About Cornelius Cargill
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Cornelius Cargill, Sr. was born in the late 1600's in Scotland or England. He lived in Virginia from approx. 1713 to 1763 before going to South Carolina. Old Cornelius married many times to wealthy, unhealthy landed widows. He had much cash and over 1900 acres of land when he died.
After his first wife, Mary Anderson, died (she was a young widow of Thomas Anderson) he cohabited with Elizabeth Daniel. They had several children prior to marriage.
Cornelius had a total of 5 wives, but only had children by 2 of them -- 2nd wife Mary (--) (mother of John, b. 1713, and Mary, b. 1718; and 3rd wife Elizabeth Daniel, by whom he had 6 children, although he didn't bother to marry Elizabeth (if ever) until after they had had several children together. William Byrd, after visiting Cornelius, wrote a letter at one point referring to Elizabeth Daniel as "a young woman which lives in comfortable fornication with Cornelius Cargill and has had several children by him."
Cornelius CARGILL (c.1690 - 1763) He was the progenitor of the Cargills of the South and Southwest. His place of birth and date of arrival in Virginia are points of conjecture. He was probably born in either Scotland or England, and may have come to America in about 1711 to work as a common laborer. He was probably related to the Rev. John Cargill who arrived in Virginia from the Leeward Islands in 1708. This John Cargill was Minister of the Southwark Parish in Surry County from 1708 to 1732. Cornelius was residing in Westover Parish, Prince George County, Virginia by 1712. He sold out in 1713 and removed to Wayanoke Parish. By April, 1719, he was living in Martins Brandon Parish. At that time he bought 150 acres of land from James and Charles Anderson, the sons of his wife and her first husband, Thomas. He sold the same land on 1 Feb 1727. It was described "as lying on the South side of the Cattail Swamp, on the North Side of the Blackwater Swamp, and on both sides of the Reedy Branch of the said Cattail Swamp". He was a colorful character in Colonial Virginia; yeoman, copper miner, ferryman, tobacco planter, and owner of over 3,000 acres of fertile farm- land acquired by patents from King George II. He bought and sold many hundreds of acres of other lands in Prince George, Brunswick and Lunenburg Counties. He was a Justice as well as a participant, both as defendant and plaintiff, in many court actions; husband of many women, usually landed widows; father, step-father, and father-in-law of many of Virginia's and South Carolina's earliest settlers. He rose from obscurity, "including a past of probable rascality", to a place of prominence in the frontier of Brunswick and Lunenburg Counties. In 1717, he was appointed Constable of Prince George Co., but refused office. By 1726, he had removed to Brunswick County, the portion where his land was located became Lunenburg County in 1746. It was described as being on the north side of the Roanoke River, near a place called Copper Hill, in what is today Halifax County. Here he attempted copper mining, but the venture was moderately successful at best. He later sold the land. He was selected to be one of the first Justices of the Lunenburg Co. Court on 5 May 1746, and in that office until 1763. He was also the "Processioner" of a precinct in the Cumberland Parish of Lunenburg Co., described as "In the fork and from Butcher's Creek to Little Roanoke, and beyond Dan River". It actually encompassed the area which today includes the counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Franklin, Henry, and Patrick. A vast area, but sparsely populated. In many deeds and records his signature was followed by "Gent.", which indicated he was a respected and esteemed member of the community. There was a place on the Staunton River in Lunenburg County called Cargill's Ferry where he owned and operated a ferry service.
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