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Re: Sarah MARTIN Davis abt 1840 ?
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Hi, I think I may have a candidate for your Sarah Martin Davis. Bear with me, this is kind of long.
Sarah, born 1836, was sold with her probable mother, Cyntha (Sinthy), born 1804, and brother, Willis, born 1834, to James Davis Jr. by his mother-in-law Elizabeth McAnally for $550 on 15 May 1838 (Stokes Co. Deed Book 12, page 382). Cyntha had previously been sold to McAnally with Siller (Priscilla) for $250 by Samuel Hill Sr. on 10 September 1828 (Stokes Co. Deed Book 9, p. 291). Siller went to Davis as well, since according to Daniel Mahar, "Siller Davis was the matriarch of a large family including Edmond or Edward and Wiley" (J. Daniel Mahar, posting on Afrigeneas, 5 September 2006).
Sarah was later bequeathed to Davis's daughter, Nancy (Nantie), the wife of Lemuel Pitzer, in a will dated 3 December 1864. On 18 June 1866, Brum Martin and Sarah Pitcher (Pitzer) stated that they had "commenced cohabiting together as man and wife about the year 1862." (Stokes Co. Register of Marriages of FPOC, p. 36). According to Daniel Mahar, Sarah was mentioned in an 1864 Davis letter as the wife of Brum and was a colored member of Davis Chapel, 1871 and 2 June 1877.
On 2 July 1870, Bram Martin, mulatto farm laborer born 1834, was living in Beaver Island with wife Sally (Sarah), black housewife born 1840, and children: Columbia (1862), Henny (1866), Walter (1867) and Pleasant (1868). All born NC. The same day, Susan Martin, born 1856, was working as a domestic servant for farmer William H. Flynt.
That's all I could find this morning, but it might give you some leads. Also, the Hollingsworths were a very important family in Mt. Airy; there may be some leads there. It looks like Susan went to work for them sometime in the 1870s; her mother followed late in the decade after Brum died. The Stuart/Stewarts were probably free people of color from Patrick Co. VA.
You may also check the Adkins, Davis, and Fulton Family Papers, 1856-1921 in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC, but that's a real needle in a haystack thing.
Good luck on your search -- Gordon
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