The "Family of Armistead of Virginia" by W.S. Appleton quoted Francis Armistead as stating in 1894 that he was 84 and the son of Ralph Armistead, who died about 1820 at age 65, and that his father's brothers were Robert, William and John. Other information suggests Ralph was married to Margaret W. Based on the Kingston parish registry, Appleton further suggested that Ralph's father was Richard and his mother Elizabeth and that Ralph was born in 1770. This analysis appears faulty, however, because Ralph would have to have been 50--not 65--if he had been born in 1770 and died about 1820. Either Francis was mistaken as to his father's age, (Francis was a boy when his father died), or Ralph could not have been born in 1770. Also, Ralph first appears on the Personal Property Tax List of 1796, claiming only himself and no property. This suggests he had just come of age at 21. If Richard and Elizabeth were not Ralph's parents, who were they? Tax records show only one Robert and only one William listed with Ralph, along with a John, Jr., John, Sr., and John, son of Churchill We can eliminate the son of Churchill. Could John, Sr., be Ralph's father, and Robert, William, and John, Jr., his brothers?