John T Meggs' parents, my theory, part in parenthesis my views)
In June of 1739, in New Haven Co., CT, a son was born to Jane Johnson (b 1710) and her husband, Stephen Strider Meigs (b1699). They named the boy Stephen Strider Meigs (jr). (When the boy was bout 17 years old) he became part of the CT Militia. His name is on the roster of the Seventh Regiment. He was in the French and Indian War, 1756-1761. Stephen (jr) died in 1761. Ancestry. com shows that he died in VA.
VA had a great interest in the area where VA, PA, MD came together, and there was intense fighting in that area. (Conceivably, Stephen, jr could have been in that area from
c1758/9 until 1761 as part of the British forces].
We know from historic records that a number of women were there as well - some were in the army, some took care of their husbands - cooking, washing, etc, and some were there as the usual "camp follower". Some of the troops and women were from the Tidewater area of Eastern, VA., including some from the Meggs 'community' of the Counties of Essex, Gloucester, Middlesex.
[Apparently, Stephen S Meigs, and one of these women met - she was probably named Meggs.]There was a woman named Christian Meggs in Middlesex Co. later on. Wayne Driver, in his book about the people of that area, writes that the Meggs' and many other families were 'families of color'.
In 1760 Stephen, jr and a woman, whose name is not known with certainty, became parents of a baby boy.[After Stephen died, or was killed, in 1761,the woman took her child and went back to her home in Gloucester Co., VA. She raised the boy there as John T - Thomas - Meggs]
[James, William, and Thomas must have played a very influential role in John T's growing up.]When John had sons later on, he uses those names for his own sons; in fact, his first son was named James,[which leads one to wonder if James was a 'brother' or perhaps even his step-father, whom his mother married after getting back to Gloucester as a single mother.]James did marry a woman named Christian, who was a 'woman of color'.[Perhaps, Christian was John T's mother. That could explain how the name Meggs got back into the line of descent of the descendents of Vincent Meggs/Meigs.]
In John T's ancestry, according to Ancestry.com and other sites, there were two men named Stephen Strider Meigs - see beginning here. Then in John T's descendents there are two who are named Stephen Strider Megggs/Meigs. One was my great grandfather, born in 1846 in AL.[This strongly suggests a line of ancestry going back to Vincent Meggs/Meigs.]But also in John T's descendents there are names from the Tidewater Area of Eastern, VA, name such as James, Thomas, William[which strongly suggests ties to that area.][It may be that John T was a mixed race child.]