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Passmores Orange Co NC and PA families
Posted by: C. L. McClain (ID *****4931) Date: February 16, 2010 at 05:46:42
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Seeking info on William Frazer PASSMORE of Orange Co NC, married Dinah/Dianah Elliott, daughter of James, in Orange Co NC in 1787, William Elliot bondsman. In Orange Co at the same time were Augustine Passmore,Humphrey 'Humpy' Passmore and David Passmore. Humphrey is noted there in 1779, and signed as bondsman on the marriage record of a John Elliott and bride Jean Collins in 1784. In 1795 Augustine Passmore married Anne Hargess/Hargis (Orange co). In 1791 John Elliott signed as bondsman at the marriage of Eliza Hargess/Hargis and Stephen Madin. In 1786 David Passmore married Catey Randels. (Establishing the inter-mingling of these families).
Augustine Passmore is noted as follows: 1795 Orange Co marriage; 1810 and 1820 Ashe Co NC census; 1815 Ashe co tax rolls. David Passmore moved on west to TN. I do not know what happened to Humphrey 'Humpy' Passmore, I do not find him in NC at all other than the above noted entries in Orange Co.
In 1830, a David Passmore is in Ashe Co NC census and reports an older man and older woman living in his household.
My William Frazer Passmore had son named Enoch, who served in the Militia in the War of 1812, enlisting from Ashe Co NC, the same county that Augustine Passmore and David Passmore are enumerated. In later census records, the surviving children of William Passmore give their place of birth as Ashe Co.
William is noted in some research notes as being born ca 1760, making him approx. 27 yrs old at the time of his marriage in 1787, if true. If the 1795 marriage in Orange Co was the first marriage for Augustine Passmore, then he was likely born between 1770 and 1775, and David who married in 1786, also likely born ca 1760-66.
There WERE Passmores in early Edgecombe and Orange Co NC who came from Chester Co PA :
Phebe, the daughter of William Passmore and Mary Heald, married William McPherson in Chester Co PA 1753, and they were among the Quaker families that came down the Shenandoah Trail to Orange anc Guilford Co NC. William McPherson appears in the tax list of Orange Co by 1755. They lived in an area of Orange Co that later became Chatham Co and William McPherson's LWT is on record there.
William McPherson's sister Ann, married Nathaniel Carter, and they also came to Orange Co NC, both died there in 1795.

Also living in Orange Co at that time were Elliotts, Marshalls and Mendenhalls who also came from Chester and Delaware Co's PA. These were all families who came from the Quaker MM's in PA to establish new MM's in NC, New Garden and Center MMs in Guilford Co NC between 1754 and 1757, and Cane Creek MM in Alamance Co in 1751. (Note, Cane Creek sits on land donated by William Marshall, who also came from Chester Co PA) Earlier,in 1713, Quakers came to the Perquimans Co NC area and established the Little River MM. The Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy documents the establishment of these MM's in early NC and that the Quaker settlers came from PA and from Hopewell and Fairfax Meetings in VA and from Maryland. Also, if have a reference for several families who wrote Wills in NC citing property in PA and PA families citing property in Guilford Co and Orange Co NC.

To end, there were also two brides named Passmore in Orange Co NC records of that era, Hannah Passmore who married Boling Jolly 1798(actually Bourland 'Boling' Jolley, b 1766 Dinwiddie Co VA, served American Rev 1781, died in Morgan Co Illinois); and Ruth Passmore married Benjamin Marshall 1789.
Sorry for the length of this message.

I have several theories and possibilities that I am working on but would love to have input and fresh ideas from anyone else who may have more info.
Cindi McClain

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