George Donnell m. Lydia/Ann Forbis in Guilford Co., NC
I'm confused, and I hope someone on the Donnell side can help me.
According to the Buffalo Presbyterian Church cemetery listings (and Find-A-Grave) George Donnell (1769-1842) married Lydia Ann Forbis (1772-1844).
According to Guilford County marriage records George Donnel married ANN Forbush 19 January 1796.(added below the bride's name was the note "Lydia Forbis")
BUT, in the 10 April 1789 Will of Arthur Forbis, he made provisions for:
“And first I allow my land to be sold and its value to be equally divided among three of my daughters, viz: LIDIA DONNELL & Elisabeth Forbis and ANNE FORBIS.
“Secondly – I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Elisabeth and ANNE FORBIS, to each of them a horse and saddle, one cow and calf, one bed with its furniture and likewise to each of them their spinning wheel, I also allow to my daughter Elisabeth one pot and potwracks [sic], and to Anne the Dutch oven and potwracks, and I allow my pewter to be equally divided between them.
“ThirdlyI give and bequeath unto my son-in-law and daughter; Hanse and Jennet McCane seventy shillings to be levied out of my estate.
“Fourthly – I allow all that remains of my estate from the above bequeathments after paying my legal debts and funeral charges to be equally divided amongst my four daughters, viz: Jennet McCane, LYDIA DONNELL, Elisabeth and ANNE FORBES."
The thing to note here is that Lydia was already married in 1789; Anne was not.
Rev. S. M. Rankin in his "History of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church..." seemingly threw a curve ball when he asserted that "Lydia married George Donnall, son of Robert 2nd."
Whoever is buried with George Donnell in Buffalo Presbyterian Church cemetery was NOT Lydia Anne (Forbis) Donnell.
I figure that the resolution of this inconsistency boils down to three choices.Either:
• Rev. Rankin was wrong.Lydia did marry a Donnell, but it wasn’t George, and her younger sister, Ann, married George Donnell in 1796, or
• Lydia married George, and then she died, and George remarried Lydia’s sister Ann, or
• There were two George Donnells – Lydia married one and Ann married the other.
Can anyone help?Surely the answer to this riddle would untangle some Donnell inconsistencies.
Lou Poole, Richardson, TX