Our dilemma here is proving where our Edneys came from. The first record of an Edney in this country is 1724. There were Edneys in what is now the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Barbados in the 1600/1700's, but there has been no proof found to connect any of these people to the Robert Edney in Pasquotank Co., NC in 1724. Peter Edney arrived in Barbados in about 1638, and there is evidence that he went back to London several times. There was a Peter Edney still in Barbados in 1724 - probably a descendant of the 1638 Peter, but no proof of this either. Do you have a Peter or Robert in the early part of your line?
I have found no Peter coming down in the U.S. Edneys, and I don't know where the name Robert came from. Robert did not pick up the name Peter when his sons were born. Instead, they were named Samuel and Newton. The reason I believe Robert was a descendant of the 1638 Peter Edney is a document showing that Peter paid Capt. Samuel Newton to nurse his son also named Peter.
Thanks for joining this on-going puzzle.
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