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early Britts of Goochland Co, Va
Posted by: michael longmire (ID *****3673) Date: July 28, 2011 at 08:46:57
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Would like to leave some comments regarding the Britts of Goochland Co, Va. First of all I believe that the father of William Britt b. ca 1725 was John and not Daniel as some have it. I also believe it probable that William did marry twice, his second wife of course being Hannah Connolly. In looking at the names of William's children given in his will (see message # 2534 in this forum) you will note the eldest son is named John, presumably for his father. The eldest daughter named is Mary - following the prevailing naming patterns of that time would this be the name of William's maternal grandmother? As to Hannah perhaps she was named for her father's mother? Since we do not know William's parents names nor do we know if any children died in infancy the naming patterns can not be verified as such. However, if we follow this line of reasoning and allow for the apparent remarrying of William to Hannah Connolly then the name of the next daughter, Elizabeth, falls in line in that Hannah's mother was named Elizabeth. Note that at that time the 3rd and 4th children on down did not always adhere to this system and naming patterns afterward changed due to religious and/or geographical preferences.

John Britt, the presumed father of William, was probably born in the 1690's to about 1700. Given that he married Charity (Wade) Ballenger ca 1745-1748, and that her birth is generally given to as about 1700, it also seems reasonable that John and Daniel were either brothers or cousins, not father and son. Daniel witnessed a deed in 1729 which would presumably put his birth at before 1708, indicating a similar age between he and John. The deed witnessed by William Britt in 1750 for John Britt not only makes William's birth in the 1720's likely, but also reinforces the notion that John was his father.

Any additional comments or corrections are always hoped for and welcome.



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