12. ABIGAIL OVERMAN2,12 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.13
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.
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:
ABIGAIL OVERMAN and JOHN PIKE were married on 4 September 1731 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1 JOHN PIKE1,10,12,14, son of SAMUEL PIKE and JEAN\JANE MCGREGORY, was born on 14 June 1702 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.1,14 He died on 15 January 1774 at the age of 71 in Cane Creek, Orange County, North Carolina.1,14
Pasquotank MM: John was liberated to marry Abigail Overman, 4th day, 9th month, 1731 [Quaker dating].
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 DEEDS; Bjorkman
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. 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.
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:
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