I've been working on several different lines from Surry Co VA for many years: BRUTON, SEWARD, CAULFIELD, BELL, CHAMPION, JORDAN, KAE/KEA, SAVAGE/SAVIDGE, HART and more. The BRUTONs are my direct lineage through my paternal grandmother, MINTTIE MAE BRUTON who married grandfather ALONZO COX HUBER.
ELIZABETH BRUTON, possible wife of BENJAMIN CHAMPION II was born about 1696 in Surry Co VA, the daughter of JAMES BRUTON & MARY SEWARD (dau of WILLIAM SEWARD & ELIZABETH CAULFIELD/COFFIELD)
ELIZABETH BRUTON was named in her father's Surry Co VA Will written Feb 4, 1734, probated March 17, 1735. She was apparently unmarried at that time, and was left 5 shillings, while her siblings all received slaves. No land was bequeathed, which is curious, because their mother MARY SEWARD BRUTON inherited land in 1691 from her maternal uncle ROBERT CAULFIELD.
JAMES BRUTON & MARY SEWARD had the following children:
--WILLIAM BRUTON born about 1685 m 1st) unknown; 2nd) SARAH BINNS (my line)
--MARY BRUTON born about 1690 m CHARLES KAE /KEA /KEY
--ELIZABETH BRUTON born about 1696 m (possibly) BENJAMIN CHAMPION
--ANN BRUTON born about 1700 m WILLIAM JORDAN
Except for one or two individuals, NEARLY ALL of the children & grandchildren of the couples in the above BRUTON family ended up in Edgecombe Co NC, which later became Halifax Co NC, in the mid-1700s until just after the Revolution , and then spread out from there to other places in the south.
The issue was land. There wasn't any to be had in Surry Co VA, for it was all swamps, and the best agricultural land had been taken by the earliest & wealthiest settlers. Unless one inherited land, the best that could be hoped for in Surry was a position as a tenant farmer for one of the plantation owners, or to rent land. The BRUTONs were in fact tenant farmers for at least two generations until MARY SEWARD BRUTON inherited that land from her uncle ROBERT CAULFIELD in 1691. Only then do the BRUTONs start showing up in the Surry Co VA tax lists.
Lots of Surry Co VA families went south to NC for land. There are many deeds showing folks in Edgecombe/Halifax Co NC selling their swampland back in Surry Co VA in the mid-1700s.
Anyway I first started suspecting that ELIZABETH BRUTON might the the wife of BENJAMIN CHAMPION II, (son of BENJAMIN CHAMPION Sr and ELIZABETH WILLIAMS) when I was researching which families from Surry Co VA ended up in Edgecombe/Halifax Co NC.
In fact there are several land deeds from Surry Co VA showing that BENJAMIN CHAMPION who had a wife ELIZABETH moved to Edgecombe Co NC before 1738 and sold land in Surry while he was living in NC.
( I know this is not his father BENJAMIN Sr ( d 1735) & mother ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, as they both were dead by 1736 as per their wills, and many of the deeds refer to "BENJAMIN CHAMPION Jr").
When ELIZABETH WILLIAMS CHAMPION died in 1736 Surry Co VA she left one daughter MARY CHAMPION who was still underage, and declared an orphan in the courts. Here is a list of all the children of BENJAMIN Sr & ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, so that you can understand some of the other later records that I found:
--BENJAMIN CHAMPION II b 1696 Surry Co VA m (possibly) ELIZABETH BRUTON
--ELIZABETH CHAMPION b about 1700 Surry Co VA m ?
--JOHN CHAMPION b about 1705 Surry Co VA m LUCY HART; son HART CHAMPION lived Edgecombe/Halifax Co NC
--ANNE CHAMPION b about 1710 m BENJAMIN BELL
--CHARLES CHAMPION b about 1715 m ANN JUDKINS (only recipient of his parents' entire estate, according to his mother's will)
--MARY CHAMPION b about 1720 m ? (orphaned in 1736, according to court records)
--"April Court 1736 Surry Co VA;