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Re: Pettiford marriages in NC
In Response To: Re: Pettiford marriages in NC ()
I read your posting with interest, because of the reference to Southampton County, Virginia. The courthouse records for Southampton County have been digitized and INDEXED (by volunteers) and are available on line at the Brantley Association site. There are Wills, Deeds, Marriage Records, Court Order books, etc…beginning in the 1700’s when the county was formed. On the index those folks who are identified by Race (colored, black, mulatto are identified with a “+”). I worked on this project so there are times, that folks who were Black, colored etc..are not identified as such, but for the most part they were This was Virginia after all, but you should you look at them all, and you determine with what you know whether this is your family.
Since you said that Horatio Weaver was in Southampton by 1900, I tried to take a look at the records generated in the period prior to that point, to see if his name was mentioned and when he and or the children had migrated prior to 1900. Since you do not name his children I can not be sure if the records I found are for the same family but I believe it is.
I first took a look at Marriage Book #6 1886-1890. On page 201 Horatio Weaver (no mother named) is named as the father of Missouri Weaver age 16, who marries John Charity on 27 Jan 1887.
In Marriage Book #5 1882-1886 (page 496) an H.O. & Louisa Weaver are named as the parents of Lucy Weaver age 16 who marries E. W. Parker on Dec 17, 1885.
In Marriage Book #3 1876-1879 (page #314) a John Weaver marries an Amy Wills, there are no parents named but I took notice of his surname.
The Courthouse Death Index 1853-1890 has been digitized and appears on line, but it has not been indexed by the volunteers at this point, so you will have to go thru it. Horatio is still alive in 1900, so he would not appear but there might be other references to Weavers whose names you know. VA be began keeping birth and Death records on a County level in 1853 and continued until 1896 , then was discontinued until 1912, when it was restarted on a State Level. I can tell you for the 1853 to 1896 not all births and deaths were recorded for either black folk (free or enslaved) or white folk, nor have all records survived. But it is an invaluable resource.
So kick off your shoes and enjoy using the Southampton Records. Good Luck.
I found Horatio Weaver working as a farm laborer for H. c. Lassiter on the 1860 US Census. Missouri was unnamed on the 1860 slave schedule. They left the farm together after she was emancipated. They remained in Hertford Co. Where their first child was born in 1869. Eight other children were born in NC. He later appears on 1900 Census living with 3 youngest children in Southampton Co. VA. He is listed as a widower. I cannot locate her death record in NC. He would have followed his children to VA maybe after her death. I am also looking for her NC grave site.
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