MORE SEXTON ASSUMPTIONS AND RAMBLE
Teresa Martin Klaiber
My last post concerned John and Rebecca McDannald Sexton so would like to “think out loud” a bit more about what I do and don’t know at the date of this ramble.
First and fore-most let me explain that many working Sexton/Saxton families have more than one line, as does my family. Over the years people have grabbed at manuscript material without following documentation – repeating mistake after mistake. It is easy to do and I certainly don’t blame anyone. Guilty as charged when trying to piece together what is fact & assumption. I write so others can take pieces and continue my train of thought – or not.
The double lines I work on for my family are Marcus Sexton,son of Elisha Sexton who married Catherine Sexton, daughter of Bartlett Sexton.
Bartlett Sexton is the son of Charles, son of John of Lunenburg County, Virginia, which is on the southern border of Virginia. The families migrate westward to Grayson County, Virginia.
Elisha appears to be the son of Jonathan who states he was born in Loudoun County, Virginia. Loudoun County is in the northern neck of Virginia on the Maryland border.
Jonathan was in the Carolina’s during the Revolution went back north, married Rebecca in Loudoun, migrated to Bath/Greenbrier then on to Floyd County before finally being in Lawrence County, KY near Bells Trace.
This is what I know about Jonathan. After his residence in Winnsboro, Fairfield, South Carolina (W26432 BLW 28630-160-55) he appears on the 1783 list of John Gibson in Fairfax County, Virginia (Loudoun was formed in 1757 from Fairfax and is on the Maryland border).
John married Rebecca McDannald 23 August 1790 in Botetourt. He is 32 and already has several children. Many researchers have slaughtered Rebecca’s maiden name construing it with McDonald. Between 1797 and 1798 John/Jonathan Sexton/Saxton and Rebecca have William Saxton (born 4 Mar 1797) and Elizabeth (both migrated to Ohio just north of where Jonathan dies in KY).
John appears on the Greenbrier County, Virginia tax list through 1805 along with an older William Sexton having several more children (William Saxton migrates to Cabell County, now West Virginia and settles having married Elizabeth Black).
Both John and William live on what is called the Sexton Place next to the Sitlington estate and the McDannald's have adjoinging lands. Rebecca’s sister Elizabeth McDannald married Andrew Sitlington. By 1809 William Saxton (wife Elizabeth Black) is in Cabell County. By 1814 John is in Floyd County, KY across the Sandy from western Virginia. By 1818 William son of John marries in Gallia County, Ohio. Rebecca is still living in Bath County, Virginia and when sister Elizabeth McDannald Sitlington dies leaves Rebecca money stating none is to go to John Sexton. John remarries in Floyd County in 1822 (further research for a Bath county divorce or death of Rebecca).
All of these northern neck Sexton/Saxton’s end up in what is known as the tri-state area – where KY, WV and OH come together with the Ohio and Big Sandy River.
Elisha Sexton was born about 1774 and census indicates he was born in North Carolina. He has been placed as the son of John/Jonathan based on a written statement of a descendant now on file in the James Taylor Collection at the Kegley Library. DNA of my family strongly supports Elisha’s relationship of ½ brother to issues of John and Rebecca McDannald which include John 1795-1860, William, Elizabeth, Joseph L. and possibly Isaiah.
Both Isaiah and Elisha are the muddy water. How did they tumble into the migration pattern of Bartlett’s family which appears to differ? That is Muddy Water Puzzle #1.
I am going to switch gears to what researchers now are calling the Willis research. Bartlett Sexton son of Charles, grandson of John of Luenberg Parish.
Charles is in a court case in 1768 in Charlotte County. sells his father’s land originally in Lunenberg in Charlotte County 1772. Charlotte was created from Lunenberg County.
This is where the water gets muddy again. Puzzle #2: “A” Charles and William (both sons of John of Lunenberg?) appear on tax lists for Botatourt Parish, Fincastle County 1769 to 1773. Fincastle was created in 1772 from Botatourt County and abolished in 1776.
Without rehash Charles ends up in Grayson County – that western migration from Lunenburg and William of Grayson in Whitley along with others. Charles, William and John all serve in the 14th during the Revolution. I also believe that Timothy is related to the Lunenburg John and probably a brother to Charles and the others, because of DNA established in my family lines.
Willis researchers place Benjamin Sexton of Bath County, KY as Benjamin son of John of Lunenburg. I am questioning this assumption. DAR and early researchers place Benjamin of Bath county as being born in Maryland. (Remember that northern neck research!).
Researchers seem to totally ignore Daniel Sexton born in New Jersey that appears in Lewis County, KY. No one has tackled who Matthew, Joseph, Daniel and John are in Loudoun who are bounded out in the late 1770's. And then we are haunted with the Charles and Nathaniel that do appear in Loudoun and are linked to what I simply call the Sexton New England manuscripts.
There is a Benjamin in Grayson County, Virginia that marries 1806 to Nancy Taylor and has 5 children. Researchers have placed that Benjamin in various family groups. Documents show he dies in 1816. If I was to use assumption I would place Benjamin of Bath county as contemporary with Jonathan who dies in Lawrence County, Kentucky. That the Benjamin who married Nancy Taylor in Grayson was an older man and possibly the son of Lunenburg John. Further research is certainly needed.
How are and when do the migrations of the Northern Neck Virginia + Maryland families connect with the Lunenburg Virginia , TN and Carolina Sexton/Saxton’s?
I can add to the two Sexton/Saxton lines of hubby and children to the Harlan family which is my maternal lines. George Sexton born in Frederick County, Maryland just over that northern neck line married Sarah Harlan. It is a far stretch but Sarah Harlan Sexton is my 1 cousin 8 times removed.
I am open to conversations and documentation concerning any of these lines. I also want to thank so many fellow Sexton researchers including Dianne Peterson who was a gatherer of material so many years ago, to Jim in Portsmouth and Cathy in Colorado, Pat and Michael, Willis for rocking the boat, and so many of you that are trying to get the placement correct. DNA tells us what we already knew – blood is thicker than water.
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