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Stringfellows of Surry Co., VA early 1700s
Posted by: Charlene Herreid (ID *****2744) Date: October 04, 2012 at 18:49:02
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My morbid curiosity about the Stringfellows who lived in Surry Co. VA in the late 1600s and early 1700s continues. Richard Stringfellow, born about 1674 and son of James and Jane Harris Stringfellow, was a half-brother to my Humphries ancestor. Jane Stringfellow married Evan Humphries a few years after her husband James Stringfellow died (see other messages on this board about these people).

Richard and his wife Susannah seem to have stuck around Surry Co., VA after most (but not all) of the Humphries left about 1710. Richard's mother and her Humphries family probably moved to Prince George Co., with surviving family members moving on to Brunswick Co., VA later on. Richard appears in the Surry Co. records until at least 1717, most commonly for killing wolves now and then and receiving bounties for them. Richard may be the father of Elizabeth Stringfellow who was in trouble with the Surry authorities for having an illegitimate child about this time. But I have not found any proof of that.

I was able to do some more research on the Surry Stringfellows this summer and I will report two interesting (at least to me) things that turned up before they disappear into my mountain of paper. One was a record in Surry Co. dated 1686 indicating that at the May 4 court, "Wm Peacock appeareing in Cort & acknowledging a Deede of Guift to Rich Stringfellow and his Sister it is admitted to Record" (Haun, 1990). Who is William Peacock and why was he giving something to Richard Stringfellow and his sister? More importantly, who is this sister? I have never seen anything previously indicating that Richard had a sister. Perhaps she was a full sister, but it is not impossible that she was a Humphries half-sister.

The other interesting record was this one from Surry Wills by Eliza Timberlake Davis (1955): "Blackgrove, Samuel: Leg. -- My executers to sine [assign?] william Crips the Sore ? for that land if William Crips will take that for the hose [horse?] I bote [bought?] of him if not my executers to take it and sine it to how he will. I give Wm. Crips & Turnel ? I give Elizabeth Crips heifer, pote and puter dish. I give [here's the good part] Sara Strinkfeler, heifer and puter dish. I give my dame a litel dish and skelet. I give Charles Briggs my hose [horse?] and bidel [bridle?] and sudel, [saddle?] etc. Makes John Phillips, exer. 26 Mary 1728. Prob. 19 June 1728. Wit: Elizabeth Crips, Elizabeth Crips, Jr., John Smith., Book 7 Page 824.

Besides being remarkable for the extraordinarily bad spelling, even for the times, this record also leads one to believe that Sara, probably a daughter of Samuel Blackgrove, was married to a Stringfellow of Surry Co., VA as of 1728. Was Sara a second wife of the original Richard Stringfellow of Surry Co., VA or a wife of Richard's son? Of course, this record may refer to a completely unrelated Stringfellow family, but one may wonder.

These two records hint there may have been more members of this family than previously thought and perhaps some heretofore unknown descents.

Just thought I would post this information in case it helps someone, someday.

Charlene


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