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176. William Pledge "Wag" POINDEXTER was born on 7 December 1766 in Goochland County, Virginia.60 He was baptized on 28 January 1767.124 He died on 3 March 1844 at the age of 77 in Yadkin County, North Carolina.60,63

SURRY CO NC DEEDS; Vol 1 DB B; 1770-1783; Mrs. W. O. Absher, Mrs. Robert K Hayes
p.296. 4 Sep 1783 Michael & Elizabeth Null to Thomas Millsap. 600 acres on waters of Blanket Bottom Creek. Wit: Wm Thorton, Barnet Hoafman, William Poindexter.

Marriage to Elizabeth Ashburn: Bondsman was Caleb Sapp. David Stahorn was witness.
Mary Ashburn, the 2nd wife, was a sister to William's first wife Elizabeth.

1800, Surry Co NC
William Poindexter 1m under 10, 1m 26-45; 1f 16-26
It's possible William was listed twice in this census. The names are grouped alphabetically and there are two William Poindexters with similar households.
1820, Surry Co NC
William Poindexter 2m under 10, 1m 10-16, 1m 26-45, 2f under 10, 1f 10-16, 1f 26-45.

Buried Friendship Baptist Church

William Pledge "Wag" POINDEXTER and Elizabeth A. ASHBURN were married on 25 March 1795 in Surry/Stokes County, North Carolina.60,185 Elizabeth A. ASHBURN was born on 19 January 1778.186 She died on 19 June 1849 at the age of 71 in Surry County, North Carolina.

Date of death found in Poindexter Descendants Association, INc. "Newsletter"; Vol XVIII, Number 4, Oct 1999., p.17.

William Pledge "Wag" POINDEXTER and Elizabeth A. ASHBURN had the following children:

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Denson Ashburn POINDEXTER187 was born on 30 January 1799. He died on 16 July 1876 at the age of 77.

Denson married Sarah Jones, 28 Dec 1823, Randolph Co NC. She was a daughter of Isaac & Barsheba Jones. Denson was a Baptist preacher.

He married (2) 6 Aug 1863, Yadkin Co, Mary Jones Coltrane, his first wife's sister. He married (3) the widow Parsley of Ashe Co NC.

PDA Newsletter, Vol XXVIII, No. 4, Oct 2009, p.7-11 "Rev. DenAsburn Poindexter"
Mentions that Rev. Denson's tombstone is at the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, East Bend, NC
By 1828, Denson had moved to what was then Macon Co, but now Cherokee Co, NC [formed in 1839]. Denson did missionary work preaching to the Cherokee and establishing several churches there. It Then states that Denson had Native American blood from his grandmother Betty Pledge Poindexter who according to family tradition was 1/4 Cherokee [the old family myth]. Denson was a Missionary Baptist preacher and a farmer. He organized several churches in the Surry Co [Yadkin after 1850] area after leaving Macon Co.
Denson's first wife, Sarah Jones, died 12 Jan 1863. She is said to be the first person buried at the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Denson then married Sarah's sister who lived only a short time. He married third, the widow Jane Parsley.

1850 Census: South Division, Surry Co, NC, Hh 1109
Denson Poindexter, age 51, farmer, b. NC
Sarah, age 45, b. NC
Franklin J. 18. Caroline 14. Virginia 13. Columbus 11. Alexander R. 5. Elisa J. 9. Frances A. 4. Octava S. age 1
Barsheba Jones, age 62, b. NC

1860 Census. Yadkin Co, NC Hh 125 Enumerator had name as Poundexter even though there are other Poindexter families on the same page and the name is correct.
D. A. "Poundexter", age 61, minister, b. NC
Sarah, 54, dittoed as born in NC, as was the whole family
Isaac C., age 11 [Isaac Columbus]. Robert A. [Alexander], age 15. Frances A. 14. Octava S. age 12

1870 Census. East Bend, Yadkin Co, NC Hh 245
Denson A. Poindexter, age 71, farmer, b. NC
Jane, age 38, b. VA
Ruth Dodge, 15, domestic servant, b. NC


One of Denson's daughters, Nancy E. Martin, applied for Cherokee enrollment, 24 Aug 1896. She listed her children [adult or married children were supposed to apply for themselves.]
Colistie Nicholson, wife of J. G. Nicholson; F. S. Martin, Ruel D., Lee A., Preston J., and W. C. Martin. Louzana Scott, wife of Joseph Scott. Virgil and Green Martin.
Nancy signed with her mark. Most of the applicants were able to sign their names.
The Poindexter book states that Nancy Elizabeth Poindexter, b. 26 Jan 1830, married Reps Martin, 20 Sep 1848, Surry Co. Their children were Curlista Jane who married (1) James Matthews & (2) Gid Nicholson; Francis Hampton Martin who married Alice Tomlinson, Ruel Denson Martin, married Mary Elizabeth Rich, Leroy Alexander Martin who married Cora Alice Poindexter, Preston Jones Martin who married Mary Frances Elizabeth Dean, Louzania J. Martin who married Job L. Scott, Dr. Wilson Columbus Martin who married Frances Cornelia Eaton, Virgil Alexander Martin who married Cora Ward, and Doctor Green Martin who married Cora. All of the children were married, most for years and had children.
1900 Census. East Bend, Yadkin Co NC, Hh 116
Reps Martin, b. Jan 1826, age 74, married 51 years
Nancy E., wife, b. Jan 1830, age 70, had 9 children, all are living
Green D., son, b. Jun 1870, age 29, married 10 years
Ida, dau-in-law, b. Jun 1870, age 29, 5 children, 4 are living
Roger, gson, b. Jan 1891, age 9. Fredric, gson, b. May 1895, age 5. Marvin, gson, b. Apr 1897, age 3.
Geneva, gdau, b. May 1899, age 1

Oliver J. Martin applied 24 Aug 1896; he was a great, great grandchild of Bettie Pledge Poindexter. He stated he was a son of D. A. & Virginia Martin; Virginia was a daughter of Denson A. Poindexter, son of William Pledge Poindexter Oliver did state he had children, Wiley D., Rose E., Gurlie E., Lola E., and Roma L.
1900 Census. East Bend, Yadkin Co NC, Hh 224
Oliver J. Martin, b. Sep 1863, age 36, married 16 years.
Catherine K., wife, b. Aug 1867, age 32, has 6 children.
Doctor W., son, b. Nov 1884, age 15. Rosa E., dau, b. Apr 1887, age 13.
Gurlie E., son, b. Nov 1889, age 10. Lola E., dau, b. May 1892, age 8.
Roma Lee, son, b. Feb 1895, age 5. Eva V., dau, b. Dec 1897, age 1.

Amanda V. Poindexter, of Surry Co, applied 25 Aug 1896. She was the daughter of Virginia Poindexter Martin who was a daughter of Denson A. Poindexter, son of William Pledge Poindexter. [she had married Robert L. Poindexter, son of William A. who was a son of Thomas H. Poindexter, another son of William Pledge, so they were 2nd cousins]
1900 Census. Elkin Twp, Surry Co, NC, Hh 10
Robt. L. Poindexter, b. Nov 1861, age 38, married 17 years, manufactures brick
Mannie, wife, b. May 1865, age 35, has 4 children
Carl, son, b. Feb 1886, age 14. Bertha, dau, b. Feb 1888, age 12. Ina, dau, b. Feb 1890, age 10. Viola, b. Jan 1898, age 2.
George Newman, boarder, b. Jan 1870, age 30, m. 10 yr., teamster
Will Sprinkle, boarder, b. March 1879, age 21, day labor


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Dandridge POINDEXTER188 was born on 2 May 1803 in Yadkin County, North Carolina. He died in 1851 at the age of 48 in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas.

Dandridge married Martha H. Freeman, 21 Jan 1826, Surry Co NC. After she died, he moved to Arkansas with his eight children; he married Julia McDonald, 6 Dec 183, Lawrence Co AR. He married (3) Prudence Pevehouse, 12 Feb 1846.

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Thomas H. POINDEXTER189 was born on 6 August 1807. He died on 30 October 1888 at the age of 81 in Yadkin County, North Carolina.

Thomas married Amelia Dull of Forsyth Co. They were both born, married, and died at East Bend, NC. Thomas was a Baptist minister.

Thomas's children included:
William Anderson Poindexter, b. 1 May 1830, d. Nov 1883, married Mary Pearson Apperson.
Julia A. E. Poindexter, b. 26 Apr 1832, d. 3 Oct 1891, married 17 Nov 1847 to William Nichols.
George Z. Poindexter, b. 1 Nov 1835, d. 4 Aug 1903, married Eliza Ann Herring
John A. Poindexter, b. 12 Jan 1839, d. 14 Oct 1886, married 28 Oct 1868, Nancy Paulina Allen.
Minerva Poindexter, b. 1843, married 28 Oct 1868 to Thomas A. Patterson. They moved to Missouri
Martha Columbia Poindexter, b. 10 Jul 1846, d. 1 Jan 1916, married 5 Oct 1865 James Martin Kirk, buried Yadkin Co NC
Thomas Asbury Poindexter, b. 13 Feb 1849, d. 21 Mar 1908, m. 13 Dec 1870 Martha Jane Shore.
Sanford C. Poindexter, b. 1849 [?], died young.


Mattie [Martha] E. Poindexter, unmarried, applied 24 Aug 1896, to the Dawes Commission. She was the daughter of John A. and Paulina Poindexter. John A. was a son of Thomas H., who was a son of William Pledge Poindexter. By 1900 Mattie was married.
1900 Census. East Bend, Yadkin Co NC, Hh 27
Roddy T. Kirkman & wife Mary C.
Robert R., son, b. Nov 1872, age 27, married one year.
Mattie E., dau in law, b. Aug 1879, age 21.

Sanford C. Nichols, son of William & Julia E. Nichols also applied in August of 1896, the day is unreadable. His mother Julia was a daughter of Thomas H. Poindexter, son of William Pledge Poindexter. He listed children whose names are unreadable.
1900 Census. Fall Creek Twp, Yadkin Co, NC, Hh 233
Sanford C. Nichols, b. Dec 1848, age 51, married 29 yr,
Parmelia, wife, b. Sep 1849, age 50, had 10 children, 8 are living
Julia, dau, b. Apr 1880, age 20. Nannie, dau, b. Jan 1882, age 18. Julius, son, b. Feb 1884, age 16. Luther, son, b. Mar 1889, age 11. Auguston, son, b. Aug 1891, age 8.
There were older children, married.

Frances Poindexter, also unmarried, applied 25 Aug 1896 at Bean Shoals. She stated she was the daughter of William A. Poindexter, another son [eldest] of William Pledge Poindexter.
I could not find her in a census. She married Mark Taylor, 25 Nov 1900, Yadkin Co NC

Flora A. Martin, who was a daughter of John A. & Paulina Poindexter, applied 24 Aug 1896. John A. was a son of Thomas H. Poindexter, son of William Pedge Poindexter, so Flora was actually a great, great granddaughter of Bettie Pledge. She stated she was the wife of W. A. Martin. She did not list her minor children. Her husband Wesley A. Martin was also a descendant and he listed and included the four daughters then born. Weley was a son of Bennett & Martha Truelove Martin; Martha a daughter of Jack Poindexter.
1900 Census. East Bend, Yadkin Co NC, Hh 3
Wesley A. Martin [name is marked over and he was not indexed - I found the family by looking for daughter Bessie], b. May 1862, age 38, married 15 years.
Flora A., wife, b. Dec 1870, age 29, married 15 years, 6 children
Bessie L, dau, b. Jun 1886, age 13. Alice L. dau, b. Dec 1888, age 11.
Myrtle A., dau, b. Aug 1891, age 8. Elsie W., dau, b. Feb 1895, age 5.
John B., son, b. May 1897, age 3. Floyed A., son, b. Nov 1899, age 6 months.

Martha C. Kirk applied 27 Aug 1896. She was the daughter of Thomas H. Poindexter, a son of William Pledge Poindexter. Her children were John T. Kirk, married. Dora M. Fleming, wife of E. L. Fleming. Richmond P. Kirk, unmarried. Lee and Arthur Kirk.
1900 Census. Fall Creek Twp, Yadkin Co, NC, Hh 165
James Kirk, b. Apr 1842, age 58, married 36 years, farmer
Martha, wife, b. Aug 1845, age 54, 5 children, 4 living [One of her children must have died since 1896 - the Poindexter book lists Richmond Pierson Kirk as dying in 1897; he was about age 20.]
Lee, son, b. Jan 1881, age 19. Arthur, son, b. Apr 1884, age 16.
Fall Creek, Hh 229
John Kirk, b. Oct 1867, age 32, married 7 years, teacher
Lucy, wife, b. Nov 1868, age 31, has had 4 children
Martha, dau, b. May 1894, age 6. Ola, dau, b. Oct 1895, age 4. Thomas, son, b. Feb 1897, age 3. Eiliner, dau, b. Jul 1899, age 10 months.
Fall Creek, Hh 240
Ellis Fleming, b. Nov 1868, age 31, married 6 years
Dora, wife, b. Jan 1873, age 27, has had 1 child
Virnon, son, b. Jul 1895, age 4

Tennessee Martin, daughter of John J. [A.] and Paulina Poindexter, applied at East Bend on 24 Aug 1896. She was the wife of L. P. Martin. John was the son of Thomas Poindexter, son of William Pledge Poindexter.
1900 Census. East Bend Twp, Yadkin Co, NC Hh 36
Luther P. Martin, b. Aug 1872, age 27, married 5 years
Tennessee C., b. Dec 1873, age 26, had 3 children, 2 are living
Luther G., son, b. Sep 1896, age 3. Wane M., son, b. Jan 1900, age 4 months


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Amittie A. POINDEXTER190 was born on 7 January 1811. She died on 27 February 1866 at the age of 55.

Amittie married Absalom Matthews, 30 Sep 1830, Surry Co NC. They are both buried at the Prospect Methodist Church Cemetery near Smithtown, Yadkin Co NC.

1870 Census. East Bend, Yadkin Co NC, Hh 13
Absalom Matthews, age 75. Amitta, age 60.
Francis P., age 31. Joseph W., age 21. Sanford, age 16
Mary, age 90.
Sarah Stow, age 50

Several descendants of this family made application for the Cherokee rolls in order to take part in the tribal monies; they were all rejected.

Sarah S. [Susanna] Blakley and her children made application 26 Aug 1896. Her parents were Amittie and Absalom. She was the wife of Geo W. Blakley. Her application is faded and the names of her children are not readable. The Poindexter book, p.438-9 gives enough information that I found her in 1900, but she was enumerated as "Mary" Blakley. [She lived until 1914]
Fall Creek, Yadkin Co, NC., Hh 77
George Blakley, b. Jan 1837, age 63, married 35 years
Mary, b. Jan 1846, age 54, had 8 children, 4 are living
William, son, b. May 1868, age 32 [just married]
Jennie, dau in law, b. Jun 1877, age 22
Amitty, dau, b. Sep 1880, age 19


Thomas F. Matthews, applied 25 Aug 1896. He was a son of Absalom & "Amittar" Matthews who was a daughter of William Pledge Poindexter. He had the following children: Wm. A. Matthews, married; Francis M.; Martha C. Taylor who married Andrew Taylor; James A., married; Robert L., unmarried; Thomas H. D., married; and Wesley M., unmarried. I found his entire family in 1900.
1900 Census. East Bend Twp, Yadkin Co, NC Hh 210
Thomas F. Matthews, b. Jan 1834, age 66, married 2 years
Lucinda, wife, b. Feb 1838, age 62, married 2 years, no children [obviously not the mother of his children - actually his 3rd wife]
Wesley M., son, b. Jun 1875, age 24, married 0 years [just married]
Ida, dau-in-law, b. Feb 1879, age 21, no children
Hh 211
Francis M. Matthews, b. Nov 1860, age 30, widowed
Cora, dau, b. Mar 1894, age 6. Charlie, son, b. Apr 1896, age 4. Early R., son, b. Mar 1898, age 2. Perlie M., b. Mar 1898, age 2 [another set of twins in the Poindexter family]
Fall Creek Twp, Yadkin Co, NC, Hh 117
William A. Matthews, b. Dec 1855, age 44, married 20 years, farmer
Mary, wife, b. Nov 1848, age 51, had 5 children
Thomas, son, b. Jan 1881, age 19. Seph, son, b. Aug 1882, age 17. Sanford, son, b. Jun 1884, age 15. Sallyan, dau, b. Feb 1888, age 12. John W., son, b. Dec 1890, age 9.
John Lane, boarder, b. Jan 1870, age 30, single, drygood merchant
Fall Creek, Hh 247
Andrew Taylor, b. Nov 1863, age 36, married 13 years
Martha, wife, b. May 1864, age 36, had 5 children
Frank, son, b. Jul 1888, age 11. Coral [Carl], son, b. Jan 1890, age 10. Amelia, dau, b. Jun 1891, age 8. Arbor, son, b. Mar 1894, age 6. Mascia [hard to read], dau, b. Sep 1898, age 1.
Fall Creek, Hh 264
James Mathews, b. Oct 1864, age 32, married 8 years
Mary, wife, b. Jan 1873, age 27, had 4 children, 3 are living
John H., son, b. Oct 1894, age 5. Robert W., son, b. Oct 1896, age 3. Friar, b., son, b. May 1899, age 1.
Fall Creek, Hh 240
William Fleming, b. Nov 1842, age 57, married 32 years.
Franky, wife, b. Mar 1843, age 57, had 2 children
Robert Mathews, son-in-law, b. Apr 1870, age 30, just married
Annie, dau, b. Mar 1877, age 23, no children
East Bend, Hh 200
Thomas H. D. Mathews, b. Nov 1872, age 27, married 6 years
Mary E., wife, b. Jan 1871, age 29, has 2 children
Early M. [Marshall], son, b. Jul 1895, age 4. Morgo H. [Herman], son, b. Nov 1891 [obviously should have 1898], age 1.

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Sallie Frances POINDEXTER191 was born on 24 February 1814 in Surry County, North Carolina. She died on 11 November 1893 at the age of 79 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.

Sallie married 30 Jul 1832, Surry Co NC, to Abraham Robinson Stowe. They are buried in the home cemetery in Tallapoosa Co, AL. They moved from Surry Co in 1838.

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William Ashburn POINDEXTER192 was born on 22 February 1817 in Surry County, North Carolina. He died on 20 November 1851 at the age of 34 in Surry County, North Carolina.

William married Mary Taylor, 28 Aug 1835, Surry Co NC.


Case #4988 - application to the Dawes Commission, 1896. At least three daughters of William were included in this group.

Virginia Starling of Shoals applied 25 Aug 1896. She was a daughter of William A. Poindexter, son of William. She signed with her mark. She also applied for her daughters: Callie J. who married John W. Douglas, Mary F. who married James Ellis Douglas, and Florence E. Starling.
1900 Census. Shoals, Surry Co, NC, Hh 117
Virginia Starling, b. Sep 1851, age 48, farmer
Florence, dau, b. Aug 1877, age 28
East Bend, Yadkin Co NC, Hh 247
John W. Douglas, b. Mar 1868, age 32, married 7 yr., farmer
Callie J., wife, b. Jan 1870, age 30, 3 children
Daughters Bessie A, b. Apr 1894, age 6, Laura A., b. Mar 1896, age 4,
and Lora P., b. Jul 1889, age 10 months
Also in East Bend, Hh 331
Elis Douglas, b. Jan 1867, age 33, m. 6 years, farmer
Fannie A., wife, b. May 1875, age 25, 3 children
Pearson, son, b. Apr 1894, age 6. Rosy S., dau, b. Oct 1895, age 4,
Carry, dau, b. May 1899, age 1.

Ammittar Gough applied 25 Aug 1896. She was a daughter of William A. Poindexter, son of William Pledge Poindexter. She had children Mary A., Laura A. and William H. Gough
1900 Census. Shoals Twp, Surry Co NC, Hh 188
William Goughf, b. Jun 1831, age 69, married 34 years.
Mitty, wife, b. Sep 1849, age 60, had 3 children
Alice, dau, b. Jan 1868, age 32. Laura, dau, b. Jul 1869, age 30. Willie, son, b. Aug 1875, age 24.


Mary S. Owen, another daughter of William A. Poindexter, applied 25 Aug 1896. She stated her husband was Thomas Owen. [most of this application is unreadable] She had three children, Julius, Byron, and Ellen.
I was unable to find her in 1900, although the Poindexter book says they lived and died in Surry Co NC.

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Sarah J. POINDEXTER (private).

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Mary POINDEXTER (private).

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Anne POINDEXTER (private).

William Pledge "Wag" POINDEXTER and Mary ASHBURN COLTRANE were married.184 Mary ASHBURN COLTRANE was born (date unknown).