of Fairfield Co, SC and Rutherford Co, NC
The following report includes all of my notes and documentation for Amos and his son Jonathan. For further generations, see my web pages for the descendants of each of Amos' known grandchildren. Links are on each of their names, below.
From the research files of Pam Wilson at email@example.com. Comments, corrections and additions welcomed. Updated July, 2006.
DESCENDANTS OF AMOS ARLEDGE
Generation No. 1
1. AMOS ARLEDGE
(ISAAC, WILLIAM ALDRIDGE, CLEMENT, CLEMENT, JOHN ALDRICH) was born betw. 1755-1774 probably in
Notes for AMOS ARLEDGE: The son of Isaac Arledge of Fairfield Co, SC, Amos apparently became head of his father's household upon the death of his father Isaac, Sr., in 1790. In this census, his household (AMOS ARLEDGE) consisted of 2 males over 16, 2 males under 16, and 3 females. These were perhaps Amos and his wife and their son Jonathan, his mother Anna, his brothers Isaac and William, and a young sister.
In a separate analysis, Graham Louer (personal correspondence) came to a similar but only slightly different conclusion: An "analysis of the location of the Fairfield Arledges on 1 March 1790 (the effective date of the census) suggests that 2 of the 3 unmarried daughters of Isaac Sr., are in the household of Amos their brother, where Isaac Sr. and wife Anna are also thought to be, and the third unmarried daughter [living with] her brother Clement." However, Louer's interpretation does not account for a wife for Amos, nor for his son or sons (Jonathan and/or Greenbandy).
Amos Arledge is listed in the 1792 Fairfield Tax List with 25
acres of 2nd quality land and 25 acres of third quality land� [Chester Bulletin 9-1990 p. 82].
traditions say Amos had a son named Greenbandy (half
brother of Jonathan) who went to
Details of Amos'
wife are unknown, but believed to have been a Sallie Wright, since he somehow
inherited the land holdings of Randolph Wright [need to find Randolph Wright's
will]. She apparently died sometime after 1800, since Amos was listed as a head
of household in the 1800
Graham Louer cites an LDS IGI source naming a wife for Amos--Mary--as the mother of Jonathan, born 1788 according to this unnamed source.
In 1797, AMOS
ARLIDGE received a SC State Grant for 100 acres on the Catawba River in Camden
Graham Louer writes (May 1999) about the settlement of Isaac Sr's estate:
"Sarah Bishop and Anne Bishop received their shares in April and June of 1800, respectively. Then, more than 3 years later, William, Isaac, Amos and Jesse Ginn [signing in his capacity of attorney for Jesse Wright, husband of Huldah] all sign one receipt acknowledging receipt of their respective shares of the estate of Isaac."
23 April 1803
Some SC County Records:
In 1806 and 1807
he bought 2 tracts of land (180 acres) in the SE section of Fairfield Co, but
transferred these to his brothers Isaac and William in 1816 (Fairfield Co Book
X, pp. 286, 365). These were land transactions on Thorntree
Creek, a tributary of the
An Isaac Arledge (probably the brother of Moses Arledge
Amos moved from his home in SC to Green River Cove in Rutherford County, North Carolina around 1809.
There is a land transaction recorded November 22, 1809 in Rutherford County, NC, between Amos Arledge and John Chisolm, William Riddle, and William Fisher. Isaac Arledge was listed as witness. This Isaac was probably his cousin (not his brother), who was married to Sally McCormick and who died in Rutherford Co. in 1820, leaving a will. He and Sally were the foster parents to Harriett, who married Amos' son Jonathan.
1830 census, Rutherford Co, NC:
Johnathan Arledge 2(<5)1(5-10)1
000000001//0000000//001 (one male slave 25-35)
1840 census, Rutherford Co: AMOS ARLEDGE
Family Stories about Amos
The following is
excerpted from a letter written by one of Amos' descendants, A. Yates Arledge of
"I recall right well some of the things Nun told us about the old story which you have probably heard about old man Amos' gold presumably being buried and still undiscovered in that section. He mentioned someone, and I have forgotten who it was, some of the family, probably Nun's father, Levi, who told him, Nun, that as a small boy he saw the old man Amos bring his money, which consisted of gold coins, down to the river, and scrubbed them in the sand on a sand bar to make them shine, as he evidently admired the looks of the gold very much. Most folks do, or did before abolishing the gold standard. He said he brought it in a half bushel measure and it was full. The mystery, of course, if whatever became of the money. There were no banks, and of course he had to keep it hidden or buried. The old man lived by himself in a log house there in the river bottom, and one night the house burned and he perished in it. Careful search was made in the remains of the house for the money, but they only found three or four hundred dollars in gold coin. This they discovered to be in parts of the logs which had not been completely consumed. Her had bored holes in the log sills under the floor boards and placed the coins in the holes and had driven a peg in on the top of the coins. The log sills did not completely burn up and the money was found in the charred pieces that remain."
"You have heard Dad tell the story of his grandmother or great-grandmother, who as a young married woman dreamed one night that Amos' money was hidden under a rock cliff on the side of one of the Green River mountains, nearby the old Amos place. She told her husband about it with great faith and tried to get him to go with her up to this place and look for the money. He hooted at the idea and would not go. She kept nagging at him and finally he gave in, as most men do under the constant nagging of his wife, and went with her, and there they found $2500 in gold coin hidden in the place she had seen so vividly in her dream. With this money they bought two slaves and thereby got started in the slave business. SO far as anyone knows that, and the few hundred dollars that was found in the burned house, was all of the old man's gold that was ever found. It was thought that he had much more than that. Nun said at that time people in the community were still on the lookout for the money which they felt was buried there somewhere. And occasionally evidence was seen whereby someone had been digging, probably by people who were not as accurate dreamers as was that ancestral lady."
In a second letter, dated 14 September 1951, Yates Arledge wrote:
went to see Easor Arledge
at the home of his son Reese above Mill Springs,
that Ellen Aiken--a daughter of Isaac (son of Jonathan) told him many years ago
that Amos came from
"Easor said it was Harriet, wife of Jonathan, who dreamed of where part of Amos' gold was hidden and found some of it--he said $1500. I failed to ask Easor the hearsay as to how Amos got his gold. No doubt he brought it with him, as I don't see how he could have accumulated much gold at that time in that section."
SC STATE GRANTS: Amos ARLIDGE, Camden Dist, 100 acres, v. 43, p. 21, 4 Sept. 1797
FAIRFIELD Co, SC LAND SALE RECORDS (recorded by Pam Wilson from Deed Book Index, Winnsboro, SC) 1805 Amos ARLEDGE to John PICKETT, Release (2), Book P, pp. 173, 175 1816 Adam (misprint: should be Amos) ARLEDGE from Enoch SEAL, Release, Bk X, p. 283
1816 Amos ARLEDGE from Richard CAMPBELL, Release, Bk. X, p. 285
Notes for SALLIE WRIGHT: Sallie is probably the daughter of Randolph Wright of Fairfield Co, SC, and may have inherited a lot of land from him that became Amos'. She may be the sister of Jesse Wright, who married one of Amos Arledge's sisters.
Children of AMOS ARLEDGE are:
1. GREENBANDY? ARLEDGE, b. he may have
had a different mother than Jonathan; family folklore (multiple sources) says he
2. ii. JONATHAN
ARLEDGE, b. c. 1790, Fairfield Co, SC; d. September 01, 1875,
Generation No. 2
2. JONATHAN ARLEDGE (AMOS, ISAAC,
WILLIAM ALDRIDGE, CLEMENT, CLEMENT, JOHN ALDRICH) was born c. 1790 in Fairfield
Co, SC3, and died September 01, 1875 in Polk County, NC (bur. Green River Cove)
[Will]. He married HARRIETT McCORMICK abt. 1812 probably in NC; she was the foster daughter of his
father's cousin ISAAC ARLEDGE and his wife SARAH "SALLY" McCORMICK. She was born 1796 in
for JONATHAN ARLEDGE: Jonathan and his father Amos went to the Green River Cove
In War of 1812 served in 11th Company, 8th NC Regiment, 4th Corporal. Roster of Officers:
ELEVENTH COMPANY DETACHED FROM THE THIRD
MAJOR R. ALEXANDER, CAPTAIN; CHRISTHOLM DANIEL, LIEUTENANT; ROBERT MARLAN, ENSIGN; JOSEPH HALBERT, 1ST SERGEANT; JOHN PRICE, 2ND SERGEANT; EZEKIEL WALDROP, 3RD SERGEANT; ASA HILL, 4TH SERGEANT; SQUIRE COCKERMAN, 1ST CORPORAL; WM. REDMAN, 2ND CORPORAL; THOMAS COOK, 3RD CORPORAL; JONATHAN ALDREIGE, 4TH CORPORAL
1820 Rutherford Co NC Census: ALDREDGE, Jonathan: 4 males and 2 females under age 10, 1 male and 1 female 26-45.
1860 Polk Co NC census, Coopers Gap Twp lists Johnithan ARLEDGE, age 70 M, b SC; Harriet, age 64 F b SC; Harriet Hill, 11 F b NC; and Benjamin Vess 12M b NC. 1860 Slave Schedule in Cooper's Gap Twp lists 1 male black age 70, two males age 16, one female age 15, and females age 12, 9, 6 and 3.
1870 census, Polk Co, NC lists the following ARLEDGEs:
ELI (43) JONATHAN (82): Jonathan 82 and Harriett 74, both born in SC, with Benjamin Vest 23, day laborer, John Williams 12 and Harriet Hill, 20. LEVI (57) ULISSUS (26)
(24) JONATHAN (21) CLEMENT (46) GREEN B. (53) BUTLER
Free black (former slaves of Jonathan Arledge, I presume) living in household in between Ulissus and
in 1870 census: Butler
HENRY ARLEDGE (23) b. SC MERRIL ARLEDGE (26) b. SC ALBERT ARLEDGE (20) b. NC PHILIS ARLEDGE (16) b. NC
Some reports list one of his children as Mathison ARLEDGE, but this seems to be from the will of Isaac Arledge (foster father of Harriett) who lists "Greenberry Mathison" as one of Jonathan and Harriett's children. Existing evidence does not support that there was a separate child named Mathison.
was recorded in
in extended lawsuit with the Littleton Pittillo
http://www.geocities.com/heartland/prairie/8208/Pittillo.html for legal records.
Notes for HARRIETT MCCORMICK: Raised as a foster child by Isaac Arledge (Amos' cousin who settled in the Green River Cove with him) and Sally McCormick. Sometimes referred to as Harriett White, Wright or Jones, but most often McCormick. Her origin is unclear. She may have been a younger sister or niece to Sallie McCormick, who raised her.
My cousin Betty Arledge Harris said she had always heard that the McCormicks were from the
Children of JONATHAN ARLEDGE and HARRIETT MCCORMICK are:
i. Levi Arledge, born March 03, 1813 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died March 10, 1901 in Green River Cove, Polk Co, NC.
ii. Isaac Arledge, born December 12, 1814 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died June 23, 1900 in Henderson Co., NC (bur. Hendersonville Cem).
iii. Green Berry Arledge, born December 18, 1816 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died April 28, 1887 in Bur. Silver Creek Baptist Church, Polk Co, NC.
iv. Angelina Arledge, born 05 Dec 1818, Green River Cove, Polk Co, NC; d. Aft. 1880.
v. Happy Arledge, born December 13, 1820 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died September 23, 1903 in Polk Co, NC; Bur. Silver Creek Baptist Church, Polk Co, NC.
vi. Clement Arledge, born July 04, 1825 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died December 25, 1919 in Polk Co, NC; Bur. Silver Creek Baptist Church, Polk Co, NC.
vii. Eli Arledge, born July 15, 1826 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died April 19, 1904 in Henderson Co, NC; bur. Macedonia Baptist Church, near Saluda. FOR A PHOTO OF ELI ARLEDGE click here.
viii. John Arledge, born May 07, 1830 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died November 16, 1884 in bur. Oakdale Cemetery, Hendersonville, NC.
ix. Mary Ann Arledge, born December 01, 1830 in Green River Cove, Rutherford Co, NC; died December 13, 1912 in Bur. Mt. Moriah Bapt. Church.
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From the research files of Pam Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments, corrections and additions welcomed.