Petition of George Ward, 1724 Dec. 9.
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To the honrble Hugh Drysdale his Majties Lt Governor of Virginia The humble peticon of George Ward Sheweth That by an Inquisicon taken before the Escheator of Essex county the fifteenth day of January 1723 there was found that Mary late wife to your peticoner was seised in fee of 200 acres of land That She together with your peticoner conveyed the same to one Thomas Monday who reconveyed the same to your peticoner Whereby your peticoner did conceive he had a good estate in fee simple in the said land and being very antient and helpless and being deprived of all other his estate by one Benja Waggoner yor peticoner did sell this land to one Wm Winston in order to procure necessaries to support life And your peticoner being apprehensive that the same land may Escheat to his Majesty your peticoner most humbly praies that if it should be adjudged to Escheat your Honr will be pleased to grant the same to the said Wm Winston who hath honestly supported your peticoner near three year last past and will do so as long as your peticoner lives as your peticioner doth verily beleive And yor peticoner as in Duty bound shal ever pray &ca And the said William Winston also most humbly praies Yor Honr to grant the above peticon And as in Duty bound he shal ever pray