Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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Rachael Anderson of Edgecombe

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This isn’t a breakthrough post… just a few more interesting clues into:

Rachel Anderson (assumed to be the daughter of William Anderson d.1789 and Mourning Price m. 1763)

1800 census

1m to 16

1f to 10

1f to 45

1810

2m to 26

1f to 26

1f over 45

1 S

Not on 1820 census…

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Holmes found this abstract recently from Watson’s “Kinfolks”…

Deed Book 17, page 246

May 1, 1820

Rachel Anderson makes a deed of gift to her daughter Elizabeth Anderson and to her grandsons Bennett Anderson, George Anderson, and Gralndes Anderson.  (sic)

“That’s all – it’s just an abstract.  Note the horrible spelling of the grandsons’ names.  Could the last one be Geraldus???”

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My buddy Floyd, conspiring with Holmes, found this deed in the Tarboro records revealing Rachal Anderson selling a parcel of land to her daughter Elizabeth in April, 1821.  The land is described as “the north side folkes branch” which is ground zero of the Anderson clan of William Anderson d.1789.

So, needless to say, all of us researching these folks are in a snit fit to obtain the deed above which mentions the grandsons of Rachael Anderson!

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Which brings us to this… remember Rachel is over 45 in the 1810 census…

Griffin, James – Rachael Anderson, 29 Aug. 1825,  Burrell Hill, (w) N. Mathewson

(Marriages of Early Edgecombe County, 1733-1868, Williams & Griffin, 1958)

Note the witness above (Burrell Hill d.1846)… who lived at the time, you guessed it, within a stone’s throw of the Anderson clan…

Edge. Co. Db 18, page 490, deed date 31 Aug 1826, recorded Aug Ct

1826, David Barnes, Edge. Co to Zachariah Griffin, county aforesaid for

$200, a tract of land with all improvements containing 100 acres which

said land was sold by Spencer L. Hart, sheriff as the property of

Josiah Worrell as will more fully appear by reference to his deed to

Henry Austin and Thomas Hadley dated 8 Jan 1820, and by said Austin and

Hadley sold to the said Barnes 17 Aug 1826, the date of this indenture,

adjoining the lands of George Anderson, James S. Battle, Rachel 

Anderson, Henry Austin and Burrell Hill, and it is understood that all

part of the aforesaid premises which the said David Barnes has devisedd

from said Austin and Hadly is hereby conveyed, signed David Barnes, wit

H. Austin. Abstracted 12-20-06, NCA film C.037.400015, CTC.

Well, an observation from “Joani” brings a little clarity to this James Griffin question… she cites a reference to the will of Zachariah Griffin which seems to identify James as his son:

Griffin, Zachariah will Apr. 26, 1837, no probate date, wife & extx.
Margaret, lend tract whereon I now on lines of John Anderson, now Lot
Stallings line on east side of Grassy Branch, one negro, pot and books, Dutch
oven, pr. flat irons, griddle, skillet, mare, side saddle, bridle, china
press and contents, riding chair and harness, stone jar, 4 good sitting
chairs, trunk, chest, table, sow and 14 pigs, shoats, cow and calf or
yearling, loom and gear, 6 geese, pork, corn, wheat, 20 lbs sugar, 10 lbs
coffee, 3 bu. salt, 5 gal. molasses; dau. Maria Ruffin, wife of John
Ruffin, land whereon they live; Martha Hawkins, wife of Fredrick Hawkins,
land whereon they live; the two tracts being lands bought of David Barnes and
James Griffin; residue to be divided between dau. Elizabeth Spicer, heirs of
James Griffin
, heirs of Oney Hill, Rebecca Moore, Winifred Sawyer, Mariah

Ruffin, Martha Hawkins, exr. Jesse C. Knight, wit. William Hinton, David
Matthews. Abstracts of Wills, Edgecombe Co., NC, 1733-1856, Williams &
Griffin

Since this is a bequest of property in his will it makes sense this is his son… Joani further states the wife of James Griffin was Rachel “Jones”… she calculates his birth to be between 1790 and 1800. This clue was also noted by David Gammon:

Gammon III pg 42 #176 4/26/1827 May Ct 1839 F-233
Daughter Mariah md. one of the John Ruffin, Dau Martha MD Fredrick Hawkins, dau Elizabeth md. Spicer, His will also names James Griffin’s heirs, Oney Hill’s heirs, Rebecca Moore and Winnyfred (sic) Sawyer with no relationship identified. (Winnifred Griffin md. Issac Swyer 5/12/1830, Martha Griffin md. Fredrick Hawkins 5/27/1834, Rebecca Griffin md Moses Moore 1/16/1830)

This leaves the 1825 marriage of Rachel Anderson/James Griffin another mystery.  Who are they?
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Here we have Rachel and (her daughter?) Elizabeth…

Edge. Co Db 19, page 415, date of deed25 Jan 1827, date recorded Aug Ct. 1829,  Zachariah Griffin to Allen Jones, for$120 a tract of land beginning at a white oak Rachel Griffin’s corner then down the branch to George Anderson Sr’s corner gum then up the branch to James S. Battle’s corner then along said Battle’s line to a litewood stump then down the line of said Griffin and Battle to beginning white oak, signed Zachariah Griffin, wit. B. Wilkinson, Josiah (Spier or Spicer). Abstracted 10-10-00, FHC film 0018895, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 19, page 368, date of deed 20 July 1828, date recorded

May Ct. 1829, Allen Jones, (residence not given) to Elizabeth Anderson

(residence not given) for $40, a tract of land beginning at a stake

Rachel Griffin’s line then a north course agreed line to a stake then

along a new line of marked trees to a ( ) gum in the Branch then

down the various courses of said branch to a black gum and pine in said

Griffin’s line then along said Griffin’s line to beginning, signed

Allen Jones, wit. B. Wilkinson, (Julian) Ezell. Abstracted 10-10-00,

FHC film 0018895, CTC.

This will has James Griffin dead by 1837 (assuming it is the right James). This suggests that he was not a spring chicken himself when he married the 55ish year old Rachael… He is likely in his 40s… per Joani’s notes.

Griffin, Zachariah will Apr. 26, 1837, no probate date, wife & extx.

Margaret, lend tract whereon I now on lines of John Anderson, now Lot

Stallings line on east side of Grassy Branch, one negro, pot and books, Dutch

oven, pr. flat irons, griddle, skillet, mare, side saddle, bridle, china

press and contents, riding chair and harness, stone jar, 4 good sitting

chairs, trunk, chest, table, sow and 14 pigs, shoats, cow and calf or

yearling, loom and gear, 6 geese, pork, corn, wheat, 20 lbs sugar, 10 lbs

coffee, 3 bu. salt, 5 gal. molasses;   dau. Maria Ruffin, wife of John

Ruffin, land whereon they live; Martha Hawkins, wife of Fredrick Hawkins,

land whereon they live; the two tracts being lands bought of David Barnes and

James Griffin; residue to be divided between dau. Elizabeth Spicer, heirs of 

James Griffin, heirs of Oney Hill, Rebecca Moore, Winifred Sawyer, Mariah

Ruffin, Martha Hawkins, exr. Jesse C. Knight, wit. William Hinton, David

Matthews.  Abstracts of Wills, Edgecombe Co., NC, 1733-1856, Williams &

Griffin.

(The references above place this land very close to this discussion of Rachael Anderson- unfortunately, I can’t find any estate records or will for James Griffin as yet.  So the easy assumption is that Rachael and James died prior to 1837… but it is unproven.)

But to further press the likely marriage of Rachel Anderson and James Griffin note this deed reference of 1832…

 

Edge. Co. Db 20, page 288, deed date 25 Aug 1832, recorded Aug Ct

1832, division of the land of Allen Jones, dec’d, lot 1 to Mary Worrel

beginning at a pine in James S. Battle’s line then south 70 poles to a

black gum on the south side of Folks Branch then south 50 east 20 poles

to a black gum on said branch then south 6 west 40 poles to a hickory

then east 52 poles to a pine then north 46 poles to a holly and ash on

said branch then north 20 west 122 poles to a sassafras then to first

station, containing 39 3/4 acres; lot 2 to Nancy Jones beginning at a

stake in the field and running south 88 east 150 poles to a pine in a 

small branch then south 25 west to a small gum on said branch Rachel 

Griffis corner then north 86 west 38 poles to a stake Rachel Griffis 

other corner then south 5 east to a stake then south 87 east 16 poles

to a small hickory then south 5 west 16 poles to a ash in Folk’s Branch

then south 88 west 40 poles to a holly and ash on said branch then

north 20 west to first station containing 37 acres and pay #1 $2.75;

lot # 3 to James Griffin in right of his wife Rachel beginning at a

stake field corner of lot #2 then south 88 east 150 poles to a pine in

a small branch then north 25 east to a gum and oak on said branch then

north 74 west 128 poles along a line of marked trees in Joab S.

Battle’s line then west 67 poles to a sassafras corner of lot #1 then

south 20 east 55 poles to first station, containing 37 acres and pay to

lot #1 $2.75, signed ?. Abstracted 12-12-00, FHC film 0018895, CTC.

Hmmm… It appears James Griffin may be the brother of the above Allen Jones or just Nancy Jones (I’m not sure how to interpret this?)…  Rachel is his sister.

source:  familyserach.org, NC Estate Files, 1663-1978, Edgecombe County, J, Jones, Allen (1831)

Floyd sent me this deed of 1834… James Griffin and wife Rachel along with Nancy Jones sell to Zachariah Griffin 187 acres… part of which “fell to them by the death of the late Allen Jones”    … I still can’t figure out if it is James or Rachel that is related to Allen Jones?  Obviously Nancy Jones was.

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Another perplexing question… is this the daughter of Rachael?

 The photo was taken by Floyd Anderson a year or so ago… if you tediously scroll down numerous posts you will find one called “Elizabeth Anderson 1784-1880, Yes 96 years old” for more speculation…
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A bit of caution if you choose to further research this James Griffin… note that I pay particular attention to the land of Faulk’s Branch, Grassy Branch and references to Zachariah Griffin and others… again, he is in a very specific area.
There is another James Griffin and possibly a third…   see here for an account of one who left a Rev War pension and married a “Sarah” (clearly not our guy).  But to complicate matters, he seems to die at the same time as our subject… just prior to 1837.
 http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.griffin/2683/mb.ashx
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kmcmahan&id=I21885
And here is a James Griffin who apparently also has the “alias” of Williford…
Edge. Co. Db 10, page 62, date of deed 21 Mar 1801, date recorded May
Ct. 1801, Richard Bell, Edge. Co. to James Griffin (alias) Williford
for $200, a tract of land on the north side of Hatcher’s Swamp
beginning at a red oak in James (Williford) own line then running south
80 poles to the center of a gum and sassafras then south 100 poles to a
gum on the run of the Raccoon Branch then along the various courses of
the said branch viz. north 15 east 43 poles then north 50 east 18 poles
north 16 poles north 27 east 10 poles then north 5 east 14 poles then
north 56 poles to the mouth of a small branch to a gum then along
(Dorman’s) line viz. north 80 west 65 poles to a black oak then south
20 west 73 poles to a pine James Williford’s corner then north 85 west
46 poles to the beginning, containing 84 acres, signed Richard Bell,
wit. G. Wimberly, (Ed) Hall. Abstracted 21 Mar. 01 FHC film 18887, CTC.

Written by anderson1951

September 26, 2012 at 4:09 am

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  1. While looking for my John H. Griffin who was in Monroe Co GA in 1850 and Dooly Co. GA in 1860 His wife was Louisa or Susannah Pratt. He was the father of Hillery Griffin, my great grandfather. I ran across the following. I don’t know if or where it fits in with my line, but glad to share if it helps someone else.

    Will of Rachael Griffin- Wills Book A pg 158 Monroe Co. GA (In Probate office)
    Names;
    My daughter Martha Kent
    My daughter Arabella Anderson
    My other daughter Chellina Griffin
    William D. Griffin, the son of my deceased husband James Griffin

    Written June 10, 1839 Witnessed by Frederick J Green and William Ross

    Sworn June 4, 1841

    Monroe Co., GA Deed Book L, pg 333 (note in index page is listed as 33)

    Know all men by these presents that I Dawsey Griffin of the County of Monroe and State of Georgia have this day bargained and sold unto Josiah Spicer all of my right and interest that is in any way belonging to me or coming to me from the estate of Zachariah Griffin deceased in the County of Edgecomb in the State of North Carolina which is one half of the distributive share of said James Griffin Deceased. For which I do hereby acknowledge that I have received from the said Josiah Speer (?) five dollars to me in hand paid and said Josiah Speers’ promissory note for ninety five dollars due the twenty fifth day of December eighteen hundred and forty two as full compensation for my interest the said Estate.
    Dawsey X Griffin
    is mark
    Signed and delivered in the presence of us this first day of September 1842
    Chas G Douglas
    Alexander X Spicer
    his mark

    Before me Amos Ponder a Justice of the Peace for said County personally came Alexander Spicer who being duly sworn saith that he saw Dawsey Griffin sign and deliver the above Transfer to Josiah Spicer and that he deponent was called upon to sign his name as a witness and did sign his name as a witness ab saw Charles G. Douglas sign his name as a witness at the same time.
    Alexander Spicer
    His Mark

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    Sybil R Willingham

    August 17, 2018 at 11:55 am

    • Thank you Sybil

      Looks like a missing piece of the puzzle!

      Marc

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      anderson1951

      August 19, 2018 at 3:01 am

      • A little more:
        Much of Georgia was distributed by lottery with eligible residents registering to have their names drawn to win a land lot (202 ½ ac.). Among those eligible were:
        • Family (one or two) of illegitimates under 18 years, residence since birth in Georgia – 1 draw
        • Family (three or more) of illegitimates under 18 years, residence since birth in Georgia – 2 draws
        See Georgia Archives website for more info.
        The Rachel Griffin whose will was probated in Monroe Co. GA in 1841 may the same Rachel Griffin who was a fortunate drawer in the 1827 lottery and prove that at least two of her daughters were illegitimate.
        COWETA Co, GA – 1827 LAND LOTTERY

        Copyright. All rights reserved.
        http://www.usgwarchives.net/copyright.htm

        This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb
        Archives by:

        Georgia Table of Contents: http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/gafiles.htm

        SEC DIST LOT NO. NAME RESIDENCE CAPT. DIST.

        4 6 40 Griffin’s, Rachel ills Jones Co Hendersons Coweta Co

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        Sybil Willingham

        August 19, 2018 at 5:37 am

    • This is the complete transcript. I had no idea that anyone else would find this interesting. It seems to me that Martha has children, but the other two girls don’t. Also, I am not positive that I have transcribed daughter’s name Chellina correctly. Could be Wellina or Mellina.

      Will of Rachael Griffin- Wills Book A pg 158 Monroe Co. GA (In Probate office) (Posted on Familysearch.org image 112 of Book A-B.)
      Georgia
      Monroe County
      In the name of God Amen, I Rachael Griffin of the state of Georgia & county of Monroe being weak in body but sound in mind male this as my last will & testament as to my goods and property of this world-
      First of all after my decease that I be decently buried
      Secondly That my just debts be paid
      Third I give & bequeath to my daughter Martha Kent one bed and bedstead and furniture and her proportionable part of the rest of my property not otherwise dispersed of in this will. I gave this property individually to my daughter Martha her life time & after her death equally divided among the heirs of her body.
      Fourth- I give & bequeath to my daughter Arrabella Anderson one bed, bedstead & furniture and proportionable part of the rest of my property not otherwise dispersed of
      Fifth- I give & bequeath to my other daughter Chellina Griffin one bed bedstead & furniture and the rest of my property equally divided between her and the other three that I have not otherwise disposed of by this will Sixth-I give and bequeath to William D. Griffin the son of my deceased husband James Griffin one bed, bedstead and furniture and one man’s saddle and a proportionable part of the rest of my property not otherwise dispersed of This will not on force until my decease.
      Signed and sealed in the presents of the witnesses this the tenth day of June 1839
      Rachael X Griffin
      Her mark

      Frederick J Green
      William Ross
      Appointed executors

      Sworn June 4, 1841

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      Sybil Willingham

      August 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

  2. Very interesting… There are several Rachel Andersons that have perplexed a few of us for years.

    1. a daughter of William Anderson d.1789 (mentioned in his will)

    2. a mystery woman noted on the tombstone cited above… very mysteriously noted as the wife of George Anderson

    3. a “free other” woman noted in the 1790 census… I assume to be a mulatto?

    4. this Rachel Anderson who married James Griffin in 1825

    We are simply unable to separate and prove any of these women?????????

    Prior to 1800 my ancestor George Anderson married Jane ______ and had issue. There are no known records of him marrying a Rachel. However, there, staring us in the face, is that tombstone… I know of no other George Anderson being in Edgecombe County during that time period.
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    A nagging theory of mine (and my friend Floyd)… is that George Anderson may have had a first family. If we dismiss his sister Rachel, then the likely candidate is the “free other” (which is obviously a person of color, likely mulatto) . It “could” be that he simply never married her but had some kids. The most obvious being the mystery Elizabeth from the tombstone and the mystery Geraldus from the census and other records. The family of “free other” folks were close by his property on the census. Like it or not, old George may have sown some wild oats.

    In the notes above is the mystery Rachel who appears to be a daughter of JONES… or somehow related??? All we can do in our detective work is to chase down these leads and root out the facts. Thank you again Sybil!

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    anderson1951

    August 19, 2018 at 5:49 am

  3. A theory (its what I do):

    Could Rachel Griffin who left the will in Georgia 1841 or so…

    Be the daughter of Allen Jones and the widow of Carlos Anderson, the son of William Anderson Sr. d.1789. Just a thought????? I’m thinking of the time period and the area and the neighbors. Carlos left no records that I can find… so it could be that he died at a young age.

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    anderson1951

    August 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

  4. See here for some background info… This new James Griffin info answers a few questions.

    https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/henry-andersonlovey-staton-ver-2-0/

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    anderson1951

    August 23, 2018 at 6:45 am


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