2 Micajah Andersons of Edgecombe
See under Pages “William d. 1789” for my notes… Two sons named William Jr…
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son William Anderson, son of my former wife Martha Anderson, five Shillings like money, to him his heirs & assigns forever————
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son William Anderson, Son of my present wife Mourning Anderson, five Shillings of the like money, to him his heirs and assigns forever—
Some facts and conjecture on the two:
The older William Jr. (son of Martha) was born 1756/7 and died after 1832 (according to his RW pension application).
The younger William Jr. (son of Mourning) appears to be born after 1763 (according to the marriage bond of 1763) and died unknown?
A nagging question is the utter goofiness of naming two sons the same name… which causes me to ponder perhaps Mourning Price already had a son named William entering into the marriage. (Of course that is pure conjecture just to defend against the jokes… “Duh, this my son William and my other son William.” This could also explain why my DNA may not match other descendants.
There are two Micajah Andersons – one born 1782 and one born 1803. 1803 wrote a book which has no genealogical value other than his wives and some children… only passing mention of his parents.
"I was born in Edgecombe County, October, 1803, of very poor and humble parents. Indeed, I suppose I came into the world as poor as any one who ever lived in it. My first recollection of my mother (my father died when I was quite young) was that she was toiling day and night for the support of myself and brothers and sisters, of which there were two girls older, and two boys and a girl younger than myself ; and the first work I ever did was on the spinning-wheel, assisting my mother, "when I could not have been more than five or six years old. " Peruse the 1800 and 1810 census which leads me to suspect that the logical parent for the 1803 Micajah is the younger William Jr. (see under "Pages" "Census Edgecombe 1790" on the right side of my main page) (see particularly the 1810 census which has him with 2 sons and 3 daughters)
Clark’s District Pg 60
William 2M to 10
1M over 45
1F to 10
2F to 16
1F to 45
1F over 45
It seems plausible that the father of 1803 Micajah dies shortly after 1810.
Consider the other sons of William Sr d. 1789:
William Jr (son of Martha) dies after 1832 (RW pension)
George dies 1837
James …appears to have only one child (Polly) but may have died around 1812?…see deeds below which seem to me similar to a “will”. 2 James Andersons are listed in the 1820 census but may not be this James. No James Anderson is listed in the 1830 census. Simply put, according to the census from 1790-1820, he does not show enough children.
Kinfolks of Edgecombe County, 1788-1855 Watson
DB 13 – 385
POLLY PRICE, wife of THOMAS PRICE, was daughter of JAMES ANDERSON; JEULY PRICE was granddaughter of said JAMES ANDERSON, May 16, 1810
same as above…
This Indenture made the *** day of May in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred Ten The said James Anderson do give to my Daughter Polly Price the wife of Thomas Price **** the Tract of Land the said Anderson Purchased of **** ***** ****** on the north side of Moors swamp during her life but? if Thomas Price dies before his wife & she Marries another man she shall posess the Land no Longer after then? The J. Anderson do give the said Land above mentioned [obscured] grand daughter By the name? of Jeuly Price to she and her Heirs for ever Beginning at a Gum in the run of the swamp thence North then along a line of marked trees to a corner White Oak thence agreed line Between Lane & said Anderson to a Corner pine in Richard Bradleys line thence West along a line of marked trees to a corner pine in Richard Bradleys line then down the run of the Branch to a *** Oak a corner in Moores Swamp thence down the run of the Swamp to the first station to a corner Gum Lanes corner Eighty Acres be the same more or less To Have and to Hold the afore Tract and parcel of Land with the appertenances & belonging thereunto belonging as is any wise appertaining to her the said Jeuly Price her Heirs & asigns to her their only proper use Benefit for ever and the said Anderson do hereby warrant and desied [devise?] unto her the said Jeuly Price her Heirs and asigns for ever against the Lawful claim or Claims of any person or persons Witness I Have Hereunto set my hand and seal this day & date above mentioned
Signed Sealed & delivered
in the presence of
Ishan (his mark) Oneal James (x) Anderson
Edgecombe County May Cort 1810 the within deed of gift was duly Exhibited in open Court Proved by the Oath of Isan Oneal and ordered to be recorded
Test Edward Hall CC
transcribed Marc Anderson 2011 * means the letter baffles me
Henry dies 1857
Carlos was noted as underage in the 1789 will papers of William Sr.
Which leaves William Jr (son of Mourning) as the likely father of Micajah b. 1803.
I think a lot of confusion has been generated by researchers who have not differentiated these two Micajahs. A conundrum for me is that the 1756 William Jr inherited the bulk of the “Swift Creek” property north of the Tar River. Doesn’t it seem likely that his sons would inherit that substantial property? Oddly, the 1803 Micajah seems to get that property. ???
Below is who I think are the sons and daughters of William Jr. born 1756/7. Note the near neighbors of Micajah 1782 in the census above. (I think this property is located south of the Tar River near Walnut Creek and Faulks Branch). N.G. Worsly and wife Evalina (Charlotte Anderson in the household)
This is from the research of David Gammon*:
*David Gammon is a native of Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He has been actively involved with genealogy for over thirty years. He has abstracted and compiled more than forty volumes of records on Edgecombe, Halifax, Northampton, Warren, and Bertie Counties with emphasis on wills, estates records, and tax lists.
“I have found my notes for the estate of Josiah Anderson of Edgecombe County. These come from the loose estates papers of Edgecombe. [NC Archives]
Josiah Anderson died intestate in Edgecombe in 1868. His widow refused to
administer the estate, and his brother Micajah Anderson was appointed his
administrator, Oct. 21, 1868. According to these papers, Josiah Anderson died
without issue, leaving only his wife. Accordingly, his wife received her dower
right, and the rest of the estate went to his surviving siblings, or their heirs
if they were deceased. These papers indicate the siblings of Josiah Anderson were:
1. Micajah Anderson
2. Charlotte Anderson
3. Elizabeth Anderson, who had married David Pittman and died before Josiah
Anderson, leaving two children…” [snip]
Charlotte Anderson is an interesting figure. [again from Mr. Gammon’s research]
“In the 1850 Edgecombe Census, she is shown as age 50, living with N.G. Wausley
(Worsley), age 35, Evelina Wausley (27), G.A. Wausley (5), Charles Wausley (3),
and Levi Wausley (1).
In the 1860 Edgecombe Census, she is shown as head of the house, still age 50,
and in the same house are Evalina Worsley (36), Georgiana Worsley (13), Charles
D. Worsley (12), Pitt W. Worsley (10), and Lucey S. Worsley (8).
In the 1870 Edgecombe Census, she is shown as age 70, in the house with Evelina
Worsley (47), Georgiana Worsley (23), Levi P. Worsley (21), Lucy S.S. Worsley
(18), and David Dillard, age 65, a farm laborer.”
“Interestingly enough, there is an Edgecombe marriage bond for Nathorn (sic) G.
Worsley to Evelina Anderson, dated Jan. 1, 1845. Could she be a daughter of
Charlotte? I find no marriage bond for Charlotte.”
With that being said, here is a link to the inventory of Josiah Anderson 1868 (paste into browser) https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/show#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/pal%3A/MM9.1.i/dgs%3A004780022.004780022_00123
It seems unlikely this is the 1782 Micajah (his age would be 86) also note a “John” Anderson who likely is the son of 1803 Micajah.
The search is still on but nothing is showing up to hint at a death date for 1782 Micajah.
The 1830 census of Edgecombe County has a Joshua L. Anderson listed
with the following; 1M 20-30 1F 0-5 1F 15-20, living in the same area
was Micajah Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, and Josiah Anderson.They are
house numbers 1149,1150,1151, and 1152 respectively.
The Star 8 Jan 1829
Married In Edgecombe County on the 25th, Mr. Joshua L. Anderson to Miss Catharine Bradley
Edge. Co Db 21, page 130, date of deed 25 Aug 1834, date recorded Aug
Ct. 1834, Catherine Anderson, wife of Joshua Anderson, Aaron Coleman,
all of Edge. Co. for $110 a tract of land on the north side of Tar
River adjoining the lands of (Alexander) Bradley and others beginning
at a gum in said Bradley’s corner in a swamp then with his line north
88 east 36 poles to a small post oak on the side of the road in said
Bradley’s line then down the center of road 62 poles to a red oak at
the foot of a path then and along said path as follows, north 84 east
27 ½ poles to a small black gum then north 76 east 32 poles to a small
red oak then south 89 east 36 poles to a pine then south 53 ½ poles to
a red oak in Joshua Lawrance’s line then with his line south 88 west
130 poles to a gum and maple in a swamp then up the meanders of said
swamp to the beginning containing 55 acres, it being a part of a tract
of land which descended to me by the death of my father, (Agy) Bradley
and my husband Joshua Anderson having previously disposed of his life
estate in said land bearing date 7 Sept. 1830, signed Catherine
Anderson (X), wit. Bradley, Micajah B. Bradly (sic). Acknowledged
by Catherine Anderson. Abstracted 9-15-01, FHC film 0370237, CTC.
[Joshua L. Anderson m. Catherine Bradley, Dec.25, 1828, Catherine was daughter of Agy Bradley and Honour Dillard]
Let’s back up to the year 1803:
Edge. Co. Db 11, page 54, deed date 3 Aug 1803, recorded Nov Ct 1803,
Elizabeth Lundy, Edge. Co to Micajah Anderson, the son of Wm. Anderson
Jr, county aforesaid for $50, a tract on the south side of Tar River
and near the head of Walnut Creek containing (seven and a quarter)
acres beginning at a small white and red oak on the path in Charles
Gray’s line then along said line a westerly course to a pine Gray’s
corner then along his other line a southerly course to a pine on the
path then along the path to the beginning, signed Elizabeth Lundy, wit
(Lunoy Stallings), Joseph Armstrong (proved). Abstracted 11-6-06, NCA
film C.037.400010, CTC.
Edge. Co. Db 11, page 174, deed date 9 Sep 1803, recorded May Ct 1804,
(Elizabeth Lunday), Edge. Co to John Dilliard*, county aforesaid for
$60, a tract of land on the south side of Tar River containing 30 acres
and (three) poles beginning at a small pine standing in Charles Gray’s
line on the path that leads by Wm. Anderson’s house then along the said
path south 67 east 90 poles to a red and white oak sapling in said
Gray’s other line near Walnut Creek then along said line south 80 east
12 poles to a water oak in said creek said Gray’s corner then up the
creek along Stephen Haywood’s line 54 poles to a pine and small white
oak then south 70 east 83 poles to a red oak in George Anderson’s line
then along said line 49 poles to the beginning, signed Elizabeth Lundy,
wit Frederick Phillips, Jno. H. Phillips. Abstracted 11-29-04, NCA film
* note the David Dillard in the notes above for Worsely & Charlotte Anderson
Edge. Co. Db 11, page 226, deed date 20 Sep 1803, recorded Aug Ct
1804, Elizabeth Lundy, Edge. Co to Lott Stallings, county aforesaid for
$125, a tract on the south side of Tar River and on the head of Walnut
Creek containing 74 acres, beginning at a pine and rad oak Wm Dancy’s
corner then south (80) west 56 poles to a pine in Phillips corner pine
then along the dividing line south 7 east 192 poles to a pine in John
Dilliard’s line then easterly 52 poles to a pine Dilliard’s corner near
the head of Walnutt Creek then along the dividing line between Stephen
Haywood and the line of Jno Haywood(Dec’d) south 7 west 200 poles to
the beginning, signed Elizabeth Lundy, wit Frederick Phillips, Mason
Hearn (X). Abstracted 11-8-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.
The 1782 Micajah seems to be living “near” his grandfather William Anderson Sr’s last homestead and uncle George Anderson.
Another uncle, Henry Anderson, inherited the William Sr. and Mourning Price property after her death (1820 or so?)…
Micajah Anderson to Ruben Johnston 1827
Edgecombe County Deeds (I transcribed this but lost the reference book… sue me, Marc)
This Indenture made and entered into this fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty Seven between Micajah Anderson of the State of North Carolina and County of Edgecombe of the one part, and Ruben Johnston of the same State and County aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of Forty one Dollars to him in hand paid by the said Ruben Johnston the receipy whereof is hereby acknowledged, and myself fully Satisfied Contented and paid have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto him the said Ruben Johnston his heirs and assigns forever, one certain Tract or parcel of Land Situate lying and being in the County of Edgecombe and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning at a pine standing on the path Ruben Johnstons corner running then along the Path and said Johnstons line to a red and white Oak sapling Corner in James S. Battles line, then alond said Battles line to a black Jack and pine standing in said Battles line then along said Battles line near a South course to the Beginning, Containing Twelve Acres more or less which includes the dwelling Housing and Housing Etc where Lu*y [Lovey] Anderson and Henry Anderson now lives, and I the said Micajah Anderson doth bind myself my heirs Executors administrators and assigns forever to warrant and defend the above mentioned Land and improvements to him the said Ruben Johnston his heirs and assigns forever in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the date above Written signed sealed and delivered in preesents of }
S.L. Hart Micajah X Anderson
Edgecombe County February Court 1827
… Recorded Mich. Hearn C. C.
Again, simply put, see in the census of 1850 that 1782 Micajah Anderson is living one house away from N.G. Worsley and the other Micajah is seemingly living near the Legget area north of the Tar River.
You be the judge of my conclusions to the children of William Anderson Jr. born 1756/7:
Micajah b. 1782 d. after 1850
clue- DB 17-513 Land of Stephen Coleman, deceased, is divided among lawful representatives: Mary Coleman, Hartwell, Aaron, Rebecca Coleman, and Nancy Coleman. Lots were drawn for them by (1) Toppin Cotten; (2) the heirs of Roderick Cotten; (3) heirs of Roderick Cotten; (4) Benjamin Anderson; (5) Rebecca Coleman. doc date 09 Aug 1822. [born by 1801 to be legal age of 21?]
Joshua (moved to Tenn… 1830s) (bonded for crime in 1830 or so by father 1756 William Jr)
Josiah died intestate 1868 Charlotte b.1800 d. after 1870 (living by 1782 Micajah in 1850) (good grief, was there another Charlotte?) Elizabeth ?
Siblings of Micajah b. 1803…
Josiah died intestate 1868 (administrated by 1803 Micajah)
Benjamin (living next to 1803 Micajah and Josiah in 1830 census… all in 20-30 age group)
Charlotte and Elizabeth (listed in the estate papers of Josiah)
Remember per his book he only had 2 brothers…