James Arrowood of Buncombe Co. NC
Ralph Dean Clark
P.O. Box 641188
Los Angeles, CA 90064-1188
Ultimate Family Tree, ver 2.5c
MARCUM Project Version 634
March 8, 1998
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1. James William1 Arrowood,(1) son of James Arrowood of Maryland, was born in Maryland before 1765. See his father's family for more information. James died after 1851 in Paint Fork, Madison Co, NC, at
He married Sarah Bryan. Sarah was born circa 1769.(2) Sarah was the daughter of Benjamin Bryan. Sarah died at age unknown.
In the 1800 Census, James was listed as a head of household in Rowan Co, NC.(3) James and his wife were both age 45+. There were two girls and a boy age 10-15, and two boys and two girls
all under age 10. The author believes that this is the correct census entry for James William. The alternatives are James Arrowood in
Rutherford County,(4) who was age 26-44, and James Arrowood in the
adjacent militia company of Rowan County,(5) who the author believes
was James of Maryland, listed adjacent (in the census which is arranged alphabetically by militia companies within the county) to his
presumed son, Henry.(6)
James served on a jury July 1807 in Buncombe Co, NC.(7) In the
1810 Census, James was listed as a head of household in Buncombe Co, NC.(8) He was age 45+; his wife was 26-44. The household included two girls under age 10, a boy and a girl 10-15,
and two young men and a woman each 16-25.
In the 1830 Census, James was listed as a head of household in Buncombe Co, NC.(9) James was in his 60s. In the household were a young woman in her 20s, a girl 15-19, a boy 5-9, and a girl
under 5. No old woman was listed in any of the nearby households.
In the Census of 1840, James was listed as a head of household in Yancey Co, NC.(10) James and his wife were in their 60s, with a young woman in her 20s and a girl and a boy each under age
In the Census of 1850, James was listed as a head of household in Buncombe Co, NC.(11) He was 95; Sarah was 91. Susannah, 47, was a resident in the household.
Although three sons have been attributed to him, it seems odd that none has been identified that was named after either grandfather.
In a note about his own family tree, Rev. John H. Ballard, a Free-Will Baptist minister, wrote, "James Arrowood was born in
Pennsylvania and died in North Carolina at Paint Fork, Madison County, at age 100. His wife, --- Bryant, lived to be 102 years old.
"James Arrowood served in the Revolutionary War in the Battle of Monmouth and in the Southern regions under General Green and
under Francis Marion and at the Battle of King's Mountain.
"He owned quite a lot of land on Paint Fork where it joins into
Little Ivy. He had a lot of rowdy boys and had to dispose of a lot of his land to get his boys out of trouble; therefore the family had very
little before he and his wife died.
"Their daughter, Sarah Sallie Arrowood, married Joseph Ballard in Reems Creek Valley,
Buncombe County, N.C."
James's age may have been exaggerated in his later years. No census between 1800 and 1850 gives any
indication that he was born prior to 1760.
James William Arrowood and Sarah Bryan had the following children:
Eli Arrowood was born in maybe, Burke Co, NC circa 1795.(13) Eli died at age unknown. He married Polley Phillips 24 Apl 1814
in Lincoln Co, NC.(14) Although the recorded name of the groom is Ely
Harwood, no other mention of such a name has been found, and the date fits the birth of the children shown in the 1820 and 1830 census
records of Eli Arrowood.
Polley was born circa 1794.
In the 1820 Census, Eli was listed as a head of household in Lincoln Co, NC.(15) Eli was age 16-25; his wife was 26-44. There were two boys and a girl, all under age 10. The census
record is arranged alphabetically, apparently by militia companies. On separated lines within the same company are Isaac, Ben, and Zachariah
In the 1830 Census, Eli was listed as a head of household in Lincoln Co, NC.(16)
Susannah Arrowood was born in North Carolina circa 1803. Susannah died at age unknown.
Notes and References
Virgil Norberg Arrowood, Grandpa Fought On Three Sides
, (Gladstone, MI: Birco, 1990), copy in
possession of the author, cites a note by (hereafter cited as Virgil Arrowood's book) Rev. John H. Ballard. The author has seen no
documentation of his middle name, "William," but includes it for the convenience of his correspondents, who seem agreed upon its use.
James Foxx DeBruhl, "Ancestor Chart," Families of Yancey Co., NC
Vol. 5 (Sep 1988): pp.
98-9, gives names of Sarah Bryan and Benjamin Bryan, (hereafter cited as DeBruhl, Ancestor Chart
James Arrowood, 1800 US Census, Rowan Co. NC, P.433 L.8 (indexed to P.435), Series M-32, Roll 33,
National Archives, Washington, DC (hereafter cited as 1800 census, P.433 L.8, Rowan Co. NC
). James Arrowood 21001 - 22001 - 00.
1800 census, Rutherford Co. NC, P.94 L.17: Arrowood, James 22010 - 21001 - 00
1800 census, Rowan Co. NC, P.428 L.9: James Arrowood 10001 - 12101 - 00
1800 census, Rowan Co. NC, P.428 L.10: Henry Arrowood 10010 - 21100 - 00
Buncombe County, NC, Court Proceedings, Asheville Courthouse, 1798 - 1812
(LDS Film #18,345),
p. 360, record of July, 1807 term of the court. Photocopy in possession of the author. Previous page has date Friday, July 24, 1807
(hereafter cited as Buncombe Co, NC, Court Proceedings 1798-1812
James Arriwood, 1810 US Census, Buncombe Co. NC, P.271, National Archives, Washington, DC (hereafter
cited as 1810 census, P.271, Buncombe Co. NC
). James Arriwood 01201 - 21110 - 00.
Ja. Arrowwood, 1830 US Census, Buncombe Co. NC, P.287 L.15, Series M-19, Roll 118, National
Archives, Washington, DC (hereafter cited as 1830 census, P.287 L.15, Buncombe Co. NC
). Ja. Arrowwood 010000001 - 10011 Total=5.
James Arrowood Sr., 1840 US Census, Yancey Co. NC, P.276, Series T-5, Roll 117, National
Archives, Washington, DC (hereafter cited as 1840 census, P.276, Yancey Co. NC
). James Arrowood Sr 100000001 - 100010001.
Jas. Arrowwood, 1850 US Census, Buncombe Co. NC, P.234B L.11, National Archives, Washington, DC
(hereafter cited as 1850 census, P.234B L.11, Buncombe Co. NC
). Jas Arrowwood 95 b.MD; Sarah B 91 b.NC; Susannah 47.
His parents were given by the pedigree of James F. DeBruhl in "Families of Yancey Co. NC" Vol.5
No.3 Sep 1988 p.98. No reference was provided.
IGI Batch F507665-0008 gives his father, year of birth, 'of Burke Co'
Curtis Bynum, comp., Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties North Carolina
NC: Catawba County Historical Association Inc., and Lincolnton, NC: Lincoln County Historical Association, Inc., 1962, West Los Angeles
Family History Center, Los Angeles, CA, 975.678 B987, p. 56: Harwood, Ely; Phillips, Polley; James Fillips; 24 Apl 1814; Jesse Perkins; M
this date. (hereafter cited as Bynum, Marriage Bonds of Tryon/Lincoln
Eli Arrowood, 1820 US Census, Lincoln Co. NC (East of the South Fork of the Catawba River), P.390
L.36, Series M-33, Roll 83, National Archives, Washington, DC (hereafter cited as 1820 census, P.390 L.36, Lincoln Co. NC
Arrowood 200100 - 10010 - 0001 (Mfg or Prof).
Eli Arrowood, 1830 US Census, Lincoln Co. NC, P.215 L.25, National Archives, Washington, DC
(hereafter cited as 1830 census, P.215 L.25, Lincoln Co. NC
). Eli Arrowood 122001 - 101101 Total=10.
IGI Batch F507665-0009 names his parents, gives year of birth
IGI Batch F507669-0009 names his parents, gives year of birth
Arrowood, James William
Arrowood, Sarah (Sallie)
Arrowood, William D., of Buncombe Co
Bryan, Sarah (marriage to James William Arrowood)
Phillips, Polley (marriage to Eli Arrowood)
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