Monday, July 7, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #27 Elizabeth Sorrell

Elizabeth Sorrell is my paternal 5th great grandmother. I have that she was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, in 1728. I had her parents as Thomas Sorrell and Elizabeth O'Canny, but after doing some looking around recently on, I removed them as her parents until I can figure out if this is correct or not. I probably got this information, as well as her birth year, from other family trees back when I first started my tree and before I knew better than to just add information from other trees without checking it out as best as I could.

In my recent search, I came across an abstract for a will dated January 12, 1725, for a Thomas Sorrell. It lists father John, brother John, wife Elizabeth, son James, daughters Anna and Winifred, and father-in-law Daniel O'Canny. It also lists nephew Thomas Sorrell and nieces Elizabeth and Frances as sisters of nephew Thomas.[1] I wonder if this nephew Thomas Sorrell is my Elizabeth's father, since I have her birth year as 1728 and this will is dated 1725. However, I don't know if I have the correct birth year for her. I've seen several different birth years given for Elizabeth.

Westmoreland County, Virginia, as of January 1, 1728 (map from

Elizabeth married Chandler Aubrey/Awbrey sometime before May 27, 1740.[2] The only child I have for them is Martha, my 4th great grandmother (she married Philip Pendleton). A genealogy website notes that Chandler Aubrey sued Elizabeth's father's estate, has her father's name as Thomas Sorrell, and that this information came from Virginia Order Book 1739-1743, page 52.

I have Elizabeth's death as 1748 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.


[1] Westmoreland County, Virginia Wills, 1654-1800. Will abstract for Thomas Sorrell, will dated January 12, 1725, proved February 22, 1726.

[2] Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Marriage record for Elizabeth Sorrell and Chandler Aubrey

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