North Carolina Helton's
The Randolph County and Washington County Helton family lineage originated In North Carolina. This is good news in our search for family history records. Most early Georgia Census records (1790 Census-the US First Census) were destroyed by fire at the Georgia State Capitol. Many of the North Carolina records are still intact and available. The image below is a thumbnail of the 1800 Orange County, North Carolina US Census. Peter, James, and Abraham Helton are listed on this census. These James, Abraham, and Peter Helton listed in the Orange County Census are related to James of Randolph County. We are still trying to distinguish whether (and which) of these three was James Helton's father or grandfather. The liberal use of the names James, Abraham, and Peter through Thomas Quitman Hilton's family line using the traditional naming pattern suggests these three names were Helton Family patriarchs. However, distinguishing the specific lineages is made more difficult by the recurring name pattern. Five consecutive generations of Helton's named their child James, Peter, and Abraham that we have been able to track. This includes North Carolina, Washington County GA, Randolph County, GA, Stewart County, GA, and Terrell County GA. In many cases, 4 brothers all named one of their first three sons James or Abraham.
Since Randolph County was Indian Territory no Helton's lived in Southwest Georgia prior to 1828. The largest concentration of Helton's in the south occupied two geographic pockets; North Carolina and Tennessee. A third rather large concentration of Helton's can be found in Knox County Kentucky and Heltonville Indiana. However, from what we now know from DNA testing all of these Helton's descended from Peter Helton of Orange County NC, or at least his line.
Our Family line originated around in the three county area of what is now known as Rowan County NC, Orange County, NC, and Guilford County NC, though Richard Hilton originally came through Virginia from England.
Stokes County North carolina
Stokes County North Carolina Helton's are often overlooked by
Hiltons and Heltons in tracing Hilton Family history. Stokes County NC was
adjacent to Guilford County and provided a wealth of Hilton family history.
For instance, in the 1790 Census, John Hilton is listed with 3
sons under 16 years old, 8 daughters, and presumably his wife. Thirteen
family members are listed in this first US Census.
Surry County North carolina
1800 Orange County NC Census
Peter, James, & Abraham Helton
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1800 Blank Form
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