Name: Sarah LNU
Birth: ABT 1745 in VA or Pennsylvania
Death: in probably Wilkes County, NC
Doug Huling contacted me on 6/22/2011 about my wife's mtDNA results since she is a direct female line decendant of Milly Hulin, the daughter of William Hulin and wife Sarah, who I had (until then) listed as Sarah Elizabeth Becknell. Doug, who descends from the same Hulin line, wanted to know if the mtDNA test had helped to establish Milly's female ancestry, however I had to reply that it had not (at least thus far). In his response, he provided some information about the Hulin/Huling research he had done. He also pointed out there is no documentation supporting Sarah's surname being Becknell, therefore I have changed it to LNU (Last Name Unknown). However I am retaining my original research notes below in the event some documentation is later found.
Change Date: 12 AUG 2013 at 07:49:48
Les Tate, 6/24/2011
I originally found Sarah listed as Sarah Elesibeth Beckneil, however the surname likely is a misspelling of Becknell or Bicknell, both of which are found in Wilkes County, NC. This surname may be spelled in old records as Bucknell, Bagnall, Bagnal, or even Bagnale.
The information about her being the wife of William Hulin and mother of Sarah Elizabeth Hulin came from:
[Note: the exact address in that database may change as updates to the database are posted; if it does, search the database using the name "Sarah Elesibeth Beckneil"]
A response to an inquiry at the Bicknell Family Genealogy Forum contained the following bit of information that could be important since supposed daughter Millie Hulin, who married Lorenzo Dow Davidson, indicated in the 1880 Collin County TX census that her mother was born in "Penn".
There is a book called THE LAND OF THE WILKES by Judge Johnson J. Hayes that relates a lot about the Bicknells who migrated from PA about 1770 and settled in Wilkes County NC in a town called Wilkesboro.
Wilkes County NC was formed in 1777 from parts of Surry County NC and Washington District NC. Washington District NC initially contained the entire area of what became the state of Tennessee, while the population was concentrated in the northeast corner of the district.
1780 March 1, ( Book D, page 22, item 228 1/2) NC Grant No. 127.
...Thomas Becknell .. 41 ac Benjamin Herndons corner .... John Bourlands corner ...
From Marriages of Wilkes County, North Carolina 1778-1868
14 June 1781: William Leach of Rowan Co. NC married Milley Hulin; William Hendren, bondsman.
31 Jan 1784: Richard Leach married Elizabeth Hulin; Jonathan Heathman, bondsman.
Milly and Sarah Elizabeth Hulin were the daughters of Sarah and William Hulin.
[Note in 2013: If both Hulin women were 18 at the time of marriage, which was typical, this places their birth years at about 1763 for Milley and about 1766 for Elizabeth. It also indicates that the birth years for their parents are earlier than I originally indicated when I first entered the information in this database.]
1791 Dec 20, (Book D, page 21, item 223) NC Grant No. 1251, William
Terrell Lewis, Senr., 400 ac head Swan Pond Creek, joining his own line & lines of Henry Parker, Bicknel, Boling, Benjamin Herndon, & Benge .........
1794 Feb 11 - Wilkes Co., NC -Road Order: Ordered Henry Souther, Joshua Souther, Thomas Stanley, John Stanley, William Lewis, John Wilson, Ephrium Young, George Combs, SAMUEL BECKNELL, James Reaves view road from Widow Pates to Cole's Old Mill.
Wilkes County NC
30 January 1797
Grand Jury: George Gordon, Foreman, William Ellison, Caleb Lowe, John Montgomery, Hillair Roussaw, Joseph Pourter, JONATHAN HEATHMAN, SAMUEL BICKNELL, Thomas Parks, Joseph Hickerson, Elisha Reynolds, David Owen, James Sheppard, Landrene Eggers; Isaac Parlier, Constable.
The following inquiry contains some interesting information about Sarah's second husband and mentions the first as well.
Jonathan Heathman, b. in 1745 in Maryland. Name of 1st wife and mother of Joseph is unknown. They m. in Maryland. and she prob. died in Wilkes Co., North Carolina. Jonathan's 2nd wife was Sarah Hulen/Hulin, wid. of William Hulen of Wilkes Co., North Carolina, were married abt. 1784. Family lived in Wilkes Co., NC. and then moved to Madison Co., Kty. after 1802. [Note: It appears this was Milley and Elizabeth's mother Sarah Elizabeth Becknell Hulin.]
1797 Sept 25, (Book D, page 25, item 254 and 255) Between J. M. Lewis for William T(errel) Lewis by Power of Atty. dated 1 Oct 1795 (sic). ; and
Thomas Benge .. 20 lbs .. 400 ac middle ans W fork Swan Creek ... James Foxes line .... Charles Parkes line ... top of hill ... Becknells line ... Bolings line...
James Martin J. M. Lewis
1797 Oct 19, (Book D, page 23, item 240) Between Rachell Becknel, William Becknell & Marajah Becknell; and Isaac Martin & Thomas Green... 200 pounds for 247 acres both sides Swan Creek ... Thomas Parks line ... Benjamin Herndons line
..John Bourlands line...
Thomas Benge Rachell Becknel
Thomas Sisk William Becknel
William Benge Marajah Becknel
1797 Oct 19, (Book D, page 23, item 241) Between Rachell Becknel, William Becknell & Marajah Becknell; and Isaac Martin & Thomas Green... 100 pounds for 41 acres
.. Benjamin Herndons corner ..John Bolands corner...
Thomas Benge Rachell Becknel
Thomas Sisk William Becknel
William Benge Marajah Becknel
1800 _____ 7 - Wilkes Co.,NC - Samuel Becknell was a bondsman on the marriage bond of Shadrack Stanley and Hannah Becknell. Note: the month was left blank on the marriage bond, only the day and year appear on the bond.
1802 Aug 2 - Wilkes Co.,NC - On a road order:
Archibald Lovelace Esq., Benjamin Crabtree, Benjamin Lewis, Daniel Brown, SAMUEL BECKNELL, AMBROSE HULIN, JONATHAN HEATHMAN, John Standley, William Lewis, BENJAMIN BECKNELL, Hicks Combs, Leonard Keeling, John Love, William Brown, Aquilla Brown, James Hays to view and lay off road from upper end Joshua Souther land to the lower end along near the house.
[It should be noted that Jonathan Heathman was the bondsman for the marriage of Richard Leach and Elizabeth Hulin (aka Sarah Elizabeth Hulin).]
Feb 1808- Deed from John Stanley Sr. to John Love for 50 acres of Southers Mountain proved by Hiram Rousseau. 68 John Love then sold this land to Samuel Anderson for 75 pounds. Joshua Souther and RANDOLPH BECKNELL witnesses to this deed.
1817 Dec 6 - Wilkes Co.,NC - John sold 41 acres to BENJAMIN BECKNELL, the 41 acres that he purchased from David Bell, on Hunting Creek being one of the shares that Evan Bell left to his sons[David] for $250.00. Witnesses were Archibald Lovelace, Hartwell Hayes and William Bell. 1819 Feb, deed proved by Hartwell Hayes.
I have found little on Becknell-Hulin on the Becknell Family Genealogy Forum, however I did find quite a lot on Bicknell-Hulen in the Bicknell Family Genealogy Forum, much of it involving Wilkes County NC around 1770, but which also mentioned Virginia. One of the most mentioned couples was John Bicknell and Mary "Polly" Hulen, who were born later than the couple I'm researching, however it is quite likely that Sarah Elesibeth Becknell and William Hulin were part of the same families in Wilkes County NC.
The Samuel Becknell mentioned above in regards to the road appears to be the one born 1745 VA, died 21 Aug 1819 in Wilkes County, NC; son of William Becknell, b 7 Mar 1706 in Combeflorey, Somerset, England, died 7 May 1781 in Amherst, Amherst, VA and William's first wife whose name is presently unknown. William's parents were:
Father: William Sr. Becknell b: 15 APR 1679 in Combeflorey, Somerset, England
Mother: Ann Challis b: ABT. 1680 in Combeflorey, Somerset, England
Early Settlers of Amherst County, VA
From the Alexander Brown papers in the Special Collections Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
This document is a key that Alexander Brown made to some sources that he was using in the late 19th century.
Becknel, James b.sr. killed
" John b.sr.
" Micajah b.sr.
" Thomas b.sr. killed
" Wm. a.sf.
" Wm b.
BECKNELL - Would like to correspond with descendants of William Becknell/ Bicknell who died in Amherst Co. VA in 1781. He was married to Hannah Cash d/o Howard Cash. First appears in Goochland Co. ca. 1750s (see Virginia Gazette). Later serves in French-Indian War from Amherst Co. Lived on Rock Fish Creek (now in Nelson Co).
Date: 12 AUG 2013
William Hulin b: ABT 1741 in VA
- Millie (Milley, Milly) Hulin b: ABT 1763 in NC, probably Wilkes County
- Sarah Elizabeth Hulin b: 1766 in Bladen, Rowan County, NC
Jonathan Heathman b: ABT 1745 in Maryland
in Wilkes County, NC
- Change Date:
9 JAN 2013