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Re: William Owen Tutor
Posted by: Mike Tutor (ID *****0106) Date: March 20, 2006 at 09:32:17
In Reply to: Re: William Owen Tutor by Elmona Stephenson of 295

It seems that the so-called story of William Owen Tutor as given by the late William Manning Moore has been discounted by a few researchers, and that is understandable. If we were to toss his story out and used only existing, written records, we would have the information and time line shown below. The only given name that we would have for our ancestor would be Owen Tutor. We would not know the name of Owen’s wife either. The first record that we would have of him would be the 1800 census. His only known, named child would be Henry Tutor. The brackets in the “virtual censuses” for Owen Tutor, shown below, indicate the names of the children and the wife of Owen Tutor as given by William Manning Moore. If Moore’s information was discounted, these children would have to be compiled through circumstantial evidence as I am not aware of a written record naming Owen’s wife and children, except for Henry.

Time line for Owen Tuder (c. 1743-after 1790), Owen Tutor (c. 1795-after 1870) and Owen Tutor (c. 1772-c. 1850)

Owen Tuder, son of Henry Tuder, was born about 1743, most likely in Virginia. He married about 1763 to Lucy ? who was born about 1743. They moved out of Sussex County after their children were born. The children of Owen and Lucy as recorded in the Albemarle parish:
(1) Phoebe, born July 8, 1764, and christened October 7, 1764. The Godparents were Nathan Rogers, Lucy Harris and Elisa Rogers.
(2) Fanny, born March 19, 1766, and christened May 18, 1766. The Godparents were Henry Tudor, Jr., Anne Welborn and Sarah Slate.
(3) Harris, born April 26, 1768, and christened July 10, 1768. The Godparents were Jesse Rogers, Edward Slate and Lettice Waller.
(4) Lucy, born October 30, 1770, and christened August 4, 1771. The Godparents were Joshua Smith, Hannah Hicks and Sarah Pate.

Owen Tuder lived in Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia, until at least August 4, 1771.
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1780, Northampton County, North Carolina, Taxpayers.
John Tuter [c. 1755-1798], possible son of Henry Tuder?
Owen Tuter [c. 1743-after 1790], son of Henry Tuder

Owen Tuter was living in Northampton County, North Carolina, by 1780. His last known child was born in Albemarle Parish, in Sussex County, Virginia. Meticulous records were kept by the parish. According to the records from this parish, which ran up to 1778, there were no more children born to Owen and Lucy Tuter, in Albemarle Parish, after 1770.
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1785, Granville County, North Carolina, Taxpayers
Elizabeth Tuder [1733-c. 1786; Elizabeth White, 2nd wife of John Tuder, Sr., mother of Valentine Tuder]
John Tuder [1754-1838; Brunswick, VA-Madison, KY; son of John Tuder, Sr.]
Henry Tuder [c. 1748-; Brunswick, VA-Madison, KY; married 1773/1774, Nancy Harris; son of John Tuder, Sr.]
Valentine Tuder [1764-1851; Granville, NC-Madison, KY; son of John Tuder, Sr.]
Owen Tuder [c. 1743-after 1790; son of Henry Tuder]

Owen Tuder was living in Granville County, North Carolina, in 1785. Our Owen Tutor would have been about 13 years old at the time.
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By 1786, Owen Tuder had evidently left Granville County, North Carolina, as he was no longer listed as a taxpayer in the county. His son, Harris Tudor, was 18 years old at the time.
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1790, Anson County, North Carolina, census. Owen Tudor, 1 M (16 and over incl. HH), 3 M (under 16), 4 F (incl. HH).
Owen Tuder [c. 1743-after 1790] was listed with three sons born after 1774.

1790, Orange County, North Carolina, Saint Mary’s District, Harris Tudor, Taxpayers
Harris Tudor [1768-after 1838] [son of Owen, grandson of Henry]

In 1790, Owen Tuder lived in Anson County, North Carolina, and his son, Harris Tudor, 22 years old, lived in Orange County, North Carolina. Harris Tudor later moved to Campbell County, Tennessee.
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Matthew Morgan (c. 1755-1825), son of John Morgan (1730-1781) and Mary Tuder (1735?-), was born in Sussex County, Virginia, and moved to Lillington, Cumberland County, North Carolina, in 1790. He lived on Neill’s Creek and was recorded on the 1790 census in Cumberland County. He died in Cumberland County. He was the grandson of Henry and Elizabeth Tuder.
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1800, Cumberland County, North Carolina, family #31. Owen Tuder, head of family, 1 M 26-45, 1 F 26-45. [Virtual census].
Owen Tuder W/M b. 1755-1774 [c. 1772-c. 1850]
[Lucinda] Tuder W/F b. 1755-1774 [c. 1782-c. 1846]

The 1800 census showed Owen born between 1755 and 1774. It showed his wife born between 1755 and 1774. We do not have any record giving Owen Tutor’s wife’s given name or surname. Owen’s surname was spelled as Tuder in this census. This is the first record of Owen Tutor that has been located.
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1804, McAlester’s District, Cumberland County, North Carolina, July, 1804, Taxpayers.
John Tudor 290 acres

This was the only Tudor contemporary in Cumberland County, North Carolina, during Owen Tutor’s life there that I have found so far.
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Book 30, Page 368, Young Elkins to Owen Tutor: This indenture, made & entered into this 30th day of November 1805 between Young Elkins of the county of Wake & state of North Carolina of the one part & Owen Tutor of Cumberland County & state aforesaid of the other part: witnesseth, that for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred & sixty one dollars to me in hand paid by the said Owen at & before the signing of these presents, the receipt & payment whereof is hereby acknowledged have given granted bargained & sold in open market & in due form of law a certain piece or parcel of land lying in Cumberland County on the Beaver Dam Branch including the lands and plantation whereon said Tutor now lives. Beginning at a post oak on the Wt. side of said Beaver Dam then So. 88 Et. 36 chains 50 links to a scrub oak then No. 3 Wt. 75 chains to a pine near Hays's line of the land he bot of Drake then to & with that line So. 30 Wt. 62 Chs. to a pine by a branch then No. 65 Wt. 4 chains to a pine then So. 17 Chs. beginning containing one hundred & fifty acres it being of a patent that was granted to John Elkins Sen. to have & hold to him the said Owen Tutor his heirs & assigns & I the said Young Elkins my heirs executors administrators and assigns do forever quit all right title interest claim & demand upon the above mentioned lands & premises and weary of encumbers, we likewise warrant & forever defend the same against any right title interest or any lawful claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever unto him the said Owen Tutor his executors administrators & assigns forever as a free and clear estate in fee simple. In testimony whereof I the said Young Elkins have hereunto set my hand & seal the date above written. Young "E" Elkins (Seal). Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of: Jas. Atkins, William Duffill, Samuel Carpenter. North Carolina, Cumberland County, September term 1818. Then was this deed proven by Jas. Atkins and admitted to record. Test - Jno. Armstrong, Clk.

In the deed, Owen’s surname was spelled as Tutor.
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1810, Cumberland County, North Carolina, p. 257. Owen Tutor, head of family, 1 M 26-45, 1 F 26-45, 4 M under 10, 1 F under 10 years. [Virtual census].
Owen Tutor W/M b. 1765-1784 [c. 1772-c. 1850]
[Lucinda] Tutor W/F b. 1765-1784 [c. 1782-c. 1846]
[Samuel] Tutor W/M b. 1800-1810 [1800-1872]
Henry Tutor W/M b. 1800-1810 [1802-before 1890]
[Frances] Tutor W/F b. 1800-1810 [c. 1805-]
[William] Tutor W/M b. 1800-1810 [1807-1892]
[Owen] Tutor W/M b. 1800-1810 [c. 1809-c. 1864]

The 1800 census showed Owen born between 1755 and 1774. The 1810 census showed Owen born between 1765 and 1784. We should be able to narrow down his birth year from these two censuses. Therefore, he was born between 1765 and 1774. The 1800 census showed Owen’s wife born between 1755 and 1774. The 1810 census showed her born between 1765 and 1784. Therefore, she was born between 1765 and 1774. There are no records naming any of Owen’s children except Henry Tutor. Henwell Tutor, the son of Henry Tutor, wrote his ancestry in his father’s Bible and included the date of his father’s birth, July 7, 1802. Samuel Tutor’s date of birth, September 8, 1800, was found in the court records in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. The census stated that there were four males and one female under 10 years old. Owen’s surname was spelled as Tutor in this census. The family was living on the 150 acres, along the Beaver Dam Creek, that Owen bought from Young Elkins.
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1816, Orange County, North Carolina, Marriages
Owen Tudor to Fanny McFlamum, September 17, 1816, witness: Brandley Collins

Another Owen Tudor popped up in Orange County, North Carolina, that seemed to have been born about 1795 and was married by age 21.
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1820, Orange County, NC, Oin Tuter (T600 M-33 082) 318 NdRcd
Owen Tuter [c. 1795-after 1870]

This was Owen and Fanny Tuter.
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1820, Cumberland County, North Carolina, p. 142. Owen Tudor, head of family, 1 M 45+, 1 F 26-44, 1 M 16-25, 3 M 10-15, 2 F 10-15, 1 M under age 10, 2 F under age of 10. [Virtual census]
Owen Tudor W/M b. bef. 1775 [c. 1772-c. 1850] no foreigners not naturalized; 5 persons in agriculture
[Lucinda] Tudor W/F b. 1776-1794 [c. 1782-1846]
[Samuel] Tudor W/M b. 1795-1804 [1800-1872]
Henry Tudor W/M b. 1805-1810 [1802-before 1890]
[Frances] Tudor W/F b. 1805-1810 [c. 1805-]
[William] Tudor W/M b. 1805-1810 [1807-1892]
[Owen] Tudor W/M b. 1805-1810 [c. 1809-c. 1864]
[Mary] Tudor W/F b. 1805-1810 [c. 1810-]
[Lilly] Tudor W/F b. 1810-1820 [c. 1812-after 1850]
[Lucy] Tudor W/F b. 1810-1820 [c. 1816-1900]
[Harris] Tutor W/M b. 1810-1820 [c. 1820-c. 1877]

The 1800 census showed Owen born between 1755 and 1774. The 1810 census showed Owen born between 1765 and 1784. The 1820 census showed Owen born before 1775. This conforms perfectly to previous censuses leaving his birth as between 1765 and 1774. The 1800 census showed Owen’s wife born between 1755 and 1774. The 1810 census showed her born between 1765 and 1784. Therefore, she was born between 1765 and 1774. The 1820 census showed Mrs. Tutor as being born between 1776 and 1794. This provides a conflict. If the 1800 census was thrown out as being in error, she would have been born between 1776 and 1784. However, it cannot be ruled out that Owen had married a second wife. This census seems to be inconsistent with the age of one male. Owen’s surname was spelled as Tudor in this census.
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Book 36, Page 127, Thomas Rollins to Owen Tutor: This indenture made and entered this 3rd day of December in the year 1825 between Thomas Rollins of the county of Wake and state of North Carolina of the one part, and Owen
Tutor of the county of Cumberland & state aforesaid of the other part, witnesseth, that for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars, to me in hand paid by the said Tutor the receipt, and payment, whereof is hereby fully acknowledged have bargained sold, and conveyed unto Owen Tutor one certain piece or parcel of land, lying and being situate in the county of Cumberland, on the Beaver Dam adjoining the lands of said Tutor, & Wilie Jones & others, and bounded as follows, viz, beginning at a red oak in the county line on the Beaver Dam adjoining said Tutor thence up the Beaver Dam, its various courses to an ash by a spring thence along a line of marked trees to Mims line to a red oak thence east to a pine on Atkins's line thence along said Atkins line a north course to pine in Wilie Jones line thence along said Jones's line to the county line thence along the county line to the beginning containing one hundred & ten acres, be the same more or less to have and to hold the said tract of land, with all its improvements thereon, belonging or in any wise appertaining to the said lands & premises, unto him the said Owen Tutor his heirs executors administrators and assigns and I the said Thomas Rollins for myself my heirs executors administrators and assigns, do forever warrant and defend the said lands and premises unto him the said Owen Tutor his heirs executors administrators and assigns forever as a free and clear estate in fee simple. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and date above written. Thom Rollins (Seal). Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us: S. Spence, S. Senter. North Carolina, Cumberland County, December term 1825. Then was the execution of this deed proven by Stephen Senter & ordered to be registered. Test - Jno. Armstrong, Clk.

With the additional 110 acres from Thomas Rollins, the family had 260 acres along the Beaver Dam Creek. The deed spelled Owen’s surname as Tutor. From this time forward, the records spell Owen’s surname as Tutor.
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1830, Orange County, North Carolina, Owen Tuder (T360 M-19 123) 330 North District
Owen Tuder [c. 1795-after 1870]

Owen and Fanny Tuder.
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1830, Cumberland County, North Carolina, Buckhorn Township, East of Cape Fear River. Owen Tutor, head of family, 1 M 50-60, 1 F 40-50, 1 M 20-30, 1 F 15-20, 1 M 10-15, 1 F 10-15, 1 M 5-10, 1 F 5-10, 1 free colored person. [Virtual census].
Owen Tutor W/M b. 1770-1780 [c. 1772-c. 1850]
[Lucinda] Tutor W/F b. 1780-1790 [c. 1782-c. 1846]
[Samuel] Tutor W/M b. 1800-1810 [1800-1872]
[Owen] Tutor W/M b. 1815-1820 [c. 1809-c. 1864]
[Lilly] Tutor W/F b. 1810-1815 [c. 1812-after 1850]
[Lucy] Tutor W/F b. 1815-1820 [c. 1816-1900]
[Harris] Tutor W/M b. 1820-1825 [c. 1820-c. 1877]
[Louisa] Tutor W/F b. 1820-1825 [c. 1822-]

The 1800 census showed Owen born between 1755 and 1774. The 1810 census showed Owen born between 1765 and 1784. The 1820 census showed Owen born before 1775. The 1830 census has Owen born between 1770 and 1780. His birth year can be narrowed down to between 1770 and 1774. The 1810 census showed Owen’s wife as being born between 1765 and 1784. The 1820 census showed her as being born between 1776 and 1794. The 1830 census showed her as being born between 1780 and 1790. Therefore, she would have been born between 1780 and 1784. This census seems to be inconsistent with the age of one male.
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Book 40, Page 303, Wiley Jones to Owen Tutor: State of North Carolina. Know all men by these presents that I Wilie Jones of Cumberland County and state aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred & twelve dollars & sixty cents to me in hand paid by Owen Tutor of Cumberland County and state aforesaid at and before the unsealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have bargained and sold and conveyed and by these presents do bargain sell & convey unto the said Owen Tutor, his heirs & assigns a certain tract or parcel of land situate in the county aforesaid on the waters of the Beaver Dam Creek, beginning at a Blackjack north side of the ridge path running thence north 16 chains & fifty links to a Blackjack thence No. 72 Wt. 16 chains & 50 links to a Poplar in a branch thence No. 24 chains to a Red Oak then west 6 chains & 50 links to a stake in Elkins old line thence south 38 chains to a Post Oak thence west 37 chains to a Post Oak ---- Baker's corner thence north 17 chains to a stake amongst pointers thence No.60 Wt. 9 chains to a Pine thence So. 30 Wt. 34 chains to the line of 192 acres thence No. 85 Wt. 1 chain & 75 links to a Pine & Blackjack thence So. 5 Et. 42 chains & 50 links to a Pine thence west 30 chains & 50 links to a Pine in Tutor's line thence So. 21 chains & 50 links to a Pine thence So. 33 Wt. 5 chains to a Pine Jesse Deans corner thence as Dean's line east 25 chains to the ridge path thence as said path to the beginning containing five hundred & twenty one acres, to hold to the said Owen Tutor his heirs & assigns forever the above described land together with all & singular the rights, members hereditaments & appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise incident and I the said Wiley Jones do for myself my heirs executors or administrators warrant and forever defend the said premises unto the said Owen Tutor his heirs and assigns forever against the claims of myself & any heirs, and against the claim of all persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal to these presents this twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty three. Wiley "W" Jones (Seal). Signed sealed & delivered In presence of: Geo. Luther, Joseph "S" Stephens. State of North Carolina, Cumberland County, December term 1833. Then was the execution of this deed proven in open court by George Luther and ordered to be registered. Test - A. McLean Jr., Clk.

Owen bought 521 acres from Wiley Jones which brought the total size of his plantation to 781 acres.
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1838 Tax Records, District 2, Campbell County, Tennessee
Name Land Value Tax
Harris Tuder 100 acres $300 $15

Harris Tuder, son of Owen and Lucy Tuder, was living in Campbell County, Tennessee, by 1838.
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1840, Orange County, NC, Owen Tudor, Northern Division
Owen Tudor [c. 1795-after 1870]

Owen and Fanny Tudor.
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1840, Cumberland County, North Carolina, East of Cape Fear, p. 258. Owen Tutor (farmer), head of family, 1 M 60-69; 1 F 50-59, 1 M 20-29, 1 F 20-29, 1 M 15-19, 1 F 15-19. [Virtual census].
Owen Tutor W/M b. 1771-1780 [c. 1772-c. 1850] farmer
[Lucinda] Tutor W/F b. 1781-1790 [c. 1782-c. 1846]
[Owen] Tutor W/M b. 1811-1820 [c. 1809-c. 1864]
[Lucy] Tutor W/F b. 1811-1820 [c. 1816-]
[Harris] Tutor W/M b. 1821-1825 [c. 1820-c. 1877]
[Louisa] Tutor W/F b. 1821-1825 [c. 1822-]

The 1800 census showed Owen born between 1755 and 1774. The 1810 census showed Owen born between 1765 and 1784. The 1820 census showed Owen born before 1775. The 1830 census has Owen born between 1770 and 1780. The 1840 census showed Owen born between 1771 and 1780. His birth year can be narrowed down to between 1771 and 1774. The 1810 census showed Owen’s wife as being born between 1765 and 1784. The 1820 census showed her as being born between 1776 and 1794. The 1830 census showed her as being born between 1780 and 1790. The 1840 census showed Mrs. Tutor as being born between 1771 and 1790. This is consistent with her being born between 1780 and 1784.
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1850, Cumberland County, North Carolina, Northern Division, August 24, 1850, dwelling house #485, family #485, p. 133, Robert B. Smith, Assistant Marshal.
Owen Tutor W/M 78 b. 1772 b. North Carolina farmer unable to read or write
Timothy Truelove W/M 25 b. 1825 b. North Carolina farmer unable to read or write
Martha Truelove W/F 23 b. 1827 b. North Carolina unable to read or write
Sarah J. Truelove W/F 4 b. 1844 b. North Carolina
James M. Truelove W/M 8/12 b. 1849 b. North Carolina

The 1800 census showed Owen born between 1755 and 1774. The 1810 census showed Owen born between 1765 and 1784. The 1820 census showed Owen born before 1775. The 1830 census has Owen born between 1770 and 1780. The 1840 census showed Owen born between 1771 and 1780. The 1850 census has Owen listed as 78 years old. His birth year, up to now, was narrowed down to between 1771 and 1774. If his age was right, it meant that he was born in 1772. In 1850, none of Owen’s children remained in the household with him and his wife had apparently died. Timothy Trulove and Martha Lane Jones were married on September 3, 1845, in Cumberland County, North Carolina. There was another Timothy Trulove that married Polly Edwards on September 9, 1818. These were possibly the parents of the younger Timothy Trulove. Owen Tutor apparently died after the 1850 census as this was the last record regarding him.
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1860, Allegheny County, North Carolina, Elk Creek P.O., p. 190 (27), Dwelling #198, July 6, 1860.
Owen Tutor W/M 60 farmer personal property value $25 NC cannot read or write
Elizabeth Tutor W/F 60 NC cannot read or write
Richard Tutor W/M 30 NC cannot read or write
Abner Tutor W/M 18 NC

This was Owen Tutor, of Orange County, born about 1795.
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1870, Ashe County, North Carolina, Chesnutt Hill, p. 469, Dwelling #213, July 5, 1870.
Owen Tutor W/M 75 no occupation NC cannot read or write
Phinny Tutor W/F 80 keeping house NC cannot read or write
Richard Tutor W/M 46 no occupation NC cannot read or write

This was Owen Tutor, of Orange County, born about 1795.
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Owen Tuder’s last child to be born in Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia, was christened on August 4, 1771. The next record of Owen Tuder was in Northampton County, North Carolina, in the tax records of 1780. He was listed as Owen Tuter. A John Tuter (1755-1798), was also listed as a taxpayer in the county. John Tuter may have been a son of Henry Tuder, the father of Owen Tuder (1743-). If our Owen Tutor was the son of Owen Tuder, he most likely would have been born in Northampton County, North Carolina. This would account for the 1850 census indicating his birth in North Carolina.

A record check of Northampton County, North Carolina, from 1771 to 1780 would be necessary to find any amplifying information on Owen Tuder. By 1785, he was listed as a taxpayer in Granville County, North Carolina, and by 1786, he was no longer listed as a taxpayer in Granville County. In 1790, he was listed in the Anson County, North Carolina, census with three sons under the age of 16, indicating that the oldest son living at home was born no earlier than about 1774.

In the 1850 census, Owen Tutor was listed as being born in North Carolina. In the 1880 census, Henry Tutor’s father, Owen Tutor, was listed as being born in North Carolina. In the 1880 census, William Tutor’s father was listed as being born in North Carolina. William’s age and presence in Cumberland County provide good circumstantial evidence that he was a son of Owen Tutor. In the 1880 census, Lucy [Tutor] Hobby’s father was listed as being born in North Carolina. Her age, presence in Cumberland County and relationship with the children of Owen Tutor [c. 1809-c. 1864] provide good circumstantial evidence that she was a daughter of Owen Tutor. Without benefit of the particulars of all of the Tutor census records, the above excerpts provide compelling reasons to believe that Owen Tutor was born in North Carolina about 1772.


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