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Brickwall: WM.CHINN,Rappahannock VA

My head hurts looking for my WILLIAM CHINN. :) :(
There are many CHINN surnames in VA and since I don't know the names of his parents/ brothers or sisters, it is hard to trace.

Name: WILIAM CHINN
Possible Birth Date: 1830 - 1840?

Census Checked:

I have checked everything from 1820 - 1910

I do see a WILLIAM CHINN living with his family in Loudoun but I couldn't connect him.
In the 1870 census I see a WILLIAM CHINN living in LA at age 48 as a FARMER from VA.

* The spark for this choice is that there is an ALFRED CLARK from VA also living about three lines up from him. The CHINN/CLARK families lived in Rappahannock, Hampton township. Since this is the 1870 census I can't determine if there was an Alfred Clark in the family that moved to LA.

* In the 1880 Census for West Virginia, I see a WILLIAM CHINN 50,M, Mu, from VA, living with spouse JUDAH 55, F, Mu, 55 and childrenCORNELIA 14 and VIENA F, Mu , 12

Birth Certificate/Death Certificate: I have contacted the Rappahannock Historical Society and they see no record of a WILLIAM CHINN in any of their records.

He was "married" to ELIZABETH CHINN as far as I know.

However,in the 1870 Census, ELIZABETH CHINN is listed as a servant of the Menefee family and her children are listed as Florence, Bell and John.

In the 1880 census, it is listed this way, I have starred the items that could be clues:
ELIZABETH CHINN , Single, F, Mu, Born In VA, Keeping House,VA, VA
BELL I CHINN, S, F, Mu, 14, VA, (father's birthplace* -- *)Mother VA
JOHN R. CHINN S, Male, * BLACK *,12, VA, *VA*, VA
SALLIE B.CHINN S, F,Mu,9 VA (father's birthplace ---) Mother VA
EARNEST CHINN S,M, Mu,5, VA , ( " )Mother VA
HUBARD CHINN S, M, Mu, 2 VA ( " )Mother VA
MARY A. CHINN S, F,Mu, 2 VA ( " ) Mother VA
MINNIE W. CHINN S,F, Mu, 5m, VA( " ) Mother VA

( In 1880, my g grandmother, DELILA CHINN CLARK, born in 1860 was married and out of the home- see reference below.)

**** Joseph GRASON, stepfather, WD. M, B, 65. VA, Laboror, VA, VA
Note: In the 1870 Census he is listed with wife SALLIE GRASON.

**On the marriage certificate(1879) of my g grandmother DELILA CHINN CLARK, William Chinn is listed as the father. However, it says the marriage was held at the home of ELIZABETH CHINN, no mention of father living there.

** I have a faint photo,left my my grandmother, that has on the front " Grandma Chinn." She appears Mulatto.

Question: It would not have been acceptable for a Black Woman to give the name of a White man as the father in 1870 VA ~ right?

Thank you Denise for taking the time to start this thread!

Maybe one day, we wil become such good researchers that only the BRICK WALLS will be left to find. :)

Then we can have a BRICK WALLS forum!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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