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Bishops in VA-James City/Charles City/etc.
Posted by: Bill Davidson (ID *****1886) Date: June 25, 2012 at 15:28:58
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I note that a Joseph Bishop (supposedly from VA) married a Miss Wilson, and two of their sons named Isaac Bishop and John Wilson Bishop each married a Hamblin woman (there was also a son who was named Joseph Mason Bishop). My Davidson family was in James City Co., VA by the 1680s, and their land (just west of the Chicahominy River) became part of Charles City Co. VA in 1720. My Davidson family was very closely associated with the Hamblin family there (and I strongly suspect that my Davidson family married into the Hamblin family there).

I note that there was a John Bishop and a William Bishop in that general part of VA in the 1600s-early 1700s (I BELIEVE that this John Bishop was the man who is commonly shown as Captain John Bishop, and he married a Miss Booker, as I recall). The above sons of Joseph Bishop who married those Hamblin women make me wonder if Joseph Bishop was out of the family of the above-referenced "early" John Bishop and William Bishop in VA. Is that at least a possibility (I have not seen anyone list the the father of the above Joseph Bishop)?

I have three close Y chromosome DNA matches to three men whose surname is "Bishop" (as well as matches to several men whose surname is "Davidson"). I now wonder if there was an "infant adoption" (with an associated surname change from "Davidson" to "Bishop"), or possibly an "out-of-wedlock birth" in that part of VA, that would explain this "DNA match"" between my Davidsons and those three Bishop DNA donors. Comments/questions?


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