Ben -- From the wills of Cornelius Sale Sr., proved 17 Mar 1746/7, and his son Cornelius Jr., proved in 1775, it is clear that Cornelius Sale Sr. had five sons:William (who was probably my ancestor), Anthony, John, Cornelius Jr. and James.Anthony lived in Caroline County, but was not married to Mollie Brooke.Anthony's wife was Ann somebody.They had sons Thomas, John, Leonard, Cornelius, Anthony, Richard and Robert, some of whom lived in or around Amherst County later on.
Thomas Sale, son of Cornelius, received by his father's will the right to use Cornelius'home plantation and the lands bought of Mr. Tucker for ten years, plus a fee interest in other lands.
Someone should run the tax lists for Essex County from 1755 to 1761, when that Thomas "Sails" was in Granville County, NC, if they have survived, to see if Essex County taxed Thomas Sale as a resident of Essex as well as on his ownership of real estate there during that period.
I posit a birth year of about 1702 for Anthony and about 1714 for Thomas.If I'm right about Anthony, his son Thomas (presumably the oldest as he's listed first of Anthony's children in the will of Cornelius Jr.) could have been born about 1724, about the right age to go off and take on the task of developing some virgin land in Carolina.However, I would have to look back through my notes from my research in Caroline & Amherst Counties before I could form much of an opinion as to whether that Thomas Sale was here or there at any particular time.
I'm out of time to address this any further for the the next few days.Let me know what you come up with.