Monday, February 6, 2012

Margaret Ramsour 1733-1789 (1000011)

Margaret Ramsour was born about 1733 in Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Derrick & Catherine Ramsour who were pioneers in Lincoln County North Carolina. Her family moved to Tryon County North Carolina, to the area of Clark's Creek on the Catawba River about 1752. There she must have met and married Johann Sebastian Klein Jr. sometime before their first child was born about 1765.

Margaret Ramsour and Bostian Klein had the following children:
1) Samuel Klein b. bet 1760-1765 Rowan, NC; d. 1789 Lincoln, NC
2) Katherine Klein b. 1768 Rowan, NC; d. 10 Jun 1820 Lincolnton, Lincoln, NC
3) Daniel Klein b. 1770 Rowan, NC; d. 1794 Lincoln, NC
4) William Klein b. 1775 Rowan, NC; d. Aft. 1850 Macon, NC
5) David Klein b. 1776 Rowan, NC; d. 20 Dec 1828 Cleveland, NC

Bostian Klein ran off to GA Provence (GA-AL) with Hannah Fry during the time of the Revolutionary War, where he had two illegitimate children by her before dying about 1787.  Hannah then returned to Lincoln County with her small children. All of this must have been devastating to poor Margaret, who was left to raise their young family alone.

It made for a hard life, and Margaret died at an early age of just fifty-five years, on 5 Jan 1789.

Factual Proof:

Much information about the Klein family comes from Cicero Cline's book "Klein or Cline History" by Cicero Cline 1915, though much of the information about Margaret and Bastian Klein Jr. has been found to be false. This is the foundation upon which all recent researcher's have built, and Cicero Cline's contribution must be acknowledged. He has Margaret married to Bostian's brother Christopher. It is possible that Christopher helped to support Margaret's children, or even married her after she was divorced. However, this has yet to be proven.

It is believed that Cicero Cline placed Christopher Klein as the father of these children, because he was the only male old enough to have fathered them left in the Lincoln County North Carolina area. However, he did not have access to the information that modern researchers have uncovered about Bostian Klein Jr. so could not have known who the real father was. See notes under Johann Sebastian Klein Jr. for more detailed information.

Information about her parentage, as well as birth and death dates, comes from the following posting:
"Boston Jr's wife, Margaret, is most likely the daughter of Derrick Ramsour. On the same date that Derrick deeds the 200 acres to Boston Cline Jr, husband of Margaret, Derrick also deeds 200 acres to Jacob Carpenter, the husband of his daughter Catherine Ramsour. Lorena Eaker (GSP) states that Margaret Ramsour Cline is born 1740-1744 and dies on January 5, 1789 in Lincoln county. This is consistent with the fact that she does not appear in the 1790 North Carolina census." [From a genweb site posted by Derick S. Hartshorn, III <> ]

According to Eaker, Margaret died 5 Jan 1789 [German Speaking People West of the Catawba River in NC 1750-1800 by Lorena Shell Eaker].

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Elizabeth Hearn 1781-1840 (100011)

Minerva was born about 1781 in Brunswick County Virginia. It is believed that her father was John Hearn. She was raised in Brunswick County, and that is where she met and married Jesse Day on 29 Mar 1798.

They can be found with their young family in the 1810 Census still living in near Meherrin, in Brunswick County Virginia. By 1820, they had relocated to Rutherford County Tennessee. Here they settled and lived for nearly twenty years.

By 1838, Jesse had relocated with his children to Lauderdale County Tennessee, and then moved to Fayette County before the 1840 Census. Elizabeth does not appear in this census record, so she must have died sometime before 1840.

Factual Proof:

Elizabeth's maiden name is listed on her marriage record from Brunswick County Virginia. Her birth date is estimated from Census Records. She disappears sometime before the 1840 Census. According to the 1820 Census, she was born between 1776-1794. However, she must have been born along the earlier end of the range in order to have married in 1798. So, probably born around 1780-1782.

Her marriage date is also proven by her marriage record:
Virginia Marriages to 1800 Virginia Marriages to 1800:
Spouse 1:        Day, Jesse      
Spouse 2:        Hearn, Elizabeth      
Marriage Date:        29 Mar 1798      
Marriage Location:        Virginia Brunswick County

I have yet to positively identify her parents. The most likely candidate for a father is John Hearn, who shows up in Brunswick County VA in tax lists up to 1798, which is when Elizabeth was married. There is also a George Hearn, who may be either John's brother or son. I need to find out which of these men could be her father.

Elizabeth is probably descended through family lines that appear as Hearn, Hern and even Horn in early VA records. Many, if not all of these seem to come through Sussex County VA.

Minerva T. Day 1806-1868 (10001)

Minerva T. Day was the daughter of Jesse Day and Elizabeth Hearn of Brunswick County Virginia. She was born about 1806 in Brunswick County, and grew up there. She relocated with her family to Tennessee in the mid-1810s, to Rutherford County. There she met her future husband, who had recently moved there from North Carolina.

On 9 Sep 1820, she married John Henry Sumerow in Rutherford County TN. She and John Henry Sumerow had the following children:
1) James H. Sumerow b. 1822 Rutherford, TN; d. 27 Dec 1852 Lauderdale, TN; m. Sarah E. Wright
2) Mary E. Sumerow b. 13 Jul 1824 Rutherford, TN; d. 8 Jun 1895 Lauderdale, TN; m. James C. Alsobrook
3) Jesse M. Sumerow b. 1826 Rutherford, TN; d. 2 Nov 1875 Lauderdale, TN; m. Sarah Sumerow (his brother's widow)
4) Henry Thomas Sumrow b. 1829 Rutherford, TN; d. 9 Sep 1884 Lauderdale, TN; m. 1st Ellen Smith, 2nd Missouri Jackson
5) George Henry Sumrow b. 28 Jul 1830 Rutherford, TN; d. 4 Mar 1913 Merit, Hunt, TX
6) William C. Sumerow b. 1833 Rutherford, TN; d. Bef. 1870 Lauderdale, TN; m. Matilda Rucker
7) Benjamin Franklin Sumerow b. 1837 Lauderdale, TN; d. Bef 7 May 1879 Lauderdale, TN; m. Nancy Elizabeth Brandon
8) Martha Emma Sumerow b. 1838 Lauderdale, TN; d. Aft. 1870; m. 1st John Rucker, 2nd Benjamin M. Hall; 3rd W. H. Flippin
9) Robert W. Sumerow b. 1848 Lauderdale, TN; d. Abt. 1891 TN; m. Nancy Warren
The following children died in Lauderdale County while still young, and their birthdate is unknown. They were listed on the back of Henry's grave marker as children of Henry and Minerva who had preceded them in death . Some may have been born between Martha and Robert, considering the ten year gap between them:
1) Eleanor C. Sumerow
2) Robert P. Sumerow
3) Predonia Sumerow
4) Virginia Sumerow
5) Eugenia Sumerow

When the westernmost part of Tennessee opened for settlement, they moved to Lauderdale County, just a few miles from the Mississippi River. There they were able to obtain a grant of over 1500 acres of land, and there they raised their large family and helped to build the community of Double Bridges.

In 1852, Minerva lost her eldest son, and just two short years later, in 1854, she lost her husband. Her other children rallied around her, and she was able to make it through those tough times. Then the Civil War came. Most of her sons enlisted for service with the confederate army, and worked to protect the Tennessee coast. However, the Union army soon succeeded in invading the western shores of Tennessee, and ravaged the farmland to support their troops. It must have been devastating for the entire community.

Minerva was not a young woman any more, and the stress of that time took its toll. She survived long enough to see the end of the war, but did not live long enough to see her community rebuilt and recovered from their losses. She passed away in 1868. On 3 Feb 1868, Jesse applied to be the administrator on her estate, and distributed the landholdings among the surviving children. Minerva's grave has not yet been discovered, though it is hoped that she is buried somewhere near family on the land on which she lived.

Factual Proof:

Minerva's maiden name is proven by her marriage record:

Rutherford County, TN Marriage Record for 1820
Summerraw, Henry    &   Day, Minerva        Sept 9, 1820

The 1850 & 1860 Census give Minerva's age as 44 & 53, so she was born in Virginia about 1806. I list Brunswick County as her birthplace, because that is where he father lived until after 1810. He can be found in there in the 1810 Census with a daughter the correct age to be Minerva.

Jesse is her father, since he is the only Day listed in Rutherford County in 1820, where Minerva was living at the time of her marriage. He disappears from VA after the 1810 Census, and shows up in Rutherford County TN for the 1820 Census, still with a daughter the right age to be Minerva. He also relocated to Lauderdale County TN at the same time that Minerva moved there with her husband.

Minerva is living with her daughter Martha Rucker, her son Robert (who is 12), and Martha's daughter Elenora in the 1860 Census, which is after her husband's death. There is also a slave schedule for Minerva which shows her with 13 slaves. This is unfortunate proof that the family had slaves, but also shows that they were well to do at the time. During the war, they must have suffered greatly, since the Union soldiers came into Tennessee from the Mississippi River. Their close proximity to the river would mean that they were among the first to be invaded.

Her Administrator's Bond shows that she had died before 3 Feb 1868. The administrator of her estate was Jesse, who was the oldest living son at the time of her death.

I'm uncertain where she is buried. Henry's tombstone was partitioned with two sections. His information is on the right hand side. The left side was obviously set aside for his wife, but that side was blank. She was either buried elsewhere, or they never got around to adding her information to the tombstone. Henry was buried on land that was originally part of their property, and at the foot of his grave is that of his daughter Mary Alsobrook and her husband. There is a great deal of evidence that the family buried their dead on their home property, including the two instances mentioned, as well as the grave of Ellen Sumerow, who was the first wife of Henry T. Sumerow, Minerva's son.

Jesse Day 1775-1840 (100010)

Jesse Day was probably born in Brunswick County Virginia about 1775. It is not clear at this point who Jesse's parents might be. There is a John Day who lived on Lick Branch, near where Jesse purchased land after his marriage. There is also an Edmond Day who lived in the vicinity, on Three Creeks. Oliver Day also owned land on Rattlesnake Creek, which is a tributary of Lick Branch (and the same watercourse on which George Hearne lived, who is a possible father to Jesse's wife). However, all of these men disappear from Brunswick records by 1785. There are no Days listed in the tax records from 1782 (when the list began) until 1796, when Jesse Day first appears in Brunswick County VA.

Map showing how Brunswick VA
& Northampton NC share a border.
The watercourses on which these Day men lived meander along the border between Brunswick County, Virginia, and Northampton County, North Carolina. Deed records confirm that these men owned land in both counties (and states). So, to the best of my information so far, Jesse is probably from the Northampton County NC Days. The 1790 Federal Census shows three Day men living in Northampton County NC--Lewis, Edmund and Thomas Day. Only Lewis has any children. He has two under 16 years old living in his household. Jesse would have been about 15 at the time. The other child may be Lewis, who married Polly Lanier in Brunswick VA in 1794. This makes Lewis Day (Sr.) another candidate for Jesse's father.

Jesse's birthdate is taken from careful analysis of the records: In the 1820 Census Jesse is listed as between 26 and 45, so born between 1775 and 1794. In the 1810 Census he is 26-44, so born between 1766-1784. Given that he must have been 21 when he first appeared in the 1796 tax list, his birth date must be about 1775.

1796-1798--Jesse Day shows up in Brunswick County VA Personal Tax lists from 1796-1798 (1798 is when the microfilm ended). There were no other Days listed during these years, or before (going back to 1782 when the list began). To be over 21 in 1796, Jesse would have to have been born by 1775. This fits with the census data for him as well.

1798--Jesse married Elizabeth Hearn in Brunswick County VA, on 29 Mar 1798, according to a Brunswick County marriage record.
There is a marriage record for Jesse Day and Elizabeth Hearn:
Virginia Marriages to 1800 Virginia Marriages to 1800:
Spouse 1:        Day, Jesse        
Spouse 2:        Hearn, Elizabeth        
Marriage Date:        29 Mar 1798        
Marriage Location:        Virginia Brunswick County

They had the following children:
1) James Day b. abt 1799 Brunswick VA, d. aft 16 Jul 1864 Fayette TN
2) Minerva T. Day b. abt 1806 Brunswick VA, d. bef 3 Feb 1868 Lauderdale TN m. John Henry Summerow 9 Sep 1820 Rutherford TN
3) Willey Green Day b. 5 Aug 1808 Brunswick VA, d. unknown, m. Judith F. Lee 25 Jan 1846 Shelby TN
4) Ellen G. Day b. 1809 Brunswick VA, d. after 1860, m. unknown Montague
5) John Lewis Day b. 1812 Brunswick VA, d. abt 1860 Fayette TN

In April of 1799, Jesse purchased land on Lick Branch in Brunswick County from James Huskey:
Brunswick County VA Deed Book 17, p. 284 Huskey to Day:
This Indenture made this nineteenth day of April one Thousand seven hundred & ninety nine between James Huskey of the County of Brunswick & State of Virginia of the one part and Jessee Day of the same State and County aforesaid, witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of fifty eight pounds fifteen shillings to me in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and therefore doth release acquit & discharge, the said Jessee Day, his Heirs, Exors, Admtors or assigns, firmly by these presents, he the said James Huskey has granted bargained, sold, alliened, and confirmed & by these presents, doth grant, bargain, sell, alien & confirm unto the said Jesse Day his heirs & assigns a certain Tract or Parcel of Land situated, lying and being in the State & County aforesaid on the East side of lick Branch containing by estimation ninety-four Acres be the same more or less & bounded as follows: Beginning at Owen M. Fletcher's Line, at a scrub white oak. Thence along the Line of William Jones dec'd to the Lick Branch, thence up the meanders of the said Branch To be bounded by the same unto John Williamson's Line, thence along the said Williamson's Line to a corner Pine on Owen M. Fletcher's Line, thence along the said Fletcher's Line to the Beginning. It being the Land where on John Huskey formerly lived. And all Houses, Buildings, waters, water courses, Orchards, profits, commodities, hiredcliments? & appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or in any wise coppertaining & the adversion? & reversions, Remainders, rents, Issues & profits thereof and also all the estate right, Title, Interest, use, Trust, property, Claims & demand whatsoever of him the said James Huskey of, in & to the sd premises & all deeds, evidences& Writings, toughching or in any wise concerning the same. And the said James Huskey, doth covenant, promise & grant to & with the sd Jessee Day his heirs, Execs, admtors or assigns, that he has good Powers lawful & absolute Authrity to grant & convey the same unto the said Jesse Day his heirs & assigns in manner & form aforesaid, And the said premises now are forever here after shall remain & be clear, free of & from all former, Bargains, sales, dowers, Rights & Title of dowers, Judgments, Executions, Titles, Rents, charges & Hindrances whatsoever made done committed or suffered by the Said Huskey or any person or person whatsoever with the apputenancy unto the said Jesse Day his Heirs & assigns, against him the said Huskey, his heirs & assigns, all & any person or persons, shall warrant & forever defend by these presents. In witness hereof the said James Huskey has here unto set his hand & seal this twenty-second day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine --
James Huskey
Signed, sealed & Delivered]
In the Presence of us]
[No witness signatures]
Brunswick County Court of April 22nd, 1799. This Indention & Bargain & Sale was acknowledged by James Huskey to be his act and Deed as and or here to be record.
Teste, Herbert Hill CBC

Brunswick County, Virginia, Deed Book 17, page 284
Brunswick County, Virginia, Deed Book 17, page 285

In 1803, Jesse Day was listed as a buyer at the estate sale of Harmon Read (5 Jan 1803) in Brunswick VA [Brunswick Co VA Will Books 1804-1812 975.5575 P2br Vol 5].

In 1809 he purchased more land in Brunswick County [Day, Jesse from George Clayborne  1809 Bk 20 p. 454].

Day-Claiborne Deed 1809 Brunswick Deed Book 
This Indenture made this twenty Sixth day of June in the year of our lord one thousand Eight hundred nine between George N Claiborne of the county of Warren & State of North Caarolina of the one part and Jesse Day of the County of Brunswick & State of Virginia on the other part, Witnesseth that the said George N Claiborn for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars lawful money of Virginia to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted & sold alient and delivered and by these presents doth bargain sell alien & deliver unto the said Jesse Day his certain attorney her heirs Executors administrators and assigns one certain tract or parcel  of land situate lying and being in the county of Brunswick aforesaid. Bounded as follows (viz) Beginning at a Hickory on Edward Throwers line N 2 E 62 Poles to a corner white oak thence along
p. 455
Said Throwers line N 50 E 29 Poles to a corner sassafras bush thence S 80 W at 98 Crossing Parrington Road 128 poles to the Edge of an old field and corner at a rotten stump thence N 80 W 56 poles To a bunch of Sassaphras Bushes on a small branch thence down said Branch as it meanders to a large Hollow Poplar on Little Jinito Creek thence up the said creek as it meanders to a small sweet gumm on John Drummonds line thence along said Drummonds line to the old ford of Huskeys?? Creek where Throwers line crosses the said Creek thence along Throwers line to the Beginning Containing by survey Two hundred and thirty four acres be they some more or less to have and to hold the said Bargains & premises together with all mines minerals metals woods underwood waters and water courses Houses Barns and whatsoever may legally appertain thereunto In as full and complete assurances as I myself have held the same unto him the said Jesse Day his heirs testators administrators  and assigns forever and do hereby warrant and defend  forever the title of the said Bargained premises unto him the said Jesse Day his heirs Executors administrators or assigns against the claim Title or Interest of all and every other person or person Whatsoever In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first above written. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of 
Teste                                 George N Claiborne
James J Harrison
John Chamblys
Rubin B. Huke
Brunswick County Court June 25 1809 This indenture of bargain  & sale was acknowledged by George N Claiborne party  thereto to be his act & Deed & ordered to be recorded 
Teste H Hill Clerk

In 1810, Jesse could be found with his young family in Meherrin, Brunswick County, Virginia for the federal census.
1810 Census Meherrin, Brunswick, VA:
Lucy Day 1 f under 10, 1 f 16-25 [21 Oct 1821 Math Daniel married Lucy Day in Brunswick VA]
Polly Day 1 m under 10, 1 f 10-15, 1 f 26-44 [This is undoubtedly Polly Lanier Day who married Lewis Day in 1794.]
Jessee Day 1 m under 10 [Wiley G.], 1 m 10-15 [James], 1 m 26-44 [Jesse], 1 f under 10 [Minerva], 1 f 10-15 [Ellen G.], 1 f 26-44 [Elizabeth], 11 slaves

In 1813, Jesse sold his land in Brunswick County VA:
Day, Jesse to Willie Harrison  1813 Bk 22 p. 202, 321

It is unknown what precipitated the grand move, but Jesse must have felt the draw of the frontier. There were wide open spaces, and lots of land at bargain prices in the new state of Tennessee. Jesse moved his family to Tennessee between 1813, when he sold his land in Brunswick, and 1820, when he appeared in the US Federal Census in Rutherford County, Tennessee.
There are no less than three Jesse Days in TN in 1820 (one in Rhea, one in Bledsoe and one in Rutherford County). Our Jesse is the one in Rutherford County, where his daughter Minerva T. Day married John Henry Sumerow on 9 Sep 1820.

In 1820 the family can be found in the US Federal Census in Rutherford, Rutherford County, TN:
Jesse Day 2 m under10 [John L., and unidentified son], 1 m 10-16 [Wiley G.], 1 m 16-26 [James], 1 m 26-45 [Jesse], 1 f 10-16 [Minerva], 1 f 45+ [Elizabeth], 4 persons engaged in agriculture, 1 person engaged in manufacture, Slaves 2 m to 14, 1 m 45+, 2 f to 14, 2 f to 45, 1 f 45+

Jesse was involved in several land transactions in Rutherford County TN. The Henry Sumerow listed is his son-in-law, husband of Minerva T. Day:
Rutherford County TN Jesse Day Deeds
Grantor Jesse Day
Thos. Montague  Deed of Trust  M 540
B. Blankenship  Deed  N 256
B. Blankenship  Deed  N 253
Samuel Jones  Deed  O 159
Gurnsey G. Brown  Deed  R 183
Charles Puckett  Deed   R 255
Solomon Beasley  DOT  R 272
Henry D. Jamison  Mortgage  S 78 1838
Henry Sumerow  Deed  S  250

The name Jesse Day cannot be found in the 1830 Census for Rutherford County TN. However, there is a John listed in Rutherford County who is the right age to be Jesse. Though it is uncertain if it is him, it is possible that Jesse was a middle name:
1830 Census Rutherford County TN  Jno Day 1 m under 5, 1 m 5-10, 1 m 20-25, 1 m 50-60, 1 f under 5, 1 f 10-15, 1 f 40-50

About 1836, he moved his family to Lauderdale County Tennessee to the far reaches of the western frontier of the day. He purchased land just a few miles east of the Mississippi River, part of the alluvial plane that consisted of pristine cypress forestland. It must have been hard work to clear the land, but the soil was moist and fruitful once the hard work was completed.

In June of 1838, Jesse can be found in several deed records in Lauderdale County TN, where his daughter Minerva and her husband lived. So, he relocated with them to western Tennessee. Two of Jesse's sons can be found in neighboring Dyer County TN in 1830--James and Wiley G. Day.

Lauderdale County TN Jesse Day Deeds
Grantor Jesse Day
John Halliburton   Deed  125a  A 402
Edmund P. Lea  Deed  150a A 235
Jno Halliburton  Deed  125a  A 402
These took place in June of 1838

Shortly thereafter, he moved again, to Fayette County Tennessee, some distance to the east. There he can be found in the 1840 Census:
Jesse Day 1 m 20-29 [this is John Lewis Day.], 1 m 60-69 [This is Jesse]; Slaves 2 m 10-23, 1 f under 10, 1 f 36-54, 1 f 55-99; 6 persons employed in Agriculture

He must have died intestate, or moved yet again, because there are no Days listed in Fayette County Will books 1836-1854, nor did he appear in the 1850 Federal Census. It is assumed that he probably died in Fayette County Tennessee, but his final place of rest has yet to be discovered.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Johan Sebastian Klein 1716-1791 (10000100)

Johann Sebastian "Bostian" Klein Sr. was baptised on 17 Jun 1716 in Postorff, Alsace, Germany at Hirschland Church. His sponsors were Johann Nickel Stroh and Sebastian Gangloff of Postorff, and Maria Christina Cucian of Schallbach. He was confirmed on 4 Jun 1730 at the same church. Since he was born into a family of the Lutheran faith, he was probably born shortly before his baptismal date. It is believed that his parents were Mauritius Moritz Klein and Anna Caterina Marzloff, and that he was the third of eight children. His flawless German writing, as demonstrated in his will, shows that he was well educated for that time, so his parents must have taken some pains to educate their children.

Johann Sebastian Klein and Susannah Christine Elizabeth Bieber were probably married in Postorff in the late 1730s. They had their first child in Germany, before sailing to America to begin their new life, where the rest of their children were born. They had the following children:

1) Sebastian (Boston) Cline Jr, born about 1740-1745.
2) Christopher Cline, born 1740-1745.
3) Mary Cline , possible daughter, born about 1740-1745.
4) Christina Cline, probable daughter, born 1745-1750.
5) Otilla (Utilly) Cline , born about 1750-1755.
6) John Cline, born 1750-1755.
7) Elizabeth Cline , probable daughter, born 1755-1760.
8) Michael Cline , born November 16, 1761.
9) Jacob Cline, born 1765.

Bostian and his small family came to America on the ship "Robert and Alice," with 217 passengers. They set sail from Rotterdam, and stopped in Plymouth, Devon, England to sign a fidelity oath to the King, then sailed to America, arriving in Philadelphia, PA on 3 Sep 1739. He settled first in Lancaster PA, where he became acquainted with other Germans there who were struggling to get by in a place where land prices had become steep, and their growing children couldn't afford a farm of their own on which to raise a family. Plans were in the works to move into the affordable western part of the colonies, where there were opportunities to pioneer and build a community of their own with room to expand.

Plans finally settled on a move to North Carolina, to the Catawba River Valley, which had been explored, but not yet settled. There was rich land there ripe for development into farmland. Bostian gathered up his resources, and followed in the train of this migrating group. It is not known exactly when they arrived, since they were too busy scrabbling for survival to keep records. However, we can estimate that it was sometime around 1750.

There are deed records from 1755 that show that they had succeeded in making a home for themselves in the wilderness, and now cared enough to secure their interest by obtaining a legal deed to the land. He obtained 640 acres, in what was then Anson County NC. His land was located on the west side of the Catawba River on a small creek called Elks Creek, above Lookout Shoals. The deed in dated 28 Feb 1755. In 1758, he purchased land on Clark's Creek, jointly with Matthias Beiber, who may have been either Elizabeth's father or brother.

That same year, 1755, Bostian Sr. and his son Bostian Jr. were naturalized as citizens in what was then Rowan County NC. Bostian must have been well respected, because on 7 Feb 1772 he was appointed Constable in Rowan County.

On October 20, 1767 Bostian filed for a deed for 350 acres on Lyles Creek (which was formerly known as Elk Creek) in Rowan County. This deed was filed in Mecklenburg county, because Rowan County did not have a functioning court at the time.

Bostian is listed as a DAR Patriot (#A065969 Bostian Kline) for rendering material aid to the troops in North Carolina. His donations to sustain the troops show that he was in favor of the cause of freedom from British rule.

In 1790, Bostian and Elizabeth are found in the household of their son, Michael Klein. They had grown too feeble with age to support themselves. The Last Will and Testament of Bostian Cline of Lincoln County, NC was written 27 Dec 1791, and read as follows:

State of North-Carolina Lincoln County. The twenty seventh day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and ninety one. In the name of God, Amen.

I, Bostian Cline of Lincoln County and State aforesaid, being very weak of body, but of sound mind and memory, thanks be to almighty God. Therefore, calling into mind the mortality of my body, and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this, my last will and Testament that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of my God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting, that I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And, as touching such worldly estate where in has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and dispose of the same, in the following manner and form. I give to Elizabeth, my beloved wife, all my household furniture and my husbandry, goods and Still and furniture thereto belonging, and one Mare, and all my cash, and my outstanding Debts, for her use during her lifetime of aforesaid estate, it is equally shared by all my children. And to my son Christopher, my Executor must pay out of my estate within three months, the sum of twenty shillings. Likewise, my daughter Utillity, wife of George Heffner, her part of my estate, I give unto my grand children, Henry Heffner and Catherine Huard .

I constitute, and appoint and ordain me beloved wife Elizabeth Executrix, like wise, my son Michael Cline Executor, of my last Will and testament. And, I do hereby disallow and revoke, and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, and bequests and legacies and Executors by me before named, Willed and bequeathed, rectifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal and pronounced and declared by the said Bostain Cline in the presence of us the subscribers.

John Deitz
Samuel Killian

The will was probated in April of 1792, so he must have died earlier that same year. He was buried in Old St. Paul's Church Cemetery. No marker has been located for his grave, but later generations put up a marker in the cemetery to commemorate their pioneering ancestor. It gives 1712 as his birth year and 1792 as the year of his death.

Factual Proof:
His will is dated December 17, 1791 and was probated in April of 1792. I have yet to trace his connection to Moritz Klein as his father.

Registered with DAR as patriot (Ancestor #: A065969 Bostian Kline) Sons Christopher, Jacob and John are the only children they have listed, others will need to be proved.

Nickname: Bostian (which appears on his grave marker), or sometimes rendered Boston

From "The Heritage of Catawba County, NC Volume I - 1986" by Lucille M. Fulbright, Editor:
"Sebastian (Bostian) came from the Palatinate in Germany on the ship 'Robert and Alice', arriving in Philadelphia, PA on 3 Sept. 1739. On board were 223 Palatines including 78 men, 57 women and 88 children. Sebastian journeyed to Lancaster County, PA. He came to NC to what is now Catawba County between 1740-50 and secured a deed of about 900 acres of land in what was then Anson County, located on a small creek called Elks Creek and on the west side of the Catawba River and above the lookout Shoals. This deed is dated 28 Feb. 1755. He was a tanner by profession. His handwritten will in flawless German indicates that his education was above average for the time. He became a naturalized citizen on 16 July 1755 [According to one source, in Rowan County NC], and was appointed constable 7 Feb. 1772. He and his father-in-law, Mathias Beaver, entered a land claim jointly in 1758, and settled on Clark's Creek. Because of Indian troubles, they were forced to abandon their homestead, and fled to their Elk Creek farm, for safety. When Indian troubles subsided, Sebastian moved his family back to Cline's Creek in 1770, where his family lived in peace for generations."
[Note: The Mathias Beaver mentioned in the above account may be Elizabeth's brother, not father. See her notes.]

Per Ray Yount: "Sebastian Cline was in current Catawba County (or at least had land there) by 1755. On 1 Mar 1755, Robert Simonton received a Granville Grant on Clark's Creek adjacent to Bostian Cline. On 28 Feb 1755, Bostin Cline received a Granville Grant for 640 acres on Elk Creek, proved April Court 1762. Granville only had the right to give grants north of "the Granville line", Current
Cabarrus County was south of "the Granville line".

He shows up on the following ships passenger list.
1739 Robert & Alice
[List 71 A] Robert & Alice of Dublin
Captain: Walter Goodman
From: Rotterdam
By Way of: Plymouth
Arrival: Philadelphia, 3 Sep 1739
List of male Palatines age of 16 years and upwards being 78 men. Total passengers 218.
[Note: Just before him on the list is a Lorenz Bieber.]

"In the North Carolina 1790 census, Boston Cline does not appear by name as a head of household, but the entry for his son Michael Cline shows an adult couple living with Michael and his wife. They are probably Michael's parents, Boston and Elizabeth Cline. It appears that Michael and his recent bride, Fanny Killian Cline, are probably living on his parents' 190-acre home place to care for Michael's elderly mother and father. Michael is named as an executor in the will of his father Boston Cline, dated December 27, 1791. Boston's widow Elizabeth is also named as an executor. The will is probated in April 1792, indicating that Boston dies in February or March 1792, between the January quarterly court session and the April session."  [German Speaking People West of the Catawba River in NC 1750-1800 by Lorena Shell Eaker]

Johan Sabastian Klein 1743-1788 (1000010)

Johan Sebastian "Bostian" Klein Jr., or Boston Cline Jr. as it is often rendered,  was the son of Johan Sebastian Klein Sr. and Susan Christina Elizabeth Bieber of Postorff, Alsace, Germany. He was naturalized as an American citizen with his father on 16 Jul 1755 in NC, which suggests that he was probably born before his parents came to America in 1739, though probably only shortly before. So, he was born in Postorff and migrated with his family to Pennsylvania. Since he was the only child needing to be naturalized, he must have been the eldest child of his parents.

Bostian married Margaret Ramsauer, a daughter of Derrick Ramsauer and Kadrina Heil, about 1760 in what was then Rowan County, NC.

Children of Johann Sabastian Klein Jr. and Margaret Ramsauer:
1) Samuel Klein b. bet 1760-1765 Rowan, NC; d. 1789 Lincoln, NC
2) Katherine Klein b. 1768 Rowan, NC; d. 10 Jun 1820 Lincolnton, Lincoln, NC
3) Daniel Klein b. 1770 Rowan, NC; d. 1794 Lincoln, NC
4) William Klein b. 1775 Rowan, NC; d. Aft. 1850 Macon, NC
5) David Klein b. 1776 Rowan, NC; d. 20 Dec 1828 Cleveland, NC

Boston Cline Jr. appears in the 1768 Rowan County tax list with his father, Boston Cline Sr., and his brothers Christopher and John Cline. He participated in road projects in 1767, 1769 and 1771 in Rowan County. In September of 1770 Derrick Ramsour deeded 200 acres of land in Tryon County, during the ten year of its existence (1769 to 1779), in an area that would later become Lincoln County NC. Less than a year later, Boston and his wife Margaret sold the 200 acres, that her father had deeded to them, to Jacob Carpenter.

Shortly after their fifth and last child was born, Sebastian abandoned his young family, and ran away to Georgia with Hannah Fry Burns, a married woman with children of her own. Court records document the anger of those left behind to pick up the pieces of two broken families:

To the worship Court belonging to Tryon County. Hoping you will be serious spectators and judge the character of Bostian Cline, Jr., of Rowan County. Where we the undersigned subscribers will with much veracity endeavors to inform you as if thou were upon qualifications, whereas divers oathes and information hath made to Captain Blackburn when he was in the commission of the peace, setting forth, that the said Bostian Cline, Jr., a vagrant Jude [Lude] fellow, several times feloniously took away and seduced the wife of Conrad Burns from him, the lawfull wedded husband, and with her, carried off divers goods and chattalls, the property of said Burns. The said Cline, himself, has a lawfull wedded wife and a family of small children. There is no stop or premade in reguard to their malignant carried practices, but still hankering after that lewde woman, said Burns wife, and makes no industry for a living to support his small comers at home. Said Cline has run off with Burns' wife into Georgia Province and left his own poor distressed family to vindicate their own course as well as they could, and staying with said lewde woman between one and two years. During that time she became pregnant with child, which he, the said Cline, had one Bastard child with her before he had the instigation or motive of breaking the bonds of matrimony between Burns and his wife and himself and his wife. We humble petition, Gentlemen, that you will circumspect students in relation to the whole above written for such practice and carrying on must of consequince be pernidious and malignant in the sight of God, and you yourselves may be the judge what it is in the sight of man. Given under our hands this 10th day of October 1775. Witness Ch. Beckman, Peter Moll, Frances Palmer, [illegible German name] and Rudolph Conrad. [Pasted from <> ]

It is likely that Bostian enlisted to serve in the Revolutionary War. He signed a petition in Georgia to the Continental Congress seeking removal of a General Mcintosh as an incompetent officer. Since General Mcintosh was from Savannah Georgia, it is likely that this is where Bostian was staying. This suggests that he was not only running away from his family, but serving in the war. Perhaps he enlisted in North Carolina, and Hannah followed him when he was sent to serve in Georgia. Though, perhaps he did flee with her and joined the military there to help support her. We may never know the truth.

Hannah returned to NC in 1787 with a ten year old son, and some believe a toddler daughter as well, but no Bostian. He must have died about this time, because he does not appear in the 1790 census in Georgia or in any subsequent records. If he died alone in Georgia, his must have been a terribly sad fate, made all the more heartrending by his knowing that he had brought it upon himself.

Factual Proofs:

John Olphant's List of Taxables Rowan County, NC, NC 1768: Bostian Cline and John, 2 tithables; Stuffle Cline 1 tithe; Bostian Cline [?Jr.] 1 tithe.

"Boston Jr. also appears in several court records as he is assigned to road projects in 1767, 1769 and 1771 in Rowan county. Boston Cline Jr is deeded 200 acres on Clarks Creek by Derrick Ramsour in September 1770 in Tryon county during the brief period that it existed (1769 to 1779) and included the area that would become Lincoln county. On June 6, 1771, this 200 acres is sold to Jacob Carpenter by Boston Cline Jr. and his wife Margaret. Boston Jr. is appointed as a local constable in 1772.

"Boston Jr's wife, Margaret, is most likely the daughter of Derrick Ramsour. On the same date that Derrick deeds the 200 acres to Boston Cline Jr, husband of Margaret, Derrick also deeds 200 acres to Jacob Carpenter, the husband of his daughter Catherine Ramsour. Lorena Eaker (GSP) states that Margaret Ramsour Cline is born 1740-1744 and dies on January 5, 1789 in Lincoln county. This is consistent with the fact that she does not appear in the 1790 North Carolina census." [From Derick S. Hartshorn III website on the Cline family:]

"Rowan County NC Court Records show that Sebastian Cline [? Sr.] naturalized 16 Jul. 1755 and Sebastian Cline, Jr. is naturalized 16 Jul. 1775 [This is probably a typo, since other sources give this date as the same as his father's], lending strength to the theory that Sebastian m. in Alsace and that Sebastian, Jr. was born there or on the way to America. He is the only apparent child of Sebastian to appear in naturalization records." [German Speaking People West of the Catawba River in NC 1750-1800 by Lorena Shell Eaker]

"'Boston [Sr.] receives another Granville deed on May 10, 1762 for 598 acres on Clarks Creek, in current day Catawba county. This land is adjacent to a 693-acre grant of same date to Mathias Beaver (Bieber, in German), Boston's brother-in-law (or father-in-law according to some researchers). On March 29, 1764 Boston [Sr.] and his wife Elizabeth sell half of their Elk Creek land to George Smith with the deed witnessed by their son Boston Cline Jr. The other half of this Elk Creek land is sold to George Pope in November 1771." [German Speaking People West of the Catawba River in NC 1750-1800 by Lorena Shell Eaker]

The following shows that there was once a town named Postorff in Germany, though we can no longer find it on the map:
"After that we travelled on St. Pantaleonis day [July 28] from Coin to a village called Postorff; there we passed the night, and spent 3 white pfenning, and travelled on Sunday early to Ruding."
[Quoted from Professor A. Walter, The Life of Albrecht Durer]

Derick Hartshorn gives the following information on Bostian's removal to Georgia:
"A court petition filed in October 1774 against Boston Cline Jr. reveals that he has abandoned his wife and family of small children and has "run off to Georgia" with Hannah Fry Burns, wife of Conrad Burns. One record is found in Richmond county, Georgia in 1777, wherein Boston Jr. signs a petition to the Continental Congress seeking removal of a General Mcintosh as an incompetent officer.
Nothing further of Boston Jr's life and death in Georgia has yet been found. However, Lincoln county court records in 1787 and 1788 document Hannah Fry Burns' return to Lincoln county with a son Jacob Cline Burns, born in 1777. GSP notes that Boston Jr and Hannah Fry Burns also have a daughter Elizabeth, born 1785-1786. Elizabeth's subsequent fate is unknown.

"It is assumed that Boston Jr. dies in Georgia prior to 1790, since he does not appear in any of the surviving 1790 Georgia tax lists. Perhaps Hannah Burns returned to Lincoln county in 1787, due to Boston Jr's death. Hannah Burns is found in Lincoln county court records in 1795 with an abuse complaint against her brother's wife for abusing her son Jacob Burns, and in 1799 contesting being disowned in her father's 1784 will.

"Sebastian, Jr. appears in the records many times. Nicholas Fry disinherits his daughter, Hannah Fry Burns, for deserting her husband Conrad Burns and going to Georgia with Sebastian Cline, Jr.

"Hannah returns to Lincoln County, NC ca 1788 with her two illegitimate children, Jacob b. 1777 and Elizabeth b. 1785-6 and they appear in Lincoln County, NC records. Jacob is often referred to as Jacob Burns/alias Cline. What happened to Elizabeth is not known but Hannah, d. ca 1818, in Lincoln County.

"It must be noted that in the Sebastian Cline family history, Ciscero Cline does not recognize the existence of Boston Cline Jr. and attributes his wife Margaret, as well as his children, to be those of Boston Jr's brother, Christopher Cline. It is certainly understandable that the remaining Sebastian Cline family and descendants would not treasure the memory of this Boston Jr who abandoned his family and that they would not speak of him to the younger and succeeding generations. Therefore, by the time that Ciscero Cline is writing (1910-1915), he and his family of history contributors have no recollection of Boston Jr. They probably remembered only Boston Jr's abandoned children and had come to believe that they belonged to Christopher Cline. This association is natural because Christopher was the only other son of Boston Cline old enough to have fathered these children."

Katherine Klein 1768-1820 (100001)

Catherine Summerour Grave Marker

Katherine Klein, also often rendered Catherine Cline, was born about 1769 in (then) Catawba County, NC (now Lincoln County), as the second child of Johan Sabastian "Bostian" Klein Jr. and Margaret Ramsauer [See note below]. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on 26 Oct 1783, receiving her first communion from Rev. Arends at Warlich settlement in Lincoln County. 

Katherine's father abandoned his family when she was still a small child, and her parents divorced in 1774, at a time when divorce was nearly unheard of. It must have caused a great deal of hardship for the family. Yet, they persevered with help from extended family.

Katherine married Michael Summerow about 1789 in Lincoln County NC, where they were both born and raised. This date is only an estimate based on the fact that their first child was born after the Federal Census of 1790, and that Michael and Katherine were enumerated together in that census.

They had the following children:

1) John Summerow b. 1790 Lincoln, NC, d. 1857 Iredell, NC; m. Nancy MNU

2) John Henry Summerow b. 1794 Lincoln, NC, d. 5 Nov 1854 Lauderdale, TN; m. Minerva T. Day 9 Sep 1820 Rutherford, TN

3) Michael Summerow b. abt 1795 Lincoln, NC, d. 5 May 1870 Travis, TX; m. Electra MNU MO

4)Jacob Summerow b. 15 Jul 1797 Lincoln, NC, d. 2 Nov 1889 Mitchell, NC; m. Rachel Zelpha Turner 25 Sep 1830 Tyron, Polk, NC

5) Andrew Summerow b. 1800 Lincoln, NC, d. 1831 Iredell, NC; m. Charlotte MNU bef 1822

6) Elizabeth Summerow b. 3 Aug 1801 Lincoln, NC, d. 13 Jul 1861 Lincoln, NC; never married

7) David Summerow b. 16 Sep 1804 Lincoln, NC, d. 23 Jun 1879 Lincoln, NC; m. Susan Rudisill 7 Jun 1828 NC

8) Peter Summerow b. 11 Dec 1808 Lincoln, NC, d. 2 Nov 1841 Lincoln, NC; m. Elmyra R. Ramsauer 16 Mar 1840 Lincoln, NC

9) Sarah "Sally" Summerow b. 12 Jan 1814 Lincoln, NC, d. 22 Oct 1841 Lincoln, NC; never married

She can be found in Lincoln County, NC in the Census records in 1790 and 1810 with her husband, and their growing family. They lived on Clark's Creek, on land that Michael had purchased before their marriage, near her childhood home. So, she would have had family in the area to visit, with which to celebrate special occasions, and to help one another during hard times.

Katherine died at the age of 51. She was buried in the Old White Church Cemetery next to her husband.

Katherine's birth and death dates come from her grave marker. This information comes from a survey of the Old White Church Cemetery where they were buried. The tombstone gives her age as 51 years, which gives us a birth year of about 1769. She died on the 10th of June 1820.


Survey for Old White Church Cemetery lists:

      Summerour, Henry No Dates

      Summerour, Elizabeth 63 years October 21, 1827

      Summerour, Michael No Dates

***Summerour, Catherine 51 years June 10, 1820***

      Summerour, Henry 70 years December 1, 1722

      Summerour, Mary 72 years October 25, 1722

[Old White Church Cemetery - Lincoln County, NC - Cemeteries Submitted to the USGenWeb Project by W.D. Floyd ( Copyright, 1997 W.D. Floyd]


A note on Katherine's parentage:

Much of the information on the Klein family comes from the book The Cline Families of North Carolina 1750-1860 And Their European Ancestry, 1580-1750, by George B. Cline Jr.. This is the source for Katherine's maiden name, Klein. More research is needed to substantiate this claim.

The Cline Family book has much useful information; however, like all books of the kind, there are also many mistakes. As new information has been uncovered, some of what George Cline wrote has been proven incorrect. This is particularly true where he relied largely on the contribution of family memories rather than documentation; and, it would seem, Katherine Cline/Klein has been the locus of much misinformation, including who her father was.   

One researcher has this to say:

"Cicero Cline [in his book: the Klein or Cline Family, published in 1915] identifies a Catherine Cline, who marries Michael Sumner (Sumrow or Summerow), as a daughter of Christopher Cline's son Henry ( However, the discussion of Henry's children in his section of this chapter shows that he does not have such a daughter Catherine. The only Michael Sumrow found in the Lincoln county 1820 and 1830 census is a widower, born 1750-1760, with five children, born 1795-1810, in his household. It is speculated that the Catherine Cline who marries Michael Sumrow, as recalled in Cicero Cline's account, is really this Catharina Cline, daughter of Boston Cline Jr." [Derick S. Hartshorn III, from his Cline website:]

Heinrich Summerauer 1722-1792 (1000000)

Heinrich Summerauer's parents have yet to be discovered. We know, from his grave marker, that he was born on 1 Dec 1722. In German, the suffix "er" is added to the end of a name in order to indicate that the individual named is from a particular place (a Berliner is from Berlin, etc.). So, we know that Heinrich came from a town named Summerau in Germany. One researcher claims that Heinrich came from Bavaria, where they assert that they discovered a small town named Summerau in the Spessert near the river Main. I have found five towns called Summerau in Germany that still exist today, three in Bavaria, one in Rhineland-Pfalz and one in Baden-Wurttenberg. So, it is impossible to know where he came from exactly without further research.

He set sail, with his brother Johannes, on the ship "Patience" on 16 September 1748 from Rotterdam, to Cowes, England where he signed an agreement of non-hostility to Britain, then on to Pennsylvania. They were isted on passenger ships list as Henrich Somerower, 29, and Hans Somerower, 33. The Captain was John Brown. They also had a sister who came with them, Susannah, though women's names were not included on the ships passenger list. We know of her existence, because she married Ulrich Jakely within months of their arrival.

It is not known whether Heinrich married before or after arriving in America. No record of his marriage has yet been discovered, and researchers have yet to learn the maiden name of Heinrich's wife Mary. Her first name is derived from her grave marker, which reads "Summerour, Mary 72 years October 25, 1722." We only know that they must have married before 1754, since that is the year their first known child was born.

Heinrich and Mary had the following children:
1) Michael Summerauer b. 23 Aug 1756 Lincoln (then Anson) NC, d. 11 Jan 1848 Lincoln NC m. Katherine Klein about 1789 Lincoln NC

2) Henry Summerauer b. 1759 Lincoln (then Anson) NC, d. 4 Jun 1836 Lincoln NC m. Elizabeth Weidner about 1784 Lincoln NC

Heinrich and Mary stayed for a short time in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they mingled with many people from his native land. But soon the opportunity came to settle further west, where land was available at a bargain rate. A group of his neighbors decided to migrate together to form a new community in the western reaches of North Carolina. These people were pioneers in the Catawba River valley in North Carolina. Included in the group were such names as Rhine, Welfong, Yoder, Seitz, Klein, Isenhower, Bolick, Rhinehardt, Mulhl, Linburger, Hilderbrand, Rudisill, Ramasour, Zimmerman, Sherrel, Dellinger, Rinck, and of course Summerow.

Like many new Americans, Heinrich adapted by changing his name to an English friendly version. He became known as Henry Summerow, though he still signed his last name as "Summerour" on official documents in keeping with his German origins. Henry was trusted by his neighbors, and was called to serve on many juries from 1783 through 1790, including some Grand Jury cases.


"Henry Summerour" was summoned to serve as juror for January Court 1783 by October Court 1782 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" was summoned to serve as juror for July Court 1783 by January Court 1783 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" was sworn in as foreman of the Grand Jury for July Court 1783 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" was summoned to serve as juror for January Court 1784 by October Court 1783 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" bought 200 acres of land from Henry Holman; deed dated May 7, 1782; proved by Robert Blackburn at April Court 1784 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" was summoned to serve as juror for July Court 1785 by April Court 1785 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" was impaneled and sworn to the Grand Jury and served on the jury for the case State vs Wm Randles; and two cases Wm Graham, Esqr., vs Urbin Ashabranner for January Court 1786 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" served on the jury for the case Jno Shoeford vs Jno Masters and wife for April Court 1786 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" sued Phillip Null and won in April Court 1786 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summerow" was summoned to serve as juror by the April Court 1786 and served for twelve cases in a three day period for July Court 1786 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summero" served as juror for six cases for October Court 1786 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summero" served as juror for two cases for July Court 1787 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summero" was summoned to serve as juror by the April Court 1788 for July Court 1788 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summero" was impaneled and sworn to the Grand Jury and served on the jury for July Court 1788 in Lincoln County.

"Henry Summero" served as juror for three cases for October Court 1788 in Lincoln County.
Clark's Creek is the thick blue line on the left. Lockhart's
(now Larkard) Creek runs into it horizontally from right
to left. It crosses Summerow Rd, which is confirmation that
the family lived in this vicinity.


In the early 1750s through 1780s Heinrich acquired property on Clarke's and Lockhardts Creeks in what would become Lincoln County, NC. Heinrich and Mary lived in the Lincoln County NC area for the remainder of their lives. The following deed records show us where he lived, and how much land he claimed for his family:


Lincoln County NC Deeds

Page 108, discontinued. Henry Semerour claims 300 ac in Lincoln Co on Buttermilk Br of Clarks Cr; border: Warlick Dun's old tract, William & John Wilson, & Prop; entered 29 Jul 1784; f30.

The red dot shows where Heinrich lived. This shows his
vicinity to Lincolnton, and as far as Charlotte NC.
p. 109, granted. Henry Semerour claims 168 ac in Lincoln Co on head of Lockharts Cr; border: John Boid; entered 29 Jul 1784; f10.8.

p. 115. granted. Henry Semerour claims 50 ac in Lincoln Co on both sides of Clarks Cr; border: Jacob Cresmore and his own land; entered 26 Aug 1784; f5.

p. 280 granted. John Boyd claims 117 ac in Lincoln Co on head waters of Lockharts Cr; border: Henry Sumrow; entered 24 jan 1786; f11.14.

p. 410 granted. John McGaughey claims 200 ac in Lincoln Co on head waters Lockharts Cr; border: James Lockhart; entered 14 Nov 1786; f20; transferred to Henry Sumrow.

p. 94 granted. Henry Grose claims 100 ac on head of Little Cr waters of Clarks Cr; border: Henry Sumrow and Blackburn; entered 7 Oct 1789.

Here is a sampling from the above claims:

In 1787, Henry sold 263 acres on Clarke's and Lockhardts Creeks to his eldest son Michael , and in 1790 he sold 200 acres to his second son, Henry Jr., on the headwaters of Lockhart’s Creek. Since this constituted the bulk of his land purchases, he must have realized that he was getting too old to work the land any longer and was handing over the reins to his sons.


1) "Henry Summero" sold 263 acres to his son "Michael Summero"; deed dated January 14, 1787; acknowledged at January Court 1788 in Lincoln County. This was Henry's land on Clarke's and Lockhardts Creeks, B.-3/291.

2) Henry deeded to his son Henry and Henry's wife Betsy, January 20, 1790, 200 acres of land in Lincoln County on the headwaters of Lockhart’s Creek joining James Lockhart and Robert Blackburn, Lincoln County State Grant # 417, recorded in Book State Grants No. 2, pages 112-113.


He was listed as Henry Sumrow, Sr. [mis-transcribed as Sumron on], in the 1790 NC Census in Lincoln County with 1 male over 16 and one female, this would be Henry and Mary. His neighbors, on the same page of the census, include Henry Jr. and Michael.

Henry died in 1792, and is buried in Old White Church Cemetery next to his wife, Mary. He is listed on a survey of the Old White Church Cemetery. The tombstone gives his birthdate and says he died at 70 years of age. From this we can estimate his death year as 1792.


Summerour, Henry No Dates
Summerour, Elizabeth 63 years October 21, 1827
Summerour, Michael No Dates
Summerour, Catherine 51 years June 10, 1820
*Summerour, Henry 70 years December 1, 1722
Summerour, Mary 72 years October 25, 1722
[Old White Church Cemetery - Lincoln County, NC - Cemeteries Submitted to the USGenWeb Project by W.D. Floyd ( Copyright, 1997 W.D. Floyd]