Re: Nathaniel Happer Poythress & Rachel Flake, Screven County.
I have a fairly comprehensive collection of all the Poythresses and related
names in Screven for all the years of the census that exist. I have searched
I am drawing a complete blank on anything that even resembles these folks.
(While it wouldn't make any difference I'm inclined to ask if that Happer is
not a typo that should have been Harper as I remember seeing a census with
some Harper folks in Screven although I don't have those records. I'm also
proceeding on Barbara Neal's assumption that you meant late 1800's and not
late 1900's. I don't even have a Poythress in all those censuses with an
as the first initial or a first name that begins with "N".
Figuring that these folks, assuming they were there, simply got missed by the
census (in those years following Mr. Lincoln's War a lot of them simply
avoided the census takers by whatever means) I looked for a possible set of
parents for Nathaniel. No luck there either.....but a shot in the dark is:
Screven County 1860 census: Family # 36, Household # 36
Wm. Flake 44 M Farmer Ga.
A. E. 30 F "
S. A. 12 F "
Mary A. 10 F "
Virginia 8 F "
Louis 7 M "
Wm. A. 5 M "
Victoria 1 F "
It is conceivable ( no pun intended) looking at the entry above that William
Flake and wife "A. E." could have had another child in one of the following
years, named her Rachel and she later became Nathaniel's Poythress'es wife.
Another shot in the dark: that low number (#36) for the family name and
household suggests a location in far southern Screven County. If you have
the Effingham County census available you might want to check it. Effingham
is immediately south of Screven and I have seen instances where people bounced
from one county to the other for "census" purposes.....and there were about as
many Poythress'es in Effingham as there were in Screven so that's a
Sorry I couldn't be more help.