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Re: George Travis (1780-1855?) and Margaret Johnson Timblin
Posted by: Bill Meyers (ID *****7985) Date: January 17, 2010 at 22:09:50
In Reply to: Re: George Travis (1780-1855?) and Margaret Johnson Timblin by Bill Meyers of 41

Hi Paula,

A 1909 "William & Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine" article said George Travis and Margaret Johnson Timblin had a son Robert who was born in Butler Co., PA and who died as an infant. I also have a Genealogy of the George Travis family written about 1915 that says the same thing. I have an 1874 Travis family Bible that names all their children but doesn't mention Robert, which can be interpreted to support an infant death.

There are many Internet trees that say the Robert Travis who married Elizabeth Spencer was a son of George Travis and Margaret Johnson Timblin. They are wrong. I've contacted several owners of the trees to ask for their source - none have been able to provide them.

There is a book titled "Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia". The author of the writing on the Travis family said that George and Robert Travis were the only settlers with the Travis name in the County at that time, and since George was married, that "lends support to the assumption that George was the father of Robert". That author was wrong. Tax lists show there was another Travis in Lee County at that time - a James Travis. I have looked extensively and can find no connection between George and James Travis.

George Travis was born in Pennsylvania, went to Lee Co, VA about 1803 and returned to Pennsylvania (with all his family) in 1815. The originally spelling was Travers and the patriarch was William Travers who immigrated to the colonies in 1774. I have tax and land records to document this.

My suggestion is to look at the James Travis who was in Lee Co., VA circa 1805. It could be very exciting research - and I'd certainly look for a Jamestown connection.

I can send you pertinent pages from the W&M Qtrly, Travis Genealogy and Lee Co, VA tax lists if you’re interested. Just let me know.

If you want to discuss this further, please use my email –


Bill Meyers - Seattle

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