As stated in previous posts, James Warr’s estate papers mention a Winifred Hays, orphaned daughter of William Hays, who we know to be the husband of Catherine Lewis. Through Catherine’s father Joshua Lewis’ estate papers, we also know that Catherine Lewis married William Hays and that both died and left behind many children.
Searching through the guardianship papers of Northampton County, North Carolina available on FamilySearch I have found documents granting guardianship of the following minor orphans to James Warr, second husband of Millie Mildred Lewis (after Daniel Drewry):
Daughter of William Hays and Catherine Lewis, Millie’s sister. Millie and Catherine were daughters of Joshua Lewis and Martha Marston. From my last post on this family, the previous documents suggest William Hays and Catherine Lewis died at or near the same time and left behind five or seven children.
Now we know William Hays had a “considerable personal estate” upon his death but died intestate. The document states Winifred was entitled to one-seventh part of her father’s estate. On a side note, I find it interesting Winifred Hays went on to marry a man named William Hays.
Barry is so nice and very helpful; he put me in touch with Judie King who is also awesome and helpful. I felt a little apprehensive since, as I mentioned in my email, I’ve heavily used their work to help me leaf-out this branch of the family tree once I established a tie to Millie Lewis’ family in Northampton County, North Carolina. All props and respect to Barry Marston and Judie King! Thank you!
I haven’t connected Catherine Lewis to Sally Hayes on paper quite yet, BUT thanks to Barry and Judie I have found confirmation that Catherine Lewis did marry and have children with William Hayes. She pointed me to Catherine’s father Joshua Lewis’ estate documents filed by Millie Lewis and her second husband James Warr in Northampton County in 1788. The document says that Catherine Lewis was married to William Hayes but that they had since passed together and that the couple had five (or seven? That looks like an “n” at the end) children.
From what I understand, Joshua Lewis died in 1759 in Southampton County, Virginia and that’s where his estate went to probate in 1760. That makes me wonder if Catherine Lewis and William Hayes died in Southampton County as well. How did Sally Hayes, if she is the daughter of Catherine Lewis and William Hayes, end up in Greensville County, VA in 1790 to marry Henry Evans?
I’ve been looking for a way the families paths could have crossed and think it may have been in Virginia. I’ll get back to this point later.
The first match, Nancy’s descendant, mentioned a letter from her maternal line ancestor, Nancy Morrison (married Samuel Mize) from 1910. The letter states, “you want to know about Grand Mother [sic], her maiden name was Evans, her mother’s name was Sarah Hayes. Grand Mother was born in 1795, her father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war…”
Credit to RossEddy1 for the family letter on Ancestry.
Since I didn’t find mention of Henry Evans prior to 1810 in Northampton County, North Carolina so I spoke with a local professional genealogist at the McClelland Irish Library. She told me to keep an open mind and also search Virginia records since Northampton was on the highly porous border. She also told me to search for marriage records for Sarah Hayes, which I finally did today.
From microfilm of the book “Register of Marriages, Greensville County, Virginia1781-1853” page 25 near the bottom, “Evans Henry and Salley Hayes 21 Sep 1790; b- John Goodwyn wit- J Parks min-William Andrews (Methodist) 30Sep1790
Page 25 also mentions a couple from Northampton County getting married in Greensville County, so there’s that.
Now, this part is just speculation, but I couldn’t help notice Greensville County isn’t terribly far from Isle of Wight County. According to online trees (I know, I know), Darling Drewry/Drury’s mother Mildred Lewis was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
I still don’t know how Henry Evans and Darling Drewry, both of Northampton County, NC knew each other. There must be a family connection though, because Nancy Evans, Sarah Evans, and Darling Drewry’s sister Mary “Polly” Drewry all had the same exact and uncommon mitochondrial DNA sequence. For now, I’m skipping over Henry Evans just because I’m curious about the new match.
I copied the newest mitochondrial match’s FTDNA family tree to Ancestry without knowing said match had a larger tree there already. We’ll call the match W. Having only the generations that W’s tree included on FTDNA, I ended the maternal line with a woman named Martha Marston b.1702 d.1788 who married Joshua Lewis 7 October 1725 Christ Church Parish, Middlesex, Virginia.
While I was searching for Martha Marston (sometimes Martha Marsden on other trees), I noticed a tree run by J. J’s picture caught my eye because it looked familiar.
Turns out J is listed as a Family Finder match to my grandmother Dolores Romero at Family Tree DNA. He is shown as a possible 3rd cousin match, but just by looking at the match in chromosome browser you can see it is definitely more distant. Still, he was one of those distant matches that I had no idea how we were related to him.
Anyway, I continued searching for Martha Marston’s parents when I came across W’s Ancestry.com family tree, which was extended beyond what is shown at Family Tree DNA. So far no one knows much about Martha’s mother, Ann, wife of John Marston 1676-1729.
I knew my Sarah Evans, who married William Brummet in Chariton County, Missouri 1827, was originally from North Carolina because of the 1850 Census (Livingston County, MO). Thanks to our first mtDNA match we learned Sarah Evans went to Missouri from Northampton County, North Carolina with her (very likely) elder sister Nancy Evans.
Nancy Evans married Elijah Gumbs Boon in 1814 before leaving Northampton County, NC. Their children were Mary Magdalene, Henry, Presley, Nicholas, Harriet, Mildred, Clifton, Nancy, Sarah, James, and Elizabeth Boon. Henry Evans was the bondsman.
The new mtDNA match descended from Polly Drury, mother of Martha, Drewry, Newitt, and Mildred Harris of Northampton County, North Carolina. John Harris is the father of the children, he names them in his will. Additionally, John Harris (son-in-law) and Darling Drury (son) are named executors of Milly Warr’s will in 1801 (Mildred Lewis of Isle of Wight County, Virgina, wife of Daniel Drury then wife of James Warr).
North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 from Ancestry: Wills; Author: North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Northampton County); Probate Place: Northampton, North Carolina
Bills of Sale: During probate, it may have been necessary to sell parts of the estate in order to pay creditors, to provide support for the widow and minor children, or to distribute the property of an estate. This was done by public auction. The final bills of sale from these auctions were filed with the court. Bills of sale listed the names of individuals who purchased items at the auction. These individuals are often relatives, friends, and neighbors of the deceased person.