Beasley, Richard was born about 1736 in Essex county, Virginia. His son,
Richard Beasley Jr, was born about 1771 in Caroline county. Richard's will was proven
in Stokes county in 1804. See Robert Cook.
Blackburn, Ambrose I: "Ambrose Blackburn I, son
of Elias Blackburn of Caroline, Essex County, Virginia, brother of
Christopher Blackburn II, married Elizabeth Jones, a relative of Gabriel
Jones. He left Virginia about 1760 and settled in Stokes County, North
Carolina. County records show that he was there in 1761 and 1770. He later
moved to Greenville District, South Carolina. He died in 1777." [Blackburn
Genealogy Compiled by Vinette Wells Ranke Washington D.C., as transcribed at
Blackburn, Ambrose II was a captain in the North
Carolina Rangers during the Revolution. He died in Tennessee.
Blackburn, Newman names son William in his will but there is no proof that
this is the same William who married Elizabeth Cooley, John Cooley's
daughter, in 1805. The following two posts by pmears is found at rootsweb's BLACKBURN-L
Subject: [BLKBURN] Two Different Sets of Ambrose Blackburn
Date: 9 Mar 2004 20:45:59 -0700
I would like to throw out for dicussion anyone interested, that I have
concluded there are two different sets of Ambrose Blackburns that migrated
from Essex/Caroline County VA to Surry/Stokes County NC...It is well
established that Ambrose Blackburn d. 1777 in SC and said to marry Elizabeth
Jones and had sons Augustine and Ambrose, Jr who married Frances
Halbert...It is also said that this Ambrose, Sr was the son of Elias
Blackburn proven son of Cpt Christopher Blackburn who was in Old
Rappahannock County, VA as early as 1666...it is also well established that
both Ambrose, Sr and Jr had removed to SC in the 1770's...Newman Blackburn
who made his will in Surry County, NC 1772 was witnessed by Ambrose
Blackburn who deeded Newman 150 acres of land in 1771 in Surry County...this
Ambrose also witnessed a will who I believe to be his 2nd wife Mary Cook's
Father Robert C Cook's will in 1780 Surry County...I believe this Ambrose to
be Ambrose, Jr who 1st married Hannah Ashley and both he and Newman to be
the sons of Ambrose Blackburn who died 1754 in Caroline County, VA...Newman
Blackburn was a defendant against William Dunlap and Co. in 1757 in Caroline
County, VA...needless to say this is a confusing lineage with all the
Ambrose's but seems reasonable and will appreciate discussion about
Subject: [BLKBURN] Re: Two Different Sets of Ambrose Blackburn
Date: 12 Mar 2004 20:43:31 -0700
Upon closer review there is another good possibility that the Ambrose d.
1754 in Caroine County, VA was a son of Cpt Christopher and Katheine
Blackburne....his brother Elias was the Father of Ambrose who d. in 1777,
and it is very possible that Ambrose first married Elizabeth Jones and then
Hannah Ashley which would be the mother of Augustine and Ambrose, Jr who m.
Frances Halbert...I have found records now of both Cpt. Ambrose and
Augustine in Stokes County in the 1780's...Augustine even named a son
Ashley....it is not certain of which children belong to Elizabeth and which
to Hannah Ashley...I think Newman's age would led toward Eliabeth Jones..Any
Cook, Robert married Mary Cobblar in 1740. He and
his son-in-law, Richard Beasley, worked on a road gang in Caroline county.
He is believed to have come to Surry county in 1765. His daughter, Mary
Cook, married Ambrose Blackburn Sr (his 2nd wife). It's believed they had no
children together. Daughter Martha Cook was married to Richard Beasley.
Cooley, John enlisted in 1755, along with Richard
Goode, from Caroline County into Robert Spotswood's company of the Virginia
Regiment. He was in Townfork Settlement by the late 1760s.
Goode, Richard served in Captain Spotswood's
company during the French and Indian War and saw several campaigns. His
family had a long history in Caroline and its parent counties. He held
civic positions in Stokes county and served as a Major during the
revolution. John Cooley had a grandson named Timothy Goode Cooley, perhaps
named for Richard's brother.
Halbert, Joel was born in Caroline county in
1749. It's believed that all his siblings were also born there. Their father
died in Caroline county in 1762. Three of Joel Harbert Sr's children married
children of William Hill Sr. Joel's mother, Frances Jones, is often said to
have been a descendant of Pocahontas but Janet Ariciu [link] makes a
good case for this not being true.
Ham, Joseph is referred to as Mordecai Ham's
uncle in the pension records filed by Mordecai's widow, Rebecca.
Ham, Martha: "There is a 1760 Caroline Co., Va
court record where a Martha Ham is presented in court for having a bastard
child. It's possible that this is Mordecia (sic)." [Susan Bullock email,
January 2007.] She married Thomas Raper and had at least two daughters.
Thomas died in Stokes county in 1808. (It's not certain that Jane was a
daughter by Thomas Raper.)
Ham, Mordecai was born in Caroline county c1758
and died in Stokes county in December, 1815. He was a soldier in the
revolution. Elizabeth (Raper) Fulp, daughter of Thomas and Martha (Ham)
Raper, filed an affidavit stating that she was Mordacai's half-sister.
Hill, William (1737-1792) was born in Caroline
county and began his career as a Baptist minster there. He married Hannah
Elizabeth Halbert in Rowan County, 1758. His father, William Hill,
died in Surry county in 1784. He (the father) was "elected to Provincial
Congress as a delegate from Surry Co. on Aug 11, 1775. Delegates were
known as 'liberty men.' Signed his name to the declaration of the Congress
against the King on 23 Aug 1775."1 William's brother, Robert
Hill, served in the Revolution under Major Richard Goode. It's noteworthy
that Sarah Cooley Hill, who married Cornelius Vanover, may have been allied
with this family.