Descendants of Hardy Luter

 

Generation 1

 

1. Hardy Luter-1 was born in 1743 in Va.. He died before 1850 in Chatham County, NC. and was buried in Chatham County, NC.

 

.Hardy Luter and Rebecca Bunn were married about 1776 in Northampton County, NC. They had the following children:

 

A-1-1. Elias Lewter was born about 1768. He died in 1809 in Northampton County, NC. He

married Sarah (Sallie) Wood in Northampton County, NC.

 

A-1-2. Henry Lewter was born in 1775 in Northampton County, NC. He died on 22 Feb 1828 in Chatham County, NC. He married Amelia Kelly in Chatham County, NC. He was buried in Chatham County, NC.

 

A-1-3. Thomas Lewter was born about 1778 in Northampton County, NC. He died in May 1831

in Orange County, NC.

 

A-1-4. Barbary Lewter was born in 1795. She died in 1861 in Chatham County, NC. Never married

 

A-1-5. Martin Lewter was born in 1797 in NC. He married Margaret Batchelor on 04 Nov 1826 in

Wake County, NC. He died before 1860 in Chatham County, NC.

 

A-1-6. Lucretia Lewter was born about 1799. She died after 1840 in Chatham County, NC. Also known as Crissy. Never married.

 

A-1-7. Axum Lewter was born in 1799 in NC. He died before 1870 in Chatham County, NC. He

married Sarah S. Fennel in Chatham Co, NC

 

A-1-8. Mary Lewter was born in 1804. She died in 1875 in Chatham County, NC. Never married

 

A-1-9. Child Lewter was born on Unknown. Name or any other info unknown.

 

A-1-10. Child Lewter was born on Unknown. Name or any other info unknown.

 

General Notes: Hardy Luter:

 

NOTE: The name of Hardy's father is presently unknown for sure or undocumented. A Thomas Luter died in Southampton County, Virginia in 1779. His estate was settled in that county during that year and Belle made the suggestion that this Thomas could have been the father of the four men herein listed as brothers and progenitors of the Luter/Lewter families in America.

 

A number of present day researchers seem to have accepted Thomas as being the father of the four men, but, as I stated above, there is no documentation to back this up.

 

John V. Burns

 

NOTE: Miss Bunn, born Abt. 1743 in Northampton County, NC; died Bef 1840. Per the Last Will of Jacob Bunn of Northampton Co NC, dated 07/09/1793, Jacob Bunn's wife was Elizabeth (?) and confirmed son-in-law Hardy Luter and grandsons Elias, Henry and Thomas Lewter received bequests. Have seen no documentation that states her, Miss Bunn's, name. "Luter-Lewter Family of England, Virginia, North Carolina and States South and West" by Mrs. Belle Lewter West North Carolina indicates her name was Rebecca Bunn.

 

US Gen Web Archives - Military - Pension Roll, 1835 - United States Government documents -serial numbers 249, 250, 251 - Senate document 514 - Hardy Lewter - Chatham county - private - North Carolina Militia - $30.00 annual allowance - $90.00 amount received - June 25, 1833 pension started - age 90

 

Hardy Lewter purchased about 400 acres in Chatham county between 1793 and 1797, the earliest listing him as being from Northampton County NC and the latter stating he is from Chatham Co NC. Land purchased included 2 Thomas Grigory tracts (most likely 2 of his grant tracts) and a tract from John Hall, most likely son of grant holder Amos Hall. These tracts are in present day Chatham County NC along either side of Lewter Shop Road at the Wake/Chatham County NC line.

Kim Wrenn

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1790 Census, Halifax Dist., Northampton County, NC

Page 75,

Bunn, Jacob

2 Free White Males of 16 yrs and upwards

1 Free White Females

3 Slaves

Page 75

Luter, Hardy

1 Free White Males 16 Yrs and upwards

4 Under 16

4 Free White Females

1 Slave

Page 75

Luter, John

1 Free White Males 16 Yrs and upwards

No others.

Father of Jacob Bunn was William Bunn as proven in a land

transer listed in Land Grants Book 14, page 267. Northampton County, NC

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State Census of North Carolina 1784 - 1787

Page 1 of 33 Friday, February 10, 2012 8:16:37 PM

State Census of North Carolina 1784 - 1787

No Lewter, Luter

Capt. Bennet's District.

Hardy Suiter

1 White Male 21 - 60 yrs.

2 White Males Under 21 & Above 60

4 White Females of all ages

1 Black Under 12 & Above 50

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1790 Census, North Carolina

Luter, Hardy 75

John 75

Matthew 146

Halifax Dist. Northampton County

Luter, Hardy

1 Males 16 yrs. & over

4 Males Under 16 yrs.

4 Females

1 Slave

(2 doors away: Bunn, Jacob 2 0 1 0 3)

Luter, John 1 0 0 0 0

Newbern Dist., Pitt County

Luter, Matthew 2 2 5 0 4

1st Col. : Free White males 0f 16 years and upward, including heads of families.

2nd Col.: Free White males under 16 years.

3rd Col.: Free White females, including heads of families.

4th Col. All other free persons

5th Col.: Slaves

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1800 census, Hillsborough Dist., Chatham Co, NC, p. 204.

Hardy LUTER

2 males under 10

1 male of 10 & under 16

1 male of 45 & upwards (Hardy)

4 females under 10

1 female of 10 & under 16

1 female of 16 & under 26

1 female of 45 & upwards (Rebecca)

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1810 census, Chatham Co, NC, p. 200.

Hardy LUTHER

1 male of 10 & under 16

1 male of 16 & under 26

1 male of 45 & upwards (Hardy)

2 females of 16 & under 26

1 female of 26 & under 45

1 female of 45 & upwards (Rebecca)

This census extremely hard to read.

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Chatham County, NC - 1820 Census Page 234

Luter, Hardy 000201 - 0020103

2 Males 16 - 25 yrs.

1 Male over 45 yrs.

2 Females 16 - 25 yrs.

1 Female over 45 yrs.

3 Slaves

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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - CENSUS - 1830 Census Index Only

LUTER 414-430-431

1830 census, Chatham Co., NC, Page 430.

Hardy LUTER

1 male of 80 & under 90 (Hardy)

2 females of 20 and under 30

1 female of 70 and under 80 (Rebecca)

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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - CENSUS - 1840 Census Index Only

LEWTER 175-197

1840 census, Chatham Co., NC, Page 196.

Hardy LEWTER

1 male of 100 and upwards (Hardy)

1 female of 40 and under 50

2 females of 50 and under 60

Page 197--Hardy Lewter, age 100, pensioner

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1850 Census, Chatham County, NC

565 565 Lewter, Axum 51 M Farmer

Sarah 51 F

Phatine 22 F

Esperan 19 F

566 566 Lewter, Barbarary 55 F

Mary 46 F

567 567 Lewter, Martin 53 M Farmer

Margret 45 F

Nancy 26 F

Emily 22 F

Sarah 20 F

569 569 Lewter, Milly 68 F

578 578 Lewter, Madison C. 22 M Labourer

592 592 Lewter, James C. 38 M labourer

Sarrah 33 F

Louisa 14 F

Hiram 12 M

Charles 9 M

Albert 5 M

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North Carolina USGenWeb Archives - Military - Pension Roll, 1835

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

SERIAL NUMBERS 249, 250, 251, SENATE DOCUMENT 514

HARDY LEWTER

CHATHAM COUNTY

PRIVATE

NORTH CAROLINA MILITIA

$30.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE

$90.00 AMOUNT RECEIVED

JUNE 25, 1833 PENSION STARTED

AGE 90

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Hardy Lewter’s Revolutionary War Pension Application

I have made all attempts to keep to the original spelling, grammer and sentence structure as is found in this document, hence the confusion which might be created for the reader. Please keep in mind, though, that this document is at best very difficult to read. I obtained this document from the National Archives on May 14, 1974.

John V. Burns

 

State of North Carolina

Chatham County } Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions

November Term 1832

On the 12th day of November 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Worshipful __?__ Justice of the Peace of the Court aforesaid now setting Hardy Lewter a resident citizen of the County of Chatham & State of North Carolina, aged 88 or 89 years, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.

That he enlisted the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated, (__?) under Benjamin Sewell as Colonel / and Henry Bunns and Joel Sherwoods Captains, in his militia service in the year 1779. That he was a drafted soldier & soon after the declaration of Independence in the Revolutionary War several of his neighbors were drafted & some enlisted. That at the time he was drafted to serve as a soldier in the militia he was a resident citizen of North Ampton County, State of No. Carolina, that in the year 1779 early in the spring he was drafted and immediately entered in the militia service of the Revolutionary War, and did serve two terms, in two different companies - That year his first term he served five months faithfully under the above named Capt.s Benjamin Sherwood & Benj. Sewell Col. and was honorably discharged by General S___?___ at the end of his five months. That he served a second tour of between four & five months under Cap. Horn in the year 1781, in all, or both tours of service was nine months & afterward (but say nine months) under Col. Sewell & Genl ___?___  to the best of his knowledge and belief, that he was again honorably discharged by Gen'l Tompson by an honorable written discharge on both tours of service~which discharge he has been deprived of by his house being accidentally burnt together with the discharges & many other papers & things he lost many years ago while he lived in Northampton County. That soon after he was drafted he was marched into the State of Virginia across ___?___ & Nottoway River to ___?__ through the town of Petersburg on Appamattox River to Richmond and James River but was not engaged in any honorable battles or skirmish with the British or Tories (The name or number of Regiments he cannot now recollect that he served in; but __?__ knows that he was on both tours honorably discharged by Gen'l Tompson (?). That he knows of no other documentary evidence,! but that of his discharges, which was burned as aforesaid by which he can substitute his claim, accept the affidavit of one James Mills who has the best knowledge of his service & of his being a soldier as aforesaid, this Mills being a neighbor of his at that time & at the present time also. Which affidavit he has obtained & hereunto submits with this declaration together with each further affidavits as he may consider of any service to him, in the investigation of this claim for a pension, which if obtained he cannot want long now of the age of 88 or 89 years ~~That upon his being discharged in the State of Virginia he returned home to his then residence in North Ampton County State of No. Carolina and resided there until the year 1797 when he removed into Chatham County state aforesaid when and where he has resided ever since. ~~He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a Pension or bounty except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension list roll of the agency of any state or __?__

Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid

                                                                                                    Hardy Lewter (by mark)

Witnesses Martin Lewter

We, the subscriber residing in the County of Chatham & (there being no Clergyman in this immediate vicinity) and we being neighbors and old assurances with the above named Hardy Lewter for many years past ~ hereby certify that we are well acquainted with him who has subscribed and sworn to the above deflation that we believe him to be 88 or 89 years of age; that he is __?__ and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

David Sauls (?)

(?) Rogers (by mark)

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Jacob Bunn Will

In the name of God, Amen, I, Jacob Bunn of Northampton County and State of North Carolina being weak in body but in perfect sound sense and memory knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament. And first I ___?___ my soul unto the hands of Almighty God and my body to the dust to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors and as touching my worldly estate where with the Lord hath blessed me with give, dismiss and dispose of in manner and form following ------------------------------Item. I give the whole of my estate to my beloved wife Elizabeth Bunn during her natural life or

widowhood. After her dec'd I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Hardy Lewter five shillings. I give to my grandsons Henry and Thomas Lewter six pewter plates a peace.

 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my grand son Elias Lewter all my land and plantation where-on I now live to him and his heirs forever. I give unto my grandson Elias Lewter one Negro woman by the name of Edy and all her issue to him and his heirs forever---------------------

 

Item. I give and bequeath to my grandson Elias Lewter accept the legacies above given all and

___?___ my household goods and furniture, stock of horses, cattle, hoggs, sheep, and all other

domestics that belong to me to him and his heirs forever.

 

I renounce all other wills by me made __?__ __?__ my grandson Elias Lewter & my wife Elizabeth Bunn my whole and sole executors whereunto I have set my hand and seal 19th day of July 1793.

Witness:                                                                          Jacob Bunn

John Stancil                                                                (his mark and seal)

John Wood

Northampton County June Court 1803 when the above will was proved in court by John Stancil and at same time Elias Lewter qualified Executor ordered to be certified and recorded.

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Know all men by these presents that I, Jacob Bunn, planter of Northampton County in the state of North Carolina do hereby give and acknowledge unto my son-in-law Hardy Lewter, him and his heirs acknowledge and assign forever one certain tract of land containing two hundred acres be

the same more or less lying & being in the county of Northampton on the North side of Cororoy Swamp and bounded as follows: Beginning at a gum in Cororoy Swamp then along a line of marked trees to the Caffin Branch, then up the said branch to a corner Pine then along line of

marked trees to Searboys line then along the said Searboys line to a corner __?__ then running the said Burnes line to a corner Pine in Davises line then running along Davises line to John Woods line & along John Woods line to a gum on the said Swamp then up the __?__ Swamp

to the first station to have & to hold the said tract of land to him the said Hardy Lewter to him & his heirs forever with all rights and privileges of hunting, fishing, and fowling with all other profits and commodities whatsoever to the said land belonging or any ways appertaining to him the said Hardy Lewter, his heirs, administrators & assignees forever in as __?__ __?__ manner to all trace, intents and purposes as by the said deed granted by the right honorable (?) Lord Castor, Earl Granville and the said Jacob Bunn do hereby oblige myself, my heirs, executors, adminis- trators to warrant and defend the said land to him the said Hardy Lewter his heirs forever.

                                                                                       Jacob Bunn (his mark and seal)

Witness my hand and seal this first day of September 1790.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in Presence of:

John ___?___

Elias Lewter

Northampton County, September Court 1790: This deed was proved by the oath of John __?___ and ordered to be registered.

Registered 24th December 1790

Test. James Dancy, Register

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This Indenture made this 13th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two Between Thomas Grigory of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina of the one part and Hardy Luter of the County of Northampton and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said Grigory doth for and in consideration of the sum of Eighty pounds bargain sell and confirm unto the sd. Luter a certain Tract or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the County of Chatham and of the waters of New Hope Beginning at a small Dogwood by a --? Oak stump in the Thos. Grigory's line running West one hundred and twenty eight pole and six tenths to a pine thence North one hundred and forty pole to a white Oak on

the original line of the Old survey thence by sd. line East two hundred and twenty eight pole and six tenths to a red Oak -- thence South one hundred and forty pole to a pond thence west one hundred pole to the Beginning. The said tract containing by Estimation two hundred acres of Land

which the sd. Thos. Grigory doth fully and voluntarily avert myself of all right and claim of doth for the above consideration of Eighty Pounds Warrant and defend the sd. land and premises unto the said Hardy Luter Viz from me and my heirs to him and his heirs. In Witness whereof I have

hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above written.

Thos. Grigory (Seal)

Signed, Sealed & Delivered in presence of:                                         Hardy Luter

William Yeats (his mark)                                                                        (By Mark)

Thos. Tye (?) (his mark)

Elias Lewter

Chatham County Feb. Session 1793

This deed was duly proved in open Court by the Oath of Thomas (Thee) (?) a subscribing Witness & Ordered to be Registered.

Test. John Ramsey CC

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This Indenture made this 18th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four Between William Yeatz Senr of the County of Wake and State of North Carolina of the one part and Hardy Luter of the County of Northampton and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said Yeatz doth for an in Consideration of the sum of twenty pounds Bargain, sell and confirm unto the S. Luter a certain Tract or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the County of Chatham and on the waters of the Indian Branch Beginning at a red oak and a pine on a drain of the South Side of Indian Branch running West fifty four poles to a pine thence South 97 1/3 poles to a pine thence East 54 poles to two poast oaks thence North

97 1/3 to the first station containing thirty three acres more or less which the sd. William Yeatz doth fully and voluntarily divest myself of all right and claim and doth for the above consideration of twenty pounds warrant and defind the sd. land premises unto the sd. Hardy Luter viz from me and my heirs to him and his heirs. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above written.

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of

T. Gregory

his

Wm. Yeatz

mark

Chatham County August session 1795 The Execution of this Deed was duly proved in open court by the Oath of William Yeatz, a Subscribing witness & ordered to be registered.

Test John Ramsey C.C.

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This Indenture made this twenty seventh of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven between Hardy Luter of the county of Northampton, North Carolina of the one part and Thomas Grigory Senr of the county of Chatham & state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said Grigory doth for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds bargain, sell and confirm unto Hardy Luter his heirs and assignes for ever a certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying, and being in the county of Chatham on Pittses Creek. Beginning at a post running West along Luters own line to the corner thence continuing West to a pine if Bry Gregoryes line thence East to a hickory bush thence North to the first station containing two hundred acres be the same more or less to have and to hold the sd land and premises with the premises preveleges, and profits belonging thereto to the only proper use and behoof of the sa Luter and the sed Gregory doth for and in consideration of the above mentioned sum warrant and defend the sd land to be free and clear from any incumbrance whatsoever. In witness whereof he hath hereunto interchangably set his hand and seal this day and date above written.

Signed, Sealed & delivered                                                            Thos. Grigory Senr (seal)

in presence of (by signature)

Matthew Yeats (his mark)

John Pitts

B. Gregory

Chatham County Feb. Session 1798

The Execution of this Deed was duly proven in open court by the oath of B. Grigory a subscribing

witness & ordered to be registered.

Test. John Ramsey CC

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This Indenture made this 5th day of April in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight Hundred and

Forty one between Hardy Lewter of the First part and Mary Lewter and Barbery Lewter of the

Second part (all of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina). Witnessth that I the said

Hardy Lewter for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear towards my daughters Mary and Barbary Lewter and for the further consideration that they are to support and take care of me during my natural life and furnish a home for my daughter Crisey Lewter with a home during her life do give, grant, and confirm and by these presents have given, granted and confirmed unto the aforesaid Mary and Barbery Lewter equally and jointly one sorrel mare, twenty head of hogs, all my plantation and farming utensils, all my household and kitchen furniture and the south part of the land and plantation whereon I now live and bounded as follows: viz, beginning at a dead pine in or near John Beals line and running East to a cross fence then along said fence in an Eastwardly direction to the Big Branch thence up said branch with its meanderings to Margaret Wheelers line. Thence along said Wheelers and Miley Lewters line to a  thence West along said Wards line to the creek thence up the Big Branch to the first station

containing seventy-five acres more or less. To have and to hold the above specified land and property to the only proper use and --?-- of the said Mary Lewter and barbery Lewter forever only reserving to my son Martin Lewter which I do hereby reserve to him the privilege of cultivating freely as often as he may wish to do all that part of the above bounden land and premises which he has heretofore had in cultivation and called by the family "Martins Fields" -- In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

                                                                                                                   his

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of :                                 Hardy Lewter

Willie Fuller                                                                                               mark

Eli Yates

Chatham County -- May session 1841

The execution of this Deed was duly proven in open court by the Oath of Eli Yates a Subscribing

Witness thereto and ordered to be registered.

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Location of Hardy Lewter's Chatham Co NC home tract

Chatham Co NC deed book E-X page 577 dated 1912, S.S. and Helen ROGERS sell 76 acres to C.M. and W.H. Hunt. This deed identifies the 76 acre tract as being "the same tract devised to Rebecca Young Ne Upchurch by the Will of Mary Lewter and being the same tract conveyed to S.S. ROGERS by Rebecca Young and others".

Hardy Lewter's homeplace is on Thompson Road, which runs south from Lewter Shop Road in Chatham Co NC. It is now the "Olde Thompson Creek" subdivision. The Esperan Lewter Harward / Fatiney Lewter cemetery was bulldozed when the road was extended, so it's possible that Hardy's cemetery is gone too. Esperan and Fatiney were daughters of Axum Lewter. The last owners of Hardy's tract were R.G. and Beulah Ferrell Thompson If anyone is interested in reviewing the deeds for the land transactions online, let me know and I will send the book and page numbers.

Kim Wren, Durham NC

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Copied from Kim Wren Notes:

1 Hardy LUTER, b abt 1743 in VA d bef 1850 in Chatham County, NC.

m UNKNOWN BUNN b Abt 1743.

NOTE: He was the son of Thomas Luter. .Miss Bunn, born Abt. 1743 in Northampton County, NC; died Bef 1840. Per the Last Will of Jacob Bunn of Northampton Co NC, dated 07/09/1793, Jacob Bunn's wife was Elizabeth (?) and confirmed son-in-law Hardy Luter and grandsons Elias, Henry and Thomas Lewter received bequests. Have seen no documentation that states her Miss Bunn's name. "Luter-Lewter Family of England, Virginia, North Carolina and States South and West" by Mrs. Belle Lewter West North Carolina indicates her name was Rebecca Bunn. US Gen Web Archives – Military - Pension Roll, 1835 - United States Government documents - serial numbers 249, 250, 251 - Senate document 514 - Hardy Lewter - Chatham county - private - North Carolina Militia - $30.00 annual allowance - $90.00 amount received - June 25, 1833 pension started - age 90 Hardy Lewter purchased about 400 acres in Chatham county between 1793 and 1797, the earliest listing him as being from Northampton County NC and the latter stating he is from Chatham Co NC.

 

Land purchased included 2 Thomas Grigory tracts (most likely 2 of his grant tracts) and a tract from John Hall, most likely son of grant holder Amos Hall. These tracts are in present day Chatham County NC along either side of Lewter Shop Road at the Wake/Chatham County NC line.

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I did a lot of research on Hardy Lewter's Chatham County NC land which included looking at many estate records and last wills of his children and their descendents as well as going through deed records for Hardy and his descendents. I already knew where Hardy's son Henry's land was. This is my husband's Lewter line. Henry Lewter's estate papers include a plat map and the tract is still quite identifiable on present day aerial GIS maps with property lines shown. The old plat map shows the tract of land adjacent to Henry's western property line belonged to his brother (Hardy's son) Martin Lewter's heirs. It shows the tract adjacent to the southern property line as belonging to Isham Sims Upchurch. Chatham County NC deeds show that Hardy sold

116 acres to his son Henry in Aug.1802; 116 acres to his son Thomas in Nov. 1808 (which he immediately sold to Joseph Wheeler); 75 acres to Martin in May, 1841, and 75 acres to daughters Barbary and Mary together in May, 1841. Barbary and Mary's tract was described adjacent to Martin Lewter and was Hardy Lewter's home tract where he lives. The deed had the condition that Barbary and Mary live with and take care of him and provide a home for daughter Crissy. Hardy also did not want them to impede Martin Lewter from cultivating land adjacent. SO Barbary and Mary, Hardy's daughters owned the 75 acres where his home was located and lived there with him. When Barbary passed away her executor created a deed in 1862 in which she left her share of Hardy's land to her sister, Mary Lewter. Early on, Thomas and Axum Lewter moved 8 miles north to the O'Kelly Chapel area along the Wake and Chatham Co Line, but Axum's daughters Esperan and Fatine remained on the family land. And  lived on either Hardy's home tract or Martin's tract.

 

When Mary Lewter passed away, her estate papers state that she left Hardy's

75 acre home tract to a niece Nancy Ann Rebecca Upchurch Young. Mary stipulated that she wanted a path cut through to I S Upchurch's tract to the east. Esperan and Fatine were still on the property as recently as 1900, by which time, Esperan Lewter had married Ashwell Harward. Having Rebecca Upchurch Young's name made it quite easy to tract the deeds where she sold the land and then all the way up to the sale of the land to the developer of the 'Olde Thompson Creen" subdivision. When looking at some maps of the area, I noticed that there was a cemetery listed as the "Esperan Harward cemetery" located in the area of the subdivision that had been Hardy Lewter's home tract. After trying to find the cemetery, I started asking some of the older folks in the neighborhood and they all told the same story... the crew that put in the extension of Thompson Road for the subdivision went right through the middle of the cemetery and it was destroyed. One lady John Burns talked to had her 82 year old father with her and he was adamant that Hardy Lewter had been buried in the cemery.

 

So, we know for a fact that Esperan Lewter Harward and her sister Fatine Lewter were buried there and that there were more graves marked with rubble stones. We know for a fact that the cemetery was on Hardy Lewter's home tract where he was living at the time of his death. We also know that there were 2 houses on the property and one at least was old enough to have been there when Esperan Harward died around 1901. Finally, the cemetery where Esperan was buried is just a few hundred feet from where the houses stood. It is an assumption that Barbary, Mary, Hardy and 'his wife' Lewter were buried in the family cemetery with Esperan Lewter Harward and Fatine Lewter. It's possible that there was/is another cemetery on this tract of land. But I think there is enough evidence to support this lost cemeter as Hardy Lewter's final resting place. It's probably the best and closest we'll come to knowing for sure.

 

It sure was fun researching this puzzle! Again, I appologize for the length of this reply, but I wanted to illustrate how much you can learn about ancestors by tracking the land. Up until this point no one knew Ashwell Harward remarried after his first wife Mary Batchelor died.No one knew Esperan Lewter ever married or that she was in fact the Esperan Harward in the cemetery. The deed between Hardy, Barbary and Mary Lewter specifically states that they are his daughters.

Kim Wrenn

 

Rebecca Bunn daughter of Jacob Bunn and Elizabeth (?) was born about 1743 in Northampton

County, NC. She died before 1840. She was buried in Chatham County, NC.

 

Notes for Rebecca Bunn:

 

My initial research on this family started with the book: "Luter-Lewter Family of England, Virginia,

North Carolina and States South and West" by Mrs. Belle Lewter West. We know that Hardy Lewter was the son-in-law of Jacob Bunn. There are at least two documents on

record attesting to this fact. But there has been no record found that implies that Hardy's wife was

named Rebecca. I believe Mrs. West was the first to attach this name to Hardy and never provided any source of documentation for this. But, for now, I will continue the use of this name simply because I like the name Rebecca, plus it is a very good Southern name