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Say It In Latin, Felo de Se

September 6, 2016 2 Comments

Lower Surry Church

Lower Surry Church

Lawnes Creek Parish Church was the first church erected on Hogg Island in 1628 for the citizens of James City County who lived on the south side of the James River. Surry formed from James City County and the first parish for the area now encompassed by Surry County was known as “Lawnes Creek.”
The parish church members would have been buried at their place of worship as was the custom in those days.
This site is now occupied by the Surry Nuclear Plant.
No access permitted.

LAWNES CREEK PLANTATION, Rts 650 & 628
The peninsula of land about 2 miles in width and 8 in length between Lower Chippoakes Creek and Lawnes Creek and south of Hog Island, was, together with the lands adjoining upper Chippoakes Creek and opposite Jamestown, the first to be settled in Surry away from the James River. Virtually all this land had been patented before 1635, mainly by William Spencer, Captain William Pierce, Roger Delke, and Captain Lawrence Baker.

My 8th great-grandfather, John Holt was born in 1664 in Surry County, Virginia, a British colony.  He died in  1705 Surry County, Virginia, hung by his own hand.  His 8th great-grandson, George Harvey Taylor,  committed the same “Felonious homicide of a man’s self”  by drinking carbolic acid in 1941.  George Harvey was my  maternal grandfather.  It is said that suicide reoccurs in families.

He was listed in the 1687 Cavalry of Surrey County, Virginia.  John M. Holt was born in 1664 in Lawnes Creek Parish, Hog Island, Surry County, VA.  John died 1705 at the age of 41 in Surry County, VA.  John Holt committed suicide.

On Feb 24, 1685 Mr. John Holt and his wife were fined for not going to church by the Surry County Court. (This may have been rather harsh as she most probably was pregnant.)
In 1703 he petitioned the Legislature to be Keeper of the Ferry settled on James River to Archer’s Hope Creek on the north side. Appears on the 1704 Rent Roll for Surry County, VA On November of 1706 the Surry County Court Records state that “John Holt upon his petition is admitted to keep a ferry in Hog Island pursuant to a Law made to that purpose and for his better compliance therewith ordered that he forthwith provide and maintain one substantial flat bottom boat of at least fifteen feet by the keel for carrying over of horses as also one other boat of at least twelve or thirteen feet by keel for passengers with three able men constantly to attend the said service ant that he enter into a bond with good and sufficient security duly to perform the same. In May of 1710 John Holt petitioned the Court and they “exempted him from payment from his bond for keeping a ferry at Hog Island. (Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1707-1711, Book VI

By 1704 the Holt family would own 2,768 acres in Surry County. Of this, 1,450 acres were controlled by Elizabeth Holt, wife of Randall Holt, Jr.. The remainder was owned by the sons of Randall and Elizabeth..

John Holt (1664 – 1705)
8th great-grandfather
David Holt (1685 – 1749)
son of John Holt
Sarah Holt (1740 – 1792)
daughter of David Holt
James Truly (1755 – 1816)
son of Sarah Holt
Elizabeth Betsy Truly (1782 – 1851)
daughter of James Truly
Minerva Truly Darden (1806 – 1837)
daughter of Elizabeth Betsy Truly
Sarah E Hughes (1829 – 1911)
daughter of Minerva Truly Darden
Lucinda Jane Armer (1847 – 1939)
daughter of Sarah E Hughes
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
son of Lucinda Jane Armer
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

By 22 September 1705 John Holt “laid violent hands upon himself”
Suicide was against the law. Without regard to the rights of the heirs, the estate and property of the perpetrator reverted back to the crown.  Govenor of Virginia Colony was Edward Nott decribes John as a man “who being under some indisposition of mind lately hanged himself…troubled with lunacy and distraction of mind.”
John’s eldest son David, had already received a substantial land grant from his grandfather David Crafford prior to David’s twenty-first birthday. John’s sons John Jr., Charles, Benjamin, and Joseph attended the hearing. The deposition of the court read in part: “Having labor’ d long under a very great Indisposition of Mind, and at last layd violent hands upon himself”, a coroner’s jury found that his estate was forfeited as “Felo de Se.” {Latin for “Felonious homicide of a man’s self”}
Governor Edward Nott appealed to the Crown for the family. He inventoried the estate at: 159I, 16s, 6d, and “his Five Surviving Children are fit Objects of Our Mercy and Compassion.”.
Queen Anne commanded the restoration of his estate to them on 7 Jan. 1706. “the said estate consisting chiefly in cattle proper for plantations and other perishable good is hereby to be restored to his five children John, David, Charles, Joseph and Benjamin. ibid, p.512.”

Source: I want to Especially THANK Charles Lindley Holt for sending me his research on this Virginia Colony HOLT family. THANK YOU. I used his dates and many of his ” ” ‘s.
Also:: Familysearch had some of this “(taken from the book “Adventurers of Purse and Person”.}” .

 

Death by Side Effect

June 2, 2016 1 Comment

skull and crossbones

skull and crossbones

The death rate in the US has risen in 2015 for some alarming reasons. The new statistics for Alzheimer’s disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis show that our population suffers from toxic overload.  The liver disease is normally caused by alcohol consumption, and Alzheimer’s is still a mystery.  I took care of both of my demented parents until death.   My own suspicion about their memory loss issues is that they were primarily caused by alcohol consumption that continued for more than 65 years.  My parents were not seriously into drugs like people are today, but they did like to drink.  Their diet choices and alcohol consumption worsened as they aged.  I often wondered if could have been reversed if they had reformed rather then slipped into worsening habits.  We will never know.  For myself I am making different choices.  I don’t think I have a genetic risk from my parents, as much as I cultural one, from being raised at a cocktail party.

Now the middle aged white population is into opioids. There is an increase in suicide by drug overdose happening in this group.  Heroin is often a cheaper option for those who begin their use of opioids with a doctor’s referral.  I don’t use any prescription drugs, but I know very few people of any age like me. Almost everyone is on something.  The idea of taking meds for everything, real or imagined, has become so common that doctors have basically become drug dealers. Now Americans are killing themselves willfully and accidentally with these dangerous substances. I am concerned about our society.  These are not social drugs, but drugs designed to kill pain.  Have we no skills to deal with pain?  I am afraid of this trend.  I watch the evening news that is punctuated with drug commercials that must quickly mention the side effects.  Often the side effects mentioned in the commercials include increased possibility of death.  In my mind the whole country is on one dangerous drug or another with increased risk of death  as a general side effect.  I have no solution, gentle reader.  I will close with the words of Prince, our recently deceased rock royalty:

You can be the president.  I’d rather be the Pope.

You can be the side effect. I’d rather be the dope.

It is assumed that Prince’s death involved a drug overdose of pain killer.

Oil Field Orphans

April 27, 2015 5 Comments

Ruby and Her Sisters

Ruby and Her Sisters

The Taylor sisters of Humble, Texas met tragedy early in life

Their mother died in childbirth leaving ten children in grief and strife

Their father rode a black horse around the oil field reading gauges

Recording the data from each well in production for very low wages

When their father killed himself at home he was discovered by his son

Who was only 5 years old. The deed could never be undone.

They had no preparation or reserves for this sudden change

Suicide had swept away home and security, memories forever stained

NaPoWriMo 2015

NaPoWriMo 2015

 

Poetry is the sport of the month in April.  Please indulge yourself in all kinds of poetry here.

 

Spiritual Crisis

August 14, 2014 3 Comments

What is a spiritual crisis? They are all over the biblical stories and the parables we are taught about heroes.  Some power that is not explained in the regular time bound reality has an influence on the character. Through hardship, or magic, or stressful change the hero, or the hero people,  become stronger than the force that had power over them.  There must be a zillion versions of this in video gaming.  Comic superhero figures and stories are based on supernatural battles in altered states with magical super powers thrown into the mix.  We see our religion and entertainment in terms of spiritual crisis pending or resolving, or causing trauma.  Why do we think of our everyday world as void of spiritual energy?  What makes us draw a line between reality and spirit?  Why do we think only shamans or monks have obligations to the spirit world?  Just as prayer and meditation will not repair the roof, tar and roofing tiles alone will not restore peace and security inside a home that has been bombed.  Everyone has both an earthly reality to tend and a higher meaning to life.

Looking at world events as evolving from a spiritual rather than  scientific or political causes might change the way we act and react.  Our own souls have certain obligations or tasks that coincide with the talents we have been given.  It is time to find right livelihood and spend our time and energy uplifting those who need help and who are seeking spiritual guidance.  At the end of life, no matter how and when that comes, we will not be concerned about how many insignificant tasks we have completed or how many hours we put on the clock doing busy work.  We will wonder if we have done what we have the talent to do, and if we have contributed the gift that was ours to create.  Much ado is being made about the suicide of Robin Williams this week.  Without diagnosing him or making light of all the circumstances (which I don’t know) I see this incident as a crisis of spirit, like the wars around the world.  It makes me sad, but I view it as a call for profound change.  We need to shift our outlook, about 2 octaves higher.

George Harvey Taylor, Suicide Victim

August 23, 2013 3 Comments

George Harvey Taylor

George Harvey Taylor

I have found a true treasure today as I prepared to write this post about my grandfather, George Harvey Taylor.  Somebody has placed his photo on Ancestry.com. I instantly knew it was he because he strongly resembles his children, one of my uncles in particular.  This is the first time I have seen his image.  He committed suicide ten years before I was born, and for at least the first ten years of my life he was never mentioned.  I am not sure how old I was when I learned from a cousin that he had killed himself at home at night, his youngest son discovering the body in the morning.  It shocked me out of my wits.  It still does.  The tightly held secret probably had some initial seed of the suicide of one of my cousins in about 1970.

George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
is my maternal grandfather
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

George Harvey was born in Texas in 1884 to parents who had moved there from Selma, Taledega to be precise, Alabama, after the Civil War.  He met his wife, Hattie May Long, who had been adopted in Mississippi during or shortly after the war.  Her adopted parents, the Longs, brought Hattie May with them to Texas, but seem to have left her brother, Fidel,  back in Mississippi.  After George and Hattie married they moved to Humble, TX, where George was a meter reader for Texaco on a very large oil lease.  He rode a black horse around the lease and read various meters to document production.  They had ten living children;Hattie lost a couple of pregnancies; then Hattie May died in childbirth, along with the baby….at home, in 1932. George Harvey was left to raise ten kids, the youngest being only two years of age.

grave in Waller TX

grave in Waller TX

When my mother was near death and demented I asked about her father’s suicide and how she felt.  She was not in the house that morning, but had gone to Houston to visit her sister.   She said she was very angry at him; the reason given was that the lady next door turned down his proposal of marriage.  He had carried on as a single father for 9 years and was severely depressed, I suppose.  Suicide often leaves the family ashamed like my mother’s religious family.  The taboo subject has strange and subtle effects on those who are left on earth.  I know that it shaped my mother’s view of life.

Please join me in raising awareness and hopefully some funding for IAMalive.org. during suicide prevention week, Sept8-14, 2013.  This 24 hour hot line is created to help people like my grandpa make it through an irrational moment of fear and loathing.  This issue belongs to all of us.  You can find the easy donation bottom here, along with a list of thank you gifts.  My grandpa George and I thank you as well.

Suicide Prevention

August 22, 2013 4 Comments

Everything I know about suicide prevention I learned as a volunteer at the VA.  We were given training in order to spot and prevent suicidal tendencies.  The powerpoint included many graphs that drew a grim picture of the rise in military suicide.  The number killing themselves had already surpassed the number killed in battle, and the line was hyperbolic.  They also showed us the most at risk groups by state, age, and other demographics.  They showed us how many Vets had committed suicide within days of a visit to a VA facility.  They showed us in scientific and very graphic terms how seriously they were failing to prevent suicide.  At the end of the factual part of the presentation they told us the solution for all involved was trust the VA.  They said if we reported the suicidal patient to the VA they would make sure it would be handled professionally.  They saw no irony in showing us how miserably they were failing, and then asking us to trust them.  I had worked with them for years, and had not seen them execute reasonable care for the patients I visited.  My guys were frustrated and unhappy with VA services.  I was unhappy too because it was impossible to upgrade any of them.

My last Vet had been not only vocally suicidal for a long time, but had been allowed to go alone out in traffic with his electric scooter on a busy street.  Demographically, he was in the top percentile of the group most likely to kill themselves.   He lived in a care home, care being the obvious missing feature.  He had problems too numerous to mention that were never solved by his visiting VA social worker who was dispatched to help his with his day to day issues.  My experience trying to help him from within a wasteful, non functional  system funded by my tax dollars made me feel angry and hopeless.  They asked us to report problems with the Vet’s care, but then did nothing to remedy the problems.  I had to eventually resign from the program because it made me feel much worse knowing how the Vets are really treated.  To say it left a bitter taste in my mouth is an understatement.  I need to remedy that.

It is never a good idea to go around with a bitterness. Some bloggers I admire and want to emulate are promoting a fund raising effort for Suicide Prevention Week, Sept 8-14, 2013.  Funds raised in this campaign will be used to keep the IamAlive hotline open 24 hours a day.  I am proud to support this effort.  Suicide is not a personal problem as much as society’s issue, especially when our retired and active duty service members are so much at risk.  This simple fundraiser benefits any and everyone who may be in a moment of terror.  That could be anyone, any time.

Randall Holt, 10th Great-Grandfather

May 31, 2013 5 Comments

Seal of Jamestown

Seal of Jamestown

Randall Holt was born in Cheshire, England.  His son John killed himself in Virginia, which made a big fat mess.  Queen Anne stepped in to save his land for his family.
RANDALL HOLT (1607 – 1650)
is my 10th great grandfather
Randolph Holt (1638 – 1679)
son of RANDALL HOLT
John Holt (1664 – 1705)
son of Randolph Holt
David Holt (1685 – 1749)
son of John Holt
Sarah Holt (1740 – 1792)
daughter of David Holt
James Truly (1755 – 1816)
son of Sarah Holt
Elizabeth Betsy Truly Payne Darden (1782 – 1851)
daughter of James Truly
Minerva Truly Darden (1806 – )
daughter of Elizabeth Betsy Truly Payne Darden
Sarah E Hughes (1829 – 1911)
daughter of Minerva Truly Darden
Lucinda Jane Armer (1847 – 1939)
daughter of Sarah E Hughes
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
son of Lucinda Jane Armer
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

Randall Holt probably came to the Jamestown Colony in 1621 onboard the ship George as a young teen as a servant to Dr. John Potts.

Randall Holt was born about 1607 in Prestbury, England, the son of Randall/Randolph and Elizabeth (Pott) Holt, who were wed in the Prestbury church. Randall was probably a nephew of Dr. Pott(s), the Virginia Colony physician who later became governor.

Several Holt family christenings, weddings and burials have taken place at St. Peter’s Church in Prestbury. It is about 700 years old. Nearby in the churchyard there is an even older Norman chapel.

The Randall Holt FamilyRandall Holt’s is the first mention of the Holt family found in the American colonies. The court ordered that upon release from his indenture he was to be given “one suit apparel from head to foot and three barrels of corn.”

Read more at Suite101: Line of Descent from Randall Holt of Virginia: Grandson’s Suicide Prompted the Queen’s Intervention http://www.suite101.com/content/line-of-descent-from-randall-holt-of-virginia-a181274#ixzz0xlAZ8icn

Randall was released from his indenture in 1625 and in 1628 he married Mary Bailey, who also may have been from Prestbury. It was a fortunate match. She was the sole heir of John Bailey of Hog Island, one of the richest men in the Virginia Colony.

The Bailey Family LegacyThe Council of Jamestown had appointed Robert Evers as Mary’s guardian at her father’s death and ordered that 490 Hog Island acres be deeded to her. Randall and Mary settled on this island in the James River. He added 400 acres to his wife’s property in 1636 and another 400 acres in 1639.

In 1650, Randall Holt Jr. obtained a grant for 1022 Hog Island acres as “son and lawful heir”. He received a major’s commission in the British Colonial forces and was a member of the governing House of Burgesses. In 1668, Randall Holt Jr. was appointed Justice for Surry County. In 1679, the year he died, he was granted a patent for 1,450 acres on Hog Island.

Queen Intervenes to Help Holt DescendantsJohn Holt inherited all the lands his father, Randall Jr., had owned, was listed in the 1687 Cavalry of Surry County, and was granted the right to operate the ferry between Hog Island and the mainland. By 1704, the Holt family owned 2,768 acres in Surry County. Of this, 1,450 acres were controlled by Elizabeth, the widow of Randall Holt Jr. The remainder was owned by the sons of Randall and Elizabeth.

Read on

  • Line of Descent from John Chew of Virginia
  • Line of Descent from John Fisher of Virginia
  • U. S. Lineage Societies for Men and Women

John Holt committed suicide in 1707. Because suicide was unlawful, his land reverted to the crown. Son David had received a substantial land grant from his grandfather, David Crafford. The other sons—John Jr., Charles, Benjamin and Joseph—attended a court hearing on the matter. The court deposition read that the coroner’s jury found that his estate was forfeited. However, Gov. Edward Nott, representing the Crown, made the finding that “his five surviving children are fit objects of our mercy and compassion” and said Queen Anne had commanded the restoration of their father’s estate to them.

Read more at Suite101: Line of Descent from Randall Holt of Virginia: Grandson’s Suicide Prompted the Queen’s Intervention http://www.suite101.com/content/line-of-descent-from-randall-holt-of-virginia-a181274#ixzz0xlAgYO00

Descendants of Randall Holt are eligible for membership in the Jamestowne Society.

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