These are my own abstracts culled from original sources except where noted with comments and interpretations in blue italic
(I have made an effort to spell the name as it appears in each record)
- This is a continuation of the chronology of records for the “Nansemond Rountrees” and specifically for a few Georgia and South Carolina counties on either side of the Savannah River which seem to be landing points for a few Nansemond Rountrees migrating from North Carolina.
- Early Rountrees in Emmanuel County and Washington County, Georgia may be connected, but this file does not include those records — perhaps a future project.
Job Rountree born in North Carolina. He declared in his Revolutionary War pension application: “I was born in North Carolina at or near a place called Goshun (sic) on the 13th of March as I have been informed by my parents who removed to South Carolina while I was quite an infant. I do not recollect the year of my (birth) but according to the best of my information (and) recollection it was in or about the year 1761.” [Revolutionary War Pension File #18187]
There are several places named Goshen in North Carolina, but “1761” means this likely refers to Goshen Swamp, which appears on the 1770 Collett map of North Carolina. Goshen Swamp is a wide blackwater creek that runs roughly southeastward through the extreme northern part of present-day Sampson and Duplin Counties to empty into the Northeast Cape Fear River. Circa 1761 the area would have been just south of Johnson and Dobbs counties. A community called Goshen was located near the head of the swamp about 2-3 miles south of the Wayne (then Dobbs) County line.
Job Rountree is likely the son of William Rountree who died 1742 in Edgecombe County. Another son, William Jr., sold his Edgecombe land in 1751 and disappears. They may have migrated into Duplin County, but deed records there are not indexed before 1784 and court records no longer exist.
3 April 1764
Lease & Release Deed: Kindred Williams late of Granville County, South Carolina, planter, & Elizabeth his wife to Job Rountree, planter, of the said County and Province, for £200 current money of South Carolina… a tract or parcel of land containing 150 acres.. bound to the west by Savannah River and on all other sides by vacant land… a grant to to Kindred Williams bearing date 31 November 1757… Signed: Kindred Williams, Elizabeth (x) Williams. Witness: James Bickham, Zebulon Cock, Joseph (x) Dupree. Proved 19 July 1765 by. oath of James Beckham. Dower release by Elizabeth (x) Williams. [Charleston County Land Records, Vol. 3D, pp635.]
This is the same Job Rountree as below, as the grant to Kindred Williams was on the east bank of the Savannah River near Four Mile Creek and therefore quite close to Job Rountree’s 1772 land purchase. The survey for Kindred Williams shows a rectangle with the long west side bordering the Savannah River. (Plat Book 6, p255.)
9 October 1765
Land Grant: Jethro Rountree… 600 acres situate and being on the north side of Greate Ogeeche at a place called Bark Camp in the parish of Sr. George in our province of Georgia, bounded on every side by land vacant… [Georgia Land Registry Book E, p302.]
Bark Camp was an early settlement near Midville in what became Burke County when it was formed in 1777.
This is almost certainly the same Jethro Rountree (son of Francis) who sold his land in Granville County, North Carolina two years earlier in 1763 and disappeared from North Carolina records,
Deed records of what was later Barnwell District are lost. Only grants and memorials are available. The following deed was fortuitously preserved elsewhere.
3 January 1771
Lease & Release Deed: Jethro Rowntree and his wife Jean Rowntree of South Carolina and County of Granville (sic) to Needham Jernigan of parish of St. George and province of Georgia, for £39 sterling, 300 acres… on the north side of Great Ogeeche… (part of 600 acres granted 29 October 1765) .. Signed: Jethro Rowntree. Witness: William Murphree, Wright Murphree. Marked “Recorded in Book X, folio 727 5 December 1779” [Georgia Digital Collections]
13 September 1772
Memorial exhibited by Job Roundtree…of a plantation or tract of land containing 450 acres situate in Granville County between Steel Creek and Four Mile branch waters of Savannah River…(originally granted) to Rich’d Nutcher & conveyed by him to the Memorialist by lease & release bearing date respectively the 13th & 14th days of Sep‘r 1772. In witness whereof he hath hereunderto set his hand the 30thday of Nov’r 1772… [South Carolina Memorials Vol. 12, p15.]
Steel Creek runs through present-day Barnwell County, emptying into the Savannah River just upriver from the border with present-day Allendale County. On the opposite side of the river lies Burke County, Georgia.
Beginning in 1741, landowners submitted “Memorials” to describe the chain of title and location of their land. The purpose of memorials was to facilitate the collection of royal Quitrents.
6 October 1772
Land Grant: William Roundtree… 300 acres… all that tract of land in the parish of St. George in our province of Georgia bound westerly by land of _____ Roundtree and eastwardly by land of _____ Bass and on all other sides by vacant land. [Georgia Land Registry Book I, p754.]
The given names are replaced by dashes in the original record. “Bass” is Mathew Bass (a grant of 200 acres in 1775)
12 March 1773
Survey described in Memorial by Jethro Roundtree for 100 acres in Granville County bounded SW on Henry Sizemore & NE partly on land surveyed. Survey certified the 12th March 1773 & granted the 26th July 1774 to the mem’st… Memorial Dated 5 January 1775. [South Carolina Memorials Vol. 13, p290. Grant is at Grants Vol. 31, p606 and Survey at Plats Vol. 20, p215.]
This is somewhere in what is now Aiken County just upriver from Barnwell County – it would have been in Barnwell District from 1798 until 1878.. The survey for above land shows the “Road to Augusta” running through a corner of the plot and the “Road to Hammonds Ferry” running through the other side of the tract, apparently destined to converge somewhere to the north of this tract. Hammonds Ferry across the Savannah River connected Augusta, Georgia and the defunct community of Campbell Town (now North Augusta) on the South Carolina side. Campbell Town would have been perhaps 30-odd miles north of where Job Rountree settled, so Jethro Rountree is settling somewhere between Job Rountree and Campbell Town. Sizemore sold his adjacent grant to John Hammond, operator of the Ferry, in 1774
Jethro Rountree may be the same person as the brother of William Rountree. Jethro Rountree had bought land in Granville County, NC in 1750 and sold it in 1763, apparently moving first to Burke County and then across the river into Barnwell.
Courthouse fires in 1825 and 1856 destroyed essentially all records of Burke County, Georgia.
3 September 1778
Notice: The Subscriber gives this publik notice, that he gave a bond to Col. Edward Barnard of Georgia, in 1770 or 1771, which bond cannot be produced. This is therefore to forewarn any person from purchasing the said bond, as it has already been paid. Jethro Rountree. [The South Carolina and American General Gazette, issue of 3 September 1778, p6. Repeated in subsequent issues.]
22 November 1778
Receipt: “Savannah 22 Nov ’78 Rec’d Major Samuel Scott on board my boat to be deliver’d at Mr. Rob. Waltons at Augusta the Danger of the River excepted the following negroes viz. Bullock His Wife & Child, Charles & his Wife Also 1 Grindstone & 7 Axes.” Signed: Job Rountree. [Receipt in the Revolutionary War Pension File of Samuel Scott #W5998.]
Job Rountree was apparently a boatsman?
Jury Lists of South Carolina:
Orangeburg District, Petit Jurors to Savannah River: Joab Rountree.(sic) (p70.)
Ninety-six District, Between Turkey Creek and Savannah River: Jethro Roundtree. (p81 and p99)
Ninety-Six District, Spartan Division: Turner Roundtree, Richardson Roundtree (consecutive). (p80 and p102.)
[Ge Lee Corley Hendrix and Mom McKee Lindsay, The Jury Lists of South Carolina 1778-1779 (Genealogical Publishing Co.), p70, 81, 99, 102.]
Jethro Roundtree isI likely still in the vicinity of North Augusta. Ninety-Six District included part of what is now Aiken County, including the area of North Augusta.
“…the principal duty assigned to the Regiment was to guard the passes of the Savannah River from Augusta to the city of Savannah, to keep the Tories in Carolina and Georgia in check, and to prevent the transportation of all arms and ammunition from Savannah to Augusta. That the first engagement in which he served was at Williams’ landing on Savannah in South Carolina – a detachment of fifteen men from Captain Vince’s company, a company of militia commanded by Captain Castels and some volunteer mounted men, at that place were surprised and routed after some fighting by a party of Tories commanded by one McCormick – the declarant’s brother, John Young, and Job Rountree Senior and Shadrach Rountree, the father and brother of Job Rountree of Barnwell District, were taken prisoners. [Declaration dated 25 July 1834 in the Revolutionary War Pension of James Young #R11977. Repeated in Barnwell District Court of Ordinary Minutes 1828-1838, pp35.]
James Young testified that he entered service in 1777 — that this was “the first engagement in which he served” implies that the Rountrees were captured relatively early in the war. He also references this skirmish as taking place prior to the siege of Augusta in mid-1780.
See also 25 July 1834 below.
On 3 May 1841, Job Rountree deposed that he entered service “in the year 1779 in a company of mounted dragoons commanded by Capt. Joseph Vince.” [Item in Pension File #S18187.]
Internet genealogies declare that he was 14 when he enlisted, but his own pension application suggests that he was born about 1761 and entered service in 1779, therefore more like 18 years old. .
25 February 1782
Legend: Death of Job Rountree Sr. and his son Shadrack Rountree aboard a prison ship in Savannah harbor. [Gloria Holbeck, writing online in 2001, at www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/topic/military/argeorgia/crossref.htm]
I have not found a source for this statement. Neither the pension applications of Job Roiuntree or James Young make this claim.
Certificate: State of Georgia, Ritch. County. “This is to Certify that Job Rowntree was one of those Citizens that Joined my Rigem’t (sic) at the 1st Seige of augusta & fled British Protection and Took Refuge in the other States and did his Duty as a good Soldere in The Redg’t of Reffuge under my Command” Wm Candler, Col. Regm’t R. R. C.
On Reverse: “Heirs of Job Round Tree pray your honors to grant them a warrant for 287½ acres of land on the within certificate in Washington County. Your Pet’s will pray. (Signed) Jesse Rountray for the heirs of Job Rountree.” Marked Warrant No. 1415. [“Headright and Bounty Documents” FHL Film #005271475, image 290.]
Col. Candler wrote 63 of these certificates, describing them as the roster of men of the Richmond County Refugees who were active from 15 September 1780 to the “reduction of the British troops in Augusta” on 18 September 1780. Augusta had surrendered to the British in April 1780 and on 15 September about 400-500 rebels laid siege to about 450 Loyalist troops and their Indian allies. The Americans retreated on 18 September when the British were reinforced with regulars from South Carolina. Both sides lost about 60-75 men (accounts vary).
Col. William Candler died in July 1784 so the certificate was probably written in the 1781-1783 period The warrants would have been later — probably mid or late 1780s after Washington County was opened up for grants.. There are no dates in the documents. The warrant request is directed to the Land Court.
All three of these warrants are marked “not paid” and evidently did not result in a claim.
Certificate: State of Georgia, Ritch. County. “This is to Certify that Jesse Rowntree was one of those Citizens that Joined my Rigem’t (sic) at the First Seige of augusta & fled British Protection and Took Refuge in the other States and faithfully did his Duty in The Regim’t of Reffuge under my Command” Wm Candler, Col. Regm’t R. R. C.
On Reverse: “Jesse Round Tree prays your honors to grant him a warrant for 287½ acres of land on the within certificate in Washington County. (Signed) Jesse Rountree.” Marked Warrant No. 1416. [“Headright and Bounty Documents” FHL Film #005271475, image 287.]
Certificate: State of Georgia, Ritch. County. “This is to Certify that Abner Rowntree was one of those Citizens that Joined my Rigem’t (sic) at the 1st Seige of augusta & fled British Protection and Took Refuge in the other States and did his Duty as a good Soldere in The Redg’t of Reffuge under my Command” Wm Candler, Col. Regm’t R. R. C.
On Reverse: “May it please your honor to grant the heirs of Abner Round Tree a warrant for 287½ acres of land on the within certificate in Washington County. (Signed) Jesse Rountree for the heirs of Job Rountree.” Marked Warrant No. 1417. [“Headright and Bounty Documents” FHL Film #005271475, image 273.]
This is seriously confusing — why not “the heirs of Abner Rountree”? Why were the heirs of Job Rountree the applicants? The heirs of Job Rountree would have an interest in this only if either Job were the natural heir of Abner (a brother) or if Job was the father of Abner (which would make Job’s children the heirs of Abner if he were a single man). Georgia had not yet replaced the British laws regarding inheritance. Or was Abner known by another name?
31 August 1785
Indent for £42:17:1 issued to Job Rountree for militia duty from 15 April 1781 to 25 Feb. 1782 The Indent of this ___ was delivered to Jesse Rountree & paid in pat of. his Bond & no receipt given for the indent. [Item included in Pension File #S18187.]
There are other vouchers in the files as well..
17 August 1786
Land Grant: William Rountree, 200 acres in Burke County… bounding south westwardly and southeastwardly by said Rountree‘s land and on all other sides by vacant land… [Georgia Land Registry Book KKK, p510.]
15 January 1788
Court: “Ordered that Reuben Roundtree have administration on the Estate of Job Roundtree. Wm. Dunbar & Wm. Vince Security on £1,000 bond” [Journal of the Winton County Court October 1786 – February 1791, page 68. FHL Film #007897759, image 41.]
Court: “A List of Taxable Persons in Winton County as delivered by Elijah Gillett, Esq. Sheriff into the Clerk’s Office”.
[”Wills No. 1 1787-1791, Winton County”, FHL Film 007649447, image 36.]
Winton County was Barnwell’s predecessor. It was eliminated in 1791 but Barnwell was not credited until 1798. These are presumed to be the adult children of Job Rountree Sr. Job Rountree Jr. is not on the list of 273 men though he was aged approximately 27 at the time — was he elsewhere in 1788? .
24 July 1788
Court: Pursuant to an order to us directed by Aaron Smith Esq. authorizing & appointing us appraisers of the personal estate of Job Roundtree dec’d… We met of the 24th of July… appraised such of the goods etc. belonging to the said estate as was shown to us by Reuben Roundtree, Administrator….” Signed: Stephen Smith, John Parkinson, John Collins. Recorded 10 April 1789. [”Wills No. 1 1787-1791, Winton County”, FHL Film 007649447, image 92.]
Inventory was odd. It included two slaves, five dozen cattle, 14 horses, 84 hogs, 8 sheep, 8 bee hives and some carpentry tools, the total valued at £399. But it listed no crops or food supplies, nor the typical household goods such as beds, furniture, dishware, etc.
If Job Rountree died in 1782 why was the estate not probated until 1788?
5 August 1788
“…the following persons to serve for a Pettit Jury for November Court… Jacob Roundtree… [Journal of the Winton County Court October 1786 – February 1791, page 89. FHL Film #007897759, image 52.]
6 August 1788
“Ordered that Stephen Smith, Jno. Parkinson & Jos. Vince be appointed Comm’rs to divide the estate of Job Roundtree dec’d amongst the heirs of the said dec’d.” [Journal of the Winton County Court October 1786 – February 1791, page 92. FHL Film #007897759, image 54.]
There doesn’t seem to be any report in the surviving records of Winston County.
24 June 1788
Bill of Sale: Gilshot Thomas to Job Roundtree, for £50, one negro boy named Bakus aged sixteen or seventeen years… Signed: Gilshot Thomas. Witness: Thomas Filput, Reuben (x) Roundtree. Proved in court 6 August 1788 and signed by Job (x) Roundtree. [”Wills No. 1 1787-1791, Winton County” page 64, FHL Film 007649447, image 83.]
This must be Job Rountree Jr., as his father’s inventory was taken just a month later.
24 July 1788
Inventory of Job Rountree deceased, recorded 10 April 1789. 2 slaves, many cattle and horses, carpentry tools… [Winton County FHL Film 007649447, image 92.]
17 March 1790
Public Notice: Grants to be sold for non-payment of purchase money… William Griffin 300 acres in Orangeburgh District on Pen Branch, bounded northwardly by lands unknown or vacant, southwardly by Mrs. Rountree and Ezekiel Williams, westwardly by vacant lands and eastwardly by William Dunbar Esq. including 100 acres (on which is a mill) formerly granted. [State Gazette of South-Carolina, issue of 25 March 1790, p2. Repeated in issues through 31 May 1770.]
1790 census: Orangeburg District
No mention of Winton County — evidently folded into the “South Part of Orangeburgh District”
John Rountree 2 1 3
Reuben Rountree 3 3 1
Reuben Rountree 2 2 2
18 February 1796
Notice: to be sold to the highest bidder on the 8th of March next at the house of the late John Myers on Beach Island. 300 barrels of corn… Jesse Rountree, adm’r. [Augusta Chronicle issue of 20 February 1796, p3. Repeated in subsequent issues.]
Beach Island apparently refers to the place in Barnwell District that is now in Aiken County.
Winton County of Orangeburg District was disbanded in 1790 – Barnwell District was created in 1798. Most records for 1791-1799 are lost.
1800 Census, Barnwell District:
Job Roundtree 0 2 0 1 0 – 4 2 0 1 0 – 1 slave
John Rountree 1 2 0 1 0 – 4 0 0 1 0
Mary Roundtree 2 1 1 0 0 – 0 0 1 0 0
3 August 1801
Land Warrant: for William Roundtree Senr. , 300 acres of land in Burke County adjoining his own lands and others, on his own headright… Marked as recorded in Book DD p496.[Georgia Headright and Bounty Land Warrants 1783-1909, FHL Film #005271476, image 270.]
9 September 1801 Survey for William Rountree on this warrant, 222 acres bounded by his own land, Charles Stringer, John Jones and Batt Jones. Chain Carriers: James Rountree & Moses Rountree. [Georgia Virtual Vault “Headright and Bounty Plats” under William Rountree, Burke County.]
30 July 1802
Notice: Twenty Dollars Reward. Runaway from the subscriber a Negro Woman named Charity with 2 children…belongs to Job Rountree of Barnwell District, South Carolina… [Columbian Museum and Savannah Advertiser, issue of 30 July 1802, p2 and subsequqnt issues as well as in the Augusta Chronicle.]
I don’t see a genealogical need to repeat this disturbing item in total.
1 July 1803
Unclaimed letters in the Post Office at Augusta: …Jesse Rountree… [Augusta Chronicle, issue of 2 July 1803, p4.]
16 March 1807
Graand Jury: The State vs. William Roundtree — Hog Stealing. Grand Jury returns no bill. [Barnwell District Court Sessions Journal Vol. 1 1800-1822, p161.]
1 July 1807
Unclaimed letters in the Post Office at Augusta: …Jesse Rountree… [Augusta Chronicle, issue of 4 July 1807, p3.]
7 January 1808
Among the legislative acts of SC: “An act for the relief of Jesse Roundtree and others, owners of mill dams on Horse Creek.” [The Charleston Daily Courier, issue of 7 January 1808, p2.]
Horse Creek is in the part of Barnwell that is now Aiken County.
20 March 1810
Suit: Jesse Rountree, Guardian vs. John Bernard & Thos. Newman: Thomas Newman confesses debt of $141.25 plus interest and court costs. I agree to stay execution in the case until later 1st day of December next, (Signed) Chas Goodman. [Barnwell District Court of Common Pleas Journal 1800-1811, p315. Repeated in Common Pleas Journal 1810-1813, p255.]
Where is Jesse Rountree in the 1810 census? Is he the Jesse Rountree in Edgefield District?
1810 Census, Barnwell District
Job Roundtree 4 1 0 0 1 – 5 3 0 1 0
John Roundtree 1 1 0 0 1 – 3 0 1 1 0
19 March 1813
Deed: Joel E. Carstarphen of Barnwell District to Job Roundtree, for $300, 247? acres… two tacts (one granted to ___ Futch 5 June 1786, the other to John Mooney 6 November 1786) to the S.E. of the East Prong of the Indian Grave Branch… Signed: J. E. Carstarphen. Witness: John Roundtree, Isom (Isham) Pettis. Renunciation of dower by Annis (x) Carstarphen, wife of Joel E. Carstarphen. [Barnwell District Deed Book J, p94.]
27 January 1815
Partition of land belonging to William Rountree, Jordan Rountree, and Asa Rountree, heirs to the estate of Reuben and Mary Rountree… divided by consent and in the presence of said heirs this 27th day of January 1815… Personally appeared Capt. James Harley who swore that he was personally present and saw Wm. Rountree, Jourdan Rountree and Isaiah(sic) Rountree sign seal and deliver the subjoined or following obligation to each other relative to the within survey… 5 February 1815. … We do bind ourselves, to stand to and abide by the division of the land… Signed 30 January 1815 by WIlliam Rountree, Jordan Rountree, Asai(sic) Rountree. Witness: James Harley, G. R. Dunbar. [Barnwell District Deed Book N, p172.]
The plot shows a tract of 672 acres divided in to three 212-acre portions. Each received 212 acres of a 672-acre tract. Adjacent landowners included Francis Fickling, Samuel Dunbar,and John Bagby,
Note that Mary Rountree had 4 males in her 1810 household. One of them apparently died before the partition.
Elizabeth, widow of William Aaron, “died at Job Rountree’s“. [Petition by heirs of William Aaron filed 1 February 1821 abstracted by Folks Huxford, Court of Equity Records of Barnwell District, S.C., Vol. 1, p2.]
Perhaps a relative?
16 August 1816
Deed: Job Rountree to Joel E. Carstarphen, for $1,300 two tracts of land containing in total 1,363 acres, the one whereon sd. Rountree now lives containing 653 acres it being part of a tract of land granted to said Job Rountree the 3rd day of July 1786, the other containing 710 acres also granted to said Job Rountree the 5th day of April 1813… both situated in Barnwell District on waters of Neds branch a prong of Steel Creek, waters of Savannah River… Signed: Job (his X mark) Rountree. Witness: W. S. Pope, Wm. Leslie. 14 October 1816 Mary Rountree, the wife of the within named Job Rountree, relinquished dower. Signed: Mary (her X mark) Rountree. Mary Roundtree, wife, relinquished dower. [Barnwell District Deed Book J, p97.]
3 October 1816
Deed: Joel E. Carstarphen of Barnwell District “for and in consideration of the love and good will I bear to Job Roundtree and Levy Roundtree (sons of Job Roundtree) … all those two tracts or plantations of land which I purchased of Job Roundtree the 16 day of August last past containing 1,363 acres a ___ time lease to sd. Job Roundtree__ father and his wife Mary Roundtree… [reversion to the other if either Job or Levi dies before reaching 21]… to Job Roundtree son of Job Roundtree all that part… that lies ___ west of Neds Branch…. to Levy Roundtree son of Job Roundtree all the balance… Signed: J. E. Carstarphen. Witness: Wm. Rush, John Roundtree. Renunciation of dower by Annis (x) Carstarphen, wife of Joel E. Carstarphen. [Barnwell District Deed Book J, p91.]
The microfilm version obscures part of the page.
7 December 1816
Will of John D. Minor, leaving his estate to his mother and after her death to be divided equally between his brother and “my sister Margaret Rountree and her husband Jordan Rountree“. Proved 5 April 1817. [Barnwell District Private Files, Bundle 28, Package 5.]
4 November 1817
Grand Jury: The State vs. Asa Rountree & Bryan O’Bannon — Assault & Battery. Grand Jury reutrned an indictment. [Barnwell District Court Sessions Journal Vol. 1 1800-1822, p427.]
3 March 1818.
Deed: (partially obscured on microfilm) Job Roundtree to Rebecca Philpott, both of Barnwell, for $207, 240 acres being all that that part that lies to the East prong of the Indian Grave Branch of the original surveys of land and granted to John ____ 6 November 1786 and the other to Mourning Fulch fifth day of June proceeding of the same year… on sd. Indian Granve Branch waters of Pin Branch waters fo Savannah.. Signed: Job (his X mark) Roundtree. Witness: W. S. Pope, Wm. Leslie. [Barnwell District Deed Book K, p80.]
Rebecca Philpott was the widow and executor of George Philpott.
1820 Census, Barnwell District
Job Roundtree 0 2 1 0 0 1 – 0 1 3 0 1
Asa Roundtree 0 0 0 2 0 0 – 0 0 0 0 1
William Roundtree 1 0 0 1 0 0 – 2 0 1 0 0
John Roundtree 1 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 1 0 0 1
Jourdan Roundtree 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 0 0 1 0 0
John Rountree is not indexed in the ancestry.com rendering of the census. All but Job are on the same page, which contains only “R” surnames.
1 January 1822
Received of Samuel Dunbar, executor to the estate of John Minor, two negroes named Sam and Mary being part of the property of the said John Minor, deceased, which I do acknowledge to be my full proportion of the said personal estate… Signed: Jordan Rountree. Witness: William Dunbar, Francis Fickling. [Barnwell District Deed Book N, p200.]
26 July 1822
Administration on the estate of Jordan Rountree dec’d granted to his widow Mrs. Lucretia Rountree… Her bond for $4,000 30 August 1822 with securities Stephen Newman and William Rountree. [Barnwell District Court of Ordinary Minutes 1819-1828, p36.]
12 September 1822.
Inventory taken of personal estate of Mr. Jordan Rountree… total $4,721.75 [Barnwell District Inventories & Appraisements Book D 1821-1821, pp51.]
29 November 1824
Deed: Isaac Rountree to Joseph Plummer, both of Barnwell District, for $200, 500 acres in Barnwell District “near the waters of the Lower three Runs being part of a tract of land containing 1,000 acres surveyed for Henry Moffet the 7th day of January 1786…” Signed: Isaac (x) Rountree. Witness: James (x) Bennett, William Kennedy. Proved following day by James Bennett. [Barnwell District Deed Book P, p114.]
Henry Moffett had sold his 1000-acre grant to John Bennett in 1796. John Bennett sold 500 acres of it to James Bates in 1810 and on 28 August 1823 James Bates sold that 500 acres of the same description to “the heirs of John Bennett” who were otherwise not identified. (The heirs of John Bennett thus owned the entire original 1000 acres,) I presume that Elizabeth Rountree, wife of Isaac, was one of those heirs. See the dower release on 20 February 1827. A quick check did not disclose probate records for John Bennett.
Deed: Rufus W. Foster to William Rountree, trustee for Jas. B. Sweat. [Barnwell District Deed Book P, p369.]
Pages 368-369 are missing from the FHL microfilm of Deed Book P.
21 April 1825
Sheriff’s Notice, Charleston District: Sundry Negroes. To be sold as the property of Robert W. Seabrook, at the several suits of George A. Norman, Isaac C. Moses and Job Rountree. [The Charleston Daily Courier, issue of 21 April 1825, p1. Repeated in Subsequent issues.p;;ppppppp;]
6 December 1826
Suit for Partition: Lemuel Robinson & wife vs. Mary Ann and Reuben Rountree… (abstracted) Mrs. Lucretia Robinson, wife of Lemuel Robinson is the widow of Jordan Rountree. Mary Ann Rountree is the daughter of Jordan Rountree and his first wife (name not shown) and Reuben Rountree is the son of Jordan Rountree and Lucretia. Jordan Rountree died intestate shortly after Reuben was born, leaving as his sole heirs his wife and two children.
A plat in the file shows an 1815 division of land among Asa, William, and Jordan Rountree. [Folks Huxford, Court of Equity Records of Barnwell District, S.C., Vol. 1, p24.]
Note that Jordan Rountree has no children in the 1820 census. See 7 January 1815 above for the plat included in this file.
20 February 1827
Dower Release: Elizabeth Rountree, the wife of Isaac Rountree, relinquishes dower in the deed from her husband to Joseph Plummer (see 29 November 1824). Signed: Elizabeth (x) Rountree. [Barnwell County Deed Book Q, p199.]
Angus Patterson on 30 July 1834 deposed that in 1827 Job Rountree had applied to the Legislature of South Carolina for a pension on his Revolutionary militia service but was denied, not for want of proof, but because he had sufficient propery to support himself without a pension [Barnwell District Court of Ordinary Minutes 1828-1838, p49.]
1 January 1828
Bill of Sale: John A. Darlington to William Rountree, guardian of Thomas Darlington, all of Barnwell, for $165, in trust for Thomas Darlington a negro slave girl named Amy… Signed: John A. Darlington. Witness: Asa Rountree. [Barnwell County Deed Bokk Q, p367.]
20 June 1828
Deed of Gift: Job Rountree Senr. “for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have to my two sons viz. Job Rountree and Levi Roundtree“… equally, one set of Blacksmith’s tools, one cross cut saw, one sand sieve, one cart…. also to my son Levi Rountree 318 acres of land lying near the head of Ned’s Branching. pat fo a parcel formerly belonging to the estate of William Aaron dec’d, also I give unto my son Levi Rountree my stock of every description, my household and kitchen furniture, plantation tools, and all and every part of my estate that I do possess except what has already been given, but myself and my wife Mary Rountree to hold and enjoy as much of said property as I think proper during my natural life, and if at my decease my wife Mary Rountree should be left a widower her to enjoy a part fo the aforementioned property, viz., 100 acres of land to be taken out of the land which I have given to my son Levi Rountree and the said one hundred acres to include the old plantation known by the name of Asron’s Place… and also for the love I bear to my son Job Rountree and my several daughters, viz. Temperance Owens, Zillah Ashley, Lucy Beck, Addah Weatherbe, Edie Ashley, Zealy Boughman, Elizabeth Cave, Mary Boughman, Mary Ann Anderson… to each of them one feather bed and furniture and a small (stock of?) cattle… Signed: Job (his X mark) Rountree. Witness: Littleton Morgan, Cullen Coward, Millburn Coward Junr. Proved the same day. [Barnwell District Deed Book Q, p393.]
1 December 1828
Deed: Stephen Wood to Levi Rountree, both of Barnwell, for $30, 75 acres it being one-fourth part of a tract of land granted to John Wood Senr. lying & binding on lands since laid out for Job Rountree Senr. and also binding on Killingsworth’s land… lying in and about the Baize near the head of Ned’s branch, waters of Savannah River,… Signed: Stephen Wood. Witness: Lytlleton Morgan, Anderson Morgan. Not recorded until 2 February 1835. [Barnwell County Deed Book U, p36.]
5 December 1828
Deed: John Wood to Levi Rountree, both of Barnwell, for $30, 75 acres it being one-fourth part of a tract of land granted to John Wood Senr. lying & binding on lands since laid out for Job Rountree Senr. and also binding on Killingsworth’s land… lying in and about the Bays near the head of Ned’s branch, waters of Savannah River,… Signed: John Wood. Witness: Lytlleton Morgan, Job (x) Rountree. Not recorded until 2 February 1835. [Barnwell County Deed Book U, p35.]
___ February 1829
Deed: Gaspar J. Trotti, Commissioner of th eHonorable Court of Equity for Barnwell District, to Jeremiah Minor… whereas Lamuel Roberson & Lucretia his wife (formerly Lucretia Rountree) on or abouit 6 December 1826… filed in equity court against Mary Ann Rountree and Reuben Rountree praying partition of the real estate of Jordan Rountree dec’d… at February term 1828 the court ordered a sale and 212 acres were sold at publich auction to Jeremiah Minor for $90… adjoining land of the estate of Samuel Dunbar, Francis Frickling, Asa Rountree, and lands belonging to free Andrew & John Bagley… Proved 23 October 1832. [Barnwell County Deed Book S, p397.]
17 March 1830
DeedL Jeremiah Minor and Lucy his wife to William Rountree, all of Barnwell, for $55, 104 acres bounded on the north and northeast by land granted to William Vince & lands belonging to Reuben Rountree’s estate, east by Free Andrew’s land, south by lands formerly belonging to John Clayton being a part of the Andrew tract & west by Penn Branch waters of Savannah River… Signed; J. Minor, Lucy E. Minor. Witness: Lyttleton Morgan, Joshua Moody. [Barnwell County Deed Book S, p113.]
1830 Census, Barnwell District
William Roundtree 1 2 1 0 0 1 — 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
Așa Roundtree 1 0 0 0 0 1 — 0 0 0 0 1
Elizabeth Roundtree 1 1 — 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
John Roundtree Sr. 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 — 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Isaac Roundtree 2 2 0 0 0 1 — 0 2 1 0 1
Where are Job and Levi?
19 March 1831
Deed: Levi Rountree to Harman Baughman, both of Barnwell, for $214, 214 acres on the headwaters of Steel Creek, waters of Savannah River bounded by lands belonging to Milburn Coward, Job Rountree, Conrad Baughman & the heirs of Joseph Butler… a tract laid out 25 January 1831 from a tract of 710 acres originally granted to Job Rountree the 5 of April 1813. Signed: Levi (x) Rountree. Witness: Lyttleton Morgan, Conrad Baughman. [Barnwell County Deed Book T, p241.]
19 March 1831
Deed: Levi Rountree to Conrad Baughman, both of Barnwell, for $131, 131½ acres on Steel Creek, waters of Savannah River bounded by lands belonging to James Furse, Francis Fickling Hardy Baughman, and Harman Baughman… a tract laid out 25 January 1831 from a tract of 710 acres originally granted to Job Rountree the 5 of April 1813. Signed: Levi (x) Rountree. Witness: Lyttleton Morgan, Harman Baughman. [Barnwell County Deed Book T, p243.]
10 August 1832
Deed: William Rountree to Jeremiah Minor, both of Barnwell, for $2,000, 212 acres being the northern part of a tract granted to Richard Nutcher 21 June 1765 for 450 acres on Pent Branch waters of Savannah River… Signed: William Rountree. Witness: G. R. Dunbar, J. J. Harley. Relinquishment of dower by Jane Rountree, wife of William Rountree. [Barnwell County Deed Book S, p406.]
10 August 1832
Deed: George R. Dunbar to William Rountree, both of Barnwell, for $3,000, 1,000 acres originally granted to Thomas Wright 24 March 1756… near Savannah River about two miles above Steel Creek… Signed: G. R. Dunbar. Witness: J. Minor, J. J. Harley. [Barnwell County Deed Book T, p145.]
18 February 1833
Deed: Mathew Beck, agent for Jesse Scarborough & his wife formerly Mary Patterson, to Isaac Rountree, both of Barnwell District, for $120, 220 acres lying Joicy branch waters of the Lower three runs surveyed for West Tarver 20 May 1801 and now binding lands on the north of WIlliam Fanning South by Allen D. Cochran, Gilbert Longstreet and others… Signed: Mathew Beck. Witness: Charles Beck, Bardin O’Neale. [Barnwell County Deed Book T, p84.]
12 February 1834
Deed: Asa Rountree of Barnwell to William Ashley, for $150, 101¼ acres it being a part of a tract of land granted to WIlliam Spears containing 202½ acres lying on Penn Branch waters of the Savannah River and bounding on lands on the west belonging to Isom Pettis, on the north by lands belonging to William Ashley, on the southeast by lands belonging to James Tyler and on S West by lands belonging to estate of Thomas Darlington… Signed: Asa Rountree. Witness: Charles Ashley Jr. Wood (x) Truett. [Barnwell County Deed Book T, p200.]
12 February 1834
Deed: Wood Truett to Asia (sic) Rountree, both of Barnwell, for $250, 115¼ acres adjoining lands of Mrs. Hanking__, George Dunbar, Alllen Petty, and others… Signed: Wood (x) Truet. Witness: William Ashley, Charles Ashley Sr. [Barnwell County Deed Book V, p324.]
25 July 1834
Invalid Pension Application of Job Rountree, aged 73 years, of Barnwell District, SC for militia service under Capt. Joseph Vince and Col. James McCoy, enlisting at Steel Creek on Savannah River in 1776: Portions abstracted elsewhere. “I was born in North Carolina at or near a place called Goshun on the 13th of March as I have been informed by my parents who removed to South Carolina while I was quite and infant. I do not recollect the year of my (birth) but according to the best of my information (and) recollection it was in or about the year 1761. I am informed that there was a record of my age in a family Bible supposed to have been in the possession of my brother John who to & died in Alabama several years ago… When I entered service I was living on Savannah River within fifteen miles of the place where I now live… I now live on Ned’s Branch waters of Savannah River, Barnwell District, South Carolina…” The final declaration by Job Rountree in the file is dated 3 May 1841. [Revolutionary Pension File S18187]
His declarations for himself and in support of James Young are included among the court minutes [Narnwell District Court of Ordinary Minutes 1828-1838, pp38. See pp44 particularly.]
25 July 1834
Declaratikon of James Young
26 July 1834
Deed: Isaac Rountree to Allen D. Cochran, for $70, 100 acres it being part of a tract of 220 acres originally granted unto West Tarver… beginning at the Creek __ Swamp of the west prong of Joyce’s Branch… adjoining WIlliam Fannon & others… Signed: Isaac (x) rountree. Witness: John B. Cave, John W. Drummond. [Barnwell County Deed Book U, p299.]
14 October 1834
Deed: Edward Wimberly to Levi Rountree, both of Barnwell, for $30, 100 acres lying on the head of Little Ned’s Branch waters of Savannah River being a part of a tract of land granted to John Wood Senr. containing 300 acres… Signed: Edward Wimberly. Witness: Joseph Beck, Madison Robinson. [Barnwell County Deed Book U, p38.]
2 February 1835
Mortgage: Bill of sale from Stephen Boyet to Job Rountree, (a variety of livestock and other goods). to be void if Boyet pays before 1 January 1837… [Barnwell County Deed Book U, p50.]
9 February 1838
Deed: Benjamin B. Hankinson and Mary Hankinson to Asia Rountree, for $985, 394 acres between Steel Creek and Pent Branch being part of a tract of land conveyed by George R. Dunbar to Richard Hankinson dec’d and drawn by Mary Hankinson a legatee of the said estate… bounded by William B. Moody, Samuel J. Bailey, and William Rountree… Signed: B. B. Hankinson, Mary Hankinson. Witness: (Lorenzo?) Foley, J. J. S. Hankinson. [Barnwell County Deed Book W, p123.]
30 February 1838
Deed: Samuel J. Bailey to Asai Rountree, for $1,000.41, 394 acres between the Creeks branch and Steel Creek… being a part of the real estate of richard Hankerson dec’d… bounded by land b elonging to the late Caroline L. Hankerson and Major B. B. Hankerson…. Signed: Samuel J. Bailey. Witness: Thomas Filpot, Giles Bowers. Dower relinquishment by sarah Baily, wife of Samuel J. Bailey. [Barnwell County Deed Book W, p116.]
5 May 1838
Deed: William Rountree and Jane his wife to Asai Rountree, for $550, 197 acres being our proportionable part of the real estate of Job Darlington dec’d to which we are heirs and by which the said William Rountree became possessed by his marriage with his wife jane… bounded by Thomas Darlington, and Asai Rountree and Samuel J. Baily lying on Pent Branch water of Savannah River… Signed: William Rountree, Jane Rountree. Witness: Isaac A. Wood, Thos. Traves. [Barnwell County Deed Book W, p118.]
8 September 1838
Deed: James H. Goodbee of Burke County, Georgia to William Rountree of Barnwell County, for $100, 15 acres adjoining lands of sd. Rountree, Milledge and James Williamson being all the high land belonging to a part of a tract belonging to sd. Goodbee…. Signed: James H. Goodbee, Martha Goodbee. Witness: Wm. Buxton, Isaaac I Heath. [Barnwell County Deed Book W, p163.]
5 October 1838
Deed: Joseph A. Shumaker and Caroline his wife of (obscured) County, Georgia to Asai Rountree, for $1,000, 300 acres lying on the west side of Steel Creek… being a part of the real estate of Richard Hankerson dec’d … bounded by John Pettis, A. Rountree, L.? Minor… Signed: John A. Shumaker, Caroline Shumaker. Witness: oshua Moody, Homer V. Mulkey. [Barnwell County Deed Book W, p114.]
16 January 1839
Deed: William Rountree to Jennings J. Wood, for $4,000, 1,007½ acres… on Pen Branch adjoining lands of Dr. S. J. Bailey, John Milledge, and. others… 5½ of which was bought by teh said William Rountree from Issac A. Wood for a settlement it being part of a tract or parcel of land known as the Black land… Signed: William Rountree. Witness: Isaac A. Wood, Wilson Hough. Relinquishment of dower by Jane Rountree. [Barnwell County Deed Book W, p278.]
19 February 1839
Deed: Jobe Rountree Senr. and Livia his wife to William Rountree, for $2,000, 777 acres… on(e) tract of land granted to Jobe Rountree Sen. and one other tract granted to John Wood… on the head of Nead’s (sic) Branch waters of Steel Creek adjoining land of Job Rountree, John Milage, estate of Berdeaux Williams (Kimmons?), Sharlot Killingsworth, Aron Green and Leania Rountree as reference to a plat made by Wilson Sanders 8 February 1839… Signed: Job (x) Rountree, Livia (x) Rountree. Witness James L. Darlington, James W. Rountree. [Barnwell County Deed Book W, p316.]
1840 Barnwell District Census:
p200. Asa Rountree. 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 — 0 1 + 13 slaves
p203 Levey Rountree. 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 — 0 1 0 0 1 + 2 slaves
consec. Job Rountree 0 1 1 1 0 1 — 2 1 1 0 0 1 — + 1 slave
[7 names intervene]
p 203. Elizabeth Rountree 0 0 0 0 1 — 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
p206. William Rountree. 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 — 1 2 2 0 0 1 + 11 slaves
p232. Isaac Roundtree. 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 — 0 1 0 0 2 0 1
11 September 1841
Will of Levi Rountree: “…unto my beloved wife Margarett all my property, both real and personal, during her widowhood… in case she should at any time hereafter marry it is my will and desire that my children shall have two thirds of my estate… (executors to manage children’s estates) until they marry or arrive to the age of twenty one years… appoint my relatives and friends Mr. William Rountree and Mr. James W. Rountree my executors… Signed: Levi (his X mark) Rountree. Witness: John Aaron, Jacob L. Beck, J. I Harley. Recorded 22 September 1841. [Barnwell District Probate Records Bundle 79 Package 12, also in Will Book D, p10.]
20 November 1841
Will of Job Rountree: “…all my real and personal estate whatsoever unto my daughter-in-law Margaret Roundtree the widow of my son Levi Roundtree deceased for & during her life with the understanding that she will maintain and educate the children of my son the said Levi Rountree according to her limited means. On from & after the decease of my said daughter-in-law I give devise and bequeath my real estate and my slaves unto my grandson Asa Roundtree, son of the said Levi Roundtree… (and) all the remainder of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my granddaughter Mary Roundtree, daughter of the said Levi Roundtree”… appoint Margaret Roundtree and Asa Roundtree executors. Signed: Job (his X mark) Roundtree. Witness: John W. Drummond, A. Killingsworth Junr., Caleb Killingsworth. Proved 7 July 1848. [Barnwell District Probate Records, Bundle 95, Package 6 in FHL Film 004752888, image 647. Also in Will Brook D, p110.]
7 July 1848
Will of Job Rountree proved. Mrs. Margaret Boyd (formerly Rountree) qualified as executrix. Bond of Mrs. Boyd. Initial Inventory. [Barnwell District Probate Records, Bundle 95, Package 6 in FHL Film 004752888, images 649-652.]
24 August 1849
Asa Rountree was deceased, intestate. Widow Julia and child Clara. Julia remarried John A. Reardon. ?????
15 October 1850
Suit: Thomas Rountree vs. Harriet A. Rountree et al, partition:
Așa Rountree died intestate in Barnwell in 1848, leaving a considerable estate, including 30-odd negroes. James W. Rountree, administrator. Deceased owned 1500 acres on Steel Creek. He left as his heirs-at-law his children Harriett A., George B., Judson, Ardis, and Thomas Rountree. all minors except petitioner. The mother of said children died before her husband, John Dunbar, guardian of minors. [Folks Huxford, Court of Equity Records of Barnwell District, D.C., Vol. 1, p33.]
24 January 1853
Chancery Suit: Elijah Beck and wife Margaret vs. Jennings Futch, et al. Margaret is late wife of Levi Rountree, deceased, who died owning a considerable estate. She purchased most of the personal estate at the sale, far beyond what her share would be and otherwise got into debt. She then married said Beck after signing a marriage contract whereby she conveyed her property to her son-in-law Jennings Futch, as trustee for her, he to hold the same for her use and benefit for her lifetime and after her death to the use and benefit of her daughter, Mary Ann Elizabeth Futch, wife of the said Jennings Futch. Petitioner now desires to sell some of the property to satisfy debt incurred before the marriage contract, which was dated 9 September 1850 between Elijah J. Beck and Margarfet Boyette(sic)… Record mentions children of Jennings Futch… [Folks Huxford, Court of Equity Records of Barnwell District, S.C., Vol. 2, p62]
7 January 1852
Chancery Suit: Thomas J. Rountree et al vs. William Ashley et al
Petitioners are Thomas J., George B., Milledge A., and Judson Rountree, minors, by their guardian John Dunbar, and George Furse and wife Harriet A. Furse. They allege that on (blank date) Joshua Moody of B.D., made to his son Thomas B. Moody and to his sons-in-law Asa Rountree and William Ashley certain deeds whereby he conveyed lands and slaves in trust etc. Thereafter the said Joshua Moody became dissatisfied and filed his bill in this court to have the property decreed back in his name. It is alleged that about that time, Wm. B. Moody ,one of his sons, bought a tract containing 400 acres in said Dist., took title in his own name but to be used as a home for his father. The latter went into possession. At the May Term, l842, of this court, a consent decree was rendered whereby the slaves were decreed to be his the said Joshua for his lifetime and then to go to his children and provided that the parties refund the son for the purchase of the 400 acres, and that their father continue using it as long as he lived and then to descend to his children. Joshua Moody is dead, and the property passed to said parties in accordance with the decree but the land remains undisposed and unpartitioned. Deceased left as his heirs-at-1aw the following: His daughter Harriet A., wife of William Ashley; children of his deceased son Wil1iam Barfield Moody, viz., Walter T., William A. and J.D. Moody minors and children of his deceased daughter Sarah wife of Asa Rountree, viz., Thomas J., George B., Milledge Ardis, Judson Rountree, and Harriet A., wife of said George C. Furse. The lands were ordered sold, and at the sale April 5, 1852, were bid in by Jacob Foreman for $885.00. [Folks Huxford, Court of Equity Records of Barnwell District, S.C., Vol. 2, p104]
3 February 1852
Chancery Suit: Capers Dewitt et al vs. William J. Harley et al. (abstract) Mrs. Sarah J. DeWitt died in 1839 seized of a considerable estate… she was survived by four children of a previous marriage including Prudence B Bruton now the wife of James W. Rountree, and three children (minors) by her second husband Charles DeWitt. [Folks Huxford, Court of Equity Records of Barnwell District, S.C., Vol. 2, p64]
7 June 1853
Supplemental Inventory of Job Rountree Estate by Margaret Beck formerly Boyd. [Ibid. image 652.]
21 March 1859
Will of James W. Rountree. “…my whole estate both real and personal by sold by my executors… and divided between my beloved wife and children in the following manner… to my beloved wife Elizabeth America Rountree… one-eighth part in trust to John D. Rountree during her widowhood (reversion if she marries) …remaining part of my estate be divided between my seven children, viz., William Calhoun, James Benjamin, Sarah Jane, Richard Muncroff(?), Thomas Darlington, Mary Bruton and Charles Theadore (sic) Rountree… nominate James J. Meyer executor… Signed: James W. Rountree. Witness: H. D. Hogg, M. O. Wall, C. Killingsworth. Proved 8 June 1760 by oath of Marion O. Wall [Barnwell District Will Book E, p154.]
12 January 1858.
Will of William Rountree: “…beloved wife Jane the following eight negroes… together with the tract of land on which I now reside containing 777 acres and also he Killingsworth tract containing 360 acres and as much of the (stock, household goods, etc.) as she may want for her own use during her natural life and at her death it is my will and desire that it all shall be equally divided share and share alike between my surviving children… unto my grand daughter Teresa Wood a negro girl not under 15 years old…when she arrives to the age of 21 years or the marriage state… unto grand son John B. Rountree a negro boy… and that Job D. Rountree manage the same until he arrives to the age of 21 years… my son James W. Rountree receive my son Augustin M. Rountree’s equal share of my estate and manage he same until he arrives to the age of 21… nominate my two sons James W. Rountree and Job D. Rountree and my four sons in law James I. Meyer, Andrew J. Bates, James P(?) Hankinson, and Isaac Foreman as my executors… Signed: William Rountree. Witness: H. H. Easterly, H. D. Anderson, P? Killingsworth. Proved 19 June 1860. [Barnwell District Will Book E, p155.]
- Job Rountree married Mary Anderson
- Levi Rountree
- Temperance Owens
- Zillah Ashley. Married Harman Ashley
- Lucy Beck. Married Thomas Beck
- Addah Weatherbee. Married Job Weathersby
- Edie Ashley. Married Samuel Ashley
- Zealy Boughman
- Sarah Elizabeth Cave. Married John Bunyan Cave
- Mary Boughman. Married Conrad Boughman
- Mary Ann Anderson married J. H. Anderson