Did John Sanders of Nansemond marry Susanna or Phoebe?

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John Sanders of Nansemond County, Virginia (c 1610-aft 1681) usually has as wife Susanna Ravenett, daughter of William Ravenett of Warwick County, Virginia. This stems from a suggestion put forth by John B. Boddie in Volume 6 of his Historical Southern Families. Researchers have taken this as proof, but Boddie only says "he may have been the John Sanders who ... patented 1650 acres in Nansemond... part of it lay in Isle of Wight...."

I beg to disagree with this suggestion. No marriage records exist for John Sanders in Warwick, Isle of Wight, or Nansemond Counties. Later deeds recorded in Isle of Wight or Nansemond trace the transfer of John's share (550 acres) of this 1681 patent to three of his sons and two grandsons. At least two of those sons are named as children of Phoebe (Unknown) Sanders Curle, an alternate wife of John Sanders of Nansemond. After John's death she married William Curle/Kirl of Nansemond and lived until at least 1706.

I have written a rather long dissertation to prove Phoebe was John's wife, not Susanna. I feel it is too long to put here and cites several sources so I have added it to his profile page. I would very much appreciate a review of this writing and welcome any comments or suggestions.

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in Genealogy Help by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (482k points)
Shirley, thanks for working on this. What's the source fi4 the Ravenett maiden name?

Mulberry Island, Waswick [Warwick] County, 5 July 1669. "500 acres of same being formerly granted by Sir John Harvey, Governor, to Jacob Avery, for the term of 21 years, afterwards granted to William Ravenett, and given by him to his daughter, Susanna, now the wife of John Sanders by his last will dated March 26, 1656. (G. B. 6-292)" Deed quoted by John B Boddie, Historical Southern Families, Vol 6. You can find the section quoted in full on Sanders of Nansemond. The problem is this John Sanders was in Warwick County, Virginia. There is no direct link that proves he is the John Sanders of Nansemond County. Records for Sanders of Nansemond don't appear until 1681.

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