McCoy-Acklin-Beasley-Taylor connections in Craven County
For everyone's McCoy notes -- (some of you have probably already worked on
this information in your research, but if I haven't heard from you in awhile
I don't know how much you've added since we last corresponded).
I haven't looked further on the Acklin-Beasley-Taylor families but there's
obviously more to be found there on Craven Co. McCOYS and related families
in this area (also in Greene, Pitt, Lenoir Co.). Please share more with all
of us if you've verified or added to information on these McCOYS and allied
I don't have copies of original records from NC archives or courthouses
except my ancestor William C. McCoy's will & estate (1799-1851) who was son
of William McCoy (1772-1802) and Cordelia/Cordilla Coward (1777-1867). The
1851-1852 papers were generously copied for me by Jo Ann Murphy, one of
authors of "Craven County Cemeteries." Copies of other original records are
on my long long wish list.
Lonne or Darlene or Melissa or anyone, if you have copies of ANY of the
Willis/William/Gideon McCoy etc. wills, estates, deeds of late 1700s to
early 1800s, please share with me so I can update my files and fill in the
blanks. I've got a typed transcript copy of Willis McCoy (Mecoy) 1800 will,
Craven Co., (by Melissa?), but that's all. I live in Alabama and have only
been to the North Carolina archives once; their mail-order reference
searches are $20 per request and I just haven't given myself that as a
present yet. I'm glad to share ANY of my information and will send family
group sheets, pedigree charts and sources list to whoever would like it.
Lonne particularly has mentioned in past messages that she has copies of
estate records of GIDEON McCOY, whose family is probably related to my
ancestor ELIZABETH McCOY/McKOY who married Andrew Heizer Richardson in 1787
Craven County (bondsman: GIDEON MECOY). Was Gideon her brother or father, or
name of both? Lonne said that Gideon had a daughter named Elizabeth. Please
share sources of information...
I have a lot on the RICHARDSONS of Craven Co. and am glad to share (Martha
M., I've already sent some to you and Mike Edge). Have access to, but
haven't copied yet, extensive JACKSON family papers from Pitt/Greene Co., NC
(related to McCoys, Carmans, others) which is on microfilm at a local
Here's my McCOY research suggestion & theory. If it's old news to anybody,
just delete. Otherwise, let me know what you think and if you can add more
Willis McCoy (presumably SR. who wrote his will in 1800 naming wife Keziah)
married Keziah Acklin 1796 Craven County, NC.
-- Does anyone have copy of this original handwritten marriage record?
I think she was MRS. Keziah Acklin, widow of Charles Acklin, and
this was a second marriage for her and for Willis McCoy (SR). Most
us already know that this must have been Willis' 2nd marriage.
If Keziah of the 1796 marriage is the Keziah named in Willis
1800 will, which is 99.9 per cent probable, then she definitely
the mother of most of his children, several of whom were grown and
married by the time he wrote his will. So he had at least one
Keziah PETERS was wife of CHARLES ACKLIN of Craven County.
Charles Acklin died 1785, left will & estate in Craven Co.
-- See research of Cheryll McLean & others on Acklin family of NC>TN,
The ACKLIN/ECCLEN family migrated to Rutherford Co., Tennessee,
and many migrated eventually to Butler Co., Kentucky with
BEASLEYS & McCOYS & TAYLORS. See also extensive research by
various people on Solomon Beasley & wife Rachel Taylor and on the
TAYLOR family in general (thanks to Martha Marble & Gloria Taylor).
Children of KEZIAH PETERS & CHARLES ACKLIN (who d. 1785 Craven Co.)
-- Elizabeth Acklin - m. Willis McCoy (JR, presumably?) 1791
(Benjamin Beasley was bondsman on marriage, Craven Co.)
-- Christopher Acklin - m. Hannah McCoy 1798
(Richard Hall was bondsman on marriage, Craven Co.)
Christopher married a 2nd wife in 1810 in TN.
-- Cassandra Acklin - m. Solomon Beasley 1799
(Solomon B. was bondsman on Willis McCoy & Keziah Acklin marriage,
and Solomon B. and William McCoy were neighbors on Core Creek)
The multiple connections of these families are obvious. Add another possible
connection: Gideon McCoy married Ann HALL 1787 in Craven County. Was she a
relative of Richard HALL who was bondsman on Hannah McCoy-Christopher Acklin
marriage? I haven't checked the HALLS at all beyond that.
Craven Co. DEEDS of Acklins & McCoys & Beasleys would probably identify many
more relationships and possibilities. Did "Keziah Acklin" deed anything to
her children after husband's death? Did "Keziah McCoy" deed anything to
various Acklins or Beasleys??
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