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Re: Speakman Downum

Shirley Hindman (View posts)
Posted: 30 Aug 2005 6:20PM GMT
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I have information on Speakman Downum. I hope that this helps you. He was born in 1762 in North Carolina and died Sepy.18,1806 in Charlotte,North Carolina. He married Esther Stradley. She was born in 1767 in North Carolina and died 1833 in Benton County, Arkansas. They were married August 5,1782 in Wayne COunty, North Carolina. Speakman was a farmer, his religion was Methodist and was in the Army(Revolutionary War) under the command of Colonel Abraham Sheppard in the 10th Regiment.ID: I032
Name: Speakman DOWNUM
Sex: M
Birth: 1762 in Virginia or North Carolina
Death: 18 SEP 1806 in Charlotte, Mecklenberg Co., NC
Burial: 18 SEP 1808 Charlotte, Meckleberg Co., NC
Occupation: Farmer
Religion: Methodist
Military Service: Revolutionary War
Note:
Branch/Military United States Army
Rank/Unit Private/Col. Abraham's 10th Reg. Of N. Carolina
War Record American Revolutionary War

June 20,1777:
North Carolina:
Speakman joined the Continental Army. The North Carolina 10th Regiment under the command of Colonel Abraham Sheppard.
June 20,1780:
North Carolina:
Speakman was discharged from the North Carolina 10th Regiment under the command of Colonel Abraham Sheppard.
October 01,1782:
Dobbs County,North Carolina:
Speakman was granted a tract of 100 acres of land in Dobbs County, North Carolina on the North side of Juniper Swamp adjoining William Foakes and David Evans. Information from Abstracts of the Early Deeds Of Wayne County, North Carolina 1780-1793 by Joseph W. Watson #206 Page 240 State Of North Carolina Grant Number 8.
August 05,1782:
Wayne County,North Carolina:
Speakman Downum and Esther Stradley were married in Wayne County, North Carolina. Esther was 15 years old at the time they were married.
May 11,1783
Wayne County, North Carolina:
Speakman and Esther had their first child. He was a boy his name was William. Esther was 16 years old at that time.
August 02,1784:
Wayne County, North Carolina:
Speakman was granted 274 acres of land in Tennessee for 36 months of service in the American Revolution. He served in the continental Army of North Carolina. Speakman sold his grant to Sam Holliday. Many veterans of the Revolutionary War sold their land grants to others to pay for taxes and they had no intentions to leave for Tennessee where many of these land grants lay.
Information Source: North Carolina Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina: The Roster Of Soldiers From North Carolina in The American Revolutionary War Published by The Daughters Of The American Revolutionary War in 1932. Speakman is listed as number 1146 and is listed as Speakman Downham.
September 05,1785:
Wayne County,North Carolina
Speakman and Esther had their second child he was a boy his name was James. Esther was 18 years old at the time.
September 29,1785:
Wayne County,North Carolina:
Speakman sold Edmond Love a tract of 100 acres of land in Wayne County, North Carolina on the north side of Juniper Swamp near Gail Pocoson, adjoining William Foakes and David Evens for 6 pounds of current money. Speakman and Edmond Love both of Wayne County, North Carolina.
Information Source: Abstracts Of the Early Deeds of Wayne County, North Carolina 1780-1793 By Joseph W. Watson.#1011 Page 438 State Of North Carolina.
August 29,1787:
Wayne County, North Carolina:
Speakman paid Vincent Chance both of Wayne County, North Carolina 60 pounds of Gold or Silver for a tract of 200 acres of land lying on the North Side of The Great Swamp. Adjoining William Durdeno's land.
Information Source: Abstracts of The Early Deeds of Wayne County, North Carolina 1780-1793 By Joseph W. Watson #816 Page 84 State Of North Carolina.
September 21,1787:
Wayne County, North Carolina:
Speakman and Esther had their third child he was a boy his name was Speakman. Esther was 20 years old at the time.
May 12,1790:
Wayne County, North Carolina:
Speakman and Esther had their fourth child and their 1st daughter her name was Elizabeth. Esther was 23 years old at the time.
July 01,1792:
Wayne County, North Carolina:
Speakman and Esther had their fifth child she was a girl her name was Esther. Esther was 25 years old at the time.
June 02,1795:
Wayne County, North Carolina:
Speakman and Esther had their sixth child she was a girl her name was Lydia. Esther was 28 years old at the time.
November 05,1796:
Wayne County,North Carolina:
Speakman and Esther had their seventh child he was a boy his name was Speakman. Esther was 29 years old at the time.
November 06,1797:
Mecklenburg County,North Carolina:
Speakman paid Tunis Hood 25 pounds of current money for a certain tract of land lying in Mecklenburg County,North Carolina on the waters of the Sufford Branch of the Crooked Creek. Signed by Tunis Hood of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina July 06,1798: Witnessed by Samuel Black and Antony Matthew. The Execution of this deed was duly drawn in the court and admitted October 04,1798.
Information Source:North Carolina Archives in Raleigh,North Carolina.
March 05,1800:
Mecklenburg County,North Carolina:
Speakman and Esther had their eighth child and last child she was a girl her name was Mary. Esther was 33 years old at the time.
September 06,1803:
Mecklenburg County,North Carolina:
Speakman sold Thomas Dublin both of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina a tract of 100 acres of land on the waters of the Sufford Branch of the Crooked Creek for 100 pounds of current money. Signed by Speakman Downum(His Mark)September 06,1803. Witnessed by Isaac Dublin and William Hooks.
July 17,1804:
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina:
Speakman paid Thomas Black 125 pounds of current money for 100 acres of land. Thomas Black convey and confirm unto said Speakman Downum a certain tract of land lying and being in the County of Mecklenburg and state of North Carolina on the waters of McDowell Creek being part of two tracts of land one where his son James lives on and one where he lives on himself both being granted by the state of North Carolina on November 02,1784 and November 20,1792. Signed by Thomas Black of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina July 20,1804. Witness John Peel.
September 18,1806:
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Speakman Downum dies and is buried somewhere in or around Charlotte, North Carolina.
October 27,1806:
Mecklenburg,North Carolina:
Esther Downum and William Downum paid Esquire Isaac Alexander a sum of 120 pounds of current money for administration bond naming them as administrators of the estate of Speakman Downum. It was signed by Esther Downum (Wife) her mark, William Downum (Son )His mark,David Gurley and Isaac Alexander.
January 16,1807:
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina:
A plat of land 33 1/3 acres laid out to Esther Downum widow of Speakman Downum as her dower on the waters of McDowell's Creek. Neighbors are Daniel McGurley, John Duckworth and Anne Peel. The McDowell rises in the Northern part of Mecklenburg County and flows Southwest into the Mountain Island lake on the Catawba River. This 33 1/3 acres represented 1/3 of the land owned by Speakman at the time of his death. This would indicate that two other plots of 33 1/3 acres were distributed to Speakman's heirs William Downum may have been one and James Downum the other.
Information Source:North Carolina Archives in Raleigh,North Carolina.
March 16,1808:
Charlotte,Mecklenburg County, North Carolina:
James Downum son of Speakman and Esther Downum marries Hannah Banker the Daughter of Jacob Banker. Her mother is unknown to me at this time.
October 30,1810:
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina:
Esther Downum, William Downum, James Downum and Esther Downum (Jr.) of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina sold Samuel Wilson for 100 pounds of current money for a tract of 100 acres of land on McDowell's Creek all houses and improvements. We do convey said track of land free of all claims and especially from younger legates that are not capable of signing the present deed of conveyance. Signed by their mark Esther Downum, William Downum, James Downum and Esther Downum (Jr.) and Samuel Wilson Sr.
February 08,1820:
Concord County,North Carolina:
Speakman Downum Son of Speakman and Esther Downum married Elizabeth Rose.
January 13,1840:
Charlotte,Mecklenburg County,North Carolina:
Esther H. Downum send a letter to W. Hill the Secretary of State Of North Carolina asking for information of the Military Service of Speakman Downum. He stated that Speakman Downum entered the military service on June 20,1777. It appears from the warrant book that he obtained a warrant for three years service which was issued on the certificate of an officer soon after the close of the War and may be deemed correct. His name is spelled differently in every place where I have seen it, but I have no doubt it was intended for the same person. It appears from the rolls of this office that Abraham Sheppard was a colonel of the 10th Regiment and W. W. Sheppard was a Captain in said regiment, but I do not see that there was a Captain Abraham Sheppard in the Continental line of this state. Signed W. Hill.
December 20, 1840:
Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee:
Nathaniel Borunx personally came before James F. Green Justice of the peace in and for the County of Franklin, Tennessee. Esther stated in a letter that she did not have a record of her marriage to Speakman Downum, but she has a list of the names and ages of their children. She was unable to attend court due to old age and frequent infirmities. This statement was signed by Esther H. Downum (Her Mark) Nathaniel Borunx and James F. Green.
December 20,1840:
Winchester,Franklin County, Tennessee:
Esther Downum personally came before me James F. Green Justice Of The Peace in and for the County Franklin, Tennessee. She made an oath in due form of law that she has not a record of her marriage with her husband Speakman Downum. Also the following list of there children and dates of their birth. William Downum (May 11,1783), James Downum (September 06,1785), Speakman Downum (September 21,1787),Elizabeth Downum(March 12,1790),Esther Downum(July 01,1792), Lydia
Downum (June 08,1795), Speakman Downum (November 06,1796), and Mary Downum (March 05,1800), Is given sworn to and subscribed this 20th day of December 1840 and from old age and frequent infirmities is unable to attend Court. Signed Esther Downum (Her Mark). Attested Nathaniel Borunx and James F. Green Justice Of The Peace in and for the county of Franklin, Tennessee.
December 26,1840:
Winchester, Franklin County,Tennessee:
Esther H. Downum personally came before me James F. Green and acting Justice Of The Peace for said county of Franklin, Tennessee. Esther H. Downum was the widow of Speakman Downum a soldier of the war of the revolution from the state of North Carolina and the county of Wayne. Her age being 73 years old and after having made oath in due form having sayeth that she is the widow of Speakman Downum from the state of North Carolina and county of Wayne. Who was enlisted in the war of the Revolution by Colonel Abraham Sheppard for the term of three years in the regiment of Colonel Abraham Sheppard which was the 10th Regiment of North Carolina. This declaration is made in order to obtain the benefit of his pension made by the act of congress July 04,1838. This deponent states that she was married to the aforesaid Speakman Downum in the State of North Carolina and the County of Wayne on the 5th day of August 1782 and that the aforesaid Speakman Downum died in the state of North Carolina and the county of Mecklenburg on the 18th day of September in 1806 and said deponent has remained a widow since that period which will more fully appear by having reference to the amended proof. Sworn to me by subscriber the day and year above written. Before attested. Signed by Esther H. Downum (Her Mark). Sworn to and subscribed before me signed by Nathaniel Borunx. Signed by James F. Green State Of Tennessee County Of Franklin.
December 26,1840:
Winchester,Franklin County,Tennessee:
John Denson came before me James F. Green as acting Justice Of The Peace for the County of Franklin State Of Tennessee. John Denson was 79 years old. Under oath said he had perfect memory of Speakman Downum who was enlisted by Captain Abraham Sheppard Jr. and in the 10th Regiment of North Carolina commanded by Colonel Abraham Sheppard Sr. and that the aforesaid Speakman Downum served as a continental Soldier in the Army of the United States. Until said Speakman Downum received a wound he having his thigh broken at Georgetown while in the service of the United States and from that disability was discharged from duty. John Denson also states that the marriage of Speakman Downum and Esther H. Stradley took place in Wayne County, North Carolina on August 05,1782. Also that Speakman Downum died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on the 18th day of September 1806. The reason why that John Denson has perfect knowledge of the marriage of Speakman Downum and his widow Esther H. Downum is that John Denson married the sister of Esther H. Downum. Esther H. Downum is a resident of the state of Tennessee and the County of Franklin. Esther H. Downum is a widow and has been such since the death of her husband Speakman Downum. Signed by James F. Green Justice Of The Peace State of Tennessee County Of Franklin. Signed John Denson.
March 04,1841:
Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee:
Esther H. Downum widow of Speakman Downum (Deceased). Who is a pensioner under the act of Congress and who died on the 18th day of September 1806 of Franklin County in the State of Tennessee. Who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Sheppard Jr. of the 10th Reg.
Commanded by Colonel Abraham Sheppard Sr. in the North Carolina Army for two years. Inscribed on the rolls in Nashville at the rate of $80.00 per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1836 and----
arrears to the 4th of March 1841. $400.00 semiannual allowance ending July 07,1838. Recorded by David McGruley County clerk. Book 34 Volume 2 Page 206.
Note:
I believe that Speakman Downum's mother's maiden was Speakman. It was a custom during that time to give a child the maiden name of the mother. There were some Speakman Families living in the same area as the Downum Family.
LETTER:
FROM: W. F. Downum
TO: Pricilla Wakins
Deed recorded January 07,1806 Samuel Wilson Jr. Property on McDowell Creek in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina by Esther,William, James, and Esther Jr. Downum. Witnesses William Graham and Robert Wilson. This property was deed to Speakman Downum on July 17,1804 by Thomas Black .
Another deed dated November 6 by Tunis Hood on Bedford Branch of Crooked Creek in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. This property was deeded to Thomas Dublin September 03,1803.






Father: William Downman DOWNUM b: 1740 in England or America
Mother: Elizabeth SPEAKMAN

Marriage 1 Esther H. STRADLEY b: 1767 in North Carolina
Married: 5 AUG 1782 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC
Children
William DOWNUM b: 11 MAY 1783 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC
James DOWNUM b: 6 SEP 1785 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC
Speakman DOWNUM , Jr. b: 21 SEP 1787 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC
Elizabeth DOWNUM b: 12 MAR 1790 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC
Esther DOWNUM b: 1 JUL 1792 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC
Lydia DOWNUM b: 6 JUN 1795 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC
Speakman DOWNUM , Jr. b: 6 NOV 1796 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC or Mecklenberg Co., NC
Richard DOWNUM b: 11 MAY 1800 in Charlotte, Meckleburg Co., NC
Mary DOWNUM b: 5 MAR 1803 in Charlotte, Meckleberg Co., NC



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