Hi Dawn and thanks for the message.I hope the message I posted was of help in determining some relationships.I doubt I can tell you much to answer your question other than the obvious.I assume the Kellows, Robys, Shaws, and Dements were all fairly close neighbors in the mid 1700's in Charles County.The probate below says Thomas Kellow was a surety to William Dements - I think this means Kellow was owed money, held a lien, or was a partner in a contract (like a co-signer on a loan maybe?) to Dement.I would also assume they were pretty close (friends or business partners) based on the fact that William Robey (or Roby) was Dement's Executor.I am pretty sure based on the Ralph Shaw will mentioned in my other posting, that William Roby and Thomas Kellow were married to daughters of Mr. Shaw.I have been in contact with a couple of Roby researchers over the years (see the Roby/or Robey? Forum) but we were never able to prove much.I have long tried to figure out exactly were the Kellow estate was in Charles County and some of those folks helped me narrow it down a bit.
Is one of the Dements below one of your ancestors?Do you know the location of their property? I do not know of any blood or marriage relationship between the Kellows and Dements, but who knows?I believe the Kellows of that time frame to have been tobacco farmers.My ancestor, Thomas Kellow, son of the Thomas Hyde Kellow mentioned here, went on the northcentral North Carolina in the 1790's.I think he was chasing better tobacco land.His son, another Thomas H. Kellow, came to Middle Tennessee in the 1810's and we've been here ever since!
from the other post...
"William Dements, December 2, 1767. Sureties: John Cannington, Thomas Hyde "Kellso." Legatees: Benajah Dement, George Dement, Martha Somerset (granddaughter). Residue to 2 sons & 2 daughters (equally): William, Walter, Dorcas, Lydia. Executor: Mr. William Robey."
Notice William "Robey" - remember in the Shaw Probate, Ralph Shaw had two daughters (Lydia and Elizabeth) who each married a "Roby." William Robey and Thomas Hyde Kellow both probably married Shaw sisters. Maybe the Roby's can tell us more about the Shaws too.