Just some thoughts on the subject(s)...
I think you are probably right that "Meredith" may have originally been
a surname, and thus offers a possible clue as to marriage connections.
Similarly, Lewis may be derived from a surname, but I don't know of any
Lewises living in the area of the Poythresses in that time frame (of
course, I haven't exactly searched for them either). The prominent
Lewis family with which I'm familiar was either further north, or in the
Valley of Virginia area. Lewis as a given name certainly was a popular
one among some families, most notably in my knowledge and experience,
the Burwell family. So I don't think it's quite as reliable a clue as
Meredith might be.
There were in fact several branches of the Wall family, and the
relationship of these branches, if there was one, is still unknown (to
me, anyway). There was a Daniel Wall who appeared in the early Bristol
Parish records, with a number of sons, who eventually lived in the
northern part of Brunswick County (traces of this family, but only
traces, can be found in some extant Dinwiddie records). This is not the
Wall line that I believe married into the Poythress family, though they
both used John as a somewhat favored name. For what it's worth I don't
have a single Meredith identified within the John Wall family that I
think is allied with the Poythress family. (That's not to say that such
a connection won't eventually surface, but just a statement of the
lay-of-the-land as I now think I understand it.)
I've also learned by now that the prominent families in the area of
southern Virginia were so interlocked with marriages that they were
practically all related by marriage somehow. And that sure doesn't help
when playing the "name game."
From: Denver145(a)aol.com [mailto:Denver145@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 10:12 PM
Via Maynards suggestion, I am posting a possible theory I have for a
possible name for Martha (Patsy) ? Poythress who married Thomas
Brunswick VA say maybe mid to late 1750's. At least it is something
checking out, to try and prove or disprove.
Ok here goes; We have Thomas Poythress and Martha (Patsy) Unknown,
first child, they named Meredith (not a common Poythress name), then
have Lewis, some say proven and some say not proven, son of Thomas and
Martha (another uncommon name for the Poythress'), well my thoughts are
Martha (Patsy) unknown, could possibly be a Meredith, a
Lewis' intermarried) or maybe even a Wall(Meredith's and Wall's
intermarried). All of these surnames were in Virginia (Prince George,
Dinwiddie/Brunswick, Hanover, and a few other surrounding counties) at
time Thomas and Martha were in those areas. There was even a Lewis
b. abt. 1640 who emigrated from Wales to Maryland in the Queen Anne's
area, and some of his and his brother John's and another brother,
William or a Thomas lines, who migrated to Virginia. I do not know
about these other surnames, as I am much to new at this research
but maybe some of you know about them or have the resources to explore
theory. I stress, that is all it is at this point, just a hunch from
most inexperienced Poythress Researcher on the list. But it is food for
thought don't you think.
Take care to you all and BPN, I am thinking about you.
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