FLUVANNA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Inasmuch as the Fluvanna County Branch of the Omohundros is very prolific, and over two thirds of this book is taken up with the genealogy of them and their descendants and connections and related historical events; and also, inasmuch as both the Author and the late Dr. Benjamin L. Ancell, M. A., D. D., historian of the formation of Fluvanna County and early genealogy of its people, were both born and reared in Fluvanna, as well as all their forefathers, I think it may be well and proper to relate here some of the facts recorded in the Doctor's work in memory of him who was such a prominent son of the County.
Formation of Fluvanna
On the north side of the James River prior to 1726 everything west of the present site of Richmond was in Henrico County ; in 1727 Goochland County was formed from Henrico and so everything west of Henrico was in Goochland County; Albemarle County was cut from Goochland in 1744, so then everything west of Goochland was in Albemarle; the western counties had no definite western boundaries. The line between Goochland and Albemarle, roughly speaking, ran from about Bremo Bluff north by Palmyra, the present county-seat, and on to Louisa. In 1777 Fluvanna County was formed from both Goochland and Albemarle, the eastern line running north from Columbia to Louisa County and the western line running north from Scottsville to Louisa County. This made a small county about 16 by 26 miles in size. When I was a boy, I heard it said that a certain man, said to have been Austin Seay by name, was born in Goochland County, reared in Albemarle, lived and died in Fluvanna, and never moved from the same house. Dr. Ancell says that the completion of the formation of Fluvanna County took place in the residence of Thomas Napier, Gentleman, on August 7, 1777. He also says that the population (I suppose in 1780) was, whites 4445, slaves 4146, and free colored 221, or a total of 8812. He says further that Thomas Napier lived on Prices Hill, which hill I happen to know is on the north side of Rivanna River, some two or three miles southeast of Palmyra and opposite Windy Hill on southside. The Rivanna runs from Albemarle south-east through Fluvanna County, cutting through this big ridge, dividing the county about in half.
The names of some of those taking part in the formation of Fluvanna County are as follows: Wilson Miles Cary (of Carys Brook), John Ware, Roger Thompson, William Henry, George Thomas, Thomas Napier, Jesse Burton, Martin Key, Elias Wills, James Marks, John Cobbs, Joshua Key, and others. Other officers of the county, 1780 to 1800: John Timberlake, Henry Ware, Samuel Richardson, Robert Quarles, John Wills, Mathew Wills, John Peyton, Duncan McLaughlin, William Ashley, Robert Furbush, Cabel Stone, Patrick Napier, Robert Kent, and James Cole.
Thomas Napier, Gentleman, and colonel in the Revolution, born 1740, son of Patrick Napier, early officer of Albemarle, married Martha Claiborn, great-granddaughter of William, for many years Secretary of Virginia Colony. He married (2) his cousin, Chloe Napier,daughter of Rene Napier of Goochland, and his wife Champion. They moved to Georgia and left prominent descendants.
Wilson Miles Cary, Esq., first justice of peace of Fluvanna, born 1733, died 1817, son of Col. Wilson Cary and his wife Sarah Blair, daughter of Hon. John Blair, had several children; their daughter Sarah married Thomas Nelson in 1777, Fluvanna's first marriage.
(From the Records of Dr. Ancell, which may be found in the archives of Virginia. "The Omohundro Genealogical Record" by Malvern Hill Omohundro; McClure Print. Co., 1951. Submitted by K. T.)
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