Query: McNutt/Nutt

By , July 14, 2014

7/11/2014 23:28:29
Ben McNutt
661 Hull Avenue
Lewisburg, TN 37091




I’m currently researching one of our oldest (almost) confirmed ancestors. His name was David NUTT. According to an old diary entry from a grandson, he was born to MCNUTT parents. It seems he changed his name sometime in the late 1700’s. As it pertains to Orange County, NC, he was the sheriff (exact year unknown) in the range from 1770’s to 1790’s. Several sources say he was born in Maryland in 1746 and traveled to Pennsylvania, then North Carolina. I am trying to find out more about his early years in hopes of finding out about his parents or siblings. They are listed in several sources, but I can’t find any records of them. David married Rachel CATES, who later moved to Bedford county, Tennessee. “



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5 Responses to “Query: McNutt/Nutt”

  1. Stewart says:

    Researching land records, I did NOT find any McNutt in Granville Grants in Old Orange Co. I did NOT find any McNutt in early Orange Co. deed records (via Lost Deed book/court records). I then looked into these same records for Nutt/Nut – and nothing. Therefore, we can be fairly certain he did NOT buy land between 1752-1790’s. However, looking in the deed records, David Nutt purchased (8/16) land July 1, 1797 from Samuel Turrentine. This land (202a) is located at the mouth of Indian Branch on the Little River. He then purchases land from John Cate Aug 21, 1801 (10/208) and Mary Cate Aug 10, 1802 (10/209).
    John Cate land referenced that John inherited this land from his father Benjamin Cate. There isnt one bit of information about how many acres etc. in this deed.The deed by Mary states – land …by the said will of her husband Benjamin Cate…Once again – NO location, no acreage etc.
    The deed index also shows James Nutt, Absolom Nutt, Robert Nutt Sr., and wife Jane, Robert Nutt Jr., and Erasmus Nutt. All these Nutt family members are 180x to 1822 dates, and Erasmus 1850.
    David Nutt sells his land to Joseph Woods on Feb 14, 1805 (12/71)202acres on Little River. This is exactly the same land he purchased from Turrentine, but NOTHING showing the Cate purchases. This deed from 1805 shows his location still being IN Orange Co. – hopefully this will help time his move out of NC. There are NO other land records pertaining to David Nutt in Orange Co.
    There are NO McNutt, or Nutt State Land Grants listed (1778-1890).

  2. Stewart says:

    I forgot to mention – There are NO records as to a Nutt or McNutt as Sheriff of Orange Co. However, I will point out to you that David Nutt purchased land from Samuel Turrentine – WHO WAS SHERIFF of Orange Co. Do you think this is how the story got altered? Is it possible that David “bought land from Sheriff of Orange Co.? I will say this, the Turrentine family fought in the Revolution and lived in the Little River area of Orange Co. Their family cemetery is not too far from my house. I very active and prominent family of old Orange.
    LASTLY – I found a road record to Robert Nutt’s Blacksmith Shop – Feb 1809. (nothing else listed from the years 1786-1820)

    • Ben says:

      Thank you very much. You’ve done a lot of research and know the area and time period really well.
      This is very interesting. Maybe the sheriff misconception came about like you said (because of the land purchase). I would be really interested in finding some information from the Turrentine family to see if they had any other dealings with David Nutt. As for the Cates family. The information I have lists Rachel Cates as the daughter of Benjamin Cates, I think. Rachel supposedly Married David Nutt in 1797 (when David Nutt was 51). Thanks again, Ben

  3. Loraine says:

    There is a Sheriff David McNutt of Newlin Township, Chester County, PA in the 1850’s and his wife name was Rachel (don’t know her maiden name), he died 1/3/1875 in Ohio. He has nephew named after him born 1829 and this David McNutt also from Chester County PA dropped the Mc and went by David Nutt (my Great Great Grandfather).

  4. Ben McNutt says:

    Thank you for your response. I appreciate it, and I’m sorry for responding late.
    I’m curious, because, the David Nutt in our family line has a similar history with some important exceptions. He also had a wife, named Rachel. He moved to Tennessee in the early 1800’s. [I currently live in Tennessee.] On account says that David Nutt (in our family) lived in PA as boy, then moved to North Carolina. If you have any more information, I’d be glad to hear it. There may be some correlation, but I don’t have enough information to know for sure. thanks again, Ben

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