Absolute proof of Diana Skipwith Dale
Thank You for a complete analysis of the Dale of London ... but as a serious researcher of my wife's Capt. Thomas Carter of Lancaster County VA ..... we have SOURCE documents.Thing is, we now have overwhelming circumstantial evidence that our Thomas was "of a London Merchant of good family".No, his father was not Ancell Carter, Grocer and Citizen of London, but Ancell's older brother William, who remained a Glover back in Bedfordshire.In other words, ALL the Carter of early Lancaster were Tradesmen!
It is/was generally known that Grocers were well respected and "entitled" to the lesser daughters of London society.After all, Grocers of the 17th century were second in the Queen's Line of Procession, where tradesmen had run London for centuries.
The proof that Diana Dale was a daughter of Sir Henry Skipwith is a letter from her brother, Sir
Grey Skipwith, who lived on the south side of the Rappahannock in what is now Middlesex county.
This letter, recorded in Lancaster Record Book No. 2', page 364:
"Major Edward Dale.
Pray do me the favor to acknowledge in court
on my behalf two bills of sale for Cattle made to Mary Bayley
and this my note shall impower you for the doing of it as ful
as any letter of attorney,
Sr I have not else only our love presented to yrselfe and
Sr I am your lo: brother