Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

so I start this site in Virginia… go figure

Isle of Wight map

with 30 comments

Some recent revisions… 1674 or so was the period when the “headright” system began to end.  My idea here is to focus on those early patents… it is still a work in progress.  (I find numerous patents still citing headrights until at least 1699… the 1674 date is simply a focus point)

http://genealogytrails.com/vir/isleofwight/land_grants_1628_1674.html

A few examples of the difficulty of creating this map…

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/edward-brantley-patent-iow-1667-and-1669/

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/bond-john-bond-and-thomas-harris-and-others-in-iow/

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/nobody-knows-there-trubble-ive-seen/

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/christopher-reynolds-land-iow/

early_iow_3_dec16

 

I made this map several years ago and recently re-read it again.. anew, so to speak.  None of it will make much sense unless you are researching people from the 17th and 18th century and actually dig into the dirt. . The “Indian Creek” I discuss does not exist in any modern accounts… it is a ghost record and can only be seen in a comprehensive map of the actual patents from “back in the day”.

Click image to open in another window to zoom in…(use Ctrl + or- to zoom more if you wish…)

Below is a USGS map surveyed in 1918… this shows the Indian Creek and Western Branch rivers before they were expanded to reservoirs in (I think) 1962.  Of note is “Exchange Creek” which is now under water and previously known as “Indian Creek”. There was a mill pond and evidently it was navigable to that point. (Note the “wharf” by the pond).  I hazard a guess that this area may have been a central point for a tobacco warehouse and shipping point with access to the Nansemond River.  Also of interest is Reid’s Ferry at the point where the modern dam is located (this evidently was the principal road from say Chuckatuck to Suffolk.  The area above Reid’s Ferry was the historical stomping grounds of the Nansemond Indians and Dumpling Island to the east  (mentioned in early patents).  I’m collecting notes and may take a stab at the early patents of Percival Champion and others.  (His land can be pinpointed because he left a bequest to the “Glebe Church” in 1642 or so… the 2nd or 3rd incarnation of that church and the glebe land still exist across the Nansemond River).  Below is the earliest record I have found for the area known as Indian Creek in IOW. (map is dated about 1670 – see under word “Nantemond”)

1670iow

http://www.glebechurch.org/GlebeHistory1.htm

http://glebechurch.org/Glebe_Photos.htm

Regarding Nansemond-  I recently found this map which refers to some very early patents in that area.  It was finished in 1948. I note that the author deals with many of the problems I also face with my maps.  Read his notes and see what I mean.  He was cognizant that creeks may dry up, change course, shorelines may erode, etc.  He addresses “foggy” patents by leaving them out.  I am not demeaning his work by any means but simply, and sympathetically, sharing his frustration…  I am sure that he would have been beside himself with the internet assets available to us new guys today.

https://www.loc.gov/item/2012589217/

https://www.loc.gov/item/2012589218/

Sketch Book of Suffolk County written in 1886…

https://archive.org/details/sketchbookofsuff00poll

Below are patents I have attempted to locate… there is a lot of guesswork, so don’t be too upset if I misplace your ancestor.  The written patents can be found at the Library of Virginia website.

This file is huge… so be patient for it to load… (click once and then once more for the behemoth).

IOW MAP_Dec2013

Of interest to me lately is the PITT line of IOW… below are some misc notes:

Where the hell was New Town Haven River?   

According to Boddie: “Pagan River was probably so called because the Indian village, Mokete, was located on the south side of the river. The river was originally called Warrascoyack and afterwards New Town Haven and then later on received its present name.

There are 2 histories written for Isle of Wight that I consult.

A History of Isle of Wight County: Written about 1907 by Col. E. M. Morrison for the Jamestown Tercentenary Exposition.

County Sketch and Historical Records: From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine (April 1899)

http://www.usgwarchives.net/special/wmmaryqtr/vol7-4.htm

The 1907 Morrison account is my favorite to figure out “places” such as creeks.

http://tdcweb.com/tdfhs/histories/islewight/islewight3.htm

“In the year 1634 the colony was divided into eight shires or counties, one of which was named Worrosquoyacke, afterwards Isle of Wight. The government of these shires or counties was modeled upon that in England. Lieutenant Colonels were appointed and commanded the troops in the wars with the Indians. Sheriffs, sergeants and bailiffs were elected; and, until 1691, every freeman was entitled to a vote, and indentured servants, at the expiration of their term of service, were allowed to do the same. In 1628-29 commissioners were appointed and required to hold monthly meetings in the different shires or counties; hence, the origin of the county courts.

The original boundaries of the county of Worrosquoyacke, or Isle of Wight, were: Northerly, by Lawnes Creek; Easterly, by James River as far as the plantation of Richard Hayes, formerly John Howard’s; the southern boundary by certain creeks to the head of Colonel Pitt’s Creek (this proved somewhat uncertain); and westerly into the woods indefinitely. In 1656, upon the petition of the inhabitants of Ragged Island and Terascoe Neck, then in Nansemond county, they were put into Isle of Wight.

A long dispute arose between the counties of Isle of Wight and Nansemond, continuing until 1674, when, by an Act of the General Assembly (then called the House of Burgesses), the boundaries were established as they now are, viz.:

“That a southwest by south line be designed, runned and plainly marked from the river side of the plantation of Hayes, extending to the creek at or near the plantation called Nevill Oyster Bank; thence a line or lines up Col. Pitt’s creek to the head of his lands; thence in a southwest half a point westerly line ”
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In the case of the PITTs, there was more going on than is apparent merely by the original patents… that is, horse trading…

JAMES ROCHE TO HENRY PITT, assignment of land lying in Chuckatuck, sold to Roche by Thomas Brice 14 Jane 1643, this 10 day June, 1647. Teste, George Fawdon, Anthony Jones, Thomas Wombrell, clerk of court.

JAMES WATSON, tanner, and Mary his wife, they moving sell to Henry Pitt 200acres part of John Sparkes pat. of 750 acres and sold by said Sparks to Peter Hull and by Hull to my brother Robert Watson, adjoins the land of Anthony Jones where my brother Watson formerly lived and now the said Henry Pitt. 10 March 1655. Teste, Thomas Woodward.

RICHARD (R. Y.) YOUNG sells to Robert Pitt, merchant his patent of 350 acres upon New Town Haven Creek Between the land of Richard Preston and Thomas Jordan and also hath sold 100 acres patented 24 Aug. 1648 now in tenure of William Denson and John Oldis. For 1500 lbs. tbco. 5 Feb. 1649. Teste, Robert Gaylord, Robert Pitt, Jr.

Windsor castle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor_Castle_(Smithfield,_Virginia)

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A study of some Pitts…

First a head scratcher I recently found.  My note in the blue area below states that John Pitt in 1702 gave to his son Henry Pitt “all that 1200 acres of land that his father Col Robert Pitt lived on” (paraphrased).

But it seems that Hugh Campbell in 1698/9 purchased the 1200 acres.  I’ve analyzed the metes and bounds and there is no doubt it was the same land.  I am dumbfounded.  I mean, what the hell?

Pitt_Godwin MAP

pitt_processioning-1744

Pitt_Godwin MAP1743

pitt_site

bridger site

I hazard a guess that if you follow the above directions… whip out a metal detector and happen to find a spoon or some such … well, you get my drift.

John Seaward and son were interesting…they are all over the map, so to speak; just above the town of Smithfield when it was still New Town “haven” and somehow also near the Pitt and Bridger properties… I had some fun with this post:

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/walking-the-bog/

Written by anderson1951

July 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm

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  1. I guess I’m going to have to look at all your entries.
    My forefathers came to America in 1636 and settled in Accomack Co., Va. Later, the Parnell’s, Colson’s, Smith’s, and Cooper’s moved to Isle of White before traveling further west. I noticed that George Anderson’s patent is not far from where the Parnell’s and Smith’s lived.
    Jacob Colson lived in Isle of Wight with his two sons – Abraham and Joseph. Joseph Colson later moved to Plumtree Island in 1721. Both J. Colson and J. Calvert bought land on Plumtree Island on the same day. His brother Abraham Colson was a registered Chickasaw Indian trader and traded with my Joseph Calvert and later James Logan Colbert. James was Joseph’s son. James had a twin brother named Thomas. I’m a descendant of Thomas. He settled in Franklin Co., NC with the Parnell’s, Cooper’s, Smith’s, Williams’, and Bibby’s. All these families originiated in Accomack and Northampton counties in the mid-1600’s. Capt. William Bibby was the person who transported by 7th great-grandfather, Christopher Calvert, to Accomack Co in 1636.
    Richard A. Colbert

    Richard A. Colbert

    December 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    • I have some new patents for the IOW map that I will update when I get a chance… if you have some specifics of Colson/Calvert aquisitions in the area let me know …

      anderson1951

      December 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

  2. This is a reply to your entire body of work. I use the Internet extensively for genealogical (and thus historical) work. It is a joy to find such a wealth of information that is well researched and presented. I thought I knew a lot about southside Virginia and early North Carolina but I bow to your expertise.
    I have no Andersons in my lines but that does not matter. We overlap and the migration patterns are the same.
    Thank you for this incredible site.

    Jane

    July 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    • Thank you Jane… You made my day.

      Marc

      anderson1951

      July 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      • I am a descendant of Frederick Anderson who served in the 3rd Regiment Continental SC July 1779. He was in the 1790 census, surveyed land in 1784 and moved to GA MS, Amite Co.

        Do you have any info on him such as siblings, parents, residence(Possibly Lancaster/Camden). He later married Abigail Maxfield in GA or SC.

        Thank you for your loving research and for sharing it with us!

        Lois

        Lois

        October 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      • Hi Lois
        One Frederick I can think of was a son of Henry Anderson who left a will (Edgecombe) in 1801 (see under Pages). He apparently died prior to 1815.

        DB 15-425 HENRY ANDERSON was son of HENRY ANDERSON, dec’d.; three brothers of said HENRY ANDERSON JUNR. were deceased, to wit, WILLIAM ANDERSON, ALLEN ANDERSON, and FREDERICK ANDERSON, Dec. 29, 1815.
        ———
        After some further research, this Frederick was apparently a young child when he died by 1815… so this is likely not your guy. (marc)

        anderson1951

        October 24, 2011 at 3:33 am

  3. Thank you Anderson 1951! I am just now getting back to this page. Firefox update was not working well and bumped me off before I could record.

    This may be a break through for me. My Frederick Anderson did die in Amite CO MS in 1814. He had a brother named William. Do you have any additional info. I did find a will from Henry married to Charity stating Frederick as a son.

    He was accepted at the SAR and I am trying to establish him with the DAR. I need to tie him to a residence or family around Camden District, Lancaster SC abt 1779, or a reason why he enlisted there.

    Many thanks to you,
    Lois

    Lois

    November 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    • What I have posted is about all I have… The Henry d.1801 seems to have first acquired property in Edgecombe around 1780 and nothing is known where he came from. My impression is that the son Frederick was under age at the time of his death but it could have been other children? Your lead may place the family as coming from SC and the time frame would work.

      Marc

      anderson1951

      November 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

  4. Outstanding work! Thank-you for including patents and deeds of folks other than the Andersons on your maps. I am a Howard descendent, tracing my colonial Howards back from Onslow County NC to Bertie/Chowan Cty NC to Nansemond Cty VA. Very near the southern part of your map where you have Thomas Howard, there also resided James Howard, some Fosters, and a few other families mentioned in the Va Cavaliers and Pioneers book. Your site and another site are the first ones that have pinpointed the location of “Kingsale”, again, thanks.
    Mike

    Mike Brown in Norfolk VA

    January 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

    • Glad to help… I’m sure I have errors but most patents are in the “ballpark range” hopefully..

      anderson1951

      January 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

  5. Thank you so much for adding the information about the Parker.
    Wayne N. Parker researcher for Y-DNA Parker Family Group#7 P239

    Wayne N. Parker

    October 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    • My pleasure… good luck in your search…

      anderson1951

      October 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      • Hi,
        I have your map page showing the Parker family land linked to my on-line working file. Some Parker researchers are getting the impressing that I did the maps. I just wanted to let you know that I all telling them that I did not do the maps.

        Wayne N. Parker researcher for P239 of the Parker DNA Project Family #7.

        Wayne N. Parker

        September 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

      • Thanks Wayne… I don’t mind sharing. We are all playing the same game.

        anderson1951

        September 29, 2015 at 3:55 am

  6. Anderson, my friend: It just occurred to be that you speculated that Bridget Lewis might be the widow of John Brown but Brown died in 1665 and his widow Bridgett was granted letters of administration on March 26, 1666, which means that she was clearly an adult in 1665. If Anthony Lewis was born in 1665 or thereabouts, one is left to wonder how this birth as a Lewis might have happened. If Anthony was an adult when George Cripps died in 1687, the latest he could have been born would be sometime in 1666. It seems unlikely that Bridgett Brown married a Lewis after John Brown’s death and then produced a son on that kind of schedule.

    I think it far more likely that Bridget Lewis was Anthony’s sister and that Mary Skinner and Joyce England, two kindly sisters who may have known the father and/or mother, decided to take in the orphans as an act of kindness.
    Bill L.

    J. William Lewis

    August 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    • Hi Bill
      I see you are still wrestling with that dilemma…

      https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/anthony-lewis-a-pain-in-my-rear/

      I theorize that Brigett Lewis may have married John Brown at a later date than you mention… he was still married to a woman named Mary in 1690. Both he and Bridget would be older when they wed… Perhaps she had a previous crop of kids as did John Brown also?

      9 Aug 1706…. John Browne and wife, Bridgett Browne, to Samuel Canidy…. 220 acres (being a patent dated 29 Apr 1692 in the lower parish on the south side of Kingsale Swamp and bounded by Jonathan Robinson and William Stott (Scott?).

      Wit: Richard Exum and William Murray.

      John (X) Browne

      Rec: 10 Jun 1706

      (this John Browne is alive in 1707, from his deposition…aged 68. )

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      This John Brown removed to NC around 1700 and seems to die 1713. “A” Bridgett leaves some records there and also several other Lewis’ leave records… hence my theory.

      This is perhaps my strongest lead…

      Bridgett Brown, to my son Isaac Lewis. Power of attorney.

      (no date but in 1713 range)

      Who knows what records Hathaway was digging into- early Chowan or Bertie deeds I assume- but he is merely abstracting the records… was this Bridgett the widow of John Browne and if so, who was she? If so, she was possibly a former wife of _____ Lewis?

      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)

      That sure sounds like a nervous widow to me… no husband around so she turns to her son to act in her stead…

      Here is the Browne thread…

      https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/john-browne-of-kingsale-1639-1713-indian-trader/
      ———
      If I am correct… when William Brown (son of John Brown) and Anthony Lewis (son of Bridgett) each get property around 1702-1706 in old Isle of Wight (now Southampton) then they may be step-brothers.

      map here…
      https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/some-surryiow-patents/

      anderson1951

      August 2, 2013 at 3:33 am

  7. I want to thank you for the outstanding job with the patent maps that appear on this website. I’ve been looking high and low for these maps for Isle of WIght, Surry and Nansemond for quite a while, and these are the best I’ve come across, by far. Not sure what your source is, but I’d love to see more of these to help with my research in these 3 counties. Is there a more comprehensive source for these other than DeedMapper? Any info or leads you can provide would be very much appreciated.

    Bill D.
    Smithfield, VA

    Bill Dancy

    November 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    • Bill
      These maps are all my own effort over several years… I’m a commercial artist by trade and a genealogist by wishful thinking. I started, as everyone does, wondering where my ancestors may have lived and simply got carried away. The result is these maps.

      The Library of Virginia (online) is my primary source for the original patents… I draw them to a scale of 1″ = 1 mile to match the scale of the historical USGS maps (also online) and the rest is simply a jig saw puzzle.
      Match the neighbors noted on the patents or other historical records which can be found to the “shape” of the patent and you have some remarkable bits of information… as you see.

      I try be precise but you will note many “orphan” patents that do not have enough clues… so some are guesswork at this point… the more that are done, the more accurate the maps become.

      Enjoy… and thanks for stopping by…
      Marc

      anderson1951

      November 7, 2013 at 4:12 am

      • Thanks for the quick reply Marc. I’ve checked out the original patents on the Lib of Va website, but that old English writing is quite hard to follow. I know there are short abstracts for these in “Cavaliers and Pioneers”, but I’ve never been able to locate full “translations” anywhere. Have you had any luck with that? I also frequently use the historical topo maps as well as older ones including the Gilmer maps of the Civil War era. But it seems like colonial maps of this area are pretty much non-existent, especially ones that show details like individual homesites, roads, etc. I’ve found a couple for the Hampton and Williamsburg areas, but nothing south of the James. Anyway, just wanted to let you know again that I really appreciate all the hard work its taken to put together not just the patent maps but all the other documentation that’s available on your website. And oh, have you ever tried or had any success with the DeedMapper software for mapping patents? Thanks again and take care ….. Bill

        Bill Dancy

        November 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

  8. The olde writing is tough but the more you do the easier it gets… (I just muddle through). The software I use to plat the patents is called Metes & Bounds, by Sandy Knoll software (about $30).

    I think any early maps are long gone… as I understand it, the surveyors had personal maps but were loathe to share them with others (why give competitors an edge?).

    anderson1951

    November 8, 2013 at 5:30 am

  9. I cannot wait to start digging in here more as I have Godwin ancestors, and I saw somewhere in my reading that Godwins and Milners were married back there. My best friend has Milner ancestors, so I would bet money we are distantly related. She has very little family history, but I have a notebook 3″ full of info, so I hope we can find the proof.

    Ellen Gonzalez

    December 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    • Check out my Page for PITT (at bottom of list on right)

      Don’t forget the SEARCH button under the Page list (I have Godwins all over the place)

      anderson1951

      December 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

      • Thanks for the reminder. I did use the search button and also some other googling and I believe I have found the common ancestor of my good friend and I: Elizabeth Godwin, daughter of Barnaby Godwin and a Miss Wilkerson (Wilkinson?) who married John Milner. This would make us about sixth or seventh cousins. Also a Mary Godwin married a John or Thomas Milner, so I am still not sure. I am from the Godwin line through my maternal grandmother, and she is from the Milner line through her paternal grandfather. Now just tying up all the loose threads and proving this as once again, so many similar names used over and over. My maternal grandfather was a Browne, which is how I came across this blog in the first place, and still do not have a straight line back to the first one here, though I think it was Dr. Samuel Browne.

        Ellen Gonzalez

        December 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

  10. Hi Marc, I saw your question re: where is NEW TOWN HAVEN RIVER & thought I would pass on to you if you still don’t have this: New Town Haven River was PAGAN CREEK in IOW in 1639…PAGAN’s Creek was not far south of Elizabeth River. The old COURT HOUSE was in Smithfield VA on the Pagan River / Creek. That is where “The Great Book” was rescued by the court clerk’s wife when she got word that the British were coming to burn the court house, and she took the Great Book and buried i a near by farm field. This is the Great Book now in the VA. Archives.
    Lafayette River was earlier know as TANNER’s CREEK in NORFOLK Co., VA.
    In the original shires in 1634 Tanner’s Creek was in Elizabeth River Shire and became Norfolk Shire in 1691.
    SUMERTON CREEK was also known by the name BEAVERDAM SWAMP and in the Nansemond Co VA records Beaverdam Swamp was also called CYPRESS SWAMP.
    There is also a map on the web-site of “The Watkins Family and the Society of Friends” and this map shows LAWNES CREEK in IOW & Nansemond VA., and the Quaker Meeting houses.
    The ” Main” BLACKWATER was on Cypress Swamp. On a map of today, I saw Cypress Swamp located not far south of the City of Suffolk VA.

    Hope this helps,
    Cheryl

    Cheryl Horne

    January 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

  11. Also…..Smithfield, VA on Pagan River is right there on the James River. Smithfield VA where the old Court House was, is on present day HWY 258. I am wondering if the current Hwy 258 was “the old court house road” mentioned in early colonial Bertie/ NHCNC time frame deeds around Murphreesboro?? Today Hwy 258 runs south westerly from SMITHFIELD, VA. and goes through the town of FRANKLIN, VA. and through Woodland Twp NC and right to MURPHREESBORO, NC now in Hertford Co NC and was once in NHCNC before Hertford County was formed. As the crow flies, from Murphreesboro NC to Smithfield VA is only a little over 50 miles! Hwy 258 also continues southerly from Murphreesboro to Tarboro NC on the Tar River. A lot of the info I got was taken from LOWER NORFOLK CO VA ANTIQUARIES, on GOOGLE BOOKS digitized and found on-line at historybookcorner.com paid site. AWESOME BOOK! Also: BRIEF ABSTRACTS of LOWER NORFOLK COUNTY and NORFOLK COUNTY, WILLS, 1637-1710, 1914; reprint, Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1982, Digitized and available at FHL digitized version at GOOGLE BOOKS (full view).

    Cheryl

    Cheryl Horne

    January 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  12. In reply to some earlier posts, I actually did find that my Milner friend and I are related through the Godwins. I also have Bridgers and Pitts in the family tree, so no doubt all these were neighbors at one time. Back then who would your kids have married but the neighbor’s kids?I will have to spend some long hours going through all the above pages of notes with a fine toothed comb after I get all my info into the proper form, which at the moment is a notebook full of notes and sometimes I cannot read my own scribbles. Can anyone recommend a good online free program, as I refuse to pay for anything. Must be that thrifty Scots blood in my veins. BTW, this blog has encouraged me to do more online searching and I finally found the elusive Scottish grandparents, the ones who actually have provable birth dates and locations from Scotland, which I have been hunting for over 30 years.

    elenalareina

    January 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  13. Mr. Anderson, I am working on a similar map project in regard to the William Boddie property that is pictured in your first map. I would like to collaborate and share information with you. I frequent the IOW area although I live about 5 hours away from it. Also I am working on a project regarding Granville and Vance counties in NC. Those two counties are connected with IOW because of immigration from IOW to both of them.

    t.fuller

    July 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm

  14. Great work on your maps! Looks like you put a lot of work into it. My ancestor John Duke was neighbor in 1667 to Jeremy Rutter and was able to locate on your map. He died and his son sold the 50 acres of land he had bought from the 300 acres of Jeremy Rutter. Then the son moved 5 or 6 miles to the west and bought land adj. William Body/Bodie then later bought 150 acres from him close to Cyprus Swamp which I was also able to find on your map. Thanks for your work helping me to visualize where on the map my ancestors lived.

    Steven Mangum/Duke

    January 16, 2016 at 11:22 am

  15. Marc..where do you get the maps? I looked on USGS but can’t find this one. Thanks again.

    Jerry

    jollyofva

    July 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm


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