David Huddlestone, Sr. was born circa 1720 and came to North Carolina, then
Anson County, around 1760. David Sr., received a land
grant patent of 350 acres on Camp Creek in Anson County, later Rutherford
County, on April 10, 1760. A later grant of 400 acres on Cane Creek of
the Second Broad River was made on November 16, 1764. A third tract of
land, 400 acres, was granted on April 6, 1765. This land was in the
same area as the Smart's land received from the state of North Carolina.
The land was parcelled out among his sons David Jr., William and John during
the following years. David Sr., was taxed in Rutherford County for 350
acres, 6 slaves, 4 horses, and cattle.
The Last Will and Testament of David Huddlestone, was witnessed the the 18th
of August 1786 and proved in court in October 1786. The original is on file
at the State Archives and Library in Raleigh, NC. Provision was made
for his wife Hannah, his children William, David Jr., John, James, Mary and
Jane Huddlestone-Smart. Hannah, apparently his second wife, married
David while she was the widow of John McFadden. His property
included 7 slaves and 500 acres of land and his son, William, was the
executor along with William Cennalland.
The mother of David Sr.'s children is unknown. Hannah's will was dated
November 26, 1796 and named her two daughters, Margaret Etherington and
Rachel Sweeny to receive her property. This suggest that David Sr.,
and Hannah had no children of their own.
David Huddleston born in 1720 and his brother William born by 1730 are
living in what would become Rutherford, NC by 1750.
In 1755 they witness a deed between Reynolds and Moore in Anson Co, NC and
thirty years later they are still living by Reynolds and Moore.