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Richard Covington

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Old Rappahannock, Virginia
Death: July 1725 (53-61)
Essex, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Covington, II and Dorothy Haworton Covington
Husband of Ann Covington
Father of Richard Covington
Brother of William Covington, III; Thomas Covington; Ellinor Covington and John Covington

Occupation: Operator of an Ordinary, Justice, Sheriff and Burgess of Essex County, Virginia
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About Richard Covington

 RICHARD COVINGTON. Ref: 6181. Born: during 1668 at Old Rappahanook VA. Father: William, Father Ref: 3345. Mother: Haywarton, Dorothy, Mother Ref: 6169.  Died: Jul 1725 at Essex Co VA aged 57.  Mar: during 1697 at Essex Co VA to Young, Ann 6183. 1698:  Essex; Cavaliers and   Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, v. 3. 1695-1711 FHL US/CAN 975.5 K2n, [Patent Book No. 9 pages 1-.107.]: Richard Covington, 1091 acs Essex Co 26 Apr 1698 p 150. Adj land of Henry Corbin Esqr, dec'd, 26 Apr 1698 p 150, crossing the main br of Ware Cr a gr branch of Passatink Cr along Corgin's land by a valley called Solomon's Garden. Granted John Battaile and Fra Meriwether, 26 Oct 1694, deserted and now granted by order etc. Trans of 23 pers: Hugh Mathews, Jno Hale, Edwd Enscoe, Ambro Walker, Joseph Beedle, Sarah Beesom, David Bray,   Eliza Wever, Nich Lawless, Wm Shannon, Mary Dugtale, Jno Braton (or Bruton), SAml Jakes or Ickes, Jack, Captain, Daiana, Dick, Harry, Moll, Jac, Doll, Due, Nan. p 21

1697-1715 was under-sheriff in Essex Co VA and listed as a Gentleman of Justice from 1699-1711. He was also County Surveyor and Coroner. Was licensed to keep an "ordinary" or a tavern, around 1702 and in same year recorded as a member of the Virginia House of Burgess (a Colonial Legislature).

1700 - Mary, widow of Thomas, Captain Richard Covington and William Sutherland each appointed guardian of one of Thomas's children, Essex Co Deed Book, Page 75. In 1706, with 5 others, he was granted 8000 acres in the great fork of the Mattapony River. It is also believed that he travelled with Lewis and Clark on their second expedition.

1712 - Richard commissioned Sheriff of Essex County - witnesses William Covington (father) and William Covington Jnr (brother), Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol 8, Page 21. His name also appears in the 22 Oct 1712 - 12 Mar 1712/1713 Essex Co, VA Wills and Deeds, Records, 1703-1706, p 109. William Griffin, Gent, of the Town of Salem in the County of Salem to my "trusty and welbeloved friend Colo Richard Covington Gent of the County of Essex" to receive from Timothy Atkinson, late of the Town of Salem in the County of Salem, now living in the County of Essex within the Colony of Virg'a, L 125.11.07, also authority to sell half interest in a water mill called ffoxhill's mill conveyed to Griffin by Atkinson by deed dated 21 Oct 1712. s/William Griffin. Wit: Salvatore Muscoe, Wm. Covington, Jr. Rec. 12 Mar 1712/1713. (Extracted by C H ammett from Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol II, Beverly Fleet, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1988, p. 118) (info from Bryan Covington 2002)

Will of 1725 - PP 160-161. Will of Richard Covington of St. Ann's Parish, dated 24 Mar 1725. Daus. Mary Grose, Elizabeth Searle, Sarah Smith, Ann Hawkins, grandson Covington Searle. Sons Richard, Francis, Thomas, John. Dau. Winefret Covington. (Note the name Winefret which may be the source of Henry Beasely of Chatham Co., NC naming dau. Wineford. Essex Co., VA, Wills, Etc., 1722-1730, Reel 4, pp 160-161, Will of Richard Covington)

  "In the name of God Amen. I Richard Covington of St Anns parish in Essex County being sick and weak of body but of perfect sense and memory
  thanks be to God do make this my last will and Testament in manner following first my body to the earth whence it was taken to be buried in such
  decent manner as my Exrs hereafter named shall think fit trusting through the merits of my blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be received into
  Eternal happiness. Item. I give unto my daughter Mary Gross ten shillings she having been formally advanced by me.  
  Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Searle ten shillings she being formally advanced by me. Item. I give unto my daughter Sarah Smith ten
  shillings she having been formally advanced by me. Item I give unto my daughter Ann Hawkins ten shillings she having been formally advanced by
  me. Item I give unto my grandson Covington Searle a negro girl named Florce with her increase to my said grandson and his heirs forever reserving
  for my daughter Elizabeth Searle the use of the said negro Flores and her increase during the said Elizabeths natural life -  
  Item I give unto my son Richard Covington all my tract of land whereon I now live to him & his heirs forever, Item I give to my son Francis Covington
  the plantation whereon he now lives with as much land nearest thereto adjoining as will make two hundered acres to him & his heirs forever. Item I
  give to my said son Francis all that my tract of land in sourth farnham Parish on the brances of Gibsons Creek to him and his heirs forever.  
  Item I give unto my two sons Thomas & John Coviington all the remaining part of my land in St. Anns parish on the branches of Occupatia Creek to
  be equally divided between my said two sons Thomas & John & their heirs forever. Item my will is that if either of my sons Francis, Thomas, or John
  should die without issue lawfully begotten, his part of land by this my will given shall be equally between the survior of them.
  Item my desire is my loving wife Ann Covington have her right of dower in this my dwelling plantation and my seat of land purchased of Gandy? on
  the branches of Gibsons Creek. Item my will is that all my Negroes stock of cattle hoggs and other kinds and all my household goods and other estate
   of all qualities and property whatsoever be equally divided among my loving wife and my sons Richard, Francis, Thomas, John & my daughter
  Winefret Covington and that my negros herein given my said sons & my daughter Winefret be to them and their heirs forever and that the negros
  herein given unto my loving wife after her decease shall be equally divided amongst my said sons & daugher Winefret and their heirs forever.  
  Item my will is my son Francis and daugther Winefret take their estates herein bequeathed them (a few words of last line of page very dark and hard
  to read) ? possession ? ? my decease. Item my will is my sons Thomas & John have and receive their estates herein given them when they shall obtain to the age of eighteen years.  
  Item my will is my son Thomas & John Covington be under the care and tuition of Thomas Waring? until they attain the age of eighteen years
  aforesaid. Lastly I do make and appoint my sons Richard and Francis Covington Exrs and my daughter Winefret Exerx of this my last will and
  Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th of March 1725.  Richard Covington"
  Signed sealed published by Richard Covington to be his last will and Testament in presence of T. Waring?, James Jameson, Charles S. Gresham  
  At a Court held for Essex County on Tuesday the 19th day of July 1725. The within last will and Testament of Richard Covington was proved by the
  oaths of Richard Covington & Francis Covington two of the Exrs therein named & being further proved by the oaths of the witness thereto was
  admitted to record. Essex Co., VA Deeds & Wills, No 13, p 414, 3 Jun 1710. Will of Richard Ripley mentions son Thomas to have land adjoining  Richard Covington.


     RICHARD. Ref: 6191. Born during 1698 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     FRANCIS. Ref: 6192. Born during 1699 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     ANN. Ref: 6199. Born around 1700 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     MARY. Ref: 6196. Born during 1703 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     ELIZABETH. Ref: 6197. Born during 1704 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     WINEFRET. Ref: 6180. Born during 1706 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     SARAH. Ref: 6198. Born during 1706 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     THOMAS. Ref: 6195. Born around 1708 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183
     JOHN. Ref: 6193. Born during 1710 at Essex Co VA. Mother: Young, Ann, Ref: 6183


•Occupation: 10 OCT 1702 Licensed to keep an "ordinary," or tavern

•PROP: 3 FEB 1685/86 Land in Old Rappahannock Co, Virginia

1697: Richard Covington married Ann, daughter of William Young, Book D9, pg 141. Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia, page 66.

1697: Capt. William Young's sister Ann married by 1697 Richard Covington, son of William Covington. Essex Co. VA., Deed and Will Bk 9, p. 106.

30 Nov 1697: Mentioned in father-in-law, William Young's will.

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Richard Covington

Name: Richard Covington

Gender: Male

Spouse Name: Ann Young

Number Pages: 1

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Richard Covington's Timeline

Age 32
Essex, VA, United States
July 1725
Age 57
Essex, Virginia
January 16, 1953
Age 57
December 17, 1953
Age 57
June 8, 1954
Age 57