Into the labyrinth: My Vendricks, an overview

Since my mind is stuck on the Vendricks after my post Chosewell Dixon’s second wife? and the mother of Vendrick Dixon, let’s stay with them for a bit. Of the many speculations and conjectures in that post, I hypothesized that Penelope, daughter of the John whose will is dated November 30, 1804 and his wife, Mary, was the first wife of Churchill Vendrick. Church, along with Vendrick Dixon and James Martin, paid the administrator bond on Chosewell Dixon’s estate December 9, 1816.

To review:

Children of John Vendrick (-1804) and Mary (listed in order of mention):

  • Peter Vendrick
  • James Vendrick
  • Penny Vendrick – I speculate that she was the Penelope Vendrick who married Church Vendrick March 16, 1808.
  • Lany Vendrick – Married a Dickson. I speculate that she was the second wife of Chosewell Dixon but don’t entirely discount the possibility that she was, instead, the wife of his (hypothetical) son, John.  Either way, she was quite likely the mother of Vendrick Dixon.
  • Mary “Polly” Vendrick – She married George Carpenter February 22, 1785. They had a daughter named Sarah, who was mentioned in John’s will. Polly, herself, isn’t mentioned which leads me to conclude that she had died by November 30, 1804.  I think that Sarah may be the Sally Carpenter who married Elias Lawson June 28, 1808 with a James Vendrick as bondsman (see this post).
  • Eliza Vendrick – She married Hardy Hukins July 28, 1792. Note: Liza is not specifically called daughter in the will.
  • Rebeckah Vendrick – She married Ezekial Read September 26, 1797.

I theorized that this John Vendrick was the son of another John Vendrick, wife Rebeckah, who wrote his will February 4, 1785. I have no actual proof of this beyond a) they, as per the will, had a son named John, and b) John of the 1804 will had a daughter named Rebeckah.

Children of John Vendrick (-1785) and Rebeckah:

  • Peter Vendrick
  • John Vendrick – Perhaps the John Vendrick who died in late 1804.
  • Anne Vendrick – Her first husband was a Green. They had a son named Solomon who was mentioned in the will. Second, she married Thomas Harper, Jr. April 10, 1783.
  • Daniel Vendrick
  • Abraham Vendrick (-1812) – An Abram Vendrick married Mary Boyd January 8, 1805. Before this, he may have been married to a Mary E. Green according to this Green genealogy (#40). Or there could have been more than one Abraham Vendrick.
  • Francis Vendrick (-1815) – There are several Francis Vendricks, but I think this was the one who married Sidney Vendrick September 9, 1783. Thomas Harper was their bondsman.

The 1785 will also makes bequests to the heirs of John Boyd. This and the marriage between “Abram” and Mary Boyd makes me wonder if Rebeckah was a Boyd either by blood or previous marriage.

Why all this focus on Church Vendrick? His sister, Ruth, was my fourth great-grandmother on my mother’s side. Their father was named Jesse. He left a will dated September 10, 1819 which was probated in June of 1820. In the will are mentioned wife Sarah, sons Church and Jesse, daughters Easter and Ruthy Trewett and granddaughter Louisa Vendrick. Executors were “friend” William Trewitt and Church Vendrick. The will was witnessed by Thomas King, my fourth great-grandfather. His grandson, Thomas J. King, would marry Ruthy’s granddaughter, Nancy Ann Martin, November 6, 1870.

Sarah was not Jesse’s first wife or mother of his children. Jesse Vendrick, Sr., married Sarah Whitty March 13, 1817 with William Trewhitt as bondsman.  I don’t know who the mother of Jesse’s children was.

The children of Jesse Vendrick (-1820) were:

  • Ruth Vendrick – married William Trewhitt June 26, 1801
  • Churchill Vendrick (-1822) – married 1) Penelope Vendrick, probably daughter of John Vendrick (-1804) and Mary March 16, 1808 and 2) Elizabeth “Liza” Vendrick, daughter of James Vendrick (-1803) and Asenath “Seney” Ives November 4, 1816.  After his death, she married Thomas Smith January 28, 1823.
  • Jesse P. Vendrick, Jr. – married Elizabeth Vendrick November 4, 1816.  I don’t know who the parents of this Elizabeth were.  There were so many Elizabeth Vendricks it’s not even funny.
  • Easter Vendrick – married John Broughton March 13, 1821

Interestingly, John Broughton’s first wife, Sally, was Thomas King’s sister. They married August 4, 1810. Church Vendrick was their bondsman. John would repay the favor by standing as Thomas’s bondman March 24, 1814 so he could marry Sidney Lawson. For some unknown reason the marriage didn’t take place.  There is another marriage bond for Thomas and Sidney dated April 19, 1817 with no bondsman.  Also, Thomas named one of his daughters Asenath.  We’ll talk more about the Kings in a later post.

I don’t know who Jesse’s parents were.  There were, at least, four, maybe five, Jesse Vendricks alive at, roughly, the same time.

  • Our Jesse Vendrick who died in 1820
  • His son, Jesse.
  • Jesse B. Vendrick, the son of Francis Vendrick (-1815) and Sidney.  He is mentioned in his father’s will.  He’s the one who married Hannah Hukins September 1, 1815 with Francis Vendrick as bondsman.  He died before 1837 when his widow remarried.
  • Jesse, brother of the Peter Vendrick who fought in the Revolutionary War.  According to the record linked to above, Peter was born in 1760.  Something around this date would work for my Jesse, however, when asked if he had a record of his age, Peter replied:  “Yes it is contained in my fathers family Bible, which said Bible now belongs to my Brother Jesse Vendrick who resides in Craven County, and who now has it in possession.”  This inquiry took place October 17, 1832.  The use of the present tense implies that this Jesse was still alive at this time.  My Jesse was not.  There is a marriage bond dated May 28, 1819 between Jesse Vendrick and Sarah Jackson with Peter Vendrick as bondsman.  I don’t know if that would be this Jesse or his son.

Ruthy’s daughter, Aretta, married David Martin July 10, 1839. Vendrick Dixon was their bondsman. Just wondering: could David be the son of James Martin and Mary Dixon? The way my family tree twines around itself, it would not surprise me. It isn’t a tree, I don’t think, but a patch of kudzu!  The birth date I have for David, estimated from census data, is 1814.  James and Mary married in 1815, so, it’s possible.

Ritty, as she was called, and David were the parents of Nancy Ann Martin who married Thomas J. King, as I told you.

Another Vendrick connection, though more nebulous, involves Thomas J. King’s mother, Tabitha Everington King. Thomas’s father, Edward J. King, died in late 1850, leaving her a widow with a one year old son. A couple of years later, on December 1, 1852, she married John F. Vendrick. Michael Vendrick was their bondsman. John and Michael were the sons of James H. Vendrick (-1845), son of Peter Vendrick of the Rev. War (1760-1833) and Margaret “Pegga” Hyman, and Fanny Hukins. Fanny was the daughter of Eliza Vendrick, daughter of 1804 John, and Hardy Hukins. After Fanny’s death, James married her widowed sister, Hannah Hukins Vendrick. Hannah’s first husband, as stated above, was Jesse B. Vendrick, son of Francis (-1815) and Sidney Vendrick.

See what I mean about Vendricks marrying other Vendricks?

John would, later, stand as Michael’s bondsman when he married Jane Vendrick June 30, 1853. John and Tabitha disappear. They show up on no census I can find.  They had a daughter together, Julia, between 1855 and 1860. I only know this because of her marriage record.  A Julia Vendick shows up in the household of John Hall in 1870, and a July Vendrick in Bradford Gatlin’s in 1880.  She would marry John Micajah Sawyer January 10, 1882. Since he remarried in about 1887, Julia must have died before that.   Thomas was a farm laborer in the household of Levi Martin (David, I think.  Lot of the same names as David’s household in 1860) in 1870.  He and Nancy had their own household in 1880.  Interestingly, Nancy’s second husband would be a John B. Hall.  And Mr. Hall’s first wife had been Julia Everington Lewis, Tabitha’s widowed sister.  Nancy and Thomas’s son, John Hilliard King, would marry a Gatlin.


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