ALEXANDER No. 1 b. Kent County Delaware about 1708 son of Robert Blackshaw, (also spelled 'share, 'sher, 'shear andin other ways). Lived in Kent Co., Del.,Craven and Jones Counties N.C. d. 1786 Will filed in Jones Co., WifeAgnes B. Stout, dau of Benjamin Stout b 1669 Gravesend Long Island NY d 6/1734 New Castle DE and Anna Maria Agnes Truax (b 1678 d 1734 in Dela. or N. J.), d. Jones Co., N.C. 1793 m. about 1730 to 1735 issue No. 1 James m. Bush No. 2 Eleanor m. Bailey No. 3 Elisha Stout m. Susanna...?... (probably Ward) No. 4 Abraham m. ...?... No. 5 Sarahm. Clifton (See Note Below)No. 6 Another dau. m. Fordham. Alexander's Occupation Farmer. A Proprietary Grant to Survey dated 1734 and a Love and Affection deed from Robert to "my son" Alexander Blackshare, dated 1735 for "100 Acres of land whereon he now lives"indicate that Alexander was at least 21 years of age and married by 1734 and 1735.In 1740 a Deed for the identically described land given to him by his father was made, the deed bearing the names Alexander Blackshier and his wife Agnis, indicating preparation for their move to N. C. where Alexander was documented first in 1747.At a point about 14 miles north of Jackson N.C. and about 22 miles south of Newbern on Highway No. 171 is a marker which bears the following: "C-28 First Post Road.The road from New England to Charleston over which mail was first carried regularly in N.C. 1738-1739,passed near this spot." Coast wise Sailing was also a means oftransportation much used in those years.Here follows some chronologically arranged documentation:1734 Grant to Survey Cit. Property Warrants and Survey, Kent
Co., Dela Hall of Records, Dover B/1-No. 1
1735 Deed from Robert Blackshaw, 100 Acres, Little Creek Hundred, to "My Son Alexander Blackshare," consideration "The natural love I bear him".
Cit. Deed Book L Vol. 1 p. 123 Kent Co., Dela Court House, Dover Dela.
1740 Deed to Estate of Robert Carter, the identically described land he got from his father.This deed is signed by his wife Agnes consideration 60 pounds.
Cit., Deed Book M. Vol. 1 page 108 etc., Kent Co. Court House.
1747 Witnessed Will of John Fellyan, Craven Co. N.C. 1st Aug.
1747. Cit. Genealogical Index p. 211.
1748 At a council held at New Bern 3 Oct. 1748. Among Petitions for Land Warrants was one by Alexander Blackshire for 100 Acres in Craven Co. N.C.
1748 An order on the Governor, Gabriel Johnston, to the Surveyor General to
admeasure and lay out, or cause to beadmeasured or laid out, unto Alexander Blackshire a Plantation, containing 100 acres of land.Lying in Onslow County, on Rattle snake branch, above Tuckahoe. Given at New Bern under my hand, the 28th Day of March Anno Dom.
1748 Gab. Johnston on the back side of this file No. 0151 is the following:
Alex Blackshire -- 100 Onslow
Return was in Craven
Pet. no 3 Oct. 1748
Patent (?) out March 28, 1748
Cit. Land Grant Records for Onslow County N.C. file 0151.
1754 Deed from Daniel Holden 19 March 1754 for 181 Acres on Cypress & Crabapple Creeks at a place called GENERALLY (In another place this is called GERMANY), for 72 Pounds Proclamation Money.
Cit. Register of Deeds, Craven Co., Book 6 p. 134
1754 Grant No. 639 100 Acres on Onits (Omets) Branch Issued 2 March 1754 Cit. Land Grant Office, Raleigh N.C. Book 2 p. 87 and Book 10 p. 409
1760 "Indenture" made 31 Dec. 1760 -- Proved January Term, Craven Co.,
1762. By Alexander Blackshear of Craven Co., to Henry Roads. Both listed as "Planters" 100 Acres of land in Craven Co., on the west side of Trent River, consideration "One hundred two year old hogs."King's Dues Excepted. Witnesses John Gilbert and John Bryan.
Cit. Craven Co., Files in State Archives, Raleigh, N.C.
1761 -- Will signed Benjamin Simmons 4 Aug. 1761 proved October Term
Craven Co., Court 1761 mentions "My lovingfather, Alexander Blacksher
Named as one of the Executors
Cit. Craven Co., Files State Archieves, Raleigh, N.C. Book ofWills -- Deeds -- and Inventories 1752-1762 part 1 page 66folios 1 & 2
1765 Grant number 365 issued 30 Oct. 1765 for 100 Acres on South Side of Trent River, Surveyors Chain Bearers Francis Gregory and Abraham Blackshear
Cit. L.G.O. Book 17 p. 262 and Book 18 p. 237
1767 Court Case Alexander Blackshear vs. John Lavendar
Cit. Minute Book Craven Co., Court House p. 1
1768 Member of Jury 14 June 1768
Cit. Same as above.
1771 Deed from William Davis, Planter, 185 Acres land, north side of Trent River-Granted by Patent from Wm. Tyron, Governor, unto Nehemiah Randall 30
Oct. 1765, deed made 9 March 1771.
Cit. R. of D. Craven Co., Book 18 p. 290
1777 N.C. Revolutionary Army Accounts Claim No. 256 Voucher 1347 Amount
30/56 date 26 April 1777
Cit Vol. IV p. 104 folio 1 N.C. Archives, Historical Commission
No date: Claim No. 378 Received of William Pugh, amount 14/2/8
Cit. Vol. VIII p. 97 folio 3
1777 -- Claim No. 256 Controllers Office, Kinston, for Services allowed by Committee of Claims April 1777, Amount 12/0/0
Cit. Vol. XI p. 16 folio 1
1779 Assessed for Taxes on 517 Acres of Land and 5 Negroes
Cit. Jones Co., .C. Tax Lists 1779
1785 -- 1 White Male 21 to 60 years old. 2 White Males under 21 or over 60. 4 Females, any age.
Cit. 1785 Census Jones Co. (not Federal) Census Miscl. Records Jones Co., N.C. State Archives, Raleigh.
1785 Deed to Agnes Blackshear, 100 Acres on the north side of Trent River for "Love and Affection" 2 Sep. 1785/8
Cit. R. of D. Jones Co., Book 4 p. 594
1786 No. 344 Revolutionary Army Vouchers 12 April 1786 amount 14/12/8
Cit. Rev. Army Accounts N.C. Historical Commission, Raleigh
1786 Will probated Sep. Term Jones Co., Court 1786 made 3 Oct. 1785
Cit. Jones Co., Record Book A p. 61 Historical Com. Raleigh, N.C.
1790 Agnes Blackshear Grantor to Jacob and Alexander Blackshear 100 Acres No. Side of Trent River for "Love and Affection" to "Grandsons" date 17 Sep.
1790. Witnesses Elijah Blackshear-Elisha Blackshear-Nathan Clifton
Cit. R. of D. Jones Co., Book 1 p. 559
1793 Will of Agnes Blackshear probated Aug. term Jones Co., Court 1793
made 6 July 1793
Cit. N.C. Historical Com. Record Book C p. 78 Jones Co., Records.
This Indenture made the eleventh day of February Ann Dom One Thousand Seven hundred thirty five Between Robert Blackshare of Kent County Planter of the one part & Alexander Blackshare of the County aforesaid on the other part Witnesseth that the said Robert Blackshare as well for the natural love and affection which he beareth towards Alexander Blacksheare Son of the said Robert Blackshare and for divers other good causes and consideration him hereunto moving for himself his heirs Executors, Administrators & Assigns doth covenant and grant to & with the said Alexander Blackshare his heirs and assigns by these presents that he the said Alexander shall have and enjoy.The western part of a tract of land whereon he now Liveth called Blackshare Range Beginning at a corner marked White Oak standing by the north side of the run of main or middle Branch of the head of Dover River Alias Jones Creek a samll distance above Robert Blackshare present dwelling plantation and running thence by a line of marked trees south three degrees east one hundred thirty and two perches to a small corner White Oak standing in one of the original lines of the said Blackshare Range then south eighty four degrees west about one hundred and forty perches to one of the original corners of the said tract then by another line thereof north sixteen degrees west ninety two perches to a corner White Oak standing by a small branch then down the said small Branch fourteen perches to a Chestnut White Oak standing by the said main branch then down the same main branch to the place of beginning containing one hundred acres and also all and singular houses, buildings, barns, stables, yards, back slides(?) orchards, gardens, meadows, pastures, swamps, Savanas etc, etc, etc. .......
Robert R. Blackshare (SEAL)
Sealed and Delivered in presence of Joseph Cowel, Thomas Nixon, Jo. Mcconekin.
Acknowledged in open Court of Common Pleas held at Dover Town in and for the
County of Kent on Delaware the eleventh day of February one thousand seven
hundred and thirty five..
A true copy Test
State of Delaware
I, Robert A. Saulsbury, Recorder of Deeds, in and for Kent County, State of
Delaware, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true Abstract of
Deed, of Robert Blackshare to Alexander Blackshare as recorded in Deed Book L,
Vol. 1, Page 123, etc.
In Witness Whereof, I Have hereunto set my hand and official seal of office
Dover,this 9th. day of September A.D. 1953
Robert A. Saulsbury
Recorder of Deeds in and for
Kent County, State of Delaware
This Indenture made the twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & forty, Between Alexander Blackshier & Agnis his wife of Little Creek Hundred in the County of Kent on Delaware of the one part and Jane Carter & James Carbin Joynt Executors of the Last Will & Testament of Robert Carter of Dover Hundred in the County aforesaid: of this other part Witnesseth that whereas Robert Carter in his life time did purchase of the said Alexander Blackshier for the consideration of the sum of fifty pounds current money of this government to the said Alexander secured One hundred acres of land situate lying & being in Dover hundred in the County aforesaid: Beginning at a corner White Oak standing on the north side of the main or middle branch of the head of Dover River otherwise called Jones' Creek, being a corner Tree of the land of Thomas Williams & running from thence by a line of marked trees south three degrees east one hundred & thirty two perches to a small corner White Oak standing in one of the lines of a larger tract of land called Blackshier Range part whereof the above mentioned land is, thence running south eighty four degrees west one hundred & forty perches to one of the original corners of the aforesaid, Blackshier Range thence by another line of said tract of land north sixteen degrees west ninety two perches to corner White Oak standing by a small branch, thence down the said branch, fourteen perches to corner Chestnut White Oak standing by the side of the aforesaid branch of Dover River, thence down the said branch to this place of beginning, containing by estimation one hundred acres of land be the same more or less.And before the said land was actually conveyed the said Robert Died leaving the aforesaid persons Executors of his Last Will & Testament; Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the said Alexander Blackshier & Agnis his wife in & for the consideration above mentioned hath granted bargained aliened eneoffed confirmed & by these presents Doth grant bargain alien eneoff & confirm unto the said Jane Carter & James Carbin their heirs & assigns the aforesaid tract of land & all & singular the houses, barns, stables, orchards, gardens, meadows, pastures, wood & underwood, ways, water, watercourses, etc. etc. etc.
....Signed Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of us)
Robt. Bassill -- John Hart
Alexander A. Blackshier (Seal)
Be it remembered that on the fourteenth day of May Anno Dom Seventeen hundred forty & one Alexander Blackshier & Agnis his wife parties to the within deed came unto the Court of Common Pleas & acknowledged the laws unto Jan Carter & James Carbin the other parties and the lands & premises within mentioned to be the right, property & estate of the said Jane & James according to the Report & Effect of the said Deed, at the same time the aforesaid Agnis being secretly examined out of the hearing of the said husband did declare that she freely & voluntarily became a parties to the same without being induced thereto by the means of any threats or fear of her said husband, In Testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed the Publick Seal of the County.
Samuel Chew Proton
A true Copy
TestJohn Housman, Recorder
State of Delaware
I, Robert A. Saulsbury, Recorder of Deeds, in and for Kent County, State of Delaware,do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true Abstract of Deed, of Alexander Blackshier & Agnis his wife, to Jane Carter & James Carbin Joynt Executor of the LastWill & Testament of Robert Carter as recorded in Deed Book M, Vol. 1, Page 108 etc.
In Witness Whereof, I Have hereunto set my hand and official Seal of office at Dover,this 9th. day of September A.D. 1953.
Robert A. Saulsbury
Recorder of Deeds in and for
Kent County, State of Delaware
State of No' Carolina
In the name of God Amen --
I, Alexander Blackshear of Jones County and aforesaid Planter, being weak in Body but of Perfect sound mind and Memory (Blessed be God) do therefore this third day of October in the year of our Lord 1785 make and Publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following --
First, I lend unto my Beloved Wife, Agnes Blackshear all my estate both real and
personal of what kind or naturesoever it be, during her natural Life--I give and bequeath unto my beloved son James Blackshear one Large Bible and one pair of Brass-headed 'Hand Irons,immediately after my wife's death--
I lend to my Daughter Eleanor Baily my small dwellinghouse (the cellar excepted) also one acre of land adjoining the same during her natural life or widowhood and no longer; Nor is my said Daughter Eleanor to rent, lease or let the said House and Land to any Person or Persons, in any manner or condition whatever --
I give and bequeath unto my son Elisha Blackshear one Negro Boy, Joe (Slave) part on amt -- what I owe him and for other good causes; also one Negro woman named Amey, to him and his heirs forever, after my wife's death --- --- ---
I lend to my son Abraham Blackshear one hundred acres of land on the So. side of Trent River including the Houses and plantation whereon I now live; also one hundred acres joining the afores'd land and river; also Ten acres on the N. side ofs'd river; the latter being part of a tract patented by Nehemiah Randal, during his natural life, and after his death, I give and bequeath all the lands I lend to my son Abraham, unto his son Alexander Blackshear, to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever; reserving my wife's life as aforesaid --
I lend unto my son Abraham Blackshear (Immediately after my wife's death) my negro boy Buck during his natural life, and after his death, I then give the afores'd negro boy, Buck unto my Grandson Alexander Blackshear (son of my son Abraham afores'd) to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever ---
I give and bequeath unto my son Abraham Blackshear, all my cider casks of what kind or nature soever they be, immediately after my wife's death --- ---
I lend unto my son Elisha Blackshear (after my wife's death) and until his son Jacob shall arrive to the age of twenty-one, Eighty-Two acres of Land on the So. side of Trent River whereon my son Abraham Blackshear now lives; also Fifty acres lying on the No. side of Trent River patented by John Wallin --- Which said Lands I give and bequeath to my Grandson Jacob Blackshear son of my son Elisha afores'd after my wife's death, and then as soon as he shall arrive at the age of Twenty-one to him and his heirs lawfully begotten ofhis body forever --- ---
My will and desire is that all my household and kitchen furniture, not herein before given, be equally divided between my Daughter Eleanor Baily, Sarah Clifton, and my Grand Daughter Susanna Fordham, immediately after my wife's death, by my sons, James, Elisha, and Abraham Blackshear, to them share and share alike as equally as may be.
I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter, Susanna Fordham, one negro girl named Curchey, to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever; but in case said Susanna should die without any legal heir, then and in that case, I give s'd negro girl Curchey, and her part of my household and kitchen furniture, to my Grand Daughter, Mary Clifton in the same manner as they are given to my Daughter Susanna.
Also my will and desire is that my son Abraham Blackshear pay unto my Daughter Eleanor Baily yearly, the value of five pounds in produce, to commence from the time he shall take possession; or so long as my Daughter shall live in the house, or continue a widow, and no longer.
My will and desire is that all my flock of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, etc. and all my other personal estate not herein before specified and particularly given, or mentioned, to be equally divided between my Daughter Eleanor, Sarah, and Grand-Daughter Susanna Fordham, and in manner and form before mentioned, to them and their heirs forever ---
I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my son Elisha Blackshear & my friend Nathan Bryan esq. my Executors to this My Last Will & Testament, hereby Disannuling all others by me heretofore made.
In Testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first within written.
Alexander A. Blackshear (Seal)
Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared for and as his Last Will and Testament in
presence of us who have hereunto set our names as witnesses ---
Harget--John T. Bryan--Benjamin Pickren
Recorded in Book A. No. 1 and Page (61) Sixty-one
Attest. J. F. Bryan C.C.
State of North Carolina 1786---Jones County Court September Term.
Then was the foregoing Last Will and Testament of Alexander Blackshear Dec'd
duly proved in open court agreeable to Law by oath of Fredrick Harget, one of the
subscribing witnesses, and ordered to be registered at the same time Elisha
Blackshear one of the Executors herein named qualifiedagreeable to Law, orders
thatLetters issue accordingly
Attest John Lent Bryan, Cr. Cr.
Will of Agnes Blackshear
This my Will and Desire in the Name of God.After my Desc., (Maybe Dept.). That after all just Debts is paid I give unto Elisha Blackshear, my son, one Stone Jug for the service he hath done.To my Son Abraham Blackshear one barrel of Vinegar and my Garden and to my Granddaughter Agnes, Elisha Blackshear's Daughter I give eight barrels of Corn that will be due at gathering time from John Gilbert Jr. and my pockits and Silver Clasps, and to my two daughters and Grand-daughter, that is Elender Baley, Sarah Clifton and Susana McKinsey I give all my waring clothes and all other things belonging to me except what is above mentioned according to my husband Alexander Blackshears Will and my will and desires is that Ellender Baley, Sarah Clifton and Susana McKenzie should have my shear of the crop after made, all, both clothes and Corn equally to be divided among them, except two barrels of Corn out of my part, I give to Sarah Blackshear, My Grand daughter for Sarvic Done by her for me.Given Under my hand & seal this sixth day of July 1793
Agnes B. Blackshear(Seal)
State of North Carolina. Jones County Court August term 1793
Then was the aforegoing last Will & Testament of Agnes Blackshear dec's. duly
proved by the oath of John Gilbert the subscribing evidence and ordered to be
recorded at the same time Administration on the estate of the said Agnes
Blackshear dec'd. was granted to Elisha Blackshear, with the Will annexed, who
entered into Bond and Qualified agreeable to law.Ordered that letters
Len Bryan C. C.
Cit. Jones Co. Records, Wills 1760-1842 Vol. 1. p. 11
Department of Archives & History, Raleigh, N.C.