2.04 William DARWIN, Jr.

Male 1742 -


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  • Name William DARWIN 
    Title 2.04 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 05 Aug 1742  [1
    Gender Male 
    Land Purchase 31 Oct 1746  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    "William Darwin, Jr." in purchase indenture of 100 acres from Thomas Hardy (probable Life Estate Deed by William Darwin) 
    Notes 
    • Commentary: DWD 2.04

      William Darwin Jr. is a will-o'-the-wisp character who I note was given a death date of 1823 in Amelia County, VA, in Gayle Blankenship's publication. I contacted Gayle to check how his name was spelt and Gayle informed me that she had been given this information but would be glad to double check the data for me from the VA Library. Her findings were that his name was spelt Dearin:

      Index to Wills 1734-1926
      1823-26 Dearin, William Senr. Adm. Acct. (WB 10 p.662)

      There were no details of a will but the story may not end here if there are no Dearin families in Virginia and this possibly turns out to be a William Dervin. I do not hold a lot of hope but his death date(given as 1823, Amelia Co. Va) would be appropriate for our William Darwin Jr. Incidentally, while we are on the subject of Amelia County, VA, Gayle also checked the marriage record of Nicholas Darwin and Elizabeth Jones listed in the Butley publication. Gayle's findings were that his name was Durnin:

      Marriages 1716-52 No Darwin / Dervin / Durvin
      1739, July 16 Durnin, Nicholas to Elizabeth Jones: John Jones, Security.

      Could this Durnin be a Durvin? There was no will listed for Nicholas and I believe that the original source of this Nicholas Darwin was from the William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol. 19, (1910-11), pages 174-175, 'Amelia County Marriage Bonds 1735-1755' communicated by H.W. de Kraft, Amelia, VA. See also 2.6 Jesse Darwin / Durvin for variations of the spelling of the Darwin family name.
    • References:

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    • Working Notes

      Most likely, this is the 'William Darwin, Jr.' indicated in the 1746 Hardy/Darwin Land Deed: see William Darwin, Senior or Junior?.

      No other records known on William Darwin Jr, and it is generally assumed he died young.
    Person ID I1797  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 9 May 2010 

    Father William DARWIN,   b. 26 Jun 1707,   d. Mar 1786, Darwin Home (Hollowing Creek), Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Jane,   b. 23 Jun 1715,   d. Abt 1791, Darwin Home (Hollowing Creek), Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 26 Sep 1734  [3
    • place unknown
    Family ID F0181  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsLand Purchase - "William Darwin, Jr." in purchase indenture of 100 acres from Thomas Hardy (probable Life Estate Deed by William Darwin) - 31 Oct 1746 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Meet the Virginians
    Meet the Virginians
    The children of William Darwin (1707-86), progenitors of the Darwins of the Southern United States
    Will the Real William Darwin, Jr., Please Stand Up?
    Will the Real William Darwin, Jr., Please Stand Up?
    Two William Darwins, Senior and Junior, are named in one of our earliest documents, the 1746 Darwin/Hardy Land Indenture. But which one is the William Darwin we know to have been born in 1707?

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] BIB: 1837: Darwin/Bland "Bible", Quarto Page B.
      "4. William Darwin born August 5th 1742"

    2. [S5] LOC: VA-LO: 1746 Hardy/Darwin Land Indenture , Louisa County Deed Book A, p. 262.
      Possible Life Estate Deed (cf. 1773 Dickenson/Ward Land Deed)

    3. [S1] BIB: 1837: Darwin/Bland "Bible".
      "William Darwin born June 26th 1707 And Maried Sept 26th 1734"