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Research error - Loudoun VA

Long post - bear with me- I am thinking out loud here and not really asking a question)

I have found what I think is an error in my research and may have to start afresh with this particular line.

I have a James FIELDS - FPOC b. Abt. 1816, married to a Susan THOMAS, in Loudoun County VA. The maiden name for Susan comes from her death record.

In reviewing my research, I find that the Susan THOMAS that I had as wife of James Fields may not be the correct Susan.

Here is James FIELDS:

"free man as proven by oath of John BEAVERS - nearly 29yrs old 5'91/2 " tall black colour, two scars in the forehead, a small and large one on the back of his left hand very plain just above the forefinger about 1" long 10 Jun 1845 Record # 1419"

He is also documented as free and a landowner, in the "History of Snickersville".

Tbere is no marriage record for James and Susan. Their daughter Delia FIELDS (my great great aunt) was born 1848. No birth record.

Susan FIELDS is listed in death record in 1876 as "daughter of Peter and Hannah THOMAS".

I find no free Peter or Hannah Thomas in Loudoun.

Susan would have been born about 1825. I had found a Susan THOMAS free - the correct age, in the register of free Negro's - but her mother is listed as Delia WRIGHT.

I do not find James FIELDS in 1860 listed with a wife. He is listed however - sharing lodging with other free folk. I do not find a Susan with children the correct age in 1860 living elsewhere.

I do find a girl - Delia WRIGHT - the same age as Delia Fields would be, in 1860.

My conclusion is either Susan Thomas wife of James Fields is the daughter of Delia Wright (who named her daughter Delia) and is the Susan listed in free negro register, and the death record is either an error - or Delia Wright was also named Hannah...

or

James Fields was married to a Susan Thomas in the area, who was a slave, and his children were born enslaved.
The second option is the most likely (since I can't find his wife or children in 1860) - though I wonder why James would have been able to buy land and not his wife and children.

Oh well, back to the drawing board. Any other ideas for me?

Denise

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