The first Thomas Price I find in Edgecombe County… first land grant at least by 1744… seemingly lived near Roanoke River in modern Halifax County.
FamilySearch online North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970EdgecombeInventories, 1733-1753, Image 297 of 362 pg 102 A True and Perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods and Chatteles, Rights and Credits of the Estate of Thomas Price Deced so farr as is come to the Knowledge and Possession of Mary Price Relict of the said Thomas Price_____ Vizt: .......... list of possessions.......... May 11th, 1751 Mary (her mark) Price --------------------------------------------- pg 120/121 Price Division Aug 10th, 1751 A Division of the Estate of Thomas Price Deceased between the Widow and Children ... third part to Widdow Price ... children listed.... William, Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Rachall Wee certyfie... just & true division... Henry Andrews, John Wiggins, Joseph Moore abstract- Marc Anderson Note that there is not a son "Joseph" or "Jacob" mentioned above. Because of that, I don't think the above Thomas Price is directly connected to the Thomas who writes his will in Edgecombe in 1779... they may be cousins perhaps but I have no proof. --------------------------------------------------------------
The below Thomas Price is the father of Mourning Price who becomes the 2nd wife of William Anderson Sr. in 1762. The daughter Kesiah marries Jonathan Coleman 1763.
Gammon Wills, Vol I, pg 66 #323, 3/13/1779, AUG Ct. 1781, DB B-79
Thomas (X) Price
“…being sickly and weak of body…”
Son JESSE, son WILLIAM, son CADER, son JOSEPH, daughter MONEN
ANDERSON, daughter KIZIAR COLEMAN, daughter ANN GWIN, daughter
RACHEL ALLEN-five shillings each. Wife ELIZABETH PRICE-lend half of
my manor plantation and orchards where I now live, for her lifetime
or widowhood. son ELIGE the manor plantaion where I now live with
100 Acres. Daughter ELIZABETH PRICE cow and calf. Daughter MARY
PRICE cow and calf.
Ex. Brother JOSEPH PRICE and my son ELIGE PRICE
Wit: AARON ODOM, AARON MANER and RICHARD ODOM
Thomas Price/ wife Elizabeth brother Joseph Price
When did he obtain the property next to William Anderson Sr.? If you check my Edgecombe map (see Pages) you will notice he is noted on the deeds of Anderson and Ross by 1760.
Edge Co Db 2, Pg 106, Jan 31, 1774 Thomas (X) Price of Edge Co. to Cader Price of same, for 10pds Proc. Money the 100ac plantation whereon sd Cader Price then lived, situated on the north side of Tar River and northeast side of Falling Run, it being part of the land granted to James Pittman by patent bearing date May 5, 1742 Wit: Eth’d Philips, Exum Philips
Note in the below will of Joseph Price of Martin County in 1785 that he makes mention of his “niece” Ann Gwin. Compare the mention of her in the Thomas Price will in 1779 (his daughter). This will of Joseph Price also bequeaths land in “Virginia” to another brother (Jacob). I suspect, but have not gathered any evidence yet, that it is possibly Isle of Wight.
The Thomas Price (father of Mourning Price) property is where James Pitman is noted on the map… reference the plot lines and note the “T Price” on Anderson & Ross’s patents. (click on any of these images and you can ZOOM in)
I also have to caution myself from jumping generations… but the Thomas Price of Isle of Wight looks suspiciously possible of being this guys grandfather.
The southside Thomas…. bear with me (this guy is different than above)…
Edge. Co. Db 1, page 477, deed date 30 Oct 1762, recorded Jan Ct 1763,
Thomas Price, Johnston Co, NC to James Braswell, Edge. Co for 30 pds
proc money that plantation tract of land on the south side of Tar River
beginning at a black oak and running south 80 east to a ( ) oak in the
head of a small (branch) then south 39 west 180 poles to a corner pine
then north 49 west to a red oak an agreed corner on the back line then
along a line of marked trees to the first station, containing 175 acres
being part of a tract granted by patent to said Price dated 8 Jun 1739,
signed Thos Price, wit Samson Braswell, Solomon Bracewell (proved),
Richard Bracewell (X). NOTE: VERY HARD TO READ. Abstracted 6 Mar 07,
NCA film C.037.40002, CTC.
(I think this is the Thomas Price that ratted out Richard Braswell for counterfeiting. These guys were clearly SOUTH of Tar River. Braswell researchers have had a ton of fun with that.)
I thought this Elizabeth Price of 1837 might be his daughter or kin but the references appear to be the Prices of the SOUTH side of Tar River:
Edge. Co Db 21, page 657, date of deed 19 Oct 1837, date recorded Nov
Ct. 1837, Elizabeth Price, Edge. Co. to Wm. H. Dicken, Edge. Co. for
$100 a tract of land containing 50 acres, beginning at four bays and
three gums in a small branch then down the meanders thereof south 50
east 20 poles then south 25 east 20 poles to a sicamore stake persimmon
and oak then south 41 poles to a sicamore stake in the patent line then
with the patent line west 115 poles to a sicamore stake then north 70
poles to a sicamore stake then east 92 poles to the beginning, being a
part of a tract of land granted to Thomas Price bearing date 13 June
1760, signed Elizabeth Price (X), wit. William S. Baker. Abstracted 10-
31-01, FHC film 0370237, CTC.
Edge. Co Db 21, page 109, date of deed 4 Nov 1833, date recorded May
Ct. 1834, Elizabeth Price, Edge. Co. to James Oneal, Edge. Co. for
$150, a tract of land on the north side of Mercers Mill Swamp
containing 25 acres, beginning at a red oak an agreed corner William H.
Dickens and David Lane believed by the parties to be the original
corner then along said Dickens line south 110 poles to a post oak
another corner by the said William H. Dickens and David Lane, then
along said Dickens line south 64 west 24 poles to an oak on the run of
Moore’s Swamp and another agreed corner between the said William H.
Dickens and David Lane then up the various courses of said run to a
black gum said Lane’s corner then with his line north 6 east 125 poles
to a sycamore (steak) in said Dickens line then south 89 west 28 poles
to the first station, signed Elizabeth Price, wit. M.E. Manning.
Abstracted 9-15-01, FHC film 0370237, CTC.
As this “other” Thomas Price emerges it reveals some interesting points:
“a tract granted by patent to said Price dated 8 Jun 1739″
“tract of land granted to Thomas Price bearing date 13 June 1760”
and he seems to have moved west to Johnston County by 1762…
And my point is this: He is situated SOUTH of the Tar River by 1739.
Also, any deeds referencing “Braswells” is probably his kin.
Our guy is living NORTH of Tar River at Falling Run just west of Swift Creek at least by 1760 and possibly before. (Unless he owned several plantations and also owned the property south of Tar River and just wanted to play a cruel joke on future genealogists like me.)
I have a TOTAL BRICK WALL tracking William Anderson Sr. prior to his first appearance with his survey of 1752 (aside from my bastard son theory). Which makes this deed interesting:
JOHN LEE of Edge. Co. to THOMAS KNITE of Edge. Co. 26 Jan. 1744 7 pounds Va. currency 400 acres on the south side of Morratuck river, joining CHARITY CARNOLES, the pocosin and WILLIAM ANDERSON Wit: WILLIAM TAYLOR, WILLIAM REDDON, THOMAS PRICE Reg. Edge. Co. Feb. Ct. 1744 Robert Forster C. Ct.
Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council
North Carolina. Council
November 19, 1744 – November 27, 1744
Volume 04, Pages 703-710
The following Persons were admitted to prove their Rights Vizt
William Kendrick Edgecombe 3
George Stevens Do 1 5
Thomas Price Do 4
(note the “other” T. Price had his land by 1739)
As an aside… (regular readers know I have a strange fascination with Indian Traders)
Is this the (son perhaps) of Thomas Price south of Tar River ?
Minutes of the North Carolina House of Commons, North Carolina. General Assembly, November 18, 1786 – January 06, 1787, Volume 18, Pages 226-483
Mr. Wyatt Hawkins from the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, delivered in the following report to wit.
Your Committee of Propositions and Grievances to whom was referred the petition of George Lewis and William Price, report that from the representation of George Lewis and the several affidavits and other papers laid before them in support of the facts set forth in the said petition, it appears to your Committee that Capt. Thomas Price, father to William, one of the petitioners, was regularly licensed to trade with the Cherokee Indians, and that during the time of his trading with them he credited them for goods to a very large amount. It also appears that George Lewis was in Copartnership with said Price while trading with said Indians, and that they from necessity were obliged to accept of a Deed from the Indian Chiefs for a considerable Quantity of Lands as a restitution for the monies due them from said Indians, as they had no other means of satisfaction for the debts due. It also further appears that the Land in that part of the country has since the late War, been indiscriminately allowed by the State to be entered by the Citizens thereof. That previous to the opening of the Land office, Captain Price was killed in defence of his Country, and left behind him an helpless widow and orphans, that George Lewis was at the same time blind of both his eyes in which situation he now is, and being far distant from the office at which Lands in that part of the Country were to be entered, and having as they thought a right to said Lands as Capt. Price in his life time and the said George Lewis had made considerable improvements thereupon did not avail themselves of the opportunity of entering the said Lands until some time ago, when on attempting to enter them they found it was previously done by a certain William Sharpe so long before that the said Lewis and William Price was by law excluded from a right of Caveating.
Your Committee under these considerations and from the distressed situation of said petitioners, are of opinion that they are objects worthy the benevolence of the Legislature, therefore recommend that a Portion of Lands in that part of the Country equal to the sum of money specified in the Deed given by the Indians to Capt. Price be laid off to the said George Lewis and the widow and orphans of the said Thomas Price.
All which is submitted.
W. HAWKINS, Chmn.
The House, taking the said Report into consideration, concurred therewith.
Whereupon the following resolution was entered into in pursuance of a report of the Committee appointed to consider of the petition of George Lewis and William Price this day delivered and concurred with by this House.
Resolved, That the said George Lewis be allowed the Quantity of four Thousand acres of unappropriated Land lying in this State on the west side of Cumberland Mountains, and that the male orphans of the said Thomas Price in the said report mentioned, be also allowed the same quantity of Lands situated on the west side of the said Cumberland Mountains, and that John Armstrong, Esquire, Sole Entry Taker, be directed to issue warrants for the same.
His Excellency, the Governor, to direct the Hon. Robert Burton and Nathaniel Macon to proceed to Congress, and the Resolve allowing George Lewis four Thousand Acres of Land, and the Male Heirs of Thomas Price the same quantity. Endorsed in Senate “Concurred with.”
The House adjourned ’til 4 O’Clock.