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PRICE FAMILY OF STEELE CREEK
The following Price family information has been taken from information from a descendant, Eddie Price, along with deeds, court records and cemetery records in our Steele Creek files.
The first Price in Steele Creek was John Price, builder of the "rock house". He was born in 1715, died 27 oct 1802. He married in 1746 to Mary White, born 1725, died 25 Nov 1804. Both are buried at Steele Creek Presby. Church cemetery. John Price purchased the first tract of land on the Catawba river as found in N. C. land Grant Book #5, p. 435, as being 250 acres in Anson County on the north side of the Catawba River on Price Branch where "his house now stands"
The second tract given by "His Excellency Gabriel Johnston Esq. His majesty’s Captain-General, and Governor Chief. Over said Province…"the said land to be seated according to Rights, proved within three years, and entered with the Auditor before the delivery hereof to the Surveyor: observing His majesty’s instructions for running out of lands; and a Plat and Certificate thereof to return into the Secretary’s Office, within twelve months from the date hereof: And for so doing, this shall be your Warrant. Which Warrant may not be assign’d. Given at Newburn under my hand, the 8th day of October, Anno Dom. 1751". This was for 600 acres lying in Anson Co. on the north side of the Catawba River, including a black oak tree marked 1P being below Armoror’s entry". (One will note in the Neal file that the Neal house sat on Armour’s Creek -now Wither’s Cove in Steele Creek on Lake Wylie. The Price’s owned property on the other side of the Armour’s tract. All of this property became part of Mecklenburg Co. Steele Creek Section in 1763 when Meck. Co. was formed from Anson County.)
The third tract was a N. C. Land Grant in Book 2, p. 10 from George the second, granted to John Price 400 acres of land in the County of Anson, beginning at a Hickory standing on the North side of the Catawba River…dated 13 April 1752.
The children of John and Mary White Price were:
- Isaac Price, b. 6 Mar 1747, d. 11 Nov 1811 (the record showed Isaac b. 1848 and there is a notation written next to it, "1747 according to the Bible.)
- John Price, b. 23 Nov 1749
- Reese Price, b. 28 Nov 1753
- Martha Price, b. 25 Nov 1753
- Mary Price, b. 13 May 1755
- William Price, b. 13 mar 1757
- Elizabeth Price, b. 11 Oct 1759
- Jonathan Price, b. 2 Mar 1766, d. 17 Sept 1822
Martha Price married Rev. Mr. Howe of TN
Mary Price married Benjamin Ormand
Isaac Price was a soldier in the Revolution and was a goldsmith and made swords for the army. His wife’s brother Francis Bradley, was also an active soldier and was "foully assassinated" by the Tories in 1780.
This line continues with Isaac Price, b. 1748 (1747) (remember the calendar change in 1752?) Isaac Price married Esther Bradley, b. 1746 in April, 1770. Their children were:
- Rebecca Price, b. 28 Jan 1772
- Josiah Price, b. 23 Dec 1773
- James Price, b. 25 June 1778
- Mary Price, b. 12 July 1780
- John Price, b. 4 May 1883
- Esther Price, b. 6 Jan 1786
- Isaac Price, b. 2 Aug 1788, married Nancy Barnett, b. 4 Jan 1790
- Martha Price, b. 5 May 1791
Continues with #7, Isaac Price, b. 1788 m Nancy Barnett, b. 1790,, d. 5 Jun 1811.
- Esther Bradly Price, b. 30 May 1812, d. 28 Aug 1817
- Thomas Barnett Price, b. 20 Jan 1814
- Ann Graham Price, b. 19 July 1816, d. 3 Feb 1847, married James Knox
- John James Price, b. 20 Feb 1818
- Isaac Jasper Price, b. 19 Dec 1819, d. 1 Nov 1885
- Mary Martha Price, b. 22 Jan 1822, d. 29 Sept 1831
- Nancy Rebecca Price, b. 10 Sept 1823, d. 19 July 1827
- Josiah William Price, b. 16 July 1825, d. 19 July 1827
- Jane Margaret Barnett Price, b. 11 Feb 1828, married J. Starr Neely
- Julius Giles Price, b. 10 Apr 1832
Continues with Isaac Jasper Price, b. 1819, married Amanda Neely on 23 Jan 1851.
- Margaret Rosanna Jane Price, b. 16 Sept 1852
Isaac Jasper Price married 2nd to Cynthia Hannah Knox on 30 Oct 1854. Cynthia H. Know, b. 1 Aug 1836, d. 23 Dec 1903. Isaac J. Price, d. 21 Nov 1885. Their children:
- Samuel Isaac Price, b. 12 Sept 1855, d. 26 July 1928
- Nancy Ann Price, b. 16 Nov 1857, d. March 1932
- Laura Ida Price, b. 15 July 1860, d. 7 Oct 1863
- Robert Jasper Price, b. 26 Apr 1864, d. 11 Oct 1865
- Charles Henry Price, b. 8 Mar 1868, d. 12 Jun 1921
- Edgar Jasper Price, b. 15 Oct 1878.
More Price family descending from other children of old John and MaryWhite Price, will be added from time to time.
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(From Gleanings, Vol 3, No. 1 1996
The following is taken from Price papers belonging to Eddie Price. Nancy Rebecca Price Alexander was a great-great-granddaughter of old John and Mary Price who built the Rock House. Nancy Rebecca's father, Thomas Barnett Price, was a brother to Isaac Jasper Price - 3rd great-grandfather of Eddie Price. The old letter written by Nancy price Alexander in 1925, was written when she was 84 years old. Only portions of the latter is used.)
Oct 22nd, 1925
Dear Cousin Nannie (This was to Nannie Price Grier, wife of Rufus A. Grier
Your good letter came last evening. Essie told me of the long drouth and the extreme heat and the consequent failure of all the crops, not even profit enough to pay the tax, so our dear old state is having a hard time. (Following must be in response to Nannie's letter to her asking about the fire of her parents home, which would have been in 1845. Nancy Price Alexander was born in 1841 and the fire occurred when she was 4 years old)
"I wish I had seen the chest and table saved from the fire in the old house. I never knew anything was saved, except that one drawer with my silk apron in it. Do any of our family have the date of that dreadful loss. I remember that Uncle John and my father had gone to Charlotte that morning on horse back. It was wash day and the fire had been started for that work. When the roof caught fire, a ladder was set from the ground to the upper story and buckets of water were thrown at the blaze. I remember when the blaze was not longer than my arm, but they could not carry enough water to put out the blaze, and only one person could go up the ladder at a time. I do not remember seeing any men or boys at that work. There were three old servants too feeble to do any work except watch children. We always said uncle and aunt to old servants and they were called Uncle Nat, Aunt Mary and I have forgotten the other name. Them old folks were sent quite a distance down in the field in full sight of the fire. There were three children. I was one, and two both younger than I, I think, so we were there until the house was burned very low, and I do not remember when we were taken away. I do remember after dark, Aunt Jane and I had been at General Neels and were taken back to see the place. Grandma was sitting quietly beside a corner of the house a large log still burning, and the women servants had stools to sit on beside the burning log. Those boys were Aunt Tilly's sons, and are named in Grandfathers will, were give to Grandma.
I was not four years old, and had only a child's memory, so I missed a great many things I wish I could recall but I was never frightened. I have never seen a house burned since, hope I never will……Alice joins me in love to your all.
Cousin Nannie (Mrs. S. C. Alexander
Thank you very much for the enclosed directory of the dear old church."
(An interesting note is how Nancy Rebecca Price ended up in Pa. She married a minister that was supplying the pulpits of Steele Creek and Pleasant Hill Presbyterian churches at the time. (Refer to Steele Creek Presbyterian History for following) Rev. Samuel Carruthers Alexander was the 7th pastor of Steele Creek (1861-1866) In 1858, he came from Pa. To attend Columbia Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1861 and came to Steele Creek to serve both Steele Creek and Pleasant Hill. The following year, he married Nancy Rebecca Price, oldest daughter of Thomas Barnett Price, an elder at Steele Creek. He purchased some property and settled between the two churches. (note: His property was located near (now) Erwin Rd. in Steele Creek) During the ministry here, he became acquainted with the negro slaves who were members of these churches. This led to conflict between the pastor and congregation. Steele Creek applied to Concord Presby. For a dissolution of the pastoral relations. In December 1865, the Presbytery dissolved Rev. Alexander's connection with Steele Creek. He continued to serve Pleasant Hill for a while longer.
In January, 1866, he received a commission as a missionary from the northern Presbyterian Church. He was joined in this work with the ex-slaves by the Rev. Willis L. Miller, a member of the Fayetteville Presbytery. He was the instrument in organizing the Catawba Presbytery, even before there was a single black church in the area. The Rev. Alexander conceived the idea of establishing a parochial school and gradually building it into a collegiate and theological school for the education of preachers and teachers among the negroes. The school was formally organized on April 7, 1867, as Biddle Institute, now Johnson C. Smith University. He procured funds for building the school and was one of the two first teachers.
In 1871, he left Charlotte and returned to the state of Pa to resume ministerial work in Millerstown, Pa. Of course, his wife, Nancy Rebecca went with him. It appears that after she left her family and moved north, she continued considerable correspondence with the family and came south for many reunions.)
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The following notes are taken from papers in possession of the Price family. It appears they were found in the Tennessee Archives under the Price family information. The notes refer to papers in Tenn/NC 1722-1902 in 32 folders (1 vol) #2850. They are included here because the make reference to some interesting information about the family and also about when some of the building projects of old Steele Creek Presbyterian Church were done.
1722 (date?) To Isaac Price, letter from John Hampton, enroute moving his
to South Carolina, asking for help on "whole or any part of what is
between us". Mentions sending his gun for repairs, also silver spurs.
(Note that Isaac Price was a gunsmith and also have seen reference to him
being a gold smith)
1776 Note made to Mary Price, Isaac Price, or John Karr, administrators of
John Price, deceased.
1774-1809 Account of Isaac price with William McLean, Physician, in Lincoln
NC (Ed. Note: This McLean lived right across the river from the Prices
in what is now Gaston Co. then, Lincoln Co., NC
1791 Oct 26 Note about a counterfeit certificate for 100 lbs.
1798 (& 1802) Receipt of Isaac Price, for his quota, on the building of
1815 Jan 8, letter to Isaac Price & family, at White Hall Station,
County, NC from James and Mary Price, Giles co., TN. Tells of 37 day
trip to TN, and (looks like) Illinois and the family. Mentions business
affairs in NC and urges collection of money owed to him.
** July 28, Receipt from Estate of Isaac Price, balance of pledge for
the building of the Steele Creek Session House (Steele Creek Presby
1817 Jan. 31, Receipt for subscription for building new Doby Bridge ?
1818 Letter to Isaac Price, White Hall Station, Meck. Co., NC from
William Price, Maury Co., TN about journey there, 2 weeks time, and
title to land in TN.
1818 Jan 9, to Isaac Price, receipt for contribution to "walling the
graveyard at Steele Creek".
June 26. Receipt to Isaac price for payment of some work done on
a ferry boat.
Sept. Receipt to Isaac Price, subscription covering "Milcreek
(The receipt for work done on the ferry boat may indicate that Price had a ferry across the Catawba into Lincoln Co. (now Gaston) at the end of Island Point Rd where Price lived on the river. The location of his home was near the bend in the river where the South Fork comes into the river on the Gaston Co., side of the river.)
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LETTER TO COUSIN
RUFUS (GRIER) FROM NANNIE ALEXANDER JUNE 1, 1923
(From Price family information)
I will answer as nearly as I can your questions. 1st What was the relation of John Price mentioned in this grant (He had sent her "Grant of Land in 1764) and the John Price that built the Rock House? I think the same person in both cases. He is the first ancestor of whom I found any record. Born in 1715, married Mary White 1746, received the grant in 1764, he was then 49 years old, built the Rock House in 1775 eleven years later when he was 60, lived 87 years, 27 after he built the house. I found his grave in the old part of Steele Creek graveyard… The Rock House descended to his youngest son Jonathan Price who married Elizabeth Ewart and in time to Jonathan's only son Reece Price. No doubt your mother kept the stone near the top of the chimney on which was the inscription………(end of letter)
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