Heaths of Rowan, Surry, and Stokes County, North Carolina

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Heaths of Rowan, Surry and Stokes County, North Carolina

In 1760 the region was comprised of two counties which lay north of Cumberland and Anson Counties.  On the east was Orange County and on the west was Rowan County.  By 1780 this region had been divided into several counties.  Guilford and Randolph Counties were taken from the western part of Orange County and the eastern portion of Rowan County.  Rowan was then divided.  Surry County became the northern portion to the Virginia border and lay due west of Guilford. Guilford was further divided with Rockingham lying north adjacent the Virginia border.

In the state census in 1784 in Surry were:

Thomas Heath who is not shown in the census: but his household had 3 young sons under 16, a wife and 3 daughters.

William Heath was counted with a young son under 16 and a wife and daughter.

Johnson Heath was counted with a young son and 3 daughters and a wife.

By 1800 Surry was divided in two with Stokes on the east adjacent Guilford. Thomas was noted in that portion of Surry which became Stokes County.  Because of the changes in the county lines, families became subsequent residents of new counties without moving or moving only a short distance.  The western portion of old Rowan County became Wilkes County by 1780 and in 1800 Iredell County was taken from the remaining western portion of Rowan County.  Wilkes County was divided with Ashe lying in the north against Tennessee.  Also, often records remained in the parent county.  For example, records for Stokes County prior to 1771 are held in Salisbury, Rowan County.

The 1790 census lists these heads of household in the Salisbury Disrict of Stokes County:

Thomas Heath, Salisbury District, Stokes County 3, 0, 1 clearly an older household

Johnson Salisbury District, Stokes County males were: 1over 16, 1under 16, and 6 females

Richard Salisbury District, Stokes County

William Heath, Salisbury District, Stokes County 1, 1, 2

Thomas Heath and Ann Johnson

Thomas Heath was born in 1725 and he married Ann Johnson according to descendents of this line.  However, no documentation has been found by me for either his birth or the maiden name of his wife. I suspect that he was descended from Thomas Heath noted in Chowan County in 1717 and 1721.  This would be Thomas from Princess Anne County, Virginia.

Thomas settled in the area known as Town Fork.  The Town Forke Settlement was part of Rowan County until 1771.  The Wagon Road that ran from Pennsylvania south through North Carolina crossed through the Town Forke settlement.  It was settled by Monrovians about 1750.  A bloomery was built on Town Fork in 1796 to smelt iron. The neighbors of Thomas Heath included the Martin family.

The Martin Family

 The will of William Martin was filed in Bertie County filed in August, 1736.  It notes his sons Richard, who received the home plantation, Thomas, Moses, and John as well as daughters Mary and Else Martin.  The witnesses were Alexander Cotton and John Carell.  In 1790 in Currituck County living very close to each other are Moses Martin and John Heath.  It is likely that this family is connected to the family of Moses Martin who settled in Stokes County, North Carolina.

In the records of Pennsylvania is Moses Martin resided in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, but in 1737 they moved to Lancaster County.  They were Friends however after the death of Moses in 1739, his family appears to have drifted away from the community.  George, Moses, Jr. and William Adams, husband of their sister Susanna, travelled first to Bedford County, Virginia in 1755.   William and Susanna Adams moved to Surry County and were members of the Deep Creek Meeting.  This area is now in Guilford County.  John Martin, son of George, settled in Surry County in what is now Yadkin County.  Moses Martin, Jr. married Mary Evans in 1749 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster County, PA.  They settled in Stokes County, moving there from Bedford County. They may have arrived as early as 1759.  His plantation was located on both sides of Mill Creek of the Town Fork of the Dan River.

In March, 1768, Moses Martin, Sr. obtained 150 acres on Mill Creek from Henry Banner.  Moses Martin, Sr. married Mary Evans daughter of Nicholas Evans. James Martin their son and Thomas Evans her brother witnessed his deed filed in September, 1779 for 300 acres on both sides of Mill Creek of Townfork Creek.  This land was first obtained from Lord Granville. He also obtained 100 acres in 1784 on Buffalo Creek which was near Moravian held land.  This purchase was witnessed by his sons James and John Martin. Abraham Martin, Sr. and his wife Sarah obtained 410 acres in 1780 on Townfork Creek adjacent Henry Banner who was married to Eleanor Martin.  James Martin obtained 300 acres on Mill Creek in Sept., 1779.  John Martin was deeded 160 acres on both sides of Mill Creek by his father Moses Martin.  David Thomas called John Martin to his bedside and stated that if John Martin would come and live with him he would give John 100 acres of his land at the lower end of his tract. He received this in November, 1782.  In 1787 William Heath with Moses Martin, Sr. witnessed a deed for Joel Halbert who married Hannah Davis. Moses Martin, Jr. was also a son of Moses Martin, Sr.  Abraham Martin, Sr. and Sally Martin were the parents of William Martin, Sarah Martin who married Ephraim Banner, a son of Henry Banner, and Judith Martin who married Paris Sims, Mary Martin who married William Follis.  Johnson Martin with Abraham Martin witnessed the will of William Hill in 1760.  In 1790 there were three by the name, Moses Martin.  One in South Carolina was there as early as 1697, the other was noted in Currictuck, which had been taken from Bertie County, and the third was Moses Martin and his son in Stokes County.  The will of Moses Martin was filed in Stokes County in 1793.  It notes his wife Mary and sons William, Jesse, Jonathan, Zacharich and others unnamed.


In 1786 Thomas Heath entered a request for 100 acres on Ash Camp Creek which was issued in 1795.   In 1793 Thomas and his wife issued separate deeds to Thomas Heath, Jr., Johnson Heath, and John Heath. Thomas issued another deed to John Heath in 1796.  In 1797 Thomas Heath sold 25 acres on Ash Camp Creek to Michael Smith.  In 1800 Thomas filed for 30 acres on the water of Ash Camp Creek, which was issued in September, 1802.

Thomas Heath’s will was dated August, 1799, and was filed in 1804 in Stokes County.  It mentions his sons Thomas and John and other children unnamed. Thomas and Ann were the parents of Thomas Heath, Jr., John Heath, William Heath, Johnson Heath, and Richard Heath, and one other son not yet identified.  Noted in Surry County, North Carolina in 1784 were Thomas, William and Johnson Heath.

Stokes County which was taken from Surry contains the 1790 census records for this family.  William Heath was counted for himself, a young son, his wife and three daughters.  Living next to him was Moses Martin who was counted for himself, two young sons, his wife and three daughters. Also noted was Richard Heath,

Children of Thomas Heath and Ann Johnson

Thomas, William, and Johnson, Richard, and John Heath

Thomas Heath, Jr.

In October, 1791 Richard Heath and Moses Martin stood as bondsmen for the marriage of Thomas Heath to Elizabeth Branum in Stokes County. In 1793 he received a deed from his parents, Thomas Heath, Sr. and Ann, his wife, for 150 acres on Ash Camp Creek, for which he paid 50 ₤.  In 1802 he was granted 30 additional acres on Ash Camp Creek by the state for fifty shilings. In 1805, Thomas Heath and his mother, Ann Heath, sold 96 ½ acres including the house, plantation, and appurtenances and buildings, formerly belonging to Thomas Heath, deceased.  The purchaser was James Zigler.  In 1813 Thomas purchased 50 acres from Mills Eason, and 50 acres from John Heath, for 100 ₤, which lay next to the land of William Heath, John Heath and Joseph Eason.  In 1823 John Heath sold to Thomas Heath 40 acres of land which lay adjacent to a tract granted to William Heath and Joseph Eason.

William Heath

The records of the Daughter of the American Revolution indicate William Heath, born in 1764, married Polly Taylor and then Sally Hardwick.  According to the pension records William served in the North Carolina Continental Line and was noted as 58 years of age in 1822 in Pulaski County, Kentucky where he applied.  He enlisted in Rowan County to serve in the Revolution.

He married Mary Polly Taylor in 1783.  She was born 1762 in Culpepper County, Virginia, and died in Pulaski County, Kentucky.  The first record of William Heath in Stokes County is in the state census in 1784 when he was counted with a young son, under 16, and a wife and another female who may have been a daughter, but more likely was an elder female member of the family who may have been there to help with the newborn son, Philip.  In 1788 William Heath stood bond for the marriage of Elizabeth Heath to Oliver Charles in Surry County.  Perhaps it is Elizabeth who was counted in 1784.  She may have been a sister.

In 1790 William Heath was again counted in Stokes County with the same members in his household as in 1784.  This would be Philip and Louise, his eldest children. In 1785 William Brook unsuccessfully assigned 150 acres On the Lick Branch north of the Towne Fork to William Heath, who had attempted to assign it to Michajah Coffey.  Brook then assigned the land to Edward Carter, in 1793.  In 1794 William and Joseph Eason purchased 170 acres on Mill Creek. Thomas removed to Buncombe County, South Carolina by 1800 according to the births of his children. Not long after this he went to Kentucky.

Children of William Heath and Mary “Polly” Taylor born in North Carolina

Philip Heath was born August 31, 1784 in North Carolina.  He died about 1884, Pulaski Co, Kentucky.  He married first Polly Taylor, 10 Jun 1807, Knox County, Tennessee.  He married second Mary Martin, 1817, Knox County, Tennessee.

Louise Lois Heath was born 01 Dec 1787, North Carolina.  He died 27 Feb 1878, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

William Heath was born 19 Dec 1791, North Carolina.  He married Sarah Neely, 10 Dec 1821, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Jepheniah Heath was born 25 Feb 1795.

Elizabeth Heath was born 25 Jul 1797, North Carolina.  She married Bazil Griffin.

Thomas Heath was born 28 May 1800, Henderson County, South Carolina.  Henderson County was the southern portion of Buncombe County and was not formed until after the family had removed to Kentucky.

Jesse Clayton Heath was born 09 Sep 1803, Kentucky.  He died in 1831.

Polly Heath was born 14 Oct 1807, in Tennessee.

Mary died between 1807 and 1827, in Pulaski County, Kentucky.  William married Sarah “Sally” Hardwick on September 19, 1827 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.  She was born 1805 in Kentucky, and died 1887 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Children of William Heath and Sally Hardwick

Andrew Jackson Heath was born Jul 19, 1828 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.  He died Jun 12, 1858.

William Moon Heath was born about 1829, Pulaski County, Kentucky.  He was born after the death of his father and died in 1873.


Johnson Heath

In 1789 Richard Heath gave a bill of sale to Johnson Heath. In 1793 Johnson Heath received a deed from Thomas Heath for 200 acres on Town Fork Branch of the Dan River, which was a portion of a tract of 300 acres granted to Thomas Heath in 1779 and registered in Surry.  Johnson paid 100 ₤ for the deed.

Richard Heath

Richard married Alice Martin a daughter of Moses Martin, Sr. and Mary Evans in 1756.  Richard Heath witnessed the will of Benjamin Panniel in December, 1777, with William and Robert Hill.  He received a deed in 1788 from Ezekiel Young. In 1789 Richard Heath gave a bill of sale to Johnson Heath.  It was witnessed by James Coffee. The 1790 census notes Richard Heath in Stokes County.   In 1793 Peter Smith assigned Richard 100 acres on the waters of Mill Creek.  That same year Richard sold 170 acres on Mill Creek to Jesse Clayton. In 1794 Richard Heath sold Reddick Hardy 500 acres on Mill Creek.

Ann Heath

Ann Heath, a daughter of Thomas Heath, died in 1840 in Wayne County Kentucky.  She married Moses Martin, Jr. in 1777 in Surry County, North Carolina.  He was born in 1755 in Bedford County, Virginia and died in 1837 in Wayne County, Kentucky. The children of Ann Heath and Moses Martin were:

William Martin born in 1778

Margaret Alcey Martin born in 1780

John Martin was born in 1784.  He married Rachel Dobbs and died in 1860.

Mathew Martin was born in 1788

Elizabeth Martin was born in 1791

Mary Martin was born in 1791

Lois Martin was born in 1798

Eda Martin was born in 1801

Moses Tate Martin was born in 1807

John Heath of Iredell County

In 1800 John Heath of the County of Iredell, purchased for forty ₤, 100 acres of land from John Waters on the Water of Beaver Island Creek.  In 1805, John Heath, Jr. of Iredell County sold for 40 ₤, 100 acres on the Water of Beaver Island Creek to James Moore. In 1827 the administrator of John Heath sold for $160, 160 acres on Beaver Island Creek to Robert Tucker.

John Heath of Rockingham and Stokes County

A family history states that John was the son of Thomas Heath. John Heath was recorded in the 1790 federal census as residing in Rockingham County.  Rockingham County was taken from Guilford County.  In 1797 Hezekiah Cary of Rockingham sold John Heath 80 acres lying on the water of Big Troublesome Creek, in Rockingham County. Troublesome Creek divides Guilford and Rockingham.

In 1796 Thomas Heath gave John a deed for 150 acres, receiving 10 ₤. The land was located on Ash Camp Creek.  Interestingly, in Stokes County there are three deeds recorded to John Heath in 1797.  The first deed was from John Vawter, the second was from Thomas Marcum for 310 acres to John Heath of Rockingham County.  John Vawter was a witness with Henry Jackson.  The third is from Joseph Eason for 85 acres of land previously purchased by Joseph Eason and William Heath being on Mill Creek north of Town Creek.   John Heath and Joseph Eason purchased 80 acres in 1801 on the waters of Mill Creek in Stokes County part of the 170 acres previously purchased by Joseph Eason and William Heath on Mill Creek. Then, in 1802 John purchased an additional 190 acres of land from John Bostic on Mill Creek, a branch of Snow Creek.

In January, 1808, John Heath of Stokes County sold to William Ogburn of Guilford County, 150 acres in Rockingham County on the waters of Big Troublesome Creek.  A few days later he sold Ewel Self of Guilford, 80 acres in Rockingham County adjoining Hezikiah Cary, etc.  In Salisbury District, Stokes County in 1800, John Heath, over 45 years of age was recorded with one young son, two daughters, and his wife.  John was counted in Stokes County in the 1810 census with Thomas Heath living adjacent to him. Also counted in Stokes County were Martin Heath and a younger John Heath with young families in 1800, 1810, and 1820.  In 1813, in Stokes County, William Brooks, Sr. deeded to John Heath 60 ½ acres for $84.  The deed was witnessed by David Lewis, and Baxter Heath.  John died March 18, 1824 in Stokes County, North Carolina. In 1828 John sold 181 acres for $120 along Mill Creek at Snow Branch.  In 1819 John receivd a deed from Samuel Banks and the state.

In 1832, John, William, and Abraham Heath, all of Stokes County, heirs to John Heath, of Stokes County, sold 150 acres on Ash Camp Creek to William Covington.  All three made their marks when signing the deed.

Children of John Heath

Samuel Heath was deeded land in 1807 by William Hickman.  This is the first deed recorded for him. In 1801 Samuel sold to John Heath 85 acres lying on the Waters of Mill Creek adjacent William Heath and Joseph Eason. Samuel Heath died in 1854, Hancock County, Indiana.  The marriage bond for Samuel Heath and Lucy Drucella Austin was posted in Rockingham County in 1795.  They were the parents of Elizabeth (b. 2/23/1797), William B. (b. 9/30/1798), Samuel, John (b. 6/15/1805), Edward A. (b. 6/25/1809) and Lucy, who were all born in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  Their daughter, Elizabeth Heath, at age 14, in 1811, became the second wife of John Brooks after the death of her aunt, Sarah Heath.

William B. Heath married Sarah Heath daughter of Martin Heath and Mary Brooks.  Martin Heath was William’s uncle.  William’s second wife was Martha Rogers. They lived in Jefferson County, Indiana.

Edward A. Heath married Sarah Brooks in Jefferson County, Indiana.

John Heath died after 1860, in Iredell County, North Carolina.

Jane Heath was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  She married David Banks.

Mary Polly Heath was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Milly Heath was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Sarah Heath was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina and married John Brooks.  John Brooks married secondly, Elizabeth, Sara’s neice, in 1811 in Stokes County.  The bondsman was Samuel Heath.  The Brooks family removed to Indianna.

William Heath was born in Rockingham or Stokes County, North Carolina.  He married Mary Tilly, 10 May 1825 in Stokes County, North Carolina.

Martin Heath was born about 1784 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  He married Mary Ann Brooks.  Their children were Sarah, Elisha, Tammer, John, Martin, and William B. Heath.  Martin was counted in 1800 in Stokes County, Salisbury District.  He was counted with a daughter and his wife.  He was listed as between 16 and 25 years of age.  The first deed recorded for Martin is in 1808 from William Hickman. In 1810 Martin Heath sold 115 acres on Beaver Island Creek to Willis Pruitt.  Martin received a deed from Nathaniel Moody in 1840. Also receiving a deed from Moody was Anderson Heath.

In 1816 the will of Willilam Hickman was filed in Jackson County, Georgia and notes his son-in-law Richard Heath and daughter Mourning Heath.

Baxter Heath was born 27 Aug 1807 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  He married Betsey Hawkens August 27, 1807 in Stokes County.  The bondsmand was John Heath and the witness whas Charles Beazley.  In 1812 John Heath sold land to Baxter Heath.  In 1838 Baxter received a deed from the state. In 1844 Baxter Heath received a deed from Flemming Priddy. (14:608)

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