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Elizabeth Muse (Sturman)

Also Known As: "Stewart"
Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony
Death: May 27, 1735 (51-59)
Westmoreland County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Sturman and Elizabeth Sturman
Wife of Bryant Murphy; John Stewart and Thomas Muse
Mother of Elizabeth Minor; John Stewart; William Stewart; John Muse; Mary Muse and 8 others
Sister of William Sturman; Wife of Neale; Sarah Sturman; Jemima Stone; John Sturman and 1 other
Half sister of Anna Sturman

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About Elizabeth Muse


Name Elizabeth Sturman [1] Born Abt 1680 Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Gender Female Died 27 May 1735 Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate

Father John Sturman, b. 1650, Kent Island, Queen Anne's County, Maryland , d. 27 Nov 1723, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Mother Elizabeth Spence, b. Abt 1660, Westmoreland County, Virginia , d. Bef 25 Oct 1708, Westmoreland County, Virginia Married Abt 1678 Westmoreland County, Virginia

Family 1 John StuFind all individuals with events at this location, d. 1702, Cop Married 27 Jan 1696/97 Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia


	1. Elizabeth Stuart,   b. Aft 1696, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia ,   d. Aft 1754, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia
	2. William Stuart,   b. Abt 1700, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia ,   d. 4 Apr 1735, Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia - Probate
	3. Anne Stuart,   b. Between 1701 and 1702, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia ,   d. Aft 1747, Caroline County, Virginia

Family 2 Bryant Murphy, b. 1677, Ireland , d. 24 Feb 1708/09, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Married Abt 1703 Westmoreland County, Virginia


	1. Bryant Murphy,   b. Abt 1704, Westmoreland County, Virginia,   d. 27 Apr 1715, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Inventory 

Family 3 Thomas Muse, b. 1665, Westmoreland County, Virginia n, d. 28 Jun 1732, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Married 1712 Westmoreland County, Virginia


	1. Elizabeth Muse,   b. Abt 1695, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia
	2. John Muse,   b. Abt 1698, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia ,   d. 27 Nov 1770, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Proved
	3. Thomas Muse,   b. Abt 1704, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia    d. 26 Nov 1734, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate 
	4. Christopher Muse,   b. Bef 1705, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia ,   d. Aft 1734, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia 
	5. James Muse,   b. Abt 1711, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
	6. Nicholas Muse,   b. Abt 1713, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia,   d. 30 Mar 1779, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
	7. Anne Muse,   b. Bef 1714, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia
	8. Daniel Muse,   b. Abt 1719, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia ,   d. 6 Dec 1784, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia


   Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia
   MUSE, ELIZABETH, 29 March 1735; 27 May 1735. Sons William, Nicholas and Daniel; daus. Anne Akton, Elizabeth Barnett, Barbara Minor; granddau Mary Minor and Lettice Chilton.
   James Hughes 2005-07-30 11:03:22
   Family Tree Maker Online: GenealogyLibrary.com: Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia , Page 17
   JORDAN, JOHN, 6 February 1693; 27 January 1696.
   To son Alexander Spence's dau. Dorcas one negro boy;
   to son Patrick Spence's son Patrick one negro boy;
   to dau. Elenor Munroe's dau. Elizbaeth one negro girl;
   to godson Jordan Weedon one negro girl;
   son John Spence 25 acres of land;
   son Thomas Spence 2 negroes etc;
   god-dau. Dorcas Sturman 5000 pounds tobacco;
   sons John Sturman, Andrew Monroe and George Weedon;
   to Elizabeth Sturman; gold rings;
   Jane Hubard 9;
   my wife Dorcas to be exx.
   ELIZABETH STURMAN, third child of John Sturman and his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Spence, was b. about 1680, d. 1735. She md. 1st, Jan. 27 1696, John Stewart, son of William Stewart, Sr.; 2nd, to Bryant Murphy, and 3rd, to Thomas Muse (Mewes) Sr. Her marriage to John Stewart in 1696 may safely be placed on that date, as the will of John Jordon (second husband of Dorcas Spence, and step-father of Elizabeth (Spence) Sturman, dated Feb. 6, 1693; pro. Jan. 27, 1696, names "Son John Sturman. I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Sturman 1 cow to be delivered to her at the day of Marriage." On Jan. 27, 1696, Mrs. Dorcas (Spence) Jordon (relict of John Jordon) Deed of Gift acknowledged "a Negro Girl named Hannah given by her to Elizabeth Sturman daughter of John Sturman her Exors. Admrs. and assigns together with all her future increase which at the instance of the sd. Mrs. Jordon is ordered to be recorded." This gift was probably substituted for the cow. Elizabeth Sturman 's first husband, John Stewart, Sr., must have been previously married, as there was a son, John Stewart, Jr., whose name became associated with her children, but who appeared to have come of age not later than 1716, and therefore, could not have been a son of Elizabeth, as the deed of gift on Jan. 27, 1696, gives her name as Sturman. John Stewart, Sr., left no will, therefore, there could have been no stipulation as to what age John, Jr, would become possessed of his estate. In 1716, Young John sues on his own account, and not by a guardian, "Thos. Mewes who had intermarried with Elizabeth,4 relict of John Stewart, dec'd. father of sd. Petitioner for his part of his father's estate." This would lead one to believe that John Stewart, Jr. had reached the age of 21 years in 1716, and was the son of a former marriage of his father.
   In order to clarify the several marriages of Elizabeth Sturman, it may be well to give them as below
   By her 1st marriage
   1. Elizabeth Stewart
   2. William Stewart
   3. Anne Stewart
   2nd marriage
   4. Bryant Murphy
   3rd marriage-
   5. Nicholas Mewes 2nd.
   6. Daniel Mewes
   Issue of Elizabeth Sturman and her 1st husband, John Stuart Sr.:
   (I) Elizabeth Stuart (as the name was later spelled), b. abt. 1697, named in mother's will, 1735, as Elizabeth Barnett, md. 1st, William Minor, will Jan. 30 1725: pro. Sept. 28-1726. By him she had:
   1. Johns Minor, (will 1748, names "father-in-law, John Barnett") ;
   2. William Minor:
   3. Nicholas Minor, was in Prince William County, Virginia., 1749:
   4. Mary Minor, named in will of her gr. mother, 1735, md. by 1736, John Stowers.
   5. Jemima Minor, named in will of gr.mother, 1735:
   6. Barbara Minor, also named in will of gr. mother, 1735.
   Elizabeth (Stuart) Minor md. by Feb. 27 1727, John Barnett, will Feb. 24 1752: pro. Apr. 30 1754, Sturman Chilton, his wife's nephew, a witness. By her marriage with John Barnett, Elizabeths had: Richards Barnett; Elizabeths Barnett, who md. John Finch. This John Finch may have been the son of John Finch, Sr., whose wid, Ann, married Nicholas Muse, 2nd, the eldest son of Elizabeth Sturman (Stewart-Murphy) Muse, and who died intestate in 1765.
   (2) William Stuart,. b. about 1699, d. 1735, chose his half uncle, Thomas Sturman 2nd, as his guardian on Sept. 26, 1717: md, by 1732, Ann, dau. of his guardian. (See Thomas Sturman 2nd.)
   (3) Anne Stuart, b. shortly before the death of her father in 1701 or 1702. (Inventory of John Stewart Sr. April 24--1702). She and prior to 1735 (date of Mother's will), John Chilton, elder son of Capt. John Chilton of Currioman, West'd County, Virginia. They lived some years in Washington Parish, in the Irish Neck, then moved to Caroline Co,, and again, back to West'd. County, Cople Parish. They had:
   1. Lettice Chilton, named in the will of her gr. mother, 1735;
   2. John Stuart Chilton, of Cople Parish, 1760:
   3. Sturman Chilton, removed to Loudoun County, Virginia., abt. 1760.
   There were probably other children.
   ELIZABETH (STURMAN) STEWART md. 2nd, shortly after the death of John Stewart, Sr., in 1702, Bryant Murphy, b. 1677, a young Irishman, who had been brought to Virginia at the age of 14 years, by her father, John Sturman II, for whom, among others, he claimed headright for importation, Feb. 1706. (West'd. Orders 1690-98, p. 41-1691). She was granted administration on his estate in 1708. By her marriage to Bryant Murphy, Elizabeth4 had one child:
   (4) Bryant Murphy, Jr., who d. before reaching his majority, his half brother, Williams Stewart, inheriting his estate. Williams has now inherited the estate of two deceased half brothers. At the same time that John Stewart, Jr. sued his step-father, Thomas Muse, Sr., for his share of his father's estate in 1716, he also sued as guardian of his half brother, Bryant Murphy, Jr., both Thomas Muse and Elizabeth,4 his wite, having been granted administration on the estate of Bryant Murphy* Sr., dec'd., Nov. 24, 1714. (West'd. Orders, 1705-1721—p. 255).
   ELIZABETH STURMAN (STEWART) MURPHY md. 3rd. about 1712, Thomas Muse, Sr., whose last wife she was. He was the son of John Muse, Sr. b. Eng., 1633, d. West'd. County, Virginia., 1723. In his will dated April 5, 1723: pro. Sept. 25, 1723, he names children: Thomas Muse; dau. Jane Pritchett; dau. Anne Willson; dau. Mary Quesenberry; dau-in-law Anne Muse, wid. of his son John Muse, to whom he leaves his whole estate, with the exception of the legacies to the children named. Beside the son John, dec'd., there was a son Nicholas 1st, also dec'd, who md. Mary, dau. of John Elliott, Sr., and his wife, Sarah Foxall.
   By her marriage to Thomas Muse, Sr., Elizabeth Sturman-Stewart-Murphy had:
   (5) Nicholas Muse, 2nd. b. 1713 or 1714, d. 1778, md. 1st, by Nov. 30 1732, Anne (Cullom) Finch, twice a wid. Her firist husband was Mark Cullom, Jr., a great-gr. son of Henry Brookes. Her 2nd husband was John Finch, Sr. By Ann, Nicholas Muse 2nd had:
   a. Nicholas Muse 3rd, b. about 1733, d. 1768, unmd. and intestate.
   b. Mary Muse, b. , md. prior to 1760, Thomas Randall, and left issue.
   c. Elizabeth Muse, twin sister to Mary, md. John Washington, who d. 1790, his wife having pre-deceased him. No issue.
   d. Anne Muse, youngest dau., b. before 1745, d. 1816, md. April 3, 1766, Lieut. Thomas Washington, bro. to John above. Left issue.
   Anne (Cullom-Finch) Muse sued her husband for separate maintenence in 1742, but when the case was called, no one appeared. The case was dropped. She was still living with him in 1745.
   (5) Nicholas Muse 2nd, and his wife, Ann, probably had other children, who died. After the death of Anne (Cullum-Finch) Muse, in 1747, or '48, Nicholas md. Nov. 27,1749, in Richmond County, at the home of Henry Asbury, Elizabeth Asbury, dau. of Thos. Asbury and his wife, Anne Walker (Wright) Asbury. By this second marriage, Nicholas had:
   e. Jeremiah Muse, b. 1750, d. 1810, unmd.
   f. Penelope Muse, b. about 1752, d. unmd. (?) after 1790.
   g. Walker Muse, Maj. in the Rev., b. about 1754, d. 1812,
   md. Susannah Muse, .wid. of Capt. James Muse. Left one dau.
   h. Jesse Muse, b. after 1755, d. 1783, served in Va. Navy during the Rev. Unmd.
   The youngest child of Elizabeth Sturman (Stuart-Murphy) Muse and and her last husband, Thomas Muse, Sr., was:
   (6) Daniel Muse, b. about 1715, was not 16 years of age in 1729, date of his father's will, and was left to the care of his half brother, Thomas Muse, Jr., Daniels Muse md. prior to May 5, 1739, (date of will of Richard Dozier), Hannah, dau. of Richard and Elizabeth (Howson) Dozier. Richard was the son of Leonard Dozier, a French Huguenot, to whom Naturalization papers were granted Jan. 1683/4. (West'd. County, Virginia. Book 1--p. 147 Inventories & Accounts.) In 1737, Daniel petitioned the Exors of his father's estate for his share, showing that he was of age in that year.
   The will of Daniel Muse was dated Jan. 28, 1783: pro. Dec. 6, 1784; Codicil Nov. 20, 1784. (Will Book 7-p. 464, Richmond County, Virginia.) He bequeathed his whole estate to his wife during her life. After her death he devised "my home plantation" to his son Hudson Niuse. On Sept. 21, 1787, Col. Hudson Muse sold to Henry Sisson "a Tract of Land in Richmond County near the Beaver Damms" which descended to the said Hudson Muse by the decease of his father, the late Capt. Daniel Muse together with all houses, and out houses, Herediments and Appurtenances Whatsoever EXCEPTING one half acre of ground in the garden reserved by the said Muse to him and his Heirs for a Burying Place where the Deed Capt. Daniel Muse was Interred." Mrs. Hannah (Dozier) Muse evidently died before that time. The children of Daniels Muse and his wife Hannah were:
   a. Hudson Muse, b. 1740, d. July 1799, md. 1st, Sept. 20th, 1774, Jemima Sturman, dau. of Foxall Sturman of West'd. County, and his wife, Hannah Chilton, dau. of Capt. Thomas Chilton and his wife, Jemima Cook, who was b. July 6, 1748
   By Mary Hope West, Chevy Chase, Md., and Juliet Fauntleroy,
   Altavista, Virginia.
   Second Installment.
   IV. Elizabeth Sturman (Stuart-Murphy Muse) died in 1735, three years after the death of her last husband, Thomas Muse, Sr., who, in his will, 1729, spoke of himself as "well stricken in years". When his will was offered for probate in 1732, "Elizabeth Muse the relict of the said decedent appeared and in open Court re-fused to accept of and disannulled such part of the said will as any way related to her so far as to debarr her of her dower or thirds of her said deceased husband's estate." Her husband had, in 1729, made a deed of gift to his son by a former marriage James Muse of the negro woman Hannah, who had been given to Elizabeth at date of marriage to her first husband, John Stewart, Sr., by her grandmother, Dorcas (Spence) Jordon, the slave provided for Elizabeth in the will of her step-grandfather, John Jordon. At the same time that James Muse was given the negro woman Hannah, Elizabeth's eldest son by Thomas Muse, Sr., (Nicholas Muse 2nd), was given a negro man by the name of Harry, the property of Thomas, and not of his wife, Elizabeth. Those two slaves were the only property given to James and Nicholas by their father. The will of Elizaheth Muse was first brought into Court by her son, Nicholasa Muse, March 29-1735. It was neither witnessed, dated, or signed. On that day, Christopher Muse, step-son of Elizabeth Muse, made oath "that the within writing was writ by Thomas Muse," (brother of Christopher) "by the request of Elizabeth Muse and that it was her desire her estate should be divided among her children after her death as it is within mentioned . . .
   March 29, 1735.
   1735 May Court Mary Harvey, Daniel Muse, Mary Stowers, sworn touching this writing as the will of Eliza. Muse. John Elliott, Jr., on the same day, made affidavit as to the will being that of Elizabeth Muse. This will must have been written between January and November, 1734, as Thomas Muse, Jr., who wrote it died in November of that year, and in the will Elizabeth leaves to her son William Stuart "the corn which I lent him in the year 1733."
   Will of Elizabeth Muse. March 29, 1735:
   (1) to son William one cow one calf a pot a passeIl . . . and all the corn that I lent him in the year 1733 and the 2 hhds. corn that John Muse owes me one 30 shillings cash and one table.
   (2) to son Nicholas Muse one cow one yearlin steare one blanket one sheate and seeder pail.
   (3) to son Daniel one bed one pair of sheats one pare of pillers one pare of blanketts one chist 2 basins 2 dishes fore plates one silk rug. (4) to Dafter Anne Chiton one spice morter and pesell one castin ladle for her natural life and after her death to Letes Chilton.
   (5) to my Dauter Anne Chilton one washing toob.
   (6) to my Dafter Elizabeth Barnet one bell mettle skillet during her life and after hare death to Barbary Minor.
   (7) to my granddafter Mary Minor my saddle and bridle and speening wheel.
   (8) to my two dafters and Mary Minor all my wearing cloathe to be equally divided between them. W. & D. 8-2. p. 294.
   WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1707-1709 {Antient Press}: pg 80
   Westmoreland County Court 24th of February 1708/09
   - MURFFEY &c. v SPENCER. &c.
   Judgment is granted ELIZABETH MURFFEY, Administratrix of BRYAN MURFFEY, against MARY SPENCER, Executrix ofJOHN SPENCER, deceased, for the surne offive hundred pounds of tobacco. Ordered shee be paid the same out of the Estate ofJOHN SPENCER in the hands ofMARY SPENCER, with costs als Execution
   Westmoreland County Court 29th ofNovember 1716
   The Petition of JOHN STEWART against THOMAS MEWES who intermarried with the Relict of JOHN STEWART, deced. Father of the Petitioner, praying his part ofhis Father's Estate being read and considered it is by and with the request and consent of the parties that AUGUSTINE HIGGINS and LAWRENCE POPE doe some time before the next Court adjust and settle all Accounts relateing to the above affair between both parties and that they make report thereof to the Court


   [S044843] Sturman.
   Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol IV
   Sturman Family Notes
   By Mary Hope West, Chevy Chase Md, and Juliet Faunteroy
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Elizabeth Muse's Timeline

Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony
Age 17
Westmoreland Co., VA
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Westmoreland County, Virginia
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Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
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