Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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William Sims, Indian Trader?

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This is theory folks… that is what I do.

The nitty-gritty…

December 31-January 7, 1736
 Williamsburg Gazette
By a Letter from Col. James Millikin, in North-Carolina, dated at Roanoak, December the 10th, we have the following Account, That he received a Letter from Mr. Thomas Brown, of the Cutaboes, the chief Trader there, informing him. That on the 9th of October last, Three Indians came to the House of one William Syms, on Pine tree Creek, and (in his Absence) killed his Wife, another Woman, Three Children, and a Negro Man; and then set Fire to the House, Tis suppos’d they carried a White Girl away with them alive, who liv’d at the House, but can’t be found.
They were followed the next Morning by Five White Men, upon the Track, who found they had stopp’d in the Night, near a Place called Mars-Bluff, on Pedee River, where they had shared the Plunder, and left the bloody Cloaths of the murdered People. The Indians bent their Way Northward, which makes it believ’d they were Tuskaroroes. Mr. Brown wrote the above Account to Col. Millikin, at the Request of the Governor of South-Carolina, desiring him to use his Endeavours to apprehend these horrid Murderers

15 October 1732 Edgecombe County, North Carolina deed of William Sims to James Millikin for land on the south side of Quankey Creek [DB 1:20]

On motion of Mr James Millikin in behalf of the Inhabitants of that part of Bertie Precinct that lyes on the South Side of Roanoke River that a bill for an Act to be preferred to this house for Establishing that part into a precinct by the name of Edgcombe also on the Motion of Mr Maurice Moore in behalf of the Inhabitants of Onslow and Bladen that a bill be preferred to confirm them into seperate precincts which Motions are granted.  1735

???  William Syms Edgecombe County 24 Oct 1755
Daughter: Sarah Whooper (plantation lying on Kehukey). Son: William.
Executor: John Whitaker. Witnesses: Thos. Taylor, Mary Tree, Xtr. Haynes.
No probate

It was not uncommon for Indian Traders to have common law Indian wives in their “trading grounds”… that was what they did. Obviously for pleasure but more importantly for business reasons. Wives could translate. Plus it demonstrated a certain “bond” (trustworthiness?) with the tribe.

The longer version:

A bit more ammunition…

The Gibson family of Oconeechee Neck (Roanoke River…aka Moratock River) were purported to be Indian Traders. Search the web for Gideon Gibson… well worth the effort. It is also my theory that the wife of Gideon Gibson was a daughter of William Browne of Oconeechee Neck who was a son of John Browne… an Indian Trader who I have chronicled here:

 Hubbard1 Gibson, born say 1670, was living in Charles City County on 24 March 1691/2 when he appeared in court and on 3 August 1693 when he sued John Hardiman for riding his horse to its death [Orders 1687-95, 394, 454, 463]. He purchased 200 acres on the north side of the Blackwater Swamp in Prince George County from John Poythres on 11 December 1704. He and his wife Mary Gibson and their son Edward (signing) sold this land by lease and release for £32 while residing in North Carolina on 11 and 12 December 1721 [Deeds, Etc. 1713-28, 508-9]. He may have left Prince George County by 12 February 1716/7 when the court ordered that the appraisement of his estate (on an attachment by James Thweatt) be continued to the next court [Orders 1714-20, 104]. In 1721 he was taxed on 370 acres and 1 poll in Chowan County, North Carolina [Haun, Old Albemarle County NC Miscellaneous Records, 331]. On 13 November 1727 he bought an additional 100 acres on the north side of the Roanoke River in what was then Bertie County. His daughter Mary co-signed this deed with him [DB B:324]. The land was situated on the south side of Cypress Swamp in what became Northampton County in 1741. A little over six months later on 11 July 1728 he and his sons Edward Gibson and Hubbard Gibson, Jr., sold 370 acres in Bertie County on the north side of the Roanoke River, explaining in the deed that the land had been granted to Hubbard’s deceased son John by patent of 10 August 1720 [DB C:37]. The family probably moved to South Carolina with Gideon Gibson in 1731. Hubbard probably died before 1742 when Mary Gibson of Amelia County, South Carolina, sold the 100 acres she and Hubbard had purchased in Northampton County [DB 1:58]. His children were

7    i. John1, born say 1690.

8    ii. ?Thomas1, born say 1692.

9    iii. ?Gideon1, born say 1695.

iv. Edward2, born say 1697, signed his father’s 11 December 1721 Prince George County, Virginia deed while residing in North Carolina. He was taxable in 1721 in the same Chowan County district as his father and witness to the 15 October 1732 Edgecombe County, North Carolina deed of William Sims to James Millikin for land on the south side of Quankey Creek [DB 1:20]. It was probably another Edward Gibson, “(a Mulatto) a stout well-set Man, with short black curly Hair,” who escaped from jail according to an ad placed in the South Carolina Gazette of 22 December 1766. A similar ad was placed in the 15 June 1767 issue of the Gazette which stated that he escaped on 13 May 1767 [].

v. Hubbard2, Jr., born before 1706, taxed in 1721 in the same district as his father.

vi. Mary, born say 1705, cosigner of a Bertie County deed with her father on 13 November 1727 [DB B:324]. She was living in Amelia County, South Carolina, in 1742 when she sold this land in what was by then Northampton County [DB 1:58].

I have more if this is comment worthy.

Written by anderson1951

May 23, 2021 at 11:10 am

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