This query was submitted August 30, 2016:
As of the 1850 Beaufort County Census (Chocowinity), his widow “Lucretia Surls” age 50 appears with her children:
- Son “Mential” (Marshall) 20-21 (my great grandfather)
- Daughter Jemsesy/Jamesy 18
- Daughter – Ellen 15
- Boarder/laborer – Robert Whitley 50.
Lucretia and her husband show as “Covenant and Litia Searls” on Marshall’s May 31, 1868 NC marriage document.
That’s the only resource I can find a semblance of his first name. I believe Covenant (misspelling: was Coventon or Covington), was descended from Coventon Searles (1753-1814) and his wife Dorcas, a well documented couple as well as their offspring. OR my Coventon was a direct descendant of Covington Searles 1715-?; (Covington being the father of Coventon married to Dorcas).
Only some possibilities found in the Beaufort/Craven 1830-40 Censuses but nothing definitive. Need to find the link between my Coventon (born about 1800 or before (?) ) to this Searles clan.
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