Thanks for the further information. The idea that they were in Warren County, NC is a help. Warren County is just west of Halifax, where my William Sale lived from about 1765 to 1783. (Sorry for the lack of precision but I'm six miles away from my notes of the Halifax deed abstracts, which are are at home.) Since Tabitha was married to a man born in 1753, she was probably born in about 1756 to 1760 assuming a typical age difference between spouses. In any event, she's clearly of a different generation than William Sale, who was born about 1720 (age 61 in 1781) and who married Ann ______.
She's not mentioned in William Sale's will, proved in North Carolina in 1788 or 1789, and the will appears to contain a complete list of sons and daughters, so it's very unlikely that she was his daughter, but entirely possible that she was his niece.
Do you have a handle on when Bevill Pardue married Tabitha Sale? If you know the birth years of their children, or most of them, you should be able to come fairly close even without a marriage record as such.
There are a few traces of a Thomas Sayles or Sailes in the 1760's or 1760's in Granville County, just west of Warren County in those days (Vance County is a recent invention). Unfortunately, I know nothing of his family, if indeed he had a family.
As you know if you've read my other Genforum postings, Jonathan Johnston, whose will was proved in Granville County, had a daughter Rebecca (Johnston) Sale(s), about the right time to have been the wife of my ancestor Leonard Sale (son of William and Ann (___) Sale) and mother of my ancestor Rebecca (Sale) Bagby. If Rebecca (Johnston) Sale was not the wife of Leonard Sale, she must have been connected with the Thomas Saile family in some way.
There were Johnstons /Johnsons associated with the Sales in Halifax County and Wilkes County, but I do not yet know if they were in any way tied in with Jonathan Johnston of Granville.
We also have a puzzlement about Rachel (Sale) Parks, who was a bit older than your Tabitha but who could have easily been a sister. Rachel, who died in Tennessee at a very advanced age, was reportedly born in Maryland. We feel no doubt but that she was a niece of William Sale inasmuch as she was living next door to his widow on the 1790 census of Wilkes County, N.C.
Where did Tabitha's descendants settle? I have a friend named Willard (Bill) Pardue, whose family is from some part of the Deep South. It would be strange if we turned out to be distant cousins.
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