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  • ID: I090586
  • Name: Robert Wynne
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1710 in Charles City Co., VA
  • Death: BEF 1775
  • Note:
    I know from the tidbits I have seen, the pages with Charles' early deeds mention John Baird of Prince George and Sterling QUARLES of Brunswick, and Hubbard Quarles had been a neighbor of Robert and Frances Wynne (Mason Wynne's parents) in Brunswick County. So there were some connections there.


    Surry Co., VA Deeds
    Henry MITCHELL of Southwarke Parish to John COATS for 10 pounds current money, 100ac on the Trading Branch in the said county.
    Wits: Robert WYNNE, John MITCHELL, David POYTHRESS.

    William PETTIWAY and wife Elizabeth to CHARLES LEATH 150ac (part of tract of 350ac bounded by the south side of Indian Swamp, the line of Prince George Co., John MAN and LEATHERCOATs Branch).
    Wits: Robert WYNNE and Thomas ELDRIDGE Jr.

    Robert CARLISLE and wife Elizabeth to John COLLIER, 100ac on south side of main Blackwater Swamp and bounded by Elizabeth Carlile and Charles SLEDGE (land granted to Nicholas PARTRIDGE on 23mar1715).
    Wits: John MASON, CHARLES (x) LEATH

    Samuel CLERK of Brunswick Co. to John PEOPLES of Surry Co., 200ac bounded by the southwest side of PIDGEON Swamp, Col. Wm RANDOLPH, Robert CLERK, Charles SLEDGE and Henry WYCHE.
    Wits: John MASON, Thomas EDMUNDS, Robert CARLILE

    Wm PARHAM of Southwarke Parish to Matthew Parham Jr of same 280ac on north side of Nottoway River and bounded by Monkeseneck Creek, Wm Parham decd and CHARLES LEATH (part of patent granted Wm Parham decd 24oct1701).
    Wits: Robert WYNNE, Joseph TUCKER Jr., Thomas WYNNE


    Sarah Knibb was from Henrico County, and a 1738 county record states that she has recently married Robert Wynne and was entitled to her share of her father's estate. There was a Robert and Sarah Wynne mentioned in a 1750s Halifax court case, and records for that area at that time also refer to a Robert Wynne, Sr. and Jr. Robert and Sarah are known to have had sons Robert, John, and Thomas Knibb Wynne. Robert is positively known to have been dead by 1774 (before William) and his wife Sarah married again to John Hight and moved to Franklin County, NC, with much of the rest of her family. Others moved to Georgia.

    Could Robert, Sr. be William's brother married to Sarah Knibb, and Robert, Jr. be his son married to Frances. The first appearance of Robert and Frances is in Brunswick County where they sell land in the early 1740s, then in the Bristol Parish register where they record the births of daughters Margaret, 1741, and Mason, 1745.

    p. 153 (p.22) ____1729...William Reed and wife, Mary Read, of Brunswick County to Nathaniel Mellone of Surry County...100 acres on the north side of Nottoway River and both sides of Sappony Creek adjoining John Jones.
    Wit: John (X) FREEMAN, Nathaniel (X) Roberson and Robert Wynne
    Rec: 19 Aug 1730
    Per "Surry County, Virginia Records 1652-1684" by Eliza Timberlake Davis

    The different Robert Wynnes keep confusing lots of people. To the best of my knowledge, here is a list of the ones who lived in the 18th century:

    Robert Wynne, of Sussex, son of Thomas Wynne and Agnes Stith, married Martha Jefferson, born ca. 1690, died 1750s

    Robert Wynne, of Sussex, son of Sloman Wynne and Elizabeth, married Lucy (Threewits) Bobbit, born ca. 1730, died 1790s

    Robert Wynne, of Prince George/Dinwiddie, son of Joshua Wynne and Mary Jones, possibly the one who married Sarah Knibb, born ca. 1700, died unknown

    Robert Wynne, son of Robert Wynne and Sarah Knibb, had to be born after their marriage in 1738, existence positively identified in deeds, living in 1770s, otherwise unknown

    Robert Wynne, of Prince George/Dinwiddie, thought to be son of Joshua Wynne, Jr. and his wife Mary Hicks, married Frances, born ca. 1720, died unknown

    Robert Wynne, of Pittsylvania, son of William Wynne and Frances, wife unknown, named in his father's will in the 1770s.

    These become quite a jumble, and better minds than mine might be able to sort them out differently.


    Surry/Sussex County is a hotbed of the Leaths living among the Wynnes, Malones, Freemans, Parhams, etc. This is the Nathaniel Malone who married Mary Wynne. The Robert Wynne below is her brother who married Martha Jefferson, and as I said once before, he was a witness to several of Charles Leath, Sr's deeds.

    There is a big mystery re: the numerous Robert Wynnes. In the early 1720s, Robert Wynne "of Surry County" (who should definitely be the man below) bought 50 acres from James Vaughan of Surry County. The land later became part of Brunswick County. In the early 1740s, however, the same land was sold by Robert Wynne the Elder "of Prince George County" and Robert Wynne, Jr. "of Prince George County."

    Also in the early 1740s, Robert Wynne and his wife Frances "of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County" sell about 300 acres of land patented in 1728 by "Robert Wynne, Jr. of Prince George County." This would appear to be the same Robert and Frances Wynne having children in Bristol Parish in 1741 and 1745, i.e. daughter Mason.

    (That deed was witnessed by a Hubard Quarles who I think must be related to the Sterling Quarles of Brunswick County who later sells land in Caswell.)

    Robert Wynne of Surry/Sussex County died in the 1750s and his will lists numerous daughters and their children. No indication of a son whatsoever.

    I have never been able to come up with any justification for this discrepancy in the 1720s Surry and 1740s Brunswick County deeds. Can you? And why two sellers? It is absolutely the same land in both deeds. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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    Surry Co., Deeds
    Churchwardens of Albemarle Parish in Surry County to Gilbert GRAY for 11 pounds current money, a tract of land created by the division of Lawnes Creek Parish and Southwarke Parish.

    Anthony RATLEIF (RACKLEY?) of Albemarle Parish to CHARLES LEATH of same 200ac on north side of Nottoway River and bounded by the INDIAN SWAMP, said Charles LEATH, James PARHAM, the Black Branch and the Prince George County line (tract granted to said Anthony RATLIEF on 20aug1740 (Jean Ratleif, wife of Anthony Ratlief, relinquished her Right of Dower).
    Wits: William WILLIE (WILEY?), ROBERT WYNNE.


    WINTON, NC was incorporated in 1766. The bill incorporating the town was introduced in the Assembly by Representative Benjamin WYNN who donated fifty acres as the town common. The town was named for him and was briefly known as Wynntown. The new town was soon made the county seat of government and has remained such ever since.

    As the new nation grew prominent New England traders used Winton as their trading point for southern goods. Among them was Elkanah Watson of Massachusetts who lived nearby and conducted his business in Winton. He later returned to New England where he completed the Erie Canal and began the state fair movement in America. Another was Eli FOOTE, grandfather of Harriet Beecher STOWE, who died while on a trading mission to Winton and is buried in the Colonial Cemetery here. The river continues to attract commerce and industry as is evidenced by the location of the Easco Aluminum Company within the Town of Winton and the Nucor Steel Mill nearby.

    Winton also played a part in the development of the tobacco industry in North Carolina. Here in 1881 David ANDERSON OWEN, tobacco pioneer who had traveled eastern North Carolina with WASHINGTON DUKE, built and operated Northeastern North Carolina’s only tobacco manufacturing factory. The Owen Tobacco Company produced Winton Smoking Tobacco, Owen Plug Tobacco and other tobacco products. Owen’s grave is in the Old Church Cemetery in Winton.

    Fishing has played a major role in the history of Winton. At one time the Chowan River teemed with herring and shad in season. The JORDAN family of Winton carried on large seine fishing operations at Mt. GALLANT on the west side of Winton and at BARFIELDS and Petty Shore on the east. Hauls of 100,000 fish were made twice a day. Today the river remains a favorite place for sports fishing. Bass tournaments and other fishing events are held frequently.

    During the Civil war Winton suffered its greatest tragedy. On February 20, 1862 the town was invaded by Union troops and burned to the ground. This was the first burning of a town anywhere during the Civil War occurring nearly two years before Sherman’s march through the South. The Federals approached Winton in three gunboats which had come up the Chowan River. They first bombarded the town. Finding it poorly defended they poured ashore plundering and setting fire to the Courthouse and to all of the county’s colonial records and then to every remaining structure in town except a church and one or two houses identified as belonging to Northern sympathizers. The town was virtually completely destroyed. The savagery and brutality of the uncalled for sacking and burning of Winton evoked protests in the North even in New York City from which the Federal troops came. The result for the invading regiment was denial of medals it had received for earlier action and disgrace for its leader.

    Father: Robert Wynne , Maj. b: ABT 1680 in Charles City Co., VA
    Mother: Martha Jefferson b: ABT 1690

    Marriage 1 Frances Mason??? Coleman??? Tucker??? b: ABT 1715
      1. Has Children Angelica??? Wynne??? b: ABT 1734
      2. Has No Children Margaret Wynne b: 15 OCT 1741
      3. Has Children Mason Brown??? Wynne??? Alley??? b: 29 MAY 1745 in Bristol Parish, Prince George Co., VA???
      4. Has Children Unplaced Orange Co. NC Area Wynnes

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