Records contributed & transcribed by Carey Bracewell
[1680-7 Jun] Mary Skinner - Land Dispute
Mary (mark) Skinner of ye Runnes in Isle of Wight Co., widdow
TO: George Cripps of Blackwater in Isle of Wight Co.
Consideration: 600 pounds weight of good & sound merchantable Tob & Cask
1300 Acres of Land in Blackwater of which sd Mary Skinner is now seized in her own proper use & behoof of & in all ye before mentioned Land of a good absolute & indefeazable estate in fee simple as she ye sd Mary Skinner had by guift or grant of & from Joyce Cripps her late Sister deced & Wife of ye sd George Cripps.
Dated: June 7, 1680 Recorded: September 9, 1680
Acknowledged by Mary Collins, who was Mary Skinner
Witnesses: Edward Poynter, Thomas Smyth, Danl (Dp) Palmer.
Memo. written on backside, that ye day & year wth in written before the sealing & delivery of ye wth in written Indenture the wth in name Mary Skinner did enter into ye house wherein ye said George Cripps now liveth being pte of the wth in mentioned prmises & therein & thereof did take peaceable & quiett possession by way of Livery & seizen in name & lieu of all ye wth in premisses & yt afterwards being soe peaceably & quietly possessed to ye use of her selfe heires, etc. ye same did afterwards deliver unto ye sd George Cripps by way & in manner & forme afforesd to hold to him ye sd George Cripps forever according to ye purport Tenor & true intent & meaning of ye wth in written Identure in prsence of Edward Poynter, Thomas Smyth, Daniell (Dp) palmer
WILL & DEED BOOK I, VOL. 1, PAGE 441
[1680-8 Jun] George Cripps
George Cripps of Blackwater in Isle of Wight County
TO: Mary Skinner of ye Runns in sd County widdow
Consideration: Certain quantitie of Tobo
All his Estate right Tytle Interest possession clayme & demand wt soever of in or unto A certeine divident of Land situate, lying & being in Blackwater aforesd in Isle of Wight conteyning One hundred Acres of Land, now in ye Tenure holding possession or occupation of ye sd George Cripps.
Dated: June 8, 1680 Recorded: September 9, 1680
Witnesses: Edward Poynter, Thomas Smyth, Danll (Dp) Palmer
WILL & DEED BOOK I, VOL. 1, PAGE 442
[1680-2 Aug] John Collins - Land Transaction
John (mark) Collins in ye upper parish of Isle of Wight Co., planter and Mary (m) his wife
Whereas ye said Mary by ye name of Mary Skinner of ye Runnes in Isle of Wight County widdow by Indenture under her hand & seal lawfully executed bearing date ye 7th day of June in ye two & thirtieth year of ye Reigne of Charles II, did for ye consideration in ye Identure mentioned grant bargain aliene & sell unto George Cripps of Blackwater in said County, planter all her estate right title interest, etc. of in and to a certain divident of Land situate lying & being in Blackwater aforesd conteining by estimation 1300 acres of Land & whereas ye said John Collins hath since ye executing of ye sd Indenture taken to Wife ye sd Mary Skinner soe ye same cannot according to ye custom of Virginia be recorded & acknowledged by & in ye sole name of ye sd Mary Skinner but must be done in ye name of ye said John Collins & Mary his wife, this is to confirm said former deed.
Dated: August 2, 1680 Recorded: September 9, 1680
Witnesses: Ja: Powell, P. Wall
WILL & DEED BOOK I, VOL. 1, PAGE 443
[1691-22 Jan] John Collins Sr. - Wife Beater
It appearing to this Courte that JOHN COLLINS SENr hath lately most desperately beaten, bruised, & wounded MARY his wife, insomuch yt it was expected she would have lost her life thereby (as alsoe between whom former strife & contention hath been) for prevention whereof for the future, It is ordered that the sd COLLINS pay & allow his sd Wife five hundred poinds of toto: forthwith, & one thousand pounds of tobo: in October yearly for ye tyme to come, for the sd MARY her mainteyance (if she finde cause) To live separate & aparte from her husband, wth Costs ats Exo
ORDERS BOOK, 1693-1695, PAGE 51
Mr. THO: TABORER agst. JNo COLLINS SENr Defendant appearing & standing mute at the bar, Order is granted plaintiff agst. the present sheriff for 3585 lbs. of tobacco due by bill denied by defendant & proved by oath of Mr. THO: MOOR.
IBID., Immediately following the above.
[1694-Oct] Susanna Bracewell for looking after Mary Collins
Upon ye petn of Bridget Lewis, she has order agst. Jno. Collins senr. for 500 lb. of tobo: for ye care & pains taken by ye sd Lewis in ye cure of ye sd Collins his wife with Costs ats Exo.
DEED BOOK 1, ORDERS 1693-1695, PAGE 50
Order is granted Susanna Brasewell agst. John Collins senr. for foure hundred pounds of tobo: for looking after ye sd Collins his wife in her late extemity when she was beaten by ye sd Collins with costs ats Exo.
DEED BOOK 1, ORDERS 1693-1795, PAGE 51
"Generally speaking, a wife could not acquire or own real or personal property. Her husband, as the head of the entity, owned whatever was his wife’s. Any property she brought into the marriage, or which she inherited during the marriage, were immediately vested in the married couple and therefore became her husband’s for all practical purposes."