Shifting gears a bit, here’s another interesting person (by way of Eppy Frances Wimberley) who’s a bit of a dead end, in of himself: Richard Mynatt (b. 21 Oct 1729, London; d. 24 Jul 1824, Knox County, Tennessee) has a small place in history as the first indentured servant in the Colonies to sue for his release and win. He is said to have been “of Billiter Lane” in London (now Billiter Street) [for all images click to enlarge]:
He contracted on 1 Feb 1749 with the Lee family (of Robert E. Lee fame) as pastry chef for a period of four years at a wage of £8 sterling per year.
Specifically, the contract was made with Thomas Lee, and upon his arrival in Virginia, Richard began working in the kitchen of Stratford Hall (among his other duties may have been training Caesar, one of the Lee’s slaves).
(Photo: Stellars Jay 2019)
According to John at Stratford Hall, (from whom much of this account is taken), Thomas died not long after Richard’s arrival, and his contract passed to Thomas’s son, Philip Ludwell Lee as part of his inheritance. Thus, as of 1754, Mynatt was still in Lee’s employ.
As recorded in the Westmoreland County Court Order Book 1752-55 (p. 186a)
Richard Mynatt proffered his petition to this Court Against Philip Ludwell Lee Esqr. setting forth that he had served out the time for which he was indented and that the said Lee refused to give him a discharge. The said Lee Appeared and the Matter fully debated. And upon Mature consideration thereon had by the Court they adjudged him free and Order that the Cl[er]k give him a certificate.
Upon his release, Richard moved to Prince William County, Virginia and subsequently married Sarah Cummin(g)s (b. 13 Feb 1733, Fauquier, Virginia; d. 1806, Knox County Tennessee) on 15 Mar 1755. Following this, Richard is recorded as having served as a courier in the Revolutionary War (this document associates him with the Cherokee Expedition of 1776):
Ultimately, Richard, Sarah, and their children migrated to Tennessee, possibly around 1787, based on a Virginia land sale record:
According to Tina Sansone in The Tennessee Genealogical Magazine (55.2, 2008, pp. 91-4), Richard finished out his career(s) as a doorkeeper for the Tennessee Territorial Legislature. He and Sarah died in Knox County, Tennessee, leaving behind 10 children including Susannah (b. 1776, Botetourt, Virginia; d. 1830, Fayette County, Alabama), the great-grandmother of Eppy Frances Wimberley by way of Susannah’s second husband, William Erwin (b. abt. 1783, North Carolina; d. 1861, Fayette County, Alabama; married 10 Mar 1806) and their daughter, Mahala (b. 1813, Kentucky; d. 1883, Fayette County, Alabama), who married Thomas Jefferson Wimberley (b. 1804, Smith, Tennessee; d. 19 Oct 1861, Fayette County, Alabama) on 11 May 1826 in Jefferson County, Alabama.
- Bernice MARINER Reed (1909-2003)
- Dessie Viola SHAFER Mariner (1883-1974)
- Eppy Frances WIMBERLEY Shafer (1866-1950)
- Alfred Washington WIMBERLEY (1827-1908)
- Mahala ERWIN Wimberley (1813-1883)
- Susannah MYNATT Erwin (1776-1830)
- Richard MYNATT (1729-1824)