Generation II

Generation II

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2. ROBERT DEATHERAGE2 (William1), probably a son of William Deatherage, first appears when he and his brother Philemon were chain carriers for the surveyor George Hume, surveying a 276 acre parcel of land for Robert Eastham in Orange County, now Rappahannock Co., Virginia, in the late 1740s. After this Robert is mentioned frequently in the land records of this part of Virginia until his death in 1777. He left a will dated 26 Jan 1775 and proved 20 Oct 1777, probated in Culpeper County which names his wife and minor children.

About the year 1754 Robert married Mary Strother, daughter of Francis and Susannah (Dabney) Strother. Mary died in Culpeper County in 1810. She left a will dated 20 Jan 1810.

After Robert's death in 1777 Mary married George Calvert, a widower and moved with her children into his home the "Horse Shoe." This farm is located on the Fodderstack Road in present Rappahannock Co., Virginia [William Deatherage (#8) purchased this farm from the heirs of George Calvert's son John. It was owned by members of William's family until 1954]. George Calvert was a captain in the Culpeper County Militia. He died in 1782 in Culpeper County.

All of Robert and Mary Deatherage's sons apparently died without issue except William. According to family tradition Philemon "was a soldier of the Revolution and killed at Guilford County Court House." No casualty list for that battle has been found to verify that tradition, but Philip Deathridge (sic) was a private in the infantry of the "Virginia Line on Continental Establishment." Joseph Strother picked up a certificate due him for service on 16 Jul 1787 for 15-15-8.

In 1782 George Deatherage sold whiskey to the administrators of his step-father George Calvert, for the benefit of those who attended the sale of Calvert's estate. George (Detheridg?) was listed as a son of Mary Calvert in the Culpeper County taxlist for 1783. On 20 Jan 1791 it was ordered at a session of the Culpeper County court that an appraisal of the estate of George Deatherage, deceased, be made. According to family tradition he died at the "Horse Shoe" of smallpox.

John (Detheridg?) is listed in the Culpeper County taxlist of 1783 as the son of Mary Calvert. Around the beginning of the 19th century he and his brother Thomas moved to Nashville, Tennessee. On 11 Jan 1803 they purchased lot #27 "lying on Market Street and Spring Street" in Nashville. John served on the jury throughout the next several years. In 1807 he was the "high Constable and Collector for the Corporation of Nash(ville)."

Thomas Deatherage wrote his will on 22 Apr 1812 and named his brother John
Deatherage, farmer, his executor and heir. The will was proved in the July 1812 session of court. John died intestate in 1819 in Nashville. In the administration of his estate it states he was buried 10 (Sep) 1819. William Deatherage appointed his son Philip as his attorney in settling the estate of William's brother John of Nashville on 26 Aug 1819. Philip did go to Tennessee in 1824 to help settle this estate.

No additional information has been found concerning Susannah and Francis. Sources

issue: (all minors at their father's death)

  i. Philemon -c1781  
  ii. George c1764-c1791  
  iii. John c1766-1819  
8 iv. William 1767-1842 m. 1) Mary Maddox 2) Mary Wade Covington
  v. Thomas c1771-1812  
  vi. Susannah    
  vii. Francis d. young  

3. PHILEMON DEATHERAGE2 (William1) was probably the son of William. He died in 1778 in Guilford Co., North Carolina.

Philemon married Elizabeth -. She died in 1827.

The first mention of Philemon I have found is in the late 1740s when he and his brother Robert were chain carriers for the surveyor George Hume, surveying a 276 acre parcel of land for Robert Eastham in Orange County, now Rappahannock Co., Virginia. On 26 Aug 1759 in Culpeper Co., Virginia, land records, Philemon mentions "My brother Robert." Three years later in 1762 Philemon purchased 689 acres on the Mayo River in Rowan Co., North Carolina.

Philemon's will, dated 24 Jan 1778, names his wife Elizabeth; children George, Sarah, Bird, Achilles, Solomon, James and Mary Deatherage; and a boy bound to him John Davis alias John Hand. His children were all minors as he made provisions for their education. He named his brother George Deatherage, his son George Deatherage and his friends Joshua Smith and James Joyce as his executors. The will was witnessed by James Cook, Alexander Smith, and James Galloway. At the beginning of the will his name is written Philemon Deatherage and he signed his name "Phil Deatherage."

Elizabeth, Philemon's widow, continued to live in what became Rockingham Co., North Carolina, until her death. She wrote her will on 23 Jun 1824. It was probated in Rockingham County in Aug 1827. She named her granddaughters Patsey Rhodes, Ellender G. Fishner, Sarah Deatherage, Sally Watt, Elizabeth Joyce; and her grandsons Granville Norman Deatherage (son of Pennsylvania Deatherage), Robert Dalton, William Dalton, and James Dalton. She named as her executor her neighbor Nathaniel Scales. Her will was witnessed by Jno. Joyce and Ambrose Joyce. Sources


9 i. George -1811 m. 1) Margaret Joyce 2) Charlotte Joyce
  ii. Sarah -b1812 m. John Nunn
10 iii. Bird -1815 m. Pennsylvania Norman
  iv. Achilles -1800 dsp
11 v. Solomon -b1824 m. Lucy Tatum
  vi. James -b1812 dsp
12 vii. Mary -1814 m. Thomas Dalton

4. JOHN DEATHERAGE2 (William 1) was probably a son of William. John died intestate in Stokes Co., North Carolina, on 12 Feb 1801 [County Record]. His issue has been documented because of lawsuits between his heirs and the heirs of his brother George.

John married Sarah Edwards Gale. Sarah was the daughter of Matthew Gale. Sarah died about July 1799 [County Record].

John married second Rachel Mabe. Rachel, daughter of John Mabe, was born in Jun 1765 in Virginia [1850 Census age 85]. She died on 12 Oct 1855 aged 90 years old.

John first appears in the records when he purchased 330 acres in Spotsylvania Co., Virginia, on 2 Jun 1759 from John and Sarah Gale. He sold this land on 4 Jul 1768 and moved to North Carolina. In North Carolina, John and his brother purchased 640 acres of land in what is now Stokes Co., North Carolina. John received 226 acres and George the remaining 414 acres. George mortgaged his parcel to John but never paid off the mortgage. When John found the mortgage among his papers he was close to death and was unable to settle with his brother. The mortgage passed to his heirs and when a settlement could not be reached a lawsuit resulted between George and John's heirs and after George's death between the heirs of George and the heirs of John. While this family squabble was unfortunate for those involved, it has provided a treasure trove of genealogical information on the families of John and George. Besides the 640 acres John also purchased other tracts of land which he deeded to his children.

During the Revolutionary War John aided the patriot cause by providing supplies to the militia.

More research needs to be done on this family, see also Appendix B. The following records seem pertinent. In 1790 Susannah Dickerson charged John Deatherage with "Bastardy". In 1795 Susannah Dickerson who had a child by the name of John charged John Deatherage as being the father. John gave the fine money to his brother George to pay. George gave the money to Susannah's mother who kept the money and Susannah spent some time in jail. In 1808 Susannah Dickerson was living in Greene County, Tennessee.

Stokes County Court 30 March 1792: whereas John Deatherage is charged by Rachel Mabe a single woman that he had carnal knowledge of her body and that she, the said Rachel Mabe is now with child by him the said John Deatherage, which child when born will be a bastard. Then in March 1806 an appearance was issued for Rachel Deatherage to produce in Stokes County Court Nancy and David Deatherage "orphans of John Deatherage, Dec." and Molly and William Deatherage "Bastards of said Rachel Deatherage" and to answer the charge of improper care. Also Stokes County in 1806 Lee and Nancy Mayob (Mabe) orphans in suffering condition born of the body of Rachel Deatherage were given to Edwin Hustman as they had not received proper guidance and instructions. In an 1809 Stokes County deed, heirs of John Mabe sold land to Philip Mabe. Rachel who married a Mr. Deatherage was an heir of John Mabe in that deed. Sources

issue: (of John and Sarah Deatherage)

13 i. William c1760-1816 m. Mary Ralston
14 ii. Philip 1762-1829 m. Milly Merry
15 iii. Sarah -a1806 m. James Bradley
16 iv. Mary Catherine 1767-1850 m. Joseph Easley
17 v. Elizabeth -1803-7 m. Randolph Miller
18 vi. Lewis c1770-1821 m. Elizabeth (Gains? or Martin ?)
19 vii. Matthew c1772-a1840 m.Sarah Susannah Taylor
20 viii. Phoebe -b1801 m. Lewis Conner

issue of Susannah Dickerson (father John Deatherage)

  i. John c1790-

issue of Rachel Mabe (father John Deatherage)

20A i. Lee c1792-1857/8 m. Martha -
21 ii. Nancy c1794-1856  
  iii. David    

issue: (of Rachel Deatherage)

  i. Molly    
22 ii. William c1805-l1895 m. Sarah N. Hill

5. GEORGE DEATHERAGE 2 (William1) was probably a son of William. He died in Stokes Co, North Carolina, on 12 Jan 1807 [County Record]. He was a native of Virginia according to a biographical article about his son William found in The History of Morgan Co., Illinois, published in 1878.

George married first Nancy Johnson, according to family tradition. I have found no proof of this. It is said that Gideon Johnson was her father but he had a daughter Nancy Cotton.

George married second Mildred "Milly" Bingham about the year 1780. Milly, daughter of Thomas Bingham, was born in 1765 [Tombstone] in Virginia. She died on 29 Dec 1855 [Tombstone, aged 90 years] in Morgan Co., Illinois. She is buried in Rogers Cemetery, Morgan County. Thomas Bingham died in 1816. His will is dated 20 Jan 1816 and was filed at Randolph County, North Carolina [Will book 4, page 361].

George makes his first appearance in contemporary records, in North Carolina on 10 Jul 1764, when he appears in Rowan County Court records. In 1769 he was made a constable for the region of Peters Creek, Snow Creek and the head of the Dan River. On 14 Jul 1778 he entered a claim for 640 acres on both sides of the Dan River in Surry Co., North Carolina. This land contained the "plantations of John and George Deatherage."The land was surveyed on 31 Mar 1779 and was granted 3 Apr 1780. On 4 Dec 1778 George Deatherage entered claim for 400 acres on the Great Creek of the Dan River in Surry County. The land was surveyed on 6 Apr 1779 and was granted 3 Apr 1780. George and his brother John are both mentioned extensively in the court records of Stokes Co., North Carolina.

During the Revolutionary War George aided the patriot cause by providing supplies to the militia. He also appeared on a list of those who served in Captain Vernon's Company of Light Horse for ten days in October 1781 from North Carolina.

George in his will written on 10 Dec 1806 named his wife Milly and his children Nancy, "who intermarried with William Edgmon," Bird, Abner, Anne, "who intermarried with George Cloud," Polly, Ursley, "who intermarried with Ashly Johnson," John, Phillip, James, William, Coleman, George, and "Achkillas." He named George Cloud as his executor. The witnesses of the will were Joseph Cloud, William Lankford, Phillip Deatherage, and James Lyon, Jr. The will was proved in the March 1807 term of the Stokes County Court by William Lankford.

After George's death Milly lived in Stokes County for several years and then moved to Logan Co., Kentucky, between 1810 and 1820. In 1826 she moved to Morgan Co., Illinois, where she lived until she died. Sources

issue: (by Nancy Johnson)

23 i. Nancy c1767-1815 m. William Edgemon
24 ii. Bird (1770-80)-l1850 m. Sarah English
25 iii. Abner (1770-80)-1838 m. 1) - 2) Elizabeth Morrison
26 iv. Anne (1774-84)- m. George Cloud
  v. Mary 1.28 Feb 1825 in Stokes Co., NC  
27 vi. Ursula -l1807 m. Ashley Johnson

issue: (by Milly Bingham)

  i. ?    
28 ii. John -1822 m. Sarah Cloud
29 iii. Philemon 1781-1871 m. Martha A. Cloud
30 iv. James c1789-1874 m. Nancy Frances Lankford
31 v. William c1794-1888 m. Lucretia Strawn Rogers
32 vi. Coleman 1795-1881 m. Elizabeth Deatherage
33 vii. George 1798-1865 m. Minerva Rogers
34 viii. Achilles 1799-1891 m. Melinda Rogers

6. ACHILLES DEATHERAGE2 (William1), probably a son of William, was born 23 Jun 1742 in "Spotsylvania, Virginia" according to the family Bible of his son Bird Deatherage [Wheeler]. He died intestate on 5 Oct 1807 in Madison Co., Kentucky [Probate Record].

Achilles married Nancy Ann Lewis who was born 16 May 1742 in Wales [Wheeler]. She died on 22 Mar 1825 in Madison Co., Kentucky [Probate Record].

The first record mentioning Achilles is a roster of men in the Dunmore Co., Virginia, militia under the command of Captain Jacob Holeman dated 29 May 1775 [Wine @22]. Dunmore County was created in 1772 from Frederick County. It was named for the then popular English governor of Virginia. After the start of the Revolutionary War the royal governor's popularity plummeted and the county was renamed in 1777 (to take effect in 1778) to Shenandoah.

Achilles was still in Shenandoah County five years later when he purchased and sold land there in 1780. By 1785 he had moved to Surry Co., North Carolina, as he bought land there that year. In 1789 he moved to Madison Co., Kentucky. When Achilles died he left a considerable estate in land, slaves and personal property. Achilles' wife, Ann, signed a contract in 1817 with her son Bird Deatherage. Bird agreed to care for his mother including entertaining "all her visitors in a genteel way" and she gave him a piece of land. Sources


35 i. Margaret c1768- m. Charles Burgin
36 ii. Achilles c1770-1836/7 m. Hanna Sparger
37 iii. Lucinda c1770-b1838 m. Thomas Burgin
38 iv. William c1774-1837 m. Jane -
39 v. George B. c1779- m. Barbara Cooley
40 vi. Mary Ann   m. Archibald Martin
41 vii. Bird 1782-1869 m. Sally Phelps
42 viii. Amos 1782-1840 m. Elizabeth Howard
43 ix. Ruth 1785-1862 m. James A. Burge

7. - DEATHERAGE TAYLOR. On 5 Mar 1888 Robert Deatherage (1803-1891)(see p. 11) wrote a four page letter addressed to his niece Mrs. "Alice" Smith. The last sentence on the first page is "My Gr Ma was named Mary Strother & M Robert Deatherage, our Gr father, I was name after him, one of his Sisters M(A) Tayler." The M probably means married. Unfortunately I do not have the middle two pages of this letter which might have additional information on the Deatherage family.

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