Hi Mary Jayne Pugh
I did publish book called "ARRINGTON HISTORY, A UN SANITIZED BOOK" in 2008.Following some excerpts in front of book.
Would welcome further information regarding Arrington's.
John M. Arrington; 4-6-09
ARRINGTON HISTORY, A UN SANITIZED BOOK
BY JOHN MILTON ARRINGTON
ARRINGTON‘S ISLE OF WIGHT VA. FAMILY IN AMERICA
My Easy Way Out.
When my Dad died in 1980 I inherited a box with pictures, records, and a lot of names I had never heard of.Asking my brothers, aunts, and cousins revealed that each knew a little about my family, but complete picture wasn't there.
This started me on my research of my Arrington Family, and boy did I find out what a job this can be.I found that each of my living family also wanted to know, so I received a lot of help.Records from family storage came my way, and I listened to rumors of fact and fiction.I kept uncovering many of the females family trees that married my Arrington's.
Wrote to mayor of Arrington, England.Mr. S. J. Wisson, clerk to the Arrington Parish, County of Cambridgeshire, replied that there was no mayor, maybe he could help.My question of where is list of Arrington that may have migrated to America and origination on Arrington name.Mr. Wisson asked J. M. Farrar, Archivist of County of Cambridgeshire to tell me about Arrington‘s from England.Mr. Farrar wrote;
The earliest known forms of Arrington are Earnningtone (in an Anglo-Saxon will of c.950), oarningetune and Erlingtona (in documents allied to the Domesday Survey) and Erlingtona (in Domesday Book itself, 1086).By the thirteenth century it had virtually acquired its modern form as Aring(e)ton(e).The name can be fairly certainly explained as the farm of Earn(a)’s people and thus has an origin closely connected with Ermine Street (in 1012 Earninga straete) the important Roman road (now A14) which is perhaps the village‘s dominant feature.Similar -ingatun names are found in South Cambridgeshire in the early forms of Litlington and Sawston.They are usually associated with the earliest period of English settlement.
The surname Arrington is presumably of the type sometimes called “LOCATIVE SURNAMES” which arose as a means of distinguishing their bearers by their origins.One may imagine that in the later middle ages there were a number of persons scattered round the East Midlands called John, or William, of Arrington though and naturally one does not find them in Arrington itself.
The Arrington parish registers for 1538-1835 in fact do not include anyone with this surname, but in our (incomplete) Cambridgeshire marriage index for 1538-1837 there are a few Arringtons in the 16th and early 17th centuries in Haddenham, Cambridge, and Elsworth.One should, however, bear in mind that the name may sometimes represent an aspirate-less form of the more commom Harrington, which derives, inter alia, from the Northants parish of that name.Sincerely yours, J. M. Farrar
Mr. Wisson gave copy of my inquiry to Cambridge Evening News to publish.Lady named Arrington, who came from Florida, USA, wrote me.She had husband in Florida named Arrington.He beat her and was always drunk so she wanted to tell me Arringtons were no good.
Professor Laird Ellison of Bassingbown Village College, who teaches history wrote me.Dear Mr. Arrington; I rarely read the Cambridge Evening News, but was most intrigued by todays issue 31 January which contained information about your family#‘s possible descent from an emigrant from this area, and asked how the village got its name.
I teach history at Bassingbown Village College, one of whose feeder villagers is Arrington; and by coincidence had just prepared work on the twelve villages in this corner of Cambridge, and their named meanings.The place names it from the Saxon proper name Earna, and Ar-ing-ton formation is common.The Earningas would be following of Earna; in the area we also have Aab-ing-ton and Hyrol=ing-ton.The run, appears to be the same root as our town; and we would thus say Arrington would mean “the run“, probably a wooden stockaded group of houses built by the followers of Earma.But that is not all.The group of villages in SE corner of the county is rumor as the landlord of Aarmingford; Armingas are, apparently, the same common street all the way north and south.
Page four excerpts of letter; I don‘t think it would be much use looking for Arrington as a surname in the parish registers; most likely the first migrant adopted it?Or, else, settled elsewhere as early as, say c-15, using Peter Arrington just to distinguish him from Peter Johnson or Peter Smith. ;Yours Sincerely, Laird Ellison
Relying on existing library data I could not fit my Arrington‘s into any tree.William Arrington‘s first child was Christopher, however, it is confirmed that Christopher was first son.
Bits and pieces of history slowly moved my confirmed research from Texas, to Wyoming, to Arkansas, to North Carolina, and finally to Virginia.I found that I had four generations of Ezekiel Arrington's, so I labeled them as I, II, III, and IV.Now, I may be right, so I'm ready to write all this up, but one of my contacts sends me his Arrington Family book.He did such a good job of laying out the first Arrington in America, and the following three generations, that I will just copy his books first three generations.
Thank you, Lawson B. Arrington for creating this good work.My personal comments will be in [brackets].Arrington‘s mentioned herein are from Isle of Wight, Virginia origin.
"I Want to Know"1983
By Lawson B. Arrington
Georgia, the last of the British colonies established in America, was founded in 1733.The Charter, granted by George II created a board of trustees called "The Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America" for a term of 21 years.
The first settlement was made at Savannah, and the colony grew until in 1741 it was divided into two counties:Savannah and Frederica.The latter never functioned as a government and two years later its affairs were placed under the jurisdiction of the Savannah officials.Until the adoption of the first State Constitution during the revolution, there was but one county.The Trustees surrendered there in 1752 and Georgia became a royal colony.A Statute of 1758 divided the province into eight parishes, and in 1765 four additional parishes were created.
Administration of the affairs of the province assumed a mixed character of civil and ecclesiastical authority until the adoption of the State Constitution of 1777, When seven counties were created from the parishes.Wilkes, the eighth county, also created in 1777, was made from previously unincorporated territory.
The Arrington family of Perquimas County, North Carolina, most likely descends from William Arrington who appears in the records of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, about 1700.There is no record indicating from where he came, but it is most definite that he or his father came from England during the proprietor colonization.[records indicate that a William Arrington was ship wrecked on his journey from Barbados, but no confirmation that this was our William]
The name Arrington is of English extraction, an is a name of a parish located ten miles southwest from the city of Cambridge in the Diocese of Ely, which took its name from the more ancient word, Ermington.Landowners living there in the 13th century took the name as a surname.[ further research found no Arrington’s ever born Arrington England,]The parish Church of St. Nicholas in Arrington dates from the Norman Conquest.(Oxford Dictionary English Place Names, London, 1936).
FAMILY OF WILLIAM ARRINGTON
William Arrington of Isle of Wight, Virginia only about fifteen miles from Perquimas County, North Carolina, married Elizabeth Pedin, of the same County in Virginia, daughter of James and Jane Pedin, ca 1681.[Pedin of German ancestry]According to the records available in the Isle of Wight County, William Arrington was born in 1662, but records do not indicate where he was born.
On 9 June 1703, William and Elizabeth Arrington discharged William Boddie of a deed of gift he had given to James Pedden, Elizabeth's father, in 1683.(Mrs. Blanche A. Chapman's abstracts of Isle of Wight County).James Pedden was in Isle of Wight by 1667, at which time he witnessed a Power of Attorney. (Ibid: 550).
William Arrington witnessed the will of James Pedden, dated 16 October 1693.Only the wife of James, Jane, was mentioned in the will.(Grant Book, Page 347).
On the 9th day of March, 1694, in the Isle of Wight County Court, Thomas Hutchins accused William Arrington of feloniously taking various items from his home.Then, by order of the court the goods and chattels of William Arrington were seized by the sheriff, and William was sentenced to leave the county.
"Elizabeth P. Arrington, being placed under a very distressed condition through want of the necessary subsistence and protection, petitioned the court for some relief.Therefore, the Court ordered that if Mrs. Arrington would give bond and good security, the proper estate would be redelivered to her by the high Sheriff, Mr. George Moor."
"On December 11, 1694, in the information of Thomas Hutchins in behalf of our sovereign Lord and Lady, King William and Queen Mary against William Arrington, when personally appearing at the bar, and nothing appearing against him to make him guilty of any felonious act, he was therefore acquitted from this present information.
But, since William was considered a person of ill flame and reputation, and said Hutchins warning he may be bound to his good behavior, he is therefore committed to the Sheriff's custody till he give bond and security for his future behavior."(Page 67, Court Orders of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Oct. 1693 _ May 1695).
[Will of William Arrington]
The will of William Arrington, dated May 9, 1725, was recorded in Isle of Wight Grant Book, page 169.He mentioned his wife Elizabeth, sons Arthur, William, John, and Benjamin and Daughters Mary Sykes, Elizabeth Crumpler, and Sarah Riggan.William Arrington died sometime during the latter part of 1725.
It is assumed that during the time that his father, William, was having judicial problems in Virginia, Christopher Arrington moved down into North Carolina, and took on another given name, since the name Christopher does not appear in William Arrington's will.William and Benjamin are traditional names for the decedents of Christopher Arrington, who first emerges in the North Carolina history in 1727.
A narrow, skimpy trail led my line of Arringtons down into Perquimans County, North Carolina, where I found a nest of them prior to 1800.A very careful study had to be employed to determine the early family relation, since, in the family name of individuals, many would cause change in orthography [spelling].
At what date the first white man set foot on Perquimans County soil, staked a claim and erected his humble abode, no one can say with any degree of certainty.As Chowan River has its headwaters in Virginia, with the Blackwater River as one of its tributaries, the inference may well be concluded that those early settlers followed the water courses in their journey into the new country rather than by land migration.It is a well known fact that the forest and land adjoining the dismal swamp was at that time an impenetrable tangle of trees and undergrowth, full of danger for man and beast.There were a few Indian paths, but no white man knew where they led.
1622 INDIAN MASSACRE
After the 1622 Indian massacre, it is claimed that a band of settlers moved down the Chowan River, took habitat in what is most probably now Gates County, and was then Chowan, or still in the unnamed wilderness called Carolina.
It was in this surrounding that the first record of Christopher Arrenton was found in 1727.He died in Chowan County, North Carolina in 1753.Thus, this Arrington lineage began to spread throughout the Albermarle area of North Carolina.There are many other prominent Arrington families listed in the early history of North Carolina, especially in Nash County, but no relation has been established due to limited records.Because of the migration trend in latter 1600's and early 1700's it is most likely that Christopher Arrington came from Virginia into North Carolina.
II. FAMILY OF CHRISTOPHER ARRINGTON
The earliest record available indicating that Christopher Arrington was living in North Carolina is a deed, dated 19 April, 1729, in Perquimans County where he witnessed the sale of 100 acres of land by John Gilson to William Roundtree.Records do not reveal from where Christopher came into North Carolina.The only clue available at this time as to his previous habitat is his association with persons connected with both Nansemond and Isle of Wight Counties, in Virginia.These two Counties are a very short distance from Perquimans Co., North Carolina.The almost total destruction of the Ante Bellum records of Nansemond County, Virginia, limits any research there.
Sometime before 1735 Christopher Arrington married Abigail Bounds, the daughter of Richard Bounds.According to the will of Christopher Arrington, dated 22 April 1753, he and Abigail had two children.Abigail married John Hubbard, and William (more on him later) married Mary, daughter of William and Martha Halsey.
WILL OF CHRISTOPHER ARENTON
(transcribed from original-miss spelling in tact)
In the name of God, Amen, I, Christopher Arenton being sick and weak of body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks to God for the same, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, I do make and order in this my last will and testement in manner form following:First, I comit my sole and spirit to God that gave it to me, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discreshon of my Executors hereafter named and as touching such worley estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and dispose of in manner and form following:
Item:I give to my daughter Abegell Hubard one shilling sterling.
Item:I give to my son William Arenton one shilling sterling.
Item:It is my will and desier that all the remander part of my Estate of what kind so ever be equelly devided into seven parts one part therof I give to my loving wife Warah Arenton (note this was his second wife) and the other six parts I giveve to my othersix children equelly to be devided among them (note: It is assumed five of these children are by his second wife.Richard was about eight years of age when his mother, Abigail, died. ) (Children listed later).
Lastly:I doe nomenate and apoint my loving wife Sarah Arenton sole and sole Executricks of this my last will and testement revoking all former will or wills here to fore made or legally given ratefing and confirming this and no other in witnefs where of I have here unto seet my hand and seal this 22 day of aprell 1753.
"Sined Sealed and Delivered in presents ofhis
/sThomas PierceChristopher x Arrington
/sJohn Oennell, Jurat"
"Know all men by these presents that it is my will and desier that Capt. Joseph Harron, Robert Beasley, Thomas White and Thomas Pierce or any three of them devid my estate agreeabell to the derectone of this my within will is proved and return exact of the devishon these of as the law derects as witness my hand this 22 day of aprell, 1753.
/sJohn DennellChristopherx Arrington
On 6 October 1753, Sarah Arrington was authorized by the Chowan County Court, North Carolina, to sell as much of the perishable estate of the deceased Christopher Arrington as will pay his debts, and divide the remainder of the estate.On 27 October 1753 many items were sold at Public Auction for the total amount of 28 pounds.(a copy of the inventories is in writer's file)
The division of cash on hand, after the debts and burial expenses were paid, was made as follows:
"In obedience to an order of Chowan County Court, hereto recorded, appointing us the subscribers to divide the estate of Christopher Arington, deceased, into seven parts according to his will, his debts being first paid, wich we have done as followette:
Sarah Arington, the widows part 20/10's Va.
Sarah , his daughter part 20/10's money
Prescilla, his daughter’s part 20/10’s money.
Rachelle, his daughter’s part 20/10’s money.
Richard, his son’s part 20/10’s.
[RICHARD IN JOHN MILTON ARRINGTON LINE]
Ezekiel, his son’s part 20/10’s.
Benjamin, his son’s part 20/10’s.
"The above sumes, with the debts, and charges, that was due from the estate to sundry persons, is the whole amount of the estate of the Testator, he having no lands.The above division was completed by us, the subscribers, being duly qualified, and we have, to the best of our judgements justly divided the same agreeable to the will of the Testator, this 16th day of July, 1754.
/s Joseph Harron
/s Thomas Pierce
/s Robert Beafley"
[Christopher and Abigail Bound's Children]
Christopher and Abigail Bound Arrington had three children before she died sometime after April 18, 1742, at which time she and Christopher sold 100 acres of land for 50 Pounds to William Long of Perquimans County, N.C.
The children namely:
A. Abigail, daughter, M. John Hubbard.
B. William, Sr., son, M. Martha Halsey.
They had nine children, To_wit:
1. Thomas M. Mary Brinkley
2. Henderson M. Sarah Goodwin 12 December 1827.
3. Deborah (no information listed in her father's will.)
4. Sarah M. Thomas Creecy 3 March 1778.