Re: Waller Family of Spotsylvania Co., Virginia
As one of the other posters stated, "Senior" and "Junior" were often used simply to differentiate between an older and a younger man in the same area whose names were the same.I SUSPECT that was the case here, and that this John Waller "Junior"....married to Elizabeth Rice....was probably the son of Edmund Waller and Mary Pendleton.
Note: The 1764 tithe list for Buckingham Co., VA included a William Davidson, Senior and a William Davidson, Junior.DNA testing now seems to be showing that those two Mr. Davidsons were not even related....much less father and son....and the "Senior" and "Junior" designations were apparently used simply to differentiate between the two men (one of whom apparently came to VA from PA, while the family of the other William Davidson had been in VA since at least 1682....my paternal Davidson family).
By the way, the first/older Rice Curtis was apparently a great-grandson of Bartholomew Curtis and Jane unknown.After Bartholomew Curtis died, his widow Mrs. Jane (Unknown) Curtis married second to Nicholas Cock (also shown by some as "Cocke").Their daughter together named Jane Cock married first to Rice Jones, Junior and second to Lt. John Smith (a son of Alexander Smith of Lancaster/Middlesex Co., VA; this is my maternal Smith family).Lt. John Smith (died in the 1690s, as did his father Alexander Smith) and his wife Jane had children that included a Maurice Smith, and that Maurice Smith left Middlesex Co., VA and moved to King and Queen Co., VA around 1720 or so.Maurice Smith married Elizabeth (probably Elizabeth Byrd/Bird), and one of their sons was yet another John Smith.That John Smith married Mary Chew, and she was a daughter of Larkin Chew, Junior and Mary Beverly (and a granddaughter of Larkin Chew, Senior and Hannah Roy).I note that Larkin Chew was also mentioned in the data that you posted.One of the sons of John and Mary (Chew) Smith was named Larkin Smith.
Note: I have not attempted to look at this in any detail, but I certainly suspect that the Mary Pendleton who married Edmund Waller was closely related to the "Pendleton husband" of the Mrs. Martha (Rice) Pendleton (who was a daughter of Rice Curtis) who is also mentioned in your post.
Edmund Waller and his wife Mary Pendleton sold land in Spotsylvania Co., VA in 1742 to a Samuel Brown.That Samuel Brown named one of his sons WALLER Brown.I do not know, however, if this Brown family married into the Waller family.If anyone has any information on that, I wish that they would post it here.
Per my research, it is at least POSSIBLE that the Ambrose Smith who is also mentioned in your post was a member of the Smith family that lived next-door to the above Alexander Smith in Lancaster/Middlesex Co., VA in the 1600s.We have several "matching male Smith Y chromosome DNA donors" who are out of Alexander Smith, but it does not appear that we have a male Smith Y DNA donor who shows the referenced Ambrose Smith as his ancestor (and I have my doubts that this specific Ambrose Smith was related to the Ambrose Joshua Smith who was also in "early" Virginia....but certainly no proof either way).At this point in time, it does not APPEAR that ANY Mr. Smith who was out of the overall Smith family that lived next-door to "my" Alexander Smith has taken the Y DNA test....and hence, I do not know if those two Smith families were/are "blood related" (though they did intermarry).
Note: The above "neighboring Smith family" in Lancaster/Middlesex Co., VA included a William Smith who married a Miss Stevens.That same overall Stevens family was closely associated with the above Samuel Brown/Waller Brown family in Spotsylvania Co., VA.I presume that someone in that overall "neighboring Smith family" could have had a son who was named Ambrose Smith, but that is just conjecture at this point in time.Records show, however, that this Ambrose Smith "hung around" with some of the same families in Spotsylvania Co., VA as did some of the descendants of "my" Alexander Smith.
Also, a later/younger Maurice Smith in my Alexander Smith family married into the Carter family, and I see in your post where a William Carter married Frances Rice.The referenced later/younger Maurice Smith (and his wife, the widow Mrs. Catherine (Carter) Jones) had a son who was yet another John Smith....and that John Smith married the Sarah Waller who was a daughter of Judge Benjamin Waller (a brother of the Edmund Waller who married Mary Pendleton apparently) and Martha Hall (so lots of connections here).