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Re: STEWARTs of Cass County Mich-EVANS Connection?

Would this be the same Richard Hargrove who was in Granville in the early 1700s? There was the father and son by that name and in the 1755 Tax list here is what they had:

Richard Hargrove, Sons John & Richard, Negroes Cate, Jenny, Sue & Jemey, 3-4-7

And both sons were in the 1754 Militia. I've heard an interesting theory about some of the Hargroves, myself, and there is record of illegitimate children by the younger Richard:

Sept.5, 1750- Elizabeth Searcy, charged Richard Hargrove with having begotten by her a bastard child. He is ordered to pay the Church warders of St. John’s Parish 4 pounds proc. For maintainance of the child 1 year next ensuing.

Sept. 5, 1754 – William, base born child of Elizabeth Searcy, bound to Reuben Searcy, to learn Shoemaker’s trade. Will be 5 yrs old on April 30, 1754.

The son became known as William Hargrove Searcy and was a Captain in the Revolutionary War. His mother, Elizabeth Searcy, is believed to be a sister of Reuben Searcy, who was also a sheriff and a county clerk. In at least a couple of documents, Elizabeth Searcy acted as county clerk in signing the marriage bonds of free people of color during the years that her brother was the clerk. It was an unusual thing to do, and I have found no record to indicate why she would have had that authority or even why she would do that in the first place. Elizabeth never married, and some have speculated about there being a connection to free people of color in the Hargrove or Searcy family. In one particular marriage bond that she signed, by the way, for Benjamin Richardson & Mary Bass in 1783, the bondsman was Philamon Pettiford, a known FCP.

I bring that up because I don't know if you noticed it, but in the 1850 census, there were several FCP families between the Chatmans and John Clardy, who was mentioned as the one whose land adjoined where Sally/Polly Evans was living. Right next to the Chatmans was Sally Pettiford, age 45, living with Peter Joiner, age 50, with several Pettiford children. It is possible that this may have been the "Sally" they were referring to and she was incorrectly listed as a Pettiford because the others in the family were surnamed that. In the 1840 census, it was the family of Edmond Pettiford (married Rebecca Johnson in 1832) who was one of the families living next to Eliz. Chapman, so perhaps this was his family. The only other thing that I can speculate on about her is that she may have been the Sally Pettiford, referred to as the daughter of Nathan Bass in his will proved Aug. 1837 Granville Co.

I guess all of these pieces need to be examined more to try to determine some of the relationships. Also, below is a link to the Searcy Bastardy Bond with the Hargrove info, in case you haven't seen it.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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