Faircloth Family Genealogy: A Man with No Name

By Jerome Tew

In doing research on Haburn Jackson and Rice Matthis I found children listed selling family land but no identification on where the land came from. This is the case with the Faircloth family.

I believe that most of the Sampson Faircloth families came from Edgecombe County, NC. A William Faircloth and son moved from Edgecombe to Dobbs County and are listed in the 1769 tax list. (Dobbs was formed in 1759 but in 1779 was then divided among Wayne, Geene, and Lenoir Counties.) This William was likely born near 1715 and William Jr. was born in 1740. This William Jr. is the officer that served in the Revolutionary War (RW) from Dobbs County.

In an 1826 Faircloth heirs deed, it is easy to see that a Faircloth family was selling family land in Sampson: Arthur Faircloth, Wilson Faircloth, Arsey Butler, Betsey Ellis, Isaac Sessoms and his wife Nancy Sessoms, and Sabra Faircloth sold 150 acres in two tracts to Raiford Faircloth. Here are seven siblings and nothing in the deed to identify the parents.

In reviewing the Sampson County Court Minutes, I found this entry for 1819: FAIRCLOTH GUARDIAN: Ordered that Robert Butler Sr. be guardian to Sabra and Wilson Faircloth. Bond was $200. Security was Gabriel Holmes, Esquire. (This entry lists two of the siblings. This means that one or both parents are dead and both of these two siblings are under 21 years of age.)

Then I found this: ESTATE: Raiford Faircloth, administrator, returned an account of sales of the estate of Elizabeth Faircloth dec’d. (F1819) I think it is safe to say that this is the mother of these children. However, we still need more proof.

I then looked at Sampson wills and found some Faircloths, but none of the above siblings. In the John Johnston 1814 will, he lists three daughters that married Faircloth men…namely…. Elizabeth, Hannah, and Milliy. Isham Faircloth was one of the Faircloth men…It does appear that Isham married Milliy and had a daughter Mary. John Johnston was born near 1743 and he died soon after 1814. Also, James Faircloth was another in the Will but the Will does not identify whom he married. The Will does identify Susannah Faircloth as the daughter of James and his wife. The Will also list daughter Elizabeth Faircloth but no hint as to whom she married. The Will also list sons as Matthew, Mark, and John Johnston Jr. It may be logical to assume that James Faircloth married Elizabeth Johnston, but there is no certainty there as of yet.

I then found this 1828 deed that list one of the siblings. Deed 29:431 shows that Matthew Johnston and Elizabeth Ellis jointly sold 56 ¼ acres of land to John Faircloth for $50. This deed does not identify the mother of Elizabeth Ellis as she owned half of this land during her lifetime. Some deeds do identify the prior owner.
1. This proves that this land had belonged to John Johnston, who died in 1814, and John was the father of Matthew Johnston. 2. This shows that the mother of Elizabeth Faircloth Ellis (Elizabeth Johnston Faircloth) was the sister of Matthew Johnston and daughter of John Johnston. 3. This shows that the mother of Elizabeth Faircloth Ellis was dead.
4. This shows that Faircloth Sr. married Elizabeth Johnston, daughter of John Johnston.
5. This deed and Will also proves that James Faircloth married first Hannah Johnston and one child Mary was born before 1814. 6. This 1828 deed also shows that Elizabeth Faircloth Ellis’ husband left her and Sampson before 1825. Elizabeth Johnston Faircloth was born about 1765 and died in 1818. The 1790, 1800, and 1810 US Census leave no doubt that her husband was John Faircloth Sr. who was born about 1753 and drew six RW pay vouchers.

To add to the complex nature of this puzzle, John Faircloth Sr. in 1816 gave to James Faircloth 100 acres of land. James therefore was his son and since this was his share of the Faircloth estate, James was not listed with the other siblings in the 1826 deed of the Faircloth heirs. Wilson Faircloth in 1826 sold to Mary Faircloth Campbell 200 acres for $200. Mary likely married John Campbell.

This then is whom I have as 10 children of John Faircloth Sr. 1753-1825 and Elizabeth Johnston Faircloth 1760-1818: 1. John Faircloth Jr. 1778-; 2. Elizabeth Faircloth Ellis 1780-; 3. James Faircloth 1783-1847 m: Nancy Royal 1800-1850+; 4. Raiford Faircloth 1786-1848 m: Martha Jones 1800-1850+; 5. Arsey Faircloth Butler 1790-; 6. Mary Faircloth Campbell m: John Campbell; 7. Nancy Faircloth Sessoms 1796- m: Isaac Sessoms; 8. Arthur Faircloth 1798-185_ m: Katherine Fisher in 1835; 9. Wilson Faircloth 1800-m: Jane ___, b. 1800-, moved to GA; 10. Sabra Faircloth 1802-

After the death of his wife in 1818, John Sr. sold most of his land to Daniel Tew, my ancestor. John Sr. died between 1820 and 1825. The children of Raiford Faircloth 1788-1848 and Martha Jones (See deed 63:216): 1. Lucy 1821-; 2. Jane 1823-; 3; Wilson 1823-; 4. *Mary 1825-; 5. Jacob Faircloth 1827-1855; 6. James Faircloth 1829-; 7. Nancy 1831-; 8. Wilson 1823-; 9. Sylvania 1827-; 10. Levi Faircloth 1837-; *son, Eli 1844- mulatto.

Samuel Faircloth was born c1752 and died near 1805. There is no estate record on him in Raleigh. There is part of one page on file. Caleb Faircloth purchased 400 acres of family land in 1808 from sisters, Elizabeth and Nancy, and Jonah Faircloth. Caleb sold 624 acres of land to Alex Culbreath and left Sampson about 1811. Issue: 1. Caleb Faircloth 1775-; 2. Elizabeth Faircloth; 3. Nancy Faircloth; 4. Jonah Faircloth.

Benjamin and Solomon Faircloth sold to John Fisher 250 acres for 100 pds in 1810. (See deed 15:219.) This proves that Benjamin Faircloth and Solomon Faircloth were brothers. However, this deed does not say where this land came from. But in 1800 Benjamin Jr. sold 100 acres of land to Benjamin Sr. This is proof of father and son.

In 1817 James Faircloth and wife Nancy sold to Noah Royal 26 acres for $130. This Nancy is listed as a Royal by some researchers. She signed the deed and so this was land from her family. Nancy was born in 1800 and could not be a daughter of Noah Royal. He
being 13 in 1800. Nancy could be a sister of Noah and daughter of Willis Royal, who in 1817 had just moved to GA.

This same James Faircloth was in the 1814 Will of John Johnston and this James had married Milliy Johnston by 1814. James and Hannah Johnston Faircloth had at least one child, Susannah Faircloth as listed in the Johnston 1814 Will. Documents and US census do not support two men named James, however, a document is in the estate file of Samuel Faircloth does appear to say that Arthur and Wilson were heirs of Samuel. However, Wilson is proven as an heir of John Faircloth Sr. However, Samuel could have had sons named Arthur and Wilson and they moved from Sampson.

FAIRCLOTH ESTATE: Administration on the estate of Zachariah Faircloth was granted to James Faircloth. He entered into bond of $100 with Mark Johnston and Matthew Johnston as his securities. (1820)

Zachariah was likely a brother of Benjamin Faircloth c1747. Benjamin Faircloth Sr. died about 1805. In 1810, Benjamin and Solomon Faircloth jointly sold 250 acres of family land to John Fisher for 100 pds. In 1807 Solomon Faircloth sold to Elizabeth Lucas 100 acres for 15 pds. It was not proper to sell land to a woman unless they are close kin or are an older widow. ISSUE: 1. Benjamin Faircloth Jr. 1770-; 2. Solomon Faircloth 1774-; 3. Elizabeth Faircloth Lucas. Samuel Faircloth sold 100 acres to Benjamin Faircloth Jr. for 20 pds in 1791. Wit. Benjamin Faircloth. This puts Benjamin Faircloth Jr. as born by 1770.

FAIRCLOTH, Hardwick (Hardy), Private, Duplin Militia. Soldier drew 1 RW pay voucher and lived in Sampson in 1790 and had five young males in his household. Soldier was born about 1754 to William and Sarah Faircloth and is also listed in Sampson in 1785 tax list. Soldier married Sarah Suggs. Issue: 1-Reason, 2-Isham, 3-James, 4-Thomas, 5-Jacob, 6-Benjamin, 7-Elizabeth, 8-Achsah, 9-Sabar, 10-Hardwick (Hardy) Jr., 11 -Nancy, 12-Jonah, 13-Arthur, 14-Wilson, and 15-Jonathan. Soldier’s brothers were John and Zachariah Faircloth. Soldier died about 1810. Some time back I obtained the above RW file on Hardy Faircloth. After doing the research that I have done, I believe that the children listed above are not accurate.

I shall now list the senior Faircloth men in early Sampson: 1. Benjamin Faircloth is listed in Edgecombe County in 1761 as a chain bearer and I put his YOB as 1747. Benjamin Sr. died about 1807. 2. Robert Faircloth is also listed with Benjamin Faircloth and likely these two men were brothers. 3. John Faircloth is first listed in Sampson in 1779 as he patented 300 acres of land on the east side of the Little Coharie. I have him as born in 1753 and he died c1825. 4. Zachariah Faircloth first purchased land in 1773 from Benjamin. Likely they are brothers. 5. Samuel Faircloth is listed in the 1784 tax list and owned 200 areas of land. I have him born in 1752 and he died c1807. 6. Hardy Faircloth is listed with 300 acres of land in 1784 and he had five sons by 1790 and I put his YOB as c1757. He patented land in Sampson in 1779. Hardy died after 1810. No estate records exist. One son identified as Hardy Faircloth Jr. 1792-1850+. 7. Isham Faircloth is listed in the 1814 Will of John Johnston as married to Milliy Johnston and had a daughter named Mary. There is an Isham Faircloth born 1790 in the 1850 US Census with wife Mary born 1820. I think this is the same man with his 2nd wife. All his children listed in 1850 are likely from his wife Mary. 8. William Faircloth born 1740 in Dobbs and served in the RW and battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge and is listed in the pension application of Thomas Cook. William Faircloth lived in Sampson in 1784. (See below for the RW service.)

“That in the year – month of January in the year 1776 and the then County of Dobbs in the State of North Carolina (the day of said month is not precisely remembered but it was before the 15th day of said month) he volunteered as a private soldier in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War in the Militia of the State of North Carolina in a company commanded by Captain John Sheppard Lieutenant William Faircloth and Ensign Samuel Pope in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Abram Shepherd and the whole troop to which he belonged was commanded by General Richard Caswell that he served until the 10th of March of the same year is not positive as to the precise day of the month but believes it was the 10th when he returned home having been discharged by Colonel Sheppard, during this service he was in the Battles of Black River and Moore’s Creek bridge.”

Sources: Sampson deeds online at: http://www.sampsonrod.org/ ; RW Pensions online; Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Rosters; John Johnston will online
at: http://www.familysearch.org/