NORTHINGTON Family of America

The parts on Northington are writen in three parts some by Seth Breeding, some that I have came up with by myself and others and last the hand out papers at Raven Rock State Park.

Note.-This manuscript first written March 1959, revised during 1975 by Seth D. Breeding, 2205 Greenlee Drive, Austin, Texas 78703

The best account of the early NORTHINGTON family in America known to this writer is that titled "NORTHINGTON" by B. C. Holtzclaw, appearing on pages 153 to 157 in the book Historical Southern Families, Vol. 3, by John Bennett Boddie, l9S9. In September 1974 Dr. Benjamin C. Holtzclaw, age 80, was living at 11 Ampthill Road, Richmond, VA 23226. Dr. Holtzclaw descends from Samuel(l) Northington through his son Samuel(2) Northington, through his son Nathan(3) Northington (wife 2^;Rebecca Chappell), through their daughter Anne Worthington, born Feb. 5, 1765, who 4:married Joel Newsom about 1781-2. (The first known Northington generation in America is designated (1), the second generation (2), etc.)

A copy of the family history, NORTHINGTON, by B. C. Holtzclaw, is presented beginning below

The name Northington was pronounced and frequently spelled Norrington in the early days. The Virginia family was probably an offshoot of an English family of Norwenton, whose arms were: Argent a saltyre gules.

Samuel (l) Norrington appears first in Gloucester Co., Va., April 28, 1691. Where he was granted 540 acres of land in that county in right of his wife, Hannah, nee Jones, widow of John Corderay (son of Edward Corderay) who deeded the land to her Oct. 20, 1682, by contract of marriage. (Patent Bk. 8, p. 317) Samuel Norrington may have been a son of Edward Northington of Lower Norfolk Co., Va., who with wife Lydia, on July 9, 1672, deeded away land left Lydia by her former husband, John Maning (D.B."E", p.136).

Other relatives were probably John Norrington who appears

briefly in the Old Rappannock records June 14, 1684 (Minute Book, 1677-82, p. 45), and Capt. William Norrington, who was member of a committee to make a survey of H. M. S. "Dumbarton" Oct. 24, 1690 (Executive Council Minutes, Va., Vol.' I, p. 134). Hannah Jones, wife of Samuel Norrington, was perhaps a 'daughter of Thomas Jones, who was granted land in Gloucester co. in 1664 and 1694 (Patent Bks. 6, p. 74 and 8, p. 317) and sister of a Charles Jones, who was granted land there in 1684. (Bk. 7, p. 361). She was almost certainly a sister of Capt. William Jones of King and Queen Co., who was guardian of her children. This William Jones was granted land in King and Queen co. in 1699, was Captain of militia, and was appointed Deputy Escheator in 1704 (patent Bk. 9, p. 209; Fleet "Va. Colonial Abstracts", Vol. 5, p. 35, Yol. 6, p. 5).

Samuel(l) Norrington died between 1700, when he sued Robert Halsey in Essex Co. (Essex D. & W., No. 10, pp. 41 and 67), and 1704, when William . Jones was listed "for Northington" for the 530 acres of land in Gloucester Co. in the Quit Rent Rolls (32V282). In 1709 William Jones of King and Queen Co., as guardian of Samuel Northington, son of Samuel Northington, decd., late of Petsoe Parish, Gloucester Co., and of the other Northington orphans (names not given), sued William Hunt in Middlesex co. (Fleet, "Abstracts",'Vol. 5, p..36;' Middlesex O.B. 1705-10, pp. 234, 238, 246, 251).

Samuel(2) Northington, son of Samuel and Hannah (Jones) Northington, was still under guardianship in 1709. He was probably born about 1693-5. We know practically nothing of him, except that he or his widow moved to Surry Co., Va., and that he was dead by 1744. Surry Order Book, 1744-49, shows that he left three sons, Samuel, Nathan and John. (pp. 2, 194, 218, 280, 498). Samuel Northington, son of Samuel, decd., chose David Edmunds as his guardian in l744. Nathan Worthington was bound out as an apprentice in 1746, chose his brother Samuel as guardian March 18, 1746/7, and Samuel Norrington was excusted from rendering an account of Nathan's estate in 1749.. David Edmundsi8'rendered an account of the estate of John Norrington,. Orphan of Samuel, decd., in 1746 and 1748. John Northington seems to have died young and left no issue.

Anne (3) 'Northington, who as "Anne Norrington" was godmother of Drury, son of Ralph and Anne McGee April 11, 1742, and of John, son of John and Catharine Hargrave Dec. 19, 1742 (Albemarle Parish Register), was almost certainly a daughter of Samuel(2) Northington, probably the

eldest child, born ca.l723/4. She seems to have married David Edmunds, who was guardian of .her brother Samuel in 1744,.for in her will as 'Ann Edmunds dated 1794:1n Southampton Co., Va., she mentions a great-grand-daughter, Ann Northington Turner, obviously her namesake. David Edmunds was a son of William Edmunds of Surry Co., who died 1740 (Davis "Surry Co. Wills" p. 56) and wife Mary Briggs, daughter of Samuel Briggs. David Edmunds and Ann Northington probably married early in 1743, as their first child was born in Jan., 1744. Two of the children of David and Ann Edmunds are shown in the Albemarle Parish Register as follows:

1 Howell, b. Jan.25, 1743/4, chr. Mar. 18, 1743/4; godparents,

Howell Jones, John Edmunds, Gray Edmunds, Sarah Hines.

2. Archer, b. April 28, 1747, chr. June 7, 1747;

David Jones, John Jones, Amy Chappell.

Mary Edmunds, whose marriage bond to John Dawson was dated April 12, 1770, in Southampton Co., Va., with David Edmunds as security, was a third child of David and Ann Edmunds. They had at least two daughters, Rebecca Dawson, marriage bond to Edmund Turner Nov. 13, 1787 with Will Edmunds as security, and Mary Edmunds Dawson, mentioned in her grandmother's will. Another granddaughter was Sarah Edmunds, whose marriage bond to ------ Simmons was dated Nov. 13, 1790, with the consent of her mother, Kerenhappuch Edmunds. Ann (Northington) Edmunds' will, dated Oct. 31, 1794 and probated in Southampton Co. Aug. 21, 1797, mentions her granddaughter Sally Simmons and her children; granddaughter Jane Edmunds, granddaughter Mary Edmunds Dawson; great-granddaughter, Ann Northington Turner; and makes Edmund Turner her executor.

Samuel(3) Northington. son of Samuel(2) Northington. Was born about 1725-6, as he was under guardianship in 1744, but was guardian of his brother Nathan early in 1747 and had a child born that year. He married (1) Phyllis Edmunds, sister of

David Edmunds who married his sister, Anne Northington. Phyllis was still unmarried Oct. 15, 1745, when she was godmother to Susannah, daughter of David and Christian Hines (A.P.R.), to that the marriage occurred late in 1745 or in 1746. Phyllis Edmunds Northington died sometime between 1767,

when her last child was born, and Dec. 3, 1714, when the marriage bond of Samuel Northington to Priscilia Mitchell, widow, Was signed in Sussex Co., Va. She was probably dead by Oct. 4, 1771, when Samuel Northington made a deed of gift of land and slaves to his son, W111lam, and of slaves to his children, Jesse, Sterling, John, Elizabeth and Molly Northington. (Sussex D.B. "D", pp.'-402-8). on March 17, 1774, a short time before his second marriage, Samuel Northington also deeded land to his sons, John, Jesse and William'(D.B. "E", pp. 145-8). Some time after 1774, Samuel Northington, Sr.,

made a move with his sons to Cumberland Co., N.C., where all except William were heads of families in 1790. Apparently Samuel, Sr., had children by his second wife, Priscilla, for two lads under 16 are shown in this family in 1790. Priscilla seems to have been the widow of Henry Mitchell, Jr., and the births of the 7 children of her and her first husband are shown in the Albemarle Parish Register, from. 1742 to l767 (Boddie, "Births and Deaths from A.P.R.", p. 95).

'The children of Samuel(3) Northington and his first wife, Phyllis Edmunds, as shown in the Albemarle Parish Register,

were as follows:

1.Anne (Nanny), b. Aug 26, 1747, chr. Oct. 12, 1747; John Edmund, Gray Edmunds, Lucy Dunn, Hannah Thompson, godparents. Died young.

2.Sterlings b. Nov. 7, 1749, chr. March 18, 1750; Ralph Mcgee, Joshua Rolland, Hannah Scott. He died in Sussex Co. in 1773, Samuel Northington, Jr., being his administrator.

3.Samuel, b. Nov. i4, 1751, chr. Mar. 1, 1762; Sylvanus Stokes, Jesse Rowland, Mary Rachel, (wife Mary Jones) moved to Montgomery Co,, Tenn. in 1808.

4.Elizabeth b. Dec. 29, 1755, chr. April 4, 1756; John Wellborn, Jr., Hannan Wyche, Lucy Stokes.

5. Mary (Molly), b. May 26, 1758, chr. June 7, 1758; David Owen, Hary Battle, Eliza. Brown. Married Lewis Atkins ca. 1782.

6. Jesse, b. July 10, 1761, chr. Aug. 15, 1761; John Battle, William Hills, Eliza. Holt. Married Ann Pope ca. 1785.

7. John, b. Aug. 5, 1765, chr. Oct. 6, 1765.

8. William, b. July 20, 1767, chr. Oct. 4, 1767; Thomas Peebles, Benjamin Owen, Rebeckah Rowland. Died 1816 in. Christian Co., Ky.

Nathan (3) Northington, son of Samuel(Z} Northington, was born about 1728-30, as his first child was born in 1752, and in 1749 his brother Samuel was excused from giving an account of his estate, indicating that Nathan was either just of age or nearly so. He married about 1750-51 Rebecca Chappell, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Briggs) Chappell (for her ancestry, see Boddie "Southside Va. Families", Vol. I, p. 104ff; " t Vol. II, p. 66ff). She died April 22, 1774 (A.P.R.) Nathan Northington ' died in 1777, the date of probate of his will in Sussex Co., Ya. The will, dated July 26, 1776, and probated Nov. 20, 1777, mentions his son, Jabez; children (all under age), Nathan, John, James, Elijah, Samuel, Sarah and Ann; daughter El izabeth Pennington; daughter Judith Bigbea, wife of John Bigbea, and her son, George. Nathan and Rebecca (Chappell) Northington had the following children, with dates of birth, christening and godparents as given in the Albemarle Parish Register:

1. Jabez, b. July lo, 1752, chr. Aug. 9, 1752; William Tomlinson, John Chappell, Eliza. Pepper. Jabez Northington married Sarah ---, and later moved to Mecklenburg Co., Va., where deeds are shown in his name. He was guardian of the younger children in 1778 and later years. deeded away in 1784 land that had belonged to his deceased brother, Elijah, in his own name and that of the other orphans, and in 1787 was sued by his younger brothers and sisters for his management of their property in a long drawn out chancery suit (Sussex Guardians Acsts., 1754-87, pp. 440-44; O.B. 1786-91, p. 184).

2. Judith, b. Dec." 26, 1753, chr. Feb. 17, 1754;

James Tomlinson, Sarah Tatum, Sarah Moss. Judith Northinqton married about 1768/9 John Bigbie (Bigbea),

and had the following three children (A.P.R.): (1) George, b. Jan 8, 1770: (2) Nathan, b. Oct. 26, 1772: and (3) Randall, b. Oct. 6, 1773.

3.Elizabeth, b. Aug, 1755, chr. Sept. 28, 1755; Charles Gee, Elizabeth Mason, Amy Tatum. She married before 1776, when her father made his will, William Thomas Pennington.

4.Rebecca, b. April 17, 1757, chr. June 5, 1757; David Moss, Elizabeth Mason, Mary Nun. This child died April 30,1759.

5.Nathan, b. Jan. 15, 1759, chr. Feb. 28, 1759; John Mason,BenJamin Wyche, Elizabeth Harrison, Nathan Northington, for himself and as guardian of his brothers, John, James, and Samuel, sued his brother Jabez, their former guardian, in 1787 in the chancery suit referred to above. Nathan Northington, son of Nathan Northington the Elder, was deeded land by Thomas Dowdy June 1, 1771, when he was only 12 years old (Sussex D.B."D",p. 365). He married in Sussex co. May 1, 1780 Ann,daughter of Richard Stewart.

6. Sarah Northington, b. Feb. 20, 1760, chr. March 1, 1760; George Ezell, Elizabeth Chappell, Rebecca Mason. Sarah Northington married William Grizzard prior to 1778, as she was not under the guardianship of her brother, Jabez, in that year. she and her husband were plaintiffs against Jabez along with the other heirs in 1787.

7. John Northington, b. April 18, 1763, chr. June 19, 1763; Thomas Dowdy, Young Stokes, Lucy Baird. John married Sally Stewart in 1784 in Greenville Co., Va. (bond dated Aug. 26, 1784).

8. Anne Northington, b. Feb. S. 1765, chr. April 21, 1765; Joseph Pennington, Mason Baird, Eliza Hubbard. Anne Northington was under the guardianship of her brother, Jabez, in 1779; she married about 1781-2 Joel Newsom, and she and her husband were plaintiffs in the chancery suit against Jabez Northington in 1787 (for her family, see 48V182-4; for her husband's Newsom ancestry, see 47V265ff).

9. James Northington, b. April 7, 1767, chr. May 17, 1767; Samuel Northington, James Chappell, Jr., Lucretia Chappell. He moved to Georgia with his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Joel Newsom, and died in i Morgan Co., Ga. in 1843. His first wife's name is unknown, but he married ( 2) in 1814 in Morgan Co., Ga., Sally Haughton (contract, Sept. 26, 1814, Book J. Morgan Co., pp. 228-9). He had a son, John Northington, to whom he made a deed of gift April 20, 1815. (Book "E", p. 285). A deed in 1838 mentions his granddaughter, Martha Jane Northington; his daughter, Elizabeth C. Pearman, widow of Robert Pearman; and her four children, Martha S., James N., Mary N., and Robert Pearman (Book "J.", pp. 239-40). His will, recorded in 1843, mentions his daughter, Elizabeth Douglas (obviously the widow Pearman of 1838), her husband Robert Douglas, and there daughter Ann Elizabeth Douglas (W.B. "C", p. 77).

10. Samuel Northington, b. July 7, 1769, chr. Oct. 29, 1769;~Samuel and Judith Northington, Matthew Davis.

11. Elijah Northington, b. Sept. ?6. 1770, chr. Oct. 28, 1770; Jabez and Elizabeth Northington, Ambrose Grizzard, EliJah d. prior to 1784, when his brother Jabez, as guardian, deeded away his land.

(End of NORTHINGTON history by B. C . Holtzclaw)

The NORTHINGTIONS of Cumberland County, North Carolina

Holtzclaw above stated "Some times after 1774, Samuel (3) Northington, Sr., made a move with his sons to Cumberland Co., N. C., where all except William were heads of families in 1790, All the following data were collected by this writer and that part dealing with the Northingtons will relate to the family of Samuel (3) Northington and his descendants. This writer made a brief search of official records at the courthouse at Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., N. C., in January 1959. He found many entries in the deed records for Northingtons from 1777 when the first entry was a purchase by Samuel(3) Northington, to 1835 when the last Northington Sale was by Levi Northington (son of Jesse (4), and grandson of Samuel(3)). Levi must have sold out and moved to Marion Co., AL, where he appears in the 1840 census, and he appears in the 1850 census for Walker Co., AL, as age 62 (born 1788). Levis nephew Marshal Washington (6) Northington, Sr. may have moved at the same time from Sandersville, GA, to Marion Co., Al.

The first census of Cumberland Co,, NC in 1790 shows the following Northingtons as heads-of-household: Samuel, Sr., Samuel, Jr., Jesse, and John. Samuel, Jr., Jesse, and John were sons of Samuel Sr., The 1800 census shows Samuel, Jr., Jesse, and William Northington as heads-of-household. These three were brothers and sons of Samuel, Sr., Samuel, Sr., probably died 1794. The son John Who was here in 1790 had moved to Moore Co., NC. The 1810 census for Cumberland County shows only Jesse Northington and Jesse Northington, Jr., who were Father and son. The son was Jesse E.(5) Northington who had married Martha (Patsey)McKinney in Cumberland County l2 June 1809. The l820 eensus of Cunberland County shows Jesse(4) Northington, Sr., Jesse Northington Esq., James Northington, and Levy Worthington. The last three were sons of Jesse, Sr., The 1830 census Shows Ann Northington, widow of Jesse(4), and two of their sons. Allen and Levy. Jesse, Sr.(4) had died in 1828. Ths 1840 census shows only a Samuel Northington, a young married man. This Sam'l may well have been the Samuel P. Northington named as a grandson in Jesse, Sr.,(4)'s will. If so he was Martha Northingtons son. No Northington in Cumberland County in 1850.

The above Samuel Northington, Jr.(4) moved to Montgomery Co., TN in 1808 where he died in 1843. Many Northington records and Northington descendants are found in Montgomery County. William(4) moved to Christian Co., KY were he died 1816 leaving descendants there. William(4)'s son Andrew J. Northington moved from Christian Co., KY to Texas in lS31. He was the first Northington in Texas.

The following Northingtons are shown as recipients of land grants in Cumberland Co. from the State of North Carolina: Jesse in 1791 and 1792, William in 1799, 1804 and 1815, Samuel in 1813, and Levi in l825. Records refer to the Northington Road, and to the Northington Mill and Ferry on Cape Fear River. These were at the site of the first Northington settlements in Cumberland County. This site is now in Harnett County which was created out of Cumberland in 1855. The Northington settlement is now known as Raven Rock and is on the Cape Fear River a short distance upstream from the town Lillington. The original Northington settlement is now in the Raven Rock State Park. Restoration of the Northington Ferry is planned.

Jesse E.(5) Northington was born 1 June 1787. Therefore he became of age 1 June l8O8. When a Jesse Northington appears in the Cumberland County recorda prior to that date there is no further identification but when he appears subsequent to that date he is always identified as Jesse Senior or Jesse Junior. A letter written in 1857 by Jesse E. Northington to his son Marshall is Signed "J. E. Northlngton." A deed dated 9 Sept 1818 recorded in Cumberland County shows in the body of the deed that a Jesse Northington Junior is selling land to Levi Northington. However, the deed is not signed Jesse Northington Junior but is signed "J. E . Northington." This shows Jesse Northington Junior and J. E. Northington to be one and the same person.

On 6 Oct 1819 Jesse Worthington Senior sells land to Daniel McIver "the same more or less including the house and improvements now occupied but Jesse Northington Junior." On the same date Jesse Northirgton Junior makes his last sale recorded in the county also to Daniel McIver "situate on both sides of the Northington Road and joining the lines of Jesse Northington Senior." Last sale for Jesse Northington Senior was dated 18 Feb l826. A later sale by Jesse Seniors widow mentions "Northington's Mill and Ferry on Cape Fear River." Last Northington sale in Cumberland County was by Levi 24 Nov l835. Levi soon thereafter moved to Marion co, AL where he shows in 1840 census.

The following Northington marriages are recorded in Cumberland County:

l. Michael Northington to Nancy McKinney, 3 Mar 1803

2. Winney Northington to Joseph McNeil 26 Jan 1808

3. Jesse Northington to Patsey McKinney, 12 June 1809

4. Ann Northington to William Watson 6 Sept 1813

5. Levi Northington to Sally Atkins 8 Oct 1817

6. James Northington to Rebecca Holt 3 Mar 1818

7. Christians Northington to Malcolm McNeil, 2 Nov 1822

8. Phillis Northington to Grey Olive, 10 Mar 1825

9. E1izabeth Northington to John D. Colts 13 Nor 1826

10. Martha Northington to Samue1 P. Norris, 8 Jnn 1827

11. (In Wake Co.): Allen Northington to Elizabeth Grizzard, 15 Aug l823

Marriages nos. 1 and 2 in the above list are children of Samuel(4) Northington. Marriages 3 to 8 and 10 and 11 are children of Jesse(4) Northington. 3 is Jesse E.(5) Northin2ton Who moved to Sandersville, Washington Co., Ga. about 1825. His line is the principal subject of this paper. Marriage no. 9 Is probably the granddaughter Elizabeth mentioned in Jesse(4)'s Will but not otherwise identified. The only child of Jesse(4) Worthington not accounted for in the above list of marriages is his son William. A William Northington (age 40-50), shows in 1830.census for Washington co, GA, married with one son and two daughters all under 10 years of age. As Jesse E~(5) is knower to have been in Washington County at this time this is probably William(5) and his brother. Marriage no.10 Martha Northigton was the second wife of Samuel P. Norris.

One of Martha's granddaughters joined the DAR under National Number 113,253. This number establishes Revolutionary War service for Samuel(3) Northington and for his son Jesse(4) Northington. A great-granddaughter of marriage no. 1, Michael Northington, joined the DAR under National number 166076 Which establishes the Revolutionary War service of Samuel(4) Northington, A great-granddaughter of marriage no. 11, Allen Northington, joined the DAR under National Number 238540 using the established service records Or Samuel(3) Northington and Jesse(4)Northington.

A large group of Scottish emigrants settled in the Cumberland County region about 1773. Probably the McKinneys and McNeils came with this group.

EDITORS NOTE: Jesse Northington in "Item lO th" will names "my daughter Martha" and "my grandson Samuel P.", Samuel P. not otherwise identified. By letter dated 25 Aug 1965, Miss Ruth Bethea Johnson, P. 0. Box 218, Faquay Springs, NC 27526, informed this writer that she found in the Cumberland County, NC Court records that the grandson Samuel P. was the son of daughter Martha Northington, and that his father was Samuel Painter. As Miss Johnson recalled, the court record showed that Martha Northington

named her son Samuel Painter Northington. on 8 Jan 1827 in Cumberland County this Martha (Patsey) Northington married Samuel P. Norris as his second wife. (See DAR National Number 113253 * Watch for errors *

The Will of Jesse Northington as Recorded in the courthouse Comberland Co N.C.

In the name of God, Amen

I Jesse Northington being low in health but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and order this my last will and testament and desire it to be received by all as such.

Item 1st. I leav my soul to God and my body to be decently buried and all my debts and funeral expenses to be paid.

Item 2nd. I give my beloved wife Ann Northington the following property, viz: Si, Balaam, Louis, Luck, Jean, Fan, Ephram, and Tamar and also all my stock of every kind, household and kitchen furniture, plantation utentials with all the crop of every kind and also the tract of land wereon I now Live containing by estimation two hunderd and fifty acres being the same more or less during her natural life or widowhood and to be equally divided among all my children or their lawful heirs, except the above named land and my desire is that my son Allen should have that at the decease or marriage of my said wife.

Item 3rd. I give unto my son William Two negroes named Lewis and Nell now in his possession, ine bed and furniture also in his possession,

Item 4th. I give to my son Jesse two negroes named Jerry and Lucy already delivered to him and one bed and furniture also in his possession.

Item 5th. I give unto my son James two negroes named Sandy and Selah already delivered to him and one bed and furniture also in his possession.

Item 6th. I give unto my son Levi two negroes named Aaron and Henry now in his possession and one bed and furniture also in his possession.

Item 7th. I give unto my son Allen two negroes named Thomas and Patience alreadt delivered unto him and one bed and furniture also in his possession.

Item 8th. I give unto my daughter Ann Watson wife of William Watson two negroes named Ephram and Melear and one bed and furniture all in the possession said Watson.

Item 9th. I give untomy daughter Christaney McNeill wife of Malcolm McNeill two negroes named Sue and Jurden and one bed and furniture already in the possession of said McNeill.

Item 10th. I give unto my daughter Martha two negroes named Phoebr abd Cary and one bed and furniture and also unto my grandson Samuel P. The first child the above named Phoebe shall fetch, and also at the death of my sais wife my desire is that my grandson should have one horse bridle and saddle and one bed and furniture before a division takes place among my said heirs.

Item 11th. I give unto my daughter Phillis Olive wife of Grey Olive,two negroes named Cherry and Briant and one bed and furniture in the possession of said Olive.

Item 12th. I give unto my granddaughter Elizabeth one negro named Sillir and one bed and furniture, one horse bridle and saddle already named in a deed of gift which is recorded in the County of Cumberland and futher all the remainder of my estate not mentioned in my above will to be sold after my decease to defray the above named expenses and if there should be any remainder after paying my just debts and funeral expenses the balance to be divided among my above named heirs, I do further revoke all wills heretofore assigned by me and make and ordain this last will and testament, and I appoint my beloved wife Ann and son Levi my executrix and executor to this my last will and testament. Signed, Sealed this 25th day of May 1825.

The following is a letter wrote by Jessie E, Northington to his son Marshall.

Saundersville Ga August 23rd 1857

Dear Marshall

I once more take my pen in hand to write you a few lines which will inform you that we are all well at the present, hoping the same to you and all the family. I have nothing very particular of late date to write you futher than we have great crops in Georgia this year which has stired up every one to liveliness. Such wheat crops was never known in Georgia before ( in quantity). There have been a great number of deaths in this vicinity in the last twelve months. Your brother John departed this life the 13th day of February last after suffering upwards of forty days. He was attacked with dropsical reumatism in the right leg and ranged upward until death. Not 2 minutes before he died he was asked how he was, he replied, no better, and less than a minute he was gone without a struggle or the least dismayd. I want you to write to me emediately how you all are and how you are getting on and whether you have ever seen or heard any tiding about your brother Kinchen. He left here last April 12 months past and went to Penfield Green County and stayed there until last Christmas and then fool like put out for Nicharauga. But from what I learnt from one of the same gane he came back to New Orleans for Lockridges men all returned and the crowd he was in landed in New Orleans. Your brothers James and Allen are getting on bravely, Allen has accumulated good property, say 6 to 10 thousand dollars and making money every day. Henry is with me the most of his time, works at almost any thing and a choise hand, but will indulge rather too much at times, has no enemies. Joan is in good health and lives with me. As to my own part I am like the majority of old people rather stiff in the joints. I was born June 1st 1787 which throwes me in my three score and ten. I have had someright severe attacks, but by the blessing of God=s help I am now in good old mens health. I find I cant weild the pen like I once could. I have wrote more in this letter than I have in two years past, but what you cant read guess at the balance. I was sorry to perceive from your last letter that you were enrolled amongst the Dark Lantern gang (no no things), which in my estimation should be beneath the orgies of the lowest demagouge. For instance behold them and how they now stand in common political stations. Look at Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas (all) Alabama (all) and Georgia will follow suite in October. It makes me shudder with sorrow to even think I ever had a son that must be ignomeneously sworn to vote by a damning set who aspires to nothing short of a desolation of our union. I beseech you in the name of an old father to abandon the Guy Faux (Fawkes) gang. I say to you again look at the results of all recent elections, and if that wont satisfy I cant, and ------- the dark, dark, dark mystery the whole affair is shrouded in. I suppose you would hardly know Sandersville if you were here now, especially since it was burnt down, and with all strange people their is now one of your acquaintances now living here, save myself, Jernigan, old Goodrun and H Brookins. The rest are all dead and moved away. No retailing liquor in town, a number of noble brick buildings is done and going up, nothing is in no way like it was when you were here. I should be mighty glad to see you and all the rest, but it is out of my reach ever to go to Texas. I am living contented and I think had better end my few days where I am, yet, that not prevent now and then a correspondence between us. I have a fine lot of potatoes and the best garden in Saundersville or vicinity. I want you to write me all about affairs within your sphere. A great many people has left Washington Co for Texas in the course of the last five or six years. A great many murders is committed in Georgia annually, but few are hung. Your brother Allens occupation is keeping a resturant for feeding people, say grocery and confectionary and billiard table, but no spirits. He has five fine looking sons, first is Theodore Marshall, 2nd Sanford, 3rd Edward or Eddy, 4 Charles a fine and noble boy, 5 Sidney all well and sound. Give me the names of all your children when you write. So no more but remember to your wife and children. If I live I will write you again but I say when I hear from you, you must from amongst the stinking know nothings. Your Father ect ect J.E. Northington

Samuel (3) Northington & Phyllis Edmunds children

1. Anne 26 Aug 1747 died young

2. Sterling 7 Nov 1749 d 1773 Sussex Co. Va

3. Samuel was born November 14, 1751 in Surry Va, and died 1843 in Christian County, Kentucky. He married MARY JONES 1779.


1. Michnel ca 1781 d 4 Aug 1822 Christian Co. Ky Married Nancy McKinney 3 Mar 1803, had 5 children Sarah (Sallie), Martha (Pattie), Samuel Henry, Felix, Eliza Ann and Rebecah. married Temperance Lindsay in Ky 1819. Left will naming heirs in Christian Co. Ky.

2. Henry 10 Sept 1788 d 1877 Married (1)Ann Wright Carney, (2) Mildred Johnson April 1828. No children

3. Mary (Polly) Married Isaac (Ilse) Robinson lived Robertson Co. Tn. No children

4. Samuel b 1792 married Sarah Walton lived in Robertson Co. Tn children

Edward, Atlas, Gus, Mriah, Mary Ann (d 8 yr), Mary Wills (d 10 yr), Samuel, Sadie, and Clarence (d 2 yr)

5. Winifred (Winney) d 25 Oct 1831 married Joseph McNeil Jan 26 1808

6. John married Mary Norfleet lived in Monthomery Co. NC. 5 children Eliza Jane, Sallie Ann, Mary Winifred, Cardell, and Elvin.

7. Nancy d 27 Sept 1821 married Burwell Jackson Fort children 1 known Eliza Ann

8. David married (1) Charlotte Slaughter Carney 5 children Albert, Nichols Lewelling, Hartwell, David, and Egbert. (2) 1850 Ellen Burrus no children lived in Todd Co. Ky.

9. Felix.b 27 Aug 1802 d 13 Apr 1892 married Sally Norfleet lived in Mongomery Co. Tn. 4 sons William, Henry, Thomas Frazier, and Short.

WINNIFRED Named in her father, Samuel Northington's will as.."to my daughter, Winnifred McMilland.."

4. Elizabeth 29 Dec 1755

5 Mary (Molly) b 26 May 1758 married Lewis Atkins 1782 7 children Elizabeth, Nancy, Mary (Polly), Eidth, Grace, Samuel, and Ica.

6. Jesse 10 July 1761 d 1828 married Ann Pope 1785 9 children

1.William b 1786 1830 census Washington Co. Ga. married 1 son & 2 daughter

2. Jesse E. b 1 June 1787 d June 1865 married Martha (Patsey) McKinney June 12, 1809 moved to Washington Co. Ga around 1825. had 7 children.(1) James Foster b 12 Nov 1809d 31 jan 1893 Ga. married Amelia (Milly) R. Fisher, 14 May 1834. 10 children James W.C., Martha Elizabeth, Harriet Missouri, Mary Flecher, Martha Elizabeth, Susan Smith, Indiana, James Fisher, Marcellus Addison, and William Capers.(2) Marshall Washington b Nov 1811 d May 1897 Taylor Co. Tx. married Jane M. Chism 9 children Alexander Jesse, Elizabeth Ann, Marshell W. Jr, John Foster, Rebecca Jane, J.O.or D. , Martha Angeline, Kinchen Volentine, and Lela Rowe. (3) John B. 1814 d 13 Feb 1857 unmarried,

(4) Jesse Allen b 1821 d 1870/1 married Eliza Permelia Renfroe April 3 1845 5 children Theodore Marshall, Sanford McKinney, Edgar A., Charles N., Sidney Renfroe, and Robert H. (5) .Joan b 1824 unmarried, (6) .Henry J. b 1826 d 7 May 1866 unmarried, (7)Kinchen J. 1829 d after 1870 was a school teacher in 1870 and was living with his brother Allen.

3. James b 1795 married Rebecca Holt Mar 3 1818 in 1820 census had 1 daughter.

4. Levi b 1780/90 married Sally Atkins Oct 8, 1837 1830 census showes 3 sons and 3 daughters under 10 moved to Marion Co. Al.

5. Allen 1790 died ? married Elizabeth Grizzard 15 Aug, 1823 children (1) John 1824 (2) Elizabeth 1824 (3) William 1829 (4) James 1831

6. Ann married William Watson 6 Sept 1813

7.Christiane b 1800/05 marrird Malcolm McNeill 2 Nov 1822 1830 census 3 sons 1 daughter unter 5

8. Martha b 1805/10 d 1866 Married Samuel P. Norris Jan 8 1827 had child by Samuel Painter named Samuel Painter Northington.

9. Phillis 1804/10 married Grey Olive 10 March 1825

7. John b 4 Aug 1865 listed in 1800 census Moore Co. NC wife of same age 3 sons 1 daughter under 10

8. William b 20 July 1767 d 1816 christian Co. Ky. wife Polly children John, Elizabeth, Mary, Andrew J.,William

Phyllis Edmunds

Father William Edmunds his father Howell Edmunds Mother Elizabeth Blount her father Thomas Blunt mother Phiscilla Brown (Mother Mary Briggs her father Samuel Briggs his father Henry mother Mary her mother Mary Bailey father Edward)

Northington Lock and Dam was one of nineteen dams completed in 1855 to permit steamboat navigation from Fayetteville, NC up the Cape Fear River to Haywood fifty miles upriver. Northington Lock and Dam and sixteen other dams were destroyed in 1858 and the others perished in a storm in 1865. No attempt was made to rebuild the dams due to lack of finances, lack of interest following the Civil War, and then due to the implementation of rail transportation.

The Northington Lock and Dam obtained its name from the Northington family which owned quite a bit of land in the area and operated Northington Ferry on the Cape Fear River at the mouth of Campbell Creek. This ferry (a flat with a capacity of two wagons and four horses poled across the river) along with the road from Fayetteville and Raleigh was established between 1777 and 1792 by Samuel Northington.

The ferry was operated by the Northington family until the late 1820's or early 1830's when it was sold. After the Lillington bridge was built in 1900, use of the ferry declined until its operation was ceased completely in 1920.

The Northington family had quite an impact on the Raven Rock area. Samuel's grandfather (Samuel) immigrated to Virginia from Leeds, England in 1681. The younger Samuel came to the Raven Rock area about 1777 following a stay in Wake County as a merchant. Here he served in the NC General Assembly and served as a Justice of the Peace as did his son Jesse. Jesse took over operation of the ferry and operated a store near the ferry. They were extensive landowners but by 1838, most all of the Northingtons had either died or moved south and west to Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas.

The only visible signs of the Northingtons in the park are parts of the old roadbed, the grave marker for Jesse Northington (1827) in the family cemetery, and the name they left (although sometimes that was changed to Norrington).

I believe that Allen is buried in the family cemetery as the will put him in charge of the property. He was to get the property when his mother died or remarried. Around 1835 Ann and Levi sold the Property and nothing on Allen can be found after that.

Allen born 1790 NC, May have died before 1840, married Elizabeth Grizzard, there children were John born 1824 NC no record after 1880, was in Dyer Co Tn. In 1850, was living in Dunklin Co. Holcomb Township in 1860/80, wife Jane. Elizabeth born 1827 married Alexander Garman, William born 1829, was living with James in 1900, James 1831. Allen & Jesse were members of the NC regiment in the war of 1812

James born 1831 N.C. died 1907 Mo., married second wife Permelia Jane Bradshaw born 1855 Tn., children were Samuel born 1874 Mo., died 1953 Mo., married Daisy Ethel Grabiel, Louella born 1879 Mo., Amelia(America) Jode born 1882 Mo., married Hester Howard, Idella born 1877 Mo., died 1967 Mo., James first wife was Mary born 1831 died 1873 Mo., there children were John Allen born 1855 married Fannie E. Trout, R.J., Jenny, Julia (Betsy) born 1858 married Thompson, Elizabeth born 1861, Stephen O. born 1865.

Third wife was Callie Redding born 1861, there child was Belle born 1903, married Brown.

I am listing my great grandmothers other husbands and children her second marriage was to Noah Floyd, their children were Fred born 1899, Miles born 1899, Luther born 1900. Her third husband was I.W. Caldwell, their children were Aurba born 1909, I.W. (Tince) Jr. born 1910, Laverne, Peggy who at this writing is the only surviving child.

Her fourth marriage was to a John Brake. Her father James Notrthington, George Scobey, Noah Floyd & I.W. Caldwell are all buried in the Canaan Cemetery because of vandalism their tombstones were destroyed.

This information from papers passed out at Raven Rock State Park, N.C.


The section of the river included in the Raven Rock State Park lands proper boasts of three separate sets of low falls, each sporting the name of some long forgotten pioneer to the area. Blaylock's Falls, probably named for Richard Blaylock who settled the area near them in 1761, are located in the river one half mile northwest of the mouth of Campbell's Creek. In these falls can be seen "Buzzard Island", which needs no further explanation! Located at the mouth of Campbell's Creek are Lanier's Falls, named, possibly for Thomas Lanier, a member of one of the area's earlier families. Adjacent to Raven Rock are Douglas's Falls, or as later maps show them, Northington's Falls. Nothing is known of the namesake of Douglas's Falls, but the Northington Family was one of the most numerous and powerful in the area. The main rock ledge in these particular falls was referred to as "Harmon's Rock Ledge" in an 1829 letter regarding work being carried out at the site to improve river navigation. The identity of this "Harmon" remains just as much a mystery as so the names "Jones' Falls" and "Esther's Rock", both mentioned in an 1801 land grand pertaining to this area. Could Raven Rock have once carried the name "Esther's Rock"? If so, who was she, and why was the rock associated with her?


The fish traps at Douglas's (Northington's) Falls appear as jumbles of rock now, but when the Indians first built them they were quite useful in gathering food. After the Indians left the area, the pioneers worked them. As late as the turn of the 2Dth Century, the traps were yielding as much as 30-40 lbs. of fish a day!


Probably no other single family influenced the Raven Rock area so profoundly and for so long as the Northingtons. The Northingtons could trace their arrival in this country to 1681 when one Samuel Northington immigrated to Virginia from Leeds, England. His grandson Samuel came to the Raven Rock area about 1777, following a three-year residence in Wake County, North Carolina where he was a "merchant". He is said to have served three different terms in the North Carolina General Assembly. He was a Justice of the Peace for Cumberland (now Harnett) County, a very important position during this era. Samuel s land holdings were quite extensive during his lifetime. His land was located chiefly oil the northeast side of the river around Avent's Mill Creek, while those of his son Jesse were found principally on the southwestern side, on and east of Campbell's Creek. After his father's death in the very early 1800's, Jesse became the patriarch of the family, following in his father's footsteps. He began operating a store, he took over the ferry his father had established at the mouth of Campbell's Creek, became a rather large land and slave owner, and was, most importantly, appointed a "J.P." as his father had been. Samuel and his son Jesse were much alike in many ways. They had both served in the Patriot Militia during the Revolution, both raised large families, both held rather large land holdings, and were slave owners (the last former Northington slave, "Aunt" Christy Williams, did not die until 1920. She is buried in the old Northington Cemetery).

From old Cumberland County land Grants, Deeds and Tax Records, the Northingtons, as a group over the period of their entire stay in this area, roughly 1777 to 1838, appear to have held, all totaled, at one time or another, more than 6,000 acres of land! The largest amount held in any one year by the family was 2,128 acres, in 1828, and this was just the land they "claimed" on their taxes.

Over the years the Northingtons either died out or drifted south and west, joining the great migrations that took place from North Carolina in the early l9th Century. By the time of the War Between the States, branches of the Northington Family could be found in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas. Though they themselves left the Raven Rock area forever, their named lived on after them.

A map of the area records that a community called "Northington" was in existence about two and a half miles southwest ol the Rock as late 1865. The 1911 Scarborough Map of North Carolina replaces the name "Northington" with

"Norval", an obvious variation of the original. Both of these communities were shown in the same location on what had been the old Northington Road connecting Raleigh and Fayetteville. Even today the name survives. The small community of "Norrington" (a common mispronunciation and misspelling of the name Northington) exists about six miles southwest of Lillington off of Highway 27, again along the route of the old Northington Road.


Built sometime between 1777 and 1792, this road connected the capital in Raleigh with the town of Fayetteville, via the Northington Ferry. In its day it was a major travel and transportation artery. It was said to have been constructed, at least in part, by the Northington's slaves. The road fell into disuse after the ferry ceased operations sometime after the First World War.


Built by Samuel Northington between 1777 and 1792 and operated, after his death, by his son Jesse. The ferry is shown on many maps and appears to have been based on the southwestern side of the river just below the mouth of Campbell's Creek, no doubt near where Jesse built his home. The ferry remained in the Northington family until the late 1820's or early 1830's at which time it was sold. It continued in operation at least until the War Between the States. There is some evidence to indicate that a bridge of some sort spanned the Cape Fear at this location in the late 1870's and early 1880's, but nothing conclusive. In 1903 the people of Buckhorn Township on the northeastern side of the river and the folks of Upper Little River Township on the southwestern side petitioned the County Commissioners to operate a "public ferry at Northington's Ferry". The project was approved and Rufus Lett was hired as the first ferryman. He propelled his small 20"' Century ferry in the manner that Jesse Northington had propelled his over a hundred years before, by pushing off the river bottom with long poles. The ferry has had at least one interesting and tragic incident to take place in connection with its history. That was the accidental shooting of ferryman Billy Smith, the champion wild turkey caller of the region. It seems that Billy was practicing his art one day down at the ferry around 1916 when a hunter, mistaking his calls for the real thing, unloaded a charge of shot gun pellets in his direction, killing him. After the bridge was built over the Cape Fear at Lillington in 1900, use of the ferry began to decline. It finally ceased operations altogether in the early 1920's.


Just below the mouth of Campbell's Creek is the site of Northington's Quarry. Stone from here was used in the construction of the Northington Lock and Dam a short distance down river as early as the 1850's, and probably as early as the 1820's.


The home and store of Jesse Northington stood on the southwestern side of the Cape Fear River just south of Campbell's Creek. The house was thought to have been a two story log structure, and was probably covered with clapboards sawed at his riverside sawmill. We can be reasonably assured of the fact that Jesse's home had a second story balcony because of the story passed down through time concerning his death. It seems that Jesse had been celebrating Christmas and the coming of New Year's by partaking rather freely of strong drink. A careless move while intoxicated caused him to fall from the balcony of his home, mortally injuring him. He lingered only a few days following his accident, dying in late December, 1827. He lies buried with other family members a short distance away in the Northington Cemetery. This cemetery is interesting in itself, not because it is of an extra ordinary nature, but because it is so typical of the older cemeteries to be found in the upper Cape Fear country. Many of the graves are now unmarked. Marble tombstones were expensive so, quite often, pieces of rock or wooden stakes were substituted. With the passage of time many of the rocks were moved or overgrown and most of the stakes rotted away leaving the graves and their occupants known only to the Almighty. It is interesting to note that the Northington slave cemetery is adjacent to the family burial ground. It was the custom of that day to inter family servants in the same cemetery, though in a lower adjacent area.

Jesse Northington's store was probably located near his home site and was, no doubt, similar to other "general stores" of the period. They carried everything imaginable from dry goods to groceries and were common post office sites after such luxuries were established. The local store, then as now, was a favorite gathering place where neighbors could visit anal, hopefully, gather news of the outside world from passing travelers.


Careful observers can still make out traces of the two main roads that traversed the park grounds over two hundred years ago. Along the northeastern bank of the Cape Fear River was a narrow sandy path with the pretentious title of the "The King's Highway". This simple wilderness trail, constructed around 1756, stretched from Brunswick near the Cape Fear's mouth to Hillsborough in Orange County. The feet of many an early pioneer followed its course up the river to new lands and the promise of a better life.

The other road of note was the Northington Road, built by Samuel and Jesse Northington between 1777 and 1792. Traces of this once well traveled road are still visible to those willing to seek them out. The road was built to connect the towns of Raleigh and Fayetteville. You might be interested to know that a law of this time required every able taxpayer to work on the county's public roads one day each yeas as part of his taxes. This was in addition to the money collected by the High Sheriff. In view of such facts, our present tax levy should seem a bit less of a burden!

Northington Family

The first records of the North Carolina Northington family (frequently spelled Norrington and probably and offshoot of an English family of Norwenton) began in England.

Samuel (1) Norrington ('? - 1700-04) married to Hannah Jones came from Leeds England about 1681 to Gloucester County, Virginia. He had two brothers in Leeds and is often mentioned as Captain Northington plying ships between England and Baltimore (Baltimore Library). A land grant to him is recorded in 1681 and 1691 in Gloucester co.

Samuel (2) Northington (1693-5 - 1744) married Ann Sterling. They had three sons, Samuel (3), John, and Nathan and a daughter Anne (according to Mr. Breeding). John went to Moore co. and Nathan settled in Virginia. Samuel (2) was with the Colonial Troops, Surry co. Virginia.

Samuel (3) Northington (1725-6 - 1794) married Phyllis Edmunds (sister of David Edmunds who married his sister, Anne (3) Northington) in Sussex co. in 1745-6. They had eight children Anne (Nanny), Sterling, Samuel (4), Elizabeth, Mary (Molly), Jesse, John, William. He was a soldier in the American Revolution, Cumberland Militia. Phyllis Edmunds died between 1767 the birth of her last child and 1774 when he married a widow. Priscilla Mitchell. It is thought he had two sons by this marriage. He moved with his sons to Cumberland co. (in Raven Rock State Park in what is now Harnett Co.) after 1774 where thru purchase and grants, he was one of the largest land owners on the Cape Fear River south of Raleigh NC. He was elected three times to the General Assembly from Cumberland co. 1796-1803 (Wheelers History). Samuel was also a merchant and owned a large store on his plantation.

Jesse (4) Northington (7/10/1761 - 12/30/1827) married Nancy Ann Pope in 1772 Cumberland co. NC. He was a soldier in the American Revolution, Cumberland Militia, with his father Samuel and was also a large plantation owner. His land and his fathers land was divided by the Cape Fear River. He built the Norrington (Northington) Road from the ferry he operated on the Cape Fear at Campbell Creek in the park to the front door of the capitol in Raleigh. They had nine children Martha, Nancy, Christiana, Phyllis, Jesse (S), Levi, James Foster, Allen, William. Much of Seth Breeding's work deals with Jesse's (4) son, Jesse (5) and his son Marshall Washington (6) Northington including a letter from Jesse (5) to his son Marshall. Martha's first marriage was annulled by Jesse and her son Samuel Edward was raised as a Northington. Mr. Breeding's accounts state that Martha had a child (out of wedlock) and the father was Samuel Painter. Jesse (4) owned a large two story home on top of a hill on his plantation. His grave is still marked by a stone but those of others as well as some of his slaves buried on the slope below are unmarked. His death came as a result of a tall from the balcony of his home on New Year's Eve. Although the ferry was operated by the county up to 1920 following the Northington's departure, there are no Northington artifacts or structures other than Jesse's (4) grave marker that have been located in the park. Mr. Breeding's manuscript includes a copy of Jesse's (4) will dated May 25, 1825.

Martha Ann (5) Northington (1/12/1801 - 7/9/1857) was married to unknown which was annulled by her father and she lived with her parents. Other accounts state that she had a child (father - Samuel Painter according to Breeding's work) out of wedlock causing her father's resignation as justice of the peace. Her son Samuel Edward (Painter) was reared as a Northington and when he was seven, she married Col. Samuel Pearson Norris who taught at Holly Springs Academy north of Raleigh. They had several children.

Samuel Edward (6) Northington (10/16/1820 - 5/20/1884) married first Emaline Booker in Raleigh. They had two sons, Hector Clark and Conelius Enoch Battle. Emaline died in 1844 and he married then to Sarah Francis Needham of Greenville, NC. They had ten children, James Edward, John Grant, Samuel Enoch, Jesse, Charlie, Henry, Laura, Emily (Emma), Ella, Martha Ann (Matie). They moved to Taylorville, now Mountain City, Tennessee where he was a merchant and plantation owner. He and Andrew Johnson were partners in a tailor shop and life long friends. Samuel E. Northington was a Captain in the Union Army. He captured Morgan, and President Andrew Johnson gave him Morgan's team of horses. Capt. Northington and his family later moved to Emporia Kansas where he died as a result of an injury he had during the Civil War when his horse tell with him as it jumped a ditch in battle. Both he and his wife are buried in Emporia KS. Sons John and Samuel were dentists in Emporia and James Edward was a building and paving contractor there. At one time, Capt. Northington's sword, sash, Colt revolver, and horse's bit were on display ha the Emporia Kansas Museum.

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