The Robertson Genealogy Exchange

Husband:
 1 Nicholas Robertson[1]
Born:
 1665/67[2]
Place:
Chrs:
Place:
Died:
 Aft 12 May 1718[3]
Place:
Married:
Place:
Father:

Mother:


Other Spouses: [2] Jane Tillman[4]
 
Wife:
 [Sarah Marks?][5]
Born:
 
Place:
 Folkestone, Kent, England?
Chrs:
Place:
Died:
Place:
Father:
 Mathew Marks
Mother:
 Mary Somes

Other Spouses:


PROPOSED CHILDREN
Name:
 11 John Roberson[6]
Born:
 Abt 1695
Place:
 , Charles City, Virginia
Died:
 Bef May 1774
Place:
 , Granville, North Carolina
Married:
 Abt 1716
Place:
 , Prince George, Virginia?

Spouse: Mary [Evans?]

Name:
 12 Israel Roberson
Born:
 1698/1700
Place:
 Bristol Parish, Prince George, Virginia 
Died:
 Bef 12 Aug 1760
Place:
 , Granville, North Carolina
Married:
 Abt 1719
Place:
 , Prince George, Virginia?

Spouse: Sarah [Williams?]

Name:
 13 Edward Roberson
Born:
 1700/02
Place:
 Bristol Parish, Prince George, Virginia
Died:
 Aft 11 May 1757
Place:
Married:
 
Place:
 

Spouse:

SOURCE NOTES for 1 NICHOLAS ROBERTSON follow:

  1. Professor Benjamin C. Holtzclaw ["Kendrick of Gloucester County, Virginia and North Carolina" in John Bennett Boddie's Historical Southern Families, 8 volumes (Redwood City, California: Pacific Coast, 1957), 1: 37-38.] and John A. Brayton [The Ancestry of General James Robertson, "Father of Tennessee," Addendum to The Complete Ancestry of Tennessee Williams (Winston-Salem, NC: J. A. Brayton, 1995), 2 & 13-15.] built a circumstantial case for 11 John, 12 Israel, and 13 Edward Roberson's descent from 1 Nicholas Robertson of Charles City and Prince George Counties, Virginia. Holtzclaw places his confidence level at "practically certain" while Brayton writes that the connections to [1] Nicholas Robertson and his supposed forebears are "problematic." I concur with Mr. Brayton on this point, but I have included the proposed ancestry for 11 John, 12 Israel, and 13 Edward Roberson for the sake of continuity.
  2. Inferential from Charles City County, Virginia, Order Book, 1687-1695, 109. Since [1] "Nicholas Robinson" was of age on 24 Jan 1687 when he registered his cattle mark and since this was his first appearance in Virginia colonial records, Professor Holtzclaw reasoned that he must have been born about 21 years earler.
  3. Inferential from Nicholas Robertson to George Truman, Prince George County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, 228 & 501. This is a deed dated May 12, 1718, through which [1] "Nicholas Robertson" conveyed to "George Truman" [elsewhere, Tillman] 100 acres of land in Bristol Parish that Thomas Parrham had bequeathed him on May 14, 1717. On page 501 "Jane Robyson, wife of Nicholas Robyson" relinquished her right of dower.
  4. Inferntial from Susannah Tillman, Will, Prince George County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, 144, Thomas Parram, Will, Prince George County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, 168, Nicholas Robertson to George Truman, Prince George County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, 228 & 501.
  5. Inferential from Mathew Marks, Will, Prince George County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, 358, 359 and John Ewens, Patent, Virginia Patent Book 10, 1710-1719, 222. Edw & Jn Markes, Christening Entries; at Pole Stuart, transcriber, Folkestone, Kent County, England Parish Registers, 4 volumes, Volume 1, Baptisms, 1635-1774, FHL Microfilm 908172 / Item 1. Mt Markes and My Somes, Marriage Entry; at Stuart, Volume 3, Marriages, 1635-1840, FHL Microfilm 908173 / Item 2. See also Holtzclaw, 37-38. Holtzclaw writes that 11 John, 12 Israel, and 13 Edward Roberson were "grandsons of Matthew Marks of Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George Co." John Ewen received land for "...the Importation of Seven persons to dwell within...[the] Colony of Virginia whose names are Matthew Markes, Mary Markes, Edw. Markes, John Markes, Israel Markes, Sarah Markes, and Wm. Townsin...," and the Marks will establishes that Mathew Marks' daugher, Mary, married a man named Davenport. Although the Ewen patent does not state the relationships between the people he had imported, the assumption -- based in part on Pole Stuart's transcriptions of the Folkestone, Kent, England parish registers -- is that the six members of the Marks family are the Mathew Markes and Mary Somes, who were married in Folkestone, Kent, on 09 Sep 1669, and four of their children, including Edward and John Marks who were christened in Folkestone, Kent on 09 Aug 1673 and 03 Sep 1676 respectively. If this is the case, the daughter who married George Davenport was born in Virginia before or after 22 Jun 1691 when Mathew Marks was summoned to court in Charles City County for not attending church. However, the more likely scenario is that Mary Somes died before the family arrived in the Colonies and that the people named in the Ewen patent are Mathew Marks and his five children -- who were all born in Folkestone, Kent, England -- in which case Sarah Marks would have been the only of his daughters who could have married 1 Nicholas Robertson.
  6. The evidence for 11 John, 12 Israel, and 13 Edward Roberson's connection to 1 Nicholas Robertson is circumstantial, and it is based on the references I have cited here. The connection is tentative. One might add, however, that the Marks will names John, Israel, and Edward Marks as Mathew Marks' sons and that they appear to have been the namesakes of 11 John, 12 Israel, and 13 Edward Roberson.

ADDITIONAL SOURCE DOCUMENT for 1 NICHOLAS ROBERTSON follows:

Charles City County, Virginia, Order Book, 1687-1695, 109. 24 Jan 1687? [pages 101-102 missing] Nich Robinson's ear mark is a crop and two half crops on each ear. Source: Benjamin B Weisiger III, compiler, Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders 1687-1695: With a Fragment of a Court Order Book for the Year 1680 (Richmond, Virginia: Weisiger, 1980).

Prince George County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, 228. 12 May 1718. NICHOLAS ROBERTSON of Bristol Parish, Prince George Co., to George Truman of same, 100A in Bristol Parish next to Monksneck Creek, being part of a tract granted to Roger Truman, and was by above named George, son of Roger, sold to Thomas Parram, dec'd, and by Parram in his will given to the said Robertson; witnesses: John Poythress, John Robyson, George Davenport, John Scoggins.

Prince George County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, 501. 10 June 1718. JANE ROBYSON, wife of NICHOLAS ROBYSON, relinquishes her dower right to George Tillman in land conveyed to Tillman by her husband.

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