Revisiting the Family of Margaret Scott Dixon, Part 3

John Scott, grandfather of Margaret Scott Dixon, was probably born close to the year 1745, and certainly no later than 1751. So, he was very young when his father, Cason Scott I, died sometime before 9 November 1757. On that date, John Baker petitioned the Craven County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for Letters of Administration on the Estate of Cason Scott in right of his wife, who was the widow of Cason Scott. Either Mrs. Scott worked fast, or Cason had been dead several months.

Craven County Court Minutes, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1757-1758, page 39

Our John had an older brother, Cason Scott, born in about 1741. As I’ve said previously, I believe that this Cason (Cason Scott II) was the one who married my Tabitha Dixon (so that my 6th great-uncle married my 7th great-aunt!) and moved to Santee District, South Carolina, where he served in the Revolutionary War as one the Swamp Fox’s men. According to an article published in Volume 9, Number 3 of The Scott Genealogical Quarterly, page 120, there were two more siblings, James and Elizabeth. This, however, I’m taking with a grain of salt due to other errors in the article, but it is possible.

The first record I’ve been able to find about him is a land patent in which he was issued a grant of 100 acres in Beaufort County 14 May 1772. This land was located in the fork of Durham’s Creek “…including a former survey of Thomas Dickson….” Was this the brother of Chosewell and Tabitha or the other Thomas Dixon of the Walter Dixon, Sr. of Pitt County line of Dixons, I wonder?

On 4 August 1772, John’s stepfather, John Baker, for £10 proclamation money, sold him 150 acres on the east side of Durham’s Creek Swamp “beginning at the mouth of a branch below John Adam’s old field…” he’d bought from John Purdue (Beaufort County Deed Book 4, page 371).

In both of the 1772 transactions, John is said to be “of” Beaufort County, but in a deed dated 2 May 1775 (Beaufort County Deed Book 4, page 459) he is “of” Craven. In this deed he sold the land he bought from John Baker to John Ernull for £30 proclamation money. The 4 July 1775, he bought 100 acres on the west side of Goose Creek Swamp from Chosewell Dixon for £15 proclamation money (Craven County Deed Book 22, page 365). This tract is described as “above the Road Begining at a Gum on the Runside the Begining Tree in Cason Scotts Patten….”

Craven County Tax List, 1779, District 3


This, I think is about the time he married, i.e. circa 1775. John Scot is assessed a married man’s poll tax in Craven County in 1779. (No land mentioned, which begs the question of what about the 100 acres he bought from Chosewell Dixon).

On 11 May 1782, John, of Beaufort County again, sells to John Barber of Pitt County, the land he was granted in 1772 on the fork of Durham’s Creek for £25 (Beaufort County Deed Book 6, page 359).

There is a Revolutionary War Pay Voucher for John Scott dated 13 January 1785. “Agreeable to an act of assembly, John Scott of Craven County is allowed specie, the sum of 1 pound, 12 shillings….”

North Carolina Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers,

On 16 May 1785, he sold the 100 acres he bought from Chosewell Dixon on the west side of Goose Creek Swamp to Jonathan Perkins for £40 (Craven County Deed Book 26, page 63). That’s a pretty good profit. The next day he bought 195 acres located on the north side of the Neuse River and on the west side of Goose Creek, “begining at a White oak at a small Branch, on the east side of Mill Branch, near Chosel Dicksons line…” from James Brinson, Sr. for £30 (Craven County Deed Book 26, page 54).

John appears on a list of certificates received by John C. Bryan, Sheriff of Craven County, dated 16 July 1786 saying he paid his taxes for 1785.

In 1790, John and Laney live in Craven County with 2 free white males of or over 16, one of whom is John, two under (John, Jr. and Cason III) and 5 free white females. One of these is, obviously, Laney. I think the other four are their daughters Mary, Sarah and Nancy, nearly for certain, and either Rebecca or Patsy for the fourth. I’m leaning towards Rebecca.

Amos Squires sold John 136 acres on the east side of Goose Creek and head of Persimmon Branch for £40 17 December 1791 (Craven County Deed Book 30, page 95).

Joseph Martin buys 250 acres from John 29 March 1792 for £50. This land is described as being on the north side of the Neuse River and on the east side of Goose Creek “beginning at a white oak at a small branch on the east side of the mile branch, near Chosell Dickson’s line…” (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 27).

Matthew Brinson sold John 50 acres on the east side of Goose Creek, beginning near the mouth of Persimmon Branch 8 March 1793, for £100 current money (Craven County Deed Book 30, page 151). He bought another 50 acres from Roger Cuthrell 17 May (Craven County Deed Book 31, page 76). This tract was located on the north side of the Neuse River and the east side of Goose Creek beginning at Malpas’s line at the mouth of Polecat Branch. On 11 September, John sells 116 acres on the north side of the Neuse River, on the east side of Goose Creek and on the head of Persimon Branch to Moses Caton for £40 (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 188). And, in Beaufort County, he witnessed a sale of 100 acres on the east side of Durham’s Creek, on the Whitehall Branch, from Joswell Dixon to Stephen Bland 6 November 1793 (Beaufort County Deed Book 7, page 332).

John Scott purchased 133 acres of land from Peter Vendrick 30 March 1796 for £100 (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 565).

Either John, or his son, Peggy’s father, purchased a marriage bond for Mary Scott and William Caton 4 March 1797. A few days later, on the fifteenth, William Caton, Sr. sold John, for the price of £25 current money, 75 acres on the west side of Goose Creek (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 754).

John’s son, Cason, paid him £40 for 115 acres in two tracts (Craven County Deed Book 36, page 685). A grant of 55 acres on the north side of the Neuse River and the west side of Goose Creek, described as beginning at a pine near Caton’s line, was issued to John Scott assignee (doesn’t say of whom) 12 March 1800 (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Grant Book 106, page 414, Grant No. 1038). In 1800, he is listed in Craven County with 1 free white male under 10, 1 16-25 and himself aged over 45 as well as Laney, also over 45 and 2 free white females under 10, 2 more 10-15 and 1 16-25.

On 24 March 1804, John Scott, Sr., may have purchased from John Bennett, for the sum of £100 current money, 106 acres on the north side of the Neuse and east side of Goose Creek, beginning at a gum tree which was also John Vendrick’s beginning and with the line to Garrett Hyman’s beginning, then with Hyman’s line up Deep Run (Craven County Deed Book 36, page 706). It goes on to mention Polecat Branch. I say “may have” because the first sentence of the deed says John Scott, Junr. and Senr. seems to have been a witness. The other witness’s name looks like “Amey Scott.” I’m not sure who that was, unless it was his daughter, Nancy, who was sometimes referred to as “Anney”. Anyway, on the same day, John Bennett bought from John Scott “Sener” (Craven County Deed Book 39, page 389), for £100, ? acres on the north side of the Neuse River and the east side of Goose Creek, beginning at a gum tree on the creek side and runs to pine which was Garrett Hyman’s beginning tree. John Scott “Juner” was a witness as was another Scott whose name I can’t really translate. I swear it looks like Aexy, but it’s, probably, Anney. Oddly, the deed was acknowledged in Court in December 1815 by John Scott Senior the grantor. Did he come back from the dead? Or was the Court confused? Because…

John died before 18 September 1805, when an inventory of his estate of taken and the sale of that estate took place.

His heirs, other than John and Cason, made a gift of land to their brother, James, 17 January 1818 (Craven County Deed Book 41, page 41). As I’ve said before, this either indicates that James had just come of age, or marks the death of their mother, Laney. Maybe both. From this deed of gift, we know that John’s children were:

  • John Scott (1775-1840) married Patsy Bland 7 November 1806
  • Cason Scott (1777-1842) married 1) Mary Holton 7 February 1798 then 2) Sally Wheelton 8 December 1834
  • Mary Scott (1781-1838) married William Caton 4 March 1797
  • Sarah “Sally” Scott (1783-?) married John Bland 13 July 1803
  • Anna “Annie” Scott (1785-?) married Benjamin Dixon 11 March 1806
  • Patsy Scott (1787-?) married James Price 18 December 1806
  • Hannah Scott (1790-?) married Henry Peck 6 June 1812
  • Rebecca Scott (1792 or 1779-?) married ? King
  • James Scott (1794-?)

The order comes from the order of mention in the deed of gift.  It is possible, as I’ve said, that Rebecca should be placed between Cason and Mary.  Also, given the lateness of his marriage in comparison to Cason and Mary, that John could be younger than I’m showing here.  Maybe between Mary and Sally? Next, the Blands.

Solving the Mystery of Margaret Stevenson, wife of Shadrack Gatlin

Okay, a quick break from Margaret Scott Dixon to discuss another Margaret in my tree.  The matriarch of one branch of the Craven County Gatlins, Margaret Stevenson Gatlin, wife of Shadrack Gatlin, has been a frustrating mystery for many researchers, me included. That is, until, I started going through Craven County’s historic deed books. My first clue comes from Deed Book 53, page 154: 26 January 1838, Margaret Gatlin, Elizabeth Sheffield and Hannah Rinehall sell to James Caton, for $132,

…a certain piece or parcel of land situate in Craven County on the North side of Neuse river and on West side of Upper Broad Creek, beginning at an oak a corner tree of Snider land running down the creek to the mouth of Mirey Branch then up the branch to the head and then by a line of marked trees a South West course to the head of a back line so along the line to Snider line and from thence to the first station being one hundred acres more or less out of a plat of 360 acres of land more or less which Christopher Dawson has a deed for….

Margaret signs her name while Hannah’s mark is a capital H and Elizabeth signs with an X.

My first thought was that Elizabeth and Hannah were Margaret’s sisters. However, when I looked at county marriage bonds, I found no Rhinehall marriages and the only Sheffield marriage was in 1788 when Elizabeth Tingle married John Sheffield 24 December. Huh? So it was back to the deed books. Book 62, page 298, showed John and Hannah Rinehold selling to James Caton 1/3 part of this same tract that “Christopher Dawson has a deed for…” 25 June 1823. Rhinehall was really getting me anywhere, so I tried Sheffield. Deed Book 29, page 260

…for the consideration of one hundred pounds currency of the State to us in hadn paid by Hannah Tingle have bargained sold and by these presents do bargain and sell all that Tract or parcel of Land formerly belonging to her Father Esau Tingle…bind ourselves our Heirs Executors firmly by these presents to Execute and make out a warrantee Deed as soon as it is convenient…nineteenth day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety one…
in the presence of                                                                   Francis Gardner
Amos Sheffield                                                                         John Sheffield

The “convenient” moment was, apparently, 22 January 1797 (Deed Book 33 page 72) when Francis & Mahalath Gardner and John & Elizabeth Sheffield sell their two-thirds to Hannah Hutchins, formerly Hannah Tingle. Interestingly, everyone, Mahalath and Elizabeth included, signed their names. This deed gives a bit more information about the tract’s history.

…being one Hundred Acres more or less, which said tract of Land was Conveyed to Andrew Grinder by Christopher Dawson, by Deed bearing date, June 7th A.D. 1745, which said two thirds of said tract descended to the said Mahalath and Elizabeth from their Mother Ann Tingle…

From this, I extropolated that Esau Tingle married Ann Grinder, daughter of Andrew Grinder, and that Mahalath Gardner, Elizabeth Sheffield and Hannah Hutchins (she married Benjamin Hutchings (9 January 1793) were their daughters.

More, on 4 June 1772, James and Elizabeth Tingle sell to Esau and “Ansevelah” Tingle their share, “one undivided half” of this tract

…Conveyed by Deed from Christopher Dawson Deceased the seventh day of June 1745 unto Andrew Grinder Father of the said Elizabeth and Ansevelah, which said Andrew Grinder died Intestate and the said one hundred acres by Descent became the Property of the said Elizabeth an Ansevelah as Coheirs of their deceased Father…Craven County Deed Book 20, page 356

Thus Andrew Grinder and his wife, Elizabeth (Court and Estate records give this as her name. She may have been the daughter of Edward Williams of whose Estate Andrew was granted administration 21 December 1739 with Rees Price and John Jacob Grinder acting as surities. Elizabeth was granted administration of Andrew’s estate 8 April 1761 with James and Esua Tingle as securities. The 1772 deed, probably, marks her death), had two daughters: Elizabeth married James Tingle and Ann Sevilla married Esau Tingle. James was definitely one of the many sons of Hugh Tingle II, who came to North Carolina from Maryland in the early 1750s. Esau may have been, as well, but there is an extremely frustrating piece of tape across a portion of Hugh’s will. It’s about an inch wide and stretches across the entire width of the page, obscuring any possible mention of Esau, or Shadrack’s own grandfather, Solomon Tingle.

These deeds make it unclear whether Hannah Rhinehall is Hannah Tingle Hutchings or her daughter, but my vote is for their being the same person, so Hannah and Elizabeth were Margaret’s aunts. And, more, there is a marriage bond for Wheelwright Stevens to marry Margaret Gardner 21 March 1801. Shortly after that, 15 August 1801, Mahalath remarried to John Whitford. Also uncertain is what happened to Wheelwright. Margaret and Shadrack married 15 May 1811, so, obviously, he was most likely deceased by that date. This is one of those times when I really feel the lack of an 1810 census record! So, Margaret was the daughter of Francis Gardner and Mahalath Tingle and widow of Wheelwright Stevens[on].

Mahalath Tingle Gardner Whitford was still living as of April 1809 when she testified in Court during a case concerning the Estate of David Purifoy. Hannah Rhinehall died before 30 March 1840 when an inventory and sale of her Estate occurred. Elizabeth, probably, predeceased her since I can’t find her in the 1840 census. There is no estate record for her, so it is difficult to know for certain. Margaret is listed on the 1840 census. She’s in her fifties living with a young man between 10 and 14, probably her youngest, Shadrack, and a slave boy aged under 10 years. However, she died not long after the census was taken. One of the items laid out in Shadrack’s will (12 December 1832) was that a sale of the Estate was take place after her death. That sale took place 30 November 1840.

A few other things:

  1. Francis, Mahalath and Hannah sold their shares in Lot 289, which Esau Tingle bought from Jacob White 30 April 1777 (Deed Book 23, page 76), to Elizabeth and John 22 January 1798 (Deed Book 33, page 107).
  2. Francis Gardner was born 16 January 1753 to William Gardner and his wife who is completely unknown.
  3. On 14 March 1769, Francis and his brother, James, maed choice of John Knox as their guardian.
  4. James Gardner, orphan of William Gardner, “aged 14 ye 24 February last” was bound to James Davis, Esq. 16 September 1769 to “learn the art and mystery of a printer.”
  5. Francis Gardner, “aged 18 years the 16th January next” was bound to Peter Brett 14 December 1770 to learn to be a joiner and cabinetmaker.

One mystery remains. I don’t know how the following connects, or even if it does. From Craven County Deed Book 53, page 180:

Be it known that we Mary Tingle and Sarah Tingle of the County of Craven and State of North Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred Dollars to us in hand paid by James Caton to in hand paid by at and before the sealing and signed of these presents the receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained sold aliened enfeoffed and confirmed and do hereby bargain sell enfeoff and confirm unto the James Caton and we the said Mary and Sarah Tingle heirs and assigns forever a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being as follows to wit situate in Craven County and North Carolina and on the North side of Neuse River beginning at a gum at the mouth of Mirey Branch running down the creek to the mouth of Branch called the White Oak Branch to a gum then up the branch to the head and then by a line of marked trees So. West course and to the back line and along that to Andrew Grinders line and to the first station containing one hundred acres be the same more or less lying and being on the South side of Upper Broad creek…this 10th day of April 1813…

and page 181:

Know all men by these presents that for and in consideration to me paid by the parties to the foregoing deed I do hereby bargain sell ratify and confirm unto the said parties all my estate interest and title contained in said deed. To have and to hold to them and their heirs
Witness my hand and seal then 14th July 1838
B. W. Wayne

Next time, I really will do John Scott, grandfather of Peggy Dixon.

Revisiting the Family of Margaret Scott Dixon, Part 2

On the 20 April 1687, a man named Thomas Scott was granted 307 acres of land in Lynnhaven Parish, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia. Two hundred acres of this was sold as an assignment to him by Martha Rouse. The rest was for the transporting of himself, another Thomas Scott and three negroes named Sambo, John and Maria. Other than the second Thomas, his son, at some point, his brother and another son, both named David, also migrated from the Old World to the New.

There are a couple of grants, dated 20 October 1689, for 150 acres each, to Thomas Scott, on the Elizabeth River, but the county is given for neither, so I’m not sure if they were to either of these Thomas Scotts.

My source for this next bit is a post from January 2003 to the Virginia Southside list at Rootsweb, Princess Anne County & Thomas Scott & Grandson Cason Scott. One of the Thomases witnessed a deed a gift from John Porter Sr. to his grandchildren, the children of Thomas and Mary Solley, in Princess Ann County 28 December 1691 (Princess Anne was formed from Lower Norfolk earlier that year).

Thomas Scott, with 100 acres, and David Scott, with 600, appear in Princess Anne County on the Quit Rent Roll of Virginia in 1704 (The Planters of Colonial Virginia by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker, pages 204 and 205, Internet Archive).

By 1 December 1707, the senior Thomas Scott appears to have been deceased when David Scott, Jr., “son and heir of Thomas Scott,” sold 100 acres of land in Princess Anne County to John Hopkins for 10 pounds. Thomas II was one of the witnesses.

David Scott, Jr. was granted 100 acres at a place called Gum Swamp adjoining John Hobkins and William Nicholson for transporting himself and Thomas Scott 28 April 1711. On that same day, Thomas Ivy patented 374 acres east of Cary’s Creek in Princess Anne County for the importation of 8 people, one of whom was a Thomas Scott.

On 2 May 1713, Thomas Scott was issued a patent for 309 acres of land ata place called Green Sea in Princess Anne County. The description mentions John Carraway’s corner tree. A few days after this, on 9 May, his uncle, David Scott, Sr. wrote his will. He makes bequests to “cousen Thomas Scott son of brother, cousen Margaret, cousen David Scott, Jr., son of brother Thomas.” David Scott, Jr. was appointed Executor. The will was proven in Court 6 June 1716.

Thomas Scott and his wife, Elizabeth, sell some of the land he inherited from his father to John Hopkins for £40, 6 September 1715. David Scott, Jr. witnessed the transaction. David and his wife, Faith, in their turn, sell Thomas 220 acres left to him by their father for just 5 shillings 3 May 1720.

A Thomas Scott was granted 60 acres 5 September 1723 in Norfolk County near the head of the western branch near a survey of William Cherry and Eleazer Tart. I’m not sure if this is either of our Thomases, but Norfolk County was close enough to Princess Anne to leave the possiblity open.

Thomas wrote his will 2 June 1729. In it, he makes various bequests to his grandchildren: Cason Scott, son of Thomas Scott, Elizabeth Algrew, Ann Simmons and Ann Moseley, daughter of Anthony Moseley and daughter Frances his wife. His wife, Elizabeth is not mentioned according to any abstract I’ve been able to read.

Note: To see any of the Virginia land patents/grants referenced in this post, go to the Library of Virginia’s Online Catalog. Click the “Images & Indexes” tab and select “Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants” database by double clicking on it. Then type “Thomas Scott” or “David Scott” into the top search box and “Go”.

On or about the 17 June 1730, Margaret Scot (the “cousen” mentioned in the will of David Scott, Sr.?) entered a Court in Newbern, North Carolina and petitioned for, and was granted, Letters of Administration on the Estate of her deceased husband, Thomas Scot.

She submitted an inventory of the Estate later that year on 15 December. At that time she also submitted an account of sales (£20, 5 shillings) and an account of debts (£9, 8 shillings).

Sometime during the early 1730s, Margaret Scott, widow of Thomas Scott, married John Horde, son of Peter Horde. On 7 September 1736, Mr. Horde made a deed of gift to her children, Cason and Averilla:

To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come I John Hord of North Carolina and precinct of Craven for and in consideration of the Love good will and affection which I have and do bear towards my loving son and daughter-in-law Viz. Cason Scott and Averilla Scott the son and daughter of Thomas Scott late of this precinct deceased Have Given granted and by these presents do fully clearly and absolutely Give and Grant unto the said Cason & Averilla aforsd. their heirs exrs. admins. and assigns one hundred and fifty acres of land situate lying and being on the north side of Nuse River and on the head of No. Et. Branch of Powel’s Creek to be equally divided between them and I do further give unto the said Cason Scott one Bay Mare named Bonny sadl & Bridle two Cows two Calves & a heiffer with their increase likewise one pewter dish three plates one dozen of spoons one Iron Pott and I do moreover give unto the sd. Averilla Scott one mare fole two Cows and calves and one heiffer with their Increase and one pewter dish three plates one dozen spoons and one Iron Pott together with all the right Title Interest & claim & demand whatsoever which I now have or which any or either of my Heirs exrs. admins. or assigns may hereafter have of to or in the said Granted premises or any part thereof To have and to hold the said Granted premises and every part thereof unto the sd. Cason Scott & Averilla Scott as above said their heirs and assigns forever absolutely without any manner of Condition. the said John Hord have fully a
and of my own accord set and put testimony In witness whereof I
unto put my hand and affixed my seal the 7th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty six 1736

Sealed and delivered
in the presents of
Jacob Brinson
Jno. West

Noate that the within stock named and household goods is not to be delivered till the death of the mother of the within named children except the mare sadle & Bridle

John Hord

Craven County Deed Book 2, page 373

From later evidence, I can surmise that Cason married within a few years after this, but the identity of his wife is a total and complete mystery. I don’t even know her first name. I just know that their known children, Cason and John, were born in the early to mid 1740s.

Cason witnessed a deed of gift from Thomas Fulcher to his son, William, of 75 acres of land 24 August 1744. He, himself, made a purchase of 82 acres on the north side of the Neuse River and on the east side of Goose Creek, from Cason Brinson, for the strange price of £226, 13 shillings and 4 pence (Craven County Deed Book 1, page 452).

On 22 January 1751, Cason Scott sells 125 acres on the North River, upon the northeast fork of Powell’s Creek to Thomas Carraway, Sr., for £46, 13 shillings and 4 pence (Deed Book 1, page 469). It seems he had a penchant for odd amounts. From the description, this sounds very much like the tract gifted to he and Avarilla in 1736.

John Horde died at some point before 14 February 1753 when Nathaniel Gabriel and William Sitgreaves, as greatest creditors, motioned the Court for Letters of Administration on his Estate. The sale of the Estate took place 18 June. Cason Scott bought a woolen wheel, a hatchet, and 3 trenchers. Mr. Sitgreaves submitted an inventory of the Estate 16 August and the accounts of the sale weren’t submitted to be filed until 13 February 1755.

Cason Scott, Ann Snow and John Spire (you can’t read his last name on the will, but it was proved in Court on his oath and that of Ms. Snow), witnessed the will of John Paine 29 December 1753.

Averilla and her husband, Moses Anderson, now living in Onslow County, sold to David Gordon of Johnston County for £20 proclamation money

…all those seventy acres of land situate lying and being on the north shore of Neuse River and on the head of the No. Et. Branch of Powell’s Creek being part of 150 acres of land situate as aforesaid which was by deed bearing date the seventh day of September in the year of our Lord 1736 by John Howard granted to one Cason Scott & Averella Scott now Averella Anderson…

Craven County Deed Book 2, page 318

This transaction occurred 5 January 1757. On that same date Mr. Gordon sold to Moses Anderson 200 acres in Onslow County for 5 shillings (Abstracts of the records of Onslow County, North Carolina, 1734-1850, Volume 1 by Zae Hargett Gwynn, page 94, supposedly abstracted from Onslow County Deed Book E, page 18). This abstract states that the tract in Craven County sold by Mr. and Mrs. Anderson was on the north shore of New River, not Neuse, and that Averilla was Cason’s wife and not his sister.

John Baker petitioned the Court 9 November 1757 for Letters of Administration of the Estate of Cason Scott, deceased, having intermarried with his widow. For some reason, this entry in the court minutes was crossed out, but nowhere does it actually say it was stricken from the record.

Mrs. Baker’s eldest son, Cason Scott, witnesses land transactions between Nicholas Harper and John Baker (Craven County Deed Book 2, page 12) and John Linton and John Baker (Craven County Deed Book 2, page 234) November 1758 and 17 July 1759, respectively. Young Cason was chosen for jury duty in July and October 1763, but only served on any juries in October. Again, he witnessed a land transaction involving John Baker 2 March 1765 when Baker sold 150 acres to John Roe (Craven County Deed Book 12, page 8). This deed was proven in Open Court on the oath of Cason Scott in July 1766. Cason was issued a patent for 300 acres on the west side of Goose Creek 30 October 1765 (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 17, page 263, Grant #371 and Book 18, page 239, Grant #371). The description mentions the lines of Hopton and Spaight. If I’m right, this is, probably, about the time Cason married Tabitha Dixon, daughter of John and sister of Chosewell.

It was ordered by the Court 2 May 1767 that the lands and tenements of Cason Scott, late of this County, be sold in order to pay his debts. This order was carried out 5 December when High Sheriff Richard Blackledge sold 350 acres to James Coor for £34 (Craven County Deed Book 14, page 305). Mr. Coor would sell these lands to Chosewell Dixon 19 December. This was not the entirety of the sum that was to have been raised, which was nearly £45. From the text of the deed, we learn that Mr. Coor recovered just over £37 in damages from Mr. Scott, plus “the sum of five pounds, thirteen shillings and ten Pence like Money by said Court adjudged and Taxed for Costs & Charges whereof the said Cason Scott is convicted on Record.”

This Cason Scott, I believe, was the one who moved on to live and South Carolina and serve there during the Revolution (as one of Francis Marion’s men), and to die there in Santee District 16 January 1816. Shortly after his death, his family moved from South Carolina to Copiah County, Mississippi, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and Harrison County, Texas.

Next post, I’ll talk a bit more about Peggy’s grandfather, John.

Revisiting the Family of Margaret Scott Dixon, Part 1

In the next few posts, I’m going to be revisiting the family of my third great-grandmother, Margaret “Peggy” Scott Dixon. I’ve done quite a bit of research since I last posted about them.

Peggy was born, according to her tombstone, 25 November 1827, the youngest of six children. Her father, John Scott, and her future great-grandfather-in-law (or, possibly, great-uncle-in-law, see this post), Chosewell Dixon, purchased a marriage bond 7 November 1806 (the text of the bond says Joseph Dixon, but the signature at the bottom is clearly Chosewel) for John and Patsy to marry.

The 1810 census does not exist for Craven County, but there is a tax list for 1815. John Scott, and his brother, Cason, are enumerated in Captain William B. Perkin’s District, as are Roland Dickson and Allen, William and Stepehn Bland (more on them in future post). The truth is that I’ve been unable to locate John and Patsy on any census before his death.


John purchased an auger, an ox ring and a staple and bolt at the sale of the Estate of David Gatlin 14 January 1815, 2 hoes and a slay at Chosewell Dixon’s 20 December 1816 and a pair of fire tongs at Stephen Bland’s 7 July 1821. On 9 February 1824, John Scott, Willis Rawls and Cason Brinson paid a $200 administrator bond on the Estate of Mary Bland. A few days before, 2 February, John bought several items at the sale of her Estate.

The heirs of John Scott, decd. gave their brother, James, a gift of land 17 January 1818. Peggy’s father is not listed among the heirs but, instead, is a witness along with Cason Scott. The heirs were: “…William Caton & Mary his wife, John Bland and Sarah his wife, Benjamin Dixon & Anney his wife, James Price & Patsey his wife, henery peck & Hannah his wife and Rebeckah King…” (Craven County Deed Book 41, page 41). This either indicates that James had just come of age, or marks the death of their mother, Laney. Maybe both. John Scott (Peggy’s father, I think!), Joseph West and John Bennett paid a 200 pound administrator bond on the Estate of John Scott 10 December 1805. An inventory of the Estate was taken and the Estate sale took place 18 September. An order for the administrator’s accounts to be examined was issued in December 1816. The examination of these accounts is dated 25 February 1817.

On March 20, 1831, John Scott, Joshua Scott, and Samuel Paul witnessed the will of William Leigh.  The will was proven in Court during the May session of that year by the oath of John Scott.  Whether this was John, Jr. or John, Sr. is not specified.

John Scott, Sr. died a some point before 8 August 1840. On that date Patsy Bland Scott, relinquished her right to administer her husband’s Estate. The contents of his estate file include:

  • order for Samuel Brinson, Jesse Bennett, James Bennett, and Rolin Dixon to lay off one year’s provision for Patsy Scott, widow of John Scott, dated second Monday in August 1840 (August 10, 1840)
  • settlement of John Scott, Jr., guardian of Riley Scott, Julia Scott, and Margaret Scott dated February 10, 1845
  • petition for one year’s provision from Patsy Scott, widow of John Scott dated August 1840
  • Account of Sales of Property belonging to the Estate of John Scott, Dec’d sold August 22, 1840
  • Inventory of the Perishable property belonging to the Estate of John Scott, Dec’d – August 22, 1840
  • Receipt for public, county, public building, school and parish taxes in the amount of $0.84 in the year 1839
  • various receipts of amounts paid by William B. Perkins, administrator of John Scott, dec’d
  • Receipt dated August 25, 1840 from Patsy Scott, widow of John Scott to William B. Perkins, administrator of John Scott for widow’s provision, attested by John Scott
  • order for Samuel Brinson, Jesse Bennett, and James Scott, appointing them commissioners to audit and settle the accounts of William B. Perkins, administrator of John Scott dated February 1841
  • notice to creditors issued by William B. Perkins August 10, 1840 for others to come forward and settle their accounts with the Estate of John Scott
  • various receipts from John Scott, guardian of the heirs of John Scott
  • receipts from John, Stephen, Joshua, and Patsy Scott, heirs of John Scott acknowledging payment from William B. Perkins, administrator of John Scott, and “release and discharge the said Perkins from all claims or demands whatsoever” all dated March 13, 1841
  • Administrator bond: William B. Perkins, Daniel Scott, and Jesse Bennett in the amount of $500 dated August 10, 1840
  • letter to the Court from Patsy Scott relinquishing her right to administer the Estate of her deceased husband, John Scott, to William B. Perkins, dated August 8, 1840

From these papers, I learned that John and Patsy had six children, not the four I originally thought:  John, Stephen, Joshua, Riley, Julia, and Margaret. Stephen, John and Joshua were all married by this point, but Riley, Julia and Margaret were still in school, as enumerated in District 21 of the 1841 Census of Craven County School Children. William Dixon was also attending school in this district.

In 1850, Patsy, along with Margaret, Julia, and Riley, are living in Craven County next door to John and Nora Scott and their children. Joshua and his family are a little further down on the page.

Riley married Jane Delamar 8 May 1851, Peggy married William Dixon 12 May 1853 and Julia married Joshua Lee 27 August 1854. I think Patsy died sometime during this decade. She does not appear anywhere on the 1860 census that I’ve been able to find. I’ve even checked with Stephen in Beaufort County, and she’s just not there.

Next post, I think I’m going to explore the Scotts in a lot more depth (probably in multiple posts), then I’ll do the Blands.

John Gatling, the Immigrant and William

These are the facts, from as many primary sources and reliable secondary sources, that I can find. There is no evidence that Edward Gatlin of Neuse was ever in Virginia or was, in any way, connected to the Gatlins of Kingsale Swamp and/or Pagan Creek. That being said…

Here in America, the Gatlin saga begins 2 May 1637 when John Gatling of Upper Norfolk  is assigned 150 acres of land in Isle of Wight County called “Dawson’s Neck” by William Dawson of that county who patented the tract 20 November 1635 (See: Nugent, p. 158 (Internet Archive). John sold this assignment to Epaphroditus Lawson at some point prior to 16 October 1638 when Lawson granted Dawson’s Neck to Mareene De La Mundayes. In the De La Mundayes patent, this land is described as being “In New Town Haven River.” Other names for this body of water were Pagan Creek/River and Warrisquicke Creek/River.

Then, there is silence. What happened? Well, if you believe most family researchers, he went back to England. John Gatland, a miller of Jevington, married a widow, Ann Reede, in May 1639. One of the sponsors was a Robert Gatland of “Gawdhurst” in Kent.  This can be found in
Sussex Record Society, Volume 1, page 254 (Internet Archive). I discovered this information through a discussion at RootsChat. On the second page of this discussion is mention of a baptism in Jevington of a Jone, father John, 27 January 1640. Many genealogies have Berville as Ann’s maiden name, but no source is ever cited.  I am not sold on this being our immigrant.

Leaving all that aside, the next verifiable record of John’s presence in the New World comes in Isle of Wight County (Warrisquicke by a new name). In January, probably of 1652 (the year the will was proven), he and James Taylor witnessed the will of John Upton (Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Vol. 1, p. 2).

Again, silence, until 12 August 1663, when John Gatlin is granted 250 acres on the Northwest side of the Warrisquick River, formerly granted John Bridges 13 September 1636 (Patent Book 5, p. 369). Then, 22 October 1666, he is granted 425 acres of high land with 25 acres of marsh in Nansemond County, beginning at a point of marsh of Chuckatuck Creek side (Patent Book 6, p. 692) and 28 October 1672 250 acres “escheat land” in Nansemond formerly granted John Briggs (Patent Book 6, p. 692). That last was, perhaps, a renewal of the 1663 grant.

A Captain Gatlin in Nansemond County played a part in Bacon’s Rebellion. From the Journal of the ship Young Prince, Robert Morris, Commander, during the time she was in the King’s service in James River, 19 Sep 1676 to 29 Jan 1677 (see here):

November 1st. Sent to the Governor, Major Beverly and proclamation letter to Captain Gatlin… 3rd. …Mr. Gilbert came from Nacemond and said Captain Gatlin would meet at Craney Island on Tuesday (7th November) so we resolved for Craney Island… 7th. …Captain Gatlin sent two men to treat, but came not himself… 16th. …sent Mr. Kearney to speak with Gatlin and a yawl to meet him at Nansemond… 20th. The Surrey gentlemen and the Lower Norfolk came down, did little; had news Gatlin was coming, so we forbore sending boats to cruise as before… 27th. Mr. Kearney came on board w/ letters from Gatlin… 30th. Captain Gatlin came on board, where we concluded a peace, and he returned to his allegiance and took the oath.

McDuffie’s pronouncement that John was the only Gatlin old enough to have been this Captain Gatlin, cannot be proven irrevocably on existing evidence. William Gatlin, if he was born in 1639, would have been 37 in 1676, certainly old enough to have been a Captain in the Rebellion.

William Gatlin and William Oldis witnessed a land transaction between Thomas Smyth and Robert Coleman 8 June 1678 (Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records by John Bennett Boddie, page 580). They were granted 650 acres of land in Nansemond County in the area of Kingsale Swamp (a tributary of the Blackwater River), adjoining lands of William Collins and Thomas Downs, for transporting thirteen persons (Patent Book 7, p. 40). One wonders if there was some sort of familial connection, perhaps a marriage, between Gatlin and Oldis. William Gatlin was granted 280 more acres 23 April 1681, adjoining his own lands and those of William Collins, “neare Meadow Branch; through a pocosin….” Richard Taylor, George Corpse, Robert Brewer, and John Holland were all granted land adjacent William Gatlin 1681-1683.

Joseph Bridger, Isle of Wight County, wrote his will 3 August 1683, leaving his son, Samuel, “land bought of John and William Gatlin, whereon John Cooke now lives” (IOW Wills, Vol. 2, p. 36-7).

On 16 March 1684, John Gatlin bought land on Rickahock Creek in Chowan Precinct, Albemarle County, North Carolina, from Joseph Chew and his wife, Elizabeth (North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1, by John R. R. Hathaway, p. 613).

Interestingly, 20 April 1694, Richard Taylor was granted 293 acres in Nansemond County, in the Kingsale Swamp area, adjoining his own land, Robert Brewer etc. (Patent Book 8, p. 344). Especially interesting is this “…thence southeasterly…bounding on John Gatling’s Land to a marked pine….” Was William dead?

Then, 15 October 1698, John Gatlin is granted 20 acres in the upper parish of Nansemond County on the south side of a swamp called the Indian Town Swamp (Patent Book 9, page 165).

John Gatlin and a William Gatlin (this is why I hesitate over whether William, son of the Immigrant, died before 1694) are listed on the Quit Rent Roll of Virginia of 1704. William is listed with 100 acres while John had 200 (The Planters of Colonial Virginia by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker, page 199, Internet Archive). Notice that they are not listed consecutively.

How many John Gatlins were there in the 18th century?

This is one of the most confusing points of Gatlin genealogy. We know that Edward of Neuse had a son named John (1673-1748) and that he had a son named John (1704-1766). After this, it becomes difficult to determine just how many John Gatlins there were. From the 1766 will of John Gatlin, we know that his children were Edward, James, Thomas, Mary and Hardy. No John. So the John Gatlin, Jr., found in land records and militia rolls in the 1750s must be his nephew, son of Edward Gatlin (1694-1763) and his unknown first wife. Then there is this deed:

The Indenture made the first Day of January in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and seventy One Between John Gatlin Junr. of Craven County in the Province of North Carolina Planter of the one part and Samuel Smythe of Craven County and Province aforesaid Merchant of the other part…Tract or parcel of Land Situate lying and being in the County of Craven and Province aforesaid On the North Side of Neuse River between John Gatlin Senr. and Linkfield’s Lines Known by the Name of Neck…containing One Hundred Acres…his Letters Patent Granted to John Gatlin Father of the above said John Gatlin bearing Date the Eleventh Day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and forty Eight….

Craven County Deed Book 19, page 151

A person could not deal in real estate on their own behalf before the age of twenty-one, so in order to obtain a grant in 1748, John the Father must have been born no later than 1727. John Gatling, Sr. sold this land to John Gatling, Jr. for thirty-five barrels of tar 10 November 1756 (Deed Book 9/10, page 294). This earlier deed does not say they were father and son, but the 1771 deed clearly does. The younger John in the 1756 deed was born no later than 1735. If the elder John was born in 1727, he’d have been 8 years old in 1735, so, he was, more likely, born sometime about 1715. His father, Edward, would have been 21 in 1715.

So far we have:

  • John (1673-1748), son of Edward of Neuse
  • John (1704-1766), son of John of Neuse
  • John (1715), son of Edward (1694-1763)
  • John (1735), son of John (1715)

Now it gets even worse. From the will of the Edward Gatlin (1739-1781) who married Elizabeth Johnson, we know that he had a son named John and the will of his brother, Thomas (1743-1793) we learn that he did as well, so we can add John Black Gatlin (or so he was called in the estate papers of Hardy Gatlin) and John Slade Gatlin. James (1741-1801) also left a will, but there is no son named John mentioned, nor is their one mentioned in the will of James’s daughter, Elizabeth (1806) or in the estate papers of his stepson, Francis Linkfield (1782).

Traditionally, John, son of Edward (1694-1763) is considered to be the one to marry Esther Johnson, but given these revised dates, I’m thinking it was his son. Elizabeth and Esther were sisters. Their other sister, Mary, also married a Gatlin, according to their brother, Richard’s, will (1796), but I don’t know which one. Anyway, John Gatlin and Esther Johnson also had a son named John, probably born about 1775. This is the one who married Dolly Barnes and died in 1807.

To review:

  • John (1673-1748), son of Edward of Neuse
  • John (1704-1766), son of John of Neuse, wife Mary
  • John (1715-?), son of Edward (1694-1763)
  • John (1735-1801), son of John (1715-?), wife Esther Johnson
  • John Black (176?-?), son of Edward (1739-1781) and Elizabeth Johnson
  • John Slade (1769-1836), son of Thomas (1744-1793)
  • John (1775-1807), son of John (1735-1801) and Esther Johnson, wife Dolly Barnes

And then, there is my John who was born by 1750 and married Esther Tingle 6 January 1784. James Gatlin acted as security. He was granted a land patent 14 November 1771 (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Grant Book 20, page 707), from which I’ve calculated his year of birth. He entered another patent 8 May 1779 and it was issued 24 October 1782 (Grant Book 48, page 289). This John died in 1811. From their estate records (Esther’s in 1819), we know that they had, at least, six children but we only know the identities of four of them for certain: Abner (1785), Mills (1788), Shadrack (1790) and Holland (1793). I think that this John was the son of Edward Gatlin and Elizabeth Reel. She was either the second wife of Edward (1694-1763) or the wife of his son of the same name (1719-?). The other children I’ve attributed to them are:

  • James Gatlin (1743-?) married Mary Searles
  • Joshua Gatlin (1745-181?) married Sarah Banks
  • Sarah Gatlin (1760-?) married Evan Thomas

I’m sure there were others. My John may have had a son named John, but, if so, he predeceased his father. I know that John Slade Gatlin and Susannah Caswell had a son John who died in Florida in 1835.

Have a I missed any? Any additions or corrections?

Elizabeth, wife of Edward Gatlin of Neuse

Elizabeth, wife of Edward Gatlin, would have been born within a few years either side of 1655. She and Edward probably married in about 1670, most likely in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Their only know child, John, was born sometime around 1675, possibly in Nansemond County, Virginia. Keep in mind, though, that no documentation, that I know about anyway, has surfaced proving that Edward Gatlin was ever in Virginia! Geographically speaking, I could be way off base, but I think my dates are close.

By about 1700, Edward and, presumably, Elizabeth were living in Bath County, North Carolina. All later evidence suggests that their home lay in what is now Pamlico County, somewhere close to what was then known as Powell’s Creek, later Farnifold Green’s Creek. There was a small creek in the area known as Gatlin’ Creek as early as 1716. Whether this is the same as modern Gatlin Creek I don’t know. It’s located between Dawson’s Creek and Wilkison’s Point.

Elizabeth was still alive as of 15 March 1726 when she and John qualified as Executrix and Executor of Edward’s will. In this will, he leaves her four horses, “one negro man named Joab during her naturall life,” two feather beds and their furniture, half his household goods, half his sheep, all of his cattle carrying his “proper mark,” and “Oliver Rustell my orphane boy.” She also received “halfe my plantation and my…house during her widdowhood.” On the day she remarries, if she does, the plantation and house are to revert to John entirely.

These are the facts of her life as I know them. But who was she? I have no idea! There are many theories floating around about her, but I don’t think any of them fit.

One thing I know with absolute certainty is that she was not the sister of Henry George. Henry George’s will was written 2 December 1711 and not only was his sister’s Gatlin husband dead at this point, he’d been that way long enough for her to remarry and give birth to a least one child. Edward Gatlin was still very much alive in 1711. In fact, I think that Ms. George, there is no proof that her first name was Elizabeth, married Edward’s brother, William.

Another popular theory is that she was the daughter of Hannah Kent and her first husband, John Smithwick. There is no evidence this person existed. John Smithwick’s will, dated 28 Aug 1696 and probated 6 Jan 1697 mentions one daughter by name, Sarah. The will is torn in places, so it is possible that another daughter is mentioned. In fact, we know there was a second daughter, Ann, the same Ann whose will was witnessed by Edward Gatling in 1711. In the will of Farnifold Green, Ann Smithwick is referred to as his “daughter in law”. There were other Elizabeth Smithwicks: John’s sister married Robert Warburton and his niece married Martin Griffin.

Ann’s half-sister, Elizabeth Green, is another possibility put forward in various genealogies. She at least did exist. Setting aside the fact that she could not have been born before 1697, there is unassailable evidence, in the form of land deeds and bible records, that she married Daniel Shine.

Much has been made of an association between Edward Gatlin and Hannah Kent Smithwick Green Linnington. I don’t really see it. From what I can piece together, the Gatlins and the Greens were neighbors during the Tuscarora War Era. This can account for much of the of the relationship demonstrated in the records. And McDuffie’s contention that Hannah Smithwick witnessed a bond involving Gatlins in 1696 is unsubstantiated by her source, Hathaway, Volume 1, page 613, which merely says she appeared and witnessed a bond.

Anyway, because of this supposed relationship, Hannah’s sister, Elizabeth Kent, has been suggested as the wife of Edward Gatlin. According to more conventional Gatlin chronologies, this would be a much better fit. but she just doesn’t work for me. She was born 1 June 1667 in Berkley Precinct, Albemarle County. This precinct is now Perquimans County. On 8 November 1683 “…Elizbeth Kent ye daughter of Thomas Kent & Ann his wife…” married William Charles, son of William and Abigail Charles. Their daughter, Jane, was born 1 October 1685. William wrote his will 7 April 1687. She may have been the Elizabeth Charles to marry John Long 11 August 1687 or the one to marry Samuel Nicholson 16 December 1688. I’ve also read somewhere, can’t remember where, that the wife of John Long’s brother, Giles, was an Elizabeth Charles. Giles died at some point before 12 February 1692 (Source: North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 3, Number 3, FamilySearch).

So, as you can see, I’m no closer to figuring out who she was. Any ideas? Refutations? Anything?

Edward Gatlin of Neuse River, in the County of Bath

Let me begin by saying, first, that my Gatlin genealogy is not conventional.  In my view, the ancestor of the Neuse River Gatlins, Edward, was born sometime in the early 1650s in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, son of John the Immigrant (born about 1615). He had at least one brother, William (born about 1640).  It’s possible he had another brother named John, but I’m on the fence about that right now. 

As you can see from the tree below, I believe that Edward’s son, John, was born in the early 1670s, thus, he and his wife, Elizabeth, probably married sometime around 1670 in Nansemond County, Virginia.  I’m going to discuss Elizabeth and the various theories about her in another post.

Whenever and wherever he was born and whoever his father, Edward first appears in the records, that I can find, anyway, in 1701.  Richard Collins “of Pamticoe in Bath County” wrote his will 23 September 1701.  The inventory of his estate was taken 22 November of that same year, including an “Account of Debts” which lists a debt of 5 shillings owed to Edward Gantling for a pair of shoes (Roger Montague Records at East Carolina Roots).  So, presumably, Edward and Elizabeth were living somewhere in Bath County before late September 1701.  John was a grown man at this point, with a wife and a small son, Edward, born in about 1694, so whether he and his family were in Bath County at this early date is an open question.

Edward Ganeling laid 3 headrights (i.e. William Butcher, Henry Spring, and John Barnett) 8 October 1702 upon an entry made the previous 18 February (Beaufort County Deed Book 1, page 31).


On 29 February 1704 Edward Gatlin was among those in Pamlico to sign a petition for protection against Indians (Hatthaway, Volume 2, p. 194).  Apparently, relations between the mighty Tuscarora and the local Bear River tribe were becoming, from the point of view of the colonists, a little too friendly for comfort.

Sometime in 1707, Farnifold Green was issued a grant of 640 acres of land “at green point in Powells creek in Neuse….”  In the description is mentioned “Gatlins line” (Source: North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 1, page 164, #126).  Does this refer to the 1702 warrant?  I don’t know!


You can see the location of Powell’s Creek on John Lawson’s 1709 map (to left of the red mark on the image on the right).  Not long after this, Powell’s Creek began being referred to as Farnifold Green’s Creek, or just Green’s Creek.  The Broad Creek shown on this map is now called Smith’s Creek.

A search of The Early Settlers of Craven County at the New Bern Craven County Public Library website says something about petitions to hold Court in 1706 and 1709 in association with Edward.  One of these, not sure which, is described in the July 1945 issue of The North Carolina Historical Review (Internet Archive, page 294).

The Colony of Carolina entered a dark time in 1711.  In January Edward Hyde, a cousin of Queen Anne, was appointed Deputy-Governor of North Carolina, the first man to be appointed such of North Carolina alone.  When he arrived in Virginia, he found his governorship in jeopardy.  The former Deputy-Governor, Thomas Cary, and his adherents objected most strenuously to Hyde’s appointment.  Hyde attempted to have Cary arrested in March, which prodded them into open revolt.  Cary’s Rebellion wasn’t suppressed until July, when Thomas Cary fled to Virginia where he was arrested at the end of that month.  But the dark time wasn’t over.  An outbreak of yellow fever began to ravage the colony that summer, killing many and weakening North Carolina still further.  Then, 22 September, the Tuscarora War broke out.  In a letter written 26 October 1711, Farnifold Green says: “ye Indians they have killed abt 100 people and have taken prisoners about 20 or 30 we are force to help garison and watch and Gard day and night….”

Mr. Green wrote his will that same day.  It begins:

In the Name of God Amen. I, Farnifold Green, in County of Bath & Province of No. Carolina, Planter, being of a Sound & perfect memory, but Seriously Considering ye Frailty & uncertain State of ye Life at all times, Especially Especially in ye dreadfull times of Almighty God’s Visitation by Sword & fier under which we tremble & to wch. do humbly submitt….

On 5 November 1711, Edward Gattling witnessed the will of Green’s stepdaughter, Ann Smithwick (her parents were John Smithwick who died in 1696, and Hannah Kent, who, then, married Green). The ink is faded in places and there is a tear in the document just where the first name would appear, put in court records, where he signs with large “G” mark, the name is plainly Edward.

At some point before Ann Smithwick’s will is proven in Court, there is a record in the minutes involving Captain William Handcock, Jr. and some sails and rigging. I can’t really tell what he’s talking about, but there’s something in there about Captain Richard Graves and Edward Gattling and an appraisal.

Following the harrowing massacre of the 22 of September, in desperation, the colonists of Neuse sent a Petition to Alexander Spotswood, Governor of Virginia, 12 February 1711/12:

That wheras [illegible] hath by ye pormition of allmighty god for our sins and disobedience bin a most horred massacre committed by ye Tuskarora Indians upon her majestys pore subjects in ye sd. provence of north Carrolina [crossed out] and we her majestys pore subjects who by gods provisions have survived are in Continuall Dread and Do Suffer….


Begging him, “with one voyse”, to “send to our [Relief?] Sum Considerable forse of men armes and ammunition….”  Among the signers of this petition, second page, are Ed. Gattling and John Gattling.   Between them is Titus Green, brother of Farnifold. The petition was read out to the Governor’s Council in Virginia 20 February.

On reading at this Board a petition of the Inhabitants of Neuse River in North Carolina…The Council taking the said petition into consideration are of Opinion that if the Treaty made with the Tuscaruro Indians take effect, The petitioners will be relieved without other assistance from this Government…in order to encourage the petitioners to defend themselves a Copy of the said Treaty be sent to the Commanders of the Garrisons in Neuse…

Help, when it came, haled from South Carolina in the person of John Barnwell and his militia company.  You can read his Journal in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 6, Number 1, page 42 (Internet Archive).  While he had some successes, it was despite, not because of, any aide North Carolina may have, or more often that not, have not provided him.  Under a veil of acrimony, he and most of his force returned home.  It didn’t take long for the North to send another delegation to Charlestown (June 1712), begging for more aide, under someone other than Barnwell.  Along came James Moore in December.  He finished what Barnwell started, again, without much help from North Carolina. To give the North Carolinians some credit, the militia companies did assemble, but it took so long for Moore and his troops to arrive that all the North’s militiamen accomplished was to consume all of the food raised for the allies.

Deputy-Governor Hyde died in a resurgence of the yellow fever epidemic 8 September 1712.  His office was temporarily filled by Thomas Pollock.  And, at about the same time the following year, 16 and 17 September 1713, an extremely violent hurricane made landfall not far to the north of Charleston in South Carolina, killing dozens.  It was reported that a sloop in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina “…was drove three miles over marshes into the woods…” (here, page 4) by the storm.  There was, also, severe damage in Currituck County, where several new inlets were created by the storm.

Farnifold Green’s plantation at Green’s Neck was attacked by the Tuscarora and their allies sometime in 1714.  Green himself was killed in the attack as was one of his four sons.  Another son was wounded.

Also in 1714, Edward Gattling was among those who received a pension for service during the war, another was Farnifold Green.  He also paid taxes in Craven Precinct that year according to The Heritage Book of Craven County.  I have not yet read this book, my source is Sharon Herrington.  He was also taxed in 1715 (land), 1716 (land) and 1718 (land and poll) (Source: Early Settlers of Craven County).  The war finally ended 11 February 1715.

Edward Gatling came into Court and acknowledged a deed whereby he conveyed 300 acres of Land to Thomas Plunket, 21 April 1716 (Craven County Deed Book 2, p. 633) in Craven Precinct.  On that same day, his wife, Elizabeth, appeared before the Court and relinquished her right of dower.  Plunket was issued a grant of 300 acres north of the Neuse River, on the head of Gattlin’s Creek 25 July (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 2, page 354, #608).

At a Council held at Sandy Point, Chowan Precinct, 31 July 1718 (Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume 2, p. 309).

…the provost Marshal for the County of Albemarle is forthwith ordered to make an end of Impressing the hundred and fifty Bushell of Corne and other grain order’d last Council and see that its sent away directly to Captain Gatling at Nuse at the sd provost Marshal is hereby Impowered to Impress any proper Craft and persons to carry the sd corne to Nuese as afsd.

In 1719, Capt. Ed. Gatlin is listed on a “True List off Tythables and also ye Rent Roull” in Craven Precinct with 3 tithables (2 pounds, 5 shillings) and 250 acres (6 shillings, 3 pence). One of these tithables, I think, was his son John and the other, his grandson, young Edward who would, by now, have been 25. His other grandson, young John, therefore, was younger than 16, but, not, I think, by too much. I have his birth year in my notes as 1704. Also, on 31 October, Captain Gatlin recieved 5 shillings from Richard Graves for killing a panther.

An Edward Gatlin was issued a grant 30 March 1721 for 500 acres north of the Neuse (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 2, page 295, #491), beginning at Neach’s heirs corner tree on the north side of the river.  I have not been able to find anything about Neach or his heirs.  The description also mentions Farnifold Green’s corner.


The Provost Marshal of Bath County was ordered, 12 May 1722, to summon Captain Edward Gattlin, among others, “to appear in the Court of Common Pleas to be held at Edenton on Queen Annes Creek in July next to testify in the suit of John Fomvile administrator of Peter Fomville dec’d against Joseph Fulford.”

Edward’s son, John, sold some land in what was, then, Chowan Precinct, but would soon become Bertie, 22 June 1722:

I, John Gatlin, Son of Edward, of Nuse in the County of Bath, North Carolina, to John Edwards of Noratuck in Albemarle County, 258 acres of land lying in Noratuck on the South of Welche’s Creek, bounded by the land of Matthew Adams and Thomas Evans…Witnesses: Richard Swinson and Ann Swinson.

The Gatlin Family in America by Eva Loe McDuffie, page 5.

McDuffie’s source for this deed is supposed to be Bertie County Deed Book C, page 206, but I can’t find it there. There is, however, a record of this transaction in Chowan County Deed Book C-1, page 306-7.  It leaves out the “Son of Edward” part, though. On 12 September, John granted a power of attorney to John Worley (Chowan County Deed Book C-1, page 308).

On 23 November 1723, Edward “Garling” appears as number 33 on the list of Jurymen of Craven Precinct (The Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume 25, page 190) and Edward Gatling was among those ordered to be issued a “Commission of the Peace” in Craven Precinct 9 April 1724 (The Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume 2, page 526). I sort of wonder if they’re talking about the grandson by now, though.

Edward wrote his will 3 January 1726 in which he mentions his wife and son, John.

In the name of god, Amen, I Edward Gatlin of Craven Precinct Do make this my Last will in manor following being of sound mind and perfect memory thanks be to god for the same. First I give & bequeath my soul to almighty god who gave it me & my body to the Earth to bee buried in Christian Buriall at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named, first it is my will and mind that my Lawfull debts be Paid, and for what worldly estate it hath pleased god to endow me with — I give and loan ? as followeth: Impremis I give to my Loving wife Elizabeth Gatlin two horses named Robin & Forester and I give her two maires Dinah & Clover. I likewise give her one negro man named Joab during her naturall life I give her two feather beds ? one ? middle one and the furniture to them. Likewise I give her one halfe of all my household goods & half my sheep & give her all my cattle that is of my own proper mark. I give to my wife Oliver Rustell my orphane boy–

Item: I give & bequeath to my Loving son John one negro man named Tom to be en? by him & his heirs forever. & I give him three mairs & colts & two horses and half my sheep and all my Cooper’s tooles two feather beds with all their furniture & ? great [either bord or bed] & the little one. & I give him one half of all my pans & pots and half of all my moveable estate to be enjoyed by him & his heirs forever.

& my ? Tarr Kills I order them to pay by debts and what ? of them to be equally divided betwixt by Wife and my son John. and I give & bequeath to my son John all my Land and housing & plantations to be enjoyed by him and his heirs for ever. Lastly I make my Loveing Wife Elizabeth and my son John Sole executors of this my Last will & testament by me made I give unto my wife Elizabeth halfe my plantation and my ? house during her widdowhood and on the day of her marriage afsd house and plantation to fall to my son John to be enjoyed by him and his heirs forever. & I do hereby Revoke & disanull all other will and testament by me made ? unto ? ? off my hand and seal–this third day of January and in the year of Christ seventeen hundred & Twenty Five and Six – 1725/6

Signed sealed and                                                                     Edward Gatlin
? in ye presence
of us

Peter ?
Mary (her M mark) ?
Calb Metcalf

He died before 15 March 1726 when his will was proven in Court on the oath of Caleb Metcalf.

Oh Happy Day!

I’m such a nerd, I know, but I am so very very happy that Beaufort County deed are finally available online.  Just go to, be sure to login (if you don’t have an account, yet, don’t worry, it’s free), then do a Catalog Search for “United States, North Carolina, Beaufort.”  Next, click “Index to real estate conveyances, 1696-1959; deeds & mortgages, 1700-1960.”  First, are the Grantor/Grantee indexes, then the actual deed books.  I just read the real will of Nicholas Daw in Deed Book 1, page 282.  Did I tell you I’m excited!  🙂

Surprise, surprise! There were TWO Chosewell Dixons.


This is from Craven County Deed Book 25, page 305. William Dixon, Chosewell Dixon, Senr. and Chosewell Dixon were witnessing a transaction between David Dixon, Senior’s nephew, and Aliff Cuthrell. The deed is dated December 11, 1783.

I wonder if Chosewell Jr. was the Chosel Dixon who entered a patent in Carteret County on Houston’s Creek (now Holston’s Creek in Jones County) January 25, 1786. The patent was issued November 16, 1790.