Biographies and Genealogies of the men in Flower Swift’s Militia Company 1779-1783

Compiled by James A. Quinn, January 2003-September 2010
Rolling hills near Mt. Pleasant Meeting House, Carroll Co., Virginia on a cloudy day...
Rolling hills near Mt. Pleasant Meeting House, Carroll Co., Virginia on a cloudy day…

The names of these men were obtained from two undated, poorly labeled militia musters. One of these is in the Lyman Draper collection at the University of Wisconsin (manuscript 5QQ70) and the other is kept in the archives at Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia (referred to here as List 3). The two muster lists are similar with 41 of the 64 names on the Draper manuscript repeated on the document at Christiansburg. The manuscript in the Draper collection has been mislabeled by him as a list of Tories and Quakers instead of as a militia roster. The Draper manuscript seems to be the older of the two and dates most likely to either 1780 or 1781. The second roster dates within a year of 1782, most likely. Two other militia rosters for Swift’s company also exist, and I believe them to be from 1783 or later (referred to as List 1 and List 2 on the New River Notes Revolutionary War militia roster web page).

The genealogies presented below were gathered in a four step process.

  1. Find individuals on RootsWeb WorldConnect database. My search strategy was first to search on the man’s name with the date set to 1745 plus or minus 20 years. Next I would input the man’s last name only and check for deaths in Grayson Co., VA. If this failed, I just input the man’s name and looked at all the hits, possibly with Metaphone turned on. Finally, this failing, for rarer names I just input the last name and let Worldconnect give me everything.
  2. I consulted the family boards on GenForum and searched with Yahoo on the man’s name.
  3. I contacted people by e-mail who gave expert opinions on Genforum or who had relevant GEDCOMs on Worldconnect.
  4. I submitted the results to the New River History Forum for criticism. Step 5 is up to you. Submit any corrections, additions or family stories to this site by contacting the author.

AMMONS: Jacob (Quaker) (only on Draper’s list) could this name be Hammons?

Uncertain ancestry. Possibilities:

  1. There is a man by this name in Worldconnect and he was born 1720 in Scotland and dies in Virginia. His wife’s name is Barbara. The genealogy looks confused as his father is supposed to be born Germany (and Jacob from Scotland!?). He is given one son, John Thomas Ammons, b. 1748 in Virginia d. 1817 Buncombe Co., NC. I looked at the variant Emmons (a German name) and found no matches. The German or Swiss name Ammon is not uncommon in Pennsylvania or northwest Virginia.
  2. The Hammons family of Surry Co., NC is another matter. They intermarry with the Simmons family (another name on this militia muster) (e.g. Elizabeth Hammons m. Jehu Simmons s/o Charles). The Hammons families in North Carolina have two origins. (2a) One is a Virginia origin and the other is (2b) Lumbee/Croatan Indians from the Robeson Co., NC area. None of these lines are well-defined on the internet. Both lines use Jacob. The Robeson County area line seems to intermarry with the Skipper/Skipworths (see below) and Simmons. The Croatans today spell the name Ammons as on the militia roster. See for a history of the Croatans. Discussions on Genforum support a Croatan origin for at least some of the Hammons of Surry County. The Virginia line is a Richmond Co., VA line (like Hanks, Edwards, Dotson, Cocke and many other Carroll Co., VA lines). Judy Rhodes has a Worldconnect database with some documentation for this line. Amongst her documentation is mention of a Revolutionary War pension for John Hammons which mentions a marriage in Lunenburg Co., VA to Martha Landrum. They have a daughter Elizabeth who marries a member of the Bryant family from the Swift militia roster.
  3. Jacob Harmon? This name was suggested as a possibility by an e-mail correspondent.
  4. A Quaker family from eastern Virginia? i.e. Lucy Ammon (d/o Christopher Ammon of Bedford Co., VA) m. James Johnson in 1779 of the Hanover Co., VA Quaker Johnson family (see Thomas Johnson below).

I did not see any names similar to Ammons or Hammons on the lists of Regulators 1767-1771.

He was not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list or the 1793 Wythe county tax list. The following Hammons are listed on the 1778 Surry Co., NC property tax list: Ambrose, John, John Jr., Robert as living west of the Blue Ridge.

Hammons in 1790 Surry Co., NC census: Ambrose, James, John, John and William.

BEDSAUL / BEDSOLE: John, Elisha – (not Bedfost – old s looks like f, old l looks like s) (Quakers) (Elisha is only on the Draper list, John is on both lists).

Source of information:

According to this web site, John is probably the brother-in-law of Flower Swift. John’s father Elisha originally settled (1771) the place that became Flower Swift’s home place in today’s Carroll Co., VA (Iron Ridge/Hebron section on Chestnut Creek). It appears no accident that the Quakers are assigned to Flower Swift as they are related to him by marriage. After selling to Swift, Elisha moved to near what is now Galax, Grayson Co., VA. Elisha Bedsaul had a slave, 4 horse and 12 cattle in 1782. Records of John Bedsaul’s marriage to Sarah Brown are from Cane Creek MM, NC on 9 Jun 1774. Cane Creek seems to have remained the home meeting for many of the Quaker families in Chestnut Creek during the Revolutionary War period. Sarah was the daughter of Daniel Brown and Grace Thompson. Her grandparents were Joseph Thompson m. Sarah Penton and Henry Brown m. Ann Richardson. Elisah Bedsaul is unlikely to be the son of Jacob Bedsaul and Elizabeth Coles as appears on Worldconnect because (1) Elizabeth Coles is more likely to have m. Elisha Birdsall of NJ (with a different set of children) and (2) the timeline of immigration from Germany, conversion to the Quakers, marriage to an English speaking Quaker and migration to NC in a few months is not very probable. Elisha Bedsaul’s wife was Mary Edwards(?) (m. 16 Sep 1751, in probably Warrington twp., York Co., PA). Elisha’s other children besides John were Amey (m. George Martin), possibly Mary (m. Flower Swift), Ann (m. Solomon Ruddick s/o Wm Ruddock m. Ann Cox – see Ruddick on this list), Elizabeth (m. Jesse Cox – see Cox this list). Family traditions say that the Bedsauls were originally from Germany (with a name that sounds similar but is spelled differently).

There are family stories that besides being the community blacksmith, Elisha Bedsaul may also have been involved in hunting for sources of silver in the mountains, smelting it and even perhaps in counterfeiting silver coins. This would have been a most un-Quakerly activity, but could have been something he did before being converted to the Quakers. Since Elisha Bedsaul appears on the militia roster in 1774, it is likely he was not a Quaker at that time, but was converted later. This would also explain how he came to have a slave. One wonders if the silver mining stories and his German origin somehow connect him to the Swift silver mine legends (which feature an unnamed German silver miner).

Quaker Records: Cane Creek MM – June 9 1774 John Bedsalt, s/o Elisha and Mary of Fincastle Co., VA m. Sarah Brown and April 1, 1775 – Sarah Bedselt (formerly Brown) dismissed from membership.

Elisha and John Bedsaul are on the militia roster for William Herbert’s company which served in Lord Dunmore’s War.

1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list: Elisha Bedsoul 1 tithe – 1 slave (only slave of all the Quakers)- 4 horse – 12 cattle; John Bedsoul 1 tithe – 0 slave – 4 horse – 9 cattle. In 1793 John Bedsole has 7 horses and no blacks, Elisha has 2 tithes, 4 horses and no blacks.

1793 Wythe Co., land tax: Elisha Bedsol 60 acres worth 10 pounds and 200 acres to Daniel Cummins worth 20 pounds.

Note: The Bedsauls are not in Swift’s list of those fined for not showing up for militia duty. They appear to have made the musters and participated in the company.

BLEVENS / BLEVINS: James (not a Quaker; Baptist I think, or unchurched) (not on Draper’s list, only on list 3)

James’ genealogy is different from most of the rest of the group with the exception of Samuel Mehuren in that they have roots in New England. James’ genealogy is the subject of some confusion, partly because there are three James Blevins in the upper New River during the Revolution and this James has been confused with James Blevins Jr. whose family were ardent Tories. In Worldconnect James’ grandfather is thought to be William Blevins, born in Westerly, Rhode Island who married Ann Bunch. However, the real state of affairs (according to Ron Blevins) is that we have not yet placed James’ parents or grandparents. The Blevins moved south to Monocacy, Frederick Co., MD and were there at the same time as the Swifts and Wards. It is probably the other James Blevins family that is found in old Lunenburg (now Leatherwood Creek, Henry Co.) county, VA about 1748. It appears that that the James in the Swift company went to now Persons Co., NC area as James’ son Nathan says he was born on the Haw River area of North Carolina in 1762 (see Nathan’s RW pension application). The other Blevins family moved to the head of Little River in 1771. The James in this sketch arrived later (end of 1770s?, early 1780s?). The Blevins family of Henry County, VA and Little River were Long Hunters and are associated by marriage with the great mixture of people who were also Long Hunters. However, the James Blevins in the Swift company may have been a miller, like Nathan Ward.

It is suspected that the other James Blevins, along and his brothers and father (also named James), all sympathized with the Cherokee during the beginning of the Revolutionary War and refused to take part in the attacks on their villages in 1776-1779. Records exist of his father and brothers and possibly even James himself being called before Col. Shelby. The Annals of Southwest Virginia, page 718, records that on 3 August 1779 JAMES BLEVINS & JOHN BLEVINS being brought into (Montgomery County) Court and confessing that they were engaged in the late Insurrection in this County wherefore the Court taking the Case into Consideration & viewing them for many reasons as proper Objects of Mercy are of opinion that upon their voluntarily taking the State Oath as prescribed by Law be bound to the good behavior themselves in the sum of two hundred pounds each and their Securities in the sum of one hundred each and for twelve months and a day whereupon John Cox and James McDonald came into Court and acknowledged themselves Security for the said John and James in the sum of one hundred pounds each for their good behavior for twelve months and a day to be levied of their respective Lands and Chattels and to the Commonwealth rendered, Upon Condition &c. In fact, the lack of enthusiasm shown by the New River militia in these campaigns was noted in the records. John Blevins, in fact, was a notorious Tory and served in the Tory Regiments in North Carolina, and Capt. John Cox of the militia company immediately to the west of Swift’s was the uncle of John Blevins’ wife. We are not certain how the James Blevins in Swift’s company is related to John and James Blevins the Tories. Note that, ironically, James Blevins is NOT on the Draper’s so-called list of Tories.

A James Blevins appears on the 1781 Loyalist Regiment of Captain Hamilton. This is the other James Blevins we think.

A William Blevins, in a pension application in Indiana in 1832 says that at age 16 he participated, under the command of a Captain Swift, in the defense of the lead mines, about 1780. I don’t believe that Blevins researchers have placed this William. The other statements in the application do not fall in line with all the facts.

Yet another James Blevins (b. 25 Dec. 1762, d. Lawrence Co., IN) who moved as an infant with his father to Henry Co., VA and then about 1772 at age 10 moved to Montgomery Co., VA received a pension for fighting on the Whig side of the Battle of King’s Mountain (1780) under Col. William Campbell. Also at King’s Mountain on the Whig side (according to Bobby Gilmer Moss’s compendium “The Patriots at King’s Mountain”) were a Daniel Blevins (pension, Roane Co., TN, 1832) who was “of Virginia” and a Henry Blevins (under Col. Isaac Shelby, pension granted Hawkins Co., TN 1832, m. Catherine Walling – her brother Wm Walling also got a RW pension (S1935) in Hawkins Co., TN). So there were Blevins on both sides, or perhaps this James is the same Tory sympathizer (James Jr.) form Little River mentioned above (his pension application makes no note of service on the Whig side before 1780), who it appears had a brother Daniel.

The Blevins in Rhode Island were religious dissenters, perhaps Quakers or Quaker sympathizers. Like the long-hunter Walling family that they intermarried with, they originated in Salem, Massachusetts before going to Rhode Island. A possible line is Joshua Blevins (sea captain of Salem), then James m. Margery Cord, then James who moved to Maryland about 1733, the father of the James here. These were among the families that left Salem after the infamous witch trials and ancestors of the Wallings were among the accused witches.

James married Elizabeth. She is possibly the daughter of Wells Ward, Nathan’s brother and the sister of the Nathan Ward of Saddle Creek who is in the 1785 Osborne militia company.

Children:Nathan 1761 Haw River, NC (d. 1834 Ashe Co., NC, m. Lydia Vaughn and Rachel Skaggs);Daniel 1763 (d. after 1830 Scott Co., VA, m. Sarah); Wells about 1765 (d. 1840 Ashe Co., NC, m. Sarah or Nancy Strunk d/o David Strunk); James about 1770 (d. 1820 Bridle Creek, Grayson Co., VA, m. Lydia Sizemore d/o George Sizemore and Anna Hart and granddaughter of “Tory Ned” Sizemore); Levi 1779 (d. 1869 Johnson Co., KY, m. Elizabeth).

No Blevins are on the 1767-1771 Regulator list.

Daniel, James and William Blevins are on the militia roster for William Herbert’s Company, 1774, Lord Dunmore’s War.

1782 Montgomery Co. VA tax list: James Blevins, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 0 horse, 0 cattle. In the 1793 Wythe tax list, Dist. 2 is a James Blevans with 1 horse and no blacks. Was James’ property confiscated during the Revolution? Although he is on the Swift muster, his name appears near that of Capt. John Cox on the 1782 personal property tax list.

James Blevins was not in Swift’s list of those fined for not participating in the militia.

Source: Ron Blevins and the New River History Forum; Worldconnect

BOND: Stephen (Quaker) (only found on the Draper list)

Stephen was born 1738 in Bucks Co., PA and attended Richland MM there. He moved with his parents to New Garden MM, Guilford Co., NC. His parents were Joseph Bond (b. 1704 England) and Martha Rogers (b. England). He married Maiden (last name unknown). The Bond family is one of the main English families of the New Garden/Deep River MM and unlike many of the families on this list intermarried mainly with the other large NC/English Quaker families like the Mills and Mendenhalls and the families that came from Nantucket. It is likely that Stephen was a refugee from fighting in Surry County, NC in the 1780-1781 time frame, which is how he comes to be on the Swift militia company’s roster (Draper’s Tory and Quaker list). Many other refugees from Surry also appear on the list and Col. Preston records their presence in New River in a letter to the governor of Virginia. About 1794 he removed with his family to what is now Carroll Co., VA.. Some of his descendants still live in Carroll Co., VA (Rebecca Moore). Stephen died in Floyd Co., VA and his wife sued him for alimony in the 1808 March Court of Grayson Co., VA. (note – a slight conflict on Rootsweb Worldconnect, as there is a Stephen Bond there attached to the same parents with a death date of 1796 in Surry Co., NC [Westfield MM]. This Stephen Bond was a son of the Stephen who is referred to here and died young).

On the 1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: James, John Bond

He is not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list or on the 1793 tax list.

This family is in the Quaker Records of New Garden MM (Tom’s Creek Prepatory Meeting): Samuel Bond, Surry Co., s. Joseph, dec., m. Eliz Beales dt. Thomas, same place, 11-1-1775 at Mtg. at Tom’s Creek. Wit: Thos Jessop, Thos. Mills, Thos. Carr, Isaac Jones, Joseph Hiatt, John Hiatt, Margaret Carr, Miriam Carr, Ann Hiatt, Lydia Bryant, Suanna Hiatt, Mary Jessop.

BRYANT, James (probable Baptist from ex-Quaker family) (not on Draper’s list)

James appears to be the son of John Bryan and Sarah/Elizabeth Frances Battle. John Bryan was born Opequon Creek, Frederick Co., VA and is the son of Morgan Bryan and Martha Strode. Thus, if this deduction is correct, the James Bryant on the Swift list is the first cousin of Daniel Boone’s wife Rebecca Bryan. Thomas Huey on the later Swift list is his brother-in-law. The Bryans are well-known to have been involved in the Regulator movement. The Bryans were originally a Quaker family, but like the Boones became Baptist in North Carolina. James’ family is not on Worldconnect, if he had one. There are requests for information about people with this last name from Grayson Co., VA on the Genforum, but they have gone unanswered. Note a Mary Bryant m. the son of one of the non-Quaker Williams on the Swift musters. This Bryan family also had at least one prominent Tory leader in near-by North Carolina.

The Bryant family that came to Cane Creek MM from Carteret Co., NC and then is found in the Wesfield MM records should be investigated. There are no James in this family on Worldconnect, but this family does intermarry with the Davis and Lundy families of the Chestnut Creek community of Grayson County in the 1790s. The John Bryan (b. 1742, s/o Nicholas) from this line married Lydia Allen 1760 in Carteret County and they both die in Grayson County. Their daughter Hope m. John Simcock 1796 in Grayson County and in turn Rebecca Simcock b. 1815 married Mounce Gore, an ancestor of Vice President Al Gore.

To do: Examine pension applications of John Bryan (Wilkes), Reuben Bryan (Surry), Robert Bryan (Wilkes), Thomas Bryan (Surry)

Quaker Records: New Garden MM: John received from Carteret Co., NC; Garner Bryant, son of John, Surry Co., m. Hannah Davies dt. Thomas, Montgomery Co., VA, 30-10-1782, at Tom’s Creek Mtg. Witnesses, John Bryant, Thos. Davis, Charles Davis, Caleb Sumner, Moses Grigg, Daniel Beales, Elizabeth Davis, Elizabeth Ballard, Sarah Beales, Phebe Sumner, Mary Sumner, Mary Ballard.; 1782 Rebeckah d/o John of Surry Co., NC m. Thomas Davis. Westfield MM: 1797 – Thomas Bryant of Grayson Co., VA (s/o John Bryant and Lydia) m. Priscilla Lunday, In 1789 a Lydia Bryant m. John Davis.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: John Bryan

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 0 cattle. He has 3 horses and no blacks in 1793. He is not listed on the 1793 Wythe county land tax list (there is a John Bryant with 170 acres worth 17 pounds)

James Bryant was not fined by Capt. Swift for not participating in the militia company.

CARR: Thomas (Quaker physician) (on both lists)

Thomas is the son of Benjamin Carr of Gunpowder, eastern Baltimore Co., MD and Juliatha. His grandfather was Nicholas Carr b. about 1670. His sister Juliatha marries Benjamin Cox, probably another person on the list. Thomas is married (July 15, 1756) to Miriam Jones who was born about 1731 in Chester Co., PA. They were married at Cane Creek Meeting, NC. In one genealogy and the Draper list, Thomas is referred to as “Dr.”, so he may be the local physician. Juliatha and Thomas Carr were members of Gunpowder MM (Quaker) in Maryland. Thomas and Miriam’s children: (1) Miriam (1759 – 1830 [TN]) m. Charles Davis (s/o Thos. Davis & Eliz. Knox – see Davis genealogy), (2) Benjamin (d. 1813, Highland Co., OH – in 1785 a member of New Garden MM) m.(1784, New Garden MM) Patience Beals (d/o Thos. Beals and Susan Antrim), (3) Matthew (d. Pulaski Co., KY) m. Susannah, (4) Rachel (1771-1857 Vinton Co., OH) m. Thos. Cox (s/o Solomon Cox), (5) Juliatha, (6) Margaret m John Cox, (7) Moses and (8) Thomas.

Quaker records: Thomas and Juliatha Carr were amongst the earliest members of Cane Creek MM, North Carolina, Juliatha coming in 1752 and Thomas in 1753 (both from Gunpowder MM). It appears that Thomas left Cane Creek about October 5, 1771 as on this date Cane Creek granted him a certificate to New Garden MM. Thomas appears soon after in the New Garden MM records. In 1779 he is said to be of Surry Co., NC when his daughter Miriam marries Charles Davis. In 1783, Miriam Carr and daughter Margaret and Juliatha Carr of Chestnut Creek were dismissed from the Society of Friends (New Garden MM). At Westfield MM in 1792 Thomas and Rachel Carr were dismissed from membership and in 1804 (Sept. 22), Benjamin Carr removes to Miami MM, Ohio from Westfield MM.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: Joseph Carr (not necessarily a relative of Thomas’)

1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list: 1 tithable, 0 slaves, 3 horse, 6 cattle. In 1793 he has no blacks and 1 horse.

Fines for not making militia musters: Thos. Carr 0-2-6

CHANEY: Samuel (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

Unplaced. He does not exist in Worldconnect. Also looked at Chany, Cheny, Cheyney and Cheney.

The Francis Chaney who was the father of the Francis who signed the Regulator petitions lived in Randolph county, NC and married Margaret. He had daughters Margaret m. John Alred and Elizabeth m. Michael Harvey (Quaker). This is perhaps a Quaker line from Chester Co., PA. Unfortunately there is no Samuel attached to it.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: Francis Cheny

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA person tax list. Not on the 1793 Wythe Co., VA tax list.

CLONCH: Jeremiah (not fit), Edmond, John (Lutherans in Pennsylvania) (on both lists)

Jeremiah Clonch is the son or perhaps nephew of Hieronymous (Jerome/Jeremiah/Jerimy) Glantz, age 29, who arrived on the ship Adventure in 1732 in Philadelphia with wife Mary Magdalene, age 30, daughter Anne Margaret (age 9) and son Hans Michael (age 4) (passenger list). Hieronymous married second Erna Barbara Mack 15 October 1733 in a Lutheran Church in Philadelphia (George Mack is also on the Adventure passenger list and lives with Jeremiah Clonch in Mecklenburg Co., VA records). From Pennsylvania the Clonch’s migrated to old Lunenburg (in 1755 granted a license to an Ordinary along Allen’s Creek). Since no record exists of Hieronymous Glantz dying it is possible that he and Jeremiah (Swift Militia Company) are one and the same man instead of father and son. Cathy Meder-Dempsey provides a time-line and documentation in her WorldConnect pages. Note there is apprarently another Jeremiah Clonch who is also sometimes listed as a son of Hieronymus Glantz and this one married Sarah Catherine Rhine. This genealogy is unsettled. A comparison of the signatures on the ship Adventure Oath of Allegience and the various Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Henry county deeds is needed.

Jeremiah, possible son of Hieronymous migrated to Henry Co., VA. Jeremiah Clonch may well have died during the war (he is marked not fit) as there are no records of him after 1782. Jeremiah Clonch (or his son Jermemiah m. Jane McGuire) settled 400 acres along Chestnut Creek in 1776 (purchased from William Riddle and 3 others). Many Worldconnect sources say he was married to Sophia Erwin (note the William Erwin on this list). However, the supposed Irish marriage for her and Jeremiah is dubious based on the dates of birth of the children (starting mid 1750s when Jeremiah is in America). In fact, since Jeremiah’s wife is named Margaret on land transactions with Thomas Moore in 1758, it is more likely he was married to a woman by this name. Jeremiah Clonch is on a list of Chestnut Creek men suspected of being “inimical to the government” on 7-8 Sept 1779 (L. P. Preston, 1929, Annals of Southwestern Virginia) just prior to the formation of the Swift company and was acquitted of this charge. It appears that after the formation of the Swift Company in 1779, this family faithfully attended militia musters.

John Claunch, son of of Jeremiah migrated west to Grainger Co., TN, then south, ending in Alabama. Jeremiah, son of Jeremiah married Jane McGuire and moved to Pulaski Co., KY. Jeremiah’s other sons – Barnett, Edmond – nothing further is known about them as far as I can tell. Jeremiah’s daughter Violet married Thomas Haughey about 1815, and moved to Greene County, Ohio, on a Virginia military grant.

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: Edmund Clonch, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 0 horse, 0 cattle; Jeremiah Clonch Sr. 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 6 horse, 10 cattle. Jeremiah Clonch Jr., 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 13 cattle; Jacob Cloynch 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse, 1 cattle. They are not on the 1793 tax list. They were not fined for missing militia duty by Capt. Swift.

1793 Wythe Co., land tax: Mathew Dickey to Jeremiah Clonch: 350 acres valued at 20 pounds.

COOK: John (not sure of Religious background) (both lists)

I am not sure who this is. There is a Quaker who is a possible match and several non-Quakers that can’t be eliminated. The Quaker is the son of Abraham Cook and Lydia Hussey of the Guilford county area (note Christopher Hussey is on a Swift militia muster). He was born in 1765 which may be a bit young (he would be 16-18 years old when on the rolls). Cook is one of the Quaker names of Warrington, York Co., PA from which came many of the other families on the Swift musters.

There are no Cooks on the Guilford/Randolph/Alamance Co., NC area Regulator petitions as far as I could determine.

Quaker Records: The Cooks are amongst the earliest names at New Garden MM. 1748- Margaret, (d/o John of London Grove, Chester Co., PA) m. James Johnson in PA. 1758 – Mary, widow, late of PA m. Joseph Wells of Cane Creek MM. Jan. 1772 – Thomas Cook received at New Garden from Cane Creek.

In L.P. Summer’s Annals of Southwestern Virginia(1929): On 7-8 Sept 1779, John Cook is one of those who ” were accused of being “inimical to the government” just prior to the formation of the Swift company.

1782 Montgomery Co., tax list: there are two John Cooks. One has 1 tithe, 1 slave, 8 horse and 11 cattle; the other has 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse and 0 cattle. Not present in 1793 Wythe tax list.

COX: William, Benjamin, Jesse, Richard (Quakers) and more family members below in the non-Quaker section…(on both lists), also there is a John Cox (Quaker) who is on Draper’s list only.

All of these Cox’s are descendants of John Cox (abt 1665-1711, m. Rachel Carr) emigrated from Drayton, Berkshire to London Grove, Chester Co., PA. His off-spring are numerous and most seem to have gone to North Carolina with a first stop in Huntington twp., Adams Co., PA.

— Possibilities for Benjamin Cox (1) the son of William Cox and Juliatha Carr. He was born about 1758 and died 1791 in Hawkins Co., TN. William Cox was born 1726 in Hockessin, New Castle Co., DE and died 1801 in Knox Co., KY. He is the son of William Cox and Catherine Kinkey and this William Sr. is the son of John Cox b. abt 1665 of Drayton. (2) Another possibility would be Benjamin Cox b. 1752 in Randolph Co., NC m. Rebecca Cox on 20 July 1775 in Cane Creek MM. He is the son of Benjamin Cox and Martha Garretson. Benjamin Cox Sr. is the son of John Cox and Hannah Jenkins (see Jesse, next, and see Cox on non-Quaker list). It is likely that both of these Benjamins were on the Swift rolls as the Benjamin Cox on the non-Quaker side is probably a disowned Quaker/Regulator. 1782 Montgomery Co., tax list: 1 tithable – 0 slave – 2 horse – 2 cattle. There is no Benjamin Cox on the 1793 Wythe tax list. Neither the Quaker nor the non-Quaker Benjamin Cox were fined by Capt. Swift for not showing for militia duty. Therefore, it is likely that they participated in the militia.

— Jesse Cox is the son of Samuel Cox b. abt 1720 in Chester or York Co., PA, d. 1791 Randolph Co., NC, who was a member of the Regulators. Samuel was married to Hannah Wierman and migrated to Cane Creek, NC about 1757. Samuel was the son of John Cox and Mary Garretson, who in turn is the son of the original immigrant John Cox of Drayton. The David Herzog GEDCOM identifies this Jesse as the Jesse in Flower Swift’s company and says he moved to Crooked Creek in NC and in 1810 may have removed to Grainger Co., TN with his brother Harmon (see below). Jesse married Elizabeth Bedsaul, which makes him the probable brother-in-law of Flower Swift.

1782 Montgomery Co., tax list: 1 tithable – 0 slaves – 6 horse – 9 cattle; On the 1793 Wythe tax list Jesse has 6 horses and no blacks. Jesse Cox was not on the list of those fined by Capt. Swift for missing militia duties.

— Richard is unplaced. One possibility is the Richard who married Ann Hodgin and is the son of Thomas Cox (a son of John of Drayton) and Mary Cooke. This line goes from London Grove to York Co., PA to Wrightsboro MM, Georgia, then to SC and NC. In 1780 they remove to Bush River MM, SC but there are few records until 1812 when they appear in Greene Co., OH. All other Richard Cox’s do not fit. Not on the tax list of 1782 Montgomery or on the 1793 Wythe tax lists. Richard was fined the most heavily of anyone in Swift’s company for not showing up for militia functions: Richard Cox 0-12-6

— Here are the possibilities for William Cox: (1) William b. 1764 the son of Solomon Cox and Ruth Cox. He migrated with his family to Ross Co., OH. Solomon Cox is the son of William Cox and Katherine Kinkey. He was born abt 1730 in New Castle Co., DE and migrated in the 1750s to Cane Creek MM, Orange Co., NC. Solomon’s son Solomon is known to have lived for a while in Grayson Co., VA. Solomon Sr. migrated to Ross county where he died. His wife Ruth Cox was the daughter of John Cox and Hannah Jenkins. Katherine Kinkey’s sister Mary was the mother of Herman Husband, the best known leader of the Regulation. After Alamance 1771 Husband was outlawed and he eventually landed in what is now Somerset Co., PA where he lived before the Revolution under the pseudonym “Tuscape Death”. This William’s father Solomon is thus the first cousin of Herman Husband. (2) William b. 1757, the son of John Cox (1728 DE – 1803 Randolph, NC) & Mary Scarlett. This John Cox’s son John (b. 1767) married Margaret Carr, daughter of Thomas Carr and lived in the Chestnut Creek neighborhood (He is John Cox (Chestnut) with 2 tithes, no blacks and 6 horses in the 1793 tax list. (3) There is also William b. 1761 the son of Benjamin Cox and Martha Garrettson. He married Ruth Cox, the daughter of Solomon Cox and Ruth Cox of Grayson Co., VA. William’s brother Enoch Cox (b. 1752) and his wife Mary Mackey are buried in the Mt. Pleasant Friends Meeting House on Religion Rd. (off Old Quaker Rd.) in Carroll County. The DAR has placed a Revolutionary War veterans marker on both their graves.

The second William Cox on the 1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: 1 tithable, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 5 cattle. On the 1793 Wythe tax list there is a William in District 2 with 1 tithe, no slaves and a horse. No one named William Cox is on Swift’s list of those fined for missing militia duties.

–End notes to Cox: The Cox men above and below are likely to be from two families, Solomon Cox m. Ruth Cox, and the family of Samuel Cox and Hannah Wierman. They were first cousins and both were disowned by Cane Creek MM, probably for their participation in the Regulator movement. Their parents, William Cox and John Cox were both sons of John Cox the immigrant. The possible exception is Richard Cox. The blood connection to Herman Husband, best known leader of the Regulation in the William Cox line is interesting.

Quaker Records: Cane Creek MM: 1752- Catherine Cox received from Newark MM and marries Eleazar Hunt; William, Solomon and Thomas received from Newark MM 1753; 1754 – Herman received from Fairfax MM; Feb 2, 1767 – Isaac, Samuel, Solomon, William and William Jr. disowned; Feb 3, 1767 – Juliatha and Phebe Cox disowned; April 1, 1769 – Herman Cox disowned; June 1, 1771 Isaac, Samuel and sons Herman and Samuel are disowned. July 1771 Tamer Cox to Bush River MM; March 4, 1773 – Jesse Cox disowned. New Garden MM: 1779 – Rebeckah, Benjamin, Catharine and Juliatha, ch. Of William Cox, received from Cane Creek (certificate dated Dec 1778). They are not found in the Westfield MM records. Some of this family does appear from 1804 onwards in the Lost Creek MM, TN records.

COX: Harmon (not on Draper’s list), Benjamin, Samuel (not fit) (Benj. & Sam on Draper’s list) (all are disowned Quakers)

Harmon Cox was disowned by the Quakers at Cane Creek MM, 1 June 1771, after the Battle of Alamance (16 May 1771). The Samuel on the Swift rolls who is marked not fit is possibly his father, who was born about 1725 at London Grove, Chester Co., PA and moved to what is now Randolph county, NC or more likely Harmon’s brother Samuel (Jr.). Samuel Sr. married Hannah Wierman. Samuel was also disowned by the Quakers on 1 June 1771 for activity with the Regulators. Jesse Cox on the Quaker part of Swift’s militia list is another son of Samuel Cox (Sr.) and Hannah Wierman. Samuel was the son of John Cox and Hannah Jenkins. That John was the son of John Cox the immigrant of Drayton, England. Samuel returned to his home in Holly Springs, NC in 1791 and is likely to have migrated to Grainger Co., TN and left a will. See the Quaker list for a description of possibilities for Benjamin Cox. Harmon and Samuel Cox are also on Capt. John Cox’s 1777 militia musters. Sam Cox was fined 0-3-0, a minimal amount indicating he made most of the militia musters or was excused for being “unfit”. Harmon and Benjamin Cox were not fined by Swift or had paid their fines. It is likely that they participated in militia duties. Harmon is probably the one found with brother Jesse in Grainger Co., TN in the early 1800s.

Samuel Cox Jr., son of Samuel and Hannah Wierman Cox married Martha Cox, daughter of Solomon Cox (son of John Cox and Mary Garrettson). Samuel Jr. died July 29, 1832 in Whitely Co., Kentucky. His children do not appear to have married Quakers and the family moved from Kentucky to Livingston Co., Missouri after his death where Martha died in 1845. Samuel Jr. was disowned with his father and brother Harmon on the same day in 1771 by the Quakers.

Samuel Cox (Sr.) was a first cousin of the Harmon Cox who was convicted of High Treason and is one of the six to be “respited until the King’s pleasure could be known.” This is the trial at which the six who were condemned were to be executed by being hung, drawn and quartered (see next paragraph). The Harmon Cox who was captured after the Battle of Alamance 1771 by Governor Tryon was born about 1720 and married Jane Johns. He was the first cousin of Herman Husband, one of the best known leaders of the Regulation. It is doubtful that this Harmon would be on the Swift muster as he would be about 60 years old or more in 1782 and was one of the 12 wealthiest men in Randolph county, NC at its founding in 1779. He would have been about 50 at Alamance. This Harmon Cox was known to be a leader in the Regulation and many of the meetings of that movement were held in his mill. The Quaker Cox family is also known to have supported the Whig side in the Revolution. This wealthy Harmon had a son Harmon born in 1757 who married Catherine Cox, a daughter of Samuel Cox and Hannah Wierman (above) which unites these two branches of the Cox family. A listing of which side Regulators took in the Revolution can be found at:

By far more people in the Regulator movement were Whigs than Tories. A very influential and mostly well-researched history of the Regulators came to the opposite conclusion and that erroneous conclusion has been passed down as part of the mythology surrounding the Regulation. One study has the count of former Regulators in Orange county, NC as 289 were Whigs, 34 were Tories and 560 avoided taking sides (data from Alamance Historic Site, also given in Leyburn’s Scotch Irish History). My studies show similar ratios for those who left the Piedmont of North Carolina.

In L.P. Summer’s Annals of Southwestern Virginia (1929): On 7-8 Sept 1779, Samuel Cox is one of those who ” were accused of being “inimical to the government” just prior to the formation of the Swift company.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions (Guilford county area): Harmon Cox, Thomas Cox, Samuel Cox

1782 Montgomery Co., tax list: Harmon Cox 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 5 horse, 11 cattle. Benjamin (cannot tell if it is this Benjamin or the Quaker one), 1 tithe, 0 slave, 2 horse, 2 cattle. Samuel Cox: 1 tithe, 13 horse, 15 cattle. Harmon Cox is not on the 1793 Wythe tax list. Benjamin and Samuel Cox are apparently not on the 1793 Wythe list either. See for more information on the trial of Harmon Cox.

Connections of the Quaker Cox families to Herman Husband: Husband’s first wife was Elsey or Phebe Cox, parents not known; Husband’s aunt Catherine Kinkey was the mother or grand mother of several of the Cox’s on the Swift militia roster – Catherine’s father Herman is the origin of the Herman and Harmon name in the Husband and Cox families; the step-father of his third wife was Isaac Cox, s/o Thomas Cox and Elizabeth Fincher – and it was to Isaac’s hunting camp in western Pennsylvania that Husband fled to after the Battle of Alamance.

DAVIS: Thomas, Thomas Jr., Charles (Quakers) (on both lists)

Thomas Sr. was born 18 Jan 1734 in Chester Co., PA and died about 1789 in Montgomery (probably now Grayson or Carroll) Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Knox (b. 30 Nov 1738, Perquimans Co., NC, d. abt 1837 in Jefferson Co., TN) on 15 Jul 1758 in Perquimans Co., NC. The Thomas Jr. and Charles on the Flower Swift list are their two oldest sons. Thomas Sr. is the son of Charles Davis (b. Luton, Bedfordshire, England, d. Chatham Co., NC, Quaker) m. Hannah Matson (b. abt 1720, Chester Co., PA, probably a descendant of Swedish immigrants). Elizabeth Knox was the daughter of Thomas Knox and Mary, who were Quakers in Nansemond/Isle of Wight Co., VA/Perquimans Co., NC. Thomas Sr.’s grandparents were John Davis m. Susanna Neely and John Matson m. Margaret. Records of this family can be found in the Cane Creek, NC minutes. Thomas moved with his parents from northwest VA (Fairfax MM) to NC (Cane Creek MM) about 1750. The family moved to the Chestnut Creek area of SW Virginia sometime before 1771 (Lynn Norton’s Rootsweb Worldconnect notes). This family migrated to Jefferson Co., TN then went to Lawrence Co., IN. Thomas Sr.’s sister Sarah m. Thomas Cox, another son of William Cox and Catharine Kankey (sister of Herman Husband‘s mother and daughter of Herman Kankey). According to Kacy Davis on Worldconnect Thomas Davis Sr. was at the Battle of Alamance in 1771.

Children of (1) Charles Davis (s/o Thomas and Elizabeth Knox Davis) m. (1779) Miriam Carr include a Thomas Davis b. 1782 in Montgomery (now Grayson) Co., VA. Brother Thomas Davis (b. 1760) m. 1782 (New Garden MM) Rebecca Bryant (b. Carteret Co., NC, d/o John Bryant and Lydia Allen) and had children Elizabeth (m. Byrom Ballard) and Ruth (m. Berry Edwards). Charles died in Tennessee, and Thomas died in Lawrence Co., Indiana. Miriam Carr was the daughter of Thomas Carr, also a member of the Swift militia company.

Children of (2) Thomas Davis are: (a) Elizabeth (b. 1784, m. Byrom Ballard); (b) Lydia Ann (b. 1786, d. 1859 Grayson Co., VA, m. Jeremiah Wilson); (c) Daniel Davis (b. 1786, d. Lawrence Co., IN) (d) Jesse (b. abt 1790); John (b. abt 1790); (e) Seliah (b. 1792, d. Lawrence Co., IN, m. Levi Mitchell); (f) Hannah (b. abt 1795, m. an Edwards); (g) Aaron (b. 1798, d. Lawrence Co., IN, m. Jane Ann Mitchell); (h) Ruth (b. abt 1799); Enoch (b. 1800, d. Lawrence Co., IN, m. Elizabeth Dean); (i) Wesley (b. 1802).

Thomas (Sr.) and Elizabeth Knox Davis had several children besides Thomas and Charles: (3) Mary (b. 1762, d. Frost Bottom, Anderson Co., TN, m. first Benjamin Duncan 1776, then James Williams (s/o Amos) 1783); (4) Hannah (b. 1764, d. Mt. Pleasant, Cabarrus Co., NC, m. Garner Bryant 1782 New Garden MM); (5) John (b. 1766, d. Hamilton Co., IN, m. Lydia Bryant 1789, Surrey Co., NC, d/o John Bryant and Lydia Allen); (6) Daniel Davis (b. 1767, d. Grayson Co., VA, m. Jane Patton 1792, Surrey Co., NC); (7) Morris (b. 1769, m. Margaret Ward 1790, d/o Nathan Ward and Sarah Canoe); (8) William (b. 1771, d. Wayne Co., IN, m. first Elizabeth Huff, then Sarah Stokes More); (9) Harmon (b. 1773, m. Hannah Middleton 1796); (9) Moses (b. 1776, d. 1816 Grayson Co., VA, m. Anna Willits); (10) Elizabeth (b. 1778, d. 1816 Grayson Co., VA, m. Joshua Stoneman 1796, Westfield MM); Tamer (b. 1780, d. 1872, Morgan Co., OH, m. James Vernon 1796, Westfield MM).

1767-1771 Regulator petitions from the Guilford county area: William David; Enoch, James, Jonathan, Matthew and Thomas Davis. Thomas Davies 1 – 0 slave – 6 horse – 8 cattle. Charles Davies 1 – 0 -slave – 1 horse – 1 cow; 1793 Wythe tax list: District 2: Thomas with 2 horses and no blacks, Charles with 2 horses and no blacks; Two more Thomas have no horses. On Swift’s list of those fined for missing militia musters: Thomas Davis 0-3-6, Thomas Davis 0-1-6, Joseph Davis 0-2-6.

Quaker Records:

  • Cane Creek MM: 1759 – John s/o Charles and Hannah m. Mary Chamness.
  • 1766 Charles Davies is disowned.
  • A Thomas Davis and family got a certificate to New Garden in 1778.
  • New Garden MM: Charles (s/o Thomas of Montgomery Co., VA) on 1 Feb 1779 m. Miriam Carr at Tom’s Creek. Wit: Thomas Davis, Thomas Carr, Jacob Jackson, Thos. Beales, Wm. Hiatt, Bowater Beales, Sarah Beales, Patience Beales, Mary Carson, Miriam Cook, Ann Hiatt, Elizabeth Jackson.
  • New Garden MM: Hannah (d/o Thomas of Mont. Co., VA) on Oct 30, 1782 m. Garner Bryant and on the same day Rebeccah Bryant m. Thomas Davis.
  • New Garden MM: Thomas Davis, son of Thomas of Montgomery Co., VA m. Rebeckah Bryant, dt of John, Surry, 30-10-1782, at Tom’s Creek Mtg., Wit: Thomas Davis, Curtis Jackson, Jacob Jackson, David Ballard, Isaac Jones, Moses Grigg, Elizabeth Davis, Lydia Bryant, Elizabeth Ballard, Sarah Beales, Mary Ballard, Hannah Bryant.
  • On Nov 1 1783 Thomas’ daughter Mary m. James Williams.
  • Westfield MM: John m. Lydia Bryant (1789), Tamar (d/o Thomas dec’d of Grayson Co., VA) m. James Vernon (1796); Elizabeth (d/o Thos) m. Joshua Stoneman (1796).

DAVIS: John (ex-Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

Same comments as for John Cook. Could be a Quaker or could be someone else. Lots of possibilities.

  1. John s/o James 1750 NC – 1818 GA. Son has middle name Cook.
  2. John (1757 NC – 1841 KY) m. Sarah Dillard in 1795 in TN. Daughter Sarah m. Dennis Hopkins of Randolph Co., NC.
  3. John Davis b. 1 Jan 1766 – another son of Thomas Davis and Elizabeth Knox (see under Quaker genealogy – this Thomas Davis’ older sons are on Quaker part of the Swift lift). He married Lydia Bryant 1789 at Westfield MM, Surry Co., NC, so it appears he should be on the Quaker list if any, and he seems too young, but he may be the most likely since we know he lived in the Chestnut Creek community.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions from the Guilford county area: William David; Enoch, James, Jonathan, Matthew and Thomas Davis. He is not on the 1782 Montgomery Co. tax list unless he is named John Davidson. This could be an indication that he has gone to North Carolina with Henry Morgan to fight with the Regular Continental troops. He may be one of the John Davises on the 1793 Wythe list: there are 6 John Davises on the list and they had no slaves and either 1, 5 or 6 horses.

DOTSON/ DODSON: John (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

There are many Johns to choose from and my confidence in the following is not high. I am choosing the one who is said to be of Wythe Co., VA. He is probably John Dodson, son of John Dodson b. 1722 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA. This family comes from the same place as James Cock and possibly the Hanks so they may have migrated together. Son Solomon married Margaret Collins 1802 in Grainger Co., TN. John Dodson Sr. (father) was born 1722 in Richmond Co., VA and his parents were Lambeth Dodson and Sarah Harris. This line looks slightly confused in Worldconnect. An alternative is John Dodson (b. on the Staunton River, VA d, Hawkins Co., TN) who marries Catherine Grissom. This is also of the North Farnham line.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: no Dotsons or Dodsons

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list.

Not on the 1793 Wythe Co., VA tax list.

ELLIOT/ELLET: Jacob, Israel and William (not Ellis) (Quakers) (both lists, except William only on the Draper list)

Israel Elliot b. 28 Jul 1759 in York Co., PA, d. abt Apr 1819 in Wayne Co., IN is the son of Jacob Elliot and Eliabeth (?). He married Willmet Lamb abt 1784 in North Carolina. The migration path seems to be York Co., PA to Center MM, Guilford Co., NC to Lost Creek MM, TN to Wayne Co., IN. Wilmet Lamb is the daughter of Joseph Lamb (Nansemond Co., VA –> Perquimans Co., NC –> Randolph Co., NC) and Frances Beeson. Frances Beeson is the daughter of Benjamin Beeson and Elizabeth Hunter (Chester Co., PA/New Castle Co., DE –> Frederick Co., VA –>Randolph Co., NC). Benjamin was the son of Richard Beeson and Charity Grubb. Richard was the son of Edward Beeson and Rachel Pennington, who are the immigrant ancestors. The Jacob Elliot on Swift’s list is the brother of Israel.

Quaker Records (Hinshaw, Vol. 1): New Garden MM — Jacob and Elizabeth Elliot with sons Jacob, Israel and William (1763, not long after the migration from Warrington MM, PA). In 1782 and 1784 sons William and Abraham (B. 1765, Rowan Co., NC, d. 1821 Vigo Co., Indiana) are named viz. “Jacob Ellot produced a certificate to this meeting [New Garden] from the MM of Center dated 21 7mo 1781 for himself his wife Elizabeth and four children named Wm, Abraham, Eliz and Rachel “- Received March 1782 by New Garden MM (NC). Note that this is Jacob Senior. Jacob Elliot Jr. (probably the one on the Swift militia musters), also married an Elizabeth “Betty” Beeson, about 1775, according to Marsha Moses. This Elizabeth Beeson was born July 30, 1754 in Frederick Co., VA and is another daughter of Benjamin Beeson and Elizabeth Hunter.

The Beesons were among the most common names on the Regulator petitions, but no Ellets or Elliots are found in the Guilford area petitions. There was a James Ellis also (same last name as on the Swift militia roll.) On the list in Guilford Co.: Isaac Beeson, William Beeson, Benjamin Beeson, William Beeson. Isaac, William and Benjamin are the names of the three oldest sons of Benjamin Beeson and Elizabeth Hunter. The other William could be their uncle.

Deed research by Marsha Moses shows that the Elliots lived starting in 1763 or thereabouts in what is now Randolph Co., NC. On 14 October 1782 Jacob Sr. and wife Elizabeth deeded land to Jacob Jr. (who at this time appears to have been living in the Chestnut Creek community & Israel and Abraham were witnesses on the deed). It is likely that Jacob then moved back to Randolph County in late 1782, but Israel stays in Virginia and is joined by brother William. In the 1790s the Elliot brothers (Jacob, Israel, William, Abraham) remove to Lost Creek Monthly Meeting in Tennessee. From there they soon dispersed to Ohio and Indiana.

The following story is from Joab Elliot’s biography (late 19th century, a grandson of Jacob and Elizabeth): “His people in early times were Quakers. His grandfather being called upon to fight by the Tories in the Revolutionary times refused, on account of his religious scruples, where upon the Tories tied him to a tree and gave him his choice to fight or die. He preferred death to a violation of his oath. The Tories arranged themselves in line sixty step distance, preparatory to shooting the steadfast man. All was ready when a son of the doomed man, and brother to Joab’s father, interfered with these words: “Men, if you must shoot anyone, shoot me, as father has a family to support.” Saying this, the brave son placed himself in front of his father to shelter him. Even the Tory heart was moved, and both father and son were allowed to live.” (Marsha Moses believes the son was Jacob Jr., although it could also have been Israel or William).

1782 Montgomery Co., tax list: Jacob Jr. 1 tithe – 0 slaves -3 horse – 6 cattle; In 1793 there are no Ellets or Elliots in District 1 or 2 of Wythe county.

Fined by Capt. Swift: Israel Ellet 0-2-0

Note: Some information provided by Marsha Moses via e-mail.

ERWIN: William (Arwin in the records) (associated with the Quakers probably, but listed as non-Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

Possibilities: William Erwin appears likely to be another with Irish Quaker roots, whose father was William Erwin/Irvin of (now) Randolph Co., NC whose children migrated to Wilkes Co., GA and Ohio. William Sr.’s children (b. 1735 – early 1750s) are apparently named William, John, Samuel, Jane (of Surry Co., NC) m. George Wales, Robert, Michael and Nancy. There is another possibly Quaker William Erwin in Randolph (intermarries with Lamb, Beeson – see Elliot genealogy on Quaker list) whose descendants end up in Floyd and Lawrence Co., IN and Clay Co., Illinois [his father was William b. Ireland, d. Iredell Co., NC m. Jane) and a non-Quaker William Erwin (son of James Erwin and Agnes Patterson) in Rowan. They look like they could be possibilities too. All of these families have traditions of service in the American Revolution, despite 2 of the 3 being Quaker. Note also that Jeremiah Clonch (on this list) is suspected to have married a Sophia Erwin.

To do: Examine the pension application for William Erwin, aged 80 of Buncombe Co., NC which was granted and commenced on 7 Oct 1833 for service in the infantry and cavalry in the NC militia.

A John Erwin is on the 1767-1771 Guilford Co., NC Regulator petitions.

No one with this name on the 1782 tax list – closest is Joseph and George Ervin

I did not find him on the 1793 tax list either. Jeremiah Clonch married Sophie Erwin, so this may be one of her relatives from South-side Virginia.

GRIGGS / GREGG: Jacob (Quaker, only on Draper’s list)

The closest fit for Jacob so far is Jacob Gregg who was born 1741 in Newcastle Co., DE m. 26 April 1762 Susannah Underwood, had children born in Randolph Co., NC (perhaps) and died April 1801 in Londonderry, Ross Co., Ohio. He was the son of Richard Gregg b. 6 February 1713/14 in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland – d. Oct 1754 in New Castle Co., DE who married 14 May 1735 in New Garden MM, Chester Co., PA Anne Haddley b. 7 Dec 1717 in Chester Co., PA. The Greggs and Hadleys are both Irish Quaker families. Anne Hadley’s parents are Simon Hadley b. 1675 in Co. West Meath, Ireland and Ruth Miller b. December 1677 in Co. West Meath. Richard Gregg was the son of George Gregg, b. 10 July 1674 in Co. Armagh, Ireland and Sarah Hogg b. 1694 in New Castle Co., DE. Through the Hadleys this Jacob Gregg would be a cousin of the Stanfields also on this militia muster.

The name Griggs is not unknown in North Carolina. There is a Charles Griggs of Currituck County who receives a RW pension granted 23 May 1834 at age 76.

To do: Investigate the name Gragg/Graggs

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: Jacob Grigg

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list, nor the 1793 Wythe Co., tax list

FLEMING / FLEMMING: John (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

There was nothing in the two lines I found that tied it to the Grayson/Carroll Co. area: (1) John Fleming b. 1743 Virginia, d. 5 Sep. 1803 in Iredell Co., NC; s/o Peter Fleming and Nancy Mann(?). and (2) John Middleton Fleming b. 1732-1740 VA, d. 12 Oct 1794 in Surry Co., NC – m. Nancy Jane Hord (b. Henry Co., VA). He is the son of William Fleming (d. 1767 Westmoreland Co., VA) and Abigail Smith. William is the son of Alexander. Daughter Martha m. Matthew Jouett and migrated to Overton Co., TN.

A branch of the New Kent County, Virginia Fleming family had been converted to the Quakers at the end of the 1600s or beginning of the 1700s (i.e Charles Fleming m. Susannah Tarleton). The Martin and Johnson families on the Swift list were converted in this same period and also have New Kent county roots. All of these families are associated by blood or business relations to important families in the Piedmont of Virginia who were investors in the Loyal Company (original owners of the Chestnut Creek area after the Indians). The Quaker branch of the Flemings intermarried with the Quaker branches of the Woodson, Bates, Jordan, Randolph and Bolling families, all well-known large land-owners in Tidewater Virginia. The Tarleton ancestor of this Fleming line was a participant in Bacon’s Rebellion. Dolly Madison (originally Payne) was another Quaker descendant of this line. Any connection between the John Fleming on the Swift muster and this family are at this time unknown.

Regulator petitions 1767-1771: John Flemming

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list. Not on the 1793 Wythe Co., VA tax list.

FULTON: David (not a Quaker) (on both lists) (Some information provided by Patrice Fulton Stark).

David’s parents are unknown, although his father’s name has been listed as Samuel. The Samuel Fulton and Elizabeth Stewart of Donegal twp., Lancaster Co., PA are not his parents (this has been disproven). His wife was Nancy, last name unknown. His children were Ann (m. 12 Jan 1797 to John Whited or Whitehead), Isabella (m. Robert Hill), Samuel (m. Martha Jones, d/o Minitree Jones), Arthur (m. Naomi Anna Jones, d/o Minitree Jones), Jane (m. Mark Johnson), James (m. Cynthia Jones, d/o Abner Jones), William (m. Cenia Jones, d/o Abner Jones), Margaret (aka Peggy and Nancy), and David (m. Violet). David Sr. died in Grayson county in 1822, having acquired some property and slaves and left a will. He does not appear to be connected to the Quakers, except as a neighbor. His son Samuel married Martha Powell Jones, daughter of Minitree Jones and his grandson Creed by Samuel, Creed Fulton (b. Nov 1802) was a Methodist preacher and a founder of Emory and Henry College. The children of David Fulton (except Samuel) moved from Grayson County to Illinois, Missouri and Texas (staying together through these moves for three generations).

There are no Fultons on the Guilford NC area Regulator petitions, but we believe David Fulton came to Virginia from the Piedmont of North Carolina about the same time as the other folk from North Carolina. In North Carolina he was a neighbor of George and Andrew Finley who did sign the petitions. There is a possibility that he is a descendant of the Fultons of Cecil Co., Maryland where they may have known the family of Herman Husband. David recorded 200 acres on the New River below George Jones on Walnut Bottom on 12 September 1773 (Fincastle Co., VA).

Although a member of Capt. Cox’s company prior to the formation of the Swift company, David Fulton was not an enthusiastic participant in the Whig cause prior to 1779. This can be seen by the following from L.P. Summer’s Annals of Southwestern Virginia (1929): On 7-8 Sept 1779, “David Fulton, Jeremiah Clounch, Isaac Winfrey, John Cook, Samuel Cox and Peter Clove” were accused of being “inimical to the government” and on 6 Feb 1781 the Court ordered “that all property taken from David Fulton be retained and not disposed of until March Court and that witnesses be summoned.” On 7 Feb 1781: “On reconsidering the matter relating the property of David Fulton by the Militia of this County, as it does not appear from his allegiance so far as to join the Enemy and as he has a large family it is ordered that the several articles taken from him be restored on his making application for the same and removing them again to his own house and the Court earnestly requests and hopes that the several persons in whose possessions the articles are within this State or in North Carolina will readily give them up to the said Fulton on his applying for them….”

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: David Fulton, 1 tithe, 1 slave, 5 horse, 20 cattle. On the 1793 Wythe tax list he has 1 black and 7 horses.

HANSON: Jacob (Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

I only saw one possibly in all of Worldconnect and that is Jacob Hanson, son of Jacob Hanson and Margaret Hughes. This family is from Baltimore Co., MD (see also Thomas Carr) and was connected to various Quaker families (Hanson Genforum #1493). The Hansons are apparently descendants of original Swedish settlers of Delaware (to America before 1653). This Maryland line appears to descend from Hans Hanson of Kent Co., MD, a descendant of the Delaware line (Hanson Genforum #496). An alternative Hanson Genforum posting #589 gives some Ashe county connections but not to the Maryland line: Celia Hanson b.1781 m. Henry Graybeal in Ashe Co., NC. Celia was the daughter of William Hanson and Celia Tuckwiler who immigrated from northwest Virginia to Botetourt county. This William is the son of John Hanson (b. 3 Apr 1721 Ireland – d. 15 Nov 1783). Unfortunately John’s list of children includes no Jacob. This family went to Lawrence Co., IN. There is nothing to indicate this line is Quaker as William (1753-1824) served in the Battle of Pt. Pleasant (1774) and in the Revolution (7th VA Regt from Botetourt Co., VA). Note: Tried also Henson and Hinson. 1782 Montgomery Co., tax list – closest name is Jacob Harmon or John Henson (who is also on the 1778 Surry, NC list of those owning land west of the Blue Ridge). I am wondering if this is not the name Harmon who were both early settlers of the Upper New River and came from Rowan Co., NC. A Zachariah Harmon is on the Regulator petitions.

To do: Examine RW pension application of Elijah Henson of Buncombe Co., NC

HUSSEY: Christopher (Quaker, only on Draper’s list)

Christopher (b. 1746, Warrington twp., York Co., PA) was a cousin of the Cox’s through his mother. His parents, with their Cox and Garrettson cousins are among the first settlers of Warrington twp. His parents are Christopher Hussey (b 1706, Rockingham Co., NH d. 1774 Guilford Co., NC) and Ann Garrettson (b. 1720 New Castle Co., DE d. 1801 Alamance Co., NC). His New England grandparents are John Hussey and Ann Inskeep and his other grandparents are Casparus Garretson and Ann Cox. Ann Cox is another daughter of John Cox of Drayton. The Husseys apparently were Essex Co., MA Puritans who were converted to the Quakers (a perilous undertaking in that time and place). The children of Christopher Hussey’s brother and sisters end up in Tennessee, Missouri and mostly in Indiana, leaving NC in the 1810-1830 time frame. Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list or the 1793 Wythe tax list.

HUST: James (non-Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

This name appears in American genealogies in Worldconnect in Virginia and Tennessee starting about 1774.

Nothing is known before this point. Absalom Hust b. 1774 has two children who marry grandchildren of George Adam Salling. Salling ran a trading post/tavern that was one of the main meeting points for the Regulators and signed their petitions.

1782 Montgomery Co. Va tax list: James Hust, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 8 cattle. He is not on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

JIORTH: John (non-Quaker) (not on Draper’s list) [John North?]

A mystery name. Nothing containing the characters “rth” in any surname except Duckworth was found amongst the Regulator petitions.

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list – I could not find anyone with a name that looked like this, nor on the 1793 tax list either.

JOHNSON: Thomas (Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

Thomas (b. 11 Jan 1749/50, Camp Creek MM, VA) is the son of Benjamin Johnson and Mary Moorman. He married Ann Varnum about 1776. His children were Elizabeth (b. Montgomery now Grayson Co., VA 13 Sep 1783 who m. James Lundy), John, Samuel, Jesse (m. Jane Simcock), Susanna (b. 1785, m. John Schooley), Rachel (b. 1792 m. Samuel Schooley), Rebecca (b. 1794, m. Benjamin Schooley), Isaac and Ann (m. Benajah Nordyke in Clinton Co., Ohio). His father, Benjamin Johnson was the son of Benjamin Johnson and Agnes Clark who was the son of John Johnson and Lucretia Massie. Mary Moorman was the daughter of Thomas Moorman and Rachel Clark. Agnes and Rachel Clark were daughters of Christopher Clark and Penelope Johnston, a wealthy family that with Nicholas Meriwether bought thousands of acres of land in the Piedmont of Virginia in the early 1700s and were converted to the Quakers at Sugar Loaf Mountain in the 1740s (the Meeting House was built on their land). Through this relationship, Thomas Johnson is related to many of the famous and wealthy Virginia Piedmont families. The Louisa county origins of the Johnson family are different from the other Quakers on the militia list. Before Louisa County, this family is supposed to have come from New Kent Co., VA and Aberdeen, Scotland. It is possible that Thomas’ connections with families involved in the Loyal Company (who were after the Indians, the original owners of the land in the Upper New River) may have paved the way for the migration of the other Quaker families from North Carolina after their defeat at Alamance (this should be investigated). Another daughter of Christopher Clark, Sarah, married the wealthy Irishman Charles Lynch. She converted to the Quakers with the rest of the Clark family. Lynchburg, VA is named after her son John. Her son, Col. Charles Lynch was a leader (Clerk) in South River Quaker MM until the outbreak of the Revolution when he became a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776 and an officer on the Whig side [some say the “Lynch Law” is named after him – in those days this referred to an extra-legal whipping, usually not a hanging, and referred to his treatment of Tories]. This Col. Charles Lynch was an executor of the will of Benjamin Johnson, Thomas’ father (Russell Parish, Bedford Co., VA 1769). A sister of Charles, Sarah Lynch, was one an early leader of the anti-slavery movement in Virginia. Charles Lynch also became the owner in part of the lead mines located just to the north of the Chestnut Creek community during the Revolution, taking over from the Callaway family. These are the same lead mines which the Swift militia company was said to have helped defend.

Thomas Johnson was a direct ancestor of William Wade Hinshaw, the editor of the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy. He was a member of South River MM (now in Lynchburg, VA). He was disowned for frequenting places of diversion and following the customs of the world in 1771 along with cousin Micajah Clark. Not only was he in the militia, but he served as an Ensign and Captain of the Continental line (National Sons of the American Revolution # 57068). According to Hinshaw this family removed to Grayson county from the Lynchburg area for good in 1796 (because of this some further research should be done to make sure the Thomas Johnson on the Swift list is this same man since our subject is there in 1782). Thomas Johnson and family migrated to Greene Co., Ohio about 1810.

Quaker Records show two Johnson families moving into the New Garden MM area (James, 1758 from East Nottingham MM, PA and Tarlton s/o Charles in 1764 from Cedar Creek, VA and Robert & William 1766 from Cedar Creek). The Robert Johnson (s/o Ashley Johnson and Martha Woody) who came from Cedar Creek in 1766 did have a son Thomas of the right age to be the Thomas on the Swift muster (b. March 17, 1761 Hanover Co., VA – d. March 2, 1855 in Morgan Co., IN m. Jane Brooks). This Thomas is a second cousin of the Thomas who married Anna Varnum.

Westfield MM Records: 1796 – Thomas and children John, Samuel, Elizabeth, Susann, Jesse, Rachel and Rebecca received on request; 1798 – John (s/o Thomas and Anna of Grayson Co.) m. Lydia Ballard; 1801- Samuel disowned; 1801 – Elizabeth (d/o Thomas and Anna) m. James Lundy. Mt. Pleasant MM: Susanna m. John Schooly in 1804; Rachel m. Samuel Schooly in 1809 as did Rebekah m. Benjamin Schooly in the same year. 1813 – John and Lydia removed to Center MM, Ohio and 1814 – Thomas and Ann removed to Elk Creek MM, Ohio.

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: Thomas Johnson, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 13 cattle. There is no one named Johnson on the District 1 or 2 Wythe county 1793 tax list. 1793 Wythe Co. land tax: Thomas Johnson 190 acres worth 14 pounds/10 s. There is a John and a Joseph Johnson on the Regulator petitions.

JONES or JOHNES, William (not fit) (non-Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

Its really hard to say who this William is. There is a Quaker family from Concord MM, Chester (now Delaware) Co. that uses the name Aquilla (on Regulator list) that could be examined. This family intermarries with the Buffingtons and is also associated with Gunpowder MM, Baltimore Co., MD so fits the pattern. No North Carolina William has been traced back to them. Worldconnect will not help people much on this line or any of the Orange Co., NC Jones lines either. There appears to be a mess with the usual problem of Welsh Quaker lines from Pennsylvania being assigned an east Virginia ancestry. I would also look at the Jones families from Amity twp., Berks Co., PA as they have children Andrew and Aquilla of the right age to be the Andre and Aquilla on the Regulator petitions. They are not Quakers. There are Williams in both of these families that would fit. There is a William Jones m. Jane Sturgill and there is conflicting information about him (b. 1758 would be good, but b. in the 1780s and m. 1815 is more likely). I did not identify this William or the one who signed the Regulator petition or even the Jones with more unusual names on the petitions.

1767-1771 Regulator petition signers: Aiken, Andre, Aquilla, Charles, Thomas, Stephen, William

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list. There are some William Jones on the 1793 Wythe tax list. Dist. 1 has one with 1 horse. Dist. 2 has one with 2 horses and one with 5 horses. None of them have blacks.

Fined by Capt. Swift: William Johns 0-1-6, James Johnes 0-1-6

KENWORTHY: Thomas and John (Kimworthy does not appear to be a real name) (Quakers) (on both lists)

These appear to be unknown sons of Joshua Kenworthy (b. Cheshire England, d. Lancaster Co., PA) who is the ancestor of the Quaker line of this name. His known children are David m. Tamar Comer, William m. Mary Everett, and Joshua m. Mary Comer or Cox. David’s children were born in Orange (now Chatham?) Co., NC and the Kenworthy clan later migrated to Ohio. 1782 Montgomery Co., tax list: John Kenworthy 1 tithe, 0 slave, 3 horse, 0 cattle; Thomas Kenworthy: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 3 horse, 4 cattle. The Kenworthys are not on the 1793 Wythe tax list. Not on the list of those fined by Capt. Swift.

LAREY or LEARY: John (non-Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

I was unable to find any information on this family. The Leary family of Chowan/Bertie Co., NC seems to have stayed put and does not fit the Piedmont pattern although this family (the family of Cornelius Leary m. Susannah Charlton) does have children named John and William of the right age.

1767-1771 Regulator List: William Leary

Is he John La..?, if so then on the 1782 tax list he is 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 11 cattle. I did not see him on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

LAWSON: John (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

I am not positive about who this is. No John Lawson had associations with Grayson/Carroll County, VA as far as I could determine. This is likely to be another Surry County, NC refugee of 1780-1 inducted into Swift’s militia.

  1. John b. 1740 d. Orange Co., NC s/o Francis Lawson (b. Ireland) and Isabell Boyd
  2. John b. 1740 Halifax Co., VA d. 19 March 1818 Lawsonville or Snow Creek, Stokes Co., NC m. ? Bryant; children b. Surry Co., NC. & s/o John Lawson b. abt 1720 Brunswick Co., BA and Priscilla.

To do: Examine pension application of Thomas Lawson of Iredell county.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: no Lawsons

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list, nor is he on the 1793 Wythe list (there is a James)

LITTLE: Isaac (not Quaker, only on the Draper list)

Isaac was b. about 1760 Wilkes Co., NC – d. about 1824 Pike Co., KY m. Winny (Roberts ?, last name assumed because a James Roberts was administrator of the will of Isaac Little). Children: Elizabeth m. David Branham b. 1779 in Montgomery Co., VA. David Branham s/o David Branham and Frances Basket; son William m. Elizabeth Swinney (Sweeney?) and 2nd m. Elizabeth Terrell.

From Leo W. Little of Austin TX: Isaac Little is found on the following records: 1773, Fincastle Co., VA tithables; 1778 Surry Co., NC tax list owning land west of the Blue Ridge; 1778 Wilkes Co., NC tax list on the south part of New River; 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list; 1787 Wilkes Co., NC tax list in Capt. Brown’s District. From 1788 to 1802 he is on the Russell Co., VA tax list and he is on the 1810 and 1820 Floyd Co., KY federal census. He is associated with a Charles Little (1778 Wilkes tax list who stays in Ashe Co., NC through 1810), and James (Montgomery 1782), Thomas (1778 Surry/Wilkes NC), John (of Rowan Co. who appears next to Charles in Ashe Co.) and Peter who also appears next to Charles. DNA testing shows that Peter and Isaac are closely related and it is thought that Peter is likely a son of Charles and that Isaac is a first cousin of Charles. Charles is the son of a Charles Little Sr. Charles Sr. was listed in Pittsylvania Co., VA along with an older Isaac Little. Both Charles Sr. and the older Isaac are thought to be sons of Abraham Little who was in the Pittsylvania/Halifax County area since 1730. Leo Little of Texas believes this older Isaac is likely to be the father of the Isaac on the Flower Swift militia muster. Edmund Little (m. Joannah Pennington b. 1765) who died in a logging accident in Montgomery (now Grayson) Co., VA in 1788 is also shown by DNA to be of this line and is another likely son of Charles Jr.

The Littles above are also by DNA testing closely related to William Little of Pendleton District, SC. This William may be a brother of the Isaac in the Swift militia company. DNA testing shows this line of Littles is not related to William Little of Surry Co., VA and his wife Mourning. Nor are these Littles related to Joseph Little of Pitt Co., NC (DNA testing shows the difference).

Family lore says that Isaac’s wife, Winny could be Cherokee, although this has not been proved. There is similar Cherokee lore in the Peter Little and also the William Little of Pendleton Dist. SC families. The latter William’s son William was squatting on Cherokee land in Wofford’s Settlement in Georgia in 1800 and may have also been married to a Cherokee woman.

Some of the families they migrate with from New River were well known Loyalists in the Revolution (Roberts, Riddle, Ingram, Wells, Blevins, and many of the mixed race people [mixture of Virginia Indians and Europeans]).

Isaac Little reappears on the “2nd” Flower Swift Militia List.

Some Littles move to Ross Co., Ohio with the settlers from Grayson and intermarry with the Greggs.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: No Littles, no Branhams; James and Joseph Sweaney

On the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list Isaac Little has 0 slaves, 0 horses and 0 cows, and he is not on the 1793 Wythe tax list. No Branhams either. Isaac and Thomas Little also appear on the 1778 Surry Co., NC land tax list of those owning land west of the Blue Ridge (land now in Ashe, Alleghany or Watauga counties).

LOE: Daniel, John & another John (non-Quaker) (only on the Draper list)

I did not find Daniel and John Loe with residence in old Montgomery Co., VA.

The John Loe who signed the Regulator petition is probably a Quaker with roots in Baltimore Co., MD or Perquimans/Pasquotank Co., NC who migrated to today’s Randolph Co., NC. They are possibly refugees from North Carolina who have come to Chestnut Creek for the safety of their families.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: John Loe, Samuel & Isaac Low (James Low indicted for riot at Hillsborough)

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list, nor are they on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

LOGGINS: Samuel (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

No Samuel Loggins was found with any association with Upper New River Samuel in this time:

  1. Samuel b. 1750 (confusion usually he is said to be born after 1770) Halifax Co., VA s/o John Loggins and Sarah Majors.
  2. Samuel b. 1741 s/o John Loggins of Augusta Co., VA and Mary – nothing more known.

No Loggins on the 1767-1771 Regulator petitions

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list, nor is he on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

MARTIN: John (Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

I’m not sure. He could be a descendant of the Quaker Thomas Martin and Margery Mendenhall. Thomas’ son Moses migrated from Chester Co., PA to Lancaster Co., PA to Surry Co., NC in the mid-1700s. There is also a Quaker Martin line associated with the Johnson/Moorman line (see Thomas Johnson above) in Bedford Co., VA that is different, and there are matching John Martins there too. As an example of the problem, George Martin (Chester, PA) m. Sarah Hollingsworth(Dixon) is not to be confused with George Martin (Albemarle, VA) m. Sarah Derkee. Both Georges are Quakers and both had sons John of the right age in North Carolina. George Martin (non-Quaker) on the Draper Swift muster is probably a relative, and married Amey Bedsaul. This George (b. abt 1740-1745) is said to be the son of a John Martin. The Albemarle/Bedford Co., VA Quaker Martins have been said to be distant cousins of General Joseph Martin, who was chief Indian agent for Virginia and North Carolina after the Revolution and are also cousins of Thomas Johnson of the Swift company.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: Joseph, Zachariah

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: John Martin, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 0 cattle.

1793 Wythe list: not present.

Not on the list of those fined by Capt. Swift.

McCOY: John, David and Daniel (probably Baptists) (on both lists)

There are two conflicting lines on Worldconnect for this family I think. I will let the descendants figure it out. I note that there may be two pension claims for Daniel McCoy as well: one granted 1818 to a Daniel who lived in Kentucky and one obtained 1833 in Jackson Co., IN. If the pension application can be located, then this mess can probably be straightened out – the men will tell us who they were in their own words.

Line 1: In this line, the three men on the Swift muster are brothers and sons of a Scotch or Scotch-Irish immigrant named Daniel McCoy who, according to family legends emigrated through the port of Philadelphia then moved South through North Carolina and then ended up in South Carolina. All of the brothers went to Kentucky and John was killed by Indians there. David and Daniel continued on to Jackson Co., Indiana. Daniel married Eliza Ryle and John m. Nancy Kelly Hayes, while David married Mary Kelly Hayes. Daniel obtained a pension in 1818 we think for his Revolutionary war service. John’s family says he was with General Greene in his mopping up of Tories in South Carolina after Yorktown.

Line 2. Since this line matches the Regulator petitions and intermarries with the Norton family, it seems more likely to be the one on the Swift militia muster. In this line, Archibald, Daniel and John migrate with the other Regulator Refugees to Chestnut Creek after the Battle of Alamance. Their parents are not known.

One of these McCoys is supposed to have married Margaret Norton, and Elizabeth Norton (d/o William on the Swift muster) married David McCoy. There is some confusion around who Margaret married, and she is not on all lists of William Norton’s children. Descendants end up in Christian Co., MO, Monroe Co., IL and perhaps Hancock Co., TN.

Regulator Petitions from the Guilford county area 1767-1771: We find these names: Daniel McCay, John McCoy, Archibald McCoy. Also . Also John Ryle (line 1) and William Norton (line 2).

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: John McCoy 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 12 cattle

1793 Wythe list: Daniel has 1 horse and no blacks and the other has 2 horses and no blacks; There are 2 Davids one has 2 horses and no blacks (District 1), and the other (District 2) has three horses and no blacks. There is a Daniel in District 1 with 1 horse and no blacks. The Chestnut Creek neighborhood is in District 2 I think. There is also a William McCoy in 1793 in District 2. A John McCoy was a Captain in the Grayson militia formed in May of 1793, Flower Swift commanding.

1793 Wythe Co., land tax: John McCoy 232 acres worth 10 pounds.

The McCoys were not on the list of those fined by Capt. Swift.

MEHURIN: Samuel (not fit) (Baptist) (on both lists)

Samuel was born 31 July 1748 in Morristown, NJ, the son of Stephen Mehurin/Mehuran and died about May 1814 in Shelby Co., KY. A GEDCOM was marked Revolutionary War service and nothing more. Stephen was born 9 November 1720 in Raynham, MA. Stephen’s parents were Ebenezer Mehurin d. 1755 in Pequannock, Morris Co., NJ and Bathsheba Joyce. Ebenezer’s parents were Hugh Mehurin born Scotland or Ireland and Mary. Samuel’s children settled in Shelby Co., KY and Illinois. His wife’s name is not known. His children were Priscilla (b. abt 1781), John (m. Sarah Proctor), Phebe (m. Samuel Mehurin, s/o Silas Mehurin and Sarah – Silas is Samuel of Swift’s company’s brother), Abigail, Sarah (m. Thomas Scott), and Silas (m. Lucy Galloway).

1782 tax list: Samuel Mehusein 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 4 cattle. He is not on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

Fined by Capt. Swift for missing militia musters: Samuel Muheren 0-2-6

MICKREL/ MC KRILL / MAKEREL: John (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

There is no demonstrated attachment of the following to the Upper New River. He is the only possibility found:

John Joseph McKrill was born 21 April 1755 in Pennsylvania and married Martha. He is the son of Benjaimin McKrill b. 16 Feb 1720/30 in Ireland and Sarah. His children are born Virginia. He migrates to Fairfield Co., Ohio abt 1800-1805 and his children to Lawrence Co., IL.

No Mickrels on the 1767-1771 Regulator petitions

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list, nor is he on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

MORGAN: Charles, Henry (Baptists perhaps) (not on Draper’s list)

The ancestry of Charles and Henry is still unclear. They may be descendants of John Morgan and Mary Jones of Perquimans Co., NC (who were Quakers). There is a Charles (m. Mary Atkins) from this family who left a will in 1792 in Chatham Co., NC and names Charles, Edward John, Zachariah, William, Hannah West and grandchild Rachel Stewart (married to John Stewart b. 1762). The Charles Morgan of Chatham county does not seem to have a son named Henry as far as anyone knows and he does not appear on the Regulator petition lists. There is a Ruddy Morgan on the Regulator petition lists and a Rudd(y) Morgan appears on later Grayson Co., VA tax lists, and may well be a relative. Question: Is Ruddy actually Ruddick, and indicative of a family ties to the Ruddicks? Question: Is Mary Atkins a relative of William Atkins who is implicated in the mutiny of the Cox Company? (Some information above provided by Mary Sheffield on the Morgan Genforum, but the ancestry of this line is still in need of work). In any case, a Charles Morgan is one of the first settlers of the Upper reaches of Crooked Creek/Little Reed in what is now Carroll County Virginia (about 1781-2), living near the Nortons and a James Stewart.

Charles Morgan was made a Captain of the Elk Creek Militia, Montgomery Co., VA. (militia muster). This militia company also contained John Cooke from the Swift company and about a dozen men or more accused of Tory activities.

Henry received a pension for his Revolutionary War activities in White Co. IL in 1833 (W3709, applied 4 Sep 1832). In Henry’s pension application he details fighting he did in battles at Weltzell’s Mill and elsewhere in North Carolina. Henry was born 7 Dec 1758 in Rowan or Guilford Co., NC and he first enlisted in Guilford Co., NC. Later he moved to Montgomery Co., VA, about 1782, and enlisted in Swift’s company. Henry lived in Montgomery/Grayson county for 16 years then moved to Grainger Co., TN (for 11 years), Warren Co., KY (4 years), Logan Co., KY (5 years) and finally settled in White County, IL where he died on 22 Feb 1849. He married Susannah Poe in Montgomery Co., VA in September of 1785 (married by William Porter) and had children: Rebecca (m. Absalom Melton), Susan (age 54 in 1851), Sarah (m. ? Jackson), and Mary. Henry’s widow applied for a pension application in 1851 and she lived until 25 Oct 1854.

It is believed that these two are not related to the William and Morgan Morgan who appear on the “1st” and “2nd” Swift militia musters. William and Morgan are probably the sons of Nathaniel Morgan who lived in today’s Wythe county and is found on the 1782 and 1793 tax lists (District 1). See the pension applications of Morgan Morgan and Nathan Morgan.

1767-1771 Regulator Petition signers: Goin, John, James, Ruddy and Solomon Morgan.

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list, Charles Morgan: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 3 horse, 0 cattle. Henry Morgan: not on the list – Henry appears to go to Guilford county at this time and join the regular army. Charles and Henry Morgan are not on the 1793 tax list, but do reappear in 1794 in Grayson County when Henry has 1 horse. Charles reappears in 1795 and has 2 horses, but Henry disappears.

Charles and Henry Morgan are not on the list of those fined by Capt. Swift.

NORTON: Henry, William (not fit) (they are not Quakers, but have a Quaker background) (on both lists)

William Norton b. abt 1740 (Fairfax Co., VA) m. Jemima Pickerel (b. 1742 in Virginia). He died in Pickens Co., Cravens Ford, Pickens Co., SC in 1829. He had a son named Henry b. 1761 who was his oldest and married Martha. William’s parents were Edward Norton b. in Co. Armagh, Ireland and died 13 September 1778 in North Carolina and Elizabeth Brown b. 16 December 1718. They were Quakers and were married 16 October 1739 at Nottingham MH, on the Chester Co., PA/Cecil Co., MD border. Elizabeth’s parents were William Browne b. 1689 in Chester Co., PA and Elizabeth Cowgill. The Browns are a very large Chester Co., PA Quaker family. The immigrant ancestor was William Browne b. 29 March 1658 in Ruddington, England and his wife Ann Mercer. The Nortons had an intermediate stop in Loudoun Co., VA between Nottingham and North Carolina. William and Jemima Pickerel Norton’s children: Henry, Elizabeth m. David McCoy (s/o Archibald), Margaret m. Daniel McCoy, Edward, Lydia, Susannah, Gideon, Katherine, Barak, Sampson and Jeptha. It is likely that Henry Norton’s wife (Jemima) is a child of Henry Pickrell, b. abt 1725 in England who d. probably Guilford Co., NC. He had a son John who married Catherine Wireman the daughter of Naomi Cox, a cousin to the Coxes on the Swift militia muster.

Jemima Pickerell’s brother John is found on 13 May 1783 buying land as the assignee of William Norton, assignee of James Clerk’s attorney, on treasury warrant, 200 acres on Cold [Coal] Creek, branch of Chestnut Creek, to begin at the headwaters of a small branch below his plantation to include his improvements (Johnny Long).

According to John P. Alderman, the area of Upper Crooked Creek and Little Reed was first settled in 1772 by William Duncan on the West Fork of Crooked. By the early 1780s William and Henry Norton and Henry Pickerell had settled there too, along with Absolom Burton, James Stewart, Byrd Pruitt, James Jarrell, Jacob Cock, Charles Morgan, John Dockery, Elliott Buchanan and John Royalty.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: William Norton, Henry Pickral (probably Jemima’s father).

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: Henry Norton 1 tithe, 0 slave, 1 horse, 2 cattle; William Norton 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 5 horse, 14 cattle. There are no Nortons on the Wythe 1793 tax list. Henry Pickerel and John Pickerell are on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

1793 Wythe Co., land tax: William Bradley to William Norton 183 acres worth 15 pounds.

The Nortons were not on the list of those fined by Capt. Swift.

PEARSON: Thomas and Samuel (Quakers) (not on Draper’s list)

Could this be Thomas Pearson m. Elizabeth Ballard and his son Samuel m. Phebe Farmer? The records in Hinshaw are silent from the period 1778-1788, so they could have been in New River during this time. From 1788 to 1796 they are in the Quaker records of 4 different Guilford/Randolph/Alamance Quaker meetings and in 1796 Samuel goes to Jefferson and later Greene Co., TN. Thomas and Samuel are amongst the first settlers of Randolph Co., Indiana in 1821. Did not find him on the tax list (incl. Pierson, Peerson etc.) in either 1782 or 1793.

Fined by Capt. Swift for missing militia duty: Thos. Pearson 0-1-9, Samuel Pearson 0-1-6

PENDRY: James and Henry (Quakers) (James on both lists, Henry not on Draper’s list)

James m. Jemima Ruddick (see Ruddick below). The one line I found for him on Worldconnect did say he was a Quaker, but not much more. James returned to the Piedmont after the war and his will was filed in Rowan Co., NC in 1796. His children went to Jefferson Co., TN and Greene Co., Ohio. Henry Pendry is not listed in Rootsweb Worldconnect. Ralph Pendery (1753) of Berkeley Co., VA was born Ireland. Its possible that James and Henry also came directly from Ireland as there is less information on this family name (and many variants) than most Quaker lines. There is a web site for James and Jemima Pendry at by Don Pendroy, a descendant. This site has lots of information on the Ruddick family as well.

No Pendry/Pendrye on the Regulator petition lists.

1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 4 cattle. There appear to be no Pendrys on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

Fined by Capt. Swift: Henry Pendrye 0-1-6

RAMSON: Thomas

(Quaker) (only on Draper’s list)

The name Ransom is not a Quaker name. Ramson is a very rare name in Colonial America. The name Thomas Panjon (same fellow?) on the Capt. John Cox’s 1781 militia list, is probably the same man with a poorly transcribed name.

The real name of this man is probably Thomas Branson (Bramson, Bransom) who is a Quaker and is on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list. Thomas Branson came to the New River Valley after 1779 when he gets a certificate from Crooked Run MM in the Shenandoah Valley to New Garden MM in North Carolina, although land records show him buying land at Blue Stone, Fincastle Co. (now Giles Co.) earlier in 1775. According to the Harlow Lindley narrative found on the internet, the Branson family was among those who moved with Thomas Beals in 1781 from West River MM (NC) to Blue Stone, in now Giles County, VA in 1781, with the objective of doing some missionary work with the Indians. They established a Quaker community there, in the wilderness, of about 20-30 families, but the Quakers in North Carolina urged them to come back to West River. Most of the Quakers then left, but the Beals, Bransons, and James Horton stayed and did a lot of hunting. The Shawnee caught some of the young men of the settlement who were hunting, including Horton and Thomas Branson’s son John, and took them to the Ohio country to be burned at the stake. John Branson escaped, but arrived home in bad shape and died three years after his ordeal. The Branson family is often found with Thomas Beals and likely removed with him about 1785-90 to what is now Greene or Jefferson Co., Tennessee. Note that Thomas Beals has connections to both Nottingham, PA (his birth place) and Monocacy, Frederick Co., MD, in common with much of the Swift Company.

Thomas (b. about 1735) was a son of John Day Branson (b. Burlington Co., NJ, d. VA) and his wife Isabella who in turn was the son of Thomas Branson (b. Berkshire, England, d. Springfield twp., Burlington Co., NJ). Thomas married Jean Painter (b. about 1740, d. 1811, Highland Co., OH) the daughter of John Painter and Hannah Braddock of Crooked Run MM, VA. Thomas and Jean’s children were John; Lois (m. John Bowater Beals, she d. 1830 Highland Co., OH, John is a nephew of Thomas Beals); Robert (d. abt 1823, Highland Co., OH, m. Beulah Painter; Hannah m. Richard Trenary; Thomas; David (d. Grant Co., IN) m. Hannah Jackson; Eunice (d. Randolph Co., IN) m. Abraham Clevenger; and Jacob.

A cousin of this family was Eli Branson, son of Thomas’ uncle Thomas of Chatham County, NC. Eli was a Regulator who is said to have fought at Alamance. It is also said that he became a Tory Captain during the Revolution, was taken prisoner at Yorktown, and went to London, England where he married Jane Rankin, a daughter of William Rankin while his first wife was still living. He may have later returned to Abbeville District, SC and rejoined his first wife, Keziah Hough there.

1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list: Thomas Branson was assessed at 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 3 horses, 6 cattle. His name appears between John Corder and Thomas Bails (Beals). The name is not among the Swift roster names on the tax list, indicating they lived outside the Chestnut Creek territory. John Corder is Thomas Branson’s brother in law (married his sister Elizabeth). Montgomery County Survey Book A, page 214: 3 Apr 1775 Surveyed for John Corder 117 acres in Fincastle County in Wrights Valley on Blue Stone Creek Branch of New River … being part of the Loyal Companie’s grant … This land adjoined Thomas Branson’s 123 acres which was surveyed the same day. (This land is now in Tazewell County, VA just southwest of the city of Tazewell.) If Thomas Branson is living in the Chestnut Creek community at the time of the Draper list, it is likely this corresponds with the Indian attack on the Blue Stone settlement (he is a temporary refugee). Hopewell Friends history 1734-1934, page 498: 1 July 1765 Elizabeth (Branson) Corder married contrary to discipline (records obtained from Ken Dyer’s Worldconnect database).

Also on the 1782 personal tax list and land tax list is Jarret Bransom assessed at 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horses, 2 cattle and 100 acres valued at 7s10d and taxed at 1s6d. Jarret is thought to be related to Thomas Branson, but nature of the relationship has not been established. A biography of one of Jared’s descendants in Missouri states that his father’s name was John. Sandy Young:  “He is thought to be a Baptist, but associated with Quakers. In 1782 he lived at Burks Fork, Montgomery Co., VA and bought land later at Big Reed Island, Patrick Co., VA, as did some Quakers who were probably related to him or his kin….with connections to Beals who were in Surry, NC just across the border. (Sumner, Jessop, Hollingsworth, & Williams – all connected to Beals – were also taxed in 1782 Montgomery, VA. Thomas Jessop owned land at Big Reed Island…originally in Montgomery…but then in Patrick. Abram/Abraham McMillan was taxed in Surry 1784-87 listed on the same page with John Bowater Beals who married Lois Branson….Abram’s descendants were allied with Jared’s in Patrick, VA. Rev. Thomas Beals’ son Daniel has a diary on the internet that mentions Fruit Hill MM at Burks Fork and Big Reed Island, in Montgomery Co. on New River. He may have been in Wythe, VA in 1793 with Jarott.” According to John Perry Alderman, this Jarrett Branson in the Spring of 1780 informed the Montgomery County authorities that Aaron Collier, Francis Hamilton, the Dickens settlers and others were Tories and that they had taken an oath of allegiance to the King.

1793 Wythe County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List: Bales, Daniel; Branston, Jerard; Branston, James; Bales, John

For more information on this line contact Sandra Branson Young who provided much of the information found here and has a web site for the Branson family. Also used was a short biography of Thomas Branson that was put on Worldconnect by Vicki Ely.

RANKIN: William (Quaker) (on both lists)

There is one Quaker family with this last name in York Co., PA (more below). There are also many Presbyterians by this name, marrying other descendants of lowland Scots. Tthe migration path of some members of this Presbyterian family was very similar to the Scotch-Irish Quakers on this list and there are close relatives nearby in the New River valley (non-Quaker Cox family). These Rankins go from Chester/Lancaster Co., PA to Franklin Co., PA to Guilford Co., NC. They seem to frequent the same Tennessee counties (Greene and Jefferson) as the Quakers on this militia list. Searching for “Quaker” in the Rankin Genforum yields no Quaker Rankins.

A William Rankins signed some of Regulator petitions and was excluded from Governor Tryon’s pardon in 1771 (he was declared an outlaw). There are two different Rankin lines claiming this William Rankin and a third possibility.

  1. William Rankin (m. Jane Chambers) is a Revolutionary War veteran from Guilford Co., NC. General Cornwallis camped on the property of William Rankin and his brother John and plundered them just before the battle of Guilford Court House 1781. William’s father was Joseph Rankin b. 1704 in Ireland. William Rankins was born near Newark, New Castle Co., DE and died 6 June 1858 in Rowan Co., NC. If this William Rankins is our man, then he was only hiding out in Virginia while first Governor Tryon and later British army played havoc in North Carolina, because he retained title to his Guilford Co., NC property during this time. He is Presbyterian, not Quaker and buried at Greensboro. The Irish background, the New Castle DE origins and the Regulator connections make selecting him tempting, but the connection is tenuous at best.
  2. The second man claimed as the RegulatorWilliam Rankin is of Orange Co., NC (prob. Born Ireland, migrated to NC from Hamilton twp., Cumberland Co., PA) and he married Victory Alcorn. He was a French and Indian War veteran and he died in Caswell Co., NC. About 1797 children of this family migrated to Sumner Co., TN. This William, like the other one above is involved in land purchases in 1772 and does not appear to be hiding out after Alamance 1771. He is not the one in the Swift company.
  3. A third idea is that this William Rankin could somehow be related to Capt. John Cox, whose mother was a Rankin. She appears to have a brother named William Rankin, mentioned in the will of Joshua Cox of Cumberland Co., PA (to whom she was married). Otherwise her lineage is somewhat obscure, since in the line proposed on the internet (John Rankin m. Margaret, will, Lancaster Co., PA 1748/9) her proposed father mentions neither a Mary or a William in his will, but does mention eight children. Similarly the proposed parentage of Joshua Cox (Sir Richard Cox of Ireland) looks suspect.
  4. Eli Branson (see Ransom above), was a Tory possibly from North Carolina and he married a Jane Rankin in St. Anne’s Church, Soho, London, England after the Revolution. She was a daughter of a William Rankin, but not the one on the Swift list. However, this William Rankin, b. about 1735, father of Jane, is married to a Quaker woman named Jane Rhoads from Warrington/Newberry MM, York Co., PA, which suggests some connection to the Swift Company. He and his two brothers, James and John were all Whigs at the outbreak of the Revolution. However, after the British victories at Brandywine and Germantown they switched sides and became Tories, even though William Rankin was the Colonel of the York Co., PA militia. This family was quite wealthy (unlike the William Rankin of Montgomery Co., VA) owning much land and some slaves, and William Rankin was a judge in York County, and member of the Pennsylvania Assembly too. William Rankin of York Co., PA fled to England after the war and his property and that of his brothers was confiscated (brother John was pardoned and returned to Pennsylvania in 1790). There is no indication that any member of this family went south as far as I have been able to determine. This William is said to have had a son of the same name, but if his wedding to Jane Rhoads took place about 1764 then the William Rankin of the Swift company is probably too young to be his son.A quick search of Quaker records shows no mention of William and James Rankin in the minutes of Warrington MM (which included Menallen, York, Huntingdon and Newberry Preparative Meetings). Their wives Rebecca (nee Bennett, m. James Rankin) and Jane (m. William) are mentioned and William’s children who stay in America marry Quakers. They did not marry in Warrington either, and I would preliminarily conclude that they are not Quakers, but their children might be. Their brother John becomes a Quaker on marrying and is mentioned frequently in the minutes. His marriage to Abigail Rhoads is recorded in the Quaker records in 1761. John was asked to manumit his slave in 1778 and sent back a reply indicating he had done so saying also that he was doing so because he was “convinced of the Injustice of holding our fellow men in Bondage, and that Liberty is the Natural right of mankind in general.” John was the only one of the three brothers pardoned by Pennsylvania after the Revolution. A search through the marriage certificates of Warrington MM shows this family (either the Rankins or Rhoads) is related to the family of Richard Carson (m. Mary Passmore) somehow.
  5. There is a Quaker Rankin family in Chester Co., PA that was created when a man named William Rankin (son of William and Elizabeth Hamilton Rankin) married a Quaker woman named Elizabeth Few. This William did not become a Quaker (marriage out of unity). At present the list of children in this family is Elizabeth (m. William Harlan) and Margaret (m. Jacob Chandler) who are Quakers. Elizabeth Few (b. 1726) is about the right age to be a mother of the William on the Swift list. Records show her traveling between Kennett, New Garden and Wilmington Meetings. Elizabeth Few is the first cousin of James Few, who was hung by Tryon after the Battle of Alamance.

The Rankins of the Swift militia company stayed in Grayson County after the Revolution and there is a cemetery east of Galax, Virginia for this family. William apparently had a son named William b. 1789 who married first Nancy Mullen, and second Isabella (all three are buried in the Rankin Cemetery). He may also have had a daughter named Mary who married David Cornett in 1814.

Quaker Records: A Jane Rankin is dismissed from membership at Cane Creek MM on May 3, 1777. (could this be William’s wife?)

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 5 cattle. 1793 Wythe list: not present.

On Capt. Swift’s list of those missing militia duties and fined: William Rankin 0-1-9.

REESE: David, Caleb and Francis (not Pease as it appears on the list) (Quakers) (Caleb and Francis on both lists, David not on Draper’s list)

These brothers were born in Chester Co., PA. Their parents were Caleb Reese (b. 1716 Chester Co., PA) and Hannah Yarnall (b. 1718, Chester Co., PA). Grandparents were Francis Yarnall and Mary Baker, both born in the 1690s in Chester County and Thomas Rhys, b. 1681 in Wales whose wife’s name was Margaret. David (m. Hannah Williams) moved to Lost Creek MM, TN in 1800. This David Reese is not the signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration (although one database makes that suggestion). Caleb of Swift’s Militia list m. Sarah Osborn (Quaker Osborn line – not the Grayson line). 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list – Caleb Rease 1 tithable – 0 slave -0 horse – 0 cattle.

1793 Wythe tax list: Not present.

The Reeses were fined by Capt. Swift: David Rease 0-3-0, Calop Rease 0-2-0

RUDDICK: William Sr., William Jr., Solomon and John (not Buddick as it appears on the list) (Quakers) (on both lists)[some times spelled Reddick]

William Ruddick (Ruddock, Reddick) was born 1723 in Chester county, PA and d. 1796 in what was later Carroll Co., VA. He was married to Anna Cox. His sons were Joseph (b. abt 1747, Warrington, York Co., PA, d. abt 1800 Randolph Co., NC, m. Phebe Alice Mecca), Benjamin (disowned for marrying out of unity, b. abt 1749, Warrington, York Co., PA), Solomon (b. York Co., PA, d. Jackson Co., IN, m. (1) Ann Bedaul – divorced when she ran away with Colonel William Spurgeon to Canada & (2) Amy), William (b. York Co., PA, d. 1798 Grayson Co., VA, m. Lydia) and John (b. PA, d. Muskingum Co., OH, m. Catherine Cox [daughter of William Cox and Juliatha Carr]). He had a daughter named Jane (m. Levi Coleman). The Jemima who married James Pendry (see above) is the daughter of William Sr.’s brother John and his wife Jane. William Sr.’s parents were William Ruddock (I) b. Ireland, d. Lancaster (now Warrington twp., York Co.??) Co., PA and possibly Alice Garretson. William Sr. (II)’s wife, Anna Cox is from the London Grove, Chester Co., PA Cox family, and is likely the daughter of John Cox (b. Chester Co., PA & d. Orange Co., NC) and Hannah Jenkins. John Cox in turn is the son of John Cox of Drayton, Berkshire, England and Rachel Carr (b. England, d. Kennett, Chester Co., PA). Solomon and William Ruddick are two of the men who refused to swear the oath of Allegience to Virginia in Capt. Cox’s company in 1777. Note that Quakers refuse to take oaths as a matter of Religious principles (their name is spelled REEDICK on this document). I believe that the Ruddicks lived in the Chestnut Creek area of now Carroll Co., VA, not far from Flower Swift. See for more information.

Grandchildren of the Ruddicks in Jackson Co., Indiana were actively involved with the Underground Railroad. Solomon (son of Solomon’s son William) took a strong stand in this cause and put up many runaway slave families in their home. A story passed down in the family relates that one such black family arrived at the Ruddick home late on a rainy night in March of 1843 and were taken into safety. Their captors were in hot pursuit and by the next day were inquiring at the Ruddick place. The strangers apparently demanded the return of the slaves, but were refused and a struggle ensued. Solomon was put in a position to fight one of the party , but was successful in driving off the intruders, at least for a time, and the escaping slave family soon after continued their journey north to freedom. Because of the methods used in this situation, Solomon was visited by the meeting the following June for “striking his fellow man in anger”. He renounced his use of violence and retained his membership.

1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list – John Riddick 1 – 0 slaves – 2 horse – 6 cattle; William Riddick Sr., 1 – 0 slaves – 4 horse – 7 cattle; In 1793, William Sr. has 2 horses and no blacks. William Jr. has 7 horses and no blacks and Solomon has 3 horses and no blacks. John is not on this tax list.

1793 Wythe Co., VA land tax list: Solomon Reddick: 250 acres worth 20 pounds. In 1796 Solomon was taxed for 86 acres and both William “Ridick”s were taxed for 190 acres.

The Ruddicks were not fined by Capt. Swift for missing militia duties. They either participated or paid their fines. According to Grady Loy, the tradition in the Ruddick family is that they participated in the fighting in North Carolina in the 1780s on the Whig side.

Children of Solomon Ruddick and Amy Bedsaul: Elisha 1779; Jesse 1784 d. Bartholomew Co., IN m. Katherine Baker ; William 1784 d. Jackson Co., IN m. Rachel Cox; Mary 1787; Ann 1789. Moved to Knox Co., KY before moving to Indiana.

Children of William Jr. and Lydia: Nancy Ann 1779; Catherine 1780; Solomon 1786; Mordecai 1789; Thomas J. 1792 d. Jackson Co., IN m. Elizabeth Line; Lydia 1796.

Children of John Ruddock and Catherine Cox: William 1785 d. Benton Co., Arkansas m. Elizabeth Wilson; Lydia 1787, d. Savannah, MO m. John Parker. This family removed to Knox Co., KY.

Quaker Records:

  • Moses Mendenhall, Son of Mordecai, Deep River, Roan Co., married Dinah Rudduck, same place, 18-1-1764. Wit: Mor. Mendenhall, John Rudduck, Jaas. Mendenhall, Benj. Beeson, Thos. Kendal, Wm Kersey, Charity Mendenhall, Jane Ruddock, Grace Mendenhall, Hannah Kersey, Ruth Hoggatt, Mary Kendal.
  • Thomas Mendenhall son of Mordicai, Deep River, Roan Co., married Phebe Rudduck, dt. John, same place, 17-1-1764. Wit: Mordicha Mendenhall, John Ruddock, Jas. Mendenhall, John Hoggatt, Thos. Kendal, Wm Kersey, Charity Mendenhall, Jane Rudduck, Grace Mendenhall, Ruth Hoggatt, Ann Floyd, Dinah Ruddock.
  • John Ruddocks, son of John, Guilford Co., married Sarah Tomlinson, dt. Josiah, deceased, Craven Co., 8-12-1774 at Camden. Wit: Sarah Russel, Martha Tomlinson, Beulah Gaunt, Ann Kelley, Mary Millhouse, Sarah Pidgon, Samuel Milhouse, Zebulon Gaunt, Wm Tomlinson, Wm Ruddock, Jesse Kersey, Josiah Tomlinson.

SHELLEY: Nathan (probably Baptist) (not on Draper’s list)

Nathan was born 14 April 1746 and died 16 June 1816 in Jefferson Co., TN. He married Elizabeth Davis, possibly b. 15 April 1753 – d. 1836 in Jefferson Co., TN. I don’t know whether she is related to the other Davises on the Swift rolls. Nathan’s parents were John Shelly and Elizabeth who lived in Guilford Co., NC. Nathan Shelley’s grandchildren: Col. James Shelley, CSA, AL, was killed in front of Petersburg in the Civil War, Charles Miller Shelley was a Brigadier General (CSA) and US Congressman from Alabama and Nathan George Shelley was Attorney General of Texas. Others of his grandchildren were peaceful Quaker farmers in Iowa as he traveled west to Jefferson Co., Tennessee with Guilford/Grayson county Quakers and one of his daughers married a Quaker.


1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse, 2 cattle. He is not on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

Fined by Capt. Swift for missing militia musters: Nathan Shelley 0-2-0

SIMONS or SIMMONS or SYMONS: John (non-Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

I could find no one with this name upper New River connections in Worldconnect. There is also a John and Joseph Simmons in Capt. Osborne’s company. I believe that John is likely to be connected to the Simmons family of Surry Co., NC which is from Brunswick Co., VA and has Quaker connections. Examples of this line: Charles Simmons b. 1760 Brunswick Co., VA m. Elizabeth Jackson at New Garden MM, Guilford Co., NC. This family became Baptist in Surry County. This family may be connected to the Hammons and Skipworths. The presence of numerous Surry County people on the Draper muster corresponds to a letter from Col. Preston to the governor of Virginia noting the presence of refugees from Surry in New River during late 1780 and early 1781. Preston notes that he expects them to join local militia companies.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: John Simmons, Lewis Simmons

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: John Simmons, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 0 horse, 0 cattle. John Simmons is not on the 1793 Wythe tax list, but there is a Charles, Easher and Zachariah.

1782 tax list also has near the other Flower Swift Militia company names a Joshua Simmons, 1 tithe, 2 horses.

Simmons marriages at Tom’s Creek (under care of New Garden MM):

Charles Simmons, son of Peter & Elizabeth, Surry Co., married Elizabeth Jackson dt. Samuel & Catherine deceased, 8-3-1786, Tom’s Creek Mtg. Wit: Peter Simmons, Jacob Jackson, Caleb Sumner, Daniel Beales, David Ballard, Moses Grigg, Elizabeth Simmons, Susanna Beales, Ann Beales, Phebe Jackson, Ruth Jackson, Mary Sumner.Ryal Simmons, son of Peter, Surry Co., NC m. Ruth Hiatt dt. Wm., of same place, 6-12-1781 at Tom’s Creek. Wit: William Hiatt, Joseph Hiatt, Jacob Jackson, John Briant, Wm. Jessop, Caleb Sumner, Susanna Hiatt, Ann Hiatt, Elizabeth Simmons, Miriam Jones, Elizabeth Jackson, Rebeckah Briant.

Simmons in 1790 Surry Co., NC census: Charles, Peter and Rial.

SKIPWORTH / SKIPPER: Jonathan (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

Jonathan Skipworth or Skipper is not mentioned in Worldconnect. This might mean he was killed during the Revolution.

A Nathan Skipper or Skipworth b. Onslow Co., NC received a pension in Maury Co., TN 1827 for service in the North Caroline Line (Col. Armstrong’s Regt) seeing battle at Germantown and Brandywine. The other choice for Skipworth is an old Henrico Co., VA family that intermarried with the Randolphs. I believe the Onslow Co., NC family to be more likely. The Skippers, Hammons, Simmons and Spencers of Surry Co., NC may all be interrelated somehow, and I have not figured it out yet, but I think there is a Croatan/Lumbee Indian connection in here somewhere. This connection could explain some of the lack of information on these lines.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: Barnaby and George Skipper sign. Members of the Skipper family of Onslow Co., NC changed their name to Skipworth when they moved west. Barnabus Skipper is known to be partially Native American and some of his descendants are listed as free persons of color in the 1790 NC census. Free persons of color (native Americans) had full citizenship rights in North Carolina until 1835.

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list, nor is he on the 1793 Wythe tax list, nor are there any on the 1790 Surry Co., NC census.

SPENCER: Timothy (non-Quaker, only on the Draper list)

I was not able to identify the ancestry of Timothy. There are many Spencers in the area that are probably related. Isabell Spencer b. 1751 m. Robert Goad and d. 1845. This Goad is probably related to the ancestor of Lieu. James Cock on the Swift musters whose mother was named Elizabeth Goad. Isabell d. 1845 in Grayson County. There is a Spencer family group in Grassy Creek, Ashe Co., NC whose first ancestor I have not seen. There is a John Spencer on the 1793 Wythe county personal tax list who may be the John Spencer who married the widow of William Little (see above). A prayer meeting held in the 1820s at the home of “old” Timothy Spencer of Fisher Creek, Surry Co., NC is likely to refer to this man (, p. 206 ). Fisher Creek is directly south of the Chestnut Creek community, over the Blue Ridge. This is probably the Timothy Spencer who filed a pension application in 1832 in Grayson Co., VA at age 74 (this is not a common name). He was granted the pension in 1833 receiving 33.33 per year (he collected a total of 83.32) for his services as a private in the North Carolina militia (see Appendix 6 for the transcript). Most of his service was in North Carolina.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: No Spencers

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list, nor is he on the 1793 Wythe Co. personal tax list. He is not on the 1790 census for Wilkes or Surry Co., NC (There is a William in the part of Wilkes that became Ashe).

STANFIELD: Thomas and Samuel (Quakers) (Thomas on both lists, Samuel not on Draper’s list)

Samuel was born 1745 in Chester Co., PA or adjoining New Castle Co., DE and died 1832 in Greene Co., TN. His brother Thomas was born 1747 in the same place and died in Logan Co., OH. They were members of Cane Creek MM in North Carolina before migrating to the Chestnut Creek Community. Samuel married Lydia Vernon (another Chester Co. Quaker name). Both are the children of John Stanfield (b. Co. Armagh, Ireland & d. 1755 Orange Co., NC) and Hannah Hadley (b. Co. W. Meath, Ireland, d. 1783 Chatham Co., NC). Thomas married Hannah Vernon. Hannah Vernon was the daughter of Mordecai Vernon and Mary Elliot or Ellet who may be related to the Elliots on the Swift militia roster. Before migrating to Rushcreek twp., Logan Co., OH, Thomas and Hannah went to Greene Co., TN with brother Samuel.

1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list: Samuel Stanfield, 1 tithable, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 14 cattle. In the 1793 Wythe tax list, there are no Stanfields (There are a John and a Thomas Standfield in the 1790 Surry Co., NC census). The Stanfields were not fined by Capt. Swift for missing militia musters. James Few, who was hung after the Battle of Alamance was a Stanfield descendant and very distant cousin.

STEWART: William (non-Quaker) (on both lists)

None of the William Stewart/Stuarts seem to fit this William.

James Stewart was another of the men convicted of High Treason in the trial at Hillsborough after the battle of Alamance (1771) along with Harmon Cox. He was given a respite at the King’s pleasure after being dragged in chains for 100 miles after the battle. One guess is that he is the son of James Stewart of Iredell county, NC. The names James and John Stewart are found on the Regulator petitions. John is possibly John “Of Fourth Creek”, brother of James of Iredell. This James, if it is him, is Presbyterian and was a bit of a roust-about, with records in court showing various legal problems including fathering an illegitimate child (he seems to have some of the same qualities as Col. Benjamin Cleveland). James died abt 1780 while mounting a horse in the service of the American cause in the Revolution. These Stewarts were neighbors of Daniel Boone’s. There is also a James Stewart who was an early settler of the Crooked Creek area of Carroll County, VA and whom presumably Stewart’s Creek there is named.

There is a Quaker Stewart line in the Orange/Guilford county area that originated in southern Chester County, PA. It is not particularly well known but is connected to the Regulators. There is no William from this line that fits though. An Elizabeth Stuart from this line married Jesse Pugh, brother of James Pugh who was executed after the Battle of Alamance. Herman Husband, the best known leader of the Regulation married Jesse’s sister Mary. The connection between Herman Husband and the Cox family has been noted above (first cousins).

The presence of the Boone connected John Stewart (d. KY 1770) family nearby in Osborne’s company (e.g. Richard Pennington and the Osborne men who will marry two Stewart daughters) makes connecting to a William in this family something to consider. However, at this time I don’t have enough data to even say if he was alive at this time or that there was such a man.

There is a Stewart connection to the Morgan line (see above, John Stewart m. Rachel Morgan) but it is not known if this is a connection for William.

Quaker Records: Cane Creek MM – 1758 – Martha & daughters Mary, Cartharine and Rachel received from Exeter MM, PA (Daniel Boone’s home meeting). 1 mo 1772, New Garden MM: Deep River informs that John Stewart requests cert. to Cedar Creek VA

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: William Stuart 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horses, 0 cattle. He is on the 1793 tax list with 2 horses and no blacks. No Stewarts were fined by Capt. Swift for missing militia musters.

STUDENAN: John (not Quaker) (not on Draper’s list)

Probably this name has not been interpreted correctly.

1782 tax list: not on list as far as I can tell. There are two Johns with illegible names, one with only a tithe and the other with only a tithe and a horse. No name like this appears on the 1793 Wythe tax list either.

SWIFT: Flower (Captain of the militia company) (Baptist) (on both lists)

Flower is the son of Thomas Swift and Martha. Thomas was born in St. George’s Parish, Baltimore Co., MD and moved to the Monocacy area of today’s Frederick Co., MD, then relocated to what is today Randolph Co., NC near Sandy Creek. Thomas’ parents were Flower Swift, merchant of London who immigrated to Baltimore and Elizabeth Whitaker. Flower Swift of Chestnut Creek, New River (now Carroll county) married Mary Bedsaul, the daughter of Elisha Bedsaul, a Quaker in his militia company (see Quaker chapter). The Bedsauls with Flower Swift moved to the Chestnut Creek Community in 1771. Swift received a certificate on this land, as an assignee of Elisha Bedsaul – 400 acres on East Chestnut Creek – on 3 September 1782. He continued to buy land on Chestnut Creek and New River (13 May 1783, 40 A 13 June 1786 [includes iron ore bank], 40 A 20 Oct 1792, 80 A 16 June 1792). He and his family moved to Whitley Co., Kentucky about 1810 and after his death his family later moved to Henry Co., Missouri. His children were Amy (m. John Hanks), Jestina (m. a Jones), Martha (m. George Currin), Thomas (m. Mary Catron), Margaret (m. Robert Nuckolls), John (m. Catherine Bird), Elisha (m. Elizabeth Ailsworth), Elias, Elizabeth, Cynthia and William Thomas (m. Rachel Walker). Flower Swift was a Baptist. See a more lengthy discussion of Flower Swift by clicking HERE. Flower’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Whitaker was the first cousin of Joshua Teague, another of the 15 Regulators outlawed by Tryon after 1771. Elizabeth Whitaker’s parents were Catherine Teague and Mark Whitaker. Catherine Teague was a brother of William Teague, Joshua’s father and was the daughter of Edward Teague who was transported to Maryland about 1675 by Thomas Jones.

A much more detailed description of Flower Swift’s genealogy, from Grady Loy, can be found at on a page constructed by Pat Spurlock Elder, authorof Melungeons, Examining An Appalachian Legend. Flower Swift was made a magistrate of Wythe county before Grayson was formed and was the first magistrate sworn in after the formation of Grayson in 1793. He was also the first commander of the Grayson county militia after the county was formed (Lt. Col. Commandant) on May 22, 1793. Two names found on the Swift Revolutionary militia rosters are found as officers in the first battalion of Grayson militia, 1793: John McCoy and George Martin.

One of the grandchildren of the Regulator propagandist Herman Husband was named Flower Husband. One wonders if one of Husband’s sons married a daughter of Flower Swift. If so, this is one of numerous connections between the Swift Company and Husband.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: The signature of Thomas Swift, Flower’s father is on two petitions. Another branch of the Swift family married the Patick Mullen line and Patrick is also on the Regulator petitions.

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: Flower Swift, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 12 cattle; On the 1793 Wythe list he has 1 black (>16) and 5 horses (did he acquire father-in-law Elisha Bedsaul’s slave? The Quakers were passing rules against slave ownership during this time frame). In 1810 (Grayson Co.) Flower Swift had 3 whites, 0 slaves and 5 horses and Thomas Swift had 1 white, 0 slaves and 6 horses.

1785: Along with many of the prominent Presbyterians of Montgomery Co., VA, Flower Swift (a Baptist) signs a petition for Religious Freedom in Virginia. Also possibly signing the petition are William Norton and Samuel Cox (names partially illegible), non-Quakers on the Swift militia lists. No Quakers seem to sign this petition. (Library of Virginia)

1793 Wythe Co. Land tax: Matthew Dickey to Flower Swift, 303 acres worth 30 pounds. In 1796 he owned 80 acres.

More can be found in Pioneer Settlers of Grayson County, Virginia (by Benjamin Nuckolls)

USSERY/ESSERY: Jonathan and Thomas (not Quakers) (on both lists)

The Ussery line listed on Worldconnect has been traced back to Belton Isle, Axholme, Lincolnshire England where the name was spelled Eure. John Thomas Richard Ussery d. 7 February 1685/86 in New Kent Co., VA, emigrating after 1672, His son William b. 1672 died October 1750 in Lunenburg Co., VA. His son William b. 1692 in Lunenburg and d. abt 1772 in Orange Co., NC. It is three children of this William or perhaps of his son William’s, namely William, John and Welcome whose names are found on the Regulator petitions. I cannot tell which generation it is or a mix of generations as this family recycled names. I found no mention in the GEDCOMS that this family was Quaker. Thomas is a family name and there are a couple who could be the man on this militia list. I did not find a Jonathan, but John is a common family name too. There is some confusion amongst the various William Ussery genealogies as two brothers (John and William) have sons of similar ages (b. abt 1740) and their genealogies have been crossed and co-mingled. After the war this family was largely found in Anson or Montgomery Co., NC and some migrated south to Warren Co., Georgia or Randolph Co., Alabama or west to Tennessee then north to Anna, Illinois or Missouri.

There is a Jonathan Essery in Abbeville Co., South Carolina in the late 1790s along with Abner and Joseph Essery (Jonathan is >45 years of age on the 1800 census and Abner and Joseph are younger). By the early 1800s they relocated to Ross Co., Ohio. This family intermarried with the Comer, Cox and Dixon families all who were Quakers from Warrington twp., York Co., PA who moved to the Shenandoah valley of Virginia and Ross County, OH (correspondence on New River History Forum). These associations are highly suggestive that this may be the man listed here.

There is also a John Esary b. 5 July 1744 in Chester Co., PA who was a Revolutionary War veteran who obtained a land grant in Nelson Co., KY from Virginia (DAR #2535). He is associated with families in Kentucky with Quaker surnames. His wife was Sarah Hester Clark. This family migrated from Hardin Co., Kentucky (he is there in 1810) to Indiana and Illinois. (correspondence on New River History Forum)

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: Thomas, Welcome and William Ussery

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA tax list or the 1793 tax list.

Cindy Casey maintains an Ussery research web site

WARD: Nathan (not fit) (Probably a Baptist, listed as a non-Quaker on the Swift lists) (on both lists)

He lived on Coal/Cole Creek, a branch of Chestnut Creek in today’s Carroll Co., VA. Ward’s Mill Run is named after his family. It is thought that he is the son of another Nathan Ward and the brother of Wells Ward who lived to the West on Saddle Creek in today’s Grayson county. Many researchers are also looking at connections to Ward lines from Baltimore (now Prince Georges) Co., MD (where the names Nathan and Wells are also found) and it is possible that the Ward family co-migrated with the Swift and Carr families or with the Blevins family. A Nathan Ward was made a captain on the formation of the 78th Regt of militia in August 1793 soon after the formation of Grayson county. Nathan settled on Coal [Cole] Creek in present day Carroll County by at least 1773 and had his land surveyed in 1774. He purchased his land from the Loyal Land Company and it was a conflicted purchase not validated until 1802. He died March 14, 1803 in Grayson County.

Nathan’s daughter Margaret married Morris Cox, another son of Thomas Davis and Elizabeth Knox (see the Quaker Davis family). Other children: Nathan m. Anne Williams [see below] and removed to Hawkins Co., TN, Enoch (removed to Rutherford Co., NC), Elizabeth m. Jeffrey Clark [Quaker Clarks?], William m. Elizabeth Wilson (and remained in Carroll Co., VA) and Wells.

James, Nathan, Wells and Zachariah Ward were on the 1774 militia roster of the William Herbert company (Lord Dunmore’s War)

1782 tax list: Nathan Ward, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse, 8 cattle. In 1793, District 2 of Wythe there is a Nathan Ward with 7 horses and no blacks and another Nathan Ward with 3 horses and no blacks (one of these is his nephew by brother Wells). In the 1796 Grayson county land tax list there is a Nathan Ward with 217 acres worth 50 pounds. Nathan Ward was not on the list of those fined for missing militia musters.

WILLIAMS: Amos, James (Quakers) (Amos on both lists, James not on Draper’s list)

This is Amos Williams married 1762 at Sadsbury MM, Lancaster Co., PA Phebe Allen [d/o Morrell Allen and Alice Scarlett] and the James on the militia rolls is his son James or his brother James. His parents were Zacharius Williams b. 1700 in Chester Co., PA and Anne Ellett (possibly Elliot – see Elliots on this militia list). Zacharius’ father was James Williams of New Castle Co., DE. Is the Anne Williams who married Nathan Ward Jr. his daughter? I could not find her ancestry. Amos moved to North Carolina in 1765, to Virginia some time before 1782 [1771-2?], to eastern Tennessee between 1793 and 1795 and to Wayne Co., Indiana before 1820 [on census there]. Children: James m. [under care of New Garden MM] Mary Davis; Thomas (served in RW, filed a pension app. in Chester Co., PA) m. Rachel Longacre and lived in Jefferson Co., TN and Greene Co., IL; Rachael m. [1795, Jefferson Co., TN] John Woodward and was in 1820 in Wayne Co., IN; Joel ; Allen m. [1794, Jefferson Co., TN] Jean Woodward and moved 1816 to Wayne Co., IN; Ann [m. Nathan Ward?]; Aaron m. 1803, Jefferson Co., TN Charity Nation and went to Greene Co., IL and Conway Co., AR; Elsie.

1767-1771 Regulator Petition signers: Ishmael, James, John, John, Nehemiah, Samuel, Solomon and Theophilus Williams

1782 Montgomery Co., tax list: Amos Williams 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 9 cattle. On the 1793 Wythe list James has 2 horse and no blacks and there is a William Williams with 4 horses and no blacks, another with 0 horses and two William Williams with 2 horses and no blacks and yet another with 3 horses and no blacks and one more with but a single horse and a final one with 6 horses.

New Garden MM records:  James Williams, son of Amos, Montgomery Co., VA m. Mary Davis dt. Thomas, same place, 1-11-1783, at Tom’s Creek Mtg. They had declared marriage intentions at New Garden MM. Wit: James Williams, Thos. Davis, William Reddocks, Solomon Reddocks, Thomas Williams, Thomas Ballard, Phebe Williams, Ann Reddocks, Elizabeth Davis, Lydia Bryant, Ann Williams, Lydia Sandfield.

WILLIAMS, William, John (not fit) (not Quakers) (William on both lists, John not on Draper’s list)

These two are probably father and son (John is the father and he married a Mary). Alternatively William and John are brothers (William’s father is alternatively given on Worldconnect as William Williams Sr.).

William Williams (b. 1758 – d. 1838 in Grayson Co., VA) m. Nancy Safewright (children William, John (1772-1854) (m. Mary Bryant), Henry b. 12 Dec 1787, d. 1871 in Logan Co., OH m. Nancy Paxson [of the Bucks Co., PA Quaker Paxson family], Absalom, Jesse and Jonathan d. 1865 Carroll Co., VA m. 1821 Grayson Co., VA to Elizabeth Bobbitt)

William has a brother named John, b. after 1760 m. Mary (children Obediah b. Jan 1786 Grayson Co., d. 22 Apr 1852 Logan Co., OH m. Susannah Short) and Jeffrey b. abt 1789 Grayson Co., VA d. 26 Apr 1848 Logan Co., OH m. (abt 1811, Grayson Co.) Elizabeth Cooley).

With the exception of the Jonathan Williams line, much of this Williams family migrated to Logan Co., Ohio, possibly with the Quaker Stanfield family and the Pickerels. They seem to marry Quaker associated families.

1767-1771 Regulator Petition signers: Ishmael, James, John, John, Nehemiah, Samuel, Solomon and Theophilus Williams

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: John Williams 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse, 3 cattle; William Williams 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse, 9 cattle; William Williams Jr. 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 2 cattle. In the 1793 tax list there is a William Williams with 4 horses, 1 with no horses, two with 3 horses, 1 with 1 horse and 1 with 2 horses – all in District 2 and all with no blacks.

1793 Wythe Co. land tax list: William Williams 270 acres worth 40 pounds.

In 1793, a William Williams is an officer in the Grayson county militia.

Fines by Capt. Swift: Thomas Williams 0-2-0

WINFREY: Caleb, Isaac (non-Quakers, only on the Draper list)

Caleb was born 1760 and died 16 January 1837. He married Nancy Bowles about 1788 in Surry Co., NC. His parents were Isaac Winfrey (abt 1735-1817) and Sarah Brown (d/o Samuel) who were married 25 May 1756 in Cumberland Co., VA. Isaac (b. 1735) is the son of Jacob Winfrey (b. abt 1705 of New Kent Co., VA). The Winfreys stayed in Surry Co., North Carolina for some time after the Revolution. Nancy Bowles is the daughter of Thomas Bowles and Sarah Burch of Caroline Co., VA. Her sister Mary married Pleasant Branch Roberts. Caleb Winfrey is also the “1st” Flower Swift militia list (probably after 1783). In the Annals of Southwest Virginia (1929) by L. P. Summers, Isaac Winfrey is one of several persons who appear on the Draper list considered to be suspected of being inimical to the government on 7-8 September, 1779.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: no Winfreys

Not on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list, nor is he on the 1793 list.

A few men from the other Swift militia Musters

These list are called the first and second lists, but probably later than the ones presented above. This is only a sampling of the men on these militia lists. I have included everyone who was on the 1782 personal tax list. Their absence from the militia roster may be an indication that they were elsewhere, perhaps serving in the Regular army. One thing noted with this list, is that the men on it had fewer possessions. Also, their family names were not found on Regulator petitions nearly as often and they seem to come from places other than the North Carolina Piedmont. Very few of the men on the “first” and “second” Militia musters are on the 1782 Montgomery Co., VA personal tax lists. I suspect these are mostly young men coming to the area after the Revolution ended.

COCK, COCKE: James (Lieutenant)

In one database it gives his father as John Cock and his mother as Mary Elizabeth Goad b. 1726 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA d/o John Goad b. 1700 and Catherine Jennings. James’ wife is given as Nancy and James died in Lincoln Co., TN. James is said to have (1) a brother Reuben (b. after 1760) who died 30 June 1840 in now Carroll Co., VA (formed 1842) m. Rhoda, (2) a brother Andrew Cock who married Penelope Ward (d/o James Ward and Nancy “Bird” Brown) and (3) a sister named Susannah (d. abt 1847 Carroll Co., VA) who married Henry Webb (b. Franklin Co., VA) and (4) a sister Mary [Millie] who married Thomas Dickens.

There are no Cocks on the 1767-1771 Regulator petitions.

1782 Montgomery tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 5 horse, 9 cattle; in 1793 a James Cock has 4 horses and no blacks.


Jacob was born 1754 in Lancaster Co., PA and died 1811 in Grayson Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Jennings about 1776. His parents were Isaac Coulson (b. 1731 in West Nottingham, Cecil Co., MD and died 1784 in Guilford Co., NC) and Elizabeth Paine. Isaac and Elizabeth were married 18 Jul 1752 in Lancaster Co., PA. Jacob’s grandparents were Thomas Coulson (15 April 1703 in Derbyshire, England – 17 August 1763 West Nottingham, MD) and Martha Wiley (b. 1705 West Nottingham) who were married under the care of New Garden MM, Chester Co., PA. His maternal grandparents were Josiah Payne (b 1696, England d. Chester Co., PA) and Martha Shepard. The only Isaac found was Jacob’s father.

1767-1771 Regulator petitions: No Colsons, no Jennings.

1782 Montgomery tax list: Jacob Coleson, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 0 cattle; They are not on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

COLE: Charles

Charles (b. abt 1760) m. Quaker Elizabeth Stoneman. I believe Charles and Elizabeth migrated to Carroll/Grayson Co. shortly after the Revolution, but the property he lived on may have been purchased as early as 1774 by another Charles Cole who may have been his father (or it could have been him if the birth date is wrong), but may not have lived there.

There are no Coles or Coals on the 1767-1771 Regulator petitions.

1782 Montgomery tax list: not present. 1793 list 1 horse and no blacks (Dist. 2).

DAVIS: Joseph

Judie Schatz thinks that Joseph may be the son of John Davis and Mary of the Reed Creek area of Montgomery Co., VA.

1782 Montgomery tax list: Joseph Davies, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse, 2 cattle; District 2, 1793 Wythe list. Joseph Davis 3 horses, no slaves.


1782 Montgomery tax list: John Dougherty 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 5 horse, 18 cattle; they are not on the 1793 Wythe tax list.

EDWARDS: Isaac (disowned Quaker)

He was born 24 Dec 1747 in Chester Co., PA, moved to Rowan (later Guilford) Co., NC as a boy and died 2 July 1825 in Grayson (now Carroll) Co., VA. His actual name may have been Alexander Isaac Edwards. His parents were Thomas “Hannuel” Edwards (b. 1706 in Orange Co., NJ – d. 17 Nov 1783 in New Garden, NC) and Eleanor Scaife (b. Bucks Co., PA). The Edwards family were Quakers. Isaac’s grandparents were John Edwards and Mary Ingram. Isaac married Catherine Boone, possibly a first cousin of Daniel Boone, possibly the daughter of Joseph Boone and Catherine Brown of Exeter, Berks Co., PA. She was not Quaker but joined the Quakers after her marriage to Isaac (who had been disowned for marrying her in 1770). Children were born 1770-1799: Annuel Isaac, m. Mary Cox, d. Carroll Co., VA; Henry m. Letitia Richardson, d. Carroll Co., VA; Margaret m. Elisha Bedsaul in 1794; Mary b. 1776; Eleanor b. 1778 m. John Bass Dalton; William m. Elizabeth Bryson and d. 1869 in Carroll Co., VA; Nancy m. Esau Worrell in 1837; Joshua m. Nancy Hill; Catherine m. James McCue; John m. Mary Hague d. 1873 in Carroll Co., VA; Hannah m. a Stearman; Amy “Ann” m. William Osborne; and Isaac m. Mary Beamer and d. Caroll Co., VA in 1869.

Isaac had been a representative to the Provincial Congress of North Carolina in New Bern in 1774. Family legends say that Isaac participated in the Battle of Guilford Court House on the American side. His family moved to Little Reed Island in Virginia in 1781.

1782 Montgomery tax list: Isaac Edwards 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse, 2 cattle.

1793 Wythe personal tax list: Isaac Edwards 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse

FANNIN: John, Thomas (does not appear on Draper’s list of Tories and Quakers)

John Fanning in 1760-1779 was on tax lists and court records in Orange and later Randolph Co., NC and Thomas is his son. In 1782 John is on the Montgomery Co., VA tax list. In 1789 he is living in the area of the Big Falls of Cole (Coal) Creek and the head of Gordon Creek near John Murphy, the Reddicks, George Martin and others. Son John Jr. lived on Chestnut, Meadow and Crooked Creeks along with the Bedsauls, Samuel Blevins, Jeremiah Clonch, Timothy Murphy and others. Jacob Fanning lived on Chestnut Creek/Crooked Creek area near John Clonch, the Farmers and others. In 1788 Thomas moved somewhere near Fishers Mountain in Surry Co., NC where he appears on the 1790 census. Thomas’ wife is though to have been Ann Howard a daughter of Abraham Howard and Jane Howard Allen, who in her will probated 1805 in Surry Co., names a daughter Ann Fanning. Another son of John’s was Joseph Fanning who married Barbara Davis (d/o John and Mary Davis) and later migrated to Giles Co., TN (1809), Lauderdale Co., AL, Morgan Co., Illinois and finally to Madison Co., Arkansas. The Fannings were “Hard Shell” Baptists. Jacob and Nathan are the names of two more sons of John (and brothers of Thomas on the Swift list). Of John’s 5 sons, only John Jr. lived out his life in Virginia. John Jr. married Mary “Polly” Davis, another daughter of John and Mary Davis. John Sr.’s daughter Mary married Jacob Lineberry (originally of Randolph Co., NC and a son of Mary Catherine Youngblood [Jungblut]) and they bought out the other heirs and lived on John’s place after he died. (Judie Schatz)

There are two rather famous Tory Fanning lines. According to Judie Schatz these lines are not related to the Swift militia company Fannings as far as she can determine. (1) Judge Edmund Fanning was the famous victim of the Regulators. He was actually a Yale educated New Englander and his surviving writings show him to be a fawning courtier. (2) There was a famous Tory officer, David Fanning Jr., who he led the Tory militia in the old Guilford Co., NC area. This Fanning appears to be the cousin of the Bryant Fannin, son of Achilles Fanning Sr. of today’s Wythe county who confessed to the Virginia commanders of his involvement with the Tories. A Bryant and Achilles Fanning are listed in Thomas Ingles’ militia company. This line is descended from Bryant Fanning Sr. of Amelia Co., VA. Many Worldconnect lines have the John Fanning in the Swift company as a brother of Bryant Jr. and Achilles Sr. Fanning. Judie Schatz shows that Bryant Sr.’s son John was in Amelia county at the same time as the Grayson county John Fanning shows up in North Carolina. There is a James Fanning who co-migrates with John of Grayson and may be his brother.

The name John Fannin appears on Regulator petitions in the Guilford/Randolph Co., NC area.

1782 Montgomery tax list: John Fanning 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 5 horse, 16 cattle; Thomas not on the list. Not on the 1793 tax list for Wythe.

HANKS: Joshua, Jonathan (Quakers, later Baptists)

Joshua is one of the persons who donated land for the Mt. Pleasant MM meeting house in the 1790s. He purchased land in what is now Carroll Co., Virginia in 1783, which is when David Sturgill’s history says he first arrived (this helps date the 1st and 2nd Swift militia musters). He married his wife, Ruth Bryant in Surry Co., NC in 1784. She was the daughter of John Bryant and Lydia Allen who were Quakers. Joshua settled on Cole Creek and was active in Grayson County politics before Carroll County was set up. Many Hanks are buried in the old Quaker Cemetery near Piper’s Gap.

This family is supposed to be from the (Anglican in eastern Virginia/Baptist on the frontier) Richmond Co., VA Hanks line, although the Quaker religious orientation would be a better fit for the Exeter MM, Berks Co., PA Hanks associated with the Boone and Lincoln families or with the Maryland/Loudoun Co., VA “William the Quaker” Hanks line. In fact, recent DNA testing is beginning to make the latter possibility (Maryland origin) seem quite likely. However there is an alternative explanation for the DNA evidence that would give a Richmond Co., VA origin for this family (which requires separating the William Hanks m. Hester Mills lines from the other Richmond Co., VA lines). In David Sturgill’s History, Joshua Hanks is the son of Richard Hanks Sr. and his wife Mary Hinds of Richmond Co., VA, Amelia Co., VA, and old Guilford Co., NC and this is the line universally given on Worldconnect. The Cock and Dodson lines above are also North Farnham, Richmond Co., VA lines. Other New River pioneers besides Joshua include Abraham, John and Felix (perhaps, or are these men named Hawks?). Sturgill also claimed that Abraham Lincoln’s mother Nancy was a daughter of Abraham Hanks and was born near Piper’s Gap in present day Carroll Co., VA. This is hotly disputed and probably incorrect. This is almost surely a different Nancy Hanks (see messages 1305, 2009, and 2019 on the Hanks Genforum from Nancy Royce for a different view – [message 2019 refutes message 2009]). Hanks genealogy is currently in a state of confusion largely caused by the great interest in Nancy Hanks Lincoln and the dozens of legends surrounding her origin. These problems will only be resolved with DNA testing, particularly maternal mitochondrial DNA testing.

Children of Joshua and Ruth: Patience m. William Davis; Mary m. William Davis; William m. a Moore; Zachariah m. Susan Rector; Rhoda m. Enoch Moore; Nancy m. George Moore; Ruth m. John Vaughn; Thomas m. Jenny Moore; Lydia m. James Moore; Richard m. Tamer Bryant; David; James; John m. Delia Carrico; Susannah m. John Mooney; Joshua m. Rosamond Carrico; Thursa.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: No Hanks were found by me.

1782 Montgomery tax list: not present.  1787 Montgomery Co., VA Personal Property Tax Lists-List “A”: Hanks, Joshua Self 0, 0, 0, 3, 4; Joshua is on the 1793 tax list, Dist 2, 1 tithe, 3 horses, no blacks.

The only Jonathan Hanks that fits this time period is a son of William “the Quaker” of Maryland and Ruth Ryan. If it is him, then he is married to a woman named Jemima and migrates to Kentucky.

HARTGRAVE: Benjamin (from a Quaker family)

Susanna Hargrave m. Nathan Shelly’s brother John. Benjamin was Susanna’s brother. They are the children of Jesse Hargrave and Naomi Sebrell of Surry Co., VA. Benjamin was a near neighbor of Flower Swift’s on 8 November 1785 (Matthew Dickey’s treasury warrant). A Lucretia Hargrave married Thomas Hanks, brother of Joshua above. Her relationship to Benjamin has not been established yet.

There are Quaker connections in the Hargrave family in Virginia as well as North Carolina, especially in this particular line. Benjamin’s father Jesse is a brother of Samuel Hargrave the Quaker who marries Martha Cheadle. Samuel’s children marry mostly members of the Quaker Johnson and Terrell families (see Thomas Johnson biography above). The Jesse who married Naomi Sebrell is not a son of Joseph as often depicted on Worldconnect. His father’s name is unknown (possibly from land records it is Lemuel Jr.), but Jesse is a grandson of Lemuel Hargraves Sr. (source, Nancy Royce – see proof, next paragraphs).

From the will of Lemuel Hargraves of Surry 2 May 1740 (proved 15 Sept 1742)

“to grandson Jesse Hargrove that plantation where on his mother now dwells provided he or his heirs (when he or they shall be of lawful age) convey unto my son Samuel upon request all right which sd. Jesse hath by inheritance to the plantation and land that my son Benjamin was possessed of at the time of his death on south side Roanoke River in N. C.” Another line in the will names grandson Samuel of Caroline Co., VA (the one that marries Martha Cheadle).

Jesse Hargrave married Naomey Sebrell 16 Jan 1748/9 and moved with his family to North Carolina. In Granville Co. NC Deed Book A 12 Feb 1746 Jesse Hargrave of Surry Co. to Moses Myrick of Granville sells all right to the land “that ever did belong or in any wise appertain unto Benjamin Hargrove his uncle, late of NC deceased.” This means that Benjamin Hargrave could have had no children as his land went to his father as heir at law and his father, Lemuel Sr., left it to his grandson Jesse. There is no record of Lemuel’s wife’s name. There is a record of a Susanna Hargrave in the right time period to have possibly been his wife and there was a Susanna Cornwell (correspondence with Nancy Royce). Lemuel Sr. is the son of Richard Hargrave who joined the Quaker movement and belonged to a forerunner of the old Pagan Creek Meeting.

1782 Montgomery tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 3 horses, 1 cattle, among the Swift company names, the last part of his name is illegible. Could not find him on the 1793 Wythe list.

HUGHEY: Thomas

Thomas Huey m. Mary Bryan (daughter of John Bryan b. 9 April 1730 Opequon Creek, Frederick Co., VA, and she was a first cousin of Daniel Boone’s wife.). This Bryan family was known to have participated in the Regulators. They were, like the Boones, originally Quaker, but had become Baptists in North Carolina. Thomas was the son of John Huey and Elizabeth Morgan. The Huey family is from Rowan Co., NC and married with the Bryan family that also intermarried with the Boones. The Hueys had come from the Opequon Creek, Frederick Co., VA area with the Bryans. It does not appear that the Hueys were Quakers, but they seem to associate with them. Some of this family migrate to Clinton Co., IL from Iredell Co., NC. Thomas’ children were Elizabeth, Maria, John, Joseph, James, Samuel and Rebecca.

1782 Montgomery tax list: not present. 1793 Wythe list not present.

JOHNS: Abraham (Not a Quaker)

The most likely Abraham Jones (b. after 1751, VA) is the son of Robert Jones and Maria van Meter of Lunenburg/Halifax and Bedford Co., VA. He married Rachel Greer d/o Capt. Wm Greer d. perhaps Grayson Co., VA and Sarah Freeland. The van Meters are a New Jersey family of Dutch origin that are well-known for pioneering in western Pennsylvania and the Wheeling WV area. Abraham had a brother John b. abtr 1733 (m. Mary Rentfro) who was in Halifax County in 1766 and in Franklin Co., VA in 1789. Nothing more is known about Abraham, but brother John’s family goes to Shelby Co., KY, then disperses throughout the midwest. There is no William in this family, so the William on Swift’s muster is likely not to be related.

1767-1771 Regulator petition signers: Aiken, Andre, Aquilla, Charles, Thomas, Stephen, William Jones and William Greer(s)

1782 Montgomery tax list: Abraham Joans 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horse 6 cattle (no Greers – in NC). On the 1793 Wythe tax list he may be the Abraham Jones with 5 horses and 1 black (<16) (Also Robert and Shadrach Greer).

JULIAN: Isaac, Jesse

The Julian family lived in present day Randolph Co., NC at the time of the Regulation as did so many other members of the Swift company. This land was just southeast of the present day city of Randleman, NC near Polecat and Bush Creeks [tributaries of Deep River]. The Julian family intermarried with the Ashe Co., NC (New River) Long family (e.g. Isaac Julian [son of Isaac Julian and Barbara White, grandson of Rene St. Julian and Mary or Margaret Bullock] m. Sarah Long [this Isaac Jr. is the one on the Swift muster]; Solomon Long marred Catherine Julian; George Julian m. Eleanor Long). The Longs are yet another Quaker associated Maryland/Randolph Co., NC family whose names appeared on Regulator petitions [mother Martha Robinson Long was raised a Quaker and one of her children, Israel was a member of Deep River and later Westfield MM. Martha had been disowned for marrying Tobias Long]. The Longs lived west and a little south of the Chestnut Creek community and served in Capt. Cox’s company, probably 1782. Jesse Julian on the Swift muster was the son of George and Hannah Julian, a grandson of Peter Julian [Regulator petition, lived at Sandy Creek, Randolph Co., NC] and Mary Beals and a great grandson of Rene St. Julian, mentioned above.

The names of Peter Julian Sr. and Jr. appear on the Regulator list. Like the Swifts, Carrs and Wards, this is another Baltimore Co., MD family with Quaker associations. Rene St. Julian was a French Huguenot refugee.

The Isaac Julian who married Sarah Long was the grandfather of George W. Julian, a candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States (1852, Free Soil Party), a well known abolitionist and a founder of the Republican Party. While in congress, he proposed an amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote in 1868.

1782 Montgomery tax list: not present. Not on the 1793 Wythe list either.

MARTIN: George (non-Quaker)

This is probably the George Martin who married Amey Bedsaul. He is the son of a John Martin and possibly the brother of John Martin (Quaker) who is also on the Swift militia muster.

According to Barbara Martin (e-mail) this is probably the same George Martin who died intestate in 1831 in Roane Co., TN. If so he was born in 1761-1770 (according to the 1830 Roane Co., TN census). His heirs (1835 court record) were James, Elijah (or Elisha) m. Catherine Howard, Mary (wife of Daniel Bedsaul), Alsey (wife of George Blackwell), Tamer (wife of Richard Blackwell), Matilda, Peggy and George (of Smith Co., TN). He also had two other sons Moses (d. 1832/3) and John (d. abt 1842). This George may be the son of Moses Martin b. 12 Jan 1755 in Bedford Co., VA who married Anna Heath abt 1777 in Surry Co., NC and had a brother John b. 1757 in Bedford Co., VA who may be the John on the Swift list above. In this case, George would be John’s nephew, not his brother.

See also the Martin discussion above. George is a common name in the Quaker Martin lines.

1782 Montgomery tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 0 cattle. 1793 Wythe tax list: 4 horses, no blacks.

MURPHY: Timothy

Timothy’s ancestry is unknown. His tombstone says he was born in Dublin, Ireland and further states that he is the Timothy Murphy who shot Simon Frazier, a British commander at the Battle of Saratoga, 1777 and says he was a member of Boone’s company of Morgan’s rifles (this is disputed in DAR records according to Murphy descendant Len Chapel). His name does not appear on Regulator petitions, but there is a John Murphy. Timothy Murphy bought his land in partnership with James Blevins. When he died the part of the land in North Carolina went to the Blevins and the part in Virginia to the Murphys.

1782 Montgomery tax list: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 3 cattle. In 1793 Timothy has 2 horses and no blacks.

The rest of the men on musters 1 and 2 are not in the Montgomery Co., VA 1782 personal tax list.


  1. Rootsweb WorldConnect (all databases)
  2. Genforum (e.g. [to get a surname, replace ‘cox’ with whatever is appropriate]
  3. The Quakers in the American Colonies(by Rufus Jones, 1911)
  4. (New River Notes) is a resource for the History of the area.
  5. Grayson County, A History in Words and Pictures(by Bettye-Lou Fields and Jene Hughes, Grayson County Historical Soc., Independence VA, 1976). The militia company lists in this book were the starting point for this study. There is some other Revolutionary war material in there as well, particularly for the Capt. John Cox militia company which seemed to have the most trouble with local Tories.
  6. Montgomery Co. 1782 tax list:
  7. 1793 Wythe tax lists for Districts 1 and 2.
  8. Carroll 1765-1815 The Settlements, by John Perry Alderman would be a good book to read to round out this story and contains the sort of detail on deeds and tax lists that many genealogists find useful.The Carroll County Genealogical Club is on-line and selling a Carroll county history too.
  9. Revolutionary War pension application images are courtesy of Billy Markland.
  10. The Encyclopaedia of Quaker Genealogy, Volume VI (Virginia), edited by William Wade Hinshaw.
  11. The Encyclopaedia of Quaker Genealogy, Volume I (North Carolina), edited by William Wade Hinshaw.
  12. Roster for William Herbert’s Company in Lord Dunmore’s War, 1774 (New River Notes by Jeffrey Weaver). By colonial Virginia law, Quakers were exempt from militia duty if they could find a substitute. The Bedsauls served nonetheless. Other names found on the Swift roster and the Herbert roster are James Blevins and Nathan Ward. No other member of the Swift company served. Considering the Quaker minister, “” Thomas Beals, of Surry Co., NC went on a peace mission to the Shawnee (the target of Lord Dunmore’s War) during the Revolution, perhaps this is not surprising. Many of the Tories of the New River area are on Herbert’s roster as are the commanders of the other Whig New River militia companies.
  13. Some marriages relevant to the Chestnut Creek settlement from New Garden Monthly Meeting have been placed on-line.