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Tabitha Hill (Scarburgh)

Also Known As: "Smart", "Brown", "Custis", "Scarborough"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Accomac Shire, Virginia
Death: January 07, 1718 (78)
Accomack County, Virginia
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Daughter of Colonel Edmund Scarburgh, Il and Mary Scarburgh
Wife of John Smart; Devereaux Browne; Major General John Custis and Edward Hill, II
Mother of Tabitha Whittington; Edmund Browne and Hannah Chilton
Sister of Colonel Charles Scarburgh; Matilda West; Colonel Edmund Scarburgh and Littleton Scarburgh
Half sister of Annabella Marshall; Arcadia Ward and Attalanta Whittington

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About Tabitha Hill

Tabitha was born c. 1640 at Accomack Co, VA.3 As of before 12 July 1653,her married name was Smart.1,4 She married John Smart before 12 July 1653.1,4 She married Devereux Browne before 1660.1 Tabitha Browne was named as the relict of Mr. "Devoras" Browne by George Watson in will, written 4 Nov 1674. She was also named to be the executrix (Acc Co Wills, 1763-76(v), p. 242). Tabitha was named as an heir on 4 November 1674 at Accomack Co, VA. She was shown as Tabitha Browne, relict of Mr. Devoras Browne in the will of George Watson. She was given 300 acres on Long Love Branch and named Extr.5 As of after 1675,her married name was Custis.1 She married Gen. John Custis (II) (Built Arlington), son of Henry Custis and Joan Whittington (widow), after 1675.1 Tabitha was named in her husband's will on 18 March 1691 at Northampton Co, VA. She was shown as wife Tabitha Custis in the will of John Custis, Esq. It was noted that she had a sister Matilda and a daughter Tabitha Smart dec'd..6 Tabitha was named in her mother's will on 14 June 1691 at Accomack Co, VA. She was named as daughter Tabitha Custis in the will of Mary Scarburgh..2 As of September 1696,her married name was Hill.1 She married Col. Edward Hill in September 1696.1 Tabitha was living on 12 August 1700 at Accomack Co, VA. She was named as Madame Tabitha Hill, the great grandmother of Edmund Custis' children Thomas Custis and Tabitha Scarburgh Custis, and was to be their advisor during their minority..7 She made a will on 23 August 1717 at Accomack Co, VA. Tabitha Hill named only a great grandson Thomas Custis and his wife Ann. She left him 700 acres near the placed called White Marsh and to his wife Ann, my wearing stays embroidered with gold, my black suit and silk clothes and black stays set with bugles with one cloath of silver pettycoat. Great grandson Thomas Custis was the residual legatee of all her estate in Virginia, England or elsewhere. Thomas Custis was the executor. Witt: John Morrogh and Elizabeth Tilney..8 Tabitha died in December 1717 at Accomack Co, VA.8 Tabitha's will was probated on 7 January 1718 at Accomack Co, VA.8


The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 4, 1897, pp. 317-8

...

V. Tabitha, married four times, viz:

  • (1) Colonel Wm. Smart, who came to Northampton county from Lancaster county, Va., and had one child, Tabitha Scarburgh Smart, who married Richard Hill, of Accomac county;
  • (2) Devereux Browne, of Accomac, by whom she appears to have had no children;
  • (3) Major General John Custer, (his third wife), but she appears to have had no children by this marriage;
  • (4) in 1696 Colonel Edward Hill, of "Shirley," Charles City county, had no issue by this marriage.

Her daughter, Mrs. Tabitha Scarburgh (Smart) Hill, was the mother of Tabitha Scarburgh Hill, who married Edmund Custis, of "Deep Creek," Accomac county.


...John Alexander, who in company with Littleton Scarburgh and Tabitha Smart, children of Col. Edmund Scarburgh, obtained a grant for 1,500 acres in Northampton county on March 24, 1659.... WIlliam and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine 1900, Vol 8, p. 262

Tabitha [9] Scarburgh1,2 F, b. 1639, d. before 7 January 1718 Pedigree Father Col. Edmund [3] Scarburgh (II) (Burgess) b. 1617, d. May 1671 Mother Mary Cade (Cade?) b. bt 1610 - 1612, d. b 15 Dec 1691 Charts Descendants of John Custis II (Arlington, Burgess at Jamestown) Descendants of Capt. Edmund Scarburgh (Burgess at Jamestown) Last Edited 3 Aug 2017 Birth* 1639 Tabitha was born in 1639 at Accomack Co, VA. Whitelaw shows that she gave 2 depositions, on May 30, 1693 stating her age as 53 and on Sept 30, 1695 stating her age as 56, so she was born between 30 May and Sept 30, 1639..3 Marriage* before 12 July 1653 She married John Smart, son of William Smart and (


) (
), before 12 July 1653 at Northampton Co, VA. Whitelaw shows she was age 14 at the time of her marriage to John Smart..1,4,5,6 Married Name before 12 July 1653 As of before 12 July 1653,her married name was Smart. Land rec'd as gift* 12 July 1653 Tabitha [9] Scarburgh received land as a gift on 12 July 1653 at Northampton Co, VA. Edm. Scarburgh, merchant, freely give to John Smart (for my daughter Tabitha, now wife of John Smart) all the tract of land belonging to me at Maggattey Bay in Northampton County and livestock. Witt: Tho. Johnson, Tho. Teackle and John Dollinge. Whitelaw adds that this gift was made as a marriage portion for his daughter Tabitha, who was the wife of Smart.5,7 Marriage* before 29 August 1659 She married Devereux Browne (Burgess) before 29 August 1659.1,8,3 Married Name before 29 August 1659 As of before 29 August 1659,her married name was Browne. Biography* Tabitha Browne was named as the relict of Mr. "Devoras" Browne by George Watson in will, written 4 Nov 1674. She was aslo named to be the executrix (Acc Co Wills, 1763-76(v), p. 242). Heir - named as* 4 November 1674 Tabitha was named as an heir on 4 November 1674 at Accomack Co, VA. She was shown as Tabitha Browne, relict of Mr. Devoras Browne in the will of George Watson. She was given 300 acres on Long Love Branch and named Extr.9 Marriage* after 1675 She married Gen. John Custis II (Built Arlington) (Councillor), son of Henry Custis and Joan Whittington (widow), after 1675.1 Married Name after 1675 As of after 1675,her married name was Custis. Will - Husb's* 18 March 1691 Tabitha was named in her husband's will on 18 March 1691 at Northampton Co, VA. She was shown as wife Tabitha Custis in the will of John Custis, Esq. It was noted that she had a sister Matilda and a daughter Tabitha Smart dec'd..10 Will - Mother's* 14 June 1691 Tabitha was named in her mother's will on 14 June 1691 at Accomack Co, VA. She was named as daughter Tabitha Custis in the will of Mary Scarburgh..2 Marriage* September 1696 She married Col. Edward Hill in September 1696.1 Married Name September 1696 As of September 1696,her married name was Hill. Will - Mentioned in* 12 August 1700 Tabitha was mentioned in a will on 12 August 1700 at Accomack Co, VA. In his will Edmund Custis of Deep Creek named son Thomas (under 20), daughter Tabitha Scarburgh Custis (under age 17), Naomi Makemie, wife of Mr. Francis Makemie, Robert Pitt, Mary Anderson my housekeeper, Francis Makemie, and John Braodhurst. Francis Makemie & Naomi his wife to act as executors with the advise of Madame Tabitha Hill, my children’s great grandmother. Margaret Robins, daughter of Arthur Robins.11 Was Living 12 August 1700 Tabitha was living on 12 August 1700 at Accomack Co, VA. She was named as Madame Tabitha Hill, the great grandmother of Edmund Custis' children Thomas Custis and Tabitha Scarburgh Custis, and was to be their advisor during their minority..11 Power of Atty gave* 9 February 1705/6 She gave power of attorney on 9 February 1705/6 at Accomack Co, VA. Power of Attorney from Tabitha Hill of Accomack Co to my well beloved friend Charles Snead to be my lawful attorney in Accomack Co Court to acknowledge a certain deed of sale of land made by me to Thomas Nicholson of the same county containing 150 acres. Witt: Michael Rickards & Richard Rodgers. Recorded 9 Feb 1705/06 by Robert Snead, Clerk of Court.12 Will* 23 August 1717 She made a will on 23 August 1717 at Accomack Co, VA. Tabitha Hill named only a great grandson Thomas Custis and his wife Ann. She left him 700 acres near the placed called White Marsh and to his wife Ann, my wearing stays embroidered with gold, my black suit and silk clothes and black stays set with bugles with one cloath of silver pettycoat. Great grandson Thomas Custis was the residual legatee of all her estate in Virginia, England or elsewhere. Thomas Custis was the executor. Witt: John Morrogh and Elizabeth Tilney..13 Death* before 7 January 1718 Tabitha died before 7 January 1718 at Accomack Co, VA. It was on this date that her will was proved..13 Will - Grson's* 3 October 1719 Tabitha was named in her grandson's will on 3 October 1719 at Accomack Co, VA. In his will Thomas Custis, wife Ann (dec'd wife Elizabeth), named son John Custis, son Edmond Custis, Honorable John Custis of Hungars dec'd, son Thomas Whittington Custis, daughters Tabitha, Sarah and Elizabeth, friends Capt. John Broadhurst, Charles Snead and Henry Custis, sister Tabitha Scarburgh Custis, Capt. John Broadhurst, an unborn child and my Honorable grandmother Mrs. Tabitha Hill dec'd. Children under 18.14 Land cause* 28 January 1752 She was named in a land cause on 28 January 1752 at Accomack Co, VA. Harry Holdfast (place holder) vs Thomas Custis. That Thomas Custis was seized in fee of the lands in the declaration mentioned, and was also seized in tail of 1750 acres adjoining the said lands, and being so seized made his last will and testament dated 3 Oct. 1719, & bequeathed to his wife Ann Custis all the lands that he had with her, lying near Oak Hall, to his son John Custis the plantation whereon he then lived containing 1750 acres, being on Deep Creek. To his son Edmund Custis 1000 acres adjoining the land where he then dwelt, whereon Joseph Walker now dwells "I give all my and interest in the lands on Jengoteague & Morry's Island which was given by the last will of the Hon. John Custis of Arlington to me & my wife Elizabeth Custis, to my son Edmund Custis"; To his son Thomas Whittington Custis 300 acres on Old Plantation Creek in Northampton County; should Edmund die before coming to full age & without issue, I give the land given him to my son Thomas, & should Thomas die before full age & without issue, then my son Edmund to have the land given him. To daughter Tabitha; to daughter Sarah; to daughter Elizabeth; son John Custis (under age); To sister Tabitha Scarburgh Custis; wife Ann and friends Capt. John Bradhurst & Mr. Charles Snead & Mr. Henry Custis Executors. Sons to receive their estates at 18 and daughters at 18 or marriage. I give the first child born after this date of my wife Ann Custis 700 acres in the said county adjoining the lands of William Parker, near to Burton's Branch, which land descended to me from my Hon. grandmother, Mrs. Tabitha Hill. That the 1000 acres therein mentioned is the lands devised to his son Edmund, and the 1750 acres of land therein mentioned is the land devised to his son John by the said will; That the said Edmund Custis made his last will dated 27 Mar. 1747, in these words: "I Edmund Custis of Northampton County" &c. To his son Edmund Custis the plantation where I now live; to wife Catherine; to daughter Ann Custis. I give 800 acres of land that I have in Deep Creek to my Ex'rs. to be sold, and after the payment of my debts the residue to be divided between my wife, son and daughter; son to have 1/2 and wife and daughter the other half between them. To kinsman Hancock Custis; Should my son Edmund die without issue I give my plantation where I now live to my daughter, Ann Custis, reversion to my kinsman Hancock Custis, son of my brother John. Wife Exec. & guardian of children till they come to lawful age or marry. By which will the said Edmund devised 800 acres, part of the 1000 acres devised by his father, the testator Thomas, to be sold for the payment of debts; That the lessor of the plaintiff purchased the same of the testator's executrix as by deed dated 23 June, 1750, to-wit: This deed between John Wilkins of Northampton County, Gent., and Catherine, his wife, executrix of the last will and testament of Edmund Custis, late of the said County, Gent., her late husband, dec., to Littleton Eyre - Sale of 800 acres, being part of the aforesaid 1000 acres. The said Edmund Custis a short time before his death granted and sold unto Joshua James late of Accomack County, dec., 200 acres, part of the aforesaid 1000 acres. That the said testator Thomas' dwelling plantation whereon there stood a negro quarter, extended into the said 1000 acres as far as the defendant now claims of the said 1000 acres; That the aforesaid John Custis is eldest son & heir at law of the testator Thomas, and that the defendant is his eldest son and heir at law; That the defendant Thomas agreed with the lessor of the plaintiff that the plaintiff and a certain John Wilkins, who intermarried with the widow & Exec. of the said Edmund Custis, on the 30 day of November, 1749, to run the division between the said 1750 acres and the 1000 acres of land agreeable to a deed from John Custis and Tabitha his wife to the aforesaid Thomas Custis, for the said 1750 acres, which deed is in these words
John Custis, Sr., of the County of Northampton, Esq., & Tabitha, his wife, to "our well beloved nephew & grandson Edmund Custis, of the county of Accomack, Gent. & Tabitha, his now wife, our grandaughter, & their children after them" - Deed of Gift - All that tract of land where the said Edmund and Tabitha now live, situate at Deep Creek containing 1750 acres on the North East side of Deep Creek, & bounded on the Southern parts therewith, on the North West by a point of marsh facing the bay; on the North Eastward by a part of a little creek called Drummond's Creek and a line of marked trees drawn from the said Drummond's Creek South; South East half a point, Easterly 342 poles unto a corner tree marked at the western corner of the land formerly belonging to William Gower, and from thence on the South Eastern side by a line of marked trees drawn S. W. by West 508 poles unto Deep Creek, including in the said 1750 acres all the marshes, necks & branches within the aforesaid bounds, being 1/2 of 3500 acres more or less granted by patent to the said Tabitha, now the wife of the said John Custis, Sr., & her sister, Matilda Scarburgh, now the wife of Col. John West, both the daughters of Col. Edmund Scarburgh, dec., patent dated 29 March, 1656, to the said Edmund & Tabitha for and during their natural lives, and after their decease to their son Thomas Custis and the heirs of his body, and in default of such heirs to the next heir or heirs of their bodies, and if all such as are before mentioned are extinct, then to the next heir or heirs of the said Tabitha, now the wife of the said Edmund, male or female, and in failure of them to our grandson Smart Whittington, son of William Whittington, Gent. & brother of the said Tabitha Custis, wife of the said Edmund Custis, during his natural life, and then to his heirs male, and for want of such heirs to our grandson John Custis, the son of John Custis, Jr., of the County of Northampton aforesaid, Gent., & his heirs, and for want of such issue to the heirs of the said John Custis, Sr. That the defendant, together with the plaintiff's lessor, and the said Wilkins employed Edmund Scarburgh, Surveyor of the County of Accomack, to run the said line the next day, and for which the said defendant agreed and hath since paid the surveyor 2/3 of the fees, but on meeting the next day to complete the agreement the defendant told the plaintiff's lessor & the said Wilkins that the Surveyor might run the line, but that it would not be binding upon him. That Edmund, son of the testator Thomas, at the time of making his last will was of lawful age, and left issue; that the testator Thomas' son, Thomas Whittington Custis, to whom the remainder of the aforesaid 1000 acres was given in case of Edmund's death under age or without issue, was brother and died an infant.15 Family 1 John Smart b. c 1636, d. b 29 Aug 1659 Marriage* before 12 July 1653 She married John Smart, son of William Smart and (
) (
), before 12 July 1653 at Northampton Co, VA. Whitelaw shows she was age 14 at the time of her marriage to John Smart..1,4,5,6 Child 1. Tabitha Scarburgh [20] Smart+ b. c 1654, d. b 18 Mar 1691 Family 2 Devereux Browne (Burgess) b. c 1630, d. b 17 Jun 1673 Marriage* before 29 August 1659 She married Devereux Browne (Burgess) before 29 August 1659.1,8,3 Child 1. Edmund [21] Browne b. 1660, d. 1678 Family 3 Gen. John Custis II (Built Arlington) (Councillor) b. 1629, d. 29 Jan 1696 Marriage* after 1675 She married Gen. John Custis II (Built Arlington) (Councillor), son of Henry Custis and Joan Whittington (widow), after 1675.1 Family 4 Col. Edward Hill b. 1637, d. 30 Nov 1700 Marriage* September 1696 She married Col. Edward Hill in September 1696.1 Citations [S624] Virginia M. Meyer & John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, 3rd Edition. [S570] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack Co, VA, Wills & Administrations, 1663-1800, p. 20 (will of Mary Scarburgh). [S572] Ralph T. Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore (A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties), p. 567 (tract A23). [S966] Cynthia McDaniel, to M.K. Miles. [S2257] Frank V. Walczyk, Northampton Co, VA, Bk 04, Orders, Deeds & Wills, 1651-1654, p. 129 (gift from Edm Scarburgh to daughter Tabitha, wife of John Smart). [S2137] Dr. Howard Mackey and Marlene A. Groves, Northampton County, Virginia, Record Book, Deeds, Wills &c, Volume 07, 1657-1666, p. 968 (tract A83). [S572] Ralph T. Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore (A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties), p. 56 (tract N3). [S2137] Dr. Howard Mackey and Marlene A. Groves, Northampton County, Virginia, Record Book, Deeds, Wills &c, Volume 07, 1657-1666, p. 91 (Wm. Waters sale of land to Mr. Devroax Browne, merchant). [S570] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack Co, VA, Wills & Administrations, 1663-1800, p. 7 (will of George Watson). [S497] James Handley Marshall, Northampton Co, VA, Abstracts of Wills & Administrations, 1632-1802, p. 151 (will of John Custis, Esq, wife Tabitha). [S570] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack Co, VA, Wills & Administrations, 1663-1800, p. 31 (will of Edmund Custis of Deep Creek). [S2272] Accomack Co, VA, (Deeds), Wills &c, 1692-1715, Part 2 (typed), p. 175 (Power of Attorney from Tabitha Hill to Charles Snead). [S570] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack Co, VA, Wills & Administrations, 1663-1800, p. 57 (will of Tabitha Hill). [S570] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack Co, VA, Wills & Administrations, 1663-1800, p. 67 (will of Thomas Custis, wife Ann). [S571] Stratton Nottingham, Accomack Co, VA, Land Causes, 1728-1825, p. 10 (Harry Holdfast (place holder) vs. Thomas Custis).

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Tabitha Hill's Timeline

1639
May 30, 1639
Accomac Shire, Virginia
1653
1653
Northampton County, Virginia
1660
1660
Accomack, VA, United States
1665
1665
1718
January 7, 1718
Age 78
Accomack County, Virginia
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