In reply to Mr. Nason's excellent commentary on the Pendarvis family, I add:
Re:I think Ruby Ann is confusing two different William Pendarvises--uncle and nephew.
I don't think so.William Pendarvis (1774-1851) of Smith Co., TN was the likely son of William Pendarvis (d.1782).The latter William Pendarvis was the son of William Pendarvis, Sr., who was the son of Joseph and Parthenia Pendarvis.William Pendarvis, Sr. had a brother James (d.1796), who had a son William (1752-1786).This last William was married to Mary (), and did have a son William, but the son died age 21 in 1805, very ill and unmarried.
Re:In the 1735 will of Joseph Pendarvis in Colleton County, he mentions his children by Parthena:
James [who married Cath. Rumph]
William [may be the husband of Cath Pound]
Brand [who married Ursetta, not Ursula, Jennings]
James Pendarvis married Catherine Rumph in 1741, Elizabeth () before 1752, and Ann ()between 1754 and 1764.
William Pendarvis had a relationship with Catherine Pfund Puckridge that may have been treated by the community as a marriage.I believe he may have had a first wife, and a later wife as well.
John Pendarvis probably married late in life.
Thomas Pendarvis married Hannah Hasfort before 1754, and Elizabeth () between 1770 and 1772.
Brand Pendarvis married first Ursula/Ursetta/Sertina Jennings Wolfe before 1747.She was apparently fickle about her name.All three versions were used in various documents.She was the widow of Gian Luci Wolfe.He married second Mary Fry.
Mary Pendarvis married David Rumph, brother to Catherine Rumph.
Elizabeth Pendarvis died unmarried and underage.
Re:Of these, James and wife Cath. Rumph, had daughters Ann who maried Samuel Perry [apparently an Englishman] and Elizabeth Mary who married Thomas Smith Jr.
Catherine Rumph was not the mother of Elizabeth Mary or William, and almost certainly not the mother of Ann.There is a court case that suggests that Samuel Perry did not appear to be pure European stock.I have wondered if he was not an illegitemate son of one of James Pendarvis' wealthy Perry neighbors.Elizabeth Mary married at least three times:Samuel Graville, William Brown, and Thomas Smith.William's only surviving child Ann (1782-1832) married John Coburn, his widow Mary, married Barnard Lindsay in 1787.
Re:There was also a Josiah Pendarvis who married an Ann Rumph on May 8, 1817, somewhere in South Carolina. This is 66 years after Catharine Rumph married James Pendarvis on Sept 5, 1751, but these HAVE to be the same families.
Josiah Pendarvis was the youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth () Pendarvis.He married first Catharina Moorer, and second or third to Ann Rumph.Ann Rumph was the daughter of Christian Rumph, who was the son of David and Mary Pendarvis Rumph.
Re:Somewhere in this genforum chain, there was mention of Joseph Pendarvis, protector of Parthena, having a legitimate son who took the name Bedon to set himself apart from his mulatto siblings.
Joseph Pendarvis had a half-brother, Josiah Pendarvis, Sr..Josiah Pendarvis, Sr. had a son Josiah Pendarvis, Jr. who changed his name to Bedon soon after his cousin, also named Josiah Pendarvis (son of Thomas), came of age.After that date (1802), all people with the Pendarvis name were descended from Parthenia.
Re:I had not heard of this, but if true, there is another odd marriage. On March 10, 1800, the SC Gazette says, Alice Pendarvis married Richard Bedon Screven
Alice Pendarvis was the daughter of Josiah Pendarvis, Jr. who married her cousin two years before her father changed his name.Richard Bedon Screven was the son of Elizabeth Pendarvis Bryan Screven, sister to Josiah Pendarvis, Jr.
Re:I don't know who either of them was but perhaps, after 60 years, one of Joseph Pendavis' descendants by son Bedon married one of his wealthy cousins.
This didn't happen, but I want to comment on the rumored disparity between the wealth of the colored Pendarvises and the pure European Pendarvises.Only James Pendarvis ever had more wealth than the Pendarvis-Bedon family.That position was maintained for only one generation, after which point the Pendarvis-Bedon family far outranked the Pendarvis-Parthenia descendants in wealth until the time of the Civil War when they evened out.
Re:Since James Pendarvis had a Negro mother, he may have been born technically a slave until emancipated by his father
Parthenia's children, with the exception of Elizabeth, were all born as slaves.They and Parthenia were all manumitted in 1734 by Joseph.