Sorry it has taken me so long to reply.This thing was supposed to tell me if someone responded to my message, but it never did.I was just browsing through the website a few days ago and happened to see your reply.Thanks for the information you provided.
Brent Holcomb in his book "Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Humphries (d. 1837) of Union District, South Carolina 1677-1984" pretty much demolished the argument (actually it was never more than a suggestion) that Robert Humphries who d. 1714 in Surry County was the father of John Humphries who married Mary White and who d. in Brunswick Co., VA in 1738 (see pages 2-3 of Holcomb's book).Basically, there are no records connecting the two men (if John had been Robert's eldest son he would have inherited any of Robert's real estate at his death and there is no evidence of this) and the timing is really just too close for Robert to have had a son in time to be the John who died in 1738, the father of 5 or more children.Another possibility that I believe to be more likely is that John is the Evans Humphries jr. listed as a tithable of Evan Humphries in Surry County around 1700.Evan is just the name "John" in Welsh, so John Jr. may just have Americanized his name just as Johan Schmidt from Germany might have called himself John Smith in America (researcher Lou Poole was the first to publicly suggest this possibility).That would have made the Robert who d. in Surry in 1714 and the John who d. in Brunswick in 1738 brothers.So I'm guessing the Robert in Brunswick Co. and John Sr. were nephew and uncle, rather than brothers.Both men left quite a few records in Brunswick Co., but there is only one that I know of that mentions both men and it is a debt to John's estate owed by Robert.Not indicative of a close connection.Yes, it is interesting that Robert and John both did road work in Brunswick Co. That may have been a family specialty because it continued in John's line.One of his grandsons was county surveyor of Wake Co., NC for almost 25 years.Robert of Brunswick is mentioned in quite a few records of Brunswick Co. but seems to have left in something of a hurry about the 1730s.I have never been able to find a clue as to where he went.John who d. 1738 left a piece of land to four of his sons--William (my ancestor), John, Thomas and Charles.The boys sold this land off in pieces beginning in 1747, when it had been apportioned to Lunenburg Co.It appears that William went to Orange Co. NC and then to Johnston Co., to a part that became Wake County about 1770.All four of John's sons who received the piece of land in Brunswick/Lunenburg Co. eventually migrated to Wake Co., NC.After that, some of the descendants went to western SC and others to Dickson Co., TN.Did your Pace family happen to go any of these places?Where did your Paces go after leaving Brunswick?Maybe that would be a clue to locating Robert Humphreys of Brunswick.I have never found anyone who claims to be descended from him.And there were some other Humphries, indeed, in early Brunswick Co.Griffin and Daniel.A Griffin Humphries had land in Orange Co. NC not long before William Humphries moved there, but lost it for some reason.But I have never been able to track him down either.
I'd say more, but so much time has passed, I don't know if you will ever see this.Please let me know if you do and perhaps we can share more information.Thanks again for the information you supplied about the Pace family.I will keep an eye out for them.
P.S. It appears that the granddaughter of Amos Timms you mention in your message and the grandson of John Humphries married years later in South Carolina and left a very large number of descendants there.