David Emanuel, Sr. was born before May 1710, likely in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was a son of Emanuel Jones and his wife Jane. The mother of David Emanuel has not been identified.



On 4 May 1731, David Emanuel witnessed the will of John Lewis in Charlestown Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania (318). Emanuel Jones, John Rees, and Morgan Williams also witnessed this will.


On 30 Mar 1734, David Emanuel was issued a warrant to survey 150 acres of land in Charles Town Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania (120). On 10 Feb 1735, Jonathan Taylor surveyed a tract of 136 acres for David Emanuel (325), and a patent was recorded on 15 Jan 1736 (326). On 26 Feb 1736, Thomas Penn issued a patent to David Emanuel for 136 acres of land in Charles Town Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania, adjacent to land held by John Budd deceased and by Matthias Martin (326). David Emanuel acquired this land for £41.1s.7d Pennsylvania money.

Before about 1735, David Emanuel married. His wife has not been identified; however, her given name may have been Martha. In about 1736, a son, John Emanuel, was born to David Emanuel and his wife. At the birth of his son, David Emanuel was about 26 years of age.



On 3 Nov 1736, David Emanuel, Sr. witnessed the Will of David Giby in Charles Town Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania (327).

On 1 Nov 1744, an item in Franklin’s Penn Gazette advertised a tract of 218 acres in Charles Town Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania; enquire of Emanuel Jones and David Emanuel living on the same (250).



Before 1748, the David Emanuel, Sr. family migrated from Chester County, Pennsylvania to Lunenburg County, Virginia (105, Page 302). He was included in a 1748 tax list for Lunenburg County (14, Page 78), and on 4 Nov 1748, he witnessed the Will of John Mills made in Lunenburg County. David Emanuel appeared on the 1749 Lunenburg County, Virginia tax list, and a daughter Martha Emanuel, was born there in 1749.

A 1 Jan 1750 deed for the sale of land by William Rees to John Ruffin mentions land owned by David Emanuel on the west side of Ward's Fork in Lunenburg County, Virginia (177). This deed described land adjacent to that owned by Even Thomas and David Emanuel. Ward's Fork is located in present-day Charlotte County, Virginia.



On 31 Mar 1753, David Emanuel, Sr. was granted 530 acres of land on the west side of the North Fork of Fishing Creek in North Carolina. On 11 Jan 1754, David Emanuel conveyed this land to John Walker.

The David Emanuel, Sr. family migrated to St. George Parish, Georgia before about Apr 1755. On 14 Apr 1757, the Governor of Georgia granted David Emanuel 200 acres of land on the south side of Brier Creek, adjoining land of James Hutson (634). With his petition for this land grant, David Emanuel stated that he “set down on lands on the south side of Brier Creek nigh two years and had cultivated several acres but had had no opportunity hitherto of petitioning for the same.”



Before 27 Mar 1759, the David Emanuel family migrated from Lunenburg County to St. George Parish, Georgia where David Emanuel was appointed tithes and fines collector. During the period Apr - Nov 1760, David Emanuel, Sr. served as a Justice of the Peace in St. George Parish, where he was a successful planter.

On 22 Nov 1768, David Emanuel, Sr. made a Will in St. George’s Parish of Georgia naming sons Amos Emanuel, David Emanuel, Levi Emanuel, and Asa Emanuel; and daughters Elizabeth Emanuel, Rebeckah Emanuel, Martha Emanuel, and Ruth Emanuel (317). David Lewis, Thomas Lewis, and Thomas Lewis, Jr. witnessed this Will.



David Emanuel, Sr. died in St. George Parish before the probate of his estate on 6 Mar 1769. An inventory of his estate was filed on 5 Aug 1769 in St. George Parish (638).



At his death, David Emanuel, Sr. owned 200 acres of land on Chevis's Creek in St. George Parish, Georgia (105).

Notes and Comments

If David Emanuel was at least 21 years old when he witnessed the will of John Lewis in Chester County, Pennsylvania, then he was born before May 1710.

On 4 May 1731, David Emanuel witnessed the Will of John Lewis in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Assuming that David Emanuel was at least 21 years of age at that time, then he was born before 1710.

The Will of Emanuel Jones names his son David Emanuel, and this will is the primary evidence of their relationship.

Emanuel Jones also witnessed the Will of John Lewis.

A 1 Jan 1750 deed for sale of land by William Rees to John Ruffin mentions land owned by David Emanuel on the "west side of Wards Fork."Wards Fork Creek lies in present-day Charlotte County, Virginia. Charlotte County and Mecklenburg County were created from parts of Lunenburg County on 1 Mar 1765.

Additionally, David Emanuel appears on lists of tithables for 1748,1749, and 1750 assembled by William Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell's area of responsibility is described as "from Falling River to Little Roanoke River" and "from Little Roanoke up the Fork." Generally, Mr. Caldwell was responsible for the eastern part of present-day Campbell County.

Sources

  14. Bell, Landon Covington. Sunlight on the Southside: Lists of Tithes Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783. Ferguson, Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1931.

  66. Philadelphia County Wills 1682-1819. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1900. (Database: Ancestry.com)

105. Dye, Helen Sides. The Johns Connections. Heritage Books, Bowie, Maryland, 1999.

120. Warrant Issued to David Emanuel, Charles Town Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 30 Mar 1734, 150 acres. (Image on file.)

177. Deed by William Rees to John Ruffin for 400 Acres, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1 Jan 1750. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 2. Page 225.

250. Scott, Kenneth. Abstracts from Ben Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1748. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1975.

317. Will of David Emanuel, Sr., St. George’s Parish, Georgia, 22 Nov 1768. St. George’s Parish, Georgia Will Book A, Pages 302-304.

318. Will of John Lewis, Charlestown, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 4 May 1731. Chester County Pennsylvania Will Book E, Page 282.

324. Warrant to Survey Granted to David Emanuel, 150 acres, Charles Town Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 30 Mar 1734. (Image on file)

325. Survey Plat for David Emanuel, 136 acres, Charles Town Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 10 Feb 1735. (Image on file)

326. Patent Recorded for David Emanuel, 136 acres, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 28 Feb 1736. (Image on file)

327. Will of David Giby, Charles Town Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 3 Nov 1736, Chester County, Pennsylvania Will Book B, Page 19. (Database: Ancestry.com)

634. Land Grant to David Emanuel, St. George Parish, Georgia, 14 Apr 1857, 200 acres. Candler, Allen D. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia. Volume VII. Franklin-Turner Company, Atlanta, Georgia, 1907. Page 543.

638. Inventory of the Estate of David Emanuel, Sr., St. George Parish, Georgia, 5 Aug 1769. (Print and image of transcription on file.)

639. Will of David Emanuel, Sr. Proved. St. George Parish, Georgia, 6 Mar 1769. (Print and images of transcript on file.)


Revised 28 Aug 2016