Pasco Curle served in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1692 1 . Order Book (1689-1699), page 12, records that Pasco was paid for serving in the House of Burgesses on 28 Nov 1692. He does not appear on later published rosters of the House of Burgesses, so probably just served a short time. His service as a Burgess qualifies Pasco Curle for both the Jamestowne Society and the Society of Colonial Wars.
Pasco Curle was appointed High Sheriff of Elizabeth City County by Gov. Edmund Andros on 18 May 1693 2,3. This service qualifies Pasco Curle for the Society of Colonial Wars.
1 Chapman, Blanche Adams. Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, 1688-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1980, p. 153
2 Ibid., p. 155
3 Neal, Rosemary Corley, compiler. Elizabeth City County Deeds Wills and Court Orders, 1715-1721. Heritage Books, Inc., 1986, pp. 21-22
Pasco Curle, father of Nicholas Curle
Nicholas Curle was the son of Pasco Curle (ca 1650 – bef 1713) and Sarah _____ (?- 1713).
The William & Mary Quarterly article "Old Kecoughtan" provides a summary of the early history of the Curle family in Virginia 1 . The article states that Pasco Curle and two (possibly three) brothers emigrated from England to Elizabeth City. Pasco's brother Thomas died about 1700 without children, and left a legacy to two sons of Pasco: Pasco Jr., who died soon thereafter, and Joshua.
This sequence of events is confirmed by the record of the will of Thomas Curle2, and subsequent Order Book entries. Specifically:
- Probation was granted for Thomas Curle's will to his relict on 20 Aug 1699 (Order Book 1689-1699, p. 153);
- The will was recorded 31 May 1700, leaving a bequest to Pasco and Joshua Curle, sons of Pasco Curle. Pasco Curle [Jr.] died intestate leaving his brother Nicholas Curle, who died 15 Aug 1714 leaving issue Wilson Curle, born 18 Dec 1709 (Order Book 1731-1747, p. 292).
This second Order Book notation confirms that Nicholas Curle was the son of Pasco Curle. The notations of Nicholas's date of death, and of his son's name and date of birth, Wilson Curle (b. 18 Dec 1709), corroborate that the Nicholas Curle named in this will is Nicholas Curle, discussed in the previous chapter, husband of Jane Curle (Sr.) and father of Wilson's sister, Jane Curle (Jr.).
It is likely that Nicholas Curle was the oldest son of Pasco Curle, and that the bequests by Thomas Curle to his nephews Pasco Jr. and Joshua were made to younger sons, anticipating that the oldest son, Nicholas, would inherit his father's estate.
Pasco Curle (Sr.)'s will does not survive, but the will of his wife, Nicholas Curle's mother Sarah Curle, survives 3, and printed summary 4 provides the following information:
Sarah Curle does not leave her son Nicholas any bequest, presumably because he was already wealthy, and had inherited his father's estate. Even on the Quit Rent roll of 1704, when Pasco Curle was still alive, Nicholas is listed with 950 acres of land5 , and Pasco with 300 acres.
Sarah Curle names her son twice in her will. First, she states that if her other children disagree over bequests, Nicholas is to adjudicate the dispute(s):
- "the Differences are to be Submitted to my Son Nicholas Curle".
Second, Sarah names Nicholas sole executor:
- "And I do nominate and appoint my Loving Son Nicholas Curle my Sole Exr_ of this my Last Will and Testament…".
1"Old Kecoughtan". William & Mary Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Oct. 1900), pp. 124-125
2Chapman, Blanche Adams. Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, 1688-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1980, p. 29
3 Sarah Curle, will. Library of Virginia, Richmond
4Neal, Rosemary Corley, compiler. Elizabeth City County Deeds Wills and Court Orders, 1715-1721. Heritage Books, Inc., 1986, p. 5
5Chapman, p. 144