Captain John W. Wiggins1

Male, #10037, (say 1716 - 15 Jul 1786)
Birth*say 1716 John was born say 1716. Birth date based on age of death as 70 in Bible record.1,2 
Marriage*say 1730 He married Catherine Bray Baker say 1730. "Great Aunt Caty represented to be a large bouncing girl as most of the Baker girls were in olden times, eloped through that small window (what cannot love accomplish) with Mr. Wiggins. Her remains are resting side by side with Mr. Wiggins under a pear tree in Wiggins' old field of Wiggins Swamp," (from a story written 1847 by Simmons Jones Baker.) 
Birth of Sonbefore 1733 His son William Wiggins was born before 1733 at North Carolina.2 
Birth of Soncirca 1740 His son Thomas Wiggins was born circa 1740 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.2 
DeedMar 1740 He was party to a deed in Mar 1740 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina,

John Wiggins received Land Grants for 450 acres and 320 acres north of Conoho Creek, also on Mill Creek and south of Roanoke River in Edgecombe Parish [which became Edgecombe Co. in 1741], adjoining Richard Wiggins; although the survey was made for John Wiggins, the warrant was given to William Baker.2 
Birth of Son22 Dec 1742 His son Lemuel Wiggins was born on 22 Dec 1742.2 
Birth of Son1746 His son Blake Baker Wiggins was born in 1746 at North Carolina.2 
Occupation*1761 He was a Justice of the Peace in 1761 at Halifax Co., North Carolina.1 
Deed*before 1763 He granted a deed to Catherine Whitaker, Patricia Hoskins and Winifred Hoskins, witnessed by James Whitaker before 1763 at Halifax Co., North Carolina,

Gave Gift Deed of negro to daughter Catherine Wiggins Whitaker, Wit: James Whitaker; also gave his daughters Patty Hoskins and Winnifred Hoskins slaves and other goods ["The Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina, 1774-1786", by Stephen Bradley, Page: Book 9, p. 528].2 
Deed He granted a deed to Thomas Wiggins and William Wiggins at Halifax Co., North Carolina,

Johyn Wiggins gave land to his sons Thomas and William (this land south of Roanoke River was successively in Bertie Co. 1722-41, Edgecombe Co. 1741-59, Halifax Co. 1759-74, and Martin Co. aft 1774) ["The Deeds of Halifax County, NC, 1774-1786" by Stephen Bradley, Book 9, p. 528].2 
Marriage*30 Sep 1766 He married Elizabeth Bevins at Halifax Co., North Carolina, on 30 Sep 1766.1 
Deed4 Sep 1772 He was the original land grant recipient in the deed granted on 4 Sep 1772 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina,

James Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes his wife, to Theophilus Thomas, all of Edge. Co for 64 pds 10 shillings proc money, a tract of land which my father gave me being part of a patent to John Wiggins and part of a deed to Jacob Barnes and being all that remains that we did not sell to James Brown on the south side of White Oak Swamp containing 160 acres beginning on said Theophilus Thomas' line on Meadow Branch and down the water course of said branch to Wiggins' Branch and down the water course into White Oak Swamp and down the water course of said swamp to said Thomas' line and along said line to beginning, signed James Barnes, Elizabeth Barnes (X), wit (J? Thomas, Sr), John Edmundson, Benjamin Amason.3,4 
American Revolution*between 1775 and 1783 He provided service in the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783
(DAR Listing: John Wiggins, born circa 1723 in Virginia, died before 16 Jul 1785 in Virginia, married Elizabeth (Wickens), Patriotic Service, Virginia.)5 
Death of Son28 Sep 1782 His son Thomas Wiggins died on 28 Sep 1782 at Martin Co., North Carolina.2 
Will*16 Dec 1783 He made a will at Martin Co., North Carolina, on 16 Dec 1783, naming as executor(s) Lemuel Wiggins, naming as heir(s) Elizabeth Bevins, Blake Baker Wiggins, Elizabeth Wiggins and William Wiggins.

John's will mentions wife Elizabeth, son Blake Baker Wiggins, daughter Elizabeth Jones, son William, five children of Elizabeth Jones. Executors were sons Lemuel and Blake Baker Wiggins.6 
Death*15 Jul 1786 He died at Martin Co., North Carolina, on 15 Jul 1786.1 
Biography* John Wiggins, who settled on the Roanoke River in what is now Martin Co., was a very large landholder with lands running from Enfield to Hamilton.1,6 
Research note Guy Baker wrote:
     "James Barnes, above in the Sep 1772 deed, owned adjoining property to William Baker Sr in 1761; a half mile east of him was John Baker on Marsh Branch who applied for his patent in 1744. I found this on your website:
     "Then, in the will of Thomas Wiggins (son of John Wiggins and Bray Baker), dated 3 Oct 1779 at Martin Co., North Carolina, he mentions... 'and I bought from brother William, land of N. side of Marsh Branch bought from Joseph Moore known as Wiggins old field.'
     "The Baker land above would have been in Bertie County until 1741, in Edgecombe County until 1777 and in Nash County after that.
     "The Baker/Marsh Branch/John Wiggins connection could be a coincidence but maybe someone has some other suggestions.
     "Also, the John Baker above had a distinctive way of writing the B in his surname and his supposed son (not proven) wrote his B the same way (the two signatures, 80 years apart, were amazingly similar). People learned how to write at home in those days. If anyone has a signature for Bray Baker Wiggins I would love to see it. Thanks."4 
Research note* He was possibly the son of Thomas Wiggins II and Anne Stewart. If you can identify the parents, siblings, or date/place of birth of John, please contact Warren Culpepper.7 

Family 1

Catherine Bray Baker (say 1700 - before 1766)
Marriage*say 1730 He married Catherine Bray Baker say 1730. "Great Aunt Caty represented to be a large bouncing girl as most of the Baker girls were in olden times, eloped through that small window (what cannot love accomplish) with Mr. Wiggins. Her remains are resting side by side with Mr. Wiggins under a pear tree in Wiggins' old field of Wiggins Swamp," (from a story written 1847 by Simmons Jones Baker.) 
Children

Family 2

Elizabeth Bevins (say 1748 - after 1786)
Marriage*30 Sep 1766 He married Elizabeth Bevins at Halifax Co., North Carolina, on 30 Sep 1766.1 
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited30 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. RootsWeb WorldConnect Project, Ancestry.com: Rootsweb.
    http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/
    "Crow/Woodward" (DB :743491), John Crow. <e-mail address>
  2. RootsWeb WorldConnect Project, Ancestry.com: Rootsweb.
    http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/
    "Our Texas Family" (DB: ourtexasfamily) Doris Ross Johnston. <e-mail address>
  3. Edgecombe Co., NC Deedbook 2, page 8, deed date 4 Sep 1772, recorded Nov Court 1772, Abstracted 22 May 05, NCA film C.037.40005, CTC. Provided to Culpepper Coonections by Guy Baker.
  4. E-mail written 29 Mar 2008 to Warren Culpepper from Guy Baker, e-mail address.
  5. DAR Patriot Index, Washington, DC: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2003.
  6. RootsWeb WorldConnect Project, Ancestry.com: Rootsweb.
    http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/
    "Alexander's - Southside VA/NC, GA & AL" (DB :1980695) Alexander. <e-mail address>
  7. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.