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Re: Huguenot and Welsh Background of Giles V.
Posted by: Douglas Vermillion (ID *****9993) Date: January 30, 2009 at 19:05:40
In Reply to: Re: Huguenot and Welsh Background of Giles V. by Linda Wildman of 1041

I am sorry it took so long for me to reply to your inquiry. For some reason, I was never notified of your post and only saw it for the first time today.
I believe that somewhere in the research by a previous generation of Vermillions, it became a supposition that Giles married "the neighbor girl."
Jane Hutchison (this is the correct spelling) was the daughter of William and Sarah Hutchison. The wealthy Hutchison family immigrated from Scotland in the 1670s and lived on vast acreage along the Piscattaway River in an area called the Piscattaway Hundred near Port Tobacco, MD, which is the same location where Giles was residing as an indentured servant to a tobacco farmer named James N. Green. On May 1, 1701, the neighboring Hutchison and Addison families jointly sold a 600-acre tract of land to Green, who was expanding his tobacco interests and his farm into a plantation that he named "Strife." Of course, Giles Vermillion was aware of the business dealings of his master and, as an indentured servant with the freedom to use his personal time as he chose, likely was aware of the neighboring families and their members. The deed for the land sale was recorded on July 9, 1701, in Vol. A, p 387 of the Prince George's County, MD, Land Deed Records, and can now be found in the Maryland Land Records: 1696-1702, Vol. 1, p. 6. located in the Maryland Hall of Records in Annapolis.
Clearly, there is no evidence that proves beyond doubt that Giles married Jane Hutchison, but he did marry a woman named Jane almost immediately after he was released from his indenture. The proof of that is found in the Indexes of Church Registers: 1686-1885 of Prince George's County, MD. where the King George's Parish Protestant Episcopal Church baptismal records report the births of Giles and Jane Vermillion's children, beginning with Giles Jr. born Sept. 10, 1708.
I have never found any verification of Jane's surname. The first time I saw the name attached to Jane was on a copy of a page from Ira Vermillion's family record, which I believe was researched in the 1920s through the early 1950s. It was there on the page as Jane's maiden name, but there was no source information given on that page and I've never had the good fortune to see Ira's entire book so as to review his sources. I do not know if Ira assumed or if he had valid documentation or if someone else added the name to his work, but no one has ever mentioned or posted any such documentation in the 35+ years that I've been involved in locating my ancestors.
One thing I have learned in all that time is that there are many "tall tales" about the Vermillion family's pre-American history, and I'm sure that may also have occurred in handing down the early American experience, as well. I hope this helps clarify how the name Hutchison came to be attached to Jane, wife of Giles Vermillion, Sr.
And if you ask me if I include it in my file, the answer is YES, but with a footnote that explains my respect for Ira's work leads me to hope he did include the name as a result of documentation that has since been lost or misplaced, but that it does not have documentation. I also include the Scottish spelling Hutcheson as an alternate spelling, but the name Hutchinson has no merit, even if one uses speculation based on circumstances surrounding Giles' life in 1708.

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