The Conkwright Family in North Carolina


Hercules Conkwright, father of Isaac Conkwright, was in North Carolina as early as 1768, where he signed a petition (from the inhabitants in Anson County) addressed to Governor Tryon. On January 5, 1776, he served as witness to the will of Thomas Ayres in Mecklenburg County. In November of 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the new General Assembly of North Carolina created a land office for each county and began issuing warrants for vacant land. Hercules entered 260 acres in Mecklenburg County on February 23, 1779. A year later, on February 1, 1780, he entered an additional 50 acres, situated on the southeast border of his previous entry.

North Carolina Land Entries - Hercules Conkwright - Mecklenburg County - February 23, 1779

North Carolina Land Entries - Hercules Conkwright - Mecklenburg County - February 23, 1779

On September 9, 1780, Hercules Conkwright’s daughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Conkwright, was married to Henry Goldman Jr. in Rowan County (at that time, a county lying to the north of Mecklenburg). In April of 1781, Hercules served as witness to the last will and testament of his new son-in-law’s father, Henry Goldman Sr. He was mentioned again in court records settling that estate in 1784.

On January 16, 1784, Richard Oliver (another son-in-law of Hercules Conkwright) entered 86 acres in Mecklenburg County, bordering that of Hercules Conkwright to the west. On November 2nd of that year, the state granted Hercules Conkwright his 260 acres on both sides of Three Mile Branch, adjacent to Benjamin Patton, Jacob Phifer, John Wesley, and William Irwin. Hercules and his wife, Dolly, sold that land to Samuel Huie on November 9, 1786. 

Simpson, H. Mitchel and Albert Bruce Pruitt, Cabarrus County, NC, surveys : (1747-1916; 1,500 surveys in 24 maps (Whitakers, NC: A. B. Pruitt, 2010), Map 7.

Simpson, H. Mitchel and Albert Bruce Pruitt, Cabarrus County, NC, surveys : (1747-1916; 1,500 surveys in 24 maps (Whitakers, NC: A. B. Pruitt, 2010), Map 7.

Hercules Conkwright’s son, Isaac Conkwright, was married to Dorothy Kook (Cook) on September 8, 1788 in Mecklenburg County. Isaac’s brother-in-law, Henry Goldman, served as bondsman. Dorothy Cook’s parentage has not been determined, but it is possible she was the daughter of Nicholas or Jacob Cook. They owned adjacent land on Little Coldwater Creek, which was approximately 3 miles from Hercules Conkwright’s land on Three Mile Branch. Both Little Coldwater Creek and Three Mile Branch flow south into Coldwater Creek in present-day Cabarrus County.

North Carolina Marriage Bond - Mecklenburg County - Isaac Conkwright & Dorothy Cook - September 8, 1788

North Carolina Marriage Bond - Mecklenburg County - Isaac Conkwright & Dorothy Cook - September 8, 1788

By 1800, the Conkwright family had relocated. Henry and Nelly (Conkwright) Goldman removed to Fayette County, Kentucky, appearing on the tax list there on May 8, 1789. On January 11, 1790, Hercules Conkwright also appeared on the tax list in Fayette County. Isaac Conkwright was recorded on the tax list in Lincoln County, Kentucky on August 18, 1800.


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