I agree with your assessment, at this point I was just trying to determine where the properties were located.Changes in geography have made some of this difficult.
I have not been able to gather originals of all deeds just yet, which is why some of the deeds are from questionable sources.
I have not necessarily accepted the Vandervoort-Vanderford connection, at least not based on property.Phonetics and association has more to do with my base premise at this point.I tried going away from the idea and assuming everything from mass transcription errors (which is one of the more common arguements) to unknown immigration, but nothing works so far.The Jackson family has actually been a key element as far as the association factor is concerned, but it is difficult to weed these families out.There were several Jackson immigrants into the area, so telling one from another is tough.
Of course, my main interest in this family is the potential of George Vandiveer of Loudoun Co., VA being the same person as George Vanderford Jr. of Kent Co., DE.Having finally seen a document which literally spelled out "alias Vandiver" settled the transition issue.The theory of mass transcription errors dies on the vine and we are looking instead at an entire family changing their surname.The document, by the way, is a deed for Charles son of Thomas Vanderford.
In any case, all the Vanderford's in Kent Co., DE are found consistently from 1715 to the 1750's as Vanderford, then beginning in the late 1750's they all change to a variant of Vandiver.The deeds are blatant and purposeful in this change, so I have begun to wonder why?There is not a single "whole" in the direct male lines of any known or even theoretical Vanderveer family.
What I have read and put together lately continues to strengthen the connection between George Vandiveer and Jacob Vandiver of St. Mary's Co., MD who is first found in Westmoreland Co., VA in 1724.The marriage connections are outlined in another posting, with the Veale and Turley families being the bridge between the two.There continues to be an absolute void of association between the Vanderford-Vandeveer's of Kent Co. and George in Loudoun Co.
During a fairly recent discussion with Dr. Peter S. Craig, he has suggested something I had not considered.That one of the many unknown daughters of Jacop Van der Veer had a son out of wedlock and left the area.This is not terribly uncommon during the time frame given the social implications at the time.Apparently, this occurs in his own Yokum family.This does have the potential of explaining how a Jacob, born around 1700, appears in Westmoreland Co., VA when not a single Jacob in the Long Island or Delaware families are unaccounted for at that early a date.
So, I keep plugging at the Vanderford-Vandeveer's for that reason.If George Vanderford Jr. is George Vandiveer, there should be something somewhere that would indicate this.A nice apprenticeship bond would help a lot, but none found so far.The other gold/silver/gun smiths in Loudoun Co., by the way, were all from Westmoreland Co., VA or Charles Co., MD near the border of Prince George's Co.Still, nothing leading back to Kent Co., DE or anywhere else to build a connection.
Thanks for the explanations.I will try to look at these and if I find something suggesting something different not to appear to be contradictive for the sake of it.