My great, great grandfather, Raleigh Ewing Radford, youngest son of Samuel and Cynthia Kilpatrick Radford (Her father was Dr. Joseph Kilpatrick, her brother, Ebenezer, signed her marriage bond. For a list of her brothers and sisters, see Ebenezer Kilpatrick on this Forum.) claimed to be named Raleigh because he was related to Sir Walter Raleigh.I found that Margaret Raleigh b. 1550 Fardell, Devon, England,(full-blooded sister of Sir Walter) married Lawrence Radford 1565 at St. Mary's Arches, Exeter, Devon, England.He was born 1538 (father John Radford) at Mt Radford, Devon, England and died November 10, 1590. (From International Genealogical Index) I had the names of their children in an e-mail from England but lost their names and the address of the gentlemen who sent them as a result of a computer virus before printing. If he monitors this forum, I hope he will resend the information.If any of the descendants of Samuel and Cynthia have knowledge of this legend, please contact me. I have tried to go back to Lawrence Radford through several of the Radford genealogies here in the U.S., but these traced back to a John who may have been related to Lawrence Radford but not enough information was available in those genealogies at that time to make that connection.This may be out there now. Helen Radford Williams will be interested to know that I think there was a Nicholas on that list.Because of Sir Walter's interest in colonizing America, it is likely that a close relative, perhaps a son descended from his sister, would have been on one of those ships headed this way especially likely as some have written on this Forum that he had 2 brothers and/or Raleigh nephews here.