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How Cousins Affect Finding the Ancestors
Sometimes while assembling the family tree it is difficult to determine correct relationships.
This is because in the not too far distant past people frequently married first cousins! I recently traced a North Carolina family where several generations of male members married several times. Not that this is unusual. However, when they marry a sister-in-law or a first cousin, it become more intriguing. One has to study the documents, such as wills and estates, very carefully. In this instance, the siblings of the first wife were described as nieces and nephews. Thus, it becomes important to prepare a family group sheet on each family to cut down on the confusion. Large families also boggle the process, especially with a repetitive naming of the children. One has to unravel the "Marys." and make certain that they are assigned to the correct family and generation.
Craven County Wills and Estates
Craven County one of three counties (Albemarle and Clarendon being the others) set up in 1664 by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. Its territory embraced what later became South Carolina. The county of Craven was established in 1705 as the Archdale Precinct of Bath County. Archdale County may have existed as early as 1696. The name was changed to Craven County about 1712. The territory in Craven County included the Ashley River settlement known as Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina). Craven County was officially created on 3 December 1705 and Bath County was abolished in 1739. The county seat: New Bern.
For anyone who has not visited the beautiful New Bern, it is a lovely coastal city, well worth visiting.
Craven County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers
Transcripts of Craven County Wills filed with the Secretary of State
- Arenton, William (expand upon opening)
- Blackledge, Richard (expand upon opening)
- Bryan, Anne (expand upon opening)
- Bryan, Hardy
- Bryan, William
- Caruthers, John
- Conway, Mary
- Craven, James
- Fonvielle, John
- Franck, John Martin
- Herritage, Willism
- Isler, Christian
- Pilson, Grace
- Wickliffe, William
- Conner, Lewis
- Holland, Henry
- Holland, John
- Holland, Joseph