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Gaddy/Cooper/Duncan/Ford/Hays Families in NC and SC
Posted by: Jo Ann Killeen (ID *****3513) Date: June 02, 2005 at 19:47:48
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I hope the following notes will be helpful to those searching subject families. If you have any information on the William, John, Joel, and Thomas Cooper families who arrived in Richland County, SC, between 1811-1820, I would love to hear from you.


John Duncan m. Elizabeth Duncan, 24 Feb 1806 (Elizabeth Wagers/Wages ?), Marriages in Granville, NC. John Duncan’s mother and the mother of John and Joel Cooper were sisters (John and Joel arrived in Richland County, SC, between 1811-1820).

Census 1790, Fayette District, Sampson County, NC, Page 52, Dawson Wagers:
       1 M over 16
       3 M under 16
       2 F (daughter Elizabeth m. John Duncan ?)

Census 1790, Fayette District, Anson County, NC, Page 37, Drury Wagers:
       1 M over 16
       2 M under 16
       3 F

Census 1790, Fayette District, Sampson County, NC, Page 54, Submit Wagers:
       2 F


Ithamur Hays, son of Drury Hays

Ithamur Gaddy, son of Thomas Gaddy

Ithamur Cooper, son of ________ (Joel or William Cooper, Richland County, SC)

Ithamur Duncan, son of John Duncan

John Duncan, m. Elizabeth Hayes, 12 May 1810, Marriages in Granville, NC.
Elizabeth Hays, daughter of Joseph Hays???

Joseph Hays, old Marion (now Dillon), Hillsborough Township, Hayestown, SC.
       Sons: Drury Hays and Francis Hays (probably more).

Drury Hays, Marion County, SC, Deed to his son Ithamur Hays.
       Ithamur Hays b. 1811, d. 1884, buried Hayestown Cemetery with his three wives.

Ford, Hays, and Gaddy Families lived in same general vicinity, or, at least not far from Hayestown.
Preserved Ford (1749-1829), built a mill, called Ford’s Mill. Preserved Ford married (1) Miriam Gaddy, date unknown, (2) a Barfield, and (3) Celia ______ (a widow). He named a son Cooper (named after Joel Cooper of Robeson?). Jesse Ford was witness to Joel Cooper’s sale of 200 acres on the southside of Ashpole Swamp to Daniel Powell of Robeson, 11 Feb 1811.). (Note: Thomas Cooper, one of the four Cooper men who arrived in Richland County, SC, between 1811-1820, named a son Ford.)
       Descendant(s) of Ithamur Gaddy acquired the mill from the Ford Family. The lands belonging to old Drury Hays in Haystown bound on a large “plantation” which adjoins an old gristmill and pond, now called Gaddy’s Mill.

13 September 1790, Edgecombe County, NC, Deed Book 6, P. 3: Ithamur Gaddy of Robeson County to Joseph Pippen of Edgecomb County….John Cooper a witness. Is this John Cooper a son of William Cooper m. Mary/Polly Harrison/son of Benjamin Cooper and wife Elizabeth of Granville County? Did this John Cooper die in 1791 leaving two sons?

1850 Census, Marion County, SC: Ithamur Gaddy – spelled Fthamer Gaddy on census.

1850 Census, Marion County, SC: Hardy Gaddy, son of Ithamur Gaddy, had a son born ca 1840 named Duncan Gaddy.

1850 Census, Marion County, SC: Drayton Cooper, age 46, and wife Mandannah had in their household a ten year old male named Bronson Cooper. Old Preserved Ford had grandmother named Ann Bronson.


31 December 1808: Robeson County DB P:298, Mathew Jones of Robeson to Joel Cooper of Robeson, for 100 pounds, sold 200 acres on south side of Ashpole Swamp adj. Land patented by Robert Jones. Signed: Mathew Jones; WIT: Hardy Jones, Daniel (X) Powell. Proved in Court February Term 1811.

1810 Census, Guilford County, NC: Joel and John Cooper, both head of household.

1810 Census, Robeson County, NC: Joel Cooper head of household. Census reveals two adult males and two adult females.

11 February 1811: Robeson County DB P:318, Joel Cooper of Robeson to Daniel Powell of Robeson, for $175, sold (the above) 200 acres on the southside of Ashpole Swamp. Signed: Joel Cooper; WIT: Jesse Ford, Thomas Townsend. Acknowledged in Court February Term 1811. (Note: Thomas Cooper, one of the four Cooper men who arrived in Richland County, SC, between 1811-1820, named a son Ford.)

7 January 1813, Franklin County, NC: Joel Cooper purchased items at the estate sale of Simon Jeffreys. Is this Joel the son of John Cooper of Nash? He would be old enough.


31 December 1772, Martin Deed Book A, p. 7: JESSE COOPER, Martin County, NC, m. Catherine _________.
       Earliest record of Jesse Cooper is by him witnessing a deed in Martin County from Thomas Wheatley of Virginia to William Wheatley, Jr.
       Jesse Cooper and wife Catherine had a daughter Charlotte who married Jesse Cone.

3 April 1776, Martin DB A:135: DAVID COOPER to John Butler, 70a, to dividing line between David and Nathaniel Cooper to Butler’s plantation whereon David Cooper lived. Wit: Jesse Cooper, Thomas (X) Gaddy, Drewsiller (X) Cooper (Drewsiller daughter of Thomas Gaddy). Is Drewsiller wife of David Cooper?

3 April 1776, Martin DB: A:141: John Butler to DAVID COOPER, sold 100 acres bounded by the old line, Great Branch, Henry Cooper, James Bonner, and sd John Butler. WIT: Joseph Cooper, Thomas (X) Gaddy, Drewsiller (X) Cooper.

12 March 1779: Joseph Cooper, Bladen County, Will dtd 12 March 1779. Wife: Mary; Sons: William, Benjamin, and Joseph; Daughters: Elizabeth, Agnes, and Tobitha. Brother: Benjamin. Joseph and Benjamin Cooper had a sister Elizabeth Lock.


Nathaniel Sr in Martin County by 20 Jan 1754
Nathaniel Jr,
William Sr,
Jesse Sr,
Elizabeth Gardner (Ch: James Cooper, Henry Cooper, Edward Cooper, Elizabeth        Ames wife of Thomas Ames; son-in-law William Hinson.
Elizabeth (had son David)
younger Jesse had sons Jesse A. Bynum Cooper and Green Caldwell Cooper by 1st wife; 2nd wife Ellen E., son Andrew Jackson Cooper.

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