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Hance    McWhorter
of Rowan co., North Carolina
(cir1730-abt1773)

Updated 22-May-1999


The following article3-generation register report  and  list of research sources about Hance McWhorter of Rowan co., North Carolina was originally published in the the McWh*rter Genealogy Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 2 (May 1999).


If new information has come to light since the date of first publication, additions or corrections made to the original text are indicated in red.


Care should be used in crediting the information presented here. What has been compiled in the McWh*rter Database, from which these articles and reports are drawn, has been contibuted by many different researchers - some more careful than others.


The numbers following each name below (i.e. #476 for Hance of North Carolina) are the numbers assigned those individuals in the McWh*rter Database.

Quick Links to Other North American Progenitors

John McWhorter (cir1710-1757) of Albemarle co., VA
Hugh McWhorter (cir1690-1750) of New Castle co., DE
David McWhorter (1741-1789) of Lancaster co., PA
Hugh McWhorter (1757-1837) of York co., SC
Moses McWhorter (cir1700-cir1756) of Lancaster co., PA
Mathew McWhorter (abt1725-1804) of Washington co., NY
John McWhorter (1739-1813) of Washington co., NY
Thomas McWhorter (cir1710-17??) of New Jersey
Hugh E. "Hughey" McWhorter (cir1705-1784) of PA and DE
George Gray McWhorter (1762-1829) of SC and AL
William McWhorter (abt1745-1823) of PA and OH
Gilbert (1794-1874) & John (1801-1883) McWhirter of Scotland and Canada
John McWhorter (cir1695-1768) of Greenwich, MA
Thomas McCargo McWhirter (1793-aft1840) of McNab twp., Quebec, Canada
Samuel Mehorter (cir1795-bef1861) of Philadelphia, PA
Samuel McWhirter (1824-1909) of Saratoga co., NY
Thomas McWhirter (1804-1867) of Middlebury, VT
John McWhirter (abt1830-18??) of Scotland, England & Staten Island, NY

 


.Hance McWhorter
of Rowan County, North Carolina

(cir1730-abt1773)

Early land records of Rowan County, North Carolina provide evidence that Hance McWhorter [db#476]; John McWhorter [db#5] (son of Hugh McWhorter [db#1] of New Castle County, DE); and, Alexander McWhorter [db#1658] are related. What is not clear is the exact nature of the relationships. It is likely that Hance was a son of John and brother to Alexander, but proof is still lacking.

On 2-Jun-1761 John McWhorter [db#5] and his wife Mary ? [db#32] conveyed to "Hans" McWhorter for 34 pounds a tract of 300 acres adjoining the lands of Alexander Osborn, John Brevard and Robert Brevard. On 21-Dec-1761 Hance received a grant from Lord Granville for 269 acres on "Rockey River", adjoining the lands of Robert Brevard, James Robinson, Henry Potts and John McWhorter.

On 7-Nov-1764 Samuel Blyth sold to Hance McWhorter, "Rowan County, Wheelwright", 460 acres on the south side of the Catawba River, north of Fishing Creek. The Fishing Creek settlement was in what was then Mecklenburg co., NC, but is now part of South Carolina.

On 15-Apr-1767 Hance and his wife "Sarah" sold the land he obtained from John and Mary in 1761 to a James Potts. This latter deed was witnessed by an Alexander McWhorter and William Nesbit. In the transfer Hance is referred to as being "of Mecklenburgh County", NC.

Hance’s will written 18-Oct-1772 and proved 29-Jun-1773 appoints his wife Sarah as guardian for his four (4) named sons.

At the time of the appraisal of his wife Sarah’s estate 14-Nov-1783, a John McWhorter [db#1548], presumed to be Hance’s oldest son, was named administrator. The estate included eight (8) slaves. Signing as a witness to the appraisal was an Alexander McWhorter, probably the same Alexander who witnessed the deed in 1767, and probably a brother of Hance.

It seems likely given the prevalence of the "Winslow" surname among the descendants of Hance, that his wife was Sarah Winslow, daughter of Benjamin Winslow (1706-1759) and Sarah (or Mary) Mathews.

According to one reference, Hance served in a Militia company in the French and Indian War [see NC State Records, Vol. 22, p. 398]. He may also have been the Hance who served as the administrator of the estate of a John McWhorter in Craven County, South Carolina in 1762.

  • Hance McWhorter’s children include:

  • John McWhorter [db#1548] was named in his father’s will of 1773 and was most probably the John who served as administrator of the estate of Hance’s widow, Sarah, in 1783. On 11-Jul-1789 he mortgaged to siblings Hance, Sarah and Rebecah 220 acres of land, a "negro" girl named Bina, a wagon, four pair of horse gears, horses and other stock for a period of 20 years. In 1790 he is listed as head of family in York co., SC. On 18-mar-1791 he, along with his brothers, conveyed to Shadrach Rawls (perhaps #1664, son-in-law of Alexander McWhorter [db#1658]), part of the land left them by their father. At various times thereafter he is said to have lived in Buncombe co., NC; Knox co., TN; Madison co., AL and Lawrence co., AL. John was a soldier of the Revolution and applied for a pension from Lawrence co., AL.

  • Benjamin McWhorter [db#1549] was living in Buncombe co., NC by 1793. By 1800, however, he is listed as head of family in York District, SC. He is not found in the York District census of 1810, but a Benjamin McWhorter is listed as selling land in York District in 1817 and 1819 and purchasing land there as late as 1822. The 1840 census of York co., SC lists him as a Revolutionary War pensioner, age 75.

  • Moses Winsley (or Winslow) McWhorter [db#1550] is listed as a head of family in York District, SC in 1790. His estate was settled in Lawrence co., AL in 1846-47.

  • Hance McWhorter Jr. [db#1551] married in Buncombe co., NC to Anne Catherine Patton [db#1653]. He mortgaged land on the north side of the main branch of Fishing Creek in Buncome co. on 18-Dec-1804. Hance is listed as head of family in the 1810 census of York District, SC. By 1830 he removed to Gibson co. TN where he is found in census records in 1830, 1840 and 1850. Hance Jr. was a brother-in-law of the famous Davy Crockett of TN. His wife’s sister, Elizabeth, was Davy’s 2nd wife.

  • Mary McWhorter [db#1552] purchased at the Chattel Estate sale of Sarah McWhorter 22-Dec-1783.

  • Sarah McWhorter [db#1553] took a mortgage along with Rebecah and Hance on personal and real estate of John McWhorter on 11-Jul-1789. She married near Ashville, NC to George Davidson [db#5110]. They lived "for many years" in Franklin co., TN and then removed to Mississippi.

  • Rebecah McWhorter [db#1554] took a mortgage along with Sarah and Hance on the property of John McWhorter in 1789. She is said to have remained in York co., SC and married a John Henderson [db#5114].

  • Jane McWhorter [db#5115] married a James Cunningham [db#5116] and removed to Lawrence co., AL. Her son, Hance Cunningham [db#6793] is said to have been the first Sheriff of Lawrence co., AL.


tree6.gif (2816 bytes)    The Modified Register Report which follows relates information currently in the MCWH*RTER DATABASE.
Anyone with additional information to offer or who believes that a correction to some of the information is justified should feel free
to offer their assistance.


1. Hance McWhorter #476 b. cir1730, residences: Rowan; Mecklinburg co.,NC, m. 1758, Sarah ? #1547, b. cir1730, residences: NC; York co., SC, d. bef14-Nov-1783, prob York, Camden District, SC. Hance died abt1773.

.....Children:

.......+2. i John McWhorter #1548 b. 1758.

.......+3. ii Benjamin McWhorter #1549 b. cir1765.

.......+4. iii Moses Winsley McWhorter #1550 b. cir1767.

.......+5. iv Hance McWhorter Jr. #1551 b. abt1772.

..........6. v Mary McWhorter #1552 b. 17??, residences: NC.

.......+7. vi Sarah McWhorter #1553 b. cir1771.

.......+8. vii Rebecah McWhorter #1554 b. 17??.

.......+9. viii Jane McWhorter #5115 b. cir1760.

 

Second Generation

2. John McWhorter #1548 b. 1758, Rowan co., NC, residences: NC;SC;TN;Lawrence co., AL, m. Rhoda (Simerell or Simyell or) Simrell #5121, b. 1765, (daughter of James (Simerell or) Simrell #5126 and Violet Barry #5127) residences: SC;NC;TN;AL, d. 1834, buried: Rock Springs Cemetery, Lawrence co., AL. John died 1840, buried: Rock Springs Cemetery, Lawrence co., AL.

.....Children:

..........10. i James McWhorter #1555 b. cir1800, residences: York co., SC; AL, d. bef1843.

..........11. ii Hance Campbell McWhorter #1556 b. cir1792, residences: York co., SC, m. Griselda Kirby #5117, b. cir1800, residences: AL. Hance died 1822.

..........12. iii Sarah McWhorter #1557 b. cir1800, residences: York co., SC, m. John Lynch #5118, b. cir1800.

..........13. iv Jane McWhorter #1558 b. 1805, residences: York co., SC; AL, m. 15-Sep-1825, Robert Mason Clark #5119, b. 1790, residences: AL, d. 1871, buried: Rock Springs Ch., Lawrence co., AL. Jane died 1867, buried: Rock Springs Ch., Lawrence co., AL.

..........14. v Rebecca McWhorter #1559 b. 1800, residences: York co., SC; AL, m. 1820, in Madison co., AL, Joseph Ewing #5120, b. 1795, residences: AL, d. 1841. Rebecca died 1875.

..........15. vi Violet Barry McWhorter #5122 b. cir1800, residences: Lawrence co., AL, m. 9-Feb-1832, in Lawrence co., AL, Hance H. Masterson #5124, b. cir1800, residences: AL.

..........16. vii Rhoda McWhorter #5123 b. cir1800, residences: AL, m. Henderson Estill #5125, b. cir1800.

 

3. Benjamin McWhorter #1549 b. cir1765, NC, residences: NC; York co., SC, m. Jane ? #5106, b. 17??.

.....Children:

..........17. i (son) McWhorter #1652 b. cir1795, prob NC, residences: NC, d. aft1800.

 

4. Moses Winsley McWhorter #1550 b. cir1767, prob NC, residences: NC; SC; Lawrence co., AL, m. Margaret ? #5107, b. 17??. Moses died 1846, prob Lawrence co., AL.

.....Children:

..........18. i (son) McWhorter #1657 b. bef1790, residences: NC.

..........19. ii Benjamin McWhorter #6796 b. 1793, residences: AL; MS, m. 1819, in Madison co., AL, Mary N. Clardy #6797, b. cir1800, residences: AL. Benjamin died 1871, buried: Red Hill Cemetery, Fairfield, MS.

..........20. iii Francis McWhorter #6798 b. cir1795, residences: AL, m. 1816, in Madison co., AL, Caroline? Wilson #6799, b. cir1800, residences: AL. Francis died bef1840.

..........21. iv Dovey McWhorter #6801 b. cir1800, residences: AL?, m. James Patton #6807, b. cir1800, residences: AL; Ray co., MO?, d. 18??. Dovey died bef1846.

..........22. v Roscinda "Martha?" McWhorter #6802 b. cir1800, residences: Lawrence co., AL, m. Fleming Worthy #6819, b. cir1800.

..........23. vi Cynthia McWhorter #6803 b. cir1800, residences: Lawrence co., AL, m. 1821, in Lawrence co., AL, Preston Bowling #6820, b. cir1800, residences: Lawrence co., AL. Cynthia died bef1846.

..........24. vii John McWhorter #6804 b. cir1800, residences: Jefferson co., AL, m. 1822, in Jefferson co., AL, Jane Adams #6822, b. cir1800, residences: Jefferson co., AL. John died aft1822.

..........25. viii Moses Winsley McWhorter Jr. #6805 b. abt1805, Anderson co., TN, residences: TN; Lawrence co., AL, m. 1836, in Lawrence co., AL, Lavisa (or Lavice) Theodocia Tolleson #6823, b. cir1810, TN, residences: AL; Tishomingo, MS, d. aft1860, Grayson co., TX?. Moses died cir1855, Lawrence co., AL?.

..........26. ix Cyrus Alexander McWhorter #1439 b. 1788, SC, residences: SC; AL; Pontotoc co., MS, m. 20-Dec-1812, in Madison co., AL, Ruth Calpurnia Estill #2021, b. abt1795, KY, (daughter of Samuel Estill #1123 and Jane Teas #1124) residences: KY; Pontotoc co., MS, d. aft1850, buried: Red Hill cem., Fairfield, MS. Cyrus died 1863, buried: Red Hill Cemetery, Fairfield, MS.

..........27. x Brice McWhorter #6806 b. cir1800, residences: AL?.

 

5. Hance McWhorter Jr. #1551 b. abt1772, SC, residences: NC; SC; Gibson co., TN, m. in Buncombe co., NC, Ann Catherine (or Cathey) Patton #1653, b. bef1790, (daughter of Robert Patton #6839 and Rebecca ? #7630) residences: NC;SC; Gibson co., TN, d. aft1850. Hance died 1860, Gibson co., TN.

.....Children:

..........28. i Rebecca McWhorter #1654 b. abt1815, TN, residences: SC; Gibson co., TN, m. 23-Feb-1831, in Gibson co., TN, Lindsey K. Tinkle #6851, b. cir1810, residences: Gibson co., TN, d. aft1850. Rebecca died aft1850.

..........29. ii H. Campbell McWhorter #1655 b. abt1812, TN, residences: Gibson co., TN, m. Margaret ? #6845, b. 18??, residences: Gibson co., TN, d. aft1850. H. Campbell died aft1850.

..........30. iii Sarah McWhorter #1656 b. cir1810, residences: Gibson co., TN, m. Isaac Reager #6852, b. cir1800.

..........31. iv Robert McWhorter #6840 b. cir1805, residences: Gibson co., TN, d. cir1832, Gibson co., TN?.

..........32. v James Stephen McWhorter #6841 b. abt1818, AL, residences: AL; TN; Johnson co., TX, m. (1) Margaret Ann Patton #7624, b. 18??, (daughter of James Patton #7628 and Elizabeth Patton #7629) residences: TN; TX, d. aft1850, m. (2) 7-Sep-1857, Mary Elizabeth McCrary #6850, b. 18??, (daughter of John Alexander McCrary #7626 and Sarah Gregory #7627) residences: Gibson co., TN, d. abt1859. James died 1861, Vicksburg, MS.

..........33. vi Gene McWhorter #6842 b. 18??, residences: TN?.

..........34. vii Elizabeth McWhorter #6843 b. abt1823, TN, residences: Gibson co., TN, m. 12-Nov-1844, in Gibson co., TN, Joel W. Harrison #6853, b. 18??, residences: Gibson co., TN, d. aft1850. Elizabeth died aft1850.

..........35. viii ? McWhorter #6844 b. 18??, residences: Gibson co., TN?.

 

7. Sarah McWhorter #1553 b. cir1771, residences: NC; Franklin co., TN; MS, m. abt1791, in near Ashville, NC, George Davidson #5110, b. 5-Jan-1768, (son of William Davidson #5108 and Margaret McConnell #5109) residences: Franklin co., TN; MS, d. 1837. Sarah died 1837.

.....Children:

..........36. i Alney Davidson #12819 b. abt1793.

..........37. ii Pinckney Davidson #12820 b. abt1795.

..........38. iii George Davidson #12821 b. abt1797.

..........39. iv Hance McWhorter Davidson #12822 b. 1799, Buncombe co., NC, residences: NC; MS, d. 1865, Water Valley, MS.

..........40. v Sarah Winslow Davidson #5111 b. cir1800, m. (1) Peter Woods Jr. #5112, b. cir1800, m. (2) Thomas Holland #5113, b. cir1800, residences: Lawrence co., AL.

..........41. vi Fidello Lawson Davidson #12823 b. 1812, Franklin co., NC, residences: NC; MS, m. 1855, Susan C. McFarlane #12824, b. 1829, d. 1859. Fidello died 1862, Water Valley, MS.

 

8. Rebecah McWhorter #1554 b. 17??, residences: York co., SC, m. John Henderson #5114, b. 17??, residences: York co., SC.

.....Children:

..........42. i Rebecca Henderson #6795 b. cir1800, residences: SC?.

..........43. ii William B. Henderson #5104 b. 7-Sep-1787, SC, residences: SC; Chattooga co., GA, m. 22-Aug-1816, Mary Barry #5105, b. 22-Sep-1795, SC, residences: SC; Gregg co., TX, d. 14-Jan-1888, Gregg co., TX, buried: Alpine Ch. Cem., Gregg co., TX. William died 9-May-1863, Chattooga co., GA.

 

9. Jane McWhorter #5115 b. cir1760, residences: SC; Madison co., AL, m. James Cunningham #5116, b. 17??. Jane died 1829.

.....Children:

..........44. i Hance M. Cunningham #6793 b. cir1800, residences: Lawrence co., AL.

..........45. ii Margaret "Peggy" Cunningham #18520 b. cir1795, Rowan co., NC, residences: NC; TN; AL, m. bef1814, in Anderson co., TN, John Patric Masterson #18521, b. cir1795, residences: TN. Margaret died aft1840, Lawrence co., AL.


res1AY.gif (10045 bytes)References for Researchers of Hance McWhorter of Rowan County, North Carolina..


Descendants of Moses McWhorter and Related Families, compiled by Anna Harman Bowman, All Printing Co., Oklahoma City, OK, 1987, pp. 151-154.

The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol.II, #3, Summer 1974, "Early Wills of Camden District", p. 147.

The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol.IV, #1, Winter 1976, "Notes on the McWhorter Family", pp. 41-45..

1850 Federal Census - Pontotoc County, Mississippi, National Archives microfilm roll M432-380, p. 106.

Genealogies of Kentucky Families, A-M, Articles from the Register of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, James C. Klotter, Editor, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981, Baltimore, MD, pp. 329-331.

Davison/Davidson Family - The Descendants of William and Elizabeth Davison of County Armagh, Ireland, by Robert Stephens Hand, 1990, 2d Edition 1991, p. 19, 32.


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