After 12 years of researching, I have now come to the conclusion that RACHEL the wife of SOLOMON OTWELL b about 1716 of Somerset Co MD was most likely RACHEL CURTIS, daughter of JAMES CURTIS & SARAH HALL of Annamessex, Somerset Co MD.
Some others have listed her name as "RACHEL SMITH", and I have been laboring under that assumption all this time. But I was never able to connect RACHEL to any of the Smith families in Somerset Co MD.
At one point I suspected that RACHEL SMITH was the daughter of HOLLIDAY/HOLLADAY SMITH of Dorchester Co MD, as he did indeed have a daughter RACHEL, but that has been disproved, because HOLLIDAY SMITH was actually born in 1771, about 60 years after RACHEL who married SOLOMON OTWELL.
Unfortunately, many people have picked up on my previous theory and have added HOLLIDAY SMITH as the father of RACHEL who married SOLOMON OTWELL on their online family trees.
THIS IS NOT CORRECT!!!!
SOLOMON OTWELL died in about 1755 in Somerset Co MD and RACHEL his wife may have possibly married 2nd to a SMITH.
RACHEL CURTIS, who was probably age 10 when her father JAMES CURTIS died in 1721 in Somerset Co MD, received two parcels of land, "Curtis' Lott" and "Curtis' Adventure" in Somerset Co MD. It would be interesting to see if that land was passed down to any of the children of SOLOMON OTWELL.
If RACHEL was indeed RACHEL CURTIS, that would certainly explain the great number of descendants of SOLOMON & RACHEL OTWELL with the first name "James" and "Curtis" !!!!
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© Betty Tartas 2011