Monday, April 24, 2023

What's In A Name? Who was the original Green Deberry?

Green Deberry Stegall 1860-1936 monbeck3

In the 18th and 19th centuries, parents didn't always name their children after ancestors and relatives. I've noticed that often they were named for Presidents, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, or other historical figures like Benjamin Franklin or Francis Marion. Religious leaders like Martin Luther, Francis Asberry, and Hartwell Soain also garnered their fair share of namesakes. 

The Charleston Daily News

Charleston, South Carolina  Monday, March 16, 1868

Charles Robbins of Anson and Montgomery County, North Carolina named his firstborn son Green Deberry Robbins. He's not the first Green Deberry I've encountered. In fact, he's the fourth Green Deberry in my family tree. Two of them were Green Deberry Whitley's, but there were actually four of them, and probably more, as descendants of these were on the move and migrated away. 

The oldest that I know of was Green Deberry Whitley (1815-1881), son of George and Rebecca Cagle Whitley. He's buried at the old Whitley Cemetery in Red Cross.

Green Deberry Whitley Jr. (1862-1950), was the son of Green Deberry Whitley and Caroline Smith Huneycutt Whitley.

Green Deberry Whitley (1850- 1933) was the son of Benjamin Lindsey Whitley and Mary Eudy Whitley

Green Deberry Whitley (1836-1863) was the son of Needham Whitley and Mary Rebecca Cagle Whitley

All of those were related, of course, and were from Stanly County, NC.

I also have a Green Deberry Ausin (1835 -1933) in my tree. He was from Union County, NC, but of course, Union was part of Anson at one time and borders Stanly. 

I discovered a Green Deberry Stegall (1860-1936) out of Union County, who is pictured above.

There was also Green Deberry Castles (or Cassells) (1832-1907), in Webster County, Mississippi, son of William Castles and Rachel Burleson Castles, and with names like Castles and Burleson, I knew his roots had to lead back to the Montgomery/Stanly/Anson/ Union County area, and certainly enough, they did. The Castle family were neighbors of the Robbins after they had moved from Anson to the part of Montgomery that had became Stanly. 

But Green Deberry Robbins was not named for any of those. In fact, born around 1800-1801, he was older than all of them. They were not named after him, either. He was probably still in his teens when his family left for Tennesee, and had not accomplished anything yet, for anyone to be named for him and had not yet had children. 

The North-Carolina Star

Raleigh, North Carolina  Thursday, October 09, 1828

Then I found this clipping. A Green Deberry Austin older than the other Green Deberry Austin.

The above paper gives a little more information. Green Deberry Austin was the son of Jacob Austin, and died of  Thyphoid Fevver, along with his mother, Chelaty, a nickname for Charlotte Palmer Austin. This Green Deberry was a contemporary of Green Deberrty Robbins, but still not older.

Colonel Jacob Bryant Austin was born around 1782 in Anson County and was the son of Regulator Bryant Ausitn and wife Temperance Parmelia Osborne Austin. Bryant Austin, born in Virginia, was in the Battle of Alamance, and part of a group that sent numerous petition to Govenor Tryon, protesting the high taxes and unsued suffering caused by the high taxes and fees being charged by the British. He is also my daughter's sixth Great Grandfather. Col. Jacob Austin was her fifth.

Col. Jacob Austin shared by Karen Austin Blum

There are other scattered Green Deberry's throughout the west and south, and everywhere that people from here migrated to, but without fail, they all seem to lead back to the area of Stanly, Montgomery, Anson, and Union Counties, with a center around the Rocky River. These families only go so far back in this area. In the early and middle 1700's, this was a wilderness. They seem to have been in North Carolina Counties east of here before that, Wake, Edgecomb, Johnston, Franklin, Bertie and in Virginia before that, eventually, the trail leads back across the ocean to Europe, primarily the British Isles. 

The question remains, Who was the first Green Deberry? There were certainly enough of them in my family tree. There were both Greens and Deberry's in this area at a very early date, I'm a descendant of a Sarah Green who married Mark Morgan. Did all of these men have a common ancestor at some point named Green Deberry, who had a mother or grandmother whose maiden name was Green? I can't find any Green Deberry on record as having made any waves in history, so he wasn't a politician, a scholar, or a religious leader. The name seems to center around the Whitley or Austin families. Is that where it originated? Did Green Deberry live in early Wake or Butte Counties of North Carolina? Did he dwell in Southside Virginia or in Pennsylvania before he, or children of his, came down the Great Wagon Road? Or did he predate their arrival to America? 

Why did Charles Robbins name his oldest son Green Deberry?

Why did George Whitley I name his son Green Deberry?

Why did Col. Jacob Austin name his son Green Deberry?


If anyone comes acress a Green Deberry ??? older than Green Deberry Robbins, born 1800 in Montgomery County, North Carolina, please message me and let me know. He might be my ancestor. 

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