Batchelor Documentation

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William Bachelor/Batchelor, Richard Berry and John Biggs were arrested and punished in Buckinghamshire, England in 1648 for being Quakers. All appeared in MD and VA colonies late that year. It's assumed that they either were deported or fled for religious reasons.William named his son Richard (for his friend Richard Berry) and Richard named his son William. Richard married daughter of John Biggs - Ann Biggs.William arrived in VA on 12-21-1648 on the north side of the Yorke River.Richard sailed from Bristol England on 8-27-1661 at approximately 16 yrs of age. He had signed a contract as an indentured servant to a William Dunning of VA. (a Batchelor researcher)

"Bristol and America", a book which lists the names and places of origin of more than 10,000 servants to foreign planters who sailed from Bristol, England to Virginia, Maryland, and the West Indies, lists:"1654-63, Richard Bachelor, designation, Virginia; Thomas Bachellor, designation Virginia, and William Batchelor, designation, Nevis". An index to early Virginia wills mentions a 1682 will for Richard Bachelor of Norfolk.

The contract binding Richard Bachelor to four years of indentureship to a William Donning of VA in return for passage to America was registered in the port of Bristol, England, on August 27, 1661. Upon completion of indentureship in 1665, Richard Bachelor acquired 300 acres of land on Sept. 27, 1665, in Lower Norfolk County, VA. At the time of his death, Richard Bachelor owned 3000 acres of land in LWR. Norfolk Co. (The Batchelor Family, by Lyle K William)

15 Mar 1675/6 - Richard Bachelor, 700 acres in Lower Norfolk County, 300 acres part thereof being due unto the sd BACHELOR by severall assignmts out of patt for 1200 acres granted to Edward Browne & Richard Starnell bearing date of the 9 Mar 1678/9 and some 400 acres being the remaynder lying nere the head of Deepe Creek in the Southerne branch of Eliz: River in the Co. of lowere Norf: beginning att a mkd beech standing by a Run side and being a corner tree that xxxx his former land from the land of Edward Browne from thence runing SSW 30 (or 38) po then to a mkd beech soe continueing the said NW course 162 po further into a Swamp then NE 192 po then SE 168 po to a mkd pine soe continueing the sd SE course 200 po further to a mke pine then SW 100 po downe along by the white oak glade to a mkd gum hard by the Run side and by the Run side & his former land to the First station. Sd 400 acres being due for trans: of 8 psons: Sara Needham, Eliz: Needham, Jno: Thomas, 2 negroes, Margt: Needham, Fra: Harris, Mary Batten. ("Virginia Patente of the Counties of Norfolk, Princess Anne and Warwick", from Patent Books covering the years of 1666-1679.)

Richard Bachelor's children, Richard Jr., Edward, and Edy, together with their mother Ann, and stepfather John Fewox/Faux, were among the first 7,000 people to move into the Tidelands of North Carolina in the late 1600's, settling in the area now known as "BATCHELOR'S BAY". By 1711, the population had approximately doubled and the Tuscarora Indians revolted and killed almost half of them and may have killed everyone but for the timely intervention of the South Carolina Militia. The Tuscarora ceased to exist as a tribe in North Carloina after the battles which ensued, ending about 1720. Absence of the Tuscarora as a menac left the mountainous inland portion of the state open for setlement and Richard's G-Grandsons, Samuel and Solomon (sons of Stephen) soon moved to the area now known as Nash and Franklin counties, respectively. (The Batchelor Family, by Lyle K William)

Richard Batchelor was approx 26 years of age in 1671 (William and Mary Quarterly - Vol 25 - #2 "Ages of Lower Norfolk County" by Charles F. McIntosh. Covers the years 1666 - 1675.)

EDWARD BATCHELDER and his wife PATHELIA, sold to Frank Johnson, 227 acres of land two miles back in the woods, back from Scuppernog River, adjoining Edward Phelp's land. (From a serialized abstract of conveyance compiled from the office of the Register of Deeds, for Chowan co, NC, included are early deeds for what later became parts of Berite, Hertford, Tyrell, Washington and Gates counties,)

Edward Batchelor Jr., who owned several ships and a store in Newbern, NC, brought in war goods from France and assisted in supplying the Continental Army. Others fought off Indian Allies of the British who attempted to enter the cumberland Gap from the West and thus cut the colonies in half. (The Batchelor Family, by Lyle K William)

William Manning, who lived on the Southern Branch of Elizabeth River in Lower Norfolk co, VA, dated his will 20 Apr 1763. Thw will was probated at the Feb court in 1764, and names his wife Mary, sons Mikel, John, Matthias, and Moses, daughter Sarah Macay (might be Macy), and grandsons Willoughby Manning and William Batchellor.

The first Nash County deed in which Stephen Batchelor appears is July 1, 1777 deed in which he and wife MARGARET sold to John Warren all of Nash Co, 40 acres on the south side of the Great Sapony Swamp (Nash Co, Deed Book 1, p. 126)

BRASWELL, William, sale held by SOLOMON BATCHELOR exr., no date. Account current Feb Term 1805. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

BATCHELOR, STEPHEN inventory by DANIEL BATCHELOR, exr., Nov 23, 1805. Another inventory was taken after the death of his widow, MARGET BATCHELOR, by his executor, May Term 1810. Account of sale, May Term 1810. Accounts current, Nov Term 1808 and Feb Term 1812. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

BATCHELOR, WILLIAM inventory by Jesse Pridgen and Pridgen Manning exrs., Jan 8, 1805. Sale held by the trustees Dec 12, 1820. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

BATCHELOR (BATCHELDOR), BARNABY (BARNA) inventory and sale by Roger Reese, admr. Dec 2, 1815. WILSON BATCHELOR, STEPHEN BATCHELOR, JOHN BATCHELOR, and CULLEN BATCHELOR bought. Account current, Dec 2, 1815. ELISHA BATCHELOR was a son. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

BATCHELOR, JOSEPH, SR., sale by Richard Holland, admr., Sept 7, 1820. PHERABY BATCHELOR, SAMUEL McBATCHELOR, JOSEPH BATCHELOR, STEPHEN BATCHELOR, JOHN BATCHELOR, JAMES BATCHELOR, ISLEY BATCHELOR, and Richard Trigleth bought. Second sale held Nov 9, 1820. Account current, Feb Term 1823. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

BATCHELOR, JAMES inventory by ANN BATCHELOR with Peter Arrington, admr., 1821. JAMES and ANN BATCHELOR inventory by W.W. Boddie, special admir., with the will annexed Sept 23, 1825, Nov Term 1826, included eight negroes. Sales were held Oct 11 and Nov 11, 1825 by W.W. Boddie, special admr., Nov Term 1826. Account current, Nov Term 1827 mentioned PHERIBA BATCHELOR, SAMUEL BATCHELOR, J.M. BATCHELOR, CULLEN BATCHELOR, and JO. BATCHELOR (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

Agreeable to a court order of Feb. Term 1821, the commissioners met on April 14, 1821 and allotted to Feby Batchelor, widow of Joseph Bathcelor, deceased, a one-third part of the lands, being 126 acres on Sikes Branch and Barrentines Branch, adjoining Mathews. Reg. Nov. 15, 1831 . (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -14, #119, p.28)

Division of negroes of James Batchelor, deceased, by commissioners, May Term 1826. The eight negroes were drawn by eight heirs: 1. Leusy A. Batchelor 2. Joseph Batchelor 3. Willie Whitley, 4. Joel Mathews 5. Samuel Batchelor 6. Cullen Batchelor 7. Cherry Batchelor 8. Samuel Batchelor. The values and differences were given. Reg. May Term 1826. (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -14, #113, p.23)

BATCHELOR, SAMUEL inventory and sale by WRIGHT S. BATCHELOR, exr., Sept 6, 1827, Nov Term 1827. Account current, Feb term 1829. Residue divided among the heirs, to wit: JAMES BATCHELOR, JOHN BATCHELOR, WILLIAM BATCHELOR, WILLIS BATCHELOR, WILLIAM BATCHELOR (repeated), Edy Whitfield, and Eliza Glover. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

"Dr W R Bachelor, of Franklin Co, was born Nov 29, 1827, in Lawrence Co, TN, and is son of W R and Alice (Odom) Bachelor, natives of NC. The father was a farmer by occupation, and located upon a farm in Nash Co, after his marriage, whence he removed to TN in an early day, where he continued farming until his death, which occured in Hardin Co in 1858. He was the father of six children, four sons and two daughters, three of them of whom are living, viz.: Dr W R, William S, and Sarah, the latter now living with our subject. The mother died in 1848, having been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr W R Bachelor was reared and educated in Hardin Co, TN, and for several years in his early manhood engaged in teaching, during which time he was studying medicine. He began an active practice of the medical profession in Hardin Co, in 1859, where he remained until 1863, and then went to KY. In 1866, he returned to Hardin Co and was employed by the Government as physician in charge of the men engaged in building the National Cemetary at Pittsburg Landing. In 1870 he purchased and moved to his present fine farm of 250 acres in Franklin Co, Ark., which is well improved and stocked. In 1848 Dr Bachelor married SARAH TANKERSLEY, daughter of Roling Tankersley of Hardin Co, TN. To this union have been born nine children, viz.: Leander M, Dr James H, of Central City, John Y L, Wilson R Jr, Victor II, Nancy J, Alcie D wife of Dr S R Russell, Lulu, now Mrs William Harris, and Pauline G. Dr Bachelor is one of the leading Liberalists in Western Arkansas, and is the author of work on free thought, called "Fiat Flux." As a doctor, he is well and favorably known and has a good practice. Politically he is a Republican. Mrs Bachelor is a member of the Baptist Church.(NOTE: This biographical schetch was taken from some publication having to do with Franklin Co, AR, p1223, but title and author not known to this compiler.)(The Batchelor Family book by Lyle Williams, p334)

WE, your committee appointed to draft resolutions of respect suitable to the memory of Dr W R Bachelor, beg leave to report as follows:
WHEREAS, on the 5th inst, the Great God of Heaven and earth saw fit to remove from our midst Bro W R Bachelor, "to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler ever returns," we can't but bow in humble submission to His will.
Dr Bachelor was born in Lawrence Co, TN, 11/29/1827, came to Arkansas in 1870 and settled in Mill Creek Twp, Franklin Co, Arkansas, where he continued to reside until his death. He was made a mason about the year '73 in Ozark Lodge No 79, F. A. M. Was a charter member of Lowes Creek Lodge No 346.
In 1884 he wrote a book entitled "Fiat Flax" in which he disputed the divinity and authenticity of the Bible, the great light of Masonry and the world, for which he was tried by the lodge and expelled about the same year and remained thus 'till about two months ago, when he petitioned the lodge for restoration, setting forth the necessary declaration in said petition, and was restored to membership 4/11/1903. Ten years ago he wrote the following lines to a friend: "I freely adopt what two of the pioneers of free thought have said, the world is my country, to do good, my religion. The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now, the way to be happy, is to make others happy."
We are very sorry he was unable to attend lodge meeting after restoration. He had expressed a desire to make a public declaration regarding his belief prior to this time. His record as a citizen was such as endeared him to all who knew him. He was noted for the gentleness of his manners and kindliness of his disposition. A scholarly man of great ability, coupled with great modesty. He possessed pleasing and winning manners, and in all his social re­lations he bore the character of an estimable, generous, kindly and true man. Like many other bright men, he was not without his faults and with a resourceful mind wielded a strong influence over the comrnunity in which he lived an honored and respected citizen. His one mistake in life being his attack on the Bible and the Christian Religion, which he himself fully realized, but too late to counteract the influences set in motion by his teaching. His theory during this period of life was: "Be just and kind to all men, do right because it is right, without the recognition of or the intervention of a higher power and without the fear of future punishment, or the hope of a blissful immortality beyond the grave, but that life ends in physical death." Let us throw the mantle of charity over his mistakes and remember he was but a frail mortal and strive to emulate those virtues that characterized his life.
Therefore be it: Resolved First:
That in his death our Lodge has lost one of her most intelligent and respected members; our country a just, patriotic and upright citizen, and the family an indulgent and affectionate husband and father... (The rest is faded out)

COOPER, Elizabeth inventory by SOLOMON BATCHELOR, SR., admr., Dec 13, 1830 Nov Term 1830, consisted of one negro and a judgement against L.B. Upchurch. Sale held Dec 13, 1830. Account current Feb Term 1831. According to the will, SOLOMON BATCHELOR was entitled to $20.00 and the remainer was paid to the heirs of Isham Cooper, dec'd. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

John Lewis received $40.27 from Joseph Batchelor, executor of James Tucker, deceased, it being the proportionate part of Charity Tucker in her father’s estate, May 17, 18?4. Wit: Robt. Crickmon. Reg. Dec. 30, 1831 . (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -14, #360, p.194)


BATCHELOR, WRIGHT STEPHEN inventory by ABEL BATCHELOR, exr., Feb 6, 1847. All of the inventory was left to Charity Braswell for her lifetime or widowhood in his will. Inventory of money on hand and notes due taken Nov 11, 1846, account current, Nov Term 1848. (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash County, NC 1777-1859 by Joseph W. Watson)

Division of the lands of William R. Rackely, deceased, Jan 5, 1854, a tract of 444 acres. Lot #1 was drawn by Mary Ann Rackely; Lot #2 by Francis M Rackley; Lot #3 by Spencer M Warren in right of his wife, Julia Ann; Lot #4 by Sally Ann Rackley; Lot #5 by William J.F. Rackely. The land was on the north side of Sappony Swamp adjoing Pridgen Manning, Crawford Batchelor, Matthew Rackley, and William B. Bryant. Each lot contained 87 1/2 acres. Reg. Feb Term 1854. . (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #608, p.10)

Division of the lands of Matthias Manning, Jr., deceased, by commissioners, Jan 6 1854, among the heirs, to wit: Lot #1 drawn by Joseph Batchelor in right of his wife, Eady, contained 127 2/3 acres; Lot #2 by Merrett Manning, 127 2/3 acres; Lot #3 by Pridgen Manning, 127 2/3 acres; Lot #4 by Calvin Cooper in right of his wife, Shelda May, and by Robert H Pridgen, 144 1/2 acres. The land was on Sappony Swamp adjoining Charity Mannings dower corner, John E Deans, Mourning Rackley, and Crawford Batchelor. Reg. Feb Term 1854. . (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #609, p.12)

Division of the lands of Asberry Lindsey, deceased, by commissioners, Feb 3, 1860. Lot #1 drawn by Charity J. Parrott contined 32 acres; Lot #2 by Goodman Bass in right of his wife, M.F.Bass, 32 acres; Lot #3 by Thomas C. Lindsey, 29 1/2 acres; Lot #4 by Arnold Lindsey 34 1/2 acres; Lot #5 by John B. Lindsey, 32 acres. The land adjoined that of Embro Bass, Jordan Vester, Collins, Perry, Batchelor, and the dower line. Reg. Feb. Term 1860 . (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #660, p.85)

Allotment of dower to Delaney Batchelor, formerly Delaney Whitley, widow of Jollie Whitley, a tract of 38 acres adjoining Henry A. Whitley. Reg. May Term 1867 . (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #752, p.200)

Allotment of dower to Mary Ann Eliza Batchelor, widow of Wright Batchelor, deceased, July 18, 1868, a tract of 57 acres on the Still Branch. Reg. March 9, 1869 . (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #766, p.223)

Division of the lands of Johnathan Joiner, deceased by commissioners, Dec 23, 1869. Lot #1 drawn by Harriet Parker containing 150 acres; Lot #2 by Adelia Batchelor, wife of R. W. Batchelor, 168 acres; Lot #3 by the heirs of Rix H. Joiner, 113 acres. The land was on the bank of the Tar River adjoining J.J. Bunn, Kinchen Edwards, and W.A. Joiner, and included the widow’s dower. Reg. Nov. 29, 1872. (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #772, p.231)

Division of the lands of James Bunting, deceased, by commissioners, Dec 16, 1870. Lot #1 drawn by Calvin W. Ward in right of his wife, Analiza, contained 186 acres; Lot #2 by the heirs of Frances A Barnes, 214 acrs; Lot #3 by V.B. Batchelor in right of his wife, Jackey Ann, two tracts of land, one containing 90 acres and the other 118 1/2 acres. The land was on the Gust Branch adjoining V.B. Batchelor, H.H. Batchelor, H. Crowder, Calvin Cooper, and Samuel Batchelor. Reg. Nov 8, 1872.. (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #771, p.229)

Division of the lands of Richard Batchelor, deceased, by commissioners, Dec 31, 1888. Lot #1 allotted to Cora E Joyner contained 18 acrs; Lot #2 to Jas. W. Batchelor, 18 7/8 acres; Lot #3 to Geo. W. Batchelor, 19 acres; Lot #4 to Martha A Batchelor 19 acres; Lot #5 to Wm. S. Batchelor, 18 11/16 acrs; Lot #6 to Lutora Batchelor, 18 5/8 acres; Lot #7 to Joanna Joyner, 18 15/16 acres; Lot #8 to John R Batchelor, 15 acres; Lot #9 to Mary R Batchelor, 15 acres; Lont #10 to Harriett S Joyner, 15 acres; Lot #11 to S.A.Batchelor, 15 acres. The first seven lots were in the home tract in Coopers Township, 129 acres, the other four lots in a tract in Mannings Township 63 acres. Reg. Feb 16, 1894.. (Nash County Estate Records [In NC State Library] Nash County Deed Book -22, #885, p.514)

"In Putnam Co GA, Harvey Lee BATCHELOR learned to chop cotton, grow peaches, watermelons, and pecans. It was difficult to get to school. He didn't care much for learning, but learned to read, write, cipher as well as the next man. He got a valuable education for his day, what and when to plant, how to manage crops, how to treat sick animals, and how to blacksmith. When he moved to sparsely-settled land in AR, these skills made him a valuable citizen". ("Clark Co Ark Past and Present". Clark Co Historical Assoc, Arkadelphia, Ark. 1992)

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