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Well, this is in two parts, #1 takes away the Granville line, #2 is a possible research
thread to help. I'm going to refer to your Josiah b. 1793 as Josiah, and the father
and son Josiahs of Granville as Josiah Sr. and Josiah Jr.
Josiah Daniel Sr. of Granville (1743/4 - 1811) did have a son Josiah Jr. He is in the list
of children written in "Josiah's Book", written by old Josiah Sr., shown as
b. 22 April 1784. He is named as heir of Josiah Sr. in his 1811 will, . But this Josiah
Jr. died in 1816, his death is recorded in Josiah's Book as "Josiah Daniel Junr.
Departed this life Saturady 18th day of May 1816". Josiah Jr. is only in the census
as a mark in his father's listing in 1800-1810. He only shows on the tax lists one
time in 1814, next to brother Walter, but Josiah Jr. is written as Joseph (this happened
to his father Josiah Sr. at times as well).
Josiah Jr. inherited interest in his father's land: "I give and bequeath the
tract of land on which I now live to my sons Josiah Daniel, Walter Daniel, and Samuel
Daniel...." Josiah Jr. mortgaged, then sold his interests in this land. He may have
actually moved to and lived in NC Person. He doesn't have an estate in Granville, but
he does have one in Person, administered by Lewis Daniel (a cousin, the son of Josiah
Sr.'s brother James who lived in Person). Lewis was granted administration of the
estate on 11 Nov 1817.
NC Person Wills Inventories & Taxables 1817-1820, p.64
An Inventy [sic] and an account of Sales of the Estate of Josiah Daniel Decd taken and
sold on the 22nd January 1818 on a credit of Twelve Months (Viz): [list - carpenter's
The above contains all the Estate of Josiah Daniel Decd that has come to my Knowledge
except his part in Two old negroes in Granville County NC which were advertised agreeable
to Law & offered for sale but were not sold for the Want of Bidders. Lewis Daniel
admr. recd Feb 1818.
I see only one gedcom on the line of Enoch Daniel, son of your Josiah, that calls your
Josiah a son of Josiah Sr and Elizabeth Key, but I don't know what it's based on.
Do let us know how this trail got started! And most important, hope you'll trace more
of the males down and find a DNA tester; it will help answer for sure about your line one
way or another.
I do see a thread of possible interest that may lead your Josiah back to NC Pitt.
The layout of his family and slaves in the 1840 census in TN Shelby matches only one of
the Josiahs in NC in 1830, the one in Pitt County. Names of interest in his 1830 precinct
are Bryant, Cherry and Carson (may be Cason?), and in the next precinct are Albrittons
along with the big batch of Daniels: Lanier, Wiley, George Jr., John, Benjamin, Ransom,
This family and slave layout for Josiah also works in 1820 Pitt, where Josiah Daniel is
listed next to George Daniel (these 1820 lists are not alphabetical by first letters of
last names, so this placement suggests they are actually near each other). The same
Bryant, Cherry and Albritton names are also right here again in the same precinct.
Here are some early Pitt County land records:
Index and Abstr of Dds of Recd of Pitt co NC. Judith DuPree Ellison 1968
[Sad to say I didn't do the obvious Lanier Daniels stuff because I was extracting only
for another line. I did note that the Albriton grants are all in Pitt.]
C143 25 Jan 1764 John Mills (Pat 1762) to son Isaac Mills, 150a ?30, wit Edward Salter,
Robert Daniel [Edward Salter is in Beaufort in grant book]
[from grant book: 1762 grants to John Mills: #6300 10 Dec 1762 300a Pitt, NE side of
Indian Well Swamp, #5990 13 Apr 1762, 60a Anson, on Clerks Ck, Trap Branch]
Grant Bk 179, 21 Oct 1782, grant to John Cason, 550a, chain bearers: William James,
Emanuel Daniel. mentions Lemuel James, Henry Cason, Joseph James, Robert Daniel, John
G281 21 Oct 1782 grant to George Daniel, 535a, ch bear: Thomas James. mentions John
Cason, Robert Daniel
but G282 and 283 are grants to Robert Lanier Daniel, both 21 Oct 1782, #1 chain br: Thomas
James, George Daniel, #2 chain br: George Daniel, Enoch Daniel. [***]
M112 20 Sep 1789 John Cason to grson Robert Daniel, 100a, love and affection, wit Thos
Daniel, Eleanor Cason.
M114 19 Jan 1789, John Cason (G-1782) [?=grant 1782?], to James Albriton, 250a , £80, adj
Robert Daniel, Wit: Hillery Cherry
M697 1 Jun 1791, John Cason to grson Robert Daniel, Negro, love and aff, wit John Presson,
N169 25 May 1793 James Albriton to Jonathan Albriton, 250a £100, adj John Jordan, Robert
Daniels. Former owner John Cason (1782). wit David Perkins, Adam Albritton.
Robert Daniel with ties to Albriton thru 1810
I know I'm reaching and grasping in all this, but the George and Enoch namesakes and
the side names matching the census really caught my eye as a possible lead on your Josiah
Daniel. Enoch and George look to be the sons of Robert Lanier Daniel who also had a
brother Josiah. The Daniel/Lanier group has been worked on more in the last 15 years but I
haven't kept up well enough to know if there's real help for you in the new work.
We have DNA that may relate to this group, one more reason for you to hunt down a male
descendant of your Josiah to test!
Regards and good luck in the hunt!
Pam in CA
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