Pouncey Family Genealogy Forum
Hello Michelle and Marsha,
Your Delilah is a problem. Geneologists have long had her married to both Light Townsend and to Matthew Freeman. There seems to be no doubt that a "Delilah" was married to both "gentlemen", since numerous children with dates of birth and death are attributed to each family. Some think Delilah may have been married twice but my theory is that they were two different women. One source indicates that the Delilah who married Light Townsend was born in 1746 and died about 1785. Assuming this to be fairly close to the truth, she is not the same woman who married Matthew Freeman, since that Delilah was still bearing children to Matthew as late as William Pouncey Freeman, born in 1796. Popular information has it that Freeman's Delilah was the daughter of Roger Pouncey. I subscribe to that since there are Marlboro County court records to that effect dated early 1800s. Where then does Townsend's Delilah fit? One theory is that she was the daughter of Anthony and Lucy, Roger's parents, but there is no documentation to support that. But if not Anthony, then who? Anthony petitioned for a grant of land in the Welsh Tract on April 5, 1749, stating in his petition that he had a wife and six children. The names of those children are well documented and do not include a Delilah, who would have been about three years old in 1749. While no one seems to doubt that Townsend's wife's name was Delilah, where is the proof that her last name was Pouncey? That may be where the error lies. Have fun with this one!