Thursday, April 3, 2008
Samuel Stidham ( 5th great - grandfather)
According to census and tax records, Samuel was later found living in the following counties in North Carolina:
Surry Co., North Carolina 1780-1786
Wilkes Co., North Carolina 1790-1799
Ashe Co., North Carolina 1800-1820
Samuel probably farmed and raised his family on the North Fork of the New River in what is present day Ashe Co., North Carolina. (Wilkes Co. was formed from the old Surry Co. in 1777. Ashe Co. was formed from Wilkes Co. in 1799.) On 25 Jun 1795, Samuel paid 50 shillings to the State of North Carolina for 100 acres in Wilkes County. (Land Grant No. 4564) In 1798, he was granted 100 acres on the North Fork of the New River. (Wilkes Co. Deed Book D, p. 384) In 1808, he was again granted land (300 acres) on the North Fork of the New River by the State of North Carolina, for which he paid 50 shilling per 100 acres. (Ashe Co., North Carolina Deed Book D, p. 133-134) This land was on both sides of the North Fork of the New River.