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James Anderson of Perquimans d.1742

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Well I moaned and groaned a bit about buying another book in an earlier post but it turns out to be a good buy.  I found a petition of the James Anderson of Perquimans that reveals a wealth of new information.  Not so much as to glean any new info on his son James… who I “think” may be the progenitor of the Pitt County Andersons, but it does offer many other folks to research. Those other folks may lead to new clues.  All of my research for that James Anderson is found on this Page…

Here is the petition from the NC Archives


Yeah, tough to read, I threw it in for fun… here is the transcript …

The Colonial Records of N.C. (2nd Series, Vol VII), Records of the Executive Council, 1664-1734, Edited by Robert J. Cain, p 637

Petition to President and Council

Date Undetermined    (after 1707… per will of the widow of Thurston)

North: Carolina ss. To the Honorable President and Council

The Humble petition of James Anderson

Humbly Sheweth

That your petitioner haveing maryed Deborah the Daughter of John Thurston deceased who bequeathed by his last Will and Testament his Estate after the Death of his Wife to her Children and left his said Wife and his Son John Executors who are both Since Deceased and the said Mary Executrix of the said Will Surviving the said John the other Executor the said Mary by her last Will did leave Emund Maudlin Executor in trust for the Estate of the said Children Now Soe is it may it please your Honors that all the Children being of Full Age and capeable of Manageing their Legacyes themselves the Said Emund Maudlin doth utterly refuse to render an Account of the said Estate or Deliver the Same.

May it therefore please your Honors to take the premises into your Serious Consideration and Order that the said Emund Maudlin may be Compelled to Deliver and pay the said Estate according as it be queathed by the Will of the Said Thurston. And Shall pray etc.


Here are a few records from various sources…

The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register , Vol 1, Hathaway, p. 199

John Thurston & Mary Andrares was Married the ____ August 1669 by Mr. Jeremia Taylor Minister.

What in the world are we to make of the name “Andrares”….. Andrews?

John Thurston the son of John Thurston & Mary his wife was borne the 18th of October 1677.  p. 206

James Sanderson married Deborah daughter of John Thurston, dec’d, her brother John Thurston, (1702).. p. 142

This is obviously “Anderson” and not Sanderson.   (since this fooled Hathaway it might pay to double check any “Sanderson” records)

John Thurston, 10 Apr 1692, Son and Executor: John. Witnesses: Francis Tomes, Thomas Holmson (?), Samuel Nickellson. No probate.


Minutes of the Perquimans Precinct Court

North Carolina. Precinct Court (Perquimans Precinct)

July 08, 1701 – July 09, 1701

Volume 01, Pages 548-550

 p. 549

Juliana Lakar and Ruth Laker Proved A Will of Beniamen Laker by ye Oathes of Richard ffrench And Elisabeth Steward Debro Thuston John More vars Daniel Snooks

Minutes of the Perquimans Precinct Court

North Carolina. Precinct Court (Perquimans Precinct)

February 09, 1703

Volume 01, Pages 575-577

p. 576

Upon a Petition of Mary Coffen Widd

The Sd Mary proves three rights being for the transportation of ffrancis and Mary Coffen and Jno Thursten and Assignes them to her Sonne in Law Richd Rose.



June 17, 1707. July 8, 1707. Deceased husband: JOHN THURSTON. Daughter: HANNAH THURSTON. Granddaughter: SARAH ROSE. Executor: EDMOND MODLIN. Witnesses: GILBERT SMITH, DERBY BRAYEN. Clerk of the Court: THOS. SNODEN.

(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 75)


April 7, 1701. July 8, 1701. Wife and Executrix: JULIANA (land on Parishes Creek). Daughter: SARAH HARVEY (book, “Grantham’s Church Principles”). Friend: GEORGE BLEIGHTON (“one book, being an Exposition upon the five books of Moses”). Witnesses: RICHARD FRENCH, ELIZABETH STEWARD, DEBORAH THURSTON. Clerk of the Court: JOHN STEPNEY.

(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 206)


February 6, 1741-1742. December 14, 1742. Sons: JAMES and JOHN. Executor: RICHARD SKINNER. Witnesses: THOMAS JESSOP and THOMAS BATEMAN. Proven before W. SMITH.

(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 7)


January 27, 1744-1745. March 5, 1745. Executors: CHRISTOPHER SUTTON and ABRAHAM MULLEN. Other legatee: JANE MULLEN. Witnesses: GEORGE WOOD, ELENDER MULLEN. Proven before GAB JOHNSTON.

(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 8)





No. 13. John Lilly of Perq, in Co of Albemarle, Province of N. C. planter—for 1940 lbs of Pork pd by Wm. Foster of Afore’ Planter—“do sell my plan’ 150a on North-side of the mouth of Perq River.” Jan. 31, 1682. Test’ Samuel Woodrove, Alex Speed, John Thurstone.

No. 321. John Johnson of Perq Pre’ct, for a Con’ pd by James Anderson of same, 15a, being “part of a tract” belonging to John Thurston, (63a) at the mouth of Suttons Creek, adj Joseph Sutton Jun’r, & John Kinsey. Dec. 12, 1711. Test’ Edward Sweeney, Joseph Sutton.

Coffin, Francis, m Mary Thurston, July 21, 1692. (Berkeley Par Reg) d May 5, 1700.

Written by anderson1951

June 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm

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  1. Marc, again I am very late in commenting about the relationship between John Rogers, Charles Merritt, and Richard Booth. Surely the reports by Richard Booth show us better about several things. Who was Richard Booth. the very olde Booth/Owens genealogy does not include Richard in the line up but acknowledges the name Richard Booth. The Richard Booth Indian trader gives us a great story to add to including John Rogers. I will leave your specualtion alone .. You are right to lift up that senario. I read in Hatheways Register years ago that remarked John Rogers was granted a patent in 1701 by headrights in Bertie?. This at least claims that John Rogers was possibly on the Meherrin exploring.. Maybe even with Richard Booth.
    The Firts record of John Rogers on the N.Side Meherin was in a deed concerning Thomas Brown about 1715. This leaves open the time of his patent that is assumed here. Thomas Brown’s was what? about 1714 for 540 ac on the north side adjacent ot that of William Brownes.

    R. S.


    Benjamin Rogers Smith

    September 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

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