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Last Updated: 27 March 2001

History and Origin of Draughon Name.

    The Draughon name is Scotch-Irish. The Irish name was "Dronons". The Gaelic name was " O'Drwoghane".

    In England, the name was changed to "Draughton". The holdings of this family and pictures of their castles are recorded in the Victoria Volumes with four volumes on Northhamptonshire and Leicestershire. These volumes can be found at Duke University in Durham, NC.

    There was a passenger, Elizabeth Drawton, who came in the ship with Captain Pierce to Elizabeth Citie, Virginia.

    The Draughon ancestors are thought to have come to North Carolina from the southeastern part of Virgina-probably the Nansemond County area-but the Nansemond County records burned in 1735.

    The ancestors probably came to North Carolina by way of the Green Trail, an Indian Trail that later became a stagecoach trail from Nansemond County, Virginia to Edenton, and another from the Nansemond County area to the Edgecomb area of Bertie County.

My Ancestry

My 6G-Grandparents

    Walter DRAUGHON was born Abt. 1690 in Chowan County, North Carolina, and died 1766. He married Bridgett BROWN about 1712 in Chowan County, North Carolina. She was born about 1690 in Chowan County, North Carolina, and died in 1756.

    Notes for Walter [ DRAWHORN] DRAUGHON: From Walter down to Jesse Belle Drawhorn is in no way offered as proof. I have posted it this way hoping someone one will find this in my home page that will contact me with proofed data and tell me all the names I have out of place. Thanks, Carnell Wright.

    Walter Draughon was born in Chowan County, North Carolina and in 1716 purchased land in Chowan County for 20 barrels of turpentine. In a deed dated January 08, 1716, Walter Draughon of Chowan Precinct purchased 150 acres of land from Thomas Garrett, Sr. in Chowan Precinct Book W, page 419. The 1739 tax list of Chowan County listed Walter Draughon with four tithables.

    On February 14, 1739/40, Walter Draughon petitioned the Governor's Council at New Bern for a patent of 640 acres in Bertie County. The Chowan County land was sold in 1742 ( Book A, p. 164 ) and in 1743, Walter Draughon purchased 200 acres on the west side of Barbeque Swamp in Bertie County from Thomas Howell ( Book F, p. 415 ).

    There are several land transactions of Colonial Bertie with Walter Draughon's name. The following are taken from Colonial Bertie by Mary Best Bell:

    1] Bertie County Deed Book F, page 282, Walter Draughon is a witness in a deed between Thomas Martin and Joseph Oates. July Court 1741. Colonial Bertie by Mary Best Bell, page 168.

    2] Bertie County Deed Book G, page 198, Walter Draughon is a witness in a deed between John Crickett, and Francis Penrice. August Court, 1749. Colonial Bertie by Mary Best Bell, page 200.

    3] Bertie County Deed Book G, page 495, Walter Draughon is mentioned as a land owner on Barbeque Swamp. May Court 1753. Colonial Bertie by Mary Best Bell, page 222.

    4) Bertie County Deed Book H, page 225. Walter Draughon to John Draughon, mentions land on Barbury (Barbeque) Swamp granted to Walter Draughon. October Court 1755. Colonial Bertie by Mary Best Bell, page 242.

    The following is from Charles Lucas.

    Title: Descendants of James Draughon of Edgecomb County, NC by Wells Robert Draughon, 1974, Sampson County Heritage Book: Church of Latter Day Saints

    Walter Draughon's will was written in 1758 and probated in 1766 in Bertie County, North Carolina. He mentions four sons: George, James, John, Robert. He mentions two daughters: Tamasin, and Bridget.

    Walter Draughon concludes his will with the words, "in wittness whearof I have hearunto set my hand and affixed my Seale this thirty first day of December Anno Domminy one thousand Seven hundred fifty Eight." Signed Sealed and Del.d in presents of us John Cake Jurt. John Outlaw Jurt. Edward E. Outlaw Walle Draughan Bertie County Sept. Ct. 1766."


James Abt. 1714, Chowan County, North Carolina.
John Abt. 1716, Chowan County, North Carolina.
Tamasin Abt. 1720.
George Abt. 1723, Chowan County, North Carolina.
Bridget Abt. 1726.

My 5G-Grandparents

    Bridget DRAUGHON was born Abt. 1726 in Chowan County, North Carolina, and died 27 July 1827 in Duplin County, North Carolina. She married Luke Thomas WARD in Bertie County, North Carolina. He was born Abt. 1730 in Bertie County, North Carolina, and died 30 May 1796 in Duplin County, (Kenans Dist.) North Carolina. For More about Bridget and Luke: See The Ward Page.

    Notes for Bridget DRAUGHON: Bridget fits into the ancestral slot that would be occupied by Socretia, the Choctaw Indian Chief's Daughter in my mother's records. As a kid I was sometimes told the Indian heritage was Chickasaw, a subtribe of the Choctaws, but I have been unable to establish any proof of her existence, or any Indian ancestry, and have accepted Bridget DRAUGHON as My legitimate ancestor.

    It is noted in The Sandel (Sandell) Family by Luther L. Sandel and Vineva L. (Tynes) Earl that Letitia Ward, the daughter of Bridget DRAUGHON and Luke Sr WARD was a Choctaw Indian of Duplin County, North Carolina. From Debi Langston .

    Information concerning Luke Thomas Ward Sr, Bridget Draughon was obtained from Ancestors of Martha "Sue" Thorton. From Debi Langston

My ancestral line from Bridget and Luke Thomas WARD.

4G-GP's:    Letitia WARD and Cullen CONERLY
3G-GP's:    Frances CONERLY and Jacob DUNCAN
2G-GP's:    James Pinkney DUNCAN and Martha Ann WALKER
Great-Grandparents:    Miranda Jane DUNCAN and Quinea Louis SPENCE
Grandparents:     Hosea Oliver SPENCE and Mary Magdalene JONES
Parents:    Ottice Edmond SPIERS and Atha Anne SPENCE


Alphabetical Index of The Draughon Family.

Bridget; Abt. 1726: My 5G-GM . Daughter of Walter DRAUGHON and Bridgett BROWN
George; Abt. 1723: My 5G-GU. Son of Walter DRAUGHON and Bridgett BROWN
James; Abt. 1714: My 5G-GU. Son of Walter DRAUGHON and Bridgett BROWN
John; Abt. 1716: My 5G-GU. Son of Walter DRAUGHON and Bridgett BROWN
Tamasin; Abt. 1720: My 5G-GA. Daughter of Walter DRAUGHON and Bridgett BROWN
Walter; Abt. 1690: My 6G-GF



I could use more history, documents and photos if anyone has something on the Draughon's.


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