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John Adams had a farm at Ballyweaney (later called Chequer Hall farm) and he registered the freehold of this farm on 30th October, 1780. In the 18th century weaving was usually carried on by weavers working in their own houses, but John Adams was before his time in that he erected a weaving shed on his farm. Here he employed quite a lot of weavers to produce Chequer linen, which was woven with blue and white linen thread in the pattern of a chequerboard. The thread was spun and dyed, as well as woven on the premises. There was a substantial trade in Chequer both in Great Britain and in the United States of America. It was particularly popular for the curtains and hangings of four-poster beds of that period. The Chequer was stamped with a brass stamp bearing an illustration of a spinning wheel and the words ... Jn. Adams, Loughgeel, Antrim ... round the outside. This brass stamp was found some years age in one of the fields at Chequer Hall when it was being ploughed and came into the possession of J.B. Hamilton, solicitor, of Ballymoney. John Adams died in 1807, and after his death the manufacture at Chequer Hall gradually ceased, and the weaving shed was converted into an ordinary farm building.
Sacred to the Memory of
Who departed this life on the
27th Dec 1841
in the 75th year of his age
He was a native of the County of Antrim, Ireland, and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1810. He took an active part in the unsuccessful struggle for the independence of his native land in the year 1798. Persevering through life the character of an honest man, he bade adieu to this world in the confidant hope of a happy immortality.
A son of James Bones and his wife Mary Adams, William Bones, married Isabella Spencer on January 4, 1825, at Augusta, Georgia.
Richard Boveington, born in 1654, considered himself from Great Marle upon the Thames in Buckinghamshire in Old England. The family had been established there for some generations, probably at Bovingdon Green, a hamlet only one mile from the center of the town. Relatives also owned property in Marefield, even closer to the center of what is now Marlow. Within a days walk of Great Marle were all the towns, farms and villages where the Boveingtons, under various spellings of the name, had lived at least since 1300, and probably several centuries earlier.
Richard Buffington, the Emigrant, in addition to founding the largest segment of the Buffington family in America, made definite historic contributions to the American colonial history. He was a pioneer settler in West Jersey, and signed the West Jersey Compact (dated March 3, 1676). He was a settler in Upland, later Chester, prior to Penns receiving the Charter for the Province of Pennsylvania. He assisted in the layout of the public road from Philadelphia to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that became the first unit of Americas earliest trans-continental highway.
Related Pennsylvania families include: Baldwin, Collins, Cope, Dean, Eaverson, Harlan, Hickman, Grubb, McArthur, Martin, Palmer, Seed, and Vane ... and later my Hart line.
My line includes James Willis Cantey of Kershaw County, South Carolina, who married Camilla Floride Richardson, daughter of John Peter Richardson and Floride Bonneau Peyre.
Jonathan Davis, who was the founder of the Davis family in the United States of which the following account treats, was born in England about 1730, and came to America when quite young. We have more than one account of his early history. Dr. John D. Garrard, late of Birmingham, Ala., who was a great-grandson and who had devoted much time collecting information relating to his ancestry, said:
Jonathan Davis was born in England about 1730, and died in Wilkes Co., Ga., in Feb. or Mar. 1818. His father died when he was quite small and left him and a younger brother and perhaps one of two sisters, as well as his mother, who married again. The step-father treated the boys badly and Jonathan ran away when about twelve years old, and made his way to America.
Another story of his early life is that he was captured off the coast of Wales when but a lad and brought to New York on a piratic tramp trading vessel and disposed of upon some term to a New York merchant, who afterwards assisted him in making a start in life.
The earliest account we have of Jonathan Davis was about the time of his marriage to Lucy Gibbs, a daughter of a prominent Va. family. They were married about 1756. Miss Gibbs was born about 1738 and died in Wilkes Co., Ga. about 1818.
Mr. Davis bought lands and settled in Orange Co., Va., where his children all grew up and were married before he left Va., and settled in Wilkes Co., about 1803.
A son of Jonathan, William M. Davis, married Nancy Easton on February 5, 1789, in Orange County, Virginia. Their son, Jonathan II, was a prominent pioneer Baptist preacher in Georgia and founded the First Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia. His son, John Adrian Davis, was my great-great-great grandfather.
Elfe, whose apparent sympathies with his homeland cost his family dearly during the Revolutionary War, married twice. On June 7, 1748, he married Mary Hancock ... she apparently died that same year. He then married Rachel Prioleau (or Prideau), and they had at least seven children, including my great-great-great-great grandmother, Hannah Elfe, who married Francis Bonneau on January 21, 1779.
Nine children have been recorded of this union: (a) Rachel Ann Hampton who married Samuel Way then Thomas Hardy Griffin; (b) Andrew Young Hampton, my great-great-great-great grandfather, born October 29, 1806, who married Eliza B. Coats; (c) James Darcey Hampton who married Wylanta Dorsey and Sarah Ann Hall; (d) Benjamin Wade Hampton who married Clementine ONeal in 1824; (e) John Milledge Hampton who married Ann J. Thomas; (f) Evalina Hampton who married John F. Spicer; (g) Mary Ann Hampton who married Martin Green ONeal; (h) William L. Hampton who married Louisa Horne; and (i) Laura Ann Hampton who married Charles Washington Horne.
The following is taken from the William Henry Johnson manuscript on the Johnson family:
The Copeland Stiles records, etc., says that Jane Haywood had two brothers, farmers in New York state, but finding the climate too severe settled on the Tar River (in) North Carolina. From the Biographical History of North Carolina from Colonial Times to the Present (Ashe), vol. III, pp. 164-167 (inclusive) and William Haywood, p. 168 to 171 (inclusive) by Marshall de Lancey Haywood:
John Haywood, 1st of his name in North Carolina, resided at the mouth of Conoconarie Creek, in a part of the colonial county of Edgecombe, but now embrassed (sic) within the limits of Halifax County. Enfield being the then county seat ... for about 20 years, more or less, he was the surveyor on the vast domain of the Earle of Granville ... the only one of the Lords Proprietors of North Carolina who retained his landed holdings in the colony when the other proprietors sold their interests to the crown in 1729. Many of the old land grants issued by Lord Granville to the colonists still exist and are usually countersigned by Mr. Haywood as Surveyor.
In the spring of 1792 two brothers, Willis and William Johnson, came from South Hampton County, Virginia, to settle land claims (in Warren County, Georgia) granted them for Revolutionary services. With them came Soloman and Peter Newsome.
William Johnson married Lucy Rosanna(h) Reese in 1793, and they had at least twelve children:
(1) Randolph , b. April 26, 1779, Virginia; d. February 1, 1854; (2) Amos, b. 1781, Virginia; (3) Lewis, b. October 16, 1783, South Hampton County, Virginia; d. January 5, 1859; (4) Aaron, b. January 15, 1785, Virginia; d. March 15, 1870, Georgia; (5) James, b. June 11, 1787, Virginia; d. May 27, 1853; (6) Sara, b. 1789, probably in Virginia; (7) Mary, b. November 11, 1790; d. November 11, 1859; (8) Reece, b. 1792, probably in Virginia; d. October 28, 1836, near Warrenton, Warren County, Georgia; (9) Seaborn, b. 1794; (10) William, Jr., b. 1798, probably in Warren County, Georgia; d. October 7, 1846; (11) Rebecca; and (12) Martha Elizabeth.
Joshua T. Jordan, believed to be the father of my great-great grandfather, William Moses Jordan, was apparently born in Columbia County, in 1824. Joshua Jordan married Rebecca Jane Brinson on February 3, 1848. Of this union, there were apparently at least seven children: (i) Milledge Jordan, a daughter who died young; (ii) William Moses Jordan, born July 1, 1851; (iii) Philip Jordan, born 1853; (iv) Mary T. Jordan, born 1854; (v) Lila A. Jordan, born 1856; (vi) Elizabeth Jordan, born 1859; and (vii) Sarah Jordan, born 1861.
William Moses Jordan (pictured with his wife at left), educated at Penfield College, later Mercer, married November 8, 1877 in Augusta, Isabella Spencer Wright. They had five children, all born in Augusta: (a) Margaret Louisa Jordan, my great grandmother, born November 7, 1878, who married Henry Martyn Johnson, of Charleston, South Carolina; (b) David Wright Jordan, January 12, 1881, died young; (c) Marie Emily Jordan, January 5, 1883, married George Winthrop Dwelle; (d) Isabella Coskery Jordan, born August 2, 1884, married John Barry Whitney; and (e) Thomas Russell Wright Jordan, born June 29, 1889, died young.
Eight children were left orphaned by their passing, the oldest not yet having turned 17. Several of the children are found in the 1850 census with Philip Lanier (possibly her brother) and with Henry Waddell (possibly her brother-in-law, husband of Pensa Ann Lanier)
Elda was believed to be a daughter of John Lanier. The relationship between Elda Lanier and John Lanier is suggested by the following from Lanier: A Genealogy of the family who came to Virginia and their French ancestors in London, by Louise Ingersoll, p. 434-5:
John Lanier ... had a son and a daughter born before 1810; they disappeared before 1820, evidently going to Georgia, to Dooly County, where the Court House was burned, and all early records are lost ...
Philip Lanier (a son of the aforementioned John), b. Apr 21 1808 is in the 1830 census of Dooly County, Ga., with another male of his age, and two girls, one about eighteen, the other about fifteen. The tradition is that Philip had no brothers, but had several sisters, one married in Ga. a Mr. Waddill, another married Mr. Fleming in Georgia and they all went to Texas at the same time about 1856.
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