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William Frost was born 1718, and died Bef. 1778 in Rowan Co, NC957. He married Abigail.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Frost:
The origin of the name is English or Welsh, descendant of Frost (one born at the time of frost); a contraction of Forrest Q.V. one cold in behavior or temperament.

1717 - Albemarl Co., NC will of William Frost dated 30 May, Rec. Court 1718. He lived on Kesey River in Albemarl Co., sons James, William, dau. Eleanor, Mary, wife Jean. Witnessed by Will Lattimer, John Stowell

New York City Wills 18 March, 1738, will of Wright Frost, son of William Frost, who bought the land in Matinecock, Oyster Bay, Queens, NY of the Indians that adjoins Wright Frost's lands. He mentions sons Wright, Daniel, Joseph and Jacob, wife Mary, granddaughter Mary and a Benjamin Frost. Will was proved Aug. 1738.

1751, March 28 Daniel Frost's will is entered, mentioning brothers Wright, Joseph, Jacob and niece Letitia. No mention of father Wright or grandfather William. This will was challenged by his brothers, and so not proved.

William Frost's name is not on the 1759 Rowan Co. tax list.

The following is from "The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County Tennessee" written by Wright W. Frost in 1961.
There are conflicting opinions about the origin of William Frost, the earliest known Frost ancestor of the Frost family. One theory is that William Frost, of Morristown, New Jersey, may have descended from Nicholas Frost, a sea captain who came to Kittery, ME from Tiverton, Devonshire, England in 1632. This theory is based largely upon the assertion of Jonathan C. Frost, great-grandson of William Frost, that this ancestor had cousins in Maine. Jonathan C. Frost's statement to his daughter Minnie Frost Rands about William Frost's cousins in Maine is not necessarily in conflict with the tradition that William Frost, or his parents, came directly from Devonshire, England, in time for William to be a freeholder in New Jersey as early as 1740. This tradition seems to be accepted by most who have made a study of this branch of the Frost family. There is another tradition that the Frosts in Devonshire were makers of brass bells; and there are indications that some members of the family had iron foundries in Morristown, New Jersey, and in Stokes County, North Carolina. James Frost, who settled in Stokes County, NC, and Ezekiel Frost, who settled in Spartanburg, SC, are reported to have been William Frost's cousins and to have accompanied him southward from Morristown, New Jersey, to Rowan County, NC.
Although he has searched the New Jersey Archives and has made efforts to gain information through the public library of Morristown, NJ, and through the office of secretary of State, in New Jersey, the writer regretfully admits that he has been unable to discover any record by which any of the above traditions can be substantiated. A letter to the Secretary of State of New Jersey was referred to Frederico J. Sacco, a genealogist of Trenton, who had this to say: "I have checked the records available to me in the office of the Secretary of State and in the New Jersey State Library. I find no conclusive evidence of a William Frost residing, marrying, or owning land in New Jersey."
Informed later that Page 82 of the Combined Registers of the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ contained significant information about William Frost, the writer wrote again to the Morristown Public Library and received these few lines of record:
Frost, William
Abigail; B 7 Oct. 1744
Ebenezer: B 11 Jan. 1747
Elizabeth: B Jan. 1749
This brief excerpt from the record was accompanied by the explanation that "B" stands for baptism.
The above record, brief though it is, establishes the residence of William Frost and family in Morristown, NJ for a period of nearly five years; it confirms William Frost as the father of Ebenezer Frost; it establishes the parentage of Abigail Frost Van Cleave, wife of William Van Cleave; and it presents the question of whom, if anybody, Elizabeth Frost married. In view of the scarcity of other verified information on William Frost, the baptismal record of his children is indeed significant.
The date of the Frost's migration from New Jersey to North Carolina is not known; but it is thought to have been between 1750 and 1760 and in company with the Fairchild family and others who constituted the "Jersey settlement," of Rowan County, NC. The earliest known record of William Frost in North Carolina was made on May 12, 1762, when as a citizen of Rowan County he purchased from John Parker and wife Charity of the same county for".... forty pounds a parcel of land lying on the head of Elijah's Creek and on the waters of Dutchman's Creek on the west side of the Yadkin River 480 acres, more or less...." (Rowan County Deed Book 4, p. 760.) On December 12, 1763, William Frost sold 200 acres of land and a small improvement known as "George Sally's Place" to Henry Eustace McCulloch of Halifax County for twenty-five pounds. This was land which William Frost had bought from McCulloch on April 28 of that same year (Rowan Co. Deed Book 5, p. 323). These three records of real estate transactions, like the baptismal records distinguish him from another man by the same name who served in the American Revolution from North Carolina. The other William Frost made his mark instead of signing his name on an endorsement to a warrant which granted him 640 acres of land for eighty-four months of military service. Our William Frost was able to sign his name, as evidenced by his signature and seal, witnessed by William and Mary Giles, when he sold the two hundred acres of land on December 12, 1763 (Rowan County Deed Book 5, p. 508).
The baptismal dates of his children indicate that our William Frost, if living, would have been past fifty years of age at the beginning of the revolution. It is unlikely, therefore, that he rendered any active military service. Nor is the writer aware of any civilian service performed by this ancestor which would make him an eligible ancestor for any of the patriotic societies. There is no record known to the writer which would prove that William Frost was living at the beginning of the revolution. He was included in the Rowan County tax lists of 1768 and 1772 but omitted in 1778 and thereafter. This leads to the conclusion that his death occurred between 1772 and 1778.
Most of the statistical data which characterize genealogical reports are missing for William Frost. We do not know the date or place of his birth, of his marriage, or of his death, or the name of his wife. Although no monument has been found to mark the place of his burial, it is logical to assume that he is buried somewhere within the vicinity of Cana, North Carolina, in what is now Davie County, possibly within the bounds of what for a long time has been known as the "Old Frost Burying Ground."

Ref: Frosts and Related Families

Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, NC 1763-1774, (Vol. II by Jo Lynn White 1979) list deed to William Frost for 200 acres 28 April 1763 (5:323) from Henry McCulloh proved by John Frohock.

To William Frost for 200 acres 20 Dec. 1763 (5:508) also from Henry McCulloh

Notes On The Frost Family of New Jersey,
North Carolina, and Virginia

M.L. Marshall
April 1997

1. Jonathan (or John) Frost was living in Morristown, New Jersey or vicinity, in the 1750s and probably came to the area much sooner. It is believed that his wife was Susanna. A Frost Family Genealogy suggests that this family probably engaged in the iron business. As will be seen below, some of Jonathan=s descendants also engaged in the iron business in North Carolina. It is also said the family came to New Jersey, either directly from Devonshire, in England, where they were makers of brass bells, or by way of Kittery, Maine where they supposedly had relatives. There is a will for a John Frost, gentleman, of Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, made 15 Dec 1755 and proved 26 Jan 1758. This may be the Jonathan (or John) Frost in question. The will names his wife Susannah as sole heir and executor of his will. Witnesses included Samuel Frost, Hannah Frost, and Ephaim Price. The relationship of Samuel and Hannah Frost to the decedent is presently unknown. It appears that Jonathan and Susanna had several children, including:

2a. Daniel
2b. William
2c. James
2d. Ezekiel
2e. Ephraim Hopkins

2a. Daniel Frost, according to the records of the First (Presbyterian) Church of Morristown, died 20 Apr 1785 at about 79 years of age. This would place his date of birth as ca. 1706. His wife was Tabitha, christened 16 Jul 1747 (First Church of Morristown). She died 28 Mar 1788 at about 75 years of age, placing her date of birth as ca. 1713. Daniel left a will, made 6 Mar 1782, proved 27 Apr 1785, in which he was styled as of Morristown, Morris County. The will mentioned wife Tabitha and land he deeded to his daughter Rhoda who must have been unmarried at the time the will was made since it left his daughter a house while she is single. The will also mentioned a daughter Susanna, and granddaughter Mary Southard, daughter of Mary Muir. The will also left son Jedediah all his lands. Executors were son Jedediah and friend John Lindsly. Witnesses were Simeon Bradwell, Benjamin Sturgis, and Thomas Miller (N.J. wills, Lib. 27, p. 431). It appears that Daniel and Tabitha had several children, including:

3a. Mary, b. 6 Nov 1743
3b. Jedediah b. 17 Aug 1746
3c. Elizabeth b. 31 Jan 1748
3d. Child (name unk). b. 15 Jan 1750
3e. Susanna b. 19 Jan 1752
3f. Rhoda

2b. William Frost and his wife Abigail were living in Morristown in the 1740s. However, it appears that in the 1750s, William and his family, and other members of the Frost line, removed to what was then Rowan County, North Carolina. William and Abigail had several children, including:

3g. Abigail b. 7 Oct 1744, m. William van Cleve
3h. Ebenezer b. 11 Jan 1747
3i. Elizabeth b. 5 Jan 1749

3h. Ebenezer Frost m(1) 5 Dec 1769, Sarah Fairchild. He m(2) Elizabeth Wilson, bap. 1746 in Morristown. She was the daughter of John Wilson, Sr. And her brother married Sarah Boone, sister of Rebecca Boone. Ebenezer died in 1824. Ebenezer and Sarah had several children, including:

4a. John Frost
4b. Mary m. George E.. Goff
4c. Millicent
4d. Ebenezer
4f. John B.
4g. Isham

4a. John Frost, know as Captain John Frost, was born in 1770 and died in 1839. He married Rebecca Boone, the daughter of Daniel Boone=s first cousin, John Boone.

4d. Ebenezer Frost (c. 1774-1839) married Rebecca Bailey in 1796 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

4f. John B. Frost, born 1802, moved to Montgomery County, Tennessee.

2c. James Frost and his wife Sarah were living in the Morristown area from about 1743 until 1756 when they moved away, possibly to North Carolina. The records of the First Church of Morristown indicate that James and Sarah had several children, including:

3j. Abigail b. 7 Oct 1744
3k.Ebenezer b. 11 Jan 1747
3l. Elizabeth b. 5 Jan 1749

2d. Ezekiel Frost was living in the vicinity of Roxbury Township, Morris County, when he died intestate in 1762. Administration proceedings, dated 8 May 1762, name his wife Alice as administratrix. William Dugles (?Douglas) was named as a bondsman and Roger Flanavan as a witness to the proceeding. Records indicate that Ezekiel and Alice had several children, including:

3n. Jonas
3p. Simeon
3q. Stephen
3r. John

3m. James Frost was born ca. 1745. He married, about 1769, to Isabella, last name unknown. By about 1775, James and Isabella were living in Guilford County, North Carolina, the piece that was split off into Rockingham County in 1785. As a resident of Guilford, James served as a Captain of the Militia for several tours amounting to a year and a half. Capt. Frost led his company against the Tories in the southern part of the state. He took part in the Battles at Ramseurs Mill and Guilford Court House. His name is on the list of Guilford County officers serving under Col. James Martin 26 Mar 1779. Lt. Jonas Frost and Ensign Simeon Frost, his brothers, were also serving under him at the time. It appears that he was involved with iron works, likely the Troublesome Iron Works that operated in what is now Rockingham County, North Carolina in the 1770s and 1780s. Sometime before 1800, James left Rockingham County and moved to Johnston County, North Carolina. He appears on the census records there in 1800 and in 1810. There is no record of his whereabouts after 1810. James and Isabella had several children, including:

4h. Ezekiel
4i. Jonas
4j. Rachel
4k,l,m,n,p (according to the 1790 census, there were four sons and a daughter)

4h. Ezekiel Frost was born ca. 1771 and died by 17 Mar 1836 in Stokes County, North Carolina where he had moved by 1810. He married 10 Feb 1798 in Rockingham County to Elizabeth Buchanon, b.c. 1780, died by 8 Mar 1841, Stokes County. The estate settlement can be found for each at the North Carolina archives in File C.R. 090.508.33. Son-in-law, John H. Bitting was administrator for each.

4i. Jonas Frost was b.c. 1773. He married 25 Jul 1810 in Johnston County, North Carolina to Mary APolly@ McCullers.

4j. Rachel Frost was born in North Carolina. She m(1) 25 Jul 1810, Johnston County, William Carter. On 24 Jan 1813, she married in Johnston County to Redding Britt. On 20 May 1847, Rachel Britt, daughter of James and Isabella Frost, as a resident of Johnston County, North Carolina, applied for a settlement of pensions that may have been due her father and mother (GSA File R-3815). Children named (all deceased by that time except Rachel).

3n. Jonas Frost was living in the area of Guilford County, North Carolina, in the 1770s when he appears in the militia records as Lt. Jonas Frost. A John Currey noted that he was drafted at age 16 into the militia company of Capt. Jonas Frost, Lt. Isham Hancock, and Ens. James Ley on 1 Dec 1779. According to Currey, Capt. Frost=s company arrived at Charlotte, North Carolina, thence moved to Charleston, South Carolina via Camden, and then returned 24 Mar 1780.

3p. Simeon Frost was living in the area of Guilford County, North Carolina in the 1770s where he served, as Ens. Simeon Frost, with his brothers James and Jonas.

3r. John Frost was, according to his Revolutionary War pension application (file no. W7324), born in 1756 in Morris County, New Jersey. He enlisted in the army during the early years of the Revolution (about 1777 if his pension application is correct) and served first in the New Jersey militia and then in the 4th and 1st New Jersey Regiments, serving a total of five years. He saw action at the Head of Elk, at Brandywine and at Germantown; moreover, he spent the winter with the army at Valley Forge and on occasion was with the guards at General Washington=s headquarters.

After his discharge, he moved to North Carolina, still a young man, and there he married on 8 Jun 1786 in Rockingham County, a girl named Mary, last name unknown. The same year he came to Chestnut Creek in what is now Carroll County, Virginia, having spent eighteen months in North Carolina.

He bought a tract of land from a John McCoy on 30 Oct 1786; the tract consisted of 168 acres of the McCoy grant and Frost owned it until he died almost forty years later (Montgomery, D.B. #A-405). The 1787 tax list shows that he owned one horse and one cow.

It appears that he was not particularly acquisitive. He owned six tracts of land in Grayson County, Virginia, and held two of them until he died. Two small ones he sold, and the other two were deeded to his sons James and Ezekiel.

There is some mention of him in the old court records. He was appointed an ensign in the militia in Capt. McCoy=s company, but he did not serve long as another was chose in his place in October Grayson, Orders, 1793-1794, pp. 5,28). In 1794, he was summoned to court as a grand juror, but did not attend; when he was cited for contempt the court found his excuse acceptable and dismissed him (Grayson, Orders, 1793-1794, pp. 32, 46). More interesting was an incident in 1806. The August Grand Jury presented Henry Short, yeoman, for interrupting a congregation of people assembled for the purpose of divine worship at John Frost=s meeting house (Grayson, Order, 1806-1811). John=s eldest son Stephen was one of the complaining witnesses. In October Short was tried and fined ten shillings. No other reference is found in the Grayson records to Frost=s meeting house, so it may be likely that it was a preaching station for the old Methodist, William Carrico, who was so close to the Frost family.

Also in 1806 Frost resigned as overseer of the public road; the earlier order book is missing so we do not know how long he had the responsibility for his road precinct. In 1807 John testified against William Allen, and about the same time had a lawsuit against Allen. In 1810, one Samuel Jones was accused, tried and acquitted of stealing Frost=s mattock (Grayson, Orders, 1806-1811).

By 1810, his older children were grown and John wrote his will in 1818. He provided for his wife Mary and then referred to his three youngest children, indicating that he wanted his sons Jonas and Simeon to Ahave learning about of my Estate,@ meaning that he wanted them educated at the expense of his estate. A hundred acre tract was devised to Ezekiel (later John deeded it to him), and the home tract was left to Amy three youngest sons@ James, Jonas, and Simeon. There was some provision for the two unmarried daughters, and Abel Hill was left the sum of two dollars. Abel had married John=s daughter Alice, and the Hills were left nothing more (Grayson, W.B. 1-501).

John had another will written in 1828 It made quite a different disposition of his estate, chiefly in that it left the homeplace to the son Simeon. John later changed his mind and caused the signature of the 1828 will to be torn off the document, and by so doing thought that he had revoked it. The chancery papers are not quite clear as to whether John wrote a third will or not, but after his death there was a suit by Simeon to determine which will was valid. Much of the case turned on n the evidence of old William Carrico who had kept both of them, and the upshot of the matter was that the 1818 will was probated (Grayson, Chancery File #121).

John died 13 Jul 1834; the same date is given in his pension papers as in the chancery suit. Mary, the widow, lived into the 1840s. Simeon cold not pay his debts and in 1836 conveyed his interest in the family farm to the county sheriff (Grayson, D.B. 7-287); this was still the day when a man was jailed for not paying his obligations, and in order to effect his release, he had to sign his property over to the sheriff. Two years later, Mary, the widow, also lost her downer in the farm, also to creditors (Grayson, D.B. 8-83). Some of the family apparently continued to live on the property, and it was still taxed in old John=s name because the other heirs still held their shares. It was not until the 1850s that Simeon Frost Jr., one of the grandsons, began to buy out the shares of his kinsmen. He recorded deeds from most of them, beginning in 1851 with a deed from his father James (Carroll, D.B. 3-326).

Thereafter, the farm stayed in the hands of his descendants for a hundred years. John and Mary are buried in the family cemetery on the knoll behind the present farmhouse, now abandoned. The two wills provide a list of the children, including:

4k. Stephen Frost
4l. Alice Frost
4m. Ezekiel Frost
4n. Isabell Frost
4p. John Frost
4q. Elizabeth Frost
4r. Sarah Frost
4s. James Frost
4t. Rebecca Frost
4u. Jonas Frost
4v. Simeon Frost

William Frost of Morristown, N.J [is] earliest known of our line.
Research has not found his parents. His children were:
Abigail Frost,
Ebenezer Frost
Elizabeth Frost

The family migrated to North Carolina between 1750 and 1760.

Abigail Frost married William Van Cleave. Ebenezer Frost married Sarah
Fairchild, Dec. 5, 1759, and no record of Elizabeth Frost's marriage has been

Children of Ebenezer and Sarah (Fairchild) Frost were:
John Frost (Captain)
Ebenezer Frost
Mary Frost

Captain John Frost married Rebecca Boone, daughter of John and Rebecca
Boone, August 21, 1793. Children were:
Ebenezer B. Frost, 1794/5-1836, married Elizabeth Gaither in
she died in
1817. m. #2
Nancy Wright.
Sarah "Sally" Frost, married Garland Anderson.
Mary "Polly" Frost, b. Oct. 4, 1799, D. Oct. 22, 1872. married
Nathan Chaffin Hunt.
Elizabeth Frost, b. 1801. Married George Saner.
Rebecca Frost, b. 1801; Married Alexander Haden.
Daniel Boone Frost, b. Nov. 3, 802, d. Feb. 8, 1866.
m. #1 Nancy McClamroch, b. Aug. 6,
died Jan. 12, 1840. They had 7
Letitia M. was #2, & Sarah Amanda
m. #2 Margaret Gaither. They had 3
all borne near Chillicothe, MO.
m#3 a Miss/Mrs. Lynch in Oregon.
They had
one child.
Icy Ann Frost, Married William McBride, May 18, 1830.
Enoch Boone Frost, b. Oct. 15, 1806 in Rowan County, N.C.
married Susan Brown Dec. 5,
John Frost, Jr., born Abt. 1812, d. 1849; married Rebecca
Hannah Frost, b. 1812, d. 1854; married David Martin.
Benjamin P.. Frost, b. abt. 1815, d. 1859; married Elizabeth
Chaffin Frost, b. abt. 12818; married Angeline Dodson,

Allen Collier, Winter Park, Fla.

Deed of Sale from John Parker to William Frost for 480 acrres 12 May 1762 prvd by William Van Cleave (Rowan Co. Deed Book 4:760, 761)

Settlers in the Forks of the Yadkin (Davie County, a Brief History by James W. Wall, Raleigh, 1976)

The Forks of the Yadkin was in the Granville District, the upper half of North Carolina. Settlers began migrating into this area west of the Yadkin about 1746 but apparently in small numbers for in that year the president of the governor's council, Matthew Rowan, estimated that "there were not above one hundred fighting men in all that country (western North Carolina)." By 1748 there was a sufficient number of settlers to warrant the forming of Anson County - comprising all of western North Carolina - from Bladen County. The bill established Anson as a county but with an undefined western boundary, was passed in 1750. Anson's population was estimated at between 200 to 300 white "tithables." Rapid settlement continued, and in 1753 Rowan County was formed from Anson. The new county comprised the upper half of Piedmont and western North Carolina; like Anson, it had an undefined western boundary.
Rowan's population quadrupled in the fifteen years from 1754 to 1769, increasing from about 1,200 to over 4,000 inhabitants.

The Yadkin River valley was settled rapidly, with many settlers looking for relatively cheap, fertile land. Some came down the PeeDee and Yadkin Rivers; others, particularly those from Pennsylvania, came down the "Great Wagon Road," which was sometimes called "The Carolina Road" or "The Road to The Yadkin River." This well traveled road extended for a distance of some 435 miles from near Philadelphia to the Yadkin at the Shallow Ford. It came through Wachovia and after 1756 extended beyond the Shallow Ford to Salisbury, passing through Davie County. Most of the new inhabitants were English but there were also many Germans and a few Scotch-Irish.

More About William Frost:
Burial: Unknown, Old Frost Burying Ground, Davie Co., NC.
Migration: Bef. 1760, Morristown, NJ to Rowan Co., NC.

Children of William Frost and Abigail are:
  1. +Ebenezer Frost, b. 23 November 1746, Morristown, Morris Co, NJ958, 959, d. 07 January 1824, Rowan Co, NC960, 961.
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