Donald:Many thanks for your reply.I have been reading some more court minutes from Princess Anne County, and this is what I found:
5 September 1694 Further inventory of Thomas Finckley filed by Elizabeth Malbone [Ibid., Page 68], as follows:
11 cowes, 5 yearlings, 5 two year old cattle, one heifer of 3 yeares old, one bull, one large steere, six ewes, one ram & one wether, one 3 yeare old mare
Peter Malbone obtained order that appraisers of TF estate meet at his house "… at such time as he shall give them notice by sight of this Order and … appraise the hoggs belonging to the said Finckleys estate." [P/A County Orders, Volume 1, Page 67]
2 January 1694/95 Judith Clark appeared.Thomas Finckley at the time of his death was indebted to her for corn and clothes for her service.Ordered that Peter Malbone who married the Admx. of the said Finckley pay her one barrel of corn, one new shift, a new waistcoat, a new pair of shoes @ stockings, a new cap & handkerchief out of the said Finckley's estate [P/A County Orders, Volume 1, Page 71].
Now, I don't mean to sound dogmatic, but this last court order specfically states that Peter Malbone had married Elizabeth Finckley.It is entirely possible that she did not live long, and I certainly do not profess to know which Peter Malbone she was married to.
Then a short time later there is a deed from Peter Malbone and Elizabeth his wife.
6 November 1695: Deed from Peter Malbone with consent of Elizabeth Malbone his wife to his brother John Malbone, consideration having been paid by his mother Sarah Jackson.Acknowledged in court by both of them on 6 November 1695.[Princess Anne County, Virginia Deed Records, Volume 1, Page 104].
Another court order makes this even clearer:
7 July 1698 Difference between John Richason, Guardian to the orphans of Thomas Finckley deceased and Peter Malbone as having married the Admnx of the said Finckley, Defendant, at Defendant's request the matter was referred to the next term of court and ordered that Thomas Hall and Patrick Angus audit and state the accounts of the administration of said Finckley's estate and report to next court [P/A County Orders, Volume 1, page 167].
There are several other orders relating to the Finckley estate indicating that Peter Malbone had received the assets of the estate, and John Richason, as Guardian of Thomas's 2 sons was suing to get their part of the estate.In the final distribution they received 2/3 of the estate, and that tells me that the Dr. Thomas Finckley's widow was still living and still married to Malbone.That was in 1698.
Please look this over and get back to me.If you prefer, please email me at email@example.com.Thanks for your help.