July 26, 2005

Edward Garrett before Laurens, SC

This information was given to me by Forrest Mullins, a distant cousin who found it on genforum. Since it is public information, I suppose it is okay to post it here. He found that Edward Garrett who was the father of our Rhoda Garrett lived on the land that his father originally settled in VA. The land consisted of 1,150 acres that was sold to Thomas Middleton, Jr. on April 14, 1766. This sale is registered in Loudoun Co. VA Deed Book E., page 7. Anne Owsley, Garrett's brother, Thomas Owsley, married Mary Middleton. (We do not know whether there is a connection here.)

Edward's land was located, according to Enoch Triplett, age 66, who testified in 1813, between Pantherskin Run and the road to what is now Alexandria, VA. From the Loudoun Co. Deed Book we know it was on Goose Creek. Pantherskin Creek runs into Goose Creek. Triplett said that Edward Garrett (known to the locals as "Ned") lived south of Pantherskin, between it and the road to Alexandria, which is now US highway 50. If you look at the VA map and find Upperville and Middleburg, you will see that they are almost on the Loudoun/Fauquier borderline. The Garrett land was half-way between those two towns. Fauquire Co. was formed from Prince William County in 1759. Edward Garrett was born in Prince William County. It is possible that the Garretts never moved from the time that Edward Sr. Settled the place around 1730 until Edward "Ned" sold it in 1766. The counties changed and lines changed, but the family probably remained on the 1,150 acres.

Now another mystery is this. Was Edward Jr. married before he married Anne Owsley? According to the deposition of Jacob Hays who lived in Garrett's house in 1756-1757 (he remembers the year well because it was the year after Braddock's defeat--indeed, Braddock was defeated, and died, 1755). Hays says that Garrett had a wife. Edward and Anne did not get married until June 1759. Also, Elizabeth Robertson's deposition says that she knew Ned Garret very well, and that he had a wife who was the sister of her brother John Davis' wife. She was asked the question: Was Garrett married before you removed to Triplett's land? She answered "Yes". Elizabeth Robertson was born in 1730. She married when she was twenty-one or twenty-two (1751-1752) She moved to Triplett's place after her third child. Giving her five years to have three chldren puts the move to Triplett's about 1757 and she said that Edward Garrett was married BEFORE she moved on to Triplett's land. Here are two separate accounts that make it look like Edward Garrett was married by about 1757. Anne was only 14 when she and Edward married. It is highly unlikely he married her any earlier than June, 1759.

Could anyone shed any light on this?

Posted by JHSGran at July 26, 2005 07:29 PM