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Martha wife of William Traylor and John Porter
Posted by: Stephen dudley Date: February 13, 2002 at 23:24:13
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Source: Colonial wills of Henrico County Va. Part One 1654-1737

Will of Martha Porter 15 April 1725
to Son William Traylor, all my estate, and to be sole executor.
wit: William Kennon, John Taylor.
Recorded 4 April 1726

Will of John Porter of Bristol Parish
to wife Martha, which now is, all my land and Plantation for Life, and then to be divided between George Traylor and George Ford. Rest of Estate to wife. Son in Law William Haskins to be executor. Dated 27 Feb 1721/2
Wit: William traylor, Jno. Granger
Recorded 5 Nov 1722

John Porter Jr. (the above John Porter) was the Son of John Porter a Burgess from Norfolk (Nansemond) County until he became a Quaker in 1663. On a few occasions the Henrico Monthly Meeting commenced at the home of Mr. William Porter.

Pg 59
Inventory of John Worsham Value b. 105/8/0 Taken by Thomas Neill, Mark Moore, William Trailler (sic) presented in Court by Philip Jones and Recorded 3 Oct. 1726

Pg 475

Will of Seth Perkinson of Bristol Parish 15 Jan 1731 to son
Seth the tract where he lives and a Virginia Chist. To son William, 200 acres on Cocas Branch and Items.....
(I'm shortening this transcript to include relevant individuals and information)
.... To Dau. Mary Perkinson...Dau. Margaret Belcher..., Dau. Elizabeth Traler (sic)...
All the Rest to Wife Margaret(Probably Dison, See my record for Nicholas Dison Sr. and Jr.)..She to be sole executrix

Wit: Geo Wilson, Will Perkinson, Margaret Belcher
Recorded 7 April 1735

Will of Ralph Jackson
Dau. Elizabeth Perkinson
Wit: John Worsham, John Worsham Jr., William Worsham
Rec. 1 Sept. 1709

Will of Nicholas Dison Oct. 8 1714
Names Son Leonard, Benjamin, Thomas.
Wife Margaret.
Wit: Will Kennon, Neil Dunivant, James Wood.

Will of Nicholas Dison Jr. (badly Torn and Faded)
Appears to mention Brother, sister Katherine's Dau., Loving wife Jane to be executrix. Dated 4 Nov 1700
Wit: Margaret Perkinson, ________ Nunnally
Rec. 1 Aug 1701

Will of Thomas Fitzherbert
to Elizabeth and William Kennon, Children of Richard property and furniture.
Names Thomas Dison as "Godson"
Names Margaret Dison wife of Nicholas Dison

William Kennon was the son of Richard Kennon Burgess of the Upper House of the General Assembly. In 1685 Richard and Col. William Randolph Co-represented Henrico. Richard Sr., (not to be confused with his Son Richard Jr. who represented Charles city with Benjamin Harrison and married Agnes the dau. of Col. Robert Bolling and Ann Merriweather Stith). Richard Sr.'s wife was Elizabeth Worsham. William Kennon's son William Kennon Jr. Eventually replaced his Uncle as the Burgess for Charles City.

William and Richard jr's sister Mary Kennon also married into the Bolling Family, she married Col. Bolling's son John by his second wife Jane Rolfe. Mary and John's dau. Jane md. Richard Randolph, saon of Col William and Mary Isham.

Pg 78
Will of Capt. Henry Randolph
Rec 2 Jan 1726
Wit: Will Kennon, Richard Kennon, John Wilson.

Inventory of Capt. Henry Randolph by court order of 1 April 1693....taken by Richard Kennon, France Eppes, John worsham

Summing up the Documents into Paragraphs:

Martha mother of William Traylor in her will witnessed by her aquaintance William Kennon (same William Kennon who witnessed Capt. Henry Randolph's will, the sister of the elusive Martha Randolph)leaves all of her ESTATE to william Traylor.

After the death of her 1st husband Edward Traylor, she marries John Porter Jr. son of Burgess for Norfolk Co. (Nanesmond) to the Upper House of the General Assembly John Porter Sr. This marriage is proved by the will of John Porter jr. which was witnessed by William traylor, son of Martha.

Martha's son William married Judith Archer, the other son Edward Traylor married Elizabeth Perkinson/Parkinson dau. of Seth Perkinson and Margaret Dison. The wealthy Thomas Fitzherbert (of the Famous FitzHerbert family) leaves property and furniture, to Elizabeth and William Kennon, as well as Margaret FitzHerbert (not sure if margaret is his sister or niece) and Thomas Dison(whom he calls "Godson") Note: this Margaret Fitzherbert Dison is the Grandmother of Elizabeth Perkinson, and wife of Nicholas Dison Sr.

What I have concluded based on 2 years of Research, not to mention 3 years of Law School as well as 2 years of civil Practice, dealing with succesions is that:

The Kennon's and Randolph's were close kin, as well as colleagues in the Va. General Assembly. The Kennon's and Worshams were close Kin, and to a lesser degree, but still significant they were relatives of the Randolph's.

The Kennon's and Traylor's are at least close friends of Martha Traylor, as William Kennon is listed as a witness to Martha's will. My years of school and my experience in examining wills and succesions have taught me that relatives and friends were chosen as witnesses. william Kennon was chosen as a witness to Capt. Henry Randolph's will as well, Martha Randolph's Brother! It is absurd to think that Martha Traylor did not know Capt. Henry Randolph.

The fact that The Dison's and Kennon's were heirs to Thomas Fitzherbert may prove that they were relatives or at least friends. The Worsham's and Perkinsons and Traylors also were close in their aquaintances. The Randolph's certainly had connections with the Worsham’s (neighbors of the Traylor’s).

The Proof I have presented before you all, is well researched and well documented. The few conjectures I proclaim are based on the said research and documentation. While this does not prove that Martha _____ Traylor-Porter was Martha Randolph, It certainly does much in the way of validating such claims. All the information I have ever procurred is not in conjunction with Martha _____ Traylor-Porter being someone other than Martha Randolph. I've actually searched for every woman named Martha that could possibly be Martha ______ Traylor-Porter in all of Virginia, and parts of Maryland, and the search yielded zero possibilities. Certainly those who claim that Edward Traylor couldn't mary a 'Randolph', must wonder how his widow could marry a son of a Burgess to the Virginia Assembly (John Porter jr.). Anything they could say would argue my case for me.
If this were a civil trial, I would conclude that Edward Traylor and John Porter's wife was more likely Martha Randolph than not.

Stephen Dudley

I apologize for the length of this piece, I hope that it is not to difficult to read. I welcome anyone who has documented proof that our Martha is not Martha Randolph to please share it with me. As I have even more proof that I am compiling, and will post in the future, Including the Links of the Traylor's and Eppes families, as well as the connections between Judith Soane (2nd wife of Henry Randolph Sr.) and the Traylors (those of you that have worked with the Worsham pedigree's already know what I'm talking about).

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