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The Overmans

The German Ancestry of Ephraim Overman:
JACOB OVERMAN was born in 1652 in England/Germany. He died on 8 Jul 1715 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. ??Some references state that Jacob was born in Saxony, Germany. ??Sailed in 1667 to Maryland on the "Thomas and Mary", Captain Thomas Harwood, He was indentured for 6 years to Richard Gorsuch, Talbot Co MD. By 1677 he was in Connecticut. In 1679 he bought 4 acres in Wethersfield from Thos. Wickam Jr. Hannah died in 1692. In 1694 Jacob got a 400 acre grant in North Carolina and moved his new wife Dorothy and the children of Hannah's to Pasquotank County. He and children became Quakers. ??First known document naming Jacob Overman is the sale of Headrights by the mariner Thomas Harwood to Charles Calvert, 11 March 1667. Maryland Archives. Some of the children are in the Quaker records - Jacob Jr, Ephraim, & Charles. The names of six of his children were listed to get the NC grant. ??The Wethersfield records have the births of the children of Jacob and Hannah. The birthdates as listed here are the Old Style dates. ??The Carolina Colonial Records: 29 Nov. 1694. Jacob Overman proved his right [headright - 50 acres per person] to four hundred acres of land by the Importation of Jacob Overman [himself], Dorathy Overman [his new wife], Jacob Overman Junior, Thos. Overman, Ephrim Overman, Margery Overman, Charles Overman, and Anne Overman, and Warrant Given. Children missing from this list are John, Joseph and Hope, who would have all been quite young, Hope only two years old. Perhaps these are children that did not survive. ??CD "Genealogical Records: Early NC Settlers 1700s-1900s" Rent Rolls of Albemarle County prior to 1700: Jacob Overman, 468 acres. ??Dorothea Porter, 2nd wife, was the daughter of Thomas Porter and Sarah Hart. ??EARLY RECORDS OF NC, VOL. II; Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. ?104/94 Will of John Tomlinson dated 14 Oct 1697; probate 2 Mar 1697. Wife Elizabeth, Children: John, Elizabeth, William & Mary. Wit: Jacob Overman, Dorothy Overman. ?147/123 Will of Magdalen (X) Calley dated 22 Dec 1699. Wit: Henry White, Jacob Overman ??Pasquotank Monthly Meeting in Pasquotank Co NC contain some records of this family. Jacob Overman is on an early membership list. The Pasquotank MM drew members from both Pasquotank & Perquimans Co. ??Will of Jacob Overman of Pasquotank. Probate 12 Sep 1715. Wife Dorothy. Son Ephraim, daughter Margaret Mackey, son Charles, children of my son Jacob deceased. William Haig and William Mackey, Executors. Test: Robt Wheatley, Thos. Woodley. ?CD "Genealogical Records: Early NC Settlers 1700s-1900s"
Some genealogists have suggested that Hannah was Hannah Walcott citing marriage and death records. JACOB OVERMAN and HANNAH ?WALCOTT were married on 25 October 1677 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut. HANNAH ?WALCOTT died on 22 February 1692 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut. Hannah died two days after the birth of daughter Hope. Hannah's surname is also seen as Wiswall. There is no proof for either name. ??A birth date for Hannah is often seen, but it is for Hannah Wolcott, daughter of Henry & Sarah (Newberry) Wolcott, who was b. 8 Mar 1654 in Windsor CT and died unmarried 4 Sep 1683. This could not be the same Hannah. ??About 1670 in Boston there was a Thomas Overman, 3rd husband of Hannah Wiswall. When Hannah's father Elder John Wiswall died in 1687, his will named his daughter as Hannah Overman. At the time Thomas & Hannah Wiswall Overman were married in Boston, Jacob Overman was in Maryland serving a 6-year indenture to Richard Gorsuch.
So all we can say right now is that his first wife and mother of the Overmans in North Carolina was named Hannah, and that she died in Weathersfield, Connecticut on 22 Feb 1692. Hannah and Jacob Overman had: Jacob (1678-1715), Thomas (1679), Ephraim (1681-1732), Margerie (1683), John (1684), Charles Church (1686-1755), Joseph (1688), Ann (1690), Hope (1692).
Legal records of property and slave ownership: No. 95. Jan 7, 1694. Charles Tailor of N. C. Cordwainer-to Jacob Overman, Bricklayer-of same, 132a “abutting on Land of John Tomlin, & Wm Jackson, & East side of Little River.” Ack’ in Gen'l Court Feb 26, 1694. Test’ Henry Whitr, Arnold White. Suit brought by Jacob OVERMAN against William Wilson SAWYER for selling a turkey cock to a slave named Potter, the property of OVERMAN, without his permission. 20 Dec 1712/13.
EPHRAIM OVERMAN, the son of Jacob and Hannah, was born on 9 March 1681 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut. He died on 2 September 1732 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. ? Ephraim liberated to marry Sarah Belman on 13 March 1708. (in the Pasquotank MM minutes 1708,3,13. Ephraim left free to marry Sarah Belman His brother Charles was left free to marry Ann Symons 1711, 8, 18.). SARAH BELMAN (daughter of JOHN BELMAN and SARAH WILSON) was born on 28 Jun 1688; John Belman immigrated to Perquimans from Surry County, Va. The marriage of John Belman and Sarah daughter of Robert and Ann Wilson on 8-19-1687, is among the earliest of the Perquimans Friends Meeting The fourth wedding recorded in Perquimans minutes, 19 Aug 1687, was that of Sarah Wilson and John Belman (our direct ancestors.) Among the witnesses were Robert, Anne, and Isaac Wilson. Records of Perquimans and Pasquotank supply data on several Belman and Wilson descendants, among whom was Sarah Belman, born 28 June 1688, who married Ephraim Overman in 1708 (our direct ancestors.) ?
The Pasquotank (or Symons Creek) Monthly Meeting was set up soon after and the meeting was at Henry White’s house, May 7, 1698. . Here Ephraim Overman married Sarah Belman.
John Belman was on one of the first juries in Perquimans County to hear a case of a litigious couple. John Belman received interest in the estate of Ann Wilson,” widow, & Relict of Robert Wilson Dec’d, doth assign interest in Estate, both Real, & Personal unto John Belman & Isaac Wilson (her son-in-law and son) jointly to possess, & Enjoy.” 11-5mo-1701. Robert Wilson in his will Perq Prect, p Jan 11, 1696 names his gr-children, Sarah & Ester Belman. Esther Belman m ---Turner, at a meeting in Pasquotank Co., They were allowed to be “free of each, other,” & charged by the Quakers, “not to let it happen again.” John Belman made his will Perquamin County Oct 1740, names as only legatees, wife Mary & daughter Sarah. After this the Belman family disappear from the records in Perquimans Co. Probably the male line died out, or they moved to parts unknown.” (from History of Perquimans County) On the rent rolls proper to 1700 John Belman has 280 acres on the Sound of Perquimans County. (from History of Perquimans County: as compiled from records found there and elsewhere: abstracts of deeds from 1681 through the Revolution)
Ephraim owned 40 acres by patent from John Lord Cartaret, 200 acres sold to him by Stephen Scot and 104 acres once owned by Lawrence Keaton descended to his brother Zacharaiah and sold to Ephraim Overman. It was located on the SW side of Pasquotank River. Pasquotan k Co NC DB B, p.192 6 Aug 1728 John Lord Cartaret granted to Ephraim Overman, 40 acres to begin at a gum tree on Lawrence Keaton's Line; Kirks Corner Tree. Land formerly granted to John Peggs on 20 Nov 1723 and lapsed for not Seating & planting and now due to sd Ephraim Overman. Ephraim Overman dealt in land with his brother Joseph and his son-in-law Daniel Chancey who had married his daughter Ann. PASQUOTANK DEEDS, Bjorkman ?Pasquotank Co NC DB C, p.343 ?7 Jul 1733 Joseph Overman, son and heir to Ephriam Overman, sold to his Brother Ephraim 200 acres. Patented on 4 Oct 1714 to Stephen Scot, 230 acres, land formerly for William Reed but assigned to Joseph Jourdan & by sd Jordan sold to Patrick Quidley and by Quidley sold to Stephen Scot who gave the land by Will to his son Stephen Scot who sold to Ephraim Overman. Signed: Joseph (I) Overman. Wit: Danl Chancey, Will. Chancey, Ann Overman, Sarah (SO) Overman. Act. Oct Court 1733. Reg. 8 Apr 1734. ?DB B, p.191 Joseph Overman, son and Heir to Ephraim Overman to Daniel Chancey, tract on SE side of Swamp, 104 acres, for £60. Patented 1 Feb 1696 to Lawrence Keaton, 204 acres on SW side of Pasquotank. After death of Lawren Keaton was possessed by his Brother Zachariah & sold to Ephraim Overman. Signed: Joseph (I) Overman. Wit: Willm. Davis, Jonathan Reding. Ack. 13 Jan 1735. Reg. 14 Feb 1735. DB B, 193. 5 Jan 1735 Joseph Overman to Danl. Chancey, the within mentioned patent. Signed: Joseph (I) Overman. Wit: Wm Davis, Jonathan Reding. Ack. 13 Jan 1735. Reg. 14 Feb 1735 ?Pasquotank Co NC DB B, p.196 Daniel Chancey sold the 104-acre and 40-acre tracts to Jonathan Redding on 4 Feb 1735/6. Signed: Danl. Chancey. Wit: Wm Davis, John Jones, John Pike [Pike was married to Abigail Overman, daughter of Ephraim].
Ephraim Overman owned slaves. EARLY RECORDS OF NC, VOL. II; Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. ?p.289/10 Ephriam Overman inventory. Appraised 20 Oct 1732. Included were Negro men Dick & Peter. Names mentioned were Benjn. Pritchard, Edward Mayo, Danll. Chancy. Signed by Sarah (X) Overman, widow & admrx. Attested before Nathaniel Hall on 9 Nov 1732. ?
Quakers in colonial North Carolina
Quakers were some of the first settlers to move to North Carolina, because the colony had established religious freedom as early as 1672. Although the Church of England was the official religion of North Carolina, there were few attempts to set up Anglican churches and congregations in North Carolina until the 1700s. This gave Quakers several years to build communities and establish their presence in the political life of the young colony. Most Quaker communities flourished in the northeast corner of the colony, near the Dismal Swamp and the Virginia border. Later, in the mid-1700s, Quakers would migrate from Pennsylvania to the Piedmont area at the middle of the colony.
Until the 1760s, Quakers were active in North Carolina politics. One reason for their involvement was that Quakers, unlike many other colonists, lived close to one another and built towns and communities. Many people moved to North Carolina alone and lived isolated lives on farms miles away from neighbors. Quakers moved to North Carolina to be close to fellow believers and to escape the persecution they had faced in England and Massachusetts. They had common goals and concerns and often presented a common voice to the government of the colonies.
During the first fifty years of British settlement in North Carolina, Quakers held a number of public offices and made up a large portion of the elected representatives in the General Assembly. One Quaker, John Archdale, became Governor of North Carolina from 1695-6. As more and more Europeans came to North Carolina, though, Quakers became a smaller minority and had less political influence.
Their belief in non-violence would also become a political problem for Quakers. Throughout the eighteenth century, colonists fought different battles against the French, Indian enemies, and finally the British. Many colonists felt that Friends benefited from the sacrifices made by other colonists and yet refused to participate in the financial or human cost of warfare. As a result of their pacifist beliefs, Quakers lost their political influence in colonies such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
 ?On 15 September of 1711 Ephraim Overman condemned for his misconduct. [He has assisted an officer and defended himself with weapons.]
1711 was a troubled time for Quakers in N.C. In 1672 George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends visited Albemarle county later broken up into Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties, and established the Friends. For several decades it was the only organized religion in the area. In 1694 John Archdale, a Quaker, was appointed governor and appointed Friends to high places. The Anglicans protested and in 1700, Henderson Walker, the new governor, convinced the General Assembly to pass a vestry act establishing the church of England as the colony’s official church, to be supported by taxes to be levied upon the colonists. He also insisted that colonists take oaths of loyalty to Queen Ann. The Quakers are forbidden to swear oaths and offered to affirm but the Anglican powers refused this and barred all Quakers from public office. In 1705 Thomas Cary was named governor and he also attacked the Quakers. The Quakers sent a representative to England to secure his removal, but on returning from England found the head of the governor’s council to be even more Anglican than Cary so refused to give the order to remove Cary. Cary, seeing which way the wind was blowing switched his allegiance to the Quakers and he managed to oust the president of the council from the governorship in 1708. Cary and the Quaker party dominated the politics of the colony until 1711. In 1711 Edward Hyde assumed the governorship and proved hostile to Quakers immediately. Hyde declared Cary in open rebellion and determined to seize Cary by force. Hyde found Cary fortified in the plantation home of a former governor. Hyde retired. Cary then declared himself the true governor and fitted out a brigantine to attack Hyde. Meanwhile , Governor Alexander Spottswood of Virginia decided to come to the aid of Hyde. A company of royal marines were sent, which unnerved Cary’s followers. Cary was seized and sent in chains to England. All this turmoil disrupted the area and a severe drought ruined crops in 1711. On top of that, the summer of 1711 was marked by a yellow fever epidemic. Shortly after the death of John Lawson in 1711, the Tuscarora chief Hancock organized a force of 500 warriors to drive out the colonists. On the morning of 23 September 1711, small raiding parties began assaulting plantations near Bath. The colonists, who had not anticipated bloodshed, were low on supplies and ammunition. Moreover, they were left with no time to retaliate: a small band of Tuscarora would approach each isolated plantation in their everyday manner, then attack without warning. They slew both men and women, children and adults, and often mutilated the bodies of their victims. Three days of carnage claimed the lives of 130 settlers and reduced the countryside to ashes and ruins.
In response to the attacks, Governor Edward Hyde convinced the State Assembly to pass a bill to draft all men between the ages of 16 and 60, but even this measure proved insufficient because food and weapons were scarce and because the Quaker settlers refused to bear arms. Hyde sent to Virginia for assistance, but the Virginians would not advance their troops beyond the state line unless North Carolina would promise to surrender tracts of land along the border. Refusing to accept such political blackmail, Hyde solicited aid from South Carolina.
Without asking for concessions , the South Carolina government sent Col. John Barnwell, a veteran Indian fighter, with a force of 30 white officers and 500 Native Americans from an array of South Carolina tribes, including the Wateree, Congaree, Waxhaw, Pee Dee, Appalachee, and Yamasee. Having to travel over 300 miles through the wilderness, Barnwell didn’t arrive until January 1712. Reinforced by 50 North Carolina militiamen, Barnwell forced the Tuscarora to retreat to a fort in Greene County, where they eventually surrendered and released their prisoners. This victory, however, did not end the Tuscarora War. Moreover, all involved found themselves dissatisfied. North Carolina expected Barnwell to defeat the Tuscarora completely, while South Carolina expected some sort of repayment. And some South Carolina officers retained Tuscarora prisoners to sell as slaves, a breach of treaty that led to renewed discontent and precipitated a second wave of Tuscarora attacks the following summer. When the new attacks came, Governor Hyde was dead from the yellow fever epidemic. Many settlers abandoned the colony and others huddled in garrisons. The new governor turned to South Carolina and in 1712 a small group of whites with 1,000 Indian allies killed 900 Tuscarora effectively ending the tribe and forcing the remainder to emigrate to New York.
Another ancestor, John Small (c.1639-1700), was a Virginia Quaker whose family was among the waves of Quakers who scurried down to North Carolina to escape the wrath of Virginia's governor William Berkeley. A faithful servant of Charles I, "a King's man to his autocratic fingertips" as one historian writes, Berkeley suppressed all dissent from the Church of England, even after Cromwell came to power. By 1660, he'd succeeded in getting the Virginia legislature to pass a law requiring the imprisonment of all Quakers until they left the colony. He stayed in office until his death in 1677.
The Female Line of the Overmans
Ephraim Overman son of Isaac married Rachel Small daughter of Obediah Small on 7-6-1780. (Pasquotank Monthly Meeting in Hinshaw, p.111)
Lydia’s mother, Rachel Bundy Small, was the daughter of Obediah Small and Lydia Bundy.
 ?Coming probably from Worcestershire, England, to Massachusetts, William Bundy and wife, Elizabeth appeared first in Rhode Island, where they purchased 200 acres of land in 1663. In less than six months, they sold the land and William and Elizabeth were among the first emigrants from New England to North Carolina.?  ?William purchased 200 acres of land in what is now South Kingston, RI, May 1, 1663. Twenty acres was laid out as a house lot, 'and he hath built upon it'. Evidently William remained in possession of the land only five or six months when he sold it on October 27, 1663 to Jirah Bull, the "Fearless Quaker" who was one of the first Quakers to settle in Narrahansett County, RI. The deed is signed by William Bundy and "X", the mark of Elizabeth Bundy. The deed states that, "I, William Bundy, late Narrahansett, now bound for Carolina do assign to Jirah Bull...." The document thus proves that William Bundy was married to Elizabeth before October 27, 1663 the date of the deed, and that both left Rhode Island for Carolina about that time, and were certainly among the first settlers from New England to North Carolina.?
The Eight Lord Proprietors had, by 1665, outlined a plan by which they proposed to administer the civil affairs of the territory. Southeastern Virginia, which was adjacent to the Albemarle Region of Carolina to which the Bundys had come, was already settled. In the 1663 charter, Charles II gave it to the Eight Lord Proprietors. Bundys and other Quakers took out patents for their new land. The Bundys settled on plantations reaching out from both banks of Little River, that forms a natural boundary between Pasquotank County and Perquimans County, NC. Albemarle County was abolished in 1729, when each of the four precincts, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Currituck and Chowan became counties.?  ?William Bundy was a cordwainer by trade. He was the original Quaker Bundy in NC, And a member of the first Quaker organization in Perquimans Precinct, which met at the home of the members.
William's wife, Elizabeth, died March 4, 1676.
Seven years later, at a quarterly meeting held at the home of Christopher Nicholson, William Bundy and Mary Peirce published their intention of marriage. They were married at her home, December 15, 1683 (Perquimans MM p.38 Hinshaw V.I).
William Bundy is recorded as being a witness at several weddings in 1680. His signature appeared on a remonstrance, dated September 25, 1679, which was addressed to the Duke of Albemarle by the Quakers. The court records show that he assigned to Mary Scott all his interests to an Indian named, Sanders, April 6, 1680. He is listed among the Quakers who were sentenced and imprisoned for refusing to bear arms, serving a six months term in 1680.
He served as one of the justices of a court held for the Precinct of Perquimans at the home of Mary Scott, the first Monday in January 1690-91. In every precinct the court consisted of a judge and four justices. To be an eligible candidate for justice, a man must have been an inhabitant of the precinct and own 300 acres of land.
William Bundy had Mary (1665-1694), Caleb (1667-1721), William (1671-1700) and Samuel (1676-1740). Samuel Bundy, son of William, was a farmer and a Quaker.
Samuel Bundy, Sr. was often called Samuel "The Planter". He is mentioned inthe rent rolls of Albemarle (mid 1690s) as having 110 acres. (Hathaway 3:208)
Will filed Jul 1740 in Pasquotank Co, North Carolina (p. 86,87)
At the age of 20 he received a grant of 110 acres in 1694.
He married first Tamar Symons Oct. 5, 1696 at the house of Henry White. Father: Jeremiah SIMONS (~1655-1715) Mother: Anne ? (?-1713) Marr: 5 Oct 1696, Perquimans County, North Carolina They had five children: William, Jeremiah, Samuel, Jane, and Josiah. Samuel, (s of William) Planter; of Pasq co, m Tamer Symons (d of Jeremiah) 5,10mo, 1696, “at the house of Henry White, in Perq.” (p.328)Death: 17 Mar 1719/1720,and Samuel Bundy remarried to Ann Nicholson.
Samuel and his second wife Ann Nicholson[our ancestor] had seven children: Abraham, Gideon, Samuel, Jeremiah, Lydia, Aaron, and Christopher. Spouse: Ann NICHOLSON Birth: 8 Feb 1687/1689, Perquimans Co, NC Death: 16 Sep 1743, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina Marr: 11 May 1721, Perquimans MM, Perquimans Co.In 1698 Samuel Bundy and William Bundy go to court over a land dispute. William received an additional grant of 351 acres on the Little River in 1716.
He married Ann Nicholson, daughter of Christopher Nicholson and Ann Atwood, on March 3, 1721 at Perquimans County, North Carolina. Their children were Gideon , Samuel, Abraham, Aaron, Lydia and Christopher.
He wrote his will on Jan. 6, 1737 at Pasquotank County.
Samuel Bundy requested permission for his 16 year old son, Gideon, to marry in 1739. He also received another land grant of 588 acres that same year.
He died on March 14, 1740 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, at the age of 65. ?  ?Samuel's will dated, January 6, 1737, probated, July 1740 in Pasquotank County, NC. mentions as follows: Friend Thomas Nicholson, Sons William, Abraham, Gideon, and Josiah. daughter Jane, wife of Benjamin Pike, Wife Ann, Cousin Samuel Bundy, Executors Ann Bundy (wife) and Thomas Nicholson, Witnesses John Nixon, Phineas Nixon and Joseph Robinson.
Christopher Nicholson, father of Ann, was one of the Quakers persecuted by the Puritans of Massachusetts. As it happened about the time that William Leddra was put to death, one Elizabeth Nicholson and her two sons, Christopher and Joseph, were charged with the death of her husband and their father Edmund Nicholson, who was found dead in the sea; and information being given that these people did sometimes show love to those they called cursed Quakers, they were all three fetched from their habitation at Salem and carried to Boston, and were tried for their lives merely on suspicion; but nothing of murder was proved against them; yet the mother was fined a great sum, and her two sons were sentenced to stand under the gallows certain hours, with ropes about their necks, and to be whipped in the market place, which was performed accordingly. And because these young men were not daunted, priest Wilson standing by, said, "Ah, cursed generation" And at Salem they were whipped also, which was done so mercilessly that one of the young men sunk down, or died away under the torture, though he was raised up and came to life again. By this we may see how these New England persecutors were become inured to excessive severity.
He was at Marblehead by 1644, left 5 pounds in the 1646 will of George Pollard, and was living at Marblehead in 1661.
On 22 Oct 1662 when Christopher was 24, he first married Hannah REDNAP, daughter of Joseph REDNAP, II & Mrs. Joseph REDNAP, in Lynn, Essex, Mass. Born in 1642 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. Hannah died in Berkeley Pct. Perquimans Co., NC on 2 Dec 1678, she was 36. It is unknown when they went to North Carolina but they were at Perquimans Monthly Meeting, Society of Friends, prior to 1678 when Hannah died on 2 December of that year; they had seven children together.?  ?Christopher married second to Ann Atwood at the house of Francis Toms in 1688; eight years before his death. Theirs was the first marriage entry in the minutes of the Perquimans Monthly Meeting, Society of Friends. This couple had six children. The name of Atwood, is listed among the twenty-three persons from whom 2150 acres of land were conveyed to Robert Johnson for bringing them over from England. The deed is dated "23rd of April 1681, "and the land was situated in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
Ann Nicholson Bundy was widowed by the death of Samuel Bundy on 14 Mar 1740 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.  ? She must have been an independent and high spirited lady.  ?Ann Bundy, relict of Samuel, “was disowned for keeping a bachellour, Abraham Hendrix, whom she desired to marry, in her household”; household consisting of herself and young son, Abraham. On Oct 1743, she married out of unity, so reported, but her will dated 16 Nov 1743 was proved in Dec. 1744 as Ann Bundy, widow of Samuel. She died after 16 Nov 1743 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina.?  ?An abstract of Ann Nicholson's will reads: December 1744. Pasquotank County. Sons: Gideon (wife Miriam), Abraham. Granddaughter: Lydia Bundy. Executors. Gideon and Abraham Bundy (sons). Witnesses: Jacob Overman , Abraham Hendrick.
Since Gideon Bundy was only 16, his father, Samuel requested permission for him to marry in 1739. He married Miriam Bogue, daughter of William Bogue and Eleanor (Ellenor) Perisho, on 3 Aug 1739 at Perquimans MM, Perquimans County, North Carolina.
In June 1755, Gideon was chosen to be an overseer at the Pasquotank Monthly Meeting.
He died on 17 Apr 1762 at Pasquotank County, North Carolina, at age 39.
Gideon Bundy’s wife Miriam Bogue born 1760-3-11 Perquimans, N.C. died 1762-3-4 Pasquotank, N.C. was the daughter of William Bogue and Eleanor/Elinor Perisho.
Elinor/Eleanor/Elle nder Perisho’s ancestors
James Perisho (1645 Brittany, France-1678) married Hannah Phelps (1654 Salem, Essex, Mass.-1688 Perquimans) Other records suggest his wife was Hannah Hill. “Pe risho, James m. Hannah Hill (Col records) & had issue: Ellener b. Sept 16, 1673 and James b. Nov 25, 1676.” (History of Perquimans p.307) their daughter Eleanor Perisho (16 Sep 1673 Perquimans, NC) married William Bogue (1665 Scotland, VA-1720 Perquimans, N.C.) at Jonah Phelps’ old plantation on 1689,6,5 (Perquimans MM). William Bogue like his wife was of French extraction and the son of Jane Clare and William Bogue Sr. The Bogue family lived near Auchencraw, Scotland. The name means “bow” and probably indicates the family were archers.
James Perisho and Hannah his wife were said to be French Huguenots. “From more records I have, it states the following information was written about the family history by James Isom Parisho (b. 1884, d. 1954, my grandfather) He states: "The first Parisho to come to this country was in 1633, from France, near Paris, landing here in Georgia at Savannah. In later years, moved up the coast to North Carolina.......The Parisho family that left France, left as they were Huguenot's, French protestant in faith, members of the French Reformed Communion and thus were persecuted for their faith in France. The ship the Parisho brothers came over on or place sailed from is not known, however, the ship stopped at the Canary Islands and one brother caught a large fish, which fed those on board. This event is entered in the ships log. This last information being obtained from Luther Samuel Parisho, regarding the ship event. Also that the Parisho brothers went on into the Carolinas and later on into Kentucky. One of their grandchildren, name not known, supposedly married an Indian girl, but further information regarding this is not known." Those are the stories passed down, can't confirm or deny yet, just interesting reading. On with the genealogy.
JAMES PERISHO
Born: bet 1640/50 in Bretagne, France?Died: 29 Mar 1678 in Perquimans Co NC
Marriage: Hannah Phelps, b. abt 1654,Boston,MA, dau of Henry Phelps and Hannah Bassett.?Married: abt 1672 in Perquimans Co NC
Note: After James Perisho died, Hannah Phelps m. George Castleton, then Ezekiel Maudlin.
James Perisho is listed in the REGISTER OF HUGUENOT ANCESTORS, 1975. He has been accepted since the 1962 Potential Index of Ancestors was published. (NC Colonial State Records, vol I, sec x, xi,; vol II, p 763; vol VIII, p 731-2, Albermarle Dist. settled by Huguenots.)
ELLENER (Eleanor) PERISHO b. 13 Sep 1673 Perq. Co NC., m. 5 Jun 1689 Perq. Co to William Bogue. She d. after 1722 Perq. Co.
2. JAMES PERISHO b. 25 Nov 1676 Perquimans Co. NC.
Note: James’ father died when he was 2yrs old. In 1681, a land grant (in trust) was issued to James and his sister, Ellener. This was quite exceptional in early colonial times for a land grant to be left in trust to minors.. In 1690, James selected Stephen Manwarring (Spelled Manneringe) as his guardian. It was so ordered that he manage the orphan's plantation until he comes of age or cause it to be managed to the advantage of said orphan and give bond therefore. (Colonial Records of NC. 3-433) Apparently James could not write, for on many of the documents it says, (X)mark of James Perishaw (Various court records, Mar 1698 (CCR 187)
James played a role in the development of the settlement. Court at Mr. James Oates October, 1698, with Hon'ble Thomas Harvey, Deputy Governor, presiding. The Court of January, 1699, came to order at the same house. John Parish was appointed overseer of the highway “from the ferry to Mr Whedbys path.” It is to be deplored that the “ferry” here spoken of is not better designated. In October of the same year a “Grate brig” is mentioned over the head of Perquimans River, where James Perrisho served as overseer. This bridge was probably the same later called “Newbys Bridge” and crossed the River beyond Belvidere going to Piney Woods. James Perisho gave his name to a creek used in boundary of land. Hosea, William married daughter of Thomas Trumball, deceased, prays for her estate from James Perisho, her Guardian Jan 1739. (p.288) His namesake son James Perisho of Perquimans, for 70 pounds paid by Mark Bogue, of aforesaid-sold the south west side of Vosses Creek, part of a patent to John Lacy 1725. Sept 2, 1774.(p.238) The following are from History of Perquimans county: as compiled from records found there and elsewhere: abstracts of deeds from 1681 through the Revolution. Seventeenth Century colonial Ancestors lists Perisho, James (1700/01-c.1754) m. Sarah and occupation as overseer of highways.
“William Bogue and Elinor Perisho, both of Paquimins, having published their intentions-at a meeting at Jona’ Phelps Old Plantation in ye presence of God and this company whose names are underwritten They took one another to be man and wife-6-5-1689.”
Thomas Sanford of Perq., to Wm Bogue, his right to Land in the “Narrows” of the Perq River, on Northeast side thereof-adj land of Richard Byar, June 29, 1689. Test’ Sam’l Pricklove, Isreal Snellin. (Perquimans History p.41)William Bogue owned 200 acres (another source says 400 acres); his land lay on the river from Hertford, running down to Vosses Creek. In April 1698 he was appointed constable “from ye Narrows of piquemons to Suttens Creek, and to Mr. Lakars Crick on ye West Sode.”. William Bogue’s death was reported on 1745,1,6. William Boge, Sr. named in his will of 1721 his wife Ellender, daughters Elizabeth Hill, Jean, Myriam, and Rachel. Thos. and his son Robert, he willed “one hundred and twenty acres of land running on William Morgan’s line to him and his heirs forever-Josiah and William.”
Miriam Bogue married Gideon Bundy
Gideon Bundy born in 1723 to Samuel Bundy (4 Feb 1676 Pasquotank-d. 14 Mar 1740 Pasquotank) and Ann Nicholson (b.8 Feb 1689 Perquimans-d. 16 sep 1743 Pasquotank) married Miriam Bogue on 3 Aug 1739. The will of Samuel Bundy, Pasq Co, p July 1740, names sons: William, Abraham, Gideon, Josiah, d Jane Pike, (wife of Benjamin) Wife Anne. Cousin Samuel Bundy, wife Ann, & Thomas Nicholsin Exrs. Ann Bundy, Will Pasq Co P. Dec 1744. Sons: Gideon, (his wife Miriam (nee Bogue), Abraham, gr-dau Lydia Bundy. (p.328)
Gideon was chosen overseer. Gideon was chosen in 1755,6,5 for the Pasquotank MM.
His land is mentioned in History of Perquimans County as near Cypress swamp and along Bogues line (p. 144) On page 146, Gideon Bundy, & Miriam his wife of Pasq Co for 80 pounds pd by Aaron Wood of Perq, sold 50a, on ye north east side of Perq River, adj Peter Gray, part of 200 a patented by Richard Chesson Sr, & conveyed by his son Richard, to William Bogue, & given by sd Bogue to his dau Miriam Bundy. Aaron Wood of Pasq co, planter for 30 pounds pd by Dan’l Saint of Perq , a carpenter-sold 70a, on North East Side of Perq River, & Pocoson patented by Rich’d Cheston Sr, year 1694, 50a of which was sold to Wm. Bogue Oct 14, 1718, left in his will to his dau Miriam, now wife of Gideon Bundy, who sold sd land to me. The other 20a conveyed to me by Thos Bagley, Jan 20, 1754. (History, p. 161) He died 19 Feb 1762 Pasquotank MM and she died 14 Mar 1762.
Miriam and Gideon Bundy had 1. Lydia (2 Oct 1740), 2. Samuel (27 Oct 1742/3) who on 9 Mar 1763 married Huldah Hill and had 5 children; 3. Sarah (4 Aug 1745), 4. Jehu (17 Jan 1748) married Lyda Griffin and had 2 children; 5. Miriam (27 Oct 1753),
6. Christopher (20 Apr 1758); Christopher Bundy served in the Revolutionary War, in 1782 he married Margaret Hill and had 9 children. The Bundy families went to western North Carolina and then to Ohio and Indiana about the same time as the Overmans. . Samuel and Huldah Bundy had moved west to the Center MM, N.C.; he married Huldah Hill on 1763,3,9 Center MM(where the births of Mary 12-1-1763, Miriam 1-11-1766, Margaret 4-3-1771, William 3-4-1777, Sarah 9-1-1780 are recorded). . His brother Christopher married Margaret Hill at the Center MM on 1782,10,2. Mary daughter of Samuel & Huldah, Pasquotank co., married John Albertson at the Center MM on 1783,3,23. They all moved to the Back Creek MM where Hulda Bundy died 9-29-1817. The children of Christopher and Margaret Bundy were recorded here: Mary 7-21-1783, Samuel 6-10-1786, William 3-6-1789, Mariam 9-5-1791, Sarah 9-28-1794, Penninah 3-27-1797, Thomas 10-14-1801, Rachel 11-023-1801, Ephram 8-13-1804. Jehu Bundy’s children married in Back Creek MM; Gideon, s Jehu, Pasquotank co., m Rachel Crow. Oddly Rachel Crow (formerly Bundy) disowned for marrying out of unity 4 months later. Mariam, dt Jehu, dec, & Lydia, Passquotank co., m Jesse Henley in 1803, but in 1804 Mary Henley (formerly Bundy) was disowned for marrying out of unity. Had both children died so quickly? Christoph er Bundy and his family requested certificates in 1818 to White Water MM, Indiana. So Bundy cousins are also moving to Whitewater MM, Indiana along with the Overmans. Christoph er Bundy was a fighting Quaker for he would receive a pension for his services during the Revolution in Wayne County, along with George Holman and Richard Rue. D.A.R. records describe his service. He enlisted while residing in Guilford Co., N.C., 1779, and served as private in Capt. Enoch Davis’ company, Col. Matthes Lock’s N.C. Regt. Was transferred to Capt. William Gilriennes’ Guard at the Magazine to Two Sisters, Ga. Served 6 mos.
L ydia Bundy married Obediah Small
Lydia Bundy married Obediah Small on 4 Aug 1757 (she received leave to marry Obediah Small, of Cartrite [Carteret Co.] from the Pasquotank MM on 1757,8,4) and they were the parents of Rachel Small, Lydia Overman’s mother. Between Lydia Bundy’s marriage at age 16 and her death at age 40 she had ten children.
Hinshaw, 1, 117 Pasquotank (Symons Creek) MM Obediah Small
Lydia Small d. 12-5-1780
Ch: Rachel b.11-2-1759
Samuel b.7-20-1761
Benjamin b.4-5-1762
Obediah b. 4-11-1764 (d.7-15-1793)
Jesse b. 3-31-1766 (d.5-30-1766)
Joseph b. 11-26-1767
Miriam b.1-18-1769 (d.11-3-177?)
Gideon b.11-14-1771
John b.10-9-1774
Jesse b. 12-25-1776
Obediah Small (b.13 Sep 1732 Nansemond, Virginia-d. 15 Jul 1793 Pasquotank, N.C.) is listed in Pasquotank County, N.C. in North Carolina census of 1767. In 1790 U.S. census he is listed in Randolph County, N.C. He would die on 15 Jul 1793 (this date is wrong his will was proved in 1788) at the Back Creek MM, Randolph, N.C.
20. OBEDIAH4 SMALL, SR. (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1)15,16 was born Jul 13, 1732 in MM in Virginia, and died Aft. Sep 15, 1788 in Back Creek MM, Pasquotank Co., NC17. He married (1) LYDIA BUNDY Sep 01, 1757 in Pasquotank MM, NC18, daughter of GIDEON BUNDY and MIRIAM BOGUE. She was born Oct 02, 1740 in Pasquotank, Pasquotank MM, NC, and died Dec 05, 1780 in Pasquotank, Pasquotank MM, NC. He married (2) SARAH ALBERTSON19 Bef. Feb 19, 1783 in Pasquotank Co., North Carolina20, daughter of ELIHU ALBERTSON and JANE ANDERSON. She was born Nov 18, 1754 in Perquimans Co., NC, and died Aft. 1802 in Pasquotank Co., NC.
Obediah is the first of this name to appear in Quaker records in North Carolina, and as noted below, first appears in Core Sound MM records being granted permission to remove from their meeting to the upper counties in January of 1755. There is no record of an older Obediah in any Quaker MM Vol.1 prior to this date in North Carolina, and none appear in any records in volume 6, of Virginia for a person named Obediah. No civil records in Virginia indicate a person named Obediah ever resided there, or had family or children in any county of Virginia. No records of deeds or land grants have been found for any individual of this given name in Virginia.
Hinshaw 1:74 Perquimans Co.
1755, 8, 6. Obediah prcf from MM in Carteret Co. (Core Sound)
1757, 8, 3. Obediah rqct MM in Pasquotank having settled there 2 years since
1781, 7, 4. Obediah rocf Symons Creek MM
1785, 7, 6. Obediah of Wells, gct Pasquotank MM
In 1756, he purchased his first property in Perq. Co. - he would have been 24 if born 1732
Hinshaw 1:165 Pasquotank MM
p 165 states, "Obediah of Cartrite Co., letter to marry "Lydia Bundy"
1757, 8, 4. Obediah of Cartrite Co., ltm Lydia Bundy. [Carteret Co.]
On 4-1-1762 Obediah co[chosen overseer] at Little River
8-20-1777 Lyda, of Little River, co [chosen overseer].
Pasquotank MM Vol. 1, p.166; 3,10,1802 Sarah, relict of Obediah, Pasquotank Co., m John Pike, at MH near the head of Little River.
Westfield MM, children rocf from Back Creek NC MM, between 1793 and 1810
Joseph 5-21-1796 rocf Back Creek MM, dated 2-27-1796
Gideon 8-19-1797 rocf Back Creek MM, dated 4-29-1797
Jacob 4-9-1808 Jacob recrq.
Jacob 11-10-1810 gct Fairfield MM.
Note: Pasquotank MM p 165 lists Obediah & ch, Lydia & Abram, & his brother, John, rqct Contentnea MM on 1789, 3, 21.
Obediah Small appears in the following tax list and state censuses:
Obediah Small, Pasquotank co., NC District tax list 1778
Obediah Small, Pasquotank Co., NC, District #1, p. #003, 1786 (State Census)
Obediah Small, Pasquotank Co., NC, District #7, p. #003, 1786 (State Census)
page 165
1762, 4, 1 Obediah co [chosen overseer] at Little River
1777, 8, 20 Lyda of little River, co [chosen overseer].
More About OBEDIAH SMALL, SR.:
Burial: Bef. Feb 1789, Pasquotank Co., NC
More About LYDIA BUNDY:
Burial: Dec 1780, Pasquotank Co., NC
2nd marriage
Obediah dis, mcd 2-19-1783 (disowned, married contrary to discipline) first wife, Lydia Bundy died 12-5-1780
Vol.1 p,733 lists marriage of Gideon, s/o Obediah and Lydia, 7-31-1793 and lists Obediah as deceased at that time. This clearly proves the eldest Obediah b. 1732 is the one who wrote the will dated 1788.
P. 175 Albertson, Joshua - Book HiK, 52, 1776 sons Arthur, Solomon, and John. Dau June. Executors: wife Elizabeth, Obediah Small and John Bailey. Witt: William Low, Jeremiah Bundy and Abram Hosea.
Hinshaw 6:39?The Society of Friends was first planted in Virginia on the Eastern Shore and then in the region south of the lower James River which area is penetrated by the Nansemond and Elizabeth Rivers. All the meetings in the counties there are closely related by both ties of blood and organization. The same families which first settled Isle of Wight County, later moved on into Nansemond, and in the period 1660-63 almost every Quaker family sent members to become the first settlers of the state of North Carolina. Wheeler in his "History of North Carolina", says, "The first permanent settlement (i.e. in Perquimans Co.) was formed after the expulsion of the Quakers from Virginia in 1662". So one should not be surprised to find the same family names in all these places.
" The children of John Small and Alce moved to North Carolina in 1736-37. And it can be assumed that this was after the death of the parents, as John, Benjamin and Thomas all appear in Quaker records in Perquimans County at that time. Joseph and wife Ann Owen do not appear in Quaker records in NC, but he died 1754-55 after writing his will in Chowan County. It is very unlikely that the children would all move away from aged parents before their death. I therefore place their death as circa 1735, likely Nansemond Co. VA since no record appears for them in NC"
Excerpted from American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw, Vol.6 p.8?The first surviving record of a session of the Yearly Meeting is dated 1702, the seventh month. The representatives to this session were: Samuel Newton, Thomas Page, Richard Ratcliff, Isaac Ricks, Edward Thomas, John Bates, John Woodson, Joseph Pleasants, Nathan Newby, John Small, John Porter, William Scott Sr. , Robert Jordan, Henry Wiggs, John Murdor (Murdaugh), John Jordan, Daniel Sanbourne, Charles Fleming, Robert Hughts, Gerrard Robert Ellyson, Joseph Galister, Benjamin Small, James Bates, James Jordan, Matthew Jordan, John Pleasants, Thomas Lankford and Sameul Jordan. Daniel Sanbourne acted as clerk and Sarah Sanburn (Sanbourne) signed papers on behalf of the womens meeting and to signify their unity.??As this first session ends it is ordered that the care and the management of those things above mentioned is left to two friends of every monthly meeting: John Tuck and Sameul Cornwall for Surry, Jordan and Richard Ratcliff for Chuckatuck, John Small and Nathan Newby for Nansemond... and here it is written by the committee appointed to copy the minutes that the record is not further intelligible.......etc.??This record is very likely mention of John's two sons, Matt and Benjamin rather than the elder, but this is not proved or disproved.??"Quaker records prior to this were destroyed by fire. Fragments of the papers were copied, there were also original books which escaped the fire. The conclusion of this matter is: we accept the year 1672 as the year of the organization of the Virginia Yearly Meeting."?Whether John Small was a member of this congregation at that time is unknown, but for him to be elected a delegate in 1702 would indicate that he had a position within the organization sometime prior to that time.?
B ack to North Carolina History
The movement of Quakers out of Virginia and into the Dismal Swamp area of North Carolina was happening during the same period when the boundary line between North Carolina and Virginia was up for grabs. The North Carolina charter of 1663 was at apparent odds with the one of 1665; in question was a swath of territory about 30 miles deep from where the line currently is to the middle of the Albemarle Sound. The dispute wasn't settled until William Byrd's survey of 1728. The dispute had to do with differences of opinion on the location of Weyanoke Creek, which was supposed to be the boundary. The creek couldn't be found any more. Virginia claimed it was the same as Wiccon Creek, a tributary of the Chowan. North Carolina said it was the Nottoway River. But as William Boyd points out in an introduction to William Byrd's work, major questions of tobacco and trade routes were involved.
A s early as 1679 Virginia had prohibited the importation of North Carolina tobacco, a condition that greatly retarded the economic development of the northeastern part of the province where the soil was well adapted to tobacco culture. If the boundary ran through Nottoway River, North Carolina tobacco could be shipped down that and other streams to Albemarle Sound and thence to points without the colony.
A s the debate lingered on, in 1714, Governor Spotswood of Virginia, "claiming that North Carolina continued to grant lands in the disputed region and that 'loose and disorderly people daily flock there,' proposed that Virginia survey a line through the Nottoway River and North Carolina and one through Wiccon Creek, and that all settlers between those lines be removed." !! That didn't happen. When Charles Eden became governor of North Carolina, he managed to reach a compromise on the boundary. The line he proposed is the one that eventually, in 1728, was surveyed by a company including William Byrd II.
I t's a more complicated story than that, but let me return to the Quakers in northern part of North Carolina. Because of this confusion, it appears that some of our ancestors may have "moved" to North Carolina simply by staying put. At any rate, by the late 1700s his father Benjamin Small was well established in Chowan County. On his death he left an estate of more than 500 acres and some 18 slaves. Josiah Small inherited about half of this, plus he had other holdings. By the time of the 1830 census, Josiah had 17 slaves. This Josiah Small was a cousin of Rachel Small who married Ephraim Overman. Rachel Small’s father, Obediah Small, was a brother of Benjamin Small.
Q uakers were certainly better off in North Carolina. Under the Carolina Charter of 1663 (written largely by John Locke), "No person . . . shall be in any ways molested, punished, disquieted, or called into question for any differences in opinion or practice in matters of religious concernment, but every person shall have and enjoy his conscience in matters of religion throughout the province."
Ephrim Overman, Yeoman, & Sarah his wife, for 160 English pounds paid by Henry & Arnold White Jun’r of afore’ sold 345a. on S.W. side of Little River Swamp, adjacent to Whi. Jackson. Dec 28, 1724. Test’ Sam’l Charles, Robert Cox Jun’r, Jeremiah Symonds.
 ?The birthdates of the children of Ephraim & Sarah Belman are transcribed in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN QUAKER GENEALOGY numerically. Records of Perquimans and Pasquotank supply data on several Belman and Wilson descendants, among whom was Sarah Belman, born 28 June 1688, who married Ephraim Overman in 1708. ??Ephraim was the son of Jacob and Hannah (Dorthea/Dorothy was Jacob's second wife - they had no children) Overman. Existing records have much to say of this family. On 25 February 1694, Governor Thomas Harvey qualified Jacob Overman for a land grant of 400 acres. ??Two daughters of Ephraim Overman and Sarah Belman married sons of Samuel and Jane (Nixon) Pike. These also belonged to the Perquimans-Pasquotank Quaker community.
“Epherim” Overman, Sr. died 2-9-1732.
Ephraim Overman
Sarah Overman
Children: Abigail b. 3-19-1709
Joseph b. 1711
Ann b. 8-7-1714
Ephraim b. 5-23-1719
Sarah b. 1-21-1722
Nathan b. 1-26-1725
Isaac b. 6-26-1727 [our ancestor]
Some of the children of Epraim Overman and Sarah Belman have interesting histories:
i. ABIGAIL OVERMAN.
12 CAROLINA QUAKERS - OUR HERITAGE OUR HOPE - 1672-1972 by Seth B Hinshaw and Mary Edith Hinshaw, page 23: "Abigail Pike - Pioneer Woman" During the seventeen-thirties John and Abigail Pike were living in the "Pasquotank Precient." Hearing that a new Meeting, Hopewell, had been established in Frederick Co., VA, they felt a concern to go and add their strength to the new Quaker settlement. Abigail was a minister. Almost hurriedly, so the story goes, they made ready for the journey. At this time they had two small children, Sarah and Anne. During the eleven years that they lived in the Hopewell community, the number of children increased to eight [in that Hopewell community were the Talbots our other Quaker relatives]. When a number of Quakers from Pennsylvania came through the Hopewell community headed toward the Piedmont section of North Carolina, once again John and Abigail Pike felt led to leave their home, and to start life all over again in a new settlement. In a few months a home was built on the bank of Cane Creek. In early 1751 when the youngest and tenth child, Nathan, was almost two, Abigail said to Cane Creek Friends, 'If Rachel Wright will go with me, we will attend Quarterly Meeting at Little River in Perquimans County and ask that a Meeting be set up here.' Friends concurred. Thus it was that these two women rode horseback two hundred miles through the wilderness to Quarterly Meeting, and made the return trip home safely, mission accomplished. Cane Creek Meeting was set up June 31, 1751. Abigail Pike next helped in the establishment of New Garden Meeting, thirty-five miles to the west, through more wilderness country. The direct descendants of this courageous pioneer woman are now scattered all across the state, and indeed all across the nation. The one-room log structure known as "the Abigail Pike house" was used as a classroom in the early days of the Sylvan Academy.
"On page 15: 'John and Abigail Pike were two more of the early settlers. Abigail was a minister, and it was not unusual for them to travel to new places and lend their support to the establishment of new Friends communities and meetings. They had left Pasquotank County in eastern North Carolina in 1738 to travel to Frederick County, Virginia, to assist with the Hopewell Meeting, where they remained for eleven years (Griffin 'History' 2)'. ??"Continuing on the book says, 'It is possible that the Pikes heard about the new settlement on Cane Creek from families moving into the Hopewell area. Many of these families planned only to remain at Hopewell for a few years, then continue farther south. John and Abigail came to the Cane Creek settlement with their eight children about 1749. Their certificates of membership from Hopewell were placed with the Carver's Creek Meeting in Bladen County, North Carolina. This monthly meeting held the certificates of not only the Pikes but others in the settlement until the establishment of a monthly meeting at Cane Creek. This was an accepted practice of the day. Many Quaker pioneers, with their staunch faith, did not want to be away from the care of a monthly meeting even if that meeting were many miles away.'
 ?John Pike's occupation is listed at blacksmith / business overseer. He was liberated to marry by Pasquotank MM --9-4-1731, to Abigail Overman, Dau of Ephraim and Sarah Belman Overman. (Family records at Cane Creek MM, NC) John Pike was born 4-1-1702, Pasquotank co. NC -- and died 1-15-1774 aged 71 Orange Co., NC burial at Cane Creek. Orange Co., NC-- Will of John Pike ---will book A --page 176 dated 3-20-1771; proven August 1774 Wife: Abigail; John ---eldest son; Samuel." Abigail Pike, a minister in Society of Friends, was in the habit of riding out to the British army camps to preach to the soldiers. She was the only minister allowed within the lines, and she was not permitted to dismount, but preached from her saddle.
One evening returning with a company friends from such a mission, they came to where the road forked, one branch going up past the "grave-yard" the other leading straight home. They were debating which to take, one had remarked that a ghost was to be seen every evening in the grave-yard. Abigail whipped up her horse saying. "We will go this way. I have long wanted to meet a ghost, shake hands with it and ask it, is it well with thee?" Abigail rode up to it and called back, "Come on Friends, it is only a big cobweb on a bush". from Genealogy of the Lee Family from William Lee of Ireland by T.J Morgan,?Edna Harvey Joseph, Rosa Lee et al c. 1930: Abigail had a set of Queensware (porcelain) dishes, very rare in those days. Tin and Pewter being in more common use. Some British soldiers, searching the house for food, overturned the cupboard. Abigail, seeing the disaster coming, cried, "oh, my dishes", ran with her apron outspread to catch them, saved but a single platter. This she requested to be handed down to the nearest relative named Abigail in memory of her.
ii.
Joseph OVERMAN was born on 1 Oct 1711 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. He died a young man on 24 Sep 1739 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. He had married Martha White 1737.
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iii.
Ann OVERMAN born 7 Aug 1714 married David Chancey on 12 Apr 1733. He was born 1707 in Pasquotank and died 1754. They had six children (Rachel 1741 Cane Creek MM, Orange-1831 Illinois; Jacob 1742, Samuel I. 1743-1796; Mary 1743-1832 Atauga, Alabama; Pleasant 1745-1815 Cane Creek MM, Chatham, NC), the first born in Orange MM and the rest Perquimans. So they went west and came back. David died in 1754. Ann Overman Chancey died 4 Jan 1775 Pasquotank MM. David Chancey had land dealings with his father-in-law in Pasquotank county.
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Ephraim OVERMAN was born on 23 May 1719 died Feb 1785 Pasquotank; married 1st Thamer Symons and 2nd Ruth Trueblood (1759-1827) in 1782 .
+15 1742 Ephraim disciplined by meeting. Ephraim Overman listed in 1754 census in Pasquotank, 1767 early tax list, in 1769 census list. 1774,2,15 Ephraim recommended a minister. 1782 Ephraim son of Ephraim, Pasquotank Co., married Ruth Trublood, at a meeting for worship near the Narrows, Pasquotank Co. 1784,1,25 : Isaac, son of Ephraim, Pasquotank Co., married Mariam Trueblood, at a public meeting near the Narrows, Pasquotank Co. 1797,12,1 6: Mary Trueblood (formerly Overman) disowned for marrying contrary to discipline. Thamer and Ephraim Overman had: Jacob b. 1-11-1773, Abigail b. 1-25-1776
v.
Sarah OVERMAN born 21 Jan 1722 Pasquotank died 1762 Bladen, NC.
16 married Samuel Pike on 7 Apr 1737. They had two children and after his death she married Richard Skinner 4 Mar 1741. PASQUOTANK DEEDS; Bjorkman ?DB B, p.532-3 19 Oct 1744 John Pike of Frederick Co VA fell Heir by Birthright at the death of my Father a Tract called Half-way Tree. 325 acres. Line that was Matthew Raisins'. 162 1/2 acres on NE side of tract sold to Saml Pike for £10- a line run out between Samuel Pike, purchaser, and Benjamin Pike, Purchaser of the remain part of the afsd tract. Signed: John Pike. Wit: John Reed, Aaron Morris, Peter Symons. Proved by affirmation of Aaron Morris, Jan Court 1744/5. ?DB B; 533-4 19 Oct 1744 John Pike of Frederick Co VA. Half-way Tree, 325 acres, line that was Matthew Reasons. Sold to Benjamin Pike for £10, 162 1/2 acres. ??DB B, p.1 13 Jan 1746/7 Samuel Pike to Joseph Pritchard for £208. His Moiety or half part of 325 acres of Halfway Tree Land, being same that John Pike of Fred. Co in VA sold to me. To have been divided between sd Samuel Pike & Benjmain Pike his Brother but hath not been done. Wherein Samuel Pike now dwells on the NE side of the Tract. Sarah Pike, wife of Samuel. Wit: Benjn. Pritchard, Sarah Pritchard. Ack Jan Court 1746. Reg. Jan 1746/7.
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Nathan OVERMAN was born on 26 Jan 1725 died 20 Aug 1780 Pasquotank; married Mary Symons (1724-1733) Nathan is listed in 1757 N.C. census. Nathan and Mary were co[chosen overseers] for Newbegun Creek meeting in 1762. Mary Overman, wife of Nathan, died 11-20-1773 aged 49 years. They had: Miriam (11-25-1748), Abigail (11-11-1751), Thomas (12-17-1754), Ann (4-9-1757), Nathan (2-2-1760), Onias (1-11-1763), Mary (7-13-1763) Nathan remarried. Minutes record the family history: 1779,1,20 . Nathan disciplined for having had difference with his wife & refusing to let her come home. 1780, 6, 21 Thomas, son Nathan, disowned marrying with one not of our society. Ann, dt Nathan, dec, Pasquotank Co., m. Henry Palin, at Newbegun Creek MH. 1780,9,27 . 1790,9,18 : Onias disowned for marrying contrary to discipline (a first cousin). William Overman disowned for differing and wrangling with Onias Overman 1790,12,18.
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Isaac OVERMAN was born on 26 Jun 1727.
Isaac Overman married Mary Evans (1728-1779) o n 2 Feb 1747 in Narrows Friends Monthly Meeting Pasquotank, N.C. In the Pasquotank MM minutes in 1747,2,2 Isaac left free to marry Mary Evans. On the same day Isaac requested a certificate to Cape Fear. On 1747 11, 7 Mary, wife of Isaac, got a certificate to Cape Fear Friends. It appears that Cape Fear remained part of the Pasquotank Monthly Meeting. Isaac and Mary Overman had: Sarah b. 1-22-1748
Obediah b.10-7-1749
Isaac b. 11-16-1751-died 3-3-1784 (married Sarah Pool)
Ephrai m b. 1-21-1754
Zebulon b. 1-26-1756
Nathan b.1-4-1759
Mary b.1-2-1761
Bennoni b. 5-4-1763
Zadock b. 12-8-1765
Gideon b. 8-025-1768
Mary (Evans) Overman died 3-12-1779.
Isaac Overman died Elizabeth City, Pasquotank. 1774,4,20 leaving young children
History of the Cape Fear area where Isaac and Mary (Evans) Overman settled
Sir John Yeamans was appointed "governor of our Country of Clarendon neare southerly ..." In October, Sire John stopped at Charles Town on his way to Port Royal and found the colonists in desperate need of supplies. A ship sent to Virginia to relieve this need was wrecked on the return trip. Sir John left in December and never returned. War with the Indians and the indifference of the Lords Proprietors led to the migration of settlers out of the Cape Fear area and by the end of 1667 the site was deserted. Further settlement was not attempted for fifty years because of the closing of the Carolina land-office by the Lords Proprietors, the hostility of the Cape Fear Indians and the presence of pirates. In 1715 the estimated number of Cape Fear Indians was 206 people in five towns along the river. Following the defeat of major tribes in North Carolina, the Cape Fear Indians fled south. By 1720 most of the notorious pirates had been captured, including Stede Bonnet who with his ship had been taken in the mouth of the Cape Fear River. In May 1713, Barren Island (Bald Head) was granted to Landgrave Thomas Smith, and in 1725 Governor George Burrington began to distribute land along the Cape Fear for colonization. Many of the new settlers came from South Carolina because of the lower taxes in North Carolina. South Carolina planters settle along the Lower Cape Fear River and begin developing the rice and naval stores industries. They bring large numbers of enslaved people and a large, plantation-style slave system. Maurice Moore founded Brunswick Town on his grant on the west bank of the river and by June 1726, a map of the town was filed with the Secretary of the Province. The next year a ferry was in operation across the river. North Carolina becomes a royal colony when King George II purchases shares from seven of the eight Lords Proprietors. Only Earl Granville refuses to sell. Elizabeth City was started in 1722 but became significant only in 1764 when a law designating “the Narrows of Pasquotank River” as an inspection station for products from the rest of the colony and in the 1770s a ferry made it the main crossing between north and south. A grist mill also drew settlers to the city.
A letter of Governor Burrington dated 1773 says he sent out Indian Guides and some of his men to mark a road to the middle of this Province from Virginia to Cape Fear Province River and to discover and view the land lying in those parts until then unknown to the English. Because of the war between England and Spain, Spanish ships harassed the area. In 1745 the General Assembly ordered the building of Fort Johnston but it wasn’t completed until twenty years later. In 1748 three Spanish ships entered the river and fired on Brunswick Town. The Spaniards landed and looted the town. The colonists counter-attacked, succeeded in sinking one ship and forced the Spaniards to retreat. The area developed rapidly during the next twenty years. When the Borough Charter of Wilmington was signed by Governor Dobbs in 1760, with John Sampson the first Mayor, the county population had reached about five thousand. North Carolina militia and Cherokee assist the British military in campaigns against the French and Shawnee Indians. The Cherokee decide to change sides after receiving ill treatment by the English, and they return home, where they eventually attack North Carolina colonists in the 1750s. The Quakers continue to have issues with the Anglican rulers who in 1741 forbid marriage ceremonies except those performed by Anglican clergy or “lawful” magistrates.
1754-1763 The French and Indian War was fought all along the frontier of North America. Cherokee raid the western Piedmont in 1759 and in 1760 attack and capture forts in the interior. The General Assembly had passed an act allowing residents to enslave captives (meaning native Americans who had been captured but treaties had promised their freedom; Indians would rather fight to the last man than be slaves). 1761: an army of British regulars, American militia, and Indian allies destroy Cherokee resistance. In 1763 King George tries to prevent encroachment by whites on treaty lands by a proclamation line in western North Carolina. In 1765 Parliament passes the Stamp Act and there are public protests; in 1766 the Stamp Act is repealed. Parliamen t then passes the Townshend Act imposing duties on luxury items. Again there are protests and a nonimportation movement.
Orange County is the frontier. Orange County is established in an area of heavy immigration. It encompasses all or parts of the present-day counties of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, and Wake. Its county seat, Hillsborough, will become known as the “capital of the backwoods.” In 1768 the farmers in Orange County protest the excessive taxation and high handedness of the elite in politics; the protests lead to the Regulator movement. The Regulators are defeated in 1771. The Quakers probably sympathized with the grievances expressed by the Regulators and one of the Regulator leaders was a prominent Quaker in Cane Creek but he was disowned in 1764. Other Quakers were also disowned for refusing to pay taxes and for attending mass meetings of protest. In August 1774 the Revolutionary war starts. The serenity of Quaker life in the North Carolina back country (Guilford County) was soon shaken up by the approach of the War of the Regulation, which reached its climax in 1771, and, four years later, the American Revolution. In the main they took no part in the actual fighting, pleading their pacifist principles. However, after the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, they did aid in caring for the wounded, both American and British. The North Carolina Quakers seem to have suffered from fines and requisitions from both sides in the conflict. In 1777 North Carolina provided for an oath of allegiance and the penalty for refusing the oath was expulsion from the province. The Quakers refused to take the oath arguing that “we believed it to be unlawful for us, to be active in war and fighting with carnal weapons, as we conceive that the proposed affirmation approves of the present measures, which are carried on and supported by military force, we cannot engage or join with either party therein; being bound by our principles to believe that the setting up and pulling down kings and governments, is God’s peculiar prerogative, for causes best known to himself…We hope that you will consider our principles a much stronger security to any state than any test that can be required of us; as we now are and shall be innocent and peaceable in our several stations and conditions under this present state; and for conscience sake are submissive to the laws…” (Southern Quakers and slavery, by Stephen Beauregard Weeks, p.192)
1775,1,18. Friends appointed to provide that Mary, Nathan, and Benoni, orphans of Isaac, be bound out. Zadock and Gideon avoided this by heading west. Zadock (8 Dec 1765), Gideon (25 Aug 1768) head to the frontier. 1774,3,16 Zadok & Gideon, minor sons of Isaac birthright member, reported living at Orange MM. They probably joined their brother Obadiah who had joined the Cane Creek MM in Orange county in 1773,10,2 [Obadiah recrq]. Their sister Sarah also went to Cane Creek, Orange county. On 1774, 10, 1 Sarah daughter of Isaac received on certificate from Pasquotank MM [N.C.] dated 1774,7,20. 1776, 12, 7 Sarah gets certificate to New Garden MM (Guilford County). 1777,12,6 Obediah gets certificate to New Garden MM, N.C. One of the founding members of the Cane Creek MM was Abigail Pike , their aunt. The New Garden MM in Guilford County was set up in 1754.




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