(Much of this info is copied from James R. (Ronn) Deaton's old 'Deaton.com' website, circa 2002 and copyrighted 2000.)
Deaton Coat of Arms
The Yorkshire Arch. Journal, Vols. 7 and 27 state: Sir Walter de Dyghton was born 1130. His arms, "Argent a lison passant: three pattee crssed fitchee gules." He became the first Preceptor when the Knights Templar Protectory was founded at Temple Newsham.
There are several "Deaton" Crests. The Crest shown here is the coat of arms which belonged to Sir Robert Dighton, the Mayor of Lincoln. This crest differs slightly from the original grant to Sir Walter de Dyghton.
Done in Silver and Red, which denotes strength, valor, boldness and purity. The Lion is an emblem of physical strength and dignity. The tree pattee crosses indicate that three Deatons took part in one crusade, (one, Sir William Dyghton, did not return).
Three Dyghtons rode to the Great Crusade,
Two rode home, bout one Death stayed;
Each Dyghton of York, thr Glory shares,
Remember Sir William in all thy prayers.
The Oldest Coat of Arms
Dating from prior to 1,000 A.D.
In heraldic language, "...Erm a fess gau..."
The small swords are a representation of a background of "ermine". "... a fess gau..." is a wide red stripe running horizontally across the center.
Among the oldest coats of arms in England, the Deaton Coat of Arms was designed prior to the advent of metal or steel shields. This shield was designed for a wooden shield to be covered with rabbit fur, with one wide red stripe across the center of the shield. Recorded prior to the year 1030 A.D.
The First Deaton
When anyone begins research on their family, the first question is always, "Where did we come from, and who are we?" No question that the Deaton family is English, ----but a controversial question among family historians ---- William or Thomas ????
WILLIAM DEATON - Was he the "first" Deaton in America ?
Records indicate that "WILLIAM DEATON" sailed from England in 1640 and arrived in Northampton, Virginia in 1641. Williams' ship was the "Assurance". Some family tales say that he arrived on New Years Day, 1641. Records indicate he arrived owing for his passage. One George Truitt paid for him and three others. Family tales also say he arrived with one book, the "Holy Bible", with two friends, and three shillings. Ten years later, we find that in Northampton, Va. there was a "William Deaton", a well-to-do landowner, married to ELIZA TRUITT. It is reported they had ten (10) children. NOTE: Greer's EARLY VA. IMMIGRANTS, page 93, lists William Deaton owner of plantation adjoining Truitt's Wharf in 1651.
Thomas Deaton, Sr. - Was he the "first" Deaton in America ??
THOMAS DEATON's ship, bound from England, arrived in Virginia in the year 1701. (His wife, Mary Corrington emigrated two years later). Why Thomas decided to leave England for America is not known. But how he managed to afford the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean is clear in "CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA, LEGAL PATENTS AND GRANTS". composed by Nell Marion Nugen (Volume 3, Virginia State Library, 1965-1757). There is a record of a land transaction in 1701 indirectly involving Thomas. Thomas entered the New World sometime during the year 1701 with a passage paid by an investor. Mr. Anthony Winston was granted 1079 acres by the Crown in exchange for providing transportation of twenty-two immigrants, including Thomas Deaton. NOTE: a "MARY DEATON" IS MENTIONED IN "CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, page 80. Mr. Thomas Merriweather was allotted 1081 acres by the Crown in Esex County in 1703 for transporting twenty-two people, including Mary Deaton. This Mary Deaton is believed to be the wife of Thomas Deaton, Sr.
Thomas Deaton, Sr.
Thomas Deaton, Sr. was born 1679 in England. and died 1761 in Bristol Parish, Henrico County, Virginia. He married Mary Corrington in 1698 in England.
Thomas Deaton's ship, bound from England, arrived in Virginia in 1701.
Thomas lived in Henrico County, Virginia in 1736. In that year, Thomas Deaton was charged with being drunk. In the 1700's it was accepted that any man was entitled to four sprees per annum. A Colonel Kennon "bailed out" Thomas Deaton. Thomas was listed in the Virginia Census of 1760 in Henrico County, Bristol Parish, and in land tax. Occupation: Farmer.
Children of Thomas Deaton and Mary Corrington were:
1.) THOMAS DEATON, JR. - born 1710, Henrico County, Va. and died after 1779 in Anson (Montgomery) County, N. C. Father of Joseph Deaton, Sr. Believed to be the first Deaton in North Carolina.
2.) ELIZABETH DEATON - born 1711 in Virginia.
3.) JAMES DEATON, SR. - born 1713 in Deatonville, Virginia. Died Sept. 15, 1806 in Chatham County, N. C.
4.) JOHN DEATON - born 1716 in Virginia and died Sept. 29, 1806 in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
5.) ELIJAH DEATON - born 1720.
6.) JABEZ DEATON - born 1727 in Henrico County,Virginia. Fought in the U.S. Revolutionary War.
7.) GEORGE DEATON - born 1733, Amelia County, Virginia. Died May 25, 1804 in Amelia County, Virginia. Fought in the U.S. Revolutionary War.
8.) NATHAN DEATON - born 1735 in Amelia County, Virginia.
9.) WILLIAM DEATON - born 1736 in Henrico County, Virginia and died September 13,1781 at Cane Creek, Chatham County, North Carolina. Sometimes listed as Capt. William Deaton.
Thomas Deaton Jr.
THOMAS DEATON, JR. was born 1710 in Henrico County, Virginia and died after 1779 in Anson County, North Carolina. Thomas, Jr. was the son of Thomas Deaton, Sr. who arrived from England in 1701. Thomas Jr., married MARY GIBBS about 1743 in Amelia County, Virginia.
The old Deaton homeplace in Montgomery County, N.C. was founded about 1768 when Thomas Jr. was deeded 30 acres on the Little River, near Denson Creek, about 2 miles east of Troy, N. C. Thomas Jr. settled the land together with his son, Joseph Deaton, Sr..
On October 14, 1772, Thomas Deaton was appointed to overseer of the road from John Smith adjunct to Samuel Parsons. Thomas Jr. also signed the petition for the formation of Montgomery County to be formed from Anson County..."
Children of Thomas Deaton, Jr. and Mary Gibbs are:
1.) JOHN DEATON, born 1747 in Amelia County, Virginia and died between 1845-1849 in Breathitt County, Kentucky. John married Isabella in Montgomery County, N.C. John served in the Revolutionary War per the U.S. War Department.
2.) LEVI DEATON, SR., born May 12, 1748 in Amelia County, Virginia and died May 16, 1799 in Amelia County.
3.) JOSEPH DEATON, SR., born about 1755 in Amelia County, Virginia and died about 1830 in Montgomery County, N. C. Joseph married Elizabeth Jordan, daughter of Francis Jordan. It is believed that Thomas Jr., Mary Gibbs, Joseph Sr., and Elizabeth Jordan are buried on the former Deaton property two miles east of Troy, in graves marked by "stones". Joseph is mentioned in Revolutionary War records as having provided "food and supplies" to the Army of General Washington at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
4.) ELIAS DEATON, born about 1755 in Amelia County, Virginia and died at a later date in Tennessee.
5.) DYSON DEATON, born after 1756 in Amelia County, Virginia and died after 1840 in DeKalb County, Alabama.
6.) THOMAS DEATON, III, born about 1761 in Amelia County, Virginia and died about 1855 in Independence County, Arkansas. Thomas III, served as an orderly to General George Washington, and later served in the War of 1812.
Joseph Deaton, Sr.
Joseph Deaton, Sr. was born about 1755 in Amelia County, Va. son of Thomas Deaton, Jr. and died about 1830 in Montgomery County, N.C. Joseph married Elizabeth Jordan, daughter of Francis Jordan, about 1784 in Montgomery Co., N.C. Joseph is significant because he was the first Deaton to marry and to have children in N.C. Joseph, Sr. is the Father of many lines. Joseph Deaton, Sr. settled two miles east of Troy, Montgomery County, N. C. at the forks of the Little River.
Joseph, Sr. provided food stuffs and supplies to Gen. Washington's army at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Children of Joseph, Sr. and Elizabeth Jordan were:
1.) ELIZABETH DEATON - born about 1785 in N.C. Elizabeth married James Yarborough.
2.) ELIAS DEATON - born 1786 in N.C. Married Elizabeth Yarborough.
3.) JAMES DEATON - born 1787 in Montgomery Co., N. C.
4.) BASEL DEATON - born 1788 in Mont. Co., N.C. Married Barbara Barberry Stewart. Basel died before 1840 in McNairy County, Tennessee.
5.) ADAM DEATON - born 1791 in Mont. Co., N.C.
6.) JOHN CALVIN DEATON - born 1796 in Mont. Co., N.C. Married Catherine Stewart. John died in 1858 in Hopkins County, Texas. Father of Elias L. Deaton and Thomas Deaton.
7.) JOSEPH DEATON, JR. - born in 1796 in Mont. Co., N.C. and died after 1850 in Mont. Co. Married Mary McDonald. A founder of Star Baptist Ch.
8.) CATHERINE DEATON - born 1797 in Mont. Co., N. C. Catherine married William Britt.
9.) ISABELLE DEATON - born 1800 in Mont. Co., N.C. Isabelle married John James Yarborough.
10.) FRANCIS JORDAN DEATON - born April 27, 1801 in Mont. Co., N.C. and died Aug 3, 1876 in Mont. Co. Married Rachael Holderness.
11.) WILLIAM DEATON - born 1802 in Mont. Co., N.C. and died after 1880 in McNairy County, Tenn. Married Nancy Allen, Eliz. Lassiter.
12.) REUBEN JORDAN DEATON, SR. - born 1805 in Mont. Co., N.C. and died 1861 in Alton, Oregon County, Missouri. Married Nancy Fox.
13.) DISON DEATON - born May 6, 1806 in Mont. Co., N. C. and died April 22, 1895 in Mont. Co., N.C. Married Elizabeth A. McQueen. A founder of Laurel Hill Baptist Church.
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