A Family Research Project
A. Ray Griffin, Olde Ghote
Last Updated 25 June 2000
GRIFFITH / GELDING
Find the connection between the Gelding/Griffith lines to the
One of the "leads" that might connect Gelding/Griffith
lines to Yeardley is HARMANSON. There was close association between
these families. Jerom Griffith (d 1708) named "my friends
Lt Col William Waters, Capt. William HARMANSON and Capt Francis
Costin" to assist his widow with the estate. Also witnessing
the will were William HARMANSON and Henry HARMANSON JR.
Also, Jerom's wife, Elizabeth Gelding, must have had a connection
with Yeardly ESQ.: In 1665, Jerom registered a cattle mark for
cattle his wife received when she was a child from YEARDLY ESQ.
Anything anyone might have regarding connections between Harmansons
and Griffiths and Harmansons and Geldings would be greatly appreciated.
Unless my research in the English Records around London can
uncover that illusive marriage record, or will or whatever; I
will have to depend upon the preponderance of evidence that I
Elizabeth //, wife of William Gelding, was the daughter of
Sir George Yeardley.
DATA IN SUPPORT OF THE THEORY:
1. Sir George Yeardley is known to have had three children:
Francis, Argol, and Elizabeth. Francis and Argol are well documented
in the records. Elizabeth just disappears from the Records.
2. After Sir George died 1627 and Temeprance bef Feb 1629,
the three children were sent to England to be with their Uncle,
3. In 1639, Argol Yeardley returns to Virginia to claim his
inheritance and huge Eastern Shore land holdings on Mattawoman
Creek. Francis Yeardley returned during the same era. What about
Elizabeth? In the 1640s, Argol grants cattle to his children.
However, the registering of cattle marks by Jerom prove the conveyance.
Elizabeth Gelding would have been the niece of Argol Yeardley
ESQ. and was certainly a child in the 1640s.
4. William Gelding is shown as being imported by virtue of
a land grant claimed by William Burdett for 1050 ac in Accomack
Co 18 Mar 1639. Elizabeth Gelding is shown as being imported by
virtue of a land grant claimed by John Clarke for 250 ac in Lower
Norfolk Co 20 Oct 1648. This would suggest that William and Elizabeth
were married in England before coming to Virginia. William and
Elizabeth Gelding appear in Eastern Shore Court Records as early
as Feb 1644/5. In 1666, William Gelding acquired a patent for
part of the land that Burdett had claimed in 1639. Obviously,
my Gelding stayed on the Eastern Shore.
Gelding and its variant forms was an unusual name for the colony
during this period.
4A. As shown in Whitelaw, Yeardley was to the northwest, Gelding
to the east and south, and Griffith to the south. They lined up
5. Sir George Yeardly was baptised at St. Saviour's, Southwark,
London. This is where my search is now located. Looking for the
marriage or other records that might connect Elizabeth and William.
Since Elizabeth became a ward of Ralph Yeardly, it is logical
to think that she married there and other records regarding her
6. In another section of London, Surry at All Saints Kingston
upon Thames, one finds Geldings in the 1650s and later with names
like MOSES Gilding, David Griffin, Gwen Griffeths, ......You see
how I can begin to dream that the noose is tightening around this
Another significant thing about the names above is the name
MOSES. Moses was a name in the Griffith family that began repeating
itself in the latter half of the 1700s. It was the MOSES clue
that led me to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to find my connection
to Jerom Griffith. I hope this luck holds out.
Well, fellow ghotes and others, there you have it. Any clues,
sniplets, etc that one can find that even hints of a Harmanson,
Custis (from Francis Yeardley's marriage), Griffith, Gelding connection,
please let me know.
Thanks so much!
25 June 2000 Update:
Since I posted this research query, I have communicated with several
individuals, all of whom agree that this theory is very plausible.
Unfortunately, we are all still working on it. While at the most
recent GHOTES conference, I noted with great interest information
on Dr. Bill's computer that William Gelding married Elizabeth
Gelding in St. Michaels, Worchester, England. Now, on to the English
Records once again!