Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

so I start this site in Virginia… go figure

Brantley blood…Anderson veins…

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Apparently a son or grandson of Edward Brantley (of lower Isle of Wight) left a deposit in the Anderson Bank but failed to leave a forwarding address…

Out of 2,000+ cousin DNA hits I had one 67 step match…  Benjamin Hall, 1773-1843, Chatham Co., NC .  His ancestry seems similarly undetermined but a “purported” link is a Brantley.

The common link, in my opinion, likely happened some years before 1732 when Elizabeth Anderson (Sr) composed her will. She noted an illegitimate grandson by her daughter Elizabeth.

(excerpt from will of Elizabeth Anderson 1733)
I give to my Daughter Elisebeth Pitman, one paire of Small Mill Stones
I give my Daughter Elisebeth Pitmans Son William Anderson one Hiefer.

My assumption is that Grandma would not give a cow to a baby… perhaps a teenager or near teen…

Love was in the air… 1720ish…

Who was the masked marauder?

Meherrin R_VA copy







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October 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

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Nobody knows the trubble I’ve seen…

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Nobody knows my sorrow…. sung to the tune of the olde slave song…  (I remember singing it as a third or fourth grader in Snyder, Texas… my home town until I was 16 and moved to Florida).

So I’ve been doing some considerable re-working of my Isle of Wight map… a commenter has got me all fired up and re-interested in the Robert Coleman of IOW.  He showed up around 1665 or so and that period never makes for a dull moment when attempting to map those early patents.  Here is a real jewel which I had left off my map for obvious reasons…  The problem is that you cannot dismiss a patent just because it can’t be read or it just makes no sense… you have to “deal” with it.

I seriously don’t think I’ve seen a more UN-descriptive description than this…  normally these patents are remarkably accurate… even by modern standards.

To carry on with my rant…

This is Leift (or Leist?) … oh hell, Lieutenant John Upton in 1638…


“IOW…”beginning at the outside of Ambrose Bennetts Land lying Northerly upon the said branch and 500ac of Land more on the other side of the sd. branch opposite against the foresaid Land running Easterly into the woods beginning at an Indian path which goeth over the head of that branch and runneth Southerly upwards from the head of the said branch…”    (no name of the said branch is mentioned)

Like I said… Nobody knows the trubble I’ve seen… (smiling).   About the only hard clue in that diatribe is the mention of Ambrose Bennett and using the full extent of my vivid imagination, that it “seems” to be northerly of said Bennett’s patent…       I think?

This is how I am dealing with it (for now)…   I have added the Ambrose Bennett patent which absolutely corroborates the Robert Coleman purchase…  (but then in actuality the Upton patent is LARGER than Bennett’s… so it has to be added… somehow.  I try to fill up any missing patents with an “explanation” of why it is missing… make sense?


I am still shuffling around patents because I had formerly thought that “Cypress Creek” was the branch just above the Lt John Upton blurb… evidently NOT.  On modern maps (including this base map from the early 1900s) it is named “Champion Swamp”.  Cypress Swamp is to the east and called such on modern maps.  But I am still left scratching my head because I do not recall running  across any mention of Champion Swamp in the early records? Someone find an early reference to settle this? My hunch is that it was named such in the 1800s.  Other issues that confuse me is the William Body (Boddie) patent clearly does not represent 3,350 acres. Note that Boddie’s patent references “Cypress Creek”… it has to be close to it.  I am going to have to decide which of the early patents to delete and replace with newer ones as the old guys die off and are replaced with sons or simply escheat to new patentees.  Perhaps an early and later map.

Hmmm… I think I just answered my own question about the Swamps… I also found another patent for William Boddie’s “way too small” patent of 3350 acres.  Apparently it was re-surveyed in 1684 (which is a beast to figure out but it can be done).  Here is the summary:

Boddie, William. grantee.

Land grant 26 April 1684.

Summary Location: Isle of Wight County.

Description: 3350 acres between and on both sides of the two great swamps of ye Cypress and the western branch of Nanzemond.

Source: Land Office Patents No. 7, 1679-1689 (v.1 & 2 p.1-719), p. 394 (Reel 7).

The telling part which seems to clarify the question of the Swamps (quoting verbatim from the patent):

“between & on both sides of the two great Swamps of ye Cypress and the Western branch of Nansemond in the lower pish of Isle of Wight”

If I am interpreting this correctly… and note his patent is HUGE… my assumption is there are 2 branches of the Cypress. And the Western branch of Nansemond is a different “swamp”.  Please comment if you disagree.  The patent below clearly has Boddie’s land extending to and crossing the Western branch. 


Here is my latest attempt to figure out the conundrum… it just does not fit…  (and yes… I have considered that it has been 300 years…)   Perhaps the RED creek once connected to the PURPLE creek?  If it did then Boddie’s patent would have connected to BOTH the Cypress and Western Branch creeks.  And I can feel confident to proceed with the map with another anchor point.  But I do not feel comfortable yet.


OK… I have re-thunk it… now it makes sense…   If I may be bold and somewhat arrogant…  I feel confident enough of this map that (in my humble opinion) it can now be considered Primary Proof.  That is not to say any of my other map work stands up to this grouping of patents.  This fits like a glove… hence my confidence.


I have a “clean” base map of these creeks if you wish to study it…

I also found another 500ac patent for Boddie which needs to be included… [update: it was included in his later 1684 patent]

Robert Coleman’s several patents are beginning to make some sense now…   maybe a beer will help me sort things out…

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October 1, 2016 at 8:47 am

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Charles City County, VA… found records

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Charles City records taken by Union soldiers during Civil War are now returned…


I suspect they may show up here…

Please share a link if you find them before me…

They threw out a few sample bones for us to ponder…. one got my interest…


A similar event in 1991…

Dear Mr. Anderson,

Thank you for your inquiry.  The Library of Virginia is currently conserving the pages of the early Charles City record book that were returned to the Commonwealth earlier this year.   We hope to have it conserved and digitized by the end of December.  Please check back with us in January for an update as it may take longer than that.

The Library of Virginia              Archives Reference Services

Groan…. its like watching grass grow…


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September 28, 2016 at 10:07 am

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A mystery Robert Coleman in Nansemond… (well, sort of Nansemond but not quite)

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Modern Gates/Chowan County, NC to be precise… but it was in the area that VA and NC disputed until 1728…

Benjamin Small and wife Mary, to Robert Coleman, of Nansemond
Co., Va. 167 acres near the head of Bennett’s Creek, adjoining
land of Win. [Wm.] Speirs and Daniel Push. [Pugh] 467 acres issued by
grant to Jno. Small, of Xansemond County, Va.. -June 16, 1715.
This deed is dated July 16, 1734. Test, Thos. Rountree, Thomas

Bottom line (from a research point of view)… this is the first Coleman I know of in what could be reckoned as “Nansemond” since the removal of Robert Coleman in the early 1700s. The question is “were they related”?

I searched the onsite VA patents to frustration… then I found this reference… (thanks to the hard work of Mr. Rodenhizer)

All of the early court records on Nansemond have been destroyed, but
there are early land patents listed. John Small and John Small, Junr.,
patented several tracts of land; the first in 1714, the last in 1731.

John Small 69A. (N.L) upper part of Nansemond County on the west side of
Mabering (Meberrin?) Swamp down the Pipeing Branch – 16 June 1714.
Importation of two persons, John Gordon and Ursillas ____ (Gordon?).
(Patent Book 10, p. 133)

16 June 1714, he also patented 467A. (N.L.) on Bennitt’s Creek. (Patent
Book 10, p. 176) Importation 10 persons.
24 Jan. 1717, 350A. in Nansemond Upper Part (Ibid. p. 358)

13 November 1721, 150A. in Nansemond (Patent Book 11, p. 66)

31 October1726, 230A. in the Maple Pocoson. (Patent Book 13, p. 45)

John Small, Junr., patented two tracts.

11 July 1719, 178A. on south side of Loosing Swamp. (Patent Book 10, p.

25 August 1731, 52A. on the NE side of a place called the Bear Garden by
a cart path. (Patent Book 14, p. 294)

This means I will have to construct a map of the East side of the Chowan River to figure out these Olde Chowan “Precinct” patents…  many of them are under the Virginia patents…

I do have an interest because the STALLINGS of Edgecombe County also originated from this area…

Groan….   don’t get me wrong, this is my hobby.. but it is a pain…


15 Dec 1739 – William Coleman, son of Robert Coleman of the Upper Parish of
Nansemond Co., Virginia, deeded to Robert Peale son of William Peale of Parish and
Co., aforesaid in consideration for 20 Pounds, 167 acres in Chowan Precinct, NC near
Bennetts Creek, lately purchased by Robert Coleman father of William Coleman, 16
July 1734, & willed by the said Robert Coleman to son William Coleman, land adjoining
William Spires, Olive Morgan, Thomas Norfleet, Capt. Dan Pugh, John Joanes. Signed
William (his W mark) Coleman and Jain (her J mark) Dickinson. Witnessed: John (his
X mark) More, Jesse (his J mark) Peele, William Peele. Recorded Oct 1758. (Chowan
County, NC, Deed Book M, Page 60.)

Note above “Jain (her J mark) Dickinson”…  it seems logical that Jane was a sister of William Coleman… so there is a clue if a DICKINSON connection can be made. (I haven’t found one YET).

Taking another tack…

I fell back to the venerable Hathaway, Vol. 1…  (he wrote around 1900… he was a bit older than me)




 This is a Red Flag if I have ever seen one...
The names KADER and MOSES show up prominently in the Coleman line... and KADER is unusual.

And I think it is plausible that this Francis Roun(d)tree was the same who had land on Catherine Creek on the EAST side of the Chowan River early on.
This was a buggy ride from where the Coleman property was...

Note the date... "15 Dec 1739 - William Coleman, son of Robert Coleman of the Upper Parish of
Nansemond Co., Virginia" sold out his property near Bennet's Creek.

I found this in the Colonial Records...  note the date...

At a Council held at Newbern the 14th February Anno Dom 1739/40

Present His Excellency the Governour

The Honoble Ch Jus Smith Esqr Member of Council

The Honoble Nath Rice Esqr Member of Council

The Honoble Col Halton Esqr Member of Council

The Honoble Edwd Moseley Esqr Member of Council

The Honoble Eleazr Allen Esqr Member of Council

The Honoble Roger Moor Esqr Member of Council

The Honoble Math Rowan Esqr Member of Council

Read Sundry petitions for Patents Vizt

Wm Bartrim for 70 Bladen, John Bull 200 Bertie, Jno Collins 400 Do, John Cain 160 Edgcombe, Benja Larkeed 300 Tyrril, Jno Cox 200 Craven, James Craven 646 Tyrril, Wm Drake 160 Edgcombe, Jos Dwight 250 Beaufort, Jno Etheridge 300 Currituck, Wm Taulk 400 Edgcombe, Christo Gun 500 Do, Wm Gardiner 160 Tyrril, Christo Guin 400 Edgcombe, Robert McRee 300 Tyrril, Jerman Howard 640 Onslow, Thos Hall 100 Do, Wm Howel 200 Edgcombe, Jno Holmes (560ac retd) 640 Do, Wm Horne 160 Do, Jere Hilliard 200 Do, Eman Jones 300 Onslow, Wm Johnston 300 Edgcombe, Eman Jones 350 Onslow, (Thos Murphy for a resurvey of the Land whereon he Dwells), Jos Moore 400 Edgcombe, Edmd Peirce 190 Beaufort, Benja Regney 225 Do, Jno Worsley 640 Do, Nath Draper 500 Do, Jeremiah Sunions 300 N. Hanover, Sam Noble 320 Carteret, Jno Pope 400 Edgcombe, Jno Veal 240 Bertie, Chas Stevenson 1,280 Do, Wm Suggs 140 Craven, George Suggs 400 Edgcombe Richd Wiggins 160 Do, Frans Roundtree 200 Do, Jno Vernan 500 Beaufort, Eliz Procter 250 Do, Edward Bunch 200 Bertie, Jno Worsley 300 Beaufort Frans Hoptons 400 Tyrril, Moses Houston 300 Carteret, Jas Herbert 200 Craven, Robt House 210 Bertie, Steph Howard 640 Onslow, Robt Halton 500 (be marked J

[ Do means ditto]

——————– page 441 ——————–

Oathy he had granted formerly for the same) N. Hanover, Wm Kennedy junr 320 Tyrril, Anthony Lewis 150 Onslow, Jos Lane 400 Edgcombe, Jos Moore 240 Do, Thos Fulcher 150 Craven, Jno Jewell 300 Beaufort, Seth Pilkington 640 Do, Frans Roundtree 400 Edgcombe, Dan Sunions 200 Beaufort, David Wharton 300 Do

The Court adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o’Clock.

He wrote his will and died 1748… why it mentions “Johnston” (which I assume is the county he died) I do not know… perhaps he was living with a child at his death?

A 1739 “Edgecombe” reference…

Edgecombe Co Deeds 1732-1741, p. 287:

August 15, 1739. Jacob Pope of Edgecombe sold Thomas Woodward of Nansemond Co. for 14 lbs a tract of 275A on Cypress Pocoson (from a patent dated June 12, 1730); witnessed by Robert Coleman and John Sykes. 

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September 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm

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John Browne (the dessert map)

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I’ve set the table over several years…

The details of my research are scattered over numerous Pages and Posts … use the Search Box if you are brave.  A caution that it has broken dishes and burnt recipes.

It all turns out to be so simple when all the pieces are arranged…

Not to say that this is finished… but this a point where you folks can decide if this is theory or fact.


And one more time… the widow of Thomas Browne (Christian) did NOT re-marry to William Maule.

see here for the map you can zoom in on… of particular interest is the land next to John Browne Sr on Petty Shore…

James Curlee (noted in the patent for John Browne) did not have a patent that I can find… that is because the property was ceded to him by the widow of George Smith (whose patent I also cannot find… he most likely bought the land himself).  At the same time George Smith was dying… he sold part of the land to Isaac and Jacob Lewis (sons of Bridgett Brown).   Confused yet?  So her two sons were living next door to her in her widowhood (undoubtedly on the “widow’s third”)  She seems to die sometime prior to the disposal of the property in 1727.  Also the name “John Smith” is noted in the John Browne patent… it threw me for a loop until I discovered the George Smith connection.  Simple now that I have scratched off the last hair on my head.

Susanna Brown, daughter of John Brown Jr also had two bastard sons at this location of Petty Shore.  She and her two other sisters, Sylvester and Grace later moved to Horse Swamp a few miles to the west.  A Charles Brown, son of Susanna should be of interest to anyone who has a mysterious Brown show up today in their DNA… if you catch my drift.  His last name started with “M”. For reasons unknown to me the sisters “gifted” the Petty Shore property to their sister Elizabeth in 1727.  That is the date that I place for the death of John Browne JR.  There is no will that I can find… or a reference to his death for that matter, other than the statement in the deed “Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d. “.  John Warren (wife Grace Brown) also purchased 100ac on Horse Swamp.  All the daughters of John Brown Jr may have been living together there.  The remaining daughter Elizabeth lived with her husband John Joyner in Isle of Wight (which today is Southampton County, VA.)  The Joyners finally sold the Petty Shore property in 1741.

All these facts are in my notes.   But even I have to “search” to find them.  So. There… do some digging.


An afterthought…

I always hunt for that “smoking gun” proof.  I have not found one for any of the sons of John Browne SR.  With that said though, even professional genealogists recognize that it is not always forthcoming… they will concede to the “preponderance of evidence” factor just as we sometimes do in a court of law.

Just today I finally put the clues together concerning  two sons of Bridgett (Lewis) Browne.  And there staring me in the face was the one son of John Browne who I least expected to find…William.  William Browne married Martha Braswell… he also had property in IOW (now Southampton, VA) near another son of Brigett (Lewis) Browne… Anthony Lewis (of Anthony’s Delight fame).  William Browne and Anthony Lewis were step- brothers as it were.  At this place in old IOW also shows up Thomas Browne who is associated with a property deal with his brother William.

Along with the tool of research that we call “the naming pattern” is a similar pattern that folks of the early days “stayed around to help each other”.  An intermarriage was for keeps. Family was kin.

With that said, and to make a simple point… the folks were “isolated” from each other… day to day… Their “plantations” were often a mile or so from neighbors.  So when the “quarterly Court” time came around, it was time to take care of business and well…Hoop, holler and raise some hell… hug the kinfolks, shake hands with friends… drink some likker.  You get my drift.

William Browne had to travel from Roanoke River (or his land in Southampton…hard to pinpoint EXACTLY where he was living in 1714) to get to the shindig of the “quarterly Court” where these deeds were accomplished:



By horseback… a wagon if he brought the family… and he undoubtedly had to ford some swamps and pocosins…  snakes and such…

Note the hard clues in the #411 deed above… “on ye west side of Wicacon Creek” is a little confusing (I would say north)… “joining a branch of Brooks creek” is spot on (Brooks Creek is on modern maps)… and this little jewel “next to Little Town near James Corlee”… I note the history of Little Town on my larger map.  There were actually two “Little Towns” at this time in history… the other one was near where the Nottoway, Blackwater and Chowan Rivers meet, known today as Wyanoak.

I’m enjoying a Mich Ultra… thank you very much (smiling).

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September 17, 2016 at 11:53 am

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John Browne (the Indian Trader)… and his wayward granddaughter

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I’m like a little kid when I find a “proof”… I’m rushing this map… I “should” wait until I develop it some more.

To hell with that.

The facts speak for themselves…   click several times to enlarge…

John Browneprop

Here is the background…

This is why I am strutting around like a rooster… the hunches, the theory, and the facts align just like ….  well…. a map!

This was my conundrum… grabbed from the link above…

Other researchers have attempted to tie John Joyner, son of Bridgeman Joyner, to a 2nd marriage to one Eizabeth Brown. I suggest that if there is a connection of an Elizabeth Brown it may have been a daughter, or more likely a granddaughter, of John Browne.  This John Browne relocates to North Carolina about 1700 near Wiccacon Creek, along with Richard Booth and Booth’s nephew Thomas Mann, Jr.

This account by Boddie gets my attention… well actually it just confuses the hell out of me… Boddie made a lot of helpful notes but DAMN! sometimes he was just WRONG!

Historical Southern Families Vol. 1

Pg. 23 John Brown died in Surry Co. 1714, wife Eliza Brown 6-6-1714 left 1 son and 4 daughters as follows:    (Not the Browne I chronicle)

1. Sylvester Brantley Bertie Co. NC  (is this a typo?… is this a step-son?… is this a female?)

2 Hester Brantley, the will of Hester probated in 1727 in Surry Co. VA mentioned her daughters Priscilla and Elizabeth and her 2 sisters Eliza Joyner and Grace Warren. Appoints James Wilson and James Piland executors.

3 Eliza married to Nehemiah Joyner   (is this an Elizabeth Brown different from the one I am researching?… if so this can get VERY confusing!))

4 Grace married John Warren of Bertie Co. NC

5 Susannah Brown

There is a missing link here… I’m wondering if it may be a son John Jr that left this will in Surry County?   (Nope)


That account has caused speculation of a JOYNER connection to these deeds in North Carolina in 1727(this is where I begin to differ with Boddie)

Mary Best Bell, Colonial Bertie County, NC, DB A-H, 1720-1757

Bell, C 167(160)  Susanah Brown, John Warren & wife Grace, Sylvester Brown and ____ to Elizabeth Joyner

Feb. 12, 1727/28. *. 256 A. “…love… for our sister Elizabeth Joyner…” Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d.  Patent July 28, 1713.  On WS Chowan adj. J. Curlee, J. Smith.  Wit: Fincher Hayne, Charles Brown.  Court  *.  Thomas Crew D. C/C.

(I note that this does not state that their father died in 1713… it merely says the patent is dated 1713)

C 171  Susanna Brown & Sylvester Brown to William Evans  Nov 22, 1729.  5 pds  for 100 A.  On Horse swamp.  Adj. John Thomas, Lazarus Thomas.  Wit: Richard Williford, Mary Luden (Laden?).  Feb Court 1729.  Thomas Crew D. C/C.

and again in 1741…

F 344  Soloman Joyner of Edgecombe Co., & John Joyner & wife Elizabeth of Isle of Wight Co, Va. to Joseph Witherington of Surry Co, Va. Feb 7, 1741. 25 pds, for 256 A.  A Patent granted John Brown for 256 A. July 28, 1713 on “Bank of the River” adj. James Curlee, John Smyth  Wit: James Washington, Henry Crafford, Morning Crafford, John Sherard, William Plyant, John Fort (FOORT).  May Court 1742.  Thomas Crew C/C.

So the Elizabeth Joyner who received the Brown property by gift in 1727 was the wife of John Joyner… (of Isle of Wight in 1741)

all of which relates to this patent…


3313  pg. 285  John Brown  date (not given)  256 acres on the W. side of Chowan River, joining the bank of ye river, James Courlee, and John Smith  Witnesses: (not given)

The half dozen patents before and after that one are in the date range of 1713-1716… so logic dictates that the date of July 28, 1713 is probably correct and was referenced in the later deeds… my problem with this is a “death” reference for “a” John Brown in 1713 (Hathawy).

” John Browne dead.  April 7, 1713.”, p. 34, Vol. 1, The North Carolina historical and genealogical register. If this is the same guy then the patent may have been issued after his death OR it was perhaps re-issued to a son of the same name.  My theory is that it was devised to a John Brown Junior.  And this is the John Brown that died sometime before 1727 and was the father of the Brown children who gifted the property to their sister Elizabeth who married John Joyner of Isle of Wight.

Now I haven’t exactly pulled this John Brown Junior out of thin air… I do have some proof. The references below are in Isle of Wight where John Browne and son previously lived:

3 Jun 1690…. John Browne, the Elder, to Richard Shewll…. 100 acres (being part of 600 acres) on Broadneck Swamp adjoining Wolf Pit Branch.

Wit: Edward (X) Floid, Henry Baker and Thomas (X) Wickins.

2 Dec 1692….   John Browne, Sr. appoints John Browne as his attorney in the difference with Capt. Hugh Campbell.

Wit: Daniel Leigh and Mary (X) Browne

Consider this deed of Susanna Brown & Sylvester Brown again from 1729… mention of Lazaris Thomas… note where he and they seem to be living:

C 171  Susanna Brown & Sylvester Brown to William Evans  Nov 22, 1729.  5 pds  for 100 A.  On Horse swamp.  Adj. John Thomas, Lazarus Thomas.  Wit: Richard Williford, Mary Luden (Laden?).  Feb Court 1729.  Thomas Crew D. C/C.

The property above is not on my map yet… 


JAMES PEEK to JOHN WARREN, Aug 9 1727, 10 pds for 100 a. SS Chowan River, adj. LAURANCE MARTIN,LAZARUS THOMAS at Horse Swampe. Wit: John Beverley, John Sutton. November Court 1729, (Bertie Co Deed Book C p181)

JOHN EARLY to DAVID RYAN, heir of THOMAS RYAN, deceased. 1754, 350 a.. for discharge of a bond from John Early to Thomas Ryan land between JAMES WILKON’s line and the Holley Swamp at Horse Swamp” adj. ISAAC LEWIS, JAMES WILLIAMSON, LAZARUS THOMAS, WILLIAM WARREN to the Wiccacon Swamp. Wit: John Cricket, Thomas Kinsey, John Nichols Jr. Aug Court 1754 (Bertie Co Deed Book H p111)

Note that John Warren was in the 1727 deed with Susanna Brown and Sylvester Brown gifting the property to Elizabeth Joyner…

Charles Merrit was an old croney Indian Trader with John Brown and Richard Booth. After Booth moved to North Carolina Charles Merritt located near by… (see Deep Creek on the map above). The merchant, James Peake sold a chunk of land to John Warren (also at Deep Creek).

BK B PG. 112

1715 – Elinor Merrett/Meriet to William Nixon/Mixon (melton) 16 Apr 1715 p of atty to act in open Court 130 A for ye said William Merret unto James Peeke. Witnesses: Peter Evens, Rich Barfield.

Ellinor Merritt to Wm. Mixon. Power of Attorney to acknowledge deed to Rich’d Barefield for land sold by my husband Charles Merritt and Peter Evans to said Barefield, 280 acres on Deep Creek branch, Test. Wm. Mixon, Peter Evans.

Same to acknowledge deed to James Peake, of Boston, Executed by my husband Charles Merritt for 130 acres on south side of Chowan River, at ye mouth of Deep Branch; Apl. 16, 1715. Test, Peter Evans, Richard Barefield (NCHGR 138).

…from will of James Peake 1728…

“Item my will is that my executors hereafter mentioned do grant & give to

John Warren of the precinct a good and lawfull deed for one hundred acres of 

land that he now lives on he paying at his ens__ling the said deed Tenn

pounds currant mony of North Carolina not withstanding not withstanding

(sic) any thing that is before mentioned to the contrary.”


Now for the icing on the cake…

Minutes of the General Court of North Carolina
North Carolina. General Court
August 02, 1716

——————– page 264 ——————–
Wee the body of the Grand Jury for Albemarle County in the Province of North Carolina do present Charity Brown for that she hath a Bastard Child at the House of Mr Thoss Rogers in this Precinct of Chowan

(I have no idea who “Charity” belonged to)

Also in Currytuck Precinct one Edwd Boune leaving a wife in Virginia and keeps a whore in this Governmt by which it very plain appears that She hath severall Bastards by him the sd Boune.

Also one Susanah Brown living at Petty Shore hath two Bastards

(BINGO!  this little lady may be the straw to break the brick wall)

Information of Capt Jno Worley also who keeps in his house the wife of Jno Hawkins she having severall children Contrary to Law.

Adjourned to the Court in Course

C. GALE Ch: Just:


I found another specific reference to her in Hofmann’s Chowan Precinct…1696-1723, pg 218.  This record is the minutes of Chowan Court July 1715.  This is 2 years after I “suppose” John Brown Sr died. (But per the later records she would fit as a granddaughter and not a daughter)

“Whereas Susannah Brown (?), by her Oath on ye Holy Evangelist, Declared that John M—— is father to a bastard Child born to her, it is Ordered that the Marshall have the bodys of the sd. M—— and the sd. Susannah Brown at the next Court”.

(3 “M” neighbors nearby were Mann, Mayner (Maner Manear) and Merritt… the abstractor left 6 “dashes” because she did not feel confident of the letters to make a judgement… when I do abstracts I try to make the “dashes” relate to the letters I cannot read……. just sayin’)

Which begs the question… is this the same Susannah Brown 12 years later… and still not married?  (deed referred to above)

Bell, C 167(160) Susanah Brown, John Warren & wife Grace, Sylvester Brown and ____ to Elizabeth Joyner

Feb. 12, 1727/28. *. 256 A. “…love… for our sister Elizabeth Joyner…” Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d. Patent July 28, 1713. On WS Chowan adj. J. Curlee, J. Smith. Wit: Fincher Hayne,Charles Brown. Court *. Thomas Crew D. C/C.

(I have no idea who this “Charles Brown” is… )


Case closed.

See here for some of the “historic” background of some of these Indian Traders… (and some of my stumbling and fumbling)…



I found this partial list of landowners of Chowan “Precinct”… written in 1720…

There are four references to “Petty Shore”.  When John Browne obtained his patent in 1713, the adjoining property was listed as “James Curlee”.  By this 1720 patent list it seems George Wyn(n) may have obtained  property nearby.  Another reference is a “Edmund Wiggans” which also ties to the patent (adjoining).  The Stephen Williams mentioned is a son of Lewis Williams … his property was nearby.  The other Abraham Bullet fella I have no idea who he was. (update:  this fella is Abraham Blewlet… his patent was for 640ac in 1714… his land appears to be between James Curlee and Lewis Williams). see my ongoing map below…





While searching around for clues I find this…

Papers of Wynn at East Carolina University

Papers (1800-1961) of Hertford County, NC, family, consisting of correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, estate papers, account books, ledgers and time books, and miscellany, including records of Petty Shore Fishery and the family cotton business.

“During 1863 and 1864, several letters were received from Wynns’ Uncle James Dean Wynns, telling of the elder Wynns’ ill health and reporting that Yankee troops had taken all of his clothes, leaving him destitute and in great need of assistance. Other Civil War-era correspondence includes several leaves of absence granted to Wynns (most allowing him to attend the North Carolina State Legislature sessions,) a statement of receipt of supplies and money given to Wynns, an official letter from Adjutant General Daniel(?) Fowle authorizing Wynns to enlist another 250 or more mounted infantry troops, a few letters discussing issues related to age limits of the enlisted and some general orders. Other topics of particular interest in the correspondence include activities at Petty Shores Fishery…”

So I think it safe to assume the Petty Shore property stayed in the hands of WYNN heirs…  A WYNN daughter seems to have married a Peter Evans.  A son or brother of Peter Evans was one Robert Evans…

July 10, 1715 Chowan Prect. At a court in the house of HENRY KING.

“Tredle KEEF and JOHN MAINER being attached (?) of a Breach of trust reposed in him by the Publick, it is ordered that the Marshall take ye sd. Keef and Mainer into Custody until they give bond to appear at ye Next Generall Court and that ROBERT EVANS on PETTY SHORE AND THOMAS BROWN (?) and JAMES RUTTLAND be Summoned Evidences on behalf of the Soverign Lord the King.

Deed Book B #1 Chowan Co. Abstract by Hofmann, pg. 217

John Mainer (Manner, etc) also had property adjoining John Browne.

I propose that the above mentioned Thomas Brown is the son of John Browne (Indian Trader).  Thomas Brown died about 1718 or 19.



I think the guy below is James Brown Jr… son of the Indian Trader.  I will place his property on my old Chowan Precinct map as time permits.


As usual with these Browns, the sale is undated.  So again we are left guessing.  But a clue is left as low hanging fruit to easily grab…  “John Brown, of Bertie…”

History. The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River. It was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or perhaps both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

So logic dictates he died sometime after 1722 and before 1728 (when his children sold the Petty Shore property noted below).

Feb. 12, 1727/28. *. 256 A. “…love… for our sister Elizabeth Joyner…” Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d.  Patent July 28, 1713.  On WS Chowan adj. J. Curlee, J. Smith.  Wit: Fincher Hayne, Charles Brown.  Court  *.  Thomas Crew D. C/C.

Another reference for John Brown in Bertie in 1722:

Since he sold the 286 acres near the Nansemond, VA state line… where was he living?  He is noted as “of Bertie” and the Petty Shore property ceased to be of Chowan and became Bertie County in 1722.  When I map his property near Nansemond you will note he had an adjoining neighbor named Benjamin Rogers.  The Brown and Rogers associations are not easily ignored.  My hunch is there were intermarriages.

From the 1716 deposition…

“Wee the body of the Grand Jury for Albemarle County in the Province of North Carolina do present Charity Brown for that she hath a Bastard Child at the House of Mr Thoss Rogers in this Precinct of Chowan”     (Note that I am not accusing Thomas Rogers of knocking the girl up… he may have simply been a friend or relative looking after her welfare).

This map is pretty accurate if I have correctly identified Beech Swamp… note that the John Brown patent was issued 1719 (6 years after I think Browne Sr died).  My theory is Thomas and John Brown Jr were brothers. Thomas died about 1719 in what was then Bertie County, NC. (Thomas also had a son named John but I do not think this is him).  Refer to the land gift/sale transactions to understand my theory that John Brown JR removed from this area to the Petty Shore, NC property.

The yellow patents were issued in Virginia.  White patents were issued in NC.  This map is obviously incomplete… the southerly patents are temporarily placed…


To re-hash a bit… (refer to the Petty Shore map top of post)

Hathaway listed the death of “a” John Browne in 1713…

This reference is who I think his widow was:

Deed Bk W #1, Chowan Co., NC, Hofmann

#321 pg. 154 BRIDGETT BROWN of Chowan Prect. to ISAAC LEWIS of ye Co. of Albemarle, my well beloved Son  15 July 1713  Letter of Attorney to prosecute to Judgement any person I, the sd. BRIDGETT BROWN, shall at this time or from time to time bring action against and likewise to Defend any action brought against me   Wit.  TREDDELL KEEFE, MARY LEWIS m her mark  Reg. (not given)

Since John Browne Sr apparently died intestate (any records missing)… then we can ponder that Bridgett Brown probably was living on the “widow’s third” of the property.  I presume that John Browne JR may or may not be living on the Petty Shore property with the widow.  He possibly was living near the Virginia border where he later patented land in 1719.  In any event she chose here son to act as her attorney in settling her affairs.  He seems to be living within walking distance.

Note carefully the neighbors of this deed of her son Isaac Lewis in 1717… he was quite close if not adjoining to the Browne SR property. (I have not been able to place the deed on my map because it has no metes and bounds and I have to plot the surrounding deeds to isolate Isaac Lewis’ land. Also noted in the deed is Jacob Lewis as close by. (another son by my speculation).


Several points that I think are obvious…

  • John Browne JR was from a previous marriage… hence the widow was more comfortable in 1713 with her own son Isaac as her attorney… OR John Browne JR was not living close by
  • Bridgett Lewis had multiple children (her maiden name unknown)… my hunch is her age was similar to John Browne SR
  • At the death of Bridgett Browne the Petty Shore property became fully owned by John Browne JR
  • At the death of John Browne JR (prior to 1728) the property devolved to his children

Mary Best Bell, Colonial Bertie County, NC, DB A-H, 1720-1757

Bell, C 167(160) Susanah Brown, John Warren & wife Grace, Sylvester Brown and ____ to Elizabeth Joyner

Feb. 12, 1727/28. *. 256 A. “…love… for our sister Elizabeth Joyner…” Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d. Patent July 28, 1713. On WS Chowan adj. J. Curlee, J. Smith. Wit: Fincher Hayne, Charles Brown. Court *. Thomas Crew D. C/C.

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August 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm

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Welllllll… a clue on William Anderson d.1789

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Could be a breakthrough connecting him to Carolus Anderson.  Carolus lived on the line between Virginia and North Carolina on the Meherrin River.  Near neighbors were the Boons and Pitmans… along with this fella … Abraham Stevenson.

Oct. 17, 1739 Nicholas Boon to Arthur Stevenson, 125 A S/S Meherrin Riv adj. Carolus Anderson, Elias Fort, Joseph Strickland, Wm. Eldridge, Robert Cobb, Arthur Stevenson, pat. Dec 3, 1720

Nov. 4, 1739-Nicholas Boon to Robert Cobb, 20 pds., 165 A S/S Meherring Riv- purch. of Wm Bennett 5/14/1723. Wits: CHARLES Anderson, Joseph Cobb, Jr., Abraham Stevenson, Nov. Crt, 1739 [ this “Charles” is Carolus].

The 1733 will of Elizabeth Anderson, mother of Carolus Anderson mentions her daughter’s son William Anderson.  Of course her “daughter” is named as Elizabeth PITMAN in the will which has confounded everyone for years.

Now this tidbit which has me all in a tizzy to get a copy of the deed AND the survey.

Land grant to William Boon dated June 22, 1749, of 100 acres on the northeast side of the Meherrin River between the river and the county line; William Anderson and Abraham Stephens chain carriers. Secretary of State Land Grants 78-B.

This could bring down a HUGE brick wall… it is all I can do to contain myself…  William Anderson would be a young man if this is the same person. He would get his own survey in Edgecombe county about 1752.

Remember this area is a burned county… some nitwit lunatic burned down the house with the county records in an attempt to get rid of the records and save his sorry ass from his mortgage.

oops…wrong county for the firebug…

ANY tidbit such as this mention is a treasure.  Since this small quote mentions the chain carriers… I assume (hope) that the survey is still extant.  Here is the deed… the reference notes there “are no documents in the shuck” which is a bummer because that means no survey.  But SOMEWHERE is a note of the chain carriers.

boon_1749 deed

The land in question is on the VA / NC boundary and Meherrin River.  This was just below Carolus Anderson’s original 1726 Virginia grant.  Note that by 1745 Carolus had moved south to Meherrin Woods and Pattys Delight Swamp area.  Note that Arthur Stevenson’s property adjoined his own. Note also that the Stevenson property was originally owned by Abraham Stevenson (per the survey boundary description).    …Also this is the most comprehensive Boon map I have done so far…

Click several times to enlarge…

Carolus Map

So… Traci sent me these scans…   The one image we can read is not conclusive AT ALL!  We can debate all day whether the signature is Ambroson or not.  But my first reaction (and I admit I have a dog in this fight) is that it is closer to Anderson than Andrews (the most common misspelling).  Amerson does not seem likely because it is clearly a “d” or a “b”.


Wm Boon 1749-1So… no mention of the chain carriers that I can find in the 2nd document…  and the 3rd document is clearly “Ambroson”.    What the hell ???  Alright all you Jeffreys researchers fess up!  Was Osborn Jeffrys (the surveyor) a drunk?  Was he hard of hearing?  If you think I am engaging in a bit of “character assassination” of Osborne Jeffreys then you would be correct… I ran across him several years ago and made a few observations… to wit:
Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council
North Carolina. Council
October 03, 1735 – October 18, 1735
Volume 04, Pages 64-67
At a Council held at Bath Town Fryday the third day of October 1735.
Present His Excellency the Governor…
[also present was Patrick Maule]

….Read the Petition of the Inhabitants of Tar River setting forth that they are 20 families in number 

That Simon Jeffries Deced obtained in his own and in his Son Osborns name three Patents for 1000 Acres of Land on said River the Warrants for which have been so run out as to take in 15 miles on the said River
[get that?… Jeffreys patent involved 15 MILES “on the said River”]
That the Orphan of one Boyd hath a purchase Patent for 7000 Acres of Land beginning on Town Creek which will take in most of their Settlements
[The area of Town Creek is still referenced in modern Edgecombe County… it is east of Rocky Mount] 
That one of the Pollocks has purchased patents for 5 Surveys and Town Creek and several others lay claim thereto thō they never made any settlements.
 [the Pollock referred to above was a son of the war governor of 1712- Thomas Pollock – the original Battle property around Town Creek was derived from this early land deal of either Cullen Pollock or his brother George.  Another huge tract of about 2,500 acres was taken out around the Roanoke River roughly east of Scotland Neck] 
That your Petitioners have been at great charge in cultivating and improving the aforesaid Lands and have the late Governor Burringtons Warrants for the Lands whereon they have settled
[hence, some of these folks knew they were in danger of getting screwed because the deals of the 1720s were never recorded]
Therefore must humbly pray that the aforesaid Jeffrys’ Land and the Lands held by Purchase Patents be resurveyed
 [Jeffries lost his ass here but still made up for it elsewhere]
Whereupon His Excellency the Governour by and with the advice of his Majestys Council was pleased to order that Mr Attorney General doth forthwith Enter a Prosecution against the several patentees mentioned in the aforesaid Petition in his Majesty’s Court of Exchequer.
[around 1732 Edgecombe Precinct began evolving and the government, such as it was, was left to deal with this land problem… land scam in my opinion] 
Then the Board adjourned till tomorrow 9 of the Clock in the forenoon.
So… since Mr. Jeffreys was demonstrably corrupt or at the least incompetent, he did get caught as you can see; then I can perhaps conclude he was also not that bright.  Ergo, he could have easily misspelled a name.   Case closed in my opinion.

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On 6 december 1725 Abraham and Ann, his wife, sold to Thomas Stephenson 100 acres on Seacock Swamp in Isle of Wight Co, VA(21). On 23 November 1730 Abraham appraised the estate of Edward Brown. Nine years later he relocated south of the Virginia state border into Bertie Co., NC, where he bought 150 acres on the south side of “Maherring” River adjoining the lands of William Boon, John Bryant, and a Mr. Bennet from Elias Fort on 23 October 1739.

Abraham Stevenson did have an association with a William Andrews:

Northampton County.

Thomas Nickson

December 1, 1752. February Court, 1753. Brothers: JOSEPH and HENRY NICKSON. Sister: SARAH JINER. Executors: Abraham Stevenson, JUNR., and WILLIAM ANDREWS. Witnesses: WILLIAM TURNER, MARTHA MORE. Clerk of the Court: I. EDWARDS.


Bottom line….  I can’t declare this a “proof”… darn it!  But my “radar” is on.  The first wife of William was Martha ____ .  Their first daughter was named Absala, possibly for the mother of Martha… so he may have met and wed her in Northampton County?

A detailed Stevenson genealogy with numerous references to Carolus Anderson…

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August 11, 2016 at 11:02 am

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