13. ABIGAIL OVERMAN2,13 was born on 19 March 1709 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1,2 She died on 13 February 1781 at the age of 71 in Deep River, Guilford County, North Carolina.1 She was buried in Muddy Creek Friends Cemetery, Kernersville, Forsyth County, North Carolina.14
Abigail was liberated to marry John Pike 9th month, 4th day, 1731.
Abigail is said to have stood up at the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, early in 1751, and state "If Rachel Wright will go with me, we will attend the Quarterly Meeting at Little River in Perquimans County and ask that a meeting be set up here". This trip would have been about two hundred miles. She is also said to have preached to the soldiers at the army camps - from horseback and she was not allowed to dismount.
Simon Dixon, a Quaker who migrated from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, came to the Cane Creek area and what is now known as Snow Camp, North Carolina during the late 1740s. By 1751, as many as thirty other Quaker families had migrated to Snow Camp. During 1751, Abigail Pike and Rachel Wright traveled to Perquimans County, North Carolina to attend the Quarterly Meeting at Little River, in hopes of gaining permission to establish a new monthly meeting in Cane Creek. Permission was granted and the first Monthly Meeting was held on October 7, 1751.
In 1751, the Cane Creek Meeting would have been in Orange Co, NC - in 1849 this area became Alamance County.
After the death of John Pike, Abigail left Cane Creek and went to Muddy Creek, near Deep River to live with her son. She was granted certificate for the New Garden Monthly Meeting on 1 Apr 1775.
From an unknown source found in "A History of the Piggott-Pickett Family 1680-1985" compiled by Marie Pickett Reck:
"During the l730's John and Abigail Pike were living in the Pasquotank Precinct. Hearing that a new meeting had been established at Hopewell, in Frederick County, Virginia, they felt that they should add their strength to the new Quaker settlement.
Almost hurriedly, it was said, they made ready for the journey. At that time, John and Abigail had two small children, Sarah and Anne. During the eleven years they lived in the Hopewell community, the number of children increased to eight.
Other Quakers from Pennsylvania passed through the Hopewell community on their way to the Piedmont section of North Carolina. John and Abigail joined the movement and started a new life by building a new home on the banks of Cane Creek.
In early 1751 when the youngest child, Nathan, was almost two years of age, Abigail asked permission of the Cane Creek Friends to allow her and Rachel Wright to attend a Quarterly Meeting at Little River in Perquimans County, and ask that a meeting be set up there. The Friends consented.
Traveling on horseback these two brave women rode through the wilderness to the Quarterly Meeting, and made the return trip safely. Cane Creek Meeting was set up June 31, 1751.
Abigail was also envolved in the establishment of the New Garden Meeting about 35 miles to the west, again she traveled through more wilderness country.
Direct descendants of this courageous,pioneer woman are scattered all across the state of North Carolina, as well as other states in our nation."
BIOGRAPHY: *"Cane Creek: Mother of Meetings"
Abigail Pike was the archtypal Quaker woman. Such a woman would also have been strong in her religious faith and obedient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Her concern for the spiritual life of her neighbors would provide opportunities for service which she did not shirk. With Abigail's background, then, it is not surprising that in the early part of the year 1751, she would stand in a meeting for worship and say to the assembled Friends at Cane Creek, "If Rachael Wright will go with me, we will attend the Quarterly Meeting at Little River in Perquimans County and ask that a meeting be set up here." Friends agreed.
When she set out for the quarterly meeting, Abigail Pike left behind a young son, Nathan, while Rachael Wright also left a small child, Sarah. Both families were large, so the youngsters were not neglected. Moreover, the fact that the children were left by their mothers reveals the determination of both women to fulfill the obligation they had undertaken, as well as the depth of their concern for the spiritual life of the more than thirty families living in the Cane Creek settlement.
Perquimans County lies about two hundred miles to the east of Cane Creek and the trip takes approximately five hours by car now. Imagine the difficulty of traveling that distance on horseback through virtually unchartered wilderness. No doubt there were a few places along the route where a night's lodging and a simple meal could be obtained, but the nights when it was necessary to camp in the open were far more numerous. The Friends at Cane Creek prudently sent other persons with these two courageous women. Their exact number, however, is not known for they are only grouped together as "Several friends from them parts".
The establishment of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends was authorized at the quaterly meeting held at Little River, as recorded in their minutes, dated "Sixth month 31st, 1751": 'Friends on Cane Creek wrote our Quarterly Meeting desiring a Monthly Meeting to be settled amongst them which was refer'd to this Meeting, & several Friends among them parts appeared at this Meeting & acquainted Friends that there is thirty families and upwards of Friends settled in them parts, and desire in behalf of themselves and there Friends to have a Monthly Meeting settled amongst them, which request, upon mature consideration Friends think it proper to grant, and leave to themselves to settle it in the most convenient place amongst the body.'
Now would begin the long trek back. The hot September sun would make travel more uncomfortable, and there would be the incessant insects with which to contend. But the good news Abigail Pike, Rachael Wright, and the others carried with them would lessen the difficulties. How happy the day of return must have been, not only for the families of those returning, but for the entire group of Quakers settled along the banks of Cane Creek. At last they would have a monthly meeting of their own, and no longer would their certificates of membership be held by a faraway monthly meeting.
Abigail Pike's story does not end with the establishment of the meeting at Cane Creek. She was also involved in the effort to secure a monthly meeting for Friends at New Garden, and the mere thrity five miles she traveled in that endeavor must have been nothing compared to the journey she had made on behalf of Cane Creek. her efforts were again successful, for New Garden Meeting was established shortly after the one at Cane Creek. April 1, 1775, Abigail, now widowed, would request and receive transfer of her membership to New Garden.
Abigail was a Friends minister. Tradition says that it was in that capacity that she would ride out to the army camps and preach to the soldiers. It is not clear which army allowed her to preach. It is possible that it could have been both the British and American forces. Genreal Nathanael Greene, himself a Quaker at one time, may have endorsed her ministry, because she was said to be the only minister allowed within the lines. She was not allowed to dismount; therfore, her sermons were preached from horseback.
One night while returning from such a visit, Abigail met friends along the way, and soon they came to where the road divided. One fork of the road led straight home, and the other led past the graveyard. they debated which way to go; one remarked that a ghost could be seen in the graveyard. Abigail whipped up her horse saying, " We will go this way then, I have long wanted to see a ghost, shake hands with it and ask, 'Is it well with thee?'" When they arrived at the cemetery, there did appear to be a ghost standing with arms outstretched as though welcoming them. Unafraid, Abigail rode up to it and called back, " Come on friends, it is only a big cobweb on a bush."
Abigail had a set of "Queensware" porcelain china dishes. These were very rare in those days, particularly in a backwoods cabin. One day British soldiers came to her cabin searching for food and overturned her cupboard. She tried to catch some dishes in her outstretched apron but was only able to save one small pitcher. That pitcher was passed down through the years from one daughter to another and was last reported in a museum in Oklahoma in 1975.
DEATH: * From Cane Creek Mother of Meetings page 35-6: John and Abigail Overman Pike were honored in 1928. Both were leaders and "weighty" friends during their lifetiems. After the death of her husband, Abigail Pike left Cane Creek and went to Muddy Creek, near Deep River, to live with her son. She died and was buried there in February 1781. The cemetery of this meeting still exists on the outskirts of the town of Kernersville in Forsyth County, and the grave which is thought to be Abigail's is outlined in handmade brick. Thus the marker at Cane Creek honors her memory, not her actual grave."
ABIGAIL OVERMAN and JOHN PIKE were married on 4 September 1731 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 JOHN PIKE1,11,13,15, son of SAMUEL PIKE and JEAN\JANE [PIKE], was born on 14 June 1702 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1,15 He died on 15 January 1774 at the age of 71 in Cane Creek, Orange County, North Carolina.1,15
Symons Creek MM, Pasquotank, NC
At a Monthly Meeting held in Pasqt at Symons Creek the 7th day of 8th Month 1731, John Pike and Abigail Overman appeared and Declared their Intention of marriage with Each other it being the first time therefore friends appointed Aaron Morris and Daniel Mayo to Inspect into the Young man & clearness with respect to marriage, Ingagements with any Other woman etc. And bring their Report to Next Monthly Meeting
Pasquotank MM: John was liberated to marry Abigail Overman, 4th day, 9th month, 1731 [Quaker dating].
At a Monthly Meeting held in Pasqt. at Hansbegun Creek at 4th day of 9th Month 1731. Freiends Met to Inquire into the affair of Said Meeting. John Pike & Abigail Overman "....are left to there lyberty to take Each other in Marriage when they please".
Cane Creek MM: John Pike son of Samuel and Jean was born 14th day, 4th month, 1702 in Pasquotank Co; He died 15th day, 1st month, 1774, aged between 71 and 72 years. Buried Cane Creek; there is a monument in the cemetery - however, it is said the stone was moved several times.
About 1735, the family moved to Westchester in Fairfax Co VA. He was granted a letter of transfer from Pasquotank to a new settlement on the Opecking River near Martinsbury in Frederick Co. John received the following land from his father's estate, but transferred it to his brothers.
Pasquotank County, NC Record of Deeds, 1700-1751, compiled by Gwen Boyer Bjorkman; Heritage Books, Inc., 1990
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....etc.
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.
The family moved to the new Cane Creek settlement about 1749. Abigail was a Quaker minister and it would have been normal for her to move to new areas and lend support.
According to the book, "Cane Creek, Mother of Meetings" put out by the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends, 1995, it states: "Friends arrived in the Cane Creek area as early as 1749. One of the first acts of business of the newly formed Cane Creek Meeting was to record the births of four children in that year: Nathan, tenth child of John and Abigail Overman Pike." "Also on the same page: 'Since the settlement covered such a wide area it would be impossible to name the thirty families mentioned in the Minutes, but in the immediate Cane Creek area we find these here before 1751: Joseph and Charity Wells, John and Abigail Overman Pike, John and Rachel Wright...' "Also same page (page 14) 'Land grants in the area were recorded as early as 1749. Anthony Chamness was granted 490 acres of land on 'Cain Creek' and John Pike was granted 280 acres, also on Cane Creek.' "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.' "There is more in this book about Abigail and Rachel Wright riding horseback to Perquimans two hundred miles away to ask for a meeting to be set up at Cane Creek. It also goes on to tell of her involvement in New Garden MM."
Although they moved, it seems that they returned to Pasquotank where John paid taxes in 1769.
On 17 Feb 1773, he was received by request into the Pasquotank MM.
His will was written 30 Mar 1771, proved Aug. 1774. He named sons, John, Samuel & Nathan; daughters Sarah Piggott, Anne Hughes, Susan Lee, Elizabeth Stuart, Ruth Wisner, and Rachel Williams. Executors were wife Abigail and son John. Witnesses were Thomas Hill and Priscilla Pike.
Cane Creek Monthly Meeting:
"John Pike son of Samuel and Jean Pike of Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Departed this Life the 16 Aug 1774, and Buried at Cane Creek friends Burying Ground
John is likely buried Cane Creek Monthly Meeting Cemetery, Snow Camp, Alamance, NC, but he shares a memorial marker with Abigail at Muddy Creek Friends Cemetery, Kernersville, Forsyth, NC.
ABIGAIL OVERMAN and JOHN PIKE had the following children:
|Sarah PIKE4,13 was born on 26 February 1733 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.15 She died on 11 May 1811 at the age of 78.4 |
Sarah married William Piggott, Jan 1751, Orange Co NC. He was the son of John and Margery (Browne) Piggott, born 8 June 1726, Cecil Co, MD and died 1 Mar 1770, Cane Creek.
Sarah married (2) to Abraham Elliott, 11 Aug 1774, Cane Creek. He was a son of John Elliott.
Sarah died at Cane Creek. There were thirteen children
|Samuel PIKE13,16 was born on 21 November 1741 in Frederick County, Virginia.15 He died in 1825 at the age of 84 in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. |
John and Samuel were twins.
Cane Creek MM: 1768, 5th m 7th d. Samuel Pike dismissed.
Samuel married Susannah Ward, 7 May 1768, Cane Creek.
Three children known: