Eason Family American Background

    Records show that a merchant in Accomack County, Virginia by the name of John Neale, brought Edward Eason to America as an apprentice on August 22, 1637. There are no records of any descendants from this Edward Eason, never-the-less the record of his arrival in America three hundred forty-seven years ago place the Eason family closely connected to the history of this nation. The Eason familes were land owners, slave holders and men of substance according to county records still available in Virginia and North Carolina.

    On March 11, 1664/65, Francis Spike patented land in the Upper Parish of Nansemond County, Virginia at the head of Mathews Creek "butting on the land of William Eason." Some seven months later, on October 20, 1665, Wm. Eason patended 700 acres in the Upper Parish on Mathews Creek "for the importation of himself, wife and twelve other colonists to Virginia." No additional records have been located connected with this William Eason. He most likely died in Nansemond County, Virginia before 1704. It is probable that he left three sons because they appear on the 1704 Rent Roll of that county as land owners.
  • Peter Eason owned 400 acres of land.
  • William Eason owned 180 acres of land.
  • John Eason owned 150 acres of land.

The boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina crossed the site of the Nansemond Indian Tribe and it was never well established until North Carolina was granted a Charter in 1663. Note on this early map of the area, the abundance of wild game and the indication of suitable land for silk worm culture. These items were intended to entice settlers into the area by making it appear they could have life for the taking. England had encouraged the colonies to develop a silk worm industry as early as the reign of James I, when French Huguenots, who were proficient in the silk worm industry, came to England to avoid religeous persecution. There were in 1664 some 14,000 people working in the English silk industry and this was expected to increase to 40,000 by the year 1680.

    There is no evidence that the Eason families participated in the silk worm culture, but a later ancestor of the Lundy line is reputed to have lost a fortune in such a venture.

    As North Carolina territory became available the Easons moved in and quickly became land owners. As early as 1688 Elizabeth Eason was residing in Chowan Parish on land left to her by her father Robert Windley. In 1720 George Eason recorded a deed to 117 acres of land in Perguiman. While the early movement into North Carolina moved in an eastern direction toward the Atlantic, there are 1723 records to William Eason in both Edgecombe and Berdie which are in a western and southern direction. As early as 1750 a Benjamin Eason has moved southward to Onslow on the Atlantic Coast.

    The large influx of people into North Carolina caused the Officials to break up their large counties in order for the people to be closer to their government. By 1775 our immediate Eason ancestors were settled in Pitt, Bobbs and Edgecombe which included present Greene and Wilson counties.

    There is some reason to believe that Isaac Eason was a grandson of John Eason of Nansemond County, Virginia, but nothing conclusive has been located at this time. Isaac Eason, Sr. was probably born as early as 1731. He settled in what is now Pitt County, North Carolina. On June 20, 1761 the Earl of Granville granted him for £10. sterling money per hundred acres, a tract of 520 acres on both sides of Little Contentnea Creek in Beaufort County adjoining "his former land". The 1762 List of Pitt County Taxables listed Isaac Eason with one white and four black tithables. On February 28, 1769, Jacob (x) Dunn of Edgecombe County sold Isaac Eason of Pitt County for £30. Proclamation Money, 500 acres on Wards Swamp in the former county adjoining Richard Gay (land formerly belonging to William Bentley), witnessed by Jesse Barnes and Henry Irvin.

    On October 1, 1772, the Commissioners of the Town of Martinborough (now Greenville) sold Isaac Eason for £4. two half acres lots (No's 3 and 77). On September 16, 1777, Isacc Eason, Sr. of Pitt County deeded to his son Isaac Eason, Jr. of Edgecombe County, for love, 260 acres on both sides of Wards Run, witnessed by Abner Eason and Charles Lee. On October 21, 1782 Governor Alexander Martin granted Isaac Eason 100 acres south of Tar River and north of Little Contentea Creek adjoining William Moore, Sr., Wards Run and his own line.

    On October 30, 1783, Governor Martin granted Isaac Eason, Sr.350 acres south of Tar River and north of Little Contentnea Creek adjoining William Moore, said Eason, Wards Run, Gay and William Stuckey. Isaac Eason died in 1787. He left a will that was destroyed when the Clerk's Office burned shortly before the Civil War. He left substantial property in both land and in slaves. The land was divided among his seven sons and his wife had life-time use of six slaves.

    On May 29, 1787 Shadrach Eason of Edgecombe County sold to John Eason of Pitt County, for £52.10 in Specie Money, his interest in six slaves left in the will of their late father, Isaac Eason, to be divided after the decease of their mother, witnessed by Mary (x) Eason and James Barrow. On July 16, 1787 Stephen Eason of Dobbs County and Coburn Eason of Edgecomb County, executors of Isaac Eason, Sr., sold John Eason of Pitt County, for £75. in Specie Money, 330 acres on Stirrup Iron Branch and Hurricane Branch left for sale in the will of Isaac Eason, witnessed by Sterling Dupree and James Barrow.

    Only July 16, 1787 Isaac Eason, Stephen Eason, Abner Eason and Coburn Eason of Edgecombe County and Stephen Eason of Dobbs County deeded to their brother John Eason of Pitt County, for love, 200 acres south of the Tar River and north of Little Contentnea Creek (from 520 patented by their father, Isaac Eason on June 20, 1761) adjoining Shadrach Eason, it being the land "whereon Isaac Eason, Sr. deceased did live", witnessed by Mary (x) Eason and James Barrow. On July 17, 1787 Stephen Eason of Dobbs County and Coburn Eason of Edgecomb County, executors of the will of their father, Isaac Eason, sold John Eason of Pitt County for £22.11 two half acre lots (nos. 3 and 77) in the Town of Greenville, witnessed by Sterling Dupree and James Barrow.

    On August 25, 1787 Shadrach Eason of Edgecombe County sold to John Eason of Pitt County, for £10. in Specie Money, 200 acres south of Tar River and north of Little Contentnea Creek (from their father, Isaac Eason's patent in 1761) witnessed by Coburn Eason and James Barrow. On March 18, 1795 Isaac Eason, Jr., of Edgecombe County, sold to John Eason, of Pitt County for $5.00 in Silver Money, his interest in 200 acres of land "which is supposed to be left out of my grandfather, Isaac Eason (desceased), will" north of Contentnea Creek adjoining Shadrach Eason witnessed by Coburn Eason and Elphinston Cary.

    Isaac Eason, Sr.'s wife was named Mary but we do not have a record of her maiden name. Their known children consist of seven males and one female. They are:
  1. Isaac Eason Jr.   born ca. 1753
  2. Obed Eason   born 1755
  3. Abner Eason   born 1757
  4. Stephen Eason   born 1758/9
  5. John Eason   born 1762
  6. Shadrach Eason   born 1764
  7. Coburn Eason   born 1766
  8. Elizabeth Eason   born 1770, married Jonathan Thomas in 1790.
Note: Birth dates are approximate where month and day are missing.

    This book represents an effort to locate and to trace the descendants of the Isaac Eason Sr. family in general and of the son of Stephen Eason in particular. Many of the female lines have been lost in time as their names were changed thru marriage.

    A large amount of the original research on the data contained herein came to me from Mrs. T.R. Eason of Texarkana, Texas. It is my belief that credit should also be given to Mr. Hugh B. Johnson of Wilson, North Carolina.

    In order to properly identify each of the descendants I have chosen to number according to generation by use of a Roman numeral. On a slightly higher plane an Arabic number is used which designates the numeral order of birth within the individual family. The Roman Numeral I is used for Isaac Eason Sr.. For the third son of Isaac Eason Sr. (named Abner), the designation would be I-II³.

   A family "Generation Chart" has been prepared for each son of Isaac Eason Sr. and for the sons of Stephen Eason. Where the name is followed by "XX", this indicates that line terminates with the last named individual. Where the married name of a female Eason descendant is known, the married family name is recorded.

   This book should be maintained current, ie: as a new member of a family is born, the data is recorded on the family sheet, when he or she marries to form a new family, it should be numbered and carried forward. Notice that current addresses are listed on the margin of each family sheet. This should prove helpful when addressing cards, etc.. Also birthdays and anniversaries are recorded. These should be transfered each year to a calendar as a current reminder. When the book is used in this manner it should provide years of pleasure.

   Much additional research could be applied to this study and I would like to encourage everyone to add his/her bit.
J. B. BellHernando, MississippiMay, 1984

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