Elijah Bettis

Male Bef 1755 - Aft 1805  (~ 50 years)


Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Elijah Bettis 
    Born Bef 1755 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 25 Feb 1805 
    Notes 
    • 1777 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Elijah Beatis listed $500 of taxable property in Captain Jacob Duckworth's District

      1778 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Elijah Beates listed $1867 of taxable property in Captain Duckworth's District

      1779 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Elijah Bettis listed $7000 of taxable property in Captain Duckworth's District

      1780 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Elijah Bettis listed $5650 of taxable property (horses, cattle and money) including 1250 acres valued at $1350 and 8 slaves in Captain Duckworth's District

      1783 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      E. Bettis listed $720 in Captain John Hunnicut's District

      1784, Aug 17 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 9
      Ordered that Josiah Maples be appointed overseer of the road in place of John Overton from McClendons Creek to the fork of the road and have the following hands to work: Phil Alston, John Overton, John Blanchett, Anthony Street, Phill Cheek, Randolph Hunnicutt, William Pain, James Moore, Joseph Horser, John Carrell, Elijah Bettys, John Dunlap, William Poe and Theophelus Petty.

      1788, Aug 19 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 203
      Ordered that a road be laid from road that will be laid from the Chatham County courthouse to the Moore courthouse and have the following hands to work: John Overton Senr., John Dunlap, Jos. Gilbert, John Carrol, Thomas Tison, Thomas Overton, Jas. Collins, James Muse, Willis Dickinson, Wm. Handcock, Rand. Cheek, John Phillips, Edw. Moore, Gabl. Harden, Richd. Street, Leonard Thomas, Rich. Feagan, Elijah Bettis, Jesse Muse and Saml. Dun.

      1789, Feb 18 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 221
      Ordered that the following be appointed to lay off a road from John Overton's road near William Cappes Junr. continuing along an old road commonly called Neil Tison's road to Deep River at the mouth of Governor's Creek where Anthony Street now lives continuing said road to where it comes into the Gulph Road near Pocket [?] Creek: Thos. Cole, Andrew Cole, Thos. Overton, Edwd. Moore, Wm. Payne, Joseph Fry, Elijah Batis, Jno. Dunlap, Jno. Overton Senr., James Hill, Richard Street, James Cadwell Senr., Mathew Cogins, Benjn. Fry, Richardson Fagin, James Muse, Neil McLeod, Wm. Martin and Leonard Thomas.

      1790, Feb 16 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 260
      Deed from Elijah Bettis to John Dunlap was acknowledged

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 152
      Elijah Bettis
      (16+) 2M
      (0-16) 3M
      5F
      3 Slaves

      or

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 153
      Elijah Bettis
      (16+) 3M
      (0-16) 3M
      4F
      2 Slaves

      1791, Nov 24 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 328
      Ordered that the following be appointed to lay off a road from Moore courthouse to Chatham line: Thomas Overton, Richard Street, Richardson Feagin, James Muse, Reuben Shields, Hardy Perkins, Cornelius Dowd, Patrick Dowd, James Elkins, John Overton Jur., Josiah Maples, Thomas Muse, Elijah Bettis, John Dunlap, Samuel Elkins, William King, John Overton (son of Aaron) and Elijah Bettis Junior.

      1792, Feb 21 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 335
      Deed from Elijah Bettis Senr. to Elijah Bettis Junr. was acknowledged

      1793, Sep 7 -- Land Grant #502, Moore County, NC
      John Overton Junr. received 100 acres located on Watery Branch including Reuben Shealdes' improvement. Elijah Bettis and Reuben Sheals were chain carriers.

      1793, Sep 7 -- Land Grant #506, Moore County, NC
      John Overton Junr. received 150 acres located on Governors Creek adjoining John Overton Senr. Elijah Bettis and Reuben Sheales were chain carriers.

      1794, Nov 18 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 486
      Deed from Elijah Battis Sr. to James Moore proven by William King
      Deed from Elijah Bettis Senr. to Ezekial Ruebottom proven by Elijah Bettis Junr.

      1797, Feb 6 -- Land Grant #1341, Moore County, NC
      Elijah Bettis Junr. received 92 acres adjoining Elijah Bettis Senr. and his mill tract, Tomberlin and Goodwin. Solomon Holoman and Elisha Bettis were chain carriers.

      1798-1800, 1802 -- Panosophia Masonic Lodge No. 25, Carthage, NC
      Elijah Bettis listed as a member.

      1800 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 57
      Elijah Bettis Senr.
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (16-26) 2F
      (10-16) 1M
      (0-10) 1M
      30 slaves

      1804, Mar 7 -- Land Grant #1726, Moore County, NC
      Elijah Bettis Sr. [assignee of Robert Cobb Sr. and Jr.] received 230 acres located southeast of McLendons Creek adjoining Nicholas Smith, John Overton and John Dunlap. Richard Ragsdale and Thomas Dickinson were chain carriers.

      1804, Mar 20 -- Will Book A Page 233-234, Moore County, NC
      Will of Elisha Bettis, Dec'd. Heirs: Ransom Bettis [negroes Isaac, Nich, Sal, Rachel, Fereby, Starling and Fany], Obey Bettis, Elijah Bettis Junr., Saly Bettis and Lovy Bettis; also George Jackson, Ezekial Rubottom. Executors: Elijah Bettis Junr. and Elisha Bettis Senr.. Witnesses: John Tyson and Marchel Jones. Probated May 1804.

      1805, Feb 25 -- Will, Moore County, NC
      Will of Elijah Bettis Senr., Dec'd. Heirs: son Elijah Bettis Junr. [7 negroes: Shade, Alley, Grace, Sal, James, Liz , Cris and 2 tracts of land], daughter Eleanor Rheubottom [4 negroes: Jack, Violet, Bob, Peg and 2 tracts of land], daughter Jean Jackson [4 negroes: Harper, Jesse, Vincy, Jack and 2 tracts of land], daughter Sally Alston [5 negroes: Simon, Mingo, Nancy, Esther, Amey and a tract of land], daughter Lovely [6 negroes: Jincy, Lucy, Jonah, Charity, Ben and Phoebe (daughter of Charity)], two youngest sons Overton Bettis and Ransom Bettis. Executor: wife Amey Bettis and three sons Elijah, Overton and Ransom. Witnesses: A.M. McBryde, M. McKenzie, John Stinson and J.D. Logan. [Editor's Note: Copy of the original found on Ancestry.com but can not be found in any loose Wills or Will Books in Moore County]
    Person ID I39783  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2020 

    Father Elijah Bettis 
    Family ID F12860  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Amy Overton  [1
    Children 
    +1. Eleanor Bettis,   d. c1809
    +2. Jean Bettis
     3. Sally Bettis
     4. Lovely Bettis
     5. Elijah Bettis,   b. 1760-1770
     6. Ranson Sutherland Bettis,   b. 14 Nov 1787, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1842  (Age 54 years)
     7. Overton Bettis,   b. 1780-1790
    Last Modified 25 May 2016 
    Family ID F12858  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, Box 3 Folder 41

    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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S145] Ancestry.com users [tfcinm and twgoode].
      On page 283 of Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri (1888), it says, "In 1806, Elijah, Ransom, and Overton Bettis, brothers, and their brothers-in-law, Ezekiel Rubottom, Elijah Mathews and ______ Alston, came from North Carolina. Elijah Bettis located where Mrs. White now lives, and Overton Bettis near the site of Wellsdale. Ransom Bettis, in 1811, married Polly Kelly, and lived where John F. Rhodes now does. Overton Bettis was a bachelor. All were men of considerable property, and owned slaves. . . This settlement was far from any trading point, and did not grow very rapidly. Up to 1818 the territory now known as Wayne County formed St. Francois Township of Cape Girardeau County, and in 1809 it was reported to the county court that no roads had yet been laid off within it." In December 1818 an act was passed for erecting the southwest part of the county of Cape Girardeau and the eastern part of the county of Lawrence. The new county was named Wayne, and because of its great size, was sometimes called the "State of Wayne." The commissioners appointed to fix upon a site for the public buildings were Overton Bettis, James Logan, Solomon Bollinger, William Street, and Ezekiel Rubottom.
      Note:
      During his lifetime Ezekiel Rubottom served in the State Legislature, was a County Court Judge, and served as a Justice of the Peace. Like his brother Simon Rubottom, Ezekiel was a blacksmith and gunsmith by trade. It is likely that their father Thomas Rubottom worked in this same occupation and taught his sons the trade. Ezekiel was a Mason, a lifelong Democrat, and had considerable influence in his community.

      Sources:
      Index of North Carolina Ancestors Contributed by 1003 of Their Descendants, North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1980. Contributed by Thomas William Rubottom, Houston, Texas. Page: p. 169.
      Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, 1888. Washington, DC: 1964 Ramfre Reprint. Page: p. 1144.
      Rubottom, Thomas W. "Bicentennial Series: The Rubottom Family, Early Area Settlers," The Journal-Banner.

      Ezekiel married (1) Eleanor BETTIS daughter of Elijah BETTIS. Eleanor was born in 1772 in Moore Co., Nc. She died in 1809 in Wayne Co., Mo.