Ancestral Family Topic 880

 880   William Ligon II (c.1682-1764)
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William Ligon II, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, William Ligon II might describe his life as follows.

I was born in present-day Chesterfield County about 1682. My mother was Mary Tanner and my father, William Ligon who died when I was about 7 years of age. In 1694 my uncle Edward Haskins gave me a cow named Fortune that was at Mother’s plantation called “Powells.” 
I married Elizabeth Batte before 1704 when her grandparents, Henry and Ann Lound, gave us 258 acres of land.  We were the parents of three: Sarah, William, and Joseph Ligon. 
In 1735-7 I assembled 900 acres on Sandy Creek in that part of Amelia County that became Prince Edward in 1754.  We gave 600 acres to our son William, and the remaining 300 acres eventually went to Henry Ligon who married our daughter, Sarah. 
In 1745 Elizabeth and I sold our 130 acres at “Neck of Land,” “reserving thirty feet square where the burying place is” and settled on 650 acres William gave us along Sandy Creek. 
I prepared my will in Prince Edward County 22 October 1759, but was living with William in Amelia County when I died because they recorded my will there 27 September 1764.  At my death I owned 8 slaves worth £372 and 18 head of black cattle valued at £35. Since I disposed of most of what I owned before moving in with William, the rest of my personal property amounted to only about £29.

Court proceedings
Court proceedings suggest that William Ligon, like his father, was independent minded. In April 1713 Tarleton Woodson brought a complaint against William Ligon Jr. for blocking the road from Woodson’s home to the ferry.  Three months later the court ruled that “the two roads now into Neck of Land shall remain as Roads, the one going down the River, the other up the River, and John Worsham and Isham Epes, Gent. are desired to ascertain to both parties where the said Roads are.”  Twenty-two years later, 1 Jan. 1735/6, William sold Tarleton Woodson 7 acres of land near the river. 
In May 1724 they accused William in court of having a “Negro” slave fish with a net on the Sabbath and sending his son to fetch twine from home to mend the fishnet. 
On 4 Sept. 1720 in Henrico County, Elizabeth Ligon, her Batte sisters and their husbands agreed upon how to divide between them 1,200 acres in Prince George County, left to them in their father’s will. A year later William and Elizabeth Ligon sold their 240-acre portion to Moses Beck for £15.10. 
On 1 Nov. 1706 William Ligon of Henrico Parish and his uncle Richard Ligon of Bristol Parish agreed to divide a parcel of 200 acres, which had been left to Mary Ligon by her father, Capt. Thomas Harris. This agreement settled several lawsuits. In the same agreement, Richard gave half his land to his son, Matthew Ligon

Land held fee tail
In Colonial Virginia land could be held fee tail, which required heirs to pass such land down through the generations, without selling or encumbering it. In contrast, land held fee simple could be transferred to others. William Ligon’s grandfather, Capt. Thomas Harris, entailed a 200-acre portion of “Curles” to his eldest daughter, Mary Harris. When she died, she left the land to her son, Hugh Ligon, and when he died with no children, the land reverted to his eldest brother, William Ligon. Although William did not want the land, William Randolph did. On 19 June 1730 William petitioned the House of Burgesses to bring a bill to the floor approving the exchange of his land for land and property belonging to Randolph. The House did what most administrative bodies have done for centuries. They referred the petition to a committee. The next day the committee reported that Randolph’s lands along with two “Negroes, Judith and Pompey,” were sufficient for the exchange. A bill approving the exchange of title in the properties was read on the floor of the House on 3 consecutive days, passed, and signed by the governor. 
When Randolph sold 50 acres of this land to Tarleton Woodson for £50 on 3 April 1735, their deed related the succession of owners and acknowledged the fee tail “was cut off by virtue of an act of Assembly of Virginia & proceedings in England.” 

In 1731 William refused to allow Henry Batte and Peter Baugh to procession the boundaries of his land. Perhaps because his grandfather Thomas Ligon and his uncle Richard Ligon had been county surveyors and had established his boundaries to William’s satisfaction. Henrico County taxed William Ligon on 7 levies and 508 acres in 1736. 
William Ligon was still living in Henrico County 28 May 1744 when he demanded “pay for one day’s attendance and for coming and returning forty-four miles” as a witness for his son William in defending a lawsuit brought by John Lewelling in the Amelia County Court. 

Will and probate

Will of William Ligon
22 October 1759
In the name of God Amen, I, William Ligon, of Prince Edward, being weary in body but in sound mind and memory does this 22nd day of October in the year of our Lord 1759 make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first lend to my loving wife, Elizabeth Ligon, all my estate that I am now possessed with during the term of her natural life and after her decease I give my Negro man Grimmy to Mary Moseley, wife of William Moseley, and to her heirs forever.
Item. I give my Negro man Matthew to Martha Moseley, wife of Matthew Moseley, and to her heirs forever after my said wife deceased.
Item. I give to my daughter Sarah Ligon, wife of Henry, ten pounds current money of Virginia also one bed and furniture as it stands as also four cows and four calves to be delivered after my said wife deceased.
Item. I give to my grandson, Joseph Ligon, two cows and two calves to be delivered after my wife deceased.
Item. I give to my son William Ligon, all the rest of my estate, of Negroes, and all the rest of my moveable estate to him, my son William Ligon, and to his heirs forever.
And Lastly, I do constitute and appoint my said son, William Ligon, whole and soul executor of this my last will and testament, revoking all other will or wills before me made. Signed with my own hand and seal the day and year being first above written.
William (X) Ligon
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, In the Presence of Richard Burkes, William Ligon, Jessa (x) Lewelling.

Martha and Mary Moseley and Joseph Ligon were 3 children of William’s dead son Joseph Ligon, by his 1st wife.
They returned an appraisement of the estate of William Ligon 25 Sept. 1765 with a value of £436.9.6. 

Descendants of William Ligon II
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Names found in this topic include the following.
 Sarah (Ligon) Ligon (-1785),  
Henry Ligon,   Henry Clay,   Benjamin Harris,  
Samuel Hudson,  Drusilla —,  
George Walker,  
Thomas Sanders,  
Henry Ligon,  Elizabeth Howson,   
Thomas Harrison Haskins,   
John Rowlett,   
Sarah Ligon,  Robert Holt,  
William H. Holt,  
Elizabeth Holt,  James Mason,  
Ligon Holt,  Mary S. McCraw,  
Ann Holt,  Anderson Weatherford,  
Sarah Holt,  
William Ligon,  Sarah Herring,  Arthur Herring,  
Letcher Alexander Ligon,  
John Howson Ligon,  Elizabeth Guill,  Alexander Guill,  
Josiah Gill,  
Henry Ligon,  Henry Ligon,   Elizabeth Smith,  Henry Smith,  Mary —,  Walthall Marshall,   
Arnold Thompson,  
Phoebe Ligon,  Stephen Dickerson Turner,  Keziah (—) Turner,  
Lucy Ligon,  Armistead Pamplin,  
Elizabeth Ligon,  Mason,  Thomas Ligon,  
Mary Mason,  
William Ligon,  Edith Turner,  John Turner,  Mary —,  
John Turner Ligon,  Jane Haskins,   
John Deshazer,  
Ann Haskins Ligon,  Williamson Foster,   
Mary Ligon,  
Martha C. Ligon,  Caleb B. Hudson,  Ann M. Ragland,  
Dr. John Turner Ligon,  Betsy Ann Scott,   Agnes B. Leigh,  Elizabeth Archer Scott,   
Phoebe Haskins Ligon,  Phineas Pankey Nash,  
Col. William Henry Ligon,  Martha P. Walthall,   Martha Wood,  
Dr. Benjamin Haskins Ligon,  
Tabitha Jane Ligon,  
Henry Ligon,  Martha Wootten,   Jack Rice,  John Booth,  Thomas Branch,  Henry Ligon,   
Joseph Ligon,  Ann Clarke,   
Jacob McGehee,   
William Ligon,  Sarah Leigh,   
Sarah Ligon,  William Atwood,  James Atwood Sr.,  
Mary (—) Turner,  
James Atwood,  
Elizabeth Ligon Atwood,  
Mary Atwood,  
William Atwood,  
John Atwood,  
 William Ligon III (-1796),  
 Joseph Ligon (c.1704-1752),  
William Blackman,   Judith Stewart,   
Samuel Hudson,  Drusilla (—) Hudson,  Thomas Eldridge,   
James Gravilet,  
Robert Bowman,   Joseph Morton Sr.,   
Sarah (Stewart) Ward,   Mary Stewart,   Leonard Ward,   
George Walker,  Daniel DeJarnette,   Daniel Brown,  Jacob McGehee,   Edward Folkes,  Robert Elam,   Joseph Goode,   
William Baugh Jr.,   John Fleming,  Susanna —,  Thomas Clark,   John Hylton,   
James Ligon,   
Capt. Joseph Ligon,  James Deans,  William Walthall,   
Judith (—) Ligon,  
Thomas Scott Jr.,   Alexander Roberts,   Henry Filmer Green,   
Lt. Blackman Ligon,  Elizabeth Townes,   
Joseph Seldon,  
Lt. Joseph Ligon,  Thomas Roberts,  Lettice Simms,  
Diana Coleman Clay,   
Camilla Ligon,  Richard Jones,  
Matthew Ligon,  Judith Pleasants,   
Marston Ligon,  Elizabeth Wood,  Thomas Wood,  
Elizabeth W. Ligon,  Nathaniel D. Terry,  Nathaniel Dickinson Terry,   
Diana Coleman Ligon,  Dr. Josiah W. Fort,  
John Ligon,  Filmer Green,   Nancy Anderson Martin,  George Martin,  
Thomas Ligon,  Cox Whitlow,   Michal Stewart Moody,   
Obediah Ligon,  Anna Isbell,   
Henry Ligon,  John Bressie,  Helena (—) Ligon,  
James Ligon,  Judith Church,  
Mary Ligon,  William Moseley,   
Mary Ligon Moseley,  Lewis Clark,  George Rowlett,   
Joseph Moseley,   
George Rowlett,   Branch,  
Martha Ligon,  Matthew Moseley,   
George Rowlett,   
John Ligon,  Mary Moseley,   
Arthur Moseley,   William Walthall Jr.,   Thomas Batte,   Henry Turpin,   
Mary Ligon,  Matthew Agee,  
John Ligon,  Matthew Moseley,  Jane Dunnavant,   
Thomas Ligon,  Elizabeth Perkinson,   Judith Clarke,  William Clarke,  
Martha Ligon,  Edward Scott,  
Eliza Ligon,  Obediah Morton,   
John M. Ligon,  Ann E. Meriwether,  
Ann Eliza Ligon,  
Thomas Perkinson Ligon,  Reuben Perry,  Lucy Ann Perry,  Frances Elizabeth Perry,  
Edward Moseley Ligon,  Elvira Nicholas Bell,  
Richard Floyd Ligon,  Elizabeth C. Hayes,  
Judith J. Ligon,  Thomas A. Pankey,  
Pauline Ligon,  
William Dabney Ligon,  
Lavinia Ligon,  William H. Morton,  
William Ligon,  James Ligon,   
Thomas Ligon,  Betty Povall,   
Judith Ligon,  Thomas Moody,  
Henry Moody,  
Samuel Moody,  
Joseph Moody,  
Sally Moody,  
Lucy Moody,  
John Ligon Moody,  
Thomas Moody,  
Michal Stewart Moody,  Thomas Ligon,   
Robert Church,  
Henry Stokes,  
Judith E. Ligon,  Levi Nance,  
Elizabeth Ligon,  Hezekiah Blankenship,  
Michal Ligon,  Henry Hailey,  
Mary Moody,  
Betsy Ann Moody,  
Judith Moody,  
Elizabeth Ligon,  Samuel Pointer,  Joseph Ligon,   
Judith Stewart Pointer,  Nathaniel Jones,  
Elizabeth Pointer,  Anderson I. Hurst,  
 Richard Povall (-1771),  
John Povall,  
Tabitha Hudspeth,  Thomas Prosser,  Arthur Moseley Jr.,   
Lucy Povall,  William Hudspeth,  
Sarah Povall,  Samuel Hobson,  
John Hobson,  Frances Littlepage,  James Littlepage,  
Benjamin Hobson,  Mary Ann Mosby,  
Richard Hobson,  Martha Moore,  
Samuel Hobson,  Elizabeth Johnson,  
Elizabeth Hobson,  David Crenshaw,  
William Hobson,  Janett McLaurine,  
Matthew Hobson,  
Susanna Povall Hobson,  William Royall,  
Lucy Hobson,  John North,  
Betty Povall,  Thomas Ligon,   
Thomas Howlett,   
Rachel Povall,  Henry Clay,   
Mary Povall,  Charles Moseley,   
Ann Povall,  Thomas Wooldridge,   
Martha Povall,  John Moseley,   
Susanna Povall,  
Charles Povall,  Sally Goode,   
Richard Povall,  
John Povall,  
Judith Povall,  James Littlepage,  James Littlepage,  Sarah Winston,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
William Ligon - Revolutionary War John Howson Ligon - Revolutionary War
Blackman Ligon - Revolutionary War Lt. Joseph Ligon Jr. - Revolutionary War
John Ligon - Revolutionary War  

Legislators - colonial and state
Letcher Alexander Ligon - Tennessee  

Selected sources
De Berardinia, Robert and Marilou Gardner Sanders. “Family Bible Record of James H. Ligon of Halifax Co., Va., and Wilson Co, Tenn., and its provenance.” The Virginia Genealogist. 44:228-233 (2000). • Bible of James Howson Ligon, a son of John Howson Ligon.
Ligon, William D. Jr. The Ligon Family and Connections 2 vols., 1947. • Volumes devoted to the ancestors and descendants of Thomas Ligon, including William Ligon, William Ligon, William Ligon, Thomas Ligon, and William Baxter Ligon.

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