On 13 Nov 1666, Willliam Sale witnessed a power of attorney granted by Henry Meese of Stafford County to John Weir of Rappahannock County. Rapp. Deed Book 3:190. Whether this is the same William Seale whose transportation (along with that of 19 other people) resulted in the grant of 1000 acres on the Potomac to John Wood on 14 Jan 1656/7 is not clear.
William "Saile" witnessed the will of Thomas Hawkins, of Sittingbourne Par., [Old] Rappahannock County, Virginia 8 Feb 1675. Rapp. Co. Will Book 2:55. In the will, Thomas Hawkins named his "brother" (probably brother in law, or perhaps step brother) Samuel Blomfield, of whom more later.
On 8 January 1679/80, Theophilus Whale deeded 400 acres on Hoskins Creek in what is now Essex County (then Rappahannock County)to William "Seale." This is almost certainly the same person who, two years later, received a conveyance of 93 acres on the south side of the Rappahannock from Thomas and Ellinor Parker. One William "Salle" had witnessed a power of attorney executed by Ellinor Parker in 1672.
I should note that Tappahannock, Virginia, where you can still furnish your house from the Sale Furniture Store, is on the south side of the Rappahannock, just above where Hoskins Creek enters the River.
On 4 Feb 1684/5 and 1 April 1685, Capt. Samuel Blomfield secured a default judgment against William Sale based on a bill dated 24 May 1682. I need to look at the original of this again as my notes from the entry for February 1684/5 say "admr," so should clarify who was adminstering what. If William had an administrator then the items noted above are evidently for a William Sale who had died by 1685.
Anyway, in April 1686, a live William Sale was awarded a cow and other items from the estate of James Gordon to compensate Sale for care given to Gordon in his final illness. (Order Book 1 p. 218)
Anyway, the point is that no one with the surname Sale / Sales / Seale / Seal / Sail / Sails was owning land in what is now Essex County, Virginia prior to 1704, though Anthony Seale / Sale patented a tract on Peumansend Run (now Caroline County) in 1693.
In 1704, the quitrent rolls for Essex County show a very large tract of land in the possession of "Widow Sales." In later years, this same land is attributed to Cornelius Sales / Sale / Sail. There is no other disposition of record the tracts which William Sale had bought in the prior century. From those facts, I conclude that William Sale died by 1704 leaving a widow who herself died not long afterward, and the entire estate descended under primogeniture (not abolished in Virginia until much later) to the oldest son, Cornelius Sale.
Whether the Anthony Sale / Seale who patented the Peumansend Run tract in 1693 and was involved in various lawsuits in Essex and Richmond County from 1695 through 1716 (and in King George County after its formation) was a son of the William Sale who died by 1704 may be debated, but it seems to me that the case that Corneliuls was William's son is quite strong.
Among other things, the fact that Cornelius named a son Anthony persuades me that Cornelius and the first Anthony were brothers, but others disagree. Some people can get hung up on spelling variations, but spelling was so casual a subject circa 1700 that my conclusions do not turn on an errant "e" here and there, or even the fact that the first Anthony and his progeny have tended to use the name Seale, whereas our crew has favored "Sale."
I have an ancestor whose last name was Thatcher until he married, but from then on all records refer to him with the name Hatcher. His brothers kept the Thatcher name. That's how it was.
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