I descend from William Robert and Judith Wroe Briggs through their daughter, Margaret Isabella Briggs Davis (Aquilla) and granddaughter, Marion Briggs Davis Fletcher (Thomas P.)I have seen several serious internet errors made concerning birth and marriage locations in this line and would like to fill all my cousins in on the facts.
I have researched this line in Bardstown, Nelson Cty, KY; in Morganfield, Union Cty, KY; and in Lincoln, Logan Cty, IL.I discussed the settling of Nelson County, KY and surrounding areas with Bardstown mayor and historian, Dixie Hibbs, who enlightened me on a number of things that most people researching the Briggs family would not know without studying the history of the formation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky County was formed in Virginia in 1776.In 1780, it was divided into three huge counties:Fayette, Lincoln and Jefferson. Kentucky County, Virginia was not granted statehood until June 1, 1792.
Bardstown, Nelson Cty, KY is 44 miles south of Louisville, Jefferson Cty, KY, and was originally included in the huge county of Jefferson.William Robert Briggs' land bounties, located a few miles outside present day Bardstown, Nelson Cty, KY, were recorded in 1784 as being in Jefferson County near the Salt River.Later that year, 29 Nov 1784, Nelson County was the fourth county formed out of the huge Jefferson County. Some Briggs descendants, seeing "Jefferson County" have erroneously entered information on the internet that William and Judith Wroe Briggs' children/grandchildren were born/married in Louisville, Jefferson Cty, KY
There is no indication that William and Judith Wroe Briggs' daughter, Isabella Briggs Davis, or her daughter, Marion Briggs Davis Fletcher, were ever in Louisville, KY.It appears that Isabella Briggs married Aquilla Davis just prior to the date at which her father was awarded his land outside of Bardstown, KY.
While William and Judith Wroe Briggs physically moved to Nelson County, Kentucky, and lived on their Nelson Cty plantation, Isabella and Aquilla Davis appear to have stayed behind in Virginia until 1800.Our Aquilla Davis is one of three Aquilla Davises serving in the Revolutionary War, the other two being Gen. Aquilla Davis of New Hampshire and an Aquilla Davis whose parents Henry and Jenny Crockett Davis moved from Davis Corner, VA to North Carolina (along with other members of the Crockett family), where their son served in the NC line during the RW.
Our Aquilla Davis was originally from St. Mary's County, Maryland, and there are several land transactions and witnessing of wills by Aquilla back in Maryland, up until around 1800, when he and Isabella left Virginia behind for Union County, on the Ohio River in far western Kentucky.(Union County is around 3.5 hrs west of Nelson Cty by automobile.)
The book, EARLY SETTLERS OF SANGAMON COUNTY - 1876, states that Isabella and Aquilla Davis' first six children were born in Virginia, and the 1796 birthdate for Marion B. Davis listed on this site corresponds to the time when the Davis family continued to reside in Virginia.Remember that the first signs of Aquilla and Isabella Briggs Davis in Kentucky are in the year 1800.There is no evidence that Marion, or any of this Davis family were ever in Louisville, KY., and the Louisville, Ky references to Marion's birth and marriage are erroneous and should be removed to prevent confusion amongst future researchers.
Marion's marriage to Thomas P. Fletcher in Aug 1812, took place in Morganfield, Union Cty, KY, NOT IN LOUISVILLE, KY, and I have seen the notations made in the marriage register from 1812 in the Morganfield, Union Cty, KY courthouse.
When looking at a map of Virginia Counties, Fauquier and Culpeper Counties are a bit of a distance from Westmoreland county, where Judith Wroe's family had lived for generations.Isabella Briggs Davis is listed as having been born in Culpeper County, while her other siblings that have birthplace counties listed all have Westmoreland County as their birthplace.
I would appreciate it if someone could provide me with a way to get in touch with W. C. Wroe, as I would like to buy his book about Judith Wroe's ancestry.Thanks and Merry Christmas to all my Briggs/Wroe/Davis/Fletcher cousins out there.