- "William Frank Moorefield, III" <wmoorefi@...> wrote:
>On one of the Ashworth message boards, sometime later, I read a<posting by a lady member of the line that the NC Ashworths were
>defintiely not connected to the Pittsylvania County family. I thoughSorry, Bill, if I may be so friendly, this is not a "personal" thing,
>to myself, that its a lot easier to prove that two lines are
>connected than to prove they are not, and how did she know for sure.
>But, there was no doubt as to which side of the line she stood on.
>But, her personal feelings do not make it so.
but a matter of good genealogy. Without a doubt, you are referring to
my disclaimer on the Ashworth Message Board, in which I attempt to
correct the long-standing error that John Ashworth of Buncombe Co., NC
was a son of Jonathan (or, his son John) Ashworth. Apparently you did
not read my post of 14 March 2002, in which I laid out the proof.
The debate concerns the John Ashworth born 25 Feb 1735, died 29 Apr
1805, Fairview, Buncombe Co., NC, who married Nancy Wood. Someone,
long ago, found Jonathan Ashworth's Will naming a son John, and bingo,
you know the rest! Incidentally, Jonathan Ashworth's 1759 Will was
recorded by he, himself, and never went to probate. In 1763, he made
a Deed of Gift, naming the same three sons, John, Samuel & Isaac, as
well as grandsons Jonathan Abbott and John Anglin. The granddaughter
Elizabeth Bruce whom he had named in his earlier Will was no longer named.
This statement has also been made: "John Ashworth of the 1782
Pittsylvania Co. census had a son, who had a son, whose name was also
John. The son was born in Lunenburg Co. VA, on 25 Feb 1735. He
settled in what is now Rutherford Co., NC, about 1760." So the
original error is now complicated by the further assertion that John
of Buncombe was the son of a son of John Ashworth of Pittsylvania Co.,
Fact: The son of Jonathan Ashworth, can be proven to be the John
Ashworth who died in 1788, in Pittsylvania Co., VA. He was born
sometime before 1716, probably New Kent Co., VA, and lived in
Lunenburg Co., VA, in that area which became Charlotte Co. in 1764.
He and his wife Jean (Morefield) sold out and moved to Pittsylvania
Co., VA by Sep 1771, where he died in 1788 all of which can be
documented by Lunenburg, Charlotte and Pittsylvania Co. deeds and his
Incidentally, there was an Ashworth family in North Carolina who does
indeed descend from Jonathan Ashworth. That is Elisha & Clary
(Callicoat) Ashworth, who lived in Montgomery Co., NC. Elijah's
father was Samuel Ashworth, a son of Jonathan. But they were not the
subject of the misleading statements.
I have long been interested in the Ashworth-Morefield connection, and
would love to resolve the question of their friendship and/or
relationship, which apparently began in New Kent Co., VA, or before.
Several times, I have seen it stated that Jonathan Ashworth purchased
a Psalter (prayer book) for Mr. Edwd. Murfill it was Jonathan's son
Jno. (John) Ashworth who purchased the psalter; which does make a
difference. The Partridge Store records contain several mentions of
John Ashworth paying Edward Murfill.
The Partridge Store records consistently show Jonathan as "Jona." or
"Jonathan." I should add, in all my 36 years of researching Jonathan
Ashworth, I have never found him to be called "John" in any record.
(I believe his father's name was John, so he probably learned early-on
to be consistent in seeing that his name was recorded as Jonathan.)
When Jonathan Ashworth wrote his Will on 06 Nov 1750, Lunenburg Co.,
VA WB 1-282, he left 100 acres to a granddaughter Elizabeth Bruce,
which "lyes on both sides of Sandy Creek joining the land lay'd off
for Edward Morfield since conveyed by me to a second purchase from
Morefield " Sounds like two sales from Jonathan to Edward Morefield,
but strangely, I have not found deeds conveying land to Edward. Have you?
31 Jul 1756 : 03 Aug 1756, Lunenburg DB 4-302: Edward Morefield of
Halifax Co. sold to John Hinson, 300 acres on both sides of Sandy
Creek by Jonathan Ashworth's new line, Francis Linsy (it being part of
an Order of Council obtained by Jonathan Ashworth). That surely
refers to one of the purchases (or gifts?) from Jonathan.
01 Nov 1759 : 06 Nov 1759, Lunenburg DB 5-502: Jonathan Ashworth sold
to Francis Lindsey, 290 acres, part of 1875 acre patent, bounded by
Ann Williams on Stanton River, Edward Morefield, Sandy Creek, Charles
The following is the root of the John Ashworth-Jean Morefield problem.
This information was discovered by my 4th cousin, the late Laura
Ashworth Crumpler, C.G., C.G.R.S., deceased. Further, she wrote to
me, that "It seems likely and most probable that all the Ashworth
brothers were married by one of the early dissenting Baptist preachers
who roamed the Southside Virginia Counties during this time. During
this time, the Baptists were converting many people and the
established Church, backed by the Courts, constantly harassed the
preachers and converts."
May Court 1761, Lunenburg Co., VA Order Book 7-5. May Court 1761.
We present John Ashworth for living in adultry, by information.
We present Jean Moorefield for living in adultry by information of
May Court 1761, Lunenburg Order Book 7-32:
Henry Prewit Plaintiff against John Ashworth Defendant.
For reasons appearing to the court, this suit is ordered and the said
defendant recover against the said plaintiff his cash by him.
(It does not state what this case was about.)
John Ashworth, son of Jonathan, left a Will 1787/88, Pittsylvania Co., VA
15 Oct 1788 [sic], Pittsylvania Co., VA D&W 11-174
John Ashworth Will
Wife: Jean Ashworth
My son: Nathan Moorfield, alias Ashworth
My dau: Dorcas Taliaferro
My son: John Ashworth, alias Moorfield
Estate to be equally divided between my three children of the
following names to witt: Nathan Moorfield alias Ashworth, Dorcas
Taliaferro and John Moorfield alias Ashworth
Exors: Wife Jean Ashworth, Nathan Ashworth alias Moorfield and John
Ashworth alias Moorfield
Wit: Silvanus Stokes, Edward Given, John Cousins
In a court held for Pittsylvania County the 16th day of March 1788
this the last will and testament of John Ashworth deceased was
exhibited into court by Jean Ashworth and Nathan Ashworth two of the
executors therein named ... John May and William Astin their
We know the son John Morefield alias Ashworth and vice versa, was born
before 13 Mar 1751 (John Morefield's Will). The consensus seems to be
that he married Nancy Vincent, ca 1775-77, Pittsylvania Co., VA. He
died 1823, Posey Co., IN. The book, Into This Fruitful Valley,
concerns this family.
Nathan Morefield alias Ashworth and vice versa, SEEMS to be the older
of the two. He was born before 1743, probably New Kent or Hanover
Co., VA, and died before 07 Nov 1808, Adair Co., KY, according to one
researcher. He married Sally (Miller?) possibly in the late 1760's,
in Charlotte Co., VA.
(He appears on the 1764 Buckingham Co., VA Tax List, so at least 21
yrs. old, thus born before 1743.)
The daughter Dorcas Taliaferro is rather a mystery to me. Some say
she married Richard Taliferro, ca 1776, Buckingham Co., VA. But, he
apparently married a Dorcas Perkins. So, did she first marry a
Perkins? Richard died 1781, Guilford Co., NC. Interestingly, Richard
& Dorcas named a daughter Jean.
I hope this is offensive to no one, which is not my intent, but
instead, offers further insight into the Morefield-Ashworth
connection. If something is unclear, please ask for an explanation,
and I will do my best.
Gay Edens Carrigan
Author of Ashworth of Virginia & West Virginia The Isaac Line
- On Oct 24, 2007, at 10:55 AM, gayedenscarrigan wrote:
> We know the son John Morefield alias Ashworth and vice versa, was bornGay,
> before 13 Mar 1751 (John Morefield's Will). The consensus seems to be
> that he married Nancy Vincent, ca 1775-77, Pittsylvania Co., VA. He
> died 1823, Posey Co., IN. The book, Into This Fruitful Valley,
> concerns this family.
> Nathan Morefield alias Ashworth and vice versa, SEEMS to be the older
> of the two. He was born before 1743, probably New Kent or Hanover
> Co., VA, and died before 07 Nov 1808, Adair Co., KY, according to one
> researcher. He married Sally (Miller?) possibly in the late 1760's,
> in Charlotte Co., VA.
> (He appears on the 1764 Buckingham Co., VA Tax List, so at least 21
> yrs. old, thus born before 1743.)
> The daughter Dorcas Taliaferro is rather a mystery to me. Some say
> she married Richard Taliferro, ca 1776, Buckingham Co., VA. But, he
> apparently married a Dorcas Perkins. So, did she first marry a
> Perkins? Richard died 1781, Guilford Co., NC. Interestingly, Richard
> & Dorcas named a daughter Jean.
Welcome to the MorefieldHomeplace. I have thought for some time that
the Ashworth-Morefield connection is an important key to many of the
questions that we have about the early Morefield family. You and I
have previously corresponded about the association.
You note that John Morefield alias Ashworth moved to Posey Co, IN,
where he died in 1823. However, he did not move directly to IN from
VA. Rather, he lived for a number of years in what is now Sullivan
Co, TN (previously NC). John MOREFIELD acquired 177 acres on Horse
Creek in Sullivan Co, NC on 23 oct 1783 (Book 1 p. 146). John
ASHWORTH sold 177 acres on Horse Creek 20 aug 1818 (Deed Book 10 p.
20). John Ashworth, Sr. appeared on the 1820 Posey Co, IN census.
According to Lee Minnis, John Ashworth's will was dated 18 sep 1822
and proved 24 sep 1822. The executors of his will were his two sons,
Nathan and John Ashworth. He also named his sons A. Grandade
Ashworth and Francis Ashworth. The will was witnessed by John D. Acuff.
As for Nancy Vincent... As it happens, my husband's maternal
grandmother's ancestors came to Sullivan Co. at about the same time
as John Morefield alias Ashworth. And, those ancestors included
Acuffs and Vincents. And, they lived on Horse Creek. My husband's
ancestress, Elizabeth Vincent, was the daughter of Moses Vincent of
Pittsylvania Co., VA. She was born 21 mar 1766 and married Peter
Easley (who came to Sullivan Co, NC from Halifax Co, VA) 1 dec 1785
in Sullivan Co. (NC). According to Le Roy Reeves in Ancestral
Sketches, "...she came in her youth with hers brothers and sister to
what was later Sullivan County, Tennessee..." Reeves later states
that the Vincents came to Sullivan Co. about 1782. Two of
Elizabeth's brothers are named as George and Thomas, both of whom can
be found on Pittsylvania Co. records. Reeves does not name Nancy
Vincent, but it is interesting that the Vincent siblings came from
Pittsylvania Co. to Sullivan Co. about 1782, and John Morefield alias
Ashworth of Pittsylvania Co. acquired property in Sullivan Co. in
1783. George Vincent's gravestone states that he was born in 1753 in
Brunswick Co, VA. Some Vincent researchers state that John and
Nancy (Vincent) Ashworth/Morefield named a son Moses Vincent Ashworth.
Nathan Ashworth/Asher/Ashwith's name appeared on land tax lists of
Pittsylvania Co, VA through 1802. He purchased land in Adair Co, KY
in 1804. The inventory and appraisal of Nathan Ashworth dec'd was
recorded 2 jan 1809 in Adair Co, KY (Will Book A p. 185).
Note above that one of the witnesses to John Ashworth's will was John
D. Acuff. The Vincents, Easleys and Acuffs were very closely
associated families in Sullivan Co. The patriarch of the Acuffs was
Timothy Acuff, who came to Sullivan Co. from Culpeper Co, VA. His
oldest daughter, Eleanor, married George Vincent, the brother of
Elizabeth Vincent who married Peter Easley. Timothy Acuff also had a
son John, but Le Roy Reeves has no further information about him.
Also, according to Le Roy Reeves, Timothy Acuff had a daughter,
Nancy, who married an Ashworth, first name unknown, and he states,
"Nancy and family seem to have settled in Indiana." Nancy Acuff was
probably born about 1775. Given her age, she may very well have
married a son of John Morefield alias Ashworth. On 21 feb 1809
Nathan Ashworth witnessed a bill of sale of 6 slaves from Timothy
Acuff to Nathaniel Munsey (who married Timothy's daughter, Anna) in
Sullivan Co, TN. This cannot be Nathan Morefield alias Ashworth, who
had died some months previously in Adair Co, KY.
As for Dorcas Taliaferro... The VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society's
research room in the Danville, VA Public Library holds a typewritten
list of Pittsylvania County, VA residents who signed the Oath of
Allegiance in 1777. That list includes Thomas Vincent, John
Ashworth, Jr., Moses Vincent, Nathan Morefield and John Taleaferro.
Roger Dodson's Property Lines from the Old Survey Books Pittsylvania
County, Virginia 1746-1840 show that John Tallefarro owned land on
White Oak Creek quite close to the land of John Morefield (Ashworth)
on Sandy Creek. I do know that there are many Tolliver families in
Sullivan Co, TN, and I have read somewhere that the Tolliver name
evolved from Taliaferro. I have not looked at Sullivan Co. records
to see when the first Tollivers appeared there, but will do so at the
The Partridge Store accounts and the fact that Edward Morefield owned
land in Pittsylvania co. that may have been part of Jonathan
Ashworth's property leads me to *speculate* that the Morefield-
Ashworth connection was more than close friends. I *wonder* if
Edward Morefield's mother or wife was an Ashworth.
Pat (Moorefield) Seaver
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- I just noticed a couple more relevant references from Sullivan Co. TN
First Landowners of Sullivan County, Tennessee. Mrs. John Vineyard.
No. 2077 pg. 145 State of Tennessee to George Vincent 123 acres on
Horse Fork of Lick Creek- based on entry No. 4 certificate No. 9 to
John Morefield for 123 acres, he to George Vincent enterer, including
grist and saw mill ...Sealed 30 October 1811.
Backman, Nathan from John Morefield, etc. 177 a. Horse Cr 20 aug 1818
Bachman, Nathan from John Ashworth 177 a. Horse Cr. 20 aug 1818 B 10-20
(this is how it appears in Vineyard's book--two entries, one as John
Morefield and one as John Ashworth.
In 2006 I took the following entry from records at the Sullivan
County Court House in Blountville, TN:
Morefield, John from State of NC 177a Horse Crk Bk. 1 p. 146 Grant 23
same to Nathan Bachman 177 a Horse Crk B 10 p. 20 Deed 20 aug 1818
proved jun 30, 1824
Various websites name the children of John Morefield alias Ashworth
and Nancy Vincent as:
Moses Vincent Ashworth b. @1783
Sarah Ashworth m. Charles Jones
Jane Ashworth m. Samuel Spurgin
A. Grandade Ashworth
Of these, Nathan and Christopher's names appear on Sullivan Co, TN
Nathan, John, Francis and A. Grandade are said to have been named in
John Ashworth's 1822 will in Posey Co, IN (I have not seen this will,
just a transcription from Lee Minnis, a descendant of Jane Ashworth
Pat (Moorefield) Seaver
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- Hi again, Pat,
Yes, it was back in 2002 that we corresponded. It appears, we
haven't progressed much in determining an Ashworth-Morefield
connection. I think we need some divine intervention.
Yes, I was aware that John Morefield Ashworth had a stopover in Sullivan
Co., TN. I was trying to keep my post as brief as possible, yet
identify him clearly. I understand there is an 1833 Posey Co., IN Court
Record which lists all of John Ashworth's ten children. I do not
have a copy.
I read somewhere that the Taliaferros were in Lunenburg Co. in the
1740's, but I didn't make a note of it. They do not appear in
the tithable lists in "Sunlight On The Southside" 1748-1783,
though. I've also read that Taliaferro was pronounced Tolliver,
thus the misspelling. The Ashworth surname is sometimes spelled
"Asher," though not often. My Harrison Ashworth's Am Rev
Pension record reflects that: "The name is spelt Ashworth, but
pronounced Asher and might be so spelt on the rolls."
(Jonathan's grandson, son of Isaac.)
I've always wondered where Alexander Strange fits into this
Ashworth-Morefield puzzle. He lived right in the midst of the Ashworths
in 1750, but can find no hint of a family tie. And, of course, he
witnessed the 1751 Will of John Morefield. His name appears as a
neighbor of Samuel Ashworth in 1760's deeds, then I lose him. The
Strange family also go back to the St. Peter's Parish Register, New
Kent Co., VA.
Morefield researcher, Laverne Markart told me in 1997, that she had
corresponded with a Herb Morefield in NC, who suffered a stroke after
their initial correspondence. Her note to me:
"Herb stated that John Morefield of Lunenburg Co. had a son, also
named John, who married Jane. This son died prior to the writing of
John Sr.'s will in 1751, leaving widow Jane and "several" children,
although he didn't give me any names except for my John who was later
known as Ashworth. Jane later married neighbor John Ashworth and her
sons John & Nathan adopted the surname of their stepfather. He also
told me that John Morefield Sr., who died 1750's, was the son of John
Morefield, an immigrant from England who died 18 Feb 1688, New Kent Co.,
and Ann Medlock, (d 23 Mar 1699, New Kent). Herb did not supply me with
any other details, however."
A reason for using an alias, according to Saul and Markwell, in Tracing
Your Ancestors: The A to Z Guide, might be when a mother with children
from a first marriage remarried. The children, especially if they were
young, might take the stepfather's surname but would also keep their
natural father's so as not to lose claim to his copyhold land. Or, a
son added his mother's maiden name to inherit property through her line.
Was Nathan the oldest and stood to inherit Morefield land left to his
mother, so he continued to use Morefield for that reason? I really
don't know. I have no deeds that might bear that out.
>Timothy Acuff had a daughter, Nancy, who married an AshworthJohn & Nancy (Vincent?) Ashworth had two sons who married an Ann or
Nancy. The names Ann and Nancy were often used interchangeably, but if
these surnames are correct, they would have had to be widows.
(1) John m Ann Gale, 27 Mar 1822, Posey Co., IN.
This had to be a 2nd marriage, based on his Will. So, maybe he first
married Nancy Acuff???
He married in Mar 1822, and wrote his will on 10 Dec 1822, naming his
wife Anny and three children. Probate 15 Oct 1823, Posey Co., IN. Not
likely to have had three children from March to December.
(2) Nathan m (1) ? Nancy Gaines, ca 1809
>On 21 Feb 1809, Nathan Ashworth witnessed a bill of sale of 6 slavesfrom Timothy Acuff
>to Nathaniel Munsey (who married Timothy's daughter, Anna) in SullivanCo., TN.
>This cannot be Nathan Morefield alias Ashworth, who had died somemonths previously in Adair Co., KY.
Could he be the son of John & Nancy, b ca 1781, who m Nancy
Some of the Morfield-Ashworth allied families mentioned in the 1777
Oaths of Allegiance, Pittsylvania Co., VA, as published in The Magazine
of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 23, #1, pp 3-11:
George Carter List : Jno. Talleaferro
John Wilson List : John Anglin, John Ashworth, Jr., Nathan Morefield,
Geo. Vincent, Moses Vincent, Thos. Vincent
Robert Payne List : Jana. Abbott (Jonathan Abbott]
Thomas Dillard List : Robert Bruce
Crispin Shelton List : James Bruce
Note that Nathan appears as Morefield and John is Ashworth.
These are the children of John and Nathan Morefield alias Ashworth, as I
have gathered them through correspondence, queries and online
posts. I have done no specific research on these people, so check it
out! I keep all of this on my computer as a sorting mechanism. The
descendants of John Ashworth Sr. were not included in my book, only his
Children of John & Nancy (Vincent?) Ashworth alias Morefield:
John Ashworth Jr., b ca 1779, Pittsylvania Co., VA, d 1823, Posey Co.,
m Ann Gale, 27 Mar 1822, Posey Co., IN
This has to be a 2nd marriage, as he wrote his will 10 Dec 1822, probate
15 Oct 1823, naming wife Anny and three (3) children, named Dorcas
Ashworth, Andrew Jackson Ashworth & William Lynn Ashworth.
Nathan Benjamin Ashworth, ca 1781, Pittsylvania Co., VA, d 1834, Posey
? m (1) Nancy Gaines, ca 1809
? m (2) Elizabeth Albright, 04 Apr 1824, Posey Co., IN
Rev. Moses Vincent Ashworth, b ca 1783, Pittsylvania Co., VA, d 02 Feb
1838, Posey Co., IN
m (1) Jane "Jincy" Muse, 01 Oct 1807
m (2) Elizabeth Davis, bef May 1818
Sarah "Sally" Ashworth, b ca 1788
? m (1) _____ Oglesby
? m (2) John/Charles Jones
Christopher C. Ashworth, b ca 1792, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, d
Posey Co., IN
m Elizabeth Hirons, 09 Oct 1821, Posey Co., IN
Dorcas Ashworth, b ca 1792, TN, d Posey Co., IN
m George Hershman/Hirschman
Jane Ashworth, b ca 1795
m Samuel Spurgeon
m John Hamilton
Francis A. Ashworth
m Thany Alldridge, 13 Mar 1823, Posey Co., IN
Adam Granade Ashworth, b ca 1806
m Mary Alldridge, 07 Mar 1823, Posey Co., IN
Children of Nathan & Sally (Miller?) Ashworth alias Morefield
Miller Ashworth, b ca 1765-70, Charlotte Co., VA, d 1812-20,
Adair/Barren Co., KY
m Mary Ann Ashworth, 02 Jan/Jul 1788, Charlotte Co., VA [Dau of Samuel
Anne Ashworth, b ca 1772
? m John Quinn, 23 Dec 1792, Pittsylvania Co., VA
Starling/Sterling Ashworth, b ca 1774, Pittsylvania Co., VA
m Elizabeth "Betsy" Tomblin, 30 Dec 1802, Pittsylvania Co., VA
Joel Ashworth, b ca 1776, Pittsylvania Co., VA, d aft 1850, Pittsylvania
Co., VA Census
m Mary "Polly" Ramsey, 22 Mar 1802, Pittsylvania Co., VA
Martha "Patsy" Ashworth, b ca 1778, Pittsylvania Co., VA
m William Smith, 13 Oct 1797, Pittsylvania Co., VA
Elizabeth "Betsey" Ashworth, b ca 1780, Pittsylvania Co., VA
? m Michael Harrison, 03 Mar 1808, Adair Co., KY
John Ashworth, m Catherine Stults, 06 Apr 1806, Adair Co., KY
Thanks much for your input. Good to hear from you again. The Tennessee
Genealogical Society relocated their holdings to a Memphis suburb a year
or so ago. Maybe I can go in and check to see what they might have on
Sullivan County. (We moved from Gulf Shores, AL, two years ago, to
Atoka, Tipton Co., TN.) Will keep the list informed, if and when, I
Gay Edens Carrigan
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