Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Mary Colclough

Female Abt 1704 -


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  • Name Mary Colclough 
    Born Abt 1704  St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Person ID I032506  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 

    Father Benjamin Colclough,   b. Bef 1687, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 11 Apr 1722, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 35 years) 
    Mother Rachel MNU Colclough,   b. Apr 1678, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1749, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Bef 1703  St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14877  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John Kidwell,   d. 16 Jun 1725, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1725  St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Kidwell,   b. Bef 1724, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Sarah Kidwell,   b. Bef 1725, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F05899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John DeBell,   b. Abt 1704 
    Married Between 1726 and 1734  St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane DeBell,   b. 3 May 1735, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F19326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Samuel Thornbury,   b. Abt 1717, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1755, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1744  St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Samuel Thornbery and Mary Kidwell, April 20, 1744.
    Children 
     1. John Kidwell Thornbury,   b. 19 Feb 1744/45, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Thornbury,   b. 15 Apr 1746, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F19327  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gbonner/colclough.html

      Sarah Colclough, born 17 MAR 1719/20

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      There are many who will claim that Sarah Colclough married John Kidwell. I do not think this is the case. Given the approximate birth dates of John Kidwell and Sarah as given by some, the line is clearly impossible. If John Kidwell and Sarah had a child named Josiah Kidwell born about 1775, then clearly Josiah's mother could not be Sarah, the daughter of Benjamin Colclough and Rachel. This is because a 1775 birth requires Sarah to deliver a child at age 55. This is not reasonable.
      The confusion over Sarah Colclough arises primarily due to poor transcription and abstracting representations of the Will of Rachel Colclough. In her will, Rachel makes no mention AT ALL of a daughter named Sarah. And citation of all later documents claiming a living daughter named Sarah in regards to inheritance of the Colclough estate at the death of Rachel can be traced back to erroneous representations of the Will. Rachel had a daughter named Mary, who married a Kidwell (see below), and had a daughter named Sarah. Since Mary (Colclough) Kidwell had remarried to a Thornbury, confusion ensued over how Sarah got the last name "Kidwell", and people presume it was by marriage.

      However, a reading of the actual Will of Rachel Colclough reveals unambiguously that Sarah Kidwell is a grand daughter of Rachel and not a daughter of Rachel. The Will uses the word "Sarah" only one time, and that is in this sentence:

      "Item, I give unto my daughter Mary Thornbury's daughter Sarah Kidwell one feather bed, bolster, sheets, blanket, & rug that was her grandfather's, & one young cow, two pewter dishes, & half a dozen pewter plates".

      I have edited the preceding quote to conform with modern spelling and punctuation, but no material changes were made.

      So the question remains, where is the documentation that Sarah Colclough married a KIDWELL? I can tell you where the documentation is NOT. The documentation is NOT in the Parish Register of St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia. Take a look for yourself - you will see that it is not there. It is also NOT documented by the will of Rachel Colclough. Take a look for yourself - you will see that it is not there. All cases for this marriage that I have seen come down to the will abstract which is in CLEAR ERROR. The only way to take the will abstract (as provided by Boddie in Viginia Historical Genealogies) as true is to say that the abstract is MORE accurate than the will itself. I will not try further to convince those that believe the abstract to be more accurate than the will itself.

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