Re: John ANSELL- d 1740 Currituck Co,NC
This is what I have on this Ancell line to date. (They were all living in the Stepney section of London at the time):
1. John Ancell m. Elizabeth UNK on 2-10-1730 London, England. From marriage date I surmise they were born about 1710, but cannot say where. Probably London as there were many Ancells there going back to the 1500s.
Currently known or suspected children & descendants:
2. James b. c1740 London
2. John b. 1745, m. Hannah Thomas 8-27-1765, London
2. Jeremiah b. 1747, m. Jenny UNK c1770, London
3. Jeremiah, Jr. christened 11-24-1782 London
2. Susanna b. c1748, m. 1768 Tisdale Foster, Royal Navy. (I have all of their children and will provide them if you are interested.)
2. Joseph christened 7-4-1750 London
2. Elizabeth christened July 21, 1752 London.
There were doubtless others who I have not been able to find due to the incomplete records at my disposal.
I know from George Foster's surviving letter that his grandparents (John & Eliz. Ancell) were still alive in 1790 when he returned from the sea before emigrating to the USA. He said they were upwards of 80 at that time. George also mentions that his uncle was Jeremiah Ancell and that he had many cousins, and said he was planning to write about them, but his letter appears to have never been completed, or if it was, it was partially destroyed. It is a miracle that any of it has survived at all. If not for the fragment, I would have not the slightest clue about his ancestors. He does mention that the Ancells were Welsh, but how far back that is I cannot begin to guess.
George Foster was a seaman in his youth, having sailed with Edward Pellew to Newfoundand Station and the Mediterranean before coming the States. By his own admission he lived in Kentucky before moving to Tennessee and then to old Cape Girardeau Co., Missouri in 1826 (that part of it that later became Scott Co.) Until I stumbled on the 1784 Chowan Co. tax list I could only speculate on where he first lived upon his arrival in the USA. I suspected that he was connected to the Orange Co., VA Ancells who migrated to Scott Co., MO, but that was it. Now, with this tax list (which I believe has been misdated by as many as five years by NC authorities) I have him in the Albemarle Sound area, not far from Princess Anne Co., VA and the Camden/Currituck Ancells. I am about 90% certain that the George Foster on this list is mine because of the inclusion of one John Garrett on the list right next to George's name. I believe that George's first wife was a Garrett (possibly the sister of the Jacob Garrett who moved to Overton Co., TN). On the 1812 Franklin Co., TN tax list George and John Garrett are again listed together. It is circumstantial to be sure, but it is all beginning to add up.
By a fortuitous bit of fate I live just up the road from NE NC these days (Williamsburg, VA), so I'll been able to look at other pertinent records in the near future.
I am very interested in seeing what info you have on these NC Ancells. Maybe there is some clue in them that may help tie these seemingly unrelated Ancell families together.
Yours, Robert Foster