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

That's right, I'm glad you are following my advice. It is always a good idea to research the area that you first find your ancestor, and it is especially important when they weren't living with parents because you need to find out something about them. Don't limit yourself to just census records, while the census is the best place to start when researching, once you find someone's location at a particular point in time, you need to consult other records to see what might be available. Free people of color were often apprenticed out, so there would be court records; look for marriage records among the regular county marriages, don't limit looking for specific races, look for names, then sort through them to see if they connect to who you are researching.
I wonder if your Horatio Weaver was actually East Indian, Paul Heinegg's research has shown that a lot of Weaver families from there were absorbed into the African American population of slaves & free people of color because they were brought over as servants, and then were forced into slavery, or had to prove they weren't slaves in court procedures. In Halifax Co., NC, the FCP Lynch family there are descended from a James Weaver, who in 1798, was brought to court as the father of a child by Patsy Lynch; that child, Charles Lynch, is the ancestor of a lot of Lynches in Halifax, many of whom currently claim Native American Indian ancestry. A couple of years ago, I became friends with a Lynch researcher who had undergone DNA testing which says her ancestry was East Indian, and she had never been able to figure that out until I told her about the Weaver - Lynch connection. Her experience seems to be pointing to the truth of what Paul has found out about the Weavers, and I wonder if perhaps your Horatio may have a similiar story.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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