For years, I've known very little about Matilda. That changed over the weekend. I'd been giving the search for Dewitt, who remains elusive, another go by looking at some Lenoir County deeds on their USGenWeb site. The moment came when I got to Deed Book 5. To save time, I was using Control + F to find "Sum". Imagine my delighted surprise when it found a deed from Joseph … [Read more...] about Brick Wall Update: Matilda, wife of Dewitt Sumrell
In the 21st century, if you're serious about genealogy, then let's face it: You will engage in DNA testing. In fact, if you're really serious, you'll get as many of your older relatives tested as possible. Why? Because their DNA will contain more lengthy segments connected with the lines you're likely trying to test. And once they're gone, they're gone. You'll have a much … [Read more...] about Genealogy + DNA Game Changers: Step up your game with these FREE resources.
Dewitt Sumrell was born circa 1825 in Lenoir County. This date is a guessimate based upon the birth dates of his two known sons in the mid to late 1840s. The place, though, comes from the death certificate of his son, James Henry Sumrell. According to James's son, the informant, both James and Dewitt were born in "Lanor" County. Henry Atlas Sumrell did not, apparently, … [Read more...] about Brick Walls: Dewitt Sumberlin/Sumrell
The word "brother-in-law" is becoming the bane of my research. In earlier times, the term "in-law" had a broader scope than is now the case. Pretty much anyone related to you by marriage was an in-law. Therefore, a brother-in-law could be one in the modern sense, a stepbrother, or even the brother of your brother's wife/sister's husband! Unfortunately for me, this word has … [Read more...] about The Brother-in-Law Conundrum
I was reading through some court records yesterday, when I came across this entry dated 9 Dec 1799: Ordered that notice issue to Mary Gaskins to appear at the Next Term and show cause to why the nuncupative will of Joseph Gaskins decd. should not be Established. Who was Mary Gaskins? My 6th great-grandfather, Joseph Gaskins, married Zipporah Squires 21 Sep 1782. … [Read more...] about Joseph Gaskins and Mary Coleman?