Barry, I am beginning to wonder if there was a Thomas Sale, who married Mollie Brooke in Essex County. The Brooke Family genealogy showed that Mollie Brooke married a Sale; and their descendants later inherited "Farmer's Hall", which had belonged to the Brookes. Humphrey Sale, who lived in Caroline County, VA, was mentioned as one of the descendants. Could it have been Anthony Sale, who married Mollie Brooke? I don't think that the Thomas Sails, who lived in Granville County, NC, fits the pattern.
I have not examined the wills of Essex County. Did any of these wills mention a Thomas Sale? Caroline County land and personal property tax records, which start in 1787, list successive generations of the Sale Family, starting with Hannah, but including: Richard, Thomas, Thomas, Jr., Samuel, George,Caleb, Elizabeth (widow of Caleb), Robert, Sally (widow of Robert), Humphrey, Susannah (widow of Humphrey), William, Sr., Mary (widow of William, Sr.), William, Jr., Fanny (widow of William, Jr.), John, John,Jr., Anthony, Benjamin, Joseph, George D., etc.
By far the greatest landowner among the Caroline County Sales was William, Sr, who, at one time (1818-1828), was taxed for more than 6000 acres, but, apparently, resided at Charleston (?SC). At his death, approximately one-half of this acreage was transferred to his widow, Mary, living at Charleston.
It would be interesting to see some wills to find out how all of these people were related.