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Mason Butler of Gates Co NC & Nansemond County VA

I'm trying to find more information on Mason Butler, mulatto/black, born circa 1802 in North Carolina. He was found in the 1850 Census living in Nansemond County, VA with his white wife Nancy Howell. He is also found in earlier censuses beginning with the 1830 Census in Gates County.

I'm trying to establish a connection between him and Martha Castellaw , mulatto, born about 1763, who was the daughter of John Castellaw and his mulatto lover, who was also named Martha Butler, born about 1739 in Bertie County.

Interestingly enough, there is a "Martha Butler" in the 1820 Census for Gates County, who is the only head of household in Gates County with the Butler surname. Among the residents of her household is a single free person of color - a Male between the ages of 14 thru 25. Mason would have been 18 at that time, so he would be a perfect match.

Ten years later, in the 1830 Census, Mason is now listed as the only head of household in Gates County with the Butler surname.

I think there's a match. If anyone has any information or can help, I'd very much appreciate it.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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