William Armistead (son of Anthony, son of William, son of Anthony) was high sheriff in Elizabeth City county in 1695, burgess in 1693, 1702 and major in the militia. He married several times, viz: before Nov 20, 1696, Hannah, b July 1, 1673 (New Pocoson Reg.) dau of Thomas Hind or Hines, and Hannah, his wife...In 1696, Hannah, "wyff of William Armistead," made a power of attorney to her father-in-law, Anthony Armistead.
Major Armistead married lastly, Rebecca Moss, dau of Edward Moss of York county, whose will was proved in York county in 1716...Major Armistead's will, dated Jan 5, 1714-15, proved Feb 15, 1715-16, shows that he had issue: Anthony, William, John, Hind, Robert, Moss, d.s.p.; his will dated and proved in 1736, leaves to brother Robert "the land whereon I now live," legacies to nephew, William Armistead, son of Robert Armistead, nephew James Armistead and niece Mary Armistead, dau of Robert Armistead...Brother Robert Armistead, executor...
(the other children of Maj William were Edward; "Infant my wife now bears"--Hannah (as shown by other records) named in her grandmother Hannah Armistead's will.)All the above is from W&M VI,288 (a lengthy lineage of the Armistead family.
I am convinced that Virginia Garber, in her incredible book, was mistaken on one major point. I strongly believe that William's children by Hannah Hind were: Anthony, William, John, and her last child was Hind. (Frequently the last child of a woman
was named after the mother or given her family name.)
But the strongest evidence is the will of William's son Moss(above). The devotion shown in his will toward his brother Robert, the fact that he left him essentially his entire estate, and the rest to Robert's children, and made Robert his executor must lead one to the conclusion that they were whole brothers, not half-brothers. I am absolutely convinced that Robert, Moss, Edward and Hannah were the children of Major William Armistead and his second wife, Rebecca Moss.
I descend from Robert, and after much research, there is no doubt in my mind that Robert was the dau of Rebecca Moss, and that this is the true lineage of Major William Armistead and his two wives.
Also, Robert's wife was Anne Wallace. She was NOT born in Scotland. She was the dau of Rev. James Wallace (b. 1668 in Errol, Perthshire, Scotland and collateral descendant of Sir William Wallace) and Anne Sheppard (he was her third husband--they were m. in Virginia)dau of John Sheppard.
Rev. Wallace was one of the most interesting figures in colonial America. He served for 21 yrs as minister of St. John's Church, Hampton Parish (the first church, then called Kecoughtan, in Elizabeth City county VA.)and was extremely active politically(Many records).