Frances Norgrave Mason Posted by: Ed Powell Date: August 23, 2000 at 15:43:01 of 1692
" Thus, I cannot say for certainty who William's wife was married to before she married him but I can say with a great deal of certainty that William's wife was not Frances Norgrave Mason Maddocks! By the way, I was not the first nor the last person to make this discovery.
William Blake Metheny who did the seminal research on the Metheny family discovered this in 1945 through a letter written to him on 2 July 1945 by Major John Bailey Nicklin, III, Danville Hall#125, Oakridge, TN.
Major Nicklin in his letter states as follow: "Frances, widow of Capt. John Norgrave later married Col. George Mason and then Dr. Edward Maddocks whose wife she was last and on12 Sep 1693 the records state that 'Frances Maddocks is now dead.' So she could not have been your Frances who married Matheny. She married (1) Capt. John Norgraved.1669), (2) Col. George Mason (d.1686 )and (3) Dr. Edward Maddocks who survived her. (d. 1696)
" NOW William Matheny also married a widow Frances Mason so she must have been the widow of William Mason who was deceased in 1690, leaving a minor daughter Barbara."
That information was quoted from Metheny, W. Blake, Esq., GENEALOGICAL NOTES CONCERNING THE MATHENY_METHENY FAMILY OF VIRGINIA, 1518 Lincoln Liberty Building, Philadelphia, PA, page 64. I hope by posting this here, this will end the discussion about Frances Norgrave Mason being married to William and will lead to a correction of many records. I first wrote this information and published it on October 10, 1992 before I had found William Blake Metheny's research. It was published in a now defunct newsletter which I called THE HOPE and which only made it through two issues due to my work schedule at the time. My article complete with footnotes was later published in the METHENY ONLINE NEWSLETTER published by Dave Metheny. It published in the August, September or October 1998 issue (I am not sure which at this moment and don't wish to search through my files to find out as I am writing this). I stand by the facts and hope this will benefit other researchers of the Mathena/Matheny/Metheny lines.
Then I found another record which said that this same Frances was deceased by or before September 13, 1693. That information was in Official Records, Staffod County Deed and Will Book (1699-1709), Stafford County Court, Stafford, VA, pages 302-303.