Angus Chisholm can first be found on the 1800 Census record for Montgomery County, North Carolina. He is listed as Anguish. Anguish is generally connected to the Irish name Aengus or Óengus and is a masculine given name in English; an Anglicized form of the Scottish Gaelic and Irish Aonghas, which is composed of Celtic elements meaning "one", and "choice". A variant spelling of the Scottish Gaelic name is Aonghus. The Irish form of the Scottish Gaelic name is Aengus. (Wikipedia)
On the 1800 Census, Angus is listed between the ages of 16 and 25, making him born between 1775 and 1784. He lives as a bachelor, with 5 slaves, between Nathan Cothan (maybe Corthan?) and Henry DeBerry, Revolutionary War soldier, and only 4 doors down from Nathaniel Edwards.
Nathaniel Edwards of Montgomery County, North Carolina was born about 1762 in Georgia, according to the census records of his son Crawford, and the birth location of his brothers and sisters. He is in the 1787 tax records and in the 1790 and 1800 censuses in Montgomery County. His children began appearing in the records in Wilson County, Tennessee in 1804, but there are no records in Tennessee for Nathaniel himself. His last child was born in North Carolina in 1806. The absence of Nathaniel from the tax records in Wilson County implies that he was never a resident of Wilson County. Nancy, his wife, appeared as head of household in the 1820 census.
Nathaniel's wife, Nancy Howard Edwards, was identified in the will of her father, William Howard, who died in 1814. Nathaniel married Nancy Howard about 1780. There were nine surviving children in the 1800 census, and there were three children born after 1800. The names of the children were not in any historical document with Nathaniel or Nancy and had to be researched individually. Eleven of the children have been identified and are now verified by DNA. (by Jerry Edwards).
On the next page of the Census, and near-by, lives Bradford Howard who is the brother of Nancy. You can read more about these families and how I worked together with Jerry to discover how my Morgan line was identified with Alston Morgan, son of Anderson Morgan, who migrated with the Edwards family to Wilson County, Tennessee. It is my belief that Nathaniel Edwards has a connection to the Edwards family in Chatham County, North Carolina.
Graveyard Island is a recent name given to Big Cut Cemetery, the higher ground that became an island when Badin Lake was created when Narrows Dam was completed across the Narrows of the Yadkin River and filled in 1917. A number of graves were moved to the old Kirk family graveyard near Palmerville, North Carolina in 1916 and early 1917, including those of the Locke Family in May 1916, the Adderton’s in October 1916, the Harris-Chisholm Family in November 1916, the Pennington’s, Morton’s, and others. In a few cases, new stones were placed in 1916. Many stones have become unreadable with time or been damaged by falling trees and a 2015 forest fire. There are at least three cemeteries located on Graveyard Island. The island can only be accessed walking 3 miles down train tracks or by boat. (Find-A-Grave)
A Chisholm descendant was kind enough to share with me the below letter received in 1916 from then Tallassee Power Company, now The Tapoco Project. The letter refers to the relatives of D.[aniel] M. Chisholm, Sally Chisholm, and Martha Chisholm, who are buried in the graveyard in Eldorado Township, near Machine Branch.
As a note, there was also an Angus Chisholm in Moore County, North Carolina who can be found on the 1820 Census for that county and is listed as between the ages of 26-44, putting his year of birth as 1785 and too young to be Angus, son of Murdock. There is also a listing for this Angus Chisholm on the roles for 3 REG'T (MOORE'S) NORTH CAROLINA MIL and probably the same Angus who is found on the 1820 Census for Moore County.
After Sally died, Angus married Jane Harris, daughter of Maj. Thomas Harris, a Revolutionary War soldier, from Mecklenburg and Iredell counties North Carolina. Jane is mentioned in the will of Thomas Harris as Jane Chisholm and her marriage to Angus Chisholm of Montgomery County was announced in the Fayetteville Weekly Observer in 1824, where she is noted as the daughter of Maj. Harris. Jane had two sisters, Rachel, married James Neely, and Matlilda, married William Moore.
To my knowledge, there is no family connection between the Harris family of Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties and the Sally Myrick Harris family of Montgomery County.
In 1801, a survey was ordered for Angus for 300 acres on the west side of the Pee Dee River on the waters of Mountain Creek, including Michael Higgin’s improvements. Chain carriers were Isaac and Caleb Carter.
The Palmer tract of land may have been acquired from William Palmer who had several early land grants in Anson County, prior to the area becoming Montgomery County, but only one grant on Beaverdam Creek. That grant was issued in Jan 1773 for 640 acres of land on Beaverdam Creek.
The land may have also belonged to Robert Palmer, who is found as the neighbor of Angus on the 1810 Census.Jonathan Saratt of Randolph County indebted himself to Angus Chisholm for $35. “This being the sum of a judgement which is at this time in the hands of Solomon Farmer to collect for Angus Chisholm, which money Jonathan Saratt shall pay to the said Chisholm on or before the first day of Jan 1822.” Witness W. H. Chisholm. Undoubtedly, the majority of Sarratt’s ended up in Davidson County, North Carolina. See estate files at Family Search for more information on this family