1512. James Garrison was born before 1725. 1725 James Garrison of Carteret, speculative, born before 1725 based on estimated age of Isaiah (speculative) He died after 1771 at the age of 46 in North Carolina, United States. Known siblings believed to be Children of James and Jane:
1 Ephraim Garrason, born by 1757,
married 1786 Joanna Middleton in Duplin,
died very late 1792 or early 1793 Duplin Co. Ephraim's will proves Thomas (next) was his brother.
2 Thomas Garrason born 1764,
married Lavina Brock in Duplin,
died 1841 Duplin Co. Wills prove he was brother to both Ephraim (above) and Elizabeth (below)
3 Elizabeth Garrason born by 1771,
married 1791 Joseph Merrill in Duplin,
died after 1822 perhaps Effingham Co, GA. Elizabeth's husband's will proves Thomas (above) was her brother. Lived for a time near Darius (below) in Effingham Co.
Others Who May have been Children of Thomas and Jane:
4 Adonijah Garrason, born by 1757,
married Judith Picket in Duplin,
died by 1823 present Pender Co, NC His family to this day spells the name Garrason; surveyors among descendants like those of Darius & James (below).
5 John Garrison, made gift of money for minor Catherine Garrison in 1797, Duplin Co. Thomas (above) witnessed gift; in 1805 was appointed Catherine's guardian.
6 Darius Garrason, born about 1772,
married 1792 Mary Anna Evers in Duplin,
lived 1793-c1831 Effingham Co, GA,
died 1838 Alachua Co, FL Elizabeth (above) lived near him in Effingham Co, GA; Thomas (above) named a son Darius who also moved to GA and called the elder Darius "uncle".
7 James Garrason, born by 1778,
married 1799 Martha Dykes in Effingham,
died about 1811 in Effingham Co, GA Lived near Darius (above) in Effingham Co; descendants said he came from NC; spelled name same as others.
James Garrason, above, is my (Calder) ancestor. It is only fair to the reader to point out that there are some things which suggest that he was son of Ebenezer Garrason, which see for details.
The wife of James and the mother of his children can also be identified. We have found no mention of James in any public records after April of 1771 when he and Jedediah were the witnesses to a land purchase by Ephraim in Duplin County. The 1783 Tax List for Duplin NC, Capt. Gillaspie’s Company, lists Ephraim Garrison and Jane Garrison, with just four names between them. Ebenezer is listed on another page, but also on Capt. Gillaspie’s list. When Ephraim wrote his will November 27, 1792 he gave to his daughter Polly “50 acres being the piece which my Mother now lives upon.” Thomas did not marry until 1793 but the 1790 census shows his household includes two males over the age of 16 (Thomas and his brother Darius?), two females (his mother Jane and his sister Elizabeth?), and one male under the age of 16 who has not been identified.
1754/55 (Jame)s Garrison on Capt. Moses Houston Carteret NC Militia List
(Some speculation involved, based on additional records from the time period, only the “s” at the end of his first name and the entire last name was readable. www.rafert.org/carteret)
1758 James Garrison Carteret Co NC Tax List
(Transcribed from an original copy found in the NC State Archives by Joel S. Russell www.rafert.org/carteret)
1762 Feb 27, Carteret Co NC John Harper 150 acres to James Garrison (Copy of original deed, Carteret Deed Books: 1762- G pp 100-101, 1771- H pp 12-14)
1762 Carteret Co NC James Garrenson appointed to a jury to divide the lands and improvements
of John Webster dec’d between the widow and the heir (Early Carteret County Court Minutes 1747-1764. By Rebecca W Sanders, Beaufort, NC.)
The following is from the Garrason & Related Famlies Website:
Mr. Outlaw confused the records for James Garrason and mis-identified one . . .
(7) James Garrison, lived for a short time in Duplin County. He removed to Greenville District, South Carolina, where his name is found among the public records from about 1789 to 1794. No record of his family.
There is no doubt that several James Garrasons have been found in the court house records of Duplin County.
The first recorded event which involved one of the name occurred in 1771 when James Garrason (so spelled in the court house record) witnessed a deed whereby Ebenezer Garrason purchased land from Andrew McIntire and his wife Arabella. To have been of legal age in 1771 this James would have been born by 1750. Jedediah Garrason (so spelled) witnessed the same deed. ["Duplin County, North Carolina Deed Book 4", p. 458; apparently in original deed book G, pp. 495-496 (as noted in the registration addendum) in the Sampson County, North Carolina court house.]
There is a possibility that this early James Garrason was a resident of nearby Carteret County, North Carolina and was the James whose son Isaiah Garrison moved to Orange County, North Carolina by 1776. They owned land on the east side of Whiteoak River; it was an area apparently sometime in Carteret County and sometime in Onslow County which does adjoin Duplin County. [Zae Hargett Gwynn. Abstracts of Records of Onslow County, North Carolina 1734-1850. Memphis: Henry Norburne Gwynn, 1961. v. 1, p. 292 from "Orange County Deed Book M", p. 17.]
It should be noted that Jedediah Garrison, who settled finally in [Franklin, now] Banks County, Georgia, was, according to his obituary, born in Cortwright County, North Carolina. [Dolores Haller and Marilyn Robinson, compilers. Gleanings from the "Christian Advocate and Journal and Zion's Herald." Bowie (MD): Heritage Books,1989. p. 419]
Carteret County records support statements by local historians that Cortwright was a commonly used old form of Carteret found even in legal documents. [Correspondence from Samuel Garrison of Pensacola, forwarding abstracts of printed Carteret County deeds to the compiler.]
One James Garrison (so spelled) was living in Duplin Co in 1795 and was old enough to help with the maintenance of the public roads. On 22 Oct of that year Thomas Garrison (undoubtedly Thomas Garrason, born 1764) was appointed Overseer of a maintenance crew to keep up the road leading from the Northeast Cape Fear River below the mouth of Muddy Creek to the court house. James Garrison's name appears in the list of hands assigned to help Thomas in that task. The southern end of the strip of road concerned appears to have been in the vicinity of the Garrason home at Garrison Spring.
22 Oct 1795 Court. Ordered Thomas Garrison be Overseer of the New Road leading from the NorthEast River below the Mouth of Muddy Creek to the Court House ... and have the following hands: James Garrison ... and that they open and repair said road. [McEachern. Abstracts, 1795-1798. p. 32.]
It seems certain this was the Webmaster's great-great-great grandfather, James Garrason (c1778-c1812). There were no other Duplin County Jameses to have been assigned that road service. He appeared in Effingham County, GA in the 1790's, making his first record with his marriage in 1799. Darius Garrason had moved from Duplin County to Effingham in 1793 or 1794. Obviously James was following his kinsman south.
After Ebenezer Garrason died intestate in 1801 it took a number of years to settle his estate. On 18 Jan 1804 the court ordered John Farrior, administrator of the estate, to sell a negro slave so that James Garrison (so spelled in the record) could be paid his distributive share. The abstract of this record does not show any relationship between James and Ebenezer, but, of course, there had to have been one. James' name is not found again in Duplin County records. [McEachern. Abstracts, 1803-1805. p. 23.]
What is confusing is that the censuses do not show any males in Ebenezer's household other than himself and for whatever reason, Ebenezer's household does not appear in the "1790 Federal Census for Duplin County". [ "State Census of 1786";"1800 Federal Census for Duplin County".]
Some have speculated that James was Ebenezer's son-in- law, having married his (James') cousin, one of Ebenezer's daughters but there is no proof of such.
This James Garr*son could have been the same one mentioned in the previous section, the one who was assigned to a road crew in 1795. And this, too, could have been the Webmaster's ancestor.
The James Garrison Mr. Outlaw wrote about . . .
The James Garrison mentioned by Mr. Outlaw did live for a time in Greenville District, South Carolina. However, a search of court house records there uncovered only two deeds: one dated 1790 when he bought land and one in 1793 when he sold it. Neither document described him as being formerly of Duplin County. It should be noted that when James of Greenville sold his land he signed the deed with a mark, while the James of Duplin witnessed the 1771 deed with his full signature.
On 3 Apr 1790 Thomas Doeg of Spartanburgh County, South Carolina sold to James Garrison of Greenville County, for £40 sterling, 128 acres on Mush Creek branch of Tygar River. ["Greenville County, South Carolina, Deed Book B", pp. 182-183.]
On 20 Mar 1792 James Garrison of Greenville County sold to Archibald Taylor of same, for £70 sterling, 128 acres granted to Thomas Doeg. ["Greenville County, South Carolina, Deed Book C", pp. 214-215.]
A genealogy of the James Garrison that married Hester Roberts tells that he lived in Maryland, then [Rowan, later] Surry County, North Carolina, and for 16 years in Greenville District, South Carolina. He was in Warren County, KY by 1806, had moved on to Hamilton County, IL shortly after 1820 and was living in Greene Co, IL in 1833 when he applied for a pension as a Revolutionary Soldier. His last payment was for the six months ending 4 Mar 1841. In his application he told that he had been born in Fredericktown, PA in 1747. The genealogy points out that present Fredericktown had not been founded by 1747, but that the name was that of the plantation near Bethlehem, PA, of Henry Antes, a Moravian. No mention was made of any residence in Duplin County.
A letter added to a copy of this reference told that James Garrison had tentatively been identified as a brother of Isaac Garrison (1732-1836), Revolutionary Soldier, and common ancestor of the Isaac Garrison Family Association of Springfield, Missouri. It is not known if he has yet (1993) been recognized by that association as such. [Paul Edwin Power. The Garrison and Allied Families. Bowling Green (KY): private, 1981.]
The reference to Moravians, suggests a possible connection to Captain Nicholas Garrison, Sr. (1701-1781), son of Lambert Garrison, Sr. of Staten Island, NY. Capt. Garrison commanded the ships that brought most of the Moravian settlers from central Europe to Bethlehem, PA. He lived out his retirement years in Bethlehem and died there. He had a number of children. The names of several are unknown and it is assumed they died young. Of those who survived none were named James. [Stillwell. Miscellany. v. 1, pp. 154-155. Harry Emilius Stocker. A History of the Moravian Church in New York City. New York: private, 1922. pp. 75-76. Joseph Mortimer Levering. The History of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741-1892. Bethlehem: Times Publishing Co, 1903. pp. 30, 38, 400 and many others. Moravian Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA, on W. Market St. between Main and New streets; inscriptions (still extant and readable) copied by this writer in 1989.]
Mr. Outlaw's wife was a Garrison from Greenville but apparently she was not a descendant of James. [Albert Timothy Outlaw. Outlaw Genealogy. Kenansville (NC): the Author, 1930. Second Edition and Supplement compiled by Abner Henry Outlaw, Greensboro, NC, 1972. p. 91.] Likely she descended from the family founded by David Garrison and wife Elizabeth Barksdale.
Jane and James Garrison were married before 1745.
1513. Jane died in North Carolina, British America.
|Ebenezer Garrison was born about 1750 in Carteret, North Carolina, British America. 1750 Ebenezer Garrason born, based on first appearance in public records (speculative-Duplin Co Deed Bk 4, p458, SAMPSON-DUPLIN DEEDS, Books 4-6, (ca. 1762 to ca.1779), by Max R. Peterson, Jr.) He was listed in the in Duplin, North Carolina, United States tax list in 1783 Taxable property £198|
He died before October 1801 at the age of 51 in Duplin, North Carolina, United States. 2. EBENEZER b. about 1750
1771 April 16, Duplin Co NC, Ebinezar Gerrason, laborer, purchased 100 acres on Persimmon Swamp on the west side of the North East Branch of the Cape Fear River from Andrew McIntire and his wife Arabella., all of Duplin Co. Witnesses were Jedediah Garrason and James Garrason (Duplin Co Deed Bk 4, p458, SAMPSON-DUPLIN DEEDS, Books 4-6, (ca. 1762 to ca. 1779), by Max R. Peterson, Jr. )
A deed of 1771, by which Ebenezer Garrason purchased land, suggests he was born by April, 1750 - if not, then he was underage at the time. On 16 Apr 1771 Andrew McIntire (and wife Arabella) sold to Ebinezar Gerrason [sic], laborer, all of Duplin County, North Carolina, 100 acres on Persimmon Swamp on the west side of the North East Branch of the Cape Fear River. [Duplin County Deed Book 4, p. 458.]
1773 witnessed deed Rouse to Jedediah.
1775 witnessed deed Murrow to Jedediah
1778 May 16, Duplin Co NC to Ephraim Garrison from Phillip Rouse, 100 acres “On the west side of the North East Branch of Cape Fear River between percimmon and Stocking Head Branch.” witness Ebenezer Garrison. (Duplin Co Deed Book 6, page 98, SAMPSON-DUPLIN DEEDS, Books 4-6, (ca. 1762 to ca. 1779), by Max R. Peterson, Jr)
1778 July 1, Duplin Co NC, Ephraim Garrison and Eadargar (Eadinger?) GARRISON (note by Karen, probably Ebenezer) witnessed a deed James Mills to John Waller. (Duplin Co Deed Book 6, page 111, SAMPSON-DUPLIN DEEDS, Books 4-6, (ca. 1762 to ca. 1779), by Max R. Peterson, Jr.)
1783 Duplin NC census, Capt Gillespie’s Company, along with Jane and Ephraim
1786 Duplin NC census next to Adonijah, very near Ephraim
Karen Simmons reports that "recent DNA test results (July 2009) on a descendant of Shadrack Garrison through his son John have shown that he is a perfect 32/32 match to my third cousin. We are haplogroup R1b1b2. My cousin and I are descendants of Zebulon Garrison. All of us are also a perfect match to descendants of Jedediah Garrison and a close match to a descendant of Ebenezer Garrason. Another descendant of Shadrack Garrison, this one through his son Caleb, has ordered a DNA test kit so we will be seeing a second set of results soon. "
Duplin Deeds, Book 1A
p. 34 John Magee to Ebenezar Garrison...for 30 pds. specie 135A on the ES of......certain branch of Muddy Creek know...... the planta. wheron sd Garrison.... at a gum & to the back patent line of ...... Blaks corner. Wit: Charles Bo.....
p. 137 William Magee of Duplin Co. to John Magee (co. not given) 23 Nov 1784, 75 pds. specie 400A on the Marsh Branch joining Muddy Creek where the sd. William Magee formerly lived in 3 planta. to wit: (1) on the SS of Marsh Branch; (2) on the NS of same branch where John Magee's store is; (3) one in the fork of same branch, being the tracts of land that William Magee bought of John Woodward. Th sd. 400A joined the lines of John Woodward, Jacob Brown, Richard Keen, Ebenezar Garrison. Wit: William Farrior, Andrew Laws, John Farrior. Apr. Ct. 1785.
p. 444 Ebenezer Garrison, planter of Duplin Co. to John McGee of New Hanover Co. & nigh Wilmington, 2 June 1787, for 30 pds. current money of N. C. 135A on the ES of the North Branch of Cape Fear River, & on it certain branch of Muddy Creek, known by the name of Marsh Branch, it being the south of sd. Marsh Branch, beg. at a small black gum below a small branch, running into the Marsh Branch & Mill Pond, in the back part or line of John Magee, bearing date 22 Dec 1770. Wit: William Farrior, Justis Miller. Oct. Ct. 1787
p 488 John Magee of New Hanover Co., nigh the Town of Wilmington, to Ebenezar Garrison, planter of Duplin Co., 24 Aug 1787, for 35 pds. current money 50A on the Marsh Branch near Muddy Creek, it being part of 2 surveys of land patented by William Magee & the other one patented by John Magee, beg. at a red oak on the SS of the Mill Branch upon William Farrior's line, to a pine upon Thomas Blake's line, to William Farrior's corner. Wit: William Farrier, Justice Miller. Jan. Ct. 1788.
Duplin Deeds, Book3A
p 359 Ebenezar (E) Garrison ...... Jan 1795, for 295 pds. current money.... a black gum in the edge of Muddy..... patented by John Magee 22 D.... pine the corner of a survey of ..... of 100A patented by Henry A .... Farrior, to the corner of a .......Worth now the prop. of Joa ...... John Woodward's old corner .... Oct. Ct. 1796.
p 537 Josiah Cottle to Robert Cottle, both of Duplin Co., 31 Dec 1808, for 100 pds. specie 100A on the NS of Muddy Creek, beg. at a red oak on sd. creek below sd. Cottle's, adj. Pickett, to a cypress in Muddy Creek Swamp, being part of 200A patented by John McGee & from him to Ebenezar Garrison who deeded to William McGee & from him to Charles Gaugh who sold to Robert Cottle, & then sold by Hugh McCanne, Shff. for taxes to Austin Bryan who sold to Josiah Cottle. Wit: James Pickett, Henry Pickett. Jan. Ct. 1809.
His name appears on the "1783 Tax List of Duplin County" with taxable property worth £198. In the tax list there is no suggestion he was single. [William Perry Johnson, editor. North Carolina Genealogy. v. 19, no. 1, p. 2816 (Spring and Summer, 1973).]
Ebenezer Garrason was listed in the "1786 State Census of Duplin County" and counted in the 21-60 age group. His household included four females, assumed to have been a wife and three daughters. No mention of him or his family can be found in the "1790 Federal Census of Duplin County". It does not seem that he was living with any of the other Garrasons.
That he was counted in the over-44 age group in the "1800 Federal Census of Duplin County" confirms he was born by 1755. He died 1801. Administration records show that his wife was named Nancy and that they had daughters Martha who died 1807 and Nancy. Had Mr. Outlaw checked the court records as this compiler did, he would have learned of Ebenezer's family.
"In court, July 1801. Report of Committee appointed to ascertain one years provision for Nancy Garrison, widow of Ebenezer Garrison, dec'd, and family, rendered and signed by Committee." [Leora H. McEachern. Duplin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Abstracts of Minutes 1798-1803. Rose Hill (NC): Duplin County Historical Society, 1982. p. 33.]
"In court, 23 Apr 1807. Appointed Joseph T. Rhodes, James Pickett and Daniel Southerland a Committee to settle accounts of Estate of Ebenezer Garrison, dec'd. between the Amr'r [sic] and Heirs and also to settle that part of Estate that may fall to Widow on account of the death of her daughter Martha Garrison, minor orphan of the said dec'd and to make her such allowance for raising, cloathing and schooling her children as Committee thinks reasonable and report same to the next court." [Leora H. McEachern. Duplin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Abstracts of Minutes 1805-1808. Rose Hill (NC): Duplin County Historical Society, 1990. p. 54.]
His daughter Nancy Garrason was still living in 1825 when she and her mother joined Muddy Creek Baptist Church, an organization which had accused Ebenezer of being disorderly in 1793.
"Leslie H. Brown, Jr. Collection", Duplin County Historical Society, Rose Hill, North Carolina. See "Garrison, Ebenezer" in either of two card files. A handwritten but unindexed copy of "Muddy Creek Baptist Church Records" is also in the library of the society. This writer has been told that "being disorderly", as Ebenezer was changed with, could have been something as simple as playing cards.
One James Garrison claimed one-fourth of the estate of Ebenezer Garrason in 1803. A check of the court record on microfilm in North Carolina Archives did not, as hoped, reveal either James Garrison's relation to Ebenezer or his residence. The abstracts of the record are shown next.
"18 Jan 1804 Court. [Granted] John Farrior, Adm'r of Ebenezer Garrison, dec'd, an Order to sell a Negro of said dec'ds Estate named Peg in order to raise money to pay off James Garrison his distributive share of said estate...
"18 Apr 1804 Court. Report of Committee appointed to settle accounts of Estate of Ebenezer Garrison dec'd, with John Farrior, Adm'r, Exhibited by which it appears there is a balance of £301-18-4 out of which sum James Garrison is Intituled to £75-9-7, being the fourth part and his distributive share..."
[Leora H. McEachern. Duplin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Abstracts of Minutes 1803-1805. Rose Hill (NC): Duplin County Historical Society, 1984. pp. 23, 35.]
How James was entitled to a share is unknown because no census indicated any males in Ebenezer's household other than himself. Go to the article on the Webmaster's James Garrason for comments as to whether he was this same James.
|Jedediah Garrison was born about 1752 in Carteret, North Carolina, British America. 1752 Jedediah Garrison born “Cortright”(Carteret) North Carolina He died on 3 March 1830 at the age of 78 in Franklin, Georgia, United States. The Following Obituary was Printed in the April 9, 1830 Issue of a Newspaper entitled "Christian Advocate and Journal and Zion's Herald".|
"Mr. Jedediah Garrison departed this life in Franklin County, Georgia, March 3, 1830, in the 78th year of his age. He was born in the county of Cortwight, North Carolina, of English parents in 1752. In 1786, he embraced religion under the ministry of Mr. Patridge, and some time after he removed to South Carolina, where he bacame a class leader and exhorter, both of which offices he filled with much fidelity and usefulness. After some years he removed to Georgia, where he spent the remainder of his days in the faithful discharge of his duties to God and man. He wasted away slowly with a lingering disease, but his faith was made perfect. A little before he died, he praised God for all his mercies, and said the ministering spirits were waiting to convey him home. His death indeed was truly triumphant, affording a striking evidence to all who behold it of the efficacy and power divine grace." He was buried at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Banks, Georgia, United States. Jedediah Garrison grave: Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church; Banks County, Georgia, with marker erected by DAR. Obituary says he was born in 1752 in Carteret, North Carolina to English parents. Died 1829 Banks County. Sons Rev. David Garrison and Rev. Levi Garrison were Methodist circuit riders. David was ordained by Bishop Asbury. 3. JEDEDIAH b. 1752 Carteret Co NC
(Obituary says he was born Carteret 1752, James was in Carteret records 1754, 1758 & 1762)
1771 Duplin, witnessed Ebenezer’s deed, other witness was James
1773 July 7 Duplin Co NC, Jedediah Garrison was deeded 50 acres by Phillip & Hannah Rouse, “On the west side of the North East Branch of Cape Fear River On a branch of Stocking Head swamp together with the Improvements thereon” witnessed by Ebenezer Garrison. (Duplin Co Deed Book 5, page 233, SAMPSON-DUPLIN DEEDS, Books 4-6, (ca. 1762 to ca. 1779), by Max R. Peterson, Jr.)
1774 Mar 28 Duplin Co NC, Jedediah Garrison was deeded 100 acres by John & Sarah Murrow, “On the west sode of the North East of Cape Fear River on Horse branch” Ebenezer Garrison was a witness (Duplin Co Deed Book 5, page 121, SAMPSON-DUPLIN DEEDS, Books 4-6, (ca. 1762 to ca. 1779), by Max R. Peterson, Jr.)
1776 Nov 13 Petition for a new election in Orange Co NC Gediah (Jedediah) (The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, May 1984, p 105)
1776 Feb Duplin Co NC, Jedediah Garrison deeded to Charles Ward 100 acres “On the west side fo the North East River. . . Being a part of (200) acres of land pattented by John Morrow above the mouth of Horse branch.” (The parcel he purchased 1774 Mar 28) (Duplin Co Deed Book 6, page 4, ABSTRACTS, SAMPSON-DUPLIN AND SAMPSON COUNTY DEEDS, BOOKS 7-9, (ca. 1780 to ca. 1794), Max R. Peterson Jr. )
1776 (approximate) Jedediah Garrison, Revolutionary Soldier (Reprint of Official Register of Land Lottery of Georgia 1827 compiled by Martha Lou Houston, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967, page 139, “Jedediah Garrison, R.S.” accepted by DAR)
1779 Jedediah(Judah) and Isaiah Orange Co NC Tax List together (Orange County NC 1779 Tax List, North Carolina Genealogy, Raleigh NC Summer 1969. Vol. 15 Issue 2, page 2355)
1790 Greenville, SC, Elenor Garrison and Jedediah Garrison
Jedediah and his descendants moved to Franklin County Georgia where they interacted with the descendants of Isaiah and Elenor
Old Georgia family tradition said Caleb and a sister, Eleanor, were niece and nephew to Jedediah.
Karen Simmons reports that "recent DNA test results (July 2009) on a descendant of Shadrack Garrison through his son John have shown that he is a perfect 32/32 match to my third cousin. We are haplogroup R1b1b2. My cousin and I are descendants of Zebulon Garrison. All of us are also a perfect match to descendants of Jedediah Garrison and a close match to a descendant of Ebenezer Garrason. Another descendant of Shadrack Garrison, this one through his son Caleb, has ordered a DNA test kit so we will be seeing a second set of results soon."
Jedediah Garrison, born 1752 Carteret (sometimes spelled Cortwright) Co, NC, m Jane Williams; died 1830 Franklin (now Banks) Co, GA. Like Ebenezer he was born before Thomas & Jane (Ferris) Garrason married, may have been brother or cousin.
married Jane Williams of Duplin Co. They lived in Duplin Co. before 1780. In the 1790’s he was living in Greenville District, SC; and moved to Banks Co., GA, about 1800.
Jedediah GARRISON lived in Duplin and Orange Counties, North Carolina, later moved to the Greenville District in South Carolina, then to Franklin County, Georgia. The area in Franklin County was later renamed Banks County, Georgia.
Jedediah GARRISON Witnessed a deed in Duplin County, North Carolina in 1771, and bought land there in 1773. Jedediah GARRISON appeared on a Tax List in Caswell District of Orange County, North Carolina in 1781, where He owned 100-Acres of land and Three Cows. The Duplin County, North Carolina Deed Book 5, Records a deed in which Jedediah GARRISON bought 100-Acres of land from Phillip Rouse and his wife Hannah.
In February 1776, Jedediah GARRISON sold to Charles Ward 100-Acres of land on the West side of the North East River for 6-Pounds. (English Money).
Riots disrupted the Voting in Orange County on October 15, 1776, and Jedediah GARRISON signed a petition requesting New Elections.
Jedediah GARRISON was living in the Greenville District of South Carolina during the 1790 and 1800 United States Census.
In the Spring of 1804, Jedediah Garrison and His Family Moved from South Carolina to Franklin County, Georgia, in the Area that is Now Banks County, Georgia. (Banks County was Created from Franklin County in 1858).
(The following is from the Garrason & Related Famlies Website:)
Jedediah Garrison (died 1830 present Banks Co, Georgia)
The amount of information Mr. Outlaw included for Jedediah's family suggests he had help from family members . . .
(8) Jedediah Garrison, lived in Duplin County for several years prior to 1780. During the seventeen-nineties he was living in Greenville District, South Carolina, and from thence he moved to Banks County, Ga., soon after the year 1800. His wife was Jane Williams of Duplin County and their children were as follows:
(a) Jane Garrison, born 1765(date error), married Barney Meadows and lived in Banks County;
(b) Rebecca Garrison, married Burton and lived in Hall County, Ga.;
(c) Rev. Levi Garrison, a Methodist minister, located in Anderson County, South Carolina, and reared a large family there; his wife was Miss Meadows of North Carolina; two of their sons were ministers;
(d) James Caleb Garrison, married Katie Morgan and reared a large family in Banks County;
(e) Rev. David Garrison, a Methodist minister, lived and died in Banks County, leaving a large family;
(f) Christopher Garrison, Jr. married Kessiah Meaders and reared two sons;
(g) Thomas Garrison, married and reared a family;
(h) Capais Garrison moved West.
It is quite obvious that Mr. Outlaw had been in touch with descendants of Jedediah Garrison before he wrote his article. Lacking such communication he would not have been able to give the detailed list of descendants that he did. Without a doubt his contact was the late D. H. P. Garrison of Godfrey, GA.
Serious corrections need to be made to the information
for some of the children of Jedediah Garrison.
Jane Garrison [numbered (a) by Mr. Outlaw] was born 1785 or thereabouts, not 1765. The erroneous year was found in Jane (Meaders) Quillian's memoirs which she wrote in 1882 following the death of her mother, Jane (Garrison) Meaders. [The more nearly correct 1785 is found in many sources including John Silas Garrison's The Garrison Family. p. 29.]
This date error, 1765 that should be 1785, has caused idiotic results in the information some descendants of Jedediah have put together. Unfortunately they have been so anxious to share their stupendous mistakes that they entered this "pseudo-data" into the International Genealogical Index of the LDS Church and this collection of "imaginary facts" is now available on the Internet. Someone, carelessly accepting 1765 as Jane's date of birth, decided that her father, Jedediah, must have been born about 1730. That meant that his father, the imaginary Christopher Garrison, must have been born about 1700, an estimate made in spite of the fact that the real Christopher Garrison had been born 1730/1 on Staten Island. And, of course, that meant that Christopher's parents, Isaac Garrison and Maria Christopher, had been born in the 1670s or so, in spite of Isaac having been listed as a boy in the 1706 census of Staten Island, and in spite of Maria having been christened as an infant in 1710. Another unfortunate situation is that some descendant of Jedediah, likely D. H. P. Garrison, entered this information into a family Bible and then submitted it to the Georgia DAR for publication in a collection of Bible records. Doesn't it mean anything to anyone that the only reliable Bible records are those entered after the Bible was printed?
James Caleb Garrison's middle name is questionable. [numbered (d)] No one has found any proof that the son James had Caleb as his middle name. It is a family tradition but there are no records in his home county for James Caleb, James C., J. Caleb or J. C. Garrison. See Capais at the end of this list. [Early court house records for Franklin County, GA have been published and the index does not list him by any name other than simply James.]
Christopher Garrison [numbered (f)] was never called Jr. in any known records and he did not rear his sons, having died 1811 when they were very small. It should be noted that some descendants of Jedediah have insisted that the will of Jedediah's son Christopher was really that of the old Christopher they believe was Jedediah's father. If that were the case, and this writer thinks the idea preposterous, old Christopher must have married shortly before his death and fathered several sons that he left orphaned.
Will of Christopher Garrason. The DAR source spells the name Garrison and gives young Christopher's wife as Benor. [Daughters of the American Revolution, Georgia Chapters. Historical Collections. Vidalia (GA), Georgia Genealogical Reprints, no date (Atlanta: Charles P. Byrd, State Printer, 1926). v. 1, pp. 254-255.]
John Silas Garrison's The Garrison Family, p. 11 of the 2nd appendix, quoted Christopher's recorded will and gave the spelling in all instances as Garrason and the wife's name as Kesiah, which was correct, with a note that her name was written above the regular line.
Capais Garrison [numbered (h)], called Capel in some lists, was actually Caleb Garrison, born 1789. He was known as Caleb Garrison, Jr. to distinguish him from the Caleb Garrison, Sr. who married Sarah Fleming. He moved west and died in Conway County, Arkansas. Researchers in his branch of the family, including Mesdames Shipman and Maples, insist that Caleb Garrison was the Capais listed as Jedediah's youngest son. As proof, they quote a sketch in a Conway County, Arkansas history that reported their Caleb's father as Jadiah Garrison, which is an ignorant spelling of the name Jedediah. [Quillian Garrison, editor. John Garrison Ross and Quillian Garrison, compilers. Descendants of Caleb Garrison, Sr. and his wife Sarah Fleming. Angleton (TX): Times Printers & Stationers, Inc., 1967. p. 17. Historical Reminences and Biographical Memoirs of Conway County, Arkansas. Arkansas Historical Publishing Co., 1890. Photocopy made at the Little Rock library was shared with the writer.]
This writer appreciates the stretching one's imagination must suffer to accept these corrections concerning the name Caleb. To make it easy to write his feelings on the matter, he is dropping the formal writing style for this section.
In spite of the uncountable number of problems that have been found in the records of the descendants of Jedediah Garrison, I lean toward the possibility that the son James was actually named James Caleb. I make that statement even though two given names were uncommon when he was born and, if that were his name, he was the only one of the children of Jedediah for whom a tradition of two given names has survived. The fact that no record of him using his middle name or initial has been found would be understandable if we knew that he was the only James in his county. There would have been no need for him to have been called anything other than James Garrison. The late John Silas Garrison of Athens, GA, a great grandson of James, listed his ancestor as James Caleb. While John may have been just following tradition, I find his comments about the various claims of his cousins to have been rather well thought out.
Now we must examine the possibility of two brothers, both named Caleb.
If James were really named James Caleb, then I do not believe the youngest son of Jedediah was also named Caleb. However, he may have called himself Caleb in adult life.
For the longest time, folks were rather casual about personal names. With a much smaller population it did not matter if the man who operated the flour mill called himself by the English John or the French Jean and even the Spanish Juan. He was still the man who ran the mill. If Ann Marie Poindexter decided as a teen-ager she wanted to be known as Maryann, she would be married and buried as Maryann, but everyone still knew she was old man Poindexter's daughter Ann Marie. Aloysius James Henderson might have been called James or Jim by everyone. When he enlisted in the militia as James A. Henderson, everyone knew who he was, and it caused no problem 40 years later when he applied for a Confederate pension.
If this son of Jedediah were named Capais or Capel, it would be understandable if he refused to accept either name once he reached maturity. They are not the most desirable of names. He may have found a role model in either James Caleb or the elder Caleb Garrison, Sr. He may have called himself Caleb to try to make himself more like his hero, to emulate him, to honor him.
Jedediah Garrason was in Duplin County, witnessing a deed in 1771 and buying land in 1773. The 1771 deed was the one whereby Ebenezer Garrason purchased land from Andrew and Arabella McIntire. ["Duplin County, North Carolina, Deed Book 4", p. 458.] The 1773 deed shows that Jedediah Garrason purchased land from Phillip Rouse and wife Hannah. This appears to have been part of a grant to Rouse that was directly south of a 1784 grant made to Adonijah Garrason. Because Ephraim and Adonijah Garrason were witnesses to the will of Phillip Rouse, some of Jedediah's descendants have suggested that Rouse's wife Hannah had been a Garrason before her marriage, but there is no proof of that. Yet, lacking that proof, some researchers in the north Georgia family still list Hannah (Garrison) Rouse as a daughter of Christopher and Phebe (Vanderbilt) Garrison. Rouse's will was proved 18 Oct 1784. ["Duplin County, North Carolina, Deed Book 5", p. 233 ; McEachern, Abstracts 1784-1787. p. 1].
Jedediah disappeared from Duplin County in 1776 after selling land. On - Feb 1776 Jedidiah Garrison sold to Charles Ward, for £6 proclamation money, 100 acres on west side of North East River, part of 200 acres patented by John Morrow above the mouth of Horse Branch. [Record is now called "Sampson-Duplin Deed Book 7", p. 4. Max R. Peterson, Jr. Abstracts - Sampson-Duplin and Sampson County Deeds, Books 7-9, c1780-c1794. Dunn (NC): Pope Printing Co, 1985. p. 1.]
That same year, 1776, one Gediah Garrison signed a petition in Orange County, North Carolina. A petition requesting new elections after riots disrupted the voting on 15 Oct 1776 was signed in Orange County in 1776 by Gediah Garrison. Another copy, which suggests a different part of the county, was signed by Jacob, Garret, George and John Garrison. [North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. v. 10, no. 2, pp. 98-106 (May, 1984). Those last four named have been found to have been descendants of the Garretson family originally of Delaware and later of Pennsylvania. Sources omitted to save space. Trust me - CCG]
The name of Jedediah Garrison appeared on the 1781 Tax List of Caswell District, Orange County, North Carolina, with three cows and 100 acres. [North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. v. 11, no. 4, p. 237 (Nov, 1985).] According to his descendants, he lived in that portion of Orange County that is now Alamance County. Several of his older children were born there
He was in Greenville District, SC for the 1790 and 1800 censuses, neither of which counts a male over 16-years-old who can be identified as Christopher Garrison, his supposedly father who supposedly was living with him.
Jedediah moved to Franklin [present Banks] County, Georgia in or around 1804. A land record in Greenville identifies Jedediah of Greenville as the one who moved on to Georgia. A deed dated 6 Feb 1806 records the sale of land by Jedediah Garrison of the state of Georgia to John Dunbar of Greenville County, South Carolina. ["Greenville County Deed Book G", pp. 363-364.]
When he died he was buried in the cemetery at Mt. Pleasant Church in present Banks County, Georgia. Some descendants insist he died in 1827 or 1828. However, there is an abstract of obituaries which tells that he died in 1830. [Christian Advocate and Journal and Zion's Herald. Published for the Methodist Episcopal Church from Sep 1827 through Aug 1831 by J. Emory and B. Waugh. Edited by N. Bangs and B. Badger in New York City.] The printed abstract [from Gleanings from the "Christian Advocate and Herald and Zion's Herald". Dorothy Haller and Marulyn Robinson, compilers. Bowie (MD): Heritage Books, 1989.] reads:
Jedediah Garrason, age 78, [died] Mar 3, 1830, Franklin Co, GA, b[orn] 1752 in Co. of Cortwright, NC of English parents, sometime after 1786 he lived in SC and later moved to GA.
Garrason is the spelling from the printed abstract. Only the items in [square brackets] were added by this writer. Cortwright was a common mispronunciation of Carteret that was in use in the 1700s and 1800s. Samuel Garrison of Pensacola provided this writer with copies of deeds recorded in the Carteret County court house in which the official record used the spelling Cortwright.
It should be obvious to the viewer that the Webmaster refuses to entertain any claim that Jedediah was the son of Christopher Garrison of Staten Island, NY.
How could he have been? Jedediah of Franklin Co, GA was born in 1752 in North Carolina while Christopher and wife Phebe were still living on Staten Island as late as 1766 when their last known child, a daughter Eleanor, was born and christened on Staten Island. Click here to read sources of that 1766 date.
Notes from Bev Garrison based on her research
Jedediah Garrison was born and raised in Dupin County, NC. His wife Jane Williams was
also from North Carolina. In 1790, Jedediah was in the Pendleton District of S. Carolina
and in 1800 was listed as being in the Greenville District of South Carolina.
In the spring of 1804, Jedediah and his family moved from South Carolina to
Franklin County, Georgia. (Christopher, being quite old, came with them to Georgia.- error)
Jedediah Garrison was a Revolutionary War soldier, and in 1827 drew Lee County Land
in the land Lottery. It was granted Dec. 21, 1833.
Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church near Homer, Georgia in Banks County was organized by
Jedediah Garrison, two of his sons and some cousins. David and Levi Garrison, sons of
Jedediah, were Methodist ministers. Levi returned to South Carolina and preached on a
circuit for 10 years. Levi also built and operated the first Cotton Mill in South Carolina.
Jedediah, his (father) son Christopher, and other members of his family are buried at
Mt Pleasant Methodist Church near Homer, Georgia. In 1989 a marker was placed at
Jedediah's grave by the D.A.R and the Veteran's Administration, stating that he was a
Revolutionary War Soldier.
Jedediah is listed in 1790 census of South Carolina and in the County Deed books of
North Carolina, South Carolina and in Franklin County, Georgia. It shows the amount of
land he owned and where it was located. He also fought in the War of 1812.
Note: The parents of Jedediah are said to be Christopher Garrison and Phoebe Vanderbilt, of New York, who may have come to NC during the period after the French and Indian War, when land opened in Central NC to Moravians and Quakers in what became Wachau. The original Garrisons in this line would have been Moravians, but Jedediah and wife Jane Williams were Methodists. The descent from Christopher and Phoebe is in dispute, with DNA studies showing an exact match between the Garrisons of New Jersey and Jedediah Garrison's descendants in North Carolina, giving credibility to the story of Christopher and Phoebe Garrison coming from that area. Son David Garrison, my ancestor was one of the first Methodist Circuit Riders, ordained by Bishop Asbury, and founded many Methodist Churches in the upstate of SC and in Northeast Georgia, specifically Banks County, where many descendants were Methodist Preachers at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church. One descendant Jasper Garrison was a doctor, lawyer, and ordained Methodist minister, serving in the Confederate Secret Service. He was captured on a mission to New York, and allowed to escape across the border to Canada, because he was a Mason. The Garrisons held the world's largest Easter Egg hunt near the family home in Homer, Georgia for years, and have produced many outstanding descendants. I am privileged to be descended from Jedediah two separate ways from my grandmother Myrtle Garrison, who was a one room school teacher in Banks County. She is descended from both David Garrison, and his sister Jane Garrison, who married Barney Meadors. She married my grandfather Plumer Duckett Ayers after he returned from World War I, serving in the All American Division.
Jedediah Garrison Bible
Contributed by Jacqueline King
|Adonijah Garrason was born about 1755 in Carteret, North Carolina, British America. 1755 Adonijah born, based on first appearance in public records (speculative - N. C. Rev. Soldiers, Sailors, Patriots and Descendants, Mary Carter, Albany GA, Pioneers Publications, 1978) He died before 15 October 1823 at the age of 68 at (now New Hanover Co.) in Pender, North Carolina, United States. He was also known as Adonijah Garrison. 4. ADONIJAH b. about 1755|
1776 (approximate) Adonijah Garrison, Revolutionary Soldier, Private (N. C. Rev. Soldiers, Sailors, Patriots and Descendants, Mary Carter, Albany GA, Pioneers Publications, 1978)
1780 Sep 20 Duplin Co NC, Wemberk Boney to Adonijah Garrison 20 acres “on the NS of Island Creek”, recorded Oct Court 1786 (Duplin Co NC Book 1A. page 324, ABSTRACTS OF DEEDS, 1784-1813, Vol. 1,
Eleanor Smith Draughon, Duplin County Historical Society 1983)
1784 Duplin, Ephraim & Adonijah witnessed the will of Philp Rouse
1786 Duplin Co census next to Ebenezer, very near Ephraim
1790 Duplin Co NC, Thomas, Adonijah, Ephraim
1800 New Hanover Co NC Federal Census, Adinih (Adonijah) Garrison
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Duplin Deeds, Book 1A
p. 226 Edward Dickson to James Dickson, both of Duplin Co., 10 Aug 1785, 40 pds, current money of N.C. for 200A in 2 pieces: (1) 100A on Maxwell Swamp incl. the Beaverdam & some islands called Folley Islands, beg. at at water oak & 2 pines by Middle Branch; (2) 100A on Maxwell Swamp, beg. at a poplar on the run in Follly on Morgan Sweeny's line, William Rigsbee's line, Richard Williams' line, about 150 yards above the mouth of Wolf Pit Branch, Joseph Dickson's line, granted to Edward Dickson by patent dated 10 Nov 1784. Wit: Lewis Barnes, Adonijah Garrason. Jan. Ct. 1786.
From the Garrason & Related Families Website:
Adonijah Garrason (died 1823)
Mr. Outlaw did not tell that Adonijah's previous residence had been in Duplin County . .
(2) Adonijah Garrison, located on Harrison Creek, New Hanover County, about the year 1796. His wife was Judith Pickett of Duplin County, and their children were: (a) Isaac, (b) Jedediah, (c) Jacob, (d) Simon, and (e) John.
Descendants have estimated Adonijah Garrason's birth year as 1761, that being based on the presence of a young male in his home in the "State Census of 1786". The fact that he purchased land in Duplin County in 1780 suggests he was born by 1759. A deed dated 20 Sep 1780 from Wemberk Boney to Adonijah, both of Duplin County, for 20 acres on the north side of Island Creek, was proved in the October, 1786 court and recorded in Duplin County Deed Book 1A, p. 324. [Eleanor Smith Draughon. Duplin County, North Carolina Abstracts of Deeds, 1784-1813. Duplin County Historical Society. Easley (SC): Southern Historical Press, 1986. p. 29]
Court of 23 Jul 1788 ordered that Asa Parker, orphan boy 13 years of age last February, be bound as an apprentice to Adonijah Garrison until age 21. [Leora H. McEachern. Duplin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Abstracts of Minutes 1788-1791. Rose Hill (NC): Duplin County Historical Society, 1979. p. 21.]
Court records in New Hanover County show him a resident there in 1795. A Bill of Sale from John Parker to Adonijah Garrison was proven in June 1795 Court by testimony of Henry Pickett. [Alexander McDonald Walker. New Hanover County Court Minutes, 1794-1800 (Part 4). Bethesda (MD): the Editor, 1962. p. 21.]
In October, 1804 a Wilmington, North Carolina newspaper printed a list of persons for whom letters were being held at the post office. This entry is of interest:
Adonijah Garrison, himself and his brothers.
One could speculate forever about who were Adonijah's brothers. Obviously he was known to have more than one, and all three (or more) of them had lived at one time the Lower Cape Fear area, that is, in present Duplin, Pender or New Hanover counties.
These facts are known about the male Garrasons who were of the same generation as Adjonijah: . . . . .only Thomas (b. 1764) of Duplin County was known to be still in the area . . . . .Ephraim had died in late 1792 or early 1793 . . . . . Darius and this writer's James had been in Effingham County, GA for almost 10 years . . . . . Ebenezer had been dead since 1801 . . . . . John's name had not appeared in any county records since 1797.
No other males, Jedediah for example, had been seen in records of the area for a generation. Likely the letter writer did not know of some of the events mentioned. Mail took so long back then the letter could have been written several years before 1804.
Endless time can be spent speculating on its contents. . . . .Was it Darius and James writing from Effingham County, Georgia with news? . . . . . Was Jedediah writing from Franklin County, GA to tell that he had moved from South Carolina? Remember, this letter arrived in Wilmington, NC about the same time Jedediah settled in Georgia. . . . . Or was it a letter from a far-off stranger telling that the older Thomas, mariner, (whom this writer suspects but cannot prove was father of some of these Garrasons: Ephraim, Thomas, Elizabeth, probably Darius and possibly the compiler's James) had been captured by pirates or lost at sea in a storm or died in some remote place of an exotic disease?
Whatever the news, it must have been considered important because no one back then wrote of frivolous things. [Sources for the above statements will be found scattered throughout this paper in other sections. It did not seem important to repeat them here. -CCG]
Adonijah Garrason died in [New Hanover, now] Pender County by 15 Oct 1823 when James Nixon posted bond as administrator of the estate. A second bond posted 10 Nov included one of Adonijah's sons as surety; he signed his name Jacob Garrason. In 1842 son Jedediah Garrason sold his rights to Adonijah's estate to James Walton. All instances of the name were spelled Garrason, including the original signatures of Jedediah and his brother Simeon who was a witness. Copies of the original estate papers in North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, were obtained by Ruth Mary (Conrad) Maples of Amarillo, TX. Copies she sent to the late Frankie (Garrison) Shipman of Oklahoma City were shared with this writer.
The reader should be aware that Jedediah, son of Adonijah, was not the same person as the Jedediah who moved to Georgia. Adonijah's son was much younger than Jedediah of Georgia and never lived in that state.
|Ephraim Garrison was born before 1757. 1762 Ephraim Garrison born, based on first appearance in public records(speculative - 1783 Duplin Co NC Tax List, North Carolina Genealogy, Raleigh NC, Apring 1973, Vol. 19, Issue 1, page 2813) He was listed in the in Duplin, North Carolina, United States tax list in 1786 Ephraim was listed as a single poll with property valued at £100 He signed a will on 27 November 1792 in Duplin, North Carolina, United States. 1792 Nov 27, Ephraim’s will written in Duplin Co NC identifies wife Jonny (transcribed in error as Jenny, his wife was Johnna Middleton (Duplin County North Carolina Marriage Records 1755-1868 by Frances T. Ingmire, page 00011) ), daughter Polly, sons David & Thomas, Brother Thomas, and refers to “50 acres Being the piece Which my Mother Now Lives uppon,” (William L. Murphy's Genealogical Abstracts - Duplin County Wills 1730-1860, p54. [Rose Hill (NC): Duplin County Historical Society, 1982])|
State of No. Carolina} Duplin County To all to Whom these Presents May Come Greetings, Know ye that I Ephraim Garrison Being Seized of A Deadly Disease & Knowing How frail I am, But being In Perfect mind & Memory as I Ever Was In My Life. Through the Hope that I Have a Glorious Resurrection through my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ Do Give my Soul to God that Gave it & my Body to the Grave to Be Buried at the Discretion of my Executors Whom I Shall hereafter Constitute & Appoint. As Also I Give & Bequath all my Worldly Gods & Estate In the following manner & first I Order all my Just Debts to Be paid By My Executors. Item. I Give & Bequaith to my loving Child Polly Garrison fifty acres of Land Being the piece Which my Mother Now Lives uppon & one cow & calf. Except the Child Now in the Womb of my wife Should Be a Boy Which if it Lives & is a man Child then the aforementioned piece of Land Shall Be my son David Garrisons. Item. I Give & Bequaith to My Son David Garrison one hundred Acres of Land bought of Philip Rouse & 1 Cow & 1 Calf With Its Increase. Except the Aforementioned Child In my Wife's Womb Should Be a Boy then the aforesaid hundred Acres of Land to be my Son Thomas Garrisons. Item. I Give & Bequath to my Loving Son Thomas Garrison one Hundred Acres of Land being the Plantation Which I Now Live On & one Cow & Calf With their Increase With the former Exception Being made concerning the Aforementioned Child In the Womb Which It Shoud Be a Boy the Within mentioned hundred Acres of Land Which I Now Live on to Belong to that Child and Its Name to Be Called Ephraim Garrison. Item. I Give and Bequaith to my Loving Wife Jonny Garrison all and Singular my household furniture & Plantation tools & the Remainder of My Stock of hogs, Cattle & Sheep & Horses Except one Cow and Calf Which I Give And Bequaith to my trusty friend Elizabeth Strickling. And Now I Constitute and Appoint my my Loving Wife Johnny Garrison and my trusty friend William Carr and my friend and Brother Thomas Garrison as Executors of this my Last Will Disanulling all others made heretofore. In Witness thereof I Have Hereunto Set my hand & Seal. this 27 Day of November 1792. Ephraim Garrason [seal]
Signed and Sealed in presents of Us Wm. Carr Joseph Merrill Ephraim died after 27 November 1792 at the age of 35 in Duplin, North Carolina, United States. He was also known as Ephraim Garrason. 5. EPHRAIM b. before 1762
1784 Duplin Ephraim & Adonijah witnessed the will of Philp Rouse
1778 May 16, Duplin Co NC to Ephraim Garrison from Phillip Rouse, 100 acres “On the west side of the North East Branch of Cape Fear River between percimmon and Stocking Head Branch.” witness Ebenezer Garrison. (Duplin Co Deed Book 6, page 98, SAMPSON-DUPLIN DEEDS, Books 4-6, (ca. 1762 to ca. 1779), by Max R. Peterson, Jr.)
1778 Duplin, Ephraim Garrison and Eadargar (Eadinger?) GARRISON (note by Karen, probably Ebenezer) witnessed a deed James Mills to John Waller
1783 Duplin NC tax list, Capt. Gillespie’s Company, along with Jane and Ebenezer (1783 Duplin Co NC Tax List, North Carolina Genealogy, Raleigh NC, Apring 1973,Vol. 19, Issue 1, page 2813)
1784 Oct 10, Duplin Co NC, Ephraim Garrason and Adonijah Garrison witnessed the will of Phillip Rouse (Duplin County Wills 1730-1860, William L. (Bill) Murphy, Duplin County Historical Society, 1982, page 145)
1786 Duplin Co census, very near Adonijah and Ebenezer
1790 Duplin Co NC, Thomas, Adonijah, Ephraim
1792 Duplin, Ephraim’s will identifies Thomas as his brother
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Ephraim did, indeed, have three children and their names were Mary (called Polly), David and Thomas. However, Ephraim's son Thomas was not born in 1764 as Mr. Outlaw wrote. Ephraim married in 1786, Mary was born a short while later, probably in 1787, David was born in 1788 or 1789 and Thomas was born by the time the 1790 census was taken in Duplin County. The children of Thomas Garrason (born 1764), omitted by this writer from the above quoted list, can be found at the beginning of the page to which his link takes you. Thomas (b. 1764) was actually Ephraim's brother and was named by Ephraim as a co-executor, with Ephraim's wife Joanna, of Ephraim's will. Some have thought Ephraim's executor was Thomas Garrason , the mariner, but he does not seem to have been mentioned in any record after his purchase of land in 1765. Because Mr. Outlaw knew that Thomas was born in 1764, because he erroneously supposed him to be the son Thomas that Ephraim named in his will, and because Mr. Outlaw knew that Ephraim married Joanna Middleton 18 Oct 1786 [Bass. Marriage Bonds. p. 39], he had to suppose that Ephraim was married twice. Joanna could not have been the mother of Thomas who was born in 1764. Therefore, it appeared that she was Ephraim's second wife, the first being mother of Thomas (b. 1764). Mr. Outlaw wasted his mental resources in coming up with those speculations. They are completely faulty. What Mr. Outlaw did not know was that preserved in the very office over which he presided as Register of Deeds was a record that proves Ephraim's son Thomas was still a minor in 1803. Therefore, it was impossible for him to be the Thomas born in 1764. That Thomas was 39 years old in 1803. And, ironically, in 1802 the elder Thomas had been appointed guardian of the younger. In court, 20 Oct 1802. Appointed Thomas Garrison Guardian to Thomas Garrison, Minor Orphan, he gave Bond of £200; Ordered he take his Estate into his possession, etc. [McEachern. Abstracts, 1798-1803. p. 74.] Note that this record does not give the minor's father, but the following one does. During the January, 1803 term of court, Thomas Garason, Thomas Canady and John Carr, as guardians of Polly, David and Thomas Garason, Orphans of Ephraim Garason recorded the sale of livestock for their benefit. [Copies of the original detailed records showing the sale of livestock were obtained by Ruth Mary (Conrad) Maples and shared with the writer. North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, Duplin County Estates. "Reference No. 35.508.28". An abstract can be found in print [McEachern. Abstracts, 1798-1803. p. 83.]
A True Coppy of the Acct of Sails of the Perishable Property of Orphans of Ephraim Garason, dec'd., Sold by the Guardians of Sd. Orphans Agreeable to an order of Court for that purpose to us directed Pollie Garasons Property 1 Cow to John Carr 9 20 1 Cow to Henry Jones 10 1 Stear to David Maxwell 7 1 year old sear [sic] to Love Savage 3 10 1 Stear to Thomas McCann 10 [total] 39 30 David Garasons Property 1 Cow and year old to Thos. Garason 7 25 1 Stear to David Brock 6 75 1 Cow and year old to Love Savage 12 60 1 Stear to Watson Burton 11 1 Stear to Thos. McCann 10 [total] 47 60 Thomas Garasons Property 1 Cow and year old to Henry Jones 8 1 Cow and year old to Love Savage 12 1 Cow and year old to James Maxwell 8 20 1 Heffer to James Maxwell 6 [total] 34 20 Thomas Canady John Carr Thomas Garason Guardians The above paper was folded for filing. On the front part of the outside was written Account of Sale of the Property of Ephraim Garrison dec'd for his Orphans, etc. Recorded Jany Term 1803.
With the above information in hand, we can see that Ephraim was married only once and that he was a much younger man when he died than previously thought. We can empathize with a man who being seized of a deadly disease and ... frail made his will. An elderly man would have been old and feeble. We can see the compassion he felt for his soon-to-be orphaned youngsters when he called Polly his loving child and Thomas his loving son, terms he would not have used for grown children. What confuses researchers is that Ephraim's will was somewhat unprofessional in that it left property to his minor children without appointing guardians for them. Perhaps he felt that naming his wife Johnnie and his brother Thomas as the executors was sufficient to assure the preservation of his estate for the children. He left nothing to his wife, assuming, perhaps, because of her youth she would soon remarry. The will mentioned is the original which he signed Ephraim Garrason. Copies of Ephraim's original will, the paper he signed, not the court house recording, were obtained by Ruth Mary (Conrad) Maples and shared with the writer [North Carolina Archives, "Reference No. CR.035.801"]. Some years ago, this writer misplaced his copy. Later when he visited NC Archives the folder that should have contained Ephraim's original will was empty. As soon as the lost photocopy can be found it will be scanned and displayed on this page. In the meantime, the following typed copy will be used.
State of No. Carolina} Duplin County To all to Whom these Presents May Come Greetings, Know ye that I Ephraim Garrison Being Seized of A Deadly Disease & Knowing How frail I am, But being In Perfect mind & Memory as I Ever Was In My Life. Through the Hope that I Have a Glorious Resurrection through my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ Do Give my Soul to God that Gave it & my Body to the Grave to Be Buried at the Discretion of my Executors Whom I Shall hereafter Constitute & Appoint. As Also I Give & Bequath all my Worldly Gods & Estate In the following manner & first I Order all my Just Debts to Be paid By My Executors. Item. I Give & Bequaith to my loving Child Polly Garrison fifty acres of Land Being the piece Which my Mother Now Lives uppon & one cow & calf. Except the Child Now in the Womb of my wife Should Be a Boy Which if it Lives & is a man Child then the aforementioned piece of Land Shall Be my son David Garrisons. Item. I Give & Bequaith to My Son David Garrison one hundred Acres of Land bought of Philip Rouse & 1 Cow & 1 Calf With Its Increase. Except the Aforementioned Child In my Wife's Womb Should Be a Boy then the aforesaid hundred Acres of Land to be my Son Thomas Garrisons. Item. I Give & Bequath to my Loving Son Thomas Garrison one Hundred Acres of Land being the Plantation Which I Now Live On & one Cow & Calf With their Increase With the former Exception Being made concerning the Aforementioned Child In the Womb Which It Shoud Be a Boy the Within mentioned hundred Acres of Land Which I Now Live on to Belong to that Child and Its Name to Be Called Ephraim Garrison. Item. I Give and Bequaith to my Loving Wife Jonny Garrison all and Singular my household furniture & Plantation tools & the Remainder of My Stock of hogs, Cattle & Sheep & Horses Except one Cow and Calf Which I Give And Bequaith to my trusty friend Elizabeth Strickling. And Now I Constitute and Appoint my my Loving Wife Johnny Garrison and my trusty friend William Carr and my friend and Brother Thomas Garrison as Executors of this my Last Will Disanulling all others made heretofore. In Witness thereof I Have Hereunto Set my hand & Seal. this 27 Day of November 1792. Ephraim Garrason [seal] Signed and Sealed in presents of Us Wm. Carr Joseph Merrill
The photocopy will prove beyond a doubt that Fred A. Olds made a serious mistake when he abstracted Ephraim's will for inclusion in his book to follow Grimes' first volume of North Carolina will abstracts. First, Olds' abstractions were so spartan they misled researchers. He did not give relationships and some careless persons have assumed them. Secondly, in abstracting Ephraim's will he included the name James. The name James does not appear in the original copy of Ephraim's will, that is, in the copy he signed. The name James should read Jonny or however one reads the name of Ephraim's widow. The late Judge Folks Huxford of Homerville, GA was extremely careless in using Olds' book. First he assumed Olds material was correct without checking the original sources. Secondly, and even more carelessly, he assumed that the James named by Olds was Ephraim's son — that without Olds even stating any relationship. As a result, in Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Huxford printed in two different sketches of the compiler's g-g-g-grandfather, James Garrason , that he, James, was a son of Ephraim. Huxford went to his grave believing his dis-information was correct.
The earliest record that shows Ephraim Garrison being in Duplin County is a deed of 1778 by which he purchased land. This record suggests that he must have been born by 1757 to have been 21 at this time. 16 May 1778. Deed from Phillip Rouse where Rouse now lives, 100 acres on the west side of NE branch of Cape Fear River between Persimmon Swamp and Stocking Head Branch; part of 640 acres parented to William Dickson 11 May 1769; witnessed by Adam <illegible> and Ebanezar Garrison; registered 13 Sep 1783. [Max R. Peterson, Jr. Abstracts of Sampson-Duplin Deeds, Books 4-6 (c1762-c1779). Dunn (NC): Pope Printing Co., 1984. p. 101.] When the "1783 Tax List for Duplin County" was made up, Ephraim was listed as a single poll with property valued at £100. After listing two Carrs, a Rouse and a Rogers, the tax assessor included the name of a mysterious Jane Garrison with £10 worth of taxables. [Johnson, ed. North Carolina Genealogy. v. 19, no. 1, p. 2813 (Spring and Summer, 1973).] Efforts to identify Jane have been unsuccessful. For speculation as to who she might have been, see the New Family Group <ato12newfamgp.htm> page.
Mr. Outlaw knew nothing about Ephraim's sons because they moved off to Georgia and died young there. While the daughter Mary (called Polly) probably lived in Georgia for a time, there is one Duplin County record for her. It is not known where Ephraim's daughter Mary ("Polly") Garrason [whom Outlaw numbered (a)] spent her last years or whether she ever married. She apparently was still unmarried in 1816 when she sold the fifty acres received under the terms of her father's will to her uncle Thomas Garrason (born 1764). A deed dated 6 Apr 1816 from Mary Garrison to Thomas Garrison for 50 acres was proved in the October 1816 term of court of Duplin County. [Recorded in "Deed Book DFTU", p282.] This, of course, proves that Ephraim's widow, who was pregnant when he drew up his will, did not give birth to a son who lived because that son would have received this 50 acres under his father's will. It is not known if Johnnie gave live birth to any child after Ephraim died; if she did it likely died young as there was no such child listed when livestock was sold in 1803. Ephraim's son David Garrason [numbered (b)] was born about 1789 in Duplin County. He and brother Thomas moved to Georgia before 1814 and settled in Wilkinson County. In the 1821 Land Lottery David Garrison of Williams' District, Wilkinson County, drew lot 152 of section 1 in Houston County. [Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. The 3rd & 4th or 1820 and 1821 Land Lotteries of Georgia. Easley (SC): Georgia Genealogical Reprints and Southern Historical Press, 1973. Part 2, p102.] David may have moved his family to that property. Houston and Crawford Counties adjoined in 1830 and he was counted that year in the Federal Census of Crawford County. He was living neighbor to Merrill Williams who had married David's first cousin Mary Ann Garrason, daughter of his uncle Thomas Garrason (b. 1764) of Duplin County. David married about 1811 Elizabeth ——, born in the 1790s, died by early 1835 in Crawford Co. David died there in 1832. They had six or seven children (one might have been Thomas' orphan), none of whom appear to have remained in Crawford County, or even in Georgia, unless they adopted the surnames of the families who reared them. ["Crawford County, Georgia, Guardian Bond Book A", p84; "Inventories & Appraisals Book B", p11; "Marriage Records 1840-1880"]. Various indexes of Georgia census schedules 1850-1870 failed to show anyone who could be identified as David's heirs. The children whose names are taken from estate papers were: 1. Catharine Garrason b c1812 2. Permelia Garrason b c1814 3. Ephraim Lester Garrason b c1817 4. Anny Jane Garrason b c1821 5. Sarah Ann Connealy Garrason b c1824 6. Thomas Garrason b c1827 or c1831 7. Cohain Garrason b c1831 or 1827 Either Catharine or Permelia could have been a daughter of David's brother Thomas, below. Ephraim's son Thomas Garrason [numbered (c)] was born about 1790 because he was counted in the "1790 Federal Census for Duplin County". He and his brother David moved to Georgia and settled in Wilkinson County. He apparently married, having left an orphan when he died there by 3 Oct 1814. On that date letters of administration were granted to David and Mary Garrason. David, of course, was Thomas' brother, but Mary Garrason's identity is uncertain. She may have been young Thomas' widow or she may have been his sister Mary, called Polly Garrason in most records. [Fred R. and Emily K. Hartz. Genealogical Abstracts from "The Georgia Journal," Milledgeville, Georgia 1809-1840. Vidalia (GA): Gwendolyn Press, 1990. v1, p322.] Thomas left at least one child because Thomas Garrison's Orphan, of Williams District, Wilkinson Co, drew lot 133 in section 3 of Monroe County, Georgia in the 1821 Land Lottery. The reference is simply to Thomas Garrison's Orphan. The child's sex was not mentioned. [Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. The 3rd & 4th or 1820 and 1821 Land Lotteries of Georgia. Easley (SC): Georgia Genealogical Reprints and Southern Historical Press, 1973. Part 2, p102.]
|Thomas Garrison was born on 26 July 1764. He died on 10 June 1841 at the age of 76 in Duplin, North Carolina, United States. He signed a will. Willsprove he was brother to both Ephraim (above) and Elizabeth 6. THOMAS b. 1761-1765|
1790 Duplin, Federal Census, likely with his mother & two siblings in his household
1792 Duplin, identified as a brother of Ephraim in Ephraim’s will
1795 Duplin, Elizabeth’s husband Joseph Merrill named his “brother-in-law” Thomas Garrison as Executor of his will
1790 Duplin Co NC, Thomas, Adonijah, Ephraim
1822 December 4, Elizabeth Merrell of Effingham Co GA deeded to Thomas Garrason 100 acres
in Duplin Co NC, recorded Duplin Co April 1824 (Duplin County Georgia Deed Book 8A, page 288)
-- MERGED NOTE ------------
Mr. Outlaw included this information about Thomas Garrason as if he were a son of Ephraim Garrason, which see for reasons this Thomas was brother, not son, of Ephraim.
Thomas Garrison, lived and died in Duplin County, North Carolina. He was born 26 July 1764, and died 10 Jun 1841. His wife Lavina Brock, daughter of Mary Ann (Brosard) and Barnet Brock. She was born 28 Aug 1774, and died 3 January 1840. They were married 19 Dec 1793, and their children were as follows:
Ephraim Garrison, married Margaret Carr, daughter of William Carr and their children were Lucy Ann, married John Carr Mallard, son of Barbara (Carr) and John Mallard; Mary Jane, married Gabriel Boney, son of Dorothy (James) and William Boney; and Margaret Isabella.
Darius Garrison, living in Telfair County, Georgia, in 1842.
Elizabeth Garrison, married Amos Kirkpatrick. [Kilpatrick?]
Mary Ann Garrison, married Merrell Williams, living in Lee County, Georgia, in 1842.
David B. Garrison, died at twenty-four years of age.
James Garrison, married Mary Catherine Williams, lived in New Hanover County, N. C.
Penelope N. Garrison, married James Williams and their children were: Brosard, killed in Civil War; Mary Ann, married George Rhodes; Catherine, married James Rhodes; Margaret, married Needham M. Brown; Elizabeth, married Jesse Speight and moved to Arkansas; Priscilla, married John Bradshaw and moved to Arkansas; James, married Julia Albertson; David J., married Mrs. Cordelia (Hussey) Whitehead and Myrtle Smith.
Sarah Garrison, married William Bostic, and died thirteen months after the marriage.
Thomas Garrison, Jr. died at sixteen years of age.
Catherine Garrison, married John Dobson and their children were: Hezekiah Dobson, married and reared two sons, John Richard and Thomas Morgan Dobson; John wardell Dobson, killed in Civil War; Thomas Garrison Dobson, married Dolly Williams and left a large family; Lavina Dobson, married James Thomas Carrell, and left a large family; Penelope Catherine Dobson, married Calvin Bradshaw and left a large family; William Perry Dobson, married Mary Hollingsworth and left a large family.
Thomas Garrason was born 26 Jul 1764 perhaps in Duplin Co, NC. Thomas died in Duplin Co 10 Jun 1841. He was married 19 Dec 1793 to Lavina Brock. If the marriage occurred in Duplin Co it was not recorded. Lavina was born 28 Aug 1774, place unknown, and died in Duplin Co 3 Jan 1840. Her parents, Barnet Brock and Mary Ann Brosard, were of Huguenot descent.
It would be easy to write that Thomas lived his entire life in Duplin County, but that would not be correct. His household is missing from the census of 1820. That is not surprising because census enumerators were often careless in their work. When this writer attempted to copy and identify every Garr*son from all the Georgia censuses he came upon a Thomas Garrason (age 26-45) with one female (age 45 or over) in his home in Wilkinson County, Georgia [p 207 of that census]. He could not be identified as being of any of the Georgia families. The location, Wilkinson County, was a clue. That is the county where Thomas' nephews David Garrason (b. c1789) and Thomas Garrason (b c1790), sons of Ephraim Garrason, had settled and where the younger Thomas had died in 1814. Click here to read about them. Obviously, Thomas had moved there shortly after 1810, and may have taken all his children with him. The oldest, Ephraim, was about 16 in 1810, Darius (who may have remained in Georgia when Thomas returned to NC) was about 15. Thomas and Lavina had 9 children.
1 Ephraim Garrason (b Duplin Co c1794; d there by 1829) m Margaret Carr (b 2 Sep 1793; d 2 Jun 1844) d/o Wm Carr. She was bur at Rockfish Presbyterian Church. Her marker is one of the few very old Garrason markers in the county. This Ephraim was definitely Thomas' son; he was not the unborn child mentioned in the 1792 will of Thomas' brother Ephraim. It is easy to prove that.  Ephraim's will left a 50 acre tract to his daughter Mary, except if his widow's unborn child was male he was to be named Ephraim and he was to receive that 50 acres instead of Mary. However, in 1816 Mary sold that acreage to Thomas Garrason (b. 1764), an act that proved she had not been displaced by a posthumous brother.  In 1829 the orphaned daughters of this younger Ephraim received and divided his share of the estate of his deceased brother David B. Garrason. That proves they were nieces of David and granddaughters of Thomas (b. 1764). Children:
1 Mary Jane Garrason (b c1822 Duplin Co; d there prob between 1850 & 1860) m c1838 Gabriel Boney (b 1813 Duplin Co; d aft 1860), s/o William Boney and Dorothy James. In 1880 Gabriel was a grocery merchant in business with sons W.J. and D.E. He had remarried a much younger woman and had 6 children ages 3-14 by her. Mary Jane's children:
1 William J. Boney (b Duplin Co - Dec 1839; d aft 1910) grocery merchant with father 1880. He m c1868 Ellen A -- (b NC - Aug 1841; d aft 1910). Children (listed by initials in 1880 census):
1 Bruce C. Boney (b Duplin Co c1870) m c1893 -- -- (b NC c1872). Her name was difficult to read, impossible to determine first letter. Perhaps Ealie, Ellie or Dalie? Children:
1 Norwood Boney (b Duplin Co c1895), a son.
2 Margaret E. Boney (b Duplin Co c1897)
- The 1910 census reported that Bruce's wife had given birth to 4 children
- of whom 2 survived. Nothing is know of the two who died.
2 Sion A. Boney (b Duplin Co c1871) m c1903 Laura M. -- (b NC c1884). Children:
1 Allie H. Boney (b Duplin Co c1904)
2 Lillie A Boney (b Duplin Co c1907)
3 Bettie S. Boney (b Duplin Co 1910) 3 months old when census was taken.
3 H- E- Boney (b Duplin Co c1875), a son.
4 Lillie A. Boney (b Duplin Co - Oct 1877)
5 L- E. Boney (b Duplin Co - Oct 1880), a son whose name looked like Lessile but perhaps was Leslie.
6 Augustus Boney (b Duplin Co - Apr 1883)
- Ellen had 2 children who died before 1900. Both that census and the
- one of 1910 report she had 8 children of whom 6 were still living.
2 Dorothy A. Boney (b Duplin Co c1842),
3 Mary C. Boney (b Duplin Co c1844).
4 Gabriel James Boney (b Duplin Co c1845). Single, corn merchant in Wilmington in 1880 census.
5 David E. Boney (b Duplin Co - Apr 1848; d aft 1910) grocery merchant with father in 1880. He m c1870 Frances P- (b NC - Apr 1851). All initials from 1880 census. Children:
1 M- J- Boney (b Duplin Co c1871), a daughter.
2 O- T- Boney (b Duplin Co c1873), a son.
3 Henry F- Boney (b Duplin Co - Oct 1875) m c1898 Mary E. -- (b NC - Feb 1875). Children:
1 Ethel M. Boney (b Duplin Co - Apr 1900)
2 Henry F. Boney, Jr. (b Duplin Co c1902)
3 Hattie F. Boney (b Duplin Co c1908)
- The 1910 census reported that Mary had given birth to 4 children of whom 3 were living. Nothing is know about the child who died.
4 Eugene G. Boney (b Duplin Co - Aug 1877) m c1903 Katie -- (b NC c1880). No children by 1910.
5 George [D. or L.] Boney (b Duplin Co - Sep 1880) age in 1910 suggests YOB was 1884. He m c1908 Alma -- (b NC c1888). No children by 1910.
6 Jimmie/Jennie R. Boney (b Duplin Co - Mar 1884) a daughter
7 Clara Boney (b Duplin Co - Apr 1887)
2 Lucy Ann Garrason (b Duplin Co c1823; d aft 1870) m by 1840 John Carr Mallard (b NC c1813; d aft 1870) s/o John Mallard and Barbara Carr. Children:
1 Alice Mallard (b Duplin Co c1841) 18 y.o. teacher in 1860 census.
2 Susan A. Mallard (b Duplin Co c1845).
3 Ephraim Garrason Mallard (b Duplin Co - Apr 1848; d aft 1900 prob Williamsburg Co, SC) m1 -- -- who apparently d by 1884; m2 c1885 Susan L. -- (b NC - Mar 1866). 1900 census reports Susan was mother of 7 with 5 living. One of hers must not be listed because Nellie's YOB suggests Susan was not her mother. Living with Ephraim's family in 1900 were his sister barbara and his sister-in-law Effie J. Carr (age 23). Ephraim's children:
1 Nellie Mallard (b SC - Nov 1882)
2 Ephraim Mallard (b SC - Jun 1887)
3 James P. Mallard (b SC - Mar 1890)
4 Raymond Mallard (b SC - Apr 1891)
5 John -- Mallard (b SC - Jul 1898) middle name difficult to read, perhaps Truman or Thurman.
- This line represents Susan's unlisted child that was still living in 1900.
- These two lines represent Susan's
- two children who died before 1900.
4 John Mallard (twin, b Duplin Co 1850). [In 1900 in Catawba Twp, York Co, SC there lived a John Mallard (b NC - Apr 1850) with wife Cecilie (b NC - Mar 1860) and son John B. (b SC - Jun 1895). At the present time this writer has no way to determine if he was Lucy's son John.]
5 James Mallard (twin, b Duplin Co1850).
6 William S. Mallard (b Duplin Co c1855).
7 Ada/Ida Mallard (b Duplin Co c1857). Called Ada age 2 in 1860 census, Ida age 13 in 1870.
8 Mary Mallard (b Duplin Co c1860).
9 Dora Mallard (b Duplin Co c1862).
10 Barbara C. Mallard (b Duplin Co - Mar 1867). Living with brother Ephraim in Williamsburg Co, SC in 1900.
3 Mary Isabelle Garrason (b Duplin Co by 1829). Only record of her was that of her sharing in her late father's share of his late brother David B. Garrason's estate.
2 Darius Garrison - his name so spelled because his descendants have consistently used it - (b Duplin Co, NC c1795; d Telfair Co aft 1860) m Telfair Co, GA 16 Sep 1824 to Sarah Harrell (b NC 1808/9; d Telfair Co aft 1870) d/o William Harrell and Mary Catherine Bass. He is not to be confused with his supposed uncle, Darius Garrason (c1772-1838). This writer has info in his files to prepare a detailed list of their descendants but will not do that here. Children from the census:
1 John Garrison (b Telfair Co c1826)
2 Lavenia Garrison (b Telfair Co c1829) m -- Studstill.
3 William Garrison (b Telfair Co c1830)
4 Thomas Garrison (b Telfair Co c1832)
5 Catherine Garrison (b Telfair Co c1834)
6 James Garrison (b Telfair Co c1840)
7 Levi Garrison (b Telfair Co c1843)
8 Mary Ann "Polly" Garrison (b Telfair Co c1845)
9 Darius Garrison, Jr. (b Telfair Co c1847)
- In the 1860 census there was a 5-yr old Margaret Garrison listed in the household. Likely she was a granddaughter?
3 Elizabeth Garrason (b Duplin Co c1797; d there aft Feb 1829 but bef census of 1830) m by 1818 Amos Kilpatrick (b NC c1795; d aft 1870). He recieved, in her right, a share of the estate of her deceased brother, David B. Garrason, in 1829. The 1830 census did not count an adult white female in his household. Children:
1 -- Kilpatrick (b Duplin Co c1819), a male, aged 10-14 in 1830 census,
2 -- Kilpatrick (b Duplin Co c1822), either the male or female aged 5-9 in 1830 census.
3 -- Kilpatrick (b Duplin Co c1822), either the male or female aged 5-9 in 1830 census.
4 Sarah Kilpatrick (b Duplin Co c1829), age 21 in 1850 census.
4 Mary Ann Garrason (b Duplin Co c1801; d Lee now Terrell Co, GA aft 1850) m Duplin Co by 1820 Merrell Williams (b prob NC c1800; d prob Lee mow Terrell Co, GA bef 1850). They were listed in the 1820 Census of Duplin Co [p 18] and in the Crawford Co, GA Census of 1830, next in the listing to her cousin David Garrason (s/o Ephraim) [p ]. They haven't been found in the 1840 census, but A. T. Outlaw's paper said they were in Lee now Terrell County in 1842. She was listed there in 1850 as head-of-household. Children from censuses:
1 -- Williams (b c1822), a daughter.
2 -- Williams (b c1824), a daughter.
3 -- Williams (b c1826), a daughter.
4 -- Williams (b c1828), a daughter.
5 David B. Williams (b GA c1832; d aft 1860) farm laborer, classified an idiot in census; lived with mother in 1850, with brother Merrill T. in 1860.
6 Merrill T. Williams (b GA c1837) possibly m Mary E. -- (b NC c1840). Living with him in 1860 were his brother David, Mary E. and two Stanleys: Eliza (13) and Thomas (9) both born GA.
5 David B. Garrason (b Duplin Co surely 1804 because he was 24 when he died shortly before the Feb, 1829 term of court in Duplin). He left no wife or children, and no will, so his siblings or, if deceased, their children were the heirs to his 530 acres of land. The property was divided into eight shares:  Uriah (undoubtedly Darius) Garrason,  Amos Kilpatrick husband of Elizabeth Garrason,  Merrill Williams husband of Mary Ann Garrason,  James Garrason,  James Williams husband of Penelope N. Garrason,  Catherine Garrason (later to marry John Dobson),  the heirs of Ephraim Garrason deceased, and  the heirs of Sarah (Garrason) Bostwick.
6 James Garrason (b Duplin Co c1805; d aft 1853 prob New Hanover Co, NC) m1 Mary Catherine Williams (b c1808; d Kenansville, NC 10 Aug 1850), ill, she was enroute to Warren County to obtain some "healing water". He m2 Beaufort Co, NC 19 Jun 1853 Mrs. Mary E. D. Blount. He had lived in New Hanover Co at least since 1841. He had no children.
7 Penelope N. Garrason (b Duplin Co c1807; d there aft 1870 ) m by 1826 James Williams (b NC 1802; d there aft 1870) perhaps s/o Zilpha Williams (b NC c1786) who was living with them in 1850. Children:
1 Brozard Williams CSA (b c1827 Duplin Co; d supposedly in Civil War 1861-65) m c1847 Mary J. -- (b NC c1831). Children:
1 Susan Williams (b Duplin Co c1848)
2 Thomas M. Williams (b Duplin Co 1850) age 1/24 yr on census day 27 Aug 1850.
3 Dorothy C. Williams (b Duplin Co c1854)
4 George Williams (b Duplin Co c1856)
5 Franklin Williams (b Duplin Co c1857)
6 -- Williams (b Duplin Co c1859) infant son, 1 yr old, unnamed in 1860 census.
2 Mary Ann Williams (b Duplin Co - Jan 1828 per 1900 census) m George C. Rhodes (b NC c1825; d aft 1870, bef 1900) prob s/o Elizabeth Rhodes (b. 1790) with whom he lived in 1850. In 1900 Mary Ann was living in household headed by inmarried son Iley and including daughters Dolly and Penny. Census of 1900 reports she had 6 children or whom 5 were living. The 1860/70 censuses listed 8 children (unless some were her husband's nieces and/or nephews):
1 Margaret Rhodes (b Duplin Co c1854)
2 George Washington Rhodes (b Duplin Co - Feb 1857; d aft 1900) m c1891 Caroline -- (b NC - Dec 1870; d aft 1900). Children:
1 Clyde Rhodes (b Duplin Co - May 1892), called a daughter in 1900 (and spelled Clide), this person was called a son in the1910 census.
2 Edward Rhodes (b Duplin Co- Nov 1894; liv 1910)
3 Nannie Rhodes (b Duplin Co - Apr 1898; liv 1910)
4 Lillie B. Rhodes (b Duplin Co c1901)
5 Walter Rhodes (b Duplin Co c1906)
6 Bland Rhodes (b Duplin Co c1908), a son.
3 Penelope E. Rhodes (b Duplin Co - Jul 1859) m for 13 yrs to -- Albertson. Not called a widow but living in 1900 in a household headed by unmarried brother Iley and including her mother and sister Dolly.
4 Kitty Rhodes (b Duplin Co c1862)
5 Julia Rhodes (b Duplin Co c1864)
6 Dolly Rhodes (b Duplin Co - May 1866) living 1900 in household headed by unmarried brother Iley and including her mother and sister Penny.
7 Robert J. Rhodes (b Duplin Co - Mar 1868; d aft 1900). His YOB was reported in 1900 as 1870 but he was shown age 2 in that census. He m c1899 Suda -- (b NC - Aug 1875).
8 Iley C. Rhodes (b Duplin Co - Mar 1870; d aft 1900). He was two months old when census was taken 12 Aug 1870; in 1900 his YOB was reported as 1873, a date shown incorrect by that 1870 census. In 1900, with his name spelled "Ila", he was unmarried head of a household that included his mother and sisters Dolly and Penny. He had been m less than a year when the 1910 census was taken. His wife was Barbara C. -- (b NC c1881).
3 Lavina C. Williams (b Duplin Co c1832)
4 Elizabeth Williams (b Duplin Co c1835; d aft 1870) m Jesse W. Speight (b NC c1835; d aft 1870). A. T. Outlaw wrote that they moved to Arkansas, which may be correct, but if they did, it was after the census of 1870 where they were found still in Duplin Co. Children:
1 James L. Speight (b Duplin Co c1856)
2 Lula J. Speight (b Duplin Co c1867)
3 John M. Speight (b Duplin Co c1869)
5 Penelope Williams (b Duplin Co c1837)
6 Margaret Williams (b Duplin Co c1842; d aft 1880) m not long after 1860 census to Needham M. Brown (b NC c1823/6). His 1/w was Sarah -- who d between 1852 and 1869. Margaret's children:
1 Egbert Council Brown (b Duplin Co c1863)
2 Emma T. Brown (b Duplin Co c1865)
3 William W. Brown (b Duplin Co 1869) age 1 yr 4 mo when census was taken on 16 Jul 1870.
4 Eunice Brown (b Duplin Co c1872)
5 Frankie L. Brown (b Duplin Co c1874), name in 1880 census looks like "Frank".
7 James Williams (b Duplin Co - Feb 1845; d aft 1900) m c 1868 Julia Ann Albertson (b NC - Oct 1846; d aft 1900) likely d/o Sam and Lucy Albertson with whom she lived in 1860. Children:
1 Samuel J. Williams (b Duplin Co c1868)
2 Claudius Williams (b Duplin Co 1870) seven months old when census was taken 8 Aug 1870.
3 J. Wesley Williams (b Duplin Co - May 1878)
4 Lucy G. Williams (b Duplin Co - May 1886)
- The 1900 census reported that James' wife had 5 children of whom 4 were living. Nothing is know of that deceased child.
8 David J. Williams (b Duplin Co c1847) m1 Mrs. Cordelia (Hussey) Whitehead (b NC c1844; d unk) supposedly widow of Willie W. Whitehead, and likely d/o Bryan and Elizabeth Hussey with whom she lived in 1850. One source gives her name as Cornelia. He m2 Myrtle Smith. [Haven't checked census for any children.]
9 Priscilla Williams (b Duplin Co c1850) m aft 1870 John Bradshaw. Said to have moved to Arkansas. Known child:
1 Wesley Bradshaw (b prob Duplin Co - Aug 1879) living with mother's brother, James Williams, in 1900 and called his nephew.
8 Sarah Garrason (b Duplin Co c1808; d there by 1829) m probably by 1827 William Bostic (or Bostwick in some records). She apparently had at least one child about whom nothing is known. Sarah's heirs (perhaps "heir" was more accurate) received her part of the estate of her deceased brother, David B. Garrason, in 1829.
- Child (or children) of Sarah who inherited her share of David's estate.
9 Thomas Garrason, perhaps never called "Jr." (b Duplin Co, NC or perhaps Wilkinson Co, GA by 1812; d Duplin Co at age 16). He did not share in the estate of his brother, David B. Garrason, who died by Feb 1829, so Thomas must have died before that date. Click to read about a Wilkinson County, GA residence for this family.
10 Catherine Garrason (b perhaps Wilkinson Co, GA - Jun 1813; d Duplin Co, NC aft 1900 ). See Wilkinson Co link above. Both the 1880 & 1900 censuses report she was b in NC, but it is rare to find any birthplace not given as NC. She m by 17 Aug 1833 (when her father made a deed of gift to her and her hb) to John Dobson (b NC 1805; d aft 1870). In 1880 she lived with son W. P., in 1900 with his widow. Children:
1 Hezekiah Dobson (b Duplin Co c1834) m Margaret -- (b NC c1834). He apparently d before 1880 because in the census of that year his two sons were living with their uncle William Perry Dobson. Children from A. T. Outlaw's sketch:
1 John Richard Dobson (b Duplin Co - Aug 1860; d aft 1900) m c1889 Cora -- (b NC - Aug 1869; d aft 1900). Children: 1 Maggie F. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Aug 1890; living 1910)
2 B- Dobson (b Duplin Co - Nov 1893), a son, name was difficult to read in 1900 census, looked like Burnar or Bumar. Apparently died before 1910 as mother reported she had 5 children of whom 4 were living.
3 Jennie E. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Oct 1895; living 1910)
4 Hubert R. Dobson (b Duplin Co c1902)
5 Richard J. Dobson (b Duplin Co c1908)
2 Thomas Morgan Dobson (b Duplin Co - May 1862; d aft 1900) m c1890 Elizabeth -- (b NC - Feb 1870; d aft 1900). Her middle initial was difficult to read, perhaps Q or T. In 1900 his brother-in-law Bailey Fennell was living with them. Children:
1 Ruth F. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Nov 1891)
2 Wyatt F. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Sep 1894)
3 Eugene F. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Mar 1899)
2 Lavina J. Dobson (b Duplin Co c1836)
3 Thomas Garrason Dobson (b Duplin Co - Jan 1838; d aft 1900) m c1872 Dolly C Williams (b NC - Dec 1852; d aft 1900 but bef 1910) d/o Mary J. Williams who was living with them in 1900. Children:
1 John Dobson (b Duplin Co - Nov 1873)
2 Julian M. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Apr 1875) liv with father in 1910.
3 Edward W. Dobson (b Duplin Co - May 1877)
4 Thomas J. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Apr 1879) m c1909 Mary T. -- (b NC c1885), working as a conductor and living in Wilmington, NC in 1910.
5 Josephine Dobson (b Duplin Co - Feb 1881)
6 Hezekiah Dobson (b Duplin Co - Dec 1882)
7 Rosalee Dobson (b Duplin Co - Jan 1885) listed as Rosa Lee in father's home in 1910.
8 Charlie C. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Nov 1886)
- The 1900 census reports that his wife had nine children, of whom eight were living. Nothing is known about the deceased ninth child.
4 Penelope Catherine Dobson (b Duplin Co - Nov 1842; d aft 1900 but bef 1910) m c1874 Calvin J. Bradshaw (b NC - Mar 1847; d aft 1910). Likely she was the female listed as a daughter in the home with Catherine and John Dobson in the 1870 census as Francis C. Dobson, age 27. Children:
1 Laura C. Bradshaw (b Duplin Co c1872; d bef 1900)
2 John W. Bradshaw (b Duplin Co - Jul 1874; d aft 1900)
3 Dexter J. Bradshaw (b Duplin Co - Sep 1877) at home 1910.
4 Julia H. Bradshaw (b Duplin Co c1878; d bef 1900)
5 Luther J. Bradshaw (b Duplin Co - Jun 1885) at home 1910.
- In 1900 the census reported that Penny had given birth to 6 children of whom 5 were living. Nothing is known of that sixth child.
5 John Windell Dobson CSA (b Duplin Co c1847, killed in Civil War 1861-5)
6 William Perry Dobson (b Duplin Co c1849; d after 1880 but bef 1900) m c1872 Mary E. Hollingsworth (b NC - Dec 1856; d aft 1910). Children, of whom 2 had died by 1910:
1 Daris S. Dobson (b Duplin Co c1874), a son, name possibly Darius or even Doris.
2 Della Dobson (b Duplin Co c1875)
3 Claudius D. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Oct 1877)
4 Geneva Dobson (b Duplin Co c1879)
5 Eliza J. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Jan 1881) m c1901 Perry K. Teachey (b NC 1876) Children:
1 T- P. Teachey (b Duplin Co c1905), name was difficult to read, perhaps Thurman or Truman.
2 Eleanor Teachey (b Duplin Co c1907)
3 William T. Teachey (b Duplin Co 1909 or 1910). Age (in months) difficult to read.
6 Irene Dobson (b Duplin Co - - 1883)
7 Perry J. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Aug 1884) liv 1910 with sister Eliza.
8 Lacy A. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Jul 1886; liv 1910)
9 Hattie B. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Aug 1888; liv 1910)
10 Tyson G. Dobson (b Duplin Co - Jun 1890; liv 1910)
|Elizabeth Garrison was born about 1771 in North Carolina, British America. She died after 1822 at the age of 51 in Georgia, United States. Elizabeth Garrason married Joseph Merrill in Duplin County 1 Apr 1791. [Cora Bass. Marriage Bonds of Duplin County, North Carolina 1749-1868. Clinton (NC): Bass Publishing Co., 1959. p73.] Because she had a child between 1791 and 1795 it is likely she was born about 1771.|
Joseph Merrill's will, recorded in 1795 in Duplin County, mentioned his wife Elizabeth and one child, a son, William Merrill. Joseph designated his brother-in-law, Thomas Garrison, as his executor. ["Duplin County, North Carolina Will Book A", p307.] This was undoubtedly the Thomas Garrason born 1764 whose name appears again and again in the records of Duplin.
Sometime after Joseph's death, Elizabeth moved to Effingham County, GA. The censuses for 1800 and 1810 for Georgia were destroyed when the British burned Washington, DC during the War of 1812. But those of 1820 (p. 81) and 1830 (p.110) show two adult females in the home of Darius Garrason. One, of course, was his wife. The other is thought to have been Elizabeth (Garrason) Merrill because there were no Merrill households listed. She surely was in that county in 1822 when the following deed was made. It was recorded in Duplin County in 1824.
4 Dec 1822. Elizabeth Merrill of Effingham County, Georgia sold to Thomas Garrason of Duplin County, North Carolina, for $100.00, a tract of 100 acres lying on the east side of the North East River in Duplin County. ["Duplin County, North Carolina, Deed Book 8A", p. 298.]
It is not known what happened to Elizabeth, whether she died before Darius and his family moved to old Alachua County, FL, or whether she went with them. She is one of the three persons who definitely belong to the New Family Group discussed elsewhere.
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. ELIZABETH b. before 1775
1791 April 1, Duplin Co NC, married Joseph Merrell
1795 Elizabeth’s husband Joseph Merrill named his “brother-in-law” Thomas Garrison as Executor of his will
1820 Federal Census, Effingham Co GA, Elizabeth likely one of the two adult females in her brother Darius’ household
1822 December 4, Elizabeth Merrell of Effingham Co GA deeded to Thomas Garrason 100 acres
in Duplin Co NC, recorded Duplin Co April 1824 (Duplin County Georgia Deed Book 8A, page 288)
1829 17th April 1829 Effingham County Elizabeth Morell, widow, love and affection for brother, Darius Garison drawn by Elizabeth in 1827 Effingham Co. (GA). (Recorded Feb 11, 1835, Talbot County Georgia Deed Book 1833-1837 (C - D))
1830 Federal Census, Effingham Co GA, Elizabeth likely the oldest female in her brother Darius’ household
|Darius Garrison was born about 1772 in North Carolina, United States. He died in 1838 at the age of 66 in Alachua, Florida, United States. He was also known as Darius Garrason. 7. DARIUS b. 1771-1775|
1792 Jan 17, Duplin Co NC, married Anna Evers
1820 Effingham Co GA Federal Census, Darius’ household includes two females over 45, likely his wife and his sister Elizabeth
1829 Effingham Co GA Elizabeth Merrill transferred land to her “brother Darius” Effingham Co GA
1830 Effingham Co GA Federal Census, Darius’ household includes one female 50-59 (wife) and one female 70-79 (likely his sister Elizabeth)
married (Jan. 17, 1792, in Duplin Co., NC) Anna Evers.
m. 1. Anna Evers, had sons Michael, Seaborn, James, and Isaac. 2. _Harrell, abt. 1816-1820. The sons migrated to Florida.
Darius Garrason and most of his descendants used the "two a" spelling as does this writer. Grandson William signed his name Garrison as a county official in Hernando County, Florida. Darius' oldest son, Michael Garrason, was born 1793 in North Carolina. The other son, Isaac Garrason, was born 1795 in Georgia.. [The "1850 Federal Census of Benton (now Hernando) County, Florida", pp24, 28.] Both of Darius' sons were land surveyors as was their contemporary and Effingham County neighbor James Jasper Garrason (this writer's great-great grandfather).
Darius moved his family to Effingham County shortly after son Michael's birth, a migration dated by this record:
A deed of 1793 from John Evers, Sr. of Effingham County, GA, to his . . . daughter Anna Garrason and her husband Darius Garrason . . . proves that Darius Garrason of Effingham County, Georgia was the same as the one of that name who had married in Duplin County, North Carolina. ["Effingham County, Georgia Deed Book C-D", p. 330.]
Darius Garrason must have impressed the authorities, because as a young man, a new-comer, he was selected to serve on a commission to choose a site for the county seat. Effingham was not a new county. It has been organized under the first state constitution in 1777. It had been settled in the 1730s and some families had been established there for almost sixty years. [GGM etc]
For those of us who like to be Perry Masons or Miss Jane Marples genealogy can be a frustrating venture. We want all mysteries to be solved. For this writer a question that had bothered him for years had to do with the identity of the second adult female counted in Darius' home in Effingham County in the Federal Census of 1820 (p. 81) and 1830 (p110). The answer lay, not in Effingham County, but far away in the Duplin County, NC court house.
4 Dec 1822. Elizabeth Merrill of Effingham County, Georgia sold to Thomas Garrason of Duplin County, North Carolina, for $100.00, a tract of 100 acres lying on the east side of the North East River in Duplin County. ["Duplin County, North Carolina, Deed Book 8A", p. 298.]
Thomas Garrason was the one born 1764. Elizabeth Merrill was born Elizabeth Garrason and had married Joseph Merrill in Duplin County in 1791. Merrill died there and in his will recorded in 1795 he named his brother-in-law Thomas Garrason the executor. ["Duplin County, North Carolina Will Book A", p307.] The fact that there were no Merrill households in the censuses of 1820 and 1830 in Effingham County strongly suggests the second adult female resident of Darius' home was Elizabeth (Garrason) Merrill.
The proven residence of Elizabeth Merrill in Effingham County in 1822 suggests she was in some way related to Darius, both known to have previously lived in Duplin County. The fact that Thomas Garrason (b. 1764) named a son Darius adds support to this writer's claim that the older Darius was likely brother to Thomas and his sister Elizabeth. See a discussion of this on the page called New Family Group. This younger Darius Garrason, whose descendants to this day spell the name Garrison, settled in what is now Telfair County, GA.
Shortly after 1830, Darius, his sons and their families moved to the site of the now-ghost town, Newnansville, near present Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida. He died there in February, 1838. His widow and their sons and families moved on to Benton (now Hernando) County, FL before 1850.
An Act of Congress made upon request of Isaac Garrason, administrator of the estate of Darius Garrason, for compensation for forage supplied to federal troops in Florida during Indian disturbances 1836-37. ...the above stated Darius Garrason died in the month of February, 1838... House of Representatives. Report No. 645. 30 May 1848. [Photocopy sent to this writer by Linda (Chestnut) Hill.]