1. In Jun 1789, the Bedford
Co. Court "Ordered that the Overseers of the Poor bind Archibald
Wilks to Anderson Melton." Archibald is assumed to be son
of Sarah Wilkes and his father deceased, because of the following
bound out in the same time period. (Anderson Melton's brother
Allen md. one of John Wilks Sr's daughters). Archibald was born
1781, a descendant says, and married Lucy Burnett.
2. Anna Wilks was bound
to Joseph Rhodes in Dec 1790. Anna married Samuel Williams.
3. Jessee Wilkes was bound
to Joseph Rhodes in Dec 1790. Jesse married in 1799 so was probably
born abt 1780 and married at 19. His first wife was Faney Guldin,
and his second wife was Judith Pratt.
5. Archelaus Wilkes was
bound to Anderson Melton in Dec 1790; and in 1794, Archelaus
"son of Sarah Wilkes" to Anderson Melton. This implies
all three of those bound over in Dec 1790 were sons of Sarah.
I do not know who Archelaus married or where he went and have
often wondered whether he and Archibald were the same person.
4. Peyton Wilkes, "son
of Sarah Wilkes," was bound to Stephen Martin in 1798. His
tombstone has his birthdate as 1791. In Jun 1810 he was bound
to George Walker, a tanner. Peyton married Anna Dallas. An implausibility
in Peyton's descendant L. E. Wilkes' book, By an Oregon Pioneer
Fireside, is that Peyton was born in Grayson Co., VA. Nimrod
Newman was granted land in Nov 1783 by Virginia Governor Thomas
Jefferson, but it was not surveyed until Jun 1806. In 1789, no
member of the Wilks or Newman family had moved to Grayson Co.
But, later, Archibald Wilkes had a son Peyton W. "Waddy"
Wilkes, born in Grayson Co. ca 1805, who was in the 1830 Grayson
6. Henry Wilkes was bound
out by the Overseers of the Poor abt 1790. He married Lucy Smith
and by 1837 lived in southwestern Missouri.
If the father of the first four
children was dead by 1789, how did their mother give birth to
Peyton in 1791, if his tombstone is correct?