In 1640, a Certificate was granted to John Wilkins for 500 acres at Allens Creek extending toward the land of Obed Robins. The fragments of this certificate show the following headrights: Mr. John Wilkins and Bridgett his wife; John Marshall and....., Mary Vaughan, John ___, Edward Blacklocke....other names destroyed. (Beverly Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol. 32 Accomacke County 1637-1640, Richmond VA, 1948, Transcript p. 166, p. 94)
"Att a Courte held at Accowmacke the Sixth day of July 1640....The deposition of John Dolby aged twenty yeares or thereaboutes sworne and examined in open courte sayeth as Followeth. This deponend sayeth that about a Fortnight since or theraboutes heard John Marshall say unto him this deponent, that hee the said Marshall could find in his heart to knock his Maister John Wilkins on the head. An further hee deposeth not. the deposition of Walter Dickenson (aged) twenty yeares or thereaboutes sworne and examined in open Cort saieth as Followeth. This deponent saieth that about a Fortnight since hee heard John Mars(hall) say unto him this Deponent that hee that said Marshall could Find in his heart to knock his Mr. (master) John Wilkins on the head And Further he deposeth not. The deposition of Henry Metcalfe aged one and twenty yeares or thereaboutes sworne and examined saieth as Followeth. This deponent saieth that the last yeare hee heard John Marshall saie that hee could Find in his heart to give his Mr. (master) John Wilkins A Kinge Henry Knocke and further hee saieth not.
Forasmuch as this courte hath this present day taken into a serious consideration as well the manie misdemeanors and refractory courses allsoe the injurious and unlawfull speeches of John Marshall by him the said Marshall Formerly used and spoken towardes and concerninge Mr. John Wilkins, which hath at large appred by severall depositions Formerly deposed and this present day taken And whereas the same hath rended to such dangerous and ungodly action And being such ill president It is there upon thought Fitt and soe ordered by this Court that hee the said John Marshall shall For his enormous offences committed suffer and undergoe the punishment of thirty stripes upon his bare shoulders. As allsoe that hee satisfie his said Master For all such charges as hee is to undergoe and pay both unto the high Sheriff and allsoe For all the charges of Court in and about this said suyte And Furthermore and in consideration of the promises hee is hereby ordered From henceforth to bee and remayne upon his good Abearance and well Behaviour." (Susie M. Ames, County Court Records of Accomack-Northampton, VA 1640-1645, Charlottesville, VA, University Press, p. 5, 19)
John appears in Northampton Court on May 15, 1643 and July 4, 1643 to give depositions. No age is given, nor any indication as to whether he is still in the service of John Wilkins. (Susie M. Ames, County Court Records of Accomack-Northampton, VA 1640-1645, Charlottesville, VA, University Press, p. 276, 289)
In 1649, John appears as a witness to the will of his former master, John Wilkins, on December 23. The title "planter" is given after his name. He gave a deposition on January 28, 1650 regarding the will of Edward Drew. (James Marshall, Wills & Administrations of Northampton Co., p. 26-27)
In 1685, John Marshall purchased 150A at N115 from Henry Edwards. Whitelaw says he left it to his son, Thomas; however, no will or disposition has been found. He may have 'left' it to his son, Thomas through the laws of primogeniture. The property then passed by Thomas Marshall's will of 1700 to his sons George and John.
John Marshall had the following child:
+ 2 i. Thomas2 Marshall was born 1626.
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