Family Surnames for Granville County Native Americans

Welcome! The following is a list of surnames of closely related Native American families of Granville County. Please note that all the families are “free people of color”, meaning they were not enslaved and generally not recorded as “white”.

It is these families that most of the content of this blog is about. I have documentation on all of these families, so if you believe you are also researching the same families, please do get in touch.

Anderson

Bass

Boon(e)

Boswell/Baswell/Braswell

Brandon

Chavis/Chavers

Cousins

Curtis

Day(e)

Evans

Goins/Gowen

Guy

Harris

Hawley

Hedgepeth

Howell

Jones

Kersey

Locklear

Mayo

Mitchell

Parker

Pettiford

Richardson

Scott

Stewart

Taborn

Tyler

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6 thoughts on “Family Surnames for Granville County Native Americans

  1. I’m connected to the Guy, taborn, tyler and mayo families by blood and distant marriage. The Saponi Guys believed they were Cherokee by blood but were denied enrollment by the Eastern band and the Taborns can be found among the Lumbee today.

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    • Hi Patrick. Thank you for checking out the blog! I’m also a Guy descendant, so we are related. I will be doing a blog post about the Guys and about the many rejected Cherokee enrollment applications. I’m not a Tyler, Mayo or Taborn but I’m related to them through blood (common ancestors) and marriage.

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  2. Yes, we even have a cemetery in Person county that is listed as “colored” in the 1930s, contains the Dickens family who held the title of Clerk of Court….and his wife took over when he passed away. No black person would have held that job, so they were obviously Native American or red (nonwhite).

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  3. Im wondering is this Robert Davis, my grandfather he lived in the same area around the same times, and every Floyd on the Plecker Documents were his Grandchildren, its were we received the Family history was from our Robert Davis from this area and time. So the Floyds on the Plecker documents would not be on there if it wasnt for there Robert Davis Grandfather. Im curious can you look at our Robert Davis Grandfather from the same area and time and see if he is our same Robert Davis? Ty very much.

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    • Hi there. It would be helpful if you could leave a comment on the specific blog post you are inquiring about. I assume you’re referring to the Robert Davis that was listed in Col. Eaton’s Granville Co militia list in 1754. It is from this blog post:

      https://nativeamericanroots.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/identifying-the-saponi-indians-living-next-to-col-william-eaton/

      This is what I wrote about Robert Davis:

      “15. Robert Davis (1717 – ?). Robert first appears in the tax lists in the 1750s and enlisted in Eaton’s regiment. His wife is unknown. There were a couple more generations of Davises in Granville after Robert but the family was not large at all and did not leave many descendants. Because of this shortage of information along with no known parentage or siblings for Robert, I’m not sure if he was among the Saponi.”

      I have not researched Robert Davis so I really don’t know much more than what I wrote there. He could be the father of the “free colored” Davises that appear in the Granville Co records after him.

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  4. Hello. I am inquiring about the goins/gowens/goings family from your granville county article, as I am researching about my family. I would very much appreciate any information you have on this family. Thank you.

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