Bert Sitton never firmly established the identity of Hannah, wife of Phillip Sitton/Sutton of Chatham County.However, I believe very strongly that she was Hannah Hobson, the daughter of George Hobson and his wife Hannah Kinnison of Chatham County, NC.The Hobson family originated in Chester County, Pennsylvania and subsequently settled in Frederick County, VA in that part which is today Berkeley County, WV, before migrating to old Orange County, NC (later Chatham County).Like the Becks, the Hobsons were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers).George Hobson of Burlington County, NJ applied for license to marry Hannah Kinnison of Chester County, PA on August 6, 1732.Hannah Kinnison was born the 19th day of the 2nd month, 1718, the daughter of Edward Kinnison and his wife Mary Greenaway, who were members of the Society of Friends in Chester County, PA.Edward and Mary hadmarried at the Concord Monthly Meeting of PA in 1703/04.Edward Kinnison, Sr. left a will in 1736 in Chester County, PA mentioning, among others, daughter Hannah.His will directed that he be buried at the Goshen Monthly Meeting in that county.Both George Hobson and his father George Hobson, Sr. (md. Elizabeth) migrated to Orange (Frederick) County, VA perhaps as early as 1732, and became early members of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting.Friends records also indicate that on the 17th day of the 8th month, 1734, Mary (Greenaway) Kinnison was disowned by the Goshen Monthly Meeting of Chester County, PA and had moved to the colony of Virginia.George Hobson and wife Hannah Kinnison did indeed have a daughter named Hannah Hobson.This is proven by the will of George Hobson, Sr., which was devised November 19, 1748 and proven in Frederick County, VA Court on December 6, 1748.
Will of George Hobson, Sr.
Frederick County, VA Will Book 1, p. 209.
Devised November 19, 1748,
Proven December 6, 1748.
In the name of God Amen, I George Hobson Senr of of Opekon in the County of Frederick and colony of Virginia being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and constitute this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, Viz:
Imprimis. It is my will that all my just debts, contracts, engagements together with my funeral charges be fully paid and satisfied out of my movable estate.
Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my grandson George Hobson Junr all this my plantation whereon I now live save only Three Hunderd Acres at the lower end of the same to be divided off for my grandson William to him and his Heirs and Assigns forever.
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my grandson William Hobson Three HundredAcres of this Plantation land on the lower end of my Plantation as aforesaid, to be divided off to him and his Heirs and Assigns forever and also privilege and liberty of the Orchard on that side next to the Barn for the term of Eight or Nine years until he can raise an Orchard for himself.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son George Hobson Three Hundred Acres of land lying on Middle Creek and adjoining the land I formerly gave him and whereon he now liveth to him his Heirs and Assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Hannah Hobson Junr my horse called Nobb.
Item. I give and bequeath to my two Grandsons Stephen and Charles Hobson my 3 breeding Mares called Blaze, Jewell, and Jenn to use and behoof of the said two boys and their Heirs forever.
Item. The residue of my Movable Estate I give and devise and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Hobson and my son George Hobson and their Heirs forever willing and requiring that my Wife if she survives me have a comfortable living out of my said Estate during her natural life.
Item. I ordained and constitute my loving wife Elizabeth Hobson and my son George Hobson executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore Made Ratifying and Confirming that as my only last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Nineteenth day of November in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Forty Eight.
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the Testator George Hobson as his last will and Testament in the presence of us.
Willliam Geddis George (x) Hobson
At a court held for Frederick County on Tuesday the 6th day of December 1748.
This will of George Hobson dec’d was proved in open Court, by the oath of William Geddis, Thomas Byard, and William Jolliffe having made oath to the same according to Law it was admitted to Record. Tests. J. Wood CC
Frederick County, VA Deed Book 1, p. 71.
Article of agreement bearing date February 27, 1743 between George Hobson of Opekon in Frederick County and Colony of Virginia and George Hopson Junr. of the same place. Witnesseth that he the said George Hobson have to farm letten and by these presents doth farm letten unto his [son] George Hobson Junr. all of that plantation where he now lives said County of Frederick, for and during the life of him said George Hobson Junr. In consideration that he shall pay and find the said George Hobson and his wife their Bread Corn for and during the first three years and after the expiration of the said three years shall pay eight pounds Pennsylvania money yearly and for every three years during the natural life of the First deceased of the said George Hobson or his wife, and for and during the natural Life of the Longer liver of him the said George Hobson or his wife, shall pay four pounds. In case of the death of George Hobson Junr. the contract to revert to his wife until the children of George Hobson Junr. Become of age.
George Hobson, Elizabeth (x) Hobson, George Hobson Junr.
Witnessed:John Littler, Thomas Thornbrough, John Chenowith, John Chenowith, Junr., Morgan ap Morgan.
Frederick County,VA Deed Book 1, p. 13.
Deed of Gift. George Hobson of Opekon in Frederick County and Colony of Virginia do Send Greetings Know ye That I George Hobson for and in consideration of good will and affection which I do bear to my son, George Hobson, of the same place, and also for services done, I do freely give by grant unto this said George Hobson, his heirs and assigns all that Tract of Land lying joining on the East side of Land I sold to David Logan on Middle Creek, now in the possession of Thomas Brown and on the North-East side of John Mill’s land and down the said Mill’s line to a certainline across the said Hobson's tract run off by Alexander Ross on the 1st of November 1743 and which is supposed to contain Six Hundred acres be the same more or less.In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd day of November 1743.
Witnesses: Alex. Ross, Morgan ap Morgan, John Littler.
Frederick County, VA Deed Book 1, p. 178.
Deed of Release. George Hobson Junr. Of the County of Frederick for divers good causes and considerations, doth clearly and absolutely remise, release and forever quit claim unto George Hobson and Elizabeth his wife of the County Aforesaid in their full and peaceable possession and seizure, to their heirs and assigns forever all such rights, estates, titles, interests, and demand whatsoever as he the said George Hobson Junr. Had or ought to have of, in, and to a certain plantation mentioned in certain articles of agreement made between the said George Hobson Junr. And the said George Hobson Senr. Aenr. and Elizabeth his wife, bearing date the 27th day of February 1743. George Hobson, Hannah Hobson. Signatures acknowledged In Open Court.
Frederick County, VA Deed Book 6, p. 443.
November 2, 1761, George Hobson of the County of Orange in the Province of North Carolina of the one part and Morris Rees of the County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia of the other part, for 280 pounds current money of Virginia, 637 acres of land in Frederick County Virginia being part of a tract or parcel of land held by Patent bearing date November 12, 1735 by George Hobson, Senr. and willed to the said George Hobson by his father George Hobson Senr.
George Hobson Junr., Rebeckah [Hannah?] Hobson.Signatures acknowledged in open Court.
As shown earlier in the Chatham County deeds, Phillip Sitton witnessed an October 2, 1777 deed from George Hobson and his wife Hannah to their son Charles Hobson.This may have been because he was possibly George and Hannah’s son-in-law.It should also be noted that Charles Hobson married Sarah Beck, daughter of Jeffrey Beck and Lydia Phillips.Sarah (Beck) Hobson was the sister of Diannah (Beck) Sitton, wife of Joseph Sitton. Charles’ brother George Hobson, Jr.married Hannah Beck, also a sister of Diannah (Beck) Sitton.Like the Hobsons, the Beck family were also members of the Society of Friends and had migrated from Bucks County, PA to Augusta County, VA before settling in old Orange County, NC.George Hobson’s sons and their families are found in the records of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting of Orange (Alamance) County, NC.
It is my belief that following the death of Phillip Sitton, his widow Hannah married John Phillip Hartsoe.A Hannah Sutton appears on the 1779 Tax List of Randolph County, NC in Captain John Hind’s District.She had 300 acres of land, 46 of which were improved, 16 cattle, 3 horses, and £1.2.4 in money, bonds, notes, and stocks in hand.Lawrence Bradley, George Hobson, and Joseph Sutton were also listed in Captain John Hind’s Tax District of Randolph County.Joseph Sutton had 200 acres of land, 25 of which were improved, 9 cattle, 3 horses, and £3.2.9 in money, bonds, notes, and stocks in hand.On August 11, 1783, John Phillip Hartso and his wife Hannah, along with Phillip Siler and his wife Mary, and John White and his wife Janey sold land on Rocky River to Benjamin Watts.Joseph Sutten (Sitton) witnessed the deeds, probably because Hartso’s wife Hannah had been his former sister-in-law.The conveyance concerned land which John Phillip Hartsoe’s father Frederick Hartsoe (Hertzog) had conveyed to his two grandsons Phillip Siler and John White (Weiss) in 1770.Frederick Hertzog was an immigrant who had immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1741.He removed from Pennsylvania to Augusta County, VA before finally settling in old Orange (later Chatham) County, NC.His daughter Elizabeth Hartsoe married Plickard Siler, and his daughter Catherine married Ulrich Weiss (aka Woolrich White).Phillip Siler was Elizabeth’s son, and John White was Catherine’s son.When the two grandsons of Frederick Hartsoe sold their land in 1783, they were joined by their uncle John Phillip Hartsoe.It is interesting to point out that the land was conveyed to Benjamin Watts, the same man who apprenticed Phillip Sitton’s orphan daughter Hannah earlier that same year.Watts owned and sold land which adjoined the land Joseph Sitton had obtained by grant for his brother Phillip’s orphans.