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Susannah Williams Knight's Family

Charles Knight was born in Virginia in 1785. His family moved to Bulloch County, Georgia when he was about 3 years old. He moved to Washington Parish around 1810 while he was still unmarried. Many families from Bulloch County, Georgia moved to Washington Parish around this same time.

William Williams and his wife Penelope Richardson also lived in Bulloch County, Georgia. There are land records in Bulloch County for William Williams, Sr., but I have found no other records for this Williams family, although there were many Williams' living in Bulloch County, Georgia circa 1800.

William Williams was known as "Chocktaw Bill." It has been told that he drove a wagon train from Bulloch County, Georgia to Louisiana and traded with the Chocktaw Indians in the area around Washington Parish, thus the nickname, "Choctaw Bill."

It is not known the exact time that the Williams family moved to Washington Parish, but it was around 1800 or a little after. According to Susannah's statement on Charles' pension application for the War of 1812, her birth would have been around 1802. Charles Knight's son James "Jockey Jim" Knight's death certificate indicates that Susannah was born in Covington, St. Tammany Parish, LA., which is very near Washington Parish. It is believed that it was around this area where the Williams family first settled.

Charles Knight married Susannah on January 17, 1822 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. They made their home and raised their family in Pine, Louisiana. They had eight children: William, Melvina, Mary, James, Aner, Jane, Calvin and George.

The Williams Family

William Williams and his wife Penelope Richardson's children were Sallie married Stephen Stafford, Jenny married David Mizell, Mary married John Ard, John born abt 1795, Susannah married Charles Knight, Robert C. b. 1809  d. 1890 married Nancy Moose Jenkins, and William Walter b. 1812  d. 1881 married Keziah Morris in 1830.

The Richardson Family

Susan s mother Penelope was the daughter of Benjamin Richardson (b. 1740, probably in Tyrrell Co, North Carolina  died in Bulloch Co. in 1799) and his wife Sarah Mizell 30 Sept 1767 in Tyrrell Co., NC (b. about 1750 in North Carolina).

Benjamin Richardson was a patriot in the Revolutionary War and a road surveyor in Effingham County. He died in 1799 in Bulloch County. Taken from the records of the Daughters of the American Revolution and published in Spirit of a People.

Benjamin Richardson and his wife Sarah Mizell had seven children: Hardeman "Hardy" married Frances (Fanny) Mizell, died 1809 in Bulloch County, Georgia, William married Jane ( ) about 1783 in Effingham County, Georgia, died Dec. 1817 in Bulloch County, Georgia, Amos born about 1772 in Effingham County, Georgia, died 1799 in Bulloch County, Georgia, John married before 1799 to Nancy Albritton, died March 1860 in Buna, Jasper Co., TX, Penelope born 1773 in Screven Co., GA, married before 1800 in Bulloch County, Georgia to William Williams, died 1841 in Washington Parish, La., Benjamin born about 1776 in Bulloch County, Georgia, married 28 Jun 1802 in Bulloch County, Georgia to 1st Nancy Hendricks, 2nd Rebecca Pool, died 1848 in Richardson Bluff, Jasper County, Texas, and one more child that I have been unable to identify.

The Mizell Family

Susannah Williams Knight's grandmother was Sarah Mizell. Sarah was the daughter of Luke Mizell IV and Sarah Smithwick. The very earliest settlers of Bulloch County came from Duplin County, North Carolina as early as 1761. Luke Mizell was among those early settlers who moved from Duplin County in 1769 and settled around the areas of present day Sardis and Rocky Ford. Spirit of a People.

Luke Mizell IV 1720

Children of Luke Mizell IV

1.William Mizell Born / / 1740 Died / /

2.Charlton Mizell Born / /1743 Died / /

3.Hannah Mizell Born / / Died / /

4.David Mizell Born / / 1750 Died / / Married Sarah Carter, lived in Effinham & Bullock County,Ga., Moved later to Washington Parish La.

5.Sarah Mizell Born / /1750 Died / / Married Benjamin Richardson was born in 1740 in North Carolina, Married 30 Sept 1767 in Tyrrell Co. N.C., Bondman William Mizell. The family moved to Screven Co. Ga (Screven later became part of Bulloch County), and later moved to La. Spelled sometimes (Mizzell)

Luke Mizell III 1683-1756

Luke Mizell III, married Sarah Smithwick CHARLETON, born about 1684 in Surrey County Virginia in about 1703. She died in North Carolina. Her parents were William CHARLTON and Susannah SMITHWICK. Susannah Smithwick was half sister to Samuel Smithwick. Susannah's parents were Edward Smithwick and Elizabeth ( ). Sara Smithwick Charlton and Their children were: Martha MIZELL, Elizabeth MIZELL, Susannah MIZELL, Mary MIZELL, William MIZELL, Luke MIZELL IV.

Luke Mizell IV was Susannah Williams Knight's great-grandfather. He married Samuel Smithwick's daughter Sarah. Samuel was half brother of Susannah Smithwick who married Luke Mizell III.

Luke Mizell III moved to North Carolina, prior to 1703 as he sold land in surry Co. Va., the 2nd of Nov. 1703. The earliest date of Luke Mizell, 3rd, being in N. Car. was in 1702, when he was a testator to a deed: Smithwick Warburton to Edward Smithwick, Oct. 10, 1702 assigns a patent.Susannah Charlton, Luke Mizell III, became a man of influence and means, owing eight plantations in Bertie, Martain and Turrell Counties, and slaves to cultibate them. He was appointted interpretor, surveyor, and Commissioner by the Assembly in 1711. (Ref. Clarks N.C. Records, Vol. 11, pg. 458).Luke Mizell III donated land on which to build Javesville, N.C. Whereas it hath abeen represented to this General a Assembly that the lands of Luke Mizell and William MacKey on athe South side of Roanoke River is a healthy, pleasant place and very conveniently signified thwir consent to have 50 acres of said land laid for a town which will be greatly promote the trade and navigation of said river. The said 50 acres of land to be called Jamesville.Mizell, one of the constituted Commissioners and Trustees for designing building and carrying on the said town, and be it further enacted that said Luke Mizell and William McKey retain for themselves three lots each were on they have a storehouse and other buildings already erected, anything to the contrary not withstanding.( Ref. Colonial Records by Wm. L. Saunders, Vol. 24, pg. 777, Clarke Colonial Records.) Luke Mizell lived near the Va. line in Gates County about 1730.

Children of Luke Mizell III

1.William Mizell born / / 1725 Died / / 1793 Married Mary . Source: Wiregrass Ga., William Mizell will March 21,1793

2.Luke Mizell IV Born / /1720 Died / / Albemarle Co. N.C. Wife Sarah Smithwick, Father Samuel Smithwick , M.D. ,Mother Mary Swain. Moved to South Carolina.

3.Charlton Mizell Born / 1727 Died / / 1793 in N. C. Wife Elizabeth Everett of N.C. Enlisted in the Revolutionary War as a Private. Moved toTyrell Co. N.C. in1764, Effinghan Co. Ga., Then to Camden Co. Ga. Everett was the daughter of Joshua and Sarah Everett, named in Joshuas will dated 1765 and found in Tyrell Co. wills. Charlaton Mizell was given land grants in Effingham Co. Georgia, 300 acres in 1785 and 200 acres in 1785. He Moved to Camden Co. about 1790 and is found on the Tax Digest of 1794.

4.John Mizell Born / /1732 Died / /1803 Born N.C. 1st. Wife Sarah Hughes , dau. of George Hughes, 2nd. Wife Hannah Ward Married in Bertie N.C. In 1769, 3rd. Wife Winifred Miller, Married Nov. 9, 1789, Meation in William Mizell will 1793

5.Mary Mizell Born / /1723 Died / /1738 Husband Edward Collins, Luke Mizell deeded land to Mary Mizell his dauther and Edward Collins, her husband ( Thunderbolt Plantation, Mary is buried at the Plantation)

6.James Edward Mizell Born / /1730 Died / / N.C. Enlisted as a private, in the Revolutionary War , Married Sarah King, Had seven children 1790 census.

Luke Mizell 11 1653-1694

Children of Luke Mizell II

1.Luke Mizell III Born / / 1683 Died / / 1756 Wife Sarah Smithwick Charlton, moved to Albemarle Co. N.C. in 1702, Sarah was Born in 1682 in Bertie Co. N.C. Mother was Susannah Smithwick, Father was William Carlton, Cravel County Cro. 28. 401 Book of Wills

2.William Mizell I Born / / 1682 Died / / 1762 Wife Sarah Griffin Married 1719 in Chowan County N.C. Father Martain Griffin. From History of Brooks County Ga. by Folks Huxford

3.John Mizell Born / / 1684 Died / /

4.Sarah Mizell Born / /cir 1683 Died / /cir 1695 Born Southwark Parish, Surry Co. Va.

5.Elizabeth Mizell Born / /cir. 1685 Died / / ```

Luke Meazle Born / / 1614 Died / / 1673 Wife Deborah Lawrence

In 1635 Luke Meazle, aged 21 years, came to America, , served in the household of Sir. Thomas Gray,as a cooper and settled in Jamestown ( Jamescity), Va. ( Ref. Early Va. Emigrants, pg. 228, by Greer) ( William & Mary Quarterly) He moved across the James river to Surry County, Va., where he bought land in 1674. ( Surry County. Va. records.) he was given 150 acres of land for paying the expenses of three people from France to America ( Ref. Land office, Richmond, Va. ) This was aiding in colonizing America. Luke Meazle was in list of Tythables in 1668. ( Ref. Surry county, Va., Record Book 1, pg. 131)Meazle died prior to 1673 in Southwark Parrish, Surry Co., Va., leaving one son, Luke Meazle 2nd, and his widow Deborah, who married John Smith. On Nov. 21st, 1673.Smith returned the estate of Luke Meazle 1st. ( apparently Deborah was dead) Having left the estate to be diavided between her son Luke, 2nd, and John Smith. ( Ref. Surry County Deeds, Wills & Orders 1671 -1684, pg. 38.) is the way it was written:Annacct. of ye estate of Luke Meazle, late of this county deceased presented to ye all cort of Surry, ye 21, Nov. 1673 by John Smith and Luke Meazle, was appraised at 12,643 pounds, expenses 1,428 pounds, leaving John Smith and Luke 5,607 pounds each. In addition to the above 5,607 pounds Luke received from his fathers estate, tobacco and cattle. (Ref. Surry County, Va., Deeds, Wills, and Orders, 1671 -1684) Info from Folks Huxford

Luke Meazle I 1614-1671

Children of Luke Meazle I

1.Luke Meazle II Born / / 1653 Died / / 1694 Wife Elizabeth Marriot Born 1658Dauther of Mathias Marriott and Alice Warren. buried Edenton, N.C. St. Pauls Esiscopal Church.

2.Lawrence Meazle Born / / Cir. 1651 Died / /Cir.1696 , died in Albemarle Co. N.C. Served in Surry Co's Foot Militia in 1687, married Bethinia, (Possibly named after his mother)

3.Elizabeth Meazle Born / /1666 Died / / Husband James Byenam born cir.1666 in Surry Co. Va. Died cir. 1720 Father John Byenham, Mother Rosamond Blow

4.Sarah Meazel Born / / Died / /

5.Elinor Mizell Born / /cir.1672 Died / / cir1705 in Chowan Co. N.C.

At a meeting of his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of Surry, Dec. 19, 1687, present, Major Sam Swann, Mr. Robert Furrin, Mr. Francis Mason, Mr. Robert Randall, . 19, 1687, present,Major Sam Swann, Mr. Robert Furrin, Mr. Francis Mason, Mr. Robert Randall.` Quote: in obedience to an order of council dated August 24, ye 1687, requring that Colonells and Justices of every county do take acct. of all the Ablest Freeholders and Inhabitants, that are fit to be listed per foot and return same to his Excellency and with all convenient speed. This Court having considered the Capacities and abilities of the Freeholders and Inhabitants the following persons for horse and foot as are here set down. (Note a number of names and among them was Luke Meazle. He furnished 13 horses.)

The Huguenots were the Protestants of France during the 16th and 17th centuries. As such, they came into religious and political conflict with the Roman Catholics. Their fortunes waxed and waned until the reign of King Louis XIV. This monarch persecuted them mercilessly. On August 18, 1685, Louis revoked the Edict of Nantes a covenant that had guaranteed the Huguenots certain religious and political rights. Finding life intolerable under his persecution and denial of religious freedom, hundreds of thousands fled to other countries, including the English colonies of America. "Whatever may have been the temper which the Huguenots displayed when they were driven from France by persecution, they certainly carried with them something more valuable than rage. They carried with them virtue, piety, industry and valour, which proved the source of wealth, spirit, freedom, and character in all those countries Holland, Prussia, England, and America in which the noble exiles took refuge."

Jane Mizell (b. 1826) used to tell her nieces and nephews stories that proved that the French ancestors of the Mizells were zealous Huguenots ( personal letter from A.C. Mizell to E.V. Smith). She said that her grandmother told how their ancestors had false bottoms in their chairs so they could hide their Bibles and song books when the premises were searched by inquisitors.

One descendant wrote that the French ancestors spelled their name Moselle, the same as the river in whose valley they lived. A.C. Mizell wrote, "I note they say that the Mizells spelled their name Mozelle when they came over but I don't think so. I know that Pa said our people came from Alsace-Lorraine on the Moselle River, and that our name way back yonder was Moselle, but long before we left France". His chance statement that "according to tradition our ancestors were woolen mill workers" suggests that they belonged to the militant Huguenot family who spelled their name Mazel. At any rate, Abraham Mazel was a wool carder by trade, a Huguenot preacher, and a leader of the opposition after the revocation.

"The tribe of Mazel abounded in the Cevennes and they had already given many martyrs to the cause. Some emigrated to America, some were sent to the galleys; Oliver Mazel, the preacher, was hanged in Montpelier in 1690, Jacques Mazel was a refugee in London in 1701, and in all the Cevennes, there were Mazels leading as well as following."

In America, the name was at first pronounced as one syllable and as if spelled "measle." Actually, the names of two members of the first recorded North Carolina generation were often spelled "Meazel" and spelled "Mezell" at times. The modern spelling "Mizell" appeared at least as early as 1716. Family tradition has it that all known descendants were pronouncing the name as a two-syllable word with a long "i" and the accent on the second syllable by 1850. Sources: for the above, Linda Mizell (E.V. Smith), Folks Huxford.

The above information about the Mizell's came from the following web site.

The Smithwick Family

Susanah Williams Knight's great-grandmother, Sarah Smithwick was the daughter of Samuel Smithwick and his wife, Mary Swain.

Sarah Charlton SMITHWICK was born between about 1724 in (Tyrell ?) North Carolina. She died about 1786 in (North Carolina?). Sarah married Luke Mizell IV about 1735 in Tyrell North Carolina. Their children were William, Luke V, Sarah, Benjamin, David, James, John, and Charlton.

Samuel SMITHWICK b. Abt 1685 Chowan Precinct, North Carolina d. Aft 1743 Tyrell County, North Carolina

Samuel Smithwick married Abt 1720 Chowan County, North Carolina Mary SWAINE b. 1698 Albemarle, North Carolina d. Bef February 3, 1738 Bertie Precinct, Albemarle, North Carolina

M. Samuel SMITHWICK, Jr.
F. Elizabeth SMITHWICK b. 1721
F. Sarah SMITHWICK b. Abt 1724

You can find the following wills for Smithwicks on file at the North Carolina State Archives:

  • Smithwick, Ann, dated 1711, Bath County, NC

  • Smithwick, Edward, dated 1716, Chowan County, NC (Edward was the father of Samuel Smithwick.) Edward signed his will on 21 January 1715 and it was proved in the 1716 October court.

  • Smithwick, John, dated 1696, Bath County, NC (son of Hugh Smithwick, John died December 1696 in Chowan Precinct, North Carolina, at 26 years of age. John died in present day Hyde Co., NC. He married Hannah Kent circa 1690 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Hannah was born 10 May 1673 in Berkket Precinct, NC. Hannah was the daughter of Thomas Kent and Ann ( ). Hannah died November 1711 in Chowan Precinct, NC, at 38 years of age.

    Samuel Smithwick was the son of Edward Smithwick (b in Upper Norfolk Co., VA circa 1649 -d circa 1716 in Edenton, Chowan Precinct, NC) and Africa Pike (born in 1644 in Surrey County, Virginia.) Samuel was born in Chowan Precinct, NC circa 1685. He married Mary Swain circa 1720 in Chowan Co., NC. Samuel moved into the area of Cashie Neck in Bertie County after the death of his father. His name appears on a number of deeds and other instruments, often with his brother Edmund. He died in Bertie County after 1750.

    Edward Smithwick married three times. He married Elizabeth ( ) circa 1672 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Elizabeth was born circa 1650. Elizabeth died circa 1690 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Nothing is known about Elizabeth s maiden name. Edward married Africa Pike circa 1694 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Africa died circa 1703. He married Sarah ( ) circa 1703 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Sarah died before 1709 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Edward Smithwick was a very prominent man of his time. Gracy, Johnston and Bennett in their books devote several pages to Edward. Africa is presumed by many (but not all) researchers to be the mother of all of Edwards children.

    During the 1670 s and 1680 s when Edward was in his twenties and thirties, what government there was in the Carolina Colony and the Chowan Precinct area, was either illegitimate, corrupt, being rebelled against or suffering under tyrannical rule. As a result there are few records during this period as most were destroyed. In fact, Edward spent considerable effort in the 1680 s to 1700 s filing claims with the courts to regain lands that were due him from his father s estate as well as reclaiming headrights and patents for his step-children, nephews and in-laws. For example, Hugh Smithwick died in 1674, but his will was not probated at that time, possibly because John Jenkins whose commission as Acting Governor had expired in 1675 and Thomas Eastchurch who was elected Speaker, had Jenkins imprisoned because he continued to govern. By 1677, Eastchurch and cohort, Thomas Miller had gone to England where Eastchurch was appointed governor and Miller appointed Secretary. However, Eastchurch was delayed in returning and Miller illegally assumed the power of governor in July 1677, before Eastchurch returned. Miller s conduct of government contributed to "Culpeper s Rebellion" where Miller was imprisoned and John Culpeper and George Durant also illegally took over the government. Eastchurch died before he could return. It wasn t until July, 1679 until a commission arrived appointing John Harvey as Acting Governor that a government was reestablished. Apparently many inhabitants let their legal business wait during this period until these issues were resolved. It was during the rebellion that colonists seized and destroyed government records and papers of officials. [Bennett, Smithwick Genealogy]

    It is not known what part Edward Smithwick played in "Culpeper s Rebellion" of 1677-79. Culpeper s Rebellion was one of the first uprisings in the American Colonies. It was caused by enforcement of the navigation acts which forced the Carolina colonists to market their tobacco only thru New England shippers and the payment of heavy duties. The colonists wanted to ship directly to England or to other markets of their choosing. About 4000 settlers in the Albemarle colony, through their leaders John Culpeper and George Durant rebelled. They took over the government, established courts, appointed judges and convened an assembly. Culpeper was governor for two years and then went to England to seek settlement of the matter. Culpeper was arrested in England, tried and acquited. The matter ended without bloodshed.

    In early 1780, Edward Smithwick came into court to probate his father s will which had been lost or destroyed years earlier. On 1 April 1680 he received letters of administration of his father s estate. It was not until 1683 that the estate was settled. However, here again, land records were destroyed by Seth Sothel, one of the Lords Proprietors, who took over as governor from 1682 to 1689 when he was banished from the colony. [Bennett, Smithwick Genealogy]

    On 30 June 1680 Edward was arrested and imprisoned on charges trumped up by Robert Holden who had assumed control of the colony. On July 2, Holden himself was arrested and four days later, Edward was afforded bail and went home. However, on 12 September 1680, Edward was again arrested without warrant likely by Holden s direction and held in confinement for about 2 months until he was released because a grand jury could not return a true bill. [Bennett, Smithwick Genealogy]

    Edward increased his land holdings by inheritance, grant, purchase and transporting individuals into the Carolinas for which he received 50 acres for each. However, due to the lack of records no very clear account of his land ownership can be determined. By the time of his death, he ultimately owned in excess of four thousand acres in the Cashie Neck area of present day Bertie County. He was named surveyor in 1682, served as a juror and as a commissioner in local courts. He was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1703 and again in 1711 and 1712. In fact, he was likely a practicing attorney as he was entitled to be referred to or addressed as Mr. Edward Smithwick or Edward Smithwick, Esquire. He was present at the organization of St. Paul s Parish, Chowan Precinct in 1701. He served on its vestry for many years and gave the land for the first church building. This is the first church building in North Carolina. His name is inscribed on a marble plaque in the rear wall of the sanctuary of the present-day St. Paul s Episcopal Church in Edenton, NC. Edward signed his will on 21 January 1715 and it was proved in the 1716 October court.

    Edward Smithwick and Africa ( ) had the following children: Edward was born in Shaftesbury Pct., Albemarle Co., NC circa 1675. Edward died circa 1719 in Edenton, Chowan Precinct, NC. He married Grace ( ); John was born circa 1677; Elizabeth was born in Shaftesbury Pct, Albemarle Co., North Carolina circa 1678. She married Martin Griffin circa 1700 in Chowan Precinct, NC; Sarah was born in Shaftesbury Pct., Albemarle Co., NC circa 1679; (Dau. ?) was born in Shaftesbury Pct., Albemarle Co., NC circa 1680. She married ( ) Smith; Susannah was born in Shaftesbury Pct., Albemarle Co., NC circa 1682. She married William Charlton; Edmund was born in Chowan Precinct, NC circa 1684. Edmund died circa 1774 in Martin Co., NC. Edmund moved into Bertie County in the area of Cashie s Neck in the early 1720 s. His name appears on several deeds in that area. He also likely lived on the south side of the Roanoke River in the area of Smithwick Creek in present day Martin County, NC. The name of his wife is unknown. In his will dated 11 May 1772, in Martin County, he indicated his sons as Edmondson Edmond, John, Samuel, Edmondson John and daughters as Hannah Jordon, Sarah Carkeet and Africa Blount;

    Edward Smithwick was the son of Hugh Smithwick (b. England about 1620 - d before 1674 in Shaftesbury Pct., Albemarle Co. NC) married Elizabeth ( ) about 1645, in Nansemond Co., VA. Hugh Smithwick Descendants Martin Co. (NC) Historical Society. Book can be found in Statesboro Library, GA.

     Hugh Smithwick s wife Elizabeth was born circa 1620. Elizabeth died after 1669 in Shaftesbury Pct., Albemarle Co., North Carolina. High Smithwick is the immigrant ancestor to America of this family. Alice Duggan Gracy in her book Thomas Hinds Dugan, Descendant and Ancestor, and Coy J. Johnston in his book Thomas Hooks, 1730-1803, His Antecedents and Descendents, and Allied Families of Harrison, Duggan and Smithwick and William Doub Bennett s 1995 section entitled "Smithwick Genealogy" in the book Hugh Smithwick Descendants published by the Martin County (North Carolina) Historical Society have searched the available records and cited them in their works. The reader is advised to read those works for information or proof beyond what is described here.

    Hugh Smithwick "likely arrived in Virginia in early 1642, being one of fifteen men brought over by William Eyres, who received for their transportation into the Colony "750 Acs. Up. Norf. Co., May 23, 1642...Upon an arm of the W. br. of Nansemond River, adj. John Garrett." Upper Norfolk County became Nansemond County and is so known today; bordering northeastern North Carolina." [Gracy, Thomas Hinds Duggan p. 151]

    By 1669, Hugh and his family moved into North Carolina to an area bordering the northern part of present day Edenton. A petition, made by his sons, Edward and John, in 1694 "stated their father Hugh Smithwick came into this country (Albemarle) about 35 years since..."[Gracy, Thomas Hinds Dugan, p. 152] He was one of the early permanent white settlers in the Carolina s.

    Hugh Smithwick died circa 1674, testate, but his will was lost. In that year, 1674, at a court held in Shaftesbury Precinct this order was entered: "Ordered that Mr. Hugh Smithwick s will be proved in Shaftesbury Precinct with all convenient speed..." and, "Att the Corte held for ye Precinct of Shaftesbury the first day of April 1680 Att Edward Smithwick house, present Mr. Thos. Cullen, Judge, Mr. Joseph Chew, Mr. Joseph Gilbert, Commissioners. It is ordered that Edward Smithwick have letters of administration upon the estate of his father Hugh Smithwick Deed.""(Edward Smithwick having testified that the will had been lost.) [Johnston, Thomas Hooks p. 122]

    Hugh Smithwick and Elizabeth ( ) had the following children: Edward was born circa 1649; Hugh was born in Nansemond Co, VA circa 1650. Hugh died before 1693 in Chowan Precinct, North Carolina; Ralph was born in Nansemond Co, VA circa 1655. Ralph died before 1693 in Chowan Precinct, North Carolina; Elizabeth was born in Nansemond Co, VA circa 17660. Elizabeth died circa 1692 in Chowan Precinct, NC. She married Robert Warburton circa 1678 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Robert died circa 1692 in Chowan Precinct, NC; John was born in Shaftesbury Pct., Albermarle Co., NC circa 1670. John died December 1696 in Chowan Precinct, North Carolina, at 26 years of age. John died in present day Hyde Co., NC. He married Hannah Kent circa 1690 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Hannah was born 10 May 1673 in Berkket Precinct, NC. Hannah was the daughter of Thomas Kent and Ann ( ). Hannah died November 1711 in Chowan Precinct, NC, at 38 years of age; Mary was born in Chowan Precinct, NC circa 1672. She married Thomas Gregory circa 1695 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Thomas was born circa 1670. Thomas died circa 1713 in Chowan Precinct, NC. Hugh Smithwick Descendants Martin Co. (NC) Historical Society. Book can be found in Statesboro Library, GA.

    The Swain Family

    Susanna Williams Knight's great, great grandmother was Mary Swain. Mary's father was Stephen Swain b. November 21, 1666 Nantucket Island, Massachusetts Bay Colony d. January 24, 1713 Chowan Precinct, Albemarle, North Carolina.

    Stephen Swain married 1688 North Carolina Patience STIBALL b. Abt 1670 Perquimans County, North Carolina d. February 3, 1737 Chowan Precinct, Albemarle, North Carolina

    John SWAINE b. 1690
    Elizabeth SWAINE b. 1692 M. James SWAINE b. 1695
    James SWAINE
    Mary SWAINE b. 1698
    Patience SWAINE b. Abt 1700
    Richard SWAINE, Sr. b. 1706

    Bertie County NC - Will of Stephen Swain - 1713

    Last Will and Testament
    Stephen SWAIN
    District of Chowan, NC

    In the name of god amen. I Stephen Swaine of the district of Chowan in the province on NC being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be almighty god for it doe make and constitute this my last will and testament. Revoking disanulling and making void all other wills by me heretofore made. Imprimis. I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of god my Creator hoping at the last day to have full pardon and redemption of all my sinns through the merits of my blessed Savior and redeemer Christ Jesus and as touchings such worldly estate as it hath pleased god to blessed me in this transitory life I give and bequeath the same in manner following my just debts and funeral expenses being firs payd and satisfyed by my executors hereafter named.

    Item I vie to my son John Swaine all my plantation and tract of land whereon I now live and to his heirs for ever

    Item I give to my son James Swaine a tract of land lying in thick nick containing 50 a to him and his heirs forever

    Item I give to my son Richd Swaine a tract of land lying at cushy containing 100 a with all the stock thereunto belonginge and to his heirs for ever.

    Item I give to my son John Swaine one third of all my personal estate to be delivered to him soon after my decease

    Item I give to my dau Elizabeth Spruell one shilling in full of all demands

    Item I give to my loving wf Patience Swaine on other third of all my personal estate and to her heirs forever.

    Item I give one other third of all my personal estate amongst my children vizt James, Richd, Mary , and Patience Swaine and to their heirs for ever equally to be divided amongst them

    I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my loving wf Patience and my son John Swaine executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of Jany Anno Domi 1712

    Patience married Henry Speller after the death of her husband, Stephen Swaine. The following is her will.

    Last Will and Testament
    Patience Speller, Bertie Precinct, NC

    In the name of God amen ye third day of February 1738, I patience Speller of bertie prect in ye county of Albmarl being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing the its appointed for all of us once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is so say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into ye hands of god that gave it and my body I recommend to ye earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at ye desecration of my ex nothing doubting but at ye general resurrection I shall receive ye same again by ye mighty power of god and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of ye same in ye following manner and form

    imprimis I give and bequeath to my son James Swain and his heirs my Mulatto fellow Sam

    Item I give and bequeath to my dau Patience Ray and her heirs a mulatto girl named Sary

    Item I give and bequeath to my dau Ann Ward and her heirs a mulatto girl named Beck my chest of drawers

    Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Speller and his heirs a mulatto boy named Isaac

    I likewise desire that if ye Negro wench which is ye mother of ye above mentioned children should ever bare another child that my son Richard swains eldest dau should have it

    I give and bequeath to my three grand children Sarah Smithwich, John Smithwick and Elizabeth Smithwick tow cows and calves to each of them

    Item I give and bequeath to my son Richard Swains eldest son William Swain a young rone horse called Gackey

    I likewise desire that my old Negro wench Sarah should ever live among ye family of my children with whom of them she likes best where she likes best there she may stay longest but never to go out of ye family I likewise constitute make and ordain my son James Swain and my son Thomas Speller my sole executaors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoked and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies and bequests and executors by me in any ways before named last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal ye d and ye year above written:

    Wit: Charlton Mizell, Philip Ward


    John Swaine b. October 5, 1633 Binfield Parish, Berkshire, England d. February 9, 1714 Nantucket Island, Massachusetts Bay Colony m. November 15, 1660 Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. John Married Mary WEARE b. Abt 1633 Newberry, Massachusetts Bay Colony d. 1714 Nantucket Island, Massachusetts Bay Colony

    Mary SWAIN b. September 11, 1661
    John SWAIN b. September 1, 1664
    Stephen SWAIN b. November 21, 1666
    Sarah SWAIN b. July 13, 1670
    Joseph SWAIN b. July 17, 1673
    Elizabeth SWAIN b. May 16, 1676
    Benjamin SWAIN b. July 5, 1679
    Hannah SWAIN b. May 7, 1681
    Patience SWAIN b. Abt 1685

    Richard Swain b. September 21, 1595 Binfield Parish, Berkshire, England d. April 14, 1682 Nantucket Island, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Richard Swain married before 1633 Elizabeth Baselle b. Abt 1605 England d. July 15, 1657 Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

    William SWAIN b, Abt 1618
    Francis SWAIN b. Abt 1621
    Nicholas SWAIN b. March 5, 1623
    Grace SWAIN b. February 23, 1627
    Dorothy SWAIN b. Abt 1629
    Richard SWAIN II b. May 6, 1630
    John SWAIN b. October 5, 1633
    Elizabeth SWAIN b. October 9, 1636

    Richard Swain and his son John Swain were among the first settlers of Nantucket Island. They were part of a group of men who first bought the island. Richard Swain also helped to found the town of Hampton, New Hampshire.

    William SWAINE, Baronet, b. circa 1575 in England; married Ann Trumbull, b. abt. 1578 in Yorkshire, England, d. 4 April 1648 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA

    Richard SWAINE b. September 21, 1595

    The Stiball Family

    Mary Swaine's mother, and Susanna Williams Knight's great-great-great grandmother, was Patience STIBALL. Patience was born about 1670 in Perquimans Co. NC. She died about 3 Feb 1737/38 in Bertie County North Carolina.

    Patience Stiball's parents were Richard Stiball and Hannah ____.

    Richard Stiball, died about Apr 1695 in Chowan Precinct Albermarle County North Carolina. Richard and Hannah had the following children:

    Elizabeth Stiball, born in Perquimans County, NC; died Bef. April 1694.

    Martha Stiball, born in Perquimans County, NC.

    Mary Stiball, born in Perquimans County, NC.

    Patience Stiball, born Abt. 1670 in Perquimans County, NC; died February 03, 1736/37 in Bertie Co. NC; married Richard Stiball. Married second Henry Speller before 1716.

    Constance Stiball, born 1687 in Perquimans County, NC; married first Williams; married second Thomas Showden in 1703 in Chowan Co, NC.

  • Richard Stiball's original will dated 1695 in Albermarle County, NC is on file at the North Carolina State Archives. James Ward and Hanah, his wife, widow of Richard Stiball were granted Execution of the estate of said Stiball. This was done in Perquimans County. Perquimans County was formed in 1668 as a precinct of the much larger County of Albemarle. You can read more about the history of Perquimans County at

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