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Temperance Whitfield Melton (Temperance Hawks?), born 1797, Nash Co NC
Posted by: Guy (ID *****2524) Date: November 23, 2010 at 17:12:37
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Millie Whitfield had a three-year-old illegitimate daughter named Temperance in Aug 1801 (born in 1797) in Nash Co NC, according to Court Minutes.

Millie’s first cousin, Willis Whitfield, also had a daughter named Temperance Whitfield, born 26 Feb 1797 in Nash Co NC (Pension Application of Willis Whitfield, W1013, Transcribed by Will Graves), so the two might be confused.

Millie Whitfield, daughter of Solomon Whitfield, married J. Melton by 8 Dec 1807 in Nash Co NC (apparently according to the 8 Dec 1807 will of Solomon Whitfield, Nash Co NC.)

The will of John Melton was presented in court on 10 Feb 1824 and contested by Andrew Melton and Temperance (?Whitfield?) Melton and on 12 Feb 1824 the case was dismissed (Nash Co NC).

The estate of John Melton was in court in May 1825, administration given to John Ricks and widow, Oliff Melton. (If Millie Whitfield was the wife of John Melton in 1807 then she must have died before Feb 1824 and John Melton remarried to Olive ____.)

We believe that Temperance Whitfield Melton could have been the wife of John King Hawks as they all seem to have lived on the road from Nashville to Pig Basket Creek in May 1826.

It also appears that Andrew Melton might have been an illegitimate child of Millie Whitfield and John Melton.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


Nash Co NC
10 Feb 1824 (page 419)
The will of John Melton was presented in court and contested by Andrew Melton and Temperance Melton. (I have not seen a transcript of this will.)

12 Feb 1824 (page 440)
The case brought by Andrew Melton and Temperance Melton was dismissed.

May 1825 (page 490)
The estate of John Melton was in court: administration given to John Ricks and widow, Oliff Melton; bond with David Ricks; Micajah Ricks security.

May 1826 (page 14) (John K. Hawks and Mrs. Oliff Melton recorded together)
“Isaac Sessums is appointed Overseer of the new Road from Nashville to Pig Basket Creek with the hands of John K. Hawks, Henry Blount, James S. Battle, Willis A. Willcox, Thomas Willcox, John Whitfield, Mrs. Oliff Melton, & his own in the room of Benjamin Whitfield.”


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