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George Forrest, Martin/Wayne/Pitt Cos., NC?
Posted by: Doug Rader (ID *****7023) Date: October 05, 2009 at 21:55:53
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I am looking for help with the antecedent lines for George and Winifred Forrest of Eastern North Carolina. George died circa 1820-27 in Pitt County, NC; his wife Winifred died in 1835 in Wayne County, NC. Their daughter Mary "Polly" Forrest married Etheldred Yelverton during the slim span of years they were living in Wayne County, NC (perhaps 1797 to 1812 or 1813). George may well be the same George Forrest who shows up in the 1790 Martin County NC census.

Here are some thoughts on related lines; still a work in progress, and corrections or additions welcome.

One daughter of George and Winiford Forrest was Mary A. "Polly" Forrest, who married Etheldred Yelverton (son of Hardy son of John Jr., son of John Sr., died ca. 1750; John Sr. connects to the Blounts of Edenton, pre-1700). Large numbers of Yelverton descendants from this line still live in Wayne Co., NC and across the South. My wife descends through Etheldred to his son Hardy, and his daughter Sally, who married Jesse Thomas Aycock. Their daughter Serena Aycock married Frank Lee Peacock in 1900, generating a large Peacock clan in and near Fremont, NC.

George Forrest witnessed John Jr.'s wife Elizabeth Yelverton’s 1803 will; he must have been living near Nahunta Swamp at that time. George Forrest first appears in the Wayne County land records in 1797, purchasing lands (as “George Farris”) from Richard and Jesse Braswell (WCDB 7, page 159). In 1804 he purchased additional lands from Richard Braswell “of Johnston County” (WCDB 7, page 485 – 50 acres on the northside of Nahunta Swamp near the Yelverton lands, apparently from Richard's father’s division – the adjacent landowners are all Braswells/Bracewells), and then in 1806 from Jesse Braswell (WCDB 9, page 48 – an old 80-acre Elias Fort grant adjacent Braswell, Martin and Edmundson). A final sale from Jesse Braswell to George Forrest occurred in 1807, for 80 acres adjacent to Yelverton’s Branch (WCDB 9, page 52). Thus, George Forrest purchased more than 200 acres near Etheldred Yelverton between 1797 and 1807.

George Forrest apparently only lived there for a short time, selling 174 acres to Jonathan Outland in 1812 (WCDB 10, pages 67 and 73), and 6 acres to Shadrack Braswell (one of the Braswell sons listed as a neighbor in the deed above) in 1813 (WCDB 10, page 183). The remaining chunk – 37 ½ acres – of this land he sold to Etheldred Yelverton, also in 1812 (WCDB 10, page 50). The so-called "Outland tract" features prominently in later Yelverton land divisions.

Apparently, George and Winifred Forrest moved to Pitt County in 1812-13, leaving behind their daughter Polly, married to Etheldred. The 1813 deed to Shadrach Braswell clearly states “George Forrest of the County of Pitt,” whereas the others say “of Wayne.”

Pitt County land records show George Forrest “of Wayne” buying 450 acres of land in 1812 from Joel Moye. George was also granted 32 acres in 1820, from the State of North Carolina (warrant and a good plat exist; Pitt County File 1656.) The description in the 20 October 1820 plat is as follows:

“on the South Side of Tar River East Side of Little Contentnea Creek & west Side of Cross branch & immediately on the South Side of Mill branch . . . beginning at a holly in Cross branch about sevety-five yards from its mouth thence running along George Forrest’s line west two hundred & forty two poles to a stake in said Forrest’s field thence along another of his lines north ten west thiry nine poles to the second corner of the Mather patent thence the reverse of the first line of said patent north seventy five west twenty five poles to the run of Mill branch thence up with the various courses of Mill branch which is Simon Keel’s (sp.?) line to the mouth of Cross branch thence up the same to the beginning.” The chain bearers are Thomas Forrest and "Whitmill" (as opposed to Whitney!) Forrest.

The next Pitt County land record is dated 1827, and shows George (Jr., presumably) and Thomas Forrest selling their one-third interest in this land to Whitney J. Forrest (Pitt Deed Book DD, page 390). Presumably, these are two of George and Winifred’s children selling at his death, which must have occurred prior to that time. Also in 1827, Etheldred Yelverton and Whitney Forrest sold their interests in George’s lands to another son, Samuel Forrest (Pitt Deed Book EE, page 303).

George died sometime between 1820 and 1827. The Pitt County estate records were destroyed in 1857 when the courthouse burned. However, George apparently left two wills, that led to a record in the deed books mentioning Polly Yelverton (Pitt County Deed Book GG, page 6, recorded in 1833), and then later to another deed book record mentioning George Forrest, dec'd., to heirs Samuel Forrest and Thomas J. Forrest (Pitt County Deed Book GG, page 208).

Winifred Forrest wrote her will in 1833, in Wayne County; I don't see her in the 1830 census in Wayne with Etheldred and her daughter. The will was probated in August of 1835, in Wayne County, suggesting she was then living with Etheldred and Polly Yelverton.

Winifred Forrest's 28 July 1833 will (probated in August 1835; she signed it "Wineford Forrest") includes the following relationships: "my beloved daughter Poll Yelverton, wife of Etheldred Yelverton"; "my son Samuel";
"my beloved granddaughter Drucilla Farrist daughter of my son Whitney Forrist"; "my grandson George Farrist son of Whitney Farrist"; "my three daughters"; (the rest of her estate to) "be equally divided between Thomas Farrist, Samuel Farrist, Whitney Farrist, Polly Yelverton wife of Etheldred Yelverton, and Winny Outerbridge wife of Stephen Outerbridge." She nominated her friend Wyatt Moye as executor, which role was shifted by the court to Benjamin Bynum.

Winifred Forrest’s loose estate papers in the NC Archives include: an administrator’s bond to Benjamin Bynum (having replaced the administrator Winifred asked for, who refused to serve) dated 17 August 1835; an account of her sale on 20 October 1835 (at which John Yelverton and Etheldred Yelverton bought goods); an inventory dated 14 September 1835 (mostly bank notes, specified by source, date and number); a final account dated 10 February 1837.

The Pitt County records also mention Whitney J. Forrest's two children: George B. Forrest and Sarah D. Forrest (Pitt County Deed Book GG, page 391).

A surviving family bible, documenting the Outterbridge/Coffield/Sherrod families of Martin and Pitt Counties, gives important biographical evidence for part of this group. Stephen Outterbridge married Winifred J. Forrest (daughter of George and Winifred Forrest) on 5 February 1823. (The Outterbridge line extends back in Martin County to William Outterbridge who married Catherine Revell on 6 July 1752, siring Burwell Outerbridge in 1767 (died 1819), who in turn sired Stephen Outerbridge in1800, who in turn married Winifred Forest. The daughter Winifred’s dates are given as 25 August 1804 to 11 November 1862. While the bible gives lots of later Forrest and Outbridge data, nothing further is listed for George or Winifred (the mother), or for her antecedent lines.

The 1790 census shows a George Forrest (the only one in NC) living in Martin County, with two white females and four slaves, not adjacent to but perhaps not too far from the Outterbridges. No other Forrests are shown in Martin County, and none in Wayne or Dobbs Counties.

The only NC census I have noticed so far showing George Forrest in Wayne County is the 1810 census, where he is listed as older than 45 years old, as is the older female in the household (presumably Winifred). Their family included one each males and females less than 10 and between 10 and 16 years old. Polly must have been the older one, and Winifred the younger, at age 6. (I need to recheck the other census records.)

Among other things, I am wondering if Winifred's maiden name was Joiner or Joyner?

Can anyone help with this line?



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