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Re: Alstons in North Carolina
In Response To: Alstons in North Carolina ()

Hello Pasha, thanks for a nice posting!

Yes I believe the 1880 Hill family is the right family. In 1900 Aaron is living with brother George (also in 1880 census) just eight census pages from Janet Hatcher, Aaron's wife & Jermans mother in 1910. That PLUS the fact that Aaron's age in 1900 and 1910 is consistent PLUS that no other Aaron Hill in Wake County really fits the profile should be enough to assume it's the same Aaron in 1880 and 1910, your ancestor. I also think one sister Della (Marrow) in your 1880 family is listed in the North Carolina Death Index on, born in Chatham NC 1866. That may be something for you to follow up on, I don't think the Hill family is in Wake County in 1870 but may be elsewhere with a different surname.

But that's enough of the good news. On your Alston side I did not find anything at all! I refuse to believe that they were missed in 1910, 1920 and 1930 (except Mary Hill in 1930). I also looked at births, marriages and deaths at with no success.

Here are a few questions:
Except for Mary Hill in 1930, did you find Mary, Janie or Nelson in any census records up to 1930?

Nelson Alston, do you know when/where he passed away? Have you looked for any death certificate for him? Do you know around what year he was born?

Here are a few things I would consider:
Janie Alston does have a social security number according to her death certificate. If the 1910 birth year on her certificate is correct you should be able to request for a copy of her social security application (I think the new rule is that the birth of the applicant should take place over a hundred years ago). I looked in the SS death index on but did not find Janie, so I would attach the death certificate with your request to make sure they see the document themselves. I would also check for a delayed birth certificate for Janie that may have been used to verify her birth for her social security application. I myself have not had much luck though in regards to delayed birth certificates, maybe not that likely.

Also if you haven't already you need to look for obituaries for Mary and Janie hoping that they mention other relatives.

Another thing that I'm not sure of is how reliable the birth place is on those death certificates: Mary's death certificate says that Fred was born in Chatham County, and there is a 'good' Fred Alston in Chatham in 1900 census. It strikes me kind of odd that a Fred Alston was from Chatham County (and maybe living there in 1900) but that both Mary and Janie were born within ten years in Columbus County, then migrated back to Wake County? I have seen other out of the blue migrations but (since I don't know North Carolina that well) could there be another city Chadbourne closer to Chatham or Wake Counties? Or another city that sounds like Chadbourne? Or could the birth city be incorrect altogether? The informant on both Mary's and Janie's certificates was again Jerman, do you have any other documentation that verifies the place of birth for Mary and Janie?

Here is one death certificate that looks suspicious to me:
Name: Lucy Jones Campbell
Birth Year: 1885
Burial Date: 27 Sep 1951
Burial Place: Elrod, N.C.
Cemetery: Beauty Spot
Residence: Chadbourn, Columbus, N.C.
Gender: Female
Death Age: 66
Marital Status: Married
Race: Negro
Occupation: L...
Birth Date: 1885
Birthplace: Roberson County
Father: Nelson Alston

This makes me believe that this Lucy's maiden name was Alston. Could your Nelson Alston be of some other relation than a brother of Mary and Janie?

I think I have found this Lucy in 1910, but no signs of your Mary. I may also have found her in 1900 in Robeson County, North Carolina. She had plenty of siblings (including another brother Nelson). I'm thinking that maybe one of these siblings passed away early and had children Mary and Janie and maybe this Lucy took care of them?

All this are just guesses though, I still can't find Janie and Mary in 1920 which is key here I believe. Also no sign of Fred Alston anywhere except that 'maybe' in 1900, Chatham NC.

I can look a little further if you reply to this posting with more info. I guess my number one question of this mystery is: Are you sure Janie and Mary had a brother Nelson, or could Nelson be of some other relation further back in your family tree?


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