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MONTPELIER PLANTATION

 Current day, Vance County, North Carolina

Location was formerly in Granville County

PLANTATION NAME: MONTPELIER PLANTATION
ASSOCIATED LINK(s): Ashland Plantation, Richard Henderson & John Williams were 1st cousins; Sneed Plantation
OWNER: John Williams (1731-1799), later to Col. Robert Burton (1747-1825)
BUILT: Before 1775
ASSOCIATED SURNAMES: Williams, Burton, Henderson
HISTORY:

Montpelier was built by Judge John Williams (1731-1799) who was one of the first Judges under the State Constitution in 1777. John was the eldest son of John Williams Sr. (1704-1770) and his wife Mary Womack, from Hanover Co.,VA. The family settled in North Carolina around 1745 in the Granville Co area, which also included John's brothers, William Williams (1733-1775), Charles Williams (1735-1819), and Nathaniel Williams (1737-1831). In his early life, Judge John Williams was trained to be a carpenter, and may very well have done a good deal of the construction of his own Montpelier Plantation. As an early explorer, he was among the men who were financers of the Transylvania Company, the enterprise started by Colonel Richard Henderson (1735-1785), his cousin; in 1775,together with others from Granville County that formed the Transylvania Company, Henderson bought the land from the Cherokee Nation that became the State of Kentucky and were instrumental in hiring Daniel Boone to explore that new territory. The city of Williamsboro, North Carolina, named for John Williams who donated the land upon which it was built, was the ancestral home of the Williams and Henderson families in Granville County, with both Richard Henderson and his son, Judge Leonard Henderson (1772-1833)one of the first Chief Justices of North Carolina, spending a great deal of time at Montpelier Plantation. Upon his death in 1799, Judge Williams left the land and the Plantation to his wife, Agnes Bullock Williams (ca.1720-1802), and after her death, to his Grandson, Francis Nash Williams Burton (1779-1843),son of Col. Robert Burton (1747-1825) & John's stepdaughter, Agatha Williams Burton (1757-1831). While most researchers list Agatha as his daughter, she was named in the will of George Keeling in Sept. 1759, the first husband of Agnes Bullock, who later that year married John Williams. Agatha's birth date, Oct. 6, 1757, is also listed in her husband's family bible. Colonel Robert Burton was a native of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, born in 1747. Planter by profession. He removed to Granville about 1775, and was appointed an officer in the army. He was a member of the Continental Congress in 1787 and 1788. In 1801, he was appointed one of the commissioners to run the line between North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. He married the only child of Judge Williams in 1775. He died in 1825, leaving nine children surviving among whom was Hon. Robert H. Burton, of Lincoln.

 

SLAVE POPULATION: Slaves named in Will of JOHN WILLIAMS, Granville Co., WB 5, pg.16, probated November Court 1799:

JOHN WILLIAMS to wife:
Adam, Dolly, Fanny, Milly, Anna, Penny, Levina, Antony, Bristor, Prisilla, John, Betty daughter of Ricy, Peggy, Lemman, James, Ned, Polly, Peter, Hannibal, Juno, Andrew, Hetty, Nanny and her son Erasmus.

JOHN WILLIAMS to daughter, AGATHA, wife of Col. ROBERT BURTON.

Yellow Sam commonly called Charlottes Sam, Dorcas, Virgil, Hector, Nelly his wife, Narmon, Scipio, Tom, Daman, Susey, Dicey, Joe, Celey & Sally her daughter Kitte, Betty, daughter of Phillis, Ransom, Laury, Mariah & Simon.

JOHN WILLIAMS to grandson, JOHN WILLIAMS BURTON:

Hannah daughter of Judy, her daughter Jinny,"and her increase", boy Cato.

JOHN WILLIAMS to grandson, FRANCIS N.W.BURTON: 

Minor, Davy, Jack, long Sam, Gabril, Doctor, Pompy, Strap, Will, Beavar, Hannah wife of Doctor, Edey, Eliza, Rachel, Sally daughter of Hannah, King, Suckey, Isaac, Francis, Harvey, Cuffy, young Minor, Philis, Patty, Lucy, Rose, George, Silva, Ben, Delia, and every other negro or negroes which I now possess not heretofore disposed of with their future increase to him.
 

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State of N. Carolina
Granville County
February Court 1800
The foregoing Inventory of the Estate of JOHN WILLIAMS Esq'r. dec'd was rendered into Court by FRANCIS N.W. BURTON and ordered to be recorded, which is truly done.
Teste
STEPN. SNEED, Clk
 

List of Slaves:

1. ADAM
2. DOLLY
3. FANNY
4. MILLY
5. MINOR old
6. DAVY
7. JACK
8. SAM LONG
9. GABRIEL
10. DOCTOR
11. POMPY
12. STRAP
13. WILL
14. CEASAR
15. HANNAH old
16. EDY
17. ELIZA
18. RACHEL
19. SALLY
20. KING
21. SUCKEY
22. ISAAC
23. FRANCIS
24. LUCY
25. SILVY
26. BEN
27. DELIA
28. MINOR young
29. ANNA
30. PENNY
31. LUVINA
32. ANTHONY
33. BRISTOR
34. PRISILLA
35. JOHN
36. BETTY, LUCY's
37. PEGGY
38. STEPHAN
39. LEMMON
 
40. JAMES
41. NED
42. POLLY
43. PETER
44. HANNIBAL
45. JUNE
46. ANDREW
47. HETTY
48. NANNY
49. ERASMUS
50. HARRY
51. CUFFY
52. PHILIS
53. PATTY
54. ROSE
55. GEORGE
56. SAM yellow
57. DORCAS
58. VIRGIL
59. HECTOR
60. NELLY
61. HARMON
62. SCIPIO
63. TOM
64. DAMON
65. SUSEY
66. DICEY
67. JOE
68. SELEY
69. SALLY
70. KITTY
71. BILLY, PHILIS'
72. RANSOM
73. LAURY
74. MARIA
75. SIMON
76. HANNAH young
77. JINNY
78. CATO
 
Other names listed as being hired out in 1799:
NED
PATRICK
HARRY
KITTY & Children

NED (Critcher)
HANNAH
DAMON

JERY
DOLLY
HERCULES

 

A schedule of Property Delivered, Slaves:
OLD MINOR -30
DAVY ------110
JACK ------150
POMPEY----- 15
WILL
CEASAR-----120
L. SAM------93
GABRIL------90
DOCTOR------45
EDY---------83
ELIZA-------90
RACHEL & JIM -110
KING--------40
ISAAC-------75
FRANK-------60
HARRY------100
CUFFY-------30
PHILLIS
ROSE--------47-10
GEORGE------30
LUCY--------45
SILVIA------90
BEN---------77-10
DELIA-------27-10
O. HANNAH---10
Y. MINOR-----3
 
A Schedule of the Legacy bequeathed by the late JUDGE WILLIAMS to his daughter AGATHA BURTON and refered to in the foregoing bond, August 1803:
HECTOR
NELLY
SCIPIO
TOM KITTY
DAMON
LUCY
CAROLINE
DICY
BEN
JIM
CELIA
SALLEY
LUCINDA
BETTY
LAURA
MARIA
SIMON
BILLY
RANSOM

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Estate of LEONARD HENDERSON, Inventory & Account, May Term 1834:
SLAVES -   SOLD TO:   - AMOUNT:
STEPHEN -     WM. ROBARDS - $600
MILLY & 2 Children, STANLY & EMILY -     WM. ROBARDS -  680
PEGGY -       WM. ROBARDS -   500
LAVINIA -   A. E. HENDERSON - 400
LUCY -         WM. ROBARDS - 430
WILLIAM - WM. ROBARDS - 250
DEMPS -     WM ROBARDS - 255
BIG JACK - WM ROBARDS - 510
JESSE -        WM ROBARDS - 540
MARIAH & 2 Children, VIRGIL & ROBERT -   D. ROGERS -   620
POLLY ANN & 2 Children PETER & ANNA -    D. DUGGER -   480
EVELYN -   D. DUGGER - 375
ELIZA -       D. DUGGER - 320
McINTOSH -   D. DUGGER - 210
Man SIMON -   DR. SNEED - 200
SAVORY & 2 Children, SALLY & SUSAN -   A. E. HENDERSON-      625
ALLEN -    THOS. NEWTON - 555
ALSY -       JOSEPH SIMS - 400
OSCAR -   WM ROBARDS - 305
LITTLE JACK -  WM ROBARDS -  590
ISHAM -    ROBERT JINKINS - 650
GEORGE -   D. DUGGAR - 580
BETSY & 2 Children, HORACE & SIMON -    JOHN BULLOCK - 735
Boy SAM -   WM ROBARDS - 440
LEMON -    W. F. HENDERSON - 420

Note: Leonard Henderson had 41 Slaves in the 1830 Census.

 

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SLAVES Named in the Will and Estate of ROBERT BURTON, 1825
Granville County, Will Book 10, Page 47-

To wife AGATHA BURTON:
BARNET
ALICE
ABRAM
CISS
HARRY
NICHOLAS
DAPHNEY
HANNAH
DANIEL
SANDY
LYDEA & her two children, GEORGE


To son ROBERT H. BURTON:
man KIT
girl CRESSEY, daughter of ALICE

To JOHN FULLENWIDER BURTON, son of ROBERT H. BURTON & MARY his wife:
boy ELIJAH, son of SARAH

To ALFRED M. BURTON:
man VIRGIL
girl LIZZA, daughter of ALICE

To ROBERT AUGUSTUS BURTON, son of ALFRED M. & ELIZABETH:
boy FREDERICK, now in ALFRED's possession

To son JAMES MINGE BURTON:
man DEMPSY
boy NORVEL, son of ALICE

To son AUGUSTUS BURTON:
boy WILL son of SARAH
boy ADAM, son of ALICE

To son HORACE A. BURTON:
boy AUSTIN, son of SARAH
boy EDMUND, son of HANNAH

To daughter FANNY H. BURTON:
woman SALLY, daughter of ALICE
& her two children EMELINE and DEMPSEY
girl CHRISTINA, daughter of HANNAH

To daughter ELIZA W. BURTON:
DOLLY, daughter of ALICE, & her child, WASHINGTON
BECKY, daughter of HANAH
To daughters FANNY H. BURTON & ELIZA W. BURTON, to be equally divided:
SARAH, JIM her son,SUKY, her daughter
RACHEL and her children NANCY, HESTER, GILLIS, DULCEY & ROSETTA

To son JOHN W. BURTON:
boy CAMPBELL

 

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ROBERT BURTON, d. 1825, Inventory:

Col. B's Family, 31 May 1825:
6 Whites- grown
Col. B.
Mrs. B.
H.A.B.
E.W.B.
F.H.B.
W.BARNES

SLAVES, 12 Aged upwards, as also those below market value:
1. CIST
2. DAPHNE
3. ABRAM
4. SANDY
5. BARNETT
6. AILSA
7. HANNAH
8. LYDIA
9. SALLY
10. REBECCAH
11. DELIA
12. CHRISTINA
13. NANCY
14. ESTHER
15. HENNAY
16. BETSEY
17. FRANKY
18. HARRY
19. NICHOLAS
20. SIMON
21. GEORGE
22. ADAM
23. NORVAL
24. GILLIS
25. RACHEL
26. CAMPBELL
27. OLD NELLY
28. LITTLE NELLY
29. EDMUND
30. AUSTIN
 
 
SLAVES, Under 12 years:
31. EADY
32. HENRY
33. EMELINE
34. DEMPS
35. POLLY
36. SUKY
37. HARRIET
38. MARIA
39. STEPHEN
40. PLEASANT
41. WASHINGTON
42. MARTHA
43. STREPHON
44. PAGE
45. CAROLINE
46. HECTOR
47. HENRIETTA
48. VIRGIL
49. KIT
50. CREECY
51. WILLIAM
52. DULCY
MRS. B's Family - 31 Jany 1831:
4 Whites -grown
MRS. B.
F.H.B.
R.E.B. - 12 yrs.
CATH'E B.- ditto

SLAVES, 12 and Upwards:
1. DAPHNE
2. SANDY
3. BARNETT
4. AILSA
5. HANNAH
6. LYDIA
7. SALLY
8. CHRISTINA
9. NANCY
10. ESTHER
11. HENNAY
12. BETSEY
13. FRANKY
14. HARRY
15. NICHOLAS
16. SIMON
17. GEORGE
18. OLD NELLY
19. LITTLE NELLY
20. DEMPS
21. HARRIET
22. POLLY
23. PAGE
 
 
SLAVES, Under 12 Years:
24. HENRY
25. PATSEY
26. SUKY
27. ELIJAH
28. LIZZY
29. WILLIAM
30. MARIA
31. STEPHEN
32. BILLY
33. CHERRY
34. LAURY
35. PLEASANT
36. KITT
37. ROWENNA
38. GABRIEL
39. ROSETTA
40. JOHN
41. ELIZA
Slaves of COL. BURTON's - as valued-
MRS. BURTON:
BARNETT - $350
LYDIA - 150
EDY - 150
HENRY - 100
GEORGE - 425
NICK - 350
HARRY - 260
ABRAHAM - 1
SIS - 1
DAPHNEY - 1
ALCY - 175
HANNAH - 50
SANDY - 300

Deduct 2 Slaves 10 yrs old:
To ROBT.E. BURTON(of JAMES) -HENRY - $210
To R.A.H. BURTON (of JOHN) - EDY - 240
 
FANNY & ELIZA Jointly:
RACHEL - $100
NANCY - 250
ESTHER - 275
DULCY - 350
ROSETTA - 250
RITTA - 150
VIRGIL - 140
KITT - 100
GILLIS - 500
PLEASANT -200
HARRIET - 150
 

 

To ROBERT H. BURTON:
KITT - $400
CRESY - 225
WILLIAM - changed to RHB in a/c
Child - born after death of Testator



To ELIZA W. ANDERSON:
DILLY - $275
WASHINGTON - 200
MARTHA - 150
STREPHON - 100
REBECCA - 250
GRANDISON - 150
CAROLINE - 125
HECTOR - 90
 

To FANNY DICKINS:
SALLY - $250
DEMPS - 200
CHRISTINA - 350
EMELINE - 300
STEPHEN- 125
WILLIAM (of CHRISTINA) - 75
MARIA - 150
POLLY - 150
SUKY - 100
 
To HORACE A. BURTON:
AUSTIN - $450
EDMOND - 500

{EDMOND changed Aug't 8th, 1817, at $250, afterwards exchanged for AUSTIN, & EDMOND given in the will as well as AUSTIN.}
 
To JOHN BURTON:
CAMPBELL - $400


To ALFRED BURTON:
VIRGIL - $500


To JAMES BURTON:
NORVAL - $500
DEMPSY - 400

To AUGUSTUS BURTON:
ADAM - $475
WILL - 400
 

RESEARCH NOTES:

Montpelier was burned down the first time in 1895 and then rebuilt, by 1994 that home was burned down.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Montpelier Plantation & Will of John Williams, 1799,  Judge Henderson & John Williams; Will & Estate of Leonard Henderson, 1833,WB 12, Pg.520; Will & Estate of Robert Burton,1825, WB 10, Pg. 47; Bible of Col. Robert Burton; Robert Burton Biography; John Williams Biography; Will of George Keeling,1759 Halifax Co,NC ; Leonard Henderson marker ; Find-a-Grave

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