I am trying to track the Redding family that was in Surry County, VA, near the Taylors and Harrisons and later in Halifax County, NC. I am curious if there was a general migration to NC from VA by these families. Any information will be appreciated.
On June 16, 1714 (NC):, William Redding, for the importation of two persons (probably himself and his wife) received 81 acres in Nansemond County at a place called Orapeake. Orapeake is what is now called Corapeak Swamp in Gates County, North Carolina, formerly Chowan County.
1736-44 (NC): William Redding was in Edgecombe County, south of the Roanoke in what is now Halifax County, before 1736, when he witnessed a deed to William Gause. In January of 1744, William Redding, Thomas Taylor, and Thomas Price witnessed the sale of land by John Lee in Edgecombe County on the south side of the Roanoke River on Cypress Swamp.
1745 (NC): On the same day of March 8, 1745, both William Redding and Thomas Taylor bought land in Edgecombe County from John Ballard (now of Craven County). The land William Redding purchased was where he then lived and was adjoined to that of Thomas Price and William Taylor, on the mouth of the Cypress. The land William Taylor purchased was described as “joining Roanoke river, Great swamp, Bevar pond and John Hucks [Hooks] whereon Ballard formerly lived.” Elias Ballard and Charity Carnall witnessed the sales.
November 15, 1747 (VA): Francis Redding was named godparent for Amy, daughter of John and Eliza Williams, in the Register of Albemarle Parish of Surry and Sussex Counties. Mary Eppes and Sarah Williams were also named godparents.
December 1, 1748 (VA): Francis Reading listed as owning land adjacent to John Goodwin in Surry County, Virginia.
July 22, 1751 (VA): Francis Redding listed in land transfer from John Goodwin to James Gee for property bounded by the Blackwater Swamp, Francis Redding, Thomas Peoples, the Tarkiln Branch, Pidgeon Swamp, Col. Benjamin Harrison and William Shands.
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