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Re: Pettiford marriages in NC
In Response To: Re: Pettiford marriages in NC ()

If she died in North Carolina before 1900 census, there would be no death certificate as they were not used in NC until about 1913 and even then they were not commonplace until around WWI. There are a few before 1913, but they don't date any earlier than 1900, so you are out of luck finding a death certificate in NC. I don't know about VA though and between the 1880 census and 1900 census, they could have left NC before she died.

I will see what I can find about marriage bonds, but only about 70% of marriage bonds actually survived. If he was working on the farm where she was enslaved, there could be a cohabitation records. Dr. Barnetta White has written a series of books abstracting cohabitation records for all freed persons in N.C. (Caswell Co. Cohab records have all disappeared and are not included). The series is called "Somebody Knows My Name". Check with your local public library to see if they have it and if not, they may be able to get it through Inter Library Loan (ILL).

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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