Some say it was located on Bear Creek, others say it was on Walnut Creek. ELISHA3 UZZELL (THOMAS2, THOMAS1)2,3 was born 1736 in North Carolina, and died Bef. 5 Elisha, his father Thomas, his brothers Tom and Isum and sons Major, Elisha Jr. In his forties he enlisted as a private in the Revolutionary Army. This is confirmed by a letter from Governor Richard Caswell to General Ashe (NC State Records, Vol. Elisha and his father were close friends of Richard Caswell. Richard Caswell's Regiments, participating in the Wilmington Expedition, and winning the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, February 28, 1776.
Most of the acquisitions of land lay along the present day Wayne-Lenoir County line between Bear Creek and Walnut Creek. and James and Elisha's grandson William Tull Uzzell all received land grants. There are many land titles concerning his property.
The author of Uzzell Ancestry, Minter Uzzell 1909-1983 says or thinks these were for some kind of service to the King but I don't think he is familiar with NC Land Grant laws. Records original estates 1782-1937 CR.103.508.158 is the following received in request of a copy for Thomas Uzzells will.
This was actually the same as buying land from the King or anyone else. State of North Carolina To the Sheriff of Wayne Co.: Greetings. Also from the same file is a summons for John Hanks and Moses Standley late of Dobbs County, worded exactly the same and fined ( or damage) 50 pounds with same date.
Interestingly enough, this is the first Uzzell wife whose maiden name is recorded. I give and bequeath to my daughter Kezia Smith twenty five shillings. It was also said that he appeared on the census in the area but I have searched the 1790-1800 census of Dobbs, Lenoir, Wayne, Sampson Duplin and Johnston and don't come up with one.
It wasn't until later that wives were ever referred to other than "loving wife and mother" in wills. I give and bequeath to my son James Uzzell my plantation whereon I now live on Walnut Creek and the Land there unto belonging. There were many others in the area with a given name of Major.
21} Goldsboro News - Argus): "Judge Frank Daniels' History of Wayne County identifies Thomas Uzzell as a large land and slave owner. and signed by royal governors William Tyrone, Alexander Martin, ( last Royal Gov.) Richard Caswell, Benjamin Smith, John Branch, Richard Dobbs, Speight and William R. The above write up was sent me by Thomas Uzzle in St. and it does not give the author (perhaps himself) nor the year. Last Will and Testament of Elisha Uzzell - In the name of God, Amen.
The exact location of "Nature's Beauty" is debatable. Richard Caswell to General John Ashe, Commander in Chief in the Military Dist of Wilmington. of NC On March 11, 1778 Elisha Uzzell was again elected to a seat in the House of Commons because of his friendship with the Caswell family and service in the county Militia. Tradition has that Elisha was married to a Dorcas Standley/Stanley and had a dau. " Elisha Uzzell, son of "Nature's Beauty", Thomas Uzzell and his first wife, Catherine; was an active and patriotic man.
From 1754 to 1795 the total holdings recorded by "Nature's Beauty" Thomas, his sons and grandsons totaled 4,285 acres. There are 27 different Uzzell land grants that are recorded for a total of 5,350 acres made in a study in 1915 by Elizabeth Brown Richardson and Robert Lee Uzzell. Elisha added more land to his holdings, and so the plantation grew.
Bob Johnson, writing a series of articles on Wayne County's history from 1700 to 1900, as part of the American Revolution Bicentennial wrote (Sun, Sept. The first land grant was in Sept 1754 to Thomas on the north side of the Neuse river between Bear Creek and Walnut Creek surveyed by Richard Caswell and Elisha Uzzell, chain bearer. 1999) Elisha is said to have received his father's Walnut Creek land in a deed 1757. This man lived to a ripe old age, always acquiring land. The graves of Elisha and Dorcas are on the plantation where he lived, near what is now the Village of Walnut Creek." Quote from the Heritage of Wayne Co., North Carolina." In a letter from NC Archives and Library, the staff researcher says there is no Service record, no pension record or NC militia record for Elisha. (response to letter dated 10 July, 2000 RP) Richard Caswell was listed as the surveyor and Elisha Uzzell as chain bearer on several of the land grants of Thomas Uzzell (Nature's Beauty).
Notes for THOMAS UZZELL, JR.: [Due to loss of records in Dobbs County, NC some of the information appears to be oral tradition only and some has been proven incorrect by the little information there is available. His birth date is said to be 1736, so his father's was calculated from that. His plantation in Bertie was called "Nature's Beauty".
Isaac Screvin purchased of Richard Caswell, formerly belonging to Thomas Jones.