Ancestral Family Topic 608

 608   Peter Elmore I (-1730)
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Peter Elmore I, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Peter Elmore I might describe his life as follows.

I was born probably in York County and was married to Rebecca by 1697. Except our eldest son, Thomas, our children were baptized in St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County, where I owned 100 acres in 1704.  Our parish was small—only 204 families in 1724.  Because the register recorded slave births and death, I can tell you my servant Cocks died 30 March 1729. 
In the same register where Cocks death can still be found, our pastor, Rev. Mossum wrote, “Peter Elmore Departed this Life March the 26th, 1730.” 
In 1739 Rebecca and our family moved across the Chickahominy River to Henrico County where Richard Woodson sold her 275 acres.  Her will 5 years later divided her land between Thomas and Elizabeth and left the rest of her estate to 5 surviving children and the orphans of Peter Elmore.

Rev. David Mossum was minister of St. Peter’s Church for 40 years beginning in 1727. 
Peter’s wife, Rebecca may have been Rebecca Harris for she and Peter named a son Harris and her nephew John Elmore, a Quaker, married Elizabeth Harris of the Hanover Harris family.
Peter and his son William witnessed the 1720 will of William Bassett in New Kent County.  Bassett, a vestryman of St. Peter’s Parish, was from York County, too, and a land partner with Peter’s maternal grandfather James Austin in 1,100 acres in New Kent County. 

The will of Rebecca Elmore
Here is the text of Rebecca’s will:

Will of Rebecca Elmore
19 May 1744
In the name of God Amen: I Rebeckah Elmore of the County of Henrico being in the—mind and memory do dispose of my worldly estate as followeth:
I give unto my son Thomas Elmore one half of my tract of land whereon I now live containing two hundred and seventy-five acres to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Elizabeth Elmore the other half of my land including the plantation whereon I now live to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten and if she die without such heir to my grandson John Elmore son of Peter Elmore to him and his heirs forever.
I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Elmore my Negro girls named Judy the other Increase to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten and if she dy without such heir to be equally divided with the rest of my estate.
I give to my granddaughter Lucy Elmore one two year old heifer.
All the remaining part of my estate both real and personal I give to be equally divided between my five children and my son Peter Elmore orphans to come in for one sixth part of my five children (viz) William Elmore, Thomas Elmore, Elizabeth Elmore, Bethia Mitchell, and Mary Mitchell to them and their heirs for ever.
My will and desire is that my estate be not appraised.
I do constitute and appoint my son William Elmore Executor of this my last will and testament this 19th day of May 1744.
Rebeckah (her mark) Elmore

Rebecca was dead by July 1746, and 3 Henrico County citizens appraised her estate for £82.15.4. 
Son William, perhaps knowing he was to receive no land, moved to Hanover County before Rebecca died. Not wanting the inconvenience of returning to Henrico to execute his mother’s will, William declined executorship and the court appointed Robert Ellison, the brother of Cecilia Ellyson who married Thomas Elmore.

Descendants of Peter Elmore I
Information about the children of Peter Elmore 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.
 Thomas Elmore,  
Jane (Gathright) Spears,  Ephraim Gathright,  Robert Spears,  
Peter Elmore,  Samuel Allen,  
Thomas Elmore,  
Agnes Elmore,  Isham Allen,   Julius Allen,   
Isham Allen,  Elizabeth Mosby,  
Christian Allen,  Frances Harwood,  
Robert Allen,  
Jane Ann Allen,  
Mary Allen,  
George Allen,  
Susannah Williamson Allen,  James Price,  
Thomas Allen,  
Elizabeth Elmore,  John Trabue,   
John Trabue,  
Jacob Trabue,  
Thomas Elmore Trabue,  
Mary Trabue,  
 William Elmore (1698-),  
John Mitchell,  
Elizabeth (—) Elmore,  
Sarah Elmore,  
Lucy Elmore,  
 Peter Elmore II (1700-1738),  
 Harris Elmore (1702-),  
 Elizabeth Elmore (1704-),  
John Elmore,   
 Bethiah (Elmore) Mitchell (1707-),  
 Mary (Elmore) Mitchell (1704-),  
 John Elmore (1719-),  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Isham Allen - Revolutionary War John Trabue - Revolutionary War

Selected sources
Elmore, William E., The Trunk of an Elmore Tree. Privately published, 1992. • Very well-done account of this family. Mr. Elmore corresponded with William McCaddin Pritchett while preparing this document. Includes family of Thomas Elmore, and his descendants including Peter Elmore, Peter Elmore, James Elmore, William Elmore, and James Elmore.

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