Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace

Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace
This house and property belonged to John Ward, Jr At his death he willed the property to his nephew William Ward

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011 Robert Adams 1725-1740

Seal of Bedford County, VirginiaImage via Wikipedia

I read through the Irvins and their Kin yesterday, but I didn't find any real references to Robert Adams.  It was a quick scan so I may have missed something, but I don't think so.  There is some references to the Flournoys which are connected to the Adams family.

The Adams family, everytime I write that I can't help but think of Morticia and Gomez.  Oh well, I am being a little silly this morning.

Marriage Bonds of Bedford
1755 - 1800 Compiled by Earle S. Dennis and Jane Estelle Smith

John McGehee and Mourning Adams    Married October 20, 1777.  James Adams surety. Consent of Robert Adams father of Mourning  Page 23

Charles Lynch Jr. and Sally Adams   Married October 20, 1777   James Adams surety Consent of Robert Adams father of Sally  page 40.
(Yesterday, the genealogy of Adams family had her name as Sarah)  Sally was a nickname for Sarah.

Note:  It looks like there may have been a double wedding ceremony.  This may have been a fabulous affair, but I have some reservations about that because of the timing.  It is 1777 and we are at war.  Many of the men would have enlisted or been occupied with militia duties.  The double ceremony could have been for expediency due to the war.  In any case, if it was a party it probably lasted for two or three days.  After the ceremony there would have been a toast with hard spiced cider (alcoholic).  Some of the Lynch/Ward/Adams family were Quakers, but they were allowed to drink, but not to excess. It would be a feast for everyone which would include venison, roasted pig, fish and other meats which would be from local sources.  The cake would not be similar to our Wedding cake of today.  It would be a thick, rich spice cake soaked with alcohol, nuts and dried fruit. Yum.  It is October so there would be apples and peaches and vegetables from the farm.  It would be a wonderful affair with family and friends gathered together for celebration of the nuptials and since these families were landed gentry there would be sumptuous offerings of food and drink.  Possibly even a few musicians and a dance or two.  Because anyone that knows a true Virginian will know how much they love music and dancing.  

John Shackleford and Penelope Adams  Married:  August 15, 1778    James Shackleford surety.  Consent of Robert Adams father of Penelope  page 62

Rice Smith and Peggy Adams  Married June 5, 1781   Charles Lynch  surety.
Yesterday, I noted that the Adams Genealogy had Margaret Adams marrying John Rice Smith.  Peggy is another name for Margaret.

Note:  Surety:  In Colonial Times a Bond was put up for the groom to insure that he would marry the bride.  If the groom didn't marry the bride, whoever put up the surety lost their money.
The Cabells and Their Kin by Alexander Brown

Judith Adams married Micajah Clark son of Christopher Clark and Penelope Clark.  Daughter of Robert Adams.  page 290.  This was the daughter of Robert and Mourning Adams.

Tomorrow I will be researching books on Quakers.
The Virginia House-Wife
Colonial Virginia Cookery: Procedures, Equipment, and Ingredients in Colonial Cooking
Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty
The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook

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