I have been able to determine from guardianship papers for his sons and from the estate papers of his father Benjamin that my ancestor David Pedan had 6 children. David Pedan died about 1803 ten years prior to the death of his father. In his will Benjamin leaves $20 to the children of his son David. The settlement account for Benjamin's estate filed Oct. 1814 lists five minors who receive $16.67 and Robert who received $3.33. This totals $20 and therefore should account for all the children. The oldest child Robert is identified here and must be of legal age.
The minor boys are identified in guardianship records as Benjamin and William over the age of 14, James 12 and David 10. These records are also dated in 1814. Unfortunately, the daughter is not named.
All of this coincides with the 1800 census which lists four children for David all under the age of 10. James and David were not born yet.
In 1807 David's widow Ruth married Joseph Paden who was probably either a brother or cousin of David.
I have reason to believe that Joseph and Ruth sometime, probably after 1814, moved their family to Fairfield Co. OH. I have found Joseph there in land,tax, and census records. I have not found Ruth. I have also found several sisters and brothers or cousins of Joseph in Fairfield Co.OH.
I would,therefore, suggest that the Robert and Jane of whom you inquire were quite possibly the children of David and Ruth Paden. It is likely that Jane was named for Jane (Jennett)Giffin wife of Benjamin Paden, and Robert was named for Robert Blain the father of Ruth.
I realize that you indicated that Jane's family tradition has it that the family came from Virginia. However, in checking the 1860 Fairfield Co. OH census I found Isaac Wilson 58 and wife, Jane 55 both born in Pennsylvania.
I know that there are some loose ends to tie up here, but what do you think?
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