Nancy, or Nanny as her birth and baptism, was recorded in The Douglas Register, does not appear in the estate accountings of her parents. The other children are named - Milly & Frankey as wards of William Clarkson as early as 1785; Matilda, Pascal & Betsey all named in Archer Pledge's accounting of Elizabeth Pledge's estate that was recorded in August of 1789. Nancy was certainly still a young child. In one record, it states there were seven children, I have identified only six even by counting Nancy.
In a letter dated 27 April 1907 from Mr. Pleasant H. Poindexter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Mr Poindexter relates the following; “ … and Francis Pledge married my grandfather Thomas Poindexter’s sister. I was acquainted with one of their children Nancy, was born in Va Jan 5th 1775 died in Yad. Co May 15 1859, came to this Co when a girl 10 or 12 from Patrick Co, Va.”. Mr Poindexter was born in Yadkin Co, NC in 1837. According to Peter Apperson’s application #24906 “My grandmother Nancy Pledge”…“my grand mother was only 12 yrs old when she came into NC” [Jordan: 239] . Martha Sharp, claim 33265, “ My grand mother Nancy Vest”…[Jordan:: 241] By this account Nancy Pledge came to Yadkin then Surry Co ca 1786." This is either from
1810 Census. Stokes Co NC
An Isham Vest is listed as being a Private in the Rangers of the War of 1812 [Ancestry.com]
Some online database list Isham as having died circa 1814 - I believe he lived until sometimes after the 1820 census. There are an unbelievable number of "Family Trees" on Ancestry that show an Isham Vest born 1763 in Stokes NC [there was no Stokes Co in 1763] and died there 1831 - a son of William Tunwell Vest and Lucretia "Lucy" Alford. However, in many of these trees, he is shown as also married to Fannie Briggs, 13 Jun 1795, Stokes Co. - the very same date as the bond of Isham to Nancy Pledge. These databases contain many other erroneous facts such as showing William Tunwell Vest, also born in Stokes Co, 1735 - Stokes Co NC was not formed until 1789 and it's doubtful anyone other than the Indians were there in 1735.
1820 Census. Stokes Co NC [indexed as Johann Vest]
1830 Census. Stokes Co NC No Isham or Nancy Vest. Nancy should have been about age 56 in 1830; perhaps she lived with a child. Several of the men below appear a bit too old to have been her sons.
1850 Census. I believe I found Nancy living in Surry Co, quite possibly with a daughter and family. Household 1181
Various online databases do say that Nancy R. Vest, dau of Isham & Nancy Pledge, married John S. Kirk, but give no marriage record.
Nancy "Nanny" PLEDGE and Isham VEST were married on 13 June 1795 in Surry County, North Carolina. Isham VEST was born in 1770 in Bedford County, Virginia. He died in 1845 at the age of 75 in Surry County, North Carolina.
Nancy "Nanny" PLEDGE and Isham VEST had the following children:
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