The MELTON Family of Athens (Jeremiah) is related to the William Alexander MELTON, Sr. (1761-1836) of Walton County, GA back in VA.WAM married Lucy Daniel ALLEN (1762-1815), daughter of Robert ALLEN III RS-VA (1736-before 1801) and Elizabeth WEST (about 1740-1808) of Richmond County, GA.WAM came down through the Robert -> Nathaniel MELTON line while Jeremiah MELTON of Athens came down through Robert's brother, Jonathan MELTON but it is the same general family.
I know all about William DANIELL of Bogart, Oconee County, GA (1743-1840) and his two marriages to the HOWE and MELTON gals.I have several questions on this individual that have never been reconcilled to my complete satisfaction.One, I find it rather difficult to believe William DANIELL, Sr. lived to age 97 when all of his siblings and father died well before their 60th birthdays. Things like this in families does not usually happen, at least in any family I have ever looked at.Sometimes you will occasionally see a spinster daughter who lives well past the life spans of her parents, but seldom a son.Which makes me belive that William DANIEL, Sr. was not born in 1743.His first wife, Rachel G. HOWE, was born in 1761 which makes me think he may have been born latter than is generally accepted.
I also wonder about the Robert POTTER boy mentioned in his father, John's will.The will states he was the son of a Miles POTTER.My GGM was Anne Eliza POTTER (1808-1863) and I am sure they had family on the mainland.I do have a reference that Sir. Arthur was the brother of Bishop POTTER.I also know that Anne Eliza and her husband, Charles W. RICHTER, Sr. migrated to the US in 1838 on board a British man-of-war and that their oldest daughter, Anna Maria RICHTER (1836-1926) was christened by the chaplain on the boat and he would later become the chaplain to Queen Victoria.This is from the history of the Mustin Family and recorded in the 55th Wedding anniversary in 1910 of Anne Marie RICHTER and Milton Anthony MUSTIN, Esq. (1834-1924), as published in the Madison, GA "Madisonian."
I also know the Jeremiah MELTON family was tied into the NELSON Family of Morgan County, GA in the time frames we are discussing.I also know the DANIELL family (Elizabeth DANIELL married Benjamin DAVIS RS-VA) was tied into the DAVIS family and COCK family in Jefferson County, GA. Elizabeth was a daughter of William, Sr. A COCKE, COX is also a name I look at as a possible antecendent of my bunch.One of the RICHTER boys, Professor Charles W. RICHTER, Jr. (1838-1907) taught at Cox College in Atlanta, GA in the late 1800's.
I also know that one of the DANIELL boys from Emanuel County, GA was named James Nixon DANIEL and while he was an ancestor of Lucy Gray, she and I both think out two DANIEL families were related.Remember, James DANIELL, son of William, Sr and Rachel HOWE, married Sarah NIXON.
I also there are two DANIELL boys down in Emanuel County, GA (a William and John R. DANIELL) who are in the same type of business as many of my DANIEL bunch.I know that William died in 1831 and John, later.One of them had a son named Halbleton DANIELL.All of this is mentined in the records of Emanuel County, GA and my DANIEL bunch lived just across the line in Jefferson.In fact, the first daughter of Robert W. DANIEL and his second wife, a Julia or Rachel, was born in Emanuel County, GA.I believe she was either a FLOURNOY or FLANDERS but the marriage records in Richmond County, GA say FLORENCE but since she stated in 1850 she was born in Emanuel County, GA I know this FLORENCE was not possible because there were no FLORENCES in Emanuel County, GA in that time frame.I think she was either a daughter of Robert Watkins FLOURNOY, Sr. or one of the FLANDERS girls and I could easily see how the reconstruction of these Richmond County, GA records later listed her as FLORENCE.
The problem is there is so much bad genealogical information out there,My guess is 50% of the published stuff is flat wrong.This makes it difficult to change assignments at this late date because if incorrect stuff is repeated long enough, it usually becomes something generally accepted as the truth.I think that is part of the problem, here.
I think it may take DNA to straighten out all of this and this may open a Pandora's Box because it may go against much of the published information for both the DANIEL and DANIELL families.
Until this DNA information is generally available, I will continue to look at my known collaterals and see where they lead.
Did I also tell you that two of my DANIEL girls married an ERWIN and a WISE?In case you are not familiar with the ERWIN family, Sarah DANIELL, William and Rachel's oldest daughter, married MAJ James ERWIN of Midway Plantation, Allendale County, SC.