Continued cleanup of Totopotamoi profile

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I would like to disconnect “Unknown Powhatan” as the child of Totopotomoi and Cockacoeske, as the wife of Matthew Anderson, and as the mother of Seth Frances Anderson, Cynthia Anderson, and Bartelot Anderson.   As previously noted, there is no documentary evidence that Tototpotomoi and Cockacoeske had any children; Cockacoeske had only one documented child, a son known as “John West,” born after the death of Totopotamoi.  At Cockacoeske’s death a niece called “Betty” was named her successor as “Queen of the Pamunkey” strongly suggesting that she had no daughters.  “Unknown Powhatan” only seems to exist in on-line trees and Internet messages.

The family members attached to this profile appear to be members of more than one family. There is limited information on the early Anderson family of New Kent and Hanover Counties (Virginia) due to the loss of early records, but the records that survive show that there was a man named Matthew Anderson who lived and died in New Kent County (part of which became Hanover County in 1719), about 1670-1718. He is believed to be the son of the Robert Anderson of New Kent County who died in 1712.   From the records of St. Paul’s parish: “we the Subscribers with John Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Thomas Anderson & George Alves have procession’d our lands according to the within Order. Wm Anderson wanting, he having dispos’d of his part of Land there to Matt: Anderson…”  <ref> C.G. Chamberlayne, The Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia 1708-1786. Genealogical Publishing Co, Ind., Baltimore, Maryland 1999. p. 234 <\ref>.  If Matthew left a will it has been lost, so the name of his wife and children are not certain.  From land records it appears his wife was named Cecilia.  Widow Cecilia is listed as the landowner in 1719. <ref> Vestry book, p. 262 <\ref>  Matthew and Cecilia are possibly  the parents of sons named James, Bartelot, and Charles based on land records and later wills.

 I didn’t find anyone named ‘Seth” mentioned in the Anderson family.  Although everyone in these families seems to have lived and died in Virginia, the profile for 'Seth Frances' attached to Unknown Powhatan says she was born and died in Maryland. Richard Bryan(t) (c. 1687-1747) who lived in Stafford and King George counties had a wife named Seth: “…And lastly I constitute and appoint my dear wife Seth Bryan and my son Richard Bryan to be executors of this my last will and testament….”   <ref> King George County, Virginia Will Book A-1 1721-1752, will of Richard Bryan, 18 Jan 1747 </ref> I couldn’t find any records to connect Seth Bryan(t) with the above (or any other) Anderson family.  The son Richard named as executor with his mother had a wife named Frances who seems to be conflated with mother Seth as “Seth Frances Anderson Bryan. “

WikiTree profile: Unknown Powhatan
asked in Genealogy Help by Kathryn Parks G2G6 Mach 2 (23.6k points)
edited by Kathryn Parks

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It looks like all the Anderson profiles are unsourced. Even Colonial Families of Virginia and Maryland do not have any information on these people, and they are usually pretty reliable.
answered by Jeanie Roberts G2G6 Pilot (114k points)

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