I am trying to find information on a William Pemberton of colonial Virginia.I am starting with the following court record, taken from the book “Caroline County, Virginia Order Books 1759-1763”, by John Frederick Dorman, at p. 41:
9 August 1759 William Pemberton, guardian to Robert Tompson, satisfied the court that he has no estate of the orphans in his hands.
I am inferring that this William Pemberton was a legal adult in 1759, and so almost certainly born before 1738.I am going to make a GUESS that this William was less than 70 at the time, and so born after 1689.I also infer that this William was residing in Caroline County as of 1759 (although he could have moved into Caroline from elsewhere and could have moved out of Caroline sometime after 1759).
I have become aware of a William Pemberton who married Elizabeth Vaughn and died in the 1780s in neighboring Spotsylvania County, Virginia.I am trying to determine if this guardian William Pemberton could have been the same man as William Pemberton, husband of Elizabeth Vaughn.My problem is that, between the Latter Day Saints submissions (www.familysearch.org), the family trees posted on World Connect (www.rootsweb.com) and the queries posted on this Pemberton Genforum, estimates of this William's birth range from 1714 to 1720 to 1736 to January 1749, with his date of marriage also varying, and the dates of birth of his children also varying (but seemingly in the 1770s and 1780s, I think????).
IF the William Pemberton who married Elizabeth Vaughn was born after 1738, OR if he never lived in Caroline County, then he was probably NOT the guardian of Robert Thompson.IF, however, this William who married Elizabeth Vaughn was born before 1738, AND lived in Caroline as of 1759, then he could be the guardian.
Does anyone have any more definite information about the likeliest date of birth of this William Pemberton who married Elizabeth Vaughn?
Alternatively, does anyone have any information about the William Pemberton residing in Caroline in 1759?I have seen several references to a William Pemberton, perhaps born as early as 1694, and who was living in Caroline as of 1738, a William Pemberton who was on a grand jury in 1740, a William Pemberton who was guardian to an Abednego Turner in Caroline (sometime between 1744 and 1762), a William Pemberton who, with “Easter” Bell, received a 1742 land grant for 83 acres (see “A History of Caroline County, Virginia From its Formation in 1727 to 1924”, citing as its source “Book 20, page 430”), and a William Pemberton who petitioned the House of Burgesses in 1766 about a runaway slave.I don’t know if all of these items are about only one man named William Pemberton or if there could have been multiple men named William Pemberton, living in Caroline over the span of 30 years.
Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information. There are also some records of a William Pemberton who was possibly born about 1694 and might have been in Caroline County in 1742 and after, and might have lived long enough to have been this guardian of Robert "Tompson".