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Webb / Sims / Freeman / Walton / Virginia connections
Posted by: Bob Lamb (ID *****3225) Date: August 16, 2006 at 05:28:19
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On 20 Jan 1779 in Rutherford Co., which had been formed out of Tryon Co., Robert Webb entered 50 acres on Second Broad River, including Burrel Sims improvement. On 7 June 1779 in Rutherford Co., Robert Barnhill entered 50 acres on Robertson's Creek of Second Broad River near Burwell Sims's place.

Contained in the above statement is a connection to Brunswick County, Virginia, and the Webbs who lived there. That clue is Burrell Sims. Who was he? What were his roots?
In June 1763 George Sims made his will in Brunswick Co. Virginia, naming sons Nathaniel, Zachariah, Bartlet, Burwell Sims and William Sims, and appointing his son Millington his executor.

George Sims is also purported to have been the brother of William Sims, a well known surveyor of Mecklenburg and Tryon counties.

On 22 June 1761 Burwell Sims purchased 212 acres on the Meherrin River in Brunswick Co. from James Wall. On 24 Nov 1766 Burwell Sims sold this same tract to James Hinton. One of the witnesses to this last deed was Peter Freeman whose widow Faithy Freeman would later move in the 1790's to Rutherford Co. NC.
George Sims Sr. was born about 1709 in VA. He died in Sep 1763 in Possibly, Brunswick Co., VA. Parents: Adam Sims Sr. and Mary Isham.
Adam Sims (c. 1690-after 1732), married Mary Isham, probably the granddaughter of William Isham and his wife Mary Brett, in Isle of Wight County about 1708.
October 1726 Adam Syms & George Syms moved to Brunswick Co. VA, created in 1720 from Prince George Co., VA.

February 8, 1738, John Beatty, clerk of Brunswick Co., VA, sold to George Sims in Parish of St. Andrew, Brunswick Co., 230 acre on south side of Meherrin River.

March 4, 1747 George Sims & Martha sold 100 acres between north side of Rattlesnake Creek

July 5, 1747, George Sims of Brunswick sold land inherited from his father to his brother John Sims of Surry Co., VA. 175 acres on south side of Collo Willises Mill Creek. Wit by George Sims, Jr. & others.

Littleton Sims was born 1769 in Brunswick County, VA, supposedly the son of Burrell Sims and the grandson of George Sims.

He moved to Rutherford County where his father Burrell Sims died about 1783.

On 11 Feb 1775, Burwell Sims witnessed a deed in Tryon Co, NC from Phillip Henson to John McFadden, for a tract of land on William Robbins Cr. of Broad River.

On 10 Apr 1777 in Tryon Co., Burwell Sims witnessed a deed from John Ashworth to John Pain for 300 acres on Henderson Creek of Second Broad River.

On 12 Feb 1778 Joseph Burnett entered a tract of 150 acres in Tryon Co. in Tryon Co, including Burwell Sims's improvement.

That brings us right back to the beginning paragraph containing the name of Robert Webb. The next entries will connect Littleton Sims with another Webb in Rutherford.

On 26 Mar 1783 Mary Sims married James Welch in Rutherford County.

At the Rutherford Court in Oct 1783 Littleton Sims, orphan, age l4, was bound out to Andrew Hampton.

In Jan 1784 George Sims, orphan, age 10, was bound out to Jonathan Hampton.

In Jan 1784 Martha Sims was also bound out. In April 1790 James Sims, orphan, age 16, was bound to Thomas Welch.

On 22 July 1796 James Largin had a tract surveyed on Mountain Creek. Littleton Sims was one of the chainbearers.

On 6 Oct 1798 Littleton Sims purchased 100 acres on First Broad Creek in what is now Golden Valley from Thomas Stockton.

On 27 Feb 1801 Littleton Sims purchased 200 acres on Mountain Creek from James Holland.

On 20 Jan 1802 Littleton Sims purchased 100 acres on Mountain Creek from John Sorrels Sr. One of the witnesses to this last deed was William Mitchell.

On 8 Feb 1805 Littleton Sims purchased 183 acres on the North Fork of First Broad River from Thomas Stockton and on 17 Oct 1806 Littleton purchased, by Sheriff's deed from Thomas Webb, another tract on the North Fork of First Broad River.

If the brother of George Sims was a surveyor in what became Rutherford County, North Carolina, that could have been an inducement for other connections in Brunswick to move to the county.

Here is another example of that. Read this entry again. Note what it says about the Freeman.

On 22 June 1761 Burwell Sims purchased 212 acres on the Meherrin River in Brunswick Co. from James Wall. On 24 Nov 1766 Burwell Sims sold this same tract to James Hinton. One of the witnesses to this last deed was Peter Freeman whose widow Faithy Freeman would later move in the 1790's to Rutherford Co. NC.

Here’s information from a website on Peter and Faith Freeman.

Peter and Faithy Freeman
Peter FREEMAN - b. Oct. 3, 1739, Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA; d. before 1790, probably in VA. Believed to be the son of Thomas and Mary FREEMAN; the half brother of Jesse FREEMAN, whose son Robertson appears in the 1810 and 1820 Rutherford Co., NC censuses; and an older half brother of Benjamin FREEMAN. Alternatively, Peter may have been the son of Edward FREEMAN, nephew of William FREEMAN through his brother John FREEMAN, Jr. If Peter was the son of Thomas and Mary, he was baptised May 4, 1740 in Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA. The males listed below as supposed sons of Peter and Faithy are recorded in the 1790-1830 census records of Rutherford Co., NC. Peter probably moved with his family to Rutherford Co. in the mid-1780s.
Faithy - b. about 1740, VA; d. probably after 1810, Rutherford Co., NC. She appears as the head of a household in 1800: 01100-02010 (her age should be 45 & up, rather than 26-45. Perhaps she is the "Fathersman FREEMAN" in the 1810 Census, age 45 & up, with one other female in the household at age 16-26.

Children of Thomas Freeman
Peter - b. Oct. 3, 1739, Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA; d. before 1787, and perhaps before 1782. Son of Thomas and Mary.

The Sims and Freeman references establish some Brunswick County, Virginia, connections to some of the Webbs in Rutherford County, North Carolina. But that may only be a coincidence.

Are there other clues? Yes -- the Sims of Rutherford were related to the Webbs of Brunswick County, Virginia. How?

Read this information.
Several sons of the Adam Sims family must have moved into Brunswick County, a new county created out of Prince George County, in the 1720s. Adam and Mary lived on the Watson plantation and by the time of his death, he owned lands on Coldwater and Rattlesnake Creeks, and at Spring Branch. Their children, as far as known, are George, Adam, Isham, John, William, David, Mary, Charles, and James.
When their son George Sims (1709-1763),was about 19 years old, he married Martha Walton (?-1772), daughter of George Walton and his wife Elizabeth Rowe. Ten years later, he purchased 230 acres on the south side of the Meherrin River in St. Andrew Parish, Brunswick County, Virginia.

George Syms married Martha WALTON about 1728 in Brunswick County, VA. (Martha WALTON was born about 1710 in Hanover Co., VA.)

Now some of you Webb researchers already know. Warren Webb of Brunswick was married to Cidney Jane Walton, the daughter of Isaac Rowe Walton.

Warren Webb of Brunswick was the son of Micajah and Martha Webb. Micajah Webb was the son of Charles Webb who died in Southampton in 1758. The father of Charles Webb was Robert Webb of Surry.

As to the Freeman reference, Henry Freeman, Jr., was one of the godparents of Micajah Webb in the Albemarle Parish records.

Again …. This may be just a coincidence.

On the 1787 Brunswick County, Virginia -- Tax List “B” (South of the Meherrin River) Meherrin Parish -- District of James Fletcher, Commissioner.

Note that George Walton was visited by the tax man on the same day as some of the Webbs.

On June 22, the following people were visited by the tax man. This indicates that these people lived in close proximity to each other.

Thomas Claiborne
William Ezell (father of Delilah Ezell who married Charles Webb. Moved to South Carolina by 1800)
Patrick Hall
Benjamin Jackson
John Jeffries
Shadrack Jeffries
John Mason
Richard Mason
William Mason
John Moss
William Rainey
Charles Webb (Nephew of Micajah Webb and first cousin of Warren Webb)

The next day, June 23, the tax man visited these:

Elizabeth Adams
William Allen
Sterling Capell
Elizabeth Heathesek?
Simon Lane
Lockett Mitchell
James Rawlings

On the 23rd, which may have been the same day.

John Cato
Hale Clauton
Jesse Hirt
Micajah Webb
Micajah Webb, Jr.
Richard Woodroof
These neighbors have only question marks by their names.
John Moss
Daniel Walton
George Walton
Henry Walton
John Walton, Jr.
Thomas Washington
Edmund Webb (relation unknown and children unknown)
John Webb (brother of Micajah, father of the Charles above. All of his children are not known.)
John White with George Woodroof
Blumore White
George White
Stephen White
John Barker
Hinchey Barker
William Allen
Thomas Bathshears, Jr.
William Batt

One final coincidence. John Webb of Brunswick / Greensville had a daughter named Temperance. She married a Cato.

Robert Webb of Rutherford also had a daughter named Temperance. Temperance died in South Carolina. Charles Webb, son of John, was in Union District, S.C., by 1800 and in the Pendleton District by 1810.

All this may be purely coincidental. Hopefully, it will be of help to someone anyway.

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