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Some of the Following Information From: Descendants of WILLIAM WHORTON Born Circa 1736 Dying Circa 1805 with Information on BENJAMIN WHORTON, BARTLETT WHORTON; A WHORTON/WHARTON Genealogy; Early WHARTONS: Maryland, Virginia, Delaware; WHARTONS/WHORTONS in North Carolina; WHARTONS/WHORTONS in South Carolina; WHORTONS in Georgia; and "Moragnes in America and Related Families," Nell H. Howard and Bessie W. Quinn, Banner Press, Birmingham, AL, 1971.
Some of the Following Information From: HORTON Family History by Maggie Shrull, and WILLIAM HORTON in Mousely, Leicester, England: 1578.
For More WHARTON (WHORTON) Information: Chapter Four: The WHARTON'S and the WATSON WHARTON Genealogy.
“After immigrating to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia from England, early WHARTON’S migrated south and west to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and eventually to Alabama. As they moved, many remained on the frontier and settled new lands as they were opened. Clerks recording information in deeds, tax records and the like, frequently spelled names phonetically and the WHARTON name variously appears as WHARTON, WHORTON, WHOARTON, WHORTEN, and even HORTON. Many of the WHORTON’S in Alabama appear to be the result of these spelling changes that occurred with WILLIAM WHARTON who lived in Granville County, North Carolina. In several records his name is spelled WHORTON. By the time he appears in South Carolina, the spelling seems to have become permanent as his descendants are consistently referred to as WHORTON’S.” (1) The above quote is from A WHORTON/WHARTON Genealogy: A Southern Branch of the WHARTON Family from Maryland and Virginia to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.
Many WHARTON'S became WHORTON'S after their arrival in America eventually dropping the "W" spelling the name HORTON. That may be the case for the family of JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON and his wife MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE. A RACHEL TENNISON was living with this family in 1850 Benton (Calhoun) Co. Alabama. She married FLETCHER HORTON on 11 January 1853. He was a descendant of JAMES HORTON, Virginia, 1737, and PROSSER HORTON of North Carolina and Georgia.
Evidence presented below places the descendants of JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON in the family of JOHN WHARTON (WHORTON) born 5 April 1758 in Virginia entering Revolutionary War military service in 1778 at the age of 20 in the 96th District of South Carolina where he resided from the age of five. JOHN WHARTON (WHORTON) moved to Gwinnett Co. Georgia in 1821. He is reportedly the grandson of GEORGE WHARTON who moved from Virginia to South Carolina. GEORGE WHARTON was the only surviving son of Sir GEORGE WHARTON (1617–1681) who came to America in 1685 and settled near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Tradition says he married into the Lee family.
Ninety-six District, Union County.
Research has shown that JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON is probably in the descendancy line of BENJAMIN, ISAAC, JOHN HORTON (WHORTON) of South Carolina, 1790-1800, of Georgia, 1820-1830, JEPTHA, BENJAMIN HORTON of Benton (Calhoun) Co. Alabama, 1840 and WILLIAM WHORTON of Greenville Co. South Carolina, 1783 dying Etowah Co. Alabama, 1850. A WILLIAM WHORTON from Hall Co. GA was an early settler of St. Clair (later Etowah) Co. AL. The county of Etowah Alabama, however, was not formed until 1866 from: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Dekalb, Marshall, and St. Clair counties. JOHN and THOMAS WHORTON are listed in the 1827 Gwinnett Co. GA Land Lottery, and a JOHN, BARTLETT, and WILLIAM WHORTON are listed in the 1830 Gwinnett Co. GA census. BENJAMIN WHORTON, Revolutionary Soldier, from Hall Co. also drew land in Lee Co. in the 1827 GA Lottery.
Note: Section 1 is Lee Co., Section 2 is Muscogee Co., Section 3 is Troup Co., Section 4 is Coweta Co., and Section 5 is Carroll Co.
Section, District, Lot No. - Name - County, Captains District.
9th Day's Drawing - 16th March
11th Day's Drawing - 19th March.
23rd Day's Drawing - April 2nd.
Males: 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80, 80-90, 90-100, 100 & up; Females 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80, 80-90, 90-100, 100 & up.
Three other possible progenitors, however, cannot be discounted: 1. FRANCIS WHARTON born around the year 1640 in England dying 1700 in Accomack Co. Virginia. FRANCIS WHARTON married ELIZABETH WELBOURNE. 2. Col. SAMUEL WHARTON born in the year 1740 dying 1824. He was also a grandson of GEORGE WHARTON who moved to Laurens Co. South Carolina from Virginia before the Revolutionary War. SAMUEL WHARTON married MADELINE SULLIVAN of Charleston. 3. THOMAS JEFFERSON WHARTON. More information on the Descendants of FRANCIS and SAMUEL WHARTON can be found at WHARTONS/WHORTONS in South Carolina.
The below Alabama land documents also give indication of a familial relationship between WILLIAM WHARTON (WHORTON) (HORTON) and JEPTHA WHORTON (HORTON). Both men are on land records with ROBERT S. PORTER on 17 August 1838.
ID#, Individual Named, Section, Section Part, Date Issued, Other Counties.
Group #221 - PORTER, ROBERT S.; WHARTON, WILLIAM.
* Family Maps of Calhoun County Alabama Patent Map 9 Township 13s Range 10e page 88-89 removed 30 April 2010 at the request of Vicki Boyd, V.P., Arphax Publishing Co.
The below e-mails further describe the suggested familial relationship.
30 April 2006.
“My husband's ancestry includes an ancestress named DOLLY MALONE who married a JEPTHA WHORTON/WHARTON and they lived in Georgia, Benton Co., Alabama and Madison Co., Arkansas. I know some of DOLLY'S genealogy on her mother's side, and her siblings. DOLLY had a brother named MIRANDY CLINTON MALONE-called variously M. C., MACK, CLINTON. His descendants carry these names. In 1840 JEPTHA lived in Benton Co., Alabama and his name was written in the 1840 census of Benton Co., Alabama as JEPPHA HORTON.
M. C. [MACK CLINTON MALONE] was also somehow a cohort/friend of a WILLIAM WHORTON who was security for a Nathan or Nathaniel Harris in the 1830's in Gwinnett Co., Georgia in a suit between a George Glenn and Nathan or Nathaniel Harris. I have found marriages of a George Glenn and a Hannah Lawson and a WILLIAM WHORTON and a POLLY LAWSON/SANSOM and wondered if there is a relationship between them, knowing that DOLLY MALONE WHORTON and MIRANDY CLINTON MALONE'S mother was a SANSOM.
Do you think your JOHN M. C. "MACK" could be named after DOLLY'S brother, MIRANDY CLINTON MALONE and he could be son of JEPTHA and DOLLY WHARTON who went to Madison Co., Arkansas?” (2)
“Yes, I do believe that JEPTHA, DOLLY and my JOHN M. C (MAC) HORTON are related, however, I am of the opinion that JOHN M. C. is the son of WILLIAM WHORTON due to the fact they are listed on a Blount Co. AL land record together. WILLIAM WHORTON and Mathias Tennison are also on a Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL land record together with a Rachel Tennison living in the household of JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON in the 1850 Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL census.
I have not been able to prove conclusively that JOHN M. C. and WILLIAM WHORTON are father and son, but it looks like they are related to JEPTHA and DOLLY MALONE WHORTON.” (3)
Glenn Allen Nolen.
3 July 2006: E-mail reply to Don Horton, Houhandyman@aol.com.
“I do speculate that a relationship may exist between PROSSER HORTON and my JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON. “A RACHEL TENNISON was living with this family in 1850 Benton (Calhoun) Co. Alabama. She married FLETCHER HORTON on 11 January 1853. He was a descendant of JAMES HORTON, Virginia, 1737, and PROSSER HORTON of North Carolina and Georgia."
I do not know what their relationship might be? I speculate through the presentation of some evidence that there are instances where the WHORTON and HORTON families may be part of the same family. Some of my evidence "places the descendants of JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON in the family of JOHN WHARTON (WHORTON) born 5 April 1758 in Virginia entering Revolutionary War military service in 1778 at the age of 20 in the 96th District of South Carolina where he resided from the age of five. JOHN WHARTON (WHORTON) moved to Gwinnett Co. Georgia in 1821. He is reportedly the grandson of GEORGE WHARTON who moved from Virginia to South Carolina. GEORGE WHARTON was the only surviving son of Sir GEORGE WHARTON (1617–1681) who came to America in 1685 and settled near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Tradition says he married into the Lee family."
My "research has shown that JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON is probably in the descendancy line of BENJAMIN, ISAAC, JOHN HORTON (WHORTON) of South Carolina, 1790-1800, of Georgia, 1820-1830, JEPTHA, BENJAMIN HORTON of Benton (Calhoun) Co. Alabama, 1840 and WILLIAM WHORTON of Greenville Co. South Carolina, 1783 dying Etowah Co. Alabama, 1850. A WILLIAM WHORTON from Hall Co. GA was an early settler of St. Clair (later Etowah) Co. AL. The county of Etowah Alabama, however, was not formed until 1866 from: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Dekalb, Marshall, and St. Clair counties. JOHN and THOMAS WHORTON are listed in the 1827 Gwinnett Co. GA Land Lottery, and a JOHN, BARTLETT, and WILLIAM WHORTON are listed in the 1830 Gwinnett Co. GA census. BENJAMIN WHORTON, Revolutionary Soldier, from Hall Co. also drew land in Lee Co. in the 1827 GA Lottery."
Your JAMES HORTON of Virginia, 1737 is listed only as an alternative line of descendancy since his grandson FLETCHER HORTON married RACHAEL TENNISON who lived with my family of HORTON'S in 1850. Perhaps, I should make that clearer on my web page. I do say that your JAMES HORTON "may be the progenitor of the JOHN MAC HORTON line in America," but most of my research points to the "family of JOHN WHARTON (WHORTON) born 5 April 1758 in Virginia" as my family of WHARTON/WHORTON/HORTON." (4)
Glenn Allen Nolen.
"The following history of the Wharton family is taken verbatim from The Rankin and Wharton Families and Their Genealogy by Rev. Samuel M. Rankin. Following that will be the genealogy of Watson Wharton of Guilford County. Your author has made no attempt to update the Wharton genealogy but has "rearranged" the data to fit the format of this text.
The Wharton's are English. They are descendants of a member of that band of Norseman that made conquest of a province of France, later called Normandy, in 900. The first Wharton in England came over from Normandy with William the Conqueror as an officer in his army in 1066, and after the conquest of England, settled in what was later called Westmoreland County. The original Wharton manor is located in the southeast corner of the county, less than a mile east of Kirkby Stephen. The river Eden runs through the estate, and on three sides there are high mountains. The manor is in a large deer park, surrounded by a wall nine feet high. The gate to the entrance has on the Wharton Arms and is dated 1559. The oldest part of the building may date back more than a century before the date on the gate.
The first date we have is 1292. In that year Gilbert De Querton proved before the Justices at Appleby, the county seat, his right as legal heir to the Manor at Querton. This estate remained in the Wharton family more than four hundred years. In 1735, it was sold, and later the manor was used as a farm house devoted to cheese making.
There was another ancestral Wharton home, located five miles northwest of Appleby, the county seat of Westmoreland, called Kirkby Thore. This came into the family by marriage. Another Gilbert Wharton, seventh in descend from the first Gilbert, married Joan, the heiress of Kirkby Thore. This was about the year 1410. This is referred to as a very fine estate, located in the fertile valley of the river Eden. It remained in the Wharton family many generations.
There is another old Wharton home in Durham County called Old Park. located near the city of Durham. This was purchased by John Wharton, sixth in descent from Gilbert of Kirkby Thore, about the year 1600. The estate of Old Park remained in the Wharton family for at least eight generations, and it may still belong to a branch of the family.
There were many other large estates belonging to the Wharton's. Some of these were purchased and others brought into the family by marriage. From 1292 the Wharton's multiplied and scattered all over England and to many foreign countries, but they were most numerous in the counties of Northern England.
The first spelling of the name was Querton in 1292. A few years later it was changed to Wherton, and a little later to Wharton. It may be of interest to give a partial list of the Wharton's of England.
Gilbert de Querton married Emma Hastings , about 1280, co-heiress of the Manor of Croglin in Cumberland County. By this marriage he greatly enhanced his fortunes, and since that time the Wharton Arms have borne the maunch, the ensign of the great family of Hastings.
In 1304, Gilbert and Emma Wharton settled their son Henry in the Manor of Croglin. This Wharton line descends from Gilbert, through Henry, the first by that name, Hugh, William and John to the second Henry.
Henry Wharton, the second Henry, of Wharton Manor, married Elizabeth , daughter of Sir Thomas Musgrave, Knight of Harcla Castle, and had two sons, Sir Thomas, the first by that name, his successor, and later Sir Gilbert. We shall speak more of Sir Gilbert Wharton later.
Sir Thomas, the first Thomas Wharton of Wharton Manor, attended the Duke of Bedford when that prince was regent in France from 1422 to 1435. He married a daughter of Lowther. his eldest son and successor was named Henry, the third Henry.
Sir Henry Wharton, the third Henry of Wharton Manor, married Alice, daughter of Sir John Conyers, of Hamby, Yorkshire. His eldest son and successor was named Thomas, the second Thomas Wharton of Wharton Manor.
This second Sir Thomas Wharton was a member of Parliament and held other offices of trust. He married Agnes , daughter of Reginald Warcop. His eldest son and successor was also named Thomas (1495–1568). This Thomas became the first Baron Wharton of Wharton Hall. There were nine generations from Gilbert of 1292 to Sir Thomas the first baron. We know but little of the families of these men.
Sir Thomas (1495–1568) was the first Baron Wharton of Wharton Hall. He was knighted at Windsor in 1527. He was a member of Parliament for Appleby 1529–1536, and for Cumberland 1542–1544. In 1537 he was appointed warden of the west marches toward Scotland. In 1541 he was made captain of the Carlisle Castle. In 1542 he gained some distinction in his warfare with the Scotch, and for this service he was created baron by King Henry VIII in 1544, and took his seat in the House of Lords in 1545.
He is described as a stern masterful man, and a tyrant lord. He was constantly in a quarrel with some one of his community. Later in life he moved from Wharton Hall to Healough in Yorkshire, because he was in constant dread that some of his enemies might do him bodily or material damage.
He married first Eleanor, daughter of Sir Bryan Stapleton, of Wighill, Yorkshire. There were four children: (1) Thomas, his successor, (2) Henry, (3) Joan, (4) Agnes. His second marriage was to Lady Bray, widow of Lord John Bray, and daughter of Francis 5th, Earl of Shrewsbury. By her he had no children. He died in 1568, and is buried at Kirkby Stephen, and was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas.
Sir Thomas, second Baron Wharton of Wharton Hall (1520–1572), was a member of Parliament for Cumberland 1544–1545, and 1547–1552, for Northumberland 1555–1559. He later succeeded his father in the House of Lords. When a young man he was appointed steward of he household of Princess Mary, the daughter of Henry VIII. He became a Roman Catholic and strongly supported Mary when she became Queen in 1553. He signed her will as a witness in 1558. When Elizabeth became Queen in 1558, Protestantism was again in authority, and stringent laws were passed against Catholicism. Sir Thomas Wharton was sent to the Tower where he remained a prisoner for more than a year for having had mass celebrated in house at Newhall.
In 1547 he married Anne, daughter of Sir Robert, first Earl of Sussex. There were three children, if not more: (1) Philip, his successor, (2) Mary, (3) Anne. He died at Canon Row in Westminster in 1572 and is buried at the Abbey. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Philip.
Sir Philip, third Baron Wharton of Wharton Hall (1555–1625), was named for King Philip II of Spain, who had married Princess Mary, the friend of his father. King Philip II stood as godfather for the child when Philip was baptized. Sir Philip Wharton was a member of Parliament from 1580 to 1625. He was a member of the joint commission on Scottish borders in 1618.
In 1577 he married Frances, daughter of Sir Henry Clifford, second Earl of Cumberland. His second wife was a rich widow, Lady Dorothy Colby, whom he married in 1597. She had given the corruptible Lord Bacon a bribe of 310 pounds to decide in her favor to assure her second husband’s estate. Sir Philip Wharton had the honor of entertaining King James I at Wharton Hall in 1617. The Wharton's, by the time of Sir Philip, had accumulated large estates, but he was a poor manager. He squandered his own and his wife’s fortunes. His debts accumulated and , as we would say today, a trustee had to be appointed and Sir Philip was put on an allowance. His wife complained that he had taken away all her living, and she was dependent on the charity of friends. He had two sons by his first marriage: Sir George and Sir Thomas, both educated at Caius College, Cambridge. Sir George Wharton was a wayward young man. He followed the customs of the young sports of his day: card playing, horse racing, gambling and the like. He and his companion, Sir James Stuart, quarreled over a game of cared, fought a duel and were both killed.
Sir Thomas Wharton, brother of Sir George, was quite a different type of man. He was a puritan in faith and conduct from his youth up. A quotation says, "He was a professed enemy of Popery and profaneness, and a true friend and patron of all godly preachers." He lived at Aske, near Richmond. In 1611 he married Lady Philadelphia, daughter of Sir Robert Carey, first Earl of Monmouth. He had two sons: Sir Philip, the successor of his grandfather Philip, and Sir Thomas. This Sir Thomas Wharton (1615–1684) was a puritan like his father. We are told that "He loved he Word which he esteemed more than necessary food." He and his brother, Sir Philip, were both educated at Exeter College, Oxford. For twenty years he was an officer in the Army in Ireland. He was brave and much beloved and honored. The King made him a Knight of the Bath. He married Mary Carey , daughter of Henry, Earl of Dover. They are spoken of as two of the most congenial spirits that ever met. They had children, but we can not follow that line. In 1662 he retired from the army and bought a manor at Edlington, near Doncaster, Yorkshire, where he lived and died. His elder brother, Sir Philip (1613–1695), succeeded his grandfather, Sir Philip, the third Baron Wharton.
Sir Philip, fourth Baron Wharton of Wharton Hall, inherited large estates and by good business enhanced his fortunes. We are told "He was in his youthful days one of the handsomest men and greatest beaux of his times." He was a member of Parliament most of the time from 1639 to 1685. In 1642 he was appointed by Parliament a colonel and given several thousand soldiers to serve at Munster, Ireland. He was Speaker of the House of Lords, 1642–1643. He was a pronounced Presbyterian, and in 1643 was a lay member of the Westminster Assembly that formulated the Confession of Faith and catechisms for that denomination. He was Lord Lieutenant of Lancaster, Buckingham and Westmoreland Counties from 1639 to 1685. He was summoned to Cromwell’s House of Lords in 1657. He was offered membership in Richard Cromwell’s Privy Council, but this he declined. At the restoration in 1660 he met King Charles II at his landing at Greenwich and escorted him to London. At the coronation in 1661, "His buttons were so many diamonds," and "His furniture for his horse amounted to 8,000 pounds." But Sir Philip Wharton was disappointed in King Charles, who proved to be a strong Catholic and selfish king.
There was great confusion in the kingdom at this time on the religious question. Harsh laws against the Protestants were passed. Many Protestants were persecuted and thrown into prison. Lord Philip Wharton was sent to the Tower, where he remained in prison for five months, for questioning the legality of the prorogation of Parliament.
When King James II, who was very much like his brother Charles II, ascended to the throne in 1685, Sir Philip Wharton was entirely out of sympathy with him. Wharton was a strong Whig and the Tories were in power, so he thought it advisable to leave the kingdom. He and his wife traveled through several countries on the continent and were well received. Frederick William, the greatest Elector of Brandenburg, made him a present of a team of six fine horses.
When Lord Wharton heard that the tide of feeling against King James II was rising he returned to England to assist in the revolution. His son, Sir Thomas Wharton, was a member of Parliament at this time, and he, with the other leading Whigs, had drawn up an invitation to Prince William of Orange to come over with an army and defend his wife’s title to the throne. Prince William had married Princess Mary of England. William came and the people flocked to him, and King James II fled to France. This was practically a bloodless revolution.
Lord Wharton was one of the first and strongest supporters of King William III. The Tories had been in power, the Whigs now came back into power; Catholicism had been in authority, Protestantism now came back into authority. However, the political parties were not divided on strictly religious lines. The stringent laws against the Protestants were repealed. From that time, 1689, Protestantism has been the established religion of England.
Lord Wharton was the author of that satirical political ballad. "Lilli Burlero," which was sung all over England, and had a powerful influence in bringing about the revolution of 1688.
In 1692 he entertained King William and Queen Mary at his manor at Woodburn. In 1690 Queen Mary came from Windsor unexpectedly and dined with Lady Wharton.
Lord Philip Wharton was married three times and was the father of fifteen children; however, several of them died in youth. His first wife, 1632, was Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Rowland, of Wandesford; his second wife, 1637, was Jane, daughter of Sir Arthur Goodwin, a member of Parliament; and his third wife, 1661, was Annie, daughter of Sir William Kerr. Two of his wives were very rich and added materially to his already large estates. He expended 40,000 pounds on his manor and grounds at Woodburn and lived there from the year 1658 until his death. In 1652 Cromwell wrote him in regard to a proposed marriage between Cromwell’s son Henry and Wharton’s daughter Elizabeth, but the marriage was never brought about.
Of his children. (1) Elizabeth Wharton married Robert, Lord Willoughby de Eresby, third Earl of Lindsay, and left heirs; (2) Philip died before his father and left no heirs; (3) Arthur died young; (4) Thomas (1648–1715) succeeded his father; (5) Sir Goodwin Wharton (1653–1704) was a member of Parliament in 1679. He married in 1679 and had one son, Hezekiah, but the son left no heirs; (6) Anne Wharton married William Kerr, but left no heir; (7) Margaret Wharton married first Major Dunch, second Sir Thomas Seyliard, and third Sir William, twelfth Lord Ross in the peerage of Scotland. The last of her line died in 1730; (8) Mary Wharton, the eighth child, (1649–1699) will be given later.
Philadelphia Wharton, the youngest daughter of Lord Philip Wharton, fourth Baron, married first Sir George Lockhart in 1679, and second Capt. John Ramsay. She left issue by both marriages. In 1775 her grandson, Joseph Lockhart Wishart, was Lord Chamberlain to Joseph II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Knight of the Order of "Marie Theresa" (named for the mother of Joseph II), County of the Holy Roman Empire, and a General in the Imperial and Apostolic Armies. In 1915 this line was represented by Lord Lamington.
Lord Philip, fourth Baron Wharton died in 1695, and is buried at Woodburn. The inscription on his monument reads, "An active supporter of the English Constitution; a loyal observer, advocate and patron of the reformed religion; a model alike of good works and of true and living faith." He was evidently a man of many good traits, and one of the recognized leaders of the Whig party. He was succeeded by his eldest living son, Thomas.
Lord Thomas, fifth baron and first marquis of Wharton Hall, was born in 1648. He was a member of Parliament from 1673 to 1695, when he took his seat in the House of Lords. He is said to have been the author of the invitation the Whigs sent to Prince William. After that prince was settled on the throne as King William III, he appointed Sir Thomas Wharton Controller of the Household, and member of this Privy Council. In 1706 he was created Viscount Winchendon (one of the estates inherited from his mother), and Earl of Wharton. In 1707 he was a member of the joint commission that negotiated and succeeded in bringing about the union of Scotland and Britain into one kingdom. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, where he served from 1708 to 1710. In 1714 King George I made him Lord of the Privy Seal, and created him Baron of Trim, Earl of Rathparnham, Marquis of Catherlough in the peerage of Ireland, and Marquis of Wharton in Great Britain. He was also made Knight of the Garter.
Lord Thomas Wharton was a man of intellectual force and wide political influence. In writing of him 1705, John Macky says, "He is certainly one of the completest gentlemen of England; and hath a very clear understanding, and manly expressions, with abundance of wit; he is brave in person...of middle stature, fair in complexion." By some of his rulings while Lord Lieutenant of Ireland he incurred the enmity of Dean Swift, who sarcastically ridiculed and criticized him in prose and verse. These writings did more damage to the good name of Lord Wharton after his death than during his life. Swift had been a Whig in politics and later flopped over to the Tories, Lord Wharton, like his ancestors, remained a true Whig. Macauley, the historian, says "Honest Tom Wharton had no virtues beyond consistency and courage." Lord Thomas Wharton married first, in 1673, Anne, daughter and heiress of Sir Henry Lee, fifth baronet of Ditchley, Oxford County. There were no children. In 1692 he married Lucy, daughter and heiress of Sir Adam Loftus, Viscount Lisburne, in the peerage of Ireland. There were three children: Philip, Jane, whose line will be given later, and Lucy (1710–1739), who married Sir William Morice, but left no heir. Lord Thomas Wharton died in 1715 and was succeeded by his only son, Philip.
Lord Philip, sixth baron, second Marquis and first Duke Wharton, was born in 1699. The sponsors at his baptism were King William III, the Duke of Shrewsbury, and Princess Anne. He was unusually bright in his studies and gave every promise of a useful life. In 1715 he inherited large estates in both England and Ireland, and succeeded to all the titles and abilities of his father, but "none of his virtues." He was a spoiled child. In 1717 he was created Duke of Wharton. No other citizen of the kingdom had been thus honored before he was twenty-one. He entered the House of Lords as Marquis of Catherlough, the only Marquis in the peerage of Ireland. But he became wild and reckless and profligate, and soon lost his large estates and the confidence and respect of his peers. In 1725 he left England and went to Spain, where he joined the old Pretender, Prince James Edward Stuart, and fought for him in the Spanish army before Gibraltar. For this he was declared a traitor, and outlawed for high treason, and lost all of his titles except the barony, which went to his sister Jane. When this line became extinct the barony reverted to the heirs of Mary, the daughter of Lord Philip, fourth Baron Wharton. His personal property was sold for his debts. His collection of art and family portraits was bought by Sir Robert Walpole. Sir Robert’s grandson sole them in 1779 to Empress Catherine of Russia for 36,000 pounds. She stored them in the Hermitage at St. Petersburg. The landed estate of Wharton Hall was confiscated to the Crown, and later bought by Robert Lowther, Esq. The estate of Wharton Hall had been in the Wharton family for more than 400 years, and perhaps several centuries longer. Lord Philip, first Duke Wharton, and sixth Baron, died a charity patient at Poblet Abbey, Catalonia, Spain, in 1731. He was married twice, but left no living children. This ends the direct male line of the Wharton's of Wharton Hall. There were fourteen generations from 1292 to 1731. There no doubt many children in some of these families of which we have no record.
When Sir Philip, Duke Wharton died, the title to the barony went to his eldest sister Jane. Jane Wharton (1706–1761) married first Sir John Holt of Redgrace in Suffolk, and second Sir Robert Coke of Longford of Darbyshire. There were no heirs by either marriage. Lady Jane Coke died in 1761, and the title to the barony reverted to the heirs of Mary, the daughter of Lord Philip, fourth Baron Wharton. This Mary Wharton married first William Thomas, son of Sir Edmund, of Wenvoe Castle of Glamorgan County, and second, in 1678, Sir Charles Kemeys, third Baronet of Cefn Mably, in Monmouth County. There were children by both marriages, but only those of the second marriage lived to have heirs. Lady Mary Kemeys died in 1699, and was succeeded by her oldest son, Charles.
Sir Charles Kemeys, fourth Baronet of Cefn Mably, was high sheriff of Glamorgan County, 1712–1713; member of Parliament for Monmouth 1713–1715, and again in 1716–1724. He never married, and died in 1734, and the title to the Wharton barony passed to the heirs of his sister Jane.
Jane Kemeys, –1747, of Cefn Mably, married Sir John Tynte, second Baronet of Halswell, Somerset County, in 1704. There were four children: Halswell, John, Charles and Jane.
Sir Halswell Tynte, third Baronet of Halswell, was a member of Parliament for Bridgewater, 1727–1730. He married, but left no living heir. He died in 1730, and was succeeded by his younger brother, John.
Rev. Sir John Tynte (1707–1740), fourth Baronet of Halswell, was Rector of Goathurst. He never married. He died in 1740, and was succeeded by his youngest brother, Charles.
Sir Charles Kemeys Tynte (1710–1785), fifth Baronet of Halswell, also succeeded to the Baronetcy of Cefn Mably of Monmouth County upon the death of his mother in 1747. He was a member of Parliament for Monmouth 1745–1747, and for Somerset 1747–1774. He married, but left no living heir, and at death in 1785, the title to the barony reverted to the heirs of his sister Jane.
Jane Tynte married Major Russhe Hassell, and had one child, Jane. Jane Hassell married Col. John Johnson. By royal license they assumed the name and arms of Kemeys–Tynte. They had three children: Jane, Anne and Charles. The daughters died unmarried. Lady Jane Kemeys–Tynte died in 1825 and was succeeded by her son Charles.
Sir Charles Kemeys–Tynte (1778–1860) was a member of Parliament for 17 years. In 1845 he was declared by the Committee for Privileges of the House of Lords, to be by blood the co-heir of the Barony of Wharton. In 1798 he married Anne, daughter of Rev. Thomas Lewis. There were five children. He died in 1860 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles John.
Sir Charles John Kemeys–Tynte (1800–1882) was a member of Parliament for twenty-three years. He married Elizabeth Swinnerton. There were eight children. He died in 1882 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles Kemeys.
Sir Charles Kemeys Kemeys–Tynte, heir of Halswell, Somerset County; of Cefn Mably, Glamorgan County; and of Burleigh Hall, Leicester County, married three times and had three children. He died in 1892 , and was succeeded by his eldest son, Halswell Milborne.
Sir Halswell Milborne Kemeys–Tynte, born 1852, inherited his father’s estate. In 1875 he married Rosabelle Clare Walch. Their son, Charles Theodore Halswell Kemeys–Tynte, is the present Lord Wharton in the peerage of England. He was a lieutenant in the army during the World War. In 1899 he married Dorothy, daughter of General Ellis. They have two children: Charles John Halswell, born 1908, and Elizabeth Dorothy.
The Wharton's of Kirkby Thore descended from those of the original Wharton Manor at Kirkby Stephen. Sir Gilbert Wharton, the second son of Henry and Elizabeth Musgrave Wharton, of Wharton Manor, was collector of subsidy in Westmoreland County. He married Joan, heiress of Kirkby Thore, near Appleby. They had four sons. He died in 1436 and was succeeded by his eldest son, John.
John Wharton married Isobel, daughter of John Lancaster of Brompton. There were two sons, John, Jr., his successor, and Christopher, ancestor of the Wharton's of Offerton, Durham County. John Wharton, Sr., died about 1465, and was succeeded by his eldest son, John the third.
John Wharton, third, was counselor to Lord Clifford during the reign of Henry VII, 1485–1509. He married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Fenwick of Wallington, Northumberland County. Some of his children settled in Northumberland. He was succeeded at Kirkby Thore by his eldest son, Gilbert.
Gilbert Wharton married first Catherine, daughter of Sir John Machel, of Crackenthore, and had two sons, John and Charles. Charles was the ancestor of the Wharton's of Old Park. Gilbert Wharton’s second marriage was to Elizabeth, his first wife’s sister, and by her he had two sons, one of whom was Anthony, the ancestor of the Wharton's of Gillingwood. Gilbert Wharton died in 1551. There is some conflict and confusion in the records here, but it appears that he was succeeded by his eldest son, John, and that there were four John Wharton's in succession at Kirkby Thore.
The fourth John Wharton came into possession in 1649. This John Wharton had no sons, and in order to provide marriage for his three daughters he sold the estate of Kirkby Thore to his third cousin, Humphrey Wharton (1628–1669), of Gillingwood.
The Wharton's of Offerton descended from those of Kirkby Thore.
John Wharton, the second owner of Kirkby Thore, had two sons, John, his successor, and Christopher. Christopher Wharton settled on the estate of Offerton, Durham County. his grandson, another Christopher Wharton, married a Miss Shepperson. They had an only child, Elizabeth, who married Sir George Myddleton. When Elizabeth Wharton Myddleton died she was succeeded in the estate of Offerton by her second son, Francis Myddleton. Francis was succeeded in the estate by his son Richard Myddleton, who married Catherine, only daughter and heiress of Conyers. There were three children, Francis, who died without an heir, Catherine and Mary. Catherine Myddleton married Cuthbert Heron. There was one son, Sir Thomas Heron. He assumed the surname Myddleton under the term of the will of his uncle Francis Myddleton, and inherited the estate of Offerton. Sir Thomas Heron Myddleton died without leaving and heir, and the estate passed to his cousin Robert Wharton, a son of Dr. Thomas Wharton (1717–1794), and a grandson of Robert, of 1690–1752, who married Mary Myddleton. Robert Wharton then added Myddleton to his name under the terms of the will of his great uncle Francis Myddleton. The estate of Offerton thus passed into the hands of the Wharton's of Old Park and Dryburn.
Mary Myddleton, the third daughter of Richard Myddleton, married Robert Wharton, of 1690–1752. This line is given under the Wharton's of Old Park.
The Wharton's of Old Park and Dryburn, Durham County, descended from those of Kirkby Thore, of Westmoreland County.
Gilbert Wharton, the fourth owner of Kirkby Thore, married twice and had two sons by each marriage. He died in 1551. Charles Wharton, his second son, had a son John Wharton, who moved to Winston, Durham County. John Wharton’s son John bought the estate of Old Park, near the city of Durham. Dr. Thomas Wharton (1614–1673), son of the last John mentioned, was a celebrated physician. He discovered the "duct" which is still called "Wharton’s duct" in medical books. He remained in London during the plague of 1665–1666 to attend the Guards, and was rewarded by the King for his service.
Dr. Thomas Wharton, Sr., married Jane Asekbridge. There was at least one son, Dr. Thomas Wharton, Jr., who married Mary Hall. They had three sons, Dr. George, Robert and Thomas Wharton. Thomas emigrated to Virginia. Dr. Thomas Wharton, Jr. died in 1714, and was succeeded in the estate by his son Dr. George Wharton. He died in 1739 without leaving an heir, and the estate of Old Park went to his brother, Robert Wharton (1690–1752). This Robert Wharton was mayor of Durham in 1729. In 1715 he married Mary, daughter of Richard Myddleton, owner of Offerton, which he had inherited from his grandmother, Elizabeth Wharton. Mary Myddleton was a great granddaughter of Elizabeth Wharton, daughter of Christopher Wharton, of Offerton, who married George Myddleton. Robert Wharton’s children were Dr. Thomas Wharton (1717–1794) and Richard Wharton (1721— ). Dr. Thomas Wharton (1717–1794) married Margaret Wilkinson, of Crossgate. There were two sons, Robert and Richard.
(1) Robert Wharton (1760— ), heir of Old Park, assumed the name of Myddleton, by the terms of the will of his great uncle Francis Myddleton, a brother of his grandmother. He died without a male heir and the estate went to his younger brother, Richard Wharton.
(2) Richard Wharton (1774— ), was a lawyer, a member of Parliament, and one of the joint secretaries of the treasury. He also died without a male heir, and the estate reverted to the line of Dr. Thomas Wharton’s younger brother, Richard Wharton (1721— ). He was mayor of Durham in 1760. His father had been mayor in 1729. He married Anne, daughter of Williams Lloyd. They had one child, Robert. Rev. Robert Wharton (1751–1808) was chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, and a profound scholar. He married Sarah, only child of Rev. John Whaley. Their children were William Lloyd, John Thomas, Robert and Henry. Rev. Robert Wharton died in 1808 and was succeeded by his eldest son, William Lloyd Wharton (1789–1869) of Dryburn. He was high sheriff of Durham County. William Lloyd Wharton died in 1869 and was succeeded by his younger brother, John Thomas Wharton (1795–1871). John Thomas Wharton married Mary, daughter of Rev. J. H. Jacob, in 1832. Children, John Lloyd and Mary. He died in 1871, and was succeeded by his son, John Lloyd Wharton (1837–1912). He was a member of Parliament for the city of Durham 1871 1874, and for Ripon Division 1886–1906. He married Susan Frances, daughter of Rev. A. S. Shafto, in 1870. Child, Mary Dorothea, born 1872. She is the present holder of the estate, now called Wharton's of Dryburn of Durham County. Mary Dorothea Wharton married Col. John Waring Dawin in 1894.
The Wharton's of Gillingwood descend from those of Kirkby Thore. Anthony Wharton, the third son of Gilbert, the fourth owner of Kirkby Thore, settled in Reagill. He married Mary Berne. Their son, Humphrey Wharton, became the owner of Gillingwood, York County. He married Agnes Cleburn. Humphrey Wharton died in 1635, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Thomas, who married Elizabeth Lambert. Thomas Wharton died in 1641, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Humphrey (1629–1669). Another son, Thomas emigrated to Virginia, U.S.A. This Humphrey Wharton purchased Kirkby Thore from John Wharton, his third cousin. Humphrey married Mary, daughter of Sir Christopher Byerley. Humphrey Wharton died in 1669. He had settled his fourth son, Anthony, at Gillingwood, his old home. Anthony Wharton married Margaret, daughter of Sir William Hicks. There were four children, William, Ann, Margaret and Mary. Williams, Margaret and Mary died unmarried. This Margaret Wharton, who was worth over 200,000 pounds, was given the nickname of "Peg Pennyworth," because she would often send to the store for a penny’s worth of food for her dinner. Ann Wharton comes in the next line.
The Wharton's of Skelton Castle, Durham County, descend from those of Gillingwood. Ann Wharton, daughter of Anthony of Gillingwood, married Ambrose Stevenson, of Durham County. They had only one child, Anne (1695–1790). Anne Stevenson married John Hall, of Skelton Castle. When they were married, instead of giving his name to his wife, he added her name to his, making it John Hall Stevenson. They had two sons, John H., who died unmarried, and Joseph William H. Stevenson (1741–1786). Joseph William H. Stevenson married Anne, daughter of Sir John Foster. They had five children, John Hall, James, who died without issue, William H., margerat, who never married, and Fanny who married Hon. J. F. Rowdon. John and William, the heirs in this family, took upon themselves the surname and arms of Wharton under the conditions of the will of their great great aunts, Margaret and Mary Wharton, daughters of Anthony of Gillingwood.
Joseph William H. Stevenson died in 1786, and was succeeded by his eldest son, John Hall Wharton, who married Susan Mary Anne, daughter of Gen. John Lambton, but left no male heirs. His brother, Rev. William Hall Wharton, vicar of Gilling, Yorkshire, married Charlotte, daughter of Sir Thomas, thirteenth Lord Dundas. They had four sons and two daughters. He died in 1842 and was succeeed by his eldest son, John Thomas Wharton (1809–1900) who married Charlotte, daughter of Sir Henry Walker Yeoman, in 1854. He died in 1900 and was succeeded by his eldest son, William Henry Anthony Wharton, the present owner of Skelton Castle.
There are other Wharton's in England whose names appear in various records.
Professor Edmund Ross Wharton (1844–1896) was a teacher in one of the colleges of Oxford, almost from the time he graduated. He was a thorough scholar, and gave much of his time to etymology. He wrote a number of books and papers on Latin and Greek philology and etmology. He is the author of the book, "The Wharton's of Wharton Hall," which his wife had published after his death. He prepared other manuscripts on the Wharton family from unpublished records. These manuscripts are filed in the Bodleian Library. he was the son of Rev. Henry James Wharton, vicar of Mitcham. We can not connect him with Westmoreland Wharton's, but he no doubt descends from that family.
Thomas Wharton, a grandson of the second Baron, moved to Norwich, where he married and reared a family. His son, Edmund, was educated at Caius College, Cambridge. In 1660 he became Vicar of Worstead in Norfolk. He married Mary Burr, daughter of a wealthy manufacturer in Dedham, Sussex County. They had a son, Rev, Henry Wharton (1664–1694), who was chaplain to Archbishop Sancroft of Canterbury. Rev. Henry Wharton wrote extensively, and his name is found in many reference books.
Sir George Wharton (1617–1681) was rather a unique character. He descends from the Wharton's of Kirkby Thore. His father was a blacksmith. Sir George studied astronomy and wrote almanacs. He was loyal to King Charles II, and when Charles was restored to the throne in 1660, he made Sir George Wharton paymaster of the ordinance with a good salary, and in 1677 created him a baronet. In the revolution of 1688 this family of Wharton's lost their estate and baronetage.
It is observed by this sketch that the Wharton's in England are numerous. There were sons in many of these families of whom we have no record. Rev. Robert Milner, pastor at Orton, Westmoreland County, in 1843, wrote that the Wharton's were numerous in his parish back in the year 1663, and that many by that name are still there.
Lord Baltimore was granted a charter for the province of Maryland in 1634 by King Charles I. From the records it appears that the first Wharton's coming to America settled in this province.
Jesse Wharton was deputy governor of the province in 1667. Lord Baltimore gave him a large landed estate in St. Mary’s County, called Notly Hall. The first estates in Maryland were all named, just as the estates back in England were names. Jesse Wharton had several sons. His grandson, Henry, lived in the same community and died in 1845, leaving a will in which he names two sons and four daughters. He specifies that if his son Francis should take holy orders he should not receive any part of the estate. Jesse Wharton’s grandson, Rev. Henry Wharton (1748–1833), was during the first part of his ministry a Catholic, but later renounced that faith and united with the Protestant Episcopal church. He lived at Wilmington, Delaware.
In 1673, Lord Baltimore made a grant of 1,000 acres to Elizabeth Wharton. This was in the same community in which Jesse lived and she may have been his sister.
In 1664 a survey of 100 acres was made to Henry Wharton, called Hookland. We have no further record of him.
In 1678 Walter Wharton, a prominent lawyer and surveyor, died in New Castle, Del. He left a nice estate, but there does not seem to have been any direct heirs.
Thomas Wharton (1663–1747), a son of Richard, of Westmoreland County, England, settled in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1683. He was a successful merchant. In 1688 he married Rachel Thomas. There were a number of children. Their son John settled in Chester, Pa., and John’s son Thomas (1735–1778) was the first president of the Supreme Council of State of Pennsylvania at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. This position was practically the same as governor.
Joseph Wharton, another son of Thomas, Sr., was a successful merchant. Joseph’s son Robert was elected mayor of Philadelphia for fifteen terms. Another son of Joseph was Samuel Wharton (1732–1800). He was a merchant and diplomat. Philip Fishborne Wharton (1841–1880), the artist who painted so many noted pictures, was a grandson of Governor Thomas Wharton. Thomas Isaac Wharton, the grandson of Joseph, Sr., was a noted lawyer and writer. Dr. Francis Wharton (1820— 1889) son of Isaac, was a lawyer and later a minister, then a professor, teaching international and ecclesiastical law in the divinity school Cambridge, Mass. He is the author of "Wharton’s Criminal Law," and other legal books. Joseph Wharton, a nephew of Thomas Isaac, was a successful iron and steel manufacturer of Philadelphia. He aided very materially in establishing Swarthmore College and established Wharton’s Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. United States Senator Wharton Pepper descended from Thomas Wharton, Sr. The members of this family have been prominent in the business, professional and political affairs of the city and state right down to the present.
George Wharton, the only surviving son of Sir George (1617–1681), previously referred to, came to America in 1685 and settled near Fredericksburg, Va. Tradition says he married into the Lee family. The descendants of George Wharton are numerous, and are living in many sections of the United States.
Col. Samuel Wharton (1740–1824), a grandson of George, moved to South Carolina before the Revolutionary War and settled in Laurens County. He married Madeline Sullivan, of Charleston. Their children were, George, Clement, Pleasant G., Samuel, Dillon, Jeptha, Stephens, Nannie, Lottie, Elizabeth and Martha. Col. Samuel Wharton has descendants living in many of the Southern States. Rev. Marvin T. Wharton, now pastor of the Triune Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Greenville, S.C., is a great great grandson of Col. Samuel.
Senator Jesse Wharton (1760–1833), another grandson of George, was born in Virginia and moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he died. He had two sons, William H. and John A. They were both lawyers and moved to Texas, where they were very active in politics in the trying days before and during the Texas Revolution.
The late Rev. Henry M. Wharton, D. D., of Baltimore, M. D., a prominent Baptist minister, was a descendant of George; a was also Rev. Dr. M. B. Wharton, of Norfolk, Va.
In 1713 John Wharton was given a grant of land called "Wharton’s Adventure," in Somerset County, later Worcester County, Maryland. He died in 1721, and willed his estate to his children, John, Isaiah, Francis, Thomas, Anne, Leshia, Mary, William and Wrixam.
In 1739 Isaiah Wharton moved to Kent County, Delaware. This line descends through five generations to William Walter Wharton of Philadelphia, and Dr. Charles M. Wharton, of Dover, Del., who was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Delaware in 1928.
In 1706 Charles Wharton (planter) buys 300 acres of land for 3,000 pounds of tobacco, and in 1714 Charles Wharton (planter) sells 300 acres for 5,000 pounds of tobacco. This was in Somerset County, but it may have been in the present bounds of Worcester County, which was formed from Somerset in 1742. Charles Wharton died in 1719 and in his will mentions his wife Mary, and son William and an unborn baby.
In 1683 Richard Wharton buys 200 acres of land called "Wharton." In 1731 William Wharton (blacksmith) sells 200 acres which he and his brother, Richard, Jr., inherited from their father Richard Wharton, Sr.
We can not make mention of all the names we have found in the records of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Mr. N. E. Wharton, of Cambridge, Mass., made a wide and thorough investigation in 1915 by writing to every Wharton in the United States whose address he could get. He collected several thousand names. Later he wrote to me that he found trace of thirteen distinct and separate Wharton's who had entered the United States before the year 1800. The printed census of the United States of 1790 gives the names of the head of forty-eight Wharton families." (5) The above quoted material is from Chapter Four: The WHARTON'S and the WATSON WHARTON Genealogy.
WILLIAM HORTON was born about the year 1550, Firth House, Burksland, Halifax, England dying about 1603 in Suffolk, NY. William married 1571 Toothill, Lincoln, England to ELIZABETH HANSON born around the year 1558 in Barkisland, Halifax, Yorkshire, England dying around the year 1640.
Children of WILLIAM HORTON and ELIZABETH HANSON:
JOSEPH HORTON born 1572 Firth House, Burksland, Halifax, England dying around the year 1640 in Springfield, Hampton Co. MA. JOSEPH married 1599 to MARY SCHUYLER born around the year 1578 in Mowsley, Leicestershire, England.
Children of JOSEPH HORTON and MARY SCHUYLER:
WILLIAM HORTON died in 1640 and had at least one son, JOSEPH HORTON, born 1578 in Mousely, Leicester, England, according to the records of ARNOLD HORTON WILSON. This HORTON family information can be found at WILLIAM HORTON in Mousely, Leicester, England, 1578.
HENRY De HORTON is the first known individual in our suspected progenitor line. WILLIAM HORTON died about the year 1640, leaving a son, JOSEPH HORTON. JOSEPH HORTON was born about the year 1578 in Mousely, Leicester, England. The name of his wife is unknown, and their son was THOMAS HORTON. THOMAS HORTON was born about the year 1602 in Mousely, Leicester, England and died around 1640 in Springfield, Hampton Co. Massachusetts. He was married to MARY EDDY in England, 1628 having at least one son JEREMIAH HORTON. JEREMIAH HORTON was born in 1636 in Windsor, Hartford Co. Connecticut and died in 1708. He married MARY WRIGHT 3 August 1661 in Springfield, CT. MARY was born in 1638 in Windsor, Hartford Co. CT. JEREMIAH and MARY were parents of a son, JOHN HORTON, Sr. JOHN HORTON, Sr. was born about 1673 in Massachusetts. His son was JOHN HORTON, Jr. JOHN HORTON, Jr. was born in Massachusetts about the year 1698, and he was the father of ABRAHAM HORTON, Sr.
ABRAHAM HORTON, Sr. was born in Springfield, Hampton, Massachusetts in 1722 and died 16 January 1816 in Westfield, Surry Co. NC. He is buried at Tom's Creek in Surry Co. ABRAHAM'S wife was MARTHA WILLIAMS who he married 9 January 1745/46 in Bucks Co. Pennsylvania. They were the parents of WILLIAM, JOHN, DANIEL, ISAAC, JAMES, PRISCILLA and ABRAHAM, Jr.
ABRAHAM HORTON, SR. was born 1722 in Massachusetts dying 6 or 16 January 1816 in Surry Co. NC. He married MARTHA WILLIAMS 9 January 1745/46. She was born 1725 in Massachusetts.
Children of ABRAHAM HORTON and MARTHA WILLIAMS are:
ISAAC was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Surry Co. North Carolina. He then moved to Pendleton, South Carolina, Hall Co. and Gwinnett Co. Georgia. ISAAC HORTON, who fought with the North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War, had a son STEPHEN.
FRANCIS WHARTON born circa 1640 in England dying 1700 Accomack Co. VA married ELIZABETH WELBOURNE. Children: FRANCIS WHARTON, 2, born 1673 and lived in Accomack Co. VA, 1704 dying 1717; CHARLES WHARTON born 1676 married MARY TULL and owned a plantation called "WHARTON’S Hope" dying 1719; ELIZABETH WHARTON in Accomack Co. VA, 1704; SARAH WHARTON; THOMAS WHARTON; DANIEL WHARTON dying 1753 Worcester Co. MD/Sussex Co. DE; JOHN WHARTON married SUSANNAH and lived in Accomack, VA - listed in 1704 records - then moved to Worchester Co, MD. He was willed "WHARTON’S Adventure" dying 1720-21.
CHARLES WHARTON born 1676 married MARY TULL and owned a plantation called "WHARTON’S Hope" dying 1719. Children: WILLIAM WHARTON born 1714, the father of eight children, dying 1769 Somerset Co. MD; CHARLES WHARTON. 2, born 1719 married SARAH dying 1772.
WILLIAM WHARTON born 1714, the father of eight children, dying 1769 Somerset Co. MD. Children: WILLIAM WHARTON, 2, born 1736 dying 1805-06 moved to Granville Co. NC; CHARLES WHARTON, 3, was a Revolutionary War soldier.
WILLIAM WHARTON, 2, born 1736 dying 1805-06 married JANE ROBERTS. Children: LIDIA WHORTON who married WILLIAM CHANDLER in 1772? BARTLETT WHORTON, BENJAMIN WHORTON born 1760 NC dying 1848 GA, ELENDER WHORTON born 1764 NC, SAMUEL WHORTON born in SC, ISAAC WHORTON born in SC.
Granville Co. NC/Orange Co. NC.
"WILLIAM WHARTON appeared to live on the western border of Granville Co. in the mid to late 1700's. At the time, Orange county had just been formed (1752) from part of Granville Co. Several districts on the western edge of Granville and northeastern edge of Orange County are variously listed in either county. The area around Deep Creek, where WILLIAM owned land at one time, is presently in Person Co. (formed in 1791), and very near Cub creek where RICHARD ROBERTS lived. RICHARD was the father of JANE ROBERTS, WILLIAM'S wife.
The earliest record of WILLIAM in Granville Co. is a listing in 1756 in the Granville Co. deed books. Apparently he worked frequently as a sworn chain carrier with the surveyor, WILLIAM CHURTON. WILLIAM'S signature appears on many deeds along with that of other sworn chain carriers and the surveyor in charge.
1756 (June 18) - WILLIAM WHARTON helped survey land for RICHARD ROBERTS on Davis Creek in Granville county.
1757 (December) - Minutes from the Granville Co. Court show that WILLIAM was found guilty of non-performances in a case in which JAMES MITCHELL is the plaintiff:
Jury "upon their oath do say that the defendant (WILLIAM WHARTON) did assume in manner and form as this plaintiff against him hath declared and they do assess this plaintiff damages by occasion of his non performances thereof to four pounds sterling wherefore it is considered by this Court that the plaintiff recover against this defendant his damages --- in form --- assessed with costs."
1760 - Land Grant - LORD GRANVILLE to WILLIAM WHARTON. Warrant dated 8 March 1760 to WILLIAM CHURTON to survey 640 acres in Orange Co on both sides of Deep Creek (which is) the waters of the Flat River, joining THOMAS GIBSON - including the Plantation where THOMAS COLTING now lives. Grant issued 2 February 1761.
1760 - Land Grant - LORD GRANVILLE to WILLIAM WHARTON. Plat dated 21 June 1760; 190 acres in Orange Co on both sides of Deep Creek, joining JON DUNAGIN and THOS GIBSON.
1769 - Tax records of Granville County list WILLIAM WHARTON with one male (head of household). Females were not listed. Prior to 1780 white males over 16 years of age were also listed. It was up to the head of the household to list son-in-laws (they could be listed separately even if they lived in the same house).
1771 (February) - Court Minutes, Granville County: "Ordered that WILLIAM WHORTON a prisoner now in Granville Jail on suspicion of offering to pass counterfeit money, be conveyed by the Sheriff, to Hillsborough next Superior Court, then and there to be tried." However at the same time the Regulators "revolt" had started in Hillsborough and Superior Court was not held for much of 1771. It is not clear that WILLIAM was ever tired or convicted in this case.
1771 (August 10) - RICHARD ROBERTS deed to WILLIAM WHARTON for his lifetime and, after his decease, to his daughter, LIDIA WHARTON and her heirs (deed book I, p 242).
1771 - Tax list shows WILLIAM WHORTON with 2 white males in his household. It is not clear whether or not this is a son of WILLIAM and JANE, or if it is WILLIAM CHANDLER, LIDIA WHARTON'S husband.
1772 - RICHARD ROBERTS died. In his will dated April 17, 1772 (prob, May Court, 1772), RICHARD left most of his land along Cub Creek in Orange County and possessions to his sons and daughters. He left to his daughter, JANE WHORTON, one bed and furniture. The will was witnessed by WILLIAM CHANDLER and BRITAIN JOHNSTON. It's not clear what happened to other items: "One still, a parsil of books and 2 Negroes. However RICHARD did leave his son JOSEPH "one iron pot with a nick broke in the top of the brim". The rest of the estate was divided equally.
1773 (January) - WILLIAM WHARTON and his wife, JANE, and WILLIAM CHANDLER and his wife, LYDIA, sold land in Granville County to THOMAS PERSON, January 1, 1773 (Deed book I, page 426). THOMAS PERSON was a big landowner in Granville Co. His home was just north of the Deep Creek and Cub Creek area. He is famous in history for his role in the Regulator Revolt.
1773 (December) - WILLIAM WHARTON and his wife, JANE, and WILLIAM CHANDLER and his wife, LYDIA, deed to JOSEPH ROBERTS (one of RICHARD ROBERT'S sons), 12/21/1773 (Deed book K, page 143). It is not clear whether or not this is the land WILLIAM owned on Deep Creek along with land left to WILLIAM and LIDIA by RICHARD ROBERTS (see next entry below). It is also not clear what happened to WILLIAM after 1773. The Indian lands in South Carolina opened in 1777 and many North Carolinians migrated to that area.
Greenville Co. SC.
WILLIAM WHORTON appears in the 1790 census in South Carolina. The upstate of South Carolina was opened in 1777 for settlement and was called the 96th district. It was soon divided into the Pendleton District, Greenville County, Spartanburg County, and others. WILLIAM lived in Greenville County. BENJAMIN WHORTON, said to be his son, lived in Anderson County which was part of the Pendleton District.
1790 - 1790 Federal Census, Greenville County: WILLIAM WHORTON (1 male/head of household, no males under 16, 4 females (wife JANE and daughters), no negroes.
1791 (September 13) - WILLIAM and JANE sold land on the north side of the Saluda River on both sides of Mountain Creek (waters of Enoree) in Greenville County to WILLIAM CHANDLER (son-in-law?).
BENJAMIN WHORTON appears in the 1790 census in the Pendleton district. He and a SAMUEL WHORTON are listed in the land grant records of SC, but these have not been researched yet. BENJAMIN appears to have moved to Jackson County, GA in about 1801/1802. He sold 200 acres of land in SC in 1797, 200 acres in December, 1801 and 150 acres in December of 1802. He is listed in the Jackson County Tax list in 1801 in the Towsend district. In 1810 BENJAMIN and his sons appear to have owned a large amount of land in Jackson County and the district in which they lived was named WHORTON district (the name changed by 1817 to J. HEMPHILL district). He was given land grants of 800 acres in Jackson County in 1817 and another 255 acres in Hall County in 1830. At this point, I can find no connection between WILLIAM WH(A/O)RTON and BENJAMIN. In fact I can only find evidence that WILLIAM fathered daughters. However in Cherokee Co. AL, ELENDER WHORTON, WILLIAM'S daughter, refers to JOSEPH WHORTON, BENJAMIN'S, as her nephew.
BARTLETT WHORTON born 12/12/1820 in SC - may be the son of BARTLETT WHORTON (possibly WILLIAM'S son).
Greenville Co. SC, Pendleton Dist. (Anderson Co.) SC, Jackson (Hall) Co. GA.
As Indian lands were opened in northeast Georgia (Jackson/Hall County), several WHORTONS migrated from South Carolina. Among the early settlers were BENJAMIN WHORTON who moved from Pendleton District of South Carolina (Anderson Co.) in the early 1800's.
BENJAMIN WHORTON was born in Granville County, NC about 1760 and moved with his family to Greenville Co. SC in the mid to late 1770's.
BENJAMIN WHORTON appears in the 1790 census in the Pendleton District of South Carolina. He and a SAMUEL WHORTON are listed in the land grant records of SC. BENJAMIN sold property in 1790 in Greenville Co. to WILLIAM CHANDLER (LYDIA WHARTON CHANDLER'S husband) although he was living in Pendleton District at that time. In 1792 he received a land grant of 383 acres from SC on Oconee Creek (Little River) near the GA state line which he sold in 1793. He purchased an 275 acres in Pendleton Co. in 1793 and bought 400 more acres in 1795, both parcels on Cane Creek (Leowee River). In 1801 he was granted 230 by the state of SC also on Cane Creek.
BENJAMIN appears to have moved to Jackson County, GA in about 1801/1802. He sold 200 acres of land in SC in 1797, 200 acres in December, 1801 and 150 acres in December of 1802. He is listed in the Jackson County Tax list in 1801 in the Towsend district. In 1810 Benjamin and his sons appear to have owned a large amount of land in Jackson County and the district in which they lived was named WHORTON district (the name changed by 1817 to J. HEMPHILL district). He was given land grants of 800 acres in Jackson County in 1817 and another 255 acres in Hall County in 1830. (Jackson County became Hall County). BENJAMIN WHORTON married OLIVIA (MARY?) GREEN whose father served in the revolutionary war. Their first five children were born in SC (WILLIAM, JOSEPH, ABRAHAM, ANNE, ISAAC) other children (JACOB, MARY) were born in GA. While in Jackson Co. BENJAMIN was Justice of the Peace in 1803 and 1811 and drew land in Hall County as a Revolutionary War soldier in the Lottery of 1825.
At least five of BENJAMIN'S sons eventually migrated to Alabama soon after the Indian wars of 1812-14 (in which they fought). Captain JOSEPH WHORTON was commandant of Fort Daniel in Gwinnett Co. GA in 1813. They eventually settled in Cherokee and St. Clair Counties in Alabama. The 1820 census of St. Clair contains the names of ABRAHAM and WILLIAM WHARTON.
The above quoted material is from the folowing: Descendants of WILLIAM WHORTON Born Circa 1736 Dying Circa 1805 with Information on BENJAMIN WHORTON, BARTLETT WHORTON.
BENJAMIN WHORTON born 1760, Granville Co. NC, dying 1848, Hall Co. GA, married OLIVIA GREEN of Spartanburg, SC. BENJAMIN WHORTON is in South Carolina, 1790-1800 and in Georgia, 1820-1830. The 1790-1800 census for the Pendleton district of South Carolina and an 1807 deed for BENJAMIN WHORTON (WHARTON) showing his presence in Georgia are listed below:
Ninety-six District, Union County.
Book 1, Page 170.
BENJAMIN WHORTON. Deed of BENJAMIN WHORTON. Book I, page 170. Clerk of Court Office, Anderson, S. C. This indenture made between BENJAMIN WHORTON of Pendleton Dist. and Solomon WEST of Jackson Co. Ga. In consideration of $400 have granted, sold, bargained, and released all that tract of land lying on a prong of Cain Creek waters of Keowee River. Adj. land of Philip Cox. Dated 29 Oct 1806. Wit: William McFarland, Cleveland X Coffee. Signed: BENJAMIN Whorton. Proved 22 Dec 1807.
State of So. Carolina Pendleton District BENJAMIN WHARTON to SOLOMON WEST 350 Acres on Cane Creek Know All Men by these presents that I, BENJAMIN WHARTON of the State of Georgia & Jackson County for & in consideration of the sum of Four Hundred Dollars to me in hand paid by Solomon WEST of the state of South Carolina & Pendleton District have granted, bargained, sold and released & by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Solomon WEST all that tract plantation or parcel of land lying & being in the State & District aforesaid on a prong of Cain Creek waters of Keowee River Beginning at a stake on a branch the conditional line between said WHARTON and Philip Cox running thence S 15 E 40 chains to a pine stump and points thence S 73 E 26 chains to a post oak thence S 41 W 13 chains to a gum thence S 50 E 23 chains to a stake thence S 82 E 18 chains & 50 links to a stake at the head of a branch thence down the same to a stake thence N 12 E 4 chains & 50 links to a Spanish oak thence N 30 S 20 chains to a hickory thence N 65 W 25 chains to a pine knot thence N 40 W 36 chains & fifty links to a stake thence N l7 E 22 chains to a pine thence Cox's line to the beginning, containing three hundred & fifty acres be the same more or less together with all & singular the rights members hereditaments & appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, all & singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Solomon WEST his heirs executors administrators & assigns forever. And I do hereby bind myself my heir’s executors administrators and assigns to warrant & forever defend all & singular the said premises unto the said Solomon West his heir’s executors administrators and assigns against myself my heirs and assigns & against all & every other person or persons whatsoever lawfully claiming any part or parcel thereof. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & six and thirty first year of American Independence. The words, thence down the same to a stake was interlined before signed. Sealed & acknowledged in presence of William McFARLAND. BEN WHARTON (Seal) his (Cleveland x Coffee) mark.
Abstracted and compiled by GRACE GILLAM DAVIDSON, 1932 3rd edition, 1992; Southern Historical Press, Inc.
Also spelled WHORTON in many documents. Also enumerated in Jackson County in 1820 were SHEROD (SHERWOOD) (230001-31001-0), JAMES HORTON (111301-00110-7), and JOSEPH WHORTON (510020-30020-0; JOSEPH married SALLY MOORE.) STEPHEN HORTON (No. 183) was in Gwinnett County; ISAAC HORTON and BENJAMIN WHORTON in Hall County; EDWIN HORTON in Habersham County; BARTLET, ELIJAH and WILLIAM WHORTON in Walton County; JEREMIAH, THOMAS, THOMAS, Sr. and WILLIAM HORTON in Washington County; ELISHA HORTON in Jasper Co., JAMES and JOSIAH in Jones Co. and in Hancock Co. JAMES (2), LOTT, NANCY, ROBERT, SAMUEL and SARAH HORTON; and a WILLIAM HORTON.
An ISAAC HORTON reached Henrico Co., VA by 1636-1639 (George Cabell Greer, Early Virginia Emigrants, pg. 167); and the family was in Chowan Precinct as early as 1714. There appear to have been two HORTON families in the Jackson-Gwinnett Counties area, perhaps fairly closely related. HUGH and STEPHEN HORTON each were taxed in 1785 in Wilkes County, GA., on 287.5 acres of land in Washington County. (Grace Gillam Davidson, Early Records of Georgia, v. 2, pp. 48-49). PROSSOR HORTON witnessed a deed in 1787 in Wilkes County, THOMAS HORTON received a warrant for land in that year, WILLIAM HORTON appears in the Wilkes records in 1790, and JAMES in 1805 and 1807 lotteries. In 1793, PROSER was taxed on Oconee River land in Medlock's Wilkes County district. (Ruth Blair, Some Early Tax Digests, p. 277). By October 10, 1799, PROSSER was of Jackson Co., when he sold to ANN HORTON, also of Jackson, land granted to Thomas CARSON and purchased by HORTON from Joseph SCOTT. JOHN HORTON was a witness. (Quarterly, Mar. 1925, p. 10). STEPHEN HORTON was in the 1805 Jackson lottery, as were BENJAMIN (listed twice, widow ANNE, PROSSER, JAMES, JEREMIAH and SHERWOOD WHORTON. JAMES obtained headright land in 1810.
Others of the HORTON family previously were in South Carolina, these among others being numerated in 1790: HENRY HORTON, BENJAMIN WHORTON and ISAAC WHORTON (near Samuel HUSTEN) in Pendleton District; WILLIAM WHORTON in Greenville Dist., BARTLEY and JOHN WHORTON in Union Dist.; and Capt. SAMUEL WHORTON in Laurens Dist. In 1800, WILLIAM and EDWARD WHORTON and JOHN HORTON were enumerated in Greenville; and in Pendleton were BENJAMIN WHORTON, aged 25-45, with 5 slaves; ISAAC HORTON, aged 26-45, next to Samuel HOUSTON; and JOHN HORTON, aged 26-45. (Stewart, 1800 Pendleton, SC. pp. 71, 115, 116.
From Jan ? to Mar. 5, 1814, Capt. JOSEPH WHORTON served at Ft. Daniel, and then in Jackson County now in Gwinnett County, and in his militia company were private SHERWOOD HORTON and Horseman ABRAHAM WHORTON. STEPHEN HORTON was enumerated in Gwinnett County in 1820 and there in 1827 JOHN and THOMAS WHORTON lived in Fincher's Dist. ISAAC HORTON, a Revolutionary soldier, lived in Gwinnett in 1832 and drew Cherokee Co. land granted May 24, 1837. He was shown in the 1840 census, aged 81. (The Revolutionary pension applications for this family have not been consulted by the compiler. The list includes an ISAAC, NC service, S16419). Another Revolutionary veteran, BENJAMIN WHORTON of Hall Co., drew land in 1827, which reverted. FLETCHER and JAMES HORTON were in Jackson in 1827, in Story and Venable districts, respectively. JOSHUA was in Franklin Co., and a number of the family in Washington Co, FREDERICK G., GEORGE, JAMES, LABAN, WILLIAM and the widow MATILDA. JOHN HORTON bought land in the Walnut Fork area of Jackson Mar. 30, 1838, from Reuben STEWART. CAROLINE HORTON married George WOOD in Jackson, Dec. 17, 1845. In Jasper Co., GA., ELISHA HORTON (with wife ELIZABETH) in the 1850 census gave his age as 69, born in GA, which places his family in the state as early as 1781 if he were correct.
ABRAHAM WHORTON (also sp. HORTON) was one of the first justices appointed in St. Clair Co., AL. Nov. 20, 1818. WILLIAM WHORTON was administrator of the estate of William PENIX Nov. 12, 1819 (Mrs. C. P. McGuire, Records of St. Clair County, pg. 121. In 1820, the St. Clair census, pg. 9, showed ABRAHAM and WILLIAM WHORTON, the latter next to Sallie PEANIX; and also, p. 16, ELISHA HORTON. The PENIX family is said to have come from Caswell Co., NC, where the HORTON'S also were seated in the eighteenth century. WILLIAM WHORTON died in St. Clair between 1846 and 1855 (Deed Book C, p. 198). The WHORTON family intermarried in St. Clair with the James Danley JONES family from Abbeville District, SC. HENRY C. HORTON (with wife SARAH TABITHA DOUGLAS) a resident of Shelby County, AL., as early as 1819. (Clarence Edwin Carter, Territorial Papers of the United States, v. 18, p. 637.
Section, District, Lot No. - Name - County, Captains District.
42d Day's Drawing - April 24.
A WILLIAM HORTON was listed as one of the Intruders in Sim’s Settlement, Limestone County, AL, who were removed removed from Indian territory (1809), as shown by The NATIONAL ARCHIVES, Record Group No. 75, Cherokee Indian Agency in Tennessee. Many of these removed people became residents of Morgan Co. AL.
ISAAC WHORTON born in 1801 dying 1867 married first wife IRVILLE MARKER in 1823. Children: JOHN CICERO WHORTON born 1824 GA dying Arkadelphia, AL [AR?]; AUGUSTUS ULYSSES REEVES WHORTON born 1827 GA; ISAAC M. WHORTON born 1829 GA; WILLIAM WILSON WHORTON born 1832 GA dying 1884 AL; ERVILLE WHORTON born 1836 GA. The below 1830 Hall Co. GA census indicates one male child five to ten accounted for by JOHN CICERO WHORTON born 1824. AUGUSTUS ULYSSES REEVES WHORTON born 1827 and ISAAC M. WHORTON born 1829 account for two of the three male children under five leaving one male child under five unaccounted. Thus it is not inconceivable, with the documentation provided, that JOHN M. C. (Mac) HORTON (WHORTON) (WHARTON,) and his possible younger brother WILLIAM WHORTON purchased 35.62 acres on 1 November 1855 of the Public Lands in Section 34, Township 9, Range 2E where ISAAC WHORTON (WHORTEN) (WHARTON) had previously purchased 71.22 acres of the Public Lands for Section 34, Township 9, Range 2E, is the unaccounted for male child under five years of age in the 1830 Hall Co. GA census.
ISAAC WHORTON married second wife REBECCA M. JULIAN in 1838. Children: RICHARD HENRY LEE WHORTON born 1839 AL dying 1914 AL; THOMAS B. WHORTON born 1842 AL; SAMUEL WHORTON born 1844 AL; ELIZABETH WHORTON born 1846 AL; JOSEPH WHORTON born 1847 AL; MARY I. WHORTON born 1848 AL; BENJAMIN WHORTON, (2,) born 1850 AL; PERMELIA WHORTON born 1852 AL; GEORGE H. WHORTON born 1854 AL; REBECCA WHORTON born 1858 AL; and SARAH A. WHORTON born 1860 AL.
Vol. 1, P. 165.
Summit, Blount Co.
“A post office was placed at Summit, in Blount County, Alabama, on June 1, 1841. Its name at that time was Martin’s Stand…” (7)
Postmaster: 5 March 1842 - ISAAC WHORTON.
The above census record and land records for Blount Co. and Marshall Co. Alabama indicate that ISAAC WHORTON born in 1801 Pendleton District South Carolina is a possible relative of JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON (WHORTON) (WHARTON) born in Georgia, 1827. Blount Co. AL land records for 1 November 1855 show that JOHN M. C. (Mac) HORTON (WHORTON) (WHARTON) and WILLIAM WHORTON purchased public lands in the same location as ISAAC WHORTON (WHORTEN) (WHARTON). JOHN M. C. (Mac) HORTON (WHORTON) (WHARTON) and WILLIAM WHORTON purchased 35.62 acres on 1 November 1855 of "the Public Lands for the South East quarter of the North East quarter of Section thirty-four in Township nine of Range two East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Huntsville, Alabama containing thirty-five acres and sixty-two hundreds of an acre," whereas, ISAAC WHORTON (WHORTEN) (WHARTON) purchased 71.22 acres on 15 June 1854 of "the Public Lands for the East half of the South East quarter of Section thirty-four in Township nine of Range two East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Huntsville, Alabama containing seventy-one acres and twenty-two hundreds of an acre."
JOHN M. C. (Mac) HORTON (WHORTON) (WHARTON) is listed as twenty-three years of age with his wife, MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE, and one year old son in Benton (Calhoun) Co. Alabama, 1850 making his birth year 1827. ISAAC WHORTON (WHORTEN) is listed at forty-nine years of age in the Marshall Co. AL census making his birth year 1801. The dates of birth for both men match placing ISAAC WHORTON (WHORTEN) at twenty-six years of age in Georgia at the time of JOHN M. C. (Mac) HORTON (WHORTON) (WHARTON'S) birth. Consequently, the 1830 census places ISAAC WHORTON (WHORTEN) in Hall Co. GA with three male children under five, one male child five to ten, and lists ISAAC between twenty and thirty years of age. One female is listed as twenty to thirty, and one female is thirty to forty years of age. DAVID N. HORTON, the grandson of JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON, states in LOGAN COUNTY ARKANSAS: ITS HISTORY AND PEOPLE that his grandfather was reared in Alabama. The marriage records for the parents of MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE and that of WILLIAM and DOLLEY (SANSOM) WHORTON, listed below, prove without a doubt that both of these families were in the Hall and Jasper Co. Georgia area before moving into Alabama as Indian land became available.
Author: Brant & Fuller (1893)
A. U. R. WHORTON, one of the most prominent farmers of Blount county, was born in Georgia in 1826, son of ISAAC and IROIL (BAKER) WHORTON, both natives of South Carolina, who located first in Georgia at an early day and remained until 1840, when the family came to Alabama and purchased a partially improved farm in Blount county. Mr. WHORTON removed to Walker county, however, after a few years, where he remained till 1867, when he returned to Georgia where he remained till his death. He represented Forsythe county Georgia. in the legislature before coming to Alabama, and represented Blount county in the legislature before the war. He was also the first sheriff of Forsythe county, Georgia, under the new constitution. He and wife were members of the Baptist church. He was a son of BENJAMIN and OLLA (GREEN) WHORTON, both natives of South Carolina. The maternal grandfather of Mr. WHORTON was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and served seven years. He and wife were both members of the Baptist church. A. U. R. WHORTON was reared mostly in Alabama, and attended school in the old pioneer log house with its puncheon floor and stick and dirt chimney. In 1848 he married SARAH ALEXANDERr, daughter of NOAH and ELIZA (GANDY) ALEXANDER, both natives of South Carolina. NOAH ALEXANDER came to Alabama with his parents in 1812 and settled in Morgan county. He was a son of DAVID and EUNICE (HILL) ALEXANDER. ELIZA GANDY was a daughter of EDWARD and MARY (THURMAN) GANDY, both also natives of South Carolina. Grandfather GANDY was a soldier in the war of 1812, came to Alabama in 1821 and settled in Morgan county at GANDY'S Cove, which takes its name from him. After marriage, Mr. WHORTON settled first in Marshall county, Ala., where he remained till 1854, when he went to Texas and remained one year, and then returned to Alabama, settled in Blount county and has since remained. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. WHORTON, eight children have been born, of whom six are still living: ISAAC, ELIZA, AUGUSTA, JOHN P., CLAUDIE and ORA. The mother was born in 1830, in Blount county, and is a member of the Presbyterian church. In 1861 Mr. WHORTON enlisted in company F, Col. STARN'S battalion of cavalry, under Capt. JOHN McKASKILL. He served till the close of the war and was under Gen. FORREST and Gen. JOE WHEELER. He served as became a good and brave soldier and at the close of the war was orderly sergeant. He began in life with but little, but has done well and now owns 200 acres where he lives and 200 acres, two and a half miles down the valley. In 1865 he engaged in merchandising at Summit and conducted a large and lucrative business at that point, but since 1885 he has turned the business over to his sons, although he is still sole owner. He is one of the leading citizens of the county and a man that is known far and wide as being an honest and upright man, and a man that has built up his trade by honest and fair dealings. He is a Free Mason, has always been an ardent democrat, and at the last election voted against his own brother for senator, because he was running on the opposition ticket.
BARTLEY, JOHN WHORTON, NIMROD HORTON of 1840 & 1850 Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL and JOHN H. HORTON of 1840 Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL are also undoubtedly part of this line of WHORTON (WHARTON). Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL is next to St. Clair Co. AL where ABRAHAM, WILLIAM WHORTON, and ELISHA HORTON lived in the early 1800's.
* JOHN WILLIAM HORTON was born 8 June 1848 in Cleburne Co. AL dying 4 February 1936 or 11 February 1936 in Logan Co. AR according to the below Confederate Pension Application, 10 January 1930 and the Deceased Pensioner’s Widow’s Application of Mrs. VIOLA HORTON, 2 March 1938. Cleburne Co. AL, although, was not created until 6 December 1866 by an act of the Alabama Legislature from territory contained in Calhoun, Randolph and Talladega Counties. JOHN WILLIAM HORTON served in G Company, 2nd Arkansas Infantry Regiment, CSA from about 1862 until April or May 1865. Mrs. VIOLA HORTON was born 5 February 1876 in Blount Co. AL.
Township 6 North, Range 26 West.
United States of America,
State of Arkansas,
County of Logan,
Southern Judicial District.
I, J. W. HORTON, do solemnly swear that the testimony I am about to give concerning Elisha REYMOLDS shall be the truth, the whole and nothing but the truth, so help me God. I, JOHN W. HORTON, am acquainted with Elisha REYNOLDS and am not related to him and also was with his father Ned REYNOLDS and his mother, Mrs. Rend REYNOLDS. I first got acquainted with him about the year 1860 and lived neighbor to him and family when the war began and before and during the war and have seen him off and on ever since. I was to young for military service during the Civil War but I had relatives on all sides were in the army. I had an uncle, Captain William ASHMORE who was in the Confederate Army, he together with my father and several others was killed by the Federals in a mile or two of what is now the town of Sugar Grove in this County. Those who were with Captain ASHMORE and were killed were my father, JOHN HORTON, Allen SILVERS, Henry HARRISON and they captured three prisoners at the time they killed these and afterwards killed one named ELKINS and ROGERS and turned one, SOL MOBLEY, loose.
Elisha REYNOLDS was a member of Captain ASHMORE'S organization and after he was killed REYNOLDS joined some other command. I do not remember what command it was and served the rest of the war. A boy, son of SILVERS, who was killed with ASHMORE myself and a lot of neighbor women buried all of them that were killed at a grave yard near Sugar Grove where their remains are still. At that time the women and the boys had to do all the burying in the country. This man REYNOLDS, of whom I am testifying, disappeared from my view about the last of the war and the next I saw of him was directly after the war. I stayed all night with him in Texas and have seen him off and on ever since. He had three sisters and a brother, John. I have also known John LADD before and since the Civil War. He lived in the same neighborhood with the rest of us. He belonged in a cavalry command at the time ASHMORE was killed but don't think it was ASHMORE'S. My father served part of the time with John LADD. Elisha REYNOLDS now lives near Ardmore, Oklahoma.. Further Deponent sayeth not.
Witness to mark;
signed by mark.
Theodore F. Potts
Subscribed and sworn to before me this Sept. 21, 1920 SEAL Leon Westmoreland, My commission expires Oct-31,1922. Notary Public.
The above information on WILLIAM ASHMORE, JOHN W. HORTON Civil War Affidavit taken from Ashmore Family from England to Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, & Arkansas.
HORTON, J. W. - Co. G. 2nd Arkansas Infantry, Died 4 February 1936. He applied for a Logan Co. Arkansas Pension 13 January 1930. Wife: VIOLA applied 13 July 1938.
HORTON, JOHN WILLIAM - Born 8 June 1848. Drew a Logan Co. Arkansas Pension in Sugar Grove community. Drew Pension in the 1930’s.
* Confederate Burials in Arkansas are from Knight, Rena Marie, Confederate Soldiers Buried in Arkansas: A Compilation Representative of All Confederate States, 143 and Desmond, Walls Allen, Index to Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications, 156.
Logan Co. AR was formed from parts of Scott, Franklin, and other surrounding counties.
Petit Jean Township.
* Summons for MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE HORTON SCOTT to appear and give testimony against George Smith, Thomas Smith, Jackson Smith, Lige Smith, and others on a misdemeanor that occurred 7 August 1873 at the residence of ELI H. SCOTT. George W. Smith shot and killed ELI H. SCOTT in 1879 Logan Co. Arkansas, according to a 22 January 2008 e-mail of Vonnie Wright.
Petit Jean Township.
Issued during the month of June and July 1881.
Issued during the month of June and July 1881.
The progenitor for MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE (wife of JOHN M. (MAC) HORTON) was listed in the 1820 Jasper Co. Georgia census:
MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE (PINTON, FREDERICK, WALTER, JOHN, JOHN, ASHMORE) was born June 1832 in Meriweather, GA; and died August 25, 1905 in Logan, AR. She married (1) JOHN M. C. HORTON about 1847 probably in Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL. They could have also been married in Blount Co. AL. Some of the marriage records for Blount Co. AL are missing. One of the marriage books was "borrowed" from the Court House and never returned. This book covered the time period between 1845 and 1852 when JOHN M. C. HORTON and MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE married.
JOHN M. C. (MAC) HORTON was born in 1827, GA; and died about 1864 or earlier in Sugar Grove, Logan Co. AR. MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE HORTON married (2) ELI H. SCOTT; 1862 in Scott Co. AR. He was born 1831 in MS, and died about 1879 in Logan Co. AR. George W. Smith shot and killed ELI H. SCOTT in 1879 Logan Co. Arkansas, according to a 22 January 2008 e-mail of Vonnie Wright, and another ELI SCOTT researcher gives the children of MARTHA and JOHN HORTON as JOHN, JAMES, SARAH, JANE, & MARY who were half siblings to her great grandfather ELI SCOTT born 1844.
MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE HORTON SCOTT married (3) WILLIAM TOWNSEND after 1877 in Logan Co. AR, son of JAMES TOWNSEND and MARGARET. He was born 1821 in Tuscaloosa, AL, and died 1898 in Sugar Grove, Logan Co. AR.
Children of MARTHA ASHMORE and JOHN MAC HORTON:
Children of MARTHA HORTON and ELI SCOTT:
Child of MARTHA SCOTT and WILLIAM TOWNSEND:
The above information on MARTHA ELIZABETH ASHMORE was provided from the following web site: Ashmore Family from England to Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, & Arkansas.
JOHN M. C. HORTON, born 1827 in Georgia, married MARTHA M. ASHMORE, the daughter of FRANCIS WRIGHT ASHMORE. MARTHA was born on 1 June 1832, died 25 August 1905, burial in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. JOHN M. HORTON died between 1860 and 1870. Sometime during the Civil War while home on furlough, he and two other men were bushwhacked. He is buried in a small cemetery located near Sugar Grove. They had six children: JOHN WILLIAM HORTON, born 1848, died February 11, 1936. His first wife was HULDA JANE WARD; his second wife was a Mrs. JIM HEARON. JOHN W. HORTON is buried in the Sugar Grove cemetery.
JAMES HORTON, born 1851; JANE HORTON, born 1853; and SARAH ELIZABETH HORTON, born 1855 are the next three children, SARAH J. HORTON, born 1859, married DAVID GANTT. They are buried in the Lick Creek Cemetery.
MARY RACHAEL HORTON, born 1861, married JASPER WARD, the son of MAC WARD, on December 1, 1878. Their son EDDIE WARD had two children: JAMES married an EPPERSON and they have two children: RACHAEL HORTON WARD'S second marriage was to HENRY CUPP. Submitted by Margaret Ann Wilkins.
Grandfather HORTON was reared in Alabama, married MARTHY ASHMORE, and lived there before coming to Arkansas between 1855 and 1860. They had four children: JAMES WILLIAM (BILLIE); SALLY, who married DAVID GANTT, had eight children, then married RUBON BASHEARS; RACHAEL, who married JASPER WARD, had four children, then married HENRY CUPP; and a son who died in his teens.
BILLIE HORTON married HULDAH JANE WARD, my mother. Four of their eight children died in infancy (three boys and one girl). JENNIE married WILBY A. WATKINS, had no children, and died March 8, 1955.
I, DAVID N. HORTON, the second oldest, married JENNIE HIPP and we had four children. The oldest died in infancy. HERBERT R. married AUDREY DOSHIER and has three boys: KENNETH, WILLARD, and GORDON. MYRTLE married NOAL F. BAILY and has two children: PHILLIP and PHYLLIS. LESLIE G. (a boy) married MAYRENE TRICKETT and has two girls: CAROLYN and MARILYN.
My brother, JAMES M., married LIVIE HIPP. After she died, he married MAMIE HUNTERr and raised four children. JAMES died August 20, 1920.
My brother, JOE O., married VERDIE WILLIAMS. They have two boys: CODY and VERN.
After Mother died, November 1, 1901, Father married a widow whose maiden name was HAND. Her first marriage was to JIM HEARON; they had one child, NORA HEARON. She and father had four children. VERDA married DOYLE NOLAND and had three children. ETHEL married OBE FENNELL and had four children. ADELLA married HARLEY WILKINS and had a boy. ORVIL married HAZEL WILKINS and has no children. Father died February 11, 1936. JOE and I are the only living members of father's first family.
Grandfather HORTON was ambushed and killed by the guerillas while home on furlough from the Civil War. Later Grandmother married ELI SCOTT. They raised four children. DORA married JOHN SOWELLS, had four children. He died and she married BEN RANKINS and had two children. MEDA married JAMES WILKINS, had several children. He died and she married DOCK SMITH. EVA married JOHN PRESSNAL and had several children. ELI SCOTT married LAURA WILKINS and had several children. Grandmother's third marriage was to a Mr. TOWNSEND. She had one sister and one brother that lived here, and four SMITH half-brothers. Submitted by DAVID N. HORTON.
HORTON, D. LAWRENCE, 18, Paris, to ROGERS, VOYZA, 20, Paris, 20 March 1920, by Rev. G. C. Towery, Robert Burnette, Security. J-529.
HORTON, DAVID N. 21, Sugar Grove, to HIPP, JENNIE, 18, Sugar Grove, 1 September 1904, by W. A. Townsend, J. P. James P. Chiles, Security. I-359.
HORTON, H. H., 21, Dublin, to WALKER, CORA, 18, Dublin, 19 June 1897, by Rev. E. H. Hughes, Ellis Willis, Security. E-20.
HORTON, J. M., 25, Sugar Grove, to HUNTER, MAMIE, 17, Sugar Grove, 17 March 1912, by Rev. L. W. Fair, C. J. Silvers, Security. 3-232.
HORTON, J. W., 54, Sugar Grove, to HERRON, VIOLA, Mrs. 24, Sugar Grove, 31 August 1902, by W. A. Townsend, J. P. J. B. Rankins, Security. I-109.
HORTON, JAMES, 19, Sugar Grove, to HILL, LIBBY, 18, Sugar Grove, 24 September 1905, by W. A. Townsend, J. P. Wm. Sowells, Security. I-522.
HORTON, JOHN T., 31, to REED, SARAH E., 15, both of Corley, 6 September 1888, by R. H. Howard, Min., C-387.
HORTON, JOSEPH O., 29, Sugar Grove, to WILLIAMS, VERDIE, 16, Sugar Grove, 10 April 1919, by W. A. Townsend, J. P. John W. Scott, Security, (Note from W. S. Williams). 4-575.
HORTON, T. A., 27, to BAKER, LONIA M., 22, both of Booneville, 16 March 1890, by J. N. Pennington, MG., C-575.
HORTON, W. H., 20, Paris, to TOWERY, JUANITA, 18, Paris, 9 October 1920, by Rev. S. E. Marrs, Mort Hardwicke, Security. J-607.
HORTON, W. J., 47, Paris, to CORLEY, M. A. Mrs., 38, Corley, 6 April 1919, by L. J. Slavens, J. P. (Benton Co.) H. Hall, Security. J-344.
I have also found a court clerk named M. C. HORTON in Morgan County, Alabama on 23 Dec 1829 that may be considered a candidate for the father of JOHN M. (MAC) HORTON.
Inventory of the estate of Philip RYAN, deceased, of the goods and chattels, lands and tenements, which was left, unadministered by the former administrator not fully administered and which came to the hands of John RYAN, the present administrator 1825. 1 quarter section of land on which one fourth part had been paid south east of Section 35 Township 7 Range 1 West one quarter section more on which one fourth part had been paid to wit the north east quarter of Section Thirty-Four and Township Seven of Range 1 West on the east half of which quarter was paid the orphans court first mentioned quarter and the half of the last on which paid that ___ last mentioned half quarter section and possession of which was delivered to the ____. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23rd day of December 1829. M. C. HORTON [?], Clerk. Recorded Dec. 25, 1829. [Signed] John RYAN, Adm.
Listed in the 1830 Morgan Co. AL Census is JAMES HORTON: 50-60 years of age. He has two sons 15-20 which are most likely JAMES and ANDREW HORTON. In nearby households were WILLIAM HORTON and JOSEPH HORTON: 20-30. WILLIAM and JOSEPH could also be sons of JAMES HORTON. I also believe this may be the same HORTON family in the 1840 census for Blount Co. AL.
Name, Males Under 21, Males Over 21, Females Under 21, Females Over 21, Total. The next section (after the second hyphen) records: Insane Within Each County, Insane Sent Abroad, Slaves, and Free Persons of Color.
The HORTON family in Morgan, Blount, and Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL, undoubtedly, came from Georgia. Below is a PROSSER HORTON deed from May 5, 1807 listing J. M. C. (Mac)? MONTGOMERY, Sheriff of Jackson County, GA.
JAMES HORTON born about 1737 in Virginia may be another possible progenitor of the JOHN MAC HORTON line in America. At present there is strong supposition that JAMES HORTON is the probable father of the people listed below. It has not, however, been proven. JAMES HORTON died about 1778 in North Carolina.
Pierce's Register: Vol. X, Pg. 248 lists JAMES HORTON'S wife as SARAH, born 1735 married about 1752, and a land grant of 640 acres. Colonel MURPHREE signed the land grant. This JAMES HORTON was killed in the Revolutionary War. There is also a JAMES HORTON listed that survived the Revolutionary War living in Georgia. It is believed that this older JAMES HORTON Sr., may well be the father of the following:
Grantors Name, Grantees Name, Type of Instrument, Deed Book, Page, Year Filed.
*Several of the above HORTON'S served in War of 1812.
PROSSER HORTON born about 1756 in Orange Co., North Carolina may be the progenitor of the JOHN MAC HORTON line. PROSSER HORTON married SARAH K. who was born about 1760. He died 29 Mar 1823 in Jackson Co., GA. In a letter written by a grandson of JAMES HORTON, brother to PROSSER, he states that JAMES HORTON was held prisoner at Wilmington NC during the American Revolution and stayed incarcerated till near the end of the war. He is shown in Pierces Register to have served 84 months. The author of the letter was C. W. HORTON born in 1838. Information taken from an application to the DAR states that PROSSER HORTON, brother to JAMES HORTON, was born in Orange Co. NC. That gives indication that JAMES HORTON was also born in Orange Co. NC.
The 1793 Wilkes CO, NC census lists a PROSSER HORTON present on p. 277. And the Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots: Volume 2 has a listing for: HORTON, PROSSER. Grave location: Near O' Shields Bridge, Jackson Co. GA. The grave was located in 1926.
PROSSER and SARAH K. had the following children:
PROSSER HORTON'S son or grandson named FLETCHER married RACHEL TENNISON, who was living with JOHN MAC HORTON and his family in Benton (Calhoun) Co. AL. 1850, on Jan 11, 1853. JAMES HORTON'S offspring are in Jackson Co. Georgia by the late 18th century. Deed and Census records for the 1809, 1820, and 1830 Jackson County Georgia HORTON'S are listed below along with the HORTON’S granted land through the 1827 Georgia Land Lottery.
Pages 188-190, Oct. 24, 1797, Deed from Charles McDONALD and Mary, his wife, of Handcock County, GA, to PROSSER HORTON of Warren County, consideration of $150 for 287-1/2 acres in Jackson County on Walnut fork of Oconee River, said tract surveyed by John HAMPTON on June 27, 1784, granted to him on Aug. 15, 1794 (1784?) and conveyed to Charles McDONALD Dec. 15, by James B. WHITNEY, Collector of Taxes, and recorded in the Secretary of State's Office in Book E, folio 140. Signed: Charles McDONALD, Mary McDONALD. Recorded Mar. 8, 1798.
Pages 269-270, Oct. 10, 1799, Deed from PROSER HORTON to ANN HORTON, both of Jackson County, $100 for 45-2/10 acres in Jackson County on the North fork of Curry's Creek, being part of a tract of land containing 362-1/2 acres originally granted in the name of Thomas CARSON, conveyed by CARSON to Joseph SCOTT, and from SCOTT to PROSER HORTON. Signed: PROSER HORTON. Witness: JOHN HORTON, Joseph McCUTCHEN, J. P. Recorded: June 28, 1800.
Pages 281-282, Oct. 10, 1799, Jackson County, I Joseph McCUTCHEN of said County do fully and clearly Relinquish all Rights and Title in me vested to a certain tract of land granted to Robert CONNERLY on the Walnut fork of Oconee and conveyed from said CONNERLY to the said McCUTCHEN dated Jan. 22, 1789 and relinquished to PROSSER HORTON on a Survey in the name of John HAMPTON containing 24-1/2 acres … I, Joseph McCUTCHEN do fully Relinquish to PROSSER HORTON in consequence of his having a title on the old Survey on the aforesaid John HAMPTONS Warrant which survey is dated June 27, 1784, granted on Aug. 15, 1794. Signed: Jos. McCUTCHEN. Witness: SHEROD HORTON, JOHN HORTON, Eth'd WOOD, J. P. Recorded: July 14, 1800.
Pages 289-290, May 16, 1805, Deed from Ruben KENNERLEY of Augusta County, VA to PROSER HORTON of Jackson County, in consideration of $900 for a tract of land in Jackson County containing 500 acres on the Walnut fork of the Oconee River surveyed Apr. 11, 1786, patented to Ruben KENNERLEY on Jan. 27, 1789, bounded by lands of John DIAMOND, containing 500 acres. Signed: Reuben KENNERLEY. Witness: William PATRICK, James KENNERLEY, Jr. Sam'l COLLINS, Samuel WHITESELE. June 24, 1805, Augusta County, VA, proved by the oaths of William PATRICK, James KENNERLEY, Jr. Attested by Chesley KINNEY, Clerk of Court, on Sept. 6, 1805. Certified by Alexander ROBERTSON, presiding magistrate of the Court of Augusta County, VA on Sept. 10, 1803. Recorded in Jackson County on Nov. 6, 1805.
Page 599, May 5, 1807, Deed from J. M. C. MONTGOMERY, Sheriff of Jackson County, to PROSER HORTON, consideration of $30.00, property sold by virtue of an execution issuing out of the Justices court in Jackson County dated Jan. 21, 1807. PROSER HORTON was plaintiff and Roderick TIDWELL formerly lived containing 50 acres in Jackson County (formerly Franklin), originally granted to KENNERLY joining HORTON and others. Land sold at public sale with PROSER HORTON being the highest and best bidder for $30.00. Signed: J. M. C. MONTGOMERY, Sheriff. Witness: David S. McCRAVY, David WITT, J. P. Recorded: Jan. 22, 1808.
Page 628, June 29, 1807 and the 31st year of the Independence of the U.S.A., Deed from Richard MOORE of Baldwin County, GA to PROSERE HORTON of Jackson County, $500 for tract of land in Jackson County containing ___ (torn) hundred acres, part of a tract granted to MOORE on Apr. 17, 1792. Signed: Richard MOORE. Witness: Lanfair WHIHURST, Simon HOLD, Jr. J. I. C. Sworn by Nancy MOORE, wife of Richard MOORE, examined separately, with her own free will acknowledged her right of dower to above mentioned tract of land, before Simon HOLT, Jr. J. I. C., Baldwin County. Recorded: Jan. 27, 1808.
Page 234, Nov. 3, 1800, Deed from John SCOTT of the City of Augusta, GA, Gentleman, to PROSER HORTON of Jackson County, $605 for 376-3/4 acres and 26 poles, which said tract is the northern moiety of a certain tract originally granted to Ezekiel CLOUD on Sept. 13, 1784 on bounty for 575 acres lying on Indian Creek, at the time of survey Franklin County, said survey is now supposed to contain 753-3/4 acres and 6 poles, conveyed by Ezekiel Cloud to Reubin COLEMAN, and by the acting administrators of the Estate of said COLEMAN to John SCOTT. Signed: J. SCOTT. Witness: Joseph HUTCHINSON, J. P. David B. BUTLER, J. P. Nov. 5, 1800, Columbia County, GA, Sworn by Eliza SCOTT, wife of John SCOTT, that she renounced all her right of dower to said tract, before Wm. FORD, J. P. Recorded: Apr 19, 1805.
Oct 13, 1817, Jonathan B. WALKER sells to PROSSER HORTON both of Jackson Co., $400 for 229 acres on waters of the No. Oconee River, Beg. at the chestnut cor. W39 chs. 70 links to red oak cor., S 58 25 links to hickory cor., E. 29 chs. 70 links to red oak cor. N 58 chs. 25 links to beg. cor. It being part of tract surveyed for Richard PURKINS October 30, 1784, granted March 3, 1789. Signed Jonathan B. WALKER. Wit: William BELL, WILLIAM HORTON. Sworn by William BELL on Jan. 15, 1819 before John TODD J. P. Rec: July 5, 1820.
A-64, PROSSOR HORTON (SR.).* Will dated Nov. 29, 1820, probated Mar 29, 1823, recorded pp. 88-90. "… in perfect health, & perfect mind & memory… I give & bequeath unto FARABY HORTON my daughter All that part of the Land that I now live on that lies on the South West side of Walnut Fork of Oconee river containing 230 acres More or less, and one Horse, Bridle & Saddle, one cow & calf, one Feather Bed & furniture to be left to her own Choice."
"I give & bequeath unto my beloved Wife SARAH HORTON one third part of the profits arising from the plantation whereon I now live Lying on the North side of Walnut fork of the Oconee during hir widowhood, & the other two Thirds to be Equally devided between my Sons FLETCHER & PROSSOR HORTON (JR.) during such widowhood & after the death or Marriage of my wife SARAH, I do give & bequeath the above described plantation & premices & all the land attached thereunto, to my sons FLETCHER & PROSSOR HORTON."
"And all the rest of Property after all my Just debts are Paid, & $200 to William CLEMENTS to be Eaqually devided amoung my Legatees, except Sarah GLENN, & her part of my property, except what she already had, is to be eaqually devided among the Issues of her Body & the two illegitimate children that is Layed to my son WILLIAM HORTON, that is to say JEROME T. FLANIGIN & WILLIAM M. FLANIGIN, provided WASHINGTON ALLEN my son in Law does give a Just & Satisfactory account & return of all the money & property that my son WILLIAM had at the time of his death in his possession without any trouble or expense, he is to be considered as one of my heirs in the general provisions of this my will, & if not he is to be excluded from any further part of my property except what he has already had, & my property to be eaqually devided amoungst the rest of my heirs…"
Executors: James HEMPHILL & William BELL, Esqr. Witnesses: Charles DOUGHARTY, Ezekiel PRICE, John TODD & John YOUNG.
Page 18, Friday the 5th day of March 1823. Court met according to adjournment. Present the Hon'ble Thomas HYDE, William D. MARTIN & Hugh MONTGOMERY. Personally came into open Court SARAH HORTON wife and relic of PROSER HORTON dec'd and enters a Cavert against the probate of the said PROSER HORTON'S will on the following grounds.
1st Because the said PROSER HORTON at the time of the making of the said will was not of sound and disposing memory - 2nd because he has since disposed of a part of the property which he bequeathed in said will which amounts to a revocation of the said will - 3rd because he has frequently been heard to say that he was not Satisfied with the will which he has made & intended to alter it - 4th because there was a great deal of property which the said PROSER HORTON was possessed of that was not disposed of at all.
D. H. MONTGOMERY, Thomas HYDE, Wm. D. MARTIN.
Pages 19-20, 31st day of March 1823; The last will & testament of PROSER HORTON was exhibited in Court, proven by the Oaths of the Subscribing Witnessses & Ordered to be recorded. The executor therein named being sworn according to law.
Page 35, Ordered that Wm. BELL & James HEMPHILL Executors of PROSER HORTON be allowed to sell all the real estate of PROSER HORTON dec'd they advertising & selling agreeably to law.
Page 80, Ordered that Adam WILLIAMSON be & he is hereby appointed the Guardian of PROSER HORTON son of PROSER HORTON dec'd he having made Choice of him as such.
448. Notice. The public are hereby forewarned not to trade for the following notes of hand, viz, one for $400 due from Gen. David ADAMS of Hancock co., and one for $200 due by PROCER HORTON of Jackson…
864. Take Notice. I forewarn all persons from harboring or trading with my wife SARAH - she having left my bed and board without cause. I shall not be accountable for any of her conduct - and those acting contrary to this notice will be prosecuted to the utmost rigor of the law. PROSSER HORTON. Aug. 15, 1812.
1345. Take Notice. I forewarn all persons from harboring or trading with my wife SARAH, she having left my house and board without cause - as I shall not account for her conduct, and those acting contrary to this notice will be prosecuted to the utmost rigor of the law. PROSER HORTON. March 17, 1815.
Section, District, Lot No. - Name - County, Captains District.
42d Day's Drawing - April 24.
44th Day's Drawings - April 26.
State of Alabama: Lawrence County.
On the 1st day of May A.D. 1859 personally appered before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the said County and State aforesaid, DYHTHA HORTON, ages 98 years, a resident of Lawrence County and State of Alabama, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of ABRAM HORTON, deceased, who was a Private in the Company commanded by Captain (name forgoten, refer as above) in the Revolutionary War of the United States. That her husband, ABRAM HORTON, on or about the ?day of ? A.D. 17?., was drafted for the term of ? months and continued in actual service in said war for more than fourteen days and was honorably discharged as she is informed and fully believes,, partly from her own knowledge and from the fact that she as a widow of said ABRAM HORTON, (who) was inscribed on the Pension List and now had in her possession, a certificate of which the following is a true copy;
I certify that in conformity with the Act of February 2nd, 1848, DYTHA HORTON, widow of ABRAM HORTON, who was a Private in the Revolutionary War is inscribed on the Pension List at the rate of Thirty Dollars per annum, commencing on the 4th of March, 1848 and continuing for life, unless she should marry, in which case the pension is not payable after the time of marriage. Given at the Department of the Interior, 12th day of September, One Thousand Eight Hundered and Fifty Nine.
J. EWING, Secretary
Dept. of the Interior,
Examined and Countersigned:
T. L. EDWARDS.
Commissioner of Pensions.
Adding her name to said Pension list and other papers and proceedings in connexion therewith now in the Department of the Interiorm which she begs leave to make reference for the justness of this.
She futher states that she was married to said ABRAM HORTON in the County of Surry and the State of North Carolina, on the ? day of ? A.D.,1777, by on Kajer CLARK, a magistrate and that her name before marriage was DYTHA CLARK, that her said husband died in the County of Lawrence and State of Alabama, on the 11th day of December, 1842 and that she is now a widow.
She makes this Declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which she maybe entilted under the Act approved March 3rd, 1855, and that her said husband, in his life time, never obtained from the United States any bounty land for his services in the Revolutionary War or any other services. And that she as the widow of said ABRAM HORTON, has made no other application for Bounty Land.
Her mark: DITHA HORTON.
We, T. J. JAMASION and George SMITH, residents of Lawrence County and State of Alabama, upon our oaths decalre that the foregoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by DYTHA HORTON in our presence.
Crocket McDONALD, Justice of the Peace swore "DITHA HORTON, made oath in due form of law, that she is the widow of ABRAM HORTON, who was a pensioner and is now dead, and to whom a certificate of pension was issued, of which the followiong is a true copy, viz;
War Department Revolutionary Claim.
I certify that conformity with the law of the United States on the 7th day of June, 1832 ABRAHAM HORTON, of the State of Alabama, who was a Private, in the War of the Revolution, is entitled to recieve Thirty Dollars per annum during his natural life, commencing on the 4th of March, 1831 adm payable semi-annually on the 4th of March, and the 4th of September in every year.
Secertary of War.
That the said deceased pensioner resided in Lawrence County aforesaid, in the State aforesaid, for the space of the ninteen years before his death, and that previous thereto, he resided in the State of North Carolina.
Her mark: DITHA HORTON.
Witnessed the 24th day of April, 1843,
before C. M. McDONALD J. P., W. W. DOWNS,
W. A. BOYCE, Witnesses.
1. A Whorton/WhartonGenealogy: A Southern Branch of the WHARTON Family from Maryland and Virginia to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama @ http://www.duke.edu/~awho/whorton/whorton.htm.
2. Molly McLaughlin e-mail, 30 April 2006.
3. Glenn Allen Nolen e-mail, 30 April 2006.
4. Ibid, 3 July 2006 to Don Horton, Houhandyman@aol.com.
5. The Rankin and Wharton Families and Their Genealogy, Rev. Samuel M. Rankin @ http://www.rankinfamily.org/Rankins%20of%20NC/Guilford%20County/Ch%204%20The%20Watson%20Wharton%20Genealogy.htm.
6. Descendants of William Whorton Born Circa 1736 Dying Circa 1805 with Information on Benjamin Whorton, Bartlett Whorton @ http://www.duke.edu/~awho/whorton/wmwhorton.htm.
7. Annals of Northwest Alabama, Vol. I., 165.
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