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Re: Aaron Asbell of N.C. and S.C.
Posted by: Carolyn L Azbill Date: August 19, 2000 at 08:39:52
In Reply to: Re: Aaron Asbell of N.C. and S.C. by Carolyn L Azbill of 499

No doubt Aaron served in several Indian Wars and perhaps traveled with his father, Joseph,in checking the loyalty of Colonial officials to the continental cause. We have found no military records of him although we are sure he did his part in the Revolution. Perhaps he managed the home plantations where food was produced for the Continental Armies. He bought land in Bertie County, North Carolina in 1778 (durning the Revolution) and in 1786 (at the close of the
Revolution). In the Bertie County records, Book K, page 493, we find that he purchased land from Thomas Slauter. Book N, page 356, gives a record of his buying land from Lewis Walton. He sold land in Bertie County in 1793,1797 and 1799. Aaron and his wife made a deed to William Copeland, Book F, page 73. Aaron made a deed to Sam Rayner , Book S, page 51 and a deed to John Opley, Book S, page 72. He sold his last land in Bertie County to Dempsey M. Kittrell in 1799. Book R, page 163.

After selling out in Bertie County, North Carolina, he moved overland by cart, wagon and to South Carolina and settled in Ninety-six District near what is now Ridge Springs. This was in December, 1799. On this homestead he spent the rest of his life. Perhaps he stated for Georgia but tired of travel and settled down. Certainly he did not pick a fertile land in which to live. We know that he must have had considerable wealth in Bertie County from both his wife's father and his father and slaves when he left the rich fields of Bertie County. A letter written back to his people in North Carolina contained a little poem which not only showed Aaron's humor, but also his opinion of the South Carolina soil. The poem in part went as follows:

"We live in Aikentown as you can see
The land is poor and so are we."

According to a story handed down, George Washington. then Presisent of the United Stated, conducted an installation of Mason in Edenton, North Carolina in which lodge Aaron was an officer. This was during Washington's trip back from Georgia and South Carolina. Anyway, Aaron followed in reverse the same road taken by president Washington from Georgia to North Carolina. Certainly, the President did not recomment South Carolina to his fellow Masons since he wrote of it as being a barren land and wilderness, where he was jolted and bumped even thought his coach proceeded at a very slow speed. He did write well of Georgia, so we think that Aaron set for his southern "Utopia". His son, Eliasha, later did settle down in Mason, Georgia and to we find many of his descendents living near Macon and Columbus, Giorgia.

In the Consus of 1790, Bertie County, North Carolina, we find that he had three boys under 16 and three girls, also one nogro slave.

Aaron Asbill passed away late in 1813 or early in 1814, after living a prosperous and good life. Records found in the Edgefield County, South Caroling Court House, Box 2, Package 41, corning the settlement of his estate are as follows:

AARON ASBILL'ESTATE, John Asbill, Administrator

These are the names of those mentioned as having received legacies: Josiah Todd, Charles Williamson, Nathaniel Burton, E.W.Browning, Lewi Asbill, Elisha Asbill and Jarvis Asbill. Settlement dated October 14,1814. Widow, Nancy (Ann), signs over to her son John her right as administrator, July 21, 1814, In a package with these papers is a receipt from Jarvis Asbill, December 16, 1814 to Robert Deshazo (De Saussure) executor of the the estate in full." Signed, Jarvis Asbill.

September3, 1814

Nancy Asbill and others, John Asbill, Lewis Asbill, Nathaniel Burton and Charles Williamson to Jarvis Asbill.

500.00----267 acres, situated between McTeer's Creek and Clouds Creek, being the whole of a tract of 160 acres, originally granted to John Frederick, also a tract of 87 acres granted to Aaron Asbill and part of a tract of 220 acres granted to said John Frederick including the plantation whereon Aaron Asbill last resided in his lifetime.

Nancy Asbill
John Asbill
Lewis Asbill

John Loveless
John D. Willis

Proved by oath of
John D Willis,
February 11, 1815,
before Charles O,Neal,
Justice of the Quroum


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