Allied Family Topic BA

 BA   Christopher Batty
Although I am not a descendant of Christopher Batty, some of his descendants married into my family. Consequently, I have devoted Allied Family Topic BA to his family.

Christopher Batty, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Christopher Batty might describe his life as follows.

Unlike most in the Colony I could read and write. 
Because I favored parliamentary rule, I made a few “irreverent” remarks “to the high dishonor of his sacred Majesty,” Charles II who restored the monarchy following Cromwell’s downfall in 1660. Although that was normally a serious offence, the justices went easy on me because they said I was, “troubled with frenzy or craziness of mind and brain.” I had to remain in the sheriff’s custody until I promised to behave.
The justices freed me from county taxes in 1688 because I was too old to work.  Needing a little help, I arranged to give my livestock to my son-in-law, John Frost, if he and my daughter, Elizabeth, would pay me 2,400 pounds of tobacco and feed me at their home.  But after Frost died, Elizabeth sued me to get out of the arrangement. 
I rented a house and land from Nicholas Haynes who took me to court in 1694 because of the “ruinous condition” of the property. Guess I was not a very good housekeeper. Anyway, I prevailed in the suit because I explained to the justices that the buildings were to be left habitable when the lease ended, and it had not. 
I was undoubtedly trouble for my wife, whose name is unknown. We lived in that part of Charles City County that became Prince George County in 1702. Since only a few records for Charles City County remain, Elizabeth who sued me and John who once bailed me out of trouble in 1693, are my only known children.

One Christopher Batley was a headright for William Moore when he got land on the Nansemond River in 1652. Yet the name could be Christopher Batty.  No other land patents include his name.

Irreverent words
Here is the abstract of the Charles City County order book of Aug. 1661 regarding Batty’s “irreverent” words.

Whereas Christopher Batty hath most irreverently spoken to the high dishonor of his sacred Majesty but is noted to be sometimes troubled with frenzy or craziness of mind and brain. The Court therefore inclining to clemency rather than rigor and in respect of the mercy influent [flowing] from his Majesty’s happy coronation, doth censure and adjudge only that the said Batty rest in the sheriff’s custody until he hath entered into recognizance with good bail for his good abearing [behavior] hereafter and pay all the costs. 

More about Christopher Batty
Christopher was security for the orphans of Nicholas Perkins in 1662 and helped appraise the estate of Daniel Murrayne in 1665. 
When John Woodhall petitioned the court for freedom from his indenture to Christopher Batty in 1693, James Batty appeared for his father and paid Woodhall one heifer with calf, one sow with pig, a suit of serge with apparel, and 100 pounds tobacco for surplus time served. 

Descendants of Christopher Batty
Information about the children of Christopher Batty, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 James Batty (c.1660-),  
John Hardaway,  
Joseph Bradley,  Anthony Parr,  
Nicholas Kelly,  
 John Hardaway,  
Richard Tye,  Charles Sparrow,  Frances (—) Hardaway,  James Batty,   
Thomas Hardaway,  Jane (—) Hardaway,  Jane Stith,  Edward Cowles,  John Stith,  
John Stith,  Capt. Daniel Llewellyn,   
Jane Anderson,  
Capt. Stith Hardaway,  Martha Worsham,   
Purefoy Booker,   
John Hardaway,  Frances Markham,   
Thomas Hardaway,  David King,  Agnes Thweatt,   
Susanna (—) Coleman,  John Coleman,  
James Hardaway,  
Jane Hardaway,  Baxter Davis,  Morris,  
Hardaway Davis,  Elizabeth Davis,  
Baxter Smith,  
Baxter Davis,  
Thomas Hardaway Davis,  
Edward Davis,  Mary —,  
Jane Hardaway Davis,  John Alston,  
Elizabeth Davis,  
Susanna Davis,  
Joshua Davis,  Nancy Wright,  
William Davis,  
Charles Davis,  
William Hardaway,  Manson,  
Frances Hardaway,  William Skipwith,  Sir William Skipwith,  
Joseph Hardaway,  Anne Hall,   
Drury Hardaway,  
Edith Hardaway,  Henry Tyler,  Matthew Pierce,  
Elizabeth Hardaway,  John Lett,  
Dorothy Hardaway,  Henry Hatcher,   
John Hardaway,  
Sarah Hardaway,  Susan Hardaway,  
Mary Batty,  Samuel Markham,  
William Parsons,   
James Markham,  
Frances Markham,  John Hardaway,   
Frances Hardaway,  Grief Hardaway,  Markham Hardaway,  James M. Hardaway,  
James Markham Hardaway,  
Jane Hardaway,  
John Hardaway,  Mary (Brown) Sexton,   
Frances Hardaway,  William Caudle,   
Markham Hardaway,  
Sarah Hardaway,  Francis Stainback,  John Stainback,  John Abernathy,  
Littleberry Stainback,  
Rebecca Stainback,  
Hardaway Stainback,  
Ann Hardaway,  Richard Clack,   
Elizabeth Parsons Clack,  John Robinson,   
Hartwell Hardaway,  
Rebecca Hardaway,  John Murrill,  
Thomas Hardaway,  
Kerenhappuch Hardaway,  Edward Young,  
Henry Young,  Winifred Tucker Goodwin,   
Hardaway Young,  Angelina Goodwin,   
William Young,  
Frankie Young,  Williamson,  
Sophia Williamson,  
Hardaway Williamson,  
Nancy Young,  Joel Sturdivant,  
Edward Young,  Fanny Dabney,  
Rebecca Young,  
Jane Young,  
William Young,  
Edward Young,  
Benjamin Young,  
John F. Young,  
Ainsworth Hardaway,  
Francis Markham Hardaway,  Joseph Turner,  
James Batty,  Thomas Clay,   
Henry Willson,   
 Elizabeth (Batty) Frost Williams (c.1660-c.1692),  
John Frost,  Robert Williams,  
William Frost,  
Joseph Frost,  
John Frost,  
Martha Frost,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Hardaway Stainback - War of 1812  

Selected sources
Baskervill, P. Hamilton. Andrew Meade of Ireland and Virginia; His Ancestors, and Some of His Descendants and Their Connections. Richmond: Old Dominion Press, Inc., 1921:103-113. • Published after the Southall work, and based on a 1906 family history called Thomas Hardaway and His Descendants, it covers the family of Thomas Hardaway.
Southall, Rev. S.O., “Hardaway.” Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1982(2):843-4. • Family of Thomas Hardaway, which places John Hardaway as his brother.

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