Always happy to share, Dawn.
To give credit where credit is due:
Some records of this family were obtained from Mrs. Hattie Melson Moss, who at the age of 71 who was still living on Church Island, in Currituck Co. as of 1959.
Melson Records compiled in 1956 by John Melson, Columbia, NC. He was the son of Alonzo Melson and his wife, Mary Justice Pledger Melson.
â€œThe Melson Family in Americaâ€ by Lewis B. Melson of Baltimore, MD and personal correspondence between Lewis and my self.
And Ackley Melson in Williamsburg, VA
I have Nettieâ€™s middle initial as â€œLâ€ but you certainly may be correct with Marie.
I have Laviniaâ€™s last name as Lewark but I do not have anything further on her.
Although Melson is a direct line of mine, it is not through this Joseph N. Melson.
All that said,
I show Joseph N. Melson b. 1833 married first Elizabeth Twiddy on 5 Apr 1859 in Tyrrell Co., NC. They had one daughter Annie. Joseph N. & Elizabeth Twiddy Melson moved to Tyrrell after his father died. A place located across from the Old Columbia Road from his brother, William R. Melson.
Joseph married second Lavinia Lewark. I have seven known children listed for them:
Mary Rebecca Melson
Allica Lavinia Melson
Nettie L. Melson
Milton N. Melson
Hattie E. Melson
Joseph was the son of Sampson (b. 1805) & Levina Davenport (d. bet. 1858 â€“ 59) Melson who married 6 March 1830 in Tyrrell Co., NC. They had four known children:
Joseph N. Melson b. 1833
William R. Melson b. bet 1840 â€“ 44
Mary E. Melson b. 1844
Nancy Jane Melson b. 1850
Sampson moved to Tyrrell Co when he married Lavinia. They lived at her place located on the east side of the Scuppernong River, near the mouth known as River Neck. He was a farmer. He married second Jane Chaplin (b. 1828) on 3 Feb 1859.
Sampson was the son of James Joseph Melson (b. 16 Jul 1779 - d. 4 Jul 1843) and Mary Etheridge (b. ca. 1783 â€“ d. bef. 1813) who married between 1802-03. They had three known children:
William Melson b. 1803
Sampson Melson b. 1805
Elijah Melson b. 29 Jan 1808
After death of his first wife he married the widow (Sarah Pledger) of his younger William Melson II. James Joseph Melson and Sarah Pledger (b. 9 Feb 1783 â€“ 20 Jan 1833) married on 11 Jan 1813. They three children:
John Aydlett Melson b. 10 Oct 1822
James Joseph Melson was the son of William Melson, I (b. ca 1749 â€“ d. 1799) and Jean Aydelett (b. ca. 1752 â€“ d. 1809) who married 2 Feb 1770 at Lewes & Coalspring Presbyterian Church, Lewes, Delaware. William and Jean had five known children:
John Aydlett Melson b. ca. 1773
Polly Melson b. ca 1779
Elizabeth Melson b. ca. 1780
James Joseph Melson b. 16 July 1779
William Melson, II b. 1783 (I descend from this William and his wife Sarah Pledger who became the second wife of her brother-in-law James Joseph Melson.)
In 1772, Book 2, page 454 Currituck Co., William Melson bought land on Powells Point from Daniel Lindsey and his wife, Sarah. Thus William was of age and born prior to 1751. Book 12, page 656, 657 and 664 Tyrrell and deeds recorded in Currituck. The division of his land by his heirs in 1804 gives a life span of approximately 60 years.
In 1788 Book 10, pg 327 Tyrrell: William Melson came to Tyrrell Co and bought land from William and Ann Aydlett, a plantation on Peartree Point in Little Alligator section of Tyrrell Co. Formerly owned by Richard Sanderson. He took son William Jr. and dau Elizabeth to Tyrrell and left sons John Aydlett and James and dau Polly Melson in Currituck Co.
Currituck County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes 1799
N.C. State Archives Microfilm Reel #C.030.30001 (beginning of reel)
Tuesday, the 27th of August 1799
Present: Willis Etheridge, Nathan Hall, Ezekiel Hooper, Esquires
Ordered that Nathan Hall, Spence Hall, Saml. Salyear Esq. and Jonathan Lindsey...settle the accounts of Jean Melson Admix of the Estate of Wm. Melson Decd.and make return to next Court.
Ordered that Nathan Hall, Spence Hall, Saml. Salyear Esq. and Jonathan Lindsey...appraise and divide the Negroes belonging to the Estate of William Melson Decd. among the legal representatives and make return to next court.
Ordered that Jean Melson be and is appointed Guardian to Polley Melson orphan of Wm. Melson Decd. and offers Nathan Hall and Thos. Jarvis securities in the sum of two hundred pounds.
William (b. ca 1749) was the son of Joseph Melson (b. ca. 1727 Worcester Co., MD â€“ d. 5 Dec 1809 Sussex Co., DE) and Elizabeth Creighton (b. ca. 1726 Sussex Co., DE â€“ d. bef 1807) who married ca. 1746. They had seven known children.
Joseph was the son of Benjamin Melson (b. ca. 1704 in Somerset Co., MD â€“ d. May 1771 in Worcester Co., DE) and Hannah Hammer (b. ca. 1705 â€“ d. aft 1771). They had nine known children.
Benjamin was the son of Samuel Melson, Sr. (b. between 1673 â€“ 1677 in Accomack Co., VA and d. Feb 1738 â€“ 39) and Margaret Taylor (b. ca. 1673 â€“ d. 1719). They had five known children.
Samuel was the son of John Melson (b. ca. 1645 in England â€“ d. ca 1694 probably in Accomack Co., VA) and Elizabeth Painter (b. ca. 1646 in England â€“ d. ca. 1700 probably in Accomack Co., VA). They had three known children.
If I can add or elaborate further on any of the above, just let me know. If you see any errors or discrepancies, please let me know. Hope this isnâ€™t more than you ever wanted to know about the Melsonâ€™s.