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  • ID: I18695
  • Name: Wake County Related SORRELL
  • Surname: Sorrell
  • Given Name: Wake County Related
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1700
  • _UID: 4270E1BFC6ECD511B5680080AD00708B2F27
  • Note:
    Notice: These men are linked for further research only. There is no proven relationship at this time! ***I have placed a line here in order to study the possibilities in more detail. In no way do I have any proof that this is the actual link with our Edward's family line! (Sherry S. Finchum)

    Very likely the name of this man, father of our Edward, if NOT Edward, was Thomas. (Sherry S. Finchum) A second choice would be John.

    "I'd still be glad to know who JOHN SORRELL'S parents were. According to my grandpa and one of his sister's stories it said there were two brothers that came over from England and settled in North Carolina. One story I was told while looking in the archives, was that two brothers with the last name of SORRELL had come into Wake County. One of these brothers had several daughters and the other had four sons, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John but who knows!" (A Sorrell researcher)

    There is an Eliz. Sorrell, Sr. listed on the 1732 Wake Co., NC Tax Roll.

    See the Westmoreland Co., VA Sorrell. I believe that they are our Edward's line.

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County, Westmoreland County Wills Book VI.
    Name: Thomas Bonam 18 Nov 1717 29 Jan 1717
    Comment: gent.
    To Sarah Baker dau. of John Baker ; my decd. wife; to brother Capt. George Eskridge ; to friend Thomas Sorrell ; nephew Samuel Bonam ; nephews Daniel Bonam and Phillip Bonam .

    Revolutionary War records were researched at the Virginia State Library for (Thelma and Russell's line) Richard Sorrells and none were found for him, also in the National Archives. Some of the men who served do not have a surviving record, because of sloppy record keeping, or because of destruction of the records, loss of records for many different reasons such as fire. Records for a different Richard Sorrell were found. That Richard and his brothers, Elisha, and Thomas, and a William Sorrell enlisted from Culpeper, Virginia, January 1777, in the 10th Virginia Regiment, Continental Line. That particular Richard died 23 November 1777 while in the service of his country (from his record, available at Virginia Archives). Elisha went on to have a family and has many descendants.

    A Thomas SORRELL made one of the earliest entries of land in Albermarle, VA. He obtained a grant of 550 acres west of Southern End of Carter's Mt. His name distinguishes a branch which passes through land into it, fork of Hardward. He died in 1763. His wife's name was Martha. His children John, William, Joseph, & Thomas. Thomas died in 1766. John's wife was also named Martha, and his children were Thomas, Benjamin, Edmund, Elijah, Elisha, & Kesiah, who married Wm. Perry. Elisha Sorrell married Elizabeth Gilliam in 1808. (From a letter given to Jackie Ray SORRELL) (I can find no evidence of these children listed above or of any of the marriages that are referenced.) - Sherry Sorrells Finchum

    Page 139 23 Oct 1749 Thos. Meriwether of Hanover to Jno. Sorrel for L40 both sides br. Mychunk or Beaverdam fork adj. Benj. Wheeler. Pat. To Thos Meriwether 10 June 1740 - 200 acres. Wit: Thos. Walker, JNO. LEWIS, Wm. Hill

    1735 July 14 John Sorrell Goochland Co. Va. To Charles Johnson for 10 lbs. 100 acres on Tuckahoee Creek land granted Sorrell April 6 1734 on Webbers Line said Charles Johnson said Sorrel March 25

    1735 Mary wife of John reliquished her dower righths Deed Book #2 page 135 Albermarle Co., VA: John SORRELL born ABT 1693 was married to a Mrs. Mary Coleman ELLIS.

    p. 156. 16 Dec. 1729. JOHN SORRELL to SYLVANUS, MARGARET PUMFREE, and SYLVANUS PUMFREE, JR. for 10Ibs, 100 acs. Bounded by Broad Branch of Tuckahoe Creek. Wits: ROBERT ADAMS, JOHN BOWIE.
    p. 337. 13 Dec. 1731. SYVANUS PUMPHRY of Goochland to JOHN SORRELL, SAME, 100 acs adjoining WADLOE and COLLINS, on Broad branch Tuckahoe Creek, adjoining land purchased by PUMPHRY of said SORRELL. Wits: GEORGE PAYNE, MATTHEW COLLINS, ROBT. PAYNE.
    p. 248. 18 May 1731. CHARLES JOHNSON, St. James Parish, Goochland Co., to JOHN SORRELL, same, for 5500 Ibs tobacco, 150 acs, on North side of James River. Wit: ROBT. PAYNE, JAMES BARRET, BENJ. WOODSON. Signed CHARLES (X) JOHNSON. ELIZABETH, wife of JOHNSON, relinquished her dower right Goochland Co. Deed Book #2, 1734-1736
    p. 12. 17 September 1734. JOHN SORRELL, Goochland, to THOMAS OWEN, Henrico Co. for 100 bushels wheat, 150 acs land on north side James River, bounded by Broad Branch. Wits: J. WILLIAMS, THOS. ANDERSON, THOS ALLEN. MARY, wife of JOHN, relinguished her dower right.
    21 January 1741. WILLIAM PERRY sold 220 acs of land to JOHN SORRELL in St. James Parish, southside of the Rivanna River, adj. CHARLES LEWIS. Wits: PRISCILLA DAWSON, MARTIN DAWSON. (Deed Book #4, Goochland 27 Sept 1745. Order Bk 1745-48, p.75. JOHN SORRELL in a suit against
    THOMAS FITZPATRICK, administrator of CHARLES BLANY, for 25 shillings, which he is to recover and 94 and lbs tobacco for his cost.

    13 February 1750. Deed Bk 1, p.277. JNO. SORRELL to BENJ. SNEED for 5lbs, 200acs Beaver Dam, fork of Machunk Creek, formerly that of THOS MERIWETHER. Wits: JNO. MORRIS, JAS. DEFOOR, WM. McGHEE, ROBT. HARDWICK

    Essex Co., VA Colonial Abstracts, Vol 29, 1703-1706, Page 2: Deed. 10 Jun 1703. Benj Goodrich of James City Co., gent., son and heir apparent of Benja Goodrich late of said Co. dec'd sells Willim Ayres of Essex, planter, 200 acres. Whereas Jno Griffing late of Essex dec'd. by deed dated 10 Dec 1695 sold the said William Ayres 200 acres. This land adjoining the line of Wm Tomlin, the line of John Daingerfield, Tignor's Creek, the line of Joseph Reves., etc., and being part of 830 acres in Essex which said John Griffin bought of Edward Sorrell and Alice his wife, Executors of the will of the aforesaid Benj Goodrich dec'd, by deed of sale acknowleged in the Genral Court 27 Apr 1695, and also their deed of confirmation 17 October next. This deed now for further confirming the sale of the 200 acres to Ayres. Signed Benj'a Goodrich. Ack and rec 10 June 1703. Also Bond L, Sterling on above.

    Essex Co., VA Court proceeding of 10 June 1703 cites that info and refers to Benjamin Goodrich Jr's (of James City Co.) part of the land originally granted to Lt.Col. Tho. Goodrich on 18 Sept 1663, on the Rappahannock River. Neighbors' lines and those who were previously sold various parts of the original grant, are noted as:
    Wm. Tomlin
    John Daingerfield
    John Griffin
    Wm. Ayres
    Bartholomew Hopkins
    John Gillet
    Joseph Reeves
    Robt. Coleman
    Witnesses to the court proceedings:
    Larkin Chew (prob. Court Clerk)
    Leo Hill
    Tho. Stretton

    Thomas Sorrell recorded as Clerk in Westmoreland Co., 27 Mar 1717 is listed as signature on a Power of Attorney document in Essex Co., VA.

    On will of Thomas Ingram of St. Ann's Parish, 19 Apr 1713/14 witness to the will is John Sorrell (recorded with his X) Tract of land in Richmond County.

    16 Dec 1718, St. Ann's Parish, Essex Co., VA witnesses on deed transfer for Samuel Ward are James Sorrell and John Sorrell.

    Essex Co., VA also for a Robert King and Mary his wife, witness: James Sorrell 13 Dec 1718.

    Ports of Departure for Sarrell:
    Port Sarrell Immigrants
    Glasgow, Scotland and Moville, Ireland 2
    London, England 1
    Liverpool, England 1
    Bermuda 1
    Compiled from the New York Passenger Lists

    From Child Apprentices in America from Christ's Hospital London 1617-1778 by P. W. Coldham:

    Edward SEARLES s/o Gregory S., bricklayer, admitted April 1606 (date?) age 3, sent 1818 to VA.

    Thomas SORRELL was master of ship Isabella & Mary bound for Barbados 1725.


    132. SORRELL, THOMAS, of Great Waltham, Essex, 1 June, 1582, Yeoman. To be buried in the Churchyard To my brother William Sorrell my message that I dwell in with the lands etc. till my son John is 21. William to pay my wife Anne 10 per annum till that time and the residue of profits to bring up my children My tenement called Rowland Taylors in Waltham. My tenement called FullersBap. 26 Aug., 1565.* My two daughters Mary and Alice. Ex: brother William Wit: Thomas Edwarde Robte Haywarde and Edmunde Marrian. Proved 21 March, 1582, by sentence of Court. (Arch. Essex. Draper.)

    Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
    Name: Edward Sorrill
    Year: 1681
    Place: Maryland
    Source Publication Code: 2524.55
    Primary Immigrant: Sorrill, Edward
    Annotation: Date and port of arrival. Extracted from Maryland Land Office records of patents and warrants. Reference to original record or transcript and microfilm number are also provided. Other historical and genealogical information may also be provided. The first Source Bibliography: GIBB, CARSON. A Supplement to The Early Settlers of Maryland. Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1997. 248p. Page: 206

    Dec issue of Genealogical Helper:
    SARRELL Edward arrived VA in 1731 source 691, pg 233.
    Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
    Name: Edward Sarrell
    Year: 1731
    Place: Virginia
    Source Publication Code: 1217.2
    Primary Immigrant: Sarrell, Edward
    Annotation: The county of Middlesex encloses the city of London, so these were largely London departures, transportation bonds, etc. The final eight pages list transport ships to American colonies, 1716-1775, bearing Middlesex convicts only.
    Source Bibliography: COLDHAM, PETER WILSON. Bonded Passengers to America. 9 vols. in 3. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. Vol. 2. Middlesex, 1617-1775. 334p.
    Page: 233
    COLDHAM, PETER WILSON, compiler and editor English Convicts in Colonial America. Volume 1: Middlesex 1617-1775. New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1974. 309p.
    Page: 233

    SEARLE, James arrived in America 1746 source 691, pg 236
    SEARLE, John age 21 arrived in Phil, PA 1820 source 4761, pg 195
    SEARLE, Luke age 41, arrived in NY, NY source 4761, pg 123
    SEARLE, Mr. arrived Boston, MS 1766 source 5001, pg 54
    SEARLE, Thomas arrived Amer 1700 source 691 pg 236
    SEARLS, Ja arrived in GA source 801, pg 95

    Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1775:
    1685 George SEARLE-Rebel
    1685 William SEARLE-Rebel
    1700 Thomas SEARLE for stealing a mare
    1725 George SEARLE on the ship Sukey
    1729 John SEARLE ship Forward from Essex
    1737 Daniel SORRELL from Somerset transported for stealing
    1739 Thomas SERLES from Nottingham
    1756 John SORRELL-reprieved 1757 transported for stealing

    Virginia Apprentices, 1623-1800:
    Sorrell, Thomas
    Master: Lewis, Charles
    Beginning date: 11/26/1729
    Sex: male
    Source: Westmoreland Co. Records 1, 1723-1746, 86a
    Westmoreland Co.
    Occupation: carpenter
    Ending date: 11/26/1734
    Race: white

    Magazine of VA Genealogy: Volume 32, Book 3, pg, 231: Jane Sorrell is listed: "Upon the Peticon of Charles Blancheville These may Certify That there is due unto him six hund & fifty Acres of Land for ye Importacon of these thirteen persons whose names are underwritten the same being legally proved in Court Viz: John Sogery, Fra Ridley, Jane Sorrell, Rose Towerson, Marg. Philipson, Joan Smitter, James Buck, Tho. Shurley, Robert Bright, Will, Tony, Mingo, Dinah, Negroes.

    Virginia County Records: Westmoreland County, Volume I:
    Westmoreland County Wills Book V.
    Name: John Wright 21 Jan 1713 09 Jun 1714
    Comment: Cople, Parish
    Grandson Thomas son of my dau. Hester ; granddau. Mary dau. of my dau. Susanna ; my son John and the child my wife goes with land in Richmond county; to Anna dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth Sorrell ; son Thomas Blundell and my brother Thomas Walker, trustees.

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Westmoreland County Wills Book V.
    Name: John Erwin 10 Apr 1716 30 May 1716
    My godchildren John son of George and Anne South ; Frances dau. of John Sorrell and Anne his late wife; Jemimah dau. of John and Hannah Awbrey ; John son of John and Frances Awbrey ; John son of Charles and Temperance Lucas and Elizabeth dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth Sorrell , all to have 2 years' schooling each; to William Clark my overseer; friends John Awbrey and Thomas Sorrell exors.

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Westmoreland County Wills Book VI.
    Name: Daniel Occany 27 Feb 1715 30 Jan 1716
    Comment: Planter
    Grandson Daniel Crabb ; to John Crabb ; to grandson John Crabb and my son in law Thomas Sorrell ; friend Willoughby Allerton and Henry Lee exors.

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Westmoreland County Wills Book VI.
    Name: Thomas Bonam 18 Nov 1717 29 Jan 1717
    Comment: gent.
    To Sarah Baker dau. of John Baker ; my decd. wife; to brother Capt. George Eskridge ; to friend Thomas Sorrell ; nephew Samuel Bonam ; nephews Daniel Bonam and Phillip Bonam .

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Westmoreland County Wills Book VI.
    Name: Osman Crabb 25 Jan 1719 Mar 1719
    Sons Osman , Gerrard , Daniel and John ; dau. Lettice ; wife Sarah extx. and bro. in law Thomas Sorrell trustee.

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Westmoreland County Wills Book VII.
    Name: James Breechin 19 Oct 1721 06 Apl 1722
    My late wife Ann ; sons William and James ; to Mr. John Rele ; to Dennis Lynsey ; to Thomas Poindexter ; daus. Anna and Jane ; to James and Anna Sorrell ; wife Sarah ; kinsman Thomas Sorrell ; wife and Capt. George Turberville exors.

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Westmoreland County Wills Book VIII.
    Name: Thomas Sorrell 12 Jan 1725 22 Feb 1726
    Comment: of Cople
    Son James ; to son John land devised me by my father in law Daniel Occany ; son James land in James City co., bequeathed me by my father John Sorrell , decd.; nephew Thomas Sorrell ; my brother John decd.; aforesaid nephew and his sisters Elizabeth and Frances ; daus. Anna and Winifred ; wife Elizabeth ; friends Capt. George Turberville and Mr. William Sturman .

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Proprietors' Deeds or Grants. Book No. 4.
    Original Source Page #: 87 Thomas Sorrell 1712
    Comment: 127A.2R.37 per.

    Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
    Proprietors' Deeds or Grants. Book No. 5.
    Original Source Page #: 137 Thomas Sorrell 1716
    Comment: 221 acres

    1729-1776: Crown Colony Period. NC did not flourish under the proprietors and therefore seven of the original proprietary shares were sold to George II, King of England, in 1729 thus making NC a crown colony. During this period two types of grants were made: The Granville grants (northern NC) and the Crown land grants or patents, technically a "grant of patent." It is not known if the threat of restitution (by the Grandville heirs) intimidated many settlers from seeking land owndership in the northern half of NC, but there was definitely a flood of settlers who moved from VA into NC in 1778 regardless.

    Crown to: (Arthur Dobbs, Royal Governor) NC Patent Book 15: 5096 pg.200 Edward SURLS 13 October 1756 268 acres in Johnston Co., NC on the N. side of Neuce River and on the E. side of the S. prong of falling Creek, joining (a point) Near Alexander KUNS.

    Crown to: John SMITH, 5163 pg 219 23 May 1757 185 acres in Johnston Co on the S. side of the S. Prong of falling Creek, joining Thomas HUGHS, Edward SURELS, stanleys Marsh, and the sd. Prong.

    Crown to: 5949 pg 389 Edward SARRALS 5 Dec 1761 75 acres in Pitt County on the east side of Bear Creek on the head of Thomas Jones Mill Branch, joining (a point) near Thomas ROUSE and the sd. Branch

    Crown to: (William Tryon, Royal Governor) Patent Book 23: 6172 pg 141 Edward SEARLES 26 Oct 1767 300 acres in Dobbs County (on the ) N. side of Nuce River in Buckelsberry Pocoson (swampy), joining Major GROOMS, (a point) near Cabel HUGHS, and (a point) near Thomas UZELL.

    Crown to: 6173 pg 141 Edward SEARLES 26 Oct 1767 217 acres in Dobbs (on the ) N. side of Nuce river Between Lower falling Creek and Bear Creek, joining (a point) near SEARLES own line, William CLARK, and Thomas HUGHS.

    Crown to: 6274 pg 162 Isaac SCRIVAN 26 Oct 1767 200 acres in Dobbs on the head of Buck Branch, joining the Land SCRIVAN lives on, (a point) near the pretty place, Edward SEARL, and John SMITH.

    NC, Lenoir County, Collection, Noah Rouse Collection:
    Duke University
    Rare Books Manuscript and Special Collections Library
    6th 22D
    Papers 1750-1890
    Box 1 of 3 contains:
    Envelope containing pieces of deeds, labeled Deed Dobbs County, Edward Searles to John Mozingo 268 acres land on S. prong of Falling Creek granted by patent dated 10/13/1756, dated 7/1762. Also, patent for George II (original) Johnston County to Edward Surles 268 a. dated 10/13/1756. Also, deed Dobbs Co. Ann Mozingo, Sara Mozingo, Priscilla Mozingo, Robert Desmond, James Skipper to John Rouse 200 acres S. prong Falling Creek, remainder of 268 a. taken up by Edward Sirls patent dated 10/13/1756, sold. Last, Deed Dobbs Co., 7/10/1777 James Lawson Jr. to John Rouse 168 a. part of Surls patent sold to Mozingo and then to Lawson signed by John ruse and wife? Elizabeth. [This all came from the envelope].

    Johnston County was formed from the western part of Craven County in 1746 and in 1758, Dobbs County was formed from the eastern portion of Johnston; however, the records of Johnston went with the newly formed Dobbs. In 1779 Wayne County was formed from the western portion of Dobbs and in 1791, most of the remainder of Dobbs was divided into Glasgow - now Greene - and Lenoir Counties, and Dobbs ceased to exist. The records of early Johnston (and other Counties formed from Johnston), Wayne, Greene, and Lenoir Counties were placed at the Courthouse in Lenoir County. In 1878, a Courthouse fire in Kinston destroyed almost all these records except the original Grantee Index. Greene County also suffered a destruction of its records in a similar fire. According to Charles Holloman, a Grantor Index was prepared from the Grantee Index and both those books were saved during another Courthouse fire in 1880. (1)

    BOOK 3 - April 1754 - April 1755
    FROM: Surls (Surles), Edward To: Alexander Swan Page 155

    BOOK 6 - April 1758 - April 1765
    In 1758, Dobbs County was formed from the eastern portion of Johnston County. (Old) Dobbs included today's Wayne, Greene, Lenoir and small portions of several other counties.

    From: Surls (Surles), Edward To: John Mozingo Page: 288

    Edw Sorrel and An Brown, 1723 Stepney(St Dunstan), Middlesex
    Edw Sorrel and Hester Gray, 1708 Walton, Suffolk
    Edw Sorrel and Sara Reeve 1693 Good Easter, Essex
    Edw Sorrell and Elz Pain 1735 Great Bardfield, Essex

    The only know child of Capt. Robert and Rebecca was John Sorrell mentioned in the will of John?s son Thomas Sorrell dated January 12, 1725. Thomas bequeathed to his son James Sorrell ?the land in James City County which my honored father John Sorrell devised to me.?

    Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia 1688-1800:
    There MIGHT be another son name William Sorrell of Elizabeth City. Inventory of his estate signed by his wife Sarah Sorrell was filed there Dec 18,1689. Division of the estate gives a part to Sarah Sorrell, widow; to John Sorrell at Mr. Needhams; to George Sorrell; to William and Thomas Sorrell at John Naylor?s. John Naylor and Edward Lattimore; to Elizabeth Sorrell at Mr. Johnsons; to William and Thomas Sorrell at John Naylor?s. John Naylor and Edward Lattymore ordered to return and account of the estates of the orphans of William Sorrell, September 11, 1693. (O.B. 1689-99. P 9-119-124-129) John Naylor, in his will dated September 29,1694, probated Oct 10, 1694, gives a legacy to Thomas and William Sorrell.

    Next Edward Sorrell of James City Co., who on June 10, 1703, with his wife Alice, ?executrix of the will of Benjamin Goodrich, gent., late of said county, decd. ?made a deed to land in James City adjoining Mr. Sorrell and Mr. Hamlette.

    "Military service records rarely contain family information. Pension application files generally are most useful to those who are doing genealogical research and contain the most complete information regarding a man's military career. We suggest that you first request copies of a man's pension file. You should request copies of a bounty-land warrant file or a miliary record only when no pension file exists. Revolutionary War service records have been consolidated with pension application papers and bounty-land warrant applications. You can get both by imply requesting the pension file only." REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS FROM CAROLINE COUNTY, VA: Elisha Sorrell, John Sorrell, Richard Sorrell, William Sorrell

    Edward Sorrell was seventy-nine years old when he applied for a Revolutionary War pension in Northumberland County court on 14 August 1832 [M804-2246, frame 0911]. He was a "free mulatto" head of a Northumberland County household of 10 "other free" in 1810 [VA:996]. His widow Dorcas moved to Baltimore about 1846 where she applied for and received a survivor's pension on 21 November 1853 [M804-2246, frame 0927].

    James Sorrell was head of a Northumberland County household of 6 "Black" persons in 1782 [VA:37] and was a "free mulatto" head of a Northumberland County household of 8 "other free" in 1810 [VA:996]. During the Revolution he served as a gunner's mate aboard the Hero and the Larter [Jackson, Virginia Negro Soldiers, 43].

    Thomas Sorrell was listed among the "Free Molattoes" living on Thomas Rowand's land in Westmoreland County in 1801 with his wife Elizabeth and children William and Libby Sorrell [Virginia Genealogist 31:41]. He was a sixty-two-year-old resident of Westmoreland County living with his forty-five-year-old wife and eleven-year-old daughter in 1820 when he applied for a Revolutionary War pension [M804-2246, frame 0992]. THOMAS SORREL, Revolutionary Pension File S6137: THOMAS SORREL, age 60 yrs. and resident of Westmoreland Co. Va. applied for a pension as a veteran of Revolutionary War, on 27 Apr. 1818, making the following declaration: He served in the Continental service, enlisted at Northumberland Co. Va. about 1780, under the command of Capt. Thomas Downing, Capt. Curl, Capt., Thomas Drew in the Regt. commanded by Col.Charles Porterfield. He went to Hillsborough, N.C. and then Camden, S.C., and participated in the Battle of Gates Defeat. He served 18 months that time, was discharged at Richmond, Va., and returned home to Northumberland Co. in the spring of the year. Shortly after, he was drafted for a 3 month tour, and served at the Siege of York. He had a written discharge but lost it. He is old and infirm and has worked hard to support his family of 6 children, and stands in need of his country's assistance. No names are given, but in 1820 his wife was about 45 yrs. old, and one daughter was 11 yrs. old, and she appears to be only child living at home in 1820. He was a farmer renting land. Pension was granted. In a declaration made in Westmoreland Co. Va. on 7 Jan. 1833, John D. Pitts of Westmoreland made oath that Thomas Sorrel of Westmoreland who petitioned for a pension under the act of Congress of 1818 was alive 7 June 1832 and alive and seen by the said Pitts a few days since. Allen K Saunders, aged about 60 yrs. made oath in Apr. 1818, Westmoreland Co. that he knew Thomas Sorrel in the of the Continental service and that he believes the declaration made by him is substantially true.

    iii. John PINN, born say 1750, a "Free" head of a Northumberland County, VA household of 3 "Blacks" in 1782 . His 9 July 1785 Northumberland County will, proved 9 July 1792 but not recorded, mentioned (his wife?) Ann Kesterson, who was to receive all his estate as long as she remained single or married a free person. However, if she married a slave, then the entire estate was to go to his sister, Sally Nickens. Ann Kesterson was probably the Nanny Pin who was head of a Lancaster County household of 3 "other free" in 1810 [VA:357]. She was probably the sister of Judith Kesterson who married Edward Sorrell, 13 April 1789 Northumberland Co bond.

    Virginias in the Revolution: CL=Continental Line; E=Index of the Revolutionaly Soldiers in the VA State Archives, compiled by Dr. H.J. Eckenrode;mpl=Militia Pension List; nbll=Name appeared on Army register but had not received bounty land.
    Soorell, Edward, E.
    Sorell, John, Spotsylvania pet. (applied in Spots. on 7 Jan 1833)
    Sorill, John 14 CL
    Sorrel, Elisha, 10 CL (Bath Co., KY applied on 17 Jun 1818, age 64)
    Sorrel, John, Lee's Legion
    Sorrell, Joseph, Capt. Robertson's Co., Augusta
    Sorrel, Richard, 10 CL
    Sorrel, Thomas BW
    Sorrel, William, 10 CL
    Sorrell, Charles, Seaman, Navy
    Sorrell, Edward, Inf. nbll
    Sorrell, Edward, Northumberland, 81, mpl (mulatto, applied 14 Aug 1832)
    Sorrell, Elisha, 6 CL
    Sorrell, James, Navy. E.
    Sorrell, John (Lonell) 2 CL, 4 CL, 5 CL as Corp., 14 CL
    Sorrell, John of Spotsylvania, 73, mpl.
    Sorrell, Joseph, Capt. Robertson's Co., Augusta
    Sorrell, Richard, 10 CL, E.
    Sorrell, Thomas, Grayson's Reg; killed Sept 11, 1777
    Sorrell, Thomas, 1 CL
    Sorrell, Thomas, Westmoreland, 76, mpl.
    Sorrill, Elisha 6 CL
    Sorrill, Richard, E.
    Sorrill, William 10 CL

    There is a city called SORRELL in Caroline Co., VA. Bowling Green is the county seat of Caroline County, VA.

    Notes for Sorrells from Library of Congress holding, Washington, DC, 2005:

    The 1787 VA Census lists:
    SORREL, Jas. Page 1269, charged with tax is self and 0001 horse, mare, colts, &, mules and 6 cattle in Northumberland Co., VA

    SORREL, Elisha, pg 701,
    James, 701, 750,
    James on pg 871 Spotsylvania Co., Musco Garnett is charged with tax (He is listed above James with self and 0 number of white males above 12; 4 white males above 16 and under 21; 5 blacks above 16; 3 blacks under 16; and 2 horses 5 cattle
    and James on page 1123 in Westmoreland Co. self with tax and 0 males 16-21;6 blacks above 16; 4 blacks under 16, 6 horses; and 39 cattle.
    John on pg. 751,
    John on pg. 873 Spotsylvania Co. listed under James Purvis who has 0 6 6 6 14 stud horse, 1.4.0
    Joseph 701
    Thomas, pg 1124
    Wm. 748, 750
    SORRELS, Joseph, 126
    SORRILL, Thomas pg 882 in Spotsylvania Co. self 0001 horse 0 (all 3 close together)
    John, pg 882 in Spotsylvania Co. self 00024 (right beside Ashmon)
    Ashmon pg, 882 in Spotsylvania Co. self,00138

    John Gordon Freymann, 2000 (Library of Congress, Wash, D. C.), (860) 673-9944 Avon, CT. has written: "The SORREL Family in Saint-Domingue (Haiti) 1763-1813
    "In the beginning, what the American Sorrel family knew about its origins in the French colony of St. Domingue was largely legend. This is a limited sketch of Antoine SORREL des Rivieres and his son Francois in St. Domingue."

    From ?Marriages of Some VA Families 1607-1800?, Wulfeck:
    ____m. bef. 1795, Sarah Mann, dau. of Robert, whose will of that date, Essex Co., proves it.
    Anna m. Capt. Samuel Earle.
    Dorcas (_____) m. John Morris
    Edward of James City Co. m. bef. 10 Jun , 1703, Alice (_____) Goodrich, widow of Benjamin. Proven by Court Record of that date, Essex Co.
    John m. bef. 10 Sep 1753, Dorcas (____) Ingram, widow of Tobias. Proven by Court Record of that date, Essex Co.
    Thomas m. 20 Oct 1770, Million Glascock. Sur. George Glasscock. Richmond Co., Mar. Bond
    Elizabeth m. Richard Ealem.
    Milly m James Worthington.

    From: ?Early VA Immigrants? (Library of Congress, Wash, D. C.):
    SORRELL, John, 1652 by Francis Fleetwood, Lower Norfolk Co.
    Sorrell, Robt., 1652, by Francis Fleetwood, Lower Norfolk Co.
    Sorrell, John 1647, by Thomas Wright, Lower Norfolk Co.
    Sorrel, Robt, 1653, by Richard Carey, __________Co.
    Sorrell, Robt, 1651, by Thomas Keeling, Lower Norfolk Co.
    Sowell, Wm. And Eliz, his wife, 1643, by Edward Murfey and John Waughan, ___________Co.

    From: ?Genealogies of VA Families, Volume III Pi-T?, pg 324 (Library of Congress, Wash. D. C.) John SNELL taxed in Greenbriar Co.VA had a son John, Jr. had a Mary who married Thomas Sorrell, prior to 1814 when she signed a deed as an heir of John SNELL.

    Genealogies of VA Families, Vol 4, pg 101, 102, 28 Aug 1723 & Sep 1723,: Several notations where Thomas Sorrell records as Power of Attorney for Dorothy, said wife of John Wright relinquishing her dower was exercised by him. In Westmoreland Co., VA Thomas is listed as a Dept Clerk.

    "The Sorrells' are an ancient and honored family. Records show early immigrants into Virginia and Maryland, as early as 1635. A number of land grants, and headrights were issued to them by the state and colonial governments. The first Census of the United States, taken in 1790, show that many heads of SORRELLS families were living in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina during the Revolutionary period. Many of them were gallant soldiers in the Revolution and other wars of that era.

    The family is not especially prolific, but little attention has been paid to records. These ancestors of ours were a modest people, and their history has never been written. So it is well that some recognition of their struggles, their privations, their achievements, and their service to the world at large be recorded on history's pages.

    The name has been variously spelled, and seems to have been merely a matter of preference as to the number of "r's" and "l's" necessary to complete the name. We find recorded SORRELLS, SORREL, SORELL, SORRELLE, SORRAL, SOREL, SORALS, SORAL, SOWALL, SARLES, SEAWELL, etc. However it is thought that the name was originally spelled SORREL, many early records tend to show this.

    It is said that the family is of noble birth, holding the title of "Earl of Warren". This line goes back through a long line of the old world nobility, including early Kings of Britian, and some of the most beloved, and some of the most hated Kings and Queens of Scotland and France. In the Thornton Chart, you will find the royal lineage of the Earl of Warren going back to William the Conquerer in 1066. The connection or descent of the SORRELLS family through the Fowkes brings so then a long line of distinguished royal ancestory. At a period of about five hundred years elasped between the time of William the Conquerer and the earliest records of the SORRELLS family in American, it is evident that a mass of unrecorded history is still shrouded in the past. (From the Pettigrew Manuscripts)

    The name has rather a French look and France perhaps was a first name of the family. Many branches of the SORRELLS family claim to be of Scotch-Irish extraction. The family moved on from Scotland to Ireland and here many marriages occurred.

    The SORRELLS name appears four times in 'Next of Kin,' a volume published many years ago in England, listing American families whose ancestors had left money and estates in England in trusts or in the banks. The name may be found in the counties of Essex and Suffolk, England.

    One tradition says the SORRELLS family fled from France during the persecution, and came by way of Norway. Another is that there were three brothers who came from England to America and settled in Maryland and Virginia, later going to North Carolina. Some of the descendants of these immigrants pioneered into other states. Now a few of them may be found in almost every state of the Union. They are chiefly farmers and professional men, some have become noted newpaper men. There have been a few who aspired to political honors, others have been preachers and merchants. As a whole, they have been noted for the shrewdness, their brilliant intellects, their integrity, and their true worth. The SORRELLS are, and always have been, valuable and most hightly respected citizens in the states in which they have lived.

    The SORRELLS Coat of Arms has the Duel Coronet, showing descent from Kings and Queens, also indicating that the family is of great nobility" (Written by: Marion Dewoody Pettigrew, Pine Bluff, AR)

    Taken from the Burkes peerage world book of Sorrells, officially documented in Burkes general armory.The original description of the arms[shield] is as follows "gu.Two lions pass.guard.erm" when translated the blazon also describes the original colours of the sorrell arms as-"red,two ermine lions walking,facing forward"above the shield and helmet is the crest which is described as"on gold ducal crown,a naturally coloured peacock further info the Sorrell name may mean "the man with reddish-brown complexion"

    ORIGIN: Waltham and Stebbings, Essex and Ipswich, Suffolk
    ARMS: Gules, two lions passant guardant ermine
    CREST: On a ducal coronet or, a peacock proper
    MOTTO: none recorded

    "The surname SORRELL and it's derivatives (Sorrel, Sorel, Sorrells, etc.) is of French origin. In French it literally means reddish-brown, which in English translates to auburn. Sorrell's accompanied William the Conqueror, later know as William I, in 1600 when he conquered Brittany and then installed himself as king. As was custom, all surviving soldiers were given land (hence the axioms, "to the victor go the spoils," and the "spoils of war."). When the Great Book, the book (s) which contained all the historical family lineages, coat of arms, etc., was begun, a Briton (aka. Englishman) wrote the descriptions of the people he was documenting in such a way that one could later determine precisely what their lineage was. The SORRELL's are described as 'fair-skinned with reddish-brown hair'. When Britain decided to colonize the Americas they went to the Great Book, determined exactly "who" was not of strict/pure Anglo origin, and taxed them into oblivion. Once these people could not pay their taxes, they were given the choice of either debtor's prison or a 'free one-way trip" to the colonies!' (from Lou Sorrell)

    "SORRELL is a variation of the English place named Soar, which described the man who lived near the river Soar, which was named from Brenton Sar=to flow. Occasionally, Soar derived as a nickname for the man with reddish hair, from Anglo-Norman-French sor=chestnut (as in the color of dried leaves). Sor, Saur, Saura are cognates. Diminutive forms are Sorrel, Sorrell, Sorrill, Sorel, Soreau, Saurel, Soret, Sauret, Saurin, Saury."(From Bath County, KY Gen Web Site.)

    "There were French Sorels. A famous mistress of some king or emperor of France was a Sorel, I believe an Agnes. There are many theories about the origin of the name, including the Sorrell horse theory". (From Dale Mueller: e-mail (1998)
    Mistress Was Poisoned - But by Whom?
    Tue Apr 5, 9:31 AM ET
    By Kerstin Gehmlich
    PARIS (Reuters) - Scientists trying to solve a medieval murder mystery that has puzzled historians for 550 years say France's first officially recognized royal mistress was poisoned and probably murdered.

    But who did it remains a riddle. Dysentery was given as the official cause of death of Agnes Sorel, the beautiful mistress of French King Charles VII who died a painful death in northern France in 1450. But rumors quickly spread that she was killed and fingers were pointed at Charles's son, the future Louis XI. French scientists analyzing fragments of Sorel's hair more than half a millennium later have now added evidence to mere speculation. They have concluded that the 28-year-old mistress was killed by a huge dose of mercury which she could have taken herself but which was probably placed in her food by one of her many enemies.
    "She died of poisoning," said pathologist Philippe Charlier of the CHRU institute in northern Lille, who led the six-month investigation. "But that does not necessarily mean she was murdered. It could have been a medical accident."
    Charlier said body samples showed Sorel had a worm infection and was treated with mercury, a common remedy at the time. But the amount of the substance found in an armpit hair -- 10,000 times the normal medical dose -- suggested foul play.
    "With this dose, she must have died about 72 hours later," Charlier told Reuters. "You die conscious. You can really feel yourself rotting away. It's atrocious and very painful." Charlier said the theory of accidental poisoning was unlikely for a mistress with so many enemies. "It was very easy to get mercury at the time," he said. "It wasn't even that expensive. Everyone could have bought and used it. But not everyone had access to the food of Agnes Sorel."
    Historians describe Sorel as a witty beauty, who introduced the fashion of the off-shoulder gown to court -- sometimes not only revealing a plunging neckline but also a bare breast to the shock of the establishment. Charles showered Sorel with jewelry, offered her large estates and legitimized the three children she bore him. In 1444, Sorel became the first acknowledged mistress of a French king, scandalizing many and causing jealousy and intrigue. The future King Louis XI, son of Charles's wife Marie d'Anjou, is said to have been furious over Sorel's influence on his father. He once chased Sorel through the palace with a sword and historians identify him as a murder suspect. But Charlier said the killer of the blonde mistress could also have been the person closest to her medical cabinet. "Looking at the link to the pharmaceutical preparation, one should maybe look at her doctor. He could have done it."

    Charlier and his colleagues got a chance to analyze Sorel's remains when her tomb was opened last year before being moved to a new location in Loches, central France. The scientists also found Sorel's fourth child, a still-born, in her tomb. Charlier said his findings should inspire historians to relaunch their murder investigation. "Our result strongly points to murder by poisoning. We have a solution. (Historians) now have to find the culprit," he said.

    Goochland Co. -- created 1727 from Henrico: John Sorrell on the brs of Tuckahoe Cr adj his own, Webber, Charles Johnson & Adams Apr 1734 CPv4

    From Filby and Meyer: PASSENGER AND IMMIGRATION LISTS INDEX the following immigrated into Virginia prior to birth of our Richard in 1706.

    Robert and John first came in 1635.
    Thomas in 1642
    Robert 1651
    Robert and John 1652
    Robert 1653
    Thomas 1642
    Tim 1662.

    The following went into Maryland:
    Mary 1648
    Ann 1662
    Thomas 1663
    Thomas 1664
    Thomas 1667
    Richard 1674

    There was a John Sorrill into N. Carolina 1674
    John Sorrell into Barbados 1654-1663.
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    Father: SORRELL

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth
    • Married: ABT 1725
    1. Has No Children Robert SORRELL
    2. Has No Children Samuel SORRELL
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    6. Has Children Edward SORRELL , Sr. b: ABT 1734
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