Re: PASSMORE/HOUSEMAN (Sussex Co, VA)
John Passmore's wife was Sarah Fellows, dau of Robert Fellows who owned land in both Surry and Pr Geo Co, VA.
Surry Co. VA deed-9-15-1729, Thomas Charles Mathis and his wife Margaret (Fellows) Mathis of NC, John Passmore and wife Sarah (Fellows) of Surrey Co., John Huckaby and wife Mary (Fellows) Huchaby and William Reed and wife Martha (Fellows) Reed of Prince George Co. sell to John Freeman. 125 ac. for 18 pounds land on the north side of the Nottoway River bounded by Fellows Branch, originally granted to Robert Fellows 2-18-1722
John Pasmore left his will in Edgecombe Co written 19 May 1754 in which he named wife Sarah, dau Elizabeth Sammon, and others. James Samon was a witness.
From this we know that James Sammons had married Elizabeth Passmore by 1754. Assuming James was at least 20 in 1754, he must have been b by 1734, possibly a number of years before that.
He could not be the James Sammons who died in Bibb Co, AL in 1853. He would have been at least 119 yrs old.
A James Sammons was in Cumberland Co in 1763 with Francis Jones who had married a dau of John (or James?) Huckaby and Mary Fellows. I don't know if it was this James Sammons or his father. See http://genforum.genealogy.com/sammons/messages/1289.htmlhttp://genforum.genealogy.com/sammons/messages/1289.html
James Sammons had been in Cumberland since some time before May 1760 when he was granted a patent. You might also want to check the Bladen records as Cumberland was formed from Bladen in 1754. Francis Jones arrived in the area before Cumberland was formed, so possibly James Sammons did too. This land would now be in Harnett Co.
13 Oct 1766 John (X) Deer to Neill McCranie, both planters, of Cumberland, for L20 proc., 300 a. on Upper Little River, below John Dobbins' lower line, patent to James Salmon 3 May 1760, who sold to Frances Johns 23 March 1763 who sold to John Deer 13 Feb. 1765.
Wit: gilbert Clark, Margaret (X) Clark
Proved by Gilbert Clark Nov. 1766
Abstracts of Deeds of Cumberland County, North Carolina, Volume One, Books 1-3 1754-1770, William C Fields, Editor