Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

meant what they said, said what they meant

a perplexing Granville question… or two…

with 2 comments

a map to set the table…

Click on the filename below where it says “download” to get the best image … which you can zoom.

My personal interest in this map is one George Anderson who died 1757, testate. I have a theory that he may have family ties to some neighboring SIMS folks.

A certain Benjamin SIMS happens to be something of a hotshot celebrity by colonial standards, i.e., he was a pre-revolutionary “hellraiser” which forthwith got my patriotic juices all atwitter and excited… that’s how I roll.

Some background on Benjamin Sims… of Granville County… this little booklet was published in 1905 (and referred to then as “old”).

So its seems that Mr SIMS sold some property to my guy George Anderson … who shortly afterwards unfortunately assumed room temperature, as Rush Limbaugh used to say.

Coincidently I have found numerous references to this Mr SIMS… hence I term him as a “Hotshot”.

Now it happens that Benjamin Sims is on my radar… but it seems some other very capable researchers have “claimed” him as a descendant of one Adam Symes of Virginia.

Hmmm… I think… nothing I like better that a good pissing contest. So I read up on the Symes research and find it “plausible”.

But! I hasten to exclaim!… my new research is also compelling… or so I may be setting myself up.

And so it began that I started this new Granville map project to settle this conundrum once and for all. At which time shortly into the project I ran across this problem… the modern location of the creek called Buffalo Creek is on the SOUTH side of Tar River. Many of the key players I am researching are on Buffalo Creek. Alas! I find on the Mouzon map of 1775 the Buffalo Creek is on the NORTH side of tar River.

If you study the map above a bit and center your focus on the locus of Buffalo Creek and Tar River you will find the confluence of Osborn Jeffries, Matthews (who sold to a Hunt) and Robert Moody. There is NO WAY in hell I can make that happen. (by mapping parlance).

Now look at the Mouzon map of 1775…

So… can anyone explain this?

Hmmm… to bring the question home, the question is, is Buffalo Creek north or south of the Tar River?

Tread lightly my friends, this is a difficult question.

Written by anderson1951

November 23, 2022 at 1:45 pm

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  1. Hello! Thank you so much for posting all of your amazing research. I’m coming across so many surnames that also work into my Virginia research. I can’t help but see a different migration pattern extending from Isle of Wight west to what became Hanover County VA – including some Andersons. I’d love to make contact with you. I hope to hear from you.


    Deborah T. Parks

    November 25, 2022 at 8:03 am

  2. Hi Deborah
    Patrick Anderson did an excellent website on many of the Andersons of Southside, VA. Well worth checking out.



    November 26, 2022 at 2:29 pm

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