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William Howard and Robert Rutherford are connected to the family of Stephen Poe


Executors are commonly family members. Here, the will of Stephen Poe, who died in 1773 is administered by his widow and men who are also connected with raising Stephen’s children.


1774 Chatham County

Stephen Poe, will


Chatham County, North Carolina Abstracts of Court Minutes 1774-1778

page 10: Will of Stephen Poe, dec'd proved by James Poe. NC, Chatham Co. Executors: Hannah Poe*, William Howard** & Robert Rutherford.


*Stephen’s widow. Stephen died in 1773.

** Sarah Howard, daughter of James Howard, married Mial Scurlock – according to other researchers. William Howard, who took in children of Stephen Poe after his death in 1773 must brother to James Howard. The Howard family appears to have come from Henrico County, VA where some of the Amelia/Prince Edward County, VA Poe family can be found.


Ordered that William Howard be appt. guardian to Hastin Poe, Larkin Poe, and James Poe. He giving bond with Robert Rutherford, Esq in pounds 1000 each*


* These are orphans of Capt. Stephen Poe who died in 1773. See note on William Howard above.


William Howard lived on land adjacent to the lands of Simon Poe, JR and brother Stephen Poe (sons of of Simon Poe, Sr.)


November 1777 Chatham county

Deed of Stephen and Sophia Herndon

Chatham County, North Carolina, Deed Book B, Page 110


To all People to Whom this presents shall come . know ye that I Stephen Herndon and Sophia Hendon my wife and administratricks to the Estate of Simon Poe* Deceased of Chatham County for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred pounds current money to us in hand paid by Richard Kennon of the County aforesaid have bargained sold relieved and made over and by these presents do bargain sell relieve and make over unto the said Richard Kennon his heirs and assigns all our right to a certain piece or tract of land whereon we now live lying to the [   ] of Haw River and adjoining the lands of Stephen Poe, dec. on the [  ] John Morton, dec. on the [  ] Richard Berry, dec. and on the North and William Howards on the West containing three hundred and fifteen acres of land to the same more or less. To have and to hold the same and improvement we the said Stephen Herndon and Sophia Herndon administratricks do Warrant and for ourselves untl the said Richard Kennon his heirs and assigns as Witness our hands and seals this 17th July 1777

Test: James Poe, Prettyman Berry            

Signed: Stephen Herndon (his mark)

Sophia Herndon (mark)

Chatham County, November Court 1777

Then this deed was in Open Court duly proved by oath of Prettyman Berry and ordered to be registered.


* Simon Poe, JR son of Simon Poe, Sr probably son of Samuel Poe of Essex Co. VA. Sophia (Bradford?) is Simon’s widow. See note on William Howard above.



Chatham County Court of February 1778


David Poe, orphan of Simon Poe, dec'd came into court and made choice of James Massey* as his guardian, who entered into bond with George Herndon and William Howard in pounds 1000.


* James Massey was married to Jane Poe, daughter of Simon Poe, SR. See note on William Howard above. George Herndon was father of William Herndon, who married


Connections between Howard, Straughn and Dismukes families, two others who married with Poe.



Texas DAR GRC report ; s1 v311 : abstracts of wills of Chatham County, North Carolina will book B, 1798-1833 / abstracted by Katherine Reynolds ; Samuel Sorrell Chapter


Reynolds, Katherine


Texas DAR, G.R.C.


Samuel Sorrell Chapter, DAR




65 leaves ; 29 cm.


Typescript ; index


Chatham Co., North Carolina - Probate records


Dorcas Howard

Dated: 25 August 1818

Probated Ausgust1826

my daughter: Elizabeth Tyson

gd. son Edward H. Norwood

all the surviving children of my daughter, Sarah Norwood

to my daughter Sarah Norwood

son-in-law Edward H. Norwood

g.d Daughter: Betsy Norwood

signed: Dorcas (X) Howard -- HER mark

Ex: friend Thomas Snipes

son-in-law Isaih Tyson

Wit: G. Dismukes

Celia (?) X Straughan -- her mark



Date Oct. 1, 1818

Probated August 1826

I give and bequeath as part of my estate to Celece

Straughan who has resided with me for several years $50

-- to my daughter Sarah Norwood my two work horses Doctor and Rock

Wit: R. (?) Freeman



The relationship existed in Virginia as well


Caroline County, Virginia (where the Simon Poe, Sr. family came from)


A marriage between Howard and Poe


Kimberly Curtis Campbell, Milford, Virginia, Iberian Publishing Company, Athens, Georgia 1999

Caroline County, Virginia Court Records: Probate and other Records from the Court Order and Minute Books 1781-1799


Raymond Poe

Catherine Poe Howard


December 1799

Raymond Poe (Mordecai Howard and Catherine Howard his wife summoned to give William Fields counter security on her Admin of the estate, she being formerly Catharine Poe)

Admin/Executor: Catherine Howard


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