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Re: HAWLEY. Dates of Birth . Confused!
In Response To: HAWLEY. Dates of Birth . Confused! ()
I believe, North Carolina did not begin keeping State/County Birth Records on individuals (black or white) until the early 1900's, so there probably is not one available for him. If he was enslaved there is a possibility that information may be among the papers of the slave owner, that is assuming that he recorded these dates, and or that he/she even had papers to leave. At this point you will have had to determine who the slave owner was.
As for the difference in birth dates, that is not unusual in many instances folks didn't know exactly when they were born, or the individual giving the information to the census taker wasn't sure either.