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 William Thomas Ussery                           1692 - 1772

 

        Born:     1692     Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Virginia 

        Died:    1772     Orange, North Carolina

               &

  Minerva Judith Hayes                           1710 - 1786

        Born:    1710     Lunenburg, Colonial America, Virginia

        Died:    1786      Orange, North Carolina

        Married:    1725      Virginia

        Children:  6

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          Thomas Ussery was born around 1740 probably in Virginia. His parents were William USSERY and Sarah ‘Bays’. He married Sarah, who many believe to be his cousin. Many researchers believe Sarah was born around 1752 in Brunswick Co., VA. . It is a certainty that Sarah died before 1818.

                  1772-1774 served on the grand jury of Anson County.

                  ANSON CO. NC- 14 Jan 1775- Thomas Ussery, John Ussery, Issac Armstrong, Luke Robinson/Robertson and Solomon Gross included with others ordered to lay out a road from Samuel Parson’s to James Allen’s place by the Court of Anson County.

                  ANSON CO., NC - 1767 - Listed on Tax list with 240 acres of land.

                  ANSON CO., NC - 1767- Thomas witnessed several deeds in Anson County. October 9, 1769- Signed the Petition of the Inhabitants of Anson County, North Carolina being of the Remonstrance of the province of North Carolina. Addressed: Mr. Speaker and Gents of the Assembly. This petition was presented by the Regulators. In 1779 Montgomery County was formed from Anson County. Unfortunately, the Montgomery County courthouse records have suffered through three disastrous fires, the most destructive occurring in 1835, so the information on Thomas is limited. From what has been researched, it is apparent that Thomas was a very active citizen. He was listed on the 1779 Voting List

In the 1790 census of Montgomery County he is listed with a wife and eleven children, but his will on mentioned five sons and four daughters. Most of the children went west, to Tennessee, Mississippi and Randolph County, Alabama...

                5 Sept 1782-Patriot on Account of Specie Certificate paid into the Comptroller’s Office by John Armstrong. Entry taken for land in North Carolina. Viz: No. 738-Granted by Auld and Miller the sum of £12.10.0, Interest £1.4.19 to 25 May 1784 for a total price £13.14.9 Copy by C.C. Crittenden, North Carolina Historical Society. This was for land; not military service.

Reference manual of NC for 1913, p 889, Also NC State records Vol 22 p. 3, 6, 26, 28, 30, 32, 35----In the Special Certificate from NC Hist. Com the fact that the following pay was granted by Auld and Miller:
No. 738 granted by Aul and Miller to Thomas Ussery, Sept 1782 the sum of L12.10.0, Interest L1.4.19 to 25 May 1784 for total price 1.13.14.9. Copied from the NC Rev. Army accounts Vol XII page 41

 

1782- MONTGOMERY CO., NC- listed as tax payer with 840 acres and 3 slaves:

         Charles,Reachel and Timp.

1788, 1794 and 1795 - Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

1788- Delegate to the State Convention to Ratify the United States Constitution

1790- MONTGOMERY CO - Census lists five sons and 6 daughters

1800- MONTGOMERY CO - Census lists two sons and four daughters

1810- Does not appear on Tax list.

1811- List of slaves owned at time of death: Charles, York, Major, Richard, Charity,

          Judah, Rossie, and Fanny.

Will of Thomas Ussery

The original copy of this will was found in the NC Archives

In the name of God, Amen. I. THOMAS USSERY, of the County of Montgomery and the State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and perfect memory, do ordain and constitute this, my last will and testament.
First of all, I commend my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the dust to be buried at the discretion of my friends.
I give and bequeath to my son THOMAS the whole of my land on which I now live and also my negro man Charles, after the death of myself and wife.
I bequeath unto my son WELCOME the one hundred dollars I let him have to pay for land on Little River.
I give and bequeath to my son ROBERT my Negro boy York.
I give and bequeath to my son PETER my Negro boy Major, also one hundred dollars in money to be paid out of my estate.
I lend unto my son BLACKWELL my Negro boy Richard from year to year during his life at the discretion of my executors and also empower them to make him a deed to the one hundred and thirty acres of land he now lives on in the county aforesaid.
I lend unto my daughter MARY my Negro girl Charity during her life from year to years at the discretion of my executors. And then said Chairity and her increase to be divided equally among the surviving heirs of her body.
I give and bequeath to my daughter MARTHA my Negro girl Judah.
I lend unto my daughter ELIZABETH during her life, my negro girl Rossie at the discretion of my executors from year to year as they may think proper, and then said Rossie and increase to be equally divided among their heirs of her body; and in case they said Elizabeth shall die without issue, then they said Rossie and increase shall be divided equally among my surviving heirs.
I give unto my daughter SARAH five shillings.
I give unto my beloved wife SARAH my Negro girl Fanny with her increase to dispose of in any way she may see fit,
to Samuel and Martha Rogers and the rest of my other heirs, to be equally divided. Also, my Negro girl___ and increase, to be equally divided among my surviving heirs, together with all my stock of every kind. PETER gets one hundred dollars of it.
I hereby revoke all other wills and testaments made by me, and do constitute and appoint my beloved wife SARAH, Edward Chambers, Humphrey Garrett, and WELCOME USSERY, executors to this my last will and testament.
In witness hereof I have set my hand and seal, this June 10th, 1811. THOMAS USSERY (seal)

 

 

Land Grant #47 first tract May 4, 1769
Land Grant # 2576 second tract Sept. 23, 1769



This indenture made this fifth day of March in the year of our Lord 1787 between William Ussery and Sarah his wife of Richmond County and state of North Carolina planters and Peter Ussery of the county and state aforesaid planter of the other part witnessed that Heather said William Ussery and Sarah his wife for and in consideration of two hundred pounds specie to him in hand paid him by the said Peter Ussery the Respects payment whereof is hereby fully acknowledged hath granted bargained Sold assigned enfeoff conveyed and confirmed unto the said PETER USSERY his HARES or assigns forever two certain tracts as presales of land situated lying and being in the county of Richmond and State aforesaid on the Eastern side of Little River and on the south side of Cheeks Creek. THE FIRST IS A TRACT OF LAND [pat. # 47] THAT WAS GRANTED UNTIL WILLIAM USSERY SEN., BY HIS MAJESTY'S LATTER PATON BARING DATE MAY 4, 1769 and since has fell to the said WILLIAM USSERY as heir at law and beginning at a hick ray and runs thence south 22 chains 36 links thence Et 44 chains and 73 links thence N 22 chains and 36 links thence W 44 chains and 73 links to the Beginning for one hundred scours of land. THE SECOND TRACT [pat. # 2576] WAS GRANTED TO WILLIAM USSERY desct by his Majesty's later Patton baring date since the above date and absented to the said WILLIAM USSERY as heir at law Beginning on Charles Robertson's second corner and turns thence south 22 chains and ? (could be 91) links thence No 84 Et 74 chains and 10 links thence No 40 Wt 27 chains and 65 links thence south 84 Wt 56 chains and 52 links to the beginning containing 150 scours situated laying and being as aforesaid to have and to hold the Sd two tracts of land together with those appurtenances with those improvements to the only proper use and be hoof of him the said Peter Ussery his heirs and signs for ever and the said WILLIAM USSERY and SARAH his wife for themselves their Heirs Executors and administrators Doth hereby covenant and agree to and with the said PETER USSERY his heirs and assignees shall and may forever hereafter have hold possession and Reasonably Enjoy the aforesaid granted land and premises without threat of Molestation any person or persons whatsoever and the said WILLIAM USSERY and SARAH his wife doath hearer by oblige themselves their Hares Executors administrators to warrant and four ever defend these lands and premises unto him the sd PETER USSERY his hares and assignees for Ever against all Lawful claimer or clams of any persons whatsoever and to be clear of all manner of encumbrances in Witness where of the sd WILLIAM USSERY and SARAY his wife has hearer unto set their hands and sales the day and years first above written.

William Ussery
Sarah (her mark) Ussery

Witnesses: Sollomon X his mark Sproles
John Robertson
Luke X his mark Robertson

Richmond County and Court 1787. Then the within deed was duly improved in open Court by the Oath of John Robertson ordered to be registered.
Wm. Love Clerk



THE HERITAGE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA VOLUME II, 992 (Montgomery County Library, Troy, NC) By Joel Thompson of Greensboro, NC: WILLIAM USSERY, SR. Born in 1727 in Lunenburg Co, VA, William Ussery, Sr., was still living in the area after his marriage in 1749. Apparently, he moved from Virginia to Anson Co. in 1761. He and his brother, John Ussery, Jr., paid taxes in Anson Co., in 1763. John, Jr. had bought land in Anson Co. (now Montgomery) 22 Jan 1762.


Lunenburg-Order Book 13, page 51, 1770: John Ussery and MARY his wife, Anthenatious Elmore and Sarah his wife, William Ussery and Judith, His wife, came into court and agreed that they were willing to acknowledge a deed for the conveyance of land to William Meredith, which they said Meredith refused should be conveyed to him, which was ordered to be certified and the said deed to be lodged in the Clerk's office. (Usry #2)

Lunenburg-Deed Book 12, pg 13, 12 June 1770- Indenture between John Ussery of Lunenburg, Athanatious Elmore of the Co., of Mecklenburg and William Ussery of Orange Co., NC, and William Meriday of Lunenburg. They sell to Meriday for 2600 pounds, 300acres. The land described as bounded by Crooked Run, Buzzard Branch, Musick's line, long John Elmore's line to Repps (?) line to Peter Smith's line.

"THE REDISCOVERY OF JOHN OF LUNENBURG"- A document in the Virginia State Archives is an indenture dated 20 June 1770 involving "John Ussery of the County of Lunenburg Planter and Athanatious Elmore of the County of Mecklenburg Planter and William Ussery of the County of Orange, North Carolina." Mecklenburg Co. was split off from Lunenburg Co. in 1764-65. Athanasius's original plantation may have been in Mecklenburg or he may have moved there at a later date while retaining close ties with his in-laws.
(Copied from letter to Dorothy Christoffersen from Lorraine Moffat, Jan 28, 1992-UART 703 Elmore file)

COLONIAL RECORDS OF N.C. Vol 8 pg 400 Jan 4 1771
"The House being informed that Simon Bright, Sergeant at Arms to this House, was insulted and obstructed in the execution of his office by William Ussery of Orange County- said Ussery is to be brought before the Bar of this House. Resolved, that the Speaker issue his warrant for apprehension of the said William Ussery, and that he be brought to the bar of the House to answer the said charge: and that the Sgt. at Arms take with him such assistance (not exceeding five men) as shall be found necessary for affecting the same. (Usry Bul. #2)

Deed Book 12 pg 13 May 9 1771 John Ussery of Lunenburg, and William Ussery of Orange County, NC deed to William Meredy- 300 acres Lunenburg County, VA

Lunenburg- Deed 12 page 13, 9 May 1771: John Ussery of Lunenburg and William Ussery of Orange, NC for 250 pounds sell 300 acres of land at the mouth of Buzzard's Branch, to William Meridy of Lunenburg (Usry #2)



John Ussery, BROTHER OF WILLIAM died in Lunenburg County, and left will in Lunenburg, dated Nov 24, 1803, Probated Dec 13 1804 Names: Son Mastin, son John, Dau. Annie Ragsdale, Dau. Sarah Brown, dau. Mary Callahan, Dau. Matilda Dunman, son Samuel. My beloved wife Anne, Son John, and my friend John Blackwell, Administrators.

Lunenburg County Courthouse- Will Book 6 page 264-
Appraisal of Estate of WILLIAM USSERY Aug 1809- Copy of appraisal in file UART706



Father: John USSERY
Mother: Sarah BLACKWELL

Marriage 1 Minerva Judith MAYS b: ABT 1710 Children

1.                             James USSERY b: in Virginia

2.                             William USSERY b: ABT 1727 in Granville Co., NC or Lunenburg Co, VA or New Kent Co. VA

3.                             John USSERY , Sr. b: ABT 1729 in Lunenburg, VA or Hanover Co., VA

4.                             Welcome USSERY b: ABT 1733 in Hanover Co., Virginia

5.                             Thomas USSERY b: ABT 1735 in Hanover Co., Virginia

 William Ussery (1-1-2)

· ANSON CO., NC- Deed Book H page 40, July 30, 1767. John Ashley of Craven Co., to John Robertson of Anson, 100 acres N. of Cheek’s Creek- Wt: Thomas USSERY, Luke Robinson (son-in-law m. Christina USSERY 1-1-2-3) and William USSERY.

· ANSON CO., NC - Petition from Anson County in 1777 for dividing County. Among signers John USSERY, Thomas USSERY, Peter USSERY, and William USSERY.

In 1770 William USSERY, SR., his sons WELCOME (1-1-2-2) and THOMAS (1-1-2-1), and his brother JOHN USSERY (1-1-3), signed a petition to the Governor, Council and Assembly by Inhabitants of Anson County against the court at Salisbury, saying that they spent of necessity much gold and silver there which finds its way to Virginia and South Carolina from the Province of North Carolina; asks that a court at Campbellton be established for Anson, Orange and Cumberland Counties.”

All of these men were very active in the growth of Anson County, and directed those same energies toward developing the new county of Montgomery which was formed from Anson in 1779. In 1777, they, along with hundreds of others, sent a petition to the Governor requesting the county line of Anson be redrawn, or to relocate the courthouse. The PeeDee River was dividing the county making it very difficult to the inhabitants to travel to the courthouse.

In 1785, William (1-1-2) and Sarah entered into an indenture agreement with Charles Robinson. The land once belonged to his father William (1-1), granted to him by the Crown:

This indenture made this eighteenth day of June and in the year 1785 between William Ussery, planter and Sarah his wife of the county of Montgomery in the state of North Carolina of the one part and Charles Robinson of the other part witnessed that the said William Ussery and Sarah Ussery his wife for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred pounds specie to them in hand paid by the said Charles Robinson before the......... two hundred and fifty acres of land lying and being in the county of Richmond in the state of North Carolina being part of two tracts of land granted by letters patent to William Ussery, Dec'd, the grandfather of him the above William Ussery and descended to him as heir at law. The first to be one half a two hundred acre tract on the north east of Little River on the drafts of Cheek's Creek and beginning at the south corner of the south line at a stake and white oak.....to be the one half of a tract of.......three hundred acres being in the county aforesaid......and Cheek's Creek east of Little River beginning at a pine.......Luke Robertson (Robinson) corner.....crossing the tract then north...............to the beginning for 150 acres of line crossing the tract then north...........to the beginning for 150 acres of line.............Witnesses: Peter Ussery/ Thomas Ussery Signed: William Ussery
Sarah (her mark)

Deed Book B pg 188 Richmond Co. NC dated March 5 1787, Sold Two tracts of land East side of Little River, south of Cheeks Creek, "patented by my father William Ussery, patent May 4 1769 and since fallen to the said William Ussery (wife Sarah Bays) as heir at law." In 1787, William and Sarah sold this land to their son PETER USSERY). Richmond County Court, Oct 1787, Deed Book B, pp 188-189

This indenture made this fifth day of March in the year of our Lord 1787 between William Ussery and Sarah his wife of Richmond County and state of North Carolina planters and Peter Ussery of the county and state aforesaid planter of the other part witnessed that Heather said William Ussery and Sarah his wife for and in consideration of two hundred pounds specie to him in hand paid him by the said Peter Ussery the Reseptes payment whereof is hereby fully acknowledged hath granted bargained Sold assigned enfeoff conveyed and confirmed unto the said PETER USSERY his HARES or assigns forever two certain traces as presales of land situated lying and being in the county of Richmond and State aforesaid on the Eastern side of Little River and on the south side of Cheeks Creek. The first is a tract of land that was granted unto WILLIAM USSERY SEN., by his Majestys later Paton baring date MAY the 4, 1769 and since has fell to the said WILLIAM USSERY as heir at law and beginning at a hickory and runs thence south 22 chains 36 links thence Et 44 chains and 73 links thence N 22 chains and 36 links thence W 44 chains and 73 links to the Beginning for one hundred scours of land. The second tract was granted to WILLIAM USSERY desct by his Majesty's later petition baring date since the above date and absented to the said WILLIAM USSERY as heir at law Beginning on Charles Robertson's second corner and turns thence south 22 chains and ? (could be 91) links thence No 84 Et 74 chains and 10 links thence No 40 Wt 27 chains and 65 links thence south 84 Wt 56 chains and 52 links to the beginning containing 150 scours situated laying and being as aforesaid to have and to hold the Sd two tracts of land together with those appurtenances with those improvements to the only proper use and be hoof of him the said Peter Ussery his heirs and signees for ever and the said WILLIAM USSERY and SARAH his wife for themselves their Heirs Executors and administrators Doth hereby covenant and agree to and with the said PETER USSERY his heirs and assignees shall and may forever hereafter have hold possession and Reasonably Enjoy the aforesaid granted land and premises without threat of Molestation any person or persons whatsoever and the said WILLIAM USSERY and SARAH his wife doath hearer by oblige themselves their Hares Executors administrators to warrant and four ever defend these lands and premises unto him the sd PETER USSERY his hares and assigners for Ever against all Lawful claimer or clams of any persons whatsoever and to be clear of all manner of incombarences in Witness where of the sd WILLIAM USSERY and SARAY his wife has hearse unto set their hands and sales the day and year first above written.

William Ussery
Sarah (her mark) Ussery

Witnesses: Sollomon (X his mark) Sproles
John Robertson
Luke (X his mark) ROBINSON

Richmond County and Court 1787. Then the within deed was duly improved in open Court by the Oath of John Robertson ordered to be registered. Test: William Love Clerk

In 1788, WELCOME (1-1-2-2), PETER (1-1-2-5), DAVID (?), and JAMES USSERY (?), as well as brother-in-law ISAAC ARMSTRONG (m. Elizabeth USSERY 1-1-2-8) petitioned the General Assembly to allow part of the inhabitants of Montgomery County to be annexed by the neighboring county of Richmond. It seems that many of Montgomery’s citizens were having to travel some forty miles, as well as cross the PeeDee River which was sometimes impassable, in order to travel to court. They asked that the land be annexed from Colenso's ferry landing on PeeDee River direct to the head of Drowning Creek and all that part of Montgomery County east of said line. On Nov 10, 1788 the House of Commons passed a bill allowing Richmond County to annex that portion of Montgomery. JAMES USSERY was chosen as one of the Commissioners to run the dividing line.