I notice Polly Starks, daughter of Zerubabel and Martha (nee?)Starks married Thomas EDWARDS in Southampton Co, VA in Dec 1796.
Permission of her father, (Zerubabel Starks)
Surety: David SPENCER (Is this the same David in the Will?)
Witnesses: John D Houssmann
There are several coincidental names reflected in the WILL of Edmund Spencer:
HOWELL Whittington was a witness.
The above Polly Starks m'd Thomas EDWARDS.
Their 3rd son was named HOWELL B EDWARDS.
Polly's brother, Jesse Starks, son of Zerubabel Starks m'd Lettice B PACE, dau of SPENCER PACE, born Pittsylvania, VA. Many of their children have an H for a middle name; but I do not know what it stands for.
The name HOWELL is contined down through both the EDWARDS family as well as the STARKS family. My husband has that name. For years, we have tried to determine why these families use the name of Howell so often.
We also would like to find Martha Starks' maiden surname.
Old Zeb and all the family left Southampton Co, VA for Tennessee, where Zeb died about 1800. Thomas Edwards & Martha Starks left Robertson Co, TN for Christian Co, KY after Zerubabel's death. By 1804, all were settled in Kentucky, where they remained for quite some time.
Thanks for sharing the will. If any clue rings a bell, please contact me.
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