Re: Sitton Genealogy, Part Four, Hannah, wife of Phillip Sitton of Chatham County, N
I failed to mention in my previous post concerning Hannah Sitton that the Chatham County, NC land records show that Phillip Hartsoe had a previous wife named Milley.Hannah would have been Hartsoe's second wife.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book A, 1771-1775, p. 68.
October 7, 1771, Philip Hartso and Milley his Wife to John Headen (Haden), for £100, 105 acres being part of one half of a tract whereon the said Hartso hath two water Mills, to wit a Grist Mill and a Saw Mill which he the said Hartso obtained a deed of the Earl Granvill[e]s Agents bearing date December 10, 1762.Phillip Hartso, Milley (x) Hartso.Wit. Joab Brooks, William Grears.
Chatham County, NC Deed Book A, 1771-1775, p. 168.
January 28, 1773, Philop Hartso to John Headen, for £100, land on Rocky River, being one half and an undivided Moiety of 210 acres of land granted by the Earl of Granville to Philip Hartso by deed bearing date December 10, 1762, the one half of the two mills building on said lands, to wit, a grist mill and a water saw mill.Philip Hartso, Milly (x) Hartso.Wit. Mincher Litler, Andrew (x) Cornelius.
Thus, from the above deeds, we know that Phillip Hartsoe (sometimes John Phillip Hartsoe) married his second wife Hannah between 1773 and 1783.It is my belief that he married Hannah (perhaps Hobson) Sitton, widow of Phillip Sitton, between 1779 (when she appeared as a widow on the 1779 tax list of Capt. John Hinds in Randolph County, NC) and 1783 (when Phillip and his wife Hannah joined nephews Phillip Siler and John White in selling land to Benjamin Watts). While these identifications are strictly theoretical on my part and not conclusively proven, they are the most likely explanation of Hannah Sitton’s maiden identity and subsequent history after the death of her husband Phillip Sitton.