I wish to both clarify some of the facts, misinformation and downright lies floating around the internet and to compile the largest and most researched genealogy of the Echols line from England that begins with John Echols and Mary CAVE. Or does it?
Purpose of this blog is to bring the riddle of the Echols
line from England to the New World and all land between Virginia – Oklahoma to
one FREELY accessible resting place. We seem to descend from nomads, they went were drawn for reasons of which some are known
but many are not. There are many unanswered question regarding are patriarch John
Echols who married Mary Cave. Hopefully this blog will become popular enough to
put some of the old questions to rest as well as bring new questions to the
In an attempt to put into one place all the answers and
questions, we, together, can put an end to the, often wrong, quest of our true lineage. Was John
born in England or Virginia? Was our John, b. in 1650, the one that was born in
England? There are no records or a John Echols, with any alternate spellings,
born around that time arriving in Virginia – which I have been able to find
anyway. But, however, there is a record for a John Ecles age 16 (b. 1619)
arriving in Caroline County, Virginia in 1635. (Name: John Ecles Year: 1635 Age:
16 Place: Virginia Source Publication Code: 6571). Is this our John
Echols that Milner is speaking of when he states …”John Echols an Englishman
came to America about the end of the 16th or the beginning of the 17th Century
and settled in Caroline County, Virginia, and married a tall redheaded woman
named Mary Cave and by her had five sons and three daughters.” Personally I
question this and here is why.
“John Echols an Englishman came to America about the end of
the 16th or the beginning of the 17th century.” Our John
Echols, that married Mary Cave, was born in 1650 – the middle of the 17th
century. I think the record I stated above is in fact this John Echols and
Milner is off by a generation, as far as the “Englishman” part is concerned
anyway. I’ll attempt here to open up for a one-place-to-post
all of our questions, speculations, rectifications, theories and traceable and track-able
facts. I’ll attempt to merge all the known and free to find information,
including Milner’s history, Rebecca Echols Terry’s book, newspaper clippings,
pension applications, birth & death records and certificates, census
records, Sons/Daughters of the American Revolution Applications and other
written histories of the Echols line.
You’ll notice, and I’m often asked about this, genealogies
extending well past the Echols direct line. I’ve noticed in my own research that
working through the “connected” families histories I’ve been able to answer
many of my question regarding some of the Echols in my tree. Where I’ve found
information through extended families, as with all information available to me,
will be sourced and contact information give unless otherwise requested.
I welcome questions and challenges. I’m not perfect and I’m
sometimes led in the wrong directions just like others. That is the primary
reason I have created this, and multiple channels, to gather into one place a “master”
collection, if you will, of the available Echols genealogy and attempt to merge
into a new collection that which is provable and that which is still in
question. I welcome suggestions on organizing the information contained here
too. In general, please feel free to contact me in reference to our shared
genealogical journey for any reason.
My hope in creating this blog is it will become popular
among the decedents of John Echols and Mary Cave and together in one accessible
place to put the matter - or questions - to rest. With all the Echols
researchers out there we can have the greatest resource - FREE - to help keep
our name alive and to share our heroes, heroines and notables.
All information along with the sources will be provided on this blog. Take a
look at them yourself, most are free resources, and decide for yourself if the
information is valid for your family or not. Also, should you have any
documents that you wish to share please contact me and I will include it here
as well as my Echols Family Genealogy on RootsWeb WorldConnect Project
and to my Echols Genealogy & Connected Families on Ancestry.com
Virtual Cemetery" has also been started at a wonderful resource - Find A Grave - that
links and connects all those named ECHOLS and their spouses and children that
are in some way connected to or descendants of John Echols and Mary CAVE.
If you have corrections or new families or family members to add please contact
me. I ask that you supply something to backup your claim. Provide any backup
documents or online links to add to the growing list of information sources.