The Tysons you mentioned were researched in the 1960's by Elsie Tyson Hughes, an excellent genealogist who did her research and documented her sources.She wrote a 30 page history of the Tysons and the line which stretched into Arkansas and Texas.Here is the first page or so of her document.If anyone wants the entire copy, send me your e-mail address and I will forward.
Elsie Tyson Hughes
Route 3, Box 238
Dear Members of the Tyson Family,
Please find a comfortable chair, relax and sit a while.Since the roots of the present lie deep in the past,I ask that you join me in taking an inventory of the distance the Tysons have come in America and how the journey was made.I believe you will find the discourse interesting and appreciate the fact that our forefathers have given a good account of themselvesThe roots of the Tyson family tree are deeply grounded in the soil of several states with our ancestor 8present when early history was being made in those areas.
According to tradition, five Tyson brothers, William, John, Samuel, Joel, and Uriah, left their native land of Wales prior to 16350for a new home in America.They settled in the coastal area of Virginia.Records show that other Tysons came from the British Isles and Europe from 1646 to 1660.Several of them bear given names of German extraction.The families may or may not be related; however, their patterns of life do differ in America.The European Tysons settled in Pennsylvania) founding towns and remaining principally in the north and east; while the Virginia and Maryland Tysons bought land and. pioneered in the development of the south and central parts of the country. 1All of the given names of the above mentioned brothers appear generation after generation in our family, as you will notice.Some of the same names appear among all the Tyson families.
Soon after these young men appeared in Virginia) people were beginning to move south and west to obtain more land.A permanent English settlement had been made in North Carolina.In 1660 a group of colonists from Virginia settled near Albermarle Sound on the Chowan River.The colony grew rapidly; however, the first town, Bath, was not incorporated until 1705.In 1728, seven of the land proprietors sold their shares of land to the King of England; so until the Revolution, North Carolina was a Royal Colony.During this pre-Revolutionary period, the residents waged a bitter struggle for fair representation in the assembly, just taxation, honest officials and adequate courts.
North Carolina was the first 1 colony to direct her assemblymen to vote for complete separation from England and, later, furnished many soldiers who helped establish American independence. 2
The first Tyson of our line about whom I have a record is that of John Tyson of Accomack County, Virginia.John and his. wife,Susannika Tyson, along with their son, Mathias Tyson, purchased 100 acres of land in Accomack County, Virginia in 1679.In 1691, Susannika and her second husband, Robert Thompson, joined Mathias Tyson and his wife, Mary Tyson, in selling this land.So we know that John Tyson died in Accomack County, Virginia before 1691 and that his son, Mathias Tyson, was old enough to have a wife and to own land.
North Carolina records show that Mathias and Mary were in the Bath County area about 1700.History of Pitt County shows that in 1704 a number of persons living in Wickham in the Bath area petitioned for a court to be established in their vicinity.Among the petitioners were Mathias Tyson and his eldest son, John Tyson.Mary died in 1715, only five years after Mathias Tyson died.
Mathias Tyson's will is of record in the Archive Section, State History and Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.It shows his wife) Mary, and children:John, Edward, Moses, Cornelius, Edmund, Susanne, Thomas and Samuel. 4It is dated April 10, 1710.
Of this group of children, it is Thomas who is our progenitor.He was born-in Beaufort County, North Carolina Colony in 1698.He and Sabra Mason, also of Beaufort County, were married.Her father, John Mason, was an owner of much land and many slaves.Thomas and Sabra Tyson had several children, but their sons, John and Thomas, Jr., and a daughter are the only ones about whom I have information.The Thomas Tyson place is shown on early North Carolina maps. 5Tax rolls shows that they owned much land and many slaves.
John Tyson, Thomas Tyson's son, who carried our line was born in Pitt County, North Carolina in U23 and married Bethany Hines, also of Pitt County, in 1754.John Tyson died in 1784,Thomas was probably married twice because Sabra married after his death and had other children.
Both Thomas Tyson and his son, John Tyson, received land grants from the Lord Granville allotment.A list of these grants was furnished me by Mr. Thad Erie who is Secretary of State, Raleigh, North Carolina, and it is later included. 6
A record of the activities of Thomas Tyson and his son, John, are referred to many times in a book, "The History of Pitt County, North Carolina” by Henry T. King.They were public officials, promoters of education and organizers of churches.Two of the early Episcopal churches, St. Michael and St. Thomas, of the state are reported to have been organized and to have held their meetings in Tyson homes until the churches could be constructed.St. Thomas Church of Bath is still used as a house of worship and is visited by many tourists each year.The church bell bears the date 1.732 and. the altar candelabra was a gift of King George II.I hope to receive a list of their early membership.
......much more in the full document.