Illegitimacy in Virginia

I’ve posted a first draft of an article documenting the ancestry of Julia Chew and Thirza Chrisman. It’s been a fun and challenging investigation, beginning with a marriage record for a Thomas Chew and Julia Minser that didn’t match the will of Julia’s father, William Huggins. At the end was the discovery of two women born out of wedlock, and an absolutely fascinating genealogical challenge.

Also, I want to give a shout out to Brad Minser: his carefully documented family tree was the key to making sense out of that vexing and conflicting marriage record and will.

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