|12. ||John "Johny" Ownbey was born 1735, Lancastershire, England (son of Arthur Ownbey and Barbara Hill); died 1824, Bat Cave, Rutherford County, North Carolina; was buried Old Broad River Cemetery, Rutherford County, North Carolina. |
Following the path of migration to the West in Virginia, John Ownby came with his parents, sometime before 1760, to Albermarle County, Virginia (later Amherst County).
There are records of several land transactions for John Ownby in Amherst County, Virginia:
(1) On 27 April 1764, John Ownby bought from Charles Parkes, 359 acres, lying on the north branches of the Buffalo River and the north side of Fluvanna. This land ran with the lines of Ambrose Porter.
(2) On 5 September 1768, John Ownby sold to Martin Trap, 111 acres, lying on north branches of Buffalo River.
(3) On 5 February 1769, John Ownby sold to David Blitz for nine pounds, twelve shillings, 70 acres, situated on the branches of Buffalo River, being a part of a large tract belonging to the said John Ownby. Also John Ownby's wife relinquished her dower rights at that time.
(4) On 25 February 1769, John Ownby sold to William Mays, 178 acres, situated on the branches of Buffalo River starting with James Williamson's corner and running with the lines of David Blitz, being a part of a large tract belonging to the said John Ownby.
In the early 1770's, John Ownby and his family migrated to Pittsylvania County, Virginia where Ambrose Porter died leaving a will in 1773. In Ambrose Porter's will, he mentioned his daughter Ann and her five youngest children, namely, John, Milly, Susanna, Ambrose, and Arthur. Each of Ann's five youngest children was willed "one cow of heifer each to be delivered to them as they come to the age of nine or then years old."
In the late 1770's, John Ownby and his family moved again to Tryon County, North Carolina (later Rutherford County). Here he began to buy lands and remained until his death. They lived in the area of Colonel Hampton's Mill near Cove Road in Rutherford County, North Carolina.
They were listed in the 1790 through 1820 Federal Census of Ruterford County, North Carolina.
John Ownby was buried in the "Old Field Cemetery" which is located five miles north of Bat Cave just off North Carolina Highway #9.
"Kinfolk, Ownbey Family Lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina", p 78.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 63-64.
IGI, Batch 8712005, Sheet 25, Source Call Number 1396341, Film.
John married Nancy Ann "Nannie" Porter Abt 1760, Albermarle County, Virginia. Nancy (daughter of Ambrose Porter and Jemima) was born 1743, Orange County, Virginia; died 1818, Rutherford County, North Carolina; was buried Old Broad River Cemetery, Rutherford County, North Carolina. [Group Sheet]