Thanks so much, Judy and Julie, for the Speed family info (copied below).
Julie, I would appreciate knowing which Chancery Case you referred to in
your info copied at the bottom here. If it's not one that's already piled
up here, awaiting my attention;) then yes I'd appreciate a PDF scan of it.
Elaine, I've found it interesting that as I've been plowing through old Deed
Books in Mecklenburg Co, I've seen numerous documents by families with
surnames of both "Lewis" and "Meredith." So perhaps both Lewis
Meredith Poythress were named for some admiration or some connection to
Judy, that "Pegues" name you mentioned is a very prominent name from South
Carolina, by the way. It's pronounced with a hard "G' (like in geezer) and
with the emphasis on the 2nd syllable, as "Puh - GEEZ" -- which I learned a
couple of years ago after mispronouncing it for ages.
Judy, I would appreciate getting more of the Speed line from you -- both re
the children of James B Speed & Mary Pulley, and for any other dates &
spouses' names, too, if available, for the kids of John Speed & Mary Taylor
-- probably off-List would be best, since many others may not care for this
Judy said: "John Speed , the second son of James B. Speed & Mary Pulley
was born Feb.5,1714.He lived in Mecklenburg County, Va. He married a widow
named Mary Taylor. Her maiden name was Minetry. They were married Oct.
6,1737 in Surrey Co,Va. which is the County in which James Speed lived. John
& Mary were married for 45 yr. She died July 1,1782 & he died March 8, 1785.
They had seven sons & 4 daughters.The daughters were:Sarah born Feb.14,1743,
Martha born Aug.11,1748, Lucy born April 11,1752 & Mary who died young.. One
of the sons was named Lewis born Jan. 25,1745. There are several Mary Speeds
and Sarah Speeds in my line. One Sarah ( Sally) Speed is shown married to a
William Pegues. I have always wondered if that could be Wm. Poythress.They
married July 16,1797."
Julie said: "There is a James Speed that was Newman Dortch's father in law.
I have a chancery referencing the will. It doesn't exist anymore in the
courthouse or Library of Virginia. I cannot find any record of this James
Speed other than this chancery. And three daughters are mentioned, wit the
relationships totally spelled out clearly. So what if he's named after just
James Speed? This chancery is pretty small, and includes a plat. I can scan
it as a PDF and email it to you. For years, everyone listed Sarah Speed,
the wife of Newman Dortch as the daughter of John Speed. But the chancery
states her father is James Speed. And she has 3 sisters which are: Martha,
married to Nathaniel Moss; Mary, married to Lewis Dortch (moved to Georgia);
and Elizabeth Speed, not married at the time of the chancery in 1822. I keep
looking for more on this James Speed, and this chancery is all I can find.
He actually died in Mecklenburg in 1822. He was a widow for a long time. I
can't even find a marriage record for him. This James Speed left his home
to Newman Dortch and Sarah Speed, because Newman moved in with him,
financially cared for him, and put more money into make improvements and
caring for James than the land was worth. So if you were raised in your
grandfathers house, it would make a good first and middle name. This James
Speed is Mary Speed Dortch's grandfather."