I can;t say I know much more than you probably do but this may help some:
THE HERITAGE OF BURKE COUNTY, The Burke County Historical Society, Vol. II. 2001, Page 237, Sketch 342
Many of my roots are in the Burke County area, as many of my progenitors migrated to the area from Virginia and Maryland.
Daniel England was my great, great, great grandfather. Finding the connection to this family has been quite a challenge. Perhaps it is because I refused to recognize the obvious until some descendants of friends kept hunting at my great grandmother's heritage.
Daniel England's will was written 9 September 1816; it was probated in April sessions 1819 of Burke County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. Daniel had actually died prior to January 1819 sessions of court, for at that court, letters of administration "de pendente life" (during litigation) issued to Richard England.
The ink used in writing the will of Daniel England was of such poor quality that the will is now almost illegible.
"Burke County, NC, Surviving Will and Probate Abstracts, 1777-1910", by Miles S. Philbeck, Jr. and Grace Turner, lists the following as heirs; his wife Margaret [DAR records show her as Gwinn by birth]; sons Elisha, Richard, Joseph, John (deceased); daughters Lavina [Lavice], Rachel Williams and her husband John Williams, Jane, Nancy Harshaw, Deborah Capehart, Mary Ga[rrison?]; and granddaughter Margaret, daughter of his daughter Jane.
There is also Isabella England, whose Burke County marriage bond to Groves Morris is dated 28 October 1824. She will be mentioned again later.
Elisha's son, W. A. England, published his memoirs in 1908 at the age of 70; in this he said "Daniel England had a fine farm on Hunters [Hunting] Creek; also had mills and a still, plenty of brandy and whiskey always in the cellar."
Some time after the death of Daniel England, his widow Margaret England and his granddaughter Margaret England migrated to Habersham County, Georgia.
Daniel England's son Elisha was successful in the 1832 Georgia Gold Lottery, drawing a lot in Brocks District of Habersham County. Other persons also successful were; Joseph England's orphans, Matilda England widow, Margaret England widow of R. S. England, Louicy England three years absent of her husband; and Willis Twiggs. A requirement for eligibility in the drawing was residence in Georgia for three years prior to the drawing, so Elisha had been there for at least three years. These records are in the Atlanta Archives.
Lavice England, daughter of Daniel, seems to have been married to Ezekiel Pennington, but there is a civil action case in July 1820 Burke County court minutes showing Ezekiel Pennington as defendant. Witnesses were members of Lavice (England) Pennington's family.
Willis Twiggs was given power of attorney 12 December 1843, by Lavice Pennington, formerly Lavice England, in Habersham County, Georgia. This action is recorded in the January 1844 Burke County court minutes, and a copy of the original document is in a 1843 [no name given] England estate file in the North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh. This document recites that Lavice (Lovicy) Pennington, widow, in Habersham County, Georgia is due something from the estate of Daniel England (whose land lay on the west side of Hunting Creek) in Burke County. The document also mentions a power of attorney in Union County, Georgia.
It was in the North Carolina State Archives that I found the key that unlocked our family mystery. My mother knew her grandmother was name Margaret, and she said they called her "Peggy". I found several Margaret Englands, but none fit into our family time frame until I checked the Burke County bastardy bonds. One reads "one child begotten on the body of Jane England", charging John Good with "support of the child."
It was signed by John Good during the October 1812 court session. Margaret England, daughter of Jane England who was the daughter of Daniel England, was born 9 August 1812. October was the first court session following her birth.
In the April 1819 session of Burke County court, there is a court appointment of Jean [Jane] England as guardian to her minor daughter Margaret England; Jane gave bond in the sum of one hundred dollars.
In that same court session, Isabell England, who was of lawful age to choose her own guardian, chose her mother, Margaret England; that bond was for six hundred dollars.
Margaret England, daughter of Jane England married Willis Twiggs, son of Timothy and Joicy (Willis) Twiggs, in Habersham County, Georgia, about 1833, according to the obituary of Willis Twiggs. Family Bible records of the oldest Twiggs child, Mary Lou, show her born in Habersham County in 1825. The 1838 Tax Rolls of Union County, Georgia, show Willis Twiggs with "1 poll" in the 834th District, Choestoe, Georgia.
There is a census record showing Groves Morris in the household of Willis Twiggs. Later there is a land record in which Willis Twiggs sold Groves Morris land adjacent to his home place. Groves Morris was married to Isabella England, daughter of Daniel and aunt of Margaret (England) Twiggs.
In the old Choestoe, Georgia cemetery, there is a burr of rocks over the grave of Margaret (Gwinn) England. Also buried there, although the cemetery was cleared off many years ago due to years of neglect, were other members of Margaret (England) Twiggs family; a daughter, and two sons, and probably Isabella (England) Morris, as it appears the Groves married again, a much younger woman.
Unfortunately, there is no clue as to what became of Jane England. Did she move to Habersham County also? Did she marry, or is she buried in that same cemetery? I have never been able to learn the answers to these questions.
John Good married Fanny Wood and had a family in Burke County area where he died 1835. -- Submitted by: Barbara Allison Crawford
-- Amended by: Betsy Dodd Pittman