Below are assorted deeds, minute book entries and other information I have come across in researching Mecklenburg County NC.Hopefully they won't add to the general confusion in trying to sort out the two early TN Youree families of Alexander (Sumner Co.) and Francis (Rutherford Co.) Both men are in Mecklenburg Co. early reords, but first mention of Alexander was a few years after the first reference to Francis.The Sumner & Rutherford Co. Youree families are certainly related somehow,but that Alexander & Francis Sr. were brothers is speculation as is theory that the James Youree Sr. who died 1835 was yet another brother.No doubt these families are related - but how?Brothers?Cousins?
Previously had assumed Francis Sr. was in TN by 1801 when his son Joseph married Roseann/Ann McSpadden (marriage bond in Davidson Co. - Rutherford Co. not yet formed) But possible Joseph went ahead of rest of family? Could the Francis Urie as security in an 1802 minute book entry be Francis Jr. who joined the family later? Or son of Alexander?) Possible the John Wilson mentioned was the same one who married Elizabeth McRum (whose brother Samuel McRum married Eleanor Hart and is in 1820 deed) Elizabeth/John m. 1808 and same generation as Francis Jr....
There were no Yourees on 1800 census for Mecklenberg Co. although both Alexander & Francis are shown on 1799 tax list as owning property and Alexander's daughter married in Mecklenburg Co. 1801. Have not yet been able to find deeds reflecting sale of properties. Alexander had daughter Frances who m. Elijah Rutledge in Mecklenberg Co. 1801 and appears with her husband living near Alexander in Sumner Co. TN records. Alexander settled in Sumner Co. by 1802 TN deed and left his will there in 1811.
There was another Francis Youree in Sumner Co., son of Alexander Youree, and he appears in 1820 Mecklenburg Co. NC property transferring land to a Sarah Moore. The Sumner Co. Francis was born in Ireland 1775 (tombstone) and was married to Margaret Espey.
Mecklenburg Co. NC Census 1790
Francis was in Dist. 2 which is shown on map as northwest corner of Mecklenberg Co. (as is Steele Creek Church)
1 male over 16 - this would be Francis Sr.
3 males under 16 - this would be sons Joseph; Francis Jr.; & probably William
2 females - wife and daughter Ann
Mecklenburg Co. NC deeds sent to Dr. Gary Youree by researcher 1981:
15-368 Alexander Youree - S & Eliz. Bigham 150a on Sugar CreekDeed reads: 1793 Sam'l Bingham & wife Eliz - Alex Yorie pd 155 pds 10 p for 150 acres
15-369 3/10/1823 Francis Yourie from Alexander Youree Rocky Sugar Ck 1 tract
Deed reads: 7 April 1795 Alex. Yourie & Mary his wife of Mecklenburg Co. & Francis Youree, 112 pds. Admitted to Ct. record 10 Mar 1793, Jan Term. Alex. & Mary Y. signed by making their mark
16-147 5 June 1792 Francis Youree, Meck. Co. - Wm. Ferguson - note from researcher that film is very hard to read. Frances Urey of Meck.Co. - Wm Ferguson ...reformed Presbyterian of the Carolina & Georgia for to act in behalf of the widow and children of the sd Alex Moor,decd..... wit. Bigham
19-204 6/7/1820 Francis & Isbell Yourie et all - Alex Porter Pow.Creek 24 acres
Deed Reads: 14 Jan 1820 James Hart, Joseph Hart, S.McK____(McRum) & Elenor his wife, James Hart & Sam'l Neel, guard. of D____Hart dec'd (David?) James Foster, agent for Francis Youree & Isabell, Sam'l Williams, James Neety (Neely?) & Elizabeth West of the first part and Alexander Proctor (Porter?) of the second part
Entry in Minute Book: Book 6 pg 286
James Hartt, Joseph Hartt, Samuel McRum & Eleanor his wife; James Hart& Samuel Neel, executors of David Hartt, dec'd.; James Porter agentfor Francis Urie & Isabella his wife, Samuel & Aaron Wilson, JaneNeely & Elizabeth Hart to Alexander Porter, for 24 acres and 120 polesof Land bearing date the 14th day of Jany 1820 proved by John L.Greer
(my note: Samuel McRum m. Eleanor HART 2 Jun 1800 Mecklenburg
A Jane Hart m. Thomas Neely 28 Mar 1793 - same Jane Neely?
David Hart (w/same executors) died 1812
An Andrew Hart died late 1814 - widow was Elizabeth - same as in deed?
Both Alexander Youree who settled in Sumner Co. TN and Francis Youree Sr. who settled in Rutherford Co. TN appear in records of Mecklenburg Co. NC. Alexander also had a son named Francis who came of legal age March 17, 1796 (he was born 1775 in Ireland according to 1850 Sumner Co. census), so some of the North Carolina references after 1796 may be for this younger Francis. It is unknown when either Sumner or Rutherford Co. Yourees arrived in Tennessee.Alexander was not on 1790 census and first reference found so far was 1793 when he purchased land from the Bighams. First TN reference to him is 1802 when he entered into land deed in Sumner Co.
Francis Sr. was in Mecklenburg sometime before 1777 when he witnessed will of Jane Cathey dated 9 Mar 1777 - (widow of George Cathey) - Cathey family Ulster Scots - per Cathey descendant, Jane was b. 1692.Among her heirs: Andrew, Archibald, John, George, daughters Eleanor Williams & Esther McGoon. Could families have known each other or traveled together to America?
Francis Youree was bondsman for marriage of Robert Brown and Elizabeth Bryson 28 Mar 1794. Issac Alexander witness. (This Francis could have been son of Alexander who would have bee 20-21)
Children buried at Steel Creek Burying Ground: Elizabeth Youree age 2 years, 18 May 1781; Margaret Youree age 7 years 28 May 1781; Sally Youree, age 8 years, 1795 Believe at least first two who died 1781 were children of Francis Sr. since so far have found no mention of Alexander in Mecklenburg Co. by 1781.
1781 - records show a Francis Youree, Salisbury Dist., provided gun for use by the Colonial Army
1790 Census (Alexander not listed in census) shows that Francis was in Dist. 2 which is shown on map as northwest corner of Mecklenberg Co.
1 male over 16 - this would be Francis Sr.
3 males under 16 - this would be sons Joseph; Francis Jr.; & William
2 females - wife (Isabell?) and daughter Ann
1791 Deed in Mecklenberg Co. shows entry for a James Scott on waters of Beaverdam Cr., bordering David Hart on West, Aiken on East, Wm.Patterson on S. & FRANCIS URY on North
Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1780-1800
1785 September Session
Francis Urie, member of Petit Jury
1785 December Session
Frans. Urie impanelled as juror
1786 June Session
No. 28 Francis Urie vs. Jas. Stinson Verdt. 18 pounds
1789 January Session
From last court, jury appointed to lay off road: Beginning on the River Bank, then passing William Pattison on the right, then by FRANCES UREYS door on the left, thence a Ridge Road passing Robert Hunters house & field on the Left, thence to the Rocky Ford on Hunters Creek, thence to James Tagarts on the left, thence to Jesse Clark on the Right, thence a Ridge Heading Nicolas Ilers Branch to Polks Mill, thence the Mill Road to Charlotte.
Ordered that the same be considered a public road, that Nicolas Oiler(Iler) be appointed Overseer of said Road from Polks Mill to Hunters Creek, and FRANCIS UREY from thence to the River and Work the Hands thereon Convenient.
1791 January Session
Venri to Salisbury Supr. Court April Sessions 1791
Capt. Porter Co.: Robert Bigham, FRANCIS UREY
1791 April Session
David McDonald vs. FRANCIS URIE Case Miss Tryal
1791 July Session
David McDonald vs FRANCIS URIE Found defendant not guilty of theCharge. Plantiff prays an Appesal which was granted
1792 July Session
Salisbury Veniri: FRANCIS URIE among those appointed jurors to attendthe Sup. Court to be held in Salisbury on the 19th of Sep. next.
1793 July Session
Summoned to attnd as juror at October term next:
Capt. Porter Co.: Saml. Bigham, Esq., FRANCIS URIE, Robert Bigham
1793 October Session
FRANCIS URIE among those executed as juror for this term
References after this point could be either Francis Sr. of Rutherford Co., but Francis of Sumner Co. (b. 1775) was adult and references could be to him although usually when more than one man with same name, references would designate "Younger" or "Elder" or Jr. or Sr.
1797 October Session
Road work - from Sugar Creek to John Prices on the road leading to Prices Ferry. Among those appointed to work the road: Alex. Uries, Francis Uries, Saml. Bighams Jr., Reuben Freeman, Rbt McKnight, James McKnight, William Pattison, John Price.
(note: Pattison & Bigham apparently neighbors - named in other records w/Urie. Could refer to either Francis Youree of Rutherford Co. or Alexander's son - see deed dated April 1795)
1798 January Session
Among deeds recorded:
Alexander Yourie & Wife to FRANCIS YOUREE for 230 A of land dated the 17th of April 1795. Proved by Samuel Bigham NOTE: Alexander's son Francis was born 1775 in Ireland according to 1850 census data.
1799 January Session
Among deeds recorded: FRANCIS YOURIE to William Ferguson for 130 A of land dated 5th of June, 1798. Proved by Hugh Bigham. (Which Francis?Part of land received in 1795?)
Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas - Vol II
Minute book 4, pg 258
July Session 1802
orderd by Court that James Sprott & Hugh McDowell be appointedguardians of Thomas Davidson, William Davidson & Samuel Davidson,orphans of Samuel Davidson, dec'd and Legatees of Thomas Davidson,dec'd, who came into court and was bound with JOHN WILSON & FRANCISURIE, Securites in 2250 pds.
(my note: The sister of Eleanor Hart's husband, Elizabeth McRum m. aJohn Wilson 1808
The Thomas Davidson referred to died naming Samuel as his brother -also mentions Hugh Bryson who married their sister. LDS shows NancyDavidson m. Hugh Bryson - ancestral file lists them as children ofJohn Davidson/Mary Morrison Francis Youree was bondsman for marriageof Robert Brown and Elizabeth Bryson 28 Mar 1794. Issac Alexanderwitness. This was probably Francis Sr. of Rutherford Co. sinceAlexander's son was only 20 years old at time of this marriage.)
1797 Tax list - Capt. Taylor's Co.
Francis Yourie with 240 acres
Alexander Youree with 300 acres
1799 Tax List - Capt. Kindrick's Co
Francis 230 acres
Alexander 150 acres