Four weeks ago I was informed by Family Tree that I have the same DNA as B. Colvard whose family originally came from Wilkes Co., NC.His 4th G-grandfather was named Pleasants COLVARD.I believe he may have been named after the PLEASANTS family of Henrico/Goochland counties, VA.
Since then I have been researching the COLVARD family of Goochland and Chesterfield counties, VA.and have come up with a number of interesting coincidences between the COLVARD family and mine and the EASLEY family.
However, I am positive my family did NOT come from Goochland or Chesterfield counties.I believe that our families share a Common Ancestor, and I believe I know who that Common Ancestor is -- Christopher CALVERT of Accomack/Northampton counties, VA.
Christopher Calvert was transported to Accomack Co. in 1636 by William Bibby. His son Edmond is mentioned in Paul Heinegg's book, "Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia."
Mr. Heinegg's book also mentions my 4th and 9th G Grandfathers, both named John Pannell/Pinnell/Pinion/ variant spellings. John Pannell arrived in Accomack County in 1646.
The Bibby, Pinnell, and Calvert/Colvard/Colbert families ended up in Franklin County, NC in the mid-1700's.Our families still live there.
Before my 4th G Grandfather Thomas CALVERT/COLVARD moved to Bute (Franklin) County in 1768 he lived in Halifax County, NC and made his living as a blacksmith. He also owned an ordinary.
In 1744 Roderick EASLEY, Samuel and Daniel WELDON and their families moved from VA to Halifax County, NC.Samuel Weldon bought land adjacent to Plumtree Isladn (now called Mush Is).The town of Weldon is named after him.
Roderick EASLEY was the son of Warham EASLEY and his father was Robert EASLEY and his father was John EASLEY.
It is known that William COLVARD's widow Temperance married an EASLEY, possibly Warham or someone else. But I have not seen any primary source material to show who married Temperance, or what her maiden name was.
Some have speculated that her maiden name was BUTTERWORTH after John BUTTERWORTH.However, I have not seen any primary source material proving that either.
I would like to find out more information on Temperance CALVET EASLEY and the EASLEY family.In particular, Robert's father John.
Question:My family has gone through a plethora (sp??) of different names.Has John EASLEY's name ever been recorded as ELSEY?
Christopher CALVERT of Accomack lived next to John ELSEY. He also lived next to the PARKER family.Christopher's son John was mentioned in the will of George PARKER, Sr.The will was written in 1708 and executed in 1713.
The whereabouts of John CALVERT after 1713 is NOT known.
Christopher CALVERT had three other sons besides John -- Christopher, Jr., William, and George.
The whereabouts of these sons have also not been fully established.
There was also a John ARCHER living in Accomack Co. during this time.However, it has not been established if this John ARCHER is related to the John ARCHERwho bought land in Goochland Co along with Robert EASLEY, John PLEASANTS, Thomas JEFFERSON, Thomas TURBIN.
My 5th G Grandfather, Joseph CALVERT, bought land on Plumtree Island in 1720.He was an Indian trader. His neighbors on the island were Joseph COLSON, William and Walter TURBEVILLE, Robert LONG, William GREEN, and Ralph MASON.
Joseph COLSON was the son of Jacob COLSON, formerly of Henrico Co., VA.Jacob and his sister Martha were involved in suit involving George ARCHER.He was the son of John ARCHER who purchased land with Robert EASLEY, John PLEASANTS, John ARCHER, Thomas JEFFERSON, and Thomas TURPIN.
John PLEASANTS also owned land that was owned by John COLSON, Jacob and Martha's father.John PLEASANTS later sold that land to John CALVET.
Joseph COLSON's brother, Abraham COLSON, was a registered Chickasaw trader along with James COLBERT, Gideon GIBSON, and JAMES ADAIR.
I would love to share any information I have with you re: the EASLEY and CALVERT/COLVARD families.