SOURCE: Bradley,Stephen E., Jr. Edgecombe County, North Carolina Deeds 1768-1778. Virginia Beach, VA: Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1995, p. 78.(Edgecombe Co., NC. Deed Bk. 3.#808-31)
6 Dec. 1774 - Thomas (X) Lewis & his wife Lydday of Edgecombe Co. to Thomas Nicholson of Halifax Co. 60_ proclamation. 150 acres which was part of land Thomas Lewis bought from David Cooper & a Granville Grant to sd Cooper 7 Sep 1744, on the south side of Tar River, joining Arthur William's Branch Thomas Lewis. Wit.: Isaac Kirk, Thos (x) Denson, Isaac (x) Newsom. Apr Ct 1775. Edward Hall CC.
COMMENT: Nash Co., NC was created in 1777 with the division of Edgecombe Co. In the North Carolina State Archives are the North Carolina Legislative Papers: there are more than 1500 boxes of these loose papers which pertain to all forms of business transacted by the North Carolina Legislature from 1729 until 1935. One of these loose papers is the original petition for the division of Edgecombe Co. into separate counties. The petition was dated 17 Nov. 1777 and followed by 254 signatures; among them were the signatures of : Benjamin Whitehead, William Dortch, Isaac Newsam, Lewis Dortch, Nathan Whitehead and William Whitehead.
SOURCE: Watson, Joseph W. Abstracts of Early Deeds of Nash County North Carolina Books 1 - 6, 1778 - 1813. Fort Worth: Arrow Printing Co., 1966, p. 30. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 1, #162)
23 July 1784 - Lewis Dortch and wife, Ann Dortch, of Nash Co. to Isaac Newsom of same, for 300 pounds a tract of 200 acres on the north side of Swift Creed adjoining William Dortch, James Nelson, and Thomas Hart. Wit.: William Merritt, John Jones, and Absolom Sauls.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 30. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 1, # 162)
23 July 1784 - Lewis Dortch and wife, Ann Dortch, of Nash Co. to Isaac Newsom of same, for 100 pounds a tract of 150 acres on the north side of Swift Creek. Wit.: William Merritt, John Jones, and Absolom Sauls.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 46. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 1, # 322)
25 Oct. 1786 - Jesse Battle and wife, Susannah Battle, of Nash Co. to Isaac Hilliard of same, for 500 pounds Virginia money a tract of 500 acres on the north side of Swift Creek on Lane's Swamp and the Thomas Hart line, it being part of a 563 acre grant by Earl Granville to Jacob Whitehead on 14 May 1756. Wit.: Arthur Arrington, John Arrington, and Isaac Newsome.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 143. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 4, #46)
8 Nov. 1788 - George Griffin of Nash Co. to Isaac Newsom of same, for 22 pounds specie a tract of 50 acres on the south side of Pine Log Swamp adjoining Nicholas Baggett and Joseph Minton. Wit.: Emanuel Underwood and Isaac Whitehead.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 143. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 4, # 47)
7 April 1789 - Benjamin Foreman of Nash Co. to Isaac Newsome of same, for 150 pounds specie 200 acres on the south side of Beaver Dam Swamp, it being a tract of land bequeathed by James Cain to his son, James Cain, and conveyed by him to said Benjamin Foreman. Wit.: Matthew Drake, W. S. Mearns, and James Hilliard.
COMMENT: This James Hilliard was a son of Isaac Hilliard, and thus a 2nd. cousin of Isaac Newsom. This James Hilliard married Mourning Boddie dau. of Nathan and Chloe Boddie of "Rose Hill" plantation.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 147. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 4, # 80)
27 Dec. 1790 - William Merritt and wife, Nancy Merritt, Nash Co. to Isaac Dortch of Northampton Co. for 210 pds. Virginia money a tract of 280 acres on the south side of Swift Creek adjoining Jelks, William Merritt, Benjamin Merritt, and the road. Wit.: James Hilliard and Isaac Newsom.
COMMENT: Isaac Dortch mentioned in the above deed record is the son of Mary "Molly" Dortch by Isaac Hilliard.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 251. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 6, #134)
9 Feb. 1796 - Isaac Whitehead of Nash Co. to William Wright of same, for 760 pounds Virginia money a tract of 760 acres on the north side of Swift Creek adjoining William Whitehead, Isaac Newsom and the road. Wit.: None.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 254. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 6, # 155)
28 Sept. 1795 - Peter Robertson of Nash Co. to Simon Stallings of Edgecombe Co., for no money and after his death a tract of 150 acres on the west side of Whittington Branch adjoining Isaac Newsum and Lewis Dortch. Wit.: Lewis Dortch, Lovice Dortch, and William Robertson.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 263. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 6, # 240)
3 Jan 1797 - Isaac Newsum and Marey Newsum of Nash Co. to Lewis Dortch of same, for 315 pounds Virginia money two tracts of land: (1) 150 acres on the north side of Swift Creek; (2) 200 acres adjoining the first tract and William Dortch, James Nelson, and Thomas Hart. Wit.: Daniel Powell and William Wright.
COMMENT: Isaac Newsom may be selling land in preparation for his move to Georgia.
SOURCE: Deed Bk. 6, # 500)
11 March 1797 - Isaac Newsom of Nash Co. to William Jelks of same, for 180 pounds Virginia money a tract of 200 acres on the south side of Beaver Dam Swamp, it being a parcel of land that was bequeathed by James Cain to his son, Jacob Cain, conveyed by him to Benjamin Foreman, and from him to Isaac Newsom. Wit.: W. S. Mearns, Matthew Culpepper, Jonathan Whitehead, and James Conwey.
SOURCE: ibid., p. 285. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 6, # 429)
3 Aug. 1799 - Joseph Arrington, Sheriff of Nash Co., to Dempsey Taylor, at public auction for 340 pounds two tracts of land on Swift Creek: (1) 200 acres adjoining Col. William Whitehead; (2) 121 acres adjoining Jelks, Merritt, and Samuel Sorsby, sold as the property of Ethelred Jelks to satisfy an execution obtained by Isaac Newsom against William Jelks and Ethelred Jelks. Wit.: James Hilliard and William Boddie.
COMMENT: The Boddies and the Hilliards were related; refer to J. B. Boddies work Historical Southern Families, vol. IX, the section entitled 'Hilliard of Virginia'. Some of the Boddies later move to Troup Co., GA as well as some of the Newsoms.
NOTE: The will below was that of Molly Dortch Newsom's mother.
Last Will and Testament of Anna "Anney" Dortch; Dated 11 May 1789. Probated Feb. 1790 in Nash Co., NC (From a xerox of original)
In the Name of God Amen Anney Dortch in Nash County Being Very sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God therefore and knowing that it is appointed for all women once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and as touching such worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to Bless me with I give devise dispose of the same in the following Manner and form
Item I give to my Daughter Molley Newsum the value of Five Shilling
Item I give to my Daughter Bettey Long the value of five Shilling
I likewise Constitute ordain and make my son Lewis Dortch My only and soul Executor of this my last will and testament and Remaining part of my hold Estate I do leave to my son Dortch and I do hereby disallow Revoke and disannul all and Every other former Testament wills Signed Requests and Executed by me in any ways before this time named Willied and bequeathed Ratifyed and Confirming this no other to be my last Will and testament In Witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 11th Day of May 1789
Anney Dortch (Seal)
SOURCE: Hancock Co., GA. Tax Digest 1812, Capt. Newsomes District (From Microfilmed copy of original document in the Georgia State Archives)
Isaac Newsom is listed as owning 23 slaves, 300 acres of 2nd. quality land and 800 acres of land in pine. His water course is listed as Beaver Dam. His land adjoins that of Powell.
Living next to Isaac Newsom as noted on this tax record, is his son, Joel D. (Dortch) Newsom, with 4 slaves and 200 acres of 2nd. quality land.
COMMENT: Apparently Isaac Newsom died suddenly on 22 November 1817 and left no will. His wife, Molly, died ten years later on 6 September 1827 as confirmed by her son's Bible (Bible of Joel Dortch Newsom).
COMMENT: During the summer of 1764 Mary "Molly" Dortch was raped by 26 year old Isaac Hilliard (son of William Hilliard and wife Anne Newsom). Molly would have been about 15 to 17 years of age at the time. On April 1, 1765 Molly Dortch gave birth to a son; she named him Isaac Dortch. This information is confirmed by the following two records: 1.) the will of Isaac Hilliard, and 2.) the Bible of Joel Dortch Newsom (son of Isaac Newsom and Molly Dortch Newsom). According to information passed down by the descendants of Isaac Dortch, Molly cleaned house for William and Anne Hilliard. It's reported that on one of these occasions in which she was in the Hilliard home, Molly was raped by Isaac Hilliard who was drunken after a party that included too much drink. Isaac Hilliard never married Molly Dortch (she was possibly his neice). On April 20, 1765, nineteen days after the birth of Isaac Dortch, Isaac Hilliard married Leah Crafford of Surry Co., VA. She was a daughter of Carter Crafford, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Godwin.
First child of Mary "Molly" Dortch:
1) Isaac Dortch
b. 1 April 1765 in Halifax Co., NC
d. 28 Jan. 1849 in Robertson Co., TN (Confirmed by will of Isaac Dortch)
m. Martha "Patsy" Norfleet 1795 in Edgecombe Co., NC
Children of Isaac Newsom and Mary "Molly" (Dortch) Newsom:
2) Rebecca Newsom
b. 20 April 1773 in Edgecombe Co., NC
3) William Newsom
b. 8 July 1775 in Edgecombe Co., NC
d. probably in Mississippi
m. Nancy Miller on 18 Oct. 1814 in Hancock Co., GA
4) John Newsom
b. 7 March 1780 in Nash Co., NC
d. 1855 in Putnam Co., GA
m. 1st. Martha "Patsy" Alford on 7 Feb. 1807 in Hancock Co., GA
2nd. Martha Ward on 30 Sept. 1841 in Morgan Co., GA
5) Mary "Polly" Newsom
b. 1 Nov. 1782 in Nash Co., NC
6) Isaac Newsom
b. 29 June 1786 in Nash Co., NC
d. 08 Jan. 1852 in Lawrence Co., MS
m. Mary "Polly" Elizabeth Lowe on 15 Jan. 1807 in Hancock Co., GA
7) Joel Dortch Newsom
b. 4 Nov. 1789 in Nash Co., NC
d. 5 Dec. 1864 in Troup Co., GA
m. 1st. Martha M. Waller on 25 July 1816 in Hancock Co., GA
2nd. Mary Elizabeth Middlebrooks on 6 Nov. 1833 in Hancock Co., GA
NOTE: There are a number of excellent books in existence that contain material concerning Joel Dortch Newsom, his family and his plantation home "Nutwood". Among these are 1) Brooks of Honey and Butter: Plantations and People of Meriwether County Georgia, by William H. Davidson, vol. 1, pp. 13-15 & 30-31; 2) Troup County Georgia and Her People, vol. 2, pp. 7-9; 3) Historical Collections of Georgia, by Rev. G. W. White, p. 652; and 4) Histories of LaGrange and Troup County, Georgia, vol. III, pp. 417-418.
SOURCE: Milledgeville Newspaper, Issue of 1 September 1818
"Fifty Dollars Reward. Ranaway from the subscriber on the night of the first inst. a negro man named Ellick, a blacksmith by trade, about 30 years of age...he feigns to be very polite in his manners...has rather a down cast look, walks brisk, and is stooped shouldered...The above reward will be given, to any person who will deliver said negro to me, living on the Sparta road five miles from Powelton... (Signed) Joel D. Newsom."