Christopher Yowell ( - 1761/2), Problems with the Virginia Origin
One of the competing theories for the origin of Christopher Yowell of Culpeper Co., VA ( - 1761/2) is that he was the son ofRichard and Anne Yowell. This scenario is described in "Yowell A Genalogical Collection" by Clark S. Yowell (1931). I recently revisited this theory while researching the Sturman family of Westmoreland Co., VA. I find this theory problematic for the reasons outlined below:
1. There is no court record that establishes that Richard Yowell had a son Christopher.
2. Richard and wife Ann Youell/Yowell were deceased by May 1695, when provisions were made for one of their children, who was still a minor. Since there is no record of guardianship provisions for a Christopher Yowell, it can be assumed that if he was a child of Richard Yowell, then he was already of age. That would place his birth date no later than about 1675.
3. As I mentioned in post #437, Christopher Yowell ( - 1761/2) fathered a child who was definitely born after 1741 and who was probably born circa 1756. This means that if Christopher Yowell ( - 1761/2) was a child of Richard Yowell, then Christopher fathered his youngest child at the age of at least 66 and possibly as late as the age of 81. This may be biologically possible, but it is highly improbable.
I have not investigated the Yewell/Yowell family of Maryland to date, but per Clark S. Yowell, Thomas Yewell of "Wye River" ( -1696) left a son and at least one grandson named Christopher. It seems to me that if Christopher Yowell ( - 1761/2) was a descendant of the Youell/Yowell family of the eastern shore, then he was probably more likely related to this branch of the family.