Hi, Barry --
Thanks for your two replies (Msg #617 & 619) to my posting. At this point, I haven't done any REAL research. I've just been pulling together information to check out and see if what I'm thinking is based in fact and can be proven. I don't have any other evidence or proof of any of it as yet. I'm just speculating at this point, trying to find the most likely places and people to research. There was a rumor in the family that our SAYLE family came from the Rhode Island SAYLES, but thus far I've found nothing to back that up -- it could be true but it doesn't "feel" right. [Nor do I think that my SAYLE family descends from Gov. William SAYLE of SC who left two sons.]
There was a Dr. William SAYLE in SC -- Charleston area, if I'm remembering correctly -- who was a Revolutionary War doctor but I have been able to find nothing about him. There was a note in papers my grandmother gave me years ago which mentioned him, but gave no other information. I was interested because he was a doctor and my SAYLE family has more than the average number of doctors in it.
I'm interested in what you said in Msg. 619 about a possible third son of the immigrant William, also named William. If that's true, then the son William would be a very good possibility, I think. Do you have anything further on him?
I have a present-day cousin who was always told that he was the 10th William Erven SAYLE in the family. However, this was not an unbroken line of men by that name as we share my 3rd great grandfather, Thomas S. SAYLE, who was a son of William Erven SAYLE and also had a son he named William Erven SAYLE (from whom the cousin I mentioned descends). I've noticed the name William ERVEN/ERVIN back in VA and have wondered if there is some connection but haven't found one thus far.
Again, thanks for your replies to my posting. If I find any further evidence, I'll let you know.
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