Posted By:Greg Matthews
Subject:Re: Marmaduke Daniel of Brunswick co., Va.
Post Date:January 25, 2013 at 17:08:42
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Forum:Brunswick County, VA Genealogy Forum
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I'm not related to any of these folks. I've just always been interested in the name "Marmaduke" when ever it occurs in southside VA in the earliest colonial period.

Four things:

1) I'd say his father was probably Hugh Daniel. Note a deed transcribed here by Audrey Pool: The 10th deed down shows Marmaduke selling land that was land patented to him and land patented to a Hugh Daniel. The deed further states that the transaction did not include the small parcel where the father of Marmaduke was buried. It would seem logical that Hugh was the father and he was buried on his own land which Marmaduke inherited (hence the reason why Marmaduke would be in possession of it). I would suggest looking for the will of Hugh or any kind of estate record. If none exist and you can find no other instrument showing Marmaduke getting the land that was formerly that of Hugh Daniel then your most likely result is that Marmaduke inherited it and the estate records simply don't exist anymore (very common for this time and place).

2) I'd suggest looking into the Brown family. There was a Marmaduke Brown kicking around Brunswick Co in the early 1700s. For a name as extremely rare as "Marmaduke" it had to have been given in honor of a relative (hence my passing interest in all things Marmaduke--- idle curiosity on my part). Perhaps Marmaduke's mother was a Brown.

3) What would make you think Marmaduke's wife was an Indian?

4) Note that, per your message, Marmaduke named a son Hugh (in honor of his father per my info above?). Also note that he named a son Gilliam. The Gilliam and Brown families intermarried in the very early 1700s. This is yet more incentive to look into the Brown family.

Finally, that name that's a weird one. Maybe it was supposed to be Parthenia? In any event, if it's accurate I'd be Googling "Barthenia Brunswick" (minus the quotes) to see what shakes out. No way a name like that just originates out of thin air. She had to have been named for someone else. You need to be looking for other Barthenias and looking for a connection to your Daniels.

Greg Matthews