This is a copy of an email sent to a Boykin researcher, and I thought others might want to see it.It took me over an hour to compose so it made sense, and I just don't feel like retyping it for a post, when this is just as easy.
1.Will of William Gwaltney, Surry Co, VA, Book 8, p. 257 [Eliza T. Davis, "Surry Co, VA Wills 1671-1750" (1980), p. 63] as follows:Dau Ruth, wife of Robert Petway. Son William. Son John. Grandson Thomas. Two daus Mary and Martha. Grandson Edward Boykin.Dated 20 Mar 1728.Prob. 2 Apr 1732.
2.William Gwaltney married Alice Flake, as proved by the will of Robert Flake Jr in Surry Co, VA, Book 7, p. 528 [same source as above, p. 51], "Appoints son-in-law William Gwaltney, Exer. 18 Aug 1722; 15 Apr 1724"Robert's wife was named Margaret in a deed of 26 Oct 1702 in William Lindsay Hopkins, "Surry Co, VA, Deeds 1684-1733 and Other Court Papers" (1991), p. 61.
3.Robert Flake Jr married Margaret Marriott, daughter of Mathias Marriott and wife Alice, in Surry Co, VA Wills, Book 5, p. 374 [same source as above], "to daughter Margaret Flake."
4.A number of records show Mathias Marriott was married to Alice, daughter of Thomas Warren.In 1677 she gave a deposition stating her then age as 32, which would make her born about 1645.
Given the time constraints, the above lineage figures as follows:
Alice Warren, b. ca 1645 = Mathias Marriott
Margaret Marriott, b. ca 1660 = Robert Flake Jr
Alice Flake, b. ca 1675 = William Gwaltney
daughter, probably Ann, Gwaltney, b. ca 1690 =
someone named Boykin and had a son named Edward.
Placement of grandson Edward Boykin mentioned in the will of William Gwaltney in the correct generation is the key to the entire genealogy.I believe John Bennett Boddie et al have all just assumed she was married to Edward Boykin Sr, b. 1650, without looking further.
Thomas Warren, father of Alice, was from an ancient armorial family in Ripple, Kent, England; his parents were William Warren and Katherine Gookin.In 1991 Richard N. Gookins compiled an excellent, well sourced genealogy of the Gookin family, and he attempted to document the Boykin line:he found so much has been misstated he called the lineage almost irretrievably muddied.He concluded the best bet for the Boykin-Gwaltney marriage was Edward's son John Boykin.I agree.
John Boykin, son of Edward, died intestate in 1729 [Isle of Wight Wills], and his estate was appraised by James Turner.Later in Bertie Co, NC, in 1739 James Turner and wife Ann of IOW Co, VA, gave land to Francis Boykin "for a valuable sum", "being in actual possession of Francis Boykin".There is a suggestion here that John Boykin's wife was Ann and she remarried to a James Turner, but this is NOT proof, only a lead to follow.