Re: Ralph Elkins (died 1690 in Stafford Co., VA) and the Ashton Family
The facts are clear, Col. Henry Meese and wife, Anne, were living in England, not Virginia, in 1682. Thomas Storke was a merchant in London. From the Fitzhugh letter to Nicholas Spencer, Esq.
"I also have overlook'd all the letters & Accots. between him & Mr. Storke, & the last letter & Accot. betwixt him & Mrs. Meese, by which said last mention'd letters & Accots. I find him [N.B. James Ashton] indebted to Mrs. Meese for Ballance £22.17 . . 7 which said debt Mr. Storke by his letter promises payment of, if Mr. Ashton desire, by letter dated 15 Decr. 1682 in answer to which Mr. Ashton does desire payment by him to be made, by letter dated May 17th. following £20 part thereof was formerly paid by Meese, for which Mr. Ashton was to have a receipt from his Sister, which receipt could not be found"
It is clear to me that the exchange of £20 and the receipt given to "a" sister of James Ashton in 1682/3 were events that occurred in England, not Virginia. If you wish to speculate about this sister of James Ashton, or some other sister, traveling back and forth to Virginia, that is your perogative. However, there is no evidence of such events.
I can cite dozens of examples from this time frame of gifts of property given to children of friends who were not relatives. The bequest of the 100 acres to Richard Elkins is interesting, but it is not proof that he was a nephew of James Ashton.
As I have done detailed genealogy research for myself and others over the last few years, I have noted the increasing frequency of these alleged ties to gentry families. While some of these "family traditions" may have some merit, without any supporting documentation, they are worthless in my opinion. In this particular case, I have always found it odd that Ralph Elkins, who was a man of limited wealth, married into the Ashton family, which was a gentry family with roots that can be traced back more than 500 years.
Finally, I believe that my post (#1686) to Cullen Wagoner was perfectly civil. For your reference, the quote was from a letter written by your "mentor."