Of recent date I have been in contact with a descendant of Chesley/Chisley
Daniel, who is on the up and up, and another contact that has apparently
used, or knows of use, faulty data to gain entrance or whatever into the
The basic myth is that Captain William Daniell of Middlesex married a
Dorothy Forth and was a DeTabley Daniel. Or, that Captain William was the
same as Col. William Daniel of Wigan. I am not sure what the DAR has
accepted in this case, but these assumptions are not true.
Col William and his wife Dorothy lived and died in England and William of
Wigan was dead when Captain William of Middlesex was still catin around in
Roy Daniel of England has an extensive study on William of Wigan and I can
refer anyone to his work or you can get there through my web page.
This is one of the offending publications:
"Jon Lynn Daniel (1953-1993), The Daniel Family of Middlesex County,
Virginia. Captain William Daniel came to Middlesex County about 1650. Twice
married to Dorothy (Forth?) of Wigan, Lancashire, England, and Jochabed
(Smith?)." Note the inevitable question marks?
I am not privy to Jon Lynn's work and while his thesis is wrong, there may
be some good data which would be worth looking at.
Here is another work that might lead one to believe that the Williams were
"http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~aihbt/, "as I have been told". William
Daniell one of four Daniells who came to Virginia between 1634 and 1644. His
parents in England are not known. First wife Dorothy Froth (sons William and
Robert). Second wife Jochebed Smith, possibly the sister of John Smith, one
of the overseers of William's
estate. Maurice Cocke, the other overseer, was the brother of John Smith's
wife." Note "as I have been told", now that is serious research.
Just a minor slip here but enough to be misleading. My protestations will
not totally clear the air on botched assignments, but the family of Captain
William Daniel of Middlesex is an important lineage and does not need to be
Take me to task if you will. I am still not to old to learn, yet.
Five Daniel Tribes of Southeastern United States will soon be available as a