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There are so many! Here are a few:
Dewitt Sumrell or Summerlin was probably born in Lenoir County in the early 1800s. Wife was named Matilda and they had 2 sons: James Henry and Joseph Franklin.
Charlie Johnson, my great-grandfather. He was born somewhere in North Carolina in the late 1870s. His parents were named Jim and Winnie, but that's all I know about them. Grandma Letha remarried in 1936, so I presume Charlie died before that date.
Martha "Patsy" Deal was born in about 1780. Her first husband was John Hendricks and her second Andrew H. Franks. She died sometime before Nov 1829 when Andrew remarried.
John was the son of Nathan Hendricks who died in about 1803. I don't know who his father was.
Benjamin Lewis died in Beaufort County in 1817. I don't know who his parents were. However, in his will, he refers to William Stapleford as "brother in law." Question is, what kind?
Wilson Daniels. He was born in about 1798, probably in Beaufort County. He married Brittania Swindell in the early 1820s. I don't know who his parents were.
Hiram H. Wright. He was born in either Cumberland or Chatham County in about 1813 and died in Robeson County in 1907. He married three times: Sarah Bowden in 1842, her cousin Elizabeth Bowden in 1850, then Elizabeth's sister, Nancy Ann Bowden in 1863. He and Nancy divorced sometime in the 1870s, I think. His parents are a mystery.
Isaac Beasley of Wake and Johnston Counties. I've read that he was the son of a Jonathan Beasley, but have found no proof. A lot of people believe Jonathan to have been the grandson of Oxford Beasley of Craven County, but I'm not convinced.
I could go on, but I'll shut up, for now! 🙂
Well, obviously, the brick walls. I recently moved one back a generation with the discovery of William Gardner, father of Francis. The Gatlins and the Vendricks are never ending puzzle. Also, there's the Pennsylvania connection with my 2nd great-grandfather, David Earnest Fields, who served in the 13th Pennsylvania Calvary during the Civil War. He and his unit were in Fayetteville from about March 1865. He married my 2nd great-grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Wright that July.