Seth Elizabeth <I>Blake</I> Summers

Seth Elizabeth Blake Summers

Stafford County, Virginia, USA
Death 26 Nov 1737 (aged 42)
Stafford County, Virginia, USA
Burial Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
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Seth Lucas, widow of Henry Lucas, married John Summers in Winter 1717. She was the daughter of Robert Blake who married the daughter of Thomas Harrison and "Jane Totopotomoi" West.
Some family trees compiled by descendants give her the name Elizabeth or Jane (sources not stated).

Ancestry Family Trees online and a Jones Family Tree by Vicky Rudesill give her birth as Aug. 18, 1695 and death as Nov. 26, 1737 (sources not stated). Caution should be used in accepting these dates.
John and Elizabeth Summers joined the Chopawamsic Baptist Church, Stafford County, Virginia, Mar. 3, 1767. Some family trees say Seth and Elizabeth were the same person, so she possibly died after 1767.

Some researchers show Seth Lucas Summers as the daughter of Capt. Thomas Harrison and Seth Elizabeth Short; granddaughter of Col. Burr Harrison, the Indian translator, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses (1679) and Ambassador to the Piscataway Indians (1699), and his wife Sarah Frances Burdette. Capt. Thomas Harrison and Seth "Short" did have a daughter Seth Harrison but she married John McMillion and was a second cousin of Seth Blake Lucas Summers, both their great-grandparents being Cuthbert Harrison and Susannah Burr Harrison. They were also probably cousins through Cockacoeske and Seth Short.

Seth Blake's first husband Henry Lucas (b.23 MAR 1677/8, d.1716) was a first cousin of Sarah Hawley who married William Harrison, son of Seth's great-uncle Col. Burr Harrison and Sarah Frances Burdette.

Capt. Thomas Harrison's wife was Seth "Short" ("Sithia/Sythia or Seth for short"), thought to have been his cousin.
Official Patawomeck tribal historian and author William Deyo suggests this Seth's maiden name may or may not have been Short and she may have been a granddaughter of her husband's uncle Thomas Harrison who married the daughter of Cockacoeske West), Queen of the Pamunkey. Cockacoeske's son, Maj. John West (1657-1716), who was Mrs. Thomas Harrison's half-brother, left "Seth Harrison, wife of Capt. Thomas Harrison," a mourning ring in his will in 1716. She would have been his great-niece by this theory. Maj. West set out in his will several bequests to the granddaughters of his late half-sister Mrs. Thomas Harrison, including lifetime title of land to Seth Lucas (Summers). Her late mother Mrs. Robert Blake was another daughter of Thomas Harrison and Miss West and perhaps Seth Blake was named for her godmother Seth "Short" Harrison, wife of the younger William Harrison, and who also may have been her cousin. Another bequest was made by John West in 1716 to Seth Anderson Bryant, daughter of Jacob Anderson and wife Seth Harrison who was another granddaughter of Cockacoeske. Maj. West made no bequest to Seth Harrison McMillion.

Maj. John West was the son of Cockacoeske and Col. John West II, son of Gov. John West. Cockacoeske was the Pamunkey Queen who signed the Treaty of Middle River Plantation that ended Bacon’s Rebellion in 1677. She was the granddaughter of Cleopatra Powhattan, sister of Pocahontas, and first married Col. John West II's first cousin Totopotomoi ("Toby West"), who was another cousin, being the son of "Rachel" Powhattan and Gov. Thomas West, third Lord de la Warr and brother of Gov. John West. Rachel was a first cousin of Pocahontas and accompanied her along with a dozen other relatives when they visited England in 1616 and stayed at Lord de la Warr's estate. Gov. John West and his brother Thomas Lord de la Warr were grandsons of Lady Catherine Carey, a daughter of Mary Boleyn whose sister was Queen Anne Boleyn. Some historians believe Catherine Carey was the illegitimate daughter of King Henry VIII. If true, Henry VIII would be fifth-great-grandfather of Seth Lucas Summers, Seth Anderson Bryant, Seth Linton Quarles, and possibly Seth Short Harrison, the mother of Seth Harrison McMillion. Lady Catherine Carey's 10th-great-granddaughters include Queen Elizabeth II (through her mother) and 12th-great-granddaughters include, coincidentally, the Queen’s daughter-in-law, Princess Diana (Spencer) as well as her granddaughter-in-law Princess Kate (Middleton).

Seth Lucas Summers and her second husband John Summers were apparently cousins, his reputed great-great-grandfather Peter Montague (1603-1659), one of the original Jamestown settlers, being a first cousin of her great-grandmother Susannah Burr Harrison. Seth would also be a fourth-cousin of Vice President Aaron Burr.

The Harrison and West families were interwoven through several relationships.
Maj. John West first married Sarah Harrison, sister of Thomas and Col. Burr Harrison, by whom he had a son John West "the Elder." By his last wife, Mrs. Elizabeth (Semmes) Turley West Broadwater, he had another son named John West "the Younger," born shortly before Maj. West's death in 1716. Some say his first wife was Sarah/Susannah Pearson. Others say he married Elizabeth Rose. There were several Pearson connections to this family, and they also may be related to a John West who married a Sarah Pearson in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1718.

John Summers was first married to Mary West, according to some family trees (others say Ann West), who died by 1717. It is likely that all these names (with Sarah and Elizabeth) may actually refer to the same Seth Blake Lucas Summers, rather than multiple wives, as Native American women often had multiple Christian names.

Judge Lewis Summers wrote that his great-grandfather John Summers "married a Mrs. Blake by whom he had five sons and five daughters." (West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly, Volume 3, No.1, (Jan. 1903), p.229.) He apparently meant Widow Lucas (nee Blake). Some researchers quote Judge Summers (incorrectly) as saying John Summers married Elizabeth Blake and therefore list John Summers as having a third wife named Elizabeth Blake.

Judge Summers mentioned no other wife than "Mrs. Blake," although descendants have stated that his son George Summers was the son of an earlier wife, Elizabeth or Mary or Sarah West. This George Summers named a daughter Sythe Blake Summers who married James Lanman in 1777. No doubt she was named for her grandmother.

There is compelling evidence that "Mrs. Blake" was actually Mrs. Seth Blake Lucas, daughter of Robert Blake and Miss Harrison; granddaughter of Thomas Harrison and "Jane Totopotomoi" (West); great-granddaughter of Totopotomoi ("Toby") West and Queen Cockacoeske; and great-great-granddaughter of William West, Lord Delaware.

Maj. John West's sister Mrs. Thomas Harrison appears to have had several daughters including Mrs. Robert Blake, the mother of John Blake, Benjamin Blake and Seth Blake Lucas Summers.
Other daughters of Mrs. Thomas Harrison were probably Seth Harrison Sr.(born by 1671) who married Jacob Anderson, possibly Margaret who married Moses Linton, and probably Susannah who married Cornelius Dabney as his second wife. Perhaps another Harrison daughter was Mrs. George Short, mother of Seth Short Harrison.

In a sworn deposition John Summers stated that he married the widow Lucas in the Winter of 1717.

In his will in 1716, Maj. John West made bequests to Seth Anderson, Seth Harrison and Seth Lucas. He bequeathed to Seth Lucas lifetime interest in the land she lived on. He also bequeathed the same to John Blake and Benjamin Blake and their father Robert Blake. He added, "I give, grant and bequeath to Benjamin Blake, fifty acres of land, being the plantation where John Summers, now lives, to him and his heirs lawfully begotten, and in default of such heirs to his brother, John Blake, to him and his heirs lawfully begotten."

Judge Lewis Summers is quoted by some researchers as stating that John Summers was married to Elizabeth Blake, so some believe Seth was a variant for Elizabeth, and they list Elizabeth "Seth" Blake Lucas as wife of John Summers. Native Americans and those of part Native American blood often had multiple names in addition to Christian names or English variants. The name of "Seth" for females was said to have been brought over by the Harrisons from Yorkshire, England, where it goes back deep in early Yorkshire families in the forms of Seth, Sith, Seath, Scythe, and Scythia. Some family trees show Thomas Harrison and Col. Burr Harrison, immigrant sons of Cuthbert Harrison, with a sister Seth, which indicates Thomas Harrison might have named a daughter for his sister.

In 1723 Capt. Thomas Harrison, son of Col. Burr Harrison, deeded "Seith Lucas and her second husband John Summers, and their son John," a lifetime lease of the land where they were living, an indication that John Summers (Jr.) was the only child of Seth by John Summers born at that time. Seth would be the daughter of Capt. Thomas Harrison's first cousin Mrs. Robert Blake (daughter of Thomas Harrison his uncle) as well as perhaps a god daughter of his and his wife Seth.

This hypothesis seems the most logical explanation of the relationships between the Wests, Harrisons, and Summers evidenced by the bequests made to Seth Lucas Summers and the Blakes by both Maj. John West and Thomas Harrison.

1716: Maj. John West's will in Stafford County, VA. deeded to Seth Lucas a lifetime title to the land on which she lived, and also the same to John and Benjamin Blake and their father Robert Blake.

1717: In a sworn deposition John Summers states that he married the widow Lucas in the Winter of 1717.

1723: Thomas Harrison gave "Seith Lucas and her second husband John Summers and their son John" a lease of land for life.

Died after 1723: Death date unknown.

1747-48: 18 Jan 1747, will of Richard Bryan(t) (husband of Seth Anderson) signed; probate 1 Apr 1748 King George Co., VA. (Will Book A-1, pp. 202-203).

1767: John and Elizabeth Summers joined the Chopawamsic Baptist Church, Stafford County, Virginia, Mar. 3, 1767. Nicholas Anderson joined Nov. 24, 1767 and Barbery Anderson joined on May 21, 1768. Other members at Chopawamsic include Sary Summers, Samuel Summers, Thezeah Summers.

The Monteith Family and the Potomac Indians (2001) by William L Deyo;
A Brief Outline of Recorded History of the Patawomeck Tribe (2000) by William L. Deyo, Official Historian of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia;
The Family and Ancestry of William Dabney (1743-1779) of Virginia, and his two wives, Jane Quarles and Anna Harris: An analysis of the English Connections of the Families of Dabney, Harris, Overton, Waters, Peake, Herbert, Mallory, Quarles, Millett, and Others (2000) by William L. Deyo;
The Sullivan Family of Stafford County, Virginia (2000) by William L. Deyo;
Shawnee Heritage by Don Greene, vol. IV, p.393;
Five Generations of the Family of Burr Harrison (1991) by John P. Alcock, pp.50-53,93.

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