Surnames and Family Research Forum Archive
About to call it quits
There in Cabarrus County, N.C. in the 1840 census a young man of color named Joel House, who is free.
In the 1850 and 1860 census of Cabarrus County there is a mulatto named Joel House, a carpenter/laborer, and when looking at his age, his age goes back to the 1840 census.
Also in the 1860 census Joel House is listed as having property of 125.00.
Now on with the next phase.In Rowan County, N.C. next to Cabarrus is Keziah House, listed as head of the household and she is 46, and she has four sons: Josiah age about 17, Monroe about 15, Martin about 12, and Jackson age 10. This is Rowan County census of 1870.
Next: Josiah marries Elizabeth Shad of Rowan County, Gold Hill, in July 1873. She is 18. It is listed as Josiah, son of Joel and Keziah House. She is of course listed as daughter of Michau and Roseanne Shad.
Also listed Martin House married to Mary Heilig. He's listed as son of Joseph and Keziah House. Martin and Mary wed in 1888 in Rowan County.
Then there is John House (the Jackson in 1870) age about 24, married to Martha Ellen Crowell age 20, in Rowan County, Gold Hill in November 1885. He's listed as son of Joel and Keziah House.
All of this looking and researching and stuff, how certain can I be that all of these Joel's are the really the same person? This is my BRICK WALL.
And I need at least something here to go by, or maybe I should just call it quits and deal with what I got.