Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wife of Thomas Patterson Was Definitely a Harrison

March 17, 2015 Initial Report

Those of us who descend from John Patterson and Margaret Black know that John's father was Thomas Patterson. Several years ago, Harald Reksten found a book that had published some time back that dealt with various church records from the Shenandoah Valley of VA in the mid 1700's. In that book, it showed that our Thomas Patterson married in 1761, but the ink was very faded when this author looked over the original records. According to him, he thought the bride was Margaret Harrison.

Harald has viewed the microfilm of this, again a few years ago, and that part of the page where Thomas Patterson's marriage record was recorded, the ink was too faded to even show up on the microfilm.

Harald tracked down where the Presbyterian Church Archives are now stored. It had moved a few times over recent years. Currently they are stored at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, which happens to be where I was born. Not the seminary, of course..... but Decatur, Ga.

These records are only available to the public for viewing on Fridays, and by appt only. I have an appt for Friday this week to view the original records from 1761. I don't hold much hope (if any) to even see anything on this paper, but I'm going to make sure. I hope to be able to corroborate the author's interpretations from 15 or 20 years ago when he viewed it. If I cannot, I guess his interpretation is better than nothing.... which is precisely what we had before this. The author (Richard K. MacMaster) transcribed the pastor's (Alexander Miller) records as follows:

Married in 1761, 10br. 24th (WP: December 24, 1761), Thos. Peterson and Margt (Harrison?)

All of the Patterson records are spelled Peterson, and all of the Cravens records are spelled Crevens, by the way.

Wish me luck....

Wes Patterson, g-g-g-g-g-grandson of Thomas Patterson and Margaret ?Harrison.

March 21, 2015 Follow Up Report

I consider today's visit to the Presbyterian Church Archives in Decatur, Ga a total success. I was not expecting to see anything in that lower right corner of the list of marriages from 1761. But I was very pleasantly surprised. At first, I had to find it on the microfilm (their requirements). Even there, I could see a faint record of it, more so than on past digital images of the microfilm record. 

But once I was able to view the original book that contained the records, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that Thomas Patterson married Margaret Harrison. It's evident there are 8 letters in the last name, so it wasn't a Harris or Herron or Herring, or some other "H" name that was common in Augusta Co VA at that time. 

It was clear to me that it begins with "Harr" and that it ends with "son" and there was another letter between those pieces. So either "Harrison" or "Harreson". Both spellings were employed by Rev. Alexander Miller at other times in this same ledger for other individuals. 

It clearly said "10br 24th" and "Thos. Peterson" and "Margt. Harrison" or "Margt. Harreson". And by way of reminder, all Pattersons recorded by Miller were spelled "Peterson", just as all Cravens were spelled "Crevens". 

This means that John Patterson (m. Margaret Black) was the son of Thomas Patterson and Margaret Harrison, and that he descended from the Harrison family of Settlers by the Long Grey Trail fame. The big question is this... who was Margaret Harrison's father? And while I believe he was the Joseph Harrison who died in Augusta Co Va in 1748, I certainly cannot prove that. It could have been John Harrison, or Samuel Harrison, or others. But there certainly seems to be a connection to the Thomas and Nathaniel Harrison of York Co SC, as more than likely, they were brothers of Margaret Harrison Patterson. And again, it is believed these brothers were sons of the said Joseph Harrison. 

At any rate, I just wanted to share the results of my trip to the archives today. If anyone has any questions, feel free to fire away. Thanks.


March 21, 2015 Second Follow Up Report

After studying the digital images I took yesterday, I can now make out the handwriting better, particularly the middle part where I wasn't sure if it was an "i" or an "e".... What was throwing me off a bit turn out to actually be, in my interpretation, an "i" plus another "s" in the old style.... In other words, 9 letters total. Harrisson, with a double "s" not just one "s". So the loop I was seeing was not an "e" in the middle, but in fact an "i" plus the looped "s". 

Here are three (3) images. One is of the whole page, microfilm version. Compare that to the whole page original version. You'll see how it shows up better on the original. 

Then the other image is closer up of the original version, but keep in mind, it showed up much better to the naked eye than this digital image shows. Nonetheless, this image is much better than what we've had in the past.


Original: Entire Page

Original: Close Up

Microfilm: Entire Page

Microfilm: Close Up

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Robert Patterson Neighbors in Sussex Co., DE

A few nights ago I did some analysis on the Pattersons and their neighbors in Sussex Co., DE during the 1730's and later. Based on the deeds, court records, wills, etc, and based on the names of the creeks/water ways, there were some interesting details that I found.

One key detail that jumped out at me in the end, something I had never picked up on before, is that any reference you see for "Cypress Branch" of Broadkill, and any reference for "Pembers/Pemberton Branch" of Broadkill -- they're one and the same. The details of the transactions over time bear that fact out.

So, the Broadkill flows from west to east through Milton, and to the coast. There are several branches of importance to us that flow into the Broadkill. Farthest to the west and flowing east or NE or north into the Broadkill, is Pemberton Branch aka Cypress Branch. 

The next branch to the east is on modern maps as Ingram Branch, but that is what is called in the old deeds Long Bridge Branch, and formerly known as Southwest Branch. It flows north or NE into Broadkill.

Next to the east is Round Pole Branch and it also flows N/NE into the Broadkill.

Next to the east is Beaverdam or Bright's Beaverdam Creek/Branch. Likewise, it flows N/NE into the Broadkill.

Others to the near east are Mill Branch and Cold Spring Branch.

Now.... follow where these families owned land.... and when...


pre 1730 - Daniel and John Ponder bought
1729 - Z. Goforth to Samuel Stewart (wit: Robert Cravens, Ann Brown)
1729(30) - Samuel Stewart to Robert Cravens (bounded by Peter Marsh, and on south side, a bridge and county road)
1735 - Peter Marsh to Charles Perry/Peery (bounded by John Ponder)
1747(8) - Robert Cravens sold, by POA James Hood
1748 - Daniel & John Ponder to Smith Onley


1721 - William Stewart bought (bounded by southernmost fork of the branch)
1726 - William & Mary Stewart to John Hall (wit: Samuel Stewart, Thomas Cade)


1732 - Matthew Ozbon Jr to Robert Patterson (bounded by Thomas Black and on north side, the county road)
1732 - Matthew Ozbon Jr to Thomas Black (bounded by Patterson)


1000 acre Millford tract, passed through families of Dawson, Clark, Rowland, others, Osburns, and John Gum (Millford was on SE side of Broadkill, SE side of Long Bridge Branch aka SW Branch, both sides of Round Pole Branch, and was 10 miles west of Lewes town)

1720(1) - John and William Stewart (S. Side of Long Bridge Branch, bounded by Thomas Davock, and swamp; WP: Thomas Davock was the step father of David Stewart, who in turn was the father of Samuel Stewart that married Lydia Harrison.)


1722(3) - John Fisher to Gideon Harrison
1730 - Daniel Harrison acquired the land of Gideon Harrison, dec'd
1737 - Daniel Harrison to Henry Scidmore (this land was part of "Millford")

1000 acre Millford tract, passed through families of Dawson, Clark, Rowland, others, Osburns, and John Gum (Millford was on SE side of Broadkill, SE side of Long Bridge Branch aka SW Branch, both sides of Round Pole Branch, and was 10 miles west of Lewes town)


1697 - Charles Bright acquired 300 ac. on east and west sides of Beaverdam Branch, by Thomas Pemberton, adj. Wm. Durvall and Wm. Light (remember that Wm. Durvall is who sold Maiden Plantation to Isaiah Harrison)
1707 court case between John Ponder and Charles Bright
1721 - Wm. Darval to Isaiah Harrison (907 acres)
1732 - Isaiah Harrison to Thomas, Daniel, Jeremiah Harrison
1740 - Daniel Harrison to George Campbell, etc.


1724 - John Steward, N. side of Mill Creek, near Cold Spring Branch (next to Matthew Ozbon) - this was just to the east of Beaverdam Branch
1725 - Robert Smith, NW side of Cold Spring Branch
1727 - Wm. Burton, N. side of Broadkill, bounded by Bryan Rowles (wit: Margret Addams)
1729 - John Harrison, N. side of Broad Creek (interesting, as John Harrison and Margaret Adams lived next to each other on Linville Creek in VA - 1-093a. 31 January 1761 John Harrison, 294 acres between branches of Smiths and Linvels Creeks and between Jno. Wright and Widow Adams Lands.)
John Ponder had tracts on N. Side of Broad Creek and also on S. Side of Broad Creek
1737 - John Harrison, N. side of Broad Creek (wit: Willm. Burton)

Regarding the William Burton deed in 1727 with Margaret Addams as a witness... I'm still not convinced this was our Margaret Adams, but given the proximity of William Burton to John Harrison, it causes me to re-think this possibility.

I just found this on the web...

Jones, John. Bought 137 acres of larger tract Hopewell in SXDE by 2 Dec. 1729 from Cornelius Wiltbanck, adj. Bryant Roles/Rowls, on SW of land John Harrison (who bought part of Hopewell), N. side of Broadkiln Ck. [ment in SX Deed F:341]; agreement to buy dated 31 Jan 1731/2 [SX Deed F:421-422].Land of John Jones in Oct 1737 bounded the SW side of 135a of John Harrison, cordwinder and yeoman sold to John Sullivan [Syllovan, Sullevant], planter, of Dorchester Co. MD on the N. side of Broad Ck.; bounded in the NE by land formerly John Dunnovan’s, bought by Edward Naws. This is the land sold to John Harrison by Abraham Wiltbank [SX deed G:230-231]. John Sylavan of SX sold the 135 acres 11 June 1742 to Nathaniel Naws, planter of SX, adj. Edward Naws’ land; on N. side of Broad Kill (Broad Creek) [SX deed H:11].

So this shows that John Jones bought land from Wiltbank in 1729, that was adj. Bryan Rowles, and also adj. John Harrison, on the SW side of Harrison, and it was all on the N. Side of Broadkill Creek. 

We already know that John Harrison had bought his land on the N. Side of Broad Creek the same year, 1729. 

We also already know that William Burton had bought his land on the N. Side of Broadkill in 1727, wit: by Margret Addams. But more importantly, this land of Burton's was also adj. Bryan Rowles, just like John Harrison would be in a couple years.

So then it makes sense that when John Harrison sold his land in 1737, that William Burton was a witness. This proves to me that these tracts are in the same area, and that Rowles, Harrison and Burton were neighbors. So who was this Margaret Addams in 1727?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Another Look at Robert Patterson's Five Sons

Looking back at Robert Patterson's sons is always an interesting topic for those of us who descend from him. Robert Patterson was born circa 1705-1711 (place yet unknown). He was in Sussex Co DE by 1732, and left there about 1738 as he prepared to move to the Linville Creek VA area. While in DE he married Sarah. We still don't know her family heritage, but clues point to the Black and Cravens families as our top contenders.

We know that Robert and Sarah had at least four sons, which were named in Robert's 1775 will - written in York Co SC. But we also believe the reason Robert updated his will at such a late date (he died a few months after writing this last will) was due to one of his FIVE sons (James) having just died.
Such an event would have forced him to re-write his will, something that he certainly already had in place for years considering the magnitude of his land holdings.

In July of 2011 I wrote an article called "How Many Sons Did Old Robert Patterson Have After All?" That was the first such article dealing with this topic of James being a son of Robert and Sarah. Much of this analysis has been done by cousin Harald Reksten. Harald descends from Robert's son Robert II. I descend from Robert's son Thomas.

Here is an excerpt from the article last July dealing with the chain of evidence regarding a tract of land that James had owned which passed to his father Robert - indicating a son (James) dying without any dependents.

3) York Co SC, Book H, Page 100. 6 June 1802 Robert Wallace of York District to John Wallace of same for $10, (1) 150 acres on Clarks Fork of Bullocks Creek joining Robert Patterson, being originally granted to Robert Cravens and from said Cravens conveyed by deed to Robert Patterson deceased; (2) 40 acres on Hendersons Branch of Clarks Fork of Bullocks Creek joining John Patterson, a part of tract granted to Robert Patterson in the year 1794. Signed: Robert Wallace. Witnesses: Samuel Love, Samuel Brown, Andrew Love. Proved: 18 January 1816 by Samuel Brown before Thomas Simpson. Recorded: 4 March 1816. 
So this deed proves the same 150 acre tract passed to Robert Patterson. Which Robert Patterson? Robert Sr died in 1775. Robert Jr died in 1828. This deed was in 1802, so clearly "Robert Patterson deceased" is referring to Robert Sr. We know that Cravens did not sell the land to Robert directly, but rather to James, but the chain of title shows it passed to Robert. The only way that could have happened without James selling it to his father, was for it to pass to him through inheritance. James had to die after February 1774. And since his father died in 1775 between July and November, James had to have died prior to that.  
This is about as solid a case as one could ever present. My hat is off to Harald Reksten for nailing this one to the floor. He presented the theory to me a few months ago and then recently found this 1802 deed, which to me is empirical evidence.

The deed listed within this excerpt is the 3rd deed presented in the original article, but references within to the first two are made and noted. This land was located along Clarks Fork of Bullocks Creek in what is now York Co SC near Kings Mountain State and Military Parks.

Again, I would like to thank Harald for his keen eye for detail and his analytical approach to sorting out these old records and relationships.

So once again, this tells us there were (at least) five sons of Robert and Sarah Patterson. They include James who died in 1774/75, plus the other four sons named in Robert's 1775 will, to wit: Thomas, Robert, Peter, and William.


Friday, April 13, 2012

The Patterson Brothers That Split Up

I was born in 1968 in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. I remember visiting my grandparents during the 70's and hearing from my dad at times about our Patterson ancestors. I always heard the stories about a set of brothers who immigrated to America and split up. They were "Scotch-Irish" as the tale went, but nothing more was known directly of them, such as their names, their location of residence prior to immigrating, where they "landed", what year, etc.

As I wrote previously in my article titled "There Were Five Brothers", in recent years I've had the great fortune to be able to answer many of those questions. 

I now know that these brothers didn't immigrate from another continent, but rather they were born in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia in the 1740's and 50's, eventually migrating south to the Carolinas circa 1755-65. There were still Virginia land claims in the family, so at least some of them traveled back and forth between North/South Carolina and Virginia during those decades up until at least 1787 when two of them sold their deceased father's land along Linville Creek near Harrisonburg, Va. (more regarding Robert Patterson's land holdings in VA)

If They Split Up, Where'd They Go?

These five brothers were sons of Robert Patterson who was born ca. 1705-1711. Robert and his wife Sarah had at least five sons and at least five daughters. The sons that we know of were named Thomas, James, Robert, Peter, and William. It appears that son James died around 1774-75 in York Co SC. And son William, while recorded as living during the Revolutionary War (listed as a Tory in SC), nothing further has been found of him after that time frame.

Peter appears to have remained in SC and died there around 1800, give or take a couple years.

Robert (II) moved to Rutherford Co NC and then later to McMinn Co TN where he died in 1827.

Buncombe Co NC (near Alexander)
John Patterson owned 170 acres including and
surrounding the land from which this picture was taken.
Thomas Patterson owned 50 acres including the distant hill.
(photo taken by Wes Patterson, May 19, 2006)
Oldest son Thomas Patterson (my ancestor) moved to Buncombe Co NC in the 1790's apparently, perhaps even a little earlier. He was still living there in 1800 near his son John (also my ancestor). However, Thomas' land in Buncombe was sold at auction by the sheriff a couple years later, and nothing further has been found regarding Thomas. (see photos of this land from 2006)

So it appears that the legend of multiple brothers applies to Thomas, James, Robert, Peter, and William Patterson. We're not sure what happened to William, but it seems James and Peter died in SC. Thomas died in NC apparently, and Robert II settled in Tennessee, thus fitting the legend that the brothers "split up". 

Our family from north Georgia always knew of our ancestor John Patterson, the old patriarch who died not too many years after migrating to north GA from western NC in the 1820's. Old John died after 1840 but before 1850, but that's all we know. This is the same John that was living in Buncombe in 1800. We now know that John was the oldest son of Thomas Patterson (one of the five brothers of family legend). 

John Patterson was born ca. 1765 and died in Union Co GA after 1840. He was my gggg-grandfather. Therefore my ancestor (Thomas) who was one of the legendary brothers, was my ggggg-grandfather. Perhaps one day I'll find where he died and was buried. Why not? Those other "dreams" of finding their names, locations, and dates all came true!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Re-Post: Harrisons of Buncombe NC

The following email was archived on the Internet. It's a little hard to read there, but worth it. I have edited it here for clarity. There's some good history in here concerning the Harrisons of Buncombe Co NC and York Co SC, and even the comment that Nathaniel Harrison of Clarks Fork was just to the south of Kings Mountain.

From: Charles W. Johnson
Subject: Joseph Harrison
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999

Great to hear from a descendant of Nathaniel Harrison [wp: of York Co SC, who signed the will of Robert Patterson in 1775]. I do not think I have ever heard from one before! I am fascinated with your description of ability but morose personality. It is hard to figure why he left Buncombe where he was so successful and such a big property owner. He was variously Sheriff, State legislator and long time County Clerk. Once I was in the Buncombe Genealogy Society and met a researcher, a retired Judge I think of Florida and with his son a present Federal Judge of Tallahassee, Fl. I am not sure about what if any relationship he had to Nathaniel but he was very curious how he could be so successful yet coming from modest means. He thought perhaps that his marriage to Sarah Smith (his second marriage) may have been a big boost since her father was perhaps the wealthiest man around: James M. Smith who was said to be the first white person born in Buncombe. Maybe that is part of the answer.

As county clerk he ran the courthouse and if I count correctly, the courthouse had three record damaging fires while he was in office. Consequently, Buncombe is sadly deficient in Wills and Estate papers. The deeds were destroyed also but people came back in and re-registered their deeds and there are several volumes of re-registered deeds. He signed his name as N. Harrison.

Once he went to Ohio to fetch his sister [wp: Rachel Harrison Snelson] and her children. Her husband [wp: Joseph Snelson], a son of the pastor of Newfound Baptist Church had died in Ohio where he and his father [wp: John Thomas Snelson was pastor of Newfound Baptist Church from 1802-1815] and numerous others had gone for mining. Nathaniel brought her back to Buncombe where she remarried to David Miller, who had lost his wife and David Miller replaced Nathaniel as County Clerk when Nathaniel moved to Georgia. Abel Hill Harrison lived a long time and not morose as far as I can tell. He was a prosperous merchant in Villa Rica GA as well as their legislator for GA. He was admired as a philosopher and confidant. When he died all of his siblings were dead and he had no children. His considerable wealth therefore was to go to his siblings children and/or grandchildren. The court ordered an "official" genealogy of the heirs which produced much information about his siblings and their descendants.

Another document of interest, we call the "Ballard" document. It was a writeup of the family and going back into Buncombe and the writer, a descendant of Nathaniel and a Physician, told about knowing his cousins, as a child, Thomas, Nathan and Jeremiah and he told about Nathan, who became Rev. Nathan Thomas Harrison, my late wife's ggg-grandfather who also moved to GA to Murray County, as did Rev. Jeremiah, another Methodist Minister. The Thomas he probably referred to was Rev. Thomas Harrison who went to St, Clair Co. IL (Belleville) right across the Mississippi from St Louis where he was a Methodist Minister but also became a very wealthy man in the wheat and flour milling business and banks, hotels, heavy machinery manufacturing and philanthropy. Dr. Ballard referred to these as cousins but they could not be first cousins we figure since Nathaniel's father, Joseph was an only son. We do not know the relationship but close we figure.

Your Nathaniel was the son of Joseph and Margaret Hill, daughter of Abel Hill of SC. This Joseph is not to be confused with the Joseph who started this all out [wp: "this" meaning the thread of conversation they were engaged in at the time of this email]; Joseph of Charles City County, MD. There is no relationship that we know of but some old genealogical records of Buncombe claim that your Joseph was fom Charles City County. Moreover it claims that Joseph was a cousin to President William Henry Harrison Balderdash, but these mistaken records prompted the DAR to put a marker on Joseph's grave in Newfound Baptist Cemetery in Buncombe stating more errors such as calling him the famous pioneer preacher of Historic Three Forks Baptist Church in Watauga Co., NC - preposterous. This marker ceremony was with a ceremony and the press and pictures and such in the 1930's. The marker has apparently been quietly removed, but the errors persist.

Your Joseph was the son of Nathaniel Harrison of Clark's Fork of Bullock's Creek in York County, SC just south of the famous King's Mountain. Nathaniel's loyalty to the American cause in the Revolution is questioned. He may have been a loyalist and property confiscated and he could have been executed perhaps, but Joseph regained the property and he and his mother [wp: Rachel Harrison] sold the property and moved to Buncombe with some relatives, the Blacks and Ponders [wp: we can add Pattersons to this list, as Thomas Patterson of Clarks Fork SC and also Buncombe Co NC was a neighbor of old Thomas and Nathaniel Harrison on Clarks Fork, and then also a neighbor to Thomas Harrison in Buncombe. Furthermore, Thomas Patterson was married to a Margaret Harrison, of the same age as Nathaniel and Thomas Harrison]. The Ponders were notorious Tories and the last I heard the Sheriff of Madison Co. NC which was part of Buncombe has long been a Ponder. We do not know the parents of Nathaniel, father of Joseph, but we think we find him in the book SETTLERS BY THE LONG GREY TRAIL by J. Houston Harrison and we feel that all the other Harrisons of Buncombe are from this same family but probably from a missing link we have not yet found. I belong to a group of researchers of the Buncombe County Harrisons and we have never had anyone from your Nathaniel's family. Welcome! We have much more information and members of that family but I guess that this is enough for now. One other item. We were in the Atlanta Archives and we found a letter from someone in Hollywood CA who sounded important but I had never heard of. The letter was addressed to the Governor seeking information on your Nathaniel and his brother Abel Hill Harrison and their GA legislative file. The Governor sent this letter to the head of the Archives and asked him to respond, which he did. It told that Nathaniel was born in SC in the Greenville area, but did not say where Abel Hill was born . This suggests to me that his mother went home to SC to have her baby with her parents, the Abel Hills.

In the 1800 census your Joseph was shown in Rutherford County NC (always confusion as to just where the border was between N and S Carolina in this area. But in Buncombe was Thomas Harrison with a household of 14 including a number of adults. Nearby were households of John Grantham whose wife was Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Harrison and Eleanor his wife, and also nearby was Ezekiel John whose wife was a Harrison, and John Harrison whose wife was Davis. This household seems to be a hot bed of future Methodist preachers named Harrison and Grantham. It was a year later in 1801 when your Joseph and Margaret Hill Harrison acquired property near "our" Harrisons in Buncombe.

Sincerely, Charles W. Johnson, M.D. ...please keep in touch.

Wes' thoughts continuing here:

Apparently, the 3 fires in Buncombe took out the wills and estate papers, and many of the deeds, too - but people came back in and re-registered many of the deeds - thankfully.

The Nathaniel Harrison of Buncombe (son of Joseph Harrison and Margaret Hill Harrison; and therefore a grandson of Nathaniel of Clarks Fork) was not only the county clerk, but sometimes a sheriff, and also a state legislator. According to Mr Johnson (who's notes are online on what's called the Harrison Repository), this Joseph (b 1762) was the only son of Nathaniel of Clarks Fork. Something to keep in mind, although I'm not sure what that declaration is based on.

I suspect the Thomas Harrison of Clarks Fork was a brother of Nathaniel, and therefore was probably the old Thomas Harrison of Buncombe, also. He would then be the progenitor of most of these Buncombe Harrisons, and Joseph of Clarks Fork (son of Nathaniel) would be the progenitor of the rest of the Buncombe Harrisons.

I also suspect (believe) that Margaret Harrison, wife of Thomas Patterson, was a sister of Nathaniel and Thomas Harrison, but cannot yet prove that. Thomas and Margaret Harrison Patterson were the parents of John Patterson of Buncombe, my gggg-grandfather.

Harald Reksten and I have a theory that these older Harrisons, who were born in the 1730's and 40's, were siblings and may have been children of the Joseph Harrison who died in Augusta Co Va in 1748. That Joseph's estate settlement was administered by Jeremiah Harrison (brother-in-law of old Robert Patterson) and was held at the home of Samuel and Lydia Harrison Stewart, along Linville Creek, near Harrisonburg, Va. We think this older Joseph who died in 1748 would have been born ca 1710. We think that he may have been an undocumented son of Isaiah Harrison Sr, whose other sons just happen to have a gap in their births from 1707 to 1712. Another possibility is that Joseph could have been a son of Isaiah Harrison Jr, but we are leaning toward the first suggested theory.

Isaiah Harrison Jr's clan appears to have moved about this time (1748-1753) to the Yadkin River Valley of NC. While this other group who moved to Clarks Fork in modern day York Co SC, moved there in the 1760's with the Blacks, Pattersons, and Cravens. This latter group was the focus of this post, i.e. Nathaniel and Thomas Harrison and Margaret Harrison Patterson. The Clarks Fork group is the same group who later moved to Buncombe Co NC in the 1790's, give or take a few years depending on the person.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Re-Post: Joseph Harrison of Sussex Co DE & Augusta Co VA

In July 2010 Harald Reksten was working the Sussex Co DE Court Records. He abstracted a set of records and emailed them to me with the following message:

While looking at the court records I came across these entries about Joseph Harrison that I copied from the microfilm. These records are not published so no one would know about them unless they looked at the microfilm. Notice the references to Joseph Harrison as early as 1725. Makes me think the Joseph Harrison that died in the 1740s Augusta was not a grandson of Isaiah. Also this Joseph could have had quite a few children since he is involved in court cases as early as 1725. Makes me think he is at least the oldest son of old Isaiah's 2nd marriage.

The Isaiah Harrison in question is the old Isaiah Sr who was first married to Elizabeth Townsend and then secondly to Abigail Smith. Joseph Harrison died in 1748 Augusta Co VA. Other members of the Isaiah clan were part of the estate settlement in 1748, but Joseph has never been conclusively placed within the Isaiah family. Harald and I believe Joseph was another son, by the second wife.

The Harrisons and Pattersons migrated from Sussex Co DE to Augusta Co VA in the late 1730's. Other families who migrated from DE to VA that were associated with them were the Blacks, Cravens, Stewarts, Ponders, Hoods and others. My Robert Patterson had a sister named Elizabeth who married Jeremiah Harrison (son of Isaiah) in DE. Additionally, Robert Patterson's son, Thomas Patterson (my 5-greats-grandpa) married a Margaret Harrison. Harald and I both believe she was a daughter of this same Joseph Harrison who died in 1748.

FEBRUARY 1724(5) (Microfilm)
108. 2 February 1724(5) Preservd Coggshall vs Samuel Black. Continued Withdrawn.
109. 2 February 1724(5) Christ. Tophan agt Joseph Harrison. T.C. Sherd amoried – unto the Deft – appear the first day of next Term.

MAY 1725 (Microfilm)
115. 4 May 1725 Christopher Topham agt Joseph Harrison. The said Tophaim appeared for himself T.C. Sheriff amoried ¾ unless ye Deft. appear the first day this Term with Drawer in Costs.
116. 4 May 1725 Wm. PettyJohn vs Isaiah Harrison. David French for ye plantiff appeared T.C. Isaiah Harrison appeared by his attorney Francis Allen. Continued.

AUGUST 1725 (Microfilm)
124. August 1725 St. Leger Codd & Mary Codd vs Robt. Shankland. Frank Allen for ye plaintiff appeared T.C. The defendt. In peopria personn. Rule to plead By Two of the Clock this afternoon
124. August 1725 Wm. PettyJohn vs Isaiah Harrison. Atty for ye plantiff appeared T.C. Francis Allen for ye Defendt. appeared. Ruled to plead by the thirteenth of Oct. or next Judgmt.

FEBRUARY 1725(6) (Microfilm)
134. February 1725(6) A List of the Petit Jury wch were in impaneled to try ye … John Jacobs, Nathl. Hall, Thos. Groods, Robt. Shankland, James Fonwich, Andrew Haveled, Thos. Stockley, Luke Watson, Alexr. Moleston, Wm. Russell, John Ponder, Robt. Cornwall.
136. February 1725(6) St. Leger Codd & Mary Codd vs Robt. Shankland. Trespass upon the Case.

AUGUST 1727 (Microfilm)
150. August 1727 Arch. Smith vs Joseph Harrison. T.C. Nom Est.
153. August 1727 William PettyJohn vs Isaiah Harrison. Inquiry. Nola Damper. The – Came into Court & prays a Writt Admoliy Inquired on -- granted.

NOVEMBER 1727 (Microfilm)
158. November 1727 Dom. Rox vs Saml. Black. Assault. -----.
162. November 1727 Arch. Smith vs Joseph Harrison. T.C. --- C.C. --- B.B. Niss --- Afterwards the Deft. appeared giving Bail viz Jos. Harrison in 56 pounds, Samuel Stewart in 56 pounds. Sub: Con--- pt. Imparlance & ula.
163. November 1727 Wm. PettyJohn vs Isaiah Harrison. Inquiry. The Sher. returns Nulla Dampra.

FEBRUARY 1727(8) (Microfilm)
168. February 1727(8) Dom. Rox vs Samuel Black. Assault. Process awarded Nov. Term Court now at this day the sd Saml. Black came into Ct. and being arraigned --- afsd pleads guilty & puts himself unto ye mercy of ye Cort. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the sd Saml. Black be fined five shillings & that he be Committed untill he pay sd fine & all fees any processed. [Note HR: Dom. Rox was plaintiff against 6 other people the same day also for assault].
169. February 1727(8) Arch: Smith vs Joseph Harrison. T.C.

AUGUST 1728 (Microfilm)
188. August 1728 Grand Jury: …, David Scudder, …, John Harrison, Gideon Harrison, …
192. August 1728 John Price vs Gideon Harrison. Continued to this Term …
196. August 1728 John Stewart vs John Ayle. Debt. …
197. August 1728 Wm. Till Esq. vs Gideon Harrison. …
197. August 1728 Wm. Till Esq. vs Isaiah Harrison. …
199. August 1728 Grand Jury: …, David Scudder, …, John Harrison, Gideon Harrison, …

NOVEMBER 1728 (Microfilm)
201. November 1728 John Price et uon vs Gideon Harrison. Continued …
203 November 1728 John Stewart vs John Gyle. Debt. …
205. November 1728 John Ponder vs Benj. Shaw. C.C. Nom Est. Anoter Writ to Issue.
207. November 1728 Arch: Smith vs John Addams. C.C. The Deft. to appear in pson: Imparl. & rule.

FEBRUARY 1728(9) (Microfilm)
209. February 1728(9) Grand Jury: …, David Scudder, …, John Harrison, Gideon Harrison, …
211: February 1728(9) John Price et uon. vs Gideon Harrison. …
215: February 1728(9) Archibald Smith vs John Addams. Nov. Term The Deft. appeared and the case was continued to this Term 1728. Withdrawn ---
215: February 1728(9) John Ponder vs Benj. Shaw. C.C. Withdrawn.

MAY 1729 (Microfilm)
220. May 1729 Grand Jury: …, Danl. Harrison, …
223. May 1729 John Stewart vs John Gyle. Debt. …
223. May 1729 James Miders vs Edwd. Addams. Attachment. Continued.
228. May 1729 John Addams vs Jno. Price Mariner. Assault. The Sher. returns --- withdrawn of the Pltf. The Deft. to pay Costs.
229. May 1729 Joseph Harrison vs John Langstom. Attachment. Withdrawn of the Plt.
230. May 1729 William Addams vs Robert Cornwall. Case. The Sher. returns C.C. Withdrawn of the Plt.
231. May 1729 Joseph Eldridge vs John Addams vs Robert Cornwall. Case. The Sher. returns C.C. Withdrawn of the Plt.

AUGUST 1729 (Microfilm)
234. 5 August 1729 Grand Jury: …, Danl. Harrison, …
237. 5 August 1729 James Miers vs Edward Addams. Attachment. … & the Sher to pay costs.
242. 5 August 1729 William Till Esqr vs Adm of Gideon Harrison. …
246. 5 August 1729 John Addams vs William Orr. Debt. The Sher. returns C.C. The Deft. appears. Imparl.
246. 5 August 1729 Peter Addams vs Thos. Petty. Case. …
246. 5 August 1729 Peter Addams vs Edw. Garland. …

NOVEMBER 1729 (Microfilm)
248. 4 November 1729 Grand Jury: …, Danl. Harrison, …
254. 4 November 1729 Joseph McCoster vs Joseph Harrison. Continued …
255. 4 November 1729 Peter Addams vs William Orr. Debt. Continued …
255. 4 November 1729 Peter Addams vs Benj. Garland. …
256. 4 November 1729 John Stewart vs John Ayle. …
258. 4 November 1729 William Till Esqr. Vs Gideon Harrison Adms. …

Isaiah Harrison's sons by his first wife were Isaiah Jr, Gideon and John. Gideon died in Sussex Co DE. Isaiah Jr may also have died in DE or NJ. Isaiah's sons by his second wife were Joseph Harrison (we believe), Daniel, Thomas, Jeremiah and Samuel. Isaiah also had daughters Mary (m. Robert Cravens), Elizabeth, Abigail (m. Alexander Herring), and Lydia (m. Samuel Stewart).

As Joseph Harrison is not commonly listed as a son of Isaiah, neither is Lydia listed as a daughter. But most people have tried to tie her to Isaiah Jr. Harald and I believe that the Isaiah Harrison who executed Joseph Harrison's 1748 estate was the oldest son of Joseph. In the past, people have assumed this Isaiah was Isaiah Jr. But given the fact that Isaiah Jr seems to have disappeared from the records of DE and NJ in the 1720's, it seems that he must have died before the migration to the Shenandoah like his brother Gideon.

The Isaiah of 1748 Augusta Co VA must have been the son of Joseph then, as none of the other brothers had a son named Isaiah that old. And we know that Isaiah Sr died in the winter of 1737/38 en route from DE to VA. Here is the abstract from the 1748 sale of items from Joseph's estate - the "vendue":

1-208. 1 September 1748, Augusta Co VA Will, Buyers at the sale of the estate of Joseph Harrison 1748, Jeremiah Harrison sold the goods in the home of Lydia and Samuel Stewart. Isaiah Harrison, surety. Buyers: Samuel Stuart, Timothy Convey, Samuel Harrison, Peter Dyer, Samuel Monsey, Thomas Harrison, Cornelius Bryant, Arthur Johnson, William Williams, Joseph Harrison, Abraham Smith, Henry Smith, Tunis Wood, Samuel Hull, Edward McGuines, Archibald Buchanan, Robert Patterson, Joseph Bryan, Aaron Oliver, Isaiah Harrison, John O’Neal, Daniel Harrison, Ephraim Love, Solomon Turpin, Jeremiah Harrison and Samuel Wilkey.

From this vendue we can see how intertwined this Joseph Harrison was with the others of the Isaiah clan. In 1748 the Samuel and Lydia Stewart family and several members of the Harrison clan began their migration to Rowan Co NC along the Yadkin River. (See Stewart Timeline for more details)

It is believed that these Harrisons who moved to NC with the Stewarts were some of the Joseph Harrison family, such as his sons Isaiah and Joseph Harrison Jr. Also, Samuel Stewart's oldest son David Stewart married an Abigail Harrison, believed to be a daughter of this Joseph Harrison.

About fifteen years later, more families from Augusta Co VA would move to the Kings Mountain region of the Carolinas to modern day York Co SC. This would include the Blacks, Pattersons, Ponders, and some of the Cravens and Harrisons as well. It seems that Nathaniel and Thomas Harrison involved in this latter move were most likely sons of Joseph also. Plus, Thomas Patterson who moved to the Kings Mtn area was married to Margaret Harrison and they lived next to Nathaniel Harrison, indicating she was most likely a sister of Nathaniel and Thomas Harrison. Furthermore, the Jane Harrison who was married to William Cravens, and also moved to the Kings Mtn area for about nine years or so (1764-1773), would fit in perfectly as another daughter of Joseph and therefore a sister of the Kings Mtn Harrisons.

I cannot prove all of these relationships with 100% certainty, but the order of events, proximity of residences, and migration patterns of these various family members work together to paint a picture similar to that just described.

The above Sussex Co DE court records are an important piece of the puzzle in tying Joseph Harrison to this Isaiah clan. Of course, it also helps to know that descendants of the Kings Mtn Harrisons later lived in Buncombe Co NC, and descendants of that group (two different members) have had their DNA tested and match up with the Isaiah Harrison clan, closing the loop so to speak.

If you have any information you wish to add please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Re-Post: Stewart Timeline

The following records are in chronological order and serve as an event timeline related to the Stewart Clan in North Carolina.

The following map is taken from Collet's 1770 NC map.
Notice the Yadkin River flowing east and then south. That location is known as East Bend, for obvious reasons. Just below the east bend there is a river flowing west called Hughes Creek, and at later times it was known by other names, including Miller Creek. This appears to be where Samuel and Lydia Stewart obtained a tract of land at some point, which Lydia referred to in her 1771 will. Then flowing east from that same general part of the Yadkin (but a little further south) is "Bathsheba" Creek, aka Bersheba aka Bashavia Creek. There and south is where Samuel Stewart apparently owned 508 acres entered in 1753 (grant issued 1757), as well as his sons David and Samuel Jr. Further to the east of that is Stewarts Creek where Samuel's son, David owned land beginning 1781. Also notice the Great Wagon Road crossing Stewarts Creek, at approximately where the creek crosses modern day Robinhood Rd at Chickasha Rd. South of that is Gorgales Creek, aka Muddy Creek.

  1. 1747 (Jan 21), "David Stuart & Abigal Herrison, adult persons baptized after profession of faith and obedience." This was the record of baptism of David Stewart and his future wife, Abigail Harrison, recorded and baptized by Rev Craig of Augusta Co, Va. This also shows that David Stewart was still in Va at the time.
  2. 1748, (Stewart Entry #1) David Stewart entered 138 acres on the Yadkin River, Anson Co., surveyed 10 Jan 1748/49 (1749 by today's calendar). Per Hofmann's Granville District of NC 1748-1763, Vol. 4, grant #285 says "David Stewart, plat dated 10 Jan 1748/49, 138 acres (Anson Co) on the North Bank of the Yadkin River opposite Eagleton, joining the river bank; CC: Abraham Potter, Antony Heavely; C. Robinson Surv." This tract was definitely along the bank of the Yadkin River. David was the first of the Stewart clan to enter land in Anson Co. However, there is no record of any grant ever being issued for this 138 acre survey. There may have been, but I can find no record of it. (revised 6 Apr 2010)
  3. 1750 (May 23), Augusta Co Va court records show that Isaiah Harrison has "removed to Carolina". This Isaiah may have been the son of Joseph Harrison who died in Augusta Co VA in 1748. I believe that Isaiah's aunt was Lydia Harrison Stewart, wife of Samuel Stewart. This Harrison clan has begun the move to the Yadkin River valley, which includes Harrisons, Wrights, and Stewarts (as well as Linvilles, Boones, and Bryans). They left the Harrisonburg, Va region to come to what was then Anson Co, NC. It is possible that the Joseph Harrison of the Yadkin was a son of the afore-mentioned Joseph Harrison who died in VA in 1748. (revised 9 Aug 2011)
  4. 1751 (Oct 9), (Stewart Entry #2) Samuel Stewart, Entered 640 acres on 9 Oct 1751, Warrant for survey dated 1 April 1752. Survey date is not known, but Grant was issued 10 Jan 1761 according to the warrant cover. This grant was for 640 acres on a branch of Muddy Creek above the head of Stewarts Run at a White Oak Mark'd. I found no grant paperwork for this, but again, the warrant cover had a notation that a grant was issued on the date previously noted. Also on the warrant cover, under Samuel Stewart's name, was "Muddy C" with the rest of "Creek" blotted out. Then under that note was "Esaih" and obviously something else after that blotted out. This would be a good time to note that many Harrison researchers have said that Isaiah Harrison Jr received a 640 acre grant in Anson Co NC under the name "Esaiah Harrison". I have never been able to find this grant at the NC Archives. Perhaps this particular grant was originally for him, but then was assigned to Samuel Stewart instead? Again, I believe the Isaiah who came to the Yadkin River area though was actually a son of Joseph Harrison who died in 1748 in VA. (revised 9 Aug 2011)
  5. 1751 (Oct 9), (Stewart Entry #3) Samuel Stewart Junior, Entered 646 acres on 9 Oct 1751, Warrant for survey date is unknown, but a survey was completed on 23 Apr 1753, with chain carriers David and John Steward. No grant paperwork has been found, so it is not clear to me there was ever a grant issued for this survey. This survey was for 646 acres on the NE side of Yadkin River and on waters of Reed Creek, beginning at David Stewards corner. I believe that Reed Creek may have been south of Bashavia Creek and possibly somewhere in the vicinity of the Shallowford or even Double Creek. At this time, given that David Stewart's lands appear to have been between the Shallowford and Bashavia Creek, I'll assume Reed Creek is in that area as well. (revised 6 Apr 2010)
  6. 1753 (Mar 15), Ezaiah [Isaiah] Harrison had a Rowan County, NC Land entry for 15 March 1753, of 640 acres in Anson County (later Rowan), on the South side of Yadkin River, known by the Swan Ponds - this according to Harrison researchers (I have never been able to locate this grant or even a land entry). Many Stewart and Harrison researchers have talked about the Swan Ponds and Swan Creek and attributed that description to all of them. However, some lands of the Stewarts show a Swan Creek, and others a Snow Creek and all of them seem to have been on the "north" or "east" side of Yadkin in modern day Forsyth Co. Isaiah Harrison's 640 acre grant is described as "south" side Yadkin, so his may truly have been on Swan Creek or Swan Ponds. This could be near Wilkes Co. On the other hand, there were a number of Harrisons who lived on the east side of Yadkin nearby the Stewarts, constantly witnessing this or that which the Stewarts were involved in. (revised 9 Aug 2011)
  7. 1753, Rowan County formed from Anson County.
  8. 1753 (July 16), (Stewart Entry #4) Samuel Stewart entered 640 acres on 16 July 1753, east side of Yadkin River on the South Fork of Barshaby (Bashavia) Creek, joining his other survey. This entry (Rowan Co) joined the bank of the Yadkin River. Wit: Jno Haywood, David Stewart. Warrant dated 30 Nov 1753, surveyed 24 May 1754 (for 508 acres), deed issued 9 May 1757 (warrant cover), same day as David Stewart's 380 acre grant. CC: John Stewart, John Dawson. The back of the grant described the grantee as "Samuel Stewart Sr". On the grant itself you can see that Samuel Stewart Sr always made his mark "S". This tract of 508 acres was later sold to Matthew Brooks in two parcels (1775 and 1779), both deeds mentioning the "bank of the Yadkin River" and the latter one also said "down the river". The 380 acre tract that David obtained the same day was later sold in 1779 to John Lynch, and was shown to be "on the east side bank of Yadkin River." This was grant #4903 in Hoffman's Granville District of NC 1748-1763, Vol. 3, under Rowan Co. (revised 6 Apr 2010)
  9. 1753 (July 26), (Stewart Entry #5) David Stewart entered 640 acres on 26 July 1753, east (north) side of Yadkin, (Rowan Co) adj Joseph Hartford, Wagners line, John Miller, and the several courses of the sd river. Warrant for survey dated 30 Nov 1753 (warrant cover), surveyed 23 May 1754 (for 380 acres), deed issued 9 May 1757 (deed cover), same day as Samuel Stewart Sr's 508 acre grant. CC: John Stewart, John Dawson. This 380 acre tract was later referred to as David Stewart's Fishing Place, and then again later was described as containing a "Fish Pott" and "Seine Landing", the latter being a type of fishing net. I believe this land to have been at or near the modern day "Old 421 River Park" in modern day Forsyth Co NC. Another possible location for this tract is a little further south, below the Shallow Ford, and not far from Double Creek. This was grant #4898 in Hoffman's Granville District of NC 1748-1763, Vol. 3, under Rowan Co. (revised 6 Apr 2010)
  10. 1753, approximately the same time David Stewart and Samuel Stewart Sr entered their 1753 lands, Thomas McCaul (McCall) was entering his own land. McCall entered 656 acres in Rowan Co on Stewards Run, surveyed 21 April 1753 (a month prior to the Stewarts' surveys), and the grant was issued on 12 May 1757, just three days after the Stewarts grants. CC: Samuel Steward, David Steward. This was grant #4721 in Hoffman's Granville District of NC 1748-1763, Vol. 3, under Rowan Co. (revised 3 Feb 2010)
  11. 1753, David Stewart Constable, on the north side of Yadkin from Muddy Creek and upward... (HISTORY OF ROWAN COUNTY by Rev. Jethro Rumple. p 54)
  12. 1754 (Jan 24), After the noon liturgy Brother Herman went 8 miles to order certain things from David Stuart. (Moravian records)
  13. 1755 (Feb 28), Edward Hughes was granted 331 acres on North East side of Yadkin River, adj Jos. Harris.; CC: Jos Harris, Daved Steward. The grant itself clearly shows the neighbor and chain carrier as "Joseph Harrison", however. This grant was issued two years earlier than the Stewarts and McCall's grants. It was grant #4636 in Hoffman's Granville District of NC 1748-1763, Vol. 3, under Rowan Co. (revised 5 Apr 2010)
  14. 1755 (June 30), Brother Kalberlahn went to Mr. Steward's to see his patient. (Moravian records)
  15. 1762 (May 24), (Stewart Entry #6) Samuel Stewart (Sr, but later sold by Jr) was granted 332 acres on 10 Aug 1762, Rowan Co East side Yadkin River and on both sides of Swan Creek (Snow Creek, according to the 1774 sale of this land), adj David Stewart, George Stown, John Howard, and bank of river. Wit: John Frohock; Surveyed by John Frohock 24 May 1762 (survey cover); CC: David Stewart, Thomas Harrison. Note: Plat was originally done in the name of Joseph Harrison, a line drawn through and Samuel Stewart written above. This survey was clearly on Swan Creek, clearly for Joseph Harrison originally, and clearly Samuel Stewart Sr, based on Samuel's "S" mark on the grant itself. This grant has always been attributed to being Samuel Stewart Sr, and referred to in Lydia Stewart's 1771 will where she left this land to her sons if they could "obtain a clear title". However, I no longer agree with that assumption. Lydia's will clearly refers to a tract of land on the "south" side of the Yadkin, and this tract was on the east (or north) side, so this is NOT the land Lydia was referring to. Interestingly, this land was sold by Samuel Stewart JR and his wife Elizabeth Stewart in 1774 to Joseph Williams (Surry Bk A Pg 95), witnessed by John Harrison, and bounded as "adj. David Stewart.... riverbank..." and George Stown to the east and John Howard to the south and west. Subsequent deeds describe this tract as "North side Yadkin River, both sides Snow Creek." It is DEFINITELY the same tract. It could be that Samuel Jr sold this land as an heir, and his wife (Elizabeth Winscott) as a witness of Samuel Sr's will. This 1762 grant was grant #60, Bk 6, Pg 221, Issued 10 Aug 1762 Rowan Co, and was entry #4905 in Hoffman's Granville District of NC 1748-1763, Vol. 3, under Rowan Co. (revised 6 Apr 2010)
  16. 1762 (Aug 27), Martin Hauser (II) was granted 256 acres on "Bersheba" Creek (Bashavia Creek), near the Yadkin River on the east. His tract was on both sides of Bashavia Creek (in modern day Forsyth Co); Wit: John Frohock; Surveyed by John Frohock on 21 May 1762; CC: Henry Spoonhour, Martin Hauser. This tract was bounded by Henry Spoonhour (Spainhour) on the east, and then on the western end of the south line of Hauser's tract was none other than "Samuel Stewart". We know this was Samuel Stewart Sr by virtue of the fact that Richard Thomason entered 400 acres on 13 Nov 1778 on North side of the Yadkin River (Surry Co), adj lines of Joseph Stewart and Martin Howzar (Hauser) and Joseph Phillips. It was later granted in 1783, but the bigger issue is that in 1778, Samuel Stewart Sr was dead. His 508 acres bordered Hauser to the north, and this Thomason grant was to the west of Stewart AND Hauser, with Phillips to the north. Samuel Stewart Sr left his 508 acres (that he lived on) to his sons Benjamin and Joseph Stewart. Benjamin sold 124 acres of the 508 to Matthew Brooks in 1775, but the remaining 384 was sold by Joseph and Benjamin together, in 1779, to the same Matthew Brooks. So in 1778, Joseph was still in possession of the original 508 acre tract (or 384 of it) that would have bordered Hauser and Thomason. This not only confirms which Samuel Stewart bordered Martin Hauser, but also reveals conclusively where Samuel Stewart Sr lived. (revised 3 Feb 2010)
  17. 1768 (Aug 20), Samuel Stewart of Rowan County dated his will Aug 20, 1768, and it was witnessed by Preston Crawford, Elizabeth Winscott, and O. Harvey; the will was proved on Aug 4, 1770 in Rowan County. The executors were his sons David and Samuel. In the will Samuel gave all his movable estate to his wife Lydia and left the tract of land on which he lived to his sons Joseph and Benjamin, to be equally divided. [Wes Patterson note: this was the 508 acres later sold in the 1770's to Matthew Brooks.]
  18. 1770 (Feb 15), James Glenn, Joseph Harrison, James Buck, Samuel and David Stewart, Georg Lash, Martin Houser, of the Yadkin, Henry Spoonhour [Spainhour] and Michael Houser of Bethany, Jacob Stoner, Jacob Blecken and John Ranke of Bethabara, and George and Charles Holder of Salem to lay off a road from the Shallow ford of the Yadkin to cross the North Fork of Muddy Creek a little above the mouth of Steward's Creek to the town of Salem. [Muddy Creek a little above the mouth of Stewarts (Tomahawk) Creek is Shallowford / Country Club Rd. The old wagon road came into Lewisville at Shallowford Rd near Lewisville-Vienna Rd. The part of Shallowford Rd that runs from there to Old Salem was not laid out until this time in 1770 apparently. Sam Stewart Sr had already died, so this was Samuel Jr and his brother David.]
  19. 1771, Surry County formed from Rowan County.
  20. 1771 (Jan 11), Lydia Stewart (widow of Samuel) made her will on Jan 11, 1771, and it was proved at the November court, 1772, in Surry County. The witnesses were Christopher Stanton, Charles Hickerson, and Edward Hughes. She named as executors her sons, David and Samuel Stewart. She asked, "that out of my estate a title be obtained for a certain tract of land on the south side of the Yadkin River adjoining Benjamin Pettit's and James Carson's lands (Kerson), and if such title can be obtained the same be sold and the value thereof be equally divided unto my beloved sons David, Samuel, John, and Joseph Stewart." She gave her son, Benjamin, "an iron pot now in his possession." I give unto my son Joseph's daughter Lydia a good heifer or a young cow." She gave her bed and furnishings to her grand-daughter Lydia, daughter of her son David. An inventory of her estate, made Feb 12, 1773, amounting to 135-6-10, was presented Feb 16, by David and Samuel Stewart. [According to the Yadkin County Historical Map, "Lydia Steward 1770" and "James Carson 1763" were situated next to each other in northeastern Yadkin Co, very close to the south side of Yadkin River, and just north of the Richmond Rd near Yellow Bank Ford. It was situated on a branch of Baileys Creek. Other names for this creek are Millers Creek and Hughes Creek. Need to follow up on this closer. At this time, I do not know how they acquired this land. It must have been by deed, as there are not grants for any land on the south side of the Yadkin for Samuel or Lydia Stewart.] (revised 5 Apr 2010)
  21. 1772 (Aug 6), Rowan Co minutes of Court of P&QS, Bk 3 Pg 365: "Joseph Gentry licensed to keep a public ferry at his own landing opposite to David Steward's Fishing Place." This became known as Joseph's Ferry, and later became known as Brooks Ferry (Matthew Brooks). Today this is where Yadkinville Hwy (Old 421) crosses the Yadkin River at Old 421 River Park.
  22. 1774, Samuel Stewart (Jr) and Elizabeth Stewart (his wife) to Joseph Williams (Surry Bk A Pg 95), witnessed by John Harrison, and bounded as "adj. David Stewart.... riverbank..." and George Stown to the east and John Howard to the south and west... 335 acres. Joseph Williams later sold 239 acres of this tract, North side Yadkin River on both sides SNOW Creek adj David Stuart and John Lynch. Williams sold the 239 acres to Thomas Smith, who in turn was bound by the courts on 11 May 1779 (Bk I Pg 131) as follows: "Thomas Smith bound to his mother, Sarah Smith, for L10,000 NC money if he molest his mother or keep her from peaceably possessing during her widowhood the 239 A bought from Jos. Williams on N side of Yadkin R on Snow Crk. Wit: John Hudspeth, Wm Meredith." It went on to say this land formerly belonged to Samuel Stewart.
  23. 1774 (Dec 4), Surry Co Will Bk 1 Pg 36a: Will of Tyree Glen, names wife Sarah, sons Jeremiah and Thomas to have home plantation and Island land. All my children: Suckey, Aggy, Jeanney, Jeremiah, Thomas. Exrs: William Bryant, Thomas Adaman. Wit: Samuel Gentry, Joseph Stewart, Benjamin Stewart, James Glen. Prvd by Gentry, Benjamin Stewart, and James Glen.
  24. 1775 (May), Matthew Brooks bought 124 acres from Benjamin Stewart, part of 508 acres granted to Samuel Stewart Sr in 1753. The sale is recorded in Surry Co. NC. Book A p 169, and described as being on the "bank of Yadkin River".
  25. 1777, Wilkes County formed from Surry County.
  26. 1778 (Apr), Joseph Harrison to John Lynch, 147 acres adj David Stewart, John Miller, Frederick Miller (Surry Bk A Pg 221). This must have also been on the east side of Yadkin River and very close to the river.
  27. 1778 (Nov 13), Richard Thomason entered 400 acres Surry County on the North side of the Yadkin River adj the lines of Joseph Stewart and Martin Hauser and Joseph Phillips - 13 Nov 1778; grant issued 13 Oct 1783. This was entry #950 in Agnes M. Wells' Joseph Winston: His Land Entry Book, Surry County NC Land Entries 1778-1781. (revised 3 Feb 2010)
  28. 1778 (Dec 29), Matt Brooks enters 300 acres of land in Surry Co. on the S fork of Bershavia Creek adjoining Martin Howzar, Jos. Stewart, Benja. Stewart, and myself including his improvement for quantity. - Brooks had already purchased 124 acres from Benjamin Stewart in 1775, part of the 508 A grant to Samuel Stewart Sr, land on which the latter Stewart had lived - and died. (revised 13 Feb 2010)
  29. 1779 (Feb 2), David Stewart sold 380 acres on east side bank of Yadkin River, to John Lynch, adj. Thomas Smith, Lynch, Miller (Surry Bk A Pg 261). This was the 380 acre grant David was issued in May 1757.
  30. 1779 (Feb 3), John Lynch entered 100 A up river adj land he bought from David Stewart Sr, including the Fish Pott and Seine Landing. A "seine" is a net that is lowered vertically into the water and used to catch fish. Given the 1772 entry where Joseph Gentry operated a public ferry opposite to David Stewart's "Fishing Place", I'd say this "fish pott" and "seine landing" apply to David Stewart's former property (380 acres) which he sold to John Lynch the day before Lynch entered this 100 acre grant adjacent.
  31. 1779 (Aug 30), Benjamin and Joseph Stewart to Matthew Brooks L520, 384 acres east side Yadkin being part of 508 acre Granville grant to Samuel Stewart Sr. Wit: William Thornton, Agness PRICE, and James Blackwell. Signed Benjamin (X) Stewart, Joseph (X) Stewart and Elizabeth (X) Stewart. (SURRY COUNTY DEEDS 1779-1797, p 55) [witness William Thornton appears to have had relations with the Gentrys from their years in Va prior to coming to Rowan/Surry. Witness Agness Price appears to be the daughter of one John Price V and Sarah Brown (Price) of Halifax Co, Va. Agness' sister, Elizabeth Sarah "Sandy" Price, married James Blackwell V, presumeably the 3rd witness on this deed.] This tract was bounded by the bank of Yadkin River and running "down the river".
  32. 1780, Isaiah Stewart received a NC Grant (Surry, Bk M Pg 407) along Logans Creek in what is now eastern Yadkin County, not far from Matthew Brooks Ferry (old 421). I am not sure the acreage at this time, however. Isaiah was another son of Samuel and Lydia Harrison Stewart.
  33. 1781 (June 5), David Stewart bought 170 acres from John Lynch on east side of south fork of Stewarts Creek, adj Frederick Miller and Robert Lanier (Surry, Bk B Pg 126). I am not sure what happened to this tract. It appears that 12 acres of it was sold to Frederick Miller by David Stewart in 1795 (Stokes Bk 2 Pg 258). It also looks like the 138 acres sold by Reuben Stewart to Frederick Miller in 1825 (Stokes Bk 8 Pg 366) was also on the east side of south fork of Stewarts Creek, and possibly more of this "170" acres from John Lynch. If so, this only accounts for 150 acres, all sold to Fr Miller. So... I'm a bit confused here. I see where Reuben Stewart (son of David) sold 67 acres to Daniel Davis in 1812 (Stokes Bk 7 Pg 58), bounded by Foster Phillips and Martin Hauser and the river bank. Reuben also sold 51 acres to Foster Phillips in 1812 (Stokes Bk 5 Pg 699), bounded by the river bank and also the mouth of a small branch. Now I'm really confused. If David bought "170" acres from Lynch on Stewarts Creek (east side south branch) and then sold 12 and 138 acres with the same bounds, both to Frederick Miller... then this land his son is selling along the bank of the Yadkin (in Stokes Co) has to be part of the Anson grant for 138 acres he received in 1748. (revised 2 Feb 2010)
  34. 1781 (Aug 15), Deed from Robert Harrison by his attorney Matt Brooks to Samuel Kirby.
  35. 1785 (Feb 17), Surry Co Deed Bk C Pg 291, Mark Phillips to Thomas Smith for L50, 200 A on middle fork of Double Creek adj Joseph Williams and John Hix, wit: John Lankaster, Zebediah Billitor, David Stewart.
  36. 1785 (Aug 13), Surry Co Deed Bk C Pg 249, John Lancaster Senior to William Holman 350 pounds for 290 acres on Stewarts Creek. Signed, John Lancaster. Witnesses: Thomas Smith, David Stewart, and William Stewart. Proved in court 15 Nov 1785, deed from John Lancaster to William Holloman: oath David Stewart. This land was purchased 14 May 1782 from Robert Lanier, John Lynch to John Lancaster, Sr. Interesting to note a family connection between Hollimans and Matthew Brooks and George Lash Sr. See my post regarding this. (revised 24 Feb 2010)
  37. 1789, Stokes County formed from Surry County.
  38. 1798 (Apr 23), Marriages of Rowan County, NC, 1753-1868, by Brent Holcomb, page 83: Cooper, David and Ann Miller, 23 April 1798, David Stewart bondsman, E. J. Osborn, D.C. wit. (revised 9 April 2010)
  39. 1801 (Nov 24), Will of David Stewart (Stuart). Proved Dec 1807. Jamiah Harrison [Jemima, wife of Nathaniel Harrison], Hezekiah Rankin, Lydia Potter and Abigail Curd, 20 shillings each. Five sons: John, David, Reuben, Samuel and Thomas, all my estate, also negroes (6 of them) Wife Abigail Stewart to be maintained, Execs John and Reuben Stewart. Wit: Thompson Glenn, Frederick Miller, and Henry Holder. Signed David (X) Stewart. (STOKES COUNTY NC WILLS 1790-1864) Henry Holder had at least one grant on waters of Stewarts Creek. And this being in Stokes county rules out the possibility that this land was in modern day Yadkin or Wilkes. This was in modern day Forsyth Co.
  40. (David Stewart did not personally sell all of his land. The deeds of Surry and Stokes for all of his sons must be consulted before any final conclusions about the disposition of David's lands can be finalized.)
  41. 1849, Forsyth County formed from Stokes County.