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Re: Matthew's wife Esther ???
Posted by: Robert M. Allen Date: January 23, 2001 at 22:40:15
In Reply to: Re: Matthew's wife Esther ??? by Kim Gleaves Marin of 230

Hi Kim,

It certainly was worth pursuing. I have pursued it and there is no clue. As I recall, Thomas Rafferty did have a will. I am not sure that Elias Woolman had a will.

I am writing from old memory now. I gave the actual details from records in hand in earlier posts at this site. I think that the last record I have found of Esther's existence was in a Declaration or a Power of Attorney she signed in Buncumbe Co., NC in 1797, I believe sometime after Elias Woolman's death. She is also mentioned as still living in the Will of Thomas Turk, Sr., written in Augusta Co., VA in 1809. Her name was still Woolman then.

As best I can determine, she married Matthew Gleaves in Lancaster Co., PA, in 1745. I think this is the date when Matthew Gleaves came to America from England. I don't know if Esther (and her family/relatives) came with him or he met her (and her parents?) after he got here.

The curious thing is that as far as I can tell, the Gleaves family was not a Presbyterian family. The Turk family of Augusta Co., VA, was definitely of Scotch-Irish Presbyterian stock. The Gleaves and the Turks intermarried. Maybe Esther was from a Scotch-Irish family and her parents or other relatives came to Augusta Co., VA, with her. I just have found no record yet to confirm it. The records of Augusta Co., VA, are fairly complete and well indexed.


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