This ledger is full of names I recall seeing in my research. At times, names become so familiar, they are almost like living people you know, or at least like celebrities you are familiar with.
This page, page 57, was from August of 1849. The entries are shown in alphabetical order by month.
On this page we see-
R M Lanier, John R Livingston, Armstead N. Mills, Thomas S. Marshall, Moriah Murry, Thomas Morton and Miner McSwain.
Moriah Murray was the sister of my second great grandmother, Priscilla Murray Aldridge. She was a unique character and this shows she was at least still alive in 1849. Her estate was settled in 1853 and she left 7 children behind.
Here, it shows she bought a plug of tobacco for 40 cents
This September 1849 entry is of a different sort. It completes the September listing of accounts with the "W's". Hardy S. Watkins, Arnold Watkins, Miss Leah Watkins, John White. After that, it has a list of payments on account.
Charles G. Armstead
E. F. Lilly
John Tyson, Sr.
Mrs. Mary Livingston
Isiah "Colley" (should be Coley)
W B McCorkle
Of course, the person of interest for me in the above document is the name of my Fourth Great-Grandfather Job Davis, who was quite aged by then and lived about another 3 years after this.
The name listing is in the "L's". A number of the Lilly family lived along the river and near the forks, just above which Norwood, or Center, This listing shows how sometimes, these ledgers can solve mysteries on how exactly these families are interlinked by naming relationships. In this listing, there are two.
-Miss Martha A. Lilly (daughter of D G L)
-James M. Lilly
-Martha M McSwain
-William (or Wm) Mills, (son of Jesse)
In February of 1851, Jesse Mills will marry Keziah Murray, sister of Priscilla and Moriah mentioned above. In the 1840 census, it appears as if he was married with children, but by 1850, he was boarding with someone and obviously alone. And by 1860, Keziah Murray has gone back to her maiden name, and no sign of Jesse Mills anywhere. This record at least gives a link to his family. He was the father of William Mills, who does show up in later records.
Jesse in 1840
|Home in 1840 (City, County, State):||East Pee Dee River, Montgomery, North Carolina|
|Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9:||1|
|Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14:||2|
|Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:||1|
|Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49:||1|
|Free White Persons - Females - Under 5:||1|
|Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19:||1|
|Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49:||1|
|Persons Employed in Agriculture:||4|
|No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write:||1|
|Free White Persons - Under 20:||5|
|Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:||3|
|Total Free White Persons:||8|
|Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:||8|
Jesse in 1850
|Birth Year:||abt 1810|
|Home in 1850:||Smiths, Stanly, North Carolina|
William Mills in 1850
|John T Mills||23|
|B T Mills||21|
This makes sense as William later had a son named Jesse.
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