In quickly checking my records I find at least one thing
that might interest you. In the book "Virginia
Geneaolgies", VOL II there is a section on a Tanner family.
This small paragraph appears: April 16, 1683, Mr.
Joseph Tanner and Richard Womack had a patent for 206 acres
on the north side of the Appomattox River, Bristol
Parish, Henrico Co., adjoining that of William Harris,
Holy Ground Slash, Ashen Swamp, Holy Ground Run, and the
great branch of Ashen Swamp, Richard Womack's line.
Due for transportation of five persons: THOMAS BAYES,
Richard Perrot, David Salisbury , Thomas White and Henry
Boyce. As you may know, Thomas Bayes is also the name of
my third great-grandfather, who was married to Anna Wright
McMillen in Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA
C1795. This Thomas Bayes lived 80 to 100 years earlier
than my third great-grandfather. I think there could
easily be a connection and perhaps also to your VA family.
This article predates the arrival of Thomas Bayes in
Middletown, Bucks County, PA by eleven years, and it
may be that they are one and the same person. I think
1683 is quite early to find the Bayes name in Virginia.
I just got home from a trip so it will be a few days
before I can get out the rest of my information.
I hope this helps..
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