For the benefit of Julie & others: one of the same Virginia Tax records
that I mentioned yesterday can be used to help prove that one male was
the son of another male.
In Virginia's Personal Property Tax series (began annually in 1782),
each adult male ("tithable") was listed. On his same entry would be
additional name(s) for any son(s) of his (or other White male in the
household) who was of taxable age -- in early years, this was age 16.
It can also help track the same household through successive years, even
when the property owner died, to watch for other taxable info the tax
assessor would also list, including the number of "wheels" or carriages
owned, and even the names of the property owner's slaves which were
listed on many lists, since additional Personal Property Tax was due for
the number of slaves they had.
Good luck in going thru these old records. We'll look forward to
learning anything you may locate, Julie, from your notes from your great
grandma about those Poythress-Dortch connections, too.
1/30/2004 Julie Cabitto wrote:
Thanks for telling me how to post.
I have the family letter that says William Archer Dortch is son of
Newman Dortch. But I have not been able to prove this link on paper.
Does anyone have any ideas for how I could find names of children for
Newman Dortch and Sally Speed? William and Newman do not have wills,
and it is before the 1850 Census, like early 1800's, in Mecklenburg.
I have looked at some early Mecklenburg records and the early death
records were terrible. (abt. 1840 -1870), Pages ripped in half, huge
holes in them, ink spilled, and many pages just impossible for me to
I will go to Richmond soon (about an hour from my house) and look at
those tax records. That was a great idea. I'd also like to learn more
about those Poythress/Dortch connections. I think I have some notes
somewhere from my great grandma about that. I'll let you know when I
find something. Thanks, Julie