AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum
Paul West is my brickwall. Paul West was born between 1840 and 1848. Paul's place of birth is unknown because the census records show, North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. Paul West died in 1936 and I do have his death certificate. His son-in-law was the informant but had no information on the parents of Paul. His son-in-law did show place of birth as North Carolina.
Paul is on the census records from 1880 to 1930. Family oral history said that Paul was sold for $250.00. The family has assumed that he was sold as a child.
Paul was married three (3) times according to the census and I have the marriage certificate and bond for the second marriage dated December 27, 1866 and the third marriage in 1899. I have assumed that the first marriage was during slavery.
Paul was not in the Civil War. I have found Paul on the 1868, 1875 tax list for Chrisitan County, Kentucky and 1875, 1885, 1893 mortages between Paul and others. Paul cannot be found on the 1870 census at all.
DNA testing has been done on this line and it is European. The DNA test results suggest that this line was fathered by a family with the surname "Pugh". This Pugh family lived in Grayson County, Virginia and one (1) son lived in North Carolina.
I am unable to find the slave owner of Paul or any documents that can connect this line with the Pugh Line that DNA testing has identified. According to the census Paul owned land but so far the land deed cannot be located. The wills of men with the surname of West living in Chrisitan County have been checked.