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Re: Sale family History
Posted by: Grace Huppert Date: July 08, 2000 at 09:08:37
In Reply to: Re: Sale family History by Clara Bennett of 1032

The Sale Tree in America by Dorothea Sale Goodman clears up the confusion about Elizabeth Willis. Goodman states "Some members of the DAR who belong to the John Sale Sr. (of Amherst, Va.) branch have used the name Elizabeth Willis as his wife, whereas the earliest family records known gave her name as Frances Saunders or Sanders of Caroline Co. Va. This "confusion of grandmothers" existed for forty years and was only cleared away on the finding of the will of John Sale(4) of Amherst which names Frances as his wife. An ancient family bible contains the record of the children of John Sale and Frances Sanders who were married Dec. 31, 1762, with birth dates of all and deaths of John and Frances. Where Elizabeth Willis came from diligent search has failed to disclose, but the prevalence of Johns at the period fo the Revolution explains the puzzling task of that genealogist of 1900, who sought and found a revolutionary John Sale for use of nieces of Col. Wm. Sale of Searcy, Ark. We are glad to know that Alexander Sale, our first known family historian did, after all, know the name of his own mother! But for the sake of court-proof records which cannot be disputed it is nice to have found both the bible record and the will of John Sr. of Amherst."


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