Profession Archives: Tavern Keeper





James Baggott


In memory of JAMES BAGGOTT a native of this town. Born 5th of June 1764 Died 1st of March 1825. Much lamented by those who knew him best.

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Birth -1764

Death - 1825

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[1] 61st year of his age
[2] His son was also named James born ca. 1807 in Virginia. His grandson was also named James born Oct. 1845 in Facquier County, Virginia. James III was the father of Thomas Edgar Baggott born Dec. 1879 in Prince William County, Virginia
[3] in court records cited for unpaid  new premium from Dec. 1805  – policy 49 Mutual Assurance Society
[4] similar 1806
[5] Charge =Unlawful Gaming at the house of James Baggott  Defendant John M. Patton  Locality Fredericksburg  Plaintiff Commonwealth
[6] Comment=Ejectment 1797
Defendant John Baggott; Mary Sullivan
Locality  Spotsylvania Co.; Fredericksburg
Plaintiff  Adam Hunter; Patrick Home; James H
[7] Nov. 1789:
– John Baggott for retailing spirituous liquors without license\
[8] Aug. 1790:
– John Benson for retailing spirituous liquors without license
– John Baggott for keeping a billard table without licenses

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[1] Virginia Herald 3/5/1825  3×4

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William Lewis


Here lies the body of William Lewis who departed this life January the 28th 1763 Aged 40 years. Also Ann his daughter died in 1755 Aged 15 Months and George his son died 1763 Aged 5 years.”

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ID -39

Birth -1723

Death - 1763

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William Lewis of Spotsylvania Co VA descends from the Lewis family of Abernant Bychan, Wales. Among the families they intermarried with were the Branhams, Colsons, Richards, and Herndons. [Herndon Family Page].

William Lewis of Fredericksburg VA was born 1723, probably in Essex Co VA. William married Sarah Branham b. c. 1724 Richmond Co VA in about 1745. Evidence for their marriage comes from Sarah’s will which was witnessed by her brother, Daniel Branham, and her brother-in-law, Benjamin Burbridge.

William and Sarah migrated to Spotsylvania Co VA in about 1746. William lived probably east of Fredericksburg toward the Caroline County boundary and leased lots 14 & 15 in town. (Note in the annotated map of Fredericksburg which is believed to have been completed c. 1740, Lot 14 belonged to J. Branham and Lot 15 belonged to R. Spotswood.) And, William was reportedly issued a tavern license from 1749 to 1755. Did William run a tavern or inn on these two lots in Fredericksburg?

William left a will in 1763, naming his children and is buried at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg VA.

  • Born 1723 Essex Co Virginia

  • 1728 Caroline Co split from Essex Co VA

  • Migrated c. 1736 with family to Spotsylvania Co VA

  • Married c. 1742 in Orange Co VA to Sarah Branham b. c. 1724 Richmond Co VA

  • 1749 – 1755 William Lewis Tavern License

  • 3/6/1749 Spotsylvania Co VA Probate Proceeding

Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800,
p. 58:

£50 William Lewis, admr. of John Lewis, decd, with Benjamin Davis, sec. Mch 6, 1749.

  • 6/8/1753 Spotsylvania Co VA Land Transaction

Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800,
p. 194:

June 8, 1753. John Tayloe of Richmond Co., Esqr., to William Lewis of Spts. Co. Deed of Lease. Lots 14 and 15, in the
town of Fredericksburg. £15 curr. yearly. Witnesses, Anthony Strother, Ralph McFarlane, Ann Farley. July 4, 1753.

  • 6/3/1755 Spotsylvania Co Road Orders

Spotsylvania County Minute Book, 1755-1765:

Thos. Burbridge appointed overseer of the road from Corbin’s bridge to the Rapa. Road above Edw. Herndon’s, his gang Viz. his own; Col.
Corbin’s qtr. where Fra. Cammock is overseer; Mathew Lewis;Wm. Lewis’s planta.; Nichs. Hawkins; John Gordon; Widow
Burbridge; Mr. John Smith’s qtr; & Wm. Ellis’s tithes. [MB p. 7]

  • 3/3/1756 Spotsylvania Co VA Land Transaction

Spotsylvania Co VA Bond Book B, p. 202:

Feby. 20, 1756. William Waller of Spts. Co. to William Lewis of Fredericksburg. Deed of Lease. House and lots in
Fredksbg. £15 curr. yearly. Jos. Brock, Wm. Carr, Wm. Wood. Mar. 3, 1756.

  • 6/1/1756 Spotsylvania Co VA Land Transaction

Spotsylvania Co VA Bond Book B, p. 202:

John Tayloe of Richmond Co., Esqr., releases to William Lewis of Fredksbg, Lots 14 and 15 in Fredksbg. £15 curr.
yearly. Dated, April 14, 1756. Fielding Lewis, Antho. Strother, Wm. Waller, Jos. Jones, Edwd. Pendleton. June 1, 1756.

  • 10/1756 Spotsylvania Co VA Probate Proceeding

WALLER, WILLIAM, Gentl. Spotsylvania Co., d. Oct. 22, 1756, p. May 6, 1760:

. . .son, John Waller, land in Spotsylvania, given to me by my deceased father’s will, John Waller, Gentl., also land adjoining that of
my brother Benjamin, and Zachary Lewis, also land which I bought of Ambrose Foster, and my lots of land adjoining the town of
Fredericksburg, now in the possession of my tenant William Lewis.

  • 11/1756 Caroline Co VA Records

Caroline Co VA Court Order Book, p. 234:

12 Nov. 1756: Case of John Mitchell Ag. William Carr, Gent. Ordered that John Mitchell pay William Lewis 289 lbs Tobo.
for 4 days attendance and coming and going 3 times 21 miles. . .Sarah Lewis201 lbs tobo. for 3 days attendance and
coming and going 3 times 33 miles as an evidence or him against Carr.

  • 12/7/1756 Spotsylvania Co VA Probate Proceeding

£100. William LEWIS, guard. to Elizabeth LONG, orph. of Samuel LONG, with Thomas HAYDON, sec. Dec. 7, 1756.

  • 8/2/1758 Spotsylvania Co VA Probate Proceeding

Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800
, p.60:

£300. James SPARKS, admr. of James SPARKS, decd., with William LEWIS and Bland BALLARD, sec. Aug. 2, 1758.

  • 11/3/1760 Spotsylvania Co VA Land Transaction

Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800,
p. 217:

Nov. 3, 1760. Anthony Strother of King George Co. Gent., and Mary, his wife, to William Lewis of Fredksbg. £300 curr.
Lots 35 & 36, in town of Fredksbg. Witnesses, William Smith, William Brock, Edward. Herndon. Nov. 4, 1760.

  • 11/6/1760 Spotsylvania Co VA Probate Proceeding

Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800:

£3000. Susannah CARR, guard. to Charles Brooks CARR, Agnes Brooks CARR, Walter Chiles CARR, Phebe CARR, Thos. CARR, orphs. of Wm. CARR,
gentl., with Anthony FOSTER, John HOLLODAY and Wm. LEWIS, sec. Nov. 6, 1760.

  • Died 1/28/1763 Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Co VA

  • 7/4/1763 Will probated Spotsylvania Co VA

Spotsylvania County Will Book D
(1761-1772) page 61:

LEWIS, William
, Fredericksburg, d. Jan 17, 1763, p. July 4, 1763.

Ex. Wife, Sarah LEWIS; Charles YATES; Joseph BROCK; Edward HERNDON. Leg. son, James LEWIS, the lot which I purchased
from Anthony STROTHER; sons, John, William, Benjamin and George; wife, Sarah LEWIS.

Wit. [GEN] Hugh MERCER, Wm. KNOX, William HARTWELL.

  • 4/18/1771 Spotsylvania Co VA Land Transaction

Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book G:

April 18, 1771. James Lewis and Elizabeth, his wife, of Spotsylvania Co, and Sarah Lewis, being the widow of William Lewis (the latter being mother and father of James) to Jacob Whitley of
Fredericksburg. Whereas Sarah Lewis is entitled to 1/3 part of two lots for life as a tenant in dower and the inheritance of sd 1/3
expectant on the death of sd Sarah by sd James as well as the other 2/3rds, James and Sarah have both agreed to sell lots 35, 36 in
Fredericksburg, purchased by sd William Lewis, father of sd James, of Anthony Strother. Wit: Joseph Brock, Robert Chew, John Herndon,,
Daniel Branham, and James Cunningham.

  • Sarah died after 10/28/1771 Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Co VA

Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800,
p. 27:

Lewis, Sarah,

Spotsylvania Co. d. Oct. 28, 1771.

Leg. daughter Elizabeth Richards; grandson James Lewis; granddaughter Sarah Richards, daughter Elizabeth Richards, grandchildren William and Sarah Richards, son and daughter of Winifred Richards.

Wit. Daniel Branham, Benjamin Burbridge.

  • Buried St. George’s Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg VA

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[1] Article on Lewis

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John Jones


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Death - 1752

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Jones owned a tavern in what was called the “upper neighborhood”

“It was in the upper end of the town that an assembly of Scotsmen congregated and socialized at the neighborhood tavern of John Jones, who has the oldest surviving headstone (1752) in St. George’s Cemetery.    Some were managers of Glasgow franchises. Some were political refugees from the conflict with England. Hugh Mercer (who came a bit later) and John Sutherland were doctors.

“By now, Col. Lewis’ store was established just outside the town line. Young Fielding Lewis and his bride Catharine Washington, a cousin to all the local Washingtons, were in a home of their own nearby. Married in 1746, his wife did not survive the birth of their third child. She died in February 1750, and in May, Fielding married his cousin Betty Washington.”[1]

Jones could accommodate several lodgers. Source – estate inventory – six tables, 14 pewter dishes, wine glasses, china cups seven silver teaspoons . Widow Barbara continued the tavern after his death. At one time in 1753 she was reimbursed by the Masons for 13 broken glasses. Some time after she died, building occupied by Hugh Mercer for apothecary; his widow continued to lease. [2]

Jones’ tavern was at the intersection of Amelia and Caroline Streets. The block was destroyed in fire 1807. 

Jones son-in- law Charles Julian  opened a tavern in 1759 that became the meeting place of the masons until they met at the Town House. Julian’s widow operated a coffee shop there.  It was the site of a luncheon in 1784 to which council and resident and residents escorted George Washington from his mother’s house.

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1 Paula Felder –
2. Early Taverns Livened up Fredericksburg 12/4/1999.,1211872&hl=en

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