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Biography and Family of Robert & Elizabeth Means



Robert Means, was born ca.1735. 
In 1756, at about 21 years of age, he married Elizabeth Robertson and they moved to Guilford County, North Carolina, which is now Rockingham County, on Means Creek between Glenns Chapel and the Mayo River near the Virginia line. 
This was prior to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781, in which he took part. He had received a grant of 135 acres from the state of North Carolina in 1779 and later purchased more land.

He migrated to Virginia in the 1770s, and then moved on to North Carolina. Roberts' birth date and birth place are not known. He was the grandson of John Means, who came from Ireland to Bucks County, PA., and died there in 1739. Edith Foglesongs' book, "The Means Family of America," says that Roberts' father William Means probably died in Lancaster County, PA., but gives no details. An account by George Means, published by Charles Sinnatt in 1925, says that William, married and settled on Quinapalilla Creek in Lancaster, now Lebanon County, PA.

Robert was probably born around 1737/39 as his oldest son was born about 1757 and this places his marriage to Elizabeth Robinson (also called Robertson) around 1756. Although some researchers say her father was a John Robinson, the source has not been reported. The names of two of her brothers, James and John Robinson, are given in a March 4, 1867 letter by Amos David, Roberts' grandson, by Lewis David who married Anna Means. It seems likely that the Means, Robinsons, and Davids moved to Virginia together as all three families show up there in the 1770s.

Charles Sinnatts' records say that Robert Means was on the tax list for Kenallen Twp., York County, PA., on Dec. 6, 1771. He soon moved south for on Dec. 9, 1778, Robert and Elizabeth Means of Bedford County., VA., sold 368 acres on a branch of Molleys Creek in Bedford County. The record of their purchase of this land has not yet been found. An account attributed to Archibald Means says that Robert had a grant of 135 acres on the Mayo River in what became Rockingham County, N.C. in December 1779 and a grant for another 82 acres on Dec. 5, 1780.

A Quaker record shows that Robert and Betsys' daughter Jane Means married James Campbell on April 27, 1784 in Campbell County, VA., and that their son Robert Means Jr. married Isabella Fields on Oct. 13th 1800 in Campbell County. Perhaps the family continued membership in the Quaker meeting in Campbell County even though they had moved to North Carolina.

Robert Means began selling his land in the last part of the eighteenth century. He sold 200 acres to his son, William Means on Nov. 28th, 1797 and from the relatively large number of deeds he executed in Rockingham County, it would appear he liquidated most of his holdings before he died. Also, by this time, the Davids and John Robinson had joined him, living in Stokes County, N.C. just west of the Rockingham County border.

Son-in-law Lewis David, then living in Campbell County, VA., purchased 300 acres on both sides of Beaver Island Creek from John Robinson of Stokes County on July 23rd, 1799. Robert Means was a witness.

Also according to Amos David, Robert fought in the battle of Guilford Courthouse (N.C.) during the Revolution. Carolina records show that Robert was paid 42 pounds 18.2 (pence?) for service in December... date smeared) 
The payment included interest to January 1790. 
Robert lived in Rockingham County, NC until his death. 
His will was written on May 20, 1822 in Rockingham County, and proved shortly thereafter.
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Some children of Robert Means and Elizabeth Robertson are:

1. William Means b. ca.1757 
He married Susan Joyce, who died 1819/22. His family moved to Kentucky, then to Shelby County, Indiana
2. Rebecca Means b. ca.1758. 
She married a Grogan, according to her fathers will.
3. Jane Means 1759-1831, died Jefferson Co., Tenn. 
She married on April 27, 1784 in Campbell Co., VA., James Campbell, who died 1826. James Campbells' land adjoined Robinson family land in Campbell Co.,VA.
4. Mary Means 1762-1852, died Rockingham County, N.C. 
She married on Feb.10, 1783, Chesley Barnes, who died 8 Sept. 1840. Many in their family moved to Tennessee and then to Indiana. Many Barnes in eastern Jefferson Co., Ind., descend from them.
5. Elizabeth Means b. ca.1763. 
She married James Riddle. James Riddle is listed in the 1800 Rockingham Co. census adjacent to Robert Means.
6. Nancy Means b.1764. 
She married Richard Sharp. They eventually moved to Washington County, Ark., according to a descendant.
7. Fleming Means. 
She married James Sharp according to Roberts' will.
8. Anna Means b. April 27th 1766 - June 12th 1809, died Stokes Co., N.C. 
She married on Feb. 2, 1790, Lewis David, Nov. 6, 1767-Feb. 28, 1837. David remained in Stokes County after his wifes' death and married Sally Vernon, widow of William Burris. After the death of his brother Sampson David in 1828 in Campbell County, Tenn., Lewis moved to that locality, where he died. Anna and Lewis Davids' daughter Elizabeth David married Richard Vernon, whose brother Nehemiah married Martha Means. Sally Vernon Burris was Richard and Nehemiahs' sister.
9. James Means b. 1774. 
He married Mary Smith. One source says he died in Rockingham County, N.C., another that he went to Shelby County, Ind. His wife died in Fillmore, Minn.
10. Robert Means 1777-1817, died Rhea Co., Tenn. 
He married on Oct. 15, 1800 in Campbell Co., VA., Isabella Fields. She died Apr 1845 in St. Clair Co., Ala.
11. Martha Means ca. 1780-1850/60, died in Jefferson Co., Ind. She married Nehemiah Vernon (died after 1830), son of James Vernon, who died 1828 in Jefferson County, Indiana. The family moved to Milton Twp. about 1818. Martha was an aunt to Elizabeth David, who married Nehemiahs' brother, Richard Vernon.
12. Rachel Means b. ca.1786 died by 1822, according to her fathers' will, she married Thomas Smith Sr.
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