Thanks for the reply... it could very well be that Alfred and my Eliza are siblings. The dates you mention could be that of Eliza's marriage to my Dr William Alexander Minnock, Sr., born Edinburgh Scotland before 1802, received Medicine degree from Edinburgh University, moved to America 1819,located at Richmond, VA, married Eliza shortly after his arrival in Richmond, Va. on (date unknown), together they had one son William A. Minnock Jr.(also a Dr) born in Richmond on 12 Feb 1822. Sr. died and is buried in Richmond VA. (Your 14 Apr 1821 date fits this scenario)
Wm A Minnock Jr, removed to Texas in 1838; participates in the war for independence from Mexico, gets a land grant for his participation. He returns to the East (Philadelphia Penn) where he studies medicine, and the "Thornhill" book says he (Jr) married Sophia Ann Felder, daughter of Dr Edmund Junius Felder (of Orangeburg SC) lived for short periods in Al & MS on the way to Texas but does not say where. His first son (Wm A.Minnock,3rd)was born and then died on the way to Texas at about 18 months old; the second child, daughter Eliza Lee Minnock was born in MS (believed to be Meridian) on 9 Jun 1848.
"Edgar Allen Poe lived at the Yarrington Boarding House at '12th and Bank' across from Capitol Square." according to a Richmond internet site... this corresponds with the family stories I heard since childhood that Poe was a guest at the Minnock-Yarrington wedding; the story which may have originated from Thornhill's Genealogy (found in the New England Gen Society's library)which elaborates on the Yarrington-Minnock story. You see, Thornhill was an adopted nephew of the Minnocks; he wrote of an end table given to the Minnocks by Poe and some of the family history.
I hope to travel to Richmond, VA to check out St John's churchyard (or other older churches) to see if Wm. Minnock Sr is buried there and if Eliza Yarrington may also be buried there. Another location to check out Yarrington family information would be the Edgar Allen Poe museum which may have additional information on the Yarrington connection.
Thanks for your help,
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