Some time ago, I proposed that Margaret McWhorter, who married John Richey, probably c. 1790 in York Co., SC, was the same Margaret who, as the widow of John Richey of Livingston (later Caldwell) Co., KY, married Daniel Easley in Livingston Co., KY, in 1805. I now feel that I can state that this is the case, since I have found ample evidence that John Richey who appears in the 1790, 1800 and 1810 census records for York Co., SC is NOT John Richey who m. Margaret McWhorter.
It has been proposed by some that the Alexander Richey who appears in the York 1800 census is Margaret McWhorter Richey's son of that name. If true, this would preclude this Margaret from being Margaret of Livingston/Caldwell Cos., KY, and Sangamon Co., IL, whose son Alexander M. Richey was b. c. 1794, so still a child in 1800.
However, Alexander in the 1800 census cannot possibly be the son of John Richey and Margaret McWhorter.
The 1800 census listing for Alexander Richey shows him as 26-45 years of age. That would place him as born no later than c. 1774.
Aside from the fact that Margaret McWhorter was not yet married in 1790 (as shown by her mother's census listing) Margaret's mother, Mary Stewart McWhorter, petitioned the Chester Co., PA, orphan's for a guardian in 1763- Mary was still an unmarried minor in that year. Thus, we would have to conclude that if Margaret were this Alexander's mother, she could have been no more than 11 years old at the very oldest when he was born. In fact, Edson, in vol. vii no. 9 of the Stewart Clan magazine, states that Mary Stewart McWhorter was herself b. c. 1749, so she herself would have been only 25 at the very oldest when this Alexander was born.
By 1810, the John Richey and his wife who appear in the census records in York in that year, as well as in 1790 and 1800, were both over the age of 45- both born by 1765, at the very latest. This John Richey, was, in fact, married to a daughter of John Dennis, as shown by a deed recorded on pp. 249 and 250 of York Co., SC, deed book G. Alexander Richey- the one who appears in the census records- was a witness to this deed. He was probably this John Richey's son, as appears probable from both this deed and the 1790 York census.
John Richey who appears in the York Co. census may very well be a close relative of John who m. Margaret McWhorter, possibly the medium through which they met. There are Richeys in counties surrounding York, and I believe that John who m. Margaret was from one of these families.
Edson, in the issue of the Stewart Clan magazine mentioned above, proposed that James Stewart, the father of Mary Stewart, wife of Alexander McWhorter, was a son of John Stewart and Jemima Desmarest of New Castle Co., DE. In a later issue of the magazine, he backed away from that identification, because the will seems to have been probated before a key document was written for the benefit of the living James, son of John Stewart.
I have not yet gotten this probate file, but there seems to be some confusion in the dates recorded in the will book. Most of the wills are given only a date when written and a date when recorded. This will has three, which would normally be the first two dates plus the date when the will was written into the will book: February 26, 1752. February 7, 1753. April 15, 1752.
It would be easy to assume that the dates have been mixed up, and Edson may have assumed that the will was probated in Apr. 1752. However, the wills recorded before this one were all written late in 1752, and the one recorded immediately before James Stewart's will was written in Jan. 1753. Thus, the probate date for James's will may have been Feb. 1753, and the record date may have been miswritten. I'm hoping that documents in the file will clarify the matter.
James Stewart, the son of John Stewart, died as he was about to depart for Scotland in order to claim an inheritance. A sworn statement had been made by his uncle, James Christie, in late 1752, to aid him in claiming the inheritance. James Christie was the husband of James's, son of John's, maternal aunt, and had migrated from Scotland at the same time as John Stewart.
Certain things in this story fit James Stewart of Chester Co., PA, quite well. Although John Stewart is known to have lived in New Castle Co., DE, his father-in-law described him in his will as of Chester Co., PA. There would seem to be some reason for that- whether he lived there briefly and had a son (James) who remained there or for some other reason.
If my hunch is correct that the will of James Stewart of Chester Co. was probated in Feb. 1753, it would seem that James may have written his will well in advance because of the trip that he was planning.
Finally, James of Chester Co. described himself in his will as "gentleman". This was not a claim which was taken lightly; hopefully his will will reveal whether he was in fact a wealthy man or whether he was taking this title based on an expected inheritance.