Monday, June 8, 2015

Finding Catherine Howell

It began with a Deed. Book One Page 321, in a deed transfer between Richard Howell and Richmond Blalock, in Stanly County, North Carolina.
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This particular Richard Howell was the son of Jordan Howell Sr. and Martha Randall Howell and a brother to John Randall Howell and James G Howell. Not to be confused with his cousin Richard Howell, son of Peter Howell, whose fathers name was Richard.

It took place on January 27, 1846 and involved a tract of land bordering the properties of James H. Stewart and William Henderson Randall. The transaction seemed to suggest a relationship between the two and one of the witnesses to the deed was a Jordan Blalock. Knowing that Richard's father's name was Jordan, there had to be a connection. And there was. Richmond Blalock's wife was a Howell, Catherine Howell to be exact.
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Catherine was born about 1802 or 1803 and married Richmond Blalock about 1820. She appeared in 3 census records.

In 1850, she and her husband reside in Centre, which is now Norwood, with their two younger sons.

Name:Catharine Blalock
Birth Year:abt 1802
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Centre, Stanly, North Carolina, USA
Family Number:96
Household Members:
Richmond Blalock48
Catharine Blalock48
Henry Blalock15
John Blalock11

In 1860  she lives with son Henry.

Name:Catherine Blalock
Birth Year:abt 1803
Home in 1860:Stanly, North Carolina
Post Office:Albemarle
Family Number:1200
Value of real estate:View image
Household Members:
Catherine Blalock57
Henry Blalock24

Her husband, Richmond turns up in the Mortality Records as dying of Liver disease.

Surname:Richmond Blalock
County:Stanly CO.
Month of Death:Nov
State of Birth:NC
Occupation:NONE LISTED
Cause of Death:LIVER DISEASE
In 1842, November session of court, G I Allen vs. Thomas Watkins over a 100 acre tract which borders Mrs. Martha Howell and Richmond Blalock.
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February 1846, Richard Howell to Richmond Blalock, proved by W. H. Randle. Other mentions of Richmond Blalock in the early court records are in serving on juries and committees.

Catherine does not show up in the 1870 census, so it is assumed that she passed away before then.

She first shows up as a dash in the 1810 census under the name of her father, Jordan Howell.

Name:Jourdan Howell
Home in 1810 (City, County, State):Captain James Kendel, Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10:2
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 :1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10:1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15:1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44:1
Numbers of Slaves:6
Number of Household Members Under 16:4
Number of Household Members Over 25:2
Number of Household Members:12
Children listed would be:

Female 10-15  (1795-1800)  Unknown at this point
Female under 10 (1800-1810)  Catherine
Two males under 10 (1800-1810) John Randall and James G
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There is no 1820 census for Montgomery. In 1830, his widow Martha "Patsy" Howell is shown as:

Name:Martha Howell
Home in 1830 (City, County, State):Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14:2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49:1
Slaves - Males - Under 10:2
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23:2
Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54:1
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23:2
Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35:1
Free White Persons - Under 20:2
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:2
Total Free White Persons:4
Total Slaves:8
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):12

Female 40 to 49: Martha
Males 20 to 29: John Randle Howell
Mates 10 to 14: James G and Richard.

Catherine Howell and Richmond Blalock had the following children:

1822 - 1884 Jordan Blalock married Catherine McSwain

1824 - Simeon Blalock married Harriett Williams

1825 - William David Blalock married Priscilla D McSwain

1828 - Maston Crawford Blalock married Sarah A.  McSwain. Died 1863 Civil War

1830 - Mary Susan Blalock married William David McSwain. Died 1897

1835 - Henry W. Blalock. Died 1862 Civil War

1839 - John S, Blalock. Married Sarah Frances Rummage. Died 1864 Civil War.

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Archives Photo of 3 random brothers who fought in the Civil War

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