Lot 18, known in Williamsburg at the present time as the "Robert P. Waller Lot," lies on the east side of the street leading from Williamsburg to the Capitol Landing. Lots 19 and 43 lie just behind and to the east of lot 18. On William Waller's map (1749), which was recorded in York County, Deed Book V, 334, no name appears on lots 18, 19, or 43. However, from several deeds of this period (May 1, 1763), it seems certain that these lots were a part of the large tract of land which Mann Page sold to Benjamin Waller. (York County Records, Deeds VII, 4). This piece of land which lay east of the Capitol is described in Hening's Statutes under the Act of 1744. (Hening, V, 277- 78). In 1756, these lots were added to the city of Williamsburg. (Hening, VII, 54).
The Benjamin Waller referred to above, was the grandfather of Robert P. Waller, owner of lots 18, 19, and 43 in the nineteenth century. Benjamin Waller, was a large landowner in Williamsburg, and in York and James City Counties. For many years he served as a member of the House of Burgesses, and as a judge of the General Court and the Court of Admiralty. According to the family records (see Illustration #6 in Appendix) Judge Waller was the son of Colonel John Waller, Burgess from King William County, and Clerk of Spotsylvania County, Virginia; and a nephew of Dr. Edmund Waller of St. John's College, Cambridge, England (d. 1745). There is undoubtedly a close connection between the English poet, Edmund Waller (d. 1687), and the Williamsburg Wallers. The names, "Edmund," "Hardress," and "Benjamin" appear in the family both in England and in Virginia for several generations. Sir Hardress Waller lived in England in the time of Charles I.
About the middle of the eighteenth century Benjamin Waller and wife, of Williamsburg, deeded two pieces or lots of land lying along the street leading to Queen Mary's Port, to Benjamin Powell. Although the deed mentioned only lots 19 and 43 by number, it is clear from the description given in the deed that lot 18 was a part of this tract:
May 1, 1763.
Martha, his wife
Consideration: 75 Pounds.
Two pieces, parcels or lots of land lying and being in the city of Williamsburg aforesaid in the Parish of Bruton, County of York and bounded as followeth, to-wit: Beginning at the Southeast [sic] corner of Waller Street, thence down the street leading to Queen Mary's Port 10 poles, thence South 89 degrees and an half East 15 poles, thence South½degree West 10 poles to Waller Street, thence up the said street 15 poles to the beginning. Which said lots are denoted in the plan of the said city by the figures 19, 43, and is part of a larger tract of land purchased by Benjamin Waller of Mann Page.(York County Records, Deeds VIII, 4)
A study of the Frenchman's Map (c. 1782) shots a large house on lot 18. This house, evidently a dwelling house, faces upon Waller Street. The map shows a smaller, long, narrow house to the southeast on the lot, and two outhouses to the rear. One outhouse, perhaps, is a kitchen; the other, a stable. (See drawing from the Frenchman's Map, Illustration #3; also, architect's drawing to scale of these lots from the Waller Map, Illustration #3)
On June 17, 1782, Benjamin Powell conveyed two lots to Zachariah Rowland for 340 pounds:
"Two pieces, parcels of lots of land lying and being in the city of Williamsburg, Bruton Parish, York County, bounded as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Waller Street, thence down the street leading to Queen Mary's Port 10 poles, thence South 89½ degrees East 15 poles, thence South½degree West 10 poles to Waller Street, thence up the said street 15 poles to the beginning, which said lots are denoted in the plan thereof by the figures 19 and 43, and were purchased by the said Benjamin Powell of Benjamin Waller, May 1, 1763.3
All houses, buildings, etc." (York County Records, Deeds VI, 118)
On July 6, 1786, Zachariah Rowland and wife conveyed to Patrick Robertson lots 19 and 43 as above described. (York County Records, Deeds VII, 44). These lots were sold by Robertson and wife on October 1, 1791, to Benjamin Carter Waller, who was a son of Benjamin Waller, their early owner:
It is quite evident from the wording of this deed that Benjamin C. Waller was already living on lots 19 and 43 which lie behind and to the east of lot 18 before October, 1791.1 At this time he was thirty-four years of age. According to the Waller Bible records, he had been married fourteen years.
October 1, 1791.
Catherine, his wife
Waller, Benjamin Carter
Consideration: 150 Pounds
Two pieces, parcels or lots of ground lying and being in the city of Williamsburg, Parish of Bruton, County of York, being the same lots whereon the said Benjamin Carter Waller now lives, and which were sold and conveyed unto the said Patrick Robertson by Zachariah Rowland and Peggy, his wife, July 6, 1786, and bounded as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Waller Street, thence down the Street leading to Queen Mary's Port 10 poles thence South 89 degrees and a half East 15 poles, thence South½degree, West 10 poles to Wallers Street, thence up the said street 15 poles to the beginning, and denoted in the plan of the said city by the figures 19 and 43.(York County Records, Deeds VII, 44)
All houses, buildings…
The city plat map at the College of William and Mary (c. 1800) gives "B. Waller" as owner of lot 18.1 This map shows, also, that "B. Waller" was in possession of lots 7 through 17 on the Capitol Landing Road, which group of lots adjoined lots 18, 19 and 43. Since lot 18 bears the name "B. Waller" on the College Map, and since Benjamin Carter Waller owned lots l9 and 43 and lived on these lots in 1791 as shown in the deed above cited, it seems safe to state that Waller's property on the east side of Waller Street as described in above deeds (1763, 1782, 1791) embraced all of these lots. It is also certain that before October, 1791, he was living on lots 18, 19 and 43. (See p. 3). The drawing to scale seems to indicate that these lots were less than a half-acre in size. (See Illustration #3 in Appendix). There are other records of Benjamin Carter Waller's house or houses in Williamsburg about this date. In Ledger B of Humphrey Harwood, carpenter, these accounts are found:
These charges must have been made to Benjamin Carter Waller because his father, Benjamin Waller, died on May 1, 1786, and most of this work was done after December, 1786. It is well to note from the Ledger, October 10, 1799, that Benjamin Waller's house in Williamsburg was a large house:
[To] Mr Benjamin Waller Dr. 1786 December 11th To Cuting away, back to Chimney 2 16 To 6 bushels of lime 6/. & underpining Smoke House 16. 1787 February 5th To repairing the Kitchen & Landary Chimney & Oven 7.6 December 11 To white-washing Office 7/6 whitewash 5/6 --- (See Illustration #2 in Appendix for other charges to Benjamin Waller Esqr. for 1789, 1790, 1793 - Harwood Ledger)
To white-washing 18 Rooms at 2/ £1.16As there were several Waller houses in Williamsburg at this time, one cannot be sure on which house these repairs were made.
To do 7 Closets at 1/6 10.6 (Ledger of Harwood, C, 20, Illustration #2 in Appendix)
It can be stated with certainty, however, that Benjamin Carter Waller was living on the Capitol Landing Road before January, 1791, on land which was on the west side of the Capitol Landing Road known in 1794 as the "Bellett Lots."1 This lot, of course, is not lot 18 as it is located on the west side of the street and lot 18 is located on the east side of the street. It is mentioned to show that Waller had as many as two residences in the city. Furthermore, as has been noted, the Frenchman's Map places the dwelling-house on this property on what is obviously lot 18.
In a list of tithables for Williamsburg in 1801, the name of Benjamin C. Waller appears as declaring 4 tithes. (File B-100, York County Clerk's Office)
The records around 1791 to 1814 are vague and show little of the lots or lands held by Benjamin C. Waller. The lands in York County are listed in the Appendix to this house history because they give us a complete land-history of Waller. Little can be found at this period about his lots in Williamsburg. He made, in 1814, a deed of gift of a part of his residence-lot to his son, Robert Page Waller who is known as "Robert P. Waller" in many legal papers. This deed of gift embraces a part of lot 18:
From this deed of gift, Robert P. Waller is established upon a part of his father's lot near the dwelling house. This deed mentions the "Doctor's Shop" which stands upon a part of the Benjamin C. Waller lot. Could this have been the same doctor's shop referred to in Harwood's accounts to Waller as the "Office?" (See Harwood's Ledger B, 101, Illustration #2 in Appendix)- Robert P. Waller was a physician. It was the custom in Virginia for doctors to use an outbuilding in the yard as an office.
March 28, 1814.
This Indenture made this 28th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fourteen. Between Benjamin C. Waller of the City of Williamsburg of the one part and Robert P. Waller of the same place of the other part-… He the said Benjamin C. Waller Hath granted, bargained, and sold,…unto the said Robert P. Waller his Heirs and Assigns, The house in which he the said Robert P. Waller at present resides, and a part of the lott upon which it stands — which said house is at present used by the said Robert P. Waller as a Doctor's Shop — and stands upon the Lott upon which the dwelling house of the said Benjamin C. Waller is; the said part of Lott commencing from the said House in which the said Robert P. Waller resides and running back from the corners of the said house in two streight lines to a line of pales enclosing the garden of the said Benjamin C. Waller on the West side thereof which said house and part of a Lott are bounded as follows containing by estimation about one quarter of an acre of Land — and all houses, buildings, gardens, yards, commodities, Hereditaments, and Appurtenances to the said house and part of a Lott belonging or in any wise appurtaining and the reversion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders, Rents, Issues, and profits thereof and all the Estate,… whatsoever of him the 7 said Benjamin C: Waller of, in, or to the same, or any part thereof … In Witness whereof the said Benjamin C. Waller hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his Seal the day & year first written.
Ben. C. Waller L. S.
Sealed & Delivered
in presence of
Proved:(York County Records, Deeds VIII, 268-269)
18th April 1814
SamlSheild C. Y. C.
From 1814 to 1820, there seem to be no records which add anything to the history of lot 18, or lots 19 and 43 [which lie behind]. The tax records of Williamsburg show that Benjamin C. Waller held lots in the city from 1782 to 1820. [There seem to be no tax records before 1782.] In 1820, the year of Waller's death, he paid tax on one lot. The valuation for the buildings on the lot was $1000; sum for buildings and lot $1075. (See Illustration #1 in Appendix).
An abstract of the will of Benjamin Carter Waller is given below:
From the will, it is evident that Benjamin Carter Waller had three sons, Benjamin, William and Robert Page Waller; and that William and Robert Page Waller were his executors. From the land holdings of Robert Page Waller and William Waller in the period which follows their father's death, it is reasonable to assume that they inherited lands adjacent to Williamsburg along Capitol Landing Road, and along Queen's Creek — which lands were part of the estate of Benjamin C. Waller, their father. They also came into possession of lot's in Williamsburg on Capital Landing Road about this time.1
October 17, 1820
…I give unto my son Benjamin Waller the plantation called Byrds where he now lives, containing by survey 601 acres…the money arising from the Sale of the said tracts… purchased of Harrison, Elisha Bates, and his mother, and from the sale of the plantation formerly the property of Edward Bates deceased, also the money…from the sale of the land I purchased of Samuel Harrison…the slaves belonging to the plantation called Byrds also the negro man Daniel (son of old Gregory) Milly the wife of the said Daniel and their family of children…[in] fee simple… $1,000, to be paid in any manner my executors may determine.8
I give unto my Daughter Martha Muse the sum of $5,000 to be paid to her in bonds or out of any other portion of my estate…
I give unto my grandson John Hoomes $1,000… [daughter Martha and husband, and grandson John must release any claim to Wm. Newman, son of late faithful servant Nanny …]
All the rest … to my sons William and Robert Page Waller, to be divided equally between them … [I emancipate servant Patty, and servant Henry when he is 28 & until then give Henry to Robert.]
I hereby constitute ... my sons William and Robert Page Waller executors.
Richard T. Booker
Littleton T. Waller
Proved Nov. 20, 1820(York County Records, Wills No. 10, p. 371)
At the time of his death, Benjamin Carter Waller paid tax in Williamsburg on one lot with value for lot and buildings — $1075. Tax valuations under the name of Robert P. Waller show that Waller was taxed in 1820 for one lot in Williamsburg with added value for lot and building, $525. It is strange that the tax records have no entry of the lot of Robert P. Waller's [until 1820], which his father, Benjamin C. Waller, gave him in 1834 by Deed of Gift. It looks as though the father continued to pay the yearly tax until his death. From 1820-1840, Robert P. Waller is taxed each year for one lot, value $525. This lot is undoubtedly the one adjoining his father's lot. From 1820 to 1840, Robert Page Waller paid the Same tax on this lot. In 1840, it had a valuation of $700. In 1846, $2000. was added for new buildings erected in 1845. (See Illustration #1 In Appendix). From 1853 through 1861, J. B. Cosnahan occupied a lot owned by Robert P. Waller. Cosnahan had married a daughter of Waller. (See Benjamin Waller House History for interpretation of this lot; also Tax Chart in Illustration #1, Appendix to this report).
The Bucktrout Map, which was drawn about 1867, shows lot 18 marked "R. Waller." There are no names on lots 19 and 43.
In 1859, Robert P. Waller had purchased a lot in Williamsburg from his brother, Benjamin Waller, who at that time was a patient in the insane hospital in the city. This lot lay south of the Robert P. Waller lots, which would in all probability be lot 20 or 21. (Williamsburg and James City Chancery Suits, -- "Estate of Benjamin Waller; -- Waller Exor. &c vs Waller," March 23, 1866; also, Nov. 26, 1866 - Notes copied and appended to this report).
The house of Benjamin Waller on the lot adjoining the Robert P. Waller house is described in the "Recollections of Williamsburg" by Charles:
"The next house on Waller street was a very large old dutch-roof frame known in the writer's time, as the Ben Waller House. This house stood about one hundred feet in the rear of the present residence of Mrs. Kelly, and an old man named Ben Waller lived there within the recollection of the writer. This Ben Waller may have been the son of the man for whom the Morecock residence is named. This old house disappeared many years ago.
The next residence on this street was called the "Clebourne" house which was a small story and a half frame building with dormer windows. The front porch was a short distance from the street, with yard filled with shrubs and flowers, which somewhat obscured the view. On the south side it adjoined the premises now owned by Capt. Lane, who now lives in the old home of Dr. Ro. P. Waller, who was the owner of more slaves, and the largest land owner in this section.
The premises on which Capt. Lane now lives appear much as they did years ago. The brick office in the front yard is said to have been used by Dr. Waller when he practiced medicine. The front yard was, up to a few years ago, enclosed with an attractive picket fence, but was removed a few year ago."(Charles, Recollections, pp. 58, 59)
in 1869, there was a lien filed in James City Court against William Waller and Robert Page Waller by W. W. Vest, surviving partner of Vest and Cole merchants in Williamsburg. The sum involved was $5572.84. William Waller charged that he was insolvent. Robert Page Waller at the time of this judgment held large tracts of land in York County on Queen's Creek; also, divers lots of land in Williamsburg: to wit, "a lot of land & buildings thereon now occupied by William S. Morris1 & which the said Robert P. Waller purchased of William Waller, a lot of land adjoining the lot of Mrs. Mary Claiborne formerly owned by Benjamin Waller decd & purchased by sd Robert P. Waller under a decree of the circuit court of the city of Williamsburg & county of James City in the suit of Waller vs Waller & also a house & lot in the said city now occupied by said Robert P. Waller as a residence." (Chancery Suits - Nov. 26, 1869, Williamsburg and James City County Court. Copied notes appended to this report.)
Valuation of the real estate of Robert Page Waller at the time of this lien is given below:
Lot (Residence) in the city of Williamsburg11
fee simple value $3500.00
annual value thereof 200.00
Lively lot in city of Williamsburg
fee simple value 800.00
annual value thereof 40.00
Tanyard lot in city of Williamsburg
fee simple value 200.00
fee simple value $4500.00
annual value 240.00
Lot in the city of Williamsburg
occupied by Mrs. Morris
fee simple value $2900.00 (Williamsburg and James City Court - Chancery, Suits April 25, 1872)
An excerpt from the will of Robert Page Waller, signed Feb. 17, 1866; proved Sept. 9, 1872, is given below:
First. I give to my Wife Julia W. for & during the term of her natural life One Thousand Dollars. per annum, to be received by her in lieu of her dower in my real estate, and her distributal portion of my personal estate, To pay this annuity of $1000.00 to my Wife, during her life. I charge the property hereinafter devised by me, mentioned in the Second, Third, fourth, fifth & Seventh Clauses of this my will, with the respective Sums mentioned in said Clauses.
Second. I give and devise to my Son Hugh Mercer Waller, my mill with the fixtures, mill site and mill pond. in fee Simple and I charge the said property with the payment annually to my Said Wife Julia W. of Two hundred and fifty dollars, during her life. as part of the mentioned in the first Clause of this my Will
Third. I give and devise to my daughter Catharine Page Langhorne in fee Simple, The lot of land with the houses thereon in the City of Williamsburg whereon I now reside, also my farm, Known as the Town Farm, Containing as by survey made by William I. Morrisett in 1853. and mentioned on the plot as the "Home tract" Five hundred & Eighty Acres. & fourteen perches. also my land Known as "Sim Bryans" Containing as by Survey aforesaid, Two hundred. and Thirty Six acres, three rods & sixteen perches, and also my lot on the west side of the road leading from the City of Williamsburg to the Capitol Landing. Known as the "Lively Lot" Containing 13 acres 1 rod & 25 perches and charge the Said property with the payment, annually. to my Said Wife of Two hundred dollars. during her life;-…
Fourth. I give and devise to the children of my deceased son, Mathew P. Waller, my land on the East Side of the road leading from the Capital landing to Rippon Hall, Containing as by survey by Wm I Morrisett, eleven hundred & forty nine acres three rods & two perches — in fee-Simple; — and charge the Same with the, payment, annually, to my Said Wife of Two hundred dollars during her life,…
Fifth. I give and devise to my, daughter Mary C. Mercer… in fee Simple my farm Called "Christians," and so much of my land adjoining the Same and most Convenient thereto, as will make up Eight Hundred Acres. and. I charge the Same with payment, annually, to my Said Wife of One hundred & Fifty Dollars. during her life…
Sixth. I give and devise to the children of my deceased daughter Louisa Cosnahan Six hundred acres of My land in fee Simple. to be laid off adjoining the land given my daughter 12 Mary C. Mercer. in the last proceeding Clause of this My Will.
Seventh. I give and devise to My daughter. Laura P. Morris, in fee Simple the lots and houses in the city of Williamsburg, purchased by me of William Waller, and I charge the Same with the payment, annually, to my said Wife of Two Hundred dollars. during her life, as part of the annuity mentioned in the first Clause of this My Will. I desire my said daughter to see that the grave Yard adjoining the garden is Kept in a Neat Condition, and that the property hereby given does not pass out of the family. This is a Sacred bequest & charge.
Eighth. It is to be understood that the devise made by the Fourth. Clause of this My Will to the children of my son M P Waller, is not to interfere with the Saw Mill, now on the Same. while Dr William S Morris shall Continue his business there, Nor with a way to Said Mills through the Said land.
Ninth. All the rest and residue of my property, real and personal, I direct shall be devided into Six equal parts, one part I give to my Son Hugh Mercer Waller; one part to my daughter Mary C. Mercer: one part to my daughter Laura P. Morris; on part to my daughter Catharine P. Langhorne, One part: to the Children of my deceased Son Mathew P. Waller, and one part, to the Children of my deceased daughter Louisa Cosnahan.
Tenth. …(Williamsburg Court Records, Will Book I, 200-03)
[2 codicils - See transcript of title in Accounting Department, for one that deals with Benjamin Waller property.]
From the source material, as found in Deeds of York County and Waller's Map (1749), no name appears an lot 18. But it is known that this area covered a large tract of land sold to Benjamin Waller by Mann Page. Lots 19 and 43 which are located just behind and to the east of lot 18, were in the possession of Benjamin Waller in 1763 when he offered them for sale. In 179l, the son of Waller, Benjamin Carter Waller was living on these lots. The Frenchman's map shows a house apparently on lot 18 and several outhouses to the east and southeast. The College Map gives "B. Waller" on lot 18, and also on lots 7 through 17 which adjoin lot 18. In 1814, Benjamin Carter Waller in a dead of gift relinquished all rights in the house in which his son, Robert P. Waller, resided "which said house is 13 at present used by the said Robert P. Waller as a Doctor's Shop--and stands upon the Lott upon which the dwelling house of the said Benjamin C. Waller is…" The Bucktrout-Lively Map (1867) shows lot 18 marked "R. Waller." At the time of his death Robert P. Waller was living on Waller Street in the house formerly occupied by his father, Benjamin Carter Waller. Evaluations on this residence in 1872 list it as $3500.
|Illustration #1 -||Tax Records and Chancery Records|
|Illustration-#2 -||Harwood Ledger|
|Illustration #3 -||Maps|
|Illustration #4 -||Waller Deeds and other Material|
|Illustration #5 -||Items taken from Swem's Index on Waller Family|
|Illustration #6 -||Genealogical and Historical Material on Waller Family|
NEW MATERIAL ON WALLER (not used before)
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH ON WALLER
Mary R. M. Goodwin, Acting Director
Department of Research
Report prepared by
1. A few years previous to this indenture, Benjamin Waller had deeded to his son, Benjamin Carter Waller, 96 acres on the east side of the Main Road leading from the city [Williamsburg] to Queen Mary's Port — land which was a part of the tract sold to Benjamin Waller by Benjamin Powell and wife of date, February 7, 1769:
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March 5, 1783.
All that tract or parcel of land containing 96 acres lying and being in the Parish of Bruton, County of York, on the East side of the Main Road leading from the said city to Queen Mary's Port, and bounded as followeth:
Beginning at the head of the valley next below Mattey's School-house, and running down the said valley to a run of water dividing the said land from the land which the said Benjamin purchased of Mann Page, Esq., and the heirs of John Hubbard, dec'd, thence down the said run to a marsh on Queen's Creek, lately in the tenure of John Custis, Esq., dec'd, but now of the said Benjamin Carter, thence along the side of the said marsh to the land laid out for the said Queen Mary's Port, thence along the land of the said Port to the Main Road aforesaid, and thence along the said road to the beginning. Which said tract or parcel of land was sold the said Benjamin by Benjamin Powell and Annabella, his wife, by deed dated February 7, 1769 recorded in the General Court.
All woods, ways, etc. excepting and always reserving unto the said Benjamin Waller during his natural life, full and free license of cutting down and conveying away from any part of the said premises, such wood, timber and fencing stuff as he shall from time to time think necessary for his house and tenement in Williamsburg and his plantation in York County.(York County Records, Deeds VII, 157)
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1 On September 6, 1768, John Lewis bought property on Capitol Lending Road from Thomas Cobbs. (York County Records, Deeds VII, 421). In 1770, John Lewis advertised that he was removed "from New Kent to his house in this city, which was late the property of Mr. Thomas Cobbs, and is on the street leading to the Capitol landing, has opened store…" (Virginia Gazette, Purdie & Dixon, eds. Feb. 15, 1770) . In 1778, John Lewis and wife sold to Cornelius De Forrest this lot "which he [Lewis] purchased of Thomas Cobbs and John Prentis, September 6, 1768." (York County Records, Deeds, VI, 94) . In 1785, Benjamin Waller, Jr. [Benjamin Carter Waller was sometimes designated as Benjamin, Jr.] bought a lot from the estate of C. De Forrest. (Tax Transfers, Williamsburg). In January, 1791, Benjamin Waller and Catherine, his wife, sold to Samuel Crawley "the houses and lots whereon the said Benjamin Waller lately lived in the city of Williamsburg, County of York and bounded as follows: On the East by the Street leading from the City of Williamsburg to the Capitol Landing, On the North by the lot of Robert Anderson, on the West by the lands of Robert Greenhow, and on the South by the lot of Sarah Stammers and the lots of Robey Coke, which said house and lots were sold to the said Benjamin Waller by Sarah De forrest." (York County Records, Deeds VI, 457) . This tenement must have been located on the lot opposite to lots 11 and 12 as Stammers is to the South, Greenhow to the West, and Capitol Landing Street to the East. It seems almost certain that Waller was living on this lot from around 1785 when he bought the lot from the De Forrest estate until January, 1791, when he sold to Samuel Crawley. As the tax transfers of 1794 show that Benjamin Waller sold 9 acres to Peter Bellett, this theory must be correct. (See College Map for these lots) - Back to Text
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April 3, 1874 Circuit Court
Waller & als vs. Waller
Heirs of Robert P. Waller:
Mary M. Mercer
S. P. Morris
H. M. Waller
Catherine P. Langhorne
Robert C. Cosnahan
Mary M. Stubbs
H. M. Waller, exec. Robt. P. Waller
Waller vs. Waller: Bonds for sale of lot
"July 10, 1884 M. R. Harrell and P. M. Thompson promise to pay to B. F. Bland and James N. Stubbs special commissioners in the suit of Waller vs Waller & others, depending in the Circuit Court of the City of Williamsburg & County of James City, forty eight dollars and 29-1/3 cents, with legal interest…being the second instalment of the deferred payments for the lot in the City of Williamsburg in the Bill and proceedings mentioned..."
July 10, 1882 M. R. Harrell paid $1.24 cash payment on the sale of the lot made in Waller vs. Waller and three bonds each for $48.29-1/3 payable one, two, and three years after date.
Mch. 23, 1866:
Waller Exor &c vs Waller & others Depositions — Deposition of John A. Henley, Clerk of Circuit Court in the City of Williamsburg and County of James City 1759-60-61 1l859?] "I know that Charles C. P. Waller was the Committee of Benjamin Waller his father who was an inmate of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum. I know that Benjamin Waller survived his wife. The said Benja Waller had but two children, the plaintiff in this suit and William J. Waller. I know that Benjamin Waller was an old man and previous to 1858 was unable to attend to the ordinary business of life. I know that he owned a vacant lot in the City of Williamsburg … On…1859 the said real estate was decreed to be sold … Robert P. Waller became the purchaser of the lot in the City of Williamsburg and Joseph B. Cosnahan the purchaser of the real estate called 'Birds'…"
Waller & Comm. Report 1872 April 30th Filed
Waller vs. Waller in Chancery Court Oct. 17, 1871
Jan. 10, 1872
Charles C. P. Waller died seized of tract of land in James City Co. known as the Hobby containing 118 acres, value $1475.00. He also owned "Byrd's" in York County value $6000. This farm belonged to his father's estate.
1866 Nov. 26
The Estate of Benjamin Waller dead due account with Charles C. P. Waller Committee:
Robert P. Waller had purchased a house and lot in the city of Williamsburg from Benjamin Waller.
Note [by clerk] "Robert P. Waller purchased the house and lot in the City of Williamsburg, belonging to Benjamin Waller on the price of $500 and paid 2/3 of the purchase money & now owes $166 66 2/3 being the balance, with interest thereon from day of sale, which is supposed to have been about the 4th Monday in Septr or October of the year 1859…"
1884, Dec. 9
Cole vs. Waller & others: Answer of Ro: P. Waller lot Robt. P. Waller in Wmsburg formerly Wm. Morris, reserving the grave yard on said lot
he, Robert P., also owned "Rippon Hall," York Co. & a lot in Wmsburg purchased of Wm. Waller also lot in city adj. Mrs. Mary Claiborne also "Bullock Pasture" York Co.
William Waller deceased 1870.
June 2, 1885
Waller v. Waller & Cole vs. Waller
M. R. Harrell purchased house & lot for $1100 in Wmsburg from H. M. Waller. This was property which Robt. P. Waller died seized & formerly in the possession of Wm. S. Morris reserving graveyard…
Cole vs. Waller - Decree June 3rd 1884
Tanyard lot, Lively lot, & residence in Wmsburg, owned by Robt. P. Waller at time of his death.
November 26, 1869
Judgment. Cole vs. Waller: Bill & Exhibits A B & C
"That at the November term 1869 of the court & on the 26th day of November 1869 your complainant in the style of W. W. Vest surviving partner of himself and Jesse Cole late merchants & partners trading under the style & firm of W W Vest & Co. who sues at the costs & for the benefit of Robert F Cole obtained judgment against William Waller & Robert P Waller for the sum of five thousand five hundred & seventy two dollars & eighty four cents … Your complt. is not advised that William Waller is possessed or entitled to any real estate but charges that he is [not legible] insolvent. But Robert P Waller is & was seized & possessed of large tracts of land in the county of York to wit a tract containing 2915 acres lying between Queen's Creek & Carter's Creek…a tract of 328 acres between Queen's Creek & City of Williamsburg, a tract of 487 acres between Queen's creek & Saunder's land & also a valuable grist mill; and also divers lots of land in the city of Williamsburg to wit, a lot of land & buildings thereon now occupied by William S. Morris & which the said Robert P Waller purchased of William Waller, a lot of land adjoining the lot of Mrs. Mary Claiborne formerly owned by Benj. Waller decd & purchased by sd Robert P Waller under a decree of the circuit court of the city of Williamsburg & county of James City in the suit of Waller vs Waller & also a house & lot in said city now occupied by said Robert P Waller as a residence."
[This was a lien upon all the real estate of Robert P Waller & William Waller.]
Oct. 6, 1869
Ro: P. Waller To Deed Trust Copy, Jno. C. Mercer Trustee … granted "also that lot of land with the houses thereon in the city of Williamsburg, now in the possession of William J. Morris and which the said Robert P. Waller purchased from William Waller reserving the grave yard on said lot…"
April 25, 1872
Vest for Cole: Com. Rept. Waller vs Cole
Real estate of Robert P Waller at time of death
Lot (Residence) In the city of Williamsburg
fee simple value $3500.00
annual value thereof $ 200.00
Lively lot in city of Wmsburg
fee simple value $ 800.00
annual value thereof 40.00
Tanyard lot in city of Wmsburg,
fee simple value 200.00
annual value (unavailable)
fee simple value $4500.00
annual value 240.00
Lot in the city of Williamsburg occupied by Mrs. Morris
fee simple value $2900.00
[lien on this property by Vest for Cole]
Hugh Mercer Waller, son of Robert P. Waller deed of gift — 1500 acres from Robert P. Waller
|Mr Benjamin Waller junr|
|March||12||To 12 bushels of Oats a 2/6||£1. 10. -|
|January||26||To½bushel of lime a 72d (pr year man)||-. -. 7½|
|£1. 10. 7½|
|Carried to Folio 101 - Setled|
|B-||Mr Benjamin Waller.||Dr|
|p-101||Dr Brought from folio 78||£1.10. 7½|
|Decemr||11||To Cutting away back to Chimney||-. 2. -|
|16||To 6 bushels of lime 6/. & underpining Smoke House||-.16. -|
|To 1 Days labr 2./6||-. 2. 6|
|February||5||To 13 bushels of Lime at 1/.||-. 13. -|
|To repairing the Kitchen & Landary Chimney & Oven 7/6||-. 7-. 6|
|To 4 days labour a 2/6||-. 10. -|
|Sepr||18||To 1½ bushel of White-wash 2/. & white-washg 6 Rooms & passage at 4/6||1. 14.6|
|Novr||16||To 4 bushels of lime 4/. & Hair /6d||". 4. 6|
|To repairing plastering in Office 7/6 & labours Work 2/.||". 9. 6|
|Decemr||11||To white-washing Office & White-wash 5/6||". 5-. 6|
|1788||Benjamin Waller Esqr||Dr|
|March||24||To 30 Bushels of Oats a 2/6 pr bushel||£ 3.15. -|
|Benjamin Waller Esqr||Dr|
|August||28||To½bushel of Whitewash 9d mortar & mending plaisterg 9d||£ -. 1. 6|
|To whitewashing 3 Rooms a 3/9||-. 11. 3|
|April||20||To 13 bushels of lime at 9d & underpining the Stable 10/||-. 19. 9|
|Octbr||10||To 4 bushels of lime at 9d & 5 bushels of whitewash at 1/3||-. 9. 3|
|To whitewashing 18 Rooms a 2/.||1. 16. -|
|To do 7 Closets a 1/6||-. 10. 6|
|To mending plastering 2/6||-. 2. 6|
|O. 1793||25||To 2 bushels of lime by Minny for the well 1/6||-. 1. 6|
|May||15th||To Whitewashing 2 Rooms a 3/9 & ½ Busl Whitewash a 2/||-- 8. 6|
|Vide Folio (10) Ledger D.|
|D-10||Benj: Waller Esqr|
|Decr||16||To 2 days Hier of Nat a 4/. & 4 Busls Lime a 9d||-. 11. -|
|Card No.||Lot No.||Date||Comment|
|470||15||July 8, 1743||South side of Duke of Gloucester Street|
|476||262||Feb. 15, 1774||North side of Nicholson Street|
|505||25||Feb. 17, 1748||Waller to Craig (Sadler) [school property]|
|511||35-36||Mar. 19, 1749||Waller to Brown, Stephen (Butcher)|
|512||27||Mar. 19, 1749||Waller to Spurr (Bricklayer)|
|514||26||May 23, 1750||Waller & wife to Speirs (Cabinet maker)|
|525||26||May 27, 1751||Spiers to Nicholson (Taylor)|
|529||21-22||Sept. 2, 1751||Waller & wife to Finnie (Tavernkeeper)|
|537||262||May 12, 1752||Waller & wife to Jas. Carter (Surgeon)|
|541||21&22||Aug. 8, 1752||"The Play House" - Finnie & wife to Hallam (Comedian)|
|553||30?||Nov. 19, 1753||Waller & wife to Benjamin Powell (Wheelwright)|
|554||28||Nov. 26, 1753||Waller & wife to Spurr (Bricklayer)|
|562||21&22||Sept. 26, 1754||Waller & wife to Stretch|
|571||29||Mar. 28, 1755||Waller & wife to Spurr (Bricklayer)|
|575||33||Nov. 10, 1756||Waller to Digges|
|576||34||Nov. 10, 1756||Waller to Powell|
|578||(on D. of G.)||Mar. 5, 1757||Waller & wife to Webb|
|580||24||?||Waller to Hansford|
|581||21&22?||Apr. 22, 1757||Stretch (Printer) to Finnie|
|582||31||July 20, 1757||Waller & wife to Powell|
|586||21&22||Dec. 15, 1757||Finnie & wife to Walthoe|
|589||36||May 2, 1758||Powell (Carpenter) to Brown, John (Carpenter)|
|588||35-36||May 2, 1758||Powell to Brown, John|
|593||[4 & 5]? 4 Acres||May 17, 1758||Ford to Craig (Sadler)|
|596||1||Aug. 19, 1758,||Waller to Ford to Craig to Tuell|
|599||32||Sept. 8, 1758||Waller to Powell|
|607||?||July 16, 1759||Spurr to Waller|
|613||30?||Jan 8, 1760||Waller to Powell|
|625||1||Nov. 17, 1760||Tuell to Pearson & wife|
|646||802, 274, 275, 276||Mar. 18, 1763||Granted to Shields by Waller & Prentis, Gent, 2 of the trustees or feoffees-Shields & wife to Greenhow (Merchant)|
|669||5||Mar 18, 1763||Waller & wife to Pearson, William|
|676||19&43||May 1, 1763||Waller & wife to Benjamin Powell|
|681||(See #578)||Aug. 5, 1764||Webb's widow to Hunter|
|689||6||Sept. 16, 1765||(Mann Page to Waller) Pearson to Cobbs & Cobbs|
|737||20||Feb. 6, 1772||Waller & wife to Elizabeth Carlos|
|738||20||Feb. 7, 1772||Carlos to Waller|
|743||30||May 1, 1772||"being part of the land purchased by Benjamin Waller of Mann Page and lately added to the city" Powell to Prentis|
|752||30&31||Aug. 15, l772||Powell to Lamb|
|756||30||July 5, 1773||Prentis to Hornsby|
|762||[22&22] See 562||Jan. 5, 1774||Marmillod, Hart & Hart to Campbell|
|770||31&32||Nov. 19, 1774||Powell & wife to Lamb|
|778||30||Apr. 14, 1777||Hornsby to Davenport|
|779||30||Apr. 16, 1777||Davenport to Hornsby|
|Card No.||Lot No.||Date||Comment|
|840||Mar. 5, 1783||96 acres east side of main road leading to Queen Mary's Port|
|866||Jan. 12, 1791||On west side of street leading to Capitol Landing|
|841||Mar. 4, 1783||17 acres on road leading to Queen Mary's Port|
|851||Sept. 29, 1784||45 acres near lot 36, York Road|
|908||Mar 28, 1814||gift-house in which Robert Page Waller lives|
|876||19 & 43||Oct. 1, 1791||east of Waller street leading to Queen Mary's Port|
|882||Rippon Hall Mill||Jan. 25, 1801||York County|
|889||Apr. 11, 1803||Waller's land adjoins|
|936||Bellfield||Dec. 20, 1804||435 acres, York Co. adj. Benj. C. Waller's land-Glebe lands|
|891||Jan. 25, 1805||40 acres - bound on west by lands of Benjamin Carter Waller - near Porto Bello|
|913||Dec. 11, 1818||Pearman to Waller - 57 acres bounded on all sides by Waller's lands|
|919||Jan. 24, 1820||65-9/10 acres near Waller's Pond|
|923||Bellfield||Aug. 13, 1820||434 acres - Andrews to Semple - adj. lands of Benjamin C. Waller|
|922||Aug. 18, 1820||130 acres - Waller to Bryan|
|935||Aug. 19, 1820||Waller to Coke - lands on Queen's Creek|
|925||Feb. 5, 1821||Pearman to Wm. Waller - part of B. C. Waller's estate|
|927||July 2, 1821||Waller to Jarvis - The Glebe owned Bruton Parish|
|929||July 25, 1821||Travis to Waller - "factory" on Queen's Creek|
|930||July 25, 1821||Glebe lands sold to Waller - Capitol landing|
|937||June 29, 1822||Coke to Waller - east side of road to Capitol landing adj. the tannery - called Whaley's Free School|
|946||June 11, 1824||Pearson to Waller - Tanyard lot - 4 acres adj. lands of Waller|
|947||Oct. 30, 1824||Rankin to Waller, 65-9/10 acres|
|1618||June 20, 1838||Saunders to Gregory - bound on south by lots of Robt. P. Waller|
|Southall Papers||Oct. 15, 1839||Deed trust - Sands to Southall - bound by land of Robt. T. [?] Waller|
|July 10, 1841||Gregory to Griffin [?] bounded by lots of R. R. P. Waller and road leading to Capitol landing on south|
|Feb. 21, 1843||Deed trust Griffin to Southall, trustee, on west side road, to Capitol Lending bound on south by lots of R. P. Waller and Robert M. Garrett|
|Feb. 21, 1843||Armistead & Southall to Griffin - 200 acres same description as above|
|June 3, 1844||lots adj. land of R. P. Waller on north - called "Power's House"|
and Appraisement taken at Bellefield, April 27, 1799
Total appraisement£ 3214:3:0
Recorded, York Court, June 17, 1799; Ro:H:Waller cyc [Clerk York County ]
(Book 23, p. 531-533)
|1791,||Waller, Robert||514 acres||£ 310:10:10|
|1789,||Waller, Benjamin||534 acres||"|
|1787,||Waller, Benj. Esq.||514 acres||"|
|1783,||Waller, Benj. Esq.||514 acres||"|
|1797,||Waller, Robert Hall||1450 acres|
|1798,||Waller, Robert Hall||1450 acres|
|1800,||Waller, Robt. H.||1450 acres|
|1810,||Waller, Robt. H. est||1444½ acres|
|1785||Benjamin Waller, Jr. bought of Cornelius de Forrest's est. -10|
|1792||Patrick Robinson to Benjamin Waller - 1|
|1794||Benjamin Waller to Peter Bellott - 9|
|1795||Pat Robinson to Ben Waller - 1|
|1803||Robert Waller via Crawford - 3|
|1811||Benjamin C. Waller via Sands - 1|
|1814||Edmond Christian via Walker - 2|
|1816||Rachel Neustiss - 1 lot via Thomas C. Lucas & wife in Williamsburg in the street called Woodpecker street adjoining Benjamin Waller's land and the lot belonging to the representatives of Miles Cary|
|1816||William Pearman - 1 lot via William Waller trustee, the house & lot formerly the property of the said Pearman, decd, the father of the said William|
|1816||William Waller - 1 via James Semple and wife. House and lot in Williamsburg adjoining the lots of Mourton, Christian and Powell|
Robt. Waller gave his wife Julia $1000 a yr. for her life. He left Laura P. Morris (daughter) the house he bought from Wm. Waller [i.e. Waller house] (See part about graveyard)Williamsburg Deed Book 2, p. 182-3
A lot of land with the buildings thereon, situate in the City of Williamsburg containing about four acres more or less, of which Robert P. Waller died seized and possessed and which was formerly in the possession of William S. Morris (the grave yard on said lot and a right of way to and from the same being reserved) (This is Benjamin Waller property.)
|1822 -||Harriot Barbour - 1 via William Waller devisee of Robert H. Waller, decd.|
|Deed of bargain and sale for all his interest in the houses and lot heretofore charged to Patsy Waller, decd.|
|1822 -||Benjamin Waller - 1 via George Blow and wife|
|1831 -||Benjamin Waller - 1 via James B. Cary|
|1838 -||William Waller Est. - 1|
|1839 -||Robert P. Waller - 1 via Baldwin & Lee, heretofore charged to the estate of John Paradise, decd.|
|1845 -||John H. Bushby, Est. - 1 via Robert P. Waller|
|1846 -||Robert P. Waller - $2000 added for new buildings in 1845|
|1848 -||John H. Bushby's Est. deed from Robert P. Waller|
|1860 -||Benjamin Waller - reassessed on account of building being burnt|
|1860 -||Robert P. Waller - occupied by J. B. Cosnahan|
|1860 -||Joshua Waller, Est. now owned by John D. Munford|
George Blow Norfolk 323-½ acres By William H. Waller, Edmund Waller and Skiffs Creek
|Distance from Courthouse||Value of land||Value of land and buildings|
|p. 7 In 1787|
|Benjamin Waller Esq.||514 acres||310..10..10|
|William R. Waller James City||323½ acres||By George Blow, Edmund Waller and Skiffs Creek|
|Distance from Courthouse||Value of land||Value of land and buildings|
|4W (2)||52||W. Waller, Robert P. Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 15, 19. Dr. Waller [l839-4O]|
|58||Matthew P. Waller, Dr. R. P. Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 15, 16 Junior. [1839-40]|
|62||William Waller, Robert P. Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 22, Law. [1839-40]|
|170||Matt P. Waller, Robert P. Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 22, Med. [l843-44]|
|176||H. M. Waller, Ro. P. Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 28, [1843-44]|
|178||H. M. Waller, Ro. P. Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 15, 16, [l845-46]|
|182||H. M. Waller, Ro. P. Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 19, 17, [l846-47]|
|250||W. T. Waller, Ben Waller, Williamsburg, Oct. 19, 17, [l846-47]|
|251||Hugh M. Waller, Dr. R. P. Waller, Williamsburg, Nov. 2, [l847-48]|
|253||H. M. Waller, Robt. P. Waller, Williamsburg, 20, Law, [l849-50]|
|3W (2)||276||H. N. & C. G. Waller, students William & Mary 1835/6, sons of R. P. Waller|
|285||W. M. Waller, student 1837-8, son of Robt. P. Waller|
|30V||407||One of Admim. will of Gawin L. Corbin, 1821|
|1W (1)||31||Master Williamsburg Lodge, December, 1848|
|23V||434||Robert Page, son of A. W. C. & C. C. P. Waller, born March 6, 1867|
|26V||410||[later R. P. Waller]|
|3W (1)||175||Bible references|
|13W (1)||175||Benjamin Carter, b. Dec. 24, 1757; married Catherine Page Feb., 1788|
|30V||407||One of Admin. of Gawin L. Corbin's will, proved Nov. 19, 1821.|
|1W (1)||31||Master Williamsburg Lodge, December, 1849|
|3W (2)||276||H. N. & C. G. Waller, students William & Mary 1835/36, sons of R. P. Waller|
|285||W. M. Waller, student William & Mary 1837/8, son of Robert P. Waller|
|23V||434||Robert Page, son of A. W. C. & C. C. P. Waller, was born in Williamsburg March 6, 1867.|
|26V||410||of no consequence|
|1V||256||Eliza Griffin daughter of Major Thomas Griffin of York County married Dr. Robert P. Waller of Williamsburg. Her sister Mary, married William Waller of Williamsburg and died April 29, 1827.|
|13W(1)||176||Benjamin Carter b. Dec. 24, 1757, married Catherine Page Feb. 1788. [from Waller Bible]|
Virginia Gazette, Pinkney, ed. Sept. 14, 1775
[Benjamin C. Waller, one of officers of two companies of militia elected on Sept. 13, 1775 from Williamsburg.]
1775. Treasury Account Book - 1776-77 Virginia Military
Manuscript Dept. Library of Congress
Williamsburg Citizens paid for services rendered, 1775.
"B. C. Waller, house rent for soldiers 2 mos.
Benj. Waller for military services."
(Misc. Files Dept. Research)
Goodwin, Bruton Church, p. 163
1868 Robert P. Waller, communicant of Bruton Church
1827-1853 Robert P. Waller, vestryman - p. 120
Pew #14 Bruton rented by R. P. Waller....$42-p. 59
|Benjamin Waller, Burgess||John Waller||William Waller, Burgess|
|Vol. II||Vol. I||Vol. II|
|p. 983 - April 10, 1745||p. 346 - 1702||p. 972 - 1745|
|p. 1064 - March 4, 1752||Petition||p. 1000 - 1747|
|p. 1069 - March, 1752||Burgess||p. 1092 - April, 1752|
|p. 1070 - March 30, 1752||Vol. III||Vol. III p. 1218 - April, 1759|
|p. 1078 - April, 1752||p. 1554 - Burgess 1710|
|p. 1100 - Nov., 1752||p. 1555 - Burgess 1710|
|p. 1104 - Nov., 1752|
|p. 1105 - Dec. 3, 1752|
|p. 1136 - May 22 1755|
|p. 1145 - July 4, 1755|
|p. 1156 - Nov. 8. 1755|
|p. 1207 - March 13, 1759|
|p. 1216 - April 10, 1759|
Journal of the Council of Virginia
Benjamin Waller, chosen member of the Council
p. 246 - Dec. 22, 1778
Norton Papers, p. 281
"…ask Benjamin Waller's relations who are coachmakers in London to make a small, neat light post chariot for 2 small horses … painted color chariot sent Waller…"
1773 - Lyons, Peter
Nov. 1, Hanover, Va.
To John Norton, London
Norton Papers, p. 360
"Rec'd invoice for Post Chaise…orders from Waller additional pair of harness like first sent…"
Medicine in Virginia in the Eighteenth Century
…"Colonel John Waller's inventory shows eleven books an medicine in a large general library. His father, John Waller, M. D., of Buckinghamshire, England, had patented land in Virginia in 1667."
Virginia Gazette Index
Dixon & Hunter 18 F 1775: 31 Benjamin Carter Waller, Clerk County Committee Safety of James City
Purdie & Dixon 17 Sept. 1772:22 Hardress Waller, store on Church Street, Norfolk, Virginia
Journal Council of Virginia, I, 441, June 26, 1777
Hardress Waller to secure laborers for fortifications in Portsmouth
Wills and Administrations, Torrence
Hardress Waller, will of, 1778, Norfolk
|1769||Benjamin Waller 13 tithes||91|
|To tithes Jas City Parish||42|
|Chariot and Chair Tax||1..10.|
|Quits of 434 acs of Land||11: 1|
|To pd Mr Pierce your Parish levies||400|
|To Ballance pd in Settlet of Tickets Recd to collects||19:10||1094|
Compiled from the following sources:
Virginia Magazine of History XXIII; XXVII, 275; XXXII, 288
W.& M. Q. Vol. 13, p. 175; Vol. 4,11(Series 1)
Stanard's Colonial Register
Hayden's Virginia Genealogies, 382-383
Waller Bible (Copy from Miss Luty Blow, great grand daughter of Judge Benjamin Waller
Virginia Gazette, 1774, 1789, 1786, 1773, 1780
Benjamin Waller was born Oct. 1, 1716. He was eminent long before and during the Revolutionary War, and resided in the City of Williamsburg. He was King's Counciller and held other important offices under the crown of England previous to the War; but when the time came for the Colonies to shake off the yoke of oppression he devoted his best energies to the noble cause, and was the friend and legal adviser of the leading men of that day. Washington and Jefferson were intimate friends of his. They were often in his office consulting him and taking counsel of one so ripe in years and wisdom.
He was a descendant of the Wallers in England and had the same Coat of Arms which they use to this day. The original Seal which his ancestor brought to this [country] I have in my possession. He married in 1746, Miss Martha Hall. They reared Thirteen children. Governor Tazewell's father married his Daughter Dorothy Elizabeth. Our Grand-father Robert Hall Waller was his youngest son and inhabited his family residence in the City of Williamsburg. He married Miss Nancy Camm of York County, in 1789, she was the daughter of the Rev. John Camm, President of William & Mary College and an Episcopal Minister.
He was sent from England to fill this position previous to the war, was loyal to his Country and his property was confiscated. Because of this his children were not rich, but comfortable. I have a Medal which was bestowed upon him as an honor I suppose. He was a very learned man and must have been distinguished in his own Country, as the Freedom of the City of Glasgow was found among his papers. For many years after his death (aunt Whitaker used to relate) there came annually from England large trunks of handsome and useful [gifts?] from some unknown friend.
The Coat of Arms which I enclose for your inspection, you can return some day; you might have it photographed, if you wish a copy. The tradition connected with it is this. The Armorial Bearings of the Waller family were at first, simply the Shield with the motto "Medie tutissimus ibis," but at the battle of Argincourt in 1415 Sir Richard Waller captured the Duke of Orleans, for which act of bravery, the Crest was added of a fruit-bearing tree, with a shield hanging on it, and the motto "Hec Fructus virtutis."
Sir Hardress Waller was a celebrated Republican General in the days of Oliver Cromwell, one of the Judges of Charles lot. It is supposed on the Restoration he emigrated to this Country and was one of our branch of the Waller family. (?) You know we had an uncle by that name, which in an uncommon one...
Col. John Waller was the father of Judge Benj. Waller & first of the name in Virginia. He settled in King William County, which he Represented in the House of Burgesses 1714, 1720-22. He afterwards removed to his Plantation "Newport" in Spottsylvania Co. where he died 1754. Will dated 1753; proved 1754. He married Dorothy King, born 1675, died 1759. Will 1758; proved 1759. Issue: Benj. Waller born Oct. lst 1716, died May 18th 1786, in Williamsburg, Va. He was Burgess for James City co. from 1744 to 1754 inclusive, and again in 1761. From 1779 until his death 1786 he was Judge of the Supreme Court of Virginia
Benj. Waller married Martha Hall, Dau. of Dr. Robert Hall, Jan. 2nd 1746.2
Issue: Robt. Hall Waller born 1764 mar. Ann (Nancy Camm) dau. of Rev. John Camm. Eliza Waller, dau. of Robt. Hall Waller of Williamsburg mar. Col. George Blow of Sussex Co. See Blow Records.
Note: Miss Luty Blow, Winter Haven, Florida, allowed me to copy this letter which her great-aunt had written years ago. I have not seen the original. She has that in her possession. M. A. S.
Nov. 27, 1945.
Letter Written by Mrs. Emma Blacknall page 1
Letter Written by Mrs. Emma Blacknall page 2
Letter Written by Mrs. Emma Blacknall page 3
Letter Written by Mrs. Emma Blacknall page 4
Dr. John Waller, of Newport Papnell, Bucks, had with other children two sons.. John, born Feb. 23d, 1673, and Edmund, born 1680, who was an M. D. and a Senior Fellow of St. Johns' College Cambridge. In his Will, 1745, (Nov. 20th) he refers to his brother John Waller in Virginia.
Col. John Waller emigrated to Virginia, and first settled in King William County, which he represented in the House of Burgesses, Nov. 1714, Nov. 1720, and May 1722. He afterwards removed to his Plantation "Newport" in Spottsylvania County where he died 1754. Will dated Aug. 1st 1753; Proved 1754.
Benjamin Waller, born Oct. 1st 1716. Died May 18th 1786, in Williamsburg, Va. He was Burgess for James City County from 1744 to 1754 inclusive, and again in 1761. From 1779 until his death 1786 he was Judge of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Children of Jno. and Mary Waller, taken from the Records of Newport Papnell: 1670, Leonard; 1671 William; 1673 Mary; 1675 Thomas; 1676 Stephen; 1679 Benjamin; 1680 Edmond; 1683 James; 1684 Jemina; 1688 James.
Beaconsfield, Vol. 3, p. 181. Edmund Waller was born to something more substantial than Poetry, an ample patrimony, and is said to have manifested a great desire to increase it. He was a member of Parliament and is said to have possessed an ease and eloquence in speaking that Prior Addison could never attain. He was a politicion, but shifted sides so often, that all parties agreed to call him a mere Courtier and elegant Poet with a happy knack of paying compliments.
It is related of him that when he found his end approaching, he desired to be-removed to the place of his birth, that like a hunted stag he might die in the lair from which he was roused.
He was one of the Commissioners appointed to negotiate with Chas. 1st at Oxford 1643 but was won over by the royalists and entered into a conspiracy against the House of Commons and was fined 10000 Lbs, and banished from the kinddom. After 8 years spent in exile he was allowed to return.
The Poet Waller had 5 sons and eight daughters, (on tombstone) Benj. Edmund, Stephen, Margaret, and others, Ann m. Sir Fr. Hyde, Chief Justice of Wales and Sergt. at Law to Catherine Queen of England 1687.
Note: Miss Luty Blow, Winter Haven, Florida, allowed me to copy this excerpt which Mr. Stanard sent to Mr. George Blow of Yorktown. M. A. S.
Nov. 27, 1945.