Evidence places Dudley Cahoon in Onslow County, North Carolina in 1770. He signed a petition to create Jones County (adjacent to Onslow and Craven counties) in 1778 and was located in Jones County in 1786. The first federal census in 1790 shows a "Dudley Cohun" as head of household in Jones County, North Carolina, with one son under age 16 and five "free white" females in the home, possibly including an unnamed wife. Deed transfers show that Dudley Cahoon purchased and sold several large parcels of land in Jones County through the late 1780s, 1790s and 1800s, consistently collecting profits from their sales.
Dudley married Sarah Fries/Frees in Craven County on 20 March 1811. Their witness was J.G. Stanly, who is also listed as the witness to the marriage of Dudley's grandson, Miller Cahoon Sr, to Mary Jane Martin, in 1843.
Dudley appears to have lived in the Brices Creek area of Craven County and named two children in his will: Polly/Mary and Carney. Carney died about 1833 with no children. He should have been under 22 years of age, based on the marriage date of Dudley Cahoon to Sarah Frees/Fries on 20 Mar 1811. John Fries (brother or father of his wife) was the executor of Dudley's will.
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