Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Anthony Haden - Children of Daughter Elizabeth Haden

Very little is known about Anthony Haden's daughter Elizabeth.  Elizabeth was old enough to be married and have a child in 1756, so likely born in the 1730's.  Apparently Anthony did not have much have confidence in the man she married.  Anthony made gifts of slaves to his married daughters and their husbands; however, in the case of Elizabeth, he gave the slave to her daughter, Ann Rea, with the income from the slave's labor to go to Elizabeth.  If Ann did not survive, the slave would revert to to Elizabeth's brother Zachariah and he would see that the income went to Elizabeth.  Had Anthony given the slave to his married daughter directly, the slave would then have been under her husband's control.  You will sometimes see Elizabeth's married name as "Rex" but I believe that is simply a misreading of the old handwriting.  I have a copy of the deed and the name surname is without doubt Rea.

This deed is interesting:

Goochland DB 7, p.98

29 May 1756
Anthony Haden of Hanover Co for love goodwill and affection towards my loving Grand Daughter Ann Rea of Goochland Co ….following Articles, One Negro man named Charles, two cows and calves, feather bed & furniture, black leather large trunk. Said Ann Rea paying her Mother Elizabeth Rea the sum of 3£ yearly during her life or the life of the said Negro to be recovered by the said Elizabeth Rea and no other. But in case said Ann Rea dies without issue, then the above Negro and articles I give to my son Zachariah Haden on paying Elizabeth Rea the yearly sum above mentioned. Signed: Anthony Haden. Wit: Stephen Nowlin, Daniel Burks, Obedience (O) Nowlin.
Acknowledged by Anthony Haden. Goochland Co 15 Jun 1756. Teste: Val.Wood GCC

Anthony did not include the name of Elizabeth Rea's husband.  Obviously the Rea family lived in Goochland Co.  In reading the early deed films of Goochland, there were few references to this surname or to it's likely alternate spelling "Ray".  And in fact, I only found two.  Both refer to a William Rea/Ray and in the deed found - his wife's name was Elizabeth.  I believe there is a reasonable chance that William Rea was Elizabeth's husband.

Additional records of REA in Goochland:

Goochland DB 6, p.218 21 Jul 1752 Appraisal & Inventory of the Estate of William Redford, dec’d. Richard Pleasants, William Rea

Goochland DB 7, p.61 20 Jan 1756. William RAY of Goochland to Ambrose Hundley of Hanover. 40#’s North side James River. Maj John Bollings line, John Burks, Joseph Woodson, Ebenezar Adams Dec’d. 150 acres part of 300 acres granted to James Nowlin by patent 12 Mar 1739. Signed: William REA
Wit: Geo Colebrooke, Thos. Pleasants. Ro. Abraham.
Acknowledged by William REA. Wife ELIZABETH privately examined and she agreed.
[Note that William Rea sold this tract to Ambrose Hundley. Elizabeth’s brother Joseph is believed to have married Elizabeth Hundley.  I've never found a connection, but there were not many Hundley families.]

It is also possible that William Rea, if indeed he was Elizabeth Haden's husband, died between the sale of this tract of land, January of 1756, and the gift of the slave to Elizabeth's daughter in July of 1756.  Anthony perhaps used the gift of the slave to aid his widowed daughter, doubting her own ability to manage.  However, I believe the first scenario is the most reasonable and the most likely.

I believe that the Rea family most likely left Goochland.  So many members of the Haden family remained in the area, surely had the Reas remained more details would have found their way into the family records.

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