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#14 William BOGLE and Mary

William BOGLE is the son of Robert and Jennet BOGLE.[1] He was born in 1785.[2] William BOGLE married a woman named Mary sometime before 1808. Mary's maiden name is not known. Presumably, her family was from the Iredell County area where the Bogle's were living at this time. Mary would have been born about 1790.[3]

William and Mary had eight surviving children: Jane (1808/09), Susan (1811), a son R.B. (1814), Amanda C. (1818), Mary (1821), Eliza N. (1823), Huldah (1825), and a son W.M. born after 1826. The gap in the birth years between R.B. and Amanda suggests that another child might have been born that did not survive as that child is not listed on the 1820 census.[4]

William and Mary are not listed on the 1810 census, but they do show up with their children on the next three censuses as living in Iredell County.[5] In 1847, Alexander County was formed from the part of Iredell County where the Bogle’s lived. In 1850, William and Mary are listed on the census as living in Taylorsville, Alexander County. Sixty-five year old Williams’ occupation is listed as farmer and his land is valued at 500 dollars.[6] By 1860, Mary had died and 75-year-old William was living with his daughter Eliza and son-in-law E.M. Stephenson in Taylorsville.[7] Ten years later, William was living with his daughter Jane and son-in-law William Matheson in Taylorsville. William is listed on the census as having no occupation and real estate valued at 1000 dollars and personal estate valued at 300 dollars. He was also listed as being able to read and write[8]

William, along with his brother James, was a member of the North Carolina militia for Iredell County and served in the War of 1812.[9]

Hiram Bogle was a slave of William Bogle until the end of the Civil War. He was born in 1811.[10] There is no record of when or how he came to be owned by the Bogle family. Hiram first appears on the 1820 census when he would have been 9 years old.[11] Because of his status as a slave, Hiram was not able to legally marry. Sometime in the late 1830’s Hiram had a slave marriage with a woman named Patsey. According to census records, Patsey did not live on the Bogle family farm. In areas where families owned only a few slaves, it was not unusual for slaves from different farms to marry and even have children. Slaves were often allowed to visit between farms on Sundays when they were not required to work. When slavery ended, Hiram recorded his union with Patsey in the cohabitation records of the county.[12] Hiram’s wife died sometime before 1880. Hiram continued to live on the Bogle family lands until his death May 10th, 1893. Hiram’s obituary was printed in The Landmark, the newspaper from Statesville. The obituary reads “Hiram Bogle, an aged and much respected colored man, died in this place on the 10th inst. During slavery he belonged to the late Wm. Bogle and was always a favorite with his master. Uncle Hiram was far above the average negro in point of intelligence. His master’s children taught him to read, and the Bible and Blum’s Almanac composed his library. He could master a chapter in the New Testament very intelligently. In slavery times he was frequently called upon to perform the marriage ceremony among the colored people all over the county, and thereby earned the title of “esquire”. He was 80 years old—quite helpless. E.M. Stevenson, Esq., our honored and esteemed townsman, had provided him a home for the last ten or twelve years.”[13]

William died intestate in October of 1870. His grandson, Daniel Mc. Matheson was appointed administrator of William’s estate. An estate sale of William’s personal property included such items as; “woodwork of wagon, blacksmith tools, family bible, 3 books, razor strop, wash bowl, bed stead, cutting box, 3 chairs, 1 feather bed, 1 table, 1 corner cupboard, 1 clock, 1 wash pot, 1 oven lid, 1 sugar case, 1 coker, 1 tarbucket, 1 hand saw, 1 white pitcher, 1 blind bridle, 1 brass candle stick, 1 desk, 1 bureau, 1 bed and 1 old saddle”. The amount of the estate sale was $50.25. According to the estate sale, the family bible went to William and Jane Matheson. The estate record shows that William’s land was “several tracts adjoining, containing in all 343 acres more or less” and was located “on the waters of the South Yadkin, adjoining the lands of R.C. Wilson, Wm M. Smith and others”.

William’s children decided to sale the land instead of dividing it. The lands were put up for sale at auction. “J.W.P. Matheson became the last and highest bidder for the ‘Settle James Bogle’ tract containing about 44 acres and the purchaser of the same at the sum of $110.00”. "H.W. Mays being the last and highest bidder became the purchaser for the home place containing 300 acres more or less at the sum of seven hundred dollars”. The children offered the “home tract” of land for sale “subject to the encumbrance of the use of ten acres in the south west corner to Hiram Bogle during the term of his natural life”.

Their son Joseph M. Bogle went on to serve in the State Legislature.[14]

Footnotes for William and Mary (#14)

  • Iredell County and Alexander County, North Carolina
  • 1785-1870

#27 Robert BOGLE and Jennett SMITH

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Will of Robert Bogle, Iredell County, North Carolina, written September 10, 1802. Proven November Session 1802. From the North Carolina State Archives.
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July 4th, 1776, the American colonies declared their independence from Brittan and the Revolutionary war began. Robert would have been in his late teens at the time of the declaration. While there is no evidence that Robert was a Continental Line soldier during the American Revolution, there is documentation that he rendered patriotic service to the American army. Twice in 1783 and again in 1784, Robert received pay vouchers for militia service.[1] He is also listed in the Army Account books.[2] In November 1780, Robert received a pay voucher for twenty-two Spanish milled dollars for giving the army four hundred pounds of beef. In the same month, a pay voucher for sixteen and a half Spanish milled dollars was issued to “Bogle and Crawford” for two hundred and sixty pounds of beef.[3] No other mention of a company called Bogle and Crawford has been found. A record of Robert Bogle is found in the papers of the North Carolina General Assembly. A report of the Committee of Memorials and Petitions from December 29, 1786, rejected Robert Bogle’s request for payment for driving cattle for the army for ninety days in Rowan County on the grounds that they payment for that type of service was usually release from a tour of duty and Bogle could provide no proof that he did not receive that benefit.[4]

The Revolutionary War ended in 1783 and soon afterward, Robert married Jennett Smith. Secondary sources suggest that Robert and Jennett married in Lincoln County on March 23, 1784 with Esquire Cunningham officiating. No record of this marriage has been found in the Lincoln County marriage records at the North Carolina State Archives. It is possible that this record is a family record in the possession of a descendent of Robert and Jennett or that it was recorded in Robert and Jennett’s family Bible. This family Bible was mentioned in Robert’s estate record and it is likely in the possession of a descendent of Robert and Jennett. It is possible that Jennett was from Lincoln County however, no other records have been found that substantiate the Lincoln County connection.[5]

Robert and Jennett had six children: William (1785), Mary (1787), Susannah (1790), Joseph Mays (1793), James Hall (1796), Jannett (1799).

After marrying, Robert and Jennett lived in Iredell County for the rest of their lives. The couple appears on the first federal census in 1790 with their oldest son William and the two oldest daughters.[6] Ten years later, they were listed on the 1800 census with three boys and four girls.[7] This is one girl more than Robert and Jennett’s known three daughters. This girl, listed as 16-25 years old, is either a non-family member living in the household or Robert and Jennett had a daughter older than William that is not known. There is a Margaret Bogle mentioned in Robert’s estate record, perhaps this was his eldest daughter.[8]

Robert was about 42 years old when he died in 1802 leaving his wife Jennett to raise their six children. William, the oldest, would have been 17 years old; Jannett, the youngest, would have been three years old.

Robert’s will was written September 10, 1802. It was proven in Iredell County during the November Session of 1802. Robert provided that "my beloved wife have the use of the plantation on which I now live & lands adjoining during widowhood and the household furniture to be at her disposal to my daughters and herself how or as she pleases and one mare and saddle exclusive of all other claims.” All Roberts other lands and properties were to be sold by his executor and the proceeds divided among his wife and children, share and share alike. Robert left to his son William “a young sorrel horse” and to his daughter Mary “a mare by the name of Pidgeon”. The will provides that “the Negroes to remain for the use of my family until the legatees are all come at age and then to be divided or sold and distributed in equal shares to wife and children”. Robert appointed William Smith and Robert Boyd executors of his will.[9]

Robert’s estate sale from December 1802 included such items as: 7 horses, 2 ploughs and gears, axes, saddles, hogs, 9 cows, 2 sheep, calves, brandy and casks, 1 sickle, 1 cutting knife and box, barrels, 1 loom, tinware, 2 bulls, bulk of tobacco, set of plough irons, hand saw, candlemolds, 4 kegs of butter, beeswax and tallow, 1 oxen, 2 steers, 1 pair kneebuckles, powder, 1 log chain, scales and weights, 6 gallons whiskey, rifle gun, saddle bags, clovis feed, slate, and timothy feed.[10] At Robert’s estate sale, 400 acres of land went to James White for 55 dollars. 200 acres of land went to James White for 50 dollars. 220 acres of land were sold to William Bogle, Sr. for 100 dollars. Not sold at the estate sale was a tract of 250 acres of land and a tract of 3,076(?) acres of land and 3 Negroes. The value of the estate sold, book accounts and the notes held was $1,724.[11]

Jennett continued to raise her children in Iredell County after her husband’s death and on the 1810 census is listed with all three of her sons and her youngest daughter Jannett.[12] In 1817, according to a secondary source, Robert and Jennett’s youngest daughter, Jannett, who would have been 18 years old, had an illegitimate child by John Leech. This source suggests that Leech pleaded guilty to the charge of bastardy in the June term of court 1817. This bastardy record has not been located in the Iredell County Court Minutes.[12]

In 1820, when she would have been in her 50’s, Jennett is not listed on the federal census as a head-of-household. Her son Joseph Mays Bogle has an older woman living with him and this is likely Jennett. Also in Joseph’s household, along with his own wife, is another younger woman. This is likely Joseph’s youngest sister Jannett who by this time would have had a three-year-old child. There are two young boys in Joseph’s home and based on the known ages of Joseph’s children and information on later censuses, it is likely that one of the boys is Jannett’s son.[14]

By the time of the 1830 census, Jennett was no longer living with her son Joseph. There is a woman of the correct age living with James Hall Bogle and it is likely that Jennett had moved from Joesph’s house to the home of her youngest son.[15] Jennet does not seem to be listed on the 1840 census. If indeed Jennett was living in James’ household in 1830, it follows that Jennett died sometime between 1830 and 1840.

Robert and Jennett were slave owners. On the 1790 census, Robert is listed as owning two slaves. Their ages and sex are not enumerated on the census.[16] Robert does not have slaves listed on the 1800 census.[17] When Robert died in 1802, his will stipulated that his slaves were to remain for the use of his family and when his children came of age were to be sold with the income divided between his children. Robert’s estate record mentions that 3 Negroes were not sold at the estate sale.[18] After Robert died, Jennett kept the slaves and was listed on the 1810 census with three slaves. Again, their ages and sex were not enumerated.[19]

Footnotes for Robert and Jennett (#27)

  • Lincoln County and Iredell County, North Carolina
  • ~1760-1840

Contributor: HilaryPerez
Created: December 12, 2007 · Modified: January 2, 2008

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