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Gracie Stokeley m. Richard Lewelling, Norfolk, VA, 1793; Eyre Stokeley, Bondsman
Posted by: Clete Ramsey (ID *****6047) Date: January 17, 2003 at 10:08:54
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I'm exploring the possibility that I have double Stoackly/Stoakley/Stockely/Stockley/Stockly/Stokeley/Stokely/Stokly connections.

My Missouri-born great-grandfather was Albert Stokley "Stoke" Ramsey (1856-1941), whose middle name also appears in some accounts as Stokeley.

Stoke's mother, one of three wives of my great-great grandfather Alfred Ramsey (b. 1819, MO), was Emeline (Haise) Ramsey (b. ~1824, TN). I’ve become increasingly convinced that Emeline was actually a Hays, not a Haise, and that she might have been connected to Susan Hays (b. ~1796, NC) and Stoakley Hays (b. ~1828, TN), whose dwelling in 1850 was very near that of my great-great grandparents in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

I don’t know the name of Susan Hays’ husband (assuming she was a widow in 1850) or her maiden name. I believe, but don’t know for sure, that she was Stoakley Hays’ mother. Other residents of the Sarah Hays household in 1850 were Polly Hays (b. ~1831, TN) and Charles Hays (b. ~1843, TN). Susan, Stoakley, Polly, and Charles Hays do not appear to have been in Cape Girardeau County in 1860, nor do they appear in that year’s census of neighboring Bollinger County, which was carved in large part from Cape Girardeau County in 1851.

Searching for possible kin of Susan Hays in Tennessee, particularly anyone with the given name of “Stoakley” or some variant, I found Stockley Donelson Hays from Davidson County. His mother was Jane (Donelson) Hays, a sister of Rachel (Donelson) Robards Jackson, the wife of President Andrew Jackson. Jane and Rachel Donelson were daughters of John Donelson and Rachel (Stockley) Donelson from Accomack County, on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

My great-grandmother was a Lewallen. Her family name also appears in records as Flewelling, Leowellen, Lewaling, Lewalling, Lewellen, Lewellyn, Leweling, Lewelling, Lieuallen. Llewellen, Llewellyn, Luallen, Lueling, and Luelling, plus maybe some other spellings I've forgotten.

My mother's grandmother, my Granny Jackson, was Arkansas-born Mary Jane (Lewallen) Jackson (1861-1954). In turn, Mary Jane's great-grandfather reportedly was Richard Lewallen, one of whose wives was Grace Stokley.

Richard and Grace Lewallen moved from Virginia, where they had married, to Tennessee.

A "Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Tennessee," compiled by Lucy Womack Bates and published in 1979, had this entry:

“LEWALLEN, RICHARD (b. 1763 Prince Edward Co., VA/d 5-8-1833 prob. Anderson Co.) Lived Prince Edward Co., VA during War. Entered service as Pvt 1781. Service in VA Line. Age 71 in 1832 Pen list of Anderson Co., TN; 1834 P.L.W. m. 1st Norfolk Co., VA to GRACE STOKLEY, m 2nd 6-1-1818 Anderson Co., TN to PARAZEDA VOWELL. Ch: John; Samuel; Richard; Charles; Betsey m Samuel Moore; Polly m Jesse Patton; Susannah m James Kirkpatrick; Milly; Ann; Alexander; Nancy; Daniel; Jesse; Louise; Freeman. Ref: DAR # 381533; Rev War Pension File W.26211; A 1.”

"Early East Tennessee Taxpayers" was compiled by Pollyanna Creekmore and published in 1980. In a section on Grainger County, it had a "List of Taxes and Taxable property in the bounds of Capt. [Isaac] Lane's Co. North of Clinch River as returned by Elijah Chisum, Esqr. 1799." A "Lewallin, Richd" was listed in Capt. Lane's company. The entry for Richard Lewallin had a footnote which stated, "Revolutionary War pensioner born in Prince Edward County, Va.; died in Anderson County, Tenn."

Another man listed in Capt. Lane's company was Stockley Donelson (b. ~1759, Pittsylvania Co., VA), a brother to Jane (Donelson) Hays and Rachel (Donelson) Robards Jackson, and a son of John Donelson and Rachel (Stockley) Donelson. Stockley Donelson, a surveyor and speculator, apparently had extensive land holdings in Tennessee, and it would not surprise me to learn that he appeared on a number of tax lists that same year. I doubt that he was an actual neighbor of “Richard Lewallin.”

Recently, looking at transcripts of marriage records for Norfolk County, Virginia, I saw these three marriages:

30 March 1793. Richard Lewelling and Gracie Stokeley. Surety: Eyrs Stokeley.

22 December 1798. James Kilgore and Sally Stockley. Surety: Richard Lewelling. The entry had a note that Sally Stockley was a sister-in-law of Richard Lewelling.

22 September 1801, Woodman Stokeley and Mrs. Peggy Lewis. Surety: John Gray.

Were Gracie Stokeley and Sally Stockley sisters, or was Sally the widow of a brother of Gracie?

What was their relationship to Eyre Stokeley?

Was Eyre Stokeley actually Ayers Stockley?

Was Eyre Stokeley a member of the Stockley family of Accomack County, Virginia? If so, which of the numerous Accomack County Ayers/Airs/Erye Stockley's was he?

One Ayers Stockley, who appears to have been about the right age for the bondsman in Gracie Stokeley’s marriage to Richard Lewelling, was a ship’s captain. Many of the Lewelling men clustered in Norfolk County, Virginia, in the 18th century appear to have been shipwrights living on Paradise Creek, off the south branch of the Elizabeth River. I don’t know if shipbuilding or ship repair brought the Stokeley and Lewelling families together in Norfolk County.

The Grace Stokley/Gracie Stokeley who married Richard Lewelling in Norfolk County reportedly was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

What connection, if any, might Grace/Gracey have had to the Elizabeth Stokely listed on the Isle of Wight County Personal Property Tax List "B" in 1787?

What connection, if any, was there between Eyre Stokeley and Woodman Stokeley? Like Ayers, Woodman was a common given name in the Eastern Shore Stockley family, whose members appear to have spread into Maryland and Delaware.

I’d appreciate any help Stockley descendants might give me in answering these questions. Meanwhile, I’ll puzzle over exactly how the 18th-century cluster of Lewelling’s in Norfolk County connected to a second Lewelling cluster in Prince Edward, Charlotte, and Amelia Counties, Virginia, and to a third Lewelling cluster in Martin and Edgecombe Counties, North Carolina.


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