan & Jno. Ludford pit. agst. Mr. Thos. Blayton deft, for debt of 600 lbs. tob.. The deft, shows a jud- gmt. assigned by Mr. Jas. Minge discounted for $$$ lbs. tob. leaving judgmt. of I4.I lbs. tob. is awarded pit.. Lee appeals to Gen'l Court .
5 Dec. 1678
Rich. Wathen agst. Mary Rose referred to next court.
Rich. Wathen pit. agst. Mary Ludford deft, about the Estate of Morris Rose. Capt. Bisse & Capt. Wyett, to audit the account, determine it and report.
p. 359 cont. Jno. Tate in Nov. 1677 had attachint. agst. Wm. Ludford for 330 lbs. tob. which was served. The debt appears due, judgmt. granted
16 Oct. 1679
At Feb, 6th e Court, Capt, Nich, Wyett and Capt. Jas, Biss were to audit the account of Mary Ludford and Rich. Watheu who neglected it, Capt, Wyett and Wm. Harrison are ordered make the audit*. Rich. Wathen to deliver a copy of the order to Mary Ludford if she appear not at next court, auditors make no report due to her fault, judgmt will be for the pit..
3 Dec. 1679
At the last court Capt. Nich. Wyatt *c Mr. Wm. Harrison were to audit and settle the account of Rich. Wathen pit. & Mary Redford deft.. Report: Deft, owed the pit. 771; lbs. tob.. Judgmt. awarded. Also found charges for Jno. Drinkwater & Abr. Heath for 1590 lbs. tob.. Deft, is ordered to next court to show why she should not be charged.
(info regarding Morris/Maurice Rose, husband of Mary Rose above)
John Wall’s next appearance was in the Charles City County court records in 1655.
Most of the Charles City County records were burned in the Civil War, and only
the county court orders survived for the period in which we are interested.
Unsatisfactory as it might be, we will have to content ourselves with the
fragmentary glimpses into the life of this, our Wall progenitor, from these
surviving records. (All records where he appears were recorded at the court on
the south side of the James, in the area that later became Prince George County.)
"Abstract. Moris Rose ordered to dispose of the est. of Wm Wheeler, dec’d., and
give a/c to the Court. Nichol: Perry and Capt. Jno. Wall to make appraisal."
[12 Jul 1661] "…Itt is further ordered that the like muster be made by the
sayd Major Harris w’th the assistance of Capt ffrancis Grey of all the freemen
Inhabitants from Powells Creeke on the South side, And from Oldmans Creeke on
the North side to the lower extent of the Com upon the 5th of August next att
fflowiday hundred [Flowerdew Hundred], and that lists and accots be taken and
returned as abovesd: That mr John Holmwood and mr Stephen Hamelin having timely
notice from the sd Major Harris give their attendance att the sd muster and
tender and administer the oaths of allegance and Supremacie to the sd Inhabitants
and imprison by their power in the sherr’ custody all persons refuseing the same.
"That an 8th part of the sd Inhabitants be selected and listed for a trayned band,
with addicon of horse as aforesd, and provided as before directed to report upon
occasion of allarmes to Moris Rose his plantacon on the head of Wards Creeke,
there to be comanded by Capt John Wall on the Capts of the guard of the Counties…"
[Comment: The above muster was undoubtedly the occasion of another Indian scare
on the frontier, of which there were many in those years. It is informative,
however, that Captain John Wall was, indeed, one of the regular militiamen who
apparently had military training.]
"Whereas Wm Av’et (Averet) hath furiously and violently assaulted and maymed
Moris Rose whereby his Mat’s peace is infringed and a subject disabled The Co’rt
doth therefore ord’r and adjudge that the sd Av’ett pay the fine and penalty of
two thousand pounds of good tobbo and caske to his Ma’ts use for the breach of
the law and peace, and rest in the sherriffs custody untill he enter into
Recognizance w’th good security for his future good abearing.
The Jury Inter Rose plt and Av’et defend’te
Capt ffrancis Grey foreman mr Wm Edwards
mr James Crowes mr James Ward
mr Richd Taylor mr Rice Hoe [Book 1]
mr Patrick Jackson mr John Smith
mr Morgan Jones mr Edd Richards
Capt John Wall mr. James Parham
"Whereas it doth plainely appe’ unto us by the appereance of Moris Rose that he
hath lost his teeth therefore we do find for the plt 3000 lb of tobbo."
[Comment: Amazing! Moris Rose was assaulted and lost his teeth, and the Court
initially orders that the assailant pay his Majesty the damages!? Under this
system it would be to the advantage of the Crown to get all its loyal subjects to
fighting among themselves and every time one complained, to assess a fine which
is kept by the Crown. I hope our present representatives in Washington don’t hear
of this scheme for raising taxes! The jury raised the ante to 3000 lbs. of
tobacco. I wonder if they intended that it should go to Moris Rose or to the
 "Abstract. Dif betw Capt John Wall and Moris Rose concerning a barrel of
sugar to next Court. Capt Robt Wynne to examine Mr Eusebius King concerning the
Info on Mary ? Lawrence Frame Fitzgerald Plumer Rose Ludford/Ledford/Lydford
John Bishop, Jr. married Sarah Lawrence
From "Cavaliers & Pioneers" Virginia Patent Book No. 4
Maurice Rose, 1400 acs. Chas. City Co., 10 Oct. 1657, p. 128, (189). On S. side of James Riv. & on Eastermost side of the head of Wards Cr. beg. on land formerly of William Haneat (?), &c. 1000 acs. granted unto Adam Coate (or Coale), by him deserted; granted unto Hoell Price who assigned his interest to sd. Rose together with rights to make the whole devdt. good for trans. of 28 persons . . . .
Maurice Rose had been a 1637 headright of Walter Aston of Shirley Hundred.
(Walter Aston was a political figure, Shirley Hundred was an Island.)
(When William and Mary Lawrence came to Virginia)
NOW KNOW YEE THAT I SAID EDWARD DIGGS ESQR. (Diggs become g overnor March 31, 1658) DOE WITH THE CONSENT OF THE COUNCEL L OF STATE ACCORDINGLY GIVE AND GRANT UNTO WILLIAM JUSTIC E ON THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY EIGHT ACRES OF LAND BE ING A TRACT NEAR FLOWER DE HUNDRED CREEK IN CHARLES CITY CO UNTY BOUNDING SOUTH SOUTH WEST INTO THE WOODS, NORTH NORT H EAST AND NORTH EAST BY NORTH ON THE SAID CREEK, WEST SOUT H WEST A MILE IN BREADTH AT THE HEADS & EAST SOUTH EAST O N THE LAND OF CHENEY BOICE WITH MARKED TREES ON EVERY STATI ON. THE SAID LANDS BEING FORMERLY GRANTED BY PATENT UNTO CA PT. JOHN FRAME BEARING DATE THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER 1643 AN D DUE UNTO THE SAID WILLIAM JUSTICE AS MARRIEINGE THE DAOUG HTER AND HYR. OF SD. CAPT FRAME, AS ALSO BY AND FOR THE TRA NSPORTATION OF TWENTY FOUR PERSONS INTO THIS COLONY. TO HAV E AND TO HOLD THE SAID LAND WITH HIS DUE SHARE OF ALL MINE S AND MINNERALLS THEREIN CONTEYNED WITH ALL RIGHTS AND PRIV ILEDGES OF HUNTINGE HAWKINGE FISHINGE AND FOWLELINGE WITH A LL WOODS WATERS AND RIVERS WITH ALL PROFFITS COMMODOTIES AN D HEREDITAMENTS WHATSOEVER IN ANNIE WISE BELONGINGE TO TH E SAID LAND TO HIM THE SAID WILLIAM JUSTICE HIS HEYRES OR A SSIGNES FOR EVER IN AS LARGE AND AMPLE MANNER TO ALL INTENT S AND PURPOSES AS IS EXPREST IN A CHARTER OF ORDERS FROM TH E LATE TREASURER AND COMPANY DATED THE 18TH OF NOVEMBER 161 8 OR BY CONSEQUENCE MAY BE JUSTLY COLLECTED OUT OF THE SAM E OR OUT OF THE LETTERS PATTENTS WHEREON THEY ARE GROUNDED . YEILDINGE & PAYEINGE UNTO THE RENT GATHERERS THERETO APOI NTED FOR EVERY FIFTY ACRES OF LAND HERIN BY THESE PRESENT S GIBEN & GRANTED YEARELY AT THE FEAST OF SAINT MICHAEL TH E ARCH ANGEL THE FEE RENT OF ONE SHILLINGE WHICH PAYMENT I S TO BEE MADE SEAVEN YEARES AFTER THE FIRST GRANT OR SEATIN G THEREOF & NOT BEFORE. PROVIDED THAT IF THE SAID WILLIAM J USTICE HIS HEYRES OR ASSIGNES DOE NOT PLANT OR SEAT OR CAUS E TO BEE PLANTED OR SEATED UPON THE SAID LAND WITHIN THRE E YEARS NEXT ENSUEINGE THAT THEN IT MAY & SHALL BEE LAWFU L FOR ANY ADVENTURET OR PLANTER TO MAKE CHOICE & SEATE THER EON. GIVEN UNDER OUR HANDS AT JAMES CITTY THE 26TH DAY OF A PRIL, 1656. THE TWENTY FOUR PERSONS BEING MARY SHERWOOD, RI CHARD LEE, JOHN BARBER, EDMOND JOYNER, MATHEW BAILE, WILLIA M COLEMAN, WM PHILLIPS, JOSEPH ERRENCE, THOMAS HAISTWOOD, A LICE MITCHELL, REBECCA FRAME, FRANCIS NELSON, WILLIAM PRICE , WILLIAM LAWRENCE, MARY LAWRENCE (twice), ANNE LAWERENCE , SARAH LAWRENCE, WILLIAM BALLANCE, JOHN HATLEY, ELIZABET H HEARTH, PEETER PLUMER, AND THOMAS WHITTER."
Joseph Collins_Lucy Marchbanks_Their Descendants (PDF)
"There was a John Collins in Essex Co., VA who married Margaret Weeks in April
1684 at the home of Abraham Weeks. Margaret is said to have been born in Isle
of Wight Co., VA about 1660 to Abraham Weeks and Millicent Ledford. John died in
Essex County in July 1686, and Abraham Weeks signed John's estate papers in
Essex Co., VA on July 7, 1686. Again, no record of this John's parents or if he
Family Tree Maker
Some possible info on Millicent Ledford/Abraham Weeks, possibly married in 1650's
Matthew Ledford married Lettice (Lettuce) Weeks, dau of Abraham Week and
Millicent Ledford, 1690's.
(Info entered by another researcher: unknown if proven by verifiable records)
Rev. Matthew Lydford (Lidford)
Born February 22, 1623
Sandwich, Purbeck, Dorset, England
Married January 6, 1690 (at age 66?)
Middlesex County, VA, Christ Church
Died March 22, 1692
Middlesex County, VA, Christ Church
Son of James Lydford (Ledford) and Frances
Husband of Lettice Weeks Ledford Montague
Father of Catherine Lydford Payne
Brother of Hamnetta Lydford
No info on James (Lydford) (Ledford) or Frances
Matthew Lidford at Find A Grave (unknown sources)
LUDFORDs (also see Related Names)
LEDFORDs (also see Related Names)
The Vestry Book of Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia, 1677-1793
By Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne
April 23, 1706
Joseph Ledford appointed Clerke of the Church and Vestry