These records throw some (admittedly murky) light on why Reuben Wheelas witnessed Culpepper's sale of the Peachtree Creek land:
"Nov. 10, 1750 - Hopkins WILDER, planter, Granville Co., to Captain Jonathan GODWIN, Nansemond Co., Virginia; for 55 pounds current Virginia money;290 Acres of land lying in Granville County but patented in Edgecombe, butted and bounded as followeth - Beginning at a Red Oak standing in a branch running N 40 degrees E to a Gum standing on Swift Creek, thence down the Creek to a White Oak on the N/side the said Creek, WATSON's corner tree, along WATSON's line to a Red Oak the Extent of the patent thenceS 50 degrees E to WHEALESE's (sic) line to a Red Oak, down WHEALESES (sic) line across the Creek, thence on the S/side of sd Creek to a Blaced (sic) tree, then S 40 W to the first station. Land is where the said WILDER now lives being a patent to him bearing the date April 20, 1745 except what the said WILDER already have sold out of the said patent to John WATSON, 150 Acres, and to Benja. WHEALESS (sic) 200 Acres.Hopkins WILDER.Wit:John POPE, Thomas DAVIS, Drew SMITH.Proved in Granville County Court, March 1750."
"Land Records of Onslow County, NC,& Edgecombe County, NC Edgecombe County (Halifax) Deed Book 3 P. 529 deed date 5 Mar 1749, recorded Aug Ct. 1750, Hopkins Wilder, Granville County, NC to Jonathan Godwin, Nansemond Co., Va for 104 pds, one shilling & seven pence Va, three plantations and one negro man named David, viz, one of the said plantations on Peach Tree Creek in Edge Co. containing 100 acres and the other two in Granville Co. one of which is on both sides of Swift Creek containing 300 acres and the other plantation on the said Swift Creek and is the plantation whereon the said Hopkins Wilder now lives containing 290 acres and on the same is a grist mill and the said Negro man, David, but if said Jonathan Goodwin or one of his heirs shall pay said Hopkins Wilder the sum of one shilling and seven pence Va, with lawful interest, said sell shall be void. No signatures or recording information. Abstracted 8-4-06, NCA film C.047.40002.CTC"
From this it appears that Benjamin Culpepper (father of Erasmus) probably acquired the 200 acre Peachtree Creek plantation (the land which was later sold to Whitehead), by purchase from the Wilders, who seem to have been his cousins.Stephen Pace's Peachtree land was described as lying part in Edgecombe and part in Granville (later Bute).If Culpepper's Peachtree tract also straddled the county line,and the land Hopkins Wilder sold to Benjamin Wheelas was also on or near the county line, it's likely Wheelas land adjoined the tract which was being sold in the 1772 Culpepper-to-Whitehead deed which Reuben Wheelas witnessed.