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NewThomas Willson – Elizabeth Dinwiddie Jimmy Rosamond (View posts) Posted: 26 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT Classification: Query Surnames: Willson, Dinwiddie, Roseman, Rosemond, Rosamond, Lee, Davis, Hodges, Weems, Jones, Daugherty, Crouchman, Mitchell, Holmes, Bell First let me say that for everyone’s benefit, I listed all the surnames that occur in the rest of the message below.
Hello Tiss. FYI, I’ve gotten the information on my Thomas Willson and Elizabeth Dinwiddie from five different sources. A Wilson researcher, a Rosamond cousin, an online genealogy, Chalkley’s Chronicles and a book called Rockbridge County Heritage which I recently located in the Staunton Library in Staunton, Augusta County, VA. The book gives the most detail and it lists the genealogy of Robert Willson, the father of my Thomas Willson. Here’s what I have pieced together from the various sources.
Robert Willson, b. prob. Edinburgh Scotland, ca. 1670. d. 1746, Augusta County, VA. married Jane Lee, b. 7 Nov 1672, Direlton, Scotland in abt. 1683/4. She was still alive when Robert died. Jane’s parents are shown as Thomas Lee and Anne Davis. Robert and Jane moved to Londenderry, Ireland where their children were born, and then immigrated to PA, and later to the Augusta County, VA area. They had nine known children.
1. Matthew Willson, b. abt 1694, Londenderry, Ireland, d. ca 1720 along with his wife. Drowned off the coast of France while immigrating to America. Their two sons were saved and the book implies they were probably raised by their grandparents, Robert and Jane Willson.
2. Thomas Willson (our main interest), b. abt 1695, will proved 18 May 1773 in Augusta County, VA. (There is an abstract of Thomas’ will in Chalkley’s Chronicles.) He married Elizabeth Dinwiddie abt. 1718, I believe in Ireland. According to my Rosamond cousin who made the connection between John Roseman/Rosamond and Sarah Willson, who was the daughter of Thomas Willson and Elizabeth Dinwiddie Willson, Thomas came to VA in 1737, while Elizabeth and the children didn’t come until 1740, immigrating through Pennsylvania.
The book shows Elizabeth Dinwiddie as the daughter of either Robert Dinwiddie and Elizabeth Cuming, or Lawrence Dinwiddie and Sarah Gartshore. This would make her birth date either April 1689, or October 1695 In Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. They located finally in Fairfield, Rockbridge County, VA. They had eight children. The dates I’m showing came from the Wilson researcher I was in touch with and I haven’t personally confirmed them. These children are not mentioned in the book, other than a sentence saying Thomas and Elizabeth had eight known children.
a. Matthew Willson (1718 – 1783) b. Samuel Willson (abt 1720 – ?) c. Nathaniel Willson (abt 1724 – ?) d. Rebekah Willson (abt 1728 – ?) e. Martha Willson f. Elizabeth Willson g. Rhoda Willson h. Sarah Willson (b ca 1726, Londonderry, Ireland – bef 1790, Abbeville, SC); married John Roseman, b. UK ca 1710 (could have been England or Ireland); came to Annapolis, Maryland Dec 1725 on the ship Forward from England as an indentured convict. He relocated to Augusta County, VA after 1740 and married Sarah Willson. This is one of our mysteries, when and where they were married. From Chalkley’s Chronicles they owned land, 380 acres, on Moffett’s Creek which they sold in Nov 1765, after which they relocated with their children to the Old 96 District in SC. Their children were Samuel (married Sarah Hodges), James (married 1st ??, 2nd Mary Daugherty, widow of James Daugherty in SC, in the 1790s), Margaret (married Bartholomew Weems), Jean (never married) and Sarah F. (married Richard Hodges, brother of Sarah who married Samuel). The birth dates of their children are unknown, as well as the dates they were married, and our other big mystery is the name of the wife of James Rosamond, but it could have been another Hodges sibling of Richard and Sarah, or Lettice Jones, sister of Adam Crain Jones. I have information on the rest of their spouses as well extensive information on their numerous descendants.
3. Robert Willson, b. abt 1700, will proved 16 Dec 1788, Augusta County, VA.His wife was named Rachel and they married in Londonderry. I haven’t seen his will but supposedly Robert and Rachael had seven children. I don’t have their names.
4. John Willson, b. abt 1701 in Ireland. He married Martha Crouchman in 1723. He was a member of the VA House of Burgess from 1745 to 1773. He was an elder in the North Mountain Presbytarian church. John and Marth are buried at Glebve Cemetery in Augusta County, VA. The book contains the wording of their gravestone.
5. Elizabeth Willson, b. abt 1704 in Londonderry, Ireland. m. John Mitchell in Lancaster County, PA abt. 1730. They later moved to Augusta County, VA. John’s will was proved 20 Aug 1771. They had at least seven children. Again, I don’t have the names of the children.
6. Janet Willson, b. abt 1706, m. Gabriel Holmes abt 1730. They almost moved to Augusta County, VA.
7. Catrin Willson b. abt 1708, m. James Bell, also moved to Augusta County, VA.
8. Jane Willson, b. in the 1710s, mentioned in her father’s will.
9. Frances Willson, b. in the 1710s, mentioned in her father’s will.
I have just started to reseaarch the Dinwiddie line of my 5th Great-Grandmother Elizabeth Dinwiddie, so any information you can provide will be appreciated.
Thanks, Jimmy Rosamond email@example.com