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Capt William Willett was ten years of age when his father, John Willett, passed away, and his mother, Elizabeth Douglas Willett, fled the country. It was his grandmother, Isabella Dale and her, then, husband, Rev Thomas Teackle, who provided William Willett with their home until he was of age to accept his inheritance of the Dale plantation. William is listed in the Tithables of 1779-1782 as being in the home of Rev Teackle, Northampton Co. I am sure the Order Books for Northampton Co show the Rev Thomas Teackle as William's guardian. Although I am not related to Rev Teackle he deserves some mention because he was a very fine man. Rev Thomas Teackle was born 1624 in Gloucestershire. arrived in Northampton Co, Virginia in 1656. Rev Teackle was the 2nd son of Thomas Tackle of Gloucestershire. Thomas Tackle was an ardent supporter of King Charles LL. Thomas Tackle was slain in 1645 during the Battle of Naseby. There was an Inter- Regnum. With the restoration of Charles 11, as king, the Crown gave recognition to Rev Teackle by granting him a grant in the neighboring county of Accomack.This land was called "Craddock" and situated near the border of the state of Maryland. After the death of Isabella, Rev Teackle married Margaret Nelson born 1650 in London. She was the daughter of Robert and Mary (Temple) Nelson. Robert Nelson was a barrister at Gray's Inn, London. They were considered a part of Admiral Nelson's family. The Temples trace back to 1427 to Godiva, the heroine of Tennyson's poem. Rev Thomas Teackle left a will in Accomack County, Virginia in 1695. His wife, Margaret, predeceased him by several years, In his will Rev Thomas Teackle requested that his daughter, Catherine, be taken by William Willett, to raise. 

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Comment by James David Douglas on December 18, 2015 at 19:22

Great information 

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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