1773 - Aft 1850 (> 78 years)
||Ansel Melton |
||Moore County, NC
||St. Clair County, AL
|Patriarch & Matriarch
- 1793, Dec-Jan 1794 -- General Assembly Session Records, Box 3
Ansel Melton signed a petition to form Alfordstown as County Seat for Moore County, NC. [Editor's Note: the petition failed. In 1796 the NC General Assembly established Carthage as the county seat. In 1806, it was changed to Faginsville to honor Richardson Fagin. The name was changed back to Carthage in 1814]
1797, Apr 19 -- Land Grant #1258, Moore County, NC
Ancel Melton, assignee of Jesse Brown received 100 acres located on Flag Creek adjoining his own line and Ambrose Brown's improvement. Jesse Brown and Ancel Melton were chain carriers.
1798, Jun 15 -- Land Grant #0127, Moore County, NC
Everet Wallace received 50 acres located on the drains of Flag Creek adjoining David Allison and his own line. Anselem Melton and William McSween were chain carriers. [Editor's Note: Never granted]
1806, Feb 8 -- Land Grant #2058, Moore County, NC
Nathan Morgan received 4 acres located east of Cabin Creek adjoining his own line. Ansel Melton and James Morgan were chain carriers.
1810 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 598
(10-16) 1M 3F
(0-10) 3M 3F
1811, Aug 14 -- Land Grant #2128, Moore County, NC
Leonard Furr Junior received 25 acres 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 20 acres located on Flag Creek adjoining Neil McLeod and his own line. William Williams and Isaac Cagle were chain carriers.
1820 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 305
(45+) 1M 1F
(16-26) 2M 1F
(10-16) 1M 2F
(0-10) 1M 2F
1825, Apr 16 -- Fall Creek Baptist Church Minutes, Chatham County, NC
Ansel Melton came forward and offered his teaching for the ministry and he was permitted to exercise his gift or trial within the bounds of the church. David Kennedy moved to the church to have an arm of Fall Creek Church established at his schoolhouse. Bryan Boroughs, Zachus Boroughs, John Lawler, William Waddille and Eli Lawler appointed to review and report back May 10. [Editor's Note: The beginnings of Mechanic's Hill Church]
1825, Sep 2 -- Land Grant #2739, Moore County, NC
Leonard Furr received 44 acres located on Flag Creek adjoining his own line, Neil McLeod, Ansel Melton, Laky, and William Jones. Ansel Melton and Isaah Melton were chain carriers.
1825, Oct 22 -- A History of Sandy Creek Baptist Association by George Purefoy, Page 92
A. Milton, J. Dunlap and Alexander Kennedy from Mechanic's Hill Church (Moore County) were delegates to the Association meeting at Friendship Meeting House in Moore County, NC.
1826, Nov 10 -- Land Grant #2754, Moore County, NC
Ansel Melton received 100 acres 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.
1829, Oct 24 -- A History of Sandy Creek Baptist Association by George Purefoy, Page 99
Thomas Williams, Ansel Melton and Daniel McKimon from Mechanic's Hill Church (Moore County) were delegates to the Association meeting at Lick Creek Meeting House in Chatham County, NC.
1830 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 446
(15-20) 1M 1F
1830, Nov 17 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 329
Bill of Sale from James Dunlap to Ansel Milton was proven by Corn. Dowd, Jr.
1832, Nov 18 -- Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty, File W4285 Hector and Isabella McNeill
Hector McNeill, 82 year old resident of Moore County, NC filed for a pension. He testified that he was born in the Isle of Skye in the north of Scotland in 1752 or 1753 and entered the service in Cumberland County [now Moore County]. Ansel 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. James Matthews and James Munk also submitted affidavits of support. Isabella McNeill, Widow aged 85 as of Jul 29, 1845 when she filed for a Widow's pension; she states in her petition her husband died September 8, 1842; that her maiden name was Isabella Murchison; that they were married in Moore County in 1785.
1833, Aug 24 -- Notice, North Carolina Baptist Interpreter [Raleigh, NC] Newspaper
"Dear Editor: The Baptist Church at Mechanics' Hill wish you to make known to the public, through the medium of your paper that a certain Ansel Milton, a member and a licensed preacher connected with this church has absconded in disorder and has taken his license with him; saying that he would preach in spite of the Church. We also wish this notice published in the Christian Index. The said Milton has been since excommunicated. By the order of the Church. David Kennedy"
1840 -- Census St. Clair County, AL Page 243
(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
||Moore County Wallaces
||22 Apr 2022 |
- 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.
||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.
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||26 Oct 2012 |
||1806 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2058 - Nathan Morgan|
||1818 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2471 - Ancel Melton|
||1826 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2754 - 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 10 - Hector McNeill|
||1825 Church Minutes, Fall Creek Baptist Church, Chatham County, NC - Founding of Mechanics Hill Baptist Church|
||1793 Petition, Moore County, NC - New Moore County Courthouse in Alfordstown|
1793, Nov 25 -- Dec 1793-Jan 1794 General Assembly Session Records, Box 3
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|
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.
||1815 Petition Moore County NC Taxation.pdf|
1815 -- Petition, Nov-Dec 1815 General Assembly Session Records, Box 2 - Petitions
The following citizens of Moore County petitioned the General Assembly regarding taxation and the valuation of property: [selected signers] John McAulay Junr., Robt, Graham, Ambrose Mainess, Leonard Furr, Jesse Ritter Senr., Allan McLane, Thos. Ritter, Jno, Ritter, Everet Ritter, Benajmin Dunn, William Wright, Alexander McIntosh, Neil McIntosh, Hector McNeill, Martin Martin, William Williamson, William Lewis, Amus Dowdy, Henry Stutts, Jams. Manes, James Morgan, Nord. Matheson, Malcolm Morison, Christopher Bethune, Norman McDuffey, Allan Morison, Alexanr. Morison, William Dunn (wet), Bartholomew Dunn Sr., Wm. Dunn, Saml. Dunn, Bartholomew Dunn Junr., John Newton, Normand McKinnon, Murdoch McAulay, Benjamin Britt, Christopher Stuts, Donald McLeod, Niel Matheson, David Richardson, Bartholo. Dun, Lewis Sowel, Melony Newton, William Sowel, Alexr. Morison, Stephen Davis, Burl Deaton, John McKinnon, Robert Melton, John Upton, John Smith, Jesse Brown, Jess Lankford, Niel McLeod, Norman McKinnon, Ansel Melton, Arington Sowel, Willis Dickinson, Thos. Dickinson, Jesse Carroll, Robert Cheek, James Cheek, Phillip Cheek, Joseph Farr, Matthais Teague, Benjn. Shields, Jno. Upton, Joseph Duckworth, John Carrel, Francis Myrick, James Harding, Willis Davis, Nathaniel Vick, Ansel Melton, John Martin, David Richardson, Harmon Brewer, Cornelius Kees, Jesse Brewer, Ambrose Brewer, Drewry Brewer, Abednego Maynor, Joseph Morgan, Alexr. Kennedy, William Hunsucker, George Kannedy, Levy Smith, George Hunsucker, Lennerd Stuts, David Caringer, James Williamson, Charles Brady, George Carringer, Jacob Carringer, Willis Brewer, Bradley Garner, Lewis Garner, John Garner, James Sowell, Georg Moore, David Kennedy, Benjamin Elkins, Adam Carpenter, Jonathan Bullock, Robert Burd, Nicholas Nall, Mikel Dickinson, Aaron Tyson, Thomas Graham (Capt.), John Overton, Ruben Shields, John Martin, George Fry, John McNeill, John Wadsworth, Wm. Feagin, Ignatious Wadsworth, Samuel Feagen, Thomas Feagen, John Carrell Junr., Benjin. Gilbert, David Overton, John Record, John Carrell Senr., Alexr. Carrell, John Gilbert, John Cheek, Joab Cheek, William Barrett JP, Wm. Cox, John Dunn, Eleazer Birckhead, Absalom Fry, John Daniely, Jesse Sowell, William Caddell, James Fry, Niel McLeod (Surveyor), Robert Graham Sen., Jason Wadsworth, Geo. Cox, John Sowell, James Holcomb, James Dowd, Jacob White, William Hardin, James Muse, Jason Muse, Benjn. Gilbert, Zachariah Smith, Thos. Muse, Kindred Muse, John Graham, Samuel Womble, James Elkins, Jas. Collins, Andrew White, Randal Cheek, Lewis Phillips, James Smith, James Handcock, Willis Elkins, Samuel Elkins, Solimon Phillips, Brother Carrell and Sterling Carrell.
||Moore County, NC DNA Project|
DNA Results and Analysis for Moore County families including Allen, Barrett, Bean, Brewer, Britt, Brown, Burns, Caddell, Cagle, Carpenter, Caviness, Chriscoe, Cockman, Cole, Comer, Davis, Deaton, Dunn, Furr, Garner, Hancock, Hardin, Hare, Horner, Hunsucker, Hussey, Jackson, Kennedy, Key, Kidd, Lawrence, Maness, McIntosh, McNeill, Melton, Monroe, Moore, Morgan, Muse, Nall, Phillips, Richardson, Riddle, Ritter, Sanders, Seawell, Sheffield, Smith, Stewart, Stutts, Sullivan, Wallace, Welch, Williams, Williamson and Wright
- [S1249] Mary Forehand Melton Family Website [http://m4hand04.myweb.uga.edu/genealogy/index.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."
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.