I'm not sure which all counties are the ones known as burned counties,
but even those counties have some records -- not everything burned,
since fires were at different times & affected parts of records.
Heaven knows there are lots of Williams <g> I doubt if all of them have
even been distinguished from each other, much less tied to their lines.
Good luck with the Northern Neck search on Monday. If you find any
record that cites a connection to another county, please be sure to sing
out. So far, Crabb is a totally unfamiliar name to me.
nancy thompson wrote:
Thanks for getting back to me. The Crabbs seem to go way back in
1. John Crabb married Temperance Gerrard in 1675. John left a will
2. Their son, Osmond Crabb married Sarah Ocanny in 1698. Osmond left
a will in 1719.
3. Their son, John Crabb married Jane Middleton before 1747. John
left a will in 1779.
4. Their son, Benedict Crabb married Mary P. before 1785. Benedict
died intestate in 1791. The estate papers name his wife and
children. Unfortunately, they only provide her name as Mary P.
All marriages and wills are from Westmoreland County.
I have checked Richmond County as well as Essex County/Old Rappahanock
with no luck. I spoke with the Northern Neck Historical Society and one
of the staff believes that she recalls that there were Poythresses in
Westmoreland County. So on Monday, I'm heading down there to see what I
can find in their family files. I've done a thorough though not
exhaustive search of wills, deeds and orders in Westmoreland, but
suspect I will have to search harder. I have checked as many alternate
spellings as I could devise, in part based on the archives for the
Poythress mailing list. I need to check Northumberland records for
numerous other ancestors, but I understand their records are in a rather
sad state of disarray. Was King George one of the burned counties?
Are there any "unclaimed" William Poythresses? I have this feeling that
I'm looking for a William Poythress with a daughter, Mary: Mary named a
son William Poythress Crabb despite the fact that this is not a Crabb
family name and her other son, Benedict Middleton Crabb, named one of
his sons William Poythress Crabb.
I'm stuck on this one and will truly appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
From: Barbara Neal <bp_neal(a)earthlink.net>
To: poythress(a)rootsweb.com, "Nancy Slater Thompson >"
Subject: Re: [POYTHRESS] Poythress-Crabb in Virginia
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 19:12:18 -0700
Sorry for this tardy (& not very helpful either) reply to your
message of Nov 8th. When I ran across your message today in the
depths of my email from a hectic Nov-Dec period, I had to stop &
look up where Westmoreland County was. I see it now along the
Chesapeake Bay, & learned it was formed in 1653 from Northumberland
County, with part of King George County added to it later. Your
logic seems good that the "Mary P" whom married Benedict Crabb was
probably one of the numerous females named Mary Poythress, but that
name Mary was sure a popular one.
Have you found any sightings of Benedict Crabb anywhere before
having him in Westmoreland Co, VA around 1780? If so, in what
county? Maybe that will help us hone in on your Mary P.
11/8/2006 nellanddudley(a)msn.com wrote:
> Dear All,
> I am, unfortunately, at a dead end on what appears to be a
> Westmoreland County, Virginia connection between the Poythress and
> Crabb families.
> Circa 1780, Benedict Crabb married Mary P. in Westmoreland County.
> Their children were: Hannah C., William Poythress, Benedict
> Middleton, Mary Poythress, and Jane. Of these children, Benedict
> Middleton Crabb had a son named William Poythress Crabb.
> The name is, as noted by other Poythress researchers, not common. It
> is highly likely that the Mary P. noted above was Mary Poythress.
> However, I can not locate a marriage record for Benedict Crabb and
> Mary P., and there do not appear to have been any Poythress family
> members living in Westmoreland County between 1780 and 1840. Mary P.
> would likely have been born about 1765 to 1770.
> Any suggestions that you might have for further research into a
> possible Poythress connection would be most sincerely appreciated.
> Best regards,
> Nancy Slater Thompson
> Huntingtown, MD