Elizabeth Thomas (c.1720 - 1795) MP

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Birthplace: Wicomico Parish, Northumberland Co, VA
Death: Died in 1795 ruling: her estate to be divided three ways: Isaac, Moses' widow and Millar
Managed by: Pam Wilson
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About Elizabeth Thomas

From the research notes of Pam Wilson (wilsonpam@mindspring.com):

It appears that a daughter of RICHARD THOMAS of Northumberland Co, VA named ELIZABETH married an ALDRIDGE.

The will of RICHARD THOMAS of Great Wicicimoco Parish dated 7 Sept 1741 (proved 9 Sept 1741) names son William Thomas, daughter Ann Sampson, daughter ELIZABETH ALDRIDGE, son Richard Thomas, Robert Thomas, daus Hannah and Mary, and naming brothers WILLIAM THOMAS and Henry TAPSCOTT as executors, wit: Dennis Conway and Moses Thomas.

[NOTE: "Moses" was apparently a THOMAS family name. Elizabeth's son Moses is the first time we see this name in the ALDRIDGE/ARLEDGE family]

The will of her brother or uncle William Thomas indicates other ties with the ARLEDGE family as well as the FALLIN family (the family of John's mother Alice):

Northumberland County Record Book 1766-1770: Will of WILLIAM THOMAS of Wicocomoco Parish, dated 3 Nov 1766 (proved 9 Feb 1767) names his wife, Dennis Conway, grandson John Conway (after death of Dennis Conway and his wife;, grandson Thomas Conway to receive land he now lives on purchased from William Linkhorn; grandson Edwin Conway to receive land I purchased from CLEMENT ARLIDGE; other estate to be divided between grandchildren George Conway, Judith Conway, Edwin Conway, Mary Anne Harris, Thomas Conway, Dennis Conway and Chloe Conway. Named Wife, John Harris and grandson Thomas Conway as executors. Wit: EALSE CONWAY, CHAS. FALLIN and WILLIAM FALLIN JR. Presented in court by MARY THOMAS, Executor.

Could this Elizabeth be the wife of John, son of William of Northumberland? It is most likely, especially given the Moses name in the Thomas family, and the connection with the Fallins (William's first wife's --and John's mother's--family). The only other possibility, which is more remote, is that Elizabeth was married to John's brother William.

Elizabeth remarried Matthias Fellows after her Aldridge/Arledge husband's death.

Elizabeth Arledge received a royal grant of 100 acres on Dutchman's Creek in Craven County beside William Arledge on 12 Dec 1766; on 6 Oct 1767 this was certified for Mathias Fellewis. If she were married to William, why would she have received a grant in her own name next to his? It is more likely that she was his widowed sister-in-law, widow of John.

In the 1790 census she was living with Matthias Fellows adjacent to Moses in Camden District of Fairfield Co, SC (one male over 16, one female over 16 and two slaves).

Arledge, Moses State : SC County : Fairfield Dist. (Camden Dist) Year : 1790

Page # : 022 Age ranges in household : 01-00-00-00-00

Fellows, Matthias State : SC County : Fairfield Dist. (Camden Dist) Year : 1790

Page # : Age ranges in household : 01-00-01-00-02

In 6 June 1794, Elizabeth [Arledge] Felloes [Fellows], widow, sold to William Arledge, Sr the 100 acres granted to Mathias Fellows 22 Nov 1771 on Taylor's Creek and an additional 147 acre tract granted to Matthias Fellows 4 Apr 1794 for 50 pounds sterling (total 247 acres). Wit; John Yarborough, Asa Bell, Ann Bell [Fairfield Co. Deed Book K, 38-40]

Who was this William? The elder William in Fairfield had died in 1784. Was this his son? Or his brother Isaac's son William (who was still a young man, being a minor in his father's 1790 will)? I think since the Bells witnessed it this was clearly her (Elizabeth's) son William, and Ann was his daughter.

See notes under Moses' wife Susannah ARLEDGE for the extended court case in which Elizabeth was a central figure.

Note: If John Arledge of Edgefield County and William Arledge of Kershaw County were also children of John and Elizabeth, why were they not named to receive a share of the Arledge inheritance at the death of Elizabeth? Could they have been John's children by a first marriage, perhaps?

1800 York Co, SC census: Could this be the same Elizabeth FELLOWS?

F420 FALLOWS Elizabeth M-32 962 00100-00001-00

There is no name remotely resembling this family name either in 1790 or in 1810. If so, why would she have been in York County??

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Elizabeth Thomas's Timeline

1720
1720
Wicomico Parish, Northumberland Co, VA
1740
1740
Age 20
lived on Dutchman's Creek, Camden Dist/Fairfield Co, SC; 1792 tax list in Fairfield; 1800 Fairfield 00100 22000 00; 1810 Kershaw 00001/10001/2 slaves
1745
1745
Age 25
??? [HOH in 1790 SC census--Fairfield]
1745
Age 25
children: Dau and 5 sons by 1800
1749
1749
Age 29
[LDS-AF says 1749][HOH in 1787/1790-1820 SC census--Edgefield/96 Dist]
1790
1790
Age 70
Fairfield Co, Camden Dist, SC with husband Matthias Fellows as HOH and 2 slaves
1795
1795
Age 75
1795 ruling: her estate to be divided three ways: Isaac, Moses' widow and Millar
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probably SC; HOH in Fairfield Co. 1790 census & 1792 tax list
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Northumberland Co, VA
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