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Joshua Hightower, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: virginia colony, richmond, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in virginia colony, richmond, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Richmond County, Virginia Colony, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua Hightower, Sr. and Eleanor Hightower
Husband of Eleanor Hightower
Father of John Thomas Hightower, Sr.; Charnel Hightower; Joshua Hightower; Austin Augustine Hightower; Joseph Hightower and 1 other

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About Joshua Hightower, Jr.

Note: The following was written by Hazel Hightower Smith on September 20, 1987: "Some of the data I have recorded can be verified with court records; some a result of research through Bible records, and some my researched opinion.

First, let me say, I yet cannot verify our Hightower immigrant ancestor, but am of the firm conviction we are English descent, the Isle of Wales.

'Friendship' - one of the earliest passenger ships on record, embarking from England, took nine to ten weeks to complete the Trans-Atlantic crossing and the passengers on board were under obligation to the Governors of the American Plantations.

Year 1653, the 'Friendship', with William Perse, as its commander, arrived with one of its passengers by the name of John Hitower (Hightower). According to the Passenger Ship Search and Attestation report, he had come to Virginia on land transactions.

In view of the foregoing statement, Hightower descendants, now into the many thousands, would be pleased to claim him as their immigrant ancestor. Who knows? He very well could be? However, in spite of the ever ongoing diligent research of the hundreds of avid descendant/ researchers, proof has not surfaced.

The best we can do is speculate and continue the search. This John Hightower could have been the father of a son Joshua, then residing in England. Perhaps a young man, maybe one with high aspirations to come to America, and his father, John, was instrumental in seeing his son, Joshua, realized his dream.

At any rate, it is a known fact, one Joshua Hightower had been in Richmond County, Virginia, owned property there, indicating residence prior to 1698. A suit was filed against his estate in 1698, and it is of record in Court Order Book 2, Richmond County, Virginia. "Attachment granted Thomas Newton against estate of Joshua Hightower by declaration returnable." Since the suit was filed against his estate is a clear indication this Joshua Hightower was deceased, and that he had been a resident of Richmond County, VA. According to Clayton Torrence's Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632 -1800, this Joshua Hightower was not recorded as having a will, therefore, he died intestate.

Since no records had been kept by the State of Virginia, prior to 1700, as to marriages, births and deaths, researchers are at a loss to determine ancestry of the Joshua Hightower that was residing in Richmond County, Virginia in 1698, with a suit filed March, 1698, Court Order Book 2, p. 389 wherein an action was brought against Joshua Hightower by Giles and James Webb, executors of John Webb, deceased.

The foregoing statement is clear indication there is a Joshua Hightower, very much alive, residing in Richmond County, Virginia. It seem logical to use the foregoing data to link John and the two Joshuas.

John Hightower, believed to have not resided in America, but having bought land in Richmond County, Virginia, in the early 1650's and a son of his, Joshua Hightower who died in 1698, being the first resident of the Hightower family in America. Whether he was our immigrant ancestor is yet to be proven. My researched opinion is that he, indeed, was our immigrant ancestor and the Joshua Hightower named in the suit filed in, 1698, by the Webb brothers was the Hightower I claim to be the husband of Eleanor and the father of six children, two of which he named in his Will, probated in 1726, in Richmond County, Virginia. Numerous court cases are of record in Richmond County, Virginia, 1698-1726, naming this Joshua Hightower.

Clayton Torrence's Virginia Wills and Administrations, states the earliest entry recorded is the Will of one Joshua Hightower, Richmond County, Virginia, in 1726.

According to the State Archivist, Louis H. Manarin, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia "... statewide, this 1726 Hightower listing is the earliest".

Therefore, we feel safe in beginning a compilation, naming it the:

"First Hightowers of Virginia and Their Descendants"

Title: Crawford, Nancy Lee (nee Jones), Research, personal knowledge and family records

Abbrev: Crawford, Nancy Lee (nee Jones)

Publication: 1983 - 2005

Note:

Genealogical Database: http://righteousandrottenroots.info/genealogy/surnames.html

Title: Davidson, Richard Tell (1910-1993), Research, personal knowledge and family records

Abbrev: Davidson, Richard Tell (1910-1993)

Publication: 10 July 1983

Title: A History of Clayton County, Georgia 1821-1983

Abbrev: A History of Clayton County, Georgia 1821-1983

Author: Moore, Joseph Henry Hightower

Publication: Ancestors Unlimited, Inc., Genealogical Society, Clayton Co., Georgia, College Park, Georgia. Printed by W. H. Wolfe Associates P. O. Box 972, Roswell, GA 30077, 1983

Note:

Edited by Alice Copeland Kilgore, Edith Hanes Smith, Frances Partridge Tuck ; history by Joseph Henry Hightower Moore ; indexed by Janie Sellars Mitchell ; compiled by Ancestors Unlimited, Inc., Genealogical Society, Clayton County, Georgia. Kilgore, Alice Copeland. Smith, Edith Hanes. Tuck, Frances Partridge, 1940- Moore, Joseph Henry Hightower, 1943- Mitchell, Janie Sellars. Ancestors Unlimited, Inc.

Repository:

Name: Allen County Public Library

Note:

Internet address: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us

Note: Page 285: "The Hightower family is of English origin. According to standard dictionaries of Anglo-Saxon surnames, the progenitors of the family were dwellers in or near a high tower. The first recorded member of this family in America was Joshua Hightower, who settled in Richmond Co., Va., in the latter 1600's. He is considered by historians to be the ancestor of the numerous Southern branches of the family."

Title: Patterson, J. D. (1911-2003), Research, personal knowledge and family records

Abbrev: Patterson, J. D. (1911-2003)

Publication: 1995

Title: Walker, Walter Anderson (1882-1961), Research, personal knowledge and family records

Abbrev: Walker, Walter Anderson (1882-1961)

Note: The following statement was written by Walter A. Walker:

"After the Revolution, the great migration of Virginians carried the Hightowers to various regions south and west. By 1800 there were about thirty families of their descendants. Some moved to Virginia counties farther west; others to the newly opened sections of the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.

For many years I have collected Hightower records from all available sources, in an effort to trace all lines down to recent times, for publications as a general genealogy of the Hightower family. It is strongly indicated that all Hightowers of the country are descended from that early family of Richmond County, Virginia.

The earliest Hightower family of whom we have records lived in Richmond County, Virginia, before the year 1700. There, in 1698, the estate of Joshua Hightower was administered, suggesting residence of Hightowers there sometime before that date.

In 1726, a Joshua Hightower died in Richmond County, leaving a wife, Eleanor, and six children. His eldest son, Charnel, married Sarah Glascock in January 1727/8, and reared a large family. From 1720 to about 1750 three Hightower families lived in Richmond County, close neighbors and closely related--the families of Charnel, John and Joshua. We do not yet know just how these three men were related, John and Joshua could have been brothers; Charnel, the son of Joshua who died in 1726, a cousin.

About 1750 these three families moved to Amelia County, to the part that in 1789 was cut off and made Nottoway County. They settled in the southeast corner of the county, near the present city of Blackstone, where Nottoway, Brunswick and Lunenburg Counties meet. Though some lived in each county, they still were near one another. They continued in that region, close together, until the period of the Revolutionary War.

Fortunately, for the genealogical record, the names, birth dates and names of the parents of the children born in Richmond County, Virginia, between 1700 and 1750 were recorded in the Farnham Parish Register, a copy of which is to be found at Warsaw, Virginia.

Title: Smith, Hazel Betty (nee Hightower) (1909-2000), Research, personal knowledge and family records

Abbrev: Smith, Hazel Betty (nee Hightower) (1909-2000)

Publication: 1980-1994

Title: Walker, Walter Anderson (1882-1961), Research, personal knowledge and family records

Abbrev: Walker, Walter Anderson (1882-1961)

Title: Will Records, Richmond County, Virginia

Abbrev: Will Records, Richmond County, Virginia

Repository:

Name: Richmond County Courthouse

Note: Book 5, Pages 14, 15: In the Name of God Amen this is the last will and testament of Joshua Hightower being in perfect Sence and Memory at this time Blessed be God for it -

Item - I do Bequeath my Presious and Immortall Soul to God that gave it and My Body to be buried with a Christian Buriall at the Discression of My Wife -

Item - I give one Feather Bed and furniture to My loving Wife and one flock Bed and Furniture both as they Now are and Thirteen head of Cattle and foure pewter Dishes one bason and one Dozon of Pewter Plates one Tankard three Porergers one Chamber Pott one Great Iron Pott and one small Pott with the hooks - belonging to them -

Feather bed Bolster Beadsted and Furniture and two Pewter Dishes five Plates and two Porrergers and one Middlen Pott and Pott hooks and two Cows and their Increase one Called lovely and the other Crown Rose -

Item - I give and Bequeath to My Son Thomas Hightower one Gray Mare and Colt and their Increase -

Item - I give unto My other four Children Tenn shillings a Peice they not haveing any other Part of my estate -

Item - I give unto my loving Wife a Part or Parcell of Land as I now live on as least of M. Robert Baylis and -- after her Decease to My Son Charnall Hightower - Lastly I make my Wife my full and whole Executrix of this my last will and Testament giveing her all the rest of my Estate heretofore not given and it is my Desire that my wife see this my last will performed as Wittness my hand this 14 day April

  

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I am of the firm conviction we are English descent, the Isle of Wales.

'Friendship' - one of the earliest passenger ships on record, embarking from England, took nine to ten weeks to complete the Trans-Atlantic crossing and the passengers on board were under obligation to the Governors of the American Plantations.

Year 1653, the 'Friendship', with William Perse, as its commander, arrived with one of its passengers by the name of John Hitower (Hightower). According to the Passenger Ship Search and Attestation report, he had come to Virginia on land transactions.

In view of the foregoing statement, Hightower descendants, now into the many thousands, would be pleased to claim him as their immigrant ancestor. Who knows? He very well could be? However, in spite of the ever ongoing diligent research of the hundreds of avid descendant/ researchers, proof has not surfaced.

The best we can do is speculate and continue the search. This John Hightower could have been the father of a son Joshua, then residing in England. Perhaps a young man, maybe one with high aspirations to come to America, and his father, John, was instrumental in seeing his son, Joshua, realized his dream.

At any rate, it is a known fact, one Joshua Hightower had been in Richmond County, Virginia, owned property there, indicating residence prior to 1698. A suit was filed against his estate in 1698, and it is of record in Court Order Book 2, Richmond County, Virginia. "Attachment granted Thomas Newton against estate of Joshua Hightower by declaration returnable." Since the suit was filed against his estate is a clear indication this Joshua Hightower was deceased, and that he had been a resident of Richmond County, VA. According to Clayton Torrence's Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632 -1800, this Joshua Hightower was not recorded as having a will, therefore, he died intestate.

Since no records had been kept by the State of Virginia, prior to 1700, as to marriages, births and deaths, researchers are at a loss to determine ancestry of the Joshua Hightower that was residing in Richmond County, Virginia in 1698, with a suit filed March, 1698, Court Order Book 2, p. 389 wherein an action was brought against Joshua Hightower by Giles and James Webb, executors of John Webb, deceased.

The foregoing statement is clear indication there is a Joshua Hightower, very much alive, residing in Richmond County, Virginia. It seem logical to use the foregoing data to link John and the two Joshuas.

John Hightower, believed to have not resided in America, but having bought land in Richmond County, Virginia, in the early 1650's and a son of his, Joshua Hightower who died in 1698, being the first resident of the Hightower family in America. Whether he was our immigrant ancestor is yet to be proven. My researched opinion is that he, indeed, was our immigrant ancestor and the Joshua Hightower named in the suit filed in, 1698, by the Webb brothers was the Hightower I claim to be the husband of Eleanor and the father of six children, two of which he named in his Will, probated in 1726, in Richmond County, Virginia. Numerous court cases are of record in Richmond County, Virginia, 1698-1726, naming this Joshua Hightower.

JOSHUA3 HIGHTOWER (JOSHUA2, JOHN1 HITOWER) was born Abt. 1670 in (?) Virginia, and died August 1726 in Richmond County, Virginia. He married ELEANOR CHARNOLD Abt. 1690. She was born Bet. 1668 - 1675, and died Aft. 1734.

Children of JOSHUA HIGHTOWER and ELEANOR CHARNOLD are: + 2 i. JOHN THOMAS4 HIGHTOWER, born 1692 in Richmond County, Virginia; died September 04, 1764 in Nottoway, Amelia Co., VA. + 3 ii. Charnel Hightower, born 1694 in Richmond Co., VA; died April 1762 in Brunswick County, Virginia. + 4 iii. Joshua Hightower, JR, born Bet. 1696 - 1698 in N Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA; died February 1772 in Nottoway, Amelia Co., VA. + 5 iv. Austin (Augustine) Hightower, born Abt. 1700 in Richmond Co., VA; died February 06, 1784 in Homestead, Orange Co., NC. 6 v. Joseph Hightower, born Abt. 1699 in Richmond, Virginia. + 7 vi. Thomas Hightower, Sr., born March 20, 1711/12 in Richmond, Virginia; died Abt. 1763 in Anson County, North Carolina.

Additional: Conflicts somewhat with the above Joshua Hightower was born in 1670 in Virginia of English parents. His father is thought to have been named "John Hitower" and having immigrated from Great Britain.

Joshua Hightower settled in the Richmond, Virginia area and married a woman named Eleanor. It is thought her surname was "Charnold," or some derivation of that spelling. But this is not certain. The couple had at least six children.

The early Hightower family in America worshipped at the North Farnham Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, a church which had been established about the time of Joshua's birth, or soon thereafter. North Farnham Church is still an active congregation three hundred years after it was originally founded.

It is thought that Joshua and Eleanor Hightower were interred in the North Farnham Episcopal Church cemetery, but this is not altogether certain, as no headstones for this couple have been located there.

The Hightower clan in America is rather unique, as researchers believe that virtually everyone with the Hightower surname, or descended from someone with the Hightower surname may trace their heritage to Joshua and Eleanor Hightower through their six children. And a subjective survey of people with the Hightower surname seems to bear out a common knowledge of Joshua and Eleanor and an interest in their ancient ancestors.

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Joshua HIGHTOWER's Timeline

1670
January 1, 1670
virginia colony, richmond, Virginia, United States
1690
1690
Age 20
virginia colony, richmond, Virginia, United States
1690
Age 20
Richmond,,Virginia,USA
1694
1694
Age 24
Farnham Parrish, Richmond, Virginia, USA
1696
1696
Age 26
Richmond County, Virginia Colony, England
1698
1698
Age 28
virginia colony, richmond, Virginia, United States
1699
1699
Age 29
virginia colony, richmond
1712
March 20, 1712
Age 42
virginia colony, richmond, Virginia, United States
1726
August 17, 1726
Age 56
virginia colony, richmond, Virginia, United States
August 1726
Age 56
Richmond County, Virginia Colony, England