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James Griffing, Jr. and Sr., and Essex County land
Posted by: Wesley E. Pippenger (ID *****4219) Date: April 13, 2007 at 18:22:44
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Hello:
My interest is studying the chain of title of a tract of land at Prince Street extended from Tappahannock, Va., that was along the southwest boundary of town. The tract is now reduced to an area called Faulconer Park, and my interest is in a 1-acre lot called Little Egypt.

If I have the chain of title correctly, Archibald Ritchie had a 211-acre or so piece of this that his heirs conveyed to Capt. John Jones. It appears that Ritchie obtained it from the heirs of James Griffing, Jr., and it is connected to an 1747 patent for 211 acres. James Griffing, Jr. was heir to the property of his father James, but died early.

What seems odd to me is that 1747 is really late for a patent in this area, and I suspect that it was a portion that was deserted and the Crown re-patented. It also appears that it is within the boundaries of the 1,350 acre patent to Bartholomew Hoskins, that to Clement Thrush, that to Thomas Goodrich, and then to his son Benjamin Goodrich. I know Benjamin Goodrich was responsible for 50 acres returning to the Crown to convey to trustees to establish the town that is now known as Tappahannock, but I din't know how all of the other holdings of Benjamin Goodrich followed.

Do you have any connections to any properties of the Griffings to help sort some of this out?


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