Ansel Melton[1]

Male 1773 - Aft 1850  (> 78 years)


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  • Name Ansel Melton 
    Born 1773 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1810-1830  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1840-1850  St. Clair County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Aft 1850 
    Notes 
    • 1793, Dec-Jan 1794 -- General Assembly Session Records
      Petition to form Alfordstown as County Seat for Moore County, NC
      Ansel [A] Melton, James [x] Melton and Ansel Melton listed as signers (Petition failed)

      1797, Apr 19 -- Land Grant #1258, Moore County, NC
      Ancel Melton, assignee of Jesse Brown received a 100 acre Land Grant located on Flag Creek adjoining his own line and Ambrose Brown's improvement. Jesse Brown and Ancel Melton were chain carriers.

      1806, Feb 8 -- Land Grant #2058, Moore County, NC
      Nathan Morgan received a 4 acre Land Grant located east of Cabin Creek adjoining his own line. Ansel Melton and James Morgan were chain carriers.

      1810 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 598
      Ansel Melton
      (45+) 1F
      (26-45) 1M
      (10-16) 1M 3F
      (0-10) 3M 3F

      1811, Aug 14 -- Land Grant #2128, Moore County, NC
      Leonard Furr Junior received a 25 acre Land Grant located on Flag Creek adjoining his own line, Ansel Melton and McLeod. Jacob Furr and Danl. McLean were chain carriers.

      1818-1823 -- Tax List, Moore County, NC
      Ansel Melton listed 100 acres valued at $100

      1818, May 14 -- Land Grant #2471, Moore County, NC
      Ancel Melton received a 20 acre Land Grant located on Flag Creek adjoining Neill McLeod and his own line. William Williams and Isaac Cagle were chain carriers.

      1820 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 305
      Ansel Melton
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (16-26) 2M 1F
      (16-18) 1M
      (10-16) 1M 2F
      (0-10) 1M 2F

      1825, Sep 2 -- Land Grant #2739, Moore County, NC
      Leonard Furr received a 44 acre Land Grant located on Flag Creek adjoining his own line, Neil McLeod, Ansel Melton, Laky, and William Jones. Ansel Melton and Isaah Melton were chain carriers.

      1826, Nov 10 -- Land Grant #2754, Moore County, NC
      Ansel Melton received a 100 acre Land Grant located on Buffalo Creek adjoining James Dunlap and McNeill. Ansel Melton, Junr. and James Melton were chain carriers.

      1826, Nov 18 -- Record of Estates Book B Page 136-139, Moore County, NC
      Estate of Henry Melton, dec'd. by Administrator James Dunlap. Accounts listed for the following: James Dunlap, James Melton [for $6], John Kennedy, Hugh Hammel, John Williams, Thomas Williams [short], and Robt. Melton [for wheat and smith work]. Notes due on the following: James Melton Jur. [for $30], Ansel Melton [for $32], Daniel Mcrimmon, Charles Sowell & James Hains, John Williams, Jesse Brown Jr., Robert Melton Sr.[son of Ansel] ? for $1.75 & $11.90], William Cagle and David Jones. Items were purchased by the following: James Dunlap, Thos. Williams [of Chris], Sarah Melton, Jesse Brown Sr., Robartis Huzza, William Brown/Brewer, Robt. Melton Sr., Ansel Melton Jr., Jno. Wallis, John McDaniel, James Muse, Edward Moore, Daniel McCrimmon, William Williamson, Isaac Brown, Isaah Melton, George Adams, Robert Melton Jr., Matthew Williams, David Jones, Jesse F. Muse, Norman McLoud, and George Hunsucker.

      1830 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 446
      Ansel Milton
      (50-60) 1M
      (20-30) 1F
      (15-20) 1M 1F
      (10-15) 1F

      1832, Dec 18 -- Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty, File W4285 Hector and Isabella McNeill
      Ancil Melton, a clergyman, and William Barratt, Esq. testified that they lived near Hector McNeill and he was over 80 years old and served in the Revolutionary War. [note ? Ancel Melton?s original signature is in the file]

      1840 -- Census St. Clair County, AL Page 243
      John Melton
      (60-70) 1M
      (20-30) 1M 1F
      (0-5) 1M 1F

      1850 -- Census St. Clair County, AL Page 147-B, District 39
      John Melton 36 M, Farmer, $200 Real Estate, Born in NC
      Mary Melton 30 F, Born in NC
      Elijah Melton 12 M, Born in AL
      Elizabeth Melton 10 M, Born in AL
      Elisha Melton 8 M, Born in AL
      Isaac Melton 6 M, Born in AL
      John Melton 5 M, Born in AL
      Enoch Melton 4 M, Born in AL
      Rachel Melton 3/12 F, Born in AL
      Ansel Melton 77 M, Hatter, Born in NC
      Rachel Sewell 22 F, Born in GA
    Person ID I20949  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2017 

    Father James Melton 
    Histories
    Melton Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    Melton Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    The enclosed is a timeline and accounting of Melton references in Moore County, Cumberland County and earlier references from Orange and Chatham County.
    Family ID F6388  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Notes 
    • In Moore County, during the early 1800's, there were two large households of Meltons that each had a number of children born between 1790-1810. These two men, James and Ansel, were believed to be first cousins but may have been brothers. James [1774-1840] was listed in the 1800, 1810 and 1820 census with a total of six sons born between 1790-1810. Ansel [1773-aft 1850] was listed in the 1810, 1820, and 1830 census with a total of five sons born between 1794-1820.

      It has been passed down through Ansel's family tradition that he was the father of Jesse [b.1794-1800], William [b.1800-1804], Isaiah [b.1800-1810], Robert [b.1805] and John [b.1814].

      It is fairly certain that James was the father of Robert [b. 1803], James [b.1805], and Ansel [b.1804-10]. It is also my belief that James was the father of Henry [b.1800] and Hiram [b.1804-1810]. It is possible that he was the father of John Melton [b. bef 1794] but less likely.
    Children 
     1. Jesse Melton,   b. 1794-1800
    +2. Isaiah Melton,   b. Between 1800 and 1810,   d. Bef 1843  (Age ~ 42 years)
     3. William Melton,   b. 1800-1804
    +4. Robert Melton,   b. 9 Aug 1805,   d. 26 Sep 1871  (Age 66 years)
    +5. John Melton,   b. 1814,   d. Bef 23 Sep 1858, St. Clair County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 44 years)
    Histories
    Melton Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    Melton Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    The enclosed is a timeline and accounting of Melton references in Moore County, Cumberland County and earlier references from Orange and Chatham County.
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2012 09:33:17 
    Family ID F6360  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1810-1830 - Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1840-1850 - St. Clair County, AL Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    1806 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2058 - Nathan Morgan
    1806 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2058 - Nathan Morgan
    1818 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2471 - Ancel Melton
    1818 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2471 - Ancel Melton
    1826 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2754 - Ancel Melton
    1826 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2754 - Ancel Melton
    1797 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1258 - Ancel Melton
    1797 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1258 - Ancel Melton
    1832 Revolutionary War Pension Application, Page 9 - Hector McNeill
    1832 Revolutionary War Pension Application, Page 9 - Hector McNeill
    1832 Revolutionary War Pension Application, Page 10 - Hector McNeill
    1832 Revolutionary War Pension Application, Page 10 - Hector McNeill

    Histories
    1793/1794 Petition for new Moore County Courthouse in Alfordstown
    1793/1794 Petition for new Moore County Courthouse in Alfordstown
    Contains hundreds of signatures of early Moore County residents. Petition to the NC General Assembly to establish "Alfordstown" and move the courthouse there. Petition ultimately failed. Very large document, similar to a Tax List, and it may take additional time to load. Typed abstract at conclusion of the document courtesy of Central North Carolina Journal, September 1993 [Edited and published by James V. Comer]. Original documents courtesy of NC Archives.
    1818-1823 Tax List, Moore County, NC
    1818-1823 Tax List, Moore County, NC
    Tax List for District #1 and District #2. While the exact date is uncertain based on a comparison of several landowners it is estimated to have been taken between 1818-1823. This was handed down by the family of Richard Street, tax assessor. during the time period. It is a very large file and may take additional time to load. Courtesy of James V. Comer and the Moore County Library.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1249] Mary Forehand Melton Family Website [http://m4hand04.myweb.uga.edu/genealogy/index.htm].
      http://m4hand04.myweb.uga.edu/genealogy/family_pages/melton_pages/ansel_melton_bio.htm

      Ansel Melton was born in Moore County, North Carolina in 1773 and died between 1850 and 1860 in St. Clair County, Alabama. Ansel Melton was the son of James Melton of Orange County, North Carolina.

      The Melton Ledger says of him:

      "Ansel Melton, the great grandfather of W.F. Melton, married a Miss Brown from Ireland and raised his family in Moore County, N. C. (The Meltons were originally Irish.) There were five boys: Jesse, William, Isaiah, Robert and John. Jesse moved to Western Kentucky about 1835. William, then a young man, went with him, but later in life moved to St. Clair County, Ala.

      "Isaiah lived and died in Moore County, N.C.

      "Robert moved to Itawamba County, Miss. about 1845. John went from Moore County, N.C. to St. Clair County in 1833. In 1835 he was married to Mary Sewell in Gainesville, Hall County, Ga. He remained there two years and moved to St. Clair Co., Ala.

      "There were three daughters of Ansel Melton.

      "The youngest Millie never married.

      "The oldest married a Mr. Dunn and moved to Ark. early in the 80s.

      "The name of the middle daughter is not remembered."

      Wightman Fletcher Melton, then President of Florida Conference College, wrote a novel The Preacher's Son, Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, 1894. He wrote on Page 21 of an "Ansel" who moved from South Carolina to Cherokee County, Alabama, about 1830. He said this Ansel was a hatter by trade and also a local Methodist preacher. A character in the book says of Ansel, "Of course I remember him. I can almost see him now driving into Spartanburg with his little cart loaded with hats of all shapes and sizes."

      The author, Wightman Fletcher Melton, told members of his family that although the book was fiction, the part about Ansel was true fact taken from Ansel's life and that Ansel was the author's great grandfather. Among those he told this was his grandson, Oliver Quimby Melton, Jr. (1922--).

      An undated note from Oliver Quimby Melton, Sr. (1890-1977), who was the son of Wightman Fletcher Melton, to Oliver Quimby Melton, Jr. (1922-- ). says, "Ansel Melton, between the time he lived in South Carolina and moved to Cherokee County, Alabama, lived for awhile in North Georgia at a place known as Big Springs--this is somewhere east of Calhoun, Ga."
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      References: 1850 Federal Census of St. Clair County, Alabama, Page 147B. The Melton Ledger by Wightman Fletcher Melton, Page 1. Undated note from Oliver Quimby Melton, Senior, to Oliver Quimby Melton, Jr.