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] Date Posted:Thu, Aug 06 2009, 10:51:05
I think it's back to the drawing board with the wife of our Roger Cleveland. I had proposed it was probably a Rowzee. Now, I'm thinking we have to scratch that suggestion.
I have done a complete family history on Simon Miller. He is the one who sold Roger Cleveland the land in Old Rappahanock County, Virginia. Now he was quite a fellow. He was born in Bristol, Essex, England. He was a Shipmaster and a hero in the Colonies. He transported 17 persons to the Colonies, for which he received 817 acres of land.
In Rappahannock, Simon Miller, who, on one occasion, bought 625 acres in one tract (Records of Rappahannock County, 1668-1672, p. 139, Va. State Library.
The History of Essex County VA, Settlers, Southerns, Americans notes specifically that at one point in the battles with the Indians, the Rappahannock frontier was left undefended and the Indians burned 37 farms. Bacon sent "Rappahannock native" Major Simon Miller to the frontier and his troops stopped the attacks.
Symon survived the anger of Berkeley.
Simon Miller was married to Margaret (Gaines) Prosser, widow of John Prosser. She was the daughter of Daniel Gaines and Margaret (unknown), widow of Ralph Rowzee.
That is the Rowzee connection on the Deed showing Simon Miller sold 440 acres in 1679 to Roger Cleveland. I found no Cleveland/Rowzee marriages in this line.
I also researched the family of Cornelius Reynolds, adjoing neighbors of Roger Cleveland & Simon Miller in 1679, no marriages between the Clevelands and Reynolds either.
Since it appears no other researchers have found any Rausch/Rousey/Rowzee wife for our Roger Cleveland.
I also think Roger may have been born in the Colonies, (about 1650) maybe York County, Virginia, instead of County York, England.