John Edward Proctor, Sr.

Male 1752 - 1856


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  • Name  John Edward Proctor, Sr. 
    Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  10 Feb 1752  Stafford Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  11 Jan 1856  Elkhart, Elkhart Co, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Proctor Cemetery, Elkhart, Elkhart Co, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (Proctor Cemetery/Heaton Baptist Cemetery)
    Person ID  I10942  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  2 Jan 2013 

    Father  George Proctor, Jr.,   b. Abt 1735 
    Mother  Grace Haydon,   b. Abt 1735 
    Family ID  F27449  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Hudnall,   b. Abt 1762, Hamilton, Fauquier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Dec 1786  Hamilton, Fauquier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John Proctor appears in the 1810 census at Cabin Creek, Kanawha Co, VA, and in the 1820 census at Kanawha Co, VA.
    • A Brief Biographical Sketch of John Edward Proctor and his extended family

      John Edward Proctor was born February 10, 1752 in Stafford County, Virginia. What he did as a youngster and what his parents names were are unknown at this time. It has been suggested his mother remarried to a man whose name was Edward Riley and for some years they made their home in Fauquier County, Virginia.

      In the year 1777 he went to the Fauquier County courthouse and enlisted in the militia. He served 3 to 5 years and was supposedly at The Battle of Brandywine, Battle of the Cowpens, and The Siege of Yorktown. He was discharged and came back to Fauquier County and in that same county on December 21, 1786, he married Elizabeth Hudnall, the daughter of Joseph Hudnall and Mary Ann Taylor. How often the family moved around during the next twenty years is unknown but it is rumoured that John had traveled to Mayesville, Mason County, Kentucky with his brother-in-law Benjamin Hudnall as Tennant Farmers. What I do know is that by 1810 they seem to have made a permanent home in Kanawha County (W.)Va. When the family first arrived in Kanawha they lived somewhere on Paint Creek, later John bought some land from William Morris on Kelly's Creek (which is located in Cedar Grove, WV) and in 1828 he received more of the same land from the Govenor by way of a land grant. Their neighbors included the Morris family and the Hansford Family. They attended the first church in the area, which was established in 1786 by the Elder James Johnson and was called Kanawha Baptist Church. John had lost his oldest son William around 1830, so he went to live with his son John, who in 1816 had relocated to Randolph County, Indiana. Around the time of his relocation to Indiana, the war department was looking for soldiers whose records were destroyed by fire in 1812. In 1833, Elizabeth was still living and where she died may always be a mystery. John stayed for a couple years in Indiana before setting of on the rest of his journey. From Indiana he traveled through Illinois, Arkansas, and to Bowie County, Texas with his son Nathan. In 1851 John Edward Jr. went west for a herd and to bring his aging father with him back to what was then and now called Elkhart County, Indiana. Upon his return to Indiana, he proceeded to try to claim his pension and was denied it for lack of proof. He died in Elkhart County, Indiana at the home of his son on January 11, 1856 and was buried in the Heaton Family Cemetery, now named the John Proctor Cemetery. John and Elizabeth's children were; William Proctor was born 1787 Fauquier County Va. He married Anna Martin September 14, 1806 in Kanawha County, (W)Va. And died c1830 in Kanawha County, (W)Va. What became of his children is unknown at this time but it is assumed they went to Indiana to live with their Uncle John.

      John Proctor was born 1791 and died in Elkhart County, Indiana. He married Rebecca Spangler in Kanawha County, (W)Va in the year 1813. John and Rebecca left Kanawha County in 1816 to move to Indiana. Frances Proctor was born c1788 and married Joseph Hughes, both Frances and her husband Joseph were dead in 1850, it is not known where they died. Reuben Proctor was born 1799 and married Jane Hudnall, Jane was the daughter of Benjamin Hudnall and Nancy Riley. Reuben and Jane remained in Kanawha County. Tyler Proctor was born 1798 in Kanawha County and died c1853 in that same county. Tyler married Mary Hudnall, also a daughter of Benjamin Hudnall and Nancy Riley c1823. Tyler and Mary remained in Kanawha County. Mary died after 1870 and is found selling her Dowager rights from the land on Paint Creek to Aaron Stockton. Nathan Proctor was born 1796 and married Sarah /unknown/. Nathan and Sarah moved to Bowie County, Texas. There is a Mayberry Proctor born c1810, it is not known whether he belonged to John Proctor Senior or to his son William.

      The WVGenWeb Project Kanawha County Biography Library

    Children 
    >1. Sarah H. Proctor,   b. 7 May 1771, Fayette Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1866, Morgan Co, IL Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. William Proctor,   b. Abt 1787, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1830, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. John Edward Proctor, Jr.,   b. 31 Mar 1791, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1882, Elkhart, Elkhart Co, IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Fanny Proctor,   b. Abt 1794, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Tyler Proctor,   b. Abt 1798, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1853, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Reuben Proctor,   b. Abt 1799, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Nathan Proctor,   b. 8 May 1800, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850, Dalby Springs, Bowie Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Spencer Proctor,   b. Abt 1803
     9. Frances Proctor,   b. Bef 1808, Kanawha Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F27435  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    John Proctor - Revolutionary War Plaque
    John Proctor - Revolutionary War Plaque
    Proctor Cemetery, Elkhart, Elkhart Co, IN
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    Proctor Cemetery, Elkhart, Elkhart Co, IN (sign)

    Documents
    1850-TX Census, 8th Judicial District, Bowie Co, TX
    1850-TX Census, 8th Judicial District, Bowie Co, TX

    Headstones
    John Edward Proctor, Sr.
    John Edward Proctor, Sr.
    (early-recent gravestone views)


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