I respect your view on this, but I still think it's very tenuous if one looks at it in terms of the likelihood that William Sale (1720-1788) would have become acquainted with the daughters of Jacob Schell at a time when William went a-courting.I figure that William and Ann were married about 1747 or 1748, based on the apparent birth of their oldest son Cornelius around 1749 (first known tax record 1771).Ann was probably born around 1730, in light of when she stopped having children.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but descendants of Jacob Schell (assuming that we're talking about the same one) seem to think that he was born in 1718.That means that he was all of about 12 years old when Ann (_______) Sale was born.Does not compute.
Do you have a date & source info on that will of Michael Schell?I'd like to see if I could get a better handle on the son in law Henry Sell / "Sale."Offhand I can't think of a single Henry among the 18th century Sales who we know wereconnected with our tribe."Sell" in this context could well be a German family completely unrelated to us.
I'm still operating on the theory that our William Sale and his widowed mother Hannah (Jones) Sale Blackburn were living in the vicinity of Essex, Caroline and Spotsylvania Counties, Virginia in the 1740's and 1750's.I know of no shred of evidence tying them to any place where the Schell family was living at that time.Sure, I agree that Jacob Schell was listed as a tithable in 1756 in Augusta County (which at that time covered everything north of Bedford County, west of Albemarle and south of Frederick).But William Sale was NOT so listed.In the days before interstate highways -- or any highways -- one would not have ridden from Caroline, much less Essex, over to Augusta for a Saturday night date.(Yes, yes, I know that courting in the 18th century took different forms from what we're used to now.My point is just that men rarely married a woman from that far away -- even a woman born when her father was 12.)
If Ann was a German Schell, why would she and William have moved to Halifax County, NC, a place with few if any Germans?I see them as having nothing in common culturally with the German settlers of the Pennsylvania, the Maryland "Palatinate," the Shenandoah Valley and points southwest thereof(like Montgomery County, Virginia, where Jacob Schell ended up).
I agree that Cornelius Sale was hired to burn brick for the Moravians.But couldn't that have simply been the result of his having learned that trade in his youth in Halifax County, NC?In western NC of the time, virgin hardwood timber was exceedingly abundant and cheap, so the Moravians were probably among the few to build with brick.I see this as purely a business deal, struck with one of the few men in the region who was good at making brick.I didn't find anything in the Moravian records about Cornelius Sale taking communion or anything like that.
I think you understand that the following statement:"He and his brother, Leonard Sale, appear frequently in the court records, land records, etc. They served on the grand jury, were appointed to various committees and were overseers of road repairs" has nothing to do with the Moravian records.Rather, it's a summation of the secular records of Wilkes County.But I thought I should point that out here lest some reader of your post interpret it to mean that mentions of Cornelius and Leonard are sprinkled throughout the records of the Moravian community (HQ atSalem).They're not.
Don't get me wrong -- I would love to find the true parentage of Ann (_______) Sale.I just cannot convine myself that it's being served up right on this particular half Schell.