Name: Joseph Tooke
Birth: BET 1746 AND 1750 in Brunswick County, Virginia/ Craven County, North Carolina
Death: AFT 8 DEC 1805 in Craven County, North Carolina
The Family of Christopher DeGraffenried IV
by Irene Spence Bush
Washington Memorial Library
Middle Georgia Regional Library
Joseph Tooke was born 1746 in Brunswick County, Virginia.
The date of birth is proved by records in the Orphans Court of Brunswick County, Virginia when Joseph appeared at age 14 on
26 May 1760 and chose William Ezell as his guardian. William Ezell was also guardian of Cuzziah and Dempsey.
Joseph married a Mary ? whose parentage has not been found. This is shown by a deed of 1769 in Brunswick County, Virginia wherein Dempsey Tooke , Joseph tooke, and wife Mary sold to Haley Dupree, land on the southside of Fountain Creek.
It has been reported that Joseph and his family lived in Onslow County, North Carolina (formed 1734 from New Hanover County) during the Revolutionary War. In his will of 1805 he left land in Onslow County to John Collier, husband of his daughter Nancy.
NC Army Accounts include vouchers #2898 and #2959 issued for military service to a Joseph Tooke of the Wilmington District.
See the note below regarding the DAR documentation.
The first deed found for purchase of land in Craven County by Joseph was in 1791 when he and his wife Mary bought land on Swifts's Creek (near present day Bridgeton northeast of New Bern) from J. Warren. In 1798 Joseph and Mary purchased land in Craven from Melichi Herford and this deed was witnessed by the sons of Joseph-John and William and by Stephen Gatlin whose sister Mary later married William Tooke.
Joseph made his will in Craven County December 1805 and mentioned all his children except John and daughter Anthorel Tooke Roach who had predeceased him.
He made bequests:
to my son William, all the property before given into his possession when he removed from this state into the state of Georgia, also two negro girls;
to my daughter Nancy also one tract of land in the county of Onlsow near Sayers Tavern four hundred acres more or less;
to my granddaughter Polly Collier one negro boy;
to my son in law John Roach four negroes;
to my son Adam (Isham) 3 negroes, one stud horse, and bed and furniture;
I give unto my daughter Diadema Tooke one negro woman, Chano, one boy Jack, one boy Windsor, two girls Sila and Julia, one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever;
To my beloved wife Mary Tooke all the residue of the estate both real and personal after all just debts are paid.
The wife Mary and the son William were named Executors.
The will was witnessed by Frederick and Lott Battle.
The will was probated 1806 term of Craven County Court.
The children were John, and Anthorel who predeceased him, and Joseph, William, Nancy, Diadema, and Isham who survived him and all removed to Georgia by 1819-1820.
Joseph Tooke has been given a number by the DAR for his military service in the Revolutionary War:
Joseph: born 1750 North Carolina died p 12-8-1805 married Mary---Soldier North Carolina.
Voucher number 2959, 2898 to Joseph Tooke of the Wilmington District, Onslow County, North Carolina.
North Carolina Rev. Army Accts Vol. 3, page 51, folio 3.
(DAR Patriot Index, Vol. III, page 2956)
See NSDAR application of Helen Howell Hall, NSDAR # 470863.
See also NSDAR # 341822; #331566; #94607+254
Father: John Tooke , Jr. b: BEF 1720 in Surry County, Virginia
Mary b: 1755
- Collier Tooke b: in Craven County, North Carolina
- John Tooke b: 1769 in Craven County, North Carolina
- Anthorel Tooke b: 1776 in Craven County, North Carolina
- William Tooke b: ABT 1777 in Craven County, North Carolina
- Nancy Tooke b: 12 FEB 1778 in Craven County, North Carolina
- Isham Tooke b: 1781 in Craven County, North Carolina
- Diadema Tooke b: 1787 in Craven County, North Carolina