Sorry it has taken so long to respond to your message, I am traveling and had thought I'd be home before now and get all me messages caught up. As that hasn't happened yet, I'm just putting on the brakes and catching up anyhow. Now, I did rat around many of the postings as well as reading history for Captain Newport's information, what little there is of it.
While it does appear that our William Hatcher's wife is somewhat still in question, there still exists the marriage for "A" William Hatcher to "A" Marian Newport in Caraby (I think that is right, don't have my notes handy), England. I know you probably have all of this already. I did a Google Earth lookup on Caraby and it is on the northeast coast (just a little inland it looks like) just above where the Thames goes into London.
My question is, how did Marian Newport get up there to marry? Of course any number of instances could occurr to place her there....near relatives, whatever...
Then, I was able to find Captain Newport's will, and no mention of a Marian in it. Still not that unusual, she could have already rec'd her share upon marriage. I have several family wills where this was the case.
The thing about William not applying for headrights for her or the son is strange, but not out of the possibility of William could have had motives for not applying. He did have quite large holdings, and from the looks of his personality as recorded history holds, he danced to his own tune.
I'm just as curious as you as to how Marian is linked as a possible wife to our William Hatcher, there must have been some lore or documents that haven't come to light as yet to have put them together this side of the Atlantic other than the marriage in Caraby.
All this said, I would LOVE to claim Marian as a link to the illustrious Captain Newport. Until proof positive comes to light one way or another, I'm keeping my hopes pinned on this possibility.
If I ever get my paws on more substantial proof I will most certainly let you know....if YOU do, please let me know.
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