Langley Family of Norfolk Co., VA


New colonists to Virginia were entitled to 50-acres of land, while the one who transported them were entitled to 50-acres per person they transported. It was meant as an incentive to import workers from England, and over time, it could amount to thousands of acres. There was opportunity for false claims, since the resident transporter might file in one county, and he or the ship's captain in another. Sometimes considerable time elapsed before the patent was applied for.

Early Virginia land patents began 1637. From then through 1699, a total of 34 Langley, Langly persons were mentioned in or granted land, but most left little permanent mark in terms of descendants. Water was the primary mode of transportation, and these were patents in coastal counties, in chronological order: Richard 1637, Charles City; Matthew 1638, James City; John 1642, north side of the Charles River (Charles City?); Henry 1650 on north side of the Rappahannock River; William 1653, Norfolk; Zachariah and William 1662, Farnham Parish of Rappahannock; Matthew 1663, Accomack; Ralph, Jane, Joseph, Ralph Jr., Agnes, Sarah, and Jane in March 1663, New Kent; Thomas in Oct 1663, Lancaster; James 1664, Accomack; Andrew and James 1665, Stafford; James 1666, South side of Rappahannock River; Thomas 1666, Accomack River; William 1699, Rappahannock; Ann 1672, New Kent; John 1674, Rappahannock; William 1675, Lower Norfolk; James 1677, Stafford; Elizabeth 1680, James City and York Cos.; William "son and heir of William Langley" "for persons his father had transported to Lower Norfolk" 1682; Richard 1691, New Kent; Charles 1694, St. Peters Parish, New Kent; Richard 1691, Charles City; and Oswell Langley 1696, Warwick Co.

The first half of the 1800th century, Langley patents were issued to William in 1701, New Kent; Thomas in 1701, Norfolk; John Langhee in 1705, South side of Nottoway River; Martha 1712, Essex; Capt. William 1713, Norfolk; Richard 1714, New Kent; James and Thomas 1730, Norfolk; James 1748/9 and 1755, Norfolk; John 1752, New Kent Co. Jeremiah, William, and Moses had grants in Norfolk Co. in the 1750s. Others arrived: Robert 1755 in Lunenberg, Thomas 1756 in Princess Anne, and Robert 1760 in Dinwiddie Co.

Many early colonists did not survive, stay, or leave heirs. The only continuing Langley presence seems to have been in New Kent and Norfolk Counties. The Lower Norfolk (which became Norfolk) County Langley ancestry has been traced back in England and published.

The Virginia Patent Book abstracts series Cavaliers and Pioneers took several years for Nell M. Nugent to complete and publish and was an invaluable resources in libraries before the patent images were made available on-line by the Library of Virginia in recent years.

Were the same, or different individuals of same name, getting patents in more than one county? Did they move, or live in different counties as they were divided?

Eighteen patents in 150 years were given to the William Langley/Longley family of Norfolk County, while thirteen individuals were named on patents in New Kent County.

In Nell M. Nugent's CAVALIERS & PIONEERS, ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS, James Langley was granted a patent in 1730. William Langley, Sr. who got a VA Patent in Norfolk Co. 16 Apr 1653, and again on 9 Apr 1675 in Lower Norfolk. On 22 Nov 1682, William Langley, son & heir of William Langley, Sr. "Granted sd. Langley decd 16 Apr 1653," in Lower Norfolk.

On 25 Apr 1701 Thomas Langley received two patents in Norfolk, and on 17 Apr 1701 another for transporting persons. In 1730 James and Thomas Langley received patents, James Langley the transporter (maybe the boys had been away to school). Again, James transported persons on 10 Jan 1748/9, and 22 Aug 1755. On 5 Feb 1755, Jeremiah and Lemuel Langley received patents in Norfolk. In 1759 Moses Langley, and in 1761 Thomas got patents.

The Huguenot, published by The Huguenot Society: Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, Vallejo, CA

No. 16, 1951-1953, p. 152-153
James THELABALL, A French Huguenot, born in France was in Virginia as early as 1635, as he imported Alex Massie in 1637. He was spoken of at the time as "a rich and prominent French emigrant." He imported 19 persons in 1651. He married Elizabeth MASON, the daughter of FRANCIS MASON, who was in VA by 1613. He was church warden of Lower Norfolk Co., VA, Elizabeth River Parish in 1659. His naturalization papers were taken out, and recorded in the court house in Portsmouth, VA. His will dated 1692, was proved Sept. 15th 1693 in Lower Norfolk. In this will he named the following children: Lemuel, Francis, James Jr., Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret. The site of Norfolk City Park is his old plantation.

Margaret THELABALL, b. ca 1640, Norfolk Co., VA; d. aft 1718, Norfolk Co., VA; mar. ca 1656, William LANGLEY Jr. (1640-1715 or 1718). Ch: Wm., Nathan, James, Abraham, Jacob, Jeremiah, Mary, Joyce, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth LANGLEY, b. ca 1665, Norfolk Co., VA, d. 1718, Prince George Co., VA; mar. ca 1682, George IVEY (1660-1718). Ch: Henry, George, Gilbert, Adam, Elizabeth, Susan. [continues with Ivey descendants].

No. 27 (1975-1977), pp. 142-145.
Goes into more detail, but to abstract and continue children of Margaret Thelaball and William LANGLEY:

William LANGLEY III mar. Sarah _____. Their children included Joseph, William, Jonathan, Elizabeth, and Signa Langley.
Their daughter Elizabeth LANGLEY mar. Isaac TALBOT of Norfolk Co. 14 Jan 1755 and had two daughters: Elizabeth and Ann TALBOT, and son Kader TALBOT, who was born ca 1760 in Norfolk Co. and died there Feb 1818, left a will.

The rest is about descendants of Kader TALBOT.