Thomas Dowdy
Of Rocky River, Chatham County NC
Branch #2

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1. Thomas DOWDY born about 1730 likely in Virginia; died intestate 1802 in Chatham NC (Estate sale Dec 2 1802). Thomas first appears in Sussex Virginia records as early as 1757 when he was involved in a court case. He sold land apparently in right of his wife Lucy in Sussex in 1761 and then sold the land he and his wife were living on in 1771.

1761 Sussex VA Deed Book B, pg.236 Thomas Dowdy & wife Lucy Dowdy, Etheldred Jelke & wife Phillis Jelke, Matthew Hubbard & wife Mary Hubbard, to Nathan Northington for 73 pounds, 19 shillings, 6 pence, 215 acres on north side Great Swamp, bounded by Joseph Prince, Wyche’s Road, Dowdy’s present line, a great Branch & corner of said Dowdy & Northington (Lucy Dowdy and Phillis Jelke relinq’d their Rights of Dower) Dated & recorded 29 Nov 1761.

1771 Sussex VA Deed Book D, pg. 365 Thomas Dowdy & wife Lucy Dowdy to Nathan Northington Jr, an infant son of Nathan Northington, the Elder, for 32 pounds, 113 acres being the land whereon Thomas Dowdy now lives on the north side of the Great Swamp adj the lands of Robert Linn, Reubin Baird, Nathan Northington the Elder, and James Hubbard, and a deed from Wm. Battle to the said Thomas Dowdy. Witn: Ambrose Grizard, David Mason, Nathan Northington & Nathaniel Raney. Dated 1 Jun 1771, recorded 20 Jun 1771

The family apparently moved to the Rocky River area in Chatham County NC sometime between the sale of land in Sussex VA in 1771 and the first documentary evidence of their appearance in North Carolina in 1778.

1778 Feb Chatham County Court. John Nall's district to be divided by a road leading from Phillip Suttons mill to the Rocky River near the Baptist meeting house thence to Capt Herndon's line to Orange County line and including Thomas Dowdy's

married Lucy _______________; probably in Sussex County Virginia; she died prior to 1790 in Sussex VA [note: the following Lucy must be for the wife, since the daughter is still alive and ultimately married Augustine Tysor]

1790 Sussex VA - Will of Patrick Lashley, dec'd. Estate pays Harmon Bishop for making coffin for Lucy Dowday

 

Children of Thomas DOWDY of Rocky River, Chatham NC and Lucy ________:

2. William DOWDY b abt 1758; killed by Tories during the American Revolution in Chatham NC; died unmarried in 1782.

1782 April William Dowdy killed by Tories. Report of Col David Fanning: "...I had set out for Chatham, when I learned a wedding was to be that day. On my way I took one prisoner before I came to the house. Ther being but five of us, we immediately surrounded the house in full charge. I ordered them immediately out of the house; three of my men went into the house and drove them all out, one by one; I caused them all to stand in a row to examine them, to see if I knew any of them that was bad men. I found one, by the name of William Dowdy, concealed upstairs. One of my men fired at him as he was running from one house to the other. He received the ball in the shoulder. I then, having my pistols in hands, discharged them both at his breast, with which he fell, and that night expired. I then parolled the rest, on the 25th."

Entered 212 acres of land on the waters of Nick's Creek (Rocky River) in May 1779. Was granted 212 acres of land by the state in 1785 (postumously). Brother Thomas Dowdy Jr. sold this same land according to law as William's sole legal heir (as eldest brother) in 1789.

Bounty Land Entry # 738; name: William Dowdy; dated: 22 May 1779; location: waters of Nicks Creek; acres: 212

1789 Chatham Co NC - Deed Bk. E, pg. 106-107 "This Indenture made this 4th day of December, 1789, between Thomas Dowdy, Junior of the County of Anson, NC, planter, of the one part and Thomas Dowdy Senior of Chatham Co NC, Yoeman, of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Thomas Dowdy JR for an in consideration of the sum of 30 pounds to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Dowdy SR, doth hereby acknowledge. All that tract or parcel of land (112 acres) lying & being in the said County of Chatham, on Nicks Creek, it being part of a larger tract or parcel (212 acres) granted to William Dowdy, deceased, by a grant bearing date 23 day of September 1785, and registered in the Registers office in Book D, pg. 328-319, recourse being thereunto will more fully appear. With the said William Dowdy, dying without issue, his brother Thomas Dowdy JR, by heirship became solely entitled to the said land, etc, etc. Witnesses were Berkley Dowdy and Josiah Rogers. Proved during November session 1790 by Josiah Rogers."

It is believed that the following William Dowdy who was a "rightful heir" of Thomas Dowdy Sr, was not Thomas' son William, wwho was clearly dead. The William Dowdy represented in the 1806 land sale was instead the heir of Thomas' son John Dowdy who died in 1792. It is clear that John's heirs would need to be represented in the 1806 sale of Thomas' land:

Chatham NC Deed Book O, pg. 299 Thomas Dowdy, George Dowdy, Barkley Dowdy, Edward Bray (husband of Anne Dowdy), Augustin Tyser (husband of Lucy Dowdy) & William Dowdy, rightful heirs of Thomas Dowdy, deceased, in consequence of Thomas Dowdy dying intestate, sold to William Norman (husband of Sarah Dowdy) for 52 pounds, 10 shillings, 182 acres on Rockey River, Normans present corner, Brays corner, Bridges line, and Rachel Dowdys line. Witnesses Thomas Hadley, Joshua Hadley, Wm. Lewis, Hannah Hobson. Dated the 1 Mar 1806. Proven February session 1807 by oath of Thomas Hadley & Hannah Hobson

2. Thomas DOWDY, Jr. born 2 Oct 1759 AlbemarleParish, Sussex Co., VA. Thomas was christened 2 Mar 1760 in Albemarle Parish by Rev. William Willie. His sponsors were Benjamin and William Seaborn and Aggy Woodward; moved to Anson County NC sometime before 1789 (possibly located in an area under dispute with next door Chesterfield District SC at the time) Thomas Dowdy Jr. of Anson County NC sold land inherited from his brother William to their father Thomas Dowdy Sr. in 1789.

1789 Chatham Co NC - Deed Bk. E, pg. 106-107 "This Indenture made this 4th day of December, 1789, between Thomas Dowdy, Junior of the County of Anson, NC, planter, of the one part and Thomas Dowdy Senior of Chatham Co NC, Yoeman, of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Thomas Dowdy JR for an in consideration of the sum of 30 pounds to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Dowdy SR, doth hereby acknowledge. All that tract or parcel of land (112 acres) lying & being in the said County of Chatham, on Nicks Creek, it being part of a larger tract or parcel (212 acres) granted to William Dowdy, deceased, by a grant bearing date 23 day of September 1785, and registered in the Registers office in Book D, pg. 328-319, recourse being thereunto will more fully appear. With the said William Dowdy, dying without issue, his brother Thomas Dowdy JR, by heirship became solely entitled to the said land, etc, etc. Witnesses were Berkley Dowdy and Josiah Rogers. Proved during November session 1790 by Josiah Rogers."

married ?Ann_____________; an Ann Dowdy appears as head of household in the Chesterfield SC 1820 census with teenage children, the same census Thomas Dowdy suddenly disappears.

THOMAS DOWDY OF CHERAW/CHESTERFIELD CO SC

It is clear to the website editor that the Thomas Dowdy of Rocky River (b Albemarle Parish Sussex VA in 1759) is the same person who lived in Chesterfield SC in the early 1800s. The 1789 deed places Thomas Dowdy, Jr."of Anson" into the Rocky River family. And it is well known to researchers that many families of Chesterfield SC appeared (partially due to border disputes) at various times across the border in Anson NC. In this website's opinion, he is clearly not the same Thomas Dowdy who appears in the southern part of Chatham NC around the Deep River area of the county, as has been theorized by Dowdy researchers for decades.

See the descendants of Thomas Dowdy Jr. of Rocky River, Chatham NC


2. John DOWDY born 24 Apr 1762 Albemarle Parish, Sussex Co., VA. John was christened 22 Jun 1762 by Rev. Willis. His sponsors were Nathan Northington, John Sands and Martha Seaborn. John was not listed in the list of rightful heirs of Thomas Dowdy in the 1806 sale of his land. John Dowdy's estate was administered in Chatham County NC in 1792.

1792 Loose Papers - NC - Chatham Co Administrators Bond - John Dowdy, dec’d Hannah Terry & James Terry bonded to be Administrators for the estate of John Dowdy Estate. Bondsman was Christopher Hornaday. May 1792

married Hannah WHITEHEAD; born 1765 in Caswell, NC; daughter of Josiah WHITEHEAD; She married 2nd, James TERRY; Hannah TERRY'S will, dated 11 Apr 1835, mentions her daughter Sarah, son William Dowdy and grandson Hiram Dowdy. Hannah Terry's daughter Catherine Terry married her mother's nephew, James Dowdy of Lauderdale Co AL., a pensioner of the War of 1812.

See the descendants of John Dowdy, of Rocky River, Chatham NC

 

2. George DOWDY born 17 Dec 1764 Albemarle Parish, Sussex Co., VA. George was christened by Rev. Willis on 21 Apr 1765, his sponsors were David Mason, John Sammons and Winefred Hutchens. He moved to Chesterfield District SC sometime before 1790, and then to Lauderdale County AL. Returned to Chatham NC to sell land [signed document] in 1806 as a "rightful heir" of his father Thomas Dowdy. Received a patent for 40 acres in Lauderdale County AL from the US government in 1835 (but is not a head of household in the 1830 census at age 66)

married ____________WHITEHEAD (according to family tradition originating out of SC and Alabama)

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2. Nancy Anne DOWDY born abt 1770; the family moved to Barren County Kentucky; she died sometime after 1806 in KY. On the 6th day of October 1796, Thomas Dowdy conveyed "in consideration of the love, good will and affection which I have and bare towards my dear and loving daughter, Anne Bray, wife of Edward Bray, Jr,..."

married Edward BRAY Jr - acted as guardian in 1803 for his neice Rachel Dowdy, daughter of Lucy Dowdy

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2. Bartley DOWDY born 8 Aug 1770 Albemarle Parish, Sussex Co., VA. Bartley was christened 28 Oct 1770 at Albemarle Parish. His sponsors were Nathanial Newsom, James Burns and Mason Bird. He was given land by his father Thomas Dowdy in 1801. And with Thomas Hadley, he was named administrator of his father Thomas Dowdy's estate.

Deed Book L, pg. 300 Thomas Dowdy gave, “for Love and Affection” to his son Barkley Dowdy, two tracts of land on Nicks Creek, one containing 44 acres being a part of Thomas’s Grant dated 23 Sep 1785, the second containing 56 acres being part of his Grant dated 7 Jul 1794. Witnesses: John Johnson & Anthony Chamness. Deed dated 8 Nov 1796. Proven in court during February Session 1801

Bartley died in an accident in 1818 reported in the Raleigh Register newspaper at the time.

1818 The Raleigh Register of 20 February 1818: "the body of Barlett Dowdy, of Chatham county, was found in the Snow on the 6th instant, after lying six days. It is supposed he was in liquor, and [upon his] lying down, the Snow fell and covered him, and he rose no more!"

Bartley DOWDY's estate was probated 5 Jun 1818 in Chatham NC leaving his widow Frances DOWDY.

1819 Loose Papers - NC - Chatham Co (FHC film #1065099) Account of the estate of Barkley Dowdy submitted by Thomas Hadley, Administrator, amount of sale Jun 5, 1818 - $108.43, Frances Dowdy, widow $2.00, Jesse Stout $5.00, whole amount = $115.43. dated 6 Aug 1819


married Frances ______ born 1765 to 1770 (estimated by various census including Frances being age 60-70 in 1830 Chatham NC census); she does not appear in Chatham records after 1830.

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2. Sarah DOWDY born about 1776 in Chatham Co NC [Sarah Norman was age 74 in 1850 Monroe Ky census living alone in HH; Therefore born about 1776 ]

Chatham NC Deed Book N, pg. 4 Thomas Dowdy gave “for natural love and affection” to daughter Sarah Norman, wife of Wm. Norman, 100 acres on Mudlick Creek. 27 August 1802, witnessed by Edward M. Dorsey Jr & Robert Harman. Proven November session 1802 by Edward Dorsey

married William NORMAN - born about 1775; In 1806, he purchased with his wife Sarah Dowdy, the land inherited by the heirs of her father Thomas Dowdy of Rocky River, Chatham Co NC.

Chatham NC Deed Book O, pg. 299 Thomas Dowdy, George Dowdy, Barkley Dowdy, Edward Bray (husband of Anne Dowdy), Augustin Tyser (husband of Lucy Dowdy) & William Dowdy, rightful heirs of Thomas Dowdy, deceased, in consequence of Thomas Dowdy dying intestate, sold to William Norman (husband of Sarah Dowdy) for 52 pounds, 10 shillings, 182 acres on Rockey River, Normans present corner, Brays corner, Bridges line, and Rachel Dowdys line. Witnesses Thomas Hadley, Joshua Hadley, Wm. Lewis, Hannah Hobson. Dated the 1 Mar 1806. Proven February session 1807 by oath of Thomas Hadley & Hannah Hobson

This land was sold to William Dowdy in 1812 and the family moved to Barren Co KY (later became Monroe Co. Ky). William Norman was a millright; owned and operated a mill on Rockbridge of Little Creek, Monroe Co. Ky.; He died sometime before 1850.

3. Caleb NORMAN m. Sarah Bushong in 1819

2. Lucy DOWDY; born about 1780; died about 1835 Hamilton County, OH.

Chatham NC Deed Book O, pg. 299 Thomas Dowdy ( II ), George Dowdy, Barkley Dowdy, Edward Bray (husband of Anne Dowdy), Augustin Tyser (husband of Lucy Dowdy) & William Dowdy, rightful heirs of Thomas Dowdy, deceased, in consequence of Thomas Dowdy dying intestate, sold to William Norman (husband of Sarah Dowdy) for 52 pounds, 10 shillings, 182 acres on Rockey River, Normans present corner, Brays corner, Bridges line, and Rachel Dowdys line. Witnesses Thomas Hadley, Joshua Hadley, Wm. Lewis, Hannah Hobson. Dated the 1 Mar 1806. Proven February session 1807 by oath of Thomas Hadley & Hannah Hobson

married Augustine TICER. Moved to Hamilton Ohio. Living in Hamilton County Ohio in 1824 when as attorney for Rachel Dowdy, he sold her land in Chatham County NC

1824 Deed Bk AA. Augustine Tysor and Lucy Tysor of Hamilton Co OH attorneys for Rachel Dowdy of same place to William Dowdy of Chatham Co NC, tract in Chatham Co on Nixes Creek adj John Johnson, Horace D. Bridges adn ?Isham Pussor, 100 ac. it being a tract of land conveyed from Thomas Dowdy to the said Rachel Dowdy.

See the descendants of Lucy Dowdy, of Rocky River, Chatham NC