John "The Scotsman" Simpson

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John "The Scotsman" Simpson

Birthplace: Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Acquia Creek, Stafford, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Simpson, Sr.; Eupham Watson and Ann Maria Simpson
Husband of Mary Simpson and Mary Withers Simpson
Father of Richard Withers Simpson, Sr.,; Jane Simpson; John Lewis Simpson, Jr; Thomas Simpson, Jr.; George Simpson and 3 others
Brother of William Simpson; Helen Simpson; James Simpson; Thomas Simpson and Archibald Simpson

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About John "The Scotsman" Simpson

The age of John is derived from various court records regarding depositions taken and his birth year is determined to have been about 1645. There is apparently no records to definitively support this date. It is believed that the instant John may have arrived in the coloniesabout 1678. One souce suggests that his wife Mary arrived with him. There is some suggestion that he may have been born in VA., or he mayhave arrived in the colonies as an indentured servant. It is also suggested that he may have had some relations in Maryland. There is a deposition given by a John Simpson on 8 February 1687/8 wherein he stated that he was 40, but there is no evidence that his was John 'the Scotchman' Simpson. Via his marriage to Mary Thompson and her family, John's sons are believed to have inherited a great deal of land in the area of Aquia Creek in Stafford County, Virginia.

According to Rhoda Taylor Fone at the Simpson Family Forum, the instant John is not the son of John Simpson of the Carr-Simpson patent (20 Nov. 1678 - North side Great Hunting Creek), nor related to him in anyway. Additional information suggests that the instant John did not have a father living in the Stafford County area. Some suggestion has been made that his father may have been a sea captain. The instant John is often referenced as 'John Simpson, Scotsman, of Aquia'. There is a deed in Stafford County dated 11 April 1705, Deed Book Z, pp. 266-267 from John Simpson Senr. (his wife Mary is also acknowledged) to Peter Melby. John was selling 217 acres he had been granted on 26 July1795. In April of 1709, (Stafford County Record Book 1699 - 1709, p. 471) the appraisers of the estate of Evan Jones were Lawrence Suddath and John Simpson, Junr. This would indicate that there was the need to distinquish between the father John Simpson and his son John Simpson, as late as 1709.

From the SIMPSON FAMILY - Early Records of the Simpson Family in Virginia and in Maryland: According to Early Records of The Simpson Family, by Helen A. Simpson, the Norians came into Scotland in great numbers after the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century and occupied muchof the lowland. Many of these families claimed Norman descent, and the Simpsons of the Scotch lowlands claimed descent from Simon de'Fraser, a Norman Nobleman, through the Fraser clan. John Simpson, believedto be the father of the instant John 'the Scotchman', born in Scotland, died in Stafford Co., Virginia (about 1698 ?), may have been a descendant of the norman Nobleman. The earliest records of the Simpson family in Virginia are found in the publication, Original Immigrants, 1600-1700, which states on page 181, that one Thomas Simpson was living at 'Archers Hoop', Virginia on 16 February 1623. On page 104 of the same publication there is a statement that Thomas Simpson, age 17, sailed on the Paule of London Leonard Betts, bound to Virginia, 5 July 1635, On page 136, there is a statement that, Thomas Simpson, age 24, sailed on the Constance, 24 October 1635. On page 310, Abstracts of Virginia Patents, there is a statement that John Simpson received 600 acres of land in Lancaster County, VA. on 28 July 1662, and that he alsoreceived 600 acres on teh south side of Marattican Creek.

The publication, Cavaliers and Pioneers of Virginia, states on page 510 that John Simpson received 2100 acres of land on the north side of the Rappahannock River on 6 June 1666. The Register of Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Virginia (1723 - 1758) compiled by George HarrisonSanford King, states on pages 107-108 that John Simpson (1) a 'Scotchman' settled on Acquia Creek, Stafford County, Virginia and received aland grant there as well as on Great Hunting. Beth Mitchell, in her recent publication, 'Beginning At A WhiteOak', in which she has recorded patents and Northern Neck grants of Fairfax County, Virginia briefly describes patents and land grants made to members of the Simpson family in Fairfax County, Virginia as follows:

1.) John Carr., John Simpson, 621 acres patented 20 November 1678 (previously suggested to not be the instant John), p. 671 - North side Great Hunting Creek, repatented by John Simpson (Jr. ?) 28 January 1694/5, as N.N. Brant 2:110.

2.) George Simpson, 256 acres, 14 November 1741, N.N.E. 360 South Runof Pohick, adjacent to his own land.

3.) George Simpson, 18 acres 20 January 1820, N.N. B2:533, Sandy Run.

4.) John Simpson, 109 1/2 acres, 4 April 1795, N.N.W.: 558, west sideof Wolf Run, corner Beckwith.

Neither the instant John or his presumed father John left a will, andnor records have been found of the settlement of their estates, except the 12 December 1698 suit heretofore referenced. It was entered against the administrator of the estate of John Simpson deceased. Froma deposition that the instant John's son John gave in 1748, it appears that the instant John may have at one time worked as an indentured servant for George Brent. It is possible that the indenture to GeorgeBrent was prior to 1680, and subsequently, the instant John may have returned to Woodstock to work for George Brent.

The instant John is believed to be the John Simpson who sold to CorenMelbey on 11 April 1705, the 217 acre tract that was granted to that John Sinmpson, Scotchman, who received a grant of 217 acres of land inStafford County, Virginia on 26 July 1695. John received that land from Margaret, Lady Culpeper and Thomas Lord Fairfax. In this same document, Mary, wife of the instant John Simpson released her dower rights. This tract of land was one of three that John Simpson received from Lady Culpeper and Thomas Lord Fairfax. The other two were 1.) on 27 July 1695 for 200 acres, and 2.) on 8 November 1698 for an additional 100 acres.

In addition to the children referenced here, it appears that John andMary may also have had two additional children, both daughters. These respectively 1.) Jane referenced in the Court Orders of Stafford Co,., Virginia - 1680, p. 24(45) and 2.) Mary referenced on 16 December 1680 in a document of Thomas Maull of Acquia in Stafford County, Virginia. But too, it must be recognized that both of these children were referenced in 1680 records that would place their births prior to 1680and thus prior to the instant John's oldest son John. They might well be daughters of the instant John's father, additional investigationis necessary.

Sources: 1.Title: Electronic Internet (unverified) Note: Source Medium: Electronic

Needs Verification

Page: Genforum / Simpson Family Forum / Barbara Fitzsenry / Msg. 3301 / 9 August 2000 2.Author: Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Title: LDS AFN (unverified) Publication: Name: Name: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998;; Repository: Name: Family History Library, 35 N. West Temple St., Salt Lake City UT. 84150, USA.

Note: Source Medium: Church Record

Page: 8LVB-B9 3.Title: Virginia State Records Note: Source Medium: Civil Registry

Page: Northern Neck Grants No. 2, 1694 - 1700, p. 178-179 (Reel 288) Text: 217 acres adjoining George Brent and George Mason 4.Title: Virginia State Records Note: Source Medium: Civil Registry

Page: Northern Neck Grants No. 2, 1694 - 1700, p. 179-180 (Reel 288) Text: 200 acres adjoining Lewis Griffin, Major Haston and Battin 5.Title: Virginia State Records Note: Source Medium: Civil Registry

Page: Northern Neck Grants No. 2, 1694 - 1700, p. 296-297 (Reel 288) Text: 100 acres beginning at the head of a branch of Occaquaqn, called and known by the name of Hues' Branch

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John "The Scotsman" Simpson's Timeline

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Age 15
Stafford, VA, USA
Age 34
Age 35
Stafford, Stafford, Virginia
Age 37
Stafford, VA, USA
Age 42
Stafford, VA, USA
September 1, 1688
Age 43
Age 44
Satfford, Prince William, Virginia, USA
February 28, 1692
Age 47
All Hallows, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
July 27, 1695
Age 50
Stafford, Virginia, USA