How sure are we that MARY FORTUNE was the daughter of Joseph Fortune and Mary Reynolds. A recent Fortune - Reynolds researcher sent me the following email:
In looking at my Reynolds research from VA, I'm not seeing a Mary Fortune as the daughter of Joseph Fortune and Mary Reynolds. The abstract of Joseph Fortune's 1784 will mentions his children Sarah and Elizabeth, and also mentions that his wife is "with child." Later records of estate administration refer to a son Joseph (presumed born after his father's death), and the daughter Sarah -- but Elizabeth is not mentioned after the 1784 will.
Can you give me a bit more information on how your Mary Fortune is identified as the child of Joseph Fortune and Mary Reynolds? I have information from one researcher that Mary Reynolds had three children by second husband Hezekiah Salmon -- one of whom was named Mary - but her last name would have been Salmon, and she married a Dyer.
My family tree info is online at Rootsweb. The link below should take you to Richard Reynolds, father of Mary Reynolds Fortune. Unfortunately, that's as far as I've been able to go with the Reynolds. It's likely Richard Reynolds is related to other Reynolds families of early Orange and Spotsylvania Counties of VA, but we have not been able to find enough documentation to support that.
Anyway, would like to hear more on how your Mary Fortune is connected. Warren Co. NC is somewhat east of Pittsylvania Co VA - not too far, but if this is a child of Joseph and Mary Reynolds Fortune, I'd be curious how she ended up in Warren. Co.
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