Our ancestor, EDWARD TRAYLOR, did marry a Martha, and they had two sons: William and Edward. Most of us trace our ancestry to this marriage.
However, it has been proven to us and to our sorrow, Martha was not ... NOT ... a Randolph. Her last name remains unknown.
There were two possible Martha Randolph girls, cousins. One the daughter of Henry Randolph who arrived in Virginia about 1642. The other Martha the daughter of Richard who stayed home in Warwickshire, England. I visited his cottage and 40 acres plot ... little changed since he owned it. He probably died at sea, using his surveying skills to be a ship navigator for his brother Henry?
Both girls have faded away in history, but were not married to our Edward Traylor. The Randolphs were educated and owned property, and the Traylors were lowly peons, a class distinction.
Martha in Warwick was a teenager when her father died (at sea?), and the family was impoverished. Their estate was sold, and the children placed with other family members in England.
Martha in Virginia, daughter of Henry, lived near where Edward Traylor lived. But, their age differences, and class differences disqualify her. We do not know what happened to her, but the Traylor historians have disqualified her.
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