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Re: Charles Norfleet: Perquimans County, NC
In Response To: Re: Charles Norfleet: Perquimans County, NC ()
Thanks so much for your reply and all of your advice and suggestions. Unfortunately, there are no surviving children or grandchildren of Charles Norfleet that we know of who can help us. Some of the Norfleet children married late in life and never had children. And some of the grandchildren died young before they had children of their own. I was able to track down the wife of one of Charles’ grandsons – Asberry Norfleet, Jr. – but she was unable to provide us with any information. I also tried to obtain Charles’ death certificate from the State of New York (where he died between 1920-1930) with the hope that it would list his parents, but the certificate could not be located by the Vital Records division. I wanted confirmation from a second source that Grizzelle Reid and Arthur Butt were his parents.
My next step will be to visit the Register of Deeds offices in Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties in NC to look at deeds, wills, deaths, etc. That won’t happen until sometime in 2009. Until then, I’ll follow your advice and do some more digging into the Reed family of 1870 that included Grizelle, Charles, and Asbury and the slave-owning families in Perquimans Co.
One more thing I’m looking into is a possible connection between Charles Norfleet (or his wife Sarah Price Norfleet) and a woman named Ella Turner Zachary Wilson. On the delayed birth certificate of one of Charles’ daughters – Nora Norfleet – there is a notation that the date and place of (Nora’s) parentage were proved by “affidavit of Ella Wilson, aunt of the applicant” (I’ve written to NC Vital Records to see if they can find the affidavit – still waiting for a reply.). As it turns out, Ella had a daughter named Grizzelle Zachary (born around 1894 in Pasquotank Co.). My mother’s family referred to this daughter as “Cousin Grizzelle.” They visited her and her family (the Hofflers) periodically in Suffolk, VA in the 1940s and 1950s. Perhaps Ella was Charles’ sister. Ella was the “adopted child” of Emmanuel and Sarah Turner, so I haven’t been able to determine her family name yet. There is a definite connection here with Ella Wilson, I just haven’t been able to figure it out yet.
I’ll keep at it. Thanks again.