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William Batchelor DENMARK

Will: 21 Jan 1795 Effingham Co., Georgia 6

On his father's death, sometime before 1758, William Batchelor Denmark inherited his father's land in Hyde County, North Carolina. This land was originally patented by Henry Eborn on October 5, 1730 and willed to his son Littleton Eborn who then sold it to William Denmark, "blacksmith". In Pitt County in 1766, William Batchelor Denmark and his wife, Mary Moye Denmark, sold that land to Stephen MackDowell. A deed from William Batchelor and Mary Denmark, dated August 27, 1766, conveyed 270 acres on the North side of the Machapongo River and the south side of Broad Creek, referred to as land he inherited from his father (Hyde Co., NC DB-B, p. 194-195), to Stephen MackDowell for 20 (?) pounds.

William Batchelor Denmark was on the 1762 list of taxables for Pitt County, taxed for only a poll and not owning any slaves. But he owned land in Pitt County, North Carolina as early as 1765. On May 1, 1765, a deed recorded that "William Denmark, batchelor" sold 320 acres for 23 pounds to Thomas Coomes (Pitt County, NC DB-C, p. 292). Perhaps this is when he began to use the middle name "Batchelor". John Smith of Craven County sold William Denmark 100 acres for 25 pounds on December 29, 1772. (Pitt Co., NC DB-E, p. 227). On October 11, 1774, Denmark sold land to John Gray Blount for five pounds, the deed witnessed by "Amey Moy" and Jeremiah Cox (Pitt Co., NC DB-O, p. 327).

In 1778 he was involved in three land transactions. The first was on January 18 when William Denmark of Craven County sold 280 acres to Pearson Tuter for $120 (Pitt Co., NC DB-H, p. 19). The next was on April 21 when he sold 150 acres for three pounds to Jeremiah Cox (Pitt Co., NC DB-F, p. 390). The last that year was on July 21 when he sold 150 acres for 100 pounds to Edward Buck, the deed witnessed by Henry Moye and Isaac Buck (Pitt Co., NC DB-O, p. 209).

By 1779 his estate was assessed for tax purposes by Craven County at 1,824 pounds, the county where he was living when he joined the Revolution. On January 25, 1782 William Denmark of Craven County, as #926, was allowed the sum of nine pounds and fourteen shillings for militia duty, per Captain Jesse Bryan's payroll for the New Bern Military District. Another voucher allowed him 400 pounds for "sundries". He used the two vouchers to pay his 1781 taxes to Craven County, endorsing the vouchers on the back.

Described as "of Craven County", on December 12, 1784 he sold land again to Edward Buck. This was, as in 1778, 150 acres for 100 pounds (Pitt Co., NC DB 1, p. 531). The former owner was John Smith who had obtained a patent for it in 1774. One of the witnesses to the deed was William's son Stephen Denmark and the other was Daniel Wilson. This sale may signal his departure for Georgia.

William Batchelor Denmark's first wife was Mary Moye and he later married her sister, Anna Moye. We do not know the relationship between the Moye sisters and William Batchelor Denmark's mother, Mourning Moye. There appears to have been a most unusual relationship between William and the two sisters. He had a number of children by Anna while still married to Mary. It appears that Anna and their children accompanied him to Effingham County, Georgia while Mary stayed behind with several of her children by him. However, Mary's son Seaborn accompanied his father when he migrated to Georgia. Mary eventually moved to Duplin County, North Carolina where she died in 1793.

By July 1786, William and some of his family were in Effingham County, Georgia where he applied for land grants and registered the marks of his cattle. He received grants of 200 acres on January 24, 1791 and 300 acres on June 2, 1791 both "on the Great Ogeechee river." His son Redden also received grants of land in the same area and by November 24, 1796 the two of them owned 947 acres, all in one body. On that date they sold the entire tract to Eleazer Bell who, on March 19, 1798, sold it to Joseph Holiday.

At some time before January 21, 1795, William and Anna made their informal marriage formal. In a deed of gift of that date, he gave property to his "wife", Anna and their children Stephen Denmark, Susannah Jones, Jemima Denmark, Clarissa Denmark, Martha Denmark, Lavinia Rester and Redden Denmark (Effingham Co., GA DB CD, p. 279). Anna died in 1806.

On November 10, 1810, William Batchelor Denmark and several others were granted passports by Georgia's Governor David B. Mitchel to travel from Bulloch County through the Creek Indian Nation to Warren County where William was to see his sister Abegail Travis and his daughter Susannah Jones who was married to Rev. Adam Jones. There he met and, on May 13, 1813, married Mary Cochrum. It is said that he died at the Jones home in Warren County. The 1820 census for Warren County shows a William Denmark household with one male over 45, one girl less than 10 and one female 26-45.



It is believed that William Denmark was either born in New England or immigrated there from England around 1700. Some think that he was a son of John Denmark who was born in England in 1679. There are also those who say that his mother's maiden name was Susannah Batchelor since a Susannah Denmark, on June 7, 1748, appeared in the Hyde County court to register a mark for her cattle. Her maiden name was Batchelor, the middle name given to William Denmarks's son. William Denmark lived in Woodstock Town, Hyde County, North Carolina where he ran a blacksmith shop from 1734 to 1750.

William and his family lived at Denmark's Point in Hyde County, an area that now lies under the waters of the Pungo (once Machapungo) River. The names are known of only three of William and Mourning Denmark's children, William Batchelor, Abegail and Sarah Margaret. He died sometime before June 1758 because in deed records of that month his son, William Batchelor Denmark, is referred to as an "orphan".
Some deeds relating to him (none on Moyes) in "Hyde County North Carolina Record of Deeds Book A (1736-1762), by Allen Wilkinson Hart Norris are:

- - - William Denmark witnessed a deed made March 6, 1738/39 where John Barrow, planter, sold to James Barrow, cooper, both of Bath County, 486 acres for 150 pounds (p. 5). The land was located on the south side of Machapongo River.

- - - He witnessed a deed on June 3, 1741 for the sale of 200 acres on the east side of the Machapongo River, for 80 pounds, by Deliverance Weeks to James Arthur, planter (p. 7).

- - - By a deed dated March 25, 1747, Littleton Eborn and his wife Elizabeth sold to William Denmark, blacksmith, of Hyde Precinct, Bath County, Province of North Carolina, for 250 pounds, 270 acres on the north side of Matchapongo Creek and the south side of Broad Creek. This land was patented by Henry Eborn on October 5, 1730 and willed to his son Littleton.

- - - On May 15, 1750, William Denmark and his wife, Mourning, sold to Richard Leirmont, "chapman", all of Hyde County, for 14 pounds, 15 acres on the west side of the Matchapongo River beginning at Mr. Cullom Pollocks corner on the river, down the river to the creek mouth, up the gut and with the branch of said gut to the head of the swamp to Pollocks line, down Pollocks line to the 1st station. Mourning Denmark relinquished her right of dower.
Other records relating to William Denmark include:

- - - After the death of William Denmark, his son, William Batchelor Denmark, planter of Pitt County, who inherited the 270 acres above from his father, and his wife Mary sold it on August 27, 1766 to Stephen MackDowell, turner, of Hyde County for 20 pounds (Hyde Co., NC DB-B, p. 194). (This amount appears to be too small if the sales price given above is correct.)