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THE NEEDHAM FAMILY

By Elizabeth Doherty Herzfeld, CGRS

 

Elizabeth Needham, born about 1773, wife of Henry Winslow --

Could she be anyone's Daughter other than John Needham, Revolutionary Soldier of Pasquotank County, North Carolina?

My first application for membership in the Daughters of The American Revolution was under my 4th great grandfather, John Needham, through his daughter Elizabeth (Needham) Winslow.  There is no direct evidence that Elizabeth is the daughter of the John Needham, who served for three years as a soldier with the 1st North Carolina Battalion under Col. Thomas Clark.  Compounding the problem is the number of Needhams at the time in Randolph County, North Carolina.

The purpose of this paper is an attempt to separate the different Needham families in Randolph County, North Carolina and to show that Elizabeth (Needham) Winslow was the daughter of John Needham, Revolutionary Soldier, of Pasquotank County, North Carolina. A second challenge arose because the United States Census records for Randolph County, North Carolina were semi-alphabetized, that is all the names starting with “N”, for instance, were listed together for the years 1790-1810, there is no 1820 U.S. Census for Randolph County, NC. This made it necessary to do an extensive search of land records for the period of John Needham's residence in Randolph County to show he was the only Needham living in close proximity to Back Creek Monthly Meeting where Elizabeth Needham married Henry Winslow and also to see if he lived near his sisters, who had also migrated to Randolph County. One sister, Elizabeth (Needham) Fentress was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).

The names in this study are spelled for the most part as they were found in the various records. The same name may be spelled several different ways.

 

ORIGINS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA NEEDHAM FAMILY

1. Christopher Needham arrived in Maryland from England in 1651.  He received a land grant of 1,000 acres for transporting himself, his wife, Jane, his sons, Edward and Thomas, and six servants from England to this country[1]. Christopher purchased land in Elizabeth City County, Virginia, (now the city of Hampton).  He died about 1676, leaving his son and heir, Thomas Needham, his land[2].

Children of Christopher Needham and Jane [-?-]

2.   i  EDWARD NEEDHAM born before 1651

          3.  ii  THOMAS NEEDHAM born before 1651

 

3. Thomas Needham (Christopher1) born before 1651, married Anne in Virginia.  He died about1690, leaving  his wife and two children, the page in the will book was torn and only his son, Thomas Needham, Jr.’s name is legible.[3]

Children of Thomas Needham and Anne [-?-]

        4.   i. THOMAS NEEDHAM born about 1675, Virginia

        5.   ii  unknown

 

4. Thomas Needham, Jr. (Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1675, Elizabeth City County, Virginia., married Margaret Baley about 1700 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. Margaret was the daughter of Walter Bayley and Margaret[4]. She had two brothers, Walter Baley, Jr., who was born about 1682, died before 18 May 1722, who married Mary Etheridge 28 Apr 1713, Norfolk County, Virginia. His will was dated 8 Jan 1720, and proved 18 May 1722; and John Bayley born about 1685, died 25 Mar 1720, who married Judith [-?-].

Thomas and Margaret (Bayley) Needham left Virginia about 1732 when they purchased 336 acres of land in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. The land purchased from Cornelius Jones on 14 Mar 1732/3[5], was located in the Dismal Swamp area on the northside of Pasquotank River south of Beaver Dam Swamp and along Raymond Creek lying on the easternmost part beginning at a branch near the mouth of Raymond’s Creek. The division of his land according to his last Will and Testament, was made between sons John, Gideon, and Thomas on 5 Jul 1744[6]. Another son, Baley, may have died by this time or his whereabouts was unknown because neither he or his children are mentioned in the will. Thomas’ will was dated 6 Oct 1740, and proved at the July Court, 1743, Pasquotank County. Thomas named sons John, Gedeon, Thomas, and Christofer, and daughter, Ann. Executor: John Needham (son). Witnesses: Dennis Sawyer and Robert Torksey[7].

In Margaret’s will dated 3 Sep 1730, proved 1736[8], she divided slaves she had received from her mother Margaret Bayley’s last will and testament stating “. . . this is the division which I do make among my children with the free consent of my husband, Thomas Needham . . .”; witnessed by Mary (her mark) Bell, John Bell and Sarah (her mark) Laimley.  After the signatures was added: “The sd Thomas Needham desires to have his life time in the sd Negros which the sd Executor, Margaret Needham freely consents unto before the in sineing (sic) of the within writing as witness our hands the sd year above written”.

Children of Thomas Needham and Margaret Bayley

        6.    i.   CHRISTOPHER NEEDHAM  born about 1701, Elizabeth County, Virginia   married Sarah BANNISTER between 1722 and 1725, in Elizabeth County, Virginia

        7.    ii   BAYLEY NEEDHAM born about 1703, Elizabeth County, Virginia may have married Nance [-?-] about  1730, possibly in Bladen County, North Carolina

        8.   iii . JOHN NEEDHAM born about 1708, Elizabeth County, Virginia died about 1754, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, married Elizabeth BROTHERS about 1742, Pasquotank Co, North Carolina

         9.   iv. THOMAS NEEDHAM, III born about 1710, Elizabeth City County, Virginia, died 1746, married Margaret [TORKSEY?]

        10. GIDEON NEEDHAM born about 1713, Elizabeth County, Virginia married Elizabeth CARTRIGHT after 1733, possibly in Camden County, North Carolina, where he resided. They had Gideon, Jr., Thomas and Joseph. They moved to Camden County, North Carolina between 1769 and 1790. The 1769 Tax list for Pasquotank County, North Carolina shows there was a Joseph, Bailey, Gideon, 2 Johns, and a Thomas Needham . There was a Gideon, Joseph, Thomas, and Thomas Jr. on the 1790 US Census for Camden County, North Carolina, Edenton District and a John Needham in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Edenton District. One of theThomas' may have been in the Revolutionary War, enlisted in May 1777, With Tatum’s Company in North Carolina.  In his mother’s will[9] Gideon received the following bequest: “I give unto my son Gideon Needham, one negro gurl called Seebron, hir and hir increase forever”. In his father’s Will[10] he is left a plantation. Gideon was appointed guardian for Margaret and Bailey Needham, the children of his brother Thomas at Mar 1757 Orphans court[11].

        11. ANN MARGARET NEEDHAM  born about 1715, Elizabeth County, Virginia. married Robert TORKSEY, she is mentioned in father’s will as daughter, Ann. Her mother’s will says “I give unto my daughter Ann Needham foure negros, the one called Jade the other called Caisey and the other called Janey, and the other called Baty, which four negros I give unto my sd Daughter, them and their increase for Ever”.

 

6. Christopher Needham (Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1701, Elizabeth County, Virginia married Sarah Bannister between 1722 and 1725, in Elizabeth County, Virginia; he remained in Virginia.  His mother’s will says “I give unto my son Christopher Needham, one negro girl called Betsy, which negro gurle the sd Christopher Needham hath now in his parson about three years in Virginey.” in his father’s will he is left one shilling, he probably received his portion of his father’s estate earlier. Christopher died in Norfolk County, Virginia before 1766 the date of his wife's will.[12] .  Sarah’s will lists sons, John, Joseph, and daughters Ann, Sarah and Susanna (Needham) Leanord?. The Bannister/Jones/Needham bible records are located at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000. I do not know the proper order of the children, but this information is probably in the bible record.

Children of Christopher Needham and Sarah Bannister

12.        i.  JOHN NEEDHAM born about 1726

 

13.   ii    JOSEPH NEEDHAM born about 1728

 

            14.   iii  ANN NEEDHAM born about 1730

            15.   iv   SARAH NEEDHAM born about 1732

            16.   v.   SUSANNA NEEDHAM born about 1734, married [-?-] LEANORD.

 

7. Bayley Needham (Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1703, Elizabeth County, Virginia may have married Nance [-?-] about  1730, probably in Bladen County, North Carolina. He is mentioned in mother’s will, but not his father’s.  Baley is most likely the ancestor of most of the Needhams who went to Randolph County, North Carolina.  It is not certain where he was living at the time his mother made her will. In her will she left him “one negro gurle called Nelly, that is if the sd Bayley Needham doth appear in his own proper person and make demand of sd negro gurle, and if the sd Baley doth not apear in his own proper parson and make demand of ye sd negro gurle (thereon) my desire is that my son John Needham (should) have ye sd negro gurle called Nelly.” It does seem possible that Bayley died before 5 July 1744 when the estate of his father, Thomas Needham, was divided between his brothers, Gideon, John, and Thomas Needham[13].  Bayley is not mentioned. However, there may be some mention of him in the court minutes for Pasquotank County regarding the estate of Thomas Needham.  The children below do not belong to Bayley’s brothers, so through the process of elimination and the fact that the name Bayley appears in this line, there is a strong likelihood they are Bayley’s.

Children of Bayley and Nance [-?-] Needham

    17.   i.  JOHN NEEDHAM born about 1735 died 17 Dec 1799 Randolph County, North Carolina,  married about 1760, possibly in Moore County, North Carolina, Susannah GARNER

    18.   ii. THOMAS NEEDHAM born about 1742, married about 1772, Frances “Franky” [-?-]

    19.   iii. NANCY ANN NEEDHAM born 6 Mar 1744, in Bladen County, North Carolina,[14] married John B. LAWRENCE about 1762

    20.   iv. WILLIAM NEEDHAM born about 1746, married Sarah? COLM? and they had Thomas born about 1780, North Carolina; James born about 1782, North Carolina[15].

 

“UNABLE TO PLACE” NEEDHAMS

There is another person in Randolph County at this time, who may also be a son of Baley. A Richard Needham purchased 249 acres on deep River adjoining Garner on 24 Jul 1786[16] , this is in the same area as the other members of Baley's family.

 

There was also a John Needham who died in 1810 leaving, wife, Betsy and children. This John Needham may have been the son or grandson of Thomas Needham because Thomas Needham received a land grant of 50 acres on Richland Waters on 7 Jul 1794, however some of these early deeds are rather vague and another one of the Needhams may have also had land on the waters of Richland Creek. A person would have to map out the entire area to figure out exactly which Needham was where. John married Betsy (possibly Cox)[17] and they had Sarah (Sally) born about 1805 and Jeremiah born about 1807[18]. Jeremiah Needham, son of John, sold 89 acres of land on Richland Creek for $17.50[19] on 18 9mo 1828 (this seems like a very low price, however the tax list for July, 1828 shows the heirs of John Needham had 72 acres on Richland Creek worth 54[20] probably dollars. John Needham’s father, probably Thomas Needham, had received a grant of 50 acres of land on Richland Creek in 1794[21]).  On the same day Jeremiah sold 130 acres on Mill Creek for 6.60,[22] which John Needham, presumably his father, bought in 1810[23]. Both sales state that the land is from his heir in law, John Needham.  The deed of sale for the land on Mill Creek calls him Jeremiah Needham of Fayett County, W. Tennessee. A Jeremiah Needham married Racheal Spalding 23 Oct 1827, Hardeman County, Tennessee[24]

 

17. John Needham (Baley4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1735 died 17 Dec 1799 Randolph County, North Carolina,  married about 1760, possibly in Moore County, North Carolina, Susannah Garner the daughter of John Garner.  This John Needham was called “The Elder” in Randolph County, he was a Private from North Carolina in the Revolutionary War,. He was in Goodman’s Company of the Fourth North Carolina Battalion,[25] from Guilford or Randolph County.  In Nov. 1767 he purchased 200 acres on what is now the Randolph/Moore County line, being Orange/Cumberland County line at that time.  He sold this land in August 1771.  In March 1775 he bought 300 acres on Deep River in Guilford County[26]. At the time of his death he had 2644 acres in his estate settlement.  This land was in the southeast corner of Randolph County[27] near Segrove.

Children of John and Susannah (Garner) Needham

    21.   a.   ELIZABETH NEEDHAM born 3 Apr 1762, Orange County, North Carolina married Reverend Enoch SPINKS 15 Apr 1784, in Randolph County, North Carolina, she died 13 Sep 1854, in Randolph County. Enoch Spinks sold 100 acres to John Needham in1783[28]. for 80 pounds.

    22.     b.   SUSANNAH NEEDHAM born about 1764, Orange County, North Carolina, died 27 Jul 1841, Randolph County, North Carolina. She married her cousin, John NEEDHAM (#32), (designated "Nov" in Randolph Co. records), in Nov 1791, the son of Thomas Needham. Susannah’s will, probated in 1842 names Elijah Needham born about 1780, illegitimate son, (her’s or John’s?) I believe he was her son because why else would she mention him in her will; her husband was already dead. The transcription calls Elijah, dec’d (this can’t be right because he is mentioned in Randolph County records after this date). Elijah had Patsey Caroline Needham and Sarah B. Needham (all living in Alabama in 1842).  The mother of Susannah (Carr) Needham, wife of Elijah, was Susannah Carr[29]. The other children named are Elizabeth Needham; Nancy Needham, wife of George Yow; Susanna Needham, (Susanna may have had a child with Richmond J. Hicks around 1835[30]); Patsey Needham born about 1812, who married William Brown 2 Jun 1832, all of Randolph County, North Carolina; and Sarah Needham, wife of George Ruston who was living in Indiana[31].  Elijah was called Benjamin in some records[32]. This could be a transcription error.

 

1800 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina page 333

1 male 10-16

1 male 16-25

1 male 45 and over  (John)

3 females under 10

1 female 16-25

1 female 26-45 (Susannah)

      23.   c. WILLIAM NEEDHAM born about 1766 at the Head of Bear Creek[33], Orange County, North Carolina,  married Margaret BLAND 25 Oct 1786, Randolph County, North Carolina.  William died after 1850 probably in Kemper County, Miss. He was 84 years of age on 1850 US Census for Kemper County, Miss.

              1800 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina page 332

1 male 10-16

1 male 26-45 (William)

 2 female under 10

 1 female 10-16

 1female, 26-45 (Margaret)

1810 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North    Carolina, page 176

 1 male under 10

 1 male 16-25

 1 male 45 or over

 1 female under 10

 1f 10-16

 2 female 16-25

 2 female 45 or over.

    24.   d.  JOHN NEEDHAM born 1 Apr 1769, Orange County, North Carolina, died 1851, Jennings County, Indiana. He married Nancy BLAND about 1789, in Randolph County, North Carolina. He may be the cousin, John Needham, mentioned in Thomas Needham’s letters to his brother, Lewis.[34] 

1800 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina page 333

 1 male under 10

 1 male 10-16

 1 male 26-45 (John)

 2 female under 10

 1 female 16-25

 1 female 26-45 (Nancy)

 1 female 45 or over

 1 slave

 

1810 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina, page 176

 2 male under 10

 1 male 10-16

 2 male 16-25

 1 male 26-45 (John)

 1 female under 10

 2 females  10-16

 2 females 16-25

 1 female 26-45 (Nancy)

 

John’s father left no land to him in his will, but he did receive land in the division of his father’s estate.  He may also have received land before his father’s death. John was given permission to build a grist mill on Fork Creek at Laurences old ford at the August Term, 1808, Randolph Co. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.[35]

 

    25   e.   BAILEY NEEDHAM born about 1771, Guilford County, North Carolina,[36] died 1838, Hardeman County, Tennessee. He married about 1794.  His will was dated 13 Dec 1837, proved 9 Jan 1839. His children[37]  were: Isaac, who probably married Susannah ADDEMAN 1 Dec 1814[38], Maury County, Tennessee; John; Martha (Patsy) who probably married David EDDLEMAN 25 Jan 1821[39], Maury County, Tennessee; Enoch; unknown child; Samuel; Sarah; William Bailey; Susannah, who probably married Jacob MILLER 1 Jan 1816[40], Maury County, Tenn; and Felix. There was a Baley and Lewis Needham on the 1811 tax list for Maury County, Tennessee.[41]

 

1800 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina page 333

 3 males under 10

 1 male 26-45 (Bailey)

 1 female under 10

 1 female 26-45

 

    26.   f.  LEWIS WESLEY NEEDHAM born about 1774, Guilford County, North Carolina, died between 4 Dec 1848, the date of his will  and 28 Mar 1851, the date his will was probated in Class Co. Texas[42].  Lewis married Amey Rosell TUCKER in 1792, Randolph County, North Carolina.

 

1800 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina page 333

1 male under 10

 1 male 10-16

 1 male 26-45 (Lewis)

 4 female under 10

 1 female 10-16

 1 female 26-45 (Amey)

 1 female 45 or over

 

There was a Lewis and Baley Needham in Maury County, Tennessee in 1811 and a Lewis Needham  in 1816.[43]

 

    27.   g. GARNER NEEDHAM born about 1776, Guilford County, North Carolina, died in 1852, Harrdeman County, Tennessee Garner married  about  1800, he was on the 1850 US Census for Hardeman County, Tennessee. His will was dated 24 Feb 1852,.and probated April 1852[44].

28.   h. SARAH NEEDHAM born 15 Aug 1779, Randolph County[45], North Carolina, married James Randolph JOHNSON 8 Feb 1797, Randolph County, North Carolina.  She died 14 Dec 1872 in Pickens County, Alabama[46], their oldest son was John D. JOHNSON, born 3 Jul 1798, died 16 Jan 1871[47].

29.   i. JESSE NEEDHAM born Sep 1781, in Randolph County, North Carolina, married Aurey EDDLEMAN 7 Jul 1819, in Lawrence County, Tennessee.[48] At the Feb Court in 1800, petitioners requested the court to appoint a guardian for Jesse.

30   j.. MARTHA ANN NEEDHAM born 14 Sep 1784, Randolph County, North Carolina, died after 1870, in Lawrence County, Tennessee,  married William TUCKER, Jr. 20 Dec 1802, Randolph County, North Carolina[49].  She appears on the 1870 US Census for Lawrence County, Tennessee, age 85. (Could they have been the parents of Nancy Tucker who married John W. Needham 15 May 1821, Lawrence County, Tennessee?)

31.   k. NANCY ANNE NEEDHAM born between 1786 and 1790[50], Randolph County, North Carolina, was called Anne in her Father’s probate records, a guardian was also appointed for her at the Feb Court in 1800, which lasted until 1802.  She married Enoch TUCKER about 1808 in Randolph County, North Carolina.

 

18. Thomas Needham (Baley4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1742, died between 16 Nov 1807 and Feb 1808, Randolph County North Carolina[51], married about 1772 to Frances “Franky” [-?-] (born about 1750 died 18 Aug 1827 Randolph County, North Carolina). Franky’s will dated 18 Aug 1827, proved 1828,[52] does not mention her son, James.  Thomas is listed on the 1790 and 1800 US Census, also on the 1799 tax list for Randolph County. The estimated birth dates for the children do not match the information found on the census.

1800 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina page 332

1 male 10-15

1 male 16-25

1 male 45 and over, (Thomas)

2 females 10-15

1 females 16-25

1 female 45 and over, (Franky)

 

Children of Thomas Needham and Frances "Franky" [-?-]

    32.   a. JOHN NEEDHAM “NOV” born about 1764 was named executor of his father’s will, (see Susannah NEEDHAM, daughter of John Needham, #22).

 

1800 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina page 333

1 male 10-16

1 male 16-25

1 male 45 and over  (John)

3 females under 10

1 female 16-25

1 female 26-45 (Susannah)

 

    33.   b. SUSANNA NEEDHAM born about 1775 married John MACON about 1791. William Bowdown, was appointed guardian of Nath’l, Henry, Nancy, John, Pleasant, & Gideon Thomas (probably called Thomas) orphans. At the Randolph County 1808 Aug. Court term, a dower petition was brought by Susanna Macon, who said John died June 1808. The guardian account with Wm. Bowdown in February 1812/13 and 1814 court terms names Nathaniel, Wm. and Nancy Macon[53], which means that Henry, John, Pleasant and Gideon Thomas presumably became of age by 1812/13 or died, There also is another child named Wm. was he born after the death of John or was this Nathaniel's middle name[54]? John owned about 230 acres of land, on Fork Creek near the junction with Deep River near Travis Bowdown, Windsor Pearce, & Nicholas Nalls.

    34.   c. JOSEPH NEEDHAM born about 1777, no more is known about Joseph.

    35.   d. JAMES NEEDHAM born about 1779, died before 1811 when the inventory was taken of his estate by Edward Gatlin, his brother-in-law.

    36.   e. LEWIS NEEDHAM born 24 Oct 1781, Randolph County, North Carolina died 26 Apr 1870, married Margaret MOFFITT, he is buried at Mt. Olivet Church Cemetery in Randolph County, North Carolina.  Lewis was a blacksmith and they lived in Brower Township, Randolph County.  They had Rebecca born 29 Jul 1816, who married William CASSADY, Sr. 12 Mar 1836[55] (bond), she died 24 May 1894. (William CASSADY’s sister, Caty, married Jonathan LAWRENCE son of John Lawrence and Nancy Ann Needham [#19]); Elizabeth born 15 May 1818, married Stephen Decatur RICHARDSON 27 Dec 1834, she died 20 Jan 1900; Riley born 9 May 1831, married Margaret [-?-], he died 2 Sep 1884, and is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. His wife's will was dated 7 Nov 1892[56], and Lucinda born in 1815, married Pinckney TUCKER. Lewis Needham’s account book published in The Genealogical Journal[57]

    37.   f. NANCY NEEDHAM born about 1784 married Ephraim ANDREWS before 1808

    38.   g. THOMAS NEEDHAM born about 23 Dec 1789, married about 1810, Winnie LAWRENCE (born 23 Mar 1790, died 10 Oct 1865); he died 12 Oct 1862. After they married they moved to Johnson County, Indiana. Winnie was the daughter of  William Lawrence (#43) of Clark County, Indiana and William Lawrence was the son of John Lawrence and probably Nancy Ann Needham (#19), who was the daughter of Bayley Needham, of Randolph County, North Carolina.  They were in Johnson County by 10 Jun 1826 when they purchased land there.  They had a son, William Needham born 11 Nov 1810, died 23 Mar 1894, who married Mary [-?-].  In Thomas Needham’s letter to his brother, Lewis, dated 26 June 1842 he asks about their sister, Fanny Needham[58], (I don’t know who this could be).

 

1810 US Census, Randolph County, North Carolina, page 176

one male age 16-25 (Thomas)

one female age 16-25 (Winnie)

 

    39.   h. MARTHA NEEDHAM born about 1791 married William PITMAN before 1808

    40.   i. JANE NEEDHAM born about 1793 married William REEDER

    41.   j .MARY (POLLY) NEEDHAM born about 1794 married Edward GATLIN 15 Sep 1809[59], Randolph County, North Carolina (she was underage at the time of her father’s death)

 

19. Nancy Ann Needham (Baley4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born 6 Mar 1744, Bladen County, North Carolina. She married John B. Lawrence about 1762.

 

Children of Nancy Ann Needham and John B. Lawrence

    42.   i.  EDWARD LAWRENCE, born about 1764, married 2nd Sarah SMITHERMAN[60] .

    43.   ii.  WILLIAM LAWRENCE born 1766, died 12 Jul 1822, married Catherine BLAND and they had Jane, Mary, John, Winnie, and Margaret.William Lawrence, served as a private from North Carolina in the Revolutionary War. His will dated 9 Jul 1822 proved, 15 Jul 1822, names daughters Polly Bower and Peggy Lawrence, and states that “rest of children received their fair share”.  He moved to Clark County, Indiana where his daughter, Winnie Lawrence married Thomas Needham, (born 1789),  the son of Thomas Needham and Franky. Winnie and Thomas were 1st cousins once removed.

    44.   iii.   SARAH LAWRENCE born about 1768.

    45.   iv.   NEEDHAM LAWRENCE born about 1770.

    46.   v.   RICHARD LAWRENCE born about 1772  married Jane HAMMOND.

    47.   vi.   PETER LAWRENCE born 2 Jun 1774, died 18 Sep 1855, married 1st Abigail HADOCK, 2nd Abigail HINSHAW and 3rd Sarah HINSHAW, Peter and his 3rd wife moved to Henry County, Indiana.

    48.   vii.   MARTHA LAWRENCE born about 1776

    49.   viii.  JONATHAN LAWRENCE born about 1778 married 1st Betsy EDWARDS, 2nd Caty CASSADY, who was the sister of William Cassady who married Rebecca Needham, the daughter of Lewis Needham  (#36) and Margaret Moffitt.

    50.   ix.   JESSE LAWRENCE born 1 Jan 1786, died 17 Jul 1862, married 1st Hannah EDWARDS, 2nd Ruth MARLEY, he stayed in Randolph County, North Carolina.

    51.   x.   NANCY ANN LAWRENCE born about 1788 may have married Wm. CALLICOTTE.[61] 1 Jan 1807,  Randolph County.

 

   

20. William Needham (Baley4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) married Sarah [-?-] Colm [-?-]. William was called planter in a suit brought to court on 4 Oct 1788, in which Sarah Call (is this the same person he married?) charged him with begetting 2 base born children, James and Nancy.  This may be the reason he left Randolph County about 1790.

Possible Children of William Needham and Sarah [-?-] Colm [-?-]

    52.   a. THOMAS NEEDHAM born about 1780, North Carolina

    53.   b. JAMES NEEDHAM born about 1782, North Carolina

    54.   c. JEAN NEEDHAM born about 1784, who married 7 Jan 1813, Randolph Co.[62], Elijah Dollarhide.

    55.   d. JOHN NEEDHAM born about 1786

 

If Sarah bought suit in 1788, the estimated birth dates are wrong and this John, number 55, would have been a little young to have these children unless he was the oldest. Thomas and James may have gone to Tennessee.

 

 

8. John Needham (Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1708, Elizabeth County, Virginia, died about Nov 1754, in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, married Elizabeth Brothers about 1742, Pasquotank Co, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Brothers and Mary Pendleton. In his father’s will he is left a plantation and named executor. Elizabeth (Brothers) Needham married 2nd James Griffin and they had a son named James Griffin. Patrick Pool and John Brothers brought a petition forth because the widow had remarried. I assume this petition was on behalf of the children by her first marriage, I have been unable to find the original record. John sold 100 acres for 500 pounds to Jeremiah Wilcocks? on 26 Sep 1744 beginning at Raymon’s Creek on the NE side of Pasquotank River.[63]  He then bought 100 acres of land for 500 pounds on Raymon’s Creek on 26 Nov 1744 from Jeremiah Wilcocks?.[64]  In his mother’s will she says “I give unto my son John Needham 2 negros, the one called Limbrick, and the other called Cushon, to him and his heirs forever.”

I do not have any information on Mary Needham, but John, Elizabeth, Jean and Anne, along with their spouses moved to Randolph County, North Carolina.  It was thought the reason for this was to get away from the yellow fever threat in the low lands. They believed that yellow fever didn’t occur in the mountains.  They were probably correct is some respect, since yellow fever was spread by mesquites and Pasquotank County was not short of swamps, a perfect breeding ground for them.  Randolph County probably had fewer swampy areas.

 

Children of John Needham and Elizabeth Brothers

    56.   a. MARY NEEDHAM born about 1743, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, nothing more known.

    57.   b. JOHN NEEDHAM born 3 Jul 1745, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, died after September 1830, Grainger County, Tennessee. He married 1st Rebecca Pool about 1770, Pasquotank, 2nd Anna Lutisha Jennings, 4 Jan 1780, Pasquotank, 3rd Mary Barns? about 1792.

    58.   c. ELIZABETH NEEDHAM born about 1747 Pasquotank County, North Carolina married 21 Jan 1770 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Pharoah Fentress (died 1811 Randolph County, North Carolina). They had one son, Frederick Fentress born 24 Jan 1772, Pasquotank County[65]. In Pharoah Fentress' will dated the 24th day of the 7th month 1811, proved in November court 1811, he gave 300 acres of land to William Gisto?, a former bound servant, one third of his lands to his wife, Elizabeth Fentres for her natural life, his son Frederick Fentress to receive the rest of his estate. He appointed his wife, Elizabeth and son, Frederick executors. Witnesses: Edward Fintress, jurat; John Bundy; Thomas Winslow; jurat[66].

    59.   d. JEAN NEEDHAM born about 1750 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina died Sep 1821 in Randolph County, North Carolina. She married Joseph Redding 30 Sep 1774, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.  Joseph died between 9 Jan and Nov 1815, Randolph County, North Carolina. They had a son John who married Barbara [-?-] Slack in Guilford County, North Carolina whose daughter Sarah  married Nathaniel Steed in Randolph Co, North Carolina. In the will of Joseph Redding he leaves 125 acres to John, 40 shillings to Elizabeth Trogden, Joseph received the land he lives on, $100 to Nancy Reding, 100 acres to Trulove Redding, 50 acres to Iredell Reding, son of Thomas Reding, the rest of the land went to Jonathan Reding, Jane his wife [Jane and Jean are interchangeable in colonial times] had the priviledge of living in his house and the slave, Dick, to be given his freedom after her death[67].

    60.   e. ANNE NEEDHAM born about 1752 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina., died 20 Oct 1804, Randolph County North Carolina,.married Robert Redding. Robert may have moved to Tennessee after Ann’s death. It is possible he was in debt because he was taken to court for non-payment of taxes and it was thought he had left the county, but he did appear in court.  I am not sure from reading the court records exactly what happened, but he did sell some land to his brother, Joseph, and paid what he owed. On 10 Nov 1778[68] John Needham and wife, Rebecka sold to Robert Redding five acres of land on Newbegun Creek in Pasquotank Co, North Carolina.

 

 

57. John Needham  (2) (John4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1)born 3 Jul 1745, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, died after September 1830, Grainger County, Tennessee; married 1st Rebecca Pool, daughter of Elizabeth Pool, about 1770,  Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Rebecca was born about 1750 and died between 28 Nov 1778 and 4 Jan 1780 (the date her mother wrote her will and the date John married Anna Lutisha Jennings). Perhaps Rebecca died while John was in the army and that is why there is a break in the 3 year enlistment between Sep 1778 and 12 Mar 1779, although it was not unusual for soldiers to return home for the winter months. The will of Elizabeth Pool says: “I give to my daughter Rebecca Needham...I give to son, Malachi Mann...I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Pike...my will is my daughter, Elizabeth Pool to receive all the remaining part of my estate...I appoint my son-in-law John Needham my whole & sole executor.” will dated 28 Nov 1777, proved Dec. 1779, recorded 12 Aug 1790[69], Pasquotank, County, North Carolina. Elizabeth Pool, Jr. probably never married, she may have witnessed the marriage of her niece, Elizabeth Needham in Randolph County in 1794. John married 2nd Anna Lutisha Jennings, 4 Jan 1780, in Pasquotank County[70], 3rd Mary (possibly Barns)[71].

On 4 Jan 1777 John Needham and wife Rebeccah swapped 163 acres in Pasquotank County, North Carolina with William Pool, Jr. on SW side of Newbegun Creek Swamp taken from a Patent rented to Henry Pendleton Mar. 1714, (Henry Pendleton was John Needham’s maternal grandfather).[72] Rebecca Needham gives up her dower right and signs with her mark. There are many deeds buying and selling land including a gift of land to half brother, James Griffin. The deed from John Needham and wife, Mary to Thomas Barns is signed by Elizabeth (her mark) Needham (I assume this is his daughter because there were no other Needhams in Pasquotank County at that time) in Nov 1792.

On 25 Jan 1782 John swapped 50 acres on the SW side of Newbegun Creek Swamp and 50 bushels of corn from John Pendleton for 90 acres on SW side of Newbegun Creek Swamp bought from William Pool, Jr. Analetisha Needham gives up her dower rights and signs with her mark[73].

On 24 Feb 1784 John Needham sells 50 acres for 100 pounds to Miles Brothers part of a tract obtained by Henry Pendleton from the Lord Proprietors in 1714 patent containing 300 acres[74].

On 5 Mar 1788 John Needham sold 50 acres “where I now live” for 200 pounds to Job Carver on the NE side of Newbegun Creek[75].

On 8 Apr 1788 William and Tamer Pool sold John Needham 30 acres for 120 pounds on the NE side of Newbegun Creek Swamp, William and Tamer Pool both signed with their mark[76].

On 22 Dec 1797 John Needham gave 2 acres of land in Pasquotank Co, North Carolina, bordered by Thos. Redding and Jonathan Brother to his half brother James Griffin[77], for affection he bears him.

Other deeds show he sold land to Thomas Reding, Archibald Davis, and others.

John Needham moved to Randolph County, North Carolina about 1792 or 1793.  He is listed on Pasquotank County Tax list, Dist. #4 in 1792 but not in 1793.  On 5 Sep 1793 John bought 200 acres of land from John Dougan for 200 pounds[78].  The land was located in Randolph County, North Carolina on Caraway (Creek).  On 10 Mar 1794 he sold 100 acres to his probable son, Jesse Needham, for 100 pounds.  This deed was witnessed by John’s sister and her husband, Robert and Ann Reading (Reddin). 

On 14 Oct 1796 John bought 450 acres on Bush Creek[79]. He also received a 100 acre land grant on the same creek 15 Nov 1799.[80]

John served in the Revolutionary war, enlisting for 3 years on 1 Jun 1777 with Col. Thomas Clark’s Company, 1st North Carolina Battalion. He was on the roll until 8 Sep 1778.  He reenlisted and was a private on the roll of Col. Thomas Clark’s County, 1st North Carolina Battalion in from 12 Mar 1779 to 1 Jun 1780.  He received a bounty of $100[81]. 

1800 U.S. Census for Randolph County, North Carolina, page 333

                                                            2 males under 10 (Henry and Lemuel)

                                                           1 male 10-16 (John, 3)

                                                           1 male 45 and over (John, 2)

                                                           2 females under 10 (Rebecca and Milly)

                                                           1 female 26-45 (Mary)

                                                           1 female 45 and over

 

I haven’t been able to determine what happened to all John’s land on Bush Creek. In 1801 he received land grant #1583 from the state of North Carolina, 100 acres for 50 shillings an acre. He then had 550 acres. He sold his son, Jesse, 149 acres in 1800 and bought 137 acres back from Jesse in 1802. Sometime during this period Randolph County was resurveyed and the acreage changed somewhat, but this was a 12 acre difference. There is no way to account for every acre, but this usually only makes a difference of a few acres between land bought before and after this resurvey. John sold 126 acres to Elijah Murrey, 8 Nov 1800, but that still leaves a lot of land unaccounted for.[82]  In Sep 1830 he gave Power of Attorney in Randolph County to a lawyer from Madison County, Tennessee[83] to find out what happened to his application for bounty land.  Maybe he wanted to get land in Madison County, but died before anything was settled because there is no record of his request in the bounty records of Revolutionary Soldiers in the National Archives. In the book The Early Tennessee Tax Lists Henry, John, John, Jr. and Lemuel are shown in Grainger County, Tennessee in 1821.

 

Children with 1st wife, Rebecca (Pool) Needham

    61.   a. JESSE NEEDHAM born about 1771, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, married Sarah FENTRESS about 1796 probably in Randolph County; he died about 1840 in Randolph County.

    62.  b. ELIZABETH NEEDHAM born about 1773, died about 1808/9, possibly buried at Back Creek Cemetery. She married Henry WINSLOW 30 Jul 1794, Back Creek MM, Randolph Co, North Carolina.

 

Children of John Needham and 2nd wife Anna Lutisha (Jennings)

    63.   c. ISAAC NEEDHAM[84] born about 1782, Pasquotank County, North Carolina died Mar 1862, New Castle, Henry Co, Indiana  Isaac married Margaret PERRY about 1808 in Randolph County, North Carolina.

 

I have not found the next two children in any list of John’s children, however, they are not found among the children of other Needhams of Randolph County, but must have lived  near Back Creek MM.  John’s sister, Elizabeth and her husband, Pharoah Fentress had two girls between the ages of 10-16 listed in their household on the 1800 US Census for Randolph County.  I believe those two girls are more than likely John Needham’s daughters. Elizabeth and Pharoah only had a son, Frederick Fentress[85]. Many times when a man remarries his children by a former marriage are raised by relatives.  Elizabeth would have been the perfect candidate to raise them, having no daughters of her own. She may have also helped raise her niece, Elizabeth Needham. 

    64.  d. MARY NEEDHAM [possibly the daughter of John Needham and Analetisha (Jennings)] born about 1784, Pasquotank County, North Carolina married William Yates before  25 Dec 1802 when they were rpd mou (reported married out of union) at Back Creek MM, Randolph County, North Carolina.[86].  They moved first to Lost Creek MM in Tennessee and then to Wayne County, Indiana, finally settling in Henry County, Indiana as did her probable brother, Isaac Needham and sister, Ann (Needham) Reese.[87]

    65.   e. JOHN NEEDHAM, III born about 1785, died 27 Jun 1851, Old Needham, Grainger County, Tennessee, will dated 7 Mar 1851, married 1st Polly Brock 1 Sep 1812, she died about 1827/8, he married 2nd Nancy Chandler 5 Jun 1829[88]. John was in War of 1812.

    66.   f. ANN NEEDHAM [possibly the daughter of John Needham and Analetisha (Jennings)] born about 1787, Pasquotank County, North Carolina. married John Reese on the first day of the eighth month 1805; Witnesses: Elizabeth Winslow, her probable sister, Henry Winslow, probable brother-in-law, Mary Saint, Huldy Stanton, Caroline Winslow, Dannell Preznell, Joshua Bozwell, Christean Preznell and John Needham, probable father.  Ann and John moved to Wayne County, Indiana and later settled in Henry County, Indiana[89] as did her probable brother, Issac Needham and sister, and Mary (Needham) Yates. More information on Mary and Ann and their families can be found in the Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana.[90]

    67.   g. REBECCA NEEDHAM born about 1790, Pasquotank County, North Carolina married James Burnett 26 Aug 1809, Grainger County, Tennessee[91] She probably lived in Laural County, Kentucky

 

John Needham married 3rd Mary Barnes? about 1792, Pasquotank Co, North Carolina. On 3 Mar 1793, John Needham and wife Mary sold land in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.[92] As shown earlier he bought land in Randolph County, North Carolina on 5 Sep 1793.

 

Children of John Needham and 3rd wife, Mary (Barnes?)

    68.   h. BENJAMIN? NEEDHAM born about 1794, in Randolph County, North Carolina.

    69.   i. LEMUEL NEEDHAM born about 1797, he went to Grainger County, Tennessee.

    70.   j. MILLY NEEDHAM born about 1798, Randolph County, North Carolina, married James Dyer 6 Dec 1821, in Grainger County, Tennessee[93]

    71.   k. HENRY NEEDHAM born 21 Oct 1799, Randolph County, North Carolina, died 11 Feb 1874, and is buried at Mullins Cemetery, in Grainger County, Tennessee married Anna Brock 15 Aug 1819, Grainger County, Tennessee[94]

    72.   l. MARY ANN NEEDHAM born about 1801, Randolph Co, North Carolina

    73.   m. IRA NEEDHAM born 31 Dec 1802, Randolph Co, North Carolina died 2 Feb 1835, bur. Needham Cemetery, Darlington, Montgomery Co, Indiana

    74.   n.  ALFRED NEEDHAM born 11 Feb 1806, Randolph Co, North Carolina died 9 Dec 1893 Crockett, Houston County, TX, married Polly Dyer 15 Nov 1827, Grainger County, Tennessee[95]

 

 

61. Jesse Needham (John 5,John4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1771, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, died about 1840 in Guilford County, North Carolina, married Sarah Fentress about 1796 probably in Randolph County, North Carolina. He bought land from his father on the Caraway[96] and later he and his father sold this land[97] and bought land on Bush Creek which is also in the northern part of Randolph County  Jesse sold his land on Bush Creek[98] to his father and bought 217 acres on Muddy Creek[99]. which is on the Randolph/Guilford County line. He sold 167 acres to Alson Gray in 1826[100] and 50 acres to his son, James, in 1828[101]. He then bought 310 acres on Deep River in Guilford County[102], which may have been adjacent to his Randolph County land on Muddy Creek. Jesse was a cabinetmaker and is noted for the eastern shore influence in the furniture he made[103]. In Nov. 1834 he placed an ad in the The Greensborough Patriot offering a reward for a runaway boy, Wilie Tyndal, indentured apprentice to the cabinet making business. His name appears in this paper in Jan. and Apr. 1835[104] under letters uncalled for at the postoffice.[105]. His son, Ivey Needham is on the list of insolvents filed 25 Aug 1830 in Guilford and John Needham is on this same list noted as gone[106].

 

Children or Jesse Needham and Sarah Fentress

    75.   i.  WILLIAM NEEDHAM born about  1797 may have married Jinny Edgin 28 Dec 1816, Randolph County, witness, Alex Gray[107]

    76.   ii.  JAMES NEEDHAM born 26 May 1799, Randolph Co, North Carolina, died 1 Apr1899, Surry County, North Carolina. He married Hannah FRAZIER in Mar 1820, in Randolph Co, North Carolina.  James’ will was dated 14 Dec 1880. A biography: The Life of Rev. James Needham, The Oldest Methodist Preacher, by Rev. J. P. Rodgers, was published by The Surry Printing House, 1899.

    77.  iii.  IVEY NEEDHAM born about 1801 married Sally Henderson 24 Jan 1824, Guilford County, North Carolina[108].

    78.  iv.  ELIZABETH NEEDHAM born about 1803 married [-?-] Henderson

    79.  v.   JESSE NEEDHAM, Jr. born 18 Feb 1805, Randolph County, North Carolina [109] married Elizabeth Ann Whelleyton/Whittington 9 Oct 1828, in Guilford County, North Carolina[110] and they had Martha Jane born 18 Sep 1832, who married William H. Gentry, 17 Mar 1850, in Ashe, Jefferson County, North Carolina; Elizabeth born 1834; Mary A. born 1836; Cornelia born 1844, all the children were born in Guilford County, North Carolina.

    80.  vi. JOHN NEEDHAM born about 1807, probably left Guilford County before 1830.

    81. vii. SARAH FRANCES NEEDHAM born about 1809 died 19 Jun 1908, Emporia, Kansas, married Samuel D. Northington 24 Sep 1845, North Carolina[111] (Correction, Sarah is the daughter of Jesse Needham, Jr. # 79, not his sister and her name was Sarah Frentress Needham. She was born in 1830Thanks to Martha Keys for this correction.).

    82. viii. FREDRICK NEEDHAM born about 1811 married Julia Ann Hammer

    83. ix.  HOWARD NEEDHAM born about 1813

    84.  x.  ADMIRAL NEEDHAM born about 1815 married Nancy Petro

    85.  xi. REBECCA NEEDHAM born 3 Mar 1819, Guilford Co, North Carolina died 23 May 1879 South Mound, New Castle, Henry Co, Indiana married General Elias Gross on 22 Dec 1836, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

    86. xii. MARGARET NEEDHAM born about 1821 married William R. Tomlison

    87. xii. ISAAC SKIDMORE NEEDHAM born about 1823

 

 

62. Elizabeth Needham (John 5,John4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1773, died about 1707/8 in Randolph County, North Carolina, (she may be buried at Back Creek Cemetery) married Henry Winslow 30 Jul 1794, Back Creek MM, Randolph County.  The marriage was witnessed by her aunt Elizabeth Pool, Robert Reding, uncle of the bride by marriage, John Henley, Phineas Hunt, Elizabeth Hunt, William Newby, Elizabeth Newby, Caroline Winslow, Milicent Nixon, Mary Frentress, Jacob Elliott, John Bayley, Thomas Winslow, father of groom, Elizabeth Winslow, mother of groom, Elizabeth Fentress, aunt of bride, Cornelious Ratliff, Henry Yurt, John Winslow, Axum Elliott, Jonathan Phelps, Pharoah Fentress, uncle of bride by marriage, John Needham, father of bride. Many of the witnesses to this wedding were relatives of the bride or groom. Henry Winslow married 2nd Miriam Jackson 30 March 1809, Randolph County, North Carolina.

 

Children of Elizabeth (Needham) and Henry Winslow

    88.  i. THOMAS WINSLOW born 14 Jul 1795, Randolph Co., North Carolina, died 28 Aug 1862, Grant County, Indiana. He married 1st Anna (Nancy) Nixon 5 Apr 1820 at Back Creek MM, Randolph County, North Carolina, he married 2nd Martha Bogue at Back Creek MM, Randolph County, North Carolina.

    89. ii. MARY WINSLOW born 20 Jul 1797, Randolph County, North Carolina, died 4 Nov 1870, Grant County, Indiana. She married John W. Wilson 2 March 1816, Randolph County, North Carolina (John and Mary Wilson are my direct ancestors).

    90. iii. JOHN WINSLOW born 2 Jan 1800, Randolph County, North Carolina, died in 1877. He married Elizabeth Henley 14 June 1821, Randolph County, North Carolina.

    91. iv. JESSE WINSLOW born 10 May 1802, Randolph County, North Carolina, died 16 December 1890, Grant County, Indiana. He married Penninah Henley 11 May 1826, Randolph County, North Carolina.

    92.  v. MIRIAM WINSLOW born 26 Feb 1807, died 9 Nov 1855, Grant County, Indiana. She married William Cox 15 January 1829, Randolph County, North Carolina.

    93. vi. NANCY WINSLOW born about 1808 married 1st William Hobbs; 2nd William Carson probably in Indiana.

 

John Needham married 2nd Anna Lutisha Jennings 4 Jan 1780, Pasquotank Co, North Carolina.  She died after 25 Jan 1782[112], when she gave up her dower rights on a deed.

 

Children with 2nd wife Analetisha (Jennings) Needham

63.  Isaac Needham[113] (John 5,John4,Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1782, Pasquotank County, North Carolina married about 1808 in Randolph County, North Carolina, Margaret Perry (born about 1785 died  about 1847, Henry County, Indiana),  he died Mar 1862, New Castle, Henry County, Indiana (his niece Rebecca, daughter of Jesse Needham, also died there and probably two of his sisters, Mary and Ann). He may have had a child with Mary Nixon in 1803[114].  Margaret was the daughter of William Perry. Isaac and Margaret (Perry) Needham went to the Indiana Territory in 1814 and settled in New Albany.  Isaac must have been a carpenter because his biography from the History of Henry County, Indiana, says he “made the first plank door and laid the first shingle in that town”.  After a year he moved to Washington County, Indiana near Salem.  Two years later he moved to another part of the county and again two years later he moved to Jackson County where he lived for seven years. About 1826 he was living in Wayne County near Cambridge City where he lived for a year and then moved to Henry Township, Henry County, Indiana where he lived until his death at the age of 80 years.  His wife died at the age of 62[115].

 

Children of Isaac and Margaret (Perry) NEEDHAM

    94.  i.  ROBERT RICHARD NEEDHAM born 5 Aug 1809, died 24 Feb 1903, Henry County, Indiana, married Malinda NIXON 10 Mar 1828, Greensboro, Indiana.  Malinda (born 4 Apr 1899, North Carolina, died 13 Sep 1849, Bethel, Henry County, Indiana), she was the daughter of Jacob and Jemima (Walker) Nixon, who were early settlers of Blue River Township.  Robert owned 175 acres of well improved land.  Their children were: William born about 1830 in Indiana; John born 15 Oct 1835, died 1904,  married Christina A. Keesling;  Winford born 6 Dec 1840, died 9 Oct 1892,  married Mary C. Hosea; Jemima born 13 Feb1844, Indiana; Mary Ellen born 20 Jan 1843, Indiana, died Aug 1904, Indiana; Sallie Ann born 1848; and Avanus/Avarenis born 7 Nov 1850, died 16 Jun 1926,  married Mary Josephine Doran.  Robert married 2nd Mrs. Harriet (Clift) Peed, widow of Leroy Peed and they had: John Richard, Maria, Hanley and Anna, all born in Bethel, Henry County, Indiana. Harriet died in Dublin, Indiana  Robert and Harriet Needham were members of the Christian church[116]..

    95.  ii.  JOSIAH NEEDHAM born 14 Aug 1811, died 20 Sep 1900, married Margaret Ann. SWAFFORD, and they had Isaac born 1833, who married Thisby Runnyan; Benjamin F. born 7 Dec 1836, married Martha U. Minesinger; and Laban V. born 1854, married Fannie C. [-?-].

    96. iii.  JESSE NEEDHAM born about 1813 married 18 Feb 1841, in Grant County Indiana, Sarah Winslow[117] (born 26 Mar 1811). Sarah was the daughter of Henry Winslow and his 2nd wife, Miriam Jackson. They had Margaret born 1843, Indiana; Martha Ann born 1845, Indiana; and Mary Elizabeth born 1849, Indiana.

97. iv.  JOHN NEEDHAM born about 1815, married 2 Nov 1843, in Grant County, Indiana, Mary Winslow[118] (born 24 Jan 1824). Mary was the daughter of John Winslow and Elizabeth Henley.  Their children were: Marion Emery Needham born 15 Mar 1847, who married Annie Fox; Susan Jane born 19 Sep 1848, died 15 Jun 1932, who married David Wiles Needham; Josiah Needham born 3 Nov 1851, who married Laura Alice Nell; and Jerome Needham born 4 Aug 1855, died 12 Dec 1896, who married Jessie A. Hayes

    98.  v. unknown child born about 1817

    99. vi.  NANCY NEEDHAM born 27 Mar 1819, died 7 Oct 1841, married Alfred Walker about 1838 in Henry County, Indiana and they had Sylvia born 1848, John H. born 1850, Indiana; Richard L. born 1853, Indiana; Elizabeth E. born 1855, Indiana; Mary E. born 1857, Indiana; and Sarah E. born 1858, Indiana

    100. vii.  unknown child born about 1819

    101. viii.SARAH NEEDHAM born about 1821, died before 25 Mar 1862, married [-?-] McLland

    102. ix. MARY NEEDHAM born about 1823,  married [-?-] Smith.

 

 

 

9. Thomas Needham, III (Thomas3,Thomas2,Christopher1) born about 1710, Elizabeth City County, Virginia, died 1746 leaving his wife and children: Margaret born about 1738 and Bailey born about 1740.  He may have married Margaret Torksey after 1735.  In the will of Philip Torksey dated 25 Feb 1755, proved June court 1755, he mentions cousin, Margaret Needham[119]. His mother’s will says “I give unto my son Thomas Needham, one negro boy called Jainy-Tipey, to him and his heirs forever.” in his father’s will he is left a plantation, 336 acres of land Thomas (2) purchased from C. Jones[120]. There is a deed for Bailey and Mary Needham in Pasquotank County where they swapped 20 acres on Partahaunt Creek on 24 Jul 1765[121].  This Bailey appears to have remained in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Gideon, brother of Thomas, was appointed guardian to Bailey and Margaret.

 

Children of Thomas Needham and Margaret

    103.  a. MARGARET NEEDHAM born about 1738

    104.  b. BAILEY NEEDHAM born about 1740

 

CONCLUSION

There was more than one Elizabeth Needham in Randolph County, North Carolina, but land evidence shows that the only Needham family living near the Thomas Winslow family and Back Creek MM. That John Needham was a Revolutionary Soldier from Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Living near them was also John’s sisters, Elizabeth (Needham) wife of Phoroah Fentress, Jean (Needham) wife of Joseph Reddin, and Ann (Needham) wife of Robert Reddin.  Elizabeth and Pharoah Fentress were members of Back Creek MM and witnessed the marriage of Elizabeth Needham, daughter of John, and Henry Winslow, son of Thomas, as did Robert Reddin, Elizabeth’s uncle by marriage, Elizabeth Pool, who was probably her mother's sister, and John Needham, her father.  When Ann Needham married John Reese at Back Creek MM the witnesses included Elizabeth and Henry Winslow and John Needham. An Elizabeth Needham also witnessed the sale of land from John and Mary Needham in Pasquotank County in 1793, after which John bought land on the Caraway near Back Creek MM. On the other hand the official records of the Needhams of southeastern Randolph County show they associated with a completely different group of people than the Needhams of the Northern part of the county although they were cousins. There is no close relationship between the two groups. The reason is probably because John Needham (2) and his sisters’ father died when John was about nine years old. There were no other Needhams living in Pasquotank County at this time and he related more with his mother's family. They were probably not close

to their Needham cousins. Another factor with the southeastern Randolph County Needhams is that the where abouts of Baley Needham, John’s uncle was unknown for many years. John may not have even remembered he had an uncle Baley Needham. Because this is the only Elizabeth Needham that fits the time and place and considering her association with John Needham of Pasquotank County I feel there can be little doubt that she is the daughter of John Needham, Revolutionary Soldier of Pasquotank County, North Carolina.

Elizabeth Needham was accepted as the daughter of John Needham, Revolutionary Soldier from Pasquotank County, NC by the Daughters of the American Revolution on 15 Apr 2002 through a supplemental application of Elizabeth Doherty Herzfeld, the author of this paper.

 

Copyright 2001, Elizabeth Doherty Herzfeld

 

 

ENDNOTES


[1] Gust Skordas, The Early Settlers of Maryland, (Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1968), 332

[2] Blanche Adams Chapman, Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, and Other Genealogical And Historical Items, 1610-1800, (Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941), 188

[3] Elizabeth City County Will dated 29 Mar 1690, proved 18 Mar 1690/91, Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, page 188, Will book 1689-1699; 75

[4] Blanche Adams Chapman, Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, and Other Genealogical And Historical Items, 1610-1800, (Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941), 103; Will book 1715 1721; 267

[5] Pasquotank County, North Carolina Land evidences (hereafter called Pasquotank County Deeds) Book. C,  338, Family History Library (hereafter called FHL) Microfilm #0019508

[6] Pasquotank County Deeds, Book. B;  522, FHL film #0019507

[7] J. Bryan Grimes Abstracts of North Carolina Wills (1910, Reprint, Clearfield County, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1991,1995),.262 (hereafter called Grimes, Abstracts of NC Wills)

[8] Margaret Needham will (3 Sep 1730), Pasquotank County Wills, 1720-1941,  (pages unnumbered ) Pleas and Quarter Sessions, FHL Film #0019495,

[9] Margaret Needham Will (3 Sep 1736), Pasquotank County, NC.

[10] Thomas Needham Will (6 Oct 1740) proved July Court, 1743, Pasquotank County, NC., Witnesses: Dennis Sawyer and Robert Torksey.  It is interesting to note that in the will of Philip Torksey dated 25 Feb 1755, proved June Court, 1755, Pasquotank Co, NC, he left a negro to his cousin Margaret Needham. (could this be the daughter of Thomas?)

[11] Pasquotank County, NC Court records 1757-1785, Orphans Court, pgs. 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11 & 19, FHL Film #0019502

[12] Blanche Adams Chapman, Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, and Other Genealogical And Historical Items, 1610-1800, (Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941), 188, dated 29 Mar 1690, proved 18 Mar 1690/91, Will book 1689-1699; 75

[13] Pasquotank County, NC Deeds, Deed Book B;522, FHL Film #0019507

[14] Carol Lawrence Vidales <vidales@worldnet.att.ner>Publication:http:\\www.familytreemaker.com/users/v/i/d/Carol-L-Vidales/

[15] There was a William Needham living on Brush Creek on 2 Mar 1791, Deed Book 7; 149, Randolph County, NC . The Genealogical Journal, Vol XXVI, No. 2, Summer 2002, page 15 published by Randolph County Genealogical Society, Asheboro, NC.

[16] Randolph County, NC, Deed Book 2; 250

[17] There is a grant to John Wm. Cox 28 Dec 1796, adj. Samuel Cox and John Needham, Deed Book 7; 120, (The Genealogical Journal, Vol XXVI, No. 2, Summer 2002, page 18) published by Randolph County Genealogical Society, Asheboro, NC)

[18] Birth dates were figured from their guardianship with Wm. Cox that ended Feb. 1824 for Sarah and 1826 for Jeremiah.

[19] Randolph County NC Deed Book 17; 378-379, FHL Film #0019636

[20] Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. IX, No. 1;8.

[21] Randolph County NC Deed Book 6; 62, FHL Film #0019632

[22] Randolph County NC Deed Book 17; 358-359, FHL Film #0019636

[23] Randolph County NC Deed Book 12; 68, FHL Film #0019634

[24] Early West Tennessee Marriages, Vol. 1, 211

[25] The North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution , Roster of Soldiers From North Carolina in the American Revolution, (1932),  74

[26] Guilford County, North Carolina land evidences, Book 1; 332, The Genealogical Journal (hereafter called Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly)  (Randolph County Genealogical Society of North Carolina), Vol. XXI, No. 2, 57, &-58;  Randolph County. was formed from Guilford in 1779

[27] Randolph Estates box 081.508.106 in the North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, NC

[28] Randolph County, North Carolina land evidences (hereafter called Randolph County Deeds)Book 2,  58, FHL Film #0019631

[29] Susannah Carr Will (6 Nov 1844), Randolph County, North Carolina Will Book 11; 302, transcription by Juanita Jackson Kesler of Randolph County, NC Genealogical Society.

[30] Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. XVII, No. 3;24.

[31] Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. XVIII, No. 2;24.

[32]Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. XVIII, No. 1; 24 & 26.

[33] Randolph County Heritage Book Vol. 1, 391

[34] Letters from Thomas Needham to his brother Lewis are printed in The Genealogical Journal, published by Randolph County Genealogical Society of North Carolina, Vol. IX, No. 1, pgs. 25-27, and Vol. IX, No. 4, 1985, pgs. 4-6.

[35] Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. XVI, No. 4; 40.

[36] Guilford County was formed from Orange and Rowan County in 1771

[37] Cheryl Lynn Martin, The Heritage of Randolph County, North Carolina, 1993, (hereafter called Randolph County Heritage Book) Vol. 1, 390, 391, (Randolph County Heritage Book Committee in Cooperation with The Heritage Book Collection and Delmar Printing)

[38] Byron and Barbara Sistler, Byron, Early Middle Tennessee Marriages (hereafter called Early Middle Tennessee Marriages) (Sistler & Associates, Nashville, Tenn., 1988), Vol. 1;396

[39] Early Middle Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2;395

[40] Early Middle Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2;395

[41] Byron and Barbara Sistler, Early Tennessee Tax Lists (hereafter called Early Tennessee Tax Lists) transcribed and indexed (Byron Sistler & Associates, Evanston, Illinois, 1977), 148

[42] Randolph County Heritage Book Vol. 1, 390, 391

[43] Early Tennessee Tax Lists, 148

[44] Randolph County Heritage Book Vol. 1, 390, 391

[45] Randolph County was formed from Guilford County in 1779

[46] Randolph County Heritage Book Vol. 1, 390, 391

[47] Obituary in Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly Vol. III, No. 4; 15, reprinted from Fellowship Baptist Church Minutes, Reform, Alabama

[48] Early Middle Tennessee Marriages, Vol. 1; 396

[49] Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Typed by Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake Ciry, Utah, 1944, page 275

[50] Randolph County Heritage Book Vol. 1, 390, 391

[51] Thomas Needham Will date it was written and the date it was proved, File Box #081.508.107, North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, NC, Will Book 3, pg. 85, Randolph County, NC

[52] Randolph County, NC, Will Book 5; 427,  FHL Film #0019643

[53] Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. XX, No. 2, pgs. 55-56

[54] Cheryl Lynn Martin, The Heritage of Randolph County, North Carolina, 1993, (hereafter called Randolph County Heritage Book)) Vol. 1, 390, 391, (Randolph County Heritage Book Committee in Cooperation with The Heritage Book Collection and Delmar Printing)

 

[55] Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Typed by Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake Ciry, Utah, 1944, page 39

[56] Randolph County Genealogical Quarterly Vol. XVIII, No. 2; 24

[57] Published by Randolph County Genealogical Society of North Carolina, Vol. XIX, No. 1, pages 20-22

[58] Letters from Thomas Needham to his brother Lewis are printed in The Genealogical Journal, published by Randolph County Genealogical Society of North Carolina, Vol. IX, No. 1, pgs. 25-27, and Vol. IX, No. 4, 1985, pgs. 4-6

[59] Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Typed by Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake Ciry, Utah, 1944, page 93

[60] Randolph County Heritage Book Vol. 1, 390, 391

[61] Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Typed by Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake Ciry, Utah, 1944, page 36

[62] Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Typed by Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake Ciry, Utah, 1944, page 71

[63] Pasquotank County Deed Book B, Pg. 530

[64] Pasquotank County Deed Book B, Pg. 532

[65] Encyclopedia of American Quakers, Vol. 1; 99

[66]Randolph County, NC Wills 1773-1829; 309, FHL Film #0475245

[67] Randolph County, NC Will Book 4; 267

[68] Pasquotank County Deed Book J; 201, FHL Film #0019511

[69] Elizabeth Pool Estate Papers, Pasquotank Estates, Box 075.508.131, North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, NC

[70] Pasquotank County Marriage Bonds, FHL Film, North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, NC, copied by Timothy Kearney

[71] Pasquotank County Deed Book M; 134, FHL Film #0019513

[72] Pasquotank County Deed Book I; 669, FHL Film #0019506

[73] Pasquotank County Deed Book J, Pgs. 78-81 covers both sides of swap, FHL Film #0019511

[74] Pasquotank County Deed Book J, Pg. 197, FHL Film #0019511

[75] Pasquotank County Deed Book K, Pg. 157, FHL Film #0019511

[76] Pasquotank County Deed Book K, Pg. 189, FHL Film #0019511

[77] Pasquotank County Deed Book O pg. 193, FHL Film #0019529

[78] Randolph County, NC Deeds, Deed Book 5, page 76, FHL Film #0019632

[79] Randolph County NC Deed Book 7; 59, FHL Film #0019632

[80] Randolph County NC Deed Book 9; 451, FHL Film #0019633

[81] Military record Revolutionary War Veterans Records pg. 527, card numbers 37449030 & 37449663,  (Washington National Archives)

[82] Randolph County NC Deed Book 8; 263, FHL Film #0019632

[83] Randolph County NC Deed Book 18; 352, FHL Film #0019636

[84] Isaac Jennings Will (31 Dec. 1795)  names grandson Isaac Needham, son of Tic Needham, Pasquotank Co,  NC Will Book I, 99,  FHL Film #0019537

[85] Frederick Fentress Will (24 Jul 1811)  proved Nov Court 1811, Randolph County, NC wills 1773-1829, FHL Film #0475245, 209

[86] Encyclopedia of American Quakers, Vol. 1; 739

[87] Willard Heiss, Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana, Part Four,; 29, 52, 87, 204, 352, 410,  & 429.

[88] Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2;271

[89] Marriage Certificate from Back Creek MM, from the Friends Historical Collection at Hege Library, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

[90] Willard Heiss, Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana,  Part Four,  35, 95, 137,  and 326

[91] Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2;270

[92] Pasquotank County, NC, Deed Book M; 134, FHL Film #0019513

[93] Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2;270

[94] Early East Tennessee Marriages, Vol. 1; 271

[95] Early East Tennessee Marriages, Vol. 1;271

[96] Randolph County Deed Book 5; 164, FHL Film #0019632

[97] Randolph County Deed Book 7; 54-55, FHL Film #0019632

[98] Randolph County Deed Book 8; 354, FHL Film #0019632

[99] Randolph County Deed Book 13; 512, FHL Film #0019634

[100] Randolph County Deed Book 24; 31, FHL Film #0019638

[101] Randolph County Deed Book 18; 354, FHL Film #0019636

[102] Guilford County, NC land evidences, Book R; 114 FHL Film #0019054

[103] Ronald L. Hurst and Jonathan Prown, Southern Furniture 1680-1830, The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, page 370, (The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg – Virginia In association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, no date)

[104] The Guilford Genealogist, (The Guilford County Genealogical Society of N.C.) (hereafter called The Guilford Genealogist), Vol. 21, No. 3, Spring 1994, Pg. 112 and 114.

[105] The Guilford Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 3, Spring 1994, Pg. 110.

[106] The Guilford Genealogist, Vol. 19, No. 1 Fall 1991

[107] Randolph County Marriage Bonds, Typed by Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake Ciry, Utah, 1944, page 202

[108] Ruth F Thompson and Louise J. Hartgrove, Abstracts of Marriage Bonds and Additional Data, Guilford County, North Carolina, 1771-1840, Publication III (The Guilford County Genealogical Society, Greensboro, N.C., 1981) Vol. 1; 132

[109] Vital recordsFHL fiche #194;18 for NC

[110] Ruth F Thompson and Louise J. Hartgrove, Abstracts of Marriage Bonds and Additional Data, Guilford County, North Carolina, 1771-1840, Publication III, (The Guilford County Genealogical Society, Greensboro, N.C., 1981) Vol. 1; 132

[110] Vital records, FHL fiche #194;18 for NC

[111] Vital records, FHL fiche #18,191

[112] Pasquotank County, NC Deed Book J;80, FHL Film #0019511, Anna Lutisha signed deed

[113] Isaac Jennings will dated 31 Dec. 1795 names grandson Isaac Needham, son of Tic Needham, Pasquotank County,Will Book I, page 99, NC, FHL Film #0019537

[114] Randolph Co, North Carolina Bastardy Bonds, Vol. XIII, No. 1,  The Genealogical Journal (Randolph County Genealogical Society, NC)

[115] History of Henry County, Indiana,  (Inter-state Publishing Company, Chicago, 1884, reprint 1966 by Eastern Indiana Publishing County, Knightstown, Indiana)

[116] History of Henry County, Indiana, (Inter-state Publishing Company, Chicago, 1884, reprint 1966 by Eastern Indiana Publishing County, Knightstown, Indiana)

[117] Willard Heiss, Indiana Source Book, Genealogical Material from The Hoosier Genealogist, 1973-1979, (The Family History Section, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1982), Vol. 3; 85

[118] Willard Heiss, Indiana Source Book, Genealogical Material from The Hoosier Genealogist, 1973-1979, (The Family History Section, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1982).Vol. 3; 85

[119] Grimes, Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, pg. 379

[120] Pasquotank County Deed Book C, Pg. 338, FHL Film #0019508

[121]  Pasquotank Deed Book D & E; 318, FHL Film #0019510

 

 

 

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