No history of Perquimans would be complete without mention of this prominent family, who took such an active part in the early official activities of the colony, and Perq Precinct in particular. Their marriages are found among the highest, and best families, and they wielded a strong hand in the early government of Albemarie. Where they emigrated from to N. C. the records do not make plain, but from the name, one would naturally think from old England. They disappeared from Perquimans almost as mysteriously as they appeared, and only a few deeds are left to give any clue to where they migrated.

  • Lillington, Alexander (1) m 1st Sarah James, June 11, 1668, “by Mr Taylor Minister,” according to Berkeley Par Reg, and had issue: 1 James, b June 5, 1671, d Apl 15, 1692—2 Alexander, b Aug 3, 1674. He m 2d Elizabeth Cooke, June 13, 167— issue: 3 Ann, b June 1, 1679—4 Sarah, b Jany 20, 1681, d last of February 169 —5 Mary, b April 22, 1683—6 John, b June 14, 1687, m Sarah Porter of Beaufort Co N. C. dau of John—7 Sarah (2d by name) b Aug 16, 1690. (Berkeley Par Reg.)
  • Elizabeth wife of Alexander Lillington, died Mch 29, 1695. 
  • Alexander Lillington died Sept 11, 1697. He m for his 3d wife Mrs. Ann Steward ,— 19, 1695, by whom no issue.
  • Lillington, Alexander (2) Alexander (1) m Sarah — issue: George, b Aug 10, 1693.
  • Lillington, Elizabeth, (d of Maj Alex Lillington, & wife Elizabeth) m 1st John Fendall, (s of Josiah, & Mary) Apl 3, 1694, by whom one son Robert Fendall. John Fendall died Dec 20, 1695, “at the house of Capt Walker” who was his bro-in-law, having m Ann Lillington sister of Elizabeth. Elizabeth Fendall née Lillington, m 2d Samuel Swann of Perq, 1698. (See marriage contract, Deeds in Perq Co.) 
  • Lillington, John, of Bath, made a deed in Perq Co, April 9, 1715, naming his “father Alex Lillington” and sold 640a on a Branch of Yeopim Creek, to line of Thomas Carey. (Deed book B, 101.) This land was taken up by said Alexander Lillington (1) Mar 30, 1694, and descended to his son John. 
  • Maj Alex Lillington was born 1643, died 1697.
  • John Lillington served as Treasurer of Beaufort Precinct, 1719. 
  • Major Lillington had other grants in Perquimans, as follows: 400a “at Bentleys Creeque, fronting ye Sound, at ye mouth of said Creeque, in Berkeley precinct.” 1681. (Land book I, p 103) and 49a on Eastermost side of Indian Creek. Mar 31, 1694. (Land book I, p 4.) (See “Grimes N. C. Wills,” and deeds in this book.)

Source: History of Perquimans County by Ellen Goode Rawlings Winslow, (1931).

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