Descendants of Andrew Balfour III
1. COLONEL ANDREW8 BALFOUR III (ANDREW7, JOHN ANDREW6, GEORGE
JOHN5, HERSCHEL ANDREW4, BALFOUR3,
ANDREW OF STRATHER AND MUQHANNY2, POSS
was born February 23, 1736/37 in Braidwood, parish of Temple. Midlothian, Scotland, and died March 10, 1782 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He married (1) JANET MACKORMICK April 14, 1769 in parish of Temple, Midlothian, Scotland, daughter of REVEREND
JOHN MACKORMICK. She was born Abt. 1750 in Scotland, and died June 17, 1773 in
Prestonpans, Lothian, Scotland. He married (2) ELIZABETH TODD DAYTON May 01, 1774 in Newport, Rhode Island, daughter of ISAAC
DAYTON and MARY HEATON. She was born May 01, 1754 in Newport, Rhode Island, and died 1818 in North Carolina.
Notes for ANDREW BALFOUR III:
Andrew was born at Braidwood Estate. The area of Braidwood, today, is in the new county of Midlothian which is the same as the old county of Edinburgh. The records of the General Register Office for Scotland list both the birth and the christening of Andrew, both on the 23rd of February, 1737. The abstract number 19563 listed under the parish of Temple is an identical photocopied paper as abstract number 19564 listed under the parish of St. Cuthbert.
from abstract number 19562:
"26th February 1737
Andrew Balfour of Braidwood Forn with Margaret Robertson
Jr. A Son Andrew born 23d Inst: wit: Peter Malcolm Stabler
in Bristo and James Fleming his servant"
from abstract numbers19563 and 19564 (see above):
"Register of Baptisms 1744.
February 23d, 1737
Mr. Andrew Balfour of Braidwood & Margaret
Robertson his spouse had a son called Andrew, baptized"
Andrew sailed from Grenoch, Scotland, May 20, 1772, on the "Snow George" which landed in Boston on the 18th of July.
On Monday, the 8th of March, 1779, men from all parts of the county (Randolph, NC) gathered at the home of Abraham Reece for the first court session of the formation of Randolph county (February 26, 1779). "After the Justices were qualified, they elected Absalom Tatom, Clerk of Court, William Milikan, Register, and William Bell, Sheriff. At the same term Commissions from the Governor appointing officers for the North Carolina Militia were presented to Lieutenant Colonel John Collier and First Major Jacob Sheppard. At the June Term of Court Enoch Davis was appointed First Major and Andrew Balfour Second Major."
SEE: The Old North State in 1776 by Rev. Eli W. Carruthers (1854)
Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Volume 1 -
Balfour, Andrew - Fam bur gr, Randolph Co, NC 49
DAR record: BALFOUR , Andrew
Birth: ST Rank: Col CS PS Service: NC Death: NC 10 Mar 1782
Patriot Pensioned: No Widow Pensioned: No Children Pensioned: No Heirs Pensioned: No
Spouse: (1) Janet McCormick Spouse: (2) Elizabeth Todd Dayton
(from www.brinet.com/~rputnam/ Histories of the chapters of the North Carolina Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Organized June 7, 1948. Registered October 20, 1948. The Colonel Andrew Balfour Chapter is located in Asheboro, North Carolina, District 5.) "Andrew Balfour was intimately associated with the early history of Randolph County. He came to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1772. In 1779, he came to Randolph County and settled in Cedar Grove Township building a small log cabin in which he and his family lived. He was commissioned a Justice of the Peace in 1779, became a Colonel of the Militia and a member of the Legislature in 1780. At his rustic home, on a Sabbath morning, March 10, 1782, in the presence of his little daughter and his sister Margaret, he was brutally murdered by Colonel David Fanning and a band of his Tory raiders. He was buried on the hill beside his home, and his wife, Elizabeth Dayton Balfour, moved to Salisbury and was soon appointed by George Washington as the first Post Mistress of the United States. From ' 75 Years of Service' pg. 91."
NOTE: Although the belief about Elizabeth being the first postmistress has been widely written about, this is not supported by the records of the post office. (SW)
2416418 OPR C M 23 FEB 1737 BALFOUR ANDREW BALFOUR ANDREW ROBERTSON MARGARET TEMPLE ANDREW BALFOUR/MARGARET ROBERTSON FR1934 700 1 19
Burial: Balfour family cemetery, Randolph County, NC
Christening: February 23, 1736/37, parish of Temple, Midlothian, Scotland
Notes for JANET MACKORMICK:
(This is the best of my ability to read the old handwriting.)
From the General Register Office for Scotland (abstract number19567):
"Register of Proclamations
Proclamations in this Parish
April 9th, 1769
Initiation of a purpose of marriage between
Mr. Andrew Balfour Junior merchant in Edinburgh
and Mistress Janet Mackormick (daughter of the late
Rev. Mr. John Mackormick Minister of the Gospel
at St. Andrews) now residing in this parish was this
day published before these wittnesses
Alexander Tweedie Schoolmaster in this place and
Andrew Begbie Servant to the (?) Doctor Joseph Mackormick
Minister of the Gospel Ditto
April 14, 1769
The above Mr. Andrew Balfour Junior and
Mistress Janet Mackormick were married wittnesses
John Mitchelson of Middleton and Robert Hepburn
of Clerkington Esqrs."
SEE: The Old North State in 1776 by Rev. Eli W. Caruthers (1854)
Possibly, Janet went to live with her brother, at Prestonpans, Scotland, and died there of the fever.
3770798 OPR M M 14 APR 1769 BALFOUR ANDREW MACKORMICK JANET TEMPLE JANET MACKORMICK/FR2461 700 3 19
May 2, 1774 issue of the Newport, Rhode Island Mercury
page 3 of number 817:
"Yesterday was married by the Rev. David Ezra Stiles, Mr. Andrew Balfour of Connecticut, merchant, and late of the university of Edinburgh to Miss Elizabeth Dayton, daughter of Col. Isacc Dayton, of this town, a lady of amiableness and great merit."
Dr. Ezra Stiles kept a diary; edited by F.B. Dexter and printed in three volumes. (1901)
From Volume 1, page 439:
"May 1, 1774. Lordsday A.M. and VIII1/2 I married Mr. Andrew Balfour of Enfield in Connecticut Merchant, and late of the City and University of Edinburgh, and Miss Elizabeth Dayton of Newport at Col. Daytons House."
The original diary is at Yale University. Dr. Stiles was a pastor of Second Congregational Church in Newport before becoming president of Yale College from 1778 to 1795.
Alternate birthdate: November 3, 1746
"One good source of information on many Dayton families is "A DAYTON RECORD", compiled by Charles Nathan Dayton and edited by James W. Dayton, Jr. This printed source has 435 pages of info on 38 different Dayton family groups. It also has a very good index. You will find this at the New Haven Historical Society at 114 Whitney Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06610. There is also a copy at the East Hampton Free Library at 159 Main St. East Hampton, N.Y. 11937 This is on Long Island. "
Burial: Balfour family cemetery, near Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina
SEE: The Old North State in 1776 by Rev. Eli W. Caruthers (1854)
Child of ANDREW BALFOUR and JANET MACKORMICK is:
2. i. ISABELLA "TIBBIE"9 BALFOUR, b. 1771, Edinburgh, Scotland; d. February 22, 1837, Randolph County, North Carolina.
Children of ANDREW BALFOUR and ELIZABETH DAYTON are:
3. ii. MARGARET ROBERTSON9 BALFOUR, b. 1775, Newport, Rhode Island; d. 1820, Randolph County, North Carolina.
4. iii. ANDREW BALFOUR IV, b. October 22, 1776, Newport, Rhode Island; d. December 31, 1825, Randolph County, North Carolina.