Whitaker Surname Notes for Rowan Co. NC
Interesting to note that a Thomas Jones was neighbor of Mark Whitaker's son James Whitaker in 1764 Rowan Co., NC and a Thomas Jones was marriage bondsman (1780) for Mark Whitaker & Catherine Boone.
The Whitackers were from Baltimore MD and lived by Joseph Johnson families in 1712 ERA : 2 May 1712, Joseph Johnson, of Baltimore Co., Maryland to Thomas Bucknall, planter, of same, 3000 pounds of tobacco, 100 acres...Swan Creek. Signed Joseph Johnson. Wit. John Brown and George Wells.
1767 December 15: DEED 6:401; Henry Ballinger to James Johnson for 120 p, 176 acres on Horse Pen Creek adjacent Joseph Uthank, part of two tracts granted John Cunningham 3 December 1753 & bought by Ballinger 12 July 1757. Hugh Forster, Wm. Folock, Thos. Brown. Prvd April Court 1767.
Notes: Joseph Uthank
Notes: John Cunnigham
Notes: Hugh Forseter
Notes: Wm Folock
Notes: Thomas Brown
Records. From: Wirelake
Notes: Cunnigham’s this surname is married to General James Randolph Robertson Families;
1768 Rowan County tax list of, Thomas Donnell's district. This land was in an area that became part of Guilford County when it was created two years later in 1770 and started administrative operations in 1771.
The first Donnells in central N.C. came as part of the Nottingham Company of Presbyterians who began to arrive in a predetermined area then in Anson Co. in 1750 Some 23,000 + acres had been set aside by agreement between the Nottingham Presbyterian Church, Chester, PA and land representatives of Lord Granville.
In 1771 the area was broken up to form Guilford and in 1785 the northern part of Guilford was formed into Rockingham Co. In that final formation, some of the colonists wound up in Rockingham Co. These people established two principal churches ca. 1756, Buffalo (on North Buffalo Creek) and Alamance in the southern area, (lying on the waters of Big Alamance Creek).
1768 Rowan County tax list of Morgan Bryan is found that Benjamin Bentley and Thomas Bentley are included at one poll each. Benjamin was most likely married at this time as he was living separately from his father. Benjamin Bentley, along with his parents, brother, and sisters lived in old Rowan (now Davie) County on Bear Creek, a few miles south of Mocksville. http://yeahpot.com/mikeshortt/thomasbentleysr.html
Benjamin Bentley evidently moved his family to Iredell (now Alexander) County about 1784 as this is when he began selling his land on Bear Creek.
He had the year before on October 10, 1783 received Grant No. 457 for 150 acres as a
branch of the South Yadkin River near the "Cedar Knob" in Rowan County, about five
miles north of Taylorsville. As Iredell was formed in 1788, it is here that Benjamin begins
to appear in the court records. http://yeahpot.com/mikeshortt/thomasbentleysr.html
20 Aug 1796, recorded 1 Aug 1798. Gasper Rowland of Rowan Co., NC, to Jacob Kellar of Rowan Co., NC, for 185 pounds current money of NC for 320 acres in Rowan Co. on Weaver’s Creek, bounded by BENJAMIN BENTLEY, John Johnson, Rudolph Neat’s corner. Signed Kasper Roland. Wit: John Keller his mark, John Hendrix. Rowan Co., NC, Deed Book 16, page 341, 1798-1799 (SLFHL 0019790.
20 Aug 1796 Rowan Co. on Weaver’s Creek, bounded by BENJAMIN BENTLEY, John Johnson, Rudolph Neat’s corner. Signed Kasper Roland. Wit: John Keller his mark, John Hendrix. Rowan Co.,
More About BENJAMIN BENTLEY:
Occupation: Bet. February 16, 1771 - February 07, 1772, Constable of "lower end of the
forks of the Yadkin" by order of Sheriff of Rowan County
Residence: 1815, Plantation was annexed from Iredell County to Wilkes County
Children of BENJAMIN BENTLEY and JANE UNKNOWN are:
7. i. ESQUIRE4 BENTLEY, b. 1770; d. 1851, Alexander Co, NC.
8. ii. BENJAMIN JR. BENTLEY, b. 1771.
9. iii. JAMES MARTIN BENTLEY, b. 1781, Irdell Co, North Carolina; d. Letcher Co, Ky.
10. iv. MOSES BENTLEY, b. 1766, North Carolina; d. 1827, Burke Co, NC.
11. v. DRUCILLA BENTLEY, b. 1772, Bear Creek, Rowan Co, NC. She married JOSEPH HARRISON. He was born 1790
vi. CATHERINE BENTLEY, b. 1773; m. UNKNOWN CAMPBELL; b. 1770.
vii. PATIENCE BENTLEY, m. UNKNOWN LEWIS.
viii. LYDIA BENTLEY, m. MESHACK DAVIS. http://yeahpot.com/mikeshortt/thomasbentleysr.html
1768 William McBroom’s name appears on the 1768 Rowan County Tax
Thomas McBroom (I) is known to have had at least three sons, William McBroom, John McBroom, and Thomas McBroom, Jr. And, there is a convincing story that concerns a family Bible reference which notes that Thomas McBroom (I) died in the year 1783. Thomas McBroom’ son, William McBroom, might well be the William McBroom who lived on the wild frontier of Southwest Virginia during 1774 - 1777, part of which later became North Carolina then Tennessee. William McBroom’s name appears on the 1768 Rowan County Tax List, but not on the 1778 Tax List with his father, and brother’s John McBroom, and Thomas McBroom, Jr II. It is a good possibility that elements of this family might have begun to establish their homes on Big Creek, north of the Holston River in present day Hawkins County, Tennessee, before the last of them moved there immediately after the 1778 Tax List was recorded. This location might well be the place of McBroom’s Station, aka McBroom’s Fort, which is noted in numerous records of Revolutionary War soldiers, and in other references. http://themcbrooms.com/index.php/the-tree/
William McBroom’s name appears on the 1768 Rowan County Tax List, but not on the 1778 Tax List
Thomas McBroom, Jr
1768 Rowan Co Tax List Jacob Johnston http://www.coastalcarolinaindians.com/research/johnson/
1768 Rowan Co. Tax List Alexander Johnston http://www.coastalcarolinaindians.com/research/johnson/
1768: An Alexander Johnston is listed in a 1768 Rowan County Tax List prepared by William Millikan. Mrs. White states in her book that the people in that list were residents of present-day southern Guilford and Northern Randolph County.
1770: Alexander Johnston's name appears on a 1770 Guilford County Tax List.
Notes: 1768: An Alexander Johnston is listed in a 1768 Rowan County Tax List prepared by William Millikan. Mrs. White states in her book that the people in that list were residents of present-day southern Guilford and Northern Randolph County.
Notes: Alexander Johnston was taxed on a son named John. He is the only Johnston / Johnson in that district.
Notes: There are no more existing tax lists for Guilford County until 1815.
Notes: There is an not an Alexander Johns(t)on in the Guilford County 1790 Federal Census: There is an Alexander Johnson in the 1800 Federal Census in Guilford County but he is shown as between 25 – 35 years of age.
Notes: There are no Rowan County Deeds for these people.
Notes: This list was a list of people whose property was on the Little Alamance River and were in Old Rowan but fell into the newly created Guilford County in 1771. This document was sworn and turned in March of 1772.
Notes: William Millikan
1768 Rowan Co. Tax List Jacob Johnston http://www.coastalcarolinaindians.com/research/johnson/
1768 Rowan Co. NC tax List John of Alexander Johnston http://www.coastalcarolinaindians.com/research/johnson/
1768 Rowan Co. NC tax List Thomas Johnston http://www.coastalcarolinaindians.com/research/johnson/
Notes: There are no 1770 Rowan County Deeds for these people, Ashley Johnson, Gideon Johnson, James Johnson as Gideon Johnston lands will go into Guilford County in 1770.
Gideon Johnson is researcher Mary Hollands lines coming off Benjamin Johnson and wife ? Massey, They are Quakers in Henrico Co.
County, NC tax list in 1768 Charles Hulsey (or Huddlesley) married to Hannah Witt (c1736' ' c1805) Married Charles Hulsey (or Huddlesley) 2 July 1756 according to the Douglas Register. Was in the Rowan County, NC tax list in 1768
and the Surry County tax lists of 1774 and 1775, all in an area south of the Dan River. They moved to Greenville County, South Carolina by 1790.
Children are reported to have been
James Hulsey (or Huddlesley) ,
Charles Hulsey (or Huddlesley) ,
Adonijah Hulsey (or Huddlesley) ,
Jesse Hulsey (or Huddlesley) ,
Adler Hulsey (or Huddlesley) ,
Parthenia Hulsey (or Huddlesley) , and
Elizabeth Hulsey (or Huddlesley)
John Witt evidently remained in Goochland County through at least 1757. The 'Douglas Register', essentially a sort of vestry book for St. James Northam Parish, contains marriage dates for several of the presumed children below. This implies he was living north of the James, but on what land we don't know.
Presumably John Witt was still in Goochland when his daughter Judith (described as 'of this parish') married John Matlock in 1756 and his daughter Mary married John Bullington in 1757.
One of the John Witts in the 1748 tithables was also on the 1752 tithables list, but there is no further known record of him in Goochland or its vicinity.
Later records are presumed to have been of his son John Witt IV, whose children's births are recorded in the Douglas Register through 1766. In particular, a purchase in 1758 is assumed to be for John Witt IV.
It appears that he moved into Halifax (later Pittsylvania) County near some of his children.
The references to the various John Witts in Pittsylvania (later Henry) and Halifax counties are somewhat confusing, and I have not yet sorted them out.
It appears that John Witt IV did not move to this area, which should simplify things.
But the John Witt who was a son of Edward Witt, and various next-generation John Witts were in the area and it is not altogether clear which references apply to which persons.
However, the presence of Pittsylvania surveys by a John Witt 'Jr.' in 1768 and 1769 imply the presence of an older John Witt (though perhaps not his father), because none of the next-generation John Witts had reached majority by then.
This John Witt who was a 'Jr.' in 1768 was plain John Witt when Thomas Harbour sold him and William Witt 140 acres on Blackberry Creek in 1763
Wayne Witt Bates thinks these were grandchildren of Thomas Harbour, but both the grandchildren were minors in 1763, and there is a reference to the land of William Witt in a 1762 survey.
This may be cleared up by future research. In 1773 Adjonijah Harbour sold land next to David Witt on Falls Creek in a different part of the county to a John Witt 'Sr.' who may have been him, as that John Witt later gifted this land, on which he lived at the time, to John Matlock and Jesse Witt in 1779, obviously the sons of John Witt III.
When and where he died is unknown, but this is the last reference to him that I've been able to find.
His wife's maiden name is unknown. He was evidently married to Elizabeth by 1731 when he filed his patent, else she would not have released dower at the sale of that land in 1734. His wife was still named Elizabeth in 1751, but she appears in no record thereafter. The fact that she used 'P' as her mark leads to speculation that her maiden name might have begun with that letter. A favored candidate of some researchers is Humphrey Parrish, who signed with a 'HP' mark. I'd propose an additional candidate: Sylvanus Pumphrey who was a neighbor on the Tuckahoe by 1729, and whose name would explain the son Sylvanus if he were misplaced as a son of John II.
The children are mostly deduced, since there is no definitive record proving their relationships.
1. Charles Witt (c1715' ' c1781) See below. Also see separate page for discussion of whether he is correctly placed as a son of John Witt III.
2. David Witt (c1720' ' 1810) He first appears on the 1746 tax list of Goochland County with an unknown Witt listed first in the household. He was clearly living at the time on the 1715 land of his grandfather.
He next appears patenting land near Thomas Harbour in 1756, which he sold in 1772 to David Harbour.
He surveyed land on Falls Creek next to Thomas Harbour with Palatiah Shelton in 1765 and patented the land two years later. In a deposition taken in a suit between William Murray and Adonijah Harbour in 1779, the clerk states that David Witt is 'aged about sixty-five years'.
That seems to have been overestimated, but can't be discounted.
There seems little doubt that he married Sarah Harbour (c1735-1819), the daughter of Thomas Harbour.
3. Jesse Witt (c1730' ' 1809) He is provably a son of John Witt by virtue of Sylvanus Witt calling him a 'nephew', and the deed of gift to him by John Witt in 1779. He witnessed the sale by John Witt III and William Witt in 1751. He married Martha Cheatham, daughter of Benjamin Cheatham. On 10 June 1752, was overseer for Rev. Richard Douglas. By 1753 he was (barely) in Chesterfield County and bought land there the following year bordering the Chesterfield county line with what is now Powhatan. He was evidently still in Chesterfield county as late as 1771 when Sylvanus Witt made his deed of gift. His will was probated on 25 September 1809 in Henry County, Virginia. He seems to have had three sons and three daughters: Joseph, David, Joel, Tabitha, Elizabeth, and Nancy.
4. Elijah Witt (' ' c1775') There are few citations for this man. He is assumed to be a son of John Witt by his later associations, probably a younger son. He first appears in early 1767 entering a survey for land on Marrowbone Creek in Halifax (later Henry) County a few miles from the Falls Creek land David Witt, Palatiah Shelton and Thomas Harbour were occupying at the time. A month later, it was apparently he who witnessed deeds from Sherwood Walton to Charles Witt and Samuel Davis. It's not clear that there are any further references to him (see Elijah Witt son of Charles Witt below), and he does not appear on any tax or tithables lists for the area. It is thought that a Jane Witt mentioned twice in the records was his wife. In 1809 Sarah Witt, the widow of David, made a deed of gift to her sister Jane Witt of half her personal property. This suggests that Jane Witt (if a literal sister) was a daughter of Thomas Harbor. Elijah Witt seems to be the most likely candidate to have been her husband.
5. John Witt (c1725-30' - ') Married Mary Bullington ca 1753 according to the Douglas Register. The births of five children from 1753 through 1766 in Goochland County are recorded in the Douglas Register. He apparently remained in Goochland County. He appears to be the John Witt in its 1787 state census.
6. Mary Witt (c1737' -') Married John Bullington on 4 September 1757 according to the Douglas Register.
7. Hannah Witt (c1736' ' c1805) Married Charles Hulsey (or Huddlesley) 2 July 1756 according to the Douglas Register. He is apparently the same person who was in the Rowan County, NC tax list in 1768 and the Surry County tax lists of 1774 and 1775, all in an area south of the Dan River. They moved to Greenville County, South Carolina by 1790. Children are reported to have been James, Charles, Adonijah, Jesse, Adler, Parthenia, and Elizabeth.
8. Judah Witt (c1736' - ') Married John Matlock 22 November 1756 according to the Douglas Register. Apparently also in Rowan County in 1768, and in Henry County afterward.
9. Elizabeth Witt ' (' ' 1810) A daughter named Elizabeth is theorized, as the wife of Thomas Smith, who had owned land near William Witt in Goochland. This Thomas Smith left a will in Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1797 naming his wife Elizabeth, and children Drury, Zachariah, Mary, Elizabeth (Mays or Mayo), Phoebe (Mayo),
1768 Rowan County is Judah Witt (c1736' - ') Married John Matlock 22 November 1756 according to the Douglas Register. Apparently also in Rowan County in 1768, and in Henry County afterward.
1768 ERA: Rowan Co., NC records show Gideon Johnson witnessed a land deed from Perkins to Joel Warren, a distant relative of Ursula Allin, for 125 pounds VA money to sell 250 acres on the south side of the Dan River on the same day that Gideon Johnson bought his farm. Gideon Johnson's neighbors were James Gates and James Presnell of Orange Co., NC, who also bought land from Peter and Agnes Perkins in 1768. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mochrist/johnsonbymcconnell.htm
Researchers Notes: Gideon Johnson’s property was on the Dan River and Moses Creek
Researchers Notes: Parents Nicholas Perkins & Bethenia Hardin- Peter’s sister , Bethenia Perkins married Absolam Bostick (My great ? Grandparents) . Robert Burton Allen of Ursella Allen family married our Johnson in-law Debra *Bedford Co Tn Johnson(firstname.lastname@example.org)
1768. Phebe Hall who married Isaac Eaton Her father Samuel Hall gave written permission for the marriage. Isaac Eaton and Phebe were charter members of Eaton's Baptist Church, Rowan Co NC. Phebe Eaton is buried there, 1798. Isaac Eaton of Buncombe Co NC sold land to John Clifford, 1802. Phebe Hall Eaton's brother George Hall was one of the first settler's in Buncombe Co.
Gerri Ann http://genforum.genealogy.com/eaton/messages/6666.html
Jan 17, 1779, Rowan Co NC, which shows Isaac Eaton on waters of Dutchman's Creek adjacent to Alexander, Isaac Johnson, George Wilcoxson and Jonathan Boone http://eatongenealogy.com/blackeaton4.html
Charles Hunt IS LISTED IN THE 1790 CENSUS AT HIS FARM ON CEDAR CREEK AND SHOWN BY EATON BAPTIST CHURCH RECORDS IN 1790 AS A CHARTER MEMBER ALONG WITHHIS WIFE "FRANCES". HIS BROTHER ANDREW AND THE LATTER'S WIFE LUCY, SARAH BRYAN (PRESUMABLY HIS SISTER, WIDOW OF THOMAS BRYAN), AND OTHER INCLUDING ISAAC EATON, GEORGE EATON, AND THOMAS ESTEB. http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/print.cgi?hunt::3209.html
11 May 1792 notation from the Rowan County Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions read:
Ordered that Vachel Ijams, William Clark, Thomas Hughey, Isaac Eaton, John Pinchback, William Hadox, Richd Speaks, Peter Glasscock, John Beaman, George Stealman, William Stealman, and Solomon Jones be summoned a jury to lay off a road leading out of the main road, to go by Joppa Meeting house the best way to Surry lie. John Pinchback Overseer of said road from Riddles Road to Captain Coxes and John Beaman from thence to the Surry line. http://lemons.homestead.com/SolomonJones1.html
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