Francis Bettis


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  • Name Francis Bettis 
    Gender Male 
    • 1753, Sep 26 -- Land Grant #1156, Bladen County, NC
      Francis Bettis received 260 acres located on a branch of Raft Swamp by Juniper Branch and Wiggins Branch including the place where he now lived.

      1758, Sep 4 --- Land Grant #043, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Bettis received 100 acres on a branch of Rockfish Creek including Mathew Raiford's old cowpen.

      1758, Dec 4 -- Deed Book 1 Page 339, Cumberland County, NC
      Charles Evans deeded Francis Bettis 100 acres located on Mountain Creek John Betts and James Cobb were witnesses

      1759, Aug 16 -- Deed Book 1 Page 338, Cumberland County, NC
      Jehu Davis Sr. [of New Hanover County] deeded Francis Bettis 640 acres located on Drowning Creek about a mile below the old ford, below White Oak Swamp. Archd. McKissak and J. Davis Jr. were witnesses.

      1759, Oct 5 --- Land Grant #042, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Bettis received 100 acres on Cabbin branch of Rockfish Creek adjoining his own line.

      1760, Aug 21 -- Deed Book 1 Page 364, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Bettis deeded Elijah Bettis 100 acres located south of Rockfish Creek. Patent to Charles Evans 1757. Samuel Howard and Martin Trantham were witnesses.

      1762, Oct 10 --- Land Grant #195 & 353, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Bettis received 100 acres located west of Drowning Creek adjoining the land he bought from William Davis.

      1763, Nov 14 -- Deed Book 1 Page 281, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Bettis deeded Elisha Bettis 260 acres located on a branch of Raft Swamp by Juniper Branch and Wiggins Branch. John Bettis, Elijah Bettis and Charles Evans were witnesses.

      1768, Sep 17 -- Deed Book 3 Page 284, Cumberland County, NC
      John Bettis deeded John Patterson 260 acres on branch of Raft Swamp by Juniper Branch by Wiggins Branch. Patent to Francis Bettis 26 Sep 1753 and sold to his son Elijah Bettis 14 Nov 1763 and conveyed to Elijah by last will and testament of his brother [Elisha Bettis]. William Black, John McPherson and Duncan Patterson were witnesses.

      1771, Mar 17 -- Land Grant #1042, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Bettis received 50 acres located on Mountain Creek east of Drowning Creek adjoining Charles Evans and Elijah Bettis. Francis Bettis Senr. and Francis Bettis Junr. were chain carriers.

      1771, Jul 8 -- Deed Book 3 Page 333, Cumberland County, NC
      Elijah Bettice deeded Francis Bettis 100 acres located on Mountain Creek. Patent to Charles Evans 26 May 1757. Francis Bettis Jr. and Ensient Bettis were witnesses.

      1774, Jan 15 -- Deed Book 6 Page 117, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Bettis and wife Mary deeded John Grahame 2 tracts [1] 100 acres south of Rockfish Creek on Mountain Creek patented to Charles Evans 1757, sold to Bettis 1758, sold to Elijah Bettis 1760 and sold to Francis Bettis 1771. [2] 50 acres located on Mountain Creek east of Drowning Creek adjoining Charles Evans and Elijah Bettis. Patent to Francis Bettis 1771. Danl. Campbell, Duncan McFarland and Alexr. McNeill were witnesses.
    Person ID I39782  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 24 May 2016 

    Family Y  [1
    +1. Elisha Bettis,   d. 1767
     2. John Bettis
    +3. Elijah Bettis
    Last Modified 23 May 2016 
    Family ID F12853  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Carla Barringer Rabinowitz [].
      By 1734 Francis Bettis, son of John, had arrived on the Tar River in present-day Edgecombe County, one of the first European settlers in that area. (The family of Thomas Drew, brother of Edward, seems to have moved to Edgecombe Co. at about the same time.) In 1734 and again in 1740, Francis sold land to a Charles Evans, probably the brother of Francis' wife Mary Evans. Witnesses to the second deed were Barwell (Burwell?) Evans and a second Charles.

      Francis, probably born between 1705 and 1710, kept on moving. In 1753 he received a grant of land in Cumberland County, several counties southwest of Edgecombe, where the earliest records date from about 1750. In 1756, four of his grown sons were asking for cattle branding permits in the corner of Cumberland County which later became Moore. Among the other early settlers in this area were an Evans family and a John Overton. John's first land grant is also dated 1756, and in 1760 he sold some of it to her other 3rd-great grandfather, Francis' son Elijah #1, born about 1730.

      Adele Kerrigan gives the name of Elijah's wife as "Ensient", but this is merely a genealogical howler. 'Ensient' is an 18th century legal term which is used to mean, alternatively, "pregnant" - as in "John Smith acknowledges that he is the father of the child with which Mary Jones is now ensient" - or "in the womb", as in "the children of the testator are Fred, Sally, Robert and ensient."

      The John Overton who sold land to Elijah Bettis in 1760 was probably the father of Amey Overton, who married Elijah's son, Elijah #2. Support for this conclusion is found in the names of the grandchildren of Elijah and Amey, which include a "John Overton Bettis", an "Amy Overton Bettis", and an "Amy Matthews." In the 1790 census the family of Elijah #1 owns three slaves, and John Overton owns 23. In 1800 Elijah #1 and John Overton have both disappeared, and Elijah #2 now owns 30 slaves.

      Elijah #2 and Amey Overton had seven children: Jean, b.c. 1769, m. George Jackson; Sally, b.c. 1771, m. William Alston; Eleanor, b.c. 1772, m. Ezekial Chandler Rubottom; Elijah #3, b.c. 1775, m. Elizabeth Robinson; Lovely, b.c. 1784, m. Edward Matthews; Ransom Sutherland, b.c. 1787 ( Margaret Barringer's great grandfather), m. Mary "Polly" Kelley; and Overton, b.c. 1789, m. Civility Rubottom. (Birth dates are supplied by descendants, and have no guarantee of reliability.)

      The given names of both Elijah and Amey are a matter of dispute among their descendants. Some people, following Kerrigan, identify the husband in this couple as "Elisha", and some identify his wife as "Elizabeth". However, the matter appears to be settled by the copy of Elijah's 1805 will that I received from Janet Puckett, which refers to his wife, Amey, and identifies their seven children and the spouses of three of them. Further confirmation comes from the 1800 census data from Moore County. In that census we find an Elijah Bettis household consisting of a father and mother over 45, a boy (probably Overton) under 10, a boy (probably Ransom) 10-16, and two daughters between 16 and 26 (Lovely is the right age, and Sally almost.) Elijah #3 has moved out and is living down the road on his own, a young man between 16 and 26 with no dependents. Jean and Eleanor are already married to George Jackson and Ezekial Rubottom, and living nearby with two or three children apiece. Also nearby is Elisha, brother of the older Elijah, living alone, age between 26 and 45. The Elijah-Elisha confusion seems to stem from Elisha's recorded will, which leaves all his property to Elijah's children without specifying their relationship to the testator