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Maj Robert Simonton
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Birth: 1710, Ireland
Death: Jun. 5, 1788
Rowan County
North Carolina, USA

Born 1710 in Tyrone, Ulster, North Ireland

Husband of Margaret Gaston Bishop married 1733 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Father of:

Margaret Kerr
Isabel Allison
Adam A Simonton
Ann Simonton Gaston
Sarah Simonton
William Simonton
Mary Kelso Simonton McCullough
Theophilus Simonton

Son of Theophilus Simonton and Mary Smith

Robert Simonton is believed to be the oldest of the Simonton children that
came to North Carolina. He first came to Anson Co NC in about 1750 and
received a Grant of land recorded in 1754 in what was later to be known as
York Co., South Carolina. It must be noted that land in 1750 was opened for settlement by Lord Granville who controlled or owned North Carolina in Anson County.

Robert Simonton apparently allowed his Grand Nephew, John son of John who was the son of Theophilus Simonton II who died in Lancaster Co. PA in 1750. Robert Simonton allowed John to use this land until he had a family after which John Jr. settled with his family in Chester Co South Carolina.

To prove that Robert Simonton was in Lancaster Co. PA, he placed an advertisment in the Pennsylvania Gazette on the 19th of October, 1749 and on the 9th of November 1749 about a Irish Servant man named John Donesan about 24 years of age, red faced , short black hair, a lusty big fellow , speaks bad English and other clothing description with a reward of 3 pounds plus expenses for his return. This places Robert in Lancaster Co. PA In 1749.

Robert was a pioneer in NC and SC. Roberts daughter Margaret who married
Andrew Kerr and with a family of three, including one named William were in
York Co. SC in 1786 as shown in court records, as well as was Thomas Simonton, Roberts son who was also shown in the York Co, SC court records in 1786. Robert owned the land in SC until the 20th May 1786, when he sold it to W M Berry.This land being located just north of the Catawaba Indian Lands in SC, and on the Catawaba River.

Robert probably did not live on this land in 1750 long and he relocated to Rowan Co NC on Fourth Creek near where his sisters and their husbands Andrew and Thomas Allison had located. This is the same area where his sister Mary and Samuel Thornton also received their land grant. When Robert came to Rowan Co, he purchased land from a John Edwards, and from Robert Allison. Robert Allison could have been a brother to Thomas and Andrew Allison. Robert Allison apparently left the Rowan Co area and
possibly went to Mecklenburg Co NC.

During Robert Simonton's time in Rowan Co He arranged for numerous properties to be purchased by various members of his family. He served as Captain of the Milita during the early days of North Carolina when Indians were a threat to Statesville. It appears that Robert was promoted to Major in 1760 for the N.C. Militia which is where the title of Major was then carried by Robert. Robert was too old to fight in the Revolutionary War, but he served as a "Juror" in Rowan Co at this time.

Robert arranged for his brother William to purchase land adjacent to Robert's and the Allison lands. He also assisted in the purchase of land by the Widow McKee (William Simonton's mother in Law)to purchase land just north of William Simonton's land.

Robert Simonton Esq. having been appointed a Justice of the Peace in the
Granville District, and then also appointed as Captain of a Company in the
Regiment of the Rowan Command of Colonel Alexander Osborn, in 1756 by his
Excellency Arthur Dobbs Esq. Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of North Carolina. Robert Allison, brother of Thomas and Andrew Allison, was appointed Lieutenant to Capt. Robert Simonton.

Robert was referred to as Major Robert Simonton during the time preceding the Revolutionary War as he served on what was called the Committee of Safety during the time before the War.

Robert Simonton sold his land in Statesville, Rowan Co to his brother William in 1787.
Deed records confirm this. A theory developed by the Historian William Watts, who died in 1997, was that when Iredell Co was formed from then Rowan Co in 1788, the first meeting of the people who formed this Co, met in the Robert Simonton house which was recently vacated by Robert due to his death and sold to William. The court Records refer to William Simonton's house, not his home.This would be reasonable since William at this time had a very large family and such a meeting would have crowded his home very much. The house that now exists in Statesville and is referred to as the William Simonton House,was the location of then Robert Simonton's home which was most probably a log cabin as were all other houses in 1788. It is probable that the current house now known as the William Simonton House was built to the approximate current shape and arrangement in about 1800. It is evident that a part of the foundation was the same foundation as an earlier house on this site.
It should be noted that this house, if not the oldest remaining house of this era, is one of several original houses and represents a legacy of the Simonton, Allison, Thornton families that were among the earliest pioneers of Statesville Rowan (now Iredell )Co.

Robert Simonton died in 1788, without a will and is shown as follows:
May 6 1788;"Ordered that Administration on the Estate of Robert Simonton
deceased, issue to Thomas Simington, who qualified and gave Bond with Adam and Andrew Allison in the Sum of 3.000:0:0" Feb 11 1792: "Dr. the Administrator of Robert Simonton deceased to amount of Inventory and Legacies not charge in said Inventory Cr. By amount of Legacies and Account paid Balance in the hands of the Administrators.
Family links: 
  Theophilus Simonton (1686 - 1754)
  Mary Smith Simonton (1690 - 1765)
  Margaret Gaston Bishop Simonton (1715 - 1791)*
  Adam A Simonton (1744 - 1801)*
  Theophilus Simonton (1705 - 1750)*
  Robert Simonton (1710 - 1788)
  Anne Simonton Allison (1712 - 1748)*
  William Simonton (1716 - 1811)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Fourth Creek Cemetery
Iredell County
North Carolina, USA
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Originally Created by: Marie Ward Mills
Record added: Aug 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94633608
Maj Robert Simonton
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