Patrick Mullins I - North Carolina
MULLINS most likely came out of Virginia to settle in north-central North
Carolina. It is this researcher’s belief that he was the son of
the deed transactions for Patrick MULLINS, a lot of information can be gleaned:
Granville (John Carteret) gives 375 acres in Rowan County to Patrick MULLENS
on March 15, 1756.
This grant was supposed to have been made in Orange County, but the
land was in Rowan County.4
(The grant is described as “Both sides of the Haw River”.)
Rowan County, NC, Deed book 2, pg. 217, Oct. 15,
1757: Patrick MULLINGS Sr.
& wife Mary let Enoch Conly (both men planters of Rowan Co., NC.) have
120 acres on south side of Dan River, beginning on the south side of the
river, for £10, witnessed by Avenstone Rogers, Thomas Mullin & Noble
Lad & proved by the last named in Oct. 1857.
Enoch Conly, according to FHL was born about 1709 in, and had at
least one daughter, Eleanor who was born about 1730 in NC.
Rowan County, NC, Tax List, 1759- Patrick Mullin
(no other data).
Rowan County, NC, Deed book 5, pg. 361, May 12,
1763: Enoch Conly of Halifax
County, VA, - no wife - signs (lets) John Cox of Rowan County, NC, have
123(?) acres on the south side of Dan River, for £20, witnessed by Peter
Perkins, Francis Cox & Samuel Ridgeway & proved in Oct. 1763 by John
Frohock, C.C. (Also on October
12, 1763, deed from Enoch Coneley to John Cox for 12 acres bought May 12,
1763, proved by Peter Perkins. Fee
£ ¾.) Enoch Conly has moved
Rowan County, NC, Deed book 6, pg. 495, July 16,
1766: Patrick MULLINS Sr. - no
wife signs - lets his son, Thomas MULLINS (Both of Rowan County, NC.) have
120 acres on the south side of Dan river above the upper Charaw Town next
the dividing line of Enoch Conely, then up the river to Punchin Camp, for £50,
witnessed by Hugh Dennum & Beverly (?) Watkins & John Moore &
proved on Oct. 13, 1767. (This
is part of the Earl Granville Grant).
Rowan County, NC, Deed book 6, pg. 493, Jan. 29,
1767: Patrick MULLINGS - no
wife signs - lets William Johnson (both of Rowan County, NC) have 70 acres
on the north side of Dan River at the mouth of Blackeys Branch, for £30,
witnessed by Hugh Dennam, William MULLINGS, and Thomas Rogers & proved
in Oct. 1767. (In notes: This
is part of 320 acres that Earl Granville let MULLINGS have March 15, 1756.)
Rowan County, NC, Deed book 6, pg. 492, Feb. 2,
1767: Patrick MULLINGS - no
wife signs - lets Moses Damron (both of Rotan County, NC) have 60 acres on
the north side of Dan River at the mouth of Blackeys Branch & on lower
side to Dan River at Punchin Camp & on up the river, for £35, witnessed
by Thomas Rogers, William MULLINGS & Hugh Dennum & proved on October
13, 1767. (Part of 325 acre
grant from Earl Granville on Marcy 15, 1756.)
Rowan County, NC, Deed book 6, pg. 491, August
14, 1767: William Johnston - no
wife signs - lets Moses Damron (both of Rowan County, NC) have 70 acres on
the north side of Dan River, beginning at the mouth of Blackeys Branch on
the upper side, going up it to a white oak & a black oak west to the
said river, then down its various sourses to the beginning, for £35 current
N.C. money, witnessed by Hugh Dennum & Noble Ladd & proved On
October 12, 1767. (In the notes it states that this was part of 340(?) acres
from Earl Granville granted on March 15, 1756, but no deed was found.)
Rowan County, NC, Deed book 6, pg. 494, Oct. 10,
1767: John Cox - no wife - lets
William MULLINGS (both of Rowan County, NC) have 120 acres on the south side
of Dan River, for £20,
witnessed by Joel Walker, Jas. Coleman, & Chs. Gallaway, and proved in
Oct. 1767. (October 14,
1767: Deed by John Cox to
William MULLINGS for 220(?) acres October 10, 1767, proved by Charles
Surry County, Deed book A, NC, pg. 31, Dec. 31,
1770: Moses Damron - no wife -
signs (lets) Samuel Dunlap (both of Rowan County, NC) have 70 acres, in
Rowan County, Blackeys Branch and on Dan River, for £50, witnessed by
William MULLENS, Stephen Clayton, Jr. & Hugh Dennum & proved by the
land named in Feb. 1773. (This
is part of the Earl Granville Grant).
Surry County, Deed book A, pg. 98, Dec 13, 1770:
Moses Damron - no wife - signs over (lets) Hugh Dennum (both of Rowan
County, NC) have 50 acres on the north side of Dann River above the upper
Charraw Town next a Puncheon Camp on Blackeys Branch on to Dann River, for
£20, witnessed by William MULLINS & Stephen Clayton, Jr., proved by the
latter in Nov. 1774. (This is
part of the Earl Granville Grant).
Surry County, Deed book A, pg. 71, March 16,
1773: Thomas MULLINS (Elizabeth
makes her mark) of Guilford County, NC, lets William Davis of Surry County,
NC, have 120 acres on the south side of Dan River of upper Charraw Town next
Enoch Conley & Indian Camp, for £120, witnessed by William Chambers
& William MULLINS & proved by the latter in May 1774.
(This is the land which Earl Granville let Patrick MULLINS have &
he as father of Thomas let him have on July 16, 1766 - see deed in Rowan
In reviewing the above deed transactions a lot of
information surfaces. This land is
obviously at the confluence of Blackies Branch and the Dan River.
Patrick’s deed transactions, first in Rowan County then Stokes County
reflect the changing county lines.5
This particular spot is less than 5 miles from the present north-south
county line dividing Stokes and Rockingham Counties.
Confusion is common in reviewing land ownership because of the changing
boundaries. Let’s try to explain the changing boundaries in North
Carolina this way:
In 1752 Orange
County was formed.
In 1753 Rowan
County was formed. The
north-south dividing line between the two was not exact and only lasted
for 17 years.
In 1770 Guilford
County was formed taking about ½ of its size from each of Rowan and
Orange Counties. This in
effect deleted the old demarcation between Rowan and Orange.
In 1770 Surry
County was formed also taking the northeast part of Rowan, with Guilford
becoming a neighbor to the east.
In 1770 Chatham
County was formed occupying the southern portion of Orange County, with
Guilford becoming a neighbor to the west.
In 1779 Randolph
County was formed taking the entire bottom third of Guilford County.
In 1785 Rockingham
County was formed occupying the entire top third of Guilford County, and
it borders Virginia
In 1789 Stokes
County was formed out of the eastern part of Surry County, bordering on
the western edge of Rockingham and Guilford Counties.
In 1849 Forsyth
County was formed from the southern boundary of Stokes County.
the land described in the various deeds for Patrick MULLINS, and his children
William and Thomas I, is land currently situated in Stokes County.
Also the land is approximately 360-370 acres. After Patrick MULLINS’ grant of 375 acres the following
sales take place on the original land:
120 acres to Enoch Conly then John Cox then to
William MULLINS (his son).
120 acres to Thomas MULLINS I (his son) then to
70 acres to William Johnson then to Moses Damron
then to Samuel Dunlap.
60 acres to Moses Damron then 50 acres to Hugh
This totals 370 or 360 acres
as you choose, which shows how boundaries during the Colonial Period were not
exact, and our Patrick may not have grabbed enough land, for his grant of 375
Also referred to in several
documents were “Charaw Town” or “Charraw Town”, as well as Indian Camp.
In Stokes County now are the "Sauratown Township" and "Sauratown Plantation
Game Land". All of these
references probably refer to the Saura Indians who lived in that area at that
MULLINS I did not sign any deeds after 1767.
Nor are there any further records found that refer to him.
I know about three of his boys; William and Flower, who fought in the
Revolutionary War; Thomas who stayed next door in Rockingham County, where he
bought some land from his
brother, John MULLINS
I, discussed next.
The other son Patrick II has not surfaced, nor any other sons of Patrick
I. Could one of them be our Bud?
Perhaps. If Patrick I died
before 1770, Bud would have been a minor. If
he was part of this family, how did he get about 60 direct miles away from the
family home during the Revolutionary War? That is a long way from your family at that time.
Therefore, it is necessary to look elsewhere for our elusive Bud and his
Patrick Mullins I
John Mullins I Thomas Mullins II
- Revolutionary War Pension Application File #R7483: He also mentioned that Flower Mullins was his younger
brother. From his application,
his birth year was estimated to be about 1745
- Revolutionary War Pension File #S1557
- Rockingham County, North Carolina, Will Book #1, pg. 28
- Lord Granville Index in the Land Grant Office of the
Secretary of State, The North Carolina State Archives, Mullen, Patrick
#13, 375 ac, Grant 160, 15 Mar, 1756, Book 12, pg. 2, Both sides of Haw
- Refer to items #9 and #10 showing the record book changes
from Rowan to Surry County and the numbers to letters