Richard C. Wooton Collection

Manuscript Collection #693
Wooton, Richard C.
Physical description
0.87 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes, genealogical publications
Preferred Citation
Richard C. Wooten Collection (#693), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Copies (undated) of the Wooten and related families association publications, including quarterlies, special studies, and chapters for Wooten family history.

Biographical/historical information

Resources in this collection focus on the Wooten families that are documented migrating from England to America, from Virginia to North Carolina, then from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina to locations further west in America. The major family name spellings are Wooten, Wooton, Wootton, Wootan, with a few other variations. Most of the families concerned in the collection resided in North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Family lines are also traced back to countries of origin.

The publications in this collection were edited by Richard Conaroe Wooton. He was born December 21, 1915, to Flaud C. Wooton and Marguerite Scott Wooton and married Viola Arline Rourke in 1938 in California. He died December 6, 1996, while residing in Arlington, Virginia.


Scope and arrangement

This collection consists of copies of the Wooten and Related Families Association publications. This non-profit association was founded on November 11, 1980 by family members in order to present previously unpublished primary source information pertaining to Wootens and related families. The overall objective of the association is to serve as a resource to provide any descendant of a Wooten family in America with authentic documented information about his or her Wooten ancestors and their related families. General research is focused on bridging the gaps in lineages and tracing the development of families through the inter-marriage with earlier Wootens.

Contained in the collection are ten volumes of the Wooten and Related Families Association quarterlies. The publication's name was changed to The Journal in 1989. Volume I includes such topics as Wootton immigration to Virginia, land grants of Wootens in North Carolina, Wootons of Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, early Wootten families in South Carolina and early Wootens in Georgia. Volume II contains information on Wooten Revolutionary soldiers found in the U.S. National Archives records and Wooten Revolutionary ancestors of DAR members. Also featured is Shadrach Wooten, a Revolutionary ancestor, a variety of Wooten documents from five different states representing multiple Wooten strains, early Texas Wootens, North Carolina Wooten marriage bonds and Revolutionary account books in North Carolina.

Also included is biographical data about William Wooten, a Revolutionary soldier, and Thomas and AIlsey Wooten, as well as genealogical information about any surname in North Carolina between 1770-1780. Volume III features information on James Wooten of Johnston County NC, and Georgia, John Woostin of Dobbs County, North Carolina, the Woottons in Prince Edward County Virginia, the Ootons, Wooten deeds in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, Virginia land grants of Bell Woten and more data on Thomas Hughes. Also included is biographical data on Moses Wooten, the ancestry of Chapman Norvill, the Wootens of New Hanover, North Carolina, and the Heirs-at-law of Silas P. Wooton, along with information on early Tennessee Wootens in Marion, Rutherford, Shelby, Maury, Tipton and Warren Counties. Volume IV is comprised of information pertaining to James Wooten of Johnston County North Carolina, Woottons of Prince Edward County Virginia, John Woostin, Wooten deeds in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, Bell Woten and his Virginia land grants, Wootens in Texas, heirs and ancestry of Chapman Norvill and Silas P. Wooten and a number of early Tennessee Wootens. Volume V focuses on Hardy Vickers Wooten and his ancestors, the husband of Lydia Wooton, Jesse Wootton of Prince Edward County, Wootens and Woottens in Texas, the divorce of John Henry Wootten and the introduction of a new, related family. Volume VI consists of information on the North Carolina Wootens at the end of the 18th century, a diary of a genealogical research trip, Hardy Wootan, the Mississippi pioneer, Robert Wooten of Mississippi, Hardy Wooten, a U.S. spy, as well as Wootons of Kentucky, Halifax County, Virginia and Georgia. Volume VII offers information on the Georgia pioneer Faitha Wooten and her son Jesse Wooten, the name Wootton in Australia, Thomas Wootten, Shadrach Wooten, a Pacific Northwest pioneer, four Richard Kelly Wootens, Eli Wooten, Wootens of Tennessee, Thomas Hughes and Memory Wooten. Volume VIII discusses the Watton records of Northhamptonshire, England, and numerous North Carolina wills, information on the Wooten ancestry of Sheriff William R. Wooten, Woottens of Alabama, William Jasper Wooten II, as well as the ancestry of James Lawrence Wooten and the will and bible of Arthur Forbes of Pitt County, North Carolina. Volume IX only contains issues number 1 and 3. These contain information about the Wootans of Alabama and Texas, and Isreal Wootan of Orangeburgh District in South Carolina.

Also included in the collection are five special studies. Special Study No. I, The Woottons of Isle of Wight County Virginia, provides information on all the descendants of the Edgecombe and Pitt County Lenoir families, as well as the descendants of James Wooten of Johnston, North Carolina. Special Study No. IV is The Wootons of Surry County NC 1735-1820 and includes information on all the Wootons of Surry, Yadkin, and Iredell Counties in North Carolina. Special Study No. V, The Woottens of York County Virginia, holds information on all descendants of York, Virginia; Elizabeth City County in Virginia, Halifax, North Carolina, the Georgia descendants of Col. Thomas Wooten of Wake and and the descendants of William Wooten of Smith County, Tennessee. Special Study No. VIII is entitled Charles Wooton of Kentucky and includes information on Charles Wooton and his two families. Special Study XI, John Wooten SR of Pitt County NC and His Sons, provides information on John Sr. of Pitt County, North Carolina, his sons, all Shadrach Wootens, and most of the Council Wootens. Special Study No. IX is William Wooten the Elder of Edgecombe: His Children and Grandchildren and contains information on William Wooten, his four sons and his 27 grandchildren.

Administrative information
Custodial History

May 22, 1995 , 18 volumes; Copies of the Wooten and Related Families Association publications, including quarterlies, special studies, and chapters for Wooten family history. Donor: Mrs. Richard C. Wooton.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Richard C. Wooton

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Processed by Stacey Smith April 28 2003

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Container list
Box 1 Folder a The Quarterlies Volume V No. 1-4; and Volume VI No. 2,3, and 4. 7 items, 180 sheets; 1985-1986
Box 1 Folder b The Quarterlies Volume I, No. 1,3, and 4; and Volume II No. 1-4. 7 items, 368 sheets; 1981-1982
Box 1 Folder c The Quarterlies Volume III, No. 1-4; Volume IV, No. 1-4; Volume IX No. 3; Volume VIII, No. 1-4; Volume VII, No. 1-4; and Special Study No. I. 19 items, 889 sheets; 1983-1989
Box 1 Folder d Special Studies No. XI and V. 2 items, 420 sheets; 1985
Box 2 Folder a The Quarterlies Volume I, No. 2; and Special Study VIII. 2 items, 142 sheets; 1981
Box 2 Folder b Special Study No. IX. 1 item, 242 sheets; 1986
Box 2 Folder c The Quarterlies Volume VI, No. 1. 1 item, 32 sheets; 1986
Box 2 Folder d Special Study NO. IV 1 item, 235 sheets; 1985