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Sizemore Family History

By Wanda Ware DeGidio

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B: c1600 England D: c1667 Henrico Co., VA m. c1620 in Henrico Co., VA WIFE: Martha LNU (c1605-) DESCENDING SON: Samuel Sizemore b: c1621 VA - this link will take you to a recreation of Martha Sizemore's role in Williamsburg.

”Ancient planter" is a term applied to colonists who migrated to the Plantation of Virginia "before the coming away of Sir Thomas Dale" in 1616, and continued there for at least three years. These colonists received the first land grants in Virginia. Those who paid their own passage to Virginia received a "first dividend" of 100 acres, free of quit-rent. Those who were brought at the Company's expense also received 100 acres, subject to an annual rent of one shilling per 50 acres. Planters who arrived later than 1616 were entitled to a lesser grant of 50 acres.

According to a letter from John Rolfe on January 1619/20 "All the Ancient Planters being sett free have chosen places for their dividends according to the Comyssion. Which giveth all greate content, for now knowing their owne landes, they strive and are prepared to build houses & to clear their groundes ready to plant, which giveth great encouragement and the greatest hope to make the Colony florrish that ever yet happened to them."

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Virginia review, Vol. 75, p. 19, County Publication, 1996 tells us, "so they brought her [Pocahontas] to Henricus, and she lived at Henricus with Reverend Alexander Whitaker and his housekeeper, Martha Sizemore [wife of William Sizemore]. He instructed Pocahontas in English ways and in religion of the Church of England. She accepted it, and was baptized.

Pocahontas, born Matoaka, was the daughter of chief Powhatan, the highest level chief of the tributary of tribes in the Tidewater region of Virginia. William Strachey wrote, The Historie of Travaile into Virginia Britanica, reached Jamestown May 23 or 24, 1610, became Secretary and Recorder of the colony under Lord Delaware. Strachey writes, "... they often reported unto us that Powhatan had then lyving twenty sonnes and ten daughters besides a young one by Winganuse, Machumps his sister and a great Dearling of the kings, and besides younge Pocohunta a daughter of his, vsing sometype to our Fort in Tymes past, now marryed to a private Captayne called Kocoum some 2 years synce."

Captain Samuel Argall kidnapped Pocahontas in 1613 “for the ransoming of so many Englishmen as were prisoners of Powhatan, as also to get such armes and tooles as he and other Indians as hee and other Indians had got by murther and stealing some others of our nation, with some quantity of corne for the colonies relief.” To make sure all demands were met, they decided to kidnap Pocahontas, his much beloved daughter. Powhatan made several failed attempts to rescue her by sending warriors to overrun the fort. To stop the attacks, Pocahontas was placed into the care of Rev. Alexander Whitaker in Henrico, a short distance from John Rolfe. At Whitaker’s home, Pocahontas fell into a deep depression, she missed her son, her husband, her father, her siblings and her home.

The true story of Pocahontas: the other side of history, By Linwood Custalow and Angela L. Daniel, p. 119, "Bridenbaugh makes it clear that three leaders within the Virginia colony, Alexander Whitaker, Sir Thomas Dale, and John Rolfe, were close associates. They were bonded by their Calvinistic beliefs and similar aspirations for the colony. They all lived in close proximity to each other in the Virginia colony. John Rolfe arrived in Jamestown in June 1610 and experimented with arieties of tobacco crops." Southern writers: a biographical dictionary, p. 480 – Alexander Whitaker was born Cambridge, England, 1585 in Mar 1611, sailed from London with Sir Thomas Dale and 300 colonists, arriving Virginia 19 May 1611.

Martha Sizemore, "lived at Mr. Whitaker's house both before and at the time of his death." Court records state she was in the employment of Rev. Whitaker, arrived in Virginia with him and, "paid for her passage to Virginia and wanted to be reimbursed accordingly." Capt. Martin said, "he encountered Martha Sizemore while he was in London," ... "she tooke acquaintance of him." and was "often tymes into Englande from Virginia." Martha undoubtedly was tasked with caring for Pocahontas, teaching her Christianity and helping with her wedding in April 1613. John Rolfe's plantation in Henrico was located close to Rev. Whitaker.

                     THE LIVING AND DEAD IN VIRGINIA 16 FEB 1623:

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Clade Q is defined by the M242 mutation, which contains 13 haplogroups marked by 17 SNPs, as well as an unmarked paragroup Q*. Distributed widely in North Eurasia, Haplogroup Q is also found at high frequencies in some Siberian groups (Karafet et al. 2002) and at low frequencies in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East. It is also the major lineage among the Native Americans, with Q-M3 (Q1a3a) being almost completely restricted to the Americas (Zegura et al. 2004). Undifferentiated paragroup Q* is observed at low frequencies in India and Pakistan. Sizemore DNA results are not Q1a3a Native American, but instead are Q1a3 ancient India or Pakistan origin. This is quite interesting since Q1a3 is the Haplogroup from which Q1a3a originated.


Shawnee Heritage, Shawnee Genealogy and Family History, By Don Greene and Noel Schutz ( - Thousands of hours were invested by researcher and writer Don Greene to compile this book. During his research, he was befriended by Noel Schutz, who has been researching the translation and interpretation of Shawnee names to determine clan and division affiliations. Whenever possible Greene has shown the percentage of Shawnee blood by the use of fractions, and has used the term Metis to show that a person has some degree of white ancestry. Adopted whites are generally included only if they left Metis children or were notable in some other way. He states, "The following 1,400+ names are of some of the Shawnee and those with some degree of Shawnee blood that were born, lived or died in the turbulent 1700s. These Shawnee represent only a portion of an Encyclopedia of the Natives of the 1700s, east of the Mississippi, that I am working on. Currently I have nearly 20,000 entries from all the tribes, 4,000 + of them being partly or entirely Shawnee. While the Shawnee listed here may be of interest to genealogists, historians and others, it has been my goal to gather as many names as possible in one place. While I have intended to stop the listings at 1800 but in the cases of important or more interesting families I have followed their lines further, please forgive my enthusiasm. Most lived and were known as Shawnee but many lived and were considered to be members of one of the other tribes in their ancestry or even as whites. These Shawnee, plus the remainder of the nearly 4,000 + Shawnee and the rest of the nearly 20,000 + listings for my proposed Encyclopedia represent the last of the free Natives east of the Mississippi and their futile struggle to stop the encroachment by the whites."


Sizemore, Edward Ned - 1/2 Shawano-Metis b: c1721-died-hung as a Troy in 1780 Ashe Co., NC - (oldest?) son of Edward Sizemore-white & Shawano Woman, husband about 1741 VA of Mary Spears/26 (likely 1/2 Shawano-Metis daughter of John Spears-white & Shawano Woman), father of Edward Ned Sizemore/42, John Sizemore/44, Lydia Sizemore/46, Owen Sizemore/47, Sally Sizemore/48, George Sizamore/49, Hiram Sizamore/51, Ephriam Sizemore/53, Rebecca Sizemore/55, Henry Sizemore/56 & Phillip Sizamore/58-all 1/2 Shawano -Metis.

Sizemore George All Chief - 1/2 Shawano-Metis b: c1745 VA-d: 1822 Clay KY - youngest son of Edward Sizemore-white & Shawano Woman, husband (2nd) of Agnes Shepherd/54, father of Minerva Winifred Sizemore/72, John Rockhouse Sizemore/74, Edward Ned Sizemore/76, George Golden Hawk Sizemore/78, Susan Sizemore/80, Sarah Ann Sizemore/82, Ruth Sizemore/84, Rhoda Sizemore/86, Henry Hunting Shirt Sizemore/88, 1/4 Shawano-Thawikila-Creek-Cherokee-Metis.

Henry “Hunting Shirt” Sizemore’s graven and handmade tombstone, located 4 Jun 2015 by Ralph Howard of Stinnett, KY, and Walter L. Sizemore of Tahlequah, OK., has the following carved upon it: DC (meaning deceased) F (father) H (Henry) SISEMORE (all S’s are backwards) Sep 1 1871.

Pictured Below is Henry “Hunting Shirt” Sizemore (1788 TN-9/1/1871), son of George “All” Sizemore and Agnes Shepherd. “Hunting Shirt” arose from his fringed hunting shirt.

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Based on the information compiled by Don Greene [shown in red] in his book: Shawnee Heritage By Don Greene, Noel Schutz, p. 227: the following is the genealogy of the Sizemore family:

William Sizemore, b: 1675 m. Margery Owen b: c1680, d/o John Owen & Margery. [S-M = Shawano-Metis] [S-T-C-C-M = Shawano-Thawikila-Creek-Cherokee-Metis]

...Edward Sizemore, white b: c1700 married m: a Shawano Woman

......Edward ‘Ned’ Sizemore (c1721 VA, eldest son, [1/2 S-M]-VA, hung as a Troy m: Mary [1/2 S-M] (c1721-) d/o John Spears [white] & Shawano Woman

..........Edward ‘Ned’ Sizemore b: c1742

..........John Sizemore b: c1744 [1/2 S-M]

..........Lydia Sizemore b: c1746 [1/2 S-M] m.? Blevins b: c1740

..........Owen Sizemore b: c1748 [1/2 S-M]

..........George "All Chief" Sizemore b: Abt 1745 VA, youngest son, [1/2 S-M] d: 1822 KY, m. Abt 1771 m: Agnes Shepherd b: Abt 1754

...............Minerva Winifred Sizemore b: c1772 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............John "Rockhouse" Sizemore b: c1774 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............Edward "Ned" Sizemore b: c1776 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............George "Golden Hawk" Sizemore b: c1778 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............Susan Sizemore b: c1780 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............Sarah Ann Sizemore b: c1782 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............Ruth Sizemore b: c1784 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............Rhoda Sizemore b: c1786 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

...............Henry "Hunting Shirt" Sizemore b: c1788 [1/4 S-T-C-C-M]

..........Sarah "Sally" Sizemore b: c1748 [1/2 S-M]

..........George Sizemore b: c1749 [1/2 S-M]

..........Hiram Sizemore b: c1751 [1/2 S-M]

..........Ephraim Sizemore b: c1753 [1/2 S-M]

..........Rebecca Sizemore b: c1755 [1/2 S-M]

..........Henry Sizemore b: c1756 [1/2 S-M]

..........Phillip Sizemore b: c1758 [1/2 S-M]

EASTERN CHEROKEE APPLICATION: 700 plus descendants of Edward "Old Ned" Sizemore filed an Eastern Cherokee Application for Cherokee status. Based on these applications, "Old Ned" himself did indeed speak to others about being of Cherokee ancestry. Ron Blevins discusses this issue thoroughly at: Sizemore Legend and Fact. However, based on settlement rules, all applications were denied. Their Cherokee ancestor had to be among those removed from their land, (as were those forced to walk the Trail of Tears in 1838), as opposed to just relocating to another area. For a detailed overview of the Sizemore cases, read case #417 in Jerry Wright Jordan's Cherokee by Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U. S. Court of Claims, 1906-1910:

Eastern Cherokee Application [ECA] # 10133 by Frank Sizemore of Pineville, Wyoming Co, VA, born 1867, son of John M. Sizemore and wife Millie Green. Says parents resided in Wyoming County in 1851 and that his father died about 1894. Says his father John M. Sizemore was the son of George J. Sizemore and wife Jennie Baldwin, and that his mother Millie was the daughter of Polly Green. Lists children of grandparents George J. and Jennie Sizemore as Frank, Ned, Owen, Solomon, Joseph, and John M. Sizemore, and Oma Lambert, Jennie Cline, Reney Billips, Sess Milam, and Elizabeth Payne. List ancestry as My father John M. Sizemore, son of George J. Sizemore, [see note below] son of Ned Sizemore Jr, son of George Sizemore, son of Ned Sizemore Sr who is said to have been of Indian Blood but his wife was a Cherokee woman. (RLB note: Frank erroneously lists his grandfather as the son of Ned Jr. who was really his older brother.) There is quite a bit of correspondence in support of this ECA and one letter in particular is of interest. It reads: “Mr. Miller, the Sizemores of old man Ned was the people that was actually entitled to that money tho we all got our blanks wrong. We claimed through his descent and we ought to a claimed through her descent. We all failed to give her Indian name and it was Aruna Hart. I suppose I had heard my grandfather G. J. Sizemore claimed the Indian Blood by his mother. He claimed her to be the Cherokee Indian. We are the people no doubts, but our applications was wrong I suppose. Yours Truly, Frank Sizemore” In another letter Frank writes “Mr. Guion Miller: My kind friend, will inform you that my great grandfather sometime in the 19th century, he married this Cherokee squaw woman. Ed Sizemore was his name and Elizabeth Hart, if mistaken not, was her name. [Note: he left out son of George Sizemore]

"When Captain John Martin went to England with [Sir Thomas] Dale in the spring of 1616, he left Henry Coltman to plant his ground at Charles City in corn and tobacco, under the supervision of his friend Rev. Alexander Whitaker of Henrico, who sent his man, John Flood, to aid Coltman. Whitaker was drowned in March, 1617, dying intestate. When Martin returned in May he found no corn; he held Governor Yeardley responsible for his loss, and this was the beginning of a long and bitter dissension between them. Martin sued Yeardley, and some of the depositions in the case have been preserved. The governor deposed that he had turned over Whitaker's property to his servant Thomas Hobson, "who was as his son and child kept by him in his lifetime," and that Hobson had used the corn in feeding himself, Jarrett Hollock, John Flood, and one Ruben, the other servants of Mr. Whitaker. Martha Sizemoure, who lived at Rev. Alexander Whitaker's house both before and at the time of his death, knew nothing of his owing Martin any corn, and stated that Whitaker had been obliged to buy corn for himself from Thomas Dowse." Source: The first republic in America: an account of the origin of this Nation By Alexander Brown, p. 241.

The above Jamestown court record shows Martha Sizemore had been living at the home of Rev. Alexander Whitaker prior to his death in March 1617, it can only be assumed that her husband William lived there as well. Although her duties in Rev. Whitaker's household is unknown, she was likely a cook or housekeeper and was definitely present during the time Pocahontas was living there. Henrico was the second oldest settlement in Virginia next to Jamestown, having been planted or populated by settlers in 1611 by Sir Thomas Dale and Rev. Alexander Whitaker. Whitaker, a graduate of Cambridge, was seated in England in "the North Country" where he was held in high esteem. He was a man of great wealth left to him by his parents and excellent prospects of promotion, but instead of living a life using the means afforded to him, his heart was drawn to Virginia where he felt the need for his services to be far greater. After his death, he became known as the "Apostle of Virginia" by those who came to know and love him.

1622-1629 Minutes of The Council & General Court, Mrs Elizabeth Hamer, sworne & Examined, sayeth yt Capt Martin told her that beinge in london and goinge through new gate market Some other gentlemen beinge wth him, Martha Sysmoure came unto him and tooke acquaintance of him, The gentl that were with him asked him is this one of your Virginia whxxes? Capt Martin asked them, why, they said because she ran so often tymes into Englande from Virginia and more she canot saye. And after this at another tyme Capt' Martyn came to this Exam't and told her yt some body had reported to Martha Sysmore yt he said she was a whxxe to who this examinate answered, no you did not say soe, but you saide yet some ells did say soe to you which he confest to be trew. Source: The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Vol. 23 By Virginia Historical Society, Pg. 135-136. [It appears that Capt Martin held ill feelings toward Martha Sizemore after she gave testimony that she knew nothing of Whitaker owing him any corn.]

Around 1619 Capt. Francis West, brother of the late Thomas West, Lord de la Warre, laid out a plantation known collectively as Westover consisting of 500 acres along the Appomattox River upon old Weyanock territory. This plantation encompassed the property owned by himself and his two surviving brothers, Capt. Nathaniel West and John West. Demographic records compiled in March 1620 showed no colonists seated at Westover, but by March 22, 1622, the date of the Indian attack, two people were killed at each of the West brothers' plantations. Lt. John Gibbs' dividend, part of the same community, also came under attack. The nearby plantations of Owen Macar and Richard Owen appear to have been part of Westover. In May 1625 Capt. Francis West was credited with 500 acres that were "planted." This raises the possibility that he reoccupied his property after the Indian assault, although his brothers may have failed to do so." "On February 16, 1624, William Sizemore (Sismore, Seymore, Sysmore) and his wife, Martha, were living on West and Shirley Hundred Island (41). In May 1625 he was credited with 100 acres on the north side of the Appomattox." Source: Virginia immigrants and adventurers, 1607-1635: a biographical dictionary By Martha W. McCartney, p. 63.

Those "planted" at Westover between March 1620 and March 22, 1622: The complete book of emigrants, 1607-1600: a comprehensive listing compiled, By Peter Wilson Coldham, pp. 74-75. Claimed by Francis West at Westover 500 acres. 1626 - Upon Apmatucke River: William Farrar [100], Henry Milward [250], Charles Magnor [650], Samuell Sharpe [100], Humphery Kent [50], Mr. Abraham Persey [1150], Richard Symons [100], Arthur Antonye [150], William Sizemore [100], William Dowglas [250]. Territory of Great Weyonoke: Christopher Hardin [100], William Baily [50], Richard Pratt [150], William Jarret [200], Captain John Woodliffe [550], Temperance Baily [200], Isacke Chaplin [200], Captain Nathaniell Powle [600].

1. William Sizemore [100 acres] was granted 100 acres before 1622 on the north side of the Appomattox, where they were seated prior to March 22, 1622. Between 1636-1642 there are numerous patents referring to a "Sizemore's Creek" boundary line which is a reference to this property. Source: The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660 by Peter Wilson Coldham; and 2) Virginia immigrants and adventurers 1607-1635: a biographical dictionary By Martha W. McCartney. 2. William Farrar [100 acres] he was a Virginia Company shareholder who at the time of the Indian attack was occupying a plantation on the east side of the Appomattox River, a little inland from Bermuda Hundred. It is believed he took refuge at Jordan's Journey and later decided to stay in that area. 3. Henry Milward [250 acres] Henry and his family were killed near Bermuda Hundred during the 22 Mar 1622 Indian attack. 4. Charles Magnor [650 acres] A grant to William Hayward for 780 acres on 16 Oct 1642 mentions the land is bounded on south by Appamattucke Towne & N. upon Swift Cr. "The residue being marsh before the plantation of sd. Hayward & Commonly called the Conjurers Feild, beg. where land of Mr. John Baugh endeth. Swift Cr. parts this from land formerly belonging to Samuell Sharp. 650 acs. due by deed of sale from Charles Magnor, Feb. 8, 1634, to whom it was granted Dec. 1, 1620." Both Samuel Sharp and Charles Magner are on the Muster at Peirsey's Hundred which states Magner was age 16 and arrived 1623 [he actually arrived about 1618] on the George. 5. Samuell Sharpe [100 acres] Muster taken on Jan 1624 at Pierseys Hundred states Samuel Sharpe arrived on the Seaventure in 1609. 6. Humphrey Kent [50 acres] 1/1624 Muster states he arrived on the George in 1619. Another document states his mother had been living in Virginia prior to his arrival. 7. Mr. Abraham Persey [1150 acres] Abraham was a Virginia Company stockholder arriving in 1616 aboard the Susan which was the 1st Magazine Ship sent to the Colony. His wife, Elizabeth [Draper] Persey and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, arrived in 1616 on the Southampton. He later took another trip to England and returned on the George, the 2nd magazine ship sent to the Colony. In 1619, he made a trading visit to Newfoundland on the George to exchange tobacco for fish. 8. Richard Symons [100 acres] May 1625 Richard Simmons was credited with 100 acres upon the Appomattox River. 9. Arthur Antonye [150 acres] He is named in a patent dated 10 Jun 1639, which shows he owned 150 acres on the Appomattox prior to 1625. 10. William Dowglas [250 acres] He was a servant in the Elizabeth City household of Jonas Stockton prior to being granted 250 acres on the Appomattox River.

During the Indian massacre William & Martha Sizemore retreated across the river where they are found on the 16 Feb 1623/4 list of the living at West & Shirley Hundred. They were somehow overlooked during the 1624/5 census, but reappear Jan 14, 1625/6 when William shipped 2000 lbs. of tobacco to England. Port Book. Port of Sandwich: Dover. Customer Overseas imports and exports. f.19v. In the Godspeed of London, Samuel Dolton Master, from Virginia, William Sisemore, native, imported 2000 lbs Virginia tobacco, valued at £500, the duty in both cases being £25. Source: Library of Virginia, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Survey Report No. 3758.

1622/23 List of Living and Dead in Virginia At West and Sherlow Hundred - Living: John Harris; Dorithe Harris; 2 infants Harris; Thomas Floyd; Ellias Longe; William Nichollas; Roger Ratclife; Robert Milner; Robert Parttin; Margrett Parttin; 2 infants Parttin; Henry Benson; Nicholas Blackman; Nathanell Tattam; Mathew Gloster; Symon Turgis; Nicholas Baley; Ann Bayley; Elmer Phillips; Thomas Paulett; Thomas Baugh; Thomas Packer; Jonas Rayley; John Trussell; Christopher Beane; John Cartter; Henry Bagwell; Thomas Bagwell; Edward Gardiner; Richard Biggs; Mrs. Biggs; sons William, Thomas & Richard Biggs; William Askew; Henry Carman; Andrew Dudley; James Gay; Anthony Burrows; Rebecca Rosse; 2 sons Rosse; (------) Petters, a maid. The rest at West and Sherlow Hundred Island Living: Captain Isacke Maddeson; Mary Maddeson; Thomas Wattson; James Wattson; Francis West; Roger Lewis; Richard Domelow; William Hatfield; Thomas Fossett; Ann Fossett; Jenkin Osborne; William Sismore; Martha Sismore; Stephen Braby; Elizabeth Braby; Edward Temple; Daniell Vergo; William Tathill, a boy; Thomas Haile, a boy; Richard Morewood; Edward Sparshott; Barnard Jackson; William Brocke; James Mayro.

West & Shirley Hundred on the north side of the James across from the mouth of Appomattox River described as having 25 commanded by Capt. Isaac Maddison, employed only in planting & curing tobacco with the profit thereof to cloth themselves. In 1624 "West and Sherlow Hundred" had its own Burgesses in the Assembly in the person of [Capt.] Isaac Madison and Richard Biggs. Source: The First Seventeen Years Virginia 1607-1624 By Charles E. Hatch, Jr.


BIRTH: c1621 Virginia DEATH: c1683 VA m. c1645 VA DESCENDING SON: William Sizemore b: c1650 VA

Most Virginia records which existed prior to 1677 have been lost or destroyed, and this is never more apparent then during the search for documents for Samuel Sizemore. To make matters worse, there are many ways one could possibly misspell Sizemore. I have seen Seizmore, Sisemore, Sismore, Sisemoure, Sismoure, Sisemoore, Sismoore, Sisemoor, Sismoor, Sysemore, Sismor, Sisemor, Sysmore, Sysmor, Sysmoor, Sysmoore, Cysemore, Cysmore, Cysmor, Cysmoor, Cysmoore, Sizemor, Sizemoore, Sizemour, Sizemoure.... well you get the point.

On 31 Dec 1636 Charles City: p.95 Patent bk. 1, pt. 2, p.590. Ralph Wyatt, Gent. to Richard Johnson, Roger Davis & Abraham Wood, Planters, 21 year lease; last day of Dec. 1636. One parcell of land lying & being from Sizemore's Creek & soe up the creek as farr as Capt. Buttons land doth extend, from thence up to the Rock in Apamattock River, thence along the river & soe into the Baye & from thence to Seizmore his creek againe. Said Wyatt, his assigns &c shall possess & enjoy 10 acs. of the land aforesaid running down from the Rock above mentioned. Signed: Ralph Wyatt. Witnesses Joseph Fister, Daniell Lewellin. Surry County Records, Surry County, Virginia, 1652-1684 by Eliza Timberlake Davis.

16 Jul 1639 - Dorothy Clarke, Widdow, 800a Henrico Co. Beginning at a creek formerly called Powells Creek, W. towards Sizemores Creek, S. towards the main river. 550a due by assignment from Roger Davis and due said Davis for transport of 11 persons whose names are not given and 250a by right of transport of 5 persons by her late husband William Clarke, dec'd. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol. 1, p. 117.

The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Vol. 4, by Virginia Historical Society states, "Att a court held at Merchants Hope" on Powell's Crk. Merchant's Hope Plantation was located west of Flowerdew Hundred on the south shore of the James River near the mouth of Powell's Creek in a portion of Charles City County which was divided to form Prince George County in 1703. It was located on the former site of Powellbrooke Plantation, whose owner Captain Nathaniel Powell, one of the original 1607 colonists, his wife, and ten others were killed during the Indian Massacres of 1622.

On 10 Jun 1654 in Surry Co., Virginia, Thomas Rolfe [son of John Rolfe and Pocahontas] deeded 150 acres of land between Smith's Fort Old Field and the Devil's Woodyard Swamp and all houses, etc. to William Corker, being due unto the said Thomas Rolfe by gift from the Indian King [Chief Powhatan his grandfather]. Wits: James Mason and Edmund Howell. On backside assigned by William Corker to William Barber 22 Aug 1654. Wits: Richard Webster and SAMUEL SUKLEMOE (Sizemore). Assigned by Willliam Barber to Roger Gilbert and Christopher Mitchell on 1 Dec 1654. Witnesses William Marriott and John Brady. Interest assigned by Christopher Mitchell to Roger Gilbert. Witness was John Corker. Surry County Records, Surry Co., VA 1652-1684 p.91, By Eliza Timberlake Davis.

In July 1678 a horse belonging to Abraham Womack and ridden by Thomas Cocke was to run against a horse belonging to Richard Ligon and ridden by Joseph Tanner. Joseph was then a servant of Thomas Chamberlain, the husband of Elizabeth Stratton. The winner was to receive 300 pounds of tobacco. Abram Childers was the starter. The horses rushed from the starting line but Cocke’s horse shied from the track after running four or five lengths. Cocke quickly reined him in and cried out, “This is not a fair start.” Thomas Chamberlain shouted to Joseph Tanner to stop but he did not. When Joseph returned, he declared that the race began fairly and he had won. Childers agreed but the parties took the matter to court. In 1708 Thomas Chamberlain sued Richard Ligon regarding the outcome of a race. The loser was to pay the other forty shillings and pay for the gallon of rum provided for the enjoyment of the spectators. Chamberlain’s horse had won. Richard Lygon was called the “Indian Fighter,” he died by 2 March 1723/4 when his executor and son, Matthew Ligon, presented his now-lost will. Abraham Womack Sr., Robert Elam, and John Knibb appraised Richard Lygon’s estate for £30.3.3.

Thomas Wells and Grace his wife, of plantation of Northampton, in Bristol Parish, Henrico Co., for valuable consideration, to Richard Holmes of same, all interest in land called Scurby Hill,100 cres, with all edifices, on south side of Flintons Swamp, line between said Wells and Holmes, Maj. Thos. Chamberlaine's line, which formerly William Harris had, with all between that and Russell's being part of land granted Wells 28 Oct.1672. 31 Jan. 1679/1680 signed Thomas (TW) Wells. Henrico Co., VA Wills, Deeds, etc. 1677-1792, by Benjamin Weisiger, p.119.

"Att a Court holden att Varina for the County of Henrico the second day of June Anno Dom 1679 - An account of ye several fortye Tythables ordered by this Wor'll Court to fitt out men horse armes &c. according to act, viz: Mr. Richard Lygon is ordered to give notice to those living in nearby Turkey Island north of Hopewell in 1695 are listed as follows: Mr Peter Field 7, Mr Charles Fetherstone 3, Jno Baugh 3, Major Chamberlain 4, Richd Holmes 1, James Gates 1, Tho Puckett 2, Jno Puckett 1, Wm Beven 3, Tho Wells 2, Mrs Morris 3, Tho Lockett 1 Evan Owen 1 George Freeman 1 Mrs Lygon 2 Major Wm Lygon 3 Robert Mann 1 Mr Hancocke 1 James Akin 2 Wm Puckett." Capt Randolph was ordered to give notice to these: James Gates 1 Mr. Tho Poulden 4, Mr. Gilbert Elam Sr 5, Tim Allen 1, Mr. Henry Gee 2, John Bowman 2, Mr. Gilbert Platt 5. Henrico County Court Records.

From the above court records, and additional records below, we know that Evan Owen was the father of Margery Owen who married William Sizemore b. c1680 and Richard Holmes and the widow Lockett were involved in caring for Margery during her infancy and early childhood. Also, Major Richard Chamberlain is mentioned as a witness to the will of Richard Holmes as was Margery after her marriage to William Sizemore. This shows a continuous connection between William and Martha Sizemore of early Jamestown and William and Margery Sizemore of Henrico County.

20 Nov. 1686. Thomas Wells of Bristol Parish, Henrico Co. to Robert Clark and Anne his wife and Samuel Clark, for love & affection to my said sister Anne and Samuel her son, 100 acres, part of the plantation where I now dwell, called "Northampton" in Bristol Parish, bounded by Halfway Swamp, Edward Stratton, Sr., Richard Holms. The Clarks to enjoy it for life, and then to their son Samuel. /s/ Thomas (TW) Wells Wit: Tho. Chamberlayne, Richard (RH) Holmes, John (Jo) Wood, Fran. Edwin. Rec: 1 Dec. 1686. Henrico Co., VA Wills, Deeds, Etc. 1677-1692, p. 394.

19 Apr 1692 - "To all &c whereas &c now know yee that I ye said Francis Nicholson Esqr. their mas. Lieut Governr &c give and grant unto Mr. Abraham Womack Senr. two hundred sixty nine acres of land lying and being in ye County of Henrico and in ye parish of Verina two hundred acres part there of being purchased of Gilbert Deckon [Deacon] ye residue being Kings land bounding as followeth begining at a saplin on ye line of Gilbert Elam deviding this survey and Wm Clarke and runeth thence on Elams line south south west halfe west ninety poles thence on ye lines of Edward Stratton south south west three fourths west twenty four poles and south south west twenty six poles and south south west halfe west twenty three poles and south east twenty three poles and south east one fourth east fifty six poles and east south east forty two poles and east by north fifty two poles and south south east thirty two poles to ye line of Hugh Ligon thence on his line east north east eighty poles to ye Granerey road thence north one fourth west four poles and north east twenty nine poles and east by north sixty four poles to ye corner of Thomas Shipeys land thence on his line north by west seventy eight poles to ye corner that devides his survey and Wm Clarke thence on Clarkes lines west north west seventy six poles and west three fourths north thirty poles & north west and by west three fourths west twenty two poles & west north west eighteen poles & west north west one fourth northerly forty two poles and north west and by west sixty poles to ye place it began The said land being due unto ye said Mr. Abraham Womack Senr. by & for ye importation of two persons &c To have and to hold &c To be held &c yeilding and paying &c provided &c dated ye 19th day of Aprill Ano Dom 1692." Henrico County Patent Book 8, p. 216.

2 Nov 1700 - Edward Bowman and John Bowman sold land that was granted to Richard Holmes by patent - Witness: John Bolling, Rene Laforss Signed Richard Holmes, Anne his wife signed her rights to dower. [Note: Major John Bolling's headstone reads that he was the great grandson of the Indian Princess Pocahontas, and John Rolfe].

1 Jan 1707 - Richard Holmes of Bristol Parish Henrico County VA to Peter Ashbrook Sr of the same for 2500 lbs of tobacco 257 Ares on South side of the James River of Swift Creek adjacent Major John Bolling. Deed # 41 p.72.


B: c1650 VA D: Possibly Bfr 1704 VA WIFE: Unknown m. c1674 in Halifax Co. VA DESCENDING SON: William Sizemore II b: c1675 VA

8 Oct 1672 James Baughan & Thomas Harper patented 1000 acres in Rappahannock upon Pascataway Pocoson; Beg. at a small island; to the Towne Marsh; through Musketo feild, to the maine sw. & another island, &c. Transportation of 20 persons.: Edward Morris, Richard Kellett, Mary Woolsley, Mary Stack (or Slack), Mary Wood, Sam. Maynard, John Dowglas, Wm. Sperry, Robert Willow, Robert Lestrow, William Symor, Geo. Moris, William Nelson, Thomas Bodurda, Tho. Ennis, Elizab. Day, Bathsheba Lambert, John Jolley, Wm. Sincleer, John Minos. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents & Grants, 1623-1800, By Nugent. Vol. 2. Pat. Bk. 6 P.418 113.

The Virginia 1704 Quit Rent Rolls are a list of colonial landowners who were required to pay to the King an annual "quit rent" of one shilling for every fifty acres. Sheriffs of the various counties listed the amount each landowner owned for the Receiver-General who collected the quit rents and passed the lists, with his accounts, on to the English government. These lists were sent annually to England, but sadly only the 1704 quit rent survived. The Library of Congress has a copy of the original document which is housed in the British Public Record Office. Unfortunately, William Sizemore was not listed on the 1704 Virginia Quit Rent Rolls. With a number of individuals absent from the list who were known to have lived in colonial Virginia, it is supposed that their names were written on the missing parts of the list. It is also possible that he was deceased prior to 1704 and his widow remarried, and the name on the Quit Rent Rolls was the head of the household at that time.


B: c1675 Halifax Co., VA D: c1750 Halifax Co., VA m. c1699 Halifax Co., VA WIFE: Margery Owen c1680 VA WIFE’S FATHER: Evan Owen DESCENDING SON: Edward ‘Ned’ Sizemore b: c1700

Source for Information: Shawnee Heritage X S-T 1700-1750 By Don Greene Children: 1. Edward Sizemore b. 1700 Halifax Co., VA m. a Shawano Woman 2. William Sizemore b. 1707 Halifax Co., VA m. ____ Hart Jackson 3. George Sizemore b. 1710 Halifax Co., VA m. Unknown Spouse

Henrico Co., VA records show Margery Owen [born 1690], daughter of Evan Owen and his wife Margery, was orphaned as an infant. In 1712, she is Margery Sizemore, living in the same area of what was then Henrico Co., VA where William Sizemore received land in 1619. Colonial Wills of Henrico Co., VA Part 1 (1677-1737) by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, p. 88-137 of Henrico County Wills and Deeds 1710-1714.

"Att a Court holden att Varina for the County of Henrico the second day of June Anno Dom 1679 - An account of ye several fortye Tythables ordered by this Wor'll Court to fitt out men horse armes &c. according to act, viz: Mr. Richard Lygon is ordered to give notice to those living in nearby Turkey Island north of Hopewell in 1695 are listed as follows: Mr Peter Field 7, Mr Charles Fetherstone 3, Jno Baugh 3, Major Chamberlain 4, Richd Holmes 1, James Gates 1, Tho Puckett 2, Jno Puckett 1, Wm Beven 3, Tho Wells 2, Mrs Morris 3, Tho Lockett 1 Evan Owen 1 George Freeman 1 Mrs Lygon 2 Major Wm Lygon 3 Robert Mann 1 Mr Hancocke 1 James Eakin 2 Wm Puckett." Henrico County Court Records.

"Evan Owen, an aged, indigent person having a wife and two small children, exempted from tax" Source Henrico County Minute Book 1682-1701.

In Dec 1691 Henrico Co. reimbursed Bristol Parish 200 pounds of tobacco paid to ye widdow Lockett in the last Levy for care of ye children of Evan Owen and his wife, Margery, who had both died. Henrico County Parish Records.

Inventory of Evan Owen and Margery Owen his wife, both dec'd taken 27 Nov 1691. Value 2142 lbs tobacco, by John Baugh, John Puckett, William Puckett & John Belsher. Rec. 1 Feb 1691 Colonial Wills of Henrico Co., VA Book 3 1688-1697 p. 31-284.

Inventory of estate of Evan Owen and Margery his wife returned to court by Peter Field, it being inconsiderable, and out of it several debts to be paid, among these to Richard Holmes of Bristol Parish for nursing a young child of the deceased, also to widow Lockett, and to Samuel Newman for care of children. Estate to be sold and stay in hands of Henry Randolph for use of the children. One of the orphans, a female, about 1 year of age to be bound to Richard Holmes. 1 Dec 1691. p47 - p399.

Will of Richard Holmes of Bristol Parish to wife Ann was witnessed by Thomas Chamberlayne, Daniel Jones and Margery Sismore. Recorded 7 July 1712. The estate of Evan Owen and Margery Owen, his wife, both dec'd, taken Nov. 1691, included a debt to Richard Homes whose will was witnessed by Margery Sisemore. Colonial Wills of Henrico Co., VA Part 1 (1677-1737) by Benjamin B. Weisiger III and p. 88-137 of Henrico County Wills and Deeds 1710-1714.

Dec 1736. Phillip Jones to Col. Robert Bolling, 5 levys, 1064 acres fee for 1 survey for William Sizemore. Amount due 2 years ago (1734). Paid by Mr. Wilson in tobo. Sizemore pd his Survey to me himself. Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol. 3, pg. 377. Note: This Col. Robert Bolling is a direct descendant of Pocahontas.

On 9 Feb 1737/38 William Sizemore patented 200 acres Amelia County, VA on both Sides of the Fort Branch of Mayes' Creek.

17 Oct 1741 17 Oct 1741 Joseph Cloud enters 200 acres on north side of Banister River beginning below mouth of Wynne's Creek thence up the Creek and River. Transferred to Edward Owen and sold to William Sizemore. Deed recorded in Brunswick County, Virginia, Entry Record Book 1737-1770 Land entries in the present Virginia Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin & Patrick in FHL Book. Halifax Co., VA Land Entry Book p. 6/7.

13 Oct 1743 Surveyed Halifax Co., VA Marg. Sizemore by assignment from Thomas Franklin enters for 200 acres on both sides of the north fork of Wynn's Cr beginning at a Gt Lick thence up and down.

16 Mar 1747 George Sizemore enters 200 acres of Land on the Lower side Line of his mother Marg. Sizemore's Survey on Wynne's Cr. beginning at her lower Corner W. O. thence up and down.

1748 Tax List - Cornelius Cargill Lunenburg Co., VA James Sizemore 1, William Sizemore 1, Henry Sizemore 1, Ephraim Sizemore 1, Edward Sizemore 1 1750 Tax List, Cornelius Cargill Lunenburg Co., VA - George Sizemore 1, Ephraim Sizemore 1.

17 Nov 1777 Thomas Green, Esq., of 96 Dist., SC, to David Powell, of VA, for L70, 140 acres in Halifax Co., VA, on the north side of Bannister River, bounded by the Rocky branch of Winns Creek, part of a 200-acre patented to William Sizemore, who conveyed John Wells, then bequeathed by John Wells to said Thomas Green ... /s/ Thos Green. Witnesses: William Meriwether, Absalom Hendrick, Ralph Cobb, Mesheck Overbey. (Halifax County, Virginia, Deeds,14:418).


B: c1700 Halifax Co., VA D: Aft 1750 Lunenburg Co., VA m. c1719 VA WIFE: A Shawano Woman m. c1720 Lunenburg Co., VA DESCENDING SON: Edward ‘Old Ned’ Sizemore II c1720

Children: 1. Edward ‘Ned’ Sizemore b: c1720 VA, eldest son, [1/2 Shawano-Metis] d: VA (was hung as a Troy) m: Mary [1/2 Snhawano-Metis] b: c1721, d/o John Spears [white] & Lydia, a Shawano Woman. He m. 2) Elizabeth Jackson Hart (1733 Brunswick Co., VA-1790) m. 1747 d/o Chief William Bear Jackson Heart (1700-1775) and Winifred Dorcas Green (1706-1761) Lunenburg, VA. To support the above information the following is found: 1. Goochland Co, Va. Wills and Deeds 1726-1736, p. 50. p. 500, Deed 22 May 1734. John Spear of Goochland Co., to James Roberts of St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent Co., land on south side of James River on both sides of Deep Creek, 400 acres, bounded by Warram Easley, Horsepen Branch of Deep Creek, for L 20. Wit: James Goodall, Alex. Moss, Goodrich Crump. Signed: John Spears, Mary (M) Spears. Recorded 21 May 1734. 2. Court Records, Goochland County, VA, Free Negro and Slave Records, 1739, Library of Virginia. “Samuel Burton, John Spears, and Henry Sizemore this day brought before me the head of Hampton, an outlawed slave belonging to John Owen .... which said slave they could not take without killing of him. (Signed) George Carrington.” 3. In 1753 Halifax Co., VA Plea Bk.1: John Owen (a Churchwarden), James Spears and Mary Sizemore (cited for a debt which was dismissed in 1755). 4. Henry Green's 1761 will dated 23 Feb 1761; proven 5 May 1761 mentions: Sister: Darcus Jackson, John Owen (son of Joseph Owen), Henry Jackson (son of William Jackson) and Wife. Executors: William Sizemore, John Green Witnesses: George Moore, Stephen Green, Frederick Green. 5. 1749 Sunlight on the Southside Lunenburg Co, VA 1748-1783 p.27Gre6 by Landon Bell, pp.115-121 Lunenburg Co, VA Tithables For 1749 List taken by Cornelius Cargill: p.115 Joseph Owen, Edward Owen; p 116 Lewis Green, Ralph Owen; p 117 Richard Griffin, Senr, Constable; p.118 Wm. Sysmoore, Edward Sysmoore, Francis Griffen, William Griffen; p. 120 Henry Owen, John Owen, overseer for James Cock; p 121 John Green, Henry Green, James Sizemore.


B: c1720 Henrico Co., VA D: 10/1780 Wilkes Co., NC-hung as a Troy WIFE: Elizabeth Jackson Hart (1733 Brunswick Co., VA-1790) m. 1747 WIFE’S FATHER: Chief William Bear Jackson Heart (1700-1775) WIFE’S MOTHER: Winifred Dorcas Green (1706-1761) Lunenburg, VA DESCENDING SON: George Sizemore b: 1749

1. Edward Ned Sizemore III b. Abt 1742 Lunenburg Co., VA d. ca. 1810 Hawkins Co, TN married Elizabeth Ann JACKSON 2. John Sizemore b. Abt 1747 Lunenburg Co.,VA d. ca. 1804 Halifax Co, VA married Molly GREGORY 3 Hiram Sizemore b. Abt 1749 Lunenburg Co., VA 4. George Sizemore b: Abt 1751 Lunenburg Co., VA d. Aft 1820 Ashe Co., NC m. Ann “Annie” HART 5. Ephraim Sizemore b. Abt 1753 Lunenburg Co., VA d. 1836 Spartanburg, SC married Winifred "Winnie" LNU 6. Owen Sizemore b. Abt 1755 Lunenburg Co., VA d. 1836 Hawkins Co, TN m. Elizabeth "Betsy" BRIGHAM

The Sizemore lineage below Edward "Old Ned" Sizemore has been adequately proven by various documentation. However, the link between George Sizemore and "Old Ned" is not quite as clear cut. Using the Eastern Cherokee Applications as a starting point, Ron Blevins, a descendant of "Old Indian Ned" through his 3rd great grandmother Lydia (Sizemore) Blevins, wrote the following: "Most of the ECA's that appear to be accurate were filed by descendants of those Sizemores who moved ca. 1835 from Ashe Co, NC to what was to become Wyoming Co, WV. Very possibly there was a family Bible or other record that went with them to WV. None of Ned's descendants were on the Cherokee census lists, and none were entitled to benefits, and of course none were approved." These ECA's believe George Sizemore to be the son of Edward "Old Ned" Sizemore, and a few recall hearing his claim to be of Cherokee descent. Of this group, many correctly identified George Sizemore and named him as the son of Ned and Ann Sizemore.

Ron Blevins provided information for the following paragraphs regarding Edward Sizemore. He is first found in Lunenburg Co., VA in 1746 when he purchased 400 acres of land, "below the little Rock House above the mouth of Little Polecat Creek on the south side of Banister River," in what is now Halifax Co., VA. In 1748, he along with William Jackson and Thomas Greenwood, witnessed the will of Henry Green. The final mention of him in Lunenburg was on the 1749 tax list. In 1764, he reappeared filing a petition for land in St. George's Parish in Georgia, stating on the petition that he had been in Georgia for 8 months. A subsequent land transaction makes mention to the fact that he was the father of five or six children. In 1772, land he owns in St. Paul's Parish, Georgia is deeded to William Jones.

Edward Sizemore reappears in Tryon Co., NC, involved in a court case settlement in which a sum of money against George Sizemore was recovered and Edward Sizemore was acquitted. If this was Edward "Old Ned" Sizemore, then he may have provided bond for his son George for some type of investment. That same year In Surry Co., NC, Edward Sizemore and James Hart are listed in the same household as taxables. In 1776, Edward Sizemore signs an oath of allegiance to the United States in Botetourt Co., VA. The Draper Manuscript contains several references to the 1780 handing of "the Troy Sizemore" by Col. Benjamin Cleveland in Wilkesboro, NC (part of Surry Co. in 1774). Edward was the only Sizemore listed in Col. Cleveland's District on the 1774 tax list, so it is more than likely Edward "Old Ned" Sizemore. In 1781, South Carolina Loyalists pay records include Edward, Owen and George Sizemore, however, if Old Ned was hung in 1780, this 1781 Edward was his oldest son.


B: 1749 Pittsylvania Co., VA D: 7/16/1822 Ashe Co., NC WIFE: Elizabeth Hart m. c1772 Surry Co. VA WIFE’S FATHER: James Hart WIFE’S MOTHER: Unknown DESCENDING SON: Edward B. Sizemore b: c1788

Children: 1. Catherine "Dolly" Sizemore b: Abt 1773 Surry Co., NC m. James Hart. 2. Lydia Sizemore b: Abt 1775 Surry Co., NC d: Abt 1825 Ashe Co, NC, m. James Blevins Abt 1794 and had 10 children. 3. Sarah Ann "Sallie" Sizemore b: 1776 Surry Co., NC d: Abt 1835 m. Elias Osborne had: 1. Ezekiel m. Polly Taylor, 2. Jesse m. 1) Cynthia Ketchem 2) Lucinda Taylor, 3. David m. 1) Lucy Billings 2) Susan Sheets, 4. Ephriam, 5. Nancy m. Mr. Williams, 6. Eliz. m. Abraham Evans, 7. Solomon m. 1) Martha Arms, 2) Susan Nichols, 8. George m. Catherine Taylor, 9. James m. 1) Eliz. Ketchem 2) Rachel Blevins 3) Mary Blevins. 4. Elizabeth "Sookey" Sizemore b: 1787 Wilkes Co, NC d: 1867 Ashe Co., NC m: Elder Solomon Stamper, son of John and Polly Stamper and had ten children. 5. Edward B. Sizemore b: c1788 Wilkes Co., NC d: 1866 Wyoming Co., WV m. Ann "Annie" B. Baldwin b: 1787 NC d: 1867 Ashe Co., NC d/o John Baldwin. 6. Owen Sizemore was born in 1793 in Wilkes Co., NC, m. Rebecca Anderson. 7. George J. Sizemore (Rev) b: 1797 Wilkes Co, NC d: Aft 1877 Cedarsburg, Wyoming Co, WV m: Virginia "Jennie" Jane Baldwin - they Migration: 1840, Wagon train from Ashe Co., NC to Logan Co., VA.

Listed on the 1774 Surry Co., NC Tax List are - Edward Sisemore, James Hart 2, in same household Taxables by Benjamin Cleveland. In the Wilkes Co., NC Tax List - Capt. Wm Nall's District # 8, 1795, p. 4 Owen Sizemore 50 acres 1 poll; Geo. Sizemore 100 acres 1 poll, James Hart 200 acres 1 poll. A number of Eastern Cherokee Applications [ECA's] and oral tradition claim George Sizemore's wife was Anna Hart.

Ashe county 1800 Census - Owen Sizemore 45+ wife and 6 children 1 female 26-44 p. 5 Owen Sisemore 16-25 1 female 16-25 J. Hart 45+ wife and 4 children 3 females 10-15 1 female 45+ p. 10 4 females 0-9 7 children James Blevins 45+ 1 male 0-9 1 female 45+ J. Blevins 45+ 8 children James Hart 45+ 1 female 26-44 1 female 26-44, 5 children Edward Hart 16-25 1 male 16-25 wife and 6 children 2 males 0-9 p. 6 E. Sizemore 16-25 p. 20 Elias Osborn 16-25 wife and 3 children Elias Osborn 45+ 1 female 16-25 1 female 45+ 1 male 0-9 p. 10, 10 children S. Stamper 26-44 1 female 16-25 p. 24 3 children Solomon Stamper 26-44 1 female 26-44 p. 11, 8 children E. Osborn 45+ 1 female 26-44 p. 8, 6 children Randal Hubbard 26-44 p. 12, 1 female 26-44 R. Hubbard 16-25 4 children 1 female 16-25.

1800 Ashe, NC Census - George Sizemore was 21001-01001, this is Owen b. 1793, George J. b. 1797, George, Sr. b. c1751, Elizabeth b. 1787 and Annie b. c1751. The 1810 Census shows 11101-00101, the 0-9 male is Owen and Rebecca (Anderson) Sizemore's infant son Hiram b. 1809, the 10-15 male is George J. Sizemore, the 45+ male is George Sizemore, the 16-25 female is Rebecca and the female 45+ is Annie.

1800 Ashe, NC Census - Owen Sizemore was 10001-43110 - This is likely George's brother living nearby.

Anne "Annie" Elizabeth Hart was the daughter of James Hart and Elizabeth Morgan. There are ECA’s filed by descendants of George J. Sizemore, his youngest son, which say he relocated to Eastern Georgia around 1828.


B: c1788 Wilkes Co., NC D: 1866 Wyoming Co., WV m. c1805 Ashe Co., NC WIFE: Annie Baldwin m. c1810 Ashe Co., VA WIFE’S FATHER: John Baldwin DESCENDING SON: Rev. John Sizemore b: 3/17/1810

Children: 1. George B. Sizemore (1806 Ashe Co., NC-c1864 Wyoming Co., WV) m. Mary Ollie Laxton (1807-). 2. Nancy Sizemore (1808 Ashe Co., NC-1887 Wyoming Co., WV) m. Daniel Perdue. 3. John Sizemore (3/17/1810 Hawkins Co., TN-c1851 Wyoming Co., WV) m. Virginia "Jennie" Arms 9/4/1831 Wilkes Co., NC (c1810 Ashe Co., NC-1882 Wyoming Co., WV). 4. Mahala Sizemore (2/2/1812 Ashe Co., NC-5/1/1853 Wyoming Co., WV) m. Abijah Baldwin (1808-) c1833 Ashe Co., NC 5. Sheba Sizemore b: 11 Dec 1813 Ashe Co., NC d: Dec 1853 m. 1831 Jacob Brinegar Jr. (1807-1881). 6. Virginia "Jennie" Jane Sizemore (1815 Ashe Co., NC-1870 Wyoming Co., WV) m. Joel Rose (c1810 Wilkes Co., NC-) m. c1833 NC. 7. Rebecca Sizemore (1818-12/11/1861 Wyoming Co., WV) m. Thomas Munsey Cooke (1817 VA-11/22/1884). 8. Lydia Sizemore (1820 Ashe Co., NC-1857 Wyoming Co., WV) m. David Smith (1820 in NC-) in 1838 in prob. what is now WV. 9. Tobias Sizemore (1822 Ashe Co., NC-1906 Wyoming Co., WV) m. 1) Louisa Buchanan; m. 2) Lydia Mitchell 1 Apr 1847 Tazewell Co., VA (182-)9. 10. Owen Sizemore (1824 Ashe Co., NC-1901 Wyoming Co., WV) m. 1) Anne Cooke; (1828-WV) m. 2) Rhoda Baldwin (1830-). 11. Sarah "Sallie" Sizemore (1827-1886 Wyoming Co., WV) m. Nathaniel Perdue, Sr.

Sheba Sizemore and her husband Jacob Brinegar, Jr. joined the Edward B. Sizemore caravan to present day Wyoming, West Virginia in 1835 and settled on the "Sizemore Branch" of Bearhole. A farmer, shrewd trader and businessman, Jacob acquired several tracts of land. In December, 1853, Sheba disappeared. A search party led by John Logan Cook, Justice of the Peace, found her bruised body buried in a shallow grave on Byrd Mountain.

Indicted for the murder, Jacob was tried twice in Wyoming County and convicted of manslaughter. Evermont Ward, his attorney, secured a change of venue to another county and in the meantime, he married Parthenia Mitchell in 1854. Jacob was free, but his life was far from satisfactory. His friends and children of the first marriage deserted him, his neighbors had no respect for him and avoided him. Expense of his trials and lawyers' fees consumed all his property. He was released on bond several times, and by April 2, 1860, he was one again indicted for murder. At his hearing, he entered a plea of not guilty, and the case was continued with him being released once again on $750 bail. It dragged along without being heard until Judge Samuels dismissed it in September 1865.


B: 3/17/1819 Hawkins Co., TN D: 1851 Wyoming Co., WV m. 12/4/1831 Wilkes, NC WIFE: Virginia “Jennie” Arms WIFE’S FATHER: Robert A. Arms DESCENDING DAUGHTER: Anne “Annie” Caroline Sizemore

Children: 1. Calvin Sizemore b: 22 Mar 1833 Ashe Co., NC 2. Martha Adeline Sizemore b: Abt 1835 Ashe Co., NC 3. Anna "Annie" Caroline Sizemore b: Abt 1837 Ashe Co., NC 4. Elizabeth Sizemore b: Abt 1840 in Logan Co., VA 5. John William Sizemore b: May 1842 in Tazewell Co., VA 6. Lydia 'Rose' Sizemore b: Abt 1845 in Logan (Wyoming) Co., WV 7. Franklin Sizemore b: Abt 1847 in Logan County, (W)V 8. Jane Sizemore b: Abt 1847 in Logan County, (W)V 9. Gideon Sizemore b: Jun 1849 in Logan (Wyoming) Co., (W)V

Wilkes County Marriages 1778-1866, page 208 - Sizemore, John & Jane Arms married 4 Dec 1831, John Ozborn, bestman.

Virginia "Jennie" Arms was the daughter of Robert Arms b. c1775 and Martha Fugett b. c1780 m. 1805. They were the parents of John b. 1806 NC, Margaret b. 1808 NC, Virginia b. 1810 NC, George b. 1812 NC, Elizabeth b. 1814 NC and Martha 1816. The 1810 Wilkes Co., NC census has 10010//20011, the 1820 Wilkes Co., NC census has 110010/22010-01, the 1830 Wilkes Co., NC census has 1 male 10-15, 1 male 50-60, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 50-60 and 1 female 70-80. The 1840 Wilkes Co, NC, Johnson's Dist. census has 1 male under 5, 1 male 60-70, 2 females 20-30, 1 female 60-70 and 1 female 90-100.

"Marriages of Wyoming Co, WV...", Vol 1, Haga, page 20. Albert Cline, age 57, widowed, born in Montgomery Co, VA, son of Michael and Peggy, married on 28 Aug 1856 Peggy Cline, age 49, a widow, born in Wilkes Co, NC, daughter of Robert A. and Martha Arms. Therefore, his wife's first name has been verified, but not her last. Robert A. Arms is found on the 1800 Grayson County, Virginia tax list and is taxed as a male, over 21 with, owning one horse. He is listed with familiar families from Halifax County, VA: Tanner, Russell, Powell, Osborne, Jackson, Howell, Hart, Green, Evans, Blevins, to name just a few. Some of these names go back to the Henrico settlement, and even to early Jamestown.

Reference book of Wyoming County history by Mary Keller Bowman, states the following: Rev. "Little John" Sizemore married Jennie Arms lived on Pinnacle Creek and several years later lived at the mouth of Cedar Creek. He was closely associated with Elder John S. Mullens, who settled at New Richmond, Wyoming Co., VA [later WV] between 1835-1840. Together they organized the Pinnacle Fork Baptist Church.

There is a story at about Martha Arms, sister of Virginia "Jennie" Arms spouse of Rev. John Sizemore. At the present time, I have been unable to verify its accuracy. According to a great grandson in Tennessee, Jonathan [Osborne] raised 18 sons and numerous daughters. Children of Jonathan Osborne and Nancy Howell: William b. 1784 m. Mary; Jacob; Rachel m. Elisha Blevins; David; Seth; Elias m. Sarah Sizemore (daughter of George Sizemore [Virginia Indian descendant] and Anna Hart) -- Elias' son Solomon m. Martha "Seaberry" Arms, a mixed race Cherokee woman who fled to West Virginia to avoid the Trail of Tears; Joshua; Josiah; Johannah; Sarah; Andrew; Nancy.

Solomon Osborne, son of Elias and Sally Ann (Sizemore) Osborne, was born in NC in 1803 and died in Clay Co., WV in 1880. He and his wife Seaberry Arms were living in North Carolina and left sometime before 1845 and were married in Tazewell Co., VA. Due to the fact that Seaberry was a Cherokee and Solomon was three quarters Indian, they may have been married in Indian rites in NC.

In 1838, U.S. troops were pushing the Cherokees from their ancestral lands in the hills of western North Carolina. They were to be relocated to Oklahoma to make room for white settlers. By then, Solomon and Seaberry, were fleeing north, choosing the northern Cherokee hunting ground over the dusty West. In all, about 1,000 Cherokees escaped the Trail of Tears. Today, their descendants are known as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which is headquartered in Cherokee, NC.

Solomon and Seaberry, (Seaberry took the name Martha Arms), first settled in Tazewell, VA, where their cabin still stands and is on the National Historic Register. However, the constant fear of being found out by the government and its anti-Indian policies kept them on the move. They next settled in what is now Wyoming Co., WV, and finally Nicholas Co., WV, where Seaberry died in 1866.


B: c1838 Ashe Co., VA D: 10/1780 Ashe Co., VA m. 5/14/1855 Wyoming Co., VA HUSBAND: George Buchanan HUSBAND’S FATHER: Arthur Buchanan DESCENDING DAU: Isabel Catherine “Kate” Buchanan

Children: 1. Arthur Buchanan b: 4 JAN 1856 Wyoming, WV d: 1 AUG 1907 2. Isabel Catherine "Kate" Buchanan b: 1857 Wyoming, WV m. Byrd Hall (Hall line visit 3. Harriet Buchanan b: 5 AUG 1863 Wyoming, WV 4. John Buchanan b: 1865 Wyoming, WV 5. Greenberry Buchanan b: 1869 Wyoming, WV 6. Edward Buchanan b: 30 OCT 1872 Wyoming, WV 7. William Harrison Buchanan b: 1 DEC 1874 Wyoming, WV 8. Mary Lucinda Buchanan b: 15 JAN 1876 Wyoming, WV 9. George Henry Buchanan b: 13 JAN 1879 Wyoming, WV 10. Boyd Buchanan b: 1879 Wyoming, WV