My 5th great-grandfather, Jesse P. Vendrick, was probably born in Craven County circa 1760.  The identities of his parents and the mother of his children are mysteries.  Why?  Because there were two Jesse Vendricks in this generation.  I think.  Thought?  I don’t know!  And there are two, possibly three, more Jesse Vendricks in the next generation. So, what do I know?

The Will

In the name of God amen, I Jesse Vendrick of Craven County and State of North Carolina being sick and weak of body but of sound mind and perfect memory thanks be to the Almighty God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die – do this tenth day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen make and ordain this my last Will & Testament – that is to say,

I first recommend my soul to the hands of the Almightly God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors as they man direct. Touching on my worldly affairs wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of in manner and form as follows

Imprimis. I lend to my well beloved wife Sarah Vendrick and to my beloved daughter Easter Vendrick, one hundred acres of Land whereon I now live, together with the house and improvements thereon during the widowhood of my said wife and while may daughter may remain single after which I give the aforesaid land and plantation to my son Jesse Vendrick, to him and his heirs forever, the division line of said plantation between me and my son Church Vendrick beging at a pine on the river shore easternmost one of four, and from thence running a No. course to a large pine in said Plantatkion from thence to Jacob Johnston’s line and with his line to the back line.

Item. I lend unto my wife Sarah Vendrick and to my daughter Easter Vendrick my negro girl Ellen during the widowhood of my said wife and while my daughter may remain single, and after which, it is my will and desire that the said negro girl and her increase be equally divided among all my children.

Item. I give unto my wife Sarah Vendrick all the property of every discription that remains which was hers previous to our marriage to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I give unto my daugher Ruthy Trewitt all the cattle which I lent to her the day after she was married, together with the increase thereof to her and her heirs and assigns foever.

Item. I give unto my son Jesse Vendrick, one ? [word looks like bofat] to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Item. I give unto my daughter Easter, one feather Bed, bedstead & furniture and to my grand daughter Lousia Vendrick, one feath Bed, Bedstead and furniture, to them, their heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I Give unto my wife Sarah Vendrick, all the cattle which I got by my deceased wife Sarah Vendrick, consisting of three cows and yearlings and one stear, to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I give unto my wife Sarah Vendrick and to my daugher Easter Vendrick jointly all my stock of hogs and all my crop now on the ground consisting of corn, pease and fodder for their use and support.

Item: I give unto my wife Sarah Vendrick, my two mares, to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

I hereby nominate and appoint my fried William Trewitt and my son Church Vendrick my Executors to this my last Will and Testament, revoking all other wills hertofore made by me.

                                                                                                   his
Signed, Sealed & delivered}                                              Jesse X Vendrick
in presence of                    }                                                     mark

Thomas King
C. D. Neale

So, children of this Jesse were:

  • Churchill Vendrick (abt. 1782-1820) married 1) Penelope Vendrick 16 Mar 1808, 2) Elizabeth Vendrick, daughter of James Vendrick and Asenath Ives 4 Nov 1816
  • Ruth Vendrick (abt. 1785-?) married William Trewhitt 26 Jun 1801
  • Jesse P. Vendrick, Jr. (abt. 1788-1823) married Elizabeth Vendrick 4 Nov 1816
  • Easter Vendrick (abt. 1795-?) married John Broughton 13 Mar 1821

The Wives

I know this Jesse married twice.  However, it is possible he was married three times.  On 13 Mar 1817, Jesse Vendrick, Sr. and William Trewhitt purchased a bond for Jesse to marry Sarah Whitty.  Although the bond does not say so, I believe her to have been the widow of William Whitty who died in 1815.  Sarah Horseens married William Whitty 14 Jun 1810 with Thomas King as surety.  Thomas King (my 4th great-grandfather), as you’ll remember, was a witness to Jesse’s will.  Also, recall this clause from the will

I Give unto my wife Sarah Vendrick, all the cattle which I got by my deceased wife Sarah Vendrick, consisting of three cows and yearlings and one stear, to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

It seems a little callous, doesn’t it?  But, maybe it isn’t.

The Will of William Whitty

In the Name of God Amen I William Whitty of Craven County and State of North Carolina being sick and weak in Body but of Sound mind & prefect memory, thanks be to the Almight God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do this Twentyfifth day of may in year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & fifteen, make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, If first recommned my soul to the hands of the Almightly God that gave it & my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like manner as the discreation of my Executors may direct. Touching on my worldly affairs wherewith it hath pleased to bless me with in this life, I give divise and dispose of in manner and form as follows-

Impremis: I lend to my well beloved wife Sarah Whitty Two hundred & ninety five acres of Land with the House and Plantation whereon I now live during her natural live or widowhood, and after her death, I give the aforesaid land & plantation to my well beloved cousin William Whitty Broughton to him & his heirs & assigns for ever. I also give to William Whitty Broughton Seventy acres of Land more or less whereon Solomon Broughton now lives.

Item: I lend to Stephen Jackson & Sarah Jackson his wife the land and plantation whereon they now live agreeable to the marked line made in laying off said land, with five acres out of my three hundred acre Patent where Jackson’s House Stands during their natural lives, and after their deaths, I give the aforesaid land to Berry Broughton to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I give one desk, one dining Table, one feather Bed & furniture and Chest to my well beloved daughter Sarah Jackson to her & her heirs forever.

Item: I give to my well beloved wife Sarah Whitty one mare & colt and all my plantation Tools and two thirds of all my Cattle.

Item: I give to my niece Pherabe Jackson one third of my Cattle.

Item: I lend to my well beloved wife Sarah Whitty all the remaining part of my House & kitchen furniture not before given away to her during her natural life.

Item: I give my friend Solomon Broughton all my Turner’s and Carpenter’s Tools including my Cross Cut Saw.

Item: I give ot my beloved wife Sarah Whitty my ? and Cawse [I think], and all my Hoggs & Sheep during her natural life.

Item: I give to Sarah Ackis all my Bees to her & her heirs forever.

Item: I give to William Whitty Broughton one feather Bed & furniture which is now at Solomon Broughton’s, I also give him my Gun.

Item: I give to my daughter Sarah Jackson the House and kitchen furniture that I lent to my wife during her life at the death of my wife.

I hereby nominate and appoint my friends Thomas Fullcher and William Trewitt my Executors to this my last Will and Testament, revoking all other wills heretofore made by me.

Signes sealed and delivered}                                               Wm Whitty
in presence of                      }

Roger Jones
William S. Sparrow

Solomon Broughton’s first wife was Prudence Whitty. They married 6 Apr 1801 with Dempsey Justice as bondsman. Dempsey’s wife was Elizabeth Broughton (26 Nov 1799). William Whitty Broughton and Berry Broughton were, probably, their children. Since I don’t think the word “cousin” would be used for grandson, I presume that Prudence was not William’s daughter. Solomon’s second wife was a Ferebee Vendrick. He and Jesse Vendrick bought the marriage bond 24 Jul 1810. Thomas King’s sister, Ferebee, would marry a William Broughton 19 Dec 1817. Another sister, Sarah, was the first wife of John Broughton. Their bond was purchased 4 Aug 1810, Church Vendrick was surety. And King’s daughter, Asenath, William W. Broughton 16 Feb 1858.

I don’t know how Pheraby Jackson or Sarah Ackis fit into this.  I know that one of the wives of Jesse’s grandson, Jesse Trewhitt, was Sally Ackis.  They married 16 Mar 1826 with John Broughton as surety. 

Stephen Jackson died before 12 Mar 1817 when William Trewhitt, Peter Hammontree and Church Vendrick paid a $500 administrator bond upon his Estate.  Sarah Jackson married Jesse Vendrick 28 May 1819 with a Peter Vendrick as bondsman.  Could this be the same Jesse?  And could this Sarah Jackson be Stephen’s widow and daughter of William Whitty?  Or is this the other Jesse?

The Other Jesse Vendrick

On 17 Oct 1832, Peter Vendrick came into Court and testified about his service in the Revolutionary War.  According to this testimony, he was born on Beard’s Creek 10 Sep 1760.  When asked whether he had any proof of this claim, he replied

Yes, it is contained in my father’s family Bible, which said bible now belongs to my brother Jesse Vendrick, who resides in Craven County, and who now has it in possession.

This clearly states that his brother is still living.  My Jesse was dead by 5 Nov 1819, when the sale of his Estate was held.  And wouldn’t I just love to see that Bible!

And the Next Generation?

Well, my Jesse’s son, obviously, and, possibly, the son of this other Jesse.  The third person of this generation is Jesse B. Vendrick, son of Francis (d. 1815) and Sidney Vendrick.  He married Hannah Hukins 1 Sep 1815.  He died before 19 Jul 1837 when Hannah married James H. Vendrick.  This James was the son of Peter Vendrick of the above application and Margaret Hyman and widower of Hannah’s sister, Fanny.  Hannah and Fanny were daughters of Hardy Hukins and Eliza Vendrick, who was the daughter of John Vendrick (d. 1804) and Mary.