The Life and Times of William Edward Spence (1722-1785)–Part Five

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Shortly after the death of William Edward Spence in March 1785, his wife Judha married William’s brother, David Spence (1735-1790). They were married by August 1785. David’s plantation bordered William’s, and the two families were quite close. William and David’s brother, James Spence (1730-1804), became the sole executor of William’s estate (1). The name of David Spence’s first wife is unknown, but they had two sons:

1. Lewis Spence (1775-1811). Lewis was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in 1775, and he last appears on the 1811 Tax List in Davidson County, Tennessee (2). I have no additional information about him.

2. John David Spence (1776-bef 1830). John David Spence was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in 1776, and he died before 1830 in Stewart County, Tennessee. His wife’s name is unknown, but they appear to have had a son by the name of John Spence. I have no additional information about the son. John David relocated to Tennessee and settled in Stewart County by 1810 (3). He also appears on the 1820 Census for Stewart County (4), and then he disappears from the records.

David and Judha Perry Spence also had two sons:

1. David Spence (1786-1814). David was born in 1786 in Pasquotank, North Carolina. On June 20, 1814, David enlisted in Capt William McKay’s Co. of Inf., Capt. Pipkin’s 1st Reg’t Tennessee Militia for service in the War of 1812 (5). On November 2, 1814, David Spence died in camp at Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee (6). In October 1815, Letters of Administration were granted in the David Spence Estate to John Jones in Davidson County, Tennessee (7). [Note: John Jones will reappear in Part Six of this article.] On November 16, 1817, John Jones filed an Inventory in the David Spence Estate in Davidson County, Tennessee (8). David never married.
2. William Spence (1787-1873). William was born in Pasquotank County in 1787, and he also relocated to Davidson County, Tennessee. His wife’s name was Jane, and they had two sons: Richard and Stewart. William died September 16, 1873 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. The following obituary is from the Nashville Union and American, 19 Sept 1873: “SPENCE, William, 86, died on the 16th at home of his son Richard Spence; he had lived in Rutherford County for 40 years” (9).

A summary of William Edward Spence’s Warrant for Land for his service in the Revolutionary War follows:

Military warrant for land, NC Archives to James Malloy, assignee of William Spence. Original given to William Spence, a priv. 5 in the line of this state 30 Sept. 1785. William Spence died by March 1785. Grant was signed by William’s brother, David Spence (whose land bordered William’s plantation) in Pasquotank, 19 Oct 1785 to John McNees 22 Oct. 1785. McNees signed it over to John Nichols 8 ??? 1786, Nichols signed it over to Thomas Malloy. Malloy had the property surveyed in Davidson County, TN and consisted of 640 acres(10).

The property was located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, Tennessee. Today it appears to be the site of the Metropolitan Bordeaux Hospital Complex!

William’s Estate Inventory was not recorded until February 17, 1796. On a list of proven accounts: Sarah Leakes. Document establishes the married name of William and Judah’s daughter. Rencher Spence’s name also appears of record. Other names appearing on the record as purchasers: Isaac McDaniel, James Spence, Thomas Rhodes, Jarvis Jones, James Temple, Asa Sexton, Mark Spence, Peter McDaniel, William Cartwright, Timothy Burnham, Thomas Deal, Ebenezer Sawyer, Solomon Temple and Caleb Koen (11).

David Spence last appears of record on the 1790 Census for Pasquotank County (12). He probably died that year since Judha married David Jones either that summer or early fall.

This article concludes with Part Six

References

(1) William Spence Estate File. Obtained from The North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina
(2) 1811 Davidson County, Tennessee Tax List About Lewis Spence. Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
(3) 1810 Census about John David Spence, Stewart County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) 1820 Census about John David Spence, Stewart County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) Spence, David: 1 Regiment (Pipkin’s) West Tennessee Militia (War of 1812). Documents obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
(6) Spence, David: 1 Regiment (Pipkin’s) West Tennessee Militia (War of 1812). Documents obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee
(7) Spence, David: 1 Regiment (Pipkin’s) West Tennessee Militia (War of 1812). Documents obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee
(8) David Spence Estate Inventory Filed by John Jones (Administrator), Davidson County, Tennessee 16 Nov 1817. Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
(9) From the Nashville Union and American, 19 Sept 1873: SPENCE, William, 86, died on the 16th at home of his son Richard Spence; he had lived in Rutherford County for 40 years.
(10) William Spence Warrant for Land for Service in the Revolutionary War. Copy obtained from the North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.
(11) William Spence Estate File (1785). Copy obtained from the North Carolina State Library & Archives. Raleigh, North Carolina.
(12) 1790 Census about David Spence, Pasquotank, North Carolina. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

The Life and Times of William Edward Spence (1722-1785)–Part Three

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It is unknown when William Edward Spence met Judha Perry. Her father’s will was registered October 1751. Judha was approximately two or three years old at the time of his death. As yet, I have not found guardianship records for Philip Perry’s children, but Judha’s mother Judith Elizabeth Hunter Perry may have moved to Chowan County, North Carolina and into the Elisha Hunter home. Elisha Hunter (1715-1786) appears to have been her uncle. I say this because Judha and William Spence named their second son Elisha! Elisha Hunter may have had two marriages. His second wife was Ann Walton, who was born about 1715, whom he married before 1750. The Hunters began having children, so Judith Elizabeth may have moved there to help Ann with the children. The portion of Chowan County where the Hunters lived became Gates County in 1779. Elisha Hunter’s will appears in Gates County records as follows:

Will of Elisha Hunter, 1786, Son of Isaac Hunter of Chowan, N. C.,Will Book One, Gates Co., N. C., pages 62 and 63FHL microfilm 0,018,965 In the name of God amen, I Elisha Hunter of the state of North Carolina in the county of Gates being very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God for the same, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament as followeth. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sele Hunter one feather bed and furniture, two cows and year-olds, two two-year-old steers, six sheep, ten hogs, one iron pot, two pewter dishes, two basins, twelve pewter plates, one frying pan, one riding mare, bridle and saddle. I say to her and her heirs forever. Item I leave to my loving wife Ann Hunter [née Ann Walton] the use of all the remaining part of my perishable estate of what nature or kind so ever during her widowhood, and in case she should marry, it is my will and desire that all my estate that I have left her the use of be equally divided amongst my wife and children or their legal representatives, except my granddaughter Ann Lay, daughter of Amos Freeman, which said Ann Lay hath already received her full part of my estate, and furthermore it is my will and desire that my loving wife Ann Hunter have free liberty on any part of my land so far as her people can cultivate but not to sell or destroy timber or timber trees further than her people can work off themselves and that she be not deprived of a greater part than one half of my apple orchard. And lastly I do nominate and appoint my son Thomas Hunter and Joseph Riddick my sole executors to see this last will and testament fully executed in manner and form as above mentioned, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Elisha Hunter have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this seventh day of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty six.Eli sha Hunter {seal} Signed, sealed, published, and pronounced in the presence of John Gordon, Sarah Hunter, Sarah X her mark Hunter State of North Carolina Gates County August Inferior Court of Please and Quarter Sessions 1786 the within will was exhibited into court by Thomas Hunter & Joseph Riddick Executors therein appointed and was proved by the oath of John Gordon, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. Then the said will was ordered to be recorded. At the same time the said executors came into court and qualified themselves for that office and prayed an order for letters testamentory thereon, which was accordingly granted. Teste Law Baker CGC (1)

Judha would have been two or three years of age when her mother moved to Chowan. And she may well have stayed with the Elisha Hunter family until her marriage to William Spence about 1769. In 1758, however, she met another man who would eventually become her third husband. David Jones of Pasquotank County settled in the area.

Previously appearing in Section One of this article as the son of Capt. Nehemiah Jones of Pasquotank, David Jones was born about 1735. He was a good friend of William Spence, and the two served together in David’s father’s militia company. William also appears on Capt. Jarvis Jones Militia Roster June 4, 1766 Militia Roster (2). Judha was about ten years old when David arrived in Chowan. In all likelihood, William Spence went to Chowan to visit his friend from time to time. He met the Elisha Hunter family early in his visits and young Judha as well.

On August 24, 1759, David married Sarah Ellegood (1737-1790) in Northampton, Virginia (3). The newly weds returned to Pasquotank, where David appears as a sergeant on Capt. Nehemiah Jones’ militia roster (4).

The children of David Jones and Sarah Ellegood follow:

1. Pheraba Jones (1763-1838). Pheraba was born in Pasquotank in 1763, and she died September 14, 1838 in Bedford County, Tennessee. On December 20, 1784, she married William Pallan (1758-1818) in Granville, North Carolina. Their son George Washington Pallan or Pollan was born in 1795 in Hillsboro, Granville, North Carolina, and he died August 1860 in Yallobusha County, Mississippi.
2. James Jones (1765-1796). James was born in Pasquotank in 1765, and he died in Gates County in 1796. His wife’s name is unknown. Their children were Hannah, Joseph and Mary Jones.
3. Hezekiah Jones (1768-1827). Hezekiah was born in 1768 in Pasquotank, and he died in Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1827. On May 26, 1784, he married Ann Carter (1786-1848) in Gates County, North Carolina (5). Their children were: Abraham Jones, David Jones, Dempsey Jones, Elizabeth Jones, James Jones, John Jones, Polly Jones, William Jones (1792-1833); Jonathan Jones (b. 1796); Eli Jones (b. 1799); Jesse Jones (b. 1805); and James Jones (b. 1807).
4. David Jones (1775-1806). David was born in Pasquotank in 1775, and he died in 1807 in Davidson County, Tennessee. He was thirty-one years of age at his time of death. I have no additional information about him.

William Spence traveled to Rowan County, where he appears on the tax records in 1761 and 1768 (6). By 1769, he returned to Chowan County, where he became reacquainted with Judha Perry. They were probably married in Chowan since her family members had all settled there. Then they returned to Pasquotank, where they settled on William’s plantation.

The children of William Spence and Judha Perry follow:

1. Sarah Elizabeth Spence (1770-aft June 1785). Sarah was born in 1770 in Pasquotank, and she died after June 1785 in Pasquotank. Her husband’s name appears as John “Jack” Leake (1765-1790). I have no additional information about them. If William’s first wife was Sarah Jones, Sarah may have been named for her. Judha’s mother was Judith Elizabeth Hunter; however, she appears to have been known primarily by her middle name. It is possible Sarah Elizabeth Spence was named for Sarah Jones and her two grandmothers: Elizabeth Greaves Spence and Judith Elizabeth Hunter Perry.

2. Joseph Spence (1774-1841). Joseph was born March 10, 1774 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and he died February 8, 1841 in Pasquotank. He was possibly named for a cousin who served with William in the militia unit. And he also had an uncle named Joseph Spence. Joseph had several marriages:

By Lydia Sawyer (1776-1825), whom he married about 1795

a. Peggy Spence (born 1796)
b. William Spence (1802-1831)
c. Sarah Spence (born 1805)
d. Olly Spence (born 1807)
e. Elisha Spence (1810-1827)
f. Evan Spence (born 1812)
g. Elizabeth Spence (born 1815).

All of his children were by his first marriage. His two additional marriages were to Susan Brite on January 27, 1828 in Pasquotank, and to Susan Spence on February 24, 1839 (7).

3. Elisha “Li” Spence (1776-1835). Elisha was my fourth great grandfather. He will be treated in another section.

4. Thornton Spence (1776-1829). Thornton was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in 1776, and he died in Pasquotank County, North Carolina May 2, 1829. A copy of his will follows:

In the name of God amen. I, Thornton Spence, being weak of body but in
perfect mind (same opening as in all the others)

Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, Hannah Spence, one
negro man Edmun and one habitat and furniture two beds? one ???one Rocking
Chair and harnis, one ???cart ???chairs one chist, one ???one table. I leave
unto my well beloved wife Hannah Spence the rest of all my property except
one ??? in doors and out of doors. During her natural life in Widow hood.
Item I give and bequeath after the Death of my wife Hannah Spence unto
William s. Temple, son of ??? Temple and Parenty his wife the house and
plantation I now live on. Also one ??? by the name of Ruthe. Item I give
and bequeath unto James Temple and his wife Pertany ????
Item I give and bequeath after the death of my wife Hannah Spence to ???
Jones, daughter of Edwin Jones and Judha his wife one negro Boy???
Item, I give and Bequeath after the Death of my wife Hannah Spence unto my
daughter Judha Jones wife of edward Jones the Plantation I bought from Mark
Williams and it is my will and desire is the ?? of my property after the
Death of my wife, Hannah Spence, to be equally divided between my two
Daughters Partheny temple and Judha Jones. I therefore nominate and apoint
David Spence to be my Soule Executor to this my Last Will and Testament,
revoking all former wills by me made. I do acknowledge this to be my Last
Will and Testament this the 2 day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and twenty-nine Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand
and Seal.

Witness: Anthony Davis (Jurat) Thornton Spence
Levi Spence

State of North Carolina/Pasquotank County: Court of Please and ?? Sept Term
1829

The Last Will and Testament of Thornton Spence(r) was exhibited in open court
and proved by the oath of Anthony Davis, a subscribing witness thereto, same
time David Spence the Executor therein named appeared and qualified as athe
law directs, ordered that thewill be recorded and letters testimentary issue.

Test: Charlese Spece Clerk (8)

Thornton’s wife’s name was Hannah. Their children were:

1. Parthenia Spence (1807-1862). Parthenia was born in Pasquotank in 1807, and she died in Pasquotank in 1862. Her husband was James Temple (1799-1847). Their children were:

a. William Spence Temple (1825-1896)
b. Wilson Spence Temple (1836-1899)

I have no additional information about these people.

2. Judith Spence (1810-1841). Judith lived in North Carolina her entire life. She had several marriages. Her first marriage was to Edwin Jones (1800-1831). They had one daughter: Mary Eloise Jones (1829-1880). Her second was to James Temple (about whom I have no additional information). They had one child: William S. Temple, who was born in 1829. Her third marriage was to Caleb Rencher Spence (1806-1855), whom she married about 1830. Caleb was the son of James Spence (1761-1828) and Rhoda McBride (1761-1850), and the grandson of Greaves and Elizabeth Spence. (I already covered them in a previous section.) The children of Caleb Rencher Spence and Judith Spence follow:

a. Caleb Rencher Spence, Jr. (1833-1896)
b. Joseph Temple Spence (1837-1918)
c. James Thornton Spence (1840-1877).

William and Judha Spence appear on two land deeds in 1775, both involving land sales to Peter Cartwright. The first is dated June 14, 1775, and the second is dated July 10, 1775 (9). William Spence’s name appears on a petition, 20 Sep 1779, to the General Assembly from Gideon Lamb and others “wanting a road through “Dismal Swamp” to benefit Pasquotank. & Perquimans & adjacent Counties” (10).

By this time, the Revolutionary War being fought in the South threatened the entire region. William Spence, David Jones and others went off to War, a decision that would greatly impact these families.

To Be Continued in Section Four

References

(1) Isaac Hunter Will (1786). Gates County, North Carolina Court Records. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Mar 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(2) Capt. Jarvis Jones Militia Roster under command of Col. Thomas Taylor, June 4, 1766. Pasquotank, North Carolina. Colonial Soldiers of the South–1732-1774. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Mar 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) David Jones, Sarah Ellegood Virginia Marriage Record. Virginia Marriages 1700-1850. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Mar 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) Three Hundred Years Along the Pasquotank: A History of Camden County, Capt. Nehemiah Jones Militia Roster (1766). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed 13 Mar 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) North Carolina Marriage Index, 1741-2004. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Mar 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) Colonial North Carolina Tax Records for 1761 and 1768, North Carolina State Library, Division of Archives and Cultural History
(7) Spence, Wilma C. North Carolina Bible Records Dating from the Early Eighteenth Century to the Present Day: Including Genealogical Notes and Letters Found in Some Bibles. (Logan, Utah: Unique Printing Service, 1973.)
(8) Thornton Spence Will (1829), Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Mar 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(9) William and Judha Spence Land Deeds to Peter Cartwright, 1775. North Carolina State Library, Division of Archives and Cultural History. Land Deeds dated June 14, 1775 and July 10, 1775. Copies obtained of original deeds.
(10) William Spence in the U.S. Reconstructed Census Records 1660-1820. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 13 Mar 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

The Life and Times of William Edward Spence (1722-1785)–Part Two

White Marsh Plantation, Gloucester County, Virginia--Photo obtained from Ancestry.com--Originally submitted to the Roberts Family Tree by Tina McCann

White Marsh Plantation, Gloucester County, Virginia; Owned by Phillip Perry (1577-1669)–often called “Phillip of White Marsh.” Photo obtained from Ancestry.com–Originally submitted to the Roberts Family Tree by Tina McCann

Very early in my Perry research, I encountered a story about the Perry family that held my interest for a long time. The story focused upon seven sons of a Phillip Perry, who were angry with him over his second marriage. As a result of their anger, the seven sons left Virginia for North Carolina and refused to name any of their sons after Phillip. For his part, Phillip Perry disinherited those seven sons. And for the longest time, I thought this Phillip Perry was Judha Perry’s father and that the seven sons were Judha’s half-brothers. Then approximately four years ago, someone set me straight.

Unfortunately, I do not have information for this person. She is no longer on the internet. The information she shared with me was gleaned from court records in Virginia and in North Carolina. Since my contact with her, I discovered additional sources that support her claim. Steve Watson’s “Origins of the Seven Perry Brothers of North Carolina” may have raised the initial question about the validity of the legend (1). As a result, my contact went to the courthouses in Virginia and North Carolina in an effort to piece the information together. Consequently, I no longer believe the so-called “Seven Brothers” story and regard it as a myth or a legend handed down through time. There may have been an incident that inspired its inception. If so, I am beginning to think it occurred in England, long before Phillip’s arrival in America.

Phillip Perry (1577-1669)

A large merchant family in England, the Perry family originated in Exeter, Devonshire, England (2). In his book Perry of London, Jacob M. Price provides an in-depth overview of the Perry family from Devonshire, with a special focus on the Perry family of London. According to Price:

The story of the Perrys as merchants begins in 1531-1532, when one Roger Pery was admitted a freeman of Exeter by apprenticeship. Whether or not he was, as alleged, sprung from the armigerous Perys of Water, Roger was part of an extensive counsinhood, with kin in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. Following in the footsteps of his master, Roger became a merchant in Exeter, as did his two sons William and Richard. Both also became bailiffs of Exeter and appear in the records of the local Society of Merchant Adventurers. There we find William (city bailiff, 1578) an active of relatively small-scale merchant in the 1560s, importing raisins, figs and wine (“sack”), presumably from Spain and the Mediterranean. Richard can also be found in the Exeter port books in the 1580s importing wine and other goods from Spain or Portugal. Both brothers were specifically named as merchants trading to Spain and Portugal and as founding members in Queen Elizabeth’s charter of 1577 incorporating the Spanish Company, But, as Roger and his sons William and Richard had rather low assessments for local taxes, the family was presumably not too prosperous in the sixteenth century. This would have made them particularly receptive to alternative career opportunities for their offspring in the expanding English world overseas, particularly when the outbreak of the interminable hostilities with Spain in 1585 created obstacles to continuing in their family’s accustomed trade. Around 1600, William’s son William settled as a merchant at Limerick in Ireland, where there was a significant Exeter element from the 1580s…(3).

Price provides a chart of Roger Pery’s descendants through his son, Richard (d.1621)–the Bailiff of Exeter in 1585. Richard’s children follow:

1. Phillip (b. 1577)–progenitor of this narrative and great grandfather of Judha Perry.
2. Richard (1578-1579)
3. Roger (1579-1618)
4. Richard II (1580-1650)–m. Dunes Hicks (d. 1654)–The grandparents of Micajah (Micaiah) Perry (1641-1721)–one of the founders of Perry & Lane tobacco merchants. The Perry family of London descends from Micajah Perry. Phillip (b. 1577) has often been described as Micajah Perry’s uncle. He would have been Micajah’s grand uncle, instead. Judha Perry was Micajah Perry’s second cousin once removed.
5. John (1581-1629) of London
6. (H)Osea (b. 1584)
7. Edward (1585-1622)
8. Thomas (b. 1586)
9. William (1588-1619)
10. Elizabeth (b. 1590) (4).

The oldest son of Richard Perry, Phillip Perry was born in April 1577 in Exeter, Devonshire, England, and he was christened April 5, 1577 in Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devonshire, England (5). Phillip may have had an earlier marriage, but apparently there is no record of that. Nor is there a record of an early first family. If there is a basis for the “Seven Brother” Theory–it may well be lodged in a first marriage for Phillip. If so, then the event took place long before Phillip’s arrival in America. Phillip went to Glasgow, Scotland to oversee the family’s shipping business. His known wife’s name was Grace (1620-1670), whom he married about 1640 in England and between 1640 and 1655, Phillip relocated to Virginia. (If Phillip had two marriages, Grace would have been his second wife. She was considerably younger than Phillip; that could have sparked an uproar between himself and the sons of his first marriage). The children of Phillip and Grace Perry follow:

1. Jane Perry (1640-1685). She appears to have married a John Perry–his connection with this family is unknown. She is not mentioned in her father’s will; may have returned to England. She may not have been a daughter of Phillip and Grace. I am listing her here until I have more verification. [Note: If Phillip had a prior marriage as suggested, Jane could have been the youngest child of that marriage.]
2. Phillip Perry (1640-aft Oct 1669). This Phillip Perry was the oldest son of Phillip and Grace and is mentioned in his father’s will. He appears to have settled in Nansemond and relocated to North Carolina. His wife’s name was Joanna/Johanna. He disappears from the records and may have returned to Virginia.
3. James Perry (1642-bef 1667). James was born in the Isle of Wight, Virginia.
4. Jacob Perry (1644-bef 1667). Jacob was also born in the Isle of Wight, Virginia.
5. John Perry (1646/50-1724)–the grandfather of Judha Perry. I will cover him in a separate section.

The will of Phillip Perry follows:

In the name of God, Amen. I Phillip Perry, aged seventy years or there about, being weak in body yet in sound memory, praise be God, I do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in form and manner following.
Item. I bequeath my soul to God, who gave it me and my body to the earth from which it came to be so buried in such a decent sort as my loving wife shall think fit and convenient. And as concerning my wordly goods, I dispose as following: my will is that my debts in the first place should be paid.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my eldest son, Phillip Perry, when he comes to one and twenty years of age, a brown steer of five years old with a mealy mouth marked with a shallow tail in the right ear and cropped in the left ear and a slit in the crop. And a cow of the same age and marked in the ears as the star aforesaid and his increase forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my youngest son, John Perry, when he comes to one and twenty years of age a pied heifer, white and reddish, about two years old marked with a shallow tail in the right ear and crop on the left ear and slit in crop and a black heifer of the same age and marked as above named, and two breeding cows marked as the heifer above marked, and their increase forever. And likewise I give unto my youngest son, John, after the death of my loving wife, his mother, the plantation of mine to him and his lawful heirs forever. And my will is that my youngest son, John Perry, shall give Will of Phillip Perry :
unto my eldest son, Phillip Perry, when he comes to five and twenty years of age, one thousand pound of sound (?) to him in lease and cash. And so for my youngest son, John Perry, to take my plantation wholly to himself after the death of my loving wife, his mother, as above said. And if in life my eldest son, Phillip Perry dies before he comes to age, this as is above mentioned, that then I do give and bequeath what is given unto my youngest son John Perry. I leave it unto my eldest son, Phillip Perry. And if it please God to take both these my sons to his reward before they come to age and my loving wife their mother lives that then what I gave to them shall be their mothers.
Item. I give unto my loving wife, Grace Perry, all my goods movable and unmovable, both within doors and without doors exempting what I have given unto my two sons. I do herewith make my loving wife Grace Perry my sole and lawful executrix of this my last will and testament. And my will is that my wife should give my two sons, besides, what she thinks mine, if she have it to spare, according to their obedience to her.
I do nominate and appoint my friend Ralph Channell to be my overseer of this will and testament. And also my will is that my estate shall not be praised, do confirm this my last will and testament. I have with willingly fit my hand and seal this six and twentyth day of November 1667.

Phillip Perry (mark)

James Bagnall
Anselm A. Baylis (mark)

This will was proved by the oath of James Bagnall and Anselm Baylis in the open court held for the Isle of Wight County this ninth day of October 1669 and then recorded.
Jno Jerimas, Clerk of the Court (6).

John Perry (1650-1724)

The grandfather of Judha Perry, John Perry was born between 1646 and 1650 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, and he died June 16, 1724 in what is today Gates County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Young (1654-1720) in 1674 in Isle of Wight. She was the daughter of John Young, who was born in 1634. The children of John Perry and Elizabeth Young follow:

1. Samuel Perry, who died in 1745 in Perquimans, North Carolina
2. John Perry (1690-1760). John was born in Upper Parish, Nansemond, Virginia and he died Oct 13, 1760 in Quoyokason Swamp, Bertie, North Carolina. According to Zane Dale Perry:

John Perry (ca. 1690 – 1760) was born on land that his father, John Perry, received by Virginia Land Grant in the 1680s. This land was located just north of present-day Sunbury, North Carolina, on the west side of the Great Dismal Swamp. This land was eventually sold and John Perry (ca. 1690-1760) moved around 1738 or 1739 to the west side of Chowan River in Bertie County. While John Perry was a vestryman in the Church of England, there is a great possibility that he also attended the Baptist church, which had a meeting house just south of his home. The Baptist movement was already strongly established in the section of North Carolina in the 1730s, and vestrymen of the Church of England were known to secretly attend both services. John Perry’s son, known as John Perry Junr. (circa 1715-1785), was certainly a member of the Baptist faith as he moved his family out of Bertie County in 1769 and he helped found the new High Hills of the Santee Baptist Church in present-day Sumter County, South Carolina, where he was one of four trustees of this new Baptist church (7).

3. Israel Perry (1697-1779). Israel was born in Perquimans, North Carolina, and he died there.
4. Jacob Perry (1700-1775). Jacob was born in Belevedere, Perquimans, North Carolina, and he died March 4, 1775 in Perquimans.
5. Phillip Perry (1700-1751). This is Judha Perry’s father, and I will cover him in a separate section.
6. Benjamin Perry (1705-1788). Benjamin was born in Perquimans in 1705, and he died March 11, 1788 in Perquimans.
7. Joseph Perry (1706-1759). Joseph was born in Perquimans and died there.

As previously noted, John Perry died June 16, 1788 in what is today Gates County, North Carolina (8). An article titled “John and Phillip Perry” notes:

In 1673 John Perry, son of Phillip of “Whitemarsh” decd sold the land he inherited from his father to Col. Joseph Bridges of “Whitemarsh” who had a large estate nearby. In 1693 John Perry, son of Phillip Perry, dec. conveyed a tract of land to Col. Joseph Bridgers lying in Whitemarsh.

On 10 Aug 1674 John Perry requested administration on the estate of John Young who died intestate, he having married Elizabeth Young, daughter and heir of John Young. His surities were John Marshall and Francis Ayers.

John Young was probably the son of Richard Young, who patented land in Isle of Wight in 1635. John Young was mentioned in the will of Edward Cherwine, 27 Sept 1649.

John Perry and his wife Elizabeth of the Upper Parish of Nansemond on May 26 1675 sold to Nathaniel Bacon 70 acres in Lower Parish of Isle of Wight bought of John Young and Robert Butts. A John Perry held 870 acres in Nansemond in the Quit Rent of 1704 (9).

Phillip Perry (1700-1751)

The father of Judha Perry, Phillip Perry was born in 1700 in Nansemond, Virginia, and he died before the October session of court, 1751 in Perquimans, North Carolina. His will is dated July 5, 1751.

Phillip had two marriages, and both wives bore the surname Hunter–something that may have helped propel the “Seven Brother” story. His first wife as Joan (Jean) Hunter (1708-1736). She was the daughter of Isaac Hunter (1690-1753) and Elizabeth Riddick Parker (1685-1739). Isaac Hunter was a son of William of Nansemond Hunter (1650-1732) and Joane (Jo Ann) Norseworthy (1657-1751). Joan (Jean) Hunter’s brother, Elisha Hunter (1715-1786) is important to this narrative, so he will return in Part Three. The children of Phillip and Joan Hunter Perry follow:

1. Phillip Perry (1730-1751). Phillip was born in Nansemond and died in Perquimans
2. Mary Perry (born 1732) Mary was born in Nansemond
3. Sarah Perry (born 1733) Sarah was born in Nansemond
4. Jesse Perry (1734-1802). Jesse was born in Nansemond, and he died in North Carolina in 1802.

After Joan Hunter Perry’s death, Phillip married Judith Elizabeth Hunter (1710-1751). She was a daughter of Robert Hunter (1685-1753). Robert and Isaac Hunter were brothers and were sons of William of Nansemond. So Judith Elizabeth Hunter and Joan Hunter were first cousins.

The children of Phillip Perry and Judith Elizabeth Hunter follow:

1. Elizabeth Perry (1745-1845)
2. Rachel Perry (born 1746, North Carolina.) Rachel became the wife of Richard Skinner (1740-1792). They had one child: John Price Skinner (1772-1820).
3. Judha “Jude” Perry (1748-1795). Jude became the wife of William Spence and will be detailed in the future parts of this article.
4. Miriam Perry (born 1750).

An abstract of Phillip Perry’s will follows:

Perry, Philip, Perquimans County
5 July 1751. October Court, 1751
Sons: Jesse (lands on Little River, known by the name Sandy Hook), Philip (“plantation whereon I now live”). Daughters: Sarah, Mary, Rachel, Jude, Elizabeth and Miriam. Executor: Jacob Perry, son of Jacob Perry. Witnesses: Moses Field, Benjamin Perry, Elizabeth Perry. Clerk of Court: Elizabeth Hatch (10).

This article continues in Part Three

References

(1) Watson, Steve, “Origins of the 7 Perry Brothers of North Carolina”. 11 Sept 2003. Perry Family History Website. Date Accessed: 16 Feb 2015. Available online at http://www.perryfamilyhistory.com/OriginsOfSevenPerryBrothers.pdf
(2) Price, Jacob M. Perry of London: A Family and a Firm on the Seaborne Frontier 1615-1753). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press (1992) p.8
(3) Price, Jacob M Perry of London, pp.8-9
(4) Price, Jacob M. Perry of London: Figure 1, p.10.
(5) Phillip Perry in the England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Feb 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) Phillip Perry in the Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Feb 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(7) Perry, Zane Dale. “Some Vestry Minutes of St. Paul’s Parish, Chowan, North Carolina”. Zane Dale Perry Family Tree. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Feb 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry
(8) John Perry in the Family Data Collection – Individual Records, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Feb 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com.
(9) “John and Phillip Perry”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Feb 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com.
(10) Abstract of North Carolina Wills, p. 285.