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Bastardy Bonds

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  • Paula Baker
    We really need to get those bonds transribed to one place and online. Has anyone ever found a Greene county bastardy bond? Sent from my iPhone On May 4, 2010,
    Message 1 of 3 , May 4, 2010
      We really need to get those bonds transribed to one place and online. Has anyone ever found a Greene county bastardy bond?

      Sent from my iPhone

      On May 4, 2010, at 7:24 PM, cheryl rhoden <rhodenccc@...> wrote:

      Dear Carol and all,

      Thank you for this and I'm going to bet it will help other researchers. We have the records of the marriages, deaths, tax rolls, wills etc. for most of our North Carolina ancestors. (I've posted a lot of the previously here.) That John Moore father of Caleb who was likely early to mid 1700s in Pitt or Beaufort still eludes us. I remain convinced we will find him. And, Huxford has published John Moore's will and his heirs that filed a POA in 1821. So, that piece of the puzzle is somewhat nailed down. And, we're pretty sure his property was just off the Tar River at Grindles Creek.

      Both of my great grandmothers were born in GA. The families migrated from NC and SC into GA and Fl in the very early 1800s. Before that they were at Jamestown and Plymouth and migrated south. And, both of my great grandmothers came 'of age' just during or post the CW. Neither one of them seemed to have married the fathers of their children and I have found no records of bastardy bonds in Ga. (course, it was post CW and all was in chaos). Tho' we do have the recounts and stories of elders (now deceased) in the family as to who the fathers were. Both of them married later in life after their children were born and mostly grown and we do have the records of those marriages. Course, they may have married earlier and there is no record because so many of the courthouses burned. Who knows? Family lore is that they did not marry.

      And, I sort of can't believe I'm old enough now to have had two great grandmothers that lived through the Civil War. Both of them died in the 1920s and are buried at North Prong in Baker Co Fl. This is my father's family. My Mother's family came from Germany in the mid-1800s. That seems so much easier to research than a "John Moore" in North Carolina. all best, cheryl o7o

      From: Carol Singh <csinghworthington@...>
      To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: Carol B. Singh <CSinghWorthington@...>
      Sent: Tue, May 4, 2010 4:33:37 PM
      Subject: Re: [genpcncfir] Re: Moores and McClains

      Dear Cheryl,
      The Pitt County Family Researchers in its Quarterly has published Bastardy Bonds in several different issues. You can find the Table of Contents of the Quarterlies on the website at http://www.rootsweb/~ncpcfr
      In these issues, Roger Kammerer lists where he located the bonds. Some may still be available on Microfilm at the Joyner Library of East Carolina University in Greenville.
      You can contact the Pitt County Courthouse in Greenville to get information on what records are housed there and which are at the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Raleigh. The staff at Joyner and at Sheppard Library in Greenville have been very helpful to me as well.
      When it comes to bastardy, my grandfather Alfred Worthington said, according to Mama, that there were no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
      One of my own close relatives supposedly died unmarried yet fathered a child. His Death Certificate says he "never married." A marriage certificate that I also discovered lists him as the father of the bride. Some other records show the bride's mother as also "single" while additional records refer to her as "Mrs.," including her obituary and her Death Certificate. I discovered no Bastardy Bond.
      The bride was born March 7, 1879 according to the Pitt County Census of 1880. However, even her tombstone gives her birth as March 7, 1882. Starting my research with the information on the tombstone side-tracked me for a considerable amount of time.
      I find no information that reveals who was the deceased spouse of the bride's mother and no Marriage Record to date, but that does not mean there was none. I have not been able to give the search the time it deserves because of my job.
      If anyone is interested in helping to fill in the gaps in my information, I will be glad to share what I do have and my sources.

      Good to hear from you, Cheryl. It's always a pleasure to read your messages.


      --- On Sat, 4/24/10, cheryl rhoden <rhodenccc@yahoo. com> wrote:

      From: cheryl rhoden <rhodenccc@yahoo. com>
      Subject: Re: [genpcncfir] Re: Moores and McClains
      To: genpcncfir@yahoogro ups.com
      Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 7:01 PM

      Dear Carol ,, What you describe below is exactly what I have found as well. In one instance, my great-grandmother was listed as "Richard" on the census. We went to great lengths to try to figure out where Rachel was in that 1860 census and who the heck Richard was. There are so many genforms out there listing a "Richard" as one of the children. Nope, it was our Rachel. We reached that conclusion as the only logical conclusion.

      Now, I do not like to change themes in the midst of a thread ,, but I'm going to do so with this one. In particular, because most of us in this group have ancestors in the south. Another researcher I have exchanged with told me that 'children born out of wedlock' was not at all uncommon after the Civil War. Half or more of the men were killed. And, women did what they did. That period seems to be 'post bastardy bonds' (frankly a law our country should reconsider). So, I'd like to know if anyone knows of research into that. This is a great group. best, Cheryl o7o

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      From: Carol Singh <csinghworthington@ yahoo.com>
      To: genpcncfir@yahoogro ups.com
      Cc: Carol B. Singh <CSinghWorthington@ Yahoo.com>
      Sent: Sat, April 24, 2010 2:28:00 PM
      Subject: Re: [genpcncfir] Re: Moores and McClains

      Dear Cheryl,
      The given names, as you have found, have also undergone amazing changes as well. My Grandmother and Grandfather from the Braxton line have so many variants of their names in official records that it is a wonder anyone would have realized there were the same two individuals from one record to the next.

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