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John Morefield d. 1751 & Edward d. 1785
Posted by: Patricia Seaver (ID *****5948) Date: April 06, 2007 at 13:38:19
In Reply to: FAMILY HISTORY by BILL MOOREFIELD of 36

I agree with Bill's history with one exception. I question that Edward Morefield (d. 1785 Halifax Co, VA) was the son of the John Morefield who died 1751 in Lunenburg Co, VA. John's will does not mention Edward Morefield at all. Further, the will names his daughters, Elizabeth and Jean (Jane), as the co-executrices--that was an extraordinary act in that time period and even more so if there was a male relative available. The will leaves the land that John was living on to his "daughter Jean and my grandson John." Edward most likely did have a son John, who was later known as John Morefield, Sr. of Halifax Co, VA. However, Jean Morefield also had a son named John. After Jean married John Ashworth, her sons, Nathan and John, both used the surnames Morefield and Ashworth. John Ashworth named Jean's sons in his will, referring to them as (John and Nathan) "Morefield alias Ashworth" and "Ashworth alias Morefield". It seems more logical that the grandson John named in the 1751 will was Jean's son, John. If Edward was the son of the John who died 1751, and if the grandson John was Edward's son, then the will left land to Jean and her nephew jointly, while omitting the daughter Elizabeth from the land.

I do believe that the John who died 1751 and Edward of Halifax Co. were closely related, but I think it may have been uncle/nephew or even brothers.


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