Note: Pittsylvania County Queries October 18, 1996 from Ralph Hayes Seek information on the Doss family of Pittsylvania County. James Doss Sr. was born c1715, m(2) Ann Thurman c1783 in Pittsylvania Co., and died there in 1796. Children of James Doss Sr. and his two wives include James Jr., Thomas, John md Mary Shields, Deliliah md Jesse Patey, Mary md George West, Ambrose md Sarah Thurman, Rachel md Charles Wright, Ann md Robert Wright, Agnes md George Wright, Samuel, Frances md Abraham Mays, Edith md William Acre, and Sarah.
Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots John Doss, Revolutionary War Soldier I would like to have John Doss of Pittsylvania CO added to the list of Revolutionary War Soldiers...it is very strongly believed he was one of the older sons of James Doss, SR ...he married Mary Margaret Shields in Christ Church Parish in 1785 and filed his application for pension in 1825 in Marion CO, TN...I have his application papers...he is listed in "Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution, Pamphlet II, (copy found in Danville Library) by Zella Armstrong ," Abstracts of War Pension Files by Virgil White, A-D ",Bledsoe County Tennessee, A History" by Elizabeth Robnett. article by Zella Armstrong, "Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Sequatchie"(TN). He enlisted May 17, 1777 in Pittsylvania CO, VA under Capt Thomas Dillard, Col. Haynes Morgan and others. He was granted a pension(file S38669) in 1826. He was a private and served in The Virginia Line for the term of two years, Apr 1777 to March 1779 he most likely served in 2nd Regiment Virginia Continental Line. He died September 16, 1838. He is buried in Sequatchie CO, Tn along with other Revolutionary War Veterans. Contributed by Sandra Samoyedny email@example.com [Source: Roster of Revoluntionary Soldiers- Pittsylvania County; online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vapittsy/revolutionary.htm]
Is the James Doss listed below James Sr. or James Jr.?
First List of Tithables of Pittsylvania County, Year 1767 A List of Tithes, Etc, Taken by John Donelson 1767 Thomas Doss List of Tithables Taken by Thomas Dillard, Jr in June 1767 James Doss & John Dikes Zacheriah Doss & John Doss [Source: original source: The History of Pittsylvania County by Maud Carter Clement; online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vapittsy/tith.htm]
Oaths of Allegiance - 1777 Pittsylvania County, VA copy done by Cynthia Hubbard Headen source: The Magazine of VA Genealogy, v.23, #1 (Feb.1985), transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito These lists were taken from a typewritten copy found in the Clerk's Office, Pittsylvania County, at Chatham, Virginia. The two following affidavits found attached to the copy are self-explanatory.
I, S. H. F. Jones, do hereby certify that about the year 1930 I personally copied and had checked the names of persons who took the oath of Allegiance in 1777 as shown by manuscripts then in the Clerk's Office of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The writing was faded and a few names could not be deciphered. Every effort was made to transcribe the names as they appeared on the manuscripts. The names of the foregoing Lists are a true and correct copy of the aforesaid manuscripts to the best of my knowledge and belief. The lists were also checked by Mr. Langhorne Jones, atty. Given under my hand and seal this 8th day of November, 1939. S. H. F. Jones (Seal) State of Virginia Pittsylvania County, To-wit: I, E. E. Friend, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, the same being a Court of Record, do hereby certify that Mrs. S. H. F. Jones whose name is signed to the foregoing writing bearing date 8th day of November 1939, personally appeared before me in my county, Office and State aforesaid and made oath that the foregoing statements are true to the best of her knowledge and belief. Given under my hand this 8th Nov. 1939. E. E. Friend Clerk Pittsylvania Circuit Court Chatham, VA Thomas Dillard, List James Doss James Doss
Lankford's List William Doss
Crispin Shelton's List John Doss [Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vapittsy/Oaths.html]
1782 Land Taxes Pittsylvania County, Virginia Name Acres Thomas Doss 370 William Doss 271 James Doss Senr 377 John Doss 135 John Doss 200 [Source: online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vapittsy/1782LandTaxes.htm]
1789 U.S. Tax List Personal B Pittssylvania County, Virginia Sheet 09 Doss, James Sr. (in file)
Last Will and Testament - James Doss, Sr. being weak in body but of sound mind and of memory. Appoint my friends Benjamin Cannifax and Nathan Thurman, Sr. executors. To James Doss, Ambrose Doss and Delila Paley(?) twenty shillings at the death of my beloved wife Anne Doss. To my son John Doss his bond I took in from Robert McCoy on his behalf. To Rachel Right a cow in her possession. To my daughter Mary Vest a cow. The land is to be sold by the executors and they are to purchase 100 acres which I lend my wife during her natural life and at her decease to my son Samuel Doss. The balance of money from the sale of my land to be used to purchase a negro for the use of my wife. My wife is to have the use of any other part of my estate during her lifetime. Then at her decease to be divided between the following children: Anne Doss, Agnes Doss, Fanny Doss, Samuel Doss, Edy Doss and Sarah Doss. James (X) Doss, Sr. Witness: Benjamin Cannifax, Elizabeth (X) Cannifax, John Parrott, Benjamin Cannifax security for the executors. [Source: Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820, Compiled by Lela C. Adams, Bassett, Virginia, US/CAN 975.5665 P2a, Genealogical Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Page 420-421, 21 May 1796, Pr: 18 July 1796.]
***** The 1796 Pittsylvania Co VA Deed Bk 13, p.180, shows Nathan Thurman Sr. buying 170 acres on the Staunton River and Valentine Creek, near Terrill's lines, from James Doss and Nanny (Nancy) his wife. Sale witnessed by Benjamin Terrill, William Cannafax and James Broughill. [Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/thurman/messages/1295.html]
Pittsylvania Co VA Old Surveys Bk 2, June 9, 1800: "Pursuant to an order of Pittsylvania May court 1800 surveyed the land in controversy between James Doss, Nathan Thurman and John Parrott lying on Staunton River and Beachtree Creek containing 204 acres..." [Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/thurman/messages/1295.html]
Pittsylvania Co. VA Deeds and Wills, Bk 11, p.292, 21 Apr 1806: Will of Richard Thurman presented and recorded on motion of Nathan Thurman & Nathanial Bow, two of the executors. Will names daughters: Eady Brues, Elizabeth Thurman, Polly Thurman, Rachael Bow, Sally Doss, Susannah Mollins and Frances Abston. Sons named were: Laban Thurman and William Thurman. Will witnessed by: Eliche Barber, Frances Doss, and Laban Farmer on 15 Aug. 1803. [Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/thurman/messages/1295.html]
In 1811 Nathan Thurman Sr., Ann, Frances, Edith and Sally Doss, all of Pitts. Co., sold 75 acres on Beachtree Creek to David Hunt. (Pitts. Co. VA Deed Bk 17, p.253). [Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/thurman/messages/1295.html]
1803 Jan 17 D.13, p.180 (Indenture was made 5 Mar. 1796) Nathan Thurman, Senr. from James Doss, Senr. and wife, Mean74y (sic), of Pittsylvania Co. (both parties) for firty-five pounds paid by Nathan Thurman,Sr., a tract of land xx on Stanton River and Volentine Creek xxx of onehundred and seventy acres xxxx Benj. Terrill's line xx down sd. River asit meanders to the Beginning xx with all appurtenances xxxx his James X Doss mark Signed in the presence of: Benj. Terrell, Wm. Camafax,, Bro-ghill Sandy X Doss Proved at a Court held 18 Apr. 1796 " again " " 17 Jan. 1803 Test- Will Tunstall Clk. [Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vapittsy/Thurmangen.html]
James Doss: Early Doss Patriarch James Doss Sr. of Pittsylvania is the early Doss about whom we have the most information. James was probably born in either New Kent or Hanover County, Va. before 1720. The earliest record of him is in Goochland Co. Court Order Bk. 3, "petition of James Dos agst Bouth Napier is dismissed, neither party appearing" dated March 18, 1735,6. By 1744 he and Mark Doss, probably a younger brother, appeared on the tithe list in Amelia Co. where he was closely associated with the family of Edward Nix, a large landowner from Hanover Co. No deeds for James can be found in Amelia, but evidence exists describing his "lines" on Doss's Spring Branch of May's Creek. James first wife was almost certainly Frances Nix, a daughter of Edward Nix, who called her Fanny Doss in his will. James seems to have been a very religious man, highly respected by his neighbors, and may have been the preacher of a Presbyterian group led by Edward Nix. By 1752, Nix, Doss and other members of Nix's family sold their lands in Amelia Co. and moved to Halifax Co. November 21, 1752: "James Doss & Geoge Wilcox reported on road they were appointed to view from Banister Road crossing Edw. Hubbard's ford so the ridge between Stanton & Straightstone convenient to Nix's own." (Ples Book 1, Halifax Co., VA 1752-55). When Pittsylvania Co. was formed in 1767, "James Doss qualified as Constable" (Pitts. Court Orders Book 1, p. 22; Nov. 2, 1767) He is found many times in both the deed books and the Entry Record Book. James' second wife was Ann Thurman, daughter of Richard Thurman, who moved from Amelia Co. to Pittsylvania some years after Doss. James must have been quite old when he married her, but it appears that several of his children were born to Ann. She is called Ann, Anna and Nancy in various records. It appears that she moved to Kentucky with several of her children after James' death. James Doss died between May 21, 1796, when his will was written, and July 18, 1796 when it was presented in court for probate. Here is the opening paragraph of his will, "In the Name of God, Amen. I James Doss Sr. of Pittsylvania County being very weak of body but of perfect sound mind & memry thanks be so Allmighty God for the same and calling so mind the mortality of this my feeble body do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament, first I receive my Soul to God as gave it and my body to be buried at the discretion of my friends hoping that at the gret day of god when Michel the Arch Angel shall sound the last Trumpet that then my Soul & body shall be reunighted together again to rest in the Regins of a Mortel day through the tender mercies of Almighty God Amen." (Pitts. Co. Deed Bk. 10, p. 420-421.) His will names these children: James Jr., Ambrose, Delilah Patey, John, Rachel Right [Wright], Mary Vest (I believe these are the children of Frances Nix), Anne, Agness, Samuel, Fanny, Edy [Edith], and Sarah (probably the last six were children of Ann Thurman). Evidence indicates he also had a son Thomas, probably the oldest child, who predeceased him. He probably had other children who died young. (on the same page there is also a box with more information that needs to be transcribed) [Source: The Doss Connection, issue from July 199, pg. 5]
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