Council Documentation

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Edward Bryan came over from England on the "Bona Nova", in 1620. A blank period between 1624 and about 1665, when an Edward Bryan (possibly a son, or maybe a grandson of the first Edward), married Christian Council, d/o Hodges Council and Lucy Hardy. In the meantime, the first Edward Bryan, married a daughter of John Needham, one of the "servants" of the famous Sanbys (sp), treasurer of the Colony.
Edward Bryan who married Christian Council was either a son or grandson of Edward the first and his wife, Miss Needham. (Old Albemarle, and its Absentee Landlords by Worth S. Ray, Bryan Family)

Richard Wooten, Jr., was born in Isle of Wight County in 1660 and died in 1730, he married Lucy Council in 1699. She was born in 1670, the daughter of Lucy Hardy and Hodges Council. It is through this line that descendants are eligible for Magna Charta membership, through three of the Barons, 1215. I chose the Quincey line for my membership, because of my great interest in the Anjou connection. (“A Few Wootens And Some Connecting Lines”, by Mrs. Elisabeth Wooten Holmes, Lenoir Co., NC Heritage)

John Hardy’s will was dated 7 Oct 167_, and probated 9 June 1677. In this will he named his wife, Alice, his daughters, Olivia Driver, Lucy Council and Deborah; his grandchildren, Hardy Driver and others; also his sons-in-law Giles Driver, Hodges Council, Robert Burnett and William Mayo. He was a prominient citizen and churchman. (Hardy and Hardie Past and Present, H. Claude Hardy and Rev. Edwin Noah Hardy, The Syracuse Typesetting Co, Syracuse, NY 1935, pp.236-237)

"On 20 Dec 1673 Hodges Council made a gift of land as follows: "I Hodges Councill of the Lower Parish do give.... to Joseph Vick of ye said Parish, 50 acres on Beaver Dam Swamp, adjacent to Robert Lawrence... and furthermore it is agreed that if the said Joseph Vicks have any other child beside this his present daughter, going by and bearing the name of Lucy, she shall after the decease of her father enjoy the land for her and her heirs, but if the aforesaid Jos. Vicks shall have any more children by this, his present wife, sonne or daughter, neverthe less the above Lucy shall enjoy ye land, but if the said Lucy shall decease without heirs, then the said land shall fall to either brother or sister, but if the said Joseph Vicks and his daughter Lucy shall both decease without heirs, then the aforesaid shall fall unto ye said Hodges Councill and his heirs again.
Signed Hodges Council
Witnesses: John Brown, Rowland Buckley, & Richard Booth"
This deed was recorded on 9 March 1681/2 (IOW DB1, p.480)

Lucy Hardy, daughter of #11 above, was born in Isle of Wight County, VA, d. bef 1699, m. in 1670 Hodges Counil, born in England, d. in Isle of Wight Co 1699, He received grants of 1200 acres from the VA Governors and purchased 300 acres. He left two Wills on file in Isle of Wight Co, each recorded the same day in 1699, with the same people mentioned in both, but with a different division of land between heirs. He was possibly the s/o John Council who m. second in 1666 Alice, widow of Richard Jeffries. (Magna Charta, Part VII by John S Wurts of Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, 1954, Brookfield Publishing Co, p2137).

John Council, b. Isle of Wight Co, d. there bef 1747, m. Josie Willis, d/o Benjain Willis. The Councils all had magnificant estates. They were members of St. Lukes Church, near Smithfield, called the “Old Brick Church,” and served as vestrymen. (Magna Charta, Part VII by John S Wurts of Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, 1954, Brookfield Publishing Co, p2137).

James Council, b. near Franklin, Isle of Wight Co, in 1716, d. Bladen Co, NC 1804 aand is buried there at the side of his first wife, Sallie Kitchen. He removed to Bladen Co in 1738 and purchased land from the Loard Proprietor, and received a grant of land from King George in the 1750’s for service in the Indian Wars. He was a member of the Provincial Congress, which sat at Halifax, was elected and returned in 1776. He was paymaster of Continental troops and served in the War of 1776. He m. second in 1751 Joanna Willis, b. VA (Magna Charta, Part VII by John S Wurts of Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, 1954, Brookfield Publishing Co, p2137).

It has been claimed that John Councill first married Elizabeth Drake of Springfield, Devonshire, England, and that she was a close relative of Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to encircle the earth. The writer has not seen a published reference to it. Hodges Councill acquire by grants from the Virginia Governors more than 1200 acres. From George Pierce he purchased 300 acres in 1674 (Deed Book 1, p.30). During Bacon’s Rebellion, William West headed a force marching to take a loyal fort. He was captured January 16, 1677. In October, Hodges Councill and others signed a petition to the Commissioners for his release. (Calendar of State Papers, Vol. 39, Folio 85). The public records of Isle of Wight County, VA contain many references to Hodges Councill and his descendants.
January 7, 1915 Kinchin Bascom Council wrote: “I am accumulating data that I hope will be of assistance to some brave soul who will undertake to rescue from oblivion our early history and traditions.” Much of the data contributed mentioned elsewhere was the result of research by the late Kinchin Bascom Council, 1864-1931, of Bladen Co., NC, a successful business man, civic leader and family genealogist... IN substance he wrote: I have spent much time investigating the record of our early settlers because of the satisfaction it gives. Bladen County records were burned in 1765 and again in 1893. Some records are still to be found, though I have not searched those of Robeson or Cumberland Counties. It would take a lot of time to list all my findings, but I will say that all seem to be descended from Hodges Council who came to VA about the time of Cromwell’s death, 1658. Hodges Council was a son of John Council and his wife Elizabeth Drake of Devonshire, England. (Hodges Council of Virginia and Descendants, p.18, 59)

Hodges Council made his will in Isle of Wight in 1699. He married Lucy, daughter of John Hardy, Justice of the County Court, about 1675...Hodges Council, in his will of 1699, mentions daughter Christian wife of Edward Bryan. He was possibly the son of John Council who married secondly, Mrs. Jeffries, the relict of Richard Jeffries, in 1666. [Boddie, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight, page 216]

"Discovery in Pamlico County, North Carolina...[found]in the Scotttstown area near Goose Creek in Pamlico County...a 600 to 800 pound granite slab from an abandoned cemetery. [inscription reads] "Edward Bryan, Born in London 1663, Emigrated to Nansemond County, Virginia 1690, Moved to Craven County 1700. Died 1739. Christiana, his wife, daughter of Hodges Council died 1743." [North Carolina Genealogical Society "News" vol 17#3, page 30]

2 Dec 1710...John Councell of Newport Parish to John Mackmiall of the same...300 acres in Newport Parish(being land John Hardy of the lower parish willed to his dau.Lucy Councell who was the mother of the said John Councell and left it to him) on the southeast side of John Fulgram Swamp adjoining William Westray and William Joyner. Wit: William Greene,Henry Pitt and John Councell Thomas Cutchan Rec. 26 Feb 1710 (ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY VIRGINIA DEEDS 1647-1719, COURT ORDERS1693-1695, and GUARDIAN ACCOUNTS1740-1767 by William Lindsay Hopkins p.100, IW DB 2 1704-1715 pg. 171)

2 Aug 1724...Hodges Councill,the Younger, and wife Katherin Councill of the lower parish of Isle of Wight Co. to William Edmondson of the upper parish of Nansemond County...120 acres in the lower parish on Blackwater River adjoining Richard Watters(?)(being part of a patent granted Hodges Council the Elder on 20 Apr 1682 and who willed it to his grandson, the said Hodges Council theYounger on 9 Aug 1699) Wit:Stephen Darden, William(X)Goling, Hodges Councill, James Holland Rec.28 Sep 1724 Catherine(X)Councill (Isle of Wight Deeds, Wills--Great Book Vol.2 1715-1726 pg.663

22 Mar 1730 Hardy Council, Gent. to Richard Wooten and wife, Lucy Wooten and their son William Wooten as consideration of a law suit over trepass(Lucy Wooten is a sister of Hardy Council)...500 acres on Beaver Dam Swamp. Wit:Barnaby Kearney,Christopher Reynolds, Hardy Council, John Pitt Rec 22 Mar 1730 (Isle of Wight Co.,Va Deeds 1720-1736 and 1741-1749 by Hopkins pg 30, Isle of Wight Deed Book 4 1729-1736 pg.98)

20 Apr 1731...James Bryan, Yeoman, of the lower parish and wife Joan Bryan to Walter Bryan,Yeoman of the same...200 acres adjoining Hodges Council (being part of a patent dated 1677 which was granted to Mr. Hodges Council,Sr. as 941 acres...on 9 Aug 1699, he willed 200 acres of the patent to his daughter, Christina(Bryan)the wife of Edward Bryan and her heir,John Bryan,Sr. willed it to the said James Bryan). Wit:John Bretten, Edward(X)Taylor, James(X)Bryan, James(X)Bryan Rec 26 Apr 1731 Joan(X)Bryan (Isle of Wight Co.,Va Deeds 1720-1736 and 1741-1749 by Hopkins pg 30, Isle of Wight Deed Book 4 1729-1736 pg.104)

Edgecombe Co., NC was formed in 1733 and was the mother of Halifax, Martin, Nash, Washington, etc. The later were formed before the first census of 1790. There were several families of Councils in this section. John, son of Hodges had descendants who had lived there but moved to the Cape Fear Section with their Va. kin between 1742 and 1770. The Virginia invasion occurred between 1740 and 1770 when hundreds of Virginians came down to NC because the Legislature passed a law requiring all non-residents to acquire ten acres for each head of stock ranging in the Colony or become citizens. Old John’s sons and grandsons had thousands of cattle and it was cheaper to moved into the Wilderness than to buy it. animosity existed between the stockmen and the authorities. The officials were grafters and sought to exploit the settlers. Occasionally there was a decent Governor before the Revolution. In 1726 John Council advised Sir Richard Everhard, then Governor, that certain of his henchmen were slaughtering great numbers of his cattle and gave notice that he would protect his property. The succeeding governor, Burrington, in 1728 paid the settlers this compliment, “the people of NC are neither to be cajoled or outwitted. Whenever a Governor attempts to do anything by this mean he will lose his labors and show his ignorance. The inhabitants are subtle and crafty, always behave, insolently to their governors; others they have driven from the colony and at other times set up a governor of their own choice by men under arms.” In 1728 the year the line was established between NC and VA Col. Wm. Byrd one of the boundary commissioners said the “borderers laid it to heart” if their land was taken in VA. They chose, much rather to belong to NC where they paid no tribute to “God or to Caesar”. (Hodges Councill of Virginia and Descendants. Judson Council, Baltimore, MD 1941 pp.60-61)

In Edgcecombe Precinct, Robert Council had 100 acres of land on which he was arrears of Quit Rent, Jun 12, 1735. (Colonial Records Vol. 4 p523, Bertie and Edgecombe Co, NC) (The Councils from VA to NC, The Robert Council Line, by Irma Ragan Holland, 1978)

20 Apr 1736 Hardy Council of Newport Parish in the county of Isle of Wight to Mary Corbitt, Widow and Johnson Corbitt of the same,for the consideration of the sum of 9£ 10s...100 acres upon the head of the branches of Beaverdam Swamp... Rec. 23 Aug, 1736. Wit: John Corbitt (Isle of Wight Deed Book 5 p13)

4/17/1737 - Robert Council of NC sold to Matthew Grifin of the Isle of Wight Co of VA for 20 pounds in Newport Parish, 150 acres near Beaver Dam Swamp. Also Thomas Turner sold Robert Council 100 acres of land. (The Councils from VA to NC, The Robert Council Line, by Irma Ragan Holland, 1978)

2/25/1740 Robert Council listed as Juryman. (Colonial Records Vol. 4 p523, Bertie and Edgecombe Co, NC)(The Councils from VA to NC, The Robert Council Line, by Irma Ragan Holland, 1978)

"On 15 Sep 1758, Richard Daughtry sold to Robert Johnson, 200 acres (being part of a patent granted Mr Hardy Council, dec'd. who willed it in 1748/49 to his daughter Christian Council, now Christian Daughtry, the wife of the said Richard Daughtry). . ." (Isle of Wight DB 10, p. 53)

Richard Wotton (II) (the name is spelled Wooten), son of Richard Wotton (I) and his wife, Joyce, make his home in Isle of Wight County, VA. His wife is Lucy Council, daughter of Hodges Council and his wife, Lucy Hardy. Hodges Council and his family attended Old St. Lukes church and he was a member of the vestry there. Richard Wooten (II) and three known children: Richard III, William, and John. Richard Wooten III lived and died in Isle of Wight County, VA. William made his home in Edgecombe County, NC near the Pitt County Line. John made his home in Pitt County, NC near the Edgecombe County line. John and his brother, William, were just a few miles apart. John Wooten had a land grant from the Earl of Granville, dated Aug. 6, 1761.
John Wooten, son of Richard Wooten (II) and his wife, Lucy Council, was married twice. His first wife was a daughter of Shadrach Williams. His second wife was named Mary. I am not sure of her maiden name. John Wooten had a large family, at least six sons and two daughters. The sons are: Shadrach, John Jr., William, Richard, Josiah, Council, and perhaps Levi. the two daughters names are unknown. A search of the Pitt County records reveals a lot about this old family. John Wooten Sr., and John Wooten, Jr. listed their occupations as hatters. John Wooten Sr. was a minor in 1730 and he died in 1779 in Pitt County.) (“Thomas Wooten Family - 1343 by, Ima Eula Mewborn, Chronicles of Pitt County, NC)

1/5/1776 - Robert Council sold to Luke Turner land for 30 pounds - VA currency. (Deed Book 5 p 407 Halifax Co, NC) (The Councils from VA to NC, The Robert Council Line, by Irma Ragan Holland, 1978)

11/29/1783 - Scutchings Councill, 25 Acres, Isle of Wight, VA 1792
Henry Lee, Esquire, governor of the Commonwealth of VA
To all whom these presents shall come, Greetings. Here ye, by virtue and in consideration of a land office, Tresury warrant Numbert 26 issued 11/20/1783 there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Scutchings Councill a certain tract or parcel of land containing 25 acres by law having date, dating 4/22/1790 laying and being in the County of Isle of Wight and bounded by followeth, To Wit, Beginning at the lower fork Kingsale swamp and lowest end of Rick Island running up the East Swamp 85 poles to a gum standing in the upper fork of the said Swamp and at the head of the said Island, thence down a small Rung of Kingsale swamp and the Meandare there of to the Beginning with its appuetamances, as have and to hold the said Tract or Parcel of land with it appuetamances to the said Scutchings Councill and his Heire for ever.
In Witness Whereof, the Said Henry Lee, Esquire-governor of the Commonwealth of VA hath here unto set his Hand and caused the before seal of the Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on 3/29/17892 and of the Commonwealth the Sixteenth. (Transcribed by Wanda Counsil)

2/17/1816 - Ruthie Riggins of Orange Co sold Bobbie Council 100 acres of land for $230. (The Councils from VA to NC, The Robert Council Line, by Irma Ragan Holland, 1978)

Slaves of Bobbie Council were Aunt Esther and Uncle Wiley Council who remained with the family many years after the Civil War was over. Wiley was b. 11/9/1834 and lived to be more than 100 years of age. (The Councils from VA to NC, The Robert Council Line, by Irma Ragan Holland, 1978)

Bobbie Council was a man of small statue and had distinctive blue-violet eyes set deep in his brows. (The Councils from VA to NC, The Robert Council Line, by Irma Ragan Holland, 1978)

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