Benjamin Shields

Male Bef 1755 - 1805  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Shields 
    Born Bef 1755 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1805 
    Notes 
    • 1769, Jul 24 -- Deed Book 3 Page 426, Cumberland County, NC
      Conner Dowd deeded John Hunnicutt 128 acres located south of Deep River adjoining Governor Johnston and John Overton. John Johnston and George Blair claim an older title to land and dispute the sale. James Russell and Benjamin Shield were witnesses.

      1777 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      Benjn. Shealds listed $100

      1778 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      Benjamin Shields listed $400

      1779 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      Benjamin Sheals listed $220

      1780 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain Jacob Duckworth's District
      Benjamin Sheals listed horses and cattle only

      1783 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Captain John Hunnicut's District
      B. Shields listed $100

      1786, Feb 22 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 87
      Deed from John Thorton to William Harden was proven by Benjn. Shields
      Two deeds from Richardson Feagan to John Overton were proven by Benjn. Shields

      1787, Feb 19-22 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 139-145
      Deed from Richardson Feagan to Benjn. Sheilds was proven by Geo. Glascock
      Deed from Richdson. Feagan to William Hancock was proven by Benjn. Shields

      1787, Aug 23 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 169
      Administration of the estate of George Glascock Dec'd. given to Patty Glascock with Benjn. Sheals and William Finley as securities.

      1788, Feb 9 -- Will Book A Page 235-236, Moore County, NC
      Will of William Davis, Dec'd. Heirs: son William Davis, son John Davis [320 acres in Wake County], son-in-law Benj. Cooper, son-in-law Henry Person, grandson Willis Davis [250 acres], wife Sarah Davis. Executors: son William Davis and Benj. Sheales. Witnesses: Benjn. Sheales and Sarah Cooper. [Editor's Note: No proven date but surrounding wills proven in 1803 and 1804]

      1788, Feb 22 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 189
      Ordered that Jesse Muse, Benj. Shields and Jas. Collins be appointed to value the estate of Geo. Glascock Dec'd.

      1788, Aug 19 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 203
      Ordered that a road be laid from near Saml. Person's to the courthouse in Carthage and the following hands to work: William Davis, Benj. Shields, Jas. Collins, Lenear Brewer, John Hargrove, James Brady, Henry Person, Saml. Person, John Blanchett, Joseph McGee, Joseph Duckworth, William Harden, Benj. Cooper, William Handcock, Saml. Dun, Joseph Dun, Jesse Muse, Saml. Perry, Peter Graves, Drury Richardson and William Richardson.

      1789, Feb 121 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 225
      Deed from Richardson Feagin to William Hardin was proven by B. Shields

      1789, May 19 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 229
      Administration of the estate of Joseph Gilbert Dec'd. be granted to Benj. Tison with Thomas Tison and Benj. Shields as securities.

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 158
      Benjamin Sheals
      (16+) 2M
      (0-16) 5M
      3F

      1791, Feb 21 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 299
      Ordered that a road be laid out from the Widow Muses to the nearest course near Joseph Duckworths and son to the Island Ford and from thence to Chatham County line leading on a direct course towards Conner settlement and the following work on the road: Joseph Duckworth, Joseph McGee Senr., Joseph McGee Junr., Drury Richerson, Wm. Harden, John Blanchet, James Brady, Benj. Elkins, Saml. Perry, Wm. Cook, Near Brewer, Saml. Person, Benj. Cooper, Wm. Richerson, Wm. Teague, Robert Davis, Benj. Shields and John Goldston. [Editor's Note: this entire entry was stuck through in the original records]

      1791, Aug 18 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 315
      Ordered that Near Brewer be appointed overseer of the road on the other side of the River to the Chatham line and have the following hands to work: Benjn. Shields, Wm. Davis, Sarah Davis, James Brady, Eial Johnston, Wm. Cook, Benjn. Elkins, Isaac Teague, Drury Brewer and Micajah Brewer.

      1800 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 42
      Benjamin Shields
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (16-26) 2M
      (10-16) 1M 1F

      1800, Oct 13 -- Land Grant #1769, Moore County, NC
      Benjamin Shields received 100 acres located north of Deep River on Pates Creek adjoining his own line and the Speculators. Niell Shields and James Shields were chain carriers.

      1803, Dec 13 -- Land Grant #1813, Moore County, NC
      Peter Graves received 100 acres located on the waters of Fall Creek and the [Chatham] County line adjoining Widow Parsons and his own line. Abner Phillips and Benjn. Shields were chain carriers.

      1803, Dec 13 -- Land Grant #1814, Moore County, NC
      William Davis received 400 acres located north of Deep River adjoining his own line. Robt. Wilson and Benjn. Shields were chain carriers.

      1805, Mar 20 -- Will Book A Page 242, Moore County, NC
      Nuncupative Will of Benjamin Shields, Dec'd. Heirs: youngest son Patrick Shields, youngest daughter (not named), son Archibald Shields, son Cornelius Shields and mentions eight total children. Witnesses: James Collins, James Harden and Milly Shields. Proven May 1805.
    Person ID I17188  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2016 

    DNA Tests  8 DNA tests are associated with Benjamin Shields 

    Father Reuben Shields 
    Mother Mary Overton 
    Family ID F12946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Sarah Shields
    +2. Archibald Shields,   b. 1775,   d. 13 Jun 1837, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +3. Catherine "Katie" Shields,   b. 3 Sep 1776,   d. 22 Aug 1849  (Age 72 years)
    +4. Cornelius Shields,   b. 15 Jan 1779,   d. 22 Jan 1857  (Age 78 years)
    +5. James Shields,   b. 1783
    +6. Patrick Shields,   b. 1785,   d. Bef 1850  (Age < 65 years)
    +7. Susanna "Susan" Shields,   b. 23 Mar 1789,   d. 19 Sep 1868  (Age 79 years)
    +8. Elizabeth Shields,   b. 1801
    Family ID F4955  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    1784 Petition, Cumberland County, NC - Creation of Moore County
    1784 Petition, Cumberland County, NC - Creation of Moore County
    Apr 1784 - Jun 1784 General Assembly Session Records

    A Bill for dividing Cumberland County into two distinct Counties and for the other purposes therein mentioned.

    In H. Commons 3 May 1785. Read for the first time and passed by order. 13 May 1784 read the second time amended and passed.

    In Senate May 3rd 1784. Read the first time and passed by order. 4th May 1784 read the second time amended by consent of the Commons passed and order to be engrossed.

    To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina now setting. The petition pf the Inhabitants of Cumberland County have now showeth. Whereas your petitioners living in the Upper End of the said County do labour under great hardship in attending on Courts and Other Public meetings from their remote situation from the Court House, many of whom being upwards of sixty miles there from, do Humbly pray that the said County may be Divided To Wit: Beginning on the South Side of Cape Fare River, at Chatham County line where it crosses sd. River running from thence a direct course to Coles Bridge on Drowning Creek, And so to be bounded by the lines of the Adjacent Countys as to make a Distinct County, Nevertheless on to the Boundaries your petitioners most Humbly Submiths to your great Wisdom to which they ever think themselves in duty bound to pray.

    Jas. Burges, Thos. Armstrong, James Dyer, Wm. Armstrong, John Armstrong, Michl. King, Charles Crawford [Capt.], Wm. Cox [Capt.], Wm. Seale, John Overton, John Overton Junr., John Phillips, Wm. Harden, John James, Elijah Bettis, Isaac Hardain, Joseph Furr, Nathl. Norwood, [torn] Hunnicutt, [torn] Dickinson, [torn] Collins, Theopilus Petty, John Hunnicutt, James Maples, Burrel Maples, Daniel Munk, Thos. Collins Jur., Ralph Davis, John Goldston, Martin Dye, Stephen Collons, George Nelson, Abraham Cole, Duncan Johnson, John Camron, Kenneth Camron, Archibald Munk, Thos. Gilmore, Kinchin Kitching, Stephen King [? very faded], Josiah Maples, Matthew Kitching, John Evans, William Kitching, John Cox, Joseph Fry, Johnathan Caddell, Richardson Feagin, John Jackson, Neil McLeod, Danl. Jones, Solomon Cox, James Wadsworth, James Hill, Jac. Caddell, Donald Makensey, George Grimes, Thomas Graham, John Ritter, Jacob Stuts, John Stuts, Eleck Autry, Frederick Autry, John Minyerd, Ritcherd Burd, Robert Burd, James Autray, Christopher Yow, John Leech, Angush Cambell, William Barrett Junior, Colin McLain, John Shufeild Junier, John Hair, Reubin Fremon, William Elmore, James Morgan, Peter (looks more like Frances) Hair, Lues Fels [Lewis Fields?], Donald McLeod, Norman McLeod, Normand McLean, Hector McLain, John Bohanan, Kenneth McDonald, Wm. Cox, Danold McKinnon [?], William Dunn, Thomas Dunn, John Keys, Moses Keyes, William [torn], Henry [torn], Bartholomew Dunn [torn but listed twice in a row ? likely Sr. and Jr.], Allan [torn ? likely Morrison], Norman [torn], Hart. Hunnicutt, John Dunlap, Benjamin Sheales, John Blanchet, William Dunn, Adam Keeling, John Blachett Junr., Robt. Davis, Willm. Martin Junr., Thos Tyson, John Carrell, Anthony Street, James Thorton, Charles Seale, Collins Hardy, Jacob Hardy, Jun., John Kenney, William Cockerham, Solomon Jones, Jacob Hardy, John Hunnicutt Ser., Thos. Maples, Jeremiah Collon, Thos. Agerton, Wm. McKinzie, Wm. Hodges, Edmon Hodges, Joseph Duckworth, Charles Campbell, Drurey Hodges, Anguish McDugal, Jason Wadsworth, James Morgin, James Caddell, Aaron Fagens, John Paitt, James Wadworth, James Muse, Duncan McIntosh, Alexr. McDonald, Anthony Mears, James Simmons, Jhon Warner, Jesse Muse, John Hurley, Thomas Seale, William Morgan, John Morgin, William Morgan Senr., Jesse Ritter, Robert Stephens, Samuel Tidwell, Ansil Melton, Nathaniel Melton, John Adkins, William Barrett, Solomon Barrett, Archibald McDonald, William Ashaly, [Jesse?] Bates, William Smith, John McLane, Richard [Nales?], Peter Shamburger, Wm. McLean, Thomas Grimes, Donald McLeod, Allan Martin, Donald McDonald, Donald McLeod, Murdock Betheun, Alexender Mckeever, John McCauly, Angush McAuly, John Kagel, Gorge Kagel, Nathan Maner, William Maner, Seth Maner, George Keringer, William Williamson, John Williamson, Robert Grimes, Nichlos Newton, Francis Tedwell, Samuel Barrett, William Smith, Nichlos Wallas, Lannard Furr, Nathan Smith, Everet Smith, Isum Smith, Henry Jackson, James Ledlow, Adam Comer, Leonard Cagel, Roger Cagel, William Constable and Peter Garner.

    [Editor's Note: Many of the names are faded, torn and hard to read. Some are actual signatures or marks and clearly multiple names have been signed by one individual]

    A Bill for dividing Cumberland County into two distinct Counties.
    Whereas the County of Cumberland is so extensive that it is extremely inconvenient for the inhabitants to attends courts and public meetings. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina and it is hereby enacted by the Authority of the same that from and after fourth day of July next the County of Cumberland shall be divided into two distinct Counties by a line beginning at Coles Bridge on drowning creek thence a direct line to the corner of Wake and Johnston Counties in Cumberland line and all that part of Cumberland laying to the north west of the new line shall be a separate and distinct county by the name of Moor County and [be it enacted by the authority afore said] hat the lower part of Cumberland County laying south east of said line shall be a separate and distinct county and known by the name of Fayette County and be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid that nothing herein contained shall be construed to debar the sheriff and Collector of taxes or other officers or any of them in the said county of Cumberland as it stood undivided from levying any collections or making districts for any taxes fees or other duties that may be due from the inhabitants thereof on or before the fourth day of July next in the same manner as if this act had never been made any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

    And be enacted by the authority aforesaid that the Courts for the County of Fayette be held at the place where the courts of Cumberland County are at present established on the fourth Monday in January April July and October in every year and that the Courts for the County of Moore hereafter shall be held at such place within the said County as the Commissioner herein after named shall appoint on the fourth Monday in February May August November in every year and that all causes please writs actions suits plaints process precepts recognizances and other matters and things in the Court of Cumberland depending from and immediately after the first day of August next shall stand adjourned and continued from the present Court House of the said County to such place as the said Commissioners or a majority of them shall direct and appoint as aforesaid and all appearances and returns which shall be made on the days appointed by law for holding in the said court of Cumberland shall hereafter be made to the first Court that shall be held for that county wherein the cause of action arose and all suitors and witnesses bound to appear there of in the same manner as if the said court had not been removed from the present Court House any law usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

    And be it also enacted by the authority aforesaid that Thomas Matthews, John Roberson, Willis Dickerson, Philip Alston and John Jackson or the majority of them shall be and hereby appointed Commissioner and impowered and directed to agree with workmen for erecting and building a Courthouse prison and stocks for the use of said County of Moor and for purchasing materials for that purpose and for enabling the said Commissioners to defray the expenses of said building a tax of one Shilling on every hundred pounds of taxable property within the said County of Moor as the same is established by this act and an equal sum on every unmarried man not possessed of the value of one Hundred pounds shall be levied and collected in the same manner as public taxes are or shall be levied and collected and all person who shall refuse or neglect to pay the taxes, by this Act impose upon them at the time and in the manner which is or shall be appointed by law for the payment of public taxes shall be liable to disthis [?] and sale of their property in the same manner as for non payment of public taxes and it is further declared that the said tax shall be collected by the officer or officers who is or may be appointed to collect the public taxes and such officer or officers shall give security to the said Commissioners for the faithfull discharge of his or their duty and shall be intitled to the same Commissions and liable to the same penalties restrictions process and remedy for enforcing the payment thereof as by law my be had against collectors or receivers of public monies.

    And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that the County Courts of Moore and Fayette shall nominate the following number of freeholders to serve as jurors of the Superior County for the District of Wilmington of which district the said Counties are hereby declared to be part that is to say for County of Boston [should be Moore] and for the County of Fayette any law or statute to the contrary notwithstanding and be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that for running the dividing line Thomas Matthews & Jno Adkins be and they are duly appointed commissioners and imposed to lay off run and make the said dividing line agreeable to the direction of this act which said line when run by the Commissioners herein named shall be by them entered of record in the courts of the counties of which the said lines to be boundary and shall hereafter be deemed the dividing line between said counties.