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  • Angel on October 16, 2016 at 11:58 am said:

    Interested in finding out if I have the right family for ARTHUR W. STAFFORD, born in Tyner, Chowan co, in Abt. 1904, he married ADDIE GLOVER in 1925, my ancestor. I’m thinking his parents are JOHN STAFFORD, born in Abt. 1852, and ELLEN, one person listed her last name being CHAPPELL?, born Abt 1867. My reasoning being I found a ARTHUR in Chowan co, NC in 1910 and 1920 census, I went back and found ELLEN w/ husband , JOHN in 1900 census, ELLEN is also in 1930 census, same place, w/ one daughter and one of her sons. I have his obituary notice from the Beaufort newstimes, from 1932. Which list his Mother, ELLEN, Two brothers, One named W.J. And 5 sisters, SALLIE STAFFORD, MRS G.S. REISY (i searched, Couldn’t find anything.) MRS J.E. DAIL (I searched and found a ESSIE STAFFORD married a JAMES E. DAIL on 1911, Chowan co. There is a ESSIE/ELLEN listed in above mentioned census records) MRS MESDAMES JESSE COPELAND and MRS JOBE TERRY, I Couldn’t find anything on them. If anyone can confirm these to be his family, I’d appreciate it. I’d like to add them to my tree, if there are indeed his parents / siblings. Thanks very much.

  • A. Branch Davis on June 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm said:

    Surname BRANCH in Edenton in 1600s (& 1700s). Esp. who is related to who. Including GEORGE BRANCH (or multiple George Branch’s).

  • Angela Danielson on July 13, 2015 at 10:36 pm said:

    I am looking for information on my ancestor, JAMES WILSON, married to CATHARINE BOYCE in 1844 in Chowan County. He was born about 1822 and I am looking for his parents and siblings. Any information would be wonderful! Thank-you!

  • Sheila Gallegos on March 24, 2015 at 11:36 am said:

    Hi!! Looking for any info on my JORDAN ancestors. My great grandparents were Othaniel Benjamin JORDAN (b.1912) and Maude LANE. Othaniel’s parents were Benjamin Franklin JORDAN and Margaret WHITE, his parents were George Washington JORDAN and Amanda Melvina WARD. I have found that George’s parents were Henry and Esther (Easter) JORDAN….can’t find anything on Henry and Esther!!

    • Raymond White on December 13, 2015 at 12:25 am said:

      HENRY JORDON married ESTHER WARD on 16 May 1837 in Chowan County.

      ESTHER is living with her son GEORGE in 1870 and 1880

      ANNA married ANDREW COPELAND on 18 Oct 1860 in Chowan County.They had five children as of the 1880 census.

      OTHANIEL’S mother (MARGARET ELIZABETH WHITE) is a 3rd cousin 3x removed.

  • kristal jordan on February 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm said:

    Hi I’m looking for ancestors on my father’s side who have some roots in Chowan county. It starts with WASHINGTON DILLARD and SUSAN BEMBRIDGE. They had a son BURTON ANTHONY who is said to have been born in Scotland Neck as a slave. He somehow migrated to Chowan county where he married MARY JANE GASKINS on 1/15/15874 at Kadesh church. They had multiple children. According to 1910 census he was 60 yrs old. He probably was a slave. I would like to find the name of his owner and find out more about his wife. I have no info on her other than census records showing her already married. MARY’S parents names were VALENTINE GASKINS and MARY JOHNSTON GASKINS. Can’t find any record of these people other that Mary’s death from broncho pneumonia.

  • John F. Speight on December 22, 2014 at 12:05 am said:

    Hello again Judith,

    A WM PAGETT was issued two patents in Chowan County on March 27, 1713. One for 250 acres “lying on Chowan river between CHA. GAVINS & Pat. LAUGHLINS line” and the second for 50 acres “beginning at a gum his corner tree on Chowan river.” A WM PADGET was issued a patent for 640 acres on March 9, 1717 “lying in Chowan precinct beginning at ye centre of two pines and a read oak EDWARD HOWCOTS corner…to THOMAS ROGERS line… to a gum in the Mare (Miery) branch a line tree of Colo. MAULES…to CHARLES GULLIVERS corner. I would bet that all three of these land grants were for the same person, William Padgett, your ancestor. I have discovered that the SPEIGHT and BLITCHENDEN families were receiving land in Chowan and Perquimans counties at approximately the same time frame. In addition, THOMAS BLITCHENDEN left a will in Perquimans county in 1744. Also, the South Carolina archives’ online search engine shows numerous references for the BLITCHENDENs and WILLIAM PADGET or PADGETT.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, John F. Speight

  • Marilee Mielke on July 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm said:

    I am looking for info on my Chowan Co ancestors. MICHAEL MCGUIRE was born between 1775 and 1780. He m ELIZABETH HENSLEY 1/1/1800 in Chowan Co. I need the names of both MICHAEL MCGUIRE’S and ELIZABETH HENSLEY’S parents.

  • JENNIFER PASOUR on May 17, 2014 at 9:13 am said:

    THOMAS BROWN B:1702 in Chowan NC JANE WiLLIAMS B: NOV 14 1728 in Chowan NC had a daughter PRISCILLA Born: 1740 in Bertie NC Died 1790 in Halifax NV Married WILLIAM WIGGINS from Nansemond VA. It’s said BROWNS are from the Saponi Tribes

    • k.williams on July 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm said:

      I have a JOHN W. WILLIAMS born in 1730. Married FERREBE PUGH in Bertie NC in 1754. Her parents were from Nansemond Va. Might there be a connection?

  • Jennifer Wiggins Pasour on May 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm said:

    Hello Im Jennifer Wiggins (pasour) I have been researching ancesters on my fathers side as Im ripping out my hair to get info concerning native American ancestors so I start with what I have here Thomas Brown B:1702 in chowan nc. Jane Williams B:nov.1728 they had a daughter Priscilla Brown B:1740 in bertie nc D:1790 in Halifax nc now Priscilla married William Wiggin he was B:1738 in Nascemond Virginia .they had a son William wiggins (jr) if anyone had ANY INFO I would so appreciate it…Thank You

  • Judith Spencer on April 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm said:

    Searching for WILLIAM PADGETT (Paget, Padget) in Rockyhock, Chowan County, NC. It is said he had a plantation there, c. 1710. He married a SARAH BLITCHENDEN from Perquimans County, in Edenton, N.C. While in that area, I would enjoy seeing the land my ancestors once owned. They must have sold their land before moving on to Colleton, SC.

    • John Speight on December 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm said:

      Hi Judith,

      Was your SARAH BLITCHENDEN related to either THOMAS BLITCHENDEN or one of his sons JOHN or WILLIAM BLITCHENDEN? Did not know that any migrated to South Carolina. Were any of your family related to the SPEIGHT family as both families were neighbors in Perquimans and Chowan counties in North Carolina. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

      • Judith (Padgett) Spencer on December 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm said:

        Hello John, just read your reply of December 4, 2014. Because I haven’t been on the site since April, 2014, I almost forgot about my query on the Padgett’s and Blitchenden’s. SARAH was one of THOMAS BLITCHENDEN’S childen. The BLITCHENDENS moved with the PADGETTS to South Carolina sometime around 1760, to Colleton County, SW of Charleston. As I have not researched the BLITCHENDEN families yet, I do know that THOMAS BLITCHENDEN move to SC. As of now, I do not know if any of the BLITCHENDENS who may have married into your family group. Go to Google and type in William Padget Chowan County, NC c. 1710. There you will find dates and places of the two families and a little history.

        I will check out this site I’m writing (to you) from in the near future. Let me know if anything stated here is of any help. From the Google site it does say there were seven BLITCHENDEN sons who moved to SC with the Padgetts. They are children of THOMAS BLITCHENDEN.

        Good Luck and Happy Holidays, Judith Spencer

    • Emmy Joba on January 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm said:

      Judith, I just read your query and would like to know if you have an ELISHA PADGETT in your database. He was born about 1795 perhaps in Beaufort District, South Carolina. He probably is not a son of your WILLIAM, but could there be a connection? ELISHA married LAVINIA BENNET February 8, 1816 in Bulloch County Georgia. They lived in several counties in Georgia before moving to Duval, now Clay County, FL in the 1840’s. He had several children, the eldest being WILLIAM.

  • W. Cal Davis on December 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm said:

    Looking for information in regards to my 7th Great Grandfather, JAMES J. LONG, 1632 – 1711. His spouse was ELIZABETH HAWKINS. I have found a portion of his probated will, and wonder if any thing referred to is still around the area. He left two “plantations” to his sons. One was referred to as the brick house. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • T. K. Fowler on March 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm said:

      Howdy cousin!
      JAMES LONG was my 9th great grandfather. I too am seeking information on his wife ELIZABETH HAWKINS. You can email me and we can compare notes.

  • Sam W. Keenon on September 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm said:

    I am looking for any information available on WILLIAM HINTON. He was born in 1670 Wiltshire, England and died 1736 Chowan, NC I would like to find when he came to America, but any information will be gratefully appreciated.

    • Jane Anderson on February 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm said:

      Hi Sam,
      I am researching JOHN HINTON, WILLIAM’S brother. JOHN was born about 1673 in England and died around 1732 in Chowan County. I do not have any info on when they came to America, but I found the following info recently, which might interest you:

      The following excerpts are taken from the website http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncwarren/fam-hist/families/davis-duke.htm. They are from a talk given by genealogist Forrest King to a group in Warren County, NC. in 1998. After reading this it seems unlikely that either of these JOHNS has upper class English roots.

      “…….So why do we care about society status? Take for instance JOHN HINTON. He was reported to be the grandson of Sir JAMES HINTON who was very, very wealthy and a financier of the Virginia Company in the 1620s. This still may be true, but the facts point in another direction. When JOHN HINTON came to North Carolina, someone else paid his way here and he was illiterate, behaviors more typical of the servant or lower class than the upper class. One would expect Sir JAMES’ children and grandchildren to be well educated and to have positions of prominence in the English society, so our JOHN HINTON as a grandchild of Sir JAMES does not make sense. Problems of society status with the Dukes and Blakes are similar in nature, with their activities in the community being inconsistent with the economic class of their supposed parents and grandparents.”

      HINTON FAMILY: “The HINTONS are another family where a genealogist has connected our ancestor to one of the noble class in England. This published genealogy has John Hinton as a grandson of Sir JOHN HINTON of Wiltshire County, England, one of the owners of the Virginia Company. The theory states that three of Sir JOHN’S grandchildren (supposedly including our JOHN) migrated to Virginia before 1700 and bought land. Eventually, all three grandchildren moved to North Carolina. By 1715, the name JOHN HINTON is showing up on both sides of the Virginia-North Carolina border at the same time. The Virginia JOHN HINTON (even if he were a grandson of Sir JOHN HINTON) can be differentiated easily from the North Carolina JOHN HINTON. The Virginia JOHN was a good-sized landowner who owned land in Nansemond County up into the 1720s. The North Carolina JOHN (our ancestor) had his transportation expenses to the colonies paid for by another individual, indicating that he probably did not have much wealth. JOHN of North Carolina has a brother WILLIAM whose passage was also paid for by the same individual previously mentioned. JOHN HINTON was born about 1673 probably in England and married MARY HARDY after his immigration to North Carolina. He showed up first as a juror in 1715. He was able to accumulate a little land during his brief lifetime (Map B Number 5). He attained the rank of colonel in the local militia. He was also a justice of the peace in Chowan County in 1725. He was primarily a farmer, but he also had carpentry and cooper skills. He died about 1732. His wife MARY married THOMAS HOLIDAY and had children by that marriage who relocated to Connecticut. His daughter ANN NANCY married SOLOMON ALSTON.”
      HARDY FAMILY: “The HARDY family is another one where a questionable connection between the old world and Virginia HARDYS has been suggested and widely published in a genealogical work. JOHN HARDY is supposed to be a son of a JOHN NOBLE WORTHINGTON HARDY of England. JOHN of Virginia’s wife is stated to be CHARITY O’DWYER whose parents migrated to Maryland and Westmoreland County, Virginia. This relationship is still possible but there appears to be no direct proof of that theory linking JOHN NOBLE to JOHN HARDY of Virginia. JOHN HARDY was The following excerpts are taken from the website http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncwarren/fam-hist/families/davis-duke.htm. probably born in England and married CHARITY — before coming to the New World. He first showed up in the North Carolina records in 1695 when he petitioned the court for 350 acres of land (possibly Map B Number 9), 50 acres each for himself, his wife, and his five children. He was very active in community affairs: Sheriff in Chowan County in 1711, signer of petition raising money for protection against the Indians, and vestryman for the parish located in Edenton which had only been started about three years earlier about 1714. He also did a stint as a justice of the Chowan County Court about 1718. He died about 1723. His daughter MARY married JOHN HINTON.”

  • Elizabeth Small-Swindell on August 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm said:

    Looking for any info on GEORGE WILSON family, they lived in the mansion house that Charlie Small owned. 1830-1890

  • Dena Mathias on July 25, 2013 at 8:43 am said:

    I’m researching the SPEIGHT/SPIGHT family for a SPEIGHT descendent. Any information regarding FRANCIS SPEIGHT 1684-1749 and his family is greatly appreciated.
    Dena Mathias

    • John Speight on December 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm said:

      I have been researching all branches of the SPEIGHT family for over 37 years. Have some information on this FRANCIS SPEIGHT and his wife KATHERINE SPEIGHT. Contact me and we can compare notes if you like. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

  • kloonam on January 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm said:

    Looking for WEATHERLY. MCKINNEY, DAVIS from currituck county to Columbia county. Also any GLOVERS from Norfolk Va to Chowan county (I know we have found one, and got wind of a glovers gap in west va)

  • Barbara on July 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm said:

    Good Day to every one, I am now working on the line;
    Birth 1758 in , Chowan, North Carolina, USA
    Death 1801 in probably, Orange, North Carolina, United States—
    who marriage JOHN ELLIFF.
    Her parents; Name: EVERARD GARRETT
    Spouse: LEAH SPEIGHT

    Marriage: 30 Jan 1758 in Chowan, North Carolina

    • John Foster Speight on November 2, 2012 at 8:31 am said:

      Please contact me concerning this CHARITY GARRETT ELLIFF, daughter of EVERARD GARRETT and LEAH SPEIGHT. I believe that I may have some information for you. Thanks and have a great day!

      John F. Speight

  • L Ramsey on July 14, 2012 at 12:14 am said:

    Hello Taneya, looking for information on DANIEL MCDANIEL b. 1632 in Chowan County. He is my great (x6) grandfather. Looking for his parents.

  • Gail on May 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm said:

    Looking for info on HENRY EPES HOLLOWELL and his immediate family, He is my great great grandfather.

  • John Hinton Jr on March 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm said:

    Hello, and good day to y’all. I am looking for information about a JAMES HINTON born 1670 in Wiltshire, England and died in 1761 Chowan, NC US he was married to CATHERINE SUMNER 1690-1793 according to what I have found on Ancestry.com. They had 5 children a JONAS 1680, AMOS 1734, DEMPSEY 1738, AARON 1740-1795 and JOHN born about 1741? not sure about this. I am seeking information on when he might have entered the US and where and possibly some detailed information about where he lived the time line or what ever records you might have about him or any of his children. Thanks
    John Hinton

    • Sam W. Keenon on September 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm said:

      John, I hope you are still checking this web site. I am looking for information on WILLIAM HINTON. Born 1670 Wiltshire, England and died 1736 Chowan, NC. He must surely have been kin to your John Hinton. I will check my files and see if I have anything on John.

    • Jill Pana on March 5, 2015 at 11:01 pm said:

      In regards to your query about JAMES HINTON 1670 posted March 2012- DNA results link JAMES HINTON 1642 to my family member JAMES DANIEL HINTON JUNIOR of Rocky Mount, N. C (2015). The earliest traceable family ancestor I’ve found is JACOB HINTON of Chowan, N. C. early 1700’s. I do have records of a JAMES HINTON and JACOB HINTON buying land together on Bennett’s Creek from this time period.
      My Hinton Clan members were cousins of a THOMAS SPEIGHT.
      The web site “Free Family History” has a will of JAMES HINTON of Chowan, N. C. (early 1700’s).
      Hope this helps.
      Jill Hinton Pana

      • John Speight on October 13, 2015 at 11:35 am said:

        Hello Ms. Pana;

        Was this JACOB HINTON related to your JAMES HINTON? If so, in what way? Where these HINTONS residents of Chowan, Bertie or Perquimans Counties? What happened to JACOB HINTON? Do you have any information on him or his children? MARY SPEIGHT was the sister of JACOB HINTON and his children were her nieces and nephews. Who were JACOB and JAMES HINTON’S parents?
        Thanks and have a wonderful day!

        John F. Speight

        • Jill Hinton Pana on September 21, 2017 at 12:21 am said:

          Yes, FamilytreeDNA suggest they were related. JACOB and JAMES HINTON bought land together on Bennett’s Creek in Chowan, North Carolina in the early 1700’s. Much of their land was acquired from the Chowan Indians. I am a descendant from this JACOB HINTON and do have information on his children. MARY SPEIGHT is listed as cousin to this JACOB HINTON in about 1730 when she and her husband THOMAS sold land on Hogg’s Creek to this JACOB HINTON. I would be happy to share information with you if you have an interest.
          Jill Hinton Pana

    • Jill Pana on September 21, 2017 at 12:25 am said:

      Did you find any information on JAMES HINTON? I’m a HINTON from North Carolina and know he’s a relative from FamilyTree.
      Jill Hinton Pana

  • Erin Ragsdale on March 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm said:

    Looking for anything on JOHN MIZELL/MEASEL. He was born 1690s in maybe France, arrived in North Carolina sometime before 1732.

  • Paula Keen on March 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm said:

    Looking for any information on parents of GEORGE KEEN b:abt 1771 who married CATHERINE GOODRICH in Jan 28 1793. They lived in Four Oaks Johnston Co., N.C., Bertie Co., N.C., Anson Co., N.C. possibly.

    • Taneya on February 12, 2012 at 5:23 am said:

      Hi Annette,
      Can you clarify if you have a specific piece of information that you are seeking? It will make it easier to provide you with suggestions. Thanks!

  • Thomas J. Bell on January 31, 2012 at 8:16 am said:

    P.H. BELL was my great, great, grandfather, and other information about him or his unit service record.

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