I haven’t posted a ton on this site about my Whitford ancestors, mostly because I have a cousin who’s covered that ground remarkably well — Victor T. Jones, Department Head at the Kellenberger Room at the New Bern Public Library. If you haven’t already, please visit his site, The Whitford Family of Eastern North Carolina.
That said, for my own research (and perhaps for others), I thought it would be helpful to have a place for all kinds of Whitford deeds, will references, etc. — just to reference from time to time — so I decided to put this post together. I will be adding to this page as I either transcribe or dig up old items from my hard drive.
(From Abstracts of Beaufort County, North Carolina, Deed Book 2, 1729-1748 by John Anderson Brayton)
, pp. 20-21: 27 Sept 1729, Dec 1729 , 17 Dec 1729; JOHN CHESTER to DANIEL SIMONS and THOMAS SIMONS, “equal partners” in possession of land, cons. £40cm, tract of 360A in upper fork of Bear River, beg. at a pine, up n. branch N70W170p, N30W160p to a pine at head of bear River at swamp, S30W80p to a maple, S270p to pine at side of West Creek, down creek N70E300p to mouth, along river side N20W to beg., land formerly patented by CORNELIUS BELL and by him sold to PATRICK MAULE, and by MAULE to JOHN CHESTER; the patent dated 6 Dec 1720; wit. ROGER KENYON, GI: HALIDAY, WILLM. WHITFORD; signed: JOHN CHESTER.
, pp. 62-61: 1 Mar 1730/12, Mar 1730/1, 18 Mar 1730/1; WILLIAM WHITFORD planter, to NICHOLAS SMITH, cons. £10cm, tract of 100A n w.s. of Broad Creek on n.s. of Pamlico River, beg. at a crooked branch to house of JOHN CHESTER’s on creek, to a little gut, going from long point next to JOHN CHESTER’s, from that branch up to a Cypress Pond, being part of a greater quantity of SAMUEL MITTUM’s land granted by patent dated 1 Mar 1721 to JN°. BAPTA. ASH, and by him transferred by deed dated. 2 Jan 1722/3 to sd. SAMUEL MITTUM, and by MITTUM to WHITFORD; wit: JOHN M CHESTER, WILLM. M STEPHENS; signed: WM. WHITFORD.
, pp. 252-253 : 15 June 1737, June 1737, [—]; PHILIP SHUTE of Beaufort prect. to JOHN FORBES of same place, cons. £30cm, 50A of land on Ragged Point in Pamplico River, beg. at WILLIAM STEPHENS’ line, down to river, to 1st sta., and running back to cont. 50A; wit: RD LEIRMONT , WM. WHITFORD; signed: PHILIP SHUTE.
, p. 348: 16 June 1740, Sept 1740, 27 Dec 1740; WILLIAM VAUGHAN, merchant, to BENJAMIN PEYTON, esq., cons. £1000, 5 Negroes: SWANSEY, BRISTOL, CLOE, HECTOR, AND DAFNEY; wit: JOHN TRIPPE, WM. WHITFORD; signed: WILLIAM VAUGHAN.
, p. 408: 6 Mar 1741/2, Mar 1741, 31 Mar 1742; NICHOLAS SMITH, planter, to JAMES BROWN, cons. £50cm, tract on w.s. of Broad Creek, on n.s. of Pamplico River, beg. at a little gut between land and JAMES SMITH’s plantation, up creek to another little brancch, up to a pond, along pond to a marked corner pine, from pine to another pine standing near old schoolhouse, along a line to 1st sta., being a part of SAMUEL WILLIAMS’ land granted by patent dated 1 Mar 1721 to JOHN BAPTa ASHE, and by him to SAMUEL WILLIAMS by deed dated 2 Jan 1722/3, and by him to WILLIAM WHITFORD, and by him to SMITH by deed dated 1 Mar 1730/1, cont. 100A; wit: JAs. CALF, CHARLES SIMPSON, SAML. BUNDEY; signed: NICHOLAS SMITH.
- William Bastin WHITFORD and wife, Mary, to Brinson, Cason (Bk 2, p 341, 1756)
- William WHITFORD to Christopher DAWSON (Bk 4, p 164, 1748)
- William Bastin WHITFORD to Isaac BARRINGTON (Bk 6, p 61, 1753)
- Thomas WHITFORD to John HARTLEY (Bk 4, p 177, 1748) – William WHITFORD and William Bastin WHITFORD are witnesses
- William WHITFORD to Thomas WHITFORD (Bk 4, p 163, 1748)
- William WHITFORD and William Bastin WHITFORD to Joseph KING (Bk 6, p 140, 1754)
- Thomas WHITFORD to William WHITFORD (Bk 23, p 144, 1778)
Thomas WHITFORD (1781) – Craven County. Names sons: William, Thomas, John, and Martin, and sons-in-law Mitchell STILLEY and William SPIGHTS
Estate of Martin Whitford (1804) – Craven County. Martin was born in 1734 and lived through both the French and Indian War, as well as the American Revolution. He married Mary Purifoy and they had the following children:
- David (b. 1764, m. Nancy Stilley)
- Sally (b. 1765, m. Thomas Smyth)
- John (b. 1770, m. Holland Reel)
- Elizabeth (b. 1778, m. Elijah Calloway)
- Mary “Polly” (b. abt 1782)
- Nancy (b. 1786, m. Shadrick Whitehurst)
Non-Whitford wills that mention William Whitford (from Grimes’ Abstract of North Carolina Wills)
July 30, 1728. March Court, 1728. Legatees: JOHN CHESTER (Executor), EDWARD POYNER (Executor), NICHOLASS SMITH, ELIZABETH CHESTER, WILLIAM WHITFORD. Witnesses: NICHOLAS SMITH, WILLIAM WHITFORD, JEAN SMITH. Clerk of the Court: JOHN MATTOCKE.
January 17, 1733. September 14, 1734. Son: JOHN PEYTON PORTER (land “whereon I now live on Derhams Creek”). Daughter: ELIZABETH (1,000 acres of land on Derhams Creek, together with negro slaves). Cousin: JOHN FRY. Other legatees: ANN LILLINGTON and ELIZABETH FRY (cousins of testator), WILLIAM TRIPPE, PHILIP CREMER. Wife: DOROTHY. Executors: EDMUND PORTER (brother), PATRICK MAULE and SETH PILKINGTON (brothers-in-law), EDWARD MOSELEY and JOHN TRIPPE. Witnesses: CHURCHILL READING, JOHN CALDOM, WILLIAM WHITFORD. Proven before GEORGE BURRINGTON. Original missing. Recorded in Book 1722-1735, page 329.
January 28, 1745. May 9, 1746. Sons: JOHN BRYAN (220 acres land bought of Martin and Edward Frank, called “New Germany”), WILLIAM BRYAN (300 acres land, called “New Germany”), EDWARD BRYAN (lot in Newbern). Daughter: PENELIPY BRYAN (lot in Newbern). Wife: ANN BRYAN (“one plantation, called paradice”). Executors: ANN BRYAN (wife), HARDY BRYAN (brother), LEWIS BRYAN (brother). Witnesses: WM. WHITFORD, JANE HAND, RICHARD HART. Will proven before E. HALL, Chief Justice of North Carolina.