There and three camps of researchers regarding Elizabeth (Betty), wife of Aquilla Matthews. The Matthews researchers believe she was Elizabeth (Betty) Sharpe. The Weeks researchers believe she was Elizabeth Weeks. The Berryhill researchers are just camped out! (Probably in some dark swamp in Perquirmans waiting for Mary? and Benjamin to show up with a flashlight and a road map).
It's a good day when we can reconcile at least the Matthews and Weeks into one camp. I have a copy of the deed that Aquilla Matthews signed when he sold his inheritance to his brother John on July 16, 1786. (If you would like a copy let me know and I'll send it. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The deed refers several times to the wife of Aquilla as "Betty Sharp". She signs the deed as "Betty Matthews". We know that that "Sharpe" was her middle name and Weeks was her maiden name. This apparently is the reason for the Matthews researchers to identify her as "Betty Sharpe". Sharpe was her middle name just as her granddaughter was Bathsheba Sharpe Matthews who became Bathsheba Sharpe Farmer.
As for the Berryhill researchers who are perpetuating this myth; it's time time to replace the batteries in your flashlight and quit misleading folks and casting doubt on the rest of your research. When you have three families (Aquilla and William Matthews and Benjamin Weeks) who are neighbors in Culpeper County and who leave Culpeper and arrive in Georgia within walking distance of each other and whose families share most of their first names and three of the family names (Alderson, Linsfield, and Sharpe), its time to see the light and start helping to research the Weeks/Sharpe families.
If, on the other hand, you have any credible evidence to the contrary; please post it so all of us can evaluate it. The only thing I can see is the coincidence that the family of Samuel Weeks of Hancock/Greene/Putname counties and the family of Benjamin Weeks of Burke/Jefferson/Richmond counties, just happened to move to Franklin County, Tennessee at about the same time.
Good luck with your continued research and I hope you join me in trying to continue the Weeks/Sharpe research.
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