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October 27, 2023 at 9:49 pm #67207MarcSnellingKeymaster
The Saponi listed in the muster rolls of Colonel William Eaton’s regiments of the Granville County Militia in 1754 have been written about by several researchers. Kianga Lucas writes about this in her blog post https://nativeamericanroots.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/identifying-the-saponi-indians-living-next-to-col-william-eaton/?blogid=91574373&blogsub=confirmed#subscribe-blog
Some ancestors cannot be traced back to 1754. One of whom is Peter Good who appears on the 1769 Granville County muster roll of Colonel Robert Harris. Further complicating the search is the oral history that this line changed their name.
The clue that led to this particular muster roll is searching DNA relatives who had surnames that did not match the descendants of Peter Good. The three most likely names were Parrish, Merritt and White.
The 1769 muster roll of 33 individuals includes; Joseph Parish (Parrish), Stephen Marett (Merritt) and Henry White. I’m searching for more information on how the 1754 and 1769 lists are connected. Where there individals who served both?
Stephen Pony Hill connects the tallies of Native American population in North Carolina with specific surnames…
“A 1761 report counted 20 Saponi warriors in the area of Granville County, NC and this corresponds to the “Mulatto, Mustee or Indian” taxation in Granville of such families as Anderson, Jeffries, Davis, Chavis, Going, Bass, Harris, Brewer, Bunch, Griffin, Pettiford, Evans, and others in the 1760’s.Peter Good is too young to be on the 1754 muster roll.” https://www.sciway3.net/clark/freemoors/CHAPTER1colonial.htm
Cherokee researcher Robert K Thomas made noted this of Native Americans in Granville County:
“Another band of Saponi appears to have gone, in 1743, to Granville Co., NC to live on the land of Colonel John Eaton, a very famous Indian fighter originally from Virginia, and a man who had traded with the Catawba and spoke the Saponi language. They lived there from 1743, according to local historians, to the 1760s. Then according to one local historian, they disappeared by “marrying with other races.”
So in 1769 could Peter Good be marrying into another race, taking a different name or perhaps both? How are those on the 1769 roll connected to thos on the 1754 roll? The only surname from Stephen Pony Hill’s 1761 list on the 1769 roll is Harris.
Some questions I have…
Is the Robert Harris in Captain Daniel Harris’s company in 1754 the same Colonel Robert Harris on the 1769 roll?
Is the Sherwood Harris in Captain John Sallis’s company in 1754 the same Sherwood Harris who signed the 1769 roll?
Is Ensign Evan Ragland in John Glover’s company in 1754 the same Hudson Evan Ragland on the 1769 roll? Is Evan Ragland Jr in 1769 his son?
In 1754 are Thomas Parish in Captian Daniel Harris’s company, and John, and David Parrish in John Sallis’s company related to Joseph Parrish on the 1769 roll.
Is Ephraim Merrit in Andrew Hampton’s company on the 1754 roll related to Stephen Marett on the 1769 roll? There are trees that show Ephraim Merritt (1721-1789) with a son Stephen Merrit (1762-1843). But if those dates are correct the son seems too young to be on the 1769 roll.
Are the Whites on the 1754 roll connected to Henry White on the 1769 roll; Lieutenant Richard White, and William White in Osborn Jeffrey’s company, Jonathan White Jr in John Sallis’s company, James White in Sugan Jones’ company, the James White in Benjamin Simm’s company or the Valentine White in Andrew Hampton’s company?
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