I did not mean to confuse you.Elizabeth Compton Herndon was the mother of William Wilder D. Wells. Compton was her middle given name, but one which I believe goes back to the earlier years of the Compton family.
Rachel Compton was mentioned in the estate settlement of her father, September Court 1837, in a partition suit. Rachel & her husband, William D. Wells gave a receipt for monies received from her father's estate as such:
"This indenture made 17 August 1840 between William D. Wells and Rachel, his wife of the one part and Aquilla Compton of the other part, whereas, Rachel Wells being one of the heirs of Erasmus Compton, deceased. By order of the court of Equity--$11.60 is paid to William D. and Rachel, his wife by James Webb, clerk.
Signed: William D. Wells
I had Sarah, John Franklin, Sr. and Rachal as children of Erasmus, but not Aquilla C. Compton and Samuel.
"ORANGE COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA:
This indenture made on the 17th day of August 1840, between Abner Compton and his wife Sarah of the one part and Aquilla Compton of the other part whereas; Sarah Compton being one of the heirs at law of the late Erasmus Compton and the land belonging to the Erasmus Compton heirs was sold by order of the court, of equity, of Orange County, in the September term of 1837. Now for the sum of $11.60 paid at or before delivery of these presents, the said Abner and Sarah Compton, his wife sold to Aquilla Compton, all the rights to money in the hands of James Webb, arising from the sale of land, aforesaid and Abner and Sarah Compton forever warrants to him, the said Aquilla Compton as above.
Witness: James WebbSigned: Abner M. Compton
$11.60 received of James Webb, clerk in full for the share of Sarah Compton of the lands of Erasmus Compton, deceased. September term 1837.
Signed: Aquilla Compton"
Abner Compton was a son of Aquilla Compton and Phoebe Marsh, and was, of course, first cousin to Sarah.
John Franklin Compton, Jr., son of John Franklin Compton Sr. and Elizabeth Christopher, was married to my first cousin, 3 generations removed, Nancy Pittard, daughter of Samuel T. Pittard, III and his wife, Nancy Rebecca Drake, my GGG aunt.
There are some other transcriptions of documents which mention other Comptons in relation to William Wilder Wells and his wife Rachal. I believe that the Thomas M. Compton who was a witness to William Wells documents in Missouri, was another brother to Rachal, who may have accompanied the Wells in their move to Missouri:
DEED BOOK 34 PAGE 451 ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA:
WELLS TO COMPTON
I, William W. Wells of County of Greene and State of Missouri do authorize John Compton of North Carolina as attorney, to take into his possession a certain slave named Alexander and to collect monies that is due me by inheritance from the estate of Willis Wells, deceased of Orange County.
Witness:Signed: 28 May 1854
Thomas M. ComptonWilliam W. Wells
DEED BOOK 35 PAGE 138 ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA:
I, Welder W. Wells of County of Webster and State of Missouri appoint Aquilla Compton of Orange County my attorney to collect all monies, that may be due me from the estate of Elizabeth Wells, deceased, County of Orange and State of North Carolina.
Signed: 4 March 1856
Welder W. Wells
In presence of Thomas M. Compton, Greene County, Missouri 23 May 1856. Thomas M. Compton appeared before us as a witness to above instrument and said it was written in his presence."I am assuming that the John Compton mentioned as representing William Wells in Orange County, NC, was John Franklin Compton, Sr.
I am glad to find that Erasmus did have a son Aquilla, as I do have information on him, but did not know exactly how to place him in the family. Acquilla was born 16 October 1829 in ,Orange, North Carolina10, and died 10 September 1899 in ,Henry, Tennessee.He married JULIA ANN WALKER10 17 August 1853 in ,Orange, North Carolina, daughter of FREEMAN WALKER.She was born 22 October 1827 in North Carolina10, and died 19 October 1905 in ,Henry, Tennessee.
Freeman Walker was a son of Aaron Walker and his wife Sarah “Sallie” Bird.My maternal ancestor, John Graham’s second wife was Mary Bird, daughter of James Bird and Mary Ashford.Aaron Walker was a son of John Walker, Sr. and Nancy Ashford.Aaron and Sarah were cousins.I am a descendant of Mary Bird Graham, and thus related to Walkers, Birds, and Ashfords.
I had Freeman as being married two times, but with the earlier birthdate of Julia Ann Walker, it would seem that he was married three times.I have no idea to whom, at this point.
Do you have a list of the children of Aquilla and Phoebe Marsh? All that I have for him is a son, Abner, who married Sarah Compton. I believe Abner to have been named from either Phoebe Marsh's father or brother.An Abner Marsh settled into Spartenburg, SC with my GGG uncle, Elisha Wells and his wife, Elizabeth Marsh. After Abner Marsh was in Spartenburg for a while, he married Nancy Layton, and they eventually settled in Arkansas County, Arkansas by 1850.
Have you any information on the Marsh family?
I am enjoying our exchanges, and hope to hear further from you.
Winston Salem, NC