Caswell County, NC Land Grants – WILLIAMS

Henry Williams
File no. 1127, 100 acres, Entry no. 1184, entered 1 Nov 1780; Grant no. 1086, issued 27 Nov 1793; Book 81, p. 258; Located on Nats fork of Country Line Creek.

File no. 435, 700 acres, Entry no. 728, entered 17 Mar 1779; Grant no. 596, issued 13 Oct 1783; Book 53, p. 21, Located on the waters of Stony Creek.

File no. 37, 127 acres, Entry no. 65, entered 9 June 1778; Grant no. 37, issued 3 Mar 1779; Book 35, p. 37; Located on the waters of Stony Creek.

File no. 66, 216 acres, Entry no. 252, entered 4 Sept 1778; Grant no. 66, issued 3 Mar 1779; Book 35, p. 66; Located on some sm branches of Shaws, Toms, and Stoney Creek.

John Williams
File no. 383, 500 acres, Entry no. 249, entered 3 Sep 1778, grant no. 381, issued 29 Oct 1782; Book 43, p. 239; Located on the waters of Country line Creek and Horsley’s Creek

File no. 384, 243 acres, Entry no. 1183, entered 1 Nov 1780, Grant no. 382, issued 29 Oct 1782, Book no. 43, p. 240; Located on both sides of Harts Road

File no. 383, 200 acres, Entry no. 761, entered 23 Apr 1779, grant no. 413, issued 13 Oct 1783, book no. 54, p. 283, Located on Houseley’s Creek

File no. 579, 110 acres, Entry no. 820, entered 28 Jul 1779, grant no. 484, issued 13 Oct 1783, book no. 54, p. 311; Located on the waters of Hogans Creek

File no. 958, 222 acres, entry no. 819, entered 28 Jul 1779, grant no. 955, issued 18 Aug 1787; Book 68, p. 111, located on the head of Rockey Branch and waters of Stoney Creek

Nathan Williams
File no. 1192, 90 acres, Entry no. 1434, entered -, Grant no. 1154, issued 18 Dec 1799; Book 105, p. 270; Located on the waters of S. Fork of County Line.

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Related Posts:

Land Grants for Caswell County, North Carolina BROOKS Families

Land Grants for Granville County, North Carolina Williams Families

Caswell County, NC Land Grants – BROOKS

Caswell Co., NC Land grants from the State of NC, card catalog:

George Brooks:
File no. 444, 300 acres, Entry no. 622 entered 11 Jan 1779; Grant no. 605, issued 13 Oct 1783; Book 53, p. 25; Located on the Middle fork of the South Fork of Country Line Creek

Arthur Brooks:
File no. 1062, 149 acres, Entry no. 149, entered 1 Jan 1780; Grant no. 973, issued 18 May 1789; Book 72, p. 63; Located on the waters of Mayo Creek

File no. 8, 640 acres, Entry no. 50, entered 10 June 1778; Grant no. 8, issued 3 Mar 1779; Book 35, p. 8; Located beginning at a post oak on VA line.

File no. 1044, 156 acres, Entry no. 114, entered 1 Jan 1780; Grant no. 1006, issued 18 May 1789; Book 71, p. 239; Located on the Waters of Mayo Creek.

Caswell Co., NC Land Grants for WILLIAMS family

The Parentage of Christopher William(s) Brooks, Part 3

In part 1 of this series I wrote that George Brooks is believed to be the father of Christopher Brooks because he heired to Christopher 1000 acres in TN as a military bounty land grant.

In part 2, I discussed my belief that Christopher Brooks Sr and Susannah Williams were the parents of Christopher Williams Brooks and NOT George Brooks and provided supporting documentation to support this belief. Most of the records related to Susannah Williams.

The following post focused on Christopher Brooks Sr.

This weekend I visited the NC State Archives and searched for Christopher William(s) Brooks’ Father, Christopher Brooks (Sr.) who supposedly married Susannah Williams. I searched the following records for Christopher Brooks Sr:

  • Caswell Co., NC List of Taxables for 1777, 1780, & 1784 , microfilm, Call No. 020.70001
  • Caswell Co., NC Index of Recorded Wills, 1777-1926, Volume 1, microfilm, Call No. 020.81001
  • Caswell Co., NC Record of Wills, Volumes A, B, C, microfilm, Call No. 020.80001. These records were also abstracted by Katherine Kerr Kendall’s “Caswell County, NC Will Books, 1777 – 1814 & 1814 – 1843″ which can be searched on ancestry.com
  • Caswell Co., NC Loose Papers of Estate Files, Call No. 020.508.080 – On 3/18/2006 I noted that there was a folder for Christopher Brooks, 1782 with Henry Williams as administrator; I can not find copies of these papers; Should be with my Christopher W. Brooks papers from 1840 and 1851. To Do: Locate and copy Christopher Brooks’ estate papers from 1782
  • Land grants from the State of NC, card catalog: Granville, Caswell, Orange, Edgecombe Counties
  • Caswell Co., NC Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantors and Grantees, microfilm

Unfortunately Christopher Brooks was not listed in any of these records. I did, however, find references to other families of interest and will post those results separately.

As a side, I also searched these records for George Brooks, who most researchers believe is the father of this Christopher William(s) Brooks. I did find some references to him here.

Part 1
Part 2

The Parentage of Christopher William(s) Brooks, Part 2

With all the confusion about who Christopher William(s) Brooks’ father was, (See the first post in this series) I started wondering what event occurred that first pointed me in the direction of Christopher Brooks Sr and Susannah Williams as Christopher William(s) Brooks’ parents. Here are some details:

Henry WILLIAMS mentioned daughter Susannah RICE in his will written 1785. By that time, Susannah was already remarried to William Higgason RICE. Their Caswell Co., NC marriage bond listed Wm H. Rice and Susannah BROOKS, married 20 Dec 1784. According to the Caswell Co., NC Guardian Accounts, William H. RICE was legal guardian of Christopher Williams BROOKS in 1797; Caswell Co., NC Record Book C, p. 262, October Court 1797: Christopher Williams Brooks orphan in acct. with William H. Rice guardian. Cash paid to George Somers, William Holderness; tax paid for 1795 and 96. (Katherine Kerr Kendall’s abstracts of Will Books, 1777-1814, p. 57).

Additionally, when Christopher Brooks Sr died in 1781, there were several court record entries for the administration of his estate:

  • December court 1781 Susannah Brooks resigned her adminisration of estate of her husband (Christopher Brooks) to her father, Colonel Henry Williams. (Source: Historical Abstracts of the Court of pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes of Caswell County, Kendall: p.7, Dec 1781)
  • Adminstrators Bond in the amount of 500 pounds, dated 4 Dec 1781 signed by Henry Williams and Nath’l. Williams in presence of A. Murphey to bind Henry Williams as Administrator of Christopher Brooks, Deceased. Caswell County March Court 1782 – Inventory of estate of Christopher Brooks returned by Henry Williams, Administrator, and ordered to be recorded. Sold by David Shelton, Sheriff 24 Jan 1782. Buyers included Susannah Brookes, Henry Williams, William Holderness, Nath’l Williams, John Pane, Thos. Brookes.

Go back to Part 1
Continue to Part 3

George Brooks, Supposed Father of Christopher Williams Brooks – Records Search Results

Many researchers believe George Brooks to be the father of Christopher William Brooks, b. 1781. A land grant was issued to George Brooks, Sgt by the state of NC for 1000 acres in Maury Co., TN for Revolutionary War Service. The land grant stated that the land was to be transferred to Christopher Brooks, “heir of George Brooks.” Because Christopher Brooks was still a minor, the land grant was then transferred to Henry Williams, whom I believe to be Christopher’s grandfather (assuming Christopher is son of Christopher Brooks Sr and Susannah Williams). After Henry Williams died, Elizabeth Williams, his wife and executrix of his estate, sold his interest in this land to Nathan Williams (probably son of Elizabeth and Henry Williams) in 1813.

Today, I searched for George Brooks in the records at the NC State Archives, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. My goal was to find some hint of relationship to other Brooks family members. Although I did not see mention of any family members, I did find the following records:

1. Caswell Co., NC List of Taxables for 1777, 1780, & 1784 , microfilm, Call No. 020.70001:

  • 1777: Glouster District, George Brooks, 650 Acres, 7 wp, 0 bp – Where did this 650 acres come from? I did not see a land grant in Caswell, Orange, or Granville County, NC Land Grants.
  • 1780: I only looked for Christopher Brooks. I don’t believe George Brooks was listed.
  • To Do: Look up George Brooks in 1780 tax list
  • 1784: No George Brooks

 

2. Caswell Co., NC Record of Wills, Volumes A, B, C, microfilm, Call No. 020.80001. These records were also abstracted by Katherine Kerr Kendall’s “Caswell County, NC Will Books, 1777 – 1814 & 1814 – 1843″ which can be searched on ancestry.com

  • I don’t think I looked specifically for George Brooks here; if so, it was a younger George Brooks who is the son of Charles & Sally (Williams) Brooks
  • I did not find an older George Brooks in the Will Book abstracts using Ancestry.com’s search function either

3. Caswell Co., NC Loose Papers of Estate Files, Call No. 020.508.xxx

  • Although I did not review the specific folder on this trip, I am fairly certain there were no BROOKS estate folders at the Archives (I inquired in June 2005)

4. Caswell Co., NC Land grants from the State of NC, card catalog:

  • George Brooks, File no. 444, 300 acres, Entry no. 622 entered 11 Jan 1779; Grant no. 605, issued 13 Oct 1783; Book 53, p. 25; Located on the Middle fork of the South Fork of Country Line Creek

5. Caswell Co., NC Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantors and Grantees, microfilm

  • These records need to be searched again. The Grantors index was indecipherable because the pages copied were too light. Kendall’s Deed Abstracts 1777-1817 (at the Olivia Raney History Library) were reviewed in lieu of the index. See below

6. Caswell Co., NC Deed Abstracts 1777 – 1817 (Kendall)

  • Deed book A, page 144, 1779: State of NC – No. 57, to Elisha Parks, 300 acres on both sides of middle fork of south fork of Country Line Cr adjacent claims of Samuel Kelly, William Gooch, George Brooks, John Anthony, Elijah Mason. 3 May 1779. chain carriers John Anthony, Ransom Atkinson. (Abstracts, p. 9) This 300 acres of land was then sold by Elisha Parks to Thomas Johnston of Culpepper Co (see below). [Note: this was probably taken in March; The date of May was probably a mistake by the abstractor. Subsequent deed information continues to be dated in March.] Source: Caswell Co., NC Deed Books, 1777-1817, Abstracts, Katherine Kerr Kendall, p.9
  • Deed book A, page 175, 1779: State of NC No. 66 to Henry Williams, 216 acres on branches Shaws, Toms and Stoney Creeks adj William Brown, claims of Arthur Lovings, John Brothers. 3 Mar 1779. chain carriers Wm. Brown and Geo Brooks Jun. (Abstracts, p. 11)
  • Deed book A, page 296, 1779: Elisha Parks of Caswell Co., NC to Thomas Johnston of Culpepper Co., VA for 1000 lbs, 300 acres on middle fork of Country line Creek adj claims of Samuel Kelly and William Gooch, John Anthony, George Brooks, claim of Elijah Mason, said land granted by NC to Parks 3 Mar 1779 adknowledged. (Abstracts, p. 18 )

 

 Related posts: Two George Brooks Men of Caswell Co., NC

Elizabeth Williams Estate Files 1814

I collected wills and estate records of the Caswell County, North Carolina WILLIAMS family members. The call number of the file box that had loose papers of estate records was:
C.R. 020.508.102.

The first folder I pulled was labelled: “Elizabeth Williams, 1814.”

I believe this folder contains estate records of two separate Elizabeths, one who died in 1813 and one who died in 1816. The following information is a summary of the pages enclosed in the folder.

(1) Elizabeth Williams, 1814:

Administrators bond, Nathan WILLIAMS 10 January 1814:
Nathan WILLIAMS, John HENSLEE, and Quintonn ANDERSON are bound onto Solomon GRAVES, chairman of the county court of Caswell in the sum of four hundred pounds to be paid to said chairman Solomon GRAVES, sealed this 10th day of January 1814.

Nathan WILLIAMS has been appointed administrator of all the singular goods and chattels, rights and credits of Elizabeth WILLIAMS dec’d, do make and cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all singular goods and chattels, rights and credits of the deceased which have or shall come to the hands or possession of the said Nathan WILLIAMS…promises to make a true account and administer according to law…signed and sealed by Nathan WILLIAMS, John HENSLEE, Q. ANDERSON; test A. MURPHEY Clk.

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An inventory of the estate of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd, returned to January court 1814, on oath by the administrator, Nathan WILLIAMS, and ordered to be recorded in book F, folio 395 by A. E. MURPHEY, clk:

An inventory of property Elizabeth WILLIAMS Decd leased and purchased of the 15th October 1813:

Two Negro men Viz: Sampson and Jacob
one bed and furniture
two cows and calf
two yewes and lambs
one pewter dish
two pewter basons
1/2 dozen pewter plates
one earthen dish
two earthen pans
two earthen mugs
one black walnut chest
one woman’s saddle
one iron pott and one iron skillet
fifty pounds that was willed but not received
returned by me Nathan WILLIAMS, admr.
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A list of a sale of the estate of Elizabeth WILLIAMS decd on the 24th day of January 1814, (Ordered to be recorded in book F folio 418, Test A. E. MURPHEY, Clk, April court 1814):

To Elizabeth WILLIAMS:
iron pot, $1.61
iron scillett, $0.71
earthan dish, $0.33 1/3
earthan pan, $0.11
mug, $0.41
walnut chest, $6.00
2 ewes? of lambs, $3.60
cow and calf, $13.30
Negro man Sampson, $101.53
$127.60 1/3

To Charles BROOKS: (Elizabeth WILLIAMS’ son in law)
1 earthen pan, $0.15
1 pewter bason, $2.00
1 pewter bason, $1.00
1 womans saddle, $2.00
1 bed and furniture, $29.00
$34.15

To James GRAVES:
1 small mug, $0.10
1 countepin? $4.00
Cow and calf, $10.25
$14.35

To Zachariah NEAL: (Married Rebecca RICE, dau of Susannah WILLIAMS Brooks and Wm H. RICE)
1 bed quilt, $6.75
$6.75

To Nathaniel L. RICE:
1 pewter dish, $1.10
Sheat?, $2.50
$3.60

To Hosea MCNEILL:
1/2 dozen pewter plates, $3.40
$3.40

To John HENSLEE:
1 Negro boy Jacob, $513.10
$513.10

Total: $702.95 1/3 by Nathan WILLIAMS, Administrator
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The following documents were included in the same file, but probably from another Elizabeth WILLIAMS, possibly the same Elizabeth who purchased items from the estate of Elizabeth WILLIAMS in 1814. This woman died between Jan 1814 and Jan 1816.

(2) Elizabeth Williams, 1816:

Administrators Bond, 8 January 1816, Nathan WILLIAMS, Henry WILLIAMS, and William LEA, bound unto Solomon GRAVES, chairman in the sum of five thousand pounds, in the county of Caswell, this 8th day of January 1816…Nathan WILLIAMS is appointed administrator of the singular goods and chattels, rights and credits of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd. Signed and sealed by Nathan WILLIAMS, Henry WILLIAMS, William LEA; A. E. MURPHEY, clk.

Sales estate 12 Jan 1816, (not included in the estate file) of Elizabeth WILLIAMS returned to April Court, 1816 and recorded in Book G, p. 179: Buyers were Henry WILLIAMS, Nathan WILLIAMS, etc., 12 Jan 1816 (Katherine Kerr Kendall’s Abstracts of Caswell County Will Books, p. 11).

Sales estate 29 Jan 1816 (not included in the estate file) of Elizabeth WILLIAMS returned to April Court 1816 and recorded in Book G, p. 180, Sales to: George Brooks, William H Rice, Nathaniel L Rice, Sally Brooks, Samuel Fielder, James Shepherd, John Penix, Williamson Rice, Devreu Hightower, Christopher Brookes, etc… 29 Jan 1816 (Katherine Kerr Kendall’s Abstracts of Caswell County Will Books, p. 11-12).

Inventory of Property, 7 Apr 1816 (not included in the estate file) of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd by N. WILLIAMS adm. returned to April court 1816, and recorded in Book G, p. 168: A memo on Nathan WILLIAMS; bonds on George Brooks, Susannah Rice, Henry WILLIAMS, Benjamin Spencer (this bond is doubtful). 7 Apr 1816 (Katherine Kerr Kendall’s Abstracts of Caswell County Will Books, p. 11).

An inventory of account of bonds and cash (Jan Court 1817) found in possession of Elizabeth WILLIAMS dec’d at her death, by Nathan WILLIAMS, adm., returned to court on oath by the administrator and ordered to be recorded, Test Azariah GRAVES, Clk, January Court, 1817. Recorded in book G p. 354, Test A. GRAVES, clk:

Cash on hand: $55.72
one bond on Henry WILLIAMS due 21 Nov 1807, $7.75
one bond on Nathan WILLIAMS due 25 Dec 1815, $89.75
one bond on George BROOKS and Nathan WILLIAMS due Mar 1810 for $200.00
one bond on Susannah RICE due 25 Dec 1815 for $60.00
one account on Benjamin CANTRAL for $2.50
One account on Nathan WILLIAMS for $164.84 & 1/4; total of $580.56 & 1/4;

One note on Benjamin SPENCER due on demand dated 26 Dec 1794 for the sum of 26 pounds, 3 sh., 10 3/4 pence; considered of no value in consequence of insolvency and non residence;

One note on Daniel WILLIAMS due on demand dated 17 Dec 1787 for the sum of 7 pounds considered of no value in consequence of being ______ long since;

The above statement I hereby certify contains all cash bonds and account which I found in the possession of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd. Sworn to Nathan WILLIAMS, adm.

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John GRAVES (c1715-1792), Caswell Co., NC

In my previous post I mentioned John Graves, a mill owner, and one of the earliest settlers of Caswell Co., NC. John Graves was born about 1715, and died 18 Jan. 1792 in Caswell Co., N.C. John Graves married Isabell Lea, the daughter of a big landowner, James Lea. I am descended from this John Graves and Isabell Lea through the following:

1. John Graves, b. abt 1715, d. 18 Jan 1792, md. Isabell Lea
—–Mary Graves, b. 26 Jan. 1754, d. 22 Feb. 1831, md. John Kerr, b. 29 Jan. 1753, d. 22 Feb. 1816
———Isabella Kerr, b. 12 June 1790, d. 1851, md. Christopher Williams Brooks, b. 1781, d. 1840
————-Iverson Lea or Lee Brooks, b. Feb 1829, d. 1876, Monticello, Drew Co., AR

From the research I’ve done in the past couple of weeks, it looks like I’m descended from at least 3 families who were some of the first settlers to Caswell Co., NC — WILLIAMS, LEA, & GRAVES; My BROOKS line has been more elusive, however.

Source: The Graves Family Association website, The Descendants of Captain Thomas Graves by Ken Graves, http://www.gravesfa.org/gen270.htm.

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