Nancy Cheek (Carroll)
of Orange County, NC
No children identified.
here seems to be very little information about Charles CARROLL & Nancy CHEEK who married on Jan. 4, 1796, in Orange Co., NC, according to their marriage bond. The bondsman was John WILLIAMS.
I have not been able to identify Charles Carroll's parents. There is a record of a land grant issued to a Charles Carroll on Nov. 9, 1784, for 117 acres in Orange Co., NC, on both sides of Mountain Creek of the Little River; entered June 6, 1778 (Entry No. 199, Grant No. 797, Book 57, p.151). This Charles Carroll must have born in the 1750's or earlier to have entered land in 1778, making him at least 20 years older than Nancy Cheek. Of course, it's possible that Nancy was much younger than her husband, but there's no evidence one way or another. It is equally likely that she married a son of the earlier Charles Carroll.
Later land grants also show a James CARROLL and a Lemuel CARROLL who lived near the Robert Cheek family in the New Hope Creek area of Orange County. On Mar. 11, 1799, James CARROL was granted 30 acres adj. his own land & William McCAULEY [who owned land on New Hope Creek according to other records] (Entry No. 292, Grant No. 1450, Book 100, p.373). On Nov. 7, 1801, James CARROLL was granted 23 acres on New Hope Creek (Entry No. 539, Grant No. 1650, Book 111, p.322). On May 7, 1817, Lemuel CARROL was granted 50.5 acres on New Hope Creek. (Entry No. 38, Grant No. 1897, Book 131, p.139.)
There are 3 listings for a Charles Carroll in the 1800 census of Orange Co., NC (pp.503, 553 and 557). Two are young men under age 25, and the other is older, age 26-45. Any of these census entries could be Charles and Nancy (Cheek) Carroll.
- 1800 Census, Orange Co., NC, Hillsborough, p.503: CHARLS
2 w/m under 10 1 w/f 16-25 1 w/m 16-25 8 slaves
- 1800 Census, Orange Co., NC, Hillsborough, p.553: CHARLES
2 w/m under 10 1 w/f 16-25 1 w/m 16-25 no slaves
- 1800 Census, Orange Co., NC, Hillsborough, p.557: CHARLES
2 w/m under 10 1 w/f 16-25 1 w/m 16-25 no slaves 1 w/m 26-45
There are no Charles Carrolls in the Orange County census in 1810 or 1820.
The 1830 Orange County census includes a Charles CARROLL age 30-39, with wife age 20-29. This couple is too young to have married in 1796. Therefore, this is probably the Charles Carroll who was a son of Benjamin Carroll, Sr., of Orange County. Benjamin CARROLL died testate in 1846. His will, dated Nov. 3, 1845, names wife Nancy, son Alsey, "Ilai COPLEY & his wife Claricey," Dicey JAMES, Luvico? GLENN; he also leaves 50¢ each to sons Eli, Archibald, Charles, Benjamin, Clement, and Stephen. (Orange WB F, p.274.) Benjamin Sr. may have been the son of Stephen CARROLL who d. 1828; will names wife Eleanor & son Benjamin. (Orange WB E, p.173.) The Charles Carroll who married Nancy Cheek was probably related to this family in some fashion, but I don't know how.
There is a Nancy CARROLL in the 1840 census of Orange Co., NC, So. Div., p.255, in a household consisting of 1 white male age 60-69, 1 white female age 60-69, and 1 white female age 70-79. Interestingly, this household is listed next to Henry Cheek, who was a son of Nancy Cheek's brother Robert "Robin" Cheek.
Finally, the 1850 Orange County census lists a Nancy CARROLL, age 80, born in NC, living in the poorhouse. (1st Dist., p.194). This could be Charles Caroll's widow Nancy (Cheek) Carroll, although it is hard to believe that no one in the large, extended Cheek family in Orange County was able to take in their elderly aunt. As a result, this could be someone else.