In addition to the leaseholders, 18 others are named in boundary descriptions that specify shared corners and lines with adjacent tracts. These people were most likely tenants without the benefits and protections of a written lease.2
Lease and Tenant Locations
This image and the Google Map that follows plot the locations of leaseholder tracts and adjacent tenants. The degree of confidence in location accuracy varies with the precision of information stated in the lease deeds. Some leases could not be plotted. (True also for John Ward’s lease; however, its general location was determined and is marked in the image with a tenant symbol.)
Location Ratings Explained
- Excellent: The lease descriptions reference identifiable points on the Ravensworth boundary.
- Good: Hawley, Potter and Williamson have reference points on the Ravensworth boundary, Rolling and Backlick Roads, and for Williamson also Accotink Creek. However, the boundaries between Potter, Kerby and the tenant Dawsy could not be determined. William William’s border on Accotink Creek was located with confidence. And his shared corners and lines with Appleton, Rigg, Tuttle and Aler Williams enabled placing their tracts with equal confidence. However, Appleton’s two northern lines are estimates.
- Fair: The leases were located based John Sarter’s shared boundaries with Jane Williamson, stated in her deed. John Peter Sarter’s and Hall’s tracts were positioned using their shared lines with John Sarter.
- Approximate: Several calculations were required. First and most critical was placing John Kent’s western border on Accotink Creek where the two best aligned. Second was adjusting the location of William Payne Bayliss’ tract on Kent’s eastern line, as the other leases in this category all directly or indirectly reference Bayliss’ tract. Third, adjusting the Swallow/Milan tract’s southeast corner on Long Branch influenced the positions of the tracts above it. That tract’s northeast corner is described as “near Yeaman’s old mill on long branch.” An extensive search failed to uncover information about the mill or its location, which would have been a very useful reference point.
Today’s View (in Google Maps)
In the map, circle icons designate leaseholders, diamonds represent tenants.
Chronology of Leases
The leases are listed by date in the following table. Rent was due annually in pounds of tobacco “tendered and delivered according to law at some convenient warehouse on Potomack River.”
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|Leaseholder (also on lease)||Date||Lease||Acres||Rent||Location and other comments|
|John Sarter (Sarah Sarter, wife; John Peter Sarter, son)||4/10/1767||G1:181||152||950||Beginning west side Accotink Run|
|William Williams (James and William Williams, sons)||4/10/1767||G1:188||216||1200||On Accotink Run, two corners and a boundary shared with Aler Williams|
|James Appleton (Margaret Appleton, wife; Elizabeth Appleton, daughter)||4/10/1767||G1:219||150||950||Beginning on Accotink Run corner to William Williams, shared boundries with Aler Williams and Hardin|
|John Peter Sarter (Jane Sarter, wife; Peter Sarter, son)||5/10/1767||G1:215||217||1350||Beginning on Accotink Run at corner to John Sarter (same land leased to Josias Clark in 1773)|
|Jacob Hall (Mary Hall; William Hall)||5/10/1767||G1:224||100||654||Beginning on Accotink Run at Sarter's corner, shared boundaries with Riley|
|John Ward||1768||H1:57||X||X||On Accotink Run, shared boundaries with John Kent and William Gilpin (lost deed, unable to map)|
|Thomas Hardin||1768||H1:62||X||X||Shared boundaries with Aler Williams and James Appleton (lost deed, unable to map)|
|Thomas Kerby (Sarah Kerby, wife; Thomas Kerby, son)||6/21/1773||L1:118||105||654||(no location specifics to map)|
|Charles Smith (Mary Ann Smith, wife; Niland Grow, son-in-law)||6/25/1773||L1:31||152||950||(no location specifics to map)|
|John Rigg (Sarah Rigg, wife; Susannah Rigg, daughter)||6/25/1773||L1:36||166||950||Shared boundary with Aler Williams; shared corner with Aler and William Williams|
|Thomas Tuttle (Elizabeth Tuttle, wife; John Tuttle, son)||6/25/1773||L1:92||193||1000||Two lots. 122 acres (no location specifics to map); 71 acres: on Accotink run, shared boundaries with William Williams and Benony Kent|
|John Appleton (Ellener Appleton, wife; Mary Appleton, daughter)||6/25/1773||L1:97||112||750||Shared boundaries with Tuttle, Shelton and Kent (no location specifics to map)|
|Aler Williams (Elizabeth Williams, wife; John Williams, son)||6/25/1773||L1:102||110||654||Beginning in Hardin's line|
|William Hawley (Catherine Hawley, wife; Henry Hawely)||6/25/1773||L1:107||160||980||Beginning in dividing line of Ravensworth (no specifics on where on dividing line)|
|Edward Potter (Rebechah Potter, wife; Reuben Harslydine Potter, son)||6/25/1773||L1:124||150||950||Beginning corner to Zachariah Morris on Backlick Run, shared boundaries with Ravensworth line, Dawsy and Kerby|
|John Ratcliff (Richard Ratcliff, son; Mary Ratcliff, daughter)||9/23/1773||L1:15||165||1300||Beginning in dividing line of the Pattent and where said dividing line corners in the said Pattent line, borders road to Colchester (Backlick Road)|
|Samuel Hawley (Barbara Hawley, wife; James Burch Hawley, nephew)||9/23/1773||L1:20||200||1000||Beginning at John Ratcliff's corner in the outline of Ravensworth, borders road to Colchester (Backlick Road) and Edward Potter's line|
|Aaron Clark (Anne Clark, wife; John Clark, son)||9/23/1773||L1:26||152||950||Beginning west side of Accotink Run|
|Josias Clark (Margarett Clark, wife; John Clark, son)||9/25/1773||L1:112||217||1330||Beginning on Accotink Run corner to John Sarter (same land leased to John Peter Sarter in 1767)|
|Joseph Warner (Ruth Warner, wife; Henry Warner, son)||7/10/1784||O1:380||100||654||Beginning on horse branch in William Payne Bayliss' line, shared boundaries with Richard Scriviner and John Frazer, near Yeaman's old mill on Long Branch|
|Zephaniah Swallow (Charity Swallow, wife; John Swallow, son)||7/10/1784||O1:385||106||686||Beginning corner of Richard Scriviner, Charles Beach and Joseph Warner near Yeaman's old mill on Long Branch (same land leased to Millan in 1804)|
|William Rogers (Isabella Rogers, wife; Isaac Rogers, son)||5/10/1784||O1:390||140||950||Beginning in the line of the Patent at corner to James Taylor (no location specifics to map)|
|John Devaughn (Ruth Devaughn, wife; Jonathan Devaughn, son)||7/10/1784||O1:395||117||765||Beginning in the line of the Patent at John Reeds' corner, shared boundaries with Charles Smith and Barton Davis|
|John Kent (Dinah Kent, wife; Charles Kent, son)||7/10/1784||O1:400||200||1308||Beginning on Accotink Run at John Ward's corner, shared boundaries with Peacock, near William Payne Bayliss' fence|
|William Payne Bayliss (Elizabeth Bayliss, wife; Thomas Bayliss, son)||7/10/1784||O1:406||100||654||Beginning in John Kent's line, shared boundaries with Darton Davis, Willim Ogden and John Peacock|
|Samuel Smothermon (Sarah Smothermon, wife; Hugh Smothermon, son)||7/10/1784||O1:411||135||750||Beginning line of the Patent and corner to Kidwell, borders Trap Branch, road to Pohick Warehouse (Rolling Road), and Satter's corner to the Patent|
|William Gilpin (Saviniah Gilpin, wife; Thomas Vilit)||7/10/1784||O1:417||106||686||Beginning corner of John Ward in Jane Kent's line, borders William Ogden, near William Payne Bayliss' fence|
|Jeremiah Moore, William Hally, Edward Potter, Zachariah Morris||1/7/1790||S1:422||2||X||For 99 years for the use of the (Society of) Regular Baptists of County of Fairfax to erect thereupon a place of Publick Worship|
|Edward Potter||12/24/1794||X1:494||6||X||Verifies sublease to Potter by Barbara Ratcliff, widow of Samuel Halley (Hawley)|
|Thomas Bayliss, Sr. (Thomas Bayliss, Jr., Thompson Bayliss)||5/10/1796||Y1:453||182||1119||Beginning at the beginning of Ravensworth (SE corner), shared boundaries with Bladen, Hugh Voilet and Thomas Bayliss, Jr.|
|John Kent (sons Charles Kent, John Kent, Lewis Kent)||11/6/1796||Z1:207||143||750||Beginning on Accotink Run on east side (no other location specifics to map)|
|Jane Williamson (grandsons John Williamson and John Barker)||11/6/1796||Z1:238||109||654||Beginning on Accotink Run at corner to Sarter, borders Sarter, Charles Conners and Ravensworth line where it crosses road to Pohick Warehouse (Rolling Road)|
|William Millan (Stacey Millan, wife; William Millan, son)||7/13/1804||E2:306||149||974.5||Beginning corner of Richard Scrivener, Charles Beach and Joseph Warner, near Yeaman's old mill on Long Branch (same land leased to Swallow in 1784)|
- See Deed Book Index 1742-1797, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/circuit/historical-records-finding-aids.htm ↩
- Those named are:
Thomas Bayliss, Jr.
John FrazerBenony Kent
John PeacockJohn Reed
Hugh VoiletSome may have had unrecorded leases. Voting, a right gained by men with a written lease, would be evidence of having one. However, none voted in the December 1, 1768 election for members of the Virginia House of Burgesses, according to “Founders Online: Fairfax County Poll Sheet, 1 December 1768,” accessed December 18, 2015, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-08-02-0115.