Ancestry Queries

I’ve made a few more queries on the Message Boards at Ancestry.  No replies, yet, but fingers crossed.

Topic: Hiram Wright
Board: Chatham County, North Carolina

I am looking for the parents of Hiram Wright. He was born 12 Dec 1813 in either Chatham or Cumberland County and died 27 May 1907 in Robeson County. He married three times, all in Cumberland County: Sarah Bowden in 1842, Elizabeth Bowden in 1850, and Nancy Ann Bowden in 1863. I know that there was an adult Hiram Wright in Chatham County in 1814, because he was the bondsman for James McMath and Polly Johnson. Also, on 12 Nov 1807, Hiram Wright apprenticed himself to Aaron Evans for 3 years and 2 months, as a wheelwright. I would be grateful for any other information about either Hiram.

Topic: James Cross (b. about 1755, died 1832) and Paul Curtis (say 1810-1844)
Board: Beaufort County, North Carolina

I am looking for information on James Cross who wrote his will 13 Oct 1832. Wife Sally, son William, daughters Nancy, Peggy, and Patsy. Witnesses were William Pritchard and Paul Curtis. Will proven on the oath of Paul Curtis in Nov 1832. A James Cross can be found listed in census records in Beaufort County from 1800 to 1830. It is possible that he was the James Cross listed in Martin County in 1790. From the census, I calculate that he was born in about 1755 and Sally in about 1785. More than likely, she was a second wife.

My theory is that I descend from their daughter, Nancy. I think she married Paul Curtis about 1833. I cannot find them in the 1840 census. But, in 1850, in the household of Simon Edwards, is his wife, Nancy (b. 1817), their three children William, Marshall, and Winifred (my ancestor) as well as a Sarah Curtis aged 16 and an Elzar Curtis aged 6. And in 1860 there’s a Jane Curtis, aged 19. There was a marriage, 4 Sep 1869, between Sally Edwards, daughter of Paul and Nancy Curtis, to William H. H. Norman, son of Smith and Salina Norman.

I understand that Simon Edwards left a will, about 1876, and it can only be accessed through the Clerk of Court in Washington, NC. It’s on my to do list if I ever get up there.

I would appreciate any information about James Cross and/or Paul Curtis.

Thank you,

Topic: Jonathan Beasley
Boards: Wake County, North Carolina; Johnston County, North Carolina; and Surname: Beasley

I’ve read at Beasley Family Pedigrees at, and a few other places, that my Isaac Beasley (the one who married Pheraby Roberts) was the son of Jonathan Beasley of Wake County. Does anyone have any documentation to prove this?

I’ve found a few pieces of evidence that hint at Jonathan having been the son of James Beasley, Sr. who was the son of John Beasley who wrote his will in 1787, but nothing linking Isaac to Jonathan.

Topic: Charles Bargeau, aka Henry Williamson
Boards: Middlesex, England and Surname: Bargo also posted versions of this on the London and Middlesex Board at RootsChat and the Family Research Board at Family Tree Forum

I recently found one of my ancestors, Henry Williamson, in a document collection known as The John Gray Blount Papers. Mr. Blount was a merchant based in the town of Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. According to these documents, Mr. Williamson, a very old, very poor man, and blind or nearly so, was also a merchant and a farmer living on Lake Mattamuskeet, but that he had lived in London at one time. It also comes to light that Henry Williamson is an assumed name and that he was born Charles Bargeau!

There are several letters in the collection (Volume 3) between him and his “niece” Mary Fitzgerald of Charles Street, St. James’s Square, London. The topic of these letters, and others, is a Legacy of South Seas Annuities descending to Mr. Bargeau/Williamson via the marriage agreement of one of his siblings. The marriage in question produced one known child, Ms. Fitzgerald. The other heirs are her uncles, Charles/Henry being one of them, though brothers of which parent is never clarified. The others are: John who died in Lisbon at the house of Mayne & Co. c. 1771, Joseph who went to the East Indies in about 1752 and hadn’t been heard of since, and Francis who died a Midshipman aboard the Griffen Man of War (Thomas Taylor, Captain) at Antigua c. 1772. And, in fact, I’ve found a notice taken out in the Lisbon Gazette in August 1796 concerning this Legacy and saying, I think, that John, Joseph, and/or Francis, or their heirs, have until November 28 to appear in Chancery Court in London to obtain their share(s). There is a book published decades after Henry’s death, A list of the Names of such Proprietors of Annuities, transferable at the South-Sea House, as were entitled to Dividends on or before the 5th of July, 1837, and which remained unpaid on the 10th of October, 1842, that says there 3 dividends to which he was entitled and that they became available in July 1796.

The only other reference I’ve found to a Charles Bargeau comes from Volume 14 of the Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London which mentions someone of that name, son of John Bargeau “late of Spitalfields” being bound as a goldsmith in 1749. Also, I’ve found a Francis Bargeau of Middlesex, son of John Bargeau of Spitalfields, Middlesex, deceased, apprenticed 17 Apr 1755 to Robert Bayley as a draper. And a christening record of a Francis Bargeau, son of John and Margaret, at Christ Church 21 Sep 1740. A John Bargeau was buried in Spitalfield 20 May 1745, and a Margaret 26 Jun 1743.

Henry and his wife, Ann, had 4 daughters and 2 sons. Interestingly, one of the sons was named Peter LeCuse Williamson. I know there were several Peter Le Keux, silk weavers, who were prominent in Spitalfields from the late 17th century on into the early 19th. There was a marriage in St. Michael, Cornhill, London 10 Apr 1735 between John Le Keux of Norton Folgate and Mary Bargeau of Christ Church. And, at St. George, there was a marriage between Mary Le Keux and Keane Fitzgerald 29 Oct 1788. Question is, am I the right track? I read somewhere, can’t remember where, that the Mary Le Keux who married Keane was the daughter of a Mary Le Keux and a Peter Le Keux.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!


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