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John Rector

German: Johannes Richter
Also Known As: "Reichter"
Birthplace: Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Death: Died in Faquier County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Rectortown, Faquier County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Jacob Rector and Anna Elisabeth Marr
Husband of Anna Catharina Rector and Catherine Rector
Father of John Rector, Jr.; Nancy McElwain; Charles Rector; Benjamin Rector, Sr; Frederick Rector and 6 others
Brother of Harman Rector; Henry Rector, Sr. and Jacob John Rector
Half brother of Jone Rector, Jr.; Anna Margreth Achenbach; Anna Cathrin Richter; Maria Els Wisse; Hermannus Richter and 2 others

Occupation: Founder of Rectortown
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About John Rector

In 1772 John Rector, a German immigrant, came to Virginia, and settled on 4,872 acres of land on what is now Route 713. Rectortown, named after its founder, became a busy agricultural center ... soon the village incorporated, and Rectortown became Fauquier county's first town. History of the Mount Olive Baptist Church

Rectortown, Virginia, originally called Maidstone in honor of Lord Fairfax's family seat in England, was founded in 1772 and is thought to be Fauquier's oldest town. It has a history as colorful as it is long.

In 1786, for example, George Washington gave a tart assessment of the village in a letter to a nephew who had foolishly, to the Founding Father's mind, bought land there. Maidstone, he wrote, "originated with and will end in two or three gin shops, which will exist no longer than they serve to ruin the proprietors and those who make the most frequent applications to them." A Sense of History, but No Old Gin Shops Washington Post, 2008

John's son Benjamin was found in the will of another son of John, Henry .

John's will was written 5 Jul 1772 (it is available in the Fauquier Cou rthouse in Virginia). In it he mentions his wife, Catherine (to whom h e leaves his plantation); sons Henry, Daniel, Charles, Jacob, Benjamin, a nd Frederick; daughters Catherine children (she was deceased at the tim e of the will) and Elizabeth. He does not mention his son John III, wh o had evidently died also, but he does mention John III's son John, and a nd his (John II's) brother Harmon. It was probated 22 Mar 1773. Test H enry Rector and Jacob Faubion.

In his will, he left:

   His wife: The plantation "I live on", 300 acres during her life then to s on Henry;
   Son Henry: 224 acres plus the 300 acres after wife's death;
   Son Daniel: A bequest, but no land;
   Son Charles: 201 acres called the Race Ground Lott;
   Son Jacob: Several negroes, etc.;
   Son Benjamin: The plantation on which he (Benjamin) lives, 106 acres;
   Son Frederick: A bequest, but no land;
   Grandson John (son of John III): 100 acres;
   Grandson Harmon (son of John III): 100 acres, on which he (Harmon) liv es on Licking Run.
   After wife's death, the plantation property (tools, instruments, etc.) t o be divided into eight equal parts and divided among sons John, Daniel , Jacob, Charles, Benjamin, and Frederick, and "the children of my daug hter Elizabeth, now living".
   Wife and son, Henry, were executors; test. Henry Rector, Jacob Faubion, a nd John Adams.
   On 17 Dec 1770, Mary and Burgess Ball, and John Rector, planter, bought 1 900 acres of land near Goose Creek; one of the witnesses was John's son , Henry. John (the 2nd) was very active in buying and selling land for p rofit. He sold his old land near Germantown before moving to the north ern part of the Fauquier County.
   John (II) was living in Fauquier Co., VA, in 1958-Source: List of tith ables.
   Extract of Will:
   "IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN: the fifth day of July, in the year of our Lo rdChrist one thousand seven hundred and seventy two, I, John Rector of t he County of Fauquier and Colony of Virginia, being very sick and week o f Body but of sound and disposing memory, thanks be to Almighty God for t he same, and, calling to mind the brevity and uncertainty of this morta l Life, knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do theref ore make and ordain this my last will and Testament; that is to say, fi rst and principally: I Give and recommend my Precious and immortal sou l into the hands of Almighty God who gave it to me, and my body I commi t to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manner, at the d iscretion of my Executor, hereinafter named; and, as Touching such worl dly Goods and Estate as it hath pleased almighty God to Bless me withal i n this life, I Give, Devise, and Dispose of the same, in manner and for m following VIZ:
   Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Catherine the plantat ion whereon I now Dwell containing three hundred acres of Land, be the s ame more or less, with all the profits, Benefits and advantages, thereu nto Belonging or in any wise appertaining together with all my negroes, l ikewise all my household and Kitchen Furniture and plantation Utensils, a lso all my stock of every kind and Denomination to be enjoyed by her pe aceable and Quietly without lett, molestation or disturbance for and du ring her natural life, and, after her decease, I Give and dispose of th e same in the following manner. VIZ:
   Item, I give and bequeath to my son Henry all that part of parcel of La nd whereupon Joseph Nell now dwells, containing two hundred and twenty f our acres, be the same more or less, likewise my now dwelling plantatio n containing three hundred acres of Land, be the same more or less, to b e enjoyed by him and his heirs, forever after the Decease of my wife, C atherine, at which time he shall pay the full sum of Fifty pounds curre nt money of Virginia, to my son Daniel or his heirs.
   Item, I give and bequeath to my son Charles all that part or parcel of L and adjoining his plantation commonly known by the name of the Racegrou nd, Lot containing two hundred and one Acres, be the same more or less, t o be enjoyed by him and his Heirs forever. I likewise Give to my said s on Charles one negro woman called Cate and one negro boy called James, t o him and his Heirs after the decease of my wife Catherine.
   Item, I Give and bequeath to my son Jacob one negro man called Anthony a nd likewise my Clock after the decease of my wife Catherine; also I giv e to my said son Jacob my smith's bellows and anvil and tools of all ki nd thereunto, belonging to him and his Heirs.
   Item, I Give and bequeat to my son Benjamin the plantation whereon he n ow Dwells, containing one hundred and Sixty Acres of Land, more or less , to be enjoyed by him and his Heirs forever; also, I Give and bequeath t o my son Frederick one negro boy called Jeffey and one negro boy called J ackey, to him and his Heirs, after the decease of my wife Catherine.
   Item, I Give and bequeath to my Granson John Rector, son of my son John , one hundred Acres of Land Adjoining my son Frederick's Plantation of C romwell's Run, to be enjoyed by him and his Heirs forever.
   Item, I Give to my Brother Harmon Rector one hundred acres of Land wher eon he now Dwells, Lying on Licking Run, to him and his Heirs forever.
   Item, I will, and it is my desire, that after the decease of my well be loved wife Catherine afs'd, then all my household and kitchen Furniture l ikewise, my stock of all kinds and denominations, also my two details a nd all my plantation Utensils be exposed to public Sale and the amount t hereof to be divided into Eight equal parts; one Eighth part thereof I G ive to my son John, one Eighth thereof to my son Daniel, one Eighth the reof to my son Jacob, one Eighth thereof to my son Charles, one Eighth t hereof to my son Benjamin, one Eighth thereof to my son Frederick, one E ighth thereof to be equally divided among the children of my daughter C atherine, now living, and I do hereby constitute and appoint my well B eloved wife Catherine and my son Henry to be joint Executrix and Execut or of this my Last will and Testament, hereby revoking and disannulling a ll Wills by me heretofore made, Ratifying and confirming this and none o ther to be my last will and Testament; in Testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year above Written.
   Signed, Sealed and Delivered. L.S.
   His John x Rector Mark
   In the Presence of us
   His Henry X Rector Mark
   His Jacob x Faubion Mark
   John Adams.
   "At a Court held for Farquier County the 22nd da of March 1773, This wi ll was proved by the oaths of Henry Rector and John Adams, Witnesses th ereto, and ordered to be recorded, and, on the motion of Catherine Rect or and Henry Rector, the Executors therein named, who made oath and exe cuted and Acknowledge bond as the Law directs, Certificate is granted t hem for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
   Teste: H. Brooke Clerk
   A Copy Teste: J.E. Bartenstein.
   Clerk of Circuit Court, Fauquier Co., Va. Will Book 1 page 205."
   p.106) JOHN RECTOR: "Another descendant of Germantown, who, as will ap pear, laid off upon it the village now know as RECTORTOWN".
   Apparently John received a land grant passed to him from Tilman Weaver, w ho "also made an investment of land in this locality in 1741, taking, o n March 26th of that year, 539 ac. on some of the branches of Crummey's r un adj. Ball's land." [E:240]
   p.130) "Wills of the founders of Germantown were proved as follows: ... . JOHN RECTOR (son of Jacob) March 22, 1773, (Kemper, Genealogy, etc., p . 52 and F.H. S. Bulletin, No. 4, p. 483)".
  1. Birth: BEF 1 DEC 1711 in Trupbach, Siegen, Nordheim-Westfalen, GER
  2. Death: 11 MAR 1773 in Rectortown, Fauquier Co., VA 1
  3. Burial: AFT 11 MAR 1773 Rectortown, Fauquier Co., VA
  4. Event: Chr (infant) 1 DEC 1711 Trupbach, Siegen, Nordheim-Westfalen, GER

Father: Hans Jacob RICHTER b: BEF 10 OCT 1674 in Trupbach, Siegen, Nordheim-Westfalen, GER

Mother: Anna 'Elizabetha' FISCHBACH b: 15 APR 1685 in Trupbach, Siegen, Nordheim-Westfalen, GER

Marriage 1 Anna Catherina FISHBACK b: 1714 in , Essex Co., VA (became Spotsylvania-1721, then Orange-1734, then Culpeper-1749, then Madison-1793)

   * Married: 11 MAR 1730 in , Spotsylvania Co., VA (became: Orange Co.-1734; Culpeper Co.-1749; Madison Co., VA-1793)
   * Note: John and Anna Catherina were 1st cousins.

Fauquier County records show that John Rector was active in acquiring lar

ge tracts of land, settling them in communities and then selling them to o

thers. He sold his old land near Germantown before moving to the Northe

rn part of the County. He would be the founder of Rectortown, VA. Immigara

ted to VA in 1714. His brother Harmon was mentioned in his will.

Some genealogist have John married in Rectortown, Fauquier Co., VA, to Cat

herine or Katherine TAYLOR, pos born 2 Jul 1707 in North Farnham Parish, V

A. This would make her the mother of all but the first one to three childr

en. If they were married abt 1737. as many as three would have been bo

rn to Anna, with the rest born to Katherine. I've seem that some genealogi

st also have found that a Mary Spilman was married into the family, whi

ch would explain some confusion. I still find some confusion, that I haven

't been able to sort out yet. Dates of the children by Mary Spillman confl

ict with dates of other children by wives. Perhaps, from looking at the co

nfusion, a John from New York, came down to Virginia and married Mar

y. It seems that Hans translated John ofcourse may have been part of John

's brother Jacob's name. Hans commonly given to more than one child in th

is family as a patron saint. Common in German naming patterns, with the ch

ildren going by their other name. Could she actually have been marri

ed to Jacob? Jacob is married to a Mary that seems confused with Mary Hi

tt unlikely being attributed to at least three of the Rector men in this f

amily (dates of the children don't allow a couple of the relationships, ev

en though it was common enough for someone to marry back into the same fam

ily at that time). More analytical research needed on the proofs with a co

mparison of the different pieces to the puzzle being compared.

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John Rector's Timeline

December 1, 1711
Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
December 1, 1711
Trupbach, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
December 1, 1711
Trupbach, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
March 1, 1734
Age 22
Prince William County, Virginia
Age 23
Rockingham, Virginia
Age 23
Germantown, Fauquier, Virginia
Age 26
Germantown, Fauquier Co., VA.
February 8, 1742
Age 30
Germantown, Fauquier, Virginia