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  John Setzer 1

 

Born: 1754, Rowan County, NC
Died:  18 Mar 1822, Catawba County, NC (Formerly Lincoln County, NC)

 
 

 

                       

John Setzer was the oldest of the known children of Jacob Setzer and Magdalene Bovey/Povey.  He was born in 1753 or early 1754 in what is now Catawba County, NC, likely within the current city limits of Newton, NC.  John received a dark bay mare branded on the rear side BK from his grand-father, Conrad Povey, and five pounds, 'to secure himself'. 

                           

In an article published in THE DEMOCRAT in September 1912, entitled "The Pioneer, John Setzer", Mr. G. M. Yoder states that he married Catherine Bushart Barringer.   Catherine was born 06 Aug 1763.  John married Catherine Barringer about 1778.

                           

John was active in the cause of the Whig Militia during the Revolutionary War.  A HISTORY OF CATAWBA COUNTY lists him as a participant in the Battle of Kings Mountain.  OVER MOUNTAIN MEN: East Tennessee History, 1760 - 1795, by Pat Alderman, Overmountain Press, 1958, also lists John Setzer as a participant in that battle.  However, KING'S MOUNTAIN MEN, by Katherine Keogh White; KING'S MOUNTAIN AND ITS HEROES, by Lyman C. Draper; and ROSTER OF SOLDIERS FROM NORTH CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION, by NC DAR, do not list him as participating in that historic battle.  The conflict of information, if there is a real conflict, is not the point.  John and his brothers were active participants in the War for Independence.

 

According to Lincoln County, NC, Court records, he was active community members during his lifetime serving as a member of numerous juries and as an overseer of roads in the area where he resided.

 
John married Catherine Bushart Barringer Abt. 1778.  She was the daughter of Matthias Barringer and Margaret Bushart.  Catherine was born 06 Aug 1763 in Rowan County, NC, USA.
 
 
 
John and Catherine had ten children.
 
Children of John Setzer and Catherine Bushart Barringer
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Catherine Setzer 1778 1855 Henry Dellinger
John Setzer II 1779 Oct 1844 Mary Maria Whitener
Elizabeth Setzer 1780 1850 Charles Ward, Jr.
Mathias Setzer, Sr. 15 Oct 1784 22 Mar 1852 Elizabeth Sigmon
Daniel Setzer 1790 1854 (1) Polly Wike
(2) Mary Polly Deal
George Walter Setzer, Sr. 15 Aug 1795 17 Feb 1870 Elizabeth Ann Ward
Sarah E "Sally" Setzer 20 Aug 1798 1870 Jacob Dellinger
David "Davy" Setzer 1800 24 May 1884 Eleanor Sherrill
Paul Setzer 1803   Lydia Gross
Jacob "Sawmill Jake" Lanier Setzer 04 Oct 1804 10 Dec 1891 (1) Delila Deal
(2) Nancy Malinda Fraisure
(3) Patsy Ruth Ann Deitz
 
 
 

In 1795 John bought 178 acres on Clark's Creek from Matthias Barringer, Jr., his wife's brother, that he had inherited from his father who was massacred. He added to this acreage over the years, eventually amassing 878 acres.

 
 

According to the 1800 Lincoln County Census, John was over 45.  In addition to Catherine, there were also 8 children living in the house - as well as 3 slaves.

 

1800 Lincoln County Census

                           
  Male Male Male Male Male
Name  < 10  10 - 15 16 - 25 26 - 44 45 +
John Setzer 2 2 1 -- 1
           
  Female Female Female Female Female
Slaves < 10 10 - 15 16 - 25 26 - 44 45 +
3 1 1 1 1 --
 
 
John’s beloved wife, Catherine, died 08 Feb 1810. 

 

On 09 Jun 1810, John married for a second time to Christina Anthony Moose, widow of George Moose, Sr.  Christina was born about 1755.

 
 

Over his lifetime, John accumulated considerable wealth by the standards of his time.  By 1810, he had acquired 878 acres of land and had disposed of 125 acres, leaving him a net of 753 acres composed of several tracts within the boundaries of Lincoln/Catawba County, NC.  The real estate transactions are recorded in deed books of Lincoln County, NC.

 
 

John began divesting himself of some of his land and property in early 1810.  He sold his son, John Jr., two tracts totaling 239 acres on 25 Jan 1810. 

 

A grant dated 12 Feb 1810 states, “in consideration of that paternal love which I have and bear towards my daughter Sarah about eleven years of age and in consequence of that friendship which I bear to Conrad Tipz of said county & the confidence which I have in the same, I do by these presents do give and grant & hath hereby given & grant unto the said Conrad Tipz for and on account of my said daughter Sarah of in trust for her until she arrives at the age of twenty-one years or her marriage, a certain negro girl named Faney, about seven years of age - etc.” 

 

On 24 Feb he sold to Henry Dellinger, his son-in-law, “a certain negro girl named Nance, about eight years of age”.  

 

To his son, Mathias, he sold 161 acres that he had purchased in 1807.  To Charles Ward, a son-in-law, he sold 34 acres in addition to “a mulato girl named Hannah, about 12-years-old”.  He sold 152 acres to Jacob Deal on 16 Mar 1811.  The foregoing transactions are recorded in Lincoln County, NC deed books numbers 24 and 25.

 
 

Looking at the 1820 Lincoln County Census reveals that there were 4 males and 6 females living in the John Setzer home.  

 

1820 Lincoln County Census

 
  Male Male Male Male Male Males
Name  < 10  10 - 16 16 - 18 18 - 26 26 - 46 45 +
John Setzer 1 1 -- -- 1 1
             
  Female Female Female Female Female  
  < 10 10 - 16 16 - 26 26 - 45 45 +  
  3 -- 1 1 1  
 
                           
John Setzer died 18 Mar 1822. 
         

Recorded in the minutes of Lincoln County Court of Pleas and Quarters, April Session 1822: “Administration; Christina Setzer, widow & relick of John Setzer dec’d having relinquished her right of administration on the estate of her deceased husband.  It was therefore ordered by Court that letters of Administration on the estate of John issue to John Setzer Jr. & Matthias Setzer who came into open court & qualified according to law & entered into bond with Barnet Sigmon & Zachariah Stacey security in the sum of $2000.”  Christina undoubtedly changed her mind for she challenged the heirs of John Setzer, dec’d, by court petition.  It appears that Frederick Moose, her son, was appointed executor of the estate.  The petition was first listed as no. 29 on the docket of the April Session 1822, Lincoln County Court of Pleas and Quarters.  The Petition was continued in the July and October Sessions of 1822 and in the January Session of 1823.  The petition was dismissed in April Session of 1823.

 
 

According to court records, his sons, John Jr. and Mathias, performing as administrators of his estate, sold his personal property on 14 May, 06 June, and 14 Nov 1822.  The inventory consisted of twelve pages listing 371 items and sold for $2254.82.  Accounts owed the estate amounted to $51.61 and outstanding estate debts totaled $335.86 leaving a balance of $1970.57 for division among his heirs.

                           
John and Catherine Setzer are buried in the Old St. Paul's Church Cemetery in Newton, NC.
                           
 

Old St. Paul's Church, Newton, NC

 

 
 
 
 

This tablet is dedicated to the glory of God and to commemorate the unbroken record of the preaching of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ on or near this site since 1757 A.D.  This church, known as Old St. Paul’s Church, first known as the Dutch Meeting House is the Mother Church of most of the Reformed and Lutheran Churches of Western North Carolina.  The present brick building is the third edifice of the congregation.

 

 
                           

The inscription on John’s tombstone, which is located in the sixth row of Old St. Paul's Church cemetery reads, "Sacred To The In Memory of John Setzer Who Died March 18, 1822 Aged 68 Years". 

 

The inscription on Catherine’s tombstone, which is also located in the sixth row of Old St. Paul’s Church cemetery (two stones from John) reads, “Catharine Setzer Who Dies February 8, 1810, Ages 46 Years, 6 Months”.

 
 

 
 
 
 
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Thanks to Alisha Story for the Hart's Square photos
 
 
 
 

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