Abner Rountree, Sarah Spivey, Ann Riddick, & Catherine Piland

 

Sally’s great-great-great Grandparents:

Abner Rountree ca 1765/74 – 1816 | his parents
& 1793 Sarah Spivey | her parents
& 1799 Ann (Nancy) Riddick ca 1770/74 – ca 1808 | her parents
& 1809 Catherine Piland | her parents
of Gates County, North Carolina


Abner-Rountree-memorial
Memorial to Abner Rountree
Kaye Herndon Collection

Cemetary-on-clay-Hill-Rd
Family Cemetery on Clay Hill Road
Kaye Herndon Collection

Marker-for-Rountree-family-
Marker for Abner Rountree’s Log Cabin
Kaye Herndon Collection

 

Ann Riddick 30 March 1793 married John Simons,
Bondsman Micajah Riddick.

Abner Rountree 5 May 1793 married Sarah Spivey, daughter of Moses.

Abner Rountree 27 Feb 1799 married Nancy Simons,
Bondsman Micajah Riddick, Jr.

Abner Rountree 8 March 1809 married Catherine Piland.

Account of Sales of Estate of John Simons, dead,
exhibited into Court by Ann Simons and Abraham Riddick- 21 May 1798.

Child of Abner Rountree and Sarah Spivey:
1. Nancy Rountree ca 1795 –
married Robert Rountree 1770/80 –

Child of John Simons and Ann Riddick:
1. Robert Simons ca 1795 –
married Phiny —

Children of Abner Rountree and Ann Riddick:
1. Simeon [Simmonds] Rountree ca 1800 – March 1850
married 23 Oct 1823 Elizabeth Parker ca 1800 – March 1850
Gates Co bondsman Zachera Hays
2. Solomon Rountree 1802 – 1870
married 15 Mar 1827 Amelia Hudgins 1811 – 1882

18 Aug 1794 Deed of Sale of Land Abner Rountree, Sarah Rountree, his wife, & Priscilla Spivey.
Feb 1804 Court appointed Abner Rountree Guardian to his daughter Nancy Rountree- security 50 # Wm W Riddick and Jno Hunter offered themselves.

Gates County, NC, Will Book 2-page 133
Abner Rountree, Oct 18, 1816, Probate-Nov Court 1816
In the name of God Amen. I Abner Rountree of Gates County NC being weak in body but of disposing mind & memory thank God for the same do make and ordain this my last will in manner and form following.
An Item I give to my daughter Nancy Rountree one negro woman by the name of Febey to her & her heirs also all the property now in her possession.
Item I give to my youngest son Solomon Rountree one negro man by the name of Isaac to him and his heirs forever also $125 in cash
The Item I give to my son Solomon Rountree one negro boy by the name of Ruben to him and his heirs forever.
The Item I give unto Robert Simons $15 in cash to him and his heirs forever.
The Item I give to my son Simeon Rountree 1/2 the tract of land whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever.
Item My will and desire is that my son in law Robert Rountree is paid out of my estate for his services in nursing me when sick & my burying expenses also.
The item I give to Treasy Harrell daughter of Enos Harrell $8 out of my estate.
Item My will that my executor sell all the rest of my property and after paying my just debts equally divide the money between my daughter Nancy Rountree and Simeon Rountree and Solomon Rountree.
Lastly, I nominate and appoint my friend William Riddick Esqr and my son in lawRobert Rountree my sole Executors of this my last will.
In witness, I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 18th day of October 1816.
Abner (his X mark) Rountree (seal)
Signed in the presence of John Harrell (Jurat), Abraham (his X mark) Bains (Jurat), Terese (her X mark) Harrell

CENSUS GATES CO NC MALES FEMALES
YEAR HEAD 0-10 10-16 26-45 0-10 10-16 26-45
1800 ABNER ROUNTREE 2 0 1 1 0 2
1810 ABNER ROUNTREE 1 1 1 0 1 1

William [Henry Rountree] had inherited the Plantation House built in 1812 in Sunbury from his father, Solomon Rountree. I believe his Grandfather Abner Rountree built the house. When I visited the house in 1955, it was in appalling repair, but a tenant farmer was living there. It had the date 1812 in the chimney. The porches that used to wrap around the unpainted house were gone. I have a picture of it taken in 1935 when it was already in bad shape. William had another farm where he lived with his family at Merchant’s Mill, which was nearby. I remember that the trees covered with Spanish Moss along the drive to that house. – John Macon.


brother of Solomon Rountree 1802 – 1870

Simeon Rountree ca 1800 – 1850 | his parents
& ca 1823 Elizabeth Parker ca 1800 – 1850 | her parents
of Gates Co NC


Simeon Rountree and Elizabeth Parker were married 23 Oct 1823 (Gates Co Marriage Bonds)

Simeon was born ca 1800 the son of Abner Rountree (died 1816) and his second wife Ann Riddick, widow of John Simons. He lived on the ground his father Abner bought in 1800. He built a home ca 1830 about 200 yards east of Abner’s log house that stood near the family cemetery. Simeon and his wife Elizabeth both died in March 1850 of encephalitis. Their house was inherited by their son Alfred Gatling Rountree (1826-1907). It is near Eleanor’s Crossroads and Wiggins Hill. There was also a son named Abner born ca 1836 (listed with his Uncle Solomon Rountree’s family in 1850 Census.)

simmonrh
Simmon Rountree Home
from Forgotten Gates

Simmons-Rountree-home-Gates
from the Kaye Herndon Collection

Census: Gates Co NC
1830 Simmons Rountree 1 (6-10) 1 (20-30) females 2 (0-5) 1 (30-40)
1840 Simmons Rountree 1 (0-5) 1 (16-20) 1 (30-40) females 1 (0-5) 2 (10-15) 1 (40-50)
three in agriculture

Children of Simeon Rountree and Elizabeth Parker:
1. Alfred Gatling Rountree 1826 – 16 March 1907
married 15 May 1850 Rebecca Sue (Nancy) Eason 1830 – 4 Nov 1917
Gates Co bondsman Starkey S Park and wit N J Riddick
a. Andrew Lafayette Rountree 10 May 1851 – 7 Jan 1930
at Hall, Gates Co, NC Census 1880
married 16 Jan 1874 Julia F Piland 1854 –
dau of Rubin Piland 1804 –
i. Eugenia Rountree 1875 –
married 13 Dec 1896 W H Taylor 1861 –
ii. Solomon Rountree 1876 –
iii. Jesse Rountree 1878 –
iv. Lizzie Rountree 1880 –
v. Linda J Rountree 1882 –
married 6 Jan 1898 Elbert R Eure ca 1873 –
vi. William Rountree 1884 – 1964
vii. Sue Rountree
viii. Daisy Rountree
ix. Venie Rountree
x. Walter Rountree
xi. Vivian Rountree
b. Cornelius Franklin [Frank] Rountree 20 Aug 1852 – 2 Jan 1937
married 10 Jan 1878 Martha Harrell
i. Abner Jackson Rountree
married Malinda Maud Savage
1. Henry Wesley Rountree
married Christine Cross Savage
ancestors of Tom Rountree
ii. May Virginia Rountree
married Benjamin Irvin Franklin  – lived on farm in Corapeake
1. Nellie Mae Franklin
mother of Henry Roberson

c. Lavinia Elizabeth [Lizzie] Rountree 24 Mar 1854 – 7 June 1881
married 14 Dec 1871 William H Lawrence 1844 –
d. George Thomas [Tim] Rountree 20 Jan 1856 – 16 Mar 1930
i. Virgilia Rountree 1877 –
married 6 Jan 1881 Sarah [Sallie] F Brown 1858 –
ii. Mary S Rountree 1886 –
iii. Martha A Rountree 1889 –
iv. George Alfred Rountree 1892 –
v. Simmons Rountree 1898 –
vi. Charlie Norfleet Rountree 1900 NC – 1 July 1959 Suffolk VA
“his truck stalled on the railroad tracks, he was under the hood of his truck, when the train hit the truck.”

CNRountree
Charlie Norfleet Rountree 1900 – 1959

married ca 1920 Eliza Lee Turner 27 June 1901 – 24 Aug 1988 Chesapeake VA
1. Annie Lee Rountree ca 1921 – Suffolk 2 children
married Byrd George Morris dec.
2. Edward Thomas [Buddy] Rountree 1923 – Edenton
married Lillian Dougthie 1 child adopted
3. Sallie N Rountree ca 1925 – South Florida
married Raleigh Wilson Pierce 2 children
4. Virgilia Mae Rountree ca 1730 – Suffolk
married Claudus Ray Pierce 3 children
5. Elizabeth Anne Rountree ca 1933 –
4 children
6. Charles Augustus Rountree ca 1936 – Corapeake NC
married 1st Evelyn Lee Jones Pensacola FL
a. Barbara Rountree
b. Charles Norfleet Rountree
c. Robin Rountree
married 2nd Kitty
d. Kimberly Dawn Rountree
e. Pamela Rountree
f. Jeremy Rountree
e. Agnet Rebecca [Nettie] Rountree 2 Apr 1858 – 23 July 1931
married 24 Jan 1886 Demsey W Taylor 1862-
f. Harriet Sue Rountree 26 Oct 1860 – 2 Dec 1936
married 1 Sept 1881 William H Lawrence 1844 2nd wife
g. Mary Virginia Rountree 6 Nov 1862 – 16 Jan 1942
married 24 Mar 1885 James Robert Parker 1836 – 25 Apr 1914 Gates Co 2nd wife
h. John Walter Rountree 20 Oct 1864 – 27 Jan 1937
married 19 Oct 1898 Martha J Riddick 1877-
i. Charles Edward Rountree 10 Feb 1867 – 4 Jan 1900
married 24 Apr 1895 Helen Hobbs
j. Alfred C. Rountree 16 Dec 1870 – 19 Oct 1872
k. Alfred Patrick Rountree Feb 1875 – 25 Aug 1955
married 7 March 1900 Annie Margaret Eure 1874 – 1961
i. Charlie Walter Rountree 7 Jan 1901 – 1988
married 15 July 1944 Annie Margaret Felton 2 Feb 1910 –
daughter of Walter Jethro Felton and Katherine Harrell
1. Annie Margaret Rountree
ii. Herbert Franklin Rountree 29 Sept 1902 –
married 1943 Eunice Rountree 1911 – 1973
1. Carolyn Gayle Rountree 1944 –
married 1970 Walter Cary
2. Herbert Franklin Rountree Jr 1948 –
iii. Gladys Rebecca Rountree 25 Jan 1905 – 6 Apr 1906 infant
iv. Dilliard Milton Rountree 1909 – 1989 dsp
v. Annie Elizabeth Rountree 22 Feb 1915 – dec. dsp
2.Sarah Eliz. Rountree 1827 – 1842
3. Nancy Rountree ca 1825 –
married 21 Nov 1849 John W Hayes Jr. ca 1826 – 30 June 1862 typhoid
[they were not the parents of Sarah Elizabeth who married Simeon Joseph Rountrey[
4. Eliz. Ann Rountree 1831 – 1834
5. Mary Amanda Rountree 1833 – 1834
6. Abner J. Rountree 1835 Gates co – 1908 Roxobel, Bertie co
Private 4th Cal 59th Co D – born in Bertie Co – where he resided as farmer &
enlisted at age 27 July 6, 1862 for the war – acct for thru Oct 1864.

married (Bertie Co) 23 Dec 1859 Mary Ann Lambertson ca 1831 –
widow of Henry E Maget of NH co

a. Lilly C. Rountree 1860 –
married 20 Nov. 1877 Charles W. Worrell 1855 –
b. Alfred O Rountree 1861 –
married Mary A ca 1856 –
c. Blanny Rountree 1868 – not on 1880 with parents
7. Eliz. Ann Rountree 1838 – 1841


half-sister of Solomon and Simeon Rountree

Nancy Rountree ca 1795 – ? | her parents
& Robert Rountree 1780/90 – ? | his parents
of Nansemond Co VA


Children of Nancy Rountree and Robert Rountree:
1. daughter born between 1810 & 1820
2. daughter born between 1810 & 1820
3. daughter born between 1810 & 1820
4. James Rountree ca 1816 – 6 July 1877 lived Nancemond Co VA
married Drucilla ?
a. Emeline Rountree
married in Gates Co 1860 Alfred Parker son of Humphrey Parker Jr.
b. Sarah Rountree
i. William S Rountree 1867 –
ii. Sarah E Rountree 1879 –
iii. James Solomon Rountree 1885 –
5. son born between 1820 & 1825
6. daughter born between 1820 & 1825
7. daughter born between 1825 & 1830
8. Solomon Rountree 1828 – Jan 1850

Rountree, Jason, Gates Co., Dec 23rd, 1840; May Ct 1841
– Daughters Martha and Louisa,
– Simmons Rountree Exr.
Test, Solomon Rountree, Dempsey Harrell.
NCHGR Vol 2 page 68.

Jason Rountree married 16 Nov. 1821 Mary Parker
Gates Co bondsman Benjamin Eure

VA Census 1820 Nansemond Co

Roundtree Ro. 89 3 – – 2 1 – 1 – 1 1 – – 4 – – – – 1 – – – – 1

*Robt Jr 89a 1 – – – 1 – 3 – – 1 – – 1

Wm 89 3 – – – 1 – – – 1 – – – 1

VA Census 1830

*Roundtree Robert 240 1 1 1 – – – – 1(50-60) 1 1 – – – 1 (30-40)

” William 224 1 – 2 1 – – – 1 1 1 – – – 1

1850 Nansemond Co Mortality
Roundtree, Solomon 22 m Jan VA Bowel Inflam m 009 1850

e-mail from David Jenkins
My mother’s family was originally from Gates County, North Carolina and I
have been researching my “roots” on ancestry.com. Recently I discovered
that my great great grandfather, Alfred Parker, the son of Humphrey Parker,
Jr., married Emeline Rountree in Gates County in 1860. I believe that she
was the daughter of James and Drucilla Rountree of Nansemond County, VA and
appears on the 1850 US Census. According to his death certificate, James
Roundtree was born about 1816 and died on 6 Jul 1877. His father is listed
as “Robt” Rountree and his mother as Nancy Rountree. I believe this to be
the Robert Rountree listed as Robert Rountree, Jr. on US Census reports for
1820 and 1830 and living in Nansemond County, VA.

Also, I have recently been in contact with the descendants of Sarah
Rountree, who was another daughter of James and Drucilla, as proven by her
death certificate. She kept the Rountree name and passed it on to her
children, William S. Rountree (born in 1867), Sarah E. Rountree (born in
1879), and James Solomon Rountree (born in 1885). On the 1870 US Census for
Haslett, Gates County, NC, she was listed on page 15 at family number 116.
My great great grandmother, Emeline, and her husband, Alfred, are on page
14, family number 110. My great great great grandfather, Humphrey (Umphrey)
Parker, Jr. and his wife Emily are on page 14, family number 110.


half-brother of Solomon and Simeon Rountree

Robert Simons ca 1793 – ? | his parents
& Ascenith [Phiny] ? ca 1792 – 1882 | her parents
of Gates Co NC


Robert Simons was the son of John Simons and Nancy Riddick.

Children of Robert Simons and Phiny — :
1. Joseph Simons born between 1815 & 1820
a. Margaret Parker of Texas (Jobe),
b. Carthaginia Lassiter of VA (Richard),
c. John Westley Simons of Hertford County,
d. Joseph Simons of Gates County, who was infirm/idiot.

2. Nancy Simons ca 1820 – born between 1820 & 1825
married bef 1839 George Polson 1805 – April 1850
a. Martha E. Polson ca 1839 – no further info
Martha E. Polson married Shadrick Piland on 1 July 1861 in Hertford County. The couple then moved to Pierce County, GA, and remained in Georgia. Shadrick fought in the Confederate Army, and Martha did apply for a widow’s pension. Shadrick died in 1896, and Martha died in 1916. They had 8 children that lived to adulthood.
b. William Henry Polson ca 1841 –
c. Mary E. Polson 11 July 1842 –
d. Arrena Polson ca 1844 – NFI
e. Olivia Polson ca 1845 –
married John Morris
f. George T. Polson ca 1847 – 1878 TX
married Emma Higgins
George T. Polson moved to Texas. At some point, he married Emma, whose maiden name as per her daughter‚Äôs death certificate, was Higgins. I haven’t yet found a record of their marriage. George died in 1878, and he still retained an interest in property in Gates County, which interest passed to his children. They were Allie Ameta ‚Emma, William Henry, and George T. The children and widow remained in Texas and all are buried in the Youngblood Cemetery in Panola County, Texas.

g. Sarah J. Polson ca 1850 – NFI
3. daughter born between 1825 & 1830
4. daughter born between 1825 & 1830
5. Robert Simons ca 1831-
married Emma Morris
Robert Simons (son of Robert and Ascenith/Theny) apparently died without issue as his estate was distributed to the 4 children of his sister, Nancy and the 4 children of his brother, Joseph Simons. These were Martha Piland of Georgia (Shadrick), Mary Jones of Gates (Edwin), Olive Morris of VA (John), Sallie Willoughby of Gates, Margaret Parker of Texas (Jobe), Carthaginia Lassiter of VA (Richard), John Westley Simons of Hertford County, and Joseph Simons of Gates County, who was infirm/idiot.

 

1830 Simons, Robert 1 (10-15) 1 (30-40) f 2 (0-5) 1 (5-10) 1 (30-40)

e-mail from Cathy Roberts

I’m descended from Nancy and John Simons through their son Robert. His
wife’s name (or maybe I should say my ancestress’s name, since I don’t
know if he was married more than once) was one of those odd names –
Ascenith or Asceneth. She’s listed as Theny on one census, and as A.
Sena in her will:

Gates County, NC Wills Book 4
1869-1903
Volume IV by Sanda L. Almasy

Pg. 47 A. Sena Simonds (180-181) to Granddaughter Olivia Polson, son
Robert Simonds. Dated May 6, 1864. Probate Court 12/7/1882 Olivia
Morris, wife of John Morris (formerly Olivia Polson) the legatee.

1850 Federal Census, Gates County, NC
Simons, Robert, 57, blacksmith
Theny, 58
Robert, 15, Laborer

I have that she and Robert had at least 3 children – Nancy, born about
1816 (married George Polson), Robert, born about 1829 (married Emma
Morris) and an unnamed male born between 1815 and 1820.

I’m descended through Nancy and George Polson. They were married before
1839 and George died in April, 1850 – he’s in the mortality schedule for
that year:
George Polston Age 45 , Male , Married , Born in NC, Died in April,
Carpenter by trade, Died of Erycipiles, Was sick 12 days.

A foot note by the enumerator: “The large number of Deaths in this
County was owing to the Small Pox and Erysippelass during the Winter of
1849 and 1850.

The children of George and Nancy Simons Polson were:
Martha L. Polson, born about 1839
William Henry Polson, born 1841
Mary E. Polson, born 11 July 1842
Arrena Polson, born about 1844
Olive Polson, born about 1845
George F. Polson, born about 1847
Sarah J. Polson, born about 1850

I have no further information on Martha, Arrena, George or Sarah.

William Henry Polson married Majester Caroline Jones, daughter of Joshua
Jones and Margaret A. Wiggins (this was her second marriage. She
outlived William and married a third time). They were wed 29 November
1870, and he died sometime prior to 1882 (date of her third marriage).
Their children were:
Ada L. Polson, born 10 Feb 1873, married Alonzo Hill, 5 Jan 1893 in
Gates County. They had at least one child, Hallett Hill. I don’t have
death dates for Ada and Alonzo.
George Thomas Polson, born October 1875, married Diana Brinkley. I
don’t have their marriage date, or death dates for them. They had 9
children: William, George T., Jr., Irene M., Willard, Arthur Coleman,
Thomas Leroy, Emma, Royal L. and Nitta. I don’t have further
information on them.

Other children of William and Majester are Ella W. Polson and Nettie
Polson, but I don’t have further information on them.

My ancestress is Mary Elizabeth Polson, born 11 July 1842, died 16
November 1920. She married Edwin Jones on 8 March 1860 in Gates County
(there’s another Edwin and Mary Polson in Gates County at the same
time. My couple lived in Hunters Mill, and my Edwin is the younger of
the two men). They had 12 children, and it would be easier to give you
details on them in a separate e-mail (provided you want them, that is).

Olive or Olivia Polson was born about 1845 and died prior to 1900. She
married John Morris on 10 January 1867 in Gates County. There was a
huge difference in their ages – he was born about 1817. I do not know
if he’s any relation to Emma Morris, wife of Robert Simons. John and
Olivia moved to Nansemond County, VA and had 11 children, 3 of which
were dead of scarlett fever according to the mortality schedule of the
1880 Federal Census. Their names were: John, George (died 1880),
William T., Alfred, Martha Olivia, Frederick (died 1880), Nancy, Irene
(died 1880), Walter G., John F., and Hattie O.

The only child that I have additional information on is Martha Olivia
Morris, who married Elisha Jasper Howell. Martha was born August 1874
and died November 1954 in Warwick, VA. Elisha died 7 December 1941 in
Newport News, VA. They had 5 children.

Nancy Simons Polson remarried after George died. She married Thomas
Willoughby on 1 December 1853, in Gates County. They had a child, Sarah A. Willoughby, born 1859.

I don’t know what happened with Sarah – I do know that two of the
descendents of Edwin and Mary Jones ended up owning land referred to as “the Willoughby farm or tract”.

In the 1850 Federal Census, there’s another woman living with Nancy and her children – Elizabeth Jones, aged 56. I don’t know if she was any
relation to Nancy, or a relative of George Polson, or a servant.

Another Simons related thing is that in the 1870 Federal Census, a John
Simons, aged 19, was working on the farm of John and Olivia Morris, and the census indicates that he was born in Virginia.

Thanks for making your findings public, and let me know if you’d like
the additional information on the children of Edwin and Mary E. Jones.

Take care,
Cathy Roberts

3 thoughts on “Abner Rountree, Sarah Spivey, Ann Riddick, & Catherine Piland”

  1. RE: b. Cornelius Franklin [Frank] Rountree 20 Aug 1852 – 2 Jan 1937
    married 10 Jan 1878 Martha Harrell
    Cornelius and Martha had a daughter, May Virginia, who married Benjamin Irvin Franklin and settled on a farm in Corapeake where my mother, Nellie Mae Franklin was born.
    This is a great web page and filled some gaps for me. Most grateful for your time and sharing.

  2. I’ve found additional information on two of George Polson and Nancy Simons Polson’s children: Martha E. and George T. (mistakenly listed as George F. Polson on one census record).

    Martha E. Polson married Shadrick Piland on 1 July 1861 in Hertford County. The couple then moved to Pierce County, GA, and remained in Georgia. Shadrick fought in the Confederate Army, and Martha did apply for a widow’s pension. Shadrick died in 1896, and Martha died in 1916. They had 8 children that lived to adulthood.

    George T. Polson moved to Texas. At some point, he married Emma, whose maiden name as per her daughter’s death certificate, was Higgins. I haven’t yet found a record of their marriage. George died in 1878, and he still retained an interest in property in Gates County, which interest passed to his children. They were Allie Ameta “Emma”, William Henry, and George T. The children and widow remained in Texas and all are buried in the Youngblood Cemetery in Panola County, Texas.

    Robert Simons (son of Robert and Ascenith/Theny) apparently died without issue as his estate was distributed to the 4 children of his sister, Nancy and the 4 children of his brother, Joseph Simons. These were Martha Piland of Georgia (Shadrick), Mary Jones of Gates (Edwin), Olive Morris of VA (John), Sallie Willoughby of Gates, Margaret Parker of Texas (Jobe), Carthaginia Lassiter of VA (Richard), John Westley Simons of Hertford County, and Joseph Simons of Gates County, who was infirm/idiot.

  3. I too have been working off of Ancestory.com, having and continuing to read and research census, birth certs, deaths, and making copies at the Gates Co Court house which has many original documents wonderful to see in original script.
    Annie “Sue” Rountree, child number 7 of 11 my Great Grandmother, daughter of Andrew Lafayette and Julia “Fannie” Piland (some spell as Pyland)
    Andrew is son of Alfred Gatling, son of Simeon and Elizabeth. I hope you can see as I continue to build on my tree, I would love to give you access, please do not hesitate to email me and I will put you on there. I have collected much and still compiling to put on the tree. this is wonderful and I would love to see more photos if any. thank you for your wonderful work.

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