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ALEXANDER, MORGAN, BAYTOP, SMITH, TOMKIES - Dr. David Alexander Married Ann Morgan about 1680: Lived in Glouchester County when children were born: daughter who married Thomas Baytop III, in York Co. I believe; Ann Alexander born about 1682 married Gates Smith abt 1710; Mary Alexander born abt 1686 married Dr. Charles Tomkies; Capt David Alexander Jr. born about 1686 and John Alexander born about 1684. Dr David Alexander remained in Glouchester Co. for many years. I have found no will or probate. All of the family has been accounted for except John Alexander who became a Justice of the peace prior to and in 1726. What became of John? Is there a record in Glouchester County after 1726? Is it he who received a land grant in 1727 in Brunswick Co. Va. and died there in 1733? I f there is a record in Glouchester of him after 1727, he could not be the John Alexander showing up in Brunswick Co.. The land was later recorded in Mecklenburg Co. when that portion of Brunswick was cut off and formed into Mecklenburg County.

R. S. Sanders

BAILEY, COATES, WEST - Researching BAILEY, COATES and WEST families in Gloucester County, VA. These are surnames that connect to my wife's GALE family who lived for a time in Gloucester County.

Earliest known BAILEY is John H. Bailey, born 1818-1820 in Virginia, married to Anne and/or Marie or Anne Marie (??). Their children included: (1)William Thomas Bailey (my wife's grgrgrandfather), born Sept 1843, died before 1910, married to Matilda J.; (2) Marsha/Martha A. Bailey, born about 1846; (3) Mary A. Bailey, born about 1863; and (4) Harriet Bailey, born about 1867.

Earliest known COATES is John Coates, born 1785 in Gloucester County, married Mary Pullen, born about 1800 in VA. Their children included: (1) Lucy Coates, born about 1815 in Gloucester Co., married Berley Coates, born about 1810 in Gloucester Co., died November 12, 1880 in Gloucester Co.; (2) John R. Coates, born 1819-1820 in Gloucester Co., married first July 19, 1834 to Mary Eleanor Horsley, born 1814 in Gloucester Co. John R. Coates 2nd wife was Margaret Ann West, born November 7, 1845 in Gloucester Co., married November 7, 1865 in Gloucester Co. John r. Coates and Margaret West are my wife's 2nd g-g-grandparents.

Earliest known WEST is William West, born about 1815 in Virginia, married to Courtney Brown, born about 1820 in Virginia. Their children included: (1) Charles W. West, born about 1841, married November 20, 1860 in Gloucester Co. to Mary Susan Brown, born about 1840 in Virginia: (2) Lewis West, born 1843 in Virginia, married December 17, 1868 in Gloucester Co. to Hester Smith, born 1847 in Virginia; (3) Margaret Ann West, same as above, married to John R. Coates, also same as above (These are my wife's 2nd g-g-grandparents.); (4) Nancy (Nannie) West, married to William L. Coates; (5) William West, married to Sarah A. Brown; (6) Mary Susan West, married to George Calhoun Coates; and (7) Sarah West, no further information.

Interested in both ancestral and descendancy information on all the above lines. Willing to share what I have on these Gloucester County families and their connections to my wife's GALE family line.

John Hale

BROWN, SMITH, GAYLE - Looking for descendants and ancestors of family of Susannah P SMITH BROWN GAYLE, b. ca 1856 in Gloucester County. Have found records that her father was Peter SMITH, had brothers, Isaac and John. Married Robert BROWN, had children Robert BROWN m. Mariah ______, Nancy BROWN m. James COLEMAN, and Warner BROWN, m. Mary Ann NEAL, Matilda SMITH and Martha Ann SPAIN. then married Thomas GAYLE, had children Thomas GAYLE, m Elizabeth COLEMAN, Christopher GAYLE m. Mary J DORTCH and Nancy JONES, Peter Smith GAYLE, m. Mary Ann McConnico (McADOO) PETTUS, Sally GAYLE, m. Robert CROWDER. Believe she may be daughter of Peter SMITH and Bathsheba FOSTER. And believe she may be descended from John SMITH and Mary WARNER family. Also believe that Warner BROWN's second wife was daughter of Perrin SMITH who was possibly another child of Peter SMITH and Bathsheba FOSTER as they named children Peter M BROWN and Perrin Smith BROWN. Have partial copy of book about Peter B SMITH and Catherine G DAVIS family and realize this would also make Susannah his sister.   Susannah lived to be 97 and I have her will and other information that substantiates where and when she was born and died.

Would like to correspond with ANYONE who is doing research on these families. Thank you so very much for any help you might give me.

Linda Medley

HIGHT/NICHOLS - Looking for ancestry of John Hight born 1662 in either Charles City, Elizabeth, Gloucester, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, New Kent, Northumberland, North Hampton, Surry, Warwick, Westmoreland or York county. Belived to have son named John Hight born in 1688 and grandson John Hight born 1723 and married Eleanor Nichols in 1744. Willing to trade info.

Mary Baker

HOBDAY - I'm researching the Hobday's of Gloucester and in particular I'm trying to find a link backwards from William Hobday (born around 1700) to trace back to the Hobday's of County Kent England.  I have a large database and am willing to help anyone else researching the Hobday name.

Ken Hobday

JONES, WILLIAMS - my grandparents: David Francis Jones and Martha Jane Williams Jones, living in Gumfork, Gloucester Co. D.F. Jones was born a slave in 1850s; Martha Williams Jones was "born" an indentured servant. The Joneses had over thirteen children -- not all survived infancy.

Charlene Marchant

LIKENS, GROOME, BROWN, LYELL - Searching information on Janetta LIKENS and Richard Henry GROOME. Janetta born 15 June 1831 Gloucester Co. - died 29 Aug 1916 Middlesex County. Md. 31 Dec 1847 in James City County, Virginia to Richard Henry GROOME. She was the daughter of Andrew LIKENS and Mary BROWN. She is buried in the Salem United Methodist Church in Gloucester. I suspect the 2 unmarked graves contain also Richard who served in the Civil War and enlisted in Gloucester Point 1861. Daughter Ella GROOME married Robert Lyell 24 Sep 1890 in Gloucester Co. Would appreciate any help with descendants or ancestors of these families. Richard & Janetta were in King & Queen Co from 1860 to 1900.

Helen Sharpe

LOVELACE, GORSUCH - Is it true that Anne Lovelace (b. ca. 1610, Bethersden, England, m. John Gorsuch 1628) died in 1657, Gloucester Co., VA? I have also seen dates as 1652 in VA, 1650 in Jamestown, VA. They were my ancestors.

Carol Eddleman

MIXON - Looking for information on John and Grace Mixon......came to Gloucester in 1650....trying to locate baptism records for children for Abingdon church 1680 to 1693 and information of where John and Grace came from and when born.

Esther Schaeffer

OLIVE, ALLARD - James OLIVE was born 4 Oct 1713 in Gloucester Co., VA (baptized) Mary ALLARD married James OLIVE on 4 Nov 1735 in Gloucester Co., VA Any information on this family's origins would be appreciated. I have a wealth of information on the OLIVE family (NC, ALA, and other states). Thank you.

Dr. Fred Olive

RAMSEY - Looking for info on Thomas Ramsey from: Civil Officers of Gloucester Co VA Listed as member VA House of Burgesses:
1655-1656-Thomas Ramsey
1657-1657-Capt. Thomas Ramsey
1680-King's Council(sp?), Thomas Ramsey
Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Peter A. Ramsey

ROSE - Seeking data on the Samuel and Margaret ROSE family listed in The Colonial Register of Abingdon Church. They had ch. listed there Ann 1723, Grace 1716, John 1725/26, William 1718. Seeking more data on any of these. Rose Family Assn.

Christine Rose

SHORT -I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction. I'm trying to find information on the following individual: Cleo Alvin Short, born 18 Oct, 1885 in Gloucester County, VA. mother was named Alice, father's name was Emerston (or something similar to that... The microfilm from the Social Security Administration is very hard to read. I have had no luck in finding a birth certificate for this man or any record of his family. (The Virginia Dept. of Vital Statistics had no record of him). Do you have any suggestions on where I can look? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely,

Larry Harnisch

WHITTEMORE - I am seeking information on some early WHITTEMOREs in Gloucester County. A Gloucester County land patent in 1668 mentions adjoining land of John WHITMORE. A Gloucester County land patent in 1673 mentions adjoining land of Jno. WITTMORES. A Petsworth Parrish (Gloucester) Vestry record in 1679 notes distribution of money to Jno. W HITTAMORE. A Gloucester County land patent in 1681 mentions land near that of John WHITTAMORE. A Gloucester County land patent in 1682 notes land adjacent to John WHITTAMORE's plantation. A Gloucester Rent Roll in 1704/5 of Petsworth Parrish notes 150 acres of William WHITTMORE, "Desarted". Later in the early 1700's a William WHITTAMORE shows up in records of Brunswick County, Virginia. Were William WHITTMORE and John WHITTAMORE of Gloucester County related, and if so, how? Please let me know if you have any further history on any of these WHITTEMOREs.

Paul Snead

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