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William 'Guillaume' Witt

Also Known As: "William Archer", "William (Guilliame bogus) Witt", "Guilliame Whitt", "Guillaume"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Charles City, Virginia
Death: Died in Roseland,Saint Ann Parish, Albemarle, VA
Place of Burial: St. Ammish Church Yard, St, Anne's Parish, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Witt and Ann Witt
Husband of Mildred Witt and Wife of William Witt
Father of Richard Olney Witt; John Witt, Sr.; Benjamin Witt, Sr.; Mildred Madeleine 'Middy' Witt; Sarah Witt and 6 others
Brother of John Witt, Il; Littleberry Witt; Edward Witt; Charles Whitt; Richard "Oney" Olney Whitt and 2 others

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About William 'Guillaume' Witt

William Witt , b. 1675; d. 13 Jun 1754, "Roseland", Charlottesville, Albermarle Co., VA; bur. 13 Jun 1754, St. Anne Parish, Albemarle Co., VA.  The name of "Guillaime" is a later erroneous assumption that he was of French background; all documents he signed were as  William Witt.

  • Parents: John Witt , b. 1645, Hertfordshire, England;  d. 1715, Charles City Co., VA; m. 1669, Albemarle, Charles City, VA to Ann Daux , daughter of Walter  & Mary (Unknown)(Plaine) Daux , b. ca. 1650, Charles City, VA.

Married

  1.  The identity of William Witt’s wife is unknown, for her name is not mentioned in any record.  She was not a Daux - that has been shown unlikely married ca. 1700, Henrico Co., VA .

 Children

His will mentions the following two sons, and two daughters. The will implies at least one or two additional children, as it specifies that a slave be divided “among my Children except my (son) Benjamin Witt, Sarah Canidey, and Agness Key”. A fifth child, Mildred (Chastain), has been proposed but is unproven. 

  1. John Witt (c1710? – 1782) He was in Albemarle County by 1741, probably earlier, and seems to have remained there for several years. His will, dated 1781 and proved in 1782 in Amherst County, named sons Abner, John, Littleberry, George, Elisha, and William, and daughter Lucy.[32] His widow and mother of “my seven first sons” according to the will, was named Lucy. She is thought to have been a LIttleberry. A David Witt witnessed the will, presumably one of the two unnamed sons.
  2. Benjamin Witt (c1710? – c1775) The first record of him is the notation in the King William parish register of the birth of a daughter Mariane on 19 March 1732/3 to Benjamin Witt and his wife Mariane.[33] She is believed to be the daughter of Jean Chastain and his wife Charlotte, who were the child’s godparents. 
  3.  Sarah married Canidey (Canady). Bequeathed Tom.
  4. Agness married Key. Bequeathed Ned.

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-------------------- Additional Information for William Guilliame /Witt/ Notes (4) [witt.ftw]

WILLIAM WITT - b. 1675

1738 William Witt purchased 200 acres of land on the north side of the Rivanna, in the neck cut off by Ballenger Creek (different from Ballenger's Creek near Warren). (Source: Goochland County Deed Book 3, p. 464)

1741 William gave the 200 acres acquired in 1738 to his son John. John patented other alnd near by and continued to live there until 1772.

Will of William Witt: "In the name of god Amen I William Witt of the Parish of Saint Anne and County of Albemarle being in perfect Health and sound memory Thanks be to Almighty God for the same I do think fit to constitute and appoint this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth, viz. First I committ my spiret into the hands of Almighty God that first gave it. Secondly my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christinly manner. Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Benjamin Witt a grey mare a great Bible one Pewter Bason one plate and half of my wearing Cloaths. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Canidey one feather bed and furniture and all the meat and corn on my plantation for the use of her and her children this ensuing year. Likewise I lend to my said Daughter my Negro Tom till such time her husband John Cannady come in and take care of her and her Children as a husband ought to do. In the case the aid Canidey should not return the said Negro to remain in her possession during her natural life and after to be divided among my children except my son Benjamin Witt, Sarah Canidey and Agness Key. Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Agness Key my Negro fellow Ned. all the rest of my estate household furniture cattle Horses Hoggs etc. I desire it may be equally divided among my children except Benjamin Witt, Sarah Caniday and Agness Key. I do appoint my son John Witt and Peter Chateen Executors of this my last will and Testament revoking all former wills by me made as Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this 25 day of April 1754. Witnesses Henry Martin, Samuel Hopkins and John Barnet. William Witt, L.S."

(Source: Albemarle County Wills, researched by Wayne Witt Bates)William Guillaume3 Witt (John_i2, Robert1 Whytt) was born in Charles City, Virginia about 1680. William died June 1754 in "roseland", Albemarle, Va. He married Elizabeth Daux in Of Albemarle, Virginia, about 1718. Elizabeth was born in Of Albemarle, Virginia about 1698. Elizabeth died before August 10, 1741 in Albemarle, Va. Albemarle County, Virginia Will probated 13 Jun 1754. Witt information foun in Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Volume l page 159-165. William Witt came to America in 1699 with 500 Huguenots from France through England. They left from Hampton, England. The King gave them 10,000 ACRES in Virginia. In 1738 this land was in Goochland County, Virginia. Later the land was in Albemarle County, Virginia, but today it is in Fluvanna County, Virginia. WILLS Albemarle County, Virginia In the name of God Amen. I William Witt of the parish of Saint Anne and the county of Albemarle, being in perfect health and sound memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same I do think it to constitute and present this my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth viz. First I commit my spirit unto the Hands of Almighty God that first gave it. Secondly my Body to the Earth to be buried in a descent and Christianly manner. In primis I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Benjamin Witt a grey mare, a great Bible, one pewter bason, one plate and half of my wearing cloat. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Caniday one feather bed and furniture and all the meat and corn on my plantation for the use of her and her children. Her insueing year. Likewise I lend to my daughter my negro Tom Titt such time her husband John Caniday comes in and takes care of her and her children as a husband ought to do. In the case of the said Caniday should not return, the negro to remain in her possession during her natural life and afore to be divided among my children except my son Benjamin Witt, Sarah Caniday, and AGNES KEY. Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter, AGNES KEY, my negro fellow, Ned all the rest of my estate, household furniture, cattle, horses, hoggs, etc. I desire it may be equally divided among my children except Benjamin Witt, Sarah Caniday and AGNES KEY. I do appoint my son John Witt and Peter Chaleen Executors of this my last will and Testament revoking all former Wills by me made as Witness whereof I have here unto set my Hand and Seal 25 Day of April 1754. Witnesses Henry Markin Samuel Hopkins and William Witt John Barnet Sullins Hankins 929.273 SV53G or C Halifax County Virginia Josiah Sullins d 1773 married Lavinia Witt Family of John Key Senior 0877512 #4 929.273 M214w Thomas Harlan married Sarah Witt Early Virginia Index to Tombstone Bedford County, Virginia 6018757 BK929.273 A1 No3853 The Virginia Genealogist page 102 (7) William Witt, the Huguenot immigrant and father of Agnes (Witt) Key, lived in Albemarle (now Fluvanna) County on the north side of the Rivanna in the neck cut off by Ballenger" Creek (different from Ballenger's Creek, near Warren. He purchased 200 acres of land there in 1738, when it was still Goochland(Deed Book 3page 125 Goochland County) and in 1741 gave it to his son John, Deed Book 3 page 464.) who patented other land nearby Va Patents Vol 33 page 844, V 36 page 811) and continued to live there until 1772. This was only a few miles down the Rivanna from Mechunk Creek, where Richard Hickman (clerk of the Council, York County), Edwin Hickman (sheriff of Spotsylvania County), John Key and other Spotsylvanians patented 12,000 acres in 1729. Presumbaly Will Witt was still living in this part of Albemarle County when his daughter Agnes married John Key, Jr. in 1750, and when he died in 1754. In 1761 a John Key probably the husband of Agnes Witt, John Witt and Robert Napier witnessed an Albemarle County deed for land on Cunningham Creek (now in Fluvanna County adjoiningl the land of Patrick Napier brother of Robert, and Joseph Thompson (first sheriff of Albemarle), not far from where Palmyra is located. Martin Key also owned land on Cunningham Creek adjoining Joseph Thompson, and inventoried estates in this area with Patrick Napier. The Key-Witt association continued into Amherst County, where in 1773 John Witt bought 96 acres from his brother Abney in Lackey's Thoroughfare - - land which had originally been patented by John Key Jr. Virginia Soldiers of 1776 by Louis Burgess Volume 1 page 882 (Look at page 881 for more information on the Witt Family Note of Michael S. Cole, M.D. 7410 Oxford Place, Fort Smith, Ar 72903-4232 William Witt (id 1928) B 1674/80 at France (by tradition) to Mildred ? ? or Mary ? ? Daux? ? (widowed). 7 Children died Apr / Jun 1754 at Albemarle County, Virginia (1:Albemarle County, Virginia Will Book 2, pp. 2-0-21 (2: Tradition says hewas Huguenot" b actually, probably wife was Huguenot.) (3.His parents were living in Charles County, Virginia in 1673.) 4. The order and names of some children are without proof. (Harbours in America p. 601). Sources: . My Virginia Kin page 47 Compendium of American Genealogy Vol 4 11111! Our Ancestors Families, Ohio Society of Colonial Dames Virginia Soldiers of 1776 Volume 2 DA11R Patriot Index 1985 NSDA1 Bicentennial Ancestor Index 1976 Ohio Ancestors Families Ohio Society Colonial Dames

In the Name of God Amen, I William Witt of the parish of Saint Anne and County of Albemarle being in perfect Health and sound memory Thanks be to Almighty God for the same, I do think fit to constitute and appoint this my last Will and Testament in Mann and form as followeth. Viz:

First I committ my Spirit into the Hands of Almighty God that first gave it, Secondly my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christianly manner. In primis I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Benjamin Witt a Grey mare a great Bible, one Pewter Bason one plate and half of my wearing Cloaths. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Canidey one Feather Bed and Furniture and all the Meat and Corn on my Plantation for the use of her and her Children this ensuing Year. Likewise I lend to my said Daughter my Negro Tom ‘till such time her husband ohn Cannady comes in and takes Care of her and her Children as a husband ought to do. In the Case the said Canidey should not return the said Negro to remain in her Possession during her Natural Life and after to be divided among my Children except my S Benjamin Witt Sarah Canidey and Agness Key. Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Agness Key my Negro fellow Ned all the rest of my Estate household Furniture Cattle Horses Hoggs, etc. I desire it may be equally divided among my Children except Benjamin Witt Sarah Canidey and Angess Key. I do appoint my Son John Witt and Peter Chasteen? Executors of this my Last Will and Testament revoking all former Wills by me made as Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 25 Day of April 1754. William Witt L. T.?

Witnesses Henry Martin Samuel Hopkins and John Barnet

The French Huguenot, Guillaume (William) Witt was born in France in 1675. When religious freedom in France came to an end by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV of France, Guillaume Witt, in company with other protestants, emigrated to England in search of religious freedom. Guillaume and others left South Hampton, England in the year 1699 and settled in Manikin [sic], Colony of Virginia. The Huguenots who settled Manikin, Va. formed themselves into an organization known as the Huguenot Founders of Manikin Town Virginia. The record does not state that Guillaume Witt married before coming to America, but it is the belief that he married after arrival in Virginia. The record does not state to whom he was married, or when, only that he married "Elizabeth." The book, "Virginia Soldiers of 1776," by Louis A. Burgess of Richmond, Va. states in Vol. II that Guillaume (William) Witt dies in Albemarle County, Va. in 1741. Other records state that he died in 1754 and that his wife preceded him in death by seven years, having died in 1747. "Virginia Soldiers of 1776" also states that Guillaume (William) Witt was the father of nine children, the list following: (Note: William's will was dated 1754.)

John, Benjamin, Sarah, Agnes, Lewis, Abner, David, William, and Charles.Quoted Text: Date of Import: Jul 10, 1999Quoted Text: Date of Import: Jul 10, 1999Quoted Text: Date of Import: Jul 10, 1999

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Citing This Record "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/SY93-VPD : accessed 2014-03-14), entry for William Guilliame /Witt/.

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William 'Guillaume' Witt's Timeline

1680
1680
Charles City, Virginia
1705
1705
Age 25
1710
December 29, 1710
Age 30
Goochland, VA
1710
Age 30
Virginia, United States
1710
Age 30
Va.
1712
1712
Age 32
Albermarle, Virginia Colony
1716
1716
Age 36
1718
1718
Age 38
1720
1720
Age 40
1720
Age 40
Manakin, Albermarle, Va