Solomon Jr. (Solomon, Thomas) was born in 1756 in Amelia County, Virginia. 1 He died on 27 October 1827 in Person County, North Carolina. Solomon married Joyce Taylor on 4 July 1790 in Caswell County, North Carolina. 2 Joyce was born in 1773 in Virginia to Reuben Taylor of Caswell. While Joyce was 17 or 18 at the time of her marriage, Solomon was around 34 years old.
The will of Ruebin’s son, Charles Taylor, was written on 22 June 1844. It lists as a sister, Joyce Draper of McNairy, TN. At the time, Solomon’s widow was living near her son, John Harrison Draper, in McNairy, TN.
It makes sense that Solomon could have had a first marriage in Mecklenburg in the late 1770’s, but so far there is no evidence of a previous marriage or older children. Some trees show Lucey as one of Solomon’s wives, based on a misinterpreted name in Solomon’s will, where he calls his wife, Joicey . This informal name appears in census records as well.
Solomon and Joyce had the following children:
1. Elizabeth Draper was born 1794 in Person County, NC.
2. Martin Draper was born 4 March 1796 in Person County, NC, and died 4 January 1878.
3. Mary E. “Polly” Draper was born 16 February 1797 in Person County, NC, and died 16 November 1862.
4. John H. Draper was born 1803 in Person County, NC.
Solomon Jr., a planter, enlisted on 2 September 1780 at 24 as a private in the Mecklenburg County, Virginia, militia during the Revolutionary War, and served eight months. At the time he was listed as 5’10", with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a fair complexion. 3
4 July 1790 - Solomon married Joyce Taylor in Caswell County, North Carolina.
1795 - Solomon Draper, Jr. is listed in the St. Lawrence District of Person County, NC Book 1 of Taxables for 1795.
10 December 1803 - in Person County John Pearson to Solomon Draper Jr., for 94 lbs. 94 A[cres] on the west side Hico adjacent John Ogilby, Robert Black, widow McCain, Joseph McCain-said tract conveyed by John Robertson 16 Mar 1796. Wit: H. Haralson, A.L. Clayton. 4
1805 - Solomon Draper Jr. is listed in Captain Sargent’s Company on page 73 in Person County, NC Book 4 of Taxables for 1805; 96-1-2.
17 January 1805 - in Person County Reubin Taylor (Solomon’s father-in-law) of CC to Solomon Draper, Junr. of Person County, for $10, 2 Ac both sides Sergent Cr. adj Henry Black former mill—said land Taylor purchased of Benjn. Johnston. wit: Saml Smith, Joshua Partee. 5
21 February 1809 - in Person County Reubin Taylor of Caswell County (Solomon’s father-in-law) to Solomon Draper of Person County, for 100 lbs. 150 acres on Sergents Creek adjacent to Lofton Walton, Samuel Morgan, and Johnston line on Sugartree Creek, excluding 2 acres - one acre of the mill seat and the other belonging to Lofton Walton where Turner’s mill stood formerly. Wit: H. Harralson, John Parker. 6
16 December 1810 - in Person County John Mason (for 100 lbs paid part by Solomon Draper) to James Wilkins Royster, William Harrison Royster, Mary Royster, John Royster, & Thomas Royster, the five living children of Henry Royster and Frankey, his wife, Negro woman Lill about 18 years of age who was purchased at constable sale 4 Jan 1810. Acknowledged in open court. 7
7 February 1811 - in Person County Solomon was incidentally mentioned in deed from Benjamin Johnston Sen. to Arthur Leath. 8
31 October 1812 - in Person County Solomon was incidentally mentioned in deed from Reubin Taylor (Solomon’s father-in-law) to John Durham. 9
1814 - Solomon Draper is shown in Capt. William A. Lea’s District in the Person County Tax List of 1814.
6 February 1814 – in Person County Reubin Taylor (Solomon’s father-in-law) to Solomon Draper for $100, 100 acres on Flat River adj Joseph Taylor, Simeon Cochran. Wit: H. Haralson, Jonathan Haralson. 10
11 February 1814 - in Person County Solomon was incidentally mentioned in a deed from Samuel Morgan to Charles Sallard. 11
1 September 1814 - in Person County Solomon witnessed a deed from William Gold to Coleman Mitchel (brother-in law married to Solomon’s sister Elizabeth).12
17 September 1815 - in Person County Solomon Draper gave deed to Simeon Cochran for $150, 100 acres on Flat R adj. Jas. Taylor. 13
23 January 1816 - in Person County Solomon Draper was incidentally mentioned in deed from John Durham to John Harris. 14
4 Mar 1816, Person County Deed Book D p 480. Solomon Draper incidentally mentioned in deed from William Trotter to Thomas Trotter. 15
27 February 1817 – in Person County Solomon was mentioned incidentally in deed from Thomas Edmondson to John Brand. 16
1823 - Solomon Draper is shown in Capt. Bracher’s District of the Person County Tax List for 1823; 156-0-4.
27 October 1827 – Solomon writes his will in Person County, NC.
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