Re: The Jetts, Tripletts and Washingtons
Genealogy is the study of family relationships. The study of history, law, religion, etc. are useful adjuncts to this study and I have never claimed anything to the contrary, despite your intimation in post #1657. In my opinion, alternative theories that are advanced in genealogy should be evaluated critically and those that are plausible and consistent with the available data ("informed speculation") should be researched, while those that are not should be set aside or discarded.
My participation in this discussion has been to address the following statement made in your post #1630:
"For researchers exploring the maritime backgrounds of the Jett and Triplett families -- I wonder if those 'sailing' families, knew the sailing' Washingtons?"
Perhaps it was not your intent, but this statement leaves the reader with the impression that you believe that there "might" have been a connection between the Jett/Triplett and Washington families in England. However, the available evidence does not support such a connection. The only points of common ground between the Jett and Washington families on which we both seem to agree are that both families emigrated from England to Virginia in the 17th century and both families had land in Old Rappahannock and/or Westmoreland counties.
Court records show that brothers John and Lawrence Washington first arrived in Virginia in the late 1650s. They both had sizeable estates, they both served as officers in the militia (John was also a justice), and their families associated with many of the gentry families in the area. Peter Jett and family arrived in Virgina sometime before January 1666/7, he had a modest estate, and there is no record in Virginia (and none cited in England) that establishes that the immigrant Jetts and Washingtons were connected in any way other than the proximity of their respective property in Virginia.
Since Peter Jett's ancestry is not currently known, it is impossible to state whether his father "may have been just as penniless as Lawrence Washington's father" per your post #1657. Many wealthy men and their families also emigrated to Virginia during the 17th century. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of early Virginia families can currently document their English/Irish/Scottish/Welsh or European roots. In my opinion, the most productive area of research into the Jett family ancestry would be to search through the unindexed records at the PRO (see post #1619).
FYI, I am a Virginian and I do not consider myself a Cavalier. Those are the people who attended the other university, the one in Charlottesville.