Four weeks ago I was informed by Family Tree that I have
the same DNA as B. Colvard whose family originally came from
Wilkes Co., NC. His 4th G-grandfather was named Pleasants
COLVARD. I believe he may have been named after the PLEASANTS family of Henrico/Goochland counties, VA.
Since then I have been researching the COLVARD family of Goochland and Chesterfield counties, VA. and have come up
with a number of interesting coincidences between the COLVARD family and mine and the EASLEY family.
However, I am positive my family did NOT come from Goochland or Chesterfield counties. I believe that our families share a Common Ancestor, and I believe I know who that Common Ancestor is -- Christopher CALVERT of Accomack/Northampton counties, VA.
Christopher Calvert was transported to Accomack Co. in 1636
by William Bibby. His son Edmond is mentioned in Paul
Heinegg's book, "Free African Americans of North Carolina
Mr. Heinegg's book also mentions my 4th and 9th G Grandfathers, both named John Pannell/Pinnell/Pinion/ variant spellings. John Pannell arrived in Accomack County in 1646.
The Bibby, Pinnell, and Calvert/Colvard/Colbert families
ended up in Franklin County, NC in the mid-1700's. Our
families still live there.
Before my 4th G Grandfather Thomas CALVERT/COLVARD moved to
Bute (Franklin) County in 1768 he lived in Halifax County,
NC and made his living as a blacksmith. He also owned an
In 1744 Roderick EASLEY, Samuel and Daniel WELDON and their
families moved from VA to Halifax County, NC. Samuel
Weldon bought land adjacent to Plumtree Isladn (now called
Mush Is). The town of Weldon is named after him.
Roderick EASLEY was the son of Warham EASLEY and his father
was Robert EASLEY and his father was John EASLEY.
It is known that William COLVARD's widow
Temperance married an EASLEY, possibly Warham or someone else. But I have not seen any primary source material to
show who married Temperance, or what her maiden name was.
Some have speculated that her maiden name was BUTTERWORTH
after John BUTTERWORTH. However, I have not seen any
primary source material proving that either.
I would like to find out more information on Temperance
CALVET EASLEY and the EASLEY family. In particular, Robert's father John.
Question: My family has gone through a plethora (sp??) of
different names. Has John EASLEY's name ever been recorded
Christopher CALVERT of Accomack lived next to John ELSEY.
He also lived next to the PARKER family. Christopher's son
John was mentioned in the will of George PARKER, Sr. The
will was written in 1708 and executed in 1713.
The whereabouts of John CALVERT after 1713 is NOT known.
Christopher CALVERT had three other sons besides John --
Christopher, Jr., William, and George.
The whereabouts of these sons have also not been fully
There was also a John ARCHER living in Accomack Co. during
this time. However, it has not been established if this
John ARCHER is related to the John ARCHER who bought land
in Goochland Co along with Robert EASLEY, John PLEASANTS,
Thomas JEFFERSON, Thomas TURBIN.
My 5th G Grandfather, Joseph CALVERT, bought land on Plumtree Island in 1720. He was an Indian trader. His
neighbors on the island were Joseph COLSON, William and
Walter TURBEVILLE, Robert LONG, William GREEN, and Ralph
Joseph COLSON was the son of Jacob COLSON, formerly of
Henrico Co., VA. Jacob and his sister Martha were involved
in suit involving George ARCHER. He was the son of John
ARCHER who purchased land with Robert EASLEY, John PLEASANTS, John ARCHER, Thomas JEFFERSON, and Thomas TURPIN.
John PLEASANTS also owned land that was owned by John COLSON, Jacob and Martha's father. John PLEASANTS later
sold that land to John CALVET.
Joseph COLSON's brother, Abraham COLSON, was a registered
Chickasaw trader along with James COLBERT, Gideon
GIBSON, and JAMES ADAIR.
I would love to share any information I have with you re:
the EASLEY and CALVERT/COLVARD families.
Richard A. Colbert
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