I have uncovered a record for David Trail Sr. dated 1743 that is indeed a major breakthrough in Trail genealogy. The record is from a court case that measured some 20 pages in the record books. The case itself was more entertaining than any soap opera you could view on television. For now I will just relate how it pertains to David Trail Sr.(1677-1750). David refers to himself in the deed as " a very old and illiterate person". More importantly he is referred to by another as an "old desolute lonesome person" who purchased the servant Elizabeth May and then shortly thereafter married her. This was in 1743. In 1744 David sold "Goodwill" to his son David Jr. and his wife in that deed is referred to as Elizabeth. This Elizabeth (May) Trail however was not the mother of any of David Trail Sr.'s children. Possibly now we can review the names of the grand daughters of David Trail Sr. and make an educated guess to the birthname of their grandmother. Elizabeth May had been the servant to Mary Ogden and after Mary died David purchased Elizabeth May from Nehemiah Ogden for 1800 pounds of tobacco. Controversy swirled around these happenings and shortly after the purchase Sherrif Ninian Beall came to David Trail's plantation while David was "at work in his tobacco house" demanding possession of Elizabeth. David refused and Ninian forced his way into the house,carried off Elizabeth and apparently secured her at his own home for a period. These revelations make James Trail Sr.'s and Richard Watts agression towards Ninian Beall in 1750 even more brazen considering Ninian Beall was the sheriff. This aggression happened right around the time David Sr. died and may have been an old grudge revisited.