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Secondary Source: "Foxhall-Vaulx-Elliot Families,", by Juliet Fauntleroy and Mary Hope West, The Virginia Magazine of History and Genealogy, Vol. XLIV (1936), pp. 61-67, 151-159, 255-6; and XLVI (1938), pp. 163-4, reprinted as Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. III, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1981, pp. 102-119)
Background: In Westmoreland and Old Rappahannock Counties, Virginia, John FOXHALL, Sr. (s/o Ambrose FOXHALL of Aston-by-Birmingham, Co Warwickshire, England) associated closely with the Cammock and Underwood Families, and Archdale COMBE, who was most certainly descended from the family of John and Margaret ARCHDALE Combe, and possibly the s/o John and Elizabeth LOVETT Combe whose son, Archdale, b 1641, Soulbury, Bucks, England, may have been in Dublin, Ireland during the years 1656-1664 - which is also where John FOXHALL'S brother, Abraham, signed his will in Dublin in 1671. Moreover, John's daughter, Mary, FOXHALL, had m (among others) one Alexander GORGES who may have been kin to the family of Ferdinando and Mary ARCHDALE Gorges, cousins to the above-noted Archdale-Combs families.
Warning: This report is still a rough draft. Last updated Oct 2000. See also new Underwood's (Foxhall's) Mill report)
Abraham FOXHALL died s.p., his will dated 20 Jan 1671/2, proved in Dublin, Ireland, 28 Sep 1696 by Ambrose FOXHALL, and also in Lichfield (proved with the diocese of Lichfield which covered Birmingham, Warwickshire, from whence most of the FOXHALLS came).
Abraham FOXHALL'S brother, John FOXHALL, born ca 1645 (or thereabouts), possibly in Aston-by-Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; died bef 1697, probably in Westmoreland Co, Virginia; married by 1665, Martha (surname BUTLER by family tradition, no proof). They and their daughter, Mary, appear in the records of Maryland by 1665:
FOXHALL, John, Immigrated by 1665 with Martha, his wife, & Mary, his child. (CC:775 Film No.: SR 8201, Transcript. 8:502 [SR 7350], MSA SC 4341-4287; "A Supplement to The Early Settlers of Maryland," Carson Gibb, Ph.D.) Note: According to the Virginia Families article, John FOXHALL also entered the names of John STONE, Ellioner WEBB, Sarah TAYLOR, Thomas POTTS, Ralph SMITH, Robert MASON and Ralph YATES (not researched).
Of Maryland Foxhall records, one is of particular interest to the Combs:
July 27th 1665 MD Provincial Court Proceedings. (MD Archives 49:466) Then came John FOXHALL and desires that this ensueinge paper may be recorded which he deliuers into the Office thus
This day came John FOXALL of St Marys County and in Clements mannor mercht and entred a Caueat against the Estate of Thomas WYLDE of Calvert County Docter and carurgine lying and dying at Richard SMYTHS in Leonards Creeke in the said County for Two thowsand pounds of tob: and Caske due from the said WYLDE unto the sd FOXALL
One Abraham COMBS of Old Rappahannock County removed to St. Mary's County, Maryland between 1668 and 1670 and is recorded in 1672 as having also been a resident of St. Clement's Hundred.
The only further reference (possibly) to FOXHALL land in Maryland is the 1723 will of Nicholas EVANS of Somerset:
Will of Nicholas EVANS, gent., of Somerset Co., MD. 8th April, 1723; 20th May, 1723. To son John and male hrs., pt. of "Rice land," e. side Taylor's Ck.; "Foxhall," on the west side of the Wickacomoco River, and "Troy," on w. side Marroniets Ck. Personalty. To dau. Rachell COLLIER and male hrs., pt. of "Jones Hole" and "Sunken Ground" (for desc. see will). To dau. Sarah and male hrs., pt. of "Rice Land," at mouth of Marronigeter's Ck. Sd. dau. to pay to Ann EVANS £80; shd. she refuse to do so, to divide land with sd. Ann. To dau. Mary and male hrs., land above Cole's Branch. To Ann NUTTER and Susannah JOHNSON, land at mouth of Gidens Ditch (adj. land of Edward DAY). They to give to exs. such receipts and acquittances as shall be demanded in discharge of Mr. John HUETTS estate; also to grant to 3 youngest daus. right of way to and a half A. at mouth of Rice's Ck. To wife Rachel, personalty, some of which at her decease to be divided with 5 child. Residue of estate to child. equally. Test: John WITHINGTON, John EVANS, Sr., Rob. CROCKETT, The. WALKER. (18, 140. Maryland Calendar of Wills: Volume 5)
John FOXHALL was granted 850 acres of land in Maryland on 20 Oct 1666, but had apparently moved on to Virginia by 10 Oct 1667, when "John FOXALL of Destmoreland [sic:Westmoreland] County in Virginia" assigned to "Rice JONES of St. Mary's County in the Province of Maryland, planter, all my right, etc. in one warrant for 850 acres granted me-20 Oct 1666, etc. etc.," signed John FOXHALL (seal), witnessed Edward SWANN, Meutrell HALL (Virginia Families…). John FOXHALL's land patent was near the Old Rappahannock-Westmoreland County line:
31 Dec 1667 VA Land Patent Book 6:93 Mr. John FOXHALL, 640 A. bet. the Rivers Potomack & Rappahannock Beg. at land patented by Rich. COLEMAN called The Forrest across branches of the eaternmost dams of Apomatickes Cr.* to N side of Westmoreland horse path &c to Maj. Wm. UNDERWOOD, dec'd. &c. Trans. of 13 pers: Andrew HANSON, James COLSTREAME, John SMALL, Capt. Tho. ALLEN, Henry SMITH, John BROOKES, Francis HARPER, Wm. FALKNER, John CAVE, Gilbert COOPER, Charles COGGAN, Mary SPENSAX, Sam boy a Negro. (C&PII:26)
Major William UNDERWOOD was the second (Underwood) husband of Elizabeth who married 3rd Archdale COMBE, and the following year they are found together in Old Rappa records:
22 Dec 1668 (Old Rappa County, VA DB Part I of 1668-1670:60) Archdall COMBE appoints Mr. Jno. FOXHALL his attorney in a business depending between Mr. LANE and myselfe as also between Mr. GLOVER and myselfe…/s/Archdall COMBS, Wit: Marmaduke HUDSON. (Sparacio)
John FOXHALL was the father of, among others, daughter, Mary, who m (1) bet 1673 and 1680, Robert VAULX, a Quaker; (2) bet 1680 and 1687, Alexander GORGES, (3) bef 1689, Edward DUDDLESTONE, (4) bef 1698, Caleb BUTLER, and (5) in 1711, John BAGGE. No more is known about Alexander GORGES thus far; however, see also the Combs &c. Reports for the Butler and Archdale Families Reports.
The records of Old Rappa Co, VA, show that in 1670, "Mr. John FOXHALL of Pope's Creek in the County of Westmoreland, Merchant" leased Underwood's Mill from Wm. UNDERWOOD, Sr., step-son of Elizabeth UNKNOWN Underwood Underwood Combs, wife of Archdale. Although dated 4 Jul 1670, the record was not filed until 1684 (Old Rappa DB7:108-111), the filing possibly due to the death of Archdale, Elizabeth, or both.
On 9 May 1673, Mrs. Martha FOXHALL, wife of "John FOXHALL of Pope's Creek in Patomack River in Virginia, merchant," deeded a horse to her daughter, Mary. The deed was witnessed by Robert VAULX and Edward LEWIS and recorded 12 Jul 1673, and may have been a dower gift, Mary having married Robert VAULX shortly thereafter. (Virginia Families…)
[Undated, but between deeds dated 10 Jan and 11 Jan 1677/78] Westmoreland Records, Page 365. Deposition of John FOXHALL, age 33 years or thereabouts [b ca 1645] sayeth that he [blank] at Col. GOODRICH that Joseph HARDICH… [blank] (Extracted by Researcher Rhoda Fone from Westmoreland Co, VA Deeds, Patents, etc. 1665-1677, Part IV, Dorman).
The three known children of John & Martha FOXHALL, Sr. were the above-noted Mary; Sarah, who m (1) John ELLIOT and (2) Andrew MONROE; and John FOXHALL, Jr. who died s.p. in 1697/8:
10 Feb 1697 - 30 Mar 1698 (Westmoreland Deeds & Wills No. 2, pp. 135-135a) Will of John FOXHALL of Washington Parish in Westmoreland County, being sick of body, dated 10 Feb. 1697. Unto Robert VALKES [VAULX] and Sarah ELLIOTT all my estate real and personal in the Kingdom of England, lying in Birmingham in Warwickshire. My water mill to James VAULKES and John ELLIOTT junr. My plantation at the head of Pope's Creek unto Susannah COMOCKE (CAMMOCK?). Unto Elizabeth VALKES my plantation in Essex County. Unto James VALKES my horse and furniture. Unto Mary ELLIOTT my Mare; and colt to Martha ELLIOT. Appoint loving brother Caleb BUTLER executor. /s/John FOXHALL. Wit: Richd. CRADUCK [CRADDOCK], Ann WEBSTER, Humbphy [Humphry] LEE.
30 March 1698. Proved by Richard CRADDUNCK [CRADDOCK] and Ann WEBSTER. Probate granted Caleb BUTLER (Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds & Wills No. 2, 1691-1699, by John Frederick Dorman)
Robert, James and Elizabeth VAULX were children of Robert and Mary FOXHALL Vaulx. Mary, Sarah and John ELLIOTT, Jr. were the children of John and Sarah FOXHALL Elliot, Sr. It is not yet known why John left land to Susannah COMOCKE (CAMMOCK), probable daughter of Warwick CAMMOCK and Margaret (POWELL?) (Thatcher) Cammock.
According to Virginia Families…, Robert VAULX was the son of Robert VAULX of London, merchant, and Elizabeth BURWELL, who were later of Queen's Creek, York County, Virginia. "The VAULX family were of Cumberland Co., England, and were Quakers." )
1 Apr 1708 Richmond County, VA Records, 1704-1724. "John DUDLESTONE of Bristoll Baronet" to "My loving friend Mr. Robert VALX of Popes Creek on Potomac River, power of attorney to collect debts. s/John DUDLESTONE, Wits: Robert EDWARDS, Stephen HARVEY Prv. 7 Jul 1708 by EDWARDS (Fleet)
16 Feb 1708/9-25 May 1709 (Westmoreland Wills) LWT of Caleb BUTLER, names wife Mary; daughter, Jane; son in law Robert VAULX and his deceased uncle John FOXHALL; son-in-law James VAULX; sister Ann, wife of Joseph BAYLEY; Thomas ROBINS; Mary daughter of John BUTLER deceased; Thomas CLAYTON Sr.; Thomas BOYLESTON; sister Sarah ELLIOTT, widow; Jenny wife of Thomas SHAW; Elizabeth wife of Capt. Richard CRADDOCK; friend James TAYLOR. (Fothergill)
Mary died testate in Westmoreland in 1712/13: "Will of Mary BAGGE, wife of John BAGGE, clerk, mentions marriage articles between her and her husband dated 19 Dec 1711; one slave, household goods; my emerald ring with 10 diamon sparks to my daughter Jane BUTLER; my late husband Caleb BUTLER; son Robert VAULX and his dau. Mary L15 sterling and one ring; son John DUDDLESTONE L100 sterling; dau. Elizabeth PORTEN 2 rings and six silver spoons; Mr. Daniel PORTEN one ring; husband John BAGGE negro, one plate etc; to James son of Elizabeth and John JARVIS 1 slave and 2000 lbs. of Toabacco; to William MOXLEY Sr. if living some clothing. (Fothergill)
Note: It is possible that Mary married Edward DUDDLESTONE in England. Bishops' transcripts of the parish of Eccleshall, Staffordshire include the marriage of an Edward DUDDLESTONE to Mary [no last name] on 29 May 1679. If so, he returned with her to Virginia by 1688:
30 May 1688. Westmoreland Co, VA Court Minutes, p. 645. Elizabeth YOUELL granted administration on the estate of her husband Richard YOUELL, deceased, John WASHINGTON and Edward DUDDLESTON her securities. John QUISENBERRY, Patrick MUCKLEROY or any of the three of them to appraise. (On 27 Jul 1687, Westmoreland Co, VA Court Minutes, p. 593, include the entry: Richard YOUELL and Elizabeth his wife, formerly Elizabeth POPE.")
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