Larry, I believe I may have solved the dilemma of Esther Waite's parentage, at least circumstantially.I believe Esther to be the brother of James Waite, who acquired land in 1752 at Stover's Mill Creek.We know that James Waite (b. 3 Sept. 1732, Middlesex County, VA, d. bef. 20 Sept. 1781, Augusta County, VA) married Catherine Taylor (b. bef. 1735, d. aft. 9 Oct. 1771), daughter of Isaac Taylor and Isabel Wilson.
James Waite in his will writes:
Vol. 2 - Page 417--Will of James Waits dated 9th October, 1771. Wife, Catherine; devisees, John Taylor's (and Esther, his wife) children, among them Sarah and Catherine. Recorded in Rockingham, 20th September, 1781.
Some have reached the conclusion that Esther was James Wait's daughter.I believe if you look at the dates, Esther (John Taylor's wife) could only have been James Waite's SISTER, as she was born abt. 1735-1737 (she was married to John Taylor abt. 1755.
Also, in John Taylor's will of 1772, he names his (probable) brother-in-law, James Waite in his will, as follows:
Page 580.--6th May, 1772. John Taylor's will--To wife, Esther, executrix; to eleven children; to son, John, £5 more than the others. Teste: Archibald Huston, James Waite, John Stephenson. Proved, 18th August, 1772, by Waite and Huston. Esther qualifies (her mark) with James Waite, Archd. Huston.
Note: the Archibald Huston listed in John Taylor's will, married Mary Stephenson, daughter of John Stephenson and Sarah Waite (who I believe may have been an aunt of James Waite) - additional research on this possible relationship will be necessary.