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William & Katherine (Smith?) Mullins


I.   William Mullins b. ca 1700 Virginia  - d. prior to 2 Jan. 1734  Saint Martin's Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, md Katherine (Smith?), d/o Ambrose Smith?  William appears in King William County, Virginia Record Book 2, page 4.  16 day of 1721?  William and Catherine Mullins acknowledge deed to Jno. Almont, 150 acres, being the plantation whereon Robert Butters now lives.  No records for King William County exist between 1706 and 1721 and 1722 and 1786.  The only surviving records are for 1721 and 1722.  All other records were destroyed in the several fires which consumed the records of the clerk's offices.  King William County was formed in 1702 from King and Queen County.  King and Queen County was formed in 1691 from New Kent County.  William Mullins and his wife Catherine appear in Hanover County, Virginia Court Record Books between 1733 and 1735.  Robert Harris, of Hanover County, deeded Benjamin Harris, of Hanover County, for 40 pounds sterling, 256 acres on both sides of the North Fork of the Little River...bounded by the lands of Stephen Pettus, John Garland, William Mullins, Benjamin Brown, William Harris, and Benjamin Byb on 1 Feb. 1733. William Mullings, of Saint Martin's Parish, leased William Harris, of Saint Martin's Parish, for 5 shillings, 100 acres and the plantation...on the south side of the South Fork of the Little River...Dunn's line on 4 July 1734. Witnesses:  Benjamin Brown, Robert Harris, and Robert Harris Jr.  Lease acknowledged and admitted to record 5 July 1734.  William Mullings, of Saint Martin's Parish, leased William Harris, of Saint Martin's Parish, for 20 pounds, 100 acres and the plantation...on the south side of the South Fork of the Little River...Dunn's line on 5 July 1734.  Release acknowledged and Catherine, the wife of William Mullings, relinquished her right of dower.  The will of William Mullins of Saint Martin's Parish was written on 2 Sept. 1734.  "To my son, Joshua Mullins, 1 shilling; to my son, William Mullins, 1 shilling; to my son, James Mullins, 1 shilling; to my daughter, Agness Mullins, 1 shilling; to my daughter, Mary Mullins, 1 shilling; to my son, John Mullins, 1 shilling; and to my wife Katherine Mullins, I give the rest of my estate.  I appoint my wife to be Executrix of my Last Will and Testament and charge her with maintaining my six children until the boys reach the age of 20 and the girls, age 18."  Witnesses were:  James Howard, James Houson, and A.G. Smith.  The will was proved and admitted to record on 2 Jan. 1734.  Catherine Mullins with her security, Benjamin Brown, were bound unto Nicholas Meriwether to serve as the Executrix of the Estate of William Mullins.  Bond acknowledged and ordered recorded 2 Jan. 1734.  The British government imposed the Gregorian Calendar on all its possessions, including the American colonies, in 1752.  The British decreed that the day following  Sept. 2, 1752, should be called Sept. 14, a loss of 11 days.  All dates preceding were marked O.S., for Old Style.  In addition, New Year's Day was moved to January 1 from March 25 (e.g., under the old reckoning, March 24 1700, had been followed by March 25, 1701.)  George Washington's birth date, which was Feb. 11, 1731 O.S., became Feb. 22, 1732, New Style (N.S.).   Hanover County was formed from New Kent County in 1720.  Catherine Mullins, of Saint Martin's Parish, for 5 pounds current money paid by John Blalock, of Saint Martin's Parish, "for the affection and love I bear said John Blalock and for his care to maintain  me during my natural life...do make over to him...all my goods and chattels" 28 June 1735.  Witnesses:  Samuel Saxon, William Weatherford, Harper Ratliff.  Deed proved and admitted to record 3 July 1735 Hanover County, Virginia.  William and Catherine had the following children:

2.    i.        William Mullins b. ca 1720 Virginia - d. ca 1791 Franklin County, Virginia
3.    ii.       John Mullins b. ca 1718 Virginia - d. prior to 1 June 1772 Charlotte County, Virginia
4.    iii.      James Mullins b. ca 1723 Virginia - d. 1771 Charlotte County, Virginia                                                                                                                                                                                        
5.    iv.      Joshua Mullins b. ca 1725 Virginia
6.    v.       Agnes Mullins
7.    vi.      Mary Mullins  

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