There has been considerable speculation concerning the relationships between members of SHORT and TYNES families of Henrico and Halifax Counties in Virginia. Many, if not all, of these false assumptions come from SHORT: An Early Virginia Family by Josephine S. Lynch (1970). Unmentioned by Lynch is the only connection I have ever been able to comfortably accept.
In a ten year lease, dated 9 Nov 1762 and recorded 17 Feb 1763 in Halifax County, Isaac TYN (and his wife Sarah) and Joseph HANCOCK (and his wife Mary) rent property to Peter BAYS. This land is described, in part, as "formerly belonging to Abraham ECHOLS" and is adjacent to a tract of land belonging to the orphans of Isaac ECHOLS.
The acerage in question was willed by Abraham ECHOLS to his wife Sarah (Tamer HUBBARD) on his death in 1749. Upon Sarah's demise the land was to pass to their son Isaac ECHOLS or his heirs.
Isaac ECHOLS (1731-1761) was the husband of Mary SHORT(1740 - ?), a daughter of Cornelius SHORT and his second wife Hannah HESTERLY. On the death of her husband Mary (SHORT) ECHOLS was wed to Joseph HANCOCK.
An analysis of the documents in question leads me to believe that Isaac TYNES was married to Abraham ECHOLS widow Sarah. Peter BAYS, apparently a savvy tenant, chose to have both heirs (Sarah TYNES, the heir of Abraham ECHOLS, and Mary HANCOCK, the heir to Isaac ECHOLS) sign the lease to protect his ten year claim to the property.
Would be interested in corresponding with anyone who can shed further light on the tangled relationships between the SHORT, TYNES, ECHOLS and HANCOCK families.
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