|Cecil Gaines (Jr.) Stokes|
4022 Heatherhill Rd.
This is the beginning of a Web page devoted to the search for information related to ancestor Thomas Stokes, who married Mary Norman in Guilford County, North Carolina, in January of 1787. To avoid confusion, let's refer to him as Thomas/1787. Decades later, Thomas/1787 sold his land in NC and moved with some of his grown children and their families to Alabama, where good fresh land was abundant. He was alive in 1840, when he appeared to be between 80 and 90 years old. His exact dates and places of birth (presumably between 1751 and 1760 in VA, but possibly in NC or MD) and death (about 1841 in AL) are not known to me.
What was known by my grandfather's generation was that the children of Thomas/1787 "included" two sons, Thomas "Norman" Stokes (my gg-GF), and Charles Stokes (with whom Thomas/1787 lived in his later years). We now have records naming four sons (Thomas, Charles, John, and Daniel). We have persuasive Fulton-family tradition in published text that traces Thomas/1787's daughter Tabitha and her family from NC to new homes in AL and then MS. And, there is tradition in the Edward Stokes family suggesting that Thomas/1787 was his father. This is a strong Stokes family that migrated to Tennessee about the time Thomas/1787 moved to Alabama, and some of them were early settlers of Missouri.
Parents and Origins
There is information that Thomas/1787 was the son of David Stokes (born c.a. 1730, died before 1794) and wife Margaret Dupree of Lunenburg County, VA. Margaret's father was Thomas Dupree of Lunenburg County. David Stokes was the son of Richard Stokes (born c.a. 1698, died after 1773) and wife Martha Evans(?). Richard Stokes was the son of John Stokes (born c.a.1670, died 1746) and wife Elizabeth Bradford(?), whom he married in 1697. John Stokes was the son of Sylvanus Stokes (born 1636, Charles City County, VA) and wife Mary Bishop. This Sylvanus Stokes was the son of John Stokes/Stoaks (born in England, died 1664 in Charles City County, VA) and wife Ann (born in England by 1602, died before 1661 in Charles City County, VA). John and Ann sailed from London to Virginia (James Island) on the Warwick by 1623. This appears to need confirmation.
The known descendents of Thomas/1787 cover the range of states and occupations. Inclusion of the Stokes families that may be descendents of Thomas/1787 probably cover these ranges as well.
The name Thomas Stokes is evident in all generations of my family, with a succession of seven generations having a Thomas Norman Stokes. There are, of course, individuals named Thomas Stokes throughout history who may or may not be related to us. But, we do not know of any unrelated individuals named Thomas Norman Stokes. Other names that persist in our family are Gaines, Gregg, and Hill. All of these are surnames of female ancestors. Some of their family trees are well documented and some are not.
The challenges for the genealogist of the cyberspace generation are to confirm or correct information about the origin of Thomas/1787 and to identify all of his descendents.