2017 add: From 2005 paper by Robert Ellis on the ancestors of Hallie Dell Williams:
"John Brim was born in about 1644 in Stoke Gabriel, Devonshire, England to Nicholas Brend and Ann Bogin. Just when he immigrated is not clear, but he was living in Middlesex County, Virginia by 1674 when he married Mary Dabney.
"There (were in 2005) two Mary Dabneys in the data available to me, both of whom were granddaughters of Theodore Dabney. Theodore was among the first groups of Huguenots who came to Virginia. He had a son named Cornelius and a son named John, both of whom had daughters named Mary.
"The Huguenots were French Protestants, members of the Reformed Church established in about 1555 by John Calvin. The growing popularity of the church quickly led to hostility and repression by the Catholic dominated French government. In 1562, some 1,200 Huguenots were killed at Vassey, France. This began the French Wars of Religion which lasted for about 35 years. King Henry IV issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598, giving the Huguenots some limited rights. After Henry died in 1610, the persecutions resumed, and by 1685, King Louis XIV revoked the Edict. Hundreds of thousands of Huguenots fled to friendly European countries and to the English Colonies, particularly Virginia, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, and New York. The Huguenots tended to be welcomed wherever they fled because they were primarily artisans, craftsmen, and professionals.
"In about 1620, three Huguenot men arrived at Jamestown and settled in Elizabeth City County. In the 1630s, several Huguenots, including an ancestor in a branch I have not yet reported on here, arrived and settled in York County. At about the same time, other Huguenots settled in upper Norfolk County.
"John Brim married Mary Dabney on 15 November 1674 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia. (Christ Church Parish and Middlesex County were one in the same.)...
"John and Mary were noted in an essay about the hard life in Middlesex County in the 17th Century because they were an exception to the rule-they survived long enough to see all their children reach majority. Darrett B. and Anita H. Rutman wrote in their essay “Now-Wives and Sons-in-Law”: Parental Death in a Seventeenth-Century Virginia Count:
“A traveler to Virginia in the late 1680s noted that he had ‘met few old people’; in the same decade John Clayton, Virginia’s scientific parson, wrote that ‘if the English live past 33 they generally live to a good age’ but ‘many die between 30 and 33;’ and William Fitzhugh, writing in 1687, when he was thirty-six, looked upon himself as in his ‘declining age.”
“Middlesex’s first generation was an immigrant generation; evidence of birth dates…is scattered though the records of older counties and in England… yet enough material on the first and second generations (those born through 1710) has been gathered… We can hypothesize Middlesex’s median couple, a highly idealized concept, we stress… Presuming that, both husband and wife, the marriage was a first marriage, he would have just turned 24, she just 20….they would have between four and six children, perhaps one of which would die in infancy… Four or five would survive, however…The wife of this median marriage could be expected to die at 39… The husband, 43 at the death of his first wife, would probably remarry almost immediately and have still other children. But he could be expected to die in turn at 48.”
2017 add: Sources for 2005 data: 1) Eng Gen: VI., 2: • Married John Brim on 15 Nov 1674 in Middlesex Co., VA. Died 16 Jan 1745/7, at which time she was married to her third husband.
2) http://www.ancestry.com Gene Pool • John Brim and Mary Dabney were listed as the parent of several children born in Middlesex County: Nicholas, born 1677, died in Apr 1720 in Essex Co; Elizabeth and Mary, DOB: 7 Jan 1682; Alice, 10 Feb 1688; Thomas, 1698; James, 1700, died 12 Sep 1722 in Middlesex Co; & Peter, 6 April 1702, died 1718 in Middlesex Co.
3) http://www.ancestry.com Church Records, Christ Church Parish, Virginia Births, 1653-1812 • John and Mary Brim were listed as parents of: John, baptized 14 Feb 1685/6; Richans, bapt. 3 Feb 1689/90; and Johannah, bapt 12 Jun 1692
4) FTM/WFT # 2-699: • John Brim married Mary Dabney 15 Nov 1674 in Middlesex, VA. • Children: John; Mary (1); Ann; Richins; Johanna; Nicholas; Mary (2); Elizabeth; Alice; Thomas; James; and Peter.
5) FTM/WFT 17-462 (quotes a lot from 2-699 above) •6) http://huguenot-manakin.org/lineage.html; Lineages--First Three Generations The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin, In the Colony of Virginia; found March 2005: Ancestor 2nd Generation 3rd Generation Dabney, Theodore Dabney, Cornelius Dabney, Mary Dabney, Theodore Dabney, John Dabney, Mary
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