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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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First Generation

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 age unknown.

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 5.

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:

Notes and References

1. 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.
2. 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).
3. 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.
4. 1800 census, Rutherford Co. NC, P.94 L.17: Arrowood, James 22010 - 21001 - 00
5. 1800 census, Rowan Co. NC, P.428 L.9: James Arrowood 10001 - 12101 - 00
6. 1800 census, Rowan Co. NC, P.428 L.10: Henry Arrowood 10010 - 21100 - 00
7. 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).
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. IGI Batch F507665-0008 gives his father, year of birth, 'of Burke Co'
14. Curtis Bynum, comp., Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties North Carolina, Newton, 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).
15. 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). Eli Arrowood 200100 - 10010 - 0001 (Mfg or Prof).
16. 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.
17. IGI Batch F507665-0009 names his parents, gives year of birth
18. IGI Batch F507669-0009 names his parents, gives year of birth



Arrowood, David (i1826), b.1796-
Arrowood, Eli (i879), b.1795-
Arrowood, James William (i554), b.1765-d.1851
Arrowood, Sarah (Sallie) (i729), b.1796-d.1850
Arrowood, Susannah (i589), b.1803-
Arrowood, Thomas (i238), b.1804-
Arrowood, William D., of Buncombe Co (i582), b.1785-


Bryan, Sarah (marriage to James William Arrowood) (i555), b.1769-


Phillips, Polley (marriage to Eli Arrowood) (i2860), b.1794-

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