Colonial Pettypool-Poole-P'Pool Families


III.b4. Ephraim Pettypool[4] (of William[1] , William[2] , William[3] ) married Ursula Avent


Brunswick County, Virginia


Ephraim Pettypool (born bef. 1735 Brunswick County, Virginia- died 1793 Fairfield County, South Carolina) was likely a son of William and Frances Pettypool. Ephraim birth in c1735 is estimated from the date of a 1756 land patent in Brunswick County, Virginia, by assuming he was at least of adult age (1):

George the second. To all Know ye that for divers good causes and in consideration but more especially for and in Consideration of the sum of Forty Shillings of good and Lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenue in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia. We have given granted and confirmed and by these presents for us our Heirs and Successors Do give grant and confirm unto Ephraim Petty Pool one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred and four acres lying and being in the County of Brunswick on the North side of Couches Branch and bounded as followeth to wit, Beginning at Stiths corner white oak on the said Branch then along his line North forty five degrees west one hundred and seventy poles crossing the Road to his corner red oak thence up the said Road to a pine on the same thence off South twenty degrees West one hundred and thirty six poles crossing the piney branch one hundred and sixty poles to a shrub white oak thence south sixty degrees east one hundred and forty four poles to a red oak on Couch's Branch aforesaid thence down the said branch as it meanders to the beginning. With all &c To have hold &c....the sixteenth day of August one thousand seven hundred and fifty six in the thirtieth year of our Reign.
Robert Dinwiddie

Ephraim sold this land in 1762 and again in 1769 (2). These records identify him as the same Ephraim Pettypool of Dobbs County, North Carolina (previously Johnston County).

Ephraim Pettypool of Brunswick County to Francis Young of Brunswick County, for �40 Virginia money, 404 acres which was a patent to said Ephraim Petty Pool of 16 August 1756, on the north side of Couch's Branch, adjoining Stith and Piney Branch, formerly patented to Ephraim Pettypool by letters patent on 16 August 1756; 22 April 1762. Witnesses: Richard Lanier, Henry Edmunds, Charles Mitchel; proved 16 April 1762

Ephraim Petty Pool of Dobbs County, North Carolina to Thomas Simmons of Brunswick County, Virginia, for �45 Virginia money, 404 acres on the north side of Couches Branch which was a patent to said Ephraim Petty Pool of 16 August 1756, joining Stith, the road, Piney Branch. Witnesses: Nathaniel Harrison, Thomas Stone, Francis Young, Benjamin Simmons. Proved 24 April 1769 and 27 June 1769.


Dobbs, Pitt and Edgecombe Counties, North Carolina


Ephraim moved to Dobbs County, North Carolina between 1765-1769 (3) as indicated in deed indices of Johnston, Dobbs and Lenoir Counties. These deeds, and others, were also registered in Dobbs County when it was formed in 1758 from Johnston County (4).

Grantor

Grantee

Book

Page

Book Date

Abram Giddings

to

Abram Pettipool

5

247

April 1757 - April 1758

Abraham Pettypool

to

Dennis McClendon

7

58

April 1765 - April 1769

Ephraim Pettypool

to

William Bryant

7

482

Jacob Jones

to

Ephraim Pettypool

8

60

April 1769 - April 1771

Charles Pettypool

to

Ephraim Pettypool

8

171

John Turnage

to

Ephraim Pettypool

8

217

Abraham Pettypool

to

Ephraim Pettypool

8

361

Ephraim Pettypool

to

William Bryant

8

363

Ephraim Pettypool

to

William Bryant

8

518

Jacob Jones

to

Philip P. Pool

22

58

1746-c1810

William Bryan

to

William Jones

22

436

Philip P. Pool

to

Ephon P. Pool

22

442

Unfortunately, many of these Dobbs County deeds were lost in 1878-80 in courthouse fires in Kinston and only the indices exist. The identity of Charles Pettypool is unknown.

The area where Abraham Pettypool lived was later Dobbs (now Greene) and Pitt Counties, North Carolina on Middle Swamp Creek, a branch of Little Contentnea Creek, and on Little Contentea Creek itself.  Ephraim Pettypool and wife Ursula Avent owned land in Dobbs County (now in Greene County) on both sides of Sandy Run, as revealed in the Last Will and Testament of William Bryant, 1772 (5) who purchased the land from Ephraim. Sandy Run flows into Middle Swamp Creek in Dobbs County (now Greene County).

Ephraim Pettypool was likely a brother of Abraham Pettypool of Dobbs County, Stephen Pettypool of Edgecombe County, and Phillip Pettypool of Edgecombe and Dobbs County. These Pettypools and/or their immediate families, moved to Camden District, South Carolina.  Ephraim settled in Camden District, Fairfield County, South Carolina.

There are records of Ephraim Pettypool witnessing deeds in Edgecombe County, North Carolina as early as 1759 (6)

1759 March 3, Thomas Spell of Edgecombe County to Thomas Duffield of same, 100 acres on the north side of the Tar River; witness: John Spell, Ephraim Pettypoole

1760 December 11, Philip Petty Poole of Edgecombe County to William Jones of Lunenburg County, Virginia for �27, 10 sh, 200 acres on the south side of Tar River adjoining Robert Webb and William King, land granted to said Philip by a deed of gift from Jacob Jones on August 10, 1753; witnesses: Benj. Hart, Ephraim Pettypoole, James Bracewell

Philip Pettypool was likely Ephraim's brother. Philip married the daughter of Jacob Jones of Lunenburg County, Virginia, and Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Ephraim Pettypool married Ursula Avent, daughter of Thomas and Ursula Avent of Northampton County, North Carolina. Ephraim and wife Ursula sold her land inherited from her father, Thomas Avent, Sr., to her brother, Thomas Avent, Jr., as revealed in these deeds (7):

1768. Ephraim Pettipool and Usley his wife, of Dobbs County, North Carolina to Thomas Avent of Northampton County for the sum of �24 and 10 sh of current money of Virginia for 40 acres above falls on on north side of Roanoke River in Northampton County which land was part of a tract granted to Thomas Avent on July 29, 1752, deceased, to his daughter, Ursula, the now wife of Ephraim Pettypool; witnesses: William Moughan, John Grimsley. September Court 1770.

1768 February. Epraim Pettipool & wife to William Moughon, for the sum of �10 Virginia money, for 200 acres on the south side of Beaver Pond Creek, from will of Thomas Avent, dec'd. Signed: Ephraim Pettipool; witnesses: Samuel Lockhart, David Winbourne. March Court 1768.

Ephraim and Ursula's land on Beaver Pond Creek, Northampton County, North Carolina, was the same creek on which the Richard and Ann Pettypool Massey family lived on the Virginia side in Brunswick County.

Two other daughters of Thomas and Ursula Avent, namely Elizabeth and Mary Avent, married respectively Newt and Joel Tapley, sons of Hosea Tapley of Granville and Edgecombe Counties, North Carolina. A daughter of Joel, Mary Tapley, married Phillip Pettypool, probable son of Stephen Pettypool. Newt Tapley and Joel Tapley lived near Stephen Pettypool's children in Johnston County, North Carolina (8) in the 1760's and in Warren County, Georgia in the 1790's (9).

Elizabeth Daniel, mother of Simon Daniel Jr., witnessed a deed for William Avent, Ursula Avent Pettypool's brother, in 1760 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina (10). Simon Daniel, Jr., married Ephraim's niece, Elizabeth Pettypool, daughter of Stephen and Sarah Pettypool.

Abraham Pettypool purchased land in Pitt County, North Carolina, on Little Contentnea Creek, close to Sandy Run, home of Ephraim Pettypool. Ephraim Pettypool was a witness to the purchase (11).

1764 George Dikes to Abraham Pettipool, North Carolina, Pitt County
Know ye that I George Dikes of the
___  foresaid and county of Pitt plantor for and in consideration
___ thirty five pounds Proclamation money to me in hand paid be
___  ating and delivery of these presents by Abraham Pettipool
___ & County aforesaid Plantor the receipt whereof I do hereby...
... one messuage
___ Land situate lying and being in Pitt County on the north side
___ [Conte]ntney Creek Butted and bounded as follows and begining at
___ a little branch close between the two plantations coursing up
___ [br]anch thence along a line of marked trees to the back line of
___ tine runing So 35 Wt 10 along ye said line to nanie branch thence down
___ [br]anch to Little Contene Creek thence No 30 Et down the said Creek
___ of Jacob Giddings branch to the first station containing one
___  [ac]res be the same more or less which land I hold by a Deed from
___ [Gi]ddings .....set my hand & fixed my seal this 11 day ____
George (his V mark) Dikes
Singed sealed and delivered
John Tison
Ephraim Pettipool

Ephraim Pettypool was on the tax list of Pitt County, North Carolina in 1764 and of adjoining Dobbs County in 1769 (1 White Poll).

1769 Tax List, Dobbs Co., NC
Ephraim Pettipool 1 taxable
Isaac Little 1 taxable
James Little 1 taxable
Thomas Little 1 taxable


Camden District, Fairfield County, South Carolina


Ephraim Pettypool moved from Dobbs County sometime after 1769, but does not show in the records of to Fairfield County, Camden District, South Carolina, until 1790. There was also a Henry Pettypool in Fairfield County, whose identity is unknown. William Pettypool was a son of Ephraim (12).

1790 US Census, Camden District, Fairfield County, South Carolina
Pettypool, Henry 1mo16, 2mu16, 3f, 1 slave
Pettypool, Wm 1mo1o6
Pittypool, Ephm 1mo16, 2mu16, 1f, 2 slaves1791 April 12.

Memorandum of William Blake's effects sold at public vendue. Purchasers: John King, Moses Knighton, Frances Blake, Zph: Pettypool [Eph: Pettypool], Jno Holsendorf, Chas Lewis, Isaac Graham, Frances Blake widow, Larkin Cardin, Thomas Stark, Nicholas Tee. Total receipts, L.863.13.9, equivalent in sterling, L.123.7.8. Sworn to 12 Apr. 1791.

Ephraim died after the 3rd of February 1793 in Fairfield County, South Carolina, and his last will and testament was proved in court in Jan 1794. He named wife Ursula Pettypool and sons William (married Susannah Church), Abraham Jr., underage sons Ephraim Jr. and Thomas, and youngest daughters Tabitha, Frances, Nancy, and Ursula (13, 12).

1793 February 2. Will of Ephraim Pettipool, being weak in body... to wife Ursula, all estate real & personal, to have the negro man coming to her from John Hunt and son William now has him but it was for his mother... all my lands whereon I now live, 300 acres to my two youngest sons Ephraim and Thomas Pettipool, after wife's decease or widowhood; Ephraim not to have control until Thomas is 21; to son William, negro George, to have possession as soon as I recover from James Hart; to son Abraham, 2 negroes; my four youngest daughters Tabitha, Frances, Nancy, Ursilla; wife and son Abraham, executors; witnesses: John Yarbrough, William (x) Graham, Charles (x) Graham.

1794 January 15. The Last will and testament of Ephraim Pettypool deceased was proved in open court by John Yarbrough. Ordered that the same be recorded and Ursula Pettypool Executrix appointed in the said will was duly qualified.

1794 January 16. Aministration of the last will and testament of Ephraim Pettypool granted to Ursula and Abraham Pettypool, exrs. named in the will; inventory to be returned by 2nd Monday in April

1794 January 18. Micajah Pickett vs. Ephraim Pettypool. Ordered the Clerk do receive the award out of Court.

1794 April 10. Inventory of the estate of Ephraim Pettypool. Thomas Starks, Reubin Harrison, Burrell Burge, appraisers.

1798 July 18. Jonathan Belton vs. Executors, Usley Pettipool. Decree for �6, 18p.

Abraham Pettypool, son of Ephraim, died intestate shortly after his father, by July 1794 (15):

1794 July 17. Abraham Pettipool, planter, died intestate. William Pettipool appointed administrator

1795 April 10. Account of estate of Abraham Pettypool, sale August 1794. Buyers: Wm Pettypool, Thomas Stark.

In 1799 Ephraim and Thomas, orphans of Ephraim Pettypool, had their brother, William Pettypool, appointed guardian (16).

1799 January 16. Ephraim Pettipool and Thomas Pettipool Orphans appeared in Court, and made choice of William Pettipool, as their Guardian; Whereupon ordered that Letters of guardianship be granted unto the said William Pettipool, as guardian of the said Orphans who proposed Charles Pickett and John Kelley as his securities of whom the Court approved to be bound in the sum of two hundred pounds.

The William Pettypool of 1790 and 1800 US Census of Fairfield County was the son of Ephraim Pettypool. In 1790, he had no males under 16, but in 1800 he had two males, age 10-16, his wards and brothers, Ephraim Jr and Thomas Pettypool. William (born 1765-1774)  married Susannah Church of Virginia.


References Cited

1. Virginia Patent Book 33, p. 281, 1756-1761

2. Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 7, p. 109, In: Bradley, S. E., Jr. (1998) Brunswick County Virginia Deed Books, Volume 3, 1755-1764, Lawrenceville, VA, p. 68; Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 9, p. 522, In: Bradley, S. E., Jr. (1998) Brunswick County Virginia Deed Books, Volume 4, 1765-1770, Lawrenceville, VA, p. 72.

3. Johnston County, North Carolina Deed Book 5, p. 247 [April 1757 - April 1758] (http://files.usgwarchives.org/nc/lenoir/deeds/book5.txt), Deed Book 7, pp. 58, 482, & 518 [April 1765 - April 1769] (http://files.usgwarchives.org/nc/lenoir/deeds/book7.txt) abstracted by Martha Mewborn Marble {USGENWEB Notice: In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, data may be freely used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation.)

4. Dobbs County, North Carolina Index to Deeds A-Z 1746-1880 (Grantors), State of North Carolina Library and Archives, Microfilm C.034.48351, Raleigh, NC; Dobbs County, North Carolina Index to Deeds A-Z 1746-1880 (Grantees), State of North Carolina Library and Archives, Microfilm C.034.48701, Raleigh, NC;

5. Dobbs County, North Carolina, Will of William Bryant [3 October 1772], Tabitha Marie DeVisconti Papers, Manuscript Division, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greeneville, NC, abstracted by Martha Mewborn Marble http://files.usgwarchives.org/nc/greene/wills/bryant01.txt.

6. Edgecombe County, North Carolina Deed Book 00, p. 7 & p. 248, In: Watson, J. W. (1966), Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Edgecombe County, North Carolina Deeds 1759-1772, Publ: Owen G Dunn County, New Bern, NC, p. 12 & pp. 36-37.

7. Northampton County, North Carolina Deed Books 4, p. 126 and Deed Book 5, p. 34 [1768], In: Bradley, S.E., Jr. (1990) The Deeds Of Northampton County North Carolina 1759-1774, Keysville, VA, p. 50, 63; also Northampton County, North Carolina Deed Book 5, p. 34 [1768], In: Packer, M.L., and C. L. Moor (1961) The Avents And Their Kin Of Avent Ferry, p. 10.

8. Johnston County, North Carolina Deed Book A-1, p. 85 and Transcript-1, p. 8, In: Haun, W. P. (1980) Johnston County, North Carolina Abstracts: Deed Book A-1, B-1, Transcript-1, D, D-1, 1859 thru 1771, vol. 1, Durham, NC, pp. 9, 70; Johnston County Court Minutes [3 January 1761], p. 49, In: Haun WP (1974) Johnston County, North Carolina Court Minutes, 1759 thru 1766, Durham, NC.

9. Warren County, Georgia Deed Book B, pp. 310-311, In: Lucas, S. E., Jr (1977) Some Georgia County Records, vol. 1, Southern Historical Press, Easely, SC, p. 285.

10. Northampton County, North Carolina Will Book 1, p. 56, In: Hofmann, M. M. (1975) Northampton County, North Carolina, 1759-1808, Genealogical Abracts of Wills, The Roanoke News County, Weldon, NC, p. 10.

11. Pitt County Real Estate Conveyances 1762-1771, Vol. B, C, D, Microfilm C.0179.40001, State of North Carolina Library and Archives, Raleigh; also Pitt County, North Carolina Deed Book C, p. 125, In: Ellison, J. P. (1968), Index and Abstracts Of Deeds Of Records Of Pitt County, North Carolina (1761-1783), vol. 1, Old South Historical Research and Atlantic Printers and Lithographers, Inc., Miami Beach, FL.

12. Fairfield County, South Carolina Will Book 1, p. 96 [12 April 1791], In: (1973) South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, vol. I, no.3, p.139

13. Fairfield County, South Carolina Court Minutes, In: Holcomb, B. (1981), Fairfield County Court Minutes, 1785-1795, Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, p. 91, 94, 159.

14. Fairfield County, South Carolina Will Book 2, p. 40-41, 62, In: Holcomb, B. (1976), Some South Carolina County Records, Volume 1, Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, p. 117, 119.

15. Fairfield County, South Carolina Will Book 2, p. 65, 88, In: Holcomb, B. (1976), Some South Carolina County Records, Volume 1, Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, p. 120, 122.

16. Fairfield County, South Carolina Court Minutes, In: Holcomb, B. (1981), Fairfield County Court Minutes, 1785-1795, Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, p. 165.


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