Any information on any of the various early Simon Daniels in Chowan,
Bertie, Tyrrell, or Edgecombe County, NC would be appreciated. Here is
what I currently know about my Simon:
Simon Daniel was probably born around 1700. This Simon also had a
son, Simon, and the two Simons are easily confused in the records. A
Simon Daniel signed a petition in Chowan County, NC at an unknown date,
so perhaps that was his prior residence (Civil Suits & Bonds & Court of
Admiralty 1735-1770, FHL #0018540. Petition not dated, but among
records dated early 1750's).
Both Simons were in Edgecombe Precinct by 1744. One of them bought
300 acres on the south side of Toisnot Swamp in December 1744 from John
Thomas, near Little Swamp, and the deed was witnessed by James (x)
Barefield, Robert Daniel and the other Simon Daniel. Neither Simon is
referred to here as "Jr." or "Sr." (Deed Bk 6-416).
In August 1745, Simon Daniel sold to James Barfield 150 acres on
the south side of Toisnot Swamp, joining Great Swamp, probably half of
the land he had just bought the previous December. Witnesses were
Abraham Evans and Charles Cavanah(Deed Bk 6-414).
In 1747, William Bentley gave to Simon Daniel, [Sr.] his
son-in-law, 150 acres on Toisnot Swamp, part of 400 acres granted in
1743 (Deed Bk 3-182). The very next deed Deed (Bk 3-183) is witnessed
by Simon Daniel, Jr.
In March 1762, the Edgecombe Court ordered that Simon Daniel, "an
old and infirm person," be recommended to the next Assembly to "be
exempt from Public Duties and Services." (Edgecombe County Court Minutes
In 1765, Simon Daniel Sr. and Elizabeth Daniel sold to William
Daniel 25 acres on the south bank of Toisnot Swamp (Deed Bk O-150). This
same deed is recorded a second time but with Elizabeth as witness only
(Deed Bk C-433).
In 1767, Simon Daniel Sr. sold to Joseph Daniel 125 acres on the
south bank of Toisnot Swamp adjoining William Daniel, with William as
witness (Deed Bk C-473).
In 1768, Simon Daniel Sr. left a will, with wife Elizabeth as
In 1779, Joseph Daniel gave 25 acres to Lemuel Daniel, "it being
part of the land whereon Simon Daniel then lived" (Deed Bk 3-517).
And in 1781, Joseph gave 100 acres to Elias Daniel, "it being part
of the land whereon Simon Daniel formerly lived" (Deed Bk E-132). These
references may be to Simon Daniel Jr., son of Simon and Elizabeth, and
it is possible that he left Edgecombe County around 1780. Nothing is
known of Simon's ancestry, but the name Simon is found in earlier
records. In 1701, a Simon Daniel witnessed the deed of Joshua Lamb of
Roxborough, County of Suffolk, MA, to Samuel Swann, for 300 acres on the
NE side of the Perquimans River adjacent to Timothy Clare and John
Lawrence(Perquimans Deed Bk A:172). In May 1673, Charles Blankevile was
granted 440 acres in Warwick County, VA, near the James River, adjacent
to the land of Symon Daniells' orphan, in possession of Jno. Jackson
(Cav. & Pio, Vol. II, p. 124, from Patent Bk 6, p. 450).