William Fleetwood Family
From History of Perquimans County by Ellen Goode Rawlings Winslow.
Among subjects at Jamestown 1609, can be found the name of Edward Fleetwood
Gent. (Brown Genesis to America.) Also listed among “adventurers to
America” 1620, Sir William Fleetwood, and Edward Fleetwood Esq. Francis
Fleetwood was granted land in Lower Norfolk Co Va, March 1652, adj William
Robins, (Norfolk Co records.) He was probably the ancestor of William
Fleetwood of Bertie Co N. C. whose will was probated June 12, 1769, naming
sons: William, Henry, John, James, Edmond, Hardy, wife Elizabeth (née
Ashley). His son Henry Fleetwood, will p May, 1777, in same county, names
only one son; William Hooten Fleetwood, dau’s Sarah, & Elizabeth, wife
Sarah, née Hooten, and bro-in-law William Hooten, cousin William Hardy.
William Fleetwood (3) m Sarah Capehart, Dec 17, 1792. The Perquimans
records have nothing to say of the early Fleetwoods, and it seems certain
they resided in Chowan Co, until comparatively late years, where many
marriages of this family took place. Without county records for reference,
one is at sea when trying to work out a family line. The marriages of
Fleetwoods in Chowan Co, are as follows:
Jeremiah Fleetwood, m Elizabeth Thompson. Dec 18, 1788. (Mar bonds Chowan.)
Jeremiah Fleetwood, m 2d Mary Pilkinton. July 17, 1790. (Mar bonds Chowan.)
Edmund Fleetwood, m Lydia Bennett. Oct 18, 1813. (Mar bonds Chowan.)
Ashley Fleetwood, m Parthenia Mewborn. Dec 13, 1814. (Mar bonds Chowan.)
From the last named are descended the family, by that name in Perquimans.
Bertie Co, Marriage bonds.
William Fleetwood, m Elizabeth Ashley. Oct 5, 1763.
Jeremiah Fleetwood, m Sarah Fleetwood. Oct 3, 1774.
James Fleetwood, m Penelope Tayloe. Oct 21, 1777.
Edmund Fleetwood, m Winnefred Sparkman. Dec 5, 1785.
Elizabeth Fleetwood, m William Billups. May 23, 1787.
Excursus, Ashley. Subject in Colony at Jamestown, May 23, 1609; John
Ashley. (Browns Genesis to America.)
Samuel Ashley came from London to Va in Bonaventure, Jan 1634, age 19.
John Ashley of Perq, made a deed Nov 21, 1751 unto Joseph Ashley, “land on
East side of Yeopim Creek Perq Co, which my mother Sarah Ashley gave me.”
Joseph Ashley, here named m Sarah Hall, Oct 16, 1787 (Mar bonds Perq Co)
William Ashley also lived in Perquimans, and it was his daughter, whom
William Fleetwood married, it is thought. James Ashley m Elizabeth Langley
(widow) in Norfolk Co Va July 15, 1769 (Mar bonds Norfolk Co). William
Ashley, m Hannah Penrice, Apl 19, 1757 (Mar bonds Perq Co). He m 2d
Elizabeth Nichols, Mar 25, 1760. Of course neither of these mothers could
have been the mother of Elizabeth, who m Wm Fleetwood. William Ashley, m
3d Mrs. Elinth Penrice (widow of Francis) Feb 6, 1764. His first wife was
Sarah Harloe, and it seems probable that she is the one mentioned in the
deed by her son John Ashley, 1751.
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