Winifred Lanoir is found on the 1798 P.P. Tax List in Brunswick Co., Va.,(Taxed on: 1225) page 24. She is the only Lanoir in the Brunswick Tax List. Others on the same page are: Burwell Lanier, Benjamin Lanier, Sterling Lanier. In the 1788 "A" Tax List, Brunswick Co., Va., is: Robert Lanier (1112), Benjamin Lanier (2429)and William Lanier (1001). Rev. Peter Wynne was the minister for some Brunswick Co. marriages and he spelled the name, Lenoir, but Brunswick Co. re-wrote the name, Lanier. Rev. Peter Wynne performed the marriage of Benjamin Wilson, to Ann Lenoir/Lanier, 21, da of Winifred Lenoir/Lanier, on Dec. 12, 1797. The license is dated Dec 8, 1797, Surety, Peter Wynne (Jr.). Witness: William Latimer. Page 101, Brunswick Co., Marriage Records.
I descend from Winifred Lanier, born 1780 in Brunswick Co., married 2 June 1808, Garrett Williams(c1750-1824), as his 2nd wife. John Williams was Surety, and Osborne Williams (son of Garrett & his first wife, Sallie Lanier) was the witness. They lived in Henry Co., Va. on Jennings Creek until 1815 when they moved to Cumberland Co., Kentucky. Winifred died in 1853 in Cumberland County. Garrett and Winifred had six children: Louisa Ann Williams; Garrett Pegram Williams; Susannah Williams; James C. Williams; Benjamin M. Williams; and Alfred Lanier Williams. I would like to know if any Lenoir researchers have seen the Lenoir/Lanier name of this family interchangeable. I don't know whether I am a Lenoir or a Lanier at this time. They are two different families. Sincerely, Elaine Rowland