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SYDNOR, Fortunatus

Male 1738 - 1781  (43 years)

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  • Name SYDNOR, Fortunatus 
    Born 30 Jan 1738  Northumberland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Feb 1781 
    • Fortunatus was certainly the Fortunatus Sydnor mentioned in the wills of Francis Sydnor and Daniel Duckfield probated in 1656 as residing in Greenwich in Kent City, England at that time.

      He apparently emigrated between May and December of 1666 and settled on a fork of Indian Creek (formerly called Correrotoman Creek) flowing into Fleets Bay near Cherry Point Creek in Lancaster City. "Fortunatus Sidenore" and Hugh Brent witnessed a power of attorney signed by Samuel
      Smyth, a stiller, in "ye Parish of Stepney, County of Middlesex in England on 2 May 1666 relating to property belonging to Smyth in Virginia. "Fortunatus Sidenore" then witnessed a deed between John Meredith and Thomas Young in Lancaster City VA on 5 Dec. 1666. In Nov. of 1668, he was listed as a "titheable" on the northside of the Rappahannock River.

      In 1672, he was authorized to prove his ownership in the right of his wife Joanna to cattle from the estate of her kinsman, Henry Lawson. At a court held in Lancaster City on 8 Jan. 1672/3, he recorded his "mark of hoggs and cattle...a flower de lewys on the right eare and a small moone at underkeele on the left eare." Thus he used part of his family's coat of arms to brand his domestic animals.

      He was commissioned to stake out a road in Lancaster City in 1678. He was serving as church warden of Christ Church parish on 11 Dec. 1678 when he was called upon to take proof respecting a charge against another parishioner "for having a bastard child borne of the Body of the third party." He took the oath as a justice of the peace on 10 Sept. 1679. In
      that capacity he was involved in the wars with the Indians until a treaty was signed 1682.

      He purchased 111 acres of land on Dick's Branch (now Dymer's Creek) in Christ Church Parish from Thomas and Sarah (Kerr) on 14 Dec. 1681. He assissted as a witness in probating the will of James Chaplin in 1682, his signature to that probate being clearly set out in the public record.

      The inventory of Fortunatus Sydnor's estate was filed by his widow in Sept. 1863. The names and dates of the children of Fortunatus and Joanna Sydnor, apparently the progenitors of all of the sydnors who have subsequently migrated throughout the United States, were copied from an early family Bible.

      Dates of birth from 1804 family Bible of Burwell Starke copied from an earlier Bible. Tyler's Quarterly 3:282-287, reprinted in Genealogies of Virginia Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co)3:484-490.
      1721-July 24 Lancaster Co VA: Will of John Emberson: wife, Margaret, dau. Ann, God daughter, John Kelley; Godson James Kilgore; Extrs:Wife, bro-in-law Jno. Kilgore wits: Fortunatus Sydnor, Robt.Schofield,Jno. Davis W. B. 10, p336 (p81 4 10/6)

    Person ID I4725  oldham
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2014 

    Father SYDNOR, Anthony,   b. 18 Jan 1712,   d. 5 Oct 1779, Northumberland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother TAYLOR, Elizabeth,   b. 2 Mar 1722,   d. Bef 10 Oct 1785  (Age 63 years) 
    Family ID F1449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. SYDNOR, Anthony,   b. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F2104  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S3266] Will of Anthony Sydnor.