The Benjamin and Warham you mention are considered to be on the basis of the evidence, sons of John Easley, son of Warham and Ann Woodson Easley.
Surry County, North Carolina, state census of 1784-1787:
John Easley, 1 male 21-60, 2 males under 21 or over 60; 6 females
(Stokes County was created from Surry County in 1789.)
Stokes County, Salisbury District, North Carolina, 1790 U. S. census:
John Easley, 2 males over 16, 3 males under 16
This listing is on the same page as Randolph and John "Ridle", and is one household away from William Hawkins. Benjamin Hawkins, Jr. and Sr. are also in the Stokes County Census for this year.
Stokes County, North Carolina, 10 December 1790, Deeds, Volume 2, page 29, grant from state of North Carolina to John Easley for 80 acres on a branch of Snow Creek, adjoining Matthew Moore.
Stokes County, North Carolina, 29 May 1795, Deeds, Volume 2, page 196, Benjamin Hawkins, Senr, and Benjamin Hawkins, Junr. to John Riddle 100 pounds for land (acreage not given) on waters of Mill and Racoon Creeks, division between William Hawkins and Benjamin Hawkins, Junr., adjoining Wm. Chandler; conditional line between Harmon Hawkins and John Riddle. Witnesses: John Easley and Randolph Riddle. Signed: Benjamin Hawkins, Senr., Benjamin Hawkins, Junr.
Pendleton District, South Carolina, 1800 U. S. census:
John Easley, 4 males under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 male over 45
2 females under 10, 7 females 10-16, 1 female 26-45
Betty Willie, Pendleton District, S.C. Deeds 1790-1806 (Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1982).
p. 149. Page 350: I, Martin Hewlet for L 60 stg. sold to Bennett Combs 112 acres on 12 Mile River, granted to Samuel Earle by Wm. Moultrie, 5 Feb. 1787. Date: 7 Oct. 1797. Wit: Daniel Ship, John Easley, Abram Duff. Abraham Duff made oath to W. W. Reid, J. P., 7 Oct. 1797. Rec: & Oct. 1797.
p. 217. Pages 132-133: I, Nicals Perkins of Stokes (?) Co., NC for $600 sold to John Easley of Pendleton Co., 600 acres on Rice's creek of 12 Mile River, surveyed by David Hopkins, D.S., 11 Jun. 1784 for Patrick Bardon (Rardon). Date: 8 Oct. 1799. Signed: N. Perkins. Wit: James Trehern (?), Harmon Hawkins, H. D. L. J. Stone . . . "Be it remembered that one Kirks(?) has a claim of a tract of 40 acres in one corner of within deed and I, John Easley, do hereby relinquish all claim to the sd. Keeks (?)". Date: 13 Oct. 1799. Wit: Harmon Hawkins, Randolph Riddle. Harmon Hawkins made oath to Robert Bowen, J. P., 12 Nov. 1799. Rec: 1 Jan. 1800
Notes: Abraham Duff above married Verlinda Combs, daughter of Bennett and Dorothy Combs (Early Settlers of Sangamon County, by John Caroll Power, 1876 p. 270). As implied in the citation, descendants of these families ended up living in Sangamon County, Illinois, in the same neighborhood as Daniel Easley. Also Note that in 1791, Pendleton became part of the new Washington District organized from Abbeville.
Shortly after 1800, John Easley migrated with, among others, the Drennans and Harmon Hawkins (probably his brother-in-law) from Pendleton District, South Carolina, to the part of Kentucky which would eventually become Caldwell County. John's brother, Warham, also joined him in KY.
Livingston Co., Ky. Court Order Book A, p. 236. 5 July 1803. John Easley. No. 711 . . . 200 a. [Followed by Moses Clayton, #712.]
Livingston Co., Ky., 5 July 1803. John Easley entitled to 400 acres west side of Trade Water on Isaac Job (corner?) west boundary line. (no. 711, plat Bk A, p. 131).
Livingston Co., Ky., 24 February 1804, John Easley records 200 acres on Isaac Job corner, . . on Amos Robertson line . . (plat given, Journal Bk A, p. 245).
Land grant no. 1045, Livingston County, Kentucky, 6 May 1805:
Warham Easley [John's brother], 400 acres
[grant no. 1044 is for 400 acres to Harmon Hawkins]
There is no evidence of continued residence by John Easley in Livingston [later Caldwell] County, Kentucky. However, his son Daniel remained there and his brother, Warham, who had migrated from Stokes County, North Carolina, remained there. John settled in Franklin County, Tennessee. Harmon Hawkins also continued in residence in this area of KY. As mentioned before, he was probably John's brother-in-law.
John Easley, 1812 tax list, Franklin Co., TN.
Randolph Riddle is the next listing- Harmon Riddle is next but one after Randolph. The Benjamin and Warham you mention are also close by.
The descendants of Randolph Riddle report that his wife was Jemima Hawkins. Note the continuous connection from North Carolina to Tennessee for John Easley and Randolph Riddle, and the continuous connection to the Hawkins family in NC, SC and KY.
Franklin County, Tennessee, 1820 U. S. census:
John Easley, one male 26-45, one male over 45, 2 females 16-26 and one female over 45
John's widow, Winifred, was administratrix of his estate and sold land in that capacity in Franklin Co., TN, in 1827. Note that most of the people who can be identified as children of this couple had a daughter named Winifred, including my ancestor, Daniel Easley. She was probably Winifred Hawkins, and I suspect, note, SUSPECT, that her father was Benjamin Hawkins, Sr.
As I mentioned above, Harmon Hawkins, who was already an adult in Stokes Co., NC, by 1795, received a grant of land (grant #1044) in Livingston Co., KY in 1805 on the same day as Warham Easley (grant #1045), son of Warham and Ann Woodson Easley. He probably was the father of Benjamin Hawkins who married Rosannah Clark in Livingston Co. in 1808. The bondsman for this marriage was Robert C. Ritchey, closely associated with Daniel Easley, son of John Easley. Robert was probably the brother-in-law of Daniel's wife, Margaret (McWhorter) Ritchey, by her first marriage to John Ritchey; her marriage to Daniel Easley was her second. Robert appears in various deed records with Daniel and also as a guarantor when Daniel was appointed guardian to John Ritchey's son, John.
I believe that the John Easley who appears in the 1830 census in Franklin Co., TN, is John Easley, Jr., and is the male 26-45 in the 1820 census listing above. He has been incorrectly identified as the son of James Easley and the husband of Ann Waldrum, but an 1840 deed proves that this John Easley's wife was Ann aka Nancy Street. I further believe that this is John and Ann Easley who lived in Hot Springs Co., Ark.
Miller Woodson Easley, who appears in some of the Franklin Co., TN records, and is also undoubtedly John's son, is found in the 1830 Saline Co., IL, census near his cousin, Joseph, son of Warham of Livingston/Caldwell Co., KY. Miller W. later moved to Ark., then MO, where he died leaving at least several daughters.
Note that I do not base my identification of John Easley's wife as a Hawkins solely on the basis of his continued connection to the Hawkins family. My grandmother's uncle, Herbert L. Easley (1884-1954) stated that John Easley's wife was a Hawkins. Herbert was a great-grandsom of Daniel Easley, son of John. Daniel died in 1874, at age 100. Thus, Daniel's descendants had a very good chance of absorbing some information concerning his family before he died.
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