I think I may have found a crack in my brick wall. I never knew the names of James Percival's parents or his siblings. I took another look at the 1900 census in Pine Level, Montgomery, AL and noticed that he had a nephew, Alvin Felder, living in the home. If Alvin is indeed his nephew, that means he is the son of James' brother or sister. Here is where I could use some assistance. I have not been able to locate a family that could be Alvin's parents. I'm sure I'm overlooking something as I did on the 1900 census! Any assistance that can be provided will be greatly appreciated. This is the first glimpse of hope that I've had in breaking down this brick wall!
I originally thought the surname was 'unique enough' to attempt to do a surname search.
After an initial attempt, beginning in the 1870 census, I found close to 50 Percivals (and various spellings). Probably too many to search, without additional information.
[Interesting initial findings, even if no obvious ties were found to James.]
Nancy Percival - Cross Keys, Macon, AL - bn abt 1810 SC, black, female
Alf Percival - Cross Keys, Macon, AL - bn abt 1830 SC, black, male
Mariah Pursifull, black female, born about 1821 in SC - living in Kentucky in 1870, with 14 yr old David Pursiful, black male (b. abt 1856).
1870 - Millie Percifull (b. abt 1800 in AL), living in Perry, Arkansas with "Tol" Percifull (1810, KY).
1870 - David Persefield (b. abt 1853) in Stoddard, MO
There are even some Percivals in Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish (new New Orleans).
May was born in 1798 (VA)!
There is a Percival Road in Richland County (Columbia area), South Carolina. What is the significance of "Percival" in that area?
- 1850 Slave Schedules
Charlotte E Percival of Columbia, Richland SC
Neville Percival - Richland, SC
William F. Percival - Richland, SC
- There were Percivals in Richland County from 1797.
- There were also a few Percivals in Lynchburg, Virginia.
- Missouri had its share of Percivals - especially Howard and Buchanan counties - with birth years from 1828 through 1848 (last searched).
- Kentucky had its "Persiful / Perciful" familiies.
- Quite a few Percivals were noted in the Indian Census Rolls (1885-1930)
- Some in the NY / NJ area had birthplaces listed as "Ireland":
1850: Parcival / Perceval (bp Ireland)
Don't forget that South Carolina and Georgia border each other.
The Wrights were in Lincoln county, GA - which shares a border with McCormick county, SC, as does neighboring Columbia County, GA. Look at when these counties were formed.
One additional note:
Review the spouses of the Wrights, who may have inherited 'servants' and/or brought them into the marriage.