Rene’s House

Many families have pics of their “firsts” land.  I’d like us to be one of those families.  Unfortunately I can’t afford to go to VA & hunt this land down.

That’s what it’s going to take.  I’ve tried contacting historical societies & libraries for help but they either don’t reply or they expect to be paid to do the research.  I don’t blame them – I simply can’t afford it.

Rene LaForce was listed as one of the founders of Manakin Town – per their site:

They’re one of the people I contacted.  I told them what info I had (as to where he lived) & they told me I’m wrong.

Through various records we know he lived in Henrico County ’til it was split into 2 counties.  Then he not only lived in Goochland County…he was one of the first Justices of the Peace.  Rene’s will says “of the parish of St. James & county of Goochland county”.  Sarah’s will says “of the county of Goochland & the parish of St. James Northam”.

In Paul Traux’s book:

The western part of Henrico formed the new county and was bounded “by a line on the north side James River beginning at the mouth
of Tuckahoe Creek thence up said creek to Chumley’s Branch thence along a line of marked trees north twenty degrees east to Hanover County and on the south side James River beginning at the Lower Manachin Creek from thence along a line of marked trees in a direct course to the mouth of Skinquarter Creek on Appomattox River.” Thus, Henrico was divided, with the new county comprising the land on the west. It was named after Lieutenant Governor William Gooch.178 This description has been included because the LaForce land (later owed by William
Harding) lay along Tucahoe Creek.

In the same book:

Rene appeared to have accumulated quite an estate at the time of his death.  He owned a plantation (which may have been called “Sippio’s” or at least one tract bore that name), cattle, hogs, horses and mares. He had slaves and employed a slave overseer. He probably grew corn and
tobacco, which were cultivated and harvested by the slaves. Tobacco was used as “currency” in Colonial Virginia. The will (below) does not state the amount of acreage on his “plantation,” but does show that the children were all underage.

A book called A crane’s foot (or pedigree) of branches of the Gregg, Stuart, Robertson… by Eugene Stuart Gregg says: “On Nov 2, 1705 Abraham Michaux obtained a patent of 574 acres on the south side of the James River, on both sides of lower Manakintowne Creek.  Also, in the Henrico Land Records 1706-1709, p. 29., on Apr 1, 1707 Abraham Michaux, of King William Parish & Henrico County, sold 574 acres to Rene LaForce, as by patent Nov 2, 1705, witnesses being Joseph Pleasants & John Cox”.

Even with subscription genealogy sites you can only go so far.  If you live in or near Goochland County please visit your local historial society &/or library, find Rene’s land & get pics of it.  I believe he, Sarah, Rachel, William & Sarah Harding plus possibly Rene Harding are all buried there.  If they’re not there then surely they’re in the nearest churchyard cemetery.  I’d like to know where they’re buried & I’d like pics of their stones or graves.  Find A Grave frowns on Unknown Burials so please help me figure this out.


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