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Re: James CHESLEY of Amelia Co., VA 1752
Posted by: martha swaim (ID *****8012) Date: February 14, 2012 at 23:41:09
In Reply to: James CHESLEY of Amelia Co., VA 1752 by David Ross of 623

I have a John Byassee b. 1755 and wife Edy Westbrook and family that was on the Amelia Tax lists in 1782 and 1783. John had a son named Thomas C. Byassee. I have never seen what name that C was for. However, John and Edy had a son, John Henry who married Elvira Katerina Winfrey and had a son named Thomas Chesley. John Henry and family showed up in Nodaway, VA, and then Persons, NC and finally Hickman County, KY. There was an E. R. Ray who was a county clerk and recorded a deed for John Byassee in Hickman in 1859. Sometimes children are named for a family member and sometimes for a neighbor, but wonder if there is a connection between Byassee / Byasse and Chesley? There was a John Byasse on a ship from England in 1711 to Virginia, and he is probably an ancestor.


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