Perhaps this may help shed some more light on the issue of the Mary Rice/Ann Wade/Mary Beverly theories...I've seen it cited in many places that John Langhorne, father of Maurice(b. 1721) and William(b. 1722), married Ann Wade.I am of the opinion that Ann Wade was actually the mother of Maurice's wife Elizabeth Trotter.Her father Armiger wade mentions his 4 daughters in his will in 1708, and names his 4 daughters and their husbands.Ann's husband was named as John Trotter.As for Mary Rice, as I recall, the reasoning behind her being the wife was because of a court document naming John Langhorne and his wife Mary Rice and purchasing land from her father, or perhaps inheriting it.The date was sometime in the 1740's as I recall, and it made mention (which no one ever seemed to take note of) that this was Mary's 2nd marriage.I'm of the opinion that John probably did mary Mary Rice, but she was not the mother of his children, his first wife must have died by then, and it was likely a 2nd marriage for both.I have somewhere the source for the court record, though can't put my hands on it at the moment, but that's what I recall.So that leaves Mary Beverly.Of course, I'm arriving at my opinion based on elimination rather than hard evidence, which I don't like, but given how far back it is, it may be impossible to say with absolute certainty.
I am descended from William Beverly(often called just Beverly), son of Maurice Langhorne.I find it difficult to believe that the name Beverly would make it into the family without a family connection.If Maurice Langhorne's(b. 1721) mother was in fact Mary Beverly, it would make complete sense that he would name one of his sons William Beverly (The William for his brother, and Beverly for his mothers' maiden name).