|Patrick Hamrick||September 5, 1739|
Thomas Hart Aged about fifty years saith That he was well Acquainted with Roger Day & that he often heard him say & Acknowledge Patrick Hamrick to be his cousen & Further Saith that Roger Day often told him that they were Brother & Sisters children.
Thomas Hart signed the document with his TH mark.
Sworn to before me this 5 Septemr. 1739 Anth:o Seale(1)
Thomas Hart lived in Overwharton Parish (where Roger Day had resided). He was apparently acquainted with both Roger and Patrick. He acquired land on Broad Run (near Roger Days 760 acre grant) in January 1726/27,(2) after Roger Days death, (REF: August 17, 1725) and was subsequently named to appraise an estate with Patrick. (REF: 1741 - 1742)
Although the term "cousin" was often used to describe any person related by blood who was not an ancestor, aunt or uncle, or a brother or sister,(3) this deposition (as well as the one from Edward Graham (REF: January 3, 1739/40)) clearly establishes Patrick and Roger as first cousins ("Brother & Sisters children").
(1) King George County Deed Book No. 2. p. 300.
(2) Stafford County Deed Book J. pp. 348-352.
(3) Paul Drake. What Did They Mean By That?: A Dictionary of Historical Terms for Genealogists. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994. p. 58.
© 1999 Ronald K. Hamrick, Burke, VA