Nicholas Sessums & Elizabeth Hooker

The Sessums family of Edgecombe County, NC

Nicholas Sessums ca 1697 – 1764 | his parents
& Elizabeth Hooker ca 1700 – aft 1764 | her parents
of Bertie and Edgecombe Counties, NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Nicholas Sessoms is married ca 1723 to the widow Elizabeth Hooker Sizemore.
She was the daughter of William Hooker Sr of Chowan Co, NC. Elizabeth first married Samuel Sizemore, and they had one son — Samuel Sizemore Jr.

5/13/1723 Probate: Estate of Samuel Sizemore, Deceased.
Inventory of estate by Nicholas Sessums and Elizabeth his wife, administrators, she being the widow of the late Samuel. Appraisal by James Bryant, William Bryant
– NCA SS Papers Box 876 Item 61 [Davenport]

Nicholas is in the records of Chowan Co, NC when he buys 400 acres of land from his step-father James Boon in 1718. This plot adjoins James Boon and Long Branch. On the same date, he buys another 575 acres from Boon “at the north end of Bear Swamp joining George Winn and ye branch. Chowan Deed Bk W p 387, 388.

In 1718, Nicholas sold 100 acres of this land to John Mitchell,
In 1719, he sold 80 acres to John Williams, son of William Williams who married Ann Sessoms and also sells James Boon 100 acres.

Nicholas Sessums is listed in the Court minutes from 1724 – 1739 four times: acknowledging deeds, laying off roads, and as overseer of juries.

In the Court Minutes for 1740 – 1760 another four times including the division of the estate of John Mitchell among his widow and seven orphans

At a Court held on 9 Sept 1742 at the house of Ino Cullins near Red Bend., “Nicholas Sessums proved his rights to wit: Nicholas Sessums, Elizabeth Sessums, Samuel Sizemore, Elizabeth Sessums, Ivy Rachel Sessums, Luranna Sessums. Nicholas Sessums, Jr, William Sessums, Anna Sessums, Sarah Sessums, Grace Sessums, white persons.”

1744, Edgecombe County was formed from Bertie County.

1753 — “Nicholas Sessoms and his wife Elizabeth to Samuel Sizemore of Edgecombe County, 20 February 1753, 5 pounds sterling of Great Britain, 140 acres on E side of Coneto Swamp. Wit included William Sessoms and Nicholas Sessoms Jr.

Edgecombe Co. Ct min. Tues 25 Sept 1759 – “It is recommended to the next Gen. Assembly that Nick Sessums, son of Thomas Sessums not pay taxes due to his infirmities.”
Nicholas Sessums left a will in 1764 Edgecombe Co.

Children of Nicholas Sessums and Elizabeth Hooker [Sizemore]:
1. Elizabeth Sessoms4 ca 1724 —
married Thomas Duffield
2. Ivy Rachel Sessoms4 ca 1725 –
Married ca 1750 John Parker ca 1725 – 1805 Sampson Co, NC
3. Lurana Sessoms4 ca 1726 –
Married Mr. Dunn
4. Nicholas Sessoms4 1727 – 1813
married Ann Bembow
5. William Sessoms4 ca 1729 –
6. Ann Sessoms4 ca 1732 – 1809
married John Dunn died 1793
7. Sarah Sessoms4 ca 1735 –
Married Mr. Marley
8. Grace Sessoms ca 1738 –
9. Thomas Sessoms4 aft 1742 – labeled lunatic 1759

Child of Elizabeth Hooker and Samuel Sizemore:
1. Samuel Sizemore Jr ca 1719 –

Will of Nicholas Sessums 28 May 1764 — Oct Ct 1764 Edgecombe Co NC
— to wife Elizabeth Sessums, use of my whole estate her lifetime
— to son Thomas Sessums, furniture, my wearing clothes, 1/2 my still, 1/2 my orchard, horse, and mare for use on plantation
— to daughters Elizabeth Duffield, Rachel Parker, Lurana Dunn, Ann Dunn, Sarah Marley 5sh each.
— to son William Sessoms 100 acre of land joining Sizemore’s line in Contenea in Edgecombe Co
— to son Nicholas Sessums whole of my estate after my wife’s decease to take care of his younger brother Thomas Sessums during his life; 1/2 my still and orchard shall help maintain my wife.
EX: Nicholas Sessums
WIT: John Skinner, Benjamin Faircloth

Sessums, Nicholas – inventory exhibited and recorded, Jan Ct 1765 Ct min


Nicholas Sessums 1727 – 1813 | his parents
& Ann Bembow | her parents
of Edgecombe Co NC


20 Jan 1755 Nicholas Sessoms and his wife Ann to Isaac Anderson of Edgecombe County “100 acres on the south side of the Cahudey Swamp, all houses, buildings, etc and is lower part of tract for 200 acres conveyed to John Benbow by Benjamin Foreman Jr 24 Aug 1730 and by the sd Benbow conveyed to his daughter Ann Benbow, now wife of said Nicholas.” book 2 p 185

Nicholas Sessoms Jr witnessed the deeds of his parents when they sold land to Samuel Sizemore in 1755.

Children of Nicholas Sessoms4 1727 – 1813 & Ann Bembow
1. Solomon Sessoms 12 Oct 1746 Edge. Co – 16 [6] Aug 1832 Sampson Co
Lt. Am Rev. War buried Sessoms Family Cemetery in Sampson Co
married Sampson Co 27 Jan 1780 Obedience Baker

Nicholas Sessoms appears 17 times in the minute books of the courts 1763 – 1774, but he left no will in Edgecombe County.
No document names his children that we have found.
But descendants of this Solomon Sessoms say he was the son of Nicholas Jr. of Edgecombe.


Solomon Sessums 1746 – 1832 | his parents
& Obedience Baker | her parents
of Sampson County, NC


Solomon Sessoms married on 27 Jan 1780 in Sampson Co, NC Obedience Baker.
Solomon Sessoms was born 12 Oct 1746 in Edgecombe County, NC.
Solomon served in the American Revolutionary War as a Private and as Lieutenant.
He also provided material to the Continental Army.
This information confirmed by Revolutionary Pension Application #19330 and Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution page 584.
Solomon Sessoms died 16 Aug 1832 in Sampson County, NC.
Buried Sessoms Family Cemetery in Sampson Co, NC.
Children of Solomon Sessums and Obedience Baker
*1. Susannah [Sophiniah] Sessoms 17 Oct 1780 –
D 2. Blake Sessoms 27 Nov 1782 – 17 Oct 1833
Married Rachel d 1841
*3. John Sessoms 28 Feb 1785 –
4. Isaac Sessoms 9 Aug 1787 –
D *5. Elizabeth Sessoms [Hall] 27 Sept 1789 –
D* 6. Solomon Sessoms 14 Jan 1792 –
D* 7. Nicholas Sessoms 12 Oct 1794 –
D* 8. Lemuel [Lemon] Sessoms 12 Sept 1797 –
* 9. Owen Sessoms 22 April 1800 –
D*10. Gray Sessoms 5 May 1802 –
D*11. Mary Ann Sessoms 25 Sept 1804 –
*12. Lawreigna Sessoms [Hailes]

Will of Solomon Sessums Sen 1 Sept 1831 – Aug Ct 1832 Sampson Co, NC
— my daughter Lawreigna Hailes what she has had and four head of sheep
— son John what he has already had
— son Solomon what he has already had
— son Owen what he has already had
— son Lemon what he has already had, one feather bed and furniture, one musket gun and the sheep this is coming from John Sessums
— my daughter Elizabeth —- and what she already has
— my daughter Sophiniah one feather bed and furniture, one cow and calf, four head of sheep.
— my daughter Mary Ann one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, four head of sheep
— to my son Gray one bed and furniture, all my tools and gear of all kinds
— my grandson Colan one red heifer and all the hogs that are called his
— to my beloved wife our bed and furniture, one Sorrel mare, bridle and Saddle and all the kitchen furniture of all kinds, table, and all its furniture, and all the hogs that is called my own and the remainder part of my stock of cattle also all the wheat and cords wood and bear the remainder part of my stock sheep to be equally divided between my wife and my son Gray Sessums.
— also to Gray one grindstone, one case of bottles and all the cider cask and my cart.
EX: sons Nicholas and Gray Sessums
WIT: William J Hall, Gray Sessums

Division of Land: Solomon Sessoms to Blake Sessoms, Solomon Sessoms, Nicholas Sessoms, Lemon Sessoms, Elizabeth Hall, Mary Ann Sessoms, and Grey Sessoms.”
Sampson Co Will Book I pages 137 & 138, Prob 1832.


Blake Sessums 1782 – 1833 | his parents
& Rachel unknown est 1790 – 1841 | her parents
of Sampson County, NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
Info on Blake’s descendants supplied by Shirley Roman


Blake Sessums was born 27 Nov 1782 and died 17 Oct 1833.

Children of Blake Sessums and wife Rachel:
1. Lannie Sessoms
2. Rachel Sessoms 1812 –
3. Mary M Sessoms 25 Jan 1813 –
4. Irvin Sessoms 22 Apr 1817 – 2 Nov 1862
married Sarah Jane Fisher
5. John Nelson Sessoms 30 July 1819 –
6. Elizabeth Ann Sessoms 22 June 1822 –
7. Solomon Sessoms 24 July 1824 – 21 Aug 1905
8. Polly Hannah Sessoms 1826 –
9. Elsebeth Sessoms 1 June 1826 –
10. Giles Sessoms 19 April 1833 –
11. Miles Sessoms 19 April 1833 –

Will of Blake Sessums 17 Oct 1833 – Nov Ct 1841
— to my beloved wife, Rachel Sessums . . three hundred acres including the plantation and the mill during her lifetime and widowhood.
— to my daughter Polly Hannah Sessums
— to my son Irvin Sessums all of the land on the South side of the run of the Beaverdam Swamp excepting 50 A joining Joseph Parker’s line.
— son John Nelson Sessums 100 A.
— daughter Elizabeth Ann Sessums
— son Solomon Sessums 100 A.
— daughter Elisabeth Sessums
— son Giles Sessums the Mill part and the mill excepting the use of all of the family to grain Toll-free by keeping it up.
— son Miles Sessums upper part of the plantation . .
EX: friends Nicholas Sessums and Grey Sessums and John Sessums
WIT: Enoch Hall, Sophia Sessums


Solomon Sessoms 1824 – 1905 | his parents
& Sallie Crusenberry | her parents
of Sampson County, NC


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Sessoms Cemetery – Sampson County, NC

Solomon Sessoms was born 24 July 1824 and died 21 Aug 1905.

Children of Solomon Sessoms and Sallie Crusenberry:
1. Mary Jane Sessoms 7 Nov 1854 – 9 Jan 1924
2. Crusenberry Sessoms 17 April 1856 – 1 Apr 1932
married Martha Ann Peterson 24 Sept 1865 – 14 Jan 1941
3. Ann Eliza Sessoms ca 1870 -?
4. Martha Adaline Sessoms 5 Feb 1861 – 8 Mar 1833
5. Sarah Virginia Sessoms ca 1863 – ca 1931
6. Henry Asbury Sessoms 12 Oct 1864 – 21 Aug 1906
married 16 Dec 1894 Elizabeth [Lizzie] Bedsole 1 Jan 1866 – 4 Feb 1940
7. Nancy Morias Sessoms ca 1865 – 11 July 1926
a. Mittie Sessoms ca 1884 – 1957
8. Franklin Lee Sessoms 6 Dec 1868 – 7 Apr 1938
9. Miles B Sessoms 1870 – bef 1880
10. Quisse Corneilla Sessoms 1872 –
11. George T Sessoms 22 Apr 1874 – 5 Oct 1939


Crusenberry Sessoms 1856 – 1932 | his parents
& Martha Ann Peterson 1865 – 1941 | her parents
of Sampson County, NC


Crusenberry Sessoms was born 17 April 1856 and died 1 April 1932.
His wife Martha Ann Peterson was born 24 September 1865 and died 14 January 1941.
Buried in the Sessoms Graveyard in Roseboro, NC off of Butler Island Road.

Children of C B Sessoms and wife Martha:
1. Mattie Bell Sessoms 27 March 1885 -?
Burried Sessoms
2. Zeb O Sessoms 8 May 1887 – 5 Jan 1908
buried Sessoms
3. Willie E Sessoms 6 Nov1890 – 8 Aug 1900

buried Sessoms
4. Ernie Sessoms 1 Jan 1892 – 1 Janu 1973

5. Dallie Perry Sessoms 4 April 1894 – 21 Feb 1985
6. Roney D. Sessoms 22 Sept 1896 – 1979 Roseboro
married aft 1920 Paul Henderson Wheeler of Harnett Co – d. 1981 Roseboro
7. Neil Sessoms 24 June 1898 – 8 Dec 1898
buried Sessoms
8. Thomas Edison Sessoms 3 July 1902 – 16 June 1975

burried Gallaligh Chruch cemetery
married in Clinton NC 6 Nov 1926 Nannie Ola Taylor
a. Ralph Martin Sessoms 1928 –
married 13 Oct 1949 Geneva Green
i. Robert Earl Sessoms
married Cathy unknown
1. Tabitha Sessoms
married Leon Millen has 1 son and 2 daughters
married 2nd Cynthia Westbrook
2. Bradley Sessoms
3. Taylor [girl] Sessoms
ii. Kenny Sessoms
iii. Milton Sessoms
married Charlotte Burrow
1. Amanda Sessoms has four kids
a. Ethan Sessoms
b. Ryan Kellogg
c. Nathaniel Sessoms
d. Gerald Gautiar
2. Alan Michael Sessoms
3. Regina Sessoms
a. little girl
iv. Brenda Sessoms
married Henry Hobson
1. Tonya Hobson
2. Terry Hobson
b. James Richard Sessoms 10 Nov 1929 – 17 July 2002
Married 5 Oct 1957 Agnes Sessoms no issue
c. Theola Sessoms 16 Sept 1931 – 1992
Married 30 Aug 1952 Graham Harrell
i. David Harrell
ii. Charles Harrell
iii. Betty Gail Harrell
1. Eugene Morgan
iv. Robin Harrell
1. Charlotte Blake
m 1st Faubus
a. David Faubus
b. Ashley Faubus
m 2nd Robert Nicks
v. Lisa Harrell
1. Trace [by 1st husband]
2. Tiffany [by 2nd husband] has three kids
d. Ida Mac Sessoms [twin] 4 March 1934 – Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 at her home
married 22 March 1952 Charles Franklin [Pete] Pope
i. Thomas Franklin Pope
married Carolyn Sue Lee
1. Victor Pope
married Tammy ? 2 girls and a boy
2. Tilton Pope
married Linda unknown – 2 sons
ii. Helen Gray Pope
married David Allen Pearsall
1. Chastity Pearsall
married Tad Rice
a. Alleigh Rice
b. Grant Rice
2. Arlis Pearsall
married and has a daughter and son
iii. Johnny Mac Pope
married Lisa
1. Johnny Brandon Pope
married Tammy
a. Harley Davidson Pope
e. Mary Sidney/Sydney Sessoms [twin] 4 March 1934 – Friday, 28 April 2000 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
married Naylor
son, two daughters
married Milo Weisbeck
Two sons
married Fletcher Norris
daughter
married Billy Johnson pre -deceased Mary
f. Edith Ray Sessoms 1938 –
Married 18 Oct 1957 George Hall Jr
i. Billy Ray Hall
married Connie Carlisle
1. Buffi Hall Rosser
2. Devin Hall
ii. Becky Hall
married Edward Williams
1. Jessica Williams
married Michale Fye
a. Tyler Fye
b. Taylor Fye
2. Rodney Williams
a. Kameron Williams
b. Summerlyn Williams dau
3. Justin Williams
iii. Vicki Kay Hall
1. Ashley Brock
married Mcdonald two daughters
2. Andy Brock
g. Martha Jewell Sessoms 1941 –
Married April 1960 James Walton
i. Richard Kim Walton
married Angela Avery
1. Jordan Blackburn
2. Kimslee Walton
married 1970 Henry K Carlisle
i. Martie Kip Carlisle [has supplied the family info]
1. Jonathan Zeb Faircloth died at birth
married Tony Nance
2. Logan C Nance
3. Garon F Nance
h. Myrtle Joyce Sessoms 1943 –
Married May 1962 James Cobley
i. Tony Cobley
ii. Teresa Cobley
i. Thomas Edison Sessoms Jr. 21 July 1949 –
Married 12 Sept 1975 Janice Edge [div]
i. Patty Jean Sessoms
married Steve Beal
1. Stephanie Eden Beal
j. Ernestine Sessoms
married Bobby Nunnery
i. Danny Gray Nunnery
1. Eddie Nunnery
ii. Judy Ann Nunnery
married Jim Latza
1. Bradley Gray Latza
a. Marcus Latza
2. Brittany Latza
3. James Latza
4. Brendon Latza
k. Wanda Faye Sessoms
married Mr. Wirth
i. Debbie Lynn Wirth
married Burge
1. Jamie Burge
ii. Pamela Wirth Saucer
iii. Wanda Christine Wirth
married Dan Clark
1. Daniel Shane Clark
with Sizemore
2. Joanna Nicole Wirth
3. Samantha Lynn Sizemore 23 Nov 2002 – 27 Jan 2011
iv. Ellen Nicole Wirth never married
9. Mamie P Sessoms 9 July 1904 – 12 May 1906
buried Sessoms


Henry Asbury Sessoms 1864 – 1906 | his parents
& Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bedsole 1866 – 1940 | her parents
of Sampson County, NC


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Lizzie and Henry Sessoms

Henry Asbury Sessoms married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bedsole on 16 Dec 1894 at the home of Norris Bedsole in Sampson County, NC
Henry was born 12 Oct 1864 and died 21 Aug 1906.
Lizzie was born 1 Jan 1866 and died 4 Feb 1940.

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Sessoms Cemetery – Sampson County, NC

Children of Henry Asbury Sessoms and Lizzie Bedsole:
1. Sudie Sessoms 9 May 1895 – 23 Dec 1964
married 21 Oct 1922 Daniel Elisha Criscoe 10 Mar 1888 – 18 Dec 1975
Harnett Co, NC – Pvt US Army WWI – both buried Mills Creek Church, Sampson Co, NC
2. Henry Albert Sessoms 28 Mar 1897 – 20 July 1970

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Mamie & Henry Sessoms

married 10 Dec 1919 Mamie Lockamy 5 Mar 1904 – 12 Jan 1982
Harnett Co – buried Cumberland Memorial Gardens Cumberland Co, NC
a
. Weldon Manley Sessoms 1920 –
b. Howard Ernest Sessoms 22 Nov 1922 – 14 Dec 2000
c. James Hubert Sessoms 18 Nov 1924 – 6 May 1975
d. Alice Eliz Sessoms 4 Feb 1927 – 28 Feb 1927
e.
Doris A Sessoms [McKeithan] 28 Nov 1931 – 1 May 1997
Raeford Cemetery Hoke Co NC – the line of Shirley Roman.
f. Elizabeth Louise Sessoms 1934 –

g. Alvin Cannon Sessoms 16 Dec 1936 – 21 Jan 1937
h. Peggy Fay Sessoms 1938 –
i. Maxie Gene Sessoms 1941 –
j. k. set of twins died young
l. baby Sessoms [stillborn] 8 Oct 1945 –
3. Curtis Lee Sessoms 25 Mar 1899 – 26 Oct 1869
married Stella Maye House 30 May 1901 – 27 Aug 1993
4. Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” Sessoms 11 Mar 1901 – 17 Dec 1994
married 24 Dec 1929 Malcom A [Andrew or Ander] Taylor
Harnett Co
5. Hubert Percy Sessoms 10 Nov 1903 – 5 May 1976
married 14 April 1923 Alva May Byrd 28 Aug 1904 – 18 Sept 2000
Harnett Co
6. Nellie Clyde Sessoms 2 Sept 1906 – 10 Dec 1984
married/divorced Jess Petty rem to CA


Ann Sessoms est 1732 – 1808 | his parents
& John Dunn est 1725 – 1793 | her parents
of Edgecombe Co, NC


Children of Ann Sessoms and John Dunn:
1. Milly Dunn [Carr]
2. Luraney Dunn
3. Mary Dunn [Strickland]
4. Jacob Dunn
5. Nicholas Dunn
6. Stephen Dunn
7. Phillip Dunn
8. Selah Dunn
9. Lamon Dunn

Will of John Dunn 26 Jan 1793 Prob: Aug Ct 1793
— wife Ann plantation whereon I live during widowhood, all stock, during years of raising and maintaining my children, also negroes
— daughter Milly Carr 5 s
— daughter Luraney Dunn 1 heifer
— daughter Mary Strickland 5 s
— son Jacob 5s
— son Nicholas 1 cow and my cabinet of joiner tools
–son Stephen 110 A of land with plantation where he now lives, etc
— granddaughter Nancy Dunn 1 cow
— son Phillip one cow and one filly
— Sealy Dunn heifer,
Lamon Dunn 130 A on Great Branch joining the old line and Stephen’s lines and 1/2 my estate I have not given away and negroes.
Executors sell barrel apple brandy and 3 barrels cider to pay lawful debts.
Names EX: wife Ann, son Nicholas, son Lamon Dunn
EX: William Bloodworth
WIT: HardyScarborough, Richard Clark, Absolom Gardener

Will of Ann Dunn 24 Aug 1809 – Nov Ct 1809 D-351
— grandson Joshua Dunn, son of Lamon Dunn, one feather bed on which I lie
— grandson Anson Dunn, son of Nicholas Dunn, one cow, and yearling
— daughter Luraney Dunn 1 small iron pot
— daughter Selah Dunn my hunting saddle
EX: Lamon Dunn
Wit: Dempsey Jenkins, John Wilkinson

Sources for This sketch are abstracted records of Edgecombe, Bertie, Hertford, and Chowan Counties plus some films of the original estate records of Bertie and Hertford, And also, the work of James E Morgan Jr. plus additional notes of William LaMartin and Shirley Roman and Carroll Clark

One thought on “Nicholas Sessums & Elizabeth Hooker”

  1. I am thinking that either Ann or Virginia Sessums daughters of Nicholas and Elizabeth Hooker married a Mr. Dunn. You show that both married a Dunn. I am thinking that one of their daughters, Lurena, married a Mr. Broadstreet. Would that surname mean anything to you? Paul

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