Bert Sitton’s identification of Winifred (Bradley) Sitton’s parents as Lawrence Bradley and Winnifred Wisdom was actually in error.There were two Lawrence Bradleys, one in Randolph County, NC who died intestate by November, 1808, and another Lawrence Bradley who married Winnifred Wisdom of Wilkes/Burke Counties, NC who also died testate in Burke County, NC in1811. Unfortunately,his will has apparently not survived, though it is referenced in surviving Burke County court minutes.These two men have been greatly confused by researchers.Phillip and Winnifred (Bradley) Sitton’s children are established by their family bible record.They clearly named some of their sons (Ambrose, Asa, Lawrence, etc.) after brothers of Winnifred.Winnifred’s father was most likely Lawrence Bradley of Randolph County, NC, whose wife is unknown (she was NOT Winnifred Wisdom).The Lawrence Bradley and Ambrose Bradley who appear in the records of Pendleton District above are both established sons of Lawrence Bradley (d. ca. 1809) of Randolph County, NC.Asa Bradley and George Bradley were also sons of Lawrence Bradley of Randolph County. The Abraham/Abram Bradley who lived there is thought by some to perhaps be the brother of Lawrence Bradley of Randolph.It is possible that the two Lawrence Bradleys of Randolph and Wilkes Counties respectively may have possibly been cousins, as the Lawrence Bradley of Wilkes County, NC was probably the son of Richard Bradley of Orange County, VA.Winifred Wisdom’s family was from Orange County, VA. Lawrence Bradley of Randolph County, NC is believed to have originated from Caroline County, VA.
Orange, Chatham, and Randolph mark the eastern edge of Piedmont North Carolina, which was settled distinctly different from eastern North Carolina. Many of the early families of Chatham and Randolph Counties originated in northern Virginia or the Mid-Atlantic states.In regard toPhillip Sitton (d. before 1779; md. Hannah), the following records of Orange and Chatham County listed below pertain to him.He and his likely brother Joseph appear in Orange County, NC records about 1760 and 1761.Phillip Sitton also witnessed two apprenticeship documents involving Abraham Bradley and his wife Sarah in 1777, and a court entry in 1778 makes reference to Phillip’s mill on Rockey River in western Chatham.Phillip was clearly deceased prior to March 3, 1779 when the state land grant was issued to Joseph Sitton on behalf of his orphan children.Joseph Sitton sold this same land in 1795 to Benjamin Marlow/Marley.A court entry in 1783 refers to a likely orphaned daughter of Phillip’s named Hannah, who was apprenticed to Benjamin Watts, who owned land adjoining the state grant issued to Joseph Sitton on behalf of Phillip Sitton’s orphans.
Contrary to statements made by Bert Sitton and others, records suggest that Joseph Sitton was still in Randolph County, NC in the 1790s, not Pendleton District, SC.
Orange County, NC Court Minutes, Book 1, 1752-1761, p. 449 .
November, 1760, Thomas Bowman vs. Joseph Sutton:Case.This Day came the Plaintiff by his Attorney whereupon came also a jury to wit:&c. who being Elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath do say that the Defendant did assume in manner and form set forth in a Declaration and do assess his Damages to one Penny Proclamation Money.Therefore it is the Opinion of the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the Defendant his Damages aforesaid in form aforesaid and his Costs by him in that behalf expended.Judgment £_:_:1.Clerk 1:18:6.
Orange County, NC Court Minutes, Book 1, 1752-1761, p. 475 .
February, 1761, Alexander Shane vs. Phillip Setton (sic):Petition.This Day came the Defendant Phillip Setton into open Court and Confessed Judgment for One pound Seventeen Shillings and 6 penny Proc. With Costs.Judgment £1:17.6, Clerk 1:1:11.
Orange County, NC Court Minutes, Book 1, 1752-1761, p. 519 .
August, 1761, Thomas Brown agt. Joseph Sutton:Case.This Day came the Plaintiff by his Attorney, whereupon came also a Jury, to wit:&c. who being elected tryed and sworn well and truly to enquire of Damages upon their Oath do say that the Plaintiff hath Sustained Damages to the Amount of one penny Proc.Therefore tis Ordered that the Plaintiff recover against the Defendant his Damages aforesaid in form aforesaid and his Costs by him in that behalf expanded.Judgment £_:_:1, Clerk 2:18:11.
Orange County, NC Deed Book 3, p. 586.
September 10, 1770, Frederick Hartzo of Orange County, NC, miller, on Rocky River to Philip Saylor and John White, for natural love and affection for his grandson, 63 acres on the East side of Rocky River, being part of a Granville grant to Philip Hartzo, and from Philip Hartzo to his father Frederick Hartzo in 1761, beginning at a bounded hickory on the NE side of river, then N 140 poles to a post oak, then W 70 poles to a black ___ a corner of the original tract, then S 140 poles across river to a black oak corner, then E 75 poles to the first station.Frederick Hartzo.Wit. William Ivey, John Siler, Samuel Carter.Proved ____ 1770 by Carter.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book C, 1783-1786, p. 504.
October 2, 1777, George Hobson, Senior of Guilford County, NC, wheel wright, and Hannah his wife to Charles Hobson, Son to the said George and Hannah Hobson of Chatham County, NC, for £50, 120 acres on the middle branch of Rockey River, it being part of a tract of land granted to the said George Hobson dated August 2, 1760, joining Stephen Hobson.
Geo. Hobson, Hannah Hobson.Wit. George Hobson, Junr., John Farmer, Phillip Sitton.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book B, 1775-1783, p. 112.
October 4, 1777, William White, Son of William White, hath put and placed himself with the Consent of his Father an apprentice unto Abraham Bradley – unto the Aforesaid Abraham Bradley and Sarah his Wife – to learn the Art and Mistery of Weaving plain Country Work to serve during the term of five year from the 4 Feb. Next Insueing the date hereof until the said apprentice his full age of 21 years During all which time the said apprentice his Master and Mistress faithfully shall serve in all Lawfull Business according to his power Witt and Ability Honestly orderly and Obediently in all Things___ himself towards his said Master and Mistress during the said term and the said Abraham Bradley and Sarah his Wife doth for themselves &c. give unto the said apprentice at the end of the said term 10 pounds, also shall teach or cause to be taught unto the said apprentice the Art and Mistery of plain Country weaving and also to learn the said apprentice to Read Write and Cypher as far as six months schooling will allow and shall and will during the said term aforesaid find provide and allow unto the said apprentice competent and Sufficient Meat drink and apparel lodging washing linin Woolen hose shoes and other things needful and fit for an apprentice and at the end of said term shall give unto the said apprentice One New suit of apparel besides what he otherwise have before the Expiration of said term.
Abraham Bradley, William (x) White, Jun.Wit. Thomas Hill, Phillip Sitton.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book B, 1775-1783, p. 113.
October 4, 1777, William White hath put and placed a female Child named Sucjey White Daughter to the aforesaid William White --- doth put the said child an apprentice unto Abraham Bradley and Sarah his Wife – with them to live serve for and during the term of five years from the 12 Nov. Next Ensueing the date hereof until the said apprentice shall arrive at the full age of 18 years all which term the said apprentice her said Master and Mistress faithfully shall serve in all Lawful Business, &c.– andthe said William White to give unto the said Apprentice one good suit of cloaths and shall teach or cause to be taught unto the said apprentice as far as six months schooling will allow to read the English Tonge and write and the said Master and Mistress doth promise to Instruct the said apprentice in all such Womans Business as she the said Mistress now useth and shall and will during all the said term find provide and allow unto the said apprentice competent and sufficient meat drink and apperral lodging washing Linnen Woolen hoes shoes and all other things needful for said apprentice together with sufficient ever day cloaths besides those mentioned above.
Abraham Bradley, William (x) White, Sen.Wit. Thomas Hill, Phillip Sitton.
Chatham County, NC Court Minutes, 1774-1779, p. 127.
Second Wednesday, February 11, 1778, Capt. John Nalls District be diveded by a road leading from Phillip Suttons Mill to Rockey river near the Baptist Meeting house and from thence divede Capt. Herndons district by a line running to Orange line near Charles Stouts Including Thomas Dowdays and John Nobletts, the said Bounds to be a new district.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book B, 1775-1783, p. 234.
State of North Carolina.No. 22.
To all to whome these presents shall come Greeting.Know Ye That we for and in Consideration of the sum of fifty shillings for every hundred Acres hereby Granted paid into our Treasury by Joseph Sitton (On behalf of the Orphans of Phillip Sitton Deceased) have Given and Granted and by these presents do Give and Grant unto the said Joseph Sitton &c. A Tract of Land Containing Ninety one & three Quarters acres lying and being in Our County of Chatham on Brush Creek, Begining at a small Hickory and Red Oak, thence by Abraham Bradleys Land North eighty Nine Degrees and ten Minutes East Seventy One poles to a Hickory, thence along the Old line by Claims of John Farmer and John Moon South fifty Minutes East one hundred and Ninety six poles to a Hickory, then by the said Moon South eighty Nine degrees and fifteen Minutes West Seventy Nine poles to a Red Oak the County line, then along the said Line one Degree and Twenty Minutes East one hundred Ninety six poles to the place of Beginning as by the plat hereunto annexed doth Appear Together with all Woods Waters Mines Minerals Hereditaments and Appurtenances to the said Land belonging or appertaining.To hold To the said Joseph Sitton In Behalf of the orphans of Phillip Sitton Deceased his heirs and assigns forever.Yielding and paying to us such sums of Money yearly or otherwise as our General Assembly from time to time may Direct.Provided Always That the said Joseph Sitton &c. shall Cause said Grant to be Registered in the Registers office of our said County of Chatham within Twelve Months from the Date hereof other wise the same shall be Void and of no Effect.In Testimony whereof we have Caused our Great Seal to be hereunto affixed.Witness Richard Caswell Esquire our Governor Captain General and Commander in Chief at Kingston the third Day of March in the Third year of Our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Nine.Richard Caswell.Recorded Feby 9th 1780.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book B, 1775-1783, p. 369.
July 1, 1779, State of North Carolina to Abraham Bradley, for 50 shillings for every 100 acres, 300 acres on the Reed fork or prong of Brush Creek, joining land surveyed to Joseph Sitton on behalf of the heirs of Phillip Sitton, John Farmers Claim, Jonathan Evry’s Improvement, Enoch Williams Claim, and Elijah Williams Claim.Richard Caswell.J. Glasgow Sec.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book B, 1775-1783, p. 384.
August 4, 1780, Abraham Bradley, Planter, and Sarah his wife to Benjamin Watts, for £2500, land [no acreage given] adjoining Joseph Sitton on behalf of the heirs of Phillip Sitton, John Farmers Claim, Jonathan Evry’s Improvement, Elijah Williams, and the County line, and is the same piece which by patent being date July 1, 1779 was granted to the said Abraham Bradly.Abraham Bradley, Sarah (x) Bradley.Wit. William McMasters, Tho. Chapman.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book D, p. 40.
March 2, 1782, Benjamin Watts of Randolph County, NC, Planter, and Frances his wife to Benjamin Marlow of Chatham County, NC, for £80 Current Money, 150 acres Tenement and tract of land, joins land surveyed to Joseph Sitton on behalf of the Heirs of Phillip Sitton, John Farmer, A corner agreed on by Edward Bray and Benjamin Marlow, Elijah Williams Claim and the County line, it being part of the same piece of land which by patent dated July 1, 1779 was granted and conveyed to Abraham Bradly and was conveyed from the said Bradly to Ben. Watts by Deed dated August 4, 1780.
Benjamin Watts, Frances (x) Watts.Wit. Thomas (x) Essery, Edward (x) Bray, George Hobson.
Chatham County, NC Court Minutes, 1781-1785, p. 338.
Second Tuesday, May 13, 1783,Hannah Sutton be bound unto Benjamin Watts and Wife Until she Arrives to Lawful Age to learn the business of Housewifery she now being fifteen years of Age.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book C, 1783-1786, p. 2.
August 11, 1783, John Philip Hartso and Hannah Hartso his Wife and Philip Soyler [Siler] and Mary Siler his Wife and John White and Janey White his Wife of the County of Chatham to Benjamin Watts of the County of Randolph County, NC,for £360, 420 acres on Rockey River.John Philip Hartso (in German), Haner (J) Hartso, Philip Siler, John (x) White, Mary (x) Siler, Jane (x) White.Wit.Joseph (x)Sutten, Thomas (T) Assery, Solomon Evens.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book G, p. 377.
State of North Carolina
To all to whom these presents shall come greeting.
Know ye that I Joseph Sitton for and in consideration of one hundred pounds paid by Benjamin Marley Hath Given and Granted and by these presents do Give and Grant unto the sd. Benjamin Marley a Tract of Land containing Ninety and three Quarters Acres be the Same more or less lying and being in Chatham County bounded on one Side by the County line, Begining at a small Hickory and red oak thence by Abraham Broadley’s [Bradley’s] Land North Eighty Nine degrees and ten Minutes East one hundred and Seventy one poles to a Hickory, thence along the old line by claims of John Farmer and John Moon South fifty minutes East one hundred and Ninety Six poles to a Hickory, thence by sd. Moons South eighty nine degrees fifty minutes West fifty four poles to Brush Creek, thence up the Creek the various Courses to the County line, thence along the sd. Line North one degree and twenty Minits East one hundred and Ninety one poles to the place of Begining being part of a Tract of Land Granted to the sd. Sitton by the sd. State in the year of Our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Nine as by Patent doth appear.Together with all Woods, Waters, Mines, Minerals, hereditaments and appurtenances to the sd. Land belonging or appertaining.To hold to the sd. Benjamin Marley his heirs and assigns forever yielding and paying to the sd. State such Sums of Money yearly or otherwise as Our General Assembly from time to Time Shall direct and the sd. Joseph Sitton doth by these presents Warrant and defend the Tract of Land unto the sd. Benjamin Marley his heirs and assigns against himself his heirs Executors administrators or any other person Lawfully Claiming under him by Virtue of these presents.In Testimony whereof he the sd. Joseph Sitton hath set his hand and fixed his seal this Eleventh day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Ninety two.
Signed Sealed & delivered Joseph (S) Sitton
In presence of us
Chatham County February Sessions 1795.
This Deed was duly proved in Open Court by the Oath of Wm Vestal a subscribing witness & Ordered to be Registered.
Test.John Ramsey CC.