I have a question are your ancestors from virginia if they are they black white or mixed. My family is from virginia, on my mothers side Iam scottish and on my father's side through my grand mother Iam a porter while on my fathers father's side iam related to Pocahontas on the West side of the family. My family's present surname is Williams, the surname williams is listed in a list of the First Families of Virginia.
A ancestor of mine whose name was John Williams, was born in 1654, he was a "Mulatto" servant of Mr. Martin Gardner who resided in York County, Virginia.
Meanwhile my earliest Porter Ancestor, John Portis (porter), who was born in 1718, purchased 97 acres in Isle of Wight County on the south side of Lightwood Swamp from John and Bridget Demery on 28 October 1745
On my mothers side, the Grays who are my deceased grandfather's family, I have Benjamin Gray, who was born 20 November 1755, son of "Mulatto" servant Hannah Gray. Sources state he was free by the year 1800.
On My Mother's side, the Turners, the family of my mother's mother, Thomas Turner was the white servant of Captain Daniel Parke of York County (he was related to Martha Washington's first husband), he fathered a child by an african-american women
It appears that the Turner Family were free by the year 1715, over 125 years before the civil war and over sixty years before the United States declared independence from Britain in 1776. The present day Turners are extremly fair skinned and my mother is no exception.
My Grandmother Mary P. Wiliams once told me that her aunt, Thelma Mann hated my grandmother's mother and she also told me that that aunt practiced witchcraft and tried to get ruin my great grandmother's life because she was my great great Grand father Clarence Mannn's favorite child. Also my grandmother's aunt and her grand daughter look like twins and they have the same name Thelma.
Also my grandmother told me that Clarence Mann was very light skinned and she said that his hair was really straight and my grand mother also as really soft straight hair, she even told me that she had some Indian blood in her family (Porter).