2.07 Jesse DARWIN

2.07 Jesse DARWIN

Male Abt 1750 - Abt 1805  (~ 55 years)

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  • Name Jesse DARWIN 
    Title 2.07 
    Born Abt 1750  Darwin Home (Hollowing Creek), Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date of birth calculated from later Virginia State census return (over 45 on 1800 Census).
    Gender Male 
    Taxation 10 Jun 1773  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Jesse Darwin (age ca. 23) possibly enumerated on County Tithe list (in household of Samuel Dickerson)  
    State 1782  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    "Jesse Durwin" (age ca. 32) enumerated on VA State Census 
    Will 24 Oct 1785  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Jesse Darwin (age ca. 35) named a beneficiary in father's Will 
    Court & Legal 07 Nov 1785  Hanover County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Jesse Darwin (age ca. 35) signatory to petition to the Virginia House of Delegates 
    Will 13 Mar 1786  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Jesse Darwin (age ca. 36) presents father's Will for probate 
    Taxation 25 Apr 1791  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Tax assessment: '1 Free Male above 16' and '1 Horse.'  
    Will 13 Jun 1791  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Jesse Darwin (age ca. 41) presents final inventory of father's estate to probate court 
    Taxation 9 Apr 1798  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tax assessment: '1 Free Male above 16' and '1 Horse.'  
    Land Sale 07 Jun 1799  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Jesse Darwin (age ca. 49) sells 15 3/4 acres to Samuel Parsons 
    Died Abt 1805  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • age ca. 55
    Notes 
    • Commentary: DWD 2.07

      Jesse Darwin stayed in proximity to his parent's home in their later years and as a consequence was the son who inherited the family estate, yet it was this branch of the family that remained in Virginia that the Darwin name would evolve to the almost unrecognisable spelling of Durvin. The land records included other such variations as Durwin and Dearvin but all Jesse's children would be recorded under the Durvin name. Having had the opportunity to study several of these Louisa county deeds, I am in agreement with Tim Grana that the straightforward name of Darwin when written in a loose hand can look as remote as Dearvin and this spelling in turn could be copied to another document at a later date. Probably what compounded the problem was the fact that neither Jesse nor his wife Ann, who was known as Nancy, were literate as witnessed by the fact that they both had to sign their signatures with a cross mark on a deed dated 7th June 1799, when Jesse sold off 15 acres of his inheritance for $31.50 to Samuel Parsons his adjoining neighbour, leaving himself with just 85 acres of land.

      Jesse does not appear to have left a will and reconstructing his family is somewhat of a problem. On the 1782 Louisa Co. Personal Property Tax List, Jesse is shown to have his own household of 3 white and 1 black person which one has to consider is himself, his wife, first child and a servant. In her book, Gayle Blankenship names two of his children: Sarah b. 1784 and William D., b. 1788, and I note that his marriage date is placed between these two children in November 1786, nine months after his father's death. The 1800 census record adds a further son, who may have died young, and four daughters whose names are unknown. Gayle Blankenship places Jesse's death ca 1805, the last year he was on the Personal Property Tax List as his wife's name replaces him in 1806. If Jesse died intestate, it may explain why the land records for the property fail to show at what date the eldest son, William D. Durvin, actually inherited the home and this event may have only been completed after his mother's death.
    • Working Notes

      A record exists for the marriage, on 28 Jul 1817 at Richmond VA, of one Timson Jennings and "Elizabeth Dervin"; a candidate for one of the unnamed Durvin daughters?
    Person ID I2948  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2013 

    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  [9
    • place unknown
    Family ID F0181  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann WATKINS,   b. Abt 1760,   d. Aft 1808, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 03 Nov 1786  Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah DURVIN,   b. 1784, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1850  (Age 66 years)
    +2. William D. DURVIN,   b. 1788, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862  (Age 74 years)
     3. son DURVIN,   b. Aft 1790, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. daughter DURVIN,   b. Aft 1790, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. daughter DURVIN,   b. Aft 1790, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. daughter DURVIN,   b. Aft 1790, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. daughter DURVIN,   b. Aft 1790, Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 2 May 2009 
    Family ID F1042  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1750 - Darwin Home (Hollowing Creek), Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTaxation - Jesse Darwin (age ca. 23) possibly enumerated on County Tithe list (in household of Samuel Dickerson) - 10 Jun 1773 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsState - "Jesse Durwin" (age ca. 32) enumerated on VA State Census - 1782 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Jesse Darwin (age ca. 35) named a beneficiary in father's Will - 24 Oct 1785 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt & Legal - Jesse Darwin (age ca. 35) signatory to petition to the Virginia House of Delegates - 07 Nov 1785 - Hanover County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Jesse Darwin (age ca. 36) presents father's Will for probate - 13 Mar 1786 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 03 Nov 1786 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTaxation - Tax assessment: '1 Free Male above 16' and '1 Horse.' - 25 Apr 1791 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Jesse Darwin (age ca. 41) presents final inventory of father's estate to probate court - 13 Jun 1791 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTaxation - Tax assessment: '1 Free Male above 16' and '1 Horse.' - 9 Apr 1798 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Sale - Jesse Darwin (age ca. 49) sells 15 3/4 acres to Samuel Parsons - 07 Jun 1799 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1805 - Louisa County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Signature of Jesse Darwin (1785)
    Signature of Jesse Darwin (1785)
    Whether signature is in Jesse's own hand, or applied on his behalf, is uncertain

    Documents
    LOC: VA-LO: 1791 Tax List (Jesse Durvin)
    LOC: VA-LO: 1791 Tax List (Jesse Durvin)
    25 April 1791: Jesse Durvin assessed for 1 'Free Male' over 16 and 1 horse
    LOC: VA-LO: 1798 Tax List - Jesse Durvin
    LOC: VA-LO: 1798 Tax List - Jesse Durvin

    Histories
    Meet the Virginians
    Meet the Virginians
    The children of William Darwin (1707-86), progenitors of the Darwins of the Southern United States

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] LOC: VA-LO: 1773 - 1778 Lousia County Tithe Lists , (Transcriptions found in Davis, Rosalie Edith, Louisa County, Virginia, Tithables and Census 1743 - 1785 (n.d.: Manchester, Missouri). ).
      10 June 1773: James Overton's List - Trinity Parish, Central Louisa County, boardering St. Martin's Parish, includes in household of "SAML. DICKARSON" with (white male) thithables "THOS. DARWIN, WILLIM. ZACKARY, NATHL. HARRIS."
      No 'Thomas Darwin' is known; this may be a mistranscription for 'Jesse Darwin'; but identification is not certain.

    2. [S12] STA: VA: 1782: Virginia State Census.
      Durwin, Jesse (Hundred #4): White Souls: 3 Black Souls: 1
      Full identification of members of household not currently known.

    3. [S13] WIL: VA-LO: 1785 Will of William Darwin, Louisa County Will Book 3, p. 163.
      "I give & bequeath to my son Jesse Darwin the tract of Land whereon I now live, lying in the lower end of Louisa County estimated at one Hundred Acres, Also One Grey Mare, Saddle & Bridle, 2 Cows & Calves, a Sow & Pigs, one Feather bed & Furniture. Two Pewter Dishes, 2 Basons, Four Plates, one Black Walnut Table, Six Chairs, one large Chest & one large Iron Pot, to him his Heirs & assigns forever."

    4. [S39] LOC: VA-HA: 1785 Petition to Virginia House of Delegates , Hanover County Taxpayers - Saint Paul's Parish 1782-1815 (Cocke, William Ronald, III), (Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000).
      Petition against the provision of public funds for religious teachers.

    5. [S14] WIL: VA-LO: 1786 Probate of Will of William Darwin, Louisa County Will Book 3, p. 163.
      "At a Court held for Louisa County March 13th 1786 This Will was this day Exhibited in Court by Jesse Darwin the Executor therein named"

    6. [S304] LOC: VA-LO: 1791 Tax List - Jesse Durvin .

    7. [S15] WIL: VA-LO: 1791 Inventory of Estate of William Darwin, Louisa County VA Will Book 3, p. 416.

    8. [S40] LOC: VA-LO: 1799 Durwin/Parsons Land Deed, Louisa Co. VA Deed Book I, p. 625: .
      "THIS INDENTURE made this 7th day of June 1799 between Jesse Durwin and Nancy Durwin his wife of the County of Louisa of the one part and Samuel Parsons of the said County ..."

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