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Re: SALONE/SELONE surname in Craven County,NC
In Response To: SALONE/SELONE surname in Craven County,NC ()
Since your family was the only one in Craven County with that surname, it is possible that the slave-owner of Ed was not a Salone, but he opted to take that surname for some reason. It's possible that Ed was not even born in N.C., but could have been previously enslaved by a Salone in Virginia or some other state. Or it is possible that Ed decided to take the surname of his father, who may have been enslaved by a Salone in another state at one time.
If you are unable to locate any white Salone/Selones in Craven and the surrounding counties from 1790 to 1860, then chances are good that the surname is foreign to the area. Example...when I first started researching, I noticed that there were no white people in Panola County, MS with the Danner surname, the name my great-great grandfather took. I checked all censuses and slave schedules for Panola County and the adjacent counties. No Danners anywhere. My family was the only family in the county with that surname. Since my gr-gr-grandfather was originally from So. Carolina, I figured that the name came from a previous slave-owner back in SC. Well, I later got his pension record, and I was right. He had taken the Danner surname from the owner of the plantation where he was born in South Carolina. He was later sold to his last enslaver who moved to Panola County, MS. After slavery, he retained the Danner surname.
Also, since the Salone surname was uncommon to the area, and the only people with that surname were your ggg-grandmother and her next-door neighbors, I would say that there's a very good chance (85%) that they were all family.
And yes, I would definitely consider the Sloan surname as a possibility. ("Leave no stone unturned.") Research that name to see what you can find.