Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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John Gray… mystery merchant…

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My main interest in this character is him buying some land from James Anderson in March 1721/22…

Colonial Bertie Co., NC Deed Books 1720-1757  Mary Best Bell  Deed Book A

pg. 19. James ANDERSON of Bath County to John GRAY (Capt.) March 3, 1721/22. 400 a. NS Morattock River in Occoneeche Neck. Part of 640 a. surveyed by Coll. William MAULE for William BRASWELL then sold to Matthew CAPPS, and by CAPPS sold to James ANDERSON. Adj. William BOON, John NELLSON. Wit: Patrick MAULE, Mau. MOORE. April 20, 1722. C. GALE, C/C

Here’s the mystery part… sorry for not having an exact deed book reference…I grabbed this among some stuff and did not get a proper citation but definitely a Chowan deed book…

Chowan Deed  book #?   page 436(crossed through) 414, then on same page #25:

Rbt. Hammilton to Gray

Mr John Gray Sr. [Sir]  If you deale so by others

as you have done by me you will get but few commissions

from London  I am sure you have not acted the fair

part by me Nither was it ever my dising [design]

that you should hade ye disposal of my 1/4 of

Lueas? Cargo. the trifeling Excuses you have

mead about delaying to sending Effects because of

a deference betwixt Mr. Cockburn & me is as

unacconable as your declining to win me about

my affaires & not to tel me my Effects is turned

to pitch & you have Kyred? yt. Pitch this 6 or 7 years

in yr? possession, hade you disinged my advantage you

hade sent me Returns 5 years agoe  I Expect you will

allow me Intrest for the time you have kept me

out of my Effects & if Mr. Stenton has not gote

them already I disayer you may give Mr. John Maul

drest deer skins or money yt all may be sent me yr

first opertunity & send me some Snake ru__? [root?]

for the books I give you, I am Sr your humble Sert

P Hamilton  Land ye 23 dink?  1723

[Endorced] (sic)

To Mr. John Gray in North Carolina America

North Carolina  I the within John Maul Grant me

to have Received from the wtin named John Gray

Eighty Nine Barrels of Pitch on the account of

and by the Order of the within Robert Hamilton Mert.

in Capt Hall Court London be in full of all

accots. twine the said Robt Hamilton and the sd

John Gray of the afored. Sum I Eaerer?

& discharge the said John Gray and having Sevll

orders besides the wtin Letter to receive the same

and os all debts proceeding the date of the within

Letter, as witness my hand this ninth day of

February 1724/5 Jo Maule

………………………….

Some misc. notes I’ve gathered…

http://www.southernbryanfamilygenealogialstudy.com/nc_bryans.htm

1377 2 Sep 1721 William Boon of Albemarle Co and Elizabeth Boon to Robert Sims of same, 10L 200 a NS Morattock Riv upon the SS of a Cypress Br, joining William Powell and the Br now in the actual possession of the sd. Sims, part of a Patent granted to William Boon 5 Mar 1711/2, Wit Joseph Boon, Nicholas Boon. Ack 5 Sep 1721 by John Bryan by virtue of a Power of Atty from William and Elizabeth Boon.

1378 2 Sep 1721 William Boon of Albermarle Co and Elizabeth Boon to Henry Sims of same, 15L, 200 a joining the Beaverdam Br, William Powell, William Brasswell and John Pace, now in the acutal possession of Henry Sims, part of a patent for 600 a granted to William Boon 11 Nov 1720. Wit Nicholas Boon, Joseph Boon, ack 5 Sep 1721 by John Bryan by virture of power of atty from William and Eliz Boon.

1431 19 Dec 1721 William Gray of Chowan to James Turner of IOW VA, 15P 320 a SS Morattoke Riv, joining the River Pocoson, Goose Meadow, John Bryan and the River. Wit John Gray, William Comrie, Seth Hatcha, 25 May 1722 C1-220)

1432 18 Dec 1721 William Gray of Chowan to John Bryan of Isle of Wight VA, 320 a SS Morattoke Riv, joining John Nairn and the River. Wit John Gray, William Comrie, Seth Hatcher. 25 may 1722 (c1-221).

Ann BRYAN is a daughter of Lewis BRYAN SR and married John GRAY, identified as follows:

C 163 6 Apr 1729 John Gray and wife Ann to John Bryant, 200 acres on the South Side of Morratuck River at Round Pond and Broad Meadow, adjoining Nicholas Smith. Wit John Perritt, John Hacher, Nov Ct 1729.

John GRAY leaves the following will:
#81 – Will of JOHN GRAY – 20 Sept 1745 – Nov Ct 1750 – surveyor – wife ANNE – beds, furniture in the lower rooms except desk, pewter, and brass pots etc also the use of my plantation where I now live adj Aunt Sarah’s Branch containing 400 acs as well as the use of my Negroes Charles and Sarah; eldest son, JOHN – all my lands in Northhampton and Edgecombe Counties, also a desk in the north room;
son WILLIAM plantation where I now live containing 800 acres adj Broad Branch, Aunt Sarah’s Branch, ROBERT HICKS, Cashia River, but if he dies before the age of 21 or without issue this land is to be sold by my executors with the consent of my daughters ANNE and BARBARA and their husbands if they have any and the proceeds to be divided between my daughters, BARBARA, ANNE, LUCRETIA, AMELIA, and LOUISA;
son WILLIAM – Negro James and Negro Sarah after his mother’s death; daughter JANET McKINZIE – one shilling sterling as I have already given her portion;
grandson JOHN McKINZIE – breeding mare;
daughter BARBARA – 500 (400 ?) acs in Bertie Co on the upper west side of Cashia River adj her brother WILLIAM and Broad Branch, THOMAS TURNER, also Negro Thomasin;
daughter ANNE – residue of land in Bertie on WS of Cashia River adj her sister BARBARA, THOS. TURNER, WILLIAM GREGOREY and the river – also Negro Moll;
daughter LUCRETIA – 200 acs in Craven Co adj Maules Branch – also six cows etc;
daughter AMELIA – 250 acs in Bertie Co in Indian Woods, also Negro Cooper;
daughter LOUISA – Negroes Marke and Ande.
Six months after my wife’s death, all my negroes not mentioned, cattle etc to be divided into 6 parts for my 6 youngest children – BARBARA, ANNE, WILLIAM, LUCRETIA, AMELIA, and LOUISA – JOHN and JENET are not to have any share of the Negroes left to their mother for her lifetime.
Exec – Brother EDWARD BRYAN, nephew THOMAS WHITMELL.
Wit DAVID GRAY, JAS WATSON, DOUGALD McKICHEN

A-150 Copied deed. 13 aug 1723 John Bryan of Bertie to Lewis Bryan of Bertie 37P 12Sh 6p, 640 acres, St. johns Neck, beg at a gum on Chinkapin Swamp Brays corner tree then along his line S45W260P to a pine another of his corner trees then along his other line N45W203P to a pine then S30W312P to a pine in William West line then along his line N80E300P to a maple his corner tree on Chinkapin Creek swamp thence the meadndors of the swamp to the first station.
Signed: John Bryan.

Of course I would be remiss if I leave out this little tidbit…

Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

North Carolina. Council

October 08, 1736 – October 15, 1736

Volume 04, Pages 223-225

Read the petition of Sr Richard Everard Bart in behalf of Dame Susanna Everard Executrix of Sr Richard Everard Bart Deceased setting forth that the Tuskarrora Indians are indebted to the said Susanna £203 in Drest Deer Skins and praying that they may be compelled to discharge the same referred to the Indian Commissioners

Ordered that a Commission issue appointing Robert West Esqr—Speirs Jno Gray and Thos Whitmel Gent Commissioners for Indian Affairs

Ordered that for the future the Indian Traders do not presume to trust or give any credit to the Indians and that the aforesaid Commissioners take care to see this Order observed.

 That’s about all I have… that merchant deed raised my curiosity up a notch… Gray was dealing with some heavy hitters in the 1720s involving Bath Town and the Cashy River merchants including the Maules, Christopher Gale, several Bryan(t)s, and others…
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Written by anderson1951

May 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

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