William Owen Tutor entered the United States at a time when there were only 13 states and these states had elected George Washington in the previous year as their first president. The Federal government under Washington, began meeting in New York but the temporary capitol was moved to Philadelphia in 1790.
That year the first census showed that the infant nation already had a population of 3,929,625 people.
William Owen Tutor was born in Wales in 1774. He lived only 16 years in the country of his birth, a country that had seen many changes in its history, with wars against invading Danes, Angles, Saxons, Romans and English. Wales was a country with its own language, its own culture, and its own history. Owen Tutor agreed to work on an American privateer ship for passage to America in the summer of 1790. Privateers were privately owned, armed vessels which had been granted letters of marque, and sailed only to capture enemy shipping during times of war. A ship that involved itself in capturing enemy shipping without a governments authorization was considered to be committing piracy. These letters of marque were government issued papers commissioning privately owned vessels to capture or to seize enemy shipping. Privateers had been utilized by the powerful nations of Europe from the eleventh century into the nineteenth century. This practice enabled them to strengthen and maintain their forces for the incessant warfare they became entangled in during the years of colonization and exploration. Due to the fact that the United States did not have more than a meager navy, it issued fore than 1000 letters of marquee to privateers during the Revolutionary War. instead of going to a regular port in the United States, the ship carrying Wen Tutor, came up the James River in Va. and the captain simply sold his passengers to large plantation owners on the river.. These passengers, known as indentured servants, had no choice but to get off and hope for the best.
Owen first set his foot upon American soil somewhere between Harrison Landing and Williamsburg, Va., where he was bought by a rich tobacco farmer for forty dollars. For sixteen months he worked here and after these sixteen months he decided that his term of human servitude was at an end, So, he made his escape from the plantation, on foot, in the latter part of 1791. He started in a southwesterly direction not knowing where his endeavor would lead him. He hid, ran, and ate like a renegade Indian would. Speaking very little English caused him great trouble with residents of the sparsely settled areas into which he traveled. These areas included Piedmont Virginia and North Carolina. In early spring of 1792, he stopped at a large water powered mill in southwestern Wake County. This adventure of at least 250 miles, found him tired and hungry and wearing clothing that had been badly worn and tattered. The horse, that some men had given him for helping him get across the large river in southern Virginia (probably the Roanoke), was also greatly fatigued. The owner of this mill was called Rollins and this mill was called the Rollins Mill.
Owen was taken in by the Rollins family and worked in their grist mill. He lived with the Rollins family for seven years and was taught English and was schooled by them. He originally spoke welsh, his native language, and always spoke with an accent that revealed his adoption of the English language. Directly across the street from the mill, in the northwestern corner of Cumberland county, North Carolina, lived elder Stephen Senter, a Methodist preacher, and his wife, Mary.. Stephen Senter owned a plantation of one square mile which contained six hundred and forty acres and was bordered by Chatham county on the west and Wake county on the north. They were the parents of Lucinda Senter who was born in 1782.
Owen married Lucinda Senter in 1799, and he and his bride moved to a two hundred and fifty acre plantation that belonged to her first cousin, Young Elkins of Wake County. The plantation was in Cumberland County, and located one half mile from Stephen Senter's plantation. William Owens and Lucinda Senter Tutor's first son, Samuel Isaac Tutor, was born on the plantation in Cumberland County on September 8, 1800. He was the first Tutor born in America. Their second son, John Henry Tutor, was born at the plantation on July 7, 1802. In 1805, Owen bought one hundred and fifty acres of Young Elkins two hundred and fifty acre plantation During this year, Owen and Lucinda's first daughter, Frances Amanita Tutor, was born. Also, during the year, Owen hired and Indian called High Rock Parker, who was looking for work. (There was an Indian settlement at Buckhorn Falls on the Cape Fear River, the largest river in North Carolina. Many of these Indians were half-breeds.) The next day, High Rock returned with his wife and papoose. The wife was given work also. By 1846, there were forty six Indian workers on the plantation. High Rock was Owens top man. All of the half breeds took instructions from him. They were perfect workers. They could do anything: farming, running a grist mill, and water powered saw mill, black smithing, raising work ands riding horses, raising a lot of cattle, working cattle drives, and working as midwives and nurses. Whatever the job, these people could do it.
Marriage 1 Lucinda Senter b: 1782 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina
Married: BET 1798 AND 1799 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina
Samuel Isaac Tutor b: 8 SEP 1800 in Cumberlain Co., North Carolina
John Henry Tutor b: 7 JUL 1802 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina
Frances Samantha Tutor b: ABT 1805
William Madison Tutor b: 1807 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina
Mary Tutor b: 1808
Lilly Phoebe Tutor b: 1812
Lucy Jane Tutor b: 1817 in 1900
Owen Young Tutor b: 1818 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina
Joseph Harris Tutor b: 1820 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina
Louisa Tutor b: 1822
Martha J. Tutor b: 1828 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina