John Battle was born on 30 Apr 1709 in Nansemond County, Virginia, a son of William Battle and Sarah (Hunter) Battle. At John’s birth, William Battle was about 27 years old, and Sarah Battle was about age 25 years. John Battle was likely their second child.
By 1726, John Battle was in Bertie County, North Carolina where he married Sarah Browne (43, Page 199). Sarah Browne was a daughter of Samuel Browne and Mary (Jones) Browne (126). John and Sarah Battle had at least four children: Sarah Battle, William Battle, and Jesse Browne Battle. All children were likely born in Bertie County, North Carolina.
On 12 Jun 1735, John Battle appeared on a list of Arrears of Quit Rents for Bertie Precinct of Albemarle County, North Carolina (228, Volume 22, Page 240). John Battle was responsible for Quit Rents for 220 acres during the period 29 Sep 1729 – Mar 1732.
On 17 Oct 1735, John Battle witnessed the Will of Walter Browne in Bertie County, North Carolina (864). Jesse Browne and John Brown also witnessed this will. Walter Browne was a brother of John Battle’s wife Sarah.
John Battle made a Will in Bertie County, North Carolina on 22 Apr 1740 and died two days later on 24 Apr 1740 (863). The Will of John Battle names his wife Sarah Battle, sons William Battle and Jesse Battle, and daughters Prissila Battle and Sarah Battle. According to the Will, at the death of John Battle, Sarah Battle was with child. The Will also mentions William Battle, a brother of John Battle as well as John Brown, a brother of Sarah (Browne) Battle. William Knight, James Griffen, and Martha Knight witnessed the will.
John Battle died on 24 Apr 1740 in Hertford County, North Carolina (43, Page 28).
The Will of John Battle was proved in Bertie County, North Carolina Court on 20 May 1740 (863).
Notes and Comments
A note appended to the Will of John Battle states:
“Ye Testator was Born Aprel 30th 1709, and died Aprel ye 30th 1740.” (43, Page 28)
After 1726, John Battle may have migrated to Wine Creek, Hertford County, North Carolina where he was a planter. At the birth of his son, Jesse Battle, John Battle was living in the part of Bertie County, North Carolina that was included in Hertford County, North Carolina in 1759.
According to the Will of John Battle, he had purchased 330 acres of land on Cattowskca Swamp from John Browne.
The Will of John Battle documents his children William Battle, Jesse Battle, Prissila Battle, and Sarah Battle as well as his wife Sarah Battle (863; 43, Page 27). The Will of John Battle also identifies John Brown as a brother of his wife.
Geographic Boundary History
Albemarle County, North Carolina was created on 7 Jan 1665 as one of three original counties.
In about 1672, Berkeley Precinct was created in Albemarle County, North Carolina.
Bertie Precinct was created from Chowan Precinct of North Carolina on 2 Oct 1722. Bertie County, North Carolina was created on 6 Mar 1739.
43. Herbert Bemerton Battle, Lois Yelverton, and William James Battle. The Battle Book: A Genealogy of the Battle Family in America. Montgomery, Alabama: The Paragon Press, 1930. (PDF file on file.)
228. Colonial and State Records of North Carolina. Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2004.
863. “Abstract of the Will of John Battle.” J. Bryan Grimes. Abstract of Wills, 1690–1760: Compiled from Original and Recorded Wills in the Office of the Secretary of State. Clearfiled Company, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, 1910. Page 24. (Images: Ancestry.com.)
864. “Abstract of the Will of Walter Browne.” J. Bryan Grimes. Abstract of Wills, 1690–1760: Compiled from Original and Recorded Wills in the Office of the Secretary of State. Clearfiled Company, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, 1910. Page 52. (Images: Ancestry.com.)
Revised 19 Sep 2020.