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Stephen WEATHERSBEE

Male Between 1775 and 1785 - Bef 1850  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name Stephen WEATHERSBEE 
    Born Between 1775 and 1785 
    Gender Male 
    Land Grant 16 May 1793  Martin County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Entry #664 in the Martin County, North Carolina Abstracts of Deed Book C, gives the following information: Gideon Weathersbee to Samuel Williams. 16 May 1793. 30 pounds, 60 acres beginning Thomas Weathersbee, Sr.'s corner in the middle of Horse Swamp, thence to Dawson's now William's line to Stephen Weathersbee's corner and various courses to first station. Gideon [x] Weathersbee, (seal). Wit: William Williams, Elias Bryant.

    Land Grant 28 Jan 1798  Martin County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Entry #1254 in the Martin County, North Carolina Abstracts of Deed Book C, gives the following information: John M. Stephen Weathersbee, (Winton County, S.C.) to John Weathersbee. 28 Jan 1798. 75 pounds, 40 acres beginning Samuel William's corner in Horse Swamp, formerly Edward Brown's corner, being trade to James Wiggins, then to a corner the dividing line between Stephen and Giddon Weathersbee made by their father Thomas Weathersbee, (dec.), then to John Weathersbee's line and up swamp to first station, it being the land that fell to me at my father, Thomas Weathersbee's death. Stephen mark Weathersbee, (seal). Wit: Thomas Weathersbee, Jeremiah Culpeper.

      At the time that this conveyance was made (1798) Stephen Weathersbee was living in Winton County, South Carolina. Winton County was later renamed Barnwell County. I believe the Thomas Weathersbee who witnessed the deed was a brother or cousin of Stephen.
    Residence 28 Jan 1798  Barnwell, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Entry #1254 in the Martin County, North Carolina Abstracts of Deed Book C, gives the following information: John M. Stephen Weathersbee, (Winton County, S.C.) to John Weathersbee. 28 Jan 1798. At the time of this conveyance, Stephen living in Winton County, South Carolina. Winton County was later renamed Barnwell County.
    Census 1800  Barnwell, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Head of Household: Stephen Weathersby
      1 male age 16 - 25 [Stephen]
      3 females under age 10 - [?,?,?]
      1 female age 16 - 25 [Mary]
    Residence 1810  Twiggs County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • The book History of Stone Creek Baptist Church, Twiggs County, Georgia, 1808-1958 shows that Stephen and Mary Weathersby were members of the church in 1810. It also states that Judy Weathersby became a member of the church in 1812 and Cathy Weathersby became a member of the church in 1814.
    Tax List 1818  Captain Wiley Belcher's District, Twiggs County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6

    • Stephen is shown to own 50 acres of land in Lot 89, District 28. I believe Stephen's 50 acres to be on the west side of this lot (based on the land description in a later deed). Adjoining landowners were: Jno. Perminter - Lot 103, Joseph Irby - Lot 104 (directly to the west of Lot 89), Rease Davis - Lot 90 (directly north of Lot 89), Benj. Ray (I believe) - Lot 88 (directly south of Lot 89), Peterson Saunders - Lot 80 (directly east of Lot 89), Hudson Graham - Lot 79. M.C. Heidleberg owned Lot 112 - this Lot was on the next row of lots west of the row containing Lot 104. John Heidleburg is also listed on this tax list, but owned no property at the time. Stephen later sold a portion of this 50 acres of land to John Heidleburg.

      It appears that Robert Adkinson owned 50 acres of Lot 89, Jacob Davis owned 80 acres of Lot 89, and Rease Davis owned 50 acres in Lot 89. It's possible that Rease owned only 20 acres in Lot 89; his total land ownership was shown as 220 acres, which included 170 acres in Lot 90. Should it have been 202 acres in Lot 90 and 18 acres in Lot 89? This would be closer to 202.5 acre lots, which is what I thought these were.

      John Barr & Robert Stanford own Lot 96, which is at the top of the same column that Stephen's acreage is in, and Josiah Pearson is next to them in Lot 97 (just west of Lot 96). Bartlett _ Barr and Jno. J. Barr was listed with John Barr - neither were landowners. In 1824, Josiah Pearson (or Person) and John Barr both purchased 101.25 acres of Lot 168, District 1, in Pike County from Winny (Winiford) Pearson of Twiggs County. Source: page 123 of Twiggs County Georgia Records: A Reconstructed Heritage by Bess Vaughn Clark.
    Land Sale 11 Jul 1819  Twiggs County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    John Hidelburgh 
    • The land involved was described as 40 and 5/8s acres of Lot No. 89 in the 28th District of Wilkinson County (now Twiggs County), lying adjacent to Robert Adkinson and Irbee's land, as well as Right (Rease?) Davises' land. Consideration given was $200. Witnesses were Robt. Adkison and John Keener JP. Stephen Weathersbee signed by mark.

      According to the 1818 Tax List, Stephen owned 50 acres in this Lot.
    Land Grant 1820  Early County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    202.5 acres 
    • As a resident of Twiggs County, Georgia, Stephen qualified for the 1820 Georgia Land Lottery. Stephen was a successful drawer, and received Lot 91, in District 20 in Early County, Georgia. This land was located near the Florida border in present-day Decatur County.
    Residence 1820  Captain Wiley Belcher's District, Twiggs County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Stephen appeared on a list of Twiggs County residents who were successful drawers in the 1820 land lottery.

    Tax List 1826  Captain Pearson's District, Twiggs County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    • The book notes that Captain Wiley Belcher's District in 1818 and Captain Pearson's District in 1826 covered the same land, and were identified as Georgia Militia District No. 323.

      On this tax list Stephen is listed as owning 202.5 acres of land in Twiggs County on Buck Creek, adjoining "Jones". There were two men named with the last name of Jones on this tax list: Thomas Jones and John D. Jones. Neither man was a landowner and no further information was given about them.

      Stephen is also listed as owning 125 acres in Early County. This is most likely the land that he drew in the 1820 lottery. John Heidleburg, also listed on this tax list, is shown as owning 125 acres of land in Early County, and it is noted that the land had been granted to "Wethersby".

      There are no other Heidleburgs on the 1826 Twiggs County tax list. Because this was the second time Stephen had sold land to John Heidleburg I became curious about the Heidleburgs. John Heidleburg appears on the 1830 Dooly County, GA census, the 1840 Dale County, Alabama census and the 1850 Walton County, Florida census. In the 1850 census, he is shown to have been born in 1802 in North Carolina; his wife's name was Catherine, born 1810 in Georgia. His three sons were named Drury, born 1833, John, born 1836 and Giddeon, born 1838.

      Drury Heidleburg is shown on the 1860 Santa Rosa, Florida census - married to Ellen, age 27, and father of Samuel Heidleburg, age 7 months. Drury enlisted in the Florida Infantry, 6th Regiment, Company I, on March 14, 1862 and died of disease as a POW on 23 February 1865 at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio, where he is buried.

      Gideon Heidleburg appears to have enlisted in Georgia, and transferred to an Alabama Regiment. After several promotions, he is shown to have deserted on 15 July 1864 at Atlanta, Georgia. Other records show that he probably was taken captive by Union troops, as he is shown signing a loyalty oath in Illinois in 1865.

      Further research on Ancestry indicated that John Heidleburg (born 1802) could be the son of McClammy "Mac" Heidleburg, who came from the Onslow County, North Carolina area. Mac's parents were John Christian Heidleburg and Catherine McClammy.

    Census 1830  Houston County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12

    • Head of Household: Stephen Wethersby
      1 male age 5 -9
      1 male age 15 - 19
      1 male age 50 - 59 [Stephen]
      1 female age 5-9
      1 female age 15 - 19
      1 female age 50 - 59 [Mary]
    Land Purchase 13 Dec 1831  Randolph County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    James Ray 
    • The land involved was Lot #161, 10th District, Randolph, Georgia, consisting of 202 1/2 acres. Witnesses to the transaction were Charles R. Walker and M.G. Buchanan. The deed was recorded on March 20, 1832. I have not found where Stephen disposed of this land.
    Land Purchase 12 Aug 1835  Randolph County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Hiram Allen 
    • The land involved was Lot 218, District 6, of Randolph County, which consisted of 202.5 acres; consideration given was $100. Witnesses were Jas. H. Land & L.B. Camp. Deed Book B, page 157.
    Census 1840  Randolph County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Address:
    District 934 
    • Stephen Withersby head of household:
      1 male age 15 - 19 [?]
      1 male age 60-69 [Stephen]
      1 female age 10 - 14 [?]
      1 female age 15 - 19 [?]
      1 female age 50 - 59 [Mary]
    Land Sale 29 Feb 1840  Randolph County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Burley R. Fuller 
    • Stephen sold 40 acres out of Lot #218, District 6, on the south side of Smockochobee Creek, to Burley R. Fuller. Consideration given was $150, witnesses were David Fain & Savage Strickland JP. Stephen signed by mark. The deed was acknowledged in court on June 27, 1840. There was no release of dower rights.
    Court 1843  Randolph County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • Stephen Witherbee signed a petition against the proposed route of a new road to be constructed in Randolph County. William S. Witherbee also signed this petition. The petition was presented to the Inferior Court of Randolph County on March 20, 1843. The transcriber of the record was uncertain as to the month and day.
    Died Bef 1 Jun 1850  [18
    Probate Nov 1852  Randolph County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [18

    • From the Court of Ordinary Minutes, 1852-1858, November Term, 1852, page 49:

      Martin Pollock haveing applied to this court for temporary letters of administration on the Estate of Stephen Weathersby late of said county deceased & given Bond _____ and it appearing also that the personal Estate is likely to decrease in value if not sold before the granting of letters of administration can be had, it is upon motion therefore ordered that said Temporary Administrator have, and authority is hereby given to him to sell the personal estate of said deceased upon his giveing ten days notice thereof and it is further ordered that B. R. Fuller, R. Davis, Saml Day, Milton M. Moore & John Pollock be appointed appraisers of said Estate. Signed A. P. Beale

      [Note - Burley R. Fuller owned 40 acres in the same lot (218) as Stephen; in the 1840 census, he was shown living next to William Weathersby. Martin Pollock owned Lot 219, just north of Stephen's lot, and I believe him to have married a daughter of Stephen.]

      From page 62: Martin Pollock was appointed administrator of Stephen Weathersby, dec'd on February 7, 1853. Notice of citation was published in the Weekly Times & Sentinel. A one thousand dollar bond was posted by Martin Pollock. Martin stated that he believed that Stephen Weathersby died without leaving a will.

      From page 79, May, 1853: Martin Pollock applied for an order allowing him to sell land belonging to the dec'd, Stephen Weathersby. He stated it was necessary to sell the land for the proper distribution of the Estate among those entitled thereto. It was stated that the required notice had been published for 2 months.

      [I have not been able to find any sale of this land in the Randolph County deed records, either under the Weathersby name or the Pollock name.]

      From page 101, October 1853 Term: A petition was filed by John Johnson & "other legal heirs" of Stephen Weathersby late of said county deceased. In this petition it was alleged that Martin Pollock had moved out of the county, was notoriously insolvent and likely to make ways with the effects of the Estate; mismanagement and neglect were also alleged. The Court ordered that the petition be served on Martin Pollock.

      I have not been able to find out any more about the disposition of Stephen's estate. I read through page 200 and found no more mentions of Stephen Weathersby or Martin Pollock. In the Court of the Ordinary Minute Book for 1858-1871 there is no "Weathersby" in the index.



    Person ID I201  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2015 

    Father Thomas WEATHERSBEE,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F278  Group Sheet

    Family Mary E.,   b. Abt 1771,   d. Abt Nov 1852  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1795 
    Children 
    +1. Gideon A. WEATHERSBEE,   b. Abt 1808, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Jun 1880  (Age ~ 72 years)
    +2. Vincent A. WEATHERSBEE,   b. 1813, Twiggs County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Mary WEATHERSBEE,   b. Abt 1815, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1895  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +4. Amanda WEATHERSBEE,   b. 1820, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1860  (Age < 40 years)
    +5. William WEATHERSBEE,   b. 1820, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1 Jan 1853  (Age < 33 years)
    +6. Aletha WEATHERSBEE,   b. Abt 1825, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsLand Grant - 16 May 1793 - Martin County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Grant - 28 Jan 1798 - Martin County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 28 Jan 1798 - Barnwell, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1800 - Barnwell, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1810 - Twiggs County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax List - 1818 - Captain Wiley Belcher's District, Twiggs County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Sale - John Hidelburgh - 11 Jul 1819 - Twiggs County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Grant - 202.5 acres - 1820 - Early County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1820 - Captain Wiley Belcher's District, Twiggs County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax List - 1826 - Captain Pearson's District, Twiggs County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1830 - Houston County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Purchase - James Ray - 13 Dec 1831 - Randolph County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Purchase - Hiram Allen - 12 Aug 1835 - Randolph County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Address:
    District 934 - 1840 - Randolph County, Georgia
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    Link to Google MapsLand Sale - Burley R. Fuller - 29 Feb 1840 - Randolph County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt - 1843 - Randolph County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Nov 1852 - Randolph County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • (Research):

      Could Cathy Weathersby and Judy Weathersby be two of the three females listed in the 1800 census? They both joined the Stone Creek Baptist Church after 1810.

      In 1800 Stephen was living a few households away from Vincent Perry Jones. The name Vincent was used in the Weathersbee family, and a son of John W. Weathersbee (son of Gideon) was actually named Charles Oliver Perry Weathersbee.

      Given the fact that Gideon Weathersbee came to this area, it's very possible that some of the children I have listed as belonging to Stephen may actually be Gideon's children.

  • Sources 
    1. [S279] North Carolina, Martin County - Abstracts of Deed Book B & C, 1787-1801, pages 56-57 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S279] North Carolina, Martin County - Abstracts of Deed Book B & C, 1787-1801, page 105 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1824] South Carolina, Barnwell - 1800 - Stephen Weathersbee.
      {Head of Household: Stephen Weathersby
      1 male age 16 - 25 [Stephen]
      3 females under age 10 - [?,?,?]
      1 female age 16 - 25 [Mary]}

    4. [S186] Georgia, Twiggs - Stone Creek Baptist Church - 1808-1958, page 85 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S185] Georgia, Twiggs - History, page 197 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S2261] Georgia, Twiggs - Tax Digests, 1818 Tax List, pages not numbered..

    7. [S2234] Georgia, Twiggs - Deed Abstracts - 1810-1875, page 76.

    8. [S188] Georgia, Twiggs, - 1820 GA Land Lottery, online, Stephen Weathersby entry, downloaded 10/08/2005 (Reliability: 3).
      Levin Weathersby, of Jefferson District, Twiggs County, Georgia was also a successful drawer in Irwin County.

    9. [S188] Georgia, Twiggs, - 1820 GA Land Lottery, online, Stephen Weathersby entry, downloaded 10/08/2005 (Reliability: 3).
      Levin Weathersby, of Jefferson District, Twiggs County, Georgia was a successful drawer in Irwin County.

    10. [S185] Georgia, Twiggs - History, page 205 and page 230 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S2261] Georgia, Twiggs - Tax Digests, 1826 Tax List, pages unnumbered.

    12. [S157] Georgia, Houston - 1830 - Stephen Weathersbee (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S183] Georgia, Randolph - online records, Stephen Wethersby entry downloaded October, 2005 (Reliability: 3).
      It was noted that this land was located in what had formerly been Lee County.

    14. [S2232] Georgia, Randolph - Deeds -Film #0271215, Book B, page 157.

    15. [S173] Georgia, Randolph - 1840 - Stephen Weathersbee (Reliability: 3).
      {Stephen Withersby head of household:
      1 male age 15 - 19 [?]
      1 male age 60-69 [Stephen]
      1 female age 10 - 14 [?]
      1 female age 15 - 19 [?]
      1 female age 50 - 59 [Mary]}

    16. [S2233] Georgia, Randolph - Deeds -Film #0271216, Deed Books C & D, pages 627-628.

    17. [S183] Georgia, Randolph - online records, Witherbee entry downloaded 10/2005 (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S2231] Georgia, Randolph - Court of the Ordinary - 1852-1871, Court of Ordinary Minutes, 1852-1858, pages 49, 62, 79 & 101..


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