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Selected Families and Individuals


Robert Warren

BIOGRAPHY: Richard Gookins, 2838 Evergreen Ave. NE; Salem, OR 97303 - May 1993; copy in possn of T.Mason (file - Robert Warren) Pg. A312; EXTRACT: will prob. June Court 1759. Married first to Hannah, as she joined with Robert in a real estate transaction as late as Feb 1732 (Bell, Colonial Bertie records. p186); Married 2d, about 1739 to Margaret Dawson (which see). In the will all the girls were called "Warrin" indicating they were unmarried when their father's will was made - undated but statement of ill-health suggests shortly before death before June 1759. There is no suggestion of a male heir nor a deed of gift to a son; daughters were not left real property in those times if there was a surviving son or grandson.

In some biographical material including History of Baldwin Co, GA written by Anna Maria Green Cook (1925), he is reported to have been a professor  at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA.

REF: Bertie Co., N.C. was formed from Chowan Co.; Edgecombe Precinct. N.C. was formed from Bertie Co. in 1732 and Edgecome County formed in 1741; the Edgecomb precinct records are in Halifax Co. (11 entries)

DEED: Robert Warren & wife Hannah to John Mitchener 980 a. 300 pds, two tracts: (1) plantation where Joseph Warren now lives on Horse Swamp adj. John Barfield, Thomas Sturges. containing 340 acres and (2) 640 A. formerly bought of John Williams adj. Lazarus Thomas at White Oak Swamp adj. John Early formerly granted to Aron Oliver. March 11, 1719-20. Wit: Thomas Hansford, Bridgett Hansford, May Court 1738 (Bertie Co. NC Deed Book E p 253)

LAND: Phillip Rayford & wife Martha to Robert Warren, Oct 9 1722, 7 pds for 200 a. on SS Morractucky River on Conaconaro Swamp adj. Nathaniel Holly. Wit: John Gray, David Bunn. May Court 1723 (Bertie Deed NC Book A p90) (note: David Bunn is father of Benjamin m. Millison)

COURT: Arrears of Quit Rents - 29 Sept. 1729 to March 1732. Warren, Robert (in part) 1100 A

DEED: #1914 pg. 409. Robert Warren. 17 February 1737; 640 acres in Edgecombe County on the N. side of Beach Swamp, joining the sd. swamp Robert Warren; 7-26-1743. 170 acres Edgecombe County on the N. side of Tarr River opposite of Robert West, joining the river bank

DEED: Edgecombe, NC Deed Book 03-499, 13 Jun 1750. Capt Robert Warren to WILLIAM CANE for 25pds, 85a on lower half on n side of Tar River part of pat to Robt Warren 26 Jul 1743. s/Robert Warren. w/ Edward Moore, Jno Bradford.

DEATH: William Goodwyn and wife Tabitha of Edge.co. IN 1758 sold 280 acres to Geoge Dawkins on Beech swamp and Robert Warren and Richard Whitaker were witnesses.

DESCENDANCY: Warren Clearinghouse-Depository-Exchange Feb 15, 1993 Issue # 14, pg92; Robert Warren married Margaret Dawson. He died before June court 1759 in Edgecombe Co. North Carolina. Four children mentioned in his will. Then four daughters and husbands, some children listed with inquiry addressed to Mary J. Gilbert, Route # 2, Box 63, Woodbury, Georgia 30293.

REF: Goodwin, Ellis M., Isaiah Warren ...; LDS FS 1033595-2; Children from Rebecca Harris, Memphis, Tenn Oct 1984; land transactions from papers of Mrs. Richard B. Wasson, Birmingham, Alabama;

Margaret Dawson

DEED: Halifax Co., N.C. Grantor deed, 18 May 1769 [DB 10, p.380] - Jos. Borden and wife Jane; Matthew Rabun and Sarah, his wife; and Jesse Andrews and Millicent, his wife, convey to Thos. Motley (husband of wives' sister Mary) the 490 acres left them jointly by the will of their father Robert Warren, which they were to divide upon decease of their mother Margaret.

BIOGRAPHY: Richard Gookins, 2838 Evergreen Ave. NE; Salem, OR 97303 - May 1993; copy in possn of T.Mason (file - Robert Warren) Pg. A312; EXTRACT: Mar. 2d, prob. ca. 1739 to Margaret Dawson, dau of Martin & Rebecca Dawson of Isle of Wight Co., Va. (His will dated 16 Sep 1745, prov. 12 Mar 1746, IofW - Margaret Warren and Co-exec. Robert Warren (Chapman, Wills & Admin., IofW Co., Va 1647-1800, ii:128); granddau. of Henry & Martha Dawson, Warwick Co. & IofW Co.; gr-grand-dau. of William Dawson & Joan (he to Va. in 1621, in IofW Co. 1635. (Adventurers of Purse and Person ... - 3rd ed 1987, pp 243-6). A Halifax Co., N.C. Grantor deed, 18 May 1969 [DB 10, p 380], in which Jos. Borden and Jane, his wife; Matthew Rabun and Sarah, his wife; and Jesse Andrews and Millicent, his wife, convey to Thos. Motley (husband of the wife's sister Mary) the 490 acres left them jointley by the will of their father Robert Warren, which they were to divide upon decease of their mother Margaret.

Martin Dawson

WILL: dated 16 Sep 1745, prov. 12 Mar 1746, IofW - Margaret Warren and Co-exec. Robert Warren (Chapman, Wills & Admin., IofW Co., Va 1647-1800, ii:128)

Matthew Rabun

BIOGRAPHY: Richard Gookins, 2838 Evergreen Ave. NE; Salem, OR 97303 - May 1993; copy in possn of T.Mason (file - Robert Warren) Pg. A312; EXTRACT: (See Gammon and Murphy, Mar. Rec. Halifax Co., N.C. 1758-1872, p 185; 1769, DB 10:380; 1777 DB 15:56)

Lucian Lamar Knight, Georgia’s Landmarks, Memorials and Legends (1913)

Matthew Rabun b. 1744 was Patriot Commissioner for Halifax Co NC in 1781 (Court Records of Edgecombe, Halifax, North Carolina 1781)

Will probated 5 July 1819; date of death has, in many places including obituary in Georgia Journal, 5/25/1819, been recorded as May 14, 1819. At that time, of course, the son Gov. William Rabun was still alive, and Matthew Rabun’s will named William  as one of the executors of the estate; but the Governor also died a few months later, in October 1819, so that the other executor, John Veazey, husband of Matthew Rabun’s eldest daughter Jane Rabun Veazey, became the surviving executor who signed as such in the final appraisal and distribution of bequests in December 21 of 1819.

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.Mason by Marianne Leader on 10 Oct 2014.

"Moved into Ogeechee River area of Georgia, at that time Greene Co, in 1785. (Many land surveys and sales to be found on family internet site of Sam Casey Jr & Wileria Hudson Casey—original records noted from Greene County Georgia Land Records, Deeds 1785-1810; Frieda R. Turner; also from Georgia Survey General  and Greene County Georgia Tax Digests Pre-1800; and from Helen Marsh and Tim Marsh, Land Deed Genealogy of Hancock County.)

Matthew Rabun and wife Sarah Warren Rabun were founding members of the Powell’s Creek Baptist Church, later known as Powelton Baptist Church, in 1786. By 1787 Matthew Rabun was representing Greene Co as a Justice of the Inferior Court, was appointed as Justice of the Peace (JP) in the early 1790’s and became a representative for the Georgia legislature for Hancock Co., Georgia, then was elected representative again to Georgia legislature in 1794-5, and was elected from Hancock Co, along with Charles Abercrombie and Thomas Lamar, to Constitutional Convention of Ga, in 1798—which convention George G. Smith called the largest and the “ablest” assembled in Georgia up until this time. (See the Ga Archives Virtual Vault, Name index, under Matthew Rabun for much of the JP information, etc.  See Story of Georgia 1732-1860 by George Gillman Smith, originally published 1901, 2nd edition 1968, pp 178-179.)"

RESIDENCE: "His burial is on the grounds once belonging to the old Whaley Plantation, much later belonging to W.W.Stephens (early 1900’s), four miles west of old Mayfield (W.W. Stephens’ large peach orchards business near Mayfield is mentioned 1905 in Atlanta Constitution news.) From this family cemetery, the remains of  Matthew Rabun Sr’s son, Gov William Rabun (died Oct of 1819),were transferred,  c1970, to the present burial place at the old Powelton Baptist Church (founded in 1786 as Powell’s Creek Baptist Church). (The family cemetery is destroyed, though place of burial has been recorded well by Friends of Hancock County, Georgia, Cemeteries—information to be found online at GAgenweb or by contacting Friends of Hancock County Cemeteries.)

The connection between the Rabuns and the Old Whaley Plantation comes through a family intermarriage: Thomas Whaley, born GA 1800-- son of William Eli and Elizabeth (Betsy) Grace Whaley--  a large landholder  just west of Mayfield,  married into the Rabun family; after he had worked as overseer for neighboring plantation of Governor Wm Rabun in 1817-1819,  Whaley then married, in 1822,  Mary (Polly) Veazey  (1800-1828).  This granddaughter of Matthew Rabun Sr. was the daughter of Matthew’s eldest daughter Jane Rabun (b 1766) and her husband John Veazey.

In those days of the early nineteenth century,  part of Thomas Whaley’s plantation holdings near Mayfield were located on the route between the important center of Augusta and the relatively new capitol of Ga, Milledgeville—a route for post delivery  and return which was  run three times weekly;  Thomas Whaley owned horses for the stage change along this route;  he also owned a hotel and tavern near this route—all of this in addition to his agricultural enterprises on his land. He was a member after 1828 of the Mt Horeb Baptist Church where he became deacon. Burial of Mary Elizabeth Veazey Whaley who died in childbirth in 1828,  is under a stone inscription, evidently, of only “Little M E Whaley”  in the Mt. Horeb churchyard. Here also in this cemetery is the grave of her husband Thomas Whaley who outlived her by many years. (See Thomas Whaley in “Find A Grave” for much information contributed by a descendant of William Eli Whaley (born 1774) and Betsy Grace Whaley (born 1782), parents of Thomas. See also site on internet, The Whaley Family of GA)"

Life Sketch: Mathew Rabun served as a commissary officer in Halifax County North Carolina during the Revolutionary War, gathering supplies for the American troops. In 1785 Matthew Rayburn moved to Hancock County Georgia and was active in state affairs.

In neighboring Wake County, NC, Col Thomas Wootten, was commanding officer and Commissary who appointed John Abernethie to the job of Deputy Commissary. There is detail in Abernethie's pension application (source with origjnal images found in Wootten's profile). Lt Col Wootten was Mathew Rabun's brother-in-law. His older sister Sarah Rabun had married Wootten in 1750s and she died before the war. Rabun and Wootten  moved with their families to Wilkes County, Georgia after the war in about 1785. Wootten had started his second family with Tabitha (widow of Henry Pope) at the time of the war.

James Mathew Rabun

RESIDENCE: Information sent to T.Mason by Marianne Leader on 10 Oct 2014. "father James Matthew Rabun and mother Margaret (Brooks) Rabun lived in Nansemond VA after immigration from north Ireland between c1730 until c.1760, after which time they are found in land deeds and tax records as inhabitants of Edgecombe Co NC."

Governor William Rabun

HYPERLINK: [ http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?path=/HistoryArchaeology/AntebellumEra/People1&id=h-2824 ]

"William Rabun served as governor of Georgia from 1817 until his death in 1819. He was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, on April 8, 1771, to Sarah Warren and Matthew Rabun. He moved with his father to Greene County (which later became part of Hancock County) in central Georgia in 1785. The family home in Powellton is located ten miles northeast of Sparta. In 1793 he married Mary Battle, and the couple had one son and six daughters.
  Self-educated in the backwoods tradition of reading and observation, Rabun was a devout Baptist. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from Hancock County in 1805 and served in the Georgia senate from 1810 until 1817.
  Due to his position as president of the senate, Rabun became the ex-officio governor of Georgia on March 4, 1817, when Governor David B. Mitchell resigned to accept U.S. president James Madison's appointment as U.S. agent to the Creek Nation. Mitchell replaced famed Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins, who had recently died.
  In November 1817 Rabun was elected by the legislature to a full term as governor from the Democratic-Republican Party, and he pushed for both more support of free public schools and internal improvements for the navigation of the state's rivers.
  During the First Seminole War (1817-18), Governor Rabun called out the state militia, under the command of General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, to respond to raids on southern Georgia settlements. He ordered the Hopaunee and Philemmee Indian villages to be destroyed for their suspected participation in the raids on white settlers. By mistake Captain Obed Wright burned the Creek village of the Chehaws, and his men killed ten inhabitants. Andrew Jackson, a general and the future president of the United States, had promised to protect the village, and he wanted the captain prosecuted for murder and held in leg irons at the pleasure of the president.
  Rabun rejected the authority of the federal government to intervene in the affairs of a state, and especially over a state-controlled militia. He famously remarked to Jackson, "When the liberties of the people of Georgia shall have been prostrated at the feet of a military despotism, then, and not till then, will your imperious doctrine be submitted to." The governor went on to criticize the general for his failure to protect white Georgians from the Seminoles and the Creeks. Although he created a bitter rift with Jackson, Rabun endeared himself to the Georgia people and had the full support of the state legislature.
  While home in Powellton between legislative sessions, Rabun caught a fever and died unexpectedly on October 24, 1819. The president of the senate, Mathew Talbot, assumed the governor's office, and two months later the General Assembly created Rabun County, ceded from Cherokee territory in northeast Georgia. Jesse Mercer, a prominent Baptist minister, delivered a sermon in memory of the late governor at the behest of the legislature."

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.Mason by Marianne Leader on 10 Oct 2014. "Evidently, it certainly was true that the Rabuns were of a religious type somewhat akin to the Puritans in their reformist zeal.  The Baptists were a movement only gaining momentum at that time of mid-18th  century in the original colonies, and, as these Rabuns were still very near the core of their  Presbyterian Scots-Irish heritage, they must have been fairly new converts to the Baptist community. The minutes of the Powelton Baptist Church show that they would not have approved of many of the manners and mores of the Anglican community in the sea-coast Georgia area; they would not, for instance, have approved of dancing “in society” as the Anglicans did, or of having folk-fiddling for dancing. (Sedate piano playing, however, or singing to piano accompaniment in the home parlour, was approved.) And, as one of my fellow family historians, Ernie Seckinger, told me, many good Baptists thought it unsuitable conduct to sit for a portrait. It is supposed to have been true — certainly passed down as fact through the Rabun family — that in his time William Rabun would not sit for a portrait as governor of Georgia, because this would have been breaking the  biblical prohibition in the Ten Commandments about “graven images.” (Ernie Seckinger - descendant of Gov. William Rabun.) Mr. Seckinger created a lovely internet site featuring the late nineteenth-century diary of the fourteen-year-old young woman of Savannah, Frances (Fannie) White born 1860, who, several years after the diary writings, met and married, in 1879, the grandson of Gov. Rabun, a John William Rabun Jr., born  1855.)"

Millison Warren

DEED: From Deed Book 15, pg. 203 Halifax Co., NC: "Robert Warren, Halifax Co., dec'd., in his last will and testament . . . give and bequeath unto loving wife Margaret Warren . . . to his daughter Sarah Warren after the death of his wife . . . increase of the negro woman Rose should be equally divided amongst his 4 daughters . . . increase is now in possession of Matthew Rabern who intermarried with said Sarah Warren. Now know ye that we, Benjamin BUNN and Millison BUNN, daughter of the aforesaid Warren have released and quitted claim . . . the __ day of Aug 1778. signed: Millsnt BUNN Wit: Edmund Daniel, Jurat John Crowill