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Ancestry of William Stringfellow of Virginia ( - 1746)
Posted by: Douglas Beahm (ID *****8731) Date: February 14, 2004 at 04:59:08
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In the book,

"Journey Into the Past with the Stringfellows, Smiths, Williamses, Keadles and Owenses" by Kathryn Maree McCurry, ca. 1994

the author stated that William Stringfellow ( - 1746) of King George Co., VA was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. My overall impression of this book was extremely negative (the author confused many members of the family, included conflicting story lines, and generally showed a complete lack of understanding of how to do genealogy research), however, since the ancestry of William Stringfellow is unknown, I thought that I would examine the parish records in Sheffield to evaluate this possible link.

On page 82 of the book, Ms. McCurry included the following parish record extracts:

SHEFFIELD PARISH REGISTER
iij June 1634 Willm' Stringfellow & Gratia Roberts vid' (m)
Willus fil Henric' Stringfellow bapt. ijO Dec 1669
Henricus Stringfellow to Elizabeth Maxon iij Feb 1668 (m)
Feb 1693 anna fil Willi' Stringfellow et Sara fil' Thomas Hunte bapt.
xij Mar 1698 Elizab' fil Henr Stringfellow (bapt)
ix Jun 1703 Samuel' fil Henrici Stringfellow, filesmith, dead
xix Apr 1693 Will'us Stringfellow to Eliz Stones (m)
Xvj April 1696 Henr's Stringfellow to Eliz Thompson(m)
iij May 1671 Rob'tus Shackloot et Joh'nes fil Henreci Stringfellow (m)
xxvij Aug 1672 Henri' Stringfellow - - burial
J Oct 1699 Henricus fil Henreci Stringfellow, filesmith, Sheffield (Bapt)
xvj Feb 1693 Johnes fil Willi Stringfellow (bapt)
xiij Apr 1698 Hanna fil Jeremie Thwaites, scissermith of Sheffield; Samuel' fil Carolin Roberet de eaden et Will'us fil' Will'i Stringfellow de eadem (bapt)
# xix Feb 1700 Willis fil Will' (i) Stringfellow, bladesmith de Sheffield (bapt)
iij Aug 1703 Elizabetha fil Willi Stringfellow, filesmith de ead', bapt.
Above parish registers covers bapt., marriages 1635-1703, and burials from 1560-1686.

What intrigued me most about these records is that some of the members of the Stringfellow family in Sheffield were blacksmiths, as was William Stringfellow ( - 1746) of King George Co., VA. I have recently had the opportunity to look at many of the parish registers and parish record transcripts from Sheffield, Yorkshire, and it would appear that William Stringfellow ( - 1746) of King George Co., VA was not from this family. From 1680 to 1720, there were only two children named William Stringfellow baptized in Sheffield per the extant records. One child was baptized on 13 April 1698 and the other child was baptized on 19 February 1700/1, both to a father William Stringfellow. I have not looked at the burial records circa 1700, but it would appear that the William Stringfellow born in 1698 died as an infant and that the second William Stringfellow was the surviving son of that name.

I have just completed a review of the Sheffield baptisms, marriages, and burials from 1720 to 1736. During this time period, a William Stringfellow married Elizabeth Barker (1726) and a John Stringfellow married Sarah Dowgar (1733). This William Stringfellow was a "cutler" by trade and John Stringfellow was a "sissersmith." This William Stringfellow had five children baptized from 1726 to 1736 and three children buried during this time period. Since William Stringfellow ( - 1746) of King George Co., VA was in Virginia no later than 1725/6, these men were clearly two different individuals.


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