Solomon Draper Sr. was born 20 May 1731 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond, Virginia, and died in May 1807 in Person County, North Carolina. Solomon married Elizabeth between 1752 and 1755, but no marriage record was located. Davey, Best, and Harrison have been suggested as probable surnames, but none are proven. Elizabeth was born about 1740, and died after 1814 in Person County, North Carolina. Elizabeth was listed in Person County Record Books, Book 6, Taxable Property 1814 - Captain Bradsher’s company.
Solomon and Elizabeth had the following children:
1. Solomon Draper Jr. was born 1756 and died between 1827 and 1829.
2. William Draper Sr. was born 28 Mar 1760 and died 5 Feb 1818.
3. Elizabeth Draper was born 1764 and died 1842.
4. Frances Draper was born 1770 and died 1859.
In 1746, Solomon’s mother, Sarah, was widowed with ten children so she apprenticed several of her youngest sons to master tradesmen. The oldest son, William was a blacksmith, and Joshua became a blacksmith. Solomon spent five years learning carpentry and barrel making, which he would have completed by 1752 at the age of 21.
Solomon moved to Amelia County after completing his apprenticeship, since he witnessed a deed in Amelia in 1754, and his first son, Solomon Jr., was born there in 1756. Several family members moved there: Mary Ann Draper and Parnemus Palmer purchased land in 1754, which was witnessed by brother in law Joseph Gibson and brother, Thomas Draper. Joshua may have also moved to Amelia, since he moved with the rest to Mecklenburg County by 1776. Solomon moved to Mecklenburg at least by 1779, when he and Joshua built a grist mill on Allen’s Creek. Solomon Sr. moved again between 1790 and 1792 to Person County, North Carolina, where he died in 1807.
20 Mar 1779 - Agreeable to an order of Mecklenburg Court, we, a jury of Mecklenburg having met, have valued an acre of William Hunt’s land to John Oliver, to erect a water gristmill across Allens Creek to ten pounds, damages that William Hunt shall sustain by such mill being built, 40 pounds by the majority, which both parties agreed to submit, to the damages that the orphans of Thomas Stone will receive by such mill being built, together with the timber and other conveniences, to 20 pounds. /s/ . . . Solomon Draper and Joshua Draper. 2
29 Oct 1779 - Solomon Draper served on a jury in Mecklenburg County. According to Mecklenburg County Order Book 5, Solomon Sr. served as a Grand Juror: 8 May 1780, 12 Nov 1781, 13 May 1782, 8 Jul 1782, and May 1783. Since he served as a Grand Juror numerous times during the Revolutionary War, Solomon Sr. is considered by war documents to be a Patriot, even though he did not serve as a soldier.
14 Aug 1769 - Solomon is mentioned in a deed from John Glasscock to Joseph Akin. Solomon’s property was near the land involved in the deed and a stream carried the name, Drapers Spring Branch. Near Chase City in Mecklenburg County where Solomon owned property on Allen’s Creek, there still exists a corner named Drapersville. 3
12 Jun 1780 - Solomon witness to a deed. 4
14 Apr 1783 - In a poll taken for Mr. Thomas Pettus, Solomon Draper was a voter in Mecklenburg County.
31 Jan 1785 - Solomon Draper’s line mentioned in a Mecklenburg County deed .
14 Feb 1786 - Solomon Draper mentioned incidentally in the Mecklenburg County bond records for the marriage of Thomas Crowder and Elizabeth Puryear.
1790 - Personal Tax List for Mecklenburg County in 1790: Solomon Draper and Joshua Draper.
March 1792 – In Person County, NC, Solomon Draper named as a debtor in the Estate of John McNeill. 5
1795 - Solomon is listed in Taxables for 1795 in the St. Lawrence District of Person County, NC. 6
14 Jun 1793 - William Sergeant to Solomon Draper Sr., for 40 lbs. 60 A[cres] on Sergeant Cr[eek] adjacent James Long and Thomas Robertson. Wit: Reuben Newton, William Long. 7
6 Feb 1795 - Solomon Draper to Thomas Brann for 83 lbs. 6 sh., 60 A[cres] on Sergent’s Cr[reek] adjacent Long and Thos Robertson. Witness: William Long, James Long, Abner Long. 8
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