Marty and Karla Grant
Sams Genealogy - VA, NC, TN
Welcome to my Sams genealogy pages. I am interested in the Sams families primarily of North Carolina. They originated in Virginia and also lived in Tennessee as well as other states.
Sams was not among the 1000 most common surnames in the United States in either 2000 or 2010, thus meaning it’s an uncommon surname.
My most recent Sams ancestor is my five times great grandmother, Lavina Sams, born 1786 in Washington Co., NC (now TN). She married Jesse Carter in 1805 in Buncombe Co., NC where they remained until the 1820s when they moved to Rabun Co., GA. She died there in 1856, he in 1871. Lavina is a proven child of:
William Sams, born ca 1755, possibly in Halifax Co., VA. He married Martha Edwards ca 1770s in that same general part of south-central Virginia, perhaps in Pittsylvania County, which was formed from Halifax. William and Martha moved from Virginia to Washington Co., NC (now TN) in the 1780s. They moved from there to Buncombe Co., NC by 1792. They remained there perhaps a decade then moved to Kentucky. Their final move was to Union Co., IL where both died, she in 1824, he in 1825.
Much of what I have before William Sams comes from two books. One, The Sams Family of Virginia by Crawford F. Sams, Conway Cone Sams and Robert Dempsey Hackett, 1981, and two, The Sons and Daughters of Sams, by Beck Sams, 2006.
Revised: February 4, 2023