Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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The 2 confusing sons of Wm. Anderson d.1789…

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Two sons named William Jr…  from the 1789 will…

Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son William Anderson, son of my former wife Martha Anderson, five Shillings like money, to him his heirs & assigns forever————

Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son William Anderson, Son of my present wife Mourning Anderson, five Shillings of the like money, to him his heirs and assigns forever—

The son of Martha… the Rev War veteran:

Wm And_death notice1834

A year earlier his wife had died…

DIED, In this county, on the 5th inst. aged about 70 years, Mrs. Martha Anderson, wife of Mr. William Anderson.[Tarboro Free Press, July 13, 1833]

According to his 1832 pension deposition, his age was 75.  The newspaper account is 80.  Either way he is provably born mid 1750s…

Marriages of Early Edgecombe County N.C. 1733-1868 by Williams & Griffin

Anderson, William – Mourning Price, 21 July 1763, Jonathan Coleman,  John Spendelow

Case closed.=============================================================

This is not earth shattering news but for those of us still digging in the dirt, it allows us to pinpoint details to figure out the SONS of these two men…

Each of these William Jrs’ also named a son Micajah… I know, I know, you can’t make this up.


Micajah1859So….. which one is it?

One Micajah is born 1782, dies unknown… the other born 1803, dies 1779.

So now we know where the older Micajah was living in 1803…

Edge. Co. Db 11, page 54, deed date 3 Aug 1803, recorded Nov Ct 1803, Elizabeth Lundy, Edge. Co to Micajah Anderson, the son of Wm. Anderson Jr, county aforesaid for $50, a tract on the south side of Tar River and near the head of Walnut Creek containing (seven and a quarter) acres beginning at a small white and red oak on the path in Charles Gray’s line then along said line a westerly course to a pine Gray’s corner then along his other line a southerly course to a pine on the path then along the path to the beginning, signed Elizabeth Lundy, wit (Lunoy Stallings), Joseph Armstrong (proved). Abstracted 11-6-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 11, page 174, deed date 9 Sep 1803, recorded May Ct 1804, (Elizabeth Lunday), Edge. Co to John Dilliard, county aforesaid for $60, a tract of land on the south side of Tar River containing 30 acres and (three) poles beginning at a small pine standing in Charles Gray’s line on the path that leads by Wm. Anderson’s house then along the said path south 67 east 90 poles to a red and white oak sapling in said Gray’s other line near Walnut Creek then along said line south 80 east 12 poles to a water oak in said creek said Gray’s corner then up the creek along Stephen Haywood’s line 54 poles to a pine and small white oak then south 70 east 83 poles to a red oak in George Anderson’s line then along said line 49 poles to the beginning, signed Elizabeth Lundy, wit Frederick Phillips, Jno. H. Phillips. Abstracted 11-29-04, NCA film C.037.40007, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 11, page 226, deed date 20 Sep 1803, recorded Aug Ct 1804, Elizabeth Lundy, Edge. Co to Lott Stallings, county aforesaid for $125, a tract on the south side of Tar River and on the head of Walnut Creek containing 74 acres, beginning at a pine and rad oak Wm Dancy’s corner then south (80) west 56 poles to a pine in Phillips corner pine then along the dividing line south 7 east 192 poles to a pine in John Dilliard’s line then easterly 52 poles to a pine Dilliard’s corner near the head of Walnutt Creek then along the dividing line between Stephen Haywood and the line of Jno Haywood(Dec’d) south 7 west 200 poles to the beginning, signed Elizabeth Lundy, wit Frederick Phillips, Mason Hearn (X). Abstracted 11-8-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.

This is the area of “Walnut Creek” to get some bearings…


Micajah Anderson to Ruben Johnston 1827

Edgecombe County Deeds (I transcribed this but lost the reference book… sue me, Marc)

This Indenture made and entered into this fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty Seven between Micajah Anderson of the State of North Carolina and County of Edgecombe of the one part, and Ruben Johnston of the same State and County aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of Forty one Dollars to him in hand paid by the said Ruben Johnston the receipy whereof is hereby acknowledged, and myself fully Satisfied Contented and paid have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto him the said Ruben Johnston his heirs and assigns forever, one certain Tract or parcel of Land Situate lying and being in the County of Edgecombe and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning at a pine standing on the path Ruben Johnstons corner running then along the Path and said Johnstons line to a red and white Oak sapling Corner in James S. Battles line, then alond said Battles line to a black Jack and pine standing in said Battles line then along said Battles line near a South course to the Beginning, Containing Twelve Acres more or less which includes the dwelling Housing and Housing Etc where Lu*y [Lovey] Anderson and Henry Anderson now lives, and I the said Micajah Anderson doth bind myself my heirs Executors administrators and assigns forever to warrant and defend the above mentioned Land and improvements to him the said Ruben Johnston his heirs and assigns forever in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the date above Written signed sealed and delivered in preesents of }

S.L. Hart     Micajah X Anderson

Edgecombe County February Court 1827

… Recorded Mich. Hearn C. C.


The Star 8 Jan 1829

Married In Edgecombe County on the 25th, Mr. Joshua L. Anderson to Miss Catharine Bradley

Edgecombe Deed Book 20 Pages 56-57

This Indenture made this ___ day of September 1830 Between William Anderson of the first part and Jarrot Bell of the second part and Aaron Coleman and David Pitman of the third part, Witnesseth that whereas Joshua Anderson son of William Anderson the party of the first part hath been arrested on a charge of Petit Larceny and is bound for his appearance and the parties of the third part have entered into Recognizance in the sum of $100 for the appearance of the said Joshua Anderson at the Superior Court to be holden for the County of Edgecombe on the second monday in March 1831 and whereas the said William Anderson wishes and desires to save the sd. parties of the third part harmless and to indemnify them against any loss at which they may sustain by reason of said Recognizance for the appearance of the said Joshua for and in consideration of the sum ***? and in further consideration of the sum of one dollar paid to the party of the first part (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) the party of the first part hath given, granted, bargained and sold and by these presents doth give grant bargain and sell unto the party of the second part his Executors and administrators the following personal property viz. twenty hogs, one mare and all the household and Kitchen furniture of the said William Anderson- To have and to hold all the said personal property to him the party of the second part his executors and administrators Never thereby in Trust and confidence to sell the same whenever the parties of the third part shall have suffered a loss by reason of the said Recognizance by paying the same or any part thereof and out the proceeds of said sale to pay the costs and charges attending the conveyance and __so much to the parties of the third part as they shall have paid interest thereon and the balance of any to refund to the party of the first part and party of the second part covenants to perform said trust in good faith. In testimony whereof the party of the first part Hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day & date first above written in presence of

Henry B. Permenter William (B his mark) Anderson

Edgecombe County The foregoing Deed in trust was exhibited in open Court November Court 1830 and acknowledged by William Anderson the Grantor— ordered to be Recorded

Test Michl Hearn C.C.

transcribed Marc Anderson 2011

Edgecombe Deed Book 20, pg 76

This Indenture made the 7th day of September in the year One Thousand Eighteen & thirty between Joshua L. Anderson of the one part & Aaron Coleman of the other part each of the State of No. Carolina Edgecombe County [obscured]_ _ _ the sum of Sixty? dollars where? in hand paid by the sd. Aaron Coleman before the Sealing & delivery *** the receipt whereof the sd. Anderson doth hereby acknowledge & himself therewith fully satisfied contented & paid have granted, sold, bargained & doth hereby convey unto sd. Coleman his heirs & assigns during my natural life one certain tract or parcel of Land situate lying & being in the County of Edgecombe & on the North side of Tar River & in the fork of Fishing Creek & sd. River containing ninety eight acres two Roods? & thirty two pole Bounded as follows Beginning at a sweet gum standing in a line at the tract of Land formerly belonging to James Hilliard decd. on the Edge of the swamp then along a line of marked trees No. 3? e. 175 pole to the center of a White oak & a red oak Then No 75 E 28 pole to a Small pine Then South ?7 Wt 118 pole to two Myrtiles & a gum on sd. swamp Then up the swamp the various courses thereof to the first station It being the tract of Land formerly belonged to Agy Bradly dec’d & decended to his daughter Catharine Bradley & by marriage to me during my natural life To have & to hold the sd. tract or parcel of Land together with all & Singular the appertenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining to him the sd. Aaron Coleman his heirs & assigns during my natural life I Joshua L. Anderson for my part doth hereby bind myself & every of them always to support & forever defend unto the sd. Aaron Coleman during my natural life the above described? and bargained premises who shall & may from time to time & at all times heresfter have hold use & *** enjoy & Lawfully possess the same freely & clearly against the Lawful claim or claims of every other person or persons whatsoever during my natural life. In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand & Seal the day & date above written-

Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us

L.B. Bradley Elias Bradley

Joshua L. Anderson seal

Edgecombe County November Court 1830

The foregoing Deed of Sale was exhibited in Open Court and acknowledged by Joshua L. Anderson the Grantor–

Test Michl Hearn C.C.

transcribed Marc Anderson 2011
Edge. Co Db 21, page 130, date of deed 25 Aug 1834, date recorded Aug Ct. 1834, Catherine Anderson, wife of Joshua Anderson, Aaron Coleman, all of Edge. Co. for $110 a tract of land on the north side of Tar River adjoining the lands of (Alexander) Bradley and others beginning at a gum in said Bradley’s corner in a swamp then with his line north 88 east 36 poles to a small post oak on the side of the road in said Bradley’s line then down the center of road 62 poles to a red oak at the foot of a path then and along said path as follows, north 84 east 27 ½ poles to a small black gum then north 76 east 32 poles to a small red oak then south 89 east 36 poles to a pine then south 53 ½ poles to a red oak in Joshua Lawrance’s line then with his line south 88 west 130 poles to a gum and maple in a swamp then up the meanders of said swamp to the beginning containing 55 acres, it being a part of a tract of land which descended to me by the death of my father, (Agy) Bradley and my husband Joshua Anderson having previously disposed of his life estate in said land bearing date 7 Sept. 1830, signed Catherine Anderson (X), wit. (W) Bradley, Micajah B. Bradly (sic). Acknowledged by Catherine Anderson. Abstracted 9-15-01, FHC film 0370237, CTC.


Joshua L. Anderson m. Catherine Bradley, Dec.25, 1828 in Edgecombe Co., Catherine was daughter of Agy Bradley and Honour Dillard. Catherine was born in NC. Joshua and Catherine’s children: Mary A.,b. ABT.1831, Zedekiah, b. ABT.1836, James, b. ABT. 1838, Jerrmaria, b.ABT. 1840, Emelizoo, b. ABT. 1843, Joshway, b. ABT. 1846, Lorenzi, b. ABT. 1850, Richard A., b. ABT. 1852, John H., b. ABT. 1856.

Around 1850, Zedekiah , along with his parents, Joshua and Catherine, moved to Lauderdale Co. TN. Sometime between 1850 and 1860, they moved to Shelby Co. TN.


Joshua ANDERSON 63 m w Farming         (from web post)


The Edgecombe 1830 census (reference page 308) has a grouping of 4 Andersons for District 14.

> Joshua L. Anderson

> Micajah Anderson

> Benjamin Anderson

> Josia Anderson

The marriage bond for Josiah Anderson and Eliza H. Freeman was dated Dec. 3, 1829, in Edgecombe.

From the research of David Gammon:

“Josiah Anderson died intestate in Edgecombe in 1868. His widow refused to administer the estate, and his brother Micajah Anderson was appointed his administrator, Oct. 21, 1868. According to these papers, Josiah Anderson died without issue, leaving only his wife. Accordingly, his wife received her dower right, and the rest of the estate went to his surviving siblings, or their heirs if they were deceased. These papers indicate the siblings of Josiah Anderson were:”

1. Micajah Anderson

2. Charlotte Anderson

3. Elizabeth Anderson m. David Pittman…  Martha Hyde and Jane Alford were also heirs. Based on the death certificate of Jane Alford, these two ladies were daughters of  Elizabeth Anderson Pittman



Several of us are nitpicking the 1959 article by “Mrs. Davis” and her recollections of the Anderson clan… (in a post below)…

per David Gammon:

Mrs. Lena Bullock Davis (wife of Arthur St. Clair Davis) wrote that article back in 1959, when she was eighty or more. Some of the parts are true, some are false. We can prove definitively she was the granddaughter of Lizzina Worsley and Jesse Barnes Bullock. That part is very clear. But then Mrs. Davis says Lizzina Worsley was the daughter of Nanthan Guilford Worsley and Evalina Anderson. Not true.

Lizzina Worsley Bullock, according to family records, was born in 1830 and died in 1908. She married Jesse B. Bullock, Aug. 13, 1847.

Evalina Anderson was born about 1824 or so, according to census records. Impossible for her to be Lizzina’s mother! Evalina Anderson married Nathan G. Worsley in 1845. So they were contemporaries rather than mother and daughter.

Truth is, Lizzina Worsley Bullock and Nathan G. Worsley were brother and sister. They were children of William Worsley who died in Edgecombe in 1863. His estate papers tell us that Lizzina was his daughter, and they also tell us that his son Nathan had predeceased him, leaving issue Georgina Worsley, Lucy Worsley, Charles Worsley, and Levi Pitt Worsley.

But back to the Charlotte Anderson above… who is the sister of Micajah Anderson (b.1803-d.1879)  per the estate papers of 1868.

Some older notes of David Gammon:

In the 1850 Edgecombe Census, she is shown as age 50, living with N.G. Wausley

(Worsley), age 35, Evelina Wausley (27), G.A. Wausley (5), Charles Wausley (3),

and Levi Wausley (1).

In the 1860 Edgecombe Census, she is shown as head of the house, still age 50,

and in the same house are Evalina Worsley (36), Georgiana Worsley (13), Charles

D. Worsley (12), Pitt W. Worsley (10), and Lucey S. Worsley (8).

In the 1870 Edgecombe Census, she is shown as age 70, in the house with Evelina

Worsley (47), Georgiana Worsley (23), Levi P. Worsley (21), Lucy S.S. Worsley

(18), and David Dillard, age 65, a farm laborer.

Interestingly enough, there is an Edgecombe marriage bond for Nathorn (sic) G.

Worsley to Evelina Anderson, dated Jan. 1, 1845. Could she be a daughter of



A super nitpicky point is that Mrs. Davis (in the article) refers to Scotland Neck?

“My great-grandmother Evalina Anderson was said to be the child of one who lived Scotland Neck, and Nathan Guilford Worsley was of the Worsleys near the head of Conetoe Creek.”

Written by anderson1951

December 23, 2014 at 3:48 am

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  1. Do you have any information on James Anderson who was married to Laura Hyde in Edgecombe? Laura Hyde 1848-1922. James and Laura had a son, Louis Whitley Anderson 1875-1949.



    September 10, 2021 at 10:05 am

    • I have not followed the Edgecombe folks… I am from the West Texas, New Mexico clan. Perhaps a living relative will stop by and leave a comment.

      I would like to have some input from any NC folk… I know many stayed behind when my branch up and absconded to Tennessee in 1837.



      September 10, 2021 at 11:23 am

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