Children of William and Hannah:
James born 1760
Arthur born 1762
Nancy born 1764
Patty born 1765
Hardy born 1769
Sarah born 1771
Isaac born 1773
Elizabeth born 1775
Rachael born 1776
Mary born 1779
All of the children above and a granddaughter by the name of Nancy Rogers was mentioned in William's will that was
probated August 6, 1800. The last census Hannah appeared on was the 1810 census.
William Bizzell, believed to be a son of John was born ca 1730 in Nansemond Co., Va.
On 12 March 1928, Dr. James Adrian Bizzell, great great grandsson of William, wrote to Virkus Genealogy Publishing Co. saying "family tradition has it that William emigrated from VA to NC."
As a young man, William purchased, for 20 pounds of good VA money, 400 acres from David and Nancy Braswell. The land was situated in Edgecomb Co., NC on the north side of Stony Creek and was entered in court records 12 Oct. 1763. Although the original deed did not mention wife Hannah, we believe they were married before 1763 since 3 of their children were born before 1765 according to census records.
In a 1771 land sale, Thomas Willis to RIchard Vick, mention was made of Bizzell's Mill Branch, so William must have operated a grist mill in Edgecomb Co. William and Hannah sold the Edgecomb property on 6 Jan. 1772 for 160 pounds--her name was on this deed. They reappeared a few months later (25 Sept. 1772) in old Duplin Co. records, as purchasing 470 acres from George Miller for 140 pounds. The land was situated on N. Goshen Swamp and the E. side of White Oak Branch near the present-day Sampson Co. line.
Afterwards, the family obtained several land grants and bought and sold much property in Duplin, Wayne and Sampson Cos. William and 2 of his sons served in the NC State Militia, Bladen Co., 1781-1783 and probably saw action in the battle of Tory Hole, Elizabethtown, Aug. 1781.
He and son James were listed in Duplin Co. in a special NC census attempted 17874-1787. That census was only partially completed owing to objections from those being counted.
William and other members of his family were more fully listed in the first national census in 1790.
In his will probated 6 Aug. 1800, William left propert to his wife Hannah; children James born 11760, Arthur born 1762, Nancy born 1764, Patty born 1765, Hardy born 1769, Sarah born 1771, Isaac born 1773, Elizabeth born 1775, Rachael born 1776 and Mary born 1779; and granddaughter Nancy Rogers. The prominent preachers or members of their families.
At the 1800 Duplin Census, Hannah was listed as head-of-house with one white male 16-24 yrs. old. At the 1810 census, she was listed as head of house in adjoining Wayne Co. and reported a white female 10-16 yrs old living with her. She was living "next-door" to Jesse and Asher. Thereafter, Hannah disappeared from census records.