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Nimrod A. HORTON
Ms. __?__
Susannah WELLS
NOTICE:  Two patrilineal descendants of our subject are participating in the HORTON DNA Surname Project.  Anyone who suspects he descends from our subject on a direct male line can support that connection with a DNA test.  These two descendants are not a match for any other HORTONs in the HORTON Project.  They are, however, a good match with Group L of the ROSE DNA Surname Project.  You will not see any results displayed at the project web site, but I have displayed and discussed the data on a page at my web site.  It's looking very much like these HORTONs have an NPE in their line.  Given that these ROSEs first appear in the Northern Neck region of Virginia, it is probable that our subject came from there as well.  He is often given birthplace NC, but the fact is we don't know where he was born.
Husband:  Nimrod A. HORTON
Birth:  1771/2
Death:  23 Jan 1851, Spartanburg Co., SC
Occupation:  farmer
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  R-L21 (Group L at the RFA Project)

Some sources give our subject these parents, but both of them were born and deceased in New York State, so would be unlikely candidates, not to mention that Elsie was simply too young to be Nimrod's mother.
Father not:  George Washington HORTON (1741-1835)
Mother not:  Elsie SHOEMAKER (1760-1827)

Marriage-1:  ca. 1795
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__

The average age for a male at first marriage is 23, which would place the date of Nimrod's first marriage ca. 1795.

Marriage-2:  27 Nov 1803, Lincoln Co., NC
Wife-2:  Susannah / Susan WELLS
Birth:  1783/4, Orange Co., NC
Death:  1853, Spartanburg Co., SC
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Nathaniel / Nathan WELLS (1755-1817) of Orange Co., NC
Mother:  Esther WARD (1759-1817)
Child with Wife-1:
1.  George W. HORTON, b. 1801/2, SC
Either George's birthyear is off or Nimrod had a prior wife; the latter is very likely given the age difference between Nimrod and Susan.
Children with Susannah WELLS born in Spartanburg Co., SC:
2.  Nimrod H. HORTON, b. 5 Feb 1806
3.  Nancy HORTON, b. 5 Feb 1806; d. 5 Jan 1889, Dallas, Paulding Co., GA; m. Nathaniel Jefferson PARIS (1804-1865)
4.  Isaac HORTON, b. 1804/5 or 25 Dec 1807; d. 8 May 1891, Spartanburg Co., SC; m1. Mary Green KELLAR; m2. Nancy WESTBROOKS (1821/2- )
5.  James "Buck" Wells HORTON, b. 1816/7; d. 1905, Mills Spring, NC; m. 2 Jul 1840, Spartanburg Co., SC, Martha "Patsy" HARRIS (1820-1899)
6.  Susannah / Susan / Susie HORTON, b. 1817/8; m. Charles CANTRELL (1813/4- ) 
7.  (Son A) HORTON, b. 1820-25
8.  Abner B. HORTON, b. Feb 1823
9.  [Conrad] Consard Rodney HORTON, b. 1823/4; m. Anna M. JONES (1825/6- )
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Year Location Event
1771/2   birth of Nimrod A. HORTON
1783/4 NC: Orange Co. birth of Susannah WELLS
    marriage of Nimrod HORTON & Wife-1
1801/2   birth of son, George
1803 NC: Lincoln Co. marriage of Nimrod HORTON & Susannah WELLS
1803? NC to SC family said to have moved
1806 SC birth of son, Nimrod
1806 SC birth of daughter, Nancy
1807 SC birth of son, Isaac
1810 Census   not found
1816/7 birth of son, James Buck
1817/8   birth of daughter, Susannah
1820 Census   not found
1810-15   birth of Son A
1823   birth of son, Abner B.
1823/4   birth of son, Consard Rodney
1830 Census SC: Spartanburg Co. Nimrod HORTON, head-of-household
c1835   marriage of son, George, to Mary "Polly" LINDER
1840 SC: Spartanburg Co. marriage of son, James Buck, to Martha HARRIS
1840 Census SC: Spartanburg Co. Nimrod HORTON, head-of-household
c1842 marriage of son, Isaac, to W2: Nancy WESTBROOKS
c1845   marriage of son, Conrad, to Anna JONES
1847 AL: Calhoun Co. marriage of son, Abner, to Mary McDANIEL
1850 Census SC: Spartanburg Co. A. HORTON, head-of-household


1.  State of North Carolina.  1977.  An Index to Marriage Bonds Filed in the North Carolina State Archives.  North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC (online at Ancestry.com):
Groom: Nimrod Horton
Bride: Susannah Wells
Bond Date: 27 Nov 1803
Bond #: 73335
Marriage Date:  
County: Lincoln
Bondsman: William Wyatt
Witness: Eliza Greaves

2.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, but said to be in SC.

3.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, but said to be in SC.

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #69 of 218; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 SC Spartanburg Co. Roll 171 p. 256 Ln. 14 Nimrod Horton 031 000 010 - 112 100 100 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 5-9 1820-1825 = Conrad (b. 1823/4)
= Abner (b. 1823)
= Son A
1 male 10-14 1815-1820 = James (b. 1816/7)
1 male 50-59 1770-1780 = Nimrod (b. 1771/2)
1 female 4 or under 1825-1830
1 female 5-9 1820-1825
2 females 10-14 1815-1820 =
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 =
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Susan (b. 1783/4)
Listed next to a WIATT, who is next to a GREEN, who is next to a WILLSON.

5.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #183-184 of 206; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 SC Spartanburg Co. Martanburgh District North of Pacolet
River & the North Fork of the same
Roll 515 pp. 156B-157A Ln 6 Nimrod Horton 002 020 001 - 001 100 010 no slaves 0400000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 10-14 1825-1830 = ? ?
2 males 20-29 1810-1820 = ? ?
1 male 60-69 1770-1780 = Nimrod (b. 1771/2) 
1 female 10-14 1825-1830 = ?
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = ?
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Susan (b. 1783/4)
4 persons employed in agriculture
It's hard to say just who's still at home; at least some of these appear to be hired help.  Listed one line above newly married son, Jas. HORTON (000 010 - 000 100 | 0100000).

6.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #296 of 427):  Dist. 6, Spartanburg Co., SC, Roll M432_858, p. 242B/308, 2253/2253, enumerated 4 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
A Horton 78 M   Farm 800  
Susan 66 M        
Listed next to married daughter, Susan CANTRELL (æ 32; husband C., æ 36), who is next to married son, James HORTON (æ 33; wife Patsey, æ 31), who is next to married son, I. HORTON (æ 45; wife Nancy, æ 28), who is next to married son, G. HORTON (æ 48; wife Polly, æ 37), who is next to married son, Conrad/Consard HORTON (æ 26; wife Ann, æ 24).

7.  Messages posted to the Horton Family Genealogy Forum (online at Ancestry.com).  A message there states they moved to SC shortly after being married.

8.  Messages posted to the HORTON-L Surname Mailing List (online at RootsWeb.com).

9.  Public Member Tree (online at Ancestry.com).

10.  OneWorldTree (online at Ancestry.com).

11.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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