A good argument can be made that Elizabeth Sturman and John Stuart/Stewart were married BEFORE 27 Jan. 1696/97.Her step-grandfather, John Jordan, left to Elizabeth in his will "one cow at day of marriage."The cow was delivered to her on 27 Jan. 1696/97, so many researchers assume that was her day of marriage.BUT, that's the exact same day John Jordan's will was proved, and it seems a little unusual that she would just happen to marry the same day that the will was proved.John Jordan had written his will 3 years earlier (6 Feb. 1693/94), and Elizabeth was single at that time, but she could have married anytime between the writing of the will and the proving of the will.Several other researchers have speculated (and I tend to agree) that Elizabeth married John Stuart/Stewart sometime before 27 Jan. 1696/97, and that for whatever reason (John Jordan was too ill in those last 3 years to communicate his wishes, he simply forgot, etc.), while John Jordan was still living, she didn't receive her cow until after he died and the will was proved.This is also supported by the fact that John Stuart/Stewart's eldest son, John Jr., was born c1695, and no evidence has been found that John Sr. had a wife prior to Elizabeth Sturman.
Just something to think about and add to the puzzle!
Just something to think about and add to the puzzle!Michelle Taunton email@example.com 1805 Crystal Drive, #903 Arlington, VA22202-4420 comments powered by Disqus