Wayne, thanks so much for your help.My husband and I went to the LDS Library a couple of weeks ago and that is where I started my Southampton research.So I am not very familiar with Virginia records.
I will add just a few notes to what you have written.I started looking at the Guardianship records and found infants Henry and Sarah as children of David Adams who died 1748/9.But I did not pursue it much from there as the film was extremely hard to read.Also, I know the 3 Adams boys (Collin, Edwin and Darling) mentioned in James Lundy's will (written 1780) were under 21 at the time.So they were born 1759-1779.I knew David could not be their father, but one of his sons could be.Unfortunately, there is a big gap in the records covering my time period.
I also noticed there was a John and Henry Adams who were suing Robert Adams over David Adams' estate.This was from an abstracted record and I didn't have time to go to the original.
I have found 3 sets of parents so far as possible parents for the 3 boys: 1. John Adams who marries Mary Washington (daughter of Arthur Washington) 2. Thomas Adams who marries Mary Rawlings (daughter of John Rawlings) 3. XX Adams who marries Mary Ivey (daughter of Henry Ivey)
One John Adams winds up in Jones County, NC but I have seen different things on the internet: one says he is the son of Henry who married Mary Washington and the other says he is the son of Henry who married Mary Ivey.I know too there is a John who dies in Southampton in 1773 as the Lundy's and Nicholson's are involved in his estate settlement.(Collin first marries Frances Nicholson, daughter of Joshua Nicholson Jr.)
Another lead is that family lore says that Collin and Edwin came from England about 1770 and served an apprenticeship to a Myers (of course this doesn't mention brother, Darling).So I have got to pursue that also.Do you have any idea where apprenticeship records can be found?
I have my doubts as to Collin and Edwin coming from England in 1770 but I do think the apprenticeship may exist as all orphaned children were required to learn a trade.Considering all the Adams people in Southampton, I think it more likely that their father was from that bunch and died early, leaving Mary alone with 3 boys.I guess one thing to pursue would be that their father died in the Rev. War.Another possiblity I am going to consider is that the 3 boys were illegitimate sons of James Lundy (not likely, but you never know).
So I have lots of sorting to do on the Adams families to figure out my puzzle.Thank goodnes I can order LDS microfilm here in Austin to help me out.