Your quest could be related to that of my family ... or maybe not.
My family's known ancestor Reuben George (there were, strangely enough, quite a number of men by that name in colonial days) also married in Greenbrier County, March 5, 1797.I've been to the courthouse and viewed the still-extant records (actually, a copy; the original is probably locked up somewhere) of those marriages.
By my notes, the record for your Thomas shows a marriage performed by minister John Alderson between Thomas George and "Caten" McCoy on 2-2-1791.(No question spelling, even of names, was not an exact science at that time!)There's also a marriage in 1785 between Debrough George and James Dunbar, performed by a preacher with last name James; and a marriage in 1788 between Richard George and Sarah Burr performed by Richard Swift; plus that you mentioned between Sarah George and John Gwinn in 1812 performed by Isaiah Osborne.My ancestor was incorrectly listed with the last name "Foster" by some error; and his marriage can only be found through the index by either knowing the error or looking it up under his wife's maiden name, Handley.(Her sister Grisey did marry a James Foster only two and a half weeks later, so that may explain the error about my ancestor's bad entry.There are records of his buying and selling some property in adjacent Monroe County showing his correct name around the same time.)
Um ... before I go on, there's also a record of Thomas George's will in 1842, giving wife's name Catharine, and stating they had nine daughters and two sons (Thomas Lewis and John).It's in the county's book 2, p. 152; and there's an inventory of some of the estate on pages 156-158 of that book also.
Now, back to our (possible) mutual interest ...
Many of my relatives have also been looking for "our" Reuben's parents for many, many years, without success.It could be a long shot, but perhaps the lack of records on parentage of two men with surname George marrying in the same county within 5 years might mean they were brothers?And maybe from an even bigger family, related to the man Richard and the woman Debrough, too?I am NOT suggesting this is true, but I'm certainly willing to go up a number of blind alleys in hopes of someday finding the right one.I am also willing to find proof I am not related to some of the families I look at up the blind alleys -- I think even knowing you're not kin is better than not knowing either way.
I am looking at some records for a George family that seems to end in mist a few counties away.One man is recorded in the census as having eight children, no names given, with the last of them being born about 1782.He could easily be the missing parent, maybe for us both -- but no proof, none at all yet.
If you have information that may help my family's search; or want to send an e-address to which I can forward any results later on, you may send a note to:
If I develop any actual solid data with proof, I will post it here, too -- but that's a slow process with no assurance of success."Don't anybody hold their breath waiting!"