Readers of this forum may wish to look at the recent exchange of posts between me and Glenda Hartmann on the Condrey surname forum. In two posts on March 6, 2001, Glenda has shared with us some Lancaster Co., VA recordsthat may identify Dennis Condry, b. ca. 1680, d. bef. 10 Dec 1736, and wife Alcy Cundiff as the earliest known progenitors of the Condry family in Virginia. Their known children, from these records, are John, Dennis (d. bef. 14 Apr 1731), Richard, Michael, Elizabeth, and Alice. Son John is apparently the father of the five children listed in the birth records of St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, VA, adjacent to Lancaster Co.. Those children are Sarah (b. 18 Apr 1729), Else (b. 24 Nov 1731), twins John and Catherine (b. 16 Jun 1735), and William (b. 16 Feb 1737/38).
This group of estate records (Dennis Sr, Dennis Jr, Richard Cundiff Sr, Richard Cundiff Jr), which Glenda has generously shared, may finally provide the clue we have sought that links the Virginia family with the various branches that migrated to Tennessee and North Carolina.
William son of John, thus grandson of Dennis Sr., is apparently the William identified as the husband of Mary Blankenship of the Chesterfield County, VA family, and identified in some places as the father of James of KY and TN, from whom a long line descends. Dennis's son Richard may or may not be the Richard who is said to have married Dorcas Cox; I am reserving my opinion until I have seen something definite on that marriage record, including date and place.
I invite all interested researchers to read those posts and comment on the plausibility of the inferences we have made. I am especially interested in evidence that may strengthen the identification of William son of John with William husband of Mary Blankenship, evidence that William is the father of James, and evidence that Richard son of Dennis may be identified with Richard in 1746 Prince William Co, VA and later in Pittsylvania Co, VA. I am inclined now to conclude that Richard son of Dennis is also the Richard who appears frequently in early land records in East Tennessee with William the Indian Spy and William's brother Dennis of the Donelson Party, and that Richard is their father. Evidence and discussion for and against this tentative conclusion are warmly invited.