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John Arledge

Also Known As: "John /Aldridge/"
Birthplace: Wicomico, Northumberland Co, VA (to Frederick CO VA by 1745; Camden Dist, SC by 1749)
Death: circa 1765 (50-67)
prob. SC (Fairfield Co area) --NEED WILL
Immediate Family:

Son of William Aldridge or Arledge and Alice Aldridge or Arledge
Husband of Elizabeth Arledge
Father of John Arledge; William Arledge; Lydia Arledge; Moses Arledge and Isaac Arledge
Brother of William Arledge or Aldridge, Jr.; Clement Aldridge and Jane Arledge or Aldridge
Half brother of Isaac Arledge and Sarah Arledge

Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About John Arledge

Please see notes at the bottom of this page for two men whose identities are frequently confused with this John Aldridge/Arledge.

From the research notes of Pam Wilson <>:

John Arledge was given half of father's land in Wicomico Parish (the plantation) in father's will dated 25 Aug 1724.

Northumberland Co. Orders 1729-1737, p.27 note that John Aldridge was bound to William Owens to learn the carpenter/joiner trade. The apprenticeship indenture to begin 04/15/1730.

The John Aldridge/ Arledge who ends up in SC records is without a doubt the son of William Aldridge/Arledge and Alice Fallin, born in Wicomico, Northumberland CO, VA. I had originally connected this one as William's son because of the Arledge spelling of his name. The only child of William whose birth was listed in the Northumberland Co Record of births 1661-1810 (page 4, mutiliated), was "--n Aldridge" (prob. John) born May 16, 170_. Because of ages, this must have been between 1704-1709, and it seems likely that John was the second oldest son, so I lean toward 1706.

The son of William and Alice Fallin Aldridge/Arledge of Northumberland Co, VA is the John Aldridge who later in his life went by the name of John ARLEDGE and was an early settler in Camden District, South Carolina after a brief time in Frederick County, Virginia in the 1740s.

This John married Elizabeth Thomas of Northumberland Co, VA, daughter of Richard Thomas. The will of RICHARD THOMAS of Great Wiccocomoco Parish (Northumberland Co, VA) dated 7 Sept 1741 (proved 9 Sept 1741) names son William Thomas, daughter Ann Sampson, daughter ELIZABETH ALDRIDGE, son Richard Thomas, Robert Thomas, daus Hannah and Mary, and naming brothers WILLIAM THOMAS and Henry TAPSCOTT as executors, wit: Dennis Conway and Moses Thomas.

In November 1998, Mike Marshall <> sent me the following, from the records of old Frederick County, VA: 1745---ARLEDGE, John--Given power of attorney by Hannah Thomas for the collection of sums of money owed her by William Thomas Esq. and Henry Tapscot. Recorded 4 Mar 1745. The people mentioned in this power of attorney appear to have come from Northumberland County, Virginia. Insight into this power of attorney may be gained by taking note of the will of one Richard Thomas of Great Wicocomoco Parish, Northumberland County, dated 7 Sep 1741 and proved 9 Nov 1741. This will makes specific bequests to sons William and Richard as well as to daughters Ann Sampson and Elizabeth ALDRIDGE. It divides the remainder of Richard Thomas' estate among his four children--Richard, HANNAH Thomas, Robert and Mary. The executors of Richard Thomas' will were his brother, William Thomas, and Henry Tapscott. Witnesses were Dennis Conway and Moses Thomas.

These documents suggest that John ARLEDGE and Hannah Thomas may have been living in Frederick County, Virginia in 1745. And, John ARLEDGE/ALDRIDGE was quite likely the husband of Elizabeth Aldridge nee Thomas, and the brother-in-law of Hannah Thomas. The power of attorney given to John Arledge in Frederick County, Virginia in 1745 was probably to enable him to collect Hannah's portion of the residuary estate of her deceased father, Richard Thomas.

Frederick Co, VA Road Orders dated 2 April 1745 (o.s. foB 1, P. 316), John Arledge was among 32 petitioners for a road from the courthouse to Gregory's Ford; it was ordered that the petitioners clear and work on the same, and Samuel Earle was appointed surveyor and ordered to keep the said road in good repair.

It appears from these documents that William and Alice Fallin Arledge's son John Arledge and his wife Elizabeth Thomas Arledge (note: this is the Elizabeth who later remarried Matthias Fellows in SC) were in Frederick Co, VA before going to Camden District, SC in the late 1740s, one of the earliest white settlers of the area.

SC State Archives Series: S213184, Volume: 0005, Page: 00049, Item: 01; Date: 10/16/1749



This John Arledge relocated to Camden District of SC and received a royal grant from King George II in 1750 for 350 acres on the Wateree River in what is now Fairfield Co, SC. This was likely he earliest Arledge grant in the area. That this land was granted at 50 acres per head (family member) indicates that there were seven members of his family, and that he and his wife had five children:

2 February 1748/1749: South Carolina: "The Petition of John ARLEDGE for 350 acres of land": The 2d day of Feby 1748. The petition of JOHN ARLEDGE being presented to the Board the same was ordered to be read which was accordingly done setting forth that the petitioner had travelled from Virginia to this province with his family being encouraged thereto by the hopes of assistance given to new comers that he had a wife and five children and never had any land granted to him therefore humbly prayed his excellency and their honors order to the Surveyor General to run out three hundred and fifty acres of land on Wateree Creek and such further favour as should seem to his excellency and their honors meet and he as is duly bound would pray etc. [signed] John ARLEDGE

The same is considered. The petitioner appearing and being sworn and examined to the truth of what is set forth in his said petition it was ordered that the Deputy Secretary prepare a warrant to the Surveyor Generall for admeasuring and laying out to the said petitioner three hundred and fifty acres of land on the Wateree Creek as pray'd for. [carefully transcribed by Graham Louer]

Quoting Alice Sekanick: "In South Carolina a ‘John ARLEDGE of Virginia’ applied for a warrant for land along Wateree Creek in 1749. Apparently he was successful in this application because, in another reference, he is mentioned as settling on the western side of the Wateree River opposite present-day Camden, South Carolina.” [Sources: Robert Meriweather, The Expansion of South Carolina 1729-1765 (Philadelphia: Porcupine Press, 1974) p. 136, and Thomas J. Kirkland and Robert M. Kennedy, Historic Camden, Part one (Columbia, SC: The State Company, 1905), p. 71.]

Caroline Burnett Cook <> sent me a quote from the book HISTORIC CAMDEN by Kershaw and Kennedy (a paragraph on pg 71 of Volume I, continuing a chapter on early settlers in Kershaw during the 1740's and 1750's):

"On the western side of the river [probably referring to the Wateree River], opposite, were an almost equal number of settlers, among whom may be mentioned: Anthony Wright, whose name is preserved by 'Wright's Branch Creek,' Roger Gibson, Luke Gibson, William Paine, William Harrison, Nathaniel Hill, Charles Russell, Richard Gregory, Thomas Paget, William Scott, Roger Roberts, JOHN ARLEDGE, John McKenzie, and some others."

Cook added: "These (approx. 100 )very early settlers were pioneers and fought frequently with the Cherokees. They felt it was so dangerous in these outposts that they sent their families to Forts here and there where they could be protected while the men fought it out with the Cherokees for the river land."

John ARLEDGE was married to Elizabeth THOMAS of Northumberland Co, VA. That they had 5 children at the time of this 1748 document is evident. However, in later Fairfield Co, SC records, Elizabeth (who remarried Mathias FELLOWS in the 1760s) is only linked to three apparent children: Moses (who m. Susannah and died in 1790 in Fairfield Co, apparently childless), Isaac (who m. Sally McCormick and removed to Rutherford Co, NC) and Lydia (who m. William MILLAR). Was John Arledge of Edgefield Co another child? It's probable, though he was not considered as among the heirs of Elizabeth. Another probable son is the William Arledge who lived in what became Kershaw County and who was married to a Mary, with a daughter named Lydia who married an Isaac Arledge. There are strong indications that this William was a son of Elizabeth's.

In 1750, a JOHN ARTLEDGE is a witness in the will of Joseph Reed of Anson County, NC, which mentions land near the Catawba River (cited in FRA's ALDRIDGE Records, vol. II, p. 189). Mike Marshall wrote: "I came across a notation I made of an Anson County, NC will of a Joseph Reed. The only date I have is 1750. It mentioned sons William, wife and other children not named. The Exs. were John Brandon and John Nesbet. Witnesses were Joseph Cate, John Raily, and JOHN ARTLEDGE. I have a notation land was near Catawba River, probably Lancaster County, SC. I think this came from a book with a title something like "Anson County, North Carolina Abstracts of Early Records." I believe it was on page 118." Anson Co NC Wills and Estates as abstracted by Brent Holcomb references this as Nov 1750, Vol. XXVI, p. 17. Interestingly, Holcomb transcribes the name as John ARLEDGE. Other witnesses were Joseph Cate and John Raily, with Execrs being John Brandon and John Nesbet. Proved July Ct 1751, letters granted 6 April 1752.

Anson County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1749-1766, Abstracts of Wills & Estates, 1749-1795, wills from Secy of State's papers, p. 26 (scanned documents on 2008):

Vol XXVI, p. 17: Nov 1750, will of Joseph Reed, being very sick... to wife one riding horse.... to son William Reed 400 acres near Cutawba River... my plantation I now live on to my wife...John Brandon & John Nesbet, executors. Joseph Reed (o), wit: JOHN ARLEDGE, Joseph Cate, John Raily. Proved July Ct 1751. Letters granted 6 April 1752.

Other SC land transactions and mentions (from Index in SC Archives):

ARLEDGE, John. Plat for 350 Acres on Wateree Creek 16 Oct 1749

ARLEGE, John . Land Grant from George II for 350 acres on Wateree Creek 5 Sept 1750 (adjacent to land granted to Richard GREGORY)

ALDRIDGE, John. James HARRISON, plat for 150 acres in Craven County, 20 Sept 1754

ALDRIDGE, John . James HARRISON, memorial for 150 acres on Wateree River, Craven County, 16 Feb 1770

ALDRIDGE, John. Plat for 100 acres in Craven County, 2 Nov 1772

(Need to get copies of these last two, since I suspect that this first John Arledge has died by this time. These could either refer to his property or to his possible son John Arledge).

John ARLEDGE died probably by the earl or mid-1760s; no will has been found as of this date. His probable widow (??) Elizabeth Thomas ALDRIDGE/ARLEDGE married Mathias Fellows by 1767 and her court records are well documented.

Many years ago, I originally surmised that this SC John Arledge had at least 4 sons: William, Isaac, Moses and John. Only two sons, Isaac and Moses, are evidenced by court records. However, strong circumstantial evidence exists to place William and John Arledge as children in this family as well.

At least, if Elizabeth was his wife, Moses was probably his son (see will of Eliz. Fellows in Franklin Aldridge Records) as well as the Isaac who lived in Fairfield Co SC and then went to Rutherford CO, NC, where he died.

There is another John Arledge, the Edgefield County (SC) one, who is likely to also have been a son of this John. However, the records of Elizabeth and her second husband Matthias Fellows, as well as those of son Moses and wife Susannah, repeatedly discuss the existence of 3 children: Moses, Isaac and Lydia (m. William MILLAR). Sons John and/or William are not named.

In personal correspondence, Graham Louer suggests that another of John's children may have been William, "who in 1771 was granted 100 acres in Craven County on Dutchman's Creek. He and his wife Mary sold that land in 1775. William and Mary had many other transactions later. He and Mary in 1804 sold land that they had bought in 1794 from Elizabeth Arledge Fellows, and they sold more of that land in 1805. William and Mary are likely the parents of William Jr. who bought land from them in 1799 and 1805, and of Lydia (who married Isaac Arledge...) to whom a William and unnamed wife gave deeds of gift in 1814 and 1819, naming her as their daughter, and possibly are the parents of the wife of Stephen Dukes, to whom they sold land in 1804 twice."

So until further evidence may be found to disprove it, my model is that John and Elizabeth Thomas Arledge were the parents of William, Lydia, Moses, John and Isaac.



NOTE: There are records of at least two John Aldridges/Arledges that are strikingly close in dates, and their identities are frequently confused. Please read below to understand that these are NOT the same John Aldridge as this one.

(1) One, known as John ALLRED, married Annie Hamilton or Hambleton and lived in Randolph Co, NC for some time. His descendants are well documented. There is little possibility he is the same John. However, for many years Allred researchers (based on Rulon Allred's THE ALLRED FAMILY IN AMERICA) have believed that their John Allred was the son of William and Alice Aldridge/Arledge of Northumberland Co, VA. Recent evidence by the Allred Family Researchers ( strengthens the argument that, although close in name and overlapping geography (especially in Randolph Co, NC), the Allred and Aldridge/Arledge families are distinct and unrelated families.

(2) A second person with whom this one is often confused, born c 1700 as well, perhaps in Northumberland Co, VA, moved to Beaufort Co, NC, married Elizabeth Ward, and had 2 sons, Thomas and James. Records indicate he died around 1730, though I don't know if a will exists. The possible relation of this John Aldridge to our Aldridge/Arledge family needs further investigation. Was he a cousin? However, it is clear that he was not the son of William and Alice.


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John Arledge's Timeline

May 16, 1706
Wicomico, Northumberland Co, VA (to Frederick CO VA by 1745; Camden Dist, SC by 1749)
lived on Dutchman's Creek, Camden Dist/Fairfield Co, SC; 1792 tax list in Fairfield; 1800 Fairfield 00100 22000 00; 1810 Kershaw 00001/10001/2 slaves
children: Dau and 5 sons by 1800
??? [HOH in 1790 SC census--Fairfield]
[LDS-AF says 1749][HOH in 1787/1790-1820 SC census--Edgefield/96 Dist]
Age 58
prob. SC (Fairfield Co area) --NEED WILL
probably SC; HOH in Fairfield Co. 1790 census & 1792 tax list