This page is the result of a life-long project, a history of the Toler
Family of Craven, Beaufort, and Pamlico Counties. The earliest proven
ancestor of most of the Craven and Beaufort Tolers isJames
Toler(b. ca 1786, d. 1871). I am still trying to
verify who his father was.
Early research pointed toCaleb
Toleras his father; however, recent research has
brought into question the relationship between Caleb and James. This new
research also bringsDaniel
Tolerto the forefront as James's possible father.
After consultation with some fellow genealogists, I have concluded that
Daniel is the father of James, the explanation is given in the
information on Daniel Toler.
This site is based on the now out of printThe
Descendants of James and Rebecca Springle Tolerthat
I compiled in 1992. In the years since the publication of that book, I
have found numerous errors which have been corrected in this work. I
have also included some items that were not included in the print
edition, and increased the number of photographs used.
I have also added the Pamlico County Tolers to this online edition. The
earliest proven ancestor for that branch isMathias
Toler(b. ca 1801). This Mathias was named as a cousin
in the will of James Toler (1871). Just who Mathias's father was is
still up to debate. Some have indicated Edward Toler, as his father,
while others have shown a William Toler. I have shown Edward as the
father in this genealogy until further research can prove otherwise.
The earliest Toler in Beaufort and Craven Counties isMathias
Toler(d. bef 1797). I have been unable to find his
place of origin, as he seems to have been of age when he moved to
Beaufort County in the 1750s. It is possible that he is related to the
Toler family of Currituck County, N.C., as some of the same family names
that appear in the Currituck County Toler family appear in the
Craven/Beaufort/Pamlico Toler families.
I tried to avoid placing living people in this online edition; however,
mistakes can be made. If you find a living person listed on this site,
please inform me and I will promptly remove the person. If you have any
information you would like to share or add to this site, please let me
While navigating the site, when you see the little camera icon, click on
that icon to view additional images.