A New Look at Hans Black of SC & Christian County, KY

It’s been a long time, about nine years, since I wrote about Hans Black, one of my husband’s 5X great grandfather. Not much is documented about the life of Hans. It is thought that he might have been born in the Netherlands, c1740 and his 1806 will was proved in Christian County, Kentucky in October 1807. That places his date of death in mid-1807.

To learn more about Hans’ family, just click above to read my 2015 post.

Today, I’d like to share my meager results from researching further in North Carolina and South Carolina records.

As a short recap, Hans Black married Agnes (MNU), who survived him. His birth year is unknown, nor his age at death and birth years for children are guesstimates. He might have been born c1735.

Children named in his will are:

1. David, born c1762; died after October 1807
2. Jacob, born c1764; died after October 1807; lived in Greenville, South Carolina
3. Susannah, born c1766; died after October 1807; married Mr. Edwards
4. Ann, born c1768; died after October 1807; married Nicholas Pyle)
5. Thomas, born c1770; died after October 1807; perhaps married Edith Pyle
6. Sarah, born c1772; died after October 1807; married Mr. McAlroy (McElroy or some other spelling), probably James or John McElroy and remained in South Carolina.
7. Elizabeth, born c1774, probably Greenville, South Carolina; died 10 February 1855, Christian Co., KY; married Lawrence Brasher
8. Jean, born c1776; died after October 1807; married Mr. Pyle (possibly Joseph Pyle)
9. Mary, who died before October 1807; married Samuel Pyle
and was the mother of Nicholas Pyle. This family remained behind in Greenville, South Carolina.

What new details have I uncovered? First, it’s important to note that Chatham county, North Carolina was formed from Orange county in 1771.

  1. Hans Black was a member of Captain Jeduthan Harper’s militia company in Chatham County, North Carolina in 1772. There is no doubt in my mind that Hance Black is the same man as the Kentucky FAN club is also found on the list – the Braziers (Brashers), the Piles (Pyles) and the Lindleys. This would seemingly provide proof of Hans Black’s Service during the American Revolution. However, I know from previous research that the Brashers and Pyles had definite Tory leanings, so this militia list might be more indicative of added defense from Indian attacks.
  2. Hance/Hans Black does not appear in the land deeds of Orange County or Chatham County, North Carolina.
  3. Chatham County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions minutes of the session before November 1778 has two entries for Hances Black. Page 156 – Hance Black find five pds. for a Contempt offerd this Court and on Page 157, his name is first in a list of men ordered to report for jury duty at the next court. Page 163 – Hance Black is sworn as a member on the Grand Jury. This indicates that Hance spoke good English as all other jury members had Anglo surnames.
  4. Hans Black was granted 220 acres of land in Greenville County, South Carolina on 1 June 1786 [Grant Book 4L:93] On 23 November 1786, he sold the same land to Henry Linderman, signed and noted as German – Hans Black.
  5. On 12-13 October 1786, Kenner Hudson of Greenville County, South Carolina sold 200 acres of land to Hance Black. David Black witnessed the transaction.
  6. Hance Black purchased land in Greenville County, South Carolina, c1786-1787 (Deed Book A:9)
  7. David Black purchased land in Greenville County, South Carolina by 1790-1791 (Deed Book B:254)
  8. Hans Black of Greenville County, South Carolina witnessed the oath of Jacob Black on 6 September 1800.
  9. John Pyle was a witness to the land purchase between David Black and John McElroy on 23 October 1802.
  10. On 18 April 1806, in Greenville County, South Carolina, Alexander Waddle sold land to Jeremiah White which bordered Hance Black on the east and Jacob Black on the west.

From these facts, a few more details may be added to the life of Hance/Hans Black before he removed to Christian County, Kentucky.

Hance Black was in Chatham County, North Carolina by 1772 and, because Chatham County was formed in 1771, it is possible that he previously lived in Orange County. However, no land records have been found for Hance Black in either place.

By 1787, the family had removed to Greenville County, South Carolina, where Hance Black received a land grant. David Black first appears in the 1790/91 deed book, which would indicate that he was born no later than 1769.

Finally, the DAR Patriot Index includes Hans/Hance Black, who rendered material aid in Chatham County, North Carolina. Descendants of his daughter Ann, who married Nicholas Pyle, have joined DAR.

Considering that nine years have passed, progress on documenting the life of Hans Black before his appearance in the 1772 militia list in Chatham county, North Carolina has been non-existent.

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