My descent from Robert and Ann Broaddus Sale was through their daughter, Lucy Ann Sale, who married Thomas Broaddus Puller. Their daughter, Margaret Ann Puller, married Eldred W. Satterwhite. Their daughter, Martha Ann Satterwhite, married Samuel Lewis Atkinson. Their daughter, Julia Thomas Atkinson, married Benjamin Parlett Ashton. Their daughter, Julia Thomas Ashton, married my father, Garland Hill Sharp.
Thomas B. and Lucy Ann Puller were married, about 1815, and lived in Hanover County for a few years. About 1820, they purchased "Seven Springs", the old Dabney home in King William County; and their descendants lived there until about 1945, when it was sold out of the family. One of their neighbors, in King William, was Lucy Ann's brother, Robert Sale, who lived with a mulatto woman named Sally Spurlock and had a number of children by her (of course they were not allowed to marry in those days because of the laws concerning miscegenation).
If you haven't already seen it, you might be interested in reading Caroline County, Virginia Court Records 1742-1833 and Marriages 1787-1810 by William Lindsay Hopkins, published privately in Richmond in 1990. On page 89, there is a record of a chancery suit brought by Thomas Puller against Sally Sale, who was Sally Broadddus, the second wife of Robert Sale, Sr. In it, are listed the surviving children of Robert Sale,Sr: Lucy, Redd, Edmund, Robert and Elizabeth. Since Robert and Elizabeth were listed as infants, I would assume that they were children of the second marriage.
I believe that Sally Broaddus Sale was the sister of Ann Broaddus Sale, the first wife of Robert Sale. If so, they were both daughters of Thomas Broaddus and Ann Redd of Caroline County. Thus far, I haven't been able to identify the parents of Robert Sale, Sr. Caroline County estate records show that there was a Robert Sale, whose estate was recorded in 1770. Perhaps, he was the father or maybe there was an Edward(Edmund?) but I have'nt found a record concerning him. When Robert Sale, Sr. married Ann Broaddus, he was identified as Capt. Robert Sale. Was this a coutesy or military title? If military, he must have served in the Revolution and must have been quite a bit older than Ann Broaddus when they married.
I have always wondered if the name Robert came from the marriage of Thomas Sale and Mollie Brooke (daughter of Robert Brooke) in Essex County, as did the name Humphrey. Do you have any thoughts about this?
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