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William Brewer of Granville/Bute/Franklin Counties, NC
Posted by: Eric Hartsfield (ID *****8949) Date: March 27, 2003 at 19:38:33
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I am seeking information about William Brewer and his connection to my ancestor, Andrew Hartsfield. The tax records for Granville County, North Carolina in 1751, 1754, 1755, and 1757 show Andrew Hartsfield paying taxes for himself and William Brewer (and for Jacob Hartsfield [born 1737] in 1755 & 1757). I believe Andrew Hartsfield was living on "Andrew Hartsfield" Branch of Crooked Creek near what is now Bunn in Franklin County, North Carolina from at least 1747 to 1757. Andrew Hartsfield moved to Crabtree Creek in Johnston County (now Wake County) about 1758 and died there about January 1762. Jacob Hartsfield returned to Crooked Creek where he was taxed in 1762 and lived there until his death in 1814 (it became Bute County in 1764 and Franklin County in 1779).
Andrew Hartsfield was born near Philadelphia in 1713 and probably lived in the 1720s about where the Susquehanna River crosses from Pennsylvania into Maryland. The earliest North Carolina record of him is an undated tax list from Granville County from no later than 1747. His father, Godfrey Hartsfield, appears near Kinston in what is now Lenoir County in late 1744.
The Mackelroys (McElroys) were also associated with Andrew and Godfrey Hartsfield about this time. Andrew Hartsfield was granted Archibald Mackelroy, Sr.'s land patent on Crabtree Creek. Both Archibald Mackelroy Sr. and Jr. died in the 1750s and Jacob Hartsfield married the widow of Archibald Mackelroy, Jr. (nee Sarah Lynn).


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