I have felt for some time that Michael Daffron was the father of Rody Daffron. After creating my database, I found that he was the only one that moved as Rody
stated in his Revolutionary War pension application:
“That I the said Rody
Daffron am very old, illiterate and have failed much in memory and cannot recollect the year I volunteered but principally
the service and duty I performed that……………….”
“I the said Rody Daffron was born in the State of Maryland . My Father and mother moved to
Virginia ButeCounty and when I was about 7 or 8 years old, my father moved to North Carolina, Randolph County where we lived 20 odd years, and then moved to South Carolina and lived 5 or 6 years and then moved
to Wayne County in the State of Kentucky where I now live, having resided in this state about 30 years …………”
Bute County was in North Carolina. I believe he said “to Virginia, (pause) Bute County”
meaning (2) separate places. He says “my father moved
to North Carolina, Randolph County……” does this mean his mother
died in Bute County? He also states on application that he was living at Six
Mile Creek when he volunteered for service. This was in Mecklenburg, North Carolina. That is not accounted for above.
Rody applied in 1832. He states he is 75 at that time
of application. In the above statement he says “7 or 8 years”, 20 years, 5 or 6 years, about 30 years.
This would be between 62 and 64 years accounted for. So I have to go back
to the beginning of his application,
“That I the said Rody
Daffron am very old, illiterate and have failed much in memory and cannot recollect the year I volunteered
but principally the service and duty I performed that……………….”
And assume his memory has
failed also in remembering the exact years they moved from county to county, state to state.
I have found Michael in the following places on the following dates.
1764 Bute County was founded in 1764 from the eastern part of Granville
1770 Michl. Dafron is listed in Bute County, North
Carolina Tax Records “1770 by Sheriff”
1773 BUTE CO, N.C. MINUTES
OF THE COURT OF PLEAS AND QUARTER SESSIONS, 1767-1779
Cummings Warrick &
Co vs Daffron. The same Jurors Sworn & Verd't for L20 & Costs.
1779 Bute County was divided into Franklin County and Warren County,
and ceased to exist.
1779 Michael Dafron
is listed in Randolph Co. North Carolina Census 1790-1890, Tax List. He is listed (3) times ?
1800 Michael Daffern is listed in Spartanburgh Co, South Carolina
2 Males under 10 ,
1 Male 26 thru 44,
1 Male 45 & over, ( the “& over” is possible the key here)
1 Female 10 thru 15,
1 Female 26 thru 44
1815 Micael Daffron Spartanburgh Co. South Carolina County
RECORDS OF THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE POOR Ordered that Micael
Daffron be allow.d. $10 p.r. month till the fourth Monday in January next to commence from this date
Now thanks to John & Judy Daffron from the Owen
Daffron line, we can put Michael in Fairfax, Virginia somewhere between 1749 and 1754. From: Fairfax Co VA Order Book 1749-54 pp79, 431 and 433.
SEE PHOTO BELOW
Dead of Feoffment from Michael
Daffron and Peter Rust to John Barnet was by the said Dafron and Rust acknowledged and admitted to record.
***Feoffment , formerly, the transfer of possession of an English freehold
estate by a ceremony called livery of seisin (q.v.), which consisted of a public delivery of the land by the transferor to
the transferee. This usually recorded in an instrument called a deed of feoffment.
From Judy Daffron:
“I have read that a
Deed of Feoffment was quite often used when inherited property was being transferred. It would be interesting to know
if there was a family connection between Michael and either of the other two individuals.”
This is very exciting! It
puts Michael in Virginia, one of my missing links from Rody's statement and it is the only Daffron to show up in Fairfax,
VA where John said he was born. Are we getting closer?
Thank you John and Judy for sharing this with me and allowing me to publish
to my website.