Many of the postings on Capt. Jacob Kornegay & his wife Elizabeth, widow of John Fontain, have indicated that Elizabeth was of Huguenot descent. I believe, based on the following, that she was not.
I am a descendant of John Martin of Bath County, later Beaufort County, NC, who made his will in 1737. He left land to sons John (my ancestor) and Joseph Martin and to his daughter Elizabeth Martin. His wife Rocksolana Martin (maiden name Carruthers), was pregnant at the time and that child was to share land equally with Elizabeth. On 14 July, 1772, Jacob Kenegy (sic) and wife Elizabeth sold land on the North side of Bay River to Samuel Brothers, one half of a patent to John Martin 15 November 1723, which was left to his daughter Elizabeth by his will in 1737. Wit. were Jonas Tripp and John Perks (sic). This was in the Beaufort County D.B. 4, page 330. On page 423 of the same Deed Book, John Bryan and Rebecca Bryan of Craven County sold to John Harenton of Beaufort County on 21 November 1774, land on the North side of Bay River, beg. on the river side adj. Samuel Brothers upper corner, part of a patent to John Martin in 1723. Wit. were Benjamin Fulsher and Jeminah Singleton. I think it is possible that they mixed up the dates that John Martin received this land tho. He did have a patent dated 1 March 1722/23 which was not in the published patent books but was referred to in the Beaufort County Deed Books by the various deeds John Martin made of parts of this patent to his brother in-law John Carruthers and others. Neal O'Neal patented 1200 acres in the fork of the Bear River in 1720 and when he died it was escheated by Daniel Shine by patent 14 November 1730, who sold parts of it to several of his neighbors, including William Carruthers (also John Martin's brother in law) to whom he sold 300 acres. William Carruthers sold 150 acres of the upper corner of this land to Solomon Witherington in 1733/4 and Solomon Witherington sold these 150 acres to John Martin, part of a patent to Neal O'Neal 14 November 1730, on 17 December 1736. Francis Delamar and Benjamin Rice were wit.
After the death of John Martin, his widow Rocksolana (her name was spelled without the "k" in his will but with it in later records) was given the gift of a tract of land by her brother William Carruthers and she purchased three lots in the Town of New Bern which may be where Elizabeth Carruthers met John Fontain. Rocksolana Martin was still living by 1766 as at that time she sold Lot #80 in New Bern to William Good. Her son, Joseph Martin, signed the receipt for payment of the lot in her name.
John Fontain was a carpenter. He died in 1758. His widow was granted adm. on his estate at the May 1758 Craven County Court. Security was £500 with Joseph Carruthers and Joseph Martin. Joseph Carruthers was her cousin, the son of John Carruthers, and was Sheriff of Craven County. Joseph Martin was Elizabeth's brother. Elizabeth Fontain, adm. of John Fontaine, returned the inventory of her husband's est. to the August 1758 court and an account of the sales of the estate of John Fontaine was returned & proven by Joseph Carruthers, Sheriff, to the November 1758 Court.
Joseph Martin, Jacob Kornegy (sic) and John Bryan were in October 1764 among those appointed to lay out a road on the S. side of the Trent River to the road on the North side crossing the river near Fredericks Ford to Beaver Dam Branch where Jacob Kornegy lived. I believe this John Bryan is probably the same one who married Rebecca Martin. He appears to be the son of Edward Bryan, Jr., who owned land in that part of Craven County known as New Germany. All three were frequently drawn as jurors on the same jury.
Settlement of the estate of John Fontaine, decd. was returned to the March 1769 Court by Elizabeth Cornegey (sic) admx. which was allowed and same ordered to be recorded.
Since the estate was not settled for 10 years I have wondered if John Fontaine had children.
I have not checked the estate records for John Fontain yet but believe that the above does indicate that Elizabeth Martin was the one who married 1st John Fontaine, and 2nd, Jacob Kornegay. I did contact the e-mail address of Jerry Quinn who posted a web side on Kornegay but received no reply so don't know if anyone else has the same information.
John Martin's parents were Joel Martin and Elizabeth Ward, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Ward of Lower Norfolk County, VA. Elizabeth Ward had a brother, Edward Ward. I had wondered who the parents of Mary Ward, 2nd wife of Jacob Kornegay could have been but don't believe that this Edward Ward was related. During this period there was an Enoch Ward in Carteret County (next to Craven). He had several sons and a brother, also named Edward Ward, who moved to Onslow County. If anyone knows the parents of Mary Ward would like to have that information.
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