Nash County: Creation Petition Surnames, 1777

SURNAMES APPEARING ON THE PETITION TO THE NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO DIVIDE EDGECOMBE COUNTY INTO TWO PARTS [the names of the signers are in bold.] 17 November 1777.

Submitted by:  Earl P. Bell, Jr.

Date:  5 February 2010

Research Status:  Ongoing

A couple of factors to consider when reading these names is that a good number of them may have lived in a part of Edgecombe that did not eventually become Nash and that there is a repetition of identical names throughout.   It is possible that some men signed or were signed more than once, a motivation aimed at making the request for separation from Edgecombe seem larger numerically.  It seems fair to say that most of the signers lived in the western part of what was Edgecombe County prior to 1777.   I am very interested in opinions about all this held by other readers.

INFORMATION IN BRACKETS IS FROM THE SURNAMES LISTED IN THE CENSUSES FROM 1790 to 1820]

SIGNERS OF THE PETITION:

Adams, Robert

Addams, Robert

[Jesse in 1800 & 1810, no Robert]

Adkinson, Ephraim

[no Adkinsons; another possibility, without proof, is that this is “Atkinson” a name common in Nash in during the period from 1790 to 1820 & after]

Andrews, John

Andrews, William

[no John or Wm appears, only a Joseph]

Arrington, Arthur

[an Arthur appears from 1790 to 1820]

Arrington, James

Arrington, Joseph

[no James appears; a Joseph, Sr. & Jr.; additionally the Arringtons listed are: Carter, Peter, John & John, Sr., Mary, Henry, Lew, Martha, Mary, Richard, Thomas & William

Atkins, Henry

Adkins, Burrell

[no Henry or Burrell, only a Newell]

Ausling, David

[no Ausling]

Avent, William

[a William is listed from 1790 to 1810, other first names are: Abner, Benjamin, James, Sally and Thomas]

B

Baker, James [a James is only listed in 1790, other Baker first names are Allen, Archibald, John, Matthew, Wm and Wm, Jr.]

Ballard, Christopher

[no Christopher; first names are:Edward, Peter & William]

Barlow, Henry

[no Barlow]

Barnet, William (probably “Barnett”)

[no Wm listed; first names listed are: Elias, John & Nathan]

Bass, John

Bass, Jesse

Bass, Isaac

Bass, Newitt

[listed are: Isaac, Jesse & John; other first names are: Abram; Abraham; Augtiorn; Ann; Charely; Edwin; Elias, Gideon; Jethro; Jordan; Lydia; Milly and Sion]

Bachiler, Joseph (“Batchelor”)

Batchelor, Samuel

Batchelor, Stephen

Batchelor, Jr., Stephen

Batchelor, William

[Joseph, Samuel, Sr. & Jr., Stephen and Wm are listed; other first names are: Barnaby; Cullen; Daniel; Drewry; James; John; Willis and Wm, Jr.]

Battle, James

Battle, William

Beckingham, Sion

Beckwith, Amos

Beckwith, Thomas

Beckworth, Bolan

Bedgood, John

Bell, Arthur

Bell, Elisha

Bell, James

Bell, Green

Bell, Thomas

Benton, John

Bigs, John (probably “Biggs”)

Bigs, John (probably “Biggs”

Boddie, William

Branch, Edmund

Brantley, Brittian

Brantley, Jacob

Braswell, Arthur

Brasswell, Jacob

Brasswell, Jacob

Brasswell, Samuel

Brasswell, William

Brasswell, William

Brasswell, William

Bridgers, Samuel

Bridgers, Samuel

Britain, Charles (probably “Brittain”)

Brown, Charles

Brient, James (probably “Bryant”)

Bryant, Samuel

Bunn, Henry

Bunten, William (probably “Bunting”)

C

Cain, James

Chapman, William

Carrell, John (probably “Carroll”)

Carter, Jacob

Carter, Samuel

Carter, Matthew

Clarke, John

Clark, Robert

Cliborn, John (or “Claybourne”)

Cillery, Samuel W. (perhaps “Tillery”)

Cocks, James

Cocks, John

Cooper, Edward

Cooper, James

Cooper, John

Cooper, John

Cooper, Markum

Cooper, Reubin

Cotton, Isom

Cotton, Seth

Counsell, Mathew

D

Daniel, David

Daniel, Frederick

Daniel, James

Davenport, Dorrel

Deen, James

Deans, Richard

Deans, Thomas

Denson, Jethro

Dickinson, Jacob

Dison, Hosea (probably “Dixon”)

Dison, Lenard (probably “Dixon”)

Dorch, William

Douglass, James

Dozier, William

Drake, Albritain

Drake, James

Drake, James

Drake, Edmond

Drake, Matthew

Drake, William

E

Eson, Demce (another possibility, without proof, is ” Eason, Dempsey”)

Edwards, Arthur

Ellen, Howell

Etheridge, Peter

Ethering, Thomas (another possibility, without proof, is that the suranme is “Etheridge”)

F

Fleweling, William (other possibilities, without proof, are “Fleming” or “Lewellyn”, which is a surname found in Edgecombe and Martin Counties – thanks to Traci Thompson for raising the “Lewellyn”  possibility)

Freeman, Henry

G

Gandy, Brinkley

Gandy, Britton

Gandy, Edward

Ganer, Henry [other possibilities, without any proof, are "Gandy" or "Gainer"]

(Thanks to Traci Thompson for suggesting “Gainer” as another possibility)

Grant, James

Griffin, Absolum

Griffin, Hardy

Griffin, James

Griffin, Pierce

Groce, Frances (F) [maybe “Gross” or “Grace”]

Gross, Joshua

H

Harriss, William

Hart, Thomas

Haynie, Thomas

Hedgpeth, Benjamin

Hendrick, William

Hill, Lewis

Hill, Sion

Hill, William

Hooks, William

Hunt, David

Hunt, John

Hunt, Jesse

Hunt, Thomas

Hunter, Thomas

J

Jackson, Jonid (probably either John or Jonas)

Jones, Cooper

Jones, John

Jones, John

Jones, Newsom

K

Kent, Jesse

Kent, Jesse

Kirby, William

L

Lane, Newit

Lee, Charles

Lewis, William

Langley, John

Lassiter, Tobias

Lindsey, John

Linza, Joseph (probably “Lindsey”)

Linsey, William (or “Lindsey”)

M

Mann, Augustus

Mann, John

Mann, Thomas

Mann, William

Manning, John

Manning, John

Manning, Mathais

Manning, Williams

Manning, Willebly

Mason, Henry

Mason, Mark

Mason, Rafe

Massengill, George

Matthews, Bengmen (probably “Benjamin”)

Matthews, Joel

Melton, John

Melton, John

Melton, John

Melton, Zacheriah

Merritt, Benjamin

Mills, George

Mills, Thomas

Mills, Thomas

Minton, Shadrack

Moore, Edward

N

Nelson, James

Newsom, Isaac

Nicholson, John

O

O’Neill, Arthur

Overbey, David (probably “Overbay”)

P

Parker, Francis

Parrott, Joseph

Passmore, John

Pearce, Joshua

Pyland, Robert (other possibilies, without proof, is  “Poland” or “Pylant”; the latter is suggested as a possibility by Deloris Williams, thank  you Deloris; she states that “Pylant” was surname seen in the period)

Potiss, John (another possibility, without proof, is  “Portis”)

Portis, William

Powell, Charles

Powell, Eljah

Powell, George

Powell, Jesse

Pridgen, David

Pridgen, Jesse

Pursal, Edward (other possibilities, without proof, are “Pearsall,” “Pursell” and “Pussell)

R

Ricks, Jacob

Roocks (?). Willeby

(another possibility, without proof, is  “William or Willeby Ricks”)

Rose, Burrell

Rose, Francis

Rust, William

S

Sandeford, tomkins

Sandeford, William

Sauls, Absalom

Scott, John

Sellars, Arthur

Sellers, John

Sikes, Samson

Sikes, Samson

Smelley, John [other possibilities, without proof, are  “Smiley” and “Smedley”; Deloris Williams offered “Smedley” as a surname seen in the period, thanks Deloris)

Sorsby, Joseph

Stephens, Joshua

Strickland, David

Strickland, Henry

T

Taylor, Daniel

Taylor, Harry

Thomas, Jeremiah

Thomas, Micajah

Thompson, Trimagen

Tucker, James

Tucker, Jr., James

Tucker, Joab

Tucker, John

Tucker, Joseph

Turner, John

Turner, William

V

Vester, Solomon

W

Warburton, William

Ward, Daniel

Ward, James

Warin, John (probably “Warren”

Warin, Thomas (probably “Warren”)

Waren, Sr., Thomas

West, Sion

Wheless, Isham

Winstead, Joseph

Wells, Stephen

Whitehead, Benjamin

Whitehead, Nathan

Whitehead, William

Whitfield, Solomon

Whitfield, Thomas

Whitten, John

Whitten, William

Wilder, Robert

Williams, Cooper

Williams, Howel

Williams, Sion

Williams, William

Woodell, Joseph

Woodard, James

Y

Young, Robert

Young, Stephan

Thanks to Traci Thompson and Deloris Williams for reading these surnames and suggesting additions as well as corrections.