In the Northern Neck of Virginia, in the late 1600s, were two men surnamed Garton, a William and a John.
William Garton married Margaret, the daughter of William Angell (although some claim her name was the unlikely combination "Hannah Margaret"). William and Margaret had several children, and then William died about 1709 (there is a Will dated that year (in Lancaster County, VA) naming the sons and daughters to whom he made gifts).
John Garton married a Martha (maiden name unknown) and had several children, and died fairly soon after June 1698 (when he wrote his Will, in neighboring Richmond County, VA).
Both men named one of their daughters Catherine (or Katherine). This was a time when people often named children after the children's grandparents (that is, after the father and mother of the father and mother of the child). One possible inference is that both John and William were the sons of a woman named Catherine.
On World Connect (www.rootsweb.com), several people have posted trees in which they link John as a son of William and his wife, but there was no son John mentioned in William's will. Furthermore, John actually died about 10 years before William. John did NOT name a son William or a daughter Margaret (or Hannah).
John was almost certainly born before 1653, and possibly as early as 1640. William was almost certainly born before 1655, but probably not much earlier than 1642.
Considering all of this circumstantial evidence, then IF William and John were related, they were more likely brothers rather than father and son. They also might have been first cousins, but seem to have been born as contemporaries, suggesting they were both of the same generation of the Garton family.
Does anyone have any good evidence that William was the father of John? Or are all those trees on World Connect just copycats of one another and nothing but crude guesses? If you have any relevant information, please post here.
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