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Descendants of Robert BEALES



William Hoggatt left home as a young man and ventured into the wilderness of northern North Carolina, making friends of the Indians and surveying the lands in the early 1750s. "After much wandering he selected a homestead at the head waters of Middle Pole Cat Creek in Rowan County (now Guilford County), NC. He tied his pony to a sapling about 3 miles east of Polecat Creek and went down to the spring for a drink of water. A camp of Indians was nearby.Being a Quaker from Pennsylvania, he made fast friends of the Indians, who called him, 'Penn's son.' The Indians were the best neighbors and very willingly taught him how to cultivate the fields and shared their places of abode with him." "For a short while William Hoggatt lived in this Indian camp very much as a member of the tribe. Meals were prepared over the open fire and a notch in a big oak tree proved quite sufficient for a cupboard." On the land he selected, a rude log cabin was built.

Soon brothers and parents [and other Quakers] followed. Each son acquired large tracts of land (366 to 649 acres) from the King of England in what was known as Rowan County - now Guilford County. "The aforesaid homestead consisted of a mile square of 604 acres, granted in 1755 by King George."

It was his privilege to have a part in the establishment of Centre Friends Monthly Meeting.

He married Hannah in the home of Richard Beeson. He is buried in a Quaker cemetery 15 miles away from High Point. William's headstone lists him as "First Settler" and is the first record of Hockett as the spelling of the family name.