Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

so I start this site in Virginia… go figure

Wm Anderson of Halifax, d. 1762/3

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I can’t count the number of times I have looked over the deed abstracts for these Andersons… somehow I just never made this connection… hand meet glove:

Edge. Co (Halifax) Db 1, page 54, deed date 15 Feb 1732/3, recorded
(Feb Ct 1733), (John Scot), Edgecombe Precinct to Henry Goff and Mary,
his wife, same place for 4 pds, a tract on the south side of Conoconary
Swamp beginning at a red oak and running (westwardly) 100 poles to
another red oak and then northerly (76) poles to another red oak then
eastwardly 200 poles to a hickory then south a straight line to the
first tree, containing 100 acres being part of a tract of 450 acres
which said John Scot had ( ), signed John Scot, Elizabeth Scot,
Wm Anderson, George ( ). “The above deed from John and Elizabeth
Scot to Henry Goff” was proved by the oath of Wm Anderson. (NOTE: Mary
may have been wife of John Scot, not Henry Goff, deed hard to read and
confusing.) Abstracted Jan 07, NCA film C.037.40001, CTC.

pg. 54   JOHN SCOT and ELIZABETH SCOT of Edge. Prect. to HENRY GOFF of Edge. Prect. 15 Feb. 1732/3 4 pounds in cash   100 acres more or less on the south side of Conocanary swamp, being part of 450 acres the sd. JOHN had formerly taken up  Wit: WILLIAM ANDERSON, GEORGE NORRIS  Reg. Edge. Prect. Nov. Ct. 1733  Robert Forster C. Ct.

pg. 154   WILLIAM GILL of Edge. Co., planter to JOHN STEELE of Edge. Co., merchant  6 Aug. 1754  35 pounds current money of Va.  360 acres on Beaverdam swamp, joining BENJAMIN NEVILLE, THOMAS GILL, HARMON REED, AARON PENRIGHT and the swamp   Wit: ELIZABETH JONES, WILLIAM ANDERSON, GILBERT HAYS  Reg. Edge. Co. Nov. Ct. 1754 B. Wynns C. Ct.

pg. 263   Inventory of the household goods, furniture, stock and other goods and chattles of JOHN STEELE of Edge. Co. merchant which is being sold by the sd. STEELE to JOHN WATSON of Suffolk Town, Va. merchant this 15 July 1755   Wit: JOHN GILCHRIST, WILLIAM ANDERSON Reg. Edge. Co. Aug Ct. 1755  J. Montfort C. Ct.

pg. 308   JOHN STEELE of Edge. Co. merchant to JOHN WATSON of Suffolk Town, Va. merchant the — day of July 1755  35 pounds current money of Va.  360 acres on Beaverdam, joining BENJAMIN NEVILLE, THOMAS GILL and HARMON REED all houses, buildings etc.  land lately purchased by the sd. STEELE of WILLIAM GILL and is a grant to the sd. GILL  1 May 1754  Wit: CHARLES ELIOTT, WILLIAM ANDERSON Reg. Edge. Co. Aug. Ct. 1755  J. Montfort  C. Ct.

pg. 320   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.

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Duncan Halifax1763

Duncan1763

2 pages (front and back) digital images

source: NC Archives…online, search: William Anderson

Transcribed, Marc Anderson, 2010

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North Carolina

George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To the Sheriff of the County of Halifax Greeting.  We command you———–

that you take the body of Daniel Duncan and Ann his wife late of Chowan County in the Province above said Administratrix of all and Singular the goods and Chattles, Rights and Credits of William Anderson late Deceased —————- (if to be found in your Bailiwick) and Him safely keep, so that you have Him before our Chief Justice, and his Associate Justice of our Superior Court of Justice to be held for the District of Edenton at the Court-House in Edenton on the Twentyth Day of November next; then and there to Answer Samuel Riddick of a plea of Trespass on the Case   Damage Twenty Pounds Proclamation Money——–

Herein fail not, and have you there this Writ.  Witness Charles Berns? Esq; Chief Justice of our Province, at Edenton the Twentyth Day of May in the ? Year of our Reign, Anno Dom. 1763

B Becher                Saml Johnston ?C

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Riddick     65

vs

Andersons

Adm tx          } ?? Writ?

To Edenton  Nov  ?

Sup. Ct?  1763

Daniel Duncan no inhabitant

lives in Orange County   Thos. Langley  Ds

Excd  Pr

T L

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North Carolina

George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To the Sheriff of the County of Orange Greeting.  We command you as before that you take the Body of Daniel Duncan and Ann his wife late of Chowan County in the Province above said Administratrix of all & Singular the Goods & Chattles, Rights & Credits of William Anderson late Deceased——-

(if to be found in your Bailiwick) and him safely keep, so that you have him before our Chief Justice, and his Assistant, at the next Superior Court of Justice, to be held for the District of Edenton at the Court-House in Edenton on the XXth Day of May next; then and there to answer Samuel Riddick of a Plea of Trespass on the Case Damage Twenty Pounds Proclamation Money

Herein fail not, and have you there this Writ. Witness Charles Berry Esq. Chief Justice of our said Province, at Edenton the first Day of December in the fourth Year of our Reign, Anno Dom  1763

Saml Johnston

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Riddick

vs

Anderson’s Ad r} ?

May 1764

Not to be found

Thos Hart  Sher

There is one Danl Duncan in Our County late from Halifax, but

denys that his wife is of the Name of Ann, but I think inform’d my

Deputy her name was Mary

BB      Orange

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Samuel Riddick appears to be the Clerk of the Court as this random document shows…

MCKINZIE, JOHN  Nansemond County, Va.

March 2, 1754. April Court, 1754. Sons: JOHN (795 acres of land at Skeehawkee in Tyrrell County and 305 acres in the Island of Carolina in Bertie County), KENNETH (1000 acres of land at Skeehawkee), WILLIAM (300 acres of land on Ronoke River in Bartie County). Daughters: JANIT and ANN. Executors: WM. GRAY (brother-in-law), CAPT. JOHN HILL of Bertie County and JAMES PUGH and PASCO TURNER of Nansemond County. Witnesses: JAMES PUGH, JAMES WRIGHT, CHRISTIAN GOOD. Clerk of the Court: SAMUEL RIDDICK. This is taken from a copy of the will of the above named MCKINZIE certified to North Carolina by the Court of Nansemond County, Va. Provision in will directs executors to provide for the removal of  family to North Carolina.

(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 234)

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http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dobson/nc/nchalifa.htm

Halifax Co. NC Deeds

5 June 1756, Barnaby Melton of Northampton Co. NC, gent., to Daniel Duncan of Edgecomb Co. NC, £25 VA money, 220 acres in Edgecomb Co. on south side great Quartly? Creek, together with houses, etc. Wit. Thomas Barrett, Thomas Chappell, Wm. Evatt.

5 May 1760, David Mims/Mimms and wife Judith of Johnston Co. NC to Daniel Duncan in Halifax Co., £50 VA money, 120 acres corner John Cotton. Wit. Joshua Latom, John Cotton.

5 May 1760, John Cotton of Northampton Co. NC to Daniel Duncan of Halifax Co., £20, 100 acres on south side Quankey? Creek joining lands of Daniel Duncan aforesaid and Beaver Pond. Wit. Joshua Latom, Mary Cotton.

All these references above are near William Anderson of Halifax.  I have no idea how Duncan wound up in Chowan County and got the LAW on his trail… but within a year after Wm. Anderson’s death he was in Orange County…

9 Jan. 1765, Daniel Duncan of Orange Co. NC to Richard Bishop of Halifax Co. NC, £130, 540 acres on south side Quankey Creek. Wit. Mark Killingsworth, Jarrard Wallis.

Orange Co NC Ct Min May 1763 ordered that the following persons work on the road whereof Daniel Duncan is overseer to wit: Wm Bustard, Jacob Roberson, Thos Whitton, John Oakes, Daniel Smith, Isaac Allen, Wm Chambers Sr, Adam Lackey, Jonathan Allen, Francis Wright, Daniel Duncan, Leonard Huff and Alexander Roberson.

Orange Co NC Ct Min Feb 1765 ordered that Geo Black, Gresham Allen, Isaac Fitzwood, Jacob Robinson Sr, Phillips Phillips and Hugh Dobbin work on the road whereof Daniel Duncan besides those that formerly worked under him.

Minutes of the Upper House of the North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina. General Assembly

January 01, 1771 – January 26, 1771

Volume 08, Pages 347-384

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council,

This House having been informed that Danl Duncan of Orange County was strongly suspected and charged with making and uttering the counterfeit Bills of this Province, directed the said Danl Duncan to be brought to the Bar of House, who being brought accordingly, and on examination no proof appearing against him, This House have Resolved he be discharged and that he be allowed ten pounds for his expenses in coming to and returning from the Assembly to be paid by the Treasurers or one of them out of the contingent fund, and desire you Honors concurrence thereto

R. CASWELL, Speaker.

By order

Jas. Green, Junr Clk.

Then on motion the said Resolve was concurred with

J. HASELL, P.

By order

J. B., Clk.

Gentlemen of His Majesty’s Honble Council,

This House have Resolved that Dorcas Bathurst be allowed the sum of two pounds ten shillings; she having made it appear that in the storm of 7th September 1769 she lost a sum equal to that in proclamation money which we have directed to be paid her out of the sinking fund and desire your Honors concurrence.

So let me get this straight….Duncan beats the rap on counterfeiting and the lovely and gracious Dorcas claims an Act of God and nets £2 10s.

Rd CASWELL, Speaker.

In the Assembly the 5th Jany 1771.

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Volume 08, Pages 385-479

The Sergeant at Arms having returned on the Speakers Warrant to him directed as follows, Vizt,

“By virtue of the within precept, I have taken into my custody the body of Daniel Duncan, of Orange County, whom I have ready to deliver at the Bar of the House; John Alston not to be found. I also took into custody the body of the within named George Martin, who was laboring under an indisposition which rendered him incapable of traveling, so that it was not in my power to remove him without manifest danger of his life.”

Whereupon the said Daniel Duncan was brought to the Bar of the House, and being examined and no proof appearing against him, Resolved the said Daniel Duncan be discharged, and that he be allowed ten pounds for his expences in coming to and returning from the Assembly.

On motion ordered the following message be sent to the Council,

Gentlemen of His Majestys Honble Council,

This House having been informed that Daniel Duncan of Orange County was strongly suspected and charged with making and uttering the counterfeit Bills of this Province, directed the said Daniel Duncan to be brought to the Bar of the House; who being brought accordingly, and on examination no proof appearing against him, This House have Resolved he be discharged, and that he be allowed ten pounds for his expence in coming to and returning from the Assembly, to be paid by the public Treasurers or one of them out of the contingent fund, and desire your Honors concurrence thereto.

R. CASWELL, Speaker.

Sent by Mr Dunn and Mr Locke.

Recd from the Council the Resolve of this House regarding an allowance to Daniel Duncan, In the upper House concurred with.

J. HASELL, P. C.

Sent by Mr Dunn and Mr Locke.

Received from His Excellency the Governor the two Resolves of this House, for allowing Daniel Duncan £10 and Dorcas Bathurst £2 10s.

Concurred with.

Wm. TRYON.

Also the following Message, Vizt,

Mr Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly

I return your Resolves for allowing Daniel Duncan the sum of £10 and Dorcas Bathurst the sum of £2 10s. both concurred with.

January 7th 1771.

Wm. TRYON.

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So…

Was Ann the wife of William Anderson?  The Duncan researchers claim his wife was Mary.

Why did the warrant (writ) use the term “administratrix”?

I’m not even going to ask who in hell was Dorcas Bathurst …

update:  not sure what to make of this?

Marriages of Early Edgecombe County N.C.  1733-1868 by Williams & Griffin

Anderson, William – Ann McDonald, 2 Nov 1762, James McDonald, (w) John Spendelow      [I’m pretty sure Spendelow was the Court clerk]


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Written by anderson1951

August 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm

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  1. I am a Daniel Duncan descendant. This is interesting and the first I have seen of this. Thank you

    David D. Sengel

    David

    January 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

    • My current theory is that the Ann McDonald mentioned in the marriage may have in fact been Ann “McDaniel” a daughter of Daniel McDaniel. Duncan clearly was living near Halifax town at the same time; perhaps he saddled up with the widow and moved to Orange County. Not much to go on here… keep me posted if you find anything.
      Marc

      anderson1951

      January 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

      • Ten years ago I talked to a family historian from Roxboro NC area. She gave one wife of Daniel Duncan as the “widow Anderson”. She gave the first wife as Mary Capehart. No documentation of either. I thought this odd as the name from the estate papers was Mary Duncan – and she would have had to be the second wife I would have thought. I ran across another researcher’s notes a few years later who gave the wife’s name as Mary Church.

        I have been looking at this family for over ten years now and I am still stumped. I descend from the wife Mary’s son Martin C. Duncan who came to Fort Harrod KY in 1802 and married into the James B. Ray family. Daniel Duncan was born in Surry Co / Sussex Co and is found in the Albemarle Parish records. He followed the general migration out of VA and into NC along with several allied families….Painters, Wilkinsons, Cottons, etc. His father was David Duncan or Dunkinson who died around 1744 to 1745 and left a will which I have a copy of. They had a small tract of land close to the Nottoway Church at Jospeh Swamp near present day Lambs VA. One early Surry deed calls to the Mirey Meadow Branch which was later changed to the Ivey Branch. These Duncans were living in close proximity to Claibornes, Masons, Jones, Moores, Eppes, Andersons, Freemans, and Iveys.

        Daniel and the other brothers seem to go in separate directions after 1745. Oldest brother Nathaniel stayed around the Sussex area another 30 years – until he died, then his widow Agnes and son Miles Duncan moved down into Orange Co NC with Daniel Duncan in the mid 1770’s. Miles later migrated into Wilkes Co GA.

        David

        January 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

  2. Thanks for the clues… I found your website http://www.dsa.duncanroots.com/ancestors/DavidDuncan_d1745_VA.htm

    Since Duncan bought the land in NC in 1756 that would put his birth at least by 1735. (to be of legal age)
    Per the warrant of 1764 the mystery widow Ann Anderson has been replaced with “Mary”. But after
    looking at the first warrant it does not clarify when William Anderson died… even so, Duncan and
    Ann could not have been together but a brief time (perhaps a couple years).

    Well not only are you and I confused but also the sheriffs at the time…

    anderson1951

    January 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    • Here is another clue, and confirmation on the info I had posted in January….Diane Keeton posted below to the Stinson message board….We know that Alexander Stinson son of John Stinson son of Sawney (Alex) Stinson of Buckingham Co VA died and left a will in Caswell or Person Co and was connected to my Duncan family on some level. There is a blog on the internet: Stinsons of Buckingham Co VA that has some info on this family. A book has also been written in the original Alexander Stinson – so obscure a person.

      http://genforum.genealogy.com/stinson/messages/804.html

      I am trying to find the maiden name of Alexander Stinson’s wife, and here are the clues I have:

      Alexander’s will (Caswell Co. NC Will Book A, p. 182, March 1782) names wife Sarah, daughter Nancy, father John, and grandfather Childress.

      Mary Duncan’s will (Person Co. NC Will Book 1, p. 268, Sep 1796) names daughter Sally Staneton and is signed by Nancy Stinson. In the list of Mary’s children, Sally is first, perhaps indicating that she was oldest child. Also Nancey Stenson married John Morgan on 27 Sep 1796 in Caswell County.

      Mary Duncan’s husband, Daniel Duncan, died in Caswell Co. NC in 1781. When his estate was divided, there was no mention of a daughter Sally.

      Joseph Merritt, a descendant of Daniel and Mary Duncan, wrote in a family sketch in the 1890’s, that Mary Duncan, nee Capehart, was widow Anderson when she married Daniel Duncan.

      Was Alexander Stinson’s wife Sally’s maiden name Duncan or Anderson?

      Diane Keeton
      dkeeton@one.net

      Info on Daniel Tatum Merritt and his family can be found on the Caswell Co NC genealogy website. The blog has the Diary of Daniel Tatum Merritt which is a weath of info about this group living between Cluster Springs (Black Walnut) near South Boston in Halifax Co VA – on down into old Caswell, Person, Granville, and Orange Co NC.

      http://genforum.genealogy.com/stinson/messages/1970.html

      this message is a reply to Diane Keeton’s comments by Jean Creswick – and may hold important Anderson clues….

      Please see my posts #36 and #113 re Stinson Anderson Gowdy and Stinson Lowry Craig – descendants of Andersons of TN and NC.

      It is very possible that your Anderson was a close relative to my Anderson since we have never determined why descendants named sons Stinson.

      Buckingham Co VA is a burnt record county of VA..I have some clues that point to a community of folks south of the James River in this area that have surnames found in the Surry Brunswick area a generation of two prior…

      David Duncan Sengel

      June 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

      • Hi David
        Perhaps someone will stumble across this post and can add some missing facts… there just isn’t much to go on with the Anderson connection.

        anderson1951

        June 24, 2012 at 4:53 am

  3. I would believe it probable Ann Duncan was daughter of the deceased Anderson (or other near relative). As an attorney I would surmise she was called an administratrix (feminine equivalent of the male form, administrator) because he died intestate (leaving no will) . Had he left a will appointing her, she would have been called an Executrix, the female version of executor). Had she been wife surviving, her surname should have been Anderson

    RIchard Anderson

    August 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

    • Thanks for the input Richard… I had not considered the chance of a daughter as administratrix. I would think it also discounts the likelihood of a son (unless he was underage).

      Marc

      anderson1951

      August 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    • Thanks for that insight. In 40 years of research, I have never been shown that distinction and it could be a great asset to know.

      Vivian Markley

      January 24, 2013 at 10:28 am


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