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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Clues of Origin

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Gosh! You miss so much if you fail to read the original last wills and testaments of your ancestors! Here is a perfect example. Christopher Robinson, in his last will and testament in York County, Virginia, bequeathed five pounds sterling to the poor at Cleasby "where he was born". What more do you want? There it is, but for the reading.  Another colonists, Captain John Moon of Isle of Wight County, bequeathed money for the support of the poor residing at Berry and Alverstock, in Hampshire (designed as a permanent fund). Richard Elrington of York County bequeathed 10 pounds sterling to the poor of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields in London.  The latter parish book is in print and contains births, marriages and deaths.  This is what you do: Find the parish register and write down all the information on your surnames. Eventually, it all comes together as other relationships are figured out.

Source: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. VII, p. 20.

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