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PAGE, possibly Thomas
MOTLEY, John Marion, Capt.
PAGE, Elizabeth
(1785-Abt 1824)


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  • Born: 1785, Wake County, North Carolina 1
  • Marriage: WITHERSPOON/WEATHERSPOON, James Hardy on 17 Jan 1805 in Wake County, North Carolina
  • Died: Abt 1824, Allen County, Kentucky about age 39
  • Buried: Witherspoon-Sledge Cemetery, Adolphus, Allen, Kentucky

bullet  Noted events in her life were:

  • Date of Birth: 17 Jan 1781 according to one researcher.
  • Burial records-findagrave: Nancy Motley Witherspoon, Witherspoon-Sledge Cemetery, Adolphus, Allen, Kentucky. 2 Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally by: The Love Of Baleigh
    Record added: Aug 13, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 134296867
  • Research: "John Motley and Elizabeth Page were born and reared in Essex Co., VA before moving to Halifax Co., NC sometime about 1770. 3 John purchased land in Halifax County in 1772, located near the home of his brother, Thomas Motley. In 1779 he was granted three contiguous tracts totaling 939 acres in the Crabtree District of Wake County, NC. This was the homestead on which John and Elizabeth lived and reared a large family. Their children were: Sarah "Sallie" born 1765; Catherine Elizabeth "Cate" born 1768; Mary "Polly" born 1770; James born in 1773; Edwin born in 1775; Penelope "Penny" born 1778; Nancy born 1785; Matthew born in 1786; and Henry born in 1789.

    During the Revolutionary War, John Motley, too old to bear arms but wishing to contribute to the cause of Independence, supplied food and forage to the military (on three occasions of record). He also provided the services of his river boat to transport soldiers and supplies along the Neuse River between Raleigh and New Bern. As record of his service he is listed in the DAR Patriotic Index. In return for his service he was issued a certificate in the amount of 334 pounds, redeemable in Continental currency. This currency was later exchanged for a bounty land warrant entitling him to a stake in the Kentucky territory. John did not take up his stake until many years later and continued to live on the homestead land in the Crabtree District of
    Wake Co., NC

    In the early 1800's John's son, James, made a trip to Warren Co., KY, possibly to investigate the area where his father had his Revolutionary War service bounty warranty claims. While James was in Kentucky, he purchased a 200 acre tract of land in Warren Co., KY located on Bays Fork Creek of the Barren River. The deed to this land was recorded on December 2, 1805.

    Evidently James did not take his family to Kentucky and did not stay as records show that he was at home in Wake Co., NC in September 1806. However, the Motley clan was preparing to move. Between September 1806 and January 1808 they sold several tracts of land and settled their accounts. The last deed for them was recorded January, 1808. By early spring of the same year, John and Elizabeth Motley, with some of their children, grandchildren and allied relations started their journey westward. Their destination was Warren Co., KY. John and Elizabeth did not settle on their Revolutionary War service bounty land. Instead, they settled on a small farm (105 acres) with a gristmill he purchased from Joseph and Sarah Boone. This deed was filed in Warren County on September 3, 1808. The property was located on the east side of Bays Fork Creek in the part of Warren County that was ceded when Allen was formed in 1815. This is the land they lived on until their death.

    Records indicate John and Elizabeth were survived by their nine children, all of whom were living near the gristmill, except Polly Johnson and Nancy Witherspoon who had remained in North Carolina. According to the Federal Census of 1810 the unmarried sons Matthew and Henry, were living with their parents. Edwin and his family occupied an adjacent dwelling. James and wife Laodicea "Dicie" were living on the Bays Fork property which he purchased in 1805. The other three daughters, Sallie Smith, Kate Johnson and Penny Lynn, all with families were residing nearby. Daughters Polly Johnson and Nancy Witherspoon came to Kentucky after the death of John and Elizabeth and took up residence on Bays Fork Creek.
    Note: This information is incorrect. Nancy and her husband Hardy Witherspoon came to Warren Co., KY in 1809/1810.

    After arriving in Kentucky, John Motley lived only long enough to see his married children locate homes and settle their families. He died soon after on June 13, 1811. Elizabeth continued to live in the home place until her death in 1816. They both are buried in the family graveyard of their neighbors John and Catherine Landers.


Nancy married James Hardy WITHERSPOON/WEATHERSPOON, son of William WITHERSPOON and Unknown, on 17 Jan 1805 in Wake County, North Carolina. (James Hardy WITHERSPOON/WEATHERSPOON was born on 6 Mar 1781 in Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina, USA, died on 21 Mar 1870 in Allen County, Kentucky and was buried in Witherspoon-Sledge Cemetery, Adolphus, Allen, Kentucky.)



  1. e-mail; from descendant, Jackie Reineke 3-3-16
  2. database, (
  3. Motley Ancestral Gleanings, Vol. 3 (N.p.: n.p., 1979); FHL microfilm.

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