John Waits of Hampshire WVA line
For many years our line of Richard Wayte b. 1708 has
been tied up with the line of John Waits of Hampshire Co., WVA. While we have had proof that our lines did not
connect since 2003, we still find many internet family trees connecting
these. Now that
While there may some substance to the records the Rev. Waits found in the early 70’s, this is really a fictional piece. I will make notes at the end of this document indicating what is not proven info from the documents that our Wayte researchers have found.
I am going to type out what the Rev. Emmett Moore
Waits, Jr. wrote in the "The Colonial Genealogist" in 1970 until it
leaves our connection with Richard to work on his own line from John of
Hampshire and beyond. This is really
the only area of this work that pertains to my line so this is where I look
sometimes to see if I can find one of those documents he implies that prove the
Richard of Middlesex link to
From here on is his submission:
I. RICHARD WAIT, born Grittenham
Parish, Brinkworth, Malmsbury Hundred,
RICHARD WAIT passed through the
Wills, Prerogative Court of
Canterbury, 130 Harvey; 'The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex
County, Virginia 1653-1812' (1964 reprint), pp. 68, 72,80,83,85, 90; 'Bristol
and America: A Record of the First Settlers in the Colonies of North America
1654-1685: Servants to Foreign
Plantations', Volume I 1654-1663, Volume II 1663-1685, transcribed by R.
Hargreaves-Mawdsly (1967 reprint), p. 71; Bristol, England, Charters, Book I,
p. 361; Lancaster County, Virginia, Court Orders, Book 3, p. 181; Virginia
The immigrant ancestor, RICHARD WAIT, as mentioned, had two records as headright in Virginia, one in 1662 and a second in 1663. That both records refer to the same RICHARD WAIT, or WAYT, is obvious from the duplication of other names in both lists.
The claim that the immigrant ancestor was a "sea captain" has always been "family tradition". However, in seeking confirmation of this, the following records have been found:
English Probates, 19/179 Scroope Folio (Abstract): Will of THOMAS DOBBS, of Ludgershall (near
Malmsbury), Wiltshire, dates
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 8 Coker (Abstract): Will of LEWIS GODDARD of the Parish of St.
or may not constitute proof that the immigrant ancestor, RICHARD WAIT, or
WAITS, was a sea captain sometime between the years he was recorded as a
headright in Virginia and is of record in 1671 in HUGH BRENT's will as having
owned land in Lancaster County, Virginia, and his permanent settlement in
Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County Virginia, beginning with the year
1705. [It must also be kept in mind that
by law Wills had to be probated in
here onward he talks about the Wayte Coat of Arms (which I have not
investigated at all) and then starts in on our Richard b. 1708. He talks about his wife Sarah Blake, her parents
and grandfather John Blake who was an immigrant to VA from Pitminster,
he claims that Richard, the ancestor married again after Anne Duglass to
Charity Beaumont in 1713 and they had a son William, then later Charity married
John Ingram after Richard died and with him had a son Samuel Ingram. From what I can tell in
states that part of his proof of his John in Hampshire Co was that a William
Waite and a Samuel Ingram lived next to said John in Hampshire Co. So for years I thought that perhaps the
Richard who married Charity was a cousin or nephew or relative of some sort to
our Richard who married Sarah Blake but
Richard Wait, possible headright of 1663, seems to be
the same one who was about 14 years old and he was indentured to a Henry
Corbin. Ginger found the record after
other note about his proof besides the Richard who was 14 years old in 1663 was
that Ginger saw the actual will of Hugh Brent of 1671 at the LOV which was to
prove that Richard owned land in
One of the things that the John Waits of Hampshire line as always stated is that the family tradition of a sea captain. So the part about a Richard Waits, commander of the Friendship might be the only part of this tale that is true. It is also possible that he is the same one who married Charity Beaumont and died in 1715. And it is also possible that he is the same man who married Sarah Colstone but there must have been another Richard Wayte in Middlesex who was married to Anne Moore Duglass in 1705 and he must have been the one who died in 1724 if the William Waite and Samuel Ingram of Middlesex connection to John Waits of Hampshire is true.
The Rev. made many assumptions and while his guesses could be right in some places, I have a hard time thinking that Richard Wayte b. about 1638 was the same one who married first Sarah Colstone, then Anne Duglass in 1705, and Charity Beaumont in 1713. He would have been a bit long in the tooth I think, so I feel that we are missing a generation or two perhaps.
Much more is needed before we can safely state who the parents of Richard Wayte b. about 1670 who married Anne Moore Duglass in 1705 were.