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Absolom Melton
Male 1733 - 1805

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  • Birth  Abt 1733 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Sep 1805  , Bedford, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3332  Herring Family of Callaway County, Missouri
    Last Modified  14 Nov 2008 
    Family 1  Ann Unknown,   d. Between 1796 and 1801, , , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1754 
     1. John Melton,   b. 12 Mar 1754,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Rebeckah Melton,   b. 4 Mar 1755, , Bedford, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1820 and 1825, , , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Anderson Melton,   b. 20 Oct 1756,   d. Bef 1834
    >4. Mabel Melton,   b. 13 Feb 1758,   d. 18 Oct 1845, , Grayson, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Lucy Melton,   b. 30 Dec 1759,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Elizabeth Melton,   d. Bef 1820
     7. Allen Melton,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  14 Nov 2008 
    Family ID  F1307  Group Sheet
    Family 2  Mary Richardson,   b. Between 1760 and 1765,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, , Grayson, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Aug 1801  , Bedford, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  21 Aug 2005 
    Family ID  F1308  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • He was a farmer and could write his own name.

      Absolom has no proven connection to earlier Meltons. His first record was 1 Mar 1770, when he patented 263A at Amos Creek in Bedford Co. In 1776 he purchased 200A at Button Creek in, then sold the parcel in 1778. In 1779 he purchased 404A at Goose Creek, and in 1784 he and his wife Ann sold 15A at Goose Creek. In 1886 Absolom Melton and Elizabeth Mead conveyed 163A at Amos Creek*. He also held land in Grayson Co VA. In the 1787 tax list for Bedford Co, Absolom had 1 male 16-20, 3 horses and 9 cattle. Absolom made his will 13 Jan 1804, in which he named his wife and children [except John]. The will was probated 23 Sep 1805 at Bedford Co.
      Richard may have been Absolom's father - they were neighbors at Goose Creek, and the tax records show Richard as not tithable in 1787 [old age being the most common reason for being untithable]. Richard's first record in Bedford Co was in Aug 1779 when he sold a small parcel. On 27 Sep 1779 he made a gift of deed for 211A at Goose Creek to his son, William Melton, another gift of deed for 40A at Goose Creek to his son John Melton, and the same day Absolom Melton peushased 404A at Goose Creek. In 1783 Richard purchased 100A at Goose Creek, and in 1784 he purchased another 200A at Goose Creek. The same adjacent neighbors were mentioned in Richard's and Absolom's deeds. On 22 Feb 1796 Richard Melton and his wife Mary sold 44A at Cotton Patch Branch. In the 1787 Bedford Co Tax List, Richard had 3 horses and 9 cattle, wasn't tithable, and was visited on the same day as Absolom. Known children of Richard and Mary were: William, who married Mary, and John.
      Here is my research on Absalom's descendants.
      MELTON GENEALOGY (By Robin A. Smith)
      Speculation: Absalom had a sister Elizabeth who married a Wilks. See land transaction 1786 below. Possibly land was inherited by them from relative?
      Absalom Melton/Milton b. ca. 1733 d. Sept. 1805 Bedford Co., VA (he could write his own name) Farmer m.(1) ca. 1754 Ann d. ca. 1796?1801 VA (couldn't write) m.(2) 1 Aug. 1801 Bedford Co., VA Mary Richardson b. 1760?1765 d. 1830?40 Grayson Co., VA (couldn't write) d/o Joseph? Richardson
      1775 Nov. 11 Mary and William Markham sold him 200 acres Button Creek Bedford Co., VA (Bk 5 p 388) 1779 Sept. 27 Peter Holland sold him 404 acres Goose & Gladys Creek, Bedford Co VA (Bk 6 p. 317)
      1779 Sept 27 - Peter Holland sold to Absalom Melton both of Bedford Co [no money value filled in] 404 acres both sides of Goose Creek [no nrighbors given] [no witnesses] recorded 27Sept. 1779. [Bk 6 p. 317]
      1780 Aug. 28 Absalom sold 200 acres Button Creek to Joseph Tweedy Bedford Co VA (Bk7 p 17) [Neighbors:David Rosser, Joseph Tweedy, Joseph Macmurtree? or Joseph W. Murtee
      1782 Bedford Co., VA 1 male over 16 but under 21, no slaves, 2 horses, mares, colts or mules, 6 cattle, 2 tithes, son-Anderson
      1784 Aug. 24 Absalom and Ann sold 15 acres Goose Creek to William Ford Bedford Co VA (Bk 7 p 396) [sold for L11?] from a tract of 404 acres] [Ann signed her mark]
      1784-1786 Bedford Co., VA Court Order book 8 p. 206, 240 Absalom Melton injunction granted to stay judgment obtained against him
      1786 Sept. 24 Absalom Melton with Elizabeth Wilks sold 163 acres (from original 263 acres tract) Amos branch to Samuel Wilson Bedford Co VA (Bk 8 p 7)
      1787 Apr 23 Bedford Co., VA Personal Property tax: 1 male over 16 but under 21, no blacks, 3 horses, mares, colts or mules, 9 cattle
      1788 James Gibson bill of sale regarding personal property to Absalom (Bk 8 p 82)
      1790-1795 Bedford Co., VA Court Order Book 10 p. 202, 245 Absalom Melton summoned to court; p. 287 Absalom Melton exempt from road work
      1792 July 21 Absalom and Ann Melton consent to Rebecca's marriage witnesses: Elisha Burnett and George Thos. Brown
      1793 Dec. Absalom and Ann sureties for daughter Mabel's marriage to Thomas Bryant
      1796 Absalom sold 31 acres Goose Creek to Jesse Caldwalader Bedford Co., VA (Bk 10 p 153)
      1796 Absalom and Ann sold 73 acres Goose Creek to Thomas Caldwalader Bedford Co VA (Bk 10 p 155)
      1799 Absalom surety for daughter Elizabeth's marriage
      1801 Absalom sold 160 acres Goose Creek to Stephen Martin Bedford Co VA (Bk 11 p 331)
      1801 Aug. 1 Absalom's second marriage to Mary Richardson. Joseph Richardson and Jabez Leftwich surety.
      1804 June 19 Absalom's Will prepared dau. "Mayble Briant" plantation she living on 101 acres property bounded by Robert Wilt and Roberts(on) Pennocks and the plantation he was living on which was plotted out; dau. Lucy Branch 25 cents (having already received her share of the estate); dau. Elizabeth
      Melton 25 cents; dau. Rebeckah Burnet one ewe; son Anderson Melton 25 cents having previously been given 160 acres; son "Allon Melton" plantation
      Allon lives on Goose Creek near Headen's Canoe ford (104 acres); wife Mary Melton plantation he lives on (bounded by "Mable" and "Allin" on sides, Goose Creek on end, and Stephen Martain and Wm. Pennock on other end (128 acres) to give to "her and my son" William; son William Melton lands Absalom purchased in Grayson Co VA "and desiring my son Anderson to assist his mother in procurring the right in such way or manner as shall be proper for him to obtain the land and my will is that she shall receive the profits thereof if any till he shall arive to lawful age"; wife Mary one horse, one cow and calf, part of the farming or plantation tools together with household goods and furniture; remainder of farming and mechanic tools to be sold to pay debts and charges; if William dies before lawful age his portion to Anderson's son Joel. David Sanders and Thomas Overstreet Executors. Witnesses: William Pennock, Samuel Wilkes, Mary Pennock, and Joel Lewis. (Absalom signed name)(Note: land transactions mentioned in Will to children never recorded in land records--which increases acreage he sold but never showed purchased unless land sold just before death was the same land and he sold it instead of leaving it to his children and wife or note that in 1801 Anderson
      :bought 156 acres in Grayson Co. from some Wilks. Maybe Absalom helped him purchase the property)
      1805 Absalom and Mary sold in Bedford Co., VA 50 acres Goose Creek to Thomas Snider (Bk 11 p 1177), 50 acres to Mabel Bryant (Absalom's daughter)
      (Bk 11, p 1180), 128 acres to Richard Roberts (Bk 11 p 1181) and 102 acres to Stephen Martin (Bk 11 p 1183) (Note: Over the years Absalom sold all together 609 acres when only deed for buying land was for 404 acres) 1805 Sept. 23 Absalom's Will probated Bedford Co., VA (Will Bk. 3, pg. 97)
      1805-1806 Bedford Co., VA Court Order Book 13 p. 255 Absalom Melton's Will probated; p. 297 Mary qualifies as Administratrix and appraisers are appointed; p. 300 inventory ordered recorded
      1807 May 23 Grayson Co., VA John Fielder sold 200 acres (for L50) Wolfe Glade Creek a branch of Crooked Creek to Mary Melton widow of Absalom Melton desd.and her heir William Melton s/o Absalom Melton (neighbor: Thomas William) (Grayson Co., VA Deeds Bk. 2 p. 310) recorded May 6, 1807
      1810 Bedford Co., VA p. 473 Mary Melton 1 m. under 10, 1 f. 45 and up
      1810 July 9 Mary involved in Bedford Co., VA lawsuit-Sena Richardson vs. Anderson Melton, et al. (Court order book)(see note below in Anderson's info regarding this case)(case noted in Lynchburg press)
      1820 Grayson Co., VA p. 240/49A Mary Melton 1 m. 16-26, 1 f. 45 and up, 1 in agriculture
      1830 Grayson Co., VA p.268 William Melton 1 m.under 5, 1 m.5-10, 1 m.20-30 2 f.under 5, 1 f.20-30, 1 f.60-70(prob.Mary)
      1840 Grayson Co., VA p. 298 William Melton and family but no older female
      Know all men these presents that I Absalom Melton of the County of Bedford and State of Virginia do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament touching Such Worldly Estate as I have been favored with and first I order and ordain that all my Just debts and funeral charges be paid by my Executors hereafter named 2ndly agreeable to contract with my Daughter Mayble Briant I give and bequeath unto her the plantation whereon She now Lives Containing one hundred and one acre be the Same more or lefs Bounded by Lands of Robert Witt Roberts Pennocks and the plantation I Live on agreeable to a Plat drawn the 6th of the (looks like an insert mark and above it--) at mo non? to her own proper use and disposal to be disposed of as She Shall See proper 3thly I give to my daughter Lucy Branch the sume of twenty five Sents She having heretofore had her portion of my Estate 4thly I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Melton the some of twenty five cents She having had her Share of my Estate 5thly I give my daughter Rebeckah Burnet one ew to be given her within two months after my Decease 6thly I give to my son Anderson Melton the sume of twenty five cents having heretofore given him his full Share of my Estate Viz one hundred and sixty Acres of Land 7thly I Give and Bequeath to my Son Allon Melton the plantation whereon he now Lives Bounded as followeth to witt Beginning at a hor? beam and Red oak on Goofcreek by Henden's Canoe foard thence North Sixty three degrees E. two hundred and twelve poles to a Spanish oak in Martain's line thence on his lines to Goofcreek and up the Creek as it Mayanders to the Begining Containing one hundred and four acres be the same more or lefs to his own proper use and disposal to be disposed of as he Shall See proper 8thly I Give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Melton the plantation whereon I now live to be disposed of as She Shall See proper and if She Shall not See proper to Sell the Said Land (which is Bounded by the Lands I bequeathed to my daughter Mable on one side and my Son Allin on the other side and by Goofcreek on one end and Stephen Martain and Wm. Pennock on the other Containing one hundred and twenty Eight acres be the Same more or lefs) I wish and desire her to Give and bequeath the Same to her and my Son William Melton 9thly I Give and bequeath to my Son William Melton the Lands I purchased in Grayson County Virginia wishing and desiring my Son Anderson to afsist his mother in procuring the Right in Such way or manner as Shall be proper for him to obtain the Land and my will is that She Shall Receive the profits thereof if any till he Shall arive to Lawfull age And further I do Give and Bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Melton one horse as She may choose and one cow and calf part of the farming or plantation tools Such part as She may realy need together with my household Goods and furniture to be at her will and disposal and Lastly all the Remainder of my Stock farming and Mechanic tools I will to be Sold and the money arising therefrom pay my debts defray charges And I do hereby nominate constitute and Appoint and by these presents have nominated constituted and appointed my Trusty David Sanders and Thomas Overstreet Executors to this my Last Will and Testament. Viz if my Son William Melton Shall decease before he Shall arive to Lawful age I will that his portion be Given to my Son Anderson Melton's Son Joel In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and affixed my Seal this Nineteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and four 1804 (signed Absalom Melton)
      Signed Sealed &c In the presents of us William Pennock Samuel Wilkes Mary Pennock Joel Lewis
      At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 23rd day of September 1805 This Last Will and Testament of Absalom Melton Desd was exhibited in Court by Thomas Overstreet one of the Executors therein named & proved by the solemn affirmation of William Pennock & Mary Pennock & by the oath of Samuel Wilkes the subscribing witnefses and ordered to be recorded. Tese J.Steptoe (Bedford Co., VA Will Book 3 page 97)
      In the same Will Book, starting near the bottom of page 111 and continuing to a little past the middle of page 112, is an appraisal of Absalom's estate. The interesting thing about this is that it is dated February 12th, 1806, and follows an entry dated February 24th, 1806, and is a copy of a communication from Grayson County, Va. In other words, Absalom was living in Grayson County when he died, although he still had property in Bedford Co.
      Herewith followeth my transcription:
      Grayson County Feb'y 12th 1806
      We the undersigned agreeably to Order of the Washipfull [sic worshipful] Court of Bedford to us directed after being duly qualified according to Law attended at at [sic] the Dwellinghouse of the late Absolem (sic) Melton Deceased, and [?] did appraise the Estate of the said Absolem Melton Dec'd. as directed the following is a Schedule of the property, viz---- [Each entry preceded by a "/" which probably means "1" or might just be a check mark.]
      3 year old Calf [Colts?] $ 30.00
      yearlin' Ditto 12.75
      Cow & Calf 12.00
      Heifer 3.50
      Bull yearlen' 2.50
      Nohorn Cow 8.50
      Heifer 7.50
      Cow & Bell [?Ball] 10.75
      Cow & Calf & Bell 10.00
      Yd Hames [?] 0.33 1/2
      [Start p. 112]
      Plough & Coulter [?] 1.00
      Sythe [sic] Blade 0.83
      Double & Swingle Tree 1.00
      Yd Steelyards 2.00
      2 Yd Chains & Hames[?] 4.50
      Drawing Knife 0.33 1/2
      2 Bags & 1 Bridle Bitt 0.95
      Basket, Grindstone, &
      ( Plane Stock ) 0.50
      Yearlen' 1.83
      Meal Sifter 0.75
      Oven & Bale 2.00
      Bak [sic Black?] Iron flesh )
      fork & Ladle ) 1.00
      Pot & Hooks 1.25
      Saddle 4.25
      Chest 1.25
      Churn 0.42
      Old Pale [sic pail] 0.42
      Wheel 1.50
      Gun 5.00
      3 Slays & Temples 1.66 [Not a clue what this is]
      2 Axes 1.50
      Crockery Ware 2.83
      3 Pins [or pens?] 0.25
      Frae [sic?] & 2 Drawingknives 1.00
      Box Knives & forks 1.50
      34 lb [?] Pewter 14.28
      Lot Tools 8.00
      Lot Lumber 1.33
      yds Leather 0.42
      Bed 15.00
      Lot Bottles Book &c 4.00
      Mare 47.50
      Total $ 227.89
      William Ballard [or ?Bollard?] Hiram Wilks [?could also be Throm Wilks] Jerman Ballard William Williams
      At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 24th day of February 1806. This Inventory & Appraisement of the Estate of Absalom
      Melton, Dec'd was exhibited in Court & Ordered to be Recorded --------------Teste P. Steptoe C.B.C.
      [End of Transcript]