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Joel Lane’s Ancestry
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The first Thomas Lane arrived at Jamestown in 1613 on the ship Treasorer. Headrights were paid for transport of other Thomas Lanes in 1648, 1653, and 1663. (The 1663 one included his wife, Eliza.)
Thomas Lane. Born 1634. Lived in Surry Co., VA. Married Eliza Sheapard, a widow, in 1654. There’s also a marriage recorded in 1661 to Eliza Jones. In militia list 1687. Will dated 1708, proved 1709.
Joseph Lane. Born circa 1665 in or near Jamestown. Married Jilian or Julian. Lived in Surry County, VA 1688-1702 per land records there. In 1710, owned land in Isle of Wight Co., VA. By 1721 he and Julian owned land in Albemarle Precinct, Chowan Co., NC. He and Julian sold land in Bertie County in 1727. Will not found so may have died intestate.
Joseph Lane. (c.1705- by 1777) May have served as Colonel in the militia. Lived in Halifax County (formed out of Edgecombe County). Married Patience McKennie (d. c. 1755) in or before 1725 (not 1730 as we previously thought). His will, written in 1773, was probated in 1777. The couple had six sons:
1. John (b. c. 1730), m. Mary. He lived in Georgia in 1755 and in 1760 was in South Carolina. Had at least 3 children, Anne, Mary, and Patience.
2. Joseph (b. 4/15/1731, d. 1798) married 1750 Sarah Bradford and died in Wake County in 1798. His house built in 1773 is still standing and is privately owned. They had at least two children: Sarah who married Matthew McCullers and Joseph who married Ferribee Hunter.
3. Jesse (b. July 3, 1733) m. 12/16/1755 Winifred Aycock (b. 4/11/1741 d. 12/16/1794). Jesse had 16 children. His grandson Joseph Lane was a hero during the Mexican War and was later appointed first territorial governor of Oregon. He was elected as Oregon’s first senator. Lane County, Oregon is named after him. David Swain, governor of NC and president of UNC during the 19th century, is also a grandson of Jesse.
4. Barnabas (b. 1735) m. Sara Martin. They had three children: Martin, Barnabas, Jr., and a daughter, Jean. Barnabas Lane of Edgecombe Co. died in 1762 and named sons Martin and Barnabas. There is some evidence that Joel Lane adopted Jean. After Joel and his wife Mary died in 1795, their son Thomas lived with his cousin Martin Lane.
5.James (b. 1737 or 39) m. Lydia Speight c.1760, d. 1805 in Wake County. Will probated in Wake County in February 1805. It mentions the following children: Edmund, Caroline, Polly, Betsy Christophers, Penny Atkins, Joel, and Nathaniel M.
6. Joel (b. 1739 d. 3/29/1795) m. Martha Hinton (1745-1771) in 1762. Together they had 3 sons. In 1772, married her sister, Mary (1755-1795). Together they had 9 children. For more information on their children, click the tab above entitled “Descendants.”