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Josiah Baucom (abt. 1770 - abt. 1848)

Josiah Baucom aka Baughcom
Born about in Province of North Carolinamap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Fayette County, Tennessee, USAmap [uncertain]
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Josiah Baucom is said to have been born in 1770 in Wake County, North Carolina, USA.[1] The state and country did not exist at that time, being instead called the Province of North Carolina from 1712-1776.[2] Wake County was formed in 1771 from portions of Cumberland, Johnston, and Orange Counties.[3]

On 24 Jan 1791, Josiah Baucom served as Bondsman for the marriage bond of Rachell Baucom and John Scott in Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America.[4] Rachell Baucom is presumed to be Josiah's sister and the daughter named Rachel Scott in the 1797 Will of Josiah's father, John Baughcom.[5]

Rachel Baucom and John Scott marriage license with her brother Josiah Baucom signing Wake North Carolina 1791 Source

Josiah Baughcom was named as a son in the Aug 1797 Last Will and Testament of John Baughcom. The will was proved during the Wake County, North Carolina, June session 1800 and ordered to be recorded. John left a bequest to his wife, Rachel Baughcom, "all my stock of every kind and all my Household Goods and Chattels during her life or Widowhood & after her death to be Equally Divided among my sons James Baughcom, and Reece Baughcom, and Britton Baughcom, and Asa Baughcom & Josiah Baughcom."[5]

A Josiah Baucom was enumerated on the 1800 US Census in Hillsborough, Wake County, North Carolina. The document is in semi-alphabetic order making it difficult to determine how closely those enumerated lived. Several men with names consistent with those of Josiah's known brothers were also enumerated. More research is needed to determine if these were the same men identified in the 1797 will of John Baucom Sr.[6]

Josiah Baucom died on 11 May 1848 in Fayette county, Tennessee.[1]

Research Notes

This information found at:

Enquirer (Monroe, North Carolina, USA), Thursday, 30 January 1958 (reprint of a 1932 article), Page 2-B, The Monroe

OUR HERITAGE A potpourri of information about Union County and its people compiled by John Foster Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Prominent Union County Family Forbearer’s James Baucom And Frances Drake (By D. Nance)

Tradition says that James Baucom and Frances Drake were lovers in England, but poor James indentured himself for transportation to America. After working out his transportation, he sent for his true love on the same conditions; they both worked out her transportation and were married in North Carolina. They had two sons, Ransom and John. The author knows nothing of Ransom, but John was living in Wake County In 1790. There were only fifteen Baucoms in North Carolina in 1790, and they were descended from the above John.

Josiah Baucom, with Sally, came with their family prior to 1803 and settled on Richardson Creek on land now owned by John Prichard and are buried near his old home in unmarked graves. Their Children and descendants

1 Lewis was the son of Josiah Baucom and is buried in Davis cemetery near Polkton, the following two sons and a daughter I suppose to be his as they are the only Baucoms that I have to place definitely.
a. Alfred [NOTE marriage records show Alfred as the son of Josiah] married m1) Ann Pistole, who died 4 September 1840 and is buried in Davis cemetery, and m2) Sarah E. Thomas, daughter of Isaac F. Thomas and granddaughter of John D. Green. He left no children. (See Will Book D, page 132 for his family.)
b. Gilliam was the father of seven children:[NOTE marriage records show Gilliam as the son of Josiah]
i) Julia
ii) Rosa married W. L. McClendon.
iii) Annis married Mr. Neal.
iv) Lilly
v) Bennett
vi) George.
vii) ???
c. Susan, sister of Alfred and Gilliam, married a Mr. Smith and was the mother of John and Washington Smith, whose son Levi lives near Wingate. (See Will Book D, Page 132, Anson County records.)
2. Asa Baucom, second son of Josiah, married Elizabeth Pistole in 1820. Lived near Parkers Store on Richardson Creek. They were the parents of seven children:
a) William born August 7, 1821
b) James born September 13, 1823
c) Eliza born February 19, 1827
d) Martha born April 19, 1828
e) Sarah
f) John
g) Elizabeth
See division of lands of Robertson Pistole, Anson County.
3. Willie Baucom, born 12 November 1793, 8 died April 1839, married Rebecca Tolson. Both buried near Shelby Baucom’s. They were the parents of nine children:
a) Thomas married Eliza Curran, parents of:
i) Shelby
ii) Thomas C.
iii) Mrs. Mary Jane Moore.
b) Shelby married Elizabeth Edwards.
c) Andrew married Lydia Edwards. Both of these Edwards women were daughters of Matthew Edwards and went to Marshall County, Mississippi.
d) Wilson.
e) Daniel never married.
f) Betsy married Jacob Thomas.
g) Winny married m1) Jacob Thomas and m2) James B. Nance
h) Annie married Thomas Teal.
i) ???
(Will on record in Anson County.)
4. Willis, born July 7, 1809, married m1) Betsy Curlee and m2) Fannie Waddell. He is buried in the John Davis cemetery near Polkton. He was the father of ten children:
a) Riley married Jane Rushing. (possibly William Riley Baucom (1844-1925))
b) Levi married Sally J. Brooks, daughter of Asa and Lucretia.
c) Rowena married John Q. Little, father of Rev. Jimmy and Rev. Billy Little.
d) William
e) Sally married a Mr. Pool.
f) Elizabeth never married.
g) Mary Frances married a Mr. Hornback.
h) Minerva married Watt Ponds.
i) Jane married m1) Mr. Rushing and m2) David Hargett.
j) ???
(See Will Book D. Page 102. Anson County.)
He owned a large horse-apple orchard which descended to his son Bill, who had them cut down and had an old-fashioned log rolling to pile up the logs to burn. The neighbors tramped Bill’s crops in visiting the orchard to such an extent that he became angry and destroyed this fine orchard.
Willis Baucom, fourth son, was one of the champion fighters of this section, known far and wide. It was a custom in his day for men to fight, not because they were bad, but to see which was the best man: They would strip to the waist, strike a ring, and the neighbors would stand outside to watch until the best man had conquered. Then they would shake hands and depart without any bad feelings.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Winslow, Raymond A Jr, "Marriages and Deaths From the Raleigh Register, 1848," North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, (The, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, : accessed 18 May 2018), 2004, v30 no 3, pg 262; citing Raleigh Register, The (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA: Weston R Gales, editor and proprietor), 28 June 1848, pg 3, column 4, Death Notice, Josiah Baucom, Fayette county, Tennessee, "11th of May last"; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, microfilm reel RaRRsw-16.
    "At his late residence, Fayette county, Tennessee, on the 11th of May last, Mr. Josiah Baucum, aged about 75 years. He was a native of Wake county, N. C., where he resided about thirty years. From Wake he went to Anson county, and remained until 1834, when he removed to Tennessee."
  2. WikiPedia, "Province of North Carolina," viewed 21 July 2016.
  3. FamilySearch Wiki, "North Carolina, Wake County, History, Parent," viewed 21 July 2016; citing The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 July 2016), Wake > Marriage bonds, 1800s, vol P-S > image 1604 of 2490[, Marriage Bond for John Scott and Rachell Baucom, 24 Jan 1791]; county courthouses, North Carolina. [Josiah Baucom acted as John Scott's bondsman.]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America, Probate File containing Last Will and Testament (19 Aug 1797) and Order to Record Same (2 July 1800), John Baucom 1800; images 1760-1762 of 1942, "Wills and estate papers (Wake County), 1663-1978, Original wills Abbott, Abraham - Beckwith, William H., FHL microfilm number 1602610 Item 2," FamilySearch ( : downloaded 21 July 2016); citing North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America.
  6. "United States Census, 1800", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 June 2015), Josiah Baucom, 1800.

Also Consulted:

  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 18 May 2018), memorial page for Josiah Baucom (1770–11 May 1848), Find A Grave: Memorial #65596063; Maintained by mebauc (contributor 47227371) Unknown. [This is a memorial with an unknown burial location. It does not have a picture of a gravestone nor other sources.]


  • "KRH Family Tree_2010-12-30.ged," 19 March 2011. Provided given and surname; year and location of birth (1770 Wake, North Carolina, USA); death date and place (1848-06-28 Fayette, Tennessee, USA); names of parents and siblings. A GEDCOM file (~AT117F.ged) was referenced as the source of some of the information. No sources were included nor was a specific Ancestry Family Tree cited.
  • Hanson, L, 24 July 2013. Provided alternate death date (11 May 1848). No sources were provided.
  • Robert Maness, 29 Oct 2018 from an unsourced family tree. The name of spouse, birth year, and death year were consistent with sources already on profile.

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Baucom-599 and Baucom-50 appear to represent the same person because: same information and wife as shown in our unsourced family history. Our DNA match indicates that these are probably the same man.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
John Baucom and Rachel Barker had 11 children, named them all in his will.

John H., Annie T., Larlin J., William R. and Willis Eugene are NOT their children.

posted by Jim Baucom Jr.
I have a copy of the Y DNA for a descendant of Josiah Baucom

posted by Jim Baucom Jr.
I have conducted a Y DNA research project on Baucoms that I will share with everyone. Contact me [email address removed] for a copy
posted by Jim Baucom Jr.

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