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What the records of Pittsylvania County show concerning the Russell family by Mrs. N.E. Clement

This document is a compilation by Mrs. N.E. Clement of all the data she was able to find concerning the extended Russell family in the records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She included in her research land deeds, the earliest census and tax records of that county, marriage records and bonds, and soldiers who served in the French and Indian wars.

--G. Anne Sloan

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What the Records of Pittsylvania County Show Concerning the
Russell Family—

Prepared by Mrs. N.E. Clement, Chatham, Va.

[page one of document]

                       --  Russell  --
                            Deeds

Book 3—page 371

  This indenture made Jan. 15, 1773 between George Russell
of North Carolina in Surry County of one part, and Absolom
Bostick of Pittsylvania of the second part. For the
consideration of £60 the first part sells to the second
part 164 acres on Cascade Creek.
                     Signed George Russell
Recorded-March 25, 1773
                      _________________

Deed Book 3 --165.

This Indenture made the 15th day of January 1773, between
George Russell of Surry County, North Carolina and John
Brown of Pittsylvania. For the sum of £25 the first part
sells second part 16 acres on Cascade Creek.
                     Signed George Russell
                      __________________

Deed Book 3 –274.

September 15, 1773, David Kirby sells to Peter Russell of
Pittsylvania, for £25, 100 acres on Pig River.

[page two of document]

Book 6 -- 67

Sept. 15, 1777—

John Modding of Pittsylvania and William Chandler of
Halifax Counties sell to Buckner Russell of Halifax for
£40 200 acres on Double Creek of Dan River.
                     ____________________

Book 7 – 682-

Jan. 25, 1780—

Robert Walters of Pittsylvania sells to William Russell of
Pittsylvania for 100£, 198 acres—

                        ________________

March 14, 1781, William Russell of Pittslyvania sells to
John Wilson of Pittslyvania for £6,000 current money of
Virginia, 192 acres on Burcher Creek, beginning at Robert
Walters corner pine?.

Note. You will observe the large sum paid for above tract
of land.  It was the closing year of the Revolution and
money had very little purchasing power. I have observed
this in other land sales of the same period.

                      ____________________

                        Bill of Sale
Jan. 7, 1786—William Russell of Pittsylvania sells to John
Jones 2 beds, 6 heads of cattle for £19, 6 sh.

[page three of document]

Other Russell names appearing in the Deed Books—

1795  Anne Rusell-
      Ezekial Russell

1804  John C. Russell and Wife—

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There are no Russell Wills on the Pittsylvania Records—
                     _____________________
I do not find the name Russell on Marriage Register and
early bonds of Pittsylvania.

I do not find it on early marriage bonds of Halifax
(not prior to 1780).

In Brunswick County we find marriage recorded of John
Russell to Sarah Edmundson, date 1758.
[page four of document]

   In a “List of Tithables of Pittsylvania County, taken by
Peter Perkins for the Year 1767—“

We find the following names—
                                  whites   bl.  land

William Bean and son William         2           1083 acres

John Bean Jun                        1

George Russell Land                               180

Note—This List of Tithables was the first census and tax
list taken of Pittsylvania County, the county being
organized in year 1767.  As you will observe the land of
George Russell was listed, but not himself.  The name
Russell does not appear again in this list of Tithables so
none of his family appear to have been living within the
limits of Pittsylvania at that time.  It is entirely
possible that they were living in Halifax County and moved
over into Pittsylvania later.  You will notice that they
patented a good deal of Lands in Halifax.

[page five of document]

Surveyors Book of Land Patents, dating from 1738, when
Brunswick County extended Westward to the Blue Ridge
Mountains embracing what later became  the counties of
Lunenburg, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry and Patrick
Counties.

Aug. 18, 1755.  William Russell 400 acres on the Lick
Branch of Terrible Creek.
(Terrible Creek lies in eastern Halifax County)

Sept. 1753.  William Russell 400 acres on the Ridge between
the North and South Fork of Terrible Creek.

1760.  William Russell 400 acres on Polecat Creek—
(Polecat Creek lies in Halifax County).

Nov. 15, 1758. William Russell Jun. enters for 400 acres on
the fork of Terrible Creek, beginning on James Parish’s and
Fontaine’s Lines where they part.

Jan. 8, 1758. Nathaniel Russell 400 Acres On East Fork of
Cascade Creek beginning on John Russell’s Line.

August 29, 1762.  George Russell enters for 200 acres of
land beginning at John Russell’s Lower Corner on Cascade
Creek.
(Cascade Creek lies in South Western Pittsylvania.

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1765. William Russell, Jr. 400 acres Land on Branches of
Double Creek adjoining his own and Tally’s Line.
(Double Creek lies in eastern Halifax.)
                 ____________________________
March 26, 1739—
John Russell entered with Major Stith 100 acres on both
sides Hunting Creek above Nash’s Line.  Transferred by note
from John Russell to William Russell, from William Russell
to William Haymer and by verbal agreement in presence of
James Anderson to Pater Fontaine. (In eastern Halifax
County)

1753—John Russell 400 acres on East Fork of Russell Creek-

April 1751.  William Russell 400 acres adjoining his Survey
on Great Toby’s Creek on south side running towards Byrd’s
Line.

June 1751.  William Russell 400 acres on the Ridge Path
that goes from Hilton’s to Ephraim Hills, to include the
Wolf Trap.

Also 400 acres on a Branch of the Lower Double Creek
beginning at Jack Walker’s lower corner.

[seventh page of document]

In a list of soldiers who did service during the French and
Indian wars, & were paid for their services according to
County, we find listed the names of
   William Russell – from Lunenburg County.

In the same list I find the name of Benjamin Clement, who
was living at the time in what was then Halifax, now
Pittsylvania.  I suppose in those early frontier days a
man’s location was not very important.

You will find list above mentioned in Henings Statues, Vol.
7, page 227, year 1758.
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Note.  You will observe the name Bean in the Tax List of
1767, which you later find in Tennessee.  There was quite a
large migration from Pittsylvania County to Tennessee, and
some of my family went with Col. John Donaldson in 1779.

Col. Donaldson was one time County Surveyor of Pittsylvania
and a man of much prominence, and under his leadership a
large party of Virginians went out to Tenn. in winter of
1779-80.  You no doubt have read accounts of this trip.  A
young man named Hutchings was one of Donalson’s party.  But
George Russell seems to have gone out earlier and by way of
Surry, North Carolina. 

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