So, where were we? Oh, yes, we’re following the line of the ancestors of my maternal grandmother, born Verla Ruth Stallings, 1908. Verla Ruth’s mother was Rhoda Jane Barton and her father was Edward Armstead Stallings. Last week we met my 6x great-grandfather, Revolutionary War veteran John Barton, born in Randolph County, North Carolina.
Also living in North Carolina during the War of Independence was my 6x great-grandfather, Moses Stallings, born in 1732. Moses lived a good 250 miles east of Randolph County, though, in Periquimans County which is just off the Atlantic Coast at the border of NC and Virginia, close to Virginia Beach, VA. Moses married a lady named Mary and they had at least eleven children, nine boys and two girls. By the time of his death in 1794, 6x great-grandfather Moses Stallings had moved 100+ miles east to Franklin County, NC; seven of his children survived him, including his oldest son, Wright, who is my 5x great-grandfather.
Meanwhile, down the road in Randolph County, my 6x great-grandfather, John Barton, died in 1799. John and his wife, Elizabeth, had six children, two boys and four girls, who survived to adulthood. Their younger son was my 5x great-grandfather, William Barton.
Randolph County, NC and adjacent Guilford County were home to a good-size settlement of Quakers, among them the family of Samuel Underwood and his wife, Ann. In 1784, 5x great William Barton married their daughter, Ruth, at a meeting of the Society of Friends.
Quakerism is a Most Fascinating Way of Life and not at all what I’d thought it was. Quakers marrying non-members was not uncommon, as long as the parents and the Meeting members approved. There was quite a bit of consternation in the group during the Many Conflicts of the 18th century America, but Many Quakers fought in the Revolutionary War and the subsequent War of 1812. One True Thing: Quakers did Not own slaves.
The majority of North Carolinans Did own slaves, including 6x great John Barton, as well as 6x great Moses Stallings and his children. However, 5x great William Barton did not. He and Ann had enough children to work a farm, though, with Thirteen, ten boys and three girls, all of whom survived well into adulthood.
It could be that they ran out of room, or there may be Land Grants involved, but sometime between 1815 and 1820, 55-year-old William Barton and his 54-year-old wife, Ruth, moved to Marrs Township, Posey County, Indiana, to join their Entire Family. Their sons, including my 4x great-grandfather, Alexander Barton, had preceded them, buying land along the Ohio River beginning in 1807.
The Stallings family from Franklin, NC, also were on the move. At the very same time, 1807, 4x great-grandfather Wright Stallings entered his first of many land patents for a section in Harmony Township, Posey County, Indiana. He and his brothers, John, Reuben, and Julius, along with their families, settled along the Wabash River about 15 miles from the Bartons.
Small World, huh?