Monday, October 19, 2015

A New Look at THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER, the Quaker, Part Two: Chowan, Craven, Perquimans & Carteret County, North Carolina

Possibly the biggest breakthrough that I've had in years concerning my 5th great grandfather THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER, is the fact that,  through DNA testing, I have firmly established that SAMUEL FRAZIER, the Quaker, born April 10, 1749 in North Carolina was indeed THOMAS' son.  See my previous blog post FRAZIER DNA Surprises.

Beginning with this new evidence, I began researching SAMUEL FRAZIER in North Carolina. Up to now, the only records I had for SAMUEL were his marriage record to REBECCA JULIAN March 17, 1771 in Guilford Co North Carolina, and several references to him in New Garden and Westfield Quaker Monthly Meetings in Guilford Co, then by 1795 at New Hope Quaker Monthly Meeting in Greene Co Tennessee.  Anything before 1771 was a mystery.

Now not so much!  I have found SAMUEL FRAZIER living in Craven Co North Carolina with his father THOMAS FRAZIER &  and brother (or uncle)  DANIEL FRAZIER in 1769 and 1770.

But it is really THOMAS FRAZIER that I would like to discuss here, and why I believe that this THOMAS is the same person as 'GEORGE THOMAS FRAZIER".

Here is a timeline of what I have found:

--1725 born in North Carolina

--Feb 1743 Carteret Co North Carolina; named in father JOHN FRAZIER's will, underage.

--1748 married MARY PUGH, possibly in Chowan Co North Carolina.  There was a FRANCIS PUGH family living in Chowan County in the mid-1700s. THOMAS & MARY did name a son "FRANCIS HENRY".   More research to come

--1753 tax list THOMAS FRAZIER, Chowan Co North Carolina.  Makes perfect sense if MARY PUGH's family was from Chowan County.  Also his FALCONER relatives still lived in Chowan County, and possibly one uncle DANIEL FRAZIER b 1703 who married MARGARET DAWSON, and who lived in Bertie Co North Carolina, which was formed from Chowan County. I have had several AncestryDNA matches to descendants of DANIEL FRAZIER & MARGARET DAWSON. More research to come.

--July 19, 1763 Craven County North Carolina; land deed:  WILLIAM STUART of Clubfoots Creek in Craven Co to THOMAS FRAZIER of same; 200 ac on s side Nuse River, w side Clubfoots Creek, adj EDMUND MITCHELL. witnessed by DANIEL FRAZIER (THOMAS' brother); date in Quaker style.

--Oct 20, 1764 Craven Co North Carolina; attended estate sale of ELIZABETH MASON, deceased; THOMAS FRAZIER & (his brother ) DANIEL FRAZIER

--1769 Craven Co North Carolina tax list THOMAS FRAZIER, son SAMUEL FRAZIER, son or brother, DANIEL FRAZIER.

--1770 Craven Co North Carolina tax list THOMAS FRAZIER, son SAMUEL FRAZIER, son or brother, DANIEL FRAZIER

--March 17, 1771 Guilford Co North Carolina; son SAMUEL FRAZIER married REBECCA JULIAN; joined New Garden Quaker Monthly Meeting in Guilford County.

--1774 Carteret Co North Carolina; Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting; THOMAS FRAZIER  requested certificate of removal to Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting in Perquimans Co North Carolina.

--1778  THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, son of THOMAS FRAZIER, disowned from the Quaker Church at  Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting, Perquimans Co North Carolina, likely for marrying out of unity with SARAH JOHNSON.  I now believe that it was THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, not his father,  who purchased the 100 acres on Buffalo Creek in Randolph County North Carolina Jan 28, 1779, and later sold it to his brother GEORGE FRAZIER. THOMAS Jr later moved to Greene Co Tennessee, where his brother SAMUEL lived.  

--April 11, 1781 Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting, Carteret Co North Carolina; THOMAS FRAZIER returned from Piney Woods Monthly Meeting and requested certificate for his children MARY FRAZIER, DANIEL FRAZIER & WILLIAM FRAZIER.

--1783 Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting, Carteret Co North Carolina; MARY FRAZIER, daughter of THOMAS, dismissed from the Quaker church for "disunity".

--June 6, 1785 Carteret Co North Carolina THOMAS FRAZIER Sr died, and was reported to the Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting

--Oct 20, 1788 Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting; DANIEL FRAZIER "of Craven and Carteret County, son of THOMAS FRAZIER, deceased"; married ELEANOR "NELLIE" MELTON widow, of HENRY STANTON

--1791 Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting; WILLIAM FRAZIER, son of THOMAS FRAZIER, deceased, dismissed from the church for "moving a considerable distance from us".

So in summary.  It is my theory that the man known as  "GEORGE THOMAS" FRAZIER born 1725 was actually THOMAS FRAZIER Sr, the Quaker, of Chowan, Craven, Perquimans & Carteret County North Carolina, son of JOHN FRAZIER & MARY FALCONER, and brother of DANIEL FRAZIER Sr, b about 1722, also a Quaker, of Craven & Perquimans Co North Carolina.

Supporting evidence is the fact that SAMUEL FRAZIER his son, also a Quaker,  is listed in the 1769 & 1770 Craven Co North Carolina tax list, before his move to Guilford Co North Carolina in 1771.  (By the way, SAMUEL FRAZIER finally left the Quaker church for good in 1806, having been called on the carpet in 1802 for "drinking spiritous liquids to excess". He was dismissed in 1806 from the Lost Creek MM, Jefferson Co Tennessee,  for non-attendance).

THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, son of THOMAS FRAZIER was dismissed from the Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting in Perquimans Co North Carolina in June of 1778, and it is my belief that he (not his father) then migrated  shortly afterwards, in 1779, to Randolph Co North Carolina.

By the mid-1780s to 1790, nearly all of the sons of THOMAS FRAZIER Sr  had followed in the footsteps of SAMUEL FRAZIER & THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, moved westward, and were living in Guilford or Randolph Co North Carolina.  Most of them were Quakers.

Clearly lots more research to do, and many more DNA results to process. But this is my working theory for now.


--"American Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy Vol I North Carolina Yearly Meeting" by William Wade Hinshaw, p 270, 540, more

--"US Quaker Meeting Records 1681-1935" database, numerous pages of scanned original records

--"Craven County North Carolina Deeds, Wills & Inventories Volume I 1737-1777" by Dr Stephen E Bradley p 57

--"Craven County North Carolina Deeds, Wills & Inventories Volume II 1742-1801" by Dr Stephen E Bradley p 52

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2015

1 comment:

Micheál Ó Baoighill said...

That's an amazing analysis. I'm so glad to see some new information because I know that this Frazier has been the cause of many people's frustration because of the difficulty in finding anything on him! Thanks for your hard work!