Notes for Thomas Hathcock Sr.
THOMAS HATHCOCK SR.
The earliest record of Thomas Hathcock found to date is in the Northampton County, North carolina, Deed Book of 1758. This Northampton County land record establishes that Thomas Hathcock was the son of Edward Hathcock of Northampton County. Northampton County, North Carolina Deed Abstract,
Deed Book 2, Page 476
Edward Hathcock of Northampton County, planter to Thomas Hathcock of Northampton Co., planter, for the love ard good will I have for my son, 100 acres more or less on Turbafield’s Run, joining James Parham, the said Edward Hathcock, Drury Jordan, and Ragland's Ferry Road. 15 May 1758. Witnesses: John Scouls, Drury Jordan. Registered Northampton Co. Courthouse July Court Term 1758, by J. Edwards, County Court Clerk.
Northampton County deeds indicate that James Parham and Drury Jordan owned or lived on land adjoining Arthur's Creek and Licking Branch (Northampton County Deed Book 2. page 483), and other deeds show that Edward Hathcock lived on the north side of Ragland's Ferry Road and near James Norton. James Norton, bom 1721 in Bristol Parish of Prince George County. Virginia. was Edward Hathcock's son-in-law. Still other Northampton County deeds indicate that in 1749 Edward Hathcock lived on the east side of Arthur's Creek (Book 1. page 493) ard that in 1757 Edward Hathcock's land adjoined Turbafield's Run (sometimes spelled Tubeviles) and the land of one Joshua Step who had lived there since before 1739 when it was a part of Bertie County.
Thomas Hathcock sold this land given to him by his father about five years later. A 1763 deed describes the same land as follows: Northampton County, North Carolina Deed Abstract
Book 3. Page 240
"Thomas Heathcock to James Stanton for 20 pounds. 100 acres near Edward Hathcock's land and Drury Jordan' s land on Raglard's Ferry Road. Witness: Burnell Bass. Dated 13 January 1763."
Analysis of still other deeds in Northampton County land records would show that Edward Hathcock was living in Northampton County in 1763, but that by 1766 he apparently had moved or died. It is possible that he moved to that part of Granville County which became Bute County in 1766. In 1764. Bute County was formed from Granville County and the first court was held there on Jethro Summer's land. Jethro Summer was a Revolutionary officer of the 3rd North Carolina Battalion and is mentioned in at least one Hathcock Revolutionary War record.
This speculation is based on a Northampton County Deed Book 3, containing a deed from John Cannon to James Stanton conveying land adjacent to Joshua Step and Edward Hathcock. This deed was dated 21 March 1761. However, in Bute County Deed Book 1, page 198, a deed of land dated 2 June 1766 describes a different location of Edward altogether, on Flat Rock Creek in what now is Franklin County, and mentions that it was where "Edward Hathcock once lived." There is no proof that these two Fdwards were the same man. More on Fdward Hathcock’s land is found in Section 3.1.
It is believed that the Thomas Hathcock in subject here appears on a Bute County tax list in 1769 with no particulars other that than he was listed as insolvent. Later, he must have moved to Anson County, for land records in that county show a Thomas was granted land there in 1778. On page 166 and on page 30 of the Anson County land grant records, Thomas Hathcock is listed as having been granted 200 acres of land. On page 296 of the same book and same year, he is listed as having been granted another 200 acres of land. Because of the creation of new counties, this land was in Richmond after 1779, and after 1899 it is found in Scotland County.
The first grant in Anson County (No.383) issued to Thomas Hathcock, dated 15 December 1778, describes the land as being 200 acres on the Northeast of the forks of Gum Swamp and Beaver Dam including the improvements he now lives on. It is further described as adjoining the lands of Mark Johnson. A notation on the back of the grant instrument includes the names of Mark Johnson and Thomas Hathcock Jr. as chain carriers. This would seem to indicate that Thomas Hathcock had a son named Thomas Hathcock Jr. The names Mark Johnson and Isaac Heathcock appear on a list of purchasers of the estate of Joseph Hathcock of Sumter County, South Carolina, in 1817. Mark Johnsons appear in the 1810 census of both Chatham and Northampton, North Carolina, counties. The second grant in Anson County (No. 527), dated 28 January 1779, described the land as 200 acres "lying on the Southwest of the Gum Branch joining the first entry (Grant) on the Northwest." An interesting notation on the back of this grant instrument is again the names of Mark Johnson and Thomas Hathcock Jr., who were the chain carriers for the surveyor. It was common for one of the grant holder's sons to be a chain carrier, and the chain carriers were required to have sworn under oath to the correctness of their measurements. This means that the chain carriers had to be at least 21 years of age. Hence, Thomas Hathcock Jr. and Mark Johnson were born before 1757 and probably before 1750.
Digressing for the moment to South Carolina, a Thomas and an Isaac Heathcock were granted lands in the Camden District by the South Carolina Colonial Government in 1772, in what is now the northeastern part of Richland County, South Carolina. Thomas Heathcock was granted 450 acres in old Craven County on the waters of Little Cedar Creek on 24 December 1772. The survey was made 11 May 1772. Isaac Heathcock was granted 300 acres of land adjoining the land of Thomas Heathcock on 24 December 1772. The survey was made 10 June 1772. The present speculation is that Isaac and Thomas Heathcock were sons of Thomas Hathcock Sr. [Note 1] Note 1: An Isaac Hathcock left a Will in the Greenville District of South Carolina in May of 1814, mentioning his wife Mary, and that he was in the Army. The Will was probated in October of 1817.
The evidence seems to make it clear that the Thomas Hathcock of Anson County (later Richmond and then Scotland County), North Carolina, was the same Thomas Hathcock Sr. earlier of Northampton County and that the Thomas Hathcock of Fairfield County, South Carolina, was Thomas Heathcock Jr. It is known that Thomas Heathcock (Jr.) leased 168 acres of this South Carolina land to one John Alston according to an Instrument of Release and Sale of Land in Craven County dated 14 February 1774, sworn 4 March 1774, but not recorded in Charleston until 11 February 1785. Thomas Heathcock is listed in Revolutionary War records as a Private in captain Peter Tyler's Company, South Carolina Loyal Militia from 1 September 1780 though September 1782. He was paid for the six-month period errling October 1782. He was in Colonel Robert Gray's Regiment of the Georgetown Militia, and the Little Pee Dee Militia of Thomas Gibson’s Company. [Note 2]
It is noted in the History of Georgetown County Gray was in charge of the Oleraw Militia. It is assumed that the Thomas Hathcock referred to is Thomas (Jr.). Also in 1795, a Deed of Gift is found in the Fairfield County, South Carolina court records indicating that Thomas Hathcock (Jr.) was a shoe maker who lived on the "Old Muster Grounds ... [Note 3]
Thomas Hathcock in this deed gave his son John Heathcock
all of his household goods and shoemaker tools. In 1785, a John Heathcock of Fairfield County is found in the court records. [Note 4]
It would seem that either Thomas Heathcock (Jr.) or John, both would have been enumerated in the South carolina census of 1790, but for some reason they are not enumerated. Only three Hathcock families are enumerated in that census. Their first names are not given. Note 2. Loyalist in the Southern Campaigns of the Revolutionary War (1981) by Clark. A Gilbert Heathcock and a Thomas Haycock are also listed as Loyalist in these volumes. The period in which Thomas Hathcock served in the Loyalist Militia coincides with the period of British occupation of South Carolina September 1780 to October 1782 - at which time all male citizens were subject to being drafted in the militia.
Note 3. The Old Muster Ground is found on an old map of Fairfield County, as a place where the militia practiced drill two or three miles due south of Winnsboro, the County Seat (source: Maps, South Carolina Archives, Columbia).
Note 4. In Northampton County, North Carolina, in 1778, a William Cato conveyed land to John Haithcock and in Fairfield County, South Carolina, in 1798, one William Cato witnessed a Bill of Sale of John Haithcock.1790 Census of Camden District, Claremont County, South Carolina
Males 16 Years Males 16 Years Females
and over or Younger All
M. Hathcock 2 3 4
S. Haithcock 1 4 1
G. Haithcock 3 1 3
Fairfield County court records briefly mention Thomas Hathcock (Jr.) on 21 July 1798, indicating that he was still living there in 1798. However. in 1800, just two years later. the census of Fairfield County only records a Mark Hathcock. (A Thomas Hadgecock is also enumerated at page 235.) 1800 Census of Fairfield County, South Carolina
Mark Hathcock (age 16-26)
1 male age 10-16
2 male age 0-10
1 female age 16-26
1 female age 20-45
No Hathcocks are recorded in the 1810 Fairfield County census. It was in this area of South Carolina--the Camden District--that the earliest South Carolina Hathcock record is found. A Moses Hathcock is briefly mentioned in South Carolina history as a member of the Cherokee Expedition of 1759. Historical accounts reveal that the Cherokee Expedition was a total failure and no contact with the Indians was never made. The soldiers contracted smallpox in the 1759 epidemic and died or deserted in large numbers. No other record of Moses Hathcock has been located, however, an M. Hathcock is enumerated in the South Carolina census of 1790 as shown above. The primary genealogical significance of this is that Moses Hathcock was residing in the Camden District of South Carolina at least 13 years before Thomas and Isaac Hathcock received Colonial Land Grants there in 1772. A Meshach Hathcock is found in the Sumter County land records living near a James Scott on 3 May 1794 and on 9 December 1800. John Hathcock bought land from Joseph Payne in Claremont County, South Carolina 4 August 1795 and later sold the same land in 1802 after the area
became a part of Sumter County.
Returning to the North Carolina Thomas Hathcock Sr. of Anson County, father of Thomas Hathcock (Jr), a petition dated in 1779 was signed by the inhabitants of that county to divide Anson County to form a new county to be named Montgomery. One of the petitioners was Thomas Hathcock. Subsequently, Anson County was divided in 1779 and Thomas Hathcock lived in that part of old Anson County, which became Richmond. County in 1779. [Note 5]
He was granted land in Richmond County in 1787 (Book 64, page 243). A grant is also recorded in the Richmond County records indicating that Thomas Hathcock received 100 acres on the edge of Iron Monger Pond and along Johnson's Line (recall that in 1778, nine years earlier. Thomas lived adjacent to Mark Johnson). Note 5. Benjamin Hathcock, who lived near Thomas Hathcock in Anson County, North Carolina, moved to Montgomery County, North Carolina. about 1779 from Chatham County. 1785 Richmond County, North Carolina Tax List
Name 21-60 Years <21 or >60 Years Females
William Hathcock 1 1 2
Thomas Dearmans 1 2 5
Easter Hathcock 0 2 4
Thomas Hathcock is enumerated in the 1790 census of Richmond. North Carolina. 1790 Census of Richmord County, North Carolina
(Fayette District) Head of Family Under 16 Years Females
Thomas Hathcock (Sr) 1 male 2 males 3
James Norton. Jr. * 1 male 5 males 3
*Known later as James Norton Sr., probably nephew of Thomas Hathcock Sr.
A few years later. in 1793, Thomas Hathcock Sr. was granted another 50 acres of land in Richmond County adjoining the land of Isham Norton. Notice that this Isham Norton (Sr) was the son of James Norton Sr., mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Therefore. this land was adjacent to Thomas Hathcock's, sister's family. (James and Martha Norton)
It is also interesting that the chain carriers in this land transaction were Thomas Hathcock Jr.
and Jerry Woodel. (Could this be Jesse Wooten? - see Section 3.2.3.) This grant #849 was numbered Warrant #476 and was entered 2 July 1793 and issued 16 July 1795 (Book 86, page 505). It describes this land as 50 acres being on Dismal Branch of Joe's Creek joining Isham Norton's line. Joe's Creek is in present-day Scotland County, North Carolina.
The last deed record found relating to Thomas Hathcock, is dated 1796, wherein he signed his name T. W. Hathcock. This gives rise to the speculation that his name was Thomas WiIIiam Hathcock am that it is he who is enumerated as William Hathcock on the 1787 tax list of Richmond County. A Easter Hathcock also was enumerated in that tax list. The full text of the 1796 deed is reproduced below.
Richmond County. North Carolina -- Book C Page 655 & 656
DEED Thomas Hathcock to Isham Norton
This indenture made between Thomas Hathcock and Isham Norton both of the State of North Carolina, Richmond County, Witnesseth that I the said Thomas Hathcock for and in consideration of the sum of twenty pounds the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and myself therewith fully paid hath bargained, sold, and conveyed and by these presents doth fully and absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, convey and confirm unto him the said Isham Norton. his heirs assigns forever, a certain track or parcel of land lying in said county situated on the north east side of Joes Creek. beginning at a pine near two pine pointers near (Isham Norton's)* Norton's line and runs thence south sixty degrees west ninety poles to a a stake thence south thirty degrees east sixty seven poles to a stake thence north sixty degrees east one hundred and fifty poles to a corner thence north seventy two degrees west ninety poles to the beginning, containing fifty acres of land more or less further doth appear by a patent granted to Thomas Hathcock dated the sixteenth day of July (1793)*, number 849 by virtue of which patent the aforesaid Isham Norton his heirs and assigns for to have and to hold, occupy, possess, and enjoy the aforesaid fifty acres of bargained land and premises as undeniable.
Sealed this ninth day of May One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six.
T. W. Hathcock
Test: Isaac Williamson
North Carolina )
Richmond County) July 2 years 1797
*Note: Information in parenthesis taken from patent document. This document also indicates that this land was on a branch of Joe' s Creek named Dismal Branch.
Thomas Hathcock Sr. is enumerated in the Richmord County, North Carolina census for each ten-year period from 1790 through 1810. He died in 1818 before the 1820 census was taken.1800 Census of Richmond County, North Carolina, Page 258
Thomas Hathcock (Sr.) Over 45 years
2 males 10-16 years
1 female 0-10 years
1 female 10-16 years
2 females 16-26 years
1 female Over 45 years[Note added by Clayton Heathcock, 5 November 2009]. This census record suggests another reason to doubt that Thomas Sr. was really born in 1693, as his obituary states. In 1800 he would have been 107 and with a daughter less than 10 years of age. Of course, the female over 45 could have been a much younger 2nd or 3rd wife, even a widow with children fathered by some other man.]
Also enumerated in this census and living near Thomas Hathcock. were members of the Norton family including: James Norton (Jr), his wife Keziah. over 45 years, and his family; Isham Norton. a Revolutionary soldier over 45 years of age with family; ard Martin Norton, 26-45 years of age and his family. Isham Norton Sr. was a son of Martha. daughter of Edward Hathcock of Northampton County, and a brother to James Norton Jr. [Note 6]
The Revolutionary War pension application of Isham Norton Sr., who later lived m Richmond County, represented that he had enlisted in Northampton County, North Carolina, but left his discharge with his brother and mother (probably Martha Hathcock Norton) in Northampton County. By comparing the pension applications of James Hathcock and Isham Norton Sr., it is clear that they served under the same officers, in the same Revolutionary War organization, at the same time-toward the close of the war. Isham Norton lived in Northampton County at the same time as did several Hathcock families. including a James Hathcock who bought land in Northampton County in 1778. James Hathcock enlisted in the Revolution in Northampton County, but later moved to Chatham County. James Hathcock, believed to have been the son of William Hathcock Sr. and grandson of Joseph Hathcock of old Brunswick County, Virginia, is discussed in Section 3.2.2 of this volume.Note 6. Apparently William Norton and Nazareth Norton also lived in this area since an Orphan Court record of Richmond County dated in June of 1816 indicates that ZelIa Hathcock, minor female, age 13, was bound out to William Norton. Another record indicates that Mark Hathcock and Elisha Hathcock were bound out to Nazareth Norton, but no date is given. It could have been at the same time in June of 1816, and if this is true, then all these children were probably brothers and sister.
Thomas Hathcock died in Richmond County, North Carolina on 13 April 1818. His obituary was published in the Richmond County newspaper, the Carolina Observer
, and also in the Augusta, Georgia, newspaper, the Augusta Chronicle
. His obituary is brief but presents valuable information. OBITUARY
LONGEVITY - Died in Richmond County on the 13th instant at the seat of Colonel T. Pate. Thomas Hathcock, aged one hundred and twenty five years. He left a numerous family of children settled in different parts of the country, two of whom live in the state of Georgia, one aged ninety-three and the other eighty-seven, and one son in Richmond County, but little the rise of sixteen years of age!
In the obituary, it is first noted that the name is spelled Hathcock rather than Heathcock. Thomas' father, Edward, as well as his sons in Georgia. spelled their name as Hathcock as usually did generations after in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Next, it is observed that Thomas Hathcock died "at the seat of Colonel T. (Thorogood) Pate." This means that Thomas Hathcock died while, living on the plantation of Colonel Pate. Whether it be coincidence, or not, Thorogood Pate is mentioned in very early North Carolina records as the father of Charles Pate in a Chowan County, North Carolina, deed dated 1722/23 and witnessed by Edward Howcott (Sr.). Quite possibly Colonel Thorgood Pate was a direct descendant of the Thorogood Pate mentioned in the deed. [Note 7]
The Thorogood Pates could hardly have been the same man since it is known that Colonel Pate died on 24 March 1836, and the earlier Thorogood Pate had a son, Charles, presumably at least the age of 21 years in 1722. Colonel Pate is buried in the Fannie Pate Cemetery in Gibson in what is now Scotland County, North Carolina. Scotland County was formed from Richmond County. This suggests that Thomas Hathcock last lived, died and may be buried in what is now Scotland County. Note 7. Edward Howcott received a patent in Bertie County (later Northampton) 6 July 1724 (see Northampton County, Deed Book 1 page 113) and other land transactions involving Edward Howcott are found in the old Bertie and Chowan County, deed books of the period. In one such transaction dated 9 March 1722/23, Edward Howcott witnessed a deed from Charles Pate, son of Thorogood Pate, to Robert Hicks (see Deed Book C Chowan County. #1603).
A North Carolina Will dated July 28, 1732, signed by John Howcott in the Bertie Precinct, lists his sons as: Edward, John, Richard and Nathaniel; his daughters as: Elizabeth Branch and Mary Howcott; his wife as Mary, and his brother as Edward Howcott. Records pertaining to the younger Fdward Howcott seem to indicate that he had a son John and that Edward (Jr.) died about 1758. The Howcotts lived in an area called Stancell, which may be the small village just south of the Virginia border in extreme Northeastern Warren County, North Carolina. Although the name is consistently spelled HOWCOTT, there is a lingering question as to whether this could actually be Hathcock.
In Virginia records of Prince George County, 17 February 1760 at page 140, Reuben Rivers sold Edward Devanport land on the south side of the Secord Swamp the Blackwater consisting of 104 acres next to a Richard Haycock.
The obituary of Thomas Hathcock states his age was 125 years in 1818. Taken literally, this places his date of birth in 1693. Further. it places his father's (Edward) date of birth same 15 to 50 years prior, or between 1643 and 1678. This would logically make Edward Hathcock a member of the first or second generation of Hathcocks in America. Hence, Edward was most likely a son or grandson of the immigrant ancestor Thomas Hathcock from England.
The obituary also states that Thomas Hathcock "left a numerous family of children settled in different parts of the country." This probably means in the states of North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee, as these states constitute the places where Hathcocks appear in records after 1810.
The obituary further states that Thomas Hathcock had sons, "two of whom live in the state of Georgia, one age 93 and the other 87." The identification of these two sons was the subject of research in 1982 and evidence now suggest that these two sons were John Hathcock Sr. and Samuel Hathcock who had removed to Georgia about 1803 from South Carolina. [Note 8]
Their first appearance in the census records is in 1800 in Kershaw County, South Carolina, which is adjacent to Fairfield County. Fairfield County is where the Thomas· Hathcock (Jr.) (believed to be a son of Thomas Hathcock, Sr.) lived from 1772 until July 1798. Note 8. A case can be made that the sons referred to in the obituary were Hosiah and William Hathcock, who lived in Elbert County, Georgia, in 1818. This speculation is based upon the fact that Thomas Hathcock and Hosiah Hathcock lived very near each other in Anson County, North Carolina, in 1779 (see deed in Section 3.2.3, and Thomas' second grant dated 28 January 1779). This, however, is not the preferred theory. Since Thomas died as a very old and had no close relatives, it is reasonable that the person reporting the obituary information was not familiar with the scattered family of Thomas and reported what he had heard from Thomas in the years past. This might justify the problem that John and Samuel Hathcock were no longer living in Georgia in 1818. A Bedford County, Tennessee, court record dated 20 October 1817 indicates that John Hathcock Sr. was in that county before 1817 (Book H, at page 165). 1800 Census of Kershaw County, South Carolina
John Heathcock 16-26 years (son of Samuel)
1 male 0-10 years
1 female 0-10 years
1 female 16-26 years (Mary)
Samuel Heathcock Over 45 years (probably 55-75)
1 male 10-16 years (Philip, 13)
1 male 0-10 years (Flemon, 9-10)
1 female 0-10 years
John Heathcock, Sr. Over 45 years (probably 50-69)
4 males 0-10 years (Charles, Barney, Ranson)
1 male 10-16 years (John Hathcock, Jr. 15)
1 female 10-16 years
1 female 26-45 years
John Hathcock Sr. of Kershaw County sold land in Sumter County on 3 February 1802 and must have removed to Burke County, Georgia, by 1803 for he was delinquent on his Burke County taxes in 1804. Samuel Hathcock appears on a delinquent tax list of Burke County in 1805 and 1806.
In a publication of the National Genealogical Society entitled Georgia Genealogical Gems
(1981), a list of tax defaulters in Burke County, Georgia, for 1804-1806 was published. In this list a John and Samuel Hathcock are found (Misspelled as Hatchcock). TAX DEFAULTERS, 1804-1806
William Bowling, Receiver of Taxes for Burke County, Georgia published in the Augusta Chronicle on the 23rd of February 1805 "A list of defaulters in Burke County, for the Year 1804.” He published the list of those who had not paid their taxes for 1805 in the same newspaper on January 11, 1806, while the 1806 list appeared in the February 7, 1807 issues of the Augusta Chronicle.* There are 418 names in these three lists. Of these, 187 (around 45 percent) can be found in the 1805 Land Lottery list for Burke County. Thus, there were 231 persons owning property in Burke County whose names do not appear in the Land Lottery list for 1805.
*Same Newspaper in which the obituary of Thomas Hathcock appeared.
The county was divided into districts under a "Captain." These "Captains", in genera, were the same for the three years, but there were some exceptions. TAX DEFAULTERS LIVING IN CAPTAIN JAMES MARTIN’S DISTRICT OF BURKE COUNTY, GEORGIA
1804: John Hathcock
1805: Samuel Hathcock
1806: Samul Hathcock
The Samuel Heathcock in the 1805 and 1806 Georgia tax defaulters list is not found in the 1810 South Carolina census. S. Hathcock, however. does appear on the 1790 census of Claremont County (later Kershaw County); who could have been Samuel Heathcock.
A mistake was made in Hathcock Families of Geargia Volume X, a 1971 publication regarding the Hathcock's participating in the land lottery of 1807 in Georgia. In that publication, seven Hathcock men were listed as participants of the Elbert County lottery. Actually, these seven men were from three different counties. John Hathcock Jr., who appears to have been listed twice, was living in Burke County, Hosiah and John Hathcock were living in Elbert County, and John and James Hathcock were living in Franklin County, Georgia. The corrected version of the 1807 Georgia land lottery, as it pertains to the Hathcocks, is found below. The 1807 land 1ottery of Georgia shows that John Hathcock Jr. was a participant who lived in Burke County in Spain's Military District.
Notes for Thomas Hathcock Sr.
Notes for Thomas Hathcock Sr.