I am interested in locating the exact burial location of Daniel & Abigail Alderman in NC.Please e-mail me at DrKirkAlderman@Yahoo.com with any information pertaining to the burial or other interesting facts on them.I have included some information that I have collected through the years for your records.Thank you.Kirk Alderman
Daniel Alderman was born about in 1711 at Cohansey, Deerfield, New Jersey, and it’s through him that the name and bloodline came down to the southern branch of the Alderman family.
In 1715, when Daniel’s father, Thomas Alderman passed away, by his will he gave a New England property to Daniel, which was located in Simsbury, Connecticut, who, however, continued to reside at Deerfields, Conhansey Precinct of Salem County, New Jersey.About 1740, Daniel married Abigail, third child of Nathaniel Harris, by his first wife, Miriam Brooks.
Nathaniel was born October 8, 1693, and died in Cumberland County, New Jersey on November 02, 1775.Miriam was born August 16, 1698 and died February 13, 1722.Nathaniel was one of 64 soldiers in Captain Joseph Seely’s Company of Militia in Salem County, New Jersey, on the south side of Cohansey River in the Munster Roll of November 16, 1715.The Harrisses were reported to have been Welsh and descended from the old country close to Wales with a direct bloodline to Malcolm II-King of Scots, Ethelred II-King of England, and St. Olave of Norway (992-1030), about 28 generations back, and Henry II – King of England (21 generations back) from Nathaniel Harris in 1715.
It is understood that Daniel and Abigail Alderman were members of the Deerfield Presbyterian Church in Cohansey, which was erected in 1775.From the papers of Rebecca Alderman in 1850, who personally knew the children of Daniel, wrote some sketches, which were nearly destroyed by vermin.However, the following information was salvaged:In 1755, Daniel moved his family to Duplin County, North Carolina.Their seven children:John, Rachel, Mary, Daniel, David, David, Hannah, and Abigail; perhaps all of them were born in Deerfields.The pages are blank on why he decided to leave his New Jersey home and seek new fields of life in the Southland, we do know that they went by boat from New Jersey to Wilmington and overland about forty miles to their new home.
In Duplin County, they selected a small tract of land on the west side of Doctor’s Creek and made their home in the forest.The county was formed in 1749 from New Hanover County.Daniel was a skilled cabinet-maker by trade; making finely turned and closely jointed wood ware.
Daniel is reported to being a quiet man attending strictly to his own affairs where he lived the remainder of his days in Duplin County until his dead in October 1785 and believed to be buried in Duplin County in the family cemetery (location unknown). The following is from Daniel Alderman’s will signed December 19, 1782 in Duplin County, North Carolina, and probated in October of 1785:
"In the name of God, Amen. I, Daniel Alderman, Sr., of Duplin County, North Carolina, carpenter, being sick and weak of body but of sound mind and memory and understanding, praise be God for same, and being sensible of the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make and publish my last will and testament in manner and form following:
"First: I leave and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Abigail, one third of all my cleared ground and also one third of my orchard, after my decease, during her lifetime and likewise of all my furniture and other movables cush as cattle, horses, hogs, and sheep. Also I leave and bequeath unto my son, David Alderman, the plantation whereon I now live with the other half of my house-furniture and other movables as mentioned above.
"Secondly: I leave and bequeath five shillings apiece to all my sons and daughters that are not above mentioned and likewise I appoint my sons Daniel and David Alderman Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby requiring them to pay all my just debts after my decease as soon as possible, and I do hereby revoke and disannull all other will or wills by me heretofore made and do make and publish this my last will and testament.
Daniel Alderman (seal)"
Signed, sealed, and published. Daniel Alderman (Seal)
December 19, 1782.
in the presence of
Robert Rollins - Witnesses