Thanx for the data. I've been to Dover three times this month to run the probate microfilms. Guess what? Your reference is to another family... I think cousins to my family line. My Sam was in Kenton; married to Ann Howard in 1815; them remarried to Hester Johnson in 1827; and he died in 1838. Your Sam was married to Elizabeth, and he died in 1838, too. Confusing? Both of them had the middle initial "M".!~!~! [According to marriage and census dox.] How about another parallel? Fathers of both men were named John!~!~! John H was in Duck Creek/Kenton and plain John was in Mispillion.
I am in the process of trying to sort out and delineate the Kent County Taylors per the Probates, the Marriage Dox, and the Census data. My better half thinks I'm crazy.. maybe I am. ;-))
Talked to people at the State Archives and at the Hist Soc in Wilmington. Both said that they'd be very interested in getting the data when I'm done.
BTW... per the 1820 Census, there were 3 Sams in Mispillion and my Sam in Duck Creek; all born c. 1780-95 or so. Add to that those who died intestate, and the administrators never filed distribution papers to the heirs. And, of course, those who only thought to commend their estate to their wife, and their soul to "Almighty God". It takes a lot of inductive and deductive reasoning to sort thru this... but there will still be some questions. Wish me luck. Thanx again.
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