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Martin Trantham

1745 Bladen Co., NC
5 Aug 1783 Rowan Co., NC 8 9

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Martin Trantham
1719 – 1783


Ann Shaddock
1747 – 1783
Potts Creek, Rowan Co., NC

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From: "gc-gateway@rootsweb.com"
Subject: Re: [TRANTHAM] Too many Martins? 2
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 20:50:30 -0000

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Martin Trantham, Jr. found in 1755 Cumberland County, NC tax lists. (2 white, 1 mulatto)
David Trantham found in 1755 Cumberland County, NC tax lists. (1 white)

**page 2968 DAR PATRIOT INDEX Part 111 ending in 1990:

Martin Born circa 1745 Died around 8-5-1783 NC Soldier in NC

Martin Born 1720 SC Died 1800 SC Soldier in SC.

The family has a copy of a Will of this Martin Trentham dated March 15, 1783, naming his heirs: sons, Japtha and Martin, Jr. daughters, Margery, Ann, and Mary and son Martin by his first wife. He speaks of his money in terms of pounds and shillings. Witnesses were John Roberson and Nusilla Robberson, duly certified from the office of clerk of the superior court of Rowan County, N.C.

Copy transcribed from a copy of the original by the Clerk of Superior Court, Rowan County, NC by JoAn Trentham 6-25-2004

This Martin Trentham of Rowan County, N.C. was the grandfather of Joseph and Levi Trantham, who went to Greene County, MO in 1843. Martin of Rowan was the one who died in 1783 or rather his will is dated that year. He is the only one in 1783. And yes he had at least two wives or he had two sets of children - the Martin of the first, unnamed wife, who is probably the Martin who was married to Elizabeth Martinleer Eppinger and went to live in Camden. The second family was the one with Jeptha, some girls and little Martin. We don't know who that wife is either though it could be Ann Shaddock.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kathypet@aol.com [mailto:Kathypet@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:34 PM
To: jt@pfpl.net
** Subject: Re: Rowan County Records
First, a comment about the bastardy bond for Mary Dow. I think it would be stretching it a good bit to
assume that because J. Trantham signed the bond, that he was the father. It was not uncommon for
a friend or neighbor to sign the bond for a woman who had an illegitima
child. Also, there is an "m" after her name which I presume means she was
married. Her husband may have left her and she "took up" with someone and had a

The North Carolina Marriage Bonds list the following marriages for Mart
Martin Trentham to Mary Yountz 13 August 1811, Rowan County, Bondsman John
Warner, Witness William Douglas, Bond #000129907

Martin Trentham to Ritter Traylor 27 December 1820, Rowan County, Bondsman
William Owen, Witness Hy Giles, Bond #000129919

Martin Trentham to Mealy (Neely?) Nicholson, 6 Apr 1795, Bondsman Micha
Miers, Witness Isham Frohock. (no #)

The area mentioned in deeds, etc., is in what is now
Davidson County. From papers I found in the McCubbins Collection "Trantham" file,
Jeptha Trentham was the son of Martin Trantham and is named in his will. (The
names interchange frequently....Trantham/Trentham).

One more Bastardy Bond for you to ponder: Patsey Helmstabler May 1820,
bondmen were Patsey Helmstabler, Martin Trentham and Peter Helmstabler.


1790 William Bugg NC Mecklenburg Co., Location Salisbury District 1-2-3 (males over 16, under 16, females)

1800 William Bugg, NC Cabarrus Co., Salisbury District, 1-1-1-

1790 Jeptha Trentham 2-l-3 NC Rowan Co. Salisbury Dist.

1800 Martin Trentham 2-0-0, NC Salisbury District, Rowan Co.

1810 All Trenthams listed are in Kershaw SC

1820 Martin Trentham 1-1-1, NC Rowan County (Lexington, now Davidson Co)

William Bugg 049 Haywood County, Will book B/235 original at archive 1829 (Haywood Co. formed in 1808 from Buncombe)
Martin Trantham 085 Rowan Co., 1783 Will book B p120 original at NC Archives

Martin Trantham 032 Davidson County 1824, Will book 1 p33 Original at NC Archives

The following proves that Martin Trantham had sons Martin and Jeptha: Book 16, Page 275 Rowan County 7 August 1796; Jeptha Trantham --no wife signs-- (she may have died) --lets Laban Hartly (both yeomen of Rowan Co., NC) have 150 acres on Potts Creek next Adam Swisegood, for 7 pounds, witnessed by
Francis Wingler and John Bailey and proved by the latter in May 1798. (This is
part of the 250 acres which was granted by the State to Martin Trantham on Oct.
25, 1786 & he willed it to his son, Jeptha provided he would pay to his
brother, Martin Trantham by his second wife, the sum left at his decease).

Kathy Petrucelli, 145 Stanwyck Road, Salisbury, NC 28147

Theresa Williams, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
>From Lucinda Ogle Information
1755 Cumberland County, NC Tax List, 2 white males 16yrs and up; Martin Trantham Sr. and Son Martin Jr.
1761, Nov. 19 Cumberland County Court MInutes
Deed-Martin Trantham Sr., to John Stewart acknowledged
*Note: Martin Trantham, Jr. was of legal age (21yrs) in 1761.
1764, Feb 22, Cumberland County NC Court Minutes
"Marks and brands recorded by the following persons.....Martin Trantham, Jr."
1765, Feb 22, Cumberland County NC Court Minutes
"A road to be laid off from John Martinleer's ford on Cape Fear River to Arch'd McNeill's on Lower Little River......the following jury to lay off the said road.....Martin Trantham, Sr. and Martin Trantham, Jr........"
1773, Dec 6, Colonial Records of NC, Vol 9, 1771-1775
"At a Council held in New Bern, 6 Dec 1773"
"His Excellency was pleased to lay before the Board from Major General Holdimand enclosing an extract from a letter for the Superintendant of Indian Affairs for the Southern District together with an affidavit of Ann Trentham relating to the murder of 2 Cherokee Indians by Hezekiah Collins on the frontiers of Georgia upon which His Excellency had issued a proclamation offering a reward of 100 pounds for apprehending the murderer which was unanimously approved."

1777, May 5, Colonial Record of NC, Vol 16, 1782-1783
Trantham, Martin (Martin III)Private, Capt Joshua Bowman's Co
Dates of Commission and Enlistment ,1777
Omitted from the roll Dec 1777 due to illness (died in 1783)

1778, May, Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution; Sailors, Marines, 1775-1783 by John H. Gwalthney
p780 Trantham, Martin, Geroge Rogers Clark's Illinois Regiment

Virginia Magazine of History and Biogrpahy, Vol 1. pp127-141
p133, A List of Non Commissioned Officers and Soldiers of the Illinois Regiment and the Western Army, under the Command of General George Rogers Clark
p140, Trantham, Martin, Private
Virginia State Library
List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of VA by H. J. Eckenride
p442 "Trantham, Martin
Auditor's Account Book XXII, p260
Illinois Papers, D2
Journal of the House of Delegates 1833-34; Doc 32, 22
Wars, p196
1778 Tax List of Rowan Co. NC, Captain Morris District
Martin Trantham, 150 pounds sterling
*Wrote a will dated 15, Mar 1783 and probated on 5 Aug 1783
*Son of Martin Trentham, Sr.
*b. @ 1739/40, Bladen Co., NC
*d. 15 Mar 1783-5 Aug 1783, Rowan Co. NC
*m. @1761, Cumberland Co. NC, Ann Shaddock b.@1740-45

Children: Jeptha 1762
Martin 1765m. 6 Mar 1795, Mealy Nicholson
Margaret 1767m. James Roach
Ann 1769
Mary1771m. 10 Jan 1791, Jesse Rickman

**McCubbins Collection
August 5, 1783 Will of Martin Trantham is witnessed by John Roberson & Nusilla Robertson, proved by John Robison. John Hollis and John Reed qualify as executors and file an inventory of estate.

November 3, 1783 "Inventory of Martin Trantham's Estate Filed"

Oct 25, 1786,(after his decease)Will Book 11, page 104, "Martin Trantham has State Grant #1331 for 200 acres head waters of Potts Creek next Adam Swicegood.

Nov 30, 1790: Book 13, p. 584: John Hollis (as executor of deceased Martin Trantham) lets John Robertson have according to the will & a bond, 100 acres on head waters of Potts Creek next Adam Swicegood & said Trantham. witnessed by Rd. Wilson & Robt Wilson & proved by the latter in May 1791. (This is part of the State Grant 1331 sold said Martin Trantham on October 25, 1786 after his decease.)

August 5, 1791 "Martin Trantham orphan of Martin Trantham, deceased, being of lawful age, elected William Millsaps his Guardian, who gave bond with T. Carson his security in the sum of 100 pounds."

November 1800 "Administration of the estate of Jeptha Trantham is issued to Frederick Walser (as the widow relinquished) who gave bond of 50 pounds with Michael Tracey as security. "



Will of Martin Trantham notes, "I give to my well beloved son Martin TRANTHAM which I had by my first wife 5 shillings in gold or silver...." Italics added for emphasis.


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