The trouble with emailing is that, without a followup posting on Genforum, no one who finds your posting will know whether you received a reply to your query.
Maybe you have received 15 emails by now, but the answer is -- if by Cornelius Sale born in 1748 you mean the Cornelius Sale who was on the 1771 tax list of Surry County (before that part of Surry became Wilkes County), and who married -- probably about the same time -- Sarah Parks daugher of John and Mary (Sharp) Parks, and the Cornelius Sale whose will was proved in February term 1811 in Wilkes County --
He was the son of William (born circa 1720, will proved Oct 1788 in Wilkes County) and Ann Sale.That much is easy.Where it gets complicated is the next link back in time.
The identity of this William Sale has not been finally settled, inasmuch as there were two different William Sales who died at, by all appearances, relatively young ages, both leaving sons named William.
No doubt the majority opinion (right or wrong) is that our William Sale (1720-1788) was the son of William and Hannah (Jones) Sale.William Sale the husband of Hannah Jones was dead well before 3 Aug 1745, the date his father Cornelius Sale wrote his will.Hannah (Jones) Sale evidently married a Mr. Blackburn after the death of her first husband.According to the will of Cornelius Sale, his grandson William Sale and Hannah (Jones) Sale were to share certain real estate that Cornelius had bought of Augustine Smith.If I remember correctly (no time to dig out notes right now), the portion of the land given to Hannah was to fall to the grandson William Sale upon her death.
The complication is that there was ANOTHER William Sale who died in Essex County in the same general period, leaving a son William (as well as Asael, Robert etc.)....and no one seems to have much of an idea about what happened to those children.
My feeling is that this second William Sale was the younger brother of the Cornelius Sale who wrote his will 3 Aug 1745 -- both children of the William Sale who seems to have been the pioneer of the name in Essex County, back when it was part of the original Rappahannock County (not to be confused with the present county of that name).
This first William Sale was apparently deceased by 1704, when Cornelius appears in his stead on the quitrent rolls.Under primogeniture, Cornelius would have assumed ownership of the land, leaving any younger brothers with an interest only in the personal estate of the deceased.
This topic deserves more discussion than I have time to give it right now, but at least this posting will serve to alert you to the issue.