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Subject: Bartlett Searcy and his Wife Lucy [Williams?] Installment Two
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 17:17:22 EST

This is a continuation of Installment One. E.W.Wallace

The following patents, grants by Lord Granville, show the close association
of the Searcy and the Williams families. Charles and Nathaniel Williams were
the younger brothers of Lucy Williams Searcy. John Williams, Jr. (later
called Esq.) is so-called because his father, John Williams, Sr. did not die
until ca 1768-1770, as indicated by Granville Co. records. Later, John
Williams, Jr. was called in the records "John Williams, Esq." as he was a
noted jurist of colonial and later North Carolina.:

Patent Bk. 14, p. 2783, pg. 90 John Williams 28 November 1760. 600
acres in Granville Co. in the Par. of St. John on both sides of Flat Creek,
joining Joseph Glover, Nathaniel Doughorty, and Nathaniel Norwood. OR /s/
John Williams Jr. Wits: Will Hurst, Reuben Searcy examined by Tho Jones and
William Hurst surveyed 9 June 1755. SCC: Charles Williams, Nathl Williams
Sherd Haywood D. Sur

Patent Bk 14, No. 2787, pg 91, grant from Lord Granville to John
Williams, 24 Jul 1761. 690 acres in Granville County on both sides of
Hatchers run. OR [original record] /s/ John Williams Jr. Wits: Thomas Lowe,
Bartlet Searcy surveyed 20 Aug 1760. SCC Thos Bradford, Robt Poire (?), Thos
Person, surveyor.


On the same date, 2 Aug 1775, at Granville Co. court, both Bartlett
Searcy and Daniel Williams (probable son of Daniel I who had died testate in
1759 in Granville Co.) petitioned to build grist mills on great Nutbush.
These cases were continued. By Feb. 6, 1776, the court granted leave to Wm.
Bullock to build a grist mill on little Nutbush [as opposed to great Nutbush]
on his own land. (Owen, op. cit., p. 161)

Owen notes that Bartlett Searcy was Justice for the county court, as
indicated by the years' court minutes: 1781, 1782, 1783, 1784. (Owen, p.

On 3 May 1780 Bartlett Searcy applied for a license for ordinary at his
dwelling. (Owen, 188)

REVOLUTION, Bartlet Searsey [sic] was captain of a company raised under "the
present Act of Assembly..." 25 May 1778. It is noted that another captain
was Richard Searsey who commanded, among others, Asa Searsey, planter.
Another captain was Thomas "Saleswhite," who probably is Thomas Satterwhite
(qv). Asa Searcey and Thomas Satterwhite were of Granville Co. as records
indicate. (A Thomas Satterwhite married daughter of ... Williams, but he is
believed to have been of a later generation; there were several generations
of Thomas Satterwhites, who came from Virginia.)

Apparently Bartlet Searcy was in the military during the Revolution. He
was awarded a land grant by North Carolina in Tennessee, but he apparently
did not claim it. The indication in the records is that he was in the
Continental line. His name appears in the list of 1782 for Davidson County,
which later became Tennessee:

"85. Bartelet Searsey [sic] 640 [A] on Stones Creek, Eastise of
Stones River."

[Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, ....] p. 124)

On the suceeding page, a John Searsey, apparently also of the
Continental line, was also awarded 640 acres, same county, "near Auhers [?]

Madison County, KY Records

Bartlett Searcy's will was probated in both Madison Co., KY, where he
probably died (made his will 28 Jul 1780, recorded 3 Mar 1795) and in
Granville Co., NC, where he and his survivors owned land (WB 1-409, rec
1784). If the will were indeed made in 1780, then this refutes a list of
"Pioneers at Boonesborough" which states that Bartlett Searcy was killed in

(William E. Ellis, H. E. Everman, Richard D. Sears, MADISON COUNTY:
200 YEARS IN RETROSPECT [Richmond, KY: The Madison County Historical
Society, 1985], p. 423).

In May 1786, WB 1-479, "Inventory of estate of Bartlet Searcy by Reuben
and Sam'l Searcy"


Ironically, apparently a short time before Bartlett Searcy made his
will, he signed a petition addressed to the General Assembly of Virginia. It
was from "the inhabitants north of the Kentucky River (at Boons Station, on
10 Jun 1780) petitioning for "a division of the County of Kentucky." (This
information was researched by Col. George C. Chadwick and published in
KENTUCKY ANCESTORS V. 27, vol. 4, p. 223. The original document is said to
be at the Virginia State Library, Richmond. VA.)

Bartlett Searcy's will made 28 July 1780, was filed in Madison Co., KY,
although Searcy was "of Granville Co., NC," as stated in the will. It
appears in Madison Co., KY mixed probate records, Vols A-B 1787-1819.
Executors were "Lucy, my wife," "Samuel, my son," John Williams, Esq., Reuben
Searcy. Witnesses were Elizabeth (X-her mark) Searcy, Leonard (X-his mark)
Hays, Thomas Searcy, and Reuben Searcy. When the youngest child was fifteen
years old, the property was to be sold and divided. The will was proved
Granville Co., NC, Nov. 1784 and probated in Madison Co., KY 1795.

(Question: Was Leonard Hays the nephew or the brother-in-law of
Bartlett Searcy?)

(Source: Ardery, KENTUCKY COURT AND OTHER RECORDS, V. II, p. 68 The will
as filed in Madison Co., KY appears on film SL 183,266, Madison County, KY
Mixed Probate Records Vols A-B 1787-1819).

Confusing this genealogy, however, is another abstract by Ardery on p.
99 showing will dated 17 Sep 1784, filed in Woodford Co., KY of Bartlett
Searcy of "Fiat Co., VA" with another wife and other children. No doubt this
was a namesake, who died at a later time. His executors were his wife Ann,
Col. Daniel Boone, W. Flanders Calloway. Further reference to this Searcy's
estate is found in Woodford Deed Bk B, March Ct, 1793 (Ardery, p. 163-64).
Reference is made to Robert Burton of Greenville Co., NC [Granville Co.,

Refer to the biography of John Williams I of Hanover Co., VA for
reference to the marriage of Bartlett Searcy to the eldest daughter of Col.
John Williams (b. 1704), reportedly of Hanover Co., VA. These statements
made by Mrs. Frances Fouler, Chapel Hill, NC, in a letter dated 1 May 1947 to
Worth S. Ray ("Ray Collection," Special Collections, Family History Library,
Salt Lake City) can be verified. She indicates there was another sister who
was married to William Farrar, and that Mrs. Searcy's brothers were: Judge
John Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Charles Williams, and William Williams,
who died at Boonesborough. This coincides with the information found in
Holmes' work cited above.

Mrs. Fouler stated to Ray that she was the great granddaughter of
Frances Henderson and Dr. Wm. Vannah Taylor (1790-1873), but she seems to
have eliminated the earlier generations of Hendersons from her letter.

The Searcys were associated with the Bullocks in Hanover Co., VA. Severa
l documents remain which confirm this.

RICHARD BULLOCK, JUNR., 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co., adj. Benjamin
Brown, Robert Kindle, Mr. Crighill (Craighill); Robert Sercey; Charles
Snelson; & Cock's line; 11 Apr 1732. p. 409 [VA Patent Book 14]

(Source: Nell Marion Nugent, CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, V. III, p. 414.)

Other Kentucky Records for Searcys

Fayette Co., KY Tax Records for 1788

Searcy, Bartlett 1 tithable; 3 horses
Searcy, Richard 2 tithables; 3 horses

Madison Co., KY Tax List for 1788:

Searcy Charles 1 tithable; 1 black over 16; 9 horses & cattle

The following probably refers to some of the children of Bartlett
Searcy, who died in Madison Co., KY. His wife, as stated, was Lucy Williams,
daughter of John Williams Sr., formerly of Goochland Co., VA and later of
Granville Co. NC.

Granville Co. NC Will Book 4-94-95, 29 Oct 1796 - Richard Searcey of
Madison County, Kentucky appoints William Williams Searcey of Madison County,
Kentucky attorney to convey his land in Granville Co., NC on Tarr River.
Wits: none

GRANVILLE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1746-1808 [Rocky Mount, NC: 1973], p. 204)

A compilation of Madison County, KY marriages indicates that Lucy Searcy
and some of her children, who were married in that county, continued to
remain in Kentucky after the death of Bartlett.

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