Barry, thanks so much for both your replies. As always, you have given me much to think about. The only children's names I have for William are three sons: Nathaniel, Thomas, and James. I don't know if there were others. William SAYLE owned a fleet of ships and his son Nathaniel was master of one of them, the sloop "Three Brothers." (Perhaps named that because William had three sons?) Thomas was captain of "The William." Other ships were named "The Hope," "The Marie," (for son Thomas' daughter Marie?) and "The James." There may have been other ships but I don't know for sure. The son Thomas had a son named William, too. I believe Thomas predeceased his father, as he is mentioned in Gov. William's will but received nothing and two of Thomas' children (William and Marie) are named & receive something. Both Nathaniel and James received bequests. Unfortunately, I've not found much info on these sons, other than the information given in their father's will and codicil, copied below:
Will of Governor William Sayle
Bermuda, February 15, 1699
To wife Frances, Mansion House and 2 shares land in Smith's and 1 share in South Hampton. At her death, property in Smith's go to granson William, son of Thomas, late of Ratcliffe in London, he William to pay to Marie, daughter of said Thomas, 40 lbs.
Executors: Sons Nathaniel and James, Capt John Summersall and Captain John Stow
Witnesses: Thomas Wells, Thomas Packwood, Joseph Dalton.
Proved: June 19, 1671
Col. William Sayle, Governor of Province of Carolina, "Southward and Westward from Capt. Carterett, otherwise Caperamonoi". Will made in Bermuda dated February last.
Codicil: Eldest, Nathaniel, mansion house and lot on Albermarle Point, James, land and others possessions.
Witnesses: Paul Smith, Jas. Dalton, Sectry.
D: Sept 1670
P: 10 Apr. 1671
R: 22 Nov 1672
According to George C. Rogers, Jr. in his "The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina":
"The first Bahaman settlers were Bermudians driven by religious enthusiasm, factious republicanism and economic opportunism. William Sayle, a native of the Isle of Man, Independent Congregationalist and future governor of South Carolina, had settled in Bermuda in the 1630s."
If you have any further ideas on this angle, I'd love to hear it. I really appreciate your help and thoughts.
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