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Unassigned Lemons/Lemonds




                These are people who were only found once or twice in my research, or people with such a common first name that a positive identification was almost impossible given the information at hand.  If you can identify any of the individuals below, please contact me at nancy@nancysdeadrelatives.com.  

One very big elephant in the room: Who were Thomas and Matthew Lemons/Lemonds?  They were obviously in the Haw River area at a very early date.




In Guilford County, North Carolina: Formed 1770 from Rowan and Orange Counties 



1 Mar 1780: John Cummings received a grant for 640 acres on both sides of Big Troublesome adjoining Thomas Lemans, Moses Short, William Odem Short, and Hezekiah Rhodes.[1]

22 Oct 1782: William Lemond  [Old William of Troublesome Creek]  was described as an adjoining landowner in a land grant to Robert Barr on both sides of Millstone Branch, on the waters of the Haw River in Guilford County.  Also adjoining were Mathew and George Lemond.  Who is Matthew Lemond?

22 Mar 1786: Margery Limond married Bryson (x) Blackburn with William Lemond as bondsman.[2]

There are no Lemons/Lemonds in the 1790 Census in Guilford.

30 Aug 1816: Martha (x) Lackey bequeathed $20 to Martha Lemons, wife of John Lemons.[2a] 

30 Sep 1865: George Washington Lemons married Mary J. Thomas with C. A. Boon as bondsman.[3] 




In Rockingham County, NC:  Formed 1785 from Guilford County



1790 Census: Nathaniel Limmons: 2 males under 16, 1 over; 1 female[4]


1800 Census:

William Lemon,  1 male 10-16, 1 16-26.

Mary Limmons, 1 female over 45[5]


1803: Polly Lemmons was listed as a member of the Matrimony Creek Baptist Church.  [Buffalo Creek]

10 Oct 1803: Jos Lemon witnessed a deed from William Jones to Lemiah King on Brushy Fork Creek near Rockhouse Creek adjoining Abraham Philips, Jobe Baker, and George Russell.[6]  There's a slight chance the name could have been James Lemon.  The associated surnames don't sound like Joseph, the husband of Margaret Scott Lemonds, and Joseph, the son of George and Elizabeth Sprout Lemonds was probably too young.  George's sons did later own land, however, on Rockhouse Creek.

21 Dec 1809: Along with Henry Scales and John May, John Limon served on the committee to divide the slaves belonging to the Joseph Porter estate.[7] 

James Lemmon served under Capt. William Lemmon in 3rd Company, Rockingham Regiment, during the War of 1812.[8]


1820 Census:

Nancy Lemmon, 1 male under 10, 1 16-26; 1 female under 10, 2 10-16, 1 16-26, 1 26-45; 1 person in agriculture.[11]

John Lemmons,  2 males under 10, 1 26-45; 2 females under 10, 1 16-26.[12]


2 Jan 1824: James Lemmons Junior purchased 250 acres from William Patrick of Guilford County for $500.  The parcel adjoined Abraham Patrick, James Patrick, James Cunningham, and Gulbreath (land formerly belonging to James Barnes).  Witnesses: James Sharp and Abram Sharp.[15]  This James may've been the son of James and Nancy Brickey Lemonds.

11 Dec 1824: James Lemon witnessed a power of attorney from Nathaniel and Jesse Harrison and Charles Baker, all of Tennessee, to Yancy Holman to recover their share in the estate of William Harrison deceased.[16]

4 Sep 1826: Along with E. P. Odineal,  Jos or Jas Lemmonds witnessed a deed for 96 acres seized from Nathan Rice for non-payment of 1824-25 taxes.  Bought at public auction by Thomas B. Wheeler, it was located on the waters of Hagan's Creek adjoining John Canady, Cole, Watts, and Pashall.[17]

18 Feb 1827: James Lemons gave a $66 bond to Eleven Moore, with James Sharp as his security.  As security for Sharp, James sold land on the waters of Piny Creek adjoining Sharp for $10.00 to Ezra Willis, i.e. a mortgage.[18]

15 Apr 1827: William Lemmons was born.  He died 19 Mar 1894, age 66 years, 11 months, 4 days and was buried in Bethesda United Methodist Cemetery near the Dillard community.[19]

1830 Census: Nancy Lemmon: 1 male under 5, 1 10-15; 1 female 5-10, 2 15-20, 2 20-30, 1 40-50.  She was listed next to Elijah, Peter, and James Oliver.[20]

5 May 1831: Polly Lemond received a slave woman named "Cay", about 30 years old, for life for $10.00 and a deed of gift from Nancy Lowe.  After Polly's death Cay was to go to Nancy Lemons, said Polly's oldest daughter. Witness: E. Witty Junior.[21]   Nancy Lowe was the mother of Henry King, who was probably the Henry King who resided on Piney Creek near the Moores.

1 Dec 1838: Samuel Lemmons bought 50 acres adjoining William Wall, James and Peter Oliver from Aaron V. Vanhook for $75.00.  Witnesses John and Sally Price.[22]


1840 Census:

Mary Limons, 2 females 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 40-50.  This may be Wolf Island Creek.

Nancy Limmons, 1 male 20-30; 1 female 20-30, 1 50-60.  They were listed close to Thomas Searcy and E. Donnell.[23]

Andrew Limmons, 1 male, age 50-60.

Elizabeth Limmons, 2 males under 5, 1 10-15; 1 female 5-10, 1 30-40.  They were enumerated close to Joseph Limmons.[24]  This was not the widow of Andrew or William as they had no heirs.  Nor was it Elizabeth Johnston Lemonds.  See also 1850 Census where Elizabeth was residing in the Goley household.

James Lemon, 1 male under 5, 1 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 30-40; 1 female under 5, 2 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 30-40.  The household was listed close to B. M. Braswell and H. D. Moore.  This was probably the son of Joseph, but it's not absolutely certain.


18 Oct 1840: John Lamon witnessed a deed from William Clayton of Jefferson County, KY to Cornelius Clayton of Henry County, VA for a lot in Leaksville.  Other witnesses were James Lemon, John Wilson, and Richard Johnston.[25]  Was John Alexander's son?

2 Feb 1841: Elizabeth Lemons married John L. Southerland with James Patrick as bondsman.[26]

29 Aug 1841: Along with John Barratt, Andrew Lemons witnessed a codicil to the will of William Stratton.[27]  See also 1840 Census and 6 Jul 1846.

4 Nov 1844: Mary Ann Lemons married Andrew W. Morton.

23 Jun 1846: Permelia Lemonds married John Price with Wilson Goolsby as bondsman.[28]  John and Sarah Moore Lemonds had a daughter named Permelia, but she wasn't born until 1844. 

6 Jul 1846: Andrew (x) Lemons married Delphia Carter.  James Joyce was the bondsman; John P. Grogan served as witness.[29]  This can't have been the son of Joseph and Margaret Lemonds of Troublesome Creek.  That Andrew died before 1839.


1850 Census:

Elizabeth Lemonds, age 45, born NC,  was residing in the household of  David P. Goley, age 25, and Thursy Goley, age 19, born VA.  They were enumerated close to Elizabeth Lemond Massey and James Roberts.  See also 1840 Census.


29 Oct 1850: William Lemons and Nancy Land were married with Thomas (x) Taylor as the bondsman.[30]

16 Apr 1852: Thomas Lemons [not certain of the surname spelling] and Locky Ann Carter were married with Hugh Frasure as bondsman.[31]  Locky (9 Sep 1831 - 14 Apr 1912) was the daughter of Tyre Carter.  Thomas and Locky had children Walter F. (6 Jan 1854 - 23 Oct 1930, m. Lucie W. Fagg); William Dewitt Lemonds (10 Feb 1856 - 5 Jan 1881); Mary Francis (10 Feb 1856 - 25 Oct 1898); and Robert Sidney Lemons (18 Jan 1861 - 18 Jul 1910, m. Alice Moore).

21 Dec 1852: Sarah Lemons married William Perdue.[32]  Samuel D. Lemons sold land to William Perdue in 1845, but he had been born c. 1818.  He wasn't old enough to have been her father; was he her brother?

22 Oct 1855: William Lemons and Sarah F. Fetherston were married.  Bondsman: John H. Saunders[33]

23 Nov 1855: Salley Ann Lemonds married James B. Talley with B. F. Carter as bondsman.[34] 

17 Feb 1759: Jesse B. Harralson, appointed guardian of Eunice S. and James P. Lemons, orphans of Pleasant Lemons, granted power of attorney to Eli E. Harrelson in that county to act on behalf of the orphans in the matter of the James Lemon estate. On 24 Jun 1859, 80 acres on the waters of Buffalo Creek were sold by order of the Equity Court, it being the parcel assigned to the children of Pleasant Lemons.[35]  This was most probably the son of James and Joanna Lemons of Buffalo Creek.


1860 Census:

Isabella Lemonds, age 12, born NC, was residing in the household of Trederick and Martha Miller.  Next to them was the household of Brown Dye and close by were Smith Moore, James Roberts, and Lucinda Perguson.[36]  [Troublesome Creek]

Elizabeth Lemonds, age 58, born NC, was enumerated in the household of Ulessus Hand, fairly close to Richard Henderson.[37]  William Lemonds had married Nancy Land on 29 Oct 1850.


26 May 1863: In a deed from R. B. Henderson to John s. and Francis E. Crafton for 100 acres on the waters of Big Rockhouse and Troublesome Creeks, the parcel was described as adjoining Richard Henderson, running east of the blacksmith's shop, Buckner Southerd, James Lemons, George W. Purcell, and Robert Brown.  Witnesses: R. A. Ellington and J. Montgomery.[38]

24 Jul 1867: Frances Lemons Chilcutt, wife of Branch Chilcutt, died leaving two children.  She was age 25.[39]

c. 1869: James M. Lemmons was assessed on a homestead, 161 acres valued at $350 with personal property worth $336.50.[40]  See also 1870 Census




In Other North Carolina Counties:



14 Jan 1821: Tabitha Lemmons married Isaac Slaughter Junior.  Bondsman Sterling H. Duncan.  Witness: Stephen K. Sneed.[41]




In Tennessee:



1802: William Lemmons married Sarah Cox in Williamson County.  This couple moved close to the Duck River in Bedford County and had children Nancy (m. McKinley), Jane (m. Stratton), James B. (c. 1809 - died in Polk Co, AR; m. Mary E. Cabler), Mary (m. Burr), and William A. Lemmons.  William was killed outside of New Orleans on 23 Dec 1814.[41a]


1820 Census, Jackson County:

David Lemmond, 1 male under 10, 1 10-16, 1 26-45; 2 females 10-16, 1 female over 45. 

Thomas Lemmond, 1 male under 10, 1 26-45; 1 female 26-45.  The family was listed between John Owens Senior and Junior, on the same page as David Lemmond.

William Lemmond, 3 males under 10, 1 26-45; 1 female 16-26.

These Lemmons were right by a John and David Owens, John Owens Senior, and Samuel Moore.  The problem is that David and Esther Lemonds were enumerated in Lincoln County that year.  Could the latter have been enumerated twice? 


27 May 1840: Alexander Lemons married Vastile Chandler in Wilson County.  [GRS]

                27 Sep 1845: Thomas D. Lemon Pamelia W. Cox in Wilson County.  [GRS]

13 Sep 1846: Joseph H. Lemonds Emily R. McRee in Lincoln County.  [GRS]

26 Sep 1849: William M. Lemonds Louisa Kincaid in Lincoln County. 

                12 Aug 1850: James A. Lemons Mary Jane Clemmons in Wilson County.  [GRS]


                1850 Census:


 Gibson County

Rachel Lemons, age 61, was enumerated in the household of Joseph Lemons, along with Emily 20, Martha 2, and John 4 months.  Was this Rachel Owens Lemons, the widow of Thomas Lemons?

William Lemmons 60, born NC; Jane 50, born NC; Malinda 19, born TN.  They were next door to farmer Joseph Lemmons 30, born TN; Minerva 26, born TN; female Lenance [name illegible] 4; John 1.[42]


Wilson County

John Lemmons 58, born in NC, no profession was listed; Sarah 55, born NC; Nancy 22, born TN; Martha 18; James 29; Mary 15; Catherine Porterfield 31; Sarah 11; Rutha 9; Raymuth 7; Eveline 3.


Knox County

Farmer Ellison Lemmonds 30, born NC; Lucy 28, born NC: Jane 2, born TN.[42a]  This man is obviously in the line of descent from George and elizabeth Sprout Lemonds of Rockingham County, NC.  Was he the son of Zaza D. Lemonds?


1870 Census, Rutherford County: Farmer John Lemons 78 and Sarah Lemons 70, both born in NC, were residing in the household of farmer A. F. and wife Martha Sanders, 33 and 30, in Murfreesboro.[43]  




In Indiana:



11 Jan 1784: Mary Lemons was born.  She is buried in Mitchell City Cemetery, Lawrence County, IN.  Also buried there is Francis M. Lemons, 21 Mar 1823 - 15 Jul 1903.

In Mount Zion Cemetery, Lawrence County, are Martha Lemon (died 19 Aug 1858), William Lemon (Aug 1783 - 5 May 1838), William Lemonds (1770 - 1852) Sarah Lemonds (died 1848), Rachel Moore Lemonds (1 Jun 1806 - 8 May 1877), and John H. Moore (11 Sep 1801 - 5 Oct 1844).


Oct 1850 Census, Perry Township, Marion County, IN:

Farmer John Lemmon 60, birthplace unknown; Elizabeth 50, born NC; John P. Lemmons 19, born IN.

Enumerated next door is: Farmer William P. Lemmon 32, born TN, with property worth $3,600; Lucinda 24; James 3.

Close by is the farmer Nicholas Quick 38, from Ireland, with property valued at $1,000, and the following Lemmons: farmer Isaac Lemmon 31, Elizabeth 27, Rebecca 4, and Lucinda 1.  The Lemmons were all born in IN.

And next door to Nicholas Quick is the family of farmer James G. L. Moore with wife Sarah and children Virgil, Virginia, Harcourt, Robert, and Nathan. 





In addition, a Joseph Lemons/Lemonds was born on 20 May 1775 in an unknown county, presumably VA or NC.  The source of this information isn't known, but that Joseph could have been Joseph, the husband of Margaret Scott; Joseph, the son of George and Elizabeth Sprout Lemonds; or another Joseph entirely.




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Any information is only as reliable as its source.  Evaluate the following sources accordingly.

[1] Bennett, Guilford County Deed Book 2, 1779-1784, p. 51, from Book 2, p. 154

[2] Thompson & Hargrove,  Abstracts of the Marriage Bonds (1771-1868) and Additional Data, Guilford County, North Carolina, p. 33

[2a] Guilford County Will Book B, p. 98

[3] Thompson & Hargrove, p. 262

[4] Rockingham County 1790 Census, p. 530

[5] Rockingham County 1800 Census, p. 681

[6] Book K, p. 7

[7] Book N, p. 336

[8] Adjutant General, Muster Rolls of the Soldiers of the War of 1812 Detached from the Militia of North Carolina in 1812 and 1814, p. 40

[9] Rockingham County Marriage Bonds, p. 238

[10] Rockingham County 1820 Census, p. 614

[11] Rockingham County 1820 Census, p. 578

[12] Rockingham County 1820 Census, p. 604

[15] Book Y, p. 82

[16] Book 2A, p. 11

[17] Book 2D, p. 20

[18] Book 2A, p. 211

[19] James Hunter Chapter, NSDAR, Cemetery Records of Rockingham and Stokes Counties, North Carolina, p. 179

[20] Rockingham County 1830 Census, p. 324

[21] Book 2C, p. 152

[22] Book 2V, p. 160

[23] Rockingham County 1840 Census, p. 139

[24] Rockingham County 1840 Census, p. 131

[25] Book 2nd L, p. 88

[26] Marriage Bonds, p. 244

[27] Vol. A, p. 277

[28] Marriage Bonds, p. 209

[29] Marriage Bonds, p. 148

[30] Marriage Bonds, p. 149

[31] Marriage Bonds, p. 149

[32] Marriage Bonds, p. 201

[33] Marriage Bonds, p. 149

[34] Marriage Bonds, p. 252

[35] Book 2U, p. 255, Book 2V, p. 581

[36] James Hunter Chapter, NSDAR, The 1860 Federal Census of Rockingham County, North Carolina, p. 105

[37] James Hunter Chapter, p. 103

[38] Book 2W, p. 204

[39] Rockingham County Historical Society, The Journal of Rockingham History and Genealogy, v. 3, n. 1, p. 16, Apr 1978

[40] Book 2Y, p. 274

[41a] Nova Lemons

[41] Holcomb, Marriages of Granville County, North Carolina 1753-1868

[42] Gibson County 1850 Census, p. 168/335

[42a] Knox County 1850 Census, p. 490

[43] Rutherford County 1870 Census, p. 19


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