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Re: Found my g-grandfather Presley Roberts owner!!

Hi folks,

Just received a package in the mail today from Loudoun County courthouse with actual copy of the will of Margaret Humphrey, last owner of my g-grandfather Presley ROBERTS. They also sent me copies of the records of settlement of her Estate.

Clues in the will (legacies to sisters, brothers and nieces) have now caused me to change my identification of her - I had thought she was the unmarried daughter of Thomas HUMPHREY - and have realized that the Margaret HUMPHREY referred to in the will of Mary MARKS (my great grandfathers previous owner) is
Margaret (Peggy) Marks HUMPHREY, wife of Marcus HUMPHREY, and grandaughter of Reverend John MARKS.

In the will Margaret makes references to her brother's Mason, Abel, Watts and Samuel; her sisters Mary PEUGH, Lydia HESSER and deceased sister Elizabeth WARFORD; her nieces; Margaret CLAGETT, Margaret HESSER, Sarah Ann HESSER and Rebecca SCOTT.

On the webpage detailing the Descendants of Rev. John Marks at:
there is a complete geneology of the family - there were so many Margaret's, and Mary's I got confused. I am now clear which Margaret Humphrey emancipated my g-grandfather, and who she inherited him from (her mother-in-law, who is also her aunt).

The index of the will - is no substitute for a copy of the will itself - much more detailed information about the family - this will be useful in helping determine if the MARKS or HUMPHREY family owned any other members of my family.

I'm hoping I'll get some responses (like Art and Dena just got in reference to their searches) from MARKS or HUMPHREY Loudoun county researchers.
Ironic that we are faced with two sets of trees we have to dig into - our kin and the trees of their owners.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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