This is a rather late comment on some of the things in your post, but I read it only yesterday when I was looking for Broaddus/Sale information.I hope the message reaches you and that you will add your comments, for it is obvious you have done a lot of research in Caroline Co. records about the Sale family
1. Regarding the identity of Sally Broaddus Sale, the second wife of Robert Sale.Sally could not have been the sister of Robert's first wife, Ann Broaddus Sale, for when Ann Redd Broaddus, the widowed mother of Ann and Sally, legally surrendered her property rights as a widow to her surviving children Nov. 5, 1796, Ann Sale is listed among the children, but no child named Sally or Sarah is listed, nor are any of her children mentioned (as they are in the case of Catey Broaddus Motley, who had died by 1796).So I would conclude that Sally either did not marry or else married and died before Nov. 5, 1796 without children.
2. The Noel researchers believe that the Sally Broaddus who married Robert Sale in 1813 in Essex Co. was the widow of Robert L. Broaddus (a son of Robert, half brother to the father of Ann Broaddus, first husband of Robert Sale).Her maiden name of Noel.According to Noel research, Robert Sale and Sally had two chidren, Edmund and Elizabeth Sale.Sally died August 16, 1861.(See Noel Forum, message 1637, which cites pp. 106, 107 and 132 of Vol. 5, Part One, Chapter 6 of "Emmigrant Cornelius Noel..." by James Noel Weeks.)I have not checked this out further and do not know how accurate it is.
3. I am having a problem about the time of birth of Robert Sale, Jr., the son of Robert and Ann Sale.Could you post the date of the chancery suit you referred to, brought by Thomas Puller against Sally Sale, in which Robert and Elizabeth were listed as infants?I assume this means only that they were minors, but this would help establish the time of Robert's birth, since Sally and Robert, Sr. did not marry until 1813.He could have been a child of the marriage of Robert, Sr. and Ann and still have been a minor after 1813, but if he was a child of that marriage he was liked born before 1800.Andrew Broaddus, in "Broaddus Family History," says that Ann Broaddus Sale had three children and died at age 30.Of course, this was written nearly 100 years after the fact, but Thomas seemed to have fairly good information about this branch of the family.While it is impossible to know exactly when Ann was born, it seems likely that it was around 1767, give or take two or three years.
4. I am also puzzled about who Robert Sale, Jr. married.I had thought it was his cousin, Catherine Broaddus, who was a daughter of Thomas Broaddus, Jr., an older brother of Ann Broaddus Sale.This marriage was in 1823.However, you have presented other very plausible evidence that Robert Sale, Jr. married Anne Puller in 1818.Can you shed any more light on this?In either case Robert Sale would have had to have been born before Robert, Sr. married Sally Broaddus in 1813.
I will look forward to your comments.