Benjamin Henry Pendarvis' mother, grandmother, step-mother, or step-grandmother is claimed by most of his descendants to have been a Choctaw Indian woman named Hatna (various spellings). I said mother, grandmother, step-mother, or step-grandmother because the story varies according to the teller. I know for a fact, per the probate records of Elizabeth Zeigler's father, that Benjamin Henry's father, William Pendarvis, was married to Elizabeth Zeigler at least as late as 1816. I think that the Choctaw memory from the Benjamin Henry Pendarvis family might add a grain of sand in favor to the weight of my theory about James Washington Pendarvis' parentage.
While I agree that no will, census, or etc. has been found to verify with certainty James Washington Pendarvis' parentage or siblings, there are censuses, land records, marriage records, etc that lend some credence to certain theories about his relations. Have you ever seen any evidence that a John Pendarvis, brother to Richard Lambright Pendarvis, ever existed or much less lived in Alabama or Mississippi or Florida or Georgia or South Carolina? On more than one occassion Mr. Whitfield contacted me about his questions regarding Mary Anne Pendarvis Burney, and on at least one occasion hired a SC researcher, who in turn contacted me. In all correspondence Mr. Whitfield used the Richard Lambright story as his evidence. He knew that it was a shakey theory, as does anyone who tries to verify it. I would love nothing more than to eat crow about the Richard Lambright story, but no one wants to or seemingly can defend it. I can disprove at least half of it, as I have on this forum already.
Its not really fair to say that "the puzzle does not really fit the way it should no matter who puts it together or how." The puzzle fits, it just has missing pieces. Please give me something I can use to create a reasonable alternative theory in favor of the John, brother of Richard Lambright Pendarvis theory. I don't mean to play this game of semantics with you, but I feel like I get subtley jabbed by you everytime I try and build a theory about James Washington Pendarvis' origins. When I first posted the theory on genforum under "descendants of Brand Pendarvis," I prefaced the listing of decendants as a theory, and one open to discussion.
I think you'll find that other Pendarvis researchers, and I don't mean those that gather and collect other peoples research, will also discredit the Richard Lambright Pendarvis story. (All types of researchers are needed; those that gather and collect, those that research printed material, those that interview, and those that dig in courthouses and archives, but only those that do it all have a complete picture) I'm not suggesting that J, or anyone else, is an imcomplete researcher, I'm just trying to specify what I mean by researcher.
I'd be happy to meet you in Mobile or Salt Lake City or where ever if you think it would help to research some together.
If anyone else can offer support of either or other theories please do.
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