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Since you did not mention finding this family in the 1860 census identified by name...I assumed that they had been enslaved. I took a look at Dr. Barnetta White's book Somebody Knows My Name - Marriages of Freed Pople in NC County by County. Slaves could not legally marry so for the most part there are no marriage records to be found.

Those individuals who had been together prior to emancipation could record their relationships/marriages in what was called Cohabitation Lists which were done in the 1866/1867 time frame. I believe I found your couple, in her book:

Sam HARRIS - Cornelia WEBB together for 9 years.

I also looked at the 1870 census...Jacob, Willis, and Charles would have been born enslaved, based on the status of their mother. Joshua and Abraham..would have been born free, since their births took place after the Civil War.

There is no exact science to identifying the Slave Owner for either of them. You need to study the area in which they were residing. The fact that Cornelia maiden name was WEBB could supply a clue. It could be that they were both in the same farm/plantation or within the same area, owned by different people. During enslavement your family members would NOT have been generating records, but they might be mentioned in the records of the slaveowning families.

You will have to research all the slaveowning families in that area. Looking for wills, deeds any record or private papers, business papers, which might name your relatives.


I found my great grandfather in Walnut Grove Township as Sam Harris in 1870 census. Later in the 1880 census his name was changed to Crockett Harris. I don't understand the name change. Throughout the census his birth years were 1831, 1833, 1850 very confused. There aren't any marriage records found for him in Granville neither the local areas. I want to find his siblings and parents. There isn't a death certificate for him. He was married twice and can't find a marriage record for his first wife and second wife, but only through their children(first) marriage she was deceased after 1880. A BIG BRICK WALL.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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