I am trying to connect the Thomas Morrell, who signed his will in Surry County, VA on May 5, 1719, with other Virginia Morrells or Murrells and to trace his descendants. Thomas was a tailor. He had a wife, Elizabeth, and children William (apparently an adult), George, Thomas, John, Mary and Elizabeth all minors. His land was "on the swamp where Capt. Wm. Browne's mill stands" and also adjoined Robert Fudkins and Robert Watkins. Elizabeth signed a deed of gift to the five younger children in September 1719. William is not mentioned, possibly because he had already received his father's land and plantation or possibly because Elizabeth was not his mother. The name on the will, on wife Elizabeth's deed of gift to her chidren and on the inventory, all dated 1719, is spelled alternately Morrel or Morrell.
I believe that this Thomas Morrel(l) may be related to the Quaker family of George and Elizabeth Morrell with children George Jr., Humphrey and Thomas who are found in Surry (later Isle of Wight, still later Northampton) beginning in the 1670's - 1680's.
Questions: 1. Can anyone prove (or disprove) this relationship? 2. Does anyone know what happened to the six children of Thomas and Elizabeth after 1719? 3. Though Morrell and Murrell are often distinct families, does anyone know whether this Thomas Morrell is related to the large Virginia Murrell clan that originates with William Murrell of Oakley, Suffolk, England and includes Thomas and Elizabeth (Oliver) Murrell later of Goochland County? My reason for asking this last question is that the Quaker family of George Morrell apparently spelled the name both ways, particularly after some of the children settled in North Carolina when they appear to use Murrell consistently. A caveat here: I have not seen many original records for this family. My comment is based largely on transcriptions, though the transcriptions appear to be consistent in later years.
I would be happy to share information with anyone working on these families.
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