Isaac Jones homestead (1837-1851) Calloway County, KY

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Goodbye and so long..........for now.

Well, that pretty much wraps-up Isaac Jones, his wives and children, and the Surry County families they married into. I've got a few other projects that need my attention, so unless I stumble across something extra-special worth posting, that's going to do it for now. I hope you (the current readers) and anyone who happens upon my blog finds it informative and useful!

I'll be back come Spring to get back to the Joneses starting with this guy...a grandson of Isaac Jones through his son Burrel and my great great great grandfather John Logan Jones.

John Logan Jones (1831-1906)
(photo courtesy of Buddy Jones)

Happy Hunting!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Matthew Sparks Family Of Surry County, NC

Dobbins Creek, Yadkin County, NC
(formerly known as Sparks Creek)
Just upstream is the site of William Sparks' 1778 grist mill.

After quite a bit of thought I've decided to forego my usual "narrative style" post due to the fact that pretty much everything you could ever want to know about this family can be found on The Sparks Family Association website. Here's a link......

I'll just take a moment to reiterate my theory concerning this family's connection to that of Isaac Jones. As I mentioned in my earlier post involving Isaac's daughter Jane Jones, I am of the belief that she married Matthew Sparks' son John sometime prior to 1820 in Surry County, NC. 

Matthew Sparks was born in Frederick County, Maryland circa 1752 and was the son of William and Ann Sparks who had migrated down to the Davie County area of what was then Rowan County, NC around 1763. By the late 1770's, William had relocated his family to the Hunting Creek area of Surry County where he and his son Matthew began to purchase a rather large amount of land. By 1800, the father and son team had acquired a combined 1000 acres of grant land alone, which spread from the Brushy Mountains to Deep Creek.

Section of the Brushy Mountains in present-day Yadkin
County, NC once owned by William Sparks.

Having owned so much land in the Hunting Creek area, it's not surprising that Isaac Jones would eventually become their neighbor upon his arrival to the area in 1801. As I mentioned in my earlier post involving Thomas Jones of Frederick County, Maryland, it's quite likely that Isaac would have even known the Sparks family during his youth growing up in Rowan County.

1780 Land Grant Warrant for 200 acres
owned by Matthew Sparks.

Once again, it is believed by me that Isaac Jones' daughter Jane went on to marry John Sparks, the son of Isaac's neighbor Matthew Sparks, in Surry County around 1819. The primary piece of evidence that leads me to this conclusion is Jane's later Calloway County, KY marriage record to her second husband John Jeffrey. The date of the actual marriage license is January 25, 1834 and lists her as "Jane Sparks (widow)". Knowing that Jane had originally married a Sparks, the most likely candidate would have been someone living close to her family, such as Isaac's immediate neighbor Matthew Sparks. Out of Matthew Sparks' five male children, his youngest son John born circa 1800 seems to be the most likely to fit the bill. John Sparks makes his first appearance on the Surry County federal census in 1820 with his household information seeming to indicate that he was a relative newlywed and only having one daughter under the age of 10. This daughter I believe to be Nancy Caroline Sparks who was born in North Carolina on March 25, 1819. What is interesting here is that on the very next day, John's father Matthew wrote out his will dated March 26, 1819. A series of deeds can be found in the county dated two days prior that show Matthew giving various amounts of land to each of his sons, with his youngest son John receiving 50 acres next to his brother Joel. If you'll remember, this was the same Joel Sparks who purchased land from Isaac Jones in 1826. There is no record of John ever selling this particular piece of land, but a deed does exist dated August 26, 1825 showing him selling his entire rights to the estate of his father for $200. I've noticed that this action has prompted researchers with the Sparks Family Association to describe it as possible "contemplation of moving away from Surry County." I couldn't agree more because he can't be found on the 1830 Surry County census and it wasn't long after 1825 that Isaac's family left the area for Tennessee. Furthermore, out of all of Matthew Sparks' children, male or female, John has been the only one to remain a relative mystery to Sparks Family researchers. In my experience, a situation like this is often indicative of a person being absorbed into a different family through marriage which is exactly what I think happened here. The only other child known to exist from Jane Jones' marriage to a Sparks is her son Burrell J. Sparks who was born in North Carolina around 1822. It is still unknown as to what became of Jane's first husband, although based on the rest of the family's movements and her subsequent 1834 marriage to John Jeffrey, all signs would seem to indicate that he died in Tennessee and most likely in Lincoln County.

1819 Surry County, NC Will of Matthew Sparks


Thursday, November 15, 2012


1787 Rowan County, NC Land Grant Plat Record
for James Whitlock Sr.

Just added a number of new document images! 

I'll just list them here and then you can find the actual links to the images on their respective blog posts from the past.

1738 Bath County, NC Deed ~ John Barrow to James Barrow (William Denmark as witness)

1741 Hyde County, NC Deed ~ Deliverance Weeks to James Arthur (William Denmark as witness)

1747 Hyde County, NC Deed ~ Littleton Eborn to William Denmark

1750 Hyde County, NC Deed ~ William Denmark & wife Mourning to Richard Leirmont

1766 Hyde County, NC Deed ~ William Batchelor Denmark & wife Mary to Stephen MackDowell

1787 Rowan County, NC Land Grant Plat Record ~ James Whitlock

1787 Rowan County, NC Land Grant Plat Record ~ Silvas Whitlock

1800 Duplin County, NC Marriage Bond ~ Hardy Bizzell to Margaret Denmark

1808 Surry County, NC Will ~ Phillip Howard

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Henry McDaniel Family of Surry County, NC

Born circa 1766, Henry McDaniel arrived in the Hunting Creek area of Surry County, NC in the early 1790's, having migrated either directly from Rowan County or from Rowan County via neighboring Wilkes County. At some point prior to 1812, his daughter Nancy would marry Isaac Jones' second oldest son Wiley.

1780 Rowan County, NC Land Entry ~ William McDaniel

Evidence would seem to indicate that Henry McDaniel was most likely the son of William and Ann McDaniel who had migrated to the Carter's Creek area of Rowan County, NC quite possibly from Charles County, MD sometime prior to 1780. The earliest mention of William McDaniel in the Rowan County records that I've been able to locate is a land entry dated January 1, 1780 for 300 acres located in the forks of Carter's Creek and adjacent Jeromiah Malone, Jacob Brininger, and George Dorcey. Carter's Creek is located in what is now the eastern section of Davie County and was originally settled by such notable families as that of Solomon Sparks, the Bryans (Bryants), and the family of Isaac Enoch. This area is also where Hardy Jones' Cokesbury School was once located so needless to say you also see much of his extended family in the area as well. Two months later on March 20, William McDaniel makes a second land entry for 400 acres on Carter's Creek described once again as being adjacent Jacob Brinegar (Brininger) and his own entry. This entry was ultimately "made over" to a man named Jonathan Fife, which is an important name to remember when trying to pin down the location of the McDaniel family in later years. Seven years later on July 2, 1787, William McDaniel would purchase an additional 390 acres on Carter's Creek from Jeremiah and Bridget Malone who bordered his original 1780 land entry. Later that year much of this land would be sold in a pair of deeds dated December 17, 1787. The first being a 195 acre sale to Michael Smith and the second being a 92 acre sale to Edger Rumbley. Pretty solid evidence of Henry McDaniel's relationship to William and Ann can be seen on the one and only Rowan County tax list that Henry makes an appearance on; that being the 1791 tax list for Capt. Enoch's District where Henry can be seen being taxed on 95 acres of land and listed directly adjacent to the Edger Rumley just mentioned.

Henry McDaniel's connection to William and Ann McDaniel can also be seen in a series of Rowan County deeds written between 1787-1791. The first of these deeds is dated September 11, 1787 and involves William McDaniel and his wife Ann selling 97 1/2 acres of land to a man named Zephaniah Harper for the amount of 70 pounds. The land is described as being adjacent William McDaniel's other property and an individual named John Johnston. The second in the series is actually a set of three deeds all written up on November 13, 1790 and involving a man named Richard Dowell and his wife Mary selling various sections of land to a Peter Dowell. The first important thing to mention is that Richard's wife Mary was a McDaniel prior to their marriage in Rowan County on December 10, 1787. The second important thing to mention is that on one of the deeds the witness was a Benjamin Berryman who also acted as a witness for William and Ann McDaniel's 1787 land sale to Zephaniah Harper. The other two deeds from that day both show Henry McDaniel acting as a witness for the transactions. The third deed in the series is dated July 25, 1791 and involves William McDaniel and wife Ann, now shown as "of Wilkes County" selling another 97 1/2 acres on Carter's Creek to a man named Edward Cox of Rowan County. The witnesses for this transaction are the John Johnston who was listed as living adjacent the McDaniels in the other deed and none other than Henry McDaniel.

Brier Creek area of Wilkes County, NC

Three months after their land sale to Zephaniah Harper in 1787, William and Ann McDaniel can be found on December 28 purchasing 140 acres in Wilkes County, NC from a man named William Colvard. Later deeds indicate the land lay in the vicinity of Brier Creek which at the time was just a few miles west of the Surry County line and the area of Hunting Creek. As with the 1791 deed, Henry McDaniel acts as a witness along with a man named Lewis Bryan. It is also around this time that you see the earlier mentioned John Johnston (Johnson) also now residing in the Brier Creek area. On February 1, 1790, William and Ann McDaniel can be found selling 70 acres on Brier Creek in Wilkes County to Joseph Fyffe whom I have no doubt is somehow related to the Jonathan Fife that William McDaniel "made over" his 1780 Rowan County land entry to. This time the deed is witnessed by Patric McCoy, Moses Adams, and Daniel McDaniel. Based on his later involvement as the administrator of William McDaniel's estate in 1796, I believe this Daniel to be a son of William and Ann. Another important name worth remembering in the Brier Creek area is Cunningham. A John and James Cunningham can be found along with the aforementioned John Johnson acting as witnesses for a deed involving William McDaniel's neighbor John Cargile in 1791. This is why it comes as no surprise to me that you find Henry McDaniel and Richard Dowell acting as witnesses for two Wilkes County deeds dated December 20, 1798 involving a William Cunningham selling land to a William Dowell. I expect this Richard Dowell is the same individual who married Mary McDaniel in Rowan County and quite likely a brother-in-law to Henry McDaniel. It's important to mention that the land involved with these two deeds was located on East Swan Creek which crosses into Surry County (now Yadkin) just to the north of the present-day community of Swan Creek and the area of Hunting Creek. Despite having the stronger connection to Wilkes County, it's quite likely that the William McDaniel who received a land grant on November 3, 1784 for 200 acres on the middle fork of Forbis (Forbush) Creek in Surry County is one and the same. If not him, then possibly his son also named William.

As I mentioned earlier, William McDaniel eventually passed away in Wilkes County at some point prior to the administration of his estate being granted to his son Daniel McDaniel on November 1, 1796. Once again the name Fife comes into play with one of the bondsman being listed as Samuel Fife. The other bondsman is listed as Daniel Hull who also acts as one of the estate appraisers along with William Johnson. This is likely the same William Johnson listed as a buyer along with Daniel McDaniel, William McDaniel, Daniel Hull, and William Cargile in regards to the 1799 settlement of John Johnson's estate.

It is my belief that the Henry McDonald listed in Capt. Hudspeth's District on the Surry County tax lists starting in 1792 is actually Henry McDaniel. Not only do McDaniel family records throughout time indicate that this was a pretty common occurrence, but you can see the eventual name correction in the Surry County tax lists a few years later. This is seen not only with Henry McDaniel, but with a John McDaniel who makes his first appearance on the 1794 tax list as John McDonold. A Surry County deed from the following year dated February 17, 1795 illustrates this name fluctuation perfectly, showing John McDanol purchasing 100 acres on Canada (Kennedy) Creek from John Martin. The deed is witnessed by a Nimrod Elliott and Nicholas Masters, with this Nicholas Masters also being listed next to the John McDonald on the 1794 tax list. Still owning only 100 acres, by 1797 and from that point forward the spelling is listed correctly as John McDaniel. This is also the case with the Henry McDonald who is shown owning 265 acres in 1792. By 1794 he is shown only owning 160 acres, and the following year 165 before dropping off the tax records entirely in 1797 and 1798. He makes his return to the tax list in 1799 still owning 160 acres, but now is listed as Henry McDaniel. By 1800 the tax list for Capt. Hudspeth's District shows Henry McDaniel owning 345 acres, to which I should also point out my inability to locate any deeds at all concerning any of this acreage mentioned.

The earliest Surry County deed I've been able to locate involving Henry McDaniel as either a grantor or grantee is dated October 28, 1803. The grantor's name is very difficult to read, but I believe it shows John Roton selling 181 acres of land on Hunting Creek to Henry McDaniel in exchange for 100 pounds. The land is described as being adjacent Reuben Bryan and Joseph Myers, who I'm sure has some relation to the James Mears (Myers) who acted as bondsman on the marriage bond for Henry McDaniel's son Reuben's marriage to Jemimah Brown dated December 28, 1808. The following year on August 7, 1804, Henry McDaniel would purchase an additional 165 acres on Hunting Creek from the same Joseph Myers just mentioned. On this same day Henry McDaniel would also sell 65 acres of land on Hunting Creek to George Lesly for $100. There must be quite a number of lost deeds or undocumented land transactions because based on the math alone, by 1808 Henry McDaniel would have owned 626 acres but by the 1812 tax list he's shown taxed on only 150. The 138 acres his son Reuben shows as owning on the same tax list may possibly account for some of it, as well as the wording of Henry McDaniel's will seems to indicate some possible gifting of land to his various children prior to it's creation.

Henry McDaniel's son Reuben would end up selling 78 acres of his land in a combination of two deeds dated February 6, 1816. The first deed was for the sale of 50 acres on the North Fork of Hunting Creek to Hardy Wells and the second for the sale of 28 acres to a Robert Jones. What I find the most interesting about these two deeds is that one of the witnesses on both of them is John K. Wells. Although only 26 at the time, he would eventually become a physician and can be found purchasing land from Isaac Jones in Calloway County, KY thirty years later in 1846. Another possible Hunting Creek to Calloway County, KY connection appears in a deed involving Reuben selling another 20 acres on Hunting Creek to a Jesse Peter on March 17, 1817. As I mentioned before in an earlier post, one of Isaac Jones' granddaughters eventually married a John Wesley Peter in Calloway County, KY.

Henry McDaniel would pass away at some point between the writing of his will on September 23, 1824 and February of 1825 when it was proven in court by Leonard Messick. As with John Brown from an earlier post, it's interesting to note that at the time of the writing of Henry McDaniel's will he was no longer able to sign his name as with his past land deeds, instead using "his mark". The bulk of his estate was left to his son William who is also named as an executor along with Henry's wife Fanny. Apart from her first name and census generated birth year of 1774 which seems a bit too young to me, I've never been able to locate anything further about her. Henry and Fanny seem to have used the traditional naming system when it came to their children so I wouldn't be surprised if her father shared the name Reuben. The seven children named in the will are as follows: Fanny who married a Matheson, Nancy who married Wiley Jones, Reuben, Lucy who married a Wood, Elizabeth who married a Johnson, Mary who married Amos Windsor in Surry County on Dec 20, 1823, and William. In later years Reuben McDaniel can be found living in Carter County, TN in 1850 and his sister Lucy (McDaniel) Wood can be found living as a widow in McMinn County, TN.

1823 Inventory & Purchaser list for the Estate of Joseph Johnson
(Surry County, NC)

Based on a document I located in Surry County's Records of Inventories and Accounts of Sales, I tend to believe that the Johnson that Henry McDaniel's daughter Elizabeth married was Reuben Johnson. There were a number of different Reuben Johnsons of various ages in the area at the time, but this particular Reuben Johnson I believe to be the son of a Joseph Johnson who died in Surry County around 1823. The Reuben Johnson that I'm referring to can be seen on the 1830 Census for Surry County shown as being married at the time and in the 30-40 age range. The document mentioned is the inventory and purchaser list for the estate of Joseph Johnson which was entered by his administrator Strangeman Johnson. The very first listed and largest purchaser from the estate is an "R. Johnson" who has Henry McDaniel acting on his behalf. The "note" for the goods is recorded as having been given to Elizabeth Johnson with Henry McDaniel acting as security. Starting in 1818 this Reuben Johnson can be found being taxed along with Joseph Johnson in what at the time was known as Capt. Peter Dowell's District. This area bordered Hunting Creek to the north, later also known as the Jonesville District and Capt. Chappel's District, and included the area of Swan Creek as shown by Reuben Johnson's 1820 tax listing for 450 acres on that watercourse. The rest of the purchasers on the Joseph Johnson estate inventory reads like a "who's who" for that area and really illustrates the close proximity and connection between many of the families I've discussed so far in my blog. Apparently Joseph Johnson was in the horse breeding business and held notes on numerous people at the time of his death for what is recorded as his "studd horse accounts". Some of the other names listed include: Isaac Jones, James Whitlock, John Whitlock, Matthew Sparks, Benjamin Sparks, Robert Jones, Samuel Jones, James Parks, and many many others.

1787 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ Jeremiah Malone & wife Bridget to William McDaniel

1787 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ William McDaniel & wife Ann to Zephaniah Harper

1787 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ William McDaniel & wife Ann to Edger Rumbley

1787 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ William McDaniel & wife Ann to Michael Smith

1787 Wilkes County, NC Deed ~ William Colvard to William McDaniel (page 1)

1787 Wilkes County, NC Deed ~ William Colvard to William McDaniel (page 2)

1790 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ Richard Dowell & wife Mary to Peter Dowell (page 1)

1790 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ Richard Dowell & wife Mary to Peter Dowell (page 2)

1790 Rowan County, NC Deed #2 ~ Richard Dowell & wife Mary to Peter Dowell (page 1)

1790 Rowan County, NC Deed #2 ~ Richard Dowell & wife Mary to Peter Dowell (page 2)

1790 Wilkes County, NC Deed ~ William McDaniel & wife Ann to Joseph Fyffe (page 1)

1790 Wilkes County, NC Deed ~ William McDaniel & wife Ann to Joseph Fyffe (page 2)

1791 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ William McDaniel & wife Ann to Edward Cox (page 1)

1791 Rowan County, NC Deed ~ William McDaniel & wife Ann to Edward Cox (page 2)

1795 Surry County, NC Deed ~ John Martin to John McDanol (page 1)

1795 Surry County, NC Deed ~ John Martin to John McDanol (page 2)

1798 Wilkes County, NC Deed ~ William Cunningham to William Dowell

1798 Wilkes County, NC Deed #2 ~ William Cunningham to William Dowell (page 1)

1798 Wilkes County, NC Deed #2 ~ William Cunningham to William Dowell (page 2)

1803 Surry County, NC Deed ~ John Roton to Henry McDaniel (page 1)

1803 Surry County, NC Deed ~ John Roton to Henry McDaniel (page 2)

1804 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Joseph Myers to Henry McDaniel (page 1)

1804 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Joseph Myers to Henry McDaniel (page 2)

1804 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Henry McDaniel to George Lesly (page 1)

1804 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Henry McDaniel to George Lesly (page 2)

1816 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Reuben McDaniel to Hardy Wells (page 1)

1816 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Reuben McDaniel to Hardy Wells (page 2)

1816 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Reuben McDaniel to Robert Jones (page 1)

1816 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Reuben McDaniel to Robert Jones (page 2)

1817 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Reuben McDaniel to Jesse Peter (page 1)

1817 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Reuben McDaniel to Jesse Peter (page 2)

1824 Surry County, NC Will ~ Will of Henry McDaniel (page 1)

1824 Surry County, NC Will ~ Will of Henry McDaniel (page 2)


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thomas Whitlock.....Surry County, NC Slave Document

Before I move on to discussing the family of Henry McDaniel, I just wanted to share this final document I located in the Surry County, NC Records of Inventories and Accounts of Sales. It's a bill of sale dated January 31, 1800 involving Thomas Whitlock of Surry County selling a 7 year old "negro boy by the name of Peter" to Joshua Creson for the amount of $160.

Considering Joshua Creson's son William married a Mary Bowen in Surry County, NC on May 26, 1812, I tend to believe this is the same Thomas Whitlock that is most likely the brother of James Whitlock who married Nancy Bowen.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The James Whitlock Family of Rowan & Surry County, NC...Part 3

Surry County, NC Court Minutes ~ February 12, 1801
James Whitlock  "road overseer"

Of the several children born unto James Whitlock and Sylvia (Jones) Whitlock, the child that merits a closer examination in regards to the topic of my blog, would be their son James Whitlock Jr. because of his son Bowen's marriage to Isaac Jones' daughter Alavina. As I mentioned in my first Whitlock post, based on census records James would have been born sometime between 1766-1770 and most likely in Rowan County, NC. With his first appearance on a tax list being in the year 1791 and only being taxed a single white poll, I would tend to believe his birth was most likely in 1769 or 1770.

Not long after relocating with his family to the Hunting Creek area of Surry County, NC in the late 1780's, James would marry Nancy Bowen the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Bowen. Based on census records, Nancy was born at some point between 1770-1774. Unfortunately an actual marriage record has yet to surface, but I would imagine it occurred in either 1789 or 1790. The 1790 Surry County census listing for Thomas Bowen would certainly lend itself to the possibility of the newlywed couple living in his home at that time. It's not until the 1793 tax list for Capt. Hudspeth's District that you see James Whitlock being documented owning any land, which at that point in time was 100 acres. I have yet to be able to locate any sort of document indicating how he came by this land. This would also be the case for the additional 100 acres he shows having acquired by the time of the 1800 tax list. My theory is that this additional 100 acres is the same 100 acres purchased by his father-in-law Thomas Bowen from Ashley Johnson Sr. on May 31, 1800 that I mentioned in my post concerning Achilles Whitlock. That would certainly explain how James Whitlock came to live near the Johnsons for the next 40+ years. If it wasn't just transferred by a now lost deed between the two men, it's possible that the land was part of the "two thirds of my estate real and personal" Thomas Bowen left to his grandson Bowen Whitlock "as soon as he is of age" in his will written later that same year on September 19. Despite Thomas further stipulating in his will that the land remain in the care of his wife until Bowen was of age, I would imagine that being Bowen's father, James would have to assume the tax liability on the land until that time came. With the remaining third of Thomas Bowen's estate going to his wife Sarah, this would seem to indicate that James Whitlock's wife Nancy was an only child. This notion seems to gain further weight when Nancy's stepfather Phillip Howard writes his will eight years later on July 28, 1808. In it he stipulates that "the eight children of Nancy Whitlock, grandchildren of my present wife are to have three dollars each to be paid to their father James Whitlock." With no other children or grandchildren of his wife Sarah mentioned, as also with the Thomas Bowen will, that would seem to indicate to me that Nancy (Bowen) Whitlock was an only child.

Although he doesn't mention them by name, it's very fortunate that Phillip Howard makes mention of "the eight children of Nancy Whitlock" when trying to determine James and Nancy's children. The 1800 Census makes it pretty clear that by 1800 the couple had three boys and one girl all under the age of 10, but by the 1810 Census and forward, there is always the presence of a possible second married couple in the home making it difficult to attribute children to James and Nancy. Of these eight children born prior to 1808, I've only been able to positively identify three: Bowen Whitlock, James J. Whitlock, and John Whitlock who married Hannah Padgett in Surry County on January 10, 1819. Other individuals I believe to be likely candidates are William Whitlock who married Nancy Myres on January 4, 1823 and Samuel Whitlock who married Theney Bowles on July 28, 1829. With James Whitlock's brother Thomas having most likely relocated to Warren County, TN by 1820, I feel the Thomas Whitlock mentioned as a buyer in the 1828 estate inventory for Sarah Howard is also a likely candidate as a possible son of James and Nancy. There's also a pretty good chance that the Rowland Whitlock seen nearby Bowen Whitlock on the 1830 Census for Lincoln County, TN is another son of James and Nancy, although, Rowland could just as easily be a son of James Whitlock's brother Thomas.

James Whitlock's undocumented land acquisitions appear to have continued, because by 1812, county tax lists for Capt. Hatley's District now show him owning 318 acres. Of these 318 acres, only a single 18 acre tract can be explained by any sort of existing documentation of transfer. This section of land located on Hunting Creek was acquired through a state grant issued to him on December 5, 1804 which he had entered a vacant land entry for back in 1800. A good indicator of the area where the Whitlocks were living can be found in the Surry County Court minutes where the court orders on February 12, 1801 that James Whitlock be "appointed overseer of the road in the room of Jacob Bolen from the Pole Branch to the Wilkes Line." Nine months later he would act as a witness along with John Brown for Isaac Jones' first land purchase in Surry County on October 10, 1801.

After scouring every deed book in Surry County, I've only managed to locate a single deed where James Whitlock acted as a primary participant either as a grantor or grantee. This lone deed was written up on August 20, 1814 and involved James Whitlock selling 100 acres on the Rocky Branch of Hunting Creek to Ephraim Padgett for the amount of 100 pounds. The deed was witnessed by James Parks and an indecipherable Whitlock which appears to possibly read as "Bo Whitlock". The selling of this land definitely corresponds with later tax lists for Capt. Denny's District now showing James Whitlock with only 218 acres of land.

The final mention of James Whitlock in the Surry County land records finds itself in a pair of deeds of mortgage involving his son James J. Whitlock in 1835. The first of these dated June 17, 1835 involves James J. Whitlock securing payment on two separate debts through the transfer of personal property. The initial debt involves a "judgement" against him by John Jones for the amount of $14. In exchange for a loan on the amount, made by Elisha Roughton and Jinkins R. Felts, James J. Whitlock puts up the following property as collateral: one bay horse about two years old, two cows and calves, and a yoke of small stears (sic). Once the judgement is paid off, the property is to then act as security against "four notes" totaling to the amount of $28.04 held against him by J. F. Dowthit (John F. Dowthit). In addition to the property already mentioned, additional collateral put up by James J. for these notes include: five head of hogs about two years old, two feather beds and furniture, one cotton wheel, one flax wheel, two pots, and all his household and kitchen furniture. The following month on July 24 James J. Whitlock writes up a second deed of mortgage to John F. Dowthit to secure "certain debts to the amount of thirty dollars." As security this time he puts up "all my crop of oats which I now have on hand and all my interest in the crop of corn and fodder now growing on the plantation where on my father now lives."

Both James and his wife Nancy (Bowen) Whitlock, now in their 70's, can still be seen alive and well five years later on the 1840 Census for Surry County. I've examined all the county estate records from 1840-1857, of which there is no mention of either James or Nancy, and neither of them appears on the 1850 Census for Surry County so I don't know what ultimately became of them. There is an intriguing listing for an 80 year old Nancy Whitlock on the 1850 Census for Alamance County, NC though. She is found living in the home of her daughter Rebecca who had married Robert Cheek in Orange County, NC on May 28, 1841. Now I've seen where there are some who have made the connection that this Rebecca was the daughter of James Whitlock and Nancy Bowen, but I've never seen anything presented beyond the census to back this claim up. This theory definitely presents some very interesting possibilities. The part of Orange County that became Alamance County in 1849 is roughly about 70 miles to the east of the Hunting Creek area of what was then Surry County. Not a great distance, even for that period of time. Despite this Robert Cheek having a long history in Orange County, the Whitlocks were certainly living around Cheeks in the Hunting Creek area of Surry County. It's certainly possible that the two groups of Cheeks were related, thus leading to a future encounter with Rebecca Whitlock if she is in fact a daughter of James Whitlock and Nancy Bowen.

The real mystery surrounding this Rebecca Whitlock's mother Nancy is the fact that she had an earlier connection with Orange County through a man named Charles Christmas. In his Orange County will dated September 1, 1811 Charles Christmas makes provisions for the raising, clothing, and schooling "of a child of Nancy Wilcox's  (viz) Rebeckah." I've also seen the name transcribed as "Willocks". It's assumed by most that this is actually meant to read Whitlock because Rebecca and her husband Robert Cheek would later name one of their children Charles Christmas Cheek. With that being said and assuming this Nancy Whitlock is indeed Nancy (Bowen) Whitlock, one must then ask; what was the connection between her and this Charles Christmas prior to 1811 and why his special interest in this one child who would have been two at the time of the writing of his will? And furthermore, if this was in fact Nancy Bowen Whitlock who was married to the still-living James Whitlock at the time of the writing of this will; why wasn't the wording phrased "a child of James Whitlock" which would have been more in line with the protocol of the time?

A closer look at the background of Charles Christmas does indeed produce a number of Whitlock connections going back to Virginia. Charles himself is believed to have been born in Bute County, NC in the year 1771 to John Christmas and Mary Graves. His father John's younger sister Agnes is believed to have married a James Whitlock in Hanover County, VA in 1730. The Nathaniel Whitlock found in Surry County in 1772 and the Charles Whitlock living in the Snow Creek area of Stokes County are commonly thought to be children of theirs, not to mention it is also believed they had a son named James. Some have come to the conclusion that this James is the James Whitlock that married Sylvia Jones, maybe, I've never seen much to say one way or the other. But if that is the case, that would make Charles Christmas and the James Whitlock that married Nancy Bowen first cousins once removed. Why exactly would Charles Christmas feel the need to provide total financial support for the youngest daughter of his first cousin's son who was still alive at the time and for many years to come? And once again, why would he not make mention of his actual living relative and father of this child in the wording of the will, but instead name the mother, who was only related through marriage?

I think it's pretty safe to say that what became of James Whitlock and Nancy (Bowen) Whitlock after 1840 still remains a mystery.

1800 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Ashley Johnson Sr. to Thomas Bowen (page 1)

1800 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Ashley Johnson Sr. to Thomas Bowen (page 2)

1800 Surry County, NC Will ~ Will of Thomas Bowen (page 1)

1800 Surry County, NC Will ~ Will of Thomas Bowen (page 2)

1808 Surry County, NC Will ~ Will of Phillip Howard (page 1)

1808 Surry County, NC Will ~ Will of Phillip Howard (page 2)

1814 Surry County, NC Deed ~ James Whitlock to Ephraim Padgett (page 1)

1814 Surry County, NC Deed ~ James Whitlock to Ephraim Padgett (page 2)

1835 Surry County, NC Deed of Mortgage ~ James J. Whitlock to J. F. Dowthit (also Elisha Roughton and Jinkins R. Felts)

1835 Surry County, NC Deed of Mortgage ~ James J. Whitlock to John F. Dowthit


Friday, October 26, 2012

Achilles Whitlock of Halifax County, VA????

1808 Surry County, NC Deed ~ Ashley Johnson & wife 
Elizabeth to Achilles Whitlock

While I was gathering my material concerning the Whitlock family I happened upon a lone deed that I find very interesting and quite possibly a link to the family of James Whitlock of Rowan County, NC.

Dated August 1, 1808 and written in Surry County, NC, it involves a local Hunting Creek resident named Ashley Johnson and his wife Elizabeth selling an 18 acre lot in Halifax County, VA to a man living in Halifax County named Achilles Whitlock. The land had been left to Elizabeth Johnson through the estate of Thomas Beach and makes mention that Elizabeth was formerly Elizabeth Brown.

First let me start with some of the ideas being tossed around out there concerning this Achilles Whitlock. It's thought that Achilles was born in 1750 or 1759 in either Goochland or Lunenburg County, VA. Considering I believe James Whitlock came to Rowan County from Lunenburg County, VA, this certainly strikes my interest. Especially since Halifax County was formed from Lunenburg in 1752. I've seen where some out there believe Achilles to be the son of John Whitlock and Ann Logan. With my great-great-great grandfather being named John Logan Jones, that certainly piques my interest. Unfortunately the compiled notes left by the Rev. William Douglas of Goochland County, VA, collectively known as The Douglas Register, dashes any notion of that due to it containing records of the couple's first six children's births and baptisms from 1757-1772. 

The connections start to get even more interesting when you take a closer look at Ashley Johnson and his wife Elizabeth (Brown) Johnson. The earliest connection between Ashley Johnson and the Whitlocks in Surry County is found in a deed dated May 31, 1800 when Ashley Johnson Sr. sells 100 acres of land to Thomas Bowen the father-in-law of James Whitlock Jr. James also acts as a witness for the transaction. As I mentioned in my first Whitlock post, you find a number of Bowens in Lunenburg County, VA surrounding a James Whitlock on the 1764 tax list. I also find it interesting that Ashley's wife Elizabeth was originally a Brown considering that in 1803 the Thomas Whitlock I believe to be a son of James and Sylvia (Jones) Whitlock sold his 130 acre tract on the North Fork of Dutchman's Creek to a Joshua Brown.

Surry County tax lists as late as 1819 indicate that Ashley Johnson was living next to James Whitlock Jr. Upon Ashley's death in 1818/1819 his son Ashley would continue to live in the area and is most likely the individual who acted as bondsman for the January 4, 1823 marriage between William Whitlock and Nancy Myres. Later census records for 1830 and 1840 also show their close proximity.

Could it just be mere coincidence that this Ashley Johnson had dealings with Whitlocks in two entirely different states? Hmmmm......