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


  1. Dempsey had a relatively short life though more than twice as long as his first wife. The grave site photo makes me wonder where the first wife rests.


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