PATRICK'S LIFE

March 30, 1719

Patrick witnessed an Indenture in the Parish of Hanover in Richmond County when John Berry sold a parcel of land to Henry Berry. (Richmond County Deed Book 7 1714 – 1720. pp. 392-393.)

One distinct observation to be made from this record is the fact that Patrick signed his name, indicating he was literate and, therefore, had had at least some level of schooling. Since masters did not generally worry about getting schooling for their young indentured servants, (Thad W. Tate and David L. Ammerman. The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1979. p. 149.) Patrick’s education most likely occurred in England, before he left for America.

As evidenced throughout numerous deeds of the period, the Berry family property was in what subsequently became King George County and was adjacent to property owned by Sem Cox. (KingGeorge County was formed from the western portion of Richmond County in 1721.) (William Waller Hening. Hening’s Statutes At Large, Vol IV, 1711 - 1736. Charlottsville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1969. p. 95. AND Charles Francis Cocke. Parish Lines Diocese of Virginia. Richmond: The Virginia State Library, 1967. pp. 79 - 80.) The Berry property was near Dogue Run which is in the south-central sector of modern day King George County, about nine miles or so east of Fredericksburg and a few miles southwest of King George. It is in the same general vicinity as the land that Sem Cox conveyed to Margaret Ingles (Patrick’s wife) via deed of entailment in 1709. REF: October 10, 1709 comments James Kay, another Dogue Run area landowner, also witnessed the deed. It seems apparent that Patrick had been in this general area for about ten years by this time. REF: October 10, 1709 comments)

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