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Re: Trails and Parkers
Posted by: George Trail (ID *****8017) Date: December 07, 2008 at 11:19:35
In Reply to: Trails and Parkers by Gail Trail of 2022

Hi Gail, Your timing is impeccable as i have recently been overwhelmed with new information and insight into the Trail family beginnings at Maryland. I simply at this time am too overwhelmed to share it all coherently so I will start slowly and am sure you will be on top of what has transpired quickly. Firstly the importance of going to the original record. I went to the St. George Parish register and found that Mary Combest was not the mother of Samuel Treell and Bethenia Treell but rather Abigail Combest was the name of the mother. This was most helpful because it led me to another record at Baltimore County dated 1694 whereby Miles Gibson left payment in his estate proceedings to Abigail Combest. Miles Gibson was High sherriff of Baltimore County and married Ann Todd. He also executed the will of Francis Lovelace who transported John Combest to Baltimore with himself in 1682. Francis was coming from New York where he had been appointed Governor. He replaced Richard Nicholls in that position. Francis and Miles Gibson had both been in the Northern Neck of Virginia where John Treale had been transported in 1662. To read the register was imortant because it revealed that John Combest came to church in 1695 and first recorded the births of his 3 children ,the first being born in 1693, and with John proclaiming himself the father. Then right after that is recorded the births of Samuel and Bethenia Treell born 1688 and 1690 but with no parent listed. Then later in the register Abigail Combest records the death of her son. You can now go to the Baltimore County Coombs site and refreshen yourself on these families associated with Miles Gibson and Francis Lovelace.The story will unfold for you I'm sure.These familes are the ones associated with the Trails of New Scotland. William Hamilton mentioned is grandfather of William Hamilton whose will was witnessed by William Trail of Seneca Creek. Francis Lovelace had a sister who had come to Virginia joining her brother there about 1650 after her husband had died. She came to Virginia from Hertfordshire which is where the Goodridge family is from and right next to Gloucester County where we find a John Trayle marrying Catherine Varnam in 1658 and then a John Treyle marrying a Dorothy Johnson in 1665. Could be same John Treale transported to Rappahannock in 1662. Furthermore Miles Gibson was associated with a man named William Palmer at Baltimore. There was a William Palmer listed as one of James Samford's 15 headrights along with John Treale in 1662. Apparently a Traill man died at Baltimore between 1690 and 1692. What we don't know for sure is the relation between John Combest and Abigail Combest. John Combest was very close to the Hall family and lived on the land of George Hall. James Trail Jr. at Delaware was very close to the Hall family there and bought land from the widow of John Hall right after he died at Little Creek .Delaware. I'll stop now and give you a chance to re read the page on the Baltimore County Coombs which ties so many families into the picture. By the way you are right about the Parkers. Miles Gibson appears in many records with George Parker.

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