2017 Updates

23 November 2017: Regarding the Susannah BALL and John LILLARD marriage, I finally received a copy of Lillard: A Family of Colonial Virginia, by David Lillard. This is a 1991 2nd edition and major revision of the original which was published in 1928 by Jacques Ephraim Stout Lillard. The author of the 2nd eidition states that South Lillard had simply asserted the marriage and date in the 1st edition without any evidence, basing it simply on family recollection. David Lillard had found no additional evidenc in preparing the 2nd ed. I am now working on updating my VAUT/VAUGHT family line, based on the work of the late Helen Spurlin and Mickey Martin of the Vaught Family Lineage Research Group. Just before her death, Helen sent me in 1995 her unfinished draft of the fifth volume of the work in loose leaf form. I also have volumes 2 and the 2 books of volume 4. I would love to find copies of volumes 1 and 3. Please contact me if you have thouse. The whole series is:

  • V.1. Descendants of Christley Vaught, grandson of the immigrant John Paul Vaught
  • V.2. There was a Gaspar in the family : John Paul Vaught line, dscendants of Gaspar Vaught
  • V.3. Teach them thy sons, and thy son's son, lest they depart from thy heart : John Paul Vaught line, descendants of George Vaught 1994
  • V.4a and 4b (2 volumes). Oxcarts through the Cumberland Gap : Vaught compilation : John Paul Vaught line, descendants of Henry Vaught, 1993
  • V.5. Moving in on the Cherokees or Neighbors to the Cherokees, 1994

18 November 2017: I completed my core effort on the BALL family, though I will continue to update it as I uncover new information. I am so far stumped in trying to "prove" the marriage of Susannah BALL (dau. of Samuel and Ann Catherine (Tayloe) BALL to John Lillard, Rev. War militia Capt. This is the key link for me to the BALL ancestry. The marriage (with date and location) is repeated frequently in DAR applications and even on the website on the John Lillard Chapter of the Kentucky DAR, but I have not found any concrete documentation of the marriage or of Susannah's parentage. Hill (1990) deosn't list a Susannah as among the children of Samuel and Ann Catherine (Tayloe) BALL.

My present work involves updating my SHERRILL family line based on the 2 volume work by Mary La Jean Davis Sherril, Samuel Sherrill, son of Adam and elizabeth, and Some of his Descendants, 1994, Denton, Texas. The book has a lot of typos, but is lauded by other researchers for its genealogical quality. Ms. Sherrill has drawn together (with appropriate credits) the work of a number of earlier SHERRILL family researchers to create a rather encyclopedic compilation.

11 November 2017: Lately I have been working on my BALL family line, with a thorough review of Margaret Lester Hill's Ball Families of Virginia's Northern Neck: An Outline, compiled for teh Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, Inc., Lancaster, VA, 1990. I supported this with additional research on related families. The BALLs were an early Virginia colonial family that connected with many of the most politically and financial important familes of the colony in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

5 October 2017: I have done a lot of clean up work, though there is still a tremendous amount to do. This round was devoted to deleting about 400 "orphan" individuals (people with no know connection to anyone else - parents, spouses, children, siblings, etc.) from my database of 89,000 individuals.

8 September 2017: I have updated my CHILES family line working from Joanne Chiles Eakin's Walter Chiles of Jamestown [1983]. I also drew materials from Gloria Tune's well-documented RootsWeb data base "Our Chiles - Clark - Horsley - Kersey Family - Descendants of Walter Chiles, Thomas Clark, Rowland Horsley, Thomas Kersey & Related Families."

28 August 2017: I have severed the connection between Mary Sampson and the parents I had previously attributed to her: John and Elizabeth (Church) Sampson. Some researchers have assumed that the Mary Sampson who married Matthew George Covey was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Church) Sampson), but Mayflower Families (Vol. 2, p. 277) shows that Mary, the dau. of John and Eliz. Sampson, lived in Bristol Co., MA (now RI), married Samuel Clark(e), and died in 1748 (aged 28). The Mary Sampson who married Matthew Covey was in Dorchester Co. MD and died after 1755 (when her last known daughter was born). Mary (Sampson) and Matthew George Covery) were my 7th great grandparents. Regretably , this terminates my claim to any connection with the Church family of early MA and their ancestral lines, including the Southworths.

26 July 2017: I have done some work on early Pilgrim, Puritan and other immigrants to 17th century Massachusetts (many to Plymouth Colony), based primarily on The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley & His Wife Emma Arabella Bosworth, compiled and published by N., Grier Parke, II, and edited by Donald Lines Jacobus (Woodstock, Vermont 1960). I am supplementing this with the multiple volumes by Robert Charles Anerson on immigrants to New England in the period 1620-1640 (published by NEHGS, Boston), including the Great Migration series.

23 July 2017: I have taken a break from my work on Quaker family and other American lines and have returned to clarifying some of my (mostly British) royal lines. For this I am heavily reliant on the work and website of the late Leo van de Pas who passed away in 2016. Leo spent years recording lineages from some the most important historical and genealogical secondary sources and created one of the most reliable and complete websites available: Leos's Genealogics Website. Where I have reported information from Leo's work, I have tried to accurately source that information, including Leo's own meticulous source citations. Leo's work is particularly valuable to American and Australian reseachers trying to trace Gateway ancestors back to English noble families. (In the case of American Gateway genealogical research there are so many instances of completely unsubstantiated links of American colonialists to supposed British nobility.)

26 March 2017: I have completed a lot of work tying together the main Quaker families of Chester Co. See more at my Chester & Centre Co., PA research blog. I have also done considerable work on my HUDSON and BANKS family lines from Malvina Banks Hudson.

6 January 2017 (Happy New Year!): I have begun research to identify the land transactions of the Downing, Valentine and collateral families in Chester and Centre counties. Updates on this work will be posted under the "Chester and Centre Co. Research" Tab, above, in the "History secion of that web page.