John Brandt recently asked for information on:
the ancestors of Capt. William DANIEL, born ca
1630, died 20 Jan 1698 at Middlesex Co., Virginia. He married Dorothy
FORTH. They had a son, James DANIEL, born ca 1680, died 1748. On 27 Jan
1704 James married Margaret VIVIAN. This is all the information I have. Any
help will be greatly appreciated.
John and all others who are descended from Captain William Daniel of
Middlesex Co., VA:
I'm sorry to tell you that you have been misled. This William Daniel DID
NOT ever marry Dorothy Forth. The William Daniel who married Dorothy
Forth died and is buried in England. This fabricated connection was made
(I am fairly sure by whom) with great irresponsibility and the
Daniel/Forth lineage was latched onto straight from Burke's Peerage. The
person who widely distributed this lineage has made many, many family
connections to famous and royal persons and has joined many societies
using flimsy evidence. This makes credible research very difficult when
we have to spend much of our time and energy trying to undo the damage
done by irresponsible researchers!
A very careful researching member of the Daniel Family Association of
Northern Kentucky (descendants of this line) went to England to research
this very issue and she came back with very compelling evidence that
Captian William Daniel of Middlesex Co., VA could not have been married
to Dorothy Forth. William Daniel's first wife is unknown at present, his
second marriage has not been found, although her name has been identified
by primary source documents as Jochebed ----. The date of Captain William
Daniel's immigration has not been identified as he could be one of
several William Daniels who immigrated to this country.
Many dedicated and capable researchers are trying to establish the
lineage of Captain William Daniel. As soon as it is found, we will shout
it from the rooftops (with proper documentation attached, of course)!
Happy Hunting to All!
P.S. There is also conflicting information available on the Vivion line
mentioned by James. But that's a whole other can of worms!
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