Thanks for pulling together these various materials.I like the way you're going to the sources to identify the basis for the bruited Shell-Sale connection.I suspect that the whole thing may have grown like Topsy out of the mention of "Peggy Salles" in the will of Jacob Shell (see below).People have simply skipped over the inconvenient fact that Peggy is a nickname for Margaret, NOT for Ann.
Cornelius Sale worked for the Moravians at Salem, NC burning brick; something he had evidently learned how to do either in Caroline County, Va. or Halifax County, NC.Few (except for the Moravians) on the frontier wanted to fool with brick because material for log houses was so plentiful.I find no hint in the Moravian record that this was anything more than a business transaction.
Any French connection for our Sale family is, I believe, likely much farther back than the period when Huguenots took refuge in the Palatinate.This is mostly following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in 1698.By that time our family had already been in the Rappahannock Valley of Virginia for decades.,,, and most likely in England for at least a century prior.
Checking the IGI for a William Sale born before 1650 in England, you will find several score such records (the ones based on real parish register entries, not guesstimated items).
There was indeed a French Huguenot family named Salle (note the double l) who settled in central Virginia in the 18th century (not the 17th).If I recall correctly, they were in Goochland County, upriver along the James from Richmond.I devoted some study to them quite a few years ago, and concluded that they were a completely differnt crew from our people.Clearly they pronounced the name in the modern French fashion, with a short a, and not with the long a characteristic of our tribe.
Because of the use of the double l in the name of the daughter Peggy mentioned in Jacob Shell's will, I am confident that Jacob's son in law was in fact of the Huguenot family.If Jacob Shell were an antecedent of Wm & Ann Sale's children -- say, as an uncle or grandfather -- surely one of the children would have been named Jacob, or at the very least one of the host of the grandchildren of Wm & Ann would have born that given name.To my knowledge it's not anywhere in the Wm Sale descendancy.By quoting Jacob's will ,,, and by looking at the dates involved, you have already shown beyond doubt that Jacob Shell was not Ann (______) Sale's father.Jacob did indeed have a daughter Nancy (=Ann), but her married name was Taylor, not Sale.
As you know, the Shenandoah Valley was crawling with Germans from the time when Jost Hite started subdividing.Some settled in the Piedmont as well (e.g., the Germana Colony).But one seldom finds them in the tidewater region.Look in the abundant records of Essex County, where the American Sale family developed, for the period when Cornelius (son of the immigrant William) lived.There are lots of English, Welsh and Scots names...but scarcely any Germans.
I accept that one man of our Sale crew left a record in Warren County, NC and that one Shell also left a trace there, but that's more in the nature of coincidence than anything that convinces me.Now if you were to find some Shells living next door to the Sales on the Halifax tax lists on the Wilkes County censuses, I'd have to rethink all this, but for now I don't give the idea than Ann (_______) was a Shell more than one chance in a thousand.