Sturgill Family Genealogy Forum
Regarding the 1703 date of the gift of a calf by John STOGDELL/STAGELL/STODGHILL to Daniel FRANKS in Essex Co., it seems much more likely that both of these men in 1703 are sons of the original emigrants bearing the same names, and that the marriage of a FRANKS daughter was one that occurred in just the few years prior to 1703. We know the wife of John STODGELL of Essex Co. of that generation was an Ann. My guess, which is as good as anybody's, is that she was Ann FRANKS, and not Ann MADISON, as has long been surmised, disputed and really cannot be proven by existing records. Here is an abstract of the gift record:
"John STAGELL marks a hole and nick in the right ear, a crop and a slit and underkiel on the left ear. Daniel FRANKS marks a half spade and underkiel on the right ear, a crop and underkiel in the left ear. Sir, be pleased to record both these marks for me and the subscriber, but the latter in behalf of Daniel FRANKS to whom I gave a calf of the same mark with the female increase." (1703 Essex Co. Dd&Will Bk 11:20). In this case, STODGELL had given FRANKS the calf. You wouldn't wait until 1703 to record a transaction that took place around 1655. This is for an event that had taken place in recent years. John STODGHILL married his wife Ann in the area of 1695/1700. I would welcome input from any researchers of these lines. Gene Rooks in Gotha
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