Petition of William Thornton, 1711 Oct. 26.
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To the honrble Alexander Spotswood her Majties Leiutent. Governor and Comander in cheife of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia The humble peticon of Wm Thornton of Richmond County Sheweth That in November 1673 a patent was granted to one John Bowzee long since deceased and formerly of that part of this Colony which is now Essex county for one thousand six hundred sixty eight acres of land in that part of the Colony, that the said Bowzee that not left behind him any heires or near Relacons, that yor peticoner did industriously endeavour to inform himself whether this Tract of Land had been seated whether it did Returne to her Majesty by Lapse or Escheate and apprehending by the best informacon he could gett that the same did Revert by Lapse he peticoned for the same in the Generall Court as lapsed that the Generall Court were of that Opinion as appeares by a certificate herewith presented to yor Honr wherefore he humbly praies Yor Honr that he may have a grant and patent for the same as lapsed being ready to comply with all such condicons as are [enjoyned?] by her Majesty, he haveing been at very great expence and trouble to discover the truth of all matters relateing to the said land That yor petitionr is the first petitioner for the said Land and hath [presented?] the same wth Effect And yor peticoner as in duty bound shall ever pray &ca