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Sarah, b. ca. 1740, m. Thomas Ewing in Prince Edward or Charlotte County, VA
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: August 07, 2008 at 13:27:32
  of 1839

I am looking for a Sarah Vernon who was likely born between 1738-1742, probably in the part of Virginia around Charlotte County (formed from Lunenburg) or Prince Edward County (formed from Amelia).

Between about 1760 and 1762, she married Thomas Ewing, who lived on/near Vaughn's Creek in Prince Edward County.

Thomas and Sarah eventually moved South, residing for a time in North Carolina and ultimately settling in 96 District of South Carolina (now Laurens County). They worshipped at Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church. After Thomas Ewing died in 1800, leaving Sarah a widow, at least three of their adult sons moved to southeast Indiana, to Franklin County (what was known locally as the "Carolina Settlement").

I believe that Sarah's maiden name was Vernon because two of her sons, John and William, gave the name Vernon as middle name to a son.

Sarah's sons were named John, William, David and James. William was likely named for his paternal grandfather, William Ewing, and so I wonder if Sarah might have been the daughter of a John Vernon. Sarah named daughters Sarah, Jane, Margaret and Rachel. One of these might be a clue to her own mother's name.

I have looked at Vernons on the Latter Day Saints website, here on genforum, and through google searches to find websites posted by Vernon researchers. I see a possible Ewing-Vernon connection across the Charlotte-Prince Edward county line because of two sons of Thomas Vernon, Jr. Thomas Vernon, Jr. (of the Caldwell Settlement on Cub Creek, in present-day Charlotte County, perhaps on/near Dunnavant Fork of the Little Roanoke River), had three known sons. One was Richard Vernon, b. ca. 1746, and he married Esther Hambleton (a/k/a Hamilton), daughter of Alexander, in/of Prince Edward County. Thomas's son Robert Vernon, b. ca. 1768, married Elizabeth Hambleton (a/k/a Hamilton), another daughter of Alexander, again, in/of Prince Edward County.

Some claim that Thomas Vernon's wife (or possibly one of his two wives, some suggesting a Nancy Harrison), and mother of at least some of his children, was a Sarah Gaines. I have only been able to find information on one or two other children of this couple. One is Thomas Gaines Vernon, b. ca. 1752, and another possibility is a James Gains Vernon, b. ca. 1755. It seems likely to me that this couple, Thomas and Sarah (Gaines) Vernon, would likely have had more than just two, three or four children over the course of 20 years, and might have had some daughters who have not yet been discovered, and it would not be unexpected for them to have named a daughter Sarah.

Does anyone have any information that would either help prove or disprove that Thomas and Sarah (Gaines) Vernon might have had a daughter Sarah, born ca. 1738 to 1742? Does anyone know when Thomas Vernon (Jr.) first married? It has been suggested that he was born as early as 1713 (in Pennsylvania), but that sometime between 1735 and 1745, he accompanied his father and siblings to the Caldwell Settlement. If he married in Virginia about 1737 to 1740, he could have had a daughter by 1742.

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