Dear John Wilson,
Looking for info on Samuel Wilson b. bef. 1753, and died in Big
Barron River, Guilford, North Carolina. wife unknown, he had a son Benjamin
1778, who died in Fair River, Lawrence county, Mississippi, abt. 1835, more
children might have been, Robert, Ann, and John. Ann might have married a
Robert Prestridge, and John married Mary Jane Jenny, Norman/Newman all of
Lawrence co. Ms. Benjamin had a daughter named Mary,b. 1803, who married William
Peterson Mullen, they had a child Benjamin Wilson Mullen. Thank You for any
Were I you, I would begin my research in Mississippi records (films). The
Family History Library at Salt Lake City has a good collection of films of
records of various counties in Mississippi, and some of them are quite revealing of
Have you tried to locate a filmed county history of Lawrence Co.,
Mississippi? Sometimes these give you some valuable clues as to people's out-of-state
I see on the Fam Hist Library Catalog (FHLC) that Lawrence Co. courthouse
burned at one point, and some of the records are missing. But in establishing
family relationships, I have found such things as land records (deeds, and land
grants) and also probates and guardianship and court records help one piece
together a family.
Also, long ago when personal computers were just a dream, a fellow named
Nicholas Murray, for his company called Hunting for Bears, computerized a list of
marriages for many, many counties in Mississippi as well as for parishes in
Louisiana. Even though it seems a stretch, I have copied all my family surnames
out of various volumes, and lo and behold, some of these are sons and
daughters of the persons I am seeking.
I found when my folks moved from South Carolina to Mississippi, some beflore
1815, the males, at least seemed to die relatively young, and, in some cases,
the widows remarried, and, of course, there were guardianship records for the
Genealogy ain't easy, and one has to consider every piece of written evidence
as a possible clue.
And, of course, there are films at Salt Lake City pertaining to most counties
in North Carolina, and there are microfiche lists of marriage bonds for North
Carolina--a groom index and a bride index.
Most of the films you can order through your nearby LDS center, for a small
fee, for a limited time. About the NC marriage bonds, you will have to
inquire. There are hundreds (seemingly) of microfiche, and they might cost a good
deal to order to your local LDS family history center.
The website, as you must know by now, is <A
The 1880 online census for the US is now tucked away in a link called
something like *vast databases* It used to be on the first screen, and I had to look
for the new link.
who has early ancestors in MS, LA, and also SC and NC
You are interested in a person who lived in Guilford Co., NC as well as in