Friday, October 31, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 35: Nathaniel Tilden

“The Tilden families of America descend from John Tilden, a clothier of Benenden, England born around 1400.” (1) 

“His descendant, Nathaniel Tilden was baptized at Tenterden, County Kent, 28 July 1583, the son of Thomas Tilden and Alice Biggs.” 

Parish records indicate that Nathaniel was married about 1606 in Tenterden, Kent, England, to Lydia Huckstep, (baptized on 11 February 1587/1588 in Tenterden, Kent, England, daughter of Winnfrithe.)

They had 12 children, all born in England:

1. Joseph, died young
2. Thomas, died young
3. Mary, born about 1610, christened on 20 May 1610 in Tenterden, Kent, England; 
               married on 13 March 1637 to Thomas Lapham in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
4. Sarah; married on on 13 March 1637 George Sutton.* (our ancestors)
5. Joseph; married Alice or Elizabeth Twisden.
6. Thomas; married Elizabeth (Bourne) Waterman.
7. Stephen, died young
8. Judith; married Abraham Preble.
9. Winifred, died young
10. Lydia, died young
11. Lydia; married Richard Garrett.
12. Stephen; married Hannah Little ”  (2)

Replica of the ship Hercules

“Nathaniel Tilden, sailed with his family (his wife Lydia, seven (surviving) children and seven servants) in March 1634 on the Hercules, from Sandwich, Kent to Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

Nathaniel Tilden, the first name on the passenger list of the Hercules, had been mayor of Tenterden in 1622 and his immediate family had held similarly official roles in Tenterden and the surrounding community. Nathaniel Tilden was chosen ruling elder of the first church of Scituate, Massachusetts within a year after his arrival. 

Scituate, Mass

His name is recorded in the first conveyance of land recorded in Scituate in 1634: "of all that land which I have of Goodman Byrd lying within the fence at the north end of the third cliffe, unto the land of Nathaniel Tilden." (1)

“Nathaniel Tilden had built the 20th house in Scituate by October 1636.” (3)

“Daughters, Mary and Sarah were married on the same day, 13 March 1636/37 and their husbands were Tilden's servants. 

Tilden was of the gentry and addressed as "Mr.," and he was one of the wealthier Scituate residents. 

He dated his will 25 May 1641, inventory 31 July 1641, and he named his wife Lydia and his children: 

  1. Stephen
  2. Lydia
  3. Joseph 
  4. Thomas 
  5. Judith
  6. Mary, the wife of Thomas Lapham 
  7. and Sarah, the wife of George Sutton 

and he also mentioned his two indentured servants, Edward Jenkins and Edward Tarte.   After his death, his widow Lydia married Timothy Hatherly.” (2)


Thursday, October 30, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 34: Dempsey Barclift

Dempsey Barclift was born 14 Mar 1778 in Durant's Neck, North Carolina.

At age 19, he married Mourning Godfrey, and they had a son, Joseph Godfrey Barclift. (1798)

Mourning died before 1800 (in childbirth?), because we see in the 1800 census that only Dempsey and his son are enumerated, along with 3 slaves.

On 2 May 1801, Dempsey (23)  married Martha Sutton (20).  They were second cousins: their grandfathers were brothers, (and their fathers were cousins).

They had 8 children:
  1. George (1802)
  2. Wilson (1804)
  3. Sarah (1805)
  4. Deborah (1808)
In the 1810 census, they had 5 children  (the 4 mentioned above plus Joseph from his first marriage), and 8 slaves.

      5. Ann (1811) born, but little Deborah (age 3) passed away.
      6. Asa (1815)
      7. Martha (1818)
      8. Dempsey Jr (1822), but little Asa (age 7) passed away

Dempsey (44) died on 14 Oct 1822 and is buried at New Hope Cemetary in Perquimans County, NC.

Martha (68) died on 15 Oct 1849 and is buried next to her husband.

Dempsey Barclift and Martha Sutton Barclift buried
side by side at New Hope Cemetary in North Carolina.

  • US Marriage Records
  • 1800 and 1810  US Federal Census
  • US Find a Grave index

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 33: Ann Barclift

Ann Barclift was born 16 Dec 1811, in Herford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, the fifth child of 8, born to Dempsey Barclift and Martha Sutton.

"The Cottle's, in their family history, state that, "The story is that a day after reaching the age of twenty-one, Timothy Walton (III) rode to Perquimans County where he married Ann Barclift (18), daughter of Dempsey Barclift and Martha Sutton on 15 Oct 1830.

The bride and groom then rode to their new home in Gates County on one horse. Horse lovers can take heart since neither was a heavy weight and the lady weighed scarcely a hundred pounds all her life.

That same year on 2 December 1830 Timothy Walton in the deed sold to his brother-in-law Absalom Blanchard a mill in Gates County with four acres of land." (1)

They may have moved to Illinois right away.

North Carolina to Illinois, and later Missouri
Ann and Timothy had four children:
  1. James (1831)
  2. Edward (1833)
  3. Emily (1838)
  4. Lucy (1840)
In the 1840 census, the family was living in Monroe, Illinois.

Timothy Walton died in 1841.

Ann married Jacob Vernatti on 12 June 1842 in Waterloo, IL

They had 4 children:
  1. Sarah Ann (1843)
  2. Mary Isabella (1845) *our ancestor
  3. John (1847)
In the 1850 census, they are all enumerated by name, living in Moredock, Illinois

      4.William (1855)

Jacob died in 1857.

Jacob Vernatti's tombstone

No census entry can be found for 1860

In 1870, Ann (59) is keeping house, and her 14 year old son Willie is living with her, in Butler, MO.

In 1880, Ann (69) is living with her son William, his wife and baby in Prairie, MO.

Ann Barclift Walton Vernatti with children and grandchildren
Ann died 11 Dec 1896 (84), (4 days before her 85th birthday) in Montgomery City, MO.

Ann Barclift Walton Vernatti's tombstone


US Federal Census: 1840, 1850, 1870, 1880

Descendants of Robert Walton

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 32: William Blanchard

We don't know when the Blanchards came to America, quite possible from England, sometime before 1760.  There are some who say Blanchard meant someone who had a white beard, or wore white clothes, or one who rode a white horse.  The name could have French origins, or German.

"The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Blanchard, which was dated 1177, during the reign of King Henry  II. (1)

Benjamin Blanchard was born around 1762 possibly in North Carolina.

His son, William Blanchard was born in 1780 in Gates County North Carolina. William showed up in the Gates County, NC censuses of 1810, 1820, and 1830. These census records only list the head of household's name and then give age ranges and numbers of persons for the rest of the family members.

William married Mary Rawls on 26 Sept , 1801 in Gates County, NC.

In 1810, there are 7 household members:
  • Presumably, William (30) and Mary (30)  (aged 26-44) 
  • 3 boys (under 10)  One of the kids could be Absolum, *(our ancestor) (the dates match up)
  • plus  2 other boys are enumerated aged 10-25. (don't know who these boys could be...possibly younger brothers of William and Mary?)
In 1820, there are 8 household members:
  • Presumably: William (40) and Mary(40)  (26-44), and 
  • six kids.  Absolum was 18, and Elisha (who raises Absolum's kids when Absolum dies young)  was 5.  (those dates match up)  
  • plus 3 slaves (I hate when I find this, but the blurb below, is of some comfort)

Excerpt from the History of Gates County to 1860

In 1830, there are 5 household members:
  • Presumably, William (50) and Mary (50) (50-59)
  • and 1 male age 20-29
  • and 2 kids under age 14
  • plus 7 slaves, including children
In 1840, William Blanchard of Gates County is named, but this time there is only:
  • 1 white male aged 15-19 years, 
  • plus 10 slaves.
  • Could this be a very young son, and the parents have died:
    • Mary did die in 1837, and 
    • perhaps William died in 1840 before the census was taken, instead of 1842,  and 
    • the siblings have moved away?
It looks like William's will was probated in 1841.

Something happened: an epidemic, or just high mortality among the white residents of Gates County:
  • Mary died in 1837, 
  • William died in 1840. 
  • son Absolum and his wife Elizabeth  died in 1841 and 1840, respectively. 
  • Elizabeth's step-mother/aunt Lucy Walton died in 1837.  
  • All of them in Gates County, NC.


Monday, October 27, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 31: Timothy Walton II

Timothy Walton II, the youngest son of Timothy Walton and Mary Benbury was born on 15 July 1770 in Chowan County, NC.

His father (60) died less than six months after he was born.  His mother Mary (44) died when he was 19.

Most of the records for Timothy II seem to come from Gates County, NC  which was formed in 1779 from parts of Chowan County (above) and two others.

"Gates County was named for General Horatio Gates, a Revolutionary War hero. As commanding general at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, he delivered one of the most damaging blows yet felt by English forces in the war.

However, in 1780 his failure at the disastrous Battle of Camden transformed him from one of the Revolution's most esteemed soldiers into one of its most controversial." (1)  But, I guess by then, the County was already named, so they didn't change it.


Timothy II married 5 sisters, one at a time, the daughters of Thomas Billups and Mildred Lily:

1.  Mary Billups Roberts (widow) on 09 Feb 1793.
  • They had one son: William Walton.  
  • Mary died in 1793, so I'm assuming of complications of childbirth.

2.  Nancy Ann Billups Garrett (widow) on 19 Jan 1796.
  • They had two children: 
  • Thomas Walton (1797) and 
  • Sarah Walton (1799). 
  • Nancy Ann died in 1801.  (childbirth, again?)

3.  Rosanna Billups (age 28) on 11 Aug 1801.
  • They had 3 children: 
  • Elizabeth (1803)* (our ancestor), -----who later married Absolum Blanchard
  • John Billups Walton (1805) and 
  • Millicent (Milly) (1807).  -------------who later married Elisha Blanchard (brother to Absolum) "Milly raised her sister Elizabeth's children (including Timothy Walton Blanchard with her own, they were double first cousins, and continued to live in Gates County, NC."  (2)
  • Rosanna died in 1808. (childbirth, again?)
4. Sarah (Sally) Billups on 19 July 1808.  Sarah (Sally) died in 1808. (pregnancy/childbirth, again?)

5. Lucy Billups in 1809.
  • They had 3 children: 
  • Timothy III (1809), ----------who later marries Nancy Ann Barclift (another branch of our tree)
  • Mary Ann (1816), and 
  • Joseph (1818) 
  • Lucy outlived Timothy II by 10 years, and died in 1837.
Timothy II (58) died 16 April 1827.

"He died without a will. His two oldest sons, William and Thomas, were appointed administrators and two documents name his heirs:

1. A petition of Thomas Walton, Sally Walton, William Walton, and Elizabeth Walton of full age and up, John Walton, Millicent, Timothy, Mary, and Joseph Walton infants to divide the lands of Timothy Walton, deceased, consisting of four tracts and 948 acres more or less which petition was presented to the court in August 1827.

2. A document showing the division of the ten negroes of the estate among the ten heirs, Mrs. Lucy Walton, widow, and nine children. This is dated 13 November 1829."  (2)


(1) History of Gates County

(2) Descendants of Robert Walton

Sunday, October 26, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 30: Major Timothy Walton

The Waltons immigrated to Virginia in the mid 16th century.  I imagine that they were from England, but we have no record of their immigration.

It appears that the first generation of Waltons born in America, was Thomas Walton, born in 1660 in New Kent County, VA.  He left a will in 1719 leaving an equal share of his estate to his wife and 7 children.

Thomas' son, William Walton was born in 1685 in New Kent County and he left a will in 1731, making a deed of land to his son Timothy Walton.

Timothy Walton was his oldest child, born about 1710 in King and Queen County, Virginia.

The Waltons moved from King and Queen County, VA
south to Chowan County, NC in about 1719

By about 1719, the extended family had moved from Virginia to North Carolina.  Three generations of Waltons were born there, until Timothy Blanchard left and moved to Boulder, CO with his family.

In 1752, Timothy (42) married Zilpha Blanchard (36) (love the name!). She was his sister-in-law, the widow of John Walton, with 4 young children. They had one child, Celia in 1753.

(This is one of many marriages between the Waltons and the Blanchards,)

Timothy (and his family) were listed in the Chowan County, NC census in 1753.

Timothy Walton had a military career:
  • Timothy Walton  was listed as a private in Captain James Farlee's Company on Nov 25th, 1754,  
  • In 1760 he is listed as a captain in the Chowan Regiment of Militia under the command of the Honorable Francis Corbin.
  • Other genealogists have him listed as major, but I haven't found any documents confirming that fact.
  • Timothy's military service coincides with the French and Indian Wars: 
  • For example: George Washington, surprised an encampment of French soldiers in southwestern Pennsylvania on May 24, 1754. Expecting further French incursions, Washington then hastily constructed a fort and prepared to defend his forces, but a combined French and Indian force forced his surrender on July 3. 
  • Once he heard of Washington’s defeat, VA Lieutenant-Governor Dinwiddie immediately passed on the news to his superiors in London and called for aid from neighboring colonies. Only North Carolina responded, but refused to make any expenditures outside its own borders. (1)
  • Another example: The Anglo–Cherokee War broke out in 1758 when Virginia militia attacked the Cherokee in retaliation for the requisition of some horses by the Cherokee. 
  • The Cherokee's reaction was to lead retaliatory raids on the Yadkin and Catawba Rivers in North Carolina which began a domino effect that ended with the murders of 23 Cherokee hostages at Fort Prince George near Keowee and the massacre of the garrison of Fort Loudoun near Chota.
  • ...The Cherokee expanded their retaliatory campaign into North Carolina, as far east as modern day Winston-Salem. An attack on Fort Dobbs in North Carolina was repulsed by General Hugh Waddell. However, lesser settlements in the North and South Carolina back-country quickly fell to Cherokee raids. (2)
In 1762, his wife Zilpha died at age 46.

Timothy (53) married the very young Mary Benbury (18) in 1763, and they had four children:

  1. 1764: John Benbury Walton
  2. 1767: Mary Walton
  3. 1768: Elizabeth Walton
  4. 1770: Timothy Walton Jr. * (our ancestor)

He (60) died in Chowan County, NC in Dec 1770.  His will is below:

His will reads:  In the name of God amen. I Timothy Walton of Chowan make this my last will and testament in the following manner and first of all I give and bequeath unto my son Timothy Walton all my land in Chowan County on this side of Bennetts Creek road and all my Land in Hertford County to him and his heirs forever. I also give unto John Benbury Walton my oldest son all my Land in this county on the east side of Bennetts Creek road to him and his heirs forever, likewise I give to my son John Benbury Walton the following negroes Kato & Cate. I give and bequeath to my daughter Selah a negro boy named Jeme. All the rest of my estate to be divided according to the acts of distribution made by law ---

I do appoint James Freeman, William Walton and Thomas Benbury to be my executors to this my last will and testament Signed & sealed this 18th December 1770 Timothy Walton In the presence of us Samuel Dickinson William Freeman Jonathan Tryon William Benbury (3)


  1. Descendants of Robert Walton  
  2. Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774
  3. A Muster Roll of the Chowan Regiments
  4. (1) French and Indian War 
  5. (2)  Anglo-Cherokee War
  6. (3) marlomoura169 originally shared this to Marlo Moura Family Tree 06 Mar 2013 on Ancestery,com