… to reconcile records and hard data with the conclusions that many in this forum have made and seem to believe. I’m relatively new to the East family genealogy, so perhaps if I point out a couple of the obstacles I’m finding some of you with more knowledge of East research can help me to get over the “bumps” in the East road of discovery.
My wife is a descendant of the man many dub as “James East, Sr. (b. 1738),” through his son Joseph. I can definitely track her lineage back to the James East of Horse Pasture Creek of Henry County. It’s in trying to connect him to the earlier East family that I’m having problems with the logic and the data. I am dealing with several issues but the really two big ones I’ll try to summarize here.
1. In Edward East’s 1734-1735 will he names sons William, Edward, Isham, Tarlton, and Joseph. At least four of these names show up in early Lunenburg records: William, Isham, Tarlton, and Joseph. The first record I have found for Joseph is the Lunenburg tithe list of 1752 where he’s listed with Isham East. This Joseph East I can track in his wanderings (and county creations), interacting with the other Easts, until I find a Joseph East in Henry County (for example he was a witness to a March 1778 deed in Henry County) not far from James East on Horse Pasture Creek. This Henry County Joseph may be James’ son, but if so, it seems to indicate he was born a few years earlier than most people estimate. This Joseph East is clearly not the Joseph East who appears in Louisa County records. So who is he? And why does no one seem to think that he is the son of Edward (1734-35 will)?
Everyone does seem to think that the Joseph named in Edward’s will was the one who appears in Louisa County records. I can find no records (or have not recognized them, anyway) that show any father-son or Henrico-Louisa County connection between Edward East (1734-35 will) of Henrico County and the Louisa County Joseph East. Thomas East2 (m. Ann? Perrin) was in adjacent Hanover County. I don’t think anyone has ever found a will or estate settlement for Thomas2 – have they? – so how does anyone really know that Joseph East of Louisa was not a son of Thomas2? They lived in adjacent counties, Joseph East of Louisa did not name a son Edward, but he did name his oldest son Thomas (and oldest sons were usually named after their grandfathers).
2. James, himself, is another dilemma that I’m wrestling with. The first mention of a James East I’ve found in Lunenburg records is one dated Feb 1756 in which a James East provides security for John East’s being the guardian of Thomas East, son of Thomas. I’ve seen more than one post stating or inferring that the James East of this record was “James East, Sr. (b. 1738).” If this was so, then the James East who provided security for John East was only 18 years old at the time, and I find it highly unlikely that an 18-year-old would be providing a guardian bond security. So is the 1738 birth date of James East in error, or was this another, different James East?
James East continues to appear in a number of southern Virginia records of the general area, and I note that his movements were generally shadowing the Joseph East I’ve discussed above. Were there more than one James Easts in the southern Virginia records from the period ca. 1756 through ca. 1777? If “James East, Sr. (b. 1738)” (and of Horse Pasture Creek, Henry County) was the son of Joseph East of Louisa County, then when did he arrive in southern Virginia, and who was the “other” James East whose name appears regularly and consistently in records of this region from 1756? How does anyone confidently claim that “James East, Sr. (b. 1738” was son of Joseph East of Louisa, and how does anyone confidently claim that he was in southern Virginia ca. 1760, or earlier (guardian bond dated 1756)?
In summary, I sure could use some help from one or more of you East family researchers who have spent more time studying these records, in understanding the logic that went into reconciling the records and data with some of the claims and/or assertions I’ve seen posted in this forum. Or, said another way, I need help in explaining what appear to me - at my present state of knowledge - to be conflicts or seemingly poorly justified conclusions. (I’m reasonably sure that there are other East “newbie” researchers who could use the same help.)
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