The wife of Cornelius Sale of Wilkes County, NC was Sarah, daughter of John and Mary (Sharp) Parks. See the Journal of North Carolina Genealogy, 1966, at page 727 or 1727. (I can't read my notes that well.)
The mother's maiden name is from the diary of C. M. Parks, according to Phyllis Kumler's letter to me of exactly two years ago.
The only discrepancy is that I had a birthdate for Sarah of March 22 instead of March 12. How legible is the tombstone in that regard?
Incidentally, the close matching of the birthdate clinches for me the fact that Theophilus Simonton's wife was indeed the daughter of Cornelius and Sarah (Parks) Sale. I hope that those who were saying that she was the daughter of John Sale have gotten this straight.
I imagine you have Cornelius Sale's father, since that's a no-brainer. Do you know about his abilities as a brickmaker? At one point he was engaged to come down to Salem NC to burn a quantity of bricks for the Moravians, as I recall.
I'm descended from Cornelius' brother Leonard, and am very jealous of your knowing about your maternal ancestor. There is no piece of paper anywhere, it seems, that names Leonard's wife. He sold off various pieces of land without ever worrying about dower rights.
My only hunch is that just possibly Leonard's wife could have been the Rebecca Sale named in the 1797 will of Jonathan Johnston of Granville Co., N.C., as his daughter. Leonard Sale did have a daughter Rebecca (my 3rd great grandmother), but as far as I know the name is not found otherwise in the descendants of William and Ann Sale.
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