There were Sivils[spelled various ways] in Norfolk County in the 1600's. They were related probably to the Soloman and William Sivils who were in the 1730 tax lists. By 1750, an Absolum Sivils was living in the adjacent household to Soloman per the tax list for that year. I suspect that Absolum was a son but he wasn't named in Soloman's will probated in 1769. By 1756, Absolum was named in court records along with wife Courtney ? so he would have been born by 1735[probably before 1730]. Absolum died c1795 testate and named sons Samuel, Soloman and Absolum plus several daughters. A few years later, Samuel and Absolum moved to Trigg Co. NC. Absolum,Jr. was born 28 Sep 1773 according to info in the Ancestral Files of the Morman Church. That file also shows that his mother was named Courtney. Since the order that the sons were named in Absolum Sr's will indicates that Absolum was the youngest son, all three sons were probably born to Courtney. At the time Absolum Sr. died, his wife was named Mary [probably Wallace]. A William Wallace,Sr was his named executor. A William Wallace Jr. was a witness to his will. This Wallace name created a great deal of speculation on my part because one of the three apparent Sivils brothers who later appear in McMinn Co TN was named Wallis W. Sivils.He died there in the 1840's and is buried in a marked grave near the bank of the Hawassee River less than a mile upriver from the I75 bridge. The inscription supposedly states that he was born 16 Jan 1789 and died 22 Mar 1847 and that he was the 'son of S and M Sivils'. There were four Sivils in or from Norfolk Co. whose name began with a 'S' and who could resonably be Wallis' father. A Simon was in Camden Co NC and had a wife named Mary. He died in 1803 and left a will. he had eight children that he named but no Wallis, Jeptha or Absolum. When his wife Mary died she also left a will naming seven of the same eight. There was another Soloman in Norfolk Co who died in 1799. He did not have a wife and named no children. He left all to sisters and cousins. The Samuel who went to Trigg Co was also eliminated but I do not remember how. I'll have to revisit that. In Norfolk deed book 35, page98,a deed dated 1 Apr 1794, Soloman Sivils and wife Mary of Norfolk Co. to James Warden, 104 acres of land John Warden had willed to his two sons who both died intestate and without heirs except for their sister Mary Savills, then Mary Warden. In Will Book 2 Folio 21, proven Oct 1773, John Warden's will named sons William, John, and Wallis;Dau. Mary; and wife Elizabeth. In Will Book 1, Folio 177, proven June 1768, John Wallis named Dau. Elizabeth Warden and her three sons Wm.,John and Wallis. In DB 41, pg.46,dated jan 27, 1798, Soloman and wife Mary sell the last of their property in Norfolk to his brother Absolum and the deed states that Soloman and Mary are 'of Halifax Co., NC'. In the 1800 census of Halifax, page 342,Soloman Seavils is listed as follows; 2 Males 0-10;2 males 10-16;1 male 26-45;1 female 16-26; and 1 female 26-45. This certainly fits with Wallis, Jeptha, and Absolum plus an older son and a first born daughter. I could not find this family in 1810 or 1820 but I think that they were in Guilford Co later because the families that they seemed to be associated with in McMinn [Trotters,Levi Only, And Evans] were all from Guilford. I think that the evidence is pretty overwhelming that Soloman and Mary were the parents of the three Sivils men in McMinn Co. If they had had a common name I would be hesitant to say that. I would appreciate any comments.