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From: "Shirley Fallin" <>
Subject: Re: [NCGRANVI] Some Scattered Notes on the Bartlett Searcy familyof Granvile Co. NC and Madison Co., KY
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:43:13 -0600
Although I haven't been on this listing very long, I find it interesting and
hope someday to see something about Barnetts from Granville County. I just
haven't had any time for so long to do any genealogy. Just last weekend I
got my new "Family Tree Program" going but don't know much about it. There
are no directions so I need to get in touch with Ancestry.com. There seem
to be a lot of people searching for the father of Joseph C. Barnett
(1-27-1815) who married Drucilla Badgett (4-21-1813)on December 21, 1839
(Jesse Barnett was the bondsman). I have a family tagged with a Jesse Jr. &
a Jesse Sr. but haven't found anything as yet to link them together. Joseph
C. came to KY between 1846 & 1848 (census records for the place of birth of
You probably have provided a lot of information to lots of people.
On Behalf Of EVELYN WALLACE
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Subject: [NCGRANVI] Some Scattered Notes on the Bartlett Searcy family
ofGranvile Co. NC and Madison Co., KY
A subscriber asked about a later Searcy family of Kentucky but not of
This query has caused me to refer to my notes, made over a period of years,
about Bartlett Searcy and from time to time about his brother Reuben Searcy,
whom I understand died in or around Nashville, TN. (You might try wiki and
if there is anything about Reuben Searcy.)
If subscribers have access to the online genealogical database
recommend two publications to you:
Boonesborough by George W. Ranck - particularly the notes/appendices at the
of the book
A history of Henderson Co., KY by E. L. Starling.
The first part of the book about Henderson Co. KY tells a good deal of the
founding of Boonesborough. As I understand the founding of Henderson Co.,
it was the part of the land which the Commonwealth of Virginia awarded
& Co. after the American Revolution. (Henderson and his partners had hoped
establish the 14th colony--a proprietary--but the American Revolution dashed
and his partner's hopes.)
Here is more than you probably want to know about the Searcy family of
Co. NC and early Madison Co., KY. Please use the citations
if you use this material in your family history.
BARTLETT SEARCY. (1730?-1784 KY) WIR00435. The Williams family of
Creek area of colonial Granville Co., NC is said to have been related to the
Searcys of the same county. Lucy Williams, is said to be sister of the four
brothers, John Williams, Esq. (d. 1799), William Williams (d. at
Dec 1775) Nathaniel Williams (d. ca 1831, Granville Co. NC WB 12-41), and
Charles Williams (d. ca 1819), is said to have been married to Bartlett
Searcy. This has not been confirmed, and there seem to be no evidences of
gifts of deed or purchase deeds between Bartlett Searcy and wife Lucy and
extended Williams family of Nutbush Creek area.
Lucy was allegedly the daughter of John Williams Sr. (formerly of
Co., later of Granville Co.). (This has not been verified.)
This information comes from Alvahn Holmes in SOME FARRAR'S ISLAND
DESCENDANTS (1979) (FHL film 1033635). She quotes from a family Bible of
William Farrar Henderson, a son of Judge Leonard Henderson, whose wife was
Frances Farrar. (Source: Dec 1992 letter from Floyd R. Negley, Tucson, AZ,
descendant of Nancy [Williams] Negley of Henderson Co., KY, and thus a
descendant of Nancy's father, Samuel Farrar Williams, formerly of Granville
NC, who died in Henderson Co. after 1835.)
There is evidence in Granville Co. will abstracts compiled by Zae
Gwynn that one John Searcy, whose will was proved Feb Court 1787 had several
sons, one of whom was Bartlett Searcy. The other children were William
(deceased by 1783, when the will was made); John; Mary Reardon; Susanna
Reuben, Elizabeth, Sarah Linsey, and Richard Searcy. (Granville Co. WB
In the tax list of 1769, Granville Co., NC were these Searcys: John,
Sr., John, Jr; Bartlett, and Reuben. Bartlett declared 1 white, 1 black.
John, Sr.'s biography.
In 1771 in Granville Co., Bartlet Searcy and wife, Lucy, deeded
Thomas Wiggins, 28 Oct 1771.
(Zae Hargett Gwynn, KINFOLKS OF GRANVILLE CO., NC).
See biography of Reuben Searcy, whose first wife was Susannah
The Searcys, particularly Reuben, were frequently bondsmen for the Williams
Henderson marriages. Note that John Williams, Esq. (of Granville Co., NC),
Lucy's said-to-be brother, and Reuben Searcy were co-executors of Bartlett
Searcy, whose will was probated in Madison Co., KY. Reuben held several
offices, including county clerk and constable.
Other Granville Co., NC Records
Before migrating to Madison Co., KY, Bartlett Searcy and his extended
family had long been active in the politics and social life of Granville Co.
His probable father, John Searcy, Sr. had purchased land from the Williams
family. Refer to his separate biography.
Bartlett and Reuben Searcy, along with Anne Glover, were witnesses in
to a deed of John Glover and wife Mary to William Searcy (Granville DB A-536
through 538). This is the first appearance of the Searcys in the Granville
books. There is some indication in sparse Hanover Co. VA records that the
Searcys had resided in that part of Virginia in the 1733-35 time period.
Granville Co., NC Deed Bk G-98-99 1 Aug 1762 - Grant to Bartlet Searcy
520 acres on Reedy Branch at Hawkins' corner, Mitchell's line, Bullock's
Pascal's line. (Gwynn, DEEDS)
The following verifies that Searcy lived in the area of Nutbush Creek
"Oct. 20, 1769. "Order'd that Bartlett Searcy & the Hands that Work's
under him turn the Road from Nutbush Bridge, by the School House, thr'o
William's Plantation the best & most & most (sic) convenient way into the
Road, & that He keep in repair, that part which Len. Henley Bullock Esq. has
opened." "First reference to schoolhouse on the Ct. Minutes."
(Thomas McAdory Owen, HISTORY AND GENEALOGIES OF OLD GRANVILLE
NORTH CAROLINA, 1746-1800 [Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc.,
1993] p. 205.
Court minutes of] April 19, 1770, "Ordered that Bartlett Searcy be
from the payment of one Levy for the Year 1769, having acted as Constable
Year." (Owen, p. 237)
The following patents, grants by Lord Granville, show the close
of the Searcy and the Williams families. Charles and Nathaniel Williams
the younger sons of John Williams, Sr., as indicated by deeds. Possibly
were brothers of Lucy Searcy, but this relationship is questionable. John
Williams, Jr. (later called Esq.) is so-called because his father, John
Williams, Sr. did not die until ca 1768-1770, as indicated by Granville Co.
records. Later, John Williams, Jr. was called in the records "John
Esq." as he was a noted jurist of colonial and later North Carolina.:
Patent Bk. 14, p. 2783, pg. 90 John Williams 28 November 1760. 600
in Granville Co. in the Par. of St. John on both sides of Flat Creek,
Joseph Glover, Nathaniel Doughorty, and Nathaniel Norwood. OR /s/ John
Jr. Wits: Will Hurst, Reuben Searcy examined by Tho Jones and William
surveyed 9 June 1755. SCC: Charles Williams, Nathl Williams Sherd Haywood
Patent Bk 14, No. 2787, pg 91, grant from Lord Granville to John
24 Jul 1761. 690 acres in Granville County on both sides of Hatchers run.
[original record] /s/ John Williams Jr. Wits: Thomas Lowe, Bartlet Searcy
surveyed 20 Aug 1760. SCC Thos Bradford, Robt Poire (?), Thos Person,
(Margaret M. Hofmann,THE GRANVILLE DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
ABSTRACTS OF LAND GRANTS, V. 2)
On the same date, 2 Aug 1775, at Granville Co. court, both Bartlett
and Daniel Williams (probable son of Daniel I who had died in 1759)
to build grist mills on great Nutbush. These cases were continued. By Feb.
1776, the court granted leave to Wm. Bullock to build a grist mill on little
Nutbush [as opposed to great Nutbush] on his own land. (Owen, op. cit., p.
Owen notes that Bartlett Searcy was Justice for the county court, as
indicated by the years' court minutes: 1781, 1782, 1783, 1784. (Owen, p.
On 3 May 1780 Bartlett Searcy applied for a license for ordinary at his
dwelling. (Owen, 188)
According to ROSTER OF NORTH CAROLINA SOLDIERS IN THE AMERICAN
Bartlet Searsey [sic] was captain of a company raised under "the present Act
Assembly..." 25 May 1778. It is noted that another captain was Richard
who commanded, among others, Asa Searsey, planter. Another captain was
"Saleswhite," who probably is Thomas Satterwhite.. Asa Searcey and Thomas
Satterwhite were of Granville Co. as records indicate. (A Thomas
married daughter of ... Williams, but he is believed to have been of a later
generation; there were several generations of Thomas Satterwhites, who came
Apparently Bartlet Searcy was in the military during the Revolution.
was awarded a land grant by North Carolina in Tennessee, but he apparently
not claim it. The indication in the records is that he was in the
line. His name appears in the list of 1782 for Davidson County, which later
"85. Bartelet Searsey [sic] 640 [A] on Stones Creek, Eastise of
(Goldene Fuller Burgner, NORTH CAROLINA LAND GRANTS IN TENNESSEE
SC: Southern Historical Press, ....] p. 124)
On the suceeding page, a John Searsey, apparently also of the
line, was also awarded 640 acres, same county, "near Auhers [?] Station."
Madison County, KY Records
Bartlett Searcy's will was probated in both Madison Co., KY, where he
probably died (made his will 28 Jul 1780, recorded 3 Mar 1795) and in
Co., NC, where he and his survivors owned land (WB 1-409, rec 1784). If the
will were indeed made in 1780, then this refutes a list of "Pioneers at
Boonesborough" which states that Bartlett Searcy was killed in 1775.
(William E. Ellis, H. E. Everman, Richard D. Sears, MADISON COUNTY:
YEARS IN RETROSPECT [Richmond, KY: The Madison County Historical Society,
1985], p. 423).
In May 1786, WB 1-479, "Inventory of estate of Bartlet Searcy by Reuben
(Zae Hargett Gwynn, ABSTRACTS OF THE WILLS AND ESTATE RECORDS OF
COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 1746-1808, p 106)
Ironically, apparently a short time before Bartlett Searcy made his
he signed a petition addressed to the General Assembly of Virginia. It was
"the inhabitants north of the Kentucky River (at Boons Station, on 10 Jun
petitioning for "a division of the County of Kentucky." (This information
researched by Col. George C. Chadwick and published in KENTUCKY ANCESTORS V.
vol. 4, p. 223. The original document is said to be at the Virginia State
Library, Richmond. VA.)
Bartlett Searcy's will made 28 July 1780, was filed in Madison Co., KY,
although Searcy was "of Granville Co., NC," as stated in the will. It
in Madison Co., KY mixed probate records, Vols A-B 1787-1819. Executors
"Lucy, my wife," "Samuel, my son," John Williams, Esq., Reuben Searcy.
were Elizabeth (X-her mark) Searcy, Leonard (X-his mark) Hays, Thomas
and Reuben Searcy. When the youngest child was fifteen years old, the
was to be sold and divided. The will was proved Granville Co., NC, Nov. 1784
probated in Madison Co., KY 1795.
(Question: Was Leonard Hays the nephew of Bartlett Searcy?)
(Source: Ardery, KENTUCKY COURT AND OTHER RECORDS, V. II, p. 68 The
filed in Madison Co., KY appears on film FHL 183,266, Madison County, KY
Probate Records Vols A-B 1787-1819).
Confusing this genealogy, however, is another abstract by Ardery on p.
showing will dated 17 Sep 1784, filed in Woodford Co., KY of Bartlett Searcy
"Fiat Co., VA" with another wife and other children. No doubt this was a
namesake, who died at a later time. His executors were his wife Ann, Col.
Daniel Boone, W. Flanders Calloway. Further reference to this Searcy's
is found in Woodford Deed Bk B, March Ct, 1793 (Ardery, p. 163-64).
is made to Robert Burton of Greenville Co., NC [Granville Co., NC?]. It is
probably this Bartlett Searcy who is listed on the list of Virginia Land
in Kentucky :
Searcy apparently received three grants, all in Fayette Co., KY. These were
1783, 1785 and 1786. This may have been for military duty for Virginia
the American Revolution. More research needs to be conducted.
Refer to the biography of John Williams I of Hanover Co., VA for
to the marriage of Bartlett Searcy to the eldest daughter of Col. John
(b. 1704), reportedly of Hanover Co., VA. These statements made by Mrs.
Fouler, Chapel Hill, NC, in a letter dated 1 May 1947 to Worth S. Ray ("Ray
Collection," Special Collections, Family History Library, Salt Lake City)
verified. She indicates there was another sister who was married to William
Farrar, and that Mrs. Searcy's brothers were: Judge John Williams,
Williams, Charles Williams, and William Williams, who died at Boonesborough.
This coincides with the information found in Holmes' work cited above. (This
information should be checked against official records. John Williams, of
Hanover Co., VA, has not found to be referred to as "Col." Also, to date,
Searcy the widow, seems to have had no connection with the Williams family
the Nutbush Creek area of colonial Granville Co., NC.)
Mrs. Fouler stated to Ray that she was the great granddaughter of
Henderson and Dr. Wm. Vannah Taylor (1790-1873), but she seems to have
eliminated the earlier generations of Hendersons from her letter. Again,
information is probably garbled.
The Searcys were associated with the Bullocks in Hanover Co., VA.
documents remain which confirm this.
RICHARD BULLOCK, JUNR., 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co., adj. Benjamin
Robert Kindle, Mr. Crighill (Craighill); Robert Sercey; Charles Snelson; &
Cock's line; 11 Apr 1732. p. 409 [VA Patent Book 14]
(Source: Nell Marion Nugent, CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, V. III, p. 414.)
Other Kentucky Records for Searcys
Fayette Co., KY Tax Records for 1788
Searcy, Bartlett 1 tithable; 3 horses
Searcy, Richard 2 tithables; 3 horses
Madison Co., KY Tax List for 1788:
Searcy Charles 1 tithable; 1 black over 16; 9 horses & cattle
The following probably refers to some of the children of Bartlett
who died in Madison Co., KY. His wife, as stated, was Lucy.
Granville Co. NC Will Book 4-94-95, 29 Oct 1796 - Richard Searcey of
Madison County, Kentucky appoints William Williams Searcey of Madison
Kentucky attorney to convey his land in Granville Co., NC on Tarr River.
(Zae Hargett Gwynn, ABSTRACTS OF THE WILLS AND ESTATE RECORDS OF
GRANVILLE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1746-1808 [Rocky Mount, NC: 1973], p. 204)
A compilation of Madison County, KY marriages indicates that Lucy
and some of her children, who were married in that county, continued to
in Kentucky after the death of Bartlett.
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