*John "Figro" Oxendine/Oxendane
John, born around 1694-96,
a mixed-race man in Virginia who was " bound as a servant" till age 31.
He sued William and Elizabeth Wildey for his freedom in Northumberland County, Virginia in January 1724.
His name was written- John Oxendine- in Northumberland County Virginia court records dated 1727, 1734 and 1741.
However, Northumberland County Virginia church records spelt his name -John Oxendane -when his children were born during the 1730's.
He married Sarah.
The birth of John's children was recorded in 'Virginia County Court Abstracts, v.3, Northumberland County Record of Births, page 112'."
From Charles Oxendine's book, titled, "Oxendine Census Records, 1790-1920".
He lived in Northumberland County in the 1730’s; Bladen County, North Carolina in the 1750’s and was still alive in 1758 as he wanted to be excused from paying taxes. on 27 August 1753.
On 27 August 1753, John Johnson Jr. entered 100 acres in Bladen County, North Carolina on the north side of Pugh's marsh whereon John Oxendine was then living. (Bladen County Land Entries #805).
In 1759 , he and two of his sons, John and Benjamin, lived in the Drowning Creek area of Bladen County, North Carolina which is the upper part of the Lumbee River area, where his son, John, buys 100 acres including improvements from his father, John Oxendine, Sr. some years later, the family moved on to South Carolina.
He died in 1759 and was probably buried on his farm in a now last cemetery with no stone. Probably buried in SC
They had the following children:
Cudworth Oxendine was between in 1740-1750 in Bladen County, North Carolina.
He died in 1820.
Benjamin Oxendine was born on 12 April 1733 in Northumberland County, Virginia.
He died in 1758.
Jenne Oxendine was born on 14 February 1735 in Northumberland County, Virginia.
Clark Oxendine was born on 28 November 1737 in Northumberland County, Virginia.
John Oxendine Jr was born on 10 June 1739 in Northumberland County, Virginia.
Charles Oxendine was born in 1741.
He died on 7 Sep 1808 in Robeson, North Carolina.
NOTES ON OXENDINE AND LUMBEE
Lumbee American Indians
The Lumbee Indians are named after the Lumbee River, and reside mostly in North Carolina / South Carolina.
They were made up of Cheraw Indians (Siouan) and Croatan Indians (Algonquian).
The reason tribes merged in early days was because the settlers brought smallpox and other diseases with them, and many tribes lost up to 90% of their members.
The remaining survivors had to regroup together with other local Indians to rebuild.
Records date back to the 1700s on this group of Indians. Common family names in the Lumbee tribe are Brayboy, Brooks, Carter, Locklear, Lowry, Oxendine, and Revels.
It's rumored that the lost town of Roanoke actually merged in with the Croatan Indians - they carved the word "Croatoan" on a tree when they left, and didn't leave any other emergency indicators that it had been a raid.
The Lumbees did indeed have surnames used that matched those of settlers, and spoke fluent English, even in those early days.
Lost Colony of Roanoke
Because of this early influx of English language and style, most traditional clothing and information was lost.
The Lumbee were dressing like "everyone else" by the time people started documenting things.
It is assumed they wore beaded headbands with a feather or two, and knee-length skirts (women) or breechcloth (men). Moccasins were common for all Indian footwear.
When Scottish immigrants "found" the Lumbee Indians in Robeson County, North Carolina in the 1730s, the Indians already were speaking English and living in English style houses.
Crafts included basketry and wood carvings.
Food included deer, turkey, corn, beans, and squash - but again the English came in so quickly that soon they were living much as other settlers did.
The Lumbees were very mixed race right from that beginning, and were often not really considered "Indians" when things such as the Trail of Tears occurred.
In addition to absorbing the entire Roanoke colony, they also intermarried with blacks and other Indians.
In the mid to late 1800s, there are records saying that the Indians in North Carolina (i.e. the Lumbees) were sent to special schools along with the Negros.
They were not allowed into the white schools.
By 1910 the Croatans (i.e. Lumbees) didn't like their original name; it was being used as a term of derision in their homelands.
They started calling themselves Cherokee.
This upset the main Cherokees who felt the tribes were quite distinct.
So in 1933 the Lumbees officially adopted the title of Lumbee, from a river in the region.
ALL NOTES FROM THE SMITH FAMILY TREE SITE
1741 – unknown