Yes, I'm aware that we disagree on this one. The only basis of which I'm
aware as assigning Simon as a son of Owen is the work of Lew Griffin done
several years ago. Lew states that he "believes but can't conclusively
that Owen was Simon's father. This work has become generally accepted,
however, and can be found in many folk's work. I certainly don't discredit the
but believe Owen's assignment was a "right time, right place, right name"
Clearly there is no confusion on wills of Owen and the other variants of
Daniel in the area at the time. Owen's will clearly mentions son Thomas and
daughter Mary and arranges for their care. It has always troubled me that Owen
didn't mention Simon.
Enter the record from early NC court with Ann Vann acknowledging she knew
Joseph Daniel decd. of Nansemond Co., VA and he had living sons Joseph, Simon
and William and a daughter which the cruelties of time did not disclose to us.
Add to that the fact that Simon & William continue to be allied
geographically and in the records with the Vann, Odam and other Nansemond families (but
never the Pollocks, Jones, Lewertons with which Owen had associations) it
makes it easy for me to follow the records.
I believe Simon was the son of Joseph of Nansemond and we can even see it in
the family of descendants assigned to him (sons Joseph, William, Simon as
well as Robert, probably named after father-in-law and another son Hardy.
I know this represents a change in what many have placed in their files and
I'm probably branded a heretic but that's the way I stand until futher records