Lassiter Ancestry

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According to The Saga of the Family and Descendants of David Vestal Henley and Eleanor Lassiter of Randolph County, North Carolina by Eleanor Parker Bell (the primary source for the Lassiter Ancestry), "old spellings of Lassiter are: Lasater, Lasiter, Lassater, Lester, Leister, etc." (p. 712).

George Lassiter
b. 15 May 1560
St. Peter Cornhill, London, England or Linton, West Yorkshire, England
d. 1586, Craven, Yorkshire, England

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Dorothie Anne Johnson
b. 1565
Dorothie Anne Johnson is per the research of a friend of Janet Lassiter and still needs verification.
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Thomas George Lassiter
b. 15 May 1586, Craven, Yorkshire, England
d. 1650, Nansemond, Virginia
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Anne Lewes or Lilly E. Ford (1605-1705)

One source1 indicates that this is probably the same person as Thomas Leister, living in James City County in 1623, arrived in the ship Abagaile in 1620. Reference: (The Complete Book of Emigrants, by Peter Coldham). Janet Lassiter has a friend whose research supports that Thomas George Lassiter was the one that immigrated to the US in 1620 on the Abagaile (Thomas Leister???), listed as 33 years old at the time on ship records. The family records/tree show him as 44 when he married Lilly E. Ford.

Janet Lassiter has a friend who also researched htis ine and in her family tree/individual records, Thomas George Lassiter (1586-1650) and Lilly E Ford (1605-1705) are listed as Robert Lassiter's parents.

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Robert Lassiter immigrated from England to America with his wife Sarah and sons to Nansemond County, Virginia, October 8, 1672, for 400 acres adjoining the lands of John Ellis, Bk 6, P 416, and based on land grants, it appears he had at least three sons (Source: Bell). However, another source has b. ca. 1635 in Nansemond Co., VA; d. ca. 1745.

Janet Lassiter mentions complications with Robert Lassiter when it comes to information based on family/individual records and family trees on Ancestry.com. Based on a friend's research, Robert Lassiter was the son of Thomas George Lassiter. According to this source, Robert was born in 1635 in New Kent, Nansemond, VA, and was married to Prudence of Nottoway, her father being Guy Eason and her mother being Fredia of the Cheroenhaka. While some sources1, 2, 3, 4 list Robert as a having wife named Prudance Eason (ca. 1637-1675), speculated to be of the Cherokee of the Nottoway, my DNA results do not overtly support a Native American ancestor though this does not fully rule out the possibility since it was pretty far back and may not be traceable. If Prudence Eason was of the Cherokee, she would have been only half Native American and her children even less so which might not show in DNA at the level of testing. They had a number of children, among them Thomas Lassiter, Janet's 7th great grandfather. The information indicates both Thomas and his brother George (my ancestor shown below) born on June 2, 1670; however, given a different source having George's birth year listed as 1668, they may have not been twins. She does have clear records going back to the first US census done in 1790, wills in 1792 for Joseph L Lassiter as well as one for his son Charles Lassiter in 1803. These are all from NC. It looks like sons of Robert Lassiter migrated to NC in the 1700s as it shows births in Nansemond, VA but deaths in NC.

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George Lassiter
(1668-1764)
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Anne Riddick ?
b. ca. 1675
  Joseph Booth      
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Aaron Lassiter
b. 1704
d. 1781
  Christian Booth
b. 1704
     
           
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They migrated, likely with son Micajah to Rowan Co., NC, now Randolph Co., NC, though "tradition" suggests they came from Northampton Co. in mid to later 1700. Josiah purchased 620 acres from Richard Shackleford. (Source: Bell). Josiah Marion Lassiter
d. 1790
  Sarah Hill    
           
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  Micajah was part of the third Lassiter generation in America. According to the book The Saga of the Family and Descendants of David Vestal Henley and Eleanor Lassiter of Randolph County, North Carolina by Eleanor Parker Bell, Micajah bought land that became Lassiter's Mill and the surrounding neighborhood became known as Lassiter Community. He, his sons and some sons-in-law farmed many of the land in what is New Hope Twp. His family was active in Oak Grove UMC and other churches. Micajah also served as a Justice of Peace in 1811. He was the was the only child of Josiah and Sarah (Hill) Lassiter. However, he himself had 21 children with 2 wives according to his tombstone, though looking at the far right, Laster Family Genealogy mentions 3 wives.

NOTE: Don't get confused the Micajah Lassiters. The Micajah Lassiter to the right is father of both Micajah Lassiter, Jr., and Hill Lassiter (among 19 others). Hill Lassiter had a son named Micajah Benson Lassiter. So, there are 3 Micajah Lassiters: the one to the right - Micajah Lassiter, Sr., his son Micajah Lassiter, Jr., and his grandson via son Hill, Micajah Benson Lassiter.
Micajah Lassiter, Sr.
b. 1764 in Albemarle Province, eastern NC
d. 3 June 1854; buried at Oak Grove UMC Cemetery in Randolph Co., NC
  Mary Tadlock
b. 1784
d. 27 September 1852
Mary, my ancestor, was Micajah's second wife. His first wife was Celia Spivey, who is not my ancestor. According to Laster Family Genealogy, he had a third wife - Sarah Albertson - and his marriages produced 10, 4, and 7 children (21 total), respectively.
           
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Silas K. Kearns

He owned a grist mill.

Pages 854 and 932 of The Saga of the Family and Descendants of David Vestal Henley and Eleanor Lassiter of Randolph County, North Carolina by Eleanor Parker Bell (1986) verified and bridged the gap!

Sara/Sarah Lassiter
(from Randolph Co., NC)
   
  b. 23 December 1815
d. 5 March 1890
m. 15 March 1837 b. 5 January 1815
d. 3 October 1890
tombstone
   
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descendants through daughter Margaret Jane Kearns via her marriage to Wenborn W. Cranford
     

Lassiter Ancestry was uncovered 11 March 2015.