About Caleb Aldridge Arledge
Notes from Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:
Moved from Fairfield Co, SC to Anson Co, NC. Mecklenburg County was created in 1762 from Anson County. Richardson Creek is a Creek off the Rocky River that just extended very slightly into Mecklenburg County, with most of it being in Anson County. Therefore, it's likely that Caleb lived right along the border of these two counties in the 1780s -1790s.
1786 deed in Mecklenburg Co NC: Joy Moore wrote in Feb 2000: "I received a letter and the copy of a deed from Mecklenburg today. He states that he finds no record of Isham but sent the deed of Caleb and John Thomson. Caleb bought 150 acres from John Thomson and his wife Anna dated June 1786 I will make you a copy and send it The ony other name is the witness Jon Belk and Obed O Thomson. Caleb did not sign it. His name is spelled CALEB ALEDGE." (see transcription of deed on Richardson Creek below)
CALIB ARLIGE listed as Head of Household in 1790 census in Fayette District of Anson County, NC Page # : 037 01-02-02-00-00 Neighbors were Taylor, Thomas, Pierce, Adams on one side and Price (2), Wingate (2), Padgett, and Shepherd on the other.
Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 1
Free white males under 16 years: 2
Free white females, including heads of families: 2
This indicates that he probably had two sons and a daughter living with him in 1790, if we assume that one of the females would be his wife.
In 1790 in Mecklenburg County, we find side by side in an alphabetical listing, both spelled ALDRIDG:
Aldridg(e), Isham 01-00-02-00-00
Aldridg(e), William 01-03-02-00-00
These are most likely two of Caleb's sons who are already on their own, perhaps living just on the other side of the county border in Mecklenburg Co, NC.
Graham Louer writes regarding the estate of Caleb's father Isaac (died 1790):
the pay-out dates to the estate's executors, joseph & clement, have not
yet been found, but calib signed for his share 25 jan 1800, signaling
that [Isaac's wife] anna's widowhood had ended prior to that date, probably several
months to a year or more earlier. whether she died or remarried is
unknown, but if she were going to remarry it seems likely [based on
what other widows who remarried usually did in those times] that she
would have done so sooner after isaac's death than 8 or 9 years
afterward. thus we will for the moment presume that anna died in c1798
In 1800 census, CALEB ALDRIGE (over 45) is listed in Mecklenburg Co, NC with a wife, 5 sons and 2 daughters (23001//20010//00). A JOHN ALDRAGE (male 16-26 living alone) is also listed in the 1800 Montgomery Co, NC census (Enlow Ose believes this may be Caleb's son Jonathan). Montgomery County was formed in 1778 from the northern part of Anson County and also borders Mecklenburg.
Can't locate Caleb in 1810.
In 1820, in Anson County, NC (categories: males <10, 10-16, 16-18, 16-26, 26-45, >45; females <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45; then number of persons engaged in agriculture/commerce/mfg, then slaves)
Calep ARLDRIGE Sr 010001 11301 20000 (between Price, Presley, Sikes, Smith)
Calep ARLDRIGE Jr 100000 21010 10000 (next door to father)
A few pages later:
Eliazer ALDRIGE 010100 00100 20000 (between Moses Thomas & Joseph Brice)
Where are Caleb's other presumed sons at this time?
Jonathan: By 1800 Jonathan had moved west into Tennessee and by 1807 had settled in Hopkins Co, KY, where he was listed in the 1820 census
William: I've not been able to find much about William and family since the 1790 censuses. I suspect he is one of the William Arledges listed in Fairfield Co, SC in 1800.
Isham: in the late 1790's moved through Edgefield SC (1800 census) and on through Marion/Lawrence/Adams County, MS. We haven't found him in 1820 though his son John is in Pike Co, MS, and by 1830 the whole family has moved to Claiborne Parish, LA
Clement is living in Stewart Co, TN with a wife and 6 sons.
Ezra is presumed to have stayed in Mecklenburg Co NC (where he is listed in the 1840 census) and then migrates to Jackson and Putnam Counties in TN.
Don Aldridge <daldridge@CTC.Net>, a descendant of Caleb, writes: "This is my Aldridge/Arledge line. I have copies of deeds, census reports, and other records which make certain ties to the Isaac Aldridge Senior line in Fairfield County, SC. Caleb Sr. came to NC about 1784 and purchased land on or near the Mecklenburg/Anson County line. His brother Clement Sr. and nephew Clement Jr. witnessed one of his land transactions. Clement Jr. and Caleb Jr. both went to Stewart Co. Tenn. about 1803. Caleb Jr. came back to NC and lived next to his father in 1820. Clement Jr. died in Tenn. I have more information. " [His address is 28184A Barbees Grove Rd, Oakboro, NC 28129; 704-485-4336]
Don's notes: Also see Franklin Rudolph Aldridge's "Aldridge Records, Vol. II" pages 189, 201. I have many land transactions/deeds for him dated 1784 and later. He lived on or near the county line between Anson and Mecklenburg counties, NC. The county line had never been certain so wherever the land had been recorded when he purchased it, that was the county in which he recorded the new deed. He is also listed alternately in the census reports in these Counties.
The 1820 federal census lists one son and five daughters.
In addition, his son Caleb Jr. Is listed in the next household.
The 1820 census also lists (Ely/Eli/Elijah) Aldridge living nearby.
His lands were located on Richardson Creek and the Camden Road which are now sited as just below the dam for Lake Twitty in present-day Union County, NC.
Don Aldridge wrote (Sept. 1998):
Trying to trace this family is quite frustrating. Since your message of 06 Sept. I have gone back through my records and can add very little if any real information.
The 1820 Federal Census for Anson Co. NC, page #1 lists Caleb Sr. and Caleb Jr. in consecutive households. On page #5 there is Eliazer Aldridge.
I have a copy of a survey for Caleb "Arldrige", Warrant # 125, 26 July, 1817. The chainbearers are listed as Thos. Bogan and Eliazer Arldrig.
I also have a copy of Warrant # 6924, and survey, 05 june,1832 for Eli Arledge.
Notice how the spelling variations bounce around.
I have been told that there is an Eli Aldridge buried in the Price Family burying grounds but if so it is in an unmarked grave.
The above survey for Eli states that it joins his existing lands on Chinquapin Creek. Caleb Sr. also had lands on Chinquapin Creek. I have never found a reference to a will for Caleb Sr. in Montgomery or Anson County, NC.
From Joy Moore Sat, 5 Feb 2000
State of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County
This indenture made between Thomson, John and Ann, his wife of the one part and Caleb Aledge of the other part Witnesseth that the said John Thomson and Ann his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds specie to him in hand paid by the said Caleb Aledge, the receipt where of the said John Thomson & Ann his wife doth hereby acknowledge , he, the said John Thomson and Ann his wife had granted , Bargained, and sold, Alliened and confirmed & by these presents doth grant, Bargain, Sell, Alien and confirm unto the said Caleb Aledge, his heirs and assigns forever all that mesuage (can not be sure of spelling) tenement situate lying and being on Richardson Creek In the above said county, it being a certain tract of land of three hundred acres taken up by the above said John Thomson, the uper part of one hundred and fifty acres being the lower part sold by John Thomson to Caleb Aledge, the dividing line betwix at Charles Cook and Aledge Begnning at a red oak thence W one hundred and seventy sevan poles to two white oak saplins on the north side it being the deviding line betwixst Charles Cook and Caleb Aledge thence runing North one hundred and thirty nine poles croping (not sure of spelling) said creek twenty sevan poles to a stake then east one hundred and eigthty one poles croping the creek sevanty light poles to a white oak saplin on or near the county line thence to the dividing red oak betwixtst the line above said parties concerned one hundred and fifty acres of land be the same more or less and also all land faces roads under woods, the commons common of pastures ommodities, advantages Menidatements way waters and of appurtances whatsover to the said mesuage on tenement and premises Above mentioned belonging on any wise aprtaining and the Gervantion and Gevartions, gemainder, and remainders (makes no sense) Rents and servises of the said premises above mentioned and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances to the said Caleb Aledge his Heirs and Assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the said premised above mentions to the said Caleb Aledge, his Heirs and Assigns, for ever and said John Thomson do warrant all the state right, title, intrest, claim and demands what so ever against himself, his heirs, and assigns and all and ever other persons whatsoever unto the said Caleb Aledge, his heirs and assigns for ever the said mesuage or tenement and premises and ever part there of against him the said John Thomson and his heirs and against all and ever other person or persons whatsoever to the said Caleb Aledge his heirs and assigns shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents in witness when of the said John Thomson and Ann his wife hath set their hand and affix their seals this Annos Domini Signed ,
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
Abed O (his mark) Thomson
Signed John Thomson (seal)
Ann (her mark) Thomson (seal)
State of North Carolina
June Session 1786
Then was the execution of the within deed proved in open court by the oath of John Belk and evidence thenceto and ordered to be registered
Test Sam Martin (can't read his title)
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2000 13:27:45 -0800
From: "Christie Russell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From Union County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court 1785-1799 by
Brent H. Holcomb, page 447.
Turner Kendrick's early land records on Susy Boles Branck of Turkey Creek, now in Chester Co., SC fell into the disputed boundry between Mecklenburg and Tryon Co. NC and the counties which are now York, Union, and Chester Co. SC. In Book 13, Mecklenburg Co., NC Deeds 28 Cct 1789. Turner Sissoms [Sisson] of Union Co., SC, planter, to John Sibley, planter, for L100
specie, 150 A. on Tysons Cr adj John Thompson. Wit: Caleb Arledge, Amos Millar, and PALMER (P) KENDRICK. Provd. Apr 1790 Ct by oath of Caleb
Arledge. Isaac Alexander.
Caleb Arledge's Timeline
SC; went to Anson/Mecklenburg Co, NC [1790, 1800 NC census]; 1810 HOH Stewart Co TN
HOH 1790 Mecklenburg Co, NC census as ALDRIDGE; HOH Edgefield Dist. SC 1800 census p. 187: (10010-30010-00); was in Lawrence CO MS in 1813; 1816 Pike CO, MS; 1830 Claiborne Parish, LA
prob. SC or Anson Co, NC; in Stewart Co, TN by 1810 (ALDRIDGE)
April 2, 1782
prob. Anson or Mecklenburg Co, NC-->TN; 1807 Hopkins Co KY tax list; War of 1812 from KY; HOH 1850 Hopkins Co, KY; 1850 Slave Schedule Hopkins Co, KY; 1860 Franklin Co IL as ARLDEY
had 8 sons by 1840? 1840 Mecklenburg Co, NC; moved to TN after 1843; 1850 Jackson Co, TN
NC; 5 daughters; Anson Co NC in 1820 & 1830 (1830 as ARLEDGE); went to northern AL (listed in Jackson Co, AL in 1840 (as ARLEDGE) and 1850 census; in DeKalb Co AL by 1850s (land records); HOH 1860 DeKalb Co, AL
Anson Co, NC; HOH 1840 Montgomery Co (Alldridge), 1850 Stanly Co NC as ALLDRIGE; 1860 as ALDRIDGE
TN (one source says Monroe Co?); had at least 6 sons and 2 daughters: who were they??
HOH 1790 census Mecklenburg Co NC as William ALDRIDGE 01-03-02-00-00