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Margaret
Ann
Elizabeth
Witherspoon

(1845 - 1932)

Miles
Rankin
Witherspoon

(1817 - 1892)

Thomas
Wesley
Witherspoon

(1787 - 1856)

Thomas
Wesley
Witherspoon, Sr.

(1749 - 1790)

John
Witherspoon II

(1726 - 1778)

John Witherspoon
(1700 - 17??)

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Miles Rankin Witherspoon

 

 

Born: 13 Mar 1817, Catawba County, NC
Died:  09 Feb 1892, Catawba County, NC

 
 

Miles Rankin Witherspoon was the seventh child born to Thomas Wesley Witherspoon (b.1787) and Margaret Rankin.  Miles was born 13 Mar 1817 at the home of his parents in Lincoln/Catawba County, NC. Their other children were:
 
 
Name Birth
Emoline Witherspoon 02 Jul 1803
James E. Witherspoon 23 Apr 1805
Thomas Franklin Witherspoon 28 Nov 1807
Louise Witherspoon 07 Jun 1809
Calvin A. Witherspoon 28 Nov 1811
Hoyle "Hile" Brown Witherspoon 30 Jun 1814
Anna Witherspoon 28 Nov 1819

 
 
 
Miles married Sarah Elizabeth Aderholdt on 11 Nov 1844.  She was born 24 Dec 1817 in Lincoln County, NC. His youngest sister, Anna, married John Jacob Aderhold, Sarah's youngest brother
 

Miles Rankin Witherspoon & Sarah Elizabeth Aderholdt Witherspoon

 
 
 
     
     
 

The Witherspoons of North Carolina  1775 - 1975

 
 

Compiled by David Howell Witherspoon, Raleigh, NC, 01 Apr 1976

 
     
 

On 27 Jul 1844, Thomas Witherspoon deeded to Milas Witherspoon, property on the waters of Hagan's Fork, consisting of 88 acres (Deed Book 1, page 442). 

 
     
 
 
 

Emanuel Aderholdt and Miles  were the co-signer of Miles and Sarah's marriage bond.  Emanuel was Sarah's younger brother and was only 22 at the time.

 
 

Miles Rankin Witherspoon & Sarah Elizabeth Aderholdt, Marriage License, 11 Nov 1844

 

 
 
 
 
     
     
 

The Witherspoons of North Carolina  1775 - 1975

 
 

Compiled by David Howell Witherspoon, Raleigh, NC, 01 Apr 1976

 
     
 

On 19 Dec 1847, Elam Sherrill deeded to Milus R. Witherspoon, property containing 7 acres (Deed Book 5, page 210).

 
     
 

On 24 Apr 1848, Jacob Setzer deeded to Milas a tract of land containing 32 1/2 acres on Hagan's Fork, "... on Robinson's line ... to a hickory sapling near H. B. Witherspoon's corner ... to a hickory near said Milas Witherspoon's tan yard."  The price was $90.00 (Deed Book 3, page 402).

 
     
 

 
 
Miles and Sarah had at least eight children.
 
 
Children of Miles Rankin Witherspoon and Sarah Elizabeth Aderhold
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
 
Margaret Ann Elizabeth Witherspoon 02 Nov 1845
Catawba Co, NC
06 Dec 1932
Catawba Co, NC
Patrick Sylvanus Setzer
m. 27 Dec 1871
James P. Witherspoon 1848
Catawba Co, NC
[Unknown]  
John Hart Witherspoon 02 Jan 1850
Catawba Co, NC
31 May 1924
Gaston Co, NC
Mary Elizabeth Carpenter
m. Abt. 1873
Thomas Aderhold
Witherspoon
02 Mar 1852
Catawba Co, NC
10 Feb 1940
Catawba Co, NC
Florances Arkansas Miller
m. 28 Dec 1876
David Hoyle Witherspoon 09 May 1854
Catawba Co, NC
10 Apr 1928
Catawba Co, NC
Mary Frances "Mollie" Stallings
m. 29 Nov 1883
Jacob Napoleon Witherspoon 07 Oct 1856
Catawba Co, NC
28 Nov 1926
Catawba, Co, NC
Candice Elvina Propst
m. 09 Jan 1881
Emanuel Alexander Witherspoon 11 Sep 1859
Catawba Co, NC
29 Nov 1935
Catawba Co, NC
Mary E. "Mollie"  Baker
m. 17 Aug 1885
Leander Denford Lutz Witherspoon 11 Nov 1861
Catawba Co, NC
26 Nov 1941
Catawba Co, NC
Lydia Caroline Hawn
m. 13 Dec 1887
 
 
 

According to the 1850 Catawba County Census, Miles Rankin and Sarah were living in Catawba County and had 3 children: Margaret, James P. and John H.  They were living nearyby Miles' parents, Thomas and Margaret Witherspoon.

 
 

1850 Catawba County, NC Census

 

 
First Name Last Name Age Sex Race Occupation Birth County
Thos. Witherspoon 75 M   Farmer Catawba
Margaret " 69 F     "
Mary Keever 17 F M   "
First Name Last Name Age Sex Race Occupation Birth County
Miles Witherspoon 33 M   Farmer Catawba
Sarah " 30 F     "
Margaret " 4 F     "
James P. " 2 M     "
John H. " 1 M     "
 
 
 
     
     
 

The Witherspoons of North Carolina  1775 - 1975

 
 

Compiled by David Howell Witherspoon, Raleigh, NC, 01 Apr 1976

 
     
 

On 07 Mar 1856, H. B. Witherspoon transferred to Milas R. Withersppon, "... for $10.00, land on the waters of Hagan's Fork ... 88 acres ... nothing herein to affect the lifetime interest of Margaret Witherspoon's righ to the land during her natural life."  (Deed Book 4, page 630)

 
     
 
 

 
 

In 1860, Miles Rankin and Sarah were living in Catawba Station and had seven children.  His Real Estate value was $250 and his Personal Estate was $360.

 
 

1860 Catawba County, NC Census

 

                             
First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate
Value
Personal
Estate
Birth Attended
School
Miles Witherspoon 43 M Farmer $250 $360 NC  
Sarah " 40 F       NC  
Margaret " 14 F       NC X
James P. " 12 M       NC X
John H. " 10 M       NC X
Thomas " 8 M       NC X
David " 6 M       NC  
Jacob " 4 M       NC  
Emil A. " 1 M       NC  
                             
 
 

By 1870, Miles Rankin & Sarah's Real Estate Value had increased from $250 to $400.  Son James was no longer at home. 

 
 

1870 Catawba County, NC Census

 

                             
Last Name First Name Age Sex Race Occupation Real Estate
Value
Personal
Estate
Birth Males
21+
Witherspoon Miles 53 M W Farmer $400 $200 NC x
------- Sarah 50 F W Keeping House     NC  
------- Margaret 23 F W       NC  
------- John 20 M W Farm Laborer     NC  
------- Thomas 18 M W Farm Laborer     NC  
------- David 16 M W ------ ------     NC  
------- Jacob 13 M W ------ ------     NC  
------- Alexander 11 M W ------ ------     NC  
------- Denford 8 M W       NC  
                             
 
 
     
     
 

The Witherspoons of North Carolina  1775 - 1975

 
 

Compiled by David Howell Witherspoon, Raleigh, NC, 01 Apr 1976

 
     
 

On 13 Jun 1877 (Will Book 4, page 170), when her father Jacob Aderholt's Will was registered in Lincoln County, NC, Sally "Sarah" Aderholdt Witherspoon, daughter, was willed 2 beds and bedspreads, one table, one bureau, 2 cows, 1 yearling and a variety of kitchen furniture.

 
     
 
 
 

The 1870 Agricultural Census tells the size and value of the farm, as well as the livestock on the family farm.

 
 

1870 Catawba County, NC Agricultural Census

 
 
  Name of Owner: Miles Witherspoon   Value of Livestock: $230   Wheat, # of Bushels: 37  
  Improved (Land): 40 acres   Horses: 1   Oats, # of Bushels: 50  
  Unimproved (Land): 160 acres   Mules: 1   Indian Corn Bushels: 300  
  Cash Value of Farm: $400   Milk Cows: 4   Ginned Cotton Bales: 0  
  Value of Farm Implements : $225   Working Oxen: 0   Wool: 0  
      Other Cattle: 4      
      Swine: 9      
      Sheep: 9      
 
 
 

 
 

By 1880, Miles Rankin was 63 and Sarah was 61.  There were only two of their children still living at home, Emanuel and Denford, but they had taken in an orphan, who was bound to the family.

 
 

1880 Catawba County, NC Census

 

                             
Last Name First Name Race Sex Age Relation Single Married Occupation Attended
School
Can't
Write
Witherspoon Miles R. W M 63     X Farmer    
------- Sarah W F 61 Wife   X House Keeper   X
------- Emanuel A. W M 21 Son X   Student X  
------- Denford L. W M 18 Son X   Works
On Farm
X  
Hollis/Holler Elizabeth W F 8 Bound
Orphan
X     X  
                             
 
Sarah died on 08 Nov 1887.
 
                             

1890 North Carolina Federal Census Records were destroyed in a 1921 fire and only small fragments survived for South Point and River Bend Townships in Gaston County AND Township No. 2 in Cleveland County.

                             

Miles Rankin Witherspoon died 09 Feb 1892.  He and Sarah are buried in the Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery in Claremont, NC.

 
 

Headstones at Bethlehem Methodist Church, Claremont, NC

 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

SOURCES:

 

"The Descendants of John Witherspoon", Compiled by H. Glenn Williams, 1997, sixranch@swbell.net

 

Thanks to Dr. Frank Witherspoon from Memphis, TN, for additional information on Thomas Wesley Witherspoon
and the Witherspoon Family.  You can contact Frank at
fwspoon@bellsouth.net

 

"The Witherspoons of North Carolina, 1775 - 1975" compiled by David Howell Witherspoon, Raleigh, NC, 1976

 
 

 

 

A special thanks to Jane McCuiston for her encouragement and for sharing Wills, Photos, Information and much more about Thomas Witherspoon and the Witherspoon Family.  You can contact Jane at jemccuiston@aol.com .

 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have additional information or photos of Miles Rankin Witherspoon, please contact me.