Saturday, October 29, 2011

Surname Saturday: RASBURY or RASBERRY of Virginia & Chowan/Bertie Co North Carolina

While I have not yet located a direct ancestor with the surname RASBURY/RASBERRY, the family certainly seems to have been deeply connected with my JONES family of Chowan/Bertie Co NC.

The first mention of JOHN RASBURY/RASBERRY & his wife BRIDGET BROWNE of Isle of Wight Co VA in Chowan/Bertie Co NC was in 1711:

1711 Chowan County, North Carolina Deeds, Book W : "Know all men by these presents that I John EARLY of North Carolina living in the County of Albermarle & in the Precinct of Chowan for and in consideration of the sum of half pound current money of Nor th Carolina to me in hand paid by JOHN RASBERRY, hatter, living in the above County & in the Precinct of Chowan at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents wherewith I confess myself to be fully satisfied contended and paid have bargained & sold and by these presents do fully clearly and absolutely bargain & deed unto the said JOHN RASBERRY a certain parcel of land containing two hundred acres of land plantation thereon houses orchard fencing & all that is belonging to the said two hundred acres of land lying upon Chowan River betwixt John Hales land and Thomas Daniel to have and to hold the above said two hundred acres of land all appurtenances belonging thereon to the above said JOHN RASBERRY his heirs ex'ors adm'trs or assigns to him & t hem forever from me my heirs ex'ors adm'trs or assigns and every one of us or whosoever shall come after me & against all people who shall and will warrant acquit and forever defend by these presents given from under my hand and seal the 16th day of April in the Reign of Sovereign Lady Queen Ann Anno Domi 1711. Signed sealed and Delivered in the presence of George Smith and John Hale. Signed (his mark) John Early."

CHARLES JONES Sr & SARAH unknown (his first wife) of Westmoreland Co VA was in Chowan/Bertie Co NC as early as 1713, according to a land deed to George Smithwick; he is also listed in a 1717 Chowan Co tax list. Parts of Chowan Co NC became Bertie Co NC in the 1720s.

In 1725, CHARLES JONES Sr gave 100 acres of land to BRIDGET RASBERRY, the daughter of JOHN RASBERRY & wife BRIDGET BROWNE.

April 23, 1725 CHARLES JONES to BRIGET RASBEARY (Rasberry or Rasbury):
"For love I do bare BRIGET RASBEARY, the daughter of JOHN RASBEARY and BRIDGET his wife.... 100 A at Hors(Horse) Swamp adj. James Howard, Peter West to Cow Hall (Haule). Wit. Thomas Bird, Stephen Williams. May 1725 Thomas Pollock C. Justice" Colonial Bertie County, Vol I, Abstracts, Deed Book A 1720-1725.

CHARLES JONES Sr married 2nd to KATHERINE unknown; he wrote his will in 1739 and it was probated in 1748 in Bertie Co NC. In the will he names CHRISTOPHER HOLLOMAN & WILLIAM RASBARRY (son of JOHN RASBERRY & wife BRIDGET) as overseers/executors of the will.

JOHN RASBERRY died the following year, 1749, but the only mention of CHARLES JONES in JOHN RASBERRY's will is in the location of JOHN's property (they owned adjoining property), which he bequeathed to his son-in-law ARTHUR PINNER.

So what exactly was the relationship between CHARLES JONES Sr & the RASBERRY family?  Were they only close neighbors & nothing more?

I suspected at first that perhaps SARAH, the 1st wife of CHARLES JONES, was a daughter of JOHN RASBERRY of Bertie, but after finding JOHN's will, that appears NOT to be the case. Then I suspected that perhaps CHARLES JONES Sr's mother, the wife of JOHN JONES II of Westmoreland Co VA, may have been a RASBERRY.  But that too has been unprovable.

That the two families were somehow intertwined seems indisputable.  JOHN JONES b 1780-1790 who died after 1850 in Henderson Co TN & married BEATRICE "BEDA" PRESLAR/PRESLEY was a son of my ancestors NICHOLAS JONES & MARTHA "PATSY" MOORE, and great grandson of CHARLES JONES Sr & SARAH unknown.  JOHN JONES named one of his sons RASBERRY JONES b 1828 in TN; another son ARCHIBALD JONES b 1818 named his son RASBERRY JONES also.  And there were several more with the name in descending generations. So clearly there was some kind of connection...but what?

For more information on these families, and my documentation, please check out my Rootsweb online tree "Southern Ancestors of Minttie Mae Bruton".

And as always, your comments are appreciated!

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Timeline of my Earliest American Colonial Ancestors 1608-1630

Recently I decided that it might be fun to make a timeline of my earliest immigrant ancestors to the American colonies.  Fun indeed!  It has turned into a much bigger project than I imagined!

The website Pilgrim Ship Lists by Date , by Anne at Packrat Productions,  was very helpful in assembling my list.  If you have the time & inclination, she needs volunteers to transcribe ship's lists!

Here is my timeline 1608-1630 so far (and far from complete I might add), beginning with my earliest known ancestor.  For each immigrant, I have tried to add the name of the ship if known, and where they eventually settled. ORANGE is my maternal line; BLUE is my paternal line, and PURPLE is both.

1608  EDWARD GURGANEY “Phoenix” Jamestown VA
1610  CECILY REYNOLDS age 10? possibly relative or servant of William Pierce ?;  “Swan”; she married Thomas    Bailey, Samuel Silas Jordan (possibly her cousin)  & William Farrar in  Jamestown, VA.
1611  Capt THOMAS HARRIS  “Prosperous” Jamestown VA; married Adria Gurganey; she came later on the         “Marmaduke”
1619  THOMAS OTWELL, “Bona Nova” Jamestown (sons went to Maryland)
   Dr JOHN WOODSON & wife SARAH WINSTON “George” Jamestown VA
1620  JOHN HOWLAND, Pilgrim, “Mayflower”  Plymouth MA
ELIZABETH TILLEY, Pilgrim “Mayflower” Plymouth MA
WILLIAM HANCOCK ship?, Berkeley Hundred, Jamestown VA
THOMAS SHIPPEY, “Supply”, Berkeley Hundred, Jamestown VA
RANDALL/RANDOLPH HOLT Sr ; “George” indentured servant to Dr John Potts & his wife Elizabeth; Surry Co VA
1621 HENRY WATKINS I b Wales; “George”  settled Eastern Shore, which later became Henrico Co VA  
EDWARD BOMPASSE/BUMPAS “Fortune” Plymouth to Marshfield MA
WILLIAM PALMER  & son WILLIAM “Fortune” Plymouth MA (later CT)
ADRIA (GURGANEY) HARRIS “Marmaduke” Jamestown VA
1622  JOHN SEAWARD/SEWARD “Gift” Isle of Wight Co VA
    THOMAS CRISPE “Warwick” Easten Shore (Henrico Co VA)
1623 JOHN BROWNE & wife MARGARET HAYWARD ship ?  Pemaquid, Maine
   THOMAS HEATH “Safety” Jamestown, VA (unverified ancestor)
1624   JORIS JANSEN de RAPALJE &  wife CATALYNTJE TRICO “de Eendract” New Netherlands

1625 HANS HANSEN BERGEN; bef 1625; ship? New Amsterdam
1626 RICHARD WEBB Sr Ship? Cambridge MA to Norwalk, CT
   Capt RICHARD NORMAN Ship? Salem, MA
1627 LAMBERT HUYBERTSEN MOLL ship? New Amsterdam
1629 SIMON HOYT/HOYTE Higginson Fleet “Lyon’s Whelp” ; MA, later CT

1630 Gov THOMAS DUDLEY & wife DOROTHY YORK & chl Winthrop Fleet“Arbella” MA
JOHN DAGGETT/DOGGETT Winthrop Fleet “Arbella” Martha’s Vineyard
NICHOLAS KNAPP Winthrop Fleet “Arbella” Stamford, CT
JEREMIAH JAGGER Winthrop Fleet “Arbella” Stamford CT-Barbados
ABRAHAM FINCH Winthrop Fleet Ship? MA to Stamford CT
EDMUND LOCKWOOD Sr & wife ELIZABETH & son  Winthrop Fleet, ship? Cambridge MA to Stamford CT
ROBERT LOCKWOOD, bro of Edmund, Winthrop Fleet, ship? Watertown MA to Stamford CT
Gov THOMAS WIGGIN Winthrop Fleet, ship ?; 1st Gov NH
GARRETT/JARRETT HADDON  Winthrop Fleet ship ? Salisbury MA
ISAAC MORRILL Winthrop Fleet “Lyon”  Roxbury MA
JOHN PERKINS  & wife JUDITH GATER & chl Winthrop Fleet “Lyon” Salisbury MA
Gov THOMAS MAYHEW Winthrop Fleet ship? Watertown MA to Martha’s Vineyard
ROBERT SEELEY Winthrop Fleet Ship? CT to Huntington Long Island NY
ANTHONY COLBY Winthrop Fleet Ship?  Salisbury MA
GARRETT CHURCH Winthrop Fleet Ship? Watertown, MA
JOHN SAYLES, wife PHILLIPA, daughter PHOEBE Winthrop Fleet ship?MA, then New Amsterdam after 1632
THOMAS LOMBARD & wife REBECCA  & chl Winthrop Fleet  “Mary & John”  Dorchester MA to Barnstable MA
JOHN GREENAWAY & wife MARY Winthrop Fleet “Mary & John” Dorchester MA
BRANT PEELEN VAN NIERKIRKE May 24; “de Eendracht” New Amsterdam
GOOSEN GERRITSEN Van SCHAICK ship? New Netherlands
Deacon HENRY COBB; Pilgrim; emigrated from Leyden Holland; ship? Plymouth
Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2011