Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

meant what they said, said what they meant

Census Edgecombe 1790-1810

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This is my interpretation:

The “Commissioner”…

James Anderson

The Colonial and State records of North Carolina

Petition from the inspectors and merchants of Tarboro concerning the salary of inspectors Spell, Thomas; Bignall, Robert, ca. 1730-1787; Et Al. 1758 Volume 05, Page 961 [From MSS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

North Carolina—Edgcombe County.

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esqr Capt General Governor and Commander In Cheafe in and over the Province afsd; and To His Majestys Honorable Counsell: Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Burgises

The Petition of the Inspectors and Marchants of the town of Tarr Burrow In the county afsd Whose names are under written Humbly Sheweth that the Salary that is by Law allowed to each Inspector is not a Suffiant Sum for thare troble and featage as they are at and thare Fore We Humbly Pray that the Salary may be Inlarged so as to Put us on an Equality with the Inspectors at the Town of Halifax and We your Petetioners as In Duty Bound shall ever pray, &c.








Edge. Co. Db 00, page 293, deed date (22 Jun 1761), recorded Jun Ct

1761, James Moir, Aquilla Sugg, Elisha Battle, James Anderson & Edward

Telfair, Commissioners for the Town of Tarborough to James Williamson,

for 40 shillings proc money, a tract of one half acre on St George St

known as lot #5, signed James Moir, Aquilla Sugg, Elisha Battle, James

Anderson & Edward Telfair, proved by Edward Telfair. Abstracted 28 May

07, RD copy, CTC.

Edgecombe County Court Minutes 1744-1762, Pub. GoldenWest Marketing Genealogy, March 1988

[XX]-XX*   * the unbracketed numbers refer to original page numbers

[313]-31  (Sep 1761-Dec 1761)   A Deed from Comisrs. Tarburgh. to Irwin Toole proved by Jas. Anderson

[314]-31   A Deed from Comisr. Tarburgh. to Geraldus Toole proved by Jas. Anderson

A Deed from Comisrs. Tarburough to Laurence Toole proved by Jas. Anderson

A Deed from Comsrs. Tarburgh. to Elisha Battle Esq. proved by Jas. Anderson

[324]-36  (Mar 1762)   Deed of Sale from the Comissrs of Tarbourough to Daniel Gardner and an Assignment from sd. Gardner to Thomas Palmer proved by James Anderson and Geraldus Obryan.

[326]-37 (Mar 1762)   A Deed of Sale from the Comissioners of Tarborugh proved by (sic) James Anderson

[334]-42  (Jun 1762)   A Deed Comissrs. of Tarborough to Andrew Little prov_ by James Anderson

A Deed of sale from Comissrs. of Tarborough to Henr_ Irwin proved by James Anderson

Edgecombe County Court Minutes 1763-1774, Book II, Pub. GoldenWest Marketing Genealogy

[28]   (July 1763)   Ordred that Saml. Ruffin Esqr. Sheriff of this County pay Anthoney Warwick for John Woddrop the Sum of fifteen Pounds Pro. formerly granted to Charles Sparkes for moving the Warehouse at Tarborough and assigned by sd. Sparkes to James Anderson & by sd. Anderson to sd. Woddrop.

1763 was the last mention of James (commissioner) that I find.  The 1758 petition above seems to refer to him as an established merchant in Tarboro.  He does not appear in the 1754ish Militia Muster (I speculate because he is over 60).   …with that being said, perhaps he was the father of the above “mystery” Andersons in my graphic, i.e., James and the widow Elizabeth in 1790 and possibly the “Town William” who was a merchant?  Further speculation could include the Henry of 1801.

And not to forget… note the 2 “chain carriers” of the William Anderson survey of 1752 -Arthur and James Anderson (this James possibly being the one of 1790 census)


The “Town William”:

This guy is an enigma… I can’t place him with any known families.  Per the court case of Womble vs William Anderson “heirs”, he dies between 1809 and 1819.  I can say, however, that he is not a son of William Anderson d.1789. (the two sons of the 1789 William Sr are accounted for in the census… the eldest son lived past 1832 to receive a RW pension and the fact that the Womble vs William Anderson leaves only 2 heirs (daughters) discounts the other son of 1789.  I think the other son (also named William) of the 1789 old man William was the father of Micajah Anderson who was born 1803… hence he would have been named in the Womble lawsuit as an heir. (this stuff is maddening…I know).

Further complicating matters is that one of the Patterson women mentioned in these deeds later marries George Anderson (son of Wm. Anderson d.1789)… go figure.

Deed Book 9   Edgecombe Co

253-(199)  William Anderson of the town of Tarborough to John Womble of same.  23 Oct 1798.  £75.  A fourth of lot 15 in the town of Tarborough, fronting St Georges Street.

Wit: John Turner, William Davidson.  Proved May Ct 1799.  Edward Hall CC

262-(205) Sally(x)Patterson & Sukey(x)Patterson, both of the town of Tarborough in Edgecome Co, to William Anderson of same.  23 Jan 1798.  35 silver dollars.  Lot 15 in the town of Tarborough.

Wit: John Turner, Josiah Ives.  Proved May Ct. 1799.  Edward Hall CC

Edge. Co. Db 9, page 215, deed date 22 Jan 1798, recorded May Ct 1799,

John Turner, Edge Co to Susan and Sarah Patterson county aforesaid, for

14 pounds, one half of a tract or 1/4 acres in the Town of Tarborough,

being lot #15. Abstracted 10-2-04, NCA film C.037.40009, CTC.

438-(365) John Womble of Edgecombe Co to William Anderson of same.  6 Apr 1799.  150£.  140 acres which was part of the tract granted to sd Womble

ìfor his services as a private in the Continental line of the State of North Carolina as pr No 1981î dated 20 May 1793,  in Davidson Co Tennessee; sd Anderson to lay it off ìin a four Square at either of the cornersî of the sd tract.

Wit: B. Jourdan, John Turner.  Proved 29 May 1799.  Edward Hall CC

544-(474)  James Ferguson of Edgecombe Co to William Anderson of same.  15 Mar 1800.  £20.   Lot 4 in the town of Tarborough, half of the sd lot fronting on St Georges Street.

Wit: B. Jourdan, John Turner.  Proved Aug Ct 1800.  E. Hall CC

561-(489) William Anderson of Edgecombe Co to John Womble of same.  24 Nov 1800.  100£.  140 acres in Davidson Co Tennessee which was part of a tract granted to sd Womble for his services as a private In the Continental Line of North Carolina as per no. 1981 dated 20 May 1793,  which sd Anderson had purchased from the sd grantee 6 Apr 1799.

Wit: Enos Scarborough, John Turner.  Proved Nov Ct 1800.  Edward Hall CC

Edge. Co. Db 9, page 489, deed date 24 Nov 1800, recorded Nov Ct 1800,

William Anderson, Edge. Co to John Womble, county aforesaid for 100

pds, a tract of land in the State of Tennessee and County of Davidson

on the waters of (West Harpeth) and being part of a tract or survey of

land granted to the said Womble for his services as a private in the

Continental Line of North Carolina as per No. 1981 dated 20 May 1793

containing 140 acres which tract said Anderson purchased of the said

Womble on 6 Apr 1799, signed William Anderson, wit Enos Scarborough,

John Turner.  Abstracted 15 Sep 07, RD copy CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 13, page 197, deed date 1 Sep 1809, recorded Feb Ct 1810,

John Womble, Edge. Co. to William Anderson, (      ), NC for $500, a

tract of land surveyed & (       ) for my by Robert (       ) in the

state of Tenn. And formerly in the County of Davidson but now

supposedly in the County of Williamson on the waters of West (Harpe

), designated 1901, containing 640 acres, signed John Womble, wit. Jo.

Jon. Sumner, proved, Robert Austin.  Abstracted 10-29-03, NCA film


Records of Estates Edgecombe Co. N.C. 1761-1825  by David B. Gammon


Petition by John Womble (Sept 1819), stating he had been the owner of 640 acres of land in Tennessee, Granted him for his service in the Revolution.  This land was originally located in Davidson County, Tennessee but later fell in Williamson County, known as lot #1981.  In September, 1809, he sold this Land to the said William Anderson, who later deeded it back to Womble, mailing the deed to Tenn.

Womble states he never received the deed , and that Anderson has since died leaving two minor Daughters Nancy Ann Anderson and Betsy Anderson, both of Lenoir County.  Womble petitioned The said daughters for the land.

Edgecombe Co

Court Minutes


AUGUST, 1796: Thomas TAYLOR, son of Mary RANDOLPH, aged 14 the 4th of May next is ordered bound apprentice to William ANDERSON

to learn trade of shoemaker.


1800 census Edgecombe County.

Town of Tarborough


William          1M to 26

1M to 45

1F to 26

1F over 45

1810 census Edgecombe County. Pg 46 Bullucks District


William                    1M to 10

1M to 26

1F to 16

1F to 26



Town of Tarborough

Pg 2          Darling           1M under 10

1M over 45

1F 26-45

1FS under 14

John Womble was a carpenter who enlisted in the 10th North Carolina Regiment on 1 June 1779 in Halifax County. He was captured in the siege of Charleston and

remained on parole for the remainder of the war. He married his wife Catherine in

Edgecombe County in 1798 [M805, reel 883, frame 836]. He was head of an

Edgecombe County household of 1 “other free” in 1790 and 11 “free colored” in

1820 [NC:112].









AGE 64


Pension Application of John Womble: S42083Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon HarrisJohn Womble, an inhabitant of the County of Edgcombe State of North Carolina, maketh oath,that on or about the first of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventynine, at the town of Halifax in the County of Halifax, State aforesaid, he enlisted as a privatesoldier under Major [Thomas] Hogg of the 10 Regiment of the North Carolina Line [sic: see th endnote], belonging & being attached to the Southern Department of the Continental army of theUnited States of America. From Halifax he marched with Major Hogg’s recruits to Kinston (N.C.);at which place he was put under the command of Capt Quinn of the s’d 10 Regiment th commanded by the field officers Col. Robt. Mebane & Major Hogg – From Kinston he marched toCross Creek (now Fayetteville N.C.) as a place of Rendezvouz, thence he marched in the summerof the said year to Charleston S.C. where soon after his arrival he was transferred to thecompany under the command of Capt Campbell of the said 10 Regiment commanded by the th aforesaid Field officers – He remained in Charleston under the same officers till some time inAugust in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy nine when the AmericanForces under the command of Gen’l. [Benjamin] Lincoln were called to make an attack onSavannah [Siege of Savannah, 24 Sep – 19 Oct 1779]; he then left Charleston & marched to assistin the said attack; but Gen’l. Lincoln being unsuccessful in his attempt on Savannah, the armyreturned to Charleston – soon after his return to Charleston he was placed under the commandof Capt. Maun of the said 10 Regiment commanded by the aforesaid Field officers Col. Robert th Mebane & Major Hogg – He further maketh oath that sometime in May in the year of our Lord one thousand sevenhundred & eighty, he assisted in the defence of Charleston, when attacked by the British Forcesunder Sir Henry Clinton; & in the unfortunate capture of that City [12 May 1780] he was takenprisoner & sent to Haddrell’s Point. He further maketh oath that he well recollects that CaptSingles[?], then acting Brigade Major & Doctor Lumus [sic: Jonathan Lumos] Surgeon were amongthe captured & paroled officers. The battle, he remembers from circumstances that will never beeffaced from his memory– according to the articles of capitulation, the officers & their servantswere to be paroled & their persons & property held sacred; he embraced the opportunity as toavoid going on board the Prison Ships, immediately became Doctor Lumus servant & was withthe Doctor dismissed on parole. He attended the Doctor to Washington (N.C.) & there remainedsome time, the residue of the time till the end of the War, he passed on the Banks of the TarRiver on his Parole having never been exchanged & therefore not regularly discharged — He hasnever claimed any pension & if by any previous statute he is entitled to any, he herebyrelinquishes all title to the same, provided he obtains the pension granted by a late act ofCongress to indigent soldiers of the Revolution – He further maketh oath that he has heretofore by his manual labour at the trade of a Carpentersupported his family, consisting of a wife & eleven children among which there is but one (hiseldest child, a son of the age of eighteen) that is not dependent on his daily Labour & fatherlyprotection for their constant sustenance He feels great delicacy & reluctance in thus presentinghimself to the notice of his Country, but, when he reflects upon his reduced circumstances &that his [illegible word] years together with its train of consequent afflictions, is now making itsinroads upon exhausted nature, imperious necessity, affection for his wife & a parental regardfor his children compel him to throw himself upon the generosity of a Country, the Idol of hisyouth & the pride of his old age, for assistance.[signed] John WombleI Nathan Mathursan do certify & make oath that I have often heard Genl. Thos. Blount & *Col.[John] Ingles (Revolutionary officers since dead) speak (in company & seperately) in the highestterms of approbation of the Revolutionary services of John Womble; I do further certify that Ibelieve the said John Womble from his indigent circumstances, needs assistance from hisCountry for support. N. M. Mathursan*The same spoken of in the affidavit as Captain & acting Brigade Majors.

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I Benja’n. M Jackson do certify & make oath that in conversation with the Late Col. John Ingles (arevolutionary officer) I have herd him speak in the highest terms of approbation of theRevolutionary Services of John Womble. I do further Certify that I believe the said Womble fromhis Indigent Circumstances needs the assistance of his Country.Ben’n M JacksonState of North Carolina}Superior Court of Law and EquityEdgecomb County}September Term 1820On this 14 day of September 1820 personally appeared in open Court, being a Court of Record th for the County of Edgecomb (a court of Record 1 Because it is expressly made a Court of st Record by an act of the General assembly of the state of North Carolina passed in the year 1777Chapter 2amended by an act passed in the year 1806 Chapter 1 – 2Because it has been ndstndly solemnly adjudged to be a Court of Record by the Tribunals of the several states of the UnitedStates – 3 It is a Court of Record Because it proceeds according to the course of the Common rd Law, with a Jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount, keeping a Record of its proceedings – 4 thly It is a Court of Record, Because it has the power of fine and imprisonment) John Womble aninhabitant of Edgecomb County State of North Carolina aged about sixty four or five years whobeing first duly sworn according to Law, doth on his oath make the following Declaration inorder to obtain the provision made by the acts of Congress of the 18 of March 1818 and the 1 thst May 1820 that he the said John Womble enlisted for the term of the war on or about the springof 1778 or 79 as (the Certificate of his enlistment which he forwarded to the War office with hisformer Declaration will more fully shew) in the State of North Carolina in the Companycommanded by Captain Quinn (but enlisted by Major Hogg) in the Regiment commanded byColonel Lamb in the Line of the State of North Carolina on the Continental establishment; thathe continued to serve in the said corps until the latter part of the year in which he enlisted whenhe was placed under the command of Captain Campbell of the Regiment commanded by Col.Robert Mebane (but Hogg was his Major all the time) and was afterwards placed in the companycommanded by Captain Maune of the same Regiment where he continued until he was takenprisoner at Charleston S. Ca. after which he attended Doctor Lumus Surgeon of the Regiment asa servant and never afterwards returned to the army and consequently was never regularlydischarged – That he was in the Battles of Savannah and Charleston when they were severally attacked by theenemy. that he has no other evidence now in his power of his said services except that ofBenjamin M Jackson and Nathan Mathuwsons Esquires which is hereunto annexedAnd in pursuance of the act of the 1 May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen st of the United States on the 18 day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, th sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so todiminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled “an act toprovide for certain persons engaged in the Land and naval service of the United States in theRevolutionary War” passed on the 18 day of March 1818; and that I have not, nor has any th person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts or debts, due to me, nor have I anyincome other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed – Sworn to and declared on the 14 day of September 1820[signed] John Womble th Schedule of property belonging to the Deponent75 acres of piney woods land partly paid forone cow, 1 calf, 1 yearling – 1 Tray, set of knives and forks1 mare, sow and pigs and 14 shoats1 Saw – 2 Pots and a Dutch oven, 2 sitting chairsThe Deponent maketh oath that he is a house carpenter but his age and afflictions prevent himworking much at his trade; that he has a wife and eleven children, the two oldest of his childrenthe only ones capable of rendering him any service have left him and that he has nine with himno one of which is capable of supporting him or herselfNames and ages of his family residing with him are his wife Catharine Womble aged. 42 yearsNathaniel Green Womble of a sickly & delicate constitution aged. …………………………….. 18Finneyty Womble aged. ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14Cealy Pollard Womble…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 12

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Jacob & Ajax Womble twins. ………………………………………………………………………………………… 10Benjamin Womble. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8: 6 mosEnos Womble………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7 – John Washington Womble. …………………………………………………………………………………………… 5 – 6 mosCatharine Womble………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2 – 6 mosThat his circumstances (although he has some little property) is such that he needs assistancefrom his country without which his family must suffer[signed] John WombleNOTES: The officers named by Womble were actually in the 3 NC Reg. rd In the 1820 federal census for Edgecombe County NC John Womble’s household arelisted as “free colored persons.”In Carroll County TN on 29 Oct 1853 Benjamin F. Womble, 41, applied for a pensionstating that his father, John Womble, died in Oct 1819 (sic), and that his widow then moved toFayette County TN and died on 2 Feb 1843, leaving the following heirs: Nathaniel G., Jacob Y.,Benjamin F., Enos G., John W., and Catharine Womble. He stated that his parents married inEdgecombe County NC in 1798.


Edge. Co. Db 21, page 414, deed date 21 Nov 1835, recorded Nov Ct

1835, commissioners lay off to Catherine Womble, widow of John Womble,

dec’d her legal dower in the lands that her late husband died seized

and possessed of in said county, beginning at a red oak then south 21

east 66 poles to a small pine then south 82 west 80 poles to a small

oak and pine then north 15 west along Weeks Parker’s line 40 poles to a

small pine on Pender’s line then along Pender’s line to a pine stump

then north 19 east 30 poles to the beginning, containing 25 acres,

signed Zachariah Griffin, Alexr. Braswell, Wm. Pender, Henry Morgan, A.

Pitt, Zacha Sasnett, R.D. Wimberly, W.W. Armstrong, David Holland

(mark), John Ward (X), John Anderson (X), George Anderson (X).

Abstracted 7-9-03, LDS film 0370237, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 21, page 426, deed date 22 Feb 1836, recorded 12 Sep

1836, Dr Warren Womble and Benja Wilks, Edge. Co. to Weeks Parker,

Womble and Wilks are indebted to Weeks Parker for $120 and convey in

trust, a tract of land which descended to John W. Womble, Catharine

Womble, children of John Womble who are minors and under the age of 21

years, signed Doctor W. Womble, Benja. F. Wilks, wit. Wm. Pender, David

Bell, release signed by Catherine Womble, widow and relict of John

Womble. Deed somewhat confusing, appears that Parker is to hold land

until John and Catharine reach age of 21.  Abstracted 7-9-03, LDS film

0370237, CTC

Written by anderson1951

January 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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  1. I just saw your name on one of the comments – great to be in touch again – is there anything in particular we can research for you?


    Judith Bennett

    May 4, 2011 at 2:33 am

    • Sure… when you get to Raleigh if you could get a copy of the grant to Susannah Anderson (Edgecombe) 1745 (I’m curious of any mention of chain carriers or any other info).



      May 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      • I was looking at all the information you provided on Anderson and in particular, John Womble. I have been researching the ancestors of my Mother, Doris Wamble. Her father was Clarence Wamble, his father was Joseph Brooks Wamble, his father was P. (Polydemus) Green Wamble. I believe P.G. Wamble was the son of Dr. Warren Wamble, the son of John Womble. P.G.’s last name changed from Womble to Wamble when they moved from Carroll County, Tennessee to Stoddard County, Missouri between 1850 and 1860.

        I was wondering if you would be willing to help or could help with the connection of P. G. Womble to Dr. Warren Womble to John Womble. I have the census data of P. G. Womble from 1850 forward, his marriage information to Nancy McDade. I have the death date of Dr. Warren Womble in Shelby County, Tennessee.




        Michael Groves

        February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      • Have you checked this site? It seems to have a detailed account of P.G. Wamble to John Womble of Edgecombe.



        February 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      • A red flag for me is the middle name “Green” which shows up in the pension of John Womble…

        “Names and ages of his family residing with him are his wife Catharine Womble aged. 42 years
        Nathaniel Green Womble of a sickly & delicate constitution aged 18”

        That is fairly strong circumstantial evidence for your P. “Green” Wamble. You may find some estate papers at for the Edgecombe probate records.



        February 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  2. Thank you for this- John Womble is my GGg Grandfather.
    Darla Sams


    Darla Sams

    July 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    • You are quite welcome. I get a charge when a Patriot surfaces for descendants to track to.



      July 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  3. I am looking for a Robert Anderson from Edgecombe Co. who went to Haywood Co. TN around 1830 with his son John A. Anderson. John A. Anderson m. 1) Althea Pettigrew who d. 1850, then 2) Wealthea Warren in 1850 who was also from N.C. Robert Anderson was living with John A. Anderson in 1850 in Haywood Co. TN, so I imagine him to be John A.’s father. I will be willing to share information. EWM


    E. Walker Myer

    August 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    • Do you have a reference to connect Robert to Edgecombe? George Anderson Jr. left Edgecombe about 1837 and moved to TN (Henderson Co) … he had a son Robert (I’ve not traced).



      August 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  4. John A. Anderson’s tombstone says b. in Edgecombe Co. NC. That is my connection to Edgecombe Co. Thanks. EWM


    E. Walker Myer

    August 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    • For what it is worth… after a few emails we have determined that there is no “Robert” or “Isaac” connection to the above query. Any connections are probably in later “western” North Carolina Andersons which are out of my scope of research. (I strive to stay within the “colonial” period prior to the American Revolution).



      August 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

  5. I am looking for information about the John Amous Womble family. Since they are listed on the census as “other free” and “free colored,” did that mean they were Native American or African American? Family oral history always described my ancestry as Cherokee. I started going back as far as I could out of curiosity, but now I’m completely fascinated. PS- John A Womble and Catherine Greene are my 4th great grandparents.


    Leslie Morgan Lowry

    September 30, 2018 at 8:01 am

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