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Joel Lane’s descendants today are scattered across the United States. The information on this page is not proof of lineage and is subject to change as we continue both our research and study of findings by descendants who are willing to share their research with us.

We are particularly interested in finding an image of Joel Lane, as men of his station usually had their portrait painted at some point in their life. Unfortunately, we currently have no information on any such existing portrait for Joel Lane.



Joel Lane was born in Halifax County, NC about 1739 and married twice. Both of his wives were daughters of the Revolutionary soldier and statesman, Col. John Hinton and his wife Grizelle Kimbrough.

On December 9, 1762, Joel married Martha Hinton (born c. 1745). They had three children. Martha died on September 9, 1771 of unknown cause.

1. Henry (Mar 6, 1764 - 1797) - He married his first cousin Mary (Polly) Hinton (1766-1813). Joel Lane had the early portion of what is now known as the Mordecai House in Raleigh built for Henry, which is why the “old” portion of Mordecai is sometimes called “Harry’s” house.

They had daughters Margaret “Peggy” (1786-1821), Ann Willis “Nancy” (1794-1854), Harriet (1788-1848), and Temperance “Tempe” (1792-1874). Both Peggy and Nancy (after Peggy’s death) married Moses Mordecai (1785-1824, m. Peggy in 1817, m. Nancy in 1824). The family lived on the Mordecai plantation until the city of Raleigh bought it for a historic park in 1968. Mordecai Park is owned by the City of Raleigh and is open to public tours.

2. James (Oct 7, 1766 - Oct 10, 1807) - Current research suggests that his wife was Irene Hunter (c.1771-1818), the daughter of the well-known local Theophilus Hunter (1725?-1798?) and his wife Jane Smith (1739-1797).

James and Irene had five children: Alfred, Martha “Patsy” (married John C. Williams in 1812), Jane (married James Boylan in 1819, then Samuel Williams in 1825), Mary “Polly” (1801-1827), and Elizabeth Jane “Betsy” (1804-1873, married Theophilus Hunter Williams, her 1st cousin, in 1822). James Lane’s death was announced in the Raleigh Minerva paper on Oct 15, 1807.

3. William (b. Oct 15, 1768 - d. ?) - A William Lane married Martha Pastieur/Pasteur in 1791 or 1793, but we aren’t sure if he is Joel’s William. The Lane Family Bible which is displayed in the parlor belonged to a William Lane, but subsequent research has revealed that it was not William Lane, Joel Lane’s son.



In 1772 Joel Lane married his first wife’s sister, Mary Hinton (born 1755). They had nine children. Joel died March on 29, 1795 and Mary died subsequently on April 3, 1795, both of unknown causes.

4. Nancy (Jul 22, 1773-d. ?) - No known information, not in Joel Lane’s will of 1794. It is likely she died young.

5. John (Mar 6, 1775-1864) - He married Sarah Elizabeth Jones (b. 1 Aug 1776-1851), daughter of Nathaniel Jones of White Plains, Wake County (now Cary). He moved to Bedford County, Tennessee, between December 1807 and November 1808 and died there in 1864. They had children John Meakin Lane (1795-1869, m. Rachel Purvall/Powell Moseley in 1828), Dority/Dorothy Lane (1809- d. aft.1850), Joel Hinton Lane (1816-1854, m. Susannah “Susan” Helen Carter in 1847), and Thomas Lane (1820-d. aft. 1850).

6. Martha “Patsy” (Feb 19, 1778 - May 20, 1852) - She married twice: first to Dugald McKethen (died 1803); second to Jonathan Brickell (died 1808). Had three children by Dougald McKethen: Alexander James McKethen (1796-1819, m. Maria Frances Slade in 1819), Mary Hinton McKethen (1799-1821), and John Hamilton McKethan (1802-1833).

7. Elizabeth “Betsy” (Aug 6, 1780- Mar 7, 1805) - She chose John Hinton Jr. (her uncle) to be her guardian after her parents’ deaths. She married Stephen Haywood of Raleigh. She died young at the age of 24. They had two sons, Benjamin Franklin Haywood (9 Jan 1802-15 Sept 1824) and John Lee Haywood (9 Jul 1804-16 Feb 1836).

8. Mary (January 1, 1783 - d.?) - Not mentioned in Joel’s will. Likely died young.

9. Thomas (Sept 12, 1785 - Mar 29. 1832) - He married his cousin Nancy Lane (b. June 9, 1790, d Dec. 21, 1855), daughter of his cousin and guardian, Martin Lane. Thomas inherited Joel Lane’s house as the oldest minor child still living there, but he sold it to his sister Dorothy’s husband, Allen Gilchrist. Thomas moved to Giles County, Tenn. (This area was Bedford County before 1836) where he died on March 29, 1832.

10. Dorothy “Dolly” ( Dec 13, 1787 - d.?) - John Lane was Dolly’s guardian after their parents’ deaths. She married Dr. Allen W. Gilchrist on May 29, 1806. She and her husband lived in her father’s house from 1808-1813, which Allen purchased from Thomas Lane, Dorothy’s brother. They had a daughter Martha Gilchrist (1806-1870) who married Robert Bruce Seat in 1831 (Martha & Robert were likely divorced sometime between 1843 and 1849).

11. Joel Hinton (Oct 11, 1790 - Jun 22, 1832) - His oldest brother Henry became his guardian after Joel & Mary Lane’s deaths. He married Mary A.G. Freeman on 4 Jan.1815. He was a volunteer from Wake County NC in the War of 1812. In 1824 Mary Freeman petitioned for a divorce from Joel Hinton from the NC General Assembly, but the ruling was indefinitely postponed. Later Joel Hinton Lane moved to Tennessee (without Mary) and died in Giles County, TN in 1832.

12. Grizelle “Grizzy” (Jun 13, 1793 - Mar 4, 1868) – William Hinton (son of John Hinton, her uncle) was chosen as her guardian after her parents’ deaths (meaning she was likely in the same household as her sister, Betsey). She married George Lillington Ryan, Esq. on March 21, 1817. They had no descendants.