Benjamin Turner ( b. 1770 Va. d. 1807 Va)., married Agatha Watts ( b. 1765 Orange, Va. d. Sept. 1837 Scott Co. Ky.) in Culprpper Co. Va. They were then on a tax list in Scott Co. Ky. in 1800. After Benj. died I think Agatha married Levi Brashears. Benj. is my stone wall, I would like to find out his parents.
Surnames: Bradley, Laird, Delaney
Iím try to prove or disprove a connection between my ggg- grandfather James M. Bradley B: abt 1814 Kentucky, D: abt 1870, M: 10/2/1834 Lincoln Co. Missouri to Lydia Laird Bradley - B: abt 1814 Penn. OH By 1850 they lived is Ralls Co, MO;
Is this the same James M Bradley listed as the son of Layton C Bradley - B: 1779 Culpeper Co. VA, D: 1848 Ralls Co. MO, M: 1802.Nancy Delaney Bradley - B: 1782 Culpeper Co. VA, D: 1841 in MO,
They moved to Bourbon Co, KY in 1803/4, About 1840 they moved to Lincoln Co MO
Any help with my missing link would be greatly appreciated.
I have a question about Virginia genealogy (which I have pursued for my Chapman family as an amateur for many decades). Did 18th century widows in Virginia ever resume using their maiden names years after the deaths of their husbands?
For many years, I've been trying to determine what became of the children of my ancestor, Isaac Chapman of Orange county, VA, after his death in 1747 and before they migrated as adults to Botetourt/Fincastle/Montgomery/Giles county by the 1770s. Isaac had a wife, Sarah Cole, who survived him, and who it seems was in terrible financial circumstances after Isaac's death. You see, Isaac's property was meager, and a year after his death, the adminstrators of his estate demanded she surrender all of it to them unless she could produce "counter security." I find no death record or will of Sarah in Virginia records.
Isaac and Sarah's children were Isaac, John, Richard and Jemimah, and there is apparently no subsequent record of them in that part of Virginia after their father's death.
But a Sarah Ann Cole is listed as a daughter of Susannah Cole (and her deceased husband, John) in a 1761 will in Culpeper VA (which was derived from Orange county in 1749). Sarah Ann has brothers John and Richard, as well. Here's Susannah's will:
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Susannah Cole of the Parish of St. Mark in
the County of Culpeper, being sick & weak in body but of mind and
memory as sound & perfect as usual do make, ordain this my last will &
testament in manner & form following:
My soul I do with all humility recommend to almighty God trusting that
through the merits of my redeemer I shall obtain pardon & remission of
my sins & enjoy everlasting felicity and my body I commit to the earth
therein to be decently interr'd at the discretion of my executor
herein after named and the worldly estate with which it hath pleased
God to bless me, I dispose of in the following manner.
Item: I give & bequeath to my son Richard Cole half the still & half
utensils thereto belonging to him & his heirs.
Item: I give to my son John Cole the lot of land I now live on, one
bed & furniture, one mare, one square bottle, also half the still with
half the utensils thereto belonging, and also fifteen gallons of
brandy, to him & his heirs. My son John is to pay the doctor only his
Item: I give to my daughters Judith & Susannah Cole one bed &
furniture, also two cows to them & their heirs.
Item: I give to my daughters Ann and Sarah Ann Cole bed & furniture,
also two heiffers and to my daughters the whole duly (duty?) man to
them & their heirs.
Item: I give my daughter Alice Morgan one iron pot now at her home to her by me.
Item: I give to my grandaughter M____Cole one cow called Cherry, one
small dish, one small bason to her & her heirs.
Item: My will & desire is that the remainder of my estate be equally
divided between my sons Richard & John Cole and my daughters Martha
Reynolds, Judith Cole, Susannah Cole, Ann Cole & Sarah Ann Cole to
them & their heirs.
Item: I nominate and appoint Thomas Slaughter to be my Executor to this my Will.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 16th day
September in the year of our Lord 1761.
Susanna X Cole
(witnesses) Elizabeth Wood, John Johnson, Henry Barnes
At a Court held for the County of Culpeper Friday, the 20th day of
November 1761 This Last Will and Testament of Susanna Cole, dec'd, was
exhibited to the court by Thomas Slaughter, gentleman, the Executor
therein named and was proved by the oaths of John Johnson & Henry
Barnes, two of the witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded, at the
same time the said Executor refused to take the burthen of the
execution thereof, and on the motion of John Cole, Certificate is
granted him for obtaining Letters of Administration of the said
decedent's estate with the Will annexed, he having taken the oath &
entered into bond with security as the law directs.
Teste: Roger Dixon, Cl.Cur.
Sarah Ann's children had likely left the area, so she may have been
residing with her mother and siblings in Culpeper in 1761. Could it
be that Susannah identified her daughter, Sarah Ann, by her maiden name Cole in her will?