Posted By:Robert Fry
Subject:John Fawley m. Margaret Wuestin, Loudoun County VA, 1787
Post Date:March 15, 2012 at 19:10:45
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Pat Duncan, Marty Hiatt, and I have figured out that the illegible surname of John Fawley's wife Margaret, on their 1787 marriage bond, was neither Newlon nor Wilson, as published in two different transcriptions of the Loudoun County Marriage Records. Margaret's family name was probably Wust (with an umlaut on the u), which can also be spelled Wuest. The name was later spelled Wiest and was Anglicized as Weast. The suffix "in" would be added to this name to form the feminine form of the name. Margaret would have probably pronounced her German name as Wuestin or Wiestin, which was rendered in the records as something that looks like Weston. (Even though the name doesn't appear to have the letters "st" in it, close inspection of the next word in the bond -- "Spinster" -- shows that the letters that are obviously the "st" in "spinster" are identical to letters in Margaret's surname.)

Margaret was almost certainly the sister of John Weast. (The name was rendered as Wust and later Wiest in the German church records, but as Weast in some public records.) John and Margaret Fawley deeded landed to John Weast; John Fawley was the executor of John Weast's estate; and John Weast's daughter Sophia (Lay/Loy) sponsored the 1802 baptism of John and Margaret Fawley's daughter Margaret, who grew up to marry Joseph Fry. (They were my ggg-grandparents.)