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Re: Charles Norfleet: Perquimans County, NC
In Response To: Charles Norfleet: Perquimans County, NC ()
I have looked a little bit, it is not that easy.
For such cases I have a go-to guy who is very experienced and whose judgements I trust completely. If you don't have one I suggest finding such a guy who you can lay out all your documents to for deciding whether what you have is good enough or if more research is needed. In my research which is give or take at the civil war period, I show this go-to guy pretty much every new document of importance that I find (I guess why I trust him is that he so far never has approved any of my cases, always rejecting with 'your story holds up, but more research needed', > ). For sure in slavery research you will need a second set of eyes, since it's not common to find parents to your ancestors straight in a single document.
In Charles' 1900 census record there is a son Asberry listed. Can any of your family's elderly confirm whether this Asberry was named after anyone?
Even if it can not be confirmed, I think that you should be able to assume that the Reed family in 1870 is your family based on that the names Asberry and Grizella are not common names. Since you also have Charlie's marriage certificate where he HIMSELF (I'm assuming gave the info correct?) noted his mother as Grizella Reid and birthplace Perquimans County I believe that's enough for confirming that the 1870 Reed census record is your family.
I looked in 1880 and was not able to find anything specific. It looks like the 1870 family was broken up, maybe deaths of the 1870 adults Grizella and Everett, just a guess.
If you decide to go with the 1870 Reid family as your family, then I would look in to Wilson and Mary Reid slave owners in 1860, who both seem to own slaves that match the 1870 Reed family in age give or take a few years.
Since Grizella seems to be the mother of Charles, I would also assume that Arthur Butt is the father BUT: I don't think that document alone is enough to prove that relationship even if there was only one Arthur Butt living in the area at the time. I have similar cases with what I believe is a white free (married) father and a slave mother, I don't think I will ever find anything to confirm such a relationship, it has to come from the father and how often did a white father commit to being father to slave children? Maybe some more experienced researchers here at Afrigeneas (there are plenty) can give a comment on that.
One more thing: I have two cases with different last names between 1870 and 1880. In both cases, the last names turned out to be great clues to slave transactions from way before the civil war. I would also look in to any Norfleet slave documents (deeds, wills, appraisments, etc) in Perquimans County.
Hope it helps!