Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Anne {Unproven} Youell

Female 1654 - Abt 1725  (71 years)


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  • Name Anne {Unproven} Youell 
    Born 1654  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Abt 1725  North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I025548  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2019 

    Father Thomas Youell,   b. 1615, Wilbrasome Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1654/55, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Anne Sturman,   b. Abt 1624, Haddenham Parish, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1671, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married Abt 1642  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15059  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Luke Thornton,   b. 1642, Westminister, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1725/26, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1675  North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Luke Thornton,   b. 1676, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1716, Richmond County, Virginia - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     2. John Thornton,   b. 1678, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Matthew Thornton,   b. 1682, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1727, Sittenbourne Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     4. Elizabeth Thornton,   b. Abt 1684, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1762, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     5. Mark Thornton,   b. 23 Sep 1686, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1721/22, Richmond County, Virginia - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     6. Anne Thornton,   b. 23 Sep 1686, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1725, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years)
     7. Thomas Thornton,   b. 5 Apr 1688, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1729, Sittenbourne Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F15571  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Duane Boggs: I am "tendering" a theory that Ann was Ann Youell, b. ca. 1645 on Kent Island, Maryland to Thomas and Ann (Sturman) Youell. She was the granddaughter of Thomas and Ann (possibly Porter??) Sturman. She married Luke Thornton in about 1672 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

      For evidence supporting this theory, see the messages posted on the Thornton Genforum, at http://genforum.genealogy.com/thornton/messages/7830.html.

      A Luke Thornton left a Will in Richmond County, Vriginia in 1725/6. Because he likely had a son Luke (who would thus be "junior"), the father is sometimes referred to as Luke "senior". There is information about him in John Bennett Boddie's "Southern Families". There it states that, within a year or two before his death, Luke had deeded some property, and his wife at the time of the deeds was named Ann. The issue here is, what was Ann's maiden name. I would like to propose as a THEORY that she was born Ann Youell (a/k/a Yowell, Youill, Yuille and Ewell), circa 1651 in Westmoreland County, to Thomas and Ann (Sturman) Youell. Why? Clues.

      Clue 1: A Youell Boston lived in Orange County, Virginia in and prior to 1786 (see Orange Road Orders). He is widely believed to have been the son of Robert and Margaret (Thornton) Boston, who were married in Richmond County, Virginia in September 1727. (See North Farnham Parish Register)

      Clue 2: Margaret Thornton was likely born between 1705 and 1710, and given her name and location, there is a strong possibility (even probability?) that she was the daughter of Luke and Margaret (James??) Thornton of Richmond County.

      Clue 3: This Margaret Thornton would have known her paternal grandmother, Ann (Youell??) Thornton personally, because Margaret was born before 1710 and her grandmother did not die until 1724 or so. There is a very real possibility that Margaret Thornton would have learned the maiden name of this grandmother. (Not to be a "sexist" but I believe there is a form of "female lore" concerning family history, and women pay particular attention to their maternal lines, and the maiden names of their mothers and grandmothers.)

      Clue 4: Luke and Ann (Youell??) Thornton had several children besides Luke "junior". These included a son Thomas and a daughter Ann.

      Clue 5: In those more tradition-bound times, couples often (altho not always) named children for the grandparents.

      Clue 6: According to Boddie (and I quote), "Luke Thornton first appears in the records of Westmoreland Co., Va. Sept. 26, 1677 (O. Bk. 1675/6-1688/9, p. 341). However, he moved very soon thereafter to old Rappahannock (later Richmond) Co., where he was deeded land successively in 1679, 1681, and 1685 (Rappahannock D. & W. 1677-82, pp. 255 and 310; 1680-88, p. 169). He and his son, Luke Thornton, Jr., were deeded additional land in Westmoreland Co. May 29, 1700 by Randolph Kirk (Westmoreland O. B. 1698-1705, p. 81a)."

      Clue 7: In Westmoreland County had lived Thomas and Ann (Sturman) Youell. This couple had a daughter named Ann, born before 1754. She received a bequest in the Will of her maternal grandmother, Ann Sturman, in 1654. She also received a bequest in the Will of her own mother, Ann (Sturman) (Youell) Hull in 1670. Nothing is ever "easy" however, and there is some confusion about this 1670 Will. Someone has transcribed the name of Ann and her sister Winefred as "Hull", but they were plainly born Youell, as established in the 1654 Will of their grandmother. Alternatively, the county clerk, in copying the Will into the county record books, might have introduced error and called these girls "Hull" (like their mother) out of a misunderstanding or inattention to the task at hand.

      Clue 8: In the 1670 Will of Ann (Sturnam) (Youell) Hull, she specifcally noted that her daughter Ann was still single at that time.

      Clue 9: Luke Thornton, who was in Westmoreland County by 1677, and likely had married an Ann about 1673, and then named two of his children Thomas and Ann, could quite possibly have married Ann Youell.

      Clue 10: I have searched the Latter Day Saints site (www.familysearch.org) and lots of trees posted on World Connect (www.rootsweb.com), and looked at as much information as I have so far been able to find on this Youell family, and I have not found anyone claiming to have identified the husband of this Ann Youell.

      Clue 11: The last known child of Luke and Ann (Youell??) Thornton was Thomas, born April 05, 1688 (per North Farnham Parish Register). IF he was Ann's last child, then she was likely born somewhere between 1648 and 1651.

      Clue 12: Source: Westmoreland County, Virginia, Court Order Book, 1698-1705, Part 4, pages 28-29 (citing Page 225a).
      30 March 1704. Luke Thornton was attached to answer at November Court last John Sturman Gent. in a plea of trespass on the case and the plaintiff by Danll. McCarty his attorney declared against him for spitefully and maliciously shooting and killing a gray mare the proper goods and chattle of John Sturman of the value of £10 sterling to the damage of the plaintiff £30 sterling. The defendant by Samll. Godden his attorney pleaded in abatement that the action was improperly brought for that an action of trespass only and not an action of trespass on the case lay for the matter in controversy and of that prayed judgment. The plaintiff by his attorney replyed that the plea in abatement was not sufficient in the law to abate the plaintiff's action. The Court overrule the defendant's plea. Whereupon the defendant by his attorney pleaded not guilty in manner and form. The Sheriff returned twelve, Thomas Marson, Thomas Newton, Hump. Pope, John Steel, Jno. Hartley, Nathll. Pope junr., John Spencer, Thomas Tanner, Danll. Field, Wm. Davies, Henry Duncan, Thomas Arrington: Wee the jurors find for the plaintiff that the defendant is guilty of the fact and hath damnified the plaintiff 800 pounds of tobacco.

      This John Sturman had been born about 1650, and as an orphaned adolescent, had lived with his aunt (i.e., his late father's younger sister). This aunt had been born Ann Sturman, had married first, Thomas Youell, and then, as a widow, married Augustine Hull. Thus, this John Sturman's first cousin was Ann Youell, who I am proposing as the wife of Luke Thornton.

      While it might seem odd for John Sturman to sue Luke Thornton, husband of his first cousin, Ann (Youell) Thornton, please note that there is another record where John Sturman sued his first cousin, Thomas Youell Jr. (older brother of Ann (Youell) Thornton). Therefore, John Sturman was NOT averse to litigation against relatives.

      Clue 13: additional circumstantial evidence that Luke Thornton married Ann Youell.
      Source: Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 7, at p. 168.
      On April 4, 1685 Luke Thornton (Sr.) purchased approximately 75 acres on the East side of Rappahannock Creek (modern times this is called Cat Point Creek), adjoining land belonging to John Paxton, from John Stewart. This John Stewart was born about 1664 and married Elizabeth Sturman. John Stewart's brother William married Mary Hardwick. Hardwicks and Sturmans were related to Ann Youell

      Clue 14: Redman Connection:
      A. Thomas Youell Sr. sold land to John Redman (Sr.) in 1655 in Westmoreland County, VA and they had other social intercourse (see depostion about John Redman on Abraham Johnson's boat with Thomas Youell and a Sturman).

      B. In 1685, Thomas Youell Jr. was the guardian for John Redman, Jr., orphan of the late John Redman, Sr.

      C. In 1718, Solomon Redman, son of John Redman, Jr (above) was co-security with Evan Thomas for the widow Margaret Thornton, so that she could be appointed administratrix of the intestate estate of her late husband, Luke Thornton, Jr.

      Solomon's role as security makes sense if Luke Thornton Jr. was the nephew of Thomas Youell, Jr. Without this connection, there is little if any explanation for why Solomon Redman would put himself out there for the Thorntons.

      Does anyone have a better explanation for the connection of Solomon Redman to Luke and Margaret Thornton?

      For a discussion of the Redman family, see "Southern Families" by Boddie

      Clue 15: I am trying to develop some additional circumstantial evidence to support my THEORY that Luke Thornton (Sr.) married Ann Youell. The following, if it pans out, is a potential connection between Youell and Thornton. It is based on the fact that Thomas Youell (son of Thomas and Ann (Sturman) Youell, and so brother of Ann (Youell) Thornton), was the executor for a Joseph Beale in or before 1689 in Westmoreland County. Then, in 1705, Luke Thornton bought land from a Joseph Beale who I believe was the son of the deceased Joseph Beale. Call it the "Beale Connection" for now. Here is the possible evidence, but I need help with these two men named Joseph Beale, possibly father and son, and their possible relationship to Thomas Beale. Here is what I think I already know.

      A. Source: The Willis Family of the Northern Neck in Virginia, 1669-1737 By Peggy Frances Rush
      . . . . .the next session of Court) Joseph Beale confessed judgment to John Crabb, ...
      [My inferences. Because John Crabb died in 1691, this event was before that date. Therefore, this Joseph Beale was born in/before 1670.]

      C. Source: Genealogical Notes and Queries, by John Bailey Calvert Nicklin, in The William and Mary Quarterly
      Second Series, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Oct., 1943), pp. 525-532
      The will of Joseph Beale was proved by the oaths of Isaac Davis and John. Sparkes Admn. to Major Thomas Youell.
      [My inferences. Based on item 3, below, and the fact that Thomas Youell died in 1695, this Joseph Beale had died before 1689. Because he left a Will and was surely an adult (over 21), he was born in/before 1668.]

      D. Source: http://www.deyoungmatson.com/Halley/Pages/halley%20page%200%20cont.htm
      Westmoreland County, Virginia Order Book 1675/6 - 1688/9 Part Six 1687-1688/9
      Thoms Youell executor of Joseph Beale vs. Henry Hawley and George Browne. Henry Hawley and George Browne acknowledged judgment for 710 pounds of tobacco for goods bought at an outcry of Joseph Beale's.
      [My inferences. Because this item appears in “Part Six”, covering dates of 1687 to 1689, I assume this litigation was initiated and/or ongoing during that period of time, meaning that this Joseph Beale had died before that date. An "outcry" was a public auction, with sale to the highest bidder, and I think this was an estate sale following the death of Joseph Beale. Also, the co-defendant George Browne was likely the man married to Frances Rowland, and whose son Thomas would soon marry Elizabeth Thornton, daughter of Luke Sr.]

      E. Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~adgedge/Research/Metcalf e,%20John/2006/Messages/Tracy%20Hancock/Metcalfes%20of%20VA%201700.htm
      Metcalfes Of Virginia, USA 1700-1800, compiled by Tracy Hancock and Alice Gedge (2006)
      5 Oct 1699. Peter Averline confessed judgment to Joseph Beale for nine hundred pounds of good tobo: in cask. (Richmond Co., VA Orders, 1697-1699, The Antient Press, 1991, p. 118.)
      [My inferences. This Joseph Beale was presumably still alive in 1699, and likely an adult, if he had come into court and sued Averline, so likely over 21, so born in/before 1678.]

      F. Source: "Southern Families" by Boddie
      Luke Thornton was deeded land in Richmond Co. by Joseph Beale Feb. 13, 1704/5 (D. B. 3, p.177).
      [My inferences. This Joseph Beale was still alive in February 1705, and surely an adult (over 21) so born in/before 1684. He could be, and most probably is, the same as the Joseph Beale who had sued Averline in/before 1699 (and so born in or before 1678).]

      Was the Joseph Beale of the 1699 and 1705 records (items 4 and 5 above) the son of the older Joseph Beale, who had died before 1689 (items 1, 2 and 3 above)?

      If the Joseph Beale born in/before 1678 was indeed the son of the Joseph Beale who had died by 1689 (as an adult, born in/before 1668), then the older Joseph Beale was born in/before 1658. Was he the son of Thomas Beale?

      There was a Thomas Beale (ca. 1619 to ca. 1688) who had patented land in Westmoreland County in 1662, and who was known to have a son Thomas Jr., and probably daughters Ruth and Elizabeth. Did he also have a son named Joseph, born sometime between about 1642 and 1658?

      G. fellow Thornton researcher has been kind enough to share with me the following information, which establishes that the Joseph Neale who sold land to Thornton was indeed the son of the older Joseph Neale, who had named Thomas Youell as executor in his Will. The evidence comes from the following record.

      On January 22, 1712, in Westmoreland County court. Joseph Beale acknowledged his sale to John Erwin of 128 acres in Cople Parish Westmoreland Co. part of a tract….sold to Joseph Beale who by his Last Will and Testament had left this land to his son Joseph Beale as by several conveyances on record in Richmond County. This land adjoined land belonging to Thomas Browning, George Brown, and for the remaining part of the 200 acres which now [i.e., 1712] is in possession of Luke Thornton Jr. on or near the branches of Panticoe Run and near the border between Westmoreland and Richmond counties.

      Therefore, the Youell to Beale and Beale to Thornton connections are some circumstantial evidence of a possible relationship (i.e., marriage of Luke Thornton, Sr. to Ann Youell).

      Clue 16: Elizabeth Thornton, daughter of Luke and Ann, married as her first husband (before Nathaniel Nash) one Thomas Brown. This Thomas Brown was the son of George and Frances (Rowland) Brown. Thomas Brown's sister, Elizabeth Brown, married William Hardwick, son of James and Ann (Armsby) Hardwick. James Hardwick was the cousin of the Thomas Foster whose estate appraisal involved Luke Thornton (see previous post) and was nephew of the William Hardwick who married Elizabeth Sturman.

      Thus, Luke's and Ann's daughter Elizabeth married a man who was related to the Sturmans (and thus Youells).

      Clue 17: Source: "Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds, Patents, 1665-1667", at p. 119a: Luke Thornton witnessed the inventory of the estate of decedent Thomas Foster on March 21, 1671/72.

      Thomas Foster was, more likely than not, the son of George Foster and his wife, Alice Hardwick (Thomas Foster left his entire estate to his "cozen" William "Hardichs". I believe this would be the young boy William, son of James and Ann (Armsby) Hardwick (because James Hardwick was Thomas Foster's first cousin, with whom he had had some dealings in land, and so young William would have been Thomas Foster's first cousin once removed). Thomas's mother, Alice (Hardwick_ Foster, was the sister of William Hardwick, who had married Elizabeth Sturman and had lived in Maryland, close to the Youells before moving to Westmoreland County. This Elizabeth Sturman was the sister of Ann (Sturman) Youell and the aunt of Ann Youell (b. ca. 1645).

      This shows that Luke Thornton had geographic proximity and probably social intercourse with people who were related to Ann Youell, and he was there in time to court and marry her sometime between 1671-1674.




      Conclusion. Through geographic proximity, proper timing, and naming clues, there is some substantial circumstantial evidence that Ann, the wife of Luke Thornton, Sr., might have been born a Youell.

      If anyone has information that would support OR discredit this theory, please post here and/or contact me directly at duaenaboggs@live.com.

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