1774, December 6: The Committee for Essex County was chosen, and included William Roane, his brother Thomas Roane, friend and business partner Thomas Waring, and others in their “Westmoreland Association” circle.
The list also included none other than Archibald Ritchie, by now a firm pro-rebellion patriot.
Around the colony all of the other counties were forming their committees as well. The same month, the City of Williamsburg formed its committee, with the Hon. Peyton Randolph, George Wythe, and John Tazewell among it. Down in Charles City County on the 17th of December, John Tyler Sr. joined two dozen others in a large County Committtee. And over in Westmoreland, in January 1775 the County Committee was named with (of course) Richard Henry Lee, John Augustine Washington (one of George’s brothers) among the members.
Source: “The County Committees of 1774-’75 in Virginia” by Charles Washington Coleman. The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Apr., 1897), pp. 245-255.
Lowry Brinton Waring said:
It says his business partner was Thomas Waring. I believe that is suppose to be Francis Waring whose brother was Thomas Waring. Thomas was dead by this time. Francis was his partner and was also once owner of Mahockney. He also was a leader of the Leedstown rebellion.
Hi, thanks for commenting! Turns out there are many Thomas Warings to keep track of, as you probably know better than anyone 😉 Both Francis Waring and his brother Thomas Waring were dead by this point
– Francis died in 1770 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=thamm&id=I13353
– Thomas died in 1761 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=thamm&id=I23136
… but I believe the above account from 1774 is referring to the son of that Thomas Waring (and therefore Francis’s nephew), Thomas Waring IV born 1745. He lived across the road from Mahockney at Paynefield, like his father, but I believe he inherited Goldberry from Francis… This Thomas Waring is actually the one who owned Mahockney for a while, buying it from Spencer Roane and his brother Thomas Roane – and Mahockney wound up going to Waring’s relation William Latane, then his son William Catesby Latane.
Here’s the source that I got the list of the Committee of Correspondence from: Essex County Historical Society newsletter, Vol 7, November 1974, p. 1.
And then there’s this also, from later that year, when the same group was elected as the Committee for the new Continental Congress, listed in a December 1774 Virginia Gazette article: https://mahockney.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/1774-12-06-committee-of-correspondence-of-essex-county-named-william-roane-member-virginia-gazette-1775-01-151.jpg
Thanks for reading!