Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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“Since Prince George and its progenitor, Charles City County, are both in the research cul-de-sac of “burned” counties, each restored piece brings new hope. Many early Prince George settlers in the area above Upper Chippokes Creek are identified, but loss of Virginia Company records and the 1676 fires in Bacon’s Rebellion erased documents which trace descendants. The newly reclaimed Prince George records show that descendants of first settlers still hold claim to lands there.”

The following pertain to Andersons of Prince George Co, VA:

The 1710 inventory of Henry Wall shows only a few possessions: a horse, mares, hogs, spinning wheel, farm and carpenter’s tools, feather bed, pewter jugs and cattle. Appraisers: James Thweatt, Nicholas Overby, and Samuel Harwood.

The will of William Borne in Bristol Parish in Prince George, April 14, 1708, divided his estate equally between Francis Coleman and his two sons who were in Carolina. Coleman was executor.

On 1710, William Coleman sold to Robert Mumford, 200 acres called “Haycock” bounded by land of John Coleman, James Anderson, Matthew Anderson, and Samuel Vaughan. The land had been given to William by will, 1675, of his father, Robert Coleman.

I think these “Carolina” Colemans wound up in Edgecombe County, NC…  Robert Munford partnered with John Anderson (his nephew, another John Anderson -see my Page 1733)…  Samuel Vaughan and some Walls wound up in southern Brunswick Co, VA…  

William Anderson of Edgecombe married Mourning Price (1762)… one Jonathan Coleman married her sister Kesiah…


update from Bob Baird’s website:

9 Jul 1721              Will of Robert Coleman of Bath County in “Nuse”, North Carolina:  to wife Mary Coleman, life interest in entire estate, then as follows.  To son-in-law Christifer Runnills [Christopher Reynolds] negro man Frank on condition that he give my grandson David Dupuise a 6 year old negro when said David is 21 years old;  to wife’s son Dennis Odien, land called Hikkery Neck during his life and then to my grandson David Dupuies;  to daughter Elizabeth Isler a cow and calf;  to granddaughter Mary Isler  4 cows and calves; to daughter Mary White a cow and calf;  to grandson David Dupuise all my lands.  Executors: wife Mary Coleman, son in law Christifer Runnills.  Witnesses: Richard Casey, John (x) Butler, Peter Green. Attested [proved] in Isle of Wight County, Virginia before William Bridger [the I of W clerk] 25 Sep 1721 and filed in Bath County 29 March 1722.  [Bath County, North Carolina Will Book 4, p106 abstracted inEarly Records of North Carolina, Stephen A. Bradley, Vol. 4, p20]

This would appear to be the father of the Robert Coleman of the earlier will.  There is no record of this will in Isle of Wight, but it was obviously proved there.  The Isle of Wight clerk did not enter it into the books, apparently because it was to be filed in North Carolina six months later.  Robert Coleman had been on the 1719 tax list for what eventually became Craven County, thus explaining the reference to the Neuse River.  From the witnesses names, the will was written in Isle of Wight.  The widow may have recorded the will in her new home in Bath (Craven) County in order to perform the executrix duties in a local court.  We know that Christopher Reynolds did not move to North Carolina, and with no will recorded in Isle of Wight, he apparently deferred the executorship to Mary Coleman.

Note that Richard Casey witnessed this entry.  He was presumably the same Richard Casey who married Jane Reynolds, daughter of Richard and Joyce Reynolds.


26 Feb 1721/2       Deed:  William West and wife Martha to Daniel Herring, all of the lower parish, 130 acres adjoining Maj. Bridger, Peter Blake and Anthony Herring (being part of a patent for 2050 acres granted William Oldiss and Robert Ruffin on 21 Sep 1674).  Witness: John Johnston, Thomas Summerell and Christopher Reynolds.  [Isle of Wight “Great Book”, p463 abstracted by Hopkins]

23 Sep 1723          Christopher Reynolds, Thomas Pinner, and Benjamin Beale appraisers of estate of Thomas Price (recording date).  [Isle of Wight “Great Book”, p137, abstracted by Chapman]

I’m just thinking out loud…  Colemans and Prices are associated with my Andersons in Edgecombe.  I speculate that this “Bath County” in the 1720s may actually be around Tarboro.

Written by anderson1951

June 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm

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  1. I read that Abasala Anderson daughter of William (abt 1715) and Martha Anderson married a Vaughan. This is another tie to this record.


    Floyd Irvin Anderson

    June 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    • Therein is another brick wall… no one has figured out who the Vaughn was Absala married. Apparently she is the first daughter of William Anderson Sr and Martha (?)… perhaps born before the sons William Jr and George who were born 1756/7 according to their 1832 RW pension statements.



      June 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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