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Eldridge
Edward
Loftin

(178? - 1842)

John
Loftin

(1740 - 1793)

Cornelius
Loftin III

(1714 - 1785)

Cornelius
Loftin II

(1675 - 1735)

Cornelius
Loftin I

(1648 - 1735)

Leonard
"Laughton"
Loftin

(1610 - 1678)
_________

Eldridge's
SIBLINGS:


James
Loftin

(1768 - 1836)

Elizabeth
Loftin

(176? - 1???)

Edmund
Loftin

(1770 - 1???)

John
Loftin

(177? - 1???)

Martha
Loftin

(1776 - ????)

Frances
Loftin

(1781 - ????)

Augustine
Loftin

(1786 - 1850)

Herbert
Chamberlain
Loftin

(17?? - 1???)

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Eldridge Edward Loftin

                             

 

                           

Born: 03 Oct 1782, Sussex/Greensville County, Virginia
Died:  26 May 1842

 

Eldridge Edward Loftin was born 03 Oct 1782 in Sussex/Greensville County, Virginia.  He was the son of John Loftin and Martha Lanier  from Sussex, Brunswick & Greenvile Co, Virginia.

 

Eldridge came to Lincoln County around 1800.  His older brother James, sister Elizabeth, and her husband Francis Harwell had already settled near Sherrills Ford.

 

 

                             

Eldridge's brother James married Susannah Sherrill on 27 Dec 1796.  Eldridge married Mary Sherrill on 19 Dec 1808.  Mary was the daughter of Adam and Martha Dillon Sherrill.

 
 

Marriage Bond

North Carolina
Lincolon County
Know all men by these presents that we, Eldridge Loftin and Eli Sherrill are held and firmly bound unto the Governor of the State of North Carolina for the time being in the just and full sum of five hundred pounds currency to be paid to the said governor and his successors in office: To the which payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs, Exrs. (Executors) and Admrs. (Administrators) - sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of December 1808.  The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounden Elward (Eldride) Loftin hath made application for a License for a Marriage to be celebrated between him and Mary Sherrill of the County aforesaid. Now in case it shall not appear hereafter that there is any lawful cause it shall not appear hereafter that there is any lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force - sealed and delivered in the presence of us.
H Y Webb

Eli Sherrill (seal)
Eldridge Loftin (seal)

 
 
 

Indenture Between Eldridge Loftin and Mary Sherrill
For Purchase of 202 Acres of Property

 

 
 

This Indenture made this thirtieth day of September, A.D., One Thousand Eight hundred and fifteen: Between Eldridge Loftin & Mary his wife, of the County of Lincoln, State of N. Carolina, of the one part, and Edmund Loftin of Greensville County, of the other part:  Witnesseth, that, for, and in consideration of the sum of four hundred & four Dollars, lawful money of Virginia, by the said Edmund Loftin to the said Eldridge Loftin, in hand paid, at, or before the sealing & delivering of these presents, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge he the said Eldridge Loftin hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, ________ & confirmed; and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, _______ and confirm unto the said Edmund Loftin, his heirs & assigns forever, a tract or parcel of land, containing two hundred & two acres, be the same more or less; situate, lying, & being in the aforesaid County of Greensville, (being one full & equal half of the tract of land on which his mother now resides) and bounded by the lands of Wm. Abernathy, David Smith, John Rives.  To have & to hold the said tract or parcel of Land, with all the appertenances thereunto belonging, to the said Edmund Loftin, his heirs & assign forever - & the said Eldridge Loftin & Mary, his wife, for themselves and their heirs, the above granted premises to the said Edmund Loftin, his heirs, & assigns, against the lawful claim & demand of all & every person or persons, whatsoever, will warrant and forever defend by these presents.  In Witness whereof the said Eldridge Loftin & Mary, his wife, have hereunto set their hand & affixed their seals the day and year above written.

 

Eldridge Loftin  {Seal}
C. Mary Loftin   {Seal}

 
Signed, Sealed & delivered,
in presence of
Wm. Sturdivant
Augustine Loftin
Hamlin Sturdivant
                             
(Wm. Sturdivant was Eldridge's brother-in-law, married to his sister Frances.)
 
 
 
 
The 1810 Lincoln County Census shows that Eldridge is married and had one daughter between the age of 10 - 15.
 
1810 Lincoln County Census

                             
Name Males
under
10
Males
10 - 15
Males
16 - 25
Males
26 - 44
Males
45 & over
Females
10 - 15
Females
16 - 25
Females
26 - 44
Eldridge Loftin 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
                             
 
                             
 
Eldridge was an educated man and served as Justice of the Peace in the 1820s and 1830s, and was also a tax collector.
 
 

Tax records show that Eldridge owned 235 acres at Sherrills Ford and 408 acres on Leeper's Creek.  He also had several slaves.

 

He was appointed the first postmaster of Sherrills Ford Post Office on 02 May 1831 and held that position until shortly before his death in 1842.  [Japtha Sherrill became the second postmaster on 13 Apr 1842.]

 
 
Eldridge bought 408 acres of land in 1836 from Joseph Graham and Alex Brevard.  This property was located in the "Ore Banks" area of Lincoln County and there was hope of making a future in the iron industry.
 
 
                             

1840 Lincoln County Census

 
Name Males Females
5 - 10 20 - 30 50 - 60 10 - 15 20 - 30 40 - 50
Eldridge Loftin 1 2 1 1 2 1
                             
From the 1840 Lincoln County Census, it appears that Eldridge is in his 50s and has 6 children living at home, 4 of them between the ages of 20 - 30.
 
 
                             
From all sources it seems that Eldridge and Mary had 7 children.
 
Children of Eldridge Edward Loftin and Mary Sherrill
Name Birth Death Spouse
Martin L. Loftin     Mary Lehmans
m. 20 Mar 1849
Langdon A. Loftin  26 Feb 1825 Oct 1891 Sena "Cenie" Link
Marcus Lafayette Loftin Jan 1832 22 Jan 1907 Mary Withers
m. 22 Aug 1853
Lavina Loftin     (Unknown) Calaway
Frances Loftin      
Myra Loftin     (never married)
Martha Loftin     Milton Goodson
m. 26 Nov 1852
                             
 
 
 

Eldridge's Will, dated 29 Jan 1842, lists various livestock, farming equipment, furniture and other household goods that would indicate his wealth.

 
                             
                             
 

"Loftin Family Notes"
Complied by James Walter Jonas

 
     

The following is a transcript of his will and the spelling is exactly as the will was originally written:

     
  "In the name of God, I, Eldredge Loftin, of the County of Lincoln, State of North Carolina, being of a sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, do this the twenty-ninth day of January, A. D., One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty-Two, make and publish this my last will and testament in maner and form as followes.

1. I wish all my past debts to be paid.

2. I leave and bequeth to my wife, Mary Loftin, during her materiel (material ) life, or widow-hood, three Nigros named as followed.  One nigro boy, Ephram.  One name Jack, and nigro girl by the name of Barbery, also one tract of land that I now live on joining lands of Jep Sherrill, Edmund Loftin and others, also one tract of land lying on Leperds Creek joining lands of Martin Kener, Henery Darr, John Srum and others with all my household and kitchen furniture, with some exceptions, also all my farming tools of every description, one wagen and give all my stock of every description with these exceptions - Frankey (Frances) Myra and Marthey (Martha) my three single daughters to have the mintanience (Maintenance) of the above described lands during their life.

3.  I gave (give) and bequeth to my daughter Viney Calaway one Nigro woman by the name of Alise and her increase with all that I have heretofore given her to be in posession of the above named property at my death.  Also I give and bequeth to my daughter Frances Loftin after the deth (death) or marrieg (marriage) of her mother, one Nigro boy Ephran, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one chist (chest), also I give and bequeth unto my daughter Myra Loftin one Nigro girl by the name of Barbory and her increase and one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one chist (chest).  I also give and bequeth unto my daughter Marthey Loftin one Nigro boy by the name of Jace, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one chist (chest).  I also give and bequeth unto my son Martin Loftin the tract of land I now live on containing two hundred and thirty five acres, also the young bay horse, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf.  I also give and bequeth unto my two sons Langdon Loftin and Lafate (Lafayette) Loftin my tract of land lying on Leperds Creek, to be devided equal in _____ betwene them.  I also give Langdon one brown filey, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf.  I give to Fate (Lafayette) one horse beast, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, and all frane (grain) and provision of every description to be for the use of the family and after the death of my wife or marage (marriage) the balance of the household and kitchen furniture to be equally devided betwene my three sons and I here by make and ordane my two worthey friends Adam Sherrill and Hiram Sherrill exectors of this my last will and testamen in witnes whereof I the said Eldredge Loftin have to this my last will and testament set my hand and sele (seal) the day and yere (year) first above riten (written) signed, seled by the said Eldredge Loftin, the testator as his last will and testament in the presants (presence) of us who were presand (present) at the time of signing and sealing thereof.

Test:  Wm. Long (jurist)                                             Elderidge Loftin (seal)
Test:  Adam Sherrill
 
 
At the bottom of the last page of the will this was recorded when the will was probated:
 



     State of North Carolina
     Lincoln County                                                      June Sessions 1842
     Lincoln County

The within will was proven in open court by the oath of William Long, a subcribing witness and recorded.
                                                                                Witness: H. Cansler, Clk.

 
 
 
Eldridge died on 26 May 1842.
                             

It is thought that he may be buried in the old Sherrill family cemetery or in the Rehobeth Methodist Church Cemetery.

                             
 

CHILDREN

 
Martin, the oldest son, inherited the 235 acre homestead in Sherrill's Ford.  He sold the property and lived in the Amity Church area with his wife Mary Lehmans.  They were married 20 Mar 1849.
 
 
Marcus Lafayette Loftin was born 17 Aug 1831 and died 22 Jan 1907.  He is buried at the Old Ore Bank Lutheran Church (now St. Likes) in Pumpkin Center, Lincoln County, NC.  Lafayette was a soldier in the 52nd NC Regiment, Company H in the Confederate States Army during the War Between the States.   Lafayette had sons J. A. Loftin and E. L Loftin who lived in Monroe, Louisiana, and daughters, Catherine (wife of P. E. Campbell) and Etta (wife of D. H. Thornton).  Lafayette married Mary Weathers 25 Aug 1853, by Elisha Saunders, J.P.
 
 
Mira (Myra) Loftin was born 02 Jul 1815 and died 19 Sep 1894.  She is buried at St. Matthews Church Cemetery in Lincoln County, NC.
 
 
Martin Loftin was deceased by May 1866, leaving a wife, Mary, and eight children: Susan, Frances, Emma, Rhoda, Hetty, Eldridge, Henry and Ella.
 
 
The 1850 Census shows two households on the property along Leeper's Creek that was left to Langdon and Lafayette.  Langdon had married Sena (Cenie) Link around the year 1845. They lived in one house with their three small children.  Mary S Loftin, Layayette, Myra and Martha lived together in another.  Martha married a neighbor, Milton Goodson, on 26 Nov 1852.  Lafayette married Mary Weathers on 22 Aug 1853.  They continued to live with his mother and Myra who never married.  Mary S. Loftin died around 1856.  Her will was probated Oct 20th of that year; Langdon and Lafayette divided their inheritance from Eldridge shortly afterwards.
 
 

The Civil War and Afterwards

 
All three brothers served in the Confederate Army.  Langdon (age 36) and Lafayette (age 30) enlisted together on 25 Mar 1862.  They were both privates in the 52nd N.C. Reg. Comp. H.  
 
Langdon was discharged 28 May 1862; the exact reason is unknown but possibly it was his age, illness or wounds.  Later in the war, the Confederacy was desperate for men and he re-enlisted on 01 Nov 1864.  He served in the 23rd N.C. Reg. Comp. B for the remainder of the war.
 
Lafayette stayed with the 52nd and was promoted to sergeant.  He was captured at Falling Waters, Maryland, on 14 Jul 1863 and held prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland.  He was exchanged in either July or August 1864 and returned to duty.  On 02 Apr 1865 he was captured at Sutherland's Station, Virginia, and returned to Point Lookout where he remained until the end of the war.  He was released and pardoned 28 Jun 1865 after taking the oath of allegiance.
 
Martin did not enter the conflict until near the end of the war.  He enlisted with the 11th N.C. Reg. Comp. E on 01 Oct 1864 at the age of 39.  He was captured near Petersburg, Virginia, on October 27th, of the same year.  He was confined at Point Lookout, MD, where he died of typhoid fever on 12 Feb 1865.  Hopefully his brother Lafayette, also a prisoner, was able to see him before his death.  Martin left behind a widow and eight children: Susan, Francis, Rhoda, Hetty, Eldridge, Henry and Ella.
 
Langdon lived to the age of 66; he died 07 Nov 1891.  Cenie Link Loftin lived another twenty years and was able to draw a widow's pension for her husband's military service.  Their children are as follows: Epsie, Marion David, Caleb Murchison, Vardrey Forney, Jacob Philo, Alonzo Kelly, Margaret Frances, Sarah Elizabeth and Ida Lavinia.
 
Lafayette and Mary L. Loftin had at least six children: John A, Eldridge L, Catherine, Mary Etta, Martha and James.  Lafayette died 22 Jan 1907 at the age of 76.  He and Mare are buried at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Cemetery (formerly Ore Banks).
 
 
 
 

To take a closer look at Eldredge's descendancy, CLICK HERE

 
 

SOURCES

 

"The Lincoln County Loftin" by Reneee Loftin Clemmer

 
                             
If you have additional information or photos of Eldridge Loftin or his family
please contact me at 828-241-2233.
Thanks to Ben T. Loftin for his article on Eldridge Loftin in the book Lincoln County Heritage.
Thanks also to Renee Loftin Clemmer for her article "The Lincoln Lounty Loftins".