Married Well and Often Seamans/Bell
The Book Married Well and Often speaks to marriages in the Northern Neck of Virginia and is often cited as proof that Joseph Seamans of Richmond County was married to Charity BELL. The author Robert Headley cites the North Farnham Parish Registry page 165 and the Richmond County Will Book 5 page 148 as proof. If you read the entries in the Registry there is no reference to Charity having been a Bell when she married Joseph. In the 1729 Richmond County Will (I have a copy of the original and inventory) there is no mention of Charity because she has been dead several months. There is no indication in these documents or in the records that I have been able to find that mention Charity being a Bell. In the past we ASSUMED that Charity may have been the daughter of Rev. John Bell of Christ Church...we have never been able to find that he had a daughter Charity. We have recently proven with primary source documents that Mary, wife of Joseph's son Ephraim who DID move to Caroline, Orange and Albemarle Co.s was a Bell. Mary was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Carter Bell and granddaughter of Griffin (Griffith?) Carter. Ephraim son of Joseph and Charity (unknown) and husband of Mary Bell Pugh Seamans named a male son BELL.