- Born: 1685, Christ Church Parish, Barbados, British West Indies
- Marriage: Mary LOVETT
- Died: 1758, Halifax County, North Carolina, USA aged 73
Extract from "Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians" by John H. Wheeler (1884)
Genealogy of the Haywood Family
John Haywood, the founder of the family in North Carolina, was born in Christ Church Parish, near St. Michael's, in the Island of Barbadoes. He was the son of John Haywood, a younger brother of Sir Henry Haywood, a knight and magistrate in the old country, and must have been a man of some note as Evelyn in his Memoirs speaks of having met him at court and was not favourably impressed with his arrogant manner.
He settled in 1730 at the mouth of Conecanarie in Halifax, then a part of the great county of Edgecombe. He was Teasurer of the northern counties of the Province from 1752 until his death in 1758.
He married Mary Lovett, by whom he had six children:
I. Col. William Haywood, married Charity Hare; he died in 1779.
II. Sherwood Haywood married Hannah Gray.
III. Mary married to the Rev. Thomas Burgess.
IV. Elizabeth married Jesse Hare; she died in 1774.
V. Deborah married to John Hardy.
VI. Egbert, died 1801, married Sarah Ware.
VII. John, who died unmarried.
Extract from "Dictionary of North Carolina: Vol. 3" by William Stevens Powell
Haywood, John (1685-1758), engineer, legislator, and soldier, was born in Christ Church Parish, Barbados, British West Indies. His family had emigrated to that island from the parish of Bolton, Lancashire County, England, in 1662. Haywood went to New York and then to North Carolina where, about 1741, he settled in the northern section of present Halifax County.
Haywood was made a justice of the peace in 1746, and from that year until 1752, he was also one of the county's representatives in the Assembly. An active legislator, he served on committees to examine public claims, to revise the laws of the province, to facilitate navigation in provincial waters, and to form a bill to regulate the practice of the courts of justice. He was the author of the bill "of encouragement of James Davis to set up and carry on the business of a Printer". Davis's press, established in 1749, was the first in the colony.
When war with Spain threatened the safety of the colony, Haywood was made commissioner to erect forts along the coast to protect the ports of entry. Because of the inconveniences caused by the Granville District, two provincial treasurers were necessary; Haywood was treasurer of the northern counties. When he relinquished this position, he became commander of the Edgecombe County militia, which then consisted of more than 1,300 officers and men.
Later in life, Haywood and his sons served as assistants to Francis Corbin, chief agent of Earl Granville, owner of that part of the province in which Edgecombe lay. Growing dissatisfaction among those who lived in the Granville District resulted in riots and threats of armed resistance. Corbin and his assistants were accused of charging excessive quitrents and the Haywoods of asking exorbitant fees for their services as land surveyors. At the height of the unrest, Haywood was away from home on business, and upon his return was takn suddenly ill and died. The unruly colonists, suspecting this to be a ruse to enable him to escape their fury, went to his grave, dug up his coffin, and found that the death was indeed a fact. This macabre act brought to an end the history of a useful citizen. An active supporter of the Church of England, Haywood had been a vestryman and churchwarden of his parish.
During his residence in New York, Haywood married Mary Lovatt. They had four sons and three daughters: William married Charity Hare. Sherwood married Hannah Gray. Egbert married Sarah Ware, and John died unmarried; Mary married the Reverend Thomas Burges, Elizabeth married Jesse Hare, and Deborah married John Hardy. All bit two left descendants, among whom have been many leaders in the state.
John married Mary LOVETT.