Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Complicated Kinships #genealogy #northcarolinapioneers

Complicated Kinships

colonial childrenFor years I searched to locate the parents of an certain ancestor. However, not until I had tediously read all of last wills and testaments and estate records of the county where he resided, did I realize that I possessed the answer in my hand in the form of a last will and testament of a man who died in that county before the birth of his son. And that the wife remarried and when she gave birth, naming the child after his deceased father, Harrison Acworth. Acworth was the surname of the step-father. I was previously perplexed by this naming, as it did not fit the other Acworth children. Yet, the generation was equal. So now, instead of Harrison being the father of my ancestor, he was the half-brother! Thus, identifying the mother in this manner without the record of her (second) marriage, clarified the situation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, after the death of a spouse, a remarriage was eminent. In fact, no sooner than a widow buried her husband, than suitors commenced calling. That is because times of the importance of maintaining the family home and raising the children. Many marriages went unrecorded at the court house because it was not required. That is why the details existing in the community must be seriously dwelt upon by the researcher. 

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