HODGE-L Archives

Archiver > HODGE > 2008-05 > 1211569184

From: billie miller <>
Subject: Re: [HODGE] Margaret Hodge m. Ambrose Ownbey
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 14:59:44 -0400 (GMT-04:00)

Hello Kenneth,

I'm tracing both lines, Hodge and Ownby/Ownbey. I do have some on the Ownby/Ownbey line, most came from the Inernet and have not proved much of the material. And I do have James' Revolutionary War records.

Capt. William Sims second wife name was Agatha. Some say her last name was Simms, other say it's Stepp. Someone has a copy I believe it was Capt. William Sims Bible where family members, for the entry for Agatha's surname was changed/scratched out or something like that. Somewhere I have the description of what happened, but I'm at work right now and don't have access to that material. I would love to have a copy of that page. I descend from Capt. William Sims and Agatha's daughter Joanna Sims who married James Ownby through their son Ambrose Owenbey (I believe they called him Little Ambrose) married Margaret Hodge. I have never been able to find anything on Martha. I think I have her parents name, but nothing other than that. Do you have anything on this Hodge line?

Thank you for writing, Billie

-----Original Message-----
>From: Kenneth Hodge <>
>Sent: May 23, 2008 11:32 AM
>Subject: [HODGE] Margaret "Peggy" Hodge b. 1802 from NC;
>>Billie, I have some on this line but not a lot. Are you tracing the
>>Hodge or Owenby lines or both.
>>JOHN OWENBY (1735-1824)
>>JAMES OWENBY submitted by Mrs. Doris Cline Ward
>> James Owenby was born on January 6, 1761 in Amherst County, Virginia,
>>the son of John (Jr.) and Nancy (Porter) Owenby, and moved with his family
>>to Rutherford County, NC. His father, John Owenby Jr., had been born in
>>Lancashire, England, but apparently had come to Virginia with his
>>grandfather, Arthur Owenby.
>> James married Joanna Sims, the daughter of Capt. William Sims and his
>>first wife whose identity has not yet been determined. It is thought that
>>both the Captain's first wife and his second wife may have been sisters.
>> James left Rutherford County and became a farmer in the Broad River
>>area of Old Buncombe County. His farm lay north of Edneyville, and may have
>>been up in the area that is still a part of Buncombe County.
>> During the Revolution he fought as a Patriot, for which he eventually
>>received a pension. He took part in the Battle of King's Mountain. He and
>>his wife had a family of seven children as follows:
>>1. Annesta Owenby, who married George Koone, probably of Rutherford County;
>>2. William Owenby, who married 1st, Sarah "Sally" Brown, and 2nd, Martha
>>Lewis, also a Rutherford County family;
>>3. John Owenby, married Mary Koone, sister of George, above. They moved to
>>Tennessee, and there were nine children in this family.
>>4. Susannah Owenby, who married Peter Koone, brother of above.
>>5. Sims Owenby, who married Rachel Hodge. There is land record of his
>>purchase of 100 acres on North Fork of the Swannanoa River in Buncombe
>>County on August 1, 1825;
>>6. Ambrose Owenby, who married Margaret Hodge, probably a sister of Rachel.
>>They remained in the Edneyville area of (now) Henderson County and were a
>>farming family with three known children. One of them was Martha, born
>>about 1822, who married William Jackson on December 21, 1849.
>>7. Madison Owenby, who married 1st, Nancy Morgan, 2nd Elizabeth Clements.
>>Sources: Based on the research of Joyce Haig of Wilmauma, Florida, and
>>submitted with her permission. And records of Mrs. Clara Mann, Flat Rock,
>>NC - also with permission.
>>from Heritage II, article #426, p. 282
>>See Revolutionary War Pensioners
>>Buried in 'Koon Family' Cemetery.
>>'I, Ambrose Ownbey, being somewhat unwell but sound mind and memory
>>Thanks be to God for his Blessings do make this my last will and
>>Test. revoking all others. I Will my soul to God that gave it and my
>>body to be decently buried.
>>First, of all my just debts to be paid and all the rest of my
>>property I will to my beloved wife, Margaret Ownbey during the term
>>of her natural life or widowhood. I will my lands, horses, cattle,
>>hogs, sheep, farming tools, household and kitchen furniture all to
>>be disposed of as she may think proper during her life time or widowhood.
>>At the expiration of her life or Widowhood, I will the property be
>>equally distributed among my children. Only my daughter Zelly Murphy
>>for the wrongs and insults done to me during my lifetime by her
>>husband A. B. Murphy, I will her $1 for her part of my estate.
>>Signed this day and date above written. I ordain Margaret Ownbey and
>>Robert H. Ownbey my Exrs of this my last Will and Test.
>>Ambrose Ownbey
>>Probated Fall term 1864.
>>Source: 'Kinfolk, Ownbey Family Lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains of
>>North Carolina', p 5, 16. 'Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3', 1983,
>>Donald B. Reagan, p 66.
>To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

This thread: