The Lovick's  

The Lovick and Caswell families were landowners, friends, and relatives who served the government of North Carolina under both the Proprietorship rule as well as under the British Monarchy. George Phenney Lovick and Richard Caswell were related through marriage, as both men married daughters of William Herritage. A young Richard Caswell studied law under William Herritage in preparation for passing the bar. Richard also married William's daughter Sarah. George Lovick married Sarah's sister, Anna. When George and Anna died leaving underage children, Richard and Sarah Caswell raised Elizabeth, William, and John Lovick with their own children. John Lovick later married his cousin Susannah Caswell, daughter of Richard and Sarah Caswell.

It appears that the Lovick's stayed loyal to England during the Revolutionary War. The story in our family is that a great aunt gathered all the Lovick documentation to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, only to discover the Lovick's were Tories. She later joined the DAR under another family line. Records are scarce on the Lovick family and their activities, or lack there of, during the Revolutionary War. Some historians scarcely mention the Lovick's despite the prominence this family seemed to hold in government of North Carolina before the Revolution.

After the War, William Lovick married the widow of his cousin John Caswell. Records show that Lovicks and Caswells resumed working together in County governmental positions. The Lovick and Caswell men were also Masons.

Richard Caswell 1772, Winston Caswell 1796, St. John’s No. 3; Benjamin Caswell 1788, Dallam Caswell 1799, Richard Caswell 1788, Winston Caswell 1788, William M. Herritage 1788, John Lovick 1799, William Lovick 1799 St. John’s No.4, Kinston; and William M. Herritage 1799, Friendship No. 36, Fort Barnwell (Originally known as St. David’s Lodge). Officers of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A. M. of North Carolina, APPENXIX Roster of North Carolina Masons in the 18th Century.

A large amount of credit for Lovick family research goes to James B. Lovick of Great Britain, and Frances Etheridge. Both of these fine researchers were instrumental in gathering information and documentation years before the internet became a major tool in genealogical research.


The Lovick Family of Eastern North Carolina

The Lovick brothers were born in London England. Christening records for St. Vedast Foster Lane and St. Michael Le Querne in London England identify their parents as William Lovicke and Mary.
[1] The Arch Bishop of Canterbury issued a marriage license 23 April 1688 to William Lovick, age 28, of London and Mrs. Mary Fealstead age 23 of Stepney, Middlesex, England.

1. William Lovicke and Mary had the following children

2           i.          Robert              c.4 Jan 1689, died young
3          ii.          Hugh George   c.15 Dec 1689, d. ca 1727 England
4          iii.         John                 c.19 Aug 1691, d. 1733,
            iv.         William            c.25 Dec 1693, d. by June 1701
5         v.          Edward            c.15 Nov 1695, d.
6          vi.         Thomas           c.18 Jul 1698, d. 1759
7         vii.         William            c.10 Jun 1701
Records in London, England list William’s son, Hugh George, as a Haberdasher. It appears that he also handled some of the financial affairs of his North Carolina brothers. George is mentioned in John Lovick’s North Carolina will written 27 August 1727.

"I give to my dear and loving wife, Penelope Lovick all the moneys and efforts in George Lovick’s hands, and all the Goods I have sent for a legacy due by my uncle Parr’s
will. . ."


Hugh George also penned his own will in 1727. George’s will names wife, Annis; brothers, John, Edward, William, Thomas; the late Uncle Edward Parre; a cousin Robert and various friends.[4] The wills of Hugh George and Annis do not name any children.[5]


4. John Lovick (1691-1733) arrived in the America in 1710, as a member of Edward Hyde’s sailing party. On 9 January 1712/13 Madam Catherine Hyde proved the importation of eight persons including herself, Edward Hyde, Esq. and John Lovick.[6] Colonial records of North Carolina identify John as "attorney for Dame Cath. Hide."[7]

John was born in 1691 making him about 18 years old when he arrived in the American colonies. He quickly became involved in the colonial government of North Carolina. John served as a member of Governor Charles Eden’s Council from 28 May 1714 through 26 March 1722. He continued to serve on the Council under Thomas Pollock, William Reed, Governor George Burrington, and Governor Richard Everard[8] John was Deputiy Secretary in 1718 where records show Sandy Point, as the "dwelling house of Capt. John Lovick". [9] He held the office of Secretary of the North Carolina Colony from 1722-1730[10] John also served as a North Carolina Royal Councilor from1731-33.[11] In 1728, Governor Everand appointed John Lovick as one of the four commissioners representing North Carolina charged with working along side the Virginia commissioners to draw the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina.[12] [13]


John Lovick married Sarah Blount, born 23 May 1702, the daughter of John Blount and Elizabeth Davis of Chowan County, North Carolina. The wills of John and Elizabeth Blount both mention John Lovick.[14] Sarah Lovick appears in the will of her father and is deceased by August 1727 when John writes his will naming his new wife, Penelope. John’s second wife, Penelope Galland, was the widow of William Maule and Step-daughter of Governor Charles Eden. Penelope married twice more after John's death in 1733, George Phenney who died in 1737[15] and North Carolina Governor Gabriel Johnston. It appears John Lovick left no issue by either marriage.


6. Thomas Lovick arrived in North Carolina by 1718/19 as shown by his 10 November 1719 petition to obtain a patent for 640 acres lying at the head of Salmon Creek.[16] The marriage connection between the Lovick and the Caswell families is through the direct line of Thomas Lovick. Like his brother John, he became involved in the Colonial Government of North Carolina. Thomas represented Carteret County as a member of the North Carolina Lower House of the Assembly.[17] [18] He began service as a Justice of the Peace in 1725 and was Chairman of the court in 1736[19] [20]Thomas was also the Collector of Custom for Port Beaufort by 1734 and continued to serve as collector until his death. When the Spanish attacked the town of Beaufort in 1747, Colonel Thomas Lovick arrived with his regiment from Carteret to help rescue the captured town.[21]


Thomas’s first wife is unknown, some researchers believe her name was Sarah. She died by 1743.

Thomas’ children by his first wife:

          8            i.          John (mentioned in Uncle John Lovick’s will)
          9           ii.          Unknown (Mary?)
        10          iii.          Sarah b. 1734
        11          iv.          Penelope
        12           v.          George Pheney (1736/37-1778)

Thomas' second wife was Sarah (Sara) Godet. They were married ca 1743. Sara was born in Antigua, the daughter of Theodorus Godet and Sara La Rouxs.[22] Godet married Henricus Benners, of Saint Eustatius, abt 1723, he died there on 20 May 1732.[23] Church records identify Henricus and Sara’s children; Adriana (Ann), b. 21 May 1724; Johannes (John), b. 12 May 1726; Sara (Sarah), b. 9 Oct. 1730. The widow Sarah (Godet) Benners married William Dunn of Scotland, on 14 November 1733 in Saint Eustatius.[24] He removed Sara and her children from the West Indies, and was deceased by 1743 where records place her in North Carolina married to Thomas Lovick. Thomas and Sarah, their daughter Elizabeth, as well as, their children from previous marriages are named in the will of Ann Winright of Carteret County.[25] Thomas' April, 1759 will was proven in June Court.[26] In 1761/62, Sarah (Godet) Benners Lovick married William Herritage of Craven County.[27]

Thomas and Sarah had a daughter,

        13          vi.          Elizabeth (1748-1810)

Elizabeth married three times and died in Craven County, North Carolina on 23 Jan 1810. She married Heneage Herritage, son of William Herritage, on 27 Jun 1764. Heneage died 26 January 1770.

Heneage and Elizabeth had the following children:

i.               William Herritage born in Craven County on 19 October 1767, died 19 March 1786.

ii.              John Benners Herritage born 7 July 1769. m. Elizabeth Green on 10 August 1793.[28]

She died on 12 January 1796. The 1799 Craven Census shows him alone with 3 slaves.

On 18 Oct 1770, Elizabeth married Isaac Partridge. Isaac died on 14 March 1781.

Isaac and Elizabeth’s children:

i.               Sarah Partridge born 25 October 1771. This Sarah married Lucas J. Benners on 27 July 1789 in Craven County, NC.[29] He was the nephew of her mother’s stepbrother, John Benners. Sarah died in childbirth on 13 December 1797

ii.              Elizabeth Blount Partridge born 23 January 1774. Elizabeth married William Jones on 7 April 1796 in Craven County, NC.[30] Elizabeth died in April 1836. William died the following year.

iii.            Thomas Partridge born 13 September 1870. On 9 Apr 1803, he married Sarah Cheek in Craven County, NC.[31] Thomas died 14 November 1809 in Craven County.

Elizabeth married, third, James Howard, on 20 March 1786 in Craven County, NC.[32]





8. John Lovick. The date of John's birth is unknown, but he is under age in August 1727 according to his Uncle John Lovick’s will, written. 25 August 1727.

"I give and Bequeath to John Lovick, Son of my Brother, Thomas Lovick, the negro Boy called Ned now at the sd. Thomas Lovick's; and also the Tract of Land & Plantation called the Horse Meadow or Pasture adjacent to Plowmans Land, to him and his heirs; & if the sd. John Lovick dye before he comes of Age, my Will is that what I give him, his said Father shall have. (see endnote 3)

By October 1748, John is serving in the Court of Common Pleas in the County of Bertie, North Carolina. [33]

9. Mary Lovick. Date of birth/death unknown. She may have been the daughter who married Evan Jones. The 1751 will of Ann Winright names a Mary Lovick, yet it is unclear whether Mary is the wife of Evan Jones. Jones wrote his will 23 Dec 1752 naming his children and Thomas Lovick. Thomas Lovick’s 1759 will identifies Sarah Jones as his granddaughter and Lovick as her brother.[34]

10. Sarah Lovick. Born in North Carolina by 1734[35]. She married James Parkinson, and then her stepbrother John Benners following the death of both James, and her sister Penelope (Lovick) Benners.

11. Penelope Lovick. (North Carolina birth and death dates unknown) Married her stepbrother, John Benners

NOTES: February 23, 1757: Thomas Lovick out of paternal love and affection I have and do bear my daughter Penelope, now the wife of John Benners and for settling and advencing (sic) the aforesaid John Benners for 5 shillings sterling paid by John Benners and Penelope his wife do convey unto my son-in-law and Penelope his wife 100 acres on Clubfoots Creek land being part of a tract of 640 acres patented by John Loson (sic) dated June 10, 1706, which aforesaid 100 acres of land was sold unto Thomas Lovick by Jno. Carruthers Feb 27, 1737, houses, outhouses, orchards, fences and all other privileges etc. page 24 Abstracts Of Deeds And Wills, Craven Co. NC

12. George Pheney Lovick. Born about 1746 in North Carolina, died in Dobbs County in 1778. George Pheney Lovick is named in his father’s will, as well as, in the wills of Ann Winright, and William Herritage/Heritage

George Pheney Lovick’s first wife was Ann or Elizabeth (Smith?).[36] A notation copied from the North Carolina Archives states "Inventory of Ann Lovick, dec’d 24 March 1764,William M. Herritage, Admr. (3 pages of personal estate and slaves)." This may have been George's first wife’s estate. It remains unproven what her actual name was.

They had one child:

                        i.          Thomas (underage in 1759 when named in Grandfather, Thomas Lovick’s will.)

George Pheney’s second wife was Anna Herritage (Heritage), daughter of William Herritage (Heritage) and Susannah Moor (Mohr/Moore). She was the daughter of Adam (Mohr/Moore). Anna was born in 1742 in North Carolina and died in 1784.

George and Anna had the following children:

                        i.          George (1764-1798)
                       ii.          Sarah (1764-1801)
        14          iii.          John (1768-1799)
        15          iv.          William (1769-1858)
        16           v.          Elizabeth (1777-1858)



14. John Lovick, born ca 1768. He married Susannah Caswell about 1794. Susannah, the daughter of Richard Caswell and Sarah (Herritage/Heritage) Caswell was born 16 February 1775. After John’s death in 1799, Susannah married John Gatlin. John Lovick and Sarah had a daughter, Sarah.

15. William Lovick was born in 1769/70 according to information in 1850 North Carolina Census. Following in the North Carolina Lovick tradition, William served in local government positions including as Clerk of the Superior Court of Lenoir County.[37] He was a religious man and a Member of the Vestry of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. William married Mary Gray Shepard, widow of his cousin John Caswell and daughter of Benjamin Sheppard. (John Caswell died 14 Apr 1795.) Mary died by 1802. William and Mary had one daughter, Elizabeth, who along with her half-brother, John B. Caswell appear as heirs of Benjamin Sheppard in a legal document of an 1814 lawsuit.[38]

"The said Benjamin Sheppard left eight children who were his heirs and next of kin, to wit, Catharine now the wife of Benjamin Evans, Mary Gray who died leaving two children her heirs, to wit, John B. Caswell & Elizabeth Lovick whose guardian is William Lovick, . . ."[39]

William and Mary had one child

i.               Elizabeth Ann m. Knight Green 20 June1827.

William married his second wife, Elizabeth Bright,[40] around the year 1806. She was the daughter of Captain Simon Bright and Mary Graves of Dobbs/Lenoir County. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Lenoir County, records note that Elizabeth was buried 3 Nov 1844 in Lenoir, North Carolina.

William and Elizabeth had the following children:

i.               Mary Ann (b. ca 1811-12 Oct 900) m. Warren Kilpatrick 25 Jan 1836, d., Lenoir, NC[41]

ii.              Frances (Fanny) (-1842) m. Mortimer Bright 26 November 1827., Vallambrosa, FL[42]

iii.            George T (or P) d. 1845[43] m. Phoebe/Phebe (Fonville) widow of Abner Pierce/Pearce [44]

iv.            Nancy Herritage b. 24 Jul 1813 Craven, NC, m. William Tull

v.              Sarah Mariah (b. ca 1805-7 Jan 1852) m. George P. Kincey, d. in Marianna, Florida[45]


"William Lovick of Lenoir was buried in Kinston NC in rear of the church on the 28th April 1858 having died on the 26th in the 79th year of his age".


16. Elizabeth Lovick. Born in 1777 in NC, Elizabeth died in Pensacola, Florida on 15 Aug 1858; she was 81. On 15 Jun 1796 when Elizabeth was 19, she married James Bright, son of Simon Bright & Mary Graves.




Piecing together the members of this family is similar to working a 1000 piece puzzle of a beach. This document represents the efforts of several Lovick researchers, working together to identify and document the members of this prominent North Carolina Family. Compounding the issue is the varied spellings of the name Lovick, sometimes within a single document. (Lovick, Lovicke, Loveche, Lovett) With that in mind, please accept this family history as a work in progress.


I would be remiss if I did not give credit to the other Lovick Family researchers, James B. Lovick of Great Britian, Frances Etheridge, Francis Hodges, and all those who have contributed Lovick information to Old Dobbers and at Rootsweb. A special thank you to Martha Mewborn Marble who photocopied numerous Lovick documents and sent them to me, clear out to Washington State.


Patricia Ann (Robinson) Day

[1] Extracted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from microfilm copies of parish registers and parish register transcripts on film nos. 0375024, 0374504, and 0845240.

[2] England: Canterbury - Marriage Licences issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1679-1694 at

[3] Will of John Lovick written 27 August 1727. North Carolina. North Carolina Wills and Inventories: Copied From Original and Recorded Wills and Inventories in the Office of the Secretary of State. Raleigh, NC, USA: 1912, pgs. 291-294

[4] Will of Hugh George Lovick written 1727 in London, England. Public Records Office, Natonal Archives, London, London, England

[5] Will of Annis Lovick proved in London, England 24 April 1758, leaves entire estate to sister Mary Brothoff (spelling ?). Public Records Office, Natonal Archives, London, London, England

[6] Colonial Records of North Carolina Vol 2 p.3, copied from files in the North Carolina State Archives by Martha Mewborn Marble.

[7] Ibid. Vol 2 p. 90

[8] General Assembly Session 1913: Compiled and Edited by R. D. W. Connor, 1053 p. Raleigh, E. M. Uzzell & Co. State Printers,1913, pgs. 326-327. Electronic Edition. Connor, R. D. W. (Robert Digges Wimberly), ed. © This work is the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

[9] Colonial Records of North Carolina Vol 2 p. 321

[10] General Assembly Session 1913, p. 332

[11] "Men of Good Estates": Wealth Among North Carolina’s Royal Councillors By William S. Price, Jr. [Vol. 49 (1972), 72-82] Electronic Editon, This work is the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

[12] William Byrds Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina, Dover Publications Inc. New York.

[13] The Westover Manuscripts: Containing The History Of The Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia And North Carolina; A Journey To The Land Of Eden, A. D. 1733; And A Progress To The Mines. Written From 1728 To 1736, And Now First Published. By William Byrd, Of Westover. Petersburg: Printed By Edmund And Julian C. Ruffin. 1841, p.100, Electronic Editon,

[14] Will of John Blount Chowan County. January 27, 1725-1726. May 18, 1726. North Carolina Wills and inventories: copied near original and recorded wills and inventories in the office of the secretary of state, J Bryan Grimes, Raleigh, N.C.: : Edwards & Broughton Print. Co., 1912, pgs. 52-53. 56-60 and the Will of Elizabeth Blount, Chowan County, witten 8 February 1732, proved 1 March 1732/33

[15] Will of George Phenney proved in North Carolina on 23 June 1737. North Carolina. North Carolina Wills and Inventories: Copied From Original and Recorded Wills and Inventories in the Office of the Secretary of State. Raleigh, NC, USA: 1912, pgs. 331-332

[16] North Carolina Colonial Records Vol 2, p. 356

[17] A Manual of North Carolina Issued by the North Carolina Historical Commission for the Use of Members of the General Assembly Session 1913: Electronic Edition. Connor, R. D. W. (Robert Digges Wimberly), ed. © This work is the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text. p. 351 [Representing Carteret County in 1734, 1734-35, 1738[39]-1739, 1739[40]-1739, 1744-45, 1746, 1746[47]-1754, 1754-1760 (died during session0]

[18] THE QUEST FOR POWER: The Lower Houses Of Assembly In The Southern Royal Colonies 1689-1776 By Jack P. Greene The Norton Library W W Norton & Company Inc, New York Published for the Early American History and Culture At Williamsburg, Virginia 1963, p. 491

[19] Colonial Records of North Carolina Cr. P. 596

[20] Colonial Beaufort, North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 42, 139-152. Paul, Charles L. 1965, Electronic Edition, Colonial Records Project, taken from Carteret Court Minutes, I, p.64

[21] History of North Carolina by Samuel A’Court Ashe, Volume1 1584-1783, Greensbooro, N.C.: Charles L. Van Noppen, Publisher, 1908 p. 270

[22] Nederlands Hervormde Kerk. Sint Eustatius st. Eustatuis, West Indies           Kerkelijke registers, 1709-1791, FHL INTL Film 38855 Items 7 - 14, Dutch Reformed parish registers of Saint Eustatius, Saint Martin and Saba. Includes baptisms and marriages. In Dutch.

[23] Ibid.

[24] Ibid.

[25] Will of Ann Winright 7 march 1751- proved June 1751Carteret County, North Carolina. North Carolina Wills and Inventories: Copied From Original and Recorded Wills and Inventories in the Office of the Secretary of State. Raleigh, NC, USA: 1912, pgs. 453-455

[26] Abstract of Thomas Lovick will, Carteret County, June court 1759, Hathaway, North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register Vol. I p. 338

[27] Abstracts of Deeds and Wills, Carteret County, 1 January 1761 Deed between William Heritage of Craven and Sarah Lovick, widow of Carteret, John Benners of Craven "A marriage intended shortly to be had and solemnized between William Heritage and Sarah Lovick. . ." Witnesses David Gordon and Ann Astan

[28] North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: County Court Records - FHL # 0296803-0296808, County Court Records at New Bern, NC & Family Hist

[29] Ibid..

[30] Ibid..

[31] Ibid..

[32] Ibid.

[33] 1748 13 October Bertie Bastardy Bonds NCArchives Cathy Hart Farris Jan. 2002

[34] Will of Evan Jones 23 Dec 1752, proven 19 Mar 1753 Craven County, Abstracts of North Carolina Wills by John Bryan Grimes, Raleigh, NC, USA: North Carolina Department of State, 1910 [Will names Son: Lovick Daughter: Sarah Jones. Executors: Thomas Lovick and Roger Jones.

[35] From notes of Frances Etheredge that states "in a court document 1734, Thomas came in and declared a new daughter, Sarah."

[36] Frances Etheridge

[37] Lenoir County, NC - Lenoir County Settlements with the State, This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Russell King, "12 Sept 1803 - J. Cobb, Wm. Lovick, A. Jones (their sign) - committee summoned by sheriff on 12 Sept 1803 to value the property in town of Kinston. . ., List of State Tax Fees received by William Lovick Clerk of the Sup'r Court of Lenoir County from the 1st day of January 1808 to the 31st day of Dec following. . ., a list of taxable property in the town of Kinston for the year 1844 Lovick, George T. - 7 1\4 lots - value $1187,50 - tax $5.06."

[38] Greene County, from NC, N.C. Supreme Court Original Cases, Case #79, Sheppard vs.

Glasgow, 1814: N.C., Greene County - Equity Docket, Oct. term 1814m James G. Sheppard & Others vs James Glasgow & Others. Original Bill 1811., transcribed and donated to by by Ruth Fentress,

[39] Ibid.

[40] Will of Elizabeth (Graves) Henry, CRAVEN COUNTY, NC 1819-20. Transcribed by Martha Mewborn Marble from the original at the NC Archives - Craven County Wills - 028.801.14.

[41] Obit published in the Kinston Daily Free Press 13 October 1900. Heritage Place, Lenoir Community College, Kinston, North Carolina; Vertical File # Kilpatrick - 11480-5 - donated by Ted Sampley, printed, with permission at [Note: The newspaper article lists Geo. Lovick as Mary Ann's father. The will of William Lovick shows this to be inaccurate, as his will, written in 1856, identifies her, " I loan unto my beloved daughter Mary A. Kilpatrick" Subsiquent documents filed with the court regarding this will also identify her as the daugher of William Lovick. Mary Ann (Lovick) Kilpatrick is this authors third great grandmother.] William Lovick will located online,

[42] Personal copy of James Bright Bible Records from Frances Etheridge and the James Bright Bible Records at, submitted by Martha Mewborn Marble

[43] Harmony Hall's tragic legacy, By Patsy M. Boyette

Olde Kinston Gazette, July 1998,

[44] HARMONY HALL/PEARCE/FONVILLE, LOVICK FAMILIES, Found in the Peebles House Folder, Sybil Hyatt Collection, Lenoir County Public Library, Kinston, NC

[45] . ST. LUKE'S CEMETERY - 10/12/92 List of Graves and plot numbers from St. Lukes Church, KINCEY, Sarah Maria, 17 Jan 1852, St. Luke's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Marianna, Jackson Co., FL