Notes for Thomas Huntley, Sr.: Thomas Huntley is said to have come to Anson County, North Carolina from Bedford County, Virginia about 1761. He settled in the Northern section of Anson County now known as Gulledge Township on the south side of Jones Creek. He or his parents were said to be natives of Scotland. Much of what is known about him comes from documents of the time period. Other details are from tradition and speculation. The exact year of his birth is not known. The year assigned him of 1745 is much too late when other known information is considered. It is much more likely that he was born around 1730. A Thomas Huntley along with Edward Owens was tithed in Norfolk County, Virginia in 1752. He was tithed alone in 1753 and 1754 after which date there appears to be nothing of record about him in that county. In 1757 a Thomas Huntley with Robert and Ann Butler witnessed a deed in Duplin County, NC. Abstracts of Land patents, Vol. 1, page 422 by Margaret M. Hoffman show that on April 24, 1762 Thomas Huntley bought for 100- 100 acres in Duplin County on the east side of Little Coharie on the upper side of Juniper branch. On August 25, 1762, John Williams and Thomas Huntley witnessed a deed from Ann Hare to John Hare of a tract of land on the West side of Little Coheary. Thomas Huntley of Duplin County, Province of North Carolina, Planter, sold his colonial grant of 100 acres for 27 pounds, ten shillings, proclamation money, to John Porter of Sampson County on November 25, 1763. Thomas Huntley made his mark so he could not write. Witnesses to this deed were John Williams and Joshua Platt. There was a village named Huntley in Sampson County at or near the property which Thomas Huntley owned on the east side of the Little Coharie. Huntley had a Post Office as least until the year 1915. As Thomas Huntley sold out in 1763 it is a mystery that the name survived at that location. Thomas Huntley of Norfolk County, Va. can be the same Thomas Huntley who settled in Duplin County NC as early as 1757. There seems to be little doubt that Thomas Huntley of Duplin County is the same man who received a grant of land in Anson County, NC in 1769 as only one Thomas Huntley appears of record in the colony during this period of time. State of North Carolina Land Grant Bk. 20 p. 498, F2568: Thomas Huntley: 200 acres Anson on the middle prong of Jones Creek about 3 miles above the fork beginning at a turkey oak on the lower side of said prong and running thence N56 Et 44 chains and 73 links to a stake among 3 pines and a turkey oak then S0 56 W 44 chains and 73 links to a stake among 4 pines then direct to the Beginning dated December 16, 1769, Signed Wm. Tryon (British colonial Governor of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771 when he became Governor of New York). Thomas Huntley, Sr. apparently settled on this original grant on the south side of the middle prong of Jones Creek in Gulledge Township near a spring below the fork of the road leading from the Buck Tice place to where JT Webb lived in 1915 and about nine miles south of Wadesboro, NC. During his lifetime Thomas Huntley, Sr. acquired at least 850 acres by grant in Anson County. Revolutionary Army accounts prove that Thomas Huntley was active in the Revolutionary War. He contributed quite heavily both money and material. Army accounts of the North Carolina Historical Commission, Raliegh, North Carolina shows: Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. V. page 22, folio 1: "An account of cloathing, currency and specie certificates sent to the Commissioners at New York by the Comptroller of the Public Accounts of the State of North Carolina, May 1780. Vol. V. page 32, folio 4: 31 T. Huntley, 10606 Specie. Vol. V. page 37, folio 1: 779 Thom. Huntley, 400. Vol. V. page 37, folio 3: 382 T. Huntley, 130 Specie. Revolutionary Army Accounts Vol. VI. page 23, folio 4 "Hillsborough Treasury Office "10 Stephen Miller, Sheriff of Anson County 25 Thomas Huntley-Principal ____no interest. His grave is in a field near Jones Creek, which was originally a double grave walled up and covered over with brick enclosed by a fence. Tradition says that his wife, Zilpha Meadow is buried beside him. The farm is still owned by the Gulledge and Webb families who are direct descendants of Thomas Huntley. This information was taken from "The Monroe Enquirer" Thursday, June 18, 1959, in the "Our Heritage" section written by John Foster Chapter DAR. Thomas Huntley became the progenitor of a large and prominent family in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was the nephew and name sake of Thomas Huntley, who was a justice of the peace of Pasguentank County, North Carolina in 1739. He received a land grant in Anson County in 1780. His will of 1800 lusts his wife as "Sarah".
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