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Marriage Bonds/Marriage Register
Now that I found out my great-grandmother was a FPOC in North Carolina, how do I find records of her parents marriage? I have looked in the Colored Marriage records in Cumberland County and counties nearby and cannot seem to find marriages for FPOC (most Colored marrages only go back to 1872, but some do go back earlier). My great-grandmother was born between 1850- 1856. My mother told me that when she died she was about 116 or more, but her death certificate only shows her to be 102 year so age. On the death certificate it does not show what year she was born only her age. I believe my great-grandmother was older than 102 as shown on her death certificate. I remember her quite well and I remember when she died that a article was in the newspaper about her age. I was a small child around 10 years old when she died. I remember her telling us children that she was living when President Lincoln freed the slaves and she said that she was over a hundred years old then. I did have someone in the county get her death certificate for me and this lady said since my great-grandmother was the age on the death certificate than something should have been in the newspapers about her. On the death certificate it does show her father and mother's names, but I cannot seem to find them in any census. On my great-grandmother's marriage certificate it shows that both of her parents were deceased by 1880. Were FPOC marriages listed with white marriages or marriage bonds? I have looked through every possible way of spelling the surname.
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