Posted By:Jay Stein
Subject:Re: Tristram/Trustram THOMAS & Anne COURSEY, m. 165_
Post Date:January 02, 2002 at 02:37:28
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Forum:Talbot County, MD Genealogy Forum
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Christopher Thomas who died in 1670 is most likely the eldest brother of Tristram Thomas (d. 1686), not his father. Their father was probably a Christopher Thomas who died ca. 1635 in County Kent, England.

Tristram (or Trustram) was not married to Anne Coursey, but probably an Anne King whom he married 20 May 1652 in St. Michael Crooked Lane Parish, London. The reference to "brother-in-law' is because Major WIlliam Coursey married a Julian(a) Thomas, probable sister of Trustram. Julian or Juliana was twice widowed before marrying William Coursey. Note, this is Major William Coursey who died ca. 1684, not his son, COLONEL WIlliam Coursey. Major William Coursey died intestate, but did leave an estate record. In some references a Juliana Coursey is mentioned as a sister of William. She was in fact, his wife. Much of the confusion comes about because many researchers have failed to distinguish between the father Major William Coursey and his son Colonel William Coursey in the early records. Hence part of the reason for the assumption that Trustram must have married WIlliam's sister, rather than Willaim having married Trustram's sister.

Julian(a)'s first husband was named Beedle by whom she had issue including a son. Her second husband was Capt. John Russell (ca. 1631- ca. 1660).

Also, Tristram's eldest son Thomas Thomas Sr., did have a daughter named Anne. The question over a daughter Anne arrises from the fact that not all of the extant copies of Thomas's will mentions Anne. The clerk's copy in the Maryland Calendar of Wills omits the paragraph which names Anne. However, his estate record does name her as do some of the other copies of the will including the one on file in the Talbot County Courthouse.


Jay Stein