Ancestral Family Topic 176

 176   Samuel Meanly I (-1783)
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Samuel Meanly I, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Samuel Meanly I might describe his life as follows.

My parents lived in New Kent County where the births of many Meanly children are recorded in the St. Peter’s Parish Register. The earliest mention of a Meanly in the vestry book is 4 May 1689 when the churchwardens appointed William Meanly to confirm some boundary lines in his neighborhood.  He was paying taxes on 100 acres in 1704. 
An arsonist set fire to the New Kent courthouse in 1787 so we have no way to identify my parents. Nor is the identity of my wife, the mother of my 11 children, known.
By 1747 I settled on Crooked Creek in Lunenburg County right on the Brunswick County line, north of present-day Macedonia Methodist Church and not far from the Nottoway River. James Amos, who was also from New Kent and perhaps my brother-in-law, sold the land to me.
When our county militia was ordered to the assistance of General Greene, I handed over my gun for them to use, for which I was later reimbursed. 
“Weak in body,” I made my will in September 1782—the same month that formal peace negotiations to end the Revolution began in Paris. I was dead within four months.

Samuel Meanly and his family settled in Lunenburg County by 5 Sept. 1747 when he paid Ł10 to James Amos and his wife, Elizabeth, for 194 acres on Crooked Creek, on or near the Brunswick County line. 

Samuel’s land trades
Tithable lists of Lunenburg County charged Samuel Meanly on one tithe in 1748-9 and two tithes in 1750-21.  The 1764 list that recorded acreage shows Samuel with 195 acres and son John Meanly and Cornelius Matthews in his household.  John and William Meanly are listed with Samuel in 1769.  By 1772 William is on his own and John and Samuel Meanly Jr. are living with Samuel Sr.  The tithable list for 1774 charges Daniel DeJarnett for William Meanly.  Samuel Jr. is still living with his father in 1774-5.  Samuel paid taxes on one poll and one slave in Lunenburg County in 1782. 
Processioning records of Cumberland Parish in 1767 place Samuel near George Phillips, James Amos, and Robert Phillips. 

A connection to James Amos?
James Amos, from whom Samuel bought his first tract of land in Lunenburg County, would later witness Samuel’s will. James, who was born in New Kent County to Francis Amos 15 Oct. 1716,  may have been Samuel’s brother-in-law.
Francis Amos and his wife, Elizabeth (- 28 Sept. 1723 ) were the parents also of Judith Amos who was baptized 24 Jan. 1713/4,  and Mary Amos (9 Aug. 1719).
The will of James Amos divided his property among children, James Amos, John Amos, and Agnes Amos (will dated 15 Jan. 1786  and proved 9 March 1786). It is notable that both James Amos and Samuel Meanly named daughters Agnes.
A review of all women named Agnes in the register of St. Peter’s Parish reveals no one with apparent connections to Amos or Meanly.

Samuel prepares his will
With his wife already dead, Samuel Meanly prepared his will in Brunswick County 17 Sept. 1782 leaving his estate to his 5 sons and 6 daughters. Here is the text of his will. 

Will of Samuel Meanly
17 September 1782
In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Meanly of Lunenburg County being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do constitute and make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, to wit I give all my tracts of land that I now live on to my five sons John, William, Samuel, George, and Richard to be equally divided between them, only I desire my son John may have his part where he now lives to them and their heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my six daughters to wit Elizabeth Harper, Agnes, Susannah, Judith, Martha, and Lucy, one cow each and all my household furniture and also my Negro fellow Charles to be equally divided between them.
I also bequeath to my son Samuel one bay colt also I bequeath to my son George one bay colt also I bequeath to my son Richard one bay colt foulded this spring past also desire the remainder part of my estate my be equally divided between all my children.
I do appoint John and Samuel Meanly executors whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day of September 1782.
Samuel Meanly SS
James Amos
John Amos
Charles Hamlin

Samuel was dead by 13 Feb. 1783 when the court ordered his will recorded and they inventoried his estate 16 May 1783.  His possessions were those of a typical colonial planter, including also a hive of bees, money scales, shoemaker tools, and leather hides. Besides his children, buyers at the estate sale included Joseph Harper, by then Elizabeth’s husband, Edward Chambers, and Martin Elam. William Hammock was security.
The Lunenburg County tithable list for 1783 charged “Samuel Meanly Jr. and executors of S. Meanly, deceased.”  George Meanly, now 16 years of age was in the household.
Not until 2 March 1784 did neighbors divide the 310 acres of Samuel Meanly among his sons as follows: John - 60 acres, William - 50 acres, Samuel Jr. - 70 acres, George - 50 acres, and Richard - 80 acres. 

Descendants of Samuel Meanly I
Information about the children of Samuel Meanly I, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 John Meanly (c.1750-1818),  
 William Meanly (c.1753-),  
Steven Jones,  James Kirk,  Robert Thomas,  
 Samuel Meanly II (c.1756-1802),  
Lewis Lambert,   
Judith Kirk,  James Kirk,  
Drury Kirk,   
Steven Jones,  James Kirk Jr.,  Robert Thomas,  
Rev. John Jones,  Elizabeth Hammock,   Thomas Hamlin,  Thomas Adams,  
James Manly,   Richard Meanly,   John Kirk,  
Thomas Hamlin,  Thomas Adams,  
Samuel Manly III,  Patience Amos,  William Kirk,   James Amos,  
Permelia Meanly,  Milley Kirk,  
James Manly,   
Mary Meanly,  Thomas Adams,  James S. Peace,  William Kirk,   Rev. Howell Simms,  
Jane Peace,  
Lucy A. Peace,  
Mary F. Peace,  
Henrietta S. Peace,  
John J. Peace,  
William H. Peace,  
Permelia A. Peace,  
Elizabeth Meanly,  Thomas Adams,  Joseph Goodwyn,  
 George Meanly (c.1767-),  
Judy Mimms,  Mary (—) Mimms,  John Mimms,  Rev. Edward Almond,  
 Richard Meanly,  
Elizabeth Traylor,  Edward Traylor,  Lucy Traylor,  Steven Jones,  
Allen Lanier,  Mary —,  
Stacy (—) Meanly,  Stacy Humphries,   
Nancy Meanly,  Benjamin Williams,  
 Elizabeth (Meanly) Harper,  
Joseph Harper,  
 Agnes Meanly,  
 Susanna Meanly,  
 Judith Meanly,  
 Martha (Meanly) Malone,  
Richard Malone,  Rev. Peter Wynne,  
 Lucy (Meanly) Phillips,  
Robert Phillips,  Rev. John Jones,  John Phillips,  Mary —,  George Phillips,  Robert Phillips,  
Ellen (—) Phillips,  
 Richard Meanly of New Kent County,  
Millington Meanly,  
Richard Meanly,  
Isaac Meanly,  Elizabeth Dennett,  
Daniel Meanly,  
Isaac Meanly,  
Dennett Meanly,  
Mary Meanly,  
Elizabeth Meanly,  
Tabitha Meanly,  
Richard Millington Meanly,  
Susanna Meanly,  Jesse Holbrook,  
Frances Meanly,  
Sarah Meanly,  
Jane Meanly,  
Jane Meanly,  
Absalom Meanly,  Susanna Jarratt,  Robert Jarratt,  Sarah Bradley,  
Susanna Meanly,  
Robert Jarratt Meanly,  
Devereaux Jarratt Meanly,  Francis Poythress,  
Melchizedek Meanly,  
Richard Meanly,  
Sarah Meanly,  Culleton,  
Frances Meanly,  Edward Jolly,  
 William Meanly of New Kent County,  
Richard Meanly,   
Elizabeth Meanly,  
John Meanly,  
Sarah Meanly,  
 Richard Meanly of Dinwiddie County,  
William Hall,  William Lewis,   
William Cary,  
 William Meanly of Dinwiddie County,  
 Richard Meanly of Mecklenburg County,  
Nathaniel Robertson,   Keziah Freeman,  Arthur Freeman,  Agnes Stokes,  Joshua Winfield,  Peter Winfield,  
Jesse Oslin,  
Jacob Winfield,  Robert Connell,  
Thomas Binford,  Balaam Jones,  
Hamblin Freeman Manly,  Frances (—) Manly,  
Isaac Manly,  
Delphia Manly,  
Richard Manly,  
Mary Parson Manly,  David Hogan,  
Sarah Hogan,  
James Hogan,  
Elijah Hogan,  
Charlotte Hogan,  
Hamblin Freeman Hogan,  
Nancy Hogan,  
Richard Manly,  Sarah Randle,  
Lucy Green Manly,  
Susanna F. Manly,  
Louisa R. Manly,  
Mary S. Manly,  
Hamblin Stokes Manly,  
Green Roper Manly,  
John Freeman Manly,  
Martha N. Manly,  
William L. Manly,  
Newton Asbury Manly,  
William Clinton Manly,  
Rev. John Manly,  Patsy (—) Manly,  Eveline C. (—) Manly,  
Rev. William Charles Manly,  
Elizabeth F. Manly,  
Rev. Isaac Newton Manly,  
Rev. John Adam C. Manly,  
Joseph B. Manly,  
Sarah Ann Manly,  
Sarah Ann Manly,  John Atkins,  
Martha M. Atkins,  
Eveline Parson Atkins,  
Eldridge G. Atkins,  
James Dewitt Clinton Atkins,  
 John Manly of Lunenburg County,  
John Beard,  
 John Meanly of New Kent County,  
Margaret (—) Meanly,  
Hannah Meanly,  
Susanna Meanly,  
John Meanly,  
Archelaus Meanly,  Ann —,  
Kitty Meanly,  
Nancy Meanly,  
Archelaus Meanly,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
John J. Peace - Civil War William H. Peace - Civil War
Robert Jarratt Meanly - Revolutionary War  

Selected sources
“Jarrett - Meanly - Jolly - Slaughter.” Genealogies of Virginia Families from the Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981(2):429-431. • Family of Absalom Meanly and Susanna Jarratt.

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