This is a working file, research always ongoing…
8. William5 Blythe (William W.4 Blye, Sr., Christopher3 Bly, William2 Bly, Unknown Bly1) was born Abt. 1740 in Northeastern North Carolina and died 1837 in Greenville County, South Carolina. He married (1) Sarah Murphree Abt. 1769 in North Carolina. Daughter of Daniel Murphree and Sarah Dempsey. She was born Bef. 1755 (Abt. 1739) in Bertie County, North Carolina. He married (2) Barbary Nee Unknown.
— The Blythe home north of Travelers Rest was an old stagecoach stop —
Notes for William Blythe:
William Blythe married to Sarah Murphree is thought to be (and frequently label as such) the son of William and Elizabeth Champion Blye of Chowan and Bertie Counties, North Carolina, (the original Albemarle Region), North Carolina. However, there is conflicting information…
The colony of South Carolina was founded in 1663 by King Charles II, who split the land and gave it to eight nobles. After mismanagement of the colony, the area was reclaimed by the English Crown. The area was part of the Cherokee Nation’s protected grounds after the Treaty of 1763, which ended the French and Indian War. No White man was allowed to enter, though some families already had settled just within the boundary, and White traders regularly crossed the area. The first White man to settle permanently in the area was Richard Pearis; he married a Cherokee and was given several tracts of land by the tribe. The City of Greenville and Paris Mountain (named after Pearis), are on part of that land. During the American Revolution, the Cherokee (and Pearis) sided with the British. After a campaign in 1776, the Cherokee agreed to the Treaty of DeWitt’s Corner, ceding territory that includes present-day Greenville County to South Carolina.
Land Records Related to William Blythe:
K:208 8 Oct 1761 William Blye of N’hampton Co. to John Jenkins, Jr. of Bertie Co. 30 lbs. proclamation. 100 acres from a 640a patent to Stephen Howard 1 Feb 1725, the remaining 540a had been deeded from sd Howard to Jacob Odom dec’d of Bertie Co. on E side of Coneriserat Swp. joining Pauls Br. Wit: Daniel Murphree, John (X) Jenkins. Oct Ct 1762 CC: John Johnston
428-(214) James Howard of Hertford Co. & Samuel (X) Howard of Bertie Co. to William Bly of Bertie Co. 30 lbs. VA. 320a from a 640a patent to Stephen Howard 1 Feb 1725, the remaining part from sd Howard to Jacob Odom dec’d late of Bertie Co., on east side of Coneristsrat Swamp. Wit: Daniel Murphree, John (X) Cross. Oct. Ct. 1762. CC John Johnston (Abstract from Dr. Stephen Bradley)
Chatham NC Deed Book B-142
09 FEB 1778 John & Levy Murphree and wife Rebeckah to ARCHIBALD CAIN for 40 pds, 375a on Little White Oak. s/ John Murphree. w/ ELISHA CAIN, William Blyth, WILLIAM (x) CAIN.
Chatham NC Deed Book B-364
12 Aug 1779 William Blyth to ARCHIBALD CAIN, 2000 pds, 175a on west side Newhope adj Parker. s/ Wm Blyth. w/ ELISHA CAIN, William Poe.
Purchased 120 acres of land in the 96th District, SC, August 1787 for 2 pounds 16 sterling money and 57 acres in the same district, Oct. 1787 for one pound sterling money on the So. Fork of the Saluda R. (SC St. Grants Vol 22, p23 and 403, Wit: Thomas Pinkney.
Purchased 85 A. on both sides of the Saluda River for 100 pounds, Made: 3/13/1791. filed: 9/25/1798. Purchased from Benjamin Raglan. (Book E – page 115).
Purchase 50 A. on Reedy River for 5L sterling, Filed: 8/20/1799 Purchased from Gilbert Sweat (Bk. E. – page 331. Book D land grants, page 258, 321 acres S. Fork of Saluda River – page 258, 65 acres S. Saluda River
Description: BLYTHE, WILLIAM, PLAT FOR 120 ACRES ON SOUTH FORK OF SALUDA RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY THOMAS LOFTON.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; HOPKINS, DAVID; LOFTON, THOMAS
Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SOUTH SALUDA RIVER
Document type: PLAT
Description: BLYTHE, WILLIAM, PLAT FOR 57 ACRES ON BRANCH OF WOLANOY CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY THOMAS LOFTON.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; GRIFFITH, THOMAS; LOFTON, THOMAS; RYLY, WILLIAM; WATTS, SAMUEL
Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; OOLENOY RIVER; SALUDA RIVER
Document type: PLAT
Description: CRONE, GEORGE, PLAT FOR 55 ACRES ON WEAVER CREEK, PENDLETON DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JAMES JETT.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; CHASTAIN, BENJAMIN; CRONE, GEORGE; JETT, JAMES; ROPER, JOSHUA; SLONE, DAVID
Locations: OOLENOY RIVER; PENDLETON DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER; WEAVER CREEK
Document type: PLAT
Description: KARR, WILLIAM, PLAT FOR 536 ACRES ON MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER, GREENVILLE DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM H. COOKE ON JANUARY 13, 1815.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; BRUNNIET, THOMAS; COOKE, WILLIAM H.; DENNIS, JOSEPH; FLIPP, WILLIAM; KARR, WILLIAM; SALLY, DEIR
Locations: GREENVILLE DISTRICT; MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER
Document type: PLAT
Update: It is possible there is a missing generation and William Blythe of Greenville County, South Carolina is the grandson of William W.4 Blye, Sr. — more research is needed! …hca
- Jonathan Blythe’s father, William Blythe, died 1837 in Greenville County, South Carolina.
- William Blythe’s said father, William Blye, died 1749 in Bertie County, North Carolina.
- William Blythe (2), being the oldest male child of five children, he would have to have been born at least four years prior to his father’s death; and, this estimate is the very (very) least!
EST Age at death: 70 yrs old = 1767
EST Age at death 80 yrs old = 1757
EST Age at death 90 yrs old = 1747
EST Age at death 100 yrs old = 1737
Doesn’t work! Well, maybe, just barely.
The Blythe etc. families in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and elsewhere. The emigrant, William Blythe/Bly/Blyth, who came from England to America in 1652 and his wife, Sarah, are believed to be the common ancestors of thousands of descendants in this book. William and his brother, John, arrived in the Yorke River, Va. on July 16, 1652. William later migrated from Yorke River to Isle of Wight Co., Va. He had at least two sons, William and Christopher. Another William Blythe (d. ca. 1749) identified as a landowner in Chowan and Bertie Counties, N.C. may have been a descendant or relative of Christopher. This William had three sons: William Blythe, enumerated in the 1790 Greenville, S.C. Census; James Blythe, found in 1800 Buncombe Co., N.C. (later Henderson Co.); and Thomas Blythe, enumerated in the 1790 Pendleton Co., S.C. Census. Source: Pat Hicks Brigance, complier, Blythe Vol. 1 (Maryville, Tenn. : P.H. Brigance, c1994), 929.273 B629br – JSMB US/CAN Book;
1790 – NINTY-SIXTH DISTRICT, PENDLETON CO, SC
One/1 free white person over 16; Two/2 free white males under 16; Five/5 free white females, including the head of the family.
1790 – NINTY-SIXTH DISTRICT, GREENVILLE CO, SC
Three/3 free white males over 16; Four/4 free white males under 16; Four/4 free white females, including head of the family.
- Image: Poinsett Bridge in Greenville_County, South_Carolina — From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.