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Re: Cornelius Rouse Abbeville, SC
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Here is what I have on Cornelius. I guessed that he was most likely the father of those members of the Rouse family who headed Abbeville District households in 1810 and 1820.
Cornelius Rouse, born say 1740, was a "Molato" taxable in Bladen County, North Carolina, with (his brother?) John Rouse in 1771 [Byrd, Bladen County Tax Lists, I:61]. He was a "Negroe" head of a Cheraw District, South Carolina household of 2 "other free" males above the age of 16, 2 "other free" males under 16, and 7 "other free" females in 1790 [SC:358], 15 "other free" in Barnwell District in 1800 [SC:62], and 9 in Abbeville District in 1810 [SC:84]. He was called Neale Rous when he received pay for thirty days duty in the militia in 1782 [S.C. Archives Accounts Audited For Revolutionary War Services, AA6636, frame 466, roll #128]. He was granted administration on the Marlboro County, South Carolina estate of John Rous on 8 June 1790 [Minutes 1785-1808, n.p.]. He may have been the Cornelius Ross (born before 1776) who was head of an Abbeville District household of 5 "free colored" in 1820 [SC:5a]. He may have been the father of
i. Edmond Rouce, head of an Abbeville District household of 8 "other free" in 1810 [SC:82].
ii. John2, head of an Abbeville District, South Carolina household of 6 "other free" in 1810 [SC:82].
iii. Charles, born before 1776, head of an Abbeville District household of 6 "free colored" in 1820 [SC:5a].
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