"By the way, I discovered today that Ancestry.com has digitized at least one of the books of Spotsylvania early records compiled by William Armstrong Crozier. ...."
Ancestry.com. Spotsylvania, Virginia County Records, 1721-1800 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
When Spotsylvania County, Virginia was formed in 1721, it covered an area which now includes Orange, Madison, Culpeper, and Rappahannock counties. This collection of records contains information on wills, deeds, administrators' and guardians' bonds, marriage licenses, and lists of revolutionary war pensioners. Each entry reveals valuable information on persons, dates of vital events, places of occurrence, and relationships, all extracted from the original courthouse records.
Of course, the first thing that I do is go to: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~george/countyformations/virginiaformationmaps.html
to see what Spotsylvania County looked like in 1721 and what the areas were before that date.
So you can see in the 1721 map that Sp is the abbreviation for Spotsylvania County. It is certainly pretty much on the frontier of that time period and it has taken the place of western Essex County (ES), and western King and Queen County (KQ). In the same time period Hannover County was taken from the Western part of New Kent. So it seems that these areas were being settled in this time period. My gut feeling is that these families had lived in the Northern Neck and sons who did not inherit or families that had reason to move had moved west. Certainly it is also possible that these people had lived here as we find that Thomas Hawkins of Old Rappahanock County had owned land at what is now Fredericksburg as shown in the map below:
So the family that seems to have wills in this county in this era is Nicholas Hawkins who was married to Elizabeth Long. Here are some of the wills that are in Crozier and available on Ancestry:
|Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800|
WILL BOOK A 1722-1749
|ALLEN, THOMAS, St. George's Parish, d. Nov. 10, 1743, p. Feb. 7, 1743. Wit. JohnHawkins, James Jones, Nick Jones. Ex. wife Elizabeth and son Nathaniel. Leg. son Thomas; son Nathaniel; daughter Elizabeth; grandson Robert Hall; wife Elizabeth; son John. (Page —)|
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It is possible that this John could have been the John married to Mary who had the daughter Mary who married Tolliver Craig. He is said to have died in Spotsylvania County c. 1740.