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William Arledge (Aldridge), Sr.

Also Known As: "William /Arledge/"
Birthplace: St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia
Death: before January 21, 1725
Wicomico Parish [see Will], Northumberland, Virginia
Place of Burial: Wicomico Parish, Northumberland, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Clement Aldridge II and Elizabeth Tills or Tilles
Husband of Sarah Aldridge or Arledge and Alice Aldridge or Arledge
Father of Isaac Arledge; Sarah Arledge; William Arledge or Aldridge, Jr.; John Arledge; Clement Aldridge and 1 other
Brother of Elizabeth Aldridge; Mary Jane Harding; Clement Aldridge, III; Mira Aldridge; Winifred Aldridge and 3 others

Occupation: carpenter
Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
Last Updated:

About William Aldridge or Arledge

From the research notes of Pam Wilson <wilsonpam@mindspring.com>:

The only child of William whose birth was listed in the Northumberland Co VA Record of births 1661-1810 (page 4, mutilated), was "--n Aldridge" (prob. John) born May 16, 170_

19 May 1703 [Northumberland County Court Orders, page 246]: WM. ARLEGE and ALICE his wife ack. a deed for 50 acres to HANNAH NEALE and Mrs. Hannah Neale ack. Deed of 50 acres to RODHAM NEALE.

Teri Allred wrote: Richard HAYNIE, called Capt. Richard HAYNIE, [was] an influential official and one of the Justices of the County Court when the "prolonged contest" began between him and William ALDRIDGE on 17 August 1705 [see Allred, Rulon C., ALLRED FAMILY IN AMERICA, Wm. R. Bishoff, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1966, Introduction, pp. 1-76 through 1-78]. Capt. HAYNIE lost the case and then began suing (at least until 17 Sept. 1707) William ALDRIDGE, whose name is spelled ARLEDGE at least half of the time. After that, William ALDRIDGE or ARLEDGE was suing or being sued for some time. He was once fined (23 Sept. 1715) for "absenting himself from Church for two months." [Teri Allred's Aldridge & Allred of the South Newsletter (Summer 1993, p. 12)]

23 Sept 1715: "WILLIAM ARLEDGE of Wiccomoco Parish fined for absence from church for 2 months. Probably a Quaker." 23 Sept 1715. 6.138 [Beverly Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. XIX, Northumbria Collectanea, 1645-1720 (Balt: GPC, 1971]


Will of WILLIAM ARLEDGE Northumberland Co (VA) Record Book 19:375, dated 25 August 1724, proved 21 Jan 1725: leaves tract of land in Wiccocomoco Parish to be equally divided between sons William and John; his still to be divided between sons William, John and Clement; his widow Sarah Arledge to have rest of moveable estate, but if she remarries to be equally divided between her, daughter Jane, and sons William, John, Clement and Isaac. Names WILLIAM FALLIN to have the tuition of son William until he comes to the age of 21 years, and CHARLES FALLIN to have the tuition of son John until he is 21. Wife Sarah as Executrix. Wit: THOMAS NORMAN and CHARLES FALLIN. [Northumberland County Record Book 1718-1726, page 389, as abstracted]

WILL OF WILLIAM ARLEDGE. Northumberland County Records Book 1718-1726.

Dated 25 August 1724.

In the name of God Amen, I William ARLEDGE of the County of Northumberland being sick and weake in body but in perfect since and memory, do make this my last will and Testamant in manner and form following, and first of all I bequeath my soul to allmighty God who Gave it to me and my body to the Earth to be buried at the Discretion of Executor hereafter mentioned. As touching what worldly Goods it hath pleased God to lend me, I do give and bestow as followeth:

I give and bequeath unto my sons William and John Arledge my Tract of Land lying in Wiccocomoco Parish to be equally divided between them, my son William to have the plantation. I give it to them and there heirs forever. I likewise Give my Still to my three sons Wm, Jno and Clemt Arledge, each of them to have there equal part in her. The rest of my moveable Estate I leave the care of it to my wife Sarah Arledge Dureing her widowhood, but if she marries my will is that it should be equally divided between her and my daughter Jane, my sons Wm, Jno, Clemt and Isaac Arledge, everyone to have there Equal part. My will is that William Fallin shall have the Tuition of my son Wm until he comes to the age of Twenty One years and that Charles Fallin have the Tuition of my son Jno until he Comes to the age of Twenty years. I do likewise appoint my wife Sarah Arledge to be Execx of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale this Twenty Fifth day of August Anno Domini 1724. W. Arledge Seale.

Signed, sealed and published in presence of Thomas Norman [TN his mark], Charles Fallin.

On Jany 21 1724/5 this will was proved in Northumberland County Court

Northumberland County

In obedience to and order of this County Court dated the 20th of January 1724, we whose names are here underwritten being appointed by the Said order to appraise the Said Deed Estate and being sworn before Thomas Hughlet one of his majesties Justices of the Piece and haveing proceed as followeth viz.

[Note from PW: I'm not sure about these numbers or what they mean; I think they are monetary values in pounds]

To 3 Cows and 3 yearlings at 4:10:0

To 1 cow big with Calf at 3:30:0

To 8 sheep at 6 2:99(?)

To 1 fether bed and furniture and bed shed 3:10:??

To 1 old featherbed and Covering and Trundle bedsted 1:15:9

To old flok bed at 0:12:0

To a parcel of old Books 0:12:6

To a pr. Shot moles ... (?) 0:8:0

To 5 iron potts & hooks 1:4:10

To a parcel of Lumber 0:6:0

To Some Shoemakers Tooles and some laste 0:15:0

To sow, 4 piggs and 2 Barrows & Sow Shose 2:05:0

To a parcel of old silverware (?) ___ and old Sadles ... 20:5:0

To 8 lbs of old wool 0:2:0

To 2 1/2 of pickt Cotton and some unpickd 0:4:0

To a parcel of wood & lumber 0:2:0

To 8 pothooks and bell metle, skillet & candlestick 0:6:0

To 9 wedges 2 pulles and Spit & Fire Tongs 1:0:0

To Sum old Iron 0:6:0

To an old wheel and card wool and hackett 0:10:0

To a Small Still 5:0:0

To Sme Earthenware & Frying pans & Shilliards (?) 0:7:6

TO Sum old Caske or Two, Raw hides 1:10:0

To Some feathers & small matter of flax 0:4:0

To 2 grindstones 0:3:0

To 37 weight of pewter 1:7:9

To 27 weight of pewter 0:13:6

To Doz'n Eight Spoons & quart pot 0:4:0

To Chest & Trunk & box 0:16:0

To Some woodenware 0:4:0

To 1H bottles 0:2:0

To a parcel of Joyners Tools 2:10:0

To a parcel of Carpenters Tools 0:17:6

To a Cumpas Saw 0:10:0

To an old whipsaw 0:10:0

To a Tennant Saw 0:7:0

To a parcel of nailes 0:4:0

To an old Carpent Saw 0:2:0

To 3 gunns 2:0:0

To a mare bridles and saddle, pistol, howlsters and two swords 5:10:0

To some buttons and other Truck 0:2:0

To some old Cloaths and hatt 0:10:0

To a Glewpot rasor fleames (?) and Some other Truck 0:6:0

To Eight Bushels, half of wheat unapprosted

To Six Pounds of Flacks and a pair of mens shoes

Sarah ALDRIDGE [X her mark] widow and relict of Wm Aldridge

John Conway, George Dawkins, Richd Routt, Wm Warrick

Feb 17th, 1724/5

This inventory of the estate of Wm ARLEDGE Decd was Exhibited into Court by Sarah ARLEDGE Execx of the Sd Decd and is admitted to the Record. Test. Richd Lee, C Cor.


Apparently his widow SARAH ARLIDGE died not long afterward; there is notice of her estate being administered by RICHARD FULKS in an entry dated 19 April 1727: "Richard Fulks came into court and made oath that Sarah Arledge departed this life without making any will as farr as he knows...certificate granted him for obtaining letters of administration in due form [and appraisal ordered of her estate]. [Northumberland County Order Book, 1719/20-1729, Administrations, p.261, transcribed by Carolyn Jett]

Northumberland County Order Book, Court Records of 21 August 1728:

(1) ISAAC Orphant of WILLIAM ARLEDGE is bound aprentis to JOHN CALLAHAN until he arrives to the age of 21 years he being Six years old last Christmas in consideration whereof the said Callahan doth oblige himself to find the said Orphant Sufficient and Cleanly Lodging Cloathing and Diet and to learn him to Read and write and the Trade of a weaver. Charles Fallin came into Court and entere'd into a Recognizance with the said Callahan each of five thousand pounds of Tobacco for performance of Covenants. [Order Book 1719-1729, 307].

(2) SARAH Orphant of WILLIAM ARLEDGE is bound by the Court to JOHN CALLAHAN and his wife MARY until she arrives to the age of 18 years she being five years old, in consideration whereof the said Callahan and his wife do oblige themselves to find the said Orphant Sufficient and Cleanly Lodging Cloathing and Diet and to learn her to Read, Knie and Spin. Charles Fallin came into Court and entere'd into a Recognizance with the said Callahan each of five thousand pounds of Tobacco for performance of Covenants. [Order Book 1719-1729, 307].

[Order Book 1719-1729, p. 322] 19 Feb 1728/9: John Callahan is appointed guradian of Isaac ARLEDGE and Sarah ARLEDGE, orphants of William ARLEDGE deceased, the said CALLAHAN giving caution for his due performance of the said trust as the law directs.

p.343: 10 June 1729 - Upon the petition of John Callahan, guardian of Isaac Arledge and Sarah Arledge, orphts of Sarah Arledge deceased, ordered that John Conway, Yarrat Hughlett and Joseph Tipton meet sometime before the next court and settle the accounts between William Thomas, exec of Richard Fulks, decd, who was adm of Sarah Arledge, decd, and the estate of the said Sarah Arledge, and possess the said Callahan with the said orphants filial parts thereof and that they make report of their proceedings to the next court.

p. 344: 16 July 1729 - John Conway, Yarratt Hughlett and Joseph Tipton's division of Richard Foulks estate from the estate of Sarah Arledge decd is presented to the court by Wm Thomas, exec of the sd Foulks and on his motion is admitted into record.

Northumberland Co. Orders 1729-1737, p.27 note that John Aldridge was bound to William Owens to learn the carpenter/joiner trade. The apprenticeship indenture to begin 04/15/1730.


The following is excerpted from an email to Clay Fulcher from Carolyn Jett, on January 13, 1997: "Although the surname Aldridge was used interchangeably with Arledge or Arlege throughout the 1600s, the children of William Arledge used Arledge more than Aldridge. William left the following children:

1. William Arledge

2. John Arledge, d. circa 1730 leaving a son, John Arledge, who was bound to William Owens to learn carpentry. [PW: I don't have a source for this]

3. Clement Arledge, m. (1) ? and (2) Ann. He sold his land in Northumberland Co. on 9 May 1743, and removed from the area. [PW: I don't have a source for this]

4. Jane Arledge

5. Isaac Arledge, b. circa 1721, and probably moved to New Bern, Craven Co., NC with his guardian, John Callahan, who went there after 1738. (He was first apprenticed to Callahan, then made his ward.)

6. Sarah Arledge - b. circa 1724/5, and probably also went to North Carolina with her guardian, John Callahan. [Sarah and Isaac were the children of William's second wife, Sarah. The other four children were older, although William and John were still under the age of 20 when their father wrote his will on 25 Aug. 1724.]"

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John Aldridge



Birth: May 16 1706 - Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia, United States Death: Sep 15 1792 - Randolph, North Carolina, United States Parents: William Aldridge, Alice Fallin Wife: Ann Hamilton Child: Solomon Allred Siblings: Sarah Aldridge, Jane Aldridge, Clement Aldridge, William Aldridge http://www.myheritage.com/matchingresult-d71fa98a6b8a2fddf2a28191e10a7571?trn=partner_Geni&trp=match_button_profile

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William Aldridge or Arledge's Timeline

February 5, 1675
St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia
March 13, 1702
Northumberland Co, VA; went to Camden Dist SC by 1764
May 16, 1706
Wicomico, Northumberland Co, VA (to Frederick CO VA by 1745; Camden Dist, SC by 1749)
Wicomico Parish, Northumberland Co, VA
Wicomico Parish, Northumberland, Virginia, USA
December 25, 1721
Northumberland County, VA
Wicomico Parish, Northumberland, Virginia, USA
January 21, 1725
Age 49
Wicomico Parish [see Will], Northumberland, Virginia