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Robert Arnold
Posted by: Karolyn Klaes (ID *****2756) Date: August 09, 2003 at 13:25:15
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While searching for the link between my Zachariah Arnold of Tippah/Prentiss Co., MS and the John H. Arnold who lived in Tippah Co., MS (and who was the son of Darling Duke Arnold, son of Robert P. Arnold of Bedford Co., TN), I found this letter from 1844 stating who the father to Robert P. Arnold was! Francis Arnold and Candace Kent Arnold of Randolph Co., NC!!!!!!!

Since this is such a confusing topic, I would like to explain how I stumbled upon this letter since it is an important clue in the future research to these families. This new info links the Lunenburg Co., VA Arnolds to the Randolph Co., NC Arnolds to the Bedford Co., TN Arnolds to the Tippah/Prentiss Co., MS Arnolds and all to my Arnolds of Abbeville/Greenwood Co., South Carolina and is very confusing!!

While at a family reunion a couple of years ago in Prentiss Co., MS, I was told by my cousins that our Arnolds were related somehow to the Tippah Co., MS Arnolds, which consisted of John H. Arnold and his father Darling Duke Arnold (Tippah and Prentiss Co. sit side by side). Throughout the years I've looked for that link between the two families but have never found one. I did manage to find that this Darling Duke Arnold was the son of Robert P. Arnold of Bedford Co., Tennessee and his wife, Gilly Fuller. They moved to Bedford Co., TN from Randolph Co., North Carolina around 1811.

Anyway, I submitted a sample of my family's DNA earlier this year for a DNA study that the Arnolds are conducting right now. My DNA came back matching that of the Lunenburg Co., Virginia Arnolds (James Arnold who married Martha Atkinson) meaning that I am definately related to that group. While collecting data on every Arnold who was born in Lunenburg Co., VA before 1780, and trying to find out which one moved to South Carolina, I noticed a few descendants of this Lunenburg, VA group also moved to North Carolina and Bedford Co., TN where Robert Arnolds family lived. Hum.

There was one Arnold who was born in Lunenburg, VA who has not been proven yet to be related to James and Martha Atkinson Arnolds' group and his name is SOLOMAN ARNOLD. This Solomon Arnold is the son of James Arnold and Mary Unknown and was born 1755 Lunenburg Co., VA. He moved to what is now Franklin Co, NC with his family before 1755 and died 1844 in Warren Co., NC. I believe that Solomon Arnold's father, James (who married Mary Unknown) is the son of James and Martha Atkinson Arnold of Lunenburg Co., VA.

While researching this Solomon Arnold, I found a book named, DESCENDENTS OF SOLOMON ARNOLD, SR. AND MARY GURLEY by James Vann Comer in the Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston, TX. That is where I found this important letter proving exactly who the father of Robert Arnold is!! It not only states WHO the father to Robert Arnold of Bedford Co., TN is but this letter links the descendants of Solomon Arnold to the Bedord Co., TN Arnolds. The two families unite with the marriage of Solomon Arnold's granddaughter, Martha A.F. House to Robert F. Arnold of Bedford Co., TN. Robert F. Arnold is the grandson of Robert Arnold from Randolph Co, NC and Bedford Co., TN!

The letter states that "Francis Arnold" is the father to Robert Arnold of Bedford Co., TN. I have found that this Francis Arnold – b. before 1742, married Candace KENT of Halifax Co., VA (daughter of Robert and Mary Kent). Moved to Randolph Co., NC by 1779, then South Carolina and finally to Bedford County, Tennessee where he died. Owned property near his brothers William and John Arnold on the waters of the Uwharrie River in Western Randolph County, NC. Is found on the 1790 Randolph Co., NC Census, line 690, with two males over 16 yrs. old, three males under 16, four females and two slaves. His father was Francis Arnold Senior.

Francis Arnold Sr., married Rachel Arnold before December 14, 1727 in Spotsylvania County (src. CORZIER - SPORTSYLVANIA COUNTY RECORDS, pg. 119). She was his second wife (first being an unknown “Frances Arnold”) and was much younger than her husband. Was given property by her uncle, Benjamin Arnold, Jr. 1727 Appeared in Spotsylvania Co., Va about 1760. Francis and Rachel Arnold were constantly in debt in Spotsylvania Co. and sometime after 1759 moved to Halifax Co., VA. While in Spotsylvania Co., Francis and Rachel lived on land that was given to them by their daughter, Ann Arnold and her husband William Davenport in the Arnolds Run area. William and Ann Arnold Davenport's children and grandchildren eventually moved to Randolph Co., NC and then Abbeville and Greenwood Co., SC and lived within 15 miles of my own Zachariah W. Arnold.

Somehow, all these Arnold families are tied in with each other and hopefully knowing now that they are linked together, we can find out exactly HOW they are linked.

If anyone wants to know more about these families or to offer any input, please email me at or


P.S. Below letter has been typed exactly as it was written in book (typos and all).

LETTER TO HENRY ARNOLD FROM NIECE MARTHA HOUSE ARNOLD, OCT. 25, 1844 compiled by James Vann Comer of Sanford, NC)

Allen Kimbro and his wife Mary to George Kimbro Deed Allen Kimbro and wife Mary Kimbro of Bedford County, Tennessee, sold to George Kimbro of Bedford County, their undivided interest, the same being one undivided twenty fifth part of a tract of land in Bedford County, in District #5, on both sides of Thomas Creek, being the same land sold by John T. Neil by decree of the Circuit Court to Robert Arnold, and Arnold sold to David Elkins, deceased It adjoining the dower interest of Mary Coble out of the lands of her late husband Jacob Coble, deceased, of 149 acres. Reg.: 25th July 1845 Page 152 8th March 1845. (src. LAND DEEDS GENEALOGY OF BEDFORD COUNTY. TENNESSEE MARSH F443.B35 1988 Page 348 DEED BOOK OO Page 146 - 23rd July 1845)

Compiled by David H. Arnold - June 2003
This letter was apparently written after a period of many years during which there had been no communication and in response to a letter from Henry written Oct 9, 1844. Martha A. F. House was the daughter of Mary Sarah “Patsy” Arnold and Dudley House, Jr. She was the granddaughter of Solomon and Mary Gurley Arnold. Martha had married Robert F. Arnold of Randolph County, N.C. (adjoining Moore County to the northwest). His family seems to have moved From Randolph County to Tennessee in 1811.

to) Mr. Henry Arnold, Cranes Creek P.O., Moore County, North Carolina
(from) Robert F. Arnold Posted at Rowesville, Tennessee, Oct. 27, 1844
State of Tennessee, Bedford County
October the 25th, 1844

Dear Uncle,
I had the pleasure of seeing your letter addressed to Sister Mary(House) which gave me great pleasure to hear from you and family and also my old Grandfather and Mother and all my uncles and aunts and their families. Yours of the ninth found us all enjoying a reasonable portion of helth and I hope these few lines may (find) you and yours in good helth.

I have wanted to hear from my grand Father and mother for many years. But father (Dudley House, Jr.) told us that you, our uncles, had left grandfathers and had gone to the new purchase in Georgia or we would have rote to your county (Moore) many years ago. But we hope as we herd from you that we can have communication with each other by letter often. D.D. House declined the idea of moving to Arkansas because of the hardness of times there. We have hard times here. Money is as plentifully here as it ever was, prosperity very low and politics very high. We have very good crops here though they are cut somewhat short in consequence of a long drouthe.

I have three children and these are their names, Robert A., Mariah, Mary Jane Sariah Gilly. Sister Eliza had two children. Hers was named Dudley T.F., Eliza Martha Adolpheus was her youngest. Sister Eliza departed this life on the 11th of November A.D. 1837 in the full triumphed of faith and her son departed this life on the 15th day of Sept. 1839, aged 4 years, 1 month and 16 days which we greatly mourned their loss.

In answer to your request, father (Dudley House) had by his last wife 11 children, 7 girls, 4 boys and five(girls?) living and only one son and his name is Andrew Jackson(House). His wife departed this life the 16th of June last (1844) and Betty has had no children and the reason I cant tell unless it was she never was permitted to have a husband.

I wish you when writing to uncle Davis Arnold (who moved to near Elberton Georgia) to remember our love to him and family also to all of our cousins. I would wish to now were the nearest Post office is to Grandfather and mother as we desire to write to them. (Solomon died just two days earlier on Oct. 23, 1844. According to a court statement made by Henry, Solomon and Mary had relocated to the home of their son, William Sebriam Arnold, near Cedar Creek on the Cape Fear River in Cumberland County, a distance of more than 50 miles from their former home in Moore County.) I wish you to show this letter to Grandfather and mother as we desire them to write to us amediately if they please.

You wish to know the family that R. F. Arnold sprung from. His grand father named Robert (Arnold) and his father was named Francis (Arnold) and lived North Carolina, Randolph County and moved from thare in the year 1811 (to Tennessee?) and his mother was Gilly Fuller and her father was named Darling Fuller and if we are any connection it is not known.

D.D. House is a son of Thomas House, a Brother to father (Dudley House). Sister Mary and D. D. House sends their love to you and family and grandfather and Mother and all their connections. R. F. Arnold sends his love as a connection and wishes to be remembered as such by you all.

I wish to know who is living with Grandfather and attending to his business and whether any of the conexion is living with them.

Give my love to your wife and children and to Grandfather and mother and all my uncles and aunts and accept a portion of them to yourself. I want you to write to me as soon as you receive this letter. Nothing more at present but Remains your afectionate neice until Death.

Robert F. Arnold
Martha A. F. Arnold

To Henry Arnold Mary Ann Arnold N.B. Direct your letter to Roseville Po Office

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