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Saturday, March 27, 2010

William Black Sr & Martha Gillespie

342. William Black Sr & 343. Martha Gillespie {…PA, NC}

1699, William born in Ireland, s/o 676. John Black & 677. Jane ?.
1705, Martha born in Ireland, d/o “Grandpa Gillespie”.
They immigrated to PA.
1739–1740, William Penn laid out a reservation for himself and family, and called it “Manor of Masque”. In a letter dated June 17, 1741, the surveyor, Zachary Butcher told of his attempts to survey the land, discussing the “unreasonable Creatures” who then inhabited the land and their attempts to “kill or cripple” any who attempted to lay out a manor there: … Wm. Black … [from a list dated 1743.]
They moved to NC.
10/27/1761, William died in Mecklenburg Co., NC.
1775, Martha died in NC.

Children of William and Martha:

i. Jean Black ( 171), born ~1728 in ?.

ii. William S Black, born ~1732 in ?.
William married Cynthia Beard. They lived in NC. (S) Book kept by his grandson William Black who moved to IL in 1834.
Margaret Black, born ?.
~1786, Margaret married John Gribble.

iii. Lt. John Black, born 5/15/1737.
4/1762, John married Margaret Hamilton, born 1742; d/o John & Rossanah Cummings.
John entered the Revolutionary War as a non-commissioned officer.
5/16/1781, By his Excellency, John Rutledge, Esq., Governor and Commander in chief of the said state. To John Black, Gent. “I Reposing special trust and confidence in your courage, good conduct, and in your fidelity and attachment to the United States of America, have commissioned and appointed, and by these presents do commission and appoint, you the said, John Black, to be: first Lieutenant of a troop of horses in the Regiment commanded by Lt. Co. Wm. Mills which said Troop, you are to lead, train, muster and exercise according to military discipline. And you are to follow and observe all such orders and instructions as you shall from time to time receive from me, or the governor and commander in chief for the time being, or any of your superior officers, according to the rules and discipline of war, pursuant to the laws of this state. And all inferior of ficers and privates belonging to the said Troop are hereby required and commanded to obey you as their Lieut.”
5/18/1781, John was taken prisoner and placed in Forbay’s Prison Ship, Charleston Harbor. He escaped [the details suspect].
9/23/1793, “We do certify that John Black hath resided in Providence Congregation above thirty years passed and hath been a Member of Session seven years past and hath been in full communion and no misconduct known to us and may be admitted to privileges of any church communion where God in His providence may order his lot.” [“Good Conduct” passes were issued to persons traveling outside their congregation so that they could take Communion where they were visiting.]
11/29/1809, John died in NC.
[A son, John Black, Jr. & 7 daughters, popularly referred to as “the seven Black sisters.”]

iv. Thomas Black, born ?.
1765, Thomas bought 563 acres from Peter Duncan in Mecklenburg Co.