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Wm. CHINN VA Brick Wall Update
I love the Brick Wall Forum!
The idea really inspires all of us to reach a new level in our research.
Denise a special thanks for urging me to check the Wills in Prince William Co. for the CARTER Family to see if their were any links to
I was blessed with a gem, an ANCESTOR ANGEL ~ Rhonda, an expert researcher that I learned about from the Prince William Court website.
This is what she was able to tell me and she gave me permission to share it with you...
I am descended from Black Chinns of Prince William County who lived in the eastern area in the Occoquan District. I have a William Chinn in my family, but I'm sure he's not your William.
... The William H. Chinn that Denise told you about is William Henry Chinn who used to belong to the John and Frances B.Gibson of the Fleetwood Plantation in Brentsville. I have looked into William and his kin in the past because I thought he must be related to my family, but I have found no connection.
William H. was married to one Caroline Davis and as far as I can tell, they had no children. He is mentioned in a work on county history called PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, ITS PEOPLE AND ITS PLACES.
This work is derived from the Works Progress Administration interviews. The WPA report says that he stayed with his "mistress" Frances Gibson after the war and that, in gratitude, she willed the estate to him.
This is not true, but a local historian/researcher/compiler named Ron Turner has found that she contracted with William H. to work the land after the Civil War. She must not have paid him in a timely fashion, because, after her death, he had to sue her administrators for pay. (i'm typing from memory, not notes, so I hope I have this right)
You can check some of this out online--at least the part about William H. Chinn belonging to the Gibsons. Go the Library of Congress, "American Memory" site. On the search page, type in William H. Chinn. I usually put it in quotes. Apparently, William H. Chinn, appealed to Congress for some kind of relief on behalf on Frances Gibson around 1870-1873.
I have also glances at Benjamin T. and Edmonia Carter Chinn's records. I think their slaves took the names WILLIAMS, and PATTERSON/PITTMAN/ or PETERSON after 1870.
I will check my notes to see if I have anything else. I think other CARTERS have records in Prince William, and I will check wills, etc. next time I am at the Court House.
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NOTE: I tried to do a search for my original posts at the Surname Forum but I could'nt find them. I searched on this forum too and I can't find them here either ~ what am I doing wrong?