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From what I gather the general assumption is that he was the grandson of Benjamin and son of Moses Pitman…

BENJAMIN PITMAN 1755

In the Name of God Amen I BENJAMIN PITMAN of Edgecomb County in the Province of North Carolina…

Item…to Son MOSES PITMAN five Shillings..Money of Virginia…

Item…plantation and tract of Land where on I live..Wife ANN PITMAN her life and after her Deceas to my loving Son JACOB PITMAN

Item…Son MICAH PITMAN…Feather bed and Furniture

Item..Son SAMSON PITMAN …feather bed and furniture

Item…Daughter PATIENCE FAULK five Shillings

Item…Wife ANN PITMAN the one third part of all my Estate and the rest to be Devided amongst my Children as followeth that is MARY BOTTOMS, and my Daughter ABIGAL PITMAN, LACY PITMAN and my Daughter CELA PITMAN and my Daughter JH_MIAHA PITMAN my Sons JACOB PITMAN, MICAH PITMAN, and my Son SAAMSON PITMAN…

…Wife ANN PITMAN Executor…twenty third day of August 1755

Benjamin (B his mark) Pitman   Wit: JOHN STREATER, JOHN JAMESON, JO_ MURPHREE

Recorded May Court 1756…oath by the Exor…proved by oath of JOHN STREATOR, JOHN MURFREE

(abstract of will: Marc Anderson, from online MARS, NC State Archives)

MOSES PITMAN — 24 March 1759 — Dec Ct 1760 — O A/16 — Wife Elizabeth PITMAN – one third of my estate. Remaining estate to be divided between my children James PITMAN, Moses PITMAN and Mary PITMAN. Ex. wife, Andrew ROSS Wit. Joseph PITMAN (Quaker), John GAY, Jesse GREEN

Edgecombe Co NC Will Abstracts 1732 – 1792, Gammon, David B., page 65: (315)

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Dec 1760

The last Will & Testament of Moses PITMAN Deced. was Exhibited by the Exrs. therein named  and at the same time Joseph PITMAN one of the People called Quakers affirmed that he saw the sd. Moses PITMAN Execute the sd. Will & that he saw Jno. GAY & Jesse GREEN sign the same as Evidence thereto & at the same Time the Exr. Qualified acco. to Law

Edgecombe Co., NC, Court Minutes 1744-1762 Book I   GoldenWest Marketing Genealogy, Temple City, CA

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I’ve previously identified some of his land being below the Anderson property near Swift Creek and adjacent the Elizabeth Pitman property.  My current thought is that this is a non-issue in that he promptly sold the property shortly after acquiring it and probably never lived there.

Edgecombe County Land Records:

p. 216: James Pitman and Elizabeth Pitman of Edgecombe Co. to JOHN STALLINGS of Edgecombe Co., 21 February ____, 20 pounds current money of

Virginia. 200 acres on north side of Tar River, joining Falling Run.    Witness: Abram Evans, Robert Coleman, Jr., Thomas Woodard. Registered: Feb Court, 1743.

I’ve since found another reference that could also be this James Pitman:

NC Records (Online MARS)

1742   Book 5, pg 340

File No. 536, James Pitman

May 5, 1742, 200 acres…”S. side of Sapponey creek”

Edgecombe

1742   Book 5, pg 359

File No. 551, James Pitman

May 15, 1742, 200 acres… “S. side of Sapponey Creek”

Edgecombe

1742   Book 10, pg 211

File No. 935, James Pitman

May 5, 1742, 200 acres… “The So. side of Soppony Creek”

Edgecombe

1751, 1754   Moses Pitman

Warrant  1751 April 17.  200 acres

“Tar River, William Horn Deed: 1754 April 26”

Edgecombe

Since he disappears from Edgecombe records, perhaps references to this James will show up in later Nash County resources (I don’t have any deed books or minutes)…

My point of this post is that I see no connection between this James Pitman and the widow Elizabeth Pitman of Swift Creek.  Also it begs a question that James appears to acquire property 10 years before Benjamin (his supposed grandfather)… could it be that he is not the son of Moses?

(see the Edgecombe map under “Pages” to see the property I am referring to)

All of which leads to my main point which is that all of the information below is essentially correct:

From the research of Donald Gordon (a Pittman descendant):

Thomas Pitman,of Monmouthshire, England, fled England during the Cromwell rebellion and landed in Virginia in 1649. He purchased land in Surry County, Virginia and had two sons Thomas and William. This grandson, the third Thomas moved about 1707 to Isle of Wight County. His daughter Elizabeth and son Robert, with Robert’s two sons, Samuel and Joseph moved to Edgecombe County North Carolina about 1738. Deeds in Edgecombe County show Robert, Samuel, Joseph and Elizabeth holding several hundred acres in the area North and West of Tarboro. Joseph who first appears on Edgecombe records as a bailiff of the court had a son Abner (b. 1758) and grandson born 1787. By this time the Pitmans became Pittmans and all spelled their name with two tees . The Pittmans held land North of Leggett stretching into southern Halifax County. Here Joseph and his wife Mary had a son Henry Elias born 1828. In 1850 Henry married Lucy Anderson who in 1852 gave birth to Biscoe Pittman who married Martha Alice Walston. To this marriage was born, as the last of eight children, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899) at Epworth.

note:

Marc,
I checked the Pittman file at the Blount Bridgers house – The item you had was an exact quote from the paper by Donald Gordon who was a nephew of the artist Hobson Pittman. There is no other information about Elizabeth and Donald’s research was not documented. He came down through Abner and Joseph’s lines which he worked on. (Monika Fleming, Tarboro, NC)

I am attempting to prove that the Joseph Pitman who acquired the Elizabeth Pitman land was the son of Robert Pitman and also the man who signed the will of William Anderson in 1789.

further…

Notes from typescript notes in a file at Blount Bridgers House on Pittman family (compiled by great granddaughter Lena Pittman Weeks – 1949)  McKajah Anderson the grandfather of Biscoe Pittman, the great grand father of Lena Pittman was a wealthy land owner – the number of acres cannot be numbered as writer does not have correct information. He made large sums of money by selling his huge cotton crops after holdings from “War between the States.” He was born on the old McKajah Anderson farm, now owned by the later Robert Pittman heirs. McKajah Anderson made his will in 1879 and is duly recorded in the Edgecombe County Court House Will Book G page 545.  (per David Gammon)

A daughter of Micajah Anderson, Lucy Anderson, married Henry Pittman, the father of Biscoe Pittman.




Written by anderson1951

January 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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tracking Robert Pitman

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In 1739 he witnessed 2 deeds of his brothers, Thomas and Ambrose. By 1742 he buys his own property. The 3 brothers seemingly living close to each other.

Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County, NC, 1732-1758, Hofmann

Deed Bk 1, pg. 284

COL. WILLIAM WHITEHEAD of Edge. Co. to THOMAS PITTMAN of Isle of Wight Co., Va., planter   21 Aug. 1739  20 pounds Va. currency  320 acres more or less on north side of Beech swamp, joining POPE and the swamp  Wit: WILLIAM BYNUM, ROBT. PITTMAN  Reg. (place not given) Aug. Ct. 1739  J. Edwards C. Ct.

pg. 286  COL. WILLIAM WHITEHEAD of Edge. Co. to AMBROSE PITTMAN of Edge. Co., planter  21 Aug. 1739  16 pounds Va. currency  320 acres more or less on the north side of Beech swamp. joining PHILIP RAIFORD and the swamp  Wit: WILLIAM BYNUM, ROBERT PITTMAN  Reg. (place not given)  Aug. Ct. 1739  J. Edwards C. Ct.

Deed Bk 5, pg. 102

WILLIAM KINCHEN, JR. of Edge. Co. to ROBERT PITTMAN (co. not identified)  16 Nov. 1742  30 pounds current money of Va.  200 acres on the north side of Buck swamp in the falling grounds of Rayford’s creek  a patent to PHILLIP RAYFORD 18 Feb. 1737  Wit: JOHN PITMAN, THOMAS PITMAN X his mark, ANN PITMAN X her mark  Reg. Edge. Co. Nov. Ct. 1742  R. Forster C. Ct.

Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

March 15, 1743 – March 30, 1743

Volume 04, Pages 625-633

Read the following Petitions for Warrants Vizt

…among list… Robt Pitman 150 Bertie… granted

I’ve seen no other references to the Bertie Co. 150 acres… it may have simply escheated for lack of seating?

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I’ve posted this elsewhere but I’ll throw it in again just because I like to belabor my points…:)

From the research of Donald Gordon (a Pittman descendant):

Thomas Pitman,of Monmouthshire, England, fled England during the Cromwell rebellion and landed in Virginia in 1649. He purchased land in Surry County, Virginia and had two sons Thomas and William. This grandson, the third Thomas moved about 1707 to Isle of Wight County. His daughter Elizabeth and son Robert, with Robert’s two sons, Samuel and Joseph moved to Edgecombe County North Carolina about 1738. Deeds in Edgecombe County show Robert, Samuel, Joseph and Elizabeth holding several hundred acres in the area North and West of Tarboro. Joseph who first appears on Edgecombe records as a bailiff of the court had a son Abner (b. 1758) and grandson born 1787. By this time the Pitmans became Pittmans and all spelled their name with two tees . The Pittmans held land North of Leggett stretching into southern Halifax County. Here Joseph and his wife Mary had a son Henry Elias born 1828. In 1850 Henry married Lucy Anderson who in 1852 gave birth to Biscoe Pittman who married Martha Alice Walston. To this marriage was born, as the last of eight children, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899) at Epworth.

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Marc,
I checked the Pittman file at the Blount Bridgers house – The item you had was an exact quote from the paper by Donald Gordon who was a nephew of the artist Hobson Pittman. There is no other information about Elizabeth and Donald’s research was not documented. He came down through Abner and Joseph’s lines which he worked on. (Monika Fleming, Tarboro, NC)

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Muster Roll of Edgecombe County Militia, North Carolina, 1750’s

Captain Robert Warren’s Company

Nr, Rank, Name, Remarks

1 Captain, Warren, Robert
2 Lieutenant, Weaver, Stephen
3 Ensing, ?
4 Serjeant, Hunnbry, Hustin
5 Serjeant, Ward, David
6 Serjeant, Pitman, Robert
7 Corporal, Merritt, John
8 Corporal, Pitman, Ambrous
9 Corporal, Turbefield, Walter
10 Corporal, Bird, Peter
11 Corporal, Phillips, John
12 Drummer, Jones, James
13 Drummer, Wilkings, William
14 Soldier, Whittaker, James
15 Soldier, Midelton, Martin
16 Soldier, Smith, David
17 Soldier, Strickland, Jacob
18 Soldier, Midelton, William
19 Soldier, Pope, Thomas
20 Soldier, Edwards, John
21 Soldier, Pitman, Samuel (purported son of Robert)
22 Soldier, Merrett, Thomas
23 Soldier, Merrett, John
24 Soldier, Goodson, Thomas
25 Soldier, Bass, John
26 Soldier, Ward, John
27 Soldier, Wyat, James
28 Soldier, Reed, Moses
29 Soldier, Curby, William
30 Soldier, Spere, James
31 Soldier, Turbefield, Joseph
32 Soldier, Jarrell, David
33 Soldier, Wilkins, James
34 Soldier, Brock, Samuel
35 Soldier, Moye, Thomas
36 Soldier, Fort, Elias    (of Looking Glass Swamp, not same as Tar R. Elias)
37 Soldier, Tatum, Edward
38 Soldier, Spiva, Francis

Thomas Pitman not listed as he is, well, dead:

Will of Thomas Pitman 1754 Edgecombe

Lot Pitman, “my seven other sons”

“my brother Robert Pitman and my son Thos. Pitman and my brother Ambrose Pitman”

Joseph Pitman not listed supports my theory he was living near William Anderson, putting him in this detachment:

Captain Jacob Whitehead’s Company

10 Corporal, Coleman, Charles

14 Soldier, Pitman, Athur
17 Soldier, Coleman, Robert

30 Soldier, Coleman, Charles

36 Soldier, Anderson, William

43 Soldier, Ross, Andrew (neighbor of W. Anderson)

50 Soldier, Battle, Elisha

66 Soldier, Griffin, James

69 Soldier, Pitman, William (son-in-law of Andrew Ross)

82 Soldier, Pitman, Jospeh (son of Robert Pitman)

86 Stallings, James
87 Coleman, Aron

90 Pitman, Thomas (son of Thomas d.1754?)
91 Pitman, Nathan

To round out the Pitmans… this detachment is, I think, from the south of Tar River:

 

Captain Aqueler Suggs* Company

51 Soldier, Pitman, Benjamin

52 Soldier, Horn, William
53 Soldier, Horn, William, Jun.
54 Soldier, Horn, James

55 Soldier, Green, William
56 Soldier, Pitman, Joseph

57 Soldier, Gay, John
58 Soldier, Gay, John Jun.

62 Soldier, Horn,Michael
63 Soldier, Horn, Michael, Jun.
72 Soldier, Gay, Henry

79 Soldier, Pitman, Moses

*on the 1905 map of Edgecombe Co, where the Tar River meets

the Pitt Co line can be seen “Suggs Creek” and “Suggs Landing”

(reference these names to Pitman deeds and note the sequence of numbering the soldiers- they were neighbors)



Written by anderson1951

November 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

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restating my Pitman theory…

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1733   Fact: Eliz Anderson will: legatee Eliz Pitman and her son William Anderson

(note the possible conclusions of that statement)

1738   Hearsay: From the research of Donald Gordon (a Pittman descendant):

Thomas Pitman,of Monmouthshire, England, fled England during the Cromwell rebellion and landed in Virginia in 1649. He purchased land in Surry County, Virginia and had two sons Thomas and William. This grandson, the third Thomas moved about 1707 to Isle of Wight County. His daughter Elizabeth and son Robert, with Robert’s two sons, Samuel and Joseph moved to Edgecombe County North Carolina about 1738. Deeds in Edgecombe County show Robert, Samuel, Joseph and Elizabeth holding several hundred acres in the area North and West of Tarboro. Joseph who first appears on Edgecombe records as a bailiff of the court had a son Abner (b. 1758) and grandson born 1787. By this time the Pitmans became Pittmans and all spelled their name with two tees . The Pittmans held land North of Leggett stretching into southern Halifax County. Here Joseph and his wife Mary had a son Henry Elias born 1828. In 1850 Henry married Lucy Anderson who in 1852 gave birth to Biscoe Pittman who married Martha Alice Walston. To this marriage was born, as the last of eight children, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899) at Epworth.

note:

Marc,
I checked the Pittman file at the Blount Bridgers house – The item you had was an exact quote from the paper by Donald Gordon who was a nephew of the artist Hobson Pittman. There is no other information about Elizabeth and Donald’s research was not documented. He came down through Abner and Joseph’s lines which he worked on. (Monika Fleming, Tarboro, NC)

(note the veracity and plausibility of the above information in the following)

1740    Fact: one Eliz Pitman receives a survey for 300ac north of Tar River in Edgecombe.

(If this is the same woman, her son William Anderson would plausibly be a young teenager- in 1752 he gets a survey on adjoining property.)

1742     Fact :NCEDG-DE1, p. 177, from WILLIAM KINCHEN JR, 200 acres to ROBERT PITMAN, on the north side of Buck Swamp in the falling grounds of RAIFORD’S Creek (being part of a patent to PHILLIP RAYFORD dated 18 Feb 1737) dated 16 Nov 1742, W: THOMAS (X) PITMAN, ANN (X) PITMAN, and JOHN PITMAN

(Note the circumstantial evidence- Elizabeth, Robert and Thomas Pitman were all listed in the will of the elder Thomas Pitman of Meherin River…also note that Robert Pitman has a son Joseph who is apparently of the same age as William Anderson.  This Joseph is noted in the records as being the “son of Robert Pitman”)

This Joseph is explained in my mind-numbing fashion in the page “the Problem Pitman”.  Another player of note is Elias Fort who signed the will of Eliz. Anderson in 1733… he shows up to the south of Tar River

1742 reference:  John GOSNEY of Edgcombe Co to Daniel WOODARD of same. 17 Feb 1769. 5 pounds proclamation. 85 acres which was a patent to Elias FORT dated 1742, joining Farewell Branch, the river. Wit: Robart COLEMAN, John(x) BALEY. Aug Ct 1769 Jas HALL CC  • Edgecombe County, North Carolina Deeds Volume 2: 1768-1778, Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley

(That is the gist of my theory… I welcome all comments pro or con… the Fort notes are explained under the page “George Fort”)

Written by anderson1951

December 12, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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that Pitman gal…

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I may have some fun with this Post at some future time… it was written years ago while I was full of piss and vinegar.   I have since came back to Earth and now propose that the “Pitman Gal” was the daughter of Elizabeth Anderson d1733.  She had an illegitimate son named William and he inherited his mother’s maiden name. At some point she married a Pitman fellow (unknown but seemingly a James Pitman).  Later events in Edgecombe County possibly supports this theory.

But then again… the info below is not to be sneezed at.  There seem to be 2 Pitman Gals.

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While gathering my thoughts to entertain the bartender with some of my genealogy theories I was struck by a profound epiphany… “Well Hell!…one of those Anderson boys knocked up that Pitman gal from across the creek!”

(excerpt from will of Elizabeth Anderson 1733)

Item

I give to my Daughter Elisebeth Pitman, one paire of Small Mill Stones

Item

I give my Daughter Elisebeth Pitmans Son William Anderson one Hiefer.

(William Anderson was the son of either the blood daughter of Elizabeth Anderson and illegitimate or the child of Elizabeth Pitman from next door.  Either way he was a bastard.  Or in a tidy world a “deceased son” of Elizabeth Anderson prompted her to remarry  ______ Pitman and he also died prior to 1748… leaving her a widow.  The “deceased son” is a viable theory because there was a shadowy man in the Bertie records named Thomas Anderson.

In 1716 James Anderson acquires some property near Occoneechee Neck… he buys it from Matthew Capps.   Initially Capps seems to make a deal with one Thomas Anderson but then the final deal is with James…  what to make of it all?  I have a copy of the deed and there is no mention of a Thomas?

Chowan County, North Carolina Cross Index to Deeds – Grantees 1696-1878 Vol B 

Transaction: Assignment
1st Grantee Last Name: Anderson
1st Grantee First Name: Thomas
Grantor First Name: Matthew
Grantor Last Name: Capps
Year: 1716
Book: B
Page #: 345

Here is Hofmann’s abstract:

CHOWAN PRECINCT. NORTH CAROLINA , 1696-1723  Margaret M. Hofmann  Deed Book B #1

#889 pg. 345, Matthew CAPPS and Elizabeth CAPPS to James ANDERSON, 12 July 1716, assignment of a sale of land formerly belonging to William BRASSWELL. Wit: William BRASSWELL, Edward HOWARD. Reg. 6 Aug. 1716

CHOWAN PRECINCT, NORTH CAROLINA   1696-1723, GENEALOGICAL ABSTRACTS OF DEED BOOKS, by Margaret M. Hofmann

DEED BOOK C #1, Chowan County, N.C.

#1552 pg. 360 JAMES COURLEE to WILLIAM DOWNING  27 Mar. 1721 assignment of a Pattent dated 7 Mar. 1717/18 for 320 acres

Wit.  THOMAS ANDERSON, WILLIAM SHARP   Ack. 29 Mar. 1723 before me C. GALE, C. Just.   Reg. 6 Apr. 1723

So I am left clueless to find anything else concerning this Thomas Anderson…

William Byrd, with all his pomp and circumstance, while surveying the “Dividing Line Twixt Virginia and N Carolina”  in 1728 prided himself in carting around a minister to “legitimize” the great unwashed North Carolina heathens…his remarks literally dripped with disdain.  As example, his remark concerning Carolus Anderson- “We went to a House just by the River-Side, belonging to a Man, who learnedly call’d himself Carolus Anderson, where we christen’d his child.”  In his manuscript designed for the public Byrd did not hesitate to correct the arrogance of the “learned” man from NC and called him Charles.  My point is this there were no ministers in this part of NC and the only “legal” marriage was by an Anglican minister, i.e. Church of England.   For reasons, noted later below, I think it likely she was a widow.)

Mosely

Close up of Mosely map 1733=   Carolus Anderson and Thomas Pitman properties

Isle of Wight County this third Day of March 1728–
Whereas I Thomas PITMAN of the County aforesaid do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First, my Soul I desire to return to God who gave it, My Body to be decently Buried, and for my Estate real and personal to be disposed of as follows (viz) My Son Thomas I desire may have an entry of Land lying up the Creek containing an hundred and fifty Acres and he having two thousand Nails to build him a house out of the Estate. For my Son Samuel I desire may have the Plantation lying on Dicks Marsh bounded by a line of Mark Trees containing an hundred Acres. To my Son Robert a piece of Land lying on the upper side of the Long Grand containing fifty Acres. For my Son Ambrose the upper part of the Survey lying above the Marsh branch containing forty Acres. For my sons John and Arthur the place called the hedge pen Neck and containing One Hundred Acres. My Sons Samson and Joseph my mannour plantation containing an hundred and Ten Acres. To my six Daughters Five Pounds to each being Ann, Olive, Pratta, Elizabeth, Lucy, and Faith and for the rest of my Estate after my debts are paid I desire may be equally shared by my Trustees among all my children. I do appoint Robert Lancaster, Wm John Dunkley and Robert Monger jun, Trustees and my son Thomas PITMAN Executor of this my last Will. I do desire my Trustees may value my Estate and equal share it without any Cost, Charges and carefully take care of it.
Witnesses
Joseph E. Strickling                                                                             Thomas ( tp ) PITMAN
Thomas Pitman
Edw. Hood

At a Court held for Isle of Wight County the 28th day of September, 1730–
The last Will and Testaament of Thomas PITMAN Deceased was presented in Court by Thomas PITMAN Executor and being proved by the Oaths of the Witnesses thereunto is admitted to Record. Test. James Ingles CC

From the research of Donald Gordon (a Pittman descendant):

Thomas Pitman,of Monmouthshire, England, fled England during the Cromwell rebellion and landed in Virginia in 1649. He purchased land in Surry County, Virginia and had two sons Thomas and William. This grandson, the third Thomas moved about 1707 to Isle of Wight County. His daughter Elizabeth and son Robert, with Robert’s two sons, Samuel and Joseph moved to Edgecombe County North Carolina about 1738. Deeds in Edgecombe County show Robert, Samuel, Joseph and Elizabeth holding several hundred acres in the area North and West of Tarboro. Joseph who first appears on Edgecombe records as a bailiff of the court had a son Abner (b. 1758) and grandson born 1787. By this time the Pitmans became Pittmans and all spelled their name with two tees . The Pittmans held land North of Leggett stretching into southern Halifax County. Here Joseph and his wife Mary had a son Henry Elias born 1828. In 1850 Henry married Lucy Anderson who in 1852 gave birth to Biscoe Pittman who married Martha Alice Walston. To this marriage was born, as the last of eight children, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899) at Epworth.

note:

Marc,
I checked the Pittman file at the Blount Bridgers house – The item you had was an exact quote from the paper by Donald Gordon who was a nephew of the artist Hobson Pittman. There is no other information about Elizabeth and Donald’s research was not documented. He came down through Abner and Joseph’s lines which he worked on. (Monika Fleming, Tarboro, NC)

pitmanSurvey

In 1748 Elizabeth Pitman obtained a survey for 300 acres surveyed by James Alston with Gregory Stalings and John Stalings as chain carriers.  The land was “Lying on the No side of Tarr river beg. att a Red Oake in James Pittmans”.

The James Pitman noted above had property from a patent he received in 1743… it adjoined the property that Elizabeth Pitman received in 1749.  However, James Pitman had left Edgecombe by 1746.  I believe this was the son of William Pitman Jr of Isle of Wight Co, VA.  In 1748 James Pitman leaves a track of records in IOW.  Hence, he was not the husband of this Elizabeth Pitman and she was not his widow.  A maddening coincidence is that the wife of James Pitman was also named Elizabeth… go figure.

 

Elizabeth Pitman received her Granville grant March 25th, 1749; her adjoining neighbor, William Anderson, had his survey for 240 acres performed on April 4th, 1752.

pitman_patent

“May. 5. 1753. Then laid out unto William Anderson 240 Acres of Land in Edgecomb County Joyning the Lands of Andrew Ross and Widow Pittman beginning at a white Oak…”

Chaincarriers were Arthur Anderson and James Anderson

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The Estate Sale noted below “may” be this Elizabeth Pitman living near her “possible” brother Robert Pitman (near modern Enfield, NC) in 1744…

1744 – Estate Sale of Joseph Redding, merchant – deceased.It appears to me this court document is from the area now in Halifax County.  (The majority of names mentioned correspond to the area east of Enfield)

 

Several names appear on this inventory which caught my eye:

Elizabeth Pittman John Mchinne (McKinne) Robert Coleman Andrew Ross

I think this is the sister of Robert Pitman. None of the other Pitmans are noted on this Estate Sale so I am assuming this is the independant Elizabeth Pitman and not the wife of either of the 3 Pitman brothers also in the immediate area at this time. (namely- Thomas, Ambrose and Robert Pitman). My point is that this lends more evidence to her having moved with her brother Robert from Meherrin River near Carolus Anderson to Edgecombe Precinct around 1738. This also places her miles north of James Pitman when he first got his land at Tar River in 1742.


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Footnote

Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1715 -1716

North Carolina. General Assembly

November 17, 1715 – January 19, 1716

Volume 23, Pages 1-96

http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/document/csr23-0001

CHAPTER XXIX.

An Act for Preventing Disputes concerning Lands already Surveyed.

VII. And Be It Further Enacted by the Authority afors’d that all Surveys or Patents hereafter to be made or granted for the land or Plantation of any Deceased person the same shall be made & granted in the name of the Heirs at Law which nevertheless shall not Bar any that have Title by Dower or Curtisie or by the Will of the Deceased possessor: but that every Title or Claim shall stand good & strong in Law as they might or ought to have done if the Deceased possessor had in his life time Surveyed & taken out a Patent for the same in his own name.

CHAPTER XLVIII.

An Act Concerning Proveing Wills and Granting Letters of Administration and to prevent Fraudes in the Management of Intestates Estates.

VIII. And Be It Further Enacted by the Authority afors’d that all & every person or persons for whom Administration shall be granted shall distribute the surplusage of such Estate or Estates in manner following, that is to say One Third part of the said Surplusage to the Wife of the Intestate & all the rest by Equal portions to & among the Children in case any of the said Children be then dead, other than such Child or Children (not being Heir at Law) who shall have any Estate by the settlement of the Intestate or shall be advanced by the Intestate in his Lifetime by portion or portions equal to the share which shall by such distribution be Allotted to other Children to whom such distribution is to be made. And in case any Child other than the Heir at Law who shall have any Estate by settlement from the said Intestate or shall be advanced by the said Intestate in his Lifetime by Portion not equal to the share which will be due to the other Children by such distribution as afors’d (such settlement or advancement to be adjudged to the Value it was worth at the time of the settlement or Advancement) then so much of the surplusage of the Estate of such Intestate to be distributed to such Child or Children as shall have any land by Settlement

rom the Intestate or were Advanced in the Lifetime of the Intestate as shall make the Estate of all the said Children to be equal as near as can be estimated. But the Heire at Law notwithstanding any land that he shall have by descent or otherwise from the Intestate is to have an equal part in the Distribution with the rest of the Children without any consideration of the Value of Land which he hath by descent or otherwise from the Intestate.

IX. And in Case there be no Children nor any Legal Representatives of them then one Moiety of the said Estate to be allotted to the Wife of the Intestate the Residue of the said Estate to be distributed equally to every of the next of kindred to the Intestate who are in equal degree & to those who legally represent them.

Written by anderson1951

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http://www.jenforum.net/staton/messages/1161.html
Staton researchers,

I just want to put out a word of caution out there for all you researchers on this GenForum citing DAR lineages and John Staton’s book as “proof” of anything. The good genealogist’s motto should always remain “Search and re-search!” Never take anyone’s word for anything–politely, of course. Analyze every piece of data you get several times and compare it with the other data you have gathered on your own to see if it “makes sense”. Add to your own sense of what “makes sense” by reading history books and genealogy how-to articles and books, even if you’ve been researching for years.

I am a descendant of Jesse STATON by his first of 3 wives. Wife #1 Sally (Sarah Ann, most likely is full name) JACKSON is named in her father William JACKSON’s will as daughter Sally STATON. Wife #2 is Absilla BELL, daughter of Joshua BELL and widow of John LAWRENCE–as can be found in Watson’s Kinfolks of Edgecombe County, NC book which is basically deed research. Wife #3 was Rebecca [WATSON?], widow of ____ EVERETT. Jesse had no children by wives #2 & #3. All his children were born before 1790.

I have been alarmed by the citing of Jesse STATON’s DAR lineage as proof of various data, as I know something many of you don’t. My grandmother Gloria (Staton) Braswell Christian was the first to prove Jesse STATON for DAR lineage and I helped her do the research. We knew in the 1980’s that Jesse had 3 wives, but at the time, I had not discovered William JACKSON’s will nor done research on his family ties to see if they matched those of the STATONs at the time period of Jesse’s marriage. Because she could not PROVE who his first wife was, she only mentioned the 3rd wife named in the will, even though we also had proof of Absilla at that time. She desparately wanted to get her lineage approved and didn’t want to submit anything that might be questioned. While she didn’t necessarily state anything wrong in her papers, she didn’t own up to all that she knew to be true either. As you can see, more than 20 years later, I’m still upset about it.

We also knew Mr. John Staton, who wrote both editions of the Staton History books. My great-grandfather submitted some data for his first book and my grandmother submitted the data for his 2nd book. She communicated with him by mail, phone and one visit toward the latter part of his life. Mr. Staton was the first to admit that he was not himself a researcher and did not know much about genealogy. He felt it wrong to say anything bad about the STATONs and censored from his books anything uncomplimentary about our STATON ancestors. Any information from his books is only as good as the research done by the person who supplied it and that is why the book is sometimes contradictory, confusing and sometimes just wrong. Nevertheless, Mr. Staton did a great service to all us Staton researchers and his books are the first place anyone should start when doing Staton research, they simply are not the last place.

I’m off my soapbox now and feel better. Anyone who wants to contact me and share genealogy, please do so. I won’t be offended if you want to check my facts and research!
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http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/STATEN/1999-01/0915898477
From: Lucy Barron <lbarron@fas.harvard.edu>
Subject: [STATEN-L] Re: Staton History
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999 08:14:37 -0800

Yep, you found me! Along with my grandmother, Gloria (STATON) BRASWELL
CHRISTIAN who provided the author Mr. John Staton with all the research on
her direct line from Redden Canny STATON, son of James and Maniza (STATON)
STATON, which he then put in his book.

I have a copy of the book. He didn’t do research on his on, just wrote
people and tried to interpret what they told him. Although I feel all
STATON researchers are indebted to him for all his hard work, I am not
blind to the fact that the book contains lots of errors. I am now going
through the long, laborious and expensive task of trying to document what
was in his book and find answers to questions he was unable to answer. One
thing I found is that the name of Lovey’s husband is Henry ANDERSON, not
ANDREWS, as is in the book.

I have been researching Jesse STATON for 23 years. He married three times.
I knew about Rebecca, who “may have” been an EVERETT, but I haven’t
documented this as yet, she may have been previously married to an EVERETT
and thus have an entirely different maiden name. Also Edgecombe and
surrounding county records show that Jesse married Absalah/Absilla
LAWRENCE, widow of John (died in the 1790s) and daughter of Joshua BELL.
Thus that leaves us with the unanswered question of who was the mother of
Jesse’s children–all born between c1770 and c1795.

I recently received an email from someone working on the family of William
JACKSON. He states that William named in his will, dated in 1775 in Martin
Co., NC, a daughter Sarah or Sally STATON. Jesse STATON and his 1st wife
named one of their daughters Sarah. Also the name William (common to most
families, but not heard of in this line previously) begins to crop up in
the children of Jesse’s children. It is a very good lead and I am trying
to pursue this. As this may actually be the 1st wife of Jesse STATON for
whom I have been searching.

Thanks for getting back to me on this.

Lucy Barron
Sharon, MA

>>At 06:20 AM 1/9/99 EST, you wrote:
>>I’m sure you’re aware that you’re listed on page 343 of the Staton History
>>revised 1982 AND IF YOU’RE NOT you can send for a copy of it. However, I
>>show, Jesse Station b 1740 halifax , nc d 4/29/1813 edgecomb
>>m Rebecca E. Everette b about 1751, d abt 1834
>>children
>>Frederick, Sarah S. Lovey S. Andrews, Bythel and Thomas Arthur Stayton. i
>>don’t know where this came from, but I think it came from the book.
>>dgh3439
>>

Lucy Barron (617) 495-2446
Senior Serial Cataloger e-mail: lbarron@fas.harvard.edu
Widener Library, Rm. 87
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
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some random notes….  Stallings & Abraham Jones…

http://www.oocities.org/bourbonstreet/7520/stallings.html

16. Gregory Stallings: Son of Richard Stallings, gr. son of John Sr. Gregory Stallings was appointed Constable of Chown Co., N. C. In 1730 He received 326 acres from the Earl of Granville. March 25, 1749. Gregory sold land in Chown Co., N. C. He deeded land to his son in Edgecombe Co., N. C., Oct. 13, 1768: invt. By John O’Neal, Edgecombe Co., N. C., Feb. 5, 1790. The date of birth for Gregory Stallings has not been determined, nor as the name of his wife.  [I’ve tracked this Gregory “somewhat”… see my Andrew Ross Page, marc]

Gregory had the following children:

17. Gregory Stallings, Jr.
18. John Stallings
19. James Stallings [married Ann Ross dau of Andrew Ross, left orphans Jacob, Esther, Elizabeth, marc]

18. John Stallings: Son of Gregory Stallings, Sr. born Edgecombe Co., N. C., married Juda, last name unknown abt. 1727 in Edgecombe Co. He patented land April 17, 1753, Deed Book 3, page 472. He made his will in Edgecombe Co., N. C., Dec. 31, 1779, probated Aug 1780.
John and Juda had the following children:

20. Simon Stallings
21. Willis Stallings
22. John Stallings [this seems likely the husband of Martha Anderson, dau of Wm Anderson d1789, remarried Hardy Wiggins, marc]

21. Willis Stallings: son of John, Sr., born abt. 1745 in Edgecombe Co., N. C. Inventory, Edgecombe Co., N. C., Feb. Ct 1804—Aug. Ct 1805: Married Delilah Whitley who moved to Smith Co., Tennessee with her children in 1805.
Delilah’s will was was probated in Smith Co., TN. Sept. 1812.
Willis and Delilah had the following children:

23. Ann Stallings: b ca. 1771, Edgecombe Co., N. C., m. Jonas Whitley
24. Mills b. ca. 1773, Edgecombe Co., N.C m. Charity
25. Thomas F. Stallings: b. ca 1775, Edgecombe Co., N. C., Lived in Haywood Co., Tenn.
26. Elizabeth Stallings: b. ca. 1777, m. Abraham Jones
27. Temperance Stallings: b. ca. 1779, Edgecombe Co., N. C., m. ________ Whitley
28. Milly Stallings: b. ca. 1781, m. John Lynch, Jan. 1, 1801
29. _____ Stallings:
30. Delilah Stallings:
31. John Stallings: b. ca. 1788, Edgecombe Co., N. C.
32. Willis Stallings: b. ca. 1800, m. Jane Law b. ca. 1803, moved to Macon Co., Il.

Edge. Co. Db 13, page 21, deed date 1 Jun 1804, recorded Nov Ct 1808,
Orpha Stallings, Lott Stallings, Josey Stallings, daughter and sons and
heirs of Elisha Stallings, dec’d,     [I assume Elisha to be son of Gregory Jr, marc]

Hugh B. Johnston, in an “Old Reporter” article, says Lott (wife Molly)apparently moved
away about 1805.
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Edge. Co Db 8, page 725, deed date (27) Apr 1797, recorded May Ct
1797, Michael Bell Broadribb, Edge. Co to Jesse Jones, county aforesaid
for 75 pds a tract on the south side of Thomas Mercers Mill Creek
containing 150 acres, beginning at a pine near the said creek on the
south side in John Morris’ line then running west (320) poles to a red
oak a corner tree then north along the said Cohoon’s line to a maple in
the said creek a corner tree then down the various water courses of
said creek to an ash in said creek then south along said Morris’ line
to the first station, signed Michael B. Broadribb, wit Abraham Jones
(proved), Sam. Wren.  Abstracted 22 Jun 07, RD copy, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 9, page 457, deed date 28 Mar 1800, recorded May Ct 1800,
commissioners divide the lands of John Stallings dec’d between the
lawful claimants, viz, Matthew Stallings and William Stallings,
pursuant to an order from Feb Ct 1800, commissioners divided a tract
containing 159 & 1/4 acres as per the above figure ABCDEFGHL into equal
lots, 1 & 2 containing 79 acres, three roods and twenty poles, #1
containing the lower part was drawn by Matthew Stallings and is to pay
unto his brother, William Stallings $50 silver, beginning at a stake in
Adam I. Haywood’s line marked with “A” then north 6 east 187 poles to a
dead pine Abram Jones corner at “B” then along the black line which
divides the plate south 80 west to three white oaks and a dogwood then
south 119 poles along Abner Pitman’s line to a small pine Haywood’s
corner at “L” then along Haywood’s line to the beginning, lot #2
containing the upper half and the house an equal number of acres but
inferior in value, beginning at a dead pine standing in the cleared
grounds at the letter “B” then north 88 east 32 poles to a red oak in
Abram Jones line then along said line south 84 east 50 poles to a white
oak said Jones & Frederick Phillips’ corner tree then along a crooked
line of marked trees, viz, north 14 west 18 poles then north 44 west 8
poles then north 68 west 24 poles then north 49 west 29 poles then
north 23 west 18 poles to a branch near the old foot way then up the
said branch north 85 west 26 poles to an oak then along Frederick
Phillips other line north 27 poles to a pine standing near Linches Path
then along Lynches line south 44 west 24 poles then south 48 west 36
poles to a pine and gum Linches corner marked in the above plan with
the letter “G” then along Linches other line south 28 west 48 poles to
a maple standing in the old line at “H” then along the old line south
55 poles to the center of three white oaks and a dogwood marked as “I”
then along the Black Line which divides the whole tract by a course
north 80 east to the beginning, signed Hartwell Philips, Exum Philips,
Sr, John Fountain (X), Exum Philips, Jr, Duke Wm. Sumner, Fredk.
Philips, County surveyor. NOTE: DEED HAS PLAT.  Abstracted 14 Sep 07,
RD copy CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 11, page 54, date of deed 9 July 1803, recorded Nov Ct
1803, Lott Stallings, Edge. Co. to Fredrick Phillips, Edge. Co. for
$135, his part of that undivided tract of land where he now lives” on
the south side of Swift Creek and north side of Tar River, land which
his father Elisha Stallings, left to be divided between his (living)
children, 202 acres total, beginning at a white oak George Wimberly’s
corner then north 20 east to (said) Philips line then along his line
with Abraham Jones line then along his line to an agreed corner then
south to a pine standing in the patent line then north 68 east 21 poles
to a pine then north 87 east 92 poles to the beginning, signed Lott
Stallings, wit Elizabeth Philips, Jean Philips. (Meally Stallings)
released all her right to land & signed with mark.
Abstracted 11-6-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 13, page 21, deed date 1 Jun 1804, recorded Nov Ct 1808,
Orpha Stallings, Lott Stallings, Josey Stallings, daughter and sons and
heirs of Elisha Stallings, dec’d, each of Edge. Co. to Frederick
Philips, Edge. Co., for $500, a tract of land on the north side of Tar
River and south side of Swift Creek   containing 200 acres beginning at
an oak John Coleman’s corner in said Philips own line then north 20
east along said Coleman’s line to a red oak and dogwood Philips other
corner then along Philips other line to a large pine in the pocoson
Abraham Jones corner then along Abraham Jones line of marked trees
through the said pocoson to a post oak and a dogwood in Jacob Battle’s
line then along his line to a large pine said Battle’s corner then
north 68 east (21) poles to a small pine then north 87 east to
beginning, signed Lott Stallings (X), Josey Stallings (X), wit.
Elizabeth Philips Jun, Solomon Weeks.  Abstracted 9-12-03 from NCA film
C.037.40011, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 11, page 507, deed date 20 Sep 1805, recorded Nov Ct
1805, William Stallings, Cabarrus Co, NC to Jesse Jones Edge. Co for
$459.62, a tract of land between Swift Cr and Tar River beginning at a
dead pine standing in the cleared ground at the letter “B” then north
88 east 32 poles to a red oak in Abram Jones’ line then along said line
south 84 east 50 poles to a white oak said Jones & Fredk Philips’
corner tree then along a crooked line of marked trees viz north 14 west
18 poles then north 50 west 23 poles to a branch near the old foot way
then up said branch north 85 west 26 poles to an oak then along
Frederick Philips’ other line north 24 poles to a pine standing near
Linch’s path then along Linch’s line south 41 west (28 or 78_ poles
then south 68 west 36 poles to a pine and gum Linche’s corner then
along Linche’s other line south 28 west 48 poles to a maple standing in
the old line at “H” then along the old line south 55 poles to the
center of three white oaks and a dogwood marked at “I” then along the
(black) line which divides the whole tract by a course north 80 east to
the beginning, said tract being the whole of my part of land which fell
to me by the death of my father, John Stallings, and allotted to me 28
Mar 1800, signed William Stallings (X), wit Exum Lewis, John Williams
(proved). Abstracted 12-6-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 11, page 555, deed date (22) Oct 1805, recorded Feb Ct
1806, Jonas Whitley and Ann Whitely, his wife, Mills Stallings, Thomas
Stallings, (Abraham Jones) and Eliza, his wife, Exum Whitley &
Temperance Whitley, his wife, John Linch & Milly Linch, his wife, each
of Edge. Co to Peter Robertson, Nash Co, for $600, a tract of land in
Edge. Co on the south side of Swift Creek and north side of Beach Run
containing 295 acres beginning at a red oak in (James Stallings) line
then south 160 poles to a red oak then west 160 poles to a pine in
Zachariah Maners line then south 38 poles to a hickory then west 40
poles to a cypress then down the swamp 122 poles to a gum in James
Stallings line then along said line to the beginning, which includes
200 acres deeded from John Stallings to Willis Stallings, one other
piece joining the above containing 95 acres beginning at Zachariah
Manners corner pine standing near the (same) branch then by said
Maner’s line south 144 poles to a corner in the line of the above tract
then by said line west 163 poles to a corner red oak standing on the
(S) side of the said road then (north) to an agreed corner pine on the
edge of the road then by the road to an agreed corner pine standing on
the north side of the road in said Maner’s line where it crosses the
road then along said line (west) to the beginning, signed Jonas Whitley
(X), Ann Whitley (X), Mills Stallings (W) (NOTE: mark looks like W but
name appears to be Mills), (Thos Stallings)(Mark), Abraham Jones,
Elizabeth Jones (mark), Exum Whitley, Temperance Whitley (X), John
Linch, Milly Linch (X), wit Frederick Philips, (A.? Philips).  I do
hereby sign over to Peter Robertson his heirs & assigns forever all my
right for or to the within tract of land the same being for value recd
by me before the delivery hereof, witness my hand & seal Oct 21th day
1805. Delelah Stallings (her mark). Acknowledged in open court and feme
coverts privately examined by Richard Harrison, esq. For all freely
relinquished there rights in the premises.  NOTE: HARD TO READ.
Abstracted 10-24-06, NCA film C.037.400009, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 13, page 21, deed date 1 Jun 1804, recorded Nov Ct 1808,
Orpha Stallings, Lott Stallings, Josey Stallings, daughter and sons and
heirs of Elisha Stallings, dec’d, each of Edge. Co. to Frederick
Philips, Edge. Co., for $500, a tract of land on the north side of Tar
River and south side of Swift Creek   containing 200 acres beginning at
an oak John Coleman’s corner in said Philips own line then north 20
east along said Coleman’s line to a red oak and dogwood Philips other
corner then along Philips other line to a large pine in the pocoson
Abraham Jones corner then along Abraham Jones line of marked trees
through the said pocoson to a post oak and a dogwood in Jacob Battle’s
line then along his line to a large pine said Battle’s corner then
north 68 east (21) poles to a small pine then north 87 east to
beginning, signed Lott Stallings (X), Josey Stallings (X), wit.
Elizabeth Philips Jun, Solomon Weeks.  Abstracted 9-12-03 from NCA film
C.037.40011, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 13, page 21, deed date 1 Jun 1804, recorded Nov Ct 1808,
Orpha Stallings, Lott Stallings, Josey Stallings, daughter and sons and
heirs of Elisha Stallings, dec’d, each of Edge. Co. to Frederick
Philips, Edge. Co., for $500, a tract of land on the north side of Tar
River and south side of Swift Creek   containing 200 acres beginning at
an oak John Coleman’s corner in said Philips own line then north 20
east along said Coleman’s line to a red oak and dogwood Philips other
corner then along Philips other line to a large pine in the pocoson
Abraham Jones corner then along Abraham Jones line of marked trees
through the said pocoson to a post oak and a dogwood in Jacob Battle’s
line then along his line to a large pine said Battle’s corner then
north 68 east (21) poles to a small pine then north 87 east to
beginning, signed Lott Stallings (X), Josey Stallings (X), wit.
Elizabeth Philips Jun, Solomon Weeks. Abstracted 9-12-03 from NCA film
C.037.40011, CTC.

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From Edgecombe County, NC Deeds, Vol 4: 1786-1794 by Stepen E. Bradley Jr
Deed Book 4
81-(492) Elijah(x)Horn of Edgecombe Co to William Anderson of same. 26 Jan 1787. 106£
13s4p NC. 136 acres which had been a grant to John Cohoon 12 Feb 1761, on the south side of Tarr River. Wit: Etheldred Philips, Wm Teat. Feb Ct. 1787. Edward Hall CC

Will of William Anderson 1789…father of Henry
Item, after all my Just Debts & ____s are paid, before mentioned , I lend upon my loving wife Mourning Anderson, all my land and plantation whereon I now live Situate in our said County of Edgecome & on the South side of Tarr River & on the No. Side of Tyanichey?(Tyancokey) Swamp & on a branch Call up? (called) Faulks branch, together with all the residue & remainder part of my Estate be it of whatsoever kind or nature Except Twenty eight Acres of Land, more or less lying on the No. Side of Tarr River, in our said County of Edgecombe during her widowhood and after her marriage or death.
(Apparently the widow was lent ALL of his land he bought in 1787…)

I give & bequeath unto my Son, Henry Anderson, all my land & Plantation before lent unto my wife, together with mother, Tract of Land lying on the No. Side of Tarr River as afore mentioned lying between great falling Run & little falling run, together with all the residence of my Estate before lent unto my said Wife to him his heirs & assigns forever——-
(I’ve not found further info on the 28 acres near the old land of William Sr near Swift Creek
northside Tar River… so at the death of the mother Henry gets ALL the remaining 136 acres lent to Mourning)

Edge. Co. Db 7, page 346, deed date 14 Jan 1794, recorded Feb Ct 1794,
Wm Griffin to George Anderson, each of Edge. Co for 12 pounds, a tract
of land containing 44 acres, beginning at a poplar & white oak (Henry
Anderson) line then along a line of marked trees to a pine in Wm
Griffis line then along the said Griffis line to a corner post oak
Henry Anderson’s line to the first station, signed William Griffis (M),
wit George Narsworthy (proved), Saml Ruffin. Abstracted 2-13-05, NCA
film C.037.40008, CTC.

Edge. Co Db 8, page 586, deed date 24 Dec 1795, recorded Nov Ct 1796,
Henry Anderson, Edge. Co to George Anderson, county aforesaid for 10
pds a tract on the south side of Tar River beginning at an ash in
Brakes Branch then north east to a corner pines tthen south west along a
line of marked trees to Falks Branch to a sweet gum hen down the said
branch to the head of Brakes Branch then down said branch to the
beginning containing 20 acres, being part of a tract granted by deed of
sale from Elijah Horn to William Anderson 26 Jan 1787, signed Henry
Anderson (X), wit W.R. Gray, Jos Pitt, (Mitch Dormon), acknowledge in
court. NOTE: Mitch Dormon has middle initial that could be “el” to
make Mitchel. Abstracted 21 Jun 07, RD copy, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 10, page 110, deed date 24 Feb 1801, recorded Aug Ct
1801, Henry Anderson and his wife, (Love Anderson), Edge. Co to Edward
Griffin, county aforesaid for 15 pds, 5 shillings, a tract on the north
side of Falks Branch beginning at a lightwood stump in (? Fort’s) line
then along said line south 87 west 140 poles to the corner pine and red
oak then along said Anderson’ line south 9 poles to a persimmon tree on
the branch called Folks Branch then down the various courses of said
branch to a white oak in said branch near said Anderson’s fence then
(hard) along the fence to the corner of said fence then from the fence
along a line of marked trees north (39) east to the beginning,
containing (twenty acres fourth and twenty five pole), signed Henry
Anderson (X), wit Thos Guion, Starling Waller (proved). Abstracted 12-
16-06, NCA film C.037.400009, CTC.

“IF” this is the same Edward Griffin then he is an interesting character…
Edgecombe Court Minutes, Aug 1772-Nov 1772
[364]
——- BLACKWELL.
Edwd. GRIFFIN Free. he was a Slave, but his price is pd. by the State and the State, by his discharge, has manumited him.
Case of one of our Subjects having purchased of a Turk or other Infidel an American in Turkey or Africa & coming with him to his place of nativity & insisting on holding a Slave.
KITCHEN must have pd. the State the Price of this Negro laid out in a Substitute or by the Sale of his goods and Chattells or gone into the Service himself but he purchased his own liberty with Edwd. GRIFFIN and the State gained a Subject & KITCHEN now seizes on the Soldier which he formerly sold to the State for valuable Consideration.
…Our Laws… recognise the freeing Slaves for muste_? our Services.
the Act of Assembly shows too much for the defendt. for alt__ if the particular method is not pursued the same law if advantage is to be taken fixes his property in other people & thereby takes away all right in the former Master.
promises to a Slave. we depend not so much as that end it is only mentioned by way of Inducemt. of the Courts Frely?
Commencing November 1771 to July 1776.
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Edgecombe Court Minutes, BK III, Feb 1783
Read the Peto. of Edward GRIFFIN to be released from Slavery, refered. Summon William GRIFFIS & John TAYLOR to appear at next Court to give testimony in his behalf, also Thos. CROMWELL.
(is this the same William Griffis [Griffin?] who sold property to Henry in 1838, Edge. Co. Db 21, page 415?)

Same land as above? 20 1/4 acres
Edgecombe Deed book 17, page 265
May 1, 1820
Rachel (X) Anderson to Elizabeth Anderson, her daughter
For ten pounds, 20 1/4 acres on the north side of Folks Branch adjoining James Battle and said Anderson (can’t be sure which Anderson this means – but I think it means Elizabeth already owns land)
Witnessed by Joseph Armstrong, Frances L. Armstrong …per Gammon

Edgecombe County, NC, Land Warrants 1778-1900 by Dr. A.B. Pruitt
633 (3015) George Anderson 10.75 ac; warrant #250 issued Nov. 23, 1801 by Starling Waller to George Anderson for 10.75 ac on S side of Tarr R, joins said Anderson, Thomas Dickinson, Henry Anderson, & “out”; 10.75 ac surveyed Nov. 26, 1801 by Wyatt Bullard; Charles Anderson & William Anderson, Chain carriers; #105 “May 11” George Anderson paid £0.5.4 ¼ for 10.75 ac in entry #205 (signed) Wm H Haywood, for John Haywood, PT; grant #710 issued May 18, 1802.

Edge. Co. Db 16, page 293, date of deed 16 June 1818, date recorded
Feb Ct. 1819, James W. Clark, Edge. Co. to James S. Battle, Edge. Co.
for $3000, a tract of land on the south side of Tar River and in the
branch of Walnut Creek, beginning at a pine Henry Anderson’s corner
then along the said Anderson’s containing 500 acres, line west 137
poles to a hickory Judge Haywood corner tree then north 290 poles to
a hickory the said Haywood other corner then west 208 poles along said
Haywood’s other line to the center of two pines then north 204 poles to
a pine standing on the road then down the road to an oak then south
along a line of marked trees to a withe oak standing on (Elvington)
Branch then up said branch the various courses to two water oaks
standing near the mouth of a smaller branch then south 228 poles to the
beginning, containing 500 acres, signed James W. Clark, wit. Marmaduke
Bell, Robert Sorey. FHC film 0018892, 2-16-00.

1799 North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970 Edgecombe Inventories, 1798-1800 Image 174 of 455, familysearch.org
“The Estate of George Patterson dec’d in Acct Current with Henry Anderson Admr” Feb 23, 1799   (who is this Henry…associated with Town William?)
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DB 10/389 20 Dec 1800
John Hyman to Henry Anderson, both of Edgecombe
For $450, 259 acres on the south side of the Tar River, adj. Gatling and Davis.
Wit. Thos. Ellinor

DB 15/425 29 Dec 1815
Henry (X) Anderson to Isaac Norfleet
For $276, 259 acres, which was the bequest of Anderson’s late father Henry Anderson, deceased, at the death of his three brothers William, Allen, and Frederick Anderson. This was an undivided tract of land on the west side of the Tar River adj. James Garrett, said Norfleet, Henry Shirley, James Waller, Josiah Pender, Sterling Waller, and JosiahFreeman.
Wit. Rhetorick Lawrence, H. Austin

DB 16/64 3 Feb 1818
Mary (X) Anderson of Craven County to Henry Anderson of Edgecombe
For $100, 39 acres, being part of the lands of Henry Anderson, deceased,. Given by the said Henry to his then living sons, and this land fell to Mary by the death of three of his sons. Mary Anderson is sister of the grantee Henry Anderson.
Wit. Austin (X) Andleton

DB 16/90 24 Feb 1818
Henry Anderson to Isaac Norfleet
For $125, 39 acres , being the land that formerly belonged to Henry Anderson, deceased, which fell to Mary Anderson at the death of three of the sons of the said Henry Anderson.
Wit. Starling Waller
(I think all above are clearly the Henry d.1801/2… this is the last clear record I find for this father and son Henry… I’m thinking the son left the county? …marc)
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DB 16/336 27 Feb 1819
Josiah Worrell to Henry Anderson
For $600, 120 acres on Buck Swamp on the south side of the Tar River, adj. Ross, Moses Price, and Price’s old plantation.
Wit. Spencer D. Cotton, William Allsbrook
(Buck Swamp is north west of Wiggin’s Lake and branches southerly off Tar River… it is relatively close to the Anderson property commonly referred to Falks/Folks Branch…. marc)

Edge. Co. Db 16, page 358, deed date 27 Feb 1819, recorded May Ct.
1819, Tarborough, Henry Anderson to Jesse Andrews for $600, a Negro
girl named Charlotte, signed Henry Anderson (Z), wit. Josiah Worrell,
proved. Abstracted 10-25-03, NCA film C.037.40014.
(I don’t know what this “Z” means… it shows up again in 1840…marc) a 20 year spread

DB 16/336 27 March 1819
Henry (X) Anderson to Josiah Worrell
For $275 and 25 cents, 91 /34 acres where the said Henry Anderson now lives, on the south side of the Tar River, on Folks Branch, adj. Henry Austin, Folks Branch, Rachel Anderson, James Battle, and George Anderson.
Wit. Jesse Andrews, James (X) Anderson
(these 3 1819 deeds all involve Josiah Worrell and one mentions Henry (Z) is this 2 different henrys or one? My first impression is that this is Henry/Lovey Staton but I’m not sure… marc)

Micajah Anderson to Ruben Johnston 1827
Edgecombe County Deeds

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 Lucy 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.
(Lovey still living in 1827)
(Why did Micajah … which one…just sell Henry’s house… and what the hell did Henry think of that? By the 1830 census its only him and a teenage son? Egads… was he a pauper… a drunken bum… did Lovey die or simply leave? Or did I make a wrong assumption on that badly written word and it is Lucy and not Lovey? Are these 2 black Andersons ? could this be Henry (Z)? …marc)   Corrected… this is “Lucy” Anderson, not “Luvy”

1820 Edgecombe census, pg 4      (note the “George” Griffin under Malichi….. for what its worth?)

Henry Anderson is on pg 5.

DB 22/415 24 Feb 1838
William Griffin to Henry Anderson
For $110, 40 acres on the north side of Falk’s Branch, lying on the branch and adj. James S. Battle and Elizabeth Griffin.
Wit. Robert Bryan, John W. Cahoon
(Since Henry/Lovey Staton are not on the 1840 census…see the 1840 deed… is this the Henry Z? …marc)

DB 22/426 16 Dec 1839
Whereas in his will, Zachariah Griffin requested that certain of his lands were to be sold by his executors Jesse C. Knight and Margaret Griffin, the following sale was made: For $437, the said executors sold to Henry Anderson 134 ¾ acres at the fork of Brake’s Branch, adj. the Grapy (Grassy?) Branch, Johnson’s corner, and Thomas Griffin.
Wit. John Garrett, B.F. Knight
(Henry R,)

DB 22/616 24 Jan 1840
Henry (Z) Anderson (signed as Harry Anderson) to Elizabeth Anderson
For ____, 40 acres on the north side of Falk Branch adj. said branch, James S. Battle, said Elizabeth Anderson, being land Henry Anderson bought of William Griffin.
Wit. C.B. Killebrew. William Simmons

Edge. Co. Db 24, page 542, date of deed 16 Nov. 1848, date recorded
Nov. Ct. 1848, David Holland estate to Patsy Holland, by commissioners,
her dower in the lands her husband died seized and possessed of,
beginning at a black gum in the long branch then north 35 east 98 poles
to a small pine Richd. Harrison’s corner then along Harrison’s line
south 81 ½ east 66 ½ poles to a small post oak in or near said
Harrison’s line then south 35 west 105 poles to a black gum in the long
branch then down the various courses of said branch to the first
station, containing 40 acres, William W. Armstrong, L.L. Dancy, Henry
Lloyd (MI either L or S), William Peel, Henry R. Johnson, William T.
Bryan, Thomas Norfleet, James Sherrod (X), Josiah Walston (X), William
Lodge (X), Henry Anderson (X), D.W. Bullock, wit. H. Hyman, Dpy
Sheriff. Abstracted 5-1-02, NC State Archives film C.037.40018, CTC.
(The signature mark of this Henry and the deed below of Reuben Johnston
are each a capital “A” from that comparison this appears to be Henry “R” …marc)

Edge. Co. Db 24, page 685, date of deed 28 Mar 1849, date recorded
May Ct. 1849, Reuben Johnson estate to Elizabeth Johnson, widow of said
Reuben by order of Feb. Ct. 1849 commissioners lay off her dower in the
lands he died seized and possessed of, beginning at a pine in Battles
line then a straight line to a poplar in Grassy Branch then up the said
branch to a black gum Henry Anderson’s corner then along Anderson’s
line to a stake in Lacky tract of land then along the line of the Lacky
Tract of land nearly north to a pine then along a blazed line to
Battle’s corner a stake and post oak then along Battle’s line to the
beginning, containing 106 acres, including the dwelling house and out
houses where the dec’d most generally dwelt next before his death,
signed Whitmel Williams, Orren Bullock, James B. Thomas, Nathan G.
Worsley, James Hinton, Elisha Thomas, William Worsley, William Griffin,
Fred Proctor, Willie H. Braswell, John Clark (X), Henry R. Anderson
(X). Abstracted 5-17-02, NC State Archives film C.037.40018, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 25, page 149, deed date 17 Oct 1849, recorded Feb Ct
1850, James H. Griffin, Edge. Co to Henry R. Johnson, Edge. Co for
$260, a tract on the waters of Killebrews Mill Branch adjoining the
lands of George W. Killebrew and others beginning at an ash on
Killebrews Mill Branch Margaret Griffin’s corner, see the division
between the heirs of Thomas Griffin, dec’d, then north 4 east 261
poles, a straight line to a stake and pine in Henry Anderson’s line
then along Henry Anderson’s line west 101 poles to a pine Henry
Anderson’s & George W. Killberew’s corner then along Killebrew’s line
south 34 west 50 poles to two hickories then along Killebrew’s line
south 31 east 93 poles to a pine in Killebrew’s line then along
Killebrew’s line south 8 eat 62 poles to two pines in Killebrew’s line
in a small branch then down said branch 53 ½ poles to a bunch of
dogwoods then south 22 east 40 poles to the run of Killebrews Mill
Branch to an ash and water oak below the mouth of the small branch then
up the mill branch to the first station, containing by survey 113 & 1/4
acres, signed James H. Griffin, wit C.B. Killebrew (proved), H.D.
Daughtry. Abstracted 7 Feb 08, NCA film C.037.40019, CTC.

DB 39/179 24 Nov 1851
Sheriff’s Sale of 100 acres adj. R.S. Petway, William Brake, and William Worsley, Jr., sold to Henry Anderson, for eight dollars.
(who is this?)

DB 30/734 22 March 1867
Because of a case in the Court of Equity, Spring 1861, by George Anderson, Joseph J. Anderson, Mary Anderson, and Barshaba Anderson, infants with their guardian Churchwell B. Killebrew, versus Wright Williams and wife Helen, it is shown that a parcel of land was ordered to sold to make a division among the said petitioners and the said Helen, all children of Henry Anderson, deceased. Land was 134 ¾ acres, lying on Deloach’s Branch and adj. George W. Killebrew and James H. Griffin. Land was sold to William Norfleet for $750.
(This is Henry R. He has an 18 page estate file here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26249-3192-69?cc=1911121&wc=MMT6-BRX:n729224892 Its all rather messy with Wright Williams and wife Helen divorcing and leaving the state and leaving the kids in a lurch evidently – children named are George, Joseph J., Mary and Barsheby … the earliest paper is dated 1859 …
“Wright Williams and his wife Hellen defendants are tenants in common of a certain tract of land lying and being in said county and on Deloche’s branch adjoining the land of George W Killebrew and James H? Griffin & others and further known as the Anderson land containing one hundred and thirty four & three fourth acres more or less = being a part of the land which descended upon them the ptfs? (plaintiffs? petitioners?) & deft. Hellen from their father the late Henry R. Anderson”
from that I assume that Helen was a daughter and not the widow. marc)

Note the precise acres above in the estate papers 134 & three forth… and this deed:
Edge. Co Db 22, page 426, (Cokey Swamp) date of deed 16 Dec 1838,
date recorded Feb Ct. 1840; Zachariah Griffin, dec’d, directed in his
will that a portion of the land that he died seized and possessed of be
sold to be used for purposes that he specified and appointed Jesse C.
Knight and Margaret Griffin, his executor and executrix but Margaret
Griffin refused to qualify, Jesse C. sells to Henry Anderson at public
auction became the last and highest bidder at ($537.94), a tract of
land beginning at an oak in the fork of Brakes and the Grassy Branches
then up the meanders of the said Brake’s Branch to a black gum Reuben
Johnson’s corner then along said line south 61 east 131 poles to a
stake his other corner then south 9 west 88 poles to a pine Johnson’s
other corner in Thomas Griffin’s line then along said Griffin’s line
west 111 poles to a pine said Griffin’s corner then along a new line of
marked trees north 48 west 54 poles to a stake in the dower line of the
widow of said dec’d then along said line north 21 east 25 ½ poles to a
pine on the north side of the said Grassy Branch then down the various
courses of said branch to the first station, containing 134 3/4 acres,
signed 7 Feb 1840, Jesse C. Knight, wit. John Garrett, B.F. Knight.
Abstracted 1-2-02, FHC film 0370237, CTC.

I assume that these deeds refer to the Henry R. Anderson land:

Edge. Co. Db 27, page 205, date of deed (day/month not stated) 1856,
date recorded May Ct. 1856, James B.W. Norvill and Margaret, his wife,
Edge. Co. to James H. Griffth, Edge. Co. for $250, a tract of land on
the waters of Killebrew Mill Branch adjoining the lands of Mary Ann
Johnson, Henry Anderson and others containing 80 acres beginning at an
oak in Killebrew’s Mill Branch, Mary Ann Johnson’s corner then north 4
east 236 poles to a bunch of water oaks in Robert Johnson’s line then
along Johnson’s and Henry Anderson’s line west 52 poles to a stake and
pine inn Anderson’s line James H. Griffin’s corner then south 4 west
261 poles to an ash in Killebrew Mill Branch at or near the mouth of a
small branch then to the first station, signed James B.W. Norvill,
Margaret Norvill, wit. C.B. Killebrew, R.H. Austin. Abstracted 13 Feb.
01 FHC film 0370240, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 27, page 303, date of deed 23 May 1856, date recorded 23
May 1856, C.B. Killebrew as administrator of Henry B. Johnson, Edge.
Co., in obedience to an order by May 1855 court, to James H. Griffin,
at public auction on 21 July 1855, for $229.33, a tract of land
beginning at an ash in Killebrew’s Mill Branch then north 4 east (261)
poles to a stake and pine in Henry Anderson’s line then along
Anderson’s line west 101 poles to a pine Anderson’s and G.W.
Killebrew’s corner then along Killebrew’s line south 34 west 50 poles
to two hickories Killebrew’s other corner then along Killebrew’s line
south 31 east 93 poles to a pine then along his line south 8 east 62
poles to two pines in a small branch then down said branch (53 ½)
poles to a bunch of dogwoods then south 22 east 40 poles to the run of
Killebrew’s Mill Branch to an ash and water oak below the mouth of said
small branch then up the mill branch to the first station, containing
113 1/4 acres, the said tract of land is encumbered with the dower of
Mary Ann Johnson, the widow of the late Henry R. Johnson and remains to
her during her natural life, signed C.B. Killebrew, wit. Wm. F. Mercer.
Abstracted 22 Feb. 01 FHC film 0370240, CTC.

(Henry noted as dec’d as of 1858)
Edge. Co. Db 29, page 148, date of deed 1 Jan 1858, date recorded not
stated, John L. Griffin, Edge. Co. to William Brake, Edge. Co., for
$217.70, a tract of land adjoining the lands of Jesse Mears, ( )
Battle, Henry Anderson, dec’d heirs and others containing 135 3/4
acres, as a mortgage to secure the payment of the sum of $217.70 in
three years from the date of the presents, signed John L. Griffin, wit.
William Worsley, Willie Ricks. Abstracted 29 May 01 FHC film 0370241 ,
CTC.

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xxx

Edge. Co. Db 19, page 368, date of deed 20 July 1828, date recorded
May Ct. 1829, Allen Jones, (residence not given) to Elizabeth Anderson
(residence not given) for $40, a tract of land beginning at a stake
Rachel Griffin’s line then a north course agreed line to a stake then
along a new line of marked trees to a ( ) gum in the Branch then
down the various courses of said branch to a black gum and pine in said
Griffin’s line then along said Griffin’s line to beginning, signed
Allen Jones, wit. B. Wilkinson, (Julian) Ezell. Abstracted 10-10-00,
FHC film 0018895, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 20, page 283, date of deed 6 Apr 1831, date recorded May
Ct. 1832, Allen Jones, residence not given, to Elizabeth Anderson,
residence not given, for $112.50, a tract of land beginning at a white
oak at Rachel Griffins corner then down the branch to George Anderson’s
Sen. corner gum then up the branch to James S. Battle corner then along
said Battle’s line to a lightwood stump then down the line of said
Griffin and Griffises to beginning white oak, signed Allen Jones, wit.
B. Wilkinson (proved), Levi Wilkinson. Abstracted 11-29-00, FHC film
0018895, CTC.

Edge. Co Db 24, page 340, deed date 19 Oct 1847, recorded Nov Ct 1847,
Elizabeth Anderson to Whitmell Anderson, all of Edge. Co for $80, but
if said Elizabeth should be the longest liver, said Whitmell’s heirs is
NOT to have possession of until her death, a tract on the north side of
Falks Branch containing 35 acres beginning at a pine in the run of said
Falks Branch then nearly a north course along the line fence Wm
Griffin’s line to a pine a corner in James S. Battle’s line then nearly
east along Jas. S. Battle’s line to a corner post oak then nearly a
south course to a ash stands near the run of said branch then up the
various courses of said branch to the beginning, the conditions of
above deed of sale being that said Whitmell shall never sell the same
while I the said Elizabeth Anderson lives nor settle no person or
persons on the said land without my consent, signed Elizabeth Anderson,
wit Nathan G. Worsley (proved), Orren Dilliard (X). Abstracted 21 Oct
08, NCA film C.037.40018, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 25, page 439, date of deed Dec. 9, 1851, date recorded
15 Dec 1851, Oliff Gay of Edge. Co. to Reddin S. Petway of Edgecombe
Co. with Elizabeth Anderson as a third party, a tract adjoining the
lands of William Brake, Bennett Bradley and others, containing 100
acres (lot) of William Brake which reference to that deed will more
fully show, Oliff was indebted to Elizabeth Anderson for several notes
totaling $205.65, sign. Olliff Gay (her mark), wit. Whitmel Williams.
Abstracted 28 Feb 08, NCA film C.037.40019, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 27, page 423, date of deed 15 May 1857, date recorded ?
1857, Bennet Melton, Edge. Co. to Elizabeth Anderson, Edge. Co. for
“one dollar to me in hand” a tract of land known as the land which Gray
Armstrong sold to said Melton which is conveyed in a deed date Oct. 17,
1853 which A.J. Armstrong and Irvin Powell witnessed in Db 26, page
244, Elizabeth Anderson is security for $100 for said Bennet Melton in
a note made payable to Wm. Griffin, signed Bennett Melton, Elizabeth
Anderson, wit. William Griffin, Robert Ricks. Abstracted 28 Feb. 01 FHC
film 0370240, CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 28, page 260, date of deed 23 Aug 1859, date recorded 17
Dec 1857, William Griffin, Edge. Co. to Richard A. Savage, Edge. Co.
for $37.50, a tract of land on the west side of ‘s Branch adjoining the
lands of Sally Jones, Elizabeth Anderson, and others beginning at an
ash in s Branch Elizabeth Anderson’s and Sally Jones’ corner then
running up south 37 west 29 ½ poles to a small pine in Savage’s
formerly Hawkins’ line then with said line south 81 ½ east 39 poles to
an ash in the aforesaid branch then up the main run of said branch to
the first station, containing 3 3/4 acres, signed William Griffin
(mark), wit. L.C. Pender. Proved by Lewis C. Pender. Abstracted 1 May
01 FHC film 0370241 , CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 28, page 614, date of deed 27 Feb 1862, date recorded 5
May 1863, Elizabeth Anderson, Edge. Co. to William Summerlin, Edge. Co.
for $8, a tract of land on the north side of Folk Branch beginning at a
pine William Griffin’s (dec’d) corner in Wm. P. Coxes line then along
said Griffin’s line nearly a south course to a pine in Folk’s Branch
then down the run of said branch then north 18 west 14 poles north 2
east 26 1/3 poles north 61 ½ east 17 1/3 poles north 2 ½ east 52 ½
poles to a small red oak in W.R. Coxes line then along his line to
beginning, containing 31 acres, signed Elizabeth Anderson, wit. Jas. F.
Jenkins, R.H. Austin. Abstracted 13 May 01 FHC film 0370241 , CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 28, page 662, date of deed 28 Dec 1864, date recorded 24
Feb 1864, William Worsley, Edge. Co. to Elizabeth Watkins, Edge. Co.
for $176, a tract of 53 acres of land beginning at a pine Elizabeth
Anderson’s corner then north William R. Cox’s line south (88 3/4) east
10 ½ poles to a stake then south 103 poles to a willow stump in Grassey
Branch then down said branch to a maple a bay at the junction of said
Grassey and Brake’s Branch then up Brake’s and Folk’s Branch to a gum
tree standing at the mouth of a small branch then up said small branch
to a lightwood stump near the head of said small Branch then north (8)
east 33 poles to the first station, signed William Worsley, wit. Reddin
Worsley, L.S. Spicer, proved by Reddin Worsley. (NOTE: LAST LINE OF
DEEDS STATES 29 DEC. 1863, NOT 1864.) Abstracted 27 May 01 FHC film
0370241 , CTC.

Written by anderson1951

March 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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“road orders” 1760s… Edgecombe

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Most of the folks mentioned in this record of the road orders can be picked out…  my interest is Joseph and Arthur Pitman. They buy the Elizabeth Pitman property in 1761.  The question is where were they living prior to the purchase.  Also of note is the John Pitman and the William Pitman living a few miles north on White Oak Swamp (on what I think is the mystery “Tantroft Branch” little creek).  The depiction of “Mials Bridge” is from the earliest map I can find of Edgecombe (the 1903 USGS Survey)… a bridge is clearly shown.  Numerous references to a bridge can be found in these early deeds and for a mill nearby.  The note for “Sweetin’s Landing” is a pure guess but the road seems to “end” at Tar River which makes sense for a landing.

Just food for thought…

While the Joseph and Arthur Pitman are still a mystery, the John Pitman on the map clearly comes from Isle of Wight (modern Southampton) along with Wright McLemore and probably some Wiggans family about 1746. See under my Page for “2 John Pitmans IOW” for some background…

All of these particular Pitmans may be of the “William Pitman” clan of Surry Co, VA… ??? The Thomas Hicks of the area may be associated with the Robert Hicks of Emporia indian trader bunch.

The Joseph Pitman who buys the Elizabeth Pitman property stays on the property and eventually leaves it to son Abner Pitman…
The Arthur Pitman who sold some of the property to Joseph moves to Sapony Creek in Nash Co and eventually to Duplin Co…..
What became of the John Pitman?

Referencing the Thomas and Nathan Pitman above… obviously their father Thomas died in 1754/5. I find the above 2 sons mentioned in the Edgecombe Court Minutes …
Jun 1759. Edgecombe Co., NC Court Minutes, 1744-1762, Book I , Goldenwest Mktg Genealogy.
[242]-39
Thomas PITMAN Contd. Overseer.
and again…
June 1760?-Sep 1760.
[260]
Thomas PITMAN Contd. Oversr.
Nathan is mentioned only once in these minutes…
Feb 1757 court…
[194]-15
Nathan PITMAN in list of “Petit Jury”

My point being these are grown men by 1760 and likely sons of the Thomas Pitman d.1754. These 2 seem to wind up in Robeson/Bladen Co., NC. In Thomas’ will d.1754 he mentions having some property near Tar River… hence I suppose these 2 sons were living on that land near Tar River and the militia roll substantiates that premise.

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I’m of the opinion that the Joseph Pitman on Swift Creek is the son of Robert Pitman… the proof being the 1758 reference in the Court Minutes…r.e. “Joseph, son of Robert Pitman”.

The Arthur listed in Whitehead’s Company is also a son of Robert (in my opinion)…. the only other Arthur of this time period is the son of Ambrose Pitman but he was not born until 1749 and hence, too young to be in the militia roll.  The only other Arthur to discuss that I know of is Arthur the son of Thomas Pitman d.1730 but he died 1758 near Meherrin River.  I have no proof whatsoever other than I have no one else to attach him to.  And as we all know, Robert is not in a position to argue with me.

Written by anderson1951

March 22, 2012 at 3:57 am

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James Anderson 1716

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This guy has driven me to drink to excess the last 20 years…

Now that I have published my new map

I have discovered (or in my case, rediscovered) some interesting leads concerning this guy.

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A comparison of signature marks from two Elizabeth Andersons …

The first is from the will of Elisabeth Anderson’s will of 1732/3. The second is the wife of James Anderson from the deed of sale of land to Joseph Sims in 1721.

My regret as to this being “proof” of the different women is that the 1733 will signature mark was seemingly signed by her daughter. My interpretation of the term “interlined” is that it was added by another hand than her own. But to my point, the second signature mark is clearly an “S”.

My contention is that the 1733 Elisabeth Anderson was his mother. My other theory is that George Anderson, from Isle of Wight, was the husband of Elisabeth who left the will.


I recently found this deed to Joseph Sims… I am no expert but this “may” be his and her “actual” marks by their own hand. This appears to me, without looking at the originals, to be original documents and not a re-copy.

Note the signature mark of his wife Eizabeth. This has prompted me to speculate his wife may be a daughter of this Joseph Sims. I have no proof whatsover… just a feeble hunch and sometimes hunches can be like grabbing a falling knife. (see my lunacy when I convinced myself Elizabeth Pitman was actually a Pitman and not an Anderson gal)

Why would she use an “S” for her mark and not an “E”? My friend David Gammon (noted author of numerous NC abstract books and no slouch when it comes these things) explained to me that the “I” when used instead of “J” for “James” (a capital I with the distinctive slash in the middle) is the LATIN alphabet letter for “J”. Makes sense to me. That “I” with the slash is pretty common in the colonial era… I have seen it numerous times for numerous people. Did he (James) not remember to put the slash in the middle this time? Did the scribe simply overlook that detail. Good Lord… I do get wrapped up in details don’t I?

James Anderson did NOT move to Bath County.(well, my current theory is that he DID NOT) Or if he did it was merely to pick up a case of whiskey to trade to the Indians. (Just KIDDING! I’m sure that James was a teetoteller.)

A side note… Anyone sharing my fascination with this piece of history is welcome to contribute. (I am refering to the Occoneechee Neck Indian Trader Map). While I am finding and building the puzzle pieces that I use to form the map, I get burned out, bored and tend to just break away to keep some modicum of sanity.

I use the Chowan deeds as the First patents/grants. These are almost always the first time this land has been divied up since the Indians were present. If you have a particular ancestor I have not addressed, leave a comment. The Chowan deeds are abstracted by Hofmann in 2 books: North Carolina 1663-1729 Abstracts of Land Patents and Chowan Precinct “Deed” Books 1696-1723.

Secondly, the Bertie deeds, as abstracted by Bell, seem to me to be the process of history to where these initial grants are carved up and left to sons/daughters or sold to other people. Again, if you have an interest… do a bit of research and give me a trail to follow.

Note that most of these folks in this “Indian Trader” map I am exploring are identified by the “Morattock River” or possibly the Yourha/Urah etc. swamp area. Quankey Creek is also a lead as is Conocannara Swamp. I do not want to explore past these boundaries.

As a somewhat different side note, I also research the history. I get all excited and in a tizzy when I find some obscure little morsel of history with a down and dirty account of an Indian Trader. I particularly like the JSTR database (just Google it… you can wrangle free access up to a point) another great source is the NC Archives. Use this link:

https://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/document/csr04-0151#p4-440


… another sidetrack… just to make a point about Indian Traders… these guys would travel across state lines in a heartbeat… it amazes me sometimes.  When I first started researching I had the idea in mind that these early settlers might live and die without venturing perhaps 50 miles from where they were born… and it sometimes was the case, say, for simple farmers.  Such was not the case for the Traders… they were a breed of men a bit out of the ordinary.  And when they were old, worn out and writing their wills they might refer to themselves as “planters”… it was not so in their youth.

Indian Traders “got around” so to speak… as an example…Mr. McGinty was of North Carolina…

“The Deposition of Alexander McGinty, of Cumberland County, Indian Trader

“That this Deponent, with six other Traders, vizt., David Hendricks, Jacob Evans, William Powel, Thomas Hyde, and James Lowery, all of the Province of Pennsylvania, and Jabez Evans, of the Province of Virginia, being on their return of trading with the Cuttawas, a nation who live in the Territories of Carolina, where, on the twenty-sixth day of January, last, attacked and taken prisoners by a company of Coghnawagos, or French Praying Indians, from the River Saint Lawrence, being in number seventy (with whom was one white man, called Philip, a Low Dutchman) at a place about twenty-five miles from the Blue Lick Town, and on the south bank of Cantucky River, which empties itself into Allegheny River about two hundred miles below the Lower Shawnee Town; this Deponent and the said six Traders having then with them in goods, skins, and furs, to the value of seven hundred pounds, Pennsylvania money, which were all taken away from them by the said French Indians. That from thence the said Deponent, with the said David Hendricks, Jacob Evans, William Powell, Thomas Hyde, and Jabez Evans (the said James Lowry having made his escape soon after they were taken as aforesaid, and returned into Pennsylvania, as this Deponent hath since heard), were carried by the said Indians to a French Fort on the Miamis or Twightwee River, and from thence to Fort De Troit, and there the said Jacob Evans and Thomas Hyde ( as they informed this Deponent at the said Fort) were sold by the said Indians to Monsieur Celeron, Commandant of that Fort. And this Deponent, with the said David Hendricks and Jabez Evans were carried forward by the Lake Erie to Niagara, and so through Lake Ontario to the City of Mont Real, and there brought before the General of Canada, who said he would have nothing to do with them, for they were the Indians’ prisoners, and at their disposal. That the said Jacob Evans, Thomas Hyde, and William Powel, were also afterwards sent to Montreal, where this Deponent saw the said Jacob Evans and Thomas Hyde in prison, but were sometime after sent away to Old France, as this Deponent was told at Montreal. That the said William Powel was sent to Canessatawba Town, twenty-six miles from Montreal, and this Deponent to a small Indian Town in the neighborhood of Montreal, where he was kept a prisoner by the said Indians who took him, but was sometimes permitted to go to Montreal. “That the Indians of the Town where he was prisoner, near Montreal, told him that there should not be a white man of the English Nation on Ohio before the next Cold, mean the winter, for the land was their Father’s, the French, and no Englishman should remain there. “That in their passage from Fort DeTroit to Niagara, in Match last, they met on Lake Erie seven battoes at one time, and fifteen at another; and afterwards, in their passage from Niagara to Montreal, they saw on Lake Ontario 160 battoes, or upwards; in all which battoes were embarked French soldiers, with arms and ammunition, some of them having twelve, some ten, and some eight men on board.”

Wow… just Wow… a group of 70 Indians grab your happy ass and cart you off to Canada as a prisoner… and you live to tell about it….

Will of Alexander McGinty

In the name of God, amen, I Alexander McGinty of the County & State of No. Carolina, being weak in body but of perfect mind & memory, thanks be given unto God calling into mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for men once to die do make & ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally & first of all give & _____ _____ my soul unto the hand of Almighty God ___ it and my body ___ to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but a the general resurrection I shall possess the same again by the mighty hand of God and as touching such worldly estate whereas it hath pleased God to gie me in this life, I give devise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form

Item – I will & bequeath unto my beloved wife the plantation whereon I now live for her life with all my stock of horses, mares, bulls, cows & calves, sheep & hogs, all the household furniture & farming utensils with all the debts ___ ___ ___ I allow her to collect for her own use with what money we have ___ to be at her own disposal – except one hundred dollars to each of my grandchildren viz. Mary Ann McGinty at the discretion of my ___ put to interest … McGinty … Survey of two hundred & seventy two acres until Henry McDowell my grandson is of age.

Item – I will & bequeath to my grandson Abner McGinty two hundred acres of land in three different surveys joining lines with David & John Parks on the waters of Ready Creek & McAlpins Creek, likewise one survey of 86 acres joining James Maxwell & William Johnston on the head waters of McKee …

Item – I will & bequeath to my grandson Henry McDowell McGinty the plantation whereon I now live together with the survey of one hundred & seventy two acre with the survey of seventy acres joining it and joining lines with William Johnston.

Item – I will & bequeath to my grandson Alexander Crawford (sic) my silver watch & he is to pay each of the following legatees one dollar to my grandson James Crawford one dollar, to my granddaughter Mary Ann Johnston one dollar, to my granddaughter Martha Miller one dollar, to my grandson James Finney one dollar.

Item – If any of my four grandchildren viz. Abner McGinty, Henry McDowell McGinty, Sophia McGinty of Mary Ann McGinty dies under age his or her shares to be equally divided among the rest. Further I do constitute & appoint my wife Mary Ann McGinty, James Montgomery, John Gingles to be the true & lawful executors of this my last will & testament, abrogating & disannulling & making void & of none effect every other will & wills of testament or Testaments by me or in my name made done or executed possessing this oath, ratifying allowing & confirming this & this only as my last will & testament, Witness my hand & seal this 2nd day of April 1802.

Signed, published, pronounced and ___ by the said Alexander McGinty as his last will and testament in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names.

Alexander McGinty (seal)

Guy Maxwell

Hannah McGinty

(reading his will alone, you wouldn’t have the foggiest idea of his “alter ego”…)

http://www.jcsisle.com/wills.html


Back to my “factual” research… there is an early William Anderson ca. 1732 or so who shows up in Edgecombe Precinct. This was that murky era when it (the brand new county of Edgecombe) was transitioning from Bertie and/or “Bath” in my personal opinion. (Traci and I usually go round n’ round on this point) she likes to keep me on track and I like to push her boundaries.

This is verbatim from one of my earlier Posts. My point here is to recognize and at the same time get rid of this Interloper to my theory.

I visited an obscure site looking for an obscure person and up pops this petition of “maybe” 1732 showing 2 Andersons for that obscure time (1730s).  I’ve yet to find another hard reference for a “Henry” Anderson in Edgecombe Precinct in the 1730s (the “County” came a decade later) .

My point is that in order for these two “petitioners” to be “of age” (21), then they would be born at least 1712… this makes them very early “Edgecombe” Andersons.

Note: The following petition is undated, but appears in the volume containing records from 1664 to 1734; and follows an entry dated November 11, 1732. A similar petition was filed by the citizens of Bertie Precinct.

Read the Petition of the Inhabitants of Edgecombe precinct which is in these words Videlicet

Petition of the Gentlemen of Edgecombe Precinct to alter the Seat of Government
To George Burrington Esqr. His Majestys Capt. General Governour and Commander in chief of the Province of North Carolina

We the Gentlemen and Freeholders of Edgecombe precinct think ourselves Extremely happy under your wise and prudent Administration the good order and peace we see now Established throughout this Province is a most convincing proof of your Excellencys Care and wisdom and deserves the thanks and gratefull Acknowledgment of all men in North Carolina

Good Lord it just chaps my ass to see the olde boys grovel on bended knee before those arrogant sniveling castletrash bafoons…. sorry… got all rebelliously patriotic and stuff… my apologies to you Democrats…

We are sencible Edenton is for many Reasons a very Inconvenient place for the Seat of Government and almost as much may be said against the settling it on Cape Fear River

Therefore we humbly desire and hope your Excellency will take proper measures for fixing the Seat of Government near the Center of the Province which we suppose is between Tar and Neuse River which will give a general Satisfaction to almost all the whole Province and greatly promote the speedy peopling the unsettled part of this Country increase the King’s Quitt Rents and Encourage Trade and Industry and be an Everlasting Demonstration of Goverour Burringtons Kindness to the Inhabitants of North Carolina

That you Sir may in health and happiness long Govern this Province are the Prayers of

Your Excellency most humble and most Obliged Servants

Tranker, James Simons, Will Williams, Pines Welding, Laurence Simcock, Edwd Robinson, Thos. Hodges, John Tapley, John Cotton, Willm. First, John Carpenter, Thos. Tapley, Willm. Reeves, John Robinson, Wm. Hamilton, Alexr. Beane, John Cor, Morris Orane, John Glover, Wm. Cullender, Joseph Richardson, Lewis Elliot, Silvester Estridge, John Gill, Jno. Doron, William Rusil, Chas. Merrit, Samll Murry, John Lew, Henry Anderson, Christ. Beane, James Moor, Benja. Joyner, Geo. Woodliff, Ricd Washington, John Mulkey, Philip Mulkey, Geo. Pace, Rodk. Pearce, Abrah. Ante, Thos. Perry, Danl. Kindal, Henry Jenning, Phil. Murray, Will. Williams Junior, William Paule, Wm. Bauldwin, Jno. Bobbett, William Dennis, Watkin Davis, Robt. Surloe, John Taylor, Thos. Goodson,Henry Guston, James Millikin, Jams. Thomspson, Thos. Jones, John Pratt, Jas. Dyal, Mathew Ruphen, Phillip Jackson, Lewis Davit, Robt. Humphreys, Robt. Humphreys Jr., Wm. Anderson, Thoms. Arrento, Richd Hainsworth Jr., Seth Vatcher, Thomas Hart, Jas. Brogden, John Smith, Robt. Ellis, Thoms. Riggin, Richd. Hill, Rob. Long Junior, Robt Warring, Jonathn. Wright, Will. Norwood, Berry Melton, Chas. McCulloe, Thos. Hicks, John Green, William Fish, Wm. Sturbidge, John Turner Senior, John Tayler, Edward Simons, Small Swaringham, Geo. Bollingson, Wm. Rushen, John Brooke, Wm. Hodges, Robt. Hodges, Danl Crawley,James Smith, John Rogers, Roger Case, Bat. Cheavers, John Branch, Thos. Bradford, W. Bulliloes, Thomas Blackman, Jno. Baldwin, Richd Merrick, Joseph Mechamp, Jas. Moore Junior, Alexr. Wright, William Moore, Walter Turburwell, Isheim Randolph, Nathan Joyner, Joseph Joyner, Gilbert Murray, Peter Ivey, Edward George, James Murray.

(A footnote states that another copy of the petition includes the names of William Whitehead, George Norris and Taphel Dyal.)

Source: Records of the Executive Council, 1664-1734, Vol. 7, (1984) pp. 298 – 299.

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There are actually 2 petitions in the records… one for Edgecombe “Precinct” shown above and the second from Bertie Precinct.  The Edgecombe lists Henry Anderson and William Anderson.  The Bertie list contains another William Anderson. So there are 2 Williams at this time of 1732(?).

I suspect the William Anderson of Bertie may be a son of Robert Anderson who lived around Cashy River. But that is a guess... (although I have shown that he DID have a son William)

Two William Andersons that I can identify are the William who dies by 1762 (from Halifax) and my ancestor William who dies in 1789 (Edgecombe) but he was a youngster in 1732 I think.  So I have an obvious interest in the two men of that 1732? Edgecombe petition.

My “gut” is telling me the above William Anderson of the petition is the guy who died in 1762.  But I am open to any comments..


Written by anderson1951

June 11, 2021 at 6:31 am

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Eating Crow…

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My flamboyant and somewhat effeminate bud William Byrd II, I think in his book of the “Dividing Line” 1728, quips about eating a bird boiled, fried, baked and possibly otherwise but never finding it very appetizing… I’m pretty sure it was buzzard.  So I think I can handle a savory crow…  Anyway, I think it wise to warn folks that my prior postings and pages concerning Joseph Pitman(s) et al may appear to be the rantings of a deranged lunatic.  The actual truth may take longer to figure out than I realized… probably due to the fact that I am cutting severely into my alcohol budget with genealogy expenses.

I was convinced there were 2 Joseph Pitmans… each with a son Abner…. why? you ask.

Because the Joseph Pitman Sr. d.1763 was repeatedly associated with a Joseph Pitman Jr which I took to be his son… my current theory is that this was 2 different families.  These 2 Josephs were uncle/nephew…. the son and grandson of Thomas Pitman of VA d.1730.   For them to be father/son the Joseph d.1787 HAD to be a Quaker WITH a son Abner.  Hence the dilemma… 2 Abners. Remember Robert Pitman with son Abner.  But this is a good thing for my sanity but not for my conundrum… still… who was the Joseph Pitman that witnessed the will of William Anderson d.1789?

Also the question of Elizabeth Pitman who had the grant in 1749 is still open… was she a widow or a spinster?  The elusive James Pitman who had property next to her and refuses to die before 1749 is still hiding.

Written by anderson1951

February 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm

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Amateur’s Code

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I’ve become aware of a dilemma in genealogy.  Its not really a “pro” vs “amateur” thing although pros go out of their way to provide explanations. I’m speaking of that damn footnote thing that they do. As an obstinate amateur, I only use footnotes as a last resort… any careful reader of mine will surmise correctly that I do it just to tick them off.  Its written in “The Amateur’s Code”… not sure of the page number… or the publisher.

The dilemma I refer to is a casual statement of a fact “that appears so obvious to a genealogist that they see no reason to cite, source and document it”. One of those “everybody knows it” situations.  I think it is something we all do and have to guard against. Pros know to watch out for it because it can ruin a reputation… or at least leave a stain.  An amateur may do a family history that is picked up decades later and is subjected to scrutiny.  Such cases, particularly today with this new internet thingy, can be dismissed and regulated to the trash heap when they contain pretty little “pearls” of information.  While the said document may be a hideous fabrication from an incompetent boob, it also could be a turd that simply needs polishing and refined a bit. Actually I’ve never seen one that is really “hideous” and also I don’t think “boobs” are interested in genealogy.  As a matter of fact most boobs in my local watering hole just go up to play the juke box when I start talking genealogy trash. I should watch my tasteless humor here because I’m about to show an example and I certainly don’t want to infer my trashtalk is about this family historian.  Are we cool with that?  Good, because I’ve spent ten years of arduous polishing and darned if it isn’t getting shiny.

On a somewhat more serious level, if I can contain myself, I’ve presented this synopsis several times in my various posts and I’ve been somewhat surprised at the response to it.  I think it has been tarnished with the dreaded “undocumented sources” curse and is in danger of being relegated to a footnote somewhere in “The Amateur’s Code”.

From the research of Donald Gordon (a Pittman descendant):

Thomas Pitman,of Monmouthshire, England, fled England during the Cromwell rebellion and landed in Virginia in 1649. He purchased land in Surry County, Virginia and had two sons Thomas and William. This grandson, the third Thomas moved about 1707 to Isle of Wight County. His daughter Elizabeth and son Robert, with Robert’s two sons, Samuel and Joseph moved to Edgecombe County North Carolina about 1738. Deeds in Edgecombe County show Robert, Samuel, Joseph and Elizabeth holding several hundred acres in the area North and West of Tarboro. Joseph who first appears on Edgecombe records as a bailiff of the court had a son Abner (b. 1758) and grandson born 1787. By this time the Pitmans became Pittmans and all spelled their name with two tees . The Pittmans held land North of Leggett stretching into southern Halifax County. Here Joseph and his wife Mary had a son Henry Elias born 1828. In 1850 Henry married Lucy Anderson who in 1852 gave birth to Biscoe Pittman who married Martha Alice Walston. To this marriage was born, as the last of eight children, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899) at Epworth.

(Cracking my knuckles) … let me dissect this…

Thomas Pitman,of Monmouthshire, England, fled England during the Cromwell rebellion and landed in Virginia in 1649. He purchased land in Surry County, Virginia and had two sons Thomas and William.”

This may or may not be bunk… a Pro simply will not go there because it would be necessary to back up the statement with facts and that would involve research in England.  I speculate that any number of Pros would step up to the plate to do the necessary research provided expenses were paid. …I pause to clear my throat and try to maintain my decorum.  It also doesn’t take a wild flight of imagination to realize that it really wasn’t that long ago, particularly in some richly “Southern” enclaves, that it was popular to be associated with English castletrash… even if it was as a rebel fleeing those that actually caused them to flee.  I’ve always found that strange… but then again, I’m more Texan than Southern and Texans started their own damn country until they foolishly gave it up… but I digress.

“This grandson, the third Thomas moved about 1707 to Isle of Wight County.”

Turn in your account with your Internet Provider, throw your computer in the trash and go directly to the Library of Virginia.  Find the oldest librarian on the staff and explain to her/him that you want to do genealogy like a “Real Man”, or woman,  and do it the “old fashioned way” like it is supposed to be done!  Be forceful if necessary, the staff may be somewhat startled but they will eventually come around.

His daughter Elizabeth and son Robert, with Robert’s two sons, Samuel and Joseph moved to Edgecombe County North Carolina about 1738.”

Hmmm… he sounds downright specific about that statement.  No equivocations or sissy little adjectives like “possibly” or “may have” or even that grand standby “quite likely”.  I find it quite likely that he may have possibly gone to the “The LIbrary”.  I also think that he may have had local family sources that he used and may have been so wrapped up in the Isle of Wight stuff that he thought the local stuff was just “obvious”. He was after all, “a Pittman descendant”.   I’ve spent the last decade verifying the above statement and it is correct.   … the “Elizabeth” part is a bit “iffy” tho’.

“Deeds in Edgecombe County show Robert, Samuel, Joseph and Elizabeth holding several hundred acres in the area North and West of Tarboro. Joseph who first appears on Edgecombe records as a bailiff of the court had a son Abner (b. 1758) and grandson born 1787.” 

I’m damn close to proving this correct. Or not.  I’m polishing.

“By this time the Pitmans became Pittmans and all spelled their name with two tees . The Pittmans held land North of Leggett stretching into southern Halifax County. Here Joseph and his wife Mary had a son Henry Elias born 1828. In 1850 Henry married Lucy Anderson who in 1852 gave birth to Biscoe Pittman who married Martha Alice Walston. To this marriage was born, as the last of eight children, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899) at Epworth.”

I think I will make a special effort to find an old phone book and take a digital photo of the Pittman references and post it.  Then I can rest assured about that “two tees” bit.  Buried in some of my notes, is a snippet of info

from 2001 from a Pittman descendant:

“I have an orginal of Hobson Pittman’s biography written by Donald Gordan. Years ago mom gave it to me, because I have been research the Pittmans at the state of NC archives. I don’t know where she got it, but Hobson was her uncle.    Also there was a family bible that listed Abner and Joseph. It only had them and no spouses or children. My mom didn’t know who they were. There names were just in it on a page with no reference.”  Its a shame Mr. Gordon did not document his work, but he gave some pretty good clues.  Amateur.

Amateurs like me don’t hesitate to throw out theories… we are looking for answers to clues.  We look at “brick walls” as something climb over.  But of course we have to watch out for a lot of bunk.  Junk genealogy is all over the web and darn it… I suppose we should document our sources… maybe add it to the Amatuer’s Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by anderson1951

January 20, 2012 at 5:42 am

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