Another researcher and I have been trying to determine if James Littleton Bennett (1787-1866) married a Sarah Auton Jan. 1,1808 in Mecklenburg Cty, NC. James Littleton and wife settled in York Cty, SC shortly hereafter. His wife Sarah died sometime between 1814 and 1824.
We have been searching the Rowan and Mecklenburg Cty, NC and York Cty, SC records for possible clues and have found Richard Auton, possibly aged 50, in the 1787 Rowan Cty tax lists. In 1776 Richard and wife Sarah sold land in Rowan Cty. Richard and Josiah Auten witnessed the deed of Capt. Peter Ickes of York Cty, Pa on May 16, 1792, Rowan Cty deed books.
Richard Auton and Matthew Marable purchased Catwaba Indian land in York Cty in 1808. Sarah Auten is listed in the 1810 and 1820 (Sarah Orton) York Cty, SC census with children, no older male, and then disappears. Sarah's census listings are very close to Fanny Bennett who we think is the mother of James Littleton Bennett.
James Littleton Bennett named his first child Josiah A. and Josiah Auten names his first son James Littleton Bennett. We believe that Richard and Sarah Auten were the parents of Josiah and Sarah Auten, who married James Littleton Bennett. Also, there is some connection between Thomas Auton and Richard in the Rowan Cty deeds. Perhaps they were brothers....
We would appreciate comments on the above from Auten family researchers.
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