I am trying to determine if Elinor Odait was the wife of Christopher Calvert of Accomack and Northampton counties.
Christopher and Elinor had five children: Christopher Jr., b.ca. 1651; Charles b.ca. 1653; and Mary b.ca. 1656.
Christopher arrived in Accomack Co. in 1636, but apparently did not marry until around 1650.
On Oct. 5, 1649, Ralph Barlow was issued a patent in Northampton Co. for 850 acres for transporting himself and 16 other people. Among those that he transported were Elinor Odait, Robert Parker, Ann Parker, and George Parker.
Christopher and Elinor Parker lived next to the Parkers and were close friends. There are several documents re: Christopher C. and George P. in Accomack and Northampton records.
In addition, when Christopher and Elinor's daughter Mary turned 15, she became a servant to George and Florence Parker. Apparently they had a large family and needed someone to take care of the younger children.
Mary cared for the children until 1674. That year George Parker died and Mary secretly married Garrett Sipple. (See Chapter 4 in Wenches, Wives & Widows by JoAnn Riley McKey).
Also, in 1708, George Parker, Sr. (son of George Parker) mentioned Christopher's son John in his will.
Is it more than a coincidence that Elinor Odait and the Parker's arrived in Northampton County at the same time, and that Christopher and Elinor Calvert were neighbors and close friends of the Parkers?
Any help you can give me in solving this riddle is appreciated.
Richard A. Colbert
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