William Blythe

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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.

See: Descendants of William Blythe

— 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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_South_Carolina#History

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

Details
Series: S213190
Volume: 0020
Page: 00204
Item: 002

Date: 8/10/1787

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


Details
Series: S213190
Volume: 0021
Page: 00029
Item: 000

Date: 10/12/1787

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


Details
Series: S213192
Volume: 0043
Page: 00479
Item: 002

Date: 12/8/1813

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


Details
Series: S213192
Volume: 0046
Page: 00352
Item: 001

Date: 9/12/1820

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

BLITHE, THOMAS…1…2…5…-…

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

BLITHE, Wm…3…4…4…-…

Three/3 free white males over 16;  Four/4 free white males under 16;  Four/4 free white females, including head of the family.


William Bly(e) of Chowan and Bertie Counties, NC

1741 May Court - William Bly of Chowan County to Wynns 5/11/1741 40 pounds for 360 acres on S.W.S. of Quoyakason Swamp at the mouth of Crooked Branch. Part of land grant Bly for 560 acres on March 11, 1740.
1741 -
Bertie County, North Carolina November 23, 1741
Deed Book F page 417 - 418
William Bly to John Perry

Bly to Perrey No. Carolina
To all Christian People to whom these Presents shall come William Bly of Chowan County in the Province aforesd. yeoman Sends Greeting. Know ye that I the said William Bly for & in Consideration of the Sum of Forty Shillings Sterling to me in hand Paid by John Perry of Bertie County yeoman the (Rect. Whereof I do hereby acknowledge) Have Bargained & Sold and by these Presents Doe fully freely Clearly & absolutely give grant Bargain Sell Allien, Enscosse, Release, Convey, Confirm Assign Transfer & Sell over unto him the sd. John Perry his heirs & assigns forever a Certain Dividend of Land Scituate Lying & being in Bertie County aforesd. upon the North East side of Quayokason Swamp. Containing by Estimation Two Hundred Acres be the Same more of Less. Butted & Bounded as followeth (to wit). Beginning at a Pine In the said John Perrey’s Line Running thence No. 30 E 66 pole to a Pine thence No. 50 W 192 pole to a pine thence So. 32 W 224 pole to a Live Oak in sd. Swamp thence up sd. Swamp various courses to the sd. Perrey’s Corner Thence on his Line No. 60 E to the first station being Part of a Patent granted to me the sd William Bly bearing Date the 10th day of March 1740. To Have & to Hold the sd. Land Bargained & Sold as aforesaid & all & Singular the Rights Priviledges Commodities Hereditaments appurtenances & appendants thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining in as full & ample manner to all Intents & Purposes as the most Learned in the Law can Devise in Fee Simple absolutely free from all Incumbrances & whatsoever (Quitrents Excepted) against the Lawfull claims of all other Persons whatsoever unto him the said John Perrey his heirs & assigns forever. In Witness whereof I the sd.
William Bly have hereunto Sett my Hand & Seal the 23rd day of November Anno
Dom. 1741.
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William W Bly seal
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Seal’d &D’D in presence of

Mikeall Ward
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Ja. J Jones
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Nicholas Perrey
Bertie County May Court 1743
The above deed of Sale was Proved by the oath of James Jones an evidence thereto wh’on Motion is Ordered to be Registered.

Test Henry DeSon Cler.Curt.
WILL OF WILLIAM BLYE OF BERTIE County, NC
In the name of God, Amen, this 29th day of November, 1748, I William Blye of Bertie County, in 5h43 province of North Carolina am very sick in body an of good perfect mind and memory.  Thanks be to God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of man's body knowing that it is appoointed for all man once to die.  First I recommend my soul into the hand of God that gave it me and my body to the earth to be buried in good Christian burial at the discretion of my executors not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall _____ the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to _____ me with in this life.  I give Dismus?  Dispose of the same in the following manner and form. 

Item 1:  I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife, Elizabeth Blye, one hors called Dragon? and a young hors called Blaze? and I give to my wife Elizabeth Blye the Manner Plantation where I now live during her widow, but if she marry the third of the land and Plantation her life time and after her death to my son William Blye.

Item 2:  I give and bequeath to my son William Blye two young cows and calves and two ewes and lambs to be paid when he is 21 years of age. 

Item 3:  I give and bequeath to my son James Blye two young cows and calves and 2 ewes and lambs to be paid when he is 21 years of age. 

Item 4:  I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Blye two young cows and calves and 2 ewes and lambs to be paid when he is 21 years of age. 

Item 5:  I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Blye two young cows and calves and two ewes and lambs and one young mare colt Johnny except the first colt the said mare shall bring or until it is weaned from its dame or done sucking and I give to my daughter Sarah one feather bed when she is 21 years of age or at her marriage. 

Item 6:  I give to my daughter Elizabeth Two young cows and calves and 2 ewes and lambs and one feather bed when she is 18 years of age or on the day of marriage. 

Item 7:  I will that my son William Blye shall have the first colt that my sorrel mare called Flowers shall bring.  I will that my son Thomas Blye shall have the next colt after ___ the second.  I will that my daughter Elizabeth Blye shall the 3rd colt that the said mare called Flower shall bring and that the same mare called Flower shall be ___ and her ___ after the three colts before mentioned and all her increase shall be equally divided among all my children except Sarah Blye. 

Item 8:  I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Blye one young negro boy called Jurker? after my wife Elizabeth is dead or married and I give all my other estate goods and chattels to my well beloved wife Elizabeth Blye during her life and after her decease to be equally divided among my children and I do make and orfdain and appoint my well beloved wife Elizabeth my executor of this my last will and testament and my son William Blye my executor of this my last will and testament. 

Witness:  John Thomas, Nathaniel Williams, Timothy Williams   William (his mark) Blye  Proved May Court 1749, Bertie County, William Bley deceased.

Last Will copied by Pat Hicks Brigance from loose leaf records located in the North Carolina Archives using original spellings.

Southside Virginia Families, Volume 1; CHAMPION OF SURRY AND ISLE OF WIGHT: http://books.google.com/books?id=yruvKfanqvAC&pg=PA126&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false