Note: "Capt. Richard Croshaw was definitely a son of Raliegh Croshaw, but I am not sure about Ursula being his mother. Richard was born in VA in 1622 per the deposition of his age of 40 in 1662. He was born a decade later than Raliegh's son, Joseph Croshaw, who was born in 1612. Since Raleigh Croshaw lived with the Patawomeck Indian Tribe for a number of years and became an interpreter, it would not be at all far-fetched for him to have taken an Indian wife, probably a daughter of Chief Japasaw, brother of Powhatan. Japasaw was very fond of some of the English and helped them to get through the period of starvation at Jamestown by providing corn, etc. The Croshaw family has so many links to the Indians that my bet is that Capt. Richard's mother was of the Patawomeck Tribe. I am the current Tribal Historian of the Patawomeck Tribe of VA and have done much research on their history. There was a boy, William Croshaw, in early VA who was even designated in the records as "Indian". He must have been a son of Raleigh." Bill Deyo
THE WILL OF RICHARD CROSHAW
York County, Virginia, Records, Yorktown, Va.
Volume 4, page 248.
Transcripts, Archives Division, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia
Volume 4, page 346.
"In the Name of God Amen, the last of July 1667. I Richard Croshaw being in health and of perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God, and calling to rememberance the uncertaine Estate of this transitory life Doe make constitute and ordain this my last will in manner and form following, Revoking and annuling by those presents every Testament will and wills heretofore by me made and Declared either by word or my writing and this only to be taken for my last will and Testament and first being penitent from the bottom om my heart for all my sins committing my Soul to God my Savior by whom I hope Eternally to be saved, and my Body to be Desently buried, when it shall please God to call me in some place as Execut's hereafter named shall appoint and for my Temporal Estate I dispose order and give in manner and form following.
"Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth Croshaw my land I now live on during her life, it joyning on the Indian field in Mastin parish and after her decease to my son Benjamin and his heirs forever.
"2ly. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Jones and heirs of her body forever 300 acres of Land at Mattapony according to bill of sale, and 600 acres I give as followeth it joyneth in the said Divident at Mattapony (Vizt) to my aforesaid Son 200 acres to my daughter Margaret Croshaw 200 acres and to my daughter Rachell Croshaw 200 acres and to them and their heirs forever but in case that either of my said children dye, Then it equally to be divided between the survivor or either of them my sd children, and I give and gequeath unto Villehill Hughes during his life 170 acres of Land more or lesse which formerly went by old John Holdings land joyning upon the Land of Goodman Snead and after the decease of the sd Villenill the said land to fall to my said son Benhamin and his heirs forever. And further I give to my son Benhamin one mare marked with R on the left Buttock with her increase male and female, only the first mare folo Excepted who I give and gequeath with the increase thereof male and female to my aforesaid daughter Margaret Croshaw and the heirs of her body foreever. And further the Remainder of my Temporall Estate I give and bequeath to my aforesaid loving wife Elizabeth Croshaw during her widdowhood but in case of her marriage she only to have her third and the Remainder Equally to be divided between my said three children Benjamin Croshaw, Margaret and Rachell, And I do hereby make Constitute and ordaine my aforesaid loving wife full and whole Executrix of this my last will and Testament
(signed) Richard Croshaw (seal)
Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of us
The Marke of
Probt'n in Cur C- Ebor 24th May 1669 p. Sacrament Paulis Johnson & Recordnt'n Die & ano pr Dict.
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