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LIGON FAMILY
HALIFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA
[Data abstracted by Charles Hamlin, pub. in NSGS, Vol 55, No 1, March 1967
and Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by K. Torp]


Halifax County was formed from Lunenburg County in 1752.

HALIFAX COUNTY, VA MARRIAGES

  • June 1789 (Bond) - James Ligon to Judith Church - Joseph Ligon, Surety - Judith signs own consent - married 25th June (1789) by Rev. Henry Lester.

  • 17 Jan 1782 - Blackmon Ligon married to Elizabeth Townes

  • 12 Nov 1782 - John Ligon married to Nancy Anderson Martin, daughter of George Martin.

  • 10 June 1784 - Joseph Ligon to Diana Coleman Clay - consent of John William for Diana.

  • 16 Oct 1799 - Michael Stewart Ligon to Henry Stokes. (pg 88)

  • 29 Mar 1771, Mastin Clay married to Elizabeth Williams, Daughter of John WIlliams

  • 15 October 1798 - Richard H. Ligon married to Gincey Wilbourn. (p 57) P 72-31

  • Jan 1797 - Polly Ligon married to Richard Parker (p 102-22)

  • Aug 1799 - Susanna Ligon married to Thomas Wilbourn (married by Rev. John Ligon) p. 106

  • 29 Aug 1797 - Judith (called Judy) Ligon married to Wylie Yancey, Joseph Ligon, Surety.

DEED BOOK 21, page 671

1 April 1808 -
Power of Attorney from James Ligon of the County of Halifax in the State of Virginia- being about to start to the State of Kentucky - Do appoint John Wilson of said county my true and lawful attorney to settle all of my unfinished business of every description - etc. Recorded 25 Jul 1808.                    

DEED BOOK 21, PAGE 671

01 April 1808 -
Power of Attorney from Robert Church of the County of Halifax, State of Virginia - Being about to move to the State of Kentucky - do appoint John Wilson - of said county of Halifax - my lawful attorney to settle all unfinished business - to seel all lands to which I am entitled - etc. - Witnesses: Matthew Dennis - John Ligon - Henry Ligon - (..?.) Dismukes - William Watson - Rec 25 Jul 1808.

Note by Charles Hamlin: Halifax Marriages by Knorr, p. 20-1793 - Robert church married to Mary Pickett.
Comment: This is very probably the brother-in-law of James Ligon and they and their families are evidently migrating together.  The next record clinches and proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that James Ligon of Henderson Co., KY and James Ligon of Halifax Co., VA are the onea nd the same individual.

DEED BOOK 23, PAGE 433


6 Mar 1812 - Power of Attorney from James Ligon of Henderson County, State of Kentucky, appointing John Ligon of Halifax County, Virginia, his true and lawful attorney to recover for him everything due him from Jackonias Overby and Peter Overby, his surety, and from the representatives of John Wilson, his former Attorney, (deceased) - This Power of Attorney was certified by Ambrose Barbour, Clerk of the Court of Henderson County, Kentucky and recorded in Halifax County, Virginia 27 May 1812.           

DEED BOOK 21, PAGE 612

13 May 1807 - Indenture in which James Ligon of the County of Halifax sells to Jackonias Overby to said county - for 390 pds - a tract of land in said county containing 260 acres - adjoining the lands of Joseph Ligon - on Wades Creek - etc. - Witnesses: John Ligon - Mathew Dennis - Robert Church - Thomas Ligon - Valentine McCutcheon - Recorded 22 June 1807.     

DEED BOOK 21, PAGE 612

The Court appoints three Commissioners to secure the relinquishment of dower rights from Judith Ligon, wife of James Ligon (it not being convenient for her to travel to Court) in the tract of land sold by her husband to Jackonias Overby in May of 1807, etc. (This was complied with) - Recorded 22 February 1808.

WILL BOOK I, PAGE 309

Last Will and Testament of Joseph Ligon - dated 27 Jan 1779 - probated 18th May 1780.
To my son, Blackmon Ligon, land on the west side of Wade Creek which my patent calls Peters Creek - if he should die before he leaves the Army, this land to my son, John Ligon -etc.-
To my son, Joseph Ligon, 150 acres of land on Wades Creek, and a negro wench named Jenney - (Joseph is under age of 21)
To my son, John Ligon, 100 acres which i bought of Philmer Green, also 350 pds - But if John should inherit the land of his brother, Blackmon, then the land and money is to be divided equally between Thomas Ligon - James Ligon - Obediah Ligon - and Henry Ligon.
To my loving wife, Judith Ligon, 150 acres for her natural life - and three negros (named).
To my four youngest sons, Thomas, James, Obediah, and Henry (all under age 21 years)
To my six sons - Blackmon, John, Thomas, James, Obediah and Henry Ligon, six negroes--etc.-
Executors: My wife Judith, and my sons, Blackmon and Joseph Ligon.
Witnesses: (...?...) Flinn Jr. - Robert Jordan - Elizabeth Jordan     

WILL BOOK I, PAGE 418
RECORDED 15 AUGUST 1782

Joseph Ligon, as guardian of Thomas, James, Obediah, and Henry Ligon (his brothers) returns an account of his guardianship to the Court, for each, showing debits and credits.  He also returns an account for each year for the years- 1783-1784-1785-1786.  In the year 1787 he returns an account of James, Obediah, and Henry, but does nto return Thomas, proving that Thomas is now age 21 (thus born ca 1766).
Joseph Ligon, as Guardian, continues each year with the above three until the year 1791 when he does not list James Ligon, proving that James must have come of age in the year (thus born circa 1771). He continues with Obediah and Henry thru the year 1793.

WILL BOOK 2, PAGE 406
Division of the land of Joseph Ligon, Deceased - Dated 5 June 1790

Thomas Ligon - upper lot on Brown's Creek.
James Ligon - upper lot on Wades Creek
Obediah Ligon - lower lot on Wades Creed
Henry Ligon - lower lot on Browns Creek
Recorded 28th June 1790

DEED BOOK 16, PAGE 307

26 Jan 1795 - Indenture in which Blackman Ligon of the County of Greensville, State of South Carolina, sells to Joseph Ligon, of the County of Halifax in the State of Virginia - for 200 pds - a tract of land in Halifax County on the Dan River between the mouth of Wade Creek and the mouth of Browns Creek, containing 15- acres - Recorded 26 jan 1795 - (Signed by Halcott Townes at Attorney for Blackman Ligon.)  

DEED BOOK 22, PAGE H 5


18 October 1808- Indenture in which Blackmon Ligon of the County of Greensville, State of South Carolina, sells to Thomas Ligon, of the County of Halifax in the State of Virginia - for 100 pds - a tract of land in the County of Halifax, VA, on the north side of Dan River - etc. - Witnesses: James Ligon, Moses Paris, Stephen Easley, Recorded Halifax County, 26 June 1809.

DEED BOOK 21, PAGE 444

20 March 1807 - Power of Attorney from Henry Ligon of the County of Halifax, VA, appointing his beloved brother, John Ligon, his lawful attorney to sell some land to pay a debt and from which sale if any surplus to pay it to James Ligon Junior of the County of Granville, State of North Carolina - etc., Witnesses: James Ligon Senor, Judith Ligon, Susanna Ligon, James Stuart, William Puryear, Recorded 22 June 1807.

DEED BOOK 21, PAGE 569

23 May 1807- Indenture in which Joseph Ligon of hte County of Oglethorpe, State of Georgia- sells to William Puryear Jr., of the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, for $150.00 - a tract of land in the County of Halifax, State of Virginia - near Staunton River on the waters of Willis Creek, contianing 120 acres, adjoining lands of Henry Ligon and others- etc. Recorded 21 Dec 1807.

DEED BOOK 21, PAGE 570

23 May 1807 - Indenture in which Joseph Ligon of the County of Oglethorpe, State of Gergia sells to James Ligon (Jr) of the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, for $150.00, a tract of land in the County of Halifax, State of Virginia, on Wades Creek, containing 150 acres-etc.  Witnesses: Hamilton Jones, Richard Jones, Henry Ligon, Recorded 28 Dec 1807.

WILL BOOK 7, PAGE 7

Account of the Estate of Thomas Ligon, (Deceased) with Henry Stokes and Michal S Stokes, Formerly Michal S Ligon. Administrators of Thomas Ligon, Deceased- Among debits (which commence in 1795) are items for boarding and clothing three children- schooling children, etc. Among the credits is the amount received of Joseph Ligon on account of sales of Joseph Ligon Senors estate in the hands of his widow at the time of her death.  Recorded 25 June 1804.              

WILL BOOK 7, PAGE 256

1805-1806 - Account of his guardianship by Robert Terry as guardian of Judith Ligon, Betsy Ligon, and Michal Ligon, orphans.
Comment: These are evidently the orphans of Thomas Ligon, brother of James Ligon, who must have married [Michael Stewart], who married secondly in 1799 to Henry Stokes.  *Note by webmaster, Michael Stewart is what is on information submitted to me.*

WILL BOOK 6, PAGE 326

Last Will and Testament of John Williams of Halifax Co. VA, dated (blank) 1797 - Probated 22 February 1802.
Comment: This is the will of an extremely wealthy man and among his many legatees and bequests (including his wife, Diana) is a legacy to his (grand) son-in-law, Joseph Ligon, of a negro woman named Dilsey and her increase until his Great grandchildren, Mastin Ligon, Elizabeth Ligon, and an infant daughter, come of age to marry, who are the "children of my granddaughter, Diana Ligon, deceased."
Further Comment: Diana Williams, widow of the above John Williams, died testate (WB 9 p 331) in 1813 and among her legatees were bequests to the heirs of her daughter, Elizabeth Clay, and to her grandchild Elizabeth W. Ligon.

DEED BOOK 7, PAGE 247

8 September 1768 - Indenture in which Abraham Maury and Susanna, his wife, of the County of Lunenburg, Colony of Virginia, sell to Joseph Ligon of the County of Halifax, Virginia, for 500 pds, a tract of land in the County of Halifax, containing 1182 acres on teh Dan River, adjoining lands of Miles Selden, on Peters Creek, Richard Jones line, etc. Witnesses: P. Carrington, Edward Wade, John Williams.

DEED BOOK 9, PAGE 130

16 September 1773, Abraham Maury and Susanna, his wife, of the County of Lunenburg, sell to Joseph Ligon of the County of Halifax, for 500 pds, a tract of land in said county of Halifax, whereon the said Joseph Ligon now lives, on the north side of the Dan River, containing 1078 acres, etc. 
There follows an instrument in which Joseph Ligon accepts this deed in lieu of the former deed of 1768 although it is 104 acres short.  Recorded 16 September 1773.

ABSTRACTS - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSIONS
(National Archives, Washington D.C.)
S132 - JOSEPH LIGON - VIRGINIA SERVICE

1. Declaration made January 8, 1807 in Halifax County, Virginia
2. He is son of Captain Joseph Ligon
3. Was wounded at Battle of Guilford Courthouse, N.C. 1781.
4. Pension was granted and his name was later transferred from Virginia Agency to the West Tennessee Agency. In 1833 he was resident of Montgomery Co, TN.
5. Much more in files concerning his officers, etc.  

W9132- BLACKMAN LIGON AND ELIZABETH - VIRGINIA SERVICE

1. Declaration made November 14, 1818 in Greenville District, South Carolina.
2. States he was son of Captain Joseph Ligon and enlisted in Halifax Co, VA, February 12, 1776.
3. February 1781, wounded at Battle of Guilford Courthouse N.C. married crica 1780 Elizabeth, who was born April 28, 1753; was allowed pension as his widow in 1841 and died October 15, 1842.
4. In 1821 soldier referred to his grandchildren as (1) John T. age 29, (2) Elizabeth, age 25, (3) Blackman, age 22, and grandchildren James B Roseman (or Rosemond?) age 9 and Joseph Ligon, age 4 (4) his eldest child was a girl, name not stated, and (5) his second was Mrs. Nancy T. Moore (or Moone?) who was born November 1 1784.  She and her brother, John T. Ligon were living in Greenville District, S.C. in 1841.

S 4555 - JOHN LIGON - VIRGINIA SERVICE

1. Declaration made September 4, 1832 in Smith Co, TN, where he had been residing for 18 years.  Prior to this time he had resided in Halifax Co VA.
2. John Ligon states he was born 1761 in Chersterfield Co, VA and first enlisted in the 1780 in Halifax Co VA.
3. Papers contain more information as to his officers, etc.




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