Tuesday, April 28, 2009

TDL - Rowan NC

To Do List for Rowan Co NC Research Trip:
  1. Pull Samuel Stewart Will (1768/70).
  2. Wills for key families: Stewart, Harrison, Wright.
  3. Deeds for key members of families Stewart, Harrison, Wright, Brooks, Lash, and anyone other key deed from Stewarts Branch.
  4. Land grants?

TDL - Surry NC

To Do List for Surry Co NC Research Trip:
  1. Jo White Linn, "Surry County, North Carolina, Will Abstracts Vol I-III, 1771-1827"
  2. Pull Lydia Stewart Will (1771/72).
  3. Wills for key families: Stewart, Harrison, Wright.
  4. Deeds for key members of families Stewart, Harrison, Wright, Brooks, Lash, and anyone other key deed from Stewarts Branch.
  5. Land grants?

Monday, April 27, 2009

BBF Timeline

The following records are in chronological order and serve as an event timeline related to Brookberry Farm (BBF) and Stewarts Creek.
  1. 1748, David Stewart received 138 acres on the Yadkin River, Anson Co., surveyed 10 Jan 1748/49. As the first to settle on this branch of Muddy Creek, the branch (creek) took his name, Stewart's Creek. Other names for this same creek are Gentry's Branch, Lash's Creek, Stewarts Branch, even Tomahawk Branch, but the latter branch is more properly located south of Country Club Rd. On the other hand, Stewarts Creek begins just south of Yadkinville Hwy (modern day Forsyth Co, NC), between Olivet Church Rd and Lewisville-Vienna Rd. It flows south, crossing Robinhood Rd, through Brookberry Farm, and crosses Country Club Rd immediately to the west of Meadowlark Rd.
  2. 1753, Rowan County formed from Anson County.
  3. 1753, the Moravians are granted almost 99,000 acres in Anson/Rowan County (modern day Forsyth County). The call this tract Wachovia. The old western boundary of Wachovia is roughly the eastern boundary of modern day Brookberry Farm (just west of Meadowlark Rd).
  4. 1770 (Feb 15), James Glenn, Joseph Harrison, James Buck, Samuel and David Stewart, Georg Lash, Martin Houser, of the Yadkin, Henry Spoonhour [Spainhour] and Michael Houser of Bethany, Jacob Stoner, Jacob Blecken and John Ranke of Bethabara, and George and Charles Holder of Salem to lay off a road from the Shallow ford of the Yadkin to cross the North Fork of Muddy Creek a little above the mouth of Steward's Creek to the town of Salem. [Muddy Creek a little above the mouth of Stewarts Creek is Shallowford / Country Club Rd. The old wagon road came into Lewisville at Shallowford Rd near Lewisville-Vienna Rd. The part of Shallowford Rd that runs from there to Old Salem was not laid out until this time in 1770 apparently. Sam Stewart Sr had already died, so this was Samuel Jr and his brother David.]
  5. 1771, Surry County formed from Rowan County.
  6. 1771 (May 3), Deed from George Lash (father of Nathaniel Lash) and his wife to Spencer Altum for 100 acres. (Rowan Co) [We know this is on Stewarts Branch based on Altum's 1785 sale of this property... see below.]
  7. 1772, William Gentry hired by Moravians to build a bridge across Muddy Creek on the road to the Shallow Ford. This location is now Country Club Rd in Winston-Salem, crossing Muddy Creek just .1 mile from Meadowlark Rd and therefore about .1 mile from southern edge of BBF.
  8. 1775 (Aug), Proceedings of the Safety Committee in Surry County (NC). Committee met according to appointment 25th August 1775. Present: Benjamin Cleaveland, John Hamlin, Jesse Walton, Samuel Freeman, Benjamin Herndon, Charles Lynch, John Armstrong, James Hampton, Richard Gorde, Augustus Blackburn, James Doke, Matthew Brooks, John Hudsbeth, George Lash, John Snead, Malcom Curry.
  9. 1785 (Mar 14), Spencer Altum of Mongomery Co, to Zebedee Billator 70 pds. 100 acres Stewarts branch adj. Mr. Cosart's land on northwest. Witnesses: Nathaniel Lash, James Reynolds, William (mark) Garrot. Signed: Spencer (mark) Altum s/Ann Altum. (Surry Co, NC Deed Bk C, pp 199-200) [Nathaniel Lash is buried in "Cemetery #1"]
  10. 1785, Surry Co., Record of Estates (1809-1818); Hauser, George & others - pp. 6, 8; 30 Jul 1785 - executors bond w/ Matthew Brooks & George Lash. [Remember that George Lash's son Nathaniel married Aggie Brooks nine months after this record, and both are buried in "Cemetery #1". Was she the daughter of Matthew Brooks? And, Matthew Brooks had bought all of Samuel Stewart's 508 acres by 1779.]
  11. 1786 (Apr 24), Nathaniel Lash obtained marriage license, Surry Co. [We know that he married Aggie Brooks, as both are buried in "Cemetery #1".]
  12. 1789, Stokes County formed from Surry County.
  13. 1789 (Aug 18), WILL: A true inventory of the Estate of Michael Hauser, deceased.
    ... four hundred acres of land on Stewarts Branch, one hundred and twenty seven acres upon Mill Creek, ... August the 18th 1789.
  14. 1789 (Dec 9), bet. Michael Howser & Peter Howser of Surry Co., Execs. of Michael Howser, decd., and Christian Howser of Surry Co., legatees of the sd. decd... 5 sh.. 200 ac in Surry Co. Stewarts Branch.. waters of Muddy Cr (part of land orig granted by the State to John Howser - from John to Michael)... Witnesses: Wm. Thornton and Jos. Howser. Signed: Michel Howser and Peter Howser. (Stokes Co Deed Bk 1)
  15. 1792 (Sept 11), bet. William Elrod and John Krouse.. 200 pds.. 200 ac. Stewarts Branch... Millars corner... Bolejacks (Bulitscheck) and Lashs lines. Carvers line... (orig. granted to Matthew Brooks and from him to Aquilla Matthews 16 Feb 1787, and from Matthews to sd Elrod 14 Nov 1787)... Witnesses: Geo. Hauser and Peter Hauser. Signed: William Elrod. (Stokes Co Deed Bk 1)
  16. 1792 (Sept 11), bet. George Hauser and William Alford (Elford / Elrod).. 114 pds., 165 ac. Gentrys Branch of Muddy Creek.. Henry Holders SW corner.. Jacob Nulls line.. (part of 350 ac. granted to James Gordon 3 Nov 1784; from Seth Gordon heir of sd James Gordon to George Lash 22 Jan 1785; and from George Lash to George Hauser 20 Feb 1788; Witnesses: Abm. Steiner and Laughlin (X) Flin. Signed: George Hauser. (Stokes Co Deed Bk 1) [WP note: George Lash was father of Nathaniel Lash]
  17. 1793 (Oct 22), Stokes Co., NC, Will of "Jeams" Crook: Oct. 22, 1793 -Wife: Elizabeth (5 slaves plus land); sons: Bignal, Jeamy, Jeremiah (all land on Stewart's Branch, Stokes County), William; daughter: Mary, wife of Richard Bennet. Executors: wife and son Bignal; witnesses: Christian Lash and John Shemel. Probated: December Term, 1793. March term, 1794, Stokes County, NC: Inventory of Estate of James Crook in detail. [one source indicates that Jeremiah Crook was born circa 1767]
  18. circa 1794, Zebdiel Billiter [sic] was one of several appointed by Stokes County NC court to a jury to straighten the road from Matthew Brooks to Harveys and make report thereof. (Carol Leonard Snow, STOKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY COURT OF PLEAS &QUARTER SESSIONS, VOL. ii, 1793-1795, P. 28) [Wes Patterson note: Samuel Stewart's 508 acres were sold to Matthew Brooks in the 1770s. Stewart's 1768 will was witnessed by a Mr. Harvey.]
  19. 1801 (Nov 24), Will of David Stewart (Stuart). Proved Dec 1807. Jamiah Harrison [Jemima, wife of Nathaniel Harrison], Hezekiah Rankin, Lydia Potter and Abigail Curd, 20 shillings each. Five sons: John, David, Reuben, Samuel and Thomas, all my estate, also negroes (6 of them) Wife Abigail Stewart to be maintained, Execs John and Reuben Stewart. Wit: Thompson Glenn, Frederick Miller, and Henry Holder. Signed David (X) Stewart. (STOKES COUNTY NC WILLS 1790-1864)
  20. 1819, The will of George Lash, Sr. appears in Surry Co., NC, Will Book 3-143 and is dated 15 Jul 1819, but was not proved. The will names his sons: Nathaniel, John, George, James, Harmon. His daughters were Margaret Garner, Elizabeth Lash, Mary Holliman, Susanna Lash, and Nancy Groce. George Groce son of Allen Groce [Grace] Executors: Christian Lash, John Conrod [Conrad]. Wit: S. Speera and Nicklas Bean.
  21. 1822 (July 21), Aggie Brooks Lash buried in "Cemetery #1" (born 26 May 1767).
  22. 1826 (Nov 3), Nathaniel Lash buried in "Cemetery #1" (born 20 Feb 1763).
  23. 1849, Forsyth County formed from Stokes County.
  24. 1946 (May 1), Gordon Gray and Bowman Gray Jr began buying the land that would become Brookberry Farm, encompassing some 900+ acres, depending on the source. This farm is on both sides of Stewarts Creek. This land is immediately to the west of Muddy Creek and the old Moravian "Wachovia Tract", and is a few miles east of the Yadkin River, which is synonymous with "north of the Yadkin", based on the way the river flows.
  25. 1949, Bowman Gray Jr builds mansion.
  26. 1950 (March), Family of Bowman Gray Jr moves into mansion, per Lyons Gray, one of the five sons of Bowman Gray Jr and Libby, his wife.
  27. 1962 (May 11), Bowman Gray and his wife Elizabeth acquire the 25th and final tract of land that make up Brookberry Farm. Other deeds transpire from time to time with adjustments to the overall boundaries, but no further significant additions are made to the overall farm.




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  28. 2009 (April), Debbie McCann and Wes Patterson begin meeting with Bo Gray to learn more about the farm regarding our respective research projects. Mrs. McCann is writing a book on the history of Brookberry Farm, while Wes Patterson is working to pinpoint the exact location of Samuel Stewart Sr's 508 acre farm.
  29. 2009 (Nov), Using the Forsyth County, NC Online Deeds web site, 25 deeds have been located involving Brookberry Farm in regards to Bowman and/or Gordon Gray purchasing land for the farm. Wes is now tracking these deeds back in time through their previous owners in an attempt to connect the farm to it's original owner(s).
  30. 2010 (Jan), Wes Patterson has determined that Samuel Stewart's 508 acre farm was NOT located within the boundaries of Brookberry Farm. Rather, it must be further north on the waters of Stewarts Creek. Will continue that project after completing the Brookberry Farm history.

Stewart Wills

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/r/y/Sue-Bryant-MIDDLESBORO/BOOK-0001/0006-0003.html#IND566REF12

Samuel Stewart of Rowan County dated his will Aug 20, 1768, and it was witnessed by Preston Crawford, Elizabeth Winscott, and O. Harvey; the will was proved on Aug 4, 1770 in Rowan County. The executors were his sons David and Samuel. In the will Samuel gave all his movable estate to his wife Lydia and left the tract of land on which he lived to his sons Joseph and Benjamin, to be equally divided. [Wes Patterson note: this was the 508 acres on Stewart's Branch aka Tomahawk Branch, later sold in the 1770's to Matthew Brooks.]
In the name of God, Amen, I Samuel Stewart, being weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it and knowing it is appointed fo all men once to die, do make and appoint this my Last Will and Testament.

First, I commit my soul to almight God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the descretion of my Exectors.

Item 1: I give and bequest all my movable estate to my well beloved wife LIDDY STEWART, to use and dispose of at her own descretation.

Item 2: I give and bequest the tenement or tract of land I now live on to my so JOSEPH STEWART and to my son BENJAMIN STEWART, to be equally divided in quanity and quality and I do constitute and appoint my son DAVID STEWART and my son SAMUEL STEWART, my Executors in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of Aug 1768

In the same year that Samuel made the will, he passed away.
Lydia made her will on Jan 11, 1771, and it was proved at the November court, 1772, in Surry County. The witnesses were Christopher Stanton, Charles Hickerson, and Edward Hughes. She named as executors her sons, David and Samuel Stewart. She asked, "that out of my estate a title be obtained for a certain tract of land on the south side of the Yadkin River adjoining Benjamin Pettit's and James Carson's lands, and if such title can be obtained the same be sold and the value thereof be equally divided unto my beloved sons David, Samuel, John, and Joseph Stewart." She gave her son, Benjamin, "an iron pot now in his possession." I give unto my son Joseph's daughter Lydia a good heifer or a young cow." She gave her bed and furnishings to her grand-daughter Lydia, daughter of her son David. An inventory of her estate, made Feb 12, 1773, amounting to 135-6-10, was presented Feb 16, by David and Samuel Stewart.

This information taken from "The Stewart Clan Magazine" November 1938

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Another site shows a transcription of Lydia's will and says "...adjoining Benjamin and James Herson's lands...." I don't know if this transcription is in error or not, but the Harrison name was quite often spelled Herson or Herison, and could easily have been misinterpreted by later researchers to be "carson". Makes me think I need to go see the original.

Wes

Stewarts Branch Notes

The following notes are a collections of records found regarding "Stewarts Branch" aka "Stewarts Creek", which is presumed to be also "Tomahawk Branch", a branch of Muddy Creek in modern day Forsyth Co, NC, formerly Stokes Co (1789-1849), formerly Surry Co (1771-1789), and formerly Rowan Co (1753-1771).

http://users.owt.com/crook/Sources/wwc1.html
...it appears that James [Crook] joins his oldest son and daughter's families, acquiring land on Stewart's Creek in Stokes Co., NC,... and either in process of moving, or staying with one of them, missing inclusion in the 1790 U.S. Census of either Va. or N.C. - but dies in late 1791, and his will is of record there in Stokes Co. with very positive namings:

Stokes Co., N.C., Will of "Jeams" Crook: Oct. 22, 1793 -Wife: Elizabeth (5 slaves plus land); sons: Bignal "Jeamy, Jeremiah (all land on Stewart's Branch, Stokes County), William; daughter: Mary, wife of Richard Bennet. Executors: wife and son Bignal; witnesses: Christian Lash and John Shemel. (James Jr. and Jeremiah do not yet seem to be of "age".) Probated: December Term, 1793.

March term, 1794, Stokes County, N.C.: Inventory of Estate of James Crook in detail.
Another source, http://gencircle.com/users/hlcrookjr/1/data/2319, says Jeremiah Crook was born circa 1767.

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/1844/nconnections.html?200927
1785, March 14...Surry Co... NC deed BK C pg 199-200. ...Spencer Altum of Mongomery Co, to Zebedee Billator 70pds. 100 acres Stewarts branch adj. Mr. Cosart's land on northwest. Witnesses: Nathaniel Lash, James Reynolds, William (mark) Garrot. Signed: Spencer (mark) Altum s/Ann Altum.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hauser/pafn05.htm
WILL: A true inventory of the Estate of Michael Hauser, deceased.
First, four hundred acres of land on Stewarts Branch, one hundred and twenty seven acres upon Mill Creek, ..... August the 18th 1789

[Added 28 April 2009]
http://www.moonzstuff.com/cheek/surryyadkinwilkes.html
This map shows the Yadkin River region from the 1830's, and shows were a "Stewart Creek" and also a "Swan Creek" are located. The former is just west of Mt. Airy in modern day Surry Co and flows into the Ararat River which in turn flows into the Yadkin River on the north side. The latter (Swan Creek) is located just west of Elkin in modern day Wilkes Co (formed 1778) and flows into the Yadkin River from the south side. This particular Stewarts Creek (of which there are many) actually begins in Virginia, west of I-77 and the town of Lambsburg. It flows south past the western edge of Mt. Airy, NC and into the Ararat River. Said river continues to flow south past the western edge of Pilot Mtn and into the Yadkin River, which is flowing east at this point. As for Swan Creek, it clearly flows north (both branches of it) into the Yadkin River about a mile or so west or SW of Elkin, NC.

While it is possible that these Stewarts lived around one or both of these locations, I don't believe that to be the case, or at least not the Stewarts which came from Harrisonburg, Va in the late 1740's and early 1750's.

Brooks, Lash connections to Stewarts & Brookberry Farm

Wit. to Samuel's will of 1768 were Elizabeth Winscott, [Preston] Crafford and I. Carvey [actually was O. Harvey]. Elizabeth Winscott later married Benjamin Stewart, one of Samuel and Lydia's sons. Lydia received all of the movable estate in Samuel's will 1768/1770, and sons Benjamin and Joseph received the land. Lydia left a will of 1771/72 The land was 508 acres and sold in two separate transactions. May 1775 Matthew Brooks bought 124 acres and the sale is recorded in Surry Co. NC. Book A p 169. The remaining 384 acres was also sold to Matthew Brooks 1779. (According to the Harrison Online Repository, Matthew Brooks had Jacob Brooks Sr. as an ancestor, who was a Judge and held out for the rights of the oppressed Regulators and was heavily involved with a bunch of NC Regulators)

Matthew Brooks was involved in records with the Lash family, as well, but mainly because of their local, legal standing. Matthew Brooks was an attorney and Justice of the Peace.

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Debbie, you mentioned on the phone about someone ... with the name Brooks, didn't you? Bo has mentioned ... the Lash family, also.

The Stewarts I'm researching were close relatives with the Harrison family, and they all moved from Harrisonburg, Va to the Yadkin River valley in the 1750s, together. Various members of these Harrisons and Stewarts had legal dealings in the 1750s and later with Jacob Lash (Loesch) and Matthew Brooks. Brooks was an attorney and Justice of the Peace, and even he and Christian Lash were appraisers of estates together, among other things.

Get this, though. Samuel and Lydia Harrison Stewart owned 508 acres. In 1775 (after Sam and Lydia had both died), two of their sons sold 124 acres of this land to none other than Matthew Brooks. Then, in 1779, they sold the remainder of the 508 acres to the same man, Matthew Brooks. So all 508 acres of Samuel Stewart's land was sold in the 1770s to Matthew Brooks.

When the Stewarts got the land it was Rowan Co. By 1771 it was in Surry Co. Then in 1789 it became Stokes Co, and then in 1849 it became Forsyth Co. From some research I've seen, Tomahawk Branch was also known as Stewart's Run or Stewart's Branch at times.

Is this whetting your appetite any?

Wes

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http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/NCROWAN/2007-08/1187212477

From: Hdanw@aol.com
Subject: [NCROWAN] Miscellaneous Notes on One George Hauser of Early RowanCo., NC
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007

In trying to sort out some of my colonial ancestors, I often collect notes on associated families. These notes which I have collected MAY help someone else. I was interested in this man [or perhaps several men of the same name] who was associated with one Christian Lash.

One of my ancestresses was a Lash--Nancy Lash, daughter of one George Lash, also known as Loesch. The Loeschs were originally Moravian. Jacob Loesch got many land grants from the office of Lord Granville before the American Revolution.

If you are interested in the Lash of Loesch family or families of early Rowan Co., let us compare notes.

Oh, yes. If you use the cited material in your own work, please incorporate the source--the citation which I have tried to include. Instead of footnotes, I embed the source material notes, as I cut and paste these bios a LOT, many times to arrange the events chronologically. If you are a skilled genealogist, you know by now to include citations. (In other words, did you dream up this material, or are you gathering the information from a published source or from a film of an original record? Your descendants will want to know. I have inherited several flawed family histories without citations. Wasted countless hours!! Save your descendants from wasted hours!!!)

Another favor to ask: If you know the bride of Christian Lash, will you send me an e-mail? Thanks in advance.

E.W.Wallace

GEORGE HAUSER. (8 Feb 1730 nr. Conshohocken, PA-d. ca 28 Feb 1801 Bethania, Stokes Co., NC [not verified].

George Hauser, Sr. may be son or brother of Michael Hauser who is associated with Jacob Lash (Loesch) in land grants of Lord Granville in western North Carolina in 1761 and 1762, in Rowan Co., NC. In fact, one Michael Houser appears in Patent Bk 6-155 as acquiring land (patent) in Rowan County on the Yadkin Waters on or about 6 December 1753.

(Margaret M. Hofmann GRANVILLE DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, 1748-1763, ABSTRACTS OF MISCELLANEOUS LAND OFFICE RECORDS, VOLUME FIVE [Roanoke News: 1995] p. 367.)

Martin Houser got another patent 1762 in Rowan Co. on both sides of Bashaba creek. (Ibid, p. 369)

George Hauser is also associated with Lash or Loesch family members and with Michael Hauser. Lash was frequently a deputy surveyor, and at times both the Hausers were sworn chain carriers. In 1761, Hauser's patent of 22 Jan 1761 joined William Linvill and the North Bank of Yadkin River.

(Margaret M. Hofmann, THE GRANVILLE DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, 1748-1763, ABSTRACTS OF LAND GRANTS, VOL. THREE [Weldon NC: Roanoke News, ca 1986]

According to abstracts of deeds of Rowan Co., NC, George Houser/Hauser already owned land in Jan 1755 on or near the NE side of Yadkin River as his lines are referenced in a grant from Granville to Robert Elrod, which had been proved in May Court 1753.

According to the Granville grant of Robert Ellrod, 27 Jan 1755, Ellrods grant on the N East Side of the Yadking River, Rowan Co., adjoined the land of George Houser [sic].

(Margaret M. Hofmann, THE GRANVILLE DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA, 1748-1763, VOL. 3 [Weldon, NC: Roanoke News, 1986?], p. 62)

Later Elrods and Hausers are found in Stokes Co., NC deeds. In fact, one of the Hausers was married to a bride named Elrod.

There was a George Hauser, Jr. in Stokes Co., NC, according to records of that county, and it is probably he who appears in records of that county in later years.

George Hauser was one of the justices of the peace in Stokes Co. in 1793. One Christian Lash appears in the minutes of the court Sept 1793, as does Richard Linvill[e] and Nathaniel Lash.

(Carol Leonard Snow, STOKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY COURT OF PLEAS & QUARTER SESSIONS, VOL II, 1793-1795 [US CAN 975.664 p28S, V 2]

George Hauser and Peter Houser were witnesses to this deed in late 1792:

Stokes Co., DB 1 11 Sept. 1792 bet. William Elrod and John Krouse.. 200 pds.. 200 ac. Stewarts Branch...Millars corner...Bolejacks (Bulitscheck) and Lashs lines. Carvers line...[wp note: was this Harvey's line?] (orig. granted to Matthew Brooks and from him to Aquilla Matthews 16 Feb 1787, and from Matthews to sd Elrod 14 Nov 1787)..
Geo. Hauser)
Peter Hauser)
William Elrod

(Mrs. W. O. Absher & Mrs. Robert K. Hayes, STOKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA RECORD OF DEEDS, VOL. 1 (1787-1793) [North Wilkesboro, NC, n.d.), p. 29)

11 Sept 1792 bet George Hauser and William Alford.. 114 pds., 165 ac. Gentrys Branch of Muddy Creek.. Henry Holders SW corner.. Jacob Nulls line.. (part of 350 ac. granted to James Gordon 3 Nov 1784; from Seth Gordon heir of sd James Gordon to George Lash 22 Jan 1785; and from George Lash to George Hauser 20 Feb 1788
Abm. Steiner) George Hauser
Laughlin X Flin

(Ibid., p. 34)

V. I, page 178 "28 February 1800. Will of George HAUSER, Senr. March Term 1800. Wife Barbara. Son Lorenz, my dwelling house and lott in case he can be admitted as inhabitant of this Town; in case he is not, then any other of my Sons who may be admitted, etc. My 12 children: Henry, George, Sarah or her heirs, Anna, Catherine, Gertraut or her heirs, Elizabeth, Frederic, Hanna, Johny, Peter and Lorenz. Mentions owning 1/4 Grist Mill at Bethania; also 2 tracts of land on Townfork and 500 acres in Western Waters in Mississippi; also house and lotts in Germanton. Executors: Brother, Peter HAUSER, Son-in-law Christian LASH and Son George HAUSER. Witnesses: Jacob LASH and Joseph HAUSER, Jurat. Signed: George HAUSER.

(Mrs. W. O. Absher, STOKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WILLS VOLUMES I-IV, 1790-1864 [?] pages 23-24)

Other Houser or Hauser males in this area, Rowan Co., during this time period, were Martin Houser [both sides of Barsheba Creek]

Other Hausers or Howsers in Stokes Co., NC

Stokes Co. DB 1... 9 Dec 1789.. bet. Michael Howser & Peter Howser of Surry Co., Execs. of Michael Howser, decd., and Christian Howser of Surry Co., legatees of the sd. decd... 5 sh.. 200 ac in Surry Co. Stewarts Branch.. waters of Muddy Cr (part of land orig granted by the State to John Howser - from John to Michael)..
Wm. Thornton)
Jos. Howser)
Michel Howser
Peter Howser

(Mrs. W. O. Absher & Mrs. Robert K. Hayes, STOKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA RECORD OF DEEDS, VOL. 1 (1787-1793) [North Wilkesboror, NC, n.d.), p. 7)

Michl. Hauswer and Geo. Hauser [genertions unknown] were witnesses to Stokes Co. DB 1, dated 5 Sept 1791 between Henry Shores, Ex. of Frederick Shores, decd. and John Shores... Mill Creek, waters of Muddy Creek adj the Moravian land... Benjamin Milners line... (Absher & Hayes, p. 13)

Submitted by E.W.Wallace

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From: Hdanw@aol.com
Subject: [NCGEN] Billator
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008

I did a google.com search for Billator family. I came across a timeline for a Haltom family, who had a similar migration trail as the Grace family, it seems. They came from Maryland to the area around Rowan Co., NC.

Here is an excerpt from the Haltom family history which I tripped over on the internet:

Mar. 14, 1785 Surry Co. N.C. Deed Book C, p.199-200: Spencer Altum of Montgomery Co. to Zebedee Billator 70 lbs. 100 acres Stewarts branch adj. Mr. Cosart’s land on northwest. Signed: Spencer (mark) Altum, Ann Altum.

E.W.Wallace

Here is a little additional material:

1785, March 14...Surry Co... NC deed BK C pg 199-200. ...Spencer Altum of Mongomery Co, to Zebedee Billator 70pds. 100 acres Stewarts branch adj. Mr. Cosart's land on northwest. Witnesses: Nathaniel Lash, James Reynolds, William (mark) Garrot. Signed: Spencer (mark) Altum s/Ann Altum. (Note: addition courtesy of Mike Barr)

Ca. 1794, Zebdiel Billiter [sic] was one of several appointed by Stokes County NC court to a jury to straighten the road from Matthew Brooks to Harveys and make report thereof &C &C
[Carol Leonard Snow, STOKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY COURT OF PLEAS &
QUARTER SESSIONS, VOL. ii, 1793-1795, P. 28]

Wes Patterson note: O. Harvey (possibly an Oney or Onesiphorus Harvey) was one of the witnesses of Samual Stewart's 1768 will.

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Debbie,

Oh, I've had some of this since early April after talking to Bo, but other pieces of it I just got today. Bo told me about the Lash name ... That's why I'm researching them.

Have you seen the article about Bowman Gray Jr (actually a chapter from a book, I think) that was posted online by the WS Journal last year? It's at http://extras.journalnow.com/lostempire/tob6b.htm. What's interesting is one part that says "Gray wanted a more rural setting, and in 1946 he started buying land in western Forsyth County. By 1949 he had acquired 840 acres and built a Georgian mansion on the property. He called the place Brookberry Farm." Now Bo has said that Jr's brother (Gordon) started buying it first, and then the next year Jr started buying from him, so perhaps he continued adding to it until 1949, when the family moved to the farm.

My thought is that we need start back in the 1940s at when BG Jr bought up the land. Since then it has been in his hands, and then the trust, and then the developer, and some new homeowners such as you. I'm certainly gonna be most interested in who he bought it from, and then tracing back in time who each of those men bought their pieces from, and so on. That will eventually take us back to pre-1849, and we'll then have to start checking the Stokes County records as Forsyth will no longer be any good for us (prior to 1849).

Same is true once we get to 1789, we'll have to start looking in Surry County records, and then prior to 1771 it will be Rowan County records. However, I'm betting that we'll find a lot in Forsyth, Stokes and Surry, given the time frames.

Anyway, I look forward to meeting you tomorrow. See ya then.

Wes

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The following records shed light on some key issues.
Surry Co. DB C:199-200: 14 Mar 1785 Spencer Altum, Montgomery County, North Carolina, to Zebedee Billator 70 pds 100 ac Stewarts branch adj Mr. Cosart's land on NW. It was signed by Spencer X Altum and Ann Altum. Witnesses: Nathaniel Lash, James Reynolds, William X Garrot

Ca. 1794, Zebdiel Billiter [sic] was one of several appointed by Stokes County NC court to a jury to straighten the road from Matthew Brooks to Harveys and make report thereof &C &C [Carol Leonard Snow, STOKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY COURT OF PLEAS & QUARTER SESSIONS, VOL. ii, 1793-1795, P. 28]
In 1785, the eventual Brookberry Farm would have been in Surry Co. By 1794, Stokes Co.

Mr. Billator bought 100 ac on Stewarts Branch in 1785, witnessed by Nathaniel Lash. We know that Nathaniel Lash is [associated with] Brookberry Farm.

Furthermore, one clue is that Stewarts Branch was sometimes called Tomahawk Branch as seen at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rdanner/Samuel.html which tells us "The creek on Samuel's land took his name. Stewart's (also Steward and Stuart) Creek is described as being on the west side of the Wachovia Tract and 'sometimes called Tomahawk Branch.' Stewarts Creek was a northwestern branch of large Muddy Creek."

Additionally, we know that Samuel Stewart's sons (executors) sold his Tomahawk Branch property, 508 acres, to Matthew Brooks in the 1770s. And above, we see that Mr. Billator was appointed to straighten out the road from Matthew Brooks to Harveys. So we know we're dealing with the same Nathaniel Lash and the same Matthew Brooks and the same Stewarts Branch aka Tomahawk Branch. That typically occurred within a region around your own property.

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/NCSTOKES/2005-02/1109448299 shows us that Nathaniel Lash got married around 24 April 1786 in Surry County.

http://juliemorrison.com/gen/banner/rr01/rr01_001.htm shows us another connection between the Lash family and Matthew Brooks:
1792 Jun 7 - Stokes Co., NC - From the Estate of Henry Banner:
We the committee appointed to settle with executor of the estate of Henry Banner deceased have fully examined the several accounts and vouchers find that the four Legatees have each of them received their equal shares being 312 pounds, 2 shillings and 8 and 1/2 pence to each share. It also appears by the within amount that there is a balance of 5 pounds,14 shilllings and 8 pence due to the Legatees to be equally divided. Signed Christian Lash and Matthew Brooks.
http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/NCROWAN/2007-08/1187212477 again this collection of notes shows that Brooks lived near the Lash family and on Stewarts Branch:
Stokes Co., DB 1 11 Sept. 1792 bet. William Elrod and John Krouse.. 200 pds.. 200 ac. Stewarts Branch...Millars corner...Bolejacks (Bulitscheck) and Lashs lines. Carvers line.. (orig. granted to Matthew Brooks and from him to Aquilla Matthews 16 Feb 1787, and from Matthews to sd Elrod 14 Nov 1787)..
Geo. Hauser)
Peter Hauser) William Elrod
http://www.gentryjournal.org/archives/jgg0208.htm this page shows a lot of relationships between Matthew Brooks and the Gentry families. Most of the Gentrys lived right along the Yadkin River, west of Brookberry Farm. Matthew Brooks even owned a ferry along the river. Why is this a clue? Brooks obviously had interests closer to the Wachovia Tract (in that he bought land from Sam Stewart). On my website http://wespatterson.com/patt/samuel.stewart.asp I have notes concerning a William Gentry who was paid by the Moravians to build a bridge across Muddy Creek on the Shallow Ford Rd. This is the bridge [location] on Country Club Rd today!!!! This William Gentry had a son named Claburn Gentry who lived next to a Douthitt, and Douthitt lived next to Samuel Stewart Jr in the 1790s, and his land was also next to Claburn Gentry, and the Wachovia Tract (western border was Muddy Creek). All of this means we're dealing with individuals who had interests not only along the Yadkin but also east of there at Muddy Creek.... which is where Brookberry Farm is.

So what was the relationship of Aggie Brooks Lash (wife of Nathaniel Lash) to Matthew Brooks? Don't know yet. ... they were both born in the 1760s and both died in the 1820s. This almost suggests that Agge / Aggie may have been a granddaughter, or at least a younger daughter of Matthew Brooks.

More later...

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The following rec's indicates that George Lash (father of Nathaniel Lash) owned the 100 acres that he sold to Altum in 1771, who then sold it to Billator in 1785, which was then witnessed by Nathaniel Lash, and was on Stewarts Branch.
Spencer Altum originally got this 100 ac from George Lash in 1771, Rowan Co. See http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/1844/nconnections.html "1771, May 3... Rowan County Court Book... Deed from George Lash and his wife to Spencer Altum for 100 acres".
The will of George Lash, Sr. appears in Surry Co., NC, Will Book 3-143 and is dated 15 Jul 1819, but was not proved. The will names his sons: Nathaniel, John, George, James, Harmon. His daughters were Margaret Garner, Elizabeth Lash, Mary Holliman, Susanna Lash, and Nancy Groce. George Groce son of Allen Groce [Grace?] Executors: Christian Lash, John Conrod. Wit: S Speer; Nicklas Bean
Matthew Brooks and George Lash connections:
Surry Co., Record of Estates (1809-1818)
Hauser, George & others - pp. 6, 8
30 Jul 1785 - executors bond w/ Matthew Brooks & George Lash
The above record is big, I think. We know that George Lash's son, Nathaniel Lash, married Aggie Brooks, and both are [associated with] Brookberry Farm. The family is not well documented for Matthew Brooks, but he did have several sons and daughters, that is known.

Here is a Revolutionary War period, actually 1775, document involving both men and their support of the Independence movement: http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/document/csr10-0093
Proceedings of the Safety Committee in Surry County.
LIBERTY OR DEATH.
GOD SAVE THE KING.

August 25th 1775.

North Carolina
Surry County. }

Committee met according to appointment 25th August 1775.

Present: Benjamin Cleaveland, John Hamlin, Jesse Walton, Samuel Freeman, Benjamin Herndon, Charles Lynch, John Armstrong, James Hampton, Richard Gorde, Augustus Blackburn, James Doke, Matthew Brooks, John Hudsbeth, George Lash, John Snead, Malcom Curry.

Benjamin Cleaveland was elected Chairman.

Resolved, We think proper to Declare our disapprobation and Abhorrance of certain papers by the name of Protests &c., signed and transmitted to Govr Martin in opposition to the common cause of Liberty; some of which Papers contain many Falsehoods and matters of Encouragement to the most wicked Ministers and Tools of Government in their most wicked Measures and designs; the said papers being calculated to Divide the good People of this Province and destroy its internal peace and Occasion the Effusion of Blood.

Resolved, We Determine by all Lawful ways and means to Discountenance and suppress such mischievous and beneful Papers and all such combinations against the common cause of American Liberty;

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and do our utmost Endeavours to support the Congress in Defending our Just Rights and Liberties.

Resolved, That whatever Britains may claim as their Birth Right we may justly claim as our Birth Right; and that all the Natural Rights of British Subjects are confirmed to us by Charter and the Faith of Kings and the free Constitution of Great Britain and this Province.

Resolved, That those who now would subject all America or this Province to a Dependency on the Parliament of Great Britain are guilty of a very Dangerous Innovation injurious to the Crown and inconsistant with the Liberty of the American Subjects.

Resolved, That by the Law of Nature and the British Constitution no man can be Legally Taxed or have his property taken from him without his consent, given by himself or his Representatives.

Resolved, That the late Acts of the British Parliament for raising a Revenue in America by laying Taxes on us without our Consent and against our Protestation, are Opposite to our Ideas of Property, and inconsistant with the spirit of the Constitution, and does in Fact at one Stroke Deprive this whole Continent of all property; and of their most invaluable Rights and Liberties.

Capt Charles Lynch and Mr William Merridith, Members of the Committee, came in and took their seats.

Resolved, That this Committee highly approve of the Proceedings of the Continental Congress held in Philadelphia in Septr last, and that we will endeavor to carry their Recommendations into Execution.

Resolved, That the Worthy Delegates who represented this Province in said Congress Deserve our warmest and most Grateful thanks for the faithful Discharge of their Office and that Colo Armstrong present them in our names and in behalf of this county.

The Committee Adjourns till to-morrow 7 O'clock.

Brookberry Farm, the Great Wagon Road, the Stewarts, Harrisons, et al

My page on Samuel and Lydia Harrison Stewart:

http://wespatterson.com/patt/samuel.stewart.asp

The next page has several pictures, but the last one shows part of the Great Wagon Road traversing northern Forsyth County. If you take a modern map of W-S (Winston-Salem), you can make out the roads on this old map and roughly figure out where this was:

http://home.windstream.net/judyscard/wagonr.htm

This next site has an old map that is pretty good actually. Zoom in on the picture and then look down toward the bottom left of it and you'll see "Anson County". Right in the middle of that word "County" you'll see the Yadkin River flowing N to S and then to the right of it you'll see "Gorgales Creek" flowing parallel to the Yadkin. That creek is Muddy Creek, so in between the two is where Brookberry Farm is now. The Wagon road on this map goes south and then turns due west. In that area is where Brookberry Farm is now, roughly, because it going due west is the route going to the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River, aka modern day Shallowford Rd. This map is from 1749.

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-colonial/2038

The following map is my favorite, though, and it's the most informative map I know for showing where the old road was, and how it changed over time as new legs were developed. Notice Forsyth County, and then the Wachovia Tract shaded inside it, and then just to the west of the shaded area you see "1754". In that period the road was coming through that part of the county, just west of Muddy Creek. Brookberry Farm is roughly where the "7" is in 1754. The wagon road was north of there but would have crossed Olivet Church Rd and Robinhood Rd on its way to Lewisville at the intersection of Shallowford and Lewisville-Vienna Roads.

http://www.waywelivednc.com/maps/historical/great-wagon-road.htm

I look forward to working with you on this, Debbie. It was good to talk to you.

Wes

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The location of Brookberry Farm is in modern day Forsyth co, NC, but depending on the time period, you need to check other counties for records involving that same region.

Forsyth formed 1849.
Stokes formed 1789.
Surry formed 1771.
Rowan formed 1753.

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Mrs. Hulse considers the above theory interesting but she disagrees with him about the location of the "Swan Ponds" and she does not think that the Nathaniel Harrison who m Jemima Stewart had been married before, though 'he could have been. She is of the opinion that the Stewarts and Joseph Harrison may have been related or involved as they lived in the same area. There are records in Rowan, Surry, Stokes, Wilkes and Burke to consider. She does believe that the early Joseph Harrison of Rowan and Surry was of the Isaiah Harrison family, but how the Iredell ones vane into it she is not sure. She notes that Isaiah Harrison Jr (in LGT) was adm of Joseph Harrison's estate in Augusta VA in May 1748 and on Sept 1, a "vendue" of Joseph's goods was held at the house of Samuel Stewart by Jeremiah Harrison. And May 23, 1750 Order book II, p 365 is recorded Isaiah Harrison admr of Joseph Harrison removed to Carolina.

LGT says that Isaiah Sr died enroute to VA. He had no son Joseph and it is reasonable to assume that if Joseph had belonged to any of his living sons that his father would have been adm of his estate. Gideon Harrison, son of Isaiah Sr and his first wife (Wright) had died before the family moved to VA. but LGT, p 124, also says that some circumstances indicate that his widow and children were among the first settlers in the Harrisonburg region. Isaiah Harrison Jr came later (the eldest son but the last to cane to VA). Tradition is that 16 were in that party (p 120 LGT). So, even though LGT says that Joseph who died in Augusta 1748 was the son of Isaiah Jr, that is not necessarily so. He could just as well have been a son of Gideon and that the Joseph who got land in Old Rowan County NC was the son of Isaiah Jr.

Isaiah Jr was b Sept 27, 1689 and would have been 61 years old in 1750 and 64 when he entered land in 1753 (Swan Ponds) and in 1761 he would have been 72 when Isaiah appears on the tax list above.. pretty old for those days.

LGT does not say how many children Isaiah Jr had, nor his younger half brother Samuel. In addition to the tax lists quoted above, NORTH CAROLINA TAXPAYERS 1701-1787 by Clarence Radcliffe shows for Rowan and Surry Cos.: Josiah Harrison 1759 Rowan; Essiah Harrison 1772 Surry Co. (presumably Isaiah); Bessiah (Isaiah?) 1771 Surry; John Harrison 1771 Surry; William 1771 Surry; William 1772 Surry. Most likely John Harrison is the brother of James Harrison who m Elizabeth Hampton and the two Williams are the same person paying taxes both years. (Comment: John and James Harrison.. not LGT James Harrison is the subject of the book THE VENTURERS and m Elizabeth Hampton, sister of the famous Wade Hampton. John operated an important store at Shallow Ford and apparently never married - though I wonder).

Joseph Harrison bought land from Anthony Furlerburg in 1758 on the 1E side Yadkin. In 1762 Thomas Harrison was a witness to a deed from Jacob Lash both sides Town Fork Creek, and in that same year Thomas was a witness to deed of Jacob Lash from Granville, on Mill Creek of Gargabs Creek, which Mrs Hulse takes to mean Gargales Creek, which later is called Muddy Creek and is located in SW Stokes Co.

In 1768 if he were still alive, Isaiah Harrison Jr would have been 79 years old and in 1771 81 years.. She believes the "Essiah" listed in the 1771 listing would be a son of his, or a son of Thomas Harrison who lived in the area. She wonders if the Josiah in the 1759 Rowan Co. Tax list is not Isaiah misspelled.

She wonders if in the 1800 Buncombe Census of Thomas Harrison,, if he could possibly be the one who was in Rowan/Surry/Stokes area early, and if he was a son of Isaiah Jr. He could have gone dawn to the Rutherford area and to Buncombe by 1800.

Mrs. Hulse learned a useful item: A man did not have to be 21 to own land, but he had to be 21 to sell it. (That would permit a deed of gift to minors or that they could inherit the land, before 21, which might solve a bunch of questions about ages that do not seem to fit. I am also familiar with South Carolina policies especially around 1768 when they were having a big influx of settlers. They were encouraging the settlers by generous grants and furnishing tools, livestock, supplies and such to the poor. Their general grant policy at that time was 100a for head of the household, male or female, plus 50 acres each for the wife, each child and each servant or slave. However a boy or girl 16 years of age or older could get 100 acres on their own whereas only 50 acres as a child for their parent. Also, they did not pay too much attention to proof of age of these kids who claimed to be 16. I do not know about NC policies in that respect). Enclosures from Betty Jo Hulse.

From THE STEWART CLAN MAGAZINE, Dec 1938. Article, STEWARTS OF OLD ROWAN COUNTY, NC -SAMUEL AND LYDIA STEWART OF YADKIN COUNTY. David Stewart, son of Samuel b c 1722 was in Augusta Co. VA 1747-48 when he "beat the bounds" (processioning boundaries I presume). About 1748 he cot a Granville cant for 138 acres on the Yadkin in Anson Co. NC, later Rowan, then Surry, then after 1850 Yadkin Co. It was surveyed Jan 10, 1748-9 with chain carriers Abraham Potter and Anthony Heavely. David settled on Swan Creek probably before his parents came. He had a constable's beat on the north side of the Yadkin from Muddy Creek (present Davidson Co) upward as shown in the minutes of the court 1753-1756. In 1757 he was granted 380 acres on the east side of Yadkin which he sold in 1779 to John Lynch. David and Samuel Stewart sureties 1762 on the marriage bond of JOSEPH HARRISON and ANN BALLS of Rowan. David and Samuel Stewart were execs of their father's will in 1770 and their mother's will in 1772. David Stewart had a daughter Lydia.

Samuel Stewart, son of Samuel and brother of David b c 1724 m Elizabeth _____. He moved from VA to NC about 1751 probably before his parents. He obtained a grant of 646 acres 1751 with survey 1753. Later in 1762 he got another grant on the east side of the Yadkin on both sides of Swan Creek adjacent to his brother David. John Harrison was a witness. He and David may have been living in Stokes Co in 1790 for the census. There was also a Thomas Stewart, a Rev. War Vet in Surry who m Jane Potter. (I think I notice a discrepancy here: Swan Creek is not on the east side of the Yadkin but on the SW side according to Dr. Rider's map. Also, the author of this article tells about visiting the place and describes its beauty but nothing about a pond in 1938. This is in that part of Surry which became Stokes Co.).

There were several John Stewarts in the area. The John who was son of Samuel was probably not the one married to Hannah Boone and who was killed by Indians in 1770 (hunting buddy of Daniel Boone as I recall) and he probably was not the John Stewart who m Margaret Potts 1770. The proper John Stewart m c 1760 to Susanna Bledsoe, a widow and daughter of Frederick Fulkerson and settled in Surry Co. He probably gave the name to Stewart Creek, west of Mt. Airy. This John and Susanna sold their land 1765 and moved to Mecklenburg County NC 1771 on Stony Fork of Mallard Creek. They sold that too and moved to TN to a branch of the Holston.

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Joseph Stewart, also son of Samuel had among his children, LYDIA.
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ISAIAH Stewart, also son of Samuel.
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John Stewart (another one apparently) m Mary and on a 1763 deed William Harrison was a witness.

There is much more about these Stewarts in these pages.. I have summarized considerably.

This article is subheaded Samuel and Lydia Stewart,, but they are really not discussed in these pages. However, the presumption is that Lydia was Lydia HARRISON, daughter of ISAIAH HARRISON JR.

SURRY CO. NC COURT MINUTES VOL I & II, 1768-1789. p 16. About August 1779.

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Jeremiah Harrison vs Lewis Comer, debt.
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Jurors for next session include John and Gideon Wright and Joseph Stewart.
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About May 1773. Hezekiah WRIGHT bound unto Edward HERRING, to do with Edward Herring estate.
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Dec 1 1774. John Harrison a witness to do with a trespass case. (This is John Harrison, brother to James who m Elizabeth Hampton. Same day William Harrison on jury. and jury appointed for next court included Hezekiah and Gideon Wright.

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15 Aug 1781. Deed from Robert Harrison by his attorney Matt Brooks to Samuel Kirby... (was Robert moved elsewhere such as Rutherford and later to move to Buncombe?). But 15 May 1783 Robert Harrison to serve as juror next court.
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14 Nov 1787. Hanes Glens Executors vs Joseph Harrison to jury.


SURRY COUNTY DEEDS 1779-1797.p 55 30 Aug 1779 Benjamin and Joseph Stewart to Matthew Brooks L520, 384 acres east side Yadkin being part of 508 acre Granville grant to Samuel Stewart Sr. Wit: William Thornton, Agness PRICE, and James Blackwell. Signed Benjamin (X) Stewart, Joseph (X) Stewart and Elizabeth (X) Stewart.

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STOKES COUNTY NC WILLS 1790-1864. Will of David Stewart (Stuart) Nov 24, 1801. Pr Dec 1807. 7b Jamiah Harrison, Hezekiah Rankin, Lydia Potter and Abigail Curd, 20 shillings each. Five sons: John, David, Reuben, Samuel and Thomas, all my estate, also negroes (6 of them) Wife Abigail Stewart to be maintained, Execs John and Reuben Stewart. Wit: Thompson Glenn, Frederick Miller, and Henry Holder. Signed David (X) Stewart... comment: Though this is a sizable estate, he treated his daughter Jamiah (Jemima) Harrison,, wife of Nathaniel Harrison of the possible mixed blood equally with his other daughters though with only 20 shillings. Perhaps there was some sort of reconciliation before his death though he had opposed the marriage.


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ANOTHER MAILING FROM BETTY JO HULSE with more Stewart info from Barbara Blankenship, who is also interested in the Pattersons who were dawn in York Co. SC near Rutherford NC and involved with Harrisons there. (Recall that Pattersons of this area were also from Augusta County VA. Old Jeremiah Harrison, son of Isaiah Sr later of Greene Co. TN, was m to Catherine Adams whose mother was a Patterson). There are copies from a book, THE MAIDEN FAMILY OF VIRGINIA AND ALLIED FAMILIES. This connects Maidens and Underwoods to Stewarts and the author suspects, without proof, that Lydia, wife of Samuel Stewart was the daughter of Isaiah Harrison Jr.

Mrs. Hulse is considering the question of the possibility that her Nathaniel Harrison and others in Buncombe could be sons of Nathaniel Harrison and Jemima Stewart, daughter of David Stewart and Lydia (Harrison?). There are no Stewarts in the 1800 Buncombe County census but between 1810 to 1828 there are several entries for Jacob Stewart in the Buncombe Deed Books. In Rowan County marriages is a record of Jacob Stewart m Nancy Potts in 1768. A Jacob Stewart also m Elizabeth Setzer b ca 1778 in Buncombe (From HERITAGE OF OLD BUNCOMBE CO, VOL I # 566.

Jemima Stewart Harrison in her application for a pension said she had borne three children by Nathaniel, 2 of which were dead by 1842, time of her application. Mrs. Hulse's Nathaniel Harrison of Buncombe/Shelby Co. AL disappears from the records after the 1840 census. In Shelby Co. AL in the 1820 census there were three Harrison families... Nathaniel, Thomas, and Benjamin who was over 21 and living alone. In 1830 Benjamin was 30-40 as was Nathaniel with wife, children and a female 60-70 in his household. Thomas is not listed. She has always assumed that Benjamin and Nathaniel were brothers and Thomas their father and the elderly female their mother and that Thomas had died between 1820 and 1830.

Brookberry Farm Tour

Saturday, April 25, I had the privilege of "touring" a major section of Brookberry Farm with Bo Gray and also Debbie McCann and her husband. Debbie is writing a book on the history of the farm. We are both fortunate enough to have been brought together by Bo at this time, as both of us should be able to pool our resources in researching various aspects of the history of the farm.

Debbie, by necessity, is focusing on just the farm. I understand that and support her efforts in that regard in order to get her book published. I am more interested in finding the land on which Sam and Lydia Harrison Stewart lived, died, and were buried. Before this is over with, I suspect I will end up mapping out the original owners of the entire Tomahawk Branch, aka Stewarts Branch, section of land. This region encompasses property as far north as Yadkinville Hwy (almost), lying between Olivet Church Rd and Robinhood Rd, and then as far south as where it feeds into Muddy Creek between Country Club Rd and Phillips Bridge Rd.

Saturday, we also had the privilege of meeting Lyons Gray and his family. Lyons is Bo's uncle, and one of the five sons of Bowman Gray Jr. Lyons was telling us how his father began buying the land around 1946, built the house in 1949, and they moved into the house in March of 1950.

We also discussed Nathaniel Lash and Aggie Brooks Lash and their slaves...

We then went down a path to the creek (one of the creeks), then back around to the north and west in the lower fields, eventually coming back to the gravel entrance from Ketner Rd, and back up the house. We took a few pictures and video footage, which I'll post later.

Lyons gave Debbie some names which we can use to look for the 1940s deeds. I'll refrain from posting that info here for now. I am scouring the Internet looking for anything and everything I can find on Stewart, Lash, Brooks, and any other name that comes up in the course of researching these farms (Stewart's farm and Brookberry farm). I will start posting those details in subsequent posts and will then begin to assimilate those findings into something more concise and to the point. This is a work in progress...

Brookberry Farm

I had the privilege to meet with Bowman Gray (IV) this morning (April 2nd) over coffee and hot chocolate. Bo and I discussed family matters a bit and then got down to business concerning the history of "the farm"... Brookberry Farm. The farm is located in western Forsyth County, and recently annexed into the city of Winston-Salem.

I am on a research mission to determine the location of a 1750's farm (508 acres), originally granted by the state of North Carolina to Samuel Stewart. Sam and his wife Lydia (Harrison) moved to what was then Rowan Co NC in the early to mid 1750s, roughly 1754. Sam and Lydia were neighbors of my ancestors, Robert and Sarah Patterson, in both Harrisonburg, Va (1740s and 50s) and also Sussex Co DE (1720s and 30s). Sam and Lydia died in the late 1760s and early 1770s, respectively, and I believe they are buried in a family cemetery on their old farm. I also believe that when my ancestors left Va in the late 1750s or 1760 perhaps, they would have lodged for a time at the Stewarts' home, on their way south to the Kings Mountain area along the NC/SC border.

The Great Wagon Road in those days would have traversed through the modern day Brookberry Farm or perhaps just a little to the north and west of it, but no more than a mile away at best. It is also my belief that old Sam Stewart's farm was part of the modern day Brookberry Farm.

Bo's grandfather (Bowman Gray Jr) was the one who grew the farm to its current size, some 800-900 acres. Jr's brother Gordon was actually the first to buy any of that land in the 1940s, but a year later was "called to Washington" and therefore sold the land to his brother, Bowman Jr. The rest is history.

In the next couple weeks, Bo plans to take me on a hiking expedition across the farm. There are strict rules regarding being on this land, and therefore Bo must escort any non-family member on the property. Furthermore, there are no plans to preserve any land on the farm, which is currently owned and managed by a development firm, under legal contract.

Go here for more information on Samuel and Lydia Harrison Stewart.

Another goal of mine concerning the Stewarts' farm is to research the Brookberry Farm owners back through history to their original owner(s) and therefore make the connection with the Stewarts, or at least find the proximity between Stewart's land, and the modern day Brookberry Farm.

More on this later...