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Theory on Martin Dye's Parents (1786 Moore Cty, NC)
Posted by: John Dye (ID *****6584) Date: June 11, 2011 at 05:42:13
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A Nancy Dye (MNU) died 1796-97 in Moore County. There are four heirs listed in her will: William b. abt 1781, Barbara 1784, Martin 1786, Nancy 1786. She was a widow in the 1790s and supposedly her husband died in 1790. I've see Martin Hopkins Dye listed as her husband and that they married in 1780. Negative, he'd have been 14 years old then. I think this Nancy Dye is Nancy Owens, wife of Avery Dye who died in 1790. Both Avery and Nancy died in Moore County, NC. Again, Avery in 1790 and Nancy Owens Dye in 1796. What are the odds of there being two different Nancy Dyes in Moore County, NC, each having a husband who dies in 1790 and each themselves dying in 1796? Pretty unlikely. I think when Avery died in 1790, his grandson Martin Hopkins Dye (son of Fauntleroy, KY), now 24, came to help his grandmother with the farm and these four Dye children listed in her will. As soon as Nancy died, this Martin H Dye married a Haney Henson in Va. Now, were those four Dyes in the will Avery and Nancy's kids? Were they orphaned by a son (a William who supposedly died young?) and being raised by Avery and Nancy? The four kids are as follows: William whom I believe is the William who married Sarah Griffis of Chatham County and moved to Lincoln Cty, TN, and then to MS in the 1830s; Barbara, who shows up on an 1870 census living with her nephew's family the Gastors; Martin whom I believe inherited the property and spent the rest of his life in Moore Cty, marrying Sarah Hughes; and Nancy Dye who married Rev War Hero / NC politician Jacob Gastor. I read an article that said a branch of Beaver Creek was named after this Nancy's mother, the "Nancy Dye Branch." If true that would make Nancy Owens Dye these kids' mom and Avery their dad, (even if they were up in age), him dying in 1790, four years after the last Dye child was born. It is interesting that Avery, Fauntleroy, and Martin Hopkins Dye (d.1822) are all on the same headstone in a cemetery in Perryville, KY.

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