Charlotte M. WOOTEN and Dr. John Campbell HENRY were married August 4, 1846 in Columbus County, North Carolina. They were my second great-grandparents.

After a great deal of searching in 1997, 1998 and early 1999, I pieced together my ancestral HENRY line back to Scotland. Finding the parents of Charlotte WOOTEN proved equally difficult, but after much searching, I finally found a book of abtracts of wills proved by the Courts in Bladen County, NC between 1734 and 1900 which contained one written by Shadrack Wooten, Jr. This will provided the key that he was the father of my Charlotte M. Wooten.

Information that I have found on the Internet suggests that my Wooten line extends back to sixteenth century England and very likely much earlier. For now, however, I choose to limit my display of information on this page to that for which I have found reasonable and satisfactory proof. In time, I most likely will extend it to earlier generations.

Like many surnames in early North America, the WOOTEN name has resulted from a variety of spellings. On this page, you will see it spelled WATTON, WOTTON, and WOOTEN. Terri Brown, APG, reports that one clerk recorded the name as WOOTERS and in the 1800 census as HOTTEN.

WOOTEN of Colonial Virginia

Thomas WATTON was born in September 1612 in Castor, Northamptonshire, England. I have not yet found the name of the ship he took to North America and exactly when he arrived in Virginia. It is quite likely that he was the Thomas Watton, one of 12 named immigrants whose passage from England to Virginia was paid in 1639 by a VA planter named John Pawley. Records reveal that Thomas married a Sarah JENNINGS in Isle of Wight, VA shortly after 1646. Sarah was the widow of Arthur WOOD. Thomas and Sarah Jennings WATTON had the following son:

  • Richard WOTTON, b abt 1650 Isle of Wight, VA, d 1687 Isle or Wight, VA, m aft Dec 1670, Isle of Wight, Joyce Albridgton, b abt 1654, d aft 1687, Isle of Wight. Their issue:

    • Richard WOOTEN II, b 1674 Beaver Dam Swamp, Isle of Wight Co., VA; d 1738 Isle of Wight; m 1703 Isle of Wight, Lucy COUNCIL, b abt 1685, d 1735 Isle of Wight. Their issue, all born Isle of Wight County, VA:

      1. Richard WOOTEN, III, b abt 1708; d abt 1779 Southampton Co., VA
        1. Hardy WOOTEN, b abt 1708, d 1771-1779
      2. William WOOTEN, b abt 1710, d abt 1792 Edgecombe Co., NC; m Ann ALLEN
      3. James WOOTEN, b 1715-1720
      4. John WOOTEN, b abt 1724, d abt 1799 Pitt Co., NC; m 1st bef 1755 Fnu WILLIAMS; m 2nd 1760-1763 Mary JOHNSTON.

    • Thomas WOOTEN, b 1676 Isle of Wight, m Ann SMITH

Descendants of William Wooten(Richard II3, Richard I2,Thomas1)

William WOOTEN m Ann ALLEN, dau of James BRYANT. Records appear confusing. William may have married an Ann Allen Bryant or he may have married two different women named Ann. Issue of William and Ann Allen Wooten:

  1. Amos WOOTEN, b 1742-1744 NC, d 1811 Edgecombe Co., NC; m Priscilla TAYLOR
  2. James WOOTEN, b abt 1747  NC, d Apr- May 1821 Edgecombe Co., NC; m Martha SHELTON
  3. William WOOTEN, b abt 1753 NC, d 4/21/1778 Valley Forge, PA
  4. Joel WOOTEN, b Nov 1754 Edgecombe Co., NC, d abt 1813 Telfair Co., GA; m 10 Feb 1787 Edgecombe Co., Elizabeth JORDAN.
  5. Joshua WOOTEN, b abt 1770 NC, d bef Nov 1812 New Hanover Co., NC, m Keziah LNU

Descendants of John Wooten (Richard II,3, Richard I2,Thomas1)

John WOOTEN, b abt 1724 Isle of Wight Co, VA, d 1798 Pitt County, NC, m 1st bef 1755 Fnu WILLIAMS, b abt 1734, d bef 1760. Their issue:

  1. Shadrach WOOTEN, b abt 1755 Pitt Co. NC, d 12 Apr 1812, Bladen County, NC

John WOOTEN m 2nd 1760-1763 Mary JOHNSTON. Their issue:

  1. John WOOTEN, Jr, b, Pitt Co., NC, d 26 Sep 1835, Wayne County, NC; m Sarah HUGHES.
  2. William WOOTEN, b 1766 New Bern NC, d bef Mar 1816; m Nancy FORBES.

Descendants of Shadrach Wooten (John4Richard II,3, Richard I2,Thomas1)

Shadrach WOOTEN, b abt 1755 Pitt Co., NC, d 12 Apr 1812, Bladen Co., NC, m Elizabeth ALLEN, b 1755 Massachusetts. d 3 Jun 1805. Their issue:

  1. John WOOTEN, b abt 1777 Dobbs Co., NC; settled in Lenoir (formerly Dobbs) Co.
  2. Allen WOOTEN, b 13 Sep 1799 Pitt Co., NC; d 25 Feb 1810; m 10 May 1807 Lucy WHITFIELD
  3. Thomas Box WOOTEN, b 25 Feb 1783 Pitt Co.; settled in Cumberland Co., NC
  4. Shadrach WOOTEN, Jr., b 1785 Pitt Co., NC; d 11 Sep 1845 Bladen Co., NC; m Elizabeth Treadwell
  5. Robert WOOTEN, b 1790 Lenoir (formerly Dobbs Co.), NC
  6. Charity WOOTEN, b 1792 Lenoir Co., NC, d 1833; m George Reuben Grissette
  7. Henry WOOTEN, b abt 1795 Lenoir Co., d bef 1850; m Sarah Jane Bryant
  8. Richard WOOTEN, b 1798 Lenoir Co., d 1878 Columbus Co., NC; m 1822 Eliza Jane Williams


Descendants of Shadrach Wooten, Jr.
(Shadrach,5John4Richard II,3, Richard I2,Thomas1)

Shadrach WOOTEN, Jr., born 1785 in Pitt Co., NC, settled in Bladen County and for many years was the postmaster of Western Prong. He married Elizabeth TREADWELL and they had 5 daus & 4 sons. Shadrach died 11 Sep 1845 and Elizabeth died shortly afterwards on 24 Apr 1846. Both are buried in nearby Western Prong Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbus County. They had the following issue:

  1. Mary Jane WOOTEN, b 1817 Bladen Co., NC, d 1861, m James CROMARTIE
  2. Ann M. WOOTEN, b abt 1819 Bladen Co., NC, d 4 Jun 1859 Montgomery Co., AL, m 21 Mar 1844 NC Edmund P. ASHLEY, b Robeson Co., NC
  3. John Allen WOOTEN, b 31 Dec 1821 Bladen Co., NC, d 5 May 1859 Bladen Co., m 3 May 1844 Bladen Co. Mary Margaret ANDERS
  4. Elizabeth C. WOOTEN, b abt 1823 Bladen Co., d 31 Aug 1848 & bur Western Prong Cem., Columbus Co., NC, m Duncan J. McCALL
  5. Charlotte M. WOOTEN, b 11 Jun 1826 Bladen Co., d 13 Mar 1901 Towncreek, bur. Zion Meth. Church, Winnabow, Brunswick Co., NC, m 4 Aug 1846 NC John Campbell HENRY, MD
  6. Robert WOOTEN, b Feb 1828 Bladen Co., d 5 Oct 1845, bur Western Prong Baptist Church Cem, Columbus Co., NC
  7. Shadrach WOOTEN, III, b 11 Oct 1830 Bladen Co., NC, d 9 Oct 1906, bur Western Prong Cem., Columbus Co., NC, m Sarah E. LNU, b 15 Sep 1836, d 15 Feb 1909, bur. Western Prong Cem., Columbus Co.
  8. Henrietta T. WOOTEN, b Jul 1834 Bladen Co., d 23 Oct 1845, bur Western Prong Cem., Columbus Co.
  9. William WOOTEN, b Aug 1836 Bladen Co., d 28 Sep 1844 Bladen Co., bur Western Prong Cem., Columbus Co.

Descendants of Charlotte M. Wooten
(Shadrach, Jr.,6Shadrach,5John,4Richard II,3 Richard I,2Thomas1)

The 1850 census for Bladen County, Cape Fear South West Side, lists John C. Henry, 29, physician, living with Charlotte, age 22, Edwin G., age 2, and Henrietta W., age 9/12.

Shortly after the 1850 census was taken, the Henry family moved to Florida where a third child--my great-grandmother--was born June 27, 1851. We find that the family is listed in the Florida census for 1860 and we know that Charlotte and her family returned to live in Brunswick County, NC in 1862. There, Dr. Henry practiced medicine and he and Charlotte raised their children. Click here to view details of Charlotte and John Campbell Henry's family.

Ancestors of Lucy COUNCIL

(Writer's note: The immediate ancestry of Lucy Council is under study)

Richard HARDY, b abt 1567 Wetang, York, England; d 1645 Isle of Wight, VA; m Alice WILSON, b 12 Jan 1587/88 Skillington, Bedford, England. Their issue:

  • John HARDY, b abt 1613 Bedfordshire, England; d abt 1670 Isle of Wight, VA; m 1632 Bedfordshire, England, Olive COUNCIL, b abt 1615 England, d 1675 Isle of Wight, VA. Their issue:

    • Lucy HARDY, b abt 1657 Isle of Wight, m Hodges COUNCIL, b 1643 England, d 1699 Isle of Wight. Their issue:

      • Lucy COUNCIL, b abt 1685 Isle of Wight, d 1735 Isle of Wight, m 1703 Isle of Wight, Richard WOOTEN II  


Ancestors of Elizabeth Treadwell

Many of the following families in my ancestral tree were among the earliest to arrive in the American Colonies from England. Records show TREADWELL, MINOR, BOOTH, HAWLEY and PALMER families settling in Connecticut before 1640. Most, if not all, of these early settlers came down from English settlements in nearby Massachusetts. Noteworthy among these CT settlers is my eighth great-grandfather, John MINOR, who was born 30 Aug 1635 in Charlestown, MA. He may have the distinction of being my earliest recorded ancestor to be born in America. John's wife, Elizabeth BOOTH, was born in 1641 in Stratfield, CT, giving her early status as well. Here follows information on a number of ancestral families of Elizabeth TREADWELL who married Shadrach WOOTEN:

John TREADWELL, b 11 Feb 1674/75 Fairfield, CT, d 1716 Stratfield, CT; m 8 Feb 1698/99 Woodbury, CT Abigail MINOR, dau of John MINOR and Elizabeth BOOTH. Their issue:

  • Adoniram TREADWELL, b 14 Jan 1700/01 Stratfield, CT, d 1782 Duplin Co., NC; m 1725 CT Beulah GREGORY, dau of Samuel GREGORY and Mary SULLIVEN. Their issue:

    • John TREADWELL, Sr., b 1735 Stratfield, CT, d 24 Nov 1819 Sampson Co., NC; m Sarah HERRING, b 1735 Bertie Precinct, NC, dau of John HERRING, Jr. and Rebecca LOFTIN. John TREADWELL, Sr., served as a Major, NC Militia, during the Revolutionary War and is listed among those in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.  Issue of John and Sarah TREADWELL:

      1. Mary TREADWELL, b 1759 Duplin Co., m 1806 Shadrach WOOTEN, b abt 1755, d 12 Apr 1812 (his 2nd wife)
      2. Mirium TREADWELL, b 1761 Duplin Co., m George DeVANE
      3. Elizabeth TREADWELL, b 1763 Duplin Co., m Isaac PORTIVIENT
      4. Zilphia TREADWELL, b 1765 Duplin Co., m Abraham MOLTEN
      5. Lucretia TREADWELL, b 1767 Duplin Co., m Thomas ROGERS
      6. Charlotte TREADWELL, b 1769 Duplin Co., m William ROBINSON
      7. John TREADWELL, Jr., b 1771, Duplin Co., m Nancy Ann DODD, dau of David and Elizabeth DODD. Their issue:


Ancestry of John Minor & His Wife Elizabeth Booth,
Third Great-grandparents of Elizabeth Treadwell

Richard BOOTH, son of Edward & Marsia BOOTH/BOTHE, was born 1607 in Cheshire England and died after 1688 in Stratfield, CT. In 1640, he married in Stratfield Elizabeth HAWLEY, born 1607, Parwich, Derby, England, the daughter of Joseph & Katherine Booth HAWLEY. This 1640 marriage of Richard BOOTH and Elizabeth HAWLEY is the earliest recorded marriage in America of my ancestry presently known to me. Among their issue was a daughter.

  • Elizabeth BOOTH, b 10 Sep 1641 Stratford, CT; d 24 Oct 1762 Woodbury, Litchfield Co., CT; she married John MINOR, b 30 Aug 1635 Charlestown, MA, d 17 Sep 1719, Woodbury, CT, son of Thomas and Grace Palmer MINOR, both of Somersetshire England and both of whom died in 1690 in Stonington, CT. John & Elizabeth Booth MINOR had a daughter Abigail who married John TREADWELL.



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