Thomas Wooten Family - 1343


by: Ima Eula Mewborn
Chronicles of Pitt County, NC

This Wooten family had its American origin in Isle of Wight County, VA. Thomas Wotton (II), son of Thomas Wotton (I) and his wife, Jane, of Northamptonshire, England, was christened 27 Sept 1612. This information is found in the Castor Parish records. Castor, Northamptonshire is mentioned in the will of Thomas Wotton (II) dated Mar 15, 1669. This will is found in Isle of Wight County, VA. Thomas Wotton settled in this county and married Sarah Wood, the widow of Arthur Wood. Sarah had one son by her first husband, named Thomas Wood, and one son by her second husband, named Richard Wotton.

Richard Wotton (I), son of Thomas Wotton (II), and his wife, Sarah, also made his home in Isle of Wight County, Va. Richard Wooten’s (I) wife was named Joyce, her surname is unknown. They had three children: Thomas (III), Richard (II), and a daughter whose name is unknown. Richard Wotton’s (I) will is dated Sept 28, 1686 and is found in the records of Isle of Wight County, VA Richard Wotton (II) (the name is spelled Wooten), son of Richard Wotton (I) and his wife, Joyce, make his home in Isle of Wight County, VA. His wife is Lucy Council, daughter of Hodges Council and his wife, Lucy Hardy. Hodges Council and his family attended Old St. Lukes church and he was a member of the vestry there.

Richard Wooten (II) and three known children: Richard III, William, and John. Richard Wooten III lived and died in Isle of Wight County, VA. William made his home in Edgecombe County, NC near the Pitt County Line. John made his home in Pitt County, NC near the Edgecombe County line. John and his brother, William, were just a few miles apart. John Wooten had a land grant from the Earl of Granville, dated Aug. 6, 1761.

John Wooten, son of Richard Wooten (II) and his wife, Lucy Council, was married twice. His first wife was a daughter of Shadrach Williams. His second wife was named Mary. I am not sure of her maiden name. John Wooten had a large family, at least six sons and two daughters. The sons are: Shadrach, John Jr., William, Richard, Josiah, Council, and perhaps Levi. the two daughters names are unknown. A search of the Pitt County records reveals a lot about this old family. John Wooten Sr., and John Wooten, Jr. listed their occupations as hatters. John Wooten Sr. was a minor in 1730 and he died in 1779 in Pitt County.

John Wooten Jr., son of John Wooten Sr., and his wife, Mary, made his home in Dobbs County, NC. When this county was divided, he owned land in Lenoir, Greene, and Wayne Counties. His home was in the present Lenoir county near la-Grange. He married Sarah Hewes, a Quaker. The old cemetery of this couple reveals the following: “This monument is erected to the memory of John Wooten who died on the 26th of September, 1835, in the 72 year of his age by the gratitude of his youngest son. He was benevolent, as a member of society, kind and provident as a husband and father, is a Christian, humble and confiding in the mercies of his Redeemer. Mrs Sarah, wife of John Wooten, died August 1, 1836 in the 71 year of her age. She lived in reciprocal affection with her husband for 51 years and reared 9 children. Her youngest son from a sentiment of filial duty dedicated this stone to her memory”. The nine children are: John Hewes, Peter Bond, Thomas, Shadrach, William, Mary, Nancy, Charity, and Council.

John Wooten Jr. served in the American Revolutionary War with Captain John Hodges’ Company of Pitt Volunteers, commanded by Colonel Benjamin Seawell of the NC Regiment of Militia. John Wooten Jr. was a Mason, and a member of St. John’ s Lodge at New Bern. He served Lenoir County in the House of Commons at Raleigh.

Mrs Sarah is described by a grandson , Council Simmons Wooten, ““My grandmother had on a white cap, which was the fashion in that day for old ladies. Her face is round, fat and plump, indicating good health and there is a kind, benevolent, motherly, expression to her countenance. I would like to have been a little boy when she was living for I know I would have been petted.”

Thomas Wooten (1795-1844), so of John Wooten Jr and his wife, Sarah Hewes, m. Nancy Best (1792-1871), daughter of Benjamin Best II and Mary Hardy. Nancy Best’s grandparents were Benjamin Best I and Margaret Williams; and Lemuel Hardy II and Mary Sutton. Thomas Wooten inherited his father’s Greene county land and his mill on Hullett Creek. He bought surrounding land to increase his holdings. Here he provided for his large family: Louisa, John Hewes, Josiah, Sarah, Thomas Jr., Benjamin, Elizabeth, Robert, Clement, Winifred, Mary, and Nancy Jane. He gave the land where the old Mewborn Church stands in Greene County. A memorial marker in the church yard lists the following: Parrott Mewborn II, Pastor; Charter Members: Mary Aldridge Mewborn, Patience Barfield Sugg, Richard Smith, James B Pridgen, Howell Aldridge, Holland Pridgen, Nancy Wood, Willouby Sugg: the donors of the land: Thomas Wooten, Nancy Best Wooten (church site), Rasberry Parks (parking area). Nancy Best Wooten was an early member of this church, also her daughter Winifred, and her son-in-law, Joshua Mewborn. (Sources: National Archives, VA State Library Archives, Cemetery and Church Records, Wooten I Records.)

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