The isthmus the Stockley’s lived on at Accomack County, Virginia, had become crowded. 70 miles long and 12 at its widest, the sandy soil was becoming depleted by the continuous growing of the tobacco plants. A neighbor, by the name of William Burton, also had eleven sons. He left Accomack looking for a new home and found it 50 miles to the west across the Chesapeake Bay, along the Indian River. This piece of land was called “The Long Neck”, in Sussex County, Delaware and his first 1000 acres was purchased from the natives. The cost was 1 matchcoat for each 600 acres. Mr. Burton paid with 2 big fur cloaks! His rent was 10 bushels of good winter wheat and a promise to make improvements and continuing in obedience an conforming himself to the Laws of the Government of Britain. Over time William Burton and 11 sons owned thousands of acres along Indian River. William Burton sold 1/2 the land to Thomas Bagwell from Accomack married to John Stockley and Elizabeth Watkin’s niece, Ann. Ann was daughter of Francis Stockley, brother to John.
John Stockley, and William Atkins brother in law, and son of John Sr were established March 30, 1691 in Sussex County. William Clark, the founder of Sussex County acknowledged sale of land to John Stockley. John Jr Stockley became a prominent citizen of Sussex Co being justice of the court 1692/3. research Marily Blanck
My Uncle Francis Stockley, was granted 50 acres in the County of Accomack at old Plantation Creek, adjoining the land of Henry Williams, due for transporting of one servant, Francis Jarvis, Dec 22, 1636. Francis was a valuable asset to the colony, settled at Dunn and Mill Creek, on Old Plantation Creek and married Joan Hall and gave John and Elizabeth Woodman Stockley grandchildren. His will dated Dec 12, 1654 was proven Jan 28, 1655 gives to his wife (not named) 3 cows and 4 steeres, to daughter Ann Stockley 2 cow and 3 steeres, to son, John 3 cows 2 steeres and my gun, to daughters Frances and Ann a bed apiece, to wife the best bed, curtains and valance, to godson Francis Willyams, a calf, the cow my brother, John, owes me – bequeathed to his son William to my wife all my movables and things belonging to me.
8th Grandfather John Stockley (brother to the above Francis) was granted acres based on transport of people and in 1672 he bought 500 acres from Colonel William Kendall. He wrote his will in Feb 3, 1670 codicil Apr 9, 1673 and probated Aug 18, 1673. His plantation at Assawamon, 2700 acres to be divided by his seven sons, if wife remains a widow the sons inherit when they become 21. Wife Elizabeth shall keep the part she resides on now, then son Thomas inherits also wife chest, featherbed, bolster, rug, blanket, curtains, valance, a pair of sheets and one mare with foals. All cattle, heifers and mares are to remain in wife’s possession until children reach age of 18 they inherit a proportionate number of the animals. He names daughters: Jane, Hanna and Ann under 18. Elizabeth wife to have all moveable’s. In 1673 John added codicil. sons William and Woodman and John to have no share of cows because have received shares already. Also gives a neck of land to wife outright. Elizabeth Stockley, William Custis and Edward Roball exe
I figured out when the three Stockley brothers received their share of the cows they moved to where family was already settled as Ann had married Thomas Bagwell whose father made one of the first voyages to America in 1608. Henry Bagwell sat in the House of Burgesses 1629-32, and clerked for Accomack County 1632-1640. (I feel like I am name dropping here to explain why the family moved.)
The distance from Accomack to Indian River was 50 miles by water and early tax records for Sussex County show three Stockley brothers there. I found no deed records until 1706 when Charles Williams, along with Woodman Stockley my 7th great grandfather bought 300 acres of land south side of Love’s Creek and branch in Angola Neck. Woodman Stockley soon moved west to Somerset Co (or the dividing line got suveyed) and died 1710. Woodman and Jane still owned Bradford Hall, his plantation in Sussex Co. bequeathed to son, also named Woodman. In his will wife Jane Rogers Stockley, and son Woodman oldest was bequeathed 150 acres at Bradford Hall plantation with sons Joseph, Benj and Oliver, inherited 300 acre on seas side of Cedar Neck daughters named in will were my 6th great grandmother Eliza and her sister, Temperance.
Elizabeth Stockley married Woodman Stockley Sidbury first and George Bishop Sr. secondly and they had moved to New Hanover, North Carolina. The history of my 8th, 7th and 6th grandparents as they moved through history is confirmed to me with DNA matches back to Comfort Elizabeth Bagwell the child of Ann Stockley, Uncle Francis’s daughter, and Jane Ann Stockley the sister of Woodman Stockley my 7th great grandfather.
How much of you is in me? I have over the 1% that makes the DNA detectible, and it didn’t skip any generations. Also the families were an endogamous community meaning people married within their groups. My in depth sleuthing continues. I am currently using triangulated segments that is 3 (or more) that we share in common to solve those mystery DNA matches who share a common ancestor. To date there are 24 of you cousins on the tree for Stockley and Sidbury who help in my triangulated researching, who I thank for DNA testing. The mystery DNA matches are like a giant puzzle to solve but give such satisfaction when awhaw! I found our connection.