Capt. John "the Ranger" Battaile

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Capt. John "the Ranger" Battaile

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Essex, England
Death: between January 20, 1707 and February 10, 1708 (45-54)
Essex County, Virginia Colony, British North America
Immediate Family:

Husband of Catherine Battaile and Elizabeth Battaile
Father of Elizabeth Harrison (Battaile); John Battaile; Hay Battaille; Lawrence Catlett Battaile and Nicholas Battaile

Occupation: Captain Of Rangers, Member Of The House Of Burgesses
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Capt. John "the Ranger" Battaile

The Battaile family was prominent in Essex County in England, dating back to the Norman conquest, making it likely their family were supporters of William the Conquerer who came from Normandy with him. The connection between the American and English Battaile families is not currently known.

John Battaile emigrated to the colonies under a headright contract from Cadwallader Jones. Cadwallader Jones made a claim under the contract 6 May 1784 in Essex Co., but this was long after John Battaile emigrated, as less than a week later John Battaile was appointed Under-Sheriff for the south side of the Rappahannock (a position of some prominence that a new emigrant under a headright contract could not achieve).

John was married twice, first to Catherine Taliaferro, daughter of Robert Taliaferro, in 1687. She died in the early 1690's without children. He then married Elizabeth Smith, who died in 1697. Elizabeth was the daughter of Maj. Lawrence Smith and sister of Sarah, the wife of Col. John Taliaferro, the ranger.

In Essex records Lawrence Smith makes a deed to his "son-in-law" Capt. John Battaile, 16 June, 1700. Also recorded in February, 1708-09, guardian's bond of Augustine Smith, in behalf of "Lawrence Battaile, grandson of Major Lawrence Smith."

The will of Captain John Battaile, dated 20th January, 1708 and proved 10th February, 1709, names Elizabeth, sons John Lawrence, Hay and Nicholas Battaile, after various devises, gives residue to be equally divided between his wife and son John, when his wife marries or son comes of age; witnessed by Captain John Catlett, Mr. Francis Taliaferro and Mr. James Harrison; mentions also "Brother Charles Taliaferro," and Mr. William Thornton.

Essex Co., VA Records, Deed, August 15, 1687: By Francis Taliaferro and Elizabeth, his wife, 300 Acres, to John Battaile , being part of 600 bequeathed by John Catlett to his daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah.

Deed, March 30, 1689: By Robert Taliaferro and Sarah, his wife, to John Battaile, for 300 acres, being part of 600 bequeathed by John Catlett to his daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah.

John was made a Captain in the Va. Militia in 1692. From 1692-1696 he was a member of the House of Burgesses from Essex.

In 1695, Capt. John Battaile received a certificate for six hundred acres of land for the inportation of twelve persons; in 1707, Thomas Merriweather sold John Battaile 1631 acres "in the freshes of the Rappahannock, commonly known as Solomon's Garden"

He died in 1707 or 1708, between Jan 20, when his will was written, and Feb 10, when it was probated. Andrew Harrison Sr was sole witness. A James Harrison is mentioned in the will as receiving a portion of any remainder.

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Capt. John "the Ranger" Battaile's Timeline

Essex, England
Age 35
Essex, Virginia, USA
December 1, 1695
Age 37
Essex County, Virginia Colony
Age 39
Essex, VA, United States
Age 40
Caroline, Virginia, USA
Age 42
Caroline, VA, United States
January 20, 1707
Age 49
Essex County, Virginia Colony, British North America