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Stephen Souther

Male Abt 1740 - Aft 1788  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name Stephen Souther  [1
    Born Abt 1740  , , Orange (later Culpeper) County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1788  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I343  Main
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 

    Father Henry Souther, Sr.,   b. Abt 1712, , Broomfield Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 May 1784, , Broomfield Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Juliann [--?--],   b. 1715, , , , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1783  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1740  , , Culpeper County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary "Polly" Bussell,   b. 1745,   d. Aft 1820, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married , , Culpeper County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Michael Souther,   b. 1760,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth Souther,   b. 11 Mar 1762, , , Culpeper County, Virginia Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
     3. Jesse Souther,   b. 6 Jun 1774, , , , North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     4. Joshua Souther,   b. 1779, , Broomfield Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     5. Joel Souther,   b. 1781,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     6. Sarah Souther,   b. 1783,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     7. Frank Souther,   b. 1785,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     8. Joseph Souther,   b. 1788,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F162  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):Rental records from Va show that Stephen had 150 acres in 1764, his father had 326 acres, www.melungeons.com/early_va/ 1764_culpepr_county_rent_rolls.htm

      thought to have served in Revolutionary War under Benjamin Cleveland and the Western Carolina Ruffians

      moved to Wilkes Co., 1778, applied for land grant of 200 acres on 7/4/1778; granted 200 acres on 10/23/1782 on both sides of Hunting Creek, Wilkes Co., NC; the actual grant was awarded on 2/5/1780 by the government, see below

      "State of North Carolina
      Wilkes County
      Feby 1780
      A tract or parcel of land laid of and surveyed for Stephen Souther lying on both sides of Hunting Creek beginning at a Hickory & running North forty one poles to post oak then North 13 degrees East sixty eight poles to a post oak being the dividing line between sd Souther and Osborn Keeling then West one hundred and twenty poles to post South one hundred and ninety two poles to a white oak thence East one hundred and sixty five poles to the First Station two hundred acres in the whole. See the plan.
      Daniel Holdman CC
      Joel Crane
      Thos. Herndon

      119,92: Rental of 1764, shows Stephen with 150 acres.
      Note: There is some talk that Stephen may have died 1780 in the Battle of Kings Mountain, but records show that he was granted 200 acres 23 Oct 1782 in Rockingham County, Virginia. (Data is from June Lenore (Souther) Perry of El Cajon, California. She references the Dyer book and says that Stephen's sons Joshua and Michael moved to Rutherford County, North Carolina between 1800-1810; Jesse moved to McDowell County, North Carolina and Joshua was Justice of the Peace during the War of 1812 at Wilkesboro, North Carolina.15 <http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/9785/germa00e.htm>
      Hemophilia?

      Watson Benjamin Dyer, Souther Family History: Nathaniel Souther, 1645 Plymouth Colony & Henry Souther, 1712 Virginia, to 1988, , Separate Index compiled in 1992 by Richard Dennis SOUTHER (Copy No. 548 of 700; Cedartown, GA: Privately Published, 1988), p. 23. Hereinafter cited as SFH-Dyer.

      Descendants of Henry Souther of Culpepper County, Virginia

      Descendants of Henry SOUTHER

      Generation One

      1. Henry1 SOUTHER; b. circa 1712 in Broomfield, Virginia;1,2 m. Juliann in Culpepper County, Virginia;3 d. before 17 May 1784 in Broomfield, Culpepper County, Virginia.4

      Note: Germanna Record No. 6, p. 92, which says, "Henry was granted 326 acres in the Robinson River section in 1750, and the Rental of 1764 shows Henry with this land and a Stephen SOUTHER with 150 acres. The Southers intermarried with the 1717 families." Germanna Record No. 11, p. 84, says, "Henry's will is dated 2 Sep 1783 and was probated 17 May 1784 (Wulfeck 'Culpeper Co., VA Will Books B and C', p. 53) and mentions his sons Stephen, Michael, and Jacob SOUTHER and his daughters Barbary HUFFMAN and Catherine CANADA."

      Some say that Henry SOUTHER was born in GERMANY.5


      Juliann was born circa 1715 in Virginia ?6 She died before 1783.7

      The five known children of Henry1 SOUTHER and Juliann were as follows:

      2 i. Stephen2 SOUTHER, b. circa 1740 in Culpepper or Lunenberg, Virginia; m. Mary BUSSELL.


      3 ii. Michael SOUTHER, b. 1744; m. Mary FISHER.


      iii. Barbara SOUTHER; b. 1751 in Culpepper County, Virginia;8 m. Jacob HOFFMAN circa 1780;9 d. after 1815 in Madison County, Virginia.10

      She was also known as Barbara HUFFMAN. Barbara and Jacob had 12 children.


      iv. Catherine SOUTHER; b. 1753 in Virginia;11 m. Thomas CANNADA 1783. Catherine married second after 1785 to a Mr. KENNEDY.
      4 v. Jacob SOUTHER, b. circa 1755 in Culpepper County, Virginia; m. Catherine "Katy" WAYLAND.

      Generation Two
      2. Stephen2 SOUTHER (Henry1); b. circa 1740 in Culpepper or Lunenberg, Virginia; m. Mary BUSSELL 1764 in Culpepper County, Virginia;13 d. in Wilkes County, North Carolina.14

      Stephen and Mary married in Culpepper County, Virginia and moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina around 1778. He had and application for a land grant of 200 acres on July 4, 1778.

      Stephen went with Benjamin CLEVELAND and the Western Carolina "Ruffians", as FERGUSON the British Leader called them. Stephen had a nose bleed and died on the way. It is not known if he was at the battle of Kings Mountain when it happened or where. We find no more records about Stephen after that. We did find land grants after that date evidently he had made the application for the grants and he was awarded them for his family.

      On October 23, 1782 Stephen SOUTHER was granted 200 acres on both sides of Hunting Creek in Wilkes County. He did have a grant February 5, 1780. They evidently granted him his 200 acres after his death at Kings Mountain, for his family.15 There is some talk that Stephen may have died 1780 in the Battle of Kings Mountain, but records show that he was granted 200 acres 23 Oct 1782 in Rockingham County, Virginia. (Data is from June Lenore (SOUTHER) PERRY of El Cajon, California. She references the DYER book and says that Stephen's sons Joshua and Michael moved to Rutherford County, North Carolina between 1800-1810; Jesse moved to McDowell County, North Carolina and Joshua was Justice of the Peace during the War of 1812 at Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

      Mary BUSSELL was born circa 1745 in Virginia or North Carolina. She died after 1800 in Wilkes County ?, North Carolina. She was also known as Polly BUSSELL.

      The eight known children of Stephen2 SOUTHER and Mary BUSSELL were as follows:
      5 i. Michael3 SOUTHER, b. circa 1760; m. Ellinor.
      6 ii. Elizabeth SOUTHER, b. 11 Mar 1762 in Culpepper County, Virginia; m. Alexander GILREATH.
      7 iii. Jesse SOUTHER, b. 6 Jun 1774 in Culpepper County, Virginia; m. Joan COMBS.
      8 iv. Joshua SOUTHER Sr., b. circa 1779; m. Lydia P. PROFFITT.
      v. Joel SOUTHER; b. circa 1781;18 m. Patsy BROWN 3 Jul 1815 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.19,20
      vi. Sarah SOUTHER; b. circa 1783;21 m. Elijah HAMPTON 1 Feb 1803 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.22
      9 vii. Frank SOUTHER, b. circa 1785.
      10 viii. Joseph SOUTHER, b. circa 1788; m. Margaret BARLOW.

      Lisa Cumby: lcumby@yadtel.net
      Stephen went with Benjamin CLEVELAND and the Western Carolina "Ruffians", as FERGUSON the British Leader called them. Stephen had a nose bleed and died on the way. It is not known if he was at the battle of Kings Mountain when it happened or where. We find no more records about Stephen after that. We did find land grants after that date evidently he had made the application for the grants and he was awarded them for his family.

  • Sources 
    1. [S268] Book: North Carolina-Alexander - Heritage of Alexander County North Carolina, Volume I - 1986, Sara C. Allen, editor, (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The Alexander County Genealogical Society in cooperation with The History Division, Hunter Publishing Company, 1986), 249-250 by Helen Windsor Booth (Reliability: 3).