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Robert Sumner, Sr
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Birth: 1716
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1775
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA

Robert was born abt 1716, possible son of James and Mary (Blanchard) Sumner of VA and later Perquimans Co NC. He married widow Phebe (Beals) Canaday in 1746 in Fairfax Co (now in Loudoun) VA.

Children with Phebe:
1) William Sumner (1747-1801), m: Eleanor Edwards.
2) Bowater Sumner (1749-1829), m: Rebeckah Burris (d/o John C and Ester (Terry) Burris).
3) Caleb Sumner Sr (1751-1831), m: Widow Mary Elizabeth (Cook) Carson.
4) Joshua Sumner (1753-c1858); m: Sarah "Sally" Cox.
5) Phebe Ann Sumner (1755-1811), m: Welcome John Garrett.
6) Thomas Sumner (1756-1838), m1: Hannah Hiatt, m2: Widow Martha (Rich) Williams.
7) Prudence Beals Sumner (1760-1835), m: Garrett Gibson.
8) Abigail Sumner (1762-1854), m: John B Carson.
9) Sarah Jane Sumner (1765-1857), m: Nimrod Fender.
10) Robert Sumner Jr (1767-1777)

At the time of their marriage, Robert was not a Quaker and the marriage was considered "out of unity", so Phebe was disowned by the church. In 1749 Robert became a Quaker and the family was received into the church and Phebe was restored to membership, at the Fairfax MM in Loudon Co VA.

In 1751, Robert moved his young family from VA to NC, where they became members of the Carver's Creek MM in Bladen Co NC in Feb 1751 and the Cane Creek MM in Orange Co NC in Jul 1751. Finally settling near Rowan Co (now in Guilford) NC, they were received into the New Garden MM in 1754.

One transcribed Quaker record says Robert died 1 Dec 1779, however, this is a mistranscription and the 9 is actually a 5. See New Garden Quaker record, legibly dated 24 Feb 1776, whereby "this Meeting apponts Isaac Jones overseer in the room of Robert Sumner deceas'd". Also evidenced, Robert was deceased when his son Thomas married Hannah Hiatt in Oct 1777.

Note: Quaker dates are read year, month, day and also as day, month, year.

From the American Quaker Genealogy, Volume 1:
"1777, 10, 8. Thomas, Surry Co., s[on of] Robert, m Hannah Hiatt."
"Thomas Sumner, Surry Co., son of Robert, deceased, m. Hannah Hiatt dt. Joseph, same place, 8-10-1777 [Oct 8, 1777] at Tom's Creek. Wit: David Ballard, John Jackson, William Beales, John Hiatt, Thos. Beales, Isaac Jones, Ann Hiatt, Ruth Jackson, Mary Carson, Sarah Beales, John Burras, Phebe Beales"

Source for children, dates and marriages -
Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 1936, Vol 1, Pg 10, NC

In 1742 Fairfax Co VA was formed from the northern part of Prince William Co VA. In 1757, the northwestern two-thirds of Fairfax Co became known as Loudoun Co VA. Do not yet know which exact area of VA Robert was born, but it seems to be Prince William Co.

Quaker records are read by the Old Style, Julian calendar. The first month in a Julian year is March, making the last month February.

Many, many thanks to Russell Kahn for the pictures!

Robert is my 5th paternal Gr-Grandfather through his son Caleb Sumner Sr (1751-1831), my 4th paternal Gr-Grandfather.
Family links: 
  Phebe Beals Sumner (1725 - 1805)*
  William Sumner (1747 - 1801)*
  Bowater Sumner (1749 - 1829)*
  Caleb Sumner (1751 - 1831)*
  Joshua Sumner (1753 - 1858)*
  Phebe Ann Sumner Garrett (1755 - 1811)*
  Thomas Sumner (1757 - 1838)*
  Prudence Beals Sumner Gibson (1760 - 1835)*
  Abigail Sumner Carson (1762 - 1854)*
  Sarah Jane Sumner Fender (1765 - 1857)*
  Robert Sumner (1767 - 1777)*
*Calculated relationship
Friends Burying Ground
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Bonnie's Daughter
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56355414
Robert Sumner, Sr
Added by: Russell Kahn
Robert Sumner, Sr
Added by: Russell Kahn
Robert Sumner, Sr
Added by: Russell Kahn
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 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ With love for my 6th Great-Grandfather. Love Debbie.
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