Stephen Wanless

Stephen Wanless

Male 1750-1760 - 1826  (66 years)

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  • Name Stephen Wanless 
    Born 1750-1760  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Misc 17 Jul 1789  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • bought a plantation on Stuarts
    Lived Between 1790 and 1826  Stuarts Creek and Scotchtown Draft, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Misc 1791  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • was appointed road surveyer on
    Census 1820  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Sep 1826  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Notes 
    • Birth figured assuming he was at least 18 at time of marriage. Family bible says he was about 70 when he died, making his birth year about 1756. Closest match in IGI for Northumberland or Durham is:
      Heworth, DUR 1761 Stephen son to Ralph Wanless Jan 25th

      Letter from Henry Wetzel Wandless to Rose Hicklin said: Stephen & Ralph came from Scotland to England because Scots couldn't leave Scotland for America directly (politics). They sailed from Lancastershire. About 1790 they arrived in Pocahontas Co. near Huntersville. Stephen moved to Bath Co. north of Millboro-Armstrong PO. Ralph stayed west. Stephen added the "d" to Wandless and Ralph did not. [Note that this does not fit with Lillian Craig's story of Margaret's children settling in Bath Co first and also does not fit with land records which indicate that Stephen always owned land around Green Valley and Ralph owned land further west near Huntersville. Also they were here by 1783 when Margaret m. John Carlisle, and probably came here not long after 1772, per the Hylton letter.]

      Supposedly a Wandless was killed at the Battle of Cedar Ck on Oct. 19, 1864, but we can't figure out who it was, although it was most likely a son of Stephen & Catherine or a cousin (son of Ralph & Crissy) of the same generation. Stephen Henry has a son named William Nelson listed, but there is no other evidence of his existence. "Deerfield, VA was most saddened by the Battle of Cedar Creek. In that battle she gave six of her soldiers in death. they were listed as Armstrong, Black, Gwinn, Lang, Ramsey, and Wandless. Their first names are lost to history." [Bath Co Bicentennial History, p.19]

      LAND & Other Court Appearances:

      1788 3 May: Marriage bond filed in Augusta Co. for Stephen Wanles and Catherine Gabhart daughter of John Capeheart who consents. Witnesses Dorman Loflan, John Capeheart, Ralph Wanles; bondsman John Geabhart.
      --Note that Dorman Lofland patented several tracts of land in Pendleton Co in 1800 and 1816. [Pendleton Co Land Patents online, taken from Sims Index]

      1789 17 July: Deed granted to Stephen Wandless from Daniel & Elizabeth Munroe for plantation on Stuart Creek in Augusta co [now Bath], adjoining James Blake, formerly belonging to Van Swearingen.

      1790: Augusta Co. personal property tax list shows Stephen Wanless with 1 white male over 16 and 1 horse.

      1791: Stephen Wandless was appointed road surveyer on Cowpasture Road to Warm Springs. [Chalkley]

      1791 - listed on Bath voter's list.

      1792: Stephen bought for 40 lbs 95 acres "on Stuart's Creek, a branch of the Cowpasture River, at the fork of the Great Road above the land of James Monrow" from Hugh Morrison.
      -- This land was patented by Hugh Morrison in Nov 1785. [LVA online-Morrison, A-J-card 30]
      -- The Dan'l Monrow land was described as "70 acres above and near Van Swearingen", so this parcel probably adjoins the land Stephen bought in 1789.

      1793 - listed on Bath voter's list.

      1794 Bath co Voter's list, page 28 - Stephen Wanless voted for John White & Geo. Poage for Rep. Also on page 38, voted in April 1794 for John Oliver for Senator. Voted same as Ralph Wanless & John Clayton.

      1798 Jun 6: Stephen owed money on account to the estate of Thomas Feemster. [Bath Co Will bk 1, p.120] -- Thomas & Elizabeth Feemster's dau. Rachel m. Samuel Carlisle of the Bullpasture.

      1802 17 April: Stephen Wandless was a witness in Bath Co, with Mathew Wallace and George Benson, to the gift of a Negro boy Jack, given by Elizabeth Feemster to her granddaughter Rachel Carlile. [Bath Deed Bk 2, p.513; excerpted from Carol Watson's "Carlile and Related Families".] Rachel was a Bullpasture Carlile, dau. of Samuel and Rachel Feemster Carlile.

      1802: James Blake patented 162 acres in Bath Co adj. Kincaid and Stephen Wanless; 100 acres is part of a 116 acre tract previously granted him in Nov 1792, and 62 acres by virtue of 2 LOTWs. [LVA online-Blake-card 8; Grants 49, p.161-162]

      1805 April: Stephen & others inventoried the estate of George Benson. [Bath Co Will Bk 1, p.317]

      1810 Feb 10: Stephen Wanless patented 130 acres on west side of Cowpasture river including east side of the Grape ridge joining Feemster and Bourland. Surveyed May 7, 1806. [LVA index-Wanger-card 15; Grants 59, p.469]
      -- found no Fe(e/a)mster or Bo(u)rland in Bath Co in LVA online, so they must have bought their land from somebody else. Is this the Scotchtown draft land that he owns when he dies? Otherwise, I have no record of the purchase of that land - yet.

      1815 July: Bill "Wanless vs Blake" filed in Bath Co, for 100 acre land dispute on Stuart's Creek in Bath Co. [Chalkley]

      1815 Dec 13: Stephen, Clem Swearingen, & others inventoried the estate of Wm. Richards. [Bath Co Will Bk 2, p.90]

      1816 March: Relating to estate of George Benson, Stephen & others appraised appreciation in value of slaves. In July, Stephen was one of the buyers of the estate.

      1826 9 Nov: Estate inventoried & sold (no will). Administered by Stephen Wandless. Inventory submitted Nov 9, 1826 by George V.C. Payne, Clem Swearengin, William Kinkaid. Inventory: household furniture including 7 beds, bedsteads and furtniture, 6 Windsor chairs, wooden clock, tools, spinning wheel, flax wheel, kitchen utnesils, pewter and tinware, loom, wooden ware, harness, windmill, farm implements, "wood work of waggon", lot of books, pair physic scales and spectacles, corn, wheat, oats, hay and rye, horses 4, hogs 14, cattle 6, sheep 4; Negro Harry.

      Sale of estate Nov 10, 1826. Buyers: Elizabeth, Stephen and Catherine Wandless, Wm. McCabe, Wm. Gillaspie, George Akeman, James Gillaspie, Wm. Kincaid, Wm. Benson, Thos. Gillaspie, Jarret Douglas, John McMillin, James Frazer, Walter Richards, John Jack, Alexander McKillip; list of items taken by widow Catherine. [Bath Co. Will Bk.3, p.227-inventory; p.230-estate sale]

      CENSUS:
      In Bath Co Personal Property Tax lists 1791, 1793-1806, 1809-1822 mostly spelled Wanless and sometimes Wandless. 1823-1825 lists are missing. From 1823 to 1826, it would be hard to separate this Stephen from his son Stephen or his brother Ralph's son Stephen, who both turned 18 in 1823 and may have been out on their own by then.

      1810: Indexed as Warless.
      Bath co, VA - pg 445
      Stephen Wanless 1 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 1
      -- Neighbors: Travers W. Perkins, Samuel Edg_, Benjamin Fawcett, John Kincaid, Stephen himself, Susannah Wines, Samuel Blackburn, John & David Fowler, Elliot Hendon, William & Nathan Crawford, Elizabeth Sitlington
      --Note a Catherine Wanless in Fauquier (see her entry).

      1820 VA, Bath Co. (roll 129, p.68) Stephen Wandless
      1 male over 45 [Stephen]
      1 female over 45 [Catherine]
      2 females 16-26
      1 male 10-16 [Stephen Jr.]
      1 female under 10
      1 slave or free coloured person [I can't tell which column it's in; probably slave, since a Negro Harry is part of his estate in 1826]
      Neighbors: Sam Blackburn, Gerard Morgan, James Gillaspie, Alexandria Miller, Kinkeads, Gwinns, Clementine Swearingen, Jerry Fiemster, Henry Jackson
      -- that there are 3 girls, but Margaret md. in 1818, so they would be Elizabeth, Rosanna, and Martha.
    Person ID I20  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2010 

    Father Ralph(?) Wanless,   b. 1720-1730, (probably) Newcastle, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1772, (probably) Newcastle, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Margaret (Unknown),   b. 1720-1730,   d. 1807, Deerfield, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Bef 1756  Newcastle, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Histories
    Biography of Margaret Wandless by Lillian Kennerly Craig
    Biography of Margaret Wandless by Lillian Kennerly Craig
    Source: Reverend John Craig 1709-1774 by Margaret's descendant Lillian Kennerly Craig; describes the family history from Newcastle, England to Augusta Co, Virginia; published 1963 (4 pages)
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet

    Family Catherine Capehart\Gebhart,   b. Abt 1760,   d. 2 Aug 1850  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married 3 May 1788  Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     1. Margaret Wanless,   b. 1793-1800, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jun 1840 and Jul 1850  (Age 40 years)
     2. Elizabeth Wanless,   b. 1794-1804, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1838  (Age 35 years)
     3. Rosanna Wanless,   b. Abt 1801, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1862, Pulaski or White co, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     4. Stephen Wandless, Jr.,   b. 6 Mar 1805, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1881, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Martha Wandless,   b. 1810-1820, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840-1841, Peru, Miami Co, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2001 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] Land Records - Bath Co, VA, DEED GRANTED TO STEPHEN WANDLESS FROM DANIEL & ELIZABETH MUNROE FOR PLANTATION ON STUART CREEK, ADJOINING JAMES BLAKE, FORMERLY BELONGING TO VAN SWEARINGEN. (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S77] Tax Lists - Bath Co, VA, TAX LISTS SHOW HIM IN BATH CO FROM 1791-1822. 1823-25 LISTS ARE MISSING. (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S76] Land Records - Bath Co, VA, LAND DEEDS OF BATH CO VA SHOW HIM BUYING AND SELLING LAND ON STUARTS CREEK AND LATER ON THE SCOTCHTOWN DRAFT OF THE COWPASTURE RIVER. (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S24] Chalkley (Chronicles of Scotch Irish Settlement), Lyman Chalkley.

    5. [S19] Bible of Stephen Wandless (b.1805).

    6. [S46] Bath Co Will Books, ESTATE INVENTORIED NOV 9, 1826 AND SOLD NOV 10TH. [ [BATH CO. WILL BK.3, P.227-INVENTORY; P.230-ESTATE SALE] (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S6] Parish Register - St. Andrews, Newcastle, (LDS Church), POSSIBLE MARRIAGE (Reliability: 0).
      : 1749 June 4, Ralph Wanlass and Margt Wylam, St Andrews Parish, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. [Of course this doesn't explain her relationship, if any, to Thomas Adams, unless she first married a Wylam, of which we can find no record in VA, Northumberland, Durham, or Essex, to date.]

    8. [S4] Marriage Records - Augusta Co, VA, 1788 MAY 3 - BOND OF STEPHEN WONLIS AND JOHN GABART FOR STEPHEN WONLIS AND CATHERINE GABHART TO MARRY IN AUGUSTA CO. SIGNED, STEPHEN WANELES AND JOHN GABHART; TESTE, JOHN MILLER.  [HAVE COPY OF BOND IN MARRIAGES FOLDER] (Reliability: 3).