Name: * Aaron SHORT
Given Name: * Aaron
Birth: say 1730-1735 in VA
Death: BEF 12 Nov 1778 in Guilford Co., NC
Descedants of Aaron Short have DNA tested and are S-17, S-20, S-38, S-42, S-47 and S-49 at:
Change Date: 20 Feb 2016 at 00:00:00
SHORT DNA Results Page.
Additional information on the Short family.
The first record found of Aaron Short is when he and Moses Short appeared in a 1759 Rowan County tax list. The next record of Aaron Short after the 1759 tax list was on 28 November 1759 when he and David Purssell were chain carriers for a Granville Grant to William Spruce on North Buffalo Creek adjacent to John Nix and Robert Donnel.1
At court in October 1765 Aaron Short presented a claim for having killed one Wolf.2 On 15 February 1769 he had his "Year Marck for Hoggs and Cattle &c" recorded as "a Crop in the right year & a Nick in the Underside of the Same Year & a Slit in the Lef Year & Brands C [C with a dot in the middle] on the Near Butack."3
Bradford had a tract of land surveyed that was adjacent to Sarah Short on South Buffalo Creek.4 Aaron's widow Sarah had remarried to Thomas Green by 6 Dec. 1779 when on that date Thadeus Beall entered 400 acres on South Buffalo "including the Improvement whereon Thomas Green did live
beginning being the place the Widow Short lived on when she married Thomas Green."5
There are indications that Aaron had a will, but early court records of Guilford County were destroyed by the British. His widow Sarah and sons William Oldham Short, Moses Short, and Aaron Short received a tract of 486 acres on both sides of Big Troublesome Creek that was granted on 14 October 1783.6 That tract is located in what became southern Rockingham County on its creation in 1785. Recorded at the same time was a grant of 328 acres to Sarah Short [widow], Jonathan Bird Short and Samuel Short on both sides of South Buffalo Creek adjacent to Thomas Davies, William Maben, William Wiley and James Jackson.7
The Guilford Court in May 1793 ordered that a commission lay off the land where Aaron Short formerly lived into two equal lots "agreeable to his will."8 That was done on 4 June 1793 by Patrick McGibney, William Armfield first, William Armfield the Second & William Armfield the 3d, Edward Millis and George Pope.9
Aaron's widow Sarah and her second husband Thomas Green moved to Mercer County, Kentucky. On 28 September 1802 Sarah Green, formerly Sarah Short, and her husband Thomas Green of Mercer County, Kentucky, and Samuel Short and Jonathan Bird Short of Guilford County sold to Peter Field (Lydia's brother) 142 acres on South Buffalo Creek adjacent to David Jackson and Davis for $500.10
Thomas Green wrote his will in Mercer Co., KY on 4 Nov. 1801 and left his wife Sarah half the land he lived on with liberty of half the dwelling House, one Negro woman named Jinny and half of the house and kitchen furniture during her natural life. To his son James Green he left the other half of the land, property and furniture and Negro boy Peter, and the other half of the land and Negro Jinny at the decease of his wife. To his sons William Green, Thomas Green, John Green and daughters Rachal Bam?/Bean?, Mary McFartridge, Leauranah McFartridge he left one dollar each. To his wife Sarah he left one half of the money of 39 pounds, 3 shillings due him by paying 5 pounds to William Curry which was due for his land, and the other half to his son James Green. The executors were his wife Sarah and son James Green. The witnesses were Henry Sandefut, Thomas Jones, Ann (x) Jones and Garret Darland. It was proved at the Jan. 1807 court by Henry Sandifer and Garett Darland.11
1 Margaret M. Hofmann, The Granville District of North Carolina 1748-1763, (Ahoskie, NC: Atlantic Printing Inc., 1989), 3:104.
2 Rowan County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 2:615, FHL microfilm 0,313,775.
3 Rowan County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 3:66, FHL microfilm 0,313,775.
4 North Carolina Warrants and Surveys, Guilford Co., NC, #146, FHL microfilm 2,024,282.
5 Guilford County, North Carolina 1779-1795 land entries: 10, #1916, FHL microfilm 0,019,041.
6 Guilford County, North Carolina Deed Book B:376, FHL microfilm 0,019,046.
7 Guilford County, North Carolina Deed Book B:377, FHL microfilm 0,019,046.
8 Guilford County, North Carolina 1788-1796 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, page 213, FHL microfilm 0,501,190.
9 Guilford County, North Carolina 1788-1796 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, page 225, FHL microfilm 0,501,190.
10 Guilford County North Carolina Deed Book G:536-537, FHL microfilm 0,019,050.
11 Thomas Green will, Mercer County, Kentucky Wills 3:313-215, FHL microfilm 0,191,830.
Father: * Samuel SHORT b: say 1665 to 1680
Mother: Frances -?-
* Sarah -?-
- William Oldham SHORT b: say 1756 in Rowan (now Guilford Co.), NC
- Moses SHORT b: 13 Aug 1764 in Rowan (now Guilford Co.), NC
- Aaron SHORT b: ca. 1767 in Rowan (now Guilford Co.), NC
- Jonathan Bird SHORT b: 1772 in Guilford Co., NC
- * Samuel SHORT b: 1774 in Guilford Co., NC