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The family of Charles Spoo / Spoe / Spowe / Poe who died in 1732
Also written as Charles S. Poe
Wife is named Mary
Daughter Elizabeth Spoe married John Foushee
Old Rappahannock (later
A connection may exist between the Spoe and Poe surnames. Records since the mid 16th century have spelled “Poe” alternately as “Poo”, and “Powe.” Charles Spoe appears to have owned land on the north side of the Rappahannock River (Richmond County, VA), across from the 905 acres owned by Samuel Poe (d. 1725) (Essex County, VA). Charles Spoe likely came to the Virginia Colony as a refuge Huguenot.
daughter of Charles Spoe married John Foushee (who was a Huguenot). John Foushee,
Jr. son of John Foushee and Elizabeth Spoe,
married Apphia (Thornton?). Their son was Elijah Foushee who signed the 1793 of Simon Poe, Sr. (1707/7-1793
Records state that Charles Spoe had a son named Benjamin. The spelling of Benjamin's last name varies, sometimes it is spelled Spowe, Powe and Poe.
Records are sparse and so far, it is not
known what became of Benjamin, son of Charles Spoe,
subsequent to about 1694. The first “Poe” name to appear in the
This is the information discovered so far:
The existence of Charles Spoe
was brought to light in an unpublished manuscript titled, "Preliminary History: Charles Spowe
and Benjamin Powe of
This manuscript was passed on to me by a fellow researcher.
Charles J. Fritchie,
Follows is the information regarding this family that can
be found in the court records for
5 March 1689
To all Xpian People
to whom these presents shall come I Hawkins Snead of
Recognitr in Cur Com Rappa 5 die Martii 1689
The following is reported by Fritchie in
History: Charles Spowe and Benjamin Powe,
What Fritchie transcribed is slightly at odds with the Sparacio version.
The following is taken from Sparacio:
Know all men by these Presents that wee
Hawkins Snead Frances Tayler and Elizabeth Tayler my wife all of the
Thos. (sig. 'T') Snead
Fran. (mark: ET)
Recognitr in Cur Compt Rapp (blot) die 9bris 1689
Know all men that I Elizabeth Tayler authorize and impower Mr. James Orchard my lawfull Attorney for me and in my behalfe to acknowledge and confirm unto Benja: Spowe all right and interest to a parcell of land conteyning One hundred acres according to a Conveyance Given under my hand and seale this 3rd day of 7bris 1689
Thomas (T) Snead
Charles Spoe (Spoo)
Charles Spoo signed
his full name on many deeds serving as a witness. Sometimes the name is spelled
Spoe and on other documents, Spoo.
It appears Charles was literate. Searching names in
These records include entries for:
2/3 August 1692
14 Oct. 1692
3 December 1701
25 April 1693
3 May 1693
6th of Oct 1692
Judgement granted C. Spoe against estate of David Sterne, etc.
6th of June 1694
order grant against the Sheriff to Cha. Spoe, etc.
6th of Sept. 1694
Judg granted to Charles Spoe against Nebuchnodzor Jones as attorney of Alexander Chapple, etc.
1 March 1694
Nathaniel Tayler, servant to Charles Spoe, being presented to this court to have inspection into his age is adjudged Twelve years old and ordered to be Levy free until he arrive unto the age appointed by Law for payment of Leveys.
7 September 1699
Non suit is granted to William Robinson Gent. as heir at law of James Robinson deced. against Charles Spoe for the action being wrong brought, to be paid with cost of suit als exo.
2 November 1699
Nonsuit is granted to William Robinson Gent, Exr of his own wrong of James Robinson deced, against Charles Spoe
2 November 1699
Reffernace is granted between Charles Spoe, dft and Gerrard Norris till next court.
7 March 1699/1700
p.4 Judgmt upon nil dicit is granted to Charles Spoe against Garrat Norwich, etc.
5 March 1701
The action brought by Charles Spoe agt Mary Mountjoy, exx of Alvin Mountjoy, is dismist, no prosecution
3 Spetember 1701
This day Charles Spoe confessed judgment to Wm Colston, etc.
William Poe, a False Lead. The name is evidently, Roe, not Poe
Order is granted to Wm. Poe against Adam Woffendall according to Declaracion &c.
This day Nathaniel Pope acknowledged a Deed for Land to Willm Roe, which is ordered to be recorded.
The Condiconll. order granted
Robert K. Headley, Jr. Wills of
p. 10 (of book)
f64v - Pythagoras Powell, will: 29 Oct 1702, 7 Jul 1703
whole est. to wife Sarah; Charles Snead* to assist wife; no ex.
wits: Alexander Rigges, Mary Spoe
(Hawkins Snead sold land to Benjamin Spoe in 1689)
resume previous citation
2 June 1703
Charles Spoe listed on grand jury
7 July 1703
This day the Last will and Testatament of Pythagoras Powell being presented to this court by the Exrx. therein named for proofe, the same was proved by the oathes of Aleander Riggs and Mary Spoe and order for probate granted thereon. (also reported below in different book)
3 August 1704
Upon the Petition of Charles Spoo, order for administration is granted to him as greatest Creditor on all and singular the Etate of Nicholas Lewis, he giveing security to law (other action on the estate involved Charles Spoe)
3 August 1704
Jury list includes Charles Spoo
Headley, Robert K., Jr. (1983). Wills of Richmond Co., VA
1699-1800, Clearfield Co., by Genealogical Publ,
Theodore Durosou, Sitt. Parish, will: 8 Feb. 1711/12, 5 Mar 1711/12
Charles [Spoe]Jr.; goddau. Elizabeth Foushee a parcel of land containing 50 ac. near [Perpetoc] Creek; no ex; wits: Matthew Davis, Alexander Rigg.
Charles Spoo, subject of the French King, naturalized 1712. The fact that his children are not naturalized, yet they are adult, may suggest they were born English subjects.
4 February 1712
(my abstract of the data)
Indenture between Andrew Dew and Flora his
wife and John Foushee of the Parish of Sittenborne … neck of land called the Bear Branch bounded
Signed James Suggit
Deed book pp. 53-54
Alexander Spotswood her Majesties Lieut. Governour & Commander in Cheif of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia To all to whome these presents shall come; Greeting; Whereas by one Act of Assembly made att the Capitall the 23d day of October 1705 for the better settling and peopling this her Majesties Colony and Dominion it is enacted that it shall or may be lawfull for the Governour and Comander in Cheife of this Colony and Dominion for the time being by a Publick Instrument of Letters Patents under the broad Seale thereof, to declare any alien or alins. Forreigner or Forreigners being allready settled or Inhabitants of this Colony or which shall hereafter come to settle plant or reside therein upon his or thier taking the oathes therein prescribed to be to all intents and purposes fully and compleatly naturalized and that all persons having such Publick Instruments or Letter Patents shall by virtue of this Act have and enjoy to them and thier heirs the same imunities and Rights of and unto the Laws and priileges of this Colony and Dominioin as fully and amply as any of her Majties: naturall borne subjexts have or enjoy within the same and as if they had been born within any of her Majesties Realmes and Dominions; Provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed to enabloe or give power or priviledge to any Forreigner to do or execute any matter of thing whi8ch by any of the acts made in England concerning her Majesties plantations he is disabled to do or execute;
And Charles Spoo, a natuall borne
subject of the French King having settled and inhabited for severall
years in the
Mr. Charles Spoo's Naturalization A. Spotswood
Recorded among the Records of Richmond County ye fourth day of June 1712
Test. Jno: Tayloe, D. Cl.
Indenture 25 Day of January 1716 …. Between Robert Baylis and James Foushee….
1 September 1716
Between John Fushee, Shoemaker and Elizabeth his wife and William Grant…
Signed John Davis, John Gilber, William Ficklin, Jaen Fauche, Elizabeth (by mark)
T. L. C. Genealogy,
2 January 1720
Witness: Richard Claxton, Charles Spoe, Jr, Charles Snead, by virtue of a power of atty from Ann Griffin, to wife of the said Wm Griffin, relinguished her right of dower, recorded Feb 1, 1720
4 May 1726
Bond. We Elizabeth Debele, Francis Wms. and Charles Spoe, Jr of R bind ourselves to the R JPs in the sum of 100 pounds sterling this May 4, 1726, to insure that Elizabeth Debelle, Admx, makes an inventory of the goods, chattels, and credits of Wm Debelle dec.
signed Elizabet (H, her mark) Debelle
Franss (F his mark)
Recorded May 4, 1726
Aug. 28-29, 1730
Reference to Charles Spoe's corn field.
Spt 24-25, 1730
From John Dawny Gent of Williamsburg, & Elizabeth Dawny, his wife, to Charles Spoe SR of the Parish of Sittenburne in R, etc.
John Jenings of the
JOHN HERLE of Orange County, Virginia, 1735
SOURCE: Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 1735-1738, compiled and abstracted by John Frederick Droman, page 7:
"pages 83-87: 17 May 1735. Alexander Spotswood, esq. to JOHN HERLE, planter. Lease for lives of JOHN HERLE and Wilm. Ingram son of Jno. Ingram. 120 acres on the south side of the River Rappidanne, part of 40,000 acres granted granted Alexander Spotswood and called the Sptsylvania Tract. Yearly rent for first four years on 25 December, one ear of Indian corn, and thereafter 600 pounds of tobacco, delivered at a convenient landing in
14 July 1735. Possession granted JOHN HERLE by James Chissum, attorney of Alexander Spotswood. Wit: Charles Spoe, Bryan Sisson.
15 July 1735. Acknowledged by Alexander Spotswood, Esq. on motion of John Bramham." (Note: the abstract is actually much longer than this. The more interesting portions of this abstract were chosen to be posted. Other researchers may wish to look up the abstract in its entirety).
Charles Spoe, a tenant of the Spotswood lands, build the Price House in 1733. In 1739, Arjalon Prince rented the land from Spoe and later purchased it from the Spotswood family in 1767
Selected Wills, 1699-1800 -
by Robert K. Headley, JR.
p. 205 -
son William all land on which I now live bounded between
the mill path and White Marsh Branch and Charles SPOE's
line; son John all land between the mill path and spring
remainder of land and plant; wife Mary; ex: wife and
son Augustine; wits: Cyprian ANDERSON, Charles SPOE.
p. 215 -John FOUSHEE, Lun.Par., will; 4 Nov 1733, 7 Jan 1733/34
son John all land and plant.; wife Meelin; mentions
but does not name other chil; ex: son John; wits:
Thomas PETTY, Charles SPOE.
p. 216 - William JENNINGS, Lun.Par., will; 2 Dec 1733, 7 Jan 1733/34
wife all land and plant., after her death to go to son
William and if he has no heirs, to go to son John; ex:
wife Anne; wits: Margaret TAYLOR, Charles SPOE.
p. 217 - John FOUSHEE, inv; 4 Feb 1733/34.
p. 218 - William JENNINGS, inv; 4 Feb 1733/34.
p. 221 - Thomas WILLIAMS, will; 24 Jul 1732, 4 Mar 1733/34
Mary SHORT my plant. commonly called the Settle Plant.
on the fork of the [Herening] Creek; Thomas WILLIAMS;
wife Winifred; ex: wife; wits: John FOUSHEE, Winifred
WEBSTER, Winifred FOUSHEE. [Thomas WILLIAMS mar. Winifred
PYCRAFT, wid., 8 Jun 1732. MRC, p. 232. In Aug 1734,
Winifred WILLIAMS deeded property to her grchil. James
and Elizabeth FOUSHEE (chil. of John and Winifred
FOUSHEE). AB1, p. 74.]
p.67 (of book)
p. 169 - Mary Spoe, wid. of Charles Spoe, nunc. will on 26 Dec 1731, she died in the space of 24 hours from the time she first complained and not having opportunity to have her will made in writing, did desire by words of her mouth that if she should die of that sickness that Charles Spoe, the son of Charles Spoe* her dec'd husb. should be heir of what she had and that should by right belong to her by his father's est. all which she dessired she being at the time in perfect sense in the presence of Edmund Collinsworth, Alexander Wareing and Mary Barker; prov. 5 Jan 1731/32
p. 170 - Charles Spoe Sr., Sitt. Par., will; 1 Sep 1725, 2 Feb 1731/1732
wife Mary; son Charles; dau. Elizabeth Foushee; ex: wife and son Charles; wits: Richard Clayton, John R. [Hearle], Edmund Collinsworth.
The State Records
Published Under The Supervision of the trustees of the public libraries, by order of the general Assembly.
Collected and Edited By Walter Clark
Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of
May the 30,
Rich'd Harris, Jr.
Edward (his X mark) Bass
Endnote: The family of
Simon Poe, SR (1708-1793) is intimately connected to the Fooshee
/ Foushee family in
there is no known relationship between this Charles Spoe
family and the Simon Poe family. However, it is noteworthy that following the 1689
reference, it is not known what became of Benjamin Poe, son of Charles Spoe. A Benjamin Poe shows up in